Timeline 2012 October-December

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2012        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.
    (AP, 10/1/12)
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 capital.
    (AP, 10/3/12)
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 Sen's government.
    (AP, 10/1/12)
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 meager wages.
    (AP, 10/1/12)
2012        Oct 1, Georgia held parliamentary elections. The Georgian Dream party led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili edged out the United National Movement of Pres. Saakashvili.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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 anti-Islam film.
    (AP, 10/1/12)
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 nuclear program.
    (AP, 10/1/12)
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.
    (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19797538)(Economist, 10/6/12, p.48)
2012        Oct 1, Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev signed a long-expected strategy for reforming the pension system.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)(http://tinyurl.com/m3wv4tr)
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 Mexico.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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 poor.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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 year.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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 Asia Holdings.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
2012        Oct 2, In the Maldives Dr. Afrasheen Ali, a member of parliament, was murdered in a frenzied stabbing attack.
    (Economist, 10/6/12, p.48)(www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19797538)
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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)
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. He was among 11 defendants named in the indictment.
    (SFC, 10/4/12, p.A6)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/3/12)
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 Scotland.
    (AP, 10/3/12)
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 contract workers.
    (AP, 10/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
2012        Oct 3, In Liberia more than 60 inmates broke out of a maximum security prison  in the southeastern city of Zwedru.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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 measures.
    (AP, 10/3/12)
2012        Oct 3, Mexico launched an extensive program to vaccinate fifth-grade girls against human papillomavirus.
    (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 church.
    (AP, 10/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
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 others.
    (AP, 10/4/12)

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 rostratum.
    (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 undisclosed sum.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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 army installations.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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 ago.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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, 11/20/13, p.A6)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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 without interruption.
    (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 competitor, Eurobank.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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 rural area.
    (AP, 10/6/12)
2012        Oct 5, In Iraq a double bombing near a Shiite mosque in Baghdad killed five people, including four worshippers.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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 dispute.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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 equivalent.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
2012        Oct 5, In northeastern Nigeria a bombing by suspected Boko Haram members killed an army lieutenant. This sparked a violent retaliation by soldiers.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
2012        Oct 5, Syrian warplanes and artillery pounded the central city of Homs, subjecting the rebel stronghold to its heaviest bombardment in months.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
2012        Oct 5, Turkish troops fired at Syria again, responding to another mortar shell from Syria that struck Turkish territory.
    (AP, 10/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/6/12)

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 Batesville.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/6/12)
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 2010.
    (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 patrol.
    (AP, 10/6/12)
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 Quezon city.
    (SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)
2012        Oct 6, Syrian soldiers clashed with two armed groups that infiltrated from Lebanon, killing several of them.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
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 conflict.
    (AP, 10/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/6/12)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/7/12)
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 other.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
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 drone strikes.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
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 judiciary.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
2012        Oct 7, Turkish jets struck suspected Kurdish rebel targets in two separate cross-border raids in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
2012        Oct 7, Turkish artillery fired toward Syria for a fifth day in a row, minutes after a Syrian shell landed on Turkish territory.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/7/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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, Helmand province.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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 film.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
2012        Oct 8, In Syria a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a compound of the Syrian intelligence on the outskirts of Damascus.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/12)
2012        Oct 8, Yemeni security forces detained a US citizen suspected of having links to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 10/10/12)

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 seven.
    (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 plea agreement.
    (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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/n5yy7v6)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
2012        Oct 9, In Iraq a series of attacks across the country killed six people, including three soldiers and a judge.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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 about $3,000.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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 simmer.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)

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 with Syria.
    (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 Schwartz was charged with second-degree murder.
    (SFC, 7/30/14, p.E3)(SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)
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 2 people.
    (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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Amanda_Todd)(AP, 4/18/14)
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 killed.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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 prime minister.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
2012        Oct 10, In Pakistan US drones killed 5 people.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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 has become.
    (AP, 10/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/10/12)

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 Zhang Yimou.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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 debts.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
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 involved.
    (Reuters, 10/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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 injured.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/11/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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, 5/13/14, p.A5)
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 2004.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/13/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
2012        Oct 12, The European Union was named as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent ravaged by war.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/19/us-italy-phones-idUSBRE89I0V320121019)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
2012        Oct 12, A top official in Niger said the country's recent floods have killed 91 people and caused significant damage.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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 their homes.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/12/12)
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 the south.
    (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 Gungthang Rinpoche.
    (AP, 10/13/12)
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 powerful judiciary.
    (AP, 10/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/13/12)
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 al-Sunnah.
    (AP, 10/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/13/12)
2012        Oct 13, Syria's state-run news agency SANA says Syria has decided to ban Turkish Airlines flights from Syrian airspace.
    (AP, 10/13/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)
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 mountains.
    (AP, 11/2/12)   
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 mph.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/14/12
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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
2012        Oct 14, Montenegro held elections. The Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) led by Milo Djukanovic won.
    (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 beheaded.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)
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 vote manipulations.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/14/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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 2011.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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 flamboyant life.
    (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 countries.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
2012        Oct 15, Japanese mobile company Softbank offered a $20 billion deal for a 70 percent stake in US mobile carrier Sprint.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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 them.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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 priority.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/15/12)
2012        Oct 15, In Yemen a Russian-made MiG-21 jetfighter crashed immediately after takeoff during a training mission, killing its pilot.
    (AP, 10/15/12)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
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 2009.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
2012        Oct 16, In Japan two US sailors were arrested for the alleged rape of a Japanese woman on Okinawa.
    (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 auction.
    (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 a pack.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/16/12)

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, p.A4)
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 25.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/17/12)
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 pending trial.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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 line.
    (AP, 10/17/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/17/12)
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 region.
    (AP, 10/17/12)

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 killed himself.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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.
    (Econ, 11/3/12, p.94)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Kristel)
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.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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 Northern Ireland.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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 Putin.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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)c
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.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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 18.
    (AP, 10/18/12)
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 outside Jaar.
    (AP, 10/18/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/19/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/20/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/19/12)
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 and water.
    (AP, 10/19/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/19/12)
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."
    (AP, 10/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/19/12)
2012        Oct 19, In southwestern Iran a passenger bus carrying female students overturned killing 26.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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 schools razed.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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 election.
    (AP, 10/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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 Abyan province.
    (AP, 10/19/12)

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 nuclear program.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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 recession-hit voters.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
2012        Oct 20, In eastern Congo three Roman Catholic priests were kidnapped in Beni, north of Goma, in North Kivu province.
    (AP, 10/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
2012        Oct 20, In Nigeria gunmen raided the Potiskum home of a former Nigeria Customs Service official and killed him and his son.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
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 towns.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/20/12)

2012        Oct 21, George McGovern (90), former US Senator and presidential candidate, died at a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    (AP, 10/21/12)
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 the spa.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/23/12)
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 province.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/21/12)
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 Malian army.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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 Bya township.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/21/12)
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 her legs.
    (AP, 10/21/12)

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 issues.
    (AP, 10/23/12)
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."
    (AP, 10/22/12)
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 the home.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/22/12)
2012        Oct 22, Israeli aircraft struck the northern Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinian militants, after mortar attacks targeted Israeli troops earlier in the day.
    (AP, 10/22/12)
2012        Oct 22, A Jordanian soldier was killed in clashes with armed militants trying to cross the border into Syria.
    (AP, 10/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/22/12)
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 political asylum.
    (AP, 10/22/12)
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 plan.
    (AP, 10/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/22/12)
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 Tunis.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 10/23/12)
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 east.
    (AP, 10/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 23, Egypt's security forces intercepted a group of smugglers bringing in weapons from Libya.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 23, In Iraq a series of attacks struck Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad early today, killing nine people and wounding 26.
    (AP, 10/23/12)
2012        Oct 23, Kuwait banned public gatherings of more than 20 people and said police have the power to disperse unauthorized crowds.
    (AP, 10/23/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 10/23/12)
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.   
    (AP, 10/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/23/12)

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 Freddie Mac.
    (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 wounded.
    (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 province.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.   
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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 grandhildren 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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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 attack.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/24/12)

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 were found.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
2012        Oct 25, In Yemen militants assassinated two senior officers in drive-by shooting in Damar, 100 km    south of Sanaa.
    (AP, 10/26/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
2012        Oct 26, Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas after leaving 29 people dead across the Caribbean.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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 health.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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 1986.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
2012        Oct 26, The European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Iranian film director Jafar Panahi and imprisoned dissident lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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 wounded.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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.
    (www.cnn.com/2012/11/01/us/secret-service-agent-death/index.html)
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.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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, p.54)(Reuters, 10/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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 opposition.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/27/12)

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.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
2012        Oct 28, Millions of Chileans voted in nationwide municipal elections that could set the stage for next year's presidential race.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
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 number plates.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
2012        Oct 28, In Iraq twin bombings near a market southeast of Baghdad killed three people and wounded eight others in Madain.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
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, 11/3/12, p.52)
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.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
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 people.
    (AP, 10/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
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 percent.
    (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 attack.
    (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 missing.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
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 neighborhood.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
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 administrative center.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
2012        Oct 29, In Kuwait former lawmaker Musallam al-Barrack was arrested on charges of criticizing the Gulf nation's ruler during protests.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
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 year.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
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 government ban.
    (AP, 10/29/12)

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 in NYC.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
2012        Oct 30, In southern Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan police uniform killed two NATO troops.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 10/31/12)
2012        Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy toppled trees and power lines in the Canadian province of Ontario, leaving at least 145,000 people without power.
    (Reuters, 10/30/12)
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 America.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
2012        Oct 30, A Rwandan court sentenced Victoire Ingabire, the country's top opposition political leader, 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.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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 assistant.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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 the 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 16.
    (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 critical condition.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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 Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/31/12)
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 Damascus.
    (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, 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 possible.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
2012        Oct, In Kazakhstan opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov was sentenced to 7½ years in prison for allegedly attempting to overthrow the government by encouraging strikers.
    (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 previous years.
    (AP, 2/4/13)

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.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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).
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/2/12)
2012        Nov 2, In Afghanistan 4 Afghan police officers were shot dead in southern Helmand province in an insider attack by their colleagues.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/3/12)   
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.
    (AP, 11/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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 also killed.
    (AP, 11/2/12)   
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 to death.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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 babies.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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 liquidation.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/4/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
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 leaders there.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
2012        Nov 3, Indonesian anti-terrorism forces shot and killed an alleged militant and arrested another in a predawn raid in Central Sulawesi province.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
2012        Nov 3, In Somalia a security guard died while fending off suicide bombers who were trying to storm into a popular Mogadishu restaurant.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/3/12)

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 Supreme Court.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/4/12) 
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.
    (AP, 11/4/12)
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 international law.
    (AP, 11/4/12)
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 charges.
    (AP, 11/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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 Central Asia.
    (AP, 11/4/12)
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 this year.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/4/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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 displaced.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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 of Aleppo.
    (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 vs. 48.7%.
    (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, a 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 vote.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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 FRCI.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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 1 percent.
    (AP, 11/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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 former patron.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
2012        Nov 6, New South African banknotes, featuring the image of former president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, went into circulation.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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 Turkey.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/7/12)
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 processing plant.
    (http://tinyurl.com/aojjh3hl)
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 missing.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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 province.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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 ultraconservative Salafis.
    (AP, 11/7/12)
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 anti-austerity demonstration.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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 sect.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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 bystanders.
    (AP, 11/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/7/12)
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 2008.
    (AP, 11/7/12)

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, 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, 11/27/12, p.A6)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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 across Argentina.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
2012        Nov 8, In Iraq 3 car bombs in towns south of Baghdad killed four people and injured 16 others.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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    .
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/16/12)(http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121108/177294289.html)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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 civilians.
    (SFC, 11/9/12, p.A2)
2012        Nov 8, In Syria rebels took over the border crossing of Ras al-Ayn.
    (AP, 11/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/12)

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 Paula Broadwell.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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 country's south.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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 1,400 websites.
    (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 Canterbury.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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 budget.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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 the case.
    (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 the capital.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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 president.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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 massacre.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/9/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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.
    (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 drug trade.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/29/12)(Econ, 5/23/15, p.47)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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 accident.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
 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 remained missing.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/12)
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 suspended sentence.
    (AP, 11/10/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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 city's cenotaph.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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 crossing point.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/11/12)
 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 Revolutionary Forces.
    (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, 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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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 track.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/12/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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 expenses.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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 Syrian people.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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 regulator.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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 Fund.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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 the country.
    (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 colorless diamond.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/13/12)
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 demonstrations.
    (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 States.
    (AP, 11/13/12)

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 Theatres.
    (EW, 11/14/12)
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 in prison.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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 gang.
    (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 US-based company.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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 rocket.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
2012        Nov 14, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara dissolved his Cabinet on over an apparent feud between member parties of his governing coalition.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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 neighboring Afghanistan.
    (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 espionage.   
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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 Turkey.
    (AP, 11/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/14/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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 investigators.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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 towers.
    (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 region.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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 buffer zone.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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 rodents.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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 been increased.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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 being abducted.
    (Econ, 12/8/12, p.94)
2012        Nov 15, In Mozambique youths in Maputo burned tires and attacked motorists over hikes in bus fees.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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 militant targets.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/15/12)
2012        Nov 15, Turkey endorsed the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition as the legitimate leader of Syria.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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 Concord.
    (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 in prison.
    (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.
    (SFC, 11/17/12, p.A7)(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A11)
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 Afghanistan.
    (AP, 11/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/16/12)
2012        Nov 16, Britain suspended all aid to the government of Uganda over new evidence that British taxpayers' money may have been stolen.
    (Reuters, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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 myriad problems.
    (AP, 11/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/16/12)
2012        Nov 16, A Syrian general and a dozen other officers defected with their families to Turkey.
    (Reuters, 11/17/12)
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 anti-Serb bias.
    (AP, 11/16/12)

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-mmber ASEAN summit of Southeast Asian countries.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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 violence.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)   
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 of Baghdad.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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 a 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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/17/12)

2012        Nov 18, President Barack Obama began his 3-day Asian tour in Thailand.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)

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 "killing fields."
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/19/12)
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 contract.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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 Chhath ritual.
    (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20405189)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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 rebels.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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 lives.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/19/12)
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 extremism charges.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
2012        Nov 19, A Zimbabwe court ordered breakaway Anglican Bishop Nolbert Kunonga to return church property he seized after his excommunication in 2007.
    (AP, 11/19/12)

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 illicetly netted some $276 million. SAC Capital was founded in 1992 by Steven Cohen and his fortune was currently estimated at $9.5 billion.
    (Econ, 11/24/12, p.80)(http://tinyurl.com/ahfjwu2)
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 parades.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
2012        Nov 20, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez faced a nationwide strike, led by union bosses who once were her most steadfast supporters.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
2012        Nov 20, Britain announced that it has formally recognized the newly formed Syrian opposition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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 Mahmoud."
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
2012        Nov 20, A Nigerian official says the government owes its state-run oil firm more than $8.1 billion in gasoline subsidy payments.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/20/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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 from Libya.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)

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 premeditated murder.
    (SFC, 11/27/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)(AP, 5/1/14)
2012        Nov 22, In Wheaton, Mo., 5 people, including a child, were killed when a fire broke out in an apartment building.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
2012        Nov 22, In Brazil Joaquim Barbosa was sworn in as the country’s first black Supreme Court justice.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 11/22/12)
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 child trafficking.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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. Mubarak.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
2012        Nov 22, An Egyptian court cleared two policemen of killing protesters during the Jan 28, 2011, uprising that led to toppling Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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 government critics.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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 midnight Wednesday.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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 truce.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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 the industry.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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 arrested.
    (AP, 11/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
2012        Nov 22, American  journalist James Foley (39), of Rochester, N.H., was kidnapped in northwest Syria by unknown gunmen in Idlib province.
    (AP, 1/2/13)
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 time.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
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 without parole.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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 troubled east.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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 commemoration.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/23/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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, p.A4)
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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
2012        Nov 24, Russian physicist Valentin Danilov, convicted in 2004 of spying for China, was released on parole and continued to protest his innocence.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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 two nights.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/24/12)
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 Ashoura.
    (AP, 11/24/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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 conservative society.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
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 defense" operational.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
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 least 30.
    (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 holiday.
    (AP, 11/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/25/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, Britain named Canadian central bank chief Mark Carney to head the Bank of England.
    (Reuters, 11/26/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/26/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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 Christian village.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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 get high.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/26/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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, 12/8/12, p.31)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/27/12)
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 concern.
    (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, 6/11/13, p.A2)
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 under water.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
2012        Nov 27, France announced that it plans to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state at the UN General Assembly this week.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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, 12/1/12, p.54)
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.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/29/12)
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 syringes.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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 Muslim world.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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 nuclear fuel.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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 violence.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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 half-century.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/28/12)
2012        Nov 28, Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez arrived in Havana for more medical treatment to strengthen his health.
    (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 bodyguard.
    (AP, 11/28/12)

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 US.
    (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, 12/11/12, p.A14)
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. 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, 2105, Brelo was acquitted.
    (http://tinyurl.com/btk8tbn)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.28)(AP, 5/23/15)
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, Oregon.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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 coalition partner.
    (AP, 11/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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 other attacks.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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 militants.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/29/12)
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 1998-99.
    (AP, 11/29/12)

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.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/30/12)
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 Morsi.
    (AP, 11/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/30/12)
2012        Nov 30, In Slovenia thousands joined protests against PM Janez Jansa and his cabinet, accusing them of corruption and fraud and demanding their resignation.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/30/12)

2012        Nov, In Afghanistan Pierre Borghi, a freelance French photographer, was kidnapped in Kabul. His release was confirmed on April 8, 2013.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
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.
    {Britain, Syria}
    (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 direct administration.
    (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 critically injured.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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 body.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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 the voting.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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 others.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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 communications blackout.
    (AP, 12/1/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/1/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
2012        Dec 2, Colombia’s military killed at least FARC fighters in the pre-dawn attack near the town of Ricuarte, Narino state.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
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 assembly.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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 winve.
    (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, p.64)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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 Manila.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
2012        Dec 2, A Tunisian labor union suspended a nearly weeklong strike in Siliana after the national government agreed to remove a local governor.
    (AP, 12/2/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/2/12)

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 degree murder.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
2012        Dec 3, In Afghanistan two NATO coalition service members were killed in a bomb attack in the country's south.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
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.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
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 violence.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/3/12)
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 and 1954.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
2012        Dec 4, The British government said Chancellor George Osborne will invest 5 billion pounds in schools, science and transport projects.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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."
    (AP, 12/4/12)
2012        Dec 4, In Iraq gunmen broke into a house in eastern Baghdad, killing six members of an Iraqi family.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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 such construction.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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 vice president.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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, 12/9/12, p.A4)
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 group.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/4/12)
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 Yemen.
    (AP, 12/4/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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 Belize.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
2012        Dec 5, In Iran a magnitude 5.5 earthwuake hit South Khorasan province late today. At least 6 people were killed.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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 passenger trains.
    (AP, 12/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/12)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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 acquitted.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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 case.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/13)
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 Kurds.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, In Iraq gunmen killed five policemen in an attack on a checkpoint south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
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 Russia.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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 week.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
2012        Dec 7, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived back home in Caracas after 10 days of medical treatment in Cuba.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/12)
2012        Dec 8, Itallian media mogul Silvio Berlusconi confirmed that he's running to be premier again for a fourth term.
    (AP, 12/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/12)

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. Joseph.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 12/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
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 in Iskandariyah.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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 Dec 14.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Senegal Roman Catholic peacemakers mediated the release of eight Senegalese soldiers held by rebels in the southern Casamance district.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Somalia African Union and Somali troops took Jowhar, a rebel al-Shabab stronghold north of Mogadishu.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/9/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/10/12)
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 presenters.
    (Reuters, 12/10/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/10/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/10/12)
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 American regulators.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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 Assad.
    (AP, 12/10/12)
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 2011.
    (AP, 12/10/12)
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 prices.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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 March.
    (AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/12/12)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.49)
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.
    (AP, 12/10/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
2012        Dec 10, In South Africa heavy rains caused a bridge to collapse, killing 14 people in Mpumalanga province.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
2012        Dec 10, Syrian rebels killed 13 soldiers in an ambush near a strategic northern town along a road linking Aleppo with Damascus.
    (AP, 12/10/12)

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 prison.
    (SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(SFC, 4/19/13, p.A4)(SFC, 12/20/13, p.A6)
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 legalizes it.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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 million.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/11/12)
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 his policies.
    (Reuters, 12/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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 liberalization.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
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)( http://tinyurl.com/b2v8zne)
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.
    (AP, 12/11/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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 six-year-old accord.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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 sanctioned church.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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 fake.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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 United States.
    (Reuters, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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 orbit.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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 internal affairs.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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 Republican opposition.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
2012        Dec 13, The US CALM Act (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation), which limits the volume of TV commercials, went into effect.
    (AP, 12/12/12)
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 Song.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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 damages.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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 war.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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 information.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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 of heroin.
    (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 the school.   
    (http://tinyurl.com/bun8wgb)(AP, 12/15/12)
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.
    (abcNews, 1/14/13)
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 applicants.
    (Reuters, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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 forgery.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
2012        Dec 14, French mountaineer Maurice Herzog died (93), six decades after his 1950 Annapurna climb made him a household name.
    (AP, 12/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
2012        Dec 14, In Somalia a suicide car bomb explosion in Mogadishu killed only the bomber. 3 bystanders were wounded.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/14/12)

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 Cleburne County.
    (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 his home.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/15/12)
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 Andrew Azazi.
    (AP, 12/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/15/12)
2012        Dec 15, Thai social activist Sombath Somphone (60) disappeared in Vientiane, Laos. A colleague later said that police had taken Somphone into custody.
    (SFC, 12/19/12, p.A3)
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."
    (AP, 12/15/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/15/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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 widespread violations.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)(AP, 12/29/12)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.43)
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" the nation.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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 Authority.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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%.
    (AP, 12/16/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/16/12)

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 Maryland.
    (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, p.A3)   
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.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
2012        Dec 17, Benin officials said at least 19 people drowned after a boat capsized on a river near a village in the south.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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 funds.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 12/17/12)
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."
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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 wounding dozens.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
2012        Dec 17, Italy's government said an Italian technician and two other employees at a Syrian steel plant near Latakia have been kidnapped.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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).
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
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 northwest.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
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 unlikely.
    (AP, 12/17/12)

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 pounds.
    (Reuters, 12/18/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/18/12)
2012        Dec 18, Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush was removed from office over his arrest on various charges.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
2012        Dec 18, Philippine officials said Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) killed 1,043 people with 844 still missing.
    (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 25%.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/18/12)
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 violence charges.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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 in 1997.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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 Singapore.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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 4-month stay.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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 interest rate.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
2012        Dec 19, Yemen Pres. Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi ordered a shakeup of the country’s Defense Minsitry, 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.
    (Reuters, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
2012        Dec 20, In Afghanistan a powerful roadside bomb killed five civilians and two police officers near a police checkpoint in Nimroz province.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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 and Romania.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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 president.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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 Peshawar.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
2012        Dec 20, Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed a “sin tax" bill boosting taxes on cigarettes and liquor.
    (SFC, 12/21/12, p.A4)
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 brutally killed.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/20/12)
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 police.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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 shopping.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
2012        Dec 21, The European Union said it has agreed to re-launch €174.3 million in development funds to Guinea.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/23/12)
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 passed.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/3/14)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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 end.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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 illegal migrants.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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 al-Safira.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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 peacekeepers.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/13)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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 wounded.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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 kidnappers.
    (AP, 1/4/13)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/23/12)
2012        Dec 23, Israeli forces fired at and seriously wounded two men east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 12/23/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/23/12)
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 area.
    (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).
    (AP, 12/25/12)
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 increases.
    (AP, 12/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/24/12)

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 trial.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/25/12)
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 foreigners.
    (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 Karachi.
    (AP, 12/25/12)
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 to account.
    (AP, 1/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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 people's revolution."
    (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 hours.
    (AP, 12/25/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/25/12)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/26/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/26/12)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/13)

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 was one.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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 Morsi.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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 them.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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 demonstrations.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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 was reported.
    (AP, 12/29/12)
2012        Dec 28, Mexico City lawmakers approved prison terms for animal cruelty, previously considered a civil offense sanctioned with fines and detentions.
    (AP, 12/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
2012        Dec 28, Officials at Turkey's Foreign Ministry said two Syrian air force generals have defected and crossed the border.
    (AP, 12/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/28/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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 evolution.
    (http://tinyurl.com/bjkhfhw)
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 energy giant.
    (AP, 12/29/12)
2012        Dec 29, Central African Republic rebels continued their advance, seizing the city of Sibut, 185 km (114 miles) from Bangui.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/29/12)
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 its members.
    (AP, 12/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/29/12)
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 day.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/29/12)

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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/21/14)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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 rafting accident.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)

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."
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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 1980.
    (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 abortion rights.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/2/13)
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.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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 another activist.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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 Pakistani Taliban.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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 free assembly.
    (AP, 12/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 1/1/13)
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.
    (AP, 12/31/12)

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."
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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 immigration law.
    (AP, 2/22/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/1/13)
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 will Take.
    (Econ, 2/4/12, p.86)
2012        William Baumol authored “The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care Doesn’t."
    (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 Metropolis"
    (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 Undercity.
    (Econ, 2/18/12, p.83)
2012        Alain de Botton authored “Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion."
    (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 Thinking."
    (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 Civilization."
    (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 Architecture."
    (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 since 1997.
    (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 Happen."
    (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 Revolution."
    (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 Societies."
    (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 “Reinventing Bach."
    (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" (2010).
    (Econ, 7/7/12, p.75)
2012        Michael Erard authored “Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary language Learners."
    (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        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 in Power."
    (SSFC, 1/15/12, p.F3)
2012        Jane Gleeson-White authored “Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance."
    (Economist, 8/25/12, p.68)
2012        Ben Goldacre authored “Bad Pharma."
    (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        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        Dieter Helm authored “The Carbon Crunch: How We’re Getting Climate Change Wrong – And How to Fix It."
    (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." 
    (http://tinyurl.com/9qv48f8)
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 Neoliberal Politics."
    (Economist, 10/13/12, p.100)
2012        Tony Judt (1948-2010) and Timothy Snyder authored “Thinking the Twentieth Century." 
    (SSFC, 2/19/12, p.G5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Judt)
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 “Mapping India."
    (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 Tottenham riots.
    (Econ, 2/8/14, p.57)
2012        Adam Lashinsky authored “Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works."
    (SSFC, 1/22/12, p.G3)
2012        Kay Larson authored “Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life of Artists."
    (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.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.93)(http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2012/07/31/the-fall-of-jonah-lehrer/)
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 “Vitruvian Man."
    (SSFC, 2/5/12, p.F5)
2012        Fredrik Logevall authored “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the making of America’s Vietnam."
    (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 Mass Production."
    (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 “Why Capitalism."
    (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 Diabolical Virus."
    (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 Financial Disasters.
    (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 Drugs.
    (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 Dictionary."
    (SFC, 12/11/12, p.E1)
2012        Selina O’Grady authored “And Man Created God: Kings, Cults, and Conquests at the Time of Jesus."
    (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 Diplomacy."
    (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 Afghanistan."
    (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 to Power."
    (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 Present."
    (Econ, 12/15/12, p.80)
2012        David Sanger authored “Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power."
    (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 Sheikh Mohammad."
    (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 Region."
    (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 Hip-op."
    (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."
    (www.amazon.com/The-Big-Screen-Story-Movies/dp/0374191891)
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 the system.
    (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 Entrepreneurial Talent."
    (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 Whistleblower."
    (Econ, 11/24/12, p.88)
2012        Marilyn Yalom authored “How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance."
    (SSFC, 10/28/12, p.F5)
2012        Luigi Zingales authored “A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity."
    (Econ, 7/14/12, p.74)

2012        Major League Ultimate, the first centrally managed professional league for Frisbee-flinging, began its first season.The Boston Whitecaps won this year’s championship.
    (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        Florida’s population was about 19 million.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)

2012        Kansas cut its income taxes.
    (SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A6)
2012        The state of Kansas doubled its wind power capacity this year. This now provided 11% of its electricity.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.36)

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.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2012        Detroit, Michigan, reported 386 criminal homicides for this year, the highest since 1992.
    (Yahoo! News, 1/4/13)

2012        The FBI found 5 Baltimore police officers involved in a corruption racket.
    (Econ., 5/2/15, p.23)

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 year.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.36)

2012        Facebook paid $1 billion for Instagram, a photo-sharing app.
    (Econ, 2/22/14, p.54)

2012        ZipCar, a pay-by-the-hour car rental firm, led a $14 million investment in Wheelz, a peer-rental firm.
    (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        Scientists at the Harvard robotics laboratory performed a successful flight of hovering robots the size of crane flies.
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.77)(http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpressrelease/110/)
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        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        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.
    (AP, 5/6/12)

2012        Australia’s Aborigines, numbering about 500,000, comprised about 2.5% of the country’s 23 million population.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/2/12)

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        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 were paved.
    (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 sorghum.
    (AP, 2/27/14)

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.
    (AP, 12/30/12)

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 $2.6 billion.
    (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        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.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

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 renewal.
    (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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofi_Oksanen)(Econ, 5/2/15, p.74)

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.
    (AFP, 4/13/14)

2012        The population of Ghana was about 25 million.
    (AP, 12/8/12)

2012        The population of Guinea-Bissau was about 1.6 million.
    (AP, 4/13/12)

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        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 98,000.
    (Econ, 2/25/12, p.70)

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.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)

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        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.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)

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.
    (AFP, 12/31/13)

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        In Pakistan 306 children died of measles in 2012, compared to 64 the year before.
    (AP, 1/1/13)

2012        Panama banned bullfighting.
    (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 Tupian languages.
    (Econ, 12/22/12, p.48)

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        Capital flight from Russia was estimated to be $75 billion for this year year.
    (Econ, 12/15/12, p.54)

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        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        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 forests.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)

2012        Togo’s population was about 6 million.
    (AFP, 7/7/12)

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 group.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
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)

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