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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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 1, Pop diva Modanna
arrived in Malawi to tour the 10 school wings she has helped to
2013 Apr 1, In Myanmar 4
privately run daily newspapers hit newsstands for the first time in
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2013 Apr 1, South Korea said it
will strike back quickly if the North stages any attack.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
2013 Apr 2, In Myanmar a
pre-dawn fire swept a religious dormitory, killing 13 children in
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2013 Apr 3, a Syrian jet fired
a missile that slammed into a house on the outskirts of the Lebanese
border town of Arsal.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2013 Apr 5, In Afghanistan a
bomb attached to a donkey exploded, killing a policeman and wounded
three civilians in Laghman province.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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
(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.
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.
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."
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.
2013 Apr 6, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed 20 people and wounded dozens at a political rally for
a Sunni candidate in Baqouba.
2013 Apr 6, An Iraqi Shiite
militant group, the Hezbollah Brigades, said one of its members,
Arfad Mohsen al-Hemedawi, was killed in Syria.
2013 Apr 6, In central Nigeria
at least 11 people were killed in ongoing fighting between Christian
and Muslim villagers in the region.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 7, In Iraq 3 bombs
exploded in Mosul killing 4 security officers and wounding 7 other
(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.
2013 Apr 7, Montenegro held
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2013 Apr 8, Pakistani military
officials said four days of fierce fighting in the northwest has
left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2013 Apr 9, A Libyan lawmaker
said parliament has approved a law that criminalizes torture and
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 9, The United Nations
reopened food distribution centers in Gaza that closed last week
following a violent protest at a UN compound.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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."
2013 Apr 10, French Pres.
Francois Hollande called for the abolition of tax havens in Europe
(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.
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.
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
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.
2013 Apr 10, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot to death a policeman protecting a team of
female polio workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
2013 Apr 11, The Dutch Cabinet
brokered a deal with unions that scraps planned salary freezes for
government and healthcare workers.
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.
2013 Apr 11, In northeast
Nigeria suspected Islamic extremists attacked a police station,
killing four officers in a gun battle in Babangida, Yobe state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 12, The French Senate
voted to legalize same-sex marriage, putting a landmark bill on
track to become law by summer.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 12, Israel troops
shelled a position on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights from
which they received fire.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 13, San Francisco
Symphony musicians accepted concessions and voted to ratify a new
(SSFC, 4/14/13, p.C7)
2013 Apr 13, John Galardi (75),
founder of the Wienerschnitzel hot dog chain, died in southern
(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.
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.
2013 Apr 13, China and the US
committed to a process aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 13, In Peru a bus
plunged off an Andean highway into a river, killing at least 27
(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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 14, In northwest
Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed four people in Datta
Khel town of North Waziristan.
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 15, Liberian President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Francis Korkpor (61) will be the
country's new chief justice.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 15, Venezuela’s
National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse
students protesting the official results in the disputed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
(SFC, 4/20/13, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/21/13, p.A9)(SFC,
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
(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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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,
2013 Apr 20, Bahrain
authorities foiled possible attacks one day before the kingdom's
Formula One race.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2013 Apr 21, The Chinese
factory fishing ship Kai Xin, that burned last week off Antarctica,
sank without anyone on board.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
2013 Apr 23, In Afghanistan 20
people died in flooding in Balkh province.
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
2013 Apr 23, Australia's
competition regulator approved the takeover by Virgin Australia of
budget rival Tiger Airways Australia.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
2013 Apr 23, Israel and
Palestine agreed to renewed involvement by UNESCO in the Old City of
(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.
2013 Apr 23, Myanmar's
president pardoned 93 prisoners, including at least 59 political
detainees, a day after the EU lifted sanctions against it.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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."
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.
2013 Apr 24, In Afghanistan 18
people were killed by the earthquake that struck Nangarhar and Kunar
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 24, Lebanon's leading
caricaturist Pierre Sadek (76), died. He was famous for his decades
of work poking fun at politicians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
2013 Apr 25, Britain’s Ministry
of Defense announced that a new drone-operating squadron had begun
operating from RAF Waddington in eastern England.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
2013 Apr 25, Rwanda issued its
first Eurobond. The ten-year $400m issue was more than 8 times
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
2013 Apr 26, Russian police and
security agents detained 140 people at a mosque in Moscow on
suspicion of involvement with Islamic extremism.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 26, Serbian lawmakers
overwhelmingly supported an agreement normalizing relations with
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Apr 27, In Libya an
explosion at the Barka police station in Benghazi destroyed the
facade but left no causalities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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
(SFC, 5/1/13, p.A3)
2013 Apr 30, Guinean health
officials said a meningitis outbreak has killed at least 40 people.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2013 May 1, In Iraq two car
bombs in Baghdad and Fallujah killed at least eight people and
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.
2013 May 1, In Russia a bomb
exploded in a busy shopping area in Makhachkala, the capital of
Dagestan, killing at least two people.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2013 May 4, In northern Belgium
hundreds of people were evacuated after a train carrying chemicals
derailed and caught fire.
2013 May 4, Belgian biochemist
Christian de Duve (95), Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine
(1974), died in an act of euthanasia.
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.
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
(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.
2013 May 4, In Puerto Rico 4
people were killed and 6 others injured in a drive-by shooting in
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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,
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.
2013 May 6, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu met with his security Cabinet and then departed to China
for a scheduled visit.
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.
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.
2013 May 6, In Nigeria two
pilots were killed when their Alpha jet fighter went down 37 miles
(60 km) west of Niamey.
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.
2013 May 6, In Syria regime
warplanes pounded rebel positions inside the Mannagh air base as
clashes between rebels and government forces raged on.
2013 May 6, Yemeni tribal
gunmen kidnapped two Egyptian technicians working in a cement
factory in the south.
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.
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.
2013 May 7, Argentina's
government announced new measures intended to suck up undeclared
dollars in response to growing pressure to abruptly devalue the
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
(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A6)
2013 May 7, In eastern CongoDRC
a UN peacekeeper from Pakistan was killed in South Kivu province.
2013 May 7, French authorities
detained six suspected members of Basque separatist group ETA in
simultaneous police operations at three sites: Blois, Montpellier
2013 May 7, Two prominent
Israeli activist groups said PM Netanyahu has stopped approving new
construction in West Bank settlements.
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.
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.
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).
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 8, In northern India a
bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh state killing at least 39
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 8, In Italy former
Premier Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction and four-year
prison sentence were upheld on the first appeal.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2013 May 10, In Afghanistan 3
children in central Ghazni province were killed when they tried to
dismantle an old bomb.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
2013 May 11, In Indiana 3 men
and a woman were found shot to death in Waynesville.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 11, In Israel
some two thousand protesters marched in Tel Aviv over proposed tax
hikes and benefit cuts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
2013 May 11, A contingent of
about 100 Tanzanian troops arrived in eastern Congo, a first step in
assembling the new UN intervention brigade.
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,
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 12, Zimbabwe's state
radio said police have arrested three polling campaigners for
illegally promoting voter awareness ahead of crucial elections.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
(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,
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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
(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
(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,
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
(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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 16, Israeli police
temporarily barred Israeli Jews and tourists from entering the most
hotly contested Jerusalem holy site following Palestinian
2013 May 16, In Jordan a
British-made aerobatic T-67 Firefly trainer crashed near the
Syrian border, killing its two Jordanian pilots.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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,
(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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
2013 May 18, Russia's Sergey
Karjakin won the €100,000 ($130,000) Norway chess championship after
drawing against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
2013 May 20, Former general
Thein Sein became the first Myanmar president to be welcomed to the
White House in almost 47 years.
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,
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
(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
(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,
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
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.
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
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.
2013 May 20, In Libya
militiamen attacked the Mellitah Oil and Gas complex near Zwara,
injuring two guards and stealing weapons and military vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2013 May 20, In Yemen a
suspected US drone killed two alleged al-Qaida militants riding a
motorbike outside Radda in Bayda province.
2013 May 21, A US federal
appeals court struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2013 May 22, Bahrain's Interior
Ministry said an Iranian drone has been found in the strategic Gulf
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
(AP, 5/23/13)(AP, 5/24/13)(SFC, 5/24/13,
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.
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
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 22, Zimbabwe's
President Mugabe signed into law a new constitution and vowed to
hold peaceful and clean elections later this year.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 23, In Japan a
radiation leak took place at the Hadron Experimental Facility in
(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.
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.
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.
2013 May 23, A rising tide of
seaweed halted a nuclear power station near Edinburgh, Scotland,
threatening to clog up its cooling system.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2013 May 24, The EU approved
restrictions on 3 pesticides to better protect dwindling bee
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2013 May 24, In northwest
Pakistan a pair of suspected militant attacks killed 9 people in
Mattani and Peshawar.
2013 May 24, In Pakistan an
American diplomat accidentally killed a pedestrian while driving in
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
2013 May 24, Turkey's
parliament passed legislation that would ban all alcohol advertising
and tighten restrictions on the sale of such beverages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 25, In Yemen two
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Shar, Hadramawt province.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 27, Canada-based
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int’l. announced the acquisition of Bausch +
Lomb, an American eye-health giant, for $8.7 billion.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2013 May 29, In northeastern
Myanmar overnight violence between Buddhists and Muslims left one
person dead and four injured.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
2013 May 30, In Iraq a series
of bomb explosions in Baghdad, Mosul and Tal Afar killed at least 30
people and wounded dozens.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 May 31, In Egypt a bus
carrying Mexican tourists overturned in the Sinai Peninsula before
bursting into flames, killing at least six tourists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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).
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,
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
(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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 1, In Japan officials
from 50 African nations gathered for a 3-day talk about trade,
growth and other issues.
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.
2013 Jun 1, Eighteen rockets
and mortar rounds fired from Syria struck the Baalbek region of
eastern Lebanon. There were no casualties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 2, China’s President
Xi Jinping arrived in Costa Rica, the only country in Central
America to have diplomatic relations with China.
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
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2013 Jun 2, In South Sudan
cattle rustlers attacked a village killing 11 people and wounding
eight. More than 50 cattle were reported stolen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 3, In southern Libya a
personal feud sparked clashes between tribes of African and Arab
origins, leaving five people dead.
2013 Jun 3, In Pakistan
attackers in the northwestern town of Hangu shot and killed Farid
Khan, a newly elected provincial lawmaker.
2013 Jun 3, In South Africa at
least two people were shot, one fatally, in ongoing union rivalry at
the troubled Lonmin platinum mine.
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,
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 4, Flooding continued
along the Danube and other southern European rivers. The death toll
reached 10, including 7 in the Czech Rep.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2013 Jun 5, Colorado Gov.
Hickenlooper signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
2013 Jun 5, In Egypt striking
workers at the Cairo international airport's largest terminal
blocked airplanes on the tarmac and disrupting flights.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2013 Jun 6, In Iraq a series of
car bomb explosions in and around Baghdad killed 14 people including
7 policemen in Taji.
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
(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
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.
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.
2013 Jun 6, Russia said it has
deployed a naval unit, 16 warships and three ship-based helicopters,
to the Mediterranean Sea.
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.
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
2013 Jun 6, A Sudanese military
spokesman said a military training helicopter has crashed in the
country's south, killing its two crew members.
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.
2013 Jun 6, Ayman al-Zawahri,
al-Qaida's leader, urged Sunni Muslims to spare no effort to join
the battle in Syria.
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
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
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
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
(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,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 9, The Broadway
musical “Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star Cyndi Lauper, won 6
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 9, India's main
opposition party announced that Narendra Modi, a deeply divisive
Hindu ideologue, will head its 2014 election campaign.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2013 Jun 10, In Iraq a string
of deadly attacks in several Iraqi cities killed at least 63 people.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
2013 Jun 12, A strike by French
air traffic controllers forced cancellations of more than 60% of
flights and disrupted travel elsewhere in Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
(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
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.
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.
2013 Jun 13, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday
celebrations in state public schools from legal challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 13, In Yemeni
thousands protested in the capital against "excesses" by security
forces, calling for the overthrow of the president and national
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
2013 Jun 14, In southern Libya
army Col. Omar Salah was killed in an ambush on his brigade in Kira.
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.
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
(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."
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.
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
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.
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.
2013 Jun 15, In Iran Hasan
Rohani (64), a reformist-backed presidential candidate, capped a
stunning surge to claim the presidency.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(SFC, 6/18/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 16, In Las Vegas Erin
Brady (25) of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the Miss America beauty
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2013 Jun 16, Four Lebanese
Shiite Muslim men were found killed in an ambush in northeastern
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.
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.
2013 Jun 16, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen killed two anti-polio workers in Kandar village.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
2013 Jun 17, In Iraq 3 bomb
attacks, including a blast in a roadside restaurant in Taji, killed
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
2013 Jun 18, State TV channels
in Greece remained off-air as the political storm over the future of
public broadcaster ERT raged on.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
2013 Jun 19, In Hungary former
PM Gyula Horn (b.1932) died. He had served as prime minister from
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
2013 Jun 20, In eastern
Washington state a routine inspection at the Hanford Nuclear
Reservation detected higher radioactivity under a tank holding
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 20, In Canada 2 people
were killed in a massive explosion and fire at a fireworks plant
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 20, Lebanese
demonstrators clashed with police in downtown Beirut during a
protest against the extension of parliament's term earlier this
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 21, In Iraq 2
civilians were killed and nine wounded when a bomb ripped through a
small market late today in Baghdad.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2013 Jun 22, In southern
England four-year-old colt Thomas Chippendale collapsed and died
shortly after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
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
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.
2013 Jun 22, In Iraq a suicide
bombing inside a Shiite mosque during evening prayers and other
attacks north of Baghdad killed 23 people.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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
(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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 25, Pakistani
investigators named former military dictator Pervez Musharraf as the
prime suspect in the Dec. 2007 assassination of former PM Benazir
(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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 26, In Libya three car
bombs exploded, killing two and injuring 16 in the southern city of
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.
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.
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
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.
2013 Jun 27, Pres. Obama began
an 8-day trip to Africa with a visit to Senegal.
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
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
(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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 28, Vice President Joe
Biden asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National
Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
2013 Jun 29, In Chechnya police
said rebels have killed a Russian policeman and injured 14 others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 28, Legislators in
Grenada approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people
through websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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."
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.
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.
2013 Jun 29, In southern
Thailand 7 soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Yala
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
2013 Jun, In Argentina prison
inmates set up a trade union to lobby against low pay for jobs in
(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.
2013 Jun, Cuba agreed to return
to the Caribbean Series, a baseball tournament which it left in
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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)