Timeline 2013 April - June

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2013        Apr 1, Arkansas legislators passed a law requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, overriding Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto. In 2014 a judge struck down the voter ID law, but the state Supreme Court stayed the judge’s ruling pending an appeal.
    (SFC, 4/2/13, p.A6)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A6)
2013        Apr 1, In California a US federal judge granted Stockton’s request for bankruptcy, making it the largest city in US history to go bankrupt.
    (SFC, 4/2/13, p.C1)
2013        Apr 1, Facebook lost a bid to end a trademark-infringement lawsuit over its use of “timeline" and related terms. Timelines Inc. started a website in 2009 that lets users create chronologies tracing historical events. It sued Facebook in September 2011, a week af FB announced it was adding a “timeline" feature to its user pages.
    (SFC, 4/2/13, p.D3)
2013        Apr 1, Central African Republic's coup leader, Michel Djotodia, further solidified his hold on the government after announcing that he will serve as both president and defense minister, while other top posts are going to his fellow rebels.
    (AP, 4/1/13)
2013        Apr 1, In Egypt an outbreak of food poisoning at al-Azhar University forced the hospitalization of 479 students. It occurred after a meal served at the university dormitories in Cairo's Nasr City district. The outbreak led to student protests.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 1, India’s Supreme Court rejected a patent application by Novartis for Gleevec, a major cancer drug. The ruling allows Indian makers of generic drugs to continue making copycat versions of the drug. The wholesale of the brand-name version was about $77,000 for a year’s supply.
    (SFC, 4/2/13, p.A2)(SFC, 4/15/13, p.A8)
2013        Apr 1, In Iraq a suicide bomber drove a fuel-laden truck into a police station in Tikrit, killing 7 policemen. Gunmen attacked workers at a remote gas field near the Syria border, killing two men and kidnapping one. Gunmen broke into the offices of four independent newspapers in Baghdad and stabbed and beat five employees there.
    (AP, 4/1/13)(AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 1, In Liberia Moses Blah, the man who served as president for two months after Charles Taylor stepped down, died in Monrovia.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 1, Pop diva Modanna arrived in Malawi to tour the 10 school wings she has helped to build.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 1, In Myanmar 4 privately run daily newspapers hit newsstands for the first time in 50 years.
    (AP, 4/1/13)
2013        Apr 1, North Korea's parliament approved the appointment of Pak Pong Ju as the new premier. A day earlier the economic technocrat was made a full member of the Politburo. He was the North's premier in 2003-2007, and was seen by outside experts as an economic reformer.
    (AP, 4/1/13)(SFC, 4/2/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 1, Pakistani housewife Badam Zari (40) made history by becoming the first woman to run for parliament from the country's northwest tribal region.
    (AP, 4/1/13)
2013        Apr 1, Palestinian militant group Hamas re-elected longtime leader Khaled Mashaal (56) in a vote held in Cairo. He ran unopposed in the vote, winning the support of a majority in Hamas' Shura Council which has about 60 members.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 1, Gaza's Hamas-controlled parliament announced a new law requiring separate classes for boys and girls in public and private schools from the fourth grade rather than the current 7th grade. The education law also bars male teachers from teaching in girls' schools. It will go effect at the start of the new school year in September.
    (AP, 4/1/13)
2013        Apr 1, Barbara Piasecka Johnson (b.1937), the Polish widow of J. Seward Johnson Sr. (d.1983), heir to millions made from bandages, baby oil and pharmaceutical products, died. She had inherited much of the Johnson & Johnson fortune after a sensational court battle with her six stepchildren.
    (AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 1, A Saudi newspaper said the kingdom's religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restricted, recreational areas. They also have to be accompanied by a male relative and dressed in the full Islamic head-to-toe abaya.
    (AP, 4/1/13)
2013        Apr 1, South Korea said it will strike back quickly if the North stages any attack.
    (AP, 4/1/13)
2013        Apr 1, Sudan’s Pres. Omar al-Bashir declared that he would release all political prisoners. 7 political prisoners, including a female politician, were released at midnight from Kober prison in Khartoum, after they were held there for over two months without trial.
    (AP, 4/2/13)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.57)

2013        Apr 2, Pres. Obama unveiled the so-called Brain Initiative, a plan to map the human brain and study how it is wired up at all levels.
    (SFC, 4/3/13, p.A1)
2013        Apr 2, In Arizona the Bisbee City Council approved an ordinance recognizing civil unions for same-sex couples. State Attorney General Tom Horne said the next day that he would go to court to block the artist’s community’s ordinance.
    (SFC, 4/4/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 2, In Oakland, Ca., Quinn Boyer (34), a Santa Clara County paramedic, was shot as teenagers attempted to hijack his car. He died of his wounds two days later. On April 18 Christian Burton (16) was charged as an adult with special circumstances murder. 5 other teenagers (13-15) were charged as juveniles.
    (SFC, 4/19/13, p.D5)
2013        Apr 2, Six New York politicians were arrested for their alleged role in a bribery scandal in which Democratic state Senator Malcolm Smith paid 5 top Republicans for permission to run on their ticket in NYC’s city's upcoming mayoral race.
    (Reuters, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 2, In Texas inmates Brian Allen Tucker and John Martin King, both with long criminal histories, escaped a jail in Sulphur Springs.
    (SFC, 4/3/13, p.A4)
 2013        Apr 2, In Utah survivalist Troy James Knapp (45) was arrested after eluded authorities for 6 years. He had moved from cabin to cabin across the Utah mountains, taking food and weapons and leaving notes to brag about it.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 2, Virginia state police arrested Charles R. Smith III, a former volunteer firefighter, and his girlfriend for all but a handful of the 77 arsons set on Virginia's Eastern Shore over the past five months.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 2, Cyprus finance minister Michalis Sarris resigned after only 5 weeks on the job. He had agreed in negotiations with the EU to impose a “haircut" on samll savers with less than €100,000 in their accounts.
    (Econ, 4/16/13, p.61)
2013        Apr 2, In India the film actors of Tamil Nadu held an anti-Sri Lanka hunger strike. Most of the state’s 72 million people are ethnic Tamils.
    (Econ, 4/6/13, p.51)   
2013        Apr 2, Israeli prison guards fired tear gas to quell disturbances in cell blocks after Palestinian prisoners protested following the news of a fellow inmate's death of cancer. Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh (64), who died earlier today, was serving a life sentence for his role in a foiled attempt to bomb a busy cafe in Jerusalem in 2002.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 2, Staff members at Libya's state TV news channel suspended work indefinitely after an employee was allegedly assaulted by a member of a militia guarding their building.
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    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 2, In Myanmar  a pre-dawn fire swept a religious dormitory, killing 13 children in eastern Yangon.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 2, North Korea said it will restart its long-shuttered plutonium reactor and increase production of nuclear weapons material. Outsiders saw this as North Korea’s latest attempt to extract US concessions.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 2, In northwestern Pakistan several dozen militants armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a power grid station, killing 7 people and taking 4 hostage on the outskirts of Peshawar. Attackers threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary security officers in Karachi, killing three of them and wounding three others.
    (AP, 4/2/13)(AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 2, Philippine authorities arrested 16 Taiwanese, 15 males and a female, in connection with an online scam that mostly targeted retirees living in China and Taiwan.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 2, South Africa said most of its 200 troops in the Central African Republic have been withdrawn from the country where 13 died as rebels ousted the president.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 2, Syrian activists reported heavy government shelling and air raids in Damascus and its suburbs. They also reported heavy shelling of rebel-held areas in the central city of Homs and the northern city of Aleppo.
    (AP, 4/2/13)
2013        Apr 2, A Tibetan spokesman said Jigme Gyatso, a noted political prisoner, was released by Chinese authorities after 17 years in prison on charges of endangering national security and separatism.
    (SFC, 4/3/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 2, The 193-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will come into legal force 90 days after the 50th country has ratified it.
    (Reuters, 4/2/13)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.69)

2013        Apr 3, The United States said it will soon send a missile defense system to Guam to defend it from North Korea, as the US military adjusts to what US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described as a "real and clear danger" from Pyongyang.
    (Reuters, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, In West Virginia Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, known for cracking down on the drug trade in the local coal fields, was shot and killed. Suspect Tennis Melvin Maynard (37) was hospitalized for gunshot wounds.
    (SFC, 4/4/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 3, Ruth Jhabvala (85), novelist and screenwriter, died at her home in Manhattan. Her work included 19 novels and short-story collections and two Oscars for her work on the films “A Room With a View" and “Howard’s End." Her novel “Heat and Dust" (1975) won Britain’s Booker Prize (1975).
    (SFC, 4/4/13, p.D5)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.94)
2013        Apr 3, In western Afghanistan 55 people, including 9 attackers, were killed in a daylong gunbattle with security forces in Farah province. A NATO airstrike killed 4 policemen and 2 civilians in Ghazni province. An American F-16 fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan, killing the US pilot.
    (AP, 4/3/13)(AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 3, In Argentina at least 57 people were killed by flooding overnight in Buenos Aires province.
    (AP, 4/3/13)(AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 3, British regulator Ofgem said Utility SSE has been fined 10.5 million pounds for mis-selling, the largest fine the regulator has ever imposed on an energy supplier.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd suffered its second oil spill in a week, but said just four barrels of light crude leaked from tanker cars in a morning derailment in a remote area of northern Ontario. BP’s estimate of the spill was raised the next day to 400 barrels.
    (Reuters, 4/3/13)(Reuters, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 3, An Egyptian court ruled against the extradition to Libya of Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, a former close aide of Moammar Gadhafi. Al-Dam had coordinated relations between Libya and Egypt for decades.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, A Greek court convicted five people on terrorism-related charges rel    ated to a militant anarchist group which claimed responsibility for a string of bombings over six years (2003-2009) and fired a rocket-propelled grenade into the US Embassy in Athens but caused no deaths. Nikos Maziotis and his wife Panagiota Roupa, were convicted in absentia.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, George Corvington (88), a prominent Haitian historian, died in Port-au-Prince. His 8-volume, French-language "Port-au-Prince Through the Ages" chronicled the political and social history of Port-au-Prince, from its founding under French colonial rule in 1749 to the departure of President Paul Magloire in 1956.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, In Iraq  gunmen shot dead Yousef Sayhoud, a member of an anti-al-Qaida Sunni militia, along with his mother in the suburb of Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/3/13)   
2013        Apr 3, Italy's anti-Mafia investigators said they have seized a record €1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in cash and property from  Vito Nicastri (57) for tax fraud. The Sicilian alternative energy entrepreneur was alleged to have close ties to the Mafia.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, Malaysia's PM Najib Razak dissolved Parliament to call for general elections that will pit a coalition that has ruled for nearly 57 years against a resurgent opposition whose pledge to form a cleaner government has resonated with millions of citizens.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, In central Nigeria  18 people were killed in a head-on collision between two buses near Gwagwalada, a town outside of Abuja.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, North Korea barred South Korean workers from entering a jointly run factory park just over the heavily armed border in the North.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, Palestinian militants launched several rockets into southern Israel, as Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip in the heaviest exchange of fire between the sides since they agreed to an internationally brokered cease-fire in November. Israeli forces shot and killed a teenage Palestinian protester during a clash in the West Bank.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, Samoa Air planned to start pricing its first international flights based on the weight of its passengers and their bags. Depending on the flight, each kg (2.2 pounds) would cost 93 cents to $1.06. The new airline was launched last June.
    (AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 3, Spain's Princess Cristina (47), daughter of King Juan Carlos, was charged in a corruption inquiry amid evidence that she was an accomplice to her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who has been accused of tax fraud and embezzling 6 million euros in public funds when he headed a charitable foundation.
    (Reuters, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, In Syria rebels captured a southern military base on the outskirts of the city of Daraa in the latest advance by opposition fighters near the strategic border area with Jordan.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, a Syrian jet fired a missile that slammed into a house on the outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Arsal.
    (AP, 4/3/13)
2013        Apr 3, Uganda's top military official said African troops in Central African Republic have suspended the hunt for the fugitive warlord Joseph Kony because the new government there is not cooperating with the mission.
    (AP, 4/3/13)

2013        Apr 4, The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said 4 mortgage insurers will pay over $15 million to settle claimes they paid illegal kickbacks to lenders in exchange for business.
    (SFC, 4/5/13, p.C3)
2013        Apr 4, Alabama lawmakers voted to allow posthumous pardons to the Scottsboro Boys, 9 black teens who were wrongly convicted of raping two white women over 80 years ago.
    (SFC, 4/5/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 4, In Jackson, Mississippi, murder suspect Jerey Powell (23) attacked Detective Eric Smith (40) during questioning, wrestled a gun away, then shot and killed Smith before killing himself.
    (SFC, 4/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 4, Roger Ebert (b.1942), film critic, died in Chicago. In 1986 he teamed with Gene Siskel (1946-1999) for a TV series named Siskel and Ebert and The Movies. The title of the show was shortened to simply Siskel and Ebert in mid-1987.
    (http://tinyurl.com/cgfqk6o)(SFC, 4/5/13, p.D7)
2013        Apr 4, Cape Verde Islands Radiotelevisao Caboverdiana reported that Rear Adm. Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto and four other Guinea-Bissau nationals were apprehended by US authorities aboard a yacht in international waters in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The US Treasury Department designated Na Tchuto as a drug kingpin in 2010 for his alleged role in the cocaine trade in Guinea-Bissau.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 4, In Chile a series of fast-spreading port strikes in Chile blocked exports of copper, fruit and wood pulp and kept thousands of workers idle. The stoppage began in the northern port of Angamos more than two weeks ago, when workers began demanding a 30-minute lunch break and a place to set up a cafeteria.
    (AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 4, In Colombia Victor Manuel Carranza (77), aka the “Emerald King," died of cancer.
    (Econ, 4/20/13, p.98)
2013        Apr 4, Egypt's president began a two-day visit to Sudan aimed at boosting cooperation after deteriorating relations between the two nations under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 4, Hong Kong hosted the 4th meeting of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).
    (Econ, 4/13/13, p.73)
2013        Apr 4, In India a residential building being constructed illegally on forest land in a suburb Mumbai collapsed into a mound of steel and concrete, killing at least 72 people and injuring more some 70 others.
    (AP, 4/5/13)(AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 4, Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank in a show of outrage over the deaths of two Palestinian protesters killed in clashes with Israel and a third Palestinian who died of cancer in an Israeli prison. In Gaza, militants fired a rocket that landed in southern Israel, causing no casualties.
    (AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 4, Palestinian police began apprehending young men from various parts of Gaza, taking them into custody, then cutting their hair while in detention. Some were mocked and beaten.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 4, North Korea warned that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the US using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons. South Korea's defense minister said North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, but he added that there are no signs that the North is preparing for a full-scale conflict.
    (AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 4, Ukrainian lawmakers held two competing parliament sessions after pro-government legislators stormed out of the official parliament hall and moved to a nearby building in response to a protest by opposition parties.
    (AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 4, The Ukraine-based group Femen, which stages pranks for women's and gay rights, held an International Topless Jihad day in support of Muslim women. In Tunisia a woman named Amina participated and went into hiding after reportedly receiving death threats. On Apr 6 she reappeared in an interview on French cable TV station Canal Plus saying she fears for her life and wants to take refuge abroad.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 4, The UN says it is shuttering all its food distribution centers in the Gaza Strip after dozens of people stormed one of its compounds to protest the suspension of cash assistance to thousands of families.
    (AP, 4/5/13)   

2013        Apr 5, A US federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age and criticized the Obama administration for interfering with the process for political purposes.
    (Reuters, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, A data leak was reported orchestrated this week by a Washington-based group called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. It involved tens of thousands of offshore bank accounts, mainly form the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands and Singapore, and named dozens of prominent figures around the world. New details were being released by the day. The leak allegedly involved records from 10 tax havens.
    (AP, 4/6/13)(SFC, 4/5/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 5, US Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, one of the American military's most seasoned combat leaders, took charge of US Africa Command. The AC’s No. 1 mission is to work with allies to neutralize the continent's widening web of Islamic extremist groups, including those affiliated with al-Qaida.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Oakland, Ca., Lionel Fluker (54), a former freelance photographer for the Oakland Tribune, was shot a killed by a stray bullet as he drove home from a gym. Donel Poston (37) was arrested on June 14 on suspicion of attempting to murder Anthony Lister (38). On Sep 12 prosecutors filed murder charges against Lister.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.D7)
2013        Apr 5, In Florida the parents of Travon Martin, the teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer last year, settled a wrongful-death claim against the homeowners association of the Florida subdivision where their son was killed.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Afghanistan a bomb attached to a donkey exploded, killing a policeman and wounded three civilians in Laghman province.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Afghanistan American contractor David Gordon (38), detained in a contract dispute on April 3, was released. 3 US congressmen, who complained about his detention, said he had been seized without charges and beaten.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, Brazil’s Public Ministry announced an investigation into a report connecting former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to a vast vote-buying scheme that involved the channeling of funds to the governing Workers’ Party.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 5, Britain's most high-profile entertainment retailer HMV was handed a lifeline when Hilco, a turnaround group bought it in a deal worth about 50 million pound, ensuring a future for a firm which gave the Beatles one of their first big breaks.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Chile the Ultraport company managing the Angamos port agreed to compensate workers with a bonus following negotiations mediated by Chile's work minister.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Indonesia’s in North Sumatra province Buddhist fishermen and Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers from Myanmar brawled with knives and rocks at an immigration detention center, leaving 8 dead and another 15 injured. On Dec 5 a court in medan sentenced 14 Rohingya to nine months in jail for the role in the deadly brawl.
    (AP, 4/5/13)(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 5, In Iran a road accident killed 18 people, including 15 Afghans, after a truck smuggling fuel slammed into a sedan packed with Afghans who were being brought illegally into the country.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Iraq attackers detonated a bomb as an army jeep was driving through the western Baghdad neighborhood of Abu Ghraib, killing 3 soldiers. Another bomb exploded near a vegetable stand, killing 3 civilians and wounding 15 in the Shiite-dominated city of Hillah. In Baqouba a roadside bomb exploded as worshippers left a Sunni mosque, killing two and wounding a dozen people.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, Israel forces took Mohammad Khalek (14) into custody. 8 assault-rifle wielding soldiers shackled and blindfolded the boy as his five siblings watched. The military said Mohammad hurled rocks at Israeli vehicles on April 2 and at Israeli forces on several occasions. On April 17 the Palestinian-American teenager was sentenced to two weeks in prison for throwing rocks at Israeli forces.
    (AP, 4/11/13)(AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 5, Italy's Pres. Giorgio Napolitano pardoned Joseph Romano, a US Air Force colonel, convicted in absentia by Italian courts in the CIA-conducted abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street. He hoped the move would keep American-Italian relations strong, especially on security matters.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Kazakhstan talks began seeking to find common ground between Iran and a group of six nations over concerns that Tehran might misuse its nuclear program to make weapons.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto visited Hong Kong, and said "I am convinced that Mexican products should take advantage of the dynamism of China's markets." A report by a chief economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch this week estimated that Mexico's labor costs are now 19.6 percent lower than China's.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 5, In southwest Nigeria at least 36 people were killed in a bus crash in which a gasoline tanker exploded in Edo state.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 5, North Korea warned it could not guarantee the safety of diplomats after next Wednesday and asked embassies to consider moving staff out of the country.
    (Reuters, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Pakistan  4 soldiers and 14 militants were killed as the army launched a ground offensive in the Tirah Valley of the Khyber tribal area.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, Portugal’s constitutional court struck down previously planned cuts in public sector pay, pensions and benefits.
    (Econ, 4/13/13, p.54)   
2013        Apr 5, Russia's foreign minister said Moscow doesn't understand why North Korea has suggested that Moscow and other countries close their embassies in Pyongyang, and he says he's concerned about the high tensions on the Korean peninsula.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, South Korean media reported that North Korea had placed two of its intermediate-range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country in a move that could threaten Japan or US Pacific bases.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In Syria a barrage of rockets slammed into a contested district on the northeastern edge of Damascus, killing at least five people and trapping others under the rubble, while violence raged around suburbs of the capital.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, Activists said Tanzania's government is preparing to kick Maasai tribesmen off their land near to allow a company from the United Arab Emirates to use the land for hunting. Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism announced last week it is shrinking the size of the Loliondo Game Controlled Areas.
    (AP, 4/5/13)

2013        Apr 6, Florida state oficials said an annual toxic red algae bloom has killed 241 of the state’s roughly 5,000 endangered manatees.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A13)
2013        Apr 6, In Nevada the body of William McCune (62), the state’s chief insurance inspector, was found in the Carson River in Carson City. McCune was reported missing on April 4. Four suspects, believed to have stolen property, were arrested in the case.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A13)(SFC, 4/8/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 6, In southern Afghanistan 3 US service members, 2 US civilians and a doctor were killed in a suicide attack on a convoy in Zabul province. Anne Smedinghoff (25) became the first US diplomat to die in Afghanistan. Another American civilian was killed in a 2-day Afghan-led military operation in Kunar province that left as many as 11 suspected Taliban militants dead including Taliban commander Ali Khan. A related US airstrike killed also killed 17 Afghan civilians, including 12 children. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the US military's top officer, began a weekend visit.
    (AP, 4/6/13)(AP, 4/7/13)(SFC, 4/8/13, p.A2)(AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 6, Al-Qaida's leader Ayman Al-Zawahri urged Muslims in Arab Spring countries to unite to institute an Islamic state. His  103-minute audio message was posted on militant websites.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 6, In Bangladesh hundreds of thousands of members of Hefajat-e-Islam, a hard-line Muslim group, rallied in Dhaka with 13 demands including the introduction of antiblasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A3)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.55)
2013        Apr 6, Central African Republic's self-appointed leader, Michel Djotodia, said he's created a new council that now will choose a president to lead the country until elections can be held.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, Chinese officials in Shanghai reported two more cases of H7N9 bird flu, raising the number of cases in eastern China to 18, including 6 deaths. It was later reported that 27 days elapsed between the first death from H7N9 and its public announcement.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A3)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.47)
2013        Apr 6, In Egypt Clashes between Egyptian Muslims and Christians erupted in Shubra el-Kheima, a suburb north of Cairo, leaving at least five people dead. Attackers doused Saber Helal (26), a Copticf Christian, with gasoline and set him on fire. Helal died of hiw wounds on April 11. Police said the clashes started when young Muslims drew inflammatory symbols on an Islamic institute and a local mosque. Residents had different accounts of what sparked the violence.
    (AP, 4/6/13)(AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 6, A Cairo court dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that Bassem Youssef's "ElBernameg," or "The Program,"  TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, Tokyo Electric Power said almost 32,000 gallons of radioactive water has leaked from a large underground storage pool at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Tepco said emptying the pool could take 5 days and another 12,000 gallons could leak.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.A9)
2013        Apr 6, In Kazakhstan Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement on an approach to reducing fears that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make weapons. The EU's foreign policy chief declared that the two sides "remain far apart on substance."
    (AP, 4/6/13)   
2013        Apr 6, Lebanon’s President Michel Suleiman asked Tammam Salam (68) to form a new Cabinet. The Beirut legislator and former culture minister was chosen for the job by 124 members of the 128-seat parliament.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, In Iraq a suicide bomber killed 20 people and wounded dozens at a political rally for a Sunni candidate in Baqouba.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, An Iraqi Shiite militant group, the Hezbollah Brigades, said one of its members, Arfad Mohsen al-Hemedawi, was killed in Syria.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, In central Nigeria at least 11 people were killed in ongoing fighting between Christian and Muslim villagers in the region.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 6, North Korea’s Kaesong industrial complex, the last vestige of cooperation with the South, moved closer to paralysis as nearly 100 South Korean workers went home across a border that Pyongyang has closed in the return direction.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, The influential Serbian Orthodox Church appealed against a deal with Kosovo Albanians that would pave the way for Serbia's European Union membership.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, Sweden-based Ikea said it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. The product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, A Syrian government airstrike on a heavily contested neighborhood in the city of Aleppo killed at least 15 people, including 9 children. Government troops clashed with rebels in the town of Otaybah. In Damascus several mortar rounds hit areas near the Tishrin football stadium, killing one person and wounding at least 13.
    (AP, 4/6/13)
2013        Apr 6, Italian journalist Domencio Quirico (62), an experienced war reporter, entered Syria from Lebanon, and was heading to the Homs area when he went missing. Quirico and Belgian national Pierre Piccinin, a historian and teacher also kidnapped in April, were released in September.
    (AP, 6/27/13)(AFP, 9/9/13)
2013        Apr 6, Pope Francis named a Spanish Franciscan to be the No. 2 at the Vatican's office for religious orders, his first appointment to the Vatican bureaucracy. Jose Rodriguez (60), who also was elevated to archbishop, replaced US Archbishop Joseph Tobin, who was transferred from the high-ranking Vatican post to a Midwestern US archdiocese following his efforts to mediate tensions between the Vatican and American nuns.
    (AP, 4/6/13)

2013        Apr 7, In California it was made public that a federal magistrate has ruled that federal authorities broke the law when they leased land to oil drillers without studying the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A1)
2013        Apr 7, Britain pledged $102 million to Sudan over three years, with about half going to Darfur.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 7, In Halifax, Canada, Rehtaeh Parsons (17) died after being removed from life support following a suicide attempt by hanging on April 4. She had killed herself after a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in Nov, 2011, circulated online. In August one man (18) was charged with two counts of distributing child pornography and the second man (18) was charged with making child pornography and distributing it.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Rehtaeh_Parsons)(AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Apr 7, China warned against "troublemaking" on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, and the US said it was postponing a missile test to help calm high tension on the divided Korean peninsula.
    (Reuters, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 7, In Egypt clashes clashes broke out following the funeral of four Christians killed in sectarian violence a day earlier. Two more people were killed and another 89 injured outside Cairo's main Coptic cathedral.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 7, Egyptian train drivers and conductors announced they were on strike to press demands for better pay. A 10% raise was rejected by the train drivers and conductors as too little.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 7, In France Wilfred De Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home in central Paris, sustaining five fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. His boyfriend, who was also beaten up, said he witnessed three to four men shouting "Hey, look they're gays," before they attacked. A photo of the victim went viral on social media.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 7, In Iraq 3 bombs exploded in Mosul killing 4 security officers and wounding 7 other people.
    (SFC, 4/8/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 7, Israeli researchers and Jewish leaders reported a 30 percent jump in anti-Semitic violence and vandalism last year, topped by a deadly school shooting in France, and expressed alarm about the rise of far-right parties in Hungary, Greece and other countries.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 7, Montenegro held elections.
    (AP, 4/20/13)
2013        Apr 7, Pakistan's former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf was given approval to run for parliament next month, a victory for him in what has otherwise been a bumpy return to the country after more than four years in self-imposed exile.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 7, Missionary Jerry Krause (54) disappeared near Sao Tome island as he flew in a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900C from South Africa to Mali.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 7, Syrian government airstrikes killed at least 20 people as the army pressed ahead with its campaign to crush the rebellion against Pres. Bashar Assad. In Daraa a man was shot dead by an army sniper.
    (AP, 4/7/13)
2013        Apr 7, Ukraine’s Pres. Viktor Yanukovych pardoned former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko and former environment minister Heorhiy Filipchuk.
    (SFC, 4/8/13, p.A2)

2013        Apr 8, In Washington state Walli Mujahidh (34), arrested on June 22, 2011, was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to chrages including conspiracy to use weapons of mass deastruction. A 2nd man, Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, was sentenced last month to 18 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 8, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a public bus in Wardak province killed at least nine passengers.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Australia and China agreed to make their currencies directly exchangeable in a deal that advances internationalization of the yuan and reduces costs for companies. PM Julia Gilliard said the Australian dollar will become only the third major currency to have direct convertibility with the yuan, after the US dollar and Japanese yen.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Margaret Thatcher (b.1925), the "Iron Lady" who transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world, died following a stroke. The former prime minister (1979-1990) had radically rolled back the state during her 11 years in power.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Chilean forensic experts exhumed the body of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, trying to solve a four-decade mystery about the 1973 death of one the greatest poets of the 20th century.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, In Egypt Dutch journalist Rena Netjes was arrested by Egyptian citizens while reporting in Cairo, accused of being a spy and handed to authorities who detained her overnight.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 8, India’s wildlife authorities began using aerial drones to oversee a sprawling natural game park in the northeast to protect the one-horned rhinoceros from armed poachers.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, In Iraq a roadside bomb targeting an army vehicle in the Baghdad neighborhood of Abu Ghraib killed two soldiers and wounded another eight. Another roadside bomb exploded near a police car in Mosul, killing a policeman. A car bomb in Kirkuk killed a fighter with the pro-government group known as the Sahwa.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq, announced a merger with Syria's extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within the Syrian rebel movement.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 8, Israel shut a crossing with Gaza after rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory at the Jewish state on the day it commemorated the Holocaust.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, An Israeli court delivered two consecutive life sentences to  Jack Teitel, a US-born Jewish extremist, for the 1997 murder of two Palestinians and the attempted murder of others.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 8, Libya's PM Ali Zidan said his country is "weak" as militias continue to run prisons and abduct people, including his chief of staff, Mohamed Ali Ghatous, now missing for eight days.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Montenegro’s election commission said incumbent Filip Vujanovic has won a 3rd term as president with 51.2% of the vote over challenger Miodrag Lekic, who received 48.8%.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 8, In Amsterdam President Vladimir Putin defended Russia's treatment of homosexuals, as 1,000 gay rights activists waved pink and orange balloons and blasted out dance music to press home their protest.
    (Reuters, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, North Korea said it will suspend operations at a factory complex it has jointly run with South Korea, pulling out more than 53,000 North Korean workers and moving closer to severing its last economic link with its rival as tensions escalate.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Pakistan's top court ordered former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf to respond to allegations that he committed treason while in power and barred him from leaving the country.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Pakistani military officials said four days of fierce fighting in the northwest has left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, A Chinese steel-hulled vessel hit an atoll at the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site on Palawan island. On April 13 Philippine authorities found inside the ship more than 10,000 kg (22,000 pounds) of meat from a protected species, the pangolin or scaly anteater. On April 19 the ship was extricated and towed to Puerto Princesa.
    (AP, 4/15/13)(SSFC, 4/21/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 8, Qatar pledged $500 million to help rebuild Sudan's war-battered region of Darfur as part of an international conference seeking ways to boost stability after a decade of violence.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Serbia rejected a European Union-brokered deal for reconciliation with its former province of Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 8, Somalia's government, after months of denial, acknowledged for the first time that its security forces were involved in rape cases that drew an international outcry by human rights groups.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 8, In Syria a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle in a busy residential and commercial district in central Damascus, killing at least 15 people. At least 53 people were wounded.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, Turkish police used water cannons, tear gas and pepper spray to disperse thousands of people protesting outside a court house in support of 275 people who are on trial for allegedly plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
    (AP, 4/8/13)
2013        Apr 8, In Yemen 4 people, two soldiers and two tribesmen, were killed in Marib when a group of tribesmen attacked a military checkpoint in the area of Sarwah. Armed tribesmen were suspected of being behind an attack on oil pipelines and electricity pylons that led to a power outage in Sanaa. Troops loyal to the former president killed three protesters in Radda. Two soldiers from the Republican Guard, still led by Saleh's son Ahmed, were also killed in clashes with protesters and police.
    (AP, 4/9/13)

2013        Apr 9, Spelling whizzes across the US learned that they will have to know the definitions of some of the those tough words they've been memorizing in the dictionary. For the first time, multiple-choice vocabulary tests will be added to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, The San Francisco Housing Authority commission voted unanimously to terminate the contract of its chief, Henry Alvarez.
    (SFC, 4/10/13, p.A1)
2013        Apr 9, In Illinois former state Rep. Robin Kelly (D) won the special election for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s vacated congressional seat.
    (SFC, 4/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 9, In Maine Christopher Knight (47), who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples, was caught in a surveillance trap at a camp for people with special needs, which he treated as a "Walmart."
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 9, In Texas Dylan Quick (20), a student at the Cypress campus of Lone Star College, went on a stabbing spree wounding at least 14 people before being subdued and arrested.
    (SFC, 4/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 9, In eastern Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed in a field, killing two American service members in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, Albania pledged to hold a historic referendum on whether to scrap waste imports, a money-making program strongly opposed by environmentalists who say the poor Balkan country is already buried under its own trash.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, Australia’s PM Julia Gillard capped a 6-day trip to China with the formation of a “strategic partnershnip," a commitment to hold annual talks between their leaders.
    (Econ, 4/20/13, p.44)
2013        Apr 9, Bahrain arrested four suspects after homemade firebombs were hurled the previous evening at the foreign ministry in a possible escalation of anti-government protests.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced sweeping changes in financial regulation, telling banks they can no longer blame customers when products go wrong and promising to study how consumers behave to make sure they can make the right decisions.
    (Reuters, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 9, British supermarket chain Asda said very low levels of the horse pain-killing drug phenylbutazone, also known as bute, had been found in horsemeat discovered in tins of corned beef. This was the first such case in Britain.
    (Reuters, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, In Colombia tens of thousands marched in Bogota to show their supoort for peace talks with FARC guerrillas.
    (Econ, 4/13/13, p.42)
2013        Apr 9, Iran announced two key nuclear-related projects that expand the country's ability to extract and process uranium, which can be enriched for reactor fuel but also potentially for atomic weapons.
    (AP, 4/9/13)   
2013        Apr 9, In Iran a 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least 37 people in a sparsely populated area in the country's south.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, An Israeli court sentenced  Milad Khatib (26), an Arab citizen of Israel, to seven years in prison for spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, A judge in Tuscany fined Italian cruise line Costa Crociere SpA 1 million euros in administrative sanctions for the 2012 wreckage of the Concordia cruise ship that killed 32 people.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 9, Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the Kenya's 4th president in a stadium filled with tens of thousands and a dozen African leaders.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, A Libyan lawmaker said parliament has approved a law that criminalizes torture and abduction.
    (SFC, 4/10/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 9, Mozambican authorities say they have made some arrests after recent attacks and fighting between police and alleged members of an opposition group killed at least seven people and wounded 13 people in the violence in Sofala province.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, Nigerian authorities arrested 251 suspected illegal immigrants at a busy market. Authorities were launching new immigration raids in the country as it faced threats from Islamic extremists.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 9, North Korea urged all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate because it says the rival Koreas are on the eve of a nuclear war.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, In Serbia veteran Ljubisa Bogdanovic (60) gunned down 13 people in a pre-dawn, house-to-house rampage in Velika Ivanca, killing his mother, his son and a cousin (2) before shooting himself and his wife. Bogdanovic died the next day. His wife remained hospitalized.
    (AP, 4/9/13)(AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 9, South African officials said they have detected bird flu on an ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn, but that it is unrelated to the strain that has killed 8 people in China. The EU imposed a ban on imports of South African ostrich meat after a 2011 outbreak of the H5N2 strain.
    (SFC, 4/10/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 9, In South Sudan armed rebels that South Sudan believes are backed by Sudan opened fire on a UN convoy, killing five UN peacekeepers from India and at least seven civilians.
    (AP, 4/9/13)
2013        Apr 9, The United Nations reopened food distribution centers in Gaza that closed last week following a violent protest at a UN compound.
    (AP, 4/9/13)

2013        Apr 10, President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that strives to achieve a "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits, raising taxes on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs including Social Security and Medicare.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 10, Tens of thousands of immigrants and activists rallied nationwide in a coordinated set of protests aimed at pressing the US Congress to approve immigration measures that would grant 11 million immigrants living here illegally a path toward citizenship.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, California Gov. Jerry Brown, on a trade mission to Beijing, announced that a Chinese investor has agreed to help pay for a $1.5 billion development deal in Oakland to transform 65 acres of industrial waterfront.
    (SFC, 4/11/13, p.A1)
2013        Apr 10, A Florida couple, Joshua Michael Hakken and his wife, Sharyn, accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Cuba were handed over to the US and imprisoned. The children were returned to their maternal grandparents, who have official custody. Hakken lost custody of his sons last year after a drug possession arrest in Louisiana and later tried to take the children from a foster home at gunpoint.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, In Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren Brown (55) lured firefighters to his home and held 4 hostage before being killed by a police SWAT team. The financially strapped man had demanded that his utilities be restored.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 10, In London Mohammed Rizwan and Bahader Ali admitted engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism. Prosecutors said they were part of a gang that planned to detonate bombs hidden in backpacks. Three of the other plotters were convicted earlier this year.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, Robert Edwards (87), a British Nobel prize-winning scientist (2010), died after a long illness. He was known as the father of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) for pioneering the development of "test tube babies."
    (Reuters, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, In Chile Barrick Gold Corp. suspended construction on its Pascua Lama mine after a Chilean court ruled in favor of indigenous communities that say the world's highest-altitude gold mine threatens their water supply and pollutes glaciers.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, A Danish man (31) was acquitted of molesting two 17-year-old girls after he was found to suffer from a rare sleep disorder known as "sexsomnia."
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 10, French Pres. Francois Hollande called for the abolition of tax havens in Europe and elsewhere.
    (Econ, 4/13/13, p.55)
2013        Apr 10, Ivory Coast lawmakers gave President Alassane Ouattara the authority to rule by decree on social and economic issues for 2013.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, Jordan opened a second camp for Syrians fleeing the civil war at home. Officials feared that the number of Syrians could double in the next six months as the fighting escalates.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, Mali authorities arrested Baba Ould Cheick, the Mayor of Tarkint, on drug trafficking charges three years after a plane full of cocaine landed near his northeastern town.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 10, Mexican lime picker Alejandro Ayala (41) and several dozen co-workers, escorted by Federal Police, met with Michoacan state Interior Secretary Jesus Reyna over extortion protection payments by the Knights Templar cartel. On the way home his convoy was ambushed, twice. Ayala and 9 others were killed.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        Apr 10, In northwestern Pakistan gunmen shot to death a policeman protecting a team of female polio workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, South Korea's foreign minister told lawmakers that the prospect of a North Korean missile test is "considerably high," as Pyongyang calmly prepared to mark the April 15 birthday of its founder, historically a time when it seeks to draw the world's attention with dramatic displays of military power.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, Syrian troops battled rebels in the outskirts of Damascus and pressed on with a counteroffensive against opposition fighters in the south to prevent their advance on the capital. At least 28 rebels and 13 soldiers were killed in the fighting around Damascus, while 15 opposition fighters and 28 government troops died in the fighting in Aleppo.
    (AP, 4/10/13)
2013        Apr 10, Togolese trade unions started a three-day protest. The unions are under the umbrella of the "Togolese Workers Synergy" or " Synergie des Travailleurs Togolais.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 10, Uruguay lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
    (SFC, 4/11/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 10, Yemen's Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi removed his predecessor's son and nephews from powerful security posts in the most dramatic step yet in sidelining old regime figures.
    (AP, 4/10/13)

2013        Apr 11, California became the latest state to place restrictions on the chemical known as Bisphenol-A (BPA) and declare it a reproductive toxicant.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A14)
2013        Apr 11, In northern California a 40-foot section of the Skunk Train Tunnel No. 1 collapsed near Fort Bragg blocking access to 36 miles of track to Willits. Service out of Willits resumed on July 31.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/n7uwhlu)(SSFC, 8/18/13, p.C4)
2013        Apr 11, Jonathan Winters (b.1925), comedian, died at his home in Santa Barbara County, Ca. His films included “Eight on the Lam" (1967).
    (SFC, 4/13/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 11, American ballerina Maria Tallchief (b.1925), the daughter of an Oklahoma oil family, died in Chicago. She was once married to George Balanchine and became famous in his productions of “Firebird," “Swan Lake" and “Nutcracker."
    (SSFC, 4/14/13, p.C14)
2013        Apr 11, A spring storm left 3 people dead in the Midwest US, one following a tornado in Kemper Ct., Mississippi, and another in blinding snow in Nebraska.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A7)(SFC, 4/13/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 11, In southern Afghanistan two separate roadside bombings killed four people, including an Uruzgan province district police chief.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, Bangladesh authorities in Dhaka arrested Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of a pro-opposition newspaper, on charges of sedition and other crimes.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 11, In Chile an estimated 100,000 students marched in Santiago demanding free education.
    (SSFC, 4/14/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 11, China reported its 10th death from H7N9 bird flu.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 11, Egypt's Islamist-dominated legislature approved a revised version of the law organizing the country's parliamentary elections, after a court ruled an earlier version was invalid and delayed the vote.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, Israeli police detained five women at a Jerusalem holy site for e for wearing prayer shawls and performing religious rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews say are reserved for men. An ultra-Orthodox man was also detained for burning a prayer book in protest and was still in custody.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, Four Japanese automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp, and Nissan Motor Co., announced a recall of 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world because airbags supplied by Takata Corp are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, In Morocco soccer hooligans rampaged through Casablanca, mugging pedestrians and smashing up carriages of the city's new tram system, cars and public buses. 193 people were arrested.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 11, The Dutch Cabinet brokered a deal with unions that scraps planned salary freezes for government and healthcare workers.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 11, Netherlands-based  Royal Philips NV said it has developed a working prototype of an LED lamp that will confine the fluorescent bulb to the recycling bin of history.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, In northeast Nigeria suspected Islamic extremists attacked a police station, killing four officers in a gun battle in Babangida, Yobe state.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, North Korea delivered a fresh round of rhetoric with claims it had "powerful striking means" on standby for a missile launch. G-8 foreign, meeting London, condemned North Korea's aggressive rhetoric and the development of its nuclear missile programs, saying that Pyongyang's recent actions threaten international security.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, In Pakistan Taliban assailants on a motorcycle gunned down a candidate running in upcoming elections. Fakhurl Islam, whose party has spoken out strongly against the militant group, was killed near his home in Hyderabad city in southern Sindh province.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, Palestinians laid the groundstone in the West Bank town of Birzeit of what organizers say will be the world's largest museum devoted to their history.
    (AP, 4/11/13)
2013        Apr 11, Human Rights Watch condemned Gaza's Hamas rulers for failing to investigate the public slayings (Nov 20,2012) of seven Palestinian men accused of collaborating with Israel.
    (AP, 4/11/13)   
2013        Apr 11, Syrian government forces launched a counteroffensive in the south, capturing Sanamein and killing at least 45 people including women and children. Human Rights Watch, a US-based rights group, accused Syria of committing war crimes by indiscriminate and sometimes deliberate airstrikes against civilians, killing at least 4,300 people since last summer. Rebels shot down a helicopter carrying food and supplies to the Wadi Deif military base, killing the pilot and 3 other soldiers.
    (AP, 4/11/13)(AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 11, In Togo over 20,000 school children from primary, secondary and high schools marched in the capital, Lome, in support of teachers who were on strike to seek better working conditions.
    (AP, 4/11/13)

2013        Apr 12, The United States announced sanctions for 18 Russians under the Magnitsky Law, named for Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian police officials of stealing $230 million in tax rebates.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 12, In Fairfield, Connecticut, armed men stole over $4 million in jewelry from a store after kidnapping the store manager and another employee to gain access. The victims were unharmed.
    (SFC, 4/13/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 12, In Afghanistan Taliban militants stormed an Afghan army outpost in Kunar province, killing 13 soldiers in an area that is a major infiltration route for insurgents crossing the mountainous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. One soldier remained missing.
    (AP, 4/12/13)(SFC, 4/13/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 12, In Bahrain thousands of anti-government demonstrators joined a march that included breakaway protests against the scheduled Formula One race later this month.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, European Union finance ministers said they've agreed to extend the repayment of emergency loans to Ireland and Portugal for a further seven years, easing the pressure on both countries to exit their bailout programs and resume normal borrowing.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, The French Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, In France a contested auction of dozens of Native American tribal masks went ahead following a Paris court ruling, in spite of appeals for a delay by the Hopi tribe, its supporters including actor Robert Redford, and the US government.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, German prosecutors filed corruption charges against former President Christian Wulff over alleged favors that prompted his resignation. It was the first time a former German president faced charges in court.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, In Iraq a pair of bombs struck in quick succession outside a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 30. Minutes after the Kanaan attack, a bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in western Baghdad, wounding eight.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, Israel troops shelled a position on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights from which they received fire.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, In northern Mali a suicide bombing by members of an al-Qaida branch in North Africa killed at least three soldiers from Chad. Two suicide bombers were killed in the operation, and many civilians were injured in the attack.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, In Russia Anti-Drugs Special Forces, widely known by their Russian acronym, MAS, issued a low-key statement on vk.com saying that it has halted drug raids. MAS was formed last year to track down spice pushers. Spice in over 900 versions, mass produced in China and Southeast Asia, was reportedly being exported to Russia as bath salts, incense and slimming additives, often in mail packages.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 12, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir traveled to South Sudan for the first time since the south peacefully broke away from Sudan in 2011. The two presidents agreed to the free movement of people and goods across the border.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, The Small Arms Survey, an independent Swiss research group, said Sudan has supplied weapons and ammunition to rebels fighting neighboring South Sudan's government.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 12, Syrian forces battled rebels in the central province of Homs near the border with Lebanon as part of a counteroffensive aimed at regaining control of territory around the country. Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes around the country.
    (AP, 4/12/13)
2013        Apr 12, In Tunisia a mob of alleged religious conservative Salafis attacked a police station and clashed with security forces, leaving one person dead and two wounded in the coastal town of Hergla.
    (AP, 4/12/13)

2013        Apr 13, Months of increased tension at the Guantanamo Bay prison boiled over into a clash between guards and detainees as the military closed Camp 6, a communal section of the facility and moved its inmates into single cells. Prisoners participating in a hunger strike had covered up security cameras and blocked windows.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 13, San Francisco Symphony musicians accepted concessions and voted to ratify a new 26-month contract.
    (SSFC, 4/14/13, p.C7)
2013        Apr 13, John Galardi (75), founder of the Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain, died in southern California.
    (SFC, 4/17/13, p.E7)
2013        Apr 13, The renowned London School of Economics denounced the BBC for using a student-organized trip to North Korea as "cover" for a reporting trip to the secretive communist country.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 13, Central African Republic rebel leader Michel Djotodia was elected president by the National Transitional Council. He was the only candidate and was elected unanimously by the 105 council members.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 13, China and the US committed to a process aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 13, Chinese officials said a girl (7) has died in Beijing from H7N9 bird flu, becoming the 11th victim tied to the new strain.
    (SSFC, 4/14/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 13, Congolese Justice Minister Wivine Mumba said a dozen senior officers in the Congolese army have been arrested for responsibility for mass rapes committed by several army units in eastern Congo in November 2012.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 13, In France Redoine Faid's took four guards hostage and used explosives hidden inside tissue packets to blast his way out of a prison in Lille, near the Belgian border. On May 29 the French Interior Ministry said Faid was arrested overnight in Pontaut-Combault with an accomplice.
    (AP, 4/15/13)(AP, 5/29/13)
2013        Apr 13, In Indonesia a Lion Air plane carrying more than 100 passengers overshot a runway on the Indonesian resort island of Bali and crashed into the sea. All of the passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane. 7 passengers were taken to Sanglah hospital with head wounds and broken bones.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 13, Netherlands' Queen Beatrix officially reopened the Rijksmuseum, the country's national museum, after a 10-year, 375 million euro ($480 million) renovation.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 13, In northwestern Pakistan a bomb planted in a bus killed at least eight passengers and wounded seven others as it passed a crowded bazar on its way from Peshawar to a nearby town.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 13, Palestinian PM Salaam Fayyad resigned, leaving the Palestinians without one of their most moderate and well-respected voices just as the US began launching a new push for Mideast peace.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 13, In Peru a bus plunged off an Andean highway into a river, killing at least 27 people.
    (SSFC, 4/14/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 13, Poland unveiled a giant statue of the late Pope John Paul II in the southern city of Czestochowa and billed it as the world's tallest.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 13, Russia named 18 Americans banned from entering the country in response to Washington imposing sanctions on 18 Russians for alleged human rights violations.
    (AP, 4/13/13)
2013        Apr 13, A Syrian government airstrike on Saraqeb in the country's northwest killed at least 20 people. A government air raid on the disputed Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo killed at least 3 people and wound 16 others. Syrian troops, trying to relieve a besieged military base, ambushed a rebel checkpoint, killing at least 21 opposition fighters.
    (AP, 4/13/13)(SSFC, 4/14/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 13, Pope Francis marked his first month as pope by naming nine high-ranking prelates from around the globe to a permanent advisory group to help him run the Catholic Church and study a reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.
    (AP, 4/13/13)

2013        Apr 14, In Belgium a Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through the guardrails of a bridge and plunged 5 meters (16 feet) to a field below, killing at least five people and injuring 12.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 14, Marcella Pattyn (92), the world’s last Beguine, died in Belgium. She was the last woman living in a lay Christian order that dated back some 800 years in Germany and the Low Countries. 
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.86)
2013        Apr 14, In CAR weekend fighting left at least 10 people dead in the Poukandja neighborhood of Bangui, while another 7 bodies were found elsewhere.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 14, In Iraq  a roadside bomb explosion followed by a gunbattle north of Baghdad killed three people, including Najam Saeed, a Sunni candidate running in the upcoming provincial elections. A series of attacks around the country killed a total of 10 people, including Saeed.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 14, Efraim "Efi" Arazi (76), a pioneer of Israel's powerful high-tech industry, died. He helped develop technology that allowed for a video recording of the first 1969 moon landing, has died. We was the founder of Scitex, Electronics for Imaging, and iMedia.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 14, In northwest Pakistan the Taliban targeted two leaders of the secular Awami National Party, an anti-militant political party, killing one and wounding another in bomb blasts. Taliban attacks were targeting members of secular-leaning parties during their campaigns for next month's parliamentary election.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 14, In northwest Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed four people in Datta Khel town of North Waziristan.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 14, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal indicated support of allowing women there to drive. He also said that he would help the kingdom's campaign to cut down on the number of foreign workers.
    (AP, 4/14/13)
2013        Apr 14, In Somalia 9 al-Shabab Islamic extremists, most wearing suicide vests, stormed the main court complex in Mogadishu while the Supreme Court was in session, firing a barrage of bullets during a running gun battle with security forces that lasted two hours. A car bomb later exploded near the airport. At least 35 people were killed in the attacks, including all 9 militants.
    (AP, 4/14/13)(AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 14, In Spain thousands of people demonstrated against the monarchy in Madrid.
    (SFC, 4/15/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 14, Syrian government forces and aircraft attacked rebel strongholds across the country, killing at least 25 people. The Observatory said a rebel and a civilian were killed in airstrikes and fighting in the suburbs of Damascus. It also said that four civilians died after being tortured in a jail in the town of Zakyeh.
    (AP, 4/14/13)(SFC, 4/15/13, p.A3)
2013        Apr 14, Venezuela held presidential elections. Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, won the election by a stunningly narrow margin. Electoral officials said he got just 50.7 percent of the votes compared to 49.1% for Henrique Capriles, with nearly all ballots counted.
    (AP, 4/14/13)(AP, 4/15/13)

2013        Apr 15, Two bombs exploded near the finish of the Boston Marathon  killing 3 people, a boy (8) and two young women. More than 140 people were injured. The explosives were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings to inflict maximum carnage.
    (AP, 4/16/13)(AP, 4/16/13)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.29)
2013        Apr 15, Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson announced the formation of the Arctic Circle at a Press Club meeting in Washington, DC, The new nonprofit will be dedicated to bringing together the many international stakeholders in an open venue to address the challenges facing the rapidly-changing Arctic.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mggqw4c)
2013        Apr 15, The Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to San Francisco writer Adam Johnson for “The Orphan Master’s Son," a novel set in North Korea. “No North Korean has read a book, as we think of a book – as a work of art whose job it is to iluminate the human experience – in three generations.   
    (SFC, 4/20/13, p.D1)
2013        Apr 15, In New Jersey Mohamed Alessa (23) and Carlos Almonte (27) were sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for conspiring to join al-Shabab, a designated terrorist organization in Somalia.
    (SFC, 4/16/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 15, Key measures of New York's tough new gun law kicked in, with owners of firearms now reclassified as assault weapons required to start registering the firearms and new limits on the number of bullets allowed in magazines.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, FBI and IRS agents locked down the Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters of the Pilot Flying J truck stop business owned by the family of Gov. Bill Haslam and his brother Jimmy, owner of the Cleveland Browns.
    (SFC, 4/16/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 15, The annual Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded to six activists for their efforts to protect the world ecosystem. They included Nohra Padilla (50) of Colombia, who began organizing waste pickers in Bogota in 1990 into the Bogota Recyclers’ Assoc.; Rossano Ercolini (57) of Italy for setting up a trash collection and conservation system; Kimberly Wasserman (36) of Chicago her grassroots campaign to close polluting coal-fired power plants; Aleta Baun (50) of Indonesia for organizing villages on west Timor against mining companies clearing forests for marble; Azzam Alwash (54) of Iraq for his efforts to restore Mesopotamian marshland; Jonathan Deal of South Africa for his efforts against hydraulic fracturing in Karoo.
    (SFC, 4/15/13, p.A10)
2013        Apr 15, Afghan commandos killed 22 insurgents during an operation to capture a Taliban commander in the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province. Taliban commander, Jamal Faroqi, was killed in the pre-dawn raid and 10 insurgents were captured. NATO said a team of Afghan and coalition special forces captured a senior leader of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba. A roadside bomb killed at least 7 members of a family travelling in a trailer towed by a tractor in Zabul province. A roadside bomb killed 4 Afghan police and wounded 3 overnight in southern Helmand province. 2 policemen were killed and 6 kidnapped during a Taliban attack on an outpost in northern Zawzjan province.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, Australian and British researchers reported that the summer ice melt in parts of Antarctica is at its highest level in 1,000 years, adding new evidence of the impact of global warming on sensitive Antarctic glaciers and ice shelves.
    (Reuters, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, Bahrain media said the government has backed proposals to impose penalties of up five years in prison for insulting the Gulf state's king or its national symbols.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, The British government approved a 1.9% rise in the minimum wage, giving the country's lowest-paid employees a bigger increase than most other workers but one that is still less than inflation.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, Chadian President Idriss Deby said his country's troops are pulling out of Mali three months after the French-led mission to oust al-Qaida-linked militants began.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, China signed a free-trade deal with Iceland as PM Johanna Sigurdardottir made a 6-day visit there. This was China’s first free-trade with a European nation. Some saw China’s goal as better access to shipping routes through the Arctic.
    (Econ, 4/20/13, p.50)
2013        Apr 15, Metropolitan Krystof (59), head of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Rep. and Slovakia resigned amid allegations of affairs with women and fathering illegitimate children.
    (SFC, 4/16/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 15, The EU took to task member states for not implementing new rules on human trafficking. Only 6 countries had translated the rules into national legislation by the April 6 deadline.
    (SFC, 4/16/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 15, This was the deadline for French ministers to declare their assets as set earlier by PM Jean-Marc Ayrault. Foreign minister Laurent Fabius dedclarewd €6m in assets.
    (Econ, 4/13/13, p.55)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.53)
2013        Apr 15, In France clashes again erupted over the construction on a new airport near the city of Nantes. 3 demonstrators were reported injured as anarchists and beret-wearing farmers joined against the project.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 15, In central Ghana an accident at a gold mine left 17 miners dead. Authorities said that the miners were working there illegally.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 15, Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in the uranium-rich West African nation of Niger for a 2-day visit. Officials discounted that the mineral was the reason for his visit.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 15, In Iraq insurgents launched what appeared to be a highly coordinated string of attacks, killing at least 55 and wounding more than 200 across the country.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, In Kuwait former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrack was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of insulting the emir during a political rally last year. Last week Kuwait officials began considering a media law that reports say could bring fines of about $1 million for insulting the ruling family.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Francis Korkpor (61) will be the country's new chief justice.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, In central Nigeria leaders in two villages said at least 10 people were killed over the weekend in clashes between the Jukun people of Plateau state, a Muslim ethnic group, and the Tarok people, who are Christian.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 15, In South Africa a handler at the Elephant Sanctuary near Hartbeespoort Dam was trampled to death while taking elephants out for exercise. The handler got caught in the midst of an altercation between two of the animals.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 15, South Sudan’s government, enraged by recent cattle thefts and resulting deaths, deployed hundreds of soldiers to hunt down the raiders. But an official later said the security forces instead indiscriminately shot and killed civilians and burned down houses and shops and attacked a hospital, where four medical staff and a patient were killed.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 15, Syrian government aircraft hit targets in rebel-held areas near Damascus, in Aleppo, Homs and the city of Raqqa in the province by the same name along the Euphrates River.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, The Togolese government closed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the capital, Lome, following protests that rocked the tiny West Africa nation's education system last week. One student was fatally shot by security forces in the town of Dapaong.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, A Turkish court convicted Fazil Say (43), a top pianist and composer, of denigrating religion through his comments on Twitter. He was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence.
    (SFC, 4/16/13, p.A2)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.58)
2013        Apr 15, A UN report said opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has been increasing for a third year in a row.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 15, The United Nations Children's Fund said more than a quarter of children under the age of 5 worldwide are permanently "stunted" from malnutrition, leaving them physically and intellectually weak and representing a scandalous waste of human potential.
    (AP, 4/15/13)
2013        Apr 15, Venezuela’s National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting the official results in the disputed presidential election.
    (AP, 4/15/13)

2013        Apr 16, A letter was intercepted in Washington DC, postmarked from Memphis and mailed to Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker's office. It contained the toxic substance ricin, forcing the temporary closure of a Senate post office and prompting a federal investigation.
    (SFC, 4/18/13, p.A9)
2013        Apr 16, Rhode Island held a gun buy-back day and netted 186 firearms.
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.31)
2013        Apr 16, In Texas Kim Lene Williams, the wife of a former judge, was arrested. She confessed to being involved in the shooting deaths of  Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and one of his prosecutors, Mark Hasse.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 16, In Afghanistan insurgents ambushed a convoy of trucks in Wardak province, killing five members of a government guard force. 6 Afghan soldiers, two officers and four enlisted men, were shot to death on a main highway that crosses Jowzjan province.
    (AP, 4/16/13)(AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 16, Bahrain police raided a boys' high school in Manama and fired tear gas in clashes with students angry over the arrest of fellow student Hassan Humidan (17) the day before.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, Belgian police conducted searches at 46 locations over the recruitment of fighters to help rebels trying to overthrow Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, China's defense ministry made a thinly veiled attack on the United States for increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific by ramping up its military presence and alliances in the region.
    (Reuters, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, An Egyptian court sentenced policeman Osama el-Kounayassi to 15 years imprisonment for manslaughter for torturing an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim to death. The Salafi was arrested along with other suspects in the aftermath of the bombing on Jan 1, 2011, when at least 21 worshippers were killed while leaving a New Year's Eve mass in Alexandria.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, In Egypt gunmen opened fire on a security convoy in central Sinai, killing a police lieutenant and seriously injuring another policeman before fleeing.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, A European court blocked Britain from extraditing a mentally ill suspect accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that sending Haroon Aswat to a prison in the United States would breach his human rights due to the "severity of his mental condition." Aswat was arrested on a US warrant in 2005, and has been fighting extradition ever since.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, EU officials said that over 7,000 tests of food products across the EU have shown that nearly 5% of food labeled as beef contained horse meat.
    (SFC, 4/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 16, A 7.7 earthquake, described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century, flattened homes and offices on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border, killing at least 34 people in in a single village in Pakistan and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New Delhi.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, In Iraq  a car bomb went off targeting an army patrol north of Baghdad, killing 2 soldiers and wounding 7 people, 5 of them civilians. Another car bomb exploded near a car repair shops in Aziziyah town, killing 7 people with 20 wounded.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, A majority of Irish public sector workers rejected a new pay deal and warned the government against unilaterally cutting wages, giving it a headache as it seeks to exit an EU-IMF bailout later this year.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, Nigerian prosecutors filed criminal charges against journalists Tony Amokeodo and Chibuzo Ukaibe over a story they published on alleged plans by the nation's presidency to disrupt opposition parties. The charges are a sign of growing government pressure on the media.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, North Korea issued new threats against South Korea, vowing "sledge-hammer blows" of retaliation if South Korea did not apologize for anti-North Korean protests the previous day when the North was celebrating the birth of its founding leader.
    (Reuters, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, Pakistani judges disqualified Pervez Musharraf from running in the upcoming parliamentary election. The former military ruler recently returned from self-imposed exile to make a political comeback.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, In southwest Pakistan a bomb in Baluchistan province hit a convoy of vehicles carrying a candidate in the country's upcoming parliamentary election, killing three people and wounding seven others. In the northwest bomb targeting members of an anti-Taliban political party killed four people and wounded 20 in Peshawar.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, Syria's Pres. Assad slashed prison terms by three quarters for an unspecified number of rebels convicted as "terrorists," as rebels and troops fought fierce battles in the country's south and north.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the security situation in Central African Republic is deteriorating and expressed concern about "a wide range of alleged grave violations" including rape, torture, kidnappings and targeted killings.
    (AP, 4/16/13)
2013        Apr 16, Venezuela's chief prosecutor said that 7 people have been killed and 61 injured in widespread protests following presidential elections in which the opposition candidate is demanding a recount. Diosdado Cabello, speaker of the Natioanl Assembly, said legislators who do not recognize Maduro as president would not be allowed to speak.
    (AP, 4/16/13)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.40)

2013        Apr 17, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress that the Pentagon is sending about 200 soldiers from an Army headquarters unit to Jordan to assist efforts to contain violence along the Syrian border and plan for any operations needed to ensure the safety of chemical weapons in Syria.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 17, The US Senate voted 60-40 to defeat Sen. Diane Feinstein’s assault weapons ban.
    (SFC, 4/18/13, p.A12)
2013        Apr 17, US immigration officials returned Wilber Alfredo Valle-Guerra (aka Santos Lopez-Claudio) to El Salvador. Valle-Guerra (36), was arrested last November in Sunnyvale, Ca., for taking part in shootings that killed 2 people in Ilobasco, El Salvador, in Nov., 2006.
    (SSFC, 4/21/13, p.C12)
2013        Apr 17, FBI agents in Corinth, Ten., arrested Paul Kevin Curtis (45). He was accused of mailing letters containing ricin to Pres. Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mis). Curtis had claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy while working at a local hospital from 1998-2000, when he discovered a refrigerator full of dismembered body parts and organs in a morgue.
    (SFC, 4/18/13, p.A9)
2013        Apr 17, In Texas a fiery explosion hit the West Fertilizer Co. 12 first responders were killed along with 2 residents in an apartment building. A nursing home resident died during an evacuation. More than 200 people were injured in West, about 20 miles north of Waco. Damages to the area were later estimated at $100 million. The company had $1 million in liability insurance.
    (AP, 4/18/13)(SFC, 4/20/13, p.A6)(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A7)
2013        Apr 17, Scientists reported the decoding of the coelacanth genome, whose eggs hatch inside the mother’s body. Its 2.8 billion DNA units are about the same as the human genome.
    (SFC, 4/17/13, p.A10)
2013        Apr 17, In Afghanistan roadside bombs and insurgent attacks killed at least 18 people in four separate attacks across the country.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, In Argentina a judicial investigation was initiated on Lazaro Báez on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and cover-up. Baez (b.1956), a building tycoon with ties to Pres. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, had reportedly embezzled and laundered abroad some $65 million.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A1zaro_B%C3%A1ez)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.68)
2013        Apr 17, It was reported that some 700 Brazilian Indians were occupying part of the lower house of Congress to protest a proposed amendment that would give Congress a say in the demarcation of indigenous territory.
    (SFC, 4/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 17, Brazil’s police said they have arrested 3 men suspected of involvement in killings of homeless people in Goiania, Goias state.
    (SFC, 4/18/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 17, Brazil raised its base interest rate by .025 points to 7.5%.
    (Econ, 4/20/13, p.40)
2013        Apr 17, Britain's biggest retailer, Tesco, wrote down the value of its global operations by $3.5 billion (2.3 billion pounds) and announced plans to exit the United States, as it tries to rebuild after a year when profit fell for the first time in two decades.
    (Reuters, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, A Chinese factory fishing ship caught fire just off the coast of Antarctica and 97 crew members were rescued by a nearby Norwegian vessel as Chile's military mobilized to prevent any environmental damage.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 17, Militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula fired at least two rockets at Israel's southern resort town of Eilat. Nobody was hurt in the attack.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, In Greece 3 strawberry plantation foremen allegedly shot and injured 29 Bangladeshi laborers protesting late pay. Greek officials the next day promised "swift and exemplary" punishment for the suspects.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 17, In India a 5-year-old girl was found after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in New Delhi for two days. Manoj Kumar (24), who lived in the room where the girl was found, was arrested on April 20 in Muzaffarpur town, Bihar state. The girl remained in serious condition. Kumar led police to a 2nd suspect, Pradeep Kumar (19), who was arrested April 22.
    (AP, 4/20/13)(AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 17, Diplomats said technicians upgrading Iran's main uranium enrichment facility have tripled their installations of high-tech machines that could be used in a nuclear weapons program to more than 600 in the last three months.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, Iraq executed by hanging 21 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges and links to al-Qaida, setting off fresh criticism from an international human rights expert over Baghdad's insistence on carrying out capital punishment. 9 people were killed and 32 were wounded in four separate attacks in Baghdad and Anbar province.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, New Zealand lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading. New Zealand thus became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, Nigeria formed a panel that will create an amnesty program for Islamic extremists to try to quell a bloody guerrilla campaign of bombings and shootings that's killed hundreds of people across its north.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, A magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook Papua New Guinea's northern coast, sending residents fleeing for higher ground and items tumbling from shelves. There were no immediate reports of serious damage.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, In central Syria a government rocket attack killed at least 12 people in Eastern Buwaydah outside of Homs, while rebels battled regime forces over two key military bases in the northwest where government troops broke an opposition siege last week.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, In Russia  Alexei Navalny (36), the Kremlin's public enemy No.1., went on trial in Kirov on embezzlement charges but was granted an adjournment for more time to prepare. The web-savvy lawyer overcame a state-imposed national media blackout and minimal funds by exploiting his blog and Twitter account to reach hundreds of thousands of Russians.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, Senegal authorities charged Karim Wade (44), the son of former Pres. Abdoulaye Wade, with illicit enrichment, following a months-long investigation into how he amassed a fortune of over $1.3 billion.
    (SFC, 4/18/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 17, Venezuela's opposition watched its options dwindle after the head of the Supreme Court said there could be no recount of the razor-thin presidential election victory by Hugo Chavez's heir, leaving many government foes feeling the only chance at power is to wait for the ruling socialists to stumble.
    (AP, 4/17/13)
2013        Apr 17, In Yemen 2 US drone strikes killed at least five suspected al-Qaida militants and destroyed the house of one of them in a mountainous area south of Sanaa.
    (AP, 4/18/13)

2013        Apr 18, In Watertown, Mass., local police were involved in a car chase and shootout with 2 men identified by the FBI as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2 in the April 15 Boston bombings. MIT police officer, Sean Collier (26), was shot and later died.  
    (AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 18, The New York Public Service Commission approved a plan to build the Champlain Hudson transmission line, which will be capable of moving 1,000 megawatts of hydropower from Québec to New York City.
    (Reuters, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 18, In Montana Zaccary John Kern (21) and Robert Eric Bottenhagen (21) were arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide hours after 4 bodies were found in a burned-out mobile home near Billings.
    (SFC, 4/20/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 18, Authorities said a former Texas justice of the peace seeking revenge for a theft conviction that ended his judicial career carried out a plot with his wife to kill the men who prosecuted him. Eric Lyle Williams (46), and his wife, Kim Williams, were charged with capital murder in the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse.
    (SFC, 4/19/13, p.A7)
2013        Apr 18, Scientists reported the discovery of 2 newly-found Earth-like planets. The exoplanets were named Kepler62-e and Kepler62-f.
    (SFC, 4/19/13, p.A11)
2013        Apr 18, Scientists reported the discovery of a cache of dinosaur embryos in southern China. The bed of lufengosaurus bones dated to the early Jurassic, about 190-197 million years ago.
    (SFC, 4/19/13, p.D7)
2013        Apr 18, In Afghanistan insurgents shot and killed four laborers building a checkpoint for the Afghan army in Helmand province. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned that security was deteriorating across Afghanistan as militants flood the battlefield and conduct attacks in the spring fighting season of the nearly 12-year-old war.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 18, Four Britons were jailed for plotting al Qaeda inspired bombings across the country, including an attack on an army base using a remote-controlled toy car packed with explosives which they planned to drive under the gates. Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain, from Luton, north of London, had all pleaded guilty last month to preparing for acts of terrorism.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 18, Guinea security forces arrested the opposition's spokesman and another leader after firing tear gas to disperse protesters who had planned a demonstration against the June 30 date set for upcoming legislative elections.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 18, In Iraq a suicide bombing attack on a Baghdad cafe killed 36 people and wounded dozens. A car bomb exploded, killing three soldiers and wounding five others traveling in an army convoy in Mosul. Hours later, one policeman was killed and three others were wounded when gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in western Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/18/13)(AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 18, Irish company ABP Foods, at the center of a scandal in Europe over horsemeat in beef products, said it is leaving the frozen burger market after selling the factory where burgers containing horse DNA were first discovered.
    (Reuters, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 18, In Kenya a masked gunman believed to be a member of an al-Qaida-linked Somalia militant group stormed a hotel near the border with Somalia and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing nine people.
    (AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 18, In Nigeria fighting erupted between security forces and Boko Haram extremists in the northeastern fishing town of Baga.
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.47)
2013        Apr 18, North Korea demanded the lifting of UN sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks meant to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 18, Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his bodyguards pushed past policemen and sped away from court in the country's capital to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case accusing him of detaining senior judges while in power.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 18, South Africa said 232 rhino had been illegally killed so far this year, 70% of them in Kruger National Park. Poachers killed 668 rhinos in South Africa in 2012, a 50% increase over the previous year.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 18, Syrian rebels took control of the entire Dabaa military complex  in Homs province. Government forces captured the town of Abel, cutting the road between Homs and Qusair. Gunmen killed Ali Balan, head of public relations at the Ministry of Social Affairs and a member of Syria's relief agency, in a Damascus restaurant. The state-run SANA news agency reported that government troops shot down an air balloon that carried what it described as "American cameras" over the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province.
    (AP, 4/18/13)(AP, 4/19/13)(SFC, 4/20/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 18, The United Arab Emirates said that authorities have arrested seven suspected members of terrorist cell linked to al-Qaida that allegedly planned to carry out operations in the country and the region.
    (AP, 4/18/13)
2013        Apr 18, Venezuelan  officials, in a surprise announcement, said they will accept an audit of the disputed vote that handed a narrow margin of victory to the heir of late President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 18, Yemenis in a symbolic move began to dismantle protest tent camp in the capital, Sanaa, and other cities across the country, declaring the end of their revolution.
    (AP, 4/18/13)

2013        Apr 19, The US's annual global human rights report was issued by the State Department. It said China had imposed new registration requirements to prevent groups from emerging that might challenge government authority.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 19, Federal agents swarmed Watertown, Mass., after local police were involved in a car chase and shootout with 2 men identified by the FBI as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2 in the April 15 Boston bombings. The shootout occurred after a gunfight erupted near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Suspect 1, identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26), was killed in the shootout. Suspect 2, identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (19), a second-year student, was wounded but escaped. He was soon found hiding under a boat tarp in a neighborhood backyard. The brothers' family was originally from Chechnya.
    (AP, 4/19/13)(AP, 4/20/13)
2013        Apr 19, A fishing boat owned by a Louisiana sea food company sank off the Texas Gulf Coast after it was hit by a freak wave. 4 fishermen were lost and one was rescued.
    (SFC, 4/22/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 19, At the US Guantanamo Bay detention facility the number of detainees deemed on a hunger strike increased from 52 to 63 out of a total of 166.
    (SFC, 4/20/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 19, The Boy Scouts of America proposed lifting a ban on gay scouts but maintaining a prohibition on gay adults from leading troops.
    (Reuters, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 19, Floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River and other Midwestern rivers following days of torrential rains. In Quiincy, Ill., the river rose nearly 10 feet in 36 hours. Two flood related deaths were in Indiana, a 3rd in Missouri.
    (SFC, 4/20/13, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/21/13, p.A9)(SFC, 4/22/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 19, David Rubenstein, co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, announced his donation of $10 million to help visitors see the full plantation of Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, Va.
    (SSFC, 4/21/13, p.A9)
2013        Apr 19, Kenneth Appel (80), American mathematician of maps, died. In 1976 he and Wolfgang Haken used computer power to prove that four colors were sufficient to ensure that no adjacent countries on a map would be the same color.
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.90)
2013        Apr 19, Al Neuharth (b.1924), founder of USA Today (1982), died in Cocoa Beach, Fl.
    (SFC, 4/20/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 19, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked a local police checkpoint in Andar, a district of Ghazni province, killing 13 officers.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 19, Britain's credit standing took a further blow when Fitch Ratings became the second major international agency to strip the country of its top-notch credit rating.
    (Reuters, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 19, In Egypt thousands of supporters of Islamist Pres. Morsi took to the streets of Cairo, calling on him to "cleanse the judiciary."
    (AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 19, In Georgia some 10,000 supporters of embattled pro-Western President Mikhail Saakashvili gathered for a rally testing their strength ahead of October's presidential vote.
    (AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 19, In Iraq mortar fire and bombs targeting worshippers killed 9 people and wounded 29 others in two attacks north of Baghdad shortly after noon prayers. The dead included 7 in Khalis and 2 in Kirkuk. An Iraqi soldier was killed in Hawija.
    (AP, 4/19/13)(Econ, 4/27/13, p.46)
2013        Apr 19, In Jordan about 100 Syrian refugees threw stones at Jordanian police for preventing some of them from sneaking out of their desert camp.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 19, Kosovo and Serbia reached a potentially historic agreement to normalize relations between the Balkan neighbors, end years of acrimony and put them both on a solid path to EU membership.
    (AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 19, Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was arrested overnight in Islamabad in a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power. Musharraf criticized allegations against him as "politically motivated."
    (AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 19, Poland inaugurated its new $100 million Museum of the History of Polish Jews in the heart of the former Warsaw ghetto.
    (SFC, 4/19/13, p.A3)
2013        Apr 19, Syrian regime troops and rebels fought fierce battles near the Lebanese border.
    (AP, 4/19/13)
2013        Apr 19, Venezuela held inauguration ceremonies for President Nicolas Maduro. Massive crowds that used to pack the streets for late leader Hugo Chavez failed to appear.
    (AP, 4/19/13)

2013        Apr 20, In San Francisco some 10-15 thousand people gathered at Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill for the annual “420" unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia. They left some 10,000 pounds of garbage for cleanup.
    (SFC, 4/22/13, p.A1)
2013        Apr 20, In Colorado an estimated 80,000 individuals gathered in Denver’s Civic Center Park the as they celebrated a state voters’ decision to legalize the recreational use of cannabis last November. Gunshots were heard less than an hour after the rally's keynote address completed. 2 individuals were wounded.
    (SFC, 4/22/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 20, In Colorado an avalanche near Loveland Pass killed 5 backcountry enthusiasts.
    (SFC, 4/22/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 20, Florida filed a lawsuit in Panama City against BP and Halliburton over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
    (SSFC, 4/21/13, p.A9)
2013        Apr 20, In Pennsylvania Dr. Autumn Klein (41) died after falling ill at home. A coroner later found cyanide in her system. On July 25 her husband, Univ. of Penn. researcher Dr. Robert Ferrante, was arrested on charges that he had poisoned her. On Nov 7, 2014, Ferrante (66) was convicted of 1st degree murder. On Feb 4, 2015, Ferrante was sentenced to mandatory life in prison.
    (SFC, 7/26/13, p.A7)(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A5)(SFC, 2/5/15, p.A5)
2013        Apr 20, Bahrain authorities foiled possible attacks one day before the kingdom's Formula One race.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 20, In Zedelgem, Belgium, fleeing robbers panicked and threw a cracked safe out the window sending some $1 million euros into the air. Inhabitants of the area were urged to return the money.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        Apr 20, In China a powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of Lushan county, Sichuan province, leaving at least 188 people dead and more than 11,000 injured.
    (AP, 4/21/13)(AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 20, Iraqis braved the fear of violence to vote in the first election since the US military withdrawal. Officials have delayed voting in two largely Sunni provinces, Anbar and Ninevah, where large anti-government protests have been held, citing security concerns. The largely autonomous northern Kurdish region will hold local elections in September. Voters are also not balloting in the ethnically disputed and oil-rich province of Kirkuk, which has not had a chance to elect local officials since 2005 because residents cannot agree on a power-sharing formula there.
    (AP, 4/20/13)
2013        Apr 20, Italy's Parliament re-elected Giorgio Napolitano to an unprecedented second term as president, after party leaders persuaded the 87-year-old to serve again in hopes of easing the hostility that has thwarted formation of a new government.
    (AP, 4/20/13)
2013        Apr 20, On the Lebanese side of the Syrian border, schools were evacuated in the mostly Shiite villages of al-Qasr, Bouweydah and Hawch amid fears that Syria's rebels could target the residents.
    (AP, 4/20/13)
2013        Apr 20, In Montenegro more than 5,000 opposition supporters rallied claiming their leader was cheated of victory in the April 7 presidential ballot. The opposition claimed their candidate Miodrag Lekic was robbed.
    (AP, 4/20/13)
2013        Apr 20, Police in Nicaragua detained Eric Justin Toth, a former US school teacher, who was on the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 20, Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was ordered held for two weeks until the next hearing in a case related to his 2007 decision to sack and detain several judges. A suspected suicide bomber targeted security forces outside the main gate of a hospital in Khar, in the Bajur tribal region. Four people died in the blast.
    (AP, 4/20/13)
2013        Apr 20, Syrian troops backed by pro-government gunmen advanced during battles with rebels in a strategic area in Homs province near the Lebanese border. SANA said government troops gained control of four key villages in Homs province: Qadesh, Mansourieh, Saadiyeh and Radwaniyeh. 6 rebels were reported killed in the fighting. SANA said a shell fell outside a sports club in Aleppo killing two children.
    (AP, 4/20/13)

2013        Apr 21, The US said that it will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria's opposition as the rebels' top supporters vowed to enhance and expand their backing of the 2-year battle to oust President Assad's regime.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, Stephen A. Schwarzman, founder of the private equity firm Blackstone, said he would give $100 million as a personal gift and raise another $200 million to endow the Schwarzman Scholars program at Beijing's Tsinghua University.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, In Federal Way, Washington, Dennis Clark III (28) killed his live-in girlfriend at an apartment complex and then fatally shot 3 other men. Clark was shot by police and died at the scene.
    (SFC, 4/23/13, p.A3)
2013        Apr 21, In Afghanistan insurgents shot 6 police officers dead at a checkpoint in Ghazni province. A suicide bomber killed 3 civilians at a shopping bazaar in Paktika province. Among the dead was Asanullah Sadat, who stepped down as the district's governor two years ago.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, In eastern Afghanistan a Turkish civilian helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of Logar province. Insurgents took all 11 people aboard the aircraft hostage, including 8 Turks, one Afghan translator and 2 foreign pilots. Four of the Turks were freed on May 12.
    (AP, 4/22/13)(AP, 5/13/13)
2013        Apr 21, China slammed the human rights record of the US in response to Washington's April 19 report on rights around the world, saying that US military operations have infringed on rights abroad and that political donations at home have thwarted the country's democracy.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, The Chinese factory fishing ship Kai Xin, that burned last week off Antarctica, sank without anyone on board.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 21, Egypt's state news agency says that a government legal agency representing President Mohammed Morsi has lost an appeal to reverse a court-ordered suspension of parliamentary elections. Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki submitted his resignation, in a move that signaled strong disapproval of the president's handling of a prolonged showdown with the country's judiciary.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, In Egypt a provincial prosecutor ordered a man flogged 80 times for public drunkenness. Police officers in the southern province of Minya refused to carry out the order. The country's top attorney soon ordered Hussein Anani's decision cancelled and referred him to a judicial investigation.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 21, In France tens of thousands of demonstrators took to sunny Paris boulevards to protest the expected passage this week of a bill legalizing gay marriage.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, Iraqi election monitors reported multiple irregularities in the country's first provincial vote since US troops left, but were unclear as to whether results would be affected. A bomb went off in a popular kebab shop in Fallujah, killing eight and wounding 25.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, A Jordanian security official said police have arrested eight Syrians on suspicion of inciting riots at a refugee camp near the Jordan-Syria border.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, Libyan military officers demanded the dismissal of Maj. Gen. Youssef al-Mangoush, the army chief of staff, pledging to go on strike if he is not replaced. They gave the government 10 days to comply with their demands, threatening to walk away from their posts.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 21, Nigerian oficials said fighting between the military and Boko Haram Islamic extremists killed at least 185 people in Baga, a fishing community in the nation's far northeast. An attack that began April 19 saw insurgents fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers spray machine-gun fire into neighborhoods filled with civilians. A day later the Red Cross said 187 people had been killed.
    (AP, 4/21/13)(AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 21, In Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a meeting of the ANP in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 16 people.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 21, Paraguay held presidential elections to replace Federico Franco, who served out Fernando Lugo's term and is not eligible to seek a new one. Tobacco magnate Horacio Cartes of the Colorado Party was elected with 46% of the vote, returning the conservative Colorado Party to the presidency. Sen. Efrain Alegre of Franco's Liberal Party won 37%.
    (AP, 4/21/13)   
2013        Apr 21, A South Korean news agency reported that North Korea has moved two short-range missile launchers to its east coast, apparently indicating it is pushing ahead with preparations for a test launch.
    (Reuters, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, Syrian troops backed by pro-government gunmen pounded rebel-held areas near the Lebanese border. In Idlib province at least 5 people, including children, were killed in an airstrike on a village school.
    (AP, 4/21/13)
2013        Apr 21, In Syria over 1,000 people were killed by sarin gas in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. The government denied responsibility.
    (Econ, 4/26/14, p.46)
2013        Apr 21, In Yemen  a US drone strike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants east of Sanaa. A few hours later al-Qaida fighters attacked a military checkpoint in the same area, killing two soldiers. A militant was killed in the shootout.
    (AP, 4/21/13)

2013        Apr 22, US prosecutors charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombings in an impromptu hearing in his hospital room, accusing him of crimes that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted. Sixteen hours after investigators began interrogating him, Tsarnaev went silent: He'd just been read his constitutional rights.
    (Reuters, 4/22/13)(AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 22, A US federal judge ruled that the government must release the names of Latin American military leaders it has trained at the installation formerly known as the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. The facility is now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Names were released from 1994, but disclosure ended in 2004 under Pres. George W. Bush.
    (SFC, 4/24/13, p.E1)
2013        Apr 22, A new San Francisco company called the Minerva Project announced that it will issue an annual $500,000 prize to one autstanding higher education faculty member whose innovations have led to extraordinary student learning experiences.
    (SFC, 4/23/13, p.C1)
2013        Apr 22, As Nevada legislators emotionally debated a move toward same-sex marriage, Sen. Kelvin Atkinson rose to his feet and declared, "I'm gay." Atkinson says that he quickly picked up hundreds of new friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 22, A West Virginia teenager (14) returned to class wearing the same National Rifle Association T-shirt that led to his suspension and arrest after he refused a teacher's order last week to remove it.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 22, Richie Havens (72), American folk singer and guitarist, died at his home in New Jersey. He was the first performer at the 1969 Woodstock festival and over his career released over 25 albums.
    (SFC, 4/23/13, p.C4)
2013        Apr 22, The British government said it will proceed with selling some or all of its 33 percent stake in uranium enrichment company Urenco. Three countries hold equal stakes in the world's second-largest nuclear fuel vendor - the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, whose stake is held by utilities E.ON and RWE.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 22, In Canada Chiheb Esseghaier (30) of Montreal and Raed Jaser (35) were arrested and charged by police with plotting an attack on a Toronto-area passenger train.
    (Reuters, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 22, Many of Iraq's Sunnis held a day of civil disobedience to protest the Shiite-led government's policies they perceive as being discriminatory against their minority.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 22, In Kuwait Musallam al-Barrack, a former parliament member, was granted bail while he appeals the conviction and a five-year sentence for a speech considered insulting to the Gulf nation's emir.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 22, In New Zealand rain continued to fall in a downpour that has lasted three days over much of the country. Farmers were relieved that the deluge has ended the country's most widespread drought in 30 years.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 22, The Nigerian Communications Commission started a number exchange between the country's four main carriers, allowing customers to keep their number and switch carriers every 90 days for free.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 22, Pakistan's caretaker government told the Supreme Court it will not file treason charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf but will leave the decision on that to the winner of the upcoming election.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 22, In southwest Russia Sergei Pomazun (32) opened fire outside a department store in Belgorod, killing five people immediately, including a girl (16). Another girl (14) died in hospital. The man opened fire while he tried to rob a hunting store. Pomazun was captured on April 23 as he tried to leave on a freight train.
    (AP, 4/22/13)(SFC, 4/24/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 22, The Serbian government approved a landmark agreement to normalize relations with breakaway Kosovo, but thousands of Kosovo Serb demonstrators — chanting "Treason, Treason" — rejected the deal.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 22, Syrian activists said 6 days of fighting in a Damascus suburb has killed more than a hundred people and possibly many more. Most of the victims were killed in Jdaidet Artouz. 2 bombings targeted an army checkpoint and a military post in a third Damascus suburb, Mleiha, killing eight soldiers there.
    (AP, 4/22/13)
2013        Apr 22, In Syria Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church were abducted as they traveled from the Turkish border to Aleppo. Their driver was killed.
    (AP, 4/23/13)(AP, 8/3/13)

2013        Apr 23, Paul Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man charged with sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a US senator and a state judge, was released from jail. The reason for the release wasn't immediately clear. Focus shifted to Everett Dutschke, a longtime foe of Curtis in Tupelo.
    (AP, 4/24/13)(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 23, Apple Corp. said it will return $55 billion in cash to its shareholders. It also boosted its quarterly dividend and alloted more cash for buybacks.
    (SFC, 4/24/13, p.D1)
2013        Apr 23, A fake tweet asserted that explosions at the White House had injured Pres. Obama. For 43 minutes prices stock exchanges tumbled in what came to be called the first Twitter crash. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army took credit.
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.68)
2013        Apr 23, Afghan and coalition forces killed 6 insurgents during a joint operation in Tagab district of Kapisa province. 7 others were killed in a separate operation run by Afghan security forces in the Hisarak district of Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 23, In Afghanistan 20 people died in flooding in Balkh province.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 23, Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, reportedly died in Pakistan. His death was only made public in July 2015. Pakistan's defense minister later insisted that Mullah Omar died in Afghanistan and was buried there. On Sep 13, 2015, Omar’s eldest son confirmed that Omar had died in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 7/29/15)(Reuters, 7/30/15)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A2)(AP, 8/7/15)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.78)
2013        Apr 23, Australian police arrested a man they say is affiliated with international hacking collective Lulz Security on a charge of attacking and defacing a government website.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, Australia's competition regulator approved the takeover by Virgin Australia of budget rival Tiger Airways Australia.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, In Bangladesh Rana Plaza owner Mohammed Sohel Rana called engineer Abdur Razzak Khan to inspect an 8-story building after it developed cracks. That night Khan appeared on a private television station saying that after his inspection he told Rana to evacuate the building because it was not safe. The next day garment factory managers told their workers to go inside.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        Apr 23, The people of Bhutan voted in the nation's second parliamentary election. The People’s Democratic Party, led by Tshering Tobgay, won 32 of 47 seats in the National Assembly as opposed to 15 seats for the ruling Peace and Prosperity Party.
    (AP, 4/23/13)(SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 23, Chinese marine surveillance vessels drove away Japanese nationalists who had entered the waters of the Diaoyu Islands.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 23, In China Jia Jiuxiang, vice president of the Sanmenxia City Intermediate People's Court in Henan province, died under mysterious circumstances, his body bruised after 11 days in the custody of anti-graft investigators of the ruling Communist Party.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 23, In northwestern China a violent clash between authorities and assailants described as a terrorist gang left 21 people dead near Kashgar, Xinjiang province. Local sources said that police sparked the incident by shooting a Uighur youth during an illegal search of homes.
    (AP, 4/24/13)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.45)
2013        Apr 23, In Egypt Fuad Gadallah, the most senior legal advisor to Pres. Morse, resigned, issuing a public letter that cited a lack of vision.
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.52)
2013        Apr 23, Egypt's state news agency reported that former finance minister Yousef Boutros-Ghali, a nephew of former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, was found guilty in absentia of squandering around $3.6 million during his final years in the post.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, France legalized gay marriage after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation's heartland and triggered huge protests that tapped into deep discontent with the Socialist government.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, Amnesty International said Haiti has violated international human rights obligations by failing to protect people who have been forced to leave the impromptu settlements that sprang up in the Caribbean nation after the 2010 earthquake.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, Iraqi security forces backed by helicopters raided a Sunni protest camp before dawn, prompting clashes that left at least 56 people dead in the former insurgent stronghold of Hawija. Abdul-Karim Al-Sammarraie, the minister of science and technology, and Mohammed Tamim, the Minister of Education, submitted their resignations in the wake of the killings in Hawija. 3 soldiers were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 4/23/13)(AP, 4/24/13)(AP, 4/25/13)(Econ, 4/27/13, p.46)
2013        Apr 23, Israel and Palestine agreed to renewed involvement by UNESCO in the Old City of Jerusalem.
    (SFC, 4/24/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 23, In Libya a car bomb targeted the French Embassy in Tripoli, wounding two French guards and a Libyan teenager.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, Myanmar's president pardoned 93 prisoners, including at least 59 political detainees, a day after the EU lifted sanctions against it.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, A Dutch court sentenced diplomat Raymond Poeteray (61) to 12 years in prison for delivering confidential NATO and European Union documents to Russian agents. He was arrested in March 2012 in connection with a German investigation.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, In Pakistan car bomb aimed at a Shiite politician in Quetta missed him but killed four other people. Hours earlier police had defused an explosives-laden vehicle near the house outside Islamabad where ex-leader Pervez Musharraf was being held.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi (33), who refused food for eight months, ended his hunger strike after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities for his early release. Issawi was sentenced in 2002 to 26 years in prison for his role in a series of shooting attacks targeting police cars and students at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, Spanish police were reported to have arrested two suspected members of al-Qaida's North African branch. Nou Mediouni (23), an Algerian, was arrested in Zaragoza, while Hassan El Jaaouani (52), a Moroccan, was arrested in Murcia. Neither was known to possess any explosives nor be planning any attack.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, Two Syrian rockets struck Lebanon, causing material damage and heightening tensions between Lebanese Shiite and Sunni communities over neighboring Syria's civil war.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni faced criticism from anti-corruption activists for donating a sack loaded with $100,000 in cash at a political rally.
    (AP, 4/23/13)
2013        Apr 23, It was reported that the authrities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches warning of possible fines for revealing swimwear.
    (SFC, 4/23/13, p.A2)
 2013        Apr 23, A Yemeni court sentenced 11 al-Qaida militants to up to 10 years in prison for forming armed gangs to destabilize the country and planning attacks on foreign embassies as well as army and security forces.
    (AP, 4/23/13)

2013        Apr 24, Robert Shearer (68), a former San Francisco State Univ. official, was charged with 128 felonies for allegedly taking bribes for a waste-disposal contract that ultimately cost the university millions in additional dollars. Stephen Cheung (47) of Chemical Hazardous Material Technology was charged with 118 felonies, including commercial bribery.
    (SFC, 4/25/13, p.A7)
2013        Apr 24, In Illinois Rick O. Smith, the nephew of a small-town mayor, shot and killed 5 people in a Manchester home before he was shot and killed in a chase by police.
    (SFC, 4/25/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 24, In a new study scientists reported that some bacteria and other microbes from the gut turn lecithin - a nutrient in egg yolks, liver, beef, pork and wheat germ - into an artery-clogging compound called TMAO (trimethylamine-N-oxide). They also found that blood levels of TMAO predict heart attack, stroke or death, and do so "independent of other risk factors."
    (Reuters, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, In Afghanistan an insurgent shot and killed an Afghan police officer who was guarding a girls' primary school in Ghazni city. A roadside bomb in Ghazni province hit a convoy of Afghan police cars and trucks carrying supplies south toward Kandahar, killing two policemen.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 24, In Afghanistan 18 people were killed by the earthquake that struck Nangarhar and Kunar provinces.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 24, In Bangladesh the 8-story Rana Plaza building, housing five garment factories, collapsed in the Dhaka suburb of Savar. More than 2,500 people were rescued alive. By May 9 the death toll reached 948. The building was designed in 2004 as a shopping mall and not for any industrial purpose. Three of the floors were built illegally. The final death toll reached 1,129. This was likely the worst garment-factory accident ever. At least 322 people remained missing. On June 1, 2015, police filed murder charges against 41 people accused of involvement.
    (Reuters, 4/25/13)(AP, 4/30/13)(AP, 5/1/13)(AP, 5/2/13)(AP, 5/9/13)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.42)(AP, 6/19/13)(AP, 7/5/13)(SFC, 6/2/15, p.A4)
2013        Apr 24, Britain sought to inject new life into the country's stagnant economy by giving banks greater incentives to lend to small and medium-sized firms which complain they are starved of credit.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, The Czech Republic said it plans to donate 4 million koruna (some $200,000) to help the Texas town of West recover from a devastating fertilizer plant explosion. The government decided to the provide aid in solidarity because a significant number of people in the town of 2,700 have Czech roots.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, Egypt's Islamist-led parliament pushed ahead with a law that could force into retirement many of the nation's most senior judges, despite an uproar by the judiciary over fears the president's allies want to control the courts.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, Wikileaks said it has secured a victory in Iceland’s Supreme Court against the financial blockade imposed by Visa and Master Card on donations for the secret-spilling site.
    (SFC, 4/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 24, In the message to its Iranian retailers, Samsung said that it cannot provide access to the store, known as Samsung Apps, in Iran because of "legal barriers," effective May 22. It apologized to customers in emailed statement. The move was seen as part of international sanctions on the country over its disputed nuclear program.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 24, In Iraq clashes erupted between the Iraqi army and armed Sunni tribesmen who sealed off two central Iraqi towns, leaving 38 dead. Security forces killed 3 gunmen who attacked a checkpoint in the country's north amid escalating Sunni-Shiite tensions. 10 gunmen and 4 police officers were killed in clashes in Mosul, and 12 policemen were wounded. Police reported fierce clashes in Suleiman Beg with 4 soldiers and 12 others killed, including some gunmen.
    (AP, 4/24/13)(AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 24, Israel's attorney general upheld a practice to allow security personnel to read people's email accounts when they arrive at the airport, arguing it prevents militants from entering the country.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, Italy’s Pres. Giorgio Napolitano nominated Enrico Letta, the deputy head of the Democratic Party, as prime minister.
    (SFC, 4/25/13, p.A3)
2013        Apr 24, In northern Lebanon a grenade, left behind from the 2007 fighting in a Palestinian refugee camp exploded and wounded seven schoolchildren.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, Lebanon's leading caricaturist Pierre Sadek (76), died. He was famous for his decades of work poking fun at politicians.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, In Liberia at least three were killed and more than 10 feared trapped under the rubble of a building that was gutted by fire and came down in the Waterside commercial district of Monrovia.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 24, In Mexico the hacked-up bodies of photojournalist Daniel Martinez Bazaldua (22) and  Julian Zamora (23) were found in the northern city of Saltillo. A hand-lettered message appeared to indicate the Zetas were responsible for the killings.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 24, A Dutch court ordered Hans van Anraat, convicted of selling Saddam Hussein raw materials for mustard gas, to pay compensation to victims of chemical weapon attacks by the late Iraqi dictator's regime. The landmark ruling was largely symbolic for the 16 survivors as the businessman is serving a prison sentence for selling the chemicals and is believed to be destitute.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, In northeastern Nigeria at least 7 people were killed in a shootout between soldiers and Islamic extremists in the fishing village of Gashua in Yobe state. Another attack killed four people in Bama.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 24, A Pakistani court rejected bail for ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case connected to the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
    (AP, 4/24/13)
2013        Apr 24, In Syria the minaret of the famed Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo was destroyed. Government and rebel forces blamed each other. Two mortar shells slammed into a Damascus suburb, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens. Government troops captured Otaybah, a strategic town near Damascus, cutting an arms route for rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime.
    (AP, 4/24/13)(AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 24, Venezuelan authorities arrested Timothy Tracy (35), a filmmaker from California, accusing him of fomenting postelection violence on behalf of the US government. Tracy was formally charged on April 27. Officials accused him of paying right-wing groups to foment postelection unrest on behalf of US intelligence. Tracy was released and returned to the US on June 5.
    (AP, 4/25/13)(AP, 4/27/13)(AP, 6/5/13)

2013        Apr 25, The George W. Bush presidential library was dedicated in Dallas, Texas.
    (SFC, 4/26/13, p.A16)
2013        Apr 25, The US Justice Dept. announced charges against Marta Rita Velazquez involving her role in recruiting Ana Belen Montes, a friend and colleague, to spy for the Cuban Intelligence Service in 1984.
    (SFC, 4/26/13, p.A15)
2013        Apr 25, A 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of only 5 known to exist, was sold for $3.17 million at an auction in Chicago. It was minted in 1912 in Philadelphia with the year 1913 cast on its face. A set of 5 was broken up in 1942.
    (SFC, 4/27/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 25, An Oregon federal judge ruled that the practice of limiting inmates’ mail to postcards in unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 25, Texas executed Richard Cobb (29) for shooting Kenneth Vandever, one of three people abducted during a convenience store robbery on Sep 2, 2002. Two women were also shot and one was raped.
    (SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 25, The US military said 94 men are on the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, up two from a day earlier.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, Argentina's congress passed new limits on judicial independence, key parts of a package of laws the government promised will "democratize" the country's courts. Opponents said private property will be much more difficult to protect and President Cristina Fernandez and her appointees will have free reign to govern without court interference.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, Britain’s Ministry of Defense announced that a new drone-operating squadron had begun operating from RAF Waddington in eastern England.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 25, Richard Dart (30), a white Briton who was the subject of a 2011 documentary detailing his conversion to radical Islam, was jailed on terrorism charges on the strength of evidence gleaned from fragments of deleted text recovered from a laptop.
    (Reuters, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, Central African Republic (CAR) local residents said at least 40 elephants have been slain at Dzanga-Sangha since the rebels took power on March 24.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 25, Chilean police arrested four people accused of burning a baby alive in a ritual because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the antichrist. The 3-day-old baby was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso on Nov. 21 and was thrown into a bonfire. The 12-member sect was formed in 2005 and was led by Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete (36), who remained at large.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, Guinea-Bissau sentenced army captain Pansau Ntchama to serve five years in prison after being found guilty of treason and using illegal weapons while leading a failed coup last year.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, In Haiti Richard Joyal (62), a Catholic missionary from Manitoba, Canada, was shot to death as he left a bank in Port-au-Prince.
    (Reuters, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, In Iraq gunmen took over Suleiman Beg, a Sunni town north of Baghdad, after a firefight with security forces. Fighting since April 23 in Sunni towns in western and northern Iraq have left more than 100 people dead in clashes and other violence.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, Israel shot down a drone as it approached its northern coast from neighboring Lebanon, raising suspicions that the Hezbollah militant group was behind the infiltration attempt.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, Israel's army said that it would soon halt its use of white phosphorus shells after years of international criticism for using the incendiary munitions in crowded Palestinian areas.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, A pro-Kurdish news agency said Kurdish rebels will start withdrawing thousands of guerrilla fighters from Turkey on May 8 and retreat across the border to northern Iraq, in an important milestone toward ending the nearly three-decade old insurgency that has cost tens of thousands of lives.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, The Malian military says it has expelled French journalist Dorothee Thienot from Gao in northern Mali. She had documented civilian deaths blamed on Malian soldiers.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, Pirates off of Nigeria attacked the German-operated “City of Xiamen" container ship. The ship’s 5 Pole and Russian crew members were released on May 11.
    (http://gcaptain.com/nigerian-pirates-release-city-of-xiamen-crew/)
2013        Apr 25, In Karachi, Pakistan, a bomb exploded outside an election office of  the Muttahida Quami Movement, one of the main political parties, killing 5 people in the latest attack ahead of the nation's May 11 elections.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 25, In the southern Philippines gunmen attacked a truck carrying a mayor and his supporters and killed 13 people including his daughter in Lanao del Norte province. Nunungan Mayor Abdul Manamparan and nine others were wounded in the country's worst violence in campaigning for May elections.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 25, Rwanda issued its first Eurobond. The ten-year $400m issue was more than 8 times oversubscribed.
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.74)(http://tinyurl.com/o76lxbr)
2013        Apr 25, In Somalia Omar Hammami, a most-wanted American jihadi fropm Alabama, was wounded in an assassination attempt.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 25, South Africa's parliament passed a bill designed to protect state secrets despite the concerns of some activists who fear it could undermine the country's young democracy.
    (AP, 4/25/13)
2013        Apr 25, Spanish agents arrested a Dutch citizen, identified as S.K. (35), for using a vehicle to hack into networks. He was accused of attacking the Swiss-British antispam watchdog group Spamhaus.
    (SFC, 4/29/13, p.A3)
2013        Apr 25, The UN Security Council authorized the deployment of a 12,600 member peacekeeping force to Mali.
    (AP, 4/26/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.44)
2013        Apr 25, Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced that his movement will boycott an audit of election results and push the government to hold a new presidential ballot.
    (AP, 4/25/13)

2013        Apr 26, Mohamed Mamdouh, an American citizen of Moroccan descent, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for plotting to blow up NYC synagogues. Mamdouh and co-defendant Ahmed Ferhani had been arrested in a police sting.
    (SFC, 4/27/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 26, George Jones (b.1931), American country singer, died in Nashville. His first big hit was “Why Baby Why" (1955).
    (SFC, 4/27/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 26, In southern Afghanistan a bus collided with the wreckage of a truck that had been attacked by Taliban insurgents, killing 45 people aboard the bus in a fiery crash.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Australia billionaire Clive Palmer announced the formation of the United Australia Party to back his move to run for prime minister.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 26, It was reported that  Bosnian police have searched the office of the presidency and other government buildings as part of an investigation into corruption among top public officials.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Irfan Naseer, the ringleader of an al-Qaida-inspired plot to detonate knapsack bombs in England was sentenced in London to at least 18 years in jail.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, British celebrity publicist Max Clifford (70) was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault, including on two underage girls. He was arrested in December as part of an investigation into sex crime allegations against the late Jimmy Savile.
    (Reuters, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Canada a dispute began at the Edmonton Remand Center after a correctional worker was suspended for complaining about safety issues. Employees at 7 prisons in Alberta followed with strikes to protest the suspension.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 26, In Canada Royal Dutch Shell Plc's Shell issued an alert for a hazardous materials leak at its 75,000 barrel-per-day Corunna refinery in Sarnia, Ontario. 3 workers at the refinery were sent to hospital following a hydrogen sulfide leak.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed that his country will keep 1,000 of its troops in Mali to fight radical Islamic militants even after the arrival later this year of more than 12,000 UN peacekeepers.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In central India a portion of the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital collapsed and up to 15 people were feared trapped in the debris in Bhopal.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Iraqi soldiers backed by tanks retook control of  Suleiman Beg, a Sunni town north of Baghdad, after gunmen withdrew without a fight. A bomb blast hit Sunni worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in western Baghdad, killing 5 worshippers and wounding 22 others. Minutes later, a Sunni was killed and six others were wounded after bomb struck Sunnis near a mosque in the Rashidiyah area.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Libya a militiaman was killed when armed men attacked the headquarters of his pro-government group, Uqba ibn Nafi, in the eastern city of Darnah.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Pakistan a bomb planted on a motorbike near the Awami National Party office in karachi killed 9 people, including four children. 24 other people were wounded.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Russian police and security agents detained 140 people at a mosque in Moscow on suspicion of involvement with Islamic extremism.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Russia a fire swept through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow, killing 38 people, some of them sedated and in their beds.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Seoul said that it has decided to withdraw the roughly 175 South Koreans still at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising a major question about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Serbian lawmakers overwhelmingly supported an agreement normalizing relations with breakaway Kosovo.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, The US-based watchdog group Resolve said fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony recently found safe haven in territory controlled by Sudan, accusing the Sudanese military of offering aid to commanders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).   
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, Two Syrian officials denied that government forces had used chemical weapons against rebels, Damascus' first response to US assertions that it had. Government troops pushed into two northern neighborhoods, triggering heavy fighting with rebels as they tried to advance under air and artillery support.
    (AP, 4/26/13)

2013        Apr 27, The US military said that 100 of 166 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have joined the hunger strike. 19 were receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal tube to prevent dangerous weight loss. Lawyers put the number of hunger strikers at 130.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.27)
2013        Apr 27, The FBI arrested Everett Dutschke (41) at his Tupelo, Miss., home in connection with poisoned letters sent to the president and others.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, In California Leila Fowler (8) was stabbed to death near her home in Calaveras County. On May 11 police arrested her brother (12) as a suspect in the murder. The boy had blamed an intruder.
    (SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A9)
2013        Apr 27, In Kentucky Rosemarie Smead (70), former Carmelite nun, was ordained a priest as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority. The modern woman priest movement started in Austria in 2002, when seven women were ordained by the Danube River by an independent Catholic bishop.
    (Reuters, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, NASA telescopes recorded a massive, record-setting gamma ray burst, indicating the death of a star and the formation of a black hole, 3.7 billion light-years away.
    (SFC, 11/22/13, p.A18)
2013        Apr 27, In Afghanistan a coalition MC-12 Liberty aircraft crashed in Zabul province killing four service members. The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive, signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms, making both travel and fighting easier.
    (AP, 4/27/13)(AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 27, Algeria’s Pres. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (76) suffered a stroke and was flown to France for treatment. It was initially described as a mini-stroke, but a June 11 statement said it was a full stroke.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Apr 27, British anti-war protesters demonstrated outside a Royal Air Force base used to control drone flights over Afghanistan. Until this week, British drones were operated only from a US Air Force base in Nevada.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, Ethiopian Airlines flew a Boeing 787 from Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya, the first commercial flight of the Dreamliner since it was grounded for smoldering batteries.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 27, Icelanders voted in a parliamentary election. The center-right parties that led the country into economic collapse five years ago returned to power. The conservative Independence Party won the most votes but it and the rural-based Progressive Party each won 19 seats in the 63-seat parliament. The Pirate Party, just a few months old, took 5.1% of the vote, gaining three seats in the Althingi.
    (AP, 4/27/13)(SFC, 4/29/13, p.A2)(AP, 4/30/13)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.56)
2013        Apr 27, In Indonesia an Australia woman (28) was attacked and raped while vacationing with her family near Bali’s popular Kuta beach. Her assailant also stole stole three iPads, two cellphones and $154 in cash.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 27, In Iraq gunmen killed five soldiers in Ramadi near the main Sunni protest camp west of Baghdad. Gunmen also opened fire on a checkpoint manned by government-allied Sunni fighters, killing five of them, near the city of Tikrit.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, Israel was hit by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip by Islamic militant group Hamas. They exploded in open areas with no injuries.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 27, Italy’s center-left leader Enrico Letta (46) forged a new government in a coalition with former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives, an unusual alliance of bitter rivals that broke a two-month political stalemate from inconclusive elections.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, In Libya an explosion at the Barka police station in Benghazi destroyed the facade but left no causalities.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, Mexican authorities said they have detained 108 undocumented immigrants along routes that thousands of Central Americans use every year to cross Mexico and enter the US illegally.
    (Reuters, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, In northern Mexico 10 members of the musical group La Reyna de Monterrey were killed and five injured in a road accident.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, Syrian rebels attacked the Abu Zuhour air base in the country's northwest. Rebels entered the Kweiras military air base in Aleppo province and destroyed its operations room. In the south opposition forces  launched a new offensive called "the Houran Volcano," assaulting a string of army checkpoints and positions.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, Venezuelan officials arrested retired Brig. Gen. Antonio Rivero. He had gained fame for denouncing Cuban involvement in the Venezuelan military in 2010 and became a prominent member of the opposition, participating in post-vote protests this month.
    (AP, 4/27/13)
2013        Apr 27, In Yemen tens of thousands rallied across the south to mark the 19th anniversary of the start of the country's brief, but bloody civil war. The protesters demanded independence from the north. 5 soldiers and 2 al-Qaida militants were killed in fighting in the central town of Radda. Col. Ahmed Abdel-Razaq, the intelligence chief in Mukalla, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
    (AP, 4/27/13)

2013        Apr 28, A New York Times report, citing current and former advisers to Afghan Pres. Karzai, said tens of millions of US dollars in cash were delivered by the CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade.
    (Reuters, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, US air traffic controllers resumed normal operations after lawmakers rushed through a bill to withdraw furloughs that resulted from automatic spending cuts in the sequester. Pres. Obama signed the legislation on May 1.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/2/13, p.A5)
2013        Apr 28, It was reported that the number of feral pigs in the US has risen to some 6 million with sightings in 47 states, up from 2 million in 1990 in 20 states.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A11)
2013        Apr 28, Kirsten Englund (57), a retired accountant from Castro Valley, Ca., was killed at a rest stop on the Oregon coast. On day later Jeffrey Griffin Boyce of Coos County was arrested in Greenbrae, California, after holding two people hostage. He son became the prime suspect in the murder of Englund.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.A1)
2013        Apr 28, Janos Starker, world-renowned cellist, died in Indiana. Starker, born in Hungary in 1924, had arrived in the in the US in 1948.
    (SFC, 5/7/13, p.C3)
2013        Apr 28, In eastern Afghanistan remote-controlled roadside bomb killed  Col. Mohammad Hussain, the deputy provincial police chief, and two other officers in Ghazni province, an attack the Taliban claimed as the opening round of their spring offensive. Afghan and coalition forces arrested six insurgents — three in Helmand province, one in Baghlan province and two in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Afghanistan NATO forces encountered insurgents in Zabul province. 4 insurgents were killed in the incident. On May 8 the US-led coalition said it had opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct during the April 28 encounter.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Bangladesh Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed on April 24, was captured at a border crossing with India by members of a commando force. Rescuers located nine people alive inside the rubble of the building.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Croatia a referendum failed to derail plans for the construction of a large golf complex that could change the face of the ancient walled resort of Dubrovnik. Only 31% of Dubrovnik voters cast their ballots, well below the official 50% requirement.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 28, A fire blazed through The Museum of Danish Resistance in Copenhagen, destroying large parts of the building but most of the collection was saved.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, In France a possible gas explosion ripped off the side of a five-story residential building in Reims, killing at least 3 people and injuring at least 10 others.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, Greece, in its 6th year of recession, passed legislation allowing incompetent civil servants to be fire more easily. 15,000 civil servants will be sacked by the end of 2014.
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.57, 75)(http://tinyurl.com/o8kbthj)
2013        Apr 28, Iraqi authorities a0nnounced that they have revoked the operating licenses of pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera and nine other satellite TV channels, alleging that they are promoting a sectarian agenda as the country grapples with a wave of violence.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, Israel said it has responded to rockets fired the previous evening from the Gaza Strip with airstrikes on sites used by Islamic militant group Hamas. Israel also responded to the rocket fire by closing the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Italy a gunman shot and wounded two policemen in a crowded square outside the premier's office in Rome. The man "wanted to shoot politicians, but given that he couldn't reach any, he shot the Carabinieri" police at the edge of Chigi Square.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, Japan's All Nippon Airways successfully conducted its first test flight of the Boeing 787 aircraft since battery problems grounded the planes earlier this year.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Libya some 200 armed men surrounded the Foreign Ministry building in Tripoli, demanding that it reform and hire former fighters who helped overthrow former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Gunmen also stormed the Interior Ministry and a state-owned television station. They charged that the ministry is not paying them their salaries.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, French troops in Mali arrested overnight Gilles Le Guen, a French citizen who converted to Islam. Le Guen had taken on the jihadist cause and threatened his native country in a video last fall.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Mexico some 400 people gathered in the center of Veracruz's state capital, Xalapa, for a march to demand justice in the case of journalist Regina Martinez (d.2012) and an end to attacks on the press.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, Pakistani Taliban detonated bombs at the campaign offices of 3 politicians in the country's northwest, killing at least 12 people in an escalation of attacks on secular, left-leaning political parties.
    (AP, 4/28/13)(SFC, 4/29/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 28, Syrian rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad fought intense battles with his troops at Abu Zuhour air base in Idlib province and the Kweiras military air base in Aleppo province. At least seven fighters were killed in the fighting in Abu Zuhour, in addition to an unknown number of soldiers.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Thailand a suspension bridge over the Pasak River collapsed killing at least 4 people near Ayutthaya.
    (SFC, 4/29/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 28, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov (55) escaped serious injury when his horse stumbled and he pitched into the dirt track at the hippodrome on the outskirts of the capital, Ashgabat. State television's video of the race cut off just before the fall. State media reported that Berdymukhamedov won the race. The president reappeared about half an hour later to accept the winner's prize — about $11 million.
    (AP, 5/1/13)

2013        Apr 29, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation allowing immigrant students to pay at the tuition rate other in-state students pay at state colleges. Colorado became the 14th state to allow such payments.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 29, NBA beteran basketball player Jason Collins (34) announced that he was gay, smashing through one of the final frontiers in US sports with a frank personal statement and winning warm praise as a groundbreaker.
    (Reuters, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, A California jury in Santa Ana convicted Catherine Kieu (50) of torture and aggravated mayhem. She was accused of drugging her husband (60) and then severing his penis and tossing it into the garbage disposal. She was jealous of his plans to divorce her because he was seeing his ex-girlfriend. On June 28 she was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 4/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 29, It was reported that 62 prisoners have died in California from 2006 through 2013 after coming down with a fungal infection called valley fever. The highes rates were reported at Pleasant Valley and Avenal prisons. The federal manager of health care in the state’s prisons ordered officials to transfer 3,300 inmates out of Pleasant Valley and Avenal.
    (SFC, 4/29/13, p.C4)(SFC, 4/30/13, p.C1)
2013        Apr 29, SpaceShipTwo made its first powered flight. A special jet climbed to 48,000 feet over the Mojave Deset, released the craft and pilots triggered the ship’s rocket engine.
    (SFC, 4/30/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr 29, In Afghanistan a civilian cargo plane owned by an American company crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, soon after takeoff, killing all seven people aboard.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, The Catholic Church in Brazil said it has excommunicated Father Roberto Francisco Daniel for defending homosexuality, open marriage and other practices counter to Church teaching in online videos.
    (Reuters, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 29, Mohammed Saleem (82), a grandfather, was stabbed to death as he walked home from his mosque in the Small Heath area of Birmingham. On July 22 Pavlo Lapshyn (25), a Ukrainian in the UK on a sponsored work placement scheme, was charged with Saleem’s murder. On Oct 21 Lapshyn pleaded to stabbing Saleem and planting bombs near three British mosques. On Oct 25 Lapshyn was sentenced to 40 years.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)(http://tinyurl.com/llgflpp)(AFP, 10/25/13)
2013        Apr 29, Cameroon’s Supreme Court announced that the party of entrenched ruler Paul Biya won 56 of the 70 contested seats in the nation's first-ever senatorial election.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 29, In the Czech Rep. a powerful explosion badly damaged an office building in the center of Prague, injuring up to 40 people. Authorities believed people may still be buried in the rubble. Police later confirmed that the explosion was caused by a natural gas leak.
    (AP, 4/29/13)(AP, 5/9/13)
2013        Apr 29, A Dubai court sentenced three British tourists to four years in prison on drug charges in a case that drew international scrutiny over claims of abuses in custody. Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, were arrested last July with what police said was the synthetic drug known as Spice.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, France’s Pres. Hollande announced a clutch of pro-business measures, such as cutting the capital gains tax he had raised just six months earlier.
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.67)
2013        Apr 29, France said it will effectively freeze its military spending for the next several years, cutting nearly 10% of defense jobs. A defense review white paper opted to keep air, ground and sea capabilities, while freezing defense budgets over 6 years and cutting 34,000 mioitary posts between 2014 and 2019.
    (SFC, 4/30/13, p.A2)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.55)
2013        Apr 29, German federal prosecutors say they have charged three German-Iranian dual nationals and a German man with breaking export laws for allegedly supplying Iran with parts needed to build a nuclear reactor in violation of the country's trade embargo.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, A cargo ship, the Pirireis, sank off southern Greece within minutes of colliding with another freighter in fair weather, leaving two Syrian seamen dead and 8 others missing. 7 sailors were rescued. It was not clear exactly why the Antigua- and Barbuda-flagged Consouth collided with the Cook Islands-flagged Pirireis.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, In central and southern Iraq 5 car bombs struck in predominantly Shiite cities and districts, killing 36 people and wounding dozens in the latest wave of violence roiling the country.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, Ireland's Supreme Court ruled that a paralyzed Irish woman, who wants to die, cannot legally commit suicide with her partner's help. Judges said lawmakers could pass such a law to permit Marie Fleming (59) to die at a time of her choosing, but no such statute existed yet.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, A Kosovo court found two citizens guilty of human trafficking and organized crime in a trial against 7 people suspected of running an int’l. organ trafficking ring.
    (SFC, 4/30/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 29, A Kuwait appeals court said online activist Sager al-Hashash must serve a jail sentence for Twitter posts deemed offensive to the Gulf nation's ruler, but the prison term was reduced from two years to one.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, Mexico said all contact for US law enforcement will now go through "a single window," the federal Interior Ministry, the agency that controls security and domestic policy. The new policy was a dramatic shift from the direct sharing of resources and intelligence between US and Mexican law enforcement under former President Felipe Calderon.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, A Nigerian military official said at least 17 people have been killed in fighting between Islamic extremists and security forces in Bama, Borno state.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 29, North Korea approved the withdrawal of most of the remaining South Korean personnel at a jointly run industrial park in the North, with a final seven set to stay behind to negotiate unpaid wages for North Korean workers.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber targeting a police van killed at least 8 people in Peshawar, including the son and nephew of an Afghan official involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban.
    (AP, 4/29/13)
2013        Apr 29, Syria’s PM Wael al-Halqi was unhurt in a bombing near his convoy in Damascus. At least 5 people were reported killed.
    (AP, 4/29/13)(AP, 4/30/13)

2013        Apr 30, The US FDA decided to allow the morning-after pill to be sold over the counter for those 15 and older.
    (SFC, 5/1/13, p.A6)
2013        Apr 30, In rural Kentucky a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death with a rifle he had received as a gift last year.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        Apr 30, A Las Vegas casino subsidiary launched Ultimate Gaming, the first fully legal poker website in the US.
    (SFC, 5/1/13, p.A8)
2013        Apr 30, Mike Gray (77), writer and filmmaker, died in Los Angeles. His work included the original screenplay for “The China syndrome" (1979).
    (SFC, 5/6/13, p.C6)
2013        Apr 30, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 3 British service members. A bomb planted by the Taliban in Kandahar province killed 3 civilians and wounded five. In Kunduz province a roadside bomb destroyed a car killing a a local police commander and his driver.
    (AP, 4/30/13)(AP, 5/1/13)
2013        Apr 30, In London, England, 6 men from the Birmingham area pleaded guilty to planning a terrorist attack on June 30, 2012, against a far-right anti-Muslim group. They were caught in a random highway check after the rally ended early.
    (SFC, 5/1/13, p.A3)
2013        Apr 30, Guinean health officials said a meningitis outbreak has killed at least 40 people.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, Hungary approved a new measure which in effect nationalized the sale of tobacco. It cut the number of licensed outlets from 44,000 to 5,400, effective on July 1.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.47)(http://tinyurl.com/q3gnad5)
2013        Apr 30, An Israeli aircraft attacked a motorcycle in Gaza, killing Haitham Mishal, who the military said was a top militant in a shadowy al-Qaida-influenced group who had been involved in the April 17 rocket attack on southern Israel.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, Italy’s hybrid center-left and center-right government won its second vote of confidence. Premier Enrico Letta supported his choice of  Cecile Kyenge (48), a black woman, to be minister of integration.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        Apr 30, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, said that Syrian rebels will not be able to defeat President Bashar Assad's regime militarily, warning that Syria's "real friends," including his Iranian-backed militant group, were ready to intervene on the government's side.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, Lebanese security officials detained Hussein Hojeiri, the man behind the 2011 kidnapping of 7 Estonian tourists, in the eastern Bekaa Valley. He confessed to carrying out the kidnapping, purportedly on the orders of an Iraqi al-Qaida figure.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        Apr 30, In Libya dozens of militiamen in trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns surrounded the Justice Ministry, the third day of confrontation between the government and armed groups in Tripoli. Protesting militias and others who want a thorough purge of the political class.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, Mali officials confirmed that police in Bamako have dismantled a terrorist cell belonging to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO. The 7-member cell was first discovered more than a month ago.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, In Myanmar hundreds of Buddhists armed with bricks stormed a clutch of Muslim villages in the closest explosion of sectarian violence yet to hit the Yangon region. At least one person died and nine left injured. Police detained 18 attackers who destroyed 157 homes and shops and at least two mosques in the town of Okkan, 50 miles (80 km) north of Yangon, and three outlying villages.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        Apr 30, In the Netherlands Beatrix ended her 33-year reign as queen. Willem-Alexander became the first Dutch king in more than a century and pledged to use his ceremonial position as head of state to help steer his country through uncertain economic times.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, A Pakistani court banned former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from running for public office for the rest of his life. In the southwest politician Abdul Fatah Magsi was gunned down in Jhal Magsi, about 350 km (220 miles) southeast of Quetta, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, A Palestinian stabbed a settler to death at a bus stop near Ramallah. Evyatar Borowsky (31), a father of five, was killed by a knife-wielding Palestinian at a hitchhiking post in Samaria.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        Apr 30, In the Puntland region of Somalia 13 prisoners were executed by firing squad on the outskirts of Bossaso. One soldier who helped carry out the execution died after being struck by an errant bullet fired by a colleague.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, In South Africa a chartered plane carrying about 200 guests from India to a lavish family wedding was allowed to land at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, bypassing customs procedures, and then to fly on to a civilian international airport in Johannesburg. The guests attended the wedding of Vega Gupta, whose Indian immigrant family has powerful business interests in South Africa. Five South African officials, including police and military commanders, were soon suspended over the incident.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        Apr 30, South Korean state prosecutors raided the headquarters of the National Intelligence Service to investigate accusations that the spy agency had used its agents and hired bloggers to influence the Dec 19 presidential elections.
    (SFC, 5/1/13, p.A2)
2013        Apr 30, Syrian TV reported that a powerful bomb in central Damascus has killing 13 people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 14 people were killed and 65 wounded in the blast. Syrian troops battled opposition fighters near a military helicopter base in Aleppo province, killing 15 rebels in a single airstrike against their positions.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, UAE state news agency WAM said that Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) would own 60% of the Bab joint venture's equity and Royal Dutch Shell would hold the rest.
    (AP, 4/30/13)
2013        Apr 30, In Venezuela a clash in congress erupted when members of the opposition coalition unfurled a banner in the National Assembly denouncing a ruling that strips them of most legislative powers unless they recognize the April 14 election victory of President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AP, 5/1/13)

2013        Apr, The US Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        Apr, Colorado and 14 other US states began reporting cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. Up till now the virus was thought to exist only in Europe and China.
    (SFC, 7/11/13, p.A4)
2013        Apr, China said it will open the Paracel Islands to tourists. China had expelled Vietnam from the islands in 1974. A representative from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s National Boundary Commission gave a diplomatic note to a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi demanding that China cancel its plan to bring tourists to the Paracel archipelago.
    (Econ, 4/13/13, p.46)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracel_Islands)
2013        Apr, In China’s Yu Qiyi (42), chief engineer of a state-owned company in the eastern city of Wenzhou, died after he was allegedly stripped naked and held down in a bathtub by investigators as they attempted to extort a confession to corruption. State media reported his death on Sep 4. On Sep 30 a court in the city of Quzhou sentenced six Communist Party officials to between four and 14 years in jail for the death of Qiyi.
    (AFP, 9/4/13)(Reuters, 10/14/13)
2013        Apr, In Cuba Sarkis Yacoubian, a Canadian businessman, was indicted on charges of bribery, tax evasion and "activities damaging to the economy." He was arrested on July 15, 2011, and reportedly faced up to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        Apr, Cuba removed a five-decade ban on professional boxing.
    (Econ, 1/17/15, p.58)(http://tinyurl.com/nnbuevz)
2013        Apr, In India a multi-billion-dollar, barely-regulated, “chit fund" in Kolkata collapsed and destroyed the savings of hundreds of thousands of poor people. Up to a dozen people committed suicide.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.71)
2013        Apr, AnonGhost, a Mauritania based hacker group, launched a cyber attack dubbed OpIsrael that disrupted access to several Israeli government websites, attracting the attention of security experts worldwide.
    (Reuters, 6/28/13)
2013        Apr, Mexican teachers began skipping classes and protesting against sweeping education reforms signed into law by President Enrique Peña Nieto this February. By the end of August educators had disrupted air travel and jammed traffic across Mexico City.
    (AP, 8/30/13)(http://tinyurl.com/bfh7p8s)
2013        Apr, In Mozambique Renamo militia attacked a police position killing 4 officers. They said it was in response to an army raid on their Satunjira base camp.
    (Econ, 11/9/13, p.54)
2013        Apr, North Korea relaxed state control of salaries. The change in policy was reportedly intended to boost production by giving companies latitude to provide workers with financial incentives.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        Apr, Spain’s government passed legislation to stop banks foreclosing until mortgages are 3 months in arrears. Poorer families have 2 years.
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.52)
2013        Apr, A subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Co agreed to refinance the debt it used to buy London's Savoy Hotel with a new 200 million-pound loan.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        Apr, Saudi media said an Eritrean military pilot sent by Asmara to reclaim a jet stolen by two fellow officers when sought asylum in the kingdom had herself defected.
    (Reuters, 11/12/13)
2013        Apr, Ugandan Gen. David Sejusa wrote a letter to the internal security service calling for an investigation into allegations that high-ranking officials could be assassinated for opposing plans for Pres. Museveni's son to succeed his father as president. Sejusa cited himself and the country's prime minister among those in danger. In May Sejusa faced charges stemming from an alleged breach of an official code of conduct.
    (AP, 5/13/13)

2013        May 1, US federal authorities arrested three friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accusing them of trying to obstruct justice by hiding evidence in the case and lying about it.
    (Lookout, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, An experimental US aircraft, the unmanned X-51A WaveRider sped over 3,000 mph in a test flight above the Pacific Ocean. It used a scramjet engine and reached Mach 5.1 riding its own shock wave before plunging into the ocean as planned.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-51)
2013        May 1, A jury in Davenport, Iowa, awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled turkey processing plant workers for what was described as years of “virtual enslavement" by Texas-based Henry’s Turkey Service.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.A5)
2013        May 1, Washington state police used "flash bangs" and pepper spray against some protesters who pelted them with rocks and bottles, as violence erupted during May Day in Seattle. 18 people were arrested.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 1, Electric car maker Coda Holdings Inc. of Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy after selling just 100 cars.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.C3)
2013        May 1, In Afghanistan insurgents ambushed government peace negotiator Malim Shah Wali Khan (53), killing him and two bodyguards as they headed to a meeting in the south to discuss plans for local troops to take over responsibility from the US-led coalition.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said he is expelling the US Agency for International Development for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government. Morales did not specify what USAID had done that merited expulsion.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, British judges ruled that the government has breached European Union air quality law and asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for guidance on what action needs to be taken, delaying immediate improvements to air pollution.
    (Reuters, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, In Colombia gunmen attacked but failed to hurt magazine editor Ricardo Calderon, head of the investigative unit of Semana newsmagazine.
    (SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A4)
2013        May 1, Indian officials said that for two weeks Chinese soldiers have moved into the  barren Depsang Valley in the Ladakh region and refused to move back over the so-called Line of Actual Control, that divides Indian-ruled territory from Chinese-run land, leaving India on the verge of a crisis with China.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 1, In Iraq two car bombs in Baghdad and Fallujah killed at least eight people and wounded 27.
    (AP, 5/1/13)
2013        May 1, In Mexico Central American migrants crossing Veracruz state were attacked by a drug and extortion gang. At least 9 and as many as 20 people were seriously injured. Authorities in Agua Prieta arrested Ines Coronel, the father-in-law of Joaquin Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
    (SFC, 5/3/13, p.A2)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A4)
2013        May 1, Pakistani forces fired artillery rounds at Afghan border police in the Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar province. In an ensuing five-hour firefight, one Afghan border policeman was killed.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 1, In Russia a bomb exploded in a busy shopping area in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 5/1/13)

2013        May 2, Pres. Obama embarked on a trip to Mexico with a 2-day stop in Costa Rica. In a joint news conferece with Mexico’s Pres. President Enrique Pena Nieto, Obama sought to tamp down a potential rift with Mexico over a dramatic shift in the cross-border fight against drug trafficking and organized crime.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.A3)(AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation to abolish the death penalty, making Maryland became the 18th US state to do so.
    (SFC, 5/3/13, p.A7)
2013        May 2, Rhode Island became the nation's 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed as Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, In Texas Carnell Moore fired a gun inside the ticketing area of Bush Int’l. Airport after being confronted by a law enforcement official. Moore was killed as a Homeland Security agent fired at him and as Moore turned his gun on himself.
    (SFC, 5/3/13, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/caq3jyo)
2013        May 2, Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne said tax havens such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands will work more closely with Britain and other European countries to fight tax evasion.
    (Reuters, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, A British judge sentenced businessman James McCormick (57), who sold fake bomb detectors, to 10 years in jail. The millionaire, convicted last month, made an estimated 50 million pounds ($77.8 million) from the sales of his non-working detectors — which were based on a novelty golf ball finder — to countries including Iraq, Belgium, Niger and Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, British news media reported that Stuart Hall (83) had pleaded  guilty last month to sex abuse charges against young girls decades ago. Media were barred from reporting the plea until now.
    (SFC, 5/3/13, p.A5)
2013        May 2, China’s Ministry of Public Security said police have broken a crime ring that passed off more than $1 million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton.
    (Reuters, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma was arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country's president in a TV interview.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Guatemala's government declared a state of emergency and banned public gatherings in four townships east of the capital following several days of violent clashes between police and anti-mining protesters.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Indonesia police arrested Achmad Taufiq (22) and Sefa Riano (29). They were members of a cell allegedly involved in recent attacks against Indonesian police. The suspects told authorities they wanted to retaliate against Myanmar for recent attacks on Rohingya Muslims there.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, In Iraq gunmen and security forces clashed in several districts of the former Sunni insurgent stronghold of Mosul. 9 police and 4 militants were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, A Kenyan court found 2 Iranian nationals guilty of terror-related charges. Officials accused them of planning to attack Western targets inside Kenya. Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were arrested in June 2012 and led officials to a 15-kg (33-pound) stash of the explosive RDX. On May 6 the two men were sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/2/13)(AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 2, North Korea’s media said Kenneth Bae (44), a Korean American detained for six months in North Korea, has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state. In August Bae was reportedly hospitalized after losing over 50 pounds.
    (AP, 5/2/13)(SFC, 8/12/13, p.A2)
2013        May 2, It was reported that the last rhino in Mozambique has been killed. The warden in charge of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park — the only place where the horned behemoths lived in Mozambique — also said poachers have wiped out the last of the rhinos. Mozambique's conservation director believed a few may remain.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, In Pakistan convicted India spy Sarabjit Singh died at Jinnah Hospital in the eastern city of Lahore. He was was attacked by fellow inmates on April 26 and had been comatose and on a ventilator for days. Singh was arrested in 1990 after bombings in Lahore and Faisalabad, Pakistan, that killed 14 people. Indians expressed outrage at the Pakistan government over his death.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, In Russia Valery Gergiev, the artistic director of the Mariinsky theater in St. Petersburg, opened the new Mariinsky theater next door to the old imperial structure.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.87)
2013        May 2, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said that five people have died and two other patients were in critical condition with confirmed cases of a new respiratory coronavirus related to SARS. The new virus was first identified last year in the Middle East and several of the people infected had all traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Pakistan.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Spanish police said they have arrested 30 suspects who allegedly smuggled drugs into Spain through the southern coast using boats and jet skis.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Syrian government troops, backed by warplanes, pushed into the central districts of the city of Homs in an effort to oust rebels from the country's third largest urban center. In Aleppo rebels reportedly overran the headquarters of Assad's anti-terrorism forces. Regime jets also hit the northern city of Raqqa, killing eight people. Warplanes also hit several targets in Damascus province.
    (AP, 5/2/13)
2013        May 2, Syrian troops backed by pro-government gunmen swept into Bayda, a village in the mountains outside the city of Banias, and killed men, women and children and torched homes. At least 50 people, and as many as 100, were reported killed.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 2, The UN said it recorded 712 people killed in Iraq last month, including 117 members of the security forces. More people were killed in violent attacks across the country in April than in any other month since June 2008.
    (AP, 5/2/13)

2013        May 3, President Barack Obama in Mexico City said he wants to set aside old stereotypes that have created misunderstanding between Mexico and the United States.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In a press conference with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, Pres. Obama said only a comprehensive approach will work to solve the region's problems, including stronger economies, better institutions, education and youth centers. Obama went on to a closed meeting with the eight-nation Central American Integration System, known by its Spanish initials SICA, which was formed to discuss regional issues.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, An unexpectedly strong US jobs report pushed stock markets higher as investors welcomed signs that the world's largest economy is not slowing down as quickly as some had feared.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In southern California a coastal fire covered 43 square miles and forced the evacuation of homes in Ventura County.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A4)
2013        May 3, The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state health deprartment mist list the names of both spouses in a same-sex relationship on a child’s birth certificate.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A4)
2013        May 3, In Saginaw, Michigan, the Buena Vista Township school district closed because it ran out of money.
    (http://tinyurl.com/c8o9h4l)
2013        May 3, The Solar Impulse,  a solar-powered airplane, that developers hope to eventually pilot around the world, took off from Moffet Field, south of San Francisco, on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the US with no fuel but the sun's energy.
    (Reuters, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Minnesota Buford Rogers (24) of Montevideo, was arrested and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. His mobile home contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 3, Herbert Blau, innovator in American theater, died at his home in Seattle. He and Jules Irving founded the Actor’s Workshop in SF in 1952. It continued until 1965 when the founders left to run New York’s new Lincoln Center theater company.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.C7)
2013        May 3, Australia announced a significant boost to its military air power, committing to buy up to new 100 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, as it shifts its focus back to the Indo-Pacific as China and India beef up forces.
    (Reuters, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Geneva, Austria, more than 100 nations concluding a round of global nuclear talks expressed alarm that many nuclear weapons are kept at a high-alert level and are still being modernized, despite a promise to get rid of them.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Indonesia up to 2,000 police were deployed to secure the Myanmar Embassy and its ambassador's house before a demonstration by the Islamic Defenders Front. Several hundred protesters showed up dressed in white with some holding banners that read: "We want jihad" and "Stop genocide in Myanmar."
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Iraq a bomb attack outside the al-Ghofran mosque in a primarily Sunni area of Rashidiya killed 7 worshippers as Sunnis continued to hold demonstrations to protest what they say is second-class treatment by the Shiite-led government.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, Israel's air force carried out a strike against Syria, saying it targeted a shipment of advanced missiles bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, Italian police said they have arrested 29 airport baggage handlers accused of stealing cameras, cellphones and other loot from passengers' luggage, a bust made possible after hidden cameras were installed in airplane cargo holds where the thefts occurred.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, Hundreds of Libyan pro-democracy advocates marched in Tripoli, denouncing militias' recent blockade of government buildings and coming under attack briefly by supporters of the armed groups.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, In Nigeria at least 24 people were killed in ethnic violence  that pitted the Jukun people against the Hausa Fulani in the rural town of Wukari, Taraba state.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, In Islamabad, Pakistan, gunmen killed prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali. He was leading investigations into the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto and a brutal attack on civilians in the Indian city of Mumbai.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, An American KC-135 military tanker refueling plane carrying 3 crew members crashed in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation where the US operates an air base key to the war in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Nigeria at least 39 people were killed in ethnic violence  that pitted the Jukun people against the Hausa Fulani in the rural town of Wukari, Taraba state.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, In Islamabad, Pakistan, gunmen killed prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali. He was leading investigations into the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto and a brutal attack on civilians in the Indian city of Mumbai. Gunmen on a motorcycle in Karachi shot to death a parliamentary candidate from the Awami National Party, and his son (6).
    (AP, 5/3/13)(AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, The president of the University of Puerto Rico's main campus resigned just days after the presidents of the university's 10 other campuses did the same. The announcement by Ana Guadalupe came amid a flurry of resignations to protest the governor's reform of the institution's board of directors.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, The Saudi Justice Ministry said a special security court has issued 2,145 jail sentences for "supporting terrorism" since it was formed four and a half years ago.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 3, A new report, called “The Real State of the Nation," said South Africa is fighting a losing battle against corruption which sucked up nearly 1 billion rand ($111 million) in taxpayers' money last year — nearly three times the amount lost in 2010.
    (AP, 5/3/13)
2013        May 3, In Syria the death toll from sectarian killings in the coastal city of Banias, initially put at 62, was later raised to 145.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 3, A Zimbabwe lawyer for a youth leader said Solomon Madzore  is in jail for referring to longtime ruler Robert Mugabe (89) as "a limping donkey" at an election campaign rally.
    (AP, 5/3/13)

2013        May 4, In the SF Bay Area a stretch limo caught fire on the San Mateo Bridge. The driver and 4 women in a bridal party escaped, but 5 others, including the bride, died in the fire.
    (SFC, 5/6/13, p.A1)
2013        May 4, In Utah soccer referee Ricardo Portillo (46) died following an April 27 assault by teen-age player (17). On May 8 the teen was charged with homicide by assault.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/cqgz2xl)
2013        May 4, In southern Afghanistan 5 US troops were killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province. 2 others died as a soldier with the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops in the west.
    (AP, 5/4/13)(AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, In Afghanistan insurgents in Baghlan province killed a German special forces soldier and wounded another. This marked the first death in combat of a member of Germany's special forces in Afghanistan. Several insurgents are believed to have been killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, In northern Belgium hundreds of people were evacuated after a train carrying chemicals derailed and caught fire.
    (AP, 5/4/13)
2013        May 4, Belgian biochemist Christian de Duve (95), Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine (1974), died in an act of euthanasia.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 4, Nigel Evans (55), a member of PM David Cameron's Conservative party, was detained over sexual attacks allegedly carried out at his home in Lancashire, northern England between July 2009 and March of this year. Evans had announced in 2010 that he was gay.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, Ethiopian authorities detained reporter Muluken Tesfaw of the private weekly Ethio-Mehedar as he covered evictions 100 km from the site of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The government has acknowledged the March evictions were illegal and Tesfaw was later released.
    (AP, 5/31/13)(AP, 6/7/13)
2013        May 4, In Pakistan two blasts in the southern city of Karachi killed three people near the office of a political party critical of the Taliban.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, In Puerto Rico 4 people were killed and 6 others injured in a drive-by shooting in Aguas Buenas.
    (SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A7)
2013        May 4, Saudi Arabian officials announced that Saudi girls will be allowed to play sports in private schools for the first time.
    (SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A5)
2013        May 4, Twelve Senegalese employees of a South African demining company were kidnapped in Senegal's southern Casamance region. On May 29 the rebels released 3 women who were kidnapped with the group. The 9 remaining employees were freed on July 12 in Guinea-Bissau.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(http://tinyurl.com/dx24cfh)(Reuters, 7/12/13)
2013        May 4, In Sudan 21 people were killed in Abyei district, including Koul Deng Majok, an ethnic Ngok Dinka from neighboring South Sudan, two peacekeepers, and 17 members of the Misseriya tribe. Majok's tribe had failed to inform Misseriya tribesmen they would be visiting the area.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 4, In Syria Alawite paramilitaries continued their rampage against Sunnis in al-Bayda and Banias leaving at least 100 dead.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.42)

2013        May 5, A new jihadi magazine, set up by militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, appealed to Muslims around the world to come up with technology to hack into or manipulate drones, describing this as one of their most important priorities.
    (Reuters, 5/6/13)
2013        May 5, A Bahrain court sentenced 31 Sitra island protesters, aged 16 to 34, to 15 years in prison each for roles in firebomb attacks against security forces during an anti-government demonstration last year.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 5, Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing activists who were among thousands who rallied around Dhaka. Officials said at least one person died and 45 others were injured.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 5, In France tens of thousands of supporters of leftist parties marched through central Paris to express disappointment with President Hollande's first year in power, criticizing the leader for reneging on his promises to rein in the world of finance and enact economic stimulus.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 5, In Iraq bomb went off near the Sunni Zein al-Abideen mosque in the western suburbs of Baghdad. One by-passer was killed, six others were wounded. Hours later gunmen stormed the house of a district mayor in Mahmoudiya town, killing the mayor and his son. Altogether 9 people were killed in series of explosions in and around Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/5/13)(AP, 5/6/13)       
2013        May 5, Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around Damascus, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group. At least 42 Syrian soldiers were reported killed.
    (AP, 5/5/13)(AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 5, Kosovo police in Pristina arrested Naser Kelmendi (56), a suspected Balkan drugs kingpin. He was wanted on an international arrest warrant and blacklisted by US authorities. Bosnian authorities wanted him as part of an investigation into at least six murders, illegal money transfers and drug trafficking.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 5, Libya's parliament, under pressure from armed militias,  passed a sweeping law that bans anyone who served as a senior official under Moammar Gadhafi during his 42 year-long rule from working in government.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 5, Malaysia held national elections. PM Najib Razak's National Front coalition (Barisan Nasional) faced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance. At least 112 of the 222 parliamentary seats at stake were needed to win federal power. The National Front coalition won the parliamentary elections despite losing the popular vote.
    (AP, 5/5/13)(AP, 5/6/13)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.14)
2013        May 5, North Koreans seized a Chinese fishing boat in what the boat owner maintained were Chinese waters. The gun-toting North Koreans demanded a 600,000 yuan ($100,000) ransom.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 5, In Pakistan 2 soldiers and 16 militants were killed in the Tirah Valley area of the Khyber tribal region. In the North Waziristan tribal region a roadside bomb attack on a convoy killed 2 soldiers and wounded three. 2 members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps were killed in clashes in the Bolan district of Baluchistan. A convoy of an independent candidate in the Sibbi district was attacked by two gunmen, who killed two of his police guards. Altogether 30 militants and criminal suspects were killed.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 5, In Somalia 7 people were killed when a suicide bomber attempted to ram a car laden with explosives into a military convoy escorting a four-member Qatari delegation on the KM4 roadway. 4 Somali soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb struck a government vehicle in Deynile district, in Mogadishu's northwest.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 5, Syrian rebels moved deep inside Mannagh air base, near the border with Turkey, while under fire from government warplanes. Rebels captured a tank unit inside the base. The commander of the base was reportedly killed. Rebels shot down a military helicopter in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, killing 8 government troops on board.
    (AP, 5/5/13)
2013        May 5, In Tanzania a bomb thrown from a motorcycle on a Catholic church in Arusha left 2 people dead. 4 Saudi Arabian citizens were initially identified as among the 6 people arrested. The UAE later said 3 of those arrested were from the UAE.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 5, The government of Venezuela announced that it will use military forces to fight rampant violent crime.
    (SFC, 5/6/13, p.A2)

2013        May 6, In New York 30 horses being taken to slaughter in Canada were burned alive when the tractor-trailer transporting them caught fire on an upstate highway.
    (Reuters, 5/7/13)
2013        May 6, In Cleveland 3 women, Amanda Berry (27), Gina DeJesus (23) and Michelle Knight (32), who went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, were found alive in a residential area just south of downtown. 3 brothers, Ariel Castro (52), Pedro (54) and Onil Castro (50) were arrested. On May 8 Ariel Castro was charged with kidnapping and rape of the 3 women. His two borthers were not charged. On July 26 Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty. 
    (AP, 5/7/13)(AP, 5/8/13)(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A10)(AP, 5/9/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A6)
2013        May 6, The SEC issued a long report on the financial misdeeds of Harrisburg, Pa. The state capital has been bankrupt since 2011.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.80)
2013        May 6, US Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinsky (41), head of Air Force sexual assault prevention, was arrested on charges of groping a woman a day earlier in a suburban Virginia parking lot.
    (SFC, 5/8/13, p.A8)
2013        May 6, Argentina’s Pres. Cristina Fernandez ruled out any currency devaluation while she's president, and dismissed as election-year politics a brewing scandal over allegations of money laundering by businessmen close to her and her late husband Nestor Kirchner.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 6, Bangladesh police banned all rallies in Dhaka for the rest of the day after at least 31 people died in clashes between police and large numbers of Islamic hardliners demanding that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law. The dead included police officers. The Awami League security crackdown on members of Hefajat-e-Islam, an extreme Islamist group, left as many as 50 people dead in Dhaka. Another 20 were reported killed in clashes in Narayanganj.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.54)
2013        May 6, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping met with Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing and urged dialogue in Middle East peace negotiations.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.52)
2013        May 6, Cuban spy Rene Gonzalez (56), who spent 13 years in a US prison, renounced his American citizenship, part of a deal that allows him to avoid returning to the US to serve out the remainder of his probation. He is one of the so-called "Cuban Five," intelligence agents convicted in 2001 of spying on US military installations in South Florida.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, In Germany Hans Lipschis (93), deported from the US in 1983 for lying about his Nazi past, was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was "compelling evidence" he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1943. Lipschis was released in December after a court concluded he was suffering from dementia. On Feb 28 the Ellwangen state court said that because of “worsening dementia" he could not be tried.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(SFC, 12/7/13, p.A2)(SFC, 3/1/14, p.A2)
2013        May 6, In Iraq two car bombs blew up in a Baghdad suburb, killing 6 people in the deadlier of two attacks that left at least 10 dead. Attackers in a speeding car threw grenades at Sunni worshippers leaving al-Ihsan mosque in Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood, killing 7 and wounding 16.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with his security Cabinet and then departed to China for a scheduled visit.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, Giulio Andreotti (b.1919), Italy's former seven-time premier and a symbol of post-war Italy, died at his home in Rome.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak appeared before the media to somberly acknowledge that his coalition had won general elections for the 13th time in a row. However the National Front polled only 5.24 million votes to the opposition's 5.62 million votes.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, In Nigeria two pilots were killed when their Alpha jet fighter went down 37 miles (60 km) west of Niamey.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, In Pakistan an explosion ripped through a campaign rally of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party, a leading Islamist party, killing 25 people and wounding about 70 in the northwest Kurram tribal region.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 6, In Russia about 20,000 protesters thronged Bolotnaya Square across from the Kremlin, a year after a protest at the same spot turned violent on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 6, In Syria regime warplanes pounded rebel positions inside the Mannagh air base as clashes between rebels and government forces raged on.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, Yemeni tribal gunmen kidnapped two Egyptian technicians working in a cement factory in the south.
    (AP, 5/7/13)

2013        May 7, Pres. Obama met with South Korea’s new Pres. Park Geun-hye. Her visit marked the 60th anniversary of South Korea’s alliance with the US. She addressed both houses of Congress the next day.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.58)
2013        May 7, The US and Russia agreed to try to convene an int’l. conference this month to come to a political solution in end the 2-year civil war in Syria.
    (SFC, 5/8/13, p.A2)
2013        May 7, Delaware’s state senate voted 12-9 to allow same-sex marriage. Within an hour Gov. Jack Markell signed it into law making Delaware the 11th US state to support same-sex marriage.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 7, In South Carolina former Gov. Mark Sanford defeated Democratic businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a special House election for the state’s first congressional district, despite an expansive effort among Democrats to turn the district blue for the first time in more than 30 years.
    (SFC, 5/8/13, p.A11)
2013        May 7, Scientists said Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) is destroying entire crops of cassava and has spread out of East Africa into the heart of the continent. It is attacking plants as far south as Angola and now threatens to move west into Nigeria, the world's biggest producer of the potato-like root that helps feed 500 million Africans.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, Argentina's government announced new measures intended to suck up undeclared dollars in response to growing pressure to abruptly devalue the nation's currency.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marcos Pereira da Silva, a pastor of the Assembly of God of the Last Days, was arrested for raping 6 women. He also faced drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
    (SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/d65sryf)
2013        May 7, Ray Harryhausen (b.1920), Hollywood special effects master, died in London. His work in 17 movies included “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" (1953), “It Came From Beneath the Sea" (1955), Jason and the Argonauts" (1963) and “Clash of the Titans" (1981).
    (SFC, 5/8/13, p.E6)
2013        May 7, In China Premier Li Keqiang and Pres. Xi Jinping met for talks in Beijing with Israel’s PM Netanyahu.
    (SFC, 5/8/13, p.A6)
2013        May 7, In eastern CongoDRC a UN peacekeeper from Pakistan was killed in South Kivu province.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 7, French authorities detained six suspected members of Basque separatist group ETA in simultaneous police operations at three sites: Blois, Montpellier and Brive-la-Gaillarde.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, Two prominent Israeli activist groups said PM Netanyahu has stopped approving new construction in West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, In Italy a cargo ship slammed into a control tower late at night in the port of Genoa, toppling it into the harbor and leaving at least 7people dead. 2 people remained unaccounted for.
    (AP, 5/8/13)(AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 7, Libya's defense minister said he has resigned to protest to a show of force by militias who have been besieging government buildings to push their political demands. Al-Barghathi then withdrew his resignation based on a request from PM Ali Zidan.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, In Mexico a natural gas tanker truck lost control, hit a center divider and exploded on a highway in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec. At least 22 people were killed and nearly 3 dozen injured.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 7, Soldiers from Mali and Burkina Faso pushed into the village of Ber, 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Timbuktu. It had previously been occupied by fighters from a Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (NMLA).
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto resurrected an ambitious reform program and restarted a tri-party political pact.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.39)
2013        May 7, In Nigeria’s northeast coordinated attacks by Islamic extremists armed with heavy machine guns killed at least 42 people in Bama, Borno state. The military said two soldiers died in an attack on army barracks in Bama along with some 10 insurgents. Extremists took some women and children hostage in Bama. Fighters also raided a federal prison during their assault killing 14 guards and freeing 105 inmates. In central Nigeria an ethnic militia killed at least 30 police officers who launched a raid to try and arrest them in  Alakio, Nasarawa state.
    (AP, 5/7/13)(AP, 5/8/13)(AP, 5/9/13)(AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 7, In northwest Pakistan a pair of bombings targeting individuals involved in this week's national elections killed 18 people.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, Pakistani politician Imran Khan fell off a forklift as he was being raised to a stage and fractured 3 vertebrae and a rib.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A2)
2013        May 7, A spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) said President Assad's regime has given the militant group the go-ahead to set up missiles to attack Israel in the wake of recent Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian capital.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, In the Philippines the active Mayon volcano spewed room-sized rocks toward nearly 30 surprised climbers, killing 5 and injuring others who were fetched with rescue helicopters and rope. The 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) mountain, about 340 km (212 miles) southeast of Manila, has erupted about 40 times during the last 400 years.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urged donors at an international conference in London to provide "considerable investment and support" for his beleaguered government, arguing that the fate of his country and the region hangs in the balance.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, A Spanish court withdrew a subpoena for King Juan Carlos' daughter, Princess Cristina (47), as a suspect in a corruption case, following an appeal by prosecutors.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 7, In Sweden a new museum opened in Stockholm dedicated to ABBA, the 1970s superstar pop group that sold over 400 million records.
    (SFC, 5/7/13, p.A2)
2013        May 7, In Syria opposition fighters shot down a fighter jet that was bombing rebel positions in the battle for the Mannagh airbase near the border with Turkey. Rebels detained four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in an area that separates Syria and Israel. Rebels released the Filipinos on May 12.
    (AP, 5/7/13)(AP, 5/8/13)(AP, 5/12/13)

2013        May 8, US officials said the Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid, but the money is for humanitarian purposes only and not linked to any decision on arming Syrian rebels.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, In Arizona a jury found Jodi Arias (32) guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of her onetime boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A8)
2013        May 8, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill to schedule the state’s first gray wolf hunting season.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A6)
2013        May 8, In Tennessee Sister Megan Rice (83) and fellow protesters Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted of interfering with national security when they broke into a nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge. On May 15, 2015, an appeals court ordered all three to be released.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A6)(SFC, 5/16/15, p.A5)
2013        May 8, Afghan police opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators. 8 protesters were killed. They were protesting raids that Afghan and NATO forces conducted in their village of Loye Karez two days earlier. 3 people were killed when their vehicle triggered an explosive device in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. Afghan intelligence service said it arrested an Afghan national who confessed to having been sent by the Taliban to carry out a suicide bombing against Abdullah Abdullah, a presidential candidate in the 2009 election.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, Two Australian citizens from New South Wales state fell from the mid deck of the Carnival Spirit. They were discovered missing the next morning after the ship docked at Sydney's Circular Quay.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 8, In Bangladesh a fire fed by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters killed 8 people at the Tung Hai Sweater factory. The dead included a ruling-party politician and a top official in the country's powerful clothing manufacturers' trade group.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 8, Belgian, French and Swiss authorities arrested at least 31 people in a sweep for robbers who pulled off a diamond theft on Feb 18 with clockwork precision at Brussels Airport.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, The British government announced a modest, austerity-sensitive program of legislation intended to tighten immigration controls, reform pensions and reduce red tape for business as Queen Elizabeth II laid out plans for the next year at the state opening of Parliament.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, Geza Vermes, British scholar, Jew and ex-Catholic priest, died. His life’s work was a definitive study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947. His books included “Jesus the Jew" (1973).
    (Econ, 5/18/13, p.98)
2013        May 8, In CongoDRC a community leader said that nearly 30 people have been kidnapped by the M23 rebels in their eastern fief of Rutshuru since the beginning of April. The kidnappings appear to be for ransom.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, Guinea's leading human rights group confirmed that a member of the country's paramilitary police unit was found guilty of raping a female demonstrator inside the national soccer stadium during the Sep 28, 2009, pro-democracy rally.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, In northern India a bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh state killing at least 39 people.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A2)(www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22457396)
2013        May 8, Iran withdrew its ambassador in Cyprus to protest the country's decision to extradite an Iranian to the United States for prosecution. Iranian Saeid Mohabat (45) was extradicted to the US last month to face charges of breaching UN sanctions against Iran.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 8, In Iraq at least 8 people were killed and nearly 40 were wounded in separate attacks in Fallujah, Kirkuk, Mosul and Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, Israel gave preliminary approval to build nearly 300 housing units in a West Bank settlement, bringing a Palestinian rebuke and possibly complicating US efforts to relaunch Mideast peace talks.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 8, In Italy former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence were upheld on the first appeal.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, Mexico's government proposed a sweeping overhaul of the banking sector to make credit cheaper and more available, a move desperately needed in a country where bank loans represent less than 20 percent of GDP — one-tenth the level seen in the United States.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, Pakistani PM Mir Hazar Khan Khoso's office said a ban on air conditioners in government offices will go into effect on May 15 and will continue until pervasive energy shortages improve.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, In Russia Vladislav Surkov, a longtime Kremlin strategist considered the architect of the tightly controlled political system created under President Vladimir Putin, resigned his post of deputy prime minister. His ouster followed an unusually public feud with investigators over a criminal investigation into Skolkovo, a government project to promote innovation modeled on Silicon Valley. Surkov was overseeing the ambitious project.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, South Sudan's military spokesman says a rebel force under David Yau Yau has overrun part of Boma, a town in the country's east near the border with Ethiopia.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, Syrian troops pushed into Khirbet Ghazaleh, a strategic town along the highway leading to the Jordanian border. A massive Internet outage engulfed most of the country for a second day.
    (AP, 5/8/13)
2013        May 8, Uruguay convicted Gen. Miguel Dalmao for dictatorship-era human rights violations. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the death of a communist professor.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 8, In Yemen suspected militants shot and killed three senior air force pilots in Dubba, an area about 10 km (six miles) outside Al-Annad base in the southern province of Lahj.
    (AP, 5/8/13)

2013        May 9, Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment accusing Lajud-Pena and 7 other New York suspects of withdrawing $2.8 million in cash from hacked accounts in less than a day. The accused ringleader in the US cell, Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, was reportedly killed in the Dominican Republic late last month. US federal prosecutors said a worldwide gang of criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe. There were two separate attacks, one in December that reaped $5 million worldwide and one in February that snared about $40 million in 10 hours with about 36,000 transactions.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, In southern California Pamela Marie Devitt (63) was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls while walking near her home near Palmdale. Authorities were still searching for the dogs as darkness fell. On May 30 Alex Jackson (29), the owner of the dogs, was charged with murder. On Oct 4, 2014, Jackson was sentenced to 15 years to life. The dogs had guarded his pot-growing operation.
    (Reuters, 5/9/13)(SFC, 5/11/13, p.A5)(SFC, 5/31/13, p.A12)(SFC, 10/5/14, p.A5)
2013        May 9, In Ohio an amber alert was issued for Blain (14) and Blake Romes (17) of Ottawa. Michael Fay (17) told authorities where the bodies of the two brothers could be found. Murder charges against Fay were announced on May 17.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013        May 9, In Afghanistan unidentified kidnappers abducted 11 Afghans working in a UN-affiliated landmine clearing program in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 9, A Bangladesh tribunal sentenced the deputy head of Jamaat-e-Islami, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war for independence.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.55)
2013        May 9, British yacht-racing champion Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was killed when his vessel capsized in SF Bay during training for the America's Cup.
    (Reuters, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, A federal jury in Texas found Jose Trevino Morales (46) guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering. His older brothers were said to be leaders of the Zetas, a Nuevo Leon based criminal group that has become the largest in Mexico.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A8)
2013        May 9, It was reported that 460 Vietnamese men, women and children have fled to Australian shores so far this year.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Brazil’s Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin unveiled a program that will provide about $650 per month in subsidies for the rehabilitation of addicts who voluntarily enroll in the rehab program.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.A3)
2013        May 9, Chinese officials said film director Zhang Yimou is being investigated for a potential violation of family planning laws. He reportedly has fathered up to 7 children with 4 women.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.A7)
2013        May 9, Ratings agency Standard & Poor's pushed Egypt's sovereign credit ratings deeper into junk status to CCC+ and C, from B- and B, citing "continued pressure" on foreign reserves.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, In Egypt American national Christopher Stone was attacked and stabbed outside the US Embassy in Cairo. Police arrested the attacker.
    (AP, 5/9/13)(SFC, 5/10/13, p.A2)
2013        May 9, Amnesty Int’l. said Eritrea's government has jailed about 10,000 dissidents without charge or trial over the years and described the Horn of Africa nation as one of the world's most repressive states. Among those behind bars are 187 people detained since January.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Iran's defense minister said Iran has built a new, radar-evading drone that can do surveillance and fire on enemy targets. The Fars news agency quoted Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying that the new aircraft — dubbed Epic, or Hemaseh in Farsi — can fly at high altitudes.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Iraq rejected a key element of an accord to bring an end to a long Kurdish uprising in Turkey — offering refuge to rebel fighters in country's north.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Northern Ireland officials said they hope to tear down the so-called “peace lines," walls of brick steel and barbed wire that have divided Irish Catholic and British Protestant neighborhoods going back to 1970, within a decade.
    (SFC, 5/10/13, p.A3)
2013        May 9,  In northern Italy Ottavio Missoni (b.1921), the patriarch of the iconic fashion brand of zigzag-patterned knitwear, died.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, In Mexico Malcolm Shabazz (28), grandson of Malcolm X, was beaten to death in Mexico City during a dispute over a $1200 bar bill. Prosecutors soon arrested two men in connection with the death of Shabazz.
    (SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 9, Nine young defectors from North Korea, ages 15-23,  entered Laos through China. The alleged orphans were caught by Laotian authorities on May 16 and soon returned to North Korea. On May 31 the UN human rights chief criticized China and Laos for their actions.
    (SFC, 6/1/13, p.A2)
2013        May 9, In Pakistan gunmen attacked an election rally in the southern Punjab province and abducted Ali Haider Gilani, the son of ex-premier Yousuf Raza Gilani. Two guards were killed. A bomb blew up at an election office of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in the city of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan tribal area. One person was killed and six others wounded.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Syrian warplanes pounded rebel targets in two northern provinces as President Bashar Assad's troops pushed on with an offensive to reclaim more territory from the opposition.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 9, Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng (65) was shot dead by Philippine coast guard sailors in disputed waters. On May 15 Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III apologized to Taiwan for the shooting.
    (SFC, 5/11/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/16/13, p.A2)
2013        May 9, Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi warned that the al-Qaida branch in the country was expanding and using assassinations and abductions of foreigners as a way to challenge the central authority.
    (AP, 5/9/13)

2013        May 10, In Connecticut a task force unanimously recommended razing and rebuilding Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the Dec 24, 2012, shooting that left 27 people dead.
    (Reuters, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, In Kansas Kyle Flack, a convicted felon, was charged with the slaying of Kaylie Bailey, Andrew Stout and Steven White. The 3 were found dead a week earlier on a farm near Ottawa, Kan. On May 11 the body of Bailey’s 18-month-old daughter was also found.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A5)
2013        May 10, Hundreds of fast-food employees in Detroit walked off the job, temporarily shuttering a handful of outlets as part of a growing US worker movement that is demanding higher wages for flipping burgers and operating fryers.
    (Reuters, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, In Afghanistan 3 children in central Ghazni province were killed when they tried to dismantle an old bomb.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, In Bangladesh seamstress Reshma Begum (19), buried for 17 days in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza, was rescued as the death toll climbed to 1045.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A6)
2013        May 10, British fugitive Andrew Terence Moran (31) was taken into custody in Spain's eastern town of Calpe. He was accused of taking part in the armed robbery of 25,000 pounds from a mail van in England in 2005, then escaping from security guards during his UK trial four years ago.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 10, Human Rights Watch said an angry mob in late April stoned to death a soldier (17) in Central African Republic who had been freed from a rebel group and moved to the capital for his own safety only to be re-recruited by armed fighters. The watchdog also documented the case of 9 men who had been abducted by Seleka forces in April and accused of being members of the national military. The men were repeatedly stabbed by rebels before being taken to a river bank where 5 were shot.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, The official China Internet Network Information Center explained in state media reports that a microblog belonging to He Bing, liberal professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, had been suspended because he was "intentionally spreading rumors."
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 10, In China 12 miners were killed in a coal mine blast in Guizhou province.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)
2013        May 10, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood staged an anti-Israel rally in Cairo, the first such protest by the main backers of President Morsi since they rose to prominence in the wake of the country's 2011 uprising. Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 Youth Movement, was arrested at Cairo airport as he returned from a trip to the United States.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, A Guatemala tribunal convicted former dictator Efrain Rios Montt (86) of genocide and sentenced him to 80 years in prison, a historic moment in a country still healing from a brutal, three-decade civil war.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, Iranian border guards opened fire on Afghan laborers as they tried to cross the boundary illegally looking for work. 10 laborers were killed in the shooting with 8 wounded. 21 were taken by the Iranian guards.
    (AP, 5/12/13)(SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)
2013        May 10, In Iraq a bombing at a Sunni mosque near Baghdad killed three worshippers and wounded seven others. Iraq’s border with Jordan was reopened this morning for the first time since April 29.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, Israeli police with metal barriers and human chains held back thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters who tried to prevent a liberal Jewish women's group from praying at a key holy site, the first time police have come down on the side of the women and not the protesters.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, Newspapers in Liberia printed black front pages after a government official was accused of threatening journalists. The director of the presidential security service reportedly told a journalist: "Be careful, because you have your pens and we have our guns."
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, Scores of Libyan militiamen descended on a rally in Tripoli, kicking and beating protesters who had taken to the streets as part of a call for mass demonstrations against the country's unruly militias. Similar rallies in Benghazi and Tobruk passed without violence.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, In northern Mali 5 suicide bombers carried out two simultaneous attacks on soldiers in Gossi and Menaka. All 5 attackers were killed.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(SFC, 5/11/13, p.A2)
2013        May 10, In Nigeria workers barricaded the front of ThisDay newspapers in Lagos, hoping to force publisher Nduka Obaigbena into paying them as much as four months' worth of back salaries due to them. The crisis hit a man politically connected to the nation's ruling elite.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, In Pakistan a pair of bombs targeting the offices of candidates running in this weekend's election killed three people in Miran Shah, North Waziristan. Unknown assailants threw a grenade at the main office of the secular Pakistan People's Party in Quetta, Baluchistan province, wounding five people.
    (AP, 5/10/13)
2013        May 10, In Russia a 23-year-old man was brutally beaten and left to die by his companions in Volgograd after drunkenly telling them he was gay. A former schoolmate of the victim and another man were soon arrested for the killing.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 10, Syrian military dropped leaflets over Qusair, urging rebel fighters to surrender, but did not set a deadline for them to do so.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 10, A contingent of about 100 Tanzanian troops began arriving in eastern Congo, a first step in assembling the new UN intervention brigade. 3,000 soldiers from South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi were expected in a month or two.
    (AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/14/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.50)
2013        May 10, UN officials and delegates said more than 120 nations have agreed to tighter controls on several chemicals and hazardous waste, including a gradual ban on a flame retardant and some new export requirements for other substances.
    (AP, 5/10/13)

2013        May 11, In Indiana 3 men and a woman were found shot to death in Waynesville.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 11, In Afghanistan a bomb killed Faiz Mohammed, the deputy intelligence chief of Nuristan province. A roadside bomb in Nangarhar province ripped through a police vehicle, killing two and injuring three other police officers.
    (AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 11, In Bangladesh recovery operations at the Rana Plaza in Savar continued as the death toll reached 1,115.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, It was reported that unsafe cars made in Brazil, coupled with the nation's often dangerous driving conditions, have resulted in a death rate from passenger car accidents that is nearly four times that of the United States.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, In England a 2-day meeting of G7 financial representatives concluded with formal acknowledgement that each member needed to secure their own countries' growth by balancing economically restraining austerity measures with growth-enhancing policies.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, Canada deported Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad, a former Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine commando, to Lebanon. He had taken part in a 1968 assault on an El Al jet in Athens that killed an Israeli man.
    (Reuters, 5/13/13)
2013        May 11, In China 28 miners were killed in a coal mine blast in Sichuan province.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)
2013        May 11, Egypt's interior minister said that security authorities have arrested three suspected al-Qaida-linked militants who were planning to carry out suicide attacks on vital installations and an unspecified foreign embassy. Egypt's top prosecutor ordered the release of Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 Youth Movement that was at the forefront of the 2011 revolt that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, Marcin Skowronek, an investigator at Europol's European Cybercrime Center in The Hague, said "We are seeing an unprecedented number of cyberscams that include phishing for financial data, viruses, credit card fraud and others." Police Maj. Gen. Pisit Paoin, chief of Thailand's Technology Crime Suppression Division, said in a telephone interview that Thai police have arrested more than 20 suspects involved in the recent $45 million cyber heist including those from Bulgaria, Bangladesh and eastern Europe.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, Thousands of Gabonese people marched to protest ritual killings, in which people are murdered so their body parts can be used in amulets to bring good luck. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, Gabon's first lady, led the event along with Christian and Muslim religious leaders.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, ISNA, an Iranian semi-official news agency, said a court has lifted a ban on the Reuters news agency, allowing it to restart its operations in Iran.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, In Iraq  a suicide tanker truck packed with explosives blew up outside the home of an army intelligence officer, killing three people and wounding 18 others in al-Shurqat, 250 km northwest of Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, In Israel  some two thousand protesters marched in Tel Aviv over proposed tax hikes and benefit cuts.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, The Israel military intentionally crashed an unmanned aircraft into the Mediterranean Sea because of a malfunction. The military then grounded its fleet of high altitude surveillance drones.
    (AP, 5/12/13)
2013        May 11, In northern Italy thousands of supporters of former Premier Silvio Berlusconi rallied in Brescia to protest the media mogul's recent conviction by a Milan appeals court for tax fraud.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, In Italy an illegal immigrant from Ghana went on a rampage with a pickaxe in Milan at dawn, killing a passerby and wounding four others in an apparently random attack. Mada Kabobo (21) was jailed while he is investigated for murder.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, In Mali a suspected jihadist opened fire on a crowd at an aid distribution point in the northern village of  Ikadiwane, killing three civilians. The suspect was shot and wounded and taken to Kidal.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 11, Pakistanis streamed to the polls for a historic vote. Imran Khan (60) faced off against the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), headed by two-time former PM Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan People's Party, led by President Asif Ali Zardari. Militant attacks killed 22 people underlining the risks many people took just casting their ballots. Former PM Nawaz Sharif won the elections. The PML-N wone 124 of 272 seats.
    (AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/12/13)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.42)
2013        May 11, Sierra Leone state radio said that opposition politician Charles Francis Margai has been detained for alleged subversion. Margai earlier in the week spoke about a land displute he has with Sierra Leone's first lady, Sia Koroma. Margai was reported released on May 13.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 11, Activists said Syrian rebels have cut a newly built desert road linking the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo. State media reported that government troops have secured the highway between the capital and the southern city of Daraa.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, A contingent of about 100 Tanzanian troops arrived in eastern Congo, a first step in assembling the new UN intervention brigade.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, In Turkey 2 car bomb explosions in a town across the border from Syria killed 51 people in Reyhanli, Hatay province, a main hub for Syrian refugees. 13 Turkish citizens, believed to have links to the Syrian intelligence agency, were soon detained.
    (AP, 5/11/13)(AP, 5/12/13)(AP, 5/14/13)

2013        May 12, In California the 5-day BottleRock music festival in Napa came to a close. Napa’s first major music festival was organized by WillPower Entertainment.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.E1)
2013        May 12, In Louisiana gunmen opened fire on people marching in a neighborhood Mother's Day parade in New Orleans. At least 19 people were wounded including 2 kids. Police saw 3 suspects running from the scene. People later identified Akein Scott (19) as the shooter. Scott was arrested on May 15. His brother Shawn Scott (24) was arrested on May 16. Five others were soon accused of helping the suspects avoid capture.
    (AP, 5/12/13)(SFC, 5/14/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/16/13, p.A6)(AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 12, Kyle Dube (20) of Orono, Maine, used a phony Facebook account created in the name of a student from another school to lure Nichole Cable (15) outside her Glenburn home. He abducted and killed her. Her body was found more than a week later in a wooded area of Old Town, north of Bangor.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 12, Kevin Orr, Michigan’s state appointed emergency manager for Detroit, released a report sayhing the city is broke and its deficit could reach $386 million in less than two months.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A4)
2013        May 12, New Jersey police shot and killed Gerald Tyrone Murphy (38), a registered sex offender, ending a 37-hour ordeal during which Murphy held 3 children of girlfriend Carmelita Stevens (44)  hostage. Inside the home police found the decomposing bodies of Stevens and a son (13).
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A6)
2013        May 12, In Pennsylvania a late night house fire in Pottsville killed 4 children, their father and an aunt as the mother did laundry at a friend’s house across the street.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A5)
2013        May 12, Bulgarians voted in parliamentary elections. The center-right Citizens for Bulgaria's European Development party (GERB) of former PM Boiko Borisov won 31%, falling far short of winning a majority needed to form a government. with no willing partners to join a coalition. This left the second-place (27%) opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (DPS) in position to lead a new government.
    (AP, 5/12/13)(AP, 5/13/13)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.60)
2013        May 12, Global Witness presented a report “Rubber Barons" on illegal logging and land grabbing in Cambodia by local and foreign companies, including the Vietnam Rubber Group.
    (Econ, 5/18/13, p.46)(www.youtube.com/watch?v=3epqpR9OBhY)
2013        May 12, China’s ruling Communist Party's disciplinary agency said in a one-sentence statement on its website that Liu Tienan, deputy head of the Cabinet's National Development and Reform Commission, is being investigated for "suspected serious disciplinary violations." On Aug 8 the party’s antigraft agency said that an investigation had found Liu took bribes and abused his power. He was expelled from the CP and faced prosecution.
    (AP, 5/12/13)(SFC, 8/9/13, p.A2)
2013        May 12, In Egypt Romany Amir, a Coptic Christian, committed suicide as he was waiting to be interrogated by police at the main court in the southern city of Assiut. He had stabbed his wife a day earlier for converting to Islam. She remained in critical condition.
    (AP, 5/12/13)
2013        May 12, In Iraq gunfire attacks killed five people. They included 3 civilians in Mishada, a police officer in Baghdad and Ali Hussein, a Sunni member of the Basra Provincial Council.
    (AP, 5/12/13)
2013        May 12, It was reported that an upsurge of gang rapes has hit the breakaway region of Somaliland. Rights activists and medical officials said least 84 women have been raped since the beginning of this year.
    (AP, 5/12/13)
2013        May 12, In Syria 6 mortar shells struck the Damascus neighborhood of the Alawite district of Mazzeh 86 causing damage and casualties. Regime forces retook Khirbet Ghazaleh and rebels withdrew from the area. Troops reopened the Damascus-Jordan highway, restoring the supply line between Damascus and the provincial capital of Daraa.
    (AP, 5/12/13)(AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 12, Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church new saints, including hundreds of 15th-century martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam.
    (AP, 5/12/13)
2013        May 12, Zimbabwe's state radio said police have arrested three polling campaigners for illegally promoting voter awareness ahead of crucial elections.
    (AP, 5/12/13)

2013        May 13, President Obama welcomed British PM David Cameron to the White House, where the two leaders discussed issues ranging from economic development to the unfolding conflict in Syria.
    (http://tinyurl.com/koo96fu)
2013        May 13, In New Jersey Joseph Galfy, Jr. (73), a Clark, N.J., attorney was found dead. On May 16 Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, a homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker was arrested in Philadelphia for allegedly beating Galfy to death inside his home. McGillvary had become an Internet hero earlier this year after he intervened in an attack on a California utility worker.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 13, Pennsylvania Dr. Kermit Gosnell (72) was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of 3 babies and involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an abortion patient. The next day Gosnell gave up his right to appeal in exchange for a life sentence.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A4)(SFC, 5/15/13, p.A6)
2013        May 13, Memphis, Tenn., educator Clarence Mumford Sr. was sentenced to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to leading a 15-year scheme that helped teachers cheat on qualification exams.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A4)
2013        May 13, Dr. Joyce Brothers (b.1927), advice columnist and media star, died in NYC. She initially gained fame in 1955 for winning top prize in “The $64,000 Question" TV quiz show.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Brothers)
2013        May 13, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb in Kandahar province hit a bus and killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children. 3 Georgian soldiers killed when a truck bomb exploded at the gate of their outpost in neighboring Helmand province.
    (AP, 5/13/13)(AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 13, Bangladesh's government agreed to allow the country's garment workers to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners. The search for the dead ended at the site of the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry with the death toll at 1,127.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, Belize authorities said a construction company has essentially destroyed the Nohmul complex, one of the country’s largest Mayan pyramids, with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project. The ceremonial center dated back at least 2,300 years.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 13, Britain’s former energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were released early from prison, just two months after being jailed for lying to police about a speeding offence.0
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, In China several rights lawyers attempting to visit one of the unofficial detention centers — also known as "black jails" — in the southwestern city of Ziyang were beaten by unidentified men.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 13, Greek civil servants' unions called a 24-hour strike for May 14 in reaction to the government's decision to use emergency powers to prevent protesting teachers from disrupting the May 17-31 exams for school leavers and university candidates.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, It was reported that at least five times in the last few months, members of a Honduras street gang were killed or went missing just after run-ins with the US-supported national police.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, Hong Kong's top court granted a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend in a watershed ruling that falls short of allowing same-sex marriage.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, Indonesia approved a two-year extension to a landmark ban on clearing primary rainforests and peatlands. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed the decree to continue the 2011 moratorium, which barred new logging and palm oil plantation permits under a $1 billion deal with Norway.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 13, Ivory Coast security forces used teargas to disperse hundreds of students demonstrating against overcrowded classrooms and empty libraries at the country's largest university, sending at least two students to the hospital with injuries.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, Kenya police searched for 40 mentally ill patients who escaped from Mathari Mental Hospital, the country's only public psychiatric facility. The escapees had earlier complained that the drugs they were being given are ineffective.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, In Libya a car bomb exploded near a hospital in a busy area packed with civilians in Benghazi, destroying part of the facility. Conflicting reports said 3-10 people were killed.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, In Nigeria Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, in a newly released video, said his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country's government.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, A Nigerian federal judge ruled that Iranian Azim Aghajani and his accomplice, Nigerian national Usman Abbas Jega, must serve a five-year prison sentence. The two men were arrested after authorities in Lagos' Apapa Port found a container full of 107 mm mortars, rifle rounds and other weapons in 2010.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, The Philippines held congressional and local elections. Political allies of Pres. Aquino looked to take control of the Senate.
    (AP, 5/13/13)(SFC, 5/15/13, p.A2)
2013        May 13, In South Africa thieves stole several hundred thousand dollars from a safe at Soccer City, a Johannesburg stadium where Justin Bieber and Jon Bon Jovi performed over the weekend. Police believed it was an inside job.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 13, In Togo opposition activists protested the death of one of their leaders in state custody. Authorities said Kodjo Yakanou suffered a heart attack in jail, but his supporters maintain he was denied access to adequate medical care. He was among the opposition supporters detained for months in questioning with the January burning of two central markets.
    (AP, 5/13/13)
2013        May 13, In Venezuela a "Secure Homeland" initiative placed dozens of military checkpoints in Petare, a sprawling slum on the outskirts of Caracas. This was the socialist government's latest attempt to control the oil-rich country's pandemic of violence.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 13, A Yemeni military plane on a training exercise exploded in midair over the country's capital, killing the pilot and slamming into a residential neighborhood in Sanaa.
    (AP, 5/13/13)

2013        May 14, The US Navy for the first time launched an unmanned aircraft the size of a fighter jet from a warship in the Atlantic Ocean. The bat-winged X-47B was launched from the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier off the Virginia coast.
    (AP, 5/14/13)(SFC, 5/15/13, p.A6)
2013        May 14, Prosecutors in San Francisco said 6 current and former SF Unified School District employees faced a total of 205 felony charges for allegedly misappropriating some $15 million in public funds.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A1)
2013        May 14, In Iowa a federal judge slashed the May 1 $240 million verdict to $1.6 million  for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A6)
2013        May 14, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill allowing gay couples to marry. This made Minnesota the 12th US state to permit same-sex marriages.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A5)
2013        May 14, Billie Sol Estes (88), convicted Texas swindler, died at his home in Granbury, Texas. He had created a $150 million empire of real and illusory farming enterprises. In 1963 he was convicted on federal charges and served 6 years of a 15 year sentence. In 1979 he was convicted of tax fraud and served 4 more years.
    (SFC, 5/16/13, p.D5)
2013        May 17, Two FBI agents were killed in a training accident off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va.
    (SFC, 5/20/13, p.A4)
2013        May 14, In Washington state two letters containing the deadly poison ricin were intercepted in Spokane. On May 22 Matthew Ryan Buquet (37) was arrested and accused of mailing the letters.
    (SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A10)
2013        May 14, In Afghanistan a powerful explosion ripped through a NATO convoy in southern Kandahar province. 4 US personnel were killed. A bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle ripped through a crowded market in Helmand province, killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Brazil’s National Council of Justice said that the country’s notary publics must register same-sex civil unions as marriages if the couple requests it.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Croatia Airlines pilots and flight attendants went on strike over planned salary cuts and layoffs that are part of efforts to restructure the loss-making state carrier ahead of the country's EU entry.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, An Ethiopian court ruled that prosecutors have two weeks to finalize corruption charges against two dozen people who have been arrested, including a senior Cabinet minister.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, The European Court of Human Rights found that Swiss laws on passive assisted suicide are unclear and need revising to clarify when people are entitled to a medical prescription for a lethal dose of drugs.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, The European Union's executive arm, the Commission, said it had raided the offices of a number of oil industry companies for possible price-fixing.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 14, In Germany a union representing workers at Amazon said members are striking in a push for higher wages from the online retailer.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, In Indonesia 25 workers were trapped after the collapse at a giant gold and copper Grasberg mine in Mimika district in Papua. On May 22 the last of 28 miners killed was recovered.
    (AP, 5/15/13)(SFC, 5/20/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)
2013        May 14, In Iraq a convoy of gunmen opened fire on a row of liquor stores in eastern Baghdad immediately after sunset, killing 11 people and wounding five others.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Israel's PM Netanyahu came under fire again for a costly lifestyle at taxpayers' expense, just as his government is slashing welfare benefits and raising taxes to cope with a huge deficit.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, The first Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into northern Iraq as part of a peace deal to end a long uprising despite Iraqi objections to the transfer. The Iraqi Cabinet reiterated its rejection of the deal and of the presence of PKK fighters.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Malaysia-based Genting Group, a major casino operator, accused Phil Ivey (37) of amassing millions of dollars in winnings by cheating at baccarat. Ivey, an American, is one of the world's top professional poker players. The game in question took place on Aug 20-21, 2012, at Crockfords, one of London's oldest and most respected casinos.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 14, Nigeria's Pres. Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency allowing soldiers to arrest people at will and take over buildings suspected to house extremists in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. An official in the Kaduna state said gunmen armed with assault rifles and suspected to be Hausa-Fulani cattle herders killed 11 people in a village there. In Benue state, a government spokesman said an attack blamed on Hausa-Fulani cattle herders there killed at least 12 people.
    (AP, 5/14/13)(AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 14, Palestinian Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed said Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a national unity government.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A2)
2013        May 14, In the Philippines former President Joseph Estrada was declared the winner of Manila's mayoral election, his first ballot victory since his ouster in a 2001 anti-corruption revolt and a possible prelude to a return to higher office.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin met Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow for talks that focused on the situation in Syria, amid concerns that Russia could soon provide Syria with advanced missiles.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Russia's security services said they have caught a US diplomat who they claim is a CIA agent in a red-handed attempt to recruit a Russian agent. Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the US Embassy in Moscow, was carrying special technical equipment, disguises, written instructions and a large sum of money when he was detained overnight.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, In Rwanda 6 people were killed and dozens more injured when a four-story building under construction collapsed in the eastern Rwanda district of Nyagatare.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 14, Saudi Arabia confirmed four new cases of the deadly new coronavirus virus related to SARS that appears centered in the Arabian Peninsula but that has also been reported in Europe.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, The UN said an overcrowded boat capsized while trying to escape a cyclone bearing down on Myanmar, tossing dozens of Rohingya Muslims into the sea. 8 bodies were found and more than 50 people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 5/14/13)
2013        May 14, Venezuela’s Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming blamed a shortage of toilet tissue on "excessive demand" built up as a result of "a media campaign that has been generated to disrupt the country."
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        May 15, Pres. Obama announced the resignation of Steven Miller, acting com missioner of the IRS. US Attorney General Eric Holder promised angry lawmakers that the Justice Department will undertake a national investigation into the IRS wrongdoing. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew forced out Steven Miller. A Treasury Department Inspector General's report had detailed how the IRS in 2010 had targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
    (AP, 5/15/13)(SFC, 5/16/13, p.A6)
2013        May 15, It was reported that Ranbaxy Labs, India’s biggest drugmaker, has agreed to pay $500 million to resolve fraud allegations related to adulterated drugs sold in the US and lying to US regulators. A 2007 whistle-blower’s lawsuit was unsealed on May 12. Whistelblower Dinesh Thakur had resigned from Ranbaxy in 2005 and contacted American regulators regarding invented data to win approval for drugs in American and treatment for HIV patients.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.C3)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.65)
2013        May 15, Google announced that you can now email money, just like you would email a photo or Word document. Both parties, payer and recipient, would need Google Wallet accounts.
    (Yahoo News, 5/16/13)
2013        May 15, NASA reported that the Kepler telescope, launched in 2009, was in trouble.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.83)
2013        May 15, In Kentucky a Humvee carrying 6 Navy SEALS overturned at Fort Know killing one of the men.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013        May 15, In North Texas at least 6 people were killed in an outbreak of spring tornadoes.
    (SFC, 5/16/13, p.A6)
2013        May 15, In Afghanistan 2 bombs exploded at a checkpoint outside a provincial governor's compound, killing at least one police officer in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 15, Fourteen members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq arrived in Albania from Iraq, the first of 210 set to travel to new homes in Albania.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 15, The Arctic Council, meeting in Sweden, agreed to expand membership and provide observer status to 6 new nations including China, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
    (SFC, 5/16/13, p.A4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Council)
2013        May 15, Two million Argentines will get wage hikes of 24% under a deal President Cristina Fernandez brokered with six allied labor unions. Economists say inflation has been running about 25% a year, more than twice the official inflation rate of 10%.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 15, In Brussels a plan to turn Mali into a stable democracy rather than a terrorist haven drew massive support as various nations and international organizations pledged 3.25 billion euros ($4.22 billion) to help reconstruct the conflict-ridden West African nation.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 15, In CongoDRC at least 24 militiamen and 3 soldiers died, including a lieutenant colonel, in fighting between soldiers and Mai Mai militiamen in Beni, 220 miles (350 km) north of Goma. 5 others, who were awaiting transfer to a military training center, were also killed.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 15, The recession across the economy of the 17 EU countries that use the euro extended into its sixth quarter, longer than the calamitous slump that hit the region in the financial crisis of 2008-9.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 15, In Iraq a wave of bombings struck in mainly in Shiite neighborhoods, killing 33 people and raising concerns over a return to the sectarian bloodshed.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 15, In Libya protesters and disgruntled job seekers forced the closure of the eastern Zueitina oil terminal for the second time in six months, disrupting exports.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 15, Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Peña Nieto fired Humberto Benítez Treviño, the head of its consumer protection agency, because his daughter got inspectors to partly close a Mexico City bistro that didn’t give her a table she wanted.
    (SFC, 5/16/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/aky7v2o)
2013        May 15, Dutch sociologist Saskia Sassen was awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias social sciences prize for her work in the field of globalization and urban sociology. The jury said that one of her greatest scientific contributions was "her concept of the 'global city', now accepted and used worldwide."
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 15, In Pakistan Mujahid Hussain, chief of disaster management efforts in the Kurram tribal area, said an estimated 35,000 and 49,000 have left their villages following a new offensive by the military against militants.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 15, Violence erupted as the Palestinians held an annual day of mourning and protests over the displacement of Palestinians following Israel's creation in 1948. Police say Jewish worshippers inside the Old City of Jerusalem were attacked during the unrest.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 15, Syrian rebels launched a coordinated assault on the main prison in the northern city of Aleppo in an attempt to free hundreds of regime opponents believed to be held in the facility. An Internet blackout engulfed the country for the second time in two weeks.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 15, The Vatican ordered disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien to leave Scotland for several months to pray and atone for sexual misconduct, issuing a rare public sanction against a "prince of the church" and the first such punishment meted out by Pope Francis.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 15, In Vietnam a law, known as "Decision 20", came into effect. It requires that translation and editing be performed by an agency licensed by the government and that content is "appropriate to the people's healthy needs and does not violate Vietnamese press law." It also states that commercials running on foreign channels must be made in Vietnam.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        May 16, Florida authorities said a shipment of gold with a declared value of $625,000 has gone missing in a suspected heist at Miami International Airport.
    (Reuters, 5/1/13)
2013        May 16, Heinrich Rohrer (79), Swiss physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1986), died in Switzerland. He is regarded as the father of nanotechnology.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.90)
2013        May 16, Four British LulzSec hackers, who pleaded guilty to a series of high-profile cyberattacks on computers in the US and Britain, were sentenced to up to 32 months in prison.
    (SFC, 5/17/13, p.A2)
2013        May 16, In Cambodia the ceiling of a factory, a Taiwanese-owned operation called Wing Star, collapsed on workers, killing 2 people and injuring 7. The firm made sneakers for Asics, a Japanese sportswear label.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber rammed his car into a US convoy in Kabul, killing at least 15 people including two American soldiers and four civilian contractors. Islamic militant group Hizb-e-Islami claimed responsibility for the early morning bombing.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, The Brazilian Congress approved legislation to modernize and expand its overcrowded ports, attract private investments to the sector and make it easier for companies to hire skilled foreign workers, in a bid to spur economic growth.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 16, In southern China more than 2,000 people unfurled banners in Kunming and shouted "Protest! Protest!" to oppose plans for a petroleum refinery. Local authorities allowed the large environmental rally to go forward in order to let the public vent frustration.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, In Egypt masked gunmen ambushed two taxis at gunpoint outside the city of el-Arish, the capital of North Sinai governorate, fleeing with four border policemen working at the Rafah crossing, a riot policeman, and a military border guard. A 7th person was also taken captive. All 7 men were released on May 22.
    (AP, 5/16/13)(AP, 5/17/13)(AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 16, In France, a dozen students and a teacher saw a man kill himself with a shot in the head at a private Catholic school. People expressed surprise that the man gained access to the private La Rochefoucauld school, in the heart of Paris' 7th district.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, Flights in Greece were halted for four hours as the country's two largest labor unions staged work stoppages to protest austerity measures and the government decision to cancel a teachers' strike.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, In India 3 cricketers and a dozen bookmakers were arrested for alleged match-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.18)
2013        May 16, Indonesia’s Pres. Yudhoyono extended a 2-year moratorium on forest clearing concessions for another 2 years.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.40)
2013        May 16, In Iraq car bombs struck Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Mosul, killing 21 people. Gunmen in Baghdad shot dead the brother of a Sunni lawmaker.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, Israeli police temporarily barred Israeli Jews and tourists from entering the most hotly contested Jerusalem holy site following Palestinian demonstrations.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, In Jordan a British-made aerobatic T-67 Firefly trainer  crashed near the Syrian border, killing its two Jordanian pilots.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, In northern Nepal a plane crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip. All 21 people on board, including 8 Japanese tourists, survived with injuries.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, Soldiers in northeast Nigeria shelled suspected camps of Islamic extremists in the first military action of a new offensive against the insurgents, killing at least 21 people in the Sambisa Forest Reserve. In a firefight in the town of Daura near the Niger border, two government soldiers were killed and an officer was wounded while two members of Boko Haram were killed. Three other Boko Haram fighters died when their vehicle crashed while attempting to flee the scene.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 16, Pakistan says it will conduct a recount or re-do the vote for eight national assembly seats following allegations of vote rigging in the recent election. The Pakistan Muslim League-N party led by former PM Nawaz Sharif has won 124 seats so far, setting it up to form the next government.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, Levada Center, Russia's only independent polling agency, was told by prosecutors to register as a foreign agent.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.53)
2013        May 16, In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, vegetable seller Muhammad Harissi set himself on fire after police confiscated his goods for standing in an unauthorized area.  He died the next day.
    (AP, 5/19/13)(Econ, 7/13/13, SR p.10)
2013        May 16, Syrian rebels withdrew from a prison in the northern city of Aleppo after heavy fighting with government troops. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights more than doubled its tally of deaths from the May 3 sectarian killings in Banias. A video emerged showing a Nusra Front commander killing 11 regime soldiers execution-style for alleged crimes they committed against the Syrian people.
    (AP, 5/16/13)
2013        May 16, Taiwan announced a 2nd wave of sanctions against Manila in response the Philippines coast guard’s fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman on May 9.
    (SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A4)
2013        May 16, A Vietnamese satellite TV company stopped airing international channels including BBC and CNN, citing a law which came into effect a day earlier.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        May 17, A federal judge in Arkansas granted a request to temporarily block enforcement of a new state law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013        May 17, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said that a requirement for every new semiautomatic handgun to contain “micro-stamping" technology would be effective immediately. The gun control law was originally passed in 2007.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.D1)
2013        May 17, In California Dr. Christine Daniel (58) of Los Angeles was sentenced to 14 years in prison for bilking patients out of more than $1 million by promising them that an herbal supplement she hawked could cure late-stage cancer.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013        May 17, Golfer Ken Venturi (b.1931), winner of the 1964 US Open, died in Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A1)
2013        May 17, In New York  Andrea Rebello (24), a student at Hofstra Univ. was shot and killed after an armed man broke into the home she shared with her twin sister. Gunfire from a police officer killed intruder Dalton Smith (30) and Rebello. 
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)(SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A7)
2013        May 17, Two FBI agents were killed in a training accident off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va.
    (SFC, 5/20/13, p.A4)
2013        May 17, In Afghanistan motorcycle-riding gunmen assassinated a police chief in front of his house after he led an anti-Taliban campaign in Farah province. Two bombs hidden in a motorcycle and a car exploded inside an elite gated community linked to the family of President Karzai, killing at least 9 people and wounding more than 70 near Kandahar city.
    (AP, 5/17/13)(AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 17, Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla (87) died of natural causes while serving life sentences in prison for crimes against humanity. He took power over Argentina in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow citizens in a dirty war to eliminate so-called "subversives."
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, An Organization of American States (OAS) study was released calling for a serious discussion on legalizing marijuana. The study was presented by outgoing OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza in Bogota.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In the Central African Republic suspected foreign fighters backing a rebel movement now in control of the CAR government invaded Bouca, a remote north-central village and killed six people.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 17, The body of a Congolese journalist was found on the bank of the Ngezi River near the provincial capital of Bunia in eastern Congo. Guylain Chanjabo, a journalist at Radio Canal Révélation in Bunia, had disappeared 12 days ago.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 17, In Egypt dozens of disgruntled border policemen forced the closure of the main crossing point into the Gaza Strip to protest the abduction of their colleagues by suspected militants.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, Egyptian security forces fired tear gas at protesters hurling firebombs at them in central Cairo, hours after hundreds of opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi rallied peacefully in the streets denouncing his rule and demanding early presidential elections.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In France PSA Peugeot Citroen said that it has signed an agreement with the CGT union to end a strike at a factory north of Paris, which started January 16. Workers said they will still fight a plan to close the plant.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, French officials said thieves overnight had ripped a safe from the wall of a hotel room near the Cannes Film Festival and made off with some $1 million worth of jewelry.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A2)
2013        May 17, In Georgia thousands of anti-gay protesters, including Orthodox priests, occupied a central street in Tbilisi, with some threatening to lash with stinging nettles any participant in a gay pride parade which was to take place there.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In India 8 festival-goers were killed in Bastar village, Chhattisgarh state, as they were reportedly mistaken as Maoists.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.41)
2013        May 17, In Iraq bombs ripped through Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas, killing at least 76 people. The deadliest blast struck worshippers as they were leaving the main Sunni mosque in Baqouba. Another explosion went off shortly afterward as people gathered to help the wounded, leaving 41 dead and 56 wounded. In Baghdad a bomb exploded near a shopping center in the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah, killing 21 people. Another bomb in a commercial district in the Dora neighborhood killed 4 people. A blast struck a cafe in Fallujah killing 2 people. A roadside bomb during a Sunni funeral procession in Madain killed 8 mourners.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In northwestern Pakistan bombs exploded outside two mosques in a village killing at least 15 people in Baz Darrah village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, South Africa police said 23 youths have died in the past nine days at initiation ceremonies that include circumcisions and survival tests in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, Human Rights Watch said in a report that its researchers have visited abandoned government prisons in Raqqa, the first Syrian city to come under rebel control, and found torture devices and other evidence that detainees were abused there.
    (AP, 5/17/13)
2013        May 17, In Turkey a container of fuel being smuggled into the country from Syria exploded, killing 10 people in Tunisma village, Hatay province.
    (AP, 5/17/13)

2013        May 18, Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner was arrested in an FBI sting operation. She accused of taking at least $36,000 from a broker who later came to manage a large share of the state’s $3.3 billion stock and bond portfolio.
    (SFC, 5/21/13, p.A5)(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A5)
2013        May 18, Opera singer Claramae Turner Hoffman (b.1920) died in Santa Rosa, Ca. She appeared in the 1956 movie Carousel in which she sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone."
    (SFC, 6/10/13, p.C4)
2013        May 18, In NYC  Elliot Morales (33) fired a fatal shot point-blank into a man's face on a Manhattan street. Morales was arrested on the edge of the New York University campus.
    (AP, 5/18/13)   
2013        May 18, In Pennsylvania Richard DeCoatsworth (27), a former Philadelphia police officer, was arraigned on charges including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, trafficking of persons, false imprisonment and aggravated assault. His bail was set at $60 million. He had hailed as a hero after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop in September 2007 but still managed to chase after his attacker, who was later sentenced to 36 to 72 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 18, Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation aimed at strengthening provisions for women's freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience. 4 Afghan army soldiers died in Bakwa district when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, In Algeria Hicham Aboud, editor of the My Journal and Djaridati newspapers, rejected an order from the Communication Ministry to remove an article from the papers that claimed hospitalized President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had slipped into a coma. The government in return blocked the publication of his two newspapers.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 18, In Egypt baggage handlers in Cairo went on strike after a baggage handler who works for EgyptAir died when a conveyer belt used to unload luggage fell on his head. The strike did not disrupt flights.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, French President Francois Hollande signed a law authorizing gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. This means the first gay marriages may be celebrated in France within about 10 days.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, French police arrested Julian Stevenson (48), a British unemployed man after the bodies of his daughter (5) and son (10) were found with their throats slit at his apartment in a suburb of Lyon. Stevenson hanged himself in prison on Dec 30.
    (Reuters, 5/19/13)(AFP, 12/31/13)
2013        May 18, In Iraq gunmen kidnapped 8 policemen who were guarding a post on the main highway to Jordan and Syria. Gunmen broke into the house of an anti-terrorism police officer in the southern suburbs of Baghdad, killing 5 people including Cap. Adnan Ibrahim and his sleeping family. In Basra gunmen shot and killed a Sunni cleric, Assad Nassir, as he was leaving his house. 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed and two others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Mosul. A string of attacks across the country killed at least 16 people.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, A union of Italian metal workers led thousands of people in a march through the heart of Rome to press the new government for measures to spur job creation.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, In Ivory Coast militia leader Amade Oueremi, a native of Burkina Faso, was taken into custody not far from the national park where his forces had been illegally occupying in the country's volatile western region. He was accused of grave crimes during the country’s 2010-11 postelection violence.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, Kenya police shot dead a couple suspected to be terrorists after they threw four grenades, wounding five officers. The man killed was Kenyan national Felix Otuko, who was suspected of carrying out two grenade attacks on October 24, 2011.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 18, Nigeria's military declared a 24-hour curfew in several neighborhoods of Maiduguri as its campaign against Islamic extremists in the region continued.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, In Pakistan Zahra Shahid, a senior member of former cricket star Imran Khan's party, was shot and killed in Karachi. Gunmen shot Shahid in front of her home after they tried to snatch her purse and then sped away on a motorcycle. Khan blamed her killing on the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQAM), the same party he accused of vote rigging in the May 11 election.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 18, Russia's Sergey Karjakin won the €100,000 ($130,000) Norway chess championship after drawing against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, In Syria gunmen abducted the elderly father of Faisal Mekdad, the deputy foreign minister. Activists reported a wave of tit-for-tat kidnappings between rival Islamic militant groups in Aleppo, after clashes killed at least four militants.
    (AP, 5/18/13)
2013        May 18, Massive numbers of Tunisian police and army surrounded the religious center of Kairouan to prevent a conference by salafists. The ultraconservative Muslim group Ansar al-Shariah has been implicated in attacks around the country.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 18, In Yemen a suspected US drone strike killed four al-Qaida militants in Abyan province, an area once overrun by the group.
    (AP, 5/18/13)

2013        May 19, More than two dozen tornadoes were spotted in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois. A half-mile wide twister struck near Oklahoma City and at least one person was killed.
    (Reuters, 5/20/13)
2013        May 19, Lottery officials said a lone ticket in Florida matched each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 19, Nigel Wright, the top aide to Canadian PM Stephen Harper, abruptly resigned over his role in a mounting expenses scandal which threatened to undermine the Conservative government.
    (Reuters, 5/19/13)
2013        May 19, China's new Premier Li Keqiang visited India on his first foreign trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 19, Iran’s state radio said Mohammad Heidari, who was accused of providing Mossad with classified information in return of money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, who allegedly gave the CIA intelligence on Iran, have been hanged.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 19, Nigeria's military said its offensive against insurgents in the country's restive northeast has killed at least 14 suspected Islamic extremists and three soldiers.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 19, Pakistan held a repeat election in an upscale area of the southern city of Karachi that was plagued with allegations of vote-rigging.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 19, A Russian capsule carrying mice, lizards and other small animals returned to Earth after spending a month in space for what scientists said was the longest experiment of its kind. Fewer than half of the 53 mice and other rodents who blasted off on April 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome survived the flight.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 19, In South Sudan a battle in Jonglei state killed 20 rebel fighters and 4 government troops as the army recaptured the town of Boma, near the border with Ethiopia, from rebels led by David Yau Yau who took over the town earlier this month.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 19, Syrian troops backed by tanks and warplanes launched an assault on Qusair, a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border, pounding the area with airstrikes and artillery salvos. At least 50 Syrian rebels were reported killed in the battle for Qusair, including two commanders. An official at the Homs governor's office said two suicide bombings in the town of Deir Balbaa killed at least 3 people and wounded 15 others. State news said another pair of bombings struck near a factory on a different Homs highway, killing 4 people and wounding 13.
    (AP, 5/19/13)(AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 19, In Tunisia some 11,000 police officers and soldiers blocked an annual conference by a radical Islamist movement that has been implicated in attacks across the country, prompting clashes with angry youths that resulted in one death.
    (AP, 5/19/13)
2013        May 19, Tunisian feminist Amina Tyler (19), who scandalized her country by posting topless photos of herself online, was arrested after allegedly sneaking into Tunisia's holiest city disguised in a veil, then trying to get undressed during a protest.
    (AP, 5/20/13)

2013        May 20, Former general Thein Sein became the first Myanmar president to be welcomed to the White House in almost 47 years.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Edward Snowden (29), a US contractor working at the National Security Agency, left his NSA office in Hawaii for Hong Kong.
    (AP, 6/10/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.11)(Econ, 1/25/14, p.23)
2013        May 20, In Dayton, Iowa, Kathlynn Shepard (15) was abducted along with another girl (12). The younger girl escaped and called help. Michael Klunder (42), a registered sex offender was found dead hours later after reportedly hanging himself. Kathlynn’s body was found by a fisherman on June 7 in the Des Moines River.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)
2013        May 20, A NYPD detective said he’s seen no evidence that one of his informants brought up the subject of jihad as a way to bait Muslims. Text messages indicated that informant Shamiur Rahman said the NYPD had encouraged him to create conversations about jihad or terrorism, then capture responses and send them to the NYPD.
    (SFC, 5/21/13, p.A5)
2013        May 20, In New York Brooklyn assemblyman Vito Lopez resigned following allegations that he had groped or harassed at least 8 young female staffers.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.32)
2013        May 20, In Oklahoma a mile-wide category 5 tornado with winds of up to 200 mph touched down in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. 7 children were among the 24 people killed. Early estimated of damages ranged from $1.5-2 billion.
    (AP, 5/21/13)(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A6)(Reuters, 5/26/13)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.30)
2013        May 20, It was reported that Yahoo has agreed to buy Tumblr, a popular blogging service, for $1.1 billion.
    (SFC, 5/20/13, p.A1)
2013        May 20, Afghan Pres. Karzai left for a two-day state visit to India, where he is expected to request military aid. In the north a suicide bomber dressed in a police uniform killed 14 people including a prominent provincial council chief outside the council headquarters in Pul-e-Khumri, Baghlan province.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, It was reported that a businesswoman in southern China has been sentenced to death on charges of defrauding investors. Lin Haiyan was convicted of "illegal fundraising" for collecting 640 million yuan ($100 million) from investors by promising high returns and low risk, according to a statement by the Intermediate People's Court in Wenzhou. It said the scheme collapsed in October 2011 and 428 million yuan could not be recovered.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In eastern CongoDRC clashes erupted near Muja between government troops and the M23 rebel group, believed to be backed by neighboring Rwanda.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Dagestan, Russia, twin car bombings killed 3 people and injured at least 44 more in Makhachkala.
    (SFC, 5/21/13, p.A2)
2013        May 20, In Germany Ray Manzarek (74), keyboard player and founding member of the Doors, died in Rosenheim. The group was formed in 1965 when Manzarek met Jim Morrison at Venice Beach, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/21/13, p.A6)
2013        May 20, Guatemala's top court overturned the conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, and ordered that the trial be taken back to the middle of the proceedings.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 20, In Iraq a wave of car bombs and shootings killed at least 113 people in Shiite and Sunni areas. This included ten car bombs in Baghdad, killing at least 46 people and wounding more than 150. Authorities found 13 dead bodies in a remote desert area of Anbar province. The bodies included eight policemen who were kidnapped by gunmen on May 17, had been killed with a gunshot to the head.
    (AP, 5/20/13)(AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 20, In Israel a gunman killed 4 people in a bungled bank robbery in Beersheba and then took his own life.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Libya militiamen attacked the Mellitah Oil and Gas complex near Zwara, injuring two guards and stealing weapons and military vehicles.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Mauritania Sanda Ould Boumana, the Timbuktu-based spokesman for Ansar Dine, was transferred Nouakchott after he turned himself in over the weekend.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Mexico residents of La Ruana, Michoacan state, who endured months besieged by the Knights Templars drug cartel, cheered the arrival of hundreds of Mexican soldiers. The town's supplies had been blocked after the Knights Templars cartel declared war on the hamlet.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, A Moroccan court convicted two men of homosexuality and public indecency, and sentenced each to four months in prison, in the latest case against gays in this North African nation.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 20, In Nepal five climbers, including two Hungarians and a South Korean, disappeared on Mount Kanchenjunga. Bad weather prevented a rescue helicopter from reaching their base camp.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 20, New Zealand PM John Key said a frozen meat issue is a technical hiccup that he expects will be resolved this week. Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded for 2-3 weeks on Chinese docks after China halted their import due to a certification dispute.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, A Norwegian security firm reported that cyber spies had attacked Telenor, one of the world’s largest mobile operators, and that the attack was probably directed from India.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.61)
2013        May 20, A Pakistani judge granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case related to the assassination of ex-PM Benazir Bhutto.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Pakistan  gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in the town of Mamound in the Bajur tribal area. A policeman guarding the team was killed.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Russia's only independent polling agency, said it may have to close after prosecutors targeted it for "political activity" under a law spearheading Pres. Putin's crackdown on foreign-funded NGOs. Levada Center receives between 1.5 and 3% of its funding from foreign sources.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Russia's counterterrorism agency said that its special forces killed two militants and detained a third believed to have been planning a terrorist act in Moscow.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Saudi Arabia recorded another death from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 16. More than 20 people have died from the virus worldwide.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 20, In Sweden gangs of youth angered by the police shooting death of an elderly man in a mainly immigrant neighborhood hurled rocks at police and set cars and buildings on fire in a Stockholm suburb early today, forcing the evacuation of an apartment block.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Syrian government forces pushed deeper into Qusair near the Lebanese border, battling rebels in fierce street fighting. An activist group said at least 23 elite fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group fighting alongside regime troops have been killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Turkey a hot air balloon collided with another balloon mid-air during a sightseeing tour in the Cappadocia region and crashed to the ground, killing two Brazilian tourists and injuring 23 other people on board.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, Ugandan police disabled the presses of the Daily Monitor, an independent newspaper in Kampala, after forcibly entering its premises to look for evidence against an army general who recently questioned the president's alleged plan to have his son succeed him.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, United Arab Emirates-based construction company Arabtec said it's working to resolve a rare strike by laborers seeking higher wages. Arabtec said an undisclosed number of workers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have stayed in camps for a second day.
    (AP, 5/20/13)
2013        May 20, In Yemen a suspected US drone killed two alleged al-Qaida militants riding a motorbike outside Radda in Bayda province.
    (AP, 5/20/13)

2013        May 21, A US federal appeals court struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
    (SFC, 5/22/13, p.A7)
2013        May 21, It was reported that NASA has given a six-month grant to a company developing what could be the world’s first 3-D food printer. And the project’s developer, reports Quartz, an online digital news site, believes the invention could be used to end world hunger.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mhbdgwh)
2013        May 21, Rob Rhinehart (24) raised $100,000 in after requesting donations on Twitter for support to manufacture Soylent, an artificial food substance. Over 1,000 backers overnight pledged $65 for a week’s supply.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.D2)
2013        May 21, Microsoft Corp. said it is expanding its services for hosting and processing online data in Australia with the establishment of two new "cloud" computing data centers in the country.
    (Reuters, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, In western Afghanistan a powerful roadside bomb killed six policemen when their vehicle hit the explosives buried in the road in Herat province. Gunmen kidnapped Khobi Khan (60), the father of the national cricket team captain near his home in Jalalabad.
    (AP, 5/21/13)(AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 21, New York-based Human Rights Watch said 600 females are now detained in Afghanistan under charges listed as moral crimes, a catch-all category that covers running away from home and sex outside of marriage. It said the number of females behind bars has jumped by 50% since late 2012.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, In Argentina 3 former Ford Motor Co. executives were charged with crimes against humanity for allegedly targeting union workers for kidnapping and torture after the country's 1976 military coup.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, A Canadian Pacific derailment spilled 575 barrels of crude oil near Jansen, Saskatchewan. The line reopened the next day as clean up continued.
    (Reuters, 5/22/13)
2013        May 21, Chinese boat owner Yu Xuejun said gunmen wearing North Korean military uniforms released his fishing boat after holding its crew since May 5, beating up the captain and stealing the vessel's fuel. He added that the hijackers did not get the 600,000 yuan ($100,000) ransom they had demanded.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, In CongoDRC fighting between the M23 rebels and the army continued for a second day the eastern provincial capital of Goma. The clashes have so far killed 20 people, all of them either soldiers or rebels.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, Egypt's president signed a new tax law that cut the amount paid by poorer Egyptians in the latest move aimed at reforming the country's economy.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, In India Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Indian business leaders that developing stronger economic ties between their two nations would have huge benefits for both sides.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, Iran’s Guardian Council approved eight hopefuls, most of them hard-line candidates associated with the clerical establishment. It barred ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (78), a centrist who had revitalized reformist hopes as well as Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, the top aide of Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, In Iraq new attacks killed 7 people and wounded dozens more in Tarmiyah, Tuz Khormato and Kirkuk. A car bomb targeting worshippers in Baghdad’s western neighborhood of Abu Ghraib, killed 10 people and left 21 wounded. A bomb also targeted a tea house in Baghdad's mainly Sunni southern Dora neighborhood, killing 3 people and wounding 14.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received a long-awaited Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission report whose findings showed that his father, the country's first president, presided over a government responsible for numerous human rights violations, including political assassinations and illegal allocation of land. The report also finds that two former presidents, Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki, who succeeded the late Jomo Kenyatta, presided over governments responsible for massacres, economic crimes and large-scale corruption, among other violations.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 21, Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev reaffirmed that next year the Central Asian nation will evict the US air base that supports military operations in nearby Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 21, A Myanmar court sentenced 7 Muslims to prison, one of them to a life term, in the killing of a Buddhist monk. Deadly sectarian violence has been overwhelmingly directed against minority Muslims but has not led to any criminal trials against members of the country's Buddhist majority.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, Saudi Arabia executed five Yemenis convicted of crimes and displayed their bodies in public as a deterrent for future criminals. A sixth man, a Saudi, was executed for murder.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, In South Africa a forced auction to pay off a debt of Nelson Mandela's ex-wife failed to take place because no one would open her home to the sheriff.
    (AP, 5/21/13)
2013        May 21, Syrian activists said 3 members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group died of wounds sustained while fighting for control of Qusair, as the battle in the area raged for its third straight day. This made 31 Hezbollah fighters, at least 68 Syrian rebels and 9 Syrian army soldiers killed in the fighting since May 19. Three people were killed and 24 others wounded in mortar attacks Mleiha, near Damascus.
    (AP, 5/21/13)

2013        May 22, Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told a Senate panel they were addressing the service's sexual harassment and sexual assault problem as their top priority. They revealed that Sergeant First Class Michael McClendon was charged last week for videotaping female cadets in the showers at West Point.
    (Reuters, 5/22/13)00
2013        May 22, In Florida Ibragim Todashev (27), a Chechen immigrant, was shot dead by an FBI agent in Orlando early today as he was "about to sign a statement" admitting to a role, along with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in an unsolved triple murder in Massachusetts on Sep 11, 2011. Todashev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev both fought mixed martial arts in the name of Boston's Wai Kru gym, where one of the 2011 triple murder victims, Brendan Mess, also trained. An investigation into Todashev’s death continued through August.
    (SFC, 5/23/13, p.A12)(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)
2013        May 22, Chicago officials closed 49 schools that they said were not being fully used.
    (SFC, 5/23/13, p.A10)
2013        May 22, In Pennsylvania Herbert (44) and Catherine Schaible (43), advocates of faith healing, were arrested following the death of their 9th child, 8 months old, in April. Herbert said “Medicine is against our religious beliefs." They had received a 10 year probation in Feb, 2011, following the death of their son, Kent.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.A7)
2013        May 22, The 5th edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-5) was released by the American Psychiatric Assoc. This marked its first major revision since 1994.
    (SFC, 5/22/13, p.C1)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.83)
2013        May 22, Los Angeles held mayoral elections. City Councilman Eric Garcetti (42) defeated city controller Wendy Greuel 54%-46%.
    (SFC, 5/23/13, p.A13)
2013        May 22, In Afghanistan hard-line Islamist students protested in Kabul demanding the repeal of a presidential decree for women's rights that they say is un-Islamic.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 22, In Afghanistan Habibullah Khan, an anti-Taliban village elder, was killed along with two bodyguards and a civilian bystander by a suicide bomber in Ghazni province. At least 14 civilians were wounded, most of them shoppers and merchants.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 22, Bahrain's Interior Ministry said an Iranian drone has been found in the strategic Gulf kingdom.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 22, In the Woolwich area of south London, England, 2 men armed with meat cleavers and possibly a firearm, hacked off-duty soldier Lee Rigby (25) to death while horrified bystanders watched. They rushed toward police when officers arrived on the scene and police opened fire. British-born Londoner Michael Adebolajo (28) and Michael Adebowale (22) boasted of their exploits and warned of more violence. Two additional suspects were arrested the next day. On May 24 police arrested Abu Nusaybah after he told spoke on BBC’s "Newsnight" that intelligence officers had approached Adebolajo six months ago to see if he would work for them as an informant. Adebolajo Adebowale faced trial in November.
    (AP, 5/23/13)(AP, 5/24/13)(SFC, 5/24/13, p.A5)(AFP, 10/9/13)
2013        May 22, China's Premier Li Keqiang began a two-day visit to Pakistan by praising the relationship between the two Asian powers in glowing terms.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 22, In Colombia at least 10 soldiers were  killed in an attack with homemade explosives by the ELN in Norte de Santander state.
    (SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)
2013        May 22, Croatian Airlines’ staff accepted a 9% wage cut and returned to work after 8 days of strikes.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.52)
2013        May 22, In the Czech Rep. rescuers arrived to tackle a fire at a family house in the Brno neighborhood of Ivanovice and discovered "that a violent crime had been commited there." Police sought Kevin Dahlgren (b.1992), an American man, suspected of killing his uncle, aunt and cousins. Dahlgren was arrested on May 23 in Washington, DC, on an int’l. warrant.
    (AP, 5/23/13)(AP, 5/24/13)(AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 22, In Iceland Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, head of the Progressive Party, was chosen as the new prime minister. He immediately announced a halt to talks with the EU about joining the 27-nation block.
    (SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.56)
2013        May 22, Mexican autorities seized 5 boxes filled with cash as part of an investigation into alleged embezzlement by former Tabasco state Gov. Andres Granier (65). The money was found in the office of Jose Saiz, the finance minister under Granier. Saiz was arrested on June 8 at the US border on suspicion of embezzlement.
    (SFC, 5/24/13, p.A6)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A6)
2013        May 22, An imprisoned member of the punk band Pussy Riot said she is going on hunger strike after a judge refused to allow her to attend a court hearing where she was seeking release on parole. Maria Alekhina, watching the trial from a prison colony via video link, ordered her defense not to participate in today’s hearing, saying the court was violating her rights.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 22, In South Korea a suicidal man, jumping to his death  from the 11th floor of an apartment building, killed a 5-year-old girl by falling on her as she walked with her parents outside the building in Busan.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 22, The UN atomic agency detailed rapid Iranian progress in two programs that the West fears are geared toward making nuclear weapons, saying Tehran has upgraded its uranium enrichment facilities and advanced in building a plutonium-producing reactor.
    (AP, 5/22/13)
2013        May 22, Venezuela's Pres. Maduro announced the creation of a new workers' militia to defend the country's "Bolivarian revolution" at a time when the government faces economic problems and political turmoil.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 22, Zimbabwe's President Mugabe signed into law a new constitution and vowed to hold peaceful and clean elections later this year.
    (AP, 5/22/13)

2013        May 23, Pres. Obama announced new restraints on targeted killings and outlined plans for winding down drone strikes.
    (SFC, 5/24/13, p.A8)
2013        May 23, Danny Werfel told IRS employees in an email that he has been selected as new acting head of the IRS division that targeted tea party groups. Lois Lerner was replaced as director a day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, In Oregon Grant Acord (17) was arrested after police received a tip that he was making a bomb to explode in West Albany High School.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A11)
2013        May 23, In Washington, DC, Julian Zapata Espinoza pleaded guilty to the Feb 15, 2011, killing of US Custom’s agent Jaime Zapata during an ambush in Mexico. He also pleaded gulty to the attempted murder of ICE special agent Victor-Avila. Three other defendants were also charged with murder.
    (SFC, 5/24/13, p.A7)
2013        May 23, Lawyers said an order of the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to pay $16.5 million to more than 400 adults who said they were sexually abused as children by religious leaders. The victims claimed abuse at schools and child-care facilities belonging to the Christian Brothers and the Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc, in 17 US states and Canada from the late 1940s or early 1950s until the 1980s.
    (Reuters, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, In Texas local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time in 103 years. They retained a ban on adults serving as leaders.
    (AP, 5/23/13)(SFC, 5/24/13, p.A1)
2013        May 23, In northern Washington an I-5 bridge over the Skagit river collapsed, dumping 2 vehicles and 3 people into the water. There were no fatalities.
    (AP, 5/23/13)(SFC, 5/24/13, p.A9)
2013        May 23, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said it has fined a wealth management unit of US bank JPMorgan Chase 3.08 million pounds ($4.6 million) for being unable to show it was giving clients the right advice.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, Election officials in the Cayman Islands said the opposition party has won nine of 18 seats, one short of a majority needed to control the British territory's legislature. Ousted former Premier McKeeva Bush was re-elected to the West Bay seat he has held since 1984.
    (AP, 5/23/13)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.35)
2013        May 23, In CongoDRC M23 rebels fired two rockets into the eastern city of Goma, killing one person and wounding four. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Goma, hours after a rebel group fighting government forces nearby said they would impose a cease-fire to allow the visit to proceed.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, A Guinean government spokesman said at least 15 people were injured, four of them by bullet wounds, during a protest in Conakry between opposition parties and security forces.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, In Iraq gunmen shot dead 4 soldiers at an army checkpoint in Taji, a former insurgent stronghold. Militants exchanged fire with military forces and pro-government Sunni militia in the western village of Karma, near Fallujah. 3 soldiers were killed and 18 people wounded, including seven Sunni fighters.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, In Japan a radiation leak took place at the Hadron Experimental Facility in Tokaimura.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A6)
2013        May 23, In Lebanon opponents and supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad traded heavy machine gun fire and mortar shells in the port city of Tripoli, leaving 5 people dead in what was described as some of the heaviest fighting there in years.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, Malaysian authorities detained 3 anti-government figures, charged a student activist with sedition and seized hundreds of opposition newspapers, raising political tensions after recent national elections triggered claims of fraud.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, Attackers in Niger detonated two car bombs. One assault on an army camp killed 20 soldiers and 3 jihadists in Agadez. Two jihadists ran away and holed themselves up inside a dormitory on the base, where they were killed. Another attack took place in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine. 14 employees, one of whom died later, were wounded. Two suicide bombers were killed. The twin attacks were claimed by the Mali-based Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, a spinoff of al-Qaida's affiliate in Africa. It was also claimed in a statement by notorious Algerian terrorist, Moktar Belmoktar, whose brigade known as "Those Who Sign in Blood."
    (AP, 5/23/13)(AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 23, In southwest Pakistan a large bomb hidden by the Taliban in a rickshaw exploded as a police vehicle passed by. 11 policemen and two civilians were killed on the outskirts of Quetta. Several militants attacked an army checkpoint in Kurram tribal area, killing four soldiers. Soldiers, backed by gunship helicopter and jet fighters, chased the militants fleeing to their hideouts and killed 20 of them.
    (AP, 5/23/13)     
2013        May 23, A rising tide of seaweed halted a nuclear power station near Edinburgh, Scotland, threatening to clog up its cooling system.
    (Reuters, 5/24/13)
2013        May 23, In Sweden groups of youths early today burned down a restaurant, torched more than 30 cars and injured 3 police in a fourth night of riots in suburbs Stockholm that started following a fatal police shooting.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, Togo police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the latest confrontation between the ruling party and the increasingly active opposition. Demonstrators were gathering to protest the death of an opposition member, who died in jail.
    (AP, 5/23/13)
2013        May 23, Officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands said they have recovered $19.5 million and over 2,500 acres of real estate as they continued to seize assets improperly obtained by corrupt politicians.
    (SFC, 5/24/13, p.A2)
2013        May 23, In Vietnam Nick Vujicic (32), an Australian evangelical preacher, spoke before some 25,000 at a soccer stadium in Hanoi. He was born with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. His book “Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action" was published in 2012. It was son translated into Vietnamese by Nguyen Bich Lan, who shares Vujicic’s situation of being born with the rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/prp5yev)

2013        May 24, Pres. Obama signed legislation awarding the Congressional Medal fo Honor posthumously to the 4 girls killed in the Sep 15, 1963, Alabama church bombing.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.A6)
2013        May 24, A US federal judge said Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration, and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.
    (Reuters, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, In San Diego, Ca., Eduardo Arellano Felix (56) of the Tijuana drug cartel pleaded guilty to helping ship hundreds millions of dollars from the US. Under a plea agreement he will spend 15 years in prison and then be deported to Mexico.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.A6)
2013        May 24, In California Gabriel Fernandez (8) of Palmdale died after being hospitalized with injuries including a cracked skull, broken ribs and burns. In 2014 Pearl Fernandez (30) and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre (34) pleaded not guilty to murder charges with special allegations of torture.
    (SFC, 8/20/14, p.E2)(http://tinyurl.com/kvgkkzd)
2013        May 24, An anonymous letter to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was opened and contained traces of ricin. A 2nd similar letter in Washington DC at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a nonprofit started by Bloomberg, was opened on May 26.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013        May 24, In upstate New York a volunteer Angel Flight crashed killing the pilot and two passengers.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A10)
2013        May 24, In Utah Army veteran Matthew David Stewart (39) charged with killing a police officer on Jan 4, 2012, was found dead hanging from a bedsheet in his cell in Ogden.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.A6)
2013        May 24, In Afghanistan Taliban gunmen backed by a suicide car bomber attacked an international aid group's compound. 4 people were killed, including a 6-year-old child, two compound guards and one policeman. All 6 of the attackers were killed. A blast in Ghazni province killed 12 people at a mosque during evening prayers.
    (AP, 5/24/13)(AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 24, The Church of England published a plan to approve the ordination of women bishops by 2015, a widely supported reform it just missed passing last November after two decades of divisive debate.
    (Reuters, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, In England Sarah McClay (24) was mauled by a Sumatran tiger in an enclosure at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Cumbria. She soon died from her injuries.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 24, In western Central African Republic rebels arrived in the village of Poulissi in three vehicles and began killing residents there. At least 25 people were reported killed in attacks on various villages near Bossangoa, including a pregnant woman and a child.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 24, Chile's newly empowered environmental regulator confirmed nearly two dozen violations of Barrick's environmental impact agreement, blocking construction on the $8.5 billion Pascua-Lama gold mining project until the Canadian company keeps its promises to prevent water contamination. Some 500 local Diaguita Indians have joined a civil lawsuit against Barrick, persuading an appellate court last month to block construction despite the company's denials that it caused any pollution or health problems.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 24, Ecuador’s Pres. Rafael Correa took office for a 3rd term.
    (Econ, 8/24/13, p.36)
2013        May 24, An Egyptian security official said 10 male relatives have killed a mother and her two daughters on suspicion of moral offenses, so-called "honor killings."
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, The EU approved restrictions on 3 pesticides to better protect dwindling bee populations.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.A2)
2013        May 24, Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo (61) was extradited to the United States to face charges of laundering $70 million in Guatemalan funds through US bank accounts.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, In Guinea  at least 12 people were killed in clashes over the last 24 hours between opposition marchers and security forces in Conakry. 26 people were hospitalized with injuries from the violence.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 24, Niger's military, with the help of French special forces, killed the last two jihadists holed up inside a dormitory on the grounds of a military garrison in the desert town of Agadez, and freed at least two soldiers who had been held hostage.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, Nigeria's military said it has rescued 3 women and 6 children taken hostage by Islamic extremists after a May 7 attack on a police barracks in Bama. A woman and 2 children remained missing.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae delivered a letter from leader Kim Jong Un to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him Pyongyang would take steps to rejoin stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, in an apparent victory for Beijing's efforts to coax its unruly ally into lowering tensions.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, In northwest Pakistan a pair of suspected militant attacks killed 9 people in Mattani and Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, In Pakistan an American diplomat accidentally killed a pedestrian while driving in Islamabad.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, Russia's foreign ministry said the Syrian government has agreed in principle to a conference on the country's future proposed by Russia and the United States.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, An earthquake in the Sea of Okhotsk, east of the Russian coast and north of Japan registered 8.0 on the Richter scale. Tremors were felt as far away as Moscow, about 7,000 km (4,400 miles) west of the epicenter.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, In Spain the Catholic Archdiocese in Madrid said it needed more exorcists to help some of its faithful cope with the devil.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.A2)
2013        May 24, Arthur Budovsky, the founder of Liberty Reserve, a Costa Rica-based digital currency system long favored by cybercrime scammers, was arrested in Spain. A defendant identified as Budovsky's partner, Vladimir Kats, was in custody in New York. Budovsky was soon indicted in the United States along with six other people in a $6 billion money-laundering scheme described as "staggering" in its scope.
    (AP, 5/29/13)(SFC, 5/29/13, p.D1)(Econ, 6/1/13, p.71)
2013        May 24, In Sri Lanka Bowatte Indraratana (30) set himself on fire near the famed Temple of Buddha's Tooth Relic in the central town of Kandy. He soon died of severe burns after suffering injuries to over 95% of his body. Indraratana was the first monk to self-immolate in Sri Lanka. He allegedly killed himself because the authorities ignored his requests to ban the slaughter of cattle.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 24, Syria's state media said rebels have fired mortar shells at the central prison in Aleppo, killing and wounding several inmates. Intense fighting continued in the town of Qusair.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, Turkey's parliament passed legislation that would ban all alcohol advertising and tighten restrictions on the sale of such beverages.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni fired his top military commander, the ouster apparently linked to turmoil over Museveni's alleged plan to have his son succeed him as head of state.
    (AP, 5/24/13)
2013        May 24, In Yemen al-Qaida gunmen attacked a military position in al-Bayda province. The fighting that left 3 militants and 2 soldiers dead.
    (AP, 5/24/13)

2013        May 25, In southeastern Missouri 2 freight trains collided at a rail intersection near Chaffee, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass when at least a dozen rail cars derailed and struck a support pillar.
    (Reuters, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, In San Antonio, Texas, torrential rains swamped the city killing 3 people.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A12)(SFC, 5/28/13, p.A)
2013        May 25, In Afghanistan a would-be suicide bomber died when his explosives-rigged vest went off prematurely in Kabul.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, British police in London arrested 3 more people as part of an investigation in the May 22 slaughter of Lee Rigby, an off-duty soldier.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A6)
2013        May 25, In Dagestan, Russia, a female suicide bomber, identified as a widow of 2 killed Islamists, blew herself up injuring at least 17, including 2 children and 5 police officers in the central square of Makhachkala. One woman died the next day from her wounds.
    (AP, 5/25/13)(AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 25, In France a man stabbed a soldier in uniform in the throat in the commercial district of La Defense outside Paris. Cedric Cordier (23) remained hospitalized but his throat wound wasn't life-threatening. A suspect (22) in the stabbing was arrested on May 29.
    (AP, 5/26/13)(SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)(AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 25, In India some 200 suspected Maoist rebels killed 28 people by setting off a bomb and firing on a convoy carrying ruling party leaders and members in insurgency-wracked  Chhattisgarh state. 4 state party leaders and 8 police officers were among the people killed.
    (AP, 5/26/13)(Econ, 6/1/13, p.41)
2013        May 25, In Iraq  a car bomb exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing six Iranians and one Iraqi.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, In Kenya gunmen believed to be Somali militants killed six people in a late night attack on police posts near the border with Somalia. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility in Twitter updates.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 25, Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state said they have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing in the aftermath of sectarian violence. The measure was enacted a week ago after the commission recommended family planning programs to stem population growth among Muslims.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, In Lebanon 4 people were killed by sniper fire as Syrian fighting spilled over, bringing the week's death toll to 29 including three Lebanese soldiers.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, Gunmen boarded the fuel tanker MT Matrix I, some 40 nautical miles off the coast of Nigeria's Bayelsa state, taking a number of the crew hostage.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 25, In eastern Pakistan 16 schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death when a short-circuit near a leaking gas tank caused their minibus to be engulfed in flames in Gujrat.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, In the Philippines at least 7 marines and 7 militants were killed in a clash as the military began an offensive against al-Qaida linked gunmen in Sulu province.
    (SSFC, 5/26/13, p.A6)
2013        May 25, Russian police arrested at least 30 gay rights campaigners and Christian Orthodox vigilantes in Moscow as gay-rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in Moscow.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, In Sicily Rev. Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi (d.1993) was beatified by the Vatican in a ceremony in Palermo, where he worked in a mobster-infested, poor neighborhood.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, Syria's fractured political opposition met for a third day in Istanbul, Turkey, to elect new leaders, try to widen its base and forge a unified position ahead of possible peace talks with the regime.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad shelled Qusair in their heaviest barrage of a week-long battle to dislodge rebels from there. At least 22 people including 18 rebels were reported killed in the fighting, and dozens wounded.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, In Turkey some 100 people kissed for several minutes at a subway stop in Ankara after subway officials earlier in the week made an announcement asking passengers "to act in accordance with moral rules" after security cameras spotted a couple kissing.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 25, In Kiev, Ukraine, between 50 and 100 gay rights activists staged the ex-Soviet nation's first-ever gay pride parade under heavy police presence.
    (AP, 5/25/13)
2013        May 25, In Yemen two soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Shar, Hadramawt province.
    (AP, 5/26/13)

2013        May 26, The New American, a magazine of the John Birch Society, reported that Karen Hudes, an ex-senior counsel at the World Bank, says the global financial system is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned US Federal Reserve. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPOjsa4Ci7M] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq_5jvxI9mU]
    (http://tinyurl.com/konex4n)
2013        May 26, In central Texas Esteban Smith (23) was killed in an exchange of gunfire with state troopers after he opened fire on several vehicles killing 2 people in the Eden area.
    (SFC, 5/28/13, p.A4)
2013        May 26, In eastern Afghanistan an insurgent attack killed a NATO service member in Farah province.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 26, Colombia and the FARC rebel group announced an agreement on land reform.
    (SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, In France thousands of people protested in central Paris against the country’s new gay marriage law.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 26, The Palm d’Or of the 66th Cannes Film Festival went to “Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele," a tender lesbian romance by Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche.
    (SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, In Iraq militants in a speeding car killed 3 civilians and wounded another in northern Baghdad. A policeman was killed in another attack in northern Baghdad. Militants with silenced pistols shot and killed a secondary school teacher in Baghdad. In Mosul a car bomb went off at a house while a joint army-police unit was conducting door-to-door searches. The blast killed 3 policemen and one soldier. Militants in Mosul also gunned down a policeman in his car. Authorities also found a body floating in the Tigris river, shot at close range with hands bound behind the back. In Anbar province 3 soldiers were killed and five wounded in two attacks by roadside bombs on their patrols. At least 14 people were killed in total.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 26, Israel's trailblazing electric car company Better Place announced that it is shutting down, less than six years after unveiling an ambitious plan that promised to revolutionize the auto industry by reducing the world's dependency on oil. On July 10 an Israeli court allowed a consortium of Better Place car owners and entrepreneurs to purchase the company’s assets for under $12 million.
    (AP, 5/26/13)(SFC, 7/11/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, Kenya’s anti-terrorism police killed Khalid Ahmed, a wanted terrorist, and recovered a cache of weapons in the port city of Mombasa. The Somali national had sneaked into Kenya from Somalia where he had undergone paramilitary training.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 26, In Lebanon a pair of rockets slammed into a car dealership and a residential building in strongholds of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group in Beirut. They struck just hours after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed to propel Syrian President Bashar Assad to victory.
    (AP, 5/26/13)
2013        May 26, In Mexico 12 young people were brazenly kidnapped in broad daylight from the after-hours Heaven bar in Mexico City's Zona Rosa. As of late September four police officers were among 18 people in custody in relation to the Heaven case.
    (AP, 5/30/13)(AFP, 8/27/13)(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A3)
2013        May 26, In Mexico a bus carrying tourists overturned following a tire blowout in central Hidalgo state. 16 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, Myanmar’s Pres. Thein Sein welcomed Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe to Naypyidaw. Abe became the first Japanese PM to visit Myanmar since 1977. He cancelled $1.8 billion of debt and promised another $500 million in aid loans.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.44)
2013        May 26, The Jascon 4, a tug boat working on behalf of Chevron Corp., went down off the coast of Nigeria's Delta state. 12 sailors were missing. 11 seamen were killed. Harrison Odjegba Okene, the tug’s cook, survived for 72 hours in an air pocket and was rescued.
    (AP, 5/28/13)(AP, 12/3/13)

2013        May 27, A US report said Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen major US weapons systems.
    (Reuters, 5/28/13)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.50)
2013        May 27, A fire at sea aborted a voyage of the Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. The ship's 2,200 passengers were expected back in Baltimore on may 28 after being flown on charter flights from the Bahamas.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, In Orosi, California, Anthony Alvarez (63) shot his two adult daughters, killing one and critically injuring the other before apparently committing suicide while his three young grandchildren were in the Central Valley home.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 27, In Afghanistan 2 recently rehired Afghan police opened fire on their commander at a checkpoint in Arghistan district, Kandahar province, killing him and six of his men.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, Australian Broadcasting Corp. television reported that the plans for the 630 million Australian dollar ($608 million) Australian Security Intelligence Organization building had been stolen through a cyberattack by Chinese hackers on a building contractor.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, British police arrested a 10th suspect in connection with the May 22 street killing of soldier Lee Rigby, an apparent Islamic extremist attack that has horrified the country and heightened racial tensions.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 27, Canada-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l. announced the acquisition of Bausch + Lomb, an American eye-health giant, for $8.7 billion.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.67)(http://www.valeant.com/about/key-facts)
2013        May 27, The EU decided not to extend an arms embargo on Syria. The move enables member states to send weapons to help Syria's outgunned rebels and step up the pressure on the government of President Bashar Assad to seek a negotiated settlement to the 26-month-old conflict.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, In Iraq more than a dozen car bombs hit commercial areas in mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad, killing 71 people and wounding nearly 200 others.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, Ivory Coast's communications minister lashed out at the US Embassy in Abidjan over a report citing restrictions on press freedom, including the suspension last year of several opposition media outlets.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, In the northern Philippines Communist guerrillas set off a roadside bomb and opened fire on a truck carrying police, killing 7 and wounding 7 in Cagayan province.
    (AP, 5/27/13)
2013        May 27, The Romanian village of Clinceni unfurled the world’s largest flag. The Romanian flag measured 1,145 by 744.5 feet.
    (SFC, 5/28/13, p.A3)
2013        May 27, Sudanese government troops clashed with rebels in the Southern Kordofan state near the border with South Sudan. The Sudanese army said government forces clashed with rebels who attacked Dandor, killing more than 70. Rebels claimed they killed and wounded many government troops and said 5 of their fighters were killed.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 27, Syrian troops gained ground in a nine-day offensive against Qusair. Syria's Information Ministry said rebels have killed Yara Abbas, a female TV correspondent who was covering clashes near the border with Lebanon. Abbas was attacked by rebels near the military air base of Dabaa in the central province of Homs. Further reports surfaced of chemical weapons attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel areas.
    (AP, 5/27/13)(Reuters, 5/27/13)
2013        May 27, In Vietnam legal scholar Cu Huy Ha Vu began a hunger strike to protest poor prison conditions. He was arrested in 2011 after filing a lawsuit against PM Nguyen Tan Dung for abuse of power.
    (Econ, 6/22/13, p.46)
2013        May 27, In Yemen gunmen in Taiz abducted South African citizens, Pierre Korkie (56) and his wife. Police said lawmaker Abdel-Hamid el-Batra was behind the kidnapping to pressure the government to hand over a disputed piece of land.
    (AP, 5/27/13)(AP, 1/18/14)

2013        May 28, Walmart agreed to pay $82 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges that the company improperly dumped hazardous waste at stores across California.
    (SFC, 5/29/13, p.E1)
2013        May 28, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law legislation on how recreational marijuana should be grown, sold and taxed.
    (SFC, 5/29/13, p.A6)
2013        May 28, It was reported that TrackingPoint, a startup tech company in Austin, Texas, has started selling the most advanced long-distance rifle available on the civilian market. Its laser and computer technology allowed a user to hit moving targets 500 yards away.
    (SFC, 5/28/13, p.D1)
2013        May 28, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb under a bridge hit a lawmaker's convoy north of Kabul, killing five people.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, Ethiopia’s  Deputy PM Demeke Mekonnin told officials at a ceremony diverting Blue Nile flow at the dam construction site that the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will provide hydroelectricity not only for Ethiopia but also for neighboring countries.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, French defense contractor Thales was reported to have won a 10-year contract worth 600 million pounds ($906 million) to service the British Royal Navy's submarines and ships.
    (Reuters, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said that some 56,000 Holocaust survivors in 46 countries will receive financial support under an agreement with Germany for a 4-year period from 2014-2017.
    (SFC, 5/29/13, p.A2)
2013        May 28, Germany's national railway operator said it will soon be flying small drones over its tracks, bridges and stations to keep a watchful eye out for vandals spraying graffiti.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, Volkswagen said it has agreed with the IG Metall union on increases of 3.4% from Sept. 1 and 2.2% from July 1 of next year through February 2015. The agreement covers 102,000 workers in six west German auto plants.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, The Greek government says small protests are blocking streets in central Athens at a rate of twice a day, and called on unions to help draw up new guidelines to keep traffic running.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, Honduras' two biggest and most dangerous street gangs declared an unprecedented truce, offering peace in the world's most violent country in exchange for rehabilitation and jobs.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, In Iraq a bomb left on a Sadr City minibus killed at least 12 people and wounded 33 others. Back-to-back bombings in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad killed 9 people and wounded 10. Blasts and shootings in Tarmiyah and Mosul killed 7 people.
    (AP, 5/28/13)(AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 28, Israel's defense minister signaled that his military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria, in a rare implied threat to Moscow.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, Kenya MPs unanimously voted to remove a directive reducing their salaries and then many walked out following the vote, even though there were other important reports and motions to be discussed.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, In Lebanon gunmen killed 3 soldiers in a drive-by shooting on a government checkpoint near the Syrian border. Two rockets fired from Syria struck the Lebanese town of Hermel, wounding several people.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, In Malaysia an overloaded ferry capsized after hitting rocks in a remote river in Borneo island, leaving 21 people missing and feared trapped inside the vessel.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, In northeastern Myanmar unrest began after Ne Win (48), a Muslim man, splashed gasoline on a Buddhist woman and set her alight. On June 11 a court sentenced Ne Win to 26 years in prison after he was convicted of attempted murder, causing serious injury and possession and use of illegal drugs.
    (AP, 5/29/13)(AP, 6/12/13)
2013        May 28, In northwest Pakistan gunmen shot dead a female polio worker and wounded another on the outskirts of Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, South Korea said it has idled two nuclear power plants after finding that test results for crucial control cables were falsified in a new blow to an industry mired in a graft scandal and safety lapses. With the shutdown of the Shin-Kori No. 2 and Shin-Wolsong No. 1 reactors to replace cables, a total of 10 nuclear plants are now offline.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, A Tunisian court convicted Amina Sboui, the Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen, for carrying an "incendiary object" and fined her $182. Her lawyers had argued that the 1894 statute on "incendiary objects" should not apply to her can of pepper spray. She remained in custody pending more serious charges.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 28, Ugandan police arrested at least two activists and used tear gas to disperse others protesting the government's seizure of the newspaper that published an army general's letter about an alleged plot for the president's son to succeed him.
    (AP, 5/28/13)
2013        May 28, In Venezuela 2 officials from the US Embassy suffered gunshot wounds early today during an altercation between themselves at a strip club in the Chacao neighborhood Caracas.
    (AP, 5/28/13)

2013        May 29, Coursera, a Mountain View, Ca., online learning startup, said it has formed partnerships with 10 public universities and university systems to develop courses that can be taken for credit either online or in a blended classroom-online environment.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/o2v8mub)
2013        May 29, Rev. Andrew Greeley (b.1928), Chicago newspaper columnist and novelist, died in Chicago. His work included over 100 non-fiction books and some 50 novels, which included a series of about a bishop-detective, Blackie Ryan.
    (SFC, 5/31/13, p.D7)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.94)
2013        May 29, A federal judge ruled in favor of bankrupt Patriot Coal of St. Louis, Mo., to significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013        May 29, Nevada powerbroker Harvey Whittemore (59) was convicted by a federal jury in Reno on three counts tied to almost $150,000 illegally funneled to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev) in 2007.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013        May 29, The Linchpins of Liberty in Franklin, Tenn., and 24 other Tea Party groups sued the IRS over claims the agency violated their constitutional rights by delaying action on applications for tax-exempt status beginning in 2010.
    (SFC, 5/30/13, p.A5)
2013        May 29, In eastern Afghanistan 7 insurgents wearing police uniforms and bomb-laden vests attacked a government compound in Panjshir, a usually secure province, killing one police officer. All 7 militants were killed. Two insurgents attacked a compound housing the International Committee of the Red Cross Jalalabad, killing an Afghan guard before security forces rescued seven foreigners.
    (AP, 5/29/13)(AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 29, In Bahrain a bombing, described as a "terrorist" attack, wounded seven policemen. Police the next day arrested 3 suspects.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 29, In China Sri Lanka’s Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing. Loans and declarations of profound friendship were secured.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.63)
2013        May 29, It was reported that Wan Long, chairman of China’s Shuanghui International has made a 4.7 billion bid for Virginia-based meatpacker Smithfield Foods. The purchase was endorsed by Smithfield's board but still require approval from shareholders and US regulators.
    (AP, 5/31/13)(http://tinyurl.com/k4sdobs)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.38)
2013        May 29, A UN spokesman says that Congo's M23 rebels have fired several rockets on Goma over the past week, killing 2 people.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, The European Union granted France, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia more time to bring their budget deficits under control to support the bloc's shrinking economy. The European Commission approved France’s request to postpone by 2 years the target of cutting its budget deficit to 3% of GDP.
    (AP, 5/29/13)(Econ, 6/1/13, p.55)
2013        May 29, Vincent Autin (40) and his partner, Bruno Boileau (30) became the first gay couple to marry in France.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In Iraq evening bomb blasts in two Baghdad neighborhoods killed least 30 people, including several members of a wedding party in the mixed Sunni-Shiite Jihad neighborhood.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 29, Human Rights Watch in a report released saying Kenya police had arrested more than 1,000 asylum seekers between mid-November and late January and accused Kenyan policemen of raping, beating, and extorting money from refugees of Somali origin.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, Libya's parliament chief, Mohammed al-Megarif, who served under Moammar Gadhafi before becoming an opposition leader in exile, resigned, just weeks after lawmakers passed a bill banning former regime officials from senior government posts.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, Malaysian prosecutors filed sedition charges against another five opposition politicians and activists who urged Malaysians to protest what they insist was a fraud-tainted victory by the long-ruling coalition in recent national elections.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, Hurricane Barbara drenched a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Pacific coast with rain after making the second-earliest landfall since reliable record-keeping began in 1966. It quickly lost strength over land but not before killing at least two people, including a man identified by local officials as a US surfer.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In northeastern Myanmar overnight violence between Buddhists and Muslims left one person dead and four injured.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, A UN court in the Netherlands convicted six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders of persecuting, expelling and murdering Muslims during Bosnia's war and said leaders in neighboring Croatia helped hatch and execute their plan to carve out a Croat state in Bosnia.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed Waliur Rehman, the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban, as well as 3 others in Miran Shah, North Waziristan. The US wanted Rehman in connection with his alleged involvement in the 2009 attack on Camp Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, A Soyuz capsule carrying an American, Russian and Italian successfully docked with the International Space Station, where the new crew will spend six months conducting a variety of experiments.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, The Swiss government announced that it will let banks circumvent the country's strict client secrecy laws as part of an effort to end a long-running tax evasion dispute with the United States.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In Tunisia 3 foreign activists disrobed in front of the Ministry of Justice in Tunis to protest against the jailing of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian member of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN, quickly attracting a crowd of offended Tunisians before the 3 women were hustled away by police.
    (AP, 5/29/13)
2013        May 29, In Venezuela a free application for mobile devices, written by Jose Augusto Montiel, was posted to let people notify one another where flour, sugar, milk, cooking oil and toilet paper are for sale. Within 10 days it was downloaded more than 12,000 times.
    (AP, 6/9/13)

2013        May 30, The US issued sanctions against Ashgar Mir-Hejazi, the deputy chief of staff of Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and 50 other Iranian government officials for alleged human rights abuses.
    (SFC, 5/31/13, p.A2)
2013        May 30, A New York court sentenced Iranian-born Manssor Arbabsiar, a former used car salesman from Texas, to 25 years in prison for plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador by bombing a Washington restaurant in 2011.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 30, An Afghan official said intelligence agents have captured six militants with suicide vests and heavy weaponry who were planning a major attack in Kabul. A seventh alleged plotter was killed in the raid on a hideout in the capital.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez returned to the island homeland that officially considers her a traitor, concluding a more than three-month globe-trotting tour that cemented her status as the most internationally recognizable face of Cuba's small dissident community.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, El Salvador's Health Minister approved the C-section for a 22-year-old woman suffering from kidney failure and lupus, a day after the Supreme Court ruled that she could not have an abortion despite her lawyers' appeal that the pregnancy was life-threatening. Ultrasound images indicated that her fetus was developing with only a brain stem and was given no chance of surviving. The C-section was performed on June 3. Her baby girl, born without a brain, died within hours.
    (AP, 5/30/13)(AP, 6/3/13)(AP, 6/4/13)
2013        May 30, It was reported that Estonia, a country of 1.3 million people, gets more than 90% of its electricity needs from oil shale — by far the world's most shale-dependent country. A board member at Eesti Energia said the country has 100 years' experience working with oil shale.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, The EU agreed to drastically reform its fishing policy, aiming to end decades of overfishing that has depleted many species in its Atlantic and Mediterranean waters.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, In Iraq a series of bomb explosions in Baghdad, Mosul and Tal Afar killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Israel's Housing Ministry said it has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Moldova’s parliament approved Iurie Leanca, a former foreign minister, as the new prime minister. He vowed to move the country closer to Europe and fight endemic corruption and poverty.
    (SFC, 5/31/13, p.A2)
2013        May 30, Nigeria's House of Representatives voted to ban gay marriage and outlaw any groups actively supporting gay rights, endorsing a measure that also calls for 10-year prison sentences for any "public show" of affection by a same-sex couple.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, The Pakistani military killed 19 militants in a late night battle for control of strategic mountain peaks in in the Para Chamkani area of Kurram tribal region and the Maidan area of Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 30, In Portugal a 24-hour strike by Lisbon subway staff snarled rush-hour traffic, heralding a new spate of planned strikes against the bailed-out country's austerity policies.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Russian scientists said a perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Saudi Arabia reported that 3 more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths globally to 30.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, The Int’l. Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted Jovica Stanisic, the former head of Serbia’s secret police, and his right hand man Franko Simatovic, ruling that they cannot be held responsible for crimes of special forces units in early 1990s.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.58)(http://tinyurl.com/lq9cjgp)
2013        May 30, Syrian President Bashar Assad said the regime has received the first shipment of sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft missiles, while the main Western-backed opposition group announced Thursday that it will not participate in peace talks — a double blow to international efforts to end the country's devastating civil war.
    (AP, 5/30/13)
2013        May 30, Ugandan police ended their occupation of the Daily Monitor newspaper after 10 days during which they looked for evidence against an army general accused of publicly discussing politics. The newspaper was allowed to operate again after its managers agreed not to publish stories that could spark insecurity or hatred.
    (AP, 5/30/13)

2013        May 31, In Arizona two small planes collided near Phoenix killing all four people aboard.
    (SFC, 6/1/13, p.A7)
2013        May 31, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America elected its first openly gay bishop to a six-year term at an annual assembly in Southern California.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        May 31, Nevada's Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill to authorize driving privilege cards for illegal immigrants in an action that is likely to win favor in the state's large and growing Hispanic community.
    (Reuters, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, A 2.6-mile wide tornado hit Oklahoma City and its suburbs with winds nearly 300 mph. Storms and flash floods left 14 people dead. They included storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son and another member of their team. 6 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/1/13, p.A10)(AP, 6/1/13)(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A4)(SFC, 6/5/13, p.A6)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.90)
2013        May 31, In Texas 4 firefighters died in a 5-alarm blaze at a restaurant in Houston.
    (SFC, 6/1/13, p.A4)
2013        May 31, Central African Republic said it has issued an international arrest warrant for ex-President Francois Bozize, ousted in March. He has been accused of kidnappings, murder and crimes against humanity. He is also accused of economic crimes, including misappropriation of public funds and corruption.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, China’s President Xi arrived for a state visit to the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, a leading supplier of natural gas. Xi planned to seek to deepen trade and investment in energy when he meets with Trinidadian PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, The Republic of Congo announced limits on the sale and consumption of tobacco. President Denis Sassou-Nguesso approved the limits last July, but the government decided to announce the decision on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2013.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, In Egypt a bus carrying Mexican tourists overturned in the Sinai Peninsula before bursting into flames, killing at least six tourists.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said that the unemployment rate rose to 12.2% in April from the previous record of 12.1% the month before. Unemployment across the 17 EU countries appeared to be on course to hit 20 million this year.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, In Germany crowds of anti-capitalist protesters, members of the Blockupy alliance, blocked streets leading to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, to protest its role in pushing for austerity cutbacks as a way to fight the continent's debt crisis.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, In Iraq a bomb exploded amid Sunni worshippers leaving the Omar mosque in west Baghdad killing 4 people and wounding 11 others. Two carloads of gunmen attacked a security checkpoint Fallujah killing 3 policemen.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, In Kyrgyzstan hundreds of stone-throwing protesters besieged the offices of the Kumtor gold mine, owned by Toronto’s Centerra Gold, clashing with riot police and prompting the Central Asian nation to declare a state of emergency. Protesters wanted the mine to be nationalized and the company to provide more benefits.
    (AP, 5/31/13)(SFC, 6/1/13, p.A2)
2013        May 31, Lebanon's parliament extended its term 17 months because of deteriorating security conditions related to Syria's civil war. It postponed elections from June until November 2014.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, Nigeria's military and security forces said they've released 58 women and children previously held as suspected fighters in the Islamic insurgency now challenging the nation's government.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        May 31, In Peru a lawyer said Convicted Dutch murderer Joran van der Sloot (24) is in love and plans to marry a Peruvian woman in the prison where he's serving a 28-year sentence.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, In the Philippines an explosion in an upscale apartment in Manila killed 6 people. The dead included the crew of a delivery van passing by that was hit by concrete debris.
    (SSFC, 6/2/13, p.A6)
2013        May 31, Sergei Korotkov, general director of the MiG company that makes MiG jets, told Russian news agencies that a Syrian delegation was in Moscow to discuss terms and deadlines of a new contract supplying at least 10 MiG-29 M/M2 fighters to Syria.
    (AP, 5/31/13)
2013        May 31, A UN official said more than 23,500 people have fled fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei state and sought refuge in neighboring countries of Uganda (2.5k), Kenya (5k) and Ethiopia (16k).
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        May 31, Syrian troops attacked a convoy trying to evacuate wounded people from Qusair, killing at least 7. Government troops captured the village of Jawadiyeh outside Qusair, closing all entrances leading to the town and tightening the government's siege.
    (AP, 5/31/13)(AP, 6/1/13)
2013        May 31, In Turkey riot police used tear gas and pressurized water in a dawn raid to rout a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Some 5,000 people gathered in Ankara in solidarity with those in Istanbul. In Izmir clashes broke out as thousands also marched in solidarity. The government planned to build a replica of ottoman-era army barracks and a mall atop the park.
    (AP, 5/31/13)(SFC, 6/1/13, p.A3)(SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A4)

2013        May, Alabama lifted the threat of prosecution for making beer at home. Home brewing remained illegal in the state’s dry counties.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.29)
2013        May, Dominion Power shut down a nuclear plant in Wisconsin, that was licensed for another 20 years, due to the fall in the price of natural gas from increasing shale gas.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.26)
2013        May, Bulgaria’s unemployment was at 13-14%, up from 6% in 2007.
    (Econ, 5/18/13, p.60)
2013        May, Some 60% of Djibouti’s inhabitants, among the poorest in Africa, were unemployed.
    (Econ, 5/4/13, p.49)
2013        May, The government of Papua New Guinea repealed the country's 42-year-old Sorcery Act. The law had allowed for a belief in black magic to be used as a partial legal defense for killing someone suspected of inflicting harm through sorcery. It was repealed in response to recent violence.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        May, South Korea’s new chief of the state prosecution office urged an "extraordinary" push to collect $143.5 million from former President Chun Doo-hwan (82), who seized power in a 1979 army coup and ruled South Korea until early 1988.
    (AP, 6/24/13)

2013        Jun 1, In Afghanistan 3 NATO service members and a civilian working with the international coalition were killed in three separate attacks in the east and south. An explosion from a roadside bomb killed 4 civilians, including a child, when their vehicle was hit in Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 6/1/13)(AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 1, Protesters dressed as badgers and led by Queen guitarist Brian May marched through central London demanding that the government scrap a plan to cull badgers, aimed at slowing the spread of a cattle disease.
    (Reuters, 6/1/13)
2013        Jun 1, In Indonesia a truck driver died at the Grasberg mine, owned by Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., a day after he was injured when liquid ore material flowed into his vehicle.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 1, Iranian police arrested at least 7 people at a gathering to support candidate Hasan Rowhani in northern Tehran. The arrests were made after many participants chanted slogans calling for the release of Mir Hossein Mousavi, an opposition leader and candidate in Iran's disputed 2009 elections who has been under house arrest for more than two years.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 1, Iranian news said 6 Iranians have died and 348 have been sickened after drinking poisonous alcohol in the southeastern Kerman province. Most had consumed the bad alcohol on May 29.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        Jun 1, UN figures showed that 1,045 civilians and security personnel were killed in Iraq in May. That surpassed the 712 killed in April, the deadliest month recorded since June 2008.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        Jun 1, In Japan officials from 50 African nations gathered for a 3-day talk about trade, growth and other issues.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 1, Kyrgyzstan officials said protesters have lifted their blockade of a Canadian gold mine in the east, but their supporters in the south continued their siege of a local governor's headquarters.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        Jun 1, Eighteen rockets and mortar rounds fired from Syria struck the Baalbek region of eastern Lebanon. There were no casualties.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        Jun 1, In Niger 3 members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram tried to escape from the central prison in Niamey. They managed to grab a gun and killed 2 security guards. All three were recaptured. 22 prisoner escaped including Cheibani Ould Hama, a member of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. He was first arrested in 2009 and is accused of having assassinated four Saudi Arabians and an American.
    (AP, 6/2/13)(AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 1, A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit the southern Philippines late today, injuring at least 33 people and damaging more than 140 houses.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 1, In Russia a ban on smoking in public places took effect.
    (SSFC, 6/2/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 1, In Russia Maria Alekhina , a jailed member of the punk group Pussy Riot, reportedly ended her 11-day hunger strike after prison authorities met her demands. She had complained that officials at her prison colony in the Ural Mountains attempted to turn fellow inmates against her with a security crackdown.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        Jun 1, Russian security forces conducted a military-style operation to detain Said Amirov (59), the mayor of Makhachkala, Dagestan, on murder charges. Amirov was accused of staging the killing of a senior investigator with the local branch of the Investigative Committee in 2011.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        Jun 1, In Syria clashes between troops and Hezbollah fighters with rebels in Qusair left at least one opposition gunman dead. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 31 detainees have been killed by rebel shelling of the city's central prison over the past two weeks.
    (AP, 6/1/13)
2013        Jun 1, In Turkey Ethem Sarisuluk (26) was shot in the head during protests in Ankara. He was kept alive but later declared brain-dead. A court later released his alleged killer on the grounds of self-defence.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.49)(http://tinyurl.com/kztouxn)
2013        Jun 1, In Yemen suspected US drone strikes killed 7 suspected al-Qaida militants in the group's southern stronghold of Abyan. Two gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed Colonel Yahya al-Umaysi, the commander of an air base in Sayoun city, Hadramawt province.
    (AP, 6/1/13)

2013        Jun 2, In southern California police in Gardena shot and killed Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino following a botched report of a bicycle theft. Video released in 2015 showed Diaz-Zeferino with his palms open at his waist when he was killed. The city of Gardena paid $4.7 million to settle a suit with Diaz-Zeferino’s family and another man wounded in the shooting.
    (SFC, 7/16/15, p.A7)
2013        Jun 2, In southern California wind fanned the blaze in Angeles National Forest overnight to some 35 square miles. The fire started May 30 and some 2,800 residents have been evacuated in Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth.
    (SFC, 6/3/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 2, In eastern Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked two checkpoints overnight, killing 4 police officers in Nuristan province. The firefight left 13 militants dead.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, Three members of Britain's House of Lords were suspended by their parties after apparently being caught in newspaper stings agreeing to lobby Parliament in return for cash. Labour peers Brian Mackenzie and Jack Cunningham and Ulster Unionist member John Laird were recorded by a Sunday Times reporter pretending to represent a solar energy firm.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In Canada a Canadian Pacific freight train derailed in Ontario morning when it was crossing a bridge, sending several cars into the Wahnapitae River, marking the second derailment for the railroad operator in less than two weeks.
    (Reuters, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Costa Rica, the only country in Central America to have diplomatic relations with China.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In China Chen Xitong, who as Beijing's mayor backed the military crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democratic movement but later expressed regret for the loss of life, died days before the 24th anniversary of the crackdown.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 2, Egypt's highest court ruled that the nation's Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected, dealing a serious blow to the legal basis of the Islamists' hold on power.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In Ethiopia at least 4,000 demonstrators marched peacefully in Addis Ababa against unemployment and corruption and demanded the release of political prisoners.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.55)
2013        Jun 2, Authorities in parts of central Europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defenses as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks. Several people have died or were missing in the floods in Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, Gunmen in Iraq killed 3 Syrian truck drivers on a main highway linking Baghdad to Syria and Jordan. The gunmen also kidnapped four Iraqis in the same area.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, A state lawyer told the Israeli Supreme Court that a deal has been reached to absorb thousands of African migrants, but the details were not revealed. Army Radio reported the country was in east Africa.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 2, Japan announced a plan to provide 100 billion yen ($1 billion) in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, and help with security and counter-terrorism. This was part of the $32 billion package announced a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In Lebanon a Hezbollah fighter and several rebels were killed in overnight clashes in a remote area between Baalbek and the Syrian border. Clashes raged into the night between Sunnis and Alawites in Tripoli, killing one person and wounding at least 14 people.
    (AP, 6/2/13)(AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 2, A Mauritanian official said that the US has transferred Younis al-Mauritani, one of its prisoners held in Afghanistan, to Mauritania. He was wanted in Mauritania for alleged involvement in an Islamic extremist attack in June 2005 in which 17 Mauritanian soldiers were killed.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas appointed Rami Hamdallah to replace Salam Fayyad. Hamdallah was tasked with forming a new government of technocrats, not politicians. Fayyad had frequently clashed with Abbas and was seen as being too independent.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, Saudi Arabia reported that 3 more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In South Sudan cattle rustlers attacked a village killing 11 people and wounding eight. More than 50 cattle were reported stolen.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 2, Syria's foreign minister Walid al-Moallem told UN chief Ban Ki-moon that humanitarian aid won't be allowed into Qusair until the fighting there is over. A car bomb killed at least 3 people in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted Taiwan, killing two people and injuring at least 21 others and causing panicked shoppers to rush out of a shaking multi-story department store.
    (AP, 6/2/13)

2013        Jun 3, The US Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that police may take a DNA swab from people arrested for crimes without first getting a warrant to do so.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, The California Coastal Commission and Sean Parker said they have reached a $2.5 million settlement to pay for coastal conservation programs after the Napster co-founder built a large movie-set-like wedding site in an ecologically sensitive area of Big Sur without proper permits.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 3, New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (b.1924) died. First elected in 1982 he helped establish the national drinking age of 21 and led a successful fight to ban smoking on all commercial airline flights.
    (SFC, 6/4/13, p.A5)
2013        Jun 3, Sulejman Mujagic (50), arrested las November in Utica, NY, was extradited to Bosnia-Herzegovina to be tried for alleged war crimes committed in 1995.
    (SFC, 6/4/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 3, Jasper, Texas, a town with a history of racial unrest on fired two white police officers recently captured on video slamming a black woman’s head into a countertop and wrestling her to the ground.
    (Lookout, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 3, In Afghanistan a buried bomb killed 7 people in the eastern province of Laghman. A suicide bomber targeting American troops in Paktia province killed 9 Afghan children who were walking home from school nearby, as well as two Americans and an Afghan police officer.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 3, It was reported that coffee leaf rust has devastated coffee plantations across Central America and knocked half a million people out of work. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were all severely impacted.
    (SFC, 6/4/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/alqvfoc)
2013        Jun 3, The Enough Project, the Satellite Sentinel Project and two other groups said in a new report that members of Joseph Kony’s LRA have turned to elephant poaching in CongoDRC and the CAR and that the militia trades illegal ivory to acquire food and other supplies. The report also said elephants of Garamba National Park also are being targeted by "members of the armed forces of (Congo), South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda," citing the concerns of park rangers there.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, In northeastern China a fire raged through a poultry plant in Jilin province's Mishazi township, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing 121 people. On Dec 26, 2014, two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses were convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years.
    (AP, 6/3/13)(AP, 12/27/14)
2013        Jun 3, An Egyptian court official said five foreigners have been sentenced to death after being convinced of drug smuggling. They included a Briton, a Pakistani, and 3 individuals from the Republic of Seychelles.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, In Greece 3 firebombs exploded at different locations in central Athens, with one wounding a woman as she emerged from her apartment.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, Haiti brought in mining experts from around the world in hopes of developing precious metals in one of the world's poorest countries. Testing has indicated that gold, copper and silver in the country's northeastern mountains could be worth $20 billion.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, Indonesia's government said it has ordered that production be halted at a gold and copper mine owned by Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., during an investigation into recent fatal accidents at the Grasberg mine in easternmost Papua province.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, Jordan said it has blocked 304 unlicensed national news websites in a step toward regulating online media widely criticized by the government and readers for sensational reporting.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 3, In southern Libya a personal feud sparked clashes between tribes of African and Arab origins, leaving five people dead.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, In Pakistan attackers in the northwestern town of Hangu shot and killed Farid Khan, a newly elected provincial lawmaker.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, In South Africa at least two people were shot, one fatally, in ongoing union rivalry at the troubled Lonmin platinum mine.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 3, In Syria heavy shelling pounded Qusair killing at least 3 civilians.
    (SFC, 6/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 3, Turkey's Pres. Abdullah Gul  defended the right of citizens to protest, in contrast to the dismissive stance of PM Erdogan, as police used tear gas for a fourth day in an attempt to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul's main square. A 20-year-old man died in a hospital in Istanbul from injuries after a vehicle slammed into a crowd of protesters a day earlier. By now most of Turkey’s 81 provinces had seen protests.
    (AP, 6/3/13)(Econ, 6/8/13, p.25)           
2013        Jun 3, At the UN more than 60 countries signed a landmark treaty regulating global arms trade. The US said it will sign soon.
    (SFC, 6/4/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 4, The US Internal Revenue Service was cited by a government watchdog for a $4.1 million training conference featuring luxury rooms and free drinks, even as conservative figures told Congress they had been abused for years while seeking tax-exempt status.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, FBI agents raided the offices of California state Sen. Ron Calderon. In November Al Jazeera America disclosed that Calderon was involved in a sting operation that linked him to bribery, phony jobs and influence peddling.
    (SFC, 11/2/13, p.A13)(http://tinyurl.com/mpd5eba)
2013        Jun 4, A Colorado judge accepted James Holmes’ a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 20, 2012, rampage that left 12 people dead.
    (SFC, 6/5/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 4, The Nina, a classic 85-year-old wooden vessel with 7 people onboard, went missing while sailing from New Zealand to Australia. The boat originated from Panama City, Fl.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 4, In New Mexico a 400-lb black bear attacked a bedridden woman (82) in Cimarron. Wildlife officers caught and killed the bear the next day.
    (SFC, 6/6/13, p.A8)
2013        Jun 4, Intel launched the latest version of Its Core processor, known as Haswell, at Computex Taipei.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.67)
2013        Jun 4, Hundreds of Afghans blocked a major highway south of Kabul, carrying 3 freshly dug-up bodies they claimed were victims of torture by US special forces and demanding the Americans be arrested. Violence erupted and two of the demonstrators were killed but the cause of their deaths was unclear. An Afghan family's car struck a bomb buried in a road in the country's west. The father and 3 children were killed. In Helmand province 6 people — 3 women and 3 men — were killed when a bomb planted inside one of their homes detonated.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, A report by a corruption watchdog group said some $750 million is missing from Angola's treasury from a deal with Russia facilitated by a Swiss bank and a shell company registered in Britain's Isle of Man. Russian and French arms dealers got away with $263 million, Angola's president reportedly stashed away more than $36 million, and three Angolan officials and a former Russian legislator got away with smaller amount. Another $400 million was unaccounted for.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, Argentina's Supreme Court suspended a freeze on the local assets of Chevron Corp. that had been ordered late last year following a suit by the winners of a $19 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador. Chevron and  state energy company YPF were working out a deal to jointly develop the vast Vaca Muerta shale oil and natural gas reserves in southwestern Argentina.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, Brazil’s government scrapped a tax on foreign purchases of bonds, in order to encourage currency inflows and slow the weakening of its currency.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.39)
2013        Jun 4, Brazilian police said they have dismantled an international drug trafficking ring that for almost two years sent cocaine from Colombia and Bolivia to Portugal hidden in crates containing frozen fish.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, Britain and France made back-to-back announcements that the nerve gas sarin was used in Syria's conflict. A UN probe said it had "reasonable grounds" to suspect small-scale use of toxic chemicals in at least four attacks in March and April in Syria.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, Cuba began offering Internet access at more than 100 public access points. An hour of computer time cost about one-fifth the average monthly wage.
    (SFC, 6/5/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 4, Ecuador's state oil company resumed pumping through the country's main pipeline, four days after it was damaged by a landslide. But crude spilled by the accident reached tributaries of the Amazon River and polluted drinking water for a regional capital far downstream.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, An Egyptian court convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 Americans, of illegally using foreign funds to foment unrest in the country, sentencing them to up to five years in jail. Nonprofit pro-democracy groups have trained thousands of young Egyptians in political activism and organizing, an education that played a key part in the success of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4,  The European Union said it is imposing anti-dumping levies on imports of Chinese solar panels. The 27-country bloc will impose a tariff of about 12% immediately. It will increase that to 47% starting in August.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, In Germany former Porsche CFO Holger Haerter was convicted of fraud after a court found he provided false information during the German sports car marker's failed 2009 attempt to take over Volkswagen AG.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, Flooding continued along the Danube and other southern European rivers. The death toll reached 10, including 7 in the Czech Rep.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, India’s police reported that an American tourist was gang-raped in the northern resort town of Manali. 3 men picked her up in a truck while she was hitchhiking, then drove to a secluded spot and raped her. Himachal Pradesh police on June 6 arrested 3 Nepalese men in connection to her rape.
    (AP, 6/5/13)(SFC, 6/7/13, p.A5)
2013        Jun 4, WWF Indonesia said killings of Sumatran elephants are on the rise, with 29 either shot or poisoned last year, including 14 in Aceh province. The report came 3 days after 2 dead Sumatran elephants were found near a paper plantation in Riau, allegedly poisoned by poachers.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, In Mali a man suspected of being an extremist ran for cover inside an abandoned house in the northern city of Kidal, and detonated an explosive vest inside the structure, killing only himself.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, In Myanmar at least 3 women from the Rohingya minority were shot dead in a clash with security officials over new housing arrangements.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 4,  In Syria  mortar shells landed near the Russian Embassy in Damascus, killing one person. State news said government forces have pushed rebels out of a key district on the edge of Damascus.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, Turkey's deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc offered an apology for a violent crackdown on an environmental protest, in a bid to appease days of anti-government rallies across the country as hundreds of riot police deployed around the prime minister's office in Ankara.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 4, Venezuelan officials said restrictions on the sale of 20 basic items including toilet paper and chicken subject to price controls are set to begin next week in Zulia, its most populous state.
    (AP, 6/4/13)

2013        Jun 5, Pres. Obama appointed Susan Rice (48) as his national security advisor. Samantha Power was nominated to replace Rice as US ambassador to the UN.
    (SFC, 6/6/13, p.A9)
2013        Jun 5, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Germany and Italy will join the United States as "lead nations" in regions of Afghanistan after NATO transitions into a noncombat mission there after 2014.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, A leaked document laid bare the monumental scope of the government's surveillance of Americans' phone records — hundreds of millions of calls — in the first hard evidence of a massive data collection program aimed at combating terrorism under powers granted by Congress after the 9/11 attacks.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driving licenses.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.32)
2013        Jun 5, In Pennsylvania a four-story building being demolished collapsed on the edge of downtown Philadelphia. 6 people were killed and at least 14 others injured. On June 7 police said Sean Benschop (42), a heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet, was high on marijuana when the building collapsed. Benschop turned himself in on June 8. On Nov 25 contractor Griffin Campbell was charged with 6 counts of third-degree murder. In 2014 a judge upgraded charges against Benschop to 3rd degree murder.
    (AP, 6/5/13)(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A8)(AP, 6/8/13)(SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A5)
2013        Jun 5, In Washington state  Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (39), charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages on March 11, 2012, pleaded guilty then described shooting each victim, telling a military judge he has asked himself "a million times" why he did it.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Florida Gloria C. MacKenzie (84) came forward to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in history: $590 million. She had bought her Powerball ticket after another customer let her get ahead in line.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Bangladesh about 450 garment workers fell ill during their shifts at a sweater factory near Dhaka. Authorities the next day said the water supply was suspected.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Bosnia demonstrations began when angry young parents besieged parliament  to demand a new law be passed so their newborns could get national identity numbers.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 5, Brazil said it has sent 110 soldiers to Mato Grosso do Sul state where hundreds of Terena Indians were occupying a ranch they said was on ancestral lands. The Indians were also protesting a proposed amendment that would give Congress a say in the demarcation of indigenous territory.
    (SFC, 6/6/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 5, In Brazil the son of billionaire Eike Batista was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a cyclist, the Rio de Janeiro state. He was sentenced to two years of community service, a two-year suspension of his driver's license and a one million real ($500,000) fine. Thor Batista (21) hit the cyclist last year while driving his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren at night through a low-income suburb in Rio de Janeiro.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that America’s National Security Agency was collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans not suspected of crimes.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.23)
2013        Jun 5, In Canada Brent Rathgeber, a member of Parliament from the Conservatives' western stronghold of Alberta, resigned from the caucus and complained the government was not really interested in transparency.
    (Reuters, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping spoke to Mexico’s Senate on the 2nd day of his 3-day visit. He announced $1 billion in credit to Petroleos Mexico and another $1 billion in trade deals.
    (SFC, 6/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 5, Egypt's state-run news agency said the state prosecutor has referred 12 activists including several prominent bloggers to trial on charges of instigating violence during a March demonstration at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group from which the president hails. A signature drive, known as "Tamarod" or "Rebel" in Arabic, has reportedly collected some 7 million signatures calling for the removal of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Egypt striking workers at the Cairo international airport's largest terminal blocked airplanes on the tarmac and disrupting flights.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, The EU gave approval to Latvia to become the 18th member of the troubled euro currency union — despite doubts among many of its people and international concerns about its banking system. A final decision will be made by eurozone finance ministers July 9.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In France a group of skinheads attacked a far-left activist in the heart of Paris' shopping district, leaving Clement Meric (18) brain-dead in the hospital. The attack raised fears of increased far-right violence. A murder investigation soon followed against a security guard, identified only as Esteban. Charges of group violence also followed against Esteban and 3 other men over the fight that led to Meric's death.
    (AP, 6/6/13)(AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 5, India’s police said they have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman (21) who volunteered at a children's charity in the Indian city of Kolkata.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Iraq gunmen ambushed a group of travelers at a fake checkpoint in the western Anbar province, killing at least 14 people execution-style.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Japan PM Shinzo Abe announced the “thrid arrow" (fiscal stimulus) of Abenomics, his plan to pull the country out of its long slump.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.37)
2013        Jun 5, Jordanian officials said that the US will deploy anti-missile batteries and F-16 jet fighters in the kingdom to bolster its defense capabilities in the face of a Syrian attack.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Libya's premier ordered relocation of the headquarters of the state-run oil company to the eastern city of Benghazi, fulfilling a long-standing demand by residents of the region and comes days after tribal declared semi-independent region in the east.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, The Malian military attacked Tuareg rebels and succeeded in taking the village of Anefis, marking the army's first victory and territorial gain without the help of French forces ever since they were routed from the country's north last year by the separatist fighters. At least two people were killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Nicaragua’s National Assembly president said a concession to build a canal linking the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea will be awarded to a Chinese company. The government planned to grant the Chinese company a concession for 100 years.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Pakistan's new PM Nawaz Sharif  took office vowing to fix the country's ailing economy and end electricity blackouts while also calling for an end to American drone strikes in the tribal areas.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, The Syrian army triumphantly announced the capture of a strategic border town after a three week grueling battle, telling the nation it has "cleansed" Qusair of rebels and calling it "a message" to Syria's enemies everywhere. The Qusair battle has laid bare Hezbollah's role in the Syrian conflict.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Turkish activists presented a list of demands they said could end days of anti-government demonstrations, as police detained 25 people they accused of using social media to stoke the outpouring of anger. A protester was killed in Antakya from an apparent blow to the head.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Yemeni military troops, backed by tanks and warplanes, launched a major offensive in Hadramawt province to rout al-Qaida militants from the area.
    (AP, 6/5/13)

2013        Jun 6, The Washington Post newspaper reported  the existence of a program, codenamed PRISM, under which the NSA collects, e-mails, internet phone calls, photos, videos, file transfers and social networking data from big internet companies.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.23)
2013        Jun 6, A law enforcement sweep in San Diego led to the arrest of 50 people including 7 active-duty Marines, 7 former Marines and  Navy sailor. The busted crime rings dealt in illegal drugs, stolen military gear and cars.
    (SFC, 6/7/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 6, Wells Fargo in an agreement with the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said it will pay $39 million to promote home ownerhsip and community development to address claims that it neglected bank-owned homes in minority communities.
    (SFC, 6/7/13, p.C1)
2013        Jun 6, Esther Williams (91), teenage swimming champion and Hollywood star, died in Beverly Hills. Her films included “Andy Hardy’s Double Life" (1942), “Bathing Beauty" (1944) and “Jupiter’s Darling" (1955). Her 1999 autobiography was titled “The Million Dollar Mermaid."
    (SFC, 6/7/13, p.D6)
2013        Jun 6, In Kentucky a medical helicopter crashed near Manchester killing all three crewmembers.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 6, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a measure making Vermont the 17th US state to eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 6, The Afghan governor of Kunar province alleged that an overnight NATO airstrike killed 3 civilians and wounded seven there, a claim the US-led coalition flatly denied. A civilian was killed when a bomb exploded inside a restaurant in the northern city of Sari Pul. Another 13 people were wounded. In western Farah province insurgents gunned down two tribal elders as they drove into the provincial capital. A suicide attacker drove a truck into the entrance of a camp in Helmand province in Now-e-Zad district and detonated it. 7 Georgian soldiers were killed.
    (AP, 6/6/13)(AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 6, In Brazil protests began in Sao Paulo over a 20-centavo (nine-cent) rise in bus fares.
    (Econ, 6/22/13, p.40)
2013        Jun 6, Bolivian officials said Quachua villagers in the southern highlands buried alive Santos Ramos (17) in the grave of Leandra Arias Janco (35), for her rape and murder on June 2.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 6, In Bosnia nearly 3,000 people formed a chain around the Parliament, trapping hundreds of politicians and civil service workers inside in a demonstration of anger over what protesters say is a government paralyzed by ethnic bickering. They demanded a new law on personal ID numbers after the old one lapsed in February, leaving all babies born since without personal documents.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, Britain expressed regret about the abuse of Kenyans by colonial forces during the Mau Mau insurgency in the 1950s and announced a compensation package for more than 5,200 survivors worth a total of 20 million pounds.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, British comic novelist Tom Sharpe (85), known for his "Wilt" series about a harassed and hen-pecked university lecturer, died in Spain. His first novel, "Riotous Assembly" (1971), lampoons South Africa's apartheid system and the police.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, The British Competition Commission barred France's Groupe Eurotunnel from docking its ferries at Dover for at least two years due to concerns its purchase of three ferries would allow it to dominate over half of the market.
    (Reuters, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, A German high court in Karlsruhe granted homosexual civil unions the same tax breaks as heterosexual married couples.
    (SFC, 6/7/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 6, Residents and emergency crews worked through the night in Dresden and other cities to bolster riverbanks and build sandbag barriers as floodwaters that have already claimed 16 lives in Europe roared farther north through Germany.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, Ghana's immigration service said 161 Chinese nationals, who were arrested for illegal gold mining this week, will be deported to China.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 6, Organizers said Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year's pageant in Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, In Iraq a series of car bomb explosions in and around Baghdad killed 14 people including 7 policemen in Taji.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, Mexican soldiers were reported to have rescued 165 people kidnapped by the Zetas drug cartel and held for as long as 3 weeks in a one-story home alongside the US border. 150 of those rescued were US bound migrants from Central America.
    (SFC, 6/7/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 6, In Mexico two gunmen stormed into a gym and killed 4 people in the tough Mexico City neighborhood of Tepito, home to the area's biggest black market.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 6, North and South Korea agreed to hold talks on reopening a jointly run factory complex and other cross-border issues, after months of deteriorating relations and a day before a US-China summit in which the North is expected to be a key topic.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, Russia’s Pres. Putin (60) and his wife, Lyudmila (55), announced the end of their marriage less than two months shy of their 30th anniversary in an interview with Russian television.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 6, Russia said it has deployed a naval unit, 16 warships and three ship-based helicopters, to the Mediterranean Sea.
    (Reuters, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, Russian special forces arrested Yulai Davletbayev, a man who is accused of planning a terrorist attack on Moscow that the agency foiled on May 20. Two suspected militants from the group Davletbayev is accused of leading were killed and a third, Robert Amerkhanov was arrested in an FSB operation in May.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, In southern Somalia al-Qaida-linked militants killed two men by firing squad in Bararwe for allegedly spying for the Somali government and the African Union military force.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 6, A Sudanese military spokesman said a military training helicopter has crashed in the country's south, killing its two crew members.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, Syrian rebels captured a crossing point along a cease-fire line with Israel in the contested Golan Heights. Austria announced that it is withdrawing the country's 377 UN peacekeepers from the Golan Heights after the Syrian conflict briefly spilled over to an area near their position.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida's leader, urged Sunni Muslims to spare no effort to join the battle in Syria.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, In Taiwan 2 men were charged with planting cyanide-tainted bombs on a high-speed train and at an office where the head of global electronics powerhouse Foxconn was scheduled to visit in April. The devices failed to explode. Lawyer Hu Tsung-hsien (44) and Chu Ya-dong were indicted on charges of attempted homicide and endangering public security.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 6, In southern Turkey a police officer died after falling into an underpass while trying to subdue a protest, bringing the death toll in a week of protests to three.
    (AP, 6/6/13)

2013        Jun 7, Pres. Obama welcomed China’s Pres. Xi Jinping as he arrived in southern California for a 2-day summit.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 7, A US jobs report suggested the Federal Reserve is likely to keep its stimulus program going for now. The Labor Department said the world's largest economy added 175,000 jobs, slightly better than the expected 165,000 increase. However, the previous months' jobs gains were revised down.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, Southern California Edison said its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be permanently shut down.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 7, In southern California a domestic violence incident in Santa Monica left 5 people dead including the gunman, John Zawahri (23). A critically injured woman died on June 9.
    (AP, 6/7/13)(SFC, 6/10/13, p.A5)
2013        Jun 7, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driving licenses from 2015.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.32)
2013        Jun 7, Richard Ramirez (53), known as the “Night Stalker" killer, died in Marin Ct., Ca. He had been on death row at San Quentin for nearly 28 years awaiting an execution date.
    (SFC, 6/7/13, p.C1)
2013        Jun 7, Ata Yousef El Ammouri (65), a former Chicago store owner, was taken into custody after arriving from Jordan. He had fled the US in 1979 after being accused of killing Joe Harris, who walked out of his store without paying for a can of beer.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)
2013        Jun 7, In Texas Shannon Guess Richardson (35), a pregnant Texas actress, was arrested and charged with orchestrating a ricin letter scheme. She had told FBI agents that her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On Dec 10 she pleaded guilty in a deal to cap her prison time at 18 years. On July 16, 2014, Richardson was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/7/13)(SFC, 12/11/13, p.A8)(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A4)
2013        Jun 7, Paul Cardwell, a former hospital administrator in Wyoming, was arrested in Thailand. He was accused of stealing $848,000 from Powell Valley Healthcare in 2011. He was also accused of stealing $846,000 from a hospital in Monticello, Ind., between 2003 and 2009.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)
2013        Jun 7, More than 100 of the world's most powerful people gathered at the Grove Hotel, a former manor house near London, for the secretive annual Bilderberg meeting that has attained legendary status in the eyes of anti-capitalist protesters and conspiracy theorists.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, Vodafone Group Plc said it paid no corporation tax in Britain for the year to March 2013, prompting fresh criticism from campaigners who have made the UK mobile telephone group a target in the debate on corporate tax payments.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, In China a fire ripped through the bus as it traveled on an elevated road in Xiamen during evening rush, killing 47 people, including Chen Shuizong, and injuring 34. Police identified Shuizong (b.1954) as the person responsible saying he was unhappy with life and set the fire to vent his anger.
    (AP, 6/8/13)
2013        Jun 7, In France former PM Pierre Mauroy (84) died in Paris. He served from 1981-1984 under Socialist President Francois Mitterrand. His reforms included cutting the legal work week, lowering the retirement age and raising the number of paid holidays.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, In Germany 3 topless Femen protesters were dragged by police from outside the chancellery in Berlin where they pleaded for Angela Merkel to push for the release of 4 fellow activists jailed in Tunisia.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, In Iraq suicide attackers rammed car bombs into a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims and a police checkpoint west of Baghdad, killing 11 people with 31 wounded. Later attackers drove two more car bombs into a major highway checkpoint between Fallujah and Ramadi in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, detonating them nearly simultaneously killing 4 police officers and 4 civilians.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, New Zealand politician Peter Dunne, suspected of leaking a report on the country's spy agency, stepped down from his ministerial duties.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, In Nigeria vigilante Civilian JTF members found themselves a target of a suspected Boko Haram attack. Gunmen hid their assault rifles inside a coffin and opened fire on them in Maiduguri. At least 13 people were killed in that attack. The group started taking up arms after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency May 14 in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe state.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 7, In Pakistan 2 young men received death sentences over a fatal shooting that exposed class divisions in Pakistan and led to an unusual social media campaign demanding that the country's rich and powerful be held accountable. Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Talpur  were convicted of killing Shahzeb Khan (20) one late night in December after the university student had an argument with one of Talpur's servants.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, In Pakistan a US drone strike in Mangrothi village in the Shawal area, along the border dividing the North and South Waziristan tribal regions, reportedly killed 9 people.
    (AP, 6/8/13)
2013        Jun 7, Syrian troops, backed by Hezbollah fighters, pressed on with their offensive in the opposition heartland, taking two small villages near Qusair that was captured by the government this week.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, Turkey's PM Erdogan took a combative stance on his return from a visit to Tunisia, telling supporters who thronged to greet him that the protests that have swept the country must come to an end.
    (AP, 6/7/13)
2013        Jun 7, The UN asked donor countries for $5.2 billion in humanitarian aid for refugees in Syria’s civil war.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A3)

2013        Jun 8, In Nevada officials of Lake Mead urged people to avoid the Overton Arm of the lake following the appearance of a mysterious brown foam over an 8-mile area.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.A5)
2013        Jun 8, In eastern Afghanistan a man in an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on American trainers working with him in Paktika province, killing 3 of them. An attacker with a grenade killed an Italian soldier in Farah province.
    (AP, 6/8/13)
2013        Jun 8, Australian authorities said a boat carrying up to 60 asylum seekers has capsized in the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island. 13 bodies were so far recovered with no survivors.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 8, In Germany more than 80,000 emergency personnel including firefighters and soldiers were on duty, working aggressively to contain the most dramatic floods in Germany in a decade. 20 people reportedly have already died in the floods across central Europe.
    (AP, 6/8/13)
2013        Jun 8, In Iraq 2 car bombs, one in a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood and the other targeting a police convoy in Mosul, killed five people.
    (AP, 6/8/13)
2013        Jun 8, In Libya clashes broke out between protesters and militias aligned with the military in Benghazi. 35 people were killed and dozens wounded. Some 200 protesters were demanding that militias leave their camp and submit to the full authority of Libya's security forces. The clashes prompted Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Youssef al-Mangoush to resign the next day.
    (AP, 6/9/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.48)
2013        Jun 8, Pakistan's new government summoned a top US envoy to lodge a protest over a June 7 US drone strike, suggesting that PM Nawaz Sharif's team fully intends to make good on its promise to aggressively push for an end to such strikes.
    (AP, 6/8/13)
2013        Jun 8, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir ordered the closure of pipelines exporting South Sudanese oil. Al-Bashir said that the move was in response to South Sudan's funding of rebels fighting his regime.
    (AP, 6/8/13)
2013        Jun 8, In Syria car bomb exploded in a neighborhood outside of Homs, largely populated by Alawites, the Shiite offshoot sect that dominates the regime, killing 8 people including 3 women and a teenager.
    (AP, 6/8/13)
2013        Jun 8, Hassan Aboud, leader of the Syrian Islamic Front, revealed his name in an interview with Al Jazeera. His coalition of fighters was said to number 10-20 thousand fighters.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.45)
2013        Jun 8, In Turkey police in Ankara fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse thousands of people protesting near government buildings. Pro- and anti-government protesters also clashed in Adana.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 8, In Yemen Judith Spiegel, a Dutch journalist, was kidnapped along with her partner Boudewijn Berendsen. Both were reported released on Dec 10.
    (AFP, 12/10/13)

2013        Jun 9, The Broadway musical “Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star Cyndi Lauper, won 6 Tony Awards.
    (SFC, 6/10/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 9, In Texas Alf Stefan Andersson (59), a University of Houston professor and researcher, was stabbed to death. His girlfriend Ana Trujillo (45) was later accused of stabbing Andersson in the face at least 25 times with a platform pump stiletto heel. On April 8, 2014, a jury found Trujillo guilty. On April 11 Trujillo was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 4/2/14, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/mdoo8dk)(AP, 4/11/14)
2013        Jun 9, Britain’s Guardian newspaper said that Edward Snowden (29), a contractor who says he worked at the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, is the source of leaks about a phone records monitoring program and an Internet scouring program called PRISM. Snowden was working in an NSA office in Hawaii until he left for Hong Kong on May 20.
    (AP, 6/10/13)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.11)
2013        Jun 9, In China Liu Zhijun (60), who oversaw the ministry's high-profile bullet train development, wept as he admitted his guilt and sought leniency at his trial on corruption charges.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, A Chinese court sentenced the brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison — an unusually harsh punishment for a business dispute that the activist's wife immediately decried as a vendetta against the whole family.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, In Egypt suspected militants shot dead a counterterrorism police officer in the Sinai Peninsula after they swerved in front of his car while he was driving. Maj. Mohammed Abdelaziz (30) managed to kill one of his two assailants in the gunfight in the town of el-Arish.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, At least 21 flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe. A week of heavy rains and flooding caused extensive damage in central and southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, A UN special representative said Guinea's ruling party and opposition have succeeded in drafting a framework which might allow the country to move forward with much-delayed legislative elections.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 9, India's main opposition party announced that Narendra Modi, a deeply divisive Hindu ideologue, will head its 2014 election campaign.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, Iraq's PM Nouri al-Maliki made a rare visit to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in a bid to melt the ice between the Kurds and the Shiite-led central government. A suicide attack in Baghdad claimed the lives of 7 people.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, In Lebanon men wielding batons and wearing yellow arm bands evoking Hezbollah attacked protesters outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut during a rally against the militant group's participation in the Syrian civil war. One protester was killed.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, Government delegates from North and South Korea held preparatory talks at a "truce village" on their heavily armed border aimed at setting ground rules for a higher-level discussion on easing animosity and restoring stalled rapprochement projects.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, In Pakistan two roadside bombs killed 2 soldiers in North Waziristan. Four gunmen riding on motorcycles in Karachi killed 2 police officers and seriously wounded a third.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, In Sri Lanka coastal areas the death toll from winds and monsoon rains rose to 27. The navy searched for 29 missing fisherman following the rains and winds that hit a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/10/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 9, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Mohammed Qatta (14) was arrested by Islamist rebel fighters in Aleppo for insulting the Prophet Mohammed, beaten and then shot in the mouth and neck in front of his family.
    (abcNEWS, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 9, Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged leaders of the Iraqi al-Qaida branch and the Nusra Front in Syria to end their disagreements and "stop any verbal or actual attacks against one another."
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 9, In Yemen 13 Shiite protesters were killed in clashes with police. The protesters were demanding the release of political detainees, and attempted to storm intelligence headquarters in Sanaa.
    (AP, 6/13/13)

2013        Jun 10, A rare copy of the comic book featuring Superman's first 1938 appearance sold for $175,000. It went undiscovered for over 70 years in the insulation of a Minnesota house.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 10, BP PLC said the Coast Guard has concluded cleanup operations in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida from the April  2010 oil well blowout. Work continued along 84 miles of Louisiana’s shoreline.
    (SFC, 6/11/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 10, Apple Corp. said it will equip its new iPhones with a “kill switch" that will render the devices useless if stolen.
    (SFC, 6/11/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 10, In Afghanistan 7 heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn attack near the main airport in Kabul, apparently targeting NATO's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and at least one large bomb. Two Afghan civilians were wounded. All the attackers were killed after an hours-long battle. 6 militants wearing suicide bomb vests tried to storm the provincial council building in the capital of southern Zabul province. 3 militants attempted to attack a district police headquarters near Kabul. A roadside bomb killed a NATO soldier from  Poland in Ghazni.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, Brazil’s government said it plans to build its first auto crash test facility in an effort to improve the poor safety record of vehicles built and sold in the world's fourth-largest automobile market.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, In London 6 men, who plotted to attack a rally by the anti-Islamist English Defence League (EDL) using guns, knives and a homemade nail bomb in June 2012, were given lengthy jail terms of almost 20 years each.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC said it is to acquire Pearl Therapeutics Inc., a Redwood-City, California-based company involved in therapies for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for at least $560 million.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said operators of nuclear power plants will be made liable for the first C$1 billion ($980 million) of damages in the event of an accident, up from C$75 million under existing rules. The government also intends to increase the period during which compensation claims can be made after a disaster to 30 years from 10 years.
    (Reuters, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, In Canada new regulations took effect on home grown marijuana. Old rules will run concurrently until March 31, 2014, to allow time for Ottawa to license new growers. Legal production will be taken out of private homes next year as Canada seeks to address more than a decade of neighborhood spats and criminal activity.
    (Reuters, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, Operation Lionfish, which targeted the maritime trafficking of drugs and illicit firearms by organized crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean, ended. It began on May 27 and yielded the arrest of 142 people and seizure of 15 vessels as well as guns, cash, and eight metric tons of chemical precursors. More than 30 countries and territories were involved in the operation, led by Interpol and supported by Europol.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)
2013        Jun 10, Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil said  the country will work diplomatically, legally and technically to negotiate with Ethiopia over the so-called Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, The Int’l. Energy Agency in Paris said the world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4% in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons.
    (SFC, 6/11/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 10, In Germany the swollen Elbe River breached another levee, forcing authorities to evacuate 10 villages and shut down one of the country's main railway routes. At least 22 flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, In Iraq a string of deadly attacks in several Iraqi cities killed at least 63 people.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 10, Kuwait sentenced Huda al-Ajmi to 11 years in prison after convictions that include her insulting the nation's ruler and encouraging his overthrow.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, In Pakistan militants dressed as policemen attacked a NATO convoy carrying supplies for the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, killing 4 people.
    (AP, 6/10/13)
2013        Jun 10, Thai police said they found 14 albino lions imported from Africa and hundreds of other protected animals in a warehouse near Bangkok. Pet shop owner Montri Boonprom-on (41) was arrested and faced up to four years in jail and a fine of 40,000 baht ($1,300).
    (AP, 6/10/13)

2013        Jun 11, In California a Santa Clara County jury indicted 48 reputed Nuestra Familia gang members on a variety of charges that included the murder of a man last August. The defendants included 38 men and 10 women based in San Jose and Gilroy.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.E1)
2013        Jun 11, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed erecting floodwalls in lower Manhattan and levees, gates and other defenses under $20 billion plan to defend city from rising seas and severe weather.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.A5)
2013        Jun 11, Psychiatric patient James Flavey Coy Brown filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in Nevada accusing state officials of giving him a one-way ticket to northern California, where he arrived without money and identification. The complaint sought class-action status for as many as 1,500 people that lawyers claim were bused since 2008 from Nevada to almost every US state.
    (SFC, 6/13/13, p.A8)
2013        Jun 11, Google announced the acquisition of Waze, the Israeli creator of a traffic and navigation app for smartphones.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.68)
2013        Jun 11, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber struck outside the Supreme Court in Kabul killing 17 people with wounded 30. Militants in Ghazni province attacked a NATO convoy carrying supplies, killing two Afghan police officers and two truck drivers. 3 insurgents were also killed in the attack.
    (AP, 6/11/13)(AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 11, Brazil’s government said over 100 Mundurucu Indians have occupied the offices of the federal indigenous affairs agency in Brasilia to protest the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.A2) 
2013        Jun 11, British police scuffled with scores of anti-G8 demonstrators in central London and surrounded a building where protest organizers were meeting before a summit of world leaders in Britain next week.
    (Reuters, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, Two 10th century Cambodian stone statues displayed for nearly two decades at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art were returned to their homeland in a high-profile case of allegedly looted artifacts. Widespread looting of Cambodia's ancient temples took place in the 1970s through the 1990s, with many items smuggled through Thailand.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, An Egyptian court convicted a Coptic Christian teacher of blasphemy but didn't hand down a prison sentence. It imposed a $14,000 fine on her.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, In Iraq a bomb struck a military convoy in Mosul, killing 3 soldiers and 2 officers. A policeman in Mosul was also killed when a roadside bomb hit his convoy.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, In northeastern Lebanon six rockets landed in Hermel, wounding four residents. Syrian rebels have threatened to punish Hezbollah for its support of Assad.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, Libya's interim army chief of staff, Col. Salem Qineydi, insisted that militias will have to lay down their arms or join the military by year's end.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, Russia’s State Duma voted 434-0 with one abstention to approve Kremlin-backed legislation which imposes hefty fines for holding gay pride rallies or providing information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, South Korea said its first high-level talks in years with North Korea have been scrapped because of a stalemate over who will lead each delegation. The last minister-level meeting between the Koreas occurred in 2007.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, In Syria 2 suicide bombers targeted a police station in Damascus, killing at least 14 people with 31 wounded. Fighting was also reported in Aleppo and Homs. At least 60 people, mostly Shiite fighters but also ordinary villagers, were killed in the village of Hatla in the oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said thousands of rebels took part in the attack and at least 10 of them were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 6/11/13)(AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 11, In Turkey hundreds of riot police overran improvised barricades at Istanbul's Taksim Square, firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon in running battles with protesters who have been occupying the area for more than a week. The raid came on the 12th day of nationwide protests. The Turkish Human Rights Foundation raised the number of deaths in more than a week of protests to four.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 11, A Yemeni government statement said attacks on power lines have caused a widespread blackout that has left several provinces and the country's capital without electricity for two days.
    (AP, 6/11/13)

2013        Jun 12, In an interview with the South China Morning Post newspaper, Edward Snowden claimed the US has long been attacking a Hong Kong university that routes all Internet traffic in and out of the semiautonomous Chinese region.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 12, In the SF Bay Area Aya Nakano (22) of Emeryville was shot and killed after assailants bashed in the rear of his car on the 5800 block of Market St. in north Oakland. In 2015 Oakland police and the FBI boosted a reward for clues to $125,000.
    (SFC, 9/11/15, p.D2)
2013        Jun 12, Officials in Hartford, Conn., ordered good Samaritan Anthony Cymerys (82) out of a city park because residents were concerned about the safety and sanitation of his free haircuts to homeless people.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 12, In southern Afghanistan a motorcycle bomb killed an Afghan soldier and a civilian and wounded 15 other people in Helmand province. 6 policemen were found shot at their checkpoint in Helmand province and 2 others were missing, raising suspicions they killed their comrades.
    (AP, 6/12/13)(AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 12, Britain's top court ruled that Nigeria-born, oil tycoon Michael Prest should surrender 7 properties to his English former wife, Yasmin. Prest was ordered to transfer the properties as partial payment of a 17.5 million pound (about $27 million) settlement.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 12, A strike by French air traffic controllers forced cancellations of more than 60% of flights and disrupted travel elsewhere in Europe.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 12, Georgia said that it has closed two of its bases in Afghanistan after 10 of its soldiers were killed by militant attacks within the last four weeks. It will not reduce the number of troops serving there.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 12, Greece's conservative-led government was facing a political crisis after its decision to shut down state-run TV and radio as part of spending cuts triggered a wave of strikes and fierce opposition from within the coalition government. The executive order to close ERT must be ratified by parliament within three months but is faced failure if not backed by all the coalition's members.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 12, India’s government announced the end of its telegram services. The state-run telecommunications company sent its final telegram on July 14 ending 163 years of service.
    (AP, 7/12/13)(AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jun 12, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a two-day visit to Poland. He met Polish PM Donald Tusk in Warsaw and then headed south to inaugurate a new Auschwitz pavilion meant to educate visitors about the Holocaust and the WWII Nazi quest to exterminate the Jewish people.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 12, Jiroeman Kimura (b.1897), the oldest man in the world and the oldest man ever, died in Japan at age 116.
    (SFC, 6/13/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 12, Kuwait's PM Sheik Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah arrived in Baghdad on an official visit, signaling the improving ties between the two neighbors.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 12, Mexican prosecutors said they have arrested 12 people in connection with the slayings of 11 young women, whose skeletal bodies were found near Ciudad Juarez early last year. They allegedly belonged to a gang that forced young women into prostitution and drug dealing, killing them when they were no longer of use.
    (SFC, 6/13/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 12, Thousands of Russian opposition activists marched through Moscow on Russia Day, decrying President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule and calling for the release of people they consider political prisoners.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 12, A Syrian government helicopter fired three missiles on a border town in Lebanon, lightly wounding one person. Heavy clashes were reported in Homs, mostly in the neighborhood of Wadi Sayeh. At least 30 Shiite Muslims were killed in Hatlah, a village in Deir el-Zour province. Antigovernment activists put the total at 60 and said most of the dead were pro-government militia fighters.
    (AP, 6/12/13)(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 12, A Tunisian court convicted 3 European feminist activists, who staged a topless courthouse protest last month, sentencing them to four months and a day in prison.
    (AP, 6/12/13)
2013        Jun 12, In Turkey riot police clashed in the early hours with demonstrators occupying Istanbul’s Taksim Square. The government proposed a referendum on the development project that has triggered the protests. Thousands of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses, shouting about the rough treatment police dished out to their colleagues amid Turkey's biggest anti-government protests in years.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.A3)(AP, 6/12/13)(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A5)
2013        Jun 12, A UN report added 3 Malian militias and Syria’s main rebel force to an annual “list of shame." 55 armed groups from 14 countries were included. Syrian government forces were added to a list of groups that sexually abuse children.
    (SFC, 6/13/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 13, The US announced increased military aid to Syria and said it had conclusive evidence that Assad's regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale against opposition forces. The White House said multiple chemical attacks last year killed up to 150 people.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 13, The US Supreme Court ruled that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries. The court gave Myriad Genetics a partial victory, ruling that while naturally-occurring DNA was not patentable, synthetically-created DNA could be patented.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, In Colorado a wildfire northeast of Colorado Springs destroyed at least 360 homes as it burned for a 3rd day leaving at least 2 people dead.
    (SFC, 6/14/13, p.A15)
2013        Jun 13, In Louisiana an explosion and fire killed one person and injured 73 at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar.
    (Reuters, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday celebrations in state public schools from legal challenges.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 13, "The Fast Diet", also known as the 5:2 diet, is the brainchild of TV medical journalist Michael Mosley and journalist Mimi Spencer and allows people to eat what they want for five days but only eat 600 calories a day on the other two. Their book, "The Fast Diet", has topped bestselling book lists in Britain and the United States this year and been reprinted more than a dozen times.
    (Reuters, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, Argentina sentenced former President Carlos Menem, now a Senator, to 7 years in prison for illegally smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia in violation of international embargoes in the 1990s. He could remain free indefinitely while the Supreme Court studies any appeal.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, In Argentina a 2-level commuter train slammed into another that had stopped between stations during the morning commute in a suburb of Buenos Aires. 3 passengers were killed and over 300 injured.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, In Brazil over 100 protesters and 12 police were injured and 230 people detained as thousands of demonstrators clashed with police in Sao Paulo over hikes in bus and subway fares. Similar protests took place in Rio, Brasilia and Porte Alegre.
    (SFC, 6/15/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 13, An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search company Google of dodging its taxes in a scathing report that said the US Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 13, China’s state media reported that automated controls guided the Shenzhou 10 space capsule in its successful docking with the Tiangong-1 space lab. The astronauts will enter the module next week to conduct experiments during their 12-day mission.
    (AP, 6/13/13)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 13, Ecuador passed a new mining law imposing an 8% ceiling on previously open-ended royalties and streamlined the permit processes.
    (Econ, 6/22/13, p.41)
2013        Jun 13, Egyptian pilots working for the national carrier staged a 10-hour sit-in protest, delaying 22 flights in an effort to press their demands for management changes and bonus payments.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, Ethiopia's parliament ratified the new Nile River Cooperative Framework Agreement, an accord already signed by five other Nile River countries. It replaces colonial-era deals that awarded Egypt and Sudan the majority of the world's longest river.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, French rail workers walked off the job to protest a reorganization of the national rail and train companies. Up to 70% of train journeys in France were canceled. The action began the previous evening and was set to end the morning of June 14.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, Germany-based Opel said GM signed an agreement today to start building its Corsa model at facilities owned by partner Unison in Belarus.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, In Greece thousands walked off the job in the 3rd general strike of the year. More than 10,000 protesters rallied outside the public broadcasting headquarters in Athens in support of fired staff, who for a third day occupied the building to continue broadcasts in defiance of the government.
    (AP, 6/13/13)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A3)
2013        Jun 13, The governor of Iraq's northern Sunni-dominated province of Ninevah escaped an assassination attempt in Mosul that left 2 people killed and three others wounded.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 13, Nicaragua’s Congress voted to give Wang Jing the concession to build a canal across the country. His HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. still has to study whether the idea is truly economically viable. The vote gave his Hong Kong-based company 50 years of exclusive rights to study the plan and build and operate a canal in exchange for Nicaragua receiving a minority share of any profits.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, In Nigeria  extremists sought out the Rev. Jacob Kwiza, a retired pastor with the Church of Christ in Nigeria. They found him picking mangoes in his father's garden in the Gwoza hills, about 150 km (90 miles) from Maiduguri. The fighters ordered Kwiza to renounce his Christian faith and convert to Islam on pain of death. When he repeatedly refused, they slit his throat.
    (AP, 6/26/13)(http://allafrica.com/stories/201306170737.html)
2013        Jun 13, Syrian rebels battled regime forces for control of a key military base in the central Hama province after chasing soldiers out and setting fire to installations there.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, Turkey’s PM Erdogan declared "lawbreakers" will be removed from Istanbul's Taksim Square." Ethem Sarisuluk (26), who had been on life support for days, was pronounced dead. He was believed to have been hit in the head by a tear gas canister on June 1 during protests in Ankara. This raised the death toll to 5 from the two-week standoff.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, The UN human rights office said Syria's spiraling violence has resulted in the confirmed killings of nearly 93,000 people but the real number is likely to be far higher.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, The UN said the world’s population will increase from 7.2 billion  today to 8.1 billion by 2025, and to 9.6 billion by 2050.
    (SFC, 6/14/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 13, Vietnam police arrested Pham Viet Dao (61), one of the country's best known bloggers, for posting criticism of the communist government.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 13, In Yemeni thousands protested in the capital against "excesses" by security forces, calling for the overthrow of the president and national security apparatus.
    (AP, 6/13/13)
2013        Jun 13, Zimbabwe's Pres. Mugabe officially announced that elections will go ahead on July 31 despite opposition from the prime minister, setting the stage for a political standoff between the longtime rivals.
    (AP, 6/13/13)

2013        Jun 14, It was reported that a group led by the nonprofit Conservation Fund has purchased 16,645 acres of forest in California’s Sonoma County for $24.5 million. The land, known as Preservation Ranch, will be renamed Buckeye Forest.
    (SFC, 6/14/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 14, A state of Michigan appointed emergency manager for Detroit said the city is defaulting on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and was asking creditors to accept 10 cents for each dollar owed them.
    (SFC, 6/15/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 14, A British court fined the Sellafield nuclear waste site 700,000 pounds for the illegal dumping of radioactive material, the latest controversy to assail an industry that will have a toxic legacy lasting thousands of years.
    (Reuters, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, The Bulgarian parliament's quick appointment of legislator and media mogul Delyan Peevski (33) to head the country's security service sparked massive protests and prompted the president to demand the decision be immediately reversed. Parliament soon reversed the nomination.
    (AP, 6/14/13)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.56)
2013        Jun 14, A new bridge linking Vidin in Bulgaria with Calafat in Romania opened. It was just the 2nd on the 500-km stretch of the Danube River that forms the common border between the Balkan neighbors.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, Czech police and prosecutors said they believe Jana Nagyova, the top aide and alleged mistress of PM Petr Necas, ordered a military intelligence agency to illegally spy on three people. Authorities said that Nagyova's motives were "purely private."
    (AP, 6/14/13)(Econ, 6/22/13, p.58)
2013        Jun 14, EU trade ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg agreed to France's demand to keep its movie and television industry out of the hotly anticipated trans-Atlantic talks.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, In France the Airbus A350's maiden flight ended with a safe landing, setting the stage for intensifying competition with US rival Boeing in the long-haul wide-body aircraft market.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, Guatemala Pres. Otto Perez said a heavily armed group, said to be part of a band of drug traffickers, ambushed and killed 8 police officers 120 miles west of Guatemala City.
    (SFC, 6/15/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 14, In northern India monsoon rains began early and soon washed away whole villages. By the end of the month over 1,000 were dead and many more missing in Urrarakhand state.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.38)
2013        Jun 14, In Indonesia Rusli Zainal, governor of Riau since 2003, was arrested on charges that included dishing out illegal logging permits to finance a forthcoming re-election campaign.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)
2013        Jun 14, Iran held presidential elections. Results the next day said Hasan Rowhani took 50.7% of the more than 36 million votes cast.
    (AP, 6/14/13)(AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 14, Hezbollah's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed that his Lebanon-based militants would keep fighting in Syria "wherever needed" after the US agreed to arm the rebels in the civil war.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 14, In southern Libya army Col. Omar Salah was killed in an ambush on his brigade in Kira.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 14, In New Zealand Google announced the launch of Project Loon, a collection of helium balloons with antennas controlled to provide Internet access.
    (SFC, 6/15/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 14, In the Philippines 2 people died after their ferry sank, but 54 passengers and crew were saved when rescuers pulled them to safety. The ferry was going from Albay province to nearby Masbate province.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, The Syrian government dismissed US charges that it used chemical weapons as "full of lies," accusing President Obama of resorting to fabrications to justify his decision to arm Syrian rebels. Government troops and rebels in Aleppo fought their heaviest battles in months. Rebel fighters walked into the Shiite mosque in Hatla and trampled on books. An explosion brought down the building, but its dome remained intact. A video of the demolition was posted on June 16.
    (AP, 6/14/13)(AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 14, Turkey’s state news reported that as many as 73 Syrian military officers — including seven generals and 20 colonels — have crossed the border into Turkey with their families "seeking refuge."
    (AP, 6/14/13)

2013        Jun 15, In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a police van, killing 5 officers and wounding seven as they were on their way to a training session in Paktika province.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 15, In Brazil at least 500 protesters complaining against the high cost of staging the World Cup rallied in front of the National Stadium in Brasilia just hours before Brazil played Japan in the opening match of the Confederations Cup.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 15, Britain clinched a deal with its major offshore tax havens on Saturday that will see 10 British overseas territories and crown dependencies sign up to international protocols on information sharing. Those included were Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
    (Reuters, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 15, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi told supporters at a Cairo rally that his country is severing ties with Damascus and closing its embassy in the Syrian capital. Morsi also called for a UN endorsed no-fly zone over Syria.
    (AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 15, In Iran Hasan Rohani (64), a reformist-backed presidential candidate, capped a stunning surge to claim the presidency.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 15, In Iraq a rocket attack on the sprawling Camp Liberty near Baghdad killed 2 members of an Iranian exile group, the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. The attack also killed an Iraqi and wounded 9 Iranians and 7 Iraqis. The Shiite Mukhtar Army militia later claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 15, In an audio message posted online, a speaker identified as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of al-Qaida's Iraq arm, insisted that a merger he announced in April with Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra rebel group to create a cross-border movement known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant will continue.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 15, In Libya rooftop snipers and knife-wielding assailants killed 6 soldiers in Benghazi. At least five other security posts were attacked throughout the night by hundreds of plain-clothed gunmen.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 15, In Mozambique regional presidents of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), meeting at a special summit on Zimbabwe asked President Mugabe to delay crucial elections he has set for the end of July while asking the nation to guarantee conditions for free and fair elections.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 15, In Pakistan a bomb tore through a bus of female university students in Quetta, killing 14. Victims were taken to the nearby hospital where a suicide bomber struck killing 3 plus 3 more who died overnight. The siege of a hospital in Quetta ended after security forces stormed the building. 4 paramilitaries and 6 attackers were killed. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi later claimed responsibility for the attack. Attackers on motorcycles planted bombs at the 19th century residence associated with Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the mountain resort town of Ziarat. Jinnah lived there before his death in 1948. The attackers shot dead a police guard outside the residency, which had been turned into a museum about Jinnah.
    (AP, 6/15/13)(AP, 6/16/13)(AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 15, Syrian troops reportedly killed several rebels and destroyed their hideouts in the Ahmadiyeh area, a suburb of Damascus.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 15, In Turkey protesters at Istanbul's Gezi Park vowed to press on with their 2-week sit-in, defying government appeals and a warning from Erdogan for an end to the standoff. Tens of thousands of supporters of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan rallied in Sincan, a suburb of Ankara. In the evening riot police cleared Gezi Park and Taksim Square of thousands of peaceful protesters in a swift but muscular operation.
    (AP, 6/15/13)(AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 15, Vietnam police arrested Dinh Nhat Uy (30), a blogger accused of posting "erroneous and slanderous" information about the communist government. He is the brother of Dinh Nguyen Kha, a student who was sentenced last month to eight years in jail for spreading propaganda against the state. So far this year, 46 bloggers or democracy activists have been convicted and imprisoned, more than the number of people locked up for violating national security laws in the whole of 2012.
    (AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 15, In Vietnam legal scholar Cu Huy Ha Vu said he hasn't eaten since May 27 and that he won't until the prison officially replies to his complaints. He was among the many government critics who have been imprisoned as the Communist government, beset by economic troubles and complaints about corruption and inequality, cracks down on dissent.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 15, Yemeni police confirmed the kidnapping of Judith Spiegel, a Dutch journalist, along with her partner Boudewijn Berendsen, earlier this month. In July the couple appealed for help, saying their captors have threatened to kill them in days unless the Dutch government meets unspecified demands.
    (Reuters, 7/16/13)(http://tinyurl.com/n4zl2pj)

2013        Jun 16, Orchard Supply Hardware, based in San Jose, Ca., declared bankruptcy. The North Carolina-based Lowe’s hardware chain said it has offered $205 million in cash for OSG and the assumption of a large part of the company’s debt.
    (SFC, 6/18/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 16, In Las Vegas Erin Brady (25) of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the Miss America beauty pageant.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 16, In Afghanistan the US-led military coalition said that one of its service members died in a non-battle-related incident in the south.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 16, In Bangladesh several hundred garment workers were sickened at their factory outside Dhaka apparently after drinking contaminated water. Earlier this month contaminated water sickened 450 workers at another factory in the same area.
    (SFC, 6/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 16, Czech PM Petr Necas said he will resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving his government. He said he will also quit as chairman of his conservative Civic Democratic Party. Necas resigned the next day.
    (SFC, 6/17/13, p.A2)(Econ, 6/22/13, p.58)
2013        Jun 16, In Egypt a hard-line Muslim cleric received an 11-year suspended sentence for tearing up and burning a Bible. His son was given a suspended sentence of eight years over the same incident.
    (AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 16, In India torrential monsoon rains and landslides led to flooding in Uttrakhand that washed away roads and nearly two dozen bridges and demolished 365 houses and partially damaged 275 others.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 16, Smoke from fires in Indonesia, an annual result of land clearing for palm oil production, again began to smother Singapore and large parts of Malaysia.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)
2013        Jun 16, In Iraq a string of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs and a shooting in cities across the country killed at least 51 and wounded dozens. Most of the car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas.
    (AP, 6/16/13)(AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 16, Kuwait's constitutional court forced new parliamentary elections, dissolving the current chamber on the basis of flaws in the election law. Kuwait's emir is expected to set a new election day.
    (AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 16, Four Lebanese Shiite Muslim men were found killed in an ambush in northeastern Lebanon.
    (AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 16, Libya's official news agency said unidentified militants assassinated Mohammed Naguib, a senior judge in Derna, an eastern city known to be a stronghold of Islamic militants.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 16, North Korea's top governing body proposed high-level nuclear and security talks with the United States in an appeal sent just days after calling off talks with rival South Korea.
    (AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 16, In northwest Pakistan gunmen killed two anti-polio workers in Kandar village.
    (AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 16, In Syria a late night car bomb targeting a checkpoint near a military airport in an upscale neighborhood of Damascus killed 10 soldiers.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 16, In Turkey thousands of defiant protesters attempting to converge on central Istanbul's Taksim Square were kept away by police firing repeated rounds of tear gas, as the government maintained a hard line against rekindled demonstrations. Protesters vowed the group would retake Gezi Park.
    (AP, 6/16/13)

2013        Jun 17, President Barack Obama, speaking in Belfast, declared peace in Northern Ireland a "blueprint" for those living amid conflict around the world, while acknowledging that the calm between Catholics and Protestants will face further tests.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, The US Supreme Court ruled that states can't demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so. The decision complicated efforts in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the country illegally.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, In Afghanistan insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns into a convoy carrying goods to Kabul, killing 3 drivers and wounding two others. The police chief of Helmand province survived a suicide car bomb attack on his convoy that wounded 3 officers.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, In Brazil more than 100,000 people were in the streets for largely peaceful protests in at least eight big cities. Demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte were marred by vandalism and violent clashes with police. The wave of protests, which began over a hike in bus prices, was also in large part motivated by widespread images of Sao Paulo police last week beating demonstrators and firing rubber bullets during a march that drew 5,000.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 17, Scientists reported that the use of airborne laser technology has allowed them to uncover a network of roadways and canals linking together Cambodia’s 1,200-year-old Angkor Wat temple complex.
    (SFC, 6/19/13, p.A5)
2013        Jun 17, In Canada  Montreal's new Mayor Michael Applebaum, who pledged to stamp out corruption at City Hall when he took office late last year, was arrested by Quebec's anti-corruption police squad. He faced 14 charges including defrauding the government and corruption in municipal affairs.
    (AP, 6/17/13)(SFC, 6/18/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 17, Canada said it has pledged an additional $98.4 million to Jordan to help the Arab country cope with the costly fallout from the worsening crisis next door in Syria.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, The semiannual TOP500 listing of the world's fastest supercomputers was released. It said the Tianhe-2, developed by the National University of Defense Technology in central China's Changsha city, is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second. The Tianhe-2, which means Milky Way-2, knocks the US Energy Department's Titan machine off the No. 1 spot. It achieved 17.59 petaflops per second.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, In France Airbus and Boeing both won pledges for big purchases of long-haul, wide-body jets, as the Paris Air Show got off to a robust, if rainy start.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, Officials in India said torrential rain and floods have killed at least 23 people in the northern state of Uttarakhand. 50 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/18/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 17, Iran's newly elected Pres. Hasan Rowhani pledged to follow a "path of moderation" and promised greater openness over the country's nuclear program, emphasizing messages from Western leaders since his victory that have brought cautious hope of new openings with Tehran.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, In Iraq 3 bomb attacks, including a blast in a roadside restaurant in Taji, killed 15 people.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, In Kenya police in Mombasa killed Kassim Omolo Otieno and Salim Mohammed Nero for suspected links with terrorists. Family and witnesses later said the suspects were arrested without a fight. One was handcuffed, one begged for his life and both were executed.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 17, Father Lancelote Miguel Rodrigues (b.1923) died in Macau. The Malacca-born priest had played a crucial role in protecting waves of refugees that rushed to Macau, running away from the military conflicts that rocked the region.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.86)(http://tinyurl.com/luu8v7h)
2013        Jun 17, In Mozambique an assault by 100-150 opposition fighters on an arms depot in Sofala province killed 6 government troops and injured three others.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 17, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire on students taking exams in Maiduguri. 9 students were killed. The attack came hours after extremists attacked the Government Secondary School, a boarding school for seniors in Damaturu, Yobe state, killing 7 high school seniors and 2 teachers. The military said 2 soldiers and 2 jihadists also were killed in what developed into a five-hour shootout.. Suspected extremists also gunned down a group of fisherman on a river bank in Alau, 20 km outside Maiduguri.
    (AP, 6/18/13)(AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 17, G8 leaders began meeting in Northern Ireland. They dedicated themselves to a political solution to Syria's bloody civil war, even as President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin staked out diametrically opposite stands on which side deserves military support.
    (AP, 6/17/13) (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 17, Saudi Arabia said four more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths to 32 in the kingdom at the center of the growing crisis.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, A Gulf source told Reuters that Saudi Arabia had equipped fighters for the first time with shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. Rebels said Riyadh had also sent them anti-tank missiles.
    (Reuters, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, Syrian troops clashed with rebels inside Aleppo and in the city's outskirts. A regime airstrike hit the village of Douweirina, a stronghold of an al-Qaida affiliated group fighting on the opposition's side.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, In Turkey labor unions and political foes of PM Recep Erdogan rallied by the thousands across the country, hoping to capitalize on weeks of initially small-scale protest to register broader discontent. The call to walk off the job had limited fallout beyond the demonstrations.
    (AP, 6/17/13)
2013        Jun 17, In Turkey Erdem Gunduz, a choreographer, began a silent and motionless stand in Taksim Square to protest police use of tear gas and water cannon to clear both the square and Gezi Park of thousands of demonstrators.
    (Econ, 6/22/13, p.56)(http://tinyurl.com/kh3yqve)
2013        Jun 17, Yemeni and American rights protesters staged a demonstration in front of the US Embassy in Sanaa, demanding release of Yemeni Guantanamo detainees.
    (AP, 6/17/13)

2013        Jun 18, US oil giant Chevron said it has signed a deal with Iraq's Kurdish regional government to expand its oil exploration territory in the northern self-rule region.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced at a ceremony that his country's armed forces are taking over the lead for security nationwide from the US-led NATO coalition. A botched bomb attack against an Afghan politician in another part of Kabul killed 3 civilians. 5 Afghan police officers were killed at a security outpost in Helmand province by apparent Taliban infiltrators. Insurgents fired two rockets into the Bagram Air Base. 4 US troops were killed. The Taliban claimed responsibility the next day.
    (AP, 6/18/13)(AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 18, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group will open a political office in Qatar to try to find a political solution to the war in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, In Brazil some 50,000 protesters energetically returned this evening to the streets Sao Paulo, a demonstration of anger toward what they call a corrupt and inefficient government that has long ignored the demands of a growing middle class.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Ballet dancer David Wall (67), known for becoming the youngest male principal at the Royal Ballet at the age of 21, died of cancer at his home in London.
    (Reuters, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 18, It was reported that Chile’s Supreme Court authorized the extradition of ex-Argentine judge Otilio Ireneo Roque Romano. He had escaped Argentina to avoid trial in 103 cases of crimes against humanity during Argentina’s years of military dictatorship (1976-1983).
    (SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 18, Vincent Clerc of the Copenhagen-based company's shipping unit said MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and CMA CGM of France, the world's three biggest shipping container operators, will form the P3 alliance with Maersk Line.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, In Egypt clashes erupted in the Nile Delta city of Tanta between supporters and opponents of Pres. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood over his appointment of new Islamist governors, some in areas where opponents are strong.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 18, State TV channels in Greece remained off-air as the political storm over the future of public broadcaster ERT raged on.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Hungarian prosecutors indicted Laszlo Csatary (98), a former police officer, for abusing Jews and assisting in their deportation to Nazi death camps during World War II. They said Csatary was the chief of an internment camp for 12,000 Jews at a brick factory in Kosice — a Slovak city then part of Hungary — in May 1944, and that he beat them with his bare hands and a dog whip.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, In Iraq two suicide bombers targeted a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, one blowing himself up at a nearby checkpoint while the other slipped inside during prayers. 3 guards were killed and the blasts left 34 dead and 57 people wounded. A suicide attack killed Younis al-Rammah, a local political leader, and four of his relatives in Ninevah.
    (AP, 6/18/13)(AP, 6/19/13)(SFC, 6/19/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 18, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said residents of Abu Ghosh, an Arab town near Jerusalem, found tires of 28 cars slashed and "Arabs out" scrawled on a wall. Police launched an investigation to find perpetrators.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Jordan's King Abdullah II published a roayl decree endorsing a treaty with Britain that sets the stage for the possible deportation of radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, In Lebanon clashes erupted between unknown gunmen and followers of Sheik Ahmad al-Assir, a radical Sunni cleric, in an eastern suburb of the port city of Sidon. Two people were killed. Al-Assir has threatened to clear apartments occupied by Hezbollah supporters in the mostly Sunni city.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Mali, which lost half its territory last year to rebels, signed an accord with Tuareg separatists who still control the country's northernmost province. The agreement was signed in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, where the two sides have been holding talks.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Mexican authorities arrested Walter Lee Williams (64), a former university professor who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, in the resort city of Playa del Carmen. He was wanted on charges of sexual exploitation of children and traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with children.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 18, Nigerian officials warned that Islamic militants have driven 19,000 rice farmers from their land in the northeast, while a military crackdown prevented thousands more from working their fields, raising fears of imminent food shortages.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, In Northern Ireland a G-8 initiative reflected widespread anger over the ability of foreign companies to funnel profits to tax-friendly countries. As part of the G-8's plans, to be developed at a G-20 summit later this year, multinationals would be obliged to declare how much tax they pay in each country where they operate.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of hundreds of mourners attending a funeral, killing 29 people. Among those killed was Imran Khan Mohmand, a newly-elected lawmaker, who may have been the target in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said that authorities will shut down a paper mill on the shores of Lake Baikal, which environmentalists say is a major pollutant threatening one of the world's largest fresh water lakes.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Syrian warplanes bombed rebel positions the contested Kweiras military air base in the north. Pres. Assad's forces nearby pressed ahead with an offensive against opposition fighters in Aleppo.
    (AP, 6/18/13)
2013        Jun 18, Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended the nation's police and vowed to increase their powers to deal with unrest. News reports said police were carrying out raids and detaining people suspected of involvement in violence against police. 4 protesters and one police officer have been killed and Turkey's doctors association said an investigation was underway into the death of a fifth protester who was exposed to tear gas.
    (AP, 6/18/13)

2013        Jun 19, President Barack Obama spoke in Berlin challenging Americans and Europeans not to become complacent even though the Cold War is over. He called for a one-third reduction of the US and Russia's nuclear stockpiles.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, The United States said it has agreed to resume bilateral talks with Cuba on migration issues next month, the latest evidence of a thaw in chilly relations between the Cold War enemies.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, The US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., charged 3 Navy football players with sexually assaulting a female midshipman at an off-campus house in April, 2012.
    (SFC, 6/20/13, p.A7)
2013        Jun 19, The World Food Prize Foundation awarded this year’s prize to 3 pioneers of plant biotechnology: Marc Van Montagu, founder and chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent Univ. in Belgium; Mary-Dell Chilton, founder and researcher of Syngenta Biotechnology; and Robert Fraley, chief technology officer at Monsanto.
    (SFC, 6/20/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 19, James Gandolfini (b.1961), Emmy-winning lead star of the HBO TV series “The Sopranos," died in Italy of a heart attack.
    (SFC, 6/20/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 19, Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspended talks with the United States on a new security deal to protest the way his government was being left out of the initial peace negotiations with the Taliban.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, In Brazil street demonstrations popped up again around the country as protesters continued their collective cry against the low-quality public services they receive in exchange for high taxes and high prices. Leaders in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo reversed an increase in bus and subway fares which ignited anti-government protests over the past week.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, Britain's Girl Guides unveiled their new pledge. Gone is the reference to loving God, replaced by a call to "be true to myself and develop my beliefs." It also retained a reference to serving the queen.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, The UK's highest court ruled that the government was wrong to have imposed sanctions on an Iranian bank in 2009 over alleged links to Iran's nuclear program. The decision mirrored a January ruling by the European Union's General Court, which overturned sanctions imposed in 2010, and could result in the bank suing Britain for damages.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, China’s Communist Party newspapers and websites proclaimed that Pres. Xi will fight "formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance." Xi commanded wayward cadres to purify themselves of corruption and summed it up in a pithy slogan: “Look in the mirror, take a bath."
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group said it would spend $1.6 billion (1 billion pounds) to buy British yacht maker Sunseeker and develop an upmarket London hotel, the latest example of a trend for Chinese companies to acquire top luxury global brands.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, In Hungary former PM Gyula Horn (b.1932) died. He had served as prime minister from 1994-1998.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, India's PM Singh said that the death toll from flooding this week in the northern state of Uttrakhand had reached 102 and could rise substantially.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up inside politician Younis al-Rammah's guest house in Ninevah province. Al-Rammah and 4 relatives were killed, and six others were wounded.  A bomb placed near a juice cart exploded in the Shiite neighborhood of Shula in Baghdad, killing 2 people and wounding eight others. 7 people were killed and 24 were wounded when two bombs exploded simultaneously on a soccer field while teenagers and young adults were playing in Fallujah.
    (AP, 6/19/13)(AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 19, In Italy a Milan court convicted the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion. They were found guilty of failing to declare 200 million euros ($268 million) through a Luxembourg company to authorities and given a one year and eight months suspended jail sentence. They were also ordered to pay a penalty of 500,000 euros (about $670,000) to tax authorities.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, Japan’s nuclear watchdog formally approved a set of new safety requirements for the country’s nuclear plants.
    (SFC, 6/20/13, p.A3)
2013        Jun 19, In Jordan infiltrators from Syria clashed with Jordanian soldiers near the border. One infiltrator was killed and two wounded.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 19, Norway's Parliament opened up a new area on the fringe of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil drilling despite protests from opponents who fear catastrophic oil spills in the remote and icy region.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 19, Doctors investigating a new respiratory virus related to SARS, said it spreads easily between people and appears to be more deadly than SARS. The biggest outbreak of the virus, now called MERS,  was in Saudi Arabia.
    (SFC, 6/20/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 19, In northwest Pakistan militants attacked a military convoy with rocket-propelled grenades and other heavy weapons, killing 6 soldiers.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, In Somalia 7 al-Shabab gunmen detonated a pick-up truck rigged with explosives at the gate of the UN compound in Mogadishu, launching a bombs-and-gunfire assault that saw militants pour into the complex, killing at least 13 people, including 3 foreigners. The gunmen all died in the assault.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters clashed with rebel forces south of a Damascus suburb that is home to the Shiite shrine of Sayida Zeinab.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, A state security prosecutor in the United Arab Emirates said 30 Egyptian and UAE suspects have been charged with plotting a coup linked to a network of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, in a case likely to further strain relations with Cairo.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, Vietnam’s Pres. Truong Tan Sang left Hanoi to pay his first state visit to China as President. The two countries signed a new strategic partnership during the visit.
    (http://tinyurl.com/k69vwr7)(Econ, 10/19/13, p.49)
2013        Jun 19, Zimbabwe's highest court said it has received an application from longtime President Robert Mugabe's party to delay crucial elections by at least two weeks following pressure from regional leaders.
    (AP, 6/19/13)
2013        Jun 19, In Zimbabwe Edward Chindori-Chininga, a Zanu-PF member of parliament, died in a car accident after issuing a report on his party’s theft of vast revenues from the diamond fields of Marange.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.44)

2013        Jun 20, The corporate office of 7-Eleven told its 5,600 franchise owners of the chain's convenience stores that it was requiring an internal review of personnel files after federal authorities seized 14 stores in New York and Virginia this week that employed undocumented workers in a "modern-day plantation system."
    (abcNEWS, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, In eastern Washington state a routine inspection at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation detected higher radioactivity under a tank holding radioactive waste.
    (SFC, 6/21/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 20, Sociology Prof. Philip Slater (b.1927), author and early LSD tester, died in Santa Cruz, Ca. His books included “The Pursuit of Loneliness" (1970), “Wealth Addiction" (1980) and “A Dream Deferred" (1992).
    (SFC, 6/27/13, p.D6)
2013        Jun 20, In San Jose, Ca., Manuel Urzua (16) died gunshot wound inflicted a day earlier. Police later arrested four men and two teenage boys in connection with the gang-related shooting.
    (SFC, 10/22/13, p.D3)
2013        Jun 20, An Afghan spokesman said President Karzai is willing to join peace talks with the Taliban if the US follows through with promises he says were made by Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call. Spokesman Fayeq Wahidi said Kerry promised that the Taliban flag and a nameplate with their former regime's name would be removed from the militant group's newly opened political office in Doha, and said the US would issue a formal letter supporting the Afghan government.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, The Afghan Taliban said they are ready to free US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive since 2009, in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, More than a million Brazilians poured into the streets of at least 80 cities in this week's largest anti-government demonstrations yet. Violent clashes broke out in several cities as people demanding improved public services and an end to corruption faced tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. At least one protester was killed in Sao Paulo state after a car rammed into a crowd of demonstrators.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, Britain’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) said the aggregate capital shortfall at five UK banks at the end of 2012 was 27.1 billion pounds, slightly higher than its 25 billion initial estimate in March this year.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, In Canada 2 people were killed in a massive explosion and fire at a fireworks plant near Montreal.
    (Reuters, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, In Colombia American DEA agent James Watson (43) died in a robbery attempt as he got into a Bogota taxi. On June 25 police said 5 men were arrested in the case. On July 1, 2014, seven Colombian taxi drivers were extradited to stand trial in Virginia for the murder of Watson.
    (AP, 6/21/13)(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A2)(SFC, 7/2/14, p.A2)
2013        Jun 20, In Colombia the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) caught a US soldier, identified as Kevin Scott Sutay, in a jungle region in the south of the country. They reported his capture on July 19 and described him as a mine clearance expert from New York who has served in Afghanistan. Sutay was reported released on Oct 27.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)(AFP, 10/28/13)
2013        Jun 20, An Icelandic businessman linked to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said he had readied a private plane in China to fly Edward Snowden, who has admitted leaking secrets about classified US surveillance programs, from Hong Kong to Iceland if Iceland's government would grant asylum.
    (Reuters, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 20, Iran's state TV said the country's navy has detained 13 fishermen from two United Arab Emirates vessels after they trespassed into what the report said were Iranian territorial waters.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 20, In Iraq a mortar attack killed one person in Ramadi, Anbar province, while polls were open. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a ballot-counting center in Ramadi, killing at least 4 people, after the polls closed in elections in two of the country's most volatile province.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, Kyrgyzstan lawmakers voted 91-5 in favor of ending an agreement with the US to lease the Manas Transit Center in June 2014. The bill will come into force when it is signed by President Almazbek Atambayev, who has repeatedly pledged to end the lease.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, Lebanese demonstrators clashed with police in downtown Beirut during a protest against the extension of parliament's term earlier this month.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, Shell Nigeria said an explosion and fire caused by oil theft have forced it to shut down its Trans Niger Pipeline that carries 150,000 barrels of crude a day.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, Rami Hamdallah, the new Palestinian prime minister, submitted his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas, after two weeks on the job, because of a conflict over authority.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, Saudi Arabia said it plans to deport Lebanese citizens who support Hezbollah because of the militant group's role in the Syrian civil war.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, In Singapore the Pollutant Standards Index, surged to a record reading of 371. People were urged to remain indoors as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and banned open burning in some areas.
    (AP, 6/20/13)
2013        Jun 20, Syrian rebels and Kurdish gunmen reached an agreement to end a rebel siege on the northern predominantly Kurdish region of Afrin that triggered a shortage of food and medicine there. Violence was reported between government forces and rebels in different parts of the country, mostly near Damascus and in Aleppo.
    (AP, 6/20/13)

2013        Jun 21, US sources said the US government has filed sealed criminal charges against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has admitted leaking secrets about classified US surveillance programs. Snowden was believed to be hiding in Hong Kong.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, In San Diego a US district judge sentenced brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal to at least 30 years in prison for smuggling hundreds of immigrants into the US while working as border patrol agents. Raul was also ordered to pay a fine of $250,000.
    (SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A7)
2013        Jun 21, In Texas a US district judge signed off on an agreement to allow former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling‘s prison sentence to be reduced from 24 to 14 years in exchange for dropping all appeals.
    (SFC, 6/21/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 21, In Afghanistan the Taliban attacked multiple checkpoints at about noon in the provincial capital of Kunduz, killing one member of the local police, and wounding two. Fighting continued outside the city of Kunduz where 18 Taliban fighters and another local policeman were killed, and another 11 militants were wounded.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vowed to battle corruption while improving government services as she acknowledged the anger that has led to vast, sometimes violent protests across the country.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that British spies are running an online eavesdropping operation so vast that internal documents say it even outstrips the international Internet surveillance effort of the US. The paper cited British intelligence memos leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, Britain's data regulator ordered Google to delete personal data scooped up in its Street View project — or face contempt of court.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, Canada’s western city of Calgary ordered the evacuation of its entire downtown area as flood waters reached the 10th row of the city’s hockey arena. Two bodies have been recovered from floodwaters in southern Alberta.
    (SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 21, In Egypt tens of thousands of supporters of Islamist Pres. Morsi gathered for a huge rally that filled part of a main boulevard near Cairo's presidential palace in a show of force against opponents demanding his ouster, signs of increasing tension and polarization.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, Greece's fragile coalition government was left reeling after a junior party decided to pull its two cabinet ministers from the cabinet following a dispute over state broadcaster ERT.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, In northern India rescuers found bodies in the River Ganges and in the muddy, broken earth left by landslides, raising the death toll from monsoon flooding in mountainous to nearly 600.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, In Iraq 2 civilians were killed and nine wounded when a bomb ripped through a small market late today in Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, In Israel a private security guard (25) shot and killed Doron Ben-Shlush (46), a Jewish man, at the back of Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza, after he reportedly shouted “God is great" in Arabic.
    (AP, 6/21/13)(SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 21, Moldova’s lawmakers adopted a statement urging the US, the EU, Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to "resolve the situation in Trans-Dniester through political and peaceful means, respecting democratic...principles."
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, The Nicaraguan army said air force Chief of Staff Col. Manuel Lopez was among 10 air force officials killed in a helicopter crash near Lake Managua.
    (SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 21, In Pakistan militants opened fire on a Shiite Muslim mosque where worshippers were gathering for prayers. A suicide bomber then detonated his explosives inside, killing 15 people in Peshawar.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, President Vladimir Putin said Russia will channel at least $43.5 billion in reserve funds on three ambitious infrastructure projects to upgrade aging roads and railways across the vast country.
    (AP, 6/21/13)(SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 21, In Russia dozens of police officers stormed the headquarters of the For Human Rights movement in Moscow, changed the locks on the doors, and told employees to leave. Officials in the mayor’s office said the group had rented the office from the city and the lease ended in February.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, Spanish police arrested eight people suspected of recruiting jihadist militants for al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria. The arrests were made in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the northwest African coast.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, A Spanish court sentenced Joan Vila (48), a former nursing home worker, to prison after a jury found him guilty of murdering 11 elderly residents by forcing them to drink toxic liquids. The killings happened in 2009 and 2010 at a nursing home in the small northeastern city of Olot
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, The commander of Syria's rebels confirmed they have received new weapons, giving his forces more power in battles against government troops and Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.
    (AP, 6/21/13)

2013        Jun 22, In Ohio a plane carrying wing walker Jane Wicker crashed at The Vectren Air Show near Dayton. Wicker and the pilot were killed.
    (SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A7)
2013        Jun 22, In Afghanistan a coalition service member died in a militant attack in the south.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 22, In Brazil tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators again took to streets in several cities. An estimated about 60,000 demonstrators gathered in a central square in Belo Horizonte, largely to denounce legislation that would limit the power of federal prosecutors to investigate crime.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 22, In southern England four-year-old colt Thomas Chippendale collapsed and died shortly after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
    (Reuters, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 22, In China Fan Jiemin (62) shot to death 5 people and killed another with a tool at a chemical plant in Shanghai. The plant had been closed over pollution complaints.
    (http://english.caixin.com/2013-06-24/100545440.html)
2013        Jun 22, In India at least 7,000 people were air-lifted by air force and privately-owned helicopters and transported to Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun. Some 22,000 people remained stranded in the flood-hit state with bad weather and heavy rainfall predicted over the next two days.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 22, In Iraq a suicide bombing inside a Shiite mosque during evening prayers and other attacks north of Baghdad killed 23 people.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 22, Jordan’s PM Abdullah Ensour said some 900 US military personnel, including dozens staying on from joint military drills, are in Jordan to bolster its defense and prevent the Syrian civil war from spreading across its border.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 22, In northern Pakistan some 15 Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to death 10 foreign climbers and one Pakistani guide before dawn at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world. The dead included 3 Ukrainians, 3 Chinese, 2 Slovakians, one Lithuanian and one Nepalese. Pakistani Taliban said the attack was to avenge a US drone strike that killed a deputy leader last month. In 2014 it was reported that the actual plan had been to kidnap Chinese-American Chen Honglu and use him as a high-value Taliban bargaining chip.
    (AP, 6/23/13)(SFC, 6/24/13, p.A3)(AFP, 6/29/14)
2013        Jun 22, The militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza executed two men whom it accused of passing intelligence to Israel. Raed Jundiyeh, an Islamic Jihad militant wanted by Hamas for the kidnapping of a Gaza resident, was shot in the head by Hamas police as he resisted arrest. Jundiyeh died the next day.
    (AP, 6/22/13)(SFC, 6/25/13, p.A3)
2013        Jun 22, In Qatar an 11-nation group including the US met in Doha to coordinate military aid and other forms of assistance to rebels in Syria.
    (AP, 6/23/13)
2013        Jun 22, Syrian government forces stepped up their attack against rebel strongholds north Damascus. Opposition fighters declared their own offensive in the country's largest city Aleppo.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 22, Turkish police used water cannon to disperse thousands gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square to observe a memorial for four people killed during recent anti-government protests. The officers later fired tear gas and rubber bullets, and in some cases beat people with batons, to scatter demonstrators who regrouped in side streets.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 22, The UN said another 27 residents of an Iraqi camp housing members of an Iranian exile group have been relocated to Albania.
    (AP, 6/22/13)

2013        Jun 23, Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden flew from Hong Kong to Russia. A report said he intended to fly to Cuba on June 24 and then on to Caracas, Venezuela.
    (AP, 6/23/13)
2013        Jun 23, In Texas more than 800 women's rights protesters crowded into the Austin Capitol to watch Democrats try a series of parliamentary maneuvers to stop the Republican majority from passing some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 23, Richard Matheson, American sci-fi and fantasy writer, died in Los Angeles. His 1954 vampire novel “I Am Legend" inspired three different film adaptations: “The Last Man on Earth" (1964), “The Omega Man" (1971), and “I Am Legend" (2007).
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.E5)
2013        Jun 23, Albania held national elections. An exchange of gunfire near a polling station wounded a candidate for parliament and left dead a supporter of a rival party in Lac. On June 26 near complete results showed a 53% victory for the Socialist opponents, headed by former Tirana mayor Edi Rama.
    (AP, 6/23/13)(AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 23, The WHO said the new H7N9 strain of bird flu in China has killed 37 people with more than 130 sickened.
    (SFC, 6/24/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 23, An Egyptian court said that Muslim Brotherhood members conspired with Hamas, Hezbollah and local militants to storm a prison on Jan 29, 2011, and free 34 Brotherhood leaders, including the future President Mohammed Morsi. Adel el-Khayat, a member of a radical Islamist group appointed by Morsi as governor of the ancient city of Luxor, resigned in the face of daily protests outside his office.
    (AP, 6/23/13)
2013        Jun 23, In Egypt a Shiite prayer leader (66) and 3 followers were bludgeoned to death by a Sunni mob. The attack came after Salafi preachers in the village of Zawiyet Abu Muslim gave a small local Shiite community an ultimatum to leave the town by sundown.
    (AP, 6/24/13)(Econ, 6/29/13, p.45)
2013        Jun 23, In northern Iraq suicide bombers and a gunman assaulted a police station near the town of Hawija, one of several attacks across the country that left 7 dead.
    (AP, 6/23/13)
2013        Jun 23, In Lebanon clashes erupted in the south between factions supporting opposing sides in the Syrian civil war leaving 2 Lebanese soldiers killed in Sidon.
    (AP, 6/23/13)
2013        Jun 23, In Montenegro a bus fell from a bridge over the Moraca river during a rainstorm and crashed some 40 meters (130 feet) into a ravine. 18 Romanian tourists were killed and 28 hospitalized.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 23, Syrian rebels assaulted a police station in Damascus shortly after a powerful explosion went off in the same neighborhood. At least 10 died in the violence in Damascus. 12 soldiers loyal to Assad were reported killed in a car explosion in the suburbs of Aleppo. Jabhat al-Nusra, a Syrian branch of al-Qaida, later claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks on security compounds in Damascus that killed at least 5 people.
    (AP, 6/23/13)(AP, 6/25/13)

2013        Jun 24, Texas Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early today to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 24, Some $1.2 million was reported to have disappeared from a shipment of cash on Flight 17 from Switzerland to NYC as part of a banking transaction.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 24, Tenet Healthcare said it would buy Vanguard Health Systems for $4.3 billion including debt. The combined US group will have 79 hospitals and 157 outpatient clinics.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.61)
2013        Jun 24, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff proposed a wide range of actions to reform the political system, fight corruption and improve public services — all demands angrily asked for by the millions of protesters who've taken to the streets the past week. Rousseff shifted some of the burden for progress onto the back of Brazil's widely loathed congress — in particular, in calling for a plebiscite on political reform that only lawmakers have the authority to call. 9 people were killed during a police operation in a Rio favela after a protest march.
    (AP, 6/25/13)(Econ, 6/29/13, p.34)
2013        Jun 24, British mobile phone operator Vodaphone announced its acquisition of Kabel Deutschland, Germany’s biggest cable-television company, for €7.7 billion.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.57)
2013        Jun 24, Heads of state and government leaders from 25 West and Central African countries along the Gulf of Guinea met in Cameroon's capital to address escalating piracy, trafficking and other illicit activities in the strategic region.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 24, American executive Chip Starnes (42) said he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by scores of workers demanding severance packages like those given to 30 co-workers in a phased-out department. Starnes  left the Beijing factory on June 27 after he and a labor representative said the two sides had reached agreement in a pay dispute.
    (AP, 6/24/13)(AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 24, Ecuador's foreign minister said his country will act not on its interests but on its principles as it considers an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, wanted for revealing classified US secrets.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 24, The European Commission confirmed approval of InterContinental Exchange's proposed $8.2 billion takeover of NYSE Euronext, saying the two are not direct competitors in most markets and will continue to face strong competition.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 24, In Iraq an attacker rammed his explosive-laden car into an army patrol in Mosul, killing a soldier and a police officer. A 2nd bomber blew set off his explosive-rigged belt inside a university campus in the city of Tikrit, killing a police officer. A series of evening bombings near markets in and around Baghdad and other blasts north of the capital killed at least 42 people altogether and wounded dozens of others.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 24, Israeli aircraft pounded targets in the Gaza Strip after rockets were fired at Israel from the territory. A total of six rockets were fired at Israel overnight. Israeli police said that vandals slashed the tires of 21 cars in an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem. The vandals also scribbled slogans on nearby walls.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 24, In Italy former premier Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from politics for life for paying an underage prostitute for sex during infamous "bunga bunga" parties and forcing public officials to cover it up. He still had two levels of appeal.
    (AP, 6/25/13)
2013        Jun 24, Lebanese army units battled followers of hard-line Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir holed up in a mosque complex in Sidon, the second day of fighting that has left at least 16 soldiers dead and 50 wounded. At least three of al-Assir's supporters died in the fighting.
    (AP, 6/24/13)
2013        Jun 24, In Pakistan Amanullah Khan, a deputy superintendent, and his driver were killed in Peshawar. Khan was in charge of the Peshawar traffic police.
    (AP, 6/24/13)

2013        Jun 25, The US Supreme Court declared a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. 9 states will no longer be subject to federal scrutiny before changing voting laws.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 25, In California PG&E shut down one of two reactors at its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant after finding a small leak in a backup cooling system.
    (SFC, 6/27/13, p.C6)
2013        Jun 25, Veteran Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts won the US Senate seat vacated by John Kerry and helped Democrats maintain their majority in the chamber.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 25, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis staged an 11-hour filibuster to prevent passage of a law that would limit women’s access to abortion. A raucous crowd of shouting demonstrators effectively took over the state Capitol and blocked the bill that abortion rights groups warned would close most abortion clinics in the state.
    (AP, 6/26/13)(Econ, 6/29/13, p.29)
2013        Jun 25, Three former NASA scientists unveiled Planet Labs, a new company that planned to hire out CubaSats, tiny satellites for taking images of Earth from space.
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.G2)(http://tinyurl.com/mxbujyt)
2013        Jun 25, In Afghanistan suicide attackers blew up a car bomb and battled security forces outside the presidential palace in Kabul after infiltrating one of the most secure areas of the capital. The army said the attackers were killed but knew of no other deaths. A minibus hit a bomb on a road northwest of Kandahar city killing 8 women, 2 children and a man.
    (AP, 6/25/13)
2013        Jun 25, Brazil's congress late today shelved legislation that had been a target of nationwide protests, hours before another expected round of large-scale demonstrations.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 25, Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Jiri Rusnok, his economic adviser, as the country's new prime minister to form a government of experts, replacing the cabinet of Petr Necas who resigned last week amid a spy and bribery scandal.
    (AP, 6/25/13)
2013        Jun 25, In France the Eiffel Tower Paris was shut down due to a labor dispute over salaries, profit sharing and other issues. It reopened after workers returned on June 27.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A2)(AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 25, In India an air force helicopter returning from a rescue mission in the flood-ravaged north hit the side of a mountain in Uttarakhand and fell into a river. The bodies of 20 people, including five air force crew members, were recovered the next day.
    (AP, 6/25/13)(AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 25, An Iranian news agency reported that security forces have dismantled a terrorist and sabotage network in southern city of Shiraz.
    (AP, 6/25/13)
2013        Jun 25, In Iraq  bomb blasts struck a minibus carrying Shiite pilgrims to Karbala and a gathering of demonstrators in Tuz Khormato, an ethnically disputed northern city, killing at least 6 and wounding dozens. This was the deadliest in a spate of attacks that killed at least 23 people.
    (AP, 6/25/13)
2013        Jun 25, Lebanese troops detonated booby traps at a complex captured from followers of a hardline Sunni cleric, securing the area after two days of fighting in the port city of Sidon. Official reports said at least 17 soldiers were killed and 50 wounded in the fighting while more than 20 of al-Assir's supporters died in the battle.
    (AP, 6/25/13)
2013        Jun 25, Pakistani investigators named former military dictator Pervez Musharraf as the prime suspect in the Dec. 2007 assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A3)
2013        Jun 25, Qatar's ruler Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (61) formally handed power to his son  Sheik Tamim (33), capping a carefully crafted transition that puts a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation's vast energy wealth and rising political influence.
    (AP, 6/25/13)(Econ, 9/28/13, p.46)
2013        Jun 25, Russia's foreign minister bluntly rejected US demands to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, saying that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border.
    (AP, 6/25/13)
2013        Jun 25, In South Korea major government and news media websites were shut down after anonymous hackers attacked them on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the 1950-1953 Korean War.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A3)
2013        Jun 25, Turkish police detained at least 20 people allegedly involved in violent protests, as the country's prime minister continued to lash out at protesters, and BBC journalist Selin Girit, he claimed were part of a conspiracy to harm Turkey.
    (AP, 6/25/13)(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 25, The UN Security Council approved the July 1 deployment of a new Mali peacekeeping force to help the government regain control of rebel-held areas and organize elections.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court struck down a federal law barring the recognition of same-sex marriage in a split decision, ruling that the law violates the rights of gays and lesbians and intrudes into states' rights to define and regulate marriage. Justices ruled 5-4 that sponsors of California’s Prop 8, a ban on same sex marriage, had no right to represent the state in federal court. The court also struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.AX1)
2013        Jun 26, Scientists reported that adding trace amounts of silver to common antibiotics made the medications up to 1,000 times more effective in fighting infections in mice.
    (SFC, 6/27/13, p.D6)
2013        Jun 26, In San Francisco construction began at the Hunters Point Shipyard on a project for a brand new neighborhood that would include some 12,000 new affordable homes. Groundbreaking also took place on a 2-tower condominium complex at 201 Folsom.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.D1)
2013        Jun 26, It was reported that at least 32 government agencies in the SF Bay Area use license plate readers. Police in Daly City, Milpitas and San Francisco have all signed agreements to provide data from plate readers to the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A8)
2013        Jun 26, Afghan national police clashed with Taliban fighters in the northern province of Baghlan in a gunbattle that left at least two police officers and two militants dead.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, Australian PM Julia Gillard was ousted as Labor Party leader by her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, in a 57-45 vote of party lawmakers hoping to avoid a huge defeat in upcoming elections.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, Brazil's senate voted to increase penalties for those found guilty of corruption, responding to a key demand made by protesters across the country. Protesters and police clashed near a stadium hosting a Confederations Cup soccer match, as thousands of demonstrators trying to march on the site were met by tear gas and rubber bullets.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, British Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a new round of spending cuts, but promised to pump some of the savings straight back into the economy to counter charges of excessive austerity.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, Scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups announced that a previously unknown bird species has been discovered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The wren-sized Cambodian tailorbird, Orthotomus chaktomuk, is one of two species unique to Cambodia.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, In China assailants attacked police and other people with knives and set fire to police cars in the restive far-western Xinjiang region  killing 17 people including 9 police or security officials. Officers shot and killed 10 of the assailants in Lukqun, Turpan prefecture.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, A Chinese space capsule landed safely in Inner Mongolia with 3 astronauts after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station.
    (SFC, 6/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 26, In the Czech Rep. 11 people branded themselves in Prague in support of animal rights. A public branding in Tel Aviv last year launched the movement, called 269Life. The group's name derives from a number branded on a calf that activists encountered at an Israeli dairy farm last year. They chose its number, 269, as a way to individualize the calf.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 26, Iran burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs, some in a Tehran ceremony attended by officials and foreign dignitaries, to highlight what it says are its unsupported efforts to stem the flow of narcotics across its territory to Europe.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, The Irish government agreed to pay up 58 million euros ($75 million) to hundreds of women forced to work at the Catholic Church's notorious Magdalene Laundries after a report found that a quarter of them were sent there by the Irish state.
    (Reuters, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, In Libya three car bombs exploded, killing two and injuring 16 in the southern city of Sabha.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 26, Mongolia held its 6th free presidential election. Incumbant Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj of the Democratic Party (DP) won 50.9% of the vote, just enough to avoid a run-off.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.37)
2013        Jun 26, In Pakistan a bomb targeting senior judge Maqbool Baqir in Karachi wounded him and killed 7 members of the security force.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, The board of Spanish energy giant Repsol rejected a $5 billion offer of compensation from Argentina for the company's YPF unit that the country seized last year. In December Repsol accepted the government offer of $5 billion to avoid arbitration.
    (AP, 6/26/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.36)
2013        Jun 26, In Switzerland financier Marc Rich (b.1934) died of a stroke at a hospital in Lucerne. During the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, Rich used his Middle East contacts to purchase crude oil from Iran and Iraq and made a fortune selling it to American companies.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, A Tunisian court decided to release three European feminist activists who staged a topless protest in Tunis last month against the Islamist-led government.
    (Reuters, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, In Ukraine Irina Krashkova (29) was beaten and raped by local police in Vradiyevka. The officers involved were not arrested until enraged residents stormed the police station in protest.
    (AP, 7/21/13)(http://tinyurl.com/lf25gh4)

2013        Jun 27, Pres. Obama began an 8-day trip to Africa with a visit to Senegal.
    (Reuters, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, The US suspended Bangladesh from its Generalized System of Preferences due to wretched conditions in its export industries.
    (SFC, 6/28/13, p.C1)
2013        Jun 27, The Obama administration said it was sanctioning North Korea's Daedong Credit Bank for its role in supporting Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction program.
    (Reuters, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, Eugene Mallory (80), a retired California man, was shot and killed by police who raided his home based on an incorrect, anonymous tip that the senior citizen was housing a methamphetamine lab on his residence, despite having no criminal record prior to the incident.
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.14)(http://tinyurl.com/lxn2lgp)
2013        Jun 27, A 30-count federal indictment was opened against Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
    (SFC, 6/28/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 27, In western Afghanistan Taliban fighters ambushed a national police patrol overnight, killing a commander and 4 of his men in Herat province. In Ghazni province police ambushed a group of Taliban fighters and killed 5, including a leader believed to have been responsible for making roadside bombs and organizing suicide attacks in the area.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister three years and three days after he was ousted from the same job in an internal government showdown.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, In Brazil some 5,000 protesters battled police in Fortaleza. In Rio some 2,000 people marched without clashes. Demonstrators were angry over corruption and poor public services despite high taxes.
    (SFC, 6/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 27, In China Pres. Xi Jinping and South Korean Pres. Park Geun-hye called for a swift resumption of six-nation North Korean nuclear disarmament talks after a summit that brought together Pyongyang's archrival and its biggest ally.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, The UN raised the alarm about the recent rape of 9 girls in eastern Congo. The youngest was 18 months old and 2 of the girls died.
    (SFC, 6/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 27, Ecuador's leftist government thumbed its nose at Washington by renouncing US trade benefits and offering to pay for human rights training in America in response to pressure over asylum for former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, Top EU officials hashed out a last-minute deal on a 960 billion euro ($1.3 trillion) budget for the bloc for the next seven years.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, In Iraq a series of bombings targeting soccer fans watching the Confederations Cup semifinal between Spain and Italy in cafes in Baghdad, Jbala and Baqouba killed 36 people.
    (AP, 6/28/13)
2013        Jun 27, Kosovo's parliament approved an EU-brokered agreement on creating normal ties with neighboring Serbia as protesters opposing the deal clashed with riot police in Pristina.
    (Reuters, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, Libya’s PM Ali Zidan sacked the defense minister, after three days of gun battles in Tripoli and amid a deteriorating security situation. Security officials said at least 10 were killed and dozens injured in the clashes.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, Mongolia’s election commission said Pres. Elbegdorj Tsakhia has won a 2nd 4-year term with 50.2% of the vote.
     (SFC, 6/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 27, In Morocco delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization produced a draft treaty text showing consensus. 600 negotiators in Marrakech agreed to an international treaty to overcome “book famine" for world’s 285M visually impaired.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.54)
2013        Jun 27, In southern Pakistan a bomb killed at least two people in Kuchlak village, Baluchistan province, an area frequently hit by violence.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, Portuguese unions halted public transport in a peaceful one-day strike against austerity measures which have led to the worst economic slump since the 1970s and sent unemployment to record levels.
    (Reuters, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 27, In Syria a suicide bomber hit the central neighborhood of Bab Touma in Damascus, killing a least 4 people with several more wounded.
    (Reuters, 6/27/13)

2013        Jun 28, Pres. Obama departed Senegal saying Washington had a "moral imperative" to help the world's poorest continent feed itself and he then left for South Africa hoping to see ailing Nelson Mandela.
    (AP, 6/28/13)
2013        Jun 28, Vice President Joe Biden asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 28, The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco lifted an injunction it had imposed in September, 2010, that had blocked a federal judge’s ruling, alowing same-sex marriages to resume for the first time since Prop. 8 prohibited them in November 2008.
    (SFC, 6/29/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 28, It was reported that a pneumonia outbreak has killed at least 20 bighorn sheep on Old Dad Mountain in California’s Mohave National Preserve. Nevada numbered some 10,000 adult animals in at least 60 mountain ranges.
    (SFC, 6/28/13, p.D5)
2013        Jun 28, Ruport Murdoch’s News Corporation split into two parts: 21st Century Fox and News Corp.
    (Econ, 6/22/13, p.65)
2013        Jun 28,  BP, at an official ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan, confirmed that a new pipeline to bring gas to Europe from the Caspian Sea will go through Greece and then under the sea to Italy, a defeat for a rival project to bring gas through Bulgaria and into Austria.
    (AP, 6/28/13)
2013        Jun 28, Human rights and aid groups said fighters in Central African Republic have destroyed dozens of villages since February, compounding a humanitarian crisis that affects the country's entire population of 4.6 million people.
    (AP, 6/28/13)
2013        Jun 28, In England the 3-day Glastonbury music festival opened. It featured acts on 58 stages across 900 acres.
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 28,  In China a tense minority region in the far west erupted in violence for the second time in three days, barely hours after the government called the earlier unrest a "terrorist attack" and raised the death toll to 35.
    (AP, 6/28/13)
2013        Jun 28,  In Egypt thousands of backers of Islamist President Morsi rallied in Cairo in a show of support ahead of planned opposition protests this weekend demanding his removal.
    (AP, 6/28/13)
2013        Jun 28, In western Iraq two bombs exploded near a checkpoint run by government-allied Sunni militiamen, killing at least 11 people in the village of Zangoura, just south of Ramadi.
    (AP, 6/28/13)
2013        Jun 28, Pakistan floated the concept of an Afghan power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and the Taliban as part of a peace talks "end game." The suggestion met with outrage in Kabul.
    (Reuters, 7/1/13)
2013        Jun 28, In South Sudan the government of the central Lakes state ordered the Good News Radio station to stop broadcasting for three days for "criticizing the government." Activists said the station had annoyed the government by questioning the official line on the death of a civilian in jail, among other critical reports.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)
2013        Jun 28, Intense shelling by Syrian government troops on Karak village in eastern Daraa killed at least 8 women and girls overnight as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad pushed ahead with an offensive against rebels near the border with Jordan.
    (AP, 6/28/13)
2013        Jun 28, Vatican official Monsignor Nunzio Scarano and two others were arrested by Italian police for allegedly trying to illegally bring 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland with a private jet.
    (AP, 6/28/13)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.A3)

2013        Jun 29, Pres. Obama in South Africa encouraged leaders in Africa and around the world to follow former South African President Nelson Mandela's example of country before self. Obama met privately with the family of ailing Nelson Mandela.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In San Francisco, Ca., firefighter Michael Quinn ran a red light while driving a fire rig and badly injured motorcyclist Jack Frazier at Fifth and Howard. On March 31, 2014, Quinn surrendered to face felony drunken driving charges stemming from the accident. On March 20, 2015, a SF judge tossed out the case against Quinn ruling that police lacked legal justification to arrest him.
    (SFC, 4/1/14, p.C1)(SFC, 3/21/15, p.A1)
2013        Jun 29, In Florida a monuument to atheism was unveiled near a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments outside a courthouse in Starke.
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A10)
2013        Jun 29, In Nevada Sarah Guillot-Guyard (31), an acrobat and mother of two with Cirque du Soleil, died in las Vegas after falling some 50 feet from a production of “Ka" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
    (SFC, 7/2/13, p.A12)
2013        Jun 29, In Tennessee Vanderbilt University said it has dismissed four football players from the team and suspended them from the university as the result of a sex crimes investigation.
    (CSM, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 29, Jim Kelly (b.1946), karate expert, died. He had starred in a number of martial arts and blaxploitation films including “Enter the Dragon,“ “Black Belt Jones" and “Three the Hard Way."
    (SFC, 7/4/13, p.D5)
2013        Jun 29, British PM David Cameron flew into Afghanistan to try to reinvigorate stalled peace talks with the Taliban and reassure Afghans that foreign troops will not cut and run next year.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Chechnya police said rebels have killed a Russian policeman and injured 14 others.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Chinese state media said more than a hundred people, riding motorbikes and wielding knives, attacked a Hotan police station in the ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang.
    (AP, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 29, China's state media warned that a "counterstrike" against the Philippines was inevitable if it continues to provoke Beijing in the South China Sea, potentially Asia's biggest military trouble spot.
    (Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Egypt Mahmoud Badr, a leader of the Tamarod, or rebel, movement said that 22,134,460 Egyptians have signed the petition demanding President Mohammed Morsi's ouster.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, A senior Egyptian police officer was shot dead by unknown gunmen who ambushed his car in the Sinai Peninsula town of El Arish.
    (Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 28, Legislators in Grenada approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Iraq a bomb went off in an outdoor market in west Baghdad killing 4 people. Attackers using guns fitted with silencers killed 3 off-duty policemen in a drive-by shooting near Fallujah. Bombs targeting soccer players and young men who had gathered to watch a match killed 7 people.
    (AP, 6/29/13)(Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Italian astrophysicist Margherita Hack (95) died in the Adriatic Sea town of Trieste. She had explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and championed civil rights.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Russian police arrested several gay rights activists and Russian nationalists who confronted them at a rally in St. Petersburg that was declared illegal under a new law against "gay propaganda."
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Somalia dozens were feared dead as militia clashes over leadership continued for a 2nd day in the strategic port city of Kismayu.
    (AP, 6/29/13)(Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Thousands of Sudanese called for the overthrow of veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, spurred on by an opposition trying to stoke an Arab Spring style uprising.
    (Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Syrian warplanes and ground forces bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs as part of the military's ongoing campaign against opposition fighters in the heart of the country's third largest city.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In southern Thailand 7 soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Yala province. 
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 29, In Turkey thousands of protesters marched to Istanbul's Taksim Square chanting slogans against the government and police after security forces killed a Kurdish demonstrator in the southeast.
    (Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Uganda a car crashed into a moving gas tanker on the putskirts of Kampala late today, sparking a fire that killed at least 29 people. Scores more were badly burned.
    (AP, 6/30/13)(SFC, 7/1/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 30, President Barack Obama  flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town and announced a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa.
    (AP, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, In Arizona 19 firefighters of an elite crew fighting a forest fire northwest of Phoenix were overtaken and killed by a fast-moving blaze stoked by hot winds. The Yarnell Hill Fire also destroyed some 200 homes. On Dec 4 a state commission approved a nearly $650,000 fine against the state Forestry Division after investigators found that officials had put protection of property ahead of safety.
    (AP, 7/1/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A8)
2013        Jun 30, San Francisco’s 43rd annual LGBT Parade drew a crowd estimated at 1.2 million people.
    (SFC, 7/1/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 30, In San Francisco a woman 28 was punched in the early hours and then robbed of her purse and cell phone. The attacker then returned and kicked her in the face in an event that was captured on video. On July 26 police arrested Christopher Porter-Bailey of Oakland on suspicion of robbery and assault.
    (SFC, 8/1/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 30, In Brazil more than 5,000 anti-government protesters marched near the Maracana stadium before a major international soccer match, venting their anger about the billions of dollars the government is spending on major sporting events rather than public services.
    (AP, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, Chinese paramilitary troops began round-the-clock patrols in the country's northwestern region of Xinjiang following a series of bloody clashes that have killed at least 56 people over the last several months. State media blamed religious extremists.
    (AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, In Egypt tens of thousands of opponents of Islamist Pres. Morsi massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in cities around the country, launching an all-out push to force him from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. At least 16 people were killed and more than 600 wounded in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morsi.
    (AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 6/30/13)(AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jun 30, Germany’s Der Spiegel newsmagazine reported that the United States taps half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany in a typical month and has classed its biggest European ally as a target similar to China, according to secret US documents taken by fugitive former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
    (AP, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, Malaysia urged Myanmar to take stronger action to prevent persecution of Muslims and bring the perpetrators to justice, the latest sign that the inter communal violence is straining ties in Southeast Asia.
    (Reuters, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, In Nigeria gunmen shot dead two civilians overnight and then used explosives to free 175 inmates from a prison in the southern town of Akure.
    (Reuters, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, In northwest Pakistan 17 people were killed when a powerful roadside bomb attack narrowly missed a passing convoy of security forces but ravaged a busy market area in Peshawar. A roadside bomb struck an army convoy and killed 4 soldiers in the North Waziristan tribal area. In the southwest at least 28 people were killed and dozens wounded in Quetta when a suicide bomber attacked a largely Shi'ite Muslim neighborhood.
    (AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, Pakistan’s 2008 moratorium, passed by a previous government, expired. The new policy of PM Nawaz Sharif's government was to execute all death row prisoners, except those pardoned on humanitarian grounds.
    (Reuters, 7/7/13)
2013        Jun 30, The family and Israeli layer of a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip, who vanished while visiting Egypt this month, said Wael Abu Rida (35) was under arrest in Israel for alleged security offences. Israel's Public Defender's Office said it had received Abu Rida's case on June 22 and assigned him a lawyer.
    (AP, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, The Kremlin said Pres. Putin has singed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving any information about homosexuality.
    (SFC, 7/1/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 30, Somalia's government called for a neutral force in the disputed port city of Kismayo, accusing Kenyan troops there of backing one militia against others in ongoing fighting for control of the strategic southern city.
    (AP, 7/1/13)
2013        Jun 30, In Spain Aurea Vazquez Rijos, accused of hiring someone to kill her wealthy Canadian husband in Puerto Rico on Sep 23, 2005, was arrested by Spanish police after being sought for five years in the alleged murder-for-hire scheme.
    (AP, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, In Syria government attacks on central and northern cities killed six people. The government announced that two years of conflict has cost the public sector $15 billion. Assad's forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air for a second day in their offensive in central Syria.
    (AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 7/1/13)
2013        Jun 30, Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra sacked the commerce minister who had come under fire over a rice intervention scheme that resulted in huge losses to the budget and saw the country lose its place as the world's top rice exporter. Shinawatra added the post of defense minister to her duties.
    (AP, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 30, In Turkey police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of protesters in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast, during demonstrations across the country to pressure the government to carry out reforms.
    (Reuters, 6/30/13)

2013        Jun, In Afghanistan an eight article decree was issued late this month  by clerics in the Deh Salah region of Baghlan province barring women from leaving home without a male relative and shutting cosmetic shops on the pretext they were being used for prostitution - an accusation residents and police rejected.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jun, In Argentina prison inmates set up a trade union to lobby against low pay for jobs in prison.
    (Econ, 8/17/13, p.52)
2013        Jun, China unveiled a series of reforms to restrict air pollution. Companies as well as government planned to spend $275 billion over the next five years cleaning up the air.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.18)
2013        Jun, In China an algae called Enteromorpha prolifera again engulfed the coast around Qingdao covering an area of nearly 11,500 square miles.
    (SFC, 7/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun, In China the mammoth New Century Global Center, the world’s largest building, opened in the southwestern city of Chengdu with 1.7 million square meters (19 million square feet) of floor space (about 329 football fields) edging out the previous record-holder, the Dubai airport.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jun, Cuba agreed to return to the Caribbean Series, a baseball tournament which it left in 1961.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.42)
2013        Jun, In Jamaica sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships.
    (SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun, Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo won an auction for mobile licenses in Myanmar. They will compete with each other and a loca lstate-owned outfit.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, p.68)
2013        Jun, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted two sisters in Patikul, where they had traveled to do a video documentary on the predominantly Muslim area's poor coffee farmers. Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were freed on Feb 20, 2014.
    (AP, 2/20/14)
2013        Jun, Russian property developer Sergei Polonsky was charged with embezzling more than 5.7 billion rubles ($175 million) from 80 property investors. He insisted he was innocent of embezzlement charges, and claimed to have owned property worth as much as $4 billion. Polonsky fled to Cambodia and later described the case against him as extortion carried out by people who wished to put him in prison so they could take control of his holdings.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2013        Jun, In Syria four French journalists went missing in two incidents. On April 19, 2014, French officials said Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres had been released.
    (AP, 4/19/14)
2013        Jun, Thailand monk Wirapol Sukphol (33) was shown taking a private jet ride on a YouTube video. It soon emerged that he had accumulated assets of $32 million. In July authorities issued an arrest warrant after having him defrocked. He was believed to have fled to the US.
    (SFC, 7/19/13, p.A3)
2013        Jun, The UN reported over 250 synthetic drugs, altered after being banned, in circulation.   
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.12)
2013        Jun, In Venezuela Radwan Sabbagh, the chairman of state-owned iron-ore miner and processor Ferrominera, was arrested and accused of bleeding the company dry.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.31)

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