Return to home2012 Oct 1,
The US Postal Service defaulted on a $5.6 billion payment, the 2nd
time it has missed a deadline this year. It expected operating
losses of $15 billion for the fiscal year ending Sep 30.
(SFC, 10/2/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 1, US federal and
state regulators from Utah announced a settlement in which American
Express agreed to pay $112.5 million over violations to consumer
safeguards from marketing to collection of sold products.
(SFC, 10/2/12, p.D2)
2012 Oct 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed
his bike into a joint Afghan-American patrol in Khost city, killing
at least 14 people including three US troops and their translator.
2012 Oct 1, In Algeria Yacine
Zaid, a member of a leading human rights organization, was beaten
and arrested in in Ouargla, 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of the
2012 Oct 1, An Australian study
found that the Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its
coral cover since 1985.
(SFC, 10/2/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 1, Eric Hobsbawm
(b.1917), renowned British left-wing historian, died. His writing
influenced students and politicians across Europe. He won critical
acclaim with a four-volume history of Europe in the 19th and 20th
centuries. His bestselling memoirs charted the pivotal moments in
modern European history through which he lived.
(AP, 10/1/12)(Economist, 10/6/12, p.110)
2012 Oct 1, A Cambodian court
sentenced Mam Sonando (71), a dissident radio station owner, to 20
years in prison on insurrection charges that critics claim are part
of a political vendetta by the government. His Beehive Radio was one
of the country's few radio stations broadcasting criticism of PM Hun
2012 Oct 1, Egypt's doctors
began a partial strike, abstaining from offering non-emergency
services in public hospitals to protest run-down facilities and
2012 Oct 1, Georgia held
parliamentary elections. The Georgian Dream party led by billionaire
Bidzina Ivanishvili edged out the United National Movement of Pres.
(AP, 10/1/12)(SFC, 10/2/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 1, In Hong Kong two
boats collided in local waters killing 38 holiday revelers. Police
the next day arrested seven crew members but offered no theory about
how the vessels ran into each other on a clear night in one of the
safest and most regulated waterways in Asia.
2012 Oct 1, The Hungarian
Parliament filed a bill to ban most slot machines, allowing them in
only three casinos. Last year a monthly tax on the machines was
increased fivefold from $450 to $2250.
(SFC, 10/2/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 1, In Iran Mohammad
Reza Aghamiri, a member of governmental Internet watchdog committee,
told the semiofficial Mehr news agency that authorities have lifted
the Gmail ban after resolving technical problems to separate YouTube
and Gmail. YouTube remained blocked in response to video clips of an
2012 Oct 1, Iran's currency
fell 16 percent in a single day to hit a record low against the US
dollar and other foreign currencies in street trading. The collapse
is a sign of the impact of Western sanctions imposed over Iran's
2012 Oct 1, In the Maldives the
trial of former Pres. Mohamed Nasheed was postponed after he defied
a court order and left the capital by boat.
2012 Oct 1, Russia’s PM Dmitry
Medvedev signed a long-expected strategy for reforming the pension
(Economist, 10/6/12, p.64)
2012 Oct 1, A Moscow court
found the film “Innocence of Muslims" offensive and banned its
broadcast in Russia effective Nov 6.
(SFC, 10/2/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 1, Somali troops
entered Kismayo for the first time since Kenyan troops carried out
an amphibious assault on the coastal port city last week, causing
al-Shabab militants to flee.
2012 Oct 1, Syrian troops
bombed Salqin, a northern town near the Turkish border, killing at
least 12 people, including 5 children. Rebels reportedly captured an
air defense base in the Eastern Ghouta area near the capital.
(AP, 10/1/12)(AP, 10/5/12)
2012 Oct 2, The US Justice
Dept. paid Illinois $165 million for the long-dormant Thomson
prison. It was built for $140 million, but never opened because the
state lacked the money to operate it.
(SFC, 10/3/12, p.A7)
2012 Oct 2, The US National
Institute for Public Health and the Environment said a salmonella
outbreak traced to smoked salmon has sickened hundreds of people in
the Netherlands and the United States. It has been traced to Dutch
company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets
and to stores around the world.
2012 Oct 2, US Border Patrol
Agent Nicholas Ivie was shot dead and another wounded while on
patrol in a drug smuggling corridor in Arizona, near the border with
(Reuters, 10/2/12)(AP, 10/4/12)
2012 Oct 2, Pennsylvania's
divisive voter identification requirement became the latest of its
kind to get pushback from the courts ahead of Election Day,
delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy
to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it
would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.
2012 Oct 2, Nguyen Chi Thien
(73), Vietnamese poet, died in Orange County, Ca. In 1979 he managed
to pass 400 of his poems to the British ambassador in Hanoi before
being arrested. They were later published as “Flowers of Hell" and
won for him the Int’l. Poetry Award in 1985.
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.114)
2012 Oct 2, Designer brands
were reported to be abandoning Argentina. Louis Vuitton Moet
Hennessy, owner of the Japanese label Kenzo, issued a statement
blaming Argentina's "complex economic context" for the closure of
its store on Oct 10. Top labels have become collateral damage as the
government tightens its hold on the economy with measures aiming to
encourage domestic production and capture more wealth to aid the
2012 Oct 2, Azerbaijan's
ambassador defended a multimillion-dollar renovation of Mexican
parks and a monument to late president Geidar Aliyev
(d.2003). Azerbaijan had contributed much of the
65 million pesos ($5 million) it cost to renovate not one, but two
Mexico City parks, allowing it to put monuments in both. Critics
said that Aliyev, who stifled dissent, shouldn't be on a boulevard
decorated with statues to Mexican and foreign heroes. In 2013 Mexico
City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said the statue of Aliyev will be
removed from the capital’s main avenue.
(AP, 10/2/12)(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A2)
2012 Oct 2, Bahraini police
arrested five medical personnel after a court rejected appeals to
overturn their convictions for roles anti-government protests last
2012 Oct 2, Georgia’s President
Mikhail Saakashvili, a staunch ally of the West, acknowledged defeat
in parliamentary elections and called on Bidzina Ivanishvili to form
a new government. That puts the tycoon on track to be prime
minister, which will be Georgia's most powerful job under
constructional changes next year.
2012 Oct 2, A court in Ghana
ordered the 3-masted A.R.A. Libertad, flagship of Argentina's
navy, held in port until Argentina posts a court bond equal to
its value, which could be $10 million or more. Elliott Capital
Management, a $15 billion hedge fund run by billionaire Paul Singer,
filed the complaint in Ghana as part of its effort to collect on
Argentine bonds bought at fire-sale prices after the South American
country's record debt default a decade ago.
2012 Oct 2, Iraq signed a $14
million deal with a US consortium to modernize a major port in the
country's southern province of Basra in a move aimed at developing
key infrastructure neglected during years of war and sanctions. The
10-year agreement was with a consortium led by North America Western
2012 Oct 2, A Lebanese security
official says Hezbollah commander Ali Hussein Nassif and several
other fighters from the militant group have been killed in Syria.
2012 Oct 2, In the Maldives Dr.
Afrasheen Ali, a member of parliament, was murdered in a frenzied
2012 Oct 2, In northeast
Nigeria an overnight attack killed at least 25 people, including 22
students, outside the campus of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi
in the town of Mubi.
2012 Oct 2, In South Africa
thousands of striking truck drivers protested amid heavy police
presence in central Johannesburg as labor unrest continued across
the country, leading to fears of renewed violence.
2012 Oct 2, In Sudan 4 Nigerian
peacekeepers were killed and 8 wounded in an ambush in West Darfur.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 2, Hundreds of
Tunisians protested in support of a woman (27) who says she was
raped by police and is facing accusations of violating modesty laws.
The woman says three police officers stopped her in a car last
month, and one of them held her fiancé back while the other two
raped her. The police officers deny wrongdoing.
2012 Oct 2, Pope Benedict XVI's
onetime butler, Paolo Gabriele, declared he was innocent of a
charge of aggravated theft of the pope's private correspondence, but
acknowledged he photocopied the papers and said he feels guilty that
he betrayed the trust of the pontiff he loved like a father.
2012 Oct 2, In Yemen protesting
tribesmen blew main pylons cutting power to Sanaa. They were
protesting a death sentence against one of their members convicted
of belonging to al-Qaida and killing security agents.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 3, A US federal
indictment filed in Brooklyn named Alexander Fishenko, an immigrant
from Kazakhstan, as a secret agent for the Russian military.
Fishenko had made millions off his Texas export firm, Arc
Electronics Inc., which shipped about $50 million worth of
technologies to Russia between 2002 and 2012. He was among 11
defendants named in the indictment. On July 21, 2016, Fishenko was
sentenced to 10 years in prison.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A6)(SFC, 7/22/16, p.A7)
2012 Oct 3, A US federal
indictment linked Jose Sanchez-Villalobos (49), a high-ranking
member of the Sinaloa drug cartel, to two of the largest drug
tunnels discovered under the San Diego-Tijuana border.
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 3, Chicago police
began top chop down some 1,500 marijuana plants discovered a day
earlier on the city’s far South Side.
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A10)
2012 Oct 3, Cellphone companies
T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications announced plans to merge.
Deutsche Telekom AG, the owner of T-Mobile USA, will hold 74 percent
of the new business.
2012 Oct 3, A 24-hour strike by
Belgian rail workers paralyzed train traffic throughout Belgium and
the international high-speed service to London and Paris.
2012 Oct 3, British ministers
froze three more rail franchise competitions after the Department
for Transport (DfT) said that "completely unacceptable" flaws had
been uncovered in its handling of bids to run the West Coast Main
Line, a jewel in the crown of the rail network linking London and
2012 Oct 3, In Britain a
documentary screened on ITV showing interviews with several people
who claimed they had been abused as children by Jimmy Savile, a
popular BBC presenter who died in 2011.
(Econ, 10/27/12, p.58)
2012 Oct 3, In Indonesia more
than 2 million factory workers went on a one-day strike across the
country demanding better benefits and protesting the hiring of
2012 Oct 3, Iranian police
threatened merchants who closed their shops in Tehran's main bazaar
and launched crackdowns on sidewalk money changers as part of a push
to halt the plunge of Iran's currency, which has shed more than a
third its value in less than a week. 16 people were arrested during
protests demanding relief from the plummeting currency.
(AP, 10/3/12)(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 3, An Iraqi court
sentenced an American citizen to life in prison on charges of
assisting al-Qaida and financing terrorist activities in Iraq.
According to the Interior Ministry Omar Rashad Khalil (53) was
recruited by al-Qaida in Iraq in 2005. Khalil, an architectural
engineer, is of Palestinian descent and entered Iraq in 2001. Five
bystanders were killed and 13 people wounded in a morning car
bombing in Baghdad. Six people convicted on terrorism charges were
executed today, bringing the number of executions since the
beginning of this year to 102.
2012 Oct 3, In Liberia more
than 60 inmates broke out of a maximum security prison in the
southeastern city of Zwedru.
2012 Oct 3, Malawi Pres. Joyce
Banda announced that she will take a 30% pay cut to show that she
will sacrifice personally as part of her government's austerity
2012 Oct 3, Mexico launched an
extensive program to vaccinate fifth-grade girls against human
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 3, In Mexico Jose
Eduardo Moreira (25), a Coahuila state employee and son of former
Gov. Humberto Moreira, was found shot to death outside the border
town of Ciudad Acuna.
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 3, Human Rights Watch
said that Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip commit rampant
abuses against Palestinian prisoners. The report titled “Abusive
Systems" noted beatings with metal clubs and rubber hoses, mock
executions and arbitrary arrests, and urged the Islamic militant
group to swiftly reform its criminal justice system.
(AP, 10/3/12)(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 3, In the Philippines
the new Cybercrime Prevention Act went into effect, setting
penalties for a range of computer-related crimes with provisions
related to libel. Critics said it could lead to imprisonment for
simple activities like sharing Facebook and Twitter posts. On Oct 9
the Supreme Court suspended the new law.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 3, Serbia's police
banned a gay pride march in Belgrade, citing security concerns but
also complying with a request from Serbia's Christian Orthodox
2012 Oct 3, Spanish police
arrested a man on suspicion that he planned to imitate the 1999
Columbine school killings by planting bombs around a university
campus. Police seized 140 kilograms (308 pounds) of bomb-making
material when they arrested the 21-year-old man in the Balearic
island city of Palma de Mallorca.
2012 Oct 3, In Syria 3 suicide
bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in the main square of
the northern city of Aleppo, killing over 40 people, leveling
buildings and trapping survivors under the
rubble. Regime troops reportedly killed two more would-be suicide
bombers before they could detonate their explosives. A fourth car
bomb went off in the Bab Jnein area near the Old City where the
Chamber of Commerce is located.
(AP, 10/3/12)(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 3, Turkish authorities
arrested Ali Harzi for reported links to the Sep 11 attack on a US
consulate in Libya. He was repatriated to Tunisia on Oct 11 and
faced terrorism charges there. Harzi was one of two Tunisians
reportedly arrested in Turkey when they tried to enter the country
with false passports.
2012 Oct 3, Syrian-Turkish
cross-border tensions escalated after a shell fired from inside
Syria landed on a home in the Turkish village of Akcakale, killing
two women and three of their daughters and wounding at least 10
2012 Oct 4, A US federal strike
force charged 91 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical
professional across the country in connection with phony bills
totaling nearly $430 billion.
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A8)
2012 Oct 4, US health officials
warned the hundreds of people who got steroid back injections in 23
states could be at risk for meningitis from contaminated vials of a
steroid produced by the new England Compounding Center of
Framingham, Mass. At least 5 deaths were already reported. The
fungus causing the meningitis was later identified as Exserohilum
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A10)(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A9)
2012 Oct 4, London listed
steelmaker Evraz, part-owned by tycoon Roman Abramovich, is to gain
control of one of Russia's largest coal mines after acquiring a half
stake in Cyprus-based investment vehicle Corber Enterprises for an
2012 Oct 4, In China the
Tiantou Elementary School was buried when the hillside collapsed in
Zhenhe, a village in Yunnan province. 18 elementary school students
were killed. A 19th victim was found the next day.
2012 Oct 4, An Egyptian court
convicted Ahmed Ezz, a Hosni Mubarak-era steel magnate, of money
laundering, sentencing him to seven years in prison and fining him
19.5 billion Egyptian pounds (about $3 billion). Ezz was already
serving a 10-year sentence for a corruption conviction last year.
2012 Oct 4, Greek police
clashed with scores of protesting shipyard workers after they forced
their way into the grounds of Greece's Defense Ministry in Athens.
Workers from the Skaramanga Shipyards, which deals mainly with
military contacts, say they have not been paid in months.
2012 Oct 4, In western
Guatemala at least six people were killed and 30 were shot in a
clash near Totonicapan between security forces and protesters
opposed to high energy prices. A seventh victim died later at a
hospital in the western city of Quezaltenango.
(AP, 10/5/12)(AP, 10/5/12)
2012 Oct 4, India's Cabinet
pushed ahead with a second wave of economic reform proposals,
endorsing higher levels of foreign investment in insurance and
pension funds and amendments to laws governing competition.
2012 Oct 4, Iran deployed riot
police at key Tehran intersections, after tensions flared over the
nation's plunging currency in the most widespread display of anger
linked to the country's sanctions-hit economy.
2012 Oct 4, Israeli authorities
indicted Milad Khatib (26), an Arab citizen of Israel, on charges of
spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, accusing him of
gathering intelligence on security for Israel's president and on
2012 Oct 4, In Israel thousands
of evangelical Christians from around the world marched in Jerusalem
in support of the Jewish state.
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 4, Moroccan protesters
targeting a Dutch abortion-rights activist scuffled with police in a
port where a ship promoting safe abortion had been due to land. The
"Women on Waves" boat was aiming for its first landfall in a Muslim
country. It was invited to Morocco by a local women's rights
organization seeking the legalization of abortion.
2012 Oct 4, In the Philippines
police arrested former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and
temporarily detained her in a hospital on corruption charges, in her
third indictment and second detention since stepping down two years
2012 Oct 4, Transport strikes
in Portugal brought misery for thousands of commuters. Trade unions
vowed to step up their fight against the government's latest batch
of austerity measures.
2012 Oct 4, In South Africa a
mineworker killed as police fired rubber bullets trying to disperse
striking miners near an Anglo American Platinum mine in Rustenburg.
2012 Oct 4, Turkey's Parliament
authorized military operations against Syria and its military fired
on targets there for a second day after deadly shelling from Syria
killed five civilians in a Turkish border town.
2012 Oct 4, In Yemen a strike
by a suspected US drone hit two cars in which al-Qaida-linked
militants were traveling in Shabwa province, killing at least five
of them. Adel al-Abbab, ranking fourth in the network's leadership,
was among the dead.
(AP, 10/4/12)(AP, 10/22/12)
2012 Oct 5, Better than
expected US jobs figures that included a surprise fall in the
unemployment rate to its lowest level since January 2009.
2012 Oct 5, In Colorado
fifth-grader Jessica Ridgeway (10) never showed up at a nearby park
where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her
elementary school. On Oct 10 her body was found in an Arvada, Colo.,
park, just a few miles from where she went missing. On Oct 23 police
arrested Austin Reed Sigg (17) in connection with the murder and
sexual assault. Sigg confessed to killing Ridgeway. On Nov 19, 2013
Sigg, was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A5)(SFC, 10/26/12, p.A9)(SFC,
2012 Oct 5, In Florida about 30
contestants ate roaches during a contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store
in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize
was a python. Edward Archbold (32) of West Palm Beach became ill
shortly after the contest ended and collapsed in front of the store.
He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
2012 Oct 5, Bahrain riot police
used water cannons and tear gas to disperse hundreds of
anti-government protesters trying to reach a heavily guarded site
that was once the hub of their uprising.
2012 Oct 5, Britain's High
Court ruled that three elderly Kenyans tortured during a rebellion
against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims
against the British government.
2012 Oct 5, Radical preacher
Abu Hamza al-Masri (54) and four other terror suspects were
extradited from the U.K. after Britain's High Court ruled they had
no more grounds for appeal in their years long battles to avoid
facing charges in the United States. Al-Masri was wanted in the US
on charges that included conspiring to set up a terrorist training
camp in Oregon and helping abduct 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998.
(AP, 10/5/12)(SFC, 10/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 5, In China some 3-4
thousand workers at the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou reportedly went
on strike over increased quality control standards. Foxconn, maker
of Apple’s iPhones, said the next day that production continued
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 5, National Bank of
Greece, the debt-crippled country's biggest lender by assets,
announced a public offer to merge with its largest domestic
2012 Oct 5, Thousands of
indigenous Guatemalans shouted in anger and some threw themselves at
the coffins of six local people who were shot to death during a
protest over electricity prices and educational reform in a poor
2012 Oct 5, In Iraq a double
bombing near a Shiite mosque in Baghdad killed five people,
including four worshippers.
2012 Oct 5, In Israel a young
American (23) shot and killed a chef at a hotel in the Red Sea
resort city of Eilat, before forces from an anti-terror unit shot
the gunman dead. The incident appeared to be based on a personal
2012 Oct 5, Thousands of
Jordanians rallied to call for a boycott of upcoming legislative
elections, a challenge to King Abdullah II who has promoted a
parliament-centered reform process to stave off an Arab Spring
uprising in his country.
2012 Oct 5, Ten European and
North African leaders meet in Malta for the first such summit of
Mediterranean neighbors in a decade, with the agenda focused on
fighting terrorism and lawlessness, and strengthening political and
economic cooperation in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
2012 Oct 5, Mexico's President
Felipe Calderon announced that the state-owned oil company has found
possible reserves of as much as 125 million barrels of oil at a
deep-water well in the Gulf of Mexico. Petroleos Mexicanos
said the area known as the Perdido belt contains prospective
reserves that could amount to as much as 13 billion barrels of crude
2012 Oct 5, Mexican
archaeologists said they uncovered the largest number of skulls ever
found in one offering at Mexico City's Templo Mayor, the most sacred
temple of the Aztec empire dating back more than 500 years.
2012 Oct 5, In northeastern
Nigeria a bombing by suspected Boko Haram members killed an army
lieutenant. This sparked a violent retaliation by soldiers.
2012 Oct 5, In South Africa
Anglo American Platinum fired 12,000 striking miners for staging an
unlawful strike that is one of several that are slowly paralyzing
South Africa's crucial mining sector.
2012 Oct 5, The Spanish
government agreed to participate in NATO's anti-missile shield that
will see specialized United States warships based at a Spanish base
already used by the US Navy.
2012 Oct 5, Syrian warplanes
and artillery pounded the central city of Homs, subjecting the rebel
stronghold to its heaviest bombardment in months.
2012 Oct 5, Turkish troops
fired at Syria again, responding to another mortar shell from Syria
that struck Turkish territory.
2012 Oct 5, In Vietnam two
vessels collided in Halong Bay. 18 Taiwanese tourists were plunged
into the bay without life jackets and 5 drowned.
2012 Oct 6, Arkansas
Republicans tried to distance themselves from a Republican state
representative's assertion that slavery was a "blessing in disguise"
and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all
Muslims. The claims were made in books written, respectively, by
Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of
2012 Oct 6, San Francisco
police arrested 11 men and nine women as protesters marched through
the financial district and tossed projectiles at officers. Police
believed the anarchist group known as Black Bloc was involved.
(SFC, 10/9/12, p.C3)
2012 Oct 6, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents killed two American troops in Wardak
province, an area that has seen heavy fighting in recent months. An
Afghan policeman was killed and another was wounded when a
remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorbike was detonated in
Sangin district of Helmand province. A roadside bomb killed another
Afghan policeman in Kandahar city.
2012 Oct 6, Cuban authorities
released noted blogger Yoani Sanchez more than a day after she was
taken into custody near the eastern city of Bayamo, where she
traveled for a Spanish man's trial over a car crash that killed
another prominent dissident.
2012 Oct 6, French police
carried out raids across the country after DNA on a grenade that
exploded last Sep 19 at a kosher grocery store led them to a
suspected jihadist cell of young Frenchmen recently converted to
Islam. A man named by police as Jeremy Louis-Sydney, was killed by
police after he opened fire on them, slightly wounding three
officers in the eastern city of Strasbourg. Eleven other suspects
were arrested across the country. Some of the 12 suspected cell
members arrested over the weekend appeared to have plans to go to
Syria to fight in its civil war.
(AP, 10/6/12)(AP, 10/10/12)
2012 Oct 6, Israel scrambled
fighter jets to intercept a drone that crossed deep into Israeli
airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, shooting the aircraft down over
the country's southern desert. Suspicion quickly fell on the
Iranian-backed, Lebanese Islamic militant group Hezbollah.
2012 Oct 6, The Mexican navy
nabbed Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, a suspected Zetas cartel
leader. He was captured in Nuevo Laredo and was believed to have
masterminded the massacre of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas state in
(SFC, 10/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 6, In Morocco some
1,000 judges held an unprecedented sit-in in front of the Supreme
Court in Rabat calling for greated independence for the judiciary.
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 6, A North Korean
soldier killed two of his superiors and defected to South Korea
across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that
prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border
2012 Oct 6, Thousands of
Pakistanis headed toward the militant-riddled tribal belt to protest
US drone strikes — even as a Pakistani Taliban faction warned
suicide bombers would stop the demonstration. 32 Americans from the
US-based anti-war group CODEPINK joined ex-cricket star Imran Khan
for the march.
(AP, 10/6/12)(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 6, In central Peru
Marxist Shining Path rebels burned 3 helicopters being used by a gas
pipeline consortium at a jungle airstrip in Kiteni.
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 6, Philippine troops
captured New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza (43) and
three other suspected insurgents outside their hideout in suburban
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 6, Syrian soldiers
clashed with two armed groups that infiltrated from Lebanon, killing
several of them.
2012 Oct 6, Turkish artillery
fired into Syria for the fourth day in a row, retaliating for mortar
shells that landed in Turkish territory. Rebels clashed with Syrian
government troops in the border area, activists said, as fears
revived that the Syrian crisis could spiral into a regional
2012 Oct 6, The pope's butler
was convicted of stealing the pontiff's private documents and
leaking them to a journalist in the gravest Vatican security breach
in recent memory. Paolo Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in
prison, but the Vatican said a papal pardon was likely.
2012 Oct 7, US health officials
reported an additional 27 cases in a fungal meningitis outbreak
linked to steroid injections that has killed seven people and now
infected 91 in nine states.
2012 Oct 7, In Cape Canaveral,
Florida, the SpaceX company launched a Falcon rocket carrying a
Dragon capsule with some 1,000 pounds of gear and supplies for the
Int’l. Space Station. An engine problem left a small communications
satellite unable to reach its proper orbit. The Dragon capsule
successfully returned in a splashdown off the Baja California coast
on Oct 28.
(SFC, 10/8/12, p.A4)(Economist, 10/13/12,
p.96)(SFC, 10/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 7, In San Francisco
the 12th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival ended a 3-day run
in Golden Gate Park. Fleet Week closed out with performances by the
Blue Angels jet team. The America’s Cup World Series took place on
the Bay. The Castro Street Fair took place along with the Italian
Heritage Parade on Market St.
(SFC, 10/8/12, p.A7)
2012 Oct 7, Israel targeted two
men in an airstrike into southern Gaza, killing one and wounding the
2012 Oct 7, A boat left Naples
and aiming to reach Gaza in mid-October in the latest attempt to
break Israel's naval blockade. It carried items such as cement,
basketballs, musical instruments and theater lighting equipment.
2012 Oct 7, Libya's parliament
ousted Mustafa Abushagur, the country's new prime minister, in a
no-confidence vote. He had 25 days from his Sep. 12 appointment by
parliament to form a Cabinet and win the legislature's approval, but
that deadline expired today.
2012 Oct 7, In Mexico Zetas
drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano was apparently one of two men
killed in a firefight with marines in the northern border state of
Coahuila. Lazcano, also known as "El Verdugo" (the Executioner) for
his brutality, was suspected in hundreds of killings, including the
June 2004 slaying of Francisco Ortiz Franco, a top editor of a
crusading weekly newspaper in Tijuana that often reported on drug
trafficking. The next day a group of armed men raided the funeral
home where the bodies were kept, and stole both corpses. Trevino
Morales, also known as El 40 or the Monkey, became the uncontested
head of the Zetas after Lazcano was killed.
(AP, 10/9/12)(ABC News, 10/12/12)
2012 Oct 7, The Pakistani
military blocked a convoy carrying thousands of Pakistanis and a
small contingent of US anti-war activists from entering a lawless
tribal region along the border with Afghanistan to protest American
2012 Oct 7, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III announced that his government has
reached a preliminary peace deal with the nation's largest Muslim
rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long
insurgency. Aquino said the "framework agreement," to be signed on
Oct 15, was an assurance the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
insurgents will no longer aim to secede from the country in return
for autonomy in a new area, Bangsamoro.
(AP, 10/7/12)(Economist, 10/13/12, p.17)
2012 Oct 7, South Korea
announced that a US accord has been altered to allow the South to
have ballistic missiles with a range of up to 800 km (500 miles) to
better cope with North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.
2012 Oct 7, In Spain thousands
of people marched in 56 cities to protest punishing austerity cuts
they say will only increase unemployment and job insecurity in a
country suffering from its second recession in three years and
record high unemployment.
2012 Oct 7, In Sri Lanka 4
unidentified men assaulted Manjula Tillekeratne, the secretary of
the Judicial Service Commission. In September she had alleged the
efforts were being made to destroy the independence of the
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.50)
2012 Oct 7, Syrian troops
pressed their offensive to retake rebel-held areas in the northern
city of Aleppo, Homs, towns around the Syrian capital of Damascus
and southern villages on the border with Jordan. A car bomb exploded
near the police headquarters in central Damascus, killing at least
one person and damaging nearby buildings.
2012 Oct 7, Turkish jets struck
suspected Kurdish rebel targets in two separate cross-border raids
in northern Iraq.
2012 Oct 7, Turkish artillery
fired toward Syria for a fifth day in a row, minutes after a Syrian
shell landed on Turkish territory.
2012 Oct 7, Pope Benedict XVI
name St. John of Avila, Spain, and St. Hildegard of Bingen, Germany,
as “doctors" of the church. Only 33 other church doctors have been
singled out over the course of Christianity for their contributions
to and influence on Catholic doctrine.
2012 Oct 7, Venezuela held
presidential elections. With 90 percent of votes counted, Chavez had
more than 54 percent of the vote to 45 percent for challenger
Henrique Capriles. The opposition accused Chavez of unfairly using
Venezuela's oil wealth and his near total control of state
institutions to his advantage.
2012 Oct 8, A US House
Intelligence Committee warned in a report that American companies
should avoid doing business with China's two leading technology
firms because they pose a national security threat to the United
States. The panel said US regulators should block mergers and
acquisitions in this country by Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE
Corp, among the world's leading suppliers of telecommunications gear
and mobile phones.
2012 Oct 8, In Half Moon Bay,
Ca., Thad Starr (45) of Pleasant Hills, Oregon, won the 39th annual
giant pumpkin contest with a 1,775 gourd, a local record. The world
record was recently set in Massachusetts by a 2,009-pound specimen.
(SFC, 10/9/12, p.C2)
2012 Oct 8, In Afghanistan a
bomb hidden in a parked minibus exploded outside a government
building, killing two Afghan intelligence officers in Lashkar Gah,
2012 Oct 8, In Afghanistan
Caitlan Coleman (27), an American woman disappeared with her
Canadian husband, Josh. They were passing through Wardak while
traveling from Ghazni province south of Kabul to the capital.
2012 Oct 8, Scientists from
Britain and Japan shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine. John Gurdon
(79) of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain, and Shinya
Yamanaka (50) of Kyoto University in Japan, discovered ways to
create tissue that would act like embryonic cells, without the need
to harvest embryos. Dr. Yamanaka called his cells “induced
pluripotent stem cells".
(AP, 10/8/12)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.19)
2012 Oct 8, A British judge
ordered supporters of Julian Assange to pay thousands of pounds they
promised for his bail because the WikiLeaks founder violated the
conditions for his release.
2012 Oct 8, Eric Lomax
(b.1919), a former British prisoner of war whose moving tale of
wartime torture and forgiveness, died in Berwick-upon-Tweed. His
celebrated memoir, "The Railway Man" (1996), was being turned into a
2012 Oct 8, Egypt's new Pres.
Mohammed Morsi issued a decree pardoning all those charged with or
convicted of acts "in support of the revolution" since the beginning
of the popular uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power.
2012 Oct 8, In Ethiopia Feteh,
the country’s largest weekly at 27,500 copies, and Finote Netsanet,
published by the largest opposition group, said they have been
unable to reach their readers for several weeks. The papers said the
state-owned Berhanena Selam printing company refuses to print them.
The publishers were appealing to the country's newly appointed PM
Hailemariam Desalegn to intervene.
2012 Oct 8, In Egypt a troop
carrier overturned on a mountain road in the Sinai Peninsula early
today, killing at least 21 members of the security forces stationed
on the border with Israel.
2012 Oct 8, An Iranian oil
official said the country has successfully blocked a cyber-attack on
the computer network of its offshore drilling platforms. An official
blamed Israel and said the attack occurred over the past two weeks,
was routed through China, and affected only the communications
systems of the network.
2012 Oct 8, In northeastern
Nigeria soldiers apparently attacked a neighborhood after a nearby
bombing killed a lieutenant. Maiduguri General Hospital collected 32
bodies following violence.
2012 Oct 8, In Pakistan a bomb
attached to a motorcycle has killed one person and wounded 10 others
near a police checkpoint in Quetta, Baluchistan province.
2012 Oct 8, Militants of Hamas
and Islamic Jihad fired some 30 rockets toward Israel's
southern border following Israel’s airstrike the previous evening.
Israel's military launched around 20 tank shells and an airstrike,
mostly toward targets around the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.
2012 Oct 8, Somalia’s Al-Shabab
said on Twitter that it had banned the British-registered aid group
Islamic Relief. The extremists accused the group of working with the
United Nations' World Food Program, which the militants will not
allow in its territory.
2012 Oct 8, In Syria a suicide
attacker detonated a car bomb near a compound of the Syrian
intelligence on the outskirts of Damascus.
2012 Oct 8, Turkey's state-run
news agency said a Syrian shell landed on Turkish territory for a
sixth day, but made no mention of any immediate Turkish retaliation.
2012 Oct 8, A new report from
UN experts accused exiled allies of Ivory Coast's former president
of trying to recruit Islamist rebels who took control of the
northern half of neighboring Mali in a campaign to destabilize the
volatile West African region.
2012 Oct 8, Yemeni security
forces detained a US citizen suspected of having links to al-Qaida.
2012 Oct 9, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors bucked mayor Ed Lee and gave suspended Sheriff
Ross Mirkarimi his job back. Lee needed 9 of 11 votes, but only got
(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 9, In Portland, Maine,
Alexis Wright (29) pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution,
violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly
providing sex for money at her Zumba fitness studio and a nearby
one-room office she rented in Kennebunk. The man police say was her
business partner, 57-year-old Mark Strong Sr., pleaded not guilty to
59 counts of promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy. On
May 31, 2013, Alexis Wright was sentenced to 10 months in jail in a
(AP, 10/10/12)(SFC, 6/1/13, p.A4)
2012 Oct 9, In New Hampshire
Seth Mazzaglia raped and murdered college student Elizabeth Marriott
(19) of Westborough, Mass. Kathryn McDonough, his girlfriend, had
lured Marriott to their apartment as a sexual offering to her
boyfriend. The couple packed Marriott’s body into a suitcase, drove
to Portsmouth, and threw it into the Piscataqua River. Her body has
never been found.
2012 Oct 9, The Nobel Prize in
Physics was awarded to Serge Haroche (68) of France and American
David Wineland (68) for experiments on quantum particles.
(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 9, French police
discovered bomb-making materials in an underground parking lot near
Paris as part of a probe of an "extremely dangerous terrorist cell"
linked to an attack on a kosher grocery.
2012 Oct 9, German chancellor
Angela Merkel visited Greece and said the country has covered "much
of the ground" required for recovery. Her arrival triggered protests
attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens.
2012 Oct 9, In Iraq a series of
attacks across the country killed six people, including three
soldiers and a judge.
2012 Oct 9, Kenya's President
Mwai Kibaki vetoed a move by the country's parliament to award
legislators bonuses of up to $110,000 at the end of their term next
year. The legislators last week quietly awarded themselves the
bonuses, sparking public outrage. Earlier this year parliament
inaugurated a new 350-seat chamber, where each of the seats cost
2012 Oct 9, NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO is ready to defend
alliance member Turkey amid artillery exchanges along its tense
southeastern border with Syria.
2012 Oct 9, In northern Nigeria
gunmen killed two police officers helping guard workers trying to
give polio immunizations to local children in Kano. Police arrested
several suspects in the killing.
2012 Oct 9, Pakistan's top
court ordered a probe into an alleged barter of seven girls to
settle a blood feud in a remote southwestern district. The tradition
of families exchanging unmarried girls to settle feuds is banned
under Pakistani law but still practiced in the country's more
conservative, tribal areas.
2012 Oct 9, In Pakistan a
Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school
in Mingora, Swat Valley, and shot and wounded Malala Yousufzai, a
14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls
and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban.
2012 Oct 9, In Russia a series
of unplanned shell detonations rocked a military test site,
releasing giant clouds of smoke over the city of Orenburg near the
Kazakhstan border and causing aftershocks.
2012 Oct 9, Sudan’s military
said rebel shelling has killed 5 women and wounded over 20 near the
border with South Sudan.
(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 9, In Syria Ankhar
Kochneva, a Ukrainian woman who worked as an interpreter for a
Russian TV crew, was kidnapped by rebels in the country's west.
Kochneva was reported free on March 12, 2013.
(AP, 10/16/12)(AP, 3/12/13)
2012 Oct 9, In southern
Thailand 11 people were killed as the Muslim insurgency continued to
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.18)
2012 Oct 9, In Trinidad former
world soccer vice president Jack Warner said he wants to stop the
release of crime reports and statistics in his capacity as the
national security minister, saying that publicizing such information
encourages people to commit more crime. The next day Acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams said he had not received any orders
from Warner and will continue to respond to requests for crime
information from the media and the public.
2012 Oct 9, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its 2009 headline-grabbing
announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was
off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million.
2012 Oct 9, Yemeni authorities
discovered three decapitated bodies that had been dumped in an
open-air market in the eastern province of Marib. Local media
reported that CDs found next to the bodies showed the men confessing
to being government informants against al-Qaida and placing tracking
devices on cars that became targets for US drone strikes. One of the
men said he worked for a tire repair shop and used to plant chips in
militants' vehicles while replacing their tires.
2012 Oct 10, US Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States has sent 150 military
troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country's military
capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border
(AP, 10/10/12)(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 10, In Arizona US
Border Patrol agents in Nogales opened fire on a group of people
throwing rocks at agents from across the border. An autopsy
showed that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez (16) was shot at
least eight times. In 2014 the mother of the teen sued the agency
saying he was walking home with his girlfriend when he was hit in
the back by 10 bullets. On Sep 23, 2015, agent Lonnie Swartz was
charged with second-degree murder. In 2018 Swartz was acquitted of
second-degree murder. On Nov. 21, 2018, an Arizona jury found Swartz
not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but did not come to a
decision on voluntary manslaughter.
(SFC, 7/30/14, p.E3)(SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)(SFC,
8/8/18, p.A4)(SFC, 11/22/18, p.A8)
2012 Oct 10, The city of
Oakland, Ca., filed suit to stop the federal government from seizing
and closing down one of its largest medical marijuana dispensaries.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.C1)
2012 Oct 10, Former US Peace
Corps volunteer Jesse Osmun apologized for sexually abusing young
girls in South Africa before he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
He had provided support to people affected by the AIDS virus.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 10, In Florida a
section of a parking garage collapsed at Miami-Dade College killing
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 10, In South Carolina
a 3-judge panel upheld a state law requiring voters to present photo
identification, but delayed enforcement until next year.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 10, In Texas Jonathan
Green (44) was executed for killing a 12-year-old girl over a decade
ago. Lawyers had argued that he was mentally ill.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 10, Brazil’s Supreme
Court voted to convict Jose Dirceu (66), the chief of staff of
former Pres. Lula, of corruption. Two other former Workers’ Party
men were also convicted.
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.46)
2012 Oct 10, Canadian naval
intelligence officer Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle (41)
pleaded guilty to handing over secrets to a foreign country. He had
been selling secrets to the Russians for about $3,000 a month.
(Reuters, 10/10/12)(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 10, In Canada Amanda
Michelle Todd (b.1996) committed suicide at her home in Port
Coquitlam, British Columbia. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a
video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell
her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically
assaulted. A stranger had convinced Todd to bare her breasts on
camera. The individual later blackmailed her with threats to expose
the topless photo to her friends unless she gave a "show". On April
17 Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the
Netherlands in the case.
2012 Oct 10, An Egyptian court
acquitted 24 loyalists of ousted President Hosni Mubarak who had
been accused of organizing one of the most dramatic attacks on
protesters during last year's uprising, the "Camel Battle," in which
assailants on horses and camels charged into crowds in Cairo's
Tahrir Square. The Feb. 2, 2011 assault left nearly a dozen people
2012 Oct 10, In southern Egypt
Abu Bakar, a teacher in Luxor province, punished two 12-year-old
schoolgirls for not wearing the Muslim headscarf by cutting their
hair. On Nov 6 Bakar was given a 6-month suspended sentence for
childe abuse and fined $8.
(AP, 10/17/12)(AP, 11/6/12)
2012 Oct 10, A deal to create a
European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing Co. collapsed
when Britain's BAE Systems and EADS NV called off their merger
discussions because of conflicting interests between the British,
French and German governments.
2012 Oct 10, Germany’s Cabinet
approved a law allowing male circumcision under medical supervision.
Parliament still needed to pass the legislation.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 10, An Iraqi official
says the government has decided to stop paying the salary of the
country's fugitive Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, a month
after he was sentenced to death for terrorism-related crimes.
2012 Oct 10, Toyota recalled
7.43 million cars, trucks and SUVs worldwide to fix faulty power
window switches that can cause fires. This was the largest
recall in Toyota's 75-year history.
2012 Oct 10, Jordan's King
Abdullah II appointed Abdullah Ensour, a veteran independent
politician, as his new caretaker prime minister ahead of
parliamentary elections. The new parliament will choose the next
2012 Oct 10, In northern
Nigeria gunmen outside of Kano shot dead two officers of the Federal
Road Safety Corps, a federal traffic agency. The officials had been
on a routine assignment checking vehicles. Officials said gunmen
killed 14 people belonging to a Christian ethnic group in Plateau
state, in the region in the Riyom local government area. The dead
included three children and their mother. Near the local airport
gunmen opened fire on a car killing two Christians.
2012 Oct 10, In Pakistan US
drones killed 5 people.
2012 Oct 10, Russia said it had
no intention to automatically extend a 20-year old deal with the
United States helping secure the nation's nuclear stockpiles, a move
that comes amid a growing isolationist streak in Kremlin policy. The
deal expires in 2013 without a major overhaul.
2012 Oct 10, In Russia a Moscow
court freed Yekaterina Samutsevich, one of the 3 jailed Pussy Riot
band members, because she had been thrown out of the cathedral by
guards before she could remove her guitar from its case.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 10, The Spanish Red
Cross launched its first-ever campaign for donations to help
Spaniards hit by economic crisis, in a sign of how needy this nation
2012 Oct 10, A Syrian Air A320
from Moscow that was forced to land in Ankara. Turkish state-run
television TRT reported the next day that the passenger plane was
carrying military communications equipment. Damascus branded the
incident piracy amid growing tensions between the two countries. The
plane's 37 passengers and crew were allowed to continue to Damascus
after several hours, without the cargo.
2012 Oct 10, Turkey's military
chief vowed day to respond with more force to any further shelling
from Syria, keeping up the pressure on its southern neighbor a day
after NATO said it stood ready to defend Turkey.
2012 Oct 11, Guan Moye
(b.1955), aka Mo Yan, became the first Chinese writer to win the
literature Nobel Prize. He is best known in the West for "Red
Sorghum", which portrays the hardships endured by farmers in the
early years of communist rule and was made in a film directed by
(AP, 10/12/12)(Econ, 10/20/12, p.42)
2012 Oct 11, The Obama
administration declared the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 to be an
international criminal group, an unprecedented crackdown targeting
the finances of the sprawling US and Central American gang infamous
for hacking and stabbing victims with machetes.
2012 Oct 11, A former US
government official said US authorities believe that Iranian-based
hackers were responsible for cyberattacks that devastated Persian
Gulf oil and gas companies. Just hours later, Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta said the cyberthreat from Iran has grown, and he declared
that the Pentagon is prepared to take action if American is
threatened by a computer-based assault.
2012 Oct 11, Joe Biden and
Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and
more in a contentious, interruption-filled vice-president’s debate
steered by Martha Radatz of ABC at Centre College in Danville, Ky.
(AP, 10/11/12)(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 11, In Alabama River
Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon (91) pleaded guilty to transferring
$201,610 of town money to other people in the past three years. She
was sentenced to 5 years in prison, which was suspended because of
her age, and ordered to repay the money.
(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 11, A batch of newly
designed $100 bills, that aren't going into circulation until next
year, was stolen from a plane that arrived at Philadelphia
International Airport around 10:25 a.m. from Dallas. The Benjamins
are easy to spot. The new bills have sophisticated elements to
thwart counterfeiters, like a disappearing Liberty Bell in an orange
inkwell and a bright blue security ribbon.
2012 Oct 11, In Texas 3 people
were killed in a helicopter crash some 80 miles west of Austin.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 11, International
investors put a $20 million price tag on an Argentine navy training
ship after a judge in Ghana ruled that the ARA Libertad cannot set
sail until the South American country settles claims for unpaid
2012 Oct 11, British military
police arrested seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder. The
arrests relate to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011. The incident
followed an engagement with an insurgent and there were no civilians
2012 Oct 11, Britain asked
Jordan to pardon radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada (51) because
evidence used to convict him of terrorism there was obtained through
torture. The Palestinian-born Jordanian cleric, whose real name is
Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, has been convicted in absentia in
Jordan over bomb plots and faces retrial if extradited.
2012 Oct 11, In France a court
in Creteil, outside Paris, sentenced 4 of 14 men accused of rape to
prison terms, although most of the time was suspended. The longest
term any will serve is a year. French women's organizations decried
the acquittals and lenient sentences for the gang raping two teenage
girls more than a decade ago.
2012 Oct 11, Guatemala
prosecutors said they have detained 8 army privates and a colonel on
allegations of extrajudicial killings by opening fire on a peaceful
protests last week that killed 8 people and wounded 34.
(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 11, Indian police said
they have arrested three Muslim militants suspected of planning
terror attacks in New Delhi during a major Hindu festival season
that starts later this month. The three suspects, members of the
Indian Mujahideen, were arrested in New Delhi over the past two
weeks and were said to be responsible for several small explosions
in the western city of Pune in August in which one person was
2012 Oct 11, In Iraq Abeer Ali
(5) was abducted while her family attended a wedding in Zubair. Her
body was found 12 hours later in an empty lot, bearing similar signs
of trauma to Banin Haider, who was raped and killed in the same area
on Aug 16. Abeer was strangled with a shoelace. The suspected
kidnapper phoned nine friends and invited them to take part in the
rape. So far, eight people have been arrested and have confessed.
All of those arrested in the two cases were drug addicts under the
influence at the time of the crimes.
2012 Oct 11, Nigerian farmers
asked a Dutch court to rule that oil company Shell is liable for
poisoning their fish ponds and farmland with leaking pipelines.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC long argued that the case, which was launched
in 2008, should be heard in Nigeria.
2012 Oct 11, In Pakistan US
drones fired four missiles at a compound of a militant commander in
the northwestern Orakzai tribal region, killing 16 militants. A pair
of bombings in Baluchistan province killed 10 civilians and three
security personnel. Gunmen kidnapped a retired Pakistani army
brigadier who was working under contract with the country's
intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, on the
outskirts of Islamabad, shortly after the officer left his home for
work. The officer's driver resisted and was shot and killed.
2012 Oct 11, Somali pirates
released the MV Free Goddess, a Liberian-flagged Greek-owned ship
and its crew of 21 Filipinos, following a payment of a $2.3 million
ransom. They were held hostage for eight months. Pirates still held
six ships and 156 crew members.
2012 Oct 11, It was reported
that upgrades for South African President Jacob Zuma's rural private
home will cost more than $23 million in taxpayer money.
2012 Oct 11, In South Africa
striking miners killed one man by setting him on fire while another
was shot and seriously wounded in rekindled labor unrest that saw
police firing tear gas and rubber bullets near an Anglo American
Platinum (Amplats) mine.
2012 Oct 11, Four UN agencies
called on India to take action against child marriages on the first
Int’l. Day of the Girl Child.
(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 11, In Yemen a masked
gunman assassinated a Yemeni security official who worked for the US
Embassy in a drive-by shooting near his home in Sanaa.
2012 Oct 12, The US Justice
Dept. announced that it will allow members of federally recognized
Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 12, US federal
officials approved a plan to set aside 285,000 acres of public land
for the development of large-scale solar power plants in 6 states.
Most of the land is in Southern California.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 12, Alejandrina
Gisselle Guzman Salazar (31), the daughter of one of the world's
most sought-after drug lords, was arrested at San Diego's San Ysidro
port of entry and charged with fraud and misuse of visas, permits
and other documents. Her father is Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader
of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel.
2012 Oct 12, UC Berkeley law
students Justin Teixeira and Eric Cuellar were seen laughing and
throwing around the body of a dead helmeted guinea fowl at the
Flamingo casino in Las Vegas. On Dec 28 prosecutors filed animal
cruelty charges against both men. In 2013 Cuellar pleaded guilty and
was fined $200 and sentenced to 48 hours of community service. A 3rd
defendant Hazhir Kargaran (26) pleaded no contest to 3 misdemeanors
and was sentenced to 2 days in jail and 48 hours of community
service. Teixeira pleaded guilty to a felony animal killing was
sentenced to 6 months in boot camp and then probation. On may 13,
2014, Teixeira was sentenced to 4 years’ probation and monthly work
at an animal shelter.
(SFC, 12/28/12, p.A5)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.C8)(SFC,
2012 Oct 12, In Texas Elizabeth
Escalona of Dallas was sentenced to 99 years in prison after she
pleaded guilty beating her daughter (2) and gluing the girl’s hands
to a wall as she struggled with potty training.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 12, Shares of Workday,
a human resources software company in Pleasanton, Ca., rose $20.69
to close at $48.69 in its first day of trading on the NYSE. The
company was founded in 2005 by Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri.
Duffield had created PeopleSoft, which was swallowed by Oracle in
(SSFC, 10/14/12, p.D1)(Economist, 10/6/12, p.78)
2012 Oct 12, In Botswana a
judge nullified a customary law that denied women the right to
inherit a family home, a decision seen as a crucial step forward for
women's rights in the southern African country.
2012 Oct 12, British lawyers
said Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky has agreed to pay 35
million pounds towards the legal fees of Chelsea Football Club owner
Roman Abramovich after failing in a $6 billion (3.7 billion pounds)
London court battle with his former protégé.
2012 Oct 12, In Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and stun grenades in clashes with hundreds of
anti-government protesters in the capital Manama.
2012 Oct 12, London police
arrested Maksim Bakiyev (34), the fugitive son of Kyrgyzstan's
deposed president, on a US extradition warrant on suspicion of
fraud. released on bail until his next court hearing on Dec 7.
2012 Oct 12, It was reported
that Britain planned to shoot badgers for six consecutive weeks in
each of the next four years in parts of Gloucestershire and the
neighboring county of Somerset. The aim was to reduce the badger
population by 70 percent. At issue was how to stem the spread of
bovine tuberculosis, which many farmers blamed on roaming badgers.
2012 Oct 12, In Egypt Liberal
and leftist groups had called a protest to demand more action from
Pres. Morsi after his first 100 days in office. Morsi's supporters
called for a separate rally to demand judicial independence
following the acquittals of Mubarak loyalists on Oct 10. A melee
erupted after Morsi's supporters stormed the activists' stage at
Cairo's Tahrir Square, angered by chants from the opposition they
perceived as insults to the president.
2012 Oct 12, The European Union
was named as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on
a continent ravaged by war.
2012 Oct 12, In Egypt Liberal
and leftist groups had called a protest to demand more action from
Pres. Morsi after his first 100 days in office. Morsi's supporters
called for a separate rally to demand judicial independence
following the acquittals of Mubarak loyalists on Oct 10. A melee
erupted after Morsi's supporters stormed the activists' stage at
Cairo's Tahrir Square, angered by chants from the opposition they
perceived as insults to the president.
2012 Oct 12, Italy’s top court
sided with doctors who blamed a non-cancerous brain tumor in
businessman Innocenzo Marcolini on electro-magnetic radiation from
his cell phone.
2012 Oct 12, Lebanon's state
run news agency said three members of an al-Qaida-inspired group
have escaped from a prison in eastern Beirut.
2012 Oct 12, A top official in
Niger said the country's recent floods have killed 91 people and
caused significant damage.
2012 Oct 12, The government of
Puerto Rico formally withdrew plans to build a natural gas pipeline
after investing more than $50 million in a project that provoked
strong opposition from islanders and environmentalists.
2012 Oct 12, In Scotland heavy
rain and flooding hit large swathes of the country, bursting
riverbanks, turning roads into torrents and stranding people in
2012 Oct 12, In South Africa a
strike by some 20,000 truckers ended in a three-year wage deal that
gives them a 10 percent pay raise in the first year.
2012 Oct 12, In Syria Jabhat
al-Nusra, a shadowy jihadi group believed to be linked to al-Qaida,
fought alongside rebels who seized overnight the air defense base
near the village of al-Taaneh.
2012 Oct 12, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved a plan to back an African-led military
force to help the Malian army oust Islamic militants who have seized
the northern half of the country.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 13, In southern
Afghanistan 6 people, including 2 Americans, were killed an attack
where a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at a local
intelligence office in Kandahar province. The bomber wore a uniform
of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, or NDS. A second
attack killed two Afghan policemen and left three others wounded in
Qalat, the capital of neighboring Zabul province. A NATO service
member with the US-led coalition was killed in a roadside bombing in
(AP, 10/13/12)(AP, 10/16/12)
2012 Oct 13, In northwestern
China's Gansu province Tamdrin Dorjee (52) died at the scene near
Tsoe Monastery after setting himself on fire in protest of Chinese
rule. Free Tibet said the man is the grandfather of the 7th
2012 Oct 13, Egypt's prosecutor
general defied a presidential decision to remove him from his post,
entering his office in a downtown Cairo courthouse flanked by
security and hundreds of judicial officials. President Morsi had
ordered Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud to step down in an apparent bid to
appease public anger over the acquittals of ex-regime officials
accused of orchestrating violence against protesters last year.
Morsi backed down from his decision to remove Mahmoud, keeping him
in his post and sidestepping a potential clash with the country's
2012 Oct 13, French President
Francois Hollande said his country was committed to facilitating
freedom of movement, exchange and trade within the French-speaking
world during a visit to Congo for the Francophonie Summit.
2012 Oct 13, In Haiti visiting
Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi banker, announced
that his pro-business development group is financing several
endeavors through a mix of loans and equity.
2012 Oct 13, An Israeli
airstrike killed two people in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military
says one is Hisham Saidani (43), a member of a faction of the
ultraconservative Salafi trend believed to have ties to al-Qaida.
Militants on jihadi websites identified the other dead man as Ashraf
Sabah (37), leader of another al-Qaida inspired group, Ansar
2012 Oct 13, In Japan global
financial ministers ended their annual IMF meeting with a call for
quick and effective action to safeguard faltering economic growth.
(SSFC, 10/14/12, p.A7)
2012 Oct 13, Mauritania’s
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was lightly wounded by friendly
fire after his vehicle was fired upon by the military on the
outskirts of the capital, Nouakchott.
2012 Oct 13, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb tore through a crowded bazaar outside an office
for anti-Taliban tribal elders, killing at least 17 people in Darra
Adam Khel, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2012 Oct 13, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists
on the ground, said regime forces were pounding the rebel stronghold
of Homs in central Syria with mortars and artillery. The southern
province of Daraa also sustained shelling by the Syrian army.
Fighting between army troops and rebels raged around Idlib province
and in and around the northern city of Aleppo.
2012 Oct 13, Syria's state-run
news agency SANA says Syria has decided to ban Turkish Airlines
flights from Syrian airspace.
2012 Oct 14, The US CDC said 15
people have died and 205 people in 14 states have now been infected
meningitis traced to contaminated steroid shots mixed by a pharmacy
in Framingham, Mass.
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 14, Arlen Specter
(b.1930), Pennsylvania's longest-serving US senator and prominent
Republican moderate in Congress, died at his home in Philadelphia.
(AP, 10/15/12)(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 14, Afghan
counternarcotics police poured gasoline on more than 24 tons of
narcotics and other illegal substances, then set the pile ablaze on
the outskirts of Kabul.
2012 Oct 14, In Algeria Inalg
Bekkai Boualem, also known as Khaled El Mig, the head of external
relations for AQIM, was killed. Over the next two weeks, four other
suspected AQIM militants were ambushed and killed by security forces
following tipoffs from the local Berber population in the Kabylie
2012 Oct 14, Austrian daredevil
Felix Baumgartner plummeted into the record books, breaking the mark
for highest-ever skydive after leaping from a balloon more than 24
miles above New Mexico and going supersonic at Mach 1.24, or 833.9
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 14, Belgium held
municipal elections. Early results showed widespread gains for a
separatist party that is seeking autonomy for the wealthy
Dutch-speaking region of northern Flanders.
2012 Oct 14, Nicholas Mockford
(60), a British national and executive for ExxonMobil living in
Belgium, was shot dead as he left an Italian restaurant in
Neder-over-Heembeek. Helmeted assailants escaping on a motorcycle.
2012 Oct 14, Britain's Ministry
of Defense said five Royal Marines have been charged with murder
over a death in Afghanistan last year. They are the first British
troops to be charged with murder in the country since deployments
began in 2001.
2012 Oct 14, In Colombia a FARC
bomb killed a man and his 3-year-old son.
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.35)
2012 Oct 14, Iranian officials
denied any role in recent online attacks against oil and gas
companies in the Persian Gulf and denounced American allegations of
an Iranian link to the Shamoon virus that hit Saudi state oil
company Aramco and Qatari natural gas producer RasGas.
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 14, Israeli aircraft
struck militants planning a rocket attack in the Gaza Strip. The
airstrikes killed three more militants.
2012 Oct 14, Libya's Congress
elected Ali Zidan (b.1950), a human rights lawyer, as interim prime
minister, a week after his predecessor was sacked for failing to
present a Cabinet line-up that political factions could agree on.
Zidan was a diplomat under Gadhafi before defecting in the 1980s and
joining Libya's oldest opposition movement, National Front for the
Salvation of Libya, from Geneva where he lived.
2012 Oct 14, Lithuanians dealt
a double-blow to the incumbent conservative government in national
elections by handing a victory to opposition leftists and populists.
In a referendum nearly two-thirds of voters in the nation of 3
million rejected the idea of a new nuclear facility that could have
made the country a net energy exporter.
2012 Oct 14, Montenegro held
elections. The Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) led by Milo
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.50)
2012 Oct 14, In Niger men in
two Toyota pickup trucks pulled up to a guesthouse in the town of
Dakoro and seized 6 aid workers, 5 from Nigeria and one from Chad.
The abductors were believed to be elements of AQIM. 5 workers were
freed on Nov 3. Their colleague Aime Soulembaye had died of wounds
received during the attack.
(AP, 10/15/12)(AP, 11/3/12)
2012 Oct 14, In northern
Nigeria gunmen attacked Dogon Dawa village in Kaduna state killing
at least 30 people. The attacked appeared to be between Muslim
farmers and Muslim nomadic cattlemen. In Benue state herdsmen burned
a village of the Christian Tiv people. Police blamed the killings on
land disputes between the two groups.
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A2)(AP, 10/17/12)
2012 Oct 14, In Pakistan over
100 militants attacked a police station in the northwest near
Peshawar, killing six policemen. Two of the killed policemen were
2012 Oct 14, In Pakistan tens
of thousands rallied in Karachi in support of Malala Yousufzai, a
14-year-old girl who was shot and critically wounded by the Taliban
for promoting girls' education and criticizing the militant group.
2012 Oct 14, Russia held local
elections. President Vladimir Putin's loyalists swept to victory in
most local election races that were marred by opposition claims of
(AP, 10/14/12)(AP, 10/15/12)
2012 Oct 14, Syrian gunmen
fired on a bus transporting workers to a blanket factory, killing
four and wounding eight. Syrian refugee Mustafa Ali Kassim (24) died
of shrapnel wounds inflicted when the Syrian army opened fire at his
group of 229 Syrian refugees while crossing a border fence into
Jordan before dawn. U.S.-based Human Right Watch said it has
obtained new evidence that Syrian troops are using cluster bombs —
widely banned munitions that pose a grave risk to civilians because
they burst into bomblets over large areas and often linger on the
ground, detonating only when touched.
2012 Oct 14, Turkish Foreign
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that Turkey is barring Syrian
civilian flights from Turkey's airspace, a day after Syria issued
such a ban for Turkish commercial aircraft.
2012 Oct 15, American scholars
Alvin Roth (60) of Harvard and Lloyd Shapley (89) of UCLA were
awarded the Nobel economics prize for studies on the match-making
that takes place when doctors are coupled up with hospitals,
students with schools and human organs with transplant recipients.
2012 Oct 15, In Georgia former
US Army medic Christopher Jenderseck pleaded guilty to destroying
clothing, shotgun shells and a cell phone following the Dec 4
killings of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend Tiffany
York. Jenderseck was one of 10 people accused of belonging to a
group that plotted to bomb a Savannah park, poison apples in
Washington state and assassinate the president. The group called
itself FEAR (Forever Enduring, Always Ready).
(SFC, 10/16/12, p.A4)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.30)
2012 Oct 15, South Dakota
executed Eric Robert (50), the 1st person to be executed here since
2007. He had killed a prison guard during a failed escape attempt in
(SFC, 10/16/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 15, Azerbaijan's top
energy official urged further scrutiny of the international
consortium developing the Caspian Sea nation's main oil field amid
mounting irritation at a slump in output.
2012 Oct 15, Cambodia's former
King Norodom Sihanouk (b.1922) died of a heart attack in Beijing,
where he had been receiving medical treatment. The cunning political
survivor had reinvented himself repeatedly throughout his often
(AP, 10/15/12)(Econ, 10/20/12, p.86)
2012 Oct 15, The European
Union, concerned by what it called Iran's refusal to come clean on
its nuclear program, imposed a new range of sanctions intended to
hit the country's treasury and increase pressure on its Islamic
regime. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the EU is
banning the import of Iranian natural gas into European Union
2012 Oct 15, In Iraq a string
of insurgent attacks killed four people. This included a pair of car
bombs in the ethnically divided northern city of Kirkuk that left
one dead and 20 people wounded.
2012 Oct 15, In the Ivory Coast
unidentified gunmen carried out overnight attacks against a power
plant in Abidjan and military positions in the southeastern town of
Bonoua. The gunmen were repelled by security forces.
2012 Oct 15, Japanese mobile
company Softbank offered a $20 billion deal for a 70 percent stake
in US mobile carrier Sprint.
2012 Oct 15, Jordan said it is
planning to open a second camp for Syrian refugees, whose numbers
are expected to climb to 250,000 by the year's end.
2012 Oct 15, In Kenya 3 members
of the Mombasa Republican Council, a banned secessionist group, were
killed when its leader Omar Hamisi Mwamnuadzi was arrested. The
group had won a court battle this year to get legal status.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.48)
2012 Oct 15, In Kuwait More
than 2,000 protesters demanded that Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah
set a date for parliamentary elections under voting districts that
appear to favor opposition forces, including Islamists.
2012 Oct 15, In Libya 120
prisoners escaped from jail in the capital city of Tripoli, where
security guards are suspected of having accepted bribes to free
2012 Oct 15, In Mali a teenaged
girl, about 15 years old, received 60 lashes in Timbuktu after
Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the street.
2012 Oct 15, Mexican police
raided three teachers colleges in the western state of Michoacan,
where dozens of students had been hijacking buses and delivery
trucks for a week to protest curriculum changes. The standoff at the
teachers colleges began over a week ago, when students seized the
campuses to protest plans to require them to take English and
computer science courses. The protesters say the colleges are meant
to prepare teachers for rural areas where basic skills are more of a
2012 Oct 15, In Nigeria at
least 15 separate explosions punctuated by gunfire echoed across
Maiduguri, a city long under siege by the radical Islamist sect
known as Boko Haram. At least 24 people were killed. A gunman
suspected to belong to Boko Haram shot dead a police traffic warden
in the city within view of a military checkpoint.
(AP, 10/15/12)(AP, 10/16/12)
2012 Oct 15, In Nigeria gunmen
attacked a ship operated by a French oil and gas services company
off the coast of the oil-rich southern delta, kidnapping six Russian
sailors and an Estonian in the assault. The kidnapped sailors were
freed on Oct 31.
(AP, 10/17/12)(AP, 11/1/12)
2012 Oct 15, Malala Yousufzai
(14), the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban gunmen for advocating
education for girls, was flown in an air ambulance, provided by the
United Arab Emirates, to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
2012 Oct 15, The Philippine
government and Muslim rebels overcame decades of bitter hostility
and took their first tentative step toward ending one of Asia's
longest-running insurgencies with the signing of a preliminary peace
pact brokered by Malaysia.
2012 Oct 15, Russia said it is
appealing to the Afghan authorities and the public to provide
information on some 265 Soviet troops — including 30-40 who may
still be alive — listed as missing since Soviet forces ended their
occupation of Afghanistan in 1989.
2012 Oct 15, Scotland set up a
historic independence referendum after PM Alex Salmond signed an
agreement with Britain's PM David Cameron finalizing arrangements
for a 2014 vote which could lead to the demise of its
3-centuries-old union with England.
2012 Oct 15, South Africa’s
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma took charge of the African Union, the first
woman to assume its top leadership.
(SFC, 10/16/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 15, Syrian President
Bashar Assad ordered immediate repairs to the historic Umayyad
mosque in the city of Aleppo, a move likely aimed at containing
Muslim outrage after fierce fighting between rebels and regime
forces set parts of the mosque on fire over the weekend.
2012 Oct 15, In Yemen a
Russian-made MiG-21 jetfighter crashed immediately after takeoff
during a training mission, killing its pilot.
2012 Oct 16, President Barack
Obama and Mitt Romney held their 2nd debate at New York's Hofstra
University. Obama gained ground on Republican rival Mitt Romney for
the third straight day, leading 46% to 43%, according to the
Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll.
2012 Oct 16, In Michigan a
shooting spree began that targeted moving cars around the suburbs of
Detroit. On Nov 5 police arrested a suspect in Wixom after 24
shootings over a 100-mile-long crime scene.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 16, A gunman in a van
shot and critically wounded a female Canadian border officer at the
main crossing between Washington state and British Columbia, then
immediately killed himself.
2012 Oct 16, The US CDC said
the number of people linked to the meningitis outbreak has climbed
to 233 in 15 states. It has been traced to contaminated steroid
shots mixed by a pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.
(SFC, 10/17/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 16, The $8 million,
72-foot catamaran of Oracle Team USA flipped on the SF Bay during a
training run for the 2013 America’s Cup. It drifted out under the
Golden Gate Bridge before being recovered.
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 16, Afghanistan's
security service denied claims that a suicide bomber who killed two
American troops and four Afghans on Oct 13 was a member of the
country's intelligence agency.
2012 Oct 16, Britain's Home
Secretary Theresa May said computer hacker Gary McKinnon (46),
accused by the United States of causing more than $700,000 damage to
US military systems, will not be extradited because of the high risk
he could kill himself. McKinnon, arrested in 2005, has Asperger's
Syndrome and has said he was looking for evidence of UFOs. In
December British authorities opted not to charge McKinnon.
(AP, 10/16/12)(AP, 12/14/12)
2012 Oct 16, British writer
Hilary Mantel won the Booker literary prize for a 2nd time with her
Tudor saga “Bring Up the Bodies," the 2nd of a planned trilogy about
Thomas Cromwell. Her first part of the trilogy, “Wolf Hall," won in
(SFC, 10/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 16, Nature published a
paper in which a team from Geneva Univ. claimed to have found an
Earth-sized planet orbiting a star called Alpha Centauri B. The
planet was aid to complete its orbit every 3.2 Earth days.
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.72)
2012 Oct 16, The Cuban
government announced that it will no longer require islanders to
apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic
procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to
travel overseas. Effective Jan. 13, and beginning on that date
islanders will only have to show their passport and a visa from the
country they are traveling to.
2012 Oct 16, Egypt's most
prestigious court lashed out at an Islamist-led panel tasked with
writing the country's new constitution, saying proposed provisions
undercut its mandate and keep it under the president's power.
2012 Oct 16, In Iraq a string
of insurgent attacks killed eight people. This included three car
bombs in Kirkuk that left 3 dead and 23 wounded. Gunmen in a
speeding car attacked an army check point in the city of Tuz
Khormato outside Kirkuk, killing two soldiers. Gunmen fatally shot
two brothers who are members of the anti-al-Qaida group known as
Sahwa, after breaking into their house in Samarra. In Baghdad gunmen
staged a drive-by shooting against a civilian car in a southern
suburb, killing an army officer and wounding three others.
2012 Oct 16, In Japan two US
sailors were arrested for the alleged rape of a Japanese woman on
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 16, In Rotterdam,
Netherlands, thieves grabbed seven paintings from the Kunsthal
gallery of works by celebrated artists including Pablo Picasso,
Claude Monet and Henri Matisse and vanished into the night. The
paintings were estimated to be worth roughly $100 million if sold at
(AP, 10/17/12)(AP, 10/18/12)
2012 Oct 16, Russia's PM Dmitry
Medvedev declared war on tobacco, calling for a ban on tobacco
advertising, an end to smoking in public and a rise in the price of
2012 Oct 16, In Serbia England
players and officials were attacked by their Serbian opponents and
racially abused by home fans moments after a 1-0 win over Serbia in
a European Under-21 playoff.
2012 Oct 16, Sudan said that
fighting in two states along its disputed border with South Sudan
has left over 600 people dead over the past 16 months.
2012 Oct 16, The Syrian
military unleashed heavy artillery bombardments and airstrikes
targeting rebel strongholds in Idlib and Aleppo provinces, killing
at least 90 people. There were 343,871 Syrians formally registered
as refugees or being helped by the UN refugee agency. The vast
majority of them have found refuge in neighboring Iraq, Jordan,
Lebanon and Turkey.
2012 Oct 16, In Tunisia 5
masked men stormed into the shrine of Sayyeda Aicha Manoubia, a 13th
century holy woman, near the capital Tunis that had previously been
threatened by religious conservatives and set it on fire.
2012 Oct 16, The UN's Food and
Agricultural Organization marked World Food Day, a day dedicated to
highlighting the importance of global food security. It said one in
eight people around the world goes to bed hungry every night.
2012 Oct 16, In Yemen a gunman
on a motorcycle assassinated Gen. Khaled al-Hashim, a senior
intelligence officer, in Sanaa in a drive-by shooting. Al-Hashim was
one of a number of Iraqi military experts hired by Yemen after the
fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Security officials said a suicide
bomber has attacked a checkpoint manned by civilian fighters outside
a southern town, killing six.
2012 Oct 17, The FBI arrested
21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a banker’s son from
Bangladesh, after he tried to detonate a fake 1,000-pound
(454-kilogram) car bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank in NYC. On Feb
7, 2013, Nafis pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. On Aug 9, 2013,
Nafis was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
(AP, 10/18/12)(SFC, 2/8/13, p.A16)(SFC, 8/10/13,
2012 Oct 17, Los Angeles
authorities arrested county assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a
campaign contributor, as part of a probe into alleged influence
peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.C3)
2012 Oct 17, In the SF Bay Area
Barbara Latiolais (58) was strangled to death by Cody Nicosia (18)
and Christian Birdsall (16). The teens set fire to the home
following her murder and robbery. Both teens were arrested on Oct
(SFC, 10/27/12, p.C1)
2012 Oct 17, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near the gate
of a US-Afghan combat outpost, wounding 10 Afghan soldiers.
2012 Oct 17, In Argentina
former Gen. Mario Benjamin Menendez (82) was arrested for his role
at the La Escaulita torture center in Tucuman province which he
helped run in 1975. In 1982 Menendez served as the military governor
of the Falkland Islands during Argentina’s brief occupation.
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 17, Bahrain detained
four people for defaming the island's king with Twitter posts in a
case that is likely to test the limits of expression in the
violence-wracked Gulf nation. The four will be held for seven days
2012 Oct 17, Scotland Yard
confirmed in a statement that the Metropolitan Police will no longer
permit tattoos on the face, hands or which appear above the collar
2012 Oct 17, Two British
parliamentary committees said they planned to quiz tax officials
about how Starbucks was able to avoid paying tax on 1.2 billion
pounds of sales since 2009.
2012 Oct 17, In Egypt a top
parliamentarian suspended the editor-in-chief of a state-owned
newspaper for publishing a report deemed an offense to the military.
2012 Oct 17, France's foreign
minister Laurent Fabius said Syria's air force is using so-called
barrel bombs — makeshift weapons consisting of containers stuffed
with TNT — to heavily damage neighborhoods. Fabius met with
representatives of about 20 countries to share details about a
secret French aid program and encourage others to join it.
2012 Oct 17, In Iraq a roadside
bomb hit a police patrol in western Baghdad, killing two policemen
and wounding two others. Another bomb went off in a grocery market
in southern Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding seven. A
third bomb exploded in a market in the city's east killing one
person and wounding six others.
2012 Oct 17, In Kenya a terror
suspect threw a grenade at officers, wounding four of them in the
Mombasa area. Three suspects were killed in the clash.
2012 Oct 17, Libyan authorities
identified Ahmed Abu Khattala, a leader of the Benghazi-based
Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, as commander in the Sep 11 attack
that killed US ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. At least six
people died and 80 were wounded on the first day of renewed fighting
at Bani Walid after negotiations failed to hand over the suspects
for the death of a well-known anti-Gadhafi rebel.
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A4)(AP, 10/18/12)
2012 Oct 17, Russian
investigators opened a criminal probe against leftist leader Sergei
Udaltsov and several other activists for allegedly plotting mass
riots in a new sign of a widening crackdown on Russia's opposition.
2012 Oct 17, In Sri Lanka
Selvarasa Pathmanathan (57), a key suspect wanted over the
assassination of Gandhi in May 1991, was released from detention. He
had been arrested in 2009 in Malaysia for procuring weapons for the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 17, Lakhdar Brahimi,
the international envoy to the Syrian conflict, called on President
Bashar Assad's regime to take the lead in a cease-fire during a
major Muslim holiday later this month, calling it a "microscopic"
step toward ending a crisis that he said could consume the whole
2012 Oct 18, In Florida
Bradford Baumet opened fire at a beauty salon killing 3 women and
wounding manager Marcia Santiago, who had asked for a restraining
order against him. After the rampage he went to a friend’s house and
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A8)
2012 Oct 18, In Oklahoma a
massive dust storm triggered a multi-vehicle accident along I-35
fording police to shut the roadway amid near blackout conditions.
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A8)
2012 Oct 18, In Portland,
Oregon, the Boy Scouts of America some 4,500 pages of secret
"perversion files" released by order of the Oregon Supreme Court,
their maneuvers protected suspected sexual predators while victims
suffered in silence. The new files from Scout headquarters in Texas
dated back to the 1920s.
(AP, 10/19/12)(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 18, In Algeria a group
of armed men stopped a bus at a fake checkpoint in the Boumerdes
region and checked each passenger's identity papers until they found
two members of the military, whom they dragged out of the bus and
shot dead by the side of the road.
2012 Oct 18, The European Court
of Justice ruled that Britain faces large fines for breaching EU law
on water treatment after plants in northern England and London
dumped raw sewage into waterways.
2012 Oct 18, In Greece hundreds
of youths pelted riot police with petrol bombs, bottles and chunks
of marble as yet another Greek anti-austerity demonstration
descended into violence. Some 70,000 protesters took to the street
during the country's second general strike in a month.
2012 Oct 18, Sylvia Kristal
(b.1952), Dutch film star, died in Amsterdam. She was best known for
her role in 4 of 7 “Emmannuelle" films.
2012 Oct 18, In Nigeria Shuaibu
Muhammed Bama was found "in a serving senator's home" in Maiduguri.
Bama was described as a commander who organized attacks in Bama, a
town just southeast of Maiduguri in Borno state.
2012 Oct 18, In Northern
Ireland a Belfast judge ruled that unmarried and same-sex couples
should be allowed to adopt children, overturning a 1987 adoption law
that discriminated against both groups.
2012 Oct 18, The first abortion
clinic on the island of Ireland opened in Belfast, sparking protests
by conservatives from both the Catholic and Protestant sides of
2012 Oct 18, Russia's top
investigative agency filed criminal charges against Konstantin
Lebedev (33), the opposition leader's assistant, continuing a
widespread crackdown on the movement against President Vladimir
2012 Oct 18, Rosneft, Russia’s
state-controlled oil giant, offered British Petroleum $28 billion
for its half of the TNK-BP joint venture. A day earlier AAR, a
consortium of Russian billionaires, had agreed to sell its half of
the TNK-BP joint venture for the same amount.
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.57)
2012 Oct 18, South Sudan
ordered oil companies to restart production and officials said oil
export could resume in about 90 days, ending a nearly nine-month
shutdown following a dispute with Sudan over borders and oil.
2012 Oct 18, In northern Syria
over 40 civilians, including at least 15 children, were killed in an
airstrike on the town of Maarat Numan. A day earlier activist in the
area posted a video showing what they said was a government
helicopter shot down by rebels. In all over 200 people were reported
killed in the country.
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 18, Turkey's state-run
news said security forces have killed 12 Kurdish rebels in clashes
in the southeast, raising the two-day death toll in the fighting to
2012 Oct 18, In southern Yemen
at least 3 suspected US drone strikes killed at least seven
al-Qaida-linked militants at gathering of militants at a farm
2012 Oct 19, In northern
Afghanistan an explosion from a roadside bomb tore into a minibus
carrying people to a wedding, leaving 19 dead and 16 wounded.
Separately six football fans died and 36 were injured when their bus
collided with a fuel tanker on a narrow road about 400 km (240
miles) northwest of Kabul.
2012 Oct 19, In Bahrain a
policeman died from injuries suffered the previous night from a
blast in Eker, about 20 km (12 miles) south of the capital Manama.
2012 Oct 19, Britain's
financial regulator fined Bank of Scotland (BoS) 4.2 million pounds
for failures in its systems which meant it held inaccurate mortgage
records for 250,000 of its customers.
2012 Oct 19, Relatives of four
British soldiers killed in the war in Iraq in 2003 won the right to
sue the government for negligence, in a landmark appeal court ruling
that could open the door for other claims. Families of some of the
soldiers who lost their lives said Britain sent them to the front
line with inadequate equipment.
2012 Oct 19, British engineers
at Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) in Teeside, northern England, said they
have produced 5 liters of synthetic petrol over a period of three
months. AFS said it has developed a way to create petrol from air
2012 Oct 19, Canadian police in
the city of London said 8 girls have been arrested after an
investigation into physical, emotional and online bullying of
another girl at their high school.
2012 Oct 19, In Egypt the
political party of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood elected Saad
el-Katatny, a former speaker of parliament, as the new leader the
Freedom and Justice Party to replace Mohammed Morsi, who resigned
from the post after winning the country's presidential election.
Several thousand protesters rallied in Cairo to demand the president
and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters ensure the country's
constitution represents all factions of society.
2012 Oct 19, The EU mediated
the first official talks between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo,
the bitter Balkan rivals, and Serbian PM Ivica Dacic said he is
ready for a "historic compromise."
2012 Oct 19, Seattle-based
Starbucks inaugurated its first coffee house in India in a
historical building in Mumbai.
(SFC, 10/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 19, In southeastern
Iran a suicide attacker running from the police detonated his
explosives near a mosque killing two people.
2012 Oct 19, In southwestern
Iran a passenger bus carrying female students overturned killing 26.
2012 Oct 19, In Iraq a roadside
bomb struck the pilgrim's bus near the town of Balad. After the bomb
exploded gunmen opened fire on the bus from the roadside. 4
Pakistani Shiite pilgrims heading to a shrine died in the attack. 14
others were wounded. Gunmen shot dead a police lieutenant colonel
who worked with the State Identity Directorate.
(AP, 10/19/12)(AP, 10/20/12)
2012 Oct 19, In Lebanon a car
bomb ripped through eastern Beirut in the most serious blast this
city has seen in years. 8 people were killed, including intelligence
chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan. His probe over the summer led to
the arrest of former Information Minister Michel Samaha, one of
Syrian Pres. Assad's most loyal allies in Lebanon.
(AP, 10/19/12)(AP, 10/20/12)
2012 Oct 19, In Nigeria gunmen
killed a Chinese construction worker in Maiduguri. An overnight raid
in the nearby city of Potiskum left five others dead and several
2012 Oct 19, In southwest
Nigeria a bus carrying women crashed and plunged off a bridge into a
river, killing at least 12 people. 6 people remained missing.
2012 Oct 19, Pakistan's top
court recommended that the government launch legal proceedings
against retired ISI chief Asad Durrani for allegedly bankrolling
politicians running against the current ruling party in the 1990
2012 Oct 19, In Somalia a cargo
ship was freed after being held captive for nearly two years. A
$600,000 ransom was paid for the MV Orna, hijacked on Dec 20, 2010.
Six hostages were still being held by the pirates on land. Pirates
shot and killed one of the ship's crew members in August over
delayed ransom payments.
2012 Oct 19, In southern Yemen
suicide bombers wearing army fatigues stormed into an army barracks.
14 soldiers were killed and over 20 wounded in the dawn assault in
2012 Oct 20, Obama
administration officials said the US and Iran have agreed in
principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s
(SSFC, 10/21/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 20, In southern
California Desmond John Moses (55) went on the early morning
shooting rampage over a dispute with the victims. He set fire to his
backyard bungalow before shooting five members of a family, killing
a father (30) and his 4-year-old son in Inglewood.
2012 Oct 20, In New Jersey
Autumn Pasquale (12) disappeared in her hometown of Clayton. On Oct
23 two teenagers were arrested and charged with her murder.
(SFC, 10/27/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 20, Afghan officials
said an Afghan police officer and cook poisoned two colleagues at a
checkpoint in an assault coordinated with insurgent fighters who
killed 4 other officers in Helmand province. Another Taliban attack
in Helmand killed two district community council members. A
Taliban-fired rocket-propelled grenades destroyed a warehouse full
of food destined for the Bagram US base.
2012 Oct 20, Thousands of
protesters marched through central London against public spending
cuts and tax rises enacted by a government fighting accusations it
is run by an upper-class elite that ignores the plight of
2012 Oct 20, In eastern Congo
three Roman Catholic priests were kidnapped in Beni, north of Goma,
in North Kivu province.
2012 Oct 20, In France some 70
far-right extremists from around the country stormed the
construction site of a mosque in Poitiers to show their hostility
toward it and denounce immigration that has brought millions of
Muslims into the country.
2012 Oct 20, In Iraq a roadside
bomb near a Shiite shrine and a string of shootings that targeted
security forces killed at least 17 people in Baghdad.
(AP, 10/20/12)(SSFC, 10/21/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 20, Israeli troops
commandeered a Gaza-bound ship that tried to break through Israel's
blockade of the Hamas-ruled seaside strip. European lawmakers and
other pro-Palestinian activists aboard did not resist, and the
Finnish-flagged vessel was diverted to an Israeli port.
2012 Oct 20, In Nigeria gunmen
raided the Potiskum home of a former Nigeria Customs Service
official and killed him and his son.
2012 Oct 20, Palestinians held
local elections. Fatah was expected to win as Hamas boycotted the
vote. Voters choosing new local councils in the West Bank rebuffed
candidates from Pres. Abbas' Fatah movement in five of the 11 main
(SFC, 10/20/12, p.A2)(AP, 10/21/12)
2012 Oct 20, Turkey's state-run
agency said clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish
rebels in Hakkari province, have left nine people dead.
2012 Oct 21, George McGovern
(90), former US Senator and presidential candidate, died at a
hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
2012 Oct 21, A shooting at a
spa near a Brookfield, Wis., mall left 3 women dead and four others
wounded in a scene of domestic violence. The suspected gunman,
Radcliffe Haughton (45), of Brown Deer, Wis., was found dead inside
(AP, 10/21/12)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 21, In Afghanistan a
NATO raid in Logar province reportedly killed four children.
2012 Oct 21, In Benin the
doctor of Pres. Boni Yayi, Former Minister of Trade Moudjaidou
Soumanou and one of the president's nieces Zouberatou Kora were
arrested. The next day they were charged with conspiracy and
attempted murder in a failed plot to poison the president by
changing his medicine with something toxic.
2012 Oct 21, In northwest China
Tibetan Lhamo Kyeb (27) called for the Dalai Lama’s return and died
after setting himself on fire near the Bhora monastery in Gansu
(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 21, In Guinea-Bissau
mutineers were defeated by military loyal to the Chief of General
Staff of the Armed Forces, Antonio Indjai. 6 people were killed when
a group of soldiers attempted to seize control of a military airbase
near the capital. On Oct 27 Coup leader Pansau Ntchama was arrested
outside the capital, Bissau. Ntchama had sought exile in Portugal
after allegedly carrying out the 2009 assassination of
Guinea-Bissau's former president.
(AP, 10/21/12)(AP, 10/28/12)
2012 Oct 21, Israel's PM
Netanyahu vowed on to continue building in east Jerusalem, despite
objections from Palestinians who claim the territory as capital of
their hoped-for state.
2012 Oct 21, Jordanian
officials said 11 men with suspected links to al-Qaida have been
charged with terrorism conspiracy for allegedly planning attacks on
shopping malls and Western diplomatic missions.
2012 Oct 21, In Libya clashes
in Bani Walid entered their fifth day. The state news agency said 22
pro-government militiamen were killed in an assault on late dictator
Moammar Gadhafi's last stronghold.
2012 Oct 21, Mali's government
troops killed about 10 men near the town of Diabaly and soldiers
reportedly recovered two shotguns along with ammunition. A relative
later said the men were Tuareg animal herders — not criminals. He
believed the deaths stemmed from a decade-long rivalry between two
families in the area, one of which had ties to a soldier in the
2012 Oct 21, Myanmar's
reformist Pres. Thein Sein held his first press conference for local
press, a milestone after years of secrecy and censorship by the
former military regime. In western Myanmar fresh clashes between
Muslims and Buddhists broke out, leaving at least three people dead
and hundreds of homes burned to the ground in Rakhine state’s Min
(AP, 10/21/12)(AP, 10/23/12)(SFC, 10/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 21, In Syria a taxi
rigged with explosives blew up near a police station in Damascus,
killing at least 13 people even as the UN envoy to the nation's
crisis was visiting to push his call for a cease-fire in talks with
President Bashar Assad.
2012 Oct 21, Pope Benedict XVI
added seven more saints onto the roster of Catholic role models in a
bid to reinvigorate the faith in parts of the world where it's
lagging. They included Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American
saint from the US; Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th century Franciscan
nun who cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii; Pedro Calungsod, a
17th century Filipino teenage martyr; Jacques Berthieu, a 19th
century French Jesuit who was killed by rebels in Madagascar;
Giovanni Battista Piamarta, an Italian who founded a religious order
in 1900 and established a Catholic printing and publishing house in
his native Brescia; Carmen Salles y Barangueras, a Spanish nun who
founded a religious order to educate children in 1892; and Anna
Schaeffer, a 19th century German lay woman who became a model for
the sick and suffering after she fell into a boiler and badly burned
2012 Oct 22, President Obama
and Mitt Romney held their third and final debate at Lynn
University in Boca Raton, Fla. The focus was foreign policy,
although both candidates slipped in some references to domestic
2012 Oct 22, The New York-based
Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report that 76
journalists are in prison in Turkey and at least 61 of them are held
because for "their published work or newsgathering activities."
2012 Oct 22, Russell Means
(b.1939), Oglala Sioux leader of the 1973 occupation of Wounded
Knee, SD, died at his ranch in Porcupine, SD.
(SFC, 10/23/12, p.A7)
2012 Oct 22, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents killed 10 Afghan troops in an ambush in western
Herat province. Afghan police said a man in Herat has confessed to
stabbing his wife to death to prevent her from taking a job outside
(AP, 10/23/12)(AP, 10/22/12)
2012 Oct 22, The BBC faced
growing fallout over sexual abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile,
a popular children's TV entertainer, as PM David Cameron accused the
broadcaster of changing its story about why it killed a news segment
on the accusations. Savile had been hailed as a popular fixture in
children's TV when he died at 84 last year.
2012 Oct 22, In Equatorial
Guinea Fabian Nsue Nguema, a prominent human rights lawyer, went
missing during a visit to a prison. Equatorial Guinean law prohibits
secret and warrantless detentions, and stipulates that charges must
be filed within 72 hours of an arrest.
2012 Oct 22, A French defense
official said that France plans to move two surveillance drones to
western Africa from Afghanistan by year-end, though he did not
provide details. France is also reported to have special forces in
the region around Mali, and to have contracted out surveillance of
Mali to a private company.
2012 Oct 22, Israeli aircraft
struck the northern Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinian militants,
after mortar attacks targeted Israeli troops earlier in the day.
2012 Oct 22, A Jordanian
soldier was killed in clashes with armed militants trying to cross
the border into Syria.
2012 Oct 22, Lebanese troops
launched a major security operation to open all roads and force
gunmen off the streets. Sectarian clashes overnight left four dead
as Syria's civil war spilled into neighboring countries.
2012 Oct 22, Russia's top
investigative agency announced that Leonid Razvozzhayev, a
government opponent, has turned himself in and confessed to
orchestrating riots. The activist's supporters reported over the
weekend that he had been kidnapped in Ukraine by Russian security
officers outside a UN office where he was going to apply for
2012 Oct 22, In South
Africa a blast outside a prison in central Johannesburg killed three
prisoners and seriously wounded four others in an attempted escape
2012 Oct 22, South Korean
activists floated balloons carrying tens of thousands of
anti-Pyongyang leaflets into North Korea, eluding police who had
disrupted an earlier launch attempt due to threats from North Korea.
2012 Oct 22, Spain’s national
statistics institute reported that 21.1% of the nation’s 47 million
population lives below the poverty line, set at an annual $9,610.
(SFC, 10/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 22, In Syria 42
civilians, arrested at a military checkpoint in the Damascus suburb
of Moadamia Al-Sham, were soon found executed.
(SFC, 10/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 22, In Tunisia
thousands decried the growing political violence during a protest in
(SFC, 10/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 23, The US Immigration
and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said it will end its contract
with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd in favor of Apple Inc's
iPhone, dealing a new blow to RIM just months before it launches a
vital new device.
2012 Oct 23, In California
surfer Francisco Javier Solorio Jr. was killed in a shark attack off
the coast of Surf Beach in Lompoc.
(SFC, 10/24/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 23, In NYC ex-convict
Darrell Fuller (33) was arrested in Queens after he killed a police
officer on Long Island and a motorist nearby during a carjacking.
(SFC, 10/24/12, p.A9)
2012 Oct 23, In Afghanistan an
American service member was killed in an insurgent attack in the
2012 Oct 23, Britain’s
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said a plan to shoot thousands
of badgers to stop the spread of tuberculosis in cattle has been
delayed in the face of overwhelming public opposition to the cull.
2012 Oct 23, In China Dorje
Rinchen (58), a Tibetan farmer, set himself on fire and died on the
main street in Xiahe near the Labrang Monastery.
2012 Oct 23, Egypt's security
forces intercepted a group of smugglers bringing in weapons from
2012 Oct 23, In Iraq a series
of attacks struck Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad early today,
killing nine people and wounding 26.
2012 Oct 23, Kuwait banned
public gatherings of more than 20 people and said police have the
power to disperse unauthorized crowds.
2012 Oct 23, Nigerian
authorities intercepted a ship and found on board several guns and
thousands of rounds of ammunition. 15 Russian sailors were soon
charged with illegally bringing weapons into the country. All
charges against the sailors were dropped in 2013.
2012 Oct 23, The emir of Qatar,
Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, received a hero's welcome in Gaza,
becoming the first head of state to visit the Palestinian territory
since the Islamist militant Hamas seized control of the coastal
strip five years ago.
2012 Oct 23, Romania's highest
court upheld the conviction of Archbishop Pimen (83) for serving as
an informant sent by the church and the Securitate to spy on fellow
clergy and members of Romania's expatriate community in the United
States in the 1970s.
2012 Oct 23, A Russian Soyuz
spacecraft launched in Kazakhstan carrying a 3-man crew, including
an American and 2 Russians, to the Intl. Space Station.
(SFC, 10/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 23, Somali journalist
Ahmed Farah Sakin, a reporter for the Somali television station
Universal, was shot to death in the town of Lasanod in the breakaway
region of Somaliland. This brought the number of journalists killed
in Somalia this year to 16.
2012 Oct 23, Syrian warplanes
struck Maaret al-Numan, a strategic rebel-held town in the country's
north in an attempt to reopen a key supply route. At least 20 people
were killed in Aleppo when a bakery was hit by a shell. Over 100
people were reported killed in fighting across the country. A
UN-proposed cease-fire meant to start this week appeared
increasingly unlikely to take hold.
(AP, 10/23/12)(SFC, 10/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 23, In Taiwan an early
morning fire ripped through a nursing home, killing 12 people and
injuring 60, many of them too weak to get out of their beds to
escape. A nursing home resident confessed to setting the fire.
2012 Oct 24, US federal
prosecutors sued the Bank of America for $1 billion alleging the
bank, which acquired home mortgage lender Countrywide in 2008,
defrauded government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and
(SFC, 10/25/12, p.D3)
2012 Oct 24, FBI agents
arrested NYC police Officer Gilberto Valle, a 6-year veteran, after
they uncovered several of his plots to kidnap women, including one
whom he threatened to cook and eat.
(SFC, 10/26/12, p.A13)
2012 Oct 24, In southern
California Douglas Harris (30) shot and killed 3 people at a fire
extinguisher business and a nearby home in Downey. Two others were
(SFC, 10/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 24, Police in southern
California arrested Akingide Cole of Palmdale for the theft of $1.6
million in casino chips from the Venetian resort in Las Vegas.
Detectives recovered $396,000 in chips.
(SFC, 10/31/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 24, Ahmed Ressam, an
Algerian arrested in Washington state in 1999 after crossing the
border from Canada with explosives, was sentenced to 37 years in
prison for plotting to bomb Los Angeles Int’l. Airport.
(SFC, 10/25/12, p.A7)
2012 Oct 24, In Afghanistan two
British troops and an Afghan policeman were gunned down in Helmand
2012 Oct 24, The African Union
pledged to mobilize an African military force to battle
al-Qaida-affiliated groups controlling northern Mali. Ministers
meeting at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia agreed to write a final
operational plan for the African-led force by the end of the month.
2012 Oct 24, China approved new
nuclear power plants as part of plans to reduce reliance on oil and
coal, ending the moratorium it imposed to review safety in the wake
of Japan's Fukushima disaster last year.
2012 Oct 24, In Egypt Karim
el-Azizi (35) detonated an explosive device after briefly exchanging
gunfire with security forces that had surrounded his building in
Cairo's northern suburb of Nasr City. The Libyan national, linked to
the Sep 11 deadly attack on the US Consulate, had turned his rented
apartment into a small weapons cache before he died. Security forces
arrested four other men in a nearby suburb describing them as part
of a terrorist cell.
2012 Oct 24, French police
arrested former Seattle real estate developer Michael Mastro and his
wife, Linda at their apartment in the town of Doussard near Lake
Annecy. A day later, US authorities handed them a 43-count grand
jury indictment on charges of money laundering and bankruptcy fraud,
including allegedly lying about the whereabouts of two huge diamonds
valued together at $1.4 million as part of a bankruptcy proceeding.
2012 Oct 24, Germany opened a
long-awaited memorial to the hundreds of thousands of Gypsies, or
Roma, who were killed by the Nazis in what one survivor called "the
forgotten Holocaust" — and pledged to fight the discrimination the
minority still faces in Europe today.
2012 Oct 24, Iran's
intelligence chief said up to 50 people have been arrested in
connection with the decline in the value of the national currency
and the chaos that followed the slide. Iran's rial has lost nearly
40 percent of its value against the US dollar this month.
2012 Oct 24, Iraqi insurgents
launched a new wave of attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk targeting
security forces and a local politician, killing four members of the
security forces and one child.
2012 Oct 24, Hurricane Sandy
crossed over Jamaica. An elderly man was killed by a boulder that
crashed into his clapboard house. Sandy killed 51 people in Haiti.
At least 65 people were left dead as Sandy left the Caribbean.
(AP, 10/25/12)(AP, 10/26/12)(AP, 10/28/12)
2012 Oct 24, Jordan released 18
activists, after a pardon from the king, arrested during a protest
last month when they allegedly chanted against the country's
monarch. Two other men detained with the group remained in custody
because they were not part of the youth activist movement.
2012 Oct 24, Libyan
pro-government militiamen captured the center of Ben Walid, a city
that was one of the last strongholds of former dictator Moammar
Gadhafi's loyalists, following fierce clashes that left dozens dead
and tens of thousands displaced.
2012 Oct 24, In Myanmar 3 days
of clashes in Mrauk-u, a tourist center in Rakhine state, turned the
area into a war zone. Officials said at least 80 people have been
killed and some 4,600 homes destroyed in the latest outbreak of
ethnic violence in four Rakhine state townships. This latest
violence between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya
communities broke out on Oct 21.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.44)(AP, 10/26/12)
2012 Oct 24, In Pakistan a US
drone reportedly fired a pair of missiles at a mud brick compound in
North Waziristan, killing grandmother Mamana Bibi (68) and wounding
two men. Three of her grandchildren and others nearby were wounded.
(AP, 10/24/12)(AP, 10/22/13)
2012 Oct 24, Gaza militants
pummeled southern Israel with over 60 rockets and mortars. Israeli
airstrikes in return killed two Palestinians in a sharp escalation
of violence following a landmark visit to the coastal territory by
the leader of Qatar. Two foreign workers in Israel were critically
wounded in the rocket fire, and a number of militants were injured
in the Israeli air attacks.
(AP, 10/24/12)(SFC, 10/25/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 24, In Senegal a judge
sentenced a well-known journalist to four years in prison for acts
of homosexuality, illegal possession of arms and battery. Jupiter
Ndiaye was arrested on Oct. 10 after getting into a fight with his
male partner. The court said that Ndiaye used a knife and stabbed
his partner in the stomach.
2012 Oct 24, In Sudan an
explosion and fire at a military factory south of the capital,
Khartoum, killed two people. Minister of Information Ahmed Belal
Osman said four aircraft hit the Yarmouk Complex, setting off a huge
blast that rocked the capital before dawn. Israel was blamed for the
2012 Oct 24, Syrian warplanes
struck Mar Shureen village near a strategic rebel-held town in the
country's north, killing five members of an extended family.
2012 Oct 24, The UN-Arab League
envoy to Syria said the government in Damascus and some rebel
leaders have agreed to a temporary cease-fire during a four-day
Muslim holiday that starts Oct 26.
2012 Oct 24, Pope Benedict XVI
named six new cardinals, adding prelates from Lebanon, the
Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia, India and the United States to the
ranks of senior churchmen who will elect his successor.
2012 Oct 25, In NYC a nanny
stabbed Lucia Krim (6) and Leo Krim (2) to death. In 2018 Yoselyn
Ortega (55) was convicted of murder and faced life in prison. On May
14, 2018, Ortega was sentenced to life in prison.
p.A5)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A6)
2012 Oct 25, A Texas state
trooper fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter and killed two
illegal immigrants from Guatemala during a chase through the desert.
He was trying to disable the vehicle and suspected it was being used
to smuggle drugs. Eight people in the truck were arrested. No drugs
2012 Oct 25, Jacques Barzun
(104), American cultural historian, died in San Antonio. He had
taught at Columbia Univ. for nearly 60 years. His dozens of books
included “From Dawn to Decadence" (2000).
(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.A17)
2012 Oct 25, In Afghanistan a
man in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two American service
members in Uruzgan province.
2012 Oct 25, Hundreds of
Argentine sailors returned home after abandoning their frigate on
orders from President Cristina Fernandez, after the ARA Libertad was
detained by a Ghanaian judge in a debt dispute. The sailors arrived
home on an Air France charter because the Argentine government
couldn't send one of its own planes, for fear that it, too, could be
seized as collateral. The ship's captain and 43 crew members were
left behind with the ship at Ghana's Tema Port.
2012 Oct 25, In China Tibetan
cousins Tsepo (20) and Tenzin (25) called for independence for Tibet
as they set fire to themselves in front of a government building in
their village in Biru county north of Lhasa.
2012 Oct 25, The NY Times
furnished evidence that family members of China’s PM Wen Jiabao has
accumulated some $2.7 billion during his decade in office.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.45)
2012 Oct 25, Hurricane Sandy
crossed mountainous eastern Cuba as a Category 2 storm. 11 people
were killed in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces as its
howling winds and rain toppled houses and ripped off roofs. About
30% of Cuba’s coffee crop was reportedly lost.
(AP, 10/25/12)(AP, 10/26/12)(Econ, 11/3/12, p.38)
2012 Oct 25, Israel's PM
Netanyahu announced that he was joining forces with his hardline
foreign minister in upcoming elections, instantly creating a hawkish
new bloc that now appears poised to lead the country.
2012 Oct 25, Russia's top
investigative agency launched a criminal probe into alleged fraud in
the selloff of Defense Ministry assets, a high-profile case that
could shake up the nation's scandal-marred military establishment.
2012 Oct 25, Some 3.4 million
Muslims from 300 nations started their annual hajj pilgrimage by
ascending Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on a day pilgrims believe
offers them a chance to repent their sins.
2012 Oct 25, In Syria
anti-regime forces advanced in Aleppo and took control of several
neighborhoods. The deputy head of the United Nations urged Syrian
rebels and the regime in Damascus to observe a four-day cease-fire
to observe the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha on Oct 26.
2012 Oct 25, In Yemen militants
assassinated two senior officers in drive-by shooting in Damar, 100
km south of Sanaa.
2012 Oct 26, The US CDC said
the number of people linked to the meningitis outbreak has climbed
to 338 in 18 states and included 25 deaths. It has been traced to
contaminated steroid shots mixed by a pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.
(SFC, 10/27/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 26, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque,
killing 41 people and wounding 23 in Maymana, Faryab province.
Taliban militants pulled five Afghan civilians off a bus in Ghazni
province and shot them dead.
(AP, 10/26/12)(AP, 10/27/12)
2012 Oct 26, Argentina lost its
long battle against bond holdouts in the US courts when an appellate
panel rejected every argument it made against paying $1.33 billion
to investors who refused to accept as little as 25 cents on the
dollar for the country's defaulted debt in 2005.
2012 Oct 26, Hurricane Sandy
raged through the Bahamas after leaving 29 people dead across the
2012 Oct 26, China blocked
access to the NY Times website after the paper published an article
claiming the family of Premier Wen Jiabao has amassed assets worth
$2.7 billion through a web of investments, mostly accumulated after
he rose to high office in 2002.
(SFC, 10/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 26, Chinese lawmakers
stripped disgraced politician Bo Xilai of his last official
position, formally expelling him from the country's top legislature
and clearing the way for criminal proceedings against the
once-rising political star.
2012 Oct 26, In China thousands
of people in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, clashed with police
during a protest over the proposed expansion of a petrochemical
factory that they fear would spew pollution and damage public
2012 Oct 26, In Cuba Eloy
Gutierrez-Menoyo (b.1934)), a moderate, pro-dialogue dissident,
died. He went from rebel commander fighting alongside Fidel Castro
to a foe launching commando raids against the island before settling
inside Cuba. Gutierrez-Menoyo spent 22 years in Cuban prisons,
losing vision in one eye and hearing in one ear. He was freed in
2012 Oct 26, The European
Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to
Iranian film director Jafar Panahi and imprisoned dissident lawyer
2012 Oct 26, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad and gunmen opened
fire on a security checkpoint elsewhere, leaving 4 dead and 8
(SFC, 10/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 26, In Italy a Milan
court sentenced former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, to four years in
prison and barred him from public office for five years after
convicting him in a decade-old case involving the purchase of TV
rights of U.S. films for his media empire.
2012 Oct 26, Amnesty
International alleged that Ivory Coast security officials are
torturing dozens of detainees by administering electric shocks and
other forms of abuse. The victims included people charged with
endangering state security in the wake of a recent spate of attacks
targeting military installations.
2012 Oct 26, Panama's
government said it will cancel plans to sell state-owned land in a
duty-free zone on the Panama Canal following a week of sometimes
violent protests in which a 10-year-old boy and two adults died.
2012 Oct 26, In Peru 2 people
were killed a some 110 people injured, including 50 police officers,
in riots in Lima that broke out after a wholesale market was closed
for not meeting security and hygiene requirements.
(SFC, 10/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 26, Syrians took to
the streets for the largest anti-regime protests in months in
several cities, taking advantage a lull in fighting as a cease-fire
took effect at the start of a Muslim holiday. A few hours after the
truce took effect, a car bomb in a residential area of Damascus
killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30. Another rigged
car went off near an army checkpoint in the southern city of Deraa,
killing 3 soldiers. In Aleppo fighting raged near the military
airport, killing at least 4 people. At least 22 people were killed
by regime shelling and sniper fire in the Damascus suburbs of
Harasta and Douma, and in the northern Idlib province.
(AP, 10/26/12)(AP, 10/29/12)
2012 Oct 27, Rafael Prieto
(48), a senior US secret service agent, committed suicide. This was
in the wake of an embarrassing prostitution scandal in April
involving 13 agents and officers during a presidential trip to
Colombia. For nearly six years the married father had kept his
extramarital affair with a Mexican woman a secret from the agency.
2012 Oct 27, William Harsh,
California painter, died at his home in Benicia.
(SFC, 11/10/12, p.E2)(http://tinyurl.com/bkxccly)
2012 Oct 27, Ecuador’s Pres.
Rafael Correa announced plans to give a bigger share of bank profits
to the country's poor. Under his plan, taxes would go up on bank
holdings abroad and an excise tax on financial services would
increase, with the proceeds used to increase lump-sum payments for
single mothers, the elderly poor and other needy Ecuadoreans.
2012 Oct 27, In France several
hundred striking Air France workers, protesting a restructure plan
to cut 10% of the work force, clashed with police at Paris’
Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.
(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 27, In Greece Costas
Vaxevanis, publisher of Hot Doc magazine, printed a list of 2,059
Greek depositors at a bank in Switzerland. The list, dating from
2007, was allegedly given to the Greek government by French
officials in 2010. Vaxevanis was arrested, faced trial and was
acquitted. On Oct 8, 2013, he appeared in court again to stand trial
again for violating privacy laws.
(SFC, 10/29/12, p.A2)(Econ, 11/3/12,
2012 Oct 27, Indonesia's
anti-terror squad arrested 11 people over the last 24 hours
suspected of planning a range of attacks on domestic and foreign
targets including the US and Australian embassies. The suspects
belonged to a new group called the Sunni Movement for Indonesian
Society, or HASMI.
2012 Oct 27, An Indonesia
conservationist said that and orangutan, recently shot with an air
rifle, has been rescued in the Indonesian part of Borneo. Rescuers
worked to remove 104 pellets from her body. In 2011 conservationists
found that villagers living on the Indonesian side of Borneo killed
at least 750 endangered orangutans in a year, some to protect crops
from being raided and others for their meat.
2012 Oct 27, In Iraq a bombing
near playing children and other insurgent strikes killed 40 people,
challenging government efforts to promote a sense of stability by
preventing attacks during a major Muslim holiday.
(AP, 10/27/12)(AP, 10/28/12)
2012 Oct 27, Several Russian
opposition leaders were detained in Moscow while protesting what
they say was the torture of a fellow activist.
2012 Oct 27, Mikhail Prokhorov,
the billionaire New Jersey Nets owner and former Russian
presidential candidate, said he's leaving business to focus
full-time on politics, returning to the political arena after
remaining silent through a five-month Kremlin crackdown on the
2012 Oct 27, South African
police fired rubber bullets at striking miners at the Anglo American
Platinum mine in Rustenburg as the company announced it had agreed
to reinstate 12,000 South African workers dismissed earlier this
month for staging illegal strikes. Some of the miners had vowed not
to return to work until their wage demands were met.
2012 Oct 27, Sri Lanka
authorities arrested 14 people accused of hijacking a fishing boat
and throwing its crew into the sea. Two fishermen were rescued
by other ships. 3 other crew members have not been found.
(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 27, Syrian warplanes
bombed a building in a suburb of the capital Damascus in the first
airstrike since an internationally mediated cease-fire went into
effect. 8 people were reported killed and many others wounded in the
airstrike in Arbeen.
2012 Oct 28, In Detroit,
Michigan, the SF Giants won the World Series beating the Detroit
Tigers 4-3 in a 4-game sweep.
(SFC, 10/29/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 28, London police
arrested one-time pop star Gary Glitter as part of an investigation
into allegations of child sex abuse by the late BBC presenter Jimmy
Savile. Glitter, born Paul Gadd, shot to fame in the early 1970s
with the hit "Rock and Roll". He has long been dogged by child sex
accusations. He was convicted of abusing two girls in Vietnam in
2006 and has been jailed in that country.
2012 Oct 28, Millions of
Chileans voted in nationwide municipal elections that could set the
stage for next year's presidential race.
2012 Oct 28, The local Chinese
government in Ningbo relented and agreed that a petrochemical
factory would not be expanded, only to see the protesters refuse to
halt their demonstration.
2012 Oct 28, French police
arrested Izaskun Lesaka (37) and another suspected ETA member,
Joseba Iturbide Ochoteco (35), in a hotel in Macon. Police said
Lesaka was considered one of ETA's top three leaders and that police
also seized abundant computer equipment and a stolen car with false
2012 Oct 28, In Iraq twin
bombings near a market southeast of Baghdad killed three people and
wounded eight others in Madain.
2012 Oct 28, An Israeli
airstrike strike into the Gaza Strip killed one Palestinian man and
wounded another. Five rockets and mortars had struck southern Israel
by early morning.
2012 Oct 28, Lithuanians cast
ballots in the second-round of national elections in a tight race.
The main opposition Social Democrats won 38 seats and announced
plans to form a left-leaning coalition with the 3rd place Labor
party (29 seats) and 4th place Order and Justice Party (11 seats).
The conservative Homeland Union of PM Kubilius won 33 seats.
(AP, 10/28/12)(SFC, 10/30/12, p.A3)(Econ,
2012 Oct 28, Victims of
Myanmar's latest explosion of Muslim-Buddhist violence fled to
already packed displacement camps along the country's western coast,
with a top UN official saying the unrest has forced more than 22,000
people from their homes.
2012 Oct 28, In northern
Nigeria a suicide bomber rammed an SUV loaded with explosives into a
Catholic church holding Mass, killing at least 7 people and wounding
more than 100 others in Kaduna. The attack sparked reprisal killings
in the city.
2012 Oct 28, In northwestern
Pakistan a powerful bomb went off outside the shrine of Sunni Muslim
saint Kaka Sahib in the town of Nowshehra, killing at least four
2012 Oct 28, A Russian vessel
with a nine-person crew and 700 tons of gold ore onboard went
missing in stormy seas off Russia's Pacific Coast. The ship sent a
distress call as it was sailing from the coastal town of Neran to
Feklistov Island in the Sea of Okhotsk.
2012 Oct 28, Somali journalist
Mohamed Mohamud Turyare, a reporter at Shabelle radio, died of
wounds following an attacked by gunmen last week. This brought
the number of journalists killed in targeted attacks in Somalia this
year to 17.
2012 Oct 28, Syrian warplanes
and artillery struck rebellious suburbs east of Damascus, while
rebels attacked regime positions elsewhere near Damascus. The
violence marred the third day of what was meant to be a four-day
holiday truce. At least 150 people were reported killed.
(AP, 10/28/12)(AP, 10/29/12)
2012 Oct 28, Ukrainians voted
in an election that was expected to maintain President Viktor
Yanukovych's parliamentary majority, despite his rollback on
democracy during nearly three years in power. An exit poll showed
Yanukovych's Party of Regions ahead with some 28.1 percent of the
vote. Tymoshenko's Fatherland party was poised to get about 25
percent of the proportional vote, while the Udar (Punch) led by
world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko was set to get around 15
(AP, 10/28/12)(AP, 10/29/12)
2012 Oct 28, In northern Yemen
a suspected US drone airstrike targeted al-Qaida militants in a
house in Saada province, killing 3 people, two of them said to be
Saudis. Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan
and spent six years in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was
wounded in the attack. On Jan 24 a security official said al-Shihri,
Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen, had died from wounds suffered in the
(AP, 10/28/12)(AP, 1/24/13)
2012 Oct 29, Category one
Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the US northeast
and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from
Hong Kong to Europe. Public transport in NYC shut down and the stock
market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years. The
storm made landfall in New Jersey with 80 mph sustained winds. The
Hurricane Center later attributed 72 US deaths to Sandy and
estimated damages from the storm at $50 billion.
(AP, 10/29/12)(Reuters, 10/29/12)(AP,
10/30/12)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A6)
2012 Oct 29, The HMS Bounty, a
three-masted replica of the ship featured in the film "Mutiny on the
Bounty," sank 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, NC, as it tried to go
around Hurricane Sandy. 14 people were rescued and two remained
2012 Oct 29, Jack Hood Vaughn
(92), former director of the Peace Corps (1966-1969), died at his
home in Arizona.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.C6)
2012 Oct 29, In Afghanistan a
pre-dawn Afghan army and NATO raid in the eastern province of Ghazni
killed four Taliban and three civilian bystanders.
2012 Oct 29, Berlin authorities
shot and killed a 120 kg (265-pound) wild boar after it attacked and
injured 4 people including a police officer in a residential
2012 Oct 29, In Ethiopia
federal prosecutors charged a group of 29 Muslims, including a wife
of a senior Cabinet minister, with terrorism and working to
establish an Islamic republic. Before the charges were filed, the
minister defended his wife, Habiba Mohammed, saying he had asked the
Saudi ambassador for the money to help construct a mosque their
family is building.
2012 Oct 29, German police
arrested a French citizen (37) wanted by Moroccan authorities in
connection with the May 16, 2003, bombings in Casablanca that killed
45 people including a dozen suicide bombers.
(SFC, 10/31/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 29, In Guinea riot
police fired tear gas at hundreds who gathered to protest the firing
of a teacher in the northern town of Labe who allegedly criticized
the Guinean government in class.
2012 Oct 29, Israeli aircraft
struck a Palestinian rocket launching pad and an unidentified
militant activity site in the Gaza Strip, in response to persistent
rocket and mortar fire from the coastal territory. The Shin Bet said
that 30 Hamas members were arrested near Ramallah, the West Bank's
2012 Oct 29, In Kuwait former
lawmaker Musallam al-Barrack was arrested on charges of criticizing
the Gulf nation's ruler during protests.
2012 Oct 29, Lithuania’s Pres.
Dalia Grybauskaite moved to block three opposition parties from
forming a new government because one of them, the Labor Party, is
accused of vote buying and fraudulent financing.
(SFC, 10/30/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 29, Myanmar's
government said it has boosted security in a western state hit by
ethnic and sectarian unrest as the number of displaced rose to
28,000 people, mostly Muslims.
2012 Oct 29, In Pakistan
Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen killed their 15-year-old daughter
by pouring acid on her because she sullied the family's honor by
looking at a boy. According to the Human Rights Commission of
Pakistan, at least 943 women were killed in the name of honor last
2012 Oct 29, In Somalia Warsame
Shire Awale, who worked at a Mogadishu radio station, was shot dead
by two men near his home. This brought the number of Somali
journalists killed this year to 18.
2012 Oct 29, Syrian warplanes
launched some 60 airstrikes against rebel targets around the
country. A government official said a car bomb killed 10 people on
the outskirts of Damascus. Activists said more than 80 people were
killed nationwide today and that at least 500 people were killed
over the last four days period when a UN-backed truce was supposed
to be in effect.
2012 Oct 29, In Turkey police
used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up a demonstration
by tens of thousands of pro-secular protesters, but the march to
mark the founding of the Turkish republic went on in defiance of a
2012 Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy
left at least 22 people dead overnight in NYC. Altogether 23 people
died on State Island, accounting for more than half of the 43 deaths
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.27)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.32)
2012 Oct 30, Disney said it
will pay $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company
behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. The
deal includes Lucasfilm's prized high-tech production companies,
Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, as well as rights
to the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
2012 Oct 30, In southern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan police uniform killed two NATO
2012 Oct 30, Virgin Australia,
the second largest airline in Australia, announced a 99 million
Australian dollar ($102 million) takeover offer for regional carrier
Skywest and said it bought a 60 per cent stake in budget domestic
rival Tiger Airways Australia for AU$35 million.
2012 Oct 30, Bahrain imposed
emergency-style rules banning all protest gatherings and threating
legal action against groups considered backing escalating
demonstrations and clashes in the strategic Gulf kingdom.
2012 Oct 30, Bolivia’s Pres.
Evo Morales asked Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn to defend the
chewing of coca leaf before the United Nations, lobby Chile to
restore Bolivia's long-lost access to the Pacific Ocean and help
persuade the United States to extradite a former Bolivian president.
Penn, already a goodwill ambassador for Haiti, has won respect for
his post-earthquake charity work.
2012 Oct 30, Hitachi won a bid
to take over a company building up to six nuclear power plants in
Britain, reviving hopes for investment in the UK's ageing energy
infrastructure but leaving doubts they will come online in time.
2012 Oct 30, Will Ferguson,
humorist, travel writer and novelist, won Canada's most prestigious
and lucrative literary prize. He had penned “419," a fictional tale
about the inner workings of Nigerian email scams.
2012 Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy
toppled trees and power lines in the Canadian province of Ontario,
leaving at least 145,000 people without power.
2012 Oct 30, Colombia's
most-wanted reputed drug trafficker, Henry de Jesus Lopez (41), aka
"Mi Sangre," was arrested outside a restaurant in suburban Buenos
Aires after Colombian police spent months chasing him around South
2012 Oct 30, In Iran opposition
blogger Sattar Beheshti (35) was arrested and taken to Evin prison.
He died on Nov 3. On Nov 6 his family was asked to pick up his body.
On Nov 12 Iran's state prosecutor confirmed that he died in police
custody and that wounds were found on his body. 3 interrogators
involved in the case were arrested.
2012 Oct 30, In northern
Nigeria gunmen suspected to belong to a violent robbery gang raided
a remote village in Kabaru, Zamfara state, killing 20 people in an
attack highlighting the growing insecurity in the nation.
2012 Oct 30, Several hundred
demonstrators rallied in Moscow to press for the release of
opposition activists on the same day that Russia commemorated the
victims of Soviet-era repression.
2012 Oct 30, A Rwandan court
sentenced Victoire Ingabire, head of the FDU-Inkingi opposition
party, to eight years in prison for treason and on a charge stemming
from murderous ethnic attacks 18 years ago — genocide denial. She
had returned to Rwanda in 2010, after living abroad for 16 years,
and asked why Hutus killed in the violence were not recognized like
the minority Tutsis in the 1994 genocide. Ingabire was released in
(AP, 10/30/12)(AP, 9/15/18)
2012 Oct 30, In Saudi Arabia
celebratory gunfire, common at weddings, brought down a power line
that touched off a fire in the Eastern Province, killing at least 23
women and children.
2012 Oct 30, A Spanish judge
indicted 6 Chileans and an American accused of the 1976 kidnapping,
torture and murder of Carmelo Soria, a Spanish UN official in Chile.
International arrest warrants were issued for them to be tried in
Spain. The American named was Michael Townley, who served five years
in a US prison for complicity in the 1976 assassination in
Washington of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his
2012 Oct 30, Syrian warplanes
pounded Maaret al-Numan, a strategic northern city, with three
airstrikes as ground troops pushed forward to recapture the area
recently taken by rebels. In Damascus Syrian troops and rebels
clashed in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. At least 185
people were killed nationwide in airstrikes and artillery shelling.
At least 47 soldiers were also reported killed.
(AP, 10/30/12)(AP, 10/31/12)
2012 Oct 30, In Tunisia an
Islamist protester was killed and 3 security officers injured after
ultraconservative Salafists attacked a police station near Tunis.
(SFC, 10/31/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 31, In San Francisco
an estimated one million-plus people turned out to celebrate the SF
Giants World Series victory parade.
(SFC, 11/1/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 31, Argentina’s
lawmakers passed legislation that lowered the voting age from 18 to
(SFC, 11/2/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 31, Brazil’s military
said it has confiscated 4 tons of drugs, 5 dozen vehicles and 200
boats used by drug traffickers in a 3-week operation along borders
with Bolivia and Peru.
(SFC, 11/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 31, Former British
cabinet minister Lord Hazeltine (79) published a report demanding a
new British industrial policy.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.57)
2012 Oct 31, In Colombia a
suitcase bomb exploded near a town square where 5,000 children were
celebrating Halloween, killing two suspected FARC bombers and
injuring 37 people, including two boys who were hospitalized in
2012 Oct 31, A tropical storm
slammed into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge
and displacing 150,000 people. Six deaths were reported in India and
2012 Oct 31, The kaleme.org
reported that 9 Iranian women have started a hunger strike after
female guards at Evin prison in northern Tehran carried out
unannounced inspections that included body searches, beating and
verbal insults of the prisoners.
2012 Oct 31, Italian architect
Gae Aulenti (84) died at her home in Milan. Her work included the
1986 makeover of a Parisian train station into the Musee D’Orsay as
well as the 2003 makeover of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
(SSFC, 11/4/12, p.C12)
2012 Oct 31, A top a top Kenyan
official said more than 2,700 African Union troops from Uganda have
died in Somalia. About three dozen Kenyan forces have died there
over the last year.
2012 Oct 31, Libya's Congress
endorsed the new government formed by PM Ali Zidan. It included
Foreign Minister Ali al-Alouji and the Minister of Religious
Endowment who both served under Gadhafi.
2012 Oct 31, Spanish
infrastructure company Ferrovial said an arm of China's sovereign
wealth fund has taken a 10 percent stake in the holding company
controlling Britain's largest airport Heathrow.
2012 Oct 31, Syrian warplanes
pounded opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north, as
President Bashar Assad's forces intensified airstrikes against
rebels seeking to topple him. Activists said 116 were killed
nationwide in airstrikes, artillery shelling and fighting. This
included 41 people killed in Aleppo and 35 in the suburbs of
(AP, 10/31/12)(AP, 11/1/12)
2012 Oct 31, In southern
Thailand a school teacher and his 11-year-old son were shot dead.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)
2012 Oct, Medley Global
Advisors, a research firm, released details of a September US
Federal Reserve meeting a day before they were publicly released. In
2017 Jeffrey Lacker, the president of the Richmond Fed, quit over
(http://tinyurl.com/y98v9cxq)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.67)
2012 Oct, News broke that an
int’l. computer hacker had stolen from the South Carolina
Dept. of Revenue’s data base the tax records of every state citizen
who has filed a tax return online since 1998. This was to date the
largest cyber attack against a state tax agency in US history. It
took 10 days for the intruder’s acces to be blocked.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.34)
2012 Oct, In San Francisco a
new brain health center opened as part of the California Pacific
Medical Center. It was later named the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center
after Ray Dolby, the founder of Dolby Laboratories. In 2014 the
Ddolby family acknowledged a $21 million donation to make the center
(SFC, 9/18/14, p.A1)
2012 Oct, In Bulgaria some
5,000 Roman items were put at the disposal at the National History
Museum in Sofia. They were seized at a border crossing with Serbia,
just few miles west of Ratiaria, an ancient Roman settlement
threatened by looters.
2012 Oct, In Guinea a Cabinet
reshuffle created a new post dedicated to human rights. The country
had one of the worst human rights records in West Africa, following
a shocking 2009 massacre. The reshuffle also saw the purging of the
last three members of the military serving in the government.
2012 Oct, In Kazakhstan
opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov was sentenced to 7½ years in
prison for allegedly attempting to overthrow the government by
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.57)
2012 Oct, Peru's government
ordered deep cuts in what the country's 1,200-boat commercial fleet
could catch after anchoveta stocks plummeted to about 5 million
metric tons — at the low end of what fishermen would bring in during
2012 Nov 1, Michela Wooldridge
(24), a homeless woman, was stabbed to death in Santa Rosa, Ca. On
Aug 19, 2014, police arrested Jessy Zetino (22) after DNA evidence
tied him to the murder.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.D2)
2012 Nov 1, In southern
Afghanistan a US service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
2012 Nov 1, Lawyers for
Amazonian Indians said they are seeking the seizure of $2 billion of
Chevron Corp.'s assets in Argentina as they tried to collect an
$18.7 billion environmental judgment won in Ecuador last year.
2012 Nov 1, British police
arrested comedian Freddie Starr as part of an investigation
triggered by allegations that the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile
sexually abused hundreds of children.
2012 Nov 1, Iranian warplanes
shot multiple rounds at a US Predator surveillance drone flying in
int’l. airspace. The aircraft was not hit.
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 1, An Iraqi court
unexpectedly convicted the country's fugitive Sunni vice president
Tariq al-Hashem on charges of instigating bodyguards to assassinate
a senior government official and sentenced him to death for a 2nd
time. The criminal court in Baghdad also sentenced al-Hashemi's
son-in-law, Ahmed Qahtan, to death on the same charges.
2012 Nov 1, In Libya some 200
mostly armed protesters and militiamen occupied an area near the
parliament building for a 3rd day, blocking nearby roads and beating
up journalists in protest of the country's new Cabinet.
2012 Nov 1, In Nigeria an
alleged member of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram set
conditions for peace talks with the government, asking that
negotiations to end its fight be held in Saudi Arabia and that
former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari be involved. In the northeast
soldiers shot dead more than 40 people, likely civilians, during an
operation in Maiduguri, a city long under attack by the Boko Haram
radical Islamist sect.
(AP, 11/1/12)(AP, 11/2/12)
2012 Nov 1, A veteran Northern
Ireland prison officer was killed in a gun ambush as he was driving
to work, the first slaying of a security-force member in the British
territory in 18 months. David Black (52) worked at Maghaberry
Prison, where more than 40 IRA inmates have been waging protests for
more than a year. The next day Northern Ireland police arrested 3
suspected Irish Republican Army militants. One was identified as
Colin Duffy (44), the most prominent Irish republican in Lurgan.
Duffy and another suspect were released on Nov 4.
(AP, 11/1/12)(AP, 11/2/12)(AP, 11/5/12)
2012 Nov 1, In Romania
prosecutors interviewed 100 people and raided some 50 homes and
offices in Bucharest, Giurgiu and Calarasi. 33 bankers and
government officials were detained on suspicion of money laundering
and fraud that cost the state €22 million ($28.5 million).
2012 Nov 1, In Saudi Arabia a
fuel truck exploded after hitting portions of a bridge in the Saudi
capital, Riyadh, engulfing buildings and cars in flames and killing
at least 22 people and injuring more than 110.
2012 Nov 1, In Spain an early
morning stampede at Madrid Arena, where thousands of people were
attending a Halloween party, killed 3 women and critically injured
2. Someone had set off a flare or a firework, causing the stampede.
2012 Nov 1, Syrian rebels
killed 28 soldiers in attacks on military checkpoints in northern
Idlib province, just hours after a wave of bombings hit Damascus and
its outskirts. 5 rebels died in gun battles following the attacks.
Rebels killed a group of captured soldiers during an assault by
rebels on the northern town of Saraqeb. A video of the killings was
made public and human rights groups the next day warned that the
gunmen may have committed a war crime. The Observatory said 83
soldiers were killed in attacks by rebels and clashes.
(AP, 11/1/12)(AP, 11/2/12)
2012 Nov 2, Frustration grew
for residents of Northeast states hit by superstorm Sandy as the
death toll reached 102, millions were still without power and
tempers frayed at a lack of fuel and guidance on when life might
return to normal.
2012 Nov 2, In Afghanistan 4
Afghan police officers were shot dead in southern Helmand province
in an insider attack by their colleagues.
2012 Nov 2, Australia’s Foreign
Minister Bob Carr announced that Australia will spend over $104
million over the next four years to help reduce deaths from malaria
in the Asia-Pacific region.
(SFC, 11/3/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 2, In Brazil Father
Marcelo Rossi, a Latin Grammy-nominated singer, inaugurated the
Mother of God sanctuary in Sao Paulo. The not-yet-finished structure
will seat 6,000 people and have standing room for 14,000 more.
2012 Nov 2, Bankrupt tycoon
Sean Quinn (65), once Ireland's richest man and a celebrated
self-made billionaire, was sent to jail for nine weeks after a judge
found him guilty of stripping foreign assets from his crumbling
business empire in violation of court orders.
2012 Nov 2, In Kenya a
separatist leader said the Mombasa Republican Council will not
allow the coast to take part in general elections in March if their
succession demands are not met.
2012 Nov 2, In Nigeria retired
Gen. Mamman Shuwa was shot dead at his home in Maiduguri by gunmen
suspected to be the Islamist extremists. A guest in the house was
2012 Nov 2, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a bus outside a small fuel station in Khuzdar,
Baluchistan province, igniting a massive blaze that burned 18 people
2012 Nov 2, In Poland a
prosecutor said a woman, identified only as Beata Z. (41), has been
arrested on suspicion of killing at least five of her newborn
2012 Nov 2, In South Africa low
cost 1Time Airline said that all of its operations have been
grounded with immediate effect after it applied for business
2012 Nov 2, In South Africa
AngloGold Ashanti said it has suspended operations at two mines
after hundreds of workers staged a sit-in over pay.
2012 Nov 2, In South Korea an
international team of scientists confirmed that a 5.5-ton elephant
named Koshik at the Everland Zoo can reproduce five Korean words by
tucking his trunk inside his mouth to modulate sound. Koshik emerged
as a star among animal enthusiasts and children in South Korea after
Everland Zoo claimed in 2006 that he could imitate words, two years
after his trainers noticed the phenomenon.
2012 Nov 2, In Sudan's Darfur
region an alleged attack killed 10 people. The Sudanese military
blocked a UN convoy from reaching the area of the alleged attack to
gather information on the incident.
2012 Nov 3, Authorities in
Atlanta, Georgia, said a 2-year-old girl was killed and her infant
brother wounded after someone fired gunshots through the door of a
home as they slept alongside their grandmother.
2012 Nov 3, In Atlanta,
Georgia, a police helicopter searching for a runaway boy (9) hit a
power line pole and crashed killing ttwo offices. The boy was found
wnadering on a street a couple of hours after the crash.
(SFC, 11/5/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 3, In Afghanistan
Rahmatullah Khan, district police chief in Kandahar province, died
while trying to reach a police outpost under Taliban attack.
2012 Nov 3, In Burkina Faso
representatives of an al-Qaida-linked group that controls northern
Mali arrived for talks with President Blaise Compaore, who is trying
to mediate a solution to the conflict in the west African nation. A
second delegation traveled to Algeria for talks with regional
2012 Nov 3, Cuba denounced the
American diplomatic mission on the island for what it called
subversive activities designed to undermine the government of Raul
Castro. US officials acknowledged that the US Interests Section in
Havana does regularly offer free courses in using the Internet to
Cubans who want to sign up.
2012 Nov 3, In Egypt suspected
Islamic militants ambushed police in the northern Sinai Peninsula
killing three in El-Arish.
(SSFC, 11/4/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 3, Egypt’s antiquities
ministry says that Czech archaeologists have unearthed the
4,500-year-old tomb of a Pharaonic princess south of Cairo. Princess
Shert Nebti's burial site is surrounded by the tombs of four high
officials from the Fifth Dynasty dating to around 2,500 BC in the
Abu Sir complex near the famed step pyramid of Saqqara.
2012 Nov 3, Indonesian
anti-terrorism forces shot and killed an alleged militant and
arrested another in a predawn raid in Central Sulawesi province.
2012 Nov 3, In Iran an
explosion from a land mine left over from the Iran-Iraq war of the
1980s killed six people and injured one. The explosion happened
during a minesweeping operation near the town of Marivan.
2012 Nov 3, In Iran opposition
blogger Sattar Beheshti (35) died while under police custody. On Nov
12 Iran's state prosecutor confirmed that he had died in police
custody and that wounds were found on his body. 3 interrogators
involved in the case were arrested. In August 2014 a policeman
convicted of killing Beheshti was sentenced to 3 years in jail,
another two in exile plus 74 lashes.
(AP, 11/12/12)(AP, 12/1/12)(SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)
2012 Nov 3, Iraqi insurgents
gunned down three soldiers at a checkpoint in
Taji, 20 km from Baghdad.
2012 Nov 3, In northwest
Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle
carrying the regional head of a government-allied militia, killing
him and five others in the Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. Fateh Khan, the head of the local anti-Taliban militia,
was killed along with three guards and two passers-by.
2012 Nov 3, In Somalia a
security guard died while fending off suicide bombers who were
trying to storm into a popular Mogadishu restaurant.
2012 Nov 3, Syrian rebels
launched a dawn assault on Taftanaz airbase, a strategic site in the
north of the country, trying to disrupt strikes by warplanes and
helicopters that pound rebel-held towns and give the regime of Pres.
Bashar Assad a major edge in the civil war.
2012 Nov 4, The California
state Supreme Court issued an order to allow the state’s political
watchdog to identify contributors to an Arizona group’s last minute
infusion of $11 million to campaigns opposing Gov. Brown’s tax
initiative and supporting an antiunion measure on the Nov 6 ballot.
The Arizona group declined and said it would appeal to the US
(SFC, 11/5/12, p.C1)
2012 Nov 4, In Canada Joseph di
Maulo, an alleged Mafia kingpin, was shot dead in the driveway of
his Quebec home.
(Econ, 11/17/12, p.34)
2012 Nov 4, In China a
closed-door meeting of the Central Committee ended. It endorsed
decisions to expel Bo and former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun from
the Communist Party and approved final preparations for the party's
upcoming congress, which opens Nov 8.
2012 Nov 4, In Cyprus David Lee
Collins (19), an off-duty British soldier, was stabbed to
death in a nightclub. On Nov 5 a court in Cyprus remanded
three British tourists in custody on suspicion of the fatal
stabbing. On May 17, 2013, Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman (19) of London
was jailed for eight years for the fatal stabbing. Charges against
two other men arrested with him were dropped in a plea bargain.
(AP, 11/5/12)(Reuters, 5/17/13)
2012 Nov 4, Egypt's ancient
Coptic Christian church named a new pope. Bishop Tawadros will be
ordained Nov. 18 as Pope Tawadros II.
2012 Nov 4, Iran's powerful
Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a new naval base to reinforce
Tehran's authority over three Persian Gulf islands also claimed by
the neighboring United Arab Emirates. Iran took control of the
Persian Gulf islands in 1971, after British forces left the region.
Since 1992 the UAE has repeatedly claimed the islands. Last month at
the UN General Assembly it said Iran's "occupation" violates
2012 Nov 4, An Iraqi court
handed the country's fugitive Sunni vice president a new death
sentence after finding him guilty of ordering his bodyguards to
attack Shiite pilgrims last December. It was the third case in which
Tariq al-Hashemi was sentenced to death since last spring. The court
also sentenced his son-in-law, Ahmed Qahtan, to death on similar
2012 Nov 4, In Japan thousands
of people rallied in Tokyo against American deployment of Osprey
military aircraft on Okinawa.
(SFC, 11/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 4, In Mexico G-20
finance ministers and central bank governors began a 2-day meeting
amid growing fears over the global impact of Europe's debt crisis
and the stalemate over a fiscal plan in the United States.
2012 Nov 4, In Russia some 6
thousand of nationalists marched through Moscow on Unity Day,
chanting slogans including "Moscow is a Russian city" to express
their resentment of dark-complexioned migrants from the Caucasus and
2012 Nov 4, South African
police said 14 rhinos in provinces have been found illegally
dehorned in the past week. Three of them died. At least 458 of the
country's endangered rhinos have been illegally hunted and killed
2012 Nov 4, In Syria a car bomb
exploded near a major hotel in Damascus, wounding several people.
State news agency SANA reported that gunmen assassinated a leading
member of the ruling Baath party. It said the gunmen broke into the
home of Ismail al-Hamadeh at dawn and sprayed him with bullets as he
slept, killing him instantly. SANA also said the army destroyed some
rebel vehicles fitted with machine guns in the Damascus suburbs of
Harasta and al-Hajira and killed a handful of rebels. Syrian rebels
overran the al-Ward oilfield in the province of Deir el-Zour near
the border with Iraq.
2012 Nov 5, American classical
composer Elliott Carter (b.1908) died in New York. He won his first
Pulitzer Prize in 1960 for his Second String Quartet and a 2nd
Pulitzer in 1973 for his Third String Quartet.
(SFC, 11/6/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 5, In Bahrain a series
of bomb blasts Manama killed two people. Four suspects were arrested
the next day.
(AP, 11/5/12)(AP, 11/7/12)
2012 Nov 5, Former British
stockbroker Nicholas Levene (48), who swindled investors out of 32
million pounds in a "ponzi" scheme, was jailed for 13 years.
Investors had handed Levene, a former deputy chairman at London
football Club Leyton Orient, more than 250 million pounds between
January 2005 and October 2009.
2012 Nov 5, Montreal Mayor
Gerald Tremblay resigned in the midst of an eye-brow-raising inquiry
that has revealed widespread corruption among city officials,
contractors and members of organized crime.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 5, In Iraq a car bomb
struck an army patrol in Taji, wounding eight people. Another
bombing near an outdoor market in a Shiite neighborhood on Baghdad's
outskirts killed four.
2012 Nov 5, The Israeli
government announced that it was accepting bids from contractors to
build the homes in two Jewish enclaves in east Jerusalem, Ramot and
Pisgat Zeev. It also reopened bidding for 72 homes in Ariel, deep
inside the West Bank.
2012 Nov 5, In Mexico G20
finance officials called on countries to reject protectionism and
currency manipulation despite a raft of economic problems that
include the US deficit.
2012 Nov 5, In the Netherlands
Queen Beatrix swore in the new center-left coaltion of PM Mark
Rutte. The new government brought togther the the liberal VVD party
and the center-left Labor Party.
(SFC, 11/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 5, Nicaragua released
election results indicating that the ruling Sandinista Front has won
at least 134 of 153 mayoral races.
(SFC, 11/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 5, In Nigeria the
managing director and editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Compass daily
newspaper was shot during an attack in Osun state.
2012 Nov 5, Nigeria's National
Emergency Management Agency said 363 people died over months of
flooding across the West African nation and 2.1 million others were
2012 Nov 5, In Saudi Arabia a
group of 11 al-Qaida fighters killed two border guards while trying
to cross into Yemen before they themselves were captured.
2012 Nov 5, The main Syrian
opposition bloc, Syrian National Council, broadened its ranks to
include more activists and political groups from inside the country.
It had been dominated by exiles and academics.
2012 Nov 5, In Syria a suicide
attack in the village of Ziyara in the central province of
Hama killed more than 50 Syrian soldiers and pro-government
gunmen. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said the attack was carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra, an
al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militant group. The Observatory also
reported that an air raid on the northern town of Harem killed at
least 20 rebels. 6 regime supporters were killed when 11 mortars
rounds fell near a pro-government demonstration in the northern city
(AP, 11/5/12)(AP, 11/6/12)
2012 Nov 6, President Barack
Obama rolled to re-election, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and
put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. Obama claimed
303 electoral votes vs. 206 for Romney and 49.8% of the popular vote
(AP, 11/7/12)(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 6, In California
Proposition 30, Gov. Brown’s tax plan for education, passed. Prop
35, an initiative to increase sex-trafficking fines, passed by a
landslide. Voters also approved Proposition 36, an initiative to
change the three strike law. Prop 31 for budget process changes
failed; Prop 32 to stop payroll political contributions failed; Prop
33 for insurance rates by driver history failed; Prop 34 to repeal
the death penalty failed; prop 37 to label genetically modified food
failed; Prop 38 on tax increases for education failed; prop 39 on
taxes for multi-state businesses failed.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A14)(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A20)
2012 Nov 6, San Francisco
voters approved Prop B, a $195 million park bond and Prop C to
provide money for affordable housing. Prop D to consolidate the
elections for city attorney and city treasurer also won. Prop E, a
plan to revise the city’s business tax, passed as did Prop G,
a policy statement opposing increased corporate financing in
politics. Voters rejected Prop F, a plan to take the first steps to
drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A17)
2012 Nov 6, The San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission and owners of the Pacific Rod and Gun
Club reached an agreement allowing the club to remain open for up to
2 more years at its 14-acre space on the shores of Lake Merced.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.C2)
2012 Nov 6, Colorado voters
approved Amendment 64 allowing adults over 21 to possess up to an
ounce of marijuana, thought using the drug publicly would still be
banned. Amendment 64 took effect in December.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A6)
2012 Nov 6, In Indiana Mike
Pence, a Republican congressman, was elected state governor.
(Econ, 11/10/12, p.34)
2012 Nov 6, Maine and Maryland
became the first states to approve same sex marriage by popular
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 6, Massachusetts
voters approved a measure to allow marijuana for medical reasons,
joining 17 other states.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 6, Michigan voters
supported Pres. Obama and defeated efforts by Ambassador Bridge
owner Manuel Moroun to require a public vote before any competing
int’l. crossing can be built with state money. This helped clear the
way for a new Canadian-financed bridge.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 6, In North Carolina
Pat McCrory, a Republican former mayor of Charlotte, defeated Walter
Dalton to become the state’s first Republican governor in 20 years.
(Econ, 11/10/12, p.32)
2012 Nov 6, Oklahoma voters
approved a measure that wipes out all affirmative action programs in
state government hiring, education and contracting practices.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 6, Oklahoma executed
Garry Thomas Allen (56) for the 1986 killing of his fiancee, despite
claims that he was insane.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 6, Washington state
approved I-501, a measure establishing a system of state-licensed
marijuana growers, processors and retail stores where adults could
buy up to an ounce of marijuana.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A10)(Econ, 7/12/14, p.25)
2012 Nov 6, The number of
people linked to a meningitis outbreak has climbed to 419 cases and
included 30 deaths. It has been traced to contaminated steroid shots
mixed by a pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.
(SFC, 11/6/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 6, British actor Clive
Dunn (b.1920), best known as a bumbling old butcher in the popular
World War Two sitcom "Dad' s Army" (1968-1970),
died in Portugal.
2012 Nov 6, In Bulgaria
Patriarch Maxim (b.1914), as Marin Naidenov Minkov, died in Sofia.
He weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to lead the Balkan
country's Orthodox Christians for more than 40 years.
2012 Nov 6, In Egypt gunmen
shot and critically injured Selim Said el-Gamal, a senior security
official, in the country's turbulent northern Sinai region.
2012 Nov 6, Greek trade unions
started a general strike and nationwide protests against a new
package of austerity measures to be voted on this week.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 6, In Iraq a suicide
bomber driving a car packed with explosives detonated the vehicle
near an Iraqi military base in Taji as soldiers changed shifts,
killing at least 32 people and wounding more than 46.
2012 Nov 6, Ivory Coast
officials said up to 10 new mass graves have been discovered near
the site of a July 20 attack on a camp for displaced people. Rights
groups have claimed summary executions were carried out by the
Republican Forces of Ivory Coast, known by its French acronym of
2012 Nov 6, A 54%
majority of Puerto Ricans sought to change their ties with the
United States and become the 51st US state in a non-binding
referendum that would require final approval from Congress. Puerto
Ricans also ousted Luis Fortuno, the pro-statehood governor in a
close election. Challenger Alejandro Garcia Padilla won by less than
2012 Nov 6, Russia’s Pres.
Putin fired Anatoly Serdyukov, his powerful defense minister, after
police raided the property of a real estate company involved the
privatization of valuable ministry land near Moscow.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 6, Russia wheeled out
one of its treasured Cold War trophies, publishing a rare interview
with George Blake, a 90-year-old British double agent. Blake worked
for the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, from the 1940s. He
became a committed communist while a North Korean prisoner during
the Korean war, and worked for Moscow after being posted by MI6 to
Berlin in 1955.
2012 Nov 6, In Syria gunmen
killed Mohammed Osama Laham, the brother of Syria's parliament
speaker, as he drove to work in Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said air raids on Houla, a group of
villages in central province of Homs, killed seven people.
2012 Nov 6, A spokesman for
Hamas said the Syrian government has sealed its offices in Damascus,
finalizing the break between the Islamic militant group and its
2012 Nov 6, In South Africa
Gold Fields said that thousands of employees returned to work at the
company's KDC East mine ending a 23-day strike. The National Union
of Mineworkers that the 12,000 miners fired from platinum mining
company Anglo American Platinum in Rustenburg for staging illegal
strikes since September had still not returned to work, and
negotiations were underway.
2012 Nov 6, New South African
banknotes, featuring the image of former president and
anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, went into circulation.
2012 Nov 6, Sri Lanka made
public charges against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake involving
misuse of her position and failing to adequately declare assets.
Critics said it was an effort by Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa to curb the
independence of the judiciary. Parliament tabled her impeachment
leaving the speaker, the president’s eldest brother, to appoint a
committee to investigate allegations against her.
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A5)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.42)
2012 Nov 6, Turkey's state-run
news agency reported that seven Syrian generals have defected to
2012 Nov 6, A Turkish court
opened a trial in absentia of four former Israeli military
commanders in the killing of nine people aboard a Turkish aid ship
that tried to break a Gaza blockade in 2010.
2012 Nov 7, A wintry storm
dropped snow and rain on the Northeast, bringing dangerous winds and
knocking out power in a region where hundreds of thousands were
still in the dark after Superstorm Sandy. A mix of rain and snow
fell on parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and
Massachusetts, causing airport delays.
2012 Nov 7, Mark Bassely
Youssef (55), the California man behind an anti-Muslim film that led
to violence in many parts of the Middle East, was sentenced in Los
Angeles to a year in federal prison for probation violations in an
unrelated matter. None of the violations had to do with the content
of "Innocence of Muslims," a film that depicts Mohammad as a
religious fraud, pedophile and womanizer.
2012 Nov 7, A US federal judge
blocked enforcement of a provision on California’s newly approved
sex-trafficking law (Prop 35) that required 73,000 registered sex
offenders to reveal their Internet identities to police.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.C1)
2012 Nov 7, In California
Lawrence Jones (42), a discharged parolee, shot four coworkers
before shooting himself about at Valley Protein, a poultry
2012 Nov 7, An Argentine judge
embargoed Chevron Corp.’s assets in Argentina to carry out an
Ecuadoran court order that awarded $19 billion to plaintiffs in an
environmental damage lawsuit in the Amazon.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 7, Bahrain’s
government cited security concerns and revoked the citizenship of 31
men, including exiled political activists and former opposition
members of Parliament.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 7, A boat capsized off
the coast of Bangladesh. Fishermen helped rescue 23 people, but
about 50 illegal migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims, remained
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 7, In Chile three
Europeans, identified as Dmitry Sivenkov (32) of Russia, Gillhem
Bellon (25) of France and Luca Ogliengo (25) of Italy, went missing
after climbing the Villarica volcano in Chile's central valley.
2012 Nov 7, In China 4
self-immolations took place. Three Tibetan teenage monks, aged
15-16, set themselves on fire outside a police office in southwest
Sichuan province. At least one died. A 23-year-old Tibetan nomadic
woman, Tamdin Tso, died after self-immolating in western Qinghai
2012 Nov 7, In China Miyun
county police took away Internet blogger Zhai Xiaobing and seized
his computer. His Nov 5 tweet suggested the next movie in the "Final
Destination" horror franchise would be about the Great Hall of the
People collapsing on party delegates. A Miyun county police officer
later told The Associated Press that Zhai was being investigated for
"spreading terrorist information. Zhai's supporters call the
allegation absurd and more than 400 people signed an online petition
calling on police to release him.
2012 Nov 7, Egypt's top
prosecutor ordered government ministries to enforce a ban on
pornographic websites, three years after a court denounced the sites
as "venomous and vile." The order followed a protest by
2012 Nov 7, In Ghana the
five-story Melcom Shopping Center, built earlier this year in
a bustling suburb of Accra, collapsed and killed at least 17 people.
Authorities the next day blamed faulty construction for the
collapse. Authorities soon detained Carl Henry Clerk, a municipal
works official accused of allowing the building to be built without
a construction permit. 79 people were pulled from the wreckage.
(AP, 11/7/12)(AP, 11/8/12)(AP, 11/11/12)
2012 Nov 7, Greece’s parliament
passed a crucial austerity bill by a narrow margin hours after
rioters rampaged outside Parliament during an 80,000-strong
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 7, Guatemala was
struck by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake. It was centered 15 miles off
the coastal town of Champerico and 100 miles southwest of Guatemala
City. 40 people died in the state of San Marcos, 11 more were killed
in the neighboring state of Quetzaltenango, and one in Solola state.
22 people remained missing.
(AP, 11/7/12) (AP, 11/8/12)
2012 Nov 7, In Iraq two
car bombs in a predominately Yazidi town near the northern city of
Mosul killed two people.
2012 Nov 7, Morocco's Interior
Ministry said it has expelled 15 Spanish and four Norwegian
journalists from the annexed territory of the Western Sahara for
entering without permission.
2012 Nov 7, Myanmar opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi and lawmakers from ethnic minority parties
urged the government to explain its policies on handling the ethnic
conflict in Rakhine state.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 7, In northeast
Nigeria gunmen shot dead two Chinese construction workers in Borno
state, a region under assault by Boko Haram, a radical Islamist
2012 Nov 7, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber struck a vehicle carrying a senior police
officer, killing him and four other people in Peshawar. Hilal Hyder,
who was investigating cases against militants in the troubled
northwest, was killed along with two of his guards and two
2012 Nov 7, Syrian rebels made
a new push into Damascus. A car bomb killed a judge in Damascus, the
second assassination in the capital in two days targeting
high-ranking supporters of President Assad. At least 104 people were
killed in fighting, according to the Britain-based activist group
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 4 rebels were killed in clashes
with a pro-government faction in the Palestinian refugee camp in
Damascus. At least 30 soldiers were also killed, including 10
in Damascus and on its outskirts.
(AP, 11/7/12) (AP, 11/8/12)
2012 Nov 7, In Qatar Syria's
main opposition bloc began electing new leaders, amid intense
international pressure from critics who say the exile-dominated
group does not represent those risking their lives on the frontlines
to oust President Bashar Assad.
2012 Nov 7, Western efforts to
oust Syrian President Bashar Assad shifted dramatically, with
Britain announcing it will deal directly with rebel military leaders
and Turkey saying NATO members have discussed using Patriot missiles
to protect a safe zone inside Syria.
2012 Nov 7, A Yemeni
intelligence officer was assassinated in a drive-by shooting by
unidentified gunmen in the capital, Sanaa. An aircraft targeted a
vehicle outside of a village on the outskirts of Sanaa, killing two.
Officials said the airstrike killed Adnan al-Qadi, a militant
previously detained in relation to a US Embassy bombing in Sanaa in
2012 Nov 8, The US Navy said 7
members of SEAL Team 6 have been punished for disclosing classified
information to the maker of a video game.
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 8, In Chicago police
Officer Brandon Ternand (34) shot and killed Dakota Bright (15)
during a foot chase. In 2017 the Independent Police Review Authority
found Ternand at fault in the shooting. In 2018 the Chicago Police
board cleared Officer Ternand of wrongdoing.
2012 Nov 8, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said damages from Superstorm Sandy could total $33
billion. At least 119 American were killed with damages in 15
states. The total bill ran up to $42 billion with $32 billion for
repairs and restoration and $9 billion for preventive measures.
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A11)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.35)(SFC,
2012 Nov 8, Texas lawyer Marco
Antonio Delgado, a former Carnegie Mellon Univ. trustee, pleaded not
guilty to laundering over $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel.
Homeland Security Investigations linked him to the Guadalajara-based
Milenio cartel, active until 2010.
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A19)
2012 Nov 8, Alvin Williams Jr.,
a senator in the US Virgin Islands, was arrested after being
indicted by a grand jury in a public corruption case.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/ao85ge6)
2012 Nov 8, In Afghanistan 10
civilians, including a child and four men, died as their vehicle
struck a land mine in Helmand province. A suicide bomber on a
motorcycle blew himself up amid a police patrol in Kandahar city,
killing the 3 policemen and wounding two. 5 troops died when
their convoy hit a land mine in Laghman province. 2 boys were killed
by a roadside bomb in Zabul province.
2012 Nov 8, In Argentina
hundreds of thousands, angry over inflation, crime and corruption,
flooded the streets of Buenos Aires for nearly four hours to protest
against Pres. Cristina Fernandez in the biggest anti-government
demonstration in years. Other demonstrations were held on plazas
2012 Nov 8, Canada's Supreme
Court decided against global drug giant Pfizer Inc in a high-profile
case, ruling that a patent on its Viagra erectile dysfunction drug
was no longer valid.
2012 Nov 8, China's ruling
communists opened a pivotal congress to initiate a power handover to
new leaders with a nod to their revolutionary past and a broad
promise of cleaner government while keeping off-stage the main even.
President Hu Jintao warned that unrestrained graft threatened to
topple the party's continued rule.
(AP, 11/8/12) (AP, 11/9/12)
2012 Nov 8, In China Jinpa
Gyatso, a Tibetan nomad in western Qinghai, died after setting
himself on fire.
2012 Nov 8, In Ghana the
Argentinian crew of the seized ARA Libertad displayed weapons and
prevented Ghanaian officials from boarding the vessel. Ports
officials said the ship is costing more than $500,000 per day in
lost berthing fees.
2012 Nov 8, In Iraq 3 car bombs
in towns south of Baghdad killed four people and injured 16 others.
2012 Nov 8, An
explosives-packed tunnel under the Gaza-Israel frontier blew up in
what the Israeli military called an attempt by Palestinian militants
to kill or kidnap soldiers. This set off a cycle of violence
including Israeli airstrikes .
2012 Nov 8, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a
compound housing Rangers, a paramilitary force in Karachi, killing
three officers and wounding 20.
2012 Nov 8, In Russia Israeli
President Shimon Peres opened the new Jewish Museum and Center of
Tolerance. It tells the history of Jewry through people's stories,
which come alive in video interviews and interactive displays. The
$50 million museum was built under the patronage of President
Vladimir Putin, who in a symbolic move in 2007 donated a month of
his salary — about $5,600 — to its creation.
2012 Nov 8, South African
opposition parties submitted a motion of no confidence against
President Jacob Zuma saying that corruption and unemployment have
risen, the justice system has been politicized and the economy has
weakened. The ruling party called the move a publicity stunt.
2012 Nov 8, The Sudan People’s
Liberation Movement-North rebels said that they ambushed a military
patrol killing 10 soldiers and shot down a government warplane in
the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan state, after its bombs killed 2
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 8, In Syria rebels
took over the border crossing of Ras al-Ayn.
2012 Nov 8, The Syrian National
Council conference in the Qatari capital of Doha failed to promote a
single woman to the decision-making group of 41 members. SNC chief
Abdelbaset Sieda said he was "so sad" and would try to add four
women to the general secretariat by decree.
2012 Nov 9, David Petraeus, the
retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military
campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned as
director of the CIA, admitting to an extramarital affair. Petraeus
carried on the affair with his biographer and reserve Army officer
2012 Nov 9, In Colorado police
officer James Davies (35) died after he was shot by another officer
while responding to a crime scene in Lakewood, a Denver suburb.
(SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 9, In Texas a federal
indictment named 34 members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas for
crimes that included murder, kidnapping, arson, gambling and drug
trafficking. Dozens of members were arrested.
(SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 9, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
Another died as a result of a non-battle related injury in the
2012 Nov 9, An Algerian
military cargo plane crashed in southern France with six people
aboard. The plane returning to Algeria carried five military
personnel and one official of the Algerian national bank.
2012 Nov 9, The Australian
government said it has abandoned its 5-year-old pledge to mandate a
filter blocking child pornography and other objectionable Internet
content. Instead service providers have agreed to block a list of
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 9, Britain’s PM David
Cameron announced that Justin Welby (56), ordained in 1992 with a
background in the oil industry and in conflict resolution, has been
appointed succeed Rowan Williams as the next Archbishop of
2012 Nov 9, PM David Cameron's
government announced that Britain will halt all aid spending in
India in 2015 in a significant shift in relations between the
emerging economic giant and its former colonial ruler.
2012 Nov 9, In China Wang Yang,
a senior Communist Party leader, said asset disclosure for Chinese
officials is likely to be slowly phased in over time, as the
government grapples with the fraught task of rooting out the
corruption that has fed widespread public anger.
2012 Nov 9, The Congolese army
attacked M23 rebel positions, ending a two-month ceasefire. The next
day an M23 spokesman said 10 civilians were killed when government
forces fired on the rebel base in Kitagoma, in eastern Congo.
2012 Nov 9, In Egypt over
10,000 ultraconservative Muslims demonstrated in downtown Cairo to
demand that the new constitution be based on the rulings of Islamic
law, or Shariah.
2012 Nov 9, Negotiations over
next year's European Union budget collapsed after a dispute between
member states and the European Commission over a shortfall in the
2012 Nov 9, Guinea treasury
chief Aissatou Boiro was gunned down as she was driving home in
Conakry. She had launched an investigation into the loss of 13
million francs ($1.8 million) which went missing from the state
coffers. On Dec 28 officials said they had arrested two suspects in
(AP, 11/11/12)(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Nov 9, Mexican prosecutors
charged 14 federal police officers with trying to kill two CIA
agents and a Mexican navy captain in an August 24 ambush south of
2012 Nov 9, In Myanmar a tanker
train exploded some 500 miles north of Rangoon killing 25 people and
injuring over 90 others. Dozens had rushed to skim fuel from
overturned carriages before the blast.
(SSFC, 11/11/12, p.A9)
2012 Nov 9, New Zealand's
government said that it would not sign on for a second stage of the
Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, a stance that angered
environmentalists and political opponents. Climate change minister
Tim Groser said the country would be better served in the future by
joining the US, China and others in a nonbinding climate pledge
under the United Nations Framework Convention. The Kyoto 2 treaty
will run from 2013 to 2020.
2012 Nov 9, A Polish university
researcher driven by nationalistic and anti-Semitic hatred was
arrested for planning to detonate a four-ton bomb in front of the
Parliament building in Warsaw with the president, prime minister,
government ministers and lawmakers inside.
2012 Nov 9, In Qatar Syria's
main opposition group in exile elected George Sabra, a left-wing
veteran dissident born into a Christian family, as its new
2012 Nov 9, South African
police with bulldozers destroyed homes in Lenasia township that
authorities say were constructed on illegally sold land, despite
efforts by protesters to stop the demolition. About 7 houses were
demolished by midday, bringing to about 44 the number of houses
destroyed since last week.
2012 Nov 9, A South Africa
court sentenced a Thai national to 40 years in prison for selling
rhino horns. Chumlong Lemtongthai had pleaded guilty to 59 charges
on Nov 5. At least 458 of South Africa's endangered rhinos have been
illegally killed this year.
2012 Nov 9, In Spain Amaia
Egana (53) threw herself from her fourth-floor balcony as bailiffs
arrived to repossess her flat. PM Mariano Rajoy said government will
aim to fast track reforms to halt evictions related to mortgage.
2012 Nov 9, In Sri Lanka a
shootout between rioting prisoners and security forces at the
Welikada prison in Colombo killed at least 27 inmates. Police
arrested five prisoners who had managed to escape and were searching
for others. The opposition described the deaths as a cold-blooded
(AP, 11/10/12)(SFC, 11/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 9, Syria's president
said in an interview broadcast that his country is not in a state of
civil war, and that he has no regrets about any decisions he has
made since the uprising against him began nearly 20 months ago. UN
officials said at least 11,000 Syrian refugees have fled their
country over the last 24 hours, including some 9,000 to Turkey and
the rest to Jordan and Lebanon.
2012 Nov 9, Turkey's state-run
agency said a group of Syrian soldiers, including two generals and
11 colonels, have fled to Turkey with their families.
2012 Nov 9, In Turkey the
office for the governor for Hakkari province said as many as 42
Kurdish rebels have been killed in the past three days in operations
that were backed by airpower.
2012 Nov 9, A UN plan to
provide $836 million in emergency aid to Syrians battered by their
nation's civil war ran into funding problems despite an additional
US donation of $34 million.
2012 Nov 10, President Barack
Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes,
ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly
avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories
of 2000. No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched
re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.
2012 Nov 10, In Indiana a late
night massive explosion sparked a huge fire and killed two people in
an Indianapolis neighborhood more than 80 homes were damaged or
destroyed. On Dec 21 the home's owner, Monserrate Shirley; her
boyfriend, Mark Leonard; and his brother, Bob Leonard, were arrested
and charged with murder, arson and other counts. On July 14, 2015,
Mark Leonard (46) was convicted of murder, arson and insurance
fraud. In August he was sentenced to two life sentences. On March
18, 2016, Bob Leonard was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 11/11/12)(AP, 12/21/12)(SFC, 7/15/15, p.A6)
2012 Nov 10, In Brazil the
Public Safety Dept. of Sao Paulo said at least 140 people have been
slain over the past two weeks in a rising wave of violence as
imprisoned crime leaders called for reprisals against crackdowns on
(SSFC, 11/11/12, p.A9)
2012 Nov 10, BBC Director
General George Entwistle resigned, just two months into the job,
after the state-funded broadcaster put out a program denounced by
the corporation's chairman as shoddy journalism. A day later the BBC
confirmed that Entwistle will get a full year's salary after 54 days
in the post.
(AP, 11/10/12)(AP, 11/12/12)
2012 Nov 10, Alexander
Perepilichny (44) collapsed and died not far from his home on an
upmarket, heavily protected estate in the county of Surrey, south of
London. The Russian businessman had helped Swiss prosecutors uncover
a powerful fraud syndicate. He had also provided evidence against
those linked to the 2009 death of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei
Magnitsky. He is now the fourth person linked to the Magnitsky case
to have died in strange circumstances. In 2015 a toxicologist at a
pre-inquest hearing reported that his stomach contained a compound
associated with the poisonous plant gelsemium. In 2018 a British
coroner said he probably died of natural causes.
(AP, 11/29/12)(Econ, 5/23/15, p.47)(Reuters,
2012 Nov 10, In northwest China
Gonpo Tsering, an 18-year-old Tibetan villager, died after setting
himself on fire in front of a monastery in the city of Hezuo. This
was the latest of a half-dozen such self-immolations reported during
the past week as the country's communist leadership undergoes a
once-a-decade transfer of power.
2012 Nov 10, In Egypt two
trains traveling south of Cairo collided, killing at least four
people. An error by a switch operator is believed to have caused the
2012 Nov 10, Japan’s Inamori
Foundation awarded its Kyoto Prizes. The advanced technology prize
went to US computer scientist Ivan Sutherland, who developed the
graphic interface program Sketchpad in 1963. Gayatri Chakrovoty
Spivak, an Indian literary critic and professor at Columbia
University, won the arts and philosophy prize. Yoshinori Ohsumi, a
molecular biologist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, received
the basic sciences prize for his work on autophagy, a cell-recycling
system that could be used to help treat neurodegenerative and
age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and cancer.
2012 Nov 10, In
northwestern Kenya at least 34 police officers were killed when they
were ambushed while pursuing men who had stolen cattle. 7 officers
(AP, 11/12/12)(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 10, In Liberia a few
hundred people representing the Christian and Muslim faiths and
civil society organizations gathered in Monrovia to launch a
campaign to press the government to ban same-sex marriage.
2012 Nov 10, Palestinian
militants fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli jeep patrolling
the border with Gaza and the Israelis fired back into the
Palestinian territory, killing four civilians. Later in the day some
25 Palestinian rockets rained on southern Israel, though they caused
no injuries or damage. 2 more Palestinians were killed as Israel
responded with an airstrike and tank fire.
2012 Nov 10, In Syria suicide
car bombings ripped through a government base in Daraa, killing at
least 20 soldiers. George Sabra, the newly elected leader of the
main opposition bloc, the Syrian National Council, urged the
international community to support rebels without any conditions.
2012 Nov 10, A Turkish military
helicopter carrying soldiers on a mission against Kurdish rebels
crashed because of bad weather, killing all 17 troops onboard.
2012 Nov 10, A Vatican court
convicted Claudio Sciarpelletti (48), a Holy See computer
technician, of helping the former papal butler in the embarrassing
leak of confidential papal documents and gave him a two-month
2012 Nov 11, In Afghanistan a
gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a member of
the US-led coalition forces in Helmand province. 11 Afghan civilians
were killed by land mines in explosions in the east and south.
2012 Nov 11, Afghan forces of
killed at least four Pakistani civilians in a cross-border shelling
attack. Pakistani intelligence officials and a local resident put
the death toll at five, four men and a child.
2012 Nov 11, In Belize Gregory
Viant Faull, an expatriot American from Florida, was found shot dead
at his beach front home in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye. Police
said John McAfee (67), founder of the McAfee anti-virus software,
was a person of interst in the case.
(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 11, Ireland's PM Enda
Kenny laid a wreath in Enniskillen to honor fallen soldiers at a
British Remembrance Day service for the first time, the latest
gesture of reconciliation between historic foes. Deputy Prime
Minister Eamon Gilmore became the first Irish minister to attend a
Remembrance Day service at Belfast City Hall, laying a wreath at the
2012 Nov 11, Israeli aircraft
struck the Gaza Strip, killing a Palestinian man, as militants
bombarded the Jewish state with rockets and mortars in a fierce
second day of fighting.
2012 Nov 11, Israel was drawn
into the Syrian civil war for the first time, firing warning shots
into the neighboring country after a stray mortar shell from across
the border hit an Israeli military post in the Golan Heights. Syrian
army forces backed by helicopter gunships and artillery attacked a
border area with Turkey after rebels captured the Ras al-Ayn
2012 Nov 11, A Jordanian
criminal court sentenced the kingdom's ex-intelligence chief to 13
years and three months in prison for embezzlement of public funds,
money laundering and abuse of office. The court also demanded in
court that Mohammed al-Dahabi pay 21 million Jordanian dinars ($29.6
million) in fines to the state and return money he allegedly
laundered and embezzled during his 2005-2008 tenure.
2012 Nov 11, In southern
Lebanon shooting between Sunni and Shiite Muslim gunmen killed three
people and wounded at least five in the port city of Sidon.
2012 Nov 11, West African
nations (ECOWAS) agreed to send some 3,000 troops to help Mali wrest
back control of its northern half, which was seized by
al-Qaida-linked fighters more than six months ago.
2012 Nov 11, Northern Myanmar
was struck by a magnitude-6.8 earthquake, collapsing a bridge and a
gold mine, damaging several old Buddhist pagodas and leaving as many
as 12 people feared dead.
2012 Nov 11, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC said it has shut down a pipeline in Nigeria's oil-rich southern
delta after finding leaks it blamed on oil thieves.
2012 Nov 11, In Qatar
Syrian anti-government groups struck a deal under intense
international pressure to form a new 63-member opposition
leadership. The delegates elected Islamic preacher Maath al-Khatib
president of the new coalition. Leading opposition figures Riad Seif
and Suheir Atassi were elected vice presidents. The new leadership
will be called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and
(AP, 11/11/12)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.47)
2012 Nov 11, Slovenians voted
for a president, hoping whoever wins will boost the prospects of the
small, economically struggling country. Competing were incumbent
President Danilo Turk (60), former PM Borut Pahor (49) and ruling
center-right coalition candidate, Milan Zver (50). No candidate
appeared to win an outright majority and a runoff was expected next
month between Turk and Pahor.
(AP, 11/11/12)(AP, 11/12/12)
2012 Nov 11, In South Africa
thieves posing as eager art students with their teacher stole more
than $2 million worth of paintings from the Pretoria Art Museum in a
daring armed robbery. On Nov 13 police officers found four of the
missing five pieces of art in a private cemetery in Port Elizabeth,
hundreds of miles away from where they had been stolen.
(AP, 11/12/12)(AP, 11/13/12)
2012 Nov 12, In Texas Coty
Beavers (b.1984) was found shot to death at his home in Harris
County. In 2018 Shmou Alrawabdeh told a court that her conservative
Jordanian-born Muslim husband, Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, believed he
had to kill Beavers to recover his honor. Irsan was also accused of
the 2012 killing Iranian women's rights activist Gelareh
Bagherzadeh, who encouraged his daughter to marry Beavers.
2012 Nov 12, The Top500 website
namedTitan, a computer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as the
world’s faster supercomputer.
(Econ, 11/17/12, p.74)
2012 Nov 12, In Afghanistan an
international military coalition service member was been killed in
an insurgent attack in the country's east.
2012 Nov 12, Brazil’s high
court sentenced Jose Dirceu, the former chief of staff of former
Pres. Lula da Silva, to nearly 11 years in prison for orchestrating
a vast vote-buying scheme.
(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 12, British MPs
criticised executives of Starbucks, Google and Amazon for not paying
more tax in Britain and Amazon said it had received a $252 million
(159 million pounds) demand for back taxes from France. A Reuters
report last month showed that Starbucks had paid no corporation, or
income, tax in the UK in the past three years and had paid only 8.6
million pounds since 1998.
2012 Nov 12, British judges
ruled that Abu Qatada, a radical Islamist cleric described by
prosecutors as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe, cannot be
deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges. Britain's
Special Immigration Appeals Commission said it was not convinced
that Jordan would guarantee Abu Qatada a fair trial.
2012 Nov 12, Helen Boaden, the
head of news at the BBC, stepped aside after a program falsely
accusing a former senior politician of child abuse sparked one of
the worst crises in the publicly-funded broadcaster's 90-year
history. Boaden and her deputy Stephen Mitchell stepped aside
pending a review of why editors spiked the report last year on
Savile, who has been accused of abusing children on BBC premises.
2012 Nov 12, In China a
24-year-old Tibetan man set himself on fire at a prayer ceremony in
Tongren county in western Qinghai province, becoming the seventh
person in six days to self-immolate in the region.
2012 Nov 12, EU ministers
agreed to giver Greece two more years to reform its economy, but
failed to agree how to get the country’s bailout program back on
(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 12, Greek lawmakers
approved the country’s 2013 austerity budget by a 167-128 vote in
the 300-member Parliament.
(SFC, 11/12/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 12, An Israeli tank
scored a "direct hit" on a Syrian armored vehicle after a mortar
shell landed on Israeli-held territory in the Golan Heights, in the
first direct confrontation between the countries since the Syrian
uprising broke out, sharpening fears that Israel could be drawn into
the civil war next door.
2012 Nov 12, A new Irish
Republican Army faction in Northern Ireland claimed responsibility
for its first killing and defended the bloodshed as a necessary act
of vengeance. The group said its members shot to death David Black
on Nov 1 because he worked as a guard at Northern Ireland's
top-security Maghaberry prison.
2012 Nov 12, Palestinian
militants in Gaza launched 10 rockets into southern Israel by
midday, including one that struck the yard of a house. The barrage
ramped up pressure on the Israeli government to stage a large-scale
operation aimed at stopping the persistent attacks.
2012 Nov 12, Spain’s major
banks agreed to suspend evictions for two years of the most
financially vulnerable homeowners.
(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 12, A Syrian fighter
jet bombed a rebel-held area near the Turkish border, killing at
least six people and wounding a dozen others. One rocket-propelled
grenade landed in Turkey. A Syrian helicopter bombed rebel positions
in an area further south of Ras al-Ayn and the rebels could be heard
responding with machine guns.
2012 Nov 12, Zimbabwe
government opened a conference on the diamond trade in Victoria
Falls. Partnership Africa Canada, an organization leading the
campaign against conflict diamonds, reported that at least $2
billion worth of diamonds have been stolen from Zimbabwe’s eastern
diamond fields and have enriched President Robert Mugabe's ruling
circle, international gem dealers and criminals.
2012 Nov 13, The career of Gen.
John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, was put in jeopardy
due to the investigation of the David Petraeus sex scandal. The
Pentagon said that Allen is under investigation for alleged
"inappropriate communications" with Jill Kelley, the woman who is
said to have received threatening emails from Petraeus' paramour.
2012 Nov 13, The Pentagon said
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted Gen. William "Kip" Ward,
the former head of US Africa Command, who was accused of spending
thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized
2012 Nov 13, Motor Trend
magazine named Tesla Model S its 2013 Car of the Year, the first
time a non-gasoline powered vehicle received the honor.
(ABC News, 11/14/12)
2012 Nov 13, Jack Gilbert
(b.1925), American lyrical poet, died in Berkeley.
(SFC, 11/14/12, p.C3)
2012 Nov 13, In Afghanistan at
least four rockets were fired into Kabul, killing one man and
injuring three other people.
2012 Nov 13, British Petty
officer Edward Devenney (30), from Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty
at the Old Bailey to a charge of misconduct in public office,
relating to the alleged theft of passwords and computer programmes
used to encrypt secret information.
2012 Nov 13, Peter Ball (80), a
former Church of England bishop was arrested in western England on
suspicion of sexually assaulting boys as young as 12 in the late
1980s and early 1990s. A 2nd man, a retired Anglican priest aged 67,
was detained in Sussex on suspicion of separate offences against two
teenage boys in 1981 and 1983.
2012 Nov 13, In eastern China
Yao Defen (39), the world's tallest woman at 7 feet and 7 inches,
died at her home in Anhui province.
2012 Nov 13, In France Thierry
Tilly (48), arrested in Switzerland in 2009, was sentenced to eight
years in prison. His manipulation of the de Vedrines family has led
to comparisons to the Russian mystic Rasputin's legendary influence
over the tsar.
2012 Nov 13, France became the
first Western country to formally recognize Syria's newly formed
opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the
2012 Nov 13, Indonesia’s
Constitutional Court said parts of the country’s 2001 oil-and-gas
law were unconstitutional. The court dissolved BPMgas, the state
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.72)
2012 Nov 13, One Israeli
airstrike and one Gaza rocket were fired today. A Gaza militant died
of wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike from two days earlier.
2012 Nov 13, In Jordan tensions
rose late in the day after the government announced it was raising
prices for cooking and heating gas by 54% to reduce a massive budget
deficit and secure a $2 billion loan from the International Monetary
2012 Nov 13, In South Africa
police arrested a man (25) at O.R. Tambo Int’l. Airport who had
swallowed 220 polished diamonds in an attempt to smuggle them out of
(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 13, In Switzerland
Christie's auctioned off the Archduke Joseph Diamond for nearly
$21.5 million, a world auction record price per carat for a
2012 Nov 13, The World Health
Organization reported that a yellow fever outbreak in Sudan's Darfur
region has killed 107 people in the last six weeks, warning that the
disease could spread all over the country.
2012 Nov 13, Syria's air force
bombed a rebel-held region near the border with Turkey for a second
day, killing at least one person and wounding three others.
2012 Nov 13, The United Arab
Emirates (UAR) set stricter Internet monitoring and enforcement
codes giving authorities wider leeway to crack down on Web activists
for offenses such as mocking the country’s rules or calling for
(SFC, 11/14/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 13, The UN General
Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the US commercial, economic
and financial embargo against Cuba for the 21st year in a row. The
final tally was 188-3, with Israel and Palau joining the United
2012 Nov 14, California held
its first carbon auction under the new state cap-and-trade system.
The median bid was $12.96 and all 23.1 million permits for use in
the coming year were sold.
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A1,13)
2012 Nov 14, The film “Daly
City: Growing Up In America" premiered at the Century 20 Daly City
2012 Nov 14, Voestalpine Metal
Forming, a division of an Austrian steel company, broke ground on a
$62 million facility in Bartown County, Georgia. Tax credits and
incentives helped close the deal.
(Econ, 4/27/13, p.27)
2012 Nov 14, In Illinois Rita
Crundwell, comptroller of Dixon, pleaded guilty to siphoning over
$53 million since she began handling the town’s finances in the
1908s. On Feb 14, 2013, Crundwell was sentenced to nearly 20 years
(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A8)(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A6)
2012 Nov 14, In Rhode Island
Anthony L. DiNunzio, acting head of the New England Mafia, was
sentenced to 6½ years in prison for shaking down local strip clubs
for protection money.
(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 14, Afghan police say
Taliban insurgents have shot and killed two young Afghan men who
were working as translators for NATO forces in Logar province.
2012 Nov 14, Australia
announced that it will host two US space surveillance systems as
part of closer military ties agreed at a bilateral security summit.
2012 Nov 14, In Brazil the
Justice Ministry authorized sending a top figure of the Primeiro
Comando da Capital (PCC), a prison-based gang, to a maximum security
prison in Roraima state, 900 miles (1,450 km) to the northwest in
the Amazon. Sao Paulo has seen nearly 150 homicides over the past
two weeks and 94 police executed this year in violence linked to the
(AP, 11/15/12)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.33)
2012 Nov 14, In Cameroon
security officers detained four environmental activists opposed to
the establishment of an oil palm plantation by Herakles Farms, a
2012 Nov 14, China’s President
Hu Jintao stepped aside as ruling party leader to clear the way for
Vice President Xi Jinping to take the helm as part of only the
second orderly transfer of power in 63 years of Communist rule.
2012 Nov 14, A United Nations
report said that while international attention centers on the M23
rebels, other armed groups in eastern Congo have killed more than
260 civilians since April.
2012 Nov 14, Workers across the
European Union sought to present a united front against rampant
unemployment and government spending cuts with a string of strikes
and demonstrations across the region. In Belgium a 24-hour rail
stoppage and scattered strikes through the south of the nation
disrupted daily life. A Spanish strike shut down most schools and
while hospitals operated with a skeleton staff. In Portugal the
second general strike in eight months left commuters stranded as
trains ground to a virtual halt.
2012 Nov 14, On France’s island
of Corsica Jacques Nacer, a shopkeeper and chief of Corsica's
chamber of commerce, was killed. He was the second high-profile
killing on the island in a month.
2012 Nov 14, In Iraq insurgents
unleashed a new wave of bombings across the country targeting
security forces and civilians. At least 20 people were killed and
over 100 wounded in the latest challenge to government efforts to
promote a sense of stability.
(AP, 11/14/12)(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A7)
2012 Nov 14, The debate over
legalizing abortion in Ireland flared after the government confirmed
Savita Halappanavar, a miscarrying Indian woman suffering from blood
poisoning, was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died
on Oct 28 in an Irish hospital.
2012 Nov 14, An Israeli
airstrike killed Ahmed Jabari, commander of the military wing of
Gaza's Hamas rulers. More than 65 rockets landed in southern Israel.
Israel hit the Gaza Strip with more than 50 airstrikes. Hamas police
said airstrikes hit targets in Gaza City, Khan Younis and Rafah. A
total of 15 Palestinians, including 7 civilians, were killed and
more than 100 people wounded, according to Palestinian officials.
Among the dead were 3 children. A March 6, 2013, UN report said Omar
al-Masharawi, age 11 months, was killed by an errant Palestinian
(AP, 11/14/12)(AP, 11/15/12)(AP, 3/11/13)
2012 Nov 14, The Israeli
defense minister says "almost all" Syrian villages near the frontier
with Israel have fallen into rebel hands.
2012 Nov 14, Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara dissolved his Cabinet on over an
apparent feud between member parties of his governing coalition.
2012 Nov 14, Hundreds of
Jordanians poured into the streets of several cities for a second
day, burning tires and pelting riot police with stones to protest a
government decision to lift fuel subsidies and raise prices.
Jordanian teachers went on strike to protest price hikes. Gunmen
attacked two police stations and one attacker was killed.
2012 Nov 14, Nigeria said it
has terminated a $24 million electricity contract with Canada's
state-owned Manitoba Hydro, in a setback for plans to privatize a
moribund power sector that is holding back economic growth.
2012 Nov 14, Pakistan freed at
least seven Taliban prisoners at the request of the Afghan
government and agreed to free many more, in a move meant to help
jumpstart a shaky peace process with the militant group in
(AP, 11/14/12)(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 14, A new law
expanding Russia's definition of treason took effect today. Under
the new law, anyone possessing information deemed secret — whether a
politician, a journalist, an environmentalist or a union leader —
could potentially be jailed for up to 20 years for
2012 Nov 14, In South Africa
television images showed protesters overturn a police truck and set
fires in the streets in a town in the Western Cape. Workers have
been protesting their wages, saying they want a minimum wage of $17
a day. Currently, workers make about half that amount a day.
2012 Nov 14, In Syria regime
jet fighters targeted the rebellious suburbs of Damascus. Heavy
clashes between rebel units and Assad's troops were ongoing in the
northern city of Aleppo. Syrian troops used aircraft and artillery
in an attempt to dislodge rebels from a town next to the border with
2012 Nov 14, Uganda confirmed a
new Ebola outbreak in a district 40 miles from Kampala. Scores of
Ugandans were isolated the next day to prevent its spread.
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 14, Venezuelan
authorities deported Daniel Barrera, a prominent drug-trafficking
suspect, to Colombia, nearly two months after his capture at a
payphone in an operation aided by Colombian and US authorities.
2012 Nov 15, The struggling US
Postal Service reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion and
forecast more red ink in 2013. Much of the red ink in 2012 was due
to mounting mandatory costs for future retiree health benefits,
which made up $11.1 billion of the losses.
2012 Nov 15, BP announced it
was paying $4.5 billion in a settlement with the US government over
the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster. Hours later
2 men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster were
charged with manslaughter and a third with lying to federal
2012 Nov 15, A US federal
appeals court ruled 8-7 declaring Michigan’s ban on affirmative
action unconstitutional, 6 ye3ars after state voters said race
should not be an issue in choosing students.
(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 15, Detroit’s Mayor
Bing said a $6.5 million Housing and Urban Development grant will
cover the cost of tearing down the Brewster Projects, which included
75 condo-style apartments, two 6-story buildings and four 14-story
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 15, In Midland, Texas,
4 people died and 17 others were taken to a hospital when a train
crashed into a parade float honoring veterans.
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 15, World animal
health body OIE said that Australia had reported a case of a highly
pathogenic bird flu virus at an egg farm in the New South Wales
2012 Nov 15, British regulators
filed charges against the owners of the Sellafield nuclear waste
site on allegations of illegal dumping of radioactive waste, adding
to the plant's history of controversy and complaints.
2012 Nov 15, The BBC agreed to
pay 185,000 pounds to Lord Alistair McAlpine, a former treasurer of
Britain's Conservative Party, who was wrongly accused of child sex
abuse as a result of one of its reports.
2012 Nov 15, Cambodia
authorities arrested eight villagers for plastering the US
president's picture on their rooftops beside spray-painted messages
of "SOS." Villagers say they were ordered in July to vacate their
land so the airport could enlarge its runway and build a security
2012 Nov 15, In China Xi
Jinping assumed the leadership as the ruling Communist Party
confronts slower economic growth, a public clamor to end corruption
and demands for change that threaten its hold on power. It was
revealed the Hu Jintao had stepped down not only as the Party’s
general secretary but also as head of China’s army.
(AP, 11/15/12)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.43)
2012 Nov 15, As China unveiled
its new leadership in Beijing with promises of a better life for
all, five runaway boys seeking shelter and warmth died of carbon
monoxide poisoning in a garbage bin in Bijie city, 25 km from their
home village of Caqiangyan.
2012 Nov 15, In CongoDRC 151
M23 rebels were reported killed in new fighting between the
Congolese army and rebels, ending a two-month cease-fire in North
Kivu province. Two army officers were killed and seven wounded in
the fighting. Col. Vianney Kazarama, spokesman of the M23, denied
the heavy casualties, saying that only two rebels were wounded.
(AP, 11/15/12)(AP, 11/16/12)
2012 Nov 15, An Ecuadoran
helicopter began dropping nearly 22 tons of specially designed
poison bait on the Galapagos island of Pinzon, launching the second
phase of a campaign to clear out some 180 million non-native
2012 Nov 15, German Finance
Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble signed off officially on revisions to
the original 1952 Holocaust compensation treaty, increasing pensions
for those living in eastern Europe and broadening who is eligible
for payments. Contributions to home care for survivors already have
2012 Nov 15, Japan and North
Korea began bilateral talks in Mongolia that Tokyo hopes will shed
light on a series of decades-old abductions.
2012 Nov 15, In Mexico the body
of Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar (36), former mayor of Tiquicheo,
Michoacan state, was found beaten and tortured, three days after
(Econ, 12/8/12, p.94)
2012 Nov 15, In Mozambique
youths in Maputo burned tires and attacked motorists over hikes in
2012 Nov 15, Myanmar's
reformist government ordered more 452 prisoners freed in an amnesty
apparently intended as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic visit
by President Barack Obama next week.
(AP, 11/15/12)(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 15, Militants in the
Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with over 180 rockets, killing
three people in Kiryat Malachi as the Israeli military pressed
forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on
2012 Nov 15, In Senegal Karim
Wade, the son of the ex-president, was questioned by police for over
10 hours on accusations that he stole millions in state funds during
his father's time in office.
2012 Nov 15, Turkey endorsed
the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition as the legitimate leader of
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 16, The US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a "heads up" directive
putting officials on alert for an increase in human interaction with
dolphins in the waters across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Authorities were investigating several attacks on dolphins in the
northern Gulf of Mexico after some were found with gunshot wounds,
cuts and missing jaws.
2012 Nov 16, Hostess Brands,
the bankrupted maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other baked goods,
said it is closing all of its 33 plants and 565 distribution centers
nationwide and laying off 18,500 workers.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 16, A string of crimes
in San Jose, Ca., left one man dead and a police officer injured.
Jonathan Wilbanks (26) was arrested following a gunbattle with
police. Adonis Muldrow (15) escaped but was arrested on Nov 23 in
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.C4)
2012 Nov 16, In Independence,
Mo., 3 men broke into a house and fatally shot a woman, her son and
her boyfriend. A 4th victim was critically injured.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 16, In NYC Adis
Medunjanin (28), a Bosnian immigrant convicted of plotting to blow
up New York subways and other targets in 2010, was sentenced to life
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 16, In NYC Shopkeeper
Rahmatollah Vahidipour (78) was shot a killed in Brooklyn.
Ballistics evidence indicated that he was killed by the same gun
that recently killed 2 other shopkeepers in the same area.
(SFC, 11/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 16, An oil platform of
Texas-based Black Elk Energy caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico
critically injuring 4 men with left 2 missing. A body of one of the
missing was recovered the next day. In 2017 Houston-based Wood Group
PSN was ordered to pay $9.5 million in penalties in cases arising
from the fire that left three workers dead.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A7)(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A11)(SFC,
2012 Nov 16, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 17 civilians traveling to a
wedding in Farah province. 2 service members with the US-led
military coalition were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern
2012 Nov 16, The body of
Albania's only post-independence monarch, King Ahmet Zog I, was
returned home more than 50 years after he died in exile in France.
2012 Nov 16, Britain suspended
all aid to the government of Uganda over new evidence that British
taxpayers' money may have been stolen.
2012 Nov 16, Thousands of
Egyptians protested against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip as
Egypt's PM Hesham Kandil visited the Palestinian enclave in a
symbolic show of support for the territory's Hamas rulers.
2012 Nov 16, Haitian officials
confirmed 3,593 cases of cholera and 837 more suspected cases since
Hurricane Sandy’s passage.
(SFC, 11/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 16, In Iraq Ali Mussa
Daqduq, a Hezbollah commander wanted by the United States, was
released from house arrest in Baghdad. The US believes Daqduq was
the mastermind of a 2007 raid on an American military base in
Karbala that killed five US soldiers.
2012 Nov 16, Iraqi government
forces and Kurdish guards clashed for the first time, sparked by a
police hunt for a smuggler who sought refuge in a Kurdish political
party office. A civilian was killed.
2012 Nov 16, Japanese PM
Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament, paving the
way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to
a weak coalition government divided over how to solve the nation's
2012 Nov 16, Thousands of
Jordanians took to the streets across the country to call for the
ouster of their US-backed monarch in the fourth day of unrest
sparked by fuel price hikes that have threatened the stability of
this Arab kingdom.
2012 Nov 16, Gaza militants
targeted Tel Aviv for a 2nd day. Israeli aircraft targeted rocket
launching operations of Gaza militants, but offered to suspend its
offensive in the Gaza Strip during a brief visit by Egypt's premier.
2012 Nov 16, A Syrian general
and a dozen other officers defected with their families to Turkey.
2012 Nov 16, The Yugoslav war
crimes tribunal in The Hague overturned the convictions of Ante
Gotovina and Mladen Markac, two Croat generals for murdering and
illegally expelling Serb civilians in a 1995 military blit. Both men
returned home to a hero's welcome. The acquittals enraged hardline
opponents of the UN court in Serbia who accuse its judges of
2012 Nov 17, In southern
California 4 suspected gang members were arrested on suspicion of
attempted murder following a shooting that wounded a sheriff’s
deputy in south Los Angeles.
(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A11)
2012 Nov 17, In Idaho a
break-in at Zoo Boise left a Patas monkey dead from blunt force
trauma to the head and neck and police were analyzing blood found at
the scene to determine if it came from the monkey or one of two
human intruders. Michael J. Watkins (22) was soon arrested.
(AP, 11/17/12)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 17, Cambodia hosted
the 10-member ASEAN summit of Southeast Asian countries. Talks for a
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) were formally
launched between the member states at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia.
It was scheduled to be finalized by the end of 2017.
2012 Nov 17, In CongoDRC the
U.N.'s mission (MONUSCO) launched an aerial attack on the M23 rebel
group after fighting resumed following a months long lull in
2012 Nov 17, In southern Egypt
a speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their
kindergarten, killing 48 children and 3 adults. On Jun2 29, 2013, a
court sentenced two railway workers to ten years in prison over the
train crash which left 52 people dead.
(AP, 11/17/12)(AP, 6/29/13)
2012 Nov 17, In France groups
opposed to President Francois Hollande's plans to legalize gay
marriage and gay adoptions took to the streets. Large groups marched
in Paris, Lyon and Toulouse.
2012 Nov 17, In India Bal
Thackeray (86), a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob
violence against Muslims and migrant workers, died after an illness
of several weeks.
2012 Nov 17, In Iraq 7 people,
including 3 Iranian pilgrims, were killed when an explosives-laden
car detonated as they were exiting a rest stop in Balad, 50 km north
2012 Nov 17, In Ireland about
10,000 people marched through Dublin and observed a minute's silence
Saturday in memory of the Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning
in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion.
2012 Nov 17, Israel bombarded
the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes, widening a
blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime
minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of
smuggling tunnels. Ten people, including eight militants, were
killed and dozens were wounded in the various attacks.
2012 Nov 17, In Japan
nationalist Shintaro Ishihara said he is joining the Japan
Restoration party formed in September by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto
seeking to become a 3rd force in the country’s politics.
(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 17, Sierra Leone held
elections for the 3rd time since the 2002 end of an 11-year civil
war. Final results made public on Nov 23 said incumbent Pres. Ernest
Bai Koroma, who has expanded health care and paved roads, won with
58.7% of the vote over former military leader Julius Maada Bio.
(AP, 11/17/12)(SFC, 11/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 17, In Swaziland
Ellinah Wamukoya (61) was consecrated to serve as the Anglican
church's bishop and first female bishop in Africa.
2012 Nov 17, In Tunisia
Mohammed Bakhti, a prominent member of the ultraconservative Muslim
Salafi movement, died after months on a hunger strike. Fellow
detainee, Bachir al-Gholi, died Nov 15 after a heart attack brought
on by his own hunger strike. Both were suspects in the Sep 14 attack
on Tunisia's US embassy.
2012 Nov 17, Cameraman Cuneyt
Unal, captured while covering fighting in the city of Aleppo, was
released returned to Turkey. Unal and reporter Bashar Fahmi, a
Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin, had been missing since
August. Both were working for the US-based Alhurra TV and were
believed to have been captured by Syrian government forces.
2012 Nov 18, President Barack
Obama began his 3-day Asian tour in Thailand.
2012 Nov 18, In Colorado Dylan
Redwine (13) disappeared from his home in Vallecito, La Plata
County. Some of his remains were found in June, 2013. On July 22,
2017, his father, Mark Redwine, was arrested in Bellingham, Wa.,
following an indictment for 2nd degree murder and child abuse
resulting in death.
(SFC, 7/24/17, p.A7)
2012 Nov 18, In Cambodia Asean
leaders decided to ask China to start formal talks "as soon as
possible" on crafting a legally binding accord aimed at preventing
an outbreak of violence in disputed South China Sea territories.
ASEAN leaders also adopted a human rights declaration despite
last-minute calls for a postponement by critics.
2012 Nov 18, In eastern
CongoDRC a Rwandan-backed rebel group advanced to within 3 km (1.8
miles) of Goma, a crucial provincial capital, marking the first time
that rebels have come this close since 2008.
2012 Nov 18, Iran held a
conference to reconcile Syria's government with some 200 opposition
members and Syria's National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar to
end the country's civil war.
2012 Nov 18, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a police check point
in the town of Khalis, killing two civilians and one policeman. 16
other people were wounded.
2012 Nov 18, An Israeli envoy
held talks with Egyptian officials on a ceasefire in his country's
offensive on Gaza. Militants continued their barrage of rocket fire,
firing more than two dozen at Israel. Palestinian medical officials
said at least 11 civilians, including women and young children, were
killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. The deaths brought to
66 the number of Palestinians killed in Israel's Gaza offensive,
including 32 civilians.
(AP, 11/18/12)(Reuters, 11/18/12)
2012 Nov 18, The Wii U,
Nintendo’s newest games console, was released in the US. Release in
Europe was set for Nov 30 and in Japan for Dec 8.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.73)
2012 Nov 18, A Jordanian
official said the country's military prosecutor has charged 89
activists with inciting violent revolt, after protests over price
hikes swept through the US-allied kingdom last week.
2012 Nov 18, In Kenya an
explosion on a bus in Nairobi killed 7 people and wounded 29. A UN
Security official at the scene of the explosion said the blast was
caused by an improvised explosive device.
(AP, 11/18/12)(AP, 11/19/12)
2012 Nov 18, In Mozambique
pilots and crew members at the national airline went on strike,
grounding the carrier.
2012 Nov 18, Myanmar State
television said that President Thein Sein had ordered 66 detainees
released, but it was not clear whether any political prisoners would
be among them. This was ahead of a historic visit to the country by
President Barack Obama on Nov 19.
2012 Nov 18, In central Nigeria
a Christian vigilante group killed a Muslim resident who insisted on
going through their illegal checkpoint, triggering riots that have
left at least four people dead in Ibi.
2012 Nov 18, A group of 13
extremist Islamist factions in Syria rejected the country's new
opposition coalition, saying in a video statement they have formed
an "Islamic state" in the embattled city of Aleppo to underline that
they want nothing to do with the Western-backed bloc.
2012 Nov 18, Syrian rebels took
over a large military base in the country's north, carting off
tanks, armored vehicles and truck-loads of munitions.
2012 Nov 19, President Barack
Obama made a 6-hour stop in Myanmar. In a notable detour from US
policy, the president referred to Burma as Myanmar in his talks with
President Thein Sein. Obama then became the first US president to
set foot in Cambodia, a country once known for its Khmer Rouge
2012 Nov 19, Hostess Brands Inc
agreed in court to enter private mediation with its lenders and
leaders of a striking union to try to avert the liquidation of the
maker of Twinkies snack cakes and Wonder Bread.
2012 Nov 19, Warren Rudman
(1930), former Republican senator from New Hampshire (1980-1992),
died in Washington, DC.
(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 19, In Rhode Island
Charles Moreau, the former mayor of Central Falls. Pleaded guilty to
accepting gifts from a supporter who received a lucrative city
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 19, A spokesman for
Afghan Pres, Karzai told reporters that more than 70 detainees
continue to be held by the Americans despite being ordered released
by Afghan courts.
2012 Nov 19, Colombia's main
rebel group announced a unilateral cease-fire as it began
much-anticipated peace talks, but the Bogota government responded
that it would continue military operations.
2012 Nov 19, The International
Court of Justice ruled that a group of tiny islands in the western
Caribbean belongs to Colombia, but also granted Nicaragua control of
a large swath of the surrounding sea and seabed that could hold oil
2012 Nov 19, In Cuba the rebel
former seminarian known as Ivan Marquez and government
representative Humberto de la Calle, a sage veteran of Colombian
politics, sat down in Havana to negotiate in earnest an end
Colombia's stubborn five-decade-old conflict. Their talks were
inaugurated in Norway last month.
2012 Nov 19, French oil firm
Total SA said it has sold a stake in an offshore oil field in
Nigeria for $2.5 billion to Chinese state oil company Sinopec Corp.
The cash deal required approval by Nigerian authorities.
2012 Nov 19, In India at least
17 people were killed in the eastern state of Bihar. The accident
happened when a bamboo bridge collapsed on the banks of Ganges river
where Hindu devotees were offering prayers as part of the annual
2012 Nov 19, Israeli aircraft
struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip, driving up the Palestinian
death toll to 94 and devastating several homes belonging to one
clan. Hamas fighters have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel in
the current round of fighting, including 75 today. The new
airstrikes came as Egypt was trying to broker a cease-fire, with the
help of Turkey and Qatar.
2012 Nov 19, A report issued by
New York-based Human Rights Watch accused Ivory Coast's military of
undertaking a swift, brutal and illegal campaign of arbitrary arrest
and detention in response to some of the most significant violence
since last year's election crisis.
2012 Nov 19, Police in Kenya
fired bullets into the air and tear gas into the streets to stop two
groups from clashing. 3 Kenyan soldiers were killed.
(AP, 11/19/12)(AP, 11/20/12)
2012 Nov 19, In northern Mali
fighting resumed between Islamist extremists and Tuareg secular
2012 Nov 19, In Morocco the
48-member int’l. organization of fishing countries voted to keep
strict limits on catching Atlantic blue fin tuna.
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A7)
2012 Nov 19, The International
Court of Justice ruled that a group of tiny islands in the western
Caribbean belongs to Colombia, but also granted Nicaragua control of
a large swath of the surrounding sea and seabed that could hold oil
reserves. The ICJ awarded Nicaragua fishing and oil rights in waters
that Colombians have considered theirs since 1928.
(AP, 11/20/12)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.43)
2012 Nov 19, In northern
Nigeria two road accidents that took place an hour apart claimed 25
2012 Nov 19, In northwest
Pakistan a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near the
convoy of a former leader of the country's largest Islamist party.
Qazi Husain Ahmad, the former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan,
escaped unhurt from the attack in the Mohmand tribal region. Three
of his aides were wounded.
2012 Nov 19, The UN said Sudan
has begun a massive vaccination campaign to immunize3 2.4 million
people against an outbreak of yellow fever in the Darfur region.
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 19, In Tajikistan
Inobat Yakubova told the respected Tajik newspaper Asia-Plus that
her son (12) was picked up in late August while at the home of his
Arabic language tutor, who is suspected of being a member of banned
Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tah. She said security services held him for
three days and beat him to coerce details on individuals detained on
2012 Nov 19, A Zimbabwe court
ordered breakaway Anglican Bishop Nolbert Kunonga to return church
property he seized after his excommunication in 2007.
2012 Nov 20, The US and Mexico
agreed to new rules on sharing water from the Colorado River.
(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 20, The SEC accused a
Mathew Martoma, a former trader for a subsidiary of hedgefund SAC
Capital, of insider trading that illicitly netted some $276 million.
SAC Capital was founded in 1992 by Steven Cohen and his fortune was
currently estimated at $9.5 billion.
2012 Nov 20, San Francisco
lawmakers disappointed committed nudists by voting 6-5 t0 approve a
ban on public nakedness despite concerns the measure would undermine
the city's reputation as a sanctuary for free expression. Exemptions
would be made for participants at permitted street fairs and
(AP, 11/20/12)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 20, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors voted to allow the construction of hundreds of
220-square-foot residential units, which would allow up to 2 people
to live in the micro-apartments.
(SFC, 11/21/12, p.C1)
2012 Nov 20, In western
Afghanistan a bombing in Farah province killed, Noor Mohammad
Jahani, a former Taliban commander who had left the insurgency two
years ago and joined the Afghan police force.
2012 Nov 20, In Afghanistan 8
prisoners were hanged. Pres. Karzai had signed off on the execution
of 16 prisoners. The remaining 8 were executed the next day.
(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 20, A UN report said
Afghan efforts to stamp out opium poppy cultivation are failing
because of high prices for the illicit crop, pushing farmers to grow
18 percent more in 2012 than last year.
2012 Nov 20, Argentine
President Cristina Fernandez faced a nationwide strike, led by union
bosses who once were her most steadfast supporters.
2012 Nov 20, Britain announced
that it has formally recognized the newly formed Syrian opposition
as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
2012 Nov 20, Former UBS trader
Kweku Adoboli (32) was convicted and sentenced to seven years in
jail for the biggest fraud in British history, which resulted in a
loss of $2.3 billion for the Swiss bank. Adoboli was released on
parole in 2015 after serving about half his sentence.
(Reuters, 11/20/12)(AP, 6/24/15)
2012 Nov 20, Amnesty
International workers in London walked off the job for the second
strike in as many months. Tensions had been rising dramatically in
recent weeks as Amnesty's international operations prepare to
re-organize transferring some of its 500 jobs from a centralized
London base to 10 regional hubs around the world.
2012 Nov 20, The Church of
England’s governing General Synod failed to get a required
two-thirds majority to allow women to serve as bishops.
2012 Nov 20, In Cambodia
President Barack Obama closed his Asian tour in diplomatic talks
with leaders of Japan and China, their economic message overshadowed
by security tensions over disputed waters and territories.
2012 Nov 20, China’s Xinhua
News Agency reported that two Tibetan herdsmen had killed themselves
by setting themselves on fire in two separate incidents.
2012 Nov 20, A 5-year-old sex
tape of an 18-year-old woman allegedly hired by developers to sleep
with a city official exploded on the Chinese Internet when
screenshots of it were uploaded by a Beijing-based former journalist
Zhu Ruifeng to his Hong Kong-registered website, an independent
online clearing house for corruption allegations.
2012 Nov 20, In eastern
CongoDRC M23, a rebel group created just seven months ago, seized
the strategic provincial capital of Goma, home to more than 1
million people, and its international airport.
2012 Nov 20, A Croatian court
found former PM Ivo Sanader (2004-2009) guilty on corruption charges
and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Judges found him guilty of
accepting a $13 million bribe from Hungarian oil company MOL in
return for securing rights in Croatia’s state oil company.
(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 20, In Egypt youth
activist Gaber Salah was shot in the neck in Cairo in clashes that
started a day earlier, the first anniversary of the deadly
confrontation between police and demonstrators known as "Mohammed
2012 Nov 20, France ended its
combat operations in Afghanistan, pulling hundreds of troops from a
base in a volatile region northeast of Kabul and fulfilling promises
to end its combat role on a faster track than other NATO allies.
2012 Nov 20, Greek police said
a man (35) has been arrested on suspicion of having stolen 9 million
personal data files in what is believed to be the biggest breach of
private information the country has ever seen.
2012 Nov 20, Iraqi President
Jalal Talbani, a leading Kurdish figure, met the head of the
autonomous region, Massoud Barzani. The commander of Kurdish
Peshmerga forces warned that his troops might attack Iraqi
government soldiers at "any minute" after the central government
sent tanks and armored vehicles toward the disputed city of Kirkuk.
2012 Nov 20, Israeli aircraft
battered the headquarters of the bank Hamas set up to sidestep
international sanctions on its rule. A Palestinian rocket struck the
outskirts of Jerusalem. Diplomats from across the world raced across
the region to negotiate a cease-fire to end relentless Israeli
airstrikes and Palestinian rocket attacks. An Israeli airstrike
killed two Al-Aqsa TV journalists in their car. Masked gunmen
publicly shot dead six suspected collaborators with Israel at a
large Gaza City intersection.
(AP, 11/20/12)(AP, 11/21/12)
2012 Nov 20, In northern Kenya
13 people were shot and one woman died as hundreds of shops burned
to the ground amid rising Somali-Kenyan tensions.
2012 Nov 20, In northern Mali
Islamist extremist rebels pushed secular Tuareg fighters from their
last base in Menaka. More than 100 fighters were reported killed.
2012 Nov 20, A Nigerian
official says the government owes its state-run oil firm more than
$8.1 billion in gasoline subsidy payments.
2012 Nov 20, In Puerto Rico
boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho (50) was struck in the jaw in a
drive-by shooting. His friend Adrian Mojica Moreno was killed.
Doctors at the Rio Piedras Medical Center in San Juan declared
Camacho brain dead on Nov 22.
2012 Nov 20, Police in South
Africa arrested three men, including a game ranger, they suspect
shot 7 rhinoceros to death and dehorned them. South Africa's
Department of Environmental Affairs said 570 rhinos had been hunted
illegally and killed this year alone.
2012 Nov 20, A woman (37) in
Sweden was charged "with violating the peace of the deceased" after
investigators found some 100 skeleton parts in her apartment. Police
also found a CD titled "My Necrophilia" as well as photographs in
which a woman is seen kissing and hugging the skulls.
2012 Nov 21, A US Drought
Monitor report said the worst US drough in decades has deepened
again with 60.1% of the lower 48 states in some form of drought.
(SFC, 11/22/12, p.A15)
2012 Nov 21, Arysta, the
Japanese maker of the pesticide methyl iodide, agreed to remove all
of its products from the US market and end sales permanently.
Exposure to the fumigant was shown to have caused thyroid cancer,
miscarriages and nervous system damage on rats and rabbits.
(SFC, 11/22/12, p.A15)
2012 Nov 21, In NYC Salvatore
Perrone (63), a balding garment salesman, was arrested for
systematically killing three shopkeepers as they worked alone in
their clothing stores.
2012 Nov 21, In Afghanistan two
men wearing suicide vests blew themselves up near a US base in
Kabul, killing two Afghan guards in the heart of a neighborhood
filled with foreign forces and embassies.
2012 Nov 21, In Afghanistan
Sayid Mohammad (23), a farmer from Karim Dad village, was arrested
by US Army A Team members. His footless body was found on May 21,
2013, near a former US Special Forces base in Wardak province.
(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A3)
2012 Nov 21, Colombia's main
leftist rebel group released at midnight four Chinese oil workers in
the same southern jungles where it kidnapped them on June 8, 2011.
They had been engaged in oil exploration work.
2012 Nov 21, Thousands of
Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels, as
rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the
capital Kinshasa. Congo President Joseph Kabila met with Rwanda
President Paul Kagame In Uganda for emergency talks prompted by the
fall of Goma. Rwanda is blamed for backing the M23 by Congo and by
the United Nations.
2012 Nov 21, Egypt’s President
Mohammed Morsi mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and
Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting. The cease-fire
deal included agreement to open all border crossings with the Gaza
Strip, including with Egypt.
2012 Nov 21, Egyptian
protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster
Al-Jazeera and attacked a police chief who tried to negotiate an end
to three days of violent protests in central Cairo. Security
officials said that authorities have confiscated trucks carrying
explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled
2012 Nov 21, India executed
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai
terror attack, four years after Pakistani gunmen blazed through
India's financial capital, killing 166 people.
2012 Nov 21, Iran’s
semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that Iran has supplied Hamas
in Gaza with the technology to "quickly" produce longer-range
missiles on their own without needing direct shipments.
2012 Nov 21, Ireland's police
force arrested 113 suspected drug dealers and seized five marijuana
growing facilities in a two-day operation in the nation's
biggest-ever crackdown on triad drug-trafficking gangs. Police said
most of those arrested are Chinese and Vietnamese nationals involved
in growing, smuggling and selling marijuana.
2012 Nov 21, A bomb exploded
aboard an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel
Aviv, wounding 27 people, delivering a major blow to diplomatic
efforts to forge a truce to end a week of fighting between Israel
and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers. The Tel Aviv bombing came after a
night of more than 30 Israeli airstrikes over Gaza. The attacks
brought to 144 the number of Palestinians killed since Israel
launched its offensive on Nov 14. In Dec, 2013, Mohammed Mafarja
(19) pleaded guilty to charges that included attempted murder. On
Mar 10, 2014 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for planting the
bomb on behalf of Hamas.
(AP, 11/21/12)(Reuters, 3/10/14)
2012 Nov 21, Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara tapped Foreign Minister Daniel Kablan
Duncan to serve as prime minister in a new government one week after
the surprise dissolution of cabinet.
2012 Nov 21, In Libya National
Security Chief Col. Farag al-Dersi (Faraj Mohammed al-Drissi) was
shot dead while returning from work in Benghazi.
(AP, 11/21/12)(SFC, 11/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 21, New Zealand’s
Mount Tongariro erupted with a brief blast of dark ash, canceling
flights but causing no significant damage. Tongariro National Park
has three active volcanoes.
2012 Nov 21, In Pakistan a bomb
blast targeting an army vehicle killed three soldiers and two
civilians in the southwestern city of Quetta. Two bombs exploded
outside a Shiite mosque in the southern city of Karachi, killing one
person and wounding seven others.
2012 Nov 21, In Russia dozens
of non-governmental organizations refused to comply with a new law
restricting their activities as part of the Kremlin's crackdown on
its critics. A law passed several months ago obliged all NGOs that
receive foreign funding and are involved in loosely defined
political activities to register as "foreign agents" by today.
2012 Nov 21, The Singapore
government said prominent opposition leader Chee Soon Juan has had
his bankruptcy annulled, after an unprecedented concession by two
former prime ministers to whom he owed about $408,000.
2012 Nov 21, In South Sudan an
army official said clashes between troops and Yau Yau rebels have
left at least 16 people dead in Jonglei state.
(SFC, 11/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 21, Syrian warplanes
bombed Damascus suburbs and rebel-held areas in the country's north
as the government blasted the European Union for endorsing a newly
formed opposition coalition. Syrian warplanes flattened a building
next to a hospital in Aleppo, killing at least 15 people.
(AP, 11/21/12)(AP, 11/22/12)
2012 Nov 21, Turkey's
government requested the deployment of NATO's Patriot surface-to-air
missiles to bolster its defenses along its border with Syria.
2012 Nov 21, A new UN report
accused the Rwandan military of commanding and supporting rebel
forces in eastern Congo and charged that Salim Saleh (52), the
brother of Uganda's long-serving President Yoweri Museveni, actively
backs the movement.
2012 Nov 22, In Minnesota
homeowner Byron David Smith (64) shot and killed two unarmed
teenagers during a Thanksgiving Day break-in. On Nov 26 Smith was
charged two counts of 2nd degree murder. On April 25, 2013,
prosecutors announced that Smith has been indicted on two counts of
first-degree murder. On April 29, 2014, Smith was convicted of
(SFC, 11/27/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)(AP,
2012 Nov 22, In Wheaton, Mo., 5
people, including a child, were killed when a fire broke out in an
(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 22, In Southeast Texas
2 people died and more than 80 people were hurt when at least 140
vehicles collided in a pileup under foggy conditions that left
trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull
survivors from the wreckage.
(AP, 11/22/12)(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 22, An Albanian court
convicted the country's fugitive former intelligence chief of murder
for the 1995 death of businessman Remzi Hoxha, a suspect who was
illegally detained for an alleged plot to to kill then-Macedonian
President Kiro Gligorov during a visit to Albania. Ilir Kumbaro was
tried in absentia and also sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
2012 Nov 22, In Brazil Joaquim
Barbosa was sworn in as the country’s first black Supreme Court
(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 22, The British
government banned Ansaru, a Nigeria-based Islamist group, it said
was aligned with al Qaeda. Ansaru's full name is Jama'atu Ansarul
Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan, which translates as "Vanguards for the
Protection of Muslims in Black Africa." A minister said the oulawed
organisation was probably responsible for the killing of Chris
McManus, a Briton, and Franco Lamolinara, an Italian.
2012 Nov 22, Interpol announced
that an int’l. police operation has freed nearly 400 children from
forced labor in Burkina Faso and arrested 73 people suspected of
(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 22, In northwest China
Libong Tsering (19), a Tibetan man, set himself on fire in Qinghai
province. The latest death brings to at least 78 the number of
Tibetans who have self-immolated since 2009 in protest against
China's strict control over Tibet's Buddhist culture.
2012 Nov 22, In Egypt Pres.
Mohammed Morsi granted himself sweeping new powers that critics fear
can allow him to be a virtual dictator. The temporary decrees
included exempting himself from judicial review, as well as a panel
writing the new constitution and the upper house of parliament, and
the power to enact any other measure he deemed necessary to deal
with a "threat" to Egypt's "revolution." Morsi sacked the prosecutor
general and ordered a retrial of officials appointed by former Pres.
(AP, 11/23/12)(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 22, The top leader of
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and
urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories.
2012 Nov 22, An Egyptian court
cleared two policemen of killing protesters during the Jan 28, 2011,
uprising that led to toppling Hosni Mubarak.
2012 Nov 22, European leaders
gathered in Brussels for what promised to be a turbulent and lengthy
summit on the 7-year budget for the 27-country European Union.
2012 Nov 22, Former French
Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy spent 12 hours in a Bordeaux court answering
questions about whether he accepted illegal campaign donations from
the 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.
(AP, 11/22/12)(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 22, Georgia's new PM
Bidzina Ivanishvili said he would move quickly to expand the
Cabinet's powers, a change that would take away even more influence
from the ex-Soviet nation's beleaguered pro-Western president.
2012 Nov 22, Israeli
authorities arrested an Arab Israeli on accusations he planted a
bomb a day earlier on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded 27 people.
2012 Nov 22, The International
Criminal Court unsealed an indictment against former Ivory Coast
President Laurent Gbagbo's wife on charges including murder, rape
and persecution. It was the first time in the court's 10-year
history it has charged a woman. An arrest warrant was issued on Feb.
29 for former first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity.
2012 Nov 22, Kazakhstan's
police raided the offices of a news website and took steps to halt
the publication of a newspaper critical of the government, in what a
media watchdog group says was an "unprecedented offensive" against
2012 Nov 22, In Mexico fugitive
Jose Luis Saenz, one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted, was arrested in
Guadalajara after a joint operation with the Mexican government.
Saenz, suspected in 4 slayings, was returned to Los Angeles to face
murder, kidnapping and rape charges.
(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A11)
2012 Nov 22, Pakistani police
said a Taliban suicide bomber has struck a Shiite Muslim procession
in Rawalpinid near Islamabad, killing 23 people in the latest of a
series of bombings targeting Shiites during the holiest month of the
year for the sect. The bomber attacked the procession around
2012 Nov 22, Hamas leaders in
Gaza declared victory over Israel on Thursday, and thousands of
flag-waving supporters rallied in celebration as the battered
territory entered its first day of calm under an Egyptian-brokered
2012 Nov 22, In South Africa
two workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville
were killed and another injured in violence as unrest continued in
2012 Nov 22, Sudanese
authorities said they have foiled a military coup and that several
military officers and civilians involved in the scheme have been
2012 Nov 22, Syrian rebels
seized a key military base with artillery stockpiles in the
country's east, strengthening their hold in an oil-rich strategic
province bordering Iraq. Fighting broke out in the city of Ras
al-Ayn on the Syrian side of the border, but it was between Kurdish
and Arab rebel factions. Journalist Bassil Toufic Youssef, who
worked for state TV, was shot dead outside his house in Damascus.
(AP, 11/22/12)(AP, 11/23/12)
2012 Nov 22, In Syria a bomb
blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people
and seriously wounded a member of a faction that has backed
President Bashar Assad.
2012 Nov 22, American
journalist James Foley (39), of Rochester, N.H., was kidnapped in
northwest Syria by unknown gunmen in Idlib province.
2012 Nov 22, The body of Syrian
novelist Mohammed Rashid Roweily (65) was found in the eastern city
of Deir el-Zour, nearly two months after he was kidnapped. His
decomposed body was found along with four other bodies, including
that of a retired army officer. All were kidnapped around the same
2012 Nov 22, In southern
Thailand the headmistress of Bna Tha Kam Cham school was killed
while driving home.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)
2012 Nov 23, In Alabama Michael
Jansen shot and killed a sheriff's deputy and critically wounded
another when they went to his home near Fairhope on a report that he
was acting aggressively toward family members. Jansen was also
killed in the exchange of gunfire.
2012 Nov 23, In Florida Michael
Dunn (45) shot and killed Jordan Davis (17). Dunn had pulled into
the parking lot of a Jacksonville gas station alongside an SUV where
Davis and three friends, all of them young African Americans, were
listening to music. Dunn asked them to turn their music down and,
after an apparent exchange of words with Davis, he produced a gun
and fired eight or nine shots at the SUV. Dunn sped away but was
arrested the next day in Brevard County. On Feb 15, 2014, Dunn was
convicted on three counts of attempted murder. A mistrail was
declared on the murder charge. On Oct 1, 2014 Dunn was convicted of
first-degree murder. On Oct 17 Dunn was sentenced to life in prison
(Reuters, 11/28/12)(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A12)(SFC,
10/2/14, p.A7)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A6)
2012 Nov 23, In Massachusetts
more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in
Springfield that injured 18 people.
2012 Nov 23, Larry Hagman
(b.1931), who created one of American television's most supreme
villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas"
(1978-1991), died in Dallas.
2012 Nov 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a truck full of
explosives, killing three Afghan civilians and wounding more than 90
people, including several Afghan and NATO troops in Maidan Shahr,
Wardak province. Police in Kabul were reported to have arrested two
men with four explosive vests.
2012 Nov 23, In Brussels a
summit of the European Union's 27 national leaders, charged with
agreeing on a long-term budget for the bloc, broke up without being
able to reach a deal.
2012 Nov 23, Congo's president
has suspended the army's chief of staff, following the publication
of a United Nations report which reveals that Gen. Gabriel Amisi
oversaw a criminal network selling arms to rebels in the country's
2012 Nov 23, Congolese troops
fleeing the M23 rebels raped at least 97 women and 33 girls, some as
young as 6, over the last 24 hours. A UN report released on May 8,
2013 said most of the rapes took place over Nov. 22-23, 2012,
in the eastern Congo town of Minova.
2012 Nov 23, In Egypt opponents
and supporters of Mohammed Morsi clashed across the country, the day
after the president granted himself sweeping new powers. At least 15
were reported injured.
2012 Nov 23, Former French
tennis coach Regis de Camaret (70) was convicted and sentenced to
eight years in prison for raping young students at his academy,
ending a seven-year legal case that began when a former ranked
player published a book describing years of abuse at his hands.
2012 Nov 23, Israeli troops
fired to push back Gaza crowds surging toward Israel's border fence
with the Hamas-ruled territory, killing one Palestinian and wounding
19 in the first violence since a truce between Israel and Hamas took
hold a day earlier.
2012 Nov 23, Pakistan's
interior minister said that the government will suspend cell phone
service in most parts of the country over the next two days to
prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims during a key religious
2012 Nov 23, Somali journalists
urged their new government and the international community to help
end the impunity they say is contributing to making Somalia one of
the world's most dangerous countries to practice journalism.
Journalist Mohamed Bashir Hashi said they are being targeted to
silence them from speaking against corruption, violence and
violations of human rights by radical Islamist groups.
2012 Nov 23, A South Sudanese
official said Sudan has carried out aerial bombardments on the
northern part of South Sudan in the last three days, killing seven
people and wounding others, accusing their northern neighbor of
breaking an agreement between the two countries to end hostilities.
2012 Nov 23, In Syria a suicide
attacker blew up his car in the northwestern Idlib province, killing
at least three people and wounding four. Islamic extremists,
including members of the al-Qaida inspired Jabhat al-Nusra group,
battled with pro-government Kurdish gunmen in the northern town of
Ras al-Ayan, near the border with Turkey.
2012 Nov 24, In Afghanistan a
fight between Shiite and Sunni students broke out at Kabul Univ.
killing one student and injuring six others. Classes were postponed
for 10 days.
2012 Nov 24, In Bangladesh a
fire raced through the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen
Fashions just outside of Dhaka. 112 people were killed including 12
people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to
escape the fire. On Dec 31, 2013, a court issued arrest warrants for
two of the factory owners and four employees on homicide charges.
The two owners, Delwar Hossein and his wife Mahmuda Akter, and
eleven others were indicted on Sep 3, 2015.
(AP, 11/25/12)(SFC, 1/1/14, p.A3)(SFC, 9/4/15,
2012 Nov 24, In China a coal
mine accident in the southwest killed 18 workers and trapped five
more in the state-owned Xiangshui coalmine in Guizhou province.
2012 Nov 24, Egypt's highest
body of judges slammed a recent decision by the president to grant
himself near-absolute power, calling the move an "unprecedented
assault" on the judiciary. Several hundred protesters remained in
Cairo's Tahrir Square, where a number of tents have been erected in
a sit-in following nearly a week of clashes with riot police.
2012 Nov 24, In western France
protesters squatting in treetop tents and makeshift shelters battled
for a 2nd day with French riot police trying to expel them from the
site of a planned airport near Nantes.
2012 Nov 24, India began
issuing Chinese citizens visas embossed with maps of India showing
all territories claimed by New Delhi. The move was in response to
China’s newly revised passports that show disputed territory near
their shared border as part of China.
(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 24, Israel's Shin Bet
internal security arrested Azzam Mashahara, a Palestinian man of
East Jerusalem, for relaying information to Hezbollah guerrillas in
Lebanon about sensitive government sites, including parliament.
2012 Nov 24, In Italy a car was
struck by a train near the southern city of Cosenza. 6 Romanian farm
workers were killed.
(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 24, Lebanese soldiers
raided an apartment in the country's south and arrested five Syrian
nationals for possession of explosives.
2012 Nov 24, In Mexico Maria
Susana Flores Gamez (20), a Sinaloa state beauty queen, died in a
gun battle between soldiers and the alleged gang of drug traffickers
with whom she was traveling.
2012 Nov 24, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb killed at least seven people, including
three children, and wounded 30 others at a Shiite Muslim procession
in Dera Ismail Khan, as minority Shiites prepared to observe the
holy day of Ashoura.
2012 Nov 24, Gaza residents
said that Israel has eased some border restrictions as part of its
truce with the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, allowing
farmers to visit land near its security fence and letting fishermen
head further out to sea.
2012 Nov 24, Russian physicist
Valentin Danilov, convicted in 2004 of spying for China, was
released on parole and continued to protest his innocence.
2012 Nov 24, Police in South
Africa shot dead seven suspected robbers and wounded nine others in
a botched theft at an armored car company. A gunfight began as
officers tried to arrest the suspects.
2012 Nov 24, In South Africa
Christopher Preece (54), a British man, was killed in an attack at
his farm near Ficksburg, a town near the border with Lesotho. Preece
had gone outside to check to see why the power had been cut at his
farm called Fleur des Lis when three men attacked him with machetes.
His wife was seriously wounded.
2012 Nov 24, In Thailand some
10,000 royalist protesters of the new Pitak Siam movement, calling
for Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra to step down, rallied in the heart
of Bangkok, clashing with police in the first major demonstration
against the government since it came to power last year.
(AP, 11/24/12)(Econ, 12/8/12, p.42)
2012 Nov 24, Regional leaders
meeting in Uganda called for an end to the advance by M23 rebels
toward Congo's capital, and also urged the Congolese government to
sit down with rebel leaders as residents fled some towns for fear of
more fighting between the rebels and army. Locals in Minova reported
that the retreating army troops had gone on a rampage over the last
2012 Nov 24, Pope Benedict XVI
presided over a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica to formally elevate
six men as Cardinals. They hailed from Colombia, India, Lebanon,
Nigeria, the Philippines and the United States.
2012 Nov 24, In Yemen four
Shiites were killed when unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled
grenade into a gathering of worshippers observing the holy day of
2012 Nov 25, In Oakland, Ca.,
Diantay Powell shot and killed Raquel Gerstel (15) and Bobbie
Sartain (16). On May 12, 2016, Powell (21) was convicted of 2nd
degree murder and faced life in prison.
(SFC, 5/13/16, p.D3)
2012 Nov 25, In London the
Rolling Stones held the first of 5 concerts to mark the 50th
anniversary of their debut.
(SFC, 11/26/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 25, In China 4 more
self-immolations by ethnic
Tibetans were reported over the last two days in Gansu, Sichuan and
Qinghai provinces. At least 20 students were hospitalized after a
protest turned violent in Qinghai province's Hainan prefectur.
2012 Nov 25, In India hundreds
of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi to demand that
they be allowed to lead lives of dignity in the coun try’s deeply
2012 Nov 25, Israel
successfully tested its newest missile defense system, a step toward
making the third leg of what Israel calls its "multilayer missile
2012 Nov 25, Italians voted in
a primary for a center-left candidate to run in spring general
elections that will in large part determine how Italy's tries to fix
its troubled finances and emerge from a grinding recession. The race
is expected to come down to a faceoff between Pier Luigi Bersani
(61), the leader of the main center-left Democratic Party, and
challenger Matteo Renzi (37), the mayor of Florence.
2012 Nov 25, Mexican
authorities in Chihuahua state said they have recovered the remains
of 19 people in two mass graves. 11 were found 25 mile southeast of
Ciudad Juarez and 8 others tossed along a road near Rosales.
(SFC, 11/26/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 25, In northcentral
Nigeria a blast hit a church in military barracks in Jaji town,
Kaduna state. The death toll in a twin suicide bombing rose to at
(AP, 11/25/12)(AP, 11/26/12)
2012 Nov 25, In northwestern
Pakistan a bombing claimed by the Taliban killed at least six people
and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession Dera
Ismail Khan, as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura
2012 Nov 25, Spanish voters in
Catalonia choosing lawmakers for parliament amid a threat from
Catalan leader Artur Mas to hold an independence referendum that
would test the country's unity. Catalonia voters showed that they
want the right to decide on possible independence, but split their
votes between fractious separatist parties, making that overall goal
less likely than ever.
(AP, 11/25/12)(AP, 11/26/12)
2012 Nov 25, Syrian rebels
seized control of the Marj al-Sultan base on the outskirts of
Damascus. At least 15 rebels and eight soldiers were killed in the
fighting that started a day earlier.
2012 Nov 26, The US Food and
Drug Administration halted operations of the country's largest
organic peanut butter processor, cracking down on salmonella
poisoning for the first time with new enforcement authority the
agency gained in a 2011 food safety law. FDA officials had found
salmonella all over Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico processing plant.
2012 Nov 26, In eastern
Afghanistan several thousand university students demonstrated to
denounce Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, burning
Israeli and US flags as well as a Christian cross. A bomb strapped
to a bicycle exploded, wounding 26 civilians in Khost. A service
member with the international military coalition was killed in a
roadside bombing in the south.
2012 Nov 26, In Austria
ceremonies were held to launch a Saudi-sponsored and funded center
in Vienna meant to promote dialogue between the world's main
religions. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke and urged Israel and
Hamas to respect their cease-fire.
2012 Nov 26, In Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of
marchers trying to reach a heavily guarded square that was once the
hub of their anti-government uprising.
2012 Nov 26, Britain named
Canadian central bank chief Mark Carney to head the Bank of England.
2012 Nov 26, A man (22) from
Northern Ireland was arrested in Britain in connection with the
death of Northern Ireland policeman Ronan Kerr, who was killed in
April last year when a bomb exploded under his car.
2012 Nov 26, Toronto's Rob
Ford, a magnet for controversy during two years as mayor of Canada's
largest city, was ordered out of office on after a judge found him
guilty of breaking conflict-of-interest laws.
2012 Nov 26, France's EDF and
partner Centrica have received the first UK site licence for a new
nuclear plant in 25 years, paving the way for Britain's first new
nuclear station since 1995.
2012 Nov 26, In Germany 14
people were killed and eight injured when a fire broke out at a
workshop for disabled people in Titisee-Neustadt in the Black Forest
region. Scores had to be rescued from the building as it quickly
filled with smoke.
2012 Nov 26, Israeli Defense
Minister Ehud Barak (70) abruptly announced he was quitting
politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system
weeks ahead of general elections.
2012 Nov 26, In Nigeria gunmen
attacked a major police station near Abuja that held members of Boko
Haram a radical Islamist sect, freeing some 30 prisoners. 25 were
quickly recaptured. Two policemen were killed. Gunmen in army
uniforms sprayed bullets from a van as they sped along the road
leading to Plateau state's airport. 9 people died in the attack on a
(AP, 11/26/12)(AP, 11/27/12)
2012 Nov 26, In Pakistan a bomb
hidden in a cement construction block exploded in Karachi, killing
one person. Islamabad police found and defused a bomb planted under
the car of a prominent TV anchor threatened by the Taliban for his
coverage of a schoolgirl shot by the militants.
2012 Nov 26, Pakistani police
said 13 people have died over the last 3 days in Lahore after
drinking cough syrup suspected of being toxic. The victims were all
drug addicts who apparently drank the cough syrup in an attempt to
2012 Nov 26, Swaziland
government officials saidy salary spending by the government will
rise to $528 million, a roughly $23 million increase year-over-year,
despite the country's weakened economy.
2012 Nov 26, Syrian rebels
captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in the country's
north after days of heavy clashes. Rebels and pro-government Kurdish
gunmen struck a truce to end days of fighting in the town of Ras
al-Ayn. Airstrikes by government warplanes killed and wounded
several people in the border town Atmeh.
2012 Nov 26, UN talks on a new
climate pact resumed in Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200
countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor
nations adapt to it.
2012 Nov 27, Four female
service members filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on
women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop
the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the
prohibition will have on morale. A 1994 rule that barred women from
being assigned to ground combat units.
2012 Nov 27, A labor strike by
500 clerical workers began at the twin California ports of Los
Angeles and Long Beach. Their industrial action and clout was
significantly strengthened because some 10,000 members of the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union supported them, refusing
to cross the clerical workers' picket lines. Operations at 10 or 14
terminals were idled. A deal to settle was struck on Dec 4.
(Reuters, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A11)(Econ,
2012 Nov 27, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention released a report saying young people
ages 13 to 24 account for 26 percent of all new HIV infections.
2012 Nov 27, Four gay men
accused a New Jersey nonprofit, Jews Offering New Alternatives to
Healing," of fraud for selling “conversion therapy" that falsely
promised to make them straight.
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 27, Washington state
Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered state agencies to take steps to address
the ocean’s increasing acidity, making it the first state to adopt a
policy to address what scientists called a growing environmental
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 27, Bolivia’s Interior
Minister Carlos Romero said authorities have arrested 7 government
officials suspected of involvement in a scheme to rob and extort New
York businessman Jacob Ostreicher. They included the judge who first
ordered Ostreicher seized in 2011 and officials in a state agency
that seized 18,000 metric tons of rice from him. Ostreicher was
granted house arrest on Dec 18. In 2013 two members of the alleged
extortion ring pleaded guilty.
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A2)(SFC, 12/19/12, p.A5)(SFC,
2012 Nov 27, British police
found the body of an elderly woman in a flooded home in the Welsh
city of St. Asaph. Sustained wet weather kept many areas of Britain
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 27, Colombia withdrew
from a 1948 treaty th bound it to the UN in response to the Nov 19
by the ICJ granting Nicaragua control of a large swath of sea.
During the 1948 Conference of American States, nations in the region
signed the "Bogota Pact," which required signatories to find
peaceful solutions to conflicts.
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 27, Congo's M23 rebels
defied a deadline imposed by neighboring nations, saying they will
stay in the crucial, eastern city of Goma and will fight the
Congolese army to hold it.
2012 Nov 27, Congo residents
and M23 rebels said that another rebel group, the FDLR, has crossed
the border into Rwanda and is fighting the Rwandan army.
2012 Nov 27, In Egypt thousands
flocked to Cairo's central Tahrir square for a protest against Pres.
Morsi in a significant test of whether the opposition can rally the
street behind it in a confrontation aimed at forcing the Islamist
leader to rescind decrees that granted him near absolute powers.
2012 Nov 27, The 17 European
Union nations that use the euro struck an agreement with the
International Monetary Fund on a program to reduce Greek debt and
put Athens on the way to get the next installment of its bailout
loans. The first disbursement is set to take place Dec 13.
2012 Nov 27, France announced
that it plans to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state at
the UN General Assembly this week.
2012 Nov 27, In Iraq insurgents
launched attacks against security forces and civilians in Baghdad,
Kirkuk city and Diyala province. At least 30 people were killed and
dozens wounded. Shiite mosques in Baghdad were main targets.
(AP, 11/27/12)(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 27, Yasser Arafat's
political heirs opened his grave in Ramallah and foreign experts
took samples of the iconic Palestinian leader's remains as part of a
long-shot attempt, eight years after his mysterious death, to
determine whether he was poisoned.
2012 Nov 27, Russia’s Rossiya-1
channel aired a documentary linking former agricultural minister,
Yelena Skrynnik, to a reported $1.2 billion fraud.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.57)
2012 Nov 27, In Russia a world
martial arts champion, Rasul Mirzayev (26) from Dagestan, was
convicted of involuntary manslaughter but set free after a trial
that inflamed the country's ethnic tensions. The verdict led to
protests by nationalists outside the Moscow court.
2012 Nov 27, Syrian warplanes
bombed an olive press factory in Idlib, killing at least 20 people
and wounding dozens more. The pro-government daily Al Watan
published a list of 142 Arab and foreign terrorists it said were
killed in Syria in recent months. Rebels reportedly shot down a
government helicopter west of Aleppo.
(AP, 11/27/12)(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A3)(Econ,
2012 Nov 27, The World Bank
approved a $500 million loan to help support reforms in Tunisia's
financial sector to encourage investment and growth.
2012 Nov 27, The Open Society
Justice Initiative said four suspects in the Jul 11, 2010, bombings
in Uganda claimed men who identified themselves as US FBI agents
beat them up during questioning. Human rights groups have said Kenya
and Tanzania circumvented their extradition laws to illegally deport
suspects to Uganda where they could be interrogated at length by
local and foreign agents without scrutiny.
2012 Nov 28, The US government
banned BP Plc from new federal contracts over its "lack of business
integrity" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
2012 Nov 28, In California Roy
Curtis Marcum (45), an animal control officer from Elk Grove, was
shot and killed while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose
owner was evicted a day earlier. Joseph Francis Corey (65) was
arrested the next day and faced murder charges.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.C2)
2012 Nov 28, In New Hampshire
David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician, was indicted on
14 new charges. He is believed to have infected at least 39 people
with hepatitis C through his use of stolen hospital drugs and
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 28, Spain Rodriguez
(72), Zap Comix artist and influential cartoonist, died in San
Francisco after battling cancer for 6 years.
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.C3)
2012 Nov 28, Zig Ziglar (86),
motivational speaker, died in Plano, Texas.
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 28, An int’l.
investigating committee reported that a small clique of executives
and shareholders had run Afghanistan’s Kabul Bank for their own
enrichment. When the bank failed in 2010 over 90% of its loan book
was extended to just 12 individuals and their companies.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.47)
2012 Nov 28, Brazil’s Supreme
Court sentenced the last 3 of 25 defendants convicted on charges
involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme.
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 28, Congo rebels
believed to be backed by Rwanda began retreating from the territory
they seized last week and pulled out of Masisi. Gen. Sultani
Makenga, the military chief of the eight-month-old rebellion, said
that his fighters intend to abide by an ultimatum issued by the
nations neighboring Congo, which called for the M23 rebels to
retreat no later than Nov 30 to 20 km (12 miles) outside of Goma.
2012 Nov 28, Egypt's two
highest appeals courts suspended their work to protest presidential
decrees that gave the country's Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi
nearly absolute powers, state television reported.
2012 Nov 28, An Egyptian court
convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a
Florida-based American pastor and sentenced them to death on charges
linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the
2012 Nov 28, Iran's nuclear
chief says uranium enrichment will move ahead with "intensity" with
a sharp increase in the number of centrifuges used to make the
2012 Nov 28, In Iraq gunmen
broke into the home of two anti-al-Qaida militiamen, killing seven
family members in the town of Tarmiyah.
2012 Nov 28, A report from the
Internal Displacement Monitoring Center said thousands of people in
Ivory Coast continue to flee their homes because of ongoing land
conflicts and residual tension from last year's postelection
2012 Nov 28, In Mexico
Juventina Villa Mojica, an environmental activist, was killed along
with her son (10) when some 30 gunment intercepted her police convoy
in souther Guerrero state.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 28, A majority of
Dutch parties said the Netherlands no longer needs a law making it a
crime to insult God, which hasn't been invoked in the past
2012 Nov 28, In Syria twin
suicide car bombs ripped through a Damascus suburb minutes apart,
killing at least 34 people with 83 injured. Regime warplanes struck
rebel-held areas in the northern Idlib province and Damascus
suburbs. Rebels claimed they shot down a Syrian air force fighter
jet near Daret Azzeh.
2012 Nov 28, In Tunisia a
strike in a low income region degenerated into a second day of
clashes between police and protesters, leaving 177 people injured,
including some seriously.
2012 Nov 28, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez arrived in Havana for more medical treatment to strengthen
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 28, Gunmen in Yemen
opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with
his embassy's military section, killing him and his Yemeni
2012 Nov 29, US Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar ordered the shut down of a popular oyster farm
at Drakes Bay, an estuary at Point Reyes National Seashore. The
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. had accounted for almost 40% of the state’s
oyster production. The National Park Service intends to turn the
2,700-acre area into the first federally designated marine
wilderness on the West Coast.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 29, Florida brothers
Alam Qazi (30) and Raees Alam Qazi (20), originally from Pakistan,
were arrested in Fort Lauderdale for plotting to providing support
for terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the
(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 29, In New York
lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and house keeper Nafissatou
Diallo reportedly reached an agreement to settle a suit she had
brought against him for sexual assault. Attorneys the next day
denied a settlement saying they merely “discussed a resolution." A
settlement was agreed to on Dec 10.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A10)(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A5)(SFC,
2012 Nov 29, In Cleveland,
Ohio, Timothy Russell (43) and Melissa Williams (30) were killed
following a chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds.
Russell was hit by 24 shots, Williams by 23. The chase began with a
pop, perhaps a gunshot or backfire from a car speeding past police
headquarters. Only officer Michael Brelo was later charged
criminally because prosecutors said he waited until the car had
stopped and the pair no longer a threat to fire 15 shots through its
windshield while standing on the hood of the car. On May 23, 2015,
Brelo was acquitted. In 2016 six police officers involved in the
shooting were terminated; six others faced suspensions.
p.28)(AP, 5/23/15)(SFC, 1/27/16, p.A7)
2012 Nov 29, Rebecca Jeanette
Rubin (39), a Canadian citizen and environmental radical, turned
herself in to the FBI at border in Blaine, Washington. She was part
of a cell in Eugene, Oregon, known as the Family, and was sought for
setting fires at a Vail ski resort and a lumber mill in Medford,
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 29, In Afghanistan 2
roadside bombs exploded in Khost and Uruzgan provinces, killing at
least 12 people and injuring 16 others.
2012 Nov 29, Algeria held
municipal elections. The ruling National Liberation Front party kept
the upper hand in the elections along with its second-place
2012 Nov 29, Botswana said it
will ban hunting by 2014 because of fears that the nation is losing
its wildlife. Hunts by local communities and with special hunting
licenses would still be allowed.
2012 Nov 29, Britain’s Lord
Justice Brian Leveson said a new regulatory body should be
established in law to prevent more people from being hurt by "press
behavior that, at times, can only be described as outrageous,"
following a yearlong inquiry into newspaper wrongdoing.
2012 Nov 29, A British
environmental group released a report saying China is helping to
propel a $4 billion trade in illegally harvested timber and spurring
the destruction of fragile ecosystems across the globe.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 29, Ethiopia’s PM
Hailemariam Desalegn fired the country's civil minister, Junedin
Sado, whose wife is one of 29 people facing terrorism charges
related to protests by Muslims who accuse of the government of
meddling in their religious affairs. Hailemariam also promoted two
ministers to double as deputy prime ministers, giving the country
three deputy prime ministers for the first time.
2012 Nov 29, In southern Iraq
back-to-back explosions tore through tents housing Shiite pilgrims
in Hillah killing at least 29 people. A wave of bombings nationwide
killed at least 43 people. The nationwide death toll was the highest
since Oct. 27 when 40 people were killed in a string of bombings and
2012 Nov 29, In northern Mali
Islamist extremists controlling the city of Timbuktu publicly
whipped 6 young people, males and females aged between 16 to 22
years, who each received 100 lashes for having talked with each
other on the city streets.
2012 Nov 29, Myanmar security
forces used water cannons, tear gas and smoke bombs to clear
protesters from a copper mine in the northwest, wounding villagers
and Buddhist monks in by far the biggest use of force against
demonstrators since the reformist government of President Thein Sein
took power last year. Protesters who opposed the mine's
environmental and social impact had occupied the area for 11 days.
2012 Nov 29, In Pakistan a
teenage suicide bomber attacked and wounded Maulvi Nazir, a
prominent militant commander in the country's northwest. He is
believed to have a nonaggression pact with the army. 7 other people
were killed. A few hours later a US drone fired a pair of missiles
at a house several km from the bombing site, killing three suspected
(AP, 11/29/12)(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 29, Qatari poet
Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami was sentenced to life in prison for
an Arab Spring-inspired verse that officials claim insulted Qatar's
emir and encouraged the ruler's overthrow. Al-Ajami was jailed in
November 2011, months after an Internet video was posted of him
reciting "Tunisian Jasmine." His life sentence was later cut on
appeal to 15 years.
(AP, 11/29/12)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.63)
2012 Nov 29, Syrian activists
said authorities have blocked Internet and cell phone signals in
parts of the nation's capital. Two US-based Internet-monitoring
companies say Syria has shut off Internet nationwide. Syrian rebels
in Daraa bombed the house of Hussein Rifai, a top member of the
country's ruling Baath party, killing him and his three body guards.
2012 Nov 29, A UN war crimes
tribunal acquitted Kosovo's former PM Ramush Haradinaj for the
second time of murdering and torturing Serbs and their supporters in
Kosovo's war for independence. PM Hashim Thaci said the ruling
vindicated the ethnic-Albanian guerrilla force that fought Serbia in
2012 Nov 30, US Interior Sec.
Ken Salazar said the government plans to sell leases for wind farms
off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia.
(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 30, In California
Raveesh Kumra (66), cell phone entrepreneur and the former owner of
Mountain Winery, was found dead at his ransacked Santa Clara County
home. On Dec 21 prosecutors charged Raven Chanel Dixon, a prostitute
from Alameda, as an accessory to murder after the fact as well as
gang enhancement. Three men were soon arrested in relation to the
home invasion and murder. On Feb 25 alleged prostitute Katrina Fritz
(32) was charged with murder and robbery. One of the 3 arrested men
was released on May 30, 2013.
(SFC, 12/22/12, p.C2)(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A11)(SFC,
2/26/13, p.C3)(SFC, 6/3/13, p.C1)
2012 Nov 30, Timothy Durham
(50), a former chief executive of National Lampoon, was sentenced in
Indianapolis to 50 years in prison for securities fraud, conspiracy
and wire fraud.
(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 30, In Caspar,
Wyoming, Christopher Krumm (25) shot his father (56) in the head
with a bow and arrow in front of a computer science class not long
after fatally stabbing his James Krumm’s live-in girlfriend at their
home a couple of miles away. After shooting his father with the
arrow, Christopher Krumm stabbed himself, then fatally stabbed his
father in the chest in a struggle in the classroom.
2012 Nov 30, Rebels in Congo
believed to be backed by Rwanda postponed their departure from the
key eastern city of Goma by 48 hours for "logistical reasons,"
defying for a second time an ultimatum set by neighboring African
countries and backed by Western diplomats.
2012 Nov 30, In Egypt Islamists
approved a draft constitution without the participation of liberal
and Christian members, seeking to pre-empt a court ruling that could
dissolve their panel with a rushed, marathon vote that further
inflames the conflict between the opposition and President Mohammed
2012 Nov 30, Japan’s space
agency said that information on one of its newest rockets was stolen
from a desktop computer by someone using a computer virus at the
Tsukuba Space Center.
(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 30, In Kuwait more
than 15,000 protesters rallied in the first government-authorized
demonstration in Kuwait City since a ban on political gatherings
earlier this month. Banners proclaimed a boycott of parliamentary
elections due Dec 1.
2012 Nov 30, Japan’s space
agency said that information on one of its newest rockets was stolen
from a desktop computer by someone using a computer virus at the
Tsukuba Space Center.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 30, It was reported
that Mexico’s attorney general has compiled a list showing that more
than 25,000 adults and children have gone missing in Mexico in the
past 6 years.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 30, Myanmar opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi said authorities must apologize for a
violent crackdown on monks and other foes of a mine in the
northwest, but she also stuck to the government's view that the
country must follow through on its commitment to build the project.
2012 Nov 30, In Slovenia
thousands joined protests against PM Janez Jansa and his cabinet,
accusing them of corruption and fraud and demanding their
(SFC, 12/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 30, Sudanese police
killed two Islamic militants and arrested about 20 in a raid on a
militant training camp in the country's south.
2012 Nov 30, Syrian rebels
battled regime troops south of Damascus and Internet and most
telephone lines were cut for a second day, but the government
reopened the road to the capital's airport in a sign the fighting
could be calming.
2012 Nov, In Afghanistan Pierre
Borghi, a freelance French photographer, was kidnapped in Kabul. His
release was confirmed on April 8, 2013.
2012 Nov, In China Wang Qishan
took over the party’s Central Commission for Discipline
Inspection (CCDI), China's top anti-corruption authority.
(Econ., 3/28/15, p.49)
2012 Nov, Dubai unveiled plans
for Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) City.
The city within a city will feature more than 100 hotels.
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.57)
2012 Nov, Intrade, a
Dublin-based “prediction market" was sued by America’s Commodity
Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for offering illegal
contracts on the price of goods regulated by the agency. In May
Intrade shit down citing financial irregularities.
(Econ, 4/13/13, p.70)
2012 Nov, Kazakhstan was for
the first time elected to sit on the UN Human Rights Council.
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.57)
2012 Nov, In North Korea
Kenneth Bae, a devout Christian from Washington state, was arrested
in Rason, a special economic zone in North Korea's far northeastern
region bordering China and Russia. On April 27, 2013, North Korea
announced that Bae is being tried in the Supreme Court on charges of
plotting to overthrow the government.
2012 Nov, In Qatar American
teacher Jennifer Brown (40) was murdered in her company-provided
home. Alvine Moseti Anyona, a Kenyan security guard in the building
in which Brown lived, later confessed to the murder.
2012 Nov, British journalist
John Cantlie arrived in Syria and was soon captured by a militant
group. In 2014 an Internet video titled “Lend Me Your Ears" showed
Cantlie delivering a message warning against the US and allies
waring against the Islamic State.
(SFC, 9/19/14, p.A4)
2012 Nov, In Tunisia Sami
Fehri, a producer of political puppet shows that mocked the
country’s Islamic leaders, was imprisoned on corruption charges.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.58)
2012 Nov, Rufus Ewing was
elected as the new premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Gov.
Rick Todd returned the islands to self rule following three years of
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.42)
2012 Dec 1, At a ceremony in
Norfolk, Va., the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier, was retired after 51 years from active service.
This temporarily reduced the number of carriers in the US fleet to
10 until 2015.
(AP, 12/1/12)(SSFC, 12/2/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 1, In Florida a
charter bus carrying 32 members of a church group hit a concrete
overpass at Miami International Airport after the driver got lost,
killing two elderly people on board and leaving three others
2012 Dec 1, Kansas City Chiefs
starting linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death, then
drove to the team training facility and killed himself in front of
the coach and general manager in a burst of violence.
2012 Dec 1, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed three civilians and wounded
another six in Uruzgan province. In Kapisa province Hanisa (22), a
female vaccine worker, was shot to death by 3 men on a motorcycle on
her first day of work to vaccinate children against polio.
(AP, 12/1/12)(SSFC, 12/9/12, p.A24)
2012 Dec 1, Australia’s new
plain packaging law for cigarettes went into effect.
(Econ, 11/17/12, p.60)
2012 Dec 1, In Brazil some 800
people held a protest march against the privatization of Brazil's
iconic Maracana Stadium. Built for the 1950 World Cup, Maracana is
being renovated for the city's upcoming sporting events that include
the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics and the
final match of 2014 World Cup.
2012 Dec 1, In western Cambodia
four workers were missing and presumed to have drowned after the
partial collapse of a dam being constructed on the Atay river. Work
on the 120-megawatt Atay hydroelectric project began in 2008.
2012 Dec 1, In CongoDRC rebels
believed to be backed by Rwanda completed their retreat from Goma,
less than two weeks after taking control of the strategic city.
2012 Dec 1, In Egypt tens of
thousands of people waving Egyptian flags and hoisting large
pictures of Pres. Morsi demonstrated across the country in support
of him and Islamic law.
2012 Dec 1, Iran’s
semi-official Fars news agency says that Gen. Kamal Hadianfar, head
of the cybercrimes unit, was fired due to "failure and lack of
sufficient supervision over the performance of personnel under his
command." Iran's judiciary confirmed last month that Sattar Beheshti
died on Nov 3 in police custody and that wounds were found on his
2012 Dec 1, Kazakhstan observed
a new holiday lauding President Nazarbayev (72), part of a growing
cult of personality around the leader of the former Soviet republic.
The First President's Day marked the anniversary of Nazarbayev's
first election in 1991.
2012 Dec 1, Kuwaiti security
forces watched over polling stations as parliamentary elections were
held, underscoring the deepening divide between the ruling
establishment and opposition groups staging a widespread boycott of
2012 Dec 1, Enrique Pena Nieto
took the oath of office as Mexico's new president vowing to restore
peace and security and take on the vested interests that have
hindered economic prosperity. Protesters opposed to Nieto's rule
clashed with tear gas-wielding police outside Congress just hours
before he was to take the oath of office and return the country's
old guard (PRI) to power.
2012 Dec 1, Myanmar’s
government appointed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to lead a
30-member commission to investigate the recent violent dispersal of
peaceful protesters at a copper mine.
(SSFC, 12/2/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 1, In Pakistan two
suspected US drone-fired missiles hit a vehicle near the Sheen
Warsak area of South Waziristan, killing a Yemeni militant and two
2012 Dec 1, In Paraguay gunmen
murdered Vidaql Vega (48), one of the surviving leaders of a peasant
movement whose land dispute with a powerful politician prompted the
end of Fernando Lugo's presidency last June. He had lobbied the
government for many years to redistribute some of the ranchland that
Colorado Party Sen. Blas Riquelme began occupying in the 1960s.
2012 Dec 1, In Sudan a 95%
decline in foreign currency was reported to have triggered an
economic crises, newly printed money and an inflation rate of 45%.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.56)
2012 Dec 1, Syrian troops
backed by helicopter gunships clashed with rebels as government
forces pushed a major offensive on villages and towns near the
capital's international airport. Internet and telephone service were
restored across much of the country following a two-day, nationwide
2012 Dec 1, In Tunisia hundreds
of stone-throwing protesters and security forces firing tear gas
clashed for a 5th day in Siliana despite government efforts to
defuse days of violence injuring at least 300 people.
2012 Dec 2, In Alaska Israel
Keyes (34), who had also confessed to killing a Vermont couple, was
found dead in his jail cell in Anchorage. Investigators later said
Keyes had confessed to killing 8 people before he committed suicide.
(AP, 12/3/12)(SFC, 12/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Dec 2, In southern
California a smuggling vessel rammed a small US Coast Guard boat
killing Terrell Horne III (34) near the Channel Islands west of
Malibu. Two Mexican suspects were detained.
(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A6)(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A14)
2012 Dec 2, In southern
California the bodies of 4 people, 2 men and 2 women, were found at
an unlicensed boarding house in Northridge, LA County.
(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 2, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers attacked Forward Operating Base
Fenty, a joint US-Afghan air base in Jalalabad city, detonating
explosives at the gate and sparking a gunbattle that lasted at least
two hours. 9 attackers and 3 Afghan security members were killed.
(AP, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A3)
2012 Dec 2, Burkina Faso voters
lined up for parliamentary and municipal elections.
2012 Dec 2, Colombia’s military
killed at least FARC fighters in the pre-dawn attack near the town
of Ricuarte, Narino state.
2012 Dec 2, Egypt's top court
said it was suspending its work indefinitely to protest
"psychological and physical pressures" after supporters of the
country's Islamist president prevented judges from entering the
courthouse to rule on the legitimacy of a disputed constitutional
2012 Dec 2, In Hungary
thousands of people attended an anti-Nazi rally in Budapest to
protest a call by far-right lawmaker Marton Gyongyosi to screen Jews
for national security risks.
(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 2, In Iraq gunmen
broke into the house of an anti-al-Qaida militiaman near Samarra and
killed him and his two sons.
2012 Dec 2, Israel roundly
rejected the UN endorsement of an independent state of Palestine,
announcing it would withhold more than $100 million collected for
the Palestinian government to pay debts to Israeli companies.
2012 Dec 2, In Italy somebody
broke into the estate of Gianfranco Soldera in tuscany and emptied
the massive oak casks of 62,600 liters of his 2007-2012 Sangiovese
(Econ, 12/8/12, p.70)
2012 Dec 2, In Japan 9 people
were killed after about 150 concrete panels fell from a 130-meter
stretch of roof of the Sasago Tunnel 80 km (50 miles) outside Tokyo.
(AP, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A2)(Econ, 1/12/12,
2012 Dec 2, In Kenya Deputy PM
Uhuru Kenyatta and former minister William Ruto announced an
alliance to run for the presidential and vice presidential seats in
the country's March election. They both faced crimes against
humanity charges at the International Criminal court. Kenyatta faced
charges of committing murder, forcible deportation, persecution and
rape against supporters of the prime minister after the 2007
election. Ruto has been charged with the murder, forcible
deportation and persecution of supporters of the president's party.
2012 Dec 2, In Kuwait
opposition groups hailed their election boycott as a success after
officials said voter turnout a day earlier was sharply lower than
during the last parliamentary races earlier this year. The results
pointed to a solidly pro-government chamber. Three women were among
the new 50-seat parliament.
2012 Dec 2, In northeast
Nigeria at least 10 people were killed in attacks likely carried out
by a radical Islamist sect in Chibok village, Borno state.
2012 Dec 2, Pacific island
nations and environmentalists raised an alarm over destructive
fishing methods and overfishing that they say are threatening bigeye
tuna, at the start of a weeklong tuna fisheries conference in
2012 Dec 2, Slovenia held a
presidential runoff pitting anti-austerity incumbent Danilo Turk
against former PM Borut Pahor, who has supported some of the
government's budget measures during his campaign.
2012 Dec 2, Syria forces
bombarded rebel strongholds in Damascus. A car bomb exploded near a
mosque in the city of Homs, killing at least 15 people. The official
SANA news agency claimed that, the Syrian army killed scores of
rebels in an attack on their hideouts on the outskirts of Homs.
(AP, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A3)
2012 Dec 2, The Syrian conflict
spilled into Lebanon, after Lebanese troops exchanged fire with
rebels across the border late today.
2012 Dec 2, A Tunisian labor
union suspended a nearly weeklong strike in Siliana after the
national government agreed to remove a local governor.
2012 Dec 2, In Vietnam a mortar
shell left from the Vietnam War has exploded in a southern village,
killing four children and seriously injuring five other people.
Government figures showed that unexploded ordnance killed more than
42,000 people since the war ended in 1975.
2012 Dec 3, In NYC Naeem Davis
(30) shoved Ki-Suck Han (58) in front of an oncoming subway train.
Davis, who later said he was high on drugs, was charged with 2nd
(SSFC, 12/9/12, p.A10)
2012 Dec 3, Software company
founder John McAfee, wanted for questioning in connection with the
killing of a fellow American ex-pat, said he has left Belize and is
still on the run.
2012 Dec 3, In Afghanistan two
NATO coalition service members were killed in a bomb attack in the
2012 Dec 3, It was reported
that Moktar Belmoktar, an Algerian-born jihadist, has decided to
leave the al-Qaida franchise AQIM in order to create a movement
spanning the entire Sahara desert.
2012 Dec 3, Software company
founder John McAfee, wanted for questioning in connection with the
killing of a fellow American ex-pat, said he has left Belize and is
still on the run. He escaped to Guatemala and requested asylum.
(AP, 12/3/12)(SFC, 12/5/12, p.E1)
2012 Dec 3, Gambia detained
Imam Baba Leigh. Media reports linked his arrest with comments he
made in August 2012 in which he described the executions of nine
people carried out by the government as "un-Islamic." Leigh was
released on May 10, 2013.
2012 Dec 3, In the Netherlands
volunteer soccer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen (42) died a day
after he was beaten by players from Osdorp following a match against
his club Buitenboys in the city of Almere. The offenders, aged
14-17, were all ethnic Moroccans.
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.46)(http://tinyurl.com/cdpsf42)
2012 Dec 3, In Northern Ireland
a vote in the Belfast City Council reduced sharply the flying of the
British flag atop the city hall. The Alliance Party, which
represents middle-ground opinion and seeks support from both sides
of the community, voted with the Catholic side to take down the flag
except for 18 official days annually. Protestants reacted with
2012 Dec 3, In Pakistan a
gunman on a motorcycle shot and severely wounded an elderly Swedish
woman who worked at a church in Lahore. Also in Lahore, gunmen
desecrated over 100 graves of Ahmadis, members of a persecuted
religious sect. A bomb ripped through a police van as it was
patrolling the outskirts of Peshawar, killing two officers and
wounding two others. A gunman riding on a motorcycle killed the
leader of an Islamic seminary in the southern city of Karachi.
2012 Dec 3, Peru asked the UN’s
highest court to set a maritime border between it and Chile, which
insisted that the border was clearly set by treaties signed in 1952
(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 3, Syrian warplanes
bombed a security building that had been taken over by rebels along
the Turkish border, killing at least one person, wounding 20 more
and sending dozens of civilians fleeing across the frontier. A
regime shell attack on the Aleppo neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr
killed 12 men. 13 people were reported dead in a separate attack in
Aleppo's Halak neighborhood. At least 17 unidentified bodies were
found in the Damascus suburb of Thiyabiyeh.
(AP, 12/3/12)(AP, 12/4/12)
2012 Dec 4, A ban on nudity in
San Francisco was given final approval by the city’s Board of
Supervisors in a raucous meeting at which several people stripped
naked in board chambers.
(SFC, 12/5/12, p.C1)
2012 Dec 4, It was reported
that conservationsists have saved some 3,000 acres in California’s
Sierra Nevada. The Truckee Donner land Trust and Trust for Public
Land closed an $8 million deal to buy Webber Lake and Lacey Meadows
at the headwaters of the Little Truckee River.
(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A1)
2012 Dec 4, Researchers at Duke
University reported that the lions of Africa's savannahs have lost
as much as 75% of their habitat in the last 50 years as humans
overtake their land and the lion population dwindles.
2012 Dec 4, Branislav
Milinkovic (52), Serbia's ambassador to NATO, was chatting and
joking with colleagues in a multistory parking garage at Brussels
Airport when he suddenly strolled to a barrier, climbed over and
flung himself to the ground below.
2012 Dec 4, The British
government said Chancellor George Osborne will invest 5 billion
pounds in schools, science and transport projects.
2012 Dec 4, A top official of
the World Wide Fund for Nature said that despite armed guards,
Cameroon's dwindling elephant population is being decimated by
heavily armed gangs of international poachers.
2012 Dec 4, In southern China a
fire in a clothing factory apparently caused by arson killed 14
people in Shantou city, Guangdong province. The victims were all
women aged 18-20. The next day suspect Liu Shuangyun said he started
the fire due a longtime dispute over less than $500 in unpaid wages.
(AP, 12/4/12)(SFC, 12/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 4, Thousands of
Egyptians massed in Cairo for a march to the presidential palace to
protest the assumption by the nation's Islamist president of nearly
unrestricted powers and a draft constitution hurriedly adopted by
his allies. Several independent Egyptian newspapers suspended
publication. The media protest involved at least eight influential
dailies and was part of a planned campaign of civil disobedience.
2012 Dec 4, Iran claimed it had
captured a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the
Persian Gulf, but the US Navy said all its unmanned aircraft in the
region were "fully accounted for."
2012 Dec 4, In Iraq gunmen
broke into a house in eastern Baghdad, killing six members of an
2012 Dec 4, Eamon Kelly (65), a
senior figure in Ireland's criminal underworld, was chased down the
street and shot to death near his Dublin home, two years after
surviving a similar assassination bid. The Real IRA paramilitary
group was suspected of being behind the hit. Real IRA figures in
recent years have demanded a slice of the gangsters'
drug-trafficking profits in exchange for not killing them or burning
down their business fronts.
2012 Dec 4, Israel said it is
moving forward with plans for two major settlement projects in east
Jerusalem, even as a senior Palestinian official warned that his
government could pursue war crimes charges if Israel doesn't halt
2012 Dec 4, Tuareg rebels of
northern Mali agreed to stop pursuing a separate state during talks
with Mali’s government in Burkina Faso.
(SFC, 12/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 4, Namibia's President
Hifikepunye Pohamba said that Hage Geingob will return to serve as
the nation's prime minister as part of a major cabinet reshuffle.
Geingob's elevation came after he was confirmed Dec 2 as SWAPO's
2012 Dec 4, In the southern
Philippines at least 78 villagers and soldiers drowned when torrents
of water dumped by a powerful typhoon cascaded down a mountain,
engulfing emergency shelters and an army truck in Andap village. The
deaths toll from Typhoon Bopha (aka Typhoon Pablo), one of the
strongest storms to hit the country this year, reached nearly 600
with another 600 missing.
(AP, 12/4/12)(AP, 12/5/12)(AP, 12/8/12)(SSFC,
2012 Dec 4, In northeastern
Somalia militants attacked an army post, killing 12 soldiers in one
of the deadliest attacks in recent months by the al-Qaida-linked
2012 Dec 4, Syrian state media
said a mortar slammed into a school in the Damascus suburbs, killing
29 students and a teacher. Syrian forces fired artillery at rebel
targets in and around the capital. The international community grew
increasingly alarmed about the regime's chemical weapons stocks.
Naji Assaad, a journalist for the state-run Tishrin newspaper, was
killed near his home in al-Tadhamon, a suburb of Damascus.
2012 Dec 4, Off the coast of
Istanbul a cargo ship sank in a severe storm in the Black Sea and a
Turkish rescue boat searching for its missing crew hit nearby rocks
and also went down. At least three people were killed and 10 others
were missing in the two sinkings.
2012 Dec 4, Vietnam said it
would begin new patrols in the South China Sea after it accused a
Chinese fishing boat of cutting a seismic cable attached to one of
its vessels exploring for oil and gas. India also said it would
consider sending navy vessels to protect its interests in the area.
(SFC, 12/5/12, p.A3)
2012 Dec 4, Amnesty
International charged in a new report that Al-Qaida committed
"horrific" rights abuses during its 16 months in power in southern
2012 Dec 5, Dave Brubeck
(b.1920), American pianist, jazz composer and band leader, died one
day short of his 92nd birthday.
(SFC, 12/6/12, p.A1)
2012 Dec 5, Argentina filed
complaints with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over trade
barriers it blames for keeping its beef and lemons out of the United
States and blocking biodiesel sales to Europe.
2012 Dec 5, It was reported
that Brazilian law enforcement agencies have begun “Operation
Purification" against alleged corruption iwthin the police force in
Rio de Janeiro state.
(SFC, 12/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 5, Brazilian architect
Oscar Niemeyer (104) died in Rio de Janeiro. He had designed
Brazil's futuristic capital and much of the United Nations complex.
(AP, 12/6/12)(Econ, 12/22/12, p.154)
2012 Dec 5, In Canada a court
ruled that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can stay in power pending an
appeal of a conflict of interest ruling that ordered him out of his
job as leader of Canada's biggest city. Ford won his appeal.
(Reuters, 12/5/12)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.42)
2012 Dec 5, Egyptian President
Mohammed Morsi's supporters and opponents clashed outside the
presidential palace in Cairo, pelting each other with rocks and
fighting with sticks. At least 5 people were killed.
(AP, 12/5/12)(Econ, 12/8/12, p.51)
2012 Dec 5, Guatemala police
arrested software company founder John McAfee for entering the
country illegally, ending his bizarre weekslong journey as a
blogging fugitive claiming to be persecuted by authorities in
2012 Dec 5, In Indonesia
Jakarta police spokesman Col. Rikwanto said any police officer over
100kg (220 pounds) must follow a weight-loss program started because
of the growing number of overweight officers and the perception that
they are unable to provide public protection.
2012 Dec 5, In Iran a magnitude
5.5 earthwuake hit South Khorasan province late today. At least 6
people were killed.
2012 Dec 5, Kenya’s Lewa
Wildlife Conservancy said that two male black rhinos and two female
black rhinos were killed over the weekend. The four deaths brought
Lewa's rhino population to 71. Kenya had about 600 rhinos in total.
2012 Dec 5, In Lebanon gunmen
loyal to opposite sides in neighboring Syria's civil war battled in
the streets of Tripoli where two days of fighting killed at least
five people and wounded 45.
2012 Dec 5, The 148m (485-foot)
Baltic Ace sank after colliding with the 134m (440-foot) container
ship Corvus J in darkness near busy shipping lanes some 65
kilometers (40 miles) off the coast of the southern Netherlands. 5
bodies were recovered and 6 others remained missing.
(AP, 12/6/12)(SFC, 12/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 5, In Northern Ireland
more than 1,500 Protestants rallied in the northern suburb of
Carrickfergus demanding that the British flag be restored atop
Belfast's municipal headquarters. The protest soon descended into
attacks on riot police.
2012 Dec 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a pair of suicide bombers rammed their truck filled with
explosives into the gate of an army camp, killing three soldiers and
wounding more than 20 in Wana, South Waziristan.
2012 Dec 5, In Russia’s North
Caucuses region journalist Kazbek Gekkiyev was gunned down in
Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkariya province.
(SFC, 12/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 5, A South African
judge sentenced Xolile Mngeni, the triggerman in the 2010 honeymoon
slaying of Swedish bride Anni Dewani, to life in prison, calling the
shooter "a merciless and evil person" who deserved the maximum
punishment for his crime.
2012 Dec 5, A South African
judge sentenced hip-hop star Molemo Maarohanye, best known by his
stage name Jub Jub, and Themba Tshabalala, to 25 years each in
prison for the killings of four schoolchildren in a drag-race crash
on March 8, 2010.
2012 Dec 5, The Passenger Rail
Agency of South Africa announced that it has accepted a $5.8 billion
deal with French company Alstom SA to refurbish the nation's
2012 Dec 5, A South African
military aircraft on an unknown mission to an area near former
President Nelson Mandela's village crashed in a mountain range,
killing all 11 people onboard.
2012 Dec 5, Transparency
International ranked Uganda at 130 out of 176 countries. An
audacious scam in which up to $13 million in donor money was
embezzled in the office of Uganda's prime minister has brought
several European donors to freeze aid to Uganda.
2012 Dec 6, The US Senate voted
to approve a bill to grant permanent normal trade relations with
Russia. Pres. Obama said he will sign it.
(SFC, 12/7/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 6, A US federal grand
jury indicted Trenton, NJ, Mayor Tony Mack (46), his borther
Ralphiel Mack (40) and friend Joseph Giorgianni (63) on bribery and
fraud charges in a scheme to help individuals acquire a city-owned
lot to build a parking garage.
(SFC, 12/7/12, p.A8)
2012 Dec 6, A US District Judge
ruled that snakes, frogs and fairways can coexist at the San
Francisco-owned Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica.
(SFC, 12/8/12, p.C6)
2012 Dec 6, In Washington state
hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts huddled near Seattle's famed Space
Needle tower with pipes, bongs and hand-rolled joints to celebrate
Washington's new status as the first state in the nation to legalize
pot for adult recreational use.
2012 Dec 6, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber posing as a messenger of peace blew himself
up near Asadullah Khalid, the newly appointed intelligence chief,
seriously wounding him. 5 children were killed and two others were
wounded by a mine in Sangin district, Helmand province, while
collecting scrap items they hoped to sell.
2012 Dec 6, A treaty that
African nations hope will lead to the fair and humane treatment of
people displaced in their own countries went into force today, more
than three years after it was conceived by the African Union. 15
African nations have ratified the African Union Convention for the
Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa.
2012 Dec 6, A Bosnian court
convicted Mevlid Jasarevic, who opened fire on the US embassy on Oct
28, 2011, of terrorism and sentenced him to 18 years in prison.
Alleged accomplices Emrah Fojnica and Munib Ahmetspahic were
2012 Dec 6, British police
arrested prominent publicist Max Clifford (69) in connection to the
broad investigation into child sex abuse spurred by the Jimmy Savile
2012 Dec 6, Nearly 2,000
Chadian refugees, who fled a 2008 civil war between rebels and
government forces into Cameroon, began leaving their camp to return
to their home country.
2012 Dec 6, Egypt's Republican
Guard ordered protesters supporting and opposing President Mohammed
Morsi to leave the area around the presidential palace after
overnight clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of
Egypt's Islamist leader killed at least five people.
2012 Dec 6, French Polynesia
created a 1.5 million square mile shark sanctuary.
(SFC, 12/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 6, German federal
prosecutors charged 2 Iranian men with allegedly smuggling dozens of
German-made aircraft motors to Iran to be used in its Ababil III
surveillance and attack drone.
2012 Dec 6, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki said Baghdad and leaders of the Kurds' self-ruled
autonomous region have agreed that units will be formed from local
ethnic and sectarian groups to replace Iraqi and Kurdish forces
currently in the disputed areas, claimed by Arabs, Turkomen and
2012 Dec 6, In Iraq gunmen
killed five policemen in an attack on a checkpoint south of Baghdad.
2012 Dec 6, NATO moved forward
with its plan to place Patriot missiles and troops along Syria's
border with Turkey to protect against potential attacks.
2012 Dec 6, In New Zealand an
unusually destructive tornado swept through neighborhoods around
Auckland, killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate
damaged and powerless homes.
2012 Dec 6, Northern Ireland
police rammed a car and seized an Irish Republican Army bomb late
today, hours ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, a one-day trip being overshadowed by an upsurge in
sectarian passions. Police arrested three men in the disabled car
and a fourth suspect nearby.
2012 Dec 6, In Pakistan a US
drone fired a pair of missiles at a house in North Waziristan,
killing three suspected militants. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman
al-Hussainan, also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was among the dead.
He had appeared in many videos released by al-Qaida's media wing,
Al-Sahab, and was presented as a religious scholar for the group.
(AP, 12/6/12)(AP, 12/9/12)
2012 Dec 6, Syria's state
television said a booby trapped car has exploded in a neighborhood
of the capital, Damascus, killing one person.
2012 Dec 6, Thai law
enforcement authorities announced that they will file murder charges
against former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy in the first
prosecutions of officials for their roles in a deadly 2010 crackdown
on anti-government protests. On Aug 28, 2014, a Thai court dismissed
the murder charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy.
(AP, 12/6/12)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2012 Dec 7, Belarus Pres.
Lukashenko signed a decree banning some industrial workers from
leaving their jobs, in an effort to stem an expodus of workers to
(SFC, 12/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 7, In Brazil Michael
Misick, the former jet-setting premier of the Turks and Caicos
islands, was arrested after having disappeared a couple years ago.
2012 Dec 7, In London nurse
Jacintha Saldanha (46) was discovered hanging by a scarf from a
wardrobe in her nurses' quarters by a colleague and a member of
security staff at London's King Edward VII Hospital. She had
answered the phone on Dec 4 when two Australian disc jockeys called
to seek information about the former Kate Middleton, who was being
treated for severe morning sickness.
2012 Dec 7, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper approved China's biggest ever foreign takeover, a $15.1
billion bid by state-controlled CNOOC Ltd for energy company Nexen
Inc., but drew a line in the sand against future buys by state-owned
enterprises. He also approved a smaller deal for a Canadian gas
producer by Petronas, Malaysia’s state energy company.
(Reuters, 12/7/12)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.38)
2012 Dec 7, On the French
island of Corsica a man was shot dead and at least 17 houses were
bombed. The vacation destination is also home to criminal gangs and
a simmering homegrown nationalist movement.
2012 Dec 7, Thousands of
Egyptians took to the streets after midday prayers in rival rallies
and marches across Cairo, as the standoff deepened over what
opponents call the Islamist president's power grab, raising the
specter of more violence.
2012 Dec 7, Ghana voters lined
up to select their next president and parliament in a ballot that is
expected to mark its sixth transparent election. 8 presidential
contenders included President John Dramani Mahama and his main
challenger Nana Akufo-Addo.
2012 Dec 7, Iran's border
police confiscated over 11 tons of narcotics after fierce clashes
with drug traffickers in the southeast, the biggest single
consignment ever seized in Iran's war against drugs.
2012 Dec 7, A magnitude 7.3
earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan’s
Miyagi prefecture. This was the same Japanese coast devastated by
last year's massive quake and tsunami. There were no reports of
deaths or serious damage.
2012 Dec 7, In Kenya a grenade
thrown at worshippers leaving a mosque in a Somali neighborhood of
Nairobi killed 3 people and wounded 15.
(SFC, 12/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 7, The Dutch
government approved a NATO request to send two batteries of Patriot
missile defense systems to Turkey, following in Germany's footsteps.
2012 Dec 7, Khaled Mashaal, the
exiled Hamas chief, broke into tears as he arrived in the Gaza Strip
for his first-ever visit. Mashaal had left the West Bank as a child.
He leads the Islamic militant movement from Qatar.
2012 Dec 7, Syrian rebels
fighting to topple President Bashar Assad declared Damascus
International Airport a "legitimate target" in a bid to cut off
regime supplies, as clashes between government troops and rebels
forced the closure of the airport road for the second time this
2012 Dec 7, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez arrived back home in Caracas after 10 days of
medical treatment in Cuba.
2012 Dec 7, Zimbabwe's Pres.
Mugabe said he would fire government ministers accused of soliciting
for bribes in a bid to purge corruption from his party as loyalists
met at a convention to map out a winning election strategy to end a
conflict-ridden four-year-old coalition.
2012 Dec 8, In Porterville,
Ca., Hector Celaya (31), a member of the Tule River Indian
Reservation, went on a shooting rampage that left a daughter, his
mother and her two brothers dead. The suspect died of a
self-inflicted gunshot in a shootout with police.
(AP, 12/10/12)(SFC, 12/28/12, p.D5)
2012 Dec 8, Dallas Cowboys
defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested for drunk driving and
charged with manslaughter after a car he was driving crashed and
killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr, in the second tragedy involving NFL
players in a week.
2012 Dec 8, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said that the Dec 6 assassination attempt on the
country's intelligence chief was planned in Pakistan, but vowed it
would not stop him from seeking Islamabad's help in coaxing
militants to the negotiating table.
2012 Dec 8, In Ghana about 413
polling stations reopened for an unexpected second day of voting
after there were technical breakdowns on the first day of voting.
2012 Dec 8, Itallian media
mogul Silvio Berlusconi confirmed that he's running to be premier
again for a fourth term.
2012 Dec 8, An official with
the rebel Free Syrian Army said commanders from all over the country
have elected a new Supreme Military Council and named Brig. Gen.
Salim Idriss as the group's chief of staff.
2012 Dec 8, Eight Yemeni
soldiers, including a senior officer, were killed in an ambush by
militants while visiting a main oil pipeline that had been destroyed
in an earlier attack.
2012 Dec 9, Campaigners
celebrated Int’l. Anti-Corruption Day.
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.61)
2012 Dec 9, Norman Joseph
Woodland (b.1921), co-inventor of the bar code, died in New Jersey.
He and Bernard Silver (d.1963) submitted their patent in 1949. The
patent was granted in 1952.
(SFC, 12/14/12, p.A16)
2012 Dec 9, In eastern
Afghanistan Dr. Dilip Joseph, an American doctor abducted by the
Taliban five days ago in Kabul province, was rescued in a US-led
operation. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque (28), a Navy
SEAL, died of injuries sustained in the successful rescue of Dr.
(AP, 12/9/12)(AP, 12/10/12)
2012 Dec 9, Argentina’s
President Cristina Fernandez gave Susana Trimarco a human rights
award before hundreds of thousands of people in the Plaza de Mayo
for her efforts in rescuing sex slaves and helping them start new
lives. Argentina's efforts to combat sex trafficking began largely
as a result of Susana Trimarco's one-woman, decade-long quest to
find her missing daughter, Maria de los Angeles "Marita" Veron.
(AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/13/12)
2012 Dec 9, British astronomer
Patrick Moore (89) died. He helped map the moon and inspired
generations of star gazers with decades of television broadcasts.
2012 Dec 9, Chinese state media
said police have detained a monk and his nephew in Sichuan province
and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic
Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers.
2012 Dec 9, Officials said 4
people have died in Croatia and 2 in Serbia as a result of blizzards
in southwestern Europe over the weekend. The death toll in the
region reached at least 9 people, with deaths in Bulgaria amd
Kosovo, as the cold snap continued through the week.
(AP, 12/9/12)(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 9, Egypt's liberal
opposition called for more protests, seeking to keep up the momentum
of its street campaign. Morsi overnight annulled his Nov. 22 decrees
that gave him near unrestricted powers, but refused to rescind a
draft constitution going to a referendum on Dec 15.
2012 Dec 9, Ghana’s President
John Dramani Mahama was declared the winner of Ghana's presidential
election, despite widespread technical glitches and protests by the
country's opposition, which claimed the vote was rigged. Mahama won
by a margin of only 325,000 votes out of 11 million. It took the
Supreme Court until August, 2013, to uphold the result.
(AP, 12/9/12)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.77)
2012 Dec 9, Iran said it has
launched a video-sharing website in the latest move to create
government-sanctioned alternatives to Internet powerhouses such as
YouTube. The new site — Mehr, or affection in Farsi — seeks to
promote Iranian and Islamic culture and artists.
2012 Dec 9, In Iraq a bomb
exploded near the house of an anti-al-Qaida militiaman south of
Baghdad, killing him, his 8-year-old son and another family member
2012 Dec 9, In Lebanon four
people were killed in fighting in the city of Tripoli between gunmen
loyal to opposite sides in Syria's civil war.
2012 Dec 9, Mexican-American
singer Jenni Rivera and 4 others died in a plane crash near Nuevo
Leon that left no survivors.
(SFC, 12/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 9, In northeastern
Nigeria a shootout began between security forces and members of a
radical Islamist sect after suspected sect members bombed a local
police station and attacked a bank branch. By the next day at least
15 people were killed in Potiskum.
2012 Dec 9, In Nigeria Kamene
Okonjo (83), the mother of Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was
kidnapped from her home in the southern delta. She was released on
(AP, 12/10/12)(AP, 12/14/12)
2012 Dec 9, In Pakistan four
missiles struck a residential compound near Miran Shah, North
Waziristan. 3 suspected militants were killed.
2012 Dec 9, In the southern
Philippines the number of people missing following Typhoon Bopha
jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported
losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea.
2012 Dec 9, Romanians voted in
a parliamentary election. PM Victor Ponta's coalition won nearly
three-fifths of the seats in the legislature. His battle with
President Traian Basescu threatened to throw the country into a
political standoff no matter the outcome.
(AP, 12/9/12)(AP, 12/10/12)
2012 Dec 9, Russian and US
diplomats met with UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi for more talks on
the civil war in Syria.
2012 Dec 9, In Senegal Roman
Catholic peacemakers mediated the release of eight Senegalese
soldiers held by rebels in the southern Casamance district.
2012 Dec 9, In Somalia African
Union and Somali troops took Jowhar, a rebel al-Shabab stronghold
north of Mogadishu.
2012 Dec 9, In Syria 9 judges
in Idlib defected from the regime of Pres. Assad. They identified
themselves by name and read a joint statement urging others to break
ranks with Assad. Rebels captured parts of another large army base
in the country's north, just west of the city of Aleppo, tightening
the opposition's grip on areas close to the Turkish border.
(AP, 12/9/12)(AP, 12/10/12)
2012 Dec 9, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez named his vice president as his chosen
successor and prepared to head back to Cuba for more surgery for
cancer after announcing that the illness returned despite two
previous operations, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
2012 Dec 10, A study, from the
International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) said atheists and
other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in
many parts of the world and in at least seven nations can be
executed if their beliefs become known. IHEU said it was issuing the
report to mark the UN's Human Rights Day.
2012 Dec 10, In Afghanistan a
Taliban bombing killed the Afghan provincial police chief of Nimroz
province. Gunmen fatally shot and killed Najia Sediqi, the official
in charge of women's affairs for the eastern Laghman province. In
the south a NATO service member was killed in a bomb attack.
2012 Dec 10, Australian radio
announcers Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who made a Dec 4 prank
call to a British hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife
Kate, broke a three-day silence to speak of their distress at the
apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha. Saldanha (46) was found
dead in staff accommodation near London's King Edward VII hospital
on Dec 7 after putting the hoax call through to a colleague who
unwittingly disclosed details of Kate's morning sickness to 2DayFM's
2012 Dec 10, PM Cameron said
Britain will be the first country to introduce a database of genetic
sequences into a mainstream health service, giving doctors a more
advanced understanding of a patient's illness and what drugs and
other treatments they need.
2012 Dec 10, The UK's Ministry
of Defence said it has awarded a 1.2 billion-pound ($1.92 billion)
submarine contract to British defense contractor BAE Systems.
2012 Dec 10, Britain’s Standard
Chartered PLC agreed to pay a fine of $327 million on top of an
earlier $340 million penalty over money-laundering allegations by
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.73)
2012 Dec 10, It was reported
that a Bangladesh war crimes tribunal has accused The Economist
magazine of hacking the computer of its presiding judge to record
conversations and read e-mails he exchanged with a lawyer regarding
charges related to its 1971 war of independence.
(SFC, 12/10/12, p.A2)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.41)
2012 Dec 10, The Egyptian
military assumed joint responsibility with the police for security
and protecting state institutions until the results of a Dec 15
constitutional referendum are announced.
2012 Dec 10, EU foreign
ministers approved the concept of an EU training mission for an
attempt by Malian and other African troops to deprive the Islamists
of a haven and training sites in north Mali.
2012 Dec 10, Germany said it
has expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin in a
diplomatic move to put pressure on the regime of President Bashar
2012 Dec 10, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard said it has decoded all of the data from a
RQ-170 Sentinel craft, an advanced CIA spy drone captured in Dec
2012 Dec 10, Jordan's King
Abdullah II ordered the release of 116 protesters jailed for their
involvement in last month's violent rallies against hikes in fuel
2012 Dec 10, Traffic began
moving over border crossings between Kosovo and Serbia.
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.53)
2012 Dec 10, In Mali soldiers
arrested PM Cheikh Modibo Diarra and ordered him to resign, showing
that the military is still the real power. Longtime civil servant
Django Cissoko was chosen as the new prime minister in the
transitional government, first set up after the military coup in
(AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/12/12)(Econ, 12/15/12,
2012 Dec 10, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban militants armed with a rocket, hand grenades and
automatic weapons attacked a police station killing six people in
Bannu, a gateway to the North Waziristan.
2012 Dec 10, South Africa said
its diplomats have signed an agreement with Vietnam to try and halt
the trade of horns taken from poached rhinoceros.
2012 Dec 10, In South Africa
heavy rains caused a bridge to collapse, killing 14 people in
2012 Dec 10, Syrian rebels
killed 13 soldiers in an ambush near a strategic northern town along
a road linking Aleppo with Damascus.
2012 Dec 11, The US Air Force
launched an unmanned X-37B, a secret military version of the space
shuttle, atop an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral.
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 11, In Georgia
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair (28) and Randy Lamar Wilson (25)
were charged with conspiring to kill persons or damage property
outside the US. FBI agents arrested Wilson at the Atlanta airport as
he boarded a flight to Mauritania. Abukhdair was arrested at a bus
station in Augusta. On April 19 Wilson pleaded guilty in Mobile,
Ala., to one charge of conspiracy to provide material support to
terrorists. On Dec 20, 2013, both men were sentenced to 15 years in
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(SFC, 4/19/13, p.A4)(SFC,
2012 Dec 11, A federal appeals
court struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois,
the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is
entirely illegal. It gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that
2012 Dec 11, Michigan enacted a
ban on mandatory union membership, dealing a stunning blow to
organized labor in the state that is home to US automakers and the
symbol of industrial labor in the United States.
2012 Dec 11, In Oregon a masked
gunman opened fire at Clackamas Town Center, a mall in suburban
Portland. Jacob Tyler Roberts (22), armed himself with an AR-15
semiautomatic rifle he stole from someone he knew, went on a rampage
that left two people dead and one injured before he killed himself.
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(AP, 12/13/12)
2012 Dec 11, Delta Airlines
agreed to buy a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. For $360
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.D3)
2012 Dec 11, Ravi Shankar
(b.1920), India-born sitar virtuoso, died in San Diego.
(SFC, 12/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 11, A US watchdog
agency said that Afghan officials were resisting US efforts to help
track billions of dollars being flown out of Kabul airport every
year, some likely linked to crime and drugs.
2012 Dec 11, Britain's Serious
Fraud Office (SFO) and London police made the first arrests as part
of a global investigation into the manipulation of interbank lending
rates, a scandal that has rocked the banking industry.
2012 Dec 11, British bank HSBC
agreed to pay a fine of $1.9 billion over money-laundering
allegations by American regulators.
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.73)
2012 Dec 11, Canadian
aboriginal Chief Theresa Spence, from the remote northern Ontario
community of Attawapiskat, began a hunger strike urging PM Stephen
Harper to "open his heart" and meet with native leaders angered by
2012 Dec 11, Premier McKeeva
Bush (57), the leader of the Cayman Islands' government, was
arrested on suspicion of theft, abuse of office and breach of trust
in the famed Caribbean tax haven.
2012 Dec 11, Cuba formally
authorized the creation of the first non-agricultural cooperatives,
a measure expected to permit the growth of midsize businesses as
part of President Raul Castro's plan to open the economy to some
2012 Dec 11, Doctors in Cuba
operated on Venezuelan President Hugo for cancer, after the illness
reappeared despite a year and a half of surgeries and treatments.
2012 Dec 11, In Egypt masked
gunmen attacked anti-Morsi protesters in Cairo's central Tahrir
Square before dawn, firing birdshot at them and wounding nine.
Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's Islamist president
staged rival rallies in the nation's Cairo.
2012 Dec 11, Ghana's opposition
party said that they plan to contest the results of the recent
presidential election. Police and soldiers raided an office where
the opposition party was re-tabulating votes in their preparation to
contest the results of last week's presidential poll, which handed a
slim victory to the incumbent.
(AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/12/12)
2012 Dec 11, In Guinea three
people were killed, dozens wounded and at least three women raped in
an army crackdown on protesters in the town of Gueckedou, 700 km
(430 miles) southeast of Conakry.
2012 Dec 11, Iran's official
news agency reported that the country has closed its consular
section in the western Afghan city of Herat, after anti-Iranian
protests at the site on Dec 9. Afghan demonstrators were protesting
the alleged killing of Afghan emigrants at nearby border crossings
in recent months.
2012 Dec 11, Tehran's chief
prosecutor said authorities have arrested 28 Iranians for alleged
links to foreign-based TV networks advocating the Baha'i religion,
which is banned in the Islamic Republic.
2012 Dec 11, A Kazakhstan court
convicted border guard Vladislav Chelakh (19) of killing 14 of his
comrades along with a park ranger and sentenced to life in prison.
2012 Dec 11, South Sudan
soldiers were being blamed for the deaths of up to 23 civilians in
two separate regions. The first incident took place in Jonglei state
last week. An official said soldiers rounded up civilians and fired
on the group, killing 13. The UN mission confirmed that nine people
were killed during the two days of violence over the weekend in
Western Equatoria state.
2012 Dec 11, Syrian rebels,
backed by Islamic extremist fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra, took full
control of the Sheik Suleiman military base near Aleppo after a
two-day battle that killed at least 35 government troops. In Aleppo
four mortar rounds hit the predominantly Kurdish neighborhood of
Sheik Maksoud, killing 11, including 3 children and 2 women, and
wounding a dozen other people.
2012 Dec 11, In southern
Thailand armed men with assault rifles burst into the canteen of Ban
Ba Ngo school in Pattani province and shot dead two teachers. In
Narathiwat's Rangae district gunmen on a pickup truck fired AK-47
and M16 assault rifles into a tea shop, killing three people
instantly including a toddler, and wounding six others at the scene.
One of the wounded died later in hospital.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)(
2012 Dec 11, In Yemen Brig.
Gen. Ahmed Ba Ramada, deputy head of intelligence for Hadramawt, was
killed by two unknown assailants on a motorbike.
2012 Dec 12, In California
Darcey Greenfield, a former Los Angeles police officer, was arrested
on charges of bilking people out of at least $3 million in a real
estate investment scheme.
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 12, In Argentina the
acquittal of 13 people accused in the disappearance of a young woman
who was allegedly kidnapped and forced into prostitution for "VIP
clients" spread shock and outrage across the country, prompting
street protests and calls by political leaders to impeach the three
judges who delivered the verdict.
2012 Dec 12, Royal Navy Petty
Officer Edward Devenney was sentenced to eight years in prisons for
passing nuclear submarine secrets to British intelligence agents
impersonating Russian spies.
2012 Dec 12, A rebel group that
signed a peace accord with the government of the Central African
Republic announced that it has taken three towns in the country's
north, in a move that is intended to force the state to review the
2012 Dec 12, Chinese religious
officials said they have revoked the title of new Catholic Bishop Ma
Daqin in Shanghai. He outraged officials by immediately dropping out
of the government agency that oversees the country's officially
2012 Dec 12, Egypt's opposition
alliance urged supporters to vote "No" in the referendum on a
disputed constitution rather than boycotting, hours after the
Islamist government forged ahead by starting overseas voting in
diplomatic missions for expatriates. The full referendum was
initially scheduled to take place on Dec 15, but in a last minute
decree on Dec 11, Morsi ordered the voting stretched into another
round on Dec 22.
2012 Dec 12, French Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius said more than 100 countries have recognized
a new Syrian opposition coalition. Fabius called the "Friends of the
Syrian People" conference meeting in Marrakech, Morocco,
"extraordinary progress." US and NATO said President Bashar Assad's
forces had fired Scud missiles at rebel areas.
(AP, 12/12/12)(AP, 12/13/12)
2012 Dec 12, German lawmakers
in the Bundestag passed legislation ensuring parents the right to
have their boys circumcised. The upper house, Bundesrat, was
expected to also pass it.
(SFC, 12/13/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 12, Guatemala released
John McAfee from a detention center and put him on a plan for Miami.
Authorities in Belize had sought McAfee for questioning about the
November slaying of neighbor Gregory Faull.
(SFC, 12/13/12, p.A7)
2012 Dec 12, Honduras President
Porfirio Lobo's National Party overwhelmingly and, many say
illegally, approved the the dismissal of 4 judges who had rejected
the president's plan to weed out corrupt police.
2012 Dec 12, Iran's deputy
judiciary chief said the Islamic Republic has issued indictments
against 18 unnamed current and former American officials on charges
of involvement in "crimes against Iran." His remarks did not
indicate that any of the men were present in Iran.
2012 Dec 12, In Iraq a
suspected al-Qaida detainee tried to blow himself up inside a prison
cell in Baghdad, wounding himself and six others.
2012 Dec 12, Israel's
paramilitary border police force in Hebron shot and killed Mohammed
Suleima (17) after he brandished a gun that later turned out to be
2012 Dec 12, Japan’s Honda
Motor Co said it will recall 871,000 vehicles that could roll away
after the ignition key has been removed, including 807,000 in the
2012 Dec 12, Kuwait's ruler
named a new Cabinet that makes no major changes in membership and
reinstates the finance minister who resigned earlier this year under
pressure from opposition lawmakers.
2012 Dec 12, Amsterdam Mayor
Eberhard van der Laan said he would formally ban students from
smoking marijuana at school, making the Dutch capital the first city
in the Netherlands to do so.
2012 Dec 12, In Northern
Ireland protests began when the Belfast city council voted to limit
the number of days the union flag is flown over city hall to about
20 a year.
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.50)
2012 Dec 12, North Korea
launched its Unha rocket, named after the Korean word for "galaxy."
The 3-stage rocket blasted off from the Sohae launch pad in
Tongchang-ri, northwest of Pyongyang, and put a satellite into
2012 Dec 12, Russia's President
Vladimir Putin vowed to strengthen the country's economy and its
military might and rejected what he described as foreign lecturing
about democracy and attempts at foreign interference in the nation's
2012 Dec 12, Spanish
authorities said they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at
Barcelona airport from Bogota, Colombia, with 1.38 kg (3 pounds) of
cocaine concealed in breast implants.
2012 Dec 12, A UN war crimes
court at The Hague convicted Gen. Zdravko Tolimir, a Bosnian Serb
commander, of genocide for playing a key role in the July, 1995,
massacre at Srebrenica.
(SFC, 12/13/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 13, Susan Rice, the
embattled US ambassador to the UN, withdrew her name from
consideration to be secretary of state in the face of angry
2012 Dec 13, The US CALM Act
(Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation), which limits the
volume of TV commercials, went into effect.
2012 Dec 13, James Billington,
the Librarian of Congress, announced that Carole King (70) will
receive the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.E2)
2012 Dec 13, In California the
Illinois-based Walgeen Co. was ordered to pay $16.57 million to
local government and environmental agencies to settle claims of
dumping hazardous wastes.
(SFC, 12/14/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 13, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 14 others
near Kandahar Airfield, the main US military base in the south.
2012 Dec 13, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled in favor of Khaled El-Masri, a German man, who
says the CIA illegally kidnapped him and took him to a secret prison
in Afghanistan in 2003. It said the government of Macedonia violated
El-Masri's rights repeatedly and ordered it to pay €60,000 in
2012 Dec 13, Honduras President
Porfirio Lobo interrupted all television programing to call for a
national dialogue with the country's key players, many of whom he
accused of trying to oust him just a week ago, to find a way out of
a constitutional crisis.
2012 Dec 13, Iraq's President
Jalal Talabani announced that the central government and Kurdish
leaders have reached a deal aimed at easing a military standoff that
began last month.
2012 Dec 13, In Iraq a car bomb
went off in a commercial street in western Baghdad, killing four
people and wounding eight others. In Anbar province two soldiers
were killed after another bomb exploded near their observation post
in the city of Fallujah.
2012 Dec 13, Israel's attorney
general indicted Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for
alleged breach of trust, but decided not to file a number of more
serious charges in a fraud and money-laundering case.
2012 Dec 13, A Kenyan official
said an intelligence message intercepted from an al-Qaida-linked
Somali militant group shows that the rebels are being offered up to
$8,000 as a reward for killing Kenyan security officers.
2012 Dec 13, In Morocco Sheikh
Abdessalam Yassine (84) died. He was the charismatic religious
leader of the country’s largest opposition movement and longtime
opponent of two Moroccan kings.
2012 Dec 13, NATO's
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he thinks Syria
President Bashar Assad's regime is on the brink of collapse.
2012 Dec 13, Amnesty
International accused the Pakistani military of carrying out
widespread human rights abuses in the country's northwest tribal
region where the army is fighting a domestic Taliban insurgency.
2012 Dec 13, Thousands of
Palestinians marched through the streets of Hebron, chanting
anti-Israel slogans and waving green Hamas flags during a funeral
procession for a teenager killed by Israeli troops a day earlier.
2012 Dec 13, Russia's President
Vladimir Putin lambasted a US bill imposing sanctions on Russian
officials accused of human rights violations, saying that it hurts
Russian-American relations. The US Congress last week passed a bill
penalizing Russian officials accused of rights violations.
2012 Dec 13, Russian Deputy
Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that President Bashar Assad
is losing control of his country and the rebels might win the civil
2012 Dec 13, South Korean media
reported that Kenneth Bae (44), a US citizen has been held in North
Korea for a month. Security officials there had found a hard disk
found in his possession they they believed contained sensitive
(SFC, 12/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 13, In Syria a bomb
blast near a school in a Damascus suburb killed 16 people, at least
half of them women and children. Three bombs collapsed walls of the
Interior Ministry building, killing 9 people. One of the dead was
parliament member Abdullah Qairouz. State TV journalist Anmar
Mohammed was one of 3 killed in explosions near the Palace of
Justice in the suburb of Jermana and in the upscale Mezzeh 86
district. American correspondent Richard Engel and his team were
kidnapped shortly after crossing the border from Turkey into Syria.
They escaped on Dec 16 at a security checkpoint in Idlib province
and two captors were killed.
(AP, 12/13/12)(AP, 12/18/12)
2012 Dec 13, In Ukraine a
violent brawl between supporters of the president and opposition
lawmaker broke out in parliament, nearly overshadowing the naming of
a new pro-government speaker to lead the fractious body. Opposition
lawmakers were angry over the fact that some of their opponents
continued the controversial practice of voting in place of their
absent colleagues, despite a recent ban.
2012 Dec 14, The Obama
administration announced a new air pollution standard. This marked
the first time that the EPA has tightened the soot standard since it
was established in 1997.
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A8)
2012 Dec 14, The Pentagon said
the US will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to
Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory
from potential Syrian missile attack.
2012 Dec 14, The US DEA said
over 2 dozen people have been charged in San Diego in a scheme to
smuggle drugs into California from Mexico. The bust netted over
1,000 pouns of methamphetamine, 200 pounds of cocaine and 28 pound
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A7)
2012 Dec 14, Adam Lanza (20)
killed 27 people, 18 of them small children, in a shooting at Sandy
Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast
of New York City. He killed his mother at home before the rampage at
2012 Dec 14, In San Francisco
Frederick Dozier Jr. (33), a school cafeteria worker, was sentenced
to 373 years to life in prison for assaulting 3 women in the Mission
District in 2011.
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.C11)
2012 Dec 14, Oklahoma police
arrested Sammie Eaglebear Chavez (18) on charges that he had plotted
to shoot students at Bartlesville High School.
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 14, In Belgium twin
45-year-old men, whose names were not been made public, were legally
put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital
in Jette. They were euthanized by their doctor after realizing they
were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever again.
2012 Dec 14, Canadian
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Canada will crack down on
what it says is a wave of fake refugee claims from European Union
nationals and deny the right of appeal to those deemed to be bogus
2012 Dec 14, Chile's government
apologized to a lesbian judge who was denied custody of her three
daughters in 2004 because she is gay. Chile said it will pay
Magistrate Karen Atala $70,000 and grant her medical and
psychological treatment.The ruling followed Chile's approval this
year of an anti-discrimination law.
2012 Dec 14, China provided the
United Nations with detailed claims to waters in the East China Sea,
apparently padding out its legal argument in an ongoing territorial
dispute with Japan.
2012 Dec 14, Chinese
authorities said they have arrested a legislator found to have four
wives. Li Junwen (43), an appointed representative from Xiaodian and
the Communist Party head of the village of Xiquan, Shanxi province,
also had 10 children, and had been detained on suspicion of document
2012 Dec 14, In China Min
Yongjun (36), a resident of Guangshan, burst into the home of an
elderly woman and stabbed her with a kitchen knife. He then took a
kitchen knife and hacked at more 22 children as they entered their
rural Chenpeng Village Primary School. On Dec 13, 2013, Yongjun was
sentenced to death.
(AP, 12/15/12)(AFP, 12/13/13)
2012 Dec 14, Egyptian Islamists
clashed with opponents of a draft constitution in the Mediterranean
city of Alexandria after an ultraconservative cleric called on
worshippers to approve the charter in a referendum.
2012 Dec 14, French mountaineer
Maurice Herzog died (93), six decades after his 1950 Annapurna climb
made him a household name.
2012 Dec 14, A boat capsized
early today off the northeastern island of Lesvos, near the Turkish
coast. Greek coast guard officials found the bodies of 18 Asian
people who were trying to cross illegally into Greece.
2012 Dec 14, Guinean
authorities and trade unions agreed to give civil servants a pay
raise of 50 percent over the next year. The raises would be applied
in three phases of 10, 15 and 25 percent before the end of 2013.
2012 Dec 14, Israeli Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced he is resigning a day after an
indictment for breach of trust was filed against him by the
country's attorney general.
2012 Dec 14, Kazakhstan's Pres.
Nursultan Nazarbayev (72) announced a raft of reforms for this
energy-rich, authoritarian state, ranging from having more direct
local and regional elections to imposing the use of the Latin
alphabet for the Kazakh language.
2012 Dec 14, Kenya’s government
decided that all refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia must
return to the large refugee camp complex known as Dadaab, a
seemingly endless expanse of refugee housing on the sands of Kenya
close to the Somali border. More than 400,000 refugees live in
Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world.
2012 Dec 14, A magnitude 6.4
earthquake was recorded at 2:36 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean 167 miles
west southwest of Rosarito, Mexico. There were no immediate reports
of damage or injuries.
2012 Dec 14, Russian
investigators accused Alexei Navalny (36), a prominent opposition
leader, and his brother of fraud and money-laundering, intensifying
legal pressure on the anti-Kremlin protest movement as it prepares
to hold its next big demonstration this weekend.
2012 Dec 14, In Russia Dmitry
Pavlyuchenkov, a former senior police officer, was found guilty for
his role in the slaying of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006. He
was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 14, In Serbia a judge
ordered Miroslav Miskovic (67), the country’s richest, man to be
held in prison for 30 days pending trial on suspicion of corruption.
Miskovic was arrested Dec 12 along with his son Marko and eight
others in connection with the privatization of several Serbian road
construction companies in 2005. The government hailed his arrest as
proof that no one is above the law in the graft-plagued country.
2012 Dec 14, In Somalia a
suicide car bomb explosion in Mogadishu killed only the bomber. 3
bystanders were wounded.
2012 Dec 14, Tunisia’s justice
minister said Sakhr Materi, the son-in-law of former Pres. Zine
al-Abidine Ban Ali, was arrested in the Seychelles on an int’l.
warrant over the embezzlement of state funds last year.
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 14, Envoys from nearly
90 nations signed the first new UN telecommunications treaty since
the Internet age, but the US and other Western nations refused to
join after claiming it endorses greater government control over
cyberspace. The Int’l. Telecommunications Union (ITU) has no
technical powers to change how the Internet operates or force
countries to follow its nonbinding accords.
2012 Dec 14, In Yemen 2
militants were killed in airstrikes in southern Abyan province. 4
militants died when the military shelled their positions in Marib
province, to the east of Sanaa.
2012 Dec 15, Alabama police
shot and killed an assailant armed with an AK-47 assault rifle
following a pursuit after 3 people were killed at a trailer home in
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 15, In Indiana Von. I.
Meyer (60) of Cedar Lake, was arrested after prosecutors filed
formal charges of felony intimidation, domestic battery and
resisting law enforcement against him. He had allegedly threatened
to "kill as many people as he could" at an elementary school near
his home. Officers found 47 guns and ammunition hidden throughout
2012 Dec 15, Congo's Pres.
Joseph Kabila vowed reforms to unify the country and appease his
opponents as he faces growing criticism and the threat of renewed
rebel violence in the country's east.
2012 Dec 15, Egyptians lined up
to vote on a draft constitution after weeks of turmoil that have
left them deeply divided between Islamist supporters of the charter
and those who fear it will usher in religious rule. Some 1,500
Egyptian women blocked a main road in the Mediterranean port city of
Alexandria, claiming a judge prevented them from voting on the draft
constitution because they weren't veiled. A 64% majority approved
the draft constitution.
(AP, 12/15/12)(Econ, 7/13/13, SR p.15)
2012 Dec 15, A Nigerian navy
helicopter crashed in Bayelsa state in the Niger Delta. The governor
of Kaduna state, Patrick Yakowa, died in the crash, along with five
other people including former national security adviser, General
2012 Dec 15, In Pakistan
suicide bombers armed with rockets attacked the military side of a
Pakistani airport in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing four
civilians and wounding more than 30. Five militants were killed.
2012 Dec 15, In Russia
thousands of opposition supporters gathered in central Moscow for an
unauthorized rally to mark a year of a wave of massive protests
against Vladimir Putin and the government. Police dispersed the
rally after 2 ½ hours.
2012 Dec 15, Laos social
activist Sombath Somphone (60) disappeared in Vientiane. A colleague
later said that police had taken Somphone into custody.
(SFC, 12/19/12, p.A3)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.32)
2012 Dec 15, A UN court in
Germany ordered the immediate release of Argentina’s ARA Libertad
training ship, which was seized in Ghana on Aug 2. The UN's
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea said warships enjoy
immunity under international law and seizing the ship was "a source
of conflict that may endanger friendly relations among states."
2012 Dec 15, In Ukraine Kharkiv
Judge Volodymyr Trofimov (58), his wife, son and the son's
girlfriend were found dead in Trofimov's apartment. All the bodies
had been decapitated and the heads were missing. This was Judge's
Day in Ukraine.
2012 Dec 15, Yemen's military
prosecutors said a military tribunal has sentenced 93 soldiers and
officers of the elite Republican Guard to 3-7 years prison for
resisting authorities and mutiny for trying to occupy the Defense
Ministry in August.
2012 Dec 16, In Topeka, Kansas,
Cpl. David Gogian (50) and Jeff Atherly (29) were killed as they
responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers tried to
negotiate with suspect David Tiscareno (22) before firing tear gas
into the home. Tiscareno was shot by police and died of his wounds
the next day.
(AP, 12/17/12)(SFC, 12/18/12, pA7)
2012 Dec 16, In Bahrain police
fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets
after King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa called for unity Sunday in a
speech for the kingdom's national day.
2012 Dec 16, A British medical
watchdog ruled that Derek Keilloh, a former army doctor, failed to
protect detainees and acted dishonestly following the death of Baha
Mousa, an Iraqi civilian beaten and killed in the custody of UK
troops in Sep, 2003.
2012 Dec 16, Key Egyptian
rights groups called for a repeat of the first round of the
constitutional referendum, alleging the vote was marred by
2012 Dec 16, The EU and
Singapore signed a regional trade agreement.
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.118)
2012 Dec 16, French actor
Gerard Depardieu said in an open letter that he is turning in his
passport following his move to tax-friendly Belgium after PM
Jean-Marc Ayrault called Depardieu pathetic and unpatriotic.
(SFC, 12/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 16, Ghana's government
said it will abide by the UN Tribunal's order for the immediate
release of Argentina’s ARA Libertad navy training ship seized two
months ago at the request of an American hedge fund.
2012 Dec 16, In India six men
raped medical student Jyoti Singh (23) and savagely beat her and her
companion with iron rods on a bus driving around New Delhi, passing
through several police checkpoints, before stripping them and
dumping them on the side of the road. The rapes triggered massive
protests on Dec 19 as police fished out the raped body of a 10-year
old girl from a canal in Bihar state's Saharsa district. Singh died
on Dec 29. Ram Singh, the bus driver and the fifth suspect in the
crime, was found hanging in his cell in Tihar prison in March 2013.
Four of the suspects were sentenced to death in 2013. On Dec 20,
2015, the youngest convict from gang rape was released after
fulfilling his three-year sentence in a reform home.
(AP, 12/19/12)(AP, 12/29/12)(Econ., 3/14/15,
p.43)(CSM, 12/20/15)(AP, 5/5/17)
2012 Dec 16, In Iraq a car bomb
explosion near a Kurdish party office killed two people in Julala, a
disputed city north of Baghdad. 6 others died in a series of blasts
aimed at Shiite targets in Kirkuk.
(AP, 12/16/12)(SFC, 12/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 16, In Japan exit
polls showed that the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
returned to power in a landslide election victory after three years
in opposition. Hawkish former PM Shinzo Abe will get a second chance
to lead the nation after a one-year stint in 2006-2007. The LDP with
its new Komeito ally won control of 325 of 480 seats in the lower
house of the Diet.
(AP, 12/16/12)(Econ, 12/22/12, p.12)
2012 Dec 16, Kuwaiti security
forces blocked hundreds of protesters from staging a rally outside
the parliament building as emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah
denounced anti-government factions for threatening to "tear apart"
2012 Dec 16, Libya's parliament
voted to close the country's borders with Sudan, Niger and Chad,
declaring the south a restricted military area. Four policemen were
shot dead in the eastern city of Benghazi when gunmen fired
rocket-propelled grenades on a security compound there.
2012 Dec 16, Palestinian PM
Salaam Fayyad called for a boycott of Israeli products to protests
Israel’s withholding $100 million in taxes owed to the Palestinian
(SFC, 12/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 16, Pakistani security
forces cornered the last members of a group of Taliban militants who
staged a deadly raid on an airport in Peshawar city. All five,
believed to be Uzbeks, died in the ensuing firefight.
2012 Dec 16, South African
President Jacob Zuma acknowledged that corruption and violence have
marred the image of the African National Congress (ANC) under his
watch, but called on members to again support him to be the
political party's leader.
2012 Dec 16, In South Africa 4
white men were arrested and faced treason and terrorism charges over
an alleged plot that included plans to attack the ongoing African
National Congress political party convention and kill President
Jacob Zuma and others. On Dec 18 prosecutors identified them as Mark
Trollip, Johan Prinsloo, Martin Keevy and Hein Boonzaaier during a
court hearing in Bloemfontein. On Nov 6, 2014, Johan Prinsloo was
convicted of "high treason and possession of ammunition" and jailed
for eight years. Co-accused Mark Trollip had last year pleaded
guilty to a charge of conspiracy and was also handed an eight-year
jail term. Martin Keevy, was found mentally unfit to stand trial and
charges against him were withdrawn. Charges against Hein Boonzaaier,
then the party leader, were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
(AP, 12/18/12)(AFP, 11/6/14)
2012 Dec 16, In Syria the
Al-Tawheed Brigade, an Islamist faction of rebels, captured the
Hanano Barracks, an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo.
Al-Tawheed commander, Col. Youssef al-Jader, was killed. Government
warplanes blasted a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, killing
eight people and wounding dozens.
2012 Dec 16, Venezuelans chose
governors and state lawmakers. Allies of cancer-stricken Pres. Hugo
Chavez steamrolled Venezuela's opposition in gubernatorial
elections, winning 20 of 23 states. Voter turnout was 53%.
2012 Dec 16, In Zimbabwe
mainstream Anglican Christians took back their cathedral in Harare
after a lockout of more than five years staged by an excommunicated,
breakaway bishop who claimed loyalty to the president's party and
used loyalist police to keep people out.
2012 Dec 17, NASA space probes
EBB and Flow expired as they crashed into a lunar mountainside. They
were initially named “GRAIL A" and “GRAIL B," but were renamed by a
calss of schoolchildren in bozeman, Montana.
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.124)
2012 Dec 17, Sen. Daniel Inouye
(88) of Hawaii died at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in
(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A9)
2012 Dec 17, In Afghanistan a
car bomb outside a compound housing a US military contractor on the
outskirts of Kabul killed at least two Afghan workers and wounded
more than a dozen other people. In Nangarhar province a British-made
anti-tank mine, left over from the time of the Soviet invasion,
killed ten girls ages 9-11.
(AP, 12/17/12)(SFC, 12/18/12,
2012 Dec 17, Argentina's
government told Grupo Clarin, the country's largest media
conglomerate, that it has begun a process to break up the company
and auction off its media licenses.
2012 Dec 17, Security forces in
Bahrain fired tear gas and stun grenades to break up protest
marchers after calls by anti-government groups to snarl the Gulf
nation's capital with demonstrators to mark an annual commemoration
for two protesters killed in 1994.
2012 Dec 17, Benin officials
said at least 19 people drowned after a boat capsized on a river
near a village in the south.
2012 Dec 17, Brazilian
prosecutors said Chevron Corp. has offered to pay $150 million to
settle two civil lawsuits stemming from a Nov 2011 offshore oil
spill. The lawsuits sought $20 billion in damages.
2012 Dec 17, In Brazil the
Supreme Court trial of the mensalao (big monthly stipend), a scheme
for buying votes, ended. 25 of 38 defendants were found guilty of
charges including corruption, money-laundering and misuse of public
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.51)
2012 Dec 17, British energy
regulator Ofgem approved 24.4 billion pounds of investment by energy
companies to overhaul the country's gas and electricity grid,
reducing initial overall spending plans by 16% to 2021.
2012 Dec 17, A Cameroon appeals
court upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of
homosexual conduct for sending a text message to another man saying:
"I'm very much in love with you."
2012 Dec 17, In Iraq a wave of
bombings across the country hit a number of targets, including
residents of ethnically disputed areas, killing 25 people and
2012 Dec 17, Italy's government
said an Italian technician and two other employees at a Syrian steel
plant near Latakia have been kidnapped.
2012 Dec 17, A Milan court
fined Moroccan woman Karima el-Mahroug, also known as Ruby, for
failing to appear as a witness twice at the former premier's trial.
It ordered her to testify in January. She is at the center of Silvio
Berlusconi's sex-for-hire scandal €500 ($650).
2012 Dec 17, Gunmen
stormed the SP Brussels tanker ship off the coast of Nigeria's
oil-rich southern delta, ransacking the vessel and kidnapping five
Indian sailors in the latest attack targeting foreign workers in the
volatile region. On Jan 26 the Indian sailors were reported freed.
Separately gunmen abducted four South Koreans and a Nigerian working
for Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. at a construction site in the Brass
area of Bayelsa state.
(AP, 12/19/12)(AP, 1/26/13)
2012 Dec 17, In northwest
Nigeria 27 people riding atop a truck carrying livestock were killed
when it tipped over and crashed.
2012 Dec 17, In Nigeria a
pipeline explosion took place in Ije Ododo, in a swampy mangrove
forest in the western fringe of Lagos when locals tapped into the
pipeline to steal the refined gasoline moving through it. Flames
continued thru Dec 20.
2012 Dec 17, In Pakistan a car
bomb exploded in a crowded market in Jamrud town in the Khyber
tribal area, killing 17 people and wounding more than 40 others. In
the southwest attackers shot dead Khadim Hussain Noori in Quetta,
the capital of Baluchistan province. He was the provincial spokesman
and also a Shiite Muslim.
2012 Dec 17, In Pakistan a
person working on the anti-polio campaign, a male volunteer, was
gunned down in Karachi. Taliban militants also killed three soldiers
in an ambush of an army convoy escorting a vaccination team in the
2012 Dec 17, Philippine
legislators passed a landmark bill that would provide government
funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes in schools despite
strong opposition by the dominant Roman Catholic Church and its
followers. Pres. Aquino III signed the legislation on Dec 21.
(AP, 12/17/12)(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 17, Syria's longtime
vice president Farouk al-Sharaa said the army cannot defeat the
rebels fighting to topple the regime, the first admission by a top
government official that a victory by President Bashar Assad is
2012 Dec 18, In Afghanistan a
coalition soldier went missing. Afghan police found the body and
turned it over to NATO forces on Dec 29. He was one of 1,560 troops
serving from the former Soviet republic of Georgia. 18 Georgian
soldiers have been killed since the country joined the international
military operations in Afghanistan in August 2009.
(AP, 12/21/12)(AP, 12/30/12)
2012 Dec 18, British electrical
retailer Comet closed its remaining stores for the final time as
part of a deal that will cost the government more than 23 million
2012 Dec 18, Police in Canada's
French-speaking province of Quebec announced a breakthrough in the
mysterious disappearance last August of truckloads of Canadian maple
syrup. Three suspects were arrested, vehicles were seized and
syrup-making equipment recovered after a manhunt in Canada and the
United States. Richard Vallieres, one of four defendants, made a
profit of close to C$1m.
(Reuters, 12/18/12)(Econ, 11/12/16, p.33)
2012 Dec 18, Cayman Islands
Premier McKeeva Bush was removed from office over his arrest on
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 18, Chinese state
media reported that police have detained more than 500 people from a
fringe Christian group for spreading rumors about the world's
impending end on Dec 21.
2012 Dec 18, The International
Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague acquitted Congolese militia leader
Mathieu Ngudjolo of all charges of commanding fighters who destroyed
a village in eastern Congo in 2003, raping and hacking to death some
200 people, including children.
2012 Dec 18, Egypt's prosecutor
general Talaat Abdullah submitted his resignation less than a month
after he was swiftly sworn in by the Islamist president, who is
embroiled in a power struggle with the judiciary. Hundreds of public
prosecutors staged a sit-in outside Abdullah's office in Cairo. The
State Council of Judges said it will not oversee the second part of
the vote on the draft constitution.
2012 Dec 18, An Indonesian
health official said a boy (4) has died of H5N1 bird flu bringing
the total to 160. At least 360 people have died worldwide from this
virus since 2003.
(SFC, 12/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 18, In Iran a collapse
and explosion in a coal mine killed eight workers near Tabas city in
the country's east.
2012 Dec 18, Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani suffered a stroke and was in intensive care at a
Baghdad hospital, injecting new uncertainty into the country's
political future a year after the US military left.
2012 Dec 18, Mexico’s Pres.
Enrique Pena Nieto laid out a security strategy that creates a new
national force to combat organized crime.
(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 18, In Mexico a prison
break in Gomez Palacio, Durango state, left at least 23 people dead
including 14 inmates and 9 guards.
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 18, Astronomers
reported that North Korea’s new satellite, launched on Dec 12, is
most likely dead.
(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 18, In Pakistan gunmen
shot dead five women working on UN-backed polio vaccination efforts
in two different cities, a major setback for a campaign that
international health officials consider vital to contain the
crippling disease. Taliban insurgents say the program is a cover for
espionage. Two men on a motorcycle hurled hand
grenades at the main gate of an army recruiting center in the
northwestern town of Risalpur, wounding 10 people.
2012 Dec 18, Philippine
officials said Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) killed 1,043 people with 844
(SSFC, 12/23/12, p.A22)
2012 Dec 18, In Spain thousands
of people hit the streets to protest government spending cuts as the
PM Mariano Rajoy defended austerity measures. Unemployment was at
(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A4)
2012 Dec 18, Clashes between
Syrian rebels and an armed Palestinian group loyal to President
Bashar Assad raged inside a Damascus refugee camp, as the Syrian
military deployed tanks outside.
2012 Dec 18, In Tunisia some
3000 people protested the leadership in Tunis during ceremonies
marking 2 years since a street vendor set himself on fire to protest
abuses under former Pres. Ben Ali.
(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 18, Ukrainian health
officials said 37 people have died from the severe cold spell that
hit the country this month.
2012 Dec 18, The US Treasury
Department made public sanctions against two leaders of Congo's M23
rebel group. The US government accused Baudoin Ngaruye and Innocent
Kaina of using child soldiers.
2012 Dec 18, In Colorado Daniel
Sanchez (31) killed three people, including his ex-girlfriend
outside Longmont. He had just been released from jail on domestic
2012 Dec 18, Some 2,000
soldiers from Chad arrived to help the government of Central African
Republic fight a rapidly advancing rebel movement, as the fighters
claimed to have seized a sixth town.
2012 Dec 18, Mexico’s Pres.
Enrique Pena Nieto laid out a security strategy that creates a new
national force to combat organized crime. Mexico's new attorney
general said that as many as 80 small and medium-size drug cartels
are operating in the country, a number far higher than the last
formal government assessment.
(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A2)(AP, 12/18/12)
2012 Dec 18, In the Gulf of
Aden 55 people drowned or were missing after an overcrowded boat
capsized off the Somali coast.
2012 Dec 19, Pres. Obama said
Vice President Joe Biden will lead an effort to craft policies to
reduce gun violence. Obama laid out a plan to reduce gun violence
amid calls for action after the massacre of 26 people including 20
children in a Connecticut elementary school.
2012 Dec 19, Four US State
Department officials resigned under pressure, less than a day after
a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security
at the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
2012 Dec 19, In Las Vegas
Olivia Culpo (20), a student at Boston University, became the new
Miss Universe, defeating dozens of contestants from six continents.
An American had not won the Miss Universe title since Brook Lee won
2012 Dec 19, A new Gallup poll
said seven of the world’s 10 countries with the most upbeat
attitudes are in Latin America with Panama and Paraguay at the top.
The people least likely to report positive emotions lived in
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 19, Argentina's
cash-strapped state energy company signed a partnership deal with
Chevron Corp. for a "massive development" of the South American
country's vast nonconventional oil and gas resources.
2012 Dec 19, Bolivian
authorities ordered the arrest of magistrate Ariel Rocha in a
widening scandal triggered by American Jacob Ostreicher’s report of
being fleeced and extorted by corrupt prosecutors.
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 19, The Bank of
England said that new governor Mark Carney, currently governor of
the Bank of Canada, will receive a 250,000 pound a year housing
allowance in addition to his 624,000 pound salary.
2012 Dec 19, British oil
company BP said it is selling its stake in a South China Sea gas
field to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company for $308
million in cash.
2012 Dec 19, The
British-appointed governor of the Cayman Islands named Julianna
O’Connor as the territory’s new premier.
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 19, The Cook Islands
designated a 756,000 square mile shark sanctuary.
(SFC, 12/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 19, Ecuador's Central
Bank President Pedro Delgado resigned after acknowledging that he
presented a fake academic degree 22 years ago, a scandal that
prompted the country's leader to call for him to face justice.
Delgado, who is a cousin of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa,
apologized to the nation.
2012 Dec 19, Former German
Defense Minister Peter Struck (69), a vehement opponent of the 2003
US-led invasion of Iraq, died following a heart attack.
2012 Dec 19, In Iraq the Sunni
chief of Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi's protection force was
arrested on the strength of confessions made by some suspects. The
chief reportedly confessed that he took part in terrorist attacks. 9
other bodyguards of al-Issawi were arrested and under investigation.
The next day Al-Issawi angrily denounced the arrests.
2012 Dec 19, A Jerusalem
municipal official said Israel is pressing forward with construction
in a new east Jerusalem settlement, part of a series of new building
plans that have drawn worldwide rebuke, including from its closest
ally, the United States.
2012 Dec 19, In Israel Amnon
Lipkin-Shahak (68), a former Israeli military chief who later became
a Cabinet minister, died after a long battle with cancer. He oversaw
a 16-day military campaign, codenamed "Grapes of Wrath," against
Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon in 1996.
2012 Dec 19, In Kazakhstan a
Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American, a Russian and a Canadian
lifted off for the Int’l. Space Station for a 2-day journey and
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 19, In northern
Nigeria more than 30 assailants stormed a house, killing two people
and kidnapping French engineer Francis Collomp in the town of Rimi,
Katsina state. On Nov 17, 2013, Collomp was reported freed.
(AP, 12/20/12)(Reuters, 11/17/13)
2012 Dec 19, Norwegian energy
company Statoil ASA said it has bought 70,000 acres of land rich in
gas and liquid gas in West Virginia and Ohio.
2012 Dec 19, In Pakistan gunmen
shot dead a woman working on UN backed polio vaccination efforts and
her driver in the northwestern town of Charsadda. Earlier in the day
gunmen shot a polio worker in the head in the city of Peshawar,
wounding him critically. The recent killings prompted the UN's
public health arm to suspend work on the vaccination drive in two of
Pakistan's four provinces.
2012 Dec 19, Senegal's national
assembly adopted a much-anticipated law, which creates a special
tribunal to try ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre. This was the
first step in ending 22 years of impunity that began when the
deposed former president fled to Senegal, leaving behind a country
strewn with mass graves.
2012 Dec 19, South Africa said
at least 633 rhinoceros have been killed this year alone as a
poaching epidemic continues to threaten the animals.
2012 Dec 19, Ruling-party
candidate Park Geun-hye (Bahk guhn-hae) was elected South Korean
president, becoming the country's first female leader despite her
past as the daughter of a divisive dictator.
2012 Dec 19, Switzerland's UBS
AG agreed to pay some $1.5 billion in fines to international
regulators following a probe into the rigging of a key global
2012 Dec 19, Syrian state media
said government forces are carrying out a broad offensive against
rebels in the suburbs of Damascus, as the UN appealed for a billion
dollars to support rising numbers of Syrian refugees.
2012 Dec 19, Yemen Pres. Abed
Rabu Mansour Hadi ordered a shakeup of the country’s Defense
Ministry, removing the powerful son, relatives and aides of ousted
leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 20, The US Marine
Corps said Marine Staff Sergeant Joseph Chamblin, who urinated on
dead Taliban insurgents and posed for photographs with the bodies in
Afghanistan in July, 2011, has pleaded guilty to two charges in a
military court. His sentence was a reduction in rank and forfeiture
of $500 in pay.
2012 Dec 20, A statement from
RAND spokesman Jeffrey Hiday says the group shut its Abu Dhabi
office at the "request" of officials. The office conducted research
into areas such as education and environment.
2012 Dec 20, In Afghanistan a
powerful roadside bomb killed five civilians and two police officers
near a police checkpoint in Nimroz province.
2012 Dec 20, In Argentina a
wave of sporadic looting began in the Patagonian ski resort of
Bariloche. Looters continued to ransack supermarkets the next day in
several cities causing two deaths.
(SFC, 12/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 20, Authorities
declared a state of emergency in northeastern Bulgaria as heavy snow
and freezing temperatures are causing disruptions in both Bulgaria
2012 Dec 20, Rebels in Central
African Republic seized another town in their rapid offensive,
moving to within about 400 km (250 miles) of the capital as the
rebels said they were ready for negotiations with the government.
2012 Dec 20, A Costa Rican ban
on in-vitro fertilization was struck down by the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights in a decision that reproductive health groups
said could lead to greater access to abortion and some contraception
in other Latin American countries.
2012 Dec 20, Talaat Abdullah,
Egypt's top prosecutor, retracted his resignation, a decision that
could cause a new uproar in the country after he was accused of
pressuring a judge not to release protesters opposed to the Islamist
2012 Dec 20, French President
Francois Hollande acknowledged the "unjust" and "brutal" nature of
France's occupation of Algeria for 132 years, but stopped short of
apologizing for the past as many Algerians have demanded on the
second day of his state visit to Algeria.
2012 Dec 20, In Libya 4 people
were killed when a protest outside a base for security forces in
Benghazi turned violent less than a week after suspected Islamic
militants killed four policemen at the same compound.
2012 Dec 20, In Mexico the
group Propuesta Civica, or Civic Proposal, released data on missing
persons. It said 20,851 people have disappeared over the past six
years. Not every case on the list has been proven related to the
drug war and the lsit was said to be incomplete.
2012 Dec 20, In Pakistan
another victim from attacks on UN-backed anti-polio teams in
Pakistan died, bringing the three-day death toll in the wave of
assaults on volunteers vaccinating children across the country to
nine. Hilal Khan (20) died a day after he was shot in the head in
2012 Dec 20, Philippine Pres.
Benigno Aquino III signed a “sin tax" bill boosting taxes on
cigarettes and liquor. The tax on cigarettes went up more than
(SFC, 12/21/12, p.A4)(Econ 6/3/17, p.16)
2012 Dec 20, In Puerto Rico Joe
Ramos, president of WAPA TV, told reporters that the SuperXclusivo
show will be taped two hours before it is broadcast. The
announcement follows a recent outcry over comments that the
controversial puppet, known as La Comay, made about a man who was
2012 Dec 20, In Syria days of
intense fighting in a Palestinian refugee camp subsided and some of
the more than 100,000 residents who fled the violence in the capital
Damascus began to trickle back.
2012 Dec 20, A Thai court
ordered the extradition of Vito Roberto Palazzolo (65), a fugitive
Italian banker found guilty of laundering money for some of Italy's
top mobsters through New York pizzerias from 1975-1984. Palazzolo
has written about his legal woes and getting swept up in the Pizza
Connection probe on his website, www.vrpalazzolo.com.
2012 Dec 20, The UN Security
Council authorized military action to wrest northern Mali from the
control of al-Qaida extremists, but demanded progress first on
political reconciliation, elections and training African troops and
(SFC, 12/21/12, p.A8)
2012 Dec 21, President Barack
Obama formally nominated Democratic Senate Foreign Relations
Committee Chairman John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as
secretary of state.
2012 Dec 21, The National Rifle
Association said guns and police officers in all American schools
are what's needed to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."
NRA executive chief Wayne LaPierre delivered a 25-minute tirade
against the notion that another gun law would stop killings.
2012 Dec 21, The US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that ringed seals
and bearded seals will be listed as threatened under the Endangered
Species Act. Loss of sea ice due to climate warning was blamed.
(SFC, 12/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 21, A judge in
Atlanta, Georgia, suspended a state law banning abortions for women
who are more than 20 weeks pregnant.
(SFC, 12/25/12, p.A8)
2012 Dec 21, Brenda Stokes
Wilson (50) slashed a co-worker at the Bellagio casino in las Vegas.
It was later learned that she had stabbed to death Jade Morris (10),
her ex-boyfriend’s daughter, whom she was supposed to take Christmas
(SFC, 1/3/13, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/bznkswf)
2012 Dec 21, In Pennsylvania
Jeffrey Lee Michael of Geeseytown (44) fatally shot a woman
decorating for a children's Christmas party at a tiny church hall
and killed two men elsewhere in a rural township before he was shot
dead in a gunfight with state troopers.
(AP, 12/22/12)(AP, 12/22/12)
2012 Dec 21, British Dr. Derek
Keilloh was stripped of his medical license for misconduct and
dishonesty over the death of an Iraqi man who was beaten and killed
while in the custody of British troops. Keilloh had treated Baha
Mousa, a hotel clerk who died at a British base after being detained
in Basra in September 2003.
2012 Dec 21, In Egypt Thousands
of Islamists clashed with their opponents in Alexandria, on the eve
of the second leg of voting on the country's contentious
constitution that has deeply polarized the nation.
2012 Dec 21, The European Union
said it has agreed to re-launch €174.3 million in development funds
2012 Dec 21, Haiti’s government
announced that it has awarded permits for the first time in its
history to allow two companies to openly mine for gold and copper.
(SFC, 12/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 21, In Iraq Sunni
Deputy PM Saleh al-Mutlaq threatened that his Iraqiya bloc could
withdraw from the political process altogether if lawmakers and
independent bodies are not allowed to monitor the investigation
involving al-Issawi's staff.
2012 Dec 21, Italy’s PM Mario
Monti resigned following Parliament’s confidence vote on the 2013
budget. Monti had said he would step down after the budget was
(SFC, 12/22/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 21, In Ivory Coast say
at least one person was dead after two simultaneous attacks
overnight on Ivorian security forces.
2012 Dec 21, In southeastern
Kenya at least 39 people were killed when farmers raided a village
of herders. The Pokomo tribe of farmers raided a village of the
semi-nomadic Orma herding community at dawn in the Tana River Delta.
13 children, 6 women, 11 men and 9 attackers were killed.
2012 Dec 21, Kyrgyzstan's
state-owned natural gas company said it is to be sold to Russia's
energy monopoly Gazprom, raising hopes of an end to debilitating
energy shortages in the impoverished Central Asian nation.
2012 Dec 21, The
al-Qaida-linked group that controls much of northern Mali and other
rebels agreed to cease hostilities in the areas they control, a day
after the United Nations backed a regional plan to oust the
Islamists from power in a military intervention next year.
2012 Dec 21, Dawn broke over
ancient holy sites in southern Mexico to celebrations, ushering in
the start of a new era for the Maya people that had been billed as a
possible end of the world.
2012 Dec 21, In Mexico US
Marine veteran Jon Hammar (27), jailed for months after trying to
carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border, was freed.
2012 Dec 21, Jose Salvador
Alvarenga left Mexico in his 23 foot (7m) fiberglass boat for a
day's fishing, accompanied by a teen he knew only as Ezekiel, who
was between 15 and 18. A storm blew them off course. Ezekial died
after a month. Alvarenga ended up surviving 13 months on fish, birds
and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands
some 5,500 miles (8,800 km) away.
2012 Dec 21, In Mozambique 14
people died when a tire burst on a speeding minibus, causing the
driver to lose control and collide with an oncoming vehicle.
2012 Dec 21, NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmusen said the Syrian military has
continued to fire Scud-type missiles against anti-government forces,
describing the move as an act of desperation of a regime nearing its
2012 Dec 21, North Korea said
that an American citizen, identified as Pae Jun Ho, has been
detained after confessing to unspecified crimes, confirming news
reports about his arrest. State media said Pae arrived in the far
northeastern city of Rajin on Nov. 3 as part of a tour.
2012 Dec 21, A mob in southern
Pakistan stormed a police station to seize a mentally unstable
Muslim man accused of burning a copy of Islam's holy book, beat him
to death, and then set his body afire. Police arrested 30 people for
suspected involvement in the attack.
2012 Dec 21, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed eleven Pakistanis and Afghans in a border
town as they were trying to cross to Iran to travel on to Europe as
2012 Dec 21, Poland’s Interior
Ministry said the death toll from sub-freezing temperatures that set
in in December was 49 people so far, compared to 19 in the whole of
December last year. Another 15 people died of cold in October and
five in November. Another 41 have been killed by carbon monoxide
inhalation from coal or other ways of heating their homes since
temperatures started falling.
2012 Dec 21, The lower house of
the Russian parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill that would ban
adoption of Russian children by Americans, sending the controversial
legislation a step closer to President Vladimir Putin's desk. This
was part of a larger measure by angry lawmakers retaliating against
a recently signed US law that calls for sanctions against Russians
deemed to be human rights violators.
2012 Dec 21, In Sierra Leone
the OCTEA diamond mining company said that the company is increasing
the year-end salary bonus for workers from 20% to 30%. Officials
said a deadly strike at the Koidu diamond mine is now over. Two
people were killed in violence there, where workers went on strike
over bonuses and work conditions.
2012 Dec 21, Syrian rebels
attacked a base protecting a military industrial compound in the
country's north as anti-government forces pushed forward in efforts
to capture wider areas near the border with Turkey. 7 rebels were
reported killed in the attack on the air defense base in the town of
2012 Dec 21, The UN said 4
peacekeepers have been killed and one injured in Sudan’s Darfur
region when one peacekeeper opened fire on fellow UN-AU
(SFC, 12/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 21, Pope Benedict XVI
pressed his opposition to gay marriage, denouncing what he described
as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their
sexual choices — and destroying the very "essence of the human
creature" in the process.
2012 Dec 21, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands rallied across the country to support a military
shake-up this week that limited the powers held by loyalists of the
country's ousted leader, including his son.
2012 Dec 21, In Yemen Dominik
Neubauer of Austria was kidnapped along with a Finnish couple. In
February a video was posted in which he said his captors would kill
him in a week if a ransom demand was not met.
2012 Dec 22, Gun enthusiasts
thronged to shows around the country to buy assault weapons they
fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in
Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms.
2012 Dec 22, In Afghanistan US
Navy Seal Cmdr. Job W. Price (42) of Pottstown, Pa., died of a
noncombat-related injury in Uruzgan province. His death was being
investigated as a suicide.
2012 Dec 22, Dominican Rep.
authorities announced the arrest of 7 suspects and the seizure of
more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine and heroin. A records 9 tons of
cocaine was reported seized this year.
(SSFC, 12/23/12, p.A10)
2012 Dec 22, Egypt’s Vice
President Mahmoud Mekki resigned, saying he realized that politics
did not suit his professional background as a judge. Central bank
governor, Farouq el-Oqdah, also resigned.
2012 Dec 22, Egyptians voted in
the second and final phase of a referendum on an Islamist-backed
constitution that has polarized the nation, with little indication
that the result of the vote will end the political crisis in which
the country is mired.
2012 Dec 22, In Iraq a bomb
hidden in a plastic bag exploded near the shop in the town of
Qazaniyah 180 km northeast of Baghdad. 4 people were killed and 11
2012 Dec 22, In northern
Nigeria twin suicide bombings targeted two major mobile phone
operators, threatening communications in Kano. Authorities suspected
the Boko Haram sect for the attacks.
2012 Dec 22, Hyundai Heavy
Industries Co. paid about $187,000 to free four South Korean workers
and their local colleague abducted on Dec 17. Police learned of the
kidnapping payment only after arresting one of three suspected
2012 Dec 22, In Oman more than
1,400 candidates competed in the Gulf nation's first municipal
elections, a concession following Arab Spring-linked unrest.
2012 Dec 22, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a political rally held by the Awami National
Party. 9 people were killed including politician Bashir Ahmad
Bilour, a senior minister in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Another 20 were wounded in the attack in Peshawar.
(AP, 12/22/12)(SSFC, 12/23/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 22, Pope Benedict XVI
granted his former butler a Christmas pardon, forgiving him in
person during a jailhouse meeting for stealing and leaking private
papers in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent
times. Paolo Gabriele was freed and returned to his Vatican City
apartment where he lives with his wife and three children.
2012 Dec 23, Egypt's opposition
called for an investigation into allegations of vote fraud in the
referendum on a deeply divisive Islamist-backed constitution after
the Muslim Brotherhood, the main group backing the charter, claimed
it passed with a 64 percent "yes" vote.
2012 Dec 23, Guatemala federal
prosecutor Irma Yolanda Olivares, who worked in one of the
prosecutor's regional officers, was slain along with an official
working for a government social service agency and five others in an
attack near the Mexican border. Drug traffickers were blamed.
2012 Dec 23, In India police in
New Delhi used tear gas and water cannons for a second day in a
high-security zone to break up protests by thousands of people
demonstrating against the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old
student on a bus.
2012 Dec 23, In Iraq thousands
of protesters demonstrated in the western Sunni heartland following
the arrest of bodyguards assigned to Finance Minister Rafia
al-Issaw, briefly blocking the main highway linking Baghdad with
neighboring Jordan and Syria.
2012 Dec 23, Israeli forces
fired at and seriously wounded two men east of Deir al-Balah in the
central Gaza Strip.
2012 Dec 23, In Mali Islamist
extremists destroyed four mausoleums in Timbuktu. Residents said the
destruction of the graves is the rebels' reaction to the recent UN
resolution calling for an international military intervention.
2012 Dec 23, Gunmen attacked a
supply tug boat off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta,
kidnapping 4 sailors, including 3 Italians. All 4 sailors were
reported freed on Jan 9.
(AP, 12/24/12)(AP, 1/9/13)
2012 Dec 23, Puntland forces,
after a two-week seige, captured back the Panamanian-flagged MV
Iceburg 1 and rescued 22 hostages who had been held by pirates since
May 29, 2010. The hijackers had killed a Yemeni sailor who tried to
escape. The pirates near the coastal village of Gara’ad escaped.
(SFC, 12/24/12, p.A2)(AP, 12/29/12)
2012 Dec 23, Syrian activists
said a government airstrike on a bakery in a rebel-held town in
Halfaya killed more than 60 people. The attack coincided with the
start of a two-day visit by Lakhdar Brahimi, who represents the UN
And the Arab League, to meet with top Syrian officials. 6 Syrian
rebels reportedly died in two neighborhoods after inhaling white
smoke that came out of shells fired by government troops in the
(AP, 12/23/12)(AP, 12/25/12)
2012 Dec 24, In Massachusetts a
man from Puerto Rico was arrested after cocaine was found in his
wheelchair at Logan Int’l. Airport.
(SFC, 12/25/12, p.A8)
2012 Dec 24, In West Webster,
NY, William H. Spengler, Jr. (62) shot and killed two firefighters
and seriously injured two others as they responded to a fire at his
home. Spengler was convicted in 1981 in the death of his 92-year-old
grandmother a year earlier. He served time in prison and was
released in 1998. The death toll rose to three as police revealed
that a body believed to be the killer's sister, Cheryl Spengler
(67), was found in his home. On Dec 28 Dawn Nguyen (24) was arrested
and charged in connection with the Christmas Eve ambush.
(SFC, 12/25/12, p.A9)(AP, 12/25/12)(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 24, Charles Durning
(b.1923), Oscar-nominated character actor, died in Manhattan. His
films included "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), "The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas" (1982) and “To Be or Not to Be" (1983).
2012 Dec 24, Jack Klugman (90),
stage, film and TV actor, died in Los Angeles. He starred in “The
Odd Couple" TV series (1970-1975) and in “Quincy, M.E." (1976-1983).
(SFC, 12/25/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 24, An Afghan
policewoman, identified as Sgt Nargas, walked into a high-security
compound in Kabul and killed American contractor Joseph Griffin (49)
with a single bullet to the chest, the first such shooting by a
woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign
allies. Nargas moved to Afghanistan from Iran 10 years ago after her
husband obtained fake documents enabling her to live and work there.
The killing came just hours after an Afghan policeman shot five of
his colleagues at a checkpoint in Jawzjan province. The attacker
then stole his colleague's weapons and fled to join the Taliban.
(AP, 12/24/12)(AP, 12/25/12)
2012 Dec 24, In China a van
carrying 15 children to kindergarten plunged into a roadside pond
killing 11 children in Guixi city, Jiangxi province.
(SFC, 12/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 24, In Israel former
chief rabbi Eliahu Bakshi-Doron was charged as part of what has
become known as the "rabbis' file" affair. He and others were
accused of falsifying rabbinical certificates for more than 1,000
soldiers and police officers so they could be eligible for salary
2012 Dec 24, Nigerian security
forces detained two journalists from a Hausa-language newspaper over
articles they published regarding alleged military abuses during the
country's fight against a radical Islamist sect.
2012 Dec 24, In Yemen a US
drone airstrike killed two al-Qaida militants in on Radda in Bayda
province. 4 tribesmen were killed in Yemeni artillery strikes on
areas in the northeastern province of Marib, where they have been
accused of attacks on oil pipelines and power generating stations.
2012 Dec 25, Chicago mobster
Frank Calabrese Sr. (75) died at a federal prison in North Carolina.
He was among 5 men convicted in September 2007 at the Family Secrets
(SFC, 12/27/12, p.A13)
2012 Dec 25, Argentina's coast
guard cutter Thompson fired warning shots at two Chinese trawlers,
blocking their escape into international waters. Ten tons of squid
were found in the holds of the Lu Rong Yu 6177 and 6178 after they
were hauled into port.
2012 Dec 25, The British
Antarctic Survey (BAS), an ambitious plan to search for minute forms
of life in an ancient lake beneath Antarctica's ice, was suspended
because of technical problems.
2012 Dec 25, In China 72
prominent Chinese scholars and lawyers released a petition urging
the country's new Communist Party leaders to undertake moderate
political reforms including separating the party from government.
(AP, 12/26/12)(Econ, 1/5/12, p.32)
2012 Dec 25, An Iranian
semi-official news agency said there has been another cyberattack by
the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries
in the country's south.
2012 Dec 25, An Iraqi-Kurd
official said the northern Kurdish region has suspended oil exports
over a payment dispute with baghdad.
(SFC, 12/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 25, Kazakhstan's
acting border service chief Col. Turganbek Stambekov was among 27
people killed in a military plane crash, a Russian-made An-72, near
the southern city of Shymkent. He was appointed in June to deal with
the aftermath of a mass killing involving a conscript.
2012 Dec 25, In Myanmar an Air
Bagan flight packed with Christmas tourists crash-landed on a road
in central Shan state, killing 2 people and injuring 11, including 4
(AP, 12/25/12)(AP, 12/26/12)
2012 Dec 25, In southern
Pakistan gunmen wounded a prominent Sunni cleric and killed his
three guards and his driver in an apparently sectarian attack in
2012 Dec 25, In Pakistan
Shahzeb Khan (20) was allegedly gunned down overnight by a pair of
young men from two of the wealthiest families in Karachi. His death
sparked an unusual outcry and highlighted a growing trend of
citizens using social media to hold the country's rich and powerful
2012 Dec 25, In the Philippines
a Christmas Day fire killed a veterinarian and 6 members of his
family in Quezon City. Another blaze left as many as 2,000 people
homeless when it hit a residential area in San Juan City.
(AP, 12/25/12)(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 25, Sudan reportedly
launched attacks in the border area with South Sudan killing at
least five people. Antonov warplanes bombed the village of Werguet,
in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, while ground forces working with
"militiamen" attacked nearby Kiir Adem.
2012 Dec 25, Syrian rebels
fully captured Harem, a northern town near the Turkish border, after
weeks of siege and heavy fighting. In the Damascus suburb of
Jaramana, opposition gunmen ambushed and wounded the head of
military intelligence in the area. He died of his wounds. Maj. Gen.
Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, the head of Syria's military police,
appeared in a video aired on Al Arabiya TV saying he is joining "the
(AP, 12/25/12)(AP, 12/26/12)
2012 Dec 25, In Yemen gunmen on
motorbikes shot dead two army officers in Sanaa. Clashes between the
military and tribal fighters loyal to al-Qaida in northeastern Marib
province killed three soldiers and 11 tribesmen over the last 24
2012 Dec 25, Zimbabwe state
radio said 18 people headed home for the holidays died when their
open truck veered off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine in
the northeastern Honde Valley region.
2012 Dec 26, Los Angeles police
traded gift cards for guns in a buyback program Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa announced as a crime-fighting response to the deadly
shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut.
2012 Dec 26, The Chicago
Teachers Union sued the nation's third largest school district,
saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign to reform or close
underperforming public schools discriminates against
African-American teachers and staff.
2012 Dec 26, A winter storm hit
the northeastern US and led to at least 16 deaths.
(SFC, 12/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Dec 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded at the
gate of Camp Chapman, a major US military base, killing the attacker
and three Afghans. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack
in Khost province.
2012 Dec 26, Angry Central
African Republic protesters carrying clubs threw rocks at the French
Embassy, criticizing the former colonial power for failing to do
more to stem a rapid rebel advance as fears grew that the insurgents
aim to seize the capital.
2012 Dec 26, China opened the
world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 km (1,428
miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an
economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China.
2012 Dec 26, Egypt's Islamist
Pres. Morsi proclaimed the country's newly adopted constitution as
the dawning of a "new republic" in a television address, calling on
the opposition to join a dialogue with him after a month of violent
turmoil and focus on repairing a damaged economy.
2012 Dec 26, Thousands of Iraqi
demonstrators massed in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, determined
to keep up the pressure on a Shiite-led government that many accuse
of trying to marginalize them.
2012 Dec 26, Shinzo Abe, head
of the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), took office as
Japan's 7th prime minister in six years and vowed to overcome the
deep-rooted economic and diplomatic crises facing his country. Abe
unveiled a 19-member cabinet of radical nationalists.
(AP, 12/26/12)(Econ, 1/5/12, p.29)
2012 Dec 26, Myanmar Pres.
Thein Sein publicly criticized his government for rampant
corruption, bribery and inefficiency.
(SFC, 12/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 26, In Nigeria a
massive explosion ripped through a warehouse full of fireworks in
Lagos, sparking a fire that threatened surrounding city blocks and
sending a plume of thick smoke high into the sky. At least one
person died and 15 others were wounded.
2012 Dec 26, Angry Philippine
residents beat a man to death and threw rocks at firefighters after
a Christmas day shantytown fire in suburban San Juan city left
thousands of people homeless. The man was reportedly drunk and was
not responsible for the fire. The fire was reportedly started in a
house where children were playing with lighted candles.
2012 Dec 26, Russia’s upper
chamber of parliament unanimously voted in favor of a measure
banning Americans from adopting Russian children. It now goes to
President Vladimir Putin to sign or turn down.
2012 Dec 26, Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said shelling in an agricultural area of Raqqa
province near the village of Qahtaniyeh killed 20, including eight
children. It said at least five rebels were killed in the fighting
that started after midnight and added that Syrian army warplanes
attacked rebel positions in the areas.
2012 Dec 26, In Tunisia
journalist Olfa Riahi posted receipts alleging that Foreign Minister
Rafik Abdessalam spent six nights at public expense, including one
accompanied by an unidentified woman, raising suspicions of
adultery. The minister has denied any wrongdoing and described the
woman as his cousin. Riahi followed up these allegations on Dec. 29
with documents showing that the Chinese government transferred a
million dollars directly into a Foreign Ministry account rather than
going via the Finance Ministry or public treasury as is the custom.
2012 Dec 27, In NYC Sunando Sen
(46) was shoved in ront of a subway train and crushed to death in
Queens. On Dec 30 Erika Menendez (31) was charged in the death.
Menendez said she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he
2012 Dec 27, Retired US Gen. H.
Norman Schwarzkopf (b.1934) died in Tampa, Fl. He topped an
illustrious military career by commanding the US-led international
coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991
but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf
War against Iraq.
2012 Dec 27, Former Argentine
economy minister Felisa Miceli was sentenced to four years in prison
for corruption. Miceli was forced to quit in 2007 when a bag of
money holding $32,000 was found in her office toilet.
2012 Dec 27, In Colombia Lorena
Henao, the sister of Orlando Henao (d.1998), founder of the Northern
Valley drug cartel, was shot to death by gunmen on the outskirts
Armenia. 4 suspects were arrested in the attack.
(SFC, 12/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 27, Egypt's chief
prosecutor ordered an investigation into the leaders of the
country's opposition after a lawyer accused them of incitement to
overthrow the regime of newly elected Islamist President Mohammed
2012 Dec 27, Iranian state TV
reported that the country's president has dismissed the health
minister after her ministry put out a statement criticizing
authorities for not providing money to import medicine.
2012 Dec 27, Mexican
authorities discovered a sophisticated smuggling tunnel, as long as
a football field, equipped with electricity and ventilation not far
from the Nogales port of entry into Arizona.
2012 Dec 27, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades
and automatic weapons attacked two tribal police posts in the town
of Darra Adam Khel, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing two
policemen. 21 other policemen were missing and presumed kidnapped.
2012 Dec 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said he will sign a controversial bill barring
Americans from adopting Russian children, as the Kremlin's
children's rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest
of the world.
2012 Dec 27, Russia and Lakhdar
Brahimi, UN envoy for Syria, both said that they want to revive a
long-shelved peace initiative that would call for a transitional
government to run the country until elections can be held.
2012 Dec 27, In Saudi Arabia a
man was killed in clashes with police in an oil-rich eastern region,
where the country's Shiite minority has been holding protests
against the Sunni ruling monarchy.
2012 Dec 27, In Thailand
leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy, also known as the
Yellow Shirts, were indicted for storming the prime minister's
office compound and sealing off Parliament during massive
anti-government rallies in 2008 at the height of political turmoil,
which left the country deeply divided to this day.
2012 Dec 27, Vietnamese police
detained Le Quoc Quan (41), a well-known dissident lawyer,
escalating a crackdown on those who speak out against the country's
one-party, authoritarian rule.
2012 Dec 28, In Mississippi an
SUV crashed into a creek in Neshoba County killing 5 children and
one adult. Driver Duane John (34) was later charged with with 6
counts of DUI manslaughter.
(SFC, 1/2/13, p.A5)
2012 Dec 28, Three New Jersey
police officers were shot at their police station, and one was in
surgery for his wounds. The suspected gunman, who had been brought
to the Gloucester Township Police station for a domestic incident,
was killed in the exchange of gunfire.
2012 Dec 28, In Central African
Republic renewed fighting between government forces and rebels
seeking to overthrow the president broke out in Bambari, CAR’s third
largest city. Representatives from the 10-nation Economic Community
of Central African States, or ECCAS, agreed at a meeting in Gabon to
send forces to CAR
(AP, 12/28/12)(AP, 12/31/12)
2012 Dec 28, China’s national
legislature amended its law on the elderly to require that adult
children visit their aged parents "often" — or risk being sued by
2012 Dec 28, China passed a new
law requiring real-name registration of internet subscribers.
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.33)
2012 Dec 28, In China an
overloaded minibus fell into a ravine killing 5 children and 5
adults in the Guangxi region.
(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 28, Tens of thousands
of Iraqi Sunnis angry over perceived second-class treatment by the
Shiite-led government massed along a major western highway and
elsewhere in the country for the largest protests yet in a week of
2012 Dec 28, In India
authorities in Punjab state took action when an 18-year-old woman
killed herself by drinking poison a month after she told police she
was gang-raped. Authorities suspended one police officer and fired
two others on accusations they delayed investigating and taking
action in the case. The woman was raped Nov. 13 and reported the
attack to police on Nov 27. The three accused in the rape were
arrested only on the previous night night, a month after the crime
2012 Dec 28, Mexico City
lawmakers approved prison terms for animal cruelty, previously
considered a civil offense sanctioned with fines and detentions.
2012 Dec 28, In northeast
Nigeria gunmen suspected to belong to the radical Boko Haram
Islamist sect attacked the village of Musari on the outskirts of
Maiduguri, tying up men, women and children before slitting their
throats, killing at least 15. Boko Haram gunmen also attacked
another village in Adamawa state on its border with neighboring
Cameroon. At least 35 prisoners were released from a prison in the
attack, though 11 were been recaptured. A civilian and a police
officer were killed during the fighting. Authorities said at least
seven people have been killed in recent days around Christian
villages in the rural plateau around Jos.
2012 Dec 28, In Romania
influential banker Bogdan Baltazar (73) died. He became Romania's
first government spokesman in 1990 after the collapse of communism.
2012 Dec 28, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian
children, abruptly terminating the prospects for more than 50
youngsters preparing to join new families and sparking critics to
liken him to King Herod.
2012 Dec 28, The only official
charged with the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian
whistleblowing lawyer, walked free after a Moscow court acquitted
prison doctor Dmitry Kratov of negligence. The case has become a
rallying point for human rights advocates and sparked escalating
legislation in the US and Russia.
2012 Dec 28, Syrian rebels
stepped up their siege of a military base in north of the country as
government warplanes bombed surrounding areas to support the
defenders. A government airstrike on al-Safira killed 14 people,
including 2 woemn and 8 children.
2012 Dec 28, Officials at
Turkey's Foreign Ministry said two Syrian air force generals have
defected and crossed the border.
2012 Dec 28, In Yemen an
airstrike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants, while tribesmen
with links to the group were believed to be behind an attack on an
oil pipeline elsewhere in the country.
2012 Dec 29, Maine’s same-sex
marriage law went into effect.
(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A9)
2012 Dec 29, In Maine James Pak
(74) was arrested in the shooting deaths of two tenants inside an
apartment he rented out at his home in Biddefrod, possibly over a
dispute about where they parked their cars during a snowstorm.
2012 Dec 29, In Manhattan
Morgan Gliedman (27) and her boyfriend, Aaron Greene (31), were
arrested on weapons-possession charges after officers with a search
warrant discovered a plastic container with 7 grams of HMTD, a
highly explosive white powder used in bomb making. Authorities said
they also found papers titled "The Terrorist Encyclopedia" in their
Greenwich Village apartment.
2012 Dec 29, Carl Woese (84),
biophysicist and evolutionary microbiologist, died at his home in
Urbana, Ill. His 1977 discovery of a “third domain" of life in the
vast realm of micro-organisms altered scientific understanding of
2012 Dec 29, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales nationalized the electricity distribution
subsidiaries of the Spanish energy company Iberdrola in a public
ceremony. Morales also announced the expropriation of an investment
management company and a service provider belonging to the Spanish
2012 Dec 29, Central African
Republic rebels continued their advance, seizing the city of Sibut,
185 km (114 miles) from Bangui.
2012 Dec 29, An Egyptian
security official said that thousands of tons of building materials
such as cement and steel are crossing into the Palestinian Gaza
Strip, which had previously been under a strict blockade.
2012 Dec 29, Embattled French
President Francois Hollande suffered a fresh setback when France's
highest court threw out a plan to tax the ultrawealthy at a 75
percent rate, saying it was unfair. The court's ruling took issue
not with the size of the tax, but with the way it discriminated
between households depending on how incomes were distributed among
2012 Dec 29, Indian police
charged six men with murder, adding to accusations that they beat
and gang-raped a woman on a New Delhi bus on Dec 16 in a case that
shocked the country. The victim "passed away peacefully" early today
at Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore.
2012 Dec 29, Pakistani
authorities said they are investigating allegations that cough syrup
has killed 33 people over the past three days in the eastern city of
Gujranwala and nearby villages. An explosion ripped through a
passenger bus while it was at a terminal in the southern city of
Karachi, killing six people and wounding 52 others. Gunmen opened
fire on a vehicle carrying police officers in the southwestern city
of Quetta, killing three of them.
2012 Dec 29, In Russia a Red
Wings Tu-204 passenger airliner careered off the runway at Vnukovo
Airport, on the outskirts of Moscow, broke into pieces and caught
fire. Four of 8 people died in the crash and a 5th died the next
(AP, 12/29/12)(AP, 12/30/12)
2012 Dec 29, In southeastern
Yemen 2 gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed intelligence officer
Mutea Baqutian as he on his way to work in Mukalla. Security
officials said 3 al-Qaida militants were killed in a suspected US
drone strike on the outskirts of Radda in Bayda province.
2012 Dec 30, In Oakland Ca.,
Jubrille Jordan (15) was shot dead near 66th Ave. while standing
near a boy (14), who was the intended victim. In 2015 Lilron Jones
(19) and Vijay Bhushan (22) were convicted of murder.
(SFC, 3/6/15, p.D7)
2012 Dec 30, In Oregon a tour
bus careened through a guardrail on an icy part of I-84 and several
hundred feet down a steep embankment, killing five people and
injuring about 20 others.
2012 Dec 30, In London Mary
Konye (22) disguised herself with a veil and attacked Naomi Oni
(22), leaving her with disfiguring burns on her face, a hand and a
thigh. On March 21, 2014, Konye was sentenced to 12 years in jail
for throwing acid on her friend's face following an argument.
2012 Dec 30, French
reinforcements arrived in the Central African Republic from nearby
Gabon, bringing the total French military force in the capital,
Bangui, to nearly 600.
2012 Dec 30, In eastern India a
passenger train struck and killed 5 elephants in a herd crossing
railroad tracks in the Rambha forest area.
(SFC, 12/31/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 30, In western Iraq
gunshots wounded at least two people at demonstrations when
bodyguards protecting a senior Sunni politician opened fire to
disperse protesters near Ramadi.
2012 Dec 30, Israel's Justice
Ministry filed its indictment against former Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman in a Jerusalem court, charging him with breach of
trust and fraud. He was accused of trying to advance the career of a
former diplomat after the envoy relayed information to him about a
criminal investigation into business dealings.
2012 Dec 30, The Israeli
military began allowing shipments of gravel to Gaza's private sector
because the Israeli attacks on Hamas' military operations in
November cowed the militant group into quiet.
2012 Dec 30, Rita Levi
Montalcini (b1909), Italian scientist and Nobel Prize winner, died.
She shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986 with American
Stanley Cohen for discovering mechanisms that regulate the growth of
cells and organs.
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.74)
2012 Dec 30, In Libya an
explosion at an Egyptian Coptic church in Misrata has killed two
people and wounded two others.
2012 Dec 30, In New Zealand
Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins (53), who worked on the
"Lord of the Rings" trilogy and other Peter Jackson films, died in a
2012 Dec 30, In southwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives
rammed into a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims, killing 19 people
in Baluchistan's Mastung district. Early today 21 tribal policemen,
believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban, were found shot dead
in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar. 2 army soldiers were
killed by a roadside bomb in the North Waziristan tribal area.
2012 Dec 30, State-owned South
African Broadcasting Corporation reported that several tens of
thousands of people took a traffic officer fitness test late last
week and that many collapsed from dehydration and heat exhaustion. 7
deaths were reported.
2012 Dec 30, Spain's Interior
Ministry said police have arrested 17 people on suspicion of
smuggling Nigerian women into Spain and forcing them into
prostitution using threats including claims they would cast Voodoo
spells on them if they didn't comply.
2012 Dec 30, Syrian rebels
captured an oil pumping station and a military post that used to
protect the station in the province of Raqqa after days of fighting.
2012 Dec 31, Working with
Congress against a midnight deadline, President Obama said that a
deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" was in sight but not yet finalized.
The emerging deal would raise tax rates on family income over
$450,000 and individual income over $400,000 a year, increase the
estate tax rate and extend unemployment benefits for one year. The
Senate voted 89-8 to approve a last-minute deal to avert income tax
hikes on all but the richest Americans and stall painful spending
cuts as part of a hard-fought compromise to avoid the economically
toxic “fiscal cliff."
2012 Dec 31, Outgoing North
Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue issued pardons to the Wilmington 10, a
group wrongly convicted in the 1971 firebombing of a Wilmington
grocery store. A federal appeals had thrown out their convictions in
(SFC, 1/1/13, p.A4)
2012 Dec 31, A Texas state
judge ruled that Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood’s
family planning programs for poor women if they advocate for
(SFC, 1/1/13, p.A4)
2012 Dec 31, In Angola 10
people, including four children, died in a stampede during a New
Year’s Eve religious gathering at a sports stadium in Luanda.
2012 Dec 31, The Seleka rebels
in the Central African Republic rejected appeals for them to halt
their advances and to negotiate to form a coalition government.
Seleka means alliance in the local Sango language.
2012 Dec 31, In Colombia 5 men
and 4 women were shot to death on a farm outside Medellin. Rival
drug traffickers were believed to be involved.
(SFC, 1/1/13, p.A2)
2012 Dec 31, Gunmen drove into
Cairo's Tahrir Square before dawnand fired at an anti-government
sit-in, seriously wounding a protester who had been jailed and
tortured by former military rulers after he witnessed the killing of
2012 Dec 31, Greece’s coalition
government called for the indictment of former Finance Minister
George Papaconstantinou for allegedly removing the names of 3 of his
relatives from a list of Swiss bank account holders whose tax
records were to be re-examined. Papaconstantinou said the names were
removed without his knowledge.
(SFC, 1/1/13, p.A2)
2012 Dec 31, In Iraq insurgents
launched a wave of attacks across the country, primarily targeting
Shiite communities and pilgrims and killing at least 36 people. 4
policemen were killed in the northern city of Kirkuk while trying to
defuse a bomb the center of the city. Another a policeman was killed
when a bomb hit a police convoy in the town of Tuz Khormato.
(AP, 12/31/12)(Econ, 1/5/12, p.35)
2012 Dec 31, Pakistan released
eight members of the Afghan Taliban from prison, including the
former justice minister under the Taliban, in a bid to boost the
peace process in neighboring Afghanistan.
2012 Dec 31, Pakistani
intelligence officials found the bodies of 9 militants dumped in the
North Waziristan tribal region. The dead men were linked to the
2012 Dec 31, The West Bank
Deputy Health Minister said an outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu has
killed 9 people.
(SFC, 1/1/13, p.A2)
2012 Dec 31, About 25 people
reportedly were arrested in Moscow on New Year's Eve for trying to
hold an unsanctioned protest. For about two years, activists have
tried to rally on the 31st of each month with that many days, a
reference to Article 31 of the Russian constitution that guarantees
2012 Dec 31, Residents of Saudi
Arabia, where booze and New Year's celebrations are banned, flooded
into neighboring Bahrain in search of festivities to ring in 2013.
2012 Dec 31, Syrian rebels blew
up a natural gas pipeline in the country's oil-rich east. The blast,
some 30 km (18 miles) north of Deir el-Zour, caused the loss of
around 1.5 million cubic meters of gas.
2012 Dec, The Czech Rep.
legalized medicinal cannabis.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.59)
2012 Dec, A report by the Fiji
Constitutional Committee (FCC), appointed last July, was completed
but promptly suppressed by security forces.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.41)
2012 Dec, After years of
meticulous translation from the original Greek, the Bible Society
released in Jamaica print and audio CD versions of the first patois
translation of the New Testament, or "Di Jamiekan Nyuu Testiment."
2012 Dec, An unnamed Iranian
diplomat defected from the Iranian Embassy in Oslo and sought help
from the Humlen & Rieber-Mohn law office, which specializes in
2012 Dec, In Mexico Luis
Videgaray, a graduate of MIT, was named finance minister.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.39)
2012 Dec, Moody's lowered
Puerto Rico's credit rating, stating in part that it doesn't have a
clear idea as to how and when the government will solve the
retirement systems' problems. It warned of an additional credit
rating downgrade if no reforms are undertaken.
2012 Dec, In Turkey Huda-Par
(Party of Allah) was launched on a platform of Islamic values and
greater rights for the country’s 14 million Sunni Kurds.
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.55)
2012 Daron Acemoglu and James
Robinson authored “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power,
Prosperity and Poverty."
(Econ, 3/10/12, p.95)
2012 Jon Agar authored “Science
in the Twentieth Century and Beyond."
(Econ, 6/16/12, p.91)
2012 Anne Applebaum authored
“Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956."
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.75)
2012 Dan Ariely authored “The
(Honest) Truth About Dishonesty."
(Econ, 6/9/12, p.75)
2012 Sheila Bair authored “Bull
by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street From Wall Street and Wall
Street from Itself."
(Econ, 10/27/12, p.85)
2012 Neil Barofsky authored
“Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street
While Rescuing Wall Street."
(Econ, 10/27/12, p.85)
2012 Paul M. Barrett authored
“Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun."
(SSFC, 1/8/12, p.F6)
2012 Bruce Bartlett authored
“The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform – Why we need It and What It
(Econ, 2/4/12, p.86)
2012 William Baumol authored
“The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.82)
2012 Harry Belafonte authored
his autobiography “My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race and Defiance."
(Econ, 7/14/12, p.76)
2012 Mark Binelli authored
“Detroit City Is the Place To Be: The Afterlife of an American
(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.F3)
2012 Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
authored “The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for
Building a Great Company."
(Econ, 1/18/14, SR p.5)
2012 Andrew Blum authored
“Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet."
(Econ, 6/23/12, p.86)
2012 Jack Bogle, founder of the
Vanguard mutual fund, authored “The Clash of the Cultures:
Investment vs. Speculation."
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.67)
2012 Katherine Boo authored
“Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai
(Econ, 2/18/12, p.83)
2012 Alain de Botton authored
“Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of
(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.F1)
2012 Eli Broad, co-founder of
MOCA, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (1980), authored
“The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lesson s in Unconventional
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.78)
2012 Jerry Broton authored “A
History of the World in Twelve Maps."
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.82)
2012 James Buchan authored
“Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and its Consequences," an
examination of iran’s 1978-1979 Islamic revolution.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.83)
2012 Ira Byock authored “The
Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through
the End of Life."
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.93)
2012 David Byrne, front man of
the Talking Heads rock band, authored “How Music Works."
(Economist, 10/6/12, p.99)
2012 John Byrne authored “World
Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business As We Knew It."
(Econ, 1/14/12, p.84)
2012 Stephen Cave authored
“Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.89)
2012 Victor Cha authored “The
Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future."
(Econ, 8/11/12, p.75)
2012 Rajiv Chandrasekaran a
journalist embedded with US soldiers (2009-2011) authored “Little
America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan."
(SSFC, 9/2/12, p.F7)
2012 Philip Choy (86) authored
“San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and
(SFC, 1/10/13, p.E1)
2012 Jennifer Clark authored
“Mondo Agnelli: Fiat, Chrysler, and the Power of a Dynasty."
(Econ, 1/28/12, p.80)
2012 Stephen Cohen authored
“The Future of Pakistan."
(Econ, 2/11/12, p.83)
2012 Steve Coll authored
“Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power."
(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.F1)
2012 Dan Conaghan authored “The
Bank: Inside the Bank of England. In concentrated on the period
(Econ, 3/31/12, p.95)
2012 Steven Cook authored “The
Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square."
(Econ, 2/25/12, p.96)
2012 Brian Coz and Jeff Forshaw
authored “The Quantum Universe: Everything that Can Happen Does
(Econ, 11/5/11, p.101)
2012 David Crystal authored
“The Story of English in 100 Words."
(SSFC, 4/8/12, p.F5)
2012 Faramerz Dabhoiwala
authored “The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual
(Econ, 2/11/12, p.82)
2012 John Darwin authored
“Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain."
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.77)
2012 Gurcharan Das authored
“India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State."
(Econ, 11/10/12, p.85)
2012 Greg David authored
“Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City."
(Econ, 4/7/12, p.93)
2012 Christopher Davidson
authored “After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf
Monarchies." In 2013 it was published in America.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.89)
2012 Norman Davies authored
“Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations."
(SSFC, 1/15/12, p.F7)
2012 Jared Diamond authored
“The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.67)
2012 Peter Diamandis and Steven
Kotler authored “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think."
(Econ, 3/3/12, p.80)
2012 Michael Dobbs authored
“Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman – From World
War to Cold War."
(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.F4)
2012 Peter Doggett authored
“The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s."
(SSFC, 8/5/12, p.F5)
2012 Laurent Dubois authored
“Haiti: The Aftershocks of History."
(Econ, 2/18/12, p.85)
2012 Charles Duhigg authored
“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business."
(Econ, 4/7/12, p.93)
2012 Rodolphe Durand authored
“The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism."
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.81)
2012 George Dyson authored
“Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe."
(Econ, 3/10/12, p.97)
2012 Timothy Egan authored
“Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal
Photographs of Edward Curtis" (1868-1952).
(SSFC, 10/14/12, p.F5)
2012 Paul Elie authored
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.78)
2012 Bill Emmott authored “Good
Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the
Future." This was an updated English version of his “Forza Italia"
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.75)
2012 Michael Erard authored
“Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary
(Econ, 12/31/11, p.66)
2012 Martin Evans authored
“Algeria: France’s Undeclared War."
(Econ, 12/31/11, p.67)
2012 Daniel Everett authored
“Language: The Cultural Tool."
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.93)
2012 Geraldine Fagan authored
“Believing in Russia: Religious Policy after Communism."
(Econ, 4/29/17, p.39)
2012 James Fallows authored
“China Airborne," a look at China’s recent unprecedented
achievements and its inherent limitations.
(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.M5)
2012 Brad Feld, co-founder of
the TechStars accelerator network, authored “Startup Communities:
Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City," a to do list
for building an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
(Econ, 1/18/14, SR p.10)
2012 Louise Foxcroft authored
“Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting over 2000 Years."
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.78)
2012 Thomas Frank authored
“Pity the Billionaire: The hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely
Comeback of the Right."
(SSFC, 1/15/12, p.F2)
2012 Masha Gessen authored “The
Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin."
(SSFC, 3/25/12, p.F1)
2012 Wael Ghonim authored
“Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater Than the People
(SSFC, 1/15/12, p.F3)
2012 Jane Gleeson-White
authored “Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern
(Economist, 8/25/12, p.68)
2012 Ben Goldacre authored “Bad
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.89)
2012 Michael Grunwald authored
“The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era."
(Econ, 8/18/12, p.73)
2012 Nikki Haley (b.1972),
governor of South Carolina, authored her memoir “Can’t Is Not an
2012 Blaine Harden authored
“Escape from Camp 14." It told the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, who
escaped from a North Korean labor camp in 2005 at age 22.
(Econ, 4/21/12, p.55)
2012 Mark Harrison authored
“Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread Disease."
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.99)
2012 Mohamed Heikal,
Egyptian political author, authored his Arabic-language book
"Mubarak and his Age," a sharply critical look at Mubarak a year
after he was ousted in a popular uprising.
2012 Dieter Helm authored “The
Carbon Crunch: How We’re Getting Climate Change Wrong – And How to
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.77)
2012 Ronald Hendel authored
“The Book of Genesis: A Biography."
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.87)
2012 Tom Hickman authored
“God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis."
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.89)
2012 Andrea Hiott authored
“Thinking Small: The Long Strange Trip of the Volkswagen Beetle."
(SSFC, 1/22/12, p.G1)
2012 Linda Hirshman authored
“Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution."
(SSFC, 6/17/12, p.F1)
2012 Jim Holt authored “Why
Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story."
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.75)
2012 Robert Hughes authored
“Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History."
(SSFC, 3/4/12, p.F5)
2012 Edward Humes authored
“Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash."
(Econ, 4/14/12, p.92)
2012 David Cay Johnson (b.1948)
authored “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to
Rob You Blind."
2012 Steven Johnson authored
“Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age."
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.F7)
2012 Daniel Stedman Jones
authored “Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.100)
2012 Tony Judt (1948-2010) and
Timothy Snyder authored “Thinking the Twentieth Century."
2012 Jodi Kantor authored “The
Obamas: A Mission, A Marriage."
(Econ, 1/21/12, p.93)
2012 Akash Kapur authored
“India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India."
(Econ, 3/3/12, p.96)
2012 Sadakat Kadri authored
“Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law From the Deserts of
Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World."
(SSFC, 4/22/12, p.F3)
2012 Jonathan Katz authored
“The Big Truck That Went by: How the World Came to Save Haiti and
Left Behind a Disaster."
(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.F1)
2012 Halik Kochanski authored
“The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War."
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.88)
2012 Bernie Krause authored
“The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the
World’s Wild Places."
(SSFC, 3/25/12, p.F1)
2012 Ricardo Lagos with Blake
Hounshell and Elizabeth Dickinson authored “The Southern Tiger:
Chile’s Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future."
(Econ, 4/14/12, p.93)
2012 Manosi Lahiri authored
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.87)
2012 British MP David Lammy
authored “Out of the Ashes: Britain After the Riots," a reflection
on three consecutive Labor governments and a commentary on the 2011
(Econ, 2/8/14, p.57)
2012 Adam Lashinsky authored
“Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really
(SSFC, 1/22/12, p.G3)
2012 Kay Larson authored “Where
the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life of
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.F3)
2012 Clark Lawlor authored
“From Melancholia to Prozac: A History of Depression."
(Econ, 5/26/12, p.81)
2012 Jonah Lehrer (31) authored
“Imagine: How Creativity Works." Lehrer later admitted plagiarism
and resigned from The New Yorker. He made a promise to help fix any
inaccuracies in his work.
2012 Robert Leiken authored
“Europe’s Angry Muslims: The Revolt of the Second Generation."
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.76)
2012 Toby Lester authored “Da
Vinci’s Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World
in His Own Image." The book centers on Leonardo’s drawing of
(SSFC, 2/5/12, p.F5)
2012 Fredrik Logevall authored
“Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the making of America’s
(Economist, 8/25/12, p.65)
2012 T.M. Luhrmann authored
“When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical
Relationship With God."
(SSFC, 4/8/12, p.F5)
2012 Thomas Mann and Norman
Ornstein authored “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American
Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism."
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.38)
2012 Peter Marsh authored “The
New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.79)
2012 Mark Mazower authored
“governing the World: The History of an Idea."
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.96)
2012 Allan Meltzer authored
(Econ, 7/14/12, p.74)
2012 Pankaj Mishra authored
“From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the
Remaking of Asia."
(Econ, 7/28/12, p.73)
2012 Leonard Mlodinow authored
“Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior."
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.89)
2012 Rick Moody authored “On
Celestial Music: And other Adventures in Listening."
(SSFC, 4/1/12, p.F5)
2012 Clare Mulley authored “The
Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville."
Polish-born Granville, born as Krystyna Skarbek, had traveled to
London in 1939 to join Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service.
(Economist, 8/25/12, p.67)
2012 Monica Murphy and Bill
Wasik authored “Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.F1)
2012 Charles Murray authored
“Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010."
(Econ, 2/4/12, p.36)
2012 Scott Reynolds Nelson
authored “A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.86)
2012 Carl Nightingale authored
“Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities."
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.74)
2012 David Nutt authored “Drugs
Without the Hot Air: Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal
(Econ, 8/11/12, p.73)
2012 Michelle Obama authored
“American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and
Gardens Across America."
(Econ, 6/9/12, p.40)
2012 Sarah Ogilvie authored
“Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English
(SFC, 12/11/12, p.E1)
2012 Selina O’Grady authored
“And Man Created God: Kings, Cults, and Conquests at the Time of
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.79)
2012 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
authored “Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons From Nigeria."
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.89)
2012 Paul Ormerod authored
“Positive Linking: How Networks Can Revolutionize the World."
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.103)
2012 Andrew Preston authored
“Sword of the Spirit; Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and
(SSFC, 3/4/12, p.F1)
2012 David Priestland authored
“Merchant, Sailor, Sage: A New History of Power." It was his thesis
that throughout history the 3 castes have struggled for predominance
over the worker.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.80)
2012 David Quammen authored
“Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic."
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.99)
2012 Ahmed Rashid authored
“Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and
(Econ, 4/14/12, p.92)
2012 Ben Rawlence authored
“Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War."
(Econ, 7/14/12, p.75)
2012 Donald Rayfield authored
“Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia."
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.87)
2012 Jan Reid authored “Let the
People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards." The Texas governor
lost her re-election bid in 1994.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.85)
2012 Callum Roberts authored
“The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea."
(Econ, 5/12/12, p.87)
2012 Alan Root authored “Ivory,
Apes & Peacocks: Animals, Adventure and Discovery in the Wild
Places of Africa.
(Econ, 8/18/12, p.76)
2012 Carlin Romano authored
“America the Philosophical."
(SSFC, 7/1/12, p.F7)
2012 Seth Rosenfeld authored
“Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise
(SSFC, 8/19/12, p.G1)
2012 Hanna Rosin authored “The
End of Men and the Rise of Women."
(Econ., 3/7/15, p.62)
2012 Martin Rubin authored “On
the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War."
(SSFC, 6/3/12, p.F4)
2012 Salmon Rushdie authored
“Joseph Anton: A Memoir."
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.F1)
2012 Alan Ryan authored “On
Politics: A History of Political Philosophy from Herodotus to the
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.80)
2012 David Sanger authored
“Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of
(Econ, 6/9/12, p.65)
2012 Noo Saro-Wiwa authored
“Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria."
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.77)
2012 Arnold Schwarzenegger
authored “Total Recall: My Unbelievable True Life Story."
(SSFC, 10/21/12, p.F3)
2012 Deborah Scroggins authored
“Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of
Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui."
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.75)
2012 Will Self authored his
novel “Umbrella." It was short-listed for this year’s Man Booker
Prize. A US edition came out in 2013.
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.70)
2012 William Shawcross authored
“Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid
(Econ, 1/14/12, p.81)
2012 Robert Shiller authored
“Finance and the Good Society."
(Econ, 4/7/12, p.93)
2012 William Silber authored
“Volcker: The Triumph of Persistence." Paul Volcker began leading
the US Federal Reserve in 1979.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.81)
2012 Sylvie Simmons authored
“I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen."
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.F1)
2012 Anthony Sinclair authored
“Serengeti Story: Life and Science in the World’s Greatest Wildlife
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.88)
2012 Ahdaf Soueif authored
“Cairo: My City, Our Revolution."
(Econ, 1/28/12, p.81)
2012 Andrea Stuart authored
“Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire."
(SFC, 6/30/12, p.91)
2012 George Szpiro authored
“Pricing the Future: Finance, Physics, and the 300-Year Journey to
the Black-Scholes Equation."
(Econ, 1/14/12, p.82)
2012 Nasim Nicholas Taleb
authored “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder."
(Econ, 11/17/12, p.76)
2012 Yuval Taylor and Jake
Austen authored “Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to
(SSFC, 8/26/12, p.G5)
2012 David Thompson, US-based
British film critic and historian, authored “The Big Screen: The
Story of the Movies."
2012 David Treuer authored “Rez
Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life." The book
centers on the Leech Lake Reservation of Minnesota.
(SSFC, 2/5/12, p.F1)
2012 Tricia Tunstall authored
“Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformation
of Music." Jose Antonio Abreu founded el sistema, a network of youth
orchestras, in Venezuela in 1975. Dudamel became a star graduate of
(Econ, 1/14/12, p.80)
2012 Larry Tye authored
“Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero."
(SSFC, 6/24/12, p.F3)
2012 Patrick Tyler authored
“Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the
Country – And Why They Can’t Me Peace."
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.93)
2012 Vivek Wadhwa authored “The
Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.76)
2012 Stephen Wall authored “The
Official History of Britain and the European Community, Vol. II From
Rejection to Referendum, 1963-1975."
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.82)
2012 Tim Weiner authored
“Enemies: A History of the FBI."
(SSFC, 2/26/12, p.F3)
2012 Florence Williams authored
“Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History."
(SSFC, 5/13/12, p.F6)
2012 Naomi Wolf authored
“Vagina: A New Biography."
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.80)
2012 Michael Woodford authored
“Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal: How I Went from CEO to
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.88)
2012 Marilyn Yalom authored
“How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and
(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.F5)
2012 Luigi Zingales authored “A
Capitalism for tche People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American
(Econ, 7/14/12, p.74)
2012 Lin-Manuel Miranda
(b.1980) wrote and composed the hip-hop musical “Hamilton." The
musical based on the Hamilton Mixtape, premiered Off-Broadway at The
Public Theater in January 2015.
2012 Major League Ultimate, the
first centrally managed professional league for Frisbee-flinging,
began its first season.The Boston Whitecaps won this year’s
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.68)
2012 The US federal government
took in almost $13 million per day in asset seizures this year, for
a total of over $4.7 billion. Innocent citizens have been reported
victimized in the process.
(SFC, 5/27/13, p.A1)
2012 Prescription pain killers
in America accounted for some 16,000 deaths, nearly four out of
every ten fatal drug overdoses.
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.25)
2012 San Francisco became the
first US city to cover the cost of gender reassignement surgeries
for its uninsured residents after the Board of Supervisors approved
legislation encouraging the city’s health department to remove
exclusion of such surgeries from its code.
(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.C1)
2012 Los Angeles detectives
caught up with Samuel Little (72), a former boxer, with DNA evidence
that tied him to slayings of two women in 1989. His rap sheet
detailed crimes in 24 states over 56 years and he was suspected of
rapes and murders across the country.
(SFC, 4/19/13, p.D7)
2012 The San Francisco
Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) began as a commitment for
research to be assessed on its own merits rather than on the basis
of the journal in which the research is published.
(Econ, 3/19/15, p.86)
2012 Florida’s population was
about 19 million.
(Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)
2012 Kansas cut its income
(SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A6)
2012 The state of Kansas
doubled its wind power capacity this year. This now provided 11% of
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.36)
2012 The FBI found 5 Baltimore
police officers involved in a corruption racket.
(Econ., 5/2/15, p.23)
2012 Atul Gawande (b.1965),
Boston-based American surgeon, and others drew up a questionnaire
called the “Serous Illness Conversation Guide."
2012 Michigan doctors used
plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint
to save the life of Kaiba Gionfriddo, a 3-month-old Ohio baby boy
who used to stop breathing nearly every day.
2012 Detroit, Michigan,
reported 386 criminal homicides for this year, the highest since
(Yahoo! News, 1/4/13)
2012 The meningitis outbreak
traced to contaminated steroid shots mixed by a pharmacy in
Framingham, Mass., killed 76 people this year and sickened more than
700 others. In 2017 pharmacist Glenn Chin went on trial for 2nd
degree murder for his role in the deadly outbreak. In 2018 Chin was
sentenced to eight years in prison.
(SFC, 10/27/12, p.A6)(SFC, 2/1/18, p.A5)
2012 Camden, NJ, was rated as
America’s poorest city with 40% of its residents living below the
federal poverty line. Murders in the city topped out at 67 for the
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.36)
2012 In Utah the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints clarified that church health
practices do not prevent members from drinking caffeinated soft
(SFC, 9/22/17 p.A5)
2012 Tyler and Cameron
Winklevoss began buying bitcoin late this year as the virtual coin
was priced below $10. Over the next few months they bought some
120,000 tokens, about one percent of all available bitcoin. An
Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is used by startups to bypass the
rigorous and regulated capital-raising process required by venture
capitalists or banks. In an ICO campaign, a percentage of the
cryptocurrency is sold to early backers of the project in exchange
for legal tender or other cryptocurrencies, but usually for Bitcoin.
2012 CRISPR (clustered
regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) was first shown to
work as a genome engineering/editing tool in human cell culture by
this time. Clustered repeats were first described in 1987 for the
bacterium Escherichia coli by Yoshizumi Ishino, but at that time
their function was not known.
2012 Facebook paid $1 billion
for Instagram, a photo-sharing app. The company had tens of millions
of users but only 13 employees.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.54)(Econ, 6/25/16, SR p.10)
2012 Twitter acquired Vine,
which let people post six-second videos.
(Econ, 8/29/15, p.52)
2012 Evan Williams, co-founder
of Twitter, launched Medium, a destination for essays, letters, and
“big think" pieces.
(Econ, 9/17/16, p.59)
2012 PubPeer was launched as a
website that allowed people to comment anonymously on research
(Econ, 11/5/16, p.71)
2012 ZipCar, a pay-by-the-hour
car rental firm, led a $14 million investment in Wheelz, a
(Econ, 3/9/13, TQ p.15)
2012 Mike Schreibman, former
NBC executive, co-founded Hudson Neutraceuticals. The company
proceeded to develop Buzzkill, a product to speed up the metabolism
of tetrahydrocannabinol and help users sober up.
(Econ, 9/28/13, p.61)
2012 Sebastian Thrun left
Google to found Udacity, a startup dedicated to reinventing
education of the 21st century.
(Econ, 9/5/15, TQ p.18)
2012 Scientists at the Harvard
robotics laboratory performed a successful flight of hovering robots
the size of crane flies.
2012 The value of
American eels grew to more than $40 million this year as Asian and
European eel stocks dried up and because of demand in China, South
Korea and other Asian countries. By 2017 the big demand and big
prices spawned a black market that wildlife officials said is
jeopardizing the species.
2012 Violent crime in the US
rose 15% this year and property crime rose 12%. This was the 2nd
year in a row for increases according to a US Bureau of Justice
Statistics reported on Oct 24, 2013.
(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A6)
2012 Over 40,000 Americans took
their own lives this year.
(Econ, 1/31/15, p.21)
2012 A global coalition of
charities, NGOs, some governments and 13 drug firms signed the
London Declaration, which promised to control, eliminate or
eradicate ten Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by the end of the
decade. The END Fund was set up to coordinate philanthropy for NTDs.
(Econ, 4/22/17, p.52)
2012 Abu Dhabi’s IPIC sovereign
wealth fund offered to guarantee loans that Malaysia’s state
investment firm 1MDB needed to acquire two power firms. In 2016 IPIC
said it never received collateral and other monies supposedly due to
it under the deal. 1MDB appears to have wired payments to an
unrelated shell company registered in the British Virgin Islands.
Investigators at America’s Justice Dept. said former officials from
IPIC and 1MDB benefited and that more than $200 million of missing
money went to an account controlled by Riza Aziz, the stepson of
Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, and that $30 million went to
Najib himself. Both men denied wrongdoing.
(Econ, 4/29/17, p.30)
2012 The population of Abu
Dhabi was about 2 million. Income due to oil wealth was about
$90,000 per person, 2nd only to Qatar.
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.58)
2012 In Afghanistan the
militant Haqqani network abducted Canadian Joshua Boyle and his
American wife Caitlan Coleman as they traveled the country. In 2017
Pakistani army forces freed the couple along with their three
children born in captivity.
(Reuters, 10/12/17)(AP, 10/12/17)
2012 An estimated 22,000
elephants were killed by illegal poachers across Africa this year.
(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A2)
2012 Angola’s population was
about 20 million.
(Econ, 6/30/12, p.54)
2012 Armenia’s population was
about 3.3 million.
2012 Australia’s Aborigines,
numbering about 500,000, comprised about 2.5% of the country’s 23
(Econ, 1/14/12, p.42)
2012 Azerbaijan contributed
much of the 65 million pesos ($5 million) it cost to renovate not
one, but two Mexico City parks, allowing it to put monuments in
both. Critics said that Aliyev, who stifled dissent, shouldn't be on
a boulevard decorated with statues to Mexican and foreign heroes.
2012 The Bangladesh population
numbered about 170 million people.
(Econ, 6/2/12, p.49)
2012 Bolivia passed a law
making harassment of politicians a crime.
(Econ, 5/23/15, p.28)
2012 Brazil passed legislation
backed by farming interests that weakened protection to for some
preservation areas of the Amazon rain forest. This included an
amnesty for illegal deforestation that occurred before July 2008,
including releasing perpetrators from obligation to replant areas in
(SFC, 3/2/18, p.A2)
2012 In Brazil a quarter of all
prisoners in jail were there because of drug offences. This compares
with a tenth in 2005.
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.45)
2012 Brazil’s infrastructure
this year was rated 104th of 142 countries. Only 14% of its roads
(Econ, 8/11/12, p.66)
2012 In Brazil the voracious
helicoverpa armiger caterpillar, that likely arrived from Asia, was
spotted for the first time in the Americas on cotton farms in
drought-prone western Bahia. The caterpillar was soon in soybean
fields thousands of kilometers away thanks to the long-distance
flying power of its moths, consuming everything from tomatoes to
2012 Britain asked Germany’s
national security agency (BND) to tap data pipes and swap
information in an operation code-named “monkey-shoulder." This was
stopped by Pres. Gerhard Schindler in 2013.
(Econ, 6/6/15, p.41)
2012 The population of the
Central African Republic was about 4.4 million.
2012 China passed its first
national mental health law.
(Econ, 7/11/15, SR p.3)
2012 Chinese multinational
Dalian Wanda acquired AMC Theaters, an American cinema chain, for
(Econ, 9/28/13, p.62)
2012 Colombia reduced its area
under coca cultivation by 25% this year.
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.A2)
2012 In Colombia coffee
production dropped to 7.7m bags compared to 12.6 m 60kg bags in 2007
due to “coffee rust" fungus or roya.
(Econ, 7/26/14, p.32)
2012 Croatian arms bought by
Saudi Arabia were flown to Jordan for distribution to Syrian rebels
in a deal backed by the CIA.
(Econ, 4/16/15, p.44)
2012 The population of Cyprus
was about 850,000.
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.53)
2012 In northern Denmark
Michael Stokbro Larsen (16) found Viking-era coins and other items
with a metal detector in a field. The coins displayed a distinctive
cross motif attributed to Norse King Harald Bluetooth, who is
believed to have brought Christianity to Norway and Denmark.
2012 The population of East
Timor was about 1.1 million.
(Econ, 6/30/12, p.42)
2012 Ann Glover (b.1956),
Scottish molecular biologist, became the EU’s first chief scientific
advisor. She continued to 2014 when her mandate expired without
(Econ, 12/20/14, p.83)
2012 Finnish writer Sofi
Oksanen (b.1977) authored “When the Doves Disappeared." It was set
in Estonia as the country was caught between Stalin’s hammer and
Hitler’s anvil. In 2015 it was translated to English by Lola Rogers.
2012 The French government made
an administrative change that allowed minors with valid ID to leave
the country without parental authorization.
(SFC, 12/9/14, p.A2)
2012 Germanys’ Bild am Sonntag
reported that Saudi Arabia wanted to buy 600-800 Leopard battle
tanks from Germany, more than twice as many as originally envisaged.
2012 The population of Ghana
was about 25 million.
2012 The population of
Guinea-Bissau was about 1.6 million.
2012 Honduras had a record
homicide rate of 90.4 people for every 100,000 inhabitants.
(Econ, 7/12/14, p.13)
2012 In India developers broke
ground on GIFT City near Ahmedabad, Gujarat state. By 2024 they
hoped to have 110 towers, a metro and 25,000 apartments. This was
one of the first of 100 smart cities to be built by 2020.
(Econ, 5/23/15, SR p.9)
2012 India’s Kingfisher airline
company was grounded with debts of more than $1.5 billion.
(Econ, 11/21/15, p.61)
2012 In India Ratan Tata, head
of the Tata Group, handed over the helm to Cyrus Mistry. In 2016 Mr.
Tata orchestrated the firing of Mr. Mistry from the holding company.
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.12)
2012 Indonesia’s population was
about 238 million.
(Econ, 2/25/12, p.51)
2012 The population of Jersey,
a British Crown dependency off the coast of France, was about
(Econ, 2/25/12, p.70)
2012 Italian PM Mario
Monti liberalized Sunday trading, despite pressure from the Roman
Catholic Church and unions who said the country needed to keep its
traditional day of rest. In 2018 Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio
the new government will introduce a ban on Sunday shopping in large
commercial centers before the end of the year as it seeks to defend
2012 Italy introduced a new tax
on boat ownership and people leasing boats over 10 meters. Italian
tax evasion was estimated at about 18% of GDP.
(Econ, 8/25/12, p.43)
2012 The population of Lesotho,
completely surrounded by South Africa, was about 2 million.
2012 In Lebanon the
Beirut-based pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Mayadeen was launched. It
was backed by Iran and Syria.
(Econ, 2/14/15, p.41)
2012 PWC auditor Antoine
Deltour passed 28,000 pages of documents to Edouard Perrin, a French
journalist, exposing tax deals between Luxembourg and 340 corporate
clients in what came to be known as the “LuxLeaks" affair.
2012 The population of
Macedonia was about 2.1 million, of which about a quarter consisted
of ethnic Albanians.
(Econ, 4/14/12, p.62)
2012 Madagascar was one of the
poorest countries in the world. 81.3 percent of the population lived
on less than $1.25 a day, according to the World Bank.
2012 Western countries showered
Malawi with $1.17 billion in aid. The foreign aid accounted for 28%
of the country’s gross national income.
(Econ, 6/11/16, p.61)
2012 The population of the
Maldives archipelago was about 330,000.
(Economist, 10/6/12, p.46)
2012 Mauritania officially
designated slavery as a crime, with those convicted liable to 10
years in prison.
2012 In Mexico some 105,682
people were kidnapped this year and more than 4,000 disappeared
across the country. Only 1,317 were reported to the police.
(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A4)(Econ, 10/19/13, p.39)
2012 Mozambique ranked 184 out
of 187 on the UN’s Human Development Index.
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.54)
2012 The population of Myanmar
numbered about 60 million. Transparency Int’l. ranked the country
180th out of 183 for ease of doing business.
(Econ, 3/3/12, p.78)
2012 Aung San Suu Kyi was
awarded became the 2nd person to receive the Elie Wiesel human
rights award for her taking on the military dictatorship of Myanmar.
In 2018 The US Holocaust Memorial Museum revoked the award, faulting
her for failing to halt or even acknowledge the violence against the
country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
(http://tinyurl.com/y7hlgd3a)(SFC, 3/8/18, p.A2)
2012 Pakistan officially
recognized transgender as a third gender.
2012 In Pakistan 306 children
died of measles in 2012, compared to 64 the year before.
2012 Panama banned
(Econ., 4/4/15, p.33)
2012 In Paraguay 80% of the
population continued to speak the Guarani, an indigenous language of
South America that belongs to the Tupí–Guaraní subfamily of the
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.48)
2012 Peru ranked last among 65
countries that took part in the program for Int’l. Student
Assessment (PISA). In 2016 Peru, under the guidance of education
minister Jaime Saavedra, was rated the fastest PISA improver in
(Econ, 12/17/16, p.32)
2012 Qatari academic Ali
Khalifa al-Kuwaiti authored “The People Want Reform in Qatar Too."
It was banned for allegedly inciting the overthrow of the regime.
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.53)(http://tinyurl.com/bpt9eqb)
2012 Andrei Kovalev authored
“Russia’s Dead End: An Insider’s Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin,"
a two-volume unsparing account of the Soviet collapse. In 2017 it
was published in English in a condensed and edited version by Steven
(Econ, 9/16/17, p.78)
2012 Capital flight from Russia
was estimated to be $75 billion for this year year.
(Econ, 12/15/12, p.54)
2012 In Saudi Arabia the Abraj
Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, was
completed. It was the tallest clock tower in the world, the world's
largest clock face and the building with the world's largest floor
area. The hotel tower became the second tallest building in the
world, surpassed only by Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
2012 Saudi courts licensed
their first female lawyer.
(Econ, 3/12/15, p.45)
2012 The population of Scotland
was about 5 million.
(Econ, 4/14/12, p.16)
2012 Singapore planned to spend
$9.7 billion this year on defense, about 24% of the national budget.
This would make it the 5th largest importer of arms in the world.
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.34)
2012 Singapore amended its laws
on the death penalty, making it no longer mandatory for those
convicted of drug trafficking or murder to receive death sentences.
2012 In Somalia Access TV, a
satellite service, was launched. By 2014 it had 100 channels on
offer to 5,000 subscribers with customers paying $8 per month.
(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A4)
2012 South Sudan’s first major
paved road, from Juba to Nimule, was completed. The cost of paved
roads to connect the cities of the country’s 10 states was later
estimated to cost $7 billion.
(Econ, 5/4/13, p.47)
2012 Memoto, a Swedish startup,
raised over $500,000 on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform. The
company also raised €500,000 in seed funding enabling it to build a
stamp-sized wearable camera that takes pictures every 30 seconds.
The company later moved to San Francisco and in 2016 introduced the
Varrative Clip 2, a body cam for civilians.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.69)(SFC, 4/22/16, p.C1)
2012 Swiss authorities arrested
Erwin Sperisen, a former police chief in Guatemala, for planning and
directing operations to kill detainees during his tenure from
2004-2007. Sperisen had dual Swiss and Guatemalan nationality and in
2014 was sentenced in Geneva to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A2)
2012 In Tasmania loggers and
environmentalists signed the Tasmanian Forests Agreement, following
a 30-year war, that secured timber supplies and protected native
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.43)
2012 Thailand’s rice subsidy
cost the government $12.5 billion in its first year of operation.
This was expected to increase to $15 billion for 2013.
(Econ, 8/10/13, p.33)
2012 In Thailand Blake Dinkin
(42), a Canadian, began producing coffee made from beans plucked out
of elephant dung. The coffee sold for $1,100 per kg ($500 per
pound), making it among the world's priciest.
2012 Togo’s population was
about 6 million.
2012 State-run Turkish Radio
and Television (TRT) withdrew from Eurovision after the contest,
citing low ratings and dissatisfaction with the voting rules.
2012 The population of the
Turks and Caicos Islands was about 31,500.
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.42)
2012 The UN banned exports of
Somali charcoal in an effort to reduce income of the Shaba militant
(Econ, 10/11/14, p.60)
2012 The Vatican's Philatelic
and Numismatic Office, which sells commemorative coins and stamps
featuring popes, saints and the like, began offering a special €20
($26) stamp and certificate package to help offset a
recession-induced drop in corporate sponsors for the restoration of
the colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square.
2012 In Vietnam 9 executives of
shipbuilder Vinashin were jailed for up to 20 years following the
company’s near collapse under $4.5 billion of debt.
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.37)
2012-2013 In Gambia funds from a dollar bank
account in the name of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, a charity
founded by President Yahya Jammeh, flowed to Jammeh himself, not to
foundation projects, according to bank records and interviews in
2017 with a former charity official and a former presidential staff
2012-2014 Rick Gates, a business associate of Paul
Manafort, the 2016 campaign chairman for Donald Trump, personally
directed two Washington lobbying firms, Mercury LLC and the Podesta
Group Inc., to set up meetings between a top Ukrainian official and
senators and congressmen on influential committees involving
Ukrainian interests. Gates directed efforts to undercut sympathy for
Yulia Tymoshenko, an imprisoned rival President Viktor Yanukovych.
(AP, 8/19/16)(SFC, 2/23/18, p.A5)