Timeline 2013 July - September

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2013        Jul 1, The WikiLeaks website said Edward Snowden, the American who admitted leaking National Security Agency documents, is seeking asylum in 19 more countries, including China.
    (AP, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, SF Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers went on strike leaving many commuters stranded.
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 1, In southern California police arrested high school teacher Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst (28), two weeks after giving birth, for allegedly having had unlawful sex with a student (16).
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.A5)
2013        Jul 1, Connecticut’s Fairfield Univ. and others that supported a charity, designed to help feed and educate boys in Haiti, reached a $12 million settlement with children who were sexually abused by Douglas Perlitz, a founder of the group. Perlitz  was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison in 2011 for the assaults at the Project Pierre Toussaint School.
    (SFC, 7/2/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 1, In Mississippi it became legal to make beer at home. Home brewing remained illegal in the state’s dry counties.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.29)
2013        Jul 1, In northern Afghanistan a regional police commander and three of his men were killed when their vehicle was hit with a roadside bomb in Baghlan province.
    (AP, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, Mark Carney took over as the 120th governor of the Bank of England.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.58)
2013        Jul 1, In Canada John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody were arrested and charged with terrorism for attempting to leave pressure cooker bombs at British Columbia's provincial legislature on Canada Day.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 1, Croatia became the 28th EU member, the bloc's first addition since Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007. In its first day as an EU member, Croatia pledged to help other Balkan countries move closer to the bloc and to help bring lasting stability to a region which was engulfed in conflict 20 years ago.
    (AP, 6/30/13)(AP, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, In Cuba a privately run wholesale market opened near Havana’s airport. Drivers had earlier gathered on the outskirts of Havana to sell fruit and vegetables without state sanction.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.35)
2013        Jul 1, Egypt’s military gave Pres. Morsi a July 3 deadline to resolve the country’s political crises. The military said it would "announce a road map for the future and measures to implement it" if Morsi and its opponents cannot reach a consensus within 48 hours. Protesters stormed and ransacked the Cairo headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group early today as demonstrators geared up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 1, The German government said if media reports of large-scale US spying on the European Union were confirmed, it would be unacceptable Cold War-style behavior between partners who require mutual trust to forge a new transatlantic trade area.
    (Reuters, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, In Germany parent companies Bertelsmann and Pearson said they signed final contracts to combine the global activities of publishers Random House Inc. and Penguin Group to create Penguin Random House. Random House parent Bertelsmann will hold 53% of the new company and Penguin owner Pearson 47%.
    (AP, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, In Hong Kong tens of thousands took to the streets in protest, demanding that Leung Chun-ying, their widely disliked Beijing-backed leader, resign and pressing for promised democratic reforms so they can choose their own top representative. The annual protest march has become increasingly popular in recent years.
    (AP, 7/1/13)(SFC, 7/2/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 1, New sanctions against Iran came into effect, targeting trade with Iran's shipping and automobile sectors, gold sales to Iran and handling of the Iranian currency, the rial - a further attempt to force Tehran to curb its nuclear activities.
    (Reuters, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 1, In Iraq the bodies of 8 pro-government, anti-al-Qaida Sunni militiamen, were found in an orchard. They had been kidnapped in Mishada and killed over the last two days by gunmen. The UN mission to Iraq said violence last month claimed the lives of 761 Iraqis. A suicide bomber blew himself up at a mourning ceremony inside a Shi'ite mosque, killing at least 22 people in Muqdadiya. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a cafe in the restive city of Baqouba, killing 8 people.
    (AP, 7/1/13)(Reuters, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, Israel announced a crackdown against Jewish ultranationalists who vandalize Palestinian property, saying they were tantamount to terrorists and their attacks could fan sectarian violence.
    (AP, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, Lithuania took the reigns for its six-month presidency of the European Union.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Jul 1, In Mexico 17 people vanished from Cocula after convoy of gunmen fanned out across the southern municipality before dawn. Some carried names and blasted their way into homes. Others simply swept up whoever crossed their paths.
    (AP, 9/16/15)
2013        Jul 1, Gulf Arab states called on the UN Security Council to meet urgently to prevent a massacre in Homs, as pro-government forces in Syria try to wrest the city from rebels fighting to topple President Assad.
    (Reuters, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, In Tanzania teeming crowds and blaring horns welcomed President Barack Obama to Dar Es Salaam as he arrived on the last leg of his three-country tour of the African continent.
    (AP, 7/1/13)
2013        Jul 1, A UN report said: Some 80 percent of withdrawals from the Central Bank of Somalia are made for private purposes and not for the running of government, representing a patronage system and a set of social relations that defy institutionalization of the state. "Key to these irregularities has been the current governor of the Central Bank, Abdusalam Omer."
    (Reuters, 7/1/13)

2013        Jul 2, The Int’l. Astronomical Union announced the names of Kerberos and Styx for two moons of Pluto.
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.D1)
2013        Jul 2, In Afghanistan Taliban suicide attackers blew up a truck bomb at the gates of a NATO supplier's compound in Kabul and sprayed gunfire at security personnel. The ensuing gunbattle left a dozen people dead.
    (AP, 7/2/13)(SFC, 7/3/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 2, In Brazil Rayfran das Neves Sales, the confessed killer of US nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang Para, was released after serving less than nine of the 27 years he was sentenced to back in 2005. Para state Judge Claudio Henrique Rendeiro ruled that Neves Sales was entitled to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.
    (AP, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 2, China announced rewards of up to 100,000 yuan ($16,000) for information leading the arrest of those responsible for the deadliest violence in four years in the vast far-western region of Xinjiang, dominated by Muslim Uighurs.
    (Reuters, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, An Egyptian court said Pres. Morsi must reinstate an attorney general fired last year in another blow to his authority. 7 people were killed in clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of Pres. Morsi.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, A German court convicted a married couple of spying for Russia over more than two decades and handed them prison sentences for passing European Union and NATO secrets to Moscow. Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag were known only by the fake names on the Austrian passports they used to enter Germany.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.1 earthquake killed at least 22 people and injured hundreds in Aceh province.
    (AP, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 2, In Iraq at least 49 people were killed in a wave of attacks across the country. 7 militants were also killed.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, Israeli soldiers shot dead Moataz Sharawneh (19), a Palestinian, during a confrontation in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, In Mexico the bodies of Luis Ortiz and Andres Barba, both 15, were found after they went missing on June 21 in Jalisco state. They were accused of bullying the son of Jose Angel Carrasco a notorious drug trafficker.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 2, Nigerian police said they have recaptured 54 of 175 prisoners who escaped on June 30 from Olokuta prison in the southwest town of Akure after it was attacked by gunmen.
    (Reuters, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, In Russia Alexander Lebedev, a banking tycoon who financed a newspaper critical of the Kremlin, was found guilty of assault for punching a talk show guest in Sep, 2011, and sentenced to 150 hours of community service.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, A Russian helicopter packed with passengers crashed in Siberia, killing at least 19 of the 28 people aboard.
    (Reuters, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, A Russian Proton rocket carrying navigation satellites crashed a few seconds after takeoff from the Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. This was the 4th Proton failure at Baikonur in 14 years.
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.A2)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.45)
2013        Jul 2, In Senegal a special tribunal charged former Chad dictator Hissene Habre with crimes against humanity, over two decades after his arrival in the west African country.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, In Syria activists said government troops shelled a rebel-held suburb of the capital Damascus, killing at least 11 people including women and children.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, In Tanzania President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush found common ground, honoring the victims of a terrorist attack in an unprecedented encounter a world away from home. The Obamas departed Africa for home shortly after crossing paths with the Bushes, who were hosting the summit promoting the role of African first ladies in bringing change to their countries.
    (AP, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, Ukraine's president ordered a top-level inquiry after a night of violence in a small southern town in which people angered by the rape of a local woman in which they said police were involved attacked a police headquarters with petrol bombs.
    (Reuters, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, In the United Arab Emirates 61 convicted coup plotters received jail terms of up to 10 years after a trial that targeted Islamists and drew criticism from human rights groups.
    (Reuters, 7/2/13)
2013        Jul 2, Vietnam became the 11th country from which all highly enriched uranium has been removed in the last four years. The news was announced during a meeting in Vienna on how to prevent potential bomb ingredients from falling into the wrong hands. The first uranium shipment from Vietnam's Dalat Nuclear Research Institute to Russia, where it originally came from, took place six years ago and there was a second delivery this month. The United States, the UN nuclear agency and Canada also provided assistance.
    (Reuters, 7/2/13)

2013        Jul 3, NASA announced that Jason-1, a satellite that tracked rising sea levels, has ended its useful life. The joint US and French satellite was launched on Dec 7, 2001.
    (SFC, 7/4/13, p.D3)
2013        Jul 3, Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was released from home confinement ending over 5½ years in federal custody for corruption offenses.
    (SFC, 7/4/13, p.A8)
2013        Jul 3, Doug Engelbart (88), inventor of the computer mouse, died at his home in Atherton, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/4/13, p.D5)(Econ, 7/13/13, p.86)
2013        Jul 3, Argentina extradited Ignacio Alvarez Meyendorf to the US. The Colombian, arrested in 2011, was suspected of using submarines to smuggle 8 tons of cocaine to the US.
    (SFC, 7/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 3, Belgium’s  King Albert (79) announced he will abdicate on July 21, the country’s national holiday, and pass the throne of this fractious nation to his son.
    (AP, 7/4/13)(SFC, 7/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 3, Brazilian truckers demanding cheaper fuel, better highways and lower tolls torched toll booths and crippled traffic in several regions, continuing their protests into a third day.
    (AP, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, The British government said it is banning khat, an herbal stimulant, despite advice against such a move by an official advisory body.
    (AP, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, In Egypt at least 16 people were killed and 200 wounded when gunmen opened fire on supporters of President Mohamed Mursi who were rallying outside Cairo University. Egypt's military ousted its first freely elected president after millions protested around the country and demanded Morsi's resignation. Abdel Fattah El Sisi, the head of Egypt's armed forces, announced on state television that Egypt's constitution was suspended, a new civilian government would be installed, and early elections would be held.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)(AP, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 3, In Georgia a Turk and a Moldovan were detained after crossing the border from Armenia in a truck with tens of millions of dollars worth of heroin hidden in a secret compartment.
    (Reuters, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 3, The Indian government launched a $22 billion welfare program to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people, a center-piece of the ruling Congress party's plan to win a third term in office in elections due by May 2014.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rouhani called for the government and powerful clergy to end interference in the private lives of the Iranian people, free up Internet access and allow state media to be more open about Iran's problems.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, In Iraq a roadside bomb killed at least 7 people in a Baghdad suburb while the bodies of 3 construction workers were found elsewhere in the capital. A bombing at a teahouse in Baghdad killed 3 people.
    (AP, 7/3/13)(AP, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 3, In Mexico Jalisco state prosecutors said authorities have found 7 severed heads stuffed in plastic bags on the edge of a highway near the city of Guadalajara.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, In Nigeria Maj. Gen. Henry Ayoola said the military went on the offensive after 28 civilians were killed last week. He said soldiers killed more than 100 gunmen blamed for ethno-religious clashes started by cattle rustling in central Nigeria.
    (AP, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 3, In Pakistan unmanned US aircraft fired four missiles at a house before dawn, killing at least 17 suspected militants in North Waziristan. The drone strike elicited a swift condemnation by the Pakistani government.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, Portugal's financial markets went into a nosedive as the government teetered on the brink of collapse, alarming investors and reigniting concerns about the eurozone's strategy for dealing with its prolonged financial crisis.
    (AP, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, Russian Authorities arrested Evgeny Urlashov, the only opposition mayor of a major Russian city, for allegedly soliciting bribes, and said they found vast sums of cash stashed in his apartment building. The Investigative Committee in Yaroslavl said that it arrested Urlashov and three of his deputies for allegedly demanding a bribe of 14 million rubles (about $420,000) from an unidentified contractor.
    (AP, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, Saudi businessmen, expatriates and several countries welcomed a four-month extension to an amnesty for foreign workers with visa violations, saying it allowed businesses to operate as usual in the world's top oil exporter.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)
2013        Jul 3, Taiwanese soldier Hung Chung-chiu (24) died after being forced to perform a vigorous regime of sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks and squats in sweltering heat at a base in suburban Taipei, just three days away from completing his mandatory 20-month service requirement. His punishment was ordered because he brought a banned cell phone onto his base. On July 24 Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou apologized for the death and ordered military officials to investigate the tragedy.
    (AP, 7/24/13)

2013        Jul 4, In San Francisco representatives from BART and two unions agreed to a 30-day extention of the current contract and said transit workers will go back to work on July 5.
    (SFC, 7/5/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 4, In Afghanistan roadside bombs killed 4 young girls in Helmand province. Lieutenant Islam Bibi, the most senior policewoman in volatile southern Helmand province, was shot dead on her way to work in Lashkar Gah. 2 schoolboys were killed when they triggered a roadside bomb in Paktika province. A NATO service member was killed in fighting in western Afghanistan.
    (AP, 7/4/13)(Reuters, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 4, Bahrain sentenced 29 protesters to one month in prison for trying to enter a heavily guarded area last year that was once the center of the Gulf nation's anti-government uprising.
    (AP, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 4, Belgian lawmakers seized on King Albert's decision to abdicate to call for his son and heir, Prince Philippe, to become a purely ceremonial monarch.
    (AP, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 4, In Egypt Adli Mansour, the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the nation's interim president, taking over hours after the military ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The prosecutor's office ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader, Mohamed Badie, and his deputy Khairat el-Shater on accusations of inciting violence in which at least 8 people were killed earlier this week.
    (AP, 7/4/13)(Reuters, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 4, In Iraq gunmen in speeding cars shot and killed 3 people in Baghdad. A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into police patrolling Tuz Khormato, killing two police.
    (AP, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 4, In Mexico the Popocatepetl volcano registered several tremors after spraying rock and ash over the last 24 hours. At leaqst 40 commercial flights in the Mexico City area were canceled.
    (SFC, 7/5/13, p.A3)
2013        Jul 4, North and South Korea agreed to hold talks aimed at reopening a jointly run factory park that was a rare source of cash for the North three weeks after their last attempt at dialogue collapsed in bickering over protocol.
    (Reuters, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 4, Pakistan took a major step toward averting an economic crisis, reaching an initial deal with the IMF on a bailout of at least $5.3 billion to help shore up the country's rapidly diminishing foreign reserves.
    (AP, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 4, Peruvian police fired tear gas at hundreds of students and civil servants in Lima as they marched towards Congress to protest reforms that would impose tougher standards on universities and bureaucrats.
    (Reuters, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 4, The World Health Organization said at least 71 people have been killed and more than 300 wounded in ongoing fighting between rival militias in the Somali city of Kismayo.
    (AP, 7/4/13)
2013        Jul 4, Syrian opposition figures met in Turkey to elect a new leadership as President Bashar Assad claims his opponents have failed to overthrow his regime.
    (AP, 7/4/13)

2013        Jul 5, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber sneaked into a police dining hall in Uruzgan province and blew himself up, killing 12. A border police officer and a civilian were killed in a separate suicide attack in the south.
    (AP, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, The African Union suspended Egypt from membership in the continental body after the military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.
    (AP, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, In China the Global Harbor shopping all opened in Shanghai. Its floor space of 480,000 square meters was equal to nearly 70 football fields.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Harbor)(Econ, 9/26/15, p.71)
2013        Jul 5, Colombia’s state-controlled oil company Ecopetrol said two explosions over the last 24 hours have shut down the 80,000 barrel-per-day Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline. A military source describing them as attacks carried out by leftist rebels.
    (AP, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 5, Egyptian troops opened fire on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi marching on Republican Guard facility. Islamist gunmen staged multiple attacks on security forces in the troubled Sinai Peninsula. 5 police offers were killed in El Arish. Two soldiers were killed in el-Gorah. At least 36 people were killed in clashes across the country. Khairat el-Shater, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood was arrested along with his brother. In southern Egypt a mob of Muslim extremists rampaged through the village of Nagaa Hassan and killed Emile Naseem (41) with axes and clubs. His nephew escaped. 3 other Christians were stabbed to death as the mob burned dozens of Christian houses in the village.
    (AP, 7/5/13)(Reuters, 7/5/13)(Reuters, 7/6/13)(AP, 7/6/13)(SFC, 7/11/13, p.A2)(Econ, 7/13/13, p.42)
2013        Jul 5, In Iraq a car bomb explosion killed 7 Sunni protesters in Samarra. A suicide bomber killed 15 people as they left a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad. Protest organizers in Samarra blamed Shi'ite militia for the bombing and said security forces were complicit as the explosives-packed vehicle had passed through several checkpoints.
    (AP, 7/5/13)(Reuters, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, Irish police charged eight men with Irish Republican Army membership after police raided a suspected meeting of the outlaws' Dublin leadership, inflicting what a senior policeman called a major blow to the "New IRA" splinter group.
    (AP, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, Israel targeted advanced anti-ship cruise missiles near Latakia in an air attack targeting a type of Russian-made missile called the Yakhont that Russia had sold to the Syrian government.
    (AP, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 5, More than 300 Lebanese rallied in the coastal city of Sidon in support of Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, a fugitive Sunni Islamist cleric, a day after an audio recording believed to be his voice urged followers to demonstrate.
    (Reuters, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, Portugal's PM Pedro Passos Coelho reached a deal with the ruling coalition's junior partner CDS-PP to resolve a rift which has threatened the country's adjustment program under a bailout.
    (Reuters, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, South Sudan accused Sudan's army of launching two separate attacks with planes and land troops on areas near their disputed border, in a new sign of friction between the former civil war foes.
    (Reuters, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, Syrian troops unleashed some of the civil war's heaviest bombardments on the central city of Homs, pounding opposition-held areas with artillery and airstrikes for the sixth straight day.
    (AP, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, Tanzania police said they have arrested Iqbal Ahsan Ali, a British man, suspected of involvement in unspecified "terrorism activities" in Britain.
    (Reuters, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 5, Pope Francis cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.
    (AP, 7/5/13)
2013        Jul 5, Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua made offers of asylum for NSA leaker Edward Snowden during separate speeches in their home countries.
    (AP, 7/6/13)

2013        Jul 6, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 arriving from South Korea crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. 2 Chinese girls were killed and 70 people injured out of 290 passengers and 16 crew members on the Boeing 777. Another Chinese girl died in a SF hospital on July 12, becoming the 3rd fatality. SFO officials on the same day confirmed that one of the girtls who died on July 6 had been struck and run over by a fire truck.
    (SSFC, 7/7/13, p.A1)(Reuters, 7/12/13)(SFC, 7/13/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 6, A solar-powered aircraft, completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight this evening, gliding to a smooth stop at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Solar Impulse left San Francisco in early May and made stopovers in Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Dulles.
    (AP, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 6, In Canada 5 tanker cars of petroleum products exploded after a train derailed in the middle of the small town of Lac Megantic, Quebec province. The blast destroyed many buildings and sent flames hundreds of feet into the air. 47 people were killed. On October 9, 2015, a US judge approved a $338 million settlement fund for the victims.
    (AP, 7/6/13)(Reuters, 7/10/13)(AP, 7/20/13)(SFC, 10/10/15, p.A2)
2013        Jul 6, Chinese police opened fire on a crowd of Tibetans celebrating the birthday of the Dalai Lama in Sichuan province. 9 people were injured.
    (SFC, 7/10/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 6, In Colombia Roberto Pannunzi, a suspected Italian mafia boss, was arrested and deported to Italy. He was described as Europe's most wanted drug trafficker and the world's biggest cocaine importer.
    (Reuters, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, In Egypt gunmen shot dead a Coptic Christian priest in El Marish in the lawless Northern Sinai in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Several attacks on checkpoints took place in al-Mahajer and al-Safaa in Rafah, as well as Sheikh Zuwaid and al-Kharouba.
    (Reuters, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, In Egypt an explosion hit a gas pipeline in the lawless Sinai peninsula following a spate of attacks on security checkpoints.
    (Reuters, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 6, Mali said it has lifted a state of emergency ahead of the start of political campaigning for a presidential election on July 28.
    (Reuters, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, In Myanmar Lo Hsing Han (~80), heroin king and business tycoon, died. He was the founder of Asia World, a preeminent builder of the country’s infrastructure.
    (Econ, 7/27/13, p.78)(SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A17)
2013        Jul 6, In Nigeria suspected Islamist gunmen doused a school dormitory and set it ablaze as students slept. 30 people were killed including 29 students and a teacher in the boarding school in Mamudo village, Yobe state.
    (Reuters, 7/6/13)(SSFC, 7/7/13, p.A6)(AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Jul 6, Delegates from North and South Korea held talks on restarting a stalled joint factory park that had been a symbol of cooperation between the bitter rivals, but there was no word on whether any significant progress had been made as discussions went into the night.
    (AP, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, In eastern Pakistan a powerful bomb exploded at a busy market street, killing at least four people and wounding 47 in Lahore.
    (AP, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, In Pakistan a train hit an overloaded rickshaw at an unmanned railway crossing killing 12 people in Punjab province.
    (SSFC, 7/7/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 6, Russia's Interior Ministry said French authorities have detained Alexei Kuznetsov, a former Russian politician. He has been on an Interpol wanted list since November, accused of fraud worth 3.5 billion roubles. ($105 million).
    (Reuters, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, In Saudi Arabia two more people died from the new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 38 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the center of the growing outbreak.
    (AP, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 6, Syrian troops advanced into rebel-held areas of the city of Homs, pushing into a heavily contested neighborhood after pummeling it with artillery that drove out opposition fighters. Fighting continued in Aleppo and there were clashes in the Damascus suburb of Qaboun.
    (AP, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, Turkish police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters in an Istanbul square as they gathered to enter Gezi Park, the center of protests against PM Tayyip Erdogan last month.
    (Reuters, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, In Turkey Ahmad al-Jarba, a former Syrian political prisoner with close links to Saudi Arabia, was picked to lead Syria's main Western-backed opposition group, filling a post long vacant due to divisions among President Bashar Assad's opponents.
    (AP, 7/6/13)
2013        Jul 6, In Yemen a roadside bomb in Sanaa killed 3 soldiers and injured two others during a security patrol.
    (Reuters, 7/6/13)

2013        Jul 7, In Alaska an air taxi crashed after takeoff from Soldotna killing the pilot and all 9 passengers.
    (SFC, 7/8/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 7, In Montana Cody Lee Johnson (25) died in Glacier National Park. Jordan Lynn Graham (22), his newly-wed wife of 8-days, later admitted that she pushed her husband off a cliff and then lied about his death. On Dec 12 Jordan pleaded guilty to pushing her husband. On March 27 she was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/11/13, p.A4)(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A15)(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A14)
2013        Jul 7, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb seriously wounded Fazil Ahmad, the High Peace Council’s chief in Ghazni province. His driver was killed. The government said fighting over the previous 24 hours killed 14 Afghan soldiers and 64 Taliban militants.
    (SFC, 7/8/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 7, Bahrain said twin attacks have left a policeman dead and three injured in the latest sign of targeted strikes by anti-government factions.
    (AP, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 7, Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric once called "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe," was deported from Britain to Jordan. Qatada pleaded innocent to terrorism charges in Jordan.
    (AP, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 7, In India a series of 10 bombs exploded in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex, a revered Buddhist site at Bodh Gaya in Bihar state. This is where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment.
    (Econ, 7/27/13, p.35)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodh_Gaya_bombings)
2013        Jul 7, The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, visited Baghdad for the first time in more than two years, in a step towards resolving long-running disputes between the central government and the autonomous region over land and oil.
    (Reuters, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 7, Israel's cabinet approved a draft law to abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to Jewish seminary students, stoking ultra-Orthodox anger over the break with tradition.
    (Reuters, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 7, In Mexico an election for mayor of Fresnillo, Zacatecas state, was won by Benjamin Medrano (47). He became the first openly gay mayor ever elected in Mexico and was scheduled to take office in September.
    (SFC, 7/19/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 7, North and South Korea agreed to take steps to reopen a jointly run industrial park, including facilities inspections, after the two rivals staged a marathon meeting lasting more than 16 hours to arrange details.
    (Reuters, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 7, Gaza's Hamas authorities said they have broken up a counterfeiting ring that had printed millions of dollars worth of fake Israeli currency. Authorities uncovered the ring last week.
    (AP, 7/7/13)
2013        Jul 7, In Somalia journalist Liban Abdullahi Farah was gunned down in Galkayo, Puntland province. He was the 6th journalist to die violently in Somalia this year.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.44)(http://tinyurl.com/oafs6e7)
2013        Jul 7, In Spain several thousand thrill-seekers tested their bravery by dashing alongside six fighting bulls through the streets of of Pamplona on the first day of the running of the bulls at the annual San Fermin festival. Only four people were treated for injuries and no one was gored.
    (AP, 7/7/13)

2013        Jul 8, The US and 28 countries of the EU began negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
    (SFC, 7/8/13, p.D1)
2013        Jul 8, SF Bay Bridge officials said repairs to cracked rods would delay the opening of the new $6.4 billion Bay Bridge by at least 3 months. Sep 3 had been the scheduled opening date.
    (SFC, 7/9/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 8, In Virginia three Somalis were convicted of piracy, kidnapping and murder in the 2011 shooting deaths of four Americans sailing in the Indian Ocean off of Oman and could face the death penalty.
    (Reuters, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 8, Afghan authorities said they have arrested Zakaria Kandahari, a man who served as a translator for US Special Forces and was wanted on allegations he tortured and killed civilians. The Wardak provincial governor's office said 16 Taliban were killed and two arrested in a 24-hour operation that ended today. 2 Afghan soldiers were killed and six others wounded. In Laghman province the Afghan intelligence service launched a pre-emptive strike on a group of Taliban after learning they were preparing to attack a police checkpoint. 2 militants were killed in the ensuing gunbattle and one captured. In Nangahar province 3 Afghan national police were killed and another wounded when their checkpoint was attacked.
    (AP, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, China handed down a suspended death sentence on a former railways minister for corruption, a case seen as a test of President Xi Jinping's resolve to crack down on pervasive graft.
    (Reuters, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with Islamists protesting the military's ouster of the president. The bloodshed left 53 pro-Morsi protesters dead as well as 4 members of the security forces.
    (AP, 7/8/13)(AP, 7/9/13)(AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 8, The European Union Naval Force said the MV Albedo, a hijacked Malaysian-flagged ship that pirates have held off the coast of Somalia since November 2010, has sunk in rough seas. 2 of 15 crew members were reportedly rescued. A pirate commander said at least six pirates and two crew members had been killed.
    (AP, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, Greece's international debt inspectors reached a tentative agreement with the cash-strapped country on reforms needed to keep releasing vital bailout loans, although they warned it still faced an "uncertain" economic outlook and needed to sack thousands of state sector workers. Municipal workers went on strike to protest government plans to reduce the number of civil servants.
    (AP, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, Iran’s communications minister said all citizens will be assigned an individual email address which the would aid interaction between state authorities and the people.
    (Reuters, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, In Iraq a bomb exploded near a youth center in Madain killing 6 civilians. In Mosul a car bomb exploded in a commercial area, killing one civilian. Also in Mosul two militant groups shot and killed a police officer and a civilian in two separate attacks.
    (AP, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, In Israel several thousand ultra-Orthodox protesters effectively blocked Jewish women activists campaigning for equal worship rights at the Western Wall from holding a monthly prayer session at the holy site.
    (Reuters, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, In Nigeria gunmen fired on the premises of Nigerian-owned but Lebanese-run construction firm Setraco in Benin city, killing two soldiers, wounding a third and seizing a Lebanese construction manager. The manager was released on July 25.
    (Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 8, In northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a pro-government tribal elder's vehicle, killing at least 8 people in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, Syria's ruling Baath party announced it has elected a new regional command to replace its aging leadership, including the country's longtime vice president, as its two-year civil war raged on. 2 car bombs exploded in a predominantly Alawite and Christian neighborhood of Homs, killing at least four people and wounding 29.
    (AP, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, Ghassan Hitto, appointed last March as the notional prime minister of the interim government of Syria, resigned. He had been appointed to assemble an administration to govern rebel-held territory.
    (SFC, 7/9/13, p.A3)
2013        Jul 8, Turkey reopened Istanbul’s Gezi Park at the heart of last month's demonstrations against PM Tayyip Erdogan. Protest leaders called a rally there for this evening in defiance of the city governor. Hours later police forced people out due to concerns about a planned protest rally. Clashes ensued in nearby streets before police allowed people back into the park around midnight.
    (AP, 7/8/13)(Reuters, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 8, Venezuela’s Pres. Nicolas Maduro said five officials have been arrested and charged with embezzling $84 million from a China-financed development fund administered by state-run development bank Bandes.
    (Reuters, 7/8/13)
2013        Jul 8, In Yemen army commander Colonel Ahmed Mohammed al-Suhaili was shot dead as he was leaving home for work in Hadramout province.
    (Reuters, 7/8/13)

2013        Jul 9, Illinois became the last state in the US to allow public possession of concealed guns.
    (SFC, 7/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 9, In NYC nine reputed members of the Bonanno crime family were charged in a 158-page indictment of mob activity.
    (SFC, 7/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 9, An Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO troops at the Kandahar airfield. One Slovakian soldier was killed and 6 others wounded. A roadside bomb struck a motorcyle-drawn cart killing 17 civilians, including 4 children, in the Obi district of western Herat. A roadside bomb in Helmand province killed 3 civilians.
    (AP, 7/9/13)(Reuters, 7/9/13)(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A3)
2013        Jul 9, EU finance ministers in Brussels officially agreed to make Latvia the 18th member of the eurozone currency union. Latvia will start using the new currency on Jan 1, 2014.
    (AP, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 9, In western China rescuers in Sichuan province pulled 3 people from a raging river following the collapse of the Qinglian bridge amid heavy flooding that has forced thousands to evacuate their homes. The two-lane bridge was built in 1967 and a replacement span was under construction.
    (AP, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 9, A Cyprus criminal court found former defense minister Costas Papacostas guilty of manslaughter in the explosion of confiscated Iranian munitions in 2011 that killed 13 people and wrecked his country's main power station. On Aug 2 Papacostas was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/9/13)(AP, 8/2/13)
2013        Jul 9, Dagestan journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, who wrote about alleged human rights abuses, was shot dead on the outskirts of Makhachkala.
    (Reuters, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 9, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rejected a new timetable announced by the military-backed interim leadership that sets a fast track for amending the Islamist-drafted constitution and holding new parliamentary and presidential elections by early next year.
    (AP, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 9, Iranian security forces killed a man suspected of wanting to carry out a suicide bombing on a police headquarters in the southeastern city of of Chabahar.
    (Reuters, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 9, In Lebanon a car bomb rocked a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group south of Beirut, setting several cars on fire and wounding at least 53 people.
    (AP, 7/9/13)(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A3)
2013        Jul 9, A Nigerian court sentenced 4 of 8 alleged Islamic extremists to life in prison for two bombings that killed 19 people last year. The eight had been found guilty of masterminding and carrying out an April 8, 2012, bombing on an electoral commission office that killed 16 people and a July 10, 2012, bombing of a church that killed three.
    (AP, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 9, In Russia Anatoly Iksanov (61), the chief of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, was fired after months of infighting following an acid attack on its artistic director that has stained the reputation of one of the legendary names in world ballet.
    (AP, 7/9/13)(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A2)0
2013        Jul 9, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate promised $8 billion in grants, loans and badly needed gas and oil to Egypt.
    (AP, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 9, In Somalia a bomb exploded inside Bakara market in Mogadishu, wounding at least 5 government soldiers aboard a military vehicle.
    (AP, 7/9/13)
2013        Jul 9, In Turkey Gezi Park in Istanbul, at the center of protests against PM Tayyip Erdogan's government, reopened after a night of clashes between police and protesters, but the mood among the small groups of visitors was calm.
    (Reuters, 7/9/13)

2013        Jul 10, The US Navy successfully landed theX-47B experimental drone aircraft, the size of a fighter jet, on the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. Off the coast of Virginia.
    (SFC, 7/11/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 10, Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's pleaded not guilty during a seven-minute arraignment in federal court in Boston. He faced 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, in connection with the April 15 attack that left three people dead and more than 260 wounded.
    (AP, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, The SEC issued a final rule lifting an 80-year-old ban that prohibited private US companies from seeking accredited investors through advertising and other forms of general solicitiation.
    (SSFC, 7/14/13, p.D1)
2013        Jul 10, Washington DC passed a bill requiring large retailers to pay their workers a minimum of $12.50 per hour.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.29)
2013        Jul 10, In southern California three former allies of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner called on him to resign, saying several women had approached them describing instances of sexual harassment.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.24)
2013        Jul 10, A group of major North American retailers announced the signing of the Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative. GAP, Walmart and 15 others signed the accord to improve conditions for workers in the Bangladesh garment industry.
    (SFC, 7/11/13, p.C1)
2013        Jul 10, In China  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over the signing of accords between their governments to facilitate $1.1 billion in low-interest loans for much-needed infrastructure in Nigeria.
    (AP, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, Flooding in western China triggered a landslide that killed at least 18 people with 107 missing in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province. More than 2,000 people were rescued after being trapped for several hours in a highway tunnel between Dujiangyan and Wenchuan. By the end of the week the toll of dead and missing climbed beyond 200.
    (AP, 7/10/13)(AP, 7/11/13)(Reuters, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 10, Chinese archaeologists said they have discovered some of the world's oldest known primitive writing, dating back 5,000 years, in eastern China, and some of the markings etched on broken axes resemble a modern Chinese character.
    (AP, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, Colombia expressed concern after revelations the United States had spied on the Andean nation, its closest military ally in Latin America, and called for an explanation.
    (Reuters, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, Egyptian authorities escalated their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by ordering the arrest of Mohammed Badie, its spiritual leader, as well as nine other leading Islamists. The group remained steadfast in its defiance of the new military-backed administration and refused offers to join an interim government. Militants attacked a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, In Hungary a government minister said wages for 150,000 teachers will rise from September by an average 34%. Further hikes were promised every year until 2017.
    (Reuters, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, In Iraq gunmen overran an Iraqi army checkpoint and special oil industry police assigned to protect a nearby pipeline. They opened fire on a trailer packed with policemen breaking their Ramadan fast, killing 14 in Anbar province.
    (AP, 7/11/13)(AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 10, Kuwait promised $4 billion in aid to Egypt.
    (AP, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, Talks between the rival Koreas aimed at restarting a stalled inter-Korean factory park ended with no breakthrough. Both sides agreed to meet again next week to discuss restoring what was once a rare symbol of cooperation between the archrivals.
    (AP, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, The junior party in Morocco's governing coalition confirmed that it had quit over planned cuts in food and energy subsidies, raising the prospect of political instability and possibly an early election.
    (Reuters, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, A Myanmar court sentenced seven Buddhists to between three and 15 years in jail for their roles in the March 20-21 massacre at an Islamic boarding school that left dozens of students and teachers dead, while a Muslim convicted in one related killing received a life sentence.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 10, In Pakistan Bilal Shaik, the security chief of President Asif Ali Zardari, was killed along with two others in a suspected suicide bombing in Karachi as he stopped his armored vehicle to buy some fruit.
    (Reuters, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, In Syria residents of Aleppo said rebels fired into the air to disperse a protest by civilians in a rebel-held district against a blockade preventing food and medicine reaching government-held areas.
    (Reuters, 7/10/13)
2013        Jul 10, The World Food Program said it needed $27 million every month to deal with the growing ranks of Syrians made hungry because of the war as Muslims began observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan across the Middle East.
    (AP, 7/10/13)

2013        Jul 11, A US federal judge ordered the government to stop genital searches of Guantanamo Bay detainees who want to meet with their lawyers.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Afghanistan a twin bombing killed five people including 3 civilians whose car struck a roadside bomb and 2 police officers who had rushed to the scene to help the victims when the second bomb went off in Helmand province.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Brazil tens of thousands of union demonstrators blocked roads and snarled traffic in dozens of cities in a one-day strike aimed at seizing the momentum of huge protests that swept the country last month.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Canada The Weston group’s Loblaw grocery chain agreed to buy Shoppers Drug Mart for $11.9 billion.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.58)
2013        Jul 11, China's police ministry accused executives of pharmaceutical supplier GlaxoSmithKline of conducting a large, long-running bribery campaign to persuade doctors to prescribe drugs.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In France two human rights groups filed a lawsuit in Paris seeking an investigation into whether the US National Security Agency violated French privacy laws by secretly collecting huge amounts of personal data.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Indonesia some 200 prisoners escaped from a maximum security prison in Medan after a protest over a lack of water and electricity turned violent.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Iraq gunmen opened fire on two checkpoints guarding oil installations on the road between Haditha and Baiji, killing 11 people. A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden motorcycle into a funeral tent for a Shiite family in the town of in Muqdadiyah,  killing 11     people. A car bomb in eastern Baghdad killed 4 people. Three roadside bombs targeted police patrols in the city of Tikrit, killing 3 policemen. In Mosul 3 suicide car bombs targeted checkpoints killing 4 policemen. The overall death toll reached 44.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)(AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Kenya Joshua Walde, a US information management officer at the Nairobi embassy, rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant. Embassy officials rushed Walde and his family out of Kenya the next day  leaving the crash victims with no financial assistance to pay for a funeral and for hospital bills for the eight or so others who were seriously injured.
    (AP, 8/2/13)
2013        Jul 11, Kosovo adopted an amnesty for minority Serbs who previously rebelled against the government, a significant step in settling relations with former master Serbia so both can move closer to the EU.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, The Lebanese Psychiatric Society said homosexuality is not an illness and does not need to be treated.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.45)
2013        Jul 11, Luxembourg’s PM Jean-Claude Juncker resigned amid a spying and corruption scandal following revelations that the nation’s former spy chief had taped official meetings with a recorder disguised as a wrist watch.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)(SFC, 7/13/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 11, Malta's PM Joseph Muscat called for a regional approach to tackle the flood of African immigrants landing on the shores on the tiny island after meeting EU and Libyan officials.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Myanmar 25 Buddhists were sentenced over the last two days to as many as 15 years in prison for murder and other crimes during a night of rioting, burning and killing in central Myanmar, following weeks in which it seemed only Muslims were being punished for sectarian violence aimed primarily at members of their own religion.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, New Zealand enacted a law to regulate synthetic drugs. The hidden dangers of synthetic drugs. In a 119-to-1 vote the country's parliament passed the Psychoactive Substances Bill, establishing a framework for testing, manufacturing and selling such recreational drugs.
    (www.cnn.com/2013/07/11/world/asia/new-zealand-drug-law)(SFC, 8/3/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 11, In northwest Nigeria security forces engaged Islamic extremists in a five-hour gunbattle that killed one suspect in Sokoto city.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 11, North Korea withdrew offers for talks with South Korea on reunions of separated families and resuming tours to a mountain resort.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, Oman police said they have seized 30,393 pistols aboard a tanker. Dubai-based newspaper Gulf News said the ship came from Turkey and was bound for Yemen. 9 Omanis were arrested in connection with the alleged shipment of pistols discovered in Sohar.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Pakistan a motorcycle packed with explosives blew up outside a mosque frequented by both Sunni and Shi'ite worshippers in the northwestern district of Kohat. Hours later another explosion ripped through a major border crossing lying on a NATO supply route between Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing two people.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, Portugal's Pres. Anibal Cavaco Silva threw the bailed-out euro zone country into disarray after rejecting a plan to heal a government rift, igniting what critics called a "time bomb" by calling for early elections next year.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)    
2013        Jul 11, A Moscow court found the late investment fund lawyer Sergei Magnitsky guilty of tax evasion in Russia's first posthumous trial. The court also convicted Magnitsky's former client William Browder, a Briton who has spearheaded an international campaign to expose corruption and punish Russian officials he blames for Magnitsky's death in a Moscow jail while awaiting trial in 2009.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, In Syria Al-Qaida-linked gunmen killed rebel commander Kamal Hamami in Latakia province, in a sign of increased tensions and infighting among groups battling the Damascus regime.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 11, Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces, a militia formed in the early 1990s by Ugandan Muslims, attacked the eastern Congolese town of Kamango, killing some people and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 11, Appeals judges at the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at The Hague reinstated a genocide charge against Radovan Karadzic linked to a campaign of killing and mistreating non-Serbs at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992.
    (AP, 7/11/13)
2013        Jul 11, Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican City State, criminalizing leaks of Vatican information and specifically listing sexual violence, prostitution and possession of child pornography as crimes against children that can be punished by up to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/11/13)

2013        Jul 12, The US military said most prisoners on the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay have resumed eating, suggesting a possible end, or at least a pause, to a protest that brought renewed attention to their indefinite detention at the base in Cuba.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, The Univ. of California announced that Janet Napolitano, US Homeland Security Secretary, will become its 20th president and the first woman to lead the 10-campus system.
    (SFC, 7/13/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 12, In San Francisco 2 women were killed at a jewelry store in the 5-story Gift Center and Jewelry Mart at 888 Brannon. The blood-soaked suspect, later identified as Barry White (23) of Antioch, surrendered to police.
    (SFC, 7/13/13, p.C1)(SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A14)
2013        Jul 12, The Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission adopted provisions of a lawsuit settlement that will make the state the only one in the West where killing wolves that attack livestock must be a last resort.
    (SFC, 7/13/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 12, The Texas Senate passed sweeping abortion restrictions sending them to Gov. Rick Perry to sign.
    (SFC, 7/13/13, p.A7)
2013        Jul 12, Astronomers said they have for the first time managed to determine the color of a planet outside the solar system, a blue gas giant some 63 light years away. An international team working with the Hubble Telescope made the discovery observing HD 189733B, one of Earth's nearest planets outside the solar system.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, In Britain a fire erupted on a Boeing Dreamliner at London's Heathrow airport. The fire broke out on the plane, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, when it was parked at a remote stand with no passengers on board, eight hours after arriving from Addis Ababa.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 12, Cambodian PM Hun Sen engineered a pardon for his most prominent rival, Sam Rainsy, clearing the way for the self-exiled politician to return home and campaign in this month's general election.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, In Cameroon Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent gay rights activist, was last seen in the capital, Yaounde.
    (SFC, 7/31/13, p.A3)
2013        Jul 12, In China hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Jiangmen, Guangdong province, demanding that a project for a uranium processing plant be scrapped. The next day plans for the plant were abruptly canceled.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)(SFC, 7/13/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 12, In Egypt Islamist supporters of ousted Pres. Mohamed Mursi protested in Cairo after a week of violence in which more than 90 people were killed in a bitterly divided nation. Militants fired an RPG at an armored car at the checkpoint, killing Lt. Col. Ahmed Mahmoud (40) in el-Arish.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, In central France a train derailment killed at least six people at the station of Bretigny-sur-Orge. The next day French train operator SNCF said it may have been caused by a loose steel plate at a junction.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 12, India's legendary actor Pran (93) died of pneumonia at a Mumbai hospital. He played some of Bollywood's most memorable villains in a career that spanned six decades, and was especially remembered for his supporting role as a villain-turned-hero in 1973's smash hit "Zanjeer" (Shackles).
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, In Indonesia security forces regained control of a Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan where inmates had set fires and started a deadly riot that left 5 people dead and hundreds of prisoners, including convicted terrorists, on the loose.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, In Iraq a suicide car bomber struck a police patrol outside Mosul, killing 4 policemen, a police officer and a medical official. Outside Tikrit drive-by shooters armed with pistols fitted with silencers killed a senior police officer in the town Shirqat. A suicide attack in Kirkuk killed 39 people when a bomber detonated his explosives in a crowded coffee shop.
    (AP, 7/12/13)(AP, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 12, Irish lawmakers voted 127-31 to back the country’s first bill on abortion, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem the woman's life at risk from her pregnancy.
    (AP, 7/12/13)(SFC, 7/12/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 12, Italian police conducted raids on companies across the country linked to the construction of Venice's flood barrier. They arrested 7 people, suspected of rigging lucrative contracts for the multi-billion euro  Moses Project.
    (Reuters, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, Myanmar's president disbanded a security force accused of rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State in the west of the country, scene of deadly violence between Muslims and majority Buddhists in the past year. His one-line statement was dated July 12, but posted on his website on July 14.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 12, In Northern Ireland protestant hardliners attacked lines of Belfast riot police as the annual mass marches by the Orange Order brotherhood reached a furious, chaotic end with running street battles at several conflict zones.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, Romania's Transport Minister Relu Fenechiu was handed a five year prison sentence for corruption, becoming the country's first government minister convicted while in office.
    (Reuters, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, In Russia Edward Snowden, former NSA analyst, said he was ready to meet Pres. Putin’s condtion to stop leaking secrets if it means Russia would give him shelter that could eventually help him get to asylum in Latin America.
    (SFC, 7/13/13, p.A3)
2013        Jul 12, In Somalia a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a moving convoy of African Union troops in Mogadishu, killing himself and at least 3 people walking by.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, It was reported that initiation ceremonies in South Africa have led to the deaths of 60 young men and the hospitalization of hundreds since May, sparking concern from officials about regulations surrounding a national tradition that determines when a boy becomes a man.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, In Spain an American and two Spaniards were gored during a danger-filled sixth bull run of the San Fermin festival, with one loose bull causing panic in the packed streets of the city of Pamplona.
    (AP, 7/12/13)
2013        Jul 12, It was reported that hundreds of Shiites have been quietly expelled from the United Arab Emirates on suspicion of being supporters of Hezbollah.
    (SFC, 7/12/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 12, Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday on the world stage at the United Nations, defiantly telling Taliban extremists who tried to end her campaign for girls' education in Pakistan with a bullet that the attack gave her new courage and demanding that world leaders provide free education to all children.
    (AP, 7/12/13)

2013        Jul 13, A jury of six Florida women ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin last year, in the process underscoring the high value at least these six jurors placed on self-defense.
    (SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A10)
2013        Jul 13, In Florida Jermaine McBean (33), a computer engineer, was shot as he walked through his apartment complex in Broward County with an unloaded air rifle propped across his shoulders. A photo by a nurse on the scene showed he was wearing earbuds. Earbuds were later found at the hospital in his pocket. In 2015 the FBI opened investigations as the image indicated deputies may have tampered with evidence and lied under oath.
    (http://tinyurl.com/o9gyynn)(SFC, 7/9/15, p.A5)
2013        Jul 13, In Canada Cory Monteith (31), the young actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series "Glee," was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver. He was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive. A coroner said he died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
    (AP, 7/14/13)(SFC, 7/17/13, p.F2)
2013        Jul 13, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for more mass demonstrations in support of ousted President Mohamed Mursi after a huge pro-Mursi march broke up peacefully before dawn, ending a week in which at least 90 people were killed.
    (AP, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, A tribunal in Guinea sentenced Alpha Oumar Diallo and Jean Guilavogui to life imprisonment for trying to assassinate President Alpha Conde in July 2011. Among six others sentenced were Badjar Fatou Diallo, a woman convicted of being an active accomplice, Almamy Aguibou Diallo and Mamadou Alpha Diallo who were sentenced to 15 years.
    (AP, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Ingushetia Mikhail Musikhanov was killed by security forces along with another militant in a shootout in the Sunzha region. He was the personal bodyguard of rebel leader Doku Umarov, Russia's most wanted insurgent, who has vowed to use "maximum force" to prevent President Vladimir Putin staging the 2014 Games in Sochi.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Iraq a bomb exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 23 people leaving prayers. A separate attack at a funeral northeast of the capital killed at least 3 others.
    (AP, 7/13/13)(Reuters, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 13, Roberto Calderoli, vice president of Italy's Senate, said at a political rally in the northern town of Treviglio, "I love animals - bears and wolves, as everyone knows - but when I see the pictures of Kyenge I cannot but think of, even if I'm not saying she is one, the features of an orangutan." Cecile Kyenge, an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been the target of repeated racial slurs since her appointment as integration minister in April.
    (Reuters, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 13, Kazakhstan said the wife of fugitive former minister and oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov could not leave the country because she was under investigation. Ablyazov said his wife and daughter were in danger.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Northern Ireland 32 police officers were injured and 11 people arrested during overnight violence around traditional Orange Day parades.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Pakistan 2 suspected Arab nationals were killed in North Waziristan in a late night US drone strike.
    (Reuters, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Russia 18 people were killed and 25 injured when a truck ploughed into a bus in a Moscow suburb.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Spain the penultimate bull run of the San Fermin festival left at least 23 people injured. Two of the injuries were gorings.
    (AP, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Sudan’s western region of Darfur seven Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed in an ambush. 17 others were wounded.
    (AP, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Syria Western-backed opposition fighters and a faction of al-Qaida-linked rebels turned their guns on each other in Aleppo, battling for control of a key checkpoint in the latest eruption of infighting among the forces trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime.
    (AP, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said the parliament has amended an internal armed forces’ regulation that further strips the military of its political influence.
    (SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A5)
2013        Jul 13, Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who gathered to march to Gezi Park, which has been at the heart of fierce unrest against PM Erdogan's rule.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)
2013        Jul 13, In Yemen gunmen killed two soldiers and wounded three in an ambush in Marib province where the military is battling al-Qaida.
    (AP, 7/13/13)

2013        Jul 14, In Afghanistan NATO forces carried out a "precision strike" in Paktia province overnight, killing 5 militants. Afghan suspect Lamber Khan, the army soldier who opened fire July 9 on Slovakian NATO troops, escaped this morning with the help of at least one other Afghan soldier.
    (AP, 7/14/13)(AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 14, In Bahrain a homemade bomb exploded in Janabiyah, a mostly Shiite area northwest Manama, injuring four policemen.
    (AP, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 14, In eastern CongoDRC fresh fighting erupted after more than 100 armed men disguised in women's clothing entered the country from Rwanda.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 14, In Egypt Mohamed ElBaradei (71), a leading reform advocate, took office as Egypt's interim vice president, reinforcing the role in the new leadership of liberals who are strongly opposed to the deposed president's Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AP, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 14, In eastern Indonesia 17 people were killed in a stadium stampede after spectators rioted just before midnight to protest a local boxer's loss in a championship match at the Kota Lama Sport Stadium.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 14, Iran’s new Pres. Hasan Rowhani put the country’s inflation rate at 42%, 8% above official figures.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.43)
2013        Jul 14, In Iraq a wave of coordinated blasts that tore through overwhelmingly Shiite cities shortly before the breaking of the Ramadan fast and other attacks killed at least 38.
    (AP, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 14, Pakistan Air Force jets pounded several militant hideouts between Orakzai and Khyber overnight killing 7 insurgents.
    (Reuters, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 14, Taliban commanders in Pakistan said they have decided to join the  anti-Assad rebellion, saying hundreds of fighters had gone to Syria to fight alongside their "Mujahedeen friends."
    (Reuters, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 14, In Spain a bull gored an Australian woman (23) and left her seriously injured during the final run of this year's annual San Fermin festival. 4 other runners were hospitalized with cuts and bruises.
    (AP, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 14, Toby Lanzer, the UN humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, said some 200 civilians have been wounded in ongoing clashes between rival tribes in Jonglei state. He urged the central government and local officials to stop "the cycle of violence" that has killed many people and displaced thousands.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 14, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Nigeria for an African Union summit on HIV/AIDS as his hosts chose to ignore an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant against him.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 14, Uganda Red Cross said more than 60,000 Congolese have fled to Uganda after a rebel attack on a town near the border in a continuing influx that is stretching humanitarian capacities.
    (AP, 7/14/13)
2013        Jul 14, Zimbabwe police officers and soldiers, who will be on duty during the July 31 election, began voting, the eve of a court hearing to stop the process because PM Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party says police numbers were inflated.
    (Reuters, 7/14/13)

2013        Jul 15,  In New Hampshire Beatrice Munyenyezi (43), a Rwanda woman who became a citizen in 2003, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She was convicted of lying to obtain US citizenship by denying her role as a roadblock commander in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
    (SFC, 7/16/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 15, In Philadelphia Michael Scripps (36), a descendent of the founder of the Detroit News, was sentenced to 9 years in priuson for stealing $3.6 million from his mother and disabled uncle.
    (SFC, 7/16/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 15, In Bangladesh Ghulam Azam (91), a former chief of an Islamic party, was sentenced to 90 years in jail for crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war, angering both supporters who said the trial was politically motivated and opponents who said he should be executed.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, Bangladesh approved a labor law to boost worker rights, including the freedom to form trade unions, after a factory building collapse in April killed 1,132 garment workers and sparked debate over labor safety and rights.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, In Cameroon the body of Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent gay rights activist, was discovered at his home in the capital, Yaounde, after he was unreachable for two days.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 15, A Chilean appeals court ruled against the world's largest gold mining company, favoring Chilean Indians who accuse Barrick Gold Corp. of contaminating their water downstream and creating more doubts about the future of the world's highest gold mine.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, In China the Hunan Provincial People's High Court ruled in favor of Tang Hui, who last year was sentenced to 18 months in a labor camp for petitioning for harsher penalties for the men who abducted, raped and prostituted her 11-year-old daughter.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, The Congolese army claimed that it killed 120 rebels in eastern Congo.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, In Egypt at least 3 people were killed and 17 wounded when suspected militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a bus carrying workers in the North Sinai province early today. Clashes in central Cairo between police and supporters of deposed Pres. Morsi left at least 7 people dead. Authorities arrested 401 people over clashes.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)(Econ, 7/20/13, p.45)
2013        Jul 15, In France Greenpeace activists occupied a nuclear power plant site before dawn, a media stunt deeply embarrassing to the government, which is intent on demonstrating that France's reliance on nuclear power is safe.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, Pirates seized the Maltese-flagged Cotton tanker on July 15 near Gabon's Port Gentil in the first reported attack in that area in the past five years. On July 22 the vessel’s operator said the oil products tanker and its 24 Indian crew have been released.
    (Reuters, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 15, In in southeastern Guinea at least two people were killed and six others injured in clashes. Mobs from rival ethnic groups took to the streets and gunfire rang out across Nzerekore, Guinea's second largest town, after a man accused of being a thief was killed.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, India officially declared that nearly 6,000 people were missing a month after flash floods ravaged large parts of its northern state of Uttarakhand, but stopped short of saying they were presumed dead.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, Nissan launched a new Datsun in India, three decades after shelving the brand that helped win Western acceptance of Japanese autos. The reimagined Datsun, a five-seat hatchback, will go on sale in India next year for under 400,000 rupees (about $6,670).
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, In Iraq attacks across the country killed 9 people, including a 10-year-old boy.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, In Libya assailants shot air force Colonel Fathi al-Omami as he opened a shop he owned in Derna.
    (Reuters, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 15, The Mexican government announced plans to invest about $100 billion in rail, road, telecom and port projects over the next five years, including Mexico's first high-speed rail links.
    (AP, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, Mexican marines captured Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (40) before dawn as they intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash in the countryside outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo. Morales was taken into custody along with a bodyguard and an accountant and 8 guns.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 15, Northern Ireland rioters threw petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and fireworks at police in a third night of violence around traditional Protestant marches, wounding one officer early today.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, Panama's president said the country has seized a North Korean-flagged freighter carrying what appeared to be ballistic missiles and other arms that had set sail from Cuba. North Korea and Cuba said the weapons were antiquated and were being sent for repair. North Korea called for the release of the ship and its and 35 crew members.
    (AP, 7/16/13)(SFC, 7/18/13, p.A4)(SFC, 7/19/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 15, Spain’s former treasurer Luis Barcenas began talking about about two decades of illicit Popular party (PP) financing.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.48)0
2013        Jul 15, Syrian troops overnight pounded rebel-held villages around the city of Idlib with rockets, artillery and airstrikes, killing at least 29 people including six children. A car bomb exploded overnight outside the police headquarters in Deir Atiyeh, killing at least 13 people including 10 policemen. Government troops backed by tanks and artillery moved into Qaboun, a rebel-held district of Damascus, stepping up efforts to drive opposition fighters from the capital and build on battlefield gains elsewhere in the country. The Qaboun Coordination Committee, an activist group, said at least 60 people had been killed in Qaboun over the last few days by the shelling and subsequent clashes. Pro-government gunmen killed 7 members of a local Syrian reconciliation group near Homs, as troops shot dead 9 people including a child at a checkpoint in a suburb of the capital.
    (AP, 7/15/13)(Reuters, 7/15/13)(AP, 7/16/13)

2013        Jul 16, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, claiming he faces persecution from the US government and could face torture or death.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, The police chief of Oakland, Ca., said his force was understaffed and that officers have struggled to cope with 3 nights of protests in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida. The local protests left many downtown businesses vandalized.
    (SFC, 7/17/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 16, Rashia Wilson (27) of Tampa, Florida, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for tax fraud. She and eager associates had claimed bogus tax refunds of over $11 million.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nzj479x)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.27)
2013        Jul 16, In Afghanistan a bomb planted on a bicycle in eastern Nangarhar province killed two civilians and wounded three others.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, The countries that regulate Antarctic fishing faced apparent Russian objections and failed to agree on proposals to create giant marine sanctuaries in the continent's oceans.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, Argentina's state-controlled YPF oil company persuaded Chevron Corp. to sign a long-sought deal to invest $1.24 billion in developing the Vaca Muerta shale oil deposits.
    (AP, 7/16/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.36)
2013        Jul 16, Australia's PM Kevin Rudd said a deeply unpopular carbon tax will be replaced by a less-severe emissions trading scheme a year ahead of schedule, in a bid to lower power bills for households as a tight national election looms.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, In rough seas north of Christmas Island a boat carrying 150 people believed to be asylum seekers capsized, killing four people.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, Chinese authorities detained Xu Zhiyong, a well-known rights lawyer, in a move activists described as the widening of a crackdown on individuals calling for greater accountability to fight graft.
    (AP, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 16, Congo's army says its helicopter gunships have bombarded rebel positions during a third straight day of fighting between government forces and M23 rebels.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, In Egypt interim Pres. Adly Mansour swore in a Cabinet that included women and Christians, but no Islamists.
    (SFC, 7/17/13, p.A3)(AP, 7/16/13)(Reuters, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, In southwestern France a neo-Nazi linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was arrested after investigators decided he might stage a large "terrorist act." Kristian Vikernes (40), who is also a convicted murderer from Norway, had in the past received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik, the far-right militant who killed 77 people in 2011.
    (Reuters, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, A majority of Greek lawmakers voted early today to lift former finance minister George Papaconstantinou's immunity from prosecution over the fate of a list of about 2,000 names provided by French authorities in 2010 as Greece's economy was struck by a major crisis.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, Tens of thousands of Greek workers walked off the job and rallied in front of parliament in a noisy protest against government plans to fire public sector employees to satisfy foreign lenders.
    (Reuters, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, In India 23 children died and more than two dozen others were sick in Bihar state after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide. The principal of the school was arrested on July 24, nine days after she went into hiding. In October Meena Kumari and her husband were charged with murder.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/24/13)(AP, 10/22/13)
2013        Jul 16, Israel condemned new guidelines by the European Union which ban EU funding and cooperation with Israeli institutions that operate in territory captured by the Jewish state in the 1967 Mideast war.
    (AP, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, In Nigeria a British national was kidnapped shortly after arriving at Lagos airport. On July 22 a police superintendent said police officers have "safely and effectively" rescued the kidnapped Briton as well as two Chinese businessmen.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)(AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 16, In Northern Ireland protestant youths hurled petrol bombs at police, wounding at least 27 officers in a fourth night of protests over restrictions on traditional marches.
    (Reuters, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, Spanish police said they have arrested Brian Charrington, a Briton suspected of leading a drug-trafficking organization, describing him as one of Europe's top 10 most wanted criminals. He was arrested along with his girlfriend and son as part of a police operation in which 13 people were detained between Spain and Venezuela.
    (Reuters, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, Syrian rebels poured reinforcements into a key Damascus suburb in an attempt to push back government troops who have renewed their campaign to secure the capital and build on battlefield gains elsewhere in the country.
    (Reuters, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, Pirates looted a chemical tanker and injured some of its crew off the coast of Togo. Gunmen in speedboats boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged MT Ocean Centurion and grabbed money and possessions of the ship and its crew. Togo detained Captain Sunil James and a crew member known only as Vijayan on charges of aiding the pirates.
    (Reuters, 7/18/13)(AFP, 12/19/13)
2013        Jul 16, Turkish police arrested about 30 people in Istanbul after briefly detaining more than 1,000 in a widening crackdown after weeks of violent anti-government protests.
    (Reuters, 7/16/13)
2013        Jul 16, A man and a 15-year-old boy were killed by stray bullets shot from Syria into a Turkish border town. Turkish troops returned fire, in the most serious spillover of violence in weeks.
    (Reuters, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 16, Yemeni security officials said militants have shot dead a man (20) suspected of being gay. Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and No. 2 figure of AQAP, was killed in a US drone strike.
    (SFC, 7/17/13, p.A2)(Econ, 9/28/13, p.23)

2013        Jul 17, The American Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accused Barclay’s, a British bank, of manipulating energy prices in California and other states and slapped the bank with a $453 million fine. Barclay’s said its trading was legitimate.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.64)
2013        Jul 17, Robert Seldon Lady (59), a former CIA base chief convicted in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect from an Italian street, was detained in Panama after Italy requested his arrest in one of the most notorious episodes of the US program known as extraordinary rendition. After barely a day in detention, he was put on a plane to the US by the Panamanian government.
    (AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 17, In Oakland, Ca., Alaysha Carradine (8) was killed at a sleepover as bullets sprayed through an apartment door. Authorities later named Darnell Williams (22) as the shooter.
    (SFC, 10/2/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 17, In Massachusetts a jogger discovered the body of Stephen Rakes (59) in woods on the side of a street in Lincoln. Rakes had hoped to testify in the trial of mobster James Bulger.
    (SFC, 7/19/13, p.A6)
2013        Jul 17, The Online user database of two big companies were reportedly hacked by political hacktivists working in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The private data of the users of TrueCaller and TangoMe were compromised which included private details of their social networks.
    (AP, 7/21/13)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_Syria)
2013        Jul 17, In Afghanistan gunmen killed Afghan prosecutor Ahmad Wali Taheri in western Herat province. Taheri was the brother of Karzai's adviser on national security, Rangin Dafdar Spanta.
    (AP, 7/17/13)   
2013        Jul 17, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people involving Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
    (AP, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, Britain legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.
    (AP, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, In Dubai Marte Deborah Dalelv (24), a Norwegian woman, was sentenced to 16 months in jail for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape. On July 19 she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city. Norwegian diplomats secured her release and she has been allowed to remain at the Norwegian Seamen's Center in central Dubai. She said her alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for out-of-wedlock sex and alcohol consumption. On July 22 Dubai pardoned Dalelv.
    (AP, 7/19/13)(Reuters, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 17, Several hundred supporters of Egypt's deposed Pres. Morsi massed outside the Cabinet building in Cairo, expanding their protests denouncing the country's new government and demanding the reinstatement of the Islamist leader. Suspected militants killed 3 policemen and seriously wounded two in an attack in the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(AP, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 17, Greece's shaky coalition government scraped through a vote on a bill to sack public sector workers as thousands chanting anti-austerity slogans protested outside parliament.
    (Reuters, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, Guinea government spokesman Albert Camara said that the army has been deployed to N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, to restore order. Officials later said 3 days of clashes in the southeast have killed 98 people and injured scores more.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 17, In Iraq a bombing at a stream in Wajihiya where youngsters had sought refuge from the summer heat killed 4 people. Attacks targeting diners in cafes in Mosul and Baghdad killed at least 6 people.
    (AP, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, Gunmen assassinated Mohammed Darrar Jammo (44), a pro-government Syrian journalist, at his home in southern Lebanon, shooting him nearly 30 times in the latest sign of Syria's civil war spilling over into its smaller neighbor. On July 19 the Lebanese army said the killers had been detained and their weapons seized. On July 30 Lebanese news reported that Jammo's Lebanese wife, Siham Younes, and her brother and nephew were arrested after an investigation showed they were behind the killing.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(Reuters, 7/19/13)(AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 17, In northeastern Nigeria mobile phone services returned in Yobe state, ending two months of signal blackout after a state of emergency was declared in areas struck by Islamist insurgents.
    (Reuters, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, A Romanian museum official said that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing 7 multi-million-dollar paintings from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Musum (Nov 16, 2012) contains paint, canvas and nails. Olga Dogaru has claimed to have burned the stolen paintings last February after police began searching the village of Caracliu, where she lived. On July 22 Olga Dogaru told a Bucharest court that she did not burn the paintings in her stove.
    (SFC, 7/18/13, p.A2)(AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 17, In Russia senior central bank officials disclosed their personal wealth, many of them for the first time. First Deputy Chairman Sergei Shvetso declared ownership of six apartments in Mexico and a home in the United States, possibly leaving him open to criticism as President Vladimir Putin campaigns to curtail holdings of foreign assets.
    (Reuters, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, The Turkish military said a Syrian Kurdish party with links to Kurdish militants in Turkey has seized control of a Syrian border town after days of clashes with Islamist fighters.
    (Reuters, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 17, The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida confirmed that Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri, the group's No. 2 figure and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, was killed in a US drone strike. He had twice before been reported dead but the terror group later denied those reports.
    (AP, 7/17/13)

2013        Jul 18, In Martinez, Ca., Marcelles Peter (20) of Pinole and Jose Montano (22) of Richmond were found guilty of nuumerous felony charges in the Oct 24, 2009, gang rape of a girl (16) outside Richmond High School (see Oct 23, 2009).
    (SFC, 7/19/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 18, Kevin Orr, a bankruptcy expert hired by Michigan in March to stop Detroit’s fiscal free-fall, filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy for Detroit in federal court. State Gov. Rick Snyder approved the move. The city’s population, at 1.8 million in the 1950s, now struggled to stay above 700k. Detrloit’s long term debt was estimated at $18.2 billion.
    (SFC, 7/19/13, p.A7)(Econ, 7/27/13, p.23)
2013        Jul 18, In eastern Afghanistan insurgents pulled over a minivan with 8 young laborers on their way to work at a US base, forced them out and then shot them dead near Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar province. A bomb killed five children and a woman after it went off as they were playing with it inside a Taliban commander's home in Paktika province.
    (AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 18, British police arrested two men on terrorism charges following explosions at two mosques in central England.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 18, In Bulgaria demonstrators who have conducted for 35 straight days anti-government protests in Sofia, now called for a round-the-clock blockade of the Parliament building.
    (AP, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 18, The European Union's top court ruled that EU authorities unfairly froze assets of Yassin Kadi, a Saudi businessman who was accused of financing al-Qaida, by failing to explain why he was targeted.
    (AP, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 18, Indian paramilitary soldiers fired at protesters in the Kashmir region, killing 4 and wounding 40 members of a crowd demonstrating against what they said was the desecration of the Koran by Indian security forces.
    (Reuters, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 18, The UN said Namibia, sub-Saharan Africa's driest country, is suffering its worst drought in a generation, with more than 100,000 children at risk of malnutrition.
    (Reuters, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 18, In Russia Alexei Navalny (37), a leading opposition figure, was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. He was found guilty of heading a group that embezzled 16 million rubles' ($500,000) worth of timber from state-owned company Kirovles in 2009 while he worked as an unpaid adviser to the provincial governor in Kirov. Co-defendant Pyotr Ofitserov, who was given a four-year sentence.
    (AP, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 18, In Spain thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of PM Mariano Rajoy demonstrated in Madrid. What started as a peaceful event turned violent toward midnight after riot police clashed with some protesters, resulting in at least several people arrested and injured.
    (AP, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 18, The World Bank said Iran has not paid back any of its loans to the World Bank for more than six months, a further sign of the strains on the sanctions-hit Iranian economy.
    (Reuters, 7/18/13)

2013        Jul 19, US prosecutors charged Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a commander of al Qaeda's North African operations, with participating in an attack on an Algerian gas plant in January that killed dozens of workers, including three Americans. Belmokhtar, an Algerian, remained at large.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, In California a new class-action was filed in San Bernadino County to cover residents of Hinkley who did not participate in a 1996 settlement over chromium-6 in the local ground water. PG&E had used chromium-6 in a local cooling system from 1952-1966 to fight corrosion in machinery and then dumped the water into unlined ponds nearby.
    (SFC, 7/26/13, p.A16)
2013        Jul 19, A Michigan state judge ruled that Gov. Snyder had overstepped his authority by approving Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. The ruling was immediately challenged by the state’s attorney general.
    (SFC, 7/20/13, p.A5)
2013        Jul 19, Ohio police arrested Michael Madison (35), a registered sex offender, after finding a female body in a garage in East Cleveland. Two more bodies were found the next day. Authorities believed the victims were killed in the last 6-10 days.
    (SFC, 7/22/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 19, In southern Afghanistan a wave of bombings killed 15 people, including six members of the country's security services.
    (AP, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 19, Algerian special forces in the region of Bouira shot dead 4 Islamist militants, including two deputies to the leader of al Qaeda's North African wing AQIM.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 19, Australia's PM Kevin Rudd, with PNG PM Peter O’Neill at his side, warned that all refugees who arrive in the country by boat will be resettled on the island nation of Papua New Guinea, a policy shift that rights groups immediately condemned.
    (AP, 7/19/13)(Econ, 7/27/13, p.34)
2013        Jul 19, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned from self-imposed exile to spearhead his party's election campaign against well-entrenched PM Hun Sen.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, China said it is ending controls on bank lending rates in a move toward creating a market-oriented financial system to support economic growth.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, China arrested activist Yang Lin (45) on a charge of subversion. His brother and a rights group reported the arrest on Aug 11. This was the second such arrest in less than two months and the latest sign that the authorities are hardening their stance toward dissent.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Jul 19, Wu Dengming (73), Chinese environmental activist, died. He was the founder of the Chongqing Green Volunteer League (1995).
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.78)
2013        Jul 19, In Egypt thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi rallied in Cairo to demand the restoration of the ousted Islamist leader, with his opponents also planning protests nearby. A woman and a 13-year-old boy were killed when supporters and opponents of the ousted president clashed in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, The European Union published new guidelines explicitly banning any EU funding of Israeli institutions operating in territories occupied since the 1967 Mideast war, amid vigorous Israeli objections.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, In central Iraq a bomb exploded inside the Abu Bakir al-Sideeq mosque in the town of Wijaihiya during midday prayers, killing at least 26 people.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, In Israel Wael Abu Rida, a Palestinian secretly held by Israel after he vanished during a visit to Egypt last month, was indicted on terrorism charges. Authorities did not say how and where he was detained.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, In Italy a Milan court convicted three of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's former associates of procuring aspiring show girls willing to prostitute themselves during the media mogul's infamous "bunga bunga" parties.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, Malian troops deployed in the northern town of Kidal after attacks by light-skinned Tuareg separatists on black residents killed at least one, a week before elections meant to unify the fractured nation.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, In Pakistan operation "Khyber II" began in Zao Kharmatang area in south of Peshawar. 15 militants in the new northwest offensive targeting militants. 4 soldiers were also killed in the action.
    (AP, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 19, Clerics in northwest Pakistan issued a temporary ban on women shopping in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unless accompanied by a male relative, in a step designed to keep men from being distracted during the holy month of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 19, Romania's Pres. Traian Basescu said that Romanian authorities have carried out "an unauthorized operation" abroad to capture Omar Hayssam, a fugitive Syrian-Romanian businessman convicted of ordering the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Iraq in 2005.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, Russia unexpectedly freed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on bail, bending to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year jail sentence as a crude attempt by President Vladimir Putin to silence him.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, In Switzerland the world's top particle physics lab said it had measured the decay time of a particle known as a Bs (B sub s) meson into two other fundamental particles called muons, which are much heavier than but similar to electrons. It was observed as part of the reams of data coming from CERN's $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest atom smasher.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, A Syrian Kurdish group said it aims to set up an independent council to run Kurdish regions until Syria's civil war has ended, a move likely to alarm Syrian rebels and neighboring Turkey, both wary of a possible Kurdish state.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, In Turkey a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least five people near Turkey's border with Syria.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, Ukrainian riot police dispersed a protest in central Kiev early today over last month's rape of a woman who accused police officers of the crime.
    (Reuters, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates said they have identified four new cases of a respiratory virus related to SARS whose main concentration has been in neighboring Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, Pope Francis created another commission of inquiry into the Vatican's troubled finances, naming an eight-member committee to recommend ways to cut waste, improve transparency and fix the Holy See's administrative shortcomings.
    (AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 19, Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry said it was terminating efforts to improve relations with the US following recent remarks by Samantha Power, the US nominee for ambassador to the UN. On July 17 Power said part of her role would be to challenge a crackdown on civil society in several countries including Venezuela.
    (SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A5)
2013        Jul 19, Zimbabwe's first independent television station, 1st TV, said it is going on air to challenge the 30-year state broadcasting monopoly controlled by President Robert Mugabe. The station is a satellite feed from outside Zimbabwe using a free network received by an estimated 700,000 homes across the nation.
    (AP, 7/19/13)

2013        Jul 20, Demonstrators took to the streets in dozens of US cities to vent their anger over the acquittal in Florida of the man who shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin to death and to call for federal charges in the racially tinged case.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 20, Helen Thomas (92), the first woman to head a White House news bureau, died.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.78)
2013        Jul 20, Afghan Pres. Karzai approved a new law governing next year's presidential and provincial elections. It defines the legal framework for the elections and was approved by parliament earlier this week.
    (AP, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 20, In China motorcycle taxi driver Ji Zhongxing detonated a homemade bomb at Beijing's main airport after eight years of frustration trying to seek redress for an attack by city guards that left him paralyzed and in debt. On Oct 15 Zhongxing was sentenced to six years in prison.
    (AP, 7/24/13)(SFC, 10/16/12, p.A2)
2013        Jul 20, China’s central bank ended all restrictions on lending rates,which previously had a floor of 70% of the PBOC benchmark rate.
    (Econ, 7/27/13, p.61)
2013        Jul 20, In Colombia 19 soldiers were killed in two clashes blamed on the Marxist FARC guerrillas, the heaviest casualties the armed forces have suffered since the government began peace talks late last year.
    (Reuters, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 20, In Dubai 3 Britons jailed for more than a year on drugs charges were reported freed as part of an amnesty for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 20, In France 6 people were arrested after overnight violence that erupted in Trappes near Versailles. The trouble began two days earlier when police checked the identity of a woman wearing a Muslim veil and engaged in a scuffle with her husband. It is illegal in France for women to wear full face veils in public but the law is contested in the mainly Muslim suburbs that ring major cities.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)(Econ, 7/27/13, p.44)
2013        Jul 20, An Indian court sentenced six men, convicted of the gang rape last March 15 of a Swiss woman, to life in prison.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 20, In Iraq a coordinated wave of 12 late-night car bombings and other attacks killed 57 people. These attacks and others around the country killed a total of 71.
    (AP, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 20, An Italian court convicted five employees of an Italian cruise company over the Jan, 2012, Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers, handing down a maximum sentence of two years and 10 months reached in plea bargains. The ship's captain was denied a plea bargain and was being tried separately.
    (AP, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 20, Gunmen In Mali kidnapped four election workers and a deputy mayor in the remote northern town of Tessalit. All were free the next day.
    (Reuters, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 20, Myanmar’s Pres. Thein Sein lifted a state of emergency, declared last March 22, in the central part of the country.
    (SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 20, In Russia G20 finance ministers, meeting in Moscow, said their countries consider strengthening economic growth and creating jobs to be top priorities.
    (AP, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 20, Syrian government forces bombed Saraqeb, a strategic rebel town in the country's north for the third straight day, pounding it with airstrikes that killed at least 5 people.
    (AP, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 20, In Turkey police fired water cannon and tear gas in downtown Istanbul to disperse anti-government demonstrators after barring them from entering a park where they had hoped to celebrate the wedding of a couple who met during last month's widespread protests.
    (AP, 7/20/13)
2013        Jul 20, In Venezuela gunmen stormed a graduation party at a home in central Bolivar state and killed 8 people, including 6 teenagers in Caicara del Orinoco.
    (Reuters, 7/21/13)

2013        Jul 21, Bahrain said authorities have arrested three suspects in connection with a bombing last week outside a mosque near the royal residences. No one was injured in the July 17 blast.
    (AP, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 21, King Philippe I (53) became Belgium's seventh monarch during a national holiday after his father Albert (79) abdicated as the head of the nation.
    (AP, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 21, Britain’s Chris Froome pedaled through the streets of Paris as victor of the 2013 Tour de France.
    (CSM, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 21, In Egypt a bus carrying soldiers crashed into a truck on a highway betgween Cairo and Alexandria early today, killing 15 soldiers and a driver.
    (AP, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 21, In France Gilles Bourdouleix, a member of parliament and mayor for the town of Cholet near Nantes, had a confrontation with Gypsies, when he visited a field owned by the town where Gypsies were illegally living in caravans. He asked them to leave. Some of the Gypsies made Nazi salutes at Bourdouleix and he responded by saying: "Maybe Hitler didn't kill enough of them."
    (AP, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 21, In Iraq a bomb exploded in a fish market in Taji, killing 4 and wounding one. Another bomb exploded outside the house of an anti-al-Qaida Sunni militia leader in the town of Basmaiya, killing 2 and wounding four. Gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by the Kurdish security forces known as peshmerga near Kirkuk, killing 5 of them. Gunmen also sprayed a security checkpoint with bullets in Mosul, killing 2 soldiers. Late-night jailbreak attempts at Taji and Abu Ghraib prisons outside Baghdad killed dozens, including at least 25 members of Iraq's security forces and at least 10 militants. Hundreds of inmates were set free including some al-Qaida followers.
    (AP, 7/21/13)(AP, 7/22/13)(AP, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 21, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a majority in the upper house of parliament, giving it control of both chambers and a mandate to press ahead with difficult economic reforms.
    (AP, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 21, In New Zealand a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Wellington. Four people were injured. The quake was centered under the Cook Strait, 35 miles southwest of Wellington.
    (Reuters, 7/22/13)(SFC, 7/22/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 21, In Syria forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 13 members of a family in the Sunni Muslim village of Baida. 4 women and 6 children were among those killed in the village. Mortar shells struck the town of Ariha  killing at least 20 civilians. 49 rebels were killed in an ambush in Damascus' northeastern suburb of Adra. 17 rebels died in fighting in clashes in Damascus neighborhoods of Qaboun and Jobar. Another 9 were killed in clashes that have raged in the suburbs of Daraya, Harasta and Douma.
    (Reuters, 7/21/13)(AP, 7/21/13)(AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 21, Syrian Kurdish forces freed a local leader linked to al Qaeda as part of an agreed ceasefire to end fierce fighting with Islamist rebels in the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad. In return Islamist rebels promised to release hundreds of Kurds taken hostage as collateral from the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), known as Abu Musaab.
    (Reuters, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 21, In Venezuela 4 men and a woman were killed by hooded gunmen at a birthday party in Valle de La Pascua in central Guarico state.
    (Reuters, 7/21/13)
2013        Jul 21, In Yemen armed men seized an employee of the Iranian embassy in Sanaa. Diplomat Nour Ahmad Nikbakht was freed by Iranian special operatives in March, 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/21/13)(AP, 3/5/15)

2013        Jul 22, In San Diego, Ca., Irene McCormack, the former communications director for Mayor Bob Filner, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner alleging unwanted sexual advances that included demands to work without panties.
    (SFC, 7/23/13, p.A5)
2013        Jul 22, In Ohio a federal judge granted marriage rights to a same-sex couple residing in the state as one of the partners neared death. Ohio at this time did not recognize such unions. This highlighted a new front for gay rights activists seeking to expand rights for couples living in states that are unfriendly to same-sex marriage.
    (CSM, 7/24/13)(SFC, 7/24/13, p.A8)
2013        Jul 22, American TV and film actor Dennis Farina (69) died in Scottsdale, Arizona. His films included “Manhunter" (1986), “"Midnight Run" (1988), “Saving Private Ryan" (1998), “Out of Sight" (1998) and “Get Shorty" (1995). From 2004-2006 he played Detective Joe Fontana on the TV show “Law & Order."
    (SFC, 7/23/13, p.C3)
2013        Jul 22, Afghanistan's parliament voted to dismiss Ghulam Mujtaba Patang, one of the country's top security chiefs, by impeaching the interior minister in a potential blow to stability as NATO-led international forces speed their withdrawal from the country.
    (Reuters, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd succeeded in changing the ruling party's regulations to make his job safer.
    (AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the World Youth Day festival.
    (AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy. The child is now third in line to the British throne.
    (AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, In northwest China two earthquakes shook an arid, hilly farming area sparking landslides that destroyed or damaged thousands of brick-and-mud homes in Gansu Province. At least 95 people were killed and more than 400 injured.
    (AP, 7/22/13)(AP, 7/23/13)(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 22, Congo's army said fighting has resumed between government forces and M23 rebels in the east of the country following a three-day lull.
    (AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, Human Rights Watch reported that the M23 rebel group in eastern Congo continued to receive significant support from neighboring Rwanda despite ongoing abuses including killings, rape and forced recruitment of children.
    (AP, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 22, In Egypt 2 civilians, 2 army officers and 2 policemen were killed in at least 10 overnight attacks in the Sinai province's northern cities of Rafah and El-Arish against police stations and security and army checkpoints.
    (Reuters, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, The EU agreed to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group's roles in a bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian war.
    (Reuters, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, In northern Iraq a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into an army convoy in Mosul, killing at least 13 people,  including 10 soldiers.
    (AP, 7/22/13)(AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 22, In Jamaica Dwayne Jones (16) was beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he showed up at a street party dressed as a woman. He had confided to a friend that he was attending a "straight" party as a girl for the first time in his life.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Jul 22, Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power said  its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is probably leaking contaminated water into the sea.
    (SFC, 7/23/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 22, In southern Mexico prosecutors in Oaxaca state, arrested Aquila police chief Adan Gonzalez for allegedly shooting Aquila Mayor Geronimo Manuel Garcia Rosas to death.
    (SFC, 7/23/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 22, In Mexico 2 people were killed and 12 wounded in an explosion at Italian-Argentine steelmaker Ternium's Guerrero plant in Nuevo Leon state.
    (Reuters, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, Mexican authorities detained 94 illegal immigrants, including 19 from the Indian subcontinent, packed into a truck bound for the US border.
    (AP, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 22, In Pakistan 3 Spanish climbers went missing while descending Gasherbrum-1 amid hostile weather. Two members of the team reached base camp with information of the other three's deaths.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 22, In Peru several thousand people gathered outside Congress to protest a Congressional decision to share among party hacks important jobs at supposedly independent bodies. Legislators swiftly backed down.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.31)
2013        Jul 22, Portuguese financial markets cheered the decision to allow the fragile coalition government to remain in charge, eliminating for now the prospect of snap elections and more political uncertainty.
    (AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, Syrian rebels seized Khan al-Assal, a strategic village on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo, just hours after other opposition fighters sustained some of their heaviest losses in months in battles to the south near the capital, Damascus.
    (AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 22, Ugandan armed police surrounded the home of Kizza Besigye, the leader of Uganda's protest movement, put him in a car and drove him to a secret location in the pre-dawn hours. He had planned to launch today a new wave of anti-government demonstrations across the East African country. Police placed Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, a fierce critic of Pres. Museveni, under temporary suspension.
    (AP, 7/22/13)(SFC, 7/26/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 22, In Uganda a building under renovation collapsed in downtown Kampala, killing at least four people.
    (AP, 7/22/13)

2013        Jul 23, In Afghanistan 3 US and 4 Afghan soldiers were killed after an insurgent riding a donkey detonated a bomb in Wardak province.
    (SFC, 7/24/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 23, The US Navy offered Australia any help it wanted to retrieve four bombs, mistakenly dropped on July 16 inside the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)(SFC, 7/23/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 23, A Cameroon court found two men guilty under the country's harsh law banning gay sex, continuing a string of recent convictions that has drawn international condemnation.
    (AP, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, In China a man who was told by officials they couldn't register his fourth child because he didn't pay a penalty for breaking family planning laws stabbed to death 2 government workers and injured 4 others.
    (AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 23, In Egypt 6 people were killed in Cairo in clashes between opponents and Islamist supporters of deposed Pres. Morsi.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, Greek shipowner Victor Restis was arrested on charges of money laundering and embezzlement, becoming one of just a few prominent businessmen to be detained by police since Greece sank into crisis.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, A boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia. At least 15 people died. 189 of an estimated 204 suspected asylum seekers were rescued. Most were from Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka.
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 23, An Iraqi government spokesman said Baghdad has signed a 4-year deal with Iran to import natural gas for power generation, further intertwining the economies of the two Shiite-dominated countries. Police found the bodies of 4 off-duty policemen on a road with bullet wounds in their heads.
    (AP, 7/23/13)(AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 23, Madagascar police arrested an opposition leader on charges of holding an illegal rally, compounding the island nation's political crisis.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, In Mexico violent clashes between armed gangs and security forces killed 22 people, marking a surge in violence in Michoacan state, where President Enrique Pena Nieto is testing a new security strategy.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, Myanmar said it is releasing another 73 political prisoners and more could be freed in coming months to honor a commitment made by the president during a recent trip to Europe.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, Dutch judges blocked the extradition of a terror suspect, identified as Sabir K., to the United States, saying he was tortured in Pakistan after his 2010 arrest and it is unclear whether American authorities had any involvement. US authorities have accused him of working with al-Qaida from 2004 to 2010, and of plotting a suicide attack on an American military base in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, Oman's Sultan Qaboos pardoned activists jailed for taking part in anti-government protests two years ago, his latest gesture to citizens worried about unemployment and inadequate pay.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, A Serbian court freed retail tycoon Miroslav Miskovic, accused of fraud and tax evasion, after he posted a record 12 million euro ($16 million) bail pending his trial.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, South Sudan media said President Salva Kiir has sacked his cabinet, the deputy president and suspended his top negotiator at talks to defuse tensions with Sudan.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, Spanish police arrested 25 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on the Mediterranean resort island of Mallorca. Police said they were wanted for suspected drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, extortion, money laundering and corruption.
    (AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 23, In Syria more than 150 soldiers were killed over the last two days in and around the town of Khan al-Assal. Reports said this this included 51 soldiers and officers who were executed.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 23, In Thailand a double-decker passenger bus caught fire after colliding with a truck on the Mitraphab highway in Kaeng Khoi district, killing 19 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, A Turkish border patrol killed one of eight civilians trying to cross illegally from Turkey into Syria. The group had been trying to cross from Hatay province into northwestern Syria and had fired on the Turkish patrol after the troops had whistled a warning.
    (Reuters, 7/23/13)
2013        Jul 23, Yemen's president pardoned journalist Abdelela Shayie, who was jailed for three years on charges of helping al-Qaida and US born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
    (AP, 7/24/13)

2013        Jul 24, Google announced a plan to bring wireless internet access to at least 31 parks in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 7/24/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 24, In Oakland, Ca., Judy Salamon (66) was shot and killed after confronting and recording on her cell phone two men she believed were involved in a robbery. In 2014 police arrested Stephon Lee (22) and Mario Floyd (21) and charged them with special-circumstance murder.
    (SFC, 4/25/14, p.A7)
2013        Jul 24, A US federal judge swept aside lawsuits challenging Detroit’s Jul 18 bankruptcy filing.
    (SFC, 7/25/13, p.A8)
2013        Jul 24, In Pennsylvania at least 5 same-sex couples obtained marriage licenses in Montgomery County. It was up to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett or other state officials to challenge the actions. A 1996 state law defined marriage as a civil contract in which a man and a woman take each other as husband and wife.
    (SFC, 7/25/13, p.A11)
2013        Jul 24, Virginia Johnson (b.1925), pioneering sex therapist and researcher, died in St. Louis. She and her husband, William Masters (d.2001), had authored books that included “Human Sexual Response" (1966) and “Human Sexual Inadequacy" (1970.
    (SFC, 7/26/13, p.D7)
2013        Jul 24, Afghanistan's first woman governor and a Myanmar civil society organizer were among five winners of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize this year. The Philippines-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation singled out Afghanistan's Habiba Sarabi, a 57-year-old doctor, for her "bold exercise of leadership to build up a functioning provincial government against great odds." The Foundation also recognized Lahpai Seng Raw from Myanmar, for her "quietly inspiring and inclusive leadership in the midst of deep ethnic divides and prolonged armed conflicts."
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, Bulgarian police broke through a blockade of protesters and released more than 100 lawmakers, journalists, and staffers stuck inside the parliament building in the capital, Sofia, ending the latest flare-up of anti-government sentiments in the country but doing little to resolve the overall unhappiness of the public with their government.
    (CSM, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, In Egypt a bomb blast outside the security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura wounded 19 people. 11 people have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of the ousted president since July 22. A pro-Morsi group claimed another 2 people were killed in a march in Cairo by assailants who fired on them from rooftops.
    (AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, The EU said it will give Kenya 40 billion shillings ($458.45 million) between 2014 and 2020, for use in agriculture and other sectors, extending an aid program to the African country.
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, The French government said it would close down two more far-right militant groups after outlawing three others this month in response to the death of a militant left-wing student in June in a brawl between fringe groups.
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, In northern Iraq insurgents ambushed a police headquarters in Bashmaya, killing at least 9 policemen. Gunmen ambushed a minibus on the road to Mosul from Baghdad, shooting dead 4 soldiers in western Tikrit. In Baghdad police found 3 bullet-ridden corpses. A car bomb exploded as an army patrol passed by outside Kirkuk, killing an officer and a soldier.  The surge of attacks this month killed more than 500 people.
    (AP, 7/24/13)(Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, Kenyan police said they have discovered a large quantity of explosives packed in boxes on a bus in the capital Nairobi that was headed to a town in the coastal region.
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, In Montenegro several hundred extremists shouting "Kill the gays" attacked gay activists and clashed with police in a bid to disrupt the first ever pride event in the staunchly conservative country.
    (AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, In Pakistan militants armed with guns and explosives attacked a compound housing a regional office of Pakistan's top spy agency, killing three people and wounding more than three dozen others in Sukkur district in southern Sindh province.
    (AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, A Russian state news agency said National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has been given a document that allows him to leave the transit zone of a Moscow airport and enter the country.
    (AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, In Syria forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 15 Palestinians, mostly women and children, in a rocket attack on a rebel-held refugee camp on the southern edge of Damascus.
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, The Vatican named a new Scottish archbishop to replace disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned in February after admitting sexual misconduct. Monsignor Leo Cushley (52) was named the new Roman Catholic archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh after years working in the Vatican bureaucracy.
    (AP, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 24, A Spanish train hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall as it rounded a bend near Santiago de Compostela. At least 78 people were killed in the country’s deadliest wreck in four decades.
    (AP, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 24, The UN General Assembly designated November 19 as World Toilet Day to spotlight the plight of 2.5 billion people who don't have basic toilets.
    (AP, 7/24/13)

2013        Jul 25, President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang pledged to finish talks on a regional free-trade agreement by the end of the year. The two leaders clashed over human rights during their White House meeting.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 25, The US Justice Dept. said Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
    (SFC, 7/26/13, p.A7)
2013        Jul 25, US federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against SAC Capital Advisors, a Connecticut-based hedge fund, led by billionaire Steven A. Cohen.
    (SFC, 7/26/13, p.C3)
2013        Jul 25, In San Francisco Barnaby Jack (35), a hacker who specialized in finding security flaws, was found dead. He had been due to give a presentation entitled “Implantable Medical Devices: Hacking Humans." Police ruled out foul play.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.52)
2013        Jul 25, Julian Assange formally inaugurated a new political party and declared his candidacy for a seat in the Australian Senate. He planned to lead his WikiLeaks campaign from the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.
    (SFC, 7/26/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 25, In Brazil Pope Francis urged young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith as he visited one of Rio's most violent slums and opened the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 25, In Chile a group of demonstrators broke off from a largely peaceful protest calling for the legalization of abortion and stormed into the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, interrupting a homily. They painted walls with pro-abortion messages, broke ornaments and hauled pews all the way to the Plaza de Armas square in front of the cathedral.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 25, China charged disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai with bribery, abuse of power and corruption, paving the way for a potentially divisive trial that President Xi Jinping will want smoothly handled as he pushes major economic reforms.
    (Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, Two Egyptian soldiers were killed and four were injured when gunmen opened fire on a military checkpoint near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid.
    (Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Egypt has been detaining Syrian refugees without charge and threatening to deport them in a climate of growing hostility since the army seized power last month.
    (Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, Strasboug-based European Court of Human Right dismissed claims that Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was prosecuted for political reasons, but said that some procedures during a trial against him were unfair.
    (AP, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, In Iraq  militants ambushed a truck convoy with Iraqi Shiites in a remote area in the country's north and killed 14 drivers. At least 28 more people were killed in bombings and shootings across the country.
    (AP, 7/25/13)(Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, The Venice Film Festival marked its 70th edition with films starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts adrift in space, Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien roaming the Scottish countryside and Judi Dench as a single Roman Catholic woman searching for a son she was forced to give up decades before.
    (AP, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, In central Italy at least one person was killed and 3 seriously injured after a fireworks factory exploded in Picciano.
    (Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, In central Kenya a small plane went missing. On July 27 three Swiss nationals were found dead along with the wreckage of their plane on Aberdares mountain.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 25, In Libya unidentified assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the United Arab Emirates embassy compound in Tripoli, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign targets in the North African country.
    (Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, New Zealand banned “Maniac," a horror film starring Elijah Wood as a scalp-collecting serial killer, from general release after the government deemed it too graphic and disturbing for the public. The film was a remake of the 1980 slasher film about a killer who scalps his victims.
    (AP, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, In Niger the body of a suspected stowaway fell from an Air France plane and was discovered lifeless in a western suburb of the capital, Niamey.
    (AP, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, In northwest Pakistan gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying Gul Wali Khan, deputy commander of the Frontier Reserve Police, wounding him and killing one of his guards and a driver in Peshawar.
    (AP, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, Senegal removed national police director Abdoulaye Niang from his post amid allegations he was involved in drug trafficking.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 25, A United Nations reports said that Somali pirates have turned to a new business model: Transporting weapons and providing "security" for ships illegally plundering Somalia's fish stock.
    (AP, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, In South Africa Sifiso Makhubo (42), accused of committing 36 rapes while being HIV positive, hanged himself using a prison blanket, before he was to stand trial for attempted murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 25, In Switzerland a member of the notorious "Pink Panther" jewel thief gang escaped from prison after accomplices rammed a gate and overpowered guards with bursts from their AK-47s. Milan Poparic (34) fled with fellow inmate Adrian Albrecht (52) from the Orbe prison in the western canton (state) of Vaud.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 25, Syrian warplanes bombed an office of the main al-Qaida-linked rebel group in the northern city of Aleppo. A car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded around 62 when it exploded on the edge of Damascus.
    (AP, 7/26/13)(Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, Togo began voting in twice-delayed legislative elections in a test of whether mounting discontent with the West African nation's long-ruling family dynasty will translate into electoral gains for the opposition.
    (AP, 7/25/13)
2013        Jul 25, In Tunisia two gunmen on a motorbike shot dead Mohammed Brahmi (58), the leader of the leftist opposition People’s Party, outside his house. Thousands of Tunisians gathered in front of the Interior Ministry building in Tunis to protest against the assassination.
    (AP, 7/25/13)(Reuters, 7/25/13)(Econ, 8/3/13, p.42)

2013        Jul 26, The Obama administration said it plans to repatriate two inmates to Algeria from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, US songwriter JJ Cale (74) died of a heart attack in la Jolla, San Diego County. His songs included “After Midnight," “Cocaine" and “Call Me the Breeze."
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A10)
2013        Jul 26, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle loaded with explosives killed local police commander Dawlat Khan, 3 of his men, and 3 civilians in a bazaar  in Qarabagh district, Ghazni province.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 26, In Canada a truck carrying 9,250 gallons of jet fuel crashed into a creek in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. The truck was enroute to supply helicopters battling wildfires in the Perry Ridge area.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 26, Egyptian prosecutors accused ousted President Mohammed Morsi of conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas and murder in his 2011 escape from prison that left 14 guards dead. Tens of thousands of supporters and many less opponents of the Islamist leader massed for rival rallies. In Alexandria 7 people were killed and over 100 were injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, Interpol rejected a second request from Moscow to put British investment fund head William Browder on its search list, dealing a fresh blow to Russia's drive to jail the man behind a campaign to expose corruption and rights violations.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, Israel blocked the EU from aiding tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank, in retaliation for an EU ban on financial assistance to Israeli organizations in the occupied territories.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, Italian police said a mafia clan in Calabria staged hundreds of fake car crashes every year to get millions of euros in insurance payouts to buy drugs and weapons.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, Italy's coastguard helped rescue 22 migrants and coordinated a search for missing people after receiving a distress call from a boat that ran into difficulties off the coast of Libya. 31 people were reported still missing on July 28.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 26, Japan's hawkish new government released a defense paper calling for an increase in the country's military capabilities and a more assertive role in regional security due to increased threats from China and North Korea.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, In Libya Abdelsalam al-Mosmary, a prominent critic of the Muslim Brotherhood, was shot dead after leaving a mosque in Benghazi. Two military officials were also killed in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 26, In Pakistan a pair of bombings killed at least 57 people with as many as 167 people wounded in apparent sectarian attacks in the town of Parachinar, in the Kurram tribal area. Almost all the dead and wounded were Shiites.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 26, In the Philippines a powerful blast ripped through a crowded nightclub in Cagayan de Oro City, killing 6 people and wounding dozens.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, Rwanda said the UN has pledged $400 million over five years to help it reduce poverty, hunger and disease.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, In Rwanda two people were killed and two others seriously wounded following a grenade attack in Kigali.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 26, Spanish police detained Francisco Jose Garzon Amo (52), the driver of a train that crashed in northwestern Spain, lowered the death toll from 80 to 78 and took possession of the "black box" of the train expected to shed light on why it was going faster than the speed limit on the curve where it derailed. The train was later reported to have traveling at 121-mph, far above the 50-mph speed limit on the curve where it crashed.
    (AP, 7/26/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A5)
2013        Jul 26, Syrian government troops gained ground in clashes in two rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs, edging closer to a historic mosque and closing in on opposition fighters in the area.
    (AP, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, Syrian rebel leaders met with the UN Security Council for the first time to discuss the country's two-year war and appealed to Russia to stop its powerful political and military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)
2013        Jul 26, The United Nations' human rights office launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals.
    (AP, 7/26/13)

2013        Jul 27, In Florida Pedro Vargas (42) went on a shooting rampage overnight at an apartment building in the Miami suburb of Hialeah. He killed 6 people before a SWAT team killed him and rescued two neighbors he was holding hostage.
    (Reuters, 7/27/13)(SFC, 7/29/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 27, John Wrana (95), a WWII veteran, was fatally shot by police with bean bag rounds after he refused medical treatment and became belligerent at a suburban Chicago senior facility. In 2014 a police officer was charged with one count of reckless conduct.
    (http://tinyurl.com/penpswl)(SFC, 4/3/14, p.A8)
2013        Jul 27, In Indiana a bus carrying teenagers from a church camp crashed in Indianapolis. 3 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A8)
2013        Jul 27, Lindy Boggs (b.1916), former Louisiana congresswoman (1973-1991), died.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.78)
2013        Jul 27, In Brazil Pope Francis challenged bishops from around the world to get out of their churches and preach, and to have the courage to go to the farthest margins of society to find the faithful.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, In London, England, Ilya Segalovich (48) died of brain cancer. He was the co-founder of Russia's largest search engine, Yandex.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Canada Sammy Yatim (18) was shot to death while holding a knife by police officers in an empty Toronto streetcar. The event, caught on video and posted to YouTube, sparked calls of unnecessary police force. On August 19 a Toronto police officer was charged with murder.
    (SFC, 7/30/13, p.A2)(SFC, 8/20/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 27, China and the EU announced a truce on solar panel and related component tariffs. The EU planned to set a minimum sales price and a quota. An August 8 deadline loomed on the dispute.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.36)
2013        Jul 27, In Egypt clashes erupted in Cairo between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. More than 80 people were killed in the violence at a Cairo vigil by backers of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. People living on Badr el-Din street in Cairo found two young men dumped in a pile of rubbish by a park. Amr Mohammed Salim (22), a street vendor, was dead, hands bound and body covered with gashes, residents said. Hany Moussa (24), a kitchen helper, was still alive, but barely.
    (AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)(AP, 8/6/13)(Econ, 8/3/13, p.13)
2013        Jul 27, Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported that a member of Ahl Al-Haq faith, a small religious minority, set himself on fire next to the country's parliament building. He was hospitalized.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, Kuwaiti held parliamentary elections, the third parliamentary election in 17 months. Liberals and candidates from some of the more marginalized tribes won seats in a parliament which may prove more cooperative with the ruling family after opposition Islamists and populists boycotted the election.
    (AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Libya protesters in Benghazi attacked offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and the headquarters of a liberal coalition after demonstrations sparked by assassinations turned violent. In Tripoli a crowd stormed JCP headquarters before heading on to ransack the headquarters of the liberal National Forces Alliance (NFA), the country's biggest political party founded by wartime rebel PM Mahmoud Jibril. More than a thousand inmates escaped  al-Kweifiya prison in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 7/27/13)(AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, A group of protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania's second gay pride parade ever, defying an enormous police presence by throwing eggs at marchers and attempting to storm a stage.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Manila Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe met with Pres. Benigno Aquino III and pledged support for Philippine maritime forces as both countries confronted China in separate territorial disputes.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A6)
2013        Jul 27, Niger and Nigerian intelligence agents arrested a Nigerian terrorist leader in a border area. His identify or group was not revealed.
    (AP, 8/1/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Saudi Arabia one more man died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 39 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the center of the growing outbreak.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Somalia a Turkish security official and a Somali student were killed in a terrorist attack on the Turkish consulate and relief mission. Three suicide bombers also died in the attack in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Spain a youth (16) was gored in the back while celebrating the Apostle James feast at Isso, 322 km (200 miles) southeast of Madrid.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Sudan new clashes erupted between the army and rebels in the country's main oil-producing state of South Kordofan, bordering South Sudan. A rebel ambush on an army convoy in Abyei killed 9 soldiers. Tribal leaders said up to 94 people have been killed in new clashes between two rival tribes in the strife-torn Darfur region.
    (Reuters, 7/27/13)(AP, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 27, Syrian government forces captured the ancient Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in Khaldiyeh, an embattled northern neighborhood in Homs.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Thailand about 50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of oil, about the amount contained in one and a half tanker trucks, spilled into Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island from a leak in a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc., a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc.
    (AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Tunisia thousands of protesters chanting anti-government slogans joined a funeral march to lay to rest assassinated opposition politician Mohammed Brahmi. One man was killed in violent protests in the southern city of Gafsa.
    (AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Vietnam Nguyen Van Hai (61), better known as Dieu Cay, resumed eating after 35 days after the Supreme People's Procuracy, the prosecutor's office, agreed to look into his claim of abusive treatment. He had been jailed for criticizing the country's rulers.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)
2013        Jul 27, In southern Yemen rockets fired from unmanned aircraft killed at least four suspected Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 7/28/13)

2013        Jul 28, NY-based Omnicom Group Inc. and Paris-based Publicis Groupe SA said they are combining in a "merger of equals" that will create the world's largest advertising firm, one worth more than $35 billion.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, Eileen Brennan (80), TV, stage and film star, died in Burbank, Ca. Her film work included “Private Benjamin" (1980), “Clue" (1985), “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" (1988).
    (SFC, 8/2/13, p.D7) 
2013        Jul 28, William Scranton (b.1917), former US ambassador to the UN (1976-1977) and the 38th governor of Pennsylvania (1964-1967), died in southern, California.
    (SFC, 8/2/13, p.D7) 
2013        Jul 28, In southern Afghanistan a late night bombing in Zabul province's Shahjoy district killed 11 people and wounded 12. Three of the dead were local police officers while the rest were women and children.
    (AP, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 28, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa urged lawmakers to move ahead with proposed harsher measures against escalating attacks by Shiite-led opposition factions, including banning protest gatherings in the capital, after top government officials joined an emergency parliament session to discuss the Gulf nation's nearly 30 months of unrest.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, In Brazil Pope Francis wrapped up a historic trip to his home continent with a Mass on Copacabana beach that drew a reported 3 million people.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, In Burkina Faso thousands of protesters marched through the capital decrying a perceived attempt by President Blaise Compaore to extend his hold on power through the creation of a new Senate.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, Cambodia held general elections. The opposition appeared to make significant gains in parliament. The ruling party of PM Hun Sen claimed a victory with 68 of the national Assembly’s 123 seats.
    (AP, 7/28/13)(SFC, 7/29/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 28, Egypt's interim president gave the prime minister the power to grant the military the right to arrest civilians after a weekend of violence between supporters of the country's deposed leader and security forces.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, In France some 40 million euro ($53 million) worth of diamonds and other jewels were stolen from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes by a single robber. A day later the value of the stolen jewels was raised to $136 million.
    (AP, 7/28/13)(AP, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 28, In northern Iraq a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a Kurdish security patrol killing 8. Attacks around the country killed at least 4 more people.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, Israel approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners in a move intended to facilitate the restart of peace talks with the Palestinians and end nearly three years of diplomatic standstill.
    (Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, An Italian tour bus plowed through cars, crashed through the side wall of a highway bridge and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 38 people near the town of Monteforte Irpino.
    (AP, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 28, In Libya explosions in Benghazi targeted buildings used by the judiciary. 43 were people wounded. Hours later clashes erupted in the western Gwesha district between an armed group and military special forces.
    (Reuters, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 28, Malians turned out in large numbers to vote in a presidential election.
    (Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, Mexican Vice Admiral Carlos Salazar was killed in an ambush on a rural road in the western state of Michoacan.
    (Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, In Nigeria vigilante leader Aliko Musa said that his group stormed villages over the weekend to hunt Boko Haram members. He said they retaliated with big fire power and that 5 vigilantes and 20 civilians.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed five people in the Shawal area of North Waziristan.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 28, In South Africa a 49-year-old worker was shot dead near Lonmin's Marikana mine, stirring worries of new labor tension in the troubled platinum mining belt that has been racked by a violent union dispute over the last year.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 28, Togo’s electoral commission said President Faure Gnassingbe's Union for the Republic party has won 62 of 91 seats, up from 50 of the legislature's 81 seats in 2007.
    (AP, 7/28/13)

2013        Jul 29, US officials said the FBI has arrested 150 people across the country on charges of holding children against their will for prostitution in a three-day weekend sweep. Officials called this the largest-ever operation against child sex-trafficking.
    (Reuters, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, In Detroit the body of Bilal Berreni (23), a French street artist, was found shot in the face. It took seven months before authorities identified him through fingerprints. Dionte Travis (17), Jasin Curtis (18) and Drequone Rich (20) were later charged with murder. On Dec 3, 2015 1 Dionte Travis was found guilty of murder.
    (AP, 11/22/14)(AP, 12/3/15)
2013        Jul 29, In southern Afghanistan an early morning explosion killed a mother and two children in Kandahar province. 13 insurgents were reported killed, including local Taliban commander Qari Latif, and 29 captured in an operation in northern Kunduz province.
    (AP, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, Britain's Home Office confirmed it will demand a 3,000-pound ($4,630) refundable bond for visas for "high-risk" visitors from six former colonies (Nigeria, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). The pilot scheme has brought warnings at home and abroad that it will damage trade.
    (AP, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, Cambodia's long-ruling PM Hun Sen faced his biggest political setback in two decades as the country's opposition rejected an election result as tainted by widespread fraud, despite heavy losses for the ruling party.
    (Reuters, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) said it has switched on a pipeline bringing natural gas from Myanmar. The project has raised concerns in Myanmar's nascent civil society about whether its giant neighbor's resource grabs will benefit local people.
    (AP, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, Egyptian police detained two leaders of a Muslim Brotherhood-allied party in the latest in a wave of arrests of prominent Islamists, while the EU's top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, held talks with officials in Cairo in an attempt to mediate an end to the country's crisis.
    (AP, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, In Iraq at least 58 people were killed in 18 bombings across the country. 9 people were killed after twelve car bombs exploded in Baghdad's Shiite neighborhoods within one hour. Other bombs around Baghdad, mostly Shiite-dominated suburbs as well as the town of Mahmoudiya killed 31 more people. Car bombs in Kut killed at least 10, one in Basra killed 4. Two bombs in Samawa killed 2. A roadside bomb killed a senior police officer, his aide and two guards when it hit their convoy near Baiji.
    (AP, 7/29/13)(Reuters, 7/29/13)(AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 29, Israeli and Palestinian teams flew to Washington to end five years of diplomatic stalemate and prepare for a new round of Mideast peace talks, though optimism was in short supply after two decades of failed attempts to reach a deal.
    (AP, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, In Libya at least one soldier was killed in overnight fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, In Nigeria multiple explosions at a bar and entertainment area in a Christian quarter of the northern and mainly Muslim city of Kano killed at least 24 people.
    (AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 29, In Pakistan some 150 suspected Taliban fighters freed more than 250 prisoners, including 38 suspected militants, in a late night attack that killed 14 people in  Dera Ismail Khan.
    (AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 29, In Peru the annual Andean Yawar Fiesta (Blood Festival) featured the strapping of a female condor to the back of a black bull. The legs of the condor were bandaged and the after 7 minutes the bull was roped and condor was cut loose.
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A7)
2013        Jul 29, In Saudi Arabia Raif Badawi, editor of the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought. Badawi has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 29, In Sudan some 134 people were killed in new clashes between two rival tribes in the strife-torn Darfur region.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 29, In Switzerland two trains collided head-on late today, injuring 26 people and killing the driver of one at Granges-près-Marnand in the canton of Vaud.
    (Reuters, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, Syrian government troops captured all of the district of Khaldiyeh in the embattled city of Homs. It had been a rebel stronghold since the beginning of the uprising. At least 12 rebel fighters were killed as they were taking flour from a mill on the eastern outskirts of Damascus.
    (AP, 7/29/13)(Reuters, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, The Tunisian army blocked off a square where rival protesters had confronted each other in Tunis, declaring it a "closed military zone" to try to stave off rising unrest. Gunmen killed at least 8 soldiers, staging the biggest attack on the security forces in decades.
    (Reuters, 7/29/13)
2013        Jul 29, Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.
    (AP, 7/29/13)

2013        Jul 30, In Washington DC Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years in a US-brokered effort that Sec. of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million to settle federal charges of manipulating electricity markets in California and Michigan from 2010 through 2012.
    (SFC, 7/31/13, p.D1)
2013        Jul 30, In Maryland US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, but was convicted on 20 of 22 other charges including espionage and theft. He faced up to 136 years in prison for spilling government information to WikiLeaks in 2010.
    (SFC, 7/31/13, p.A6)
2013        Jul 30, In China Japan's top career diplomat met China's foreign minister in the latest bid to ease strains between Asia's two biggest economies over a bitter territorial row. A Chinese official newspaper said Beijing had ruled out a leaders' summit.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, The UN peacekeeping mission in Congo announced that it plans to disarm anyone outside the national security forces who is caught with a firearm in the eastern city of Goma and its northern suburbs.
    (AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, In Germany industrialist Berthold Beitz (99) died. He was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became one of post-war West Germany's leading industrialists.
    (AP, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 30, Georgia's culture ministry said it will restore a towering monument to Soviet dictator and native son Josef Stalin that was taken down three years ago. The restoration is part of a rollback of Pres. Saakashvili's legacy after his party lost a parliamentary vote last fall to a coalition headed by a Russia-friendly billionaire.
    (AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, India's ruling Congress party approved the break up Andhra Pradesh state and the creation Telangana state, a move that has revived deep political divisions and raised fears of violence in the area, home to global firms including Google.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, In Iraq a suicide bomber set off his explosives amid Shiite worshippers leaving a mosque in the city's suburb of Hussainiya, killing 7. Another bomb striking a Sunni mosque in the ethnically-mixed northern town of Tuz Khormato killed 4. These attacks brought the death toll from shootings and explosions today to 23.
    (AP, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 30, Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins signed the country's first bill on abortion into law, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman's life at risk.
    (AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, A Kenyan court in Mombasa sentenced nine Somalis to five years in prison each for attempting to hijack the German merchant vessel MV Courier in the Gulf of Aden in March 2009.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, Kuwait's ruler said he was pardoning all the people convicted of insulting him, after a year-long crackdown on politically sensitive comments about Gulf Arab state's leadership.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, In New Zealand Hackers disabled several websites of the ruling party, protesting a planned law to widen the surveillance powers of the country's spy agency but the action was criticized by Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom as counter-productive.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, Nigerian police said they have arrested 42 suspected members of Islamist sect Boko Haram in Lagos and the neighboring southwest state of Ogun.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, Pakistani lawmakers elected Mamnoon Hussain (b.1940), a textile businessman who briefly served as the governor of southern Sindh province, as the country's next president.
    (AP, 7/30/13)(SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 30, The Philippine province of Albay was entirely cut off from power. The national power grid operator stopped its supply due to $93 million in unpaid bills. Power was restored after 24 hours on the conditions that the top 100 delinquent customers — most of them business establishments — remain disconnected and that the electric cooperative pay its current outstanding bill of 59 million pesos ($1.3 million).
    (AP, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 30, In the Philippines government troops checking on reports of armed men in Camiling township, Tarlac province, were fired upon by guerrillas of the New People’s Army. At least 6 rebels were reported killed.
    (SFC, 8/1/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 30, In Syria Isa Huso, a prominent Syrian Kurdish politician, was assassinated early today outside his home near the Turkish border when a bomb planted in his car exploded in  Al Qamishli. Mortar attacks and air raids in two major cities killed at least 17 people.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)(AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, Turkish soldiers shot into the air and fired tear gas to prevent hundreds of people, many of them believed to be smugglers, from trying to cross into Turkey from Syria.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 30, In Yemen a suspected US drone strike killed 3 alleged al-Qaida militants in one of the group's strongholds in the town of Saeed in Shabwa province.
    (AP, 7/30/13)

2013        Jul 31, A US federal appeals court ruled that football players can sue  Electronic Arts, based in Redwood City, Ca., over the use of their images in video games.
    (SFC, 8/1/13, p.A10)
2013        Jul 31, The City Council of Oakland, Ca., ruled that clubs, spray-paint cans, hammers, sling-shots, fire accelerants and wrenches can no longer be carried during local demonstrations.
    (SFC, 8/1/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 31, In Afghanistan NATO helicopter personnel mistakenly killed 5 Afghan police officers in Nangarhar province. A Taliban ambush left an official and 3 other people dead in the country's south. Taliban fighters shot and killed a tribal elder for allegedly cooperating with the Afghan government, sparking retaliation from the family and other villagers in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 8/1/13)(SFC, 8/2/13, p.A5)(AP, 8/3/13)
2013        Jul 31, The UN said that civilian casualties in Afghanistan had dramatically increased by 23% in the first six months of the year and blamed the insurgency for the vast majority of the dead and wounded.
    (AP, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 31, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa toughened penalties in anti-terrorism laws before planned anti-government protests this month, approving proposals that have alarmed human rights groups which fear a crackdown on the demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)
2013        Jul 31, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that a top-secret US national Security Agency program called XKeyscore allows an analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing e-mails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals. 
    (SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A4)(Econ, 8/3/13, p.23)
2013        Jul 31, Cambodia's long-serving leader, Hun Sen, said his party was ready to talk to the opposition after both sides claimed victory in the July 28 general election.
    (Reuters, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 31, Cuba’s public health ministry said 7 people have died after drinking wood alcohol, or industrial methanol, they thought was rum. By Aug 2 the death toll rose to 11 with more than 40 people hospitalized.
    (Reuters, 7/31/13)(Reuters, 8/2/13)
2013        Jul 31, Officials and bankers said  Iran and Syrian authorities signed a deal this week to activate a $3.6 billion credit facility to buy oil products with long term payment terms.
    (Reuters, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 31, In Iraq a carload of gunmen sped through a commercial street in Baghdad's Shiite-dominated Ur district and opened fire apparently at random, killing 5 pedestrians and wounding nine others. In the suburb of Nahrawan, also a majority-Shiite area, drive-by shooters sprayed farmers in a pickup truck with bullets, killing 2 and wounded three. The attacks including bombings of Shiite and Sunni mosques left 26 dead.
    (AP, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 31, Dissident Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov (50), accused at home of embezzling more than $5 billion, was arrested near the French Riviera resort of Cannes. The next day he was told by a French judge that he faced extradition, but his family vowed to fight an expulsion it said was politically motivated.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)
2013        Jul 31, A Kenyan court awarded compensation to 11 victims of the largest illegal deportation of terrorism suspects in Africa to countries with appalling human rights records. Their 2007 deportation from Kenya to Somalia and finally Ethiopia was ruled unlawful and unconstitutional.
    (AP, 8/1/13)
2013        Jul 31, In Libya  Ahmed Ibrahim, a former minister in the government of Muammar Gaddafi, was sentenced to death for inciting violence against protesters during the uprising that led to the Libyan dictator's overthrow.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)
2013        Jul 31, Manila's foreign ministry said Washington will raise its military assistance to the Philippines by about two-thirds, helping its oldest security ally in Asia defend vast maritime borders against what it sees as Chinese assertiveness.
    (Reuters, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 31, In Russia police in Moscow detained 1,200 Vietnamese who were in the country illegally during a pre-dawn raid on a complex of small workshops.
    (AP, 8/1/13)
2013        Jul 31, Syrian government troops launched an assault to regain control of on Khan al-Assal, a village on the outskirts of Aleppo that was the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this year.
    (AP, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 31, Zimbabwe held presidential elections.
    (AP, 7/31/13)

2013        Jul, In the SF Bay Area the East Bay Rgional Park District said it was buying 1,885 acres of the Roddy Ranch for $14.2 million and turning it into a regional park.
    (SFC, 7/8/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul, In Afghanistan Shokofa Salehi (22), a worker in the money transfer division at the Kabul headquarters of Azizi Bank, disappeared. Investigators later said she is suspected of transferring some $1.1 million out of the bank's coffers to accounts of relatives. Besides Salehi, at least nine people were believed involved in the case.
    (AP, 9/4/13)
2013        Jul, In Brazil Amarildo Dias de Souza (42), a bricklayer, disappeared from a Rio de Janeiro slum. In October 25 officers were charged in his torture and death.
    (Reuters, 10/22/13)
2013        Jul, In CongoDRC 4 employees of Doctors Without Borders were taken hostage. In late August 2014 Chantal Kaghoma and three other employees were freed.
    (AFP, 8/31/14)
2013        Jul, Haiti’s government signed a deal with Vietnam to expand cooperation in energy, textiles, food and electronics.
    (Econ, 8/24/13, p.36)
2013        Jul, In Nigeria police in Lagos arrested a gang of 10 kidnappers.
    (Econ, 9/14/13, p.57)
2013        Jul, In Peru Ashaninka Indians killed 8 men who encroached on their ancestral lands in the Amazon jungle.
    (SFC, 7/18/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul, In Singapore Edwin Yeo, the head of the field research and technical support branch of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), was charged with misappropriating $1.34 million.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
2013        Jul, In South Sudan 328 people died in ethnic violence this month. Most of the dead were women and children from the Murle ethnic community in Jonglei state according to Jongolei Boyoris, a member of parliament in the Jonglei State Assembly.
    (AP, 8/8/13)

2013        Aug 1, The United States and Pakistan agreed to re-establish a "full partnership", hoping to end years of acrimony over US drone strikes on Pakistani soil, the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and other grievances.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)
2013        Aug 1, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn eliminated the salaries of 176 members of the state’s General Assembly for failing to tackle the state’s pension woes.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, p.26)
2013        Aug 1, US gay couples exchanged vows in Minnesota and Rhode Island as the number of states allowing same sex marriages grew to 13 plus Washington DC.
    (SFC, 8/2/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 1, In Manhattan federal court jury found Fabrice Tourre guilty on six counts of securities fraud, including one of “aiding and abetting" his former employer, Goldman Sachs.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.62)
2013        Aug 1, In Ohio Ariel Castro (53), the man convicted of holding three women captive and raping them for a decade, was sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.
    (SFC, 8/2/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 1, US National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum to July 31, 2014.
    (AP, 8/1/13)(SFC, 8/2/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 1, Abu Dhabi-based  Etihad Airways said it plans to acquire a 49% stake in Serbia's JAT Airways in a wide-ranging deal that will bring a new name and expanded routes for the struggling Belgrade-based carrier.
    (AP, 8/1/13)
2013        Aug 1, In Afghanistan a roadside mine exploded, killing 2 policemen and a prosecutor, and wounding seven people in Faryab province.
    (AP, 8/1/13)
2013        Aug 1, A Bangladesh court declared as illegal the country's main Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, effectively banning it from a general election due early next year. Party activists took to the streets in the capital, Dhaka, and other towns including Bogra, Jessore and Gaibandha.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)
2013        Aug 1, Chinese authorities declared a “level 2" weather emergency as temperatures climbed to at least 140 degrees in some parts of the country. Shanghai counted at least 10 people dead from heatstroke over the last month and measured a 28th day above 95 degrees.
    (SFC, 8/2/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 1, Egypt's army-backed government urged supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi to abandon their Cairo protest camps, promising them a safe exit if they gave up without a fight.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)
2013        Aug 1, Ghana's government said that its navy has intercepted a ship and arrested its crew on suspicion of involvement in the hijacking of an oil products tanker off Gabon last July 15.
    (Reuters, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 1, Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy told lawmakers that his government would toughen up corruption laws and rules for the allocation of public contracts, in the wake of a corruption scandal.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)
2013        Aug 1, In Sweden two topless activists climbed over a fence into the Russian embassy in Stockholm to protest against the country's anti-gay bill and stigmatization of homosexuals.
    (AP, 8/1/13)
2013        Aug 1, In Syria huge explosions rocked regime-held districts in Homs, sending a massive ball of fire into the sky and causing successive blasts that activists said likely came from a struck weapons depot.
    (AP, 8/1/13)
2013        Aug 1, In east Yemen at least 3 suspected al Qaeda militants were killed by missiles fired from an unmanned aircraft, the third such strike in under a week.
    (Reuters, 7/31/13)
2013        Aug 1, Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai said the Aug 31 election was heavily manipulated and did not meet regional or African election standards. A poll monitoring group not affiliated with the state also said the poll was compromised by a campaign to stop voters from casting ballots.
    (AP, 8/1/13)

2013        Aug 2, Burkina Faso police said that two officers were seriously wounded in the unrest on campuses in Ouagadougou this week. The violence began after university officials told students to vacate their dormitories at the end of July and they refused.
    (AP, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, Germany canceled a Cold War-era surveillance pact with the United States and Britain in response to revelations by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden about those countries' alleged electronic eavesdropping operations.
    (AP, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, A report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Honduras' 24 prisons are controlled by inmates because the state has abandoned its role in rehabilitating people convicted of crimes.
    (AP, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, In Iraq an explosion and fire disabled a pipeline carrying gas from northern oilfields to power stations early today.
    (Reuters, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, In Libya five people were wounded in a bomb blast at a police station in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, Moroccan riot police broke up a protest by hundreds of people late today against a royal pardon for a Spanish pedophile serving a 30-year sentence for raping and filming children as young as four.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 2, In northern Syria overnight clashes between Kurdish opposition fighters and rebels linked to al-Qaida killed 12 Islamic fighters.
    (AP, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on the densely populated island of 23 million people.
    (AP, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, Tunisian forces launched air and ground strikes on Islamist militants near the Algerian border after fierce overnight clashes in the area.
    (Reuters, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, In Yemen clashes erupted in Sanaa when a group of soldiers, who had joined a mutiny, tried to storm the presidential palace. One of the mutinied troops was killed and six were wounded in the fighting.
    (AP, 8/2/13)
2013        Aug 2, Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said it could take to the streets to challenge President Mugabe's victory in an election it rejects as a farce and which faces skepticism from the West. Observers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) described Zimbabwe's elections as "free and peaceful."
    (Reuters, 8/2/13)

2013        Aug 3, The New York Times said it would sell the Boston Globe and its affiliated companies to businessman John Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, for $70 million. In 1993 the New York Times Company paid $1.1 billion to acquire Boston Globe.
    (SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A7)(Econ, 8/10/13, p.55)
2013        Aug 3, Twitter said it is handing down new rules to control abusive language, a move which follows a barrage of nasty, harassing, and threatening messages directed at high-profile female users of the microblogging site.
    (AP, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, In Afghanistan 3 militants wearing explosives-rigged vests killed at least 9 civilians, including 6 children, in a botched attack on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad near the border with Pakistan. Officials said 22 police officers and 76 Taliban were killed in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar in two days of battles with insurgents that broke out when militants shot a tribal elder.
    (AP, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, Heavy rains swept across eastern Afghanistan, leveling homes and killing at least 58 people in five provinces, while an estimated 30 others were missing.
    (AP, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 3, Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd and the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, signed a memorandum of understanding providing for asylum seekers arriving by boat to be sent to Nauru where they can opt for resettlement after their claims for refugee status are processed.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, In Cambodia the two rival parties claiming victory in the July 28 general election reached an agreement with the state National Election Committee to investigate polling irregularities, a move that could pave the way to ending the country's political deadlock.
    (AP, 8/3/13)
2013              Aug 3, Egypt's army-installed government promised supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi a safe exit from their protest camps and urged them to rejoin the political process.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo ordered the militarization of the country's main prison after a gunfight there left at least three gang members dead and 12 people injured.
    (AP, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, In Iraq  gunmen in a car killed 2 off-duty policemen near the northern city of Mosul. In Tikrit a roadside bomb explosion killed a father and his son. In western Baghdad a bomb went off near a line of car spare-part stores, killing 2 people and wounding seven others. Southeast of Baghdad a blast missed a police patrol but killed 2 civilian passers-by. Bombings and shootings across the country killed 19 people.
    (AP, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, Libya's Deputy PM Awad al-Barassi resigned citing failed government policies and the deterioration of security following a string of assassinations.
    (AP, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 3, Dramane Dembele, the candidate of Mali's largest political party, broke ranks with his own party and said he will back former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in a run-off. He had came third in the first round of the country's presidential election.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, Morocco’s King Mohamed VI revoked a pardon granted on July 30 to Spanish pedophile Daniel Fino Galvan. Galvan, already back in Spain, was soon arrested by Spanish authorities.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 3, In Pakistan  gunmen ambushed and killed 4 police officers overnight in their patrol vehicle in Karachi.
    (AP, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, Syrian warplanes struck targets near the volatile border with Lebanon, killing at least 9 people. Rebels captured an arms depot near Damascus, seizing weapons and ammunition from the regime.
    (AP, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, Over 100,000 Taiwanese protesters converged on the presidential office in Taipei accusing the defense ministry of cover-ups over the death last month of army conscript Hung Chung-chiu.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.34)
2013        Aug 3, Tens of thousands of Tunisians came out in a show of force for the ruling Ennahda party. The opposition pledged to overtake those numbers in a rally the next day.
    (Reuters, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 3, Turkish police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse small groups of anti-government protesters in central Istanbul.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, A Turkish man, Ramazan Zeybel (45) was killed by a stray bullet fired from Syria into the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)
2013        Aug 3, In Yemen tribesmen blew up the main oil export pipeline late today, halting the flow of crude.
    (Reuters, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 3, Zimbabwean election commissioner Mkhululi Nyath resigned, citing doubts about the integrity of results showing a big win for President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, but dismissed as a fraud-riddled farce by his main challenger. Election officials announced that Mugabe won 61% of the presidential vote, trailed by Morgan Tsvangirai at 33%.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)(AP, 8/3/13)

2013        Aug 4, In southern California Nathan Louis Campbell (38) drove into a crowd of people at the Venice Beach boardwalk and then fled the scene. Alice Gruppioni (32), an Italian woman on her honeymoon was killed. 11 others were injured. Campbell turned himself in a few hours later.
    (SFC, 8/5/13, p.A3)
2013        Aug 4, In northern California Sandra Coke (50) was last seen leaving her North Oakland home. On Aug 9 her body was found off I-80 in Vacaville. Randy Alana (56), a parolee and sex offender who had dated Coke, was arrested on Aug 6. On June 18, 2015, Alana was sentenced to 131 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/18/12, p.A10)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.D1)
2013        Aug 4, In South Carolina a small plane crashed near a subdivision in Conway killing all 3 people aboard.
    (SFC, 8/5/13, p.A3)
2013        Aug 4, In Afghanistan lawyer Abdul Qayyum, who prosecuted Taliban militants, was seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in Jalalabad.
    (Reuters, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 4, In Brazil 25 police officers were found guilty of killing 52 inmates during the 1992 riot at Sap Paulo’s Carandiru prison. Each officer was sentenced to a prison term of 624 years.
    (SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 4, It was reported that nearly 35,000 disappearances have taken place in the city and state of Rio de Janeiro.
    (SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 4, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took the oath of office before parliament in Tehran. He was expected later in the day to name a cabinet he said would be chosen from figures across the political spectrum.
    (Reuters, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 4, In Iraq a roadside bomb struck an army patrol near the northern city of Mosul, killing 3 soldiers. In Tikrit a car bomb killed judge Sajid Abdul-Amir as he was driving to his work. In eastern Baghdad, 2 people were killed in a blast in a commercial street. Mortar rounds landed on houses in Baghdad’s western suburbs, killing two people.
    (AP, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 4, The Israeli Cabinet expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government subsidies, a decision that came just days after the resumption of long-frozen peace talks and drew quick Palestinian condemnation.
    (AP, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 4, In Kuwait a new cabinet was sworn in before the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah. It included six members of the royal family and one member of parliament.
    (Reuters, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 4, In northeast Nigeria at least 35 people were killed in two separate gun battles between security forces and Islamist sect Boko Haram in Borno state. 12 soldiers and 7 police officers were also killed in the attacks. Momodu Bama, 2nd in command of Boko Haram, was killed along with 17 other members of the sect during clashes in Bama.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)(AP, 8/10/13)(Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 4, Syria’s government announced that traders who price goods in foreign currency will face up to 10 years in jail in a move aimed at stemming the increasing dollarization of an economy crippled by two years of civil war. Rebels attacked government outposts in the Jabal al-Akrad hills. At least 32 government troops and militiamen and at least 19 rebels, including foreign fighters, died in the fighting.
    (Reuters, 8/4/13)(AP, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 4, Jihadi-led rebel fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages in Latakia province. Human Rights Watch issued a report on the attacks on Oct 11.
    (AP, 10/11/13)
2013        Aug 4, Tunisian police shot dead an Islamist militant in Tunis and arrested several suspected militants, as the government grappled with growing security and political crises. One soldier was killed and seven others wounded by a landmine near the Algerian border, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 4, African leaders meeting in Uganda said the Somali city of Kismayo "should be handed over" to the central government, a decision that puts pressure on Kenyan troops who face charges of backing a powerful militia in the disputed port city.
    (AP, 8/4/13)
2013        Aug 4, Yemen's Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman was denied entry into Egypt after she landed at Cairo airport. She has stated her opposition to the military coup that ousted fellow Islamist Mohammed Morsi on July 3 and was sent back on a flight that brought her to Cairo from the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 8/4/13)

2013        Aug 5, US Major League Baseball handed down suspensions to a dozen players for their use of performance-enhancing drugs. Most were suspended for 50 games.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.29)
2013        Aug 5, In Pennsylvania Rockne Newell (59) blasted shots through a wall of the state municiple building in Ross Township and then barged into a meeting room and continued firing. 3 people were killed before he was tackled by a local official and shot with his own gun. Newell was taken into police custody.
    (SFC, 8/6/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 5, In Florida John Errol Ferguson (65) was executed for murdering 8 people in Miami-Dade County in the late 1970s.
    (SFC, 8/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 5, The Washington Post said Jeff Beezos, CEO of Amazon.com has agreed to buy the Washington Post for $250 million. His purchase will be made as an individual and not as part of the the online retailer.
    (SFC, 8/6/13, p.D1)
2013        Aug 5, Ruth Asawa (b.1926), San Francisco-based sculptor, died at her home of natural causes.
    (SFC, 8/7/13, p.A1)
2013        Aug 5, Afghan local officials said floods from monsoon rains have killed least 24 people in the eastern border provinces of Khost and Nangarhar. 61 people were reported killed in villages of the Sarobi district, Kabul province.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, In Britain Dutch scientists served hamburgers made from cow stem cells at a public tasting in London. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, underwrote the 250,000-euro ($330,000) project, which began in 2006.
    (AP, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, British Adm. John "Sandy" Woodward (81) died. He led the Royal Navy task force during the 1982 Falklands War. Woodward later published a book about the conflict, "One Hundred Days."
    (AP, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, In Canada brothers Noah and Connor Barthe, agers 4 and 6, were killed by an African rock python as they slept in their home in Campbellton, New Brunswick. The 100-pound snake had escaped from its enclosure, slithered through a ventilator and fell through the ceiling of their room.
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 5, A Chilean judge ended a 9-year probe into allegations of illegal enrichment by the late Gen. Augusto Pinochet with no charges filed against his family.
    (SFC, 8/6/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 5, Iraqi security forces killed 11 suspected militants and arrested dozens in a large military-led operation north of Baghdad in response to a deadly attack on a checkpoint last month. A series of attacks including a bombing of a bakery in Baghdad, killed 9 people.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)(AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 5, Japan's nuclear watchdog said highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an "emergency" that the operator is struggling to contain.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, In Japan a US military helicopter crashed on the southern island of Okinawa. Three of the four crew members involved in the crash were in stable condition. One crew member was not accounted for.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, In Pakistan bomb exploded on a train travelling between Karachi and Lahore, capital of Punjab province. No one was killed. In the southwest dozens of gunmen disguised in police uniforms shot to death 13 people they pulled off of a convoy of buses and dumped their bodies in a ravine near the town of Machh. Taliban gunmen killed 3 senior security officials in a northern area of the country.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)(AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 5, In Pakistan local media said monsoon rains have claimed more than 80 lives.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, In the southern Philippines a powerful bomb apparently rigged to a vehicle exploded on a busy main road in Cotabato city, killing at least 8 people and wounding more than 30 others.
    (AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 5, A Sierra Leone court issued an arrest warrant for Ibrahim Bah, one of the most notorious arms dealers of its brutal 11-year civil war, but a justice official later said the ally of imprisoned former Liberian President Charles Taylor had already been kicked out.
    (AP, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, A South Sudanese staff member of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was killed and another wounded in an attack by armed men on their vehicle outside the country's capital, Juba.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 5, One Sudanese soldier was killed in a clash with troops from South Sudan after a patrol from the south crossed the border.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, Syrian rebels captured four Alawite villages on the country's mountainous Mediterranean coast as they battled government troops in one of President Assad's strongholds for the second straight day. Rebels kidnapped Sheik Badreddine Ghazal, a prominent Alawite cleric in the region. Human Rights Watch said ballistic missiles fired by the Syrian army into populated areas have killed hundreds of civilians in recent months.
    (AP, 8/5/13)(AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 5, Turkey's former military chief, retired Gen. Ilker Basbug, was convicted of trying to overthrow the government in 2002 and sentenced to life in prison. 18 other defendants were sentenced to life in prison, including 10 retired military officers, while 60 other defendants received sentences ranging from a year to 47 years.
    (AP, 8/5/13)(Econ, 8/10/13, p.46)
2013        Aug 5, In Uruguay a gay couple became the first to register under the country’s new marriage equality law.
    (SFC, 8/6/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 5, Yemeni authorities issued a statement listing 25 "most wanted terrorists" it said were planning to carry out attacks in the country during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday this week.
    (AP, 8/6/13)

2013        Aug 6, In Florida Colombia-born Israel Hernandez-Llach (18) died after Miami Beach police shocked him with a Taser as he ran away from officers who caught him spray-painting the wall of a shuttered McDonald's.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 6, In Argentina a suspected natural gas explosion destroyed a tall apartment building in Rosario. At least 8 people were killed and some 60 injured.
    (SFC, 8/7/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 6, Botswana said disputed elections won by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe did not meet acceptable standards and has warned southern African nations against violating commitments to democracy by accepting the result.
    (AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, In Cambodia thousands of supporters of the main opposition party rallied to demand an international inquiry into the recent general election, rejecting the victory claimed by long-serving PM Hun Sen, who showed no sign of stepping aside.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, In China a panel of the Shanghai Communist Party Committee said that three Shanghai Supreme Court officials had  "participated in prostitution" after being invited to dinner. A fourth court official had accepted female companionship but did not take a woman to a room. A whistleblower had filed a police complaint in April, but "the case went nowhere" and he therefore decided to post the video online instead of going to the police again. His case triggered the investigation.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 6, The EU said the Maltese government, which has refused entry to a tanker carrying 102 African migrants, had a "humanitarian duty" to allow them to land as soon as possible. Malta faced a record influx of African migrants, with 1,000 arriving in the past month.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, In France masked farmers began dumping pallets holding tens of thousands of eggs in front of a grocery store in Ploumagoar. The action has continued nightly in the region due to low egg prices. Over-production and expensive renovations to meet new European norms on hen houses have reduced egg farmer incomes.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 6, A Hungarian court jailed four neo-Nazis for killing Roma families in a spree of racist violence in 2008 and 2009 that shocked the country and led to accusations that police had failed to protect an historically persecuted minority.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, Five Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush by militants and Pakistani soldiers along the disputed border in Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, In Iraq 8 car bombs targeting busy markets and shopping streets in and around Baghdad killed 31 people and wounded more than 100. An initial report put the number killed at 51.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)(AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 6, Japan unveiled its biggest warship since WWII. The Izumo is officially a destroyer, but it will come with 14 helicopters when it enters service in 2015.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.35)
2013        Aug 6, Latvia's government approved the extradition of  Deniss Calovskis (b.1985), a man accused by the United States of helping create a virus that affected over a million computers worldwide, including many at NASA, and that allowed hackers to steal millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts. US authorities earlier this year accused Calovskis, along with Romanian citizen Mihai Ionut Paunescu and Russian national Nikita Kuzmin, of participating in a conspiracy that started in 2005 to create and disseminate the so-called Gozi virus. On August 8 the extradition was put on hold  after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said it would take on the case.
    (AP, 8/6/13)(Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 6, In Nepal an unidentified Tibetan monk died after setting himself on fire in Kathmandu.
    (SFC, 8/7/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 6, In Peru an Irish woman, Michaella McCollum Connolly (20), and a British woman, Melissa Reid (19), were arrested in Lima for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine on a flight to Spain. Both girls claimed they were threatened at gunpoint with their lives unless they carried out the orders of a South American cartel.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lfyxztk)(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 6, Russia's highest court reduced by two months the 11-year prison terms for jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev. They had asked the court to overturn their verdicts and release them immediately. Khodorkovsky was now set to be released in August 2014, and Lebedev to be set free in May 2014.
    (AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, It was reported that Somalia's government has signed an oil and gas exploration deal with Soma Oil and Gas, a newly formed British company, the first such agreement by a central government in Somalia following decades of conflict.
    (AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, Syrian rebels captured Mannagh helicopter base in the north of the country after months of fighting. State TV denied that the base had fully fallen. A car bomb in a pro-regime district near Damascus killed at least 18 people. Syria fighters under Chechen jihadist Tarkhan Batirashvili, aka Omar al-Shishani, proved pivotal in taking the Syrian military's Managh air base. In 2014 al-Shishani was identified as the military commander of ISIL in Syria.
    (AP, 8/6/13)(AP, 7/2/14)
2013        Aug 6, A Thailand inquest found that 6 unarmed people killed at a Buddhist temple during a 2010 military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok were slain by bullets fired by Thai soldiers.
    (AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, Tunisian police shot dead an Islamist militant in a suburb on the outskirts of Tunis.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, Eighteen Turkish soldiers were injured when a group of several thousand alleged smugglers clashed with the army as they tried to cross into Turkey from Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, Ugandan lawmakers passed the controversial Public Order Management Bill. It drew sharp criticism from the opposition and human rights campaigners who said it was intended to silence dissent.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)(http://tinyurl.com/lgtr6xy)
2013        Aug 6, Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry said that a pipe carrying liquid ammonia depressurized at the Stirol plant in the east of the country, causing the release of the chemical. The leak killed 5 people and sickened more than 20.
    (AP, 8/6/13)
2013        Aug 6, In Yemen a suspected US drone killed 4 alleged al-Qaida members. "Due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks," the US State Department ordered non-essential personnel at the US Embassy to leave the country. A Yemeni military helicopter was shot down by a missile over the al-Qaida stronghold of Wadi Ubida. At least 8 people were killed, including a military commander, all part of a military force guarding oil installations in the province.
    (AP, 8/6/13)(Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 6, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party said it would increase black ownership of the economy in the next five years after its landslide election victory, adding to investors' concerns about the party's political dominance.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)
 
2013        Aug 7, President Barack Obama canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision reflected both US anger over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow's stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, The United States updated sanctions on Myanmar to maintain a ban on importing rubies and jade amid a relaxation of curbs on US trade with the Southeast Asian nation.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc, declared it would no longer accept cattle that had been fed the most popular brand of the feed additive, called Zilmax, a powerful and fast-selling product from pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Denver, at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association conference, meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. It was shown as part of a panel discussion on the pros and cons of using a class of drugs known as beta-agonists - the additives fed to cattle in the weeks before slaughter to add up to 30 pounds to bodyweight and reduce fat content in the meat.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Afghanistan the Taliban ambushed a convoy of a female Afghan senator, seriously wounding her in the attack and killing her 8-year-old daughter and a bodyguard  in the Muqur district of Gazni province. Senator Rouh Gul Khirzad's husband, son and another daughter were also wounded in the attack.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, British police arrested Domenico Rancadore (64), a senior member of an Italian mafia clan. He had been sentenced to seven years in jail while on the run and was detained in west London under a European arrest warrant.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, China fined six companies, including Mead Johnson Nutrition Co, Danone and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, a total of $110 million following an investigation into price fixing and anti-competitive practices by foreign baby formula makers.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, A new government of technocrats appointed by the left-leaning Czech president lost a parliamentary confidence vote, leaving the country stuck in a political crisis.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Edwin Mejia (15) shot and killed traffic officer Santos Arita (42) after he and gang partner Eduardo Aguilera (15) were stooped for illegally riding tandem on a stolen motorcyle. Aguilera was soon caught and beaten to death by police. Mejia was also beaten and faced trial.
    (AP, 12/27/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Iraq a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in Mosul, killing 3 policemen and wounding two others. Another bomb in Mosul missed a police convoy but killed one civilian passer-by and wounded two others. Later, a bomb attached to a car killed two people in Musayyib. Gunmen attacked on a policeman's home in Tikrit killing the policeman, his wife, two sons and one daughter. As people gathered car bomb parked about 10 meters away exploded, killing 8 people and wounding 30.
    (AP, 8/7/13)(AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, Israel gave preliminary approval for the construction of more than 800 new homes in Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land where Palestinians seek statehood.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, Italy allowed 102 migrants who were stranded on a tanker in the Mediterranean to disembark on the Sicilian coast after Malta refused them entry for three days despite European Union calls for it to help on humanitarian grounds.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, Japanese officials said highly radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant was pouring out at a rate of 300 tons a day. PM Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, A fire engulfed Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, forcing the indefinite suspension of international passenger flights and choking a vital travel gateway to east Africa. First responders looted electronics, a bank and an ATM during and after the blaze.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)(AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, An explosion at the border with Lebanon wounded 4 Israeli soldiers. The Lebanese Army said the troops were 400 meters inside Lebanese territory when the blast occurred. The area was known for having land mines.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, North Korea said it is lifting a ban on operations at a jointly run factory park shuttered since Pyongyang pulled out its 53,000 workers in April amid tensions with South Korea. The rivals agreed to meet next week for talks meant to restart the complex.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb planted outside a shopping center killed a 13-year-old girl and wounded over 20 people in Mastung district, Baluchistan province. A bomb blast that appeared to be targeting a provincial government minister killed 11 people before dawn at a soccer field in Karachi.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, Syrian government forces killed at least 62 rebels in an ambush near Damascus, a blow to opposition fighters confronting a regime offensive in the capital. In the north a missile struck the rebel-held city of Raqqa, killing 3 people and wounding dozens including children. Kurdish gunmen captured about 70 government troops who fled the air base of Mannagh in the northern province of Aleppo.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar region men riding a motorbike threw acid at two British teenage girls (18) in leaving them with facial, chest and back injuries. The girls had been volunteering at a local school in Zanzibar.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, Togo’s environment minister said Emile N'Bouke, a high-profile ivory trafficker, has been arrested. Activists said his work has fueled the slaughter of more than 10,000 elephants dating back to the 1970s.
    (AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, In southern Yemen a US drone killed 7 suspected al Qaeda militants, a day after US and British embassies evacuated some staff because of growing fears of attacks.
    (AP, 8/7/13)

2013        Aug 8, California’s Central Valley agricultural interests sued the federal government in an attempt to stop releases into the Klamath River to protect spawning salmon. On Aug 23 the federal government began releasing Trinity River water into the lower Klamath to protect spawning salmon following a 9-day delay.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.D1)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.C4)
2013        Aug 8, In San Francisco an inaugural gun buyback by SF Bay Area-based Gunbuyback.org collected 157 firearms in exchange for $15,500.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 8, In southern California a wildfire in Riverside County, estimated at 15.5 square miles, damaged buildings, threatened about 600 homes and forced some 1,500 people to flee.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 8, In southern California Judith Oakes, the accountant at Rialto Unified school district, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, embezzlement and burglary. Video surveillance showed her stuffing cash from student lunch money into her bra.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A8)
2013        Aug 8, Paul White (45) of Minnesota claimed his third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot. 16 workers from a county garage in New Jersey shared a 2nd ticket. A 3rd winner, also from New Jersey, had not yet come forward.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.A5)(SFC, 8/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 8, Afghan President Karzai urged the Taliban to lay down their arms. In the east a bomb planted in a graveyard killed 7 women and 7 children of a single family in Nangarhar province's Ghany Khel district.
    (AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 8, In Afghanistan 3 Chinese citizens, 2 men and a woman, were murdered in an apartment in Kabul. One Afghan man was also found dead. One Chinese citizen remained missing.
    (Reuters, 8/10/13)(AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 8, In Egypt thousands of demonstrators converged on the Brotherhood protest camp in northeastern Cairo in a festive atmosphere to attend prayers and a rally on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 8, Italy's parliament approved measures to ease some of the worst prison overcrowding in Europe by cutting pre-trial detentions and using alternative punishments for minor offences.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 8, Human Rights Watch said a picked-up wave of political assassinations in Libya has killed 51 people as the country lacks any effective law enforcement.
    (AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 8, In Malaysia Mr. K. Veerappan, a convicted drug dealer, was shot and killed whiled stopped at a traffic light in the Georgetown section of Penang. He was said to have been a member of “Gang 36."
    (Econ, 8/17/13, p.37)
2013        Aug 8, In southwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a police officer's funeral in Quetta, killing 21 police officers and 9 civilians gathered to mourn a police officer shot dead earlier that day in front of his children.
    (AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 8, Nicolae Gheorghe (b.1946), Romanian Gypsy campaigner for rights of the Roma, died of cancer.
    (Econ, 8/17/13, p.78)(http://tinyurl.com/pudxsh7)
2013        Aug 8, In South Sudan cattle rustlers killed 8 people in Jonglei state. One of the raiders was also killed.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 8, Syrian rebels targeted President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade heading to a Damascus mosque to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, but state television showed him unharmed and the government denied he had been attacked.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 8, In Yemen three suspected US drones 12 alleged al-Qaida militants, 6 in Marib province and 6 in Hadramawt province.
    (AP, 8/8/13)

2013        Aug 9, Pres. Obama signed into law a measure restoring lower interest rates for student loans.
    (SFC, 8/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 9, In southern California the wildfire in Riverside County grew to 25 square miles. 26 homes were destroyed and some 1,800 people were forced to flee. By Aug 11 the Silver Fire reached 30 square miles and was 75% contained.
    (SFC, 8/10/13, p.A5)(SFC, 8/12/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 9, In New Haven, Connecticut, a small plane crashed and engulfed two homes in flames killing 4 people. The dead included 2 children inside a house struck by the plane as well as pilot Bill Henningsgaard and his son.
    (SFC, 8/10/13, p.A4)(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A15)
2013        Aug 9, Christopher Lane (22) of Melbourne, Australia, was shot once in the back as he was jogging in Duncan, Okla. He died before paramedics arrived. On Aug 20 prosecutors charged two boys, Chancey Allen Luna (16) and James Francis Edwards Jr. (15), with first-degree murder. A third boy, Michael Dewayne Jones (17), was charged as an accessory to first-degree murder after the fact. The boys said they were bored and decided to shoot someone.
    (Yahoo, 8/21/13)(AP, 2/4/14)
2013        Aug 9, Benin President Boni Yayi sacked his entire government "to breathe a new dynamic" into the 26-member cabinet.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, British authorities said they have captured Anthony Judge, one of their 'most wanted' tax criminals, and added 10 new names to a list of high-priority targets who are accused of cheating the government out of hundreds of millions of pounds. Judge was detained on July 4 when trying to enter Britain on a forged passport.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, An international aid organization said dozens of people have been slaughtered in a remote village in Central African Republic and their bodies tossed in a nearby river. Caritas said the violence had taken place over the last two weeks in a village called Ouhman-Bac in the country's northwest.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, Cuba's “first" English-language bookstore, cafe and literary salon opened in Havana, offering islanders and tourists alike a unique space to converse, thumb through magazines and buy or borrow tomes in the language of Shakespeare. It was opened by New York City native Conner Gorry (43) a journalist living in Cuba since 2002.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 9, In Egypt 4 Islamist militants were killed by a missile strike as they prepared to launch rockets at Israel. The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group said that its members were the target of the Israeli drone strike.
    (Reuters, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 9, European scientists reported their finding of traces of antibodies against the MERS virus in dromedary, or one-humped, camels, but not the virus itself. Some experts think bats might be infecting other animals like camels with MERS before passing it to humans. Since the virus was first identified last September, there have been 94 illnesses, including 46 deaths, from MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, Two of Germany's biggest Internet service providers said they will start encrypting customers' emails by default in response to user concerns about online snooping after reports that the US National Security Agency monitors international electronic communications.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, Greek Finance Ministry data showed that 731 of 1,465 companies — mostly restaurants, bars, coffee shops and clubs — checked from July 25 to Aug. 5 had violated tax laws. The highest rate of non-compliance, some 85% of those checked, was on the islands of Evia and Skyros.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, In Lebanon gunmen abducted a Turkish Airlines pilot and his assistant in Beirut, forcing them from a bus as it took them from the airport in the early hours of the morning. A group claimed responsibility for the abduction in the name of nine Lebanese Shi'ite Muslims kidnapped last year in Azaz near the Turkish-Syrian border. On Aug 20 a Lebanese prosecutor charged 13 people in connection with the kidnapping.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)(AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 9, In Mexico Caro Quintero (60), sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of US DEA agent Enrique Camarena, was released from prison. A federal court ordered his release this week saying he had been improperly tried in a federal court for state crimes.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 9, In Myanmar a dispute over custody of a dead Rohingya quickly escalated into a day of clashes in which police raked Rohingya crowds with gunfire in Ohntawgyi village outside Sittwe, Rakhine state.
    (Reuters, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 9, In Northern Ireland 56 police officers and 2 civilians were injured in clashes in central Belfast in the latest flare-up in tensions between Protestant and Catholic communities.
    (Reuters, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 9, In southwest Pakistan gunmen shot to death 6 people and wounded 15 in an attack on former provincial minister Ali Madad Jatak outside a mosque in Quetta. Jatak was unharmed. Guards at a Shiite mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber before he could set off his explosives.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, Rwanda’s opposition Democratic Green Party, led by Frank Habineza, said it has received a certificate of registration after years of attempts, during which time one of its vice presidents was murdered in 2010. It is not clear if the party will be able to participate in Sept. 16 parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 9, Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said police have arrested two foreign residents suspected of having contacts with al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen over imminent suicide attacks in the region.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, In Sierra Leone at least 6 homeless people sleeping under a bridge in the heart of Freetown were crushed to death when the bridge collapsed in a landslide caused by heavy rain.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, In Somalia an Ethiopian military aircraft carrying ammunition crash-landed at Mogadishu's international airport, bursting into flames and killing 4 of the six crew members.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, Syrian government warplanes reportedly bombed Salma, a predominantly Sunni village in Latakia province, killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 9, A Taiwan government watchdog reported that the First Nuclear Power Plant in Shihmen may have been leaking radioactive water for three years, adding to uncertainty over the fate of a new 4th nuclear power plant.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, A Thai official said authorities have captured Ko Myo (42), the suspected leader of a human trafficking gang. Myo confessed to selling some migrants from Myanmar into slavery on Thai fishing boats and possibly murdering as many as seven.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, Senior Yemeni officials said at least 7 suspected militants from Saudi Arabia were among the alleged al-Qaida members killed in Yemen in a recent wave of US drone strikes.
    (AP, 8/9/13)
2013        Aug 9, In Zimbabwe lawyers for outgoing PM Morgan Tsvangirai said they filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court over the July 31 election results that gave longtime President Mugabe 61% of the vote.
    (AP, 8/9/13)

2013        Aug 10, US FBI agents killed James Lee DiMaggio (40) in the Idaho wilderness. He was suspected of killing a California woman Christina Anderson (44) and her young son a week earlier before fleeing with her daughter, Hannah Anderson (16).
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A10)
2013        Aug 10, Eydie Gorme (b.1928), pop singer, died at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. Her hits included “Blame It on the Bossa Nova" (1963) and “Amor" (1964). She also sang in a duet act with her husband Steve Lawrence and they appeared together on TV in “The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show" (1958).
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A15)
2013        Aug 10, In Afghanistan 3 bombs in the Charcheno district of southern Uruzgan province killed four people and wounded three.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 10, Afghan parliament member Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was kidnapped while driving from Kabul to the southern province of Kandahar. The Taliban later released her three children and a driver but held Kakar to exchange her for four insurgent commanders.
    (AP, 8/15/13)
2013        Aug 10, Bahrain said it has has deported a US nursery school teacher who wrote articles on social media sites linked to radical groups and for violating the terms of her work permit.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 10, Egyptian helicopters fired on a meeting of suspected militants in the country's Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 12 people.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 10, In Greece dozens of illegal immigrants being held in a detention center hurled stones at police guards and set mattresses on fire in protest over the extension of their detention. More than 50 out of 1,620 migrants held at the detention center of Amygdaleza, near Athens, were arrested over the clashes.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 10, In Hungary Laszlo Csatary (98), a former police officer indicted in June by Hungarian authorities for abusing Jews and contributing to their deportation to Nazi death camps during World War II, died.
    (AP, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 10, India’s PM Manmohan Singh announced that the reactor of the country’s first indigenously designed and built nuclear submarine, the Arihant, had been activated and that sea trials would soon begin.
    (Econ, 8/17/13, p.36)
2013        Aug 10, In eastern Indonesia gushing hot lava from the erupting Mount Rokatenda volcano killed 6 people sleeping in a beach village on Palue island. Ash and smoke shot up to 2 km into the air.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 10, In Iraq a bomb near a park in Zubeidiyah killed 4 people, including 2 children, who were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Deadly bombings across the country left 69 dead.
    (AP, 8/10/13)(AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 10, The president of Iraqi Kurdistan vowed to defend the large Kurdish population across the border in neighboring Syria from al-Qaida-linked fighters.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 10, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian who crossed in from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, fearing he was a security threat though he proved to be unarmed.
    (Reuters, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 10, Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat that carried some 102 people. Rescuers saved 250 people who had tried to cross in flimsy boats from northern Africa to southern Europe.
    (Reuters, 8/10/13)(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 10, Spain’s Interior Ministry said that 75 people have been arrested in a joint operation by Spanish and French police. They included 51 in Spain and 24 in France. Two Barcelona-based suspected heads of the gang, that allegedly smuggled Chinese citizens into Europe and the United States, were among those arrested.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 10, In Sri Lanka a Buddhist mob attacked a mosque in Colombo and at least 12 people were injured, the latest in a series of attacks on the minority Muslim community by members of the Buddhist majority.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 10, In Sudan two days of clashes over land resulted in the deaths of 41 from the Rezeigat tribe of Darfur. 70 people on the Maaliya side were also killed.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 10, In southern Yemen a suspected US drone strike killed 2 alleged al-Qaida militants in Lahj province, making it the 9th such strike in just two weeks. Two other militants were wounded in the strike.
    (AP, 8/11/13)

2013        Aug 11, A San Francisco Superior Court judge, at the request of Gov. Jerry Brown, ordered a 60-day cooling-off period to avert a BART strike.
    (SFC, 8/12/13, p.A1)
2013        Aug 11, In New Hampshire software engineer Muni Savyon (54) shot and killed his son Joshua (9) and then killed himself with a handgun during a supervised visitation at a YWCA office in Manchester.
    (SFC, 8/12/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 11, In Afghanistan a father and two of his children were killed when the motorcycle they were on hit a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province. 3 NATO service members were killed in eastern Afghanistan. Heavy rains and overnight hailstorms killed at least 22 people near Kabul.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, In Argentina a possible re-election bid by President Cristina Fernandez seemed less likely after Buenos Aires province rejected her candidate in the midterm congressional primary, nominating instead a pro-business, small-town mayor.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, Guinea-Bissau made its first extradition of a suspected drug trafficker, part of an effort to shake off its international reputation as a 'narco-state'. The West African country handed over Telmo Perez Fernandes (48) to Spanish authorities. The Spanish citizen was arrested on June 5 at the request of the Spanish police.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 11, India and Pakistan exchanged more gunfire across the disputed border in Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, In Iraq a roadside bomb hit a military convoy south of Baghdad killing 3 soldiers. 2 more soldiers were killed and nine wounded when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into an army checkpoint in Baghdad's western suburbs of Abu Ghraib.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, Israel's housing minister gave final approval for building nearly 1,200 new settlement apartments on lands the Palestinians want for their state.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, In Kenya a white rhino was found shot and killed by poachers who cut off its horn in Nairobi National Park, the first poaching death of a rhino in the urban park in six years. The killing brings to 35 the number of rhinos killed in Kenya so far this year, a sharp rise from the 29 killed in total in 2012.
    (AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 11, Lebanese security forces said gunmen have shot the Sunni mayor of Arsal town and killed two of his companions just hours after he oversaw a hostage swap with a rival clan in an area increasingly riven by sectarian divisions.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, Malians voted in a presidential runoff. Former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (68) won the election. Abdoulaye Ag Mohamed Ali, a Tuareg man, was killed in the northern town of Lere where he had gone to vote.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)(AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 11, Mozambican government forces over the weekend attacked a guerrilla camp of the Renamo opposition group in a flareup of violence ahead of local and presidential elections between former foes from the country's devastating 17-year civil war.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 11, In northeastern Nigeria an attack on a mosque by suspected Islamic extremists killed 47 worshippers at Konduga town. Another 12 civilians died in a simultaneous attack outside Maiduguri.
    (AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 11, Pakistani police said that 14 people from Christian-dominated slums in Karachi were hospitalized after drinking toxic liquor last night. 8 died and six others were being treated.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, In Peru security forces killed 3 rebels in combat in the Apurimac and Ene river valley region, a coca-growing area in the country's southeast. "Comrade Alipio" and "Comrade Gabriel" were said to be two of four leaders of what remains of the Shining Path rebel group.
    (AP, 8/12/13)(AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 11, Jeon Wook-Pyo (68), a South Korean man, escaped North Korea four decades after he was kidnapped by North Korea while fishing near the disputed Yellow Sea border. Jeon was among 25 fishermen aboard two boats that were seized by a North Korean navy ship on December 28, 1972.
    (AFP, 9/13/13)
2013        Aug 11, Syrian rebels launched an offensive in Deir el-Zour, an eastern city near the border with Iraq, in an attempt to extend their advances in the north and west of the country. Rebels reportedly killed 7 soldiers and captured several others. Regime army warplanes also conducted several air raids against rebel positions in Deir el-Zour.
    (AP, 8/11/13)
2013        Aug 11, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed 4 soldiers in an attack on forces guarding the country's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in  the Radhum area of Shabwa province.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)

2013        Aug 12, A US federal judge said the NYC Police Dept. deliberately violated the civil rights of twns of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy, and an independent monitor is needed to oversee major changes.
    (SFC, 8/13/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1266, allowing transgender youth to sue school facilities and join groups with their gender identity.
    (SFC, 8/17/13, p.A8)
2013        Aug 12, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed to revive the old science-fiction vac-train concept to carry passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles at over 1,200kph.
    (Econ, 8/17/13, p.65)
2013        Aug 12, A federal jury in Boston found James "Whitey" Bulger guilty of conspiracy and racketeering charges that will likely put him behind bars for the rest of his life.
    (SFC, 8/13/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 12, Algeria's chief prosecutor said an international arrest warrant has been issued for former OPEC president Chakib Khelil for his alleged role in a bribery scandal involving Algeria's state oil company, Sonatrach. It was issued two weeks ago but only announced today. The warrant also named eight other people, including Khelil's wife, their two children, and a nephew of a former Algerian foreign minister.
    (AP, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 12, The City of London Corporation said it has demanded that ad-firm Renew pull the plug on a network of high-tech trash cans, which measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones to follow commuters as they pass by.
    (AP, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 12, In Cambodia final but unratified election results were released reaffirming the victory by the ruling Cambodian People's Party. The angered opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said they should have been delayed until there was an impartial probe of alleged electoral irregularities. Provisional results said the CPP won 68 seats while the CNRP gained 55.
    (AP, 8/12/13)(Econ, 8/3/13, p.32)
2013        Aug 12, In China the Xinjiang government said a court has sentenced two people to death and another to life imprisonment over deadly violence last April. Two defendants were given 9-year jail sentences.
    (Reuters, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 12, Egyptian authorities postponed a move to disperse two Cairo sit-ins by supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi to "avoid bloodshed." Islamist supporters stepped up rallies to demand his return to power.
    (AP, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 12, India launced its first home-built aircraft carrier, the Vikrant. It was expected to enter service in 2018.
    (SFC, 8/13/13, p.A2)(Econ, 8/17/13, p.36)
2013        Aug 12, In Iraq at least 16 people were killed and 41 wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a crowded cafe in Balad. Hours later 6 people were killed and 17 others wounded in a bomb explosion near a restaurant in Baqouba. Gunmen near Mosul intercepted a car carrying 3 soldiers and shot them dead. A suicide car bomber drove his vehicle into an army checkpoint near Fallujah, killing 5 soldiers.
    (AP, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 12, Israel named 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed this week under a deal enabling US-backed peace talks to resume. Palestinians said these have been undermined by newly announced plans to expand Israeli settlements.
    (Reuters, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 12, In Mali Soumalia Cisse, the opponent of former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, conceded defeat in an election aimed at restoring stability to a country wracked by a rebellion, a coup and an Islamic insurgency.
    (AP, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 12, Nigeria became the first African country to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty marking "resolute and unyielding" efforts to deny arms to terrorists, pirates and bandits.
    (AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 12, Typhoon Utor battered the northern Philippines, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rain across cities and food-growing plains. The storm left at least two people dead and 44 missing.
    (AP, 8/12/13)
2013        Aug 12, Tunisia carried out air strikes on Islamist militants holed up in the Mount Chaambi area near the Algerian border.
    (Reuters, 8/12/13)
 
2013        Aug 13, A US federal appeals court ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.
    (SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 13, The US Justice Dept. filed suit to stop a $14 billion union of American Airlines and US Airways.
    (SFC, 8/14/13, p.C1)
2013        Aug 13, In Louisiana Fuaed Abdo Ahmed (20) shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural bank before police shot him dead after an hours long standoff.
    (SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 13, Croatian farmers said they would press protests to demand the government pay them 600 million kuna ($105.83 million) in lost subsidies, cut in a budget crunch to meet deficit targets set by the EU. Finance Minister Slavko Linic said Croatia had to rein in spending. He said country's public debt is at 190 billion kuna, 60% of GDP.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, The Czech cabinet, dominated by allies of leftist President Milos Zeman resigned, after losing a confidence vote last week, clearing the way for early elections that could resolve a political deadlock. Zeman accepted the resignation and said PM Jiri Rusnok, an economist, would stay on in a caretaker capacity.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, Egypt’s interim president swore in 20 new provincial governors. This meant the official removal of 10 Brotherhood governors appointed under Morsi.
    (SFC, 8/14/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 13, Greek student Thanassis Kanaoutis (19) died after an argument with a bus ticket inspector in Athens. He quickly came to symbolize the plight of a population ground down by worsening poverty and unemployment.
    (Reuters, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 13, In India some weapons detonated accidentally on a submarine and fire swept through it. 18 sailors were on board the 16-year-old Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak. It was docked at the main naval base in Mumbai when two blasts rocked the vessel late just before midnight.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 13, Indonesia's anti-graft agency arrested Rudi Rubiandini the head of energy regulator SKKMigas to probe allegations he took more than half a million dollars from an oil firm. Pres. Yudhoyono suspended him the next day.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)(Econ, 8/24/13, p.38)
2013        Aug 13, In Iraq 2 policemen were killed as they were trying to defuse a car bomb left on the road near Kirkuk. A mosque bombing in the town of Madain killed 5 people and left 13 wounded.
    (AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, A bomb attack stopped oil flows through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline linking Iraq to Turkey.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, The Israeli military shot down a rocket launched toward a Red Sea resort town near the border with Egypt. It was the first time Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted a rocket attack on the resort of Eilat.
    (AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, In Libya members of the ethnic Berber minority forced their way into the parliament building in Tripoli, smashing windows and destroying furniture, in a demonstration to press for greater recognition.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, In Pakistan a pair of hand grenade attacks on minority Ismaili prayer houses in Karachi killed two people and wounded 30 others.
    (AP, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 13, Palestine’s PM Rami Hamdallah accepted a request by Pres. Abbas to remain on the job, weeks after announcing his resignation.
    (AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, In Romania a trial opened on artwork stolen last october in the Netherlands. Lawyers for the defendents said the paintings have not been burned and that the gang responsible would like to cut a deal so the artwork can be returned.
    (SFC, 8/1411/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 13, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces killed at least 18 rebels in overnight clashes near the country's main north-south highway near Morek in Hama province.
    (AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, Zimbabwe's longtime Pres. Robert Mugabe said his party won "a resounding mandate" from voters to complete a sweeping black empowerment program to take over foreign and white-owned assets.
    (AP, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 13, Yemen’s military said Al-Qaida militants have killed 3 soldiers in the southwest during what the military said was an attempt to capture Hawtah, the capital of Lahj province.
    (AP, 8/13/13)

2013        Aug 14, In Alabama a UPS plane crashed near the Birmingham airport killing two pilots and scaterring wreckage over a rural area. Reliance on computer automation appeared to contribute to the crash.
    (SFC, 8/15/13, p.A6)(SFC, 2/21/14, p.A8)
2013        Aug 14, In San Francisco bicyclist Amelie Le Moullac (24) was fatally struck as a delivery truck struck her while turning right from Folsom St. onto Sixth. On Jan 15, 2015, a SF jury found the driver negligent and ordered his employer, Daylight foods of Milpitas, to pay $4 million to her family.
    (SFC, 1/16/15, p.D4)
2013        Aug 14, In Maryland US soldier Bradley Manning told a military court "I'm sorry" for giving war logs and diplomatic secrets to the WikiLeaks website three years ago, the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, In New Hampshire David Kwiatkowski, a traveling hospital technician, pleaded guilty to 14 charges of drug theft and tampering, along with two similar counts in Kansas. He was accused of infecting patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes. On Dec 2 he was sentenced to 39 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/15/13, p.A6)(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A8)
2013        Aug 14, Bahraini protesters clashed with riot police in neighborhoods around the capital. Stores shut their doors amid opposition calls for a general strike, but a tight security clampdown stopped large-scale demonstrations in the city.
    (AP, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, In Chile workers began a surprise strike at Escondida, the world's largest copper mine, over pay and working conditions.
    (AP, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, Typhoon Utor struck the south coast of China, forcing airlines to cancel flights and halting stock exchange trading in the financial center of Hong Kong after leaving a trail of destruction in the Philippines.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out. Over 600 people were killed. Clashes also broke out elsewhere in Cairo and other provinces across the country, with police stations, government buildings and churches attacked or set ablaze. Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei resigned late today as Egypt's interim vice president in protest — a blow to the new leadership's credibility with the pro-reform movement. 43 policemen were reported killed, 18 of them in Nasr City.
    (AP, 8/14/13)(AP, 8/15/13)(Econ, 8/17/13, p.19)
2013        Aug 14, India’s finance officials tightened capital controls to stop locals from taking money out of the country.
    (Econ, 8/24/13, p.12)
2013        Aug 14, In Iraq twin roadside bombs exploded in Baquba, killing 14 people and wounding 26.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators reconvened for US-brokered peace talks in Jerusalem amid little fanfare and low expectations.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court sentenced six men 5-10 years for  conspiring to assassinate government officials in Astana. They were arrested last January. The court said one had trained his under-age Muslim wife as a suicide bomber to detonate a charge.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, The Nigerian military said its soldiers have killed two top commanders of the Islamist sect Boko Haram during a four-hour gun battle in northeast Adamawa state. Police said Mohammad Bama and Abubakar Zakariya Yau, arrested last week, died in a gun battle that erupted after they took army officers to show them their hideout in Mubi. Several other sect members were also killed.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, North and South Korea agreed to restart the joint Kaesong industrial park after a series of talks on the fate of the last symbol of economic cooperation.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, In Somalia the international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) began closing all its local humanitarian operations because of attacks on its staff.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013        Aug 14, In Switzerland British stuntman Mark Sutton (42) was killed during a gathering organized by Online extreme sports involving 20 wingsuit pilots who were filmed as they jumped from helicopters.
    (AP, 8/15/13)

2013        Aug 15, A CIA history was released that referred to Area 51 in Nevada by name and described some of the activities that took place there.
    (SFC, 8/17/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 15, In southern California a boat was spotted by lifeguards in Malibu communicating with a truck in a parking lot. Authorities arrested two men and recovered 52 bales of marijuana.
    (SFC, 8/17/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 15, The Cayman Islands said it has concluded negotiations with the US on pacts to report information on accounts of American citizens.
    (SFC, 8/16/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 15, In Egypt Morsi supporters tried to storm the building housing the local government in Giza, Cairo's twin city on the west bank of the Nile River. Police repelled the attack, arresting several protesters. In a Cairo mosque the charred and mutilated bodies of more than 200 Egyptians awaited claim, apparently uncounted and unacknowledged by the state after security forces crushed Islamist protest camps.
    (AP, 8/15/13)(Reuters, 8/15/13)
2013        Aug 15, Iran's conservative-dominated parliament rejected three of the new president's 18 nominees for his Cabinet but approved 15 others.
    (AP, 8/15/13)
2013        Aug 15, In Iraq a wave of car bombs hit Baghdad, killing 33 people and wounding dozens.
    (AP, 8/15/13)
2013        Aug 15, In Kashmir two civilians, including a porter working for the Indian army, were reportedly wounded by Pakistani troops firing in Mendhar sector. Indian troops reportedly fired across the disputed border and wounding six civilians in the Kotli sector of Pakistan-held Kashmir.
    (AP, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 15, In Lebanon a car bomb ripped through the southern Beirut stronghold of the militant group Hezbollah. 24 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 15, In Nigeria security forces repelled gunmen who attacked the police station and a military post in Damboa, 85 km (50 miles) from Borno state capital Maiduguri. Other militants gunned down villagers and firebombed about 20 homes.
    (AP, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 15, Pakistani police shot and wounded Mohammad Sikandar, an armed motorist in Islamabad, after an hours-long standoff broadcast live on TV, during which he demanded the implementation of Islamic law in the country.
    (AP, 8/15/13)
2013        Aug 15, Paraguay’s Pres. Horacio Cartes (57) made his inaugural speech saying "I promise to set an example with this government" by strengthening international ties and committing to human rights and fighting poverty.
    (AP, 8/15/13)
2013        Aug 15, In South Africa education officials closed 16 schools, affecting some 12,000 students, in an impoverished area near Cape Town because of a spike in gang violence that has left teachers too afraid to go to work.
    (SFC, 8/16/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 15, Rosalia Mera (69), Spain's richest woman, died in La Coruna. The former seamstress and her then-husband, Armancio Ortega co-founded a clothing store in 1975 in La Coruna that grew into Zara, one of the world's largest retail chains. Ortega is listed by Forbes as the world's third-richest person.
    (AP, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 15, In Syria gunmen shot dead imam Mohammed Dibo in the rebel-held town of Manbij while on his way to the mosque to perform dawn prayers. Al-Qaida militants posted a video showing two male Shiite teenagers, accused of being pro-government gunmen, sitting in front of a masked gunman and then being shot dead.
    (AP, 8/15/13)
2013        Aug 15, Thousands of Syrian refugees poured into the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, taking advantage of a new bridge along the largely closed border.
    (Reuters, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 15, It was reported that an area of wetland on Lake Victoria's Lutembe Bay has been filled in so that a rose farm owned by Uganda business tycoon Sudhir Rupareliacould be expanded.
    (AP, 8/15/13)
2013        Aug 15, Ukrainian politicians accused Russia of starting a trade war to pressure the country against signing a cooperation pact with the EU, bringing relations between the two former Soviet states to a new low.
    (AP, 8/15/13)

2013        Aug 16, In California a US District Judge ruled that a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is constitutional.
    (SSFC, 8/18/13, p.A12)
2013        Aug 16, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb late today killed 3 women in Helmand's Sangin district.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 16, A Bahrain activist said at least 40 prisoners were hurt when security forces used batons, tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades against inmates protesting over their conditions.
    (Reuters, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 16, British PM David Cameron asked European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to "urgently" send monitors to Gibraltar's border with Spain where tightened security checks are fuelling a row between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 16, In Egypt tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following bloodshed earlier this week. Street fighting in Cairo and other clashes across the country left 173 people dead.
    (AP, 8/16/13)(AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 16, Indian security forces said they had picked up Abdul Karim “Tunda," a bomb maker for the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Talib.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.42)
2013        Aug 16, In Iraq two bombings around Baghdad killed 7 people.
    (SFC, 8/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 16, In Kenya some 40 armed extremist, believed to be from Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, killed at least 4 police in an attack on a police post near the Somalia border.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 16, In Lebanon a car bombing, blamed on Sunni extremists, killed 22 people in a Shiite neighborhood south of Beirut.
    (SFC, 8/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 16, In southwestern Pakistan assailants fired a rocket at a moving train in a mountainous region, killing 2 passengers and wounding 19 near Dozan, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 16, In the Philippines a ferry disaster killed at least 64 people and 56 remained missing. The ferry sank after a collision with the Sulpicio Express 7, a cargo vessel just outside the central port of Cebu. The Sulpicio Express 7 is owned by unlisted firm Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp, formerly known as Sulpicio Lines Inc.
    (AP, 8/17/13)(AP, 8/18/13)(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 16, A WHO official said Somalia is suffering an "explosive" outbreak of polio and now has more cases — 105 — than all other countries in the world combined. The outbreak is complicated by the fact health workers have limited access to south-central Somalia, controlled by al-Qaida-linked militants.
    (AP, 8/16/13)
2013        Aug 16, Syrian warplanes struck targets in a rebel-held district in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people, wounding dozens of others and leaving some buried under the rubble of buildings.
    (AP, 8/16/13)

2013        Aug 17, A hunter’s camp fire in California’s Tuolumne County turned into a wildfire that came to known as the Rim Fire.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A11)
2013        Aug 17, In Idaho the Beaver Creek wildfire, ignited by lightning on Aug 7, forced the evacuation to over 2,300 residences. The fire covered over 140 square miles and was just 6% contained.
    (SSFC, 8/18/13, p.A10)
2013        Aug 17, In Afghanistan insurgents staged a pre-dawn ambush on a construction camp in western Herat province, killing 10 people. 5 members of a family were killed in the Marjah district of southern Helmand province when their mini-van struck a roadside bomb. In Farah province a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest inside a private medical clinic, killing 3 people including a local police commander.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 17, In Egypt clashes continued near a downtown Cairo mosque, where hundreds of Morsi's supporters remained after barricading themselves inside overnight. A security official said Mohammed al-Zawahri, leader of the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafist group, was detained at a checkpoint in Giza. He is the brother of al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 17, Indonesian police said unidentified gunmen have killed 2 police officers near Jakarta.
    (SSFC, 8/18/13, p.A3)
2013        Aug 17, In Iraq a truck bomb exploded at the Umm Qasr commodities port near the oil-exporting southern city of Basra. Four people were wounded. Shipping traffic was not affected. Attacks on security checkpoints in central Iraq killed 9 soldiers and wounded five others.
    (Reuters, 8/17/13)(AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 17, In Italy a German tourist died in Venice after the gondola he was riding in crashed into a larger boat ferrying passengers along the Grand Canal.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 17, In Libya a bomb blast ripped through the garden wall of the Egyptian consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, injuring a security guard who needed hospital treatment.
    (Reuters, 8/18/13)
2013        Aug 17, Madagascar's special electoral court removed the country's incumbent president, the wife of his longtime rival and a former president from its list of presidential candidates. The court said Andry Rajoelina's filing for candidacy did not occur during the statutory period and that neither Lalao Ravalomanana nor former president Didier Ratsiraka met the physical residence requirements for candidacy of living in the country for six months.
    (AP, 8/18/13)
2013        Aug 17, In Mexico Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, a top drug boss in Reynosa, was captured in a military operation near the Texas border. The bodies of 9 men were found western Michoacan state, where the Knights Templar drug cartel is fighting civilian-led vigilante groups, some with ties to other cartels. Authorities in Guerrero state said 14 bodies were found, including 8 in San Miguel Totolapan and 6 in a mass grave in Taxco.
    (Reuters, 8/17/13)(SSFC, 8/18/13, p.A3)
2013        Aug 17, Russian media said as many as 100,000 people may be evacuated from their homes near Russia's border with China if the region's biggest floods for 120 years get worse. Floodwater has already led to the evacuation of about 170,000 people from the Amur, Khabarovsk and Jewish Autonomous regions.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 17, In Russia a boat, piloted by a captain suspected of being drunk, crashed into a barge on the Irtysh river, 10 km from the Siberian city of Omsk. 4 people were killed and 49 injured.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 17, Somalia's government executed a man who was convicted of murdering a journalist, the first such execution in a country where those who kill media workers often evade justice.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 17, In central Syria gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, outside Ein al-Ajouz. The attack was described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious minority.
    (AP, 8/17/13)
2013        Aug 17, In southern Yemen local officials said at least 27 people have died and more than 41 left missing after a wedding party was swept away while driving across a valley flooded by monsoon rains.
    (Reuters, 8/17/13)

2013        Aug 18, In Redwood City, Ca., the Malibu Grand Prix amusement park closed after 35 years of operation.
    (SSFC, 8/18/13, p.C1)
2013        Aug 18, In Afghanistan 11 members of the Afghan Public Protection Force and 21 insurgents were killed in a two separate gun battles in Farah province.
    (AP, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 18, China’s Xinhua News Agency said 12 deaths reported in Liaoning province. That added to a total of 25 deaths reported earlier in Heilongjiang and Jilin, the other two provinces in China's northeast. In the south, six people were reported were killed by flooding and landslides in Guangdong province.
    (AP, 8/18/13)
2013        Aug 18, Egyptian authorities raided homes of Muslim Brotherhood members in an apparent attempt to disrupt the group ahead of mass rallies by supporters of country's ousted president. 36 people were killed when Muslim Brotherhood detainees tried to escape from a prison truck convoy in northern Cairo. The convoy trucks were carrying more than 600 detainees rounded up in earlier street violence between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
    (AP, 8/18/13)
2013        Aug 18, In Iraq  two separate bomb attacks in commercial areas of predominantly Sunni neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 4 civilians.
    (AP, 8/18/13)
2013        Aug 18, An Israeli military official said Israeli forces have hit a target inside Syria that was the source of mortar fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. At least three shells had landed near the Syrian frontier the previous evening, causing no injuries.
    (AP, 8/18/13)
2013        Aug 18, Libya's Interior Minister Mohammed Khalifa al-Sheikh stepped down in protest against what he saw as interference in his work by PM Ali Zeidan and parliament.
    (Reuters, 8/18/13)
2013        Aug 18, Spanish fishermen in some 60 fishing boats protested the building of an artificial reef near the disputed British territory of Gibraltar.
    (AP, 8/18/13)
2013        Aug 18, A team of UN chemical weapons experts arrived in Damascus to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war.
    (Reuters, 8/18/13)

2013        Aug 19, In San Francisco demolition began on the Pagoda Palace, a North Beach theater built in 1908. The site will be used to remove boring machines that will dig the Central Subway.
    (SFC, 8/20/13, p.C4)
2013        Aug 19, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight. This made New Jersey the 2nd state to ban conversion therapy after California.
    (SFC, 8/20/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 19, Cedar Walton (b.1934), esteemed jazz pianist, died at his home in Brooklyn, NY.
    (SFC, 8/22/13, p.D5)
2013        Aug 19, Anti-fracking protesters scuffled with police outside an oil exploration site in rural England and broke into the headquarters of the energy company which is pioneering shale gas exploration in Britain.
    (Reuters, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 19, Cameroonian police official Felix Ndalle Ngando was killed  by Seleka fighters loyal to Central African Republic's new president. This soon prompted Cameroon to shut its border with the CAR.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 19, In Egypt at least 24 policemen were killed and three wounded in an ambush by Islamist militants near the Sinai town of Rafah.
    (Reuters, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 19, French police stormed a villa in the Provence town of Bedarrides and arrested Zoran Tomovic (47), a member of the notorious Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves. He had escaped from a Swiss prison earlier this year.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 19, In eastern India a train ran over a group of Hindu pilgrims at a crowded station in Dhamara Ghat, Bihar state, killing at least 37 people. A mob infuriated by the deaths beat the driver severely and set fire to coaches.
    (AP, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 19, Iraq's Justice Ministry said that authorities have executed 15 Iraqis and an Egyptian convicted of terrorism for "carrying out crimes against Iraqi people." The last was convicted of another unspecified criminal offense. Two of those hanged were women. It didn't say when the executions were carried out.
    (AP, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 19, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif called for better relations with India in a conciliatory gesture on national television after weeks of increased military activity along the two nations' disputed border.
    (Reuters, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 19, In the Philippines torrential rains Manila to a standstill, submerging some areas in waist-deep floodwaters and making streets impassable to vehicles, while thousands of people in northern regions fled to emergency shelters.
    (AP, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 19, A South African court formally indicted Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius on charges of premeditated murder and illegal possession of ammunition in the Valentine’s Day death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. His will begin on March 3, 2014.
    (AP, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 19, The cargo ship SMART, carrying 47,650 metric tons (52,525 tons) of coal, ran aground a few hundred meters off of South Africa's Richards Bay port. The ship broke in two and large parts went underwater.
    (Reuters, 8/20/13)

2013        Aug 20, The US deported Mexican drug smuggler Sandra Avila Beltran (52), known as the "Queen of the Pacific", after she served out a jail term, handing her over to authorities in Mexico to face separate money laundering charges. She was among 129 detainees turned over by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to authorities in Mexico.
    (Reuters, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, The US said it has placed unprecedented sanctions on Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, also known as the Ganj Madrassa, an Islamic school in Peshawar, Pakistan, for allegedly training and financing fighters from al-Qaida and other militant groups.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 20, The Al Jazeera America news program “America Tonight" was launched from NYC. Executives were informed that AT&T’s U-verse pay-TV system was dropping the network. A breech of contract suit was quickly filed.
    (SFC, 8/20/13, p.A6)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A12)
2013        Aug 20, A jury in San Rafael, Ca., found Joseph Naso (79) guilty of murdering 4 northern California prostitutes in the lates 1970s and early 1990s.
    (SFC, 8/21/13, p.D5)
2013        Aug 20, Police in Las Vegas, Nevada, arrested David Allen Brutsche (42) and Devon Campbell Newman (67), members of the “sovereign citizens" movement, for plotting to abduct, torture and kill police officers.
    (SFC, 8/24/13, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/mt5ctzl)
2013        Aug 20, Elmore Leonard (b.1925), a former adman who later became one of America's foremost crime writers, died in Bloomfield Hills, Mi. His over 40 novels included "Out of Sight," ''Get Shorty" and "Be Cool," which were made into films.
    (AP, 8/20/13)(SFC, 8/21/13, p.D7)
2013        Aug 20, American film director Ted Post (95) died in Los Angeles. He  directed 13 films including “Hang ‘em High" (1968) and “Magnum Force" starring Clint Eastwood. His TV work included 56 episodes of “Gunsmoke" and 90 episodes of “Peyton Place."
    (SSFC, 8/25/13, p.C12)
2013        Aug 20, Mariam McPartland (95), renowned jazz pianist, died at her Port Washington home on Long Island, NY.
    (SFC, 8/22/13, p.D5)
2013        Aug 20, In Argentina 13 inmates escaped from the federal prison in Ezeiza, a suburb of Buenos Aires. Two were re-captured the next day.
    (SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 20, A Chinese policeman was killed in an "anti-terrorism" operation in the restive region of Xinjiang. Overseas reports said 22 Uighurs were shot dead.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 20, Egypt's military-backed authorities arrested Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the country's Muslim Brotherhood. Badie’s son Ammar, was shot dead during violent clashes between security forces and Morsi supporters in Cairo on Aug 16. Egyptian journalist Tamer Abdel-Raouf, working for the state-run  Al-Ahram newspaper, was shot dead by soldiers at a military checkpoint.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, India launched its new food law aimed at giving 5 kilos of rice or wheat each month at a nominal price to some 80 million people. It was part of the welfare program launched on July 3.
    (Econ, 8/24/13, p.38)
2013        Aug 20, In western India Narendra Dabholkar (67) was shot and killed by men on motorbikes in Pune, Maharashtra state. In 1989 he had founded the Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith (Mans).
    (Econ, 9/14/13, p.98)
2013        Aug 20, In Iraq separate car bombings in three southern cities killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian and wounded two others during a raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Security forces arrested a suspected militant in Jenin and, after being attacked with live fire, home-made bombs and rocks, shot back.
    (Reuters, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, TEPCO, the operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant, said that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, In Mexico at least 3 people were killed by an ammonia gas leak from a pipeline owned by state oil monopoly Pemex. 1,500 people were evacuated from the area and taken to shelters in Oaxaca state.
    (Reuters, 8/20/13)   
2013        Aug 20, In northern Nigeria suspected robbers in vehicles with sophisticated weapons targeted a police station and outgunned the officers there. At least 2 police officers were killed.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, A Pakistani court indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, In Russia’s Caucasus region police killed 5 people in a clash in Dagestan. Among the dead was Bammatkhan Sheikov, a prominent warlord who was said to be competing to oversee all militant operations in Dagestan.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, In northeastern Syria Kurdish militias battled al-Qaida-linked rebel groups in the latest round of heavy fighting that has helped fuel a mass exodus of civilians from the region into neighboring Iraq.
    (AP, 8/20/13)
2013        Aug 20, In southern Thailand 87 Muslim Rohingya asylum-seekers escaped from an immigration detention center, highlighting the growing desperation of a stateless minority fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 8/20/13)

2013        Aug 21, In Maryland a military judge sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks.
    (SFC, 8/22/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 21, Former south Texas Judge Abel Limas (59) was sentenced to six years in prison and three years of supervised release for collecting bribes and kickbacks in his Brownsville courtroom totalling $257,000.
    (SFC, 8/22/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 21, In the Central African Republic a Red Cross official said at least 12 people are dead following clashes in Bangui.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, An Egyptian court ordered the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, The EU decided to suspend exports of weapons and goods that could be used for internal repression but did not halt aid programs for fear of hurting ordinary Egyptians already hit hard.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, In southern Germany a gunman opened fire on a meeting in Dossenheim village, killing 2 people and wounding five before taking his own life.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, Greece's new state television channel began airing news programs, more than two months after the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT drew international condemnation and triggered an acute political crisis.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, In Iraq two bomb attacks halted the flow of crude oil through a pipeline running from the Kirkuk oil fields to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan in Turkey, causing severe damage.
    (Reuters, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, Jordan's King Abdullah II swore in 13 new Cabinet ministers, enlarging the government as part of promised reforms.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, In Liberia Rodney Sieh, managing director of Frontpage Africa, was taken into custody following a Supreme Court ruling that the paper should pay US $1.6 million (1.2 million euros) for libelling former agriculture minister J. Chris Toe. The court ordered that the paper be closed down until the damages are paid in full. On Nov 20 Sieh said all charges against him have been dropped.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)(AP, 11/20/13)
2013        Aug 21, In Malaysia a bus travelling from the hilltop gambling resort of Genting Highlands to the capital Kuala Lumpur plunged 200 feet into a ravine, killing 37 people. 16 people survived.
    (Reuters, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 21, In northeast Nigeria Islamist sect Boko Haram attacked the Gwoza Police Station, killing 2 officers but losing 7 of its members.
    (Reuters, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, The Pakistani military accused Indian troops of shelling across the disputed Kashmir border and killing an army captain, the latest in a series of alleged attacks over the past two weeks that have sparked tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, Pakistan’s government said flooding from monsoon rains has killed 139 people and affected nearly a million others.
    (SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 21, In Peru coffee growers from the central jungle clashed with police as they demanded more government help in grappling with the roya fungus that has eaten up their crops and earnings this year.
    (Reuters, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, In Puerto Rico US federal authorities had arrested at least 68 people and were seeking seven more in a multimillion dollar Social Security fraud case. Puerto Rico has been said to have one of the highest rates of fraud involving federal disability benefits.
    (AP, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, In Mogadishu, Somalia, gunmen killed 2 men and wounded two women, including a Swede, as they ambushed a car in what police believe may have been an attempted kidnap.
    (Reuters, 8/21/13)
2013        Aug 21, Syrian anti-government activists accused the regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that killed at least 130 people, including many children, during intense artillery and rocket barrages on the eastern suburbs of Damascus.
    (AP, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 21, Yemen’s government apologized to southern seccessionists over the 1994 civil war begun against them by the previous president, in hopes of bringing them back to talks on the future of the country. Assailants shot dead the intelligence chief of the southern city of Aden and his nephew.
    (SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)(Reuters, 8/21/13)

2013        Aug 22, The US Justice Dept. said it will sue Texas over the state’s voter ID law and seek to intervene in a lawsuit over the state’s redistricting laws.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 22, The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the fraud convictions and 22-year prison sentence of Samuel Cohen of Belvedere, Ca. He had been found guilty in April, 2012, of 29 counts of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion in a $30 million investment scam.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.D4)
2013        Aug 22, In San Francisco the Maxfield Parrish painting “The Pied Piper of Hamelin," commissioned in 1909, returned to the Palace Hotel after owners decided not to auction it off.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.D1)
2013        Aug 22, Sources said that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (70) will resign as part of a mediation deal reached in his sexual harassment lawsuit. At least 18 women have accused Filner of sexual harassment.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 22, The Rim Fire in California’s Tuolumne County raged out of control and covered over 98 square miles.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A1)
2013        Aug 22, NYC’s City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s earlier vetoes of two measures designed to curtail the city’s use of stop-and-frisk. The bills will create an outside watchdog for the police dept.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 22, In Spokane, Wa., Delbert Belton (88), a WWII veteran, died a day after he was robbed and beaten in his car by two 16-year-old boys. Suspect Demetrius Glenn surrendered. Suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard was arrested on Aug 26.
    (SFC, 8/24/13, p.A12)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 22, Brazil said it will import thousands of Cuban doctors to work in areas where medical services and doctors are scarce. Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota defended the plan as a way to give "the best possible medical services for the Brazilian population."
    (AP, 8/22/13)
2013        Aug 22, Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and transported to a military hospital in a Cairo suburb where he will be held under house arrest.
    (AP, 8/22/13)
2013        Aug 22, The Honduran Congress approved the creation of a new military-style police force, aimed at countering violence spawned by Mexican drug cartels that use the country to transport cocaine.
    (Reuters, 8/22/13)
2013        Aug 22, In India a young photojournalist was repeatedly raped by five men in a deserted textile mill in Mumbai. One suspect was arrested the next day. On April 4, 2014, three of the men were sentenced to death and a 4th was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 8/24/13)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A5)(SFC, 4/5/14, p.A2)
2013        Aug 22, In Iraq insurgent attacks across the country killed at least 24 people. One suicide bombing targeted a Shiite wedding party.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 22, Mexican authorities said they have found a mass grave east of Mexico City. Tests were made to see if it holds some of the 12 people who vanished from the Heaven Club on May 26. All 12 bodies were soon identified as members of the group. A 13th body was recovered from the grave, but officials have not indicated whom it might be.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A2)(AFP, 8/24/13)(AFP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 22, Syrian government forces pressed on with a military offensive in eastern Damascus, bombing rebel-held suburbs where the opposition said the regime had killed over 100 people the day before in a chemical weapons attack.
    (AP, 8/22/13)
2013        Aug 22, A Thai court sentenced Saeid Moradi (29), an Iranian man, to life in prison and his compatriot, Mohammad Kharzei (43), to 15 years in jail for their roles in a Feb, 2012, botched bomb plot that was exposed when an accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were staying.
    (AP, 8/22/13)
2013        Aug 22, The UN said Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Many have been held as security threats for over two years.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 21, Yemen’s government apologized to southern seccessionists over the 1994 civil war begun against them by the previous president, in hopes of bringing them back to talks on the future of the country.
    (SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 22, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe (89) was sworn in for another five-year term after disputed elections in which the opposition alleged widespread vote-rigging.
    (AP, 8/22/13)

2013        Aug 23, In Texas a jury of military officers convicted Major Nidal Hasan (42) for the deadly Nov 5, 2009, shooting rampage at Fort Hood. On Aug 28 Hasan was sentenced to death.
    (SFC, 8/24/13, p.A6)(AFP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 23, Thousands of Bahrainis were allowed to march peacefully outside Manama calling for democratic reforms, 10 days after police cracked down on scattered protests organized by an online group inspired by recent demonstrations in Egypt.
    (Reuters, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, The Belgian prosecutor's office said a three-nation investigation (Belgium, Netherlands, Poland) has led to one of the biggest seizures of synthetic drugs in Europe, a haul of core products to create Ecstasy pills with a street value of 1.3 billion euros ($1.75 billion).
    (AP, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, In Benin kidnappers snatched Mike Ozekhome, a Nigerian human rights lawyer. He was held and tortured for 20 days before being released During his abduction 4 policemen who tried to squash the kidnappers’ mission were killed in a gun battle.
    (Econ, 9/14/13, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/o4zfhll)
2013        Aug 23, In Bolivia 30 people were killed, many burned to death, in a battle among rival gangs for control of part of the overcrowded, maximum-security Palmasola prison outside the city of Santa Cruz. Another inmate died the next day raising the toll to 31.
    (AP, 8/24/13)(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 23, Chinese security forces killed at least 12 men and wounded 20 others during a raid on an alleged terrorist facility in Jigdejay village near Kashgar in the far western Xinjiang region.
    (SFC, 9/19/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 23, Congo's government accused Rwanda of supporting a rebel attack on the eastern city of Goma.
    (AP, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, In Egypt several thousand demonstrators joined at least three marches in different parts of Cairo to protest the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
    (AFP, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, In Iraq violence killed 37 people. This included a suicide bombing that killed 25 people in a Baghdad park.
    (AFP, 8/24/13)(Reuters, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 23, In Lebanon twin explosions outside two mosques killed at least 47 people and wounded hundreds in apparently coordinated attacks in the northern city of Tripoli. Suspect Sheik Ahmad al-Ghareb was arrested the next day.
    (Reuters, 8/23/13)(AP, 8/24/13)(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 23, The Lebanese government said its troops captured a truck carrying gas masks near the Syrian border.
    (AP, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, In Libya gunmen killed an army colonel in a drive-by shooting after he left a mosque in Benghazi.
    (AFP, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, Philippines’ Pres. Aquino said leaks will be plugged in a controversial fund set aside for legislators' pet projects.
    (Reuters, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, Four people were killed when a helicopter carrying 16 oil workers and two crew crashed off Scotland's Shetland islands, the fourth incident in the area involving different models of the widely used aircraft in just over four years. The Super Puma L2, made by EADS unit Eurocopter, was operated by CHC Helicopter for France's Total.
    (Reuters, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 23, Syrian troops and opposition fighters clashed during fierce battles in suburbs of Damascus.
    (AP, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, Tunisia's secular opposition said that the governing Islamists must quit power before they would join negotiations to resolve the country's worst crisis since its Arab Spring revolt, declaring otherwise the talks would be a waste of time.
    (Reuters, 8/23/13)
2013        Aug 23, In eastern Yemen a suicide bombing killed 2 soldiers and wounded six others. Al-Qaeda militants were blamed for the attack.
    (AFP, 8/23/13)

2013        Aug 24, In California the Rim Fire continued to grow with at least 129,620 acres burned.
    (SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A10)
2013        Aug 24, In Florida Hubert Allen Jr. (72), a longtime employee at Pritchett Trucking, shot and killed 2 former co-workers and then killed himself at his home in Lake Butler. Two others were wounded.
    (SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A11)
2013        Aug 24, In Colombia FARC guerrillas killed 14 soldiers in an ambush in Arauca state. 2 guerrilas were left dead.
    (AP, 8/24/13)(AFP, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 24, In CongoDRC shells fired by M23 rebels killed at least 3 people in the eastern city of Goma. Two UN peacekeepers from Uruguay reportedly shot dead 2 people who were part of a crowd that tried to storm the mission's base in Goma during a protest against alleged UN inaction in the strife-torn region.
    (Reuters, 8/24/13)(AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 24, Egyptian troops killed four militants who attacked a military checkpoint in Sinai near the border with Gaza.
    (AP, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 24, An Egyptian official said the country's border crossing with Gaza, which was closed after a deadly attack on policemen this week, has reopened, but will be open only for four hours every day because security concerns remain high in Sinai.
    (AP, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 24, In India police arrested a 2nd man in the gang rape of a young photojournalist in Mumbai, and said they had enough evidence to prosecute those responsible for a crime that has renewed public outcry over sexual violence in the country. The victim (22) remained in a hospital and was recovering well after being repeatedly raped by five men on Aug 22 in a deserted textile mill.
    (AP, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 24, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said for the first time that chemical weapons had killed people in ally Syria and called for the international community to prevent their use.
    (Reuters, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 24, In northwestern Myanmar hundreds of Buddhists carrying sticks and swords went on a rampage in a village, torching dozens of homes and shops following rumors that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man.
    (AP, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 24, In Nigeria gunmen killed 4 policemen who attempted to prevent the abduction of a prominent lawyer on a road near Benin.
    (AFP, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 24, Pakistan released 337 Indian prisoners, most of them fishermen, in the latest sign that Pakistan's new government wants to improve rocky ties between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
    (Reuters, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 24, Thousands of Swazis voted in the first round of parliamentary elections that pro-democracy groups have dismissed as window dressing in Africa's last absolute monarchy.
    (AFP, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 24, Syrian state television said soldiers found chemical materials in tunnels that had been used by rebels, rejecting blame for a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds this week and heightened Western calls for foreign intervention.
    (Reuters, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 24, Doctors Without Borders said some 355 people, who showed "neurotoxic symptoms," died following the suspected chemical weapons attack this week near Syria's capital.
    (AP, 8/24/13)

2013        Aug 25, In California the Yosemite Rim Fire grew to more than 200 square miles, threatening two groves of giant sequoias as well as the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir supplying water and power to San Francisco, consuming some two dozen structures and threatening 4,500 more.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 25, In Massachusetts 3 suburban Boston high school soccer players used a broomstick to rape one freshmen and try to rape two others at a sports team-building retreat in the Berkshires at Camp Lenox in Otis.
    (SFC, 9/4/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 25, In Afghanistan the Taliban kidnapped and killed 4 engineers and 2 workers in Herat province. The bodies of six Afghans were discovered in Paktia province. The six, all drivers, were killed by Taliban because they were working with the government.
    (Reuters, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 25, China was hit by the "largest ever" attack on its Internet structure, crashing the country's .cn servers.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 25, Congolese soldiers and rebels suffered heavy casualties as they fought for a 5th day near Goma.
    (SFC, 8/26/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 25, Germany's Der Spiegel weekly said the US National Security Agency has bugged the UN New York headquarters, in the latest in a series of reports on US spying that has strained relations between Washington and its allies.
    (Reuters, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 25, India’s police arrested the last of five men wanted in the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai.
    (AP, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 25, In Iraq at least 46 people were killed across the country, including 5 soldiers who were shot dead by gunmen who then burned their bodies  in Qaiyara town.
    (Reuters, 8/25/13)(AP, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 25, In southern Mexico a notorious cargo train known as "the Beast" and carrying at least 250 Central American hitchhiking migrants derailed in Tabasco state, killing at least 6 people and injuring 18.
    (AP, 8/25/13)(AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 25, Saudi Arabia said a Saudi man (51) has died of the coronavirus MERS, bringing the kingdom's death toll from the SARS-like virus to 41, while two new cases were registered.
    (AFP, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 25, In Syria the governor of Hama province was killed in a car bombing, in an attack it blamed on rebels.
    (AFP, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 25, Syria reached an agreement with the UN to allow a team of international experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus.
    (AP, 8/25/13)
2013        Aug 25, In Yemen a bomb tore through the side of a bus carrying air force personnel to their base in Sanaa, killing at least one officer and wounding several others.
    (Reuters, 8/25/13)

2013        Aug 26, In California the Rim Fire expanded to 150,000 acres on the western edge of Yosemite Nat’l. Park. The fire began on Aug 17 and now covered over 250 square miles. Officials said it was 20% contained.
    (SFC, 8/27/13, p.A12)
2013        Aug 26, In Montana defendant Stacey Rambold (54) received a 15 year sentence with all but one month suspended for the rape of student Cherice Moralez (14) in 2008. Morales committed suicide in 2010, a few weeks before her seventeenth birthday and before the case went to trial. On Sep 4 state prosecutors said they are appealing the sentence. Rambold was released on Sep 26. On April 30, 2014, the state Supreme Court ruled that the one month sentence was too short. On Sep 26, 2014, Rambold was sentenced to ten years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mjks62n)(SFC, 9/7/13, p.A4)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/1/14, p.A8)(SFC, 9/27/14, p.A6)
2013        Aug 26, Amgen agreed to buy Onyx Pharmaceuticals in a $10.4 billion transaction. Onyx’s Kyprolis drug was approved last year for a rare blood cancer.
    (SFC, 8/27/13, p.D1)
2013        Aug 26, In eastern Afghanistan 5 Taliban suicide bombers killed 2 Afghan soldiers and wounded several others when they attacked an army base in the Tagab district of Kapisa province. 10 other attackers were wounded but managed to flee. NATO said one its soldiers was killed by a bomb in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 8/26/13)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 26, Greenpeace said that Russian authorities have boarded their ship which is in the Arctic to protest against oil drilling. The Greenpeace ship entered the waters of the Kara Sea on Aug 24.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Argentina’s Pres. Cristina Fernandez offered new bonds to be paid in dollars in Buenos Aires to anyone still holding defaulted debt.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 26, Bolivia’s cultural patrimony chief, Lupe Meneses, said local churches have been robbed 38 times of 447 objects since 2009 — of highly stylized decorative silverwork, canvases, polished gold and silver altar pieces and gem-encrusted jewelry.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, China announced that Wang Yongchun, the deputy general manager of China Nat’l. Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), was under investigation for “severe discipline violations."
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.48)
2013        Aug 26, Chinese media said the Amur River, which marks the border between China and Russia, has experienced its worst flooding in a century, cutting off roads to some areas.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, India's parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar program to provide subsidized food to the poor that is intended to "wipe out" endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In Iraq militants in police uniforms claiming to be carrying out a security operation kidnapped and killed 6 men in a pre-dawn attack north of Baghdad.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In eastern Mexico mudslides crashed through several homes, killing at least 13 people after a tropical storm pelted the state of Veracruz with heavy rains.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Nepal commissioned a group of former Maoist rebel fighters as officers in the national army, fulfilling a main component of a fragile peace deal that ended civil war but has failed to bring political stability.
    (Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 25, Nigerian Islamists killed 14 pro-government youth vigilantes in an attack on the northeastern town of Bama.
    (Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks after Israeli soldiers killed 3 protesters during clashes following an arrest raid in the West Bank.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In the Philippines tens of thousands angry at official corruption marched through the center of Manila and other cities to demand the abolition of a misused fund for legislators' pet projects, the biggest protest aimed at Benigno Aquino's government.
    (Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Qatar health authorities announced the 2nd confirmed case in a week of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf state, with a 29-year-old man infected and in intensive care.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 26, In South Africa tens of thousands of construction workers downed tools, adding to strike chaos that has crippled output and disrupted air traffic while fanning fears of new violence.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Zurich, Switzerland, launched publicly funded, drive-in, open wooden garages to make prostitution less of a public nuisance and safer for women.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In Syria snipers opened fire at a UN vehicle carrying a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus. The Syrian government accused the rebels of firing at the team, while a rebel representative said a pro-government militia was behind the attack. Rebel forces took control of Khanasir, a strategic town in northern Syria, killing more than 50 pro-government fighters and cutting off government forces' only supply route out of the city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Observatory said it had obtained a photograph showing the execution of Alawite cleric Badr Ghazal by hardline Islamist rebels earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/26/13)(Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In Turkey Western powers meeting in Istanbul told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces within days.
    (Reuters, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 26, The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said it has opened a probe after residents accused its peacekeepers of killing 2 people who tried to storm a UN base in Goma.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)

2013        Aug 27, Entergy Corp. said it will shut down the Yankee Nuclear Power Station, Vermont’s only nuclear power plant, in the 4th quarter of 2014.
    (SFC, 8/28/13, p.A8)
2013        Aug 27, In Brazil a commercial building, under construction in Sao Paulo, collapsed and killed at least 6 people.
    (SFC, 8/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 27, British farm union officials said a cull of badgers has begun in a bid to halt the spread of cattle tuberculosis. Plans called for about 5,000 badgers to be killed during the six-week program.
    (AP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 27, In the Central African Republic sustained gunfire and looting broke out overnight in Bangui, causing many people to flee their homes.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 27, A Dominican Rep. judge ruled there is enough evidence to try sect leader Peter Brunck (62) and his son, Daniel Roland, on weapons violations and a charge of "rebellion." They faced up to 10 years in prison, and prosecutors said further counts are possible. The Academy for Future Health's German-language website says the planet is "cleansing itself of the debris that lives on its surface," and goes on to mention aspects of the global financial crisis, extraterrestrials and the looming fall of the "inhuman" US government.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Aug 27, In Ingushetia unidentified gunmen assassinated the top regional security official as he was being driven to work.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 27, Kyrgyzstan officials scrambled to control the spread of bubonic plague that killed a rural boy last week as three more people showed possible symptoms of the disease.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 27, Pakistani Taliban fighters attacked an army camp overnight near the Afghan border, killing at least one soldier.
    (AP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 27, In Portugal and Spain firefighters and local residents struggled to tackle raging wildfires that have consumed large swathes of forest, claiming the lives of 4 emergency workers. Almost 31,000 hectares (77,000 acres) of Portugal's countryside has already been destroyed by fire this year.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 27, South Africa's petrol station and car dealership workers announced a strike for higher wages next week, signaling further labor disruption to a struggling economy that also faces looming stoppages in its gold mines.
    (Reuters, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 27, Syria's foreign minister said his country would defend itself using "all means available" in case of a US strike, denying his government was behind an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus and challenging Washington to present proof backing up its accusations.
    (AP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 27, Tunisia’s PM Ali Larayedh declared Ansar al-Sharia a terrorist organization after obtaining proof it killed two secular politicians and several soldiers.
    (Reuters, 8/27/13)

2013        Aug 28, In northern California the Rim Fire expanded to 300 square miles as fire crews increased containment to just over 23%.
    (SFC, 8/29/13, p.A12)
2013        Aug 28, Steve Bateman, the mayor of Homestead, Fl., was arrested on corruption charges. He was secretly being paid $125/hour as a consultant by a health care company seeking city and county approval for a sewer connection so it could build a local clinic.
    (SFC, 8/29/13, p.A8)
2013        Aug 28, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters launched a failed attack against a base that hosts troops from America and Poland. 7 people were reported killed in the attack in Ghazni city. A suicide attack against a coalition convoy and a separate rocket attack against tankers carrying fuel for NATO killed a total of 10 civilians and wounded 25 in Helmand and Farah provinces. Taliban insurgents staged an evening mountain pass ambush on a police convoy patrolling a key highway, killing 15 officers and wounding 10 in Farah province.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)(AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 28, In Bosnia 32 people were indicted for a string of murders and bank robberies in what prosecutors hailed as one of the biggest crackdowns on organized crime since the 1992-95 war. Bosnia's war crimes court sentenced Goran Sari, a former Bosnian Serb police chief, to 14 years in prison for his role in the killing of Muslim civilians during the 1992-1995 siege of Sarajevo.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)(AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, In China Li Tianyi (17), the teenage son of a prominent Chinese general, denied the charge of gang rape, inflaming public anger in a case that has stirred resentment against the offspring of the political elite who are widely seen as spoiled. In 2011 he drove a BMW into another car in Beijing, beat up the couple inside the vehicle and then scoffed at bystanders about calling the police. Tianyi was one of five accused of assaulting a woman in a Beijing hotel in February. On Sep 26 a court sentenced Tianyi to 10 years in prison for his role in the rape. Two juvenile accomplices, who pleaded guilty, were given suspended sentences and released.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.53)
2013        Aug 28, In China Hong Xiaorou (4) was killed in Fujian province when a bulldozer hit her despite her grandmother screaming for the vehicle to stop as her family resisted a land grab. Authorities said Hong's death was an accident and that they had detained those responsible.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 28, Egyptian security officials said police have detained more than 60 supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood over the past 24 hours, including relatives of top leaders.
    (AP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, In western India at least 11 people were killed and several more feared trapped when a 4-storey apartment block collapsed in Vadodara.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, In Iraq more than a dozen bombings ripped through Shiite neighborhoods in and around Baghdad, the bloodiest in a wave of attacks that killed at least 86 people across the country.
    (AP, 8/28/13)(Reuters, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, The 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival opened with "Gravity," a 3-D techno-drama set in outer space.
    (AP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, UN officials said flash floods and heavy monsoon rains have battered Laos, killing at least 20 people, washing away roads and damaging crops.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, Mexican police detained Mario Nunez Meza (39), a drug cartel operator in Ciudad Juarez. He was suspected of being responsible for the killing of more than 350 people found in 23 clandestine graves.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 28, In Mexico a woman approached a bus driver in Ciudad Juarez, took out a pistol, shot him in the head and got off. The next day, apparently the same woman did exactly the same thing to another driver on the same route. The woman was thought to be seeking revenge for purported sexual abuse of female passengers.
    (AP, 9/3/13)
2013        Aug 28, Niger media and the UN said severe flooding since the start of August has killed at least 20 people and left around 48,000 homeless.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 28, A Nigerian court granted a request for one of its citizens, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi (32), to be extradited to the United States to face charges of assisting the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, In the Philippines Janet Napoles, a businesswoman who allegedly connived with legislators to embezzle 10 billion pesos ($230 million) in funds intended for development projects, surrendered directly to President Benigno Aquino and asked for the president's protection.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, Russian police said they have raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that portrayed President Vladimir Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev lounging together in women's lingerie. Artist Konstantin Altunin left Russia in fear of being arrested after the show's closure.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, Saudi health authorities said another Saudi man has died of the coronavirus MERS, bringing the kingdom's death toll from the SARS-like virus to 42, adding a new case was registered.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, Somalia's central government agreed to recognize a former Islamist commander as the interim leader of the southern Juba region, in a deal that could help end months of clan fighting that has killed dozens of civilians.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, In South Korea agents from the National Intelligence Service raided the homes and offices of an opposition lawmaker and other members of a far-left opposition. 3 people were detained on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.
    (SFC, 8/29/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 28, In Spain some 20,000 revelers pelted each other with 130 tons (286 pounds) of squashed tomatoes in a rain-drenched annual Spanish food fight known as the Tomatina, but this year they had to pay to join the fun.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, A Togo government statement said PM Kwesi Seleagodji Ahoomey-Zunu and his government have resigned their posts a month after parliamentary polls that saw the ruling party win a two-thirds majority.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, The latest UN IAEA report said Iran has installed about 1,000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and is set to test them.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, UN chemical weapons experts headed to a Damascus suburb for a new tour of areas struck by a purported poison gas attack.
    (AP, 8/28/13)

2013        Aug 29, The United States said it has transferred two men from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Algeria as part of its ongoing effort to close the controversial prison.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, The US government announced that legally married gay couples will be treated the same as married couples for federal tax purposes.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, The US Justice Dept. said that states can let people use marijuana, license people to grow it and allow adults to buy it, as long as it is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property. Attorney-General Eric Holder told the governors of Colorado and Washington that the Dept. of Justice would not seek to block their experiments. 
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A6)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.30)
2013        Aug 29, US fast-food workers walked off their jobs in over 50 cities demanding a minimum wage of $15 and hour.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, p.D6)
2013        Aug 29, In southern California border patrol agents found nearly 18,500 pounds of marijuana, estimated at $14.7 million, in a tractor-trailer at a San Clemente checkpoint.
    (SFC, 9/2/13, p.A7)
2013        Aug 29, A Canadian tax court said Winston Blackmore, leader of a Hutterite community in Bountiful, British Columbia that practices a fundamentalist form of Mormonism, underreported his income by more than Can$1.68 million ($1.6 million).
    (AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 29, UN officials said the airport in Central African Republic's capital has been forced to close as thousands seek refuge from violence.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, Iran reported that its foreign ministry has appointed Marzieh Afkham as its first-ever spokeswoman. Pres. Hassan Rowhani appeared to welcome the move as part of a campaign to empower women.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Iraq a blast in a market in Samarra killed 18 and wounded 32 people. In Abu Ghraib a car bomb killed 5 and wounded 8.
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 29, In Kenya a hacked corpse was left outside the headquarters of the National Police Service Commission in the center of Nairobi. A box containing a head and 2 hands, apparently hacked from the same corpse, was sent to Kenya's police commission chief, viewed as a grim warning against his efforts to reform the force.
    (AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Kenya the driver of a bus traveling on a dark, country road lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into a valley, shearing the roof off as it rolled and killing at least 41 people.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, Lithuania fired its ambassador to Azerbaijan and its ambassador to Hungary after their telephone conversations criticizing Pres. Grybauskaite and insulting the countries they served were secretly recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 29, Mali's interim government said it has removed General Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup last year, as head of a military committee tasked with reforming the West African country's armed forces.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, Mali officials said at least 23 people have been killed in flash floods caused by torrential rain in Bamako. The next day the death toll was raised to 34.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)(AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 29, In New Zealand former Wellington financial adviser David Ross pleaded guilty to running a $300 million Ponzi scheme, the country's largest ever.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, A Pakistani judicial official overturned the 33-year jail sentence passed on Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011. A new trial was ordered on the grounds that another official had exceeded his authority when handing down last year's sentence. Afridi remained in custody.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Papua New Guinea Steven Tari and a follower were killed  as they attacked a young woman in Madang. Tari, an infamous cult leader known as "Black Jesus" and suspected of cannibalism, had been on the run since escaping from a Madang prison during a mass break-out with 48 others in March.
    (AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Rwanda 2 people were killed when an artillery shell crashed close to a market in the frontier town of Gisenyi, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, In Yemen suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen in Huta shot dead Salem Ahmed Hasan (29) because they believed he was a homosexual.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)

2013        Aug 30, The United States found itself with France as its only major partner in a potential strike against Syria, after a stunning rejection of military force in Parliament forced Britain, America's staunchest ally, to pull out of any operation.
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, President Barack Obama said he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria's government carried out last week.
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, Pres. Obama met at the White House with the three Baltic leaders.
    (AP, 8/31/13)
2013        Aug 30, In northern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked people leaving a memorial service at a mosque in Kunduz province, killing his apparent target, a Dashi Archi district chief, and 7 others with 11 wounded. In Helmand province 12 people were killed in an ambush involving a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 8/30/13)(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A7)(SFC, 8/31/13, p.A6)
2013        Aug 30, Chinese official Yang Dacai, former head of the work safety administration in Shaanxi province, went on trial for corruption. His penchant for luxury watches sparked outrage after he was pictured smiling at the scene of a fatal accident. On Sep 5 Dacai was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
    (AFP, 8/30/13)(Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Aug 30, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos ordered troops to provide security in Bogota and patrol the nation’s highways after violent protests in support of striking farmworkers left two dead in Bogota.
    (AFP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, In CongoDRC rebels entrenched in the hills above Goma declared a unilateral ceasefire and began retreating from the frontline, the first indication that a joint United Nations and Congolese offensive might be gaining the upper hand.
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, In Egypt unidentified gunmen in two cars opened fire on a police station in the upscale Cairo neighborhood of Heliopolis, killing an officer. The drive-by attack happened ahead of planned nationwide protests by the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, In northern Iraq a bomb blast in a residential area of Tuz Khormato killed 12 and wounded 10.
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, Seamus Heaney (74), Ireland's foremost poet and Nobel Prize winner (1995), died in Dublin after a half-century exploring the beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation's soul.
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, Lebanon charged five men, including a Sunni Muslim cleric close to the Syrian government, over bomb attacks on two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli last week that killed at least 42 people.
    (Reuters, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Islamic sect members ambushed and killed at least 24 members of a youth vigilante group who were on a mission to find and fight the sect.
    (AP, 8/31/13)
2013        Aug 30, Paraguay was welcomed back into a group of South American nations known as UNASUR meeting in Suriname.
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, In Puerto Rico Dino Bouterse, the son of the president of the South American country of Suriname, was arrested on US drug charges.
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, Russia banned pork imports from Belarus, stepping up a diplomatic and trade war over the arrest of Uralkali's CEO, Vladislav Baumgertner, a Russian businessman, and threatening to deepen the isolation of its former Soviet ally. The dispute followed the collapse this month of a Russia-Belarus sales cartel that controlled two-fifths of the $20-billion global market for potash, an ingredient used in mineral fertilizers.
    (Reuters, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, In Saudi Arabia another Saudi man died of the coronavirus MERS, bringing the kingdom's death toll from the SARS-like virus to 43.
    {Saudi Arabia, Microbiology}
    (AP, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he had no legal powers to allow jailed rival Yulia Tymoshenko to go abroad for medical treatment as some European governments have urged, but hinted compromise might be found if the law was changed.
    (Reuters, 8/30/13)
2013        Aug 30, In Yemen a drone strike reportedly killed Al-Qaeda leader Qaeed al-Dhahab and two other men.
    (AFP, 8/30/13)

2013        Aug 31, President Barack Obama said that he would seek Congress approval for a military strike on Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/1/13)
2013        Aug 31, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a police checkpoint and a bank in Kandahar leaving 6 people dead. A NATO service member was killed by insurgents in the country's east. A roadside bomb killed 8 Afghan employees of a private mining company in Parwan province.
    (AP, 8/31/13)(AP, 9/1/13)(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A7)
2013        Aug 31, Veteran British journalist and broadcaster David Frost (74), who won fame around the world for his TV interviews with former President Richard Nixon, died aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech.
    (AP, 9/1/13)
2013        Aug 31, In China an ammonia leak from a cold storage unit at a food company in Shanghai killed 15 people and sickened dozens.
    (AFP, 8/31/13)
2013        Aug 31, In China a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit a remote part of Yunnan province near the popular tourist area of Shangri-La, killing 5 people and injuring 24 more.
    (AFP, 8/31/13)
2013        Aug 31, An Indian teenager was sentenced to three years in juvenile detention for the December gang rape of a trainee physiotherapist, the first verdict in a case that sparked debate over whether India is too soft on young offenders. The woman died in a Singapore hospital two weeks after the December 16 attack.
    (Reuters, 8/31/13)
2013        Aug 31, In Iraq hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Baghdad as well as central and southern Iraq against generous pension payments to lawmakers as many still struggled to get jobs and basic services. A bombing and shootings in and west of Baghdad killed 13 people. A car bomb killed 12 people and wounded at least 20 other in Ramadi.
    (Reuters, 8/31/13)(AP, 8/31/13)(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 31, In northwest Pakistan a US drone killed at least 4 militants in a missile strike targeting a compound in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 8/31/13)
2013        Aug 31, Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, hosted TEDx talks. Academics, activists artists and entrepreneurs gathered to challenge the negative images of the infamously dangerous and war-ravaged city.
    (AFP, 8/31/13)

2013        Aug, The Oklahoma chapter of the ACLU sued Oklahoma for violating a section of state law forbidding the use of public property to support any system of religion.
    (Econ, 12/14/13, p.41)
2013        Aug, China issued a secret directive known as Document Number Nine that spoke of the threat posed by ideas such as universal values, civil society and press freedom.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lxt9a2y)(Econ., 2/28/15, p.37)
2013        Aug, Sri Lanka’s Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered a new inquiry into missing people from the civil war. The Red Cross had counted 156,000 missing since 1990.
    (Econ, 3/8/14, p.44)
2013        Aug, In Syria two cylinders containing sarin were reportedly seized by the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic in an area reportedly under the control of armed opposition groups.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)

2013        Sep 1, The new eastern half of the SF Bay Bridge opened for traffic following a shutdown that began Aug 28.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A1)
2013        Sep 1, New York City officials cancelled the last day of the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall Island following 2 deaths the previous evening due to use of the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy.
    (SFC, 9/2/13, p.A7)
2013        Sep 1, In NYC Antiq Hennis (1) was shot and killed in his stroller as 2 gunmen fired multiple shots at his father, Anthony Hennis (21). On Sep 6 two men were arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with the shooting.
    (SFC, 9/7/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 1, In Afghanistan the badly beaten, bullet-riddled bodies of 7 Afghan soldiers were found dumped in Ghazni province, apparent victims of insurgents. In Ghazni's Qarabagh district 2 Afghans, involved in civilian militias that resist the Taliban, were killed during a gunfight with militants.
    (AP, 9/1/13)
2013        Sep 1, China announced investigation proceedings for Jiang Jiemin, the government minister responsible for state owned assets, for “discipline violations," a party euphemism for corruption.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.47)
2013        Sep 1, Dominican Rep. officials uncovered an underground lab for processing cocaine near Saban Toro. 2 Colombians faced drug charges.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 1, In India Asaram Bapu, a controversial spiritual guru, was arrested on a rape charge filed by a teenage girl in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.
    (AP, 9/1/13)
2013        Sep 1, In Iraq members of an Iranian dissident group were killed at Camp Ashraf, home to about 100 members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. MEK spokesman, Shahin Gobadi, said 52 were killed and some of them were found handcuffed behind the back.
    (AP, 9/1/13)(SFC, 9/2/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 1, Mexican police launched tear gas at protestors who threw rocks and firebombs in Mexico City, leaving two officers injured during a demonstration against President Nieto's education reform agenda.
    (AFP, 9/1/13)
2013        Sep 1, Mexican authorities said police have detained a 47-year-old man known as "Ugly Betty," the alleged leader of the New Juarez Cartel.
    (AFP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 1, At least 9 Pakistani servicemen were killed when a roadside bomb hit an army convoy passing through North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 9/1/13)
2013        Sep 1, In Romania thousands of people took to the streets to protest against shale gas exploration and a controversial Canadian gold mine project using cyanide.
    (AFP, 9/1/13)
2013        Sep 1, In Syria at least 42 were killed after regime forces retaliated for a rebel attack on army positions  around the town of Rouhayba, northeast of Damascus.
    (AFP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 1, In Yemen thousands of protesters held a protest in the southern city of Aden to renew calls for independence from the north and reject the Sanaa government's apology for a 1994 civil war.
    (AFP, 9/1/13)

2013        Sep 2, US endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (64), on her 5th attempt, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 2, Microsoft Corp. announced that it is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services for  5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market.
    (AP, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 2, Verizon Communications agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone Group out of its US wireless business, signing history's third largest corporate deal announcement to bring an end to an often tense 14-year marriage. Verizon issued $49 billion in bonds to finance the deal.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.79)
2013        Sep 2, In Afghanistan militants attacked a US base near the border with Pakistan, setting off bombs, torching vehicles and shutting down a key road used by NATO supply trucks. At least three people, apparently all attacking insurgents, were killed in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Belarus authorities issued an arrest warrant for Suleyman Kerimov (47), a Russian billionaire who co-owns the Moscow-based potash company Uralkali, as a power struggle escalated over exports of the fertilizer.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Cambodian staff at a Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal went on strike, as a funding crisis deepened at a court already bogged down by resignations, political interference and the frail health of its elderly defendants.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, In China people began noticing dead fish along a 19-mile stretch of the Fuhe River in Hubei province. High levels of ammonia pollution from a plant owned by the Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Co. was blamed.
    (SFC, 9/5/13, p.A7)
2013        Sep 2, Sixteen members of Colombia's Cabinet presented their resignations to President Juan Manuel Santos o pave the way for changes he may want to make after a protest in the farming sector turned violent last week.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, A court in Cyprus ordered the extradition of Dinos Michaelides, a former Cypriot interior minister, to Greece for questioning related to corruption charges against Akis Tsohatzopoulos, a once-powerful Greek politician, who is now in jail.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, An Egyptian judicial panel advised a court to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a legally registered non-governmental organization, posing a legal challenge to the group as the army-backed government presses a crackdown.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, India's upper house of parliament approved a $20 billion scheme to distribute subsidized wheat and rice to 800 million people, backing an anti-malnutrition drive that investors fear will mean missing the fiscal deficit target.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Iran's Foreign Ministry said that six Slovaks, arrested last June, were released from prison and handed over to Slovak Embassy officials in Tehran. Two others remained in detention.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, In Iraq two suicide bombers attacked the motorcade of Wisam al-Hardan, recently appointed head of the Sunni militia known as Sahwa, near his house in Baghdad's western Harthiyah neighborhood. He escaped the assassination attempt but 5 bodyguards were killed and four others wounded.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Myanmar’s state Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of monks, responsible for regulating the Buddhist clergy, prohibited the creation of formal organizations based around the 969 movement, led by Wirathu. The numerals 969, which refer to the attributes of the Buddha, his teachings and the monkhood, have come to symbolize a movement aimed at isolating Muslims, who make up 5% of Myanmar's 60 million people.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.46)
2013        Sep 2, Senegal's new PM Aminata Toure named a cabinet, putting a veteran human rights campaigner in the key post of justice minister, suggesting high-profile graft and rights cases were likely to remain a priority.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, In South Africa industrial action paralysed construction and automotive sectors, but tens of thousands of petrol attendants delayed a strike.
    (AFP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Spanish police said they have arrested a gang of 10 bank robbers in Madrid who used the drains to enter and flee from bank branches.
    (AFP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, The first of more than 100 senior Turkish army officers began testifying in court over their alleged role in ousting Turkey's first Islamist-led government in 1997.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)

2013        Sep 3, In northern California the supervisors of Siskiyou County voted 4-1 to secede from the rest of the sate. They hoped to revitalize the 1941 regional secessionist movement to form the new state of Jefferson.
    (SFC, 9/5/13, p.A1)
2013        Sep 3, In Ohio Ariel Castro, sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape and beatings of three Cleveland women he held captive in his house for a decade, was found hanged in his prison cell. Authorities later said his death may have been due to autoerotic asphyxiation. Consultants later said he committed suicide by hanging.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A7)
2013        Sep 3, Former NBA star Dennis Rodman flew to North Korea to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and bridge some cultural gaps — but not to be a diplomat.
    (AP, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, Ronald Coase, British-born US economist, died in Chicago. He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1991. His 1960 article, "The Problem of Social Cost," was the basis for the famous Coase Theorem. It suggests that well-defined property rights could overcome non-market forces.
    (AFP, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, In northern Bosnia some 140 miners barricaded themselves 250 meters below ground at a mine and threatened to go on hunger strike in a row over recruitment and pay.
    (Reuters, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, Egypt’s interim Pres. Adli Mansour, in his first televised interview, said “the era of pharaonic rule is over" as he explained why he has lifted a legal ban against insulting Egypt’s leader.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.51)
2013        Sep 3, Egyptian helicopter gunships fired rockets at militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 8 and injuring 15 others in an ongoing campaign to put down Islamic radicals who have escalated attacks in the largely lawless region.
    (AP, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, An Egyptian military official says a military tribunal has sentenced 11 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to life imprisonment and 45 others to five years in prison over charges of assaulting army troops during riots on Aug 14 and 16 in Suez city.
    (AP, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, A Cairo court ordered the closure of four television channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AFP, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, An Indian report said a woman dies at the rate of almost one an hour in disputes over how much her family has paid in dowry for her marriage.
    (SFC, 9/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 3,  In Iraq shootings and a car bombing in and south of Baghdad killed at least 67 people.
    (AP, 9/4/13)(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 3, Japan’s government announced that it will spend $470 mikllion on a subterranean ice wall and other steps to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. One of the country’s two remaining working nuclear reactors was taken offline, with the other to be shut down later this month and no restarts in sight amid public hostility to nuclear power.
    (SFC, 9/4/13, p.A4)(AFP, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, Romania launched a criminal inquiry against Alexandru Visinescu (88), a communist jail commander from the 1960s, who is accused of crimes against humanity.
    (Reuters, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, Syrian forces seized the strategic northern town of Ariha, in a move that would open the supply line between the coastal stronghold and pockets of army control in a region that is largely rebel controlled.
    (Reuters, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, The Syrian opposition said a Syrian forensic medicine expert with evidence that Pres. Bashar al-Assad's administration used chemical weapons in an attack near Aleppo in March has defected to Turkey.
    (Reuters, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, Former Syrian Defense Minister General Ali Habib, a senior member, a prominent member of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, defected and crossed into Turkey.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 3, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich urged parliament to pass laws to underpin the country's pro-Europe drive, even as Russia renewed pressure on Kiev to halt its westward course.
    (Reuters, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, In Venezuela a blackout hit much of the country including the capital Caracas, but the oil industry was not affected and the government said it expected power to be restored within hours.
    (Reuters, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 3, In Yemen 6 suspected al-Qaida militants and 2 citizens fighting them were killed in separate clashes between members of the terror group and armed residents who repelled attempts to retake their communities in Yafaa and Lawder in southern Lahj and Abyan province.
    (AP, 9/3/13)

2013        Sep 4, President Barack Obama opened a three-day overseas trip with a stop in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.
    (AP, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a legislative decree giving minority Hindus and Sikhs a reserved seat in the country's lower house of parliament for the next parliamentary elections in 2015.
    (AP, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, In Bulgaria hundreds of protesters rallied in Sofia in front of parliament, demanding the resignation of the Socialist-led government that they accuse of having murky links to influential business circles.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, Chinese state media reported that Zhang Shugung (57), a former deputy chief from the Railroad Ministry, has been charged with accepting nearly $8 million in bribes. His house in the Los Angeles suburb of Walnut had drawn the attention of anticorruption officials and he was fired in 2011.
    (SFC, 9/5/13, p.A7)
2013        Sep 4, An Egyptian policeman was shot dead and another wounded at a checkpoint in the southern town of Aswan. The attack was carried out by relatives of a man killed earlier in an exchange of fire with police at the checkpoint.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, Gabon officials said a corruption investigation has revealed the existence of about 3,000 fake civil servants who receive monthly government salaries despite holding no official positions.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, In India Raghuram Rajan became the nation’s 23rd governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.69)
2013        Sep 4, India's lower house of parliament approved changes aimed at luring foreign asset managers to run retirement funds, a small victory in government efforts to rescue the economy before elections next year.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, Indian security forces nabbed Talib Lali, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, one of five militant groups at large in Kashmir.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.42)
2013        Sep 4, In India holyman Baba Premdas (60) was found bleeding late in northern Uttar Pradesh state after severing his genitals in what reports said was a protest at last week's arrest of Asaram Bapu, a self-styled Hindu holyman.
    (AFP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 4, In Iraq gunmen shot dead at least 16 members of a Shi'ite Muslim family before blowing up their two homes overnight in Latifiya. A suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in Mosul, killing 5 policemen. A roadside bomb also struck a patrol in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad, killing 5 soldiers.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping reform of the notoriously dysfunctional public school system, handing President Enrique Pena Nieto an important victory in his push to remake some of his country's worst-run institutions.
    (AP, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, In Pakistan a senior navy officer was shot dead and his Swedish wife wounded in the port city of Karachi.
    (AFP, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, The IMF approved a $6.7 billion loan for Pakistan in an effort to help the strategic country stave off an economic crisis.
    (AP, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, Qatar reported that a woman has died after contracting the MERS coronavirus, becoming the first recorded fatality from the SARS-like virus in the Gulf state.
    (AFP, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, In South Africa two of the seven gold mine producers touched by a pay strike said they have struck a wage settlement with unions as the work stoppage entered day two.
    (AFP, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, South Korea's parliament voted overwhelmingly on to allow the arrest of Lee Seok-ki, one of its members accused of conspiracy to overthrow the government and introduce a North Korean-style regime. On Feb 17, 2014, Seok-ki was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)(Econ, 1/17/15, p.3)
2013        Sep 4, South Korea’s Samsung set the price of its new Galaxy Gear wristwatch at $299 with sales to begin Sep 25.
    (SFC, 9/5/13, p.C3)
2013        Sep 4, Spanish correspondent Marc Marginedas was abducted near the central Syrian city of Hama by Islamic State fighters. He was released on Mar 3, 2014.
    (AP, 3/2/14)
 2013        Sep 4, In Thailand tens of thousands of rubber farmers, protesting against a sharp drop in prices, escalated protests across southern Thailand, cutting off access to large swathes of the region by blocking roads leading to tourist and commercial hubs.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)

2013        Sep 5, President Barack Obama flew to St. Petersburg, Russia, for meetings with world leaders at the Group of 20 summit.
    (AP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, Jose Trevino Morales (42), the brother of two kingpins of Mexico's infamous Zetas drug cartel, was sentenced to 20 years in US federal prison for his role in laundering money for the gang through the buying, training and racing of American quarter horses.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, The US Secret Service, protector of the world's most widely traded currency, said that Peru has in the past two years overtaken Colombia as the No. 1 source of counterfeit US dollars.
    (AP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, California’s Dept. of Corrections said the 100 remaining hunger strikers had resumed eating ending a two-month hunger strike over the use of isolation cells. Inmate leaders said legislators had agreed to hold hearings on state prison conditions.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.D1)
2013        Sep 5, San Francisco parks employee Thomas Burnoski (58) ran over Christine Svanemyr (35) of Daly City as she was lying in the grass in Holly Park with her baby and dog. Svanemyr was killed. On Nov 1 Burnoski received notice of termination.
    (SFC, 9/7/13, p.A1)(SFC, 11/2/13, p.C2)
2013        Sep 5, California’s Rim Fire was now 80% contained. Since August 17 it has burned over 370 square miles.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A11)
2013        Sep 5, Leaders of San Antonio, Texas, approved antibias protections for gay and transgender residents despite the disapproval of top Texas Republicans and religious conservatives.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 5, In Afghanistan Sushmita Banerjee, an Indian woman whose memoir about life under Taliban rule was turned into a Bollywood movie, was shot dead by suspected members of the Islamist militia. On Sep 9 police detained two insurgents suspected in her killing.
    (AP, 9/5/13)(SFC, 9/10/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 5, In Egypt the driver of a car used in an attempt to blow up the interior minister died during the attack. Police killed two attackers who were trying to assassinate the interior minister. Al-Qaida-inspired militants on Oct 26 posted a video saying Waleed Badr, ex-Egyptian army officer, carried out the suicide bombing.
    (AP, 9/5/13)(Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, In Indonesia some 1,000 members of the Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia resumed protests against the Miss World pageant to be held this weekend in Bali.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 5, Kenya’s parliament voted to pull out of the Int’l. Criminal Court (ICC), after legislators staged what amounted to a parliamentary revolt against the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, scheduled to start next week.
    (AP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 5, Malawi said it plans to use the $15 million it gained from selling its presidential jet to feed the more than 1 million people suffering chronic food shortages.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, Mali's new president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita made leading economist Oumar Tatam Ly his prime minister.
    (AFP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, In Nigeria gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists stormed the northeastern town of Gajiran, opening fire in a market and killing 15 people.
    (AFP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 5, North Korea agreed to restore a cross-border military hotline with South Korea.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 5, South Africa’s department of environmental affairs said poachers have killed more than 600 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, with losses close to the total number of animals slaughtered in 2012.
    (AFP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, Syrian government troops battled al-Qaida-linked rebels over a regime-held Christian village in western Syria for the second day.
    (AP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, In southern Thailand rubber farmers clashed with police and threatened to shut down city halls in 14 southern provinces after the government rejected their demands for price rises.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, An activist said 18 jailed United Arab Emirates nationals are on hunger strike in protest at what they say is ill-treatment following their conviction of plotting to overthrow the government.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)

2013        Sep 6, Afghanistan began releasing 11 Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, a female member of the Afghan Parliament.
    (SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 6, In Colombia alleged drug don, Claudio Baez, was arrested as he headed to a football match in Barranquilla.
    (AFP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 6, In Egypt thopusands of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the nation's ousted president protested across the country against the military-backed government.
    (AP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, German police raided a Christian sect on suspicion of child abuse and took 40 children into foster care. Members of the “Twelve Tribes" sect, founded by a Tennessee teacher in the 1970s, acknowledged that they believe in spanking their children, but denied wrongdoing.
    (SFC, 9/7/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 6, Israeli police fired stun grenades at Palestinian protesters after Friday prayers in Jerusalem's Old City, arresting 15 of them after youths threw stones at Israeli security forces.
    (AFP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, The Netherlands supreme court ruled that the Dutch state is liable for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslims who were expelled from a UN compound at Srebrenica in 1995.
    (AFP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, In Nigeria Anglican Archbishop Ignatius Kattey and his wife were kidnapped in Port Harcourt. His wife was soon released.
    (Econ, 9/14/13, p.57)
2013        Sep 6, G20 leaders meeting in Russia committed to crack down on cross-border companies that use tax havens. They also agreed on a plan to share information on individual taxpayers by the end of 2015.
    (AP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, In Pakistan Sangeen Zadran (45), a senior militant commander linked to the kidnap of a US soldier, was killed along with others in a suspected US drone strike in North Waziristan. The dead also included Zubir al Muzi (32), an Egyptian national and al Qaeda commander who was an expert in explosives. 3 Jordanians and 2 local fighters were also killed.
    (Reuters, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, In Pakistan Hafiz Saeed, an Islamist with a $10 million US bounty on his head, appeared openly at a rally in Islamabad, denouncing India as a terrorist state as thousands of his supporters chanted for "holy war" against the rival nuclear nation.
    (Reuters, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 6, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry said 2 women have died of MERS, bringing the total number of fatalities in the kingdom to 44.
    (AFP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, Somalia said that international investigators commissioned by its government had cleared it of corruption accusations leveled by United Nations monitors.
    (Reuters, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, Some South African gold miners ended their strike for higher wages and were heading back to work after just three days, bolstering confidence the strike could be formally called off today.
    (Reuters, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, South Korea extended a ban on Japanese fishery imports to a larger area around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant due to growing concerns over radiation contamination.
    (Reuters, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, Thailand's government said it had reached a deal with most rubber farmers in the country's south demanding greater state support for rubber prices, signaling a breakthrough in a two-week long protest.
    (Reuters, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 6, Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan said almost all leaders at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg accepted the need for an operation to be carried out against Syria following a chemical weapons attack there last month.
    (Reuters, 9/6/13)

2013        Sep 7, NASA launched the unmanned LADEE spacecraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It aimed to study the Moon's atmosphere was the US space agency's third lunar probe in five years.
    (AP, 9/7/13)(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A8)
2013        Sep 7, Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman returned from his second visit to North Korea this year where he again met the reclusive country's leader Kim Jong-un. "He is my friend for life. I don't care what you guys think about him. I don't give a shit about what people around the world think about him."
    (Reuters, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, In Afghanistan a crowd of several hundred rallied outside the consulate in Herat city to protest its failure to grant visas. Security forces opened fire, killing one and wounding three. Female parliamentarian  Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was freed by the Taliban in exchange for four militants.
    (AP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, In Afghanistan a NATO airstrike targeting insurgents in Kunar province hit a pickup truck carrying up to ten militants, amid reports that at least 8 civilians, including 7 women and children, were among the dead.
    (Reuters, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 7, Australia's conservative opposition swept to power, ending six years of Labor Party rule and winning over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated tax on carbon emissions, boost a flagging economy and bring about political stability after years of Labor infighting. Opposition leader Tony Abbott (55)  will become PM in three months.
    (AP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, British police arrested more than 160 people in east London during rival protests by hundreds of anti-Islamist activists and thousands of counter-demonstrators near an area home to one of Britain's largest Muslim communities.
    (Reuters, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, Thousands of Cambodians, many holding lotus flowers symbolizing peace, joined a mass protest in the capital Phnom Penh in a last-ditch bid to challenge PM Hun Sen's disputed election win. The CPP took 68 seats to 55 for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), according to the country's National Election Committee.
    (AFP, 9/7/13)(AFP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 7, Egyptian helicopter gunships and tanks pounded suspected hideouts of Islamic militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula in a major new offensive in the insurgent stronghold.
    (AP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the EU's 28 nations agreed that available information seemed to show strong evidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on civilians in August.
    (Reuters, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, The Indian army was called in to contain communal violence pitting Hindu Jats against Muslims that killed at least 10 people in northern Uttar Pradesh state. 19 people were killed in Kawal village. The death toll in the district of Muzaffarnagar rose to 31 by the end of the weekend.
    (Reuters, 9/8/13)(AP, 9/9/13)(SFC, 9/9/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 7, In Iraq attacks north of Baghdad, including a suicide bombing at a government building and the detonation of a booby-trapped corpse, killed 4 people.
    (AFP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, The Italian film "Sacro GRA," a documentary about life along the highway that circles Rome by director Gianfranco Rosi, won the Golden Lion for best film at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
    (AP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, The International Olympic Committee selected Tokyo for the 2020 Games.
    (AP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, The Maldives held elections. Mohamed Nasheed, ousted from power last year, emerged as the clear leader with 45% of the vote, short of the 50% needed to avoid a Sep 28 runoff against Yaamin Abdul Qayyoom.
    (SFC, 9/9/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 7, The Nigerian army said it had tracked down and killed 50 members of Boko Haram, days after the Islamist sect was blamed for killing 20 villagers in raids in its northeastern stronghold.
    (Reuters, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, Pakistan freed seven Afghan Taliban in an attempt to improve its troubled relations with the South Asian neighbor, but risked angering Afghanistan by not handing them over directly to the Kabul authorities.
    (Reuters, 9/7/13)(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 7, Somali militants attacked a restaurant near Mogadishu's seat of government for the second time in less than a year, detonating two large blasts that killed at least 15 people and wounded nearly two dozen.
    (AP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, In Syria  heavy government shelling of rebel positions near Damascus killed 16 people.
    (AP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, Thousands of Tunisians took to the streets of Bardo, near the capital Tunis, calling for the government led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party to step down.
    (AFP, 9/7/13)
2013        Sep 7, In Yemen a suspected Islamist militant was killed when a bomb he was trying to plant in the car of an intelligence officer in Sanaa exploded in his hands.
    (Reuters, 9/7/13)

2013        Sep 8, The US National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users' data on all major smartphones, according to a report today in German news weekly Der Spiegel.
    (AP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, In the SF Bay Area a wildfire near Mount Diable State Park burned over 800 acres.
    (SFC, 9/9/13, p.A1)
2013        Sep 8, Cal Worthington (92), a car dealer who made himself famous with offbeat TV commercials, died at his California ranch.
    (SFC, 9/11/13, p.D3)
2013        Sep 8, In Afghanistan Taliban militants detonated a car bomb outside an Afghan intelligence office near Kabul and then tried to attack it on foot with guns. At least 4 soldiers guarding the compound were killed and 6 insurgents died in the assault.
    (AP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, Cambodia's election committee handed victory in hotly disputed polls to the ruling party of PM Hun Sen, prompting the opposition to say it will boycott parliament and stage further protests over allegations of widespread fraud.
    (AFP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, Former presidential candidate and opposition leader Amr Mussa was elected head of Egypt's 50-member panel that has been tasked with drawing up a new constitution.
    (AFP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, Egyptian Gen. Osama Askar, commander of the 3rd Army, told reporters that the shoulder-fired SAM-7 missiles were found in a mosque and in homes of suspected militants in the southern part of Sheikh Zuweyid town, near the border with the Gaza Strip and Israel.
    (AP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, In Guatemala at least 11 people were killed and another 15 injured in an armed standoff at a liquor store in the village of San Jose Nacahuil.
    (AFP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 8, Indonesia moved the final round of the Miss World pageant from Java island to Bali amid protests by hard-line Muslims.
    (SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A3)
2013        Sep 8, Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a sweeping overhaul of his country’s tax system.
    (SFC, 9/9/13, p.A4)   
2013        Sep 8, In northeast Nigeria an attack by suspected Islamic sect members on Benisheik, a town guarded by a vigilante group, killed at least 18 people and injured 17.
    (AP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, Pakistani Pres. Asif Ali Zardari stepped down at the end of his 5-year term becoming the first democratically elected president in Pakistan’s history to complete his full term in office.
    (SFC, 9/9/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 8, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (37) faced off against Sergei Sobyanin, a Kremlin ally, in a Moscow mayoral election with high stakes for both President Vladimir Putin and his foes.
    (AP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, In Saudi Arabia another three people were reported dead after contracting the MERS coronavirus, bringing the kingdom's total fatalities of the SARS-like virus to 47.
    (AFP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, The Somali authorities launched a campaign aimed at getting one million children in the war-torn nation into school.
    (AFP, 9/8/13)
2013        Sep 8, In Sudan Yousef Mohammed Saleh Lebis, jailed in connection with an alleged coup attempt nine years ago, walked free following a pardon by President Omar al-Bashir.
    (AFP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 8, Syrian activists said rebels including al-Qaida-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of Damascus. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning.
    (AP, 9/8/13)

2013        Sep 9, The US Lasker Awards were announced. Richard Scheller and Thomas Sudhof won the basic medical research category for their research on how neurons communicate with one another. They will split the $250,000 prize.
    (SFC, 9/10/13, p.C1)
2013        Sep 9, In California the SF Bay Area Morgan Fire on Mount Diablo expanded to 3,700 acres.
    (SFC, 9/10/13, p.A1)
2013        Sep 9, Saul Landau (77), a SF Bay Area documentary filmmaker and author, died at his home in Alameda. He made over 40 films, mostly public TV specials.
    (SFC, 9/12/13, p.D7)
2013        Sep 9, In Florida Rebecca Ann Sedwick (12) jumped to her death at a former cement business in Lakeland. Investigators said she was despondent after others posted hate messages to her online. On Oct 15 police said two girls of Crystal Lake Middle School, ages 12 and 14, have been arrested for bullying Sedwick. On Nov 20 prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated stalking against the two girls. 
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A8)(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A12)(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A8)
2013        Sep 9, In Hawaii a pipe used to load molasses from storage tanks to ships leaked and caused some 1,400 tons to ooze into Honolulu waters. Hundreds of fish were reported killed and more were expected to die. Matson Navigation repaired the pipe and leaking stopped Sep 10.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A10)
2013        Sep 9, The CAR presidency said at least 60 people have been killed in the last two days in fighting between the new Central African Republic president's forces and those loyal to ousted leader Francois Bozize.
    (AFP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, Chilean press reported that the US has spied on communications from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Uruguay from the island of Ascension according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
    (SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 9, China charged well-known businesswoman Ding Shumiao (58), who has ties to a disgraced former railways minister, with bribery and illegal business activities.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, China unveiled tough measures to stop the spread of what the government calls irresponsible rumors, threatening three years in jail if untrue posts online are widely reposted, drawing an angry response from Chinese internet users.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, In southern China an explosion outside a primary school in Guilin, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, killed two people and injured 44 others, most of them schoolchildren. The blast occurred as a man riding a motorcycle passed the school gate while children were arriving for classes.
    (AFP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, In the Republic of Congo a court convicted and sentenced six people for contributing to an arms depot fire, which set off a deadly string of explosions in 2012, killing close to 300 people.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 9, Egyptian army troops, backed by helicopter gunships, attacked hideouts of Islamic militants in Sinai, killing nine and arresting 10.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 9, In France four men rammed their car into an upmarket jewellery store in central Paris, smashing the shop window and making off with a two-million-euro ($2.6-million) booty.
    (AFP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, In Guatemala at least 44 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus went off a cliff on a hairpin bend, tumbling some 200 meters (660 feet) into a river at the bottom of a ravine near San Martin Jilotepeque.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)(SFC, 9/10/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 9, In Iran 44 people were killed and 39 injured when two passenger buses collided outside Tehran and caught fire.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 9, In Iraq twin bombings near an oil refinery north of Baghdad were among a series of attacks that killed 8 people.
    (AFP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, Kosovo officials said they have banned the import of all products from neighboring Macedonia, in a tit-for-tat trade dispute that could cost Macedonian producers one of their most lucrative markets. A day earlier Skopje said it would impose fees on all Kosovo citizens entering Macedonia.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, Kurdish rebels announced they are suspending their withdrawal from Turkey into bases in northern Iraq over what they say is the Turkish government's failure to advance peace talks aimed at ending a nearly 30-year-old conflict.
    (AP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, Norwegian voters cast ballots in a parliamentary election. A strong showing was expected for the anti-immigration Progress Party. Erna Solberg (52) led her Conservative Party to victory alongside three other center-right parties, putting an end to eight years of center-left rule.
    (AP, 9/9/13)(AFP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 9, In Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain was sworn in as the new president as political leaders, gathered at a conference led by PM Nawaz Sharif, agreed to negotiate with militant groups in the lawless tribal areas.
    (SFC, 9/10/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 9, In northwestern Pakistan militants beheaded 3 members of an anti-Taliban militia and kidnapped three others.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 9, In the southern Philippines rogue Muslim rebels launched an audacious assault on Zamboanga City, taking control of several villages and shutting down the major port in the biggest challenge to a peace deal signed by the government last year.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, Poland's conservative opposition Law and Justice Party won a parliamentary by-election with an increased margin, delivering a fresh blow to PM Donald Tusk's government.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, A senior Russian diplomat in Georgia's Moscow-backed breakaway Abkhazia region was shot dead by an unidentified gunman.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, The Moscow Election Commission said that former Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin got just over 51% of the vote while Alexei Navalny garnered 27% in second place. Navalny demanded a recount.
    (AP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, In South Africa a strike by petrol station attendants got off to a slow start despite their union calling for them to join a wave of stoppages over wages sweeping the country.
    (AFP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, The Syrian government accepted a Russian proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control to avoid a possible US military strike.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 9, Syrian troops launched an attack on hills overlooking a Christian-majority village near Damascus as fighting in and around Maaloula entered its sixth day.
    (AP, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, Tunisian police arrested a senior leader from a banned Islamist group and killed two other militants during a raid near Tunis.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, In central Turkey Japanese tourist Mai Kurkiharac (22) was stabbed to death and her friend seriously wounded in an attack in Cappadocia.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 9, Yemen tribal sources and an official said at least 42 people have been killed in 10 days of clashes Sunni Islamists and Shiite rebels.
    (AFP, 9/9/13)

2013        Sep 10, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the state of Nevada accusing it of deliberately giving almost 500 psychiatric patients one-way bus tickets to California.
    (SFC, 9/11/13, p.D1)
2013        Sep 10, In Louisiana local and federal law officials said they have arrested Van Draylan Dixson (38), a neighborhood watch volunteer, on suspicion of raping four women in Dallas.
    (SFC, 9/11/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 10, In Afghanistan two roadside bombs killed 11 people, including passengers on a bus that took a detour to avoid a bomb-laden road in Ghazni province. The 2nd bomb was in Helmand province. A suicide car bomb went off in front of an Afghan National Army security post in Logar province wounding four Afghan soldiers.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Albania’s President Bujar Nishani named Edi Rama as prime minister, giving him the mandate to create a new Cabinet after a landslide victory by Rama's Socialist Party-led leftist coalition in June elections.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, The president of Central African Republic dismissed the head of the armed forces after days of fighting with gunmen loyal to ousted leader Francois Bozize that left 100 people dead.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Shareholders of Cyprus' largest bank elected six Russians to sit on its new, 16-member board of directors, a consequence of the country's bailout agreement with international creditors.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Egyptian authorities said they will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathizers of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Egyptian security officials said a series of attacks in the restive Sinai peninsula over the past 24 hours, mostly against soldiers, killed at least four people.
    (AFP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, France announced it will put forward a resolution in the UN Security Council aimed at forcing Syria to ultimately dismantle its chemical weapons program, seizing on a diplomatic opening from Syrian ally Russia amid Western threats of force against President Bashar Assad's regime.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, French trade union strikes against pension reforms won only limited support, with most trains running in a sign President Francois Hollande's modest proposals were unlikely to stir broad opposition.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, German officials said they have seized a functional bomb and several model airplanes that neo-Nazis allegedly wanted to use in an attack against left-wing or anti-Nazi activists.
    (SFC, 9/11/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 10, An Indian court convicted four men in the deadly gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, In Iraq a wave of bombings and a shooting killed 24 people, including 6 shot dead when gunmen stormed a house where a corpse was being ritually washed ahead of a funeral.
    (AFP, 9/10/13)(SFC, 9/11/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 10, Macedonian truck drivers blocked the main border crossing with Kosovo in a deepening trade row between the Balkan neighbors that hurt Macedonian producers in one of their biggest markets.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Nigeria’s  air force bombed two of Boko Haram's camps in a remote and sandy region of Borno state. Soldiers then pursued fleeing insurgents, killing 10 in a gunfight.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 10, In Papua New Guinea a group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers, including one woman, were savagely attacked and injured by bandits with two of their guides hacked to death.
    (AFP, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 10, The Philippine government rushed more troops and police to the south of the country as a standoff between about 200 Muslim rebels and government forces dragged on for a 2nd day with no solution in sight.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Romanian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for a law allowing stray dogs to be put down after a four-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of strays last week.
    (AFP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Russia announced a ban on imports of Moldovan wines and spirits, saying they contained impurities, a move certain to be seen in the small ex-Soviet republic as retaliation for its drive to expand ties with the European Union.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Lawmakers in Switzerland, where prostitution is legal, agreed to make it a criminal act to pay for sex with anyone who is under 18 years old.
    (AP, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, In central Syria Nusra Front al Qaeda-linked rebel fighters shot dead 16 Alawites and six Arab Bedouins after seizing the village of Maksar al-Hesan.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)(Reuters, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 10, Thailand's government doubled its offer of subsidy to help rubber farmers but protesting growers insisted it should meet other demands before they consider cancelling demonstrations planned for the weekend.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)
2013        Sep 10, Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at thousands of people who gathered in Istanbul to protest the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator. Ahmet Atakan died in hospital after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister during clashes between police and around 150 protesters in the southeastern city of Antakya in Hatay province.
    (AFP, 9/10/13)

2013        Sep 11, A court in Central African Republic sentenced 17 Seleka fighters to eight years in prison for theft, rape and pillage, the first ex-rebels to be punished for a wave of violence that has gripped the country since they seized power.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 11, In Egypt’s Sinai area a pair of near-simultaneous suicide bombers rammed their explosives-laden cars into military targets, killing 6 soldiers in Rafah.
    (AP, 9/11/13)(AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 11, The Hamas Islamist group ruling Gaza sought to ease tensions with Cairo by ordering Muslim preachers to mute their criticism of the Egyptian government over what some of the clerics have called its war on Islam.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, The European Union rejected Russian pressure to deter Ukraine and other former Soviet republics from deepening trade ties with Europe, saying any kind of retaliation was unacceptable.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, Attacks in Iraq killed six people, including a school principal who was among several victims in a spate of shootings in the north. A suicide attacker stage a double bombing near a Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad killing at least 35 people.
    (AFP, 9/11/13)(SFC, 9/12/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 11, In Mali at least two soldiers were wounded as the army exchanged fire with "bandits", killing 3 during security operations near the Mauritanian border.
    (AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 11, In Mexico armed men in Michoacan state hacked local congressman Osbaldo Esquivel Lucatero to death with a machete while he was being interviewed by a journalist.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 11, Mozambique's bid to end a conflict with former rebels that has unnerved investors hit an impasse after the group's leader refused to leave his bush camp for talks.
    (AFP, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, A Nigerian spokesman said Pres. President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked nine ministers in his first major cabinet reshuffle since winning an election more than two years ago. Gunmen with explosives and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a police station in Ga’anda village, Adamawa state, killing two officers and injuring another.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)(AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 11, North and South Korea agreed to restart operations at a jointly run factory park that Pyongyang shut down in April during a torrent of threats, the latest sign of easing animosity between the rivals.
    (AP, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, The Pakistani Taliban and the army exchanged prisoners as a confidence building measure ahead of possible peace talks.
    (AP, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, In the Philippines rogue Muslim rebels, seeking to declare an independent state, put a dozen civilians tied together by rope on display as a human shield as a standoff with security forces in Zamboanga entered its third day.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, In eastern Romania some 700 houses were flooded after 12 villages were hit by a six-hour downfall. 8 people died and hundreds were evacuated as torrential rains caused flash flooding.
    (AP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 11, A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts touched down in Kazakhstan after undocking from the International Space Station following 166 days in space.
    (AP, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, In Sierra Leone a statement from the office of the president said Mamoud Tarawalie, the country's deputy education minister, has been relieved of his duties "with immediate effect" because he was facing "sexual assault and rape" allegations.
    (AP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 11, South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters who took to the streets in Johannesburg in anger over the lack of government services.
    (AFP, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, Thousands of Catalan separatists gathered to try to form a 400 Km (250 mile) human chain across the region and renew pressure for a referendum on breaking away from Spain.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, The disciplinary panel of Taiwan's ruling party suspended the speaker of the legislature, a move that could fracture the party and threaten its efforts to develop closer ties with China. Wang Jin-pyng was suspended for allegedly pressuring prosecutors not to appeal the acquittal of an opposition lawmaker.
    (AP, 9/11/13)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.41)
2013        Sep 11, Thai rubber farmers called off demonstrations planned for the weekend after the government doubled its subsidy for production and offered help for people arrested in protests last week.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, UN rights investigators reported that they have established that Syrian government forces were almost certainly responsible for two massacres last May in which up to 450 civilians were killed.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)
2013        Sep 11, The UN Food and Agricultural Organization said one-third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to a loss of $750 billion a year.
    (SFC, 9/12/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 11, Yemen's president ordered the reinstatement of hundreds of senior army and intelligence officers sacked after a 1994 civil war, to hasten reconciliation talks aimed at ending years of political turmoil.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13) 

2013        Sep 12, The California Legislature overwhelmingly approved renaming the western span of the Bay Bridge in honor of former SF Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A1)
2013        Sep 12, Ray Dolby (80), sound pioneer, died at his home in San Francisco. He pioneered the elimination of static noise on cassette tapes.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A1)
2013        Sep 12, In Colorado heavy rains and scarring from recent wildfires sent water crashing down mountainsides along the front range from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. At least 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A8)(Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 12, In New Jersey a fire engulfed dozens of businesses on the Seaside Park portion of the Jersey Shore boardwalk. 32 businesses were destroyed.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A10)
2013        Sep 12, A Pennsylvania judge ordered a suburban Philadelphia court clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 174 licenses were already issued.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A8)
2013        Sep 12, In Tennessee the bodies of a young woman and 3 teenagers were found in a car some 50 miles west of Knoxville. Suspect Jacob Allen Bennett (26) was soon arrested on a parole violation.
    (SFC, 9/14/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 12, Dell CEO Michael Dell won shareholder approval for a planned $24.9 buyout to take the company private.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.C3)
2013        Sep 12, Britain's government officially launched plans to privatize more than half of Royal Mail, saying an initial sale of shares in the state-run postal service would occur within weeks.
    (AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, Burkina Faso's government said it's lowering taxes for civil servants and increasing student loans amid growing unrest over the high cost of education and living.
    (AP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, China's government said it will protect from retribution and attacks people who use the internet to report corruption, but only those who use an officially sanctioned website to do so.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, A court in China's far western region of Xinjiang sentenced three ethnic Uighurs to death for acts of "violent terrorism", including murder and being part of a terrorist organization.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, Egypt’s Interim president Adly Mansour extended by two months the state of emergency in force since mid-August.
    (AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, An Egyptian court acquitted all 14 defendants, including policemen, accused of killing 17 protesters during the bloodiest day of a revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak over two years ago.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, French car makers Bollore and Renault said they would collaborate in the field of electric vehicles.
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.68)
2013        Sep 12, In Iraq a spate of attacks across the country killed 7 people, including three who died when a suicide car bomber struck as recruits were leaving a military base.
    (AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, In Libya fighting in Derj between border guards from the western tribe of Zintan and Garamna tribesmen killed 11, and forced several residents to flee.
    (AP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 12, The Netherlands sought to "close a difficult chapter" with its former colony Indonesia by publicly apologising for mass killings carried out by the Dutch army in the 1940s war of independence.
    (AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, In the Philippines fighting between security forces and rogue Muslim rebels seeking to declare an independent state escalated in Zamboanga City on Mindanao Island, and spread to Basilan island. The attacks involved the Abu Sayaf and the recently formed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Rebels held over 100 hostages in Zamboanga.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13)(SFC, 9/13/13, p.A7)(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 12, Serbia’s deputy PM Aleksandar Vucic said former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who faces aggravated pimping charges in France, will serve as an economic adviser for Serbia's top officials.
    (AP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 12, Somali militants said a rapping jihadi from Alabama was killed in an ambush ordered by al-Shabab. Omar Hammami had ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked militant group and was on the FBI's Most Wanted list with a $5 million reward for his capture.
    (AP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, Syrian President Bashar Assad publicly agreed to a Russian plan to secure and destroy his chemical weapons, but said the proposal would work only if the US halts threats of military action. Syria filed documents at the UN seeking to join the international convention banning chemical weapons.
    (AP, 9/12/13)(AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes between Kurdish fighters and members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the past two days left 13 Kurdish gunmen and 35 militants dead.
    (AP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, A UN official said at least 25,000 Burundian refugees living in Tanzania have been forcibly repatriated over the past month, describing a "dramatic" humanitarian situation.
    (AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, The UN urged the international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the country go hungry.
    (AFP, 9/12/13)
2013        Sep 12, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro launched a state council to counter economic "sabotage" by opposition-linked business leaders he accuses of artificially creating product shortages.
    (Reuters, 9/12/13)

2013        Sep 13, In western Afghanistan Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the US Consulate in Herat, triggering a firefight with security forces in an attack that killed at least 3 Afghans.
    (AP, 9/13/13)(Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, Australian man Tom Denniss (52) completed a grueling run that looped the world, having done the equivalent of a marathon a day for more than 20 months in what he hopes is a record. Denniss began his endurance test on December 31, 2011 at the Sydney Opera House and since then has travelled more than 26,000 km (16,200 miles) over five continents.
    (AFP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, London police arrested 12 men involved in a bold attempt to take control of a bank's computer in order to rob the institution. 4 men were charged the next day with trying to steal millions of pounds from Santander Bank by hacking into its computer system. 8 others were released on police bail pending further enquiries.
    (AP, 9/13/13)(Reuters, 9/14/13)
2013        Sep 13, Burundi opened an investigation into claims that a former ethnic Hutu rebel leader ordered the massacre of Congolese refugees in an attack almost a decade ago. The Banyamulenge, an ethnic Tutsi tribe from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, in August accused Agathon Rwasa of ordering the killing of 166 Banyamulenge seeking refuge inside a camp in Burundi in 2004.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, Central African Republic's new president Michel Djotodia said he was dissolving the Seleka rebel alliance that swept him to power, a group that has since been blamed for a wave of violence.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, Egyptian soldiers backed by attack helicopters swept through several villages in the strategic Sinai peninsula, part of an offensive aimed at driving out al-Qaida-inspired groups.
    (AP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, An Indian court sentenced to death four men for the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows.
    (AP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, In India a homemade bomb exploded at a market  in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, killing at least 8 people.
    (SFC, 9/14/13, p.A3)
2013        Sep 13, In Iraq a bomb struck a Sunni mosque during prayers in Umm al-Adham village, on the outskirts of Baqouba, killing at least 30 people.
    (AFP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, Lithuania made a formal protest to Russia over extra border checks imposed over the last month that are hampering trade as the countries spar over trade relations with Ukraine. Russia and the EU, of which Lithuania holds the rotating presidency, are each trying to convince Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to join their respective trade blocs.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, In Malawi Paul Mphwiyo, an official at the national treasury, suffered gunshot wounds outside his home. Pres. Joyce Banda said he was attacked to stop him from exposing high-level fraud.
    (Econ, 12/7/13, p.50)
2013        Sep 13, In Mexico police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators in the main square of Mexico City, arresting 31 people, as the government took control of the historic center after weeks of protests by teachers.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, In southwestern Pakistan suspected militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at trucks carrying NATO oil supplies, killing a driver.
    (AP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, In Russia a fire killed 37 people in a psychiatric hospital in Luka, a provincial village north of Moscow. This was the second deadly blaze at such a facility this year.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, In Rwanda one person was killed and 14 wounded in a grenade blast in a market in Kigali, the latest in string of such attacks over the past few years.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, South African construction workers ended a three week strike after reaching a 12 percent wage hike deal with employers.
    (AFP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, Human Rights Watch said South Sudan's army has killed almost 100 members of a small tribe, executing some of them in cold blood, during seven months of fighting with rebels in Jonglei state.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, UN investigators said Syrian government forces are bombing and shelling hospitals in rebel-held areas to stop sick and wounded people getting treatment, acts which constitute war crimes.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, It was reported that at least five Venezuelan newspapers have temporarily stopped publishing in recent weeks for lack of paper.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)

2013        Sep 14, The United States and Russia agreed a "framework for elimination of Syrian chemical weapons." General Selim Idris, the head of the opposition Syrian Supreme Military Council, said a US-Russian agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons was a blow to the two-and-a-half-year uprising to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power.
    (Reuters, 9/14/13)
2013        Sep 14, In southern California officials seized some 2,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested 18 people as they tried to bring pot ashore near Santa Barbara.
    (SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A10)
2013        Sep 14, North Carolina police Officer Randall Kerrick shot Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed man, ten times. Ferrell, an ex-college football player, was reportedly seeking assistance after a car accident. On Jan 289, 2014, Kerrick was indicted on a charge of voluntary manslaughter.
    (www.cnn.com/2014/01/27/us/north-carolina-police-shooting/)(Econ, 8/16/14, p.24)
2013        Sep 14, In Afghanistan at least 27 miners were killed in a collapse in a coal mine in the northern province of Samangan.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)
2013        Sep 14, In northern Iraq a suicide bomber killed at least 25 people at the funeral of a member of Iraq's Shabak minority in Ninevah.
    (Reuters, 9/14/13)(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 14, Malaysia's PM Najib Razak announced steps to further boost the economic participation of the ethnic Malay majority, entrenching race-based policies seen as shoring up Malay support ahead of a key ruling party meeting.
    (Reuters, 9/14/13)
2013        Sep 14, In the southern Philippines fighting intensified between government troops and rogue Muslim separatists, shattering a ceasefire almost immediately as it was to go into effect and leaving many residents running low on supplies.
    (Reuters, 9/14/13)
2013        Sep 14, In  Poland some 100,000 union members marched through Warsaw to protest the government’s labor and wage policies.
    (SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 14, Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held suburbs of the capital and government forces clashed with insurgents on the frontlines.
    (Reuters, 9/14/13)
2013        Sep 14, The opposition Syrian National Coalition elected Ahmad Tumeh (48), a moderate Islamist, as provisional prime minister, hoping to avoid being sidelined as world powers renew diplomatic efforts to end the civil war.
    (Reuters, 9/14/13)
2013        Sep 14, Yemeni tribesmen bombed the main oil pipeline in the central Maarib province, the fourth attack on the pipeline in a month.
    (Reuters, 9/14/13)

2013        Sep 15, Nina Davuluri (b.1989) was crowned as Miss America 2014 in Atlantic city, NJ. She became the first Indian American to be chosen as Miss America.
    (SFC, 9/18/13, p.A12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Davuluri)
2013        Sep 15, In Afghanistan female police officer Lieutenant Negar (38) was shot in an assassination attempt, two months after her female predecessor was killed, underscoring worries about both security and the role of women as foreign troops prepare to leave. Negar died the next day.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)(SFC, 9/16/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 15, Cambodia police used teargas, smoke grenades and water cannon to disperse hundreds of demonstrators after a rally in Phnom Penh to push for an independent investigation into the July election they say was fixed to favor the ruling party. One man was shot dead.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)(Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 15, In Iraq a wave of car bombs and shootings across the country killed at least 58 people.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)(SFC, 9/16/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 15, Goods from Kosovo and Macedonia crossed their border, ending a trade dispute that closed the frontier between the Balkan neighbors to goods and vehicles for six days.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)
2013        Sep 15, Mexico’s southwestern Pacific coast was drenched by Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid closed in on the Gulf Coast. Heavy rains and landslides killed at least 21 people and caused the evacuation of thousands of others.
    (SFC, 9/16/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 15, A roadside bomb killed 3 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border. Major General Sanaullah Khan, along with a lieutenant colonel and another soldier, were killed in the Upper Dir district after visiting an outpost near the border.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)
2013        Sep 15, Filipino officials said government forces have killed at least 51 rebels and captured 42. Six police officers have been killed so far along with 4 villagers since the standoff began on Sep 9.
    (SFC, 9/16/13, p.A3).
2013        Sep 15, Romanian gold miners, who staged a five-day protest underground against plans to halt development of the site, ended their sit-in after PM Victor Ponta went into the pit to meet them. Ponta promised them a parliamentary commission to assess the proposed mine (before a vote in parliament.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)
2013        Sep 15, A Yemeni court sentenced three al Qaeda members to jail for plotting to kill President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and target foreign diplomats, including the US ambassador to Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)

2013        Sep 16, The United States and Cuba sat down in Havana for a second round of talks on re-establishing direct mail services between the two countries after a 50-year ban.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, A former US Navy reservist opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 people before he was shot dead by police. He was identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis (35), a civilian contractor from Queens, NY, who most recently resided in Fort Worth, Texas.
    (SFC, 9/17/13, p.A1)
2013        Sep 16, In Colorado 7 people were confirmed dead and at least 1,500 homes destroyed after a week of rare, torrential rains along the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Helicopter search-and-rescue flights resumed in flood-stricken areas.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, Glafira Rosales, a Long Island art dealer, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. She admitted to having fooled two local commercial art galleries in to buying 63 forged works of art for more than $30 million over the past 15 years.
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.12)(http://tinyurl.com/lkxwn8g)
2013        Sep 16, The annual Ig Nobel Prizes were presented at Harvard’s Sanders Theater by the publishers of the Annals of Improbable Research.
    (SFC, 9/17/13, p.C4)
2013        Sep 16, Belgium said it was investigating suspected foreign state espionage against its main telecoms company, which is the top carrier of voice traffic in Africa and the Middle East, and a newspaper pointed the finger at the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, In Cambodia thousands of opposition supporters gathered for a 2nd day in Phnom Penh to push for an independent investigation into the July election.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, Bombardier of Canada launched the maiden flight of its new cSeries narrow-body plane with 100-150 seats.
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.66)
2013        Sep 16, In Chechnya 3 police officers were killed by a suicide bomber who detonated a bomb in a car outside a police station.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, Cuba’s Catholic bishops issued their first pastoral letter in two decades. They called for political reform in tandem with social and economic changes already under way.
    (SFC, 9/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 16, Nine Egyptian policemen were injured when a bomb detonated on a road in North Sinai, scene of a surge in Islamist militancy, near the border with the Gaza Strip.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, Israel's supreme court struck down a year-old law that meant African migrants could be held in detention for up three years without charge.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, Engineering teams on the Italian island of Giglio began lifting the wrecked Costa Concordia liner upright in one of the most complex and costly maritime salvage operations ever attempted.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, In Madagascar a suspected bomb-maker was killed in Antananarivo when an explosive device he is believed to have been building blew up prematurely.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, In Mexico two powerful storms converged from the Pacific and the Gulf, killing at least 42 people and stranding some 40,000 tourists in the Pacific resort of Acapulco amid some of the worst flooding in decades. Half of the remote village of La Pintada was buried in a landslide leaving 68 people missing.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)(SFC, 9/20/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 16, Philippine forces launched air strikes to root out rogue Muslim rebels from a southern city, stepping up efforts to end more than a week of clashes that have killed scores of people.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, Rwandans voted in a parliamentary election that is widely expected to hand an easy win to the ruling coalition in a national assembly that may be asked to change the constitution to allow President Paul Kagame a third term.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, Representatives from 15 Caribbean nations gathered in St. Vincent to seek slavery reparations from Britain, France and the Netherlands.
    (SFC, 9/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 16, International donors promised Somalia 1.8 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in reconstruction aid to back a three-year plan aimed at strengthening the country's economy and building up its fragile security.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, South Korean workers crossed into North Korea as the joint Kaesong industrial zone restarted operations five months after being shuttered by rising military tensions and threats of war.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, South Korea's military shot and killed a man who undertook a rare attempt to enter North Korea by floating across a river that runs near the heavily militarized border.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, In Syria an al-Qaida linked group kidnapped Xavier Espinosa, a Spanish journalist, and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova. Both men were released on March 30, 2014.
    (SFC, 12/11/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/30/14)
2013        Sep 16, Turkish warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter after it crossed into Turkish airspace. Syria's army acknowledged the helicopter had strayed into Turkish airspace for a short time while monitoring "terrorists" moving across the border into Syria, but said it was an accident and that the aircraft was on its way back when it was shot down.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)
2013        Sep 16, UN war crimes investigators said they know of 14 potential chemical attacks in Syria since they began monitoring Syrian human rights abuses in September 2011. UN inspectors confirmed that sarin was used in the mass killing near Damascus on Aug 21.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)(SFC, 9/17/13, p.A3)
2013        Sep 16, In Venezuela a clash between rival gangs killed at least 16 inmates at the  Sabaneta prison in the latest bloodshed to afflict the notoriously over-crowded penal system.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)

2013        Sep 17, Diplomats from the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China met in New York to discuss a Western-drafted resolution on eradicating Syria's chemical arsenal in line with a US-Russian agreement.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, In Massachusetts Geoffrey Portway was sentenced to almost 27 years in prison after prosecutors showed photos of a basement dungeon he had built related to online chats on kidnapping, raping, killing and eating children.
    (SFC, 9/18/13, p.A7)
2013        Sep 17, The Oklahoma governor’s office confirmed that Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the national Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples. State voters had approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that prohibited giving benefits of marriage to gay couples.
    (SFC, 9/18/13, p.A7)
2013        Sep 17, The video game “Grand Theft Auto V," made in Edinburgh, Scotland, by Rockstar North, was released. Take-Two Interactive, the American owner of Rockstar North, expected to take as much as £1 billion in revenues.
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.60)
2013        Sep 17, Bangladesh sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, to death for crimes against humanity in the nation’s 1971 war for independence.
    (SFC, 9/18/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 17, A man (23) was attacked in London in the early hours as he made his way home from a midnight launch event for the notoriously violent videogame "Grand Theft Auto V." Three British teenagers, ages 14-17, were later charged over the stabbing and robbery. The victim remained in hospital in a stable condition. On Sep 20 game's publisher Take-Two Interactive Software said that it had raked in more than a billion dollars during the first three days of sales, smashing previous records.
    (AFP, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 17, Egyptian police arrested Gehad el-Haddad, the main English-language spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood, along with other senior members of the group on charges of inciting violence. Gunmen killed a military officer and a soldier in an attack on an army vehicle northeast of Cairo.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)(SFC, 9/18/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 17, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a report by UN inspectors, who investigated an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria, leaves no doubt about the responsibility of President Bashar al-Assad's government.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, In Greece Pavlos Fissas (34), an anti-racism rapper, was stabbed to death in the Keratsini area west of Athens by a man sympathizing with the far-right Golden Dawn party.
    (Reuters, 9/19/13)(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 17, Guatemalan and US law enforcement agents arrested Waldemar Lorenzana, a suspected Guatemalan drug trafficker wanted for ties to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, the gang run by drug lord Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, In Iraq attacks across the country left 31 people dead. Sunni leaders in Basra said unknown gunmen have killed 17 Sunnis in the Shiite dominated city over the past two weeks.
    (SFC, 9/18/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 17, Israeli soldiers shot dead a 20-year-old Palestinian militant during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Islam al-Tubas, a member of Islamic Jihad, was shot as he tried to flee arrest and after Palestinians shot and threw firebombs.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, In Italy the Costa Concordia liner was pulled upright off the island of Giglio. The vessel will remain in place for some months while it is stabilized and refloated before being towed away to be broken up for scrap.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, In Nigeria extremists disguised in military fatigues attacked in about 20 pickup trucks and two light tanks firing anti-aircraft guns that overwhelmed soldiers armed only with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades in Borno state. Returning villagers the next day found the bodies of 143 civilians killed by the extremists in Benisheik. Two soldiers and three police officers also were killed.
    (AP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 17, Hundreds of Africans seeking to enter Europe made a coordinated assault on the triple wall that divides Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco, with about a hundred of them getting over.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, Philippine forces freed scores of civilian hostages as fighting subsided in the port city of Zamboanga, where MNLF guerrillas have been battling for more than a week.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)(SFC, 9/18/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 17, Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission said Pres. Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) had won 76.2% of the vote.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, A car bomb exploded on the Syrian side of the main Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey and at least a dozen people were taken to nearby hospitals.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, Police in Zanzibar, Tanzania, said they have arrested 15 people linked to terror groups including some connected to a spate of acid attacks in recent months.
    (SFC, 9/18/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 17, In southern Thailand protesters blocked a highway for a second day in a bid to force the government to increase a subsidy for rubber farmers, even though a curfew was imposed in the area after clashes with riot police a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, UN human rights investigators said inmates in North Korea's prison camps have suffered starvation, torture and other "unspeakable atrocities", in their first report on violations in the reclusive state. North Korea rejected the findings as part of a political plot.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)
2013        Sep 17, Zimbabwe Pres. Robert Mugabe accused a top mining official and ruling party loyalist of accepting a $6 million bribe from Ghanaian investors to obtain diamond mining rights in Marange. Mugabe said Godwills Masimirembwa took the bribe when he was head of the state Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. A recent bipartisan parliamentary investigation concluded that tens of millions of dollars in diamond earnings are missing from 2012 alone.
    (AP, 10/17/13)

2013        Sep 18, In Afghanistan Taliban gunmen shot and killed Amanullah Aman, the head of the Independent Election Commission in northern Kunduz province, a day after he warned that deteriorating security threatened next year's presidential elections. Insurgents killed 18 policemen and wounded 18 in an ambush in the Wurduj district of Badakshan province. 47 insurgents were killed in the same area during a police operation earlier in the week.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)(AP, 9/20/13)(AFP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 18, In Canada a passenger train collided with a double-decker city bus in Ottawa, killing at least five people.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, China’s state media said China will crack down on penalties paid by families flouting strict family planning rules after a National Audit Office probe found $260 million in fines had been levied illegally.
    {China}
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, Egypt partially reopened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip, a week after it was closed in response to a deadly attack on an Egyptian military headquarters near the frontier.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, Marcel Reich-Ranicki (93), literary critic, died in Germany. He had escaped from Poland to West Germany in 1958 and soon joined the Gruppe 47, a liberal bookish clique. His talkshow “Literary Quartet" ended in 2001 after 77 editions.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, p.90)
2013        Sep 18, Greek workers shut schools and forced hospitals to operate with only emergency staff at the start of a 48-hour strike against the latest plans to fire thousands of public sector employees.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, A Hong Kong couple were jailed for torturing, beating and abusing their Indonesian maid, who said they once dressed her in a diaper and tied her to a chair for five days while they went on holiday. Tai Chi-wai (42), an electric appliance salesman, was jailed for three years and three months. His wife, Catherine Au Yuk-shan (41), a public hospital assistant, got five-and-a-half years. Kartika Puspitasari (30) was assaulted and tortured over a two-year period until she escaped last October.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, In northern India a court in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, ordered the arrest of 16 politicians and community leaders for inciting the Sep 7-8 violence that left over 40 people dead.
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.42)
2013        Sep 18, Iran freed 11 political prisoners including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in another sign that hardline policies may be easing under a new president. Sotoudeh was seen by campaign groups as Iran's highest profile political prisoner.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 18, In Ireland hundreds of hard-line protesters opposed to ongoing austerity measures clashed with police in Dublin.
    (SFC, 9/19/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 18, In northern Mali a company of about 150 Chadian soldiers of the UN peacekeeping force abandoned their posts in protest at the length of time they have served.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, In Mexico looting broke out in Acapulco as the government struggled to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by flooding that had claimed at least 80 lives.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, Nigeria's military said it had killed 150 insurgents, including a commander, in an operation against Islamist group Boko Haram in which 16 of its own forces were also killed. Army spokesman Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru was quoted in local newspapers as denying a story on Nigeria's Premium Times website that Boko Haram had killed 40 soldiers in an ambush in the same area.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, Russian coast guards fired warning shots and arrested two Greenpeace activists who scaled the Prirazlomnaya Arctic oil platform in a protest over the potential threat to the environment from operations slated to start this year.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held areas and clashes between militants and government forces continued unabated. Key powers meeting in NY continued to forge a deal that would eliminate Syrian chemical weapons.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, Uganda said it has recalled the commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia and almost two dozen other officers suspected of involvement in a scam to steal food and fuel and sell it on the black market.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)
2013        Sep 18, Ukraine formally gave the go-ahead for landmark trade deals to be signed with the European Union, disregarding pressure from Moscow for Kiev to halt its westward course.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)

2013        Sep 19, In Chicago gunmen used an assault-style weapon to spray a crowd watching a basketball game at Cornell Square Park. 13 people were wounded including a boy (3). Four Blackstones gang members, who had sought revenge against the rival Gangster Disciples,  were later arrested.
    (SFC, 9/21/13, p.A5)(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A8)
2013        Sep 19, The organizers of the Rhodes Scholarships said a Canadian philanthropist (the McCall MacBain Foundation) is giving of 75 million pounds ($120 million) to the program, the largest single donation since the prestigious program was founded in 1903.
    {Britain, Canada, Donation}
    (AP, 9/19/13)
2013        Sep 19, Egyptian security forces backed by helicopters raided Kerdasa, a town on the outskirts of Cairo known to be an Islamist stronghold, exchanging fire with suspected militants who killed a senior police officer. 32 suspects were arrested in house-to-house raids.
    (AP, 9/19/13)
2013        Sep 19, In Iraq children discovered the handcuffed and blindfolded corpses of 10 unidentified young men in eastern Baghdad, apparently killed by gunshots to the head. A further 10 people were killed in two roadside bombings, one in Abu Ghraib and the other near Fallujah.
    (Reuters, 9/19/13)
2013        Sep 19, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe ordered the scrapping of two Fukushima nuclear reactors that survived the 2011 tsunami. The write-off threatened to complicate a turnaround plan the operator has presented to creditors.
    (Reuters, 9/19/13)
2013        Sep 19, In Kosovo gunmen shot dead an EU police officer from Lithuania in a mainly Serb region, dealing the mission its first fatality since deploying in 2008 and shaking a fragile accord between the Balkan country and its former master Serbia.
    (AP, 9/19/13)
2013        Sep 19, In Mexico the death toll following storms and landslides reached 97 without counting 68 people missing in La Pintada.
    (SFC, 9/20/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 19, In Nigeria Boko Haram insurgents killed at least 16 people in an attack on travelers plying a highway from Maiduguri to Bamboa.
    (Reuters, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 19, In Pakistan assailants hurled hand grenades into a Sufi mosque in the country's northwest in a late night attack that left 3 people dead in Achini Bala village near the Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 19, In Pakistan Zafar Baloch (46), a notorious figure wielding enormous power in Karachi, was killed by a group of gunmen on motorbikes overnight in an attack that sent shock waves through the sprawling port city.
    (Reuters, 9/19/13)
2013        Sep 19, The Russian Coast Guard began towing a Greenpeace ship to Murmansk after armed officers stormed it following a protest against oil drilling in Arctic waters.
    (AP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 19, In Somalia Abdusalam Omer said he has been replaced as Somalia's central bank governor after seven months in the job, and again strongly denied graft allegations made by United Nations monitors.
    (Reuters, 9/19/13)
2013        Sep 19, In Somalia  16 people died and others were missing after a quarry where they were mining construction stone collapsed.
    (AP, 9/19/13)
2013        Sep 19, In Syria a roadside bomb killed at least 14 members of President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite in Jabourin, Homs province. Al-Qaida militants seized a town near the Turkish border after expelling Western-backed rebels from the area.
    (Reuters, 9/19/13)(SFC, 9/20/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 19, In Yemen large parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa, were left without electricity after tribesmen attacked power lines in Marib province.
    (Reuters, 9/19/13)

2013        Sep 20, US prosecutors dropped charges against Meshael Alayban, a Saudi princess accused of enslaving a Kenyan woman as a housemaid, forcing her to work in abusive conditions and withholding her passport. Lawyers for the Saudi royal accused the 30-year-old Kenyan, who has not been named, of lying in an attempt to obtain a visa to stay in the US.
    (AFP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, The S&P Down Jones indices (DJIA), a unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., removed Alcoa, Bank of America and Hewlett-Packard at the end of trading today. They were replaced by Goldman Sachs, Visa and Nike.
    (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130910-705261.html)
2013        Sep 20, In Colorado 4 new oil spills were discovered related to the recent flooding, bringing the total to estimated 25,000 gallons.
    (SSFC, 9/22/13, p.A8)
2013        Sep 20, In Brazil rancher Vitalmiro Moura, accused of ordering the 2005 murder of US nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang, was again sentenced to 30 years in prison. Moura was previously convicted of Stang's murder and then acquitted in an automatic retrial.
    (SFC, 9/21/13, p.A3)
2013        Sep 20, British police said 8 men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing 1.3 million pounds ($2 million) from a Barclays bank branch by tapping into its computers.
    (AP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, Canada-based BlackBerry said it would cut 4,500 jobs as the struggling smartphone maker retrenches in the face of hefty losses and weak sales of its new handsets.
    (AFP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, A French judicial source said judges have charged a Rwandan doctor for planning to "commit the crime of genocide" in 1994, after Kigali issued an international warrant against him. Eugene Rwamucyo was wanted by Kigali for having allegedly planned and carried out atrocities in the Butare region of southern Rwanda. In 2010 a French court had rejected a request to extradite him.
    (AFP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, A Guatemalan court sentenced Hector Bol de la Cruz, chief of police from 1983 to 1985, to 40 years in prison for orchestrating the disappearance of a student union leader in 1984 during the country's bloody civil war.
    (Reuters, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, India's new central bank chief unexpectedly raised interest rates, putting a higher priority on taming stubbornly high inflation than bowing to pressure to juice the struggling economy with cheap credit.
    (AP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, In India rescuers found the bodies of 17 Hindu devotees who were swept away in the Yamuna River during a 10-day festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha, an elephant-headed deity worshiped as a god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
    (SFC, 9/21/13, p.A3)
2013        Sep 20, In Iraq two bombs hidden inside air conditioners exploded in a Sunni mosque packed with worshippers in Samarra, killing at least 18 people. 7 more people died in other attacks.
    (AFP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, In Nigeria Boko Haram Islamists opened fire on security agents conducting an operation near a residence for lawmakers in Abuja, starting a gunfight that caused deaths and injuries.
    (AFP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, A Palestinian lured an Israeli soldier to a village in the West Bank and killed him with the intention of trading the body for his jailed brother. Nidal Amar (42) was arrested the next day and confessed to the killing.
    (AP, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 20, In Peru Luis Bambaren, the former president of Peru's bishops' conference and bishop emeritus of Chimbote, told local media that Gabino Miranda has been dismissed as auxiliary bishop in the dioceses of Ayacucho, a poor Andean region in southern Peru, after he was accused of having sexual relations with minors.
    (Reuters, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, Voters in Swaziland cast their ballots in legislative elections dismissed by critics as a rubber stamp for King Mswati III's absolute rule.
    (AFP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 15 people in a late night attack on Sheik Hadid, a Sunni Muslim village north-west of Hama.
    (Reuters, 9/21/13)(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 20, The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague said Syria has submitted details of its chemical weapons to the organization.
    (Reuters, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, Turkish authorities shot and killed one suspect and wounded another after a rocket attack on a police headquarters in Ankara. The suspects were believed to be members of the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).
    (AP, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 20, In Yemen suspected al Qaeda militants killed at least 54 soldiers and policemen in two attacks in the south of the country. Officials believed members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were behind both attacks.
    (AFP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, Zimbabwe police announced a probe into a top member of President Robert Mugabe's party on suspicion of soliciting a $6-million bribe from a Ghanaian investor in a diamond-mining deal.
    (AFP, 9/20/13)

2013        Sep 21, An Afghan wearing a security forces uniform shot dead 3 American special forces personnel and wounded another, in Gardez, Paktia province.
    (Reuters, 9/21/13)(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 21, In Iraq an explosives-packed car driven by a suicide attacker has struck a funeral in Sadr City, a Shiite part of Baghdad, killing at least 73 people and wounding over 200. The attack followed a suicide assault on a police headquarters and other insurgent attacks in northern Iraq earlier in the day that killed 11 members of the security forces. Attacks across the country left a total of at least 96 people dead.
    (AP, 9/21/13)(AFP, 9/22/13)(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 21, Iraq's Kurds voted in their first election in four years as their autonomous region grapples with disputes with Baghdad and as fellow Kurds fight bloody battles in neighbouring Syria. The Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, secured 38 seats in the vote for the 111-seat regional parliament.
    (AFP, 9/21/13)(AP, 10/2/13)
2013        Sep 21, The Italian government announced that police in The Netherlands have arrested Francesco Nirta, a senior mafia boss and one of Italy's 10 most wanted men.
    (AP, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 21, Italy’s coast guard said more than 400 refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war were intercepted near Sicily in the past 14 hours, and one 22-year-old woman died during the passage.
    (Reuters, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 21, In Kenya gunmen threw grenades and opened fire killing dozens of people with at least 175 wounded  in an attack targeting non-Muslims at the upscale Westgate mall in Nairobi that was hosting a children's day event.
    (AP, 9/21/13)(AP, 9/22/13)(AFP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 21, North Korea ordered the indefinite postponement of a scheduled series of reunions for families divided since the 1950-53 Korean War, dealing a setback to months of efforts to improve ties between the Korean neighbors.
    (Reuters, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 21, Pakistan released former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a man Afghanistan believes could help tempt moderate Taliban leaders to the negotiating table and bring peace after more than a decade of war.
    (Reuters, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 21, Thousands of Romanians formed a human chain around parliament to protest against a Canadian company's plan to open Europe's largest gold mine in a picturesque Transylvanian village.
    (AFP, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 21, Voters in Sri Lanka thronged polling stations in an election that threatened to rekindle animosity between the government and ethnic minority Tamils, four years after the military crushed separatists and ended a 26-year war. The main Tamil party won a whopping landslide in the first semi-autonomous council elections in the island's north after decades of ethnic war. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) swept all five districts in the Northern Provincial Council
    (Reuters, 9/21/13)(AFP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 21, The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons (OPCW) said Syria has handed over complete data on its chemical arsenal to the world's watchdog, meeting a deadline to avert military strikes, as regime aircraft pounded targets across the country.
    (AFP, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 21, In Syria rebels seized several villages south of Aleppo as part of their efforts to cut Syria's biggest city off from Assad's forces and stop supplies and reinforcements from Damascus.
    (Reuters, 9/21/13)
2013        Sep 21, Super Typhoon Usagi, the most powerful storm of the year, brought torrential rain and ferocious winds to Taiwan, leaving tens of thousands without power and throwing travel plans into disarray as it barreled towards Hong Kong.
    (AFP, 9/21/13)

2013        Sep 22, A US Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed in the central Red Sea with five military personnel on board. 3 of 5 crew members were accounted for and stable. Two remained missing.
    (Reuters, 9/22/13)(AFP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 22, The Orbital Sciences Cygnus capsule experienced a navigation system delay on its debut arrival at the Int’l. Space Station. The delivery was made on Sep 29.
    (SFC, 9/23/13, p.A5)(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 22, In eastern Afghanistan 2 Romanian soldiers died after stepping on an improvised explosive device during a patrol. A late night Taliban attack on a border police checkpoint in Kandahar province killed 11 policemen.
    (AP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 22, Algeria’s state energy giant Sonelgaz said General Electric Co. has won a $2.2-billion contract to provide turbines for six power plants.
    (AFP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, A Chinese court sentenced ousted senior politician Bo Xilai to life in jail after finding him guilty of corruption and abuse of power, a tough term that gives him little chance of staging a political comeback.
    (Reuters, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, Wang Jianlin, the head of Chinese multinational Dalian Wanda, announced plans to build a $50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) entertainment complex in Qingdao.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, p.63)
2013        Sep 22, Severe Typhoon Usagi left 2 dead as it made landfall in southern China shutting down one of the world's busiest sea ports in nearby Hong Kong and throwing flight schedules into disarray.
    (AP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel led her conservatives to victory with 41.5% of the vote. A Senegal-born chemist was elected as the country’s first black federal lawmaker, and a woman of Turkish origin was elected the first Muslim to Parliament.
    (AP, 9/23/13)(SFC, 9/23/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 22, In Iraq two separate bombings, including a suicide car bomb attack, killed 2 security force members and wounded 37 people in Kirkuk and Mosul.
    (AP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, Israeli Sergeant Gabriel Koby (20) died in hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
    (AFP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 22, Kenyan military forces engaged in sporadic gun battles with the Islamic extremists holding an unknown number of hostages inside an upscale Nairobi mall.
    (AP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, In Mexico two gunmen burst into a home in Ciudad Juarez and killed 10 people as they celebrated a baseball victory. The dead included a girl (7), her mother, 3 teens and 5 adult men.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 22, In northwestern Pakistan a pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in Peshawar, killing 85 people in the deadliest-ever attack on the country's Christian minority.
    (AP, 9/22/13)(AP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 22, US suspected drone missiles hit a pair of compounds in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing six suspected militants.
    (AP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, Russia re-opened a railway link with North Korea, holding out the prospect of increased trade for the reclusive nation with its biggest neighbors after years of international sanctions.
    (Reuters, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, In South Africa poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued on today’s World Rhino Day.
    (AFP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, Switzerland voted overwhelmingly to keep military conscription, the 3rd time its citizens had rejected an attempt to reconstitute an institution regarded by many Swiss as a national glue.
    (Reuters, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, Switzerland's Italian-speaking region was on course to ban the wearing of a full-face veil, projected results from a referendum showed.
    (AP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, In Venezuela Venezuela's two National Guard sergeants and one lieutenant were arrested for alleged involvement in the smuggling of 1.4 metric tons of cocaine to Paris on an Air France flight in three dozen suitcases. The flight had arrived in Paris on Sep 10.
    (AP, 9/22/13)
2013        Sep 22, In Yemen 7 people were killed in clashes between tribal gunmen and suspected al Qaeda fighters in Marib province.
    (Reuters, 9/22/13)

2013        Sep 23, A California medical laboratory agreed to pay $19.4 million to federal and state governments and two former employees who said they were fired after reporting secret discounts and kickbacks. Diagnostic Laboratories and Radiology was accused of cheating Medicare and Medi-Cal programs for years by billing them at standard rates while secretly charging cut-rate fees to nursing homes.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.C2)
2013        Sep 23, Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch announced a settlement to pay $71,000 to two SF Bay Area Muslim women who lost job opportunitioes because of their attire.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.C1)
2013        Sep 23, Apple said it has sold 9 million units of its iPhone 5S and 5C during the first three days of opening sales.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.D2)
2013        Sep 23, In northern Afghanistan gunmen assassinated district intelligence chief Abdul Hussian while he was on his way to work near Kunduz.
    (AP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, In Bangladesh more than 100 garment factories were forced to shut as thousands of workers protested to demand a $100 a month minimum wage. About 50 people were injured in clashes.
    (Reuters, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, British adventurer Sarah Outen arrived at Adak in the Aleutian Islands becoming the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska. She had left Choshi, Japan, on April 27.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 23, In Cambodia the long-ruling party of PM Hun Sen pushed ahead with forming a government, ignoring an opposition boycott of parliament and mass protests over its disputed election win.
    (AFP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, Ontario-based BlackBerry said it got a $4.7 billion buyout offer from a group led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, its biggest shareholder.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)(SFC, 9/24/13, p.D5)
2013        Sep 23, In Chinese officials said Typhoon Usagi has killed 25 people in the southern province of Guangdong, 13 of them in the city of Shanwei.
    (AP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, In Dagestan 2 officials were killed and more than 10 people wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in the village of Khuchni.
    (AFP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, East Timor police said there will be zero tolerance against those who continue to practice martial arts after the government banned all clubs following deadly gang violence. Fighting among rival clubs has left at least 12 Timorese dead and over 200 injured in the past two years.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 23, An Egyptian court ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
    (Reuters, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, Greece suspended several senior police officers and launched an investigation into possible police links with a far-right party, after the killing of an anti-racism rapper raised concerns about the force.
    (Reuters, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, In Guinea opposition protesters shot dead a trainee policeman and injured two other officers as renewed violence broke out in Conakry, five days ahead of elections.
    (AFP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, Iran said it has freed 80 prisoners arrested in political crackdowns, offering another potential diplomatic boost for the country's new president and his outreach to the West at this week's UN gathering.
    (AP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, In Iraq gunmen broke into the home of a Shiite family in a Sunni-dominated area south of Baghdad and killed 3 family members. A double bomb attack on Sunni mourners killed 14 people.
    (AP, 9/23/13)(SFC, 9/24/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 23, In Kenya thick smoke poured from the besieged Westgate shopping center in Nairobi where officials said their forces were closing in on Islamists holding hostages. 2 terrorists were reported killed. Four huge explosions from military rocket propelled grenades rocked the mall and officials later said this was the likely time that three floors collapsed. Soldiers plundered the Westgate center while searching for attackers.
    (Reuters, 9/23/13)(AP, 9/27/13)(Econ, 5/10/14, p.47)
2013        Sep 23, The International Criminal Court briefly excused Kenyan Vice President William Ruto from his crimes against humanity trial so he can deal with the bloody Nairobi shopping mall siege.
    (AFP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, In the Philippines torrential monsoon rains hit the northwest, triggering landslides and killing 20 people in areas already weakened by a Typhoon Usagi. Soldiers and villagers searched for at least 7 people missing in villages hit by landslides in Zambales province.
    (AP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, In Russia Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the imprisoned members of the punk group Pussy Riot, said she is beginning a hunger strike to protest harsh working conditions and threats to her life.
    (AP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, Sudanese police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people protesting in the capital Khartoum against the lifting of petrol subsidies by veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
    (Reuters, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, Syria’s Pres. Assad said his government will allow int’. experts access to its chemical weapons sites, but cautioned that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.A3)
2013        Sep 23, Tunisia's ruling Islamists rejected a plan under which they would step down pending elections, a decision likely to deepen confrontation with secular opponents demanding their immediate resignation.
    (AP, 9/23/13)
2013        Sep 23, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida militants assassinated air force Col. Abdel-Wahab Azzan in a drive-by shooting in Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 9/23/13)

2013        Sep 24, Pres. Obama addressed the opening of the UN General Assembly in NYC. Obama and Iran's new Pres. Hassan Rowhani made very tentative moves to end decades of hostility between their countries but could not break the deadlock enough to organize a meeting.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.A3)(AFP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 24, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to create the first-state-wide early-warning system to alert residents of dangerous earthquakes. The system was expected to cost at least $80 million.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.D5)
2013        Sep 24, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 24 winners as this year’s MacArthur Fellows. Each will receive no-string fellowships and $625,000 to be paid out over five years.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A9)
2013        Sep 24, Burger King introduced “Satisfries," a new crinkle-cut french fry with about 20% fewer calories and a slightly higher price.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 24, America’s Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron of Japan said they were creating a new semiconductor company worth $29 billion.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, p.62)
2013        Sep 24, Afghan security forces fired a mortar round across the border, killing 2 Pakistanis and wounding one person. Pakistan summoned a top Afghan official to lodge a strong protest over the incident.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Bahrain Taqi al-Maidan (25), an American citizen, was among four suspects sentenced on charges that include trying to kill a policeman. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, A member of staff at London's Metropolitan Police (MPS) headquarters was one of two people arrested as part of a bribery investigation sparked by the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid. A total of 74 people have now been arrested under Operation Elveden, the investigation into illegal payments to police and public officials by journalists.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, Cambodia's parliament reappointed premier Hun Sen for another five-year term, extending his nearly three-decade rule as the opposition threatened to mount fresh protests over the disputed elections.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, China published a list that included military-like hardware and chemical substances that would be banned from export to North Korea for fear they could be used in the construction of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 24, Greek public sector workers went on strike for the second time in a week, shutting schools and leaving hospitals with skeleton staff, as inspectors from Greece's foreign lenders checked whether the country was meeting its bailout targets.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In western Iraq militants launched a coordinated assault against police and military sites with car bombs, rockets and machine guns, killing at least 9 policemen in Anbar province. Separately  2 Iraqi soldiers and 3 militants were killed during clashes in the Himreen basin northeast of Baghdad, where army units were launching a big operation. Gunmen tried to take over Ana, a small Sunni town in the county's west, sparking battles that left 11 people including six attackers dead.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)(AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, Kenyan officials said 3 soldiers have died and 8 others have been injured in a fight with militants who attacked The Westgate mall in Nairobi. Fighting there continued for a 4th day with at least 62 people killed.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In the Netherlands the commission that vets cases of euthanasia said cases rose by 13% in 2012 from 2011, the sixth consecutive year of increases. 4,188 cases were recorded in 2012.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Pakistan a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the southern part of Baluchistan province.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Peru Michaella McCollum Connolly (20) of Ireland and Melissa Reid (19) of Britain, pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle 11 kilograms of cocaine out of Peru. Both were arrested on August 6 at the international airport in Lima and initially claimed to have been  kidnapped by a drug cartel.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 24, In the Republic of Congo a rail crash killed 3 people and injured 28 others, when a passenger train hit one laden with oil tankers.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, Russian investigators said they will file piracy charges against Greenpeace activists who tried to climb onto an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic owned by Gazprom. 30 activists from 18 countries were aboard the Arctic Sunrise seized last week.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Syria a car bomb killed at least 7 civilians when it exploded in a southern Damascus neighborhood.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Yemen a lone attacker on a motorcycle gunned down Col. Ali al-Deilami, head of finance at the city's military hospital, while he was on his way to work in Sanaa.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, Zimbabwean authorities said at least 81 elephants have been killed for their ivory tusks by poachers using cyanide poison in water holes in Hwange National Park. The elephant toll soon rose to 91.
    (AP, 9/24/13)(AP, 10/1/13)

2013        Sep 25, In Bangladesh a 5th day of protests forced authorities to close over 100 factories near Dhaka as garment workers demanded higher wages.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 25, British police said they have arrested three more people as part of a long-running investigation into a suspected slavery ring in Wales, bringing the total number of arrests to seven.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, A Cambodian court acquitted, and ordered the release of Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun, said by rights groups to have been wrongfully convicted and jailed for the 2004 murder of a prominent opposition activist.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, In China Xia Junfeng (36), who sold grilled meat skewers in the northern city of Shenyang, was put to death in a highly controversial case in a country that executes thousands each year. Xia had said he stabbed two officials to death in self-defense after they beat him with their fists and an iron mug.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said authorities overnight shut down the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice newspaper in Cairo, the latest move aimed at crushing the Islamist movement.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, The body of poet Kofi Awoonor (78) was returned to Ghana. He was among the 72 civilians shot down by Islamic extremists at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. He had come Nairobi to take part in a literary festival.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Greeks staged protests in Athens against the fatal stabbing of an anti-racism rapper by a supporter of the far-right Golden Dawn party, which a new poll found has lost a third of its support since the killing.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Attackers in Iraq set off three car bombs and engaged security forces in the country's north, killing 9 people in Hawija. Violence in the north left a total of 33 people dead.
    (AP, 9/25/13)(AFP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 25, The Italian Coastguard said three boats carrying more than 700 asylum-seekers, some of whom were Syrian refugees, have landed on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Two Jordanian border patrol officers were shot and seriously wounded after they detected six men, affiliated with the banned Salafi Jihadi movement, attempted to illegally infiltrate into neighboring Syria. On Jan 13, 2014, all six men were sentenced to jail terms.
    (AP, 1/13/14)
2013        Sep 25, In Kenya bomb disposal experts and investigators searched through the wreckage of the Westgate shopping mall after a four-day attack by Islamist militants that killed at least 67 people with 39 missing. Militants attacked a police patrol in Wajor leaving one bystander dead.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A2)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 25, Pakistani rescuers struggled to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in the remote district of Awaran in Baluchistan province as the death toll from the massive tremor the day before rose to at least 271.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, In the Philippines 30 fighters of the Moro National Liberation surrendered in Zamboanga city following a siege that began Sep 9.
    (SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 25, Romania's constitutional court ruled that a bill allowing stray dogs to be euthanized is legal, prompting hundreds of dog lovers to block a main road outside Parliament in protest.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Russian authorities introduced a state of emergency in Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, as floods and mudslides covered highways and a few residential areas in the Black Sea resort.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, The office of Senegal President Macky Sall announced he will cut short his stay at the United Nations General Assembly to return and address an interruption in water services that has affected large areas of the capital, Dakar, for nearly two weeks.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who demonstrated and torched a police station in northern Khartoum. Thousands marched in protests over the lifting of fuel subsidies. At least 27 people were killed as rioting continued for a 3rd day.
    (AP, 9/25/13)(Reuters, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 25, More than a dozen key Syrian rebel groups said that they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition, as UN inspectors returned to the country to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, Thai officials said 9 people have died and more than 1 million have been affected by flooding. Authorities offered assurances that floodwaters would not reach central industrial areas.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, In Turkey 18 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) escaped overnight from prison in the southeast by digging a 70-meter-long tunnel. All but one were caught by the next day.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)(Reuters, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 25, The United Arab Emirates announced $100 million to Morocco in "financial support" to build solar and wind power farms.
    (AFP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 25, A Yemeni lieutenant colonel was killed by a bomb planted in his car  in al-Atiq, the capital of Shabwa province.
    (Reuters, 9/25/13)

2013        Sep 26, The US and its international partners emerged from a meeting at UN headquarters with Iran declaring that a "window of opportunity has opened" to peacefully settle their nuclear standoff. Both sides agreed to fast-track negotiations and hold a substantive round of talks on Oct. 15-16 in Geneva.
    (AP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 26, Sarah Fulton, a lawyer for the rights watchdog Redress, said Mustafa al-Hawsawi, currently being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was secretly brought to Lithuania in March 2004 and held there until September 2006. Activists urged authorities to re-open an investigation into possible rendition in the Baltic state.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, An Afghan man wearing the uniform of the country's security forces turned his weapon on NATO troops in Paktia province, killing a US service member of the international coalition.
    (AP, 9/26/13)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 26, Interpol issued an arrest notice on behalf of Kenyan authorities for Samantha Lewthwaite (29), a Muslim convert and fugitive Briton whom news media have dubbed the "white widow." Her first husband was one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 attack on the London transit system that killed 52 commuters. She was wanted by Kenyan authorities over alleged involvement in a plot to bomb holiday resorts.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, In China the teenage son of two celebrity singers for the Chinese military was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison, in a case the public closely watched for signs of leniency because of his family ties.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court stripped citizenship from thousands of people born to migrants who came illegally, a category that overwhelmingly includes Haitians brought in to work on farms. The court retroactively stripped the citizenship of people born after 1929  to parents without Dominican ancestry.
    (AP, 9/26/13)(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A22)
2013        Sep 26, Dubai said that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Sonangol to build a crude oil refinery aimed at meeting rising domestic demand.
    (AFP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, In Kenya al-Shabab fighters attacked the border town of Mandera, killing two police officers, injuring three others and destroying 11 vehicles.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, In India militants dressed in army uniforms attacked police and soldiers near the border with Pakistan, killing 9 people, including 3 militants, and triggering calls for talks at the UN between the prime ministers of the rival nations to be called off.
    (Reuters, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, The Indian army said it had killed at least a dozen militants from a group of 30 it said had crossed over from Pakistan into northern Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, In Iraq bombings hit two markets in Baghdad province, killing at least 23 people, while gunmen shot dead 5 members of one family south of the capital. A magnetic "sticky bomb" on a car killed a policeman and wounded two civilians in the northern city of Mosul. A similar device killed an employee of a local television station and wounded a second in Baquba. In Kirkuk a bomb killed a man and wounded his brother, while 2 alleged Al-Qaeda militants were shot dead by gunmen west of the city.
    (AFP, 9/26/13)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 26, Charles Taylor lost his appeal against a war crimes conviction at The Hague. Judges confirmed a 50-year jail term against the former Liberian president for encouraging rebels in Sierra Leone to mutilate, rape and murder victims in a decade-long civil war.
    (Reuters, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, In Lithuania the 10th edition of the Vilnius Intl. Theater Festival opened.
    (SSFC, 9/8/13, p.N3)
2013        Sep 26, Nepal recalled its ambassador to Qatar after she compared the Middle Eastern emirate to an "open jail" for thousands of Nepali migrants who face abuse from employers there.
    (AFP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, In northeastern Nigeria Islamic militants armed with automatic rifles and explosives killed a pastor and his son and torched a church. The attackers also killed the village head at Dorawa, Yobe state.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, Norwegian oil group Statoil said it had made a big oil find off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada with 300 million to 600 million barrels of recoverable crude.
    (AFP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, Pakistan's first online platform for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, said it has been shut by Pakistan's telecoms authority. It had opened in July, a move hailed as a step forward for the long-silent community.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, In Pakistan the death toll from the Sep 24 earthquake climbed to 355 as survivors complained that aid was not reaching far-flung areas.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, A Russian court ordered two Greenpeace activists to be detained for two months over a protest on an Arctic oil platform, as the Netherlands called for the activists' immediate release and threatened legal action against Moscow.
    (AFP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station, bringing the size of the crew at the orbiting outpost to six.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, Sudanese authorities deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in Khartoum as rioting continued over gas price hikes with 30 people left dead since Sep 23.
    (SFC, 9/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 26, In Sudan’s Darfur region fighting resumed in the southwest between Arab tribes reportedly leaving 51 people dead and 65 injured in the Umm Dukhun area.
    (AP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 26, In Syria an Iraqi woman was killed when a mortar round slammed into Iraq's consulate in Damascus.
    (AP, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ was jailed for six months for songs judged insulting by the authorities, a verdict his supporters slammed as a sign of the Islamist-led government's growing intolerance. On Oct 17 Klay BBJ was acquitted by an appeals court.
    (AFP, 9/26/13)(AFP, 10/17/13)

2013        Sep 27, President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani had a 15-minute phone conversation reflecting wide support for a peace initiative that has the backing of both reformists and the country's conservative clerical leadership. They discussed ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, The executive director of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness was named to manage more than $300 million in federal, state and private aid packages given to Detroit, which has filed for bankruptcy.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In San Francisco Kevin San (16) was killed after Jennie Zhu (58) crashed her speeding Mercedes into a minivan. On Dec 16 Zhu was charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 12/17/13, p.D1)
2013        Sep 27, In Florida Joseph Jenkins (34), a convicted killer, was mistakenly released from Carabelle prison after forced documents reduced his sentence. On Oct 8, Charles Walker (34), another convicted killer, was also mistakenly released from prison after forced documents reduced his sentence. Both prisoners were re-captured on Oct 19.
    (SFC, 10/18/13, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A9)
2013        Sep 27, Louisiana Pastor Ronald Harris Jr. was fatally shot as he preached to some 65 people during a revival service in Lake Charles. Woodrow Karey (53) was charged with the murder.
    (SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 27, A New Jersey judge ordered state officials to allow same-sex couples to marry starting on October 21, saying the current civil union system unfairly deprived them of federal benefits available to married couples.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In NYC two former US soldiers and a German ex-soldier were charged with plotting to kill a US drug-enforcement agent and an informant for $800k. Joseph Hunter (48), described as a contract killer and the leader of the group, was flown in from Thailand.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A9)(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A11)
2013        Sep 27, In Virginia George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate formally opened the new $47 million Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 27, CongoDRC customs officers seized 375 kg of coltan, a precious mineral used in electronics, en route to Rwanda.
    (AFP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 27, Cuba announced 18 new categories of independent employment under Pres. Raul Castro’s economic reforms. These included real estate agents and raised the total to 199.
    (SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A19)
2013        Sep 27, Cuba announced that its athletes will be allowed to sign contracts to compete in foreign leagues, a shift from decades of policy that held professional sports to be anathema to socialist ideals.
    (AP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In Egypt unidentified gunmen shot dead a policeman in the city of El-Arish in North Sinai, near the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel. In Alexandria dozens of people were hurt when pro-Morsi protesters clashed with residents.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, French police arrested six men in and around Paris over their suspected involvement in the theft of gold bars worth about 1.6 million euros ($2.1 million) from an Air France plane flying to Zurich. The bars were stolen from the plane just before it left Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport on September 19.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Gambia's Pres. Yahya Jammeh warned the UN General Assembly that gays were a threat to human existence, along with excessive greed and obsession with world domination, and criticized other countries for regarding homosexuality as a human right.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Ghana said it has resolved a dispute with Argentina that began with last year's seizure of an Argentinian naval ship over a massive debt claim.
    (AP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 27, In India rescuers pulled a small girl alive from a collapsed apartment building in Mumbai nearly 12 hours after the structure caved in, and leaving dozens trapped under the rubble. At least 45 people were killed. It was owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp., the city's municipal government, and that most of the people who lived in its 22 apartments were city employees.
    (AP, 9/27/13)(AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 27, At least 22 people, mostly children, drowned and scores were missing after an Australia-bound boat, carrying asylum-seekers from Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq, sank off Indonesia in rough seas.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 27, Iran resumed payments on old loans to the World Bank.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Iraq ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), an accord that however cannot enter into force until the United States, China and six other states follow suit. This raised the number of countries that have adhered fully to the treaty to 161.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Israeli troops clashed with stone-throwing protesters in Hebron as Palestinians marked the 13th anniversary of their 2nd uprising against Israeli occupation.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 27, Japan's coastguard searched for six crew of the Eifukumaru No.18 cargo ship that capsized after colliding with a Sierra Leone-registered vessel.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In central Nigeria a boat overloaded with passengers and goods travelling on the Niger River capsized, killing 42 people with 100 others missing.
    (AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 27, In Pakistan 19 people were killed when a remote-controlled bomb exploded on a bus carrying government officials in Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 27, Pakistani officials said  the death toll from the Sep 24 earthquake in Baluchistan province has reached 515.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Philippine forces said they have rescued the last civilians held by Muslim rebels on Mindanao island after nearly three weeks of fighting. About 200 people, including 166 rebels, were killed and more than 100,000 residents Zamboanga city were displaced.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Russian security forces killed five suspected militants in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan including one believed to be a local Islamist insurgent leader.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, A Saudi diplomat, involved in a fatal road accident, left Iran. An Iranian citizen was killed mid-March when the diplomat's car reportedly hit another vehicle on a expressway in Tehran while speeding at 130 kph (80 mph). Iranian authorities said the accident happened because the diplomat had been driving while drunk.
    (AFP, 10/30/13)
2013        Sep 27, Serbia's government banned a weekend gay pride march for the third consecutive year, citing the threat of violence from right-wing hooligans, in a move that sparked protests by gay activists and criticism from the EU.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Sudanese security forces opened fire on protesters as thousands marched through the streets of Khartoum in an opposition push to turn a wave of popular anger over fuel price hikes into an outright uprising against the 24-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir.
    (AP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In Sweden top climate scientists of a UN-backed climate change panel formally endorsed an upper limit on greenhouse gases for the first time.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A3)
2013        Sep 27, The Swiss government urged voters to reject a Nov 24 proposal to limit monthly executive pay to no more than what the company's lowest-paid staff earn in a year, saying it could hurt the attractiveness of Switzerland as a business destination.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In Syria a car bomb exploded near the al-Sahel mosque in the town of Rankous north of Damascus as worshippers emerged from prayers. At least 30 people were killed.
    (AP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Tanzania authorities suspended the privately-owned Mwananchi and MTanzania newspapers for 14 and 90 days respectively for publishing "hostile articles aimed at inciting the people to lose confidence in state institutions and thus endanger peace and national unity."
    (AFP, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 27, A Uganda official said China's state-owned CNOOC has secured a $2-billion deal to develop a petroleum field in Uganda and help propel the east African nation into the club of oil-producing countries.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, The UN Security Council adopted a resolution that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply.
    (Reuters, 9/28/13)

2013        Sep 28, The NYC Opera production of “Anna Nicole," at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, ended.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.34)
2013        Sep 28, In Afghanistan 3 civilians died when their minivan was struck by a roadside bomb as they were driving from Dayak district to Ghazni city. In Uruzgan province 2 men died when their car ran over a bomb.
    (AP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, An Egyptian soldier was shot dead in the Sinai Peninsula. Militants released a video showing attacks against the army in the region where the state is trying to stamp out al Qaeda-linked fighters.
    (Reuters, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, Greek police arrested the leader and more than a dozen senior members and lawmakers from the far-right Golden Dawn party after the killing of an anti-fascist rapper by a party supporter triggered outrage and protests across the country.
    (Reuters, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, Guinea held elections, Voters waited in long lines and a special security force patrolled in all-terrain vehicles as polls opened for hotly contested legislative elections.
    (AP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, In Iraq militants planted bombs around four houses belonging to policemen and government employees in Tarmiyah, killing 4 civilians and wounding 14 others. A bomb in an outdoor market in Baghdad's southeastern suburb of Nahrawan killed 2 civilians and wounded 15. A roadside bomb killed a civilian in Baiji, while militants attacked a checkpoint near the town, leaving 2 gunmen and a soldier dead.
    (AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, In Lebanon Hezbollah fighters and residents of the eastern city of Baalbek exchanged fire, leaving 3 dead and six wounded.
    (AP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, In northern Mali 4 suicide bombers let off explosives in a car in front of a military camp in Timbuktu, killing 2 civilians.
    (AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, A 7.2 earthquake rocked Pakistan's southwest. At least 15 people were killed in the Mushkay area of Awaran, just days after another quake in the same region killed hundreds of people.
    (AP, 9/28/13)(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A8)
2013        Sep 28, Officials in the Philippines said the standoff between government troops and Muslim rebels has ended. The clashes left 183 rebels dead as well as 23 soldiers and 12 civilians.
    (SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 28, Miss Philippines, Megan Young 23), was crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.
    (AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, Sudanese police fired teargas to break up thousands of protesters calling President Omar Hassan al-Bashir a killer, after days of unrest in which dozens of people have died. 31 politicians, including members of al-Bashir's ruling party and military officials signed a petition calling on the president to carry out reforms because his rule is "at stake."
    (Reuters, 9/28/13)(AP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 28, Sudan's most popular newspaper, which has been a regular critic of a controversial government decision to cut fuel subsidies, was ordered to stop publishing. Authorities also shut the Khartoum offices of pan-Arab satellite channels Al-Arabiya and Sky News Arabia.
    (AFP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 28, Syrian rebels including members of an al-Qaida-linked group captured a military post on the border with Jordan after four days of fighting. 26 soldiers were killed in the battle as well as a number of rebels, including 7 foreign fighters. at least 19 government fighters were reported killed in fighting on the outskirts of Damascus.
    (AP, 9/28/13)(Reuters, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 28, Tunisia's governing Islamist party agreed to step down following negotiations with opposition parties that begin next week.
    (AP, 9/28/13)

2013        Sep 29, US House Republicans rejected a Senate stopgap measure that would have averted a government shutdown at midnight Sep 30.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, The final TV episode of Breaking Bad, an American crime drama television series, aired on the AMC cable channel. The series had premiered on January 20, 2008 in the United States and Canada.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, p.64)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad)
2013        Sep 29, San Francisco held its 30th Folsom Street Fair.
    (SFC, 9/30/13, p.C4)
2013        Sep 29, In southern California a Cessna 525A jet crashed into a storage hangar at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport igniting a fire that destroyed the hangar. Mark Benjamin and his son Luke were believed killed in the crash and fire.
    (SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 29, In NYC Alexian Lien was pulled from his SUV and beaten in front of his wife and toddler. Lien said he feared for his life after getting caught in a motorcyle rally and plowed through a crowd injuring one motorcyclist. Eight bikers, including an off-duty police officer, were soon arrested on charges ranging from criminal mischief to gang assault.
    (SFC, 10/12/13, p.A6)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A9)
2013        Sep 29, In North Dakota a leak was discovered in a Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline. It leaked an estimated 20,600 barrels of crude oil into a wheat field, the biggest leak in the state since it became a major US producer.
    (Reuters, 10/10/13)
2013        Sep 29, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket to carry Cassiope, a Canadian communications and weather satellite, into orbit.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.86)
2013        Sep 29, The Cygnus capsule of Orbital Sciences, carrying hundreds of kilograms of supplies, successfully docked with the ISS.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.86)
2013        Sep 29, Austrians voted in general elections. The two main centrist political parties scraped together a majority, exit polls showed, enough for their coalition to continue but with the far-right a close third.
    (AFP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, A Bahraini court handed jail terms of up to 15 years to 50 Shiites, including a prominent Iraqi cleric, convicted of forming a clandestine opposition group. Some of the 50 people jailed were also convicted of spying for Iran and had planned "vandalism and rioting" with the backing of the Islamic Republic.
    (AFP, 9/29/13)(Reuters, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 29, China’s Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) was launched.
    (Econ, 10/5/13, p.49)
2013        Sep 29, Greek lawmaker Christos Pappas surrendered to police, bringing to six the number of legislators from the extreme-right Golden Dawn party now in custody and accused of being members of a criminal organization with intent to commit crimes.
    (AP, 9/29/13)(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 29, In Iraq 6 people were killed in Erbil in a series of blasts targeting a security directorate of the usually peaceful autonomous Kurdistan region, the first such attack since 2007. A wave of attacks in Baghdad killed at least 55 people.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A2)(Econ, 10/5/13, p.54)
2013        Sep 29, Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service said it has arrested a Belgian citizen of Iranian origin whom it claims was sent by Iran to spy on Israel under the guise of a windows and roofing salesman.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, Israeli police arrested four suspected Jewish nationalists for smashing headstones in a Christian cemetery near Jerusalem's walled Old City.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Libya unknown attackers assassinated 3 army officers in the eastern city of Benghazi.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Nigeria suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms. As many as 50 students were killed in the assault that began at about 1 am in rural Gujba, Yobe state.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Pakistan twin blasts in Peshawar killed 33 people and wounded 70.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In  Poland Pavel Khodorkovsky, a son of Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, received a $100,000 human rights award on behalf of his imprisoned father during a ceremony conducted by Solidarity founder Lech Walesa.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, Portugal held municipal elections. The government said it won't stop its unpopular austerity measures, even if it's a big loser in the elections.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, A Russian court in the northern city of Murmansk sent six more Greenpeace activists to jail for two months and showed no sign that the remaining two activists would be treated any differently for a protest at a drilling platform in Arctic waters.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Sweden a wave of jellyfish forced the shut down of Oskarshamn nuclear reactor number 3. By Oct 1 the pipes were cleaned of the jellyfish and engineers prepared to restart the reactor.
    (AP, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 29, Syria's Pres. Assad said his government will abide by last week's UN resolution calling for the country's chemical weapons program to be dismantled and destroyed.
    (AP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 29, In Syria at least 12 people, most of them students, were killed in an air strike that hit a secondary school in the rebel-held city of Raqqa. Fighting continued in provinces across the country.
    (Reuters, 9/29/13)

2013        Sep 30, In Washington DC Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama to step up sanctions on Iran if it pursues its nuclear drive even as Tehran exchanges overtures with Washington and restarts negotiations with the West.
    (AP, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 30, The commandant of the US Marine Corps sacked two generals in the wake of a deadly attack last year by the Taliban on a major NATO base in Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 30, In south-central Colorado 5 hikers were killed by a rockslide on a trail below Mount Princeton.
    (SFC, 10/1/13, p.A8)
2013        Sep 30, Angolan authorities suspended a prison director and 15 officials after a video, posted in August, of wardens beating up inmates circulated on social networks.
    (AFP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, In Sarajevo, Bosnia, trams and trolley buses ground to a halt after top power utility, EPBiH, cut electricity supplies to the capital's public transport company over unpaid bills.
    (AP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Britain staff in hundreds of post offices started industrial action in a bitter row with the government over jobs, pay and closures.
    (AFP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales said it is acquiring Colombia’s Petrominerales for around 1.6 billion Canadian dollars ($1.55 billion).
    (AFP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, In China a disused factory building collapsed burying 16 construction workers in Wuan city, Hebei province.
    (SFC, 10/1/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 30, In Egypt gunmen killed two policemen and a soldier in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, In India Lalu Prasad Yadav, a prominent lawmaker allied with the government, was found guilty of corruption, a fresh blow for an administration that was widely lambasted last week for trying to protect convicted politicians in the run-up to elections.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, In Iran Mojtaba Ahmadi, an official of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was found shot dead near Karaj, a town northwest of the capital Tehran.
    (Reuters, 10/3/13)
2013        Sep 30, In Iraq 12 car bombs, mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad province, killed 55 people and wounded more than 14. Al-Qaida's local franchise in Iraq claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 9/30/13)(AP, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 30, An Israeli court remanded in custody for eight days Ali Mansouri (55), an alleged Iranian spy, arrested on September 11 carrying photographs of the US embassy in Tel Aviv. Mansouri, a Belgian-Iranian man, was indicted on Oct 6.
    (AFP, 9/30/13)(Reuters, 10/6/13)
2013        Sep 30, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Italian authorities said at least 13 people on a migrant boat arriving in Sicily drowned close to the coast near the eastern city of Ragusa, apparently after trying to disembark from their stranded vessel.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Malian soldiers and ethnic Tuareg separatist rebels clashed again in the northern desert town of Kidal, a day after trading gunfire downtown in a battle that has raised fears about whether an unraveling peace accord could lead to protracted fighting in the region.
    (AP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Mexican officials said shootings in three cities with active drug gang turf battles left at least 9 people dead.
    (SFC, 10/1/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 30, Nigerian fighter jets bombed camps belonging to suspected Islamist militants in the northeast in response to a massacre of students at an agricultural college.
    (Reuters, 10/3/13)
2013        Sep 30, In Pakistan a suspected American drone strike killed four alleged militants in the country's northwestern tribal areas.
    (AP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, In South Africa some 2,000 striking miners from Anglo American Platinum rallied to protest planned job cuts at the world's top producer of the precious metal.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, A South African woman was killed and another injured on after police fired into a crowd of protesters who had attacked a police vehicle in Durban.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, A Spanish man (39) confessed to killing his younger brother with a hammer, cutting up the body and putting the remains in the freezer after a tempestuous year of sharing the same home.
    (AFP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Sudan’s government said 700 people have been arrested during a week of the worst unrest in central Sudan in years, as protests continued against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The opposition later said at least 200 people were killed. Government figures said 87.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)(Econ, 10/5/13, p.52)(Econ, 2/1/14, p.41)
2013        Sep 30, Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA started selling residential solar panels at its store in Southamptom, Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
    (AP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan announced long-anticipated reforms seen as designed to salvage a fragile peace process with Kurdish insurgents, including changes to the electoral system and increasing language rights.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his government would lift a ban on wearing headscarves in public institutions as part of reforms to boost rights.
    (AFP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Tropical storm Wutip lashed central Vietnam after sinking at least two Chinese fishing boats near the Paracel Islands, leaving 75 fishermen missing.
    (AP, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, In southeast Yemen suspected al Qaeda militants disguised as security personnel seized an army base, killing at least 3 soldiers. Special forces were on their way to try to retake the base.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)
2013        Sep 30, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced the expulsion of the top US diplomat and two other embassy officials, accusing them of plotting acts of sabotage with the opposition.
    (AFP, 10/1/13)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep, French investigating judges began bugging the telephone of former Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy. This was only revealed on March 7, 2014.
    (Econ, 3/15/14, p.51)
2013        Sep, In Jamaica Police Superintendent Steve McGreggor took over leadership of the tough West Kingston police division. He said that culture is changing and vowed to erase every painted image paying respect to gangsters.
    (AP, 10/17/13)
2013        Sep, In Malawi a corruption scandal came open as sacks of cash were found in the cars of civil servants and in their newly built homes.
    (Econ, 5/24/14, p.44)
2013        Sep, In Pakistan the paramilitary Rangers launched an army directed crackdown on crime in Karachi.
    (Econ, 9/5/15, p.44)

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