Return to home2013 Jan 1,
The House of Representatives easily approved emergency bipartisan
legislation. It hiked rates on income above $400,000 for individuals
and $450,000 for households, while exemptions and deductions the
wealthiest Americans use to reduce their tax bill face new limits.
It also set up another “fiscal cliff" confrontation in a matter of
(AP, 1/1/13)(Econ, 2/9/13, p.30)
2013 Jan 1, California began
its cap-and-trade scheme for emitters of greenhouse gases. In 2006
former Gov. Schwarzenegger signed AB32, which called for a cut in
greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.29)
2013 Jan 1, Ten states kicked
off the new year with a minimum wage rise of between 10 and 35
cents. The rises went into effect in Arizona, Colorado, Florida,
Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and
2013 Jan 1, Gay marriage became
legal in Maryland, the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on
New Year's Day.
2013 Jan 1, Michael Cronan
(b.1951), graphic designer, died in Berkeley, Ca. He was best know
for christening TiVo, the digital TV recorder, and Kindle, Amazon’s
portable reading device.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.C3)
2013 Jan 1, Patti Page (85), a
top singer of the 1950s, died in Encinitas, Ca. Her hits included
“Tennessee Waltz" (1950) and “How Much Is That Doggie in the
Window." She also co-starred with Burt Lancaster in “Elmer Gantry."
(SFC, 1/3/13, p.D2)
2013 Jan 1, In Algeria seven
insurgents were killed and arms, ammunition and medicine recovered
in Boulzazene in the Boumerdes region. The operation killed Izza
Rezki, the finance chief for Abdelmalek Droukdel, the head of
al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
(AP, 1/2/13)(AP, 1/5/13)
2013 Jan 1, Tallinn, Estonia,
launched free public transport for all of its citizens.
2013 Jan 1, An Ethiopian court
found 10 men guilty of plotting terror attacks with Islamist
extremist rebels from neighboring Somalia.
2013 Jan 1, French
Interior Minister Manuel Valls said young revelers set afire
1,193 vehicles, lamenting that this has become a way to mark the
arrival of the New Year. His announcement was the first time in
three years that such figures have been released.
2013 Jan 1, In Hong Kong
thousands of demonstrators in rival marches crowded the main
shopping district to praise or condemn chief executive Leung
Chun-ying. Critics accused him of misleading the public on a
controversial real estate deal and of being a puppet installed by
(SFC, 1/2/13, p.A3)
2013 Jan 1, Ivory Coast at
least 64 people, mostly children and teenagers, were killed early
today in a stampede following a New Year's fireworks display in
Abidjan. Survivors blamedmakeshift barricades.
(AP, 1/1/13)(AP, 1/2/13)(AP, 1/4/13)
2013 Jan 1, Myanmar rang in
2013 with its first public New Year's Eve countdown and a grand
fireworks display, a celebration unprecedented in the former
2013 Jan 1, North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un called for an end to confrontation between the two
Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to
end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast
on state media.
2013 Jan 1, Gunmen in northwest
Pakistan killed five female teachers and two aid workers in an
ambush on a van carrying workers home from their jobs at a community
center in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Jan 1, Clashes began in
the northern West Bank after Israeli forces dressed as merchants
arrested one man. Regular forces then entered the town of Tamoun,
and men began hurling rocks at them to prevent other arrests. At
least 10 Palestinians were wounded.
2013 Jan 1, In the Philippines
a “sin tax" on alcohol and tobacco came into effect. It had survived
a 2012 Senate vote by a margin of one.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.86)
2013 Jan 1, Rwanda took a
prestigious seat on the UN Security Council. Human Rights Watch has
been calling on the Security Council for months to sanction the
Rwandan officials the rights group believes is helping M23 rebels in
2013 Jan 1, In South Africa
three people died and 4,000 were displaced when fires swept through
shacks in poor settlements in the Cape Town area on New Year's Day.
2013 Jan 1, Syrian warplanes
took part in bombing Daraya, a few miles (kms) from the strategic
military air base of Mazzeh, a western neighborhood of Damascus.
2013 Jan 2, President Obama
signed the "fiscal cliff" legislation into law via autopen from
Hawaii, where he is vacationing with his family.
2013 Jan 2, Al Jazeera said it
will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore
and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based
broadcaster's footprint in the United States.
2013 Jan 2, Avis Budget Group
agreed to buy Zipcar Inc., a rent by the hour car agency, for $491
(SFC, 1/3/13, p.C3)
2013 Jan 2, Jon Fromer
(b.1946), musician, activist and television producer, died at his
home in Mill Valley, Ca. He was the founder of Freedom Song Network,
a coalition of Bay Area musicians dedicated to promoting human
(SFC, 1/9/13, p.E8)
2013 Jan 2, Algerian security
forces killed two radical Islamist insurgents in the same locality
east of the capital where seven were killed a day earlier.
2013 Jan 2, Britain's Health
Protection Agency (HPA) said more than 1.1 million people in Britain
have succumbed to the norovirus winter vomiting disease so far this
2013 Jan 2, Colombia's chief
prosecutor's office opened a preliminary criminal investigation into
former President Alvaro Uribe over allegations he sponsored a killer
far-right militia as a regional governor in the 1990s.
2013 Jan 2, Ethiopian security
forces announced the arrest of 15 people alleged to be members of a
terror cell linked with al-Qaida. Authorities said the suspects were
trained by al-Shabab militants in neighboring Somalia and Kenya.
2013 Jan 2, Iranian media
reported that Iran has captured 2 US RQ11 Raven surveillance drones
over the last 17 months and that much of the data has been decoded
by the army.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 2, Myanmar's military
acknowledged launching airstrikes against ethnic Kachin rebels in
the north and said it captured a hilltop post on Dec 29 from where
the insurgents had attacked government supply convoys.
2013 Jan 2, In Pakistan Taliban
commander Maulvi Nazir was among nine people killed in a missile
strike on a house in Angoor Adda in the South Waziristan tribal
region. Nazir had a truce with the Pakistani military.
2013 Jan 2, In Switzerland a
man armed with an old military rifle and a handgun shot and killed
three women and wounded two men in the village of Daillon. Police
shot and wounded the suspect after he threatened to also shoot
2013 Jan 2, A Syrian warplane
blasted a gas station near Damascus, killing and wounding dozens of
people and igniting a huge fire in one of the bloodiest attacks in
weeks during the 22-month civil war. Rebels attacked the sprawling
Taftanaz air base. Rebels bombarded the Mannagh air base, which has
been subjected to almost daily attacks since late last month.
2013 Jan 2, The UN said more
than 60,000 people have killed in the 21-months of the Syrian
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 3, The new 113th US
Congress convened. It was set to take a fresh crack at a number of
old, and highly contentious, issues, such as gun control,
immigration, the record debt, tax reform and the farm bill.
2013 Jan 3, Officials said a
smuggling ring brought narwhal tusks from the Canadian Arctic into
Maine in a trailer with a secret compartment and then illegally sold
them to American buyers. In 2015 Andrew Zarauskas (61) was sentenced
to nearly three years for buying more than 30 tusks over six years
from two Canadians.
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A6)(SFC, 1/12/15, p.A6)
2013 Jan 3, Hormel Foods said
it has agreed to buy the Skippy peanut butter business from Unilever
for about $700 million.
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.C3)
2013 Jan 3, The first report of
genome editing was reported in separate papers by Feng Zhang, who
began applying CRISPR-Cas9 in human cells in early 2011, and George
(Econ, 9/5/15, p.22)
2013 Jan 3, Argentine Pres.
Cristina Fernandez called on Britain to relinquish control of the
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 3, Australian
astronomers discovered a comet named C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring).
Scientists said it will pass about 50km from Mars on October 19,
2014. On Oct 19 the comet’s closest approach to Mars was about
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.80)(Econ, 10/25/14, p.82)
2013 Jan 3, The Basque
nationalist group known as Batasuna, legal in France but banned in
Spain, announced that it is dissolving after 11 years.
2013 Jan 3, British police
extradited terror suspect Abid Naseer (26) to the United States to
face charges that he took part in an alleged al-Qaida plot to
detonate explosives aboard the New York City subway system.
2013 Jan 3, Coalition military
officials in Afghanistan said an elite Danish soldier was killed
overnight by an explosive device.
2013 Jan 3, In India 5 men
accused of raping a university student for hours on a bus as it
drove through New Delhi were charged with murder, rape and other
crimes that could bring them the death penalty. A sixth suspect,
listed as a 17-year-old, was expected to be tried in a juvenile
court, where the maximum sentence would be three years in a reform
facility. Authorities said they will seek the death penalty against
the 5 men.
(AP, 1/3/13)(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 3, Iraqi authorities
ordered the release of 11 women facing criminal charges and pledged
to transfer other women prisoners to jails in their home provinces,
in a move to address a main demand during a wave of protests by the
country's Sunni minority against the Baghdad government. A car bomb
struck a procession of Shiite pilgrims in the town of Musayyib,
about 60 km south of Baghdad, killing at least 20 and wounding
2013 Jan 3, In northeast
Nigeria at least 43 people were killed when gunmen suspected of
belonging to Boko Haram attacked the town of Song.
(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 3, In Northern Ireland
8 police officers were injured when protests at the removal of the
British flag from Belfast City Hall turned violent for the first
time in more than two weeks.
2013 Jan 3, In Pakistan a US
drone strike took place near Mir Ali, the main town of the North
Waziristan tribal region. One missile hit a vehicle near the town,
followed by another missile when people rushed to the vehicle to
help people in the car. Officials said four people were killed in
2013 Jan 3, Palestinian
officials said Israeli undercover troops broke into a West Bank
house in a failed arrest raid near Jenin, igniting a violent protest
and signaling that Israeli-Palestinian security coordination may be
2013 Jan 3, Russia announced
that President Vladimir Putin has approved French actor Gerard
Depardieu's application for citizenship.
2013 Jan 3, In Russia Denis
Burakov (27), was killed when a transparent plastic ball, known as a
zorb, veered off course and sailed over a rock ledge at the Dombai
ski resort in the rugged Caucasus Mountains. His friend Vladimir
2013 Jan 3, Syrian troops and
rebels fought intense battles around the Taftanaz air base in the
country's north and a suburb of the capital that government forces
have been trying to capture since last month. Rebels reportedly
killed the commander of the air base, a brigadier general. The
Observatory and the LCC said 8 people were killed in Douma and
nearby areas. Dozens of people were also killed or wounded in the
town of Hayan in Aleppo province. A car bomb blew up in a Damascus
gas station, killing at least 9 people.
(AP, 1/3/13)(AP, 1/4/13)
2013 Jan 3, Syrian
journalist Suheil al-Ali, who worked for a pro-government television
station, died four days after a "terrorist" opened fire on him as he
was returning home from work in the suburbs of Damascus.
2013 Jan 4, The US House
overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims
for the many home and business owners flooded out by the storm. The
Senate was expected to pass the bill later in the day.
2013 Jan 4, A Beechcraft BE35
crashed on its way to the Flagler County Airport in Palm Coast,
Florida, killing at least 3 people.
(SFC, 1/5/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 4, Afghan Police Maj.
Jalal Uddin said that 80 prisoners, formerly held by the US, were
freed from prisons across the country today, the latest batch of a
total of 400 to be released this week. The released prisoners had
been captured in operations against the Taliban and other groups.
2013 Jan 4, British police
charged Nepali army colonel Kumar Lama (46) with two counts of
torture committed in 2005 during the Himalayan nation's decade-long
civil war, despite the Nepali government's demanding his immediate
2013 Jan 4, The Church of
England confirmed that its House of Bishops, one of its most senior
bodies, has ended an 18-month moratorium on the appointment of gays
in civil partnerships as bishops. The decision was made in late
2013 Jan 4, In southern Chile
Werner Luchsinger (75) and wife Vivian McKay, whose family's vast
landholdings have long been targeted by Mapuche Indians, were killed
in an arson attack while trying to defend their home. The attack
began the previous evening as one of many political protests around
Chile commemorating the death five years ago of Mapuche activist
Matias Catrileo, who was shot in the back by an officer who served a
minor sentence and then rejoined the police. In 2014 Celestino
Cordova Transito (27) was convicted for killing the couple.
(AP, 1/4/13)(SFC, 2/21/14, p.A2)
2013 Jan 4, Leaders of the
Palestinian Fatah party led tens of thousands of supporters in a
mass rally in the Gaza Strip, the first such gathering for the
largely secular party in the territory since the rival Islamist
Hamas seized power there in 2007. Hamas condoned the demonstration.
2013 Jan 4, Six Russians were
killed and two seriously injured when the snowmobile and sled they
were riding veered off an Italian Alpine ski slope at night, slammed
into a barrier and flew through the air into a ravine.
2013 Jan 4, Omar Hammami, an
Alabama native who moved to Somalia to wage jihad alongside
al-Shabab militants, was given 15 days to surrender to militants or
be killed. The FBI has named Hammami as one of its most-wanted
2013 Jan 4, Syrian ground and
air forces bombarded rebel strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus
and other areas around the country. Anti-government forces targeted
a military post near the capital with a car bomb.
2013 Jan 4, A small plane
disappeared off the Venezuelan coast with six people aboard,
including Vittorio Missoni (58), a top executive in Italy's Missoni
fashion house. Wreckage of the plane was found in June.
(AP, 1/5/13)(AP, 6/27/13)
2013 Jan 5, In Colorado a gun
man in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, fired shots at police before he
was gunned down. Inside the home SWAT officers found the bodies of 3
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A7)
2013 Jan 5, In North Carolina
Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor, becoming the first Republican
to head the state in 20 years.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A7)
2013 Jan 5, In Canada
aboriginal demonstrators disrupted passenger rail service on routes
connecting Toronto with Ottawa and Montreal, a day after PM Harper
agreed to meet with First Nations leaders to discuss grievances
behind a growing native protest movement.
2013 Jan 5, In the Central
African Republic the Seleka alliance rebels took Alindao town
raising their control to 11 towns.
2013 Jan 5, In Egypt
unidentified gunmen shot and killed an Egyptian policeman in
northern Sinai's main city of el-Arish.
2013 Jan 5, In Hungary
journalist Zsolt Bayer, a founding member of the governing Fidesz
party, wrote a newspaper column in which he said: "a significant
part of the Roma are unfit for coexistence. They are not fit to live
among people. These Roma are animals and they behave like animals."
2013 Jan 5, Indonesia
anti-terror police shot and killed 5 suspected Islamist militants
over the last 24 hours in raids on the island of Sumbawa.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 5, In Kenya a poaching
gang used gunfire to kill an entire family of 11 elephants in Tsavo
National Park for their ivory tusks.
2013 Jan 5, A Moroccan family
of 5 returning home died when their plane crashed shortly after
takeoff from Grenoble airport near the French Alps.
2013 Jan 5, In northwest
Nigeria suspected armed robbers raided three villages in Zamfara
state, killing at least 7 people and wounding 7 more.
2013 Jan 5, Northern Ireland
police used water cannons to fend off brick-hurling protesters in
Belfast as demonstrations continued over flying the British flag.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 5, Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said rebels and government troops clashed in
suburbs south of Damascus, including Harasta and Daraya. The
Observatory, which relies on reports by activists on the ground,
said government troops had arrested several residents in raids in
the suburb of Qatana.
2013 Jan 5, In Venezuela allies
of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez chose to retain Diosdado
Cabello as the National Assembly president. He could be in line to
step in as a caretaker leader in some circumstances.
2013 Jan 5, In Zimbabwe eight
people died in a bus crash that brought the traffic accident death
toll during the holiday period to the highest on record in the
country. The central police traffic command said 209 people have
died in accidents since Dec. 15.
2013 Jan 6, The White House
said Pres. Obama has signed a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood
insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy.
(SFC, 1/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 6, Huell Howser (67),
public TV figure, died. His “California Gold" TV series ran for 19
seasons and spawned 6 spin-off series.
(SFC, 1/8/13, p.C5)
2013 Jan 6, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombers penetrated a government compound killing five people
in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province. In Helmand province a bomb
planted at a bus station killed one policeman and wounded another
2013 Jan 6, Libya's interim
president Mohammed al-Megarif survived an overnight assassination
attempt in an oasis city in the country's southern deserts.
2013 Jan 6, Pakistan and India
traded accusations of violating the cease-fire in the disputed
northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of
a cross-border raid that killed one of its soldiers and India
charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side.
2013 Jan 6, In Pakistan
suspected American drones fired several missiles into three militant
hideouts in the South Waziristan tribal region, killing 9 Pakistani
2013 Jan 6, Palestinian Pres.
Mahmoud Abbas ordered his government to officially change the name
of the Palestinian Authority to "State of Palestine."
2013 Jan 6, In the Philippines
gunmen riding in three black SUVs opened fire on more than 50 army
and police troopers who flagged down the vehicles late today in the
coastal town of Atimonan in Quezon province. At least three police
personnel were among 13 suspected criminals who were gunned down in
the shootout on Luzon island.
2013 Jan 6, Somalia’s Universal
TV reported that armed men in police uniform had raped a young
woman. The same day Al Jazeera published an article describing rape
by security forces in camps for internally displaced people in
Mogadishu. Journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim then interviewed the
woman but never published a story. He was arrested for conducting
2013 Jan 6, The South African
presidency announced that is sending 400 army troops to Central
African Republic to help the country's army as it faces a threat
from a coalition of rebel groups. Neighboring countries Cameroon,
Gabon and Republic of Congo already have sent about 120 troops each
to help stabilize the country confronted by the rebellion.
2013 Jan 6, Spain’s “El Nino"
lottery showered €840 million ($1.1 billion) on top ticket holders
in five regions as the country endured a deep recession and high
2013 Jan 6, Syria’s Pres.
Bashar Assad offered a national reconciliation conference, elections
and a new constitution but demanded regional and Western countries
stop funding and arming rebels trying to overthrow him first.
Syria's opposition swiftly rejected the proposal. Fighting between
rebels and government forces raged across the country.
2013 Jan 6, Yemen's state
security court sentenced five alleged al-Qaida militants to up to 10
years in prison for carrying out attacks against security forces and
supporting the group logistically in the southern province of Abyan
in 2011. The court ordered the release of six others who had already
spent about 18 months in detention.
2013 Jan 7, President Obama
nominated former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for secretary of Defense
and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the Central
2013 Jan 7, Bank of America
said it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims
resulting from the housing meltdown.
2013 Jan 7, The 752-foot
Overseas Reymar rammed a SF Bay Bridge tower as it headed out to
sea. The bridge sustained minor damage but remained opened
immediately after the accident.
2013 Jan 7, The Oakland Museum
of California was robbed of a gold-and-quartz jewelry box. It dated
to 1869-1878 and was valued at $805,000. The museum had just lost a
pistol and gold nuggets in a robbery on Nov 12. Parolee Andre Taray
Franklin (45) was arrested on March 3. Police recovered the jewelry
box but not the other items. On Jan 3, 2014, Franklin was sentenced
to four years in prison.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.D2)
2013 Jan 7, Richard Ben Cramer
(b.1950), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, died in Baltimore. His
narrative non-fiction spanned presidential politics and baseball.
(SFC, 1/9/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 7, In New York City
Rodney Alcala, a convicted serial killer from southern California,
was sentenced to an additional 25 years in prison after pleading
guilty to murdering Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover in NYC in the
(SFC, 1/8/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 7, In Oklahoma 4 young
women were found shot to death in a Tulsa apartment.
(SFC, 1/8/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 7, Fred Turner (80),
former CEO and chairman of McDonald’s Corp., died. He introduced the
first Drive-Thru in 1975.
(Econ, 1/26/13, p.82)
2013 Jan 7, An Afghan soldier
turned his weapon against foreign and Afghan troops in a southern
province, killing one British soldier. 6 British soldiers were also
2013 Jan 7, In Australia
officials searched for bodies among the charred ruins of more than
100 homes and other buildings destroyed by wildfires in the island
state of Tasmania. Around 100 residents remained unaccounted for,
three days after the fires broke out.
2013 Jan 7, A Cameroon court
overturned the conviction of two men who were sentenced for five
years in prison for "looking gay" and ordering Bailey's Irish Cream.
The two men had already spent more than a year in jail where they
were subjected to abuse from guards and other prisoners.
2013 Jan 7, An island doctor
said Cuba is eliminating longstanding restrictions on health care
professionals' overseas travel as part of a broader migration reform
that takes effect next week.
2013 Jan 7, John Dramani Mahama
became president of Ghana, sworn in as the opposition continues to
dispute election results in one of West African's most stable
2013 Jan 7, In Italy former
Premier Silvio Berlusconi announced a deal with the Northern League,
his fractious coalition partner in three governments, to jointly run
in Italy's election next month.
2013 Jan 7, Kuwait's
pro-government Al Watan newspaper reported that Ayyad al-Harbi, a
journalist at news website Sabr, was charged with posting Twitter
messages considered offensive to the nation's Western-allied emir
and that he was sentenced to two years in prison for the posts.
2013 Jan 7, Mexican
authorities said wild dogs mauled and killed four people whose
bodies were found over the past two weeks in a park on the edge of
2013 Jan 7, The Dutch military
shipped Patriot missiles to Turkey, a fellow NATO member, after the
alliance agreed in December to deploy the anti-missile systems along
Turkey's southern border with Syria. Fighting in Syria continued
2013 Jan 7, Northern Ireland
police came under attack for a fifth straight night as the
province's police chief urged politicians and parents to act to halt
the riots on Belfast streets.
2013 Jan 7, In Senegal a man in
front of the gates to the palace in Dakar doused in flammable liquid
and then lit the fire. He was later taken to a hospital where he
died of his injuries.
2013 Jan 7, In South Africa a
Johannesburg hotel manager discovered the body of American movie
director David R. Ellis (60). Police said Ellis, who directed the
movie "Snakes on a Plane," was last seen Jan 5 in a restaurant by a
2013 Jan 7, In Tunisia Ali
Harzi (26), a man linked by officials to the attack on the US
consulate in Benghazi, was conditionally released by a Tunisian
judge due to lack of evidence.
2013 Jan 7, In northern Turkey
a gas leak inside a coal mine killed five workers and injured one.
Two other miners are missing and feared dead in Zonguldak province.
2013 Jan 8, In northern
Afghanistan gunmen killed two local government officials in separate
attacks in Kunduz province.
2013 Jan 8, A court in Algiers
convicted Amar Gharbia (39) of taking part in the 2003 kidnapping of
15 European tourists, mainly German, in the Sahara Desert and
sentenced him to life in prison. Youcef Ben Mohamed (25) of Mali was
also convicted and imprisoned for seven years. Both belonged to the
Salafist Group for Call and Combat which later transformed into
al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
2013 Jan 8, In London 2 former
employees of HBOS were charged by UK prosecutors over business loans
made through a high street bank for about 35 million pounds.
2013 Jan 8, Pro-British
protesters pelted police with petrol bombs and fireworks in a sixth
successive night of rioting in Northern Ireland's capital of
2013 Jan 8, A Canadian federal
court ruled that 200,000 Metis and 400,000 First nations’ people
living outside reserves should also be considered to be
Indians under the constitution.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.38)
2013 Jan 8, In China
free-speech protesters in masks squared off against flag-waving
communist loyalists in Guangzhou as a dispute over censorship at a
newspaper spilled into the broader population, with authorities
shutting microblog accounts of supporters of the paper.
2013 Jan 8, A European court
ruled that Italy's woefully overcrowded prisons violate the basic
rights of inmates, fined the government €100,000 ($131,000) and
ordered it to make changes within a year. The finding came three
years after Italy's government recognized the problem itself but
failed to pass legislation designed to correct it.
2013 Jan 8, A Paris court
convicted nine people for links to a militant group that the UN
Security Council has described as an al-Qaida affiliate. Suspected
ringleader, Irfan Demirtas (53), a Turkish-Dutch national, was given
an eight-year sentence, €20,000 ($26,170) fine and barred from
French territory after his sentence is up.
2013 Jan 8, A lawyer for former
detainees of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq said 71 former detainees
received a portion of a $5.28 million settlement involving US
defense contractor Engility Holdings. The company’s L-3 Services
subsidiary was accused of conspiring to torture the detainees.
(SFC, 1/9/13, p.A3)
2013 Jan 8, The Japanese
government summoned China's ambassador to protest four Chinese
maritime surveillance ships that spent about 13 hours in waters near
disputed islands claimed by both countries.
2013 Jan 8, In Jordan Syrian
refugees in a refugee camp attacked aid workers with sticks and
stones, frustrated after cold, howling winds swept away their tents
and torrential rains flooded muddy streets overnight.
2013 Jan 8, Kenya’s The
National Police Service Commission suspended three senior police
officers from the Rift Valley province where Joshua Waiganjo (34)
operated as a fake officer extorting money from civilians.
Commission Chairman Johnston Kavuludi said Waiganjo's case has
prompted a detailed audit of all police to weed out "ghost"
2013 Jan 8, An Indian army
official said Pakistani soldiers crossed the cease-fire line in the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and attacked an army patrol,
killing two Indian soldiers before retreating back into
2013 Jan 8, In Nigeria a
massive fire tore through a waterfront slum in Lagos, burning down
dozens of shack workshops and homes. There were no firefighters,
trucks or emergency equipment seen in the neighborhood.
2013 Jan 8, Students at North
Korea's premier university showed Google's executive chairman Eric
Schmidt how they look for information online: they Google it. Kim Su
Hyang, a librarian, said students at Kim Il Sung University have had
Internet access since the laboratory opened in April 2010.
2013 Jan 8, In Pakistan several
missiles fired from American drones slammed into a compound near the
town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing eight
2013 Jan 8, Palestinian
factions in Syria called for a cease-fire after fighting flared at a
refugee camp in the capital, Damascus. 5 people were killed on
Yarmouk Street, four of them when a shell exploded and the fifth in
2013 Jan 8, Slovenia’s official
anti-corruption commission said PM Janez Jansa and opposition leader
Zoran Jankovic had questions to answer.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.55)
2013 Jan 8, The UN World Food
Program said it is unable to help 1 million Syrians who are going
2013 Jan 9, Google said it is
putting $200 million into a Texas Panhandle wind farm.
(SFC, 1/10/13, p.C6)
2013 Jan 9, Argentina’s ARA
Libertad naval ship returned home from Ghana after being held there
on a claim by a Cayman Islands-based hedge fund.
(SFC, 1/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 9, In Australia
Richard Ammar Chichakli, a Syrian-born American, was arrested on
charges that he conspired with Viktor Bout and others to try to buy
aircraft from two companies in the United States.
2013 Jan 9, British health
officials said a new strain of the winter vomiting disease norovirus
has spread to France, New Zealand and Japan from Australia and is
overtaking all others to become the dominant local strain.
2013 Jan 9, Talks on the crisis
in Central African Republic began in Gabon with representatives of
the government, rebels and other groups.
2013 Jan 9, In France 3 Kurdish
women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling
Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in
Paris. Protesters blamed Turkey. A Turkish lawmaker claimed the
women were slain in a dispute between PKK factions.
2013 Jan 9, In Hong Kong
pro-democracy lawmakers made a symbolic attempt to impeach
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The 27 pro-democracy legislators
were outnumbered by pro-Beijing representatives in the 70-seat
2013 Jan 9, Legislators in
Kenya voted themselves a hefty pay package in a late-evening vote on
the last day of session before national elections. The bill also
would give Kenya's president, vice president and prime minister
hefty retirement packages, in a move that could tempt President Mwai
Kibaki not to veto the legislation.
2013 Jan 9, In eastern Kenya 7
people were killed in tribal violence near the Tana River after more
than 100 people launched an attack on a local village.
2013 Jan 9, The fiercest winter
storm to hit the Mideast in years brought a rare foot of snow to
Jordan, caused fatal accidents in Lebanon and the West Bank, and
disrupted traffic on the Suez Canal in Egypt. At least eight people
died across the region.
2013 Jan 9, Mexico’s government
enacted a new law that require authorities to assist victims of
drug-related violence and establish as fund for possible
(SFC, 1/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 9, The Mali army
attacked Islamist rebels with heavy weapons in the center of the
country which divides the insurgent-held north and the
2013 Jan 9, In northwest
Pakistan truckers who carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan
went on strike to protest lower pay, inadequate security and corrupt
officials who demand bribes from the truckers.
2013 Jan 9, Saudi authorities
beheaded a Sri Lankan domestic worker for killing a Saudi baby in
her care in 2005. Rizana Nafeek, 17 at the time of the killing, had
denied strangling the 4-month-old boy.
(AP, 1/9/13)(SFC, 1/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 9, A fuel shortage has
hit Sierra Leone, causing rationing and long lines at gas stations
and hampering the movement of vehicles and goods in the West African
2013 Jan 9, South African
police fired rubber bullets at striking farm workers who set up
barricades and threw stones at motorists and security forces in
Western Cape province whose vineyards are vital to the wine
industry. At least 50 demonstrators were arrested.
2013 Jan 9, The Sudanese army
said its soldiers have killed at least 30 rebels in clashes in the
troubled North Darfur region. The rebel forces were said to belong
to the Justice and Equality Movement.
2013 Jan 9, Syrian rebels freed
48 Iranians held captive since August in exchange for the release of
more than 2,000 detainees in the first major prisoner swap of the
country's civil war.
2013 Jan 9, The NATO alliance
detected the launch of an unguided, short-range ballistic missile in
2013 Jan 9, A Vietnamese court
found 14 democracy activists guilty of subversion and sentenced them
to jail terms ranging from 3-13 years.
(SFC, 1/10/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 10, President Barack
Obama signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and
future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service
protection. This rolled back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year
limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents.
2013 Jan 10, Pres, Obama signed
a bill making California’s Pinnacles National Monument the nation’s
59th national park.
(SFC, 1/11/13, p.D2)
2013 Jan 10, The US Department
of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's
Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to
hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf
2013 Jan 10, California's
Governor Jerry Brown said the state budget deficit is gone
after years of financial troubles as he proposed a state budget plan
that would raise spending on education and healthcare, boosting
total expenditures by 5 percent with a surplus remaining.
2013 Jan 10, In California a
student (16) armed with a shotgun opened fire at Taft Union High
School in Kern County, critically wounding a fellow student before
two adult staff members talked the boy into giving up his weapon,
and he was arrested.
2013 Jan 10, Evan Connell Jr.
(b.1924), historian and novelist, was found dead at his home in
Santa Fe, NM. His books included "Son of the Morning Star: Custer
and the Little Bighorn" (1984) and “the Alchemyst’s Journal" (1991).
(SSFC, 1/13/13, p.C12)
2013 Jan 10, Belgium PM Elio Di
Rupo chastised Queen Fabiola over her inheritance plans, which have
widely seen as a tax dodge on a fortune amassed with taxpayer money.
(SFC, 1/11/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 10, In Brazil Chilean
artist Jorge Selaron (b.1947), a symbol of his adopted city of Rio
de Janeiro, was found dead in front of his house. In 1990 he began a
staircase project in the Lapa neighborhood tiling steps and
collecting old porcelain bathtubs to use as planters along the
2013 Jan 10, British Detective
Chief Inspector April Casburn (53) was found guilty of one count of
misconduct for trying to sell information to one of Rupert Murdoch’s
(SFC, 1/11/13, p.A3)
2013 Jan 10, Journalist Paul
Salopek (50) departed a small Ethiopian village and took the first
steps of a planned 21,000-mile (34,000-km) walk that will cross some
30 borders, where he will encounter dozens of languages and scores
of ethnic groups. The walk from Ethiopia to Chile, which took human
ancestors some 50,000 years to make, is called Out of Eden and is
sponsored by National Geographic, the Knight Foundation and the
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
2013 Jan 10, Georgia opposition
groups and NGOs announced that more than 1 million of Georgia's 4.6
million citizens have signed a petition calling for the resignation
of Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili.
2013 Jan 10, Honduras’ El
Heraldo newspaper reported that police overnight had captured Kevin
Samraid Carranza Padilla (28), a leader of the 18th Street gang
along with his girlfriend, Cindy Yadira Garcia (19). Carranza was
suspected in the shooting death of a police officer months earlier.
Carranza and Yadira were later reported disappeared.
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A16)
2013 Jan 10, In Iraq a series
of attacks on a bus stop, police patrol and a convoy carrying the
head of a university killed eight people and wounded 20 others.
2013 Jan 10, Indian troops
fired across the disputed Kashmir border and killed a Pakistani
soldier, the third deadly incident in the disputed Himalayan region
in recent days.
2013 Jan 10, In Israel an
explosion went off in a car near a bus in Tel Aviv in what police
said was a criminally motivated assassination attempt. Four people
were slightly injured.
2013 Jan 10, A Kenyan community
retaliated with their own tribal assault, killing 10 people and
furthering a tribal feud that threatens to explode as March
2013 Jan 10, Islamists, who
rule northern Mali, clashed with government forces for the first
time in nearly a year, seizing the strategic city of Konna as the
al-Qaida-linked militants pushed toward the government line of
control in the center of the troubled country.
2013 Jan 10, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb targeting paramilitary soldiers killed 12 people in
Quetta. Another 86 people, mostly Shiite Muslims, were killed in
twin bombings at a billiards hall in Quetta. 5 suspected militants
died in a US drone strike in Mir Ali, North Waziristan. A gas
cylinder explosion ripped through a crowded mosque in the northwest
city of Mingora, killing 21 people and injuring more than 70 others.
(AP, 1/10/13)(AP, 1/11/13)
2013 Jan 10, Russia said that
an adoption deal with the US will remain valid until 2014 despite a
new Russian law banning the practice, but no new adoptions will be
permitted and only those already cleared by Russian courts before
the ban will be allowed to complete.
2013 Jan 10, Somali journalist
Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, a freelance journalist, was arrested by
police after interviewing a woman who said she was raped by
government security forces. She was also briefly arrested and
questioned by police before being released.
2013 Jan 10, In northern
Switzerland two passenger trains collided near a station, injuring
17 people in Schaffhausen canton.
2013 Jan 10, Rebels trying to
topple Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime battled army troops
inside an air base in the north as government forces fought
opposition strongholds near the seat of his government in Damascus.
2013 Jan 10, In Venezuela
thousands of chanting supporters of President Hugo Chavez rallied
outside his presidential palace in an exuberant alternative
inauguration for a leader too ill to return home for the real thing.
2013 Jan 10, In Yemen Ali
Abdul-Salam, a prominent tribal chief, was killed in an ambush, an
apparent revenge attack by al-Qaida for his security links.
2013 Jan 11, Pres. Barack Obama
and Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai met in Washington to discuss bringing
down the curtain in the long Afghan war.
2013 Jan 11, A US federal judge
barred California from enforcing a voter-approved law that requires
73,000 registered sex offenders to disclose their internet
identities to police.
(SFC, 1/12/13, p.C1)
2013 Jan 11, Aaron Schwartz
(26), computer programmer, was found dead in his NY apartment. At
age 14 he helped create RSS (RDF Site Summary), a web feed format
used to publish frequently updated works. He also co-founded Reddit,
a social news website which was sold in 2006 to Conde Nast.
(SSFC, 1/13/13, p.A6)(SFC, 1/14/13, p.A5)(Econ,
2013 Jan 11, In Argentina the
Buenos Aires federal court ratified charges previously filed against
former transportation secretaries Juan Pablo Schiavi and Ricardo
Jaime in connection with a crash that killed 51 people on Feb 22,
2013 Jan 11, In Bahrain a fire
killed 13 people in a migrant labor camp in Manama.
2013 Jan 11, Bolivia became the
first country to negotiate a partial opt out from the 1961 UN Single
Convention on Narcotics Drugs.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.59)
2013 Jan 11, British police
released a report saying the late entertainer Jimmy Savile committed
more than 200 sex crimes from 1955-2009, with most victims children
and teens assaulted the length and breadth of Britain, from TV
studios to hospitals and even a hospice.
2013 Jan 11, Central African
Republic President Francois Bozize and the rebels who sought to
overthrow him reached a deal that will allow him to stay in office
until his term ends in 2016.
2013 Jan 11, In China a
landslide smothered 14 homes in Zhaojiagou village, Yunnan province.
At least 46 people were killed.
(SSFC, 1/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 11, In Egypt Islamist
militants attacked a police patrol along a pipeline in the Sinai
Peninsula that transports natural gas to Jordan, wounding seven
2013 Jan 11, In Iraq a dozen
prisoners, including al-Qaida-linked death row inmates, escaped from
the Taji prison near Baghdad. Thousands of mostly Sunni protesters
rallied in the capital and other parts of the country, keeping
pressure on the government for the release of detainees and changes
to a tough counterterrorism law that Sunnis believe unfairly targets
2013 Jan 11, In Mali radical
Islamists held on to the central city of Konna after sending the
Malian military reeling in retreat. French President Francois
Hollande ordered air strikes to stop the Islamist extremists. This
was the start of Operation Serval. French airstrikes began over
Konna leaving civilian casualties.
(AP, 1/11/13)(AP, 1/26/13)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.53)
2013 Jan 11, Police in Northern
Ireland fired plastic bullets and water cannon at rioters who
wounded four officers with missiles and petrol bombs in the latest
outbreak of anger at the removal of the British flag from Belfast
2013 Jan 11, In the Philippines
a fire swept through the Dryden Hotel, a small two-story tourist
hotel in Olongapo city, killing 7 people, including 3 Americans, 3
Filipinos and a South Korean.
2013 Jan 11, Saudi Arabia’s
King Abdullah issued two royal decrees granting women 30 seats on
the Shura Council, which has 150 members plus a president. The
council reviews laws and questions ministers, but doesn't have
2013 Jan 11, In Slovenia some
10,000 protesters urged PM Janez Jansa and opposition leader Zoran
Jankovic to resign after an official report accused them of graft.
(SFC, 1/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 11, Spanish police
said they have arrested two people and seized equipment they say was
due to be shipped to Iran for use in Tehran's nuclear program.
2013 Jan 11, Sri Lanka's
Parliament voted 155-49 to impeach Chief Justice Shirani
Bandaranayake, deepening a standoff between the judiciary and the
government, which is controlled by the country's most powerful
family. Last month a parliamentary committee ruled that she had
unexplained wealth and had misused her power.
2013 Jan 11, In Syria Islamic
militants seeking to topple Pres. Bashar Assad took full control of
the strategic Taftanaz air base in a significant blow to government
forces, seizing helicopters, tanks and multiple rocket launchers.
Government warplanes bombed the air base after the rebel takeover.
2013 Jan 11, Zimbabwe's largest
platinum mining company, Ziomplats, said it has signed a deal to
sell off its majority shareholding to the government as part of the
country's black empowerment laws.
2013 Jan 11, In Zimbabwe
Professor Gordon Chavunduka (82), the leader of the organization of
tribal healers, died. The eminent academic, author, sociologist and
politician, a former head of the main Zimbabwe University, was
widely known for his research and writing that did much to bridge
the gap between Western medical practices and Africa's traditional,
tribal and herbalist healers.
2013 Jan 12, In Florida nearely
800 people began month-long "Python Challenge" to deal with an
infestation of Burmese pythons that were eating their way through a
fragile ecosystem. Roughly 2,050 pythons have been harvested in
Florida since 2000.
2013 Jan 12, In Las Vegas
Mallory Hagan, a 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the
Miss America crown after deftly dealing with a question about armed
guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her
2013 Jan 12, New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency, giving pharmacists
permission to administer flu vaccinations to more people as
officials seek to stem the worst flu outbreak in that state in
2013 Jan 12, Three men from
Utah died when their plane went down near Paris, Texas.
(SFC, 1/14/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 12, Four Chinese
workers were abducted in Sudan's North Darfur region by unidentified
gunmen. They were released on Jan 16. Eleven Sudanese workers who
were abducted together with the Chinese remained hostages.
(AP, 1/14/13)(AP, 1/16/13)
2013 Jan 12, The Czech Republic
held presidential elections in a direct popular vote for the first
time, choosing from nine candidates to replace euroskeptic President
Vaclav Klaus. Some 61.3% of Czech voters cast their ballots. Former
leftist PM Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
appeared to be the front runners. With no candidate achieving a
majority, the top two finishers would face each other in a runoff in
(AP, 1/12/13)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.55)
2013 Jan 12, An Egyptian court
ordered a religious TV program hosted by a fiery preacher off the
air on charges of libeling and defaming a well-known actress. It was
one of three legal reverses suffered by Islamists today in cases
dealing with the media.
2013 Jan 12, In Egypt a dozen
masked attackers fired birdshot late today at protesters who have
camped outside the presidential palace in Cairo for the past month,
wounding several along with security forces standing watch nearby.
2013 Jan 12, In India police
arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in
Punjab state. Police also arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly
raping and killing a 9-year-old girl two weeks ago in Ahmednagar
district in western India.
2013 Jan 12, In Iraq Shiite
demonstrators took to the streets of Baghdad to show support for PM
Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has faced angry protests in
Sunni provinces in a sign of growing sectarian tensions.
2013 Jan 12, Kenya's President
Mwai Kibaki vetoed legislation in which members of parliament gave
themselves a hefty send-off package in a late-evening vote on the
last day of session before national elections. The Salaries and
Remuneration Commission said it was unconstitutional for legislators
to set their own pay under the constitution the country adopted in
2013 Jan 12, The Kenya Red
Cross said at least 200 people have been killed in violence in the
southeast since August in fighting that could be related to
political tensions ahead of March elections.
2013 Jan 12, In Mali French
airstrikes overnight drove back Islamist rebels from Konna and
destroyed a militant command center, as West African nations
authorized the immediate deployment of troops to the country. At
least 11 civilians were killed in Konna. A French pilot was killed
after the Islamists downed his combat helicopter.
(AP, 1/12/13)(AP, 1/13/13)
2013 Jan 12, In west Nepal a
bus veered off a mountain road leaving at least 30 people dead and
several more injured near Chatiwan village.
2013 Jan 12, Northern Ireland
police fought day-and-night street battles with Protestant militants
as a protest march to Belfast City Hall degenerated into riots when
many marchers returned home to the Protestant east side. 29 officers
2013 Jan 12, In Somalia a
French commando raid to free a captive intelligence agent, code-name
Denis Allex, ended in the deaths of 17 Islamists and a French
soldier. France said the hostage also died in the failed rescue, but
the man's captors denied he had been killed and claimed to have
seized a 2nd soldier. Allex was captured in Somalia on July 14,
2013 Jan 12, In Somalia three
Syrian hostages held by pirates were released after more than two
years in captivity. They were the last to be freed of the 21
surviving crew of the ship MV Orna, hijacked in Dec, 2010.
2013 Jan 12, Syrian troops
captured most of Daraya, a strategic Damascus suburb used by rebels
as a base to threaten key regime facilities in the capital.
2013 Jan 13, In the Golden
Globe awards winners included “Argo" as the best movie; Ben Affleck
won as best director for “Argo." Daniel Day Lewis won as best movie
actor for his role in “Lincoln," and Jessica Chastain won as best
actress for her role in “Zero Dark Thirty."
(SFC, 1/14/13, p.D2)
2013 Jan 13, Hollywood actress
Jodie Foster confirmed long-running speculation that she is gay by
coming out at the Golden Globes awards, but joked she wouldn't be
holding a news conference to discuss her private life.
2013 Jan 13, In Detroit General
Motors unveiled its latest model of the Corvette Stingray on the eve
of the Detroit motor show. The next day GM’s Cadillac ATS sedan took
the show’s top prize.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.63)
2013 Jan 13, In Afghanistan an
explosion killed 7 villagers as they tried to pull bodies of dead
insurgents from the rubble of a village mosque after a night raid by
NATO and Afghan troops. Four insurgents and an Afghan soldier were
also reported killed in the operation.
2013 Jan 13, Argentina said
that a monthly basket for an indigent family of four cost 719 pesos
in December, or about 5.99 pesos per day, per person. On the streets
of Buenos Aires, 6 pesos doesn't stretch beyond a pack of chewing
gum, or a cup of yoghurt, or a single "alfajor" cookie.
2013 Jan 13, In China people
refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing's
murky skyline as the air quality in the notoriously polluted capital
went off the index.
2013 Jan 13, In Egypt an
appeals court overturned Hosni Mubarak's life sentence and ordered a
retrial of the ousted president for failing to prevent the killing
of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that toppled his
2013 Jan 13, In France some
300,000 people marched toward the Eiffel Tower from three different
points in the city to protest against President Francois Hollande’s
plan to legalize gay marriage.
2013 Jan 13, In Georgia 190
people considered political prisoners by the new parliament walked
free under an amnesty strongly opposed by Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili.
More than 3,000 other prisoners who had their sentences reduced
under the amnesty will be freed in the next two months.
2013 Jan 13, Gen. Ali Moayedi,
head of Iran's anti-narcotics police, was quoted by newspapers as
saying that some 30 drug smugglers and addicts are identified and
arrested every hour in Iran. Moayedi said that over 1,286 kg (2,835
pounds) are confiscated each day.
2013 Jan 13, In Iraq insurgent
attacks in separate parts of the country killed four people
including a 7-year-old boy and wounded five others. Attackers
detonated a bomb next to a convoy carrying the Iraqi finance
minister Rafia al-Issawi. He was not hurt in the bombing.
2013 Jan 13, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit an army convoy in North Waziristan, killing 14
soldiers. Thousands of Shiites protested in Quetta for a third day,
pressing their demands for greater security. PM Raja Pervez Ashraf
bowed to protester demands and sacked the provincial governor of
Balochistan for failing to safeguard the security of Shias.
(AP, 1/13/13)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.42)
2013 Jan 13, Palestinian
protesters who pitched tents at a strategic West Bank site to
protest plans to build a Jewish housing project there were evicted
early today. PM Netanyahu pledged to move ahead with construction of
a new Jewish settlement in the area.
2013 Jan 13, In Russia
thousands marched through Moscow to protest a new law banning
Americans from adopting Russian children.
2013 Jan 13, Serbia adopted a
set of guidelines for reconciliation talks with the leaders of
Kosovo, in a strong first signal it is loosening its claim to its
former province in hopes of getting closer to EU membership.
2013 Jan 13, In South Africa
Christopher "Norm" Bates (41), an American Embassy employee, was
allegedly stabbed to death around 3 a.m. at a Johannesburg
apartment. A 29-year-old woman was arrested.
2013 Jan 13, In Geneva
delegates from more than 130 nations began a final round of
negotiations on the creation of the first legally binding treaty to
reduce mercury emissions.
(SFC, 1/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 13, Syrian fighter
jets Damascus suburbs in a government offensive to dislodge rebels
from strategic areas around the capital. At least 45 people were
killed in the government barrage. Troops battled rebels in the
suburb of Daraya a day after government officials claimed the army
had taken much of the strategic area. Heavy fighting was reported in
the northern province of Deir el-Zour, involving attacks by
(AP, 1/13/13)(AP, 1/14/13)
2013 Jan 13, Four women went
topless in St. Peter's Square to protest the Vatican's opposition to
gay marriage. Police quickly took the women away.
2013 Jan 13, Thousands of
supporters of Venezuela's cancer-stricken president held rallies
across the nation, hours before the government announced that Hugo
Chavez is responding favorably to treatment for a respiratory
2013 Jan 14, USA Today and
other media said that Lance Armstrong confessed to the doping in an
interview with Oprah Winfrey to be aired later this week.
2013 Jan 14, Conrad Bain (89),
stage and TV sitcom actor, died. He starred in the TV sitcom
“Diff’rent Strokes," which debuted in 1978 and ran for 6 seasons.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D6)
2013 Jan 14, In Afghanistan a
soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was
wounded by enemy action. He died of his wounds in Birmingham on Jan
2013 Jan 14, Britain’s
coalition government unveiled sweeping reforms to the state pension
system, scheduled to take place in 2017.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.58)
2013 Jan 14, A British court
approved the extradition of former Credit Suisse trader Kareem
Serageldin (39) to the United States, where he is accused of
inflating the prices of subprime mortgage-backed bonds to the tune
of $540 million in 2007-2008.
2013 Jan 14, In Cuba long lines
formed outside travel agencies, migration offices and the US
Interests Section in Havana on the first day of a new law easing
travel restrictions on Cubans.
2013 Jan 14, Cuba reportedly
began using the ALBA-1 cable to Venezuela, but only for incoming
traffic. Outgoing data still travelled via satellite, according to
an Internet analysis firm.
(SFC, 1/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 14, German police said
robbers dug a 30-meter (100-foot) tunnel into the safe deposit room
of a Berlin bank and escaped with their haul, setting a fire as they
left to cover their tracks.
2013 Jan 14, In Guatemala
gunmen killed Jutiapa Mayor Carlos Castillo. His brother, former
congressman Manuel de Jesus Castillo, was serving a prison sentence
in the slaying of 3 El Salvador representatives to the Central
(SFC, 1/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 14, In India millions
of devout Hindus led by naked ascetics with ash smeared on their
bodies plunged into the frigid waters of the Ganges River in a
ritual they believe can wash away their sins. The ceremony in the
northern city of Allahabad took place at the start of the 55-day
Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival. An estimated 100 million people
were expected to participate in the gathering, which is held every
(AP, 1/14/13)(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 14, In Mali despite
intensive aerial bombardments by French warplanes, Islamist
insurgents grabbed more territory and got much closer to the
2013 Jan 14, Mexico's
best-known anti-violence activist and a prominent intellectual
presented a petition, signed by more than 54,000 Mexicans, to the US
embassy calling on the United States to take further steps to combat
2013 Jan 14, In Pakistan
thousands of supporters of a fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has
been calling for election reforms, descended onto Islamabad as
security officials girded for mass rallies by a movement that has
virtually overnight become a powerful but still mysterious force on
the political scene. Pakistani leaders dismissed the government of
southwest Baluchistan province in response to the demands of
protesters angry about an attack on minority Shiite Muslims there
that killed 86 people.
2013 Jan 14, A Syrian airstrike
slammed into a house in a rebellious suburb of Damascus, killing at
least 13 people including eight children. Fighter jets also carried
out fresh airstrikes on the suburb of Daraya. Regime warplanes also
bombed targets in the north.
2013 Jan 14, Turkish jets
struck suspected Kurdish rebel targets in a cross-border raid in
northern Iraq, even as Turkey prepared to start peace talks with the
rebels' imprisoned leader.
2013 Jan 15, US Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner said the government has begun borrowing
from the federal employee pension fund to keep operating without
surpassing its debt limit.
2013 Jan 15, In Galt,
California, police officer Kevin Tonn (35) was killed while crossing
paths with an armed man in an area where Tonn was responding to a
burglary. The gunman shot and killed himself after firing at another
(SFC, 1/16/13, p.A5)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D2)
2013 Jan 15, In Kentucky Dalton
Stidham (21), enraged by a domestic dispute, bought a gun and
fatally shot Caitlin Cornett, his former girlfriend, and her uncle,
Jackie Cornett, in the parking lot of a community college. Her
cousin Taylor Jade Cornett (12) was also shot and died the next day.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 15, A part-time
student strode into the office of a longtime administrator at a
downtown St. Louis business school and shot the man in the chest,
creating panic in the school before turning the gun on himself.
2013 Jan 15, New York’s Gov.
Andrew Cuomo signed the NY Safe Act, the nation’s toughest gun
restrictions and the first since the recent Connecticut school
shooting. It included an expanded assault weapon ban and mandatory
background checks for buying ammunition.
(SFC, 1/16/13, p.A6)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.30)
2013 Jan 15, Daniel Edelman
(92), American public relations pioneer, died. His life is described
in a new biography “Edelman and the Rise of Public Relations" by
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.65)
2013 Jan 15, British music
retailer HMV announced that it was putting itself into
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.59)
2013 Jan 15, Rebels from
Central African Republic and the country's political opposition said
that they have agreed to choose Nicolas Tiangaye as a candidate for
prime minister. Under the deal Pres. Bozize will remain in office
until his term ends in 2016.
2013 Jan 15, Cuba's Public
Health Ministry acknowledged 51 new cases of cholera in Havana amid
growing concerns about the illness' spread and disappointment in the
diplomatic community over the government's lack of transparency.
2013 Jan 15, In Egypt a train
wreck killed 19 soldiers and injured over 100 others. The last
carriage of the train disconnected, jumped the tracks and crashed
into another train 20 km (12 miles) south of Cairo. Three workers
were later sentenced to two years of hard labor for the crash.
(AP, 1/15/13)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 15, Human Rights Watch
said in a report that workers in Eritrea were forced to construct
the Bisha mine operated by Canadian company Nevsun Resources.
2013 Jan 15, Ethiopia sentenced
10 men to jail terms of between three to 20 years for plotting
terror attacks with Islamist extremist rebels from neighboring
Somalia. Kenyan national, Hassan Jarso, who pleaded guilty when
first charged in May, was sentenced with nine Ethiopians.
2013 Jan 15, Europe's top court
said religious freedom is a right but not an absolute one, ruling
that British Airways discriminated against a devoutly Christian
employee by making her remove her crucifix, but backing a UK charity
that fired a marriage counselor who refused to give sex therapy to
2013 Jan 15, French Pres.
Francois Hollande opened talks with top leaders in Abu Dhabi in
hopes of pushing ahead efforts to sell up to 60 Rafale fighter jets
to the United Arab Emirates and strengthen French ties in Gulf
energy and defense industries.
2013 Jan 15, French forces led
an all-night aerial bombing campaign to wrest control of Diabaly, a
small Malian town, from armed Islamist extremists, as more French
troops arrived in preparation for a possible land assault. France
announced it tripling the number of troops deployed to Mali from 800
(AP, 1/15/13)(AP, 1/16/13)
2013 Jan 15, In Honduras
British tourist Kaya Omer (33) was shot dead in the dangerous city
of San Pedro Sula, after being assaulted by two gunmen who stole his
2013 Jan 15, A Hong Kong
company controlled by controlled by Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest man,
said that it's buying New Zealand's second biggest waste disposal
company, EnviroWaste Services Ltd., from Australian private equity
firm Ironbridge Capital.
2013 Jan 15, In western Iraq a
suicide bomber in Fallujah assassinated Ifan Saadoun, a Sunni
lawmaker, raising tensions in a part of the country that has been
roiled by weeks of demonstrations.
2013 Jan 15, The Israeli
military shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian near the West Bank
separation barrier. The Israeli military said he had breached the
barrier, which separated soldiers from protesters.
2013 Jan 15, Jamaica’s top
mining official said his country may be able to benefit from newly
found deposits of rare-earth elements that are key ingredients for
smartphones, computers and numerous other high-tech goods.
2013 Jan 15, Japanese filmmaker
Nagisa Oshima (b.1932) died at a hospital near Tokyo. His films
included “A Town of Love and Hope" (1959), “Cruel Story of Youth"
(1960), “Violence At Noon" (1966), “Death by Hanging" (1968), “Three
Resurrected Drunkards" (1968), “In the Realm of the Senses" (1976),
“Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" (1983) and “Taboo" (1999).
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D7)
2013 Jan 15, Kenyan custom
officials in Mombasa seized 638 pieces of illegal elephant ivory
estimated to be worth $1.2 million. The ivory was in a container
destined for Indonesia. The tusks were said to be from Tanzania.
2013 Jan 15, Pakistan's top
court ordered the arrest of PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in a corruption
case involving private power stations set up to provide electricity
to the energy-starved country. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry
ordered the arrest of 16 people involved in the case, including
Ashraf, who previously served as minister for water and power.
2013 Jan 15, In Pakistan
thousands of anti-government protesters, heeding the call of
firebrand cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, rallied in the streets of Islamabad
for a 2nd day despite early morning clashes with police who launched
tear gas and fired shots into the air to push back stone-throwing
2013 Jan 15, In Qatar Gloria
Huang (8), the adopted African-born daughter of Americans Matthew
and Grace Huang, died unexpectedly. Qatari police charged the couple
the next day of murder with intent by forced starvation. The couple
argued that Gloria had been suffering from malnutrition-related
diseases since they adopted her from Ghana at the age of four.
2013 Jan 15, Russian
authorities charged Yelena Kotova, a former Russia director at the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, with conspiracy to
take a $1.4 million bribe.
2013 Jan 15, In Russia Aslan
Usoyan (75), aka Grandpa Khasan, was gunned down in Moscow. He
headed one of the region's most powerful criminal groups, which
trafficked in drugs and weapons and controlled underground casinos
and legal businesses. Since 2006 Usoyan had been at war with a
criminal group headed by another Georgian, Tariel Oniani.
2013 Jan 15, A Saudi court
convicted an Egyptian human rights lawyer for smuggling drugs into
the kingdom. He was sentenced to five years in prison and 300
lashes. The case of Ahmed el-Gezawi caused an outcry in Egypt where
rights groups claimed he was initially detained in April 2012 for
criticizing the kingdom's monarch. They claimed he confessed to the
smuggling charges under duress.
2013 Jan 15, In Saudi Arabia
dozens of conservative clerics picketed the royal court to
condemn the recent appointment of 30 women to the 150-member Shura
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.52)
2013 Jan 15, In Somalia African
Union troops mistakenly opened fire on a religious school while
pursuing militants at Leggo village, killing five children and two
2013 Jan 15, In Syria 2
explosions struck the main university in Aleppo, killing 87 people.
Activists reported clashes in suburbs south of Damascus. In other
regions government air raids and shelling killed dozens of people.
Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad swept through Haswiyeh, a
small farming village near Homs, torching houses and shooting and
stabbing residents in an attack that killed up to 106 people. All of
the dead appeared to be Sunni Muslims.
(AP, 1/15/13)(AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/17/13)
2013 Jan 15, Venezuelan Vice
President Nicolas Maduro took the place of ailing President Hugo
Chavez by delivering a short speech and turning in a
state-of-the-nation report amid legal debate about his legitimacy.
2013 Jan 16, Pres. Obama signed
23 gun-related executive orders. One nominated acting ATF Director
B. Todd Jones to lead the agency permanently.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A12)
2013 Jan 16, The US federal
government grounded Boeing’s new 787s until the risk of battery
fires is addressed. The FAA emergency order affected only United
Airlines, the lone US carrier to operate the 787 Dreamliners.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A7)
2013 Jan 16, Chief Judge Royce
Lamberth of the US District Court ruled that Russia should pay a
$50,000 fine until it complies with his 2010 order to return
thousands of religious books and manuscripts stolen from Jews during
the Russian revolution and World War II to the Brooklyn-based
Chabad-Lubavitch group. Following Lamberth's 2010 ruling, Russia
completely halted the loan of its art treasures for exhibit in the
US, for fear that they would be seized and held hostage in the court
2013 Jan 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide bombers in Kabul attacked the gates of the Afghan
intelligence agency, killing one person and wounding dozens. 6
suicide bombers died in the attack.
(AP, 1/16/13)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 16, In Algeria gunmen
attacked the gas complex at Ain Amenas in retaliation for France's
military intervention against al-Qaida-linked rebels in neighboring
Mali. The attack was carried out by militants from across northern
Africa and two from Canada. Gas processing was stopped because of
the terrorist attack. The attack left 37 hostages and 29 militants
dead. Moktar Belmoktar (41), aka MBM, orchestrated the attack.
(AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/21/13)(SFC,
2013 Jan 16, British PM David
Cameron condemned horse meat found in beef burgers sold by Tesco and
said this was likely to prove both embarrassing and costly for the
2013 Jan 16, A helicopter
crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London,
sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and
one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured.
2013 Jan 16, An Egyptian
prosecutor said ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his family paid
back 18 million Egyptian pounds ($3 million) for gifts they received
from a state newspaper while he was still in office.
2013 Jan 16, In Egypt an
8-story apartment building collapsed, killing 26 people in the
Mediterranean port city of Alexandria — the second tragic accident
in the country as many days.
(AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/17/13)
2013 Jan 16, French troops
pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical
Islamists. The start of the land assault put soldiers in direct
2013 Jan 16, Andre Cassagnes,
inventor and renowned kite maker, died in France. He was the
inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch toy (1959), which he sold to Ohio Art
(Econ, 2/16/13, p.90)
2013 Jan 16, A Germany court in
Regensburg fined British bishop Richard Williamson $2,400 for
denying the Holocaust in a television interview some 4 years ago.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 16, India and Pakistan
agreed to ease tensions in disputed Kashmir after recent clashes
2013 Jan 16, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives blew himself
up outside the offices of a major Kurdish party in Kirkuk killing at
least 19 people. A 3rd bomb at a nearby facility used by Kurdish
security forces killed 4 more. Morning attacks across the country
killed at least 33 people.
(AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/17/13)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 16, Armed men hijacked
the ITRI, a Panamanian-flagged tanker carrying 5,000 tons of oil,
from the Ivory Coast port at Abidjan. Officials later located the
vessel off neighboring Ghana.
2013 Jan 16, Japan's two
leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of
the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing.
2013 Jan 16, In Jordan a civil
defense spokesman said a fire in a center for Syrian refugees has
killed seven members of a family.
2013 Jan 16, In Kenya hundreds
of demonstrators angered at the conduct of outgoing Kenyan
legislators doused 221 coffins with gasoline and set them on fire,
causing an inferno outside parliament's main entrance.
2013 Jan 16, A Kenyan official
said gunmen suspected to belong to Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebels
have shot dead five people and seriously wounded three others at a
restaurant in Garissa town.
2013 Jan 16, In the Netherlands
Alexander Dolmatov (36), a rocket engineer who feared arrest in
Russia after an opposition protest turned violent in May, was taken
to the prison-like deportation center in Rotterdam. The next morning
he was found dead in his cell. Dutch authorities had denied his
asylum request on Dec 14.
2013 Jan 16, In Pakistan
several thousand people rallied in Peshawar, denouncing the killing
of 18 local villagers in an overnight raid in northwest Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province, which they blamed on security forces.
2013 Jan 16, Somalia's most
dangerous militant group reportedly killed French hostage Denis
Allex, whom French military forces tried to rescue last weekend
during a botched raid. French officials have said they believe Allex
was killed the night of the raid and that claims by al-Shabab of an
execution were simply propaganda.
2013 Jan 16, In northern Syria
suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives blew
themselves up near security targets, killing at least 22 people in
2013 Jan 16, Senior UN
investigators opened a new round of talks with Iranian officials in
Tehran in the hopes of restarting a probe into allegations that the
Islamic Republic carried out atomic bomb trigger tests and other
suspected weapons-related studies.
2013 Jan 16, In Yemen gunmen on
a motorcycle killed Col. Abdullah al-Mushki, the deputy police chief
of Damar, in a drive-by shooting south of the capital city of Sanaa.
2013 Jan 17, All 79 officers
and crew of the USS Guardian were taken off the ship for safety
reasons after it struck the Tubataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage
site, with its bow at 2 a.m. in the Philippines. The Navy said
inaccurate data and may have been a factor in the Guardian's
grounding. The last major part of the ship was removed on March 30.
The US faced paying environmental damages of more than $2 million.
(AP, 1/19/13)(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A4)(SFC, 4/1/13,
2013 Jan 17, Chicago
businessman Tahawwur Rana was sentenced to 14 years in prison for
providing material support to overseas terrorism.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A10)
2013 Jan 17, Alvin Williams Jr.
(34), a former senator in the US Virgin Islands, pleaded guilty in a
public corruption case.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A10)
2013 Jan 17, Pauline Phillips
(b.1918), advice columnist known as “Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren),
died in Minneapolis. Her first column appeared in San Francisco
Chronicle on Jan 9, 1956. Her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, began
co-writing the column in 1987 and took over full-time in 2002.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A1)
2013 Jan 17, In eastern Algeria
Algerian helicopters strafed the remote Sahara gas plant in the
outpost of Ain Amenas. At least 20 foreign hostages reportedly
escaped from Islamist militants who had taken over the natural gas
complex. Casualty figures varied widely.
2013 Jan 17, British, Norwegian
and Spanish oil companies evacuated workers from Algerian energy
facilities following the hostage-taking by Islamic militants in the
Sahara desert and Algeria's attempt to free them.
2013 Jan 17, A British judge
sentenced Achilleas Kallakis (44), a fake property tycoon, to seven
years in jail for defrauding two banks out of over 700 million
pounds ($1.1 billion), but said Allied Irish Banks and Bank of
Scotland deserved some blame for poor risk controls. Co-defendant
Alexander Williams (44), convicted of the same counts for his role
in producing forged documents to back up Kallakis's applications for
loans, was sentenced to 5 years. In May the jail terms for both men
were extended, 4 more for Kallakis and 3 more for Williams.
(AP, 1/18/13)(Reuters, 5/16/13)
2013 Jan 17, Ethiopian Airlines
grounded its four Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a decision by the
Federal Aviation Administration to take the planes out of service in
the United States because of a risk of fire from its lithium
2013 Jan 17, EU foreign
ministers approved sending a military training mission to Mali, to
shore up the Malian army and enable the country's government to
regain control of all its territory.
2013 Jan 17, Authorities in
Ghana arrested Charles Ble Goude, the former leader of an
ultranationalist youth movement in Ivory Coast. He was wanted in
connection with violence linked Ivory Coast’s disputed 2010
presidential elections. Ble Goude was soon charged with war crimes
over his alleged role in violence linked to the and extradicted to
(AP, 1/17/13)(AP, 1/21/13)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.51)
2013 Jan 17, Greek lawmakers
voted to investigate former Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou
over his handling of data on Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 17, Indonesia's army
deployed rubber boats in the capital's business district to rescue
people trapped in floods that inundated much of the city of 14
million people. At least 20 people died and some 40,000 were
(AP, 1/17/13)(Econ, 1/26/13, p.38)
2013 Jan 17, In Iraq insurgents
unleashed a string of bomb attacks, mainly targeting Shiite Muslim
pilgrims across the country, killing at least 26 people.
2013 Jan 17, Jordan's PM
Abdullah Ensour said Jordan will prevent a mass exodus of Syrian
refugees from entering its territory if President Bashar Assad's
regime collapses, and will instead create a safe haven inside Syria
to protect them.
2013 Jan 17, In Mali fighting
raged in Konna, airstrikes hit Diably and army troops raced to
protect Banamba, on the seventh day of the French-led military
intervention to wrest back Mali's north from al Qaida-linked groups.
2013 Jan 17, The Pakistani
government and Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri struck a deal to end
four days of protests by thousands in the capital.
2013 Jan 17, Pakistan's
anti-corruption chief refused a Supreme Court order to arrest PM
Raja Pervaiz, citing a lack of evidence in a graft case that sparked
the latest clash between the government and the country's top court.
2013 Jan 17, In Moscow, Russia,
a masked assailant, later identified as Yuri Zarutsky (35), threw
acid on the face of Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi
Ballet. Filin suffered 3rd degree burns and underwent eye surgery to
save his sight. On March 6 police said that star dancer Pavel
Dmitrichenko (29) had confessed to masterminding the attack, and two
other men, Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov, confessed to being
(SFC, 1/19/13, p.A3)(AP, 3/6/13)
2013 Jan 17, South Sudan said
it is withdrawing its troops from a disputed border region with
Sudan so that a demilitarized zone can be established.
2013 Jan 17, The United
Nation-African Union Mission in Darfur said in a report that over
100 deaths and the displacement of 70,000 people resulted from
clashes between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes in Jabel Amir,
the site of gold mines in North Darfur state in western Sudan.
2013 Jan 17, In Syria an air
raid killed at least 15 people in the town of Kfar Nabouedeh in the
central province of Hama. Violence continued in different parts of
the country. Clashes in the northern town of Ras al-Ayn least eight
rebels and one Kurdish PYD fighter.
2013 Jan 17, French journalist,
Yves Debay was shot and killed in Aleppo by a regime sniper while
covering clashes between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar
2013 Jan 17, In Thailand
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra agreed to
work together to solve bilateral and regional problems.
(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A8)
2013 Jan 17, Zimbabwe’s Vice
President John Nkomo (79) died in Harare. He was one of the
country’s two vice presidents.
2013 Jan 18, Former New Orleans
Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted on charges that he used his office for
personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from
contractors while the city was struggling to recover from the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
2013 Jan 18, US federal
prosecutors filed a fraud charge against Michigan Supreme Court
Justice Diane Hathaway in a scandal involving the sale of a
Detroit-area home and suspicious steps to conceal property in
(SSFC, 1/20/13, p.A9)
2013 Jan 18, McDonald's and
Finley's Management Co. agreed to pay $700,000 to members of a
Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant
falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic
2013 Jan 18, Algeria's state
news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers
kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed. A "provisional toll"
showed 12 hostages have been killed since the start of the military
operation to free kidnapped workers.
2013 Jan 18, The British
defence ministry said Britain and Australia will increase ties on
defence issues including cyber security and equipment programs such
as the BAE Systems-built Type 26 frigate.
2013 Jan 18, In the Central
African Republic a rebel commander known only as Binani, the chief
bodyguard of LRA leader Joseph Kony, was killed in a firefight 280
km (175 miles) north of Djema, where Uganda-led African Union troops
are being advised by US special forces.
2013 Jan 18, In northern
Colombia leftist ELN rebels kidnapped five gold prospectors doing
exploratory drilling for Braeval Mining Corp., a Canadian company.
2013 Jan 18, Egyptian police
fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslim protesters outside a
church in Qena province. 4 shops owned by Coptic Christians were
torched overnight after Marashda villagers accused one of the store
owners of molesting a 6-year-old girl.
2013 Jan 18, In western and
central Iraq thousands of Sunnis rallied against the Shiite-led
government's policies they see as sidelining their minority group.
2013 Jan 18, Some 1300
Jordanian Islamists, youth activists and other opposition groups
rallied in the capital, Amman, calling for a boycott of next week's
2013 Jan 18, In Lebanon
protesters demanding the release of Islamist prisoners in the city
of Tripoli threw a grenade at the convoy of Sports and Youth
Minister Faisal Karameh that set fire to one of the vehicles. 4
people were wounded.
2013 Jan 18, A Nicaraguan judge
sentenced 18 Mexicans who posed last August as members of a
televison crew to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking and money
(SFC, 1/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 18, Pakistani
prosecutor Kamran Faisal, investigating a corruption case against PM
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, was found dead in Islamabad. Some colleagues
suspected foul play and on Jan 23 a judge ordered a judicial
(AP, 1/18/13)(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 18, In Somalia unknown
gunmen shot dead Shabelle radio producer Abdihared Osman Aden, the
first journalist to be killed this year. 18 journalists were killed
in Somalia last year.
2013 Jan 18, A South African
government official said two prisoners were killed and 65 injured
when a fight broke out between two gangs at St. Albans prison Port
2013 Jan 18, Spain's central
bank said the level of bad debt in the country's banks rose to a new
record 11.38 percent in November, up from 11.23 percent in October.
It was the 17th monthly increase in a row.
2013 Jan 18, In Syria 2 car
bombs exploded in Daraa and a rocket slammed into a building in
Aleppo. Fighting between rebels and Assad's loyalists flared in the
Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, killing 12 people and
wounding at least 20 others. Syrian fighter jets pounded villages in
rebel-held areas in Latakia province, dropping makeshift bombs made
from hundreds of pounds (kg) of explosives stuffed into barrels.
2013 Jan 18, Ukrainian
authorities formally notified jailed former PM Yulia Tymoshenko that
she is a suspect in the murder of Yvhen Scherban, a businessman and
lawmaker, his wife and two other people in 1996.
2013 Jan 18, Zimbabwe's
political leaders said they have reached agreement on a new
constitution after more than two years of delays and bickering over
changes to reduce the sweeping powers of President Robert Mugabe and
his ruling party.
2013 Jan 19, Rick Champagne, an
Arizona man with a special fondness for caped crusader Batman and
his sidekick Robin, bought the original Batmobile driven in the
iconic television series with a bid of $4.2 million at an auction.
2013 Jan 19, In New Mexico 5
people, including three young children, were shot and killed in a
rural area southwest of Albuquerque. Nehemiah Griego (15) was
arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the
shootings of his family.
(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/22/13)
2013 Jan 19, Algeria's special
forces stormed the Amenas natural gas complex in the middle of the
Sahara desert in a final assault, killing 11 militants, but not
before they in turn killed seven hostages. The standoff with
Islamist extremists, begun on Jan 16, left at least 37 foreign
workers and 27 militants dead.
(AP, 1/19/13)(AP, 2/12/13)
2013 Jan 19, In Azerbaijan
market traders blocked a highway 50 km (30 miles) outside Baku and
clashed with riot police in a spontaneous protest over increased
rent for their stalls.
2013 Jan 19, In Bulgaria Oktay
Enimehmedov (25) tried to shoot a gas pistol at Ahmed Dogan (58),
the leader of his country's ethnic Turkish political party, at a
conference in Sofia. The gun failed to fire and Enimehmedov was
wrestled to the ground and beaten.
2013 Jan 19, Egyptian riot
police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators throwing stones
outside an Alexandria courtroom where the city's ex-security
director and other officers are on trial for the killing of
protesters during the 2011 uprising. A criminal court invoked a
presidential amnesty and dismissed charges against 379 people
accused of taking part in deadly clashes with police.
2013 Jan 19, Officials in
Ethiopia said South Sudan and Sudan have failed to reach an
agreement on security arrangements and oil exports after several
days of talks in Addis Ababa.
2013 Jan 19, In Greece several
thousand people marched through central Athens to protest a spate of
anti-immigrant attacks, including the fatal stabbing by suspected
right-wing extremists of Shehzad Luqman (27), a Pakistani immigrant
who died Jan 17. Two men have been charged in the murder.
2013 Jan 19, In Iraq gunmen
shot and killed the two policemen in a drive-by-shooting near the
northern city of Mosul. In Kirkuk a civilian driver was killed when
his truck hit a roadside bomb. A roadside bomb exploded just south
of Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding three others while they
were on patrol.
2013 Jan 19, The Malian
military announced that the government was now controlling Diabaly.
2013 Jan 19, Ethnic Kachin
rebels in Myanmar said clashes in the country's north continued
despite a government promise to cease fire, casting doubt over hopes
that the bloody conflict there could end soon.
2013 Jan 19, A Nicaraguan judge
sentenced 18 Mexicans who posed last August as members of a
televison crew to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking and money
(SFC, 1/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 19, In northwest
Nigeria gunmen attacked the convoy of a religious leader in Kano,
killing at least 3 guards.
2013 Jan 19, In Scotland an
avalanche killed four climbers at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.
2013 Jan 19, In Geneva more
than 140 nations adopted the first legally-binding international
treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions, capping four years of
negotiations on how to set limits on the use of a highly toxic
metal. 50 nations must ratify it before it comes into force, which
officials said they would expect to happen within about three to
2013 Jan 19, Syrian troops
fought intense battles against rebels who are trying to capture two
military bases in the northwest. Dozens of people were killed and
wounded as Syria's air force targeted a mosque and a school building
that apparently was sheltering displaced Syrians in the town of
Salqin in Idlib province.
2013 Jan 20, President Barack
Obama took the oath of office in an intimate swearing-in ceremony at
the White House.
2013 Jan 20, Algerian bomb
squads scouring a gas plant, where Islamist militants took dozens of
foreign workers hostage, found 25 new bodies as they searched for
explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a day after a bloody
raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery. At
least 81 people have been reported dead, including 32 Islamist
militants. Nearly two dozen foreign workers remained unaccounted.
(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/21/13)
2013 Jan 20, Austria held a
referendum on the future of its army. Austrians voted overwhelmingly
to retain their conscript army, with preliminary results showing
around 60% rejecting the proposed shift to a professional force.
2013 Jan 20, London's Heathrow
Airport cancelled a fifth of flights and airlines scrapped 40
percent of flights to Paris's main airports as snow continued to
blanket parts of Europe, with more forecast.
2013 Jan 20, In Egypt overnight
clashes between police and residents of a district just north of
Cairo left four people dead and 12 wounded. The clashes began when a
bystander in Shubra al-Kheima was hit by a stray bullet fired by
police chasing a suspected drug dealer. Gunmen raided a post office
in the Nile Delta town of Kafr el-Dawar, killing a police guard
before making away with 2 million pounds (around $300,000). A
courthouse went up in flames in Alexandria during a 2nd straight day
of clashes between protesters and riot police.
2013 Jan 20, In Georgia more
than 1,000 people protested outside of the president's residence in
Tbilisi to demand that he immediately resign and hand over executive
power to the speaker of parliament.
2013 Jan 20, In Greece a bomb
exploded at a shopping mall in Athens, slightly wounding two
security guards and forcing the evacuation of about 200 people.
2013 Jan 20, Iran hanged 2 men
(24) publicly after a video posted on YouTube showing them robbing
and assaulting a man with a machete on a Tehran street.
2013 Jan 20, In Iraq a man,
identified by police as Talal Ali Abbas, ignited himself in a
central square in Mosul where protesters have been rallying for
weeks. They say other protesters quickly put the blaze out by
smothering the flames with their coats.
2013 Jan 20, In Mali French
forces extended their deployment northward up from the central town
of Markala, reinforcing their presence in the towns of Niono and
Mopti. Some 400 troops from Nigeria, Togo and Benin arrived in
Bamako to help train an African force for Mali.
(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/21/13)
2013 Jan 20, In New Zealand
indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched “Mega," a new
file-sharing website that promised users greater privacy and defied
the US prosecutors who accuse him of facilitating massive online
2013 Jan 20, Syrian government
troops battled rebels in several areas outside Damascus. Regime
warplanes bombed opposition-held areas around the capital, including
an airstrike on the village of al-Barika that killed at least seven
2013 Jan 20, The United Nations
said that Afghan authorities were still torturing prisoners, such as
hanging them by their wrists and beating them with cables, a year
after the UN first documented the abuse and the Afghan government
promised detention reform.
2013 Jan 20, In Yemen an
explosion in the province of Bayda killed at least 13 suspected
al-Qaida militants. It went off in a house owned by a known al-Qaida
operative, Ahmed Abdullah Deif-Allah Al-Zahab, and appeared to be an
2013 Jan 21, President Barack
Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of
hundreds of thousands, urging the nation to set an unwavering course
toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens. Obama's
inaugural address marked the first time a president used the
occasion to praise progress on gay rights.
(AP, 1/21/13)(Reuters, 1/21/13)
2013 Jan 21, The new SFJazz
Center opened at 201 Franklin St.
(SFC, 1/22/13, p.A1)
2013 Jan 21, In Texas Max
Shatto (3), an adopted boy born in Russia as Maxim Kuzmin, died in
Gardendale. Russian authorities alleged “inhuman tratement" as the
cause of death. Laura Shatto told authorities that Max and his
half-brother were playing outside the family's home. Shatto said she
came out and found the boy unconscious on the ground. A medical
examiner later determined that the boy’s death was not intentional.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A4)(AP, 2/22/13)(SFC, 2/2/13,
2013 Jan 21, In Afghanistan 2
Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gates of the Kabul
traffic police headquarters before another group of militants
stormed the compound, battling security forces for nine hours in an
attack that left 3 policemen and all 5 attackers dead.
2013 Jan 21, Algeria's prime
minister said 37 foreign hostages were killed during the
four-day-long standoff at a natural gas plant. At least one Canadian
was among the Islamist militants who took hundreds hostage. 3
kidnappers were reported captured.
2013 Jan 21, Arctic Council
members set up the first permanent secretariat at Tromso, Norway.
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.49)
2013 Jan 21, A Bangladesh war
crimes tribunal sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in absentia for
genocide and murder committed during its 9-month war in 1971. Azad
was believed to be in Pakistan.
(Econ, 1/26/13, p.38)
2013 Jan 21, London's Heathrow
airport cancelled 10 percent of flights, a day after it cut its
capacity by a fifth, and said services could face further delays
with more snowfall expected.
2013 Jan 21, In Egypt a
speeding truck collided with a minibus on a highway in the country's
south, killing 14 people and injuring 13 others.
2013 Jan 21, In Eritrea more
than 100 dissident soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information in
Asmara and read a statement on state TV saying the country's 1997
constitution would be put into force. Government soldiers surrounded
the ministry, an indication the action by the dissident soldiers had
2013 Jan 21, In Germany
passengers suffered delays and flight cancellations at Frankfurt
airport, Europe's third busiest, after freezing rain had forced the
airport to shut late on Jan 20.
2013 Jan 21, German customs
officials at Duesseldorf airport found a check in Venezuelan
currency worth $70 million in the luggage of Tahmasb Mazaheri,
Iran's former central bank chief, upon his arrival from Turkey.
Mazaheri told authorities the money was to be used for the
construction of 10,000 apartments funded by the Venezuelan
government. The newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported the story in its
Sunday Feb 3 edition.
2013 Jan 21, In Indonesia
police said flooding in Jakarta has killed at least 26 people and
sent more than 100,000 fleeing from their homes.
(SFC, 1/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 21, Malian and French
troops took control of the town of Diabaly, patrolling the streets
in armored personnel carriers. American planes began transporting
French troops and equipment to Mali. French and Malian troops
arrived in Douentza to find that the Islamists already had retreated
from the town.
(AP, 1/21/13)(AP, 1/22/13)
2013 Jan 21, In Nigeria 18
people were killed in an attack on a local market in Dambao, Borno
state. The violence started after the local market banned a group of
hunters from selling "bush meat" from slaughtered monkeys and other
2013 Jan 21, The Syrian
government blamed a rebel attack on a key power line for a blackout
that hit Damascus and much of the country's south overnight. By
midday power returned to more than half of the capital. At least 42
people were reported killed in a car bombing at a headquarters of a
pro-government militia in Salamiya, Hama province. A week later
Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida-linked group fighting, claimed
responsibility for the attack.
(AP, 1/21/13)(AP, 1/24/13)(AP, 1/28/13)
2013 Jan 21, Turkey's state-run
news agency said a court has charged 9 lawyers, including prominent
human rights defenders, with membership in an outlawed leftist
militant group and ordered them arrested pending trial.
2013 Jan 21, In Turkey Sarai
Sierra (33) went missing, when she was supposed to return to New
York City but was not on her flight back home. She had arrived in
Istanbul on Jan 7. Her body was discovered Feb 2 evening near the
remnants of ancient city walls. She had suffered a fatal blow to the
head. On March 17 a suspect, identified only as Ziya T, was caught
in Syria in a joint operation by Syrian rebels and Turkish
(AP, 1/29/13)(AP, 2/3/13)(AP, 3/18/13)
2013 Jan 21, In Yemen a US
drone airstrike on a car in Marib killed 3 suspected al-Qaida
militants and wounded 2 others.
(AP, 1/21/13)(SFC, 1/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 21, In Zimbabwe a
massive explosion at a tribal sorcerer's house killed 5 people
outside the capital, Harare. The explosion damaged 12 nearby houses
in the Chitungwiza township. A 6th person died later.
(AP, 1/22/13)(AP, 1/30/13)
2013 Jan 22, US officials said
the Pentagon has found that Gen. John Allen did not engage in
inappropriate communications with Jill Kelley, a civilian woman
linked to the sex scandal that led retired Gen. David Petraeus to
resign as CIA director.
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 22, In Connecticut
Kevin Wallin (61), a Catolic priest, pleaded not guilty to federal
charges of selling crystal meth to an undercover police officer. On
April 2 Wallin pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. He was
accused of making over $300,000 in methamphetamine sales while
running an adult video and sex toy shop.
(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A10)(SFC, 4/3/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 22, Nebraska Gov. Dave
Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 22, Ryan Walker Grant,
a co-owner of a now closed Texas strip club, was sentenced to 10
years in prison for a failed plot to hire hit men to kill Arlington
Mayor Robert Cluck and a Dallas lawyer.
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 22, An Algerian
official said the search is on for the five foreigners unaccounted
for from the terrorist attack on the remote natural gas site, who
may be lost in the vast Sahara desert.
2013 Jan 22, Eleven EU
countries received the green light to plan a financial transaction
tax that could generate billions of dollars in revenue for
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 22, French and German
Cabinets held a joint meeting before both countries' Parliaments met
in the landmark Reichstag building to mark the anniversary of the
signing of the 1963 Elysee Treaty, a milestone for two countries
that had fought three wars in 70 years.
2013 Jan 22, A foul-smelling
cloud of gas escaped from a factory in northern France, making life
unpleasant from the outskirts of Paris to Britain's shores and
prompting scores of emergency calls. The mercaptan gas from the
Rouen chemical factory was said to be harmless.
2013 Jan 22, An Indonesian
court sentenced British grandmother Lindsay June Sandiford (56), to
death for smuggling 8.4 pounds of cocaine worth $2.5 million in her
suitcase onto the resort island of Bali — even though prosecutors
had sought only a 15-year sentence. Indonesia has not carried out an
execution since 2008, when 10 people were put to death.
(AP, 1/22/13)(SFC, 4/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 22, A magnitude 6.0
earthquake rocked parts of western Indonesia, killing a 9-year-old
girl, panicking residents and ruining homes.
2013 Jan 22, In Iraq a string
of car bomb attacks, most of them in and around Baghdad, killed at
least 25 people and wounded dozens.
(AP, 1/22/13)(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 22, Israelis voted in
an election likely to keep hardline PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the
helm of government for a third term despite a turbulent record. The
parliamentary election left the two main blocs deadlocked with 60
seats each, based on nearly complete official vote counts. Yesh Atid
(There is a Future), led by Yair Lapid (49), emerged as the
second-largest party in parliament.
(AP, 1/22/13)(AP, 1/23/13)
2013 Jan 22, The Philippines
took a desperate legal step against China's claims to virtually the
entire South China Sea, formally notifying the Asian superpower that
Manila is seeking international arbitration to declare Beijing's
moves in the potentially oil-rich waters "unlawful."
2013 Jan 22, In South Africa
police fired rubber bullets at protesters during a third day of
violent clashes. Residents of Sasolburg were angry over a proposed
change in municipal boundaries, which they say could affect the
delivery of services.
2013 Jan 22, Syrian government
forces and rebels battled in the suburbs of Damascus and elsewhere.
Four buses carrying Russian citizens escaping the civil war crossed
into Lebanon, in the first evacuation organized by Moscow since the
start of the conflict nearly two years ago.
2013 Jan 22, UN agencies and
international aid groups said Yemen's government and international
donors must allocate over $700 million to help ease a deepening
humanitarian crisis that includes widespread malnutrition in the
Arabian peninsula's poorest country.
2013 Jan 22, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2087, the third of its
kind since 2006, condemning a North Korean rocket launch as
violating a ban on missile activity.
(AP, 1/23/13)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.34)
2013 Jan 22, Venezuela’s
government said President Hugo Chavez is in good spirits and
recovering six weeks after he underwent cancer surgery in Cuba.
2013 Jan 23, Senior defense
officials said Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the
military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of
thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando
jobs after more than a decade at war.
2013 Jan 23, Two former members
of the Church of Scientology claimed in a lawsuit filed inm Tampa.
Florida, that the church and its affiliates deceived members into
donating millions of dollars to misrepresented causes.
2013 Jan 23, Pebble Technology,
an American maker of smart watches, began shipping it’s $150 digital
wrist watches that can show e-mail, text and Facebook messages. Eric
Migicovsky's company launched a Kickstarter campaign on April 11,
2012, with an initial fundraising target of $100,000. On May 18,
2012, funding closed with $10,266,844 pledged by 68,928 people.
2013 Jan 23, A small plane
crashed in an Antarctic mountain range while carrying 3 Canadians
between scientific research stations on the continent.
2013 Jan 23, Argentina’s
defense minister, Arturo Puricelli, expressed shame after the Navy
destroyer ARA Trinidad sank at its moorings. Congressman Julio
Martinez said of a total of 70 navy ships only 16 are in sailing
(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 23, British PM David
Cameron promised to give Britons a referendum choice on whether to
stay in the European Union or leave if he wins an election in 2015.
2013 Jan 23, A new report said
irresponsible lending and intimidating debt collectors are pushing
thousands of people in Britain into depression and suicide. Separate
data showed more people are taking their own lives.
2013 Jan 23, A France-based
human rights group charged that Malian forces had committed about 33
killings since new fighting erupted Jan 10.
2013 Jan 23, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber blew himself up among Turkmen mourners at a Shiite
funeral, killing at least 35 people in Tuz Khormato. Another 117
(AP, 1/23/13)(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 23, Jordanians voted
in a first electoral test for their king's political reforms. A
boycott from his Islamist-led opponents cast doubt over whether the
vote would quell two years of simmering dissent in the streets.
Islamists and other government critics won 37 seats of 150 up for
grabs in the newly empowered parliament.
(AP, 1/23/13)(AP, 1/24/13)
2013 Jan 23, In Mexico 6
victims were found dismembered in Tuluca. Prosecutors said the
dismemberment killings over the past 10 days of 16 people, allegedly
lookouts or informants for rival gangs, was the work of a drug
(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 23, Morocco’s
government announced plans to change the penal code to outlaw the
traditional practice of allowing those convicted of "corruption" or
"kidnapping" of a minor to go free if they marry their victim.
2013 Jan 23, In southwest
Nigeria a gasoline pipeline was attacked in Arepo, bursting into
flames and starting a fire that continued to burn hours later.
Officials blamed oil thieves. In the northeast suspected fighters
from the Boko Haram radical Islamist sect beheaded three people in
2013 Jan 23, Cardinal Jozef
Glemp (83), the longtime head of Poland's influential Roman Catholic
church, died. He helped lead the nation peacefully through martial
law and the fight against communism.
2013 Jan 23, In Russia Lyudmila
Garifulina (63), a member of the legislature in the town of Staraya
Kupavna, was attacked outside her apartment building. She was
stabbed four times with a knife. She opposed a construction project
that would destroy a forest just outside Moscow.
2013 Jan 23, In Slovenia a
massive austerity strike began as the the main coalition partner
walked out of the government over corruption allegations against PM
(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 23, Rights groups
called for the Somali government to release a journalist arrested by
police for interviewing a woman who said she was raped by government
security forces. Freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim and
three others accused in the case have been held for more than a week
without charge. Journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur was later charged with
insulting a government body and inducing the woman to give false
evidence. On March 17 Somalia's Supreme Court overturned Ibrahim’s
widely criticized conviction.
(AP, 1/23/13)(AP, 1/31/13)(AP, 3/18/13)
2013 Jan 23, In Syria a rocket
fired by regime forces slammed into Abu Taltal, a northern
rebel-held village, killing six members of a single family. Violence
was reported elsewhere with air raids around the capital Damascus
and clashes and shelling in the southern province of Daraa and the
central region of Homs.
2013 Jan 23, In Thailand Somyot
Pruksakasemsuk, a prominent activist and magazine editor, was
sentenced to a decade in prison for defaming the country’s monarchy.
2013 Jan 23, Vietnam announced
the arrest of Pham Thanh Tan,former head of the state-owned
Agribank, for irresponsibility causing serious consequences. This
was the 5th arrest of a senior Agribank executive in as many months.
The previous four faced charges of embezzlement and theft totalling
some $7 million.
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.64)
2013 Jan 23, In Yemen a US
drone strike on a car outside the capital of Sanaa killed at least
seven suspected al-Qaida militants.
2013 Jan 24, Sen. Dianne
Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced legislation to reinstate a federal
ban on assault weapons. The "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013" centered
on banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity
ammunition feeding devices.
2013 Jan 24, David Headley (52)
was sentenced in a US federal court in Chicago to 35 years in prison
for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attack, that killed 166 people in
India’s financial capital.
2013 Jan 24, Toymaker Mattel
Inc. scored a partial victory when a federal appeals court
overturned a 2011 jury verdict and $170 million in damages for
allegedly stealing trade secrets from the maker of Bratz dolls. The
court upheld a judge’s award of $137.2 million to Bratz’s
manufacturer, MGA Entertainment, for its defense against Mattel’s
trade secrets claim.
(SFC, 1/25/13, p.D5)
2013 Jan 24, US health
officials said the new Sydney strain of norovirus, a stomach bug,
has been sweeping the globe is taking over in the US. Since
September more than 140 outbreaks in the US have been caused by the
2013 Jan 24, In Azerbaijan
hundreds of angry demonstrators in Ismayilli, some 175 km (110
miles) from the capital, Baku, surrounded a regional government
building demanding the governor's resignation after a night of
rioting in which a hotel and several cars were torched.
2013 Jan 24, Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and stun grenades at several hundred
anti-government protesters whose chants included calls to reject
proposed talks aimed at easing nearly two years of unrest in the
2013 Jan 24, Britain’s and
Ireland’s energy ministers signed a memorandum of understanding in
Dublin, agreeing to assess the costs and benefits of trading
renewable energy, to look at potential projects and to consider
sharing renewable energy statistics.
2013 Jan 24, In Canada Theresa
Spence, a chief from a remote Ontario reserve, agreed to end her
hunger strike after talks with other native groups and opposition
political parties. Spence traveled to Ottawa in December and set up
camp on a small island in the Ottawa River to raise awareness about
living conditions for natives across Canada.
2013 Jan 24, Egyptian riot
police fired tear gas and clashed with dozens of protesters who were
trying to tear down a cement wall built to prevent demonstrators
from reaching parliament and the Cabinet building. A video was
posted online showing youths dressed in black marching in lines in
the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. "We are the Black Bloc ...
seeking people's liberation, the fall of corruption and the toppling
of the tyrant," proclaimed the video.
(AP, 1/24/13)(AP, 1/28/13)
2013 Jan 24, Frenchwoman
Florence Cassez (38), who spent seven years in prison in Mexico on
kidnapping charges, returned to a hero's welcome in Paris. She was
ordered freed a day earlier because of flaws in her trial. She was
arrested in 2005 and convicted of helping her Mexican then-boyfriend
run a kidnapping gang.
2013 Jan 24, In Greece strikers
protesting pay cuts refused to return to work, leaving Athens'
subway system closed for an eighth day, despite a court decision
declaring their protest illegal.
2013 Jan 24, Guyana signed an
agreement with NY conservation group Panthera, which is trying to
establish a jaguar corridor from northern Argentina to Mexico..
(SFC, 1/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 24, Jordan’s election
commission said 1.3 million Jordanians, or 56.7 percent of nearly
2.3 million people who were registered to vote, had cast their
2013 Jan 24, Mali's rebel
movement showed new signs of discord in the wake of punishing French
air strikes, with one wing of the Ansar Dine group now pledging to
negotiate an end to the country's crisis and possibly even fight
against its former comrades-in-arms. Islamic extremists based in the
town of Ansongo destroyed a bridge near the Niger border, marking
the first use of explosives by the insurgents since the start of the
French-led military intervention exactly two weeks ago.
(AP, 1/24/13)(AP, 1/25/13)
2013 Jan 24, North Korea's top
governing body warned that the regime will conduct its third nuclear
test in defiance of UN punishment, and made clear that its
long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but
also warheads aimed at striking the United States.
2013 Jan 24, Pakistan’s
attorney general Irfan Qadir said Pakistan is holding 700 suspected
militants without charges under a controversial law that has been
criticized by human rights organizations.
2013 Jan 24, More than 3,000
Palestinian teenagers graduated from the ruling Hamas militant
group's first high school military training program in the Gaza
Strip, displaying mock weapons, crawling commando-style on the
ground and taking up fighting positions for thousands of cheering
2013 Jan 24, South Africa
reported that some 15 thousand crocodiles escaped the Rakwena
Crocodile Farm on the Limpopo River border with Botswana when the
farm gates were opened earlier this week to alleviate pressure from
rising flood waters.
(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/adlfxrl)
2013 Jan 24, Syrian warplanes
bombed rebel-held areas near Damascus as President Bashar Assad's
troops battled opposition fighters for control of a strategic road
that links the capital with the main airport. Twin car bombs in the
Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights killed eight people in
Quneitra, as thegovernment called on those who fled the country
during the civil war to return, including regime opponents.
(AP, 1/24/13)(AP, 1/25/13)
2013 Jan 24, The UN Security
Council approved the use of surveillance drones over eastern Congo
to monitor roving militias.
(SFC, 1/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 24, Vietnam’s Laborer
newspaper quoted Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang as
saying Vietnam will produce its own drug for executing prisoners.
Factories in the EU have stopped shipments because of objections
there to the death penalty.
2013 Jan 25, A US federal
appeals court ruled that President Barack Obama violated the US
Constitution when he used recess appointments to fill a labor board,
a decision that could curtail the president's options in filling
vacancies. The panel said the Senate was not truly in recess when
Obama made his appointments.
2013 Jan 25, Washington and
Beijing agreed that any North Korean nuclear test will lead to North
Korea's further isolation and set back efforts to restart regional
2013 Jan 25, CIA veteran John
Kiriakou was sentenced to 30 months in prison for leaking a covert
officer’s identity to a reporter.
(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 25, Twitter suspended
the account used by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked militant group two
days after al-Shabab used the platform to announce a death threat
against Kenyan hostages unless Kenya's government meets its demands.
2013 Jan 25, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed five civilians and wounded
another 25 in a botched attempt to hit a convoy of NATO supply
trucks in kapisa province.
2013 Jan 25, In Bahrain
hundreds of anti-government protesters clashed with riot police in
Manama after authorities denied a request for a major opposition
2013 Jan 25, The British
government published a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and said
lawmakers will get their first vote on it in Parliament next month.
2013 Jan 25, A Canadian police
report said a son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi allegedly
received 120 million euros ($162 million) in bribes for giving major
contracts in Libya to SNC-Lavalin Inc, Canada's biggest engineering
and construction company. The report did not make clear when the
alleged bribes occurred.
2013 Jan 25, Calgary-based
Griffiths Energy International will pay a C$10.35 million ($10.26
million) fine after a Canadian court accepted a settlement between
the company and prosecutors. The company had admitted to bribing the
wife of a Chadian diplomat.
2013 Jan 25, In China a scandal
involving Chinese city officials having sex with women hired by
developers who secretly videotaped the trysts to extort construction
deals broadened with state media announcing that 10 more officials
have been fired.
2013 Jan 25, A Colombia judge
convicted Jaime Blanco, a former contractor for US-based Drummond
Coal, of murder for being the mastermind of the killing of two union
leaders on March 12, 2001. Blanco was sentenced to nearly 38 years
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/d6szsex)
2013 Jan 25, A senior Japanese
envoy handed China's leader, Xi Jinping, a cordial letter from PM
Shinzo Abe in the highest-level contact between the sides since
tensions spiked in September over an island dispute, though the
meeting yielded little beyond commitments to hold further contact.
2013 Jan 25, Egypt’s schism was
on display as the mainly liberal and secular opposition held rallies
saying the goals of the pro-democracy uprising have not been met and
denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. At least 11 people
were killed as tens of thousands took to the streets to deliver an
angry backlash against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood.
(AP, 1/25/13)(AP, 1/27/13)
2013 Jan 25, Greek riot police
stormed the Athens subway train depot before dawn to enforce a
government emergency order forcing striking staff back to work in an
escalating standoff over new austerity measures.
2013 Jan 25, In Haiti up to 20
people were killed after their truck plunged into a canal.
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 25, The Honduras
Congress went on recess. Lawmakers had only partially passed a
budget to pay some of state employees and contractors. That left
undecided the budgets of autonomous institutions such as utilities
and the port authority. The country has been on the brink of
bankruptcy for months, as lawmakers put off passing a budget.
2013 Jan 25, Iraqi troops
killed five protesters when they opened fire at demonstrators angry
at the troops for preventing them from attending an anti-government
rally in Fallujah. Gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in Fallujah,
killing two soldiers and prompting local authorities to impose a
curfew in the city.
2013 Jan 25, Mali's military
and French forces pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in
the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an
operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels.
2013 Jan 25, In Mexico 16
members of Kombo Kolombia and their crew were reported missing early
today after playing a private show in a bar late last night in the
town, Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon state.
2013 Jan 25, Northern Irish
police were pelted by petrol bombs for the first time in almost two
weeks on Friday after more protests at the removal of the British
flag from Belfast City Hall.
2013 Jan 25, North Korea
threatened to attack rival South Korea if Seoul joined a new round
of tightened UN sanctions, as Washington unveiled more of its own
economic restrictions following Pyongyang's rocket launch last
2013 Jan 25, Norwegian energy
company Statoil ASA said two Norwegian employees missing after a
terror attack on a gas plant in Algeria have been confirmed dead.
2013 Jan 25, Russian police
detained 20 gay rights campaigners and militant Orthodox Christian
activists near the country's parliament as it overwhelmingly backed
a bill that would ban "homosexual propaganda."
2013 Jan 25, Syrian troops
shelled the city of Homs and soldiers battled rebels around the
central province with the same name. An amateur video posted online
by activists showed rockets slamming into buildings in the
rebel-held town of Rastan. Activist groups said at least 140 people
were in fighting nationwide.
(AP, 1/25/13)(SFC, 1/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 25, In Venezuela
violence erupted at Uribana prison in the city of Barquisimeto when
groups of inmates attacked National Guard troops who were attempting
to carry out an inspection. The death toll reached 58 with some 120
(AP, 1/27/13)(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 25, Regional civic
campaign group AfriForum said it is taking legal action to stop
Zimbabwe from taking delivery of helicopter gunships from
neighboring South Africa.
2013 Jan 26, The film
“Fruitvale" won top prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It depicted
the last 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant (22), a black man shot
dead by police in San Francisco on New Year’s Day in 2009. The film
was renamed “Fruitvale Station" for its public release.
(Econ, 7/20/13, p.75)
2013 Jan 26, Louisiana police
arrested Wilbert Thibodeaux (48). He was suspected of shooting a
police officer and wounding 2 sheriff’s deputies after setting a
deadly fire at a mobile home in St. Mary’s Parish.
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 26, Pennsylvania
police said Stephen Baker (62), a Franciscan brother, was found dead
of a self-inflicted knife wound at the St. Bernardine monastery.
Baker was named in recent settlements involving 11 men who alleged
that he sexually abused them 3 decades ago in Ohio. More people soon
came forward with abuse claims in Pennsylvania, where Baker had
taught and coached.
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A6)(SFC, 2/25/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 26, In Afghanistan 10
policemen died when a suicide bomber driving a motorcycle blew
himself up in northern Kunduz province. A remote-controlled bomb
planted on a bicycle exploded, killing one police officer and one
civilian in the eastern city of Ghazni. A police truck packed with
officers and detainees struck a roadside bomb in Kandahar city,
killing 10 of those aboard. It was one of four blasts that left at
least 24 people dead across the country.
(AP, 1/26/13)(AP, 1/27/13)
2013 Jan 26, In Bangladesh a
fire at the Smart Export Garment Ltd. factory killed seven female
workers. An investigation was ordered the next day under allegations
that the emergency exit was locked.
(AP, 1/27/13)(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 26, Ontario's Liberals
chose Kathleen Wynne (59), a former Cabinet minister, to become the
province's first female premier and first openly gay leader of a
2013 Jan 26, In the Czech Rep.
former left-leaning PM Milos Zeman (68) staged a big return to power
by winning 54.8 percent of the vote in the country’s first directly
elected presidential vote. The president has little executive power
and the country is run by the government chosen and led by the prime
2013 Jan 26, In Egypt violence
left 37 people dead in Port Said after a judge sentenced 21 people
to death in connection with a Feb. 1 soccer melee that killed 74
fans of the Cairo-based Al-Ahly team.
(AP, 1/26/13)(AP, 1/27/13)
2013 Jan 26, In Iraq 170
lawmakers voted in favor of a law limiting the terms on the prime
minister and other top officials. Lawmakers from al-Maliki's State
of Law bloc boycotted the session. Gunmen killed two Iraqi soldiers
and abducted three others in Fallujah as hundreds of mourners
gathered for the funeral of protesters killed during a shooting by
army troops a day earlier.
2013 Jan 26, In Mali French
forces took control of the airport and a key bridge in the radical
Islamist stronghold of Gao under the cover of darkness early today,
marking a significant inroad into the heart of territory held by the
2013 Jan 26, Mexico City
authorities removed a much-disputed statue of Geidar Aliyev, the
late leader of Azerbaijan.
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 26, Myanmar government
forces, after several days of fighting, took a hilltop stronghold of
the Kachin rebels 5km from Laiza, the administrative headquarters of
the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.30)
2013 Jan 26, In Pakistan two
Islamic militant groups clashed over control of a prized valley in
the northwest, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens more
in the Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region. Dozens of
armed men attacked a post manned by pro-government tribal militia
members in a remote area in southwestern Baluchistan, killing two
tribesmen and abducting seven more.
2013 Jan 26, In Russia a fire
ripped through a new Moscow building's underground parking lot,
killing 10 Tajikistan migrant workers and injuring 13 others who had
been working and living there.
2013 Jan 26, Somalia's
education minister said 3 officials have been arrested for
mismanaging a scholarship scheme that sends Somali students to
Turkey. Somalia is ranked as the world's most corrupt country by
2013 Jan 26, In Switzerland 3
women from Ukrainian feminist activist group Femen, angry over
sexism and male domination of the world economy, ripped off their
shirts and tried to force their way into a gathering of corporate
elites in Davos.
2013 Jan 26, Syria’s Sana state
news said government troops raided an opposition stronghold in
Daraya, killing rebels and uncovering tunnels they used to move
around and smuggle weapons. An air raid on the northern town of
Al-Bab, which killed at least four people and wounded others.
Activist groups reported heavy clashes in Homs and Qusair.
2013 Jan 27, The US State
Department condemned an Iranian court for sentencing Saeed
Abedini (32), an Iranian-American Christian pastor, to eight years
in prison for reportedly threatening Iran's national security
through his leadership in Christian house churches.
2013 Jan 27, Illinois
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure into law giving
illegal immigrants permission to drive. Opponents have pointed to
hundreds of fraudulent cases in New Mexico, Washington and Utah
after those states began giving illegal immigrants permission to
2013 Jan 27, In Chicago 7
people were killed and 6 wounded in gun violence around the city.
(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 27, A barge laden with
80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss.,
spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the
waterway for miles each way. A second barge was damaged.
2013 Jan 27, Stanley Karnow,
award- winning author and journalist, died at his home in Potomac,
Md. His work included “Vietnam: A History" (1983), and “In Our
Image," a companion to a PBS documentary on the Philippines, which
won the Pulitzer in 1990.
(SFC, 1/28/13, p.C4)
2013 Jan 27, Afghan authorities
accused NATO of killing three civilian men in a nighttime ambush in
the eastern Logar province. The coalition disputed the account,
saying it had no operations in Logar's Baraki Barak district the
previous evening. NATO said there were three dead, but they were
insurgents killed by Afghan forces.
2013 Jan 27, African Union
leaders met in the Ethiopian capital for talks dominated by the
conflict in Mali as well as lingering territorial issues between the
two Sudans. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the two-day
summit in Addis Ababa, where Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn took
over from President Yayi Boni of Benin as chairperson of the African
2013 Jan 27, In southern Brazil
a fire swept through the crowded Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria early
today. The fire broke out after band members lit flares. There was
no alarm, no extinguishers, no sprinklers and almost no escape from
the nightclub. 3 people were detained the next day in connection
with the blaze that left 237 dead. In April the nightclub's two
owners and two band members were charged with murder. 4 others were
also charged in connection to the fire.
(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)(AP, 1/29/13)(SFC, 2/4/13,
p.A2)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.28)(AP, 4/2/13)
2013 Jan 27, In Egypt clashes
broke out in Cairo for a 4th straight day, with protesters and
police near central Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising.
Police fired tear gas as protesters pelted them with rocks. Pres.
Morsi declared a 30-day state of emergency and night curfew in the
three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by the wave of violence that
has left more than 50 dead in three days.
2013 Jan 27, In France
thousands of supporters of a government-sponsored bill, that would
legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, marched in
2013 Jan 27, Iran’s government
arrested 14 journalists accused of cooperation with foreign-based,
Persian-language media organizations.
2013 Jan 27, In northern Mexico
at least eight bodies were pulled from a well in Mina, Nuevo Leon
state, near the site where 20 people went missing late last week,
including members of a Colombian-style band.
2013 Jan 27, In the Philippines
gunmen hiding in a sugarcane field ambushed a truckload of policemen
and village guards killing 9 and wounding 9 others in Negros
(SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 27, In South Sudan a
showdown in the middle of the market town of Pibor between rebels
and South Sudan's military led to the deaths of four civilians and
some 2,000 people seeking refuge with the UN.
2013 Jan 27, In northern
Syria at least 10 rebels were killed in fighting that erupted
after the opposition fighters attacked a government checkpoint.
2013 Jan 27, Zimbabwe's
prominent political analyst Professor John Makumbe (63), an albino
who also campaigned against prejudice toward the skin pigmentation
condition, died after a heart attack.
2013 Jan 28, In New Hampshire
Catherine Houghton (70) of Novato, Ca., was stabbed to death in the
lobby of the Hampton Inn in Littleton. Rodney Hill (37) was later
charged with 2nd degree murder. He said he attacked her because he
thought she was the devil.
(SFC, 5/30/13, p.D3)
2013 Jan 28, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez announced 15.8% raise in public pension payments
effective in March. Retirees dismissed the move as too little and
(Econ, 2/16/13, p.39)
2013 Jan 28, Australia reported
4 deaths as torrential rain over the weekend flooded the Queensland
towns of Gladstone, Gympie and Ipswich.
(AP, 1/28/13)(AP, 1/29/13)
2013 Jan 28, Britain received
an initial 340 million pounds from the Swiss government as part of a
deal to tackle tax evasion that the government expects will net it
some 5 billion pounds over the next six years.
2013 Jan 28, In Egypt
riot police fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters in central
Cairo, and one protester died of gunshot wounds. Egypt's main
opposition coalition rejected the Islamist president's call for
dialogue unless their conditions are met.
2013 Jan 28, Nikolaos Dertilis
(94), the last jailed member of the Greek military dictatorship
(1967-1974), died of a stroke at Athens' Erythros Stavros Hospital.
He had spent the last 38 years in prison.
2013 Jan 28, In eastern
Indonesia a mob of wild monkeys has gone on a rampage in a
village in South Sulawesi province, entering houses and attacking
residents. Seven people were injured.
2013 Jan 28, Iran said it has
successfully sent a monkey into space, describing the launch as
another step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight.
2013 Jan 28, Malian ground
forces backed by French paratroopers and helicopters took control of
Timbuktu's airport and the roads leading to the town in an overnight
operation. Timbuktu’s mayor said Islamist extremists torched a
library containing historic manuscripts as they fled late last week.
The jihadists left a manual behind on how to use the SA-7
surface-to-air missile as well as other instructional material,
including a spiral-bound pamphlet showing how to use the KPV-14.5
anti-aircraft machine gun and another on how to make a bomb out of
(AP, 1/28/13)(AP, 6/11/13)
2013 Jan 28, The Netherlands'
Queen Beatrix announced that she is ending her reign after 33 years
and passing the crown to her eldest son, Willem-Alexander (45), who
has long been groomed to be king.
2013 Jan 28, In Nigeria John
Yakubu Yusufu, a man who formerly helped oversee the country’s
police pension program, pleaded guilty to stealing $145 million, but
walked out of court a free man after agreeing to a plea bargain that
saw him pay only a fraction of it back.
2013 Jan 28, The Philippine
Congress ratified a bill awarding $246 million to victims of martial
law compensation and recognition for detentions, beatings,
harassment and killings from 1972-1986. The bill will be sent to
Pres. Benigno Aquino III for signing into law.
2013 Jan 28, Syrian activists
said troops battled rebels in several towns and villages around
Damascus, including in Daraya, Arbeen and Zabadani.
2013 Jan 28, In Yemen a car
bomb exploded next to a military checkpoint in Radda, where Yemeni
government forces waged their first offensive targeting al-Qaida
militants in the area. 11 soldiers were killed. The military
launched a wide offensive against al-Qaida in surrounding Bayda
province. The first day of shelling left 6 dead, 4 from
al-Qaida and 2 from the army.
2013 Mar 29, In Mayflower,
Arkansas, an ExxonMobil pipeline sprang a leak. Crews soon recovered
some 12,000 barrels of oil and water. The Pegasus pipeline, capable
of carrying more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from
Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was carrying Canadian Wabasca
Heavy crude at the time of the leak. In June the US Justice Dept.
and the state of Arkansas filed suit against ExxonMobile for the
210,000 gallons spilled.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A8)(Reuters, 4/1/13)(SFC,
2013 Jan 29, In Chicago Hadiya
Pendleton (15) was gunned down in a park. The majorette had recently
performed with her King Prep High School band in Washington for
Pres. Obama’s inauguration. On Feb 11 gang members Michael Ward (18)
and Kenneth Williams (20) were charged with her murder.
(SFC, 2/1/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 29, Former Michigan
Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway pleaded guilty to bank fraud
for concealing assets, including a Florida home, and urging a bank
to short sale a Detroit-area home claiming financial hardship. On
May 28 she was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
(SFC, 1/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 5/29/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 29, African and
Western nations pledged more than $450 million to fund an
African-led military force to fight Islamist extremists in Mali.
2013 Jan 29, In Bulgaria
Zlatomir Ivanov (44), a convicted underworld boss, was shot and
seriously wounded outside a courthouse in Sofia. His bodyguard
managed to return fire but was wounded in the leg.
2013 Jan 29, Thick,
off-the-scale smog shrouded eastern China for the second time in
about two weeks, forcing airlines to cancel flights because of poor
visibility and prompting Beijing to temporarily shut factories and
curtail fleets of government cars.
2013 Jan 29, An Indonesian
court sentenced British citizen Julian Anthony Ponder (43) to six
years in prison for his role in a cocaine-smuggling case that led to
a death sentence last week for a British grandmother.
2013 Jan 29, In Iran followers
of the minority Zoroastrian religion gathered after sunset to mark
Sadeh — an ancient mid-winter feast dating to Iran's pre-Islamic
past that is also drawing new interest from Muslims.
2013 Jan 29, In Jordan a wave
of 21,000 Syrian refugees arrived in the past week, moving into
northern Jordan at about five times the usual daily rate. The
crowded Zatari camp, already struggling with flooding, short
supplies and tent fires, was overwhelmed.
2013 Jan 29, In Kazakhstan a
SCAT passenger jet carrying at least 20 people crashed in heavy fog
near Almaty, killing all on board.
2013 Jan 29, Malaysian wildlife
officials said 10 endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have been found
dead at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve under mysterious
circumstances. Officials said that they probably were poisoned over
the past 3 weeks. The remains of 3 more were found the next day
bringing the total to 13.
(AP, 1/29/13)(AP, 1/30/13)
2013 Jan 29, The website of the
National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the Tuaregs' name
for northern Mali, claimed control of the strategic city of Kidal
and seven other northern towns from Islamist extremists.
2013 Jan 29, Mexican
immigration authorities said they have broken up a bizarre cult that
allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the US
border. The "Defensores de Cristo" or "Defenders of Christ"
allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who claimed
he was the reincarnation of Christ.
2013 Jan 29, The UN said more
than 150,000 have been displaced by flooding in Mozambique over the
last several days as the overall death toll stood at 38.
2013 Jan 29, Myanmar’s
state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported that Order No 2/88, a ban
on public gatherings of more than five people that was ordered in
1988, was abolished.
2013 Jan 29, In Pakistan gunmen
riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting
polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in Gullu Dheri
village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Gunmen driving in a car opened
fire and killed two police constables in Quetta.
2013 Jan 29, In Somalia a
suicide bomber in Mogadishu detonated explosives in the presidential
palace compound outside the home of PM Abdi Farah Shirdon, killing
himself and two people.
2013 Jan 29, The Somali
government charged a woman who has said she was raped by security
forces. Human Rights Watch later said three other people including
the woman's husband were also charged with assisting the alleged
rape victim to evade investigators.
2013 Jan 29, South Korea’s
outgoing Pres. Lee Myung-bak granted special pardons 55 people
including political allies, a longtime friend and dozens of others
convicted of corruption and other crimes.
(SFC, 1/30/13, p.A2)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.32)
2013 Jan 29, At its meeting in
Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council waited for Israel to appear for
its once-every-four-years rights review, then determined it had not.
Israel said last year it would stop cooperating with the council
because of an international fact-finding mission into Israeli
2013 Jan 29, Syrian rebels
stormed a government intelligence complex in the east of the
country, freeing at least 11 people held in a prison at the facility
in Deir el-Zour. Regime warplanes carried several airstrikes
on rebel positions in towns and villages around Damascus, including
eastern Ghouta and Yalda, and hit other suburbs with artillery. The
bodies of some 80 people, some with hands tied behind their backs,
were pulled from a river near Aleppo as the government and rebels
trying to overthrow it blamed each other for the latest mass
killing. The Observatory said a total of at least 160 people were
killed today in Syria, while the LCC put the figure at 162.
(AP, 1/29/13)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.38)
2013 Jan 29, In Syria Musa
Maragha (86), a hard-line Palestinian military commander who
rebelled against leader Yasser Arafat to form his own rival party,
died in Damascus. Maragha was better known by his nom de guerre,
2013 Jan 29, Attacks by Yemen's
air force killed at least 16 al-Qaida militants and wounded dozens
of others. Yemen’s military freed 13 soldiers captured by al-Qaida
the previous evening. State news Yemeni authorities have seized a
ship in the nation's territorial waters carrying explosives and
weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. The US said the ship,
intercepted last week, came from Iran.
2013 Jan 30, In Alabama Jimmy
Lee Dykes (65) holed up in a bunker with a 5-year-old hostage kept
law officers at bay in an all-night, all-day standoff that began
when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away. Bus
driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. (66) was hailed by locals as a hero
who gave his life to protect 21 students.
(AP, 1/30/13)(AP, 2/1/13)
2013 Jan 30, A massive storm in
the southeast US left at least 2 people dead in Georgia.
(SFC, 1/31/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 30, Former Illinois
Gov. George Ryan (78) was released from federal prison. He will
remain under house arrest until his 6½-year sentence officially ends
(SFC, 1/31/13, p.A9)
2013 Jan 30, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded in an open-air market in Khost province, killing two
2013 Jan 30, In Argentina an
attempt by Chevron Corp. to unfreeze its assets was dismissed by an
appeals court. Winners of a $19 billion environmental judgment in
Ecuador have filed suits in Canada, Brazil and Argentina.
2013 Jan 30, In north-central
Chile a magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook offices, toppled supermarket
shelves and broke windows.
2013 Jan 30, China’s Beijing
government put into place emergency measures to try to combat thick
smog which has encased the city.
(SFC, 1/31/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 30, In Egypt two
protesters were killed in clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square and its
surroundings. Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt's liberal opposition leader,
called for a broad national dialogue with the Islamist government,
all political factions and the powerful military.
2013 Jan 30, Egypt's Islamist
Pres. Morsi, on a one-day visit to Berlin to seek support to rebuild
a crumbling Egyptian economy, turned aside repeated criticism of his
past comments referring to Jews as "the descendants of apes and
pigs," insisting that the remarks were taken out of context and were
aimed at criticizing Israeli attacks on Palestinians.
2013 Jan 30, At a conference in
Kuwait Gulf nations answered UN calls to boost humanitarian aid for
Syria with $900 million in pledges even as more refugees poured into
neighboring Jordan and its leader warned resources were strained to
2013 Jan 30, Israel said it is
transferring some $100 million in last month’s tax revenues to the
Palestinian Authority that were frozen last year.
2013 Jan 30, Israeli jets
bombed a convoy near Syria's border with Lebanon, apparently
targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah in what some called a
warning to Damascus not to arm Israel's Lebanese enemy.
2013 Jan 30, The Lebanese
military said that Israeli warplanes have sharply increased their
activity over Lebanon in the past week, including at least 12
sorties in less than 24 hours in the country's south.
2013 Jan 30, In Mali French
forces took control the airport in Kidal, seizing a key position in
the last remaining urban stronghold of Islamist extremists, whose
fighters escaped with their weapons into a desert region the size of
Texas. 4 Malian soldiers died and 5 others were wounded when their
vehicle hit a land mine in the town of Gossi.
(AP, 1/30/13)(AP, 1/31/13)
2013 Jan 30, Russia pulled out
of an anti-crime accord with the United States in a move the US
called "self-defeating," the latest sign of rising tensions between
Moscow and Washington.
2013 Jan 30, South Korea
launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first
time. The satellite is designed to analyze weather data, measure
radiation in space, gauges distances on earth and test how
effectively South Korean-made devices installed on the satellite
operate in space.
2013 Jan 31, The US Congress
sent Pres. Obama legislation raising the debt ceiling, averting a
government default until later this year.
(SFC, 2/1/13, p.A9)
2013 Jan 31, The US Navy said
it has decided to scrap the $277 million mine-sweeper Guardian stuck
since Jan 17 on the sensitive Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines.
(SFC, 2/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 31, A US government
report showed that California's Hispanic population will equal that
of whites this year before becoming the state's largest demographic
group in 2014.
2013 Jan 31, The Catholic
archdiocese of Los Angeles published 12,000 pages of personnel
documents on 122 priests accused of sexual abuse dating back to the
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.31)
2013 Jan 31, Genelle
Conway-Allen (13) of Suisun City, Ca., was last seen alive. Her body
was found the next day 4 miles away in Allan Witt Park, Fairfield.
On Feb 8 police arrested Anthony Lamar Jones (32), a local Fairfield
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A9)(SFC, 2/9/13, p.C1)
2013 Jan 31, The NY Times said
Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated its computer systems over the
past four months, stealing reporters' passwords and hunting for
files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a
top Chinese leader.
2013 Jan 31, In Texas
prosecutor Mark Hasse (57) was shot and killed in the parking lot
behind the Kaufman County Courthouse.
(SFC, 2/1/13, p.A7)(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A12)
2013 Jan 31, Armenian Paruir
Airikian (63), one of eight candidates in the Feb. 18 presidential
race, was shot and wounded by an unidentified assailant outside his
home in Yerevan, just before midnight. two suspects were arrested on
(AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/8/13)
2013 Jan 31, Australia’s
government received confirmation that the Shonan Maru No. 2, a
support vessel for the Japanese whaling fleet, had entered
Australia's exclusive economic zone near Macquarie Island in the
Antarctic Ocean. The Australian embassy in Tokyo protested to the
2013 Jan 31, Chinese courts
convicted eight Tibetans over accusations they incited others to
self-immolate in the first such prosecutions to become publicly
known, showing Beijing's resolve to stamp out the protests by
criminalizing both the protesters and their supporters.
2012 Jan 31, Chinese police
detained Liu Hui, the brother-in-law of jailed Nobel Peace Prize
winner Liu Xiaobo, on fraud charges in what the family said is the
latest act of official retaliation. In March he was formally charged
over a real estate dispute.
2013 Jan 31, Egypt’s opposition
National Salvation Front held a meeting with Pres. Morsi's Muslim
Brotherhood under the aegis of Egypt's premier Islamic institution,
Al-Azhar, in their first ever meeting. They and other politicians
signed a joint statement denouncing violence.
2013 Jan 31, Germany's
Parliament voted to extend the country's military mission in
Afghanistan by 13 months.
2013 Jan 31, In Ghana former UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan launched a commission to tackle drug
trafficking in West Africa. Annan blamed the international community
for ignoring the threat posed by corrupted states like
2013 Jan 31, Greek doctors,
port workers and public transport staff in the country's capital
walked off the job in strikes against deeply unpopular austerity
measures that have seen incomes slashed as the country struggles to
emerge from a deep financial crisis. Farmers in central Greece
parked their tractors along the country's main highway for a second
day, under the watchful eye of riot police, threatening to shut the
road to protest spending cuts and high fuel taxes.
2013 Jan 31, In Iceland a
15-year-old Icelandic girl was granted the right to legally use the
name "Blaer," which means "light breeze," given to her by her
mother, despite the opposition of authorities and a strict law on
2013 Jan 31, Iran announced
plans to install and operate advanced uranium enrichment machines,
in what would be a technological leap allowing it to significantly
speed up activity the West fears could be put to developing a
2013 Jan 31, An Iraqi official
said security forces arrested French journalist Nadir Dendoune
several days ago while he was taking photos of a security
location in Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood.
2013 Jan 31, The book “They
Promised Me Paradise" by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot
and wounded Pope John Paul in 1981, was released in Italy. In the
book Agca writes that Iran’s late leader Ayhatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini told him to kill John Paul in the name of God.
(SFC, 2/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 31, In Mexico City an
office building blast killed 37 people and injured 121 at the
headquarters of Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned oil company. On
Feb 4 authorities said the basement explosion in an administrative
building next to the 51-story Pemex tower was caused by a gas
buildup ignited by an electrical spark or other heat source.
(AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/4/13)
2013 Jan 31, In southern Mexico
vigilantes who have taken up arms against drug cartel violence and
common crime announced they will bring charges ranging from
organized crime to kidnapping and extortion against 50 men and three
women who they have been holding prisoner at improvised jails in
Ayutla, Guerrero state.
2013 Jan 31, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed two polio workers on their way to vaccinate
children in the northwestern Kurraml region near the Afghan border.
2013 Jan 31, Volgograd, the
southern Russian city where the Red Army decisively turned back Nazi
forces in a key World War II battle, passed a measure to use the
name Stalingrad in city statements on the commemoration day, on
Russia's May 9 Victory Day and on four other days connected with the
2013 Jan 31, South African
officials said that 57 rhinos have been killed by poachers across
the country so far this year. A record 668 rhinos were killed in
South Africa in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the
2013 Jan 31, Syria threatened
to retaliate for an Israeli airstrike and its ally Iran said there
will be repercussions for the Jewish state over the attack.
2013 Jan 31, The United Nations
demanded that Egyptian authorities act to bring perpetrators of
sexual assaults to justice, saying it had reports of 25 sexual
assaults on women in Tahrir rallies over the past week.
2013 Jan 31, In Yemen two days
of clashes in the south between al-Qaida militants and
pro-government fighters killed 14 on both sides.
2013 Jan, California
researchers published findings of a brain tumor in raccoons
associated with a newly discovered virus called RacPyV, or raccoon
(SFC, 1/15/13, p.C2)
2013 Jan, In the SF Bay Area
the digging of a 5-mile tunnel was completed between Newark and
Menlo Park. The $286 million public utilities tunnel will carry
water from the Hetch Hetchey Reservoir when it is completed in the
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.C5)
2013 Jan, Ping Fu, China-born
head of North Carolina-based Geomagic, agreed to sell her company to
3D Systems, one of the biggest producers of 3D printers. Her book
“Bend Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds" was published last December.
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.72)
2013 Jan, Jack Gerard, CEO of
the American Petroleum Institute, said in a speech in Washington,
D.C. that in the western US alone the volume of oil shale is
estimated at 800 billion barrels — three times the proven crude
reserves of Saudi Arabia. At current prices this much shale oil
would be worth a staggering $65 trillion.
2013 Jan, Australia’s heat wave
set a new reocrd of 40.3° C for the highest national average
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.34)
2013 Jan, Belarus police began
going after gays, raiding their clubs and locking up clubbers
overnight, and summoning gay activists for questioning in response
to a decision by gay activists across the country to try to legally
register their rights organization, GayBelarus.
2013 Jan, In China out
promoting his latest book, “Everybody in the World Knows," former
sports writer Li Chengpeng was told by authorities that he could
take “no questions from readers, no talking at all… not even ‘happy
new year’ or ‘thank you"’.
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.35)
2013 Jan, Authorities in the
Dominican Republic seized 3 tons of cocaine this month off the
country's southern coast. Last year 9 tons were seized for a third
2013 Jan, Paul Salopek
(b.1962), American journalist, began a 7-year trek from Ethiopia to
Chile aiming to reproduce man’s global migration.
2013 Jan, In Germany Ulrich
Hoeness, former soccer star, turned himself in for hiding a Swiss
bank account from German tax authorities. He payed more than €3
million ($3.9m) in back taxes.
(Econ, 4/27/13, p.52)
2013 Jan, It was reported that
that air pollution in Delhi, India, kills an estimated 10,500 people
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.34)
2013 Jan, Iran arrested Slovak
national Matej Valuch (26) and accused him of spying for the
US CIA. On Feb 8 Valuch was released and returned home.
2013 Jan, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe
announced a ¥10.3 trillion fiscal stimulus.
(Econ, 5/18/13, p.24)
2013 Jan, Spanish papers
reported that slush money had flowed liberally for at least two
decades through the headquarters of the Popular Party, led by PM
Mariano Rajoy. Much of the money came from construction magnates who
received public contracts and helped inflate Spain’s disastrous
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.51)
2013 Jan, Nordea Bank AB, the
largest bank in Sweden, said its 250 customers were robbed of eight
million Swedish krona (about 1.66 billion won). It was online theft;
they stole and withdrew money from the victims’ accounts. The
Swedish police only found out what had been happening 15 months
after the scheme was started, and the theft was still at large. The
theft traced to a Russian hacker who goes by the sobriquet “the
2013 Feb 1, Hillary Rodham
Clinton formally resigned as America's 67th secretary of state,
capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the
number of countries visited.
2013 Feb 1, Energy Secretary
Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist frequently the target of
Republican criticism, announced that he was stepping down in the
latest shake-up of Pres. Barack Obama's Cabinet.
2013 Feb 1, The American TV
series “House of Cards" premiered on Netflix.
(Econ, 2/2/13, p.52)
2013 Feb 1, In San Francisco a
ban on public nudity took effect.
(SSFC, 2/2/14, p.C1)
2013 Feb 1, Detroit’s Mayor
Bing said the city will close 50 of its 107 parks, but keep Belle
Isle running. Services at 38 other parks will be reduced. The city
council voted not to accept state assistance for Bell Isle.
(SFC, 2/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 1, Edward Koch
(b.1924), NYC’s 105th mayor (1978-1989), died from congestive heart
(SFC, 2/2/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 1, The IMF gave the
government of Argentina until Sep 29 to comply with the fund’s rules
on the reporting of inflation statistics. On Dec 9 the IMF deferred
action until March.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.38)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.56)
2013 Feb 1, Bolivia’s mining
town of Oruro formally dedicated its Virgin of Socavon, a new statue
of the Virgin Mary that's a little taller than Rio's famed Christ
the Redeemer, as it kicked off its Carnival celebrations.
2013 Feb 1, Senior British
counterterrorism Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn (53) was
sentenced to 15 months in prison for trying to sell information to
Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.
2013 Feb 1, Chinese car maker
Geely said it has bought Manganese Bronze, the maker of London's
black taxis since 1948, for 11 million pounds, safeguarding jobs and
production of the vehicles in Britain.
2013 Feb 1, In central China an
elevated portion of highway collapsed after a truck loaded with
illegal fireworks for Lunar New Year celebrations exploded, killing
at least 10 people and sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters to the
(AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/2/13)
2013 Feb 1, Thousands of
Egyptians marched across the country, chanting against the rule of
the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in a fresh wave of protests.
Protesters denouncing Pres. Morsi hurled stones and firebombs
through the gates of his palace gates, clashing with security forces
who fired tear gas and water cannons. Video footage showed at least
seven black-clad riot police beating Hamada Saber (48), whose pants
are down around his ankles, with sticks before dragging him along
the muddy pavement and tossing him into a police van.
(AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/2/13)
2013 Feb 1, In western Iraq
tens of thousands of Sunni protesters blocked a major highway, as an
al-Qaida-affiliated group called on Sunnis to take up arms against
the Shiite-led government.
2013 Feb 1, In Italy a Milan
appeals court vacated acquittals for a former CIA station chief and
two other Americans, and instead convicted them in the 2003
abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street as part
of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. The court sentenced
former CIA Rome station chief Jeffrey Castelli to seven years, and
handed sentences of six years each to Americans Betnie Medero and
Ralph Russomando. All three were tried in absentia at both levels.
2013 Feb 1, In Lebanon at least
three people were killed and 10 others wounded in clashes between
the army and gunmen in the northeastern town of Arsal near the
border with Syria. Residents of Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town, are
known to be sympathetic to the Syrian opposition, and arms smuggling
into Syria is widespread in the area.
2013 Feb 1, In Mali 3 suspected
jihadists, arrested in the days since the liberation of the town of
Timbuktu. said that Malian soldiers were torturing them with a
method similar to waterboarding.
2013 Feb 1, The Netherlands
nationalized SNS Reaal bank and expropriated its bonds in a $14
billion rescue. Investors in the subordinated bonds were wiped out.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/bllbeqf)
2013 Feb 1, A Nigerian military
official said 18 militants and one soldier have been killed during
days of fighting in Sambisa Game Reserve, Borno state, pitting
soldiers against suspected rebels with the radical Islamist sect
(AP, 2/1/13)(SFC, 2/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 1, Nigerian lawmaker
Rep. Farouk Lawan, who led a probe into the nation's fuel subsidy
program that saw billions of dollars lost through fraud, was
charged, along with his aide Emenalo Boniface, with allegedly
soliciting a $3 million bribe from someone targeted by the inquiry.
The allegations stem from their investigation of Femi Otedola, the
chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd. and a powerful ally of
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
2013 Feb 1, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a Shiite
mosque as worshippers were leaving prayers, killing 23 people and
wounding over 50 in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Feb 1, A court in northern
Sweden ordered retrials in 2 remaining two cases against Sture
Bergwall (62), an alleged serial killer who had confessed to more
than 30 murders over three decades, and was convicted of eight of
them. Bergwall later said his ghastly tales of slaughter, rape and
even cannibalism were all lies, spawned by loneliness, a desire for
attention and heavy medication. On July 31, 2013, prosecutors
dropped the last remaining charges against Bergwall.
(AP, 2/2/13)(AP, 7/31/13)
2013 Feb 1, In Turkey a
suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the
entrance of the US Embassy in Ankara, killing himself and a guard.
2013 Feb 2, The US and Mexico
reached a tentative agreement on cross-border trade in tomatoes.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A8)
2013 Feb 2, In San Diego the
165-foot South Bay Power Plant was demolished to make room for a
(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 2, In California
deputies in Calaveras County found the bodies of 3 people. Phillip
Marshall (54) had shot and killed his two teenage sons before
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A8)
2013 Feb 2, Nebraska Lt. Gov.
Rick Sheehy resigned abruptly in a scandal involving thousands of
calls to four women on his state-issued cellphone, including one
woman who said she had a romantic relationship with the politician.
2013 Feb 2, In central Texas a
shooting at a gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge, west of Glen Rose,
killed former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and
his friend. Eddie Ray Routh (25) of Lancaster was arraigned on two
counts of capital murder. On Feb 24, 2015, Routh was convicted for
the two slayings and received an automatic life sentence without
(AP, 2/3/13)(SFC, 2/24/15, p.A9)
2013 Feb 2, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed a family of five in Helmand province.
2013 Feb 2, China’s Xinhua News
reported that 13 people died after an overloaded bus tumbled down a
slope. Over 50 people were killed in the last 24 hours in 4 major
(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 2, An Egyptian court
sentenced Habib al-Adly, the country's former interior minister, to
three years in prison after finding him guilty of abusing his
position in power by forcing police conscripts to work on his
mansion and land outside Cairo. The Giza court also convicted former
riot police chief Hassan Abdel-Hamid of authorizing the illegal
labor and sentenced him to three years in prison. Several thousand
anti-government demonstrators marched again on the presidential
palace denouncing the police and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Over 50 people have been killed in violence over the last 10 days.
(AP, 2/2/13)(AP, 2/3/13)(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 2, In Greece more than
5,000 supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party marched past
the US Embassy in Athens, chanting anti-Turkish, anti-US and
anti-immigrant slogans to commemorate a 1996 border incident that
caused a crisis between Greece and Turkey.
2013 Feb 2, Iran unveiled its
newest combat jet, the the Qaher F-313, or Dominant F-313. Military
officials claimed the domestically manufactured fighter-bomber can
2013 Feb 2, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu took on the job of forming a new government and said its
most important task would be to ensure that Iran does not gain
2013 Feb 2, Israeli troops
fired tear gas and stun grenades at rock-throwing Palestinian
protesters as soldiers tried to dismantle an encampment near Burin
that activists set up in the West Bank to protest Israeli building
2013 Feb 2, In Mali
French President Francois Hollande, bathed in the cheers and
accolades of the thousands of people of Timbuktu, made a triumphant
stop six days after French forces parachuted into the city.
2013 Feb 2, In Mali secular
rebels from Mali's Tuareg group (NMLA) arrested Mohamed Moussa Ag
Mohamed of Ansar Dine and Oumeini Ould Baba Akhmed of the Movement
for Unity and Oneness of the Jihad, or MUJAO, near Mali's border
2013 Feb 2, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban militants wearing suicide vests fired automatic
weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at an army post in a pre-dawn
raid, killing 23 people, including 10 civilians in Serai Naurang
town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 12 attackers also were killed
in the assault.
2013 Feb 2, Paraguayan
presidential candidate Lino Cesar Oviedo (69) was killed in a
helicopter crash, ending a dramatic political career that included
coups and repeated attempts to lead his impoverished country. His
bodyguard and pilot also died in the crash.
2013 Feb 2, A Senegal town
leader said that at least five people have been killed after rebels
in the restive south raided a village in the Casamance region and
targeted a bank.
2013 Feb 2, South Africa
teenager Anene Booysen (17) was gang-raped, mutilated and left for
dead on a building construction site in the Western Cape. She lived
long enough to identify one of her attackers. Police on Feb 7 said
they have arrested a second suspect for the gang-rape. On May 21 a
magistrate said there was not enough evidence to try suspect
Jonathan Davids (22), her rejected boyfriend. On Nov 1 Johannes Kana
(21), a man convicted of raping and murdering the girl, was
sentenced to life in jail.
(AP, 2/7/13)(AP, 5/21/13)(AFP, 11/1/13)
2013 Feb 2, Syrian rebels
captured a strategic neighborhood near Aleppo's international
airport. Elsewhere fighting continued unabated, killing more than 60
2013 Feb 2, The Yemeni military
said it has wrested control of al-Maraksha in Abyan province from
al-Qaida fighters after three days of clashes that killed 17 people.
2013 Feb 3, President Barack
Obama encouraged the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay
members and leaders, days before the group is expected to vote on
the controversial and long-standing rule.
2013 Feb 3, In Orange County,
Ca., Monica Quan (28) and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence (27), were
found shot to death in their car at a parking structure in Irvine.
Former Los Angeles police officer officer Christopher Jordan Dorner
was a suspect in the killings. Dorner was with the LAPD from
2005-2008, when he was fired for making false statements.
2013 Feb 3, In California a
tour bus crash with two other vehicles left 7 people dead on Hwy. 38
in San Bernadino County.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A16)(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 3, In New Orleans the
Baltimore Ravens defeated the SF 49ers 43-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
The game was delayed for 34 minutes in the 3rd quarter when lights
went out in the stadium. Some 109 million people watched the game.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A1)(Econ, 2/9/13, p.67)
2013 Feb 3, Afghan police
arrested six men and seized suicide vests, assault rifles and more
than 50 hand grenades during a raid on a residential building in
2013 Feb 3, British PM David
Cameron met in London with the presidents of Afghanistan and
Pakistan for 2 days of talks to discuss prospects for peace with the
2013 Feb 3, In China Gong Aiai
(49), a former bank official from Shaanxi province, was arrested on
suspicion of acquiring 41 houses in Beijing.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.46)(
2013 Feb 3, In Egypt street
vendor Omar Salah (12) was killed during clashes near Tahrir Square.
Activists soon accused the government of trying to cover up the
death. On Feb 14 the government made a rare admission and apology
for mistakenly shooting and killing the boy.
2013 Feb 3, A French-owned oil
tanker, the M/T Gascogne, was reported missing off Ivory Coast with
17 sailors on board. On Feb 6 Sea Tankers said the ship has been
released and that 2 workers suffered injuries in the hijacking.
(AP, 2/4/13)(AP, 2/6/13)
2013 Feb 3, Iranian lawmakers
impeached the country's labor minister over his controversial
appointment of an official implicated in the deaths of prisoners.
2013 Feb 3, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber joined by other suicide attackers on foot assaulted a
provincial police headquarters in Kirkuk, killing at least 16 people
and wounding 90 others.
(AP, 2/3/13)(AP, 2/4/13)
2013 Feb 3, In Mali French
troops launched overnight airstrikes on Islamic militant sites
around Kidal and Tessalit in Mali's far north.
2013 Feb 3, In Myanmar
Rangoon’s first int’l. literary festival ended after drawing
together some 80 Burmese authors.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 3, In Nigeria 11
people were killed in fighting between nomadic cattle herders and
farmers around the village of Ngandum, Adamawa state.
2013 Feb 3, In the Philippines
Moro rebels battled the Abu Sayyaf with guns and knives at close
range. Rebels lost eight men, including one who was beheaded and a
few others who were hacked to death. Up to 14 Abu Sayyaf men were
2013 Feb 3, In Syria
Ibrahim Azzouz, a former parliament member, and three members of his
family were killed in a rebel-held area near the northern city of
Aleppo. Government troops bombarded a building in in Aleppo's
rebel-held neighborhood of Eastern Ansari. The Aleppo Media Center,
a network of anti-regime activists in the city, said 15 people were
killed in the shelling of Eastern Ansari.
2013 Feb 4, Pres. Obama singed
legislation raising the government’s borrowing limit.
(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 4, News emerged that
Los Angeles had charged Standard & Poor’s (S&P) with fraud
in evaluating mortgage-backed securities. The shares of McGraw-Hill,
the parent of S&P dropped 16% on the news.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.71)
2013 Feb 4, In Alabama police
officers stormed the underground bunker where Jimmy Lee Dykes held a
5-year-old boy hostage. The boy, taken hostage on Jan 30, was
rescued and Dykes was left dead.
(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 4, Donald Byrd, US
jazz trumpeter, died in Delaware. He had joined Art Blakey’s Jazz
Messengers in 1955 after moving to NYC from Detroit. He and Pepper
Adams made their Blue Note label debut with their “Off to the Races"
album in 1959.
(SFC, 2/12/13, p.C4)
2013 Feb 4, Argentina announced
a two-month price freeze on supermarket products in an effort to
stop spiraling inflation.
2013 Feb 4, Britain’s Guardian
newspaper said that London's Metropolitan Police Service had stolen
the identities of dozens of dead children to use as aliases for
undercover officers, mining those children's personal histories to
build covers and even issuing fake passports in their names.
2013 Feb 4, Former British
energy secretary Chris Huhne (58) faced time behind bars after
pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice by asking his
then wife in 2003 to accept a penalty for a speeding offence he had
2013 Feb 4, Reg Presley (71),
the lead singer of 1960s British rock band The Troggs, died at his
home after a battle with cancer. He had scored a hit with the love
anthem "Wild Thing" (1966).
2013 Feb 4, The Royal Canadian
Mint officially ended its distribution of pennies to financial
(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 4, An Egyptian
opposition party claimed police tortured one of its members to
death, electrocuting him and beating him repeatedly on the head.
Activist Mohammed el-Gindy (28) died of his wounds early today at a
Cairo hospital. He had disappeared after a protest and turned up in
a hospital in a coma with bruises and internal bleeding. Security
officials denied responsibility.
(AP, 2/4/13)(AP, 2/14/13)
2013 Feb 4, The EU police
organization Europol said a wide-ranging match-fixing investigation
has uncovered more than 380 suspicious matches, including World Cup
and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games,
and found evidence that a Singapore-based crime group is closely
involved in match-fixing.
2013 Feb 4, A senior Iranian
government official, Saeed Mortazavi, was arrested two years after a
parliamentary probe found him responsible for deaths by torture of
at least three jailed anti-government protesters. Mortazavi was
released on Feb 6, a day after Pres. Ahmadinejad denounced the
arrest and pledged to pursue the case.
(AP, 2/5/13)(AP, 2/6/13)
2013 Feb 4, In Iraq a suicide
bomber struck a group of anti-al-Qaida fighters in Taji, killing 21
people and wounding 44.
(AP, 2/4/13)(AP, 2/5/13)
2013 Feb 4, Israeli forces
arrested 20 members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas,
including three lawmakers, in a raid in the West Bank.
2013 Feb 4, A Lebanese judge
issued arrest warrants for a top Syrian intelligence official and
his aide for their alleged involvement in a bombing plot in Lebanon.
Brig. Gen. Ali Mamlouk was accused of being involved with Lebanon's
former information minister, Michel Samaha, who allegedly plotted a
wave of attacks in Lebanon at the behest of Syria.
2013 Feb 4, In Lithuania it was
reported that the retail cost of natural gas pumped from Siberia has
spiked 450 percent in the past seven years, from $169 to $769 per
1,000 cubic meters.
2013 Feb 4, In northern Mali
French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of
Islamic extremists. French forces planned to hand control of
Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.
2013 Feb 4, In Mexico a gang of
armed, masked men raped six Spanish tourists in the Mexican resort
of Acapulco. On Feb 13 officials said they had arrested 6 men on
suspicion of the rapes.
(AP, 2/6/13)(SFC, 2/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 4, Pirates attacked an
oil tanker anchored off Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, shooting one
of the crew members. The Nigerian navy shot back at the attackers,
driving them away. The wounded sailor died in transit to a hospital.
2013 Feb 4, In Somalia a
roadside bomb killed an African Union soldier from Burundi.
2013 Feb 4, South Africa’s
Minister Mildred Oliphant said in a prepared speech that a new daily
wage for manual laborers on the nation's farms would be 105 rand
(about $12) up from 69 rand ($7.80).
2013 Feb 4, In Tanzania the
appeals chamber of the Arusha-based tribunal overturned 30-year
sentences handed down to Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza, who
were both Cabinet ministers at the time of Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
The duo had been convicted to 30 years in September 2011 after being
found guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide and inciting the
public to commit genocide.
2013 Feb 5, Dell and Menlo
Park’s Silver Lake Management, the nation’s largest
technology-focused private-equity firm, announced that they had
agreed to pay $13.65 a share to take Dell private.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.D1)
2013 Feb 5, California charged
Standard & Poor’s with fraudulent practices that resulted in
close to $1 billion in losses state institutional investors. 15
other states and the US Justice Dept. were also suing S&P for
approving mortgage backed securities that turned out to be bad
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A1)
2013 Feb 5, In California 3 men
were found dead on a wooded property in rural west Sonoma County.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 5, A Bangladeshi
tribunal prosecuting cases stemming from the 1971 independence war
sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, a leader of an Islamic
opposition party, to life in prison, sparking street clashes with
police that killed two people and injured dozens more.
2013 Feb 5, Bulgaria linked
Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah to the bomb attack on a bus last
July that killed five Israeli tourists. Two of the suspects linked
to the bombing had entered the country with an Australian and a
2013 Feb 5, In China a court in
Beijing sentenced 10 people to prison terms for running a black
jail. “Custody and repatriation" centers, which held petitioners
along with beggars and vagrants, were scrapped in
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.45)
2013 Feb 5, Chinese phone maker
Huawei and Microsoft launched a new smartphone in Africa, which they
say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The Huawei
4Afrika phone runs Windows Phone 8 and comes pre-loaded with
applications designed for the African market.
2013 Feb 5, European Union
regulators gave approval for Britain's 600 million pounds of public
support for the "Green Deal" energy-efficiency scheme. Britain's
Green Deal permits loans to homeowners to help them pay for
efficiency measures such as loft insulation, modern boilers, draught
proofing and other materials.
2013 Feb 5, Germany's education
minister Annette Schavan (57) was stripped of her doctorate after a
committee of academics concluded that she plagiarized substantial
parts of her 1980 thesis, which dealt with the formation of
conscience. Schavan resigned on Feb 9.
(AP, 2/5/13)(AP, 2/9/13)
2013 Feb 5, Iran’s Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a three-day visit to Egypt, centered
around an Islamic summit. He said his country is ready to provide a
"big credit line" to help revive the distressed economy of Egypt.
2013 Feb 5, Iran's official
news agency reported that authorities have arrested another group of
local journalists accused of links with the BBC.
2013 Feb 5, In Iraq a suicide
bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint in
Taji, killing at least four people — two soldiers and two civilians.
2013 Feb 5, In Ireland an
official report, that ran to almost 1,000 pages, said that more than
a quarter of the women and girls subjected to harsh discipline and
unpaid work at 10 laundries, run by Catholic nuns, were sent there
by the Irish state.
2013 Feb 5, Kuwait said three
former opposition lawmakers have been charged with insulting the
country's ruler in the latest crackdown on perceived political
dissent in the Gulf nation.
2013 Feb 5, In Mali troops from
France and Chad moved into Kidal in an effort to secure the
strategic northern city.
2013 Feb 5, In Nigeria two
soldiers were killed in a shootout in the oil-rich southern delta
involving a vessel operated by an Indian company.
2013 Feb 5, Serbian
ultranationalists held a rally to accuse their country's president
of treason for agreeing to hold talks with the president of Kosovo.
2013 Feb 5, In Somalia a
Mogadishu court handed down one-year prison sentences to a woman who
said she was raped by security forces and a reporter who interviewed
her. The judges decided the woman falsely claimed she was raped and
had insulted the government. On March 3 an appeals court dropped
charges against the woman. A journalist who interviewed the rape
victim and was tried alongside her had his sentence reduced from one
year to six months.
(AP, 2/5/13)(AP, 3/3/13)
2013 Feb 5, South African
police arrested 19 suspected members of a Congolese rebel group,
accusing them of plotting to overthrow their nation's government
after it recently came under attack by militants said to be backed
by neighboring Rwanda.
2013 Feb 5, Syrian rebels and
Jordanian security officials said intense fighting has broken out
near Syrian government installations and border posts near Jordan,
leaving 17 civilians wounded.
2013 Feb 6, Pres. Obama choses
business executive Sally Jewell, the CEO of REI, to succeed Ken
Salazar as Sec. of the Interior.
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 6, The US blacklisted
Iran’s state broadcasting authirity, Internet-policing agencies and
a major electronics producer in widened sanctions to pressure the
government over its disputed nuclear program and stifling of
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 6, The financially
struggling US Postal Service said it will stop delivering mail on
Saturdays, beginnin g in August, but continue to disburse packages
six days a week.
2013 Feb 6, Faced with intense
pressure from two flanks, the Boy Scouts of America said it needed
more time for consultations before deciding whether to move away
from its policy of excluding gays as scouts or adult leaders.
2013 Feb 6, In Boston a rare
1865 photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team, discovered
at a Maine yard sale and considered one of the first baseball cards
ever, sold for $92,000 at an auction.
2013 Feb 6, US wildlife
conservation group Int’l. Fund for Animal Welfare said Japan has
been propping up its whaling industry with nearly $400 million in
tax money in recent years.
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 6, In Bahrain
thousands of protesters demonstrated against the Gulf nation's
monarchy, less than a week before planned talks aimed at easing a
two-year political crisis.
2013 Feb 6, The Royal Bank of
Scotland announced a settlement in which it agreed to pay American
regulators $475 million and another $137 million to Britain’s
Financial Services Authority for rigging the London Interbank
Offered Rate (LIBOR).
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.71)
2013 Feb 6, British researchers
have unveiled the Halley VI Research Station, a futuristic
Antarctic research base that can move, sliding across the frozen
surface to beat the shifting ice and pounding snow that doomed its
2013 Feb 6, A new British
report said between 400 and 1,200 patients are estimated to have
died needlessly at Stafford Hospital in central England between
January 2005 and March 2009 in one of the worst scandals to hit the
NHS since it was founded in 1948.
2013 Feb 6, Chris Foster of the
UK Border Agency said a significant smuggling operation has been
disrupted by one of the biggest raids in UK history. Police said 26
people were arrested for human trafficking and immigration
violations after raids that took place in London and other parts of
England and Scotland.
2013 Feb 6, A top Bulgarian
security official said the two living suspects behind a bus attack
that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year have been
identified and both are now living in Lebanon.
2013 Feb 6, In Egypt more than
25 prime ministers and presidents began a two-day summit of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo. Leaders of Muslim
countries offered conflicting approaches to the crises in Mali and
Syria, exposing some of the deep divisions that run through the
2013 Feb 6, France's defense
minister said French forces clashed with extremists firing rocket
launchers near the northern Malian city of Gao.
2013 Feb 6, Researchers in
Iceland blamed low oxygen levels in a shallow fjord for the deaths
of tens of thousands of tons of herring.
2013 Feb 6, In central and
northern Iraq assailants opened automatic fire on police
checkpoints, killing four officers and wounding five.
2013 Feb 6, From Kashmir it was
reported that the all-girl rock band Pragaash (First Light) has
decided to disband following but one concert last December. The
teenage members had received threats on social media and a top
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 6, In Papua New Guinea
a mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman (20) accused of
witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified
witnesses in Mount Hagen. Kepari Leniata had been accused of sorcery
by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in a hospital a day
earlier. On Feb 17 Janet Ware and Andrew Watea were charged with
murder over the slaying.
(AP, 2/8/13)(AP, 2/18/13)
2013 Feb 6, A powerful 8.0
earthquake off the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami of up to 1.5
meters (about 5 feet) that damaged dozens of homes and left at least
9 people dead in the South Pacific island chain.
(AP, 2/6/13)(AP, 2/7/13)
2013 Feb 6, Syria's opposition
chief demanded that Bashar Assad's regime release all female
political prisoners or he would scrap his offer of talks with the
2013 Feb 6, In Syria heavy
fighting broke out between rebels and President Bashar Assad's
forces in parts of Damascus, as twin car bombs detonated in the
central province of Homs, killing at least 12 people. A bombing at a
bus stop near a military factory in central Syria killed 54 people,
all civilian workers at the plant in the village of al-Buraq, near
the central city of Hama.
(AP, 2/6/13)(AP, 2/7/13)(AP, 2/8/13)
2013 Feb 6, Taiwan banks began
offering deposit accounts in Chinese currency following a clearing
agreement between China central bank and Taipei signed last August.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.69)
2013 Feb 6, In Tunisia
opposition leader Chokri Belaid (47), critical of the Islamist-led
government, was gunned down as he left home in the first
assassination in post-revolutionary Tunisia, setting off
anti-government riots that left downtown Tunis choked with tear gas
and patrolled by a tank and armored cars. PM Hamadi Jebali announced
he would dissolve the government and form a new one of nonpartisan
technocrats to manage the country until elections.
(AP, 2/6/13)(AP, 2/7/13)
2013 Feb 6, In Uganda
representatives of the Congolese government and the M23 rebels
signed a preliminary agreement in which both parties accepted
responsibility for the failure of an earlier 2009 peace deal.
2013 Feb 7, The US IRS said
that the government took action in January against 389 people
suspected of committing tax fraud through identity theft. This
included 109 arrests and 189 indictments.
(SFC, 2/8/13, p.C2)
2013 Feb 7, In southern
California Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma
Hernandez, were delivering papers around 5 a.m. when LAPD officers
guarding the Torrance home of a target named in an online Dorner
manifesto blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup. Hernandez was
shot in the back and Carranza had minor injuries. In April the city
of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and
2013 Feb 7, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed in Kapisa province, but no
crew members were seriously injured.
2013 Feb 7, An Australian
government report said doping was widespread among professional and
amateur athletes and demanded investigators name offenders to
protect clean athletes' reputations.
2013 Feb 7, UK authorities said
beef lasagna products recalled from British supermarkets by frozen
food company Findus had tested positive for more than 60% horsemeat.
(SFC, 2/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 7, In Ottowa, Canada,
police said Marc Leduc (56) has been charged with two counts of
first-degree murder in connection with the killing of two local sex
workers. Pamela Kosmac, 39, was found murdered in 2008 near a
bicycle path, while Leanne Lawson, 23, was found in a parking lot in
a central part of the city. Leduc was already in custody facing 11
charges related to an alleged sexual assault of a 19-year-old Ottawa
woman last November.
2013 Feb 7, In Colombia over
5,000 workers at the Cerrejon coal mine went on strike. Negotiations
began on Feb 26.
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.38)
2013 Feb 7, Egypt's PM Hesham
Kandil condemned religious edicts by hardline Muslim clerics calling
for the killing of opposition leaders and said the government is
considering legal action against them. Kandil faced uproar, derision
and even lawsuits after he blamed health problems of babies in
impoverished villages on nursing mothers who "out of ignorance"
don't clean their breasts and talked of village women getting raped
in the fields.
2013 Feb 7, In Egypt an Islamic
summit urged Syrian opposition forces and members of Pres. Bashar
Assad's regime, whose hands are not tainted by violence, to hold
talks to try to resolve the nation's civil war.
2013 Feb 7, Ireland dissolved
one of its "bad banks", the Irish Bank Resolution Corp (IBRC), in an
emergency measure designed to pave the way for a new debt-repayment
deal with the European Central Bank.
2013 Feb 7, In Mali French
troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu after securing the fabled
city as they ramped up their mission in Gao, searching for Islamic
extremists who may be mixing among the local population.
2013 Feb 7, Pirates attacked
the MV Esther C some 80 miles (130 km) off Nigeria's coast. On March
11 Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd. of the United Kingdom said 3 captured
sailors have been freed.
2013 Feb 7, Syrian troops and
rebels clashed again in the capital Damascus, a day after what
activists described as the heaviest fighting in months in President
Bashar Assad's seat of power.
2013 Feb 7, In Tunisia the
Islamist Ennahda party, dominating the ruling coalition, rejected PM
Hamadi Jebali’s decision to replace the government to try to appease
critics, signaling that the political crisis brought on by the
assassination of a prominent leftist politician is far from over.
2013 Feb 7, A Yemeni military
official said an explosion at a military weapons depot in northern
Yemen has killed 10 civilians and 5 soldiers.
2013 Feb 7, In Zambia a bus
operated by the postal service, carrying passengers toward its
capital Lusaka, smashed into a semi-truck and another car killing at
least 53 people in one of the worst traffic crashes in the nation in
2013 Feb 8, The big storm
heading for the Northeast US disrupted air travel, with over 2,100
2013 Feb 8, A federal judge
overturned an Arizona law that sought to block funding through the
state for Planned Parenthood's healthcare clinics because the group
also performs abortions.
2013 Feb 8, in Ohio Samuel
Mullet Sr. (67), the ringleader of hair- and beard-cutting attacks
on fellow members of his faith, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Family members convicted of carrying out his orders got sentences
ranging from one to seven years.
2013 Feb 8, In central
Bangladesh at least two people died and dozens were rescued after
the ML Sarash passenger ferry collided with another ship and
capsized on the River Meghna, dumping as many as 100 people into the
2013 Feb 8, In Britain two
drug-addicted hit men who went to the wrong address and stabbed a
teenager to death in 2010 were sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in
jail. Prosecutors said Ben Hope (39) and Jason Richards (38) were
paid 1,000 pounds ($1,600) each to kill a man who owed money to a
businessman. But the pair killed Aamir Siddiqi (17) on his doorstep
2013 Feb 8, Canadian police
arrested Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau (38) for alleged
domestic violence. PM Stephen Harper, who appointed Brazeau to the
Senate in 2008, kicked Brazeau out of the Conservative caucus after
he heard about the incident.
2013 Feb 8, In Halifax, Canada,
naval officer Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Delisle (41), who handed over secrets
to Russia for more than four years, damaging Canada's relations with
the United States and other key allies, was jailed for 20 years.
2013 Feb 8, A Chinese court
sentenced a Tibetan man to 13 years in prison for goading a monk to
self-immolate. The sentence by a court in Qinghai province followed
a news report that the government has detained 70 people in the
province's ethnic Tibetan areas.
2013 Feb 8, Thousands of
Egyptians staged rallies in cities across the country to denounce
the rule of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his fundamentalist
2013 Feb 8, EU leaders agreed
to a significantly reduced 7-year budget worth €960 billion ($1.28
trillion) — the first cut in spending in the 27-country group's
2013 Feb 8, Finnish customs
officers confiscated a container on a Finnish freighter, en route to
Syria from Russia, because it did not have a transit license and
found 9.6 tons of tank spare parts.
2013 Feb 8, In Iraq car bombs
struck two outdoor markets and a group of taxi vans in Shiite areas
across the country, killing at least 36 people and wounding nearly
100. Tens of thousands of Sunni protesters rallied in five major
cities against PM Nouri al-Maliki.
2013 Feb 8, In Israel the
offices of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, long-linked to PM
Netanyahu’s Likud Party, were set on fire. In January the team had
recruited, for the first time in its 75-year history, two Muslim
(SFC, 2/9/13, p.A4)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.52)
2013 Feb 8, In northern Mali
French forces wrested Tessalit from control of Islamic insurgents.
In Gao the conflict's first suicide bombing increased fears of
2013 Feb 8, In northern Nigeria
gunmen suspected of belonging to a radical Islamic sect shot and
killed at least nine women who were taking part in a polio
vaccination drive in Kano. Kano state police commissioner Ibrahim
Idris immediately ordered the arrest of three radio journalists for
allegedly being responsible for the killings. Police claimed on-air
comments about a vaccination campaign in the area sparked the
(AP, 2/8/13)(AP, 2/12/13)
2013 Feb 8, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb planted near a market killed 16 people and wounded
17 others in Kalaya, the main town in the Orakzai tribal area.
2013 Feb 8, In Pakistan 6
militants were killed and 3 wounded in a US drone strike on a
militant compound. The 3 wounded died overnight. Two were members of
al-Qaida and the others belonged to the Pakistani Taliban movement
in the Bobar Ghar area of South Waziristan.
2013 Feb 8, A Moscow city court
sentenced Vladimir Kvachkov (64), a retired military intelligence
colonel, to 13 years in prison for attempting to organize an armed
uprising. Retired police captain, Alexey Kiselev (62), was sentenced
to 11 years as a co-conspirator. Prosecutors said they had organized
a group who planned to seize power by training crossbow-wielding men
to seize military depots and then descend upon Moscow with tanks.
2013 Feb 8, Senegal officially
launched its tribunal investigating former Chadian dictator Hissene
Habre for alleged crimes against humanity, a move rights groups
called a decisive turning point in the campaign to bring him to
2013 Feb 8, In Slovenia
thousands of people rallied for and against the center-right
government, adding to the tensions in the small European Union
country where authorities have turned to austerity measures to
revive the economy.
2013 Feb 8, Police in South
Africa arrested the "ringleader" of a group of 19 Congolese rebels
who now face charges of allegedly plotting a war to unseat Congolese
President Joseph Kabila. Prosecutors last week identified Etienne
Kabila as being in charge of the group.
2013 Feb 8, In South Sudan 103
people were killed in Akobo County when one tribe attacked members
of the Lou Nuer ethnic group while cattle were being moved across
land. The attackers were believed to be members of the rebel group
led by David Yau Yau of the Murle ethnic group.
2013 Feb 8, From Syria the
Observatory reported clashes and regime shelling in the southern and
eastern sectors of Damascus, including in the restive suburb of
Moadamiyeh, where six people were killed by government shelling
2013 Feb 8, Tens of thousands
of Tunisians chanting anti-government slogans converged on a
cemetery for the funeral of an assassinated leftist opposition
politician, as military helicopters hovered overhead and tensions
threatened to boil over into further violence.
2013 Feb 8, The UN refugee
agency said there has been a huge increase in the number of people
fleeing Syria, with 5,000 refugees crossing the borders daily into
2013 Feb 8, Venezuela's
government announced that it will devalue the country's currency, a
long-anticipated change expected to push up prices in the heavily
2013 Feb 9, A record-breaking
blizzard packing hurricane-force winds hammered the northeastern
United States, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses,
shutting down travel and leaving at least five people dead. The
storm centered its fury on Connecticut, Rhode Island and
Massachusetts. 38 inches fell in Milford, Connecticut. 29.3 inches
fell on Portland, Maine, breaking a 1979 record.
2013 Feb 9, In southern
California three women walking in Anaheim died after they were hit
by a suspected drunk driver.
(SFC, 2/11/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 9, In southern
Afghanistan two women and four men were killed in the blast in
the Nad Ali district, Helmand province.
2013 Feb 9, In Belgium a small
private plane crashed south of Brussels, killing five members of a
family including three small children.
2013 Feb 9, In Chile a bus
carrying fans of a soccer team plunged into a ravine killing 16
people and injuring 21 others.
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 9, A Cairo court
ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website
YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused
deadly riots across the world. The ruling can be appealed and based
on precedent may not be enforced.
2013 Feb 9, The French and
British governments promised to punish those found responsible for
selling horsemeat in beef products. French consumer safety
authorities said companies from Romania, Cyprus and the Netherlands
were part of a supply chain that resulted in horsemeat being
disguised as beef in frozen lasagna sold around the continent.
(Reuters, 2/9/13)(AP, 2/10/13)
2013 Feb 9, In India Mohammed
Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man convicted in Dec 13, 2001, attack on
India's Parliament that left 14 people dead, was hanged after a
final mercy plea was rejected. Guru had confessed in TV interviews
that he helped plot the attack, but later denied any involvement and
said he was tortured into confessing. Protests broke out in at least
four parts of Indian Kashmir, including the northwestern town of
Sopore, which was Guru's home.
2013 Feb 9, In Iraq rockets and
mortar rounds struck a refugee camp for Iranian exiles, members of
Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, next to Baghdad's international airport before
dawn, killing six people and wounding about 40. One of the injured
died on Feb 12. The UN urged the Iraqi government to ensure the
safety of the about 3,100 camp residents and move quickly to find
the still-unidentified attackers. Another of the injured died on
(AP, 2/9/13)(AP, 2/12/13)(AP, 3/14/13)
2013 Feb 9, In Ireland trade
unionists marched in Dublin and other cities to protest the
continuing high cost of the country’s bank bailout program.
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 9, Israeli troops
drove some 100 Palestinian activists out of an illegal tent camp
they had set up near the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank.
The operation marked the fifth time in the past month Israeli forces
broke up a Palestinian encampment.
2013 Feb 9, Members of a Muslim
royal clan from the southern Philippines landed in Malaysia’s
coastal village of Lahad Datu, Sabah state to claim the territory as
their own, citing ownership documents from the late 1800s.
2013 Feb 9, In northern Mali a
suicide bomber wearing military fatigues blew himself up near a
checkpoint at the entrance to Gao, wounding one soldier in the
second attack to hit the same location in 36 hours.
2013 Feb 9, Assailants in
northeastern Nigeria killed 3 North Korean doctors, beheading one of
the physicians in Potiskum. They had lived in the state since 2005
as part of a medical program between Nigeria and the North Korean
2013 Feb 9, In Russia Sergei
Udaltsov, a top opposition figure, was placed under house arrest for
two months. The move also banned him from using most forms of
communication, including the Internet, telephone and mail. He faced
charges in connection with a protest in May that ended in clashes
with police and for allegedly plotting to conduct mass disorder
aimed at overthrowing the government.
2013 Feb 9, In Senegal a woman
and her son were killed by a landmine in the southern Casamance
region near the Gambian border.
2013 Feb 9, In Syria fighting
in Damascus and its suburbs raged for a fourth consecutive day.
Pres. Assad reshuffled his Cabinet, appointing 7 new ministers in a
move that appeared aimed at trying to shore up an economy that has
been ravaged by the country's 2-year-old revolt.
2013 Feb 9, Several thousand
supporters of Tunisia's ruling moderate Islamist party rallied in
the capital in a pro-government demonstration. Protesters hurled
insults at France, accusing the former colonial ruler of interfering
in the North African country's politics.
2013 Feb 9, At the
Vatican the Knights of Malta marked its 900th birthday with a
colorful procession through St. Peter's Square, a Mass in the
basilica and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, himself a member of
the onetime chivalrous order drawn from Europe's nobility. The
Knights are at once a Roman Catholic religious order, an aid group
that runs soup kitchens, hospitals and ambulance services around the
globe, and a sovereign entity that prints its own passports and
enjoys diplomatic relations with 104 countries — yet has no country
to call its own.
2013 Feb 10, In California 3
people died in a helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los
Angeles. The helicopter was being used for a reality TV show.
(SFC, 2/11/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 10, The Carnival
Triumph began floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan
Peninsula after a fire erupted in the aft engine room, knocking out
the ship's propulsion system. Passengers had limited access to
bathrooms, food and hot coffee as they waited for two tugboats to
arrive to tow them to port. The ship arrived into Mobile Bay,
Alabama, on Feb 14.
(AP, 2/11/13)(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A11)
2013 Feb 10, In Afghanistan US
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford took over as the new and probably last
commander of all US and international forces in the country.
2013 Feb 10, Opposing factions
in Bahrain began talks to ease an Arab Spring conflict that has run
longer than Syria's rebellion and is playing out on the doorstep of
the US military's main naval base in the Persian Gulf.
2013 Feb 10, In the Canary
Islands a lifeboat with occupants fell overboard during a safety
drill from a cruise ship docked at the pier of Santa Cruz port in La
Palma. 5 crew members were killed and three injured.
(AP, 2/10/13)(SFC, 2/11/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 10, The Chinese New
Year, celebrated as the beginning of the year of the Snake,
(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A10)
2013 Feb 10, Rabbi David
Hartman (81), one of the world's leading Jewish philosophers and a
promoter of both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue, died in
2013 Feb 10, In Allahabad,
India, a stampede killed 37 people following the Kumbh Mela
religious gathering. Tens of thousands of people were in the station
waiting to board a train when railway officials announced a
last-minute change in the platform.
2013 Feb 10, In Iraq gunmen
killed four people in three attacks in the northern city of Mosul.
2013 Feb 10, The Israeli
government gave final approval for construction of 90 new homes in a
West Bank settlement, a move that could cause tensions with the US
ahead of President Obama's visit to the region.
2013 Feb 10, One person was
killed as protests broke out in at least two parts of
Indian-controlled Kashmir despite a strict curfew to prevent
violence after the execution of a Kashmiri man convicted in a deadly
2001 attack on India's Parliament.
2013 Feb 10, Malian soldiers
with rocket propelled grenades traded fire in Gao with combatants
believed to be from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West
Africa, or MUJAO. Islamic fighters invaded through Gao’s Niger River
harbor and fought a protracted downtown battle for hours.
(AP, 2/10/13)(AP, 2/11/13)
2013 Feb 10, Acclaimed Spanish
writer Antonio Munoz Molina said he will accept the prestigious
Jerusalem Prize, an Israeli award given to authors, despite calls
from pro-Palestinian activists to boycott the Jewish state.
2013 Feb 10, Syrian troops and
opposition forces battled for control of a key highway outside
Damascus for the fifth straight day as the rebels continued their
campaign to push into the capital, the seat of President Bashar
2013 Feb 10, In southern
Thailand suspected militants killed 5 soldiers and wounded 5 others
in two roadside attacks.
(SFC, 2/11/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 10, Tunisia’s state
news agency reported that the Congress for the Republic party, led
by President Moncef Marzouki, is quitting the coalition government,
which is led by Islamist party Ennahda.
2013 Feb 11, US Defense Sec.
Leon Panetta extended additional military benefits to gay and
(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 11, The US began its
withdrawal from Afghanistan in earnest, sending the first of what
will be tens of thousands of containers home through a once-blocked
land route through Pakistan.
2013 Feb 11, In Delaware a
gunman battling over child custody opened fire in a courtroom in
Wilmington leaving two women dead before fatally shooting himself.
(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A50)
2013 Feb 11, In Florida former
state Republican Party chairman Jim Greer (50) pleaded guilty to
theft and money laundering just before jury selection was to begin
in his criminal trial.
(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 11, An Afghan
government panel acknowledged widespread torture of detainees after
a 2-week investigation of a UN report citing rampant abuses.
(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 11, Angola received a
boost to its free speech from the Portuguese courts, which refused
to allow Angolan generals to stop the publication of the book
“"Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola" by Rafael
Marques. It exposed corruption and human rights abuses in the
country's lucrative diamond mines.
2013 Feb 11, British health
officials said a new virus from the same family as SARS, that
sparked a global alert last September, has been found in a patient
in Manchester who had traveled to the Middle East and Pakistan.
2013 Feb 11, Egypt’s Senior
Scholars Authority elected Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim, a professor
in Islamic jurisprudence, as Grand Mufti. Previously, the Grand
Mufti was appointed by the president. Security forces sprayed
protesters with water hoses and tear gas outside the presidential
palace as Egyptians marked the 2nd anniversary of the fall of Hosni
Mubarak's with demonstrations against his elected
2013 Feb 11, French and Malian
government forces regained control of Gao.
2013 Feb 11, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir 3 young people were left dead in violence
despite a curfew that continued for a third day following the Feb 9
execution of a Kashmiri man convicted in a deadly 2001 attack on
2013 Feb 11, In Iraq suicide
bomber detonated his explosives-laden truck late at night at the
gate of a military base inside the city of Mosul. 7 people were
killed and 15 wounded. Elsewhere in Mosul assailants broke into a
house, stabbing to death two men and two women, including a
provincial officer's bodyguard.
2013 Feb 11, Millions of
Kenyans watched and listened to the nation's first-ever presidential
debate. The two front-running candidates, Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta
and PM Raila Odinga. traded barbs over the looming trial of Kenyatta
in the International Criminal Court.
2013 Feb 11, In Liberia a plane
carrying senior officials from Guinea crashed near Liberia's largest
airport, killing 11 people including Guinea's army chief of staff
Gen. Souleymane Kelefa Diallo.
(AP, 2/11/13)(AP, 2/12/13)
2013 Feb 11, Hundreds of
Rwandans marched to the offices of the United Nations tribunal set
up to try key cases related to Rwanda's 1994 genocide to protest the
court's decision to acquit two former cabinet ministers accused of
2013 Feb 11, Somali police said
a suicide car bomb attack targeting a senior Puntland police
commander in Galkayo killed only the bomber.
2013 Feb 11, Syrian rebels
captured the Furat dam, the country's largest dam, after days of
intense clashes, giving them control over water and electricity
supplies for much of the country in a major blow to President
Assad's regime. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said the number of
people killed in Syria is probably now approaching 70,000.
(AP, 2/11/13)(AP, 2/13/13)
2013 Feb 11, In Turkey a car
bomb exploded at the Bab al-Hawa frontier post along Syria's border,
killing 14 people. A Syrian opposition faction later accused the
Syrian government of the bombing, saying it narrowly missed 13
leaders of the group. On March 11 Turkey’s police said five suspects
have been detained.
(AP, 2/11/13)(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/11/13)
2013 Feb 11, Uganda deported,
David Cecil (35), a British theatre producer charged with staging a
play about homosexuality. A court threw out a case against Cecil
2013 Feb 11, Pope Benedict XVI
(85) announced that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to
do so in nearly 600 years. The decision set the stage for a conclave
to elect a new pope before the end of March.
2013 Feb 11, Zimbabwe police
raided the offices of a member organization of Crisis in Zimbabwe,
an alliance of rights groups, and seized files on political
violence, funding details, DVD display materials, mobile phones and
other equipment. Officials of the widely respected Zimbabwe Peace
Project were accused of illegal importation of goods and "possessing
articles for criminal use."
2013 Feb 12, President Obama
made his State of the Union address. He announced plans with the EU
to pursue talks aimed at achieving an overarching trans-Atlantic
free trade deal. Obama also said that the first 34,000 troops will
leave Afghanistan within a year and more in 2014, when all foreign
combat forces are to leave the country.
2013 Feb 12, Christopher
Dorner, the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings,
exchanged gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains.
It's believed Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin
where a couple was tied up, stole a pickup and escaped to another
cabin. One sheriff’s deputy died in the exchange of gunfire. The ID
of Dorner’s body was soon confirmed with dental records. Only after
calls for surrender and use of milder tear gas did deputies launch
pyrotechnic gas canisters into the cabin, and the subsequent fire
was not intentional, the Sheriff's Department said.
(AP, 2/12/13)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/15/13,
2013 Feb 12, IOC leaders
meeting in Switzerland dropped wrestling from the Olympic program, a
surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from
the 2020 Games.
2013 Feb 12, In Bangladesh
thousands of protesters demonstrated again over the lenient Feb 5
ruling against Abdul Quader Mollah, leader of the Jamaat party, for
his role in the 1971 independence war.
(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 12, In Brazil a fire
on a Carnival float killed four people and injured five in the port
city of Santos. The float reportedly caught fire after striking a
2013 Feb 12, British
authorities raided a slaughterhouse in Yorkshire and a meat
processing company suspected of selling horsemeat labeled as beef
for kebabs and burgers.
(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 12, Barclays' new
chief executive pledged a fresh course for Britain's third biggest
bank, axing at least 3,700 jobs and pruning its investment bank as
he seeks to rebuild its reputation and boost profitability after a
series of scandals.
2013 Feb 12, G4S settled a
months-long dispute with the organizers of the London Olympics,
having failed to supply enough security guards for the 2012 Games,
and said it will take a 70 million pound loss on the contract.
2013 Feb 12, In Egypt hundreds
of low-ranking policemen held protests demanding they not be used as
a tool for political oppression in the country's ongoing turmoil.
2013 Feb 12, Two French aid
workers were convicted of fraud and sentenced to 2 years in prison
for trying to bring 103 children from central Africa to France for
adoption, claiming they were orphans from Darfur. Four other Zoe's
Ark members were convicted of trying to bring foreign minors into
France, but given suspended sentences ranging from 6 months to a
year. The six workers were arrested in Chad in 2007 as they sought
to put the children on a plane.
2013 Feb 12, French workers
fired flares and paint bombs and riot police answered with tear gas
in a standoff over layoffs at a plant for US tire maker Goodyear,
amid tensions over a slump in Europe's car industry. Another
demonstration targeted the headquarters of carmaker PSA Peugeot
Citroen, which is laying off thousands of people.
2013 Feb 12, In Guam a man
drove a Toyota Yaris onto a sidewalk striking seven tourists at an
upscale shopping area fronting the Outrigger Guam Resort in Tumon
Bay. Chad Ryan DeSoto (21) of Tamuning was charged with two counts
of murder, 13 counts of attempted murder and 13 counts of aggravated
assault. One of the wounded died the next day.
(AP, 2/12/13)(AP, 2/14/13)
2013 Feb 12, A Milan appeals
court convicted two former Italian spy chiefs for their role in the
kidnapping of a terror suspect as part of the CIA's extraordinary
rendition program. The court sentenced Nicolo Pollari, the former
head of Italian military intelligence, to 10 years, and Marco
Mancini, a former deputy and head of counterintelligence, to nine.
Three other Italian agents also were convicted and handed six-year
sentences. All the convictions can be appealed.
2013 Feb 12, In Libya 4
foreigners were arrested in Benghazi on suspicion of distributing
books about Christianity and proselytizing. Spreading Christianity
is a crime in Libya. Police said they found 45,000 books in their
possession and that another 25,000 have already been distributed.
2013 Feb 12, North Korea said
it tested a “miniaturized" nuclear device in the remote, snowy
northeast. China summoned the North's ambassador for a
dressing-down. Experts assumed it was nuclear partly from the shape
of its seismic signal.
(AP, 2/12/13)(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 12, The Kremlin said
President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill that would ban Russian
Cabinet members and other senior officials from having foreign bank
accounts and owning foreign stock.
2013 Feb 12, In northern Syria
rebels captured the Jarrah military air base in Aleppo province,
their second major strategic victory in as many days.
2013 Feb 12, Thailand marines
fending off a militant assault on their base in Narathiwat province
killed 16 insurgents in a shootout.
(AP, 2/13/13)(Econ, 2/16/13, p.44)
2013 Feb 12, In Ukraine a
600-square-meter (6,500-square-foot) section of the roof over the
turbine hall at the fourth power block at Chernobyl collapsed due to
heavy snowfall. A new giant arch-shaped confinement is currently
being constructed over the old sarcophagus. The construction of the
new shelter was not affected by the accident.
2013 Feb 12, Scientists in
Zimbabwe said a fresh water crayfish brought from Australia is
breeding out of control in the northern Lake Kariba, devouring the
food sources of other fish and putting the nation's entire aquatic
ecosystem at risk. The red claw crayfish was introduced a decade ago
for a fish farming project.
2013 Feb 13, In Washington DC
celebrities and activists were arrested after tying themselves to
the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline from
Canada. Sierra Club Director Michael Brune was also arrested, the
first time in the group’s history that club leader was arrested in
an act of civil disobedience.
(SFC, 2/14/13, p.A8)
2013 Feb 13, The boards of
American Airlines and US Airways approved their merger. This will
create the world’s biggest airline.
(SFC, 2/14/13, p.C2)
2013 Feb 13, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike struck two houses, killing 10 Afghan civilians and
four insurgents in Kunar province near the Pakistani border.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. Mahmood, an Afghan
soldier-turned-insurgent, who was feted by the Taliban for killing
an American soldier during an insider attack on May 11, 2012, was
killed along with an accomplice in a raid in Ghaziabad district.
(AP, 2/13/13)(AP, 2/18/13)
2013 Feb 13, British police
investigating the hacking of mobile phones to generate stories at
Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid made six more
arrests of journalists or former journalists.
2013 Feb 13, British fashion
retailer Republic became the latest casualty of the economic
downturn, seeking protection from creditors and putting around 2,500
jobs at risk.
2013 Feb 13, British couple
Peter Root (34) and Mary Thompson (34), who had been chronicling
their round-the-world cycling odyssey in a blog, died when they were
hit by a pickup truck in a province east of Bangkok.
2013 Feb 13, The EU and the US
announced that they have agreed to pursue talks aimed at achieving
an overarching trans-Atlantic free trade deal.
2013 Feb 13, In Dresden,
Germany, over 10,000 anti-fascist activists massed to block a
neo-Nazi march on the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Dresden.
(SFC, 2/14/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 13, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has begun installing a new generation of
uranium enrichment centrifuges at its main facility making nuclear
fuel. IRNA news quoted Fereidoun Abbasi as saying that Iran began
installing the new centrifuges at Natanz site about a month ago.
Senior UN investigators began a new round of talks with government
officials over allegations that Tehran may have carried out tests on
triggers for atomic weapons.
2013 Feb 13, Gen. Hassan
Shateri, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was
killed on the road linking Damascus with Beirut.
2013 Feb 13, The Iraqi panel
tasked with purging government ranks of former members of Saddam
Hussein's party removed Chief judge Medhat al-Mahmoud (80), the
country's top judge, from his post because of alleged ties to the
now-dissolved Baath party. On Feb 19 a judicial panel rejected the
decision to remove al-Mahmoud from his post.
(AP, 2/14/13)(AP, 2/19/13)
2013 Feb 13, In Kenya the
families of seven people shot dead in 2007 and eight wounded
survivors filed a lawsuit to sue the government claiming the shots
were fired by police during a dispute over who won Kenya's 2007
2013 Feb 13, Lebanon's
state-run news agency said protesters have closed two major roads in
northern Lebanon to prevent fuel tankers from crossing into Syria.
2013 Feb 13, In the Maldives
former Pres. Mohamed Nasheed took refuge at the Indian Embassy after
a court ordered his arrest for not attending a hearing on charges
that he illegally ordered the detention of a senior judge, a move
that led to his ouster last year.
(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 13, In Mali French
soldiers recovered some 800 kg of explosives that authorities
believe radical Islamic fighters were using to make bombs for
attacks on Gao.
2013 Feb 13, In Nepal a Tibetan
protester doused himself with gasoline, set himself ablaze and
chanted anti-China slogans as he ran down a street in Kathmandu.
Police and residents were able to put out the flames and rush the
man to a hospital. He died the next day.
(AP, 2/13/13)(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 13, South African
authorities said at least 96 rhinoceros have been killed so far this
year, as rampant poaching for their horns to sell to buyers in Asia
continues. From the 1990s to 2007, rhino killings in South Africa by
poachers averaged about 15 a year.
2013 Feb 13, Syrian rebels
fought pitched battles against regime forces at the Brigade 80
military base in Aleppo that protects a major airport in the area.
The fighting has left more than 40 government troops dead. Activists
reported clashes outside Damascus with regime warplanes hitting
several of the restive suburbs.
2013 Feb 13, Ukrainian
officials sought to reassure the public that radiation levels were
unaffected at Chernobyl and there was no safety threat after a
partial roof collapse at the exploded nuclear power plant.
2013 Feb 13, Ukraine reached a
tentative agreement with Turkmenistan to resume imports of natural
gas from the energy-rich Central Asian nation. Completion of the
deal would require the consent of Kazakhstan and Russia as transit
2013 Feb 13, In Ukraine a small
Soviet-designed AN-24 plane carrying soccer fans headed for a match
skidded past the landing strip and overturned in the eastern city of
Donetsk, killing five people.
2013 Feb 13, Venezuela's
government devalued the country's currency amid questions
about how the government can get a grip on 22% inflation and satisfy
growing demand for dollars to pay for imported goods. The fifth
devaluation in a decade established a new government-set rate of
6.30 bolivars to the dollar, replacing the previous rate of 4.30
2013 Feb 14, The US Treasury
Department said that Switzerland and the United States have signed a
pact to make Swiss banks disclose information about US
2013 Feb 14, The Chicago Crime
Commission name Joaquin “El Chapo" Guzman, leader of Mexico’s
Sinaloa drug cartel, as the city’s new Public Enemy No. 1, for
supplying most of the narcotics sold in the city.
(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 14, H.J. Heinz said it
has agreed to be acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and
3G Capital in a $23.3 billion deal.
(SFC, 2/15/13, p.C4)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.63)
2013 Feb 14, Dozens of Afghan
activists and supporters marked Valentine's Day by marching in Kabul
to denounce violence against women amid reports that domestic abuse
is on the rise.
2013 Feb 14, Security forces in
Bahrain clashed with anti-government protesters in street battles
that left at least one boy dead amid high tensions on the second
anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf nation. A 16-year-old male
and a policeman were killed on the second anniversary of the
(AP, 2/14/13)(AP, 2/15/13)
2013 Feb 14, Ronald Dworkin
(81), an American philosopher and constitutional law expert, died in
London. He was best known for articulating the principle that the
most important virtue the law can display is integrity. He was a
professor of law at New York University and emeritus professor at
University College London. His books included “A Matter of
(AP, 2/14/13)(SFC, 2/19/13, p.C3)
2013 Feb 14, Egypt's aviation
minister said the hiring of President Mohammed Morsi's son to a
highly-paid government job was justified, dismissing accusations of
nepotism. On Feb 16 the head of Egypt's holding company for airports
and aviation said Morsi's son has applied for a job that pays $133 a
month starting salary.
(AP, 2/14/13)(AP, 2/16/13)
2013 Feb 14, Indian troops shot
and killed a Pakistani soldier who crossed the makeshift border
separating Indian and Pakistani held Kashmir.
2013 Feb 14, Mali's military
detained eight Arab men in Timbuktu, throwing them into a pickup
truck and covering it with a tarp in a sweep that has raised fears
of further reprisals against the region's Arab minority. Hundreds of
others have fled to the neighboring nations of Algeria and
Mauritania, where they are living in refugee camps. In December the
Associated press found the body of Kabbad, a 70-year-old grandfather
known as Vieux Ali, and five others buried in the desert.
(AP, 2/17/13)(AP, 12/9/13)
2013 Feb 14, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying members of an anti-Taliban
militia in Stanzai village in the Orakzai tribal region, killing 7
militiamen. A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives next to a
police post in Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,
killing 11 policemen and wounding 23 others.
2013 Feb 14, In South Africa
Reeva Steenkamp (b.1983), the girlfriend of double-amputee Olympian
runner Oscar Pistorius, was shot dead. Police arrested Pistorius on
a charge of murder.
2013 Feb 14, Syrian rebels took
control of the town of Shadadah along the Euphrates River seized
most of the nearby Jbeysa oil field. Regime warplanes pounded rebel
positions near Aleppo's international airport. Rebels reportedly
shot down two warplanes. Rebels stormed a small military base near
the town of al-Sahwa in the southern province of Daraa. At least
four fighters were killed in clashes at the base. 42 Shiites, mainly
women and children, were snatched from a bus that was traveling from
the Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya to the capital Damascus.
(AP, 2/14/13)(AP, 2/15/13)(AP, 2/16/13)
2013 Feb 14, In Turkey
authorities arrested eight more retired officers over the last 48
hours over their alleged involvement in the ousting of an
Islamic-led government in the late 1990s.
2013 Feb 14, Senior officials
of the UN atomic agency returned from Tehran without a hoped-for
deal that would have led to the resumption of a probe into
allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms.
2013 Feb 14, Zimbabwe police
fired tear gas and baton charged to disperse Valentine's Day
marchers, herding 195 people demonstrators into a police precinct.
Later 25 were treated for injuries including broken teeth.
2013 Feb 15, Pres. Obama
bestowed the Presidential Citizens Medal on the 6 adults killed in
the Dec 14, 2012, Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
(SFC, 2/16/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 15, Former US Rep.
Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged with scheming to spend $750,000 in
campaign funds on personal expenses. His wife was charged with
filing false income tax forms. Jackson entered Congress in 1995 and
resigned last November. Sandi, as she's known, was a Chicago
alderman, but resigned last month.
2013 Feb 15, Xoom, a San
Francisco-based company that specialized in sending small amounts of
money across borders, debuted on Nasdaq at $16 per share. It closed
at $25.490. It was cofounded in 2001 by CEO John Kunze and Kevin
Hartz, who's now cofounder of Eventbrite, a ticketing startup.
2013 Feb 15, NYC officials said
its schoolteacher’s pension fund has sold its stock in companies
that manufacture guns and ammunition in response to the Dec 14,
2012, school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
(SFC, 2/16/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 15, The 150-foot
Asteroid 2012 DA14 came within an incredible 17,150 miles to Earth,
closer than many communication and weather satellites orbiting
22,300 miles up.
2013 Feb 15, In Bahrain
thousands of anti-government marchers jammed a major highway as
clashes broke out for a second day between security forces and
protesters marking the anniversary of their uprising.
2013 Feb 15, Britain’s Food
Standards Agency (FSA) said it had found 29 positive tests for
horsemeat after demanding samples from UK retailers engulfed in a
contamination scandal that is spreading across Europe.
2013 Feb 15, British health
officials said a fourth person in Britain has contracted a
potentially fatal SARS-like virus which was unknown in humans until
a few months ago, but said the risk to the population remained very
2013 Feb 15, Egyptian security
officials seized two tons of explosives headed to the Sinai
Peninsula. Some 5,000 mostly hard-line Islamists rallied against a
recent wave of anti-government protests that have killed around 70
2013 Feb 15, The EU agreed to
begin random DNA checks on meat products in a bid to put a lid on a
spreading scandal over horsemeat.
(SFC, 2/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 15, Iran ordered a
six-month ban on pistachio exports to try to control the price of
the nut, which doubled in the past month. Iran was long the world's
largest pistachio exporter, with over 200,000 tons a year, but was
surpassed last year by the United States.
2013 Feb 15, In Iraq tens of
thousands of Sunni Muslims rallied in several cities to protest what
they describe as unfair treatment by the country's Shiite-led
government, extending concerns over rising sectarian tension in the
2013 Feb 15, Palestinian
demonstrators clashed with Israeli soldiers at a West Bank rally
held in support of Samer Issawi (35), who has been on an on-again,
off-again hunger strike for several months as he serves time for
alleged terror activity.
2013 Feb 15, In Russia a
meteor, estimated to be about 10 tons, streaked through the sky and
exploded over Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains with the power of an
atomic bomb. Its sonic blasts shattered countless windows and
injured some 1200 people.
(AP, 2/15/13)(AP, 2/16/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.78)
2013 Feb 15, In Somalia
Al-Qaeda-linked militants claimed that they have executed a Kenyan
soldier after the Nairobi government failed to meet their demands. A
car bomb detonated by remote control killed one person and wounded
two others in Mogadishu.
(AP, 2/15/13)(AP, 2/16/13)
2013 Feb 15, Swedish
photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award for
newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a Nov 20 picture of two Palestinian
children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their
2013 Feb 15, Syrian activists
said heavy fighting for control of the international airport in the
northern city of Aleppo and a major military air base nearby has
killed some 150 rebels and government soldiers over the past two
2013 Feb 15, The UN said an
outbreak of hepatitis E has killed 111 refugees in camps in South
Sudan since July, and has become endemic in the region.
2013 Feb 16, Italian sailor
Giovanni Soldini led an 8-member team of the Maserati to a record
47-day trip from NYC around Cape Horn to San Francisco, beating a
1998 monohull record.
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A12)
2013 Feb 16, Alberto Morales
(42), the Florida prisoner who escaped in Texas after stabbing a
detective with his eyeglasses was fatally shot after refusing to
cooperate with officers and lunging at them. Morales had escaped on
Feb 11 from a Wal-Mart parking lot after attacking the Miami-Dade,
2013 Feb 16, Afghan Pres.
Karzai issued a decree that orders the prosecution of Afghan
security forces involved in torturing prisoners and requires all
future interrogations be videotaped.
2013 Feb 16, In Bangladesh an
estimated 100,000 people demonstrated in Dhaka demanding move severe
punishment for war criminals from the country’s 1971 liberation war.
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 16, Bulgaria’s PM
Boiko Borisov fired Simeon Djankov, his finance minister and deputy
prime minister. Djankov was unpopular for his austerity policies.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.52)0
2013 Feb 16, Egypt’s interior
ministry announced a move to purchase 100,000 new 9mm pistols for
police officers. This ended 5 days of strikes by police demanding
greater firepower under increasing lawlessness.
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 16, A court in Egypt
ordered a TV channel that airs belly dancing clips off the air for
showing "sexually explicit" content and operating without a
2013 Feb 16, In India the
bodies of three sisters — aged 7, 9 and 11 — were found in a village
well in Bhandara district in Maharashtra after they had gone missing
from school two days earlier. Police eventually registered a case of
rape and murder after a post-mortem of the girls found that they had
been sexually abused and brutally killed.
2013 Feb 16, In Iraq a suicide
bomber, pretending to ask for help, assassinated Brig. Gen. Ali
Aouni, the head of the Iraq Defense Ministry's intelligence academy,
and three bodyguards at his home in the Tal Afar.
2013 Feb 16, A court in
L'Aquila, Italy, convicted four people in the collapse of a
university dormitory during the 2009 earthquake in that Apennine
mountain town. Eight students died in the collapse during the
powerful quake, which struck in the pre-dawn hours of April 6, 2009.
2013 Feb 16, In Kenya a
suspected militant died while planting an improvised explosive
device in Garissa at a venue where one of the country's presidential
contenders was going to hold a campaign rally.
2013 Feb 16, In rural northern
Nigeria an Islamist group calling itself Ansaru attacked a camp for
a construction company in Bauchi state, killing a guard and
kidnapping seven foreign workers from Britain, Greece, Italy and
Lebanon. Ansaru is a acronym for “Vanguard for the Protection of
Muslims in Black Africa."
(AP, 2/17/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.46)
2013 Feb 16, In Pakistan bomb
went off in a Shiite Muslim-dominated residential suburb of the city
of Quetta killing at least 81 people and wounding some 160. Most of
the dead and wounded were Hazaras, an ethnic group that migrated
from Afghanistan over a century ago. 8 more people soon died of
their wounds bringing the death toll to 89.
(AP, 2/16/13)(AP, 2/17/13)(AP, 2/18/13)
2013 Feb 16, G20 leaders
meeting in Moscow said there would be no currency war and deferred
plans to set new debt-cutting targets, underlining broad concern
about the fragile state of the world economy.
2013 Feb 16, A Syrian activist
group said pro-government gunmen have kidnapped more than 300 people
Idlib province in retaliation for the abduction of 42 Shiite Muslims
this week. At least one person was killed in the Palestinian refugee
camp of Yarmouk by sniper fire. In the southern region of Quneitra
rebels briefly controlled a military checkpoint in the town of Khan
Arnaba and captured five officers before they withdrew.
2013 Feb 16, Syrian peace
activist Omar Aziz (64), detained last November, died of health
complications at a military hospital.
2013 Feb 16, In Tunisia
thousands of supporters of the ruling Islamist party marched
in Tunis in response to rising criticism of the country’s
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 16, In Zimbabwe a
pastor and three activists were arrested for holding a voter
education meeting a day after President Robert Mugabe announced
March 16 as the date for a referendum on a new constitution.
2013 Feb 17, Thousands of
protesters gathered on Washington's National Mall calling on Pres.
Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline proposal
and honor his inaugural pledge to act on climate change.
2013 Feb 17, The NY Times
reported that a 60-page analysis by Mandiant, a US computer security
firm, has traced one of the world’s most sophisticated hacking
groups to Shanghai and the gates of Unit 61398 of the Chinese
(SFC, 2/20/13, p.D1)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.12)
2013 Feb 17, Bahrain's interior
ministry said police have arrested eight members of an alleged
terrorist cell linked to Iran and other countries following
widespread clashes in the Gulf nation during protests marking the
second anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising.
2013 Feb 17, British actor
Richard Briers (79), best known for the 1970s TV sit-com "The Good
Life" but also for his Shakespearean roles, died at his London home.
His film credits included "A Chorus Of Disapproval" (1989) and
"Watership Down" (1978) in which he was the voice of Fiver.
2013 Feb 17, Ecuadoreans cast
ballots with President Rafael Correa (48), a dynamic, polemical
economist, highly favored to win a 2nd re-election. His leftist
government has won broad backing from the lower classes as it leads
Latin America in social spending as a portion of the economy. Correa
won 56.9% of the vote against 23.8% for his closest challenger,
longtime banker Guillermo Lasso.
2013 Feb 17, In Egypt thousands
of soccer fans enforced a work stoppage in the city of Port Said to
protest "injustices" by the government, disrupting rail services and
forcefully evicting workers from their factories and the provincial
2013 Feb 17, In Greece some 40
masked attackers raided the facilities of a prospective gold mine in
the north overnight, setting machinery and offices alight. Some
residents objected to what they say will be the destruction of the
environment and of pristine forest at Skouries in the Halkidiki
2013 Feb 17, Iran’s independent
Arman daily reported that authorities are confiscating Buddha
statues from shops in Tehran, to stop the promotion of Buddhism in
2013 Feb 17, In Iraq multiple
car bombs exploded within minutes of each other as Iraqis were out
shopping in and around Baghdad, killing at least 37 people and
wounding more than 100 in mainly Shiite areas.
2013 Feb 17, Hundreds of French
and Malian soldiers retook the jihadist stronghold of Bourem, a town
where many radical Islamic fighters were believed to have fled.
2013 Feb 17, A Moroccan
military court convicted 24 Western Saharan activists for their
roles in the killing of 11 soldiers at a protest camp in 2010, and
gave nine of the defendants life sentences.
2013 Feb 17, Gunmen attacked an
oil vessel off the coast of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta,
kidnapping six foreigners. Three Ukrainians, two Indians and a
Russian were taken from a vessel run by energy company Century
2013 Feb 17, The Harita
Bauxite, a bulk carrier, sank near the Philippines. 10 of 24
crewmen, mostly from Myanmar, were rescued. One later died and the
rest remianed missing. The vessel was thought to be carrying nickel
ore from Indonesia.
(SSFC, 4/7/13, p.46)
2013 Feb 17, A top Syrian
government official said electricity has been restored in most parts
of Damascus and power will gradually reach the south. The power
outage plunged Damascus into darkness late the previous evening and
affected much of southern Syria. Fighting raged in at least three
provinces between rebels and troops loyal to Pres. Assad.
2013 Feb 18, US Attorney
General Eric Holder discussed regional crime with Caribbean leaders
during a summit in Haiti.
2013 Feb 18, The owner of the
stricken Carnival Triumph cruise ship was hit by a lawsuit seeking
class action status for stranding more than 3,000 passengers for 5
days on a ship without electricity or adequate sanitation.
2013 Feb 18, In Maryland Dr.
Nikita A. Levy (54) was found dead. The gynecologist’s employment at
Johns Hopkins was terminated on Feb 8 following reports of his
surreptitiously photographing and videotaping his patients. In
2014 the John Hopkins Health System agreed to pay $190 million to
some 8,000 women to settle the case.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A7)(SFC, 7/22/14, p.A4)
2013 Feb 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai officially banned Afghan security forces from
requesting international airstrikes during operations in residential
2013 Feb 18, Armenia held
elections. President Serge Sarkisian (58) easily won a second term
with nearly 59% of the vote, but international observers said the
vote "lacked competition." The closest of his six rivals,
American-born Raffi Hovanessian, got 37% of the vote.
2013 Feb 18, In Belgium 8
masked gunmen forced their way through the security fence at
Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched
some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound
plane without firing a shot.
2013 Feb 18, In Brazil
protesters backing the Cuban government blocked the screening of a
documentary featuring Cuba's best-known dissident, the blogger Yoani
Sanchez, who was in attendance after being allowed to leave the
communist island for the first time in nearly a decade. This was the
first stop on her 80-day tour of about a dozen nations.
2013 Feb 18, British PM David
Cameron flew into India promising to try to revive Indian interest
in the Eurofighter even though New Delhi has chosen a French-made
2013 Feb 18, Britain's Royal
Mint said it has started to manufacture gold sovereign coins in
India for the first time since 1918.
2013 Feb 18, The European Union
officially launched a training mission with the goal of making the
disparaged Malian army good enough to patrol the whole country.
2013 Feb 18, EU finance
ministers, condemning the Feb. 12 nuclear test by North Korea,
imposed more trade and economic sanctions on the Asian nation.
2013 Feb 18, EU foreign
ministers announced that they are keeping current sanctions against
Syria in place for three months, rejecting any attempt to ease the
arms embargo so military aid could be funneled to rebel forces.
2013 Feb 18, The European Union
said it has removed 21 loyalists of Zimbabwe's president from a
sanctions list of people facing travel and banking bans. It said the
decision to remove those restrictions was a result of a "step
forward" in finalizing a draft constitution which is set to go voted
on in a national referendum on March 16.
2013 Feb 18, In Guinea
supporters of President Alpha Conde looted and burned the Kankan
offices of opposition politician Lansana Kouyate, 700 km (435 miles)
north of Conakry.
2013 Feb 18, In Pakistan at
least 15,000 Shiite Muslims took to the streets in Quetta in a 2nd
day of protests following a bombing that left 89 people dead. Gunmen
opened fire on a restaurant in Karachi, killing two people.
Militants wearing suicide vests and disguised as policemen attacked
the office of Khyber Political Agent Mutahir Zeb in Peshawar,
killing 5 police officers. In Lahore gunmen on a motorcycle shot to
death a Shiite doctor and his son (12).
(AP, 2/18/13)(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 18, Palestinians
blocked roads and held marches across the West Bank to protest the
fate of thousands of their countrymen held in Israeli jails and
demand the release of four detainees on hunger strike. Israel is
holding some 4,500 Palestinians for charges ranging from throwing
stones to undertaking deadly militant attacks.
2013 Feb 18, In Russia the body
of Lipetsk city councilman Mikhail Pakhomov (37), kidnapped last
week, was found in a cement barrel. Investigators have arrested
eight people in the case. Evgeny Kharitonov, a former deputy
minister in Moscow's provincial government, was charged with
organizing the kidnapping over what police called an $80 million
2013 Feb 18, In South Africa
Mamphela Ramphele, an academic and co-founder of the nation’s Black
Conscious Movement, announced the creation of Agang, a new political
party "to build the South Africa of our dreams," lambasting the
101-year-old African National Congress of Nelson Mandela for
corruption and power abuse.
(AP, 2/18/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.47)
2013 Feb 18, In South Africa 9
miners and 4 guards were injured when a machete-wielding mob
attacked union stewards and security guards opened fire with rubber
bullets amid ongoing labor rivalry at an Anglo American Platinum
mine. Some miners accuse the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM),
which is allied with the governing ANC, of becoming elitist, cozying
up to business and putting those interests before that of mine
2013 Feb 18, Syrian rebels
captured a government checkpoint on the main road to the country's
second-largest airport as opposition fighters pressed their campaign
to capture the strategic facility in Aleppo. A new report from a
UN-appointed panel said Syria's civil war is becoming increasingly
sectarian and the behavior of both sides is growing more and more
radicalized. A regime missile strike leveled a stretch of buildings
and killed at least 19 people in Aleppo, leaving residents combing
through the rubble to find those trapped beneath it.
(AP, 2/18/13)(AP, 2/19/13)
2013 Feb 18, President Hugo
Chavez returned to Venezuela after more than two months of treatment
in Cuba following cancer surgery.
2013 Feb 19, In southern
California Ali Syed (20) shot and killed woman in her home and two
commuters in Orange County. Syed committed suicide as police closed
in on him.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 19, In Los Angeles a
body was found in a water tank on the roof of the historic Cecil
Hotel. It was soon identified as that of a Canadian woman who went
missing in late January. Elisa Lam (21), a college student from
Vancouver, British Columbia, was last seen by staff at the hotel on
2013 Feb 19, NATO and Afghan
forces killed at least 25 insurgents and three of their commanders
in separate operations around the country.
2013 Feb 19, Afghan security
said intelligence officers have arrested a senior Pakistan Taliban
commander. Maulvi Faqir Mohammed was arrested over the weekend in
eastern Nangarhar province.
2013 Feb 19, Brazil’s Pres.
Dilma Rousseff announced increased welfare payments to 2.5m poor
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.35)
2013 Feb 19, In Cameroon a
vacationing French family of seven was kidnapped and whisked toward
Nigeria. The family was freed after two months in captivity,
returning on April 19 to safety in Douala.
(AP, 2/20/13)(AP, 4/19/13)
2013 Feb 19, In Egypt hundreds
of protesters in Port Said pressured government employees to leave
work early as they enforced the third day of a general strike.
2013 Feb 19, Germany’s highest
court ruled that one member of a civil partnership should be able to
adopt the partner’s stepchild or adopted child.
(SFC, 2/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 19, Greek journalists
walked off the job for 24 hours to protest austerity measures and
income cuts, pulling radio and television news broadcasts off the
air and leaving news websites without updates.
2013 Feb 19, In Guinea
anti-riot police fired tear gas to disperse anti-government
protesters who barricaded streets and threw stones at vehicles in
the capital, Conakry.
2013 Feb 19, Ireland’s PM Enda
Kenny apologized on behalf of the government for decades of abuses
in the Magdalene Laundries.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 19, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu added his first coalition partner as he works to
build a new government. Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will
serve as justice minister in the next Israeli government, in charge
of peace efforts with the Palestinians.
2013 Feb 19, An Ivory Coast
military spokesman says that Guinean soldiers have occupied Kpeaba,
a border village in western Ivorian territory, since early this
2013 Feb 19, In Malawi public
workers on strike demanding a 67 percent pay hike threatened to
close the country's airports. The government said it doesn't have
the money to meet the demands.
2013 Feb 19, In Mali a French
soldier was shot to death in a clash with jihadists in a mountainous
region of the far north. 20 extremists were reported killed on this
second day of the ongoing operation, code named Panthere, aimed at
locating jihadists and dismantling their sanctuaries.
2013 Feb 19, In Pakistan
thousands of minority Shiite Muslims (Hazaras) ended three days of
protests Quetta after the government launched a paramilitary
operation against militants responsible for a weekend bombing
targeting the minority sect that killed 89 people. Four members of
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, including a senior commander, were killed in a
shootout, and over 170 other suspected militants were arrested.
(AP, 2/19/13)(SFC, 2/20/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 19, Palestinian
protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers at a rally in support of
four imprisoned Palestinians on hunger strike, as hundreds of
inmates said they were refusing food for the day in solidarity with
the fasting inmates.
2013 Feb 19, Gaza Strip's Hamas
government and local smugglers accused Egypt of flooding
cross-border tunnels with sewage water in order to halt a thriving
smuggling trade. Egyptian engineers began flooding the tunnels in
(AP, 2/19/13)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.41)
2013 Feb 19, In the Philippines
over 100 communist guerrillas stormed a vast Del Monte plantation in
Bukidnon province, killing one guard, burning farm equipment and
blocking traffic in 3 towns.
(SFC, 2/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 19, Russia said it had
sent two jets carrying humanitarian aid to Syria and are inviting
Russians who want to leave the country to take the flights back.
2013 Feb 19, The Sudanese army
said clashes in the country's south near the border with South Sudan
have killed at least 60 rebels.
2013 Feb 19, A Syrian missile
strike leveled a block of buildings in an impoverished district of
Aleppo, killing at least 33 people, almost half of them children.
Two mortars exploded near one of President Bashar Assad's palaces in
Damascus, but no casualties were reported.
2013 Feb 19, Tunisia's PM
Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation following a failed effort to
form a technocratic government to see the country out of its
political crisis. His own party, Ennahda, rejected his initiative,
insisting that the country still needed a government of politicians.
2013 Feb 19, A Yemeni military
plane crashed into a neighborhood in the country's capital, Sanaa,
killing at least nine people and injuring 18.
2013 Feb 19, Zimbabwe police
raided the suburban Harare offices of the independent Zimbabwe
Election Support Network searching for alleged subversive materials.
2013 Feb 20, The US announced a
strengthening of its efforts to prevent the theft of trade secrets.
China was mentioned prominently.
(SFC, 2/8/13, p.44)
2013 Feb 20, It was reported
that the US National Institutes of Health is in the planning stages
of a massive effort called the Brain Activity Map (BAM) to
understand how neurons actually process information. On March 7
protagonists published a manifesto for BAM in Science.
(SFC, 2/20/13, p.D3)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.79)
2013 Feb 20, In San Francisco
tech and investment luminaries announced the new $3 million Life
Sciences Breakthrough Prize and named the effort’s first 11 winners.
(SFC, 2/21/13, p.C1)
2013 Feb 20, An anti-whaling
activist group accused a Japanese whaling vessel of intentionally
ramming two of its ships in waters near Antarctica. Japan's
Fisheries Agency, however, insisted the protesters were responsible
for the collisions.
2013 Feb 20, Scottish singer
Emeli Sande won the coveted best album honour at the BRIT Awards for
"Our Version of Events", confirming her status as favourite going
into British pop's big night of the year.
2013 Feb 20, Bulgaria's
center-right government of PM Boiko Borisov resigned after days of
violent protests fueled by outrage over rising energy costs,
corruption and a general economic decline in what is already the
EU's poorest nation. In early March Pres. Rosen Plevneliev announced
a caretaker cabinet led by Marin Raykov.
(AP, 2/20/13)(Econ, 3/23/13, p.60)
2013 Feb 20, The Czech
Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority said DNA tests showed two
batches of frozen Nowaco Lasagne Bolognese in a branch of the Tesco
supermarket chain in the western city of Pilsen contained horsemeat.
Luxembourg was listed as the country of origin.
2013 Feb 20, In Greece a
24-hour protest by unions representing private and public sector
workers disrupted flights, halted ferries and crippled public
services, in a renewed confrontation between labor groups and the
conservative-led government over policies aimed at curbing Greece's
2013 Feb 20, A Lebanese judge
indicted three people, including a former Cabinet minister and a top
Syrian intelligence general, in a bombing plot in Lebanon, a move
that could raise tension in Lebanon over the civil war in
neighboring Syria. Judge Riad Abu Ghaida demanded the death penalty
for former information minister, Michel Samaha, Syrian Brig. Gen.
Ali Mamlouk and a Syrian colonel, identified only by his first name,
2013 Feb 20, In Mali Islamic
extremists clashed with military in the northern city of Gao. A
French Tigre attack helicopter fired on a pickup truck containing
jihadist fighters during clashes in northern Mali, killing about 10
insurgents. The military pushed fighters out of Gao. 16 jihadists
were reported killed in the fighting in Gao.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)
2013 Feb 20, Human Rights Watch
called Mexico's anti-drug offensive "disastrous" in a report that
cited 249 cases of disappearances that the group says mostly show
evidence of having been carried out by the military or law
2013 Feb 20, Nigeria's secret
police said they have broken up a terrorist group backed by "Iranian
handlers" who wanted to assassinate a former military ruler and
gather intelligence about locations frequented by Americans and
Israelis. A suicide bombing in Maiduguri killed three civilians and
(AP, 2/20/13)(AP, 2/21/13)
2013 Feb 20, In Syria 2 mortars
exploded next to a soccer stadium in central Damascus, killing one
player and injuring several. The pro-government Al-Watan daily said
the airport in Aleppo is still under military control and "safe"
from rebels fighting to capture it.
2013 Feb 21, Detroit, with its
violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and
financial crisis, was named by Forbes as the most miserable city in
the United States.
2013 Feb 21, Nevada Gov. Brian
Sandoval signed legislation legalizing online gambling.
SFC, 2/22/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 21, In Las Vegas a
Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections
and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames, killing taxi
driver Michael Boldon (62) and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund (48),
of Maple Valley, Wash. Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., the driver of the
Maserati, was killed. Bullets had flown from a black Range Rover at
the Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Strip.
The black SUV was found on Feb 23 as police named Ammar Harris (26)
in connection with the shooting and six-vehicle chain-reaction
carnage. Ammar Harris was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb 28.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/24/13)(AP, 2/28/13)
2013 Feb 21, Suspended
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin along with her
aide and sister, Janine Orie, were convicted on campaign corruption
charges. They could join a third sister — former state Sen. Jane
Orie — in state prison.
2013 Feb 21, Google unveiled
its touch-screen Chromebook Pixel, a high-end laptop starting at
(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A1)
2013 Feb 21, Britain’s HM
Revenue and Customs published the names of what it described as "tax
cheats" for the first time, part of efforts to address public anger
over tax evasion at a time of economic austerity.
2013 Feb 21, A London jury
found Irfan Naseer (31), Irfan Khalid (27) and Ashik Ali (27),
arrested in September 2011, guilty of being central figures in a
foiled plot to explode knapsack bombs in crowded areas.
2013 Feb 21, Ray Cusick (84),
BBC designer, died. He created the Daleks, mutant monsters in
sinister shells, for the “Doctor Who" TV series.
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.90)
2013 Feb 21, In Guatemalan
residents of Peten province reported a gunbattle between drug gangs
and said one of the dead resembled Mexico's most-wanted drug lord,
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Soldiers and police scanning the area
found no sign of any confrontation.
2013 Feb 21, A Haitian judge
summoned Jean-Claude Duvalier (61) to appear in court after the
former dictator defied an order to attend a hearing to determine
whether he should again face charges for human rights abuses
committed during the nearly 15 years of his brutal regime.
2013 Feb 21, In India 16 people
were killed and 117 injured in a pair of bomb explosions in a
crowded area of the southern city of Hyderabad.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.41)
2013 Feb 21, In Indonesia some
20 assailants killed eight soldiers killed in two attacks in Papua
province. The assailants were identified as members of a local
separatist group led by Goliat Tabuni.
2013 Feb 21, An Iranian
semi-official news agency said Iran is planning to build a $4
billion oil refinery in Gwadar, Baluchistan province. Iran will
reportedly sell products from the refinery to Pakistan in return of
food, especially wheat, meat and rice.
(AP, 2/21/13)(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 21, In Iraq gunmen
attacked an army checkpoint in Duluiayah, 75 km north of Baghdad,
killing four soldiers and wounding four others.
2013 Feb 21, Japan’s government
unexpectedly announced that it had hanged 3 men for murder.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.40)
2013 Feb 21, In eastern Kenya
gunmen armed with AK-47 rifles opened fire at a mosque, killing 7
people in the remote and tiny village of Maayleey.
2013 Feb 21, The Malawi
government agreed to raise public workers' salaries by 60%, ending a
two-week old strike.
2013 Feb 21, In Kidal, Mali, a
town further north where control by French and Chad forces has been
tentative, a car explosion in a mechanics garage killed two,
including the driver and a security guard. Jihadist fighters fired
two rockets at military points in the city of Gao as a suicide
bomber attacked secular rebels near Algeria's border.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)
2013 Feb 21, Mexico said it
will work with the Int’l. Red Cross on the search of thousands of
people who have disappeared during the country’s 6-year war on
(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 21, In Nigeria a
suicide bombing hit a crowded market in the heart of Maiduguri and
engulfed stalls in flames.
2013 Feb 21, In Pakistan a bomb
blast inside a shopping mall in Peshawar killed at least one person
and wounded 12 people. The bombing targeted shops selling mobile
2013 Feb 21, A Pakistani
intelligence official said at least half the Afghan Taliban recently
freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency throwing
into question the value of such goodwill gestures that the Afghan
government requested to restart a flagging peace process.
2013 Feb 21, Hundreds of
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces, hurling
rocks and burning tires at a West Bank demonstration to show
solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
2013 Feb 21, Spain’s Ferrovial,
a construction and services company, announced that it would buy
Enterprise, a British provider of municipal services, for £385 mil
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.68)
2013 Feb 21, Syrian state TV
said at least 53 people were killed in a car bomb attack in Damascus
near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian
Embassy. Anti-regime activists put the death toll at 59. At least 13
other people were killed on two other car bombings in Damascus. An
opposition group said 18 people were killed in a government
airstrike on a rebel field hospital in Daraa.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)SFC, 2/22/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 21, In Yemen a
celebration marking the first anniversary of the country's
presidential election was interrupted by a shootout between
government forces and disgruntled members of a southern independence
movement. 4 southerners demonstrating for secession in Aden were
killed by security forces.
(AP, 2/21/13)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.51)
2013 Feb 22, Pres. Obama said
that about 100 US troops have been sent to Niger to help set up a
new base for Predator aircraft surveillance.
(SFC, 2/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 22, US federal and
Washington state officials said six underground tanks at Hanford,
that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most
contaminated nuclear site, are leaking.
2013 Feb 22, A major winter
storm headed northeast into the US Great Lakes and threatened New
England after blanketing states from Minnesota to Ohio with blinding
snow, sleet and freezing rain. At least 4 deaths were linked to the
(Reuters, 2/22/13)(SFC, 2/23/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 22, In Oklahoma City a
medical helicopter crashed outside a nursing home killing 2 people
onboard and injuring a third.
(SFC, 2/23/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 22, American
scientists prepared to drop dead mice laced with painkillers on
Guam's jungle canopy as a prescription for the brown tree snake, a
headache that has caused Guam misery for more than 60 years.
2013 Feb 22, In Bahrain a
protester (20) died from a head injury sustained Feb. 14 when he was
hit with a tear gas canister fired by security forces.
2013 Feb 22, Police across
Bangladesh clashed with protesters from Islamic political parties
denouncing war crimes trials linked to the country's 1971
independence war, killing two demonstrators and injuring dozens.
2013 Feb 22, In Benin
businessman Johannes Dagnon and army commander Pamphile Zomahoun
were arrested. Preliminary investigations showed the two had tried
to stop President Boni Yayi from returning to Cotonou so they could
institute a military state.
2013 Feb 22, Britain suffered
its first ever sovereign ratings downgrade from a major agency when
Moody's stripped the country of its coveted top-notch triple-A
rating, dealing a major blow to Chancellor George Osborne.
2013 Feb 22, BP tanker drivers
have begun a 3-day strike at Petroineos's Grangemouth refinery in
Scotland over a plan to transfer some of them to another employer,
which would affect their pensions and pay.
2013 Feb 22, Frozen food maker
Birds Eye said it would withdraw some products in Britain and
Ireland after it found traces of horse DNA in one of its ready meals
sold in Belgium.
2013 Feb 22, Czech PM Petr
Necas signed deals with representatives of 16 religious groups to
pay them $3.1 billion in compensation for property that the
country's former Communist regime seized from them. The left-wing
opposition has asked the country's highest legal authority, the
Constitutional Court, to stop it.
2013 Feb 22, Voters in the tiny
East African nation of Djibouti cast ballots in the nation's
parliamentary elections. Opposition political parties were eligible
to win seats for the first time.
2013 Feb 22, French catering
and vouchers group Sodexo said it was withdrawing all frozen beef
products from the market in Britain after finding horse meat in some
of its products.
2013 Feb 22, German authorities
returned 7 artifacts dating as far back as 4,000 BC to Kosovo after
police stumbled on them in an unrelated raid in 2005. The artifacts
date to the Neolithic period and are believed to belong to the
Vinca, a prehistoric culture that traces back to 5,500 BC in
2013 Feb 22, In Greece heavy
rainfall caused two rivers to break their banks flooding the streets
(SFC, 2/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 22, In Iraq gunmen
wearing military uniforms killed seven anti-al-Qaida militiamen in
an attack in Tuz Khormato north of Baghdad.
2013 Feb 22, Ireland’s
government said B&F Meats in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary,
has been caught labeling horse meat as beef and shipping it to a
company in the Czech Rep.
(SFC, 2/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 22, In northern Mali
Chadian army troops killed 65 Islamic extremist rebels and destroyed
five vehicles in fierce fighting. 13 Chadian soldiers were killed in
2013 Feb 22, Pakistani
authorities arrested Malik Ishaq, a founder of a banned Sunni
extremist group in Rahim Yar Khan, less than a week after the
organization claimed responsibility for a market bombing that killed
89 Shiites. Ishaq was imprisoned for 14 years on charges, never
proven, of killing Shiite Muslims. He was released in July 2011.
2013 Feb 22, Hundreds of
Palestinians in Hebron and elsewhere in the West Bank threw rocks at
Israeli soldiers who responded with tear gas. Palestinian emergency
services said dozens were treated for tear gas inhalation and rubber
bullet wounds. Mohammed Asfour (22) was struck in the head by a
rubber-coated bullet in the West Bank and died of his wounds on
(AP, 2/22/13)(AP, 3/7/13)
2013 Feb 22, In Romania
gangster Ian Balint was arrested with dozens of others on charges of
attempted murder, kidnapping, blackmail and possession of illegal
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 22, Syrian warplanes
and artillery hit targets near Damascus International Airport.
Regime forces fired three missiles into a rebel-held area in eastern
Aleppo, hitting several buildings. A newly released detainee
reported witnessing the death of imprisoned rights activist Ayham
Ghazzoul (26). Activists said gunmen from rival Sunni and Shiite
Muslim villages in northern Syria have freed more than 200 people
snatched in tit-for-tat kidnappings this month, easing tensions that
threatened to touch off more sectarian violence. On Feb 26 Human
Rights Watch said at least 141 people, half of them children, were
killed when the Syrian military fired at least four missiles into
(AP, 2/22/13)(AP, 2/23/13)(AP, 2/24/13)(AP,
2013 Feb 22, Tunisia's ruling
Islamist party named Ali Larayedh, the interior minister seen as a
conservative loyalist, to form a new government.
2013 Feb 22, Pope Benedict XVI,
who steps down Feb. 28, named Monsignor Ettore Balestrero
ambassador, or nunzio, to Colombia. Balestrero was head of the Holy
See's delegation to the Council of Europe's Moneyval committee,
which evaluated the Vatican's anti-money laundering and anti-terror
2013 Feb 22, Zimbabwe media
freedom campaigners said police are breaking the law by seizing and
banning small radio receivers that can tune in to stations not
linked to the state broadcasting monopoly controlled by President
Robert Mugabe's party.
2013 Feb 23, An Algerian army
patrol reportedly killed 8 extremists in Boumerdes, about 50 km (30
miles) outside Algiers. Four fighters were killed reported in the
northern Boukadir forest.
2013 Feb 23, China reported a
2nd fatality from the H5N1 bird flu in the city of Guiyang.
(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 23, Iran said it has
selected 16 locations as suitable for new nuclear power plants it
intends to build to boost its energy production over the next 15
years. State TV said the country has discovered new uranium
2013 Feb 23, In Mexico a
Belgian citizen, Jan Sarens (59), was shot to death in the Pacific
resort of Acapulco near the site of the Mexican Open tennis
tournament. He was a resident businessman working for a
2013 Feb 23, In in northeastern
Nigeria at least six people were killed in an attack in Ngalba, Yobe
state. Local residents suspected the radical Islamic sect known as
2013 Feb 23, In Nigeria
concrete and other structures in "a densely populated area" of Lagos
were razed to the ground. On Aug 12 Amnesty International published
satellite images and said 9,000 people have lost homes and
livelihoods and thousands more were threatened in the slum destroyed
by armed police and bulldozers.
2013 Feb 23, In Pakistan a bus
carrying a wedding party plunged into a canal in Peshawar, killing
2013 Feb 23, Some 150
Palestinian villagers and 25 Jewish settlers clashed in the northern
West Bank village of Kusra, wounding one demonstrator who protesters
say was shot in the stomach. The clashes began when a group of
Jewish settlers chased a Palestinian farmer and his family off land
in the village.
2013 Feb 23, Palestinian Arafat
Jaradat (30) died while under Israeli custody at Megiddo Prison. His
family alleged Jaradat was mistreated by the Shin Bet, saying he was
healthy at the time of his arrest last week. Israeli officials said
Jaradat died of an apparent heart attack and denied he was beaten or
subjected to any treatment that could have led to his death. A
Palestinian doctor present at the autopsy said marks on Jaradat’s
body indicated torture.
(AP, 2/24/13)(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 23, In Sudan renewed
fighting between two Arab tribes over mining rights left 60 people
dead in the northern Darfur region.
2013 Feb 23, The battle for
Syria's second-largest airport intensified on as government troops
tried to reverse recent strategic gains the rebels have made in the
northeast in their quest to topple President Bashar Assad. The army
launched an offensive on opposition strongholds outside Damascus in
an effort to dislodge rebels from areas around the capital that they
have been trying to storm for weeks.
2013 Feb 23, In eastern
Zimbabwe an arson attack on the home of an election candidate killed
the politician's 12-year-old son.
2013 Feb 24, In the 85th Annual
Academy Awards Jennifer Lawrence wins the Best Actress award for
"Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for
"Lincoln"; Best Picture went to "Argo." A Best Picture/Best Director
split occurred since Ben Affleck was curiously not nominated for the
2013 Feb 24, Afghanistan's
president said all US special forces must leave eastern Wardak
province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans
working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Suicide
bombers targeted Afghanistan's intelligence agency and other
security forces in four coordinated attacks in Kabul and outlying
areas, leaving at least 7 dead, including the 4 bombers.
2013 Feb 24, Cuba's parliament
reconvened with new membership. Raul Castro announced that he will
step down in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first
time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising
star Miguel Diaz-Canel (52) as his top lieutenant and first in the
line of succession.
2013 Feb 24, Greek Cypriots
voted for a new president. Conservative opposition party leader
Nicos Anastasiades garnered 45.46% of the vote in the first round of
voting, some 18 points over communist-backed Stavros Malas. With
nearly all the votes counted, Anastasiades had 57.48% of the
ballots, far ahead of Malas' 42.52%.
(AP, 2/24/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.50)
2013 Feb 24, In Egypt thousands
of brick workers blocked railroad tracks from a southern city to
Cairo for a second day to protest rising industrial oil prices,
causing the cancellation of some services. Residents of Port Said
pressed their general strike which entered its second week.
2013 Feb 24, In Ethiopia 11
African countries signed a UN-drafted peace deal to stabilize Congo,
where rebels allegedly backed by neighboring countries last year
threatened to oust the government.
2013 Feb 24, In Greece a
helicopter swooped down on the Trikala prison courtyard as armed men
on board fired on guards and lowered a rope to help convicted
killer Panagiotis Vlastos make his fourth attempt to escape
from a Greek prison. Vlastos was wounded the helicopter was grounded
in the failed escape.
2013 Feb 24, Iran’s
semi-official Fars news agency reported that Gen. Hamid Tabatabaei,
a commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, has been killed in
the country's Kurdish northwest.
2013 Feb 24, Italy began 2 days
of parliamentary elections.
2013 Feb 24, Palestinians
called for an international investigation of Israel's treatment of
detained Palestinians, after a 30-year-old Palestinian died in
custody and a hunger strike by four other inmates sparked a week of
West Bank protests.
2013 Feb 24, Syrian rebels used
captured tanks to launch a fresh offensive on a government complex
housing a police academy in Aleppo as they continued to log a string
of strategic victories against President Bashar Assad's troops who
countered with airstrikes.
2013 Feb 24, Syrian comedian
Yassin Bakoush (75) was killed by a mortar round that landed on his
car in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus.
SANA state news said he was killed by a rebel mortar round. The
anti-regime Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was a
rocket-propelled grenade launched by government troops.
2013 Feb 24, Zimbabwe's broke
coalition government said it has raised enough money privately to
pay for a referendum on a new constitution scheduled March 16.
2013 Feb 25, C. Everett Koop
(96), former US Surgeon General (1981-1989), died at his home in
(SFC, 2/26/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 25, In Pennsylvania an
inmate assaulted and killed a guard with a homemade weapon at the
Canaan federal penitentiary.
(SFC, 2/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 25, Britain's most
senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien (74), resigned
following allegations he behaved in an inappropriate way with
priests, and said he would not take part in the election of Pope
Benedict's replacement. O'Brien said he had tendered his resignation
some months ago.
2013 Feb 25, In China a Tibetan
monk set himself on fire in protest against
Chinese rule near dozens of pilgrims who had
gathered for prayers to mark the end of the Tibetan New Year
festival in Gansu province. Another had set himself ablaze a day
earlier at a monastery in Qinghai province. Both died. A third monk
was taken to a hospital after setting himself alight in a separate
2013 Feb 25, In Colombia
thousands of coffee workers began blocking roads in 10 provinces
over falling incomes from leaf rust and falling coffee prices.
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.38)
2013 Feb 25, A judge in the
Dominican Republic ruled that Martha Heredia (22), the winner of a
TV talent show, can be held in jail for up to a year while
authorities investigate her alleged involvement in drug smuggling.
She was arrested at a Dominican airport on Feb 20 as she was about
to board a flight to New York. Police allege she had 2.9 pounds (1.3
kg) of heroin stuffed in the heels of three pairs of platform shoes.
2013 Feb 25, Israel and the US
carried out a successful test of the next-generation Arrow 3 missile
defense system, for the first time sending an interceptor into outer
space, where it could destroy missiles fired from Iran.
2013 Feb 25, Italians voted for
a second day in a national election. Italy faced political paralysis
as near-complete results in crucial national elections showed no
clear winner and raised the possibility of a hung parliament. Beppe
Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) won no less than 163 of 945
(AP, 2/25/13)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.50)
2013 Feb 25, Jordan said it has
no official word from Saudi Arabia about one of its citizens, youth
activist Khaled Natour, apprehended by authorities there 50 days
2013 Feb 25, Mexico's central
bank said that Mexican corporations invested about $25.6 billion
last year in buying up foreign plants and companies, more than twice
the $12.6 foreigners invested directly in Mexican firms. An official
confirmed that was the first time in recent memory that outflows
2013 Feb 25, Park Geun-hye
began serving as South Korea's first female president and returned
to the presidential mansion where she grew up with her dictator
2013 Feb 25, In southern
Pakistan a blast at a Sufi shrine killed two people in Shikarpur.
2013 Feb 25, Swedish furniture
giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal as
authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs
labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the
2013 Feb 25, Syria’s foreign
minister Walid al-Moallem said his country ready to hold talks with
the armed opposition trying to topple President Bashar Assad.
2013 Feb 25, In Turkey German
Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Turkish leaders amid
growing frustration in Turkey over its slow-moving EU membership and
a perceived reluctance by European nations to crackdown on Turkish
militants operating in their nations.
2013 Feb 26, A deeply divided
Senate voted on to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel (66) to be the
next US defense secretary, handing President Barack Obama's pick the
top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic,
across-the-board budget cuts hit the military. 4 Republicans joined
the Democrats in backing the contentious choice.
2013 Feb 26, A major winter
storm hit the US midsection for the 2nd time in a week.
(SFC, 2/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 26, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., police detectives Loran Baker (51) and Elizabeth Butler (38)
were shot in a gunbattle with Jeremy Peter Goulet (35). Goulet was
killed as police converged on the scene.
(SFC, 2/27/13, p.A7)(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A12)
2013 Feb 26, In Mississippi the
body of Marco McMillian (34), a mayoral candidate in Clarksdale, was
found beaten and burned. Lawrence Reed (22) was later charged with
(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/bacbhaw)
2013 Feb 26, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents reportedly poisoned, then shot and killed 17
people as they slept at a local police post in Ghazni province.
2013 Feb 26, In Dubai the
72-storey Marriott Marquis Dubai hotel officially opened setting a
world record of tallest hotel at 1,009 feet.
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 26, In Egypt a hot air
balloon flying over the ancient city of Luxor caught fire and
crashed into a sugar cane field, killing at least 19 foreign
tourists. The pilot, who sustained severe burns, and a British
tourist were the only survivors.
(AP, 2/26/13)(AP, 3/2/13)
2013 Feb 26, Hungary’s National
Food Chain Safety Office (Nebih) horse meat labeled as beef has been
sold in the country.
2013 Feb 26, In Mali a suicide
car bombing killed six government allies in the northern city of
Kidal. The French confirmed that they are engaged in heavy fighting
in northern Mali.
2013 Feb 26, In Mexico Elba
Esther Gordillo (68), leader of the 1.5 million-member National
Union of Education Workers, was arrested afternoon as she landed at
the Toluca airport near Mexico City on a private flight from San
Diego. She was accused of embezzling millions in funds from her
teachers' union to pay for property, private planes, plastic surgery
and her Neiman Marcus bill.
2013 Feb 26, The Hague Appeals
Court ruled that a 2005 law, which makes it mandatory for all people
older than 14 to carry ID cards and show them to police upon
request, does not have a religious exemption.
2013 Feb 26, Former NBA star
Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style to
the isolated Communist country with possibly the world's drabbest
dress code: North Korea. Rodman was joining three members of the
Harlem Globetrotters basketball team for a Vice Media production to
air on HBO in early April.
2013 Feb 26, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot and killed a police officer who was protecting
a team of polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Feb 26, Gaza militants
fired a rocket into Israel for the first time in three months. It
landed south of Ashkelon with some damage to a road.
2013 Feb 26, Puerto Rico's Gov.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla approved turning over the operations of the
country’s largest airport to a private company as part of an
estimated $2.6 billion deal that began under his predecessor and has
been fiercely protested.
2013 Feb 26, A South African
study was released showing that donkey, water buffalo and other
unconventional ingredients have been found in almost two thirds of
hamburgers and sausages tested in South Africa.
2013 Feb 26, In South Africa
Mido Macia (27), a taxi driver from Mozambique, was bound and
dragged behind a police vehicle in the Daveyton township east of
Johannesburg. The scene was captured on video. He was found dead in
a cell hours later by another policeman. On Feb 28 eight
police officers were charged with murder. On July, 2014, the eight
officers, on bail on charges of murder, were sacked. In November,
2015, the eight former officers were each sentenced to 15 years in
(AP, 2/28/13)(AP, 3/1/13)(AFP, 7/4/14)(AP,
2013 Feb 26, Human Rights Watch
said Sri Lankan security forces continue to use torture, rape and
other forms of sexual violence against suspected members of the
Tamil Tiger rebels and their supporters, nearly four years after the
end of the country's civil war. The military denied the allegations.
2013 Feb 26, In Syria combat
raged near the historic Ummayad Mosque in Aleppo while
anti-government activists reported fresh clashes near a police
academy west of the city. The Observatory said the dead in the last
two days of fighting in the area included 26 rebel fighters, 40
soldiers and five pro-government militiamen.
2013 Feb 26, The party of
Zimbabwe's PM Morgan Tsvangirai said that violence against its
supporters is increasing as political tensions rise before upcoming
2013 Feb 27, The US Senate
confirmed Jacob J. Lew (57) as treasury secretary.
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 27, In California
former Contra Costa fire captain Jon Wilmot (51) of Alamo was
charged with receiving stolen property, embezzlement, possession of
an assault weapon and commercial burglary.
(SFC, 3/1/13, p.D3)
2013 Feb 27, Pianist Van
Cliburn (b.1934) died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He won the
1958 Tchaikovsky Intl. Competition in Moscow and became an overnight
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.D5)
2013 Feb 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber slid under a bus full of Afghan soldiers and blew
himself up in Kabul, wounding 10.
2013 Feb 27, Australia's
highest court narrowly rejected the case of two Muslim activists who
argued they had a constitutional free-speech right to send offensive
letters to families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
2013 Feb 27, Brazilian police
said Father Emilson Soares Correa, a Roman Catholic priest, is being
investigated for allegations of sexual abuse of three young girls in
his parish in Niteroi, a city across Guanabara Bay from Rio de
2013 Feb 27, British health
officials said gonorrhea cases have soared by 25 percent in the past
year in England as superbug or drug-resistant strains of the
sexually transmitted infection (STI) take hold worldwide.
2013 Feb 27, China’s state news
announced the arrests of 5 Tibetans accused of inciting a series of
self-immolations late last year.
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 27, In CongoDRC the
M23 divided into two groups over disagreements on negotiations with
the Congolese government. The splinter group is lead by the M23
president Jean-Marie Runiga and Gen. Baudoin Ngaruye. The new group
is reported to be aligned with warlord Bosco Ntaganda.
2013 Feb 27, Egyptian
authorities confiscated two pick-up trucks carrying 60 anti-tank
missiles smuggled across the border from Libya.
2013 Feb 27, In Greece Vassilis
Papageorgopoulos, the former mayor of Thessaloniki, was sentenced to
life i8n prison along with 12 top aides after being found guilty of
embezzling almost $23.5 million in state funds.
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 27, Guinean security
forces fired tear gas at protests that turned violent after
opposition marchers started throwing stones in Conakry. The
opposition said that it has withdrawn from the upcoming legislative
election set for May 12 because the opposition is unhappy with
preparations for the election.
2013 Feb 27, In India a fire
broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in Kolkata,
killing at least 19 people.
2013 Feb 27, Saeed Jalili,
Iran’s top official at diplomatic talks, said negotiations in
Kazakhstan with world powers over how to curb Iran's nuclear program
have reached a "turning point" for the better at the close of two
days of discussions aimed at preventing Tehran from building an
2013 Feb 27, An Iraqi plane
landed in Kuwait for the first time since Saddam Hussein's 1990
invasion of the tiny emirate.
2013 Feb 27, In Ireland Ali
Charaf Damache (47) was arrested while leaving a courthouse in
Waterford. He had just walked free from the court, after three years
in prison when detectives acting on an American extradition warrant
rearrested and escorted him, handcuffed, to an unmarked police car.
The FBI and US Justice Department accuse Damache of being the
ringleader behind an unrealized 2009 conspiracy to target artist
Lars Vilks in Sweden over his series of drawings depicting the
Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog.
2013 Feb 27, A Jordanian
official said there is a new surge in Syrians fleeing across the
border to Jordan as fighting intensifies in southern Syria.
2013 Feb 27, Kenya police said
32 people have died after the bus they were travelling in rolled in
the Tulimani area.
2013 Feb 27, In New Zealand
Adam Strange, a 46-year-old television and short film director, was
killed by a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland.
2013 Feb 27, In Nigeria
foreigners working for a construction company escaped a kidnapping
attempt that killed 2 police officers in Taraba state.
2013 Feb 27, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari visited Tehran where he worked to
finalize a gas pipeline deal with Iran that is being opposed by the
2013 Feb 27, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed a news reporter in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
2013 Feb 27, In the Philippines
Pres. Benigno Aquino III warned Jamalul Kiram III, the Sultan of
Sulu, that he would face the full force of the law unless he
withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia.
(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 27, Slovenia’s
Parliament ousted PM Janez Jansa and his conservative government.
The 55-33 no-confidence vote named Alenka Bratusek (42) as prime
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 27, In Switzerland a
longtime employee (42) opened fire at a wood-processing company in
Menznau, leaving 3 people dead, including the assailant.
2013 Feb 27, Syrian rebels
clashed with government forces on two sides of Aleppo as well as
near its historic mosque. At least six rebels were killed in
fighting near a police academy west of the city
2013 Feb 28, US Army Pvt.
Bradley Manning (25), accused of providing secret documents to the
WikiLeaks website, pleaded guilty to misusing classified material he
felt "should become public," but denied the top charge of aiding the
2013 Feb 28, International
Rivers, a Berkeley-based nonprofit, won a MacArthur Foundation prize
worth $750,000 for its work opposing dams and helping countries and
corporations around the world find alternative energy sources.
(SFC, 2/2/13, p.C1)
2013 Feb 28, Donald A. Glaser
(b.1926), UC Berkeley physicist and inventor of the bubble chamber,
died in Berkeley. In 1960 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A1)(SFC, 2/19/13, p.C6)
2013 Feb 28, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai demanded control of clandestine Afghan armed groups
that are linked to US-led forces amid complaints of abuses by the
units. A roadside bomb in Kunar province killed nine people, mostly
border policemen. Two brothers, 11 and 12, were killed with their 2
donkeys when a coalition helicopter fired at what they thought were
insurgent forces in the Shahid-e Hasas district of Uruzgan province.
(AP, 2/28/13)(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 28, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayedee (73), a leader of
an Islamic political party, to death for crimes during the nation's
1971 war for independence. The decision sparked violent protests
that left at least 67 people dead across the nation. Jamaat-e-Islami
enforced a nationwide general strike to denounce the trial and
demand that Sayedee be freed from detention. On Sep 17, 2014, the
sentence was commuted to life in prison.
(AP, 2/28/13)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.49)(AP, 9/17/14)
2013 Feb 28, Bruce Reynolds
(81), the mastermind of the 1963 "Great Train Robbery" in Britain
that brought its perpetrators cash, incarceration and pop-culture
2013 Feb 28, China's military
said that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an
average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds
of the attacks originating in the United States.
2013 Feb 28, In CongoDRC a
spokesperson of the M23 said General Sultani Makenga has dismissed
Jean-Marie Runiga, the president of the M23 rebel group, over
accusations that he is supporting Bosco Ntaganda, a wanted war
2013 Feb 28, In Egypt dozens of
Muslim residents threw firebombs and rocks at police as they tried
to storm a church in southern Egypt in search of a woman suspected
of converting to Christianity in the town of Kom Ombo. Tensions rose
after a 36 year-old Muslim woman, who has been missing for five
days, was allegedly seen outside the church with a female Christian
friend. The woman was reported found on Feb 2 and police said that
"family and social reasons," not religion, were behind her
disappearance, and that she had not converted.
(AP, 3/1/13)(AP, 3/3/13)
2013 Feb 28, In Guinea a
protester was killed in Conakry as the capital was rocked by a 2nd
day of anti-government demonstrations in which more than 100 people
2013 Feb 28, In Iraq a car bomb
tore a crowded livestock market in the town of Aziziyah, killing
three and wounding eight people.
2013 Feb 28, In Iraq a
one-story boat moored to the shore of the Tigris River as part of
the popular Lebanese Club restaurant complex, sank leaving 8 people
dead in Baghdad.
2013 Feb 28, Sulaiman Abu
Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was captured by the FBI
in Jordan as he was being deported to Kuwait from Turkey. On March 9
he pleaded not guilty in federal court in NY to conspiring to kill
(SFC, 2/9/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 28, In Nigeria several
bombs exploded in Maiduguri, which is hosting a meeting of
opposition political parties.
2013 Feb 28, Ex-NBA star Dennis
Rodman met North Korea's Kim Jong Un on the third day of his
improbable journey to Pyongyang, telling the leader "You have a
friend for life."
2013 Feb 28, Syrian rebels
clashed with government forces around the historic 12th century
Umayyad Mosque inside Aleppo. The US pledged an additional $60
million in assistance and — in a significant policy shift — will for
the first time provide nonlethal aid like food and medical supplies.
2013 Feb 28, Thailand's
government signed a breakthrough deal with Muslim insurgents for the
first time ever, agreeing to hold talks to ease nearly a decade of
violence in the country's southern provinces that has killed more
than 5,000 people. The agreement was announced in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, between Thai authorities and the militant National
2013 Feb 28, A Turkish news
agency said police have detained 11 people suspected of al-Qaida
links and seized 25 kg (55 pounds) of plastic explosives. Police
reportedly found charts and photographs of the US Consulate, a
synagogue and a church in Istanbul.
2013 Feb 28, UN appeals judges
at The Hague, Netherlands, acquitted Gen. Momcilo Perisic of aiding
and abetting atrocities by rebel Serbs, including the Srebrenica
massacre, by providing them with military aid during the Balkan wars
(1992-1995). He had been sentenced to 27 years in 2011, after being
convicted of crimes including murder, inhumane acts and persecution.
2013 Feb 28, Venezuela's Vice
President Nicolas Maduro said that President Hugo Chavez is fighting
for his life while he continues to undergo treatment more than two
months after his latest cancer surgery.
2013 Feb 28, In Yemen tens of
thousands held mass rallies in Sanaa and across the country calling
for the prosecution of ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is
under pressure to leave the country for allegedly hindering
2013 Feb, A couple in northern
California discovered 1427 US gold coins, dating from 1847-1894, in
rusty cans on their property. The Saddle Ridge Horde was later
valued at $10 million. State and federal taxes would apply to their
find. Face value of the coins was $27,980. On May 27, 2014, an
exhibit and auction of some coins was held at the Old Mint of SF
with proceeds going to a city and money museum at the mint.
(SFC, 2/26/14, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/14, p.C1)(SFC,
2013 Feb, China launched a
crackdown aimed at cleaning up tits thriving, but dirty, recycling
(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb, Kyrgyzstan’s
Parliament voted to scrap its existing contract with Canada’s
Centerra Gold, operator of the Kumtor mine. This mine accounts for
as much as 12% of the country’s GDP and half of its exports, while
contributing nearly a tenth of the national budget.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.42)
2013 Feb, The Kyrgyzstan
Supreme Court voted to keep secret the salaries of MPs.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.42)
2013 Feb, Malaysian restaurant
manager Riduan Masmud (40) was charged with committing statutory
rape with a girl (13) in a parked car in Borneo. He later defended
his actions by saying he has married the girl.
2013 Mar 1, Pres. Obama signed
an order that started putting mandatory spending cuts (the
sequester) into effect. The sequester was originally designed to
slice $1.2 trillion from spending over a decade.
(Reuters, 3/2/13)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.27)
2013 Mar 1, The SpaceX
commercial craft ran into thruster trouble shortly after liftoff.
The Dragon capsule bound at the Int’l. Space Station arrived on
March 3 delivering a ton of supplies.
(SFC, 3/2/13, p.A4)(SFC, 3/4/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 1, In Santa Clara
County, Ca., supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. (51) said he was
resigning after prosecutors filed felony charges alleging he stole
public money and nearly $100,000 in campaign contributions to
finance a gambling habit.
(SFC, 3/2/13, p.C1)
2013 Mar 1, In Seffner,
Florida, a massive sinkhole swallowed Jeffrey Bush (37) as the hole
opened under his bedroom. His body was never recovered Five others
in the house were unharmed. In 2015 another sinkhole opened in the
(SFC, 3/2/13, p.A4)(SFC, 8/20/15, p.A5)
2013 Mar 1, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez authorized a compromise offer of a new debt swap
to comply with a $1.3 billion cash judgment to resolve debts unpaid
for over a decade. A NY court ordered Argentina to explain how it
would issue new bonds rather than comply with the order for cash
(SFC, 3/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 1, A senior Bahrain
prosecutor said an appeals court has overturned the acquittal and
sentenced the daughter of a jailed opposition leader to three months
in prison. Zainab al-Khawaja was convicted of insulting a public
2013 Mar 1, In Bangladesh
protesters clashed for a 2nd day as the death toll rose to 44 in
violence triggered by a death sentence given to Delwar Hossain
Sayedee, a top leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.
(SFC, 3/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 1, Britain’s Food
Standards Agency said traces of horse meat has been found in ground
beef sold by Taco Bell, which has only three British outlets. Horse
DNA also was found in Birds Eye spaghetti Bolognese and beef lasagna
and spicy minced beef skewers from catering supplier Brakes.
2013 Mar 1, Andrey Borodin
(45), former head of Russia's fifth largest bank, told a Russian
newspaper his application for asylum has been granted in Britain
after an application by his lawyers on the grounds that he faced
political persecution in Russia. Borodin fled Russia in March, 2011.
2013 Mar 1, Chadian President
Idriss Deby announced that government troops fighting to dislodge an
al-Qaida affiliate in northern Mali killed one of the group's
leading commanders, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid. On March 23 France
confirmed Zeid’s death and said he was killed in operations in the
Adrar des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali in late February.
(AP, 3/1/13)(AP, 3/23/13)
2013 Mar 1, China’s State
Council spelled out fresh curbs on property speculation, sending the
housing market into a tizzy.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.74)
2013 Mar 1, China executed four
foreigners for killing 13 Chinese sailors in an attack on the Mekong
River on Oct 5, 2011, following a live nationwide broadcast showing
them being led to their deaths.
2013 Mar 1, Fighting erupted in
eastern Congo between two factions of the M23 rebel group. An
estimated 23 people died in the fighting, according to an officer
with the main part of M23. The Congolese army entered Kiwanja, a
town that was run by M23 rebels for more than six months. Doctors
Without Borders said that more than 55 civilians have been killed in
fighting in another town in Congo's east, Kitchanga, where 135
people have been wounded.
(AP, 3/1/13)(AP, 3/2/13)
2013 Mar 1, In Egypt
dozens of Muslim residents threw firebombs and rocks at police as
they tried to storm a church in southern Egypt in search of a woman
suspected of converting to Christianity in the town of Kom Ombo.
Tensions rose after a 36 year-old Muslim woman, who has been missing
for five days, was allegedly seen outside the church with a female
Christian friend a day earlier.
2013 Mar 1, Iraq's Sunni
Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi announced during a protest in the
western city of Ramadi that he will resign from the government,
heightening the country's political crisis. 2 car bombs struck a
livestock market south of Baghdad, killing five and wounding dozens
2013 Mar 1, In Israel Abraham
Kabeto Ketla of Ethiopia won the third Jerusalem marathon, setting a
record for the race. About 20,000 runners took part despite protests
2013 Mar 1, In Japan US Seaman
Christopher Browning (24), of Athens, Texas, and Petty Officer 3rd
Class Skyler Dozierwalker (23), of Muskogee, Oklahoma, were found
guilty by the Naha District Court of raping and robbing a woman in
her 20s in a parking lot in October. Both admitted committing the
crime. Browning was sentenced to 10 years and Dozierwalker received
2013 Mar 1, Ethnic Macedonians
kicked off the protests in Skopje, angry at the appointment of an
ethnic Albanian defense minister, a former rebel commander during
the 2001 conflict that pitted the country's two main ethnic groups
against each other.
2013 Mar 1, In eastern Malaysia
14 people were killed in a shootout as authorities tried to end a
three-week standoff with about 200 members of a Filipino clan
occupying a village in Sabah state.
2013 Mar 1, A Dutch court
convicted Yvonne Basebya (66), a Rwandan-born Dutch woman, of
inciting genocide in Rwanda's 1994 mass murders of ethnic Tutsis by
members of the Hutu tribe — the first conviction of a Dutch citizen
for the crime. She was sentenced to six years and eight months in
prison for her role.
2013 Mar 1, Ending his
unexpected round of basketball diplomacy in North Korea, ex-NBA star
Dennis Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy" and said
his father and grandfather were "great leaders."
2013 Mar 1, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed reporter Mahmood
Ahmed Afridi as he walked to a press club in the town of Kalat.
2013 Mar 1, Palestinians
clashed with Israeli troops during rallies across the West Bank in
support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and against
Israel's security barrier.
2013 Mar 1, Ayman Abu-Sufian
(40) a Palestinian man, died in Palestinian custody in the West Bank
two days after being detained on assault charges. Authorities there
launched an investigation.
(AP, 3/2/13)(SSFC, 3/3/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 1, In Poland
Lech Walesa said in a television interview that he believes gays
have no right to sit on the front benches in Parliament and, if
represented at all, should sit in the back, "and even behind a
2013 Mar 1, In Somalia a
suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a seaside restaurant in
Mogadishu, killing himself and one diner. A car bomb was also
remotely detonated at the restaurant's gates.
2013 Mar 1, The Spanish
government said it will challenge a recent declaration by lawmakers
in Catalonia that the region is a sovereign entity.
2013 Mar 1, The chief of Syrian
rebel forces said that his fighters are in "desperate" need of
weapons and ammunition rather than the food supplies and bandages
that the US now plans to provide. Government forces fought fierce
clashes with rebels attacking a police academy near Aleppo, while
the bodies of 10 men — most of them shot in the head — were found
dumped along the side of a road outside Damascus. State news said
that government troops defending the school had killed dozens of
opposition fighters and destroyed five rebel vehicles.
2013 Mar 2, President Barack
Obama pressed Congress to work with him on a compromise to halt a
fiscal crisis he said was starting to "inflict pain" on communities
across the United States.
2013 Mar 2, In Wyoming Ildiko
Freitas (40) and her parents were killed by two intruders at her
home in Cody. Stephen Hammer (19) and Tanner Vanpelt (18) were soon
arrested and charged with murder and robbery.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 2, Bangladesh security
forces killed two people and injured dozens as they clashed with
demonstrators for a 3rd day in violence triggered by a death
sentence given to Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
(SSFC, 3/3/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 2, Chad's military
chief announced that his troops deployed in northern Mali had killed
Moktar Belmoktar, the terrorist who orchestrated the attack on a
natural gas plant in Algeria that left 36 foreigners dead.
2013 Mar 2, China’s Xinhua News
Agency reported that a massive sulfuric acid leak at a warehouse in
Liaoning province has killed at least 3 people.
(SSFC, 3/3/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 2, In Egypt
Hossam Eldin Abdullah Abdelazim, was killed when an armored police
vehicle crushed him to death during clashes between protesters and
police in Mansoura. A police car in Port Said hit five protesters
along a main road and sped off. The violence came as US Secretary of
State John Kerry was in Cairo talking with opposition figures ahead
of his meeting with the president and defense minister on March 3.
2013 Mar 2, German property
developer Maik Uwe Hinkel rejected calls to halt work to remove one
of the last remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, despite angry
protests against the plan.
2013 Mar 2, A Libyan security
official said 50 Egyptians, who were arrested in Benghazi last week
for allegedly spreading Christianity, are being charged with
illegally entering and working in the country and will be deported.
2013 Mar 2, Violent ethnic
riots rattled Macedonia's capital, culminating with hundreds raging
through the city center, clashing with police, overturning cars and
attacking a bus station. At least 22 people were injured, 13 of them
2013 Mar 2, In Malaysia gunmen
ambushed and killed six policemen as fears mounted that armed
intruders from the southern Philippines had slipped into at least
three coastal districts on Borneo island. 6 gunmen were also killed
in the fighting.
(AP, 3/3/13)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.51)
2013 Mar 2, In Mali a French
soldier died in an assault on jihadists in the Adrar des Ifoghas
mountains along the Algerian border. About 15 jihadists were
reported killed in the fighting in the Ametettai Valley.
2013 Mar 2, In Nigeria Abubakar
Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, denied in a newly released video
any peace talks with the government.
2013 Mar 2, The Syrian Army's
General Command said its troops have carried out special operations
in towns and villages along a road between Hama and Aleppo’s
airport, restoring stability there and at the airport.
2013 Mar 3, In Afghan
insurgents attacked a supply convoy and killed one soldier in
Badakhshan province. 23 other soldiers were captured. 6 of the
soldiers were released following negotiations, but 16 others were
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 3, Bangladesh
authorities deployed soldiers in a northern district after Islamic
party activists clashed with police, leaving five people dead during
a nationwide general strike called to denounce war crimes trials.
2013 Mar 3, The Congolese
military said it has given control of two key eastern towns back to
the M23 rebel group to avoid jeopardizing the ongoing peace process.
2013 Mar 3, In Cairo, Egypt, US
Secretary of State John Kerry rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed
Morsi's pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250
million in American aid to support the country's "future as a
2013 Mar 3, In Port Said,
Egypt, fighting throughout the day killed two policemen and three
civilians as protesters pelted police forces with rocks and fire
bombs and the force responded with tear gas, and birdshots.
2013 Mar 3, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has produced more than 3,000 advanced
centrifuges which are used to enrich uranium.
2013 Mar 3, In central Iraq 3
separate attacks in Shiite-dominated areas killed at least four
people and wounded 14.
2013 Mar 3, In northern Japan
heavy snow over the weekend killed eight people on Hokkaido island,
including a family whose car became buried.
2013 Mar 3, Mexico's ruling
party changed its platform to allow for private investment in the
oil industry, paving the way for a possible overhaul of a
state-owned company that is seen as a pillar of the nation.
2013 Mar 3, In Mexico gunmen
killed journalist Jaime Gonzalez (38) in Ojinaga, a border town
across from Texas. He was founder and director of Ojinaga Noticias,
a website mostly dedicated to community news.
(SFC, 3/5/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/a7n6qgf)
2013 Mar 3, In northern Nigeria
fighters linked to the radical Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram
attacked a military base, killing at least 20 people in Monguno. A
military spokesman said that 20 "Boko Haram terrorists" were killed,
without acknowledging that at least one civilian had been killed.
2013 Mar 3, In Pakistan a bomb
blast killed 48 people, including many women and children outside a
Shiite mosque in Karachi.
(AP, 3/3/13)(AP, 3/4/13)(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 3, The West Bank
Palestinian finance minister Nabil Qassis announced his resignation
in a show of frustration over the government's widening budget
deficit. Qassis told reporters that the Palestinian Authority's 2013
budget deficit is expected to reach $1.4 billion.
2013 Mar 3, Russian authorities
said six teenagers are trapped in an avalanche in the region of Tuva
in southern Siberia.
2013 Mar 3, Scottish Cardinal
Keith O’Brien acknowledged having engaged in unspecified sexual
misbehavior, apologized for his actions a d recused himself from the
conclave to select a new pope.
(SFC, 3/4/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 3, In Senegal 9
children, aged 7-12, died in a fire in a Quranic school.
2013 Mar 3, Syrian activists
said more than 200 Syrian soldiers and opposition fighters have died
in the eight-day battle for a police academy near Aleppo. Rebels
stormed a central prison in the northern city of Raqqa and captured
a border crossing in the east along Syria's border with Iraq.
Opposition fighters killed 115 police and wounded another 50 in a
battle over the police academy.
(AP, 3/3/13)(AP, 3/4/13)
2013 Mar 3, Swiss citizens
voted on a plan, the “Rip-Off Initiative," to boost shareholders’
authority over executive pay. 68% voted in favor. The plan became
effective in 2015.
(SFC, 3/4/13, p.A2)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.64)(Econ.,
2013 Mar 3, Thailand's PM
Yingluck Shinawatra vowed for the first time to work toward
ending her country's trade in ivory, but gave no timeline for
implementing a ban. Conservationists warned that the unprecedented
slaughter of elephants in Africa would continue until she does.
2013 Mar 3, In Venezuela
hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Caracas demanding the
government provide details about the health of Pres. Hugo Chavez.
(SFC, 3/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 3, In Venezuela Sabino
Romero, a leader of the Yukpa tribe, was fatally shot along a
highway in the western state of Zulia.
2013 Mar 4, In Florida a jury
in Miami convicted Muslim cleric Hafiz Khan (77) of funneling
thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban.
(SFC, 3/5/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 4, Cambodian
translators angry that they have gone without pay for three months
stopped working at the UN-backed genocide trial of former Khmer
Rogue leaders, a new setback for an international justice effort
that has been hobbled by conflicts with the Cambodian government.
2013 Mar 4, In CongoDRC a plane
crash in the center of the eastern city of Goma killed seven people
and injured three.
2013 Mar 4, Lawmakers at the
Czech parliament's upper house decided to press high treason charges
against outgoing president Vaclav Klaus over his controversial
amnesty, which halted court proceedings in several high-profile
fraud cases and financial scams.
2013 Mar 4, In Germany Berlin’s
mayor said that he would try to ensure that one of the last
remaining sections of the Berlin Wall is preserved. After facing
protests, a real estate developer put on hold until at least
mid-March plans to remove a section of the wall.
2013 Mar 4, In Greece former
defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos was sentenced to 8 years in
prison for concealing assets.
(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 4, In India Irom
Sharmila (40) was charged with attempted suicide. She has been on a
12-year hunger strike — and force fed through a tube by authorities
— to protest an Indian law that suspends many human rights
protections in areas of conflict.
2013 Mar 4, In Iraq a suicide
attacker drove a car laden with explosives into a police checkpoint
in Mosul, killing five policemen and wounding 12 other people.
2013 Mar 4, Israel launched a
pair of "Palestinian-only" bus lines in the West Bank. It was
presented by the government as a goodwill gesture, assailed by
critics as racism and welcomed by Palestinian riders.
2013 Mar 4, Israel's
Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline as swarms of the
destructive locusts descended on neighboring Egypt and asked
Israelis to be vigilant in reporting sightings to prevent an
2013 Mar 4, Kenyans waited in
long lines to vote in the nation's presidential election. A
secessionist group in Mombasa launched multiple attacks which killed
2013 Mar 4, Mexico's Economy
Department said that an agreement over trade in fresh tomatoes,
proposed in early February, has been signed with US Department of
2013 Mar 4, In Nigeria an
attack by the radical Islamic extremist network Boko Haram killed
eight people in Gwoza, Borno state.
2013 Mar 4, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC said its Nigerian subsidiary lost some 150,000 barrels of oil a
day over several days in late February after safety systems shut
down its Nembe Creek Trunkline. Shell said the shutdowns came after
thieves cut into the line.
2013 Mar 4, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed two people returning from a funeral for Shiite
Muslim victims of a massive bombing in Karachi.
2013 Mar 4, South Sudan troops
killed 28 fighters led by the rebel leader David Yau Yau in the
restive state of Jonglei. Ten soldiers were wounded in the fights.
2013 Mar 4, Syrian rebels
pushed government troops from most of the northern city of Raqqa.
Rebels launched an offensive to seize the military air base of
Mannagh near the Turkish border and clashed with government forces
at a historic mosque in Aleppo. Gunmen killed 48 Syrian soldiers who
had crossed into Iraq for refuge. 9 Iraqi soldiers were also killed.
Iraqi officials blamed the attack on al-Qaida's Iraq arm. On March
11 Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq claimed responsibility.
(AP, 3/4/13)(AP, 3/5/13)(AP, 3/11/13)
2013 Mar 4, In Yemen a
suicide bomber blew up an explosives-filled vehicle at a
pro-government militia headquarters, killing 12 people and wounding
17 in Lawder, Abyan province.
2013 Mar 5, The Pan-STARRS
comet passed within 100 million miles of Earth, its closest approach
in its first-ever cruise through the inner solar system.
2013 Mar 5, The United States
and China reached a deal that "significantly expands" UN sanctions
on North Korea for its third nuclear test, eliciting a renewed
threat by Pyongyang to scrap an armistice that ended the 1950-53
2013 Mar 5, The DJIA passed its
previous all-time high of 14,164.53 and closed at 14,253.77.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 5, In Las Vegas
Xiao Ye Bai (26), convicted of being an enforcer for a Taiwan-based
criminal gang, was sentenced to life in a Nevada prison without
parole for murder in a bloody stabbing and slashing that left Wen
Jun Li dead and two people wounded in a Las Vegas karaoke bar in
(AP, 3/5/13)(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 5, The San Francisco
Bay Bridge lit up with 25,000 LED lights in the debut of Leo
Villareal’s $8 million “Bay Lights" installation. The 1.8 mile light
show will continue for 2 years.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 5, An Afghan tribunal
sentenced two top executives of Kabul Bank, Sherkhan Farnood and
Khalilullah Ferozi, to 5 years in prison for misappropriating a
combined $808 million. They were among 21 Kabul Bank and government
employees found guilty of wrongdoing.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 5, Frozen food maker
Birds Eye said horse meat DNA found in two of its products came from
an Irish meat processor that is part of one of Ireland's largest
agricultural businesses. The company said investigations had found
its Belgian supplier Frigilunch NV had unknowingly sourced meat with
horse DNA from Irish meat processor QK Meats.
2013 Mar 5, Britain stood
isolated against a broad majority of European Union countries in
refusing to back legislation that would strictly limit bankers'
2013 Mar 5, Stealth action game
"Dishonored," featuring a masked bodyguard-turned-assassin, was
named best video game of the year at an award ceremony in London.
2013 Mar 5, In China the
National People’s Congress opened for a 12-day session. Premier Wen
Jiabao and Pres. Hu Jintao will stand down at the end for incoming
Premier Li Keqiang and Pres. Xi Jinping. China's government pledged
to repair the country's ravaged environment and boost public
services under its new leadership, an acknowledgment that quality of
life was sidelined during the outgoing administration's decade of
breakneck economic growth.
(SFC, 3/6/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/5/13)
2013 Mar 5, In Ecuador a
Huaorani couple, including village leader Ompure, died in a spearing
attack. A revenge attack by a Huaorani war party later killed a
number of people at the settlement of Taromenane.
(SFC, 4/4/13, p.A2)(SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 5, In Egypt a Cairo
court convicted a police sniper for attacks on anti-government
protesters and sentenced him to three years in prison. Police
officer Mahmoud el-Shenawi became known as the "eye sniper" after he
was shown in footage on social networking sites allegedly firing at
protesters in the Egyptian capital and aiming for their eyes.
2013 Mar 5, EU finance
ministers decided that European bankers’ bonuses should be capped at
a meximum of one times their base salary, rising to two times if
shareholders explicitly agree.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.72)
2013 Mar 5, In Iraq a local
leader of anti-al-Qaida militiamen was shot dead in western Baghdad,
one of four people killed in violence in the city.
2013 Mar 5, In Kenya the
electronic transmission system meant to collate voting results broke
down a day after the elections.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.44)
2013 Mar 5, Madagascar police
said two protesters were killed in a riot at a prison in Mandritsara
holding the alleged killers of French nun Sister Marie Emmanuelle
Helesbeux. Her body was found in the Mandritsara marketplace on
2013 Mar 5, Malaysia unleashed
airstrikes and mortar attacks on nearly 200 Filipinos occupying a
Borneo coastal village but could not declare an immediate end to a
three-week siege that has turned into a security nightmare for both
Malaysia and the Philippines.
2013 Mar 5, Syrian rebels
battled pockets of regime loyalists in the northern city of Raqqa
after capturing Hassan Jalili, the governor of Raqqa province in
fierce clashes overnight. Syrian jets bombed opposition-held
buildings in Raqqa. Activists said 16 people were killed in Raqqa,
including 10 fighters who died in clashes with troops.
2013 Mar 5, A UN aid agency
canceled the Gaza marathon after the Palestinian territory's
militant Hamas rulers banned women from participating in the annual
2013 Mar 5, Venezuela’s
government announced the death of President Hugo Chavez (b.1954),
the larger-than-life firebrand socialist who led the nation for 14
years. Vice President Nicolas Maduro stood as interim president in
the wake of Chavez's death and will run as the governing party
candidate in elections to be called within 30 days.
2013 Mar 5, In Zimbabwe a man
escaped from a lion attack on the shores of Lake Kariba, but the
woman with him was savaged to death. An arm and remains of a second
corpse were found by rangers hunting for the lions.
2013 Mar 6, Arkansas adopted
the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion, at 12 weeks of
pregnancy. Democrat Gov. Mike Beebe called it “blatantly
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 6, In California a
lion attacked and killed Dianna Hanson (24), a sanctuary worker at
Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 6, Ohio executed
Frederick Treesh for the fatal shooting of a bookstore security
guard in 1994. He was pronounced dead after a single powerful dose
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 6, Britain said it
will provide armored vehicles, body armor and search-and-rescue
equipment to Syria's opposition, but was still stopping short of
arming the country's rebels.
2013 Mar 6, British travel firm
Thomas Cook said it would cut 2,500 UK jobs and close 195 stores in
Britain as the euro crisis, high fuel costs and unrest in key
destinations like Egypt and Greece take their toll on the holiday
2013 Mar 6, An Egyptian
administrative court ordered the suspension of parliamentary
elections scheduled to begin next month, throwing the country's
politics deeper into confusion. In Port Said military police
deployed around a government complex where demonstrators have been
camped out for weeks.
2013 Mar 6, An Egyptian court
convicted Ahmed Ezz, a Mubarak-era steel magnate, of profiteering
and squandering public funds. He was sentenced to 37 years in prison
and fined $296 million. Ezz was already serving a 17-year sentence
for graft and money laundering.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 6, Iranian authorities
blocked many foreign-based virtual private networks, or VPNs,
severely restricting access to many websites.
2013 Mar 6, Iraq's Chaldean
Catholic Church enthroned a new patriarch during a ceremonial mass
that was held amid tight security in Baghdad. Louis Sako (64)
replaced Emmanuel III Delly, who has retired.
2013 Mar 6, Malaysian security
forces battled a group of Filipino intruders in the rugged terrain
of Borneo after they escaped a military assault with fighter jets
and mortar fire on their hideout. One Filipino was shot and believed
2013 Mar 6, In eastern Mali
French and Malian forces clashed with jihadists leaving a French
soldier and some 10 insurgents dead. Boukary Daou, the
editor-in-chief of Mali’s The Republican newspaper was arrested. His
arrest came soon after his newspaper published a letter from an army
officer denouncing coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo's
recently-decreed salary of $8,000 per month, a very high salary in
the impoverished country.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/14/13)
2013 Mar 6, In South Africa
Dirk Coetzee (57), a former commander of the Vlakplaas covert police
unit in apartheid-era South Africa, died of kidney failure. Coetzee
had fled South Africa in 1989. He pledged allegiance to the ANC,
returned in 1993 and was a witness at the trial of former police
Col. Eugene de Kock. In testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission, Coetzee confessed to plotting the 1981 murder of
attorney Griffiths Mxenge.
2013 Mar 6, In Spain Alvin Lee
(b.1944), British virtuoso rock guitarist, died following
complications from routine surgery. He as a member of the band Ten
Years After, which burst onto the US music scene following their
1969 Woodstock performance.
(SFC, 3/8/13, p.D5)
2013 Mar 6, Syrian rebels
detained 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers in the area in another
destabilizing twist to the country's two-year-old conflict. The
number of Syrian refugees topped 1 million, half of them children.
Gunmen raided a Christian village near Homs, robbing houses and
shops, saying they were looking for weapons.
(AP, 3/6/13)(AP, 3/7/13)(AP, 3/11/13)
2013 Mar 7, A US federal judge
ruled unconstitutional a 2011 Idaho law that prohibited abortions
after 20 weeks.
(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 7, In Bangladesh over
100 people were reported killed over the last 3 days by law
enforcement agencies under the pretext of controlling violence.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.49)
2013 Mar 7, British stock
market trader Paul Milsom was sentenced to two years in jail, the
first sentence to come out of the Financial Services Authority's
(FSA) biggest investigation into insider dealing. Milsom, who was a
senior equities trader at the investment arm of life insurer Legal
& General, was also ordered to pay 245,000 pounds, the total
profit he made from insider trading.
2013 Mar 7, Coalfield Resources
said Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire, Britain's largest coal mine,
will close permanently with the loss of at least 550 jobs due to a
fire that has burned ferociously for two weeks.
2013 Mar 7, Chinese officials
castigated the Tibetan Kirti monastery, at the center of a wave of
self-immolations, saying it has been inciting the fiery protests.
They also indicated that authorities will not relax controls over
2013 Mar 7, Egyptian policemen
protested for a 4th day in several cities across the country,
refusing orders to work and accusing officials of trying to
politicize the force.
(AP, 3/7/13)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 7, Iraq's parliament
approved a $118.6 billion national budget after months of wrangling
over how much should be allocated to foreign oil companies working
in the country's self-ruled northern Kurdish region. Police and
health officials said six people were killed and 10 others were
wounded in attacks across Iraq.
2013 Mar 7, A Milan court
convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of breach of
confidentiality for the illegal publication of wiretapped
conversations related to a failed bank takeover in a newspaper owned
by his media empire. His brother, Paolo Berlusconi, was convicted of
the same charge and sentenced to two years and three months.
2013 Mar 7, Kuwait
government-affiliated newspapers reported that activists Sager
al-Hashash and Naser al-Daihani were sentenced to two years and one
year for Twitter posts offensive to the country's ruler.
2013 Mar 7, Dozens of Libyan
militiamen stormed the headquarters of a private TV network in
Tripoli, looting and smashing equipment before abducting staffers.
News editor Sulieman Abu-Azza suspected the attack could have been
carried out in retaliation to the network's heavy criticism of the
unruly militia and its coverage of assaults against the country's
National General Congress.
2013 Mar 7, Malaysian security
forces gunned down 31 Filipino intruders in Borneo, the highest
number of casualties in a single day since nearly 200 members of a
Philippine Muslim clan took over an entire village last month. At
least 60 people, including 8 Malaysian police officers, have been
killed in the conflict.
(AP, 3/7/13)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 7, A South African
police officer allegedly dragged a man from a police vehicle in the
second such incident in recent weeks. The officer was later
2013 Mar 7, Clashes flared
between Syrian troops and rebels close to Israeli-controlled
territory in the Golan Heights.
2013 Mar 7, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously for tough new sanctions to punish North
Korea for its latest nuclear test. North Korea’s Army Gen. Kang Pyo
Yong told a crowd of tens of thousands that North Korea is ready to
fire long-range nuclear-armed missiles at Washington.
2013 Mar 7, Venezuela's acting
head of state, VP Nicolas Maduro, said that Hugo Chavez's body would
be forever displayed inside a glass tomb at a military museum not
far from the presidential palace.
2013 Mar 7, Zimbabwe wildlife
rangers caught put down three lions that killed two people near a
suburb in the northern resort town of Kariba. A lioness and two
"sub-adult" cubs between two and three years old were baited into
traps and given lethal injections using darts.
2013 Mar 8, A commercial
Beechcraft 1900 cargo plane crashed in southwestern Alaska. The
bodies of the pilot Jeff Day (38) and co-pilot Neil Jensen (20) were
found the next day.
(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 8, In southern
California a gunmen killed 2 people, opened fire on police and holed
himself up in a home in the Watts neighborhood of Las Angeles before
killing himself in what began as a domestic dispute.
(SFC, 3/9/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 8, South Dakota Gov.
Dennis Daugaard signed a bill that will allow teachers to carry guns
in the classroom.
(SFC, 3/9/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 8, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 men wearing Afghan army uniforms and driving an Afghan
army vehicle forced their way onto a US base midday and opened fire,
killing a civilian contractor and wounding other US troops in Kapisa
province. Afghan police said 5 officers were killed by homemade
bombs while carrying out a poppy eradicating campaign in Farah
province. 4 Taliban were killed in the ensuing firefight.
(AP, 3/8/13)(SFC, 3/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 8, In Argentina former
Pres. Carlos Menem (82) and 11 others were found guilty by an
appeals court of smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia in
violations of int’l. embargoes in the 1990s. Menem had been
acquitted in 2011.
(SFC, 3/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 8, British police in
London arrested Muslim cleric Abu Qatada (52), who has been
described as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe, following a series
of raids by counterterrorism police, three days before the
government's latest court bid to extradite him to Jordan.
2013 Mar 8, Egypt's police
forces withdrew from the streets of Port Said on the Suez Canal,
handing over security to the military after nearly a week of deadly
clashes that have killed 8 people, including 2 security officials.
2013 Mar 8, In Germany
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist (b.1922), the last surviving member of a
group of officers who tried and failed to assassinate Hitler on July
20, 1944, died in Munich.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 8, Iraqi Agricultural
Minister Izzeddin al-Dolah announced his resignation after police
opened fire on Sunni demonstrators in Mosul, killing one protester
and wounding 5 others.
(SFC, 3/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 8, Israeli police
entered a hilltop site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple
Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, where the Al-Aqsa
Mosque stands, to disperse hundreds of Palestinians who were
2013 Mar 8, In Kenya the latest
vote tally by the election commission showed Uhuru Kenyatta with
50.5 percent of the vote. The Kenyatta family reportedly owned half
a million acres, according to the Kenya Land Alliance pressure
group, along with interests in banking, property, hotels, an airline
and a TV network.
(AP, 3/8/13)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.50)
2013 Mar 8, In Northern Ireland
5 police officers were injured in the worst rioting for weeks in
Belfast in a dispute over the flying of Irish flags near a
predominantly pro-British area.
2013 Mar 8, In Senegal
two members of the construction crew were killed when an apartment
complex collapsed in Dakar. The four-story building was only
permitted to be half as tall.
2013 Mar 8, In South Africa
statistics say someone gets raped every four minutes. A woman is
also killed by an intimate partner every eight hours, a probable
underestimate because no perpetrator is identified in 20 percent of
2013 Mar 8, Tunisia's ruling
party nominated several respected figures not aligned with political
parties for key Cabinet posts, concessions to the opposition it
hopes will defuse the country's political crisis.
2013 Mar 8, In Venezuela a
state funeral was held for Hugo Chavez followed by a swearing in
ceremony for Vice President Nicolas Maduro as interim president.
2013 Mar 9, An asteroid as big
as a city block shot relatively close by the Earth. Discovered just
six days ago, the 460-foot long (140m) Asteroid 2013 ET passed about
600,000 miles from Earth.
2013 Mar 9, In Kentucky 2
adults and 5 children were killed in a house fire in Gray, Knox
(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 9, In Renton,
Washington, Robert Taylor (82) and his wife Norma (80) were killed
in an overnight attack. Michael Boysen (26), their grandson recently
released from prison, was suspected of their murder. Boysen was
captured with a self-inflicted cut in a hotel room on March 12.
(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A4)(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 9, In Afghanistan
militants staged two suicide attacks that killed at least 19 people
in Kabul an d Khost city on the first full day of US Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit.
2013 Mar 9, An Egyptian court
confirmed the death sentences against 21 people for taking part in a
Feb, 2012, deadly soccer riot but acquitted 7 police officials for
their alleged role in the violence. Suspected fans enraged by the
verdict torched the soccer federation headquarters and a police club
in Cairo in protest. In unrelated violence, at least 2 protesters
were killed in clashes between riot police and demonstrators
throwing stones on a Nile-side street in central Cairo.
2013 Mar 9, Max Jakobson (89),
a former Finnish diplomat, died. He helped shape his country's
policy of neutrality during the Cold War.
2013 Mar 9, In Japan thousands
of people rallied in a Tokyo park, demanding an end to atomic power
and vowing never to give up the fight, despite two years of little
change after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
2013 Mar 9, Jordan's parliament
voted for the monarchy's caretaker prime minister to form a new
Cabinet, the first time in the country's history that the
legislature rather than the king has decided who will be head of
government. Abdullah Ensour, a former liberal lawmaker, was elected.
2013 Mar 9, Kenya's election
commission named Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the country's
presidential election with 50.07%. Opponent, PM Raila Odinga,
refused defeat and alleged multiple failures in the vote saying
Kenya's democracy was on trial.
(AP, 3/9/13)(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 9, Malaysia police
said they have detained 79 suspects linked to the Filipino intruders
(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 9, In Myanmar the
opposition National League for Democracy, founded in 1988, began its
first ever national congress.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.41)
2013 Mar 9, Ansaru, a breakaway
Islamic extremist group in Nigeria, said it killed 7 foreigners who
its members kidnapped from northern Nigeria on Feb 16. Those
kidnapped included three Lebanese citizens and one each from
Britain, Greece, Italy and the Philippines — all employees of
Setraco, a Lebanese construction company with an operation in Bauchi
2013 Mar 9, North Korea
formally rejected a UN Security Council resolution that demands an
end to its nuclear arms program, as China called for calm, saying
sanctions were not the "fundamental" way to resolve tensions on the
2013 Mar 9, In eastern Pakistan
hundreds of people in Lahore ransacked a Christian neighborhood and
torched dozens of homes after hearing reports that a Christian man
had committed blasphemy against Islam's prophet. A bomb exploded in
a Sunni mosque in the northwest, killing at least four people and
wounding more than 25 others in Peshawar.
2013 Mar 9, Syrian rebels
released 21 UN Filipino peacekeepers, captured on March 6, and
handed them to Jordanian authorities. Government airstrikes killed
at least 14 people in the northern province of Raqqa. Gunmen
kidnapped and killed a mediator's son, Kifah Bitar, and another man,
Rony Elias, in a Christian village near Homs.
(AP, 3/9/13)(AP, 3/10/13)(AP, 3/11/13)
2013 Mar 10, In Middlefield,
Ohio, James Gilkerson (42) exited his parked car and then fired 37
AK-47 shots at the officers and their patrol car. Officers Erin
Thomas and Brandon Savage returned fire, killing Gilkerson.
2013 Mar 10, In Warren, Ohio, a
stolen SUV with 8 teenagers flipped over into a pond, killing six of
2013 Mar 10, Virginia
authorities reported a string of arson fires in Accomack county that
have torched 64 unoccupied structures since Nov 12, with 7 burned in
the past week.
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 10, Bahamas’
environmental minister said offshore oil exploration will be
2013 Mar 10, China announced
plans to streamline government ministries, doing away with the
powerful Railways Ministry and creating a super-agency to regulate
the media and realigning other bureaucracies in a bid to boost
efficiency. Plans included the merger of the family planning
bureaucracy with the health ministry to form a new Health and Family
(AP, 3/10/13)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.45)
2013 Mar 10, Egypt's top
prosecutor encouraged citizens to arrest anyone breaking the law or
committing a crime. This stoked fears of vigilante groups taking
over police duties at a time of growing tension and lawlessness.
2013 Mar 10, An Egyptian
Foreign Ministry official said a man suspected of trying to spread
Christianity in Libya has died in prison there. The diplomat said
Ezzat Atallah, who suffered from diabetes and heart ailments, likely
died of natural causes.
2013 Mar 10, Falkland Islanders
began voting in a 2-day referendum on their political status as the
government mobilized a major effort to get as many of its 1,650
registered voters as possible.
2013 Mar 10, In Germany an
early-morning fire at an apartment building left 8 people dead, 7 of
them children in Backnang, a town near Stuttgart.
2013 Mar 10, In Iraq gunmen
shot and killed Bunyan Sabar al-Obeidi, a spokesman for the Sunni
protesters in Kirkuk, as he was driving his car in the oil-rich city
2013 Mar 10, Malta’s PM
Lawrence Gonzi of the Nationalist Party conceded defeat as ballots
were still being counted in the island nation and eurozone member.
Labor leader Joseph Muscat will be sworn in as the new prime
minister on March 11. Muscat swept to office with an implausible
pledge to cut the island’s sky-high energy tariffs by 25%.
(AP, 3/11/13)(Econ, 11/14/15, p.55)
2013 Mar 10, In Myanmar Aung
San Suu Kyi was selected to continue as head of the main opposition
party, keeping her leadership post even as the party undergoes a
makeover to adjust to the country's new democratic framework.
2013 Mar 10, In eastern and
southern Pakistan hundreds of Christians protesting the burning of
their homes by a Muslim mob over alleged blasphemous remarks made
against the Islam's Prophet Muhammad clashed with police. A
suspected US missile strike killed a foreign militant who was riding
on horseback in Datta Khel in North Waziristan.
2013 Mar 10, Welsh-born
Princess Lilian (b.1915) died in her Stockholm home. Lilian Davies
met Sweden's Prince Bertil (d.1997) in 1943, but his obligations to
the throne and her status as a divorced commoner prevented them from
making their love public. In 1976 the new king finally gave them
approval to marry.
2013 Mar 10, Venezuelan
opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced that he will run in
elections to replace Hugo Chavez, launching what many consider a
doomed candidacy with a no-holds-barred attack against a government
he said had coldly betrayed Venezuelans' trust.
2013 Mar 11, The Clinton
Foundation announced that grants for over $700,000 will go toward
efforts in Haiti to plant trees, build a coffee farm and train
farmers. Heineken NV announced that it would invest $40 million to
expand a brewery and help farmers who supply it with sorghum.
2013 Mar 11, Detroit jurors
convicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (42) on corruption
charges, capping a five-month trial that exposed a brazen
pay-to-play culture during his years in office while the distressed
city lost jobs and people and veered toward insolvency.
2013 Mar 11, New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal a judge's ruling that struck
down his pioneering ban on large sugary drinks sold by the city's
restaurants, movie theaters and other food service businesses just a
day before it was to take effect.
2013 Mar 11, A US Naval A-6B
Prowler crashed into a farm filed some miles outside of Spokane,
Washington. All 3 crew members were killed.
(SFC, 3/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 11, In eastern
Afghanistan a police officer opened fire on US and Afghan forces at
a police headquarters, sparking a firefight that killed two US
troops and two other Afghan policemen in Wardak province. The
attacker was also killed in the shootout. In a second incident,
outside Kabul, US troops fired on a truck approaching their military
convoy, killing two Afghan men inside. A helicopter crash outside
Kandahar city killed five American service members.
(AP, 3/11/13)(AP, 3/12/13)
2013 Mar 11, In Bahrain Yousef
al-Muhafedha, acting president of the Bahrain Human Rights Center,
was found not guilty of posting inaccurate news on Twitter about
some anti-government protests.
2013 Mar 11, The British
government launched a campaign to promote London as a center for
Islamic finance, seeking to counter growing competition from rising
centers such as Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
2013 Mar 11, Sally Davies,
Britain's top health official, said antibiotic resistance poses a
catastrophic threat to medicine and could mean patients having minor
surgery risk dying from infections that can no longer be treated.
2013 Mar 11, CAR rebels who
signed a peace deal with the government two months ago, seized
control of two towns in the southeast of Central African Republic,
threatening to undo the country's fragile peace.
2013 Mar 11, In China Shanghai
officials said the number of dumped adult and piglet carcasses
retrieved had reached 2,813. The city government, citing monitoring
authorities, said the drinking water quality has not been affected.
Authorities have been pulling out swollen and rotting pigs since
March 8. By March 21 the dead pig count reached over 16,000.
(AP, 3/11/13)(SFC, 3/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 11, Residents of the
Falkland Islands voted almost unanimously to stay under British rule
in a referendum. The official count showed 99.8 percent of islanders
voted in favor of remaining a British Overseas Territory in the
2013 Mar 11, Hungary’s
parliament voted to amnend the constitution, despite pleas from the
European Commission that the amendments conflict with EU law.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.53)
2013 Mar 11, In India Ram
Singh, who was accused of driving the bus during a December
rape attack, was in a cell with three other inmates at Tihar Jail in
New Delhi when he hanged himself either with his own clothes or a
2013 Mar 11, In northern Iraq a
suicide attacker drove his explosives-laden car into a police
station, killing five people in Dibis near Kirkuk. Attacks elsewhere
in the country killed six more Iraqis.
2013 Mar 11, The Int’l.
Criminal Court (ICC) dropped charges of crimes against humanity
against Francis Muthaura, Kenya’s former public service chief, after
a key witness recanted..
(SFC, 3/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 11, At least 10 former
senior Malawian government officials, including Cabinet ministers,
were arrested for allegedly plotting a coup to prevent then-Vice
President Joyce Banda from assuming power following the death of the
former president in April last year.
2013 Mar 11, Mexico’s President
Enrique Pena Nieto moved to overhaul and strengthen the weak and
chaotic regulations that have allowed Carlos slim, the world's
richest man, and its largest Spanish-language media empire to exert
near-total control of Mexico's lucrative telephone and television
2013 Mar 11, The Zocalo
newspaper in Mexico’s Coahuila state said it will no longer cover
information related to drug cartels due to safety concerns for its
workers and families.
(SFC, 3/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 11, North Korea’s main
newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported that the 60-year-old armistice
that ended the Korean War was nullified today as Pyongyang had
earlier announced it would.
2013 Mar 11, The presidents of
Iran and Pakistan marked the start of construction in Pakistan on a
pipeline to bring Iranian natural gas to Pakistan.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.43)
2013 Mar 11, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed three Pakistani soldiers in in Dogar
village in the Kurram tribal area near the Afghan border.
2013 Mar 11, Russian scientists
said a new form of microbial life has been found in water samples
taken from Lake Vostok, a giant freshwater lake hidden under
kilometers of Antarctic ice.
2013 Mar 11, Syrian forces
fired heavy machine guns and launched at least one airstrike on a
neighborhood in the central city of Homs. The UN Human Rights
Council released a report that said neither government forces nor
rebels were doing enough to protect civilians. Mortar shells struck
a soccer stadium in a predominantly Christian neighborhood of
Damascus killing 6 civilians.
(AP, 3/11/13)(SFC, 3/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 11, CITES
conservationists in Bangkok voted to regulate the trade of shark
species threatened because their fins are used for expensive
delicacies in Asia.
(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 11, In Venezuela
owners of Globovision, the last remaining television station
critical of the government, announced that it is being sold to an
insurance company owner who is apparently friendly with the ruling
socialists, following an unrelenting official campaign to
financially strangle the broadcaster through regulatory pressure.
2013 Mar 12, The US Food and
Drug Administration warned that the popular antibiotic azithromycin,
sold as Zithromax, can cause a potentially fatal irregular heart
rhythm in some patients.
2013 Mar 12, The Archdiocese of
Los Angeles reached a $10 million settlement with 4 men who said
they were abused by former priest Michael Baker.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 12, NYC police officer
Gilberto Valle (28) was convicted of conspiracy that opened a window
on the Internet world of cannibalism fetishists.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 12, Afghan officials
said counternarcotics teams have seized some 23 tons of heroin,
morphine and other chemicals in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 12, Argentina’s last
dictator and former president, Reynaldo Benito Bignone (85),
received another life sentence in prison for human rights violations
involving detainees at the Campo de Mayo military prison during the
1976-1983 military dictatorship.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 12, In Azerbaijan a
court Baku found Avaz Zeynalli, editor of the Khural newspaper,
guilty of bribery, extortion, contempt of court and tax evasion.
Supporters and rights group dismissed the trial as politically
motivated. Charges against the editor were brought following
complaints by a deputy in the ruling New Azerbaijan Party. That
deputy is now under arrest and suspected of extorting $1 million
from a university rector.
2013 Mar 12, Bangladesh police
clashed with protesters as opposition leaders enforced a daylong,
nation-wide strike to protest alleged police intimidation.
(SFC, 3/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 12, Israeli troops
shot to death Mahmoud Titi (25), a Palestinian man, after he
and others hurled rocks and firebombs at them near Hebron in the
2013 Mar 12, An Israeli
Bell AH-1 Cobra military helicopter crashed during training, killing
2013 Mar 12, Libya’s top
security official in Tripoli said 79 people have died over the past
four days from drinking homemade alcohol, suspected of containing
2013 Mar 12, In Myanmar
opponents of a nearly $1 billion copper mine in the northwest
expressed outrage over a government-ordered report that said the
project should continue and that refrained from demanding punishment
for police involved in a violent crackdown on protesters.
2013 Mar 12, Nigeria pardoned
former Gov. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the former political benefactor
of Pres. Goodluck Jonathan. He was convicted of stealing millions of
dollars while serving as Bayelsa state governor (1999-2005).
2013 Mar 12, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police van, killing
at least two people in the district of Bannu in the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province. A bomb disposal expert died while defusing a
roadside bomb in Peshawar. Gunmen shot and killed a senior official
of the Election Commission of Pakistan in the southwestern city of
2013 Mar 12, Tribesmen tied a
Pakistani soldier to the hood of a car and stoned him to death in
the country's restive northwest for allegedly having a romantic
relationship with a local woman.
2013 Mar 12, Pakistani police
in Baluchistan province arrested 11 children and teenagers between
the ages of 11 and 18 for allegedly having planted bombs for a
violent separatist group.
2013 Mar 12, In South
Africa forensic scientists exhumed bodies believed to belong
to two young activists last seen 24 years ago at the home of Winnie
Madikizela-Mandela. South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation
Commission in the late 1990s found that Madikizela-Mandela was
responsible for the disappearances of Lolo Sono (21) and his friend
Sibuniso Tshabalala (19).
2013 Mar 12, In Syria new
clashes erupted in an intensifying battle for control over Aleppo's
international airport and nearby military bases. Fighting also raged
for a second day in Homs as rebels tried to take back the poor
neighborhood of Baba Amr.
2013 Mar 13, Ken Salazar, US
Interior Sec., announced plans for two large federal solar projects
in the California desert.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.30)
2013 Mar 13, Shares of Silver
Spring Networks (SSNI) of Redwood City, Ca., closed at $22 in an IPO
of 4.75 million shares on the NYSE. The maker of smart meter
technology jumped nearly 30% from the $17 offer.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.C1)
2013 Mar 13, The 2012 A.M
Turing Award for computer scientists was awarded to Shafi Goldwasser
and Silvio Micali of MIT.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.84)
2013 Mar 13, In New York Kurt
Myers (64) started a fire in his apartment in Mohawk and then killed
two customers in a nearby barbershop. He then drove to nearby
Herkimer and killed two more people before holing up in an abandoned
building. Myers was killed the next day in an exchange of gunfire
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A7)(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 13, Afghan
intelligence agents killed five suspected suicide bombers and
arrested two others, all members of the militant Haqqani network,
during a raid in which a truck was seized with 7,200 pounds of
explosive on the outskirts of Kabul.
2013 Mar 13, In Afghanistan
several people were killed and injured when a suicide bomber blew
himself up in a crowd of sports fans watching a buzkashi game in
2013 Mar 13, Bahrain’s public
prosecutor's office said six people have been detained over the last
couple of days for allegedly defaming the country's ruler on
2013 Mar 13, Chile officially
opened the $1.3 billion Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
(ALMA), the world’s most powerful radio telescope. It consisted of
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.81)
2013 Mar 13, Croatia's
parliament approved the withdrawal of some 100 peacekeeping troops
from the Golan Heights amid fears they could be targeted by Syrian
government troops fighting the rebels.
2013 Mar 13, In Egypt a leaked
report concluded that police were behind the killing of nearly 900
protesters in Tahrir Square during the 18-day uprising that began on
Jan 25, 2011.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 13, German authorities
banned three ultraconservative Islamic groups, including one whose
Internet propaganda videos helped inspire the extremist who killed
two American airmen at Frankfurt airport in 2011.
2013 Mar 13, Aleqa Hammond
looked set to be Greenland's first female prime minister after
winning 42 percent of votes in elections on a platform of greater
control and heavier taxation of foreign mining.
2013 Mar 13, Kurdish rebels
based in northern Iraq freed eight captured Turkish soldiers and
officials as part of peace efforts between Turkey and the rebel
group aimed at ending a decades-long conflict.
2013 Mar 13, Scientists said
that the number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped
by 59% this year, falling to its lowest level since record keeping
began 20 years ago.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 13, New Zealand
lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex
marriage, all but assuring that it will soon become law.
2013 Mar 13, In Nigeria a
strike at Aero Contractors Co. of Nigeria Ltd., halted flights
2013 Mar 13, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen shot and killed pioneering activist Perween Rahman
(54), the director of the Orangi Pilot Project, who helped bring
services like sewer and water to the city's poorest neighborhoods.
2013 Mar 13, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen abducted two female Czech tourists and their police
guard as they were traveling on a bus through troubled Baluchistan
province. On March 28, 2015, Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka
returned to the Czech Rep. Their release was negotiated by Turkish
non-governmental humanitarian organization IHH.
(AP, 3/14/13)(AP, 3/28/15)
2013 Mar 13, In Saudi Arabia 7
men convicted of theft, looting and armed robbery were beheaded,
more than a week after their families and a rights group appealed to
the king for clemency. One of the men told The Associated Press in
early March that he was only 15 when he was arrested as part of a
ring that stole jewelry in 2004 and 2005. Nasser al-Qahtani said he
was tortured to confess and had no access to lawyers.
2013 Mar 13, Syrian government
troops fought fierce battles with rebels for control of key
neighborhoods in the north of Damascus. A European Union staff
member was killed in a rocket attack in an opposition stronghold
south of the capital. Fighting also raged in other cities, including
in Homs, where the regime pounded rebel positions with artillery and
carried out several airstrikes on the Baba Amr district.
2013 Mar 13, Tunisian vendor
Adel Khedhri (27) died of full-body burns a day after setting
himself ablaze. He was from a poor town in northwestern Tunisia and
had struggled to find a steady job to support his mother and
2013 Mar 13, Cardinal Jorge
Mario Bergoglio (76), known for his work with the poor in Buenos
Aires' slums, was elected as the 266th Pope. He became the first
Jesuit pope and first non-European since the Middle Ages and decided
to call himself Francis after St. Francis of Assisi.
2013 Mar 13, Zimbabwe's
official election body said it will not back down on its ban
preventing a leading human rights group from monitoring a referendum
o0n a new constitution on March 16.
2013 Mar 14, A US federal judge
ruled unconstitutional national security provisions that permit
federal investigators to access customer information from some
companies without court approval.
2013 Mar 14, Michigan’s Gov.
Rick Snyder appointed Kevyn Orr, a Cleveland attorney who
represented Chrysler during its restructure, to steer Detroit back
from the brink of doom.
(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 14, In Algeria some
10,000 people — an enormous number for the lightly populated region
—demonstrated for jobs in the southern oil city of Ouargla.
Thousands more protested later in the southern oil town, Laghouat.
PM Abdelmalek Sellal acknowledged on March 16 that the
demonstrators' demands are legitimate and the government hurriedly
announced a string of measures to address the perceived geographical
bias in oil jobs.
2013 Mar 14, In Australia Adam
Giles was sworn as government head of the Northern Territory
becoming the first Aboriginal leader of a provincial government.
2013 Mar 14, In Bahrain
thousands of anti-government protesters threw firebombs and stones
at riot police and burned tires on the 2nd anniversary of the
intervention by a Saudi-led force in the island's crisis.
2013 Mar 14, Bulgaria's
Christian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Neophyte, decried a
recent wave of self-immolations and suicides after four people set
themselves ablaze in the past month.
(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/b65z6h8)
2013 Mar 14, In Cambodia
Ieng Sary (87), brother-in-law of late Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot,
died. He co-founded the communist Khmer Rouge regime responsible for
the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians in the 1970s, and
decades later became one of its few leaders to be put on trial, but
died before his case could be finished.
(AP, 3/14/13)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.106)
2013 Mar 14, In China Xi
Jinping was elevated to the presidency by the rubber-stamp national
legislature, giving him the last of the three titles held by his
predecessor, Hu Jintao.
2013 Mar 14, Egyptian
prosecutors charged 38 members of the Ultras, a die-hard soccer fan
club, with belonging to an illegal group and other offenses.
(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 14, In Iraq attackers
unleashed a carefully planned assault with car bombs and gunmen
disguised as police on the Justice Ministry. The attack left at
least 24 people dead and dozens wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq,
an al-Qaida-linked group, soon claimed responsibility.
(AP, 3/14/13)(AP, 3/17/13)
2013 Mar 14, The newfound
particle discovered at the world's largest atom smasher last year
is, indeed, the Higgs boson, the particle thought to give other
matter its mass, scientists reported today at the annual Rencontres
de Moriond conference in Italy.
2013 Mar 14, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu reached an agreement to form a new coalition
government with the centrist Yesh Atid party, the Jewish Home, a
party aligned with West Bank settlers and the Lapid party. The new
coalition will be the first in a decade to exclude ultra-Orthodox
2013 Mar 14, Jamaican officials
said that they are hopeful new legislation will finally result in a
stream of convictions and lengthy sentences for fraudsters behind a
multimillion-dollar lottery scam that has swindled mostly elderly
Americans out of their retirement savings for years.
2013 Mar 14, In Malawi 11 top
government officials and former Cabinet ministers, who were charged
with treason for an alleged coup plot, were released on bail.
Prosecutors believe the suspects conspired after the death of Pres.
Bingu wa Mutharika to undermine his deputy, Joyce Banda.
2013 Mar 14, Nepal's Supreme
Court Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi was named head of an interim
government in an attempt by the country's main political parties to
cure the paralysis and infighting that have blocked elections for
2013 Mar 14, Puerto Rico's
government urged legislators to move quickly and approve financial
austerity measures following a report from a Wall Street ratings
agency that downgraded the island's general obligation bonds to
2013 Mar 14, In Thailand the
Convention on Int’l. Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ended its
meeting in Bangkok with final decisions to expand protection to for
dozens of animal and plant species including 5 types of sharks.
(SFC, 3/15/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 14, A UN aid official
said the number of registered Syrian refugees jumped 10% in just one
week to more than 1.1 million. France pushed for quickly lifting an
EU ban on arming Syrian rebels.
2013 Mar 15, Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel said the US is deploying 14 new ground-based missile
interceptors in Alaska to counter renewed nuclear threats from North
Korea and Iran. Hagel also said the US would shift some "resources,"
which he didn't specify, from the delayed Aegis anti-missile program
2013 Mar 15, SAC Capital agreed
to pay the SEC a record $616 million to settle a long-standing probe
into insider trading.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.78)
2013 Mar 15, In Florida a small
plane crashed near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport killing all
three men aboard.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 15, In Brazil a new
oil law that gives a greater share of royalty revenues from the
country’s oil fields to non-producing states went into effect and
producing states filed appeals against it with the Supreme Court.
2013 Mar 15, Three British
Muslims, including a convert who was featured in a documentary about
radical Islam, pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in London.
Richard Dart (29), Imran Mahmood (21), and Jahangir Alom (26), were
arrested last July and accused of traveling to Pakistan between 2010
and 2012 with the intention of committing terrorist acts.
2013 Mar 15, In Britain Dr.
Davinderjit Bains, arrested last year, admitted 39 charges against
30 victims, including sexual assault, voyeurism and sexual activity
with a child. He had used a Tieex 4GB Waterproof HD Spy Watch DVR,
which has a camera on its face, to record assaults on patients at
his practice in Royal Wootton Bassett in western England.
2013 Mar 15, A Canadian joint
venture operating one of the world's largest gold mines and the
government of the Dominican Republic reached an agreement to inspect
the company's exports, ending a standoff that halted a shipment
valued at nearly $12 million.
2013 Mar 15, In southwestern
Chad over the last 24 hours at least 86 elephants, including 33
pregnant females, were killed by poachers for the ivory of their
(Econ, 4/20/13, p.47)
2013 Mar 15, In China Li
Keqiang was confirmed as premier.
2013 Mar 15, A snowstorm in
Hungary brought drifts 10 feet (3m) high and violent gusts of wind,
forcing thousands of people to spend the night in their cars or
emergency shelters after being stranded on a major highway.
2013 Mar 15, In India a Swiss
woman (39) on a cycling trip in Madhya Pradesh state with her
husband was gang-raped by eight men. On March 17 police arrested 5
men, who admitted to the attack. At least 2 others remained at
(AP, 3/16/13)(AP, 3/17/13)
2013 Mar 15, In Iraq protesters
clashed with police trying to prevent them from reaching the Abu
Hanifa mosque, the most venerated Sunni mosque in Baghdad, as sect
members again massed for anti-government rallies in several Iraqi
cities. Several people were reported injured.
2013 Mar 15, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu signed a coalition deal with rival parties to
form the next government.
2013 Mar 15, In central Lebanon
at least eight Syrians were killed and 29 were injured when the bus
they were traveling in from Syria overturned in the mountains.
2013 Mar 15, In central Mexico
a truck loaded with fireworks exploded during a religious procession
in the rural village of Jesus Tepactepec, killing at least 13 people
and injuring 154.
2013 Mar 15, North Korea blamed
South Korea and the United States for cyber-attacks that temporarily
shut down websites this week at a time of elevated tensions over the
North's nuclear ambitions.
2013 Mar 15, In southern
Pakistan a bomb blast just after midnight killed three people and
wounded four others outside a cable TV office in Karachi.
2013 Mar 15, In Senegal lawyer
El Hadj Amadou Sall said that his client, the son of Senegal's
ex-president, is being unjustly accused. A special prosecutor
charged with investigating the embezzlement of state funds has asked
Karim Wade to justify a fortune that he estimates is worth up to 694
billion West African francs, equal to more than $1.3 billion.
2013 Mar 15, In Senegal 3
students set themselves on fire on the campus of the country’s
largest university to protest changes in the way credits are being
counted in the college's geography department. All 3 survived.
2013 Mar 15, In South
Africa 24 people died when a bus veered off a road and rolled
over near Cape Town.
2013 Mar 15, Gen. Salim Idris,
the chief of Syria's main, Western-backed rebel group, marked the
second anniversary of the start of the uprising against President
Bashar Assad by pledging to fight until the "criminal" regime is
gone. Leaders at a European Union summit failed to agree if they
should send arms to the rebels.
2013 Mar 15, The head of a UN
team investigating casualties from US drone strikes in Pakistan
declared after a secret research trip to the country that the
attacks violate Pakistan's sovereignty.
2013 Mar 16, In Marysville,
Ca., a boy (14) and a man (68) were killed when a sprint car ran off
a track and into pit row during warm-up laps on the opening day of
the California Sprint Car Civil War Series.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A10)
2013 Mar 16, In Pennsylvania a
tour bus carrying a women’s lacrosse team from Seton Hill Univ.
crashed killing a pregnant coach and the driver.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A9)
2013 Mar 16, In Texas Air Force
Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and 4
years in prison for raping a female trainee. Over 30 Lackland
instructors have been investigated in the military sex scandal. Soto
was the 9th trainer convicted and sentenced.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 16, In Afghanistan
several hundred demonstrators chanting "US special operations forces
out!" marched to the parliament building in Kabul, protesting the
continued presence of US commandos in troubled Wardak province. A
helicopter crashed killing one member of the US-led coalition and
injuring another in Kandahar province.
2013 Mar 16, In China Lobsang
Thokmey (28) became the 108th Tibetan to self-immolate in the last 4
years in protests against Chinese rule and religious restrictions.
He set himself on fire in Kirti monastery, Sichuan province.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 16, In CongoDRC a
faction of the M23 rebel group under Gen. Sultani Makenga said it
has regained control of all of the group's territory in eastern
Congo, as Jean-Marie Runiga, the leader of its rival faction, was
arrested in Rwanda.
2013 Mar 16, In Cyprus anxious
depositors drained cash from ATMs after European officials ruled
that part of a new 10-billion-euro bailout must be paid for directly
from the bank accounts of ordinary savers. An emergency deal in
Brussels set a one-time levy of 9.9% on Cypriot bank deposits of
more than 100,000 euros. Deposits under that would be taxed at
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 16, An Egyptian court
cleared two former ministers of charges that they sold state lands
for cut-rate prices in the country's prized Red Sea resort areas.
Zuhair Garana was sentenced to up to eight years in prison and Ahmed
Maghrabi received a five-year sentence for guilty verdicts in
previous corruption trials.
2013 Mar 16, Egyptian police
fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters and opponents of
President Morsi during clashes that erupted as he launched
development projects in Sohag province, where residents have long
complained of being neglected by the central government.
2013 Mar 16, In Jordan a bus
carrying Palestinian pilgrims overturned and crashed into a trailer
on a highway near the Israeli border, killing 15 people. 32 pilgrims
2013 Mar 16, A Soyuz space
capsule carrying an American and 2 Russians landed in Kazakhstan.
The men had spent 144 days on the Int’l. Space Station. 3 astronauts
remained on the ISS.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 16, Police in Kenya
lobbed tear gas on crowds supporting the PM Raila Odinga as he filed
a petition asking the Supreme Court to void the presidential
election, a vote Odinga says was neither free nor fair.
2013 Mar 16, Over a thousand
Latvians commemorated Nazi-allied World War II soldiers while police
used force to prevent violence from erupting between participants
and ethnic Russians, who are a minority in the country.
2013 Mar 16, Nigeria's aviation
ministry asked Dana Air to suspend all flights. A Dana Air crash on
June 3 left more than 160 people dead, leading the carrier to lose
its license. It resumed its operations two months ago. The
suspension came days after another major airline halted its
operations over a strike. The general suspension on Dana was lifted
March 18, but one plane remained grounded.
(AP, 3/17/13)(AP, 3/19/13)
2013 Mar 16, Pakistan's
government passed a major milestone, with the parliament becoming
the first democratically chosen body to finish its five-year term.
2013 Mar 16, In Pakistan a bus
carrying soldiers slid off a mountainous road and fell into a deep
ravine in the country's northwest, killing 24 and injuring five
2013 Mar 16, In Somalia
al-Shabab fighters stoned to death a man for allegedly forcing a
13-year-old boy to have sex with him.
2013 Mar 16, Syrian Maj. Gen.
Mohammed Ezz al-Din Khalouf announced his defection from Assad's
regime in a video aired on the Al-Arabiya satellite channel. Human
Rights Watch said Assad’s regime is expanding its use of widely
banned cluster bombs, as the deadlocked conflict entered its third
year. Rebels detonated a powerful car bomb outside a high-rise
building in Deir el-Zour, setting off clashes with regime troops.
2013 Mar 16, Zimbabwe citizens
cast their votes in a one-day referendum on a new constitution that
all main political parties have backed, urging supporters to accept
the draft document that will curb presidential powers.
2013 Mar 17, In Indiana a small
plane crashed in South Bend killing 2 men including Steve Davis
(60), former Oklahoma quarterback.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A7)
2013 Mar 17, In Ohio 2 members
of the Steubenville high school football team were found guilty of
raping a drunken 16-year-old girl after a drinking party last August
11. On Nov 25 a superintendent and two coaches were charged with
lying or failure to report possible child abuse.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A5)(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 17, It was reported
that Lake Erie is sick and that a dead zone covers a large portion
of the lake bottom due to a poisonous blue-green algae called
Microcystis enhanced by high levels of phosphorous from fertilizer
runoff. The problem was compounded by the zebra mussel, a foreign
invader discovered in 1988, which excretes phosphorous providing
Microcystis a ready-made meal.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A15)
2013 Mar 17, A boulder slammed
into the Moon, creating the biggest explosion scientists have seen
there since they started monitoring it.
2013 Mar 17, In Bahrain 17
suspected anti-government protesters were sentenced to 15-year
prison sentences for links to a bombing last year that injured four
policemen. 8 of the defendants were in custody, and the others were
tried in absentia.
2013 Mar 17, Britain's Treasury
chief said the government will compensate UK troops who lose money
to Cyprus's bailout tax, a levy of 6.75 to 9.9 percent on all bank
balances as part of a deal with creditors for €10 billion ($13
billion) in rescue money. British residents of Cyprus not working
for the UK military or government could be out of pocket.
2013 Mar 17, China’s National
People’s Congress came to a close.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.45)
2013 Mar 17, Cyprus Pres. Nicos
Anastasiades urged lawmakers to approve a tax on bank deposits to
save the country from bankruptcy.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 17, In Egypt dozens of
journalists protested in Cairo against alleged assaults the previous
evening on their colleagues by members of Egypt's Muslim
Brotherhood from which President Mohammed Morsi hails.
2013 Mar 17, Egyptian
vigilantes beat two men accused of stealing a motorized rickshaw,
stripped them half-naked and hung them by their feet in a crowded
bus station in the Nile Delta. Both men died.
2013 Mar 17, In Greece
police lobbed chemicals inside a central prison, trying to smoke out
Albanian Alket Rizaj, a convicted murderer who was holding five
hostages. After a 24-hour standoff Rizaj surrendered to police at
2013 Mar 17, In Iraq 2 car
bombs went off in Basra, killing 9 and wounding 24 in a rare attack
in the Shiite-dominated south of the country.
2013 Mar 17, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Moshe Yaalon, a hard-line former
military chief (2002-2005), as the country's new defense minister.
2013 Mar 17, Japanese architect
Toyo Ito (71) won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 17, Libya's health
minister said the death toll from drinking homemade alcohol that
contained poisonous methanol has risen to 87. The deaths were first
reported a week ago.
2013 Mar 17, Pakistani
paramilitary Ranges arrested Qari Abdul Hayee, a leader of the
Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He was accused of
involvement in the 2002 slaying of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 17, Ayman Sharawneh
(53), a freed Palestinian prisoner, was given a hero's welcome in
the Gaza Strip after ending his hunger strike in an Israeli jail and
agreeing to a plea bargain that will confine him to the Hamas-run
territory for the next 10 years.
2013 Mar 17, Palestinian
lawmaker Mariam Farhat (64), aka “the mother of martyrs," died in a
Gaza hospital of health complications including lung ailments and
kidney failure. She had lost three sons in militant activities
2013 Mar 17, Zimbabwe police
arrested rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, the country's most prominent
rights lawyer and four senior officials of PM Tsvangirai’s party and
held them at the capital's main police station. Mtetwa was
accused of "obstructing or defeating the course of justice." Police
also raided and searched a suburban office of Tsvangirai's media and
communications department. On March 18 police ignored a judge’s
order to release Mtetwa.
(AP, 3/17/13)(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 18, Former Secretary
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay
marriage, putting her in line with other potential Democratic
presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining
2013 Mar 18, A US military
official said a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison has grown
and now involves at least 21 of 166 men held there.
2013 Mar 18, A new academic
study said an estimated 2.2% of all US gun sales are made to
smuggling rings that take the firearms to Mexico.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 18, The US attorney in
San Francisco filed criminal charges against Fred Buenrostro, former
CEO of CALPERS, and former board member Alfred Villalobos for
extensive malfeasance in the nation’s largest public employee
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.D1)
2013 Mar 18, In Florida college
student James Oliver Seevakumaran (30) put a bullet in his head as
police closed in. He had two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition
and a backpack filled with explosives. He had pulled a dorm fire
alarm in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the
open so that he could slaughter them.
2013 Mar 18, In Nevada 7
Marines were killed when a mortar round exploded during a live-fire
training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 18, In New Jersey
computer hacker Andrew Auernheimer (27) was sentenced to three years
and five months in prison for stealing the personal data of about
120,000 Apple Inc iPad users, including big-city mayors, a TV
network news anchor and a Hollywood movie mogul.
2013 Mar 18, In Utah Willard
Bay State Park officials closed down the facility on the
northeastern edge of the Great Salt Lake and evacuated two campers
and the park manager’s family after around 4,200 to 6,300 gallons of
diesel fuel leaked from the pipeline just north of the park.
2013 Mar 18, Afghan opposition
parties, frustrated with the government's lack of progress in making
peace with the Taliban, confirmed that they have been talking since
the beginning of the year to the Taliban as well as the militant
group headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
2013 Mar 18, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez asked Pope Francis to intervene in the dispute
with Britain over the Falkland Islands.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 18, Argentina's
government accused the British banking giant HSBC of facilitating
money laundering and tax evasion.
2013 Mar 18, In Australia
visiting Myanmar President Thein Sein welcomed closer ties with
Australia as he asked for continued support through his country's
transition to "peace, democracy and prosperity," a mission that he
said "has no parallel in modern times."
2013 Mar 18, The British
government said it will join industrial partners to create a 2
billion pound aerospace center, part of efforts to bolster
manufacturers as it struggles to revive a flagging economy.
2013 Mar 18, Britain's three
main political parties agreed to create a new system to regulate the
country's scandal-hungry newspapers, after a public inquiry exposed
a culture of industrial-scale phone hacking and other unethical
2013 Mar 18, The Queen
Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was awarded to Marc Andreessen, Sir
Timothy Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn and Louis Pouzin, for
their efforts in the development of the Internet.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.84)
2013 Mar 18, Chinese police
arrested the husband of a Tibetan woman who died last week after
setting herself alight in protest.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 18, India's Supreme
Court indefinitely extended its order barring the Italian ambassador
from leaving the country and rejected his explanation of his
country's refusal to return two Italian marines charged with killing
two Indian fishermen.
2013 Mar 18, In Lebanon several
hundred demonstrators angry over attacks against Sunni Muslim
clerics blocked roads with garbage bins and burning tires in Beirut
and other Lebanese cities.
2013 Mar 18, In Nigeria at
least 41 people died in a suicide car bombing that struck a bus
station in Kano. The explosion came hours after another attack
blamed on Boko Haram killed a teacher and injured three students in
2013 Mar 18, The Pakistani
Taliban withdrew their offer of holding peace talks with the
government, saying that the authorities were not serious about
following through with negotiations.
2013 Mar 18, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up in a courtroom in Peshawar, killing
four people and wounding more than 40 others.
2013 Mar 18, Palestinian
attackers shot and wounded an Israeli man in a drive-by shooting at
a West Bank bus stop.
2013 Mar 18, US officials
visiting Warsaw tried to reassure Poland that the cancellation of
the final stage of a European missile defense system will not
sideline the country and was not made to appease Russia.
2013 Mar 18, In Rwanda
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda (39), nicknamed "The Terminator,"
showed up at the gates of the US Embassy in Kigali. Ntaganda asked
to be handed over to the International Criminal Court, which issued
its first arrest warrant for him in 2006.
2013 Mar 18, In Somalia an
explosives-laden car, apparently targeting a truck full of
government officials, hit a civilian car and exploded, setting a
nearby mini-bus on fire and killing at least 7 people in Mogadishu.
2013 Mar 18, The International
Committee of the Red Cross said more than 60 people have been
wounded in fighting between South Sudan's army and a rebel group
over the last two weeks.
2013 Mar 18, The Stockholm
International Peace Research Institute, a Swedish think tank, said
China has bypassed Britain as the world's fifth largest arms
2013 Mar 18, Syria's main
opposition coalition began a push to form an interim government to
provide services to people living in parts of the country now
controlled by rebel forces.
2013 Mar 19, The US Supreme
Court ruled 6-3 that publishers and manufacturers can’t block
imports of copyrighted items made and sold abroad.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.C1)
2013 Mar 19, Colorado prisons
chief Tom Clements (58) was shot and killed at his home in Monument.
2013 Mar 19, In Ohio T.J. Lane
(18) cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life
sentences for shooting to death three students at the Chardon
High School cafeteria in Feb, 2012.
2013 Mar 19, Harry Reems (65),
former porn star born as Herbert Streicher, died in Salt Lake City.
He co-starred in the 1972 movie “Deep Throat."
(SFC, 3/21/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 19, PM David Cameron's
spokesman said Britain will trim the budgets of most government
departments by 1 percent a year over the next two years to raise
money for capital spending. The government also said up to 400,000
more Britons will qualify for a new higher flat-rate state pension
and introduce the reform a year earlier than expected.
2013 Mar 19, An English judge
said oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, who has been in hiding since he was
sentenced to jail for contempt of court last year, organised a
complex fraud to embezzle billions of dollars from Kazakh bank BTA.
2013 Mar 19, A British court
ruled that two Saudi princes involved in litigation in London over a
business dispute did not have immunity from being sued, a new blow
to the royal pair after they failed in an attempt to have the case
heard in secret. The litigation, which has been going through
British courts since December 2011, stems from sales in 2010 and
2011 of shares in Fi Call Ltd, a company jointly owned by Prince
Abdulaziz and Jordanian businessman Faisal Almhairat.
2013 Mar 19, Cyprus lawmakers
unanimously rejected a proposed rescue package that included taxes
on bank depositor accounts.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.75)
2013 Mar 19, Egyptian security
forces arrested Ahmed Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, a former Libyan
intelligence official and a cousin of former dictator Moammar
Gadhafi, following an hours-long siege of his home in Cairo.
2013 Mar 19, In southern Egypt
hundreds of Muslim villagers attacked Christian-owned stores in
search of a girl whose family claims was abducted in Bani Suef
province. The college-aged girl disappeared around one month ago.
2013 Mar 19, French budget
minister Jerome Cahuzac, ensnared in a ballooning scandal over
suspected tax fraud and money laundering, became the first
resignation in President Francois Hollande's 10-month-old Socialist
government. On April 2 Cahuzac admitted to holding a foreign bank
account for 20 years.
(AP, 3/19/13)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.59)
2013 Mar 19, German researchers
said that they have completed the first high-quality sequencing of a
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 19, Hungary's Minister
of Human Resources asked journalist Ferenc Szaniszlo to return
a state award he received onmarch 16 after Israel and the United
States complained about disparaging remarks Szaniszlo had made
earlier about Gypsies and Jews.
2013 Mar 19, In western India a
bus packed with passengers crashed through a guard rail and fell off
a bridge, killing at least 37 people and injuring another 15 in
2013 Mar 19, In Iraq a wave of
bombings tore through the Baghdad area, killing 65 people on the eve
of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion and more than a year
after the withdrawal of American troops. The next day the Islamic
State of Iraq said the car bombs and other explosions came to avenge
the executions and "massacres" of convicted Sunni inmates held in
(AP, 3/19/13)(AP, 3/20/13)
2013 Mar 19, In Japan power was
restored to two fuel storage pools at the tsunami-damaged nuclear
plant, but two others have been without fresh cooling water for more
than a day, raising concerns about the fragility of a facility that
still runs on makeshift equipment.
2013 Mar 19, Malaysia’s PM
Najib Razak reported economic growth of 5.6% for 2012. He also
announced that a scheme to give cash handouts to poorer households
will become an annual event.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.45)
2013 Mar 19, The Philippine
Supreme Court temporarily halted the implementation of the
Responsible Parenthood and Reproduction Health Act of 2012, a law
that provides state funding for contraceptives. The legislation was
opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church but supported by
reproductive health activists.
(AP, 3/19/13)(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 19, Romania's defense
minister said US plans to deploy anti-missile interceptors in his
country are going ahead and that Romania has an "exceptional"
partnership with the United States. US officials have stressed they
will deploy shorter-range missiles to Poland and Romania.
2013 Mar 19, In South
Africa two robbers stealing a safe shot and killed five
Pakistani men and wounded a sixth in a ghetto outside the tourist
resort of Cape Town. Police soon arrested a 28-year-old South
African who had a gun and the safe.
2013 Mar 19, Syria's opposition
coalition meeting in Istanbul elected Ghassan Hitto, a little-known
American-educated IT manager and Islamic activist, to head an
interim government to administer areas seized by rebel forces from
President Bashar Assad's troops.
2013 Mar 19, Syria's Deputy
Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad said 31 people were killed in an
alleged rebel chemical attack in Aleppo province. Rebels denied the
government claim and blamed regime forces for today’s missile attack
on Khan al-Assad village.
(AP, 3/19/13)(AP, 3/20/13)
2013 Mar 19, In Turkey
assailants fired a rocket at PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party
headquarters and hurled two hand-grenades at the Justice Ministry's
parking lot, wounding one person. The outlawed Revolutionary
People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, soon said it carried out
the attacks in retaliation for a recent police crackdown on its
2013 Mar 19, In Turkey Mohamed
Mahmoud (27), an Islamic extremist wanted by Germany for allegedly
calling for terrorist attacks, was arrested in Hatay province.
Berlin soon began negotiating his extradition.
2013 Mar 19, In Vatican City
Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his
installation Mass, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and
thousands of ordinary people attending to protect the environment,
the weakest and the poorest.
2013 Mar 19, Zimbabwe's
electoral body said that 94.5 percent of voters cast a ballot in
favor of a new constitution that calls for a strengthening of human
rights and a curb on presidential powers after a decade of political
and economic turmoil in the southern African nation.
2013 Mar 20, The US Congress
foiled the financially beleaguered Postal Service's plan to end
Saturday delivery of first-class mail when it passed legislation
requiring six-day delivery.
2013 Mar 20, The US military
and the Afghan government reached a deal on the pullout of American
special operations forces and their Afghan counterparts from Wardak
province after complaints that they were involved in human rights
2013 Mar 20, The US announced a
$5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of American
jihadi Omar Hammami and another $5 million reward for a 2nd American
fighting in Somalia, Jehad Mostafa.
2013 Mar 20, It was reported
that Starbucks has purchased a 593-acre farm in Costa Rica.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.C4)
2013 Mar 20, Bangladesh’s
figurehead Pres. Zillur Rahman (84) died at a hospital in Singapore.
(SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 20, Chancellor George
Osborne said Britain will raise the personal tax allowance to 10,000
pounds in 2014-15, a year earlier than expected.
2013 Mar 20, James Herbert
(69), best-selling British horror writer, died at his home in
Sussex. His 23 novels included "The Rats" (1974).
2013 Mar 20, A Bulgarian man,
Plamen Goranov (36), set himself on fire to protest poverty in his
country, becoming the 6th to do so in a month.
(SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)(Econ, 3/23/13, p.60)
2013 Mar 20, China’s Suntech
Power Holdings Ltd., one of the world's biggest solar panel
manufacturers, was forced into bankruptcy court, becoming the latest
casualty of a painful slump in the global solar industry.
2013 Mar 20, Germany’s
Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet decided not to attempt a ban of
the country's biggest far-right party but said it would support a
bid brought by the country's states — a resolution slammed by the
Germany's main Jewish group as the wrong signal to neo-Nazis.
2013 Mar 20, US President
Barack Obama arrived on his first visit and assured Israel of his
personal commitment to its security. He delivered a blunt warning to
its foes that the US has the Jewish state's back.
2013 Mar 20, In Iraq a
car bomb in eastern Baghdad killed two civilians and wounded four on
the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion.
2013 Mar 20, Jordan’s King
Abdullah II warned that a jihadist state could emerge on his
northern border in Syria with Islamic extremists trying to establish
a foothold in the neighboring country.
2013 Mar 20, Malaysian
prosecutors charged 8 Filipinos with terrorism-related offenses
following an armed siege in Borneo that killed 71 people.
(SFC, 2/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 20, In Mali a suicide
car bomber killed a Malian soldier near Timbuktu's airport. A
vehicle containing two jihadists exploded as it attempted to
infiltrate the airport.
2013 Mar 20, Mexico’s National
Institute of Anthropology and History said Mexico has sent a
diplomatic note to the French government seeking assistance in
heading off an auction of 51 pre-Columbian Mexican artifacts
scheduled in Paris for March 22-23, arguing they are protected
national historical pieces. Mexico has had laws prohibiting the
export of such artifacts since at least 1827.
2013 Mar 20, Myanmar's
parliament agreed to set up a commission to review the pro-military
2008 constitution, a process that could eventually change the
political landscape and allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to
contest the presidency.
2013 Mar 20, In Myanmar unrest
between local Buddhist and Muslim residents erupted in Meikhtila.
The troubles began after an argument broke out between a Muslim gold
shop owner and his Buddhist customers. Over 30 people were killed
and some 70 others injured.
(AP, 3/22/13)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.39)
2013 Mar 20, A Nigerian
official said at least two people have survived after a boat
carrying more than 100 people capsized over the weekend off Calabar.
2013 Mar 20, Slovenian
lawmakers approved the new-left-leaning Cabinet of PM Alenka
Bratusek, the first female to lead the government since secession
from Yugoslavia in 1991.
(SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 20, South African
trade unions said they are shocked at the disappearance of 24.8
billion rand ($2.75 billion) from provincial governments. The
auditor general reported last week that the money had "disappeared"
in "irregular, fruitless and wasteful spending."
2013 Mar 20, In South Korea a
cyberattack caused computer networks at major banks and top TV
broadcasters to crash simultaneously. North Korea was suspected.
Initial findings said a Chinese Internet address was the source of
(SFC, 3/21/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 20, Syria's main
opposition group demanded a full international investigation into an
alleged chemical weapons attack in the country's north, calling for
a team to be sent to the village where it reportedly occurred.
2013 Mar 20, Venezuela's
government halted lines of communication established by a top U.S.
diplomat to protest what it says has been US interference in the
country's internal affairs ahead of an election set next month to
replace the late President Hugo Chavez.
2013 Mar 21, The California
state Commission on Judicial Performance said Judge Paul Seeman
(58), an Alameda County Superior Court Judge, has resigned following
charges that he swindled a 97-year-old neighbor out of her life
savings. On Oct 21 Seeman was sentenced to 5 years probation.
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.D1)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.C1)
2013 Mar 21, In San Francisco
commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed suit
against federal regulators for not banning the use of two pesticides
they say harm honeybees.
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.E5)
2013 Mar 21, Colorado Gov. John
Hickenlooper signed a bill recognizing same-sex civil unions. The
law takes effect May 1.
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A7)
2013 Mar 21, In Brunswick,
Georgia, a teenager shot and killed the 13-month old son of Sherry
West. Police the next day arrested De-Marquise Elkins (17) and a
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A13)
2013 Mar 21, Chicago said it
will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of
the next academic year in the country's third-largest public school
district. Education experts called this the largest mass closing in
2013 Mar 21, In Chicago 7
people were shot and wounded early today at a party at a nightclub
in an incident that police said may have been gang related.
2013 Mar 21, Paroled Colorado
inmate Evan Spencer Ebel (28), who may be linked to the slaying of
the state's prison chief, led Texas deputies on a 100 mph car chase
that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before
being shot down by his pursuers.
2013 Mar 21, In northern
Virginia a Marine at the Quantico marine Corps Base shot 2 of his
colleagues, a man and a woman, to death and then killed himself.
Sgt. Eusebio Lopez (25) gunned down Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata (19)
and Cpl. Jacob Wooley (23).
(SFC, 3/23/13, p.A5)(AP, 3/23/13)
2013 Mar 21, In northern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a district administrator and two
of his bodyguards in Takhar province. A member of Afghanistan's
government-backed militia program shot and killed five of his
colleagues in Badghis province.
(AP, 3/21/13)(AP, 3/22/13)
2013 Mar 21, Australian PM
Julia Gillard delivered a historic national apology in Parliament to
the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government
policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.
2013 Mar 21, Justin Welby, the
new Archbishop of Canterbury was formally enthroned after using a
radio interview to back Church of England positions on
homosexuality, which include opposition to same-sex marriage.
2013 Mar 21, Human Rights Watch
and three local organizations released a report saying suspected
homosexuals in Cameroon have been tortured and raped in prison.
2013 Mar 21, A Cyprus criminal
court found Hossam Taleb Yaacoub (24), a Swedish-Lebanese citizen
and Hezbollah member, guilty of helping to plan attacks on Israelis
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 21, Villagers in
Egypt's Nile Delta killed a man suspected of trying to steal a car
in the country's latest incident of vigilante violence, dragging him
half-naked and bloody as they kicked and hit him with sticks and
fists before tying him to a tree to bleed to death.
2013 Mar 21, In France the
Union of Jewish French Students sued Twitter for some $50 million
for failing to honor a court ruling to identify users who post
Holocaust jokes and calls to kill Jews.
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 21, In Germany 2
helicopters clipped each other and crashed as they landed in a
snowstorm near Berlin's Olympic Stadium during a federal police
exercise, leaving one person dead and several injured.
2013 Mar 21, India passed
anti-rape legislation that included a controversial provision
setting the age of sexual consent at 18.
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 21, Jamaica’s Senate
passed a bill calling for tougher prosecution of those involved in
multimillion-dollar lottery scams that mostly have targeted elderly
Americans. It was soon passed by the House of Representatives and
the governor general was expected soon to sign it.
2013 Mar 21, Nigerian author
Chinua Achebe (82) died in Boston. His novels included “Things Fall
Apart" (1958). “Until the lions have their own historians, the
history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." Achebe's corpse
arrived May 22 in his native Anambra state.
(AP, 3/22/13)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.90)(AP, 5/22/13)
2013 Mar 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a car packed with explosives blew up inside the Jalozai
refugee camp as hundreds of people lined up to get food, killing 13
and wounding 25.
2013 Mar 21, Palestinian
militants in Gaza launched at least two rockets into southern Israel
as US President Barack Obama met with Palestinian officials in the
West Bank on the second day of his Mideast tour. The Israeli
military closed a Gaza border crossing and restricted Palestinian
fishermen in the territory in response to the rocket attacks.
(AP, 3/21/13)(AP, 3/22/13)
2013 Mar 21, Russian
prosecutors searched the offices of Memorial, one of the country's
oldest and most respected human rights groups, as part of a new,
wide-ranging campaign targeting hundreds of nongovernmental
2013 Mar 21, Syrian state-run
TV in Damascus said authorities have handed over to Beirut Hassane
Serourto, a Lebanese fighter captured inside Syria in an ambush by
government troops on Nov 30.
2013 Mar 21, Jailed Kurdish
rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan called for an immediate cease-fire and
for thousands of his fighters to withdraw from Turkish territory, a
major step toward ending one of the world's bloodiest insurgencies.
2013 Mar 21, For the second
time in as many years, the UN's top human rights body approved a
US-backed resolution calling on Sri Lanka to more thoroughly
investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the
country's quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tiger rebels.
2013 Mar 21, In Syria an
explosion ripped through a mosque in the heart of Damascus, killing
42 people including Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti, a top
Sunni preacher. 7 more died overnight and Pres. Assad the next day
vowed to rid the country of Muslim extremists whom he blamed for the
2013 Mar 21, The UN’s top human
rights body unanimously approved a formal probe into North Korea for
possible crimes against humanity.
2013 Mar 21, In Venezuela
supporters of late Pres. Hugo Chavez attacked student protesters as
they marched against perceived bias by Venezuela’s electoral
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 21, In Yemen clashes
in the south between al-Qaida and pro-government fighters killed
four on both sides.
2013 Mar 21, Zimbabwean police
arrested two more members of PM Morgan Tsvangirai's office staff,
raising the number detained to six.
2013 Mar 22, The Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) said it will close 149 air traffic
control towers at small airports across the country beginning on
April 7 as it copes with automatic federal spending cuts.
2013 Mar 22, In Alabama Luke
Bresette (10) was killed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int’l.
Airport when a flight information panel fell on a family from
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 22, The owners of San
Francisco's Palace Hotel removed the famous 1909 Maxfield Parish
Pied Piper painting that has graced the hotel's main bar for over a
century and plan to sell it at auction.
2013 Mar 22, North Dakota
lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion altogether in the
state by passing a so-called personhood resolution that says a
fertilized egg has the same right to life as a person. The House's
approval sends the matter to voters, who will decide whether to add
the wording to the state's constitution in November 2014.
2013 Mar 22, In Belgium Kim De
Gelder (24) was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, despite
concerns about his mental condition, for four murders, including the
slashing deaths of two babies at a day care center in 2009.
2013 Mar 22, Brazilian police
surrounded an old Indian museum complex next to Rio de Janeiro's
legendary Maracana football stadium in a bid to expel a group of
indigenous people and their supporters to make way for works related
to the World Cup.
2013 Mar 22, A British judge
upheld a decision to ban a Christian group from placing adverts on
London buses that suggested people could be cured of homosexuality.
2013 Mar 22, US officials in
Beijing for two days of talks to lobby China on enforcement of new
UN sanctions against North Korea said that they were heartened by
Chinese expressions of resolve. Spurring Beijing to cooperate, the
US officials said, is a concern that North Korean behavior had begun
threatening China's interests in a region vital to its economic and
2013 Mar 22, Cyprus lawmakers
approved 3 key bills aiming to secure a broader bailout package and
stave off imminent bankruptcy.
(SFC, 3/23/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 22, Thousands of
Egyptian protesters clashed with riot police and backers of the
president's Muslim Brotherhood, ransacking several offices
nationwide as anger over allegations of beatings and power-grabbing
boiled over into the largest and most violent demonstrations yet on
the doorstep of the powerful group.
2013 Mar 22, In Egypt a Bedouin
taxi driver said he was driving two tourists, an Israeli-Arab
tourist and a Norwegian female, to the popular Red Sea diving site
of Dahab when gunmen ambushed his vehicle and captured them. Ingvild
Selvik Ask (31) and Amir Hassan were released on March 26.
(AP, 3/22/13)(AP, 3/26/13)
2013 Mar 22, In Greece at least
11 Albanian inmates escaped from a prison near Trikala after gunmen
brazenly attacked the site with grenades and automatic weapons,
kicking off a nightlong standoff between police and prisoners. Two
were soon captured.
2013 Mar 22, In Iraq a police
officer gunmen fatally shot Hussein Muslah, local leader of a
militia opposed to al-Qaida, and his sons as they left their house
in a village near Dujail.
2013 Mar 22, In Ireland Patrick
McCabe (77), a former Catholic priest who had worked in California,
was sentenced to 18 month in prison for assaulting two boys decades
ago in Ireland. McCabe was soon released based on his age and
statements of contrition and the fact that he had already served 21
months of a maximum 2-year sentence.
(SFC, 3/23/13, p.C2)(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 22, Israel and Turkey
agreed to restore full diplomatic relations after PM Benjamin
Netanyahu apologized in a phone call for a deadly naval raid against
a Gaza-bound international flotilla in a dramatic turnaround partly
brokered by President Barack Obama.
2013 Mar 22, President Barack
Obama wrapped up a 3-day visit to Israel paying respects to the
nation's heroes and to victims of the Holocaust and solemnly
reaffirming the Jewish state's right to exist.
2013 Mar 22, Italy's Pres.
Giorgio Napolitano tapped center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to
form a new government following national elections that produced no
2013 Mar 22, Italy returned
Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to India to face
murder charges in the shooting deaths of two fishermen, reversing a
decision that escalated diplomatic tensions.
2013 Mar 22, Lebanon’s PM Najib
Mikati submitted his resignation.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.47)
2013 Mar 22, In Lebanon gunmen
who support and oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad clashed in the
northern city of Tripoli, leaving six people dead and more than 20
2013 Mar 22, Myanmar's
president declared a state of emergency in the central city of
Meikhtila shaken by sectarian bloodshed that killed 44 people.
Thousands of minority Muslims fled and overwhelmed riot police
crisscrossed the still-burning town seizing machetes and hammers
from enraged Buddhist mobs.
(AP, 3/22/13)(SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 22, In Nigeria gunmen
attacked the remote town of Ganye in the northeast freeing 120
inmates. The assailants also attacked a bank and a drinking spot
killing 25 people.
2013 Mar 22, Oman sate news
said Sultan Qaboos bin Said has pardoned all activists jailed for
offending the nation's ruler or joining protests.
2013 Mar 22, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb hidden in a rickshaw exploded outside a bus terminal
near a busy bazar in Jafarabad, killing at least nine people and
wounding 40. The explosion came hours after a US drone targeted a
vehicle in Datta Khel village, North Waziristan, killing three
2013 Mar 22, Rwandan-born
warlord Bosco Ntaganda was taken into custody by the International
Criminal Court (ICC) and was flown to The Hague to stand trial on
charges of overseeing atrocities in eastern Congo a decade ago.
2013 Mar 22, Spain’s
restructuring fund, the FROB, imposed haircuts of up to 61% as it
turned junior debt and preference shares in 4 nationalized banks
(Bankia, Catalunya Banc, Banco Gallego, and NCG Banco) into equity.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.72)
2013 Mar 23, The US Pentagon
said it has reached an agreement to transfer the Parwan Detention
Facility to Afghan control.
(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 23, Boris Berezovsky
(67), fervent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in
unclear circumstances at his home in Ascot, 25 miles (40 km) west of
London. A Home Office pathologist soon found the cause of death to
be consistent with hanging.
(Reuters, 3/24/13)(Reuters, 3/25/13)
2013 Mar 23, In Central African
Republic Seleka rebels took control of the town of Bossembele,
pushing closer to the capital, Bangui.
2013 Mar 23, In CongoDRC
at least 35 people were killed after hundreds of militia fighters
attacked the southeast mining center of Lubumbashi. 245 Mai Mai
fighters surrendered to UN peacekeepers.
2013 Mar 23, In Indonesia 8
members of the Kopassus special forces forced their way into
Cebongan prison in southern Java. Sgt. Ucok Tigor Simbolon shot dead
4 men, who had been detained on suspicion of killing a soldier. In
Sep Sgt Simbolon was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 11
years in prison. Two accomplices were sentenced to 6 and 8 years.
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.53)
2013 Mar 23, In Ivory
Coast Oulai Tako, known as "Tarzan of the West," was among
three assailants killed by soldiers responding to an attack. Two
civilians and a traditional hunter were also killed in the attack on
Petit Guiglo village 15 miles (25km) outside Blolequin.
(AP, 3/24/13)(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 23, Lebanese President
Michel Suleiman formally accepted the resignation of PM Najib
Mikati, who stepped down blaming government infighting during a time
of rising sectarian tensions.
2013 Mar 23, In Mali Islamic
extremists infiltrated and attacked the northern city of Gao. Malian
forces engaged the fighters and they retreated.
2013 Mar 23, In Nigeria a
British businessman was kidnapped in Victoria Island, a part of
Lagos. Initial reports said the victim was an American. The British
national was released on March 27.
(SFC, 3/25/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/26/13)(Reuters,
2013 Mar 23, Northern Irish
police defused a bomb in a car in Enniskillen, close to where G8
leaders will meet at a summit in June, and said that the device was
likely to have been intended for a police station nearby.
2013 Mar 23, Pakistani cricket
legend-turned politician Imran Khan (60) rallied around 100,000
flag-waving supporters in the eastern city of Lahore ahead of a
historic national election later this spring.
2013 Mar 23, In Pakistan a car
packed with explosives exploded next to a pair of fuel tankers at an
army check post, killing 17 soldiers and wounding dozens in North
2013 Mar 23, In eastern
Pakistan a bus has overturned on a highway after hitting a roadside
electricity pole, killing at least 32 passengers.
2013 Mar 23, Spanish,
Portuguese and British police boarded a ship loaded with nearly two
tons of cocaine destined for sale in Europe and arrested nine
people. The ship was in the Atlantic Ocean, some 700 miles southwest
of Portugal's Cape Verde islands.
2013 Mar 23, Syrian rebels
seized control of the air defense base used by the regime’s 38th
Division after a 16-day siege. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said 35 opposition fighters died in the fighting. It lost
contact with more than 20 others believed to have died in the
2013 Mar 23, In Ukraine the
city of Kiev declared a state of emergency after it was paralyzed by
an unprecedented snowstorm that has stalled car, railway and air
2013 Mar 24, Central African
Republic's President Francois Bozize fled the capital, hours after
hundreds of armed rebels threatening to overthrow him invaded
2013 Mar 24, Egyptian Foreign
Minister Mohammed Amr Kamel said that the Syrian opposition can now
send an envoy to the two-day Arab League summit beginning March 26
2013 Mar 24, Israel's army
fired a guided missile into Syria, destroying a military post after
gunfire flew across the border and struck an Israeli vehicle.
2013 Mar 24, In Libya about 200
militiamen and protesters demanding the resignation of Libya's PM
Ali Zidan have ended their day-long siege of his office. The protest
in Tripoli ended after the prime minister sneaked out of the
building through the back door late today.
2013 Mar 24, In Macedonia the
coalition "For a better Macedonia," led by PM Nikola Gruevski's
VMRO-DPMNE party, won 43 of the country's 81 communities in the
first round of elections. Social Democrat leader Branko Crvenkovski,
head of the left-wing opposition and a former president, said the
elections "were not free and fair.
2013 Mar 24, In Mali Islamic 9
people were left dead after extremists belonging to the Movement for
Oneness and Jihad in West Africa infiltrated Gao a day earlier. The
dead include 4 extremists, a soldier and 4 civilians.
2013 Mar 24, Pakistan's
election commission chose Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, a former high court
chief justice nominated by the country's outgoing ruling party, to
serve as caretaker prime minister in the run up to a historic
national election this spring.
2013 Mar 24, In Pakistan
militants launched a suicide car bomb attack against a military
check post in the country's northwest tribal region, killing 17
soldiers. Former President Pervez Musharraf returned home after more
than four years in exile, seeking a possible political comeback in
defiance of judicial probes and death threats from Taliban
militants. Security forces whisked him away in the southern port
city of Karachi.
2013 Mar 24, A senior
Palestinian official rejected the idea of a partial Israeli
settlement freeze as a way of restarting peace talks.
2013 Mar 24, Peru’s military
chief Adm. Jose Cueto announced over the weekend that a draft would
be held in May. It applies to all 18- to 25-year-old males chosen by
lottery. Parents and university students are exempt. So is anyone
who can afford the $700 fine.
2013 Mar 24, In Somalia 2
gunmen in Mogadishu shot and killed Rahmo Abdulqadir Farah, a female
2013 Mar 24, In South Africa 6
of 19 stranded pilot whales on a beach in Cape Town died and
authorities said they planned to euthanize some of the surviving
2013 Mar 24, The leader of the
Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition, Mouaz al-Khatib,
resigned, citing what he called the lack of international support
for those seeking to topple President Bashar Assad. Rebel military
leader Col. Riad al-Asaad, who was among the first to call openly
for armed insurrection against President Bashar Assad, was wounded
by a bomb planted in his car. He had his right foot amputated
following a blast in the town of Mayadeen.
(AP, 3/24/13)(AP, 3/25/13)
2013 Mar 24, Dozens of people
from Syrian President Bashar Assad's own minority sect met in Cairo
to send an unusual message to their fellow Alawites back home: Join
the opposition before it is too late.
2013 Mar 25, Pres. Obama signed
a proclamation using the Antiquities Act to preserve some 1,000
acres of the San Juan Islands, Washington state, as a national
(SSFC, 4/7/13, p.P6)
2013 Mar 25, Abu Zubaydah, a
Guantanamo detainee who allegedly revealed valuable information
about 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, sued Poland.
Lawyers said he was held in a CIA black site in Poland (2002-2003),
which they say has withheld critical information needed to
investigate his case.
2013 Mar 25, In California
people celebrated the opening of the new Devil’s Slide Tunnel. It
opened to public traffic on March 26.
(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 25, In San Francisco
executives of the Palace Hotel changed their minds, amid ringing
outcry, and planned to return the Pied Piper painting by Maxfield
Parrish to the hotel following restoration work.
(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 25, New Jersey lottery
officials said Pedro Quezada (44), an immigrant from the Dominican
Rep., has won the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot.
(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A7)
2013 Mar 25, Yahoo acquired
Summly, a British startup, for some $30 million. Summly founder Nick
d’Aloisio (17) had created an iPhone app to summarize articles in
(SFC, 4/18/13, p.66)
2013 Mar 25, In Afghanistan the
US military gave control of its last local detention facility to
Kabul, a year after the two sides initially agreed on the transfer.
2013 Mar 25, A fishing boat
carrying nearly 100 asylum seekers capsized off Australia's west
coast. 2 people died and another 93 were rescued after the boat
overturned north of Christmas Island.
2013 Mar 25, In Canada waste
water from Suncor's oil sands operation north of Fort McMurray,
Alberta, escaped when a pipe broke after freezing. An estimated 350
cubic meters of contaminated water was released into the river over
a 10-hour period, the company said, adding that it did not contain
2013 Mar 25, Central African
Republic's President Francois Bozize fled to neighboring Cameroon.
Michel Djotodia, one of the leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition,
said that he plans to stay in power until 2016, the length of time
left in the term of Bozize.
(AP, 3/25/13)(AP, 3/26/13)
2013 Mar 25, Cyprus clinched a
last-minute solution to avert imminent financial meltdown early
today after it agreed to slash its oversized banking sector and
inflict hefty losses on wealthy depositors in troubled banks to
secure a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout. Under the terms of
the bailout deal, the country' second largest bank, Laiki — which
sustained the most damaged from bad Greek debt and loans — is to be
split up, with its nonperforming loans and toxic assets going into a
"bad bank." The healthy side will be absorbed into the Bank of
(AP, 3/25/13)(AP, 3/30/13)
2013 Mar 25, A Dubai court
convicted American businessman Zack Shahin for fraud and sentenced
him to 15 years' imprisonment after a nearly five-year legal battle
that included a hunger strike and a failed attempt to flee.
2013 Mar 25, Egypt’s top
prosecutor issued arrest warrants for 5 rights activists on
suspicion of inciting violence against members of the Muslim
(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 25, Israel's
government said it will resume transferring tax revenues to the
2013 Mar 25, Kenya’s Supreme
Court ordered the election commission to recount votes in 22 of the
country's 291 constituencies to see if any of the tallies exceed the
number of registered voters.
2013 Mar 25, Libya's foreign
minister said the widow of the late ruler Moammar Gadhafi and other
family members have been granted asylum in Oman.
2013 Mar 25, Malaysia’s PM
Najib Razak announced the creation of the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone.
Authorities said they will resettle people out of the area of Borneo
where fighting in Sabah has left 74 people dead.
(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A4)(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 25, Myanmar's
government warned that religious violence could threaten democratic
reforms after anti-Muslim mobs rampaged through three more towns in
the country's predominantly Buddhist heartland.
2013 Mar 25, TNT Express NV, a
Dutch-based package delivery company, said it will restructure
operations, taking €150 million ($195 million) in charges and
cutting 4,000 jobs, or 6 percent of its work force, by the end of
2015. A takeover by UPS was blocked by European regulators in
2013 Mar 25, Peru's government
declared an environmental state of emergency in a remote Amazon
jungle region it says has been affected by years of contamination at
the country's most productive oil fields, which are currently
operated by Argentina-based Pluspetrol.
2013 Mar 25, Russian
prosecutors and tax police searched the Moscow headquarters of
Amnesty International and several other rights groups, continuing a
wave of pressure that activists say is part of President Vladimir
Putin's attempt to stifle dissent.
2013 Mar 25, South Africa's
president said 13 South African soldiers were killed and 27 wounded
in weekend fighting in the Central African Republic.
2013 Mar 25, In Syria a series
of mortar strikes near a downtown traffic circle in Damascus killed
two people and wounded several others.
2013 Mar 25, Zimbabwe's High
Court ordered the immediate release of prominent rights lawyer
Beatrice Mtetwa, detained for eight days for obstructing the course
of justice. A free Mtetwa said her arrest was a ploy to intimidate
human rights activists and pro-democracy groups ahead of upcoming
elections expected in July.
2013 Mar 25, Zambia's former
president, Rupiah Banda (76), was arrested by police for alleged
abuse of authority and corruption. He was released on bail of Kwacha
500,000 ($100,000) and ordered to turn in his passport.
2013 Mar 26, President Barack
Obama chose veteran agent Julia Pierson as Secret Service director,
the first woman to lead the male-dominated agency.
2013 Mar 26, The US Supreme
Court ruled that police cannot bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto
a suspect's property to look for evidence without first getting a
warrant for a search.
2013 Mar 26, The US
Environmental Protection Agency issued a survey that said 55% of the
nation’s rivers and streams are in poor biological health.
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 26, In San Francisco
Henry Doelger’s Art Deco/Streamline Modern real estate office at 320
Judah St. was voted in as the city’s 265th historical landmark by
the Board of Supervisors.
2013 Mar 26, The Delaware state
Senate approved a bill repealing the state’s death penalty in a
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 26, North Dakota Gov.
Jack Dalrymple signed legislation that that would make North Dakota
the nation's most restrictive state on abortion rights, banning the
procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected — something that can
happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
2013 Mar 26, In eastern
Afghanistan 8 suicide bombers struck a police headquarters, killing
at least five officers in Jalalabad. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah
Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack. A roadside bomb
killed two police officers and wounded another in the Nad Ali
district of southern Helmand province.
2013 Mar 26, Afghan and NATO
forces killed more than 20 insurgents in a 2-day joint operation in
2013 Mar 26, In Bahrain 13
pro-democracy activists were sentenced to 10 years in prison over
allegations that they attacked police officers.
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 26, The British
government published its long-term Nuclear Industrial Strategy but
fell short of announcing a guaranteed power price which operators
want spelled out before investing billions in new power stations.
2013 Mar 26, In the CAR Michel
Djotodia, one of the leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition,
announced over radio that he has dissolved the country's
constitution as well as the parliament and the government. French
forces protecting Bangui's main airport opened fire on three cars
that were speeding toward a security checkpoint. Two Indian citizens
were killed, and wounded Indian and Chadian passengers were taken
for medical care. Pillaging continued in Bangui.
2013 Mar 26, China and Brazil
signed a deal to do up to $30 billion of trade in their local
currencies, as the five-nation BRICS forum of emerging market powers
worked to lessen dependence on the US dollar and euro.
2013 Mar 26, Prominent Egyptian
blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah handed himself in to authorities, a day
after the country's prosecutor general ordered his arrest over his
alleged role in instigating violence during clashes between
supporters and opponents of the Islamist president. blogger,
Abdel-Fattah was freed following his demand that an investigative
judge take over his case.
2013 Mar 26, Egyptian
authorities extradited two Libyan officials from the regime of
deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi back to their home country. Former
ambassador to Cairo Ali Maria (71) and ex-official Mohammed Ibrahim
Gadhafi (44) were handcuffed after resisting the transfer.
2013 Mar 26, Ghana and US
officials broke ground for the National Marine Police Training
Academy in the city of Anyinase. The US was investing over $1.2
million to construct the training center.
2013 Mar 26, In Iraq shootings
and blasts killed five people, including two local politicians in a
town north of Baghdad who died when a bomb attached to their car
2013 Mar 26, Italy's foreign
minister Giulio Terzi resigned to protest his government's decision
to send two marines back to India to face trial in the deaths of two
2013 Mar 26, Italy's highest
criminal court overturned the murder acquittal of Amanda Knox and
Raffaele Sollecito in the slaying of British roommate Meredith
Kercher and ordered a new trial.
2013 Mar 26, UN officials in
Liberia said they've temporarily halted the repatriation of tens of
thousands of refugees from Ivory Coast because of continued unrest
near the border between the two countries.
2013 Mar 26, In Libya 3 British
female activists of Pakistani origin were kidnapped and raped in the
eastern city of Benghazi. Pro-government militiamen were suspected.
The women were part of an overland aid convoy bound for Gaza.
2013 Mar 26, In Libya nearly 50
inmates fled a prison in an oasis city in the country's southern
desert. Authorities shot one dead during the escape.
2013 Mar 26, Earthquakes shook
a broad swath of southern Mexico, causing buildings to sway in the
capital and sending thousands fleeing into the streets. There were
no immediate reports of damages or injuries.
2013 Mar 26, In Rwanda a
grenade blast in Kigali killed one person and wounded eight.
2013 Mar 26, Saudi Arabia said
investigations have shown that members of a spy ring arrested last
week were working for Iranian intelligence.
2013 Mar 26, The Scottish
government approved an offshore wind farm near Aberdeen. American
tycoon Donald Trump vowed to bring a lawsuit to stop the $349
million development. He feared it would spoil the views at his
nearby luxury golf course.
(SFC, 3/27/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 26, In South
Sudan 143 rebels led by David Yau Yau died in a battle between
soldiers and rebels backed by Sudan. 20 soldiers were killed and 70
2013 Mar 26, Syrian opposition
representatives took the country's seat for the first time at an
Arab League summit in Qatar. The Arab League in 2011 suspended the
Syrian government's membership in the organization in response to
the regime's crackdown on opponents.
2013 Mar 26, In Syria mortars
pounded at least two areas of Damascus, killing a girl and at least
2 other people. Anti-regime activists said government troops seized
control of Baba Amr, a neighborhood in the central city of Homs,
considered a symbol of opposition to Pres. Assad's regime. The
Observatory said that at least 13 charred bodies, including those of
four children and five women, were found on the outskirts of the
village of Abil, southwest of Homs city.
2013 Mar 27, Eric Harroun of
Phoenix, Az., was arrested at Dulles Int’l. Airport upon returning
to the US from Turkey, where he had described to FBI agents his
journey to the front lines of Syria's civil war with fighters from
the al-Nusra Front, a designated terrorist organization also
referred to as al Qaeda in Iraq. Harroun served in the US Army from
2000 to 2003.
2013 Mar 27, The California
Dept. of Toxic Substances Control said a toxic waste dump site near
Kettleman city has agreed to pay $311,000 in fines for failing to
report 72 hazardous materials spills over the last 4 years.
(SFC, 3/29/13, p.D7)
2013 Mar 27, Tennessee Gov.
Bill Haslam said he would not expand Medicaid in his state joining
18 other Republican governors who have rejected expansion for now.
(SFC, 3/28/13, p.A9)
2013 Mar 27, A team of int’l.
scientists reported the discovery of dozens of signposts in DNA that
can help reveal a person’s risk for breast, ovarian or prostate
(SFC, 3/28/13, p.A10)
2013 Mar 27, An Afghan teenager
killed US soldier Sgt. Michael Cable (26) in Nangarhar province by
stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local
children. The young man escaped to nearby Pakistan.
2013 Mar 27, The Bank of
England said that its recommendations for Britain's banks to plug a
25 billion-pound capital shortfall by December won't call on further
2013 Mar 27, Abu Qatada, a
radical Muslim cleric, thwarted another effort by Britain to have
him deported to Jordan after a court accepted arguments that he
would face testimony obtained by torture.
2013 Mar 27, It was reported
the Ecuador planned to auction off 7.4 million acres of Amazon rain
forest to Chinese oil companies. 7 indigenous groups said they had
not consented to the projects.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 27, Egypt's naval
forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an
undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean. Telecom executives
meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to
another cable by a ship.
2013 Mar 27, An Egyptian
appeals court annulled a November presidential decree dismissing the
country's top prosecutor and ordered him reinstated.
2013 Mar 27, In Germany work
crews backed by about 250 police removed parts of the Berlin Wall
known as the East Side Gallery before dawn to make way for an
upscale building project, despite demands by protesters that the
site be preserved.
2013 Mar 27, In Iraq a
parked car bomb ripped through a residential area in the town of
Musayyib, killing three civilians and wounding 14. Another bomb
targeted a restaurant in the town of Madain, killing two people and
2013 Mar 27, In Japan Takafumi
Horie, the former chief executive of Internet portal Livedoor, was
released from prison. He was jailed in 2011 for fraud. While in
prison he gathered almost one million Twitter followers.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.74)
2013 Mar 27, In northern Mali
the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA,
announced that Mohamed Aly Ag Al Bessati would serve as the civil
administrator for Kidal.
2013 Mar 27, In Mexico hundreds
of armed vigilantes took control of Tierra Colorado, a town on a
major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting
local police officers and searching homes in response to the March
25 killing of vigilante leader Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal (28).
Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach
for Easter week.
2013 Mar 27, In central Nigeria
an assault on a village in the Riyom local government area killed 28
2013 Mar 27, North Korea cut
its last military hotline with Seoul, a link that has been essential
in operating the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation: an
industrial complex in the North that employs hundreds of workers
from the South.
2013 Mar 27, In South Africa
leaders of the five BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China,
South Africa) agreed to create a development bank to help fund their
$4.5 trillion infrastructure programs — a direct challenge to the
World Bank that they accuse of Western bias.
2013 Mar 27, A Sri Lanka judge
announced that more than 150 human skulls and bones recovered from a
mass grave Lanka were buried there about 25 years ago, strengthening
suspicion that they belonged to suspected Marxist rebels killed at
the time. The skeletal remains were found inside the premises of a
government hospital dated to between 1987 and 1990.
2013 Mar 27, Syria's Pres.
Assad appealed o the leaders of a five-nation economic forum meeting
in South Africa to help end his country's two-year conflict. Assad
sent a letter urging the leaders of the five nation BRICS forum —
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — to "work for an
immediate cessation of violence. The Observatory said rebels overran
three army posts near Bir Ajam.
2013 Mar 27, A magnitude 6.1
earthquake struck central Taiwan, killing at one person and injuring
19 as it damaged buildings on the island.
2013 Mar 27, Zimbabwe's High
Court freed on bail four senior officials from PM Morgan
Tsvangirai's party accused of illegally collecting information on
high level corruption.
2013 Mar 28, The Standard &
Poor’s 500 stock index hit an all-time high of 1569.19, surpassing
the Oct 9,2007 high of 1565.15.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.D1)
2013 Mar 28, Nevada’s
Legislature expelled an assemblyman for the first time in its
history. Steven Brooks, representing North Las Vegas, has been
arrested twice and hospitalized for mental health evaluation.
(SFC, 3/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 28, Bahrain cleared 21
medical personnel of charges linked to anti-government protests, but
cases remain open against two others who failed to appear in court.
2013 Mar 28, Britain's domestic
spy agency (MI5) chose Andrew Parker (50) as its new director.
Parker was an ornithologist with counter-terrorism experience in the
Middle East and Northern Ireland.
2013 Mar 28, In Britain
Giovanni Di Stefano, a flamboyant but unqualified lawyer, was
sentenced to 14 years in jail for fraud. His clients included
deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. He had no legal qualifications
and was not registered to practice in Britain or Italy, where he had
2013 Mar 28, Canadian Pacific
Railway Ltd reopened a rail line in western Minnesota, a day after a
mile-long train hauling crude oil from Alberta, Canada, derailed in
the area, spilling up to 30,000 gallons of oil.
2013 Mar 28, Ousted Central
African Republic President Francois Bozize requested exile in Benin
days after rebels invaded and overthrew his government of a decade.
2013 Mar 28, China’s State
Council, the country’s highest executive organ of state power,
released a code of conduct for officials in hopes for a more
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 28, The UN Security
Council authorized a new intervention brigade for CongoDRC with a
mandate to take military action alone or with Congolese troops
against rebel groups to help bring peace in the conflict-racked
(SFC, 3/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 28, Cypriots get their
first chance to access their savings in almost two weeks when the
country's banks reopened, albeit with strict restrictions on
2013 Mar 28, Israel fully
reopened its border crossings with the Gaza Strip that were closed
following militant rocket fire during President Barack Obama's visit
to the region last week.
2013 Mar 28, A Kosovo court
found three ethnic Serbs guilty of storming a UN-run court and
inciting riots that led to the death of a Ukrainian peacekeeper in
2008. Marijan Ilincic and Dragan Milojevic were sentenced to 22 and
18 months in prison, respectively. Zoran Cavic was convicted of
similar charges and given a 9-month sentence that was suspended for
one year. Three other defendants were cleared of all charges.
2013 Mar 28, In central Nigeria
an attack in the Bokkos local government area killed 18 civilians.
The military killed six while trying to repel attackers in the
2013 Mar 28, A West Bank
appeals court upheld a one-year prison term for Mamdouh Hamamreh, a
Palestinian journalist who had a photo on his Facebook page that
authorities claimed portrayed President Mahmoud Abbas as a traitor.
(AP, 3/28/13)(SFC, 3/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 28, Fitch, a ratings
agency, awarded the Philippines its first ever
investment-grade credit rating.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.86)
2013 Mar 28, In northwest
Russia a bus crash killed six people and injured at least 18 others,
including orphans returning from a field trip.
2013 Mar 28, In Syria mortar
shells slammed into a cafeteria at Damascus University, killing at
least 10 people and wounding 20 in what was the deadliest in a
string of such attacks on President Assad's seat of power. Officials
denied opposition claims that an Iranian cargo plane, allegedly
carrying weapons to Assad's regime, was hit as it landed at Damascus
Int’l. Airport. This day of fierce clashes killed at least 38
(AP, 3/28/13)(AP, 3/29/13)
2013 Mar 28, Pope Francis
washed and kissed the feet of two young women at Rome’s Casal del
Marmo juvenile detention center, a surprising departure from church
rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men.
2013 Mar 28, A Thai court
jailed a man for three years and four months on for selling video
CDs showing sections of an Australian news series that contained
content deemed offensive to Thailand's royal family. Akachai
Hongkawan (37) was also fined 66,666 baht ($2,300).
2013 Mar 29, In Mayflower,
Arkansas, an ExxonMobil pipeline sprang a leak. Crews soon recovered
some 12,000 barrels of oil and water. The Pegasus pipeline, capable
of carrying more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from
Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was carrying Canadian Wabasca
Heavy crude at the time of the leak.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A8)(Reuters, 4/1/13)
2013 Mar 29, In San Francisco
Buster Posey, catcher for the SF Giants, signed a 9-year, $167
million contract, the largest in the club’s history.
(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 29, Fulton County,
Georgia, prosecutors announced that a grand jury had indicted the
Atlanta Public Schools' ex-superintendent and nearly three dozen
other former administrators, teachers, principals and other
educators of charges arising from a standardized test cheating
scandal on one of the nation’s largest test cheating scandals.
(AP, 3/30/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 29, A Soyuz capsule
carrying 3 astronauts docked with the Int’l. Space Station (ISS)
after traveling just 6 hours from launch in Kazakhstan.
(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 29, Argentina proposed
a creative way out of its debt showdown, describing a mix of cash
and bonds that it suggested would amount to a huge profit, but not a
gargantuan one, for the investors it calls "vulture funds." The
payment plan could take many more years to cancel $1.44 billion in
defaulted bonds, interest and penalties left unpaid since the
country's world-record 2001 default.
2013 Mar 29, A court in Bosnia
convicted a Montenegrin man of multiple counts of murder, torture,
rape and looting during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, and sentenced him to
45 years in prison. A judge said Veselin Vlahovic (43) killed 31
people, raped a number of Bosniak and Croat women and tortured and
robbed non-Serb residents of a Sarajevo suburb while fighting for
the Bosnian Serbs.
2013 Mar 29, In China a large
landslide trapped 83 workers, believed to have been asleep, at the
state-owned Jiama (Gyama) copper and gold mining company in Tibet.
Chances for survivors were slim. The mine, which formally opened in
2010, was owned by China Gold Int’l. Resources.
(AP, 3/29/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A2)(SFC, 4/1/13,
p.A2)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.54)
2013 Mar 29, In northern Egypt
clashes erupted in Alexandria and Zagazig, and protesters rallied in
Cairo in the latest demonstrations against Islamist President
Mohammed Morsi, who claims the recent wave of anti-government unrest
is the work of conspirators.
2013 Mar 29, Iraqi government
spokesman Ali al-Moussawi said Iraq would conduct more random
searches to check for weapons heading for the forces of Syrian Pres.
Assad or rebels seeking to topple his regime.
2013 Mar 29, In Iraq a string
of bombings targeting Shiite mosques killed at least 23 people and
wounded dozens. 19 of the deaths were in Baghdad and 4 in Kirkuk.
2013 Mar 29, In central Nigeria
attackers in the Barkin Ladi area raided a village called Bokkos and
killed nine people.
2013 Mar 29, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un warned that his rocket forces were ready "to
settle accounts with the US," unleashing a new round of bellicose
rhetoric after US nuclear-capable B-2 bombers dropped dummy
munitions in joint military drills with South Korea.
2013 Mar 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying paramilitary
police commander Abdul Majeed Marwat, killing at least 10 people,
including two women in Peshawar.
(AP, 3/29/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 29, In Sri Lanka
Buddhists attacked a warehouse of the Fashion Bug chain near the
Colombo as police stood by. The attack was filmed by a local
television station whose cameraman was attacked by the mob in the
most recent public outburst in a growing anti-Muslim campaign by
Buddhist nationalist groups in the island nation.
2013 Mar 29, Syrian rebels
captured a strategic town near the border with Jordan. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said 16 rebels were among the dead in
the fighting in and around Dael.
2013 Mar 29, In Tanzania at
least 18 people died after a 12-story building under construction
collapsed in Dar es Salaam. By April 1 the death toll was raised to
at least 30.
(AP, 3/30/13)(AP, 4/1/13)
2013 Mar 29, A top UNICEF
official said as many as 240,000 children have missed UN-backed
vaccinations against polio because of security concerns in
Pakistan's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
2013 Mar 29, Vietnam unveiled
its new, 1,864-foot-long steel Dragon Bridge in Da Nang shaped like
a dragon that literally shoots fire from its mouth. It cost about
$85 million to construct and was built by the Louis Berger Group, a
New Jersey-based construction and architecture firm.
2013 Mar 30, In Mississippi
nearly 50 people were arrested at a dogfight in Benton County
following a months-long investigation.
(SFC, 4/2/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 30, In Nevada a
freeway crash on I-15 killed five Southern California family members
and injured two others. On April 10 Jean Ervin Soriano (18), a
juvenile detention escapee, was charged with seven felony charges of
driving under the influence. He had a blood-alcohol percentage of
0.12, well above the Nevada legal limit of 0.08 percent.
2013 Mar 30, Phil Ramone
(1934), Grammy-award winning producer, died. He was a pioneer of
digital recording and produced what is regarded as the first major
commercial release on compact disc, “52nd Street," which came out in
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A12)
2013 Mar 30, In Afghanistan US
special operations forces handed over their base in Nirkh district,
Wardak province, to local Afghan special forces.
2013 Mar 30, Officials said big
depositors at Cyprus' largest bank may be forced to accept losses of
up to 60 percent, far more than initially estimated under the
European rescue package to save the country from bankruptcy.
2013 Mar 30, Egyptian state
prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef, a
popular TV satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country's
2013 Mar 30, Egyptian police
detained 13 people including five lawyers, accusing them of
assaulting police in the city of Alexandria.
2013 Mar 30, In northern France
five young siblings, aged 2-10, died after a fire erupted in a home
in the town of Saint Quentin.
2013 Mar 30, Xabier Lopez Pena
(alias Thierry), a former leader of armed Basque separatist group
ETA, died from a stroke in a French hospital.
2013 Mar 30, Italy’s Pres.
Giorgio Napolitano named 10 outside experts to try to help end
political gridlock that has prevented the formation of a government
more than a month after inconclusive national elections.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 30, Kenya's Supreme
Court upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's next
president. Protests led to clashes leaving 5 people dead.
(AP, 3/30/13)(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 30, In Lebanon shells
from inside Syria exploded in 4 villages late today near the
northern border. Residents reported an unpleasant smell after the
2013 Mar 30, In northern Mali
fighting Islamic extremists linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic
Maghreb, or AQIM, attacked Timbuktu late today. Fighting continued
in to the next day.
2013 Mar 30, In Mauritius
rivers of water rose swiftly in a pedestrian underpass leading to
the waterfront and an underground car park in Port Louis. At least
11 people were killed in the flash flooding. The next day PM
Navinchandra Ramgoolam blamed climate change for the floods.
2013 Mar 30, In Mexico a bus
collided with a truck in Veracruz state and plunged over a cliff
killing 12 people.
(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 30, North Korea warned
Seoul that the Korean Peninsula had entered "a state of war" and
threatened to shut down a border factory complex that's the last
major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
2013 Mar 30, In southern
Pakistan a man armed with a gun and grenades attacked a school in
Karachi during a prize distribution ceremony, killing its principal
and wounding six children before fleeing.
2013 Mar 30, Five South African
air force members died in the crash of a helicopter that was
patrolling in an anti-rhino poaching operation in Kruger National
(AP, 3/31/13)(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 30, Syrian rebels
pushed into a strategic neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo
after days of heavy clashes, seizing control of at least part of the
hilltop district and killing Hassan Seifeddine, a pro-government
Sunni Muslim cleric captured in the fighting. Activists reported
violence in areas the southern province of Daraa, the suburbs of
Damascus and the northern regions of Idlib and Raqqa.
2013 Mar 31, An Alaska State
Trooper helicopter crashed overnight during a mission to rescue a
stranded snowmobiler. All three onboard were believed killed.
(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A5)
2013 Mar 31, Tesla reported
that it had scored the first quarterly profit in its history after
selling more luxury electric cars than forecast.
(SFC, 4/2/13, p.D1)
2013 Mar 31, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai met with the emir of Qatar in Doha to discuss the possible
opening of a Taliban office in Qatar.
(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 31, In Brazil a French
man and US woman studying Portuguese were held for hours while the
woman was sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they
boarded in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach neighborhood. Three
men, ages 20 to 22, were soon taken into custody and a third was
being sought in connection with the attack. Police later detained a
14-year-old suspected of participating in the attack. On Aug 14
three men were convicted of grand theft, rape and extortion.
(AP, 4/2/13)(SFC, 4/3/13, p.A3)(SFC, 4/9/13,
2013 Mar 31, Chinese officials
confirmed that three recent cases of influenza were due to a new
strain called H7N9.
(Econ, 4/20/13, p.83)
2013 Mar 31, A study by the New
Delhi-based Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry said the
number of foreigners traveling to India has dropped by 25 percent
due to sex attacks. The number of women tourists has dropped by 35
2013 Mar 31, Israel began
receiving natural gas from the Tamar reservoir in the Mediterranean
Sea at the port of Ashdod.
(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 31, In Kuwait a
lower court sentenced online activist Hamed al-Khaledi to two years
in jail for insulting the country's emir.
2013 Mar 31, In Morocco several
thousand members of the country’s two largest labor unions marched
through Rabat to protest the Islamist-led governments planned
economic and labor reforms and its failure to stem unemployment and
(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 31, Nigeria's military
said soldiers have attacked a home in Kano believed to harbor
Islamic extremists. The assault killed 14 people. At least 19 people
were reported killed after gunmen, believed to be nomadic Muslim
cattle herders, raided Ataka village in Kaduna state.
(AP, 3/31/13)(AP, 4/1/13)
2013 Mar 31, In Pakistan
Taliban militants attacked with a roadside bomb the election
motorcade of Malik Adnan Wazir, a secularist-backed politician,
wounding him and killing two of his supporters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
2013 Mar 31, Syria's state news
said rebels have set fire to 3 oil wells. SANA said that the fires
would cause a daily loss of 4,670 barrels of oil and 52 cubic meters
of natural gas. SANA said rebels have set fire to a total of nine
wells in recent months.
2013 Mar 31, Pope Francis
delivered a plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message to the
2013 Mar, The Nielsen Co.
started labeling people who have stopped using traditional TV
service in their homes as "Zero TV" households, because they fall
outside the traditional definition of a TV home. These people were
watching shows and movies on the Internet. There were now 5 million
of these residences in the US, up from 2 million in 2007.
2013 Mar, The average wage in
America was reported to be $22 per hour.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.76)
2013 Mar, Chile became the 14th
Latin American country to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.38)
2013 Mar, Bogota, the capital
of Colombia, began compensating its 15,000 waste pickers for their
services, paying 82,860 pesos ($44) per ton of garbage collected.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.65)
2013 Mar, Lord's Resistance
Army fighters in Congo released 28 abductees, women and children,
suggesting the group is undergoing turmoil amid a manhunt, supported
by US military advisers, for its leaders.
2013 Mar, The UN Development
Program named CongoDRC the least developed country in the world. It
was tied with Niger.
(Econ, 5/18/13, p.74)
2013 Mar, Dominican Republic
authorities in Punta Cana arrested 4 French men as they were
preparing to leave on a privately hired mid-size Dassault Falcon 50
jet with 26 suitcases containing 680 kg (1,500 pounds) of cocaine.
All four men denied they knew that the drugs were on board the
plane. In 2015 pilot Pascal Fauret and co-pilot Bruno Odos escaped
2013 Mar, France’s highest
legal authority said no individual tax should exceed 66.6%.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.60)
2013 Mar, French entrepreneurs
decided to launch a new 3-year school for software developers. The
school, named “42," soon received 50 thousand applications for 1,000
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.47)
2013 Mar, The German fictional
3-part, TV drama “Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater" (Our Mothers, Our
Fathers) tracked the lives of five young friends from 1941-1945.
Itaveraged 7.6 million viewers per night.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.50)
2013 Mar, The government of
Grenada defaulted on its dollar bonds.
(Econ, 11/9/13, p.78)
2013 Mar, Deaths from Haiti’s
cholera epidemic, which began in 2010, reached 8,205.
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.38)
2013 Mar, In Honduras two
mothers discovered the bodies of their sons after the men had called
in a panic to say they were surrounded by armed, masked police. The
two members of the 18th Street gang had been shot in the head, their
hands bound so tightly the cords cut to the bone.
2013 Mar, The US suspended
funding for the cleanup effort of the Honduras police force. In June
the US Embassy made public confirmation of the suspension. 142
officers failed out of 373 who took a polygraph test between May
2012, when the program started, and November, when a Honduran law
authorizing the tests expired, but apparently none were fired.
2013 Mar, In Mexico 7 young
members of the National Ballet of Cuba defected while on a
(SFC, 4/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar, Norway expelled the
leadership of the Basque Homeland and Liberty (ETA) separatists.
(http://tinyurl.com/qd8kbqg)(Econ, 8/17/13, p.46)
2013 Mar, Hamas' military wing
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam bulldozed part of the ancient Anthedon Harbor,
a site designated of historic value by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in order
to make room for the group's terrorist training.
2013 Mar, Chinese-led criminal
gangs conspired with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge
amounts of ivory, some of which was loaded in diplomatic bags on
Pres. Xi's plane during a presidential visit.