Timeline 2014 January - March Return to home2014 Jan 1, In
northern California Rev. Eric Freed was found dead at the St.
Bernard Church rectory in Eureka. Surveillance video captured images
of suspect Gary Lee Bullock (44) and he was arrested the next day.
(SFC, 1/2/14, p.A8)(SFC, 1/9/14, p.D5)
2014 Jan 1, In San Francisco an
arson attack destroyed the main entrance of the Chinese Consulate.
On Jan 3 Yan Feng (39), who lives south of the city, surrendered to
police after confessing to the attack.
(SSFC, 1/5/14, p.A5)(AFP, 1/6/14)
2014 Jan 1, In Colorado the
nation’s first recreational pot industry opened as business owners
threw open their doors for shoppers at 8 am.
(SFC, 1/2/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 1, In New York city
Bill de Blasio (b.1961) began serving as mayor. 63,000 homeless
people lived in shelters as de Blasio office.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_de_Blasio)(Econ, 3/25/17, p.25)
2014 Jan 1, In Central African
Republic clashes between Muslims and Christians in Bangui killed
three as angry residents threw grenades and torched homes.
2014 Jan 1, China began
requiring the disclosure of offshore holdings.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.35)
2014 Jan 1, Cuba enacted a law
banning the resale of clothes imported from abroad.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.30)
2014 Jan 1, In Prague Jamel
al-Jamal (56), the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic,
died in a blast that occurred when he opened an old safe that had
been left untouched for more than 20 years.
2014 Jan 1, Guinness World
Records said Dubai shattered the world record for the largest ever
pyrotechnic display on New Year's Eve with a show involving more
than half a million fireworks.
2014 Jan 1, Egypt’s Ministry of
Antiquities said 96 artifacts, mostly small figurines and beads,
have disappeared from the Aswan Museum's storehouse. Authorities
said evidence pointed to an insider theft.
2014 Jan 1, In Egypt 2 people
were killed in violent clashes that erupted late today between
pro-Islamist protesters and police in Alexandria.
2014 Jan 1, The European
Commission said Romanians and Bulgarians now have the right to work
in any of the European Union's 28 countries but "no major increase"
in emigration is expected.
2014 Jan 1, Greece assumed the
presidency of the EU, starting 2014 with a promise by the government
to pull the country out of a six-year recession, keep a balanced
budget, and effectively end a financial crisis that rattled the
2014 Jan 1, In Hong Kong
thousands marched to demand a greater say in choosing their future
leaders, expressing fears China will limit long-awaited political
reforms, but turnout fell short of expectations.
2014 Jan 1, In Iraq militants
freed more than 100 prisoners, clashed with security forces and
burned police stations in Fallujah and Ramadi. In Mosul a car bomb
exploded near an army checkpoint, killing a civilian and four
soldiers, including three officers.
2014 Jan 1, Jordan took over
the UN Security Council presidency, the first day of its two-year
stint on a 15-nation body struggling to cope with conflicts in
Syria, South Sudan.
2014 Jan 1, Latvia celebrated
the new year as the 18th member of the eurozone, which for all its
dents and bruises still represents stability and security to the
Baltic country's leaders.
2014 Jan 1, Lebanon’s defense
minister said Lebanese troops have arrested Saudi citizen Majid
al-Majid, the "emir" of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an
al-Qaeda-linked group that claimed a double suicide bombing at the
Iranian embassy in Beirut in November. DNA testing confirmed the
identity of al-Majid.
(AFP, 1/1/14)(AP, 1/3/14)
2014 Jan 1, In Mexico Yeudi
Estrada (28), a US citizen and martial arts instructor in Quintana
Roo, was found dead on arrival at police headquarters in the resort
of Playa del Carmen after his arrest. A finding revealed that he
died of asphyxia by strangulation. Six Mexican police officers were
arrested Jan 3 on suspicion of killing Estrada.
2014 Jan 1, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed two Shia pilgrims on their way home from Iran.
2014 Jan 1, In South Korea a
man, calling for the president’s resignation, died after setting
himself on fire.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.32)
2014 Jan 1, South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir declared a state of emergency in Unity and
Jonglei states. Negotiators from the two warring sides arrived in
Ethiopia for peace talks.
(Reuters, 1/1/14)(AP, 1/1/14)
2014 Jan 1, In Somalia two car
bombs exploded outside the Jazira Hotel in Mogadishu that often is
used by foreigners and government officials. A third car bomb
exploded as it was searched by security forces. At least 11 people
were killed. Al-Shebab rebels claimed responsibility.
(AP, 1/1/14)(Reuters, 1/1/14)(AFP, 1/2/14)
2014 Jan 1, South African
police found Patrick Karegeya, Rwanda's former spy chief, dead,
possibly strangled, in Johannesburg's plush Michelangelo Towers
hotel. Rwanda opposition leaders immediately accused President Paul
Kagame of ordering his assassination.
2014 Jan 1, Syrian warplanes
bombed a barren range of Lebanese hills used by Syrian rebels and
refugees to cross between the two countries, wounding at least 10
Syrians who were rushed to hospital in a nearby Lebanese town.
2014 Jan 1, The Syrian
Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad, claimed credit for hacking into the
social media accounts of Internet calling service Skype.
2014 Jan 1, An NGO said more
than 73,000 people were killed in Syria in 2013.
2014 Jan 1, In Ukraine about
15,000 people marched through the streets of Kiev to mark the 105th
birthday of Stepan Bandera (d.1959), glorified by some as a leader
of Ukraine's liberation movement and dismissed by others as a Nazi
2014 Jan 1, The UN said that
violence claimed the lives of 7,818 civilians in Iraq in 2013, the
highest annual death toll in years.
2014 Jan 2, The influential New
York Times and Britain’s Guardian newspapers hailed fugitive
intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as a "whistleblower" and threw
its weight behind calls for him to be shown clemency.
2014 Jan 2, British author
Elizabeth Jane Howard (b.1923) died. She was best known for "The
Cazalet Chronicles," which followed the tangled lives and loves of
several generations of an aristocratic household in the run-up to
World War II.
2014 Jan 2, A Chinese
helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy
Russian research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice since
Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for
the operation. The passengers were all transported to an Australian
icebreaker in the area.
2014 Jan 2, A Cameroon security
official said 7 people, including two Cameroonian soldiers, have
been killed in an attack in the east by an armed group from the
Central African Republic.
2014 Jan 2, Canadian lawmaker
Rathika Sitsabaiesan said she was intimidated and warned she could
be deported during an ongoing visit to her birthplace of Jaffna, the
war-battered Tamil heartland of Sri Lanka.
2014 Jan 2, In CongoDRC Colonel
Mamadou Ndala (34), the commander of government troops fighting
Ugandan Islamist rebels in the restive east of country, was killed
along with two bodyguards in an ambush.
(AFP, 1/2/14)(AP, 1/10/14)
2014 Jan 2, Egyptian
authorities produced what they said was a confession by the son of a
senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood. An Alexandria court
sentenced seven activists to two years in prison on several charges
including protesting without a permit and clashing with police last
2014 Jan 2, In western India a
bus plunged into a 120m (400-feet) deep gorge, splitting open on the
rocky ground below, killing at least 30 people.
2014 Jan 2, Iraqi security
forces arrested a controversial Shiite cleric who leads an
Iranian-backed militia, a move apparently aimed at bolstering Sunni
support as the Shiite-led government and allied tribes battled
Islamic militants who rose up in multiple Sunni-dominated cities.
Fighting continued in Fallujah and Ramadi. A truck packed with
explosives blew up in Balad Ruz, killing at least 19 people. At
least 35 people were reported killed in Anbar province. Militants
bombed a major oil pipeline in the north, causing a fire and forcing
pumping to be suspended.
(AP, 1/2/14)(AFP, 1/2/14)(SFC, 1/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 2, Italy-based Fiat
secured full ownership of Chrysler in a $4.35 billion agreement.
(SFC, 1/3/14, p.C4)
2014 Jan 2, In Kenya 10 people
were wounded when attackers hurled a grenade into a restaurant in
Diani, a popular coastal tourist resort town.
2014 Jan 2, In Lebanon a large
car bomb killed 5 people and wounded at least 20 in a Hezbollah
bastion in south Beirut. The al Qaeda-linked militant group Islamic
State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS aka ISIL)) soon claimed
responsibility. On Jan 6 an employee of Hezbollah's Al-Manar
television died from wounds sustained in a suicide bombing.
(AFP, 1/2/14)(Reuters, 1/4/14)(AFP, 1/6/14)
2014 Jan 2, Libyan troops found
the bodies of Mark De Salis, a British man, and a New Zealand woman
shot dead southwest of Tripoli.
(AFP, 1/3/14)(AP, 1/4/14)
2014 Jan 2, Islamic authorities
in Malaysia seized 321 Bibles from a Christian group because they
used the word Allah to refer to God.
2014 Jan 2, Morocco launched an
operation to give residency permits to tens of thousands of
immigrants living in the country illegally, after the king expressed
concern about their harsh treatment by the police.
2014 Jan 2, Myanmar's Pres.
Thein Sein gave his backing for amending a military drafted
constitution and indicated support for changes that would make Nobel
Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi eligible to lead the country.
2014 Jan 2, A Palestinian man
(85) died after inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli army to
disperse local protesters landed in his home in the occupied West
2014 Jan 2, South Korea's
military said it would fight a court ruling quashing its move to
kick an officer candidate out of the elite Army Academy for having
sex with his girlfriend while on leave.
2014 Jan 2, A South Sudanese
military official says rebels are trying to march on Juba from Bor,
a town under the control of rebel forces. South Sudan's army (SPLA)
advanced towards Bor.
(AP, 1/2/14)(Reuters, 1/2/14)
2014 Jan 2, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said 8 people held by the Syrian
government in Aleppo's central prison have died over the past two
days from malnutrition. Five staffers of Doctors Without Borders
(MSF) were taken from a house they were using in Syria.
(AFP, 1/2/14)(AFP, 1/4/14)
2014 Jan 2, Tunisia says four
Ansar al-Shariah militants have been arrested after late-night
gunbattles between militants and security forces in the southern
city that was the cradle for the Arab Spring revolutions.
2014 Jan 3, A major snowstorm
producing blizzard-like conditions hammered the northeastern United
States, causing 2,000 US flight delays and cancellations. At least
15 deaths were blamed on the storm.
(Reuters, 1/3/14)(SFC, 1/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 3, In San Jose, Ca.,
police Officer Dondi West shot Vietnamese immigrant Hung Lam in the
back as Lam allegedly walked backward on his front lawn with a knife
in her direction. Lam was left paralyzed and restricted to a wheel
chair. In 2017 a federal appeals court said San Jose must pay Lam, a
mentally disturbed man, $11.3 million.
(http://tinyurl.com/yd5nf2lx)(SFC, 9/6/17, p.D1)
2014 Jan 3, Rock & Roll
singer Phil Everly (b.1939), the younger brother of Don Everly
(b.1937), died. Phil helped make the Everly Brothers one of the
biggest rock and country acts of the 1950s and early 1960s.
(Reuters, 1/3/14)(SFC, 1/4/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 3, Argentina’s
government agreed to roll over the debt of 18 provinces to help ease
their financial strains.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.29)
2014 Jan 3, In Cambodia At
least 4 people were killed when police outside Cambodia's capital
opened fire to break up a protest by striking garment workers
demanding a doubling of the minimum wage.
2014 Jan 3, The health minister
of Alberta, Canada, said an H1N1 flu outbreak in Alberta has
sickened nearly 1,000 people and killed five over the past few
weeks. He urged everyone to get vaccinated.
2014 Jan 3, Egyptian riot
police clashed with supporters of former Islamist Pres. Morsi across
the country, leaving 17 dead and 62 injured as the Muslim
Brotherhood renewed calls to protest ahead of a key referendum later
(AP, 1/3/14)(AP, 1/4/14)
2014 Jan 3, An Egyptian
security official said police have found a murdered Swiss couple
buried in the garden of their house in the Red Sea resort town of
Hurgada. They were reportedly killed by the house's guard and two of
his friends who wanted to rob the couple.
2014 Jan 3, In Ethiopia South
Sudan's warring parties began negotiations to end nearly three weeks
of raging conflict which has left thousands feared dead and taken
the world's youngest nation to the brink of all-out civil war.
Fighting intensified as the army moved on rebel-held Bor.
2014 Jan 3, In western Germany
a World War II bomb exploded during construction work in Euskirchen,
near Bonn, killing one person and wounding at least eight others.
2014 Jan 3, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh ruled out serving another term after an election due by May
and threw his support behind Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi
to lead the country if their party wins the vote.
2014 Jan 3, In Iraq Sunni
Muslim tribesmen backed by Iraqi troops fought al Qaeda-linked
militants for control of Anbar province. More than 100 people were
killed as police and tribesmen battled ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq
and al-Sham, aka ISIL) fighters, Al-Qaeda-linked militants who took
over parts of Fallujah and Ramadi.
(Reuters, 1/3/14)(AFP, 1/3/14)(Econ, 1/11/14,
2014 Jan 3, Israeli war planes
carried out a series of strikes in the Gaza Strip, shortly after a
rocket from the enclave struck the Jewish state.
2014 Jan 3, The Italian navy
over the last 24 hours rescued more than 1,000 migrants from boats
trying to reach Europe.
2014 Jan 3, Madagascar’s
electoral commission said that former finance minister Hery
Rajaonarimampianina, the candidate backed by outgoing President
Andry Rajoelina who spearheaded the coup nearly five years ago, won
53.5 percent of the December 20 vote.
2014 Jan 3, In Mexico 9 people
were killed during a gunfight at a prison in Guerrero state, after a
gang dressed as police officers gained entry.
2014 Jan 3, In Pakistan Iram
Ramazan, a 10-year-old maid, died in Lahore after being beaten by
the wife of the household for stealing a few rupees.
(SSFC, 1/5/14, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/mhrtzx3)
2014 Jan 3, In Pakistan two
senior Sunni leaders were killed in Islamabad.
2014 Jan 3, A Palestinian
youth, identified as Adnan Abu Khater (16), died of his wounds after
he was shot a day earlier by Israeli soldiers near the border fence
in the northern Gaza Strip.
2014 Jan 3, Spanish police said
they have caught two women flying in from Brazil with more than a
kilo (two pounds) of cocaine each hidden under their wigs. The two
women, who were Portuguese and aged 18 and 28, arrived at Madrid's
Barajas airport on different days from Sao Paulo.
2014 Jan 3, A Turkish court
ordered the release from jail of two Kurdish lawmakers being tried
for links to militants in a potential boost to a fragile peace
process. Turkish prosecutors said they have charged 36 protesters
with terrorism over mass anti-government demonstrations that swept
the country last year.
(Reuters, 1/3/14)(AFP, 1/3/14)
2014 Jan 3, Zimbabwe's black
empowerment agency said at least 90 percent of foreign shop owners
don't have bank accounts and are hiding away money or smuggling it
out of the country, worsening cash shortages in the troubled
2014 Jan 4, This issue of the
Economist reported that most non-African humans carry around 2% of
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.28)
2014 Jan 4, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck outside joint NATO-Afghan in the Nangarhar
province's Ghani Khail district. One US solider and 5 Taliban
attackers were killed. Hours later an explosion hit one of the
entrances to Camp Eggers in Kabul.
(AP, 1/4/14)(SSFC, 1/5/14,
2014 Jan 4, Bahrain named Ali
Mafoudh al-Moussawi, a Bahraini citizen who lives in Iran, as a main
suspect in planned "terrorist acts" and said he and his
collaborators had received training and other help from Tehran.
2014 Jan 4, In Bangladesh
scores of polling booths were torched and a train set alight on the
eve of elections as the opposition launched a strike against the
2014 Jan 4, Cambodia's
government launched a broad crackdown on the political opposition,
clearing its main protest site, banning its street demonstrations
and having a court call in opposition party leaders for questioning
on charges of inciting social unrest.
2014 Jan 4, An Egyptian soldier
was killed and at least two were wounded when a roadside bomb
targeted their armored vehicle in the restive Sinai peninsula.
2014 Jan 4, In India a
five-story building under construction in the southern state of Goa
collapsed, killing at least 15 workers and leaving dozens more
feared trapped under the rubble.
(AFP, 1/4/14)(AP, 1/5/14)
2014 Jan 4, The Lebanese army
said Saudi citizen Majid al-Majid, the "emir" of the Abdullah Azzam
Brigades fighting in Syria, died while undergoing treatment at the
central military hospital.
2014 Jan 4, In western Mexico a
small plane crash-landed, killing one person and injuring four
others, including the leader of a vigilante group fighting drug
2014 Jan 4, Russian President
Vladimir Putin reversed a blanket ban on protests at the Winter
Olympics in Sochi, bowing to pressure from the International Olympic
2014 Jan 4, Senegal said its
navy has boarded a Russian ship that was allegedly illegally fishing
in its waters and is escorting it toward Dakar. The Russian trawler
left the port of Dakar on Jan 22 following an agreement by Moscow to
pay $1 million.
(AFP, 1/4/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 4, South Sudan’s rebel
and government sides met mediators from the regional IGAD grouping
in Ethiopia for a second day but did not sit down together.
2014 Jan 4, In Syria an
alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from
the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across the
north-west in apparently coordinated strikes against the powerful al
2014 Jan 4, Tunisian lawmakers
rejected Islam as the main source of law for the country that
spawned the Arab Spring as they voted for a second day on a new
2014 Jan 4, The Tunisian coast
guard fired on three Egyptian fishing boats intercepted in its
territorial waters. One boat captain was killed.
(SFC, 1/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 4, A Turkish court
ordered the release from jail of three Kurdish lawmakers, in
addition to two freed a day earlier.
2014 Jan 4, In Yemen renewed
clashes in the north between rebels belonging to a Shiite-branch of
Islam and ultraconservative Salafis backed by allying tribes killed
2014 Jan 5, A US Coast Guard
heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica to rescue more than
120 crew members aboard Chinese and Russian icebreakers trapped in
pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge.
2014 Jan 5, In Colorado a
co-pilot was killed and two pilots injured when a private jet
crashed and burst into flames at the airport that serves Aspen.
2014 Jan 5, Bangladesh held
parliamentary elections. The ruling Awami League won 232 of the 300
elected seats as about half the seats were uncontested due to a
boycott by the main opposition party. At least 21 people were killed
in election-related violence. Alleged ballot stuffing by the ruling
party pushed the turnout just over 40%.
(Reuters, 1/5/14)(AP, 1/6/14)(SSFC, 1/12/14,
2014 Jan 5, In Burkina Faso 75
officials announced their resignation from the ruling party,
ratcheting up political tension before elections scheduled for next
year. They said democracy had "disappeared" from President Blaise
Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress party.
2014 Jan 5, In the CAR a hand
grenade attack on a Bangui market left four people injured,
including two women and a Burundian soldier from MISCA, the African
force deployed in the Central African Republic.
2014 Jan 5, In China
worshippers at the Beida Mosque in Guyuan, Ningxia region, were
handing out traditional cakes when a rush for food triggered a
stampede that left 14 dead.
2014 Jan 5, An Egyptian court
gave suspended one-year sentences to 12 activists including youth
leaders of the 2011 uprising for an attack on a former presidential
2014 Jan 5, In Iraq a new wave
of bombings hit Baghdad, killing at least 20 people. Government
forces battling an al Qaeda offensive near the Syrian border
launched an air strike on Ramadi killing 25 Islamist militants. 22
soldiers and 12 civilians were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 1/5/14)(Reuters, 1/5/14)
2014 Jan 5, In Israel over
30,000 African migrants, many holding banners demanding freedom for
compatriots jailed as illegal job-seekers, protested in a main Tel
Aviv square against a new open-ended detention law.
2014 Jan 5, In Lebanon one man
was shot dead and six people were wounded in clashes in Tripoli
between districts that support rival sides in neighboring Syria's
2014 Jan 5, Libya's navy
blocked an oil tanker from illegally loading crude at an eastern
port that has been held for months by armed protesters demanding
more autonomy from Tripoli.
2014 Jan 5, Portuguese football
legend Eusebio (71), the top scorer in the 1966 World Cup, died. The
Mozambique-born striker made his name at Benfica, winning 11 league
titles and one European Cup during a 15-year spell there.
2014 Jan 5, In Saudi Arabia
human body parts fell from the sky in the city of Jeddah, with
police saying they could be the remains of a person trapped in an
airplane's wheel bay.
2014 Jan 5, A Saudi court
jailed five people for up to 30 years on charges including plotting
to blow up an oil refinery on behalf of Al-Qaeda.
2014 Jan 5, Fighting continued
across South Sudan, even as peace talks between the government and
rebels were set to begin in Ethiopia.
2014 Jan 5, Spanish police
arrested Abdeluahid Sadik Mohamed at Malaga airport after arriving
on a flight bound from Istanbul. He was suspected of belonging to an
al-Qaida linked terror organization and participating in the Syrian
2014 Jan 5, In southern
Switzerland 4 skiers were killed and another was in a critical
condition after a series of avalanches hit the Alps.
2014 Jan 5, Syrian opposition
fighters seized a compound garrisoned by an al-Qaida-linked rebel
faction, in some of the most serious infighting to date within the
vast array of rebel groups trying to topple Pres. Assad.
2014 Jan 5, In Thailand
thousands of anti-government protesters marched through Bangkok, a
prelude to a broader action next week when they say they will shut
down the city in their bid to scuttle a February election and topple
PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
2014 Jan 5, In northern Yemen
at least 10 people were killed in a 2nd day of clashes between
Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen fighting alongside hardline
Salafists. In Hadramawt province a tribesman was killed at an army
(AFP, 1/5/14)(AFP, 1/6/14)
2014 Jan 6, The US Senate
confirmed Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal
(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 6, The US Supreme
Court blocked further same-sex marriages in Utah while state
officials appeal a decision allowing such unions.
(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 6, In Pennsylvania
Colleen LaRose (50), aka “Jihad Jane," was sentenced to ten years in
prison for plotting to kill a Swedish artist. She had pleaded guilty
and helped in the indictment of two others.
(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 6, Airlines canceled
more than 4,400 flights as extreme cold in the US Midwest and
Northeast froze fuel lines to airplanes and posed exposure hazards
for employees working on the tarmac.
2014 Jan 6, Three Chicago-bound
trains came to a halt after running into impassable snow and ice.
More than 500 passengers spent the night on board Amtrak trains in
northwestern Illinois, stranded due to the harsh winter weather.
2014 Jan 6, Dennis Rodman and
former NBA players arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea. They planned a
"birthday present" game for leader Kim Jong Un.
2014 Jan 6, Bangladesh’s PM
Sheikh Hasina held to her stance that fresh polls could be called
only if her rivals halt violence. The opposition already called a
48-hour strike and 7 people were killed in clashes.
2014 Jan 6, Extreme cold in
Canada disrupted flights and school classes. Temperatures as low as
minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit) plunged the western
Prairies region into a deep freeze, heightening risks of frostbite
2014 Jan 6, China temporarily
lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the
way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the
world's third largest video game market in terms of revenue.
2014 Jan 6, China destroyed
about 6 tons of illegal ivory from its stockpile in an unprecedented
move wildlife groups say shows growing concern about the black
market trade by authorities in the world's biggest market for
2014 Jan 6, China, the biggest
investor in South Sudan's oil industry, called for an immediate
ceasefire in the world's newest state as rebel and government
negotiators haggled over the scope of peace talks meant to end three
weeks of fighting.
2014 Jan 6, In the Czech
Republic the left-wing Social Democrats, the first-place party in
October's parliamentary election, signed a deal with two other
parties to form a new coalition government.
2014 Jan 6, France's interior
minister said that local officials have the right to ban shows on a
national tour of comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala whose performances
are considered anti-Semitic.
2014 Jan 6, In France two
Goodyear managers were trapped in a conference room with angry
workers demanding more money in exchange for the inevitable loss of
their jobs in Amiens. The managers were released after police
intervened on Jan 7.
(AP, 1/6/14)(AP, 1/7/14)
2014 Jan 6, Iraq's PM Nouri
al-Maliki urged residents and tribes of Fallujah to "expel" al-Qaida
militants from the Sunni-dominated city to avoid an all-out battle.
An army officer and 4 soldiers were captured in Fallujah.
(AP, 1/6/14)(AP, 1/7/14)
2014 Jan 6, In Israel several
thousand African migrants protested outside Western embassies in Tel
Aviv, demanding freedom for compatriots jailed by Israel in a desert
facility under a new open-ended detention law.
2014 Jan 6, Israel gave final
approval for building 272 new apartments in two isolated West Bank
settlements as US Sec. of State John Kerry wrapped up his latest
mediating mission in the region.
(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A3)
2014 Jan 6, Latvia Pres. Andris
Berzins nominated Laimdota Straujuma as the next prime minister.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.45)
2014 Jan 6, In Libya an
explosion at a guard post outside a courthouse in Benghazi killed
one judiciary policeman and seriously wounded another.
2014 Jan 6, In Nigeria gunmen
shot and killed at least 30 people, burned down 40 homes and made
off with scores of cattle from a mainly Christian village in Plateau
state. Muslim Fulani herdsmen were blamed.
2014 Jan 6, In Nigeria a dozen
men were formally charged by the Bauchi State Sharia Commission with
belonging to a gay club and having received funding from the United
States for an apparent membership drive. Four were convicted on
March 6. Seven were granted bail on March 11. A Christian suspect
awaited his case heard before a secular court.
2014 Jan 6, In Pakistan an
explosion from a suspected artillery shell stored in a house killed
10 members of a family in the Tirah Valley village of Dars in the
Khyber tribal region.
2014 Jan 6, In Pakistan Aitzaz
Hasan (17) was running late for school when he and friends were
interrupted by a stranger in school uniform who was asking for
directions. Suspicious of the query, Aitzaz tackled the man as he
walked away in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. The man then blew himself up, taking both lives. On Jan 10
PM Nawaz Sharif said Hasan should be honored with the nation's
highest civil award of bravery.
2014 Jan 6, Hamas PM Ismail
Haniya reached out to West Bank rivals Fatah saying its members
would be allowed back into Gaza, in efforts to promote Palestinian
2014 Jan 6, Former Romanian
prime minister Adrian Nastase was sentenced to four years in jail
for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to appoint a
businesswoman to a senior government post. He was released from
prison in 2013 after serving a third of a previous corruption
(AFP, 1/6/14)(SFC, 1/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 6, Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir arrived in Juba calling for an end to three weeks of
fighting in South Sudan as mediators struggled to get peace
negotiations under way in neighboring Ethiopia.
2014 Jan 6, In Syria rival
Islamist rebel groups fought in Raqqa, as local fighters tried to
drive out a foreign-led al Qaeda affiliate which has also seized
towns across the border in Iraq. The al-Qaida-linked ISIL (aka ISIS)
group killed 50 people before surrendering its Aleppo base.
(Reuters, 1/6/14)(AP, 1/7/14)(Econ, 1/11/14,
2014 Jan 6, Tunisia's national
assembly voted to enshrine gender equality "without discrimination"
in its draft constitution, a key step towards safeguarding the most
liberal laws in the Arab world on women's rights. Unemployed
Tunisian youths ransacked an empty police post in the impoverished
central region of Gafsa overnight and torched its contents.
2014 Jan 6, In Venezuela Monica
Spear (29), a popular soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela
(2004), was shot and killed along with her ex-husband Thomas Henry
Berry, a 39-year-old British citizen, during a highway robbery
between Puerto Cabello and the provincial capital of Valencia. Their
daughter (5) was wounded. Police in Puerto Cabello soon arrested
five suspects, some under the age of 18. In 2015 a court sentenced
two boys aged 15 and 17 to four years in prison after it said they
admitted taking part in the attack. Three other young men got terms
of between 24 and 26 years. In 2016 a court sentenced three men to
30 years in prison for the murders.
(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 2/13/16)
2014 Jan 6, In Yemen tribesmen
in Hadramawt province blew up a major oil pipeline in retaliation
for the killing by the army of one of their men.
2014 Jan 6, Zambian police
arrested and charged opposition leader Frank Bwalya with defamation,
after he referred to Pres. Michael Sata as a “Chumbu Mushololwa."
The Bemba term literally refers to a sweet potato that breaks when
it is bent and is used to describe someone who does not heed advice.
2014 Jan 7, The IRS said it is
seeing a big jump in thieves stealing Social Security numbers to
fraudulently claim US tax returns.
(SFC, 1/8/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 7, JPMorgan reached an
accord with the US Justice Dept. and will pay $2.6 billion to
resolve criminal and civil allegations that it failed to stop
Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
(SFC, 1/8/14, p.C5)
2014 Jan 7, The United States
put to death its first inmate of the year in Florida, after a drop
in executions during 2013. Askari Abdullah Muhammad (62), previously
known as Thomas Knight, was convicted of abducting and killing a
Miami couple in 1974 and fatally stabbing a prison guard six years
later using a sharpened spoon. He appealed his conviction numerous
2014 Jan 7, Former NYC police
officers and firefighters were among 106 people indicted over a
massive disability fraud worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The
scheme was estimated to date back to 1988 with some connected to the
September 11, 2001, attacks.
(AFP, 1/8/14)(Econ, 1/11/14, p.26)
2014 Jan 7, A blast of
bone-chilling cold snarled air travel, closed schools and prompted
calls for people to stay inside in the United States and Canada, as
temperatures plunged to lows not seen in two decades. At least 9
people were reported dead due to the weather.
(AFP, 1/7/14)(Reuters, 1/9/14)
2014 Jan 7, In eastern England
HH-60G Pave Hawk chopper, based at the US-run Lakenheath air base,
crashed at a nearby nature reserve in Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk,
while flying low on night time training exercise. 4 airmen were
killed. Investigators later reported that the chopper had flown into
flock of geese likely startled by its noise.
(AFP, 1/8/14)(AP, 7/9/14)
2014 Jan 7, In Cambodia tens of
thousands of garment workers returned to work, ending a two-week pay
dispute after authorities used deadly force to quell a strike and
thwart a protest by their political allies seeking a re-run of a
July election. An estimated 65-70% returned to work.
2014 Jan 7, In Canada a freight
train carrying crude oil and propane derailed in New Brunswick
province. One locomotive and 17 cars derailed. 5 cars carried oil
and 4 carried propane.
(AP, 1/8/14)(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 7, A Chinese
icebreaker and a Russian research vessel -- broke free from thick
Antarctic ice where they had been trapped for days.
2014 Jan 7, Greek Government
officials said a strict review would be made of how those convicted
of terrorism and other severe crimes are granted leave from prison.
A day earlier Christodoulos Xiros (55) failed to make an obligatory
daily appearance at a police station. He was convicted in 2003,
along with two of his brothers, of belonging to the November 17
group and had served 10 years of his term for involvement in a
string of shootings and bombings.
2014 Jan 7, Hong Kong movie and
TV mogul Run Run Shaw (b.1907) died. He had built an empire that
nurtured rising talents like actor Chow Yun-fat and director John
Woo, inspired Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and
produced the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" (1982).
2014 Jan 7, In Iraq efforts to
retake Ramadi left 4 civilians dead and 14 wounded. Missile strikes
outside Ramadi killed 25 militants. Troops delayed an assault on
Fallujah as fierce clashes erupted between government special forces
and al-Qaida-linked militants outside the city.
(AFP, 1/7/14)(SFC, 1/8/14, p.A3)
2014 Jan 7, In Israel thousands
of African asylum seekers demonstrated in Tel Aviv for a third
straight day of protests against immigration policies.
2014 Jan 7, In Myanmar dozens
of journalists staged a rare demonstration in Yangon to protest a
jail term given to a reporter who was working on a story about
2014 Jan 7, In Nigeria gunmen
shouting "God is great" fired into a mosque in Kwankwaso village,
Kano state. 3 people were killed and 12 wounded.
2014 Jan 7, Russia launched the
largest security operation in Olympic history with one month to go
before Vladimir Putin kicks off the Winter Games in Sochi amid
renewed fears of suicide bombings.
2014 Jan 7, South African
authorities revealed that a phosphate mine spillage, into a
tributary of the Olifants River in late December, has killed
thousands of fish and caused "extensive pollution" to the river in
the country's famed Kruger National Park.
2014 Jan 7, South Sudanese
rebels and a government delegation started face-to-face peace talks
in Ethiopia to try to end fighting that has left the world's newest
state on the brink of civil war.
2014 Jan 7, Princess Cristina
(48), the younger daughter of Spain's King Juan Carlos, was charged
with tax fraud and money-laundering.
2014 Jan 7, Syria's Information
Minister said the Syrian people have decided President Bashar
al-Assad should be nominated for another term and would pressure him
to stand in elections this year.
2014 Jan 7, Syria moved the
first batch of chemical weapon materials out of the country after
transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and onto
a Danish vessel.
2014 Jan 7, In Syria Abu
Mohammed al-Golani, the leader of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front,
called for a ceasefire between opposition factions who have clashed
for five days in the bloodiest episode of infighting since the
revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began. A suicide car
bombing by al-Qaida-linked ISIL fighters killed at least 20 rebels
near the northern city of Darkoush. 3 staff members of Prague-based
"People in Need" were killed in a mortar attack.
(Reuters, 1/7/14)(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 1/9/14)
2014 Jan 7, In Thailand
protesters trying to topple PM Shinawatra marched in Bangkok to drum
up support for their plans to bring the capital to a halt next week
by blockading major roads and preventing the government from
2014 Jan 7, Turkish PM Tayyip
Erdogan's government purged hundreds of police officers overnight,
as part of a crackdown on a rival he accuses of trying to usurp
state power by tarring him with a specious corruption investigation.
Despite the dismissals police and prosecutors continued arrests,
targeting the state railway company and a western port. Police
detained some 25 people in the city of Izmir for questioning over a
new bribery and fraud investigation.
(Reuters, 1/7/14)(AP, 1/8/14)
2014 Jan 7, Turkey’s Anadolu
state news said military prosecutors have dropped a case against
five officers who were being investigated for negligence in the
military air strike on Dec 11, 2011, that killed 34 smugglers
mistaken for Kurdish rebels, saying there was no ground for any
2014 Jan 7, In eastern Yemen
tribesmen Hadramawt province blew up an oil pipeline for the second
time in two days, disrupting an important source of revenue for the
impoverished state. Gunmen shot dead an army colonel and a car bomb
injured a senior intelligence officer in Aden.
2014 Jan 8, The US White House
pushed back against harsh criticism in a new book “Duty: Memoirs of
a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that
questions President Barack Obama's war leadership and rips into VP
(AP, 1/9/14)(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, The Obama
administration pressed the nation’s schools to abandon overly
zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of
to the principal’s office.
(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, Seventeen people
related to the San Diego street gang BMS were arrested in California
and New Jersey by police and FBI agents for operating a prostitution
ring that spanned 46 cities in 23 states.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 8, Former Georgia
banker Aubrey Lee Price (47) pleaded non guilty to stealing millions
from investors before vanishing for 18 months. Prosecutors said he
misspent, embezzled and lost some $21 million.
(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A40)
2014 Jan 8, Omaha police said
an African-American toddler, who was cursed at buy adults and
encouraged to curse in return in a posted video, has been placed in
protective custody. Three other children were also removed from the
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 8, New Jersey
officials released e-mails that appeared to show Gov. Chris
Christie's staff plotting the lane closures in September to
retaliate against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey,
because he had not endorsed the governor's re-election campaign.
2014 Jan 8, The Utah governor’s
office said that the state will not recognize more than 1,000
same-sex marriages performed over the past two weeks as it appeals a
legal ruling that had overturned the state’s ban on such unions.
(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, A US navy
helicopter went down in the Atlantic off of Virginia killing 2 crew
members and wounding two others. A 5th remained missing.
(SFC, 1/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 8, Dennis Rodman sang
"Happy Birthday" to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a
squad of former NBA stars in a friendly game as part of his
"basketball diplomacy" that has been criticized in the US as naive
and laughable. Tourists said Rodman singing "Happy Birthday" to Kim
Jong-Un was akin to Marilyn Monroe performing for JFK.
(AFP, 1/8/14)(AP, 1/9/14)
2014 Jan 8, In Afghanistan US
forces accidentally shot dead a four year old boy.
2014 Jan 8, A Bahraini court
sentenced 22 Shiites to 15 years in prison over the killing of a
policeman and the wounding of another in an attack outside Manama.
2014 Jan 8, In Belgium Emiel
Pauwels (95), a European masters athletics champion, committed
euthanasia because he suffered from cancer. Pauwels held the over-90
60 meters European title he won last year.
2014 Jan 8, Britain’s Electoral
Commission said voters should have to prove their identity at
polling stations, as it launched a study into fraud concerns around
ethnic South Asian communities.
2014 Jan 8, Canada announced
the first H5N1 avian flu death in North America, of a patient who
had just returned from China.
2014 Jan 8, China's foreign
minister said Beijing was tackling illegal gold mining in Ghana,
after hundreds of his compatriots were arrested and sent home for
extracting the mineral without permission.
2014 Jan 8, A Croatian court
ruled that Josip Perkovic, a communist-era intelligence chief, could
be extradited to Germany where he is wanted over a killing of a
Yugoslav dissident in 1983. On Jan 24 Perkovic was flown to Germany.
(Reuters, 1/8/14)(Reuters, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 8, German authorities
said they have charged Werner C. (88), a former member of an SS
armored division, with 25 counts of murder over allegations that he
took part in the June 10, 1944, slaughter in Oradour-sur-Glane in
southwestern France, the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied
2014 Jan 8, A German court
dropped the case against Siert Bruins (92), a former member of the
Nazi SS, ruling that there are too many gaps in the evidence to
deliver a verdict. Bruins was accused of killing resistance fighter
Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 in Appingedam, near the
German border in the northern Netherlands.
2014 Jan 8, Greece formally
assumed the European Union's rotating six-month presidency with a
ceremony attended by EU commissioners.
2014 Jan 8, Greek authorities
charged 25 people and arrested three following an investigation into
allegedly inadequately secured loans from the former Hellenic
Postbank to local businessmen.
2014 Jan 8, India chipped away
at America's diplomatic perks, ordering the envoys to obey local
traffic laws and warning that a popular US Embassy club violates
diplomatic law because it is open to outsiders.
2014 Jan 8, In India a fire on
an overnight train killed at least nine people near Mumbai with
sleeping victims overcome by flames and smoke as the blaze ripped
through three carriages.
2014 Jan 8, Iraq's PM al-Maliki
urged al-Qaida-linked fighters who have overrun two cities west of
Baghdad to give up the battle, vowing to press forward with a push
to regain control of the mainly Sunni areas. NGOs said more than
13,000 families have fled Fallujah.
(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 1/8/14)
2014 Jan 8, Iraq's self-ruled
northern Kurdish region said it has unilaterally started sending its
crude to Turkey and is going ahead with plans to export oil despite
objections by the central government in Baghdad. The flow of oil to
Turkey started in early January.
2014 Jan 8, In Israel thousands
of African migrants demanding to be recognized as refugees protested
outside of Israel's parliament, part of a series of mass
demonstrations over their status in Israel.
2014 Jan 8, Libya's PM Ali
Zeidan warned oil tankers trying to reach ports seized by armed
protesters must stay away or they could be sunk by the navy. Libya
said it will sue any foreign firms trying to buy oil from eastern
ports seized by armed protesters and stop doing business with them.
2014 Jan 8, Nauru, the tiny
Pacific island that hosts a controversial Australian immigration
detention centre, was reported to be hiking visa costs for foreign
journalists by 40 times, fuelling concerns over secrecy surrounding
Australia's asylum seeker policy.
2014 Jan 8, Dutch pension asset
manager PGGM, one of the largest in the country, said it was
divesting from five Israeli banks because they finance Jewish
settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
2014 Jan 8, Gaza's Hamas
government freed seven imprisoned Fatah members, as part of efforts
to mend relations between the Islamist movement and its West
Bank-based Palestinian rival.
2014 Jan 8, An Islamic Jihad
militant was killed near Gaza City in what medics and family said
was an Israeli drone strike.
2014 Jan 8, In southern Russia
the bodies of 6 men were found shot to death in four cars abandoned
on the outskirts of Pyatigorsk.
2014 Jan 8, Officials in the
semi-autonomous Somalia region of Puntland confirmed Abdiweli
Mohammed Ali Gaas, a former Somali prime minister, as the region's
(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 1/8/14)
2014 Jan 8, South Korean
prosecutors arrested an IT contractor for stealing the personal
information of around 20m credit card holders.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.62)
2014 Jan 8, South Sudan's
government and rebels were locked in fierce battles across the
country, as peace talks taking place in neighboring Ethiopia
appeared to flounder.
2014 Jan 8, Syrian rebels
seized control of a hospital used as a headquarters by an al-Qaida
affiliate in the northern city of Aleppo, part of a widening
campaign against the extremist group in the country's
opposition-held north. Rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as claims emerged that
the Al-Qaeda linked group had massacred prisoners there in cold
(AP, 1/8/14)(AFP, 1/9/14)
2014 Jan 8, In central Tunisia
clashes broke out between police and demonstrators protesting
economic hardship in Kasserine, as discontent mounts over new taxes
and government failure to improve living conditions, three years
after the revolution.
2014 Jan 8, Turkey's deputy
police chief was sacked overnight, the most senior commander yet
targeted in a purge of a force heavily influenced by cleric
Fethullah Gulen PM Tayyip Erdogan accuses of plotting to seize the
levers of state power. The police chief of Izmir was among 16 senior
police officials reassigned to new posts.
(Reuters, 1/8/14)(AP, 1/8/14)
2014 Jan 8, In Yemen 2
suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a US drone strike in the
southeastern province of Hadramout.
2014 Jan 9, President Barack
Obama spoke about how he will target job creation, housing, law
enforcement and education in the poorest US communities, part of his
pledge to narrow the gap between rich and poor in America. He
planned to create "promise zones" in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los
Angeles, southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
2014 Jan 9, The SEC charged
Diamond Foods and two former top executives with accounting fraud.
Diamond will pay $5 million to settle the charges. Former CEO
Michael Mendes agreed to pay $125,000 to settle. He had previously
given back $4 million in bonuses to the company. Litigation
continued against former DFO Steven Neill.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.C1)
2014 Jan 9, New Jersey Gov.
Chris dismissed deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, who had
sent e-mails calling for trouble at a key commuter choke point and
repeatedly apologized in a two-hour news conference.
2014 Jan 9, Amiri Baraka
(b.1934), poet, playwright and black nationalist, died in New
Jersey. He was born as Everett LeRoi Jones and changed his
name in 1965 following the assassination of Malcolm X. His play
“Dutchman" won the 1964 Obie Award for best American play.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.D5)
2014 Jan 9, In Oklahoma an
African American man was put to death for murdering a store manager
with a baseball bat. This was the second US execution of 2014.
Michael Lee Wilson (38) was the third man put to death for the
murder of Richard Yost, beaten with a baseball bat and found in the
freezer of his supermarket in Tulsa in February 1995.
2014 Jan 9, In West Virginia a
spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM), a chemical used in the
coal industry, occurred on the Elk River in Charleston, West
Virginia's capital and largest city. It took Freedom Industries, a
maker of specialty chemicals, 12 days to disclose the additional
presence of polyglycol ethers (PPH). Over the next year six top
company officials pleaded guilty to charges relating to the spill.
(Reuters, 1/10/14)(AP, 1/23/14)(SFC, 8/20/15,
2014 Jan 9, IBM said DBS Group
Holdings Ltd. of Singapore will begin to use the Watson
supercomputer to aid financial planners in guiding its wealth
management unit’s affluent customers.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.C2)
2014 Jan 9, Health experts
launched Action on Sugar, a drive to cut sugar levels in food in an
effort to tackle obesity and diabetes.
2014 Jan 9, Dennis Rodman
apologized for comments he made in North Korea about a detained
American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under
pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players.
2014 Jan 9, Afghanistan said it
has enough evidence to try only 16 of 88 prisoners that the United
States considers a threat to security and plans to free the
remaining detainees. Pres. Karzai ordered the release of all but 16
of the 88 prisoners.
(Reuters, 1/9/14)(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A3)
2014 Jan 9, In northwest
Australia the temperature in the Pilbara region reached 122 degrees.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 9, In Chad African
leaders began talks to tackle the sectarian violence wracking the
Central African Republic, with the pressure piling on the country's
embattled Pres. Michel Djotodia.
2014 Jan 9, Chile's supreme
court ruled in favor of local fishermen who say Endesa Chile's
Bocamina coal-fired facility kills marine life and pollutes ocean
water, but it said halting its operations was a decision for
2014 Jan 9, Chinese officials
said famed film director Zhang Yimou must pay more than $1.2 million
in fines for having three children in violation of China's strict
family planning rules.
2014 Jan 9, Egyptian courts
convicted 113 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on charges including
attacking police, rioting and weapons possession in three separate
cases brought after protests against the army-backed government.
2014 Jan 9, A European
Parliament committee voted to invite Edward Snowden to testify via
video link in its investigation of US surveillance practices.
2014 Jan 9, A French court
suspended a ban the city of Nantes imposed to prevent a show tonight
by comic Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala whose performances are considered
2014 Jan 9, A French court
ruled that dissident Kazakh Mukhtar Ablyazov, accused of embezzling
up to $6 billion from his former bank BTA, should be extradited from
France to Ukraine or Russia.
2014 Jan 9, French engineering
group Alstom said it has won a contract worth 120 million euros
($163 million) to build Israel's first hydroelectric storage
2014 Jan 9, Germany said it has
accepted a UN request to destroy remnants of Syria's chemical
weapons on its own soil as part of a bid to eliminate the arsenal by
2014 Jan 9, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew himself up at a military recruiting center in Baghdad
killing at least 21 people. Human Rights Watch said that Iraqi
forces appear to have used mortar fire indiscriminately in civilian
areas in recent days in their effort to dislodge militants in Anbar
2014 Jan 9, The Kenyan military
killed at least 30 Islamic militants in an airstrike on a militant
camp in Somalia.
2014 Jan 9, In southern Libya a
militia chief linked to Awled Sleiman was killed. The tribe accused
Toubou tribesmen, traditionally black oasis farmers, of murdering
2014 Jan 9, Nigeria's military
reportedly killed as many as 38 Boko Haram fighters early today
during counter-insurgency operations in Borno state.
2014 Jan 9, In Pakistan
Chaudhry Aslam, a senior police investigator known for arresting
dozens of Pakistani Taliban, was killed along with two other
officers in a car bombing in Karachi.
2014 Jan 9, Palestinians threw
rocks at a West Bank hotel, shattering windows and breaking up a
meeting of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. Residents of
Palestinian refugee camps burnt tires and closed roads in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank in protests stemming from a month-long
strike by the UN agency that operates the camps.
(AP, 1/9/14)(Reuters, 1/9/14)
2014 Jan 9, South Sudanese
government forces battled to retake the key rebel-held town of
Bentiu, as thousands of civilians continued to flee fighting and
peace talks appeared deadlocked.
2014 Jan 9, In Syria a powerful
car bomb exploded near a school in al-Kaffat village, Hama province,
killing at least 16 people and causing massive damage to a
residential area. Jihadists battling rebels in the north fought to
recover lost turf nearly a week after a new front opened in the
conflict gripping the country. Syrian government forces killed
dozens of rebel fighters overnight who tried to break an army siege
(AP, 1/9/14)(AFP, 1/9/14)(Reuters, 1/10/14)
2014 Jan 9, Disparate Syrian
opposition groups, including several Islamist rebel representatives,
met for the first time in the Spanish city of Cordoba to seek common
ground ahead of peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's
government later this month.
2014 Jan 9, Thai protesters
trying to topple PM Shinawatra marched in Bangkok again, testing
support for a planned "shutdown" of the capital next week.
2014 Jan 9, Tunisia's Islamist
PM Ali Larayedh, who was tortured under the ousted Ben Ali regime,
resigned as part of a plan to end months of political deadlock. He
is to be replaced within 15 days by premier designate Mehdi Jomaa at
the head of a government of technocrats that will lead the country
to fresh elections this year under a new constitution.
2014 Jan 10, President Barack
Obama issued an emergency declaration for the state of West
Virginia, ordering federal aid in the aftermath of a chemical spill
that has left up to 300,000 people without tap water, closed schools
and businesses. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of
emergency for nine counties.
2014 Jan 10, Arkansas Gov. Mark
Darr said he will leave office Feb 1. He was under pressure to
resign over ethics violations including making personal use of over
$30,000 of his campaign funds.
(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A10)
2014 Jan 10, Larry Speakes
(b.1929), press secretary to Ronald Reagan, died in Mississippi. He
became press secretary to Pres. Reagan following the 1981 attempted
assassination of Reagan and the wounding of press secretary James
(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A15)
2014 Jan 10, New Jersey
legislators planned to release nearly 1,000 pages of documents that
may shed new light on a probe of four days of traffic jams at the
George Washington Bridge apparently orchestrated by Republican
Governor Chris Christie's top aides to settle a political score.
2014 Jan 10, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 US service members and a civilian were killed in an
2014 Jan 10, A new analysis of
British census figures said almost one in 10 babies and toddlers in
England and Wales are Muslim, illustrating the growth of the
2014 Jan 10, Central African
Republic's interim President Michel Djotodia and his prime minister
resigned, according to a statement issued after a two-day summit in
neighboring Chad. Alexsandre-Ferdinand Nguendet took over as Acting
(Reuters, 1/10/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.50)
2014 Jan 10, China defended its
new fishing restrictions in disputed waters in the South China Sea
against criticism from the United States, saying the rules were in
accordance with international law.
2014 Jan 10, In Egypt hundreds
of Islamists rallied in Cairo and across the country, calling for a
boycott of an upcoming constitutional referendum as clashes with
security forces killed 3 people.
2014 Jan 10, French President
Francois Hollande threatened legal action over a Closer magazine
report saying he is having a secret affair with actress Julie Gayet.
2014 Jan 10, India ordered the
United States to withdraw one of its diplomats from New Delhi, as
Devyani Khobragade (39), the Indian consul at the center of the
dispute between the two countries, flew home after being indicted in
New York for visa fraud.
2014 Jan 10, India's
overcrowded financial capital unveiled its long-awaited $2 billion
new airport terminal. Mumbai’s renovated Chhatrapati Shivaji
International Airport was delayed for nearly two years and overran
its construction budget by 25 percent.
2014 Jan 10, Indonesia's
anti-graft agency arrested a former senior member of President
Yudhoyono's party, in a long-running case that has damaged the
ruling party's popularity ahead of elections.
2014 Jan 10, Iranian state
television reported that talks with the European Union have ended
with an agreement over outstanding issues about the practical
details of implementing a nuclear agreement.
2014 Jan 10, In Iraq fierce
clashes erupted between special forces and al-Qaida-linked militants
in al-Bubali, a village between Fallujah and Ramadi in western Anbar
2014 Jan 10, Israel announced
plans to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West
Bank and east Jerusalem. Police said suspected Jewish extremists cut
down fruit trees belonging to Israeli Arabs overnight in an apparent
revenge attack for Palestinian villagers beating up Jewish settlers.
(AP, 1/10/14)(AFP, 1/10/14)
2014 Jan 10, Israel's cultural
and financial capital unveiled a memorial honoring gays and lesbians
persecuted by the Nazis, the first specific recognition in Israel
for non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
2014 Jan 10, Namibia wildlife
authorities defended the auction of permits to hunt black rhino,
saying the kill was aimed at conserving the endangered species.
2014 Jan 10, Nigeria's military
confirmed that it was to release 167 people who were detained as
part of counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram militants
in three northeast states.
2014 Jan 10, Pakistani police
found two workers shot to death at a small Sufi Muslim shrine in
Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2014 Jan 10, The Philippines
and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign
fishermen to seek Beijing's approval to operate in much of the South
China Sea, but China's Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do
2014 Jan 10, Romanian education
authorities fired a teacher Dana Blandu, who was filmed aggressively
demanding money as gifts from students in a case that has made local
headlines. It is customary in Romania to give presents to teachers.
2014 Jan 10, Russia designated
a park in the town of Khosta as a protest zone for the Winter
Olympics. Khosta is 7 miles away from there the athletes will
compete in Sochi.
(SFC, 1/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 10, Russia's powerful
Orthodox Church proposed a referendum on banning gay relations in
the face of Western pressure over human rights ahead of next month's
Winter Olympics in Sochi.
2014 Jan 10, In Singapore two
men were charged with kidnapping after the elderly mother of
supermarket tycoon Lim Hock Chee was abducted two days earlier and
held for ransom.
2014 Jan 10, It was reported
that al-Shabab, Somalia's al-Qaida-linked group, has ordered telecom
companies to shut down mobile internet services over fears the US
can use the data to target militants.
2014 Jan 10, South Sudan said
that government troops retook Bentiu, the capital of Unity state,
after a 2.5-hour battle. Rebels still controlled Bor, a state
capital outside Juba, the country capital.
2014 Jan 10, A Spanish court
ordered the extradition of Aurea Vazquez Rijos (33), a Puerto Rican
woman, wanted by US federal authorities for allegedly hiring a hit
man to kill her wealthy Canadian husband. Adam Anhang was beaten and
stabbed to death in Puerto Rico on Sep 23, 2005, while he walked
with Vazquez near a bar he had bought for her.
2014 Jan 10, Tunisia's new
premier Mehdi Jomaa took office to lead a caretaker government until
elections this year.
2014 Jan 10, Turkey's top
judicial body hit back at government's plans to curb its powers,
adding fuel to a bitter row over a vast corruption probe engulfing
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2014 Jan 10, The UN refugee
agency warned that fighting in South Sudan could by April drive more
than half a million people from their homes, doubling the number of
those already affected.
2014 Jan 10, Zimbabwe police
said they are investigating the murder of four suspected illegal
ivory buyers whose bodies were found in a wrecked car in western
2014 Jan 11, Luxury merchant
Nieman Marcus confirmed that thieves stole some of its customers’
payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the
(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A11)
2014 Jan 11, Sean Penn’s 3rd
annual Help Haiti Home benefit in Beverly Hills raised nearly $6
(SFC, 1/13/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 11, In Argentina
police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse some 3,000 rowdy
youths participating in a “rolenzinho," a social network convened
gathering, at the Shopping metro Itaquera in eastern Sao Paulo.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.30)
2014 Jan 11, In Australia US
stage hypnotist Scott Lewis plunged to his death from the balcony of
a Sydney apartment. Lewis was in Sydney performing his hypnosis act
along with six other performers in the show "The illusionists 2.0,"
which opened at the Sydney Opera House last week.
2014 Jan 11, In Austria two men
died after a hand grenade apparently exploded in their
Bulgarian-registered car in Vienna.
2014 Jan 11, In CAR deadly
violence including reports of cannibalism and widespread looting
erupted in Bangui after the resignation of its ex-rebel president,
The International Organization for Migration began an airlift of
thousands of foreigners out of the strife-torn country following
appeals from neighboring countries. Former president Michel Djotodia
traveled to Benin where he will go into exile.
(AFP, 1/11/14)(Reuters, 1/11/14)
2014 Jan 11, In southwest China
a fire raged for nearly 10 hours and razed an ancient Tibetan town
popular with tourists, burning down hundreds of buildings as fire
engines were unable to get onto the narrow streets of Dukezon, part
of scenic Shangri-La county in Deqen prefecture.
2014 Jan 11, In CongoDRC 4
people were killed and two seriously injured in a clash between
Virunga national park rangers and suspected Rwandan FDLR rebels.
2014 Jan 11, In Greece two
Golden Dawn lawmakers were placed in pre-trial detention late in
Athens in an ongoing crackdown against the far right group.
2014 Jan 11, Inflation in Iran
was reportedly running at 36%.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.42)
2014 Jan 11, Ariel Sharon
(b.1928), former Israeli prime minister (2001-2006), died in a
hospital near Tel Aviv eight years after a debilitating stroke put
him into a coma.
2014 Jan 11, Thousands of
Kurdish demonstrators from around Europe marched in Paris to call
for a speedier investigation into the murder of three Kurdish
activists a year ago.
2014 Jan 11, In Libya fighting
broke out in the southern town of Sebha and nearby Murzuq and
Al-Shati pitting gunmen from the Arab Awled Sleiman tribe against
tribesmen from the Toubou minority.
2014 Jan 11, A permit to hunt a
black rhino in Namibia sold for $350,000 at an auction in Dallas
with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals despite
protests from animal rights groups that saw the sale as immoral
2014 Jan 11, Russian
authorities detained five terror suspects in Nalchik,
Kabardino-Balkar Republic, 185 miles east of Sochi, site of the
upcoming Winter Olympics.
(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 11, South Sudanese
government troops battled to recapture Bor, the last remaining
2014 Jan 11, Three African
envoys of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a
regional grouping of east African nations that initiated the talks,
met with South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar in an effort to
agree the terms of truce, but he turned them down. His demand for
the release of detainees remains a stumbling block to a ceasefire
2014 Jan 11, In Spain tens of
thousands of protesters marched in Bilbao in support of jailed
members of the Basque separatist group ETA. A high court judge had
vetoed the march, which was initially organized by prisoners'
supporters to call for inmates to be moved to jails closer to their
2014 Jan 11, In Syria the ISIL
al-Qaeda affiliate battled rival rebels across the country's north
and dozens of bodies piled up in a hospital in the insurgent-held
city of Raqqa. Government shelling killed more than 20 people in the
central city of Homs.
(Reuters, 1/11/14)(AP, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 11, Tanzania said its
elephant population, beset by poaching for ivory, has plummeted by
two-thirds in the past three-and-a-half decades.
2014 Jan 11, In Thailand seven
people were wounded after gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on
anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
2014 Jan 11, Tonga declared a
state of emergency in some parts as powerful Cyclone Ian slammed
into the South Pacific island nation. At least one person was
(AFP, 1/11/14)(AP, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 11, Riots over
Tunisia's economy flared overnight in towns around the country,
leaving one dead and posing an immediate challenge to the new prime
minister and the country's path to democracy.
2014 Jan 11, Turkish
politicians threw punches and water bottles during a debate about
government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Ankara in
protest against PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
(Reuters, 1/11/14)(AFP, 1/11/14)
2014 Jan 11, Ukraine's
ex-interior minister turned opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko (49)
was in intensive care in hospital after being beaten in fresh
clashes between pro-EU demonstrators and club-wielding police.
2014 Jan 11, Fighting in north
Yemen between Shi'ite Muslim Houthis and Sunni Salafis stopped as a
ceasefire deal took effect, according to a presidential committee
trying to help end the conflict. In the south armed tribesmen
attacked troops assigned to guard oil wells near a facility operated
by Norway’s DNO. 2 soldiers were killed.
(Reuters, 1/11/14)(Reuters, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 11, In Zimbabwe the
pilot of a US-built helicopter died when he crashed into a wooded
mountainside in the country's remote southwest. State media later
reported that the pilot, identified as a prominent Zimbabwean
businessman based in South Africa, was flying alone to visit
relatives in the American 4-seat Robinson R44 model.
2014 Jan 12, The Cygnus cargo
ship from Orbital Sciences delivered Christmas presents along with
needed supplies to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 1/13/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber riding a bicycle detonated himself next to a
police bus in Kabul, killing a policeman and a civilian in the first
major attack in the Afghan capital this year.
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
Daniel Menard, a former Canadian brigadier-general and head of
Canadian forces in Afghanistan, was detained for alleged gun
smuggling. He was currently working for security firm Garda World.
Menard had resigned from the military after pleading guilty in 2011
to having an affair with a female corporal under his command.
2014 Jan 12, In Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as prime minister after
a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an
ongoing political crisis.
2014 Jan 12, Central African
Republic’s local Red Cross said scattered violence in Bangui,
including two consecutive nights of intense gunfire in some
neighborhoods, has killed 13 people since Michel Djotodia announced
his resignation from the presidency on Jan 10. Rival militiamen
struck a truce and hugged each other in a neighborhood of Bangui on
the eve of consultations aimed at replacing the president who
resigned under international pressure.
(AP, 1/12/14)(AFP, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 12, In Egypt hundreds
of students supporting ousted Pres. Morsi battled security forces at
three Cairo universities, two days before a referendum that
officials say will be protected by a massive deployment of soldiers
2014 Jan 12, In western Germany
a small jet crashed near an airfield near Trier and four people on
board were killed.
2014 Jan 12, A 2009 Indonesian
law banning the export of unprocessed minerals took effect, with the
government aiming to boost local operations and create more jobs and
mining companies warning of losses.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.64)
2014 Jan 12, Iran's foreign
ministry said that the “joint plan of action," the landmark
agreement the Islamic republic clinched with world powers on its
disputed nuclear program, will take effect from January 20. Under
the JPA Iran would freeze its nuclear program for six months.
(AFP, 1/12/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.47)
2014 Jan 12, Iraqi PM Nuri
al-Maliki threatened to cut central government funding for Iraq's
autonomous Kurdistan region if the Kurds pursued a drive to pipe oil
exports to Turkey without Baghdad's approval.
2014 Jan 12, In Iraq two car
bombs exploded in Baghdad killing at least 21 people. Government
employees returned to work under tight security in Ramadi, but
militants still held parts of the Anbar provincial capital and all
(Reuters, 1/12/14)(AFP, 1/12/14)(SFC, 1/13/14,
2014 Jan 12, In the Israeli
occupied West Bank at least 50 people were hurt in a clash between
Palestinian police and residents of the Jalazoun refugee camp
protesting against a strike in a UN aid agency that has paralyzed
2014 Jan 12, In Libya
assailants in Sirte gunned down a deputy minister Hassan al-Droui
overnight, in the first killing of a government member since the
2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi. The toll from tribal
clashes in the southern town of Sebha rose to 27 dead, with another
72 people wounded in the unrest.
2014 Jan 12, The leaders of
Mali and Mauritania signed an accord to boost military cooperation
and information sharing in the battle against "armed groups or
terrorists" plaguing the west African neighbors.
2014 Jan 12, In western Mexico
vigilantes seized a drug cartel's bastion in the Michoacan state
town of Nueva Italia, sparking a shootout as the civilian militia
gained new ground in their struggle against the Knights Templar in
the violence-plagued region.
2014 Jan 12, In Pakistan a bomb
attack targeting an aide of the prime minister killed 5 people in
the Swat Valley. The official escaped unharmed. Hours later
gunmen fatally shot Mian Mohammad Mushtaq, an anti-Taliban
politician, along with two aides on the outskirts of Peshawar.
Private guards working for the lawmaker, Abdul Rehman Khetran,
attacked police at a checkpoint, beat them up and stole their
weapons. Police then raided the lawmaker's fortified home in
Baluchistan province and found a private dungeon at his home in
which five people were found chained up. Khetran is a legislator for
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a conservative, religious party.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Reuters, 1/13/14)(SFC, 1/13/14,
2014 Jan 12, A Saudi court
sentenced to death an Al-Qaeda militant and jailed 10 others over
the May 1, 2004, attack that killed six Westerners and a policeman.
2014 Jan 12, Syrian state media
and anti-government activists said a mortar attack has killed at
least 19 people in the central city of Homs. Activists said the al
Qaeda-linked Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has
executed dozens of rival Islamists over the last two days as the
group recaptured most territory it had lost in Raqqa province.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Reuters, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 12, In Tanzania
clashes broke out in the Embroi Murtangosi nature reserve in Manyara
province, when armed Masai herdsmen launched an attack on farmers.
At least 10 people were killed over the next few days.
2014 Jan 12, Thai protest
leader Suthep Thaugsuban ruled out talks with the government in a
published interview, but said he would stand down his movement if,
as some fear, violence escalates and civil war looms.
2014 Jan 12, In Ukraine an
estimated 50,000 pro-Western protesters massed in the heart of Kiev
amid swelling anger over the bloody beating of prominent former
minister turned opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko.
2014 Jan 12, The UN’s refugee
agency said around 10,000 people have fled north to Sudan from South
Sudan where government troops and rebels have battled for the past
2014 Jan 12, Pope Francis named
his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa,
Latin America and elsewhere, including the developing nations of
Haiti and Burkina Faso.
2014 Jan 12, Yemeni tribesmen
tried to overrun an army camp on the outskirts of al-Shihr,
Hadramout province, killing 4 soldiers.
2014 Jan 13, Negotiators from
the US Senate and House of Representatives unveiled a $1 trillion
spending bill late today, eliminating the threat of another
government shutdown, at least until October.
2014 Jan 13, The US Supreme
Court declined to review an appeals court ruling that said an
Arizona law banning abortions starting at 20 weeks of gestation is
unconstitutional, meaning the restrictive state law is struck down.
2014 Jan 13, The US Supreme
Court rejected an appeal from Mohamed Ali Samantar, a former top
official in Somalia, who has been ordered to pay Somali torture
victims $21 million. Samantar, now living in Virginia, was a top
official in dictator Siad Barre's regime in the 1980s and early
2014 Jan 13, In Florida an
argument over texting in a movie theater led retired police captain
Curtis Reeves (71) to fatally shoot Chad Oulsen (43).
(SFC, 1/14/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 13, Gerald Rosen, the
mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy, announced that local and
national foundations have pledged $330 million in an effort to shore
up the city’s ailing pensions and protect the artwork at the Detroit
Institute of Arts.
(SFC, 1/14/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 13, New Mexico Second
Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ruled that the ability of
competent, terminally ill patients to choose aid in dying is a
fundamental right under the state constitution.
(SFC, 1/15/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 13, An emotional
Dennis Rodman appeared to break down as he apologized on his return
from a controversial trip to North Korea, where he sang "Happy
Birthday" to regime leader Kim Jong-Un. He added that he would visit
the North again next month for "another game," but gave no further
2014 Jan 13, Google said that
it is buying Nest Labs, a startup that makes internet-connected
thermostats, for $3.2 billion.
(http://tinyurl.com/lpo27do)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.7)
2014 Jan 13, Australian
officials said one man died a day earlier and four other people were
missing after a fast-moving wildfire destroyed at least 49 homes in
Perth. Firefighters continued to fight the blaze.
(AFP, 1/13/14)(SFC, 1/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 13, In Brazil 10
public buses were destroyed after 12 people were shot and killed
overnight in Campinas, Sao Paulo state. Police said the surge of
violence began with the murder of an off-duty policeman.
2014 Jan 13, Britain vowed to
honor all government debt up until the date of Scotland's possible
independence, should Scottish people vote to break away from the
United Kingdom later this year.
2014 Jan 13, A Cambodian court
freed Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky and he will not be
extradited to Russia to face embezzlement charges there.
2014 Jan 13, In southern China
an explosion at an illegal gambling hall in Kaili, Guizhou province,
killed 14 people and injured seven others.
2014 Jan 13, France's Total
said it has agreed to explore for shale gas in Britain, making it
the first major oil company to enter the country's market in the
face of widely publicized environmental protests.
2014 Jan 13, German antitrust
authorities fined a group of beer brewers a total of 106.5 million
euros ($145 million) for illegal price-fixing between 2006 and 2008.
2014 Jan 13, An Indian official
said police arrested napkin seller (38) over the weekend for
allegedly torturing an 11-year-old maid who was forced to eat
chilies, which were also rubbed on her body. He and his wife had
bought the girl in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh for 15,000
rupees ($240) from her parents about a year ago on the pretext that
she would be well looked after and given a better education.
2014 Jan 13, Iraq’s PM Nuri
al-Maliki publicly rebuked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call
for the country to halt executions while standing beside him at a
joint news conference. Ban Ki-moon called for Iraqi leaders to
address the "root causes" of a surge in bloodshed as security forces
clashed with gunmen in violence-wracked Anbar province. A series of
attacks in the Baghdad area, including four car bombs targeting
civilians, killed at least 30 people
(AFP, 1/13/14)(AP, 1/13/14)(AFP, 1/14/14)
2014 Jan 13, In Ireland Saverio
Bellante (34) of Italy was charged with the murder of Tom O'Gorman.
Bellante said he was guilty of cutting open his Dublin landlord's
chest and tried to eat his heart following a fight over a chess
2014 Jan 13, Japan said it has
signed an agreement with Palau to allow Japanese companies to earn
carbon credits by helping the small Pacific island cut greenhouse
2014 Jan 13, A spokesman said
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the Same Sex
Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013 banning gay marriage and same-sex
partnerships. The law also criminalizes homosexual associations,
societies and meetings.
(AFP, 1/13/14)(SFC, 1/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 13, Officials in the
Philippines said two days of heavy rains set off floods and
landslides in the southeast have left at least 20 people dead, 13
missing and thousands displaced.
2014 Jan 13, In the Philippines
the Sandiganbayan antigraft court said the former fist lady Imelda
Marcos should forfeit all jewelry after ruling that it was
(SFC, 1/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 13, In South Africa
Mike Tshele and Osia Rahube people were killed during a clash with
police when residents of a village marched to the Madibeng
municipality buildings in North West province to protest about water
shortages. A 3rd person shot by police died on Jan 19.
2014 Jan 13, South Sudanese
government troops advanced on Bor, the last state capital still in
rebel hands, as ceasefire talks in neighboring Ethiopia were called
off for the day.
2014 Jan 13, Swedish Dr. Mats
Brannstrom said nine women have successfully received transplanted
wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant.
2014 Jan 13, In Syria the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the northern town
of al-Bab. American and Russian negotiators in Paris said Syria's
government and the opposition have agreed to consider opening
humanitarian access in the run-up to a peace conference that would
bring the sides together for the first time. The Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said ISIL had executed 46 Islamists from the Ahrar
al-Sham in an ambush in Kantari and killed 14 prisoners today in
(AP, 1/13/14)(AFP, 1/14/14)
2014 Jan 13, US and Russian
envoys said Syria’s government and the main opposition group have
agreed to allow humanitarian aid into some blocked-off parts of the
(SFC, 1/14/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 13, In Thailand tens
of thousands of anti-government protesters came out in an effort to
"shut down Bangkok" and try to force caretaker PM Yingluck
Shinawatra to resign in favor of an unelected "people's council"
that would initiate political reforms.
2014 Jan 13, In Thailand an
American woman went missing in Kaeng Krachan National Park. Her body
was found five days later, apparently trampled by elephants.
(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 14, The US Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed the FCC’s online
access rules arguing that Internet providers built their networks
and therefore have the right to manage their costs and services.
(SFC, 1/15/14, p. A1)
2014 Jan 14, A Chicago federal
court sentenced H. Ty Warner (69), the billionaire businessman
behind Beanie Babies, to two years probation for not paying taxes on
$25 million he had hidden.
(SFC, 1/15/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 14, The NY Times
reported that the National Security Agency has implanted software in
nearly 100,000 computers around the world, but not in the United
States, that allows the US to conduct surveillance on those
2014 Jan 14, In New Mexico a
boy (12) drew a shotgun from a band instrument case and shot two
classmates at the Berrendo Middle School in Roswell. A boy (11) and
a girl (13) were seriously wounded. The shooter was described as a
smart and nice kid.
(SFC, 1/15/14, p.A4)(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A9)
2014 Jan 14, West Virginia
officials lifted a ban on drinking tap water for 35,000 customers
who had been affected by a Jan 9 chemical spill that left the
state's water supply nearly unusable for hundreds of thousands.
2014 Jan 14, Lawyers said
Britain has granted asylum to an atheist from Afghanistan due to
fears he would be prosecuted back home, in what is believed to be
the first case of its kind.
2014 Jan 14, Chinese doctor
Zhang Shuxia, who abducted and sold newborn babies, was given a
suspended death sentence in a case that drew widespread outrage with
child trafficking a chronic problem in the country.
2014 Jan 14, In China a fire at
the Dadong factory in Wenling, Zhejiang province, killed 16 people.
Safety exits were blocked.
(SFC, 1/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 14, Egyptians voted on
a new constitution in a referendum that will pave the way for a
likely presidential run by the nation's top general months after he
ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. 11 people were killed on
the 1st day of the vote.
(AP, 1/14/14)(AFP, 1/14/14)(AP, 1/15/14)
2014 Jan 14, The European
Investment Bank (EIB) said it has raised a further 350 million euros
($477.9 million) on its Climate Awareness Bond (CAB), making it the
largest ever "green bond" at 1.5 billion euros.
2014 Jan 14, Germany's No.2
utility RWE said it is preparing to sue for millions of euros of
damages after a federal court confirmed that a state's decision to
shut down the company's Biblis nuclear plant for three months in
2011 was illegal.
2014 Jan 14, In India a Danish
tourist (51) was gang-raped, robbed and beaten in New Delhi after
she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to
her hotel near Connaught Place. Nine attackers took her to a
secluded spot, robbed her and raped her repeatedly at knifepoint. On
June 10, 2016, five men were sentenced to life in prison for the
attack. One of the accused men died during trial in February. Three
who were younger than 18 at the time of the attack were handed to
the Juvenile Justice Board to remain in custody until they are 18
(AP, 1/15/14)(AP, 6/10/16)
2014 Jan 14, In India the body
of a woman, killed by a tiger prowling for food, was found Uttar
Pradesh state. She was the animal’s 7th victim.
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 14, It was reported
that canine distemper virus has killed four tigers and several other
animals across northern and eastern India.
(SFC, 1/14/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 14, In Iraq at least
12 people were killed in violence across the country, mostly in
bombings and shootings in Baghdad. Al-Qaida militants blew up an
explosives laden fuel tanker at an army checkpoint, killing 3
soldiers, on a small bridge near Saqlawiya.
(Reuters, 1/14/14)(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 14, Rose Fostanes, a
Filipina who has spent nearly half her life as a carer overseas, won
Israel's first "X Factor" TV talent competition.
2014 Jan 14, Japanese
engineering giant JGC Corp. said it has won a contract to help build
a Canadian liquefied natural gas plant in a deal reportedly worth
2014 Jan 14, Mexican federal
forces launched an offensive to take over security in Michoacan
state, seizing a drug cartel's bastion and clashing with vigilantes
who refused to disarm.
2014 Jan 14, In Mexico Juan
Gelman, the celebrated Argentine poet and fierce critic of the South
American nation's "dirty war" against leftists, died in Mexico City.
2014 Jan 14, In Myanmar a
Buddhist mob reportedly killed at least 48 Muslims, including many
women and children, in Du Char Yar Tan, Rakhine state. Security
forces had surrounded Du Char Yar Tan after Rohingya Muslim
residents allegedly abducted and killed a police sergeant.
(AP, 1/16/14)(AP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 14, In New Zealand at
least 13 pilot whales were beached on a remote coastline and
conservation officials desperately battled to prevent another 50
from reaching the shore.
2014 Jan 14, In northeaster
Nigeria a car bomb exploded at a military post in a Maiduguri,
causing pandemonium with blood-spattered bystanders running away and
vehicles colliding as drivers rushed to flee. 19 people were killed.
(AP, 1/14/14)(AFP, 1/15/14)
2014 Jan 14, Local and
international groups fighting AIDS warned that a new Nigerian law
criminalizing same-sex marriage and gay organizations will
jeopardize the fight against the deadly disease. Human rights
activists reported that dozens of gay men were being arrested in
northern Nigeria in an apparent response to the law.
2014 Jan 14, Russia’s Foreign
Ministry said that journalist David Satter, author of three books on
Russia and the Soviet Union, was prevented from returning to Russia
last month after grossly violating visa regulations. Satter, who is
critical of President Vladimir Putin, was barred from returning for
2014 Jan 14, In Russia’s
Dagestan region a shootout between security forces and militants
killed 5 people.
2014 Jan 14, In South Africa
protester Lerato Theodore Seema (27) was allegedly pushed from a
moving police van during violent demonstrations near Pretoria. He
was confirmed dead the next day from head wounds.
2014 Jan 14, In South Sudan
some 200 people fleeing warfare died after a boat crossing the Nile
River sank, as fighting between rebels and government forces moved
closer to Juba, the national capital.
2014 Jan 14, The Syrian said it
has retaken territory around the northern city of Aleppo, after two
weeks of rebel infighting that has weakened the insurgency against
President Bashar al-Assad.
2014 Jan 14, Thailand's PM
Shinawatra insisted she wouldn't quit as protesters seeking her
ouster blocked key roads in the heart of Bangkok for a second day,
leaving the country's political crisis firmly deadlocked.
2014 Jan 14, Turkish PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said he was ready to withdraw a contentious bill
aimed at curbing the powers of the judiciary as he battled to
contain the worst crisis of his 11 years in office.
2014 Jan 14, Turkish
anti-terrorism police carried out raids in six cities, detaining at
least five people with alleged links to al-Qaida.
2014 Jan 14, A Ugandan military
spokesman said that Ugandan and South Sudanese army officials are
drafting what he called a "status of forces agreement" that will
soon be signed by both countries after Pres. Kiir requested the
Ugandans to extend their deployment.
2014 Jan 14, The UN human
rights office said a UN human rights team has gathered testimony
that Chadian citizens, including peacekeepers, carried out mass
killings during chaotic violence in the Central African Republic.
The team also received reports that French disarmament of ex-Seleka
forces left Muslim communities vulnerable.
2014 Jan 15, US Air Force
leaders said 34 officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles
have been suspended for cheating on a proficiency test. The scandal
at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana marked the latest in a series
of damaging revelations dogging the country's nuclear force.
2014 Jan 15, Police in San
Jose, Ca., arrested Patrick William Brennan (48) as the suspected
arsonist responsible for over a dozen fires that began Jan 7. On Dec
22 Brennan pleaded guilty to nine counts of arson and four counts of
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A9)(SFC, 1/17/14, p.D1)(SFC,
2014 Jan 15, The Archdiocese of
Chicago released 6,000 pages of documents as part of a settlement
with sex abuse victims.
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 15, In Nebraska a
Payton Benson (5) was killed in Omaha after being hit by a stray
bullet while eating breakfast. 4 men later faced charges in the
death of the girl.
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 15, West Virginia
officials said they have lifted a ban on drinking tap water for
two-thirds of the customers affected by a chemical spill, but warned
pregnant women to avoid it until the chemical is completely flushed
from the pipes.
2014 Jan 15, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was shot and killed by insurgents.
A NATO bombing strike on the village of Wazghar, Parvan province,
reportedly left 13 civilians dead. NATO later said the Afghan army
called for the strike. One Afghan and one NATO soldier died in the
(AP, 1/15/14)(Econ, 2/1/14, p.31)
2014 Jan 15, Australian
officials said lightning strikes ignited more than 250 fires across
the southeast. Firefighters battled to put out the flames as the
country sweltered under a heatwave.
2014 Jan 15, Bosnia's president
and a Qatar minister opened a new library in the heart of the
Ottoman-era Old Town section of Sarajevo to house books and more
than 100,000 manuscripts saved from the 1992-95 siege. The oldest is
a handwritten Islamic encyclopedia that was written in Arabic in
1105. Qatar donated $9 million to the project.
2014 Jan 15, British actor
Roger Lloyd-Pack (69), best known for playing dim-witted
street-sweeper Trigger on the sitcom "Only Fools and Horses"
(1981-1991), died at his home in London.
2014 Jan 15, China's commercial
capital, Shanghai, introduced emergency measures to tackle air
pollution, allowing it to shut schools and order cars off the road
in the case of severe smog.
2014 Jan 15, Chinese police
detained economics Prof. Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of the
Turkic Uighur ethnic minority. They raided his home in Beijing,
seizing computers, cellphones and even his students' thesis
manuscripts. On Jan 25 Tohti was accused of leading a separatist
group that advocates violence to overthrow Chinese rule in Xinjiang.
In late July Tohti (44) was charged with separatism.
(AP, 1/16/14)(AP, 1/25/14)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 15, Chinese police in
Urumqi arrested Akbar Imin, a Uighur AIDS activist, for endangering
national security in the troubled far western region of Xinjiang,
home to the largely Muslim Uighur people. His arrest was only made
public in March.
2014 Jan 15, Egyptians lined up
to vote on the second and final day of a key referendum on the
country's new constitution.
2014 Jan 15, French business
leaders hailed promises by President Francois Hollande to cut taxes
and spending, but the left accused him of lurching to the right.
2014 Jan 15, Guinea's PM
Mohamed Said Fofana stepped down and handed in the resignation of
his cabinet as part of a transition to a new government after
2014 Jan 15, In Indonesia at
least 13 people were killed after torrential rain triggered flash
floods and landslides on northern Sulawesi island. Some 40,000 fled
their homes as water surged through the city of Manado and
2014 Jan 15, In Iraq a wave of
attacks, including car bombs in Baghdad, killed at least 73 people
as militants took more territory from security forces in crisis-hit
Anbar province. Overnight clashes erupted periodically in Ramadi and
on the outskirts of Fallujah, leaving 2 children killed and 13
(AFP, 1/15/14)(Reuters, 1/15/14)(AFP, 1/15/14)
2014 Jan 15, Suspected Jewish
extremists torched the entrance to a mosque in the West Bank, in an
apparent revenge attack for Palestinians beating and detaining
Israeli settlers last week.
2014 Jan 15, Donors gathered in
Kuwait as the UN sent out a distress signal, warning that nearly
half Syria's population needs urgent humanitarian assistance and
that some 245,000 Syrians faced severe food shortages. Western and
Gulf Arab nations pledged $1.4 billion for UN aid efforts in Syria.
This included $500 million from Kuwait and 380 million from the US.
(AFP, 1/15/14)(Reuters, 1/15/14)
2014 Jan 15, Mozambican police
say they have arrested four Rwandans, including Lt. Col. Francis
Gakwerere, a senior official in the Rwandan armed forces, for the
Jan 1 murder in South Africa of former Rwandan spymaster Col.
Patrick Karegeya. The four were arrested last week.
2014 Jan 15, Civilians from the
Nigerian town of Banki fled across the border to Cameroon to escape
heavy gunfire. Cameroonian forces responded to repel Boko Haram
attackers who also tried to cross over. One woman in Cameroon was
killed and five other shooting victims were taken to hospitals.
2014 Jan 15, Norway's Yara, the
world's biggest mineral fertilizer producer, said it has been hit
with a hefty fine by Norwegian authorities following an
international corruption investigation. The affair centered on
bribes to senior government officials in Libya and India, and to a
supplier in Russia from 2004-2009.
2014 Jan 15, In southern
Pakistan a truck slammed into a bus bringing schoolchildren home
from an outing, killing at least 17 pupils and three adults in Sindh
2014 Jan 15, The Philippines
launched anti-corruption reforms including cashless and checkless
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 15, South Sudan's
military battled rebels in the streets of the key northern oil town
of Malakal, as violence in the world's newest nation entered its
2014 Jan 15, In Spain police
clashed with demonstrators in Madrid as thousands of people marched
across the country to protest against costly plans to redevelop a
street in the northern city of Burgos, where protests continued for
a 6th day.
2014 Jan 15, Roughly 60
migrants entered Spain's north African territory of Melilla after
charging a barbed-wire border fence bordering Morocco.
2014 Jan 15, In Syria a car
bomb planted by rebels linked to al Qaeda killed at least 26 people
in the northern city of Jarablus, most of them rival opposition
2014 Jan 15, Turkey's embattled
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared open war on what he
labelled an "empire of fear" created by an Islamic rival at the
heart of a deepening political crisis.
2014 Jan 15, Uganda confirmed
its troops are fighting alongside South Sudan's government against
2014 Jan 15, Pope Francis named
an oversight commission of cardinals for the Vatican Bank, replacing
all but one of the appointees made by his predecessor Benedict XVI.
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 15, Venezuela’s Pres.
Nicolas Maduro delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address. He
blamed soap operas for crime saying they are spreading “antiglares."
(AP, 1/22/14, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/m9v8dz7)
2014 Jan 15, A Yemeni farmer
was killed in a US drone strike in what witnesses said was an attack
apparently intended for suspected Islamist militants in southeastern
2014 Jan 16, The Catholic
diocese of Stockton, Ca., filed for bankruptcy after paying millions
of dollars to plaintiffs who made sexual abuse allegations during
the past two decades.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 16, Albrecht Muth
(49), an eccentric German who pretended to be an Iraqi general, was
convicted in DC of killing his socialite and journalist wife, Viola
Drath (91) in August, 2011. On April 30 Muth was sentenced to 50
years in prison.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.A7)(SFC, 5/1/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 16, Bud Spangler
(b.1938), jazz drummer, DJ and producer, died in Oakland, Ca.
(SFC, 1/20/14, p.C4)
2014 Jan 16, In northern
Indiana a man fatally shot two women in a grocery store and was
waving a gun at a kneeling store manager when police arrived and
killed the gunman in Elkhart.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 16, Judge Steven
Rhodes overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy turned down a $169 compromise
with major banks saying the amount was too high.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 16, In Ohio Dennis
McGuire (53) was executed by a new combination of lethal drugs for
the 1989 rape and murder of Joy Stewart (22), who was pregnant. The
execution took nearly 25 minutes from injection to death and left
him gasping for air in the final minutes.
p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/kdp2x6z)(SFC, 1/17/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 16, In Utah 5 people
were found dead after co-workers reported that police officer Joshua
Boren (34) failed to show up for his shift at the Lindon Police
Dept. Boren had shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law and two
children before killing himself. Kelly Boren had just confronted her
husband about raping her and told him their marriage was over.
(SFC, 1/18/14, p.A4)(AP, 7/8/14)
2014 Jan 16, American actor
Russell Johnson (89), best known for his role as the Professor on
“Gilligan’s Island" (1964-1967), died at his home on Bainbridge
Island, Washington state.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.D5)
2014 Jan 16, British police
working alongside counterparts in the Philippines and Australia said
they had dismantled a pedophile ring that streamed live sexual abuse
of Filipino children as young as six over the Internet, with
victims' parents involved in some cases.
2014 Jan 16, It was reported
that a study by Canadian researchers identified seven nations as the
top sources for global warming. The report said Brazil, Britain,
China, Germany, India, Russia and the US accounted for over 60% of
all heat-trapping gas emissions between 1750 and 2005.
(SFC, 1/16/14, p.C6)
2014 Jan 16, In the Central
African Republic at least 7 people were killed in overnight clashes
2014 Jan 16, Egypt's state
media said the new constitution was overwhelmingly approved in a
referendum. A senior official said an overwhelming majority of
Egyptians who voted on the country's new constitution have backed
the draft charter. An international monitoring group criticized the
clampdown ahead of the vote and said authorities had imposed "severe
limits" on freedom of expression.
(Reuters, 1/16/14)(AP, 1/16/14)
2014 Jan 16, Indian police said
that they were closing in on six homeless men in the Jan 14 gang
rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist in New Delhi.
2014 Jan 16, Israeli air
strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight wounded a woman and four
children, with Israel saying it had struck in retaliation for rocket
2014 Jan 16, In Kenya an
explosive device blew up a trash can and part of the ceiling of the
Java House restaurant near the entrance of an international
departure terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Four suspects, including a man identified as a Somali diplomat, were
2014 Jan 16, In Lebanon a
suicide car bomber killed 3 people in a Hezbollah stronghold on the
northern border with Syria.
2014 Jan 16, Nigerian President
Goodluck Jonathan replaced his entire military leadership without
explanation as he struggles with an Islamist insurgency and
political crisis within his ruling party.
2014 Jan 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through a crowded Sunni Islamic seminary,
killing seven people and wounding 55 at the Tableeghi Jamaat
religious school on the outskirts of Peshawar.
2014 Jan 16, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) released a report detailing atrocities in South Sudan and
warning that "appalling crimes have been committed against civilians
for no other reason than their ethnicity."
2014 Jan 16, In Spain Catalan
lawmakers voted in favor of asking for the right to hold a
referendum on independence.
2014 Jan 16, Supporters of
Ukrainian Pres. Viktor Yanukovich rammed a sweeping law through
parliament in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking
an outcry from the opposition and raising tensions on the streets.
2014 Jan 16, In central Yemen
suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a military camp on the
outskirts of Radda. Militants killed 10 soldiers in three
simultaneous attacks on army positions in the central province of
(AP, 1/16/14)(AFP, 1/16/14)
2014 Jan 17, President Barack
Obama curtailed the reach of massive US National Security Agency
phone surveillance sweeps, but said bulk data collection must go on
to protect America from terrorists.
2014 Jan 17, The US Election
Assistance Commission denied requests from Arizona, Georgia and
Kansas to modify the federal registration form for their residents.
It said heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements would likely
hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 17, California Gov.
Jerry Brown formally declared a state-wide drought.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.D1)
2014 Jan 17, A Pennsylvania
judge struck down a state requirement that voters show photo
identification at the polls.
(SFC, 1/18/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 17, In Pennsylvania a
school shooting wounded two students at the Delaware Valley Charter
High School. Raisheem Rochwell (17) was charged the next day as an
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 17, In West Virginia
Freedom Industries, the company blamed for the Jan 9 chemical spill
that left 300,000 people in the state without safe drinking water,
field for bankruptcy.
(SFC, 1/18/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 17, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near a Lebanese restaurant
frequented by foreigners in Kabul and bursts of intense gunfire
ensued. The assault against La Taverna du Liban included 18
foreigners and 8 Afghans, all civilians.
(Reuters, 1/17/14)(AP, 1/18/14)(Econ, 11/29/14,
2014 Jan 17, Austria's
government agreed to raise the wages of its 200,000 civil servants
by 1.9 percent this year after big protests against the new
2014 Jan 17, Brazilian
authorities said the death toll in last weekend's flash flooding in
the southern town of Itaoca has risen to 17, with nine people still
2014 Jan 17, In Central African
Republic attackers ambushed Muslims fleeing sectarian violence
outside the town of Bouar killing 22 people.
(SFC, 1/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 17, Chechen strongman
Ramzan Kadyrov said rebel leader Doku Umarov, who vowed to disrupt
the Sochi Winter Olympics, is dead. Russian security services did
not confirm the claim.
2014 Jan 17, China began to
implement the loosening of its controversial one-child policy as
Zhejiang province announced it has made it legal for couples to have
two children if one parent is an only child.
2014 Jan 17, China called on
the Philippines to meet it halfway on new Chinese fishing rules in
the disputed South China Sea, adding that Beijing was always willing
to make efforts to resolve such issues via talks.
2014 Jan 17, China announced 4
more cases of H7N9 bird flu.
(SFC, 1/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 17, Czech President
Milos Zeman appointed center-left leader Bohuslav Sobotka prime
minister, opening the way for the former finance minister to pursue
looser fiscal policies and closer links with the core of Europe.
2014 Jan 17, CongoDRC forces
attacked Ugandan Islamist rebels in the lawless east, launching a
UN-backed offensive to clear insurgents from the mineral-rich zone.
2014 Jan 17, In Egypt at least
4 people was killed in clashes between police and Islamists, as the
country awaited results of a constitutional referendum billed as an
endorsement of president Mohamed Morsi's overthrow.
(AFP, 1/17/14)(AP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 17, In Haiti a judge
concluded the investigation into one of the country’s most notorious
political assassinations, accusing nine people of having a hand in
the 2000 killing of radio journalist Jean Dominique, including
several close associates of former Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
2014 Jan 17, In India Sunanda
Pushka, the wife of government minister Shashi Tharoor, was found
dead in a New Delhi hotel room having earlier accused her husband of
adultery. Her death was described as "sudden" and "unnatural"
following an autopsy. In 2015 a medical board concluded that she had
(Reuters, 1/18/14)(AP, 1/7/15)
2014 Jan 17, In India Syedna
Mohammed Burhanuddin (102), the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim
community, died in Mumbai.
2014 Jan 17, Indonesia said
that it would increase naval patrols after territorial violations by
Australia as it tried to turn back asylum seekers. The Australian
government apologized unreservedly to Jakarta after its navy
"inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters during border security
(Reuters, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/17/14)
2014 Jan 17, The Israeli army
fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters near the border fence
in the Gaza Strip, wounding two Palestinians. Troops fired at some
300 demonstrators who were protesting against Israel's destruction
of farmland for its 300-meter buffer zone.
2014 Jan 17, In Lebanon rocket
fire into the border town of Arsal killed at 8 people, including 5
children. At least 20 rockets launched from Syria struck Lebanese
(Reuters, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/17/14)
2014 Jan 17, Madagascar
declared Hery Rajaonarimampianina (55), a Canadian-educated former
finance minister backed by strongman Andry Rajoelina, as the
country's new president.
2014 Jan 17, Mali's army
arrested Houka Houka Ag Alfousseyni, a hardline Islamist judge. He
had ordered floggings, amputations and the stoning of women for
adultery during a 10-month occupation by rebels linked to al Qaeda.
2014 Jan 17, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded on a train as it was en route from Peshawar to Karachi. 3
passengers were killed and 15 wounded. Taliban gunmen killed 3 men
working for a private TV station in Karachi.
(AP, 1/17/14)(Reuters, 1/17/14)
2014 Jan 17, In the Philippines
thousands of people fled rising floods and an approaching storm in a
fresh round of evacuations as the death toll from a week of foul
weather rose to 37.
2014 Jan 17, In Romania a
British diplomat (46) plummeted from the highest floor of a hotel in
the northern city of Baia Mare after leaving a farewell note.
2014 Jan 17, It was reported
that Sochi residents are blaming the Olympic Games for ecological
damage. Environmental experts said that Russia’s Olympic
construction, which has consisted of pouring soil into lowland
swamps, helped cause the flooding that created a state of emergency
in the area in September and could increase the risk for more
2014 Jan 17, Sources said that
Russia in recent weeks has stepped up supplies of military gear to
Syria, including armored vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting
President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the
insurgency against him.
2014 Jan 17, In Scotland the
body of a missing Edinburgh youngster was found in Fife shortly
before midnight. The mother of Mikaeel Kular (3) was detained
following the discovery. The boy was last seen on Jan 15.
2014 Jan 17, In northern Sri
Lanka the discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls
fuelled speculation that there may be many more like it containing
the remains of thousands who went missing during the island nation's
nearly three-decade war. Residents of Mannar said that the area was
controlled mainly by the army from 1990.
2014 Jan 17, The Sudan People's
Liberation Army-North reportedly "managed to destroy" a government
convoy at Malkan, Blue Nile state. They claimed to have killed
dozens of soldiers and disabled a tank during battle, but the
military said it was the victor.
2014 Jan 17, Syria's foreign
minister said his country is prepared to implement a cease-fire in
the war-torn city of Aleppo and exchange detainees with the
country's opposition forces as a confidence building measure ahead
of a peace conference opening next week in Switzerland.
2014 Jan 17, Syrian rebels
ousted al Qaeda-linked faction ISIL, from Saraqeb, one of its
2014 Jan 17, Taiwan lifted a
ban on imports of Canadian beef-on-the-bone as part of its efforts
to promote investment talks with the country and its participation
in regional trade blocs. The new measure will take effect in
2014 Jan 17, In Tanzania one
person was killed in clashes between police and thousands of
villagers who stormed a gold mine operated by a subsidiary of
Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold.
2014 Jan 17, In Thailand 35
people were wounded in Bangkok when a grenade blast ripped through a
crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators. One person was
(Reuters, 1/17/14)(Reuters, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 17, Turkish
authorities seized the assets of the main opposition candidate for
the post of Istanbul mayor in the run-up to local polls in March.
Turkey's Savings Deposit Insurance Fund announced the decision after
Mustafa Sarigul and nine other people failed to repay a loan worth
$3.5 million (2.6 million euros) dating back to 1998.
2014 Jan 17, In Uganda a
spokesman for Pres. Yoweri Museveni said the president has refused
to approve a controversial bill that would have seen homosexuals
jailed for life despite viewing gays as "sick" and "abnormal." In a
letter to parliament, the president had suggested homosexuality was
caused by a genetic flaw, or a need to make money.
2014 Jan 17, Ukraine President
Viktor Yanukovych signed legislation curbing anti-government
protests, civic activism and free speech.
(AFP, 1/17/14)(SFC, 1/20/14, p.A3)
2014 Jan 17, It was reported
that Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 384 priests from 2011-2012 for
sexually molesting children. This was a dramatic increase over the
171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first
provided details on the number of priests defrocked.
2014 Jan 17, In Yemen clashes
between armed militants and the army killed three militants in the
southern city of al-Dalea (Daleh). 2 soldiers were killed in the
(Reuters, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/17/14)
2014 Jan 18, The film “American
Hustle," directed by David O. Russell, won the Screen Actors Guild
award for outstanding cast.
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A9)
2014 Jan 18, The 75,000
deadweight ton Liberian-flagged fuel tanker MT Kerala lost contact
with its Greece-based owner Dynacom off the coast of Angola. A
pirate attack was suspected making it the most southerly attack to
date by pirates off West Africa. On Jan 26 Angola's navy said the
crew of the oil tanker had turned off communications to fake an
(Reuters, 1/22/14)(Reuters, 1/26/14)
2014 Jan 18, In Brazil an
estimated 150 black and leftist militants staged a boisterous rally
outside the JK Iguatemi shopping mall in Sao Paulo to protest
attempts to bar underprivileged youths from shopping malls in
2014 Jan 18, Brazilian police
said that they had broken up a bank robbery scheme that had diverted
73 million reais ($31 million) from a lottery run by state-owned
lender Caixa Economica Federal.
2014 Jan 18, BBC presenter
Komla Dumor (41), one of Ghana's best known journalists, died
suddenly. Dumor, a presenter on the BBC’s World News channel and its
"Focus on Africa" program, suffered a heart attack at his London
2014 Jan 18, Burkina Faso's
opposition staged the country's biggest demonstration in decades to
protest against an attempt by President Blaise Compaore's party to
abolish constitutional term limits.
2014 Jan 18, A Canadian pilot
was among two people feared dead when the small plane he was flying
went down in Guyana's thick Amazon jungle two minutes after takeoff.
2014 Jan 18, In Central African
Republic fresh fighting broke out as the deadline closed for
candidates to register for a vote by the transitional parliament for
a new interim president.
2014 Jan 18, Egypt’s elections
chief said voters have approved a new constitution by 98.1 percent.
2014 Jan 18, Police in central
Greece said they had arrested seven people including five Bulgarians
for attempted baby trafficking.
2014 Jan 18, Guinea's President
Alpha Conde said he had reinstated PM Mohamed Said Fofana just three
days after accepting his resignation to make way for a new
administration following parliamentary elections.
2014 Jan 18, India and Pakistan
agreed to allow round-the-clock movement of trucks and containers
through their main Wagah-Attari border crossing in Punjab.
2014 Jan 18, In India a
pre-dawn stampede killed 18 people as tens of thousands of people
gathered in Mumbai to mourn the death of Muslim spiritual leader
Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim
2014 Jan 18, In Iraq clashes
between militants and government troops as well as two bombings at
marketplaces killed 6 people. At least a half-dozen car bombs killed
25 people and left more than 70 wounded.
(AP, 1/18/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 18, Libya's General
National Congress declared a state of emergency, after fresh clashes
erupted in the south when gunmen group seized a military base. Libya
sent troops to the restive south after gunmen stormed an air force
base in Sabha. In the east two Italian construction workers were
reported abducted in the Islamist stronghold of Derna.
(Reuters, 1/18/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 18, In Morocco the
Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee of Muslim nations ended talks and
urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop
building Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
2014 Jan 18, Russian news said
7 suspected militants were killed today by security forces in a
shootout near Makhachkala, Dagestan.
2014 Jan 18, South Korea
confirmed the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu and said it
would expand the culling of birds to a radius of 3-km (1.9 mile)
around a duck farm.
2014 Jan 18, South Sudanese
government forces said they seized the flashpoint town of Bor back
from rebels. Uganda's army claimed credit for the operation.
2014 Jan 18, Officials say
Spanish police have arrested Juegers Veloz (37), a
Dominican fugitive wanted by US authorities for a multimillion
dollar cellphone fraud in 2009-2011.
2014 Jan 18, The National
Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces voted to
send a delegation to an int’l. peace conference set to begin next
week in Geneva.
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 18, In Syria food aid
entered the besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp for the first
time in four months. The delivery of food followed reports that
dozens of people in the camp in southern Damascus have died of
hunger and lack of medical care.
2014 Jan 18, In Thailand
anti-government protesters marched defiantly through Bangkok, with
one group entering a police compound, undeterred by a grenade
explosion the day before. The military urged both sides to settle
(Reuters, 1/18/14)(Reuters, 1/19/14)
2014 Jan 18, In Turkey riot
police in Istanbul used water canons against hundreds of people
protesting a government plan to expand controls over the public’s
use of the Internet.
(SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 18, State media said
Turkey has extended a purge of official bodies to the banking and
telecoms regulators and state TV, firing dozens of executives in
moves that appear to broaden PM Tayyip Erdogan's backlash against a
2014 Jan 18, Turkmenistan's
Pres. Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedo said his government will begin
installing gas meters in households, ending the unlimited supply of
free gas to citizens. The nation is estimated to have the world's
fourth-largest natural gas reserves, and gas, electricity and water
have been supplied free to households since 1993.
2014 Jan 18, In Yemen Ali
Asghar Asadi, Iran's economic attaché in Sanaa, was killed in a
drive-by shooting. A military intelligence officer was killed in a
drive-by shooting by gunmen who fled on a motorbike in Huta. In
Al-Milah armed men ambushed an army vehicle and shot dead 2
(AP, 1/18/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 19, In NYC Deisy
Garcia (21) and her two daughters, ages 1 and 2, were found stabbed
to death in their Queens apartment. Police searched for Miguel Mejia
Ramos (28), the father of the girls, as a suspect.
(SFC, 1/21/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 19, Afghanistan's
Pres. Karzai said the US can no longer carry out military operations
or airstrikes and must jump-start peace talks with the Taliban
before his country signs a security deal to keep American troops in
Afghanistan after 2014.
2014 Jan 19, British athletics
great Chris Chataway (82), best known for being one of the
pacemakers for Roger Bannister's landmark four-minute mile run in
1954, died after a long battle with cancer. He was knighted by Queen
Elizabeth II in 1995 for his services to the aviation industry.
2014 Jan 19, Canadian PM
Stephen Harper began his first official visit to Israel, with his
Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu hailing him as a "great
friend" of the Jewish state.
2014 Jan 19, Colombia’s army
said at least 9 Marxist FARC rebels have been killed in a clash in
Tame even as peace talks were being held between the two sides in
2014 Jan 19, Deposed Egyptian
president Mohamed Mursi (Morsi) was ordered to stand trial for
insulting the judiciary, alongside 24 others including liberal
activists who opposed his Islamist rule but have also been critical
of the new army-backed order.
2014 Jan 19, In southeastern
France "historic" floods left two people dead and more than 150 were
airlifted to safety.
2014 Jan 19, In Hong Kong
thousands of people rallied to demand justice for a young Indonesian
maid who was badly beaten by her employer in a case that has sparked
widespread outrage and a police investigation into accusations of
2014 Jan 19, In Indonesia
monsoon rains inundated parts of Jakarta, forcing more than 30,000
people to evacuate.
2014 Jan 19, Iraqi tribesmen
backed by police special forces and helicopter gunships assaulted al
Qaeda-linked militants in the eastern and southern outskirts of the
city of Ramadi. Authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Ramadi
to try to avert civilian casualties. Iraq hanged 26 people convicted
of "terrorism" offences.
(Reuters, 1/19/14)(Reuters, 1/21/14)
2014 Jan 19, Israel decided to
end a decades-old policy of issuing gas masks to the public in an
apparent sign of confidence in Syria's chemical weapons disarmament.
2014 Jan 19, In Libya unknown
gunmen kidnapped Han Seok-woo, a South Korean trade official, in
2014 Jan 19, Mexican security
forces said they have arrested 38 people in the region of Michoacan,
including Jesus Vasquez Macias (37), a leading figure of the
notorious Knights Templar drug cartel.
2014 Jan 19, The Nauru
government deported Peter Law, its Australian resident magistrate,
and barred its Australian chief justice, Geoffrey Eames, from
re-entering the country.
(Econ, 2/1/14, p.34)
2014 Jan 19, In Pakistan a
bombing claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, killed 26 soldiers and
wounded 30 when it ripped through a military convoy in Bannu, North
Waziristan. Army helicopters fired missiles killing 3 militants, in
apparent retaliation for the Taliban bomb attack.
(AFP, 1/19/14)(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 19, Two Palestinians
were hurt, one critically, in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City.
The Israel military said it had targeted a senior Islamic Jihad
2014 Jan 19, Pres. Putin in
broadcast comments defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays
with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of
homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate. At the same
time he offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending
the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month.
2014 Jan 19, South African
press reported that at least two police officers who took part in
the deadly crackdown on Marikana miners in 2012 were implicated in
the killing of three protesters this week.
2014 Jan 19, South Korean
regulator Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) revealed the full
scale of personal information theft on more than 100 million South
Korean credit cards. Some 20 million people were victims of data
theft a three credit card companies.
(Reuters, 1/21/14)(SFC, 10/15/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 19, South Sudanese
troops fought to win back the key oil town of Malakal from rebels
loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar.
2014 Jan 19, In Thailand 28
people were wounded, seven seriously, in explosions at a camp of
anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
2014 Jan 19, Ukraine protesters
attacked riot police with sticks in Kiev and tried to overturn a bus
blocking their path to parliament, as up to 100,000 massed in
defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government
2014 Jan 19, The UAE cabinet
approved a draft law making it compulsory for Emirati men to serve
in the military for up to two years.
2014 Jan 19, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Iran has been invited to attend a
Jan 22 meeting of foreign ministers in the Swiss city of Montreux
ahead of internationally brokered peace talks between Syria's
warring factions. The UN invite sparked a boycott call from the
opposition and President Bashar al-Assad ruled out a power-sharing
(AP, 1/19/14)(AFP, 1/20/14)
2014 Jan 19, Pope Francis'
newly chosen Spanish cardinal, Fernando Sebastian Aguilar (84),
described homosexuality as a "defect" that can be corrected with
treatment, sparking condemnation from gay rights groups.
2014 Jan 19, In Yemen
unidentified gunman shot and killed Police Director Abd el-Wali
el-Turkmi in the southwest city of Taiz.
2014 Jan 20, In Nebraska there
was an explosion at the Int’l. Nutrition building in Omaha. At least
two people were killed and 10 others injured at the animal feed
(SFC, 1/21/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 20, In southern
Afghanistan 9 Taliban militants launched a suicide assault against a
US base killing one NATO soldier.
2014 Jan 20, Canada’s PM
Stephen Harper said the staunch Israeli ally would provide
additional financial support for the West Bank, as he met
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah.
2014 Jan 20, In Central African
Republic Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of Bangui, was elected
interim president and tasked with restoring peace to the country
torn by sectarian bloodshed.
2014 Jan 20, The EU foreign
ministers decided to send up to 1,000 soldiers to help stabilize
Central African Republic, deploying its first major army operation
in six years.
2014 Jan 20, A small fishing
boat crammed with 28 people entered Greece illegally from Turkey.
The Greek Coast Guard said it was towing the boat to a nearby Greek
island when it capsized. The mishap killed at least two and left 10
missing. Survivors later recounting in tears how they watched their
children drown while coast guard officials looked on. Three Afghans
who survived the sinking of a migrant boat later described how Greek
authorities had tried to forcibly tow them back to Turkey.
(AP, 1/24/14)(Reuters, 1/24/14)(AP, 1/25/14)
2014 Jan 20, Law Wan-tung (44)
of Hong Kong was arrested on suspicion of abusing her Indonesian
maids as she tried to leave for Thailand. The case sparked
widespread outrage and drawn fresh attention to the risks faced by
the migrant community. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (23), a maid who said
she had been badly beaten by her employer, was recovering at a
hospital in Sragen, central Java, after flying out from Hong Kong in
(Reuters, 1/20/14)(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A2)(AP,
2014 Jan 20, In India Arvind
Kejriwal, New Delhi's chief minister, and his supporters launched a
sit-in against the city police, creating traffic chaos and a
standoff with hundreds of officers in the latest radical step by the
anti-graft crusader who has shaken up a national election. Kejriwal
called on the public to join him in a ten-day protest to demand the
police be transferred from the Home Ministry to his control.
2014 Jan 20, In India a woman
(20) was assaulted by 13 men in Birbhum district in West Bengal.
Police later said was gang-raped on the orders of a village court as
punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different
community. The village chief and all 13 men were soon arrested.
2014 Jan 20, Iran halted
production of 20 percent enriched uranium, marking the entry into
force of an interim deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear
program. The United States eased some sanctions on Iran, pausing
efforts to reduce Iranian crude oil exports, as part of a nuclear
deal between Tehran and world powers that went into effect. The EU
also agreed to suspend some economic sanctions against Iran as part
of the ground-breaking nuclear deal.
(AFP, 1/20/14)(Reuters, 1/20/14)
2014 Jan 20, Iran rebuffed a
precondition for taking part in Syria peace talks in Geneva this
week, saying it could not accept a plan for a Syrian political
transition agreed at talks in the Swiss city in 2012. In response UN
leader Ban Ki-moon withdrew his surprise invitation to Iran, less
than 24 hours after he announced it.
(Reuters, 1/20/14)(AFP, 1/21/14)
2014 Jan 20, In central Iraq a
series of bombs killed 28 people, mostly in Baghdad, as security
forces battled Sunni Muslim militants around the western cities of
Falluja and Ramadi.
(Reuters, 1/20/14)(SFC, 1/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 20, Claudio Abbado
(80), conductor, died in Bologna. He was a star in the great
generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the
world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them
while still allowing them their independence.
2014 Jan 20, Lebanese medical
and security sources said sectarian sniper fire in Tripoli has
killed 5 people since Jan 18.
2014 Jan 20, In Nigeria Boko
Haram suspects tracked a man to his house in Wulgo, killed him and
injured another man who was hospitalized.
2014 Jan 20, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near the country's main
military headquarters in Rawalpindi, killing 13 people.
2014 Jan 20, In Romania a small
British plane crashed on a mountain. All seven aboard initially
survived but two people died while waiting for medical assistance.
Hypothermia was among the causes of death.
2014 Jan 20, In South Korea the
heads of three big credit card firms apologized and resigned over
the largest-ever thefts of customer data.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.62)
2014 Jan 20, South Sudan's army
said it has seized back full control of the strategic town of
Malakal, the last major settlement under rebel control.
2014 Jan 20, In Thailand
anti-government protesters besieged government offices in a dozen
southern provinces as part of their campaign to force PM Yingluck
Shinawatra from power.
2014 Jan 20, Vietnam sentenced
30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country's largest ever
narcotics case, involving scores of male and female defendants and
nearly two tons of heroin.
2014 Jan 20, In northern Yemen
at least 12 people were killed overnight after Sunni Muslim
tribesmen fought with a Shi'ite group which was trying to capture a
2014 Jan 21, In Dublin, Ca.,
BART police officer Michael Maes accidentally shot and killed Sgt.
Tom Smith (42), another BART officer, during a routine mission to
gather evidence at an apartment. On May 30 Alameda County
prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Maes. In 2016
BART settled a federal lawsuit with the Smith family for $3.1
(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/14, p.A1)(SFC,
2014 Jan 21, In Indiana Cody
Cousins (24) shot and stabbed to death Andrew Boldt (21). On Sep 19
Cousins was sentenced on to 65 years in prison for killing his
fellow Purdue engineering senior whom he envied, in front of about a
dozen students in a lab class.
2014 Jan 21, A snowstorm hit
the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US. It stretched a thousand miles
between Kentucky and Massachusetts. Manalapan, NJ, got 16 inches of
(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 21, Former Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted on 14 counts of
federal corruption charges. They were charged with accepting over
$165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements
(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A5)(SFC, 7/29/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 21, In Abu Dhabi a
court jailed a group of 10 Emiratis and 20 Egyptians to terms
ranging from three months to five years for forming a Muslim
2014 Jan 21, Australia’s
federal government granted an exemption from environmental laws to
approve a Western Australian shark mitigation plan, which is aimed
at reducing the risks to water users after six fatal attacks in the
past two years.
2014 Jan 21, Britain told Iran
to stop supporting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad
militarily, urging it to back efforts to broker peace in Syria
2014 Jan 21, In Central African
Republic French intelligence services reported the discovery some 15
bodies in a new mass grave near Bangui.
2014 Jan 21, An official
Chinese newspaper said China will base a 5,000-ton civilian patrol
ship on Woody Island, which China calls Sansha city, on the Paracel
Islands in the disputed South China Sea and begin regular patrols, a
move likely to add fuel to territorial disputes with neighbors.
2014 Jan 21, China executed a
man who held six women as sex slaves in an underground prison and
killed two of them, in a crime which shocked the nation. Li Hao (36)
was convicted of murder and rape in Luoyang Intermediate People's
Court in the central province of Henan in 2012.
2014 Jan 21, France said it
will create new outposts and broaden its military presence in
Africa's turbulent Sahel region to better fight the terror threat
from extremist groups like al-Qaida. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le
Drian said France is moving toward a regional counterterrorism
approach in former colonies like Chad, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso,
Niger and Mali.
2014 Jan 21, Germany’s Federal
Office for Information Security said an analysis of hijacked
computer networks has turned up about 16 million compromised online
(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 21, In India police
clashed with protesters led by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal,
the first violence during a two-day rally in the capital that has
put a focus on the radical politics of the man shaking up a national
2014 Jan 21, An Indonesian
court sentenced an Islamist militant to 7½ years in prison for
masterminding a plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta.
(SFC, 1/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 21, Iraq's Shiite-led
government said it has decided in principle to create three new
provinces from contested parts of the country in an apparent attempt
to address Sunni grievances and counter the expansion of the Kurdish
2014 Jan 21, Iraqi forces
pressed their attack on anti-government fighters holding parts of
the restive city of Ramadi. Violence elsewhere killed 10 people. The
UN warned of "an exponential increase in the number of displaced and
stranded families", with more than 22,000 families having registered
as internally displaced.
2014 Jan 21, It was reported
that Israel's government has approved plans to build 381 new homes
in a settlement near annexed east Jerusalem.
2014 Jan 21, Fishermen in Japan
began slaughtering dozens of bottlenose dolphins in Taiji, ignoring
protesters’ calls to spare the animals and a rare public show of
concern by the US government.
2014 Jan 21, Kurds in northeast
Syria, on the eve of peace talks in Switzerland, declared a
provincial government in the area.
2014 Jan 21, In Lebanon a
suicide bomber killed 4 people in a residential district of southern
Beirut known for its support of the powerful Shi'ite Muslim military
and political movement Hezbollah.
2014 Jan 21, The political arm
of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood withdrew its ministers from the
Cabinet of embattled PM Ali Zidan, after failing to secure enough
support in the divided parliament for a no-confidence vote.
2014 Jan 21, In Nigeria
suspected Islamist extremists attacked a farming settlement in
northeast Borno state, killing 10 people and razing homes.
2014 Jan 21, Pakistani fighter
jets and helicopters attacked suspected Taliban hideouts in a tribal
area in North Waziristan killing up to 40 people. At least 28 people
were killed when a bomb exploded near a bus carrying Shi'ite Muslim
pilgrims to the city of Quetta.
(Reuters, 1/21/14)(AP, 1/22/14)
2014 Jan 21, Gunmen in Karachi,
Pakistan, attacked two teams of polio workers, killing 3 members of
the teams and wounding a 4th before fleeing.
2014 Jan 21, Emergency workers
evacuated thousands of people across the southern Philippines,
including many already made homeless by a typhoon in November, after
three days of rain flooded towns and farmland.
2014 Jan 21, Russia’s National
Anti-Terror Committee said police have killed Eldar Magatov, a
senior Islamist militant, in a shootout in the Dagestan region ahead
of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
2012 Jan 21, In Somalia gunmen
kidnapped an American man in the northern town of Galkayo. Michael
Scott Moore, freed on Sep 23, 2014, was kidnapped while researching
a book on piracy. Bilal-Berjawi, a British-Lebanese commander of the
al-Shabab militant group, was killed along with two others when a US
drone missile struck the car they were traveling in outside
Mogadishu. Another airstrike killed six people near the insurgent
stronghold of Kismayo.
(AP, 1/21/12)(AP, 1/22/12)(AP, 9/24/14)
2014 Jan 21, In South Africa
Petra Diamonds said a 29.6-carat blue diamond has been found at the
Cullinan mine, source of some of the world's most famous diamonds.
2014 Jan 21, A report on Syria,
commissioned by the government of Qatar, detailed photographic and
documentary evidence of systematic torture and killing of some
11,000 detainees between march 2011 and August 2013.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.38)(http://tinyurl.com/qhbyqde)
2014 Jan 21, Thailand's
government declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and
surrounding areas to cope with protests that have stirred up violent
attacks, adding to the country's monthslong sense of crisis.
2014 Jan 21, Uganda said 9 of
its soldiers have been killed and 12 others wounded during a month
fighting in South Sudan, dismissing rebel claims to have killed
2014 Jan 21, In Ukraine top
opposition leader Vitali Klitschko headed for talks with the Pres.
Yanukovych after yet another night of violent street clashes between
anti-government protesters and police.
2014 Jan 21, Vatican Monsignor
Nunzio Scaran, already on trial for allegedly plotting to smuggle 20
million euros ($26 million) from Switzerland to Italy, was arrested
in Salerno in a separate case for allegedly using his Vatican bank
accounts to launder money.
2014 Jan 21, In Yemen
unidentified gunmen assassinated Ahmed Sharaf el-Din, a lawyer and
the top envoy of a northern rebel movement in Sanaa. The son of
powerful Islamist Al-Islah (Reform) party's secretary general was
badly injured when his father's car exploded in Sanaa. In the north
a day of clashes between Shiite rebels and gunmen from the powerful
Hashid tribe left 20 people dead.
(AP, 1/21/14)(AFP, 1/21/14)(AFP, 1/22/14)(Econ,
2014 Jan 22, The New York
Yankees signed Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka to a $155
(SSFC, 1/26/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 22, The
Washington-based Int’l. Consortium of Investigative Journalists
(ICIJ) said it has obtained documents showing the identities of
nearly 22,000 owners of companies and trusts in the British Virgin
Islands, Samoa and other offshore centers. It said they include the
brother-in-law of China’s Pres. Xi, former Premier Wen Jiabao’s son
and son-in-law and relatives of other ruling party figures.
(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 22, The northeastern
United States dug out from a storm that dumped more than 15 inches
of snow in some places with frigid, windy weather closing some
schools and offices and delaying or canceling thousands of flights.
2014 Jan 22, California
Governor Jerry Brown (75) took credit for his state's fiscal rebound
in a state of the state address.
2014 Jan 22, Texas executed
Edgar Tamayo Arias (46), a Mexican convicted of killing a policeman,
despite a diplomatic outcry and pressure from the US federal
government to further review his case.
2014 Jan 22, US hotel giant
Marriott announced it had finalized a deal to buy the South
Africa-based Protea group, Africa's largest hotel chain, for $186
2014 Jan 22, TransCanada began
delivering oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to customers in Nederland,
Texas, through the southern portion of the proposed Keystone XL
(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 22, Azerbaijan said it
had repelled a cross-border raid by Armenian forces in the latest
outbreak of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.
2014 Jan 22, In the Central
African Republic the Red Cross said it has found 11 corpses, most
burnt beyond recognition, dumped in Bangui. At least 10 people were
killed in clashes between former Seleka fighters and civilians in
Bangui. Hundreds of Christians went on a rampage in Bangui, looting
and setting fire to Muslim-owned homes and businesses and
threatening to go on a killing spree as the country prepared to
inaugurate a new interim president.
(Reuters, 1/22/14)(AFP, 1/22/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 22, The Chinese
government condemned a report on the wealth of the country's elite
being hidden in overseas tax havens as illogical and having ulterior
motives, as the government blocked websites and censored mention of
the story online.
2014 Jan 22, In southern India
forest officials in Tamil Nadu state shot dead a tiger suspected of
killing three people, ending its three-week reign of terror which
forced dozens of schools to close.
2014 Jan 22, In Indonesia
Andrea Waldeck, British woman, was jailed for 14 years but escaped
the death penalty after admitting that she smuggled crystal
methamphetamine into Indonesia from China. she had confessed to
taking the drugs through the airport in Surabaya.
2014 Jan 22, In Iraq several
neighborhoods in south Fallujah were hit by shelling late today,
with four people killed and 18 others wounded.
2014 Jan 22, An Israeli air
strike killed 2 Palestinians including one militant in northern
Gaza. Israel blamed one of them for firing rockets across the border
during former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon's funeral last week.
2014 Jan 22, Israel said it has
arrested an Al-Qaeda-run militant cell in annexed east Jerusalem
which was planning to bomb the US embassy.
2014 Jan 22, Israel moved
forward with plans for 261 new homes in two settlements located deep
in the occupied West Bank. The plans included 256 housing units in
Nofei Prat settlement, between east Jerusalem and Jericho, and
another five in the sprawling Ariel settlement in the north.
2014 Jan 22, Italian police
seized 27 pizzerias, cafes and other eateries in the heart of Rome
and elsewhere in a probe highlighting the seemingly legitimate
business fronting for organized crime in places far from the
mobsters' Naples base.
2014 Jan 22, The Latvian
parliament approved the country's first woman prime minister,
Laimdota Straujuma, who pledged to stick to the fiscal discipline of
the previous cabinet and to push ahead with liberalizing the
country's gas market.
2014 Jan 22, In Mali Issaka
Sidibe, a high-ranking ruling party lawmaker and relative of the
president, became the country’s second most powerful politician as
he was elected to lead the nation's new parliament.
2014 Jan 22, In northern
Nigeria thousands of protesters threw stones into the Shariah court
in Bauchi city, urging the speedy convictions and executions of 11
men arrested for belonging to gay organizations. Suspected Islamist
extremists attacked another farming settlement in northeast Borno
state, killing another 8 people and razing homes.
(AP, 1/22/14)(AP, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 22, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on police escorting Spanish cyclist Javier Colorado
through Baluchistan province, killing six officers and wounding the
Spaniard. He was reported to be cycling around the world.
2014 Jan 22, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded next to a police patrol
on its way to guard a polio vaccination team outside Peshawar. 6
officers were killed as well as a boy who was nearby.
2014 Jan 22, In Switzerland
peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria's civil war got
off to a rocky start in Montreux as a bitter clash over President
Bashar Assad's future threatened to collapse the negotiations even
before they really begin. On Jan 24 the talks moved to Geneva.
(AP, 1/22/14)(Econ, 1/25/14, p.37)
2014 Jan 22, Syria hailed the
reopening of Aleppo international airport after a year's closure as
a military victory over rebels. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights reported clashes between government forces and opposition
fighters in the suburbs of Damascus, Daraa in the south, Idlib and
Aleppo in the north and the central province of Homs.
(Reuters, 1/22/14)(AP, 1/22/14)
2014 Jan 22, In northeast
Thailand a leading pro-government activist was shot and wounded. A
60-day state of emergency began in Bangkok where protesters were
trying to force PM Yingluck Shinawatra from power.
2014 Jan 22, A Ugandan court
ordered the deportation of Bernard Randall (65), a British man,
facing criminal charges related to images of him having sex with
2014 Jan 22, In Ukraine Unity
Day protests left 5 people dead. The bodies of 2 protesters were
found near the site of clashes with police in Kiev. Prosecutors said
they were shot with live ammunition, the first deaths after two
months of largely peaceful protest. Some 25 people went missing.
Yanukovich met opposition leaders in an attempt to defuse street
violence in which 3 people were killed overnight.
(AP, 1/22/14)(Reuters, 1/22/14)(Econ, 1/25/14,
p.41)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.20)
2014 Jan 23, In Oakland, Ca.,
Justice Toliver was shot and killed by her brother (14) with a hand
gun following a quarrel over laundry. The boy fled the scene but
surrendered after a few days. On Jan 30 he was charged in juvenile
court with murder.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.D3)
2014 Jan 23, A group of dead
pilot whales, 16 females and 9 males, were spotted by boaters near
Kice Island, Florida. Earlier this week, eight other whales were
found dead after they swam into shallow waters near Fort Myers.
Necropsies began the next day.
(Reuters, 1/25/14)(SFC, 1/25/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 23, Michigan Gov. Rick
Snyder announced a plan to ask Pres. Obama for 50,000 visas for
immigrants willing to move to Detroit.
(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 23, NYC police
arrested Vincent Asaro (78) and charged him with helping direct the
Dec 11, 1978, Kennedy Airport robbery that netted almost $6 million
in cash and jewelry. Asaro was named along with his son, both
captains in the Bonanno crime family, and three other defendants in
a wide-ranging indictment.
(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A22)
2014 Jan 23, Virginia's
attorney general has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage
is unconstitutional. His office said he will no longer defend it in
federal lawsuits challenging it.
2014 Jan 23, In Afghanistan a
gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a group of local cricket
players, killing 5 of them during a game in eastern Laghman
province. Police found the body of slain journalist Noor Ahmad Noori
in southern Helmand province.
2014 Jan 23, The Algerian army
killed 4 armed Islamists overnight in an ambush south of the
2014 Jan 23, Australian police
revealed they had cracked a major global money-laundering ring with
operatives in more than 20 countries and funds syphoned off to
groups reported to include Hezbollah.
2014 Jan 23, Australian police
said an American man (58) has been charged with dealing with
suspected proceeds of a crime after finding $5 million in cash in
suitcases in a Sydney apartment.
(SFC, 1/24/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 23, In Canada an early
morning fire at a Quebec residence for elderly people killed at
least 32 people. Eight of the 32 remained missing.
(AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/25/14)(Reuters,
1/26/14)(SSFC, 2/2/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 23, In China the
parents of activist Xue Mingkai were detained in Qufu city, Shandong
province. After being held for six days, Xue and his wife, Wang
Shuqing, fled and sought protection at a local prosecutor's office
but were caught and separated. Days later, Wang was informed by
authorities that her husband was dead. Authorities said he had
killed himself by jumping from the fourth floor of a prosecutor's
building. Many people suspected murder.
2014 Jan 23, Ecuadorean airline
Tame suspended its once-daily flights to and from Venezuela until
that country's cash-strapped government pays it $43 million owed for
2014 Jan 23, In Egypt clashes
between rival students at a university in Alexandria killed at least
one student. Masked gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire at a
police checkpoint in central Egypt, killing five policemen and
(AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 23, Ghana said it
deported 4,700 illegal miners last year, most of them Chinese
2014 Jan 23, Iran’s President
Hassan Rouhani told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Tehran
was ready to help create a new multilateral body tasked with
stabilizing global energy supplies. Rouhani also called for free and
fair elections in Syria, saying it would respect any outcome.
(AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 23, Iraq hanged 11
people convicted of terrorist offences.
2014 Jan 23, A Kenyan court
sentenced 24 Somalis to seven years each in prison for attempting to
hijack an Iranian merchant vessel, FV Ariya, in the Gulf of Oman in
2014 Jan 23, Japanese fishermen
in Taiji killed more than two dozen striped dolphins, as global
outrage over the slaughter grew.
2014 Jan 23, In Kyrgyzstan 11
people, believed to be members of a militant group of ethnic
Uighurs, were killed after illegally crossing the border from China.
2014 Jan 23, Dutch authorities
said they have detained Jean Baptiste M. (54), a former Rwandan
politician suspected of compiling death lists during the country's
1994 genocide, and would send him home for court hearings.
2014 Jan 23, In northwest
Pakistan a car bomb hauled into a car repair shop in Peshawar
killing 6 people.
2014 Jan 23, In Pakistan
Muhammad Asghar (69), a Briton with a history of mental illness from
Edinburgh, was sentenced to death for blasphemy. His lawyers were
barred from the courtroom partway through the trial. Asghar was
arrested in 2010 after writing letters to a lawyer and politician
claiming to be a prophet.
2014 Jan 23, Hamas accused
Twitter of censorship as an account of its armed wing has been
suspended by Twitter administrators.
2014 Jan 23, Russia's Supreme
Court ordered the release of Platon Lebedev (57), Kremlin critic
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner, after a decade in jail, but
refused to drop a tax claim that is keeping the former oil tycoon
2014 Jan 23, In South Africa
tens of thousands of platinum miners went on strike, demanding
higher wages. Striking workers at the top three platinum producers
agreed to take part in government-brokered talks aimed at ending the
dispute and limiting economic damage.
(AP, 1/23/14)(AFP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 23, South Sudan's
government and rebels signed a peace deal in Ethiopia aimed at
ending the month-old conflict as fighting continued in oil-rich
Unity state and in Jonglei state.
2014 Jan 23, In central Turkey
at least 21 people were killed when a bus tipped over on an icy
2014 Jan 23, Tensions in
Ukraine spread far from Kiev as hundreds of people in the city of
Lviv stormed into the regional governor's office and forced him to
write a letter of resignation. President Yanukovich called for an
emergency session of parliament to end the crisis which has brought
thousands of anti-government protesters on to the streets and caused
violent clashes with police. PM Mykola Azarov accused opposition
protesters of trying to stage a coup d'etat.
(AP, 1/23/14)(Reuters, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 23, Human Rights Watch
hit out at the United Arab Emirates for preventing it from holding a
news conference to release a report criticizing rights violations in
the Gulf state.
2014 Jan 23, In Yemen 3
suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in Maarib province in what
local officials and tribal sources said was a strike by a US drone.
2014 Jan 24, In South Carolina
Justin Singleton (19) was arrested soon after he killed student
Brandon Robinson (20), a member of the school’s football team.
2014 Jan 24, Argentina said it
is relaxing restrictions on the purchase of US dollars following a
sharp, sudden slide in the value of the local peso.
2014 Jan 24, Air Canada
suspended ticket sales in Venezuela, adding to a rising number of
airlines protesting a government devaluation of the local currency
just for travelers.
2014 Jan 24, In Central African
Republic Dr. Joseph Kalite, a former government health minister who
had supported last year's rebellion by Muslim fighters, was
assassinated at the Central Mosque in Bangui.
2014 Jan 24, Chinese police
shot dead six people during a "terrorist" attack in the restive
western region of Xinjiang and six more died when explosives they
were carrying detonated.
2014 Jan 24, In CongoDRC an
explosion at an arms depot killed over 20 people near the
diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi.
(Reuters, 1/25/14)(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 24, Leading Cuban
dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was arrested after meeting with
European diplomats in Havana.
2014 Jan 24, In Egypt a bomb
planted on a road hit a convoy of security forces on a busy street
in Cairo, killing one person in the fourth bombing in one day. A
suicide car bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a top
security compound in central Cairo, killing at least four people.
(AP, 1/24/14)(Reuters, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 24, President Francois
Hollande spoke of "convergence" on international issues after talks
with Pope Francis amid a swirling scandal over the French leader's
love life and divisions in France over issues like abortion and
2014 Jan 24, Gabon's President
Ali Bongo Ondimba named a new prime minister, Daniel Ona Ondo,
following municipal and regional elections.
2014 Jan 24, Iran's foreign
minister, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, called for
all "foreign elements" to leave Syria so its people can decide their
2014 Jan 24, In Iraq violence
in parts of Anbar province held by anti-government fighters killed 3
people. A UN report said more than 140,000 Iraqis have fled parts of
Anbar province over clashes between security forces and al-Qaida
militants since its brutal 2006-08 sectarian conflict.
(AFP, 1/24/14)(AP, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 24, Israeli forces
shot dead Bilal Samir Oweida (20) and wounded another man in the
Gaza Strip. The Israeli army said a group of Palestinians had
entered "a prohibited area" in northern Gaza where they damaged the
security fence, hurled rocks and rolled burning tires at IDF (Israel
2014 Jan 24, In northern Mali a
French counter-terrorism offensive ended with 11 Islamist militants
killed and a French soldier wounded.
2014 Jan 24, North Korea
proposed reunions of families separated since the Korean War six
decades ago, continuing its latest campaign of reconciliation that
included a call for South Korea and the United States to cancel
joint military drills.
2014 Jan 24, In South Africa
four police officers were arrested after the fatal shooting of a
protester during a demonstration that turned violent on the
outskirts of Johannesburg. A 28-year-old man was shot and killed
earlier this week after protesters blocked roads with stones and
burning tires in the Roodepoort area.
2014 Jan 24, The World Food
Program said looters in South Sudan have stolen UN food aid that
would have fed over 220,000 people for a month.
2014 Jan 24, A Syrian activist
group said 63 people have died since last June in the besieged
Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp from a lack of food and medicine.
2014 Jan 24, Direct talks in
Geneva were scrapped between Syrian President Bashar Assad's
government and the Western-backed opposition that wants to overthrow
him. Barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo's outlying industrial city and
the Sheikh Najjar districts killed 10 people,
(AP, 1/24/14)(AFP, 1/25/14)
2014 Jan 24, Thailand's
Constitutional Court opened the way to put off a general election
the government has set for February 2, piling pressure on Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who looks increasingly cornered by
legal challenges to her grip on power.
2014 Jan 24, UAE President
Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (65) suffered a stroke. His
condition after surgery was reported as stable.
2014 Jan 25, Arizona’s
Republican Party censured Sen. John McCain (77) citing his voting
record as too liberal.
(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A7)
2014 Jan 25, In Maryland a
shooter at the Mall in Columbia killed 2 young employees of the
Zumiez skateboard shop and then took his own life. On Jan 26 police
identified the shooter as Darion Marcus Aguilar (19) of College
2014 Jan 25, In Utah some 4,000
protesters gathered in Salt lake City to protests against poor air
(Econ, 2/1/14, p.24)
2014 Jan 25, Michaels Stores
said that it is investigating a potential security breach involving
customers’ credit card information.
(SSFC, 1/26/14, p.A13)
2014 Jan 25, In Brazil at least
1,000 demonstrators protested in Sao Paulo against the World Cup,
due to open on June 12, in a demonstration that devolved into
violence late in the night.
2014 Jan 25, Central African
Republic Pres. Catherine Samba-Panza’s office announced the
appointment of Andre Nzapayeke, a former regional banking official,
as the new prime minister.
2014 Jan 25, Chilean port
workers negotiated a settlement with management and ended a more
than three-week-old strike that had slowed copper, fruit and other
shipments from the world's top copper producer.
2014 Jan 25, Ecuador stressed
it wanted the number of US military staff on its territory reduced,
and warned it also would not allow US "espionage equipment."
2014 Jan 25, In Egypt at least
49 people were killed during anti-government marches as thousands
rallied in support of the army-led authorities on the third
anniversary of the country's 2011. A helicopter crash in the Sinai
Peninsula killed 5 Egyptian soldiers.
(Reuters, 1/25/14)(AFP, 1/25/14)(AP, 1/26/14)
2014 Jan 25, In Egypt Mahmoud
Mohammed Ahmed (18), a high school student, was arrested at a
checkpoint north of Cairo for wearing a T-shirt with a slogan
against torture. He was released on March 25, 2016.
2014 Jan 25, French Pres.
Francois Hollande announced his separation from first lady Valerie
Trierweiler following a media storm over allegations he is having an
affair with an actress nearly 20 years his junior.
2014 Jan 25, An Iranian embassy
official who was kidnapped in Sanaa in July was found beheaded in
Naarib province, central Yemen.
2014 Jan 25, In Iraq at least
17 people were killed in violence that included car bombs and a
mortar attack on a Shi'ite Muslim village near Baquba.
(Reuters, 1/25/14)(AFP, 1/25/14)
2014 Jan 25, In Ivory Coast an
angry mob "ransacked" the headquarters of the country’s most
prominent gay rights organization, following days of anti-gay
protests in a country generally seen as moderate on the issue.
2014 Jan 25, In Libya
kidnappers seized Egypt's cultural attache and three other embassy
staff in Tripoli, a day after another of its diplomats was abducted.
2014 Jan 25, In Madagascar a
grenade blast left a toddler dead and over 50 wounded just hours
after the inauguration of the island's new president.
2014 Jan 25, The Philippine
government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country's
largest Muslim rebel group, completed talks on a deal to end four
decades of fighting.
(AP, 1/25/14)(SSFC, 1/26/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 25, Somalia's Shebab
insurgents called for renewed attacks against foreign forces, after
arch-enemy Ethiopia joined the African Union force battling the
2014 Jan 25, Residents in parts
of Somalia under militant control said at least one cellular
telephone company has shut down data services in response to a
threat from al-Qaida-linked extremists.
2014 Jan 25, South Sudan's
government said that rebel fighters had attacked government troops
after the cease-fire had come into force. New satellite images
showed that fighting has resulted in the intentional burning of some
750 homes near the town of Bentiu.
2014 Jan 25, Syria's air force
struck rebel-held areas near Damascus and Aleppo.
2014 Jan 25, In Switzerland the
first face-to-face meeting between Syria's government and the
opposition hoping to overthrow President Bashar Assad ended after
barely a half-hour, with the two sides facing each other silently as
a UN mediator laid groundwork for talks.
2014 Jan 25, Ukraine
anti-government protesters seized a regional administration
building. Officials warned that police could storm the Kiev city
hall to free two policemen allegedly captured by demonstrators.
2014 Jan 25, Ukraine’s
President Viktor Yanukovych offered the prime minister's post to
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of the opposition's most prominent leaders.
Police clashed with protesters who blockaded a building in central
Kiev and the fate of the government was uncertain after embattled
Pres. Viktor Yanukovich offered opposition leaders key posts.
(Reuters, 1/26/14)(AP, 1/27/14)
2014 Jan 25, Yemen's feuding
factions wrapped up months of national dialogue aimed at drafting a
new constitution and establishing a federal state in a country where
southerners were clamoring for independence.
2014 Jan 26, Daft Punk's
infectiously catchy song "Get Lucky" won the Grammy Awards' record
of the year.
2014 Jan 26, The cost of a US
first-class stamp rose 3 cents to 49 cents.
(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 26, Charlie Shrem
(b.1989), American entrepreneur and founding member of BitInstant,
was arrested in NYC. He was accused of helping to supply bitcoins to
users of online drug markets. In 2015 Shrem pleaded guilty to lesser
charges and served a year in jail.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Shrem)(SSFC, 12/24/17, p.D5)
2014 Jan 26, Randolph L. Braham
(91), a Romanian-born American professor and prominent Holocaust
survivor and scholar, said he was handing back a 2011 Hungarian
state award in protest at the government's "falsification of
2014 Jan 26, In Ohio an
apartment building fire killed two firefighters in Toledo. On Feb 3
building owner Ray Abou-Arab (61) was arraigned on charges of
aggravated murder and arson.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 26, The Royal
Caribbean cruise line ended a 10-day trip in the Caribbean early
after hundreds of passengers and crew members on the Explorer of the
Seas were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness consistent with
norovirus. Health officials boarded the ship at St. Thomas in the US
(AP, 1/27/14)(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 26, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near an Afghan military bus
in Kabul, killing 2 officers and 2 civilians.
2014 Jan 26, In northern
Australia a crocodile was suspected to have taken a boy (12) after
attacking his friend as they swam in a water hole in at Mudginberri
Billabong in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
2014 Jan 26, A shark was shot
and killed in Western Australian under a new strategy to protect
(Econ, 2/1/14, p.35)
2014 Jan 26, Bahraini police
firing teargas and birdshot clashed with stone-throwing protesters
in a village west of the capital after the funeral of Fadhel Abbas
(20) who died in custody. Abbas was detained on Jan 8 on suspicion
of smuggling weapons and explosives and died late on Jan 25.
2014 Jan 26, Central African
Republic new PM Andre Nzapayeke said he will meet with all fighting
factions to bring an end to atrocities throughout the country, as
gunfire rang out in Bangui.
(AP, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/26/14)
2014 Jan 26, A Chinese court
sentenced Xu Zhiyong, one of the country’s most prominent rights
advocates, to four years in prison. He had campaigned for the rights
of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for
officials to disclose their assets.
2014 Jan 26, Cuban activists
said dozens of dissidents have been detained in a "wave of political
repression" ahead of a major international summit in Havana.
2014 Jan 26, In Egypt gunmen
killed 3 soldiers in an attack on a bus in the Sinai Peninsula.
2014 Jan 26, In France some
17,000 people marched through central Paris to criticize President
2014 Jan 26, Germany’s ARD TV
quoted Edward Snowden saying the US NSA does not limit its espionage
to issues of national security and he cited German engineering firm,
Siemens as one target.
2014 Jan 26, At least 21 people
died after a boat carrying Indian tourists capsized off India's
Andaman Islands. The boat carried no life jackets.
(Reuters, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/27/14)
2014 Jan 26, In Iraq militants
appeared to have captured 5-22 Iraqi soldiers near Fallujah. At
least 13 people were killed elsewhere amid a nationwide surge in
2014 Jan 26, An Israeli court
extended by two days the detention of two Palestinian men it
suspects of planning to bomb the US Embassy in Tel Aviv under
instructions from al-Qaida.
2014 Jan 26, Israel said it
will allow the entry of about 1,000 tons of cement and building
materials to the Gaza Strip for storm damage restoration and other
projects of UN agencies.
2014 Jan 26, Italian police and
campaigners said 13 Moroccan migrants held in a reception center in
Rome for more than two months have sewed their mouths shut in
protest at the length of their detention. They sewed their mouths
shut the previous evening, repeating a protest they staged at the
end of last year.
2014 Jan 26, Kenya officials
said poachers have slaughtered a rhino in the capital's Nairobi
National Park, a brazen attack flouting tough new laws designed to
stem a surge of such killings.
2014 Jan 26, In Nigeria
suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack Kawuri
village in the northeast, killing 52 people and razing more than 300
homes. Boko Haram gunmen fired on worshippers during a service at a
Roman Catholic church in neighboring Adamawa state. At least 26
people were killed.
(AP, 1/27/14)(AFP, 1/28/14)
2014 Jan 26, In northwest
Pakistan a hand grenade killed six children who found it while
playing in a field in Hangu.
2014 Jan 26, In southern
Somalia a US missile strike killed Ahmed Mohamed Amey, a chemicals
expert also known as Isku Dhuuq. He was a senior al Shabaab
commander who had masterminded suicide attacks by the al
Qaeda-linked militant group.
2014 Jan 26, South Sudan's
government and rebels traded accusations that each had breached a
ceasefire deal by attacking the other, but insisted they were
committed to ending weeks of brutal conflict.
2014 Jan 26, Syrians on
opposite sides of their country's civil war tried again to find
common ground in Geneva. The UN mediator said the two sides have
reached a deal to allow women and children to leave Homs, a city
under government siege for more than a year.
2014 Jan 26, In Thailand
anti-government demonstrators swarmed dozens of polling stations to
stop advance voting for next week's general elections. One protest
leader was shot dead.
(AP, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/26/14)
2014 Jan 26, Thailand police
detained 531 men, women and children in a raid at a camp near the
town of Sadao in the southern province of Songkhla, on a
well-established route for human smugglers near the border with
Malaysia. It was the first raid on illegal Rohingya smuggling camps
since January 9, 2013.
2014 Jan 26, Tunisian lawmakers
voted on a new constitution, three years after its revolution, with
the premier-designate to unveil his cabinet on a landmark day for
the Arab Spring's birthplace.
2014 Jan 26, In eastern Yemen
Lt. Colonel Ahmed Amir al-Mahthouthi, a senior officer in the
investigative branch of state security, was shot outside his home in
2014 Jan 27, In Colorado a boy
(16) at a suburban Denver high school set himself on fire in an
apparent suicide attempt.
(SFC, 1/28/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 27, In western
Colorado a helicopter, believed to be inspecting power lines,
crashed near Silt killing 3 people on board.
(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 27, Pete Seeger
(b.1919), legendary American banjo player and folksinger, died in
NYC. His song “Turn! Turn! Turn!" was made famous by the Byrds in
1965. He also wrote “Where Have All the Flowers Gone."
(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A10)
2014 Jan 27, In Las Vegas the
Prince and Princess pet store was torched. Firefighters rescued 27
puppies alive. Videos showed Gloria Eun Hye Lee, a US citizen
originally from South Korea, and a man torching the store. Lee was
arrested on Feb 7 and accomplice Kirk Bills was arrested in Indiana.
2014 Jan 27, Google said that
it had agreed to buy British artificial intelligence start-up
company DeepMind. The company, co-founded Demis Hassabis, was
purchased for $400 million.
(AFP, 1/27/14)(Econ, 6/25/16, SR p.4)
2014 Jan 27, In Honduras Juan
Orlando Hernández Alvarado succeeded Porfirio Lobo Sosa as
president. During Mr. Lobo’s presidency the social security system
was defrauded of $300 million. A small amount of money from firms
linked to the scandal helped finance Mr. Hernandez’s campaign.
2014 Jan 27, Afghan authorities
said a border police officer has opened fire on fellow officers,
killing 5 and wounding two at a checkpoint in Herat province. The US
military said the Afghan government has ordered the release of 37
"dangerous" prisoners who it believes pose threats to the country
and the region.
2014 Jan 27, A bus heading from
Athens, Greece, to the Albanian capital of Tirana with 21 passengers
on board, was attacked on a highway near the city of Tepelene. A
passenger (25) died in the hospital from gunshot wounds. Police soon
arrested 4 suspects, aged between 20 and 32, and said they were
under the influence of marijuana.
2014 Jan 27, Cambodian riot
police used smoke grenades and electric batons to disperse
demonstrators in the capital demanding a government license for an
independent television station.
2014 Jan 27, In Colombia a fire
at a prison in Barranquilla killed at least 10 inmates.
2014 Jan 27, In Egypt the
Supreme Council of the Armed Forces "unanimously delegated" army
chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (el Sissi) to run in presidential
elections during an hours-long meeting. The announcement was made
shortly after interim Pres. Adely Mansour promoted him to field
2014 Jan 27, In a coordinated
swap, Egypt released a Libyan militia commander detained over
suspected links to the Muslim Brotherhood while six abducted
Egyptians, including two diplomats, were released in Libya.
2014 Jan 27, The EU announced
the release of 140 million euros in aid to Guinea, its first
development package to the West African nation after a five-year
2014 Jan 27, European news
channel Euronews said it will launch Africa's first multi-language
news channel in the middle of next year in partnership with the
state television of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
2014 Jan 27, Hungary’s Pres.
Janos Ader, on Holocaust Memorial Day, clearly stated that Hungarian
officials had collaborated with the Nazis during WWII.
(Econ, 2/1/14, p.44)
2014 Jan 27, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed 4 troops near Fallujah while attacks elsewhere in the
country killed 4 people.
2014 Jan 27, An Israeli data
protection expert said hackers earlier this month attacked 15
Israeli computers including one used by the defense ministry
department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank.
2014 Jan 27, Israeli troops
shot and seriously wounded a Palestinian man (34) close to the Gaza
side of the border. Soldiers opened fire after a blast which
occurred as a military vehicle passed on the Israeli side of the
border fence. Israeli authorities demolished four Palestinian homes
in annexed east Jerusalem that had been built without construction
2014 Jan 27, The World Bank
warned Myanmar against corruption as it unveiled a $2-billion aid
package designed to provide better health care and improve supplies
2014 Jan 27, In Peru a
long-contested expansion of the Camisea natural gas filed won
regulatory approval, despite UN concerns that it could endanger
Amazon tribes living in voluntary isolation in the area.
(SFC, 2/1/14, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/pqw2xl2)
2014 Jan 27, Russian
anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny launched an interactive
website painting a vivid picture of the suspected cost overruns and
conflicts of interest at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
2014 Jan 27, South Africa’s
Pres. Zuma signed a “DNA Act" to match more sexual offenders,
including many who break the law more than once, with their crimes,
exonerate the wrongly accused and crack cold cases.
2014 Jan 27, UN aid chief
Valerie Amos arrived in war-torn South Sudan amid a growing
humanitarian crisis, with rebels and government accusing each other
of breaking a ceasefire aimed at ending the conflict.
2014 Jan 27, In Geneva the
first meeting meant to discuss the issue of a Syrian transitional
government broke up less than an hour after it began following a
tense session that one delegate described as "a dialogue of the
deaf." UN envoy Brahimi broke up the meeting and was scheduled to
meet with both sides separately later in the day.
2014 Jan 27, Tunisia’s
President Moncef Marzouki and the head of the National Assembly
signed a new constitution, enshrining one of its last steps toward
full democracy after a 2011 uprising that inspired the Arab Spring.
2014 Jan 27, The Ukrainian
government said in a statement it was issuing $2 billion in
Eurobonds to Russia on the same terms as in December, bringing the
total amount borrowed - over two years at an interest rate of 5
percent - to $5 billion.
2014 Jan 27, Ukraine's justice
minister threatened to call for a state of emergency unless
protesters leave her ministry building, which they occupied during
the night. The body of a man (55) was found dead hanging from the
framework of a huge artificial 'New Year tree' in central Kiev.
(AP, 1/27/14)(Reuters, 1/27/14)
2014 Jan 28, Pres. Obama made
his State of the Union address saying would be a “year of action"
and that if Congress wasn’t willing to work with him, he was
prepared to act on his own.
(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A1)
2014 Jan 28, A report by the US
Office of the Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said
an estimated half of Afghan security forces remained illiterate
despite a 3-year-old $200 million US program to bolster their
(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 28, Officials said the
cheating scandal inside the Air Force's nuclear missile corps is
expanding, with the number of service members implicated by
investigators now roughly double the 34 reported just a week ago.
2014 Jan 28, A rare blast of
snow, sleet and ice hit the US South, prompting schools to close,
airlines to cancel flights and emergency officials to warn of icy
roads. Forecasters predicted 1 to 2 inches of snow in parts of
middle and north Georgia including the Atlanta area, prompting
dozens of school closings. In Mississippi 4 people were killed in a
fire in a mobile home blamed on a faulty space heater.
(Reuters, 1/28/14)(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 28, Bolivia's
government declared a national emergency to deal with flooding that
has claimed at least 30 lives and forced some 21,000 families from
their homes over the past two months.
2014 Jan 28, In Brazil a dump
truck smashed into a pedestrian bridge on a busy highway in northern
Rio de Janeiro, causing the walkway to collapse onto three cars and
a motorcycle below. At least 4 people were killed.
2014 Jan 28, Britain announced
it would take in hundreds of vulnerable Syrian refugees, targeting
those most traumatized by the 3-year civil war.
2014 Jan 28, Debut author
Nathan Filer won Britain's Costa Book Award for his novel "The Shock
of the Fall", which draws on his experience as a mental health
2014 Jan 28, Burundi's top
lawyer, Isidore Rufyikiri, was sacked after criticizing the
government and being accused of urging the people to rebel.
2014 Jan 28, Canada's BMO
Financial Group said it will acquire UK-based financial manager
F&C for 1.3 billion Canadian dollars (860 million euros).
2014 Jan 28, In China an Indian
oil tanker being repaired at a shipyard at Haizhou Shipyard in the
port city of Zhousha exploded and caught fire, killing 7 Chinese
2014 Jan 28, In Cuba Latin
American and Caribbean leaders (CELAC) opened a regional summit in
(AP, 1/28/14)(Econ, 2/1/14, p.28)
2014 Jan 28, A Cyprus Forestry
Department official said illegal logging in the bailed-out island
nation has picked up sharply as people turn to firewood to save on
2014 Jan 28, In Egypt gunmen on
a motorbike killed General Mohamed Saeed, head of the technical
office of the minister of interior, outside his home in Cairo.
2014 Jan 28, European Union
officials demanded Croatia slash its budget shortfall and reduce
spending to bring the country's deficit back under the bloc's
2014 Jan 28, Europe's top human
rights court in Strasbourg, France, ruled that Ireland's government
failed in its duty to protect children in the case of a woman
sexually abused by a lay teacher at a state-backed Roman Catholic
school in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe (48) said she was abused by her
teacher during lessons in his classroom when she was 9 years old.
She argued that the Irish state failed to put in place appropriate
measures to stop "systematic abuse" at the Dunderrow National
2014 Jan 28, A French court
barred the return to France of a Roma family including Leonarda
Dibrani, the teenage girl whose arrest in front of her schoolmates
and expulsion to Kosovo became a cause celebre.
2014 Jan 28, France's crackdown
on Dieudonne M'bala M'bala intensified with police raiding premises
linked to the controversial comic as part of a probe into suspected
2014 Jan 28, Hong Kong culled
around 20,000 chickens after finding the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus
in poultry imported from mainland China. Fears over avian flu have
grown following the deaths of two men from the H7N9 strain in Hong
Kong since December.
2014 Jan 28, In Indonesia two
landslides triggered by torrential rain killed at least 19 people
and left 10 others missing on the main island of Java.
2014 Jan 28, In Iraq gun
attacks north of Baghdad killed 7 members of the security forces.
2014 Jan 28, A Kenyan court
ordered a Chinese man to pay $230,000 in fines or be jailed seven
years for ivory smuggling in the first of what will likely be many
cases as authorities implement a stringent new law to deter illegal
trading in wildlife products.
2014 Jan 28, Mexican officials
said that they are launching a nationwide effort to fight
kidnapping, a crime that has risen to epidemic levels across the
2014 Jan 28, Nicaraguan
lawmakers approved constitutional changes that would allow Pres.
Daniel Ortega to be re-elected indefinitely, a move that his critics
say is designed to keep the Sandinista leader in power for life.
2014 Jan 28, In Pakistan a
senior official in Bannu said 23,000 refugees in North Waziristan
had fled to the town fearing a major military operation by armed
2014 Jan 28, A Polish court
convicted seven Poles for attacking Mexican cadets last year in a
massive beach fight on the Baltic coast, and sent them to jail. Some
300 Poles had attacked 57 Mexican naval cadets who were on a
training voyage aboard a sailing vessel docked in Gdynia.
2014 Jan 28, South Africa's
main opposition Democratic Alliance party under Helen Zille merged
with the smaller Agang group to jointly challenge the ruling ANC
party. Mamphela Ramphele will stand as the presidential candidate of
the new coalition.
2014 Jan 28, South African
police shot dead two protestors in a northern village during a siege
a day earlier of their station by an angry mob throwing stones and
petrol bombs. The violence near Tzaneen was sparked by community
anger over a recent killing in the area.
2014 Jan 28, In Sri Lanka
thousands of protesters from opposition parties, human rights
groups, trade unions and media groups marched in Colombo in a rare
show of dissent against the government.
2014 Jan 28, In Sudan a Russian
diplomat and his wife were stabbed in Khartoum by a man anguished by
the death of his brother in violence-plagued Central African
2014 Jan 28, Togo police said
they have arrested 3 men after discovering nearly two tons of ivory
in a container marked for shipping to Vietnam.
2014 Jan 28, Turkey's central
bank hiked all of its key interest rates in dramatic fashion at an
emergency midnight policy meeting, ignoring opposition from PM
Tayyip Erdogan as it battles to defend the country's crumbling lira
currency. The key rate rose from 4.5% to 10%.
(Reuters, 1/28/14)(Econ, 2/1/14, p.59)
2014 Jan 28, Ukraine PM Mykola
Azarov resigned. Pres. Yanukovych accepted Azarov’s resignation but
asked him to stay on in an acting role until a new government is
formed. Parliament repealed anti-protest laws that had set off
violent clashes between protesters and police.
2014 Jan 28, The Vatican
library and four Japanese historical institutes agreed to inventory,
catalogue and digitize 10,000 documents from a lost Japanese archive
detailing the persecution of Christians in Japan in the 17th-19th
2014 Jan 28, Venezuelan
journalists and journalism students protested on one of Caracas'
avenues to demand that the government auction off dollars to allow
newspapers to buy newsprint after nine regional dailies shut down
and some of the main media chains are experiencing difficulties.
2014 Jan 29, US Director of
National Intelligence James Clapper said that North Korea has
expanded the size of its uranium enrichment facility at its
Nyongbyon nuclear complex and restarted a plutonium reactor that was
shut down in 2007.
2014 Jan 29, A rare winter
storm gripped the US South, killing five people in Alabama,
stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic
across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest
2014 Jan 29, A California
school teacher was arrested as investigators found as many as 350
living and dead pythons stacked inside the Santa Ana home of William
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 29, California state
and federal authorities arrested 11 people in the Modesto area in a
large drug trafficking operation.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.D5)
2014 Jan 29, In San Francisco
Michael Kwong (42) was cited for being in violation of a 2011 state
ban on shark fins. Authorities seized 2,138 pounds of shark for sale
at his Kwong Yip Inc. business.
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.C2)
2014 Jan 29, Google said it is
ridding itself of a financial headache by selling Motorola
Mobility's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion. The deal
came less than two years after Google bought Motorola Mobility for
$12.4 billion in the biggest acquisition of Google's 15-year
2014 Jan 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed two Afghan soldiers in a market in Ghazni. 15
Taliban fighters were killed in an operation conducted by the Afghan
Security Forces in Ghazni's Andar district.
2014 Jan 29, In Brazil an
anti-corruption law went into effect. It made companies liable for
bribes paid by their employees and for acts of corruption against
domestic and foreign public officials.
2014 Jan 29, A cold spell and
snowstorms was sweeping across parts of central and eastern Europe,
disrupting power supplies, travel and schools. Bulgaria reported 4
deaths in recent days due to the weather.
2014 Jan 29, Czech President
Milos Zeman swore in a new government, ending seven months of
2014 Jan 29, Egypt's chief
prosecutor referred 20 journalists from the Al-Jazeera TV network,
including four foreigners, to trial on charges of allegedly joining
or assisting a terrorist group and spreading false news that
endangers national security.
2014 Jan 29, In France Bayern
Munich winger Franck Ribery and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema
were acquitted on charges of soliciting an underage prostitute,
ending a case that has lasted more than three years and tarnished
both players' reputation.
2014 Jan 29, Israeli soldiers
north of Ramalla shot dead Mohammad Mubara (19), a Palestinian from
the Jalazun refugee camp. Eye-witnesses said Mubarak was not armed,
and had been harassed by soldiers who made him remove his clothes.
2014 Jan 29, In Pakistan three
bomb blasts including a suicide attack targeting security forces
killed at least 4 people in Karachi. PM Nawaz Sharif dismissed
speculation he would launch an offensive against the Taliban and
called on militants to observe a ceasefire.
2014 Jan 29, In the Philippines
a 2-day operation left as least 37 Islamic fighters dead. The
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement opposed peace talks and had
staged attacks in Maguindanao province.
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 29, Saudi health
authorities announced a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of
people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with the
2014 Jan 29, In Somalia African
Union forces heralded a push into the heartland of militants in
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.46)
2014 Jan 29, South Africa's
Reserve Bank announced a shock rise of half a percentage point in
its main interest rate, amid sustained pressure on the rand and
2014 Jan 29, South Sudan
released to Kenya seven of the 11 key leaders held after an alleged
coup bid last month, as Nairobi accepted to host the group.
2014 Jan 29, Int’l. charity
Save the Children said a third of the children in Spain are at the
risk of poverty or social exclusion due to ongoing austerity
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 29, Syrian negotiators
in Geneva discussed the establishment of a transitional government
body for the first time.
2014 Jan 29, Tunisia's new
technocratic government under PM Mehdi Jomaa (51) was sworn in.
(AFP, 1/29/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.49)
2014 Jan 29, Turkish PM Tayyip
Erdogan arrived in Iran to bolster trade and energy relations.
2014 Jan 30, Royal Dutch Shell
said it will suspend drilling in offshore Alaska after a US court
decision and as the oil major streamlines operations following a
slump in annual profits.
2014 Jan 30, In western
Kentucky 8 children and their mother, LaRae Watson (35), were killed
in a house fire.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 30, In Utah Jose Angel
Garcia-Jauregui (27) shot and killed Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride
following a 50-mile chase near Eagle Mountain. A 2nd deputy was
wounded. Garcia was also wounded and died the next day. Garcia’s
girlfriend Meagan Grunwald (17) survived the shootout and faced
nearly a dozen charges in the crime rampage. In April she pleaded
innocent to all charges. On May 9, 2015, Grunwald was convicted and
faced up to life in prison.
(SFC, 2/1/14, p.A6)(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A5)(AP,
2014 Jan 30, A Bangladesh court
sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami (70), leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami
party, and 13 others to death over a huge 2004 arms smuggling
racket, sparking fears of new political unrest.
2014 Jan 30, Leaders of the
54-member African Union met in Ethiopia for a two-day summit with
the conflict in the Central African Republic and South Sudan
dominating the agenda.
2014 Jan 30, England-based
Oxfam confirmed accepting US actress Scarlett Johansson's decision
to step down, saying her promotion of Israeli drinks firm
SodaStream, which has a factory in a settlement east of Jerusalem,
was "incompatible" with her role at the international aid agency.
2014 Jan 30, A small socialist
party quit Denmark's coalition government amid discord over plans to
sell a stake in state-controlled Dong Energy to Goldman Sachs and
2014 Jan 30, Egyptian security
forces arrested 11 Muslim Brotherhood members accused of running
Facebook pages inciting violence against the police. A government
air raid in the Sinai Peninsula hit militants linked to the Muslim
Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. 7 militants were
(AP, 1/30/14)(AFP, 1/31/14)
2014 Jan 30, In France about 20
percent of flights in and out of Paris' airports were canceled
because air traffic controllers are on strike over plans to combine
European air space. Controllers in several other European countries
also plan work stoppages.
2014 Jan 30, Greek police
detained dozens of people during a protest at the merchant marine
minister's office over the deaths of immigrants whose boat sank as
it was being towed by the Coast Guard.
2014 Jan 30, In Iraq at least 6
gunmen burst into the state-run Company for Transportation ministry
building in Baghdad and killed at least 2 people. Police shot and
killed 4 of the militants while two others blew themselves up.
Officials blamed the Sunni Muslim ISIL (ISIS) rebels. Attacks across
the city left 11 dead.
(Reuters, 1/30/14)(SFC, 1/31/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 30, In Italy Amanda
Knox (26) and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted
a 2nd time for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher (21)
in 2007 while the two were students together in the Italian
university town of Perugia. Neither her 28½-year sentence nor the
25-year prison term handed to Sollecito will have to be served
pending further appeals.
2014 Jan 30, In Japan about
1,400 people filed a joint lawsuit against three companies that
manufactured reactors at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant,
saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by their
2014 Jan 30, Nature published
two papers by a team led by Haruko Obokata of the Riken Center for
Developmental Biology in Japan. The team claimed to have found a
simple way to reprogram ordinary mouse cells, persuading them to
transform themselves into pluripotent cells.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.79)
2014 Jan 30, In Libya gunmen
kidnapped the son of the army's special forces commander, the latest
high-profile abduction in the eastern city of Benghazi where the
military has been battling Islamist militants.
2014 Jan 30, Panama’s judicial
authorities ordered the release of 32 of 35 crew members of a North
Korean ship detained last July for carrying hidden arms from Cuba.
The Chon Chon Gang was carrying Cuban fighter jects and missiles.
Owners this month agreed to pay a $670,000 fine.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 30, In the Philippines
nearly 200 inmates complaining of hunger and squalid conditions
escaped from a provincial jail in an eastern province that was
devastated by a monster storm in November. Authorities recaptured
148 of the 182 escapees hours after they stormed out of the Leyte
provincial jail in Palo town.
2014 Jan 30, Romania’s National
Center of Cinematography viewed Danish director Lars von Trier's
movie "Nymphomaniac II" for a second time and decided to lift the
ban it had imposed the day before.
2014 Jan 30, Russia’s
Anti-Terrorism Committee identified the Dec 29 Volgograd bombers as
Asker Samedov and Suleiman Magomedov and called them members of the
"Buinaksk Terrorist Group." It also said two suspected accomplices
have been arrested in Dagestan province.
2014 Jan 30, In Syria at least
11 people, including three children, were killed by explosive-packed
barrels dropped from government army helicopters over the town of
2014 Jan 30, Tunisia's central
bank expressed "optimism" after the IMF released a delayed $506
million loan to support the fragile economy following major steps
this week to end months of political turmoil.
2014 Jan 30, In Turkey hundreds
of police were transferred from their posts in Ankara and Izmir, and
dozens more were affected in Istanbul and the southeastern city of
Gaziantep. Altogether, more than 5,000 police officers have been
dismissed or transferred since the graft inquiry became public on
December 17 with the arrest of businessmen close to PM Tayyip
Erdogan and three cabinet ministers' sons.
2014 Jan 30, Uganda's
government said it is planning to double expenditure on
anti-retroviral drugs in an effort to reverse a worsening trend in
2014 Jan 30, Ukraine's
embattled President Viktor Yanukovych took sick leave, leaving it
unclear how involved he may be in efforts to resolve the country's
political crisis in which protesters are calling for his
2014 Jan 30, In Ukraine Dmytro
Bulatov (35) a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has
taken part in the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych, was
discovered outside Kiev. His face and clothes were covered in
clotted blood, his hands were swollen and bore the marks of nails.
He had gone missing on Jan 22.
2014 Jan 30, A Yemeni cargo
ship ran aground and sank off the coast of Yemen killing all 12
2014 Jan 31, Former basketball
star Dennis Rodman said he was willing to trade places with Kenneth
Bae, an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea, the next time
he visits his friend, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
2014 Jan 31, A US federal judge
gave Hosam Amara, a former Agriprocessors Inc. manager, a 41-month
prison term for exploiting immigrant workers at a kosher
slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. 389 workers were arrested in a
May, 2008, raid at the plant.
(SFC, 2/1/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 31, A man shot two
students at Michigan State Univ. in East Lansing. Dominique Nolff
was pronounced dead the next morning.
(SFC, 2/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 31, The Roman Catholic
Diocese of Helena, Montana, filed for bankruptcy protection in
advance of proposed settlements for two lawsuits that claim clergy
members sexually abused 362 people over decades and the church
covered it up.
2014 Jan 31, Christopher Jones,
former actor and film star, died in Orange Ct., Ca. His films
included Three in the Attic" (1968), “Wild in the Streets" (1968),
“The Looking Glass War" (1969) and “Ryan’s Daughter" (1970).
(SFC, 2/10/14, p.C6)
2014 Jan 31, In Afghanistan the
Taliban attacked three police checkpoints overnight in the southern
province of Helmand, killing one officer before police repelled the
attackers. 4 policemen were killed when a roadside bomb explosion
hit a police vehicle in Kandahar province.
(AP, 1/31/14)(AP, 2/1/14)
2014 Jan 31, In Australia a
government agency approved a plan to dump sediment within the area
of the Great Barrier Marine Park in an expansion project of the
Abbot Point coal port in northern Queensland.
(SFC, 2/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 31, Red Cross
officials warned that Central African Republic's capital of Bangui
is experiencing "unprecedented levels of violence" with at least 30
people killed in the last three days.
2014 Jan 31, China celebrated
Lunar New Year, the year of the horse, a celebration also known as
the Spring Festival.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.36)
2014 Jan 31, Activists from
around China began arriving at the eastern town of Qufu during the
Chinese New Year holiday to demand an investigation into the death
of a fellow activist's father at a government building on Jan 29.
2014 Jan 31, Egyptian military
aircraft struck suspected positions of al-Qaida-inspired fighters
overnight in villages of the Sinai Peninsula, killing 13 people.
2014 Jan 31, Hungarian
filmmaker Miklos Jancso (b.1921), winner of the best director award
at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, died. Jancso won his Cannes award
for "Red Psalm," about a 19th-century peasant revolt.
2014 Jan 31, In India Delhi
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal named a string of high-ranking Indian
politicians he described as corrupt and said his anti-graft Aam
Aadmi Party (AAP) would target them in an upcoming general election.
2014 Jan 31, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb killed 5 soldiers and destroyed a bridge in Hit, Anbar
(SFC, 2/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 31, In Libya Abdel
Fatah Al Barasi, a retired police colonel, died after being shot in
the head while in his car in the eastern city of Benghazi. Salah Abd
Al Razak and Zakaria Abdullah Al Darsi, both sons of colonels, were
also shot and killed in the street by assailants.
2014 Jan 31, Humanitarian
groups warned that more than 800,000 Malians are desperate for food
while another three million risk going without meals as the country
struggles to emerge from months of armed conflict.
2014 Jan 31, In Nigeria gunmen
ransacked the mainly Christian village of Sabon Garin Yamdula in
Adamawa state, killing a pastor before vigilante youths firing guns
set them to flight and soldiers later deployed. A bus set off an
improved explosive device on the highway through nearby Kuthra
village, Borno state, killing 7 passengers.
2014 Jan 31, Philippine
officials said 3 child soldiers recruited by hardline Muslim rebels
were among 53 people killed in a five-day military offensive in the
2014 Jan 31, In Senegal a judge
sentenced two men to six months' jail in a rare conviction of a gay
couple on criminal charges.
2014 Jan 31, In northern Serbia
strong winds created meters-high snow drifts, trapping up to 60
people in cars and buses.
2014 Jan 31, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Right said fighting in Syria has killed nearly
1,900 people, including at least 430 civilians, during the week of
UN-hosted peace talks in Switzerland. Negotiations in Geneva wrapped
up and were likely to resume from February 10.
(AP, 1/31/14)(AFP, 1/31/14)
2014 Jan 31, The UN distributed
food in the Syrian capital's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee
camp for a second day in a bid to help tens of thousands of trapped
civilians. Government shelling killed at least 16 people in a
rebel-held area of the northern city of Aleppo.
(AFP, 1/31/14)(AP, 1/31/14)
2014 Jan 31, A Thai court
ordered more than $1.4 million in assets seized from a former top
civil servant whose wealth was revealed when burglars robbed his
house. The Civil Court said former Transport Ministry Permanent
Secretary Supoj Saplom could not prove his wealth was honestly
2014 Jan 31, Ukraine President
Viktor Yanukovych signed a measure offering amnesty to those
arrested in two months of protests, but only if demonstrators vacate
most of the buildings they occupied, and repealed anti-protest
(AP, 1/31/14)(Reuters, 2/1/14)
2014 Jan 31, In southern Yemen
suspected al-Qaida militants launched a surprise attack on an army
checkpoint in Shibam, Hadramawt province, killing 15 soldiers and
wounding five others.
2014 Jan, Chicago endured a
cold snap. Temperatures fell to -27°C, the lowest since 1884.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.68)
2014 Jan, Jaime Garcia
Covarrubias, a former member of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s
secret police, was ordered to remain in Chile while an inquiry
continued into his alleged role in the deaths of 7 people in Temuco
weeks after the US-backed Pinochet coup on Sept. 11, 1973. He had
taught at the US National Defense Univ. in Washington, DC, for 13
(http://tinyurl.com/ka5az7g)(SFC, 3/13/15, p.A2)
2014 Jan, Colombia’s government
began exploratory talks with the rebel National Liberation Army.
(SFC, 6/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan, Colombia halted coal
exports from a port operated by Drummond, an American miner.
Environmentalists in 2013 had photographed an incident in 2013 in
which 500 tons of coal were dumped into the Bay of Santa Maria to
stop a barge from sinking. Drummond operations generated $66 million
a month in royalties and taxes to the government. Exports were
resumed in March, 2014.
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.61)
2014 Jan, German officials
seized a box packed with 14 condoms filled with cocaine from South
America. The 340 grams of cocaine, valued at 40,000 euros ($55,200),
was seized at the international airport in Leipzig and was addressed
to the main postal center at the Vatican.
2014 Jan, In Indonesia
construction began on the Pertamina Energy Tower, a 99-story, 530
metres (1,740 ft) skyscraper in Jakarta. Designed and planned by
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) it will be the tallest
building in Indonesia upon completion in 2020.
2014 Jan, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe
visited the Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Ethiopia to counter China’s
success in building diplomatic support and winning access to raw
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.34)
2014 Feb 1, In Afghanistan an
insurgent ambush killed 4 soldiers and wounded another four in an
attack on an Afghan National Army foot patrol along the main highway
in Farah province. Gunmen shot dead two members of former foreign
minister Abdullah Abdullah's team in Herat, dealing an early blow to
hopes of a peaceful presidential campaign.
(AP, 2/1/14)(AFP, 2/2/14)
2014 Feb 1, Austrian-born actor
Maximilian Schell (b.1930), a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became
a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense
attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), died overnight in
2014 Feb 1, Indonesia’s Mount
Sinabung volcano, that has been rumbling for months, unleased a
major eruption killing at least 15 people just a day after
authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to
return to its slopes.
(AP, 2/1/14)(AFP, 2/3/14)
2014 Feb 1, In Lebanon a car
bomb blew up near a gas station in the Shiite town of Hermel in the
northeast, killing at least 3 people.
2014 Feb 1, In Libya over 54
detainees escaped from a prison in Tripoli. Officials said the
prison was short five guards at the time of the breakout.
2014 Feb 1, In the southern
Philippines a homemade bomb, likely set off by Muslim rebels,
wounded 12 people, including six soldiers and two television
2014 Feb 1, In South Africa
Duduzane Zuma (29), the son of President Jacob Zuma, crashed his
Porsche into a minibus taxi just before midnight. Zimbabwean
national Phumzile Dube (30) was killed. Police later confirmed an
investigation of manslaughter against Duduzane.
2014 Feb 1, South Sudan
government forces and allied militias reportedly attacked northern
Leer town and surrounding villages in Unity state, killing an
unknown number of people and destroying property. Rebels' defensive
positions in Upper Nile state also came under attack.
2014 Feb 1, In Spain thousands
of people marched in Madrid to protest against a government plan to
limit abortions that has caused unusually open divisions in the
ruling conservative People's Party.
2014 Feb 1, Sudan’s Secretary
of the National Council for Press and Publications Obeid Murawah
told the Sudanese state news agency that all restrictions on the
opposition "The People's Opinion" daily had been lifted and that the
paper could resume printing after completing the appropriate
procedures. Three other newspapers remained banned.
2014 Feb 1, Sudan suspended
activities of the international Red Cross because it violated
guidelines for working in the war-torn country.
2014 Feb 1, In Syria at least 9
people were killed when Syrian regime helicopters dropped
explosive-filled barrels on two neighborhoods of the northern city
of Aleppo. At least 7 people killed in a double car bombing carried
out by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
targeting a rebel headquarters in Aleppo.
2014 Feb 1, In Thailand gunfire
rang out across an intersection in Bangkok for more than an hour as
government supporters clashed with protesters trying to derail tense
nationwide elections before the vote begins.
2014 Feb 1, Turkmenistan’s
President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov said in a resolution published
in the official government newspaper that each person would still be
allowed up to 50 cubic meters of gas for free, but anything over
that amount would cost $7 per thousand cubic meters.
2014 Feb 1, In Yemen a battle,
that began a day earlier, between Shiite and Sunni tribesman over
land in the northwest left more than 65 dead. Armed tribesmen bombed
Yemen's main oil pipeline, halting crude flow to the country's main
export terminal less than a month after it was repaired.
(AP, 2/1/14)(Reuters, 2/1/14)
2014 Feb 2, The Seattle
Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII
played in New Jersey.
(SFC, 2/3/14, p.B1)
2014 Feb 2, In Florida Doreen
Landstra (79) backed her SUV into a group of people in Bradenton
killing 3 with 5 others hospitalized.
(SFC, 2/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 2, In Illinois Michael
Worsham (43) was found dead in his house after he killed his wife
(42), son (17) and daughter (15) in Robbins, a suburb of Chicago.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 2, Philip Seymour
Hoffman (46), who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 as writer
Truman Capote, was found dead in his apartment in NYC with what law
enforcement officials said was a needle in his arm. His films
included “Scent of a Woman" (1992), “Boogie Nights" (1997), "The Big
Lebowski" (1997), “Along Came Polly" (2004), “Doubt" (2008) and
“Synecdoche, New York" (2008).
(AP, 2/2/14)(Econ, 2/8/14, p.86)
2014 Feb 2, In North Carolina a
leaking pipe dumped 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River in
Eden. A permanent plug was installed and tested on Feb 8.
(SFC, 2/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 2, Tens of thousands
of people are without electricity in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia
after icy rain and sleet caused major disruptions. Hundreds of
motorists were evacuated overnight from their vehicles in Serbia,
where massive snow drifts have caused widespread travel chaos.
2014 Feb 2, In the Central
African Republic witnesses said international forces have retaken
Sibut, a strategic town occupied for days by Muslim Seleka fighters.
2014 Feb 2, Costa Rican held
presidential elections. None of four candidates had a clear lead in
2014 Feb 2, El Salvador held
presidential elections. With 58% of the votes counted VP Salvador
Sanchez had a 49% lead over San Salvador mayor Norman Quijano of
ARENA with nearly 39%. A 2nd round was scheduled for March 9.
2/2/14)(SFC, 2/3/14, p.A3)
2014 Feb 2, Thousands of
demonstrators gathered in Paris and Lyon in a renewed protest
against France's legalization of gay marriage.
2014 Feb 2, In France a video,
posted on Facebook, was filmed in the southeastern town of Fontaine
showing two boys pushing an 18-year-old mentally-disabled man in a
park, making him fall and shouting at him before shoving him into a
stream, from which the bewildered-looking victim emerges and walks
away. Over the next two days four boys were detained over the
assault and one (12) was released.
2014 Feb 2, In Germany
Frankfurt’s 116-meter (380-foot) University Tower, built in 1972,
was brought down with explosives in one of the biggest such
operations in Europe.
2014 Feb 2, German conductor
Gerd Albrecht (78) died in Berlin. He had led orchestras in the
Czech Republic, Japan and Denmark and worked to bring music to
2014 Feb 2, Iraqi government
forces pressed their assault on militant strongholds in Anbar
province as attacks elsewhere killed 13 people.
2014 Feb 2, In Kenya gunfire
erupted in and around a mosque in the port city of Mombasa following
a raid by armed police who had received a tip-off that Muslim youths
were being radicalized and trained for militant attacks. At least
one officer and a young man were killed.
(Reuters, 2/2/14)(AP, 2/2/14)
2014 Feb 2, Mauritania's PM
Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf and his cabinet resigned, a move that
had been expected after the ruling party scored a sweeping victory
in legislative and local elections last year.
2014 Feb 2, The Pakistani
Taliban said in a statement that it wants five well-known political
and religious figures including ex-cricketer Imran Khan to represent
them in peace talks with the government.
2014 Feb 2, In the Philippines
5 people were injured when motorcycle-riding men hurled a grenade
into a church in Zamboanga, a city known for Muslim rebel activity.
2014 Feb 2, In Russia several
thousand protesters marched through central Moscow to call for the
release of 20 people who were arrested after clashes between police
and demonstrators in May 2012.
2014 Feb 2, Saudi Arabia put
into effect jail terms of up to 20 years for belonging to "terrorist
groups" and fighting abroad, as it struggles to deter Islamist
Saudis from becoming jihadists.
(AFP, 2/3/14)(SFC, 2/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 2, In Spain several
thousand people marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a
southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan
to close four plants in Spain and lay off 1,253 workers.
2014 Feb 2, Syrian military
helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern
city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to
at least 83 people in the latest episode of a campaign many consider
a war crime. A twin car bombing killed a senior leader in an Islamic
brigade opposed to al-Qaida near Aleppo.
(Reuters, 2/2/14)(AP, 2/2/14)
2014 Feb 2, In northern Syria
ISIL fighters freed more than 400 people from a prison, who had been
held by the rival Islamist Liwa al-Tawhid unit. In the eastern
province of Deir al-Zor ISIL seized the Koniko gas field from the
Nusra Front and other Islamist rebels who had controlled it for
several weeks after wresting it from tribal gunmen.
2014 Feb 2, Thailand held
nationwide elections without bloodshed despite widespread fears of
violence. Although balloting was largely peaceful, protesters forced
thousands of polling booths to close in Bangkok and the south,
disenfranchising millions of registered voters.
2014 Feb 2, Yemen tribal
sources said Shi'ite rebels have overrun strongholds of a rival
Sunni tribal group in fighting that has killed at least 40 people in
the north in the last two days.
2014 Feb 2, Yemeni tribesmen
said they had kidnapped a German man to press their government to
free jailed relatives.
2014 Feb 3, Idaho police
arrested dozens of gay rights activists as they pressed for
antidiscrimination protections and blocked entrances to the state
Senate chambers in Boise.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 3, St. Louis-based
Post Holdings Inc. said it is buying the PowerBar and Musashi brands
from Nestle SA, further diversifying its business by expanding into
the active nutrition category. Musashi is a leading sports nutrition
brand in Australia.
2014 Feb 3, CAR priest Cassien
Kamatari that 75 Christians have been killed during fighting over
the last five days in the town of Boda.
2014 Feb 3, In Costa Rica with
76% of the ballots counted, Centrist Luis Guillermos -- a historian
by training and candidate for the Citizen Acton Party (PAC) -- won
30.8% of the vote, narrowly ahead of Johnny Araya from the ruling
right-wing National Liberation Party (PLN), who had 29.6%. Solis
will now face a ruling party candidate in a run-off vote in April.
2014 Feb 3, Egyptian troops
backed by helicopters raided suspected militants' hideouts in the
northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 20 and
2014 Feb 3, An official EU
report said corruption affects all member countries of the European
Union and costs the bloc's economies around 120 billion euros
($162.19 billion) a year.
2014 Feb 3, French comedian
Dieudonne M'bala M'bala was banned from entering Britain after he
reportedly planned to visit to support Nicolas Anelka over the
footballer's use of the "quenelle" gesture. The "quenelle" is
Dieudonne's trademark stiff-armed gesture that critics say is a
disguised Nazi salute but that he defends as a generic "up yours" to
the French establishment.
2014 Feb 3, In Germany a group
of computer hackers and human rights campaigners announced that they
are suing their government for allegedly breaking the law by aiding
2014 Feb 3, Indonesia’s Mount
Sinabung shot hot ash and rocks high into the air again, halting a
search for any more victims from its Feb 1 eruption.
2014 Feb 3, Iran’s state news
said a first tranche of $550 million in sanctions relief agreed to
under an interim nuclear deal has been paid into an Iranian Central
Bank account in Switzerland.
2014 Feb 3, Iraqi army troops
and allied tribesmen killed 57 ISIL fighters in Anbar province. A
series of attacks in and around Baghdad, including a spate of car
bombings, killed 17 people.
(Reuters, 2/3/14)(AFP, 2/3/14)
2014 Feb 3, Haaretz newspaper
said Israel has offered Turkey $20 million in compensation to the
families of those killed and wounded in its botched 2010 raid on a
2014 Feb 3, Kenyan police fired
tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse Muslim youths rioting for a
second day in protest against a raid on a mosque used by firebrand
preachers in the port city of Mombasa.
2014 Feb 3, In Lebanon a
suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt inside a public minibus
in Choueifa, home to a mixed Christian and Druze population, killing
at least one person.
2014 Feb 3, Libyan PM Ali
Zeidan said he has ordered the army to lift the blockade imposed by
protesters on the main oil terminals in the east of the country.
2014 Feb 3, Macedonia's
parliament adopted a bill imposing chemical castration on repeat
offenders convicted of sexually abusing children. On Feb 5 the
country's leading child protection group said that the law is still
2014 Feb 3, A Palestinian
official accused Jewish settlers in the West Bank of attacking olive
groves belonging to Palestinians and uprooting some 1,700 seedlings.
2014 Feb 3, Peruvian officials
said more than 400 dead dolphins were found last month on its
northern Pacific coast.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 3, In Russia a Moscow
high-school student shot a teacher and a police officer dead and
held more than 20 other students hostage in a classroom in a
possible revenge attack. The student was disarmed and detained less
than two hours after the shooting following negotiations aided by
2014 Feb 3, A pest control
company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years said
that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout
2014 Feb 3, Saudi Arabia’s King
Abdullah issued a royal decree that punishes citizens who fight in
conflicts outside the kingdom with prison sentences ranging from 3
to 20 years.
(SFC, 2/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 3, Al Qaeda's general
command said it had no links with the Islamic State in Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL), in an apparent attempt to reassert its authority over
fragmented Islamist fighters in Syria's civil war.
2014 Feb 3, In Tunisia a gun
battle began after police raided a house in Tunis where weapons,
explosives and suicide bomb belts were found. By the next day 7
Islamist militants and a policeman were killed. The dead included
Kamel Ghadghadi, a senior member of the banned Islamist militant
group Ansar al-Shariah.
(Reuters, 2/4/14)(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A3)
2014 Feb 3, Ukrainian President
Viktor Yanukovich returned to his desk after four days of sick
leave, while the political opposition pressed for further
concessions to end more than two months of street protests.
2014 Feb 3, The UN launched a
bid to raise $2.0 billion (1.48 billion euros) from international
donors in 2014 to help more than 20 million people threatened by
famine in Africa's Sahel region.
2014 Feb 3, In Yemen gunmen
abducted a Westerner identified by a police source as a British oil
worker in Sanaa.
2014 Feb 4, In NYC four people
were arrested in lower Manhattan with more than 350 bags of heroin
as part of an investigation into the overdose death of actor Philip
(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A8)
2014 Feb 4, Microsoft announced
that Satya Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer as CEO. John Thompson
(64) will replace Bill Gates as chairman.
(AP, 2/4/14)(SFC, 2/5/14, p.C3)
2014 Feb 4, The head of
Bangladesh's largest opposition party, the BNP, accused the
government of being involved in the killing or disappearance of more
than 300 activists around the time of the country's election.
2014 Feb 4, In Bosnia workers
from five privatized companies began protesting in Tuzla after their
companies were stripped of assets.
(Econ, 2/15/14, p.48)
2014 Feb 4, In Brazil at least
6 people were killed during shootouts between officers and suspected
drug gang members in Rio de Janeiro.
2014 Feb 4, A Cuban doctor
working in Brazil has sought political asylum in the office of a
conservative party complaining that Cuba's government takes too big
a slice of her pay. Under an agreement signed last year with Cuba
through the Pan-American Health Organization, or PAHO, the Cubans
get only one fifth of the 10,000 reais ($4,100) a month that Brazil
pays each physician in the program. The rest goes to the Cuban
2014 Feb 4, Egypt's Health
Ministry said swine flu has killed 24 people across the country over
the past two months.
2014 Feb 4, In Iraq attacks in
and around Baghdad killed 18 people as government forces made steady
progress against militants in Anbar province.
(AFP, 2/4/14)(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 4, Kuwait said its
coastguard has arrested six suspected Iranian drug smugglers and
seized their boat when it entered the Gulf state's territorial
2014 Feb 4, Libya's armed
forces said they have not received orders from PM Ali Zeidan to move
against eastern oil ports and use force to end a six-month blockade
there by protesters.
2014 Feb 4, Libyan officials
said they have destroyed the last stockpile of chemical weapons from
the end of the Khadafy era.
(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A3)
2014 Feb 4, Saudi authorities
beheaded two citizens after convicting them of two separate murders.
2014 Feb 4, Saudi officials
signed an agreement with SunEdison Inc. of Belmont, Ca., to explore
building a $6.4 billion solar panel factory in Saudi Arabia.
SunEdison moved from Maryland to Belmont in 2011.
(SFC, 2/5/14, p.C4)
2014 Feb 4, In South Africa a
fire broke out about 1.7 km beneath the surface at the Doornkop
mine, triggered by 2.4 earthquake. Emergency workers raced to rescue
nine miners missing deep underground in the burning gold mine west
of Johannesburg. Eight of the miners were found dead the next day.
(AFP, 2/5/14)(AFP, 2/6/14)(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 4, Spanish police said
drug traffickers used a sophisticated system of floating backpacks
with a tracking system to try to smuggle 900 kg (2,000 pounds) of
cocaine into the country.
2014 Feb 4, Syrian forces
dropped a barrel bomb on the Uthman Bin Affan mosque that was being
used as a school in a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, killing at
least 5 people, including children. Barrel bombs were also dropped
over other rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo.
2014 Feb 4, Pressure on
Thailand's embattled government mounted, when a flagship rice-buying
scheme vital to its support stumbled closer to collapse. The
commerce minister said China had canceled an order for 1.2 million
tons of rice due to a corruption probe, while state-run Krung Thai
Bank (KTB) joined other lenders in saying it would not provide loans
urgently needed to rescue it. The opposition filed legal challenges
that could void a disrupted weekend election.
2014 Feb 4, In Ukraine 12
people were killed and five others injured when a train and minibus
collided at a railway crossing point in the north-eastern Sumy
2014 Feb 4, The UN issued an
urgent appeal for $1.27 billion for aid for South Sudan, hit by a
seven-week-old conflict that has forced close to a million people
from their homes.
2014 Feb 4, In northern Yemen
Shi'ite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen agreed a local ceasefire
after clashes between the rivals killed about 60 people there last
2014 Feb 5, Texas executed
Suzanne Basso (59) for the 1998 slaying of Louis Musso (59), a
mentally disabled man, to rob him of his cash and collect insurance.
(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 5, In Argentina 9
first-responders were killed and seven others injured battling a
fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents
at the iron Mountain warehouse in Buenos Aires.
(AP, 2/5/14)(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 5, Brazil police said
the bodies of 3 men whose disappearance led to a clash between an
Amazon tribe and settlers have been found in Amazonas state. Last
week police arrested five Tenharim men on suspicion of kidnapping
and killing the outsiders in December.
2014 Feb 5, In the Central
African Republic soldiers and recruits killed a suspected rebel with
knives and concrete blocks just moments after the president and
other VIPs left the area.
2014 Feb 5, It was reported
that a new strain of avian influenza, H10N8, has been confirmed in
two people in China. Cases of H7N9 were reported to be surging with
some 300 cases and more appearing every day.
(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 5, In southwest
England more than 8,000 homes were without power after fresh storms
battered the region, sending huge waves crashing onto the coastline
and damaging sea defenses.
2014 Feb 5, Millions of
commuters in London faced delays and disruption after Tube staff
went on strike over plans to close London Underground ticket
2014 Feb 5, The European
Union's antitrust watchdog accepted "far-reaching" concessions
offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant
position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case
close to an end.
2014 Feb 5, The Luno, mostly
empty Spanish cargo ship, broke in two after hitting a sea wall off
the southwestern coast of France in high winds and was leaking some
fuel into the water.
2014 Feb 5, A German newspaper
reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) bugged the phone
of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from at least 2002,
compounding the most serious row between the allies in a decade.
2014 Feb 5, Germany's
government approved increasing the number of soldiers sent to Mali
from 180 to 250 as part of an EU-led mission to train the national
army for its fight against Islamic extremists.
2014 Feb 5, In Germany a fire
at an asylum home in Hamburg killed a woman from Pakistan and her
two children. On Feb 7 a boy (13), a member of the city's youth fire
department, admitted to setting the fire.
2014 Feb 5, In Iraq multiple
bombings rocked central Baghdad, striking mainly near the heavily
fortified Green Zone where key government offices are located,
killed at least 34 people.
(AFP, 2/5/14)(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 5, Israel's finance
minister said he will stop funding for ultra-Orthodox seminaries
whose students do not enlist into the military. Yair Lapid's
announcement was in response to an order from the Israeli Supreme
2014 Feb 5, Israel's Jerusalem
municipality approved building plans for 558 new homes in the
occupied West Bank, land that the Palestinians want for a future
2014 Feb 5, Japanese composer
Mamoru Samurogochi (50) confessed that he had employed a ghostwriter
since the 1990s to compose most of his music. The ghostwriter then
came forward and accused Samurogochi of faking his deafness.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 5, Uke Rugova, a
Kosovo lawmaker who is also a son of late President Ibrahim Rugova,
was arrested by European Union police and justice workers for
alleged involvement in organized crime and fraud.
2014 Feb 5, In Libya a bomb
rocked the playground of a primary school in Benghazi during recess,
wounding 12 children, hours after gunmen had rampaged through the
2014 Feb 5, Pakistani
anti-drone activist Kareem Khan was taken from his home by around a
dozen men in police uniforms who bundled him into a police vehicle
in front of his wife, children and neighbors. He was tortured and
interrogated before being dumped blindfolded on the outskirts of the
capital early on Feb 14.
2014 Feb 5, A planned extension
of the Panama Canal, one of the world's most important shipping
routes, was thrown into doubt after a group of companies, led by
Spanish builder Sacyr, said its talks with Panama's government over
how to expand the canal had fallen apart. Panama Canal Authority
head Jorge Quijano said the expansion project will be completed in
2015 with or without a Spanish-led consortium.
2014 Feb 5, Puerto Rico's
governor said he is renegotiating the payment of short-term debt and
has ordered all government agencies to reduce their current budgets
by 2 percent after the island's credit rating was downgraded to junk
2014 Feb 5, A Romanian court
charged and arrested Rudel Obreja, a former chairman of Romania's
Boxing Federation (2004-2012), with influence peddling for allegedly
offering to try to influence a sentencing hearing in return for
2014 Feb 5, Russian security
forces surrounded a group of militants who had holed up in the
Dagestani town of Izberbash. Dzhamaldin Mirzayev (30), who was
suspected of having been involved in training the bombers and
sending them to Volgograd, was killed in an exchange of gunfire.
2014 Feb 5, In South Africa
demonstrators set several buildings, including a clinic, on fire in
the Bronkhorstspruit district, east of Pretoria, to protest what
they say are high utility bills.
2014 Feb 5, In South Sudan
government forces and allied militia attacked rebel defensive
positions in the northern part of Jonglei state, close to the border
with Upper Nile. Government soldiers mutinied in Lakes state while
they were being sent to fight the rebels in Panyijar county in
neighboring Unity state.
2014 Feb 5, Syria missed a
deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the
world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks
behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.
2014 Feb 5, Turkey's parliament
approved internet controls enabling web pages to be blocked within
hours in what the opposition decried as part of a government bid to
stifle a corruption scandal.
2014 Feb 5, A UN human rights
committee urged the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and
bishops who concealed their crimes saying the Vatican
"systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and
molest tens of thousands of children over decades.
2014 Feb 6, In Florida a
motorboat was found capsized about 75 miles northeast of West Palm
Beach. It had carried at least 12 people and 4 were confirmed dead.
(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 6, In Pennsylvania a
winter storm left some 849,000 people without power for a 2nd day.
The 2nd winter storm this week in the mid-Atlantic had dumped more
than a foot of snow in some places.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A8)
2014 Feb 6, Human Rights Watch
said Bangladeshi garment factory owners use beatings, the threat of
murder and sexual intimidation to stop workers from forming trade
2014 Feb 6, Bolivia’s
government said rains and floods have left 38 people dead as
forecasters predicted more rain.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 6, Bosnian police used
tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who threw stones at the
building of the local government in Tuzla, demanding action against
owners of four former state-owned companies who filed for bankruptcy
after they were privatized.
2014 Feb 6, Millions of
commuters faced a second day of travel chaos due to a 48-hour strike
by London Underground workers angry over ticket office closures and
2014 Feb 6, In France more than
3 tons of illegal ivory seized by customs agents was pulverized into
dust in Europe's first destruction of a stockpile of the banned
2014 Feb 6, Hungary's
parliament authorized a deal with Russia to build two reactors at
the country's only nuclear power plant in Paks.
2014 Feb 6, In eastern
Indonesia a police officer and a suspected Islamic militant were
killed in gunfire near a mountainous village believed to be a
terrorist hideout. Preliminary investigation indicated that the men
were part of a terrorist group led by Abu Wardah Santoso,
Indonesia's most wanted terror suspect.
2014 Feb 6, Five Iranian border
guards were kidnapped by militants in the Iranian province of
Sistan-Baluchistan by militants who allegedly took them across the
border to Pakistan. On Feb 17 Iran said it would send forces into
Pakistan to free them if Islamabad did not take measures to secure
their release. The kidnapping was later claimed by Jaish al-Adl
(Army of Justice), a Sunni Muslim rebel group. One of the guards was
killed in March. On April 4 Iran’s Fars News reported that the other
four were have been released.
(Reuters, 2/17/14)(Reuters, 4/4/14)
2014 Feb 6, In Iraq seven car
bombs exploded across Baghdad, killing at least 13 people in
apparently coordinated attacks that targeted mainly Shi'ite Muslim
2014 Feb 6, Human Rights Watch
said Iraqi authorities are illegally detaining thousands of women,
many of whom are subjected to torture and ill-treatment including
the threat of sexual abuse. Many were rounded up for alleged
terrorist activities by male family members.
2014 Feb 6, In Israel thousands
of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked highways across the country to
protest plans to enlist them into the military.
2014 Feb 6, Fifteen migrants
drowned while trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from a
beach in neighboring Morocco. Authorities said "around 400
sub-Saharans" had taken part in the desperate bid to reach EU
territory. On Feb 13 Spain said border police had fired rubber
bullets in an attempt to turn back around 200 migrants who tried to
cross the frontier. Videos later showed police firing rubber
bullets. Police denied the action contributed to the drowning. On
Feb 11, 2015, the Ceuta court said 16 Civil Guard officers will
appear for questioning in March.
(AFP, 2/6/14)(Reuters, 2/13/14)(AP, 2/11/15)
2014 Feb 6, Myanmar media
reported that the government has arrested 4 journalists of a private
weekly following the publication of a story about the construction
of a defense factory in Pauk. The Unity journal quoted villagers as
saying the factory was for the production of chemical weapons.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 6, Nigeria's secret
police said that it was holding Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, leader of the
outlawed Niger Delta Volunteer Force, in the latest crackdown on
potential trouble before elections next year.
2014 Feb 6, North Korea
threatened to cancel reunions of Korean War-divided families because
of upcoming US-South Korean military drills and accused the United
States of raising tensions by flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers
near the Korean Peninsula.
2014 Feb 6, Peace talks between
the Pakistani government and representatives of the Taliban began in
Islamabad after a short delay.
2014 Feb 6, In Puerto Rico
Pablo Casellas, the son of a US district court judge, was sentenced
to 109 years in prison for killing his wife in July, 2012.
2014 Feb 6, South African
police fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse
thousands of rioters demanding basic government services in
communities near Pretoria and Johannesburg.
2014 Feb 6, South Sudan rebels
fighting government troops said that 700 men from the government
side have defected with all their equipment and were heading to join
2014 Feb 6, The Syrian
government reached an agreement with the UN to secure the evacuation
of hundreds of trapped civilians from besieged parts of Homs. A
suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of a prison in Aleppo
and opposition fighters stormed in freeing hundreds of prisoners.
State-run Syrian television said the army foiled an attempt by
"terrorist groups" to attack the prison.
(AP, 2/6/14)(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 6, In Yemen government
mediator Abdulqader Hilal announced his resignation via Facebook.
Hilal, tasked by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi with ending the
fighting between Huthi rebels and tribesmen, has accused Ansarullah
(Sunni Islamists) of failing to respect the terms of a truce agreed
2014 Feb 7, Pres. Obama signed
into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to
farmers while trimming the food stamp program.
(SFC, 2/8/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 7, In Argentina a
truck driving on the wrong side of a highway crashed head on with
passenger bus killing at least 18 people on National Hwy 7 in
(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 7, Protesters in
Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fought with police as
anger over unemployment and political inertia fuelled a 3rd day of
the worst civil unrest in the country since its 1992-95 war.
2014 Feb 7, In Cambodia a boy
(8) died of H5N1 bird flu, the country’s first case this year. His
sister (2) also died the same day.
2014 Feb 7, In Central African
Republic thousands of Muslims fled for their lives from Bangui, with
Christian crowds cheering as truckloads of Muslim families made
their way out of town. One man who fell off a truck was subsequently
killed and his body mutilated, highlighting the savagery faced by
those Muslims who stayed behind. A convoy of some 500 cars, trucks
and motorcycles was guarded by armed soldiers from Chad. The UN's
refugee agency said nearly 9,000 people, mainly Muslims, have fled
to Cameroon in just over a week to escape communal bloodshed in the
(AP, 2/7/14)(AFP, 2/7/14)
2014 Feb 7, In China villagers
of Baha in Yunnan province smashed the offices and equipment of a
local metalwork factory and clashed with police after the boss
refused to meet with them over smoke and pollution concerns. Xinhua
News later said police were arresting people involved and had
identified 16 suspects.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 7, In Egypt six
policemen were wounded in double bombing attack in Cairo, hours
before clashes between police and Islamist protesters in several
cities killed 3 people. Ajnad Misr, Arabic for Egypt's Soldiers,
claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. Late day airstrikes
targeted hideouts of "terrorist, extremely dangerous takfiri"
militants in the eastern border town of Sheikh Zuweyid. 16 militants
were reported killed.
(AFP, 2/7/14)(AP, 2/8/14)
2014 Feb 7, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel expressed outrage over a leaked phone conversation in
which Victoria Nuland, a top US diplomat, used the f-word regarding
the European Union's handling of the crisis in Ukraine. An angry US
State Department pointed the finger at Russia for allegedly bugging
the diplomats' phones.
2014 Feb 7, India acceded to
Italy's request and said it won't invoke an anti-piracy law carrying
the death penalty when it tries two Italian marines accused of
killing two Indian fishermen in 2012.
2014 Feb 7, Aid agencies
working in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem expressed alarm
at a spike in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian property coinciding
with renewed US-backed peace negotiations.
2014 Feb 7, Mali’s Ministry of
Defense said around 30 ethnic Tuaregs have been killed in the
northern Gao region in local fighting with ethnic Peuls.
2014 Feb 7, Pakistan's
fledgling peace talks with the Taliban suffered a fresh blow as a
negotiator for the militants said he would take no further part
until the agenda included the imposition of Islamic sharia law.
2014 Feb 7, In the northern
Philippines a bus veered off a mountain road and fell into a ravine,
killing at least 14 people.
2014 Feb 7, In Puerto Rico
Pedro Rodriguez Colondres was indicted on accusations that he ran a
fraud scheme obtaining at least half a million dollars in veteran's
benefits under a false name from 1984 to 2011.
2014 Feb 7, Russia opened the
Winter Olympics in Sochi. Police arrested four gay rights activists
protesting in St. Petersburg.
2014 Feb 7, In South Africa
striking miners clashed with police after using rocks and burning
tires to block a road leading to Anglo American Platinum's Union
mine near Northam town. One protester was killed.
2014 Feb 7, Spain’s Cabinet
approved a bill amending previous legislation that granted
nationality by naturalization to Sephardic Jews who chose to apply
for it. The reform will allow dual nationality, enabling people who
can prove Sephardic ancestry to also retain their previous
2014 Feb 7, Famished and
traumatized Syrians were able to leave besieged parts of Homs for
the first time in more than a year as part of a potentially ground
breaking agreement between the Syrian government and the United
2014 Feb 7, Turkish newspaper
Today's Zaman said one of its journalists, Mahir Zeynalov (27) from
Azerbaijan, has been ordered to leave the country for criticizing PM
Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter.
2014 Feb 7, In central and
southern Uruguay flooding caused by torrential rains forced the
evacuation of thousands of people from their homes.
2014 Feb 7, In Yemen Fresh
clashes between Shiite rebels and tribesmen backed by Sunni
Islamists erupted near Sanaa.
2014 Feb 8, In Albania a
speeding minivan carrying eleven people lost control and hurtled 100
meters down a cliff, killing 6 people and seriously injuring the
2014 Feb 8, A huge falling rock
derailed a train in the French Alps, killing two people and partly
pushing one of its carriages over the edge of a mountain slope.
2014 Feb 8, In Guatemala 20 men
stormed a house in a village in Peten killing 9 people including a
girl (5) and baby (3 months). The area was know to be contested by
(SFC, 2/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 8, In India an angry
crowd gathered outside a Delhi police station to protest poor
policing and racist treatment of people in the northeast after a
14-year-old girl from that part of India filed charges of rape in
2014 Feb 8, Moroccan
authorities banned a sit-in by hundreds of judges who want greater
independence for the judiciary, deploying dozens of riot police to
central Rabat and closing off streets around the Justice Ministry.
2014 Feb 8, In Russia some 40
people gathered in downtown Moscow to protest the decision of
leading Russian cable and satellite companies to drop the channel,
Dozhd (TV Rain). Except for women with children, most were
2014 Feb 8, In Saudi Arabia a
hotel fire in Medina killed 13 people including 9 Egyptian pilgrims.
2014 Feb 8, A Russian animal
rights activist was detained in Moscow after he and two others
protested the country's policy of killing stray dogs in Sochi.
2014 Feb 8, In Spain thousands
of women marched in the streets of Madrid to protest against the
Spanish government's plan to restrict access to abortion.
2014 Feb 8, In Syria new aerial
bombardment from explosives-packed barrel bombs in Aleppo killed at
least 20 people. Renewed fighting broke a cease-fire in Homs and
halted a plan to evacuate civilians and bring supplies into
rebel-held areas under siege.
(AFP, 2/8/14)(AP, 2/8/14)
2014 Feb 8, In Ukraine
Thousands of people angered by months of anti-government protests in
Kiev converged on one of the protesters' barricades, but retreated
after meeting sizeable resistance.
2014 Feb 9, Michael Sam, a
defensive end form the Univ. of Missouri, publicly came out as gay.
He was expected to be a 3rd A10of 4th round pick at the NFL draft.
(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 9, Bahamas’ military
said it has taken 40 Dominican fishermen into custody on suspicion
of poaching in Bahamian waters.
2014 Feb 9, In Bosnia hundreds
marched in Sarajevo to protest alleged police abuse of people
arrested during anti-government protests and to call for their
release. Police said all but 10 of 44 people have been let go.
2014 Feb 9, Severe flooding and
landslips cut off rail links to large parts of southwest England for
more than 24 hours as the government came under pressure for its
handling of storms battering Britain.
2014 Feb 9, Violence in Central
African Republic's capital, including mob attacks and an apparent
assassination attempt targeting the country's former justice
minister, killed at least 10 people over the last 24 hours. Gunmen
murdered politician Jean-Emmanuel Djarawa, a Christian
representative for eastern Haute-Kotto province, outside his house
(AFP, 2/9/14)(Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014 Feb 9, Denmark’s
Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to
lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands
and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the
2014 Feb 9, Gabriel Axel
(b.1918), the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign film with
"Babette's Feast" (1987) which he directed, died.
2014 Feb 9, Egypt's interior
ministry said it has broken up a "military wing" of the Muslim
Brotherhood, allegedly formed to attack policemen, in the most
detailed accusation yet implicating the group in militant attacks.
2014 Feb 9, Egypt's Health
Ministry said the number of people killed by swine flu in the
country since December has reached 38.
2014 Feb 9, Danish director
Lars von Trier brought an extra-long version of his "Nymphomaniac
Volume I" to the Berlin International Film Festival, a cut that
increases to nearly 2½ hours the first installment of the two-part
drama about a woman's sexual life from girlhood to age 50.
2014 Feb 9, In northern India a
tiger prowling near villages killed its 10th person in six weeks, a
day after eluding a trap set by hunters with a live calf as bait.
2014 Feb 9, Iran agreed to
start addressing UN nuclear agency suspicions that it may have
worked on designing an atomic weapon, a potential breakthrough in
unblocking a long-stalled investigation into Tehran's disputed
2014 Feb 9, In Iraq 9 people
were found dead in two brutal incidents, one where militants forced
Shiite policemen to pray before killing them, and another where
decapitated heads were left in a market.
2014 Feb 9, Israel denied entry
permits to some 50 Palestinian medical patients from the Gaza Strip
because the words "State of Palestine" was on the letterhead of
2014 Feb 9, A Palestinian
militant was in critical condition after an Israeli air strike on
central Gaza that the army said targeted a "key" figure responsible
for cross-border rocket fire.
2014 Feb 9, In Russia a man
employed as a private security guard (24) opened fire in a cathedral
on Russia's Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, killing a nun and a
parishioner and wounding six others.
2014 Feb 9, Swiss voters
narrowly backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas with the
European Union. 50.3% backed the so-called "Stop mass immigration"
2014 Feb 9, In Syria the
governor Homs said that over 600 people have been evacuated from
rebel-held parts of the city, in a rare 3-day cease-fire with
rebels. Government aircraft dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo, killing
at least 11 people. Extremist Islamic rebels overran Maan village in
Hama province, populated by the Alawite minority, and killed at
least 40 people
(AP, 2/9/14)(AP, 2/10/14)
2014 Feb 9, Ukraine's security
agency warned of a heightened risk of terrorism, including from
nearly three months of anti-government protests. An estimated 70,000
pro-Western Ukrainians thronged the heart of Kiev vowing never to
give up their drive to oust President Viktor Yanukovych for his
alliance with old master Russia.
(AP, 2/9/14)(AFP, 2/9/14)
2014 Feb 9, In Yemen Shiite
rebels and Yemeni tribesmen agreed a ceasefire after deadly clashes
between the two sides in the Arhab district near Sanaa. A bomb
planted in the car of a Yemeni intelligence colonel exploded near
the oil ministry, killing the officer and wounding 3 people.
2014 Feb 10, Shirley Temple
Black (b.1928), child film star and US diplomat, died at her home in
(SFC, 1/26/06, p.E3)(SFC, 2/12/14, p.A1)
2014 Feb 10, In Afghanistan a
car bomb in Kabul killed two US contractors for the international
security force ISAF. A coalition soldier was killed in a separate
attack in the east.
(Reuters, 2/10/14)(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 10, Brazil’s Band TV
said that 49-year-old journalist Santiago Andrade remains in a coma
on life support, but that doctors have declared him brain dead. He
was hit in the head on Feb 6 by a powerful flare fired during a
protest against a 10-cent hike in bus fares in Rio.
2014 Feb 10, Thousands of
Bosnian protesters called for the resignation of their regional
government, ratcheting up demands on the sixth straight day of
demonstrations over unemployment, corruption and political
2014 Feb 10, The River Thames
burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding
riverside towns upstream of London.
2014 Feb 10, In Burundi at
least 60 people perished in flooding and landslides following a
night of torrential rain in Bujumbura that swept away hundreds of
homes and cut off roads and power.
2014 Feb 10, The EU agreed to
launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and
dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift
since Brussels lifted sanctions on the island in 2008.
2014 Feb 10, Greek police
arrested four foreigners and seized weapons and explosives in a raid
by the country's anti-terrorist unit on residences in the greater
Athens area. Media said they appeared to be Turkish nationals
suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary People's Liberation
Party-Front, or DHKP/C.
2014 Feb 10, Penguin Books
India agreed to withdraw from sale all copies of "The Hindus: An
Alternative History" (2011) by Wendy Doniger, a book that takes an
unorthodox view of Hinduism, and will pulp them as part of a
settlement after a case was filed against the publisher.
2014 Feb 10, In Iraq militants
accidentally set off their own car bomb at a training camp in an
orchard in the village of al-Jalam, leaving 21 dead and resulting in
two dozen arrests.
2014 Feb 10, In Kenya gays and
lesbians joined a global effort to protest against an
anti-homosexuality bill passed by Uganda's parliament that is now in
the hands of the country's president.
2014 Feb 10, In the Netherlands
former health minister Els Borst (81), a woman who drafted the
nation's landmark 2002 law permitting euthanasia, was found dead in
her garage. Police ruled out natural causes.
2014 Feb 10, Saudi state media
said a court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for
protesting and disseminating photos of demonstrations online.
2014 Feb 10, In Somalia two car
bombs exploded in Mogadishu, wounding at least five people including
a government official.
2014 Feb 10, Spanish High Court
Judge Ismael Moreno sought international arrest orders for former
Chinese President Jiang Zemin, ex-PM Li Peng and others on
allegations of genocide in Tibet.
2014 Feb 10, Syria shipped out
a third consignment of chemical weapons materials and has also
destroyed some materials on its territory.
2014 Feb 10, Peace talks
between the Syrian government and the opposition resumed in Geneva.
2014 Feb 10, Thai police made
their first arrest of a senior leader of the antigovernment
protests. Sonthiyarn Cheunruethainaitham was arrested for violating
the country’s emergency law.
(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 10, Yemen's president
and main parties agreed to transform the unrest-riven country into a
six-region federation as part of a political transition. The move
was immediately rejected by some southerners who insist on a
(AFP, 2/10/14)(Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014 Feb 11, Voters in Fremont,
Nebraska, decided to keep an ordnance that requires renters to get a
$5 permit and swear they have legal permission to live in the US.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A14)
2014 Feb 11, The websites of
casinos owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. were hacked. These included
sites for a Sands casino in Bethlehem, Pa., as well as casinos in
Nevada and Macao.
(SFC, 2/12/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 11, Washington state
Gov. Jay Inslee said he was suspending the use of the death penalty
for as long as he’s in office.
(SFC, 2/12/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 11, The Afghan public
health ministry said it has launched an emergency polio vaccination
campaign in Kabul after a girl contracted the disease, the city's
first case since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
2014 Feb 11, An Algerian
military transport plane crashed in the country's mountainous east
with but one survivor. 76 people were killed, including women and
(AP, 2/11/14)(AP, 2/12/14)
2014 Feb 11, Brazil’s
Environment Ministry said it will begin a program to save the
endangered three-banded armadillo, the mascot for this year’s World
(SFC, 2/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 11, Barclays PLC faced
widespread criticism after the scandal-plagued bank announced plans
to slash up to 12,000 jobs this year while also setting aside more
money to pay bonuses.
2014 Feb 11, The Burundi Red
Cross said torrential rains and landslides have left at least 77
people dead and about 12,000 displaced.
2014 Feb 11, China and Taiwan
held talks in Nanjing, their highest level talks since splitting
amid a civil war in 1949.
(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 11, Cyprus Pres. Nicos
Anastasiades met with Dervis Eroglu on the UN’s “green line" and put
forward a “road-map" where their two communities would unite under a
federation but run their affairs as “constituent states."
(Econ, 2/15/14, p.48)
2014 Feb 11, Czech Rep. media
reported that former PM Petr Necas has been charged with bribery for
his alleged role in offering state posts to three former members of
parliament who had been rebelling against the previous government’s
austerity program, in return for them leaving office.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/nyjfczk)
2014 Feb 11, French Pres.
Francois Hollande arrived in the US for a formal state visit.
(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 11, German and Dutch
authorities arrested five men in a sting operation against a website
allegedly used to sell illegal drugs and weapons.
2014 Feb 11, In India Arvind
Kejriwal, Delhi's new chief minister, took his anti-graft campaign
to new heights, ordering an investigation into India's richest man,
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and policymakers over
2014 Feb 11, In Iraq militants
in pick-up trucks ambushed army outposts protecting a major oil
export pipeline in Nineveh province overnight, killing at least 16
soldiers by shooting them and slitting their throats.
2014 Feb 11, Police in Italy
and New York broke up a major trans-Atlantic mafia ring, arresting
24 people accused of plotting to move hundreds of millions of
dollars in drugs between South America, Italy and the USA.
2014 Feb 11, The value of
Kazakhstan currency, the tenge, fell by 19%.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.35)
2014 Feb 11, Libyan media said
six journalists have been kidnapped in recent days in Tripoli, and
though one has been released the whereabouts of the other five
(SFC, 2/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 11, In northeast
Nigeria gunmen from Islamist sect Boko Haram killed 51 people in an
attack on Konduga, Borno state.
2014 Feb 11, In Pakistan
unknown assailants lobbed grenades into a cinema in Peshawar,
killing 10 people and wounding 16.
2014 Feb 11, Serbia's war
crimes court jailed nine former members of the "Jackals," a Serbian
paramilitary group, for killing more than 120 ethnic Albanian
civilians during the Kosovo conflict in 1999.
2014 Feb 11, South Africa
issued a black-and-white commemorative stamp to celebrate the life
and legacy of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela who died last year.
2014 Feb 11, In Syria the
evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of Homs was
suspended, as a mediator said peace talks in Switzerland were making
2014 Feb 11, In Tanzania the
UN-backed court for Rwanda acquitted on appeal former paramilitary
police chief Augustin Ndindiliyimana and ex-elite battalion
commander Francois-Xavier Nzuwonemeye of charges related to the 1994
2014 Feb 11, In central Ukraine
Oleksandr Lobodenko (34), a judge who placed several anti-government
protesters under house arrest, was murdered overnight in Kremenchuk.
2014 Feb 11, In western
Venezuela armed pro-government groups attacked and shot at people
protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government, injuring
2014 Feb 11, In Yemen northern
Shiite rebels and a faction demanding southern autonomy rejected a
six-region federation plan for Yemen, agreed by parties during the
"national dialogue" aimed at securing the country's political
2014 Feb 11, In Yemen a British
teacher was abducted on his way from an educational institute in
Sanaa and reportedly taken to Marib.
2014 Feb 12, Pres. Obama signed
an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A9)
2014 Feb 12, A US federal judge
ordered that Kentucky recognize same-sex marriages that had been
legally performed in other states, opening the door for activists to
strike down the state’s ban entirely.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A9)
2014 Feb 12, In Kentucky a
sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling
Green damaging eight cars. The sinkhole and damaged cars were later
turned into part of the museum exhibit.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A7)(SFC, 8/15/15, p.A4)
2014 Feb 12, It was reported
that Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2
billion in stock or $158.82 per TWC share, which closed at $135.31.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A13)
2014 Feb 12, Sid Caesar
(b.1922), former TV comedian, died at his home in Beverly Hills. His
“Your Show of Shows" dominated the Saturday viewing habits of
millions of Americans from 1950-1954.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A8)
2014 Feb 12, In Bangladesh a
mortar shell exploded accidentally during firing practice at a
military training base, killing five military and border guard
personnel and injuring 14 others.
2014 Feb 12, In Brazil some
15,000 landless peasants demanding land reform engaged police in
Brasilia. At least 32 people were injured.
(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 12, British police
searched a home in the southeastern town of Crawley as part of an
investigation into reports that a man named as Abdul Waheed Majid
(41) was responsible for a suicide attack in Syria.
2014 Feb 12, Britain’s Serious
Fraud Office (SFO) arrested Sudhir Choudhri, an Indian-born donor to
one of Britain's ruling political parties, and his son as part of an
investigation into Rolls-Royce's dealings in Asia.
2014 Feb 12, Flooded
communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high
winds as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following
criticism of a sluggish response.
2014 Feb 12, China's Cabinet
announced that 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) has been set aside
this year to reward cities and regions that make significant
progress in controlling air pollution, highlighting how the issue
has become a priority for the leadership.
2014 Feb 12, Amnesty
International said the exodus of tens of thousands of Muslims from
Central African Republic amounts to "ethnic cleansing." French
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pledged on a visit to CAR to
continue disarming both Muslim and Christian fighters. African Union
peacekeepers uncovered a mass grave at a military camp in Bangui
occupied by the Muslim Seleka rebels.
(AP, 2/12/14)(Reuters, 2/12/14)
2014 Feb 12, In China a strong
and shallow 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the far western region
of Xinjiang, but in a sparsely populated area.
2014 Feb 12, CongoDRC Pres.
Joseph Kabila, announced an amnesty for former members of the
defeated M23 rebel army.
2014 Feb 12, A municipal
planning committee advanced a plan to build a Jewish seminary in the
heart of an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, triggering angry
Palestinian accusations that Israel was undermining already troubled
Mideast peace efforts.
2014 Feb 12, Italy's
constitutional court struck down a drug law that tripled sentences
for selling, cultivating or possessing cannabis and which has been
blamed for causing prison overcrowding.
2014 Feb 12, In Kenya 70 men
arrested during a raid on a mosque in the port city of Mombasa were
formally charged with being members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked
2014 Feb 12, Lebanon's army
arrested Naim Abbas, a senior al Qaeda-linked militant, described by
security sources as a "mastermind of car bombs" that targeted
Shi'ite areas of the country.
2014 Feb 12, Niger police
detained three journalists from the Anfani private radio station as
well as a union leader who criticized President Mahamadou Issfouou
2014 Feb 12, Nigeria said it
would open a probe into claims of state-sponsored killings dating
back to the era of military rule, raising hopes that perpetrators
will finally be brought to book.
2014 Feb 12, Russian geologist
Yevgeny Vitishko, a leading activist who campaigned against
environmental damage caused by preparations for the Winter Olympics,
was sentenced to three years in a penal colony. A court in Krasnodar
converted a 2012 suspended sentence to a prison term.
(AFP, 2/12/14)(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 12, South African
police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at supporters of the
ruling ANC party who attacked an opposition rally in Johannesburg,
amid escalating tensions ahead of a crunch general election.
2014 Feb 12, Syrian government
forces and fighters from Lebanese ally Hezbollah pounded Syria's
strategic border town of Yabroud in apparent preparation for a new
offensive to flush out rebels. At least 51 people were reportedly
killed in Aleppo, mainly by barrel bombs dropped on eight rebel-held
districts from helicopters.
(Reuters, 2/12/14)(AP, 2/13/14)
2014 Feb 12, UN leader Ban
Ki-moon condemned what he said was the use of cluster bombs in the
war in South Sudan.
2014 Feb 12, In Venezuela 3
people were killed in Caracas as protests against Pres. Maduro
turned violent. Armed members of a pro-government vigilante arrived
on motorcycles and began shooting at more than 100 anti-Maduro
student protesters clashing with security forces.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A2)(Econ, 2/15/14, p.30)
2014 Feb 13, US federal
authorities said they have detained 57 migrants from Haiti, the
Dominican Republic and Brazil in separate incidents near Puerto
Rico's west coast. Authorities planned to prosecute 19 of those
migrants, five of them on human smuggling charges.
2014 Feb 13, A US federal judge
found Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.
(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 13, The US-Korea
Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
said that North Korea has accelerated excavation at a remote
mountain site used for underground nuclear test explosions. However,
it did not see signs of an imminent test.
2014 Feb 13, In Nevada Wayne
Burgarello shot and killed Cody Devine (34) and wounded Janai Wilson
(29) after confronting them sleeping at his vacant duplex in Sparks.
On May 29, 2015, Burgarello (74) was found not guilty after
insisting he was acting in self-defense.
(http://tinyurl.com/pks2m5o)(SSFC, 5/31/15, p.A6)
2014 Feb 13, Ralph Waite (85),
actor, died. He played the patriarch in the TV series “The Waltons"
(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.C14)
2014 Feb 13, Afghanistan
released 65 accused militants from a former US prison despite
protests from the American military, which says the men are Taliban
fighters who will likely return to the battlefield to kill coalition
and Afghan forces.
2014 Feb 13, Afghan women
marched in Kabul to protest violence against women and decry a new
draft law that activists say will severely limit justice for victims
of domestic abuse.
(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 13, Albanian
authorities said they have seized 2 metric tons of marijuana hidden
in a rocky part of a bay and destined for Greece or Italy.
2014 Feb 13, In Argentina a new
consumer price index, developed with help from the IMF, registered
inflation at 3.7% for January, the highest official rate since 2002
and much higher than the 1.4% posted in December.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.32)
2014 Feb 13, In Belgium
lawmakers voted to extend a decade-old law allowing euthanasia for
adults after months of often heated public debate. Belgium's House
of Representatives lifted all age restrictions on the right of the
incurably sick to end their lives.
(AFP, 2/13/14)(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 13, Toronto-based
Barrick Gold Corp., the world's largest gold miner, announced
massive losses while forecasting rising costs and less gold to dig
2014 Feb 13, In the Central
African Republic Richard Bejouane, the self-proclaimed leader of the
CAR’s Christian-dominated vigilantes (anti-balaka), warned Pres.
Catherine Samba Panza against any crackdown against his group.
2014 Feb 13, The UN mission in
CongoDRC (MONUSCO) said more than 70 men and women have been
summarily executed in the restive eastern part of the country late
last month and early this month.
2014 Feb 13, In India a
lawmaker sprayed pepper spray inside Parliament, creating chaos that
left his colleagues coughing and crying as they were ushered from
the hall. Lawmakers had been set to vote on a long-contentious
proposal to create the new southern state of Telangana from mostly
poor, inland districts of Andhra Pradesh state.
(AP, 2/13/14)(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 13, In northern Iraq
gunmen seized part of Sulaiman Bek and nearby villages. Bombs killed
at least two people at a historic Baghdad market and set it ablaze.
2014 Feb 13, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian and wounded another in the Gaza Strip.
Relatives said Ibrahim Mansour (26) was collecting gravel to sell
from his donkey cart when he was shot dead. The Israeli military
said soldiers fired at Palestinians tampering with Israel's border
2014 Feb 13, Italian leftist
leader Matteo Renzi called for a new government in his first direct
challenge to PM Enrico Letta.
2014 Feb 13, Jamaica
authorities arrested a police officer and two others accused of
transporting 23 pounds (10 kg) of marijuana.
2014 Feb 13, A top Kenyan
official, Francis Kimemia, accused the United States of trying to
overthrow Kenya's government by supporting activists even as
baton-wielding police used tear gas to break up an anti-government
protest in downtown Nairobi. Kimemia served as the chairman of the
National Security Advisory Committee and the secretary of the
2014 Feb 13, Nigeria's Senate
said it is ordering a forensic audit to track down billions of
missing petrodollars after the Senate Committee heard that the
amount of unaccounted petrodollars has grown to $20 billion. The
World Bank has estimated that at least $400 billion has gone missing
from government coffers since independence.
(AP, 2/14/14)(Econ, 2/15/14, p.43)
2014 Feb 13, In Nigeria a mob
armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were
going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14
young men from their beds and assaulted them in Gishiri, a
shantytown with mud roads near central Abuja.
2014 Feb 13, In Pakistan an
explosion targeting a bus of policemen killed 12 of them and wounded
58 near Karachi.
2014 Feb 13, Saudi Arabia said
Yemen has handed over 29 Saudis wanted for suspected links to
2014 Feb 13, In Somalia at
least 6 people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a
UN convoy close to Mogadishu's heavily-fortified international
2014 Feb 13, Syrian activists
said government shelling and airstrikes using makeshift barrel bombs
have killed about 400 people in Aleppo so far this month. The
governor of the central province of Homs says a cease-fire has been
extended for three days as of today.
2014 Feb 13, In Yemen 29 people
convicted "of various terrorist and criminal charges" escaped a
Sanaa prison when a blast breached the facility's outer wall.
2014 Feb 14, President Obama
visited the San Joaquin Valley to focus on California’s severe
drought, and announce new measures in the ongoing federal effort to
address it. Obama toured parts of California's drought zone and
pledged to speed help to the No. 1 farm state.
(AP, 2/14/14)(Reuters, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 14, In New Mexico
unusually high levels of radioactive particles were found at an
underground nuclear waste site in what a spokesman said looked like
the first real alarm since the plant opened in 1999. Investigators
in June said they have found five other potentially explosive
barrels in West Texas that came from the same Los Alamos waste
(Reuters, 2/16/14)(SFC, 6/11/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 14, The snow-weary
eastern US was digging out from yet another mammoth storm, as the
deadly weather crept through New England and eastern Canada and
another storm approached.
2014 Feb 14, About $2.5 million
of Bitcoin was apparently stolen from Silk Road 2.0, a website used
to trade mainly illegal drugs. A flaw in Bitcoin’s code was
discovered earlier this month.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.65)
2014 Feb 14, In Bahrain a blast
struck a bus carrying police as anti-government activists clashed
with police on the third anniversary of the uprising in the small
Gulf island nation. One policeman died of wounds sustained in the
bomb blast. 26 people were arrested. Another 29 were arrested a day
(AP, 2/14/14)(AFP, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 14, In Cambodia Dave
Walker (58), a Canadian filmmaker, went missing. His body was found
April 30 in the woods near the famous Angkor temple complex.
2014 Feb 14, In the Central
African Republic thousands of Muslims who tried to flee the violence
in Bangui were turned back by peacekeepers, as crowds of angry
Christians shouted "we're going to kill you all." France announced
that it is increasing the number of its troops on the ground in CAR
by 400 for a total of 2,000.
2014 Feb 14, In China 11
"terrorists" were reported killed during an attack in Wushi County
in the Aksu Prefecture of Xinjiang.
2014 Feb 14, The Chinese
government sacked the police chief of the southern "sin city" of
Dongguan following a candid report by the state broadcaster on the
underground sex industry there.
2014 Feb 14, In eastern China a
wedding hall collapsed killing 10 people in Yazhuang village,
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, The CongoDRC
government said 22 Congolese soldiers and 230 Ugandan rebels have
been killed in a nearly month-long offensive in restive eastern DRC.
2014 Feb 14, In Egypt police
and residents clashed with supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi leaving
a man shot dead in Damietta and a child killed in Minya.
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, In Germany
Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich announced his resignation
over claims he leaked confidential information about an
international child porn probe.
2014 Feb 14, In India
anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal quit as the top elected official
in the New Delhi state government after lawmakers blocked the
introduction of a bill to create a strong ombudsman in the capital.
He said he would recommend that new elections be held in New Delhi.
2014 Feb 14, In Indonesia a
volcanic eruption on Java sent a 17 km (10 mile) ash cloud into the
air. More than 56,000 people were forced to flee their homes and
four 4 were killed when Mount Kelud erupted.
2014 Feb 14, In Indonesia seven
Japanese divers went missing off the resort island of Bali as strong
winds and heavy rains hit Crystal Bay. Five of the divers were found
alive on Feb 17.
(AP, 2/15/14)(AP, 2/17/14)
2014 Feb 14, Googoosh, an
Iranian pop star living in Amsterdam, released a music video
promoting gay rights. It was clicked on half a million times in the
first 24 hours. Navid Akhavan, an Iranian-born Germany, wrote and
directed the video for the song “Behesht" (Heaven).
(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 14, Iraqi troops
backed by helicopter gunships regained ground in the northern town
of Sulaiman Pek, a day after parts of it were overrun by Sunni
Islamist insurgents. At least 12 militants were killed by the army.
2014 Feb 14, Italy’s Premier
Enrico Letta drove himself to the president's palace and resigned
after he was sacked by his own party in a back-room mutiny designed
to catapult Florence's young Mayor Matteo Renzi into the helm of
2014 Feb 14, In Ivory Coast
Michel Gbagbo, son of former president Laurent Gbagbo, was arrested
at the airport while attempting to leave the country on a flight to
2014 Feb 14, In Jamaica Leroy
Russell, a dancehall deejay, was charged in a multimillion-dollar
2014 Feb 14, Libya's government
and armed forces moved to quash rumors of an impending coup after
retired Gen. Khalifa Hifter called for parliament and the government
to be suspended.
(AFP, 2/14/14)(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, North and South
Korea agreed in a rare high-level meeting to stop insulting each
other and to go ahead with planned reunions of Korean War-divided
families next week despite a dispute over upcoming US-South Korean
2014 Feb 14, In Syria a car
bomb killed at least 32 people the town of al-Yaduda (Yadouda) near
the border with Jordan. At least 5 soldiers were killed when
Islamist rebels detonated mines under the Carlton hotel in Aleppo.
In Geneva Syrian government and opposition delegates said talks to
end their country's civil war have reached an impasse, with the US
and Russia backing the rival camps and trading accusations over the
deadlock. International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told delegates that
he plans to take the talks into a third round.
(Reuters, 2/14/14)(AP, 2/14/14)(AFP, 2/14/14)
2014 Feb 14, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said an al Qaeda splinter group (ISIL)
has executed at least 13 people including relatives of fighters from
rival rebel groups before withdrawing from a town near Aleppo. It
did not say when the incident took place in Haritan.
2014 Feb 14, Thailand riot
police cleared anti-government protesters from a major boulevard in
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, Ukraine
authorities provisionally freed the last of 234 detained protesters
under an amnesty offer aimed a diffusing protracted street protests.
(SFC, 2/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 14, It was reported
that a UN Commission of Inquiry has found that crimes against
humanity have been committed in North Korea and recommends that its
findings be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
2014 Feb 14, Louis Willis, the
former director of the US Virgin Islands' Internal Revenue Bureau,
turned himself in under charges of tax evasion.
2014 Feb 14, In Venezuela
soldiers fired tear gas and deployed water cannons to break up
hundreds of student demonstrators blocking a highway in protest
against President Nicolas Maduro. Authorities freed 25 student
protesters pending trial and said that 74 others arrested after this
week's deadly political turmoil would be processed within hours.
(Reuters, 2/15/14)(AFP, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 14, Yemeni military
and security officials says that the death toll from a prison break
in Sanaa has reached 10, and that al-Qaida received help from inside
the prison to facilitate the escape of 29 inmates.
2014 Feb 14, Zambian
ex-diplomat and son of former president Rupiah Banda was sentenced
to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption.
Andrew Banda (53) was arrested in 2012 on charges of soliciting a
kickback from Italian company Fratelli Locci, which was awarded a
contract to build roads.
2014 Feb 15, In California a
woman and her 4 children were killed in their SUV near Riverdale
after a driver in a minivan failed to yield at a stop sign.
(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 15, In Colorado an
avalanche killed two skiers and injured three others on Star
Mountain near Leadville.
(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A13)
2014 Feb 15, In New Jersey
Julio Lopez-Cruz (18) was attacked as he headed to his New Jersey
home with some groceries. He died a short time later. On Feb 27
authorities said that they have arrested Michael Holman (18) and
Dante Martin (18) and charged them with murder.
2014 Feb 15, In NYC Jerome
Murdough (56, a mentally ill former veteran, was found dead in his
jail cell on Rikers Island. The temperature in the cell was recorded
at 101 degrees due to equipment malfunction. He had been arrested on
Feb 7 on a misdemeanor tresspassing charge for sleeping in an
enclosed stairwell. In May his mother planned to file a $25 million
lawsuit against NYC. On Oct 31 NYC reached a $2.5 million settlement
with the mother of Murdough.
(SFC, 5/17/14, p.A7)(SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 15, In southern
Afghanistan an improvised explosive device killed a NATO service
2014 Feb 15, In Bahrain
supporters of the main Shiite opposition bloc joined the anniversary
rally called by the opposition Al-Wefaq movement to press its
campaign for a constitutional monarchy. Thousands clashed with
security forces and brought the streets of Manama to a standstill.
(AP, 2/15/14)(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 15, Brazil’s Folha de
S. Paulo newspaper reported that water is being rationed to nearly
six million people living in eleven states.
(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 15, Apple opened a
retail store in Rio de Janeiro, its first retail store in South
America. Its 16GB iPhone 5s was priced at $1,076.
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.39)
2014 Feb 15, Two people died in
weather-related incidents as storms continue to batter Britain.
Officials said that 22 severe flood warnings are in place. More
heavy rain and winds were expected.
2014 Feb 15, In the Central
African Republic French and African peacekeepers seized weapons from
militia in Bangui, but failed to detain a wanted leader of the rogue
2014 Feb 15, In CongoDRC
journalist Germain Kennedy Muliwavyo (30) died after being shot in
the head and stomach during an ambush 60 km outside of Beni.
2014 Feb 15, Iraqi troops
fought to retake full control of Sulaiman Pek from militants who
overran parts of it earlier this week. South of Baghdad ISIL
militants killed at least 8 soldiers in overnight clashes in Jurf
al-Sakha. 12 militants were also killed. Fighting erupted in Ramadi
between militants and security forces backed by tribesmen. PM Nuri
al-Maliki announced over $83 million in construction funds and
training for allied tribal militia during a visit Saturday to
(Reuters, 2/15/14)(AFP, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 15, In Iraq Shi'ite
Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who led revolts against US forces in
Iraq before their pullout and became a major influence in the
government, said he is leaving political life and has dissolved his
2014 Feb 15, In Israel two
gunmen on a motorcycle killed a man as he drove near Tel Aviv’s
beachfront. Police believed it was a gangland attack.
(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 15, Jordanian forces
wounded 7 and arrested 3 after 10 gunmen from Syria opened fire on
troops patrolling a northern border area.
2014 Feb 15, Lebanon announced
a new government, breaking a 10-month political deadlock during
which spillover violence from neighboring Syria worsened internal
2014 Feb 15, Montenegro police
fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of
stone-throwing protesters who were blaming the government for high
unemployment, economic mismanagement and alleged corruption, and
demanding its resignation.
2014 Feb 15, In Nigeria gunmen
suspected of being Boko Haram Islamists reportedly killed as many as
63 people, mostly Christians, in Izghe village, Borno state.
(AFP, 2/16/14)(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 15, In Pakistan a
cleric ordered that a woman be stoned to death after her husband
found her with another man. She was stoned to death and an autopsy
revealed that her skull had been shattered with a brick, and that
she had multiple ax wounds. Six people were arrested on Feb 17 in
connection with the stoning.
2014 Feb 15, A Philippine
Christian sect, Iglesia ni Cristo, broke two records for organizing
the largest charity walk in an effort to raise funds for survivors
of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.
2014 Feb 15, Turkey's
parliament approved a law boosting government control over the
appointment of judges and prosecutors, after a heated debate and a
brawl that left one opposition lawmaker hospitalized.
2014 Feb 15, In Turkey
thousands of Kurds demonstrated in towns across the south east, some
clashing violently with riot police as they called for the release
of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on the 15th anniversary of
2014 Feb 15, Venezuelan
security forces searched for Leopoldo Lopez (42), looking to arrest
the hard-line opposition leader who President Nicolas Maduro blames
for 3 deaths at recent anti-government protests.
2014 Feb 15, In Venezuela a
priest (79) and lay worker (84) were killed during a robbery in the
city of Valencia. A 17-year-old was arrested the next day and a
14-year-old was being sought.
2014 Feb 16, In Colorado 3
people were killed in a single-engine plan crash near Telluride.
(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 16, A winter storm hit
New England overnight with more than a foot of snow in parts of
Massachusetts. Thousands on Cape cod were left without power.
(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 16, In Pennsylvania
the FBI said it was in contact with Sunbury police regarding Miranda
Barbour (19) who says she wants to plead guilty to the killing Troy
LaFerrara last November. She said she has also killed at least 22
people across the country over the last six years as part of her
involvement in a satanic cult.
(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 16, In the Central
African Republic troops of the MISCA African Union force clashed
with anti-balaka militias at Cantonnier, near the border with
Cameroon. 8 people, including 6 civilians, were killed in the
2014 Feb 16, In Egypt a suicide
bomber on a tourist bus in the Sinai peninsula killed the Egyptian
driver and 3 South Koreans. At least a dozen other tourists on the
bus were wounded.
(AP, 2/16/14)(AP, 2/17/14)
2014 Feb 16, Japanese media
said the second heavy snowfall in a week has killed up to a dozen
people and injured hundreds over the weekend, while paralyzing
traffic and causing power outages. A record 45 inches of snow fell
(AP, 2/16/14)(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 16, In Almaty,
Kazakhstan, protesters waived their knickers in a protest ostensibly
over a rule regulating synthetic underwear. The “pantie protesters"
were rounded up and led away. The real anger was over the recent
devaluation of the country’s currency.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.35)
2014 Feb 16, In Libya the
wreckage of a helicopter was found near es-Sider port. Authorities
began searching for the bodies of the five people who were on board.
2014 Feb 16, In Macedonia an
explosion wounded five Roma children in western town of Tetovo.
Three people were soon detained in the case.
2014 Feb 16, In west Nepal a
small plane owned by state-run Nepal Airlines Corporation crashed
with 18 people aboard in bad weather. Rescuers found the wreckage of
the 43-year-old de Havilland Twin Otter the next day near
(Reuters, 2/16/14)(AP, 2/17/14)
2014 Feb 16, In North Korea
John Short (75), an Australian missionary, was questioned and then
arrested in his Pyongyang hotel, a day after he arrived there. He
has lived in Hong Kong for 50 years and has been arrested previously
in China for evangelizing.
2014 Feb 16, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb placed by an ethnic separatist group derailed a
train, killing 8 people in Kashmor district, Sindh province. A
roadside bomb killed a police officer guarding a polio vaccination
drive in the outskirts of Peshawar.
2014 Feb 16, A faction of the
Pakistani Taliban announced that they had killed 23 soldiers, who
they said had been kidnapped in 2010.
2014 Feb 16, A spokesman for
Gaza's Hamas rulers said that the Islamic militant group will oppose
any international force in a future Palestine, adding a new
complication to US-brokered peace efforts.
2014 Feb 16, In the southern
Philippines Suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists kidnapped a Filipino
couple, adding to a group of hostages they are holding that includes
two European tourists.
2014 Feb 16, In Saudi Arabia
another man died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS,
bringing to 60 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of
2014 Feb 16, South African
rescuers worked to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported
trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in Benoni, a suburb
just east of Johannesburg. 22 miners were arrested as they emerged
over the next 24 hrs. An unknown number of other miners refused to
(AP, 2/16/14)(Reuters, 2/17/14)
2014 Feb 16, Switzerland told
the newest EU member, Croatia, that it will not be able to sign a
labor market pact as planned on July 1, following a shock referendum
vote in favor of immigration curbs.
2014 Feb 16, The Western-backed
Free Syrian Army (FSA) appointed a new military chief. Brig. Gen.
Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir replaces Gen. Salim Idris, who was criticized
by many in the opposition for being ineffective.
2014 Feb 16, In Tunisia armed
militants operating a fake checkpoint in the northwest killed 4
people and wounded four others.
2014 Feb 16, In Ukraine
anti-government demonstrators in Kiev ended their nearly three-month
occupation of City Hall as promised in exchange for the release of
all jailed protesters.
2014 Feb 16, Venezuela’s Pres.
Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US consular officials
that he accused of infiltrating universities.
(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 17, In California 2
CHP officers were killed as they responded to a multi-vehicle crash
on Hwy. 99 near Kingsburg.
(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 17, In Miami, Florida,
local artist Maximo Caminero (51) smashed a colored vase, valued at
$1 million, by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. Caminero was charged
with criminal mischief. Caminero said he was protesting against
favoritism for int’l. rather than local art.
(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 17, In Idaho an
avalanche buried four people killing one man 36 miles north of
(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 17, Cambodian police
arrested two Vietnamese men who were trying to smuggle almost 80 kg
(176 pounds) of illegal ivory from Angola.
2014 Feb 17, In Colombia 5
policemen were killed by FARC guerrillas.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.32)
2014 Feb 17, Ethiopian Airlines
co-pilot Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn (31) locked his colleague out of
the cockpit, hijacked a Rome-bound plane and landed in Geneva, all
in an attempt to seek asylum in Switzerland. On March 16, 2015,
Tagegn was convicted in absentia by Ethiopia’s high court.
(AP, 2/17/14)(AFP, 2/17/14)
2014 Feb 17, In Georgia Vano
Merabishvili, a top ally of former President Mikhail Saakashvili,
was convicted of embezzlement and abuse of office and sentenced to
five years in prison.
2014 Feb 17, Greek authorities
said they have charged the head of a demining charity, his wife and
seven other people with fraud and money laundering involving 9
million euros ($12 million) in public funding.
2014 Feb 17, Iran's ambassador
to Moscow said Russia could build the Islamic republic a second
nuclear power reactor under a proposed oil-for-goods swap that has
raised grave concern in Washington.
2014 Feb 17, In Israel an
explosion atop 5-story building in Acre collapsed three floors
leaving 5 people dead. It was reported as an act of sabotage meant
to take out a cellular antenna placed on the roof by the owner.
(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 17, Niger security
officials said they have arrested about 20 Boko Haram Islamist
militants from neighboring Nigeria who were suspected of planning
attacks in Niger's south east border town of Diffa.
2014 Feb 17, In the southern
Philippines a bombing suspect was killed in a gunbattle when he
clashed with police commandos. Police were trying to serve a warrant
to Muslim militant Yusop Kusain for his alleged involvement in a
deadly 2007 bombing.
2014 Feb 17, In South Korea at
least 10 people were killed and 50 more feared trapped after the
Manua Ocean Resort auditorium collapsed under heavy snow in the city
of Gyeongju. Some 560 students from Busan Univ. Foreign Studies had
gathered there for a 2-day freshman orientation.
(AFP, 2/17/14)(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 17, A wave of around
250 African migrants managed to breach the high defenses of the
Spanish enclave of Melilla in Morocco, with more than half making it
into the EU territory.
2014 Feb 17, A UN panel warned
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he may be held accountable for
orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians. The UN Human
Rights Council delivered a 400-page report on human rights
violations in North Korea.
(AP, 2/17/14)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.33)
2014 Feb 17, Syrian government
troops took control of the village of Maan after destroying the last
"hideouts of terrorists, who came into the village and committed a
massacre." Anti-Assad Islamic fighters overran the village on Feb 9.
2014 Feb 17, In Venezuela a
student protester (17) died after being hit by a vehicle in
Carupano. This was the 4th fatality from political unrest over the
2014 Feb 17, In Zimbabwe former
US Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds (62) was arrested on suspicion of
possessing pornography and an immigration offence. Reynolds, an
Illinois Democrat, resigned from his congressional seat in 1995
after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction
of justice and solicitation of child pornography. On Feb 21 a judge
dismissed the pornography charges but ordered Reynolds to pay a fine
or face jail time after pleading guilty to charges of violating the
country's immigration laws.
(AP, 2/18/14)(AP, 2/21/14)
2014 Feb 18, Pres. Obama
announced his intention to nominate Jane Chu (56), a pianist and
arts administrator from Kansas City, Mo., to lead the National
Endowment for the Arts.
(SFC, 2/19/14, p.F5)
2014 Feb 18, In Chicago an
elderly nun who broke into what was supposed to be one of the most
carefully guarded nuclear facilities in the US was sentenced to 35
months in prison. Sister Megan Rice (84) cut through fences and
several layers of security at the Y-12 National Security Complex in
Tennessee along with two other members of Transform Now Plowshares
-- a pacifist group -- in July 2012. Fellow anti-nuclear activists
Michael Walli (64) and Greg Boertje-Obed (58) were sentenced to five
years and two months in prison because of their criminal histories.
2014 Feb 18, Egyptian
authorities charged two Israelis and two Egyptians with forming an
espionage ring for Israel, the second such trial to be called for in
2014 Feb 18, French police
arrested a 48-year-old man in connection with the Sep 2012 killings
of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the Alps, in their first
breakthrough in the case.
2014 Feb 18, Gambia's President
Yahya Jammeh called homosexuals "vermin."
2014 Feb 18, A German court
sentenced Onesphore Rwabukombe, a Rwandan Hutu, to 14 years in jail
for his role in the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, ending
Germany's first trial related to the mass killings in central
2014 Feb 18, In Guinea at least
one person was killed and six others injured in Conakry when
protests against frequent power cuts turned violent. The offices of
a Brazilian construction firm were attacked.
2014 Feb 18, In Iraq bombs
exploded in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad
killing 14 people. Another 35 people were killed in seven car
explosions in the southern city of Hilla and nearby towns.
2014 Feb 18, Irish drugmaker
Actavis PLC said it plans to buy Forest Laboratories Inc. in an
approximately $25 billion deal that will boost the company's
presence in US primary-care doctor offices and bulk up its portfolio
of branded drugs.
2014 Feb 18, In Libya security
guards forced Benghazi airport to close for six hours to demand back
wages as well as an investigation into the crash of a helicopter
which took off from the airport last week.
2014 Feb 18, Pakistani Taliban
fighters opened fire at an army car and killed a senior officer.
2014 Feb 18, In Papua New
Guinea police opened fire after hundreds of men broke out of an
Australia-run detention camp for asylum seekers. One inmate was
(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 18, Polish prosecutors
said they have charged a Catholic priest (Wojciech G.) with four
counts of sex abuse against children in Poland and in the Dominican
Republic, where he was working in a rural parish.
2014 Feb 18, Saudi crown prince
Alwaleed bin Talal and deputy prime minister Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al
Saud concluded a three-day-visit to Pakistan. Pakistani Finance
Minister Ishaq Dar announced the creation of the new fund, the
Pakistan Development Fund, to channel money from "friendly
countries" like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
2014 Feb 18, South Sudan rebel
forces launched a major assault against the key oil-hub of Malakal,
as a ceasefire agreement with the government appeared to be in
tatters. The government admitted that the rebels controlled some
parts of the town. A top government general was seriously wounded in
the attack said to involve tens of thousands of rebel fighters. 10
people were killed in "inter-communal clashes" within a peacekeeping
base in Malakal.
(AFP, 2/18/14)(AP, 2/19/14)
2014 Feb 18, Human Rights Watch
said Saudi Arabian authorities have deported more than 12,000
migrants held under "appalling conditions" back to their native
Somalia. The International Organization for Migration said the
Somali government expects Saudi Arabia to deport another 30,000
people in the coming weeks.
2014 Feb 18, Two American
security officers, Mark Daniel Kennedy (43) and Jeffrey Reynolds
(44) were found dead Port Victoria, Seychelles, in a cabin on the
Norfolk-based Maersk Alabama. The ship had grabbed headlines in a
2009 hijacking by Somali pirates, an incident dramatized in the
movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks. Police later said that
a syringe and traces of heroin were found in their cabin. On April
29 Seychelles police said a mixture of heroin and alcohol caused the
deaths of the two former US Navy SEALs.
(AP, 2/20/14)(AP, 2/24/14)(AP, 4/29/14)
2014 Feb 18, A Syrian
government barrel bomb landed next to a school in the village of
Mzairib. 18 people were killed, including 15 Palestinian refugees.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.40)
2014 Feb 18, In Thailand
gunbattles broke out as hundreds of riot police made their strongest
attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Bangkok. At
least 4 people and one policeman were killed and 64 others injured.
(AP, 2/18/14)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.34)
2014 Feb 18, Uganda’s Pres.
Museveni said in a statement that he would not sign a proposed
antigay law until after a hearing from scientists.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 18, In Ukraine riot
police stormed Independence Square (Maidan) in Kiev. The deadly
clashes between police and anti-government protesters left at least
25 people dead and hundreds injured, raising fears of a civil war.
(AP, 2/18/14)(AFP, 2/18/14)(AP, 2/19/14)(Econ,
2014 Feb 18, Venezuelan protest
leader Leopoldo Lopez (42) surrendered to troops after speaking to
over 10,000 people gathered in Caracas. This followed his
spearheading three weeks of often rowdy demonstrations.
(Reuters, 2/19/14)(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 18, In Yemen
secessionist rebels attacked an army truck carrying food to a unit
in the southern Dali province, killing 7 soldiers and wounding nine.
14 soldiers were captured. An opposition leader said the clashes
were prompted by the army's 33rd brigade random shelling of three
districts in Dali that destroyed five houses and killed six people
including a child.
2014 Feb 19, A $425 million
Powerball drawing went to Ray Buxton of the SF Bay Area. He had
purchased the ticket at a Chevron station in Milpitas.
(SFC, 4/2/14, p.E5)
2014 Feb 19, In Missouri the
body of a girl, believed to be Hailey Owens (10), was found in the
home of Craig Michael Wood (45), a middle-school football coach. She
had been kidnapped a day earlier. Wood was arrested on suspicion of
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)(SFC, 2/24/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 19, A Nebraska judge
struck down a 2011 law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to
proceed through the state.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 19, In Pennsylvania
Herbert and Catherine Schaible were sentenced to 3½ to seven years
in prison in the death of a 2nd child who never saw a doctor despite
being stricken with pneumonia.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 19, Facebook said it
will pay $19 billion in cash and stock to buy WhatsApp, a mobile
messaging company founded in 2009. This was the most ever paid for a
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.C6)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.54)
2014 Feb 19, In Austria
ambitious nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers entered a
second day in Vienna with Tehran's foreign minister saying a deal
2014 Feb 19, Europe's largest
defense contractor BAE Systems says the governments of the United
Kingdom and Saudi Arabia have agreed on new pricing for a massive
sale of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets.
2014 Feb 19, In the Central
African Republic heavy fighting erupted near the airport in Bangui,
as Christian militia tried to block the evacuation of Muslims and
disrupted a visit by a top United Nations aid official.
2014 Feb 19, Egypt’s interim
Pres. Adly Mansour ordered a pay raise for police after some of them
joined factory workers, doctors and pharmacists increasingly on
strike over the last month.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 19, French
industrialist and senator Serge Dassault (88), the billionaire
manufacturer of fighter jets, was taken into custody for alleged
vote buying in his former fiefdom east of Paris from 2008-2010.
2014 Feb 19, Kuwait’s
loss-making state-owned Kuwait Airways Co signed contracts with
Airbus to buy 25 planes, its first order for new aircraft in more
than 20 years.
2014 Feb 19, In Lebanon 2
suicide bombers targeted the Iranian cultural center in Beirut,
killing 8 people and themselves in an attack claimed by Sunni
militants who said it was a response to the intervention of Iran and
Hezbollah in the Syrian war. On March 8 the al-Qaida-linked Abdullah
Azzam Brigades issued a statement on militant websites apologizing
for the civilian deaths.
(Reuters, 2/19/14)(AFP, 2/20/14)(AP, 3/8/14)
2014 Feb 19, In Libya a threat
by powerful militias to dissolve parliament ramped up pressure on
the weak central government on the eve of a vote to elect a
2014 Feb 19, Libya said it will
offer compensation to women raped during the 2011 NATO-backed
uprising that toppled Moammar Khadafy.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 19, In northeast
Nigeria an attack on Bama town by suspected Islamic extremists left
115 people dead.
2014 Feb 19, Poland's deputy
foreign minister said consensus has been reached among EU states
about imposing sanctions on Ukrainian officials over the violence in
Kiev that has killed dozens of people.
2014 Feb 19, South Africa's top
three platinum companies issued a take-it-or-leave-it wage ultimatum
to striking miners, hoping to break a month-long stoppage that has
crippled production. Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and
Lonmin said they would not raise an already rejected wage offer and
warned of impending job losses.
2014 Feb 19, South Sudan's army
said that it has lost contact with its troops in the key oil hub of
Malakal following a major offensive by rebels.
2014 Feb 19, Sri Lanka's
government said that it was considering a process similar to South
Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal
the wounds of the island nation's decades-long civil war.
2014 Feb 19, Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders
of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died in
the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained
independence. Defiant protesters seized control of Kiev’s central
post office, hurling fire bombs and rocks and standing their ground
against officers in riot gear. Opponents of the president declared
political autonomy in the major western city of Lviv.
(Reuters, 2/19/14)(AP, 2/19/14)
2014 Feb 19, In Venezuela
Imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez (42) urged supporters to
keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government, even as
he was due in court accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at
least 4 people.
2014 Feb 20, In northern
California Cherie Lash Rhoades (44), a member of the Cedarville
Rancheria tribe, killed 4 people at the tribe’s headquarters,
including 3 members of her own family. She was recently ousted as
chairwoman of the tribe and was under investigation over at least
$50,000 in missing federal grants. The tribe had just 35 members and
owned 26 acres in the area.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.C3)
2014 Feb 20, A court in Cape
Coral, Florida, ruled that living off the grid is illegal. Robin
Speronis has been fighting the city of Cape Coral since November
when a code enforcement officer tried to evict her from her home for
living without utilities.
2014 Feb 20, In Georgia Sarah
Jones (27), a camera assistant, was killed by a freight train on the
set of the film “Midnight Rider." On July 3 prosecutors announced
indictments against three filmmakers on charges of involuntary
manslaughter. On March 9, 2015, director Randall Miller was
sentenced to two years in jail as part of a plea
(SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/15, p.A6)
2014 Feb 20, Guantanamo Bay
prisoner Ahmed al-Darbi (39) of Saudi Arabia pleaded guilty to war
crimes charges for helping plan the suicide bombing of an oil tanker
off Yemen in 2002 that killed a crewman and wounded a dozen others.
2014 Feb 20, Former New
Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted on 20 counts accepting bribes.
(Econ, 2/15/14, p.28)
2014 Feb 20, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on foot killed a security guard and wounded four
civilians outside a hospital in northern Kabul.
2014 Feb 20, In Albania more
than 5,000 opposition supporters marched peacefully through the
capital Tirana, accusing the government of failing to fight poverty
2014 Feb 20, Former News of the
World editor Rebekah Brooks (45) was acquitted of one charge at
Britain's phone hacking trial as she began her defense against four
2014 Feb 20, Formula One boss
Bernie Ecclestone won a multimillion-dollar case at London's High
Court relating to the sale of F1 in 2005.
2014 Feb 20, The Organization
of Islamic Cooperation, the world's largest bloc of Islamic
countries, agreed to send a high-level fact-finding mission to the
Central African Republic. The Saudi Arabia-based OIC also agreed to
appoint a special representative to coordinate efforts with the
African Union and the United Nations.
2014 Feb 20, China's capital
Beijing issued an emergency pollution alert for the first time,
warning residents to reduce outdoor activities and construction
sites to control dust given a forecast of heavy smog over the next
2014 Feb 20, In Egypt two
Al-Jazeera journalists who went on trial with other colleagues
shouted from the defendants' cage that they faced "psychologically
unbearable" conditions in prison.
2014 Feb 20, German police
raided the homes of nine elderly men suspected of serving as SS
guards at the Auschwitz death camp and arrested three of them on
allegations of accessory to murder.
2014 Feb 20, India's Parliament
approved a plan to create a 29th state following days of political
mayhem over the division of southern Andhra Pradesh state.
2014 Feb 20, In India police
found the body of Erin Willinger, an American woman, in a deserted
part of Agra near the Taj Mahal. Police said she was stabbed to
death by her husband, Bunty Sharma, who then committed suicide by
igniting cooking gas. They had been married for four months.
(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 20, Rights groups
criticized an agreement between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia aimed at
giving Indonesian maids more protection in the kingdom, with one
saying "justice is still far away" for them.
2014 Feb 20, Iran and world
powers agreed a timetable and framework for the ambitious and
arduous process of hammering out a lasting nuclear accord by July 20
that satisfies all sides.
2014 Feb 20, Italy's parliament
passed a law that will phase out state financing of political
parties, in response to public anger over its high cost and the
tendency for it to breed waste and corruption.
2014 Feb 20, In Lebanon
Abdelrahman Diab (Abdel Rahman Youssef), an Alawite official in the
Arab Democratic Party, was gunned down in Tripoli. A 2nd man, a
Sunni, was also killed.
(AFP, 2/20/14)(Reuters, 2/20/14)
2014 Feb 20, Libyans voted on
who should draft a new constitution they hope will help defuse a
potentially deadly conflict between powerful militias and parliament
members backed by armed factions.
2014 Feb 20, In North Korea
dozens of elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades
reunited at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort, weeping and
embracing in a rush of words and emotion.
2014 Feb 20, Pakistani air
force jets bombed militant hideouts in the country's volatile
northwest after government efforts to negotiate a peace deal with
the Pakistani Taliban broke down earlier this week. 15 people were
(AP, 2/20/14)(AFP, 2/20/14)
2014 Feb 20, Two Saudi security
officers and two people they were trying to detain were killed in a
gunfight in the eastern town of al-Awamiya, an area where minority
Shi'ite Muslims have staged regular anti-government protests.
2014 Feb 20, In northern Syria
a powerful explosion rocked the Bab al-Salama border crossing with
Turkey, killing at least 5 people and wounding many others.
2014 Feb 20, In Thailand
protesters campaigning to oust PM Yingluck Shinawatra turned to
Facebook and other social media to attack businesses linked to her
family and rallied outside the offices of a property developer whose
share price tumbled.
2014 Feb 20, In Ukraine
protesters, fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, tossed
firebombs and advanced upon police lines in Kiev. Government snipers
shot back and the almost-medieval melee that ensued left at least 70
people dead. Ukraine's Interior ministry says 67 police were
captured by protesters. The head of Kiev's city administration quit
the party of President Viktor Yanukovich in protest at the bloodshed
on the streets.
(AP, 2/20/14)(Reuters, 2/20/14)
2014 Feb 20, In Venezuela
security forces faced off with demonstrators in streets blocked by
burning barricades in several cities in an escalation of protests
against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.
2014 Feb 20, Yemen police
opened fire on a protest march on Khor Maksar late today, killing
one demonstrator and wounding 12 others.
2014 Feb 21, US officials
announced that California’s Central Valley farmers would get no
irrigation water from the federal government due to the current
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A1)
2014 Feb 21, California state
Sen. Ron Calderon (56) and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom
Calderon (59), were indicted on a broad range of federal public
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.C2)
2014 Feb 21, US District Judge
Sharon Johnson ruled that same-sex marriages can begin immediately
in Cook County, Ill.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 21, The head of
Croatia's Bishops Conference, Archbishop Zelimir Puljic, said the
Rev. Nedeljko Ivanov has been found guilty of sexually abusing
minors in 1980s and 1990s. Ivanov was ordered to apologize to the
victims and donate part of his pension to charity.
2014 Feb 21, The EU bloc's
executive Commission added Bavarian pretzels to its "protected
2014 Feb 21, In Germany a
strike by security staff at Frankfurt airport caused nearly 50
flight cancellations and delayed thousands of passengers, bringing
chaos to Europe's third largest hub.
2014 Feb 21, India came under
pressure over the deaths of over 450 nationals in almost two years
in Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International
called on the Indian government to release more information about
the deaths amid mounting criticism over safety and working
conditions in Qatar.
2014 Feb 21, A Myanmar state
minister said a jade boulder weighing up to 50 tons was discovered
by miners just over a week ago in the northern region of Hpakant.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 21, In Pakistan
Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said there was still hope peace
negotiations might resume.
2014 Feb 21, Philippine
authorities killed at least 7 alleged drug traffickers and arrested
36 others in raids in in Davao city's coastal Tibungco district.
2014 Feb 21, In Russia 200
people were arrested near a Moscow court as it convicted eight
defendants of mass riots and attacking police at a 2012 protest
against Pres. Putin, a case widely seen as a crackdown on dissent.
(AFP, 2/21/14)(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 21, In Somalia 9
al-Shabab militants wearing military fatigues and carrying guns and
grenades died after attacking the presidential palace with two car
bombs, in an assault the president called a "media spectacular" by a
"dying animal." 2 government officials were killed.
2014 Feb 21, In Spain
international mediators said the armed Basque separatist group ETA
has placed a small quantity of guns and explosives out of use in
what is seen as a first step toward an unconditional total
2014 Feb 21, A Spanish court
ruled that Arthur Budovsky (40), accused of being behind Liberty
Reserves, one of the world's biggest money laundering businesses,
can be extradited to the US to face charges there.
2014 Feb 21, The Syrian army
intensified its aerial bombardment of southern Syria as opposition
fighters were preparing to launch a wide offensive in a province
bordering Jordan. In Geneva the UN’s refugee agency called on
countries to make commitments to provide resettlement for an
additional 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016. A group of 38
male evacuees from besieged parts of Homs were released after
investigation, leaving almost 200 others still being held.
(AP, 2/21/14)(AFP, 2/21/14)
2014 Feb 21, In Tunisia an
Islamist official in Libya's government and 10 other passengers and
crew were killed when a Libyan military plane carrying medical
patients crashed near Tunis.
2014 Feb 21, Ukraine's
opposition leaders signed a deal with the president and European and
Russian mediators for early elections and a new government in hopes
of ending a deadly political crisis. Ukraine's parliament voted to
return the ex-Soviet country to its 2004 constitution, which limits
the president's powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key
(AP, 2/21/14)(AFP, 2/21/14)
2014 Feb 21, The UN refugee
agency said around 28,000 people have fled from conflict-torn
Central African Republic to neighbouring Cameroon since the start of
2014 Feb 21, Yemeni forces shot
dead one protester and wounded 16 others as secessionists in the
southern city of Aden defied a ban on protests.
2014 Feb 22, A barge ran into a
towboat on the Mississippi River near Vancherie, La. A 65-mile
stretch of the river was closed to traffic for a day as crews
cleaned up some 31,500 gallons of spilled oil.
(SFC, 2/24/14, p.A5)(SFC, 2/25/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 22, Afghan President
Karzai's High Peace Council said it has held meetings with a
breakaway faction of senior Taliban leaders in Dubai. The Taliban
has denied links to the faction, organized by former Taliban finance
minister Aga Jan Mohtism.
2014 Feb 22, In Brazil 9
members of a gang that specialized in blowing up teller machines
were killed in a shootout with police after some 80 officers
confronted 15 armed men after they used dynamite to blow up a cash
machine in Itamonte, Minas Gerais state.
(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 22, In Central African
Republic 3 Muslim civilians were shot dead when the taxi carrying
them was stopped by an angry mob in Bangui.
2014 Feb 22, An Egyptian court
acquitted six police officers on charges of killing 83 protesters
during the country's 2011 revolution, the latest in a string of
trials that rights group say failed to hold the country's security
forces accountable for demonstrators' deaths.
2014 Feb 22, Iran some 100
French corporate bigwigs held business talks in Tehran. American
business representatives were also in town.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.39)
2014 Feb 22, Iraq's defense
ministry announced a 72-hour halt to military operations in
Fallujah, which has been held by anti-government fighters for weeks.
The announcement raised the possibility of negotiations to end the
crisis, during which gunmen have also seized parts of Ramadi. 4
military officers and five soldiers were killed as bombs targeted an
army patrol in al-Saadiyah. In Tikrit blasts near the homes of local
security and civilian officials killed five people and wounded 18. A
military helicopter crashed in a remote area west of Baghdad,
killing its four-member crew.
(AFP, 2/22/14)(AP, 2/22/14)(AP, 2/23/14)
2014 Feb 22, Italy swore in a
new coalition government under Matteo Renzi (39). His Democratic
Party was propped up by supporters of former premier Mario Monti and
former loyalists of Silvio Berlusconi.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 22, In Lebanon a
suicide bombing against soldiers killed at least 3 people in Hermel.
The Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked group, soon claimed
2014 Feb 22, Libyan police
arrested six Qataris at Benghazi airport as they tried to board a
plane to Turkey using forged Libyan passports and carrying almost
2014 Feb 22, Mexican marines in
Mazatlan arrested Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin Guzman (56). His
dominance of the drugs trade and ability to elude the law since
escaping from prison in 2001 had lent him almost mythical status.
(Reuters, 2/23/14)(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A3)
2014 Feb 22, In Pakistan 9
militants were killed in helicopter gunship attacks targeting
insurgent hideouts in the Hangu region.
2014 Feb 22, The World Health
Organization began a campaign to prevent outbreaks of cholera in
temporary camps in South Sudan housing thousands of people who have
fled the country's two-month-old conflict.
2014 Feb 22, Syrian state TV
said government forces have captured two rebel-held areas on the
edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. In the northeast Kurdish
members of the “People's Protection Units" captured Tel Brak in a
battle left some 19 people dead.
2014 Feb 22, In Syria Akram
al-Bunni, a prominent leftist writer and former political prisoner,
was abducted by government intelligence agents as he left a wedding
reception at a Damascus hotel.
2014 Feb 22, In Thailand a
5-year-old girl was killed and about three dozen people wounded in
an attack on an anti-government rally in the eastern province of
2014 Feb 22, Turkey's interior
ministry said 1,000 police officers have been removed in the wake of
a major corruption probe against key government allies but said
these were only "routine" re-assignments.
2014 Feb 22, In Ukraine
protesters took control of Kiev, seizing the president's office as
parliament voted to oust him and form a new government. President
Viktor Yanukovych described the events as a coup and insisted he
would not step down. Parliament voted to call early presidential
elections for May 25. Leaders of mainly Russian-speaking regions of
eastern Ukraine that are loyal to the president challenged the
legitimacy of the national parliament and said they were taking
control of their territories.
(AP, 2/22/14)(Reuters, 2/22/14)
2014 Feb 22, The heads of four
Ukrainian security bodies, including the police's Berkut anti-riot
units, appeared in parliament and declared they would not take part
in any conflict with the people. Yulia Tymoshenko left imprisonment
and spoke to a massive, adoring crowd, while President Viktor
Yanukovych decamped to eastern Ukraine and vowed he would remain in
(Reuters, 2/22/14)(AP, 2/23/14)
2014 Feb 22, Vatican Pope
Francis appointed his first batch of cardinals, as his predecessor
Benedict made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony.
2014 Feb 22, In Venezuela tens
of thousands of opponents of Pres. Maduro filled the streets of
Caracas in their biggest rally to date.
(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A9)
2014 Feb 23, In Wisconsin three
men broke into a Madison home looking for money, found a couple
lying in bed and assaulted the woman, who was six months pregnant.
Efemia A. Neumaier told the assailants they'd find at least $1,500
in cash in the home of the man she was seeing, but that the men
broke into the wrong home. Michon A. Thomas, Eric D. Bass and
Kristopher J. Hughes all faced robbery and sexual assault charges.
2014 Feb 23, The Afghan Taliban
killed 21 soldiers in an assault on in a remote mountainous region
in Kunar province. Six soldiers were missing after the militants'
most deadly assault on the security forces in months.
2014 Feb 23, In Sidney,
Australia, finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies (G-20)
agreed to implement policies that will boost world GDP by more than
$2 trillion over the coming five years.
2014 Feb 23, In Bangladesh
gunmen opened fire and tossed bombs at a prison van carrying
militants of a banned Islamist movement to a court house, freeing
three of their colleagues and killing a policeman.
2014 Feb 23, In Brazil a
34-year-old football fan was beaten to death by supporters from a
rival team following a high-profile match in the Sao Paulo state
2014 Feb 23, Chinese Foreign
Minister Wang Yi held talks in Baghdad on issues ranging from trade
to arming Iraq's hard-pressed security forces, on the first such
visit in over a decade.
2014 Feb 23, In Hong Kong
thousands rallied outside government headquarters demanding the
city's leader uphold media freedoms amid growing anger towards
perceived behind-the-scenes intrusions on local media outlets.
2014 Feb 23, In Israel Samuel
Sheinbein (34), an American-Israeli prisoner, reportedly stole a gun
from one of his guards before special forces shot him dead. An
initial investigation revealed that the weapon was actually brought
in from the outside. Sheinbein, was tried in Israel in 1999, and
sentenced to 24 years for his slaying and dismemberment in Maryland
of 19-year-old Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr.
2014 Feb 23, In the Ivory Coast
at least 4 soldiers and several attackers were killed when suspected
gunmen from Liberia raided a border town in the west of the country.
2014 Feb 23, In southern
Lebanon 2 UN peacekeepers died and three were injured in a car
2014 Feb 23, In northern Mali a
miner said that 8 armed men closed the large Taoudenie salt mine by
forcing more than 800 workers to leave.
2014 Feb 23, In Mali 5 bodies
were discovered in two graves near the Kati military barracks
outside Bamako. The victims were wearing military clothing but their
identities had not been confirmed.
2014 Feb 23, Nigeria’s military
said it has sealed its northern border with Cameroon in an effort to
shut out Islamist militants using its neighbor as a launch pad for
2014 Feb 23, Shell Nigeria
closed a 6,000-km (3,700-mile) oil pipeline to repair leaks from oil
2014 Feb 23, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb planted at a busy bus terminal near a police station
exploded, killing 14 people and wounding 15 in Kohat near the
country's lawless tribal region. Pakistani fighter jets attacked
suspected militant hideouts in Tirah valley, killing at least 18
(AP, 2/23/14)(Reuters, 2/23/14)(SFC, 2/24/14,
2014 Feb 23, Vladimir Putin
ordered officials to start work on taking control of Crimea. This
was weeks before a referendum which, the Kremlin later asserted,
prompted the region's annexation from Ukraine. This information was
not made public until March 8. , 2015.
2014 Feb 23, The Winter
Olympics In Sochi, Russia, ended after 17 days with a handoff to the
next Winter Games host city, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russian
athletes claimed 33 medals, their largest haul ever.
2014 Feb 23, In Saudi Arabia a
woman (81) died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS,
bringing to 61 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of
2014 Feb 23, In Syria 2 suicide
bombers killed a senior al-Qaida operative, blowing themselves up
inside the militant leader's compound in Aleppo. Rebels said Abu
Khaled al-Suri was the representative of al-Qaida chief Ayman
al-Zawahri in Syria. A car bomb exploded near a charity field
hospital close to the Turkish border. At least one person was
killed. Another 60 boys and men, who were being held by Syrian
authorities after their evacuation from besieged Homs, were
(AP, 2/23/14)(AFP, 2/24/14)
2014 Feb 23, In Thailand an
apparent grenade attack against anti-government protesters occupying
an upscale shopping area of Bangkok killed 3 people, including 2
children. On Sep 4, 2015, a court sentenced four men to life
imprisonment over the deaths. The verdict was commuted from the
death sentence because they had confessed to the charges.
(AP, 2/23/14)(AFP, 9/4/15)
2014 Feb 23, In Togo 18 people
were killed and 40 others injured, 25 of them seriously, in a
collision between a bus and a lorry.
2014 Feb 23, Ukraine’s
Parliament voted to hand the president’s power to speaker Oleksandr
Turchinov, a top opposition figure, plunging Ukraine into new
uncertainty after a deadly political standoff.
2014 Feb 24, Harold Ramis
(b.1944), American writer, director and actor, died at his
Chicago-area home. His film work included Meatballs" (1979),
“Caddyshack" (1980), “Ghostbusters" (1984), “Groundhog Day"
(1993), and “Analyze This" (1999).
(SFC, 2/25/14, p.C2)
2014 Feb 24, In Central African
Republic Chadian peacekeepers shot dead 3 civilians in a Christian
neighborhood of Bangui. Witnesses said anti-Balaka Christian
militiamen killed at least 70 Muslims in the remote southwest
village of Guen earlier this month.
(Reuters, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/24/14)
2014 Feb 24, The
military-installed government of Egyptian PM Hazem al-Beblawi said
it has resigned, ahead of a presidential poll which will likely
bring army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power. Beblawi said his
government would remain in a caretaker role until the interim
president signs off on the resignations.
2014 Feb 24, France passed the
Florange law in response to ArcelorMittal’s 2013 closure of the
Florange blast furnace in northeast France. It was set to go fully
into force in March 2016 at which point shareholders in listed
French companies will see their voting rights double.
(http://tinyurl.com/loqnsvl)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.12)
2014 Feb 24, Indian attorney
general Ghoolam Vahanvati told the Supreme Court the prosecution did
not intend to proceed against Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre
and Salvatore Girone, accused of killing two fisherman, under the
anti-piracy section of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts. The sailors
said they mistook two fishermen for pirates during the incident in
February 2012, off the coast of Kerala state.
2014 Feb 24, Indian soldiers
killed 7 rebels in a gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region of
2014 Feb 24, Indonesian
officials said floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains
killed at least 11 people in Papua province.
(SFC, 2/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 24, In Iraq Atheel
al-Nujaifi, governor of Nineveh province and the parliament
speaker's brother, survived the third attempt on his life this
month, as violence across the country killed 35 people.
(AFP, 2/24/14)(AFP, 2/25/14)
2014 Feb 24, Two Israeli raids
hit a Hezbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria. Lebanon's
National News Agency soon confirmed the report, adding that the
raids struck the countryside of the Lebanese border town of Nabi
2014 Feb 24, In Lebanon actress
and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie completed a surprise 3-day visit
to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of
Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement
Syria's three-year conflict has created.
2014 Feb 24, Libyan police
found 7 Egyptian Christians shot dead on a beach outside Benghazi.
This was the second such execution-style killing in Libya since the
start of the year.
2014 Feb 24, In Morocco
hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks and stones
stormed the six-meter (20-foot) high double barbed wire border fence
in a bid to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla, with
about 100 of them making it across.
2014 Feb 24, In northwest
Pakistan unknown gunmen near Miranshah killed Asmatullah Shaheen
Bitani, a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban, along with 3 of
his aides. 2 security guards were killed and more than a dozen
people wounded in a suicide bombing outside the Iranian consulate in
(AFP, 2/24/14)(Reuters, 2/24/14)(SFC, 2/25/14,
2014 Feb 24, Hamas authorities
said Gaza police have arrested family members over the deaths of two
Palestinian teenage girls, one of them the victim of a suspected
(AF P, 2/24/14)
2014 Feb 24, A Russian court
sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years over a
protest against President Vladimir Putin as police detained hundreds
of supporters outside.
2014 Feb 24, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for a week by a court for resisting
arrest at a protest over the convictions of activists for attacking
police at a 2012 rally against President Putin. On Feb 28 a Moscow
court put Navalny under house arrest, forbidding him from using the
Internet or communicating with anyone outside his family.
(Reuters, 2/25/14)(AP, 2/28/14)
2014 Feb 24, In Saudi Arabia
three security officers were wounded, one critically, by gunfire
outside a police station in a flashpoint village in the mostly
Shi'ite Muslim area of Qatif.
2014 Feb 24, In central Syria
air raids on rebel-held towns killed 18 people. Airstrikes killed
some 10 people in the northern city of Sheikh Khader.
(Reuters, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/24/14)
2014 Feb 24, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protests in Bangkok, has
been staying outside the city and ruled out resigning despite a
series of deadly attacks heaping pressure on her administration.
2014 Feb 24, A taped
conversation of Turkey’s PM Erdogan speaking with his younger son
Bilal was posted on You Tube. It dated to Dec 17 when police raided
the homes of several members of Erdogan’s cabinet and business
allies as part of a corruption probe.
(Econ, 3/1/14, p.53)
2014 Feb 24, Uganda's Pres.
Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality,
defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors
and a US warning that it will complicate relations.
2014 Feb 24, Ukraine's acting
government issued an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovych,
accusing him of mass crimes against the protesters who stood up for
months against his rule. The head of the city administration in
Sevastopol quit amid the turmoil, and protesters replaced a
Ukrainian flag near the city hall building with a Russian flag.
Andriy Klyuyev, President Viktor Yanukovych's chief of staff until
Sunday, was wounded by gunfire and hospitalized.
(AP, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/25/14)
2014 Feb 24, In Uruguay Carlos
Paez Vilaro (90), a self-trained painter, sculptor, screenwriter,
musician and architect, died. He championed Afro-Uruguayan Candombe
music and dance, created colorful murals in dozens of cities around
the world, and built a huge "living sculpture" that became an iconic
2014 Feb 24, Pope Francis
announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and
inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics
secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and
procurement functions of the Holy See.
2014 Feb 24, In Venezuela
anti-government demonstrators set up barricades in Caracas, snarling
traffic, despite calls from within the opposition to rein in
protests in which at least 11 people have died in the OPEC nation.
2014 Feb 25, California
authorities said police officers in King City had taken part in a
scheme in which over 200 cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were
impounded and later sold when owners could not pay fees. Four
officers were arrested in the case. The arrests, which also included
a former police chief, came after a six-month probe of the police
department launched in September when a visiting investigator —
there to check out a homicide — heard from numerous sources that the
community didn't trust its police department.
(SFC, 2/26/14, p.A6)(AP, 2/27/14)
2014 Feb 25, Jim Lange (1932),
former TV game host, died in Mill Valley, Ca. His shows included
“The Dating Game" (1965-1978), “Hollywood Connection," “$100,000
Name That Tune" and “The Newlywed Game."
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.D2)
2014 Feb 25, British police
arrested former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and three other
people in the latest in a string of detentions linked to suspected
terror offences relating to Syria.
2014 Feb 25, Canada-based
BlackBerry said it will release a low-cost phone in Indonesia in
April and plans a broader release of a phone that restores a beloved
row of control keys with a track pad.
2014 Feb 25, A Chinese
state-run newspaper, the Yanzhao Metropolis Daily, reported that man
in a smog-ridden northern city has become the first person in China
to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution.
2014 Feb 25, Croatia's trade
unions, representing both public and private sector employees,
staged a nationwide two-hour strike, firing a warning shot against
the government's plan to make labor rules more flexible.
2014 Feb 25, Egypt's interim
Pres. Adly Mansour named construction magnate Ibrahim Mehlib to
replace Hazem el-Beblaw. Mehlib had led Arab Contractors, Egypt's
biggest construction company.
2014 Feb 25, Members of the
European Parliament voted through the world's toughest carbon
dioxide standards for new cars, prompting a cautious welcome from
2014 Feb 25, Ghana's Pres. John
Dramani Mahama was heckled by opposition lawmakers while he outlined
plans to boost the country's economy, as a free-falling currency
sparks frustration over living costs.
2014 Feb 25, In Guinea
secondary school student Moussa Mara was hospitalized after being
kicked in the stomach during a football match in his neighborhood.
Conakry doctors reportedly demanded 300 euros ($410) from his family
to treat the boy, but they were unable to pay. Classmates stumped up
the cash but Mara died on the operating table.
2014 Feb 25, In Iraq attacks,
including a suicide bombing near the Anbar provincial council
headquarters in Ramadi, killed 12 people.
2014 Feb 25, Japan’s government
published a draft energy plan which put nuclear power at the core.
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.43)
2014 Feb 25, The website of
Tokyo-based Mt. Gox was returning a blank page today. The
disappearance of the site follows the Feb 23 resignation of Mt. Gox
CEO Mark Karpeles from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation, a group
seeking legitimacy for the currency, and a withdrawal ban imposed at
the exchange earlier this month.
2014 Feb 25, Malawi President
Joyce Banda (63) faced calls to resign, after an audit revealed $32
million dollars of state funds had been stolen by corrupt officials
between April and September of 2013.
(AFP, 2/25/14)(Econ, 5/24/14, p.44)
2014 Feb 25, An independent
human rights group presented evidence directly implicating the
Myanmar government in abusive and discriminatory policies targeting
members of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
2014 Feb 25, In northeastern
Nigeria gunmen from the Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding
school early today, killing 59 people, many of whom died in flames
as the school was burned to the ground in Buni Yadi, Yobe state.
(AFP, 2/25/14)(Reuters, 2/26/14)
2014 Feb 25, The Norwegian
defense group Kongsberg says it has been charged with corruption
relating to its activities in Romania. The charges were linked to
deliveries of communication equipment to Romania from 1999 to 2008.
2014 Feb 25, Pakistan said that
work on a pipeline to import gas from Iran cannot proceed because of
sanctions imposed by the United Sates and the European Union on
2014 Feb 25, Pakistani military
jets and helicopter gunships killed nearly 25 insurgents in the
latest tribal area strikes.
2014 Feb 25, In the Republic of
Congo a former minister under ousted president Francois Bozize,
Patrice Edouard Ngaissona -- who calls himself the coordinator of
the mostly Christian "anti-balaka" (anti-machete) militia, was
arrested along with two aides and transferred to Brazzaville.
2014 Feb 25, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for a week by a court for resisting
arrest at a protest over the convictions of activists for attacking
police at a 2012 rally against President Putin.
2014 Feb 25, In South Africa 5
illegal miners were found dead in an abandoned shaft near
2014 Feb 25, In Syria Abu
Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the Nusra Front, called on the Islamic
State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group to agree to arbitration by
religious scholars to end more than a year of feuding which has
turned violent in some areas.
2014 Feb 25, Thailand announced
a slump in trade figures with the biggest drop in imports in more
than four years in January, as months of anti-government protests
extended their economic toll.
2014 Feb 25, In Thailand an
accident at a hospital construction site near Bangkok killed at
least 11 people and injured 18 others.
2014 Feb 25, Turkish PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan condemned leaked recordings of him and his son
allegedly discussing how to hide large sums of money as a "vile
attack" by rivals, as calls mounted for his beleaguered government
to resign. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse
several hundred people protesting against the government at an
(AFP, 2/25/14)(Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014 Feb 25, A Ugandan
newspaper published a list of what it called the country's "200 top"
homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified
themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh
2014 Feb 25, In Zimbabwe a
petrol bomb hit the home of top opposition official and former
finance minister Tendai Biti, the second such attack in three years.
2014 Feb 26, A US appeals court
ordered YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked
violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the
actors. The 2012 video that led to rioting and deaths because of its
negative portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad. The company argued that
the filmmakers and not the actors of "Innocence of Muslims" owned
the copyright and only they could remove it from YouTube.
2014 Feb 26, Arizona Gov. Jan
Brewer vetoed a bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits
to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to
(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 26, In Colorado the
body of Nancy Pfister (57) was found in a closet at her home in
Aspen. Her parents had co-founded the Buttermilk ski area. William
Styler III (65) and his wife Nancy (62) were arrested on March 3 on
suspicion of murder. Katherine Carpenter (56) was arrested on March
14 also on suspicion of murder.
(SFC, 3/17/14, p.A8)
2014 Feb 26, In New Jersey
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack (48) was removed from office by a judge 19
days after a jury found him guilty of corruption.
(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A8)
2014 Feb 26, In Texas a federal
judge declared the state’s same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but
allowed enforcement of the ban pending an appeal.
(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 26, In Bahrain Jaffar
Mohammed Jaffar (23), suffering from sickle-cell anemia, died a week
after being taken to the hospital. Jaffar was one of several
suspects detained in connection with an operation in December that
resulted in the seizure of stocks of weapons and explosives,
including some being smuggled in by sea.
2014 Feb 26, The Cambodian
Anti-Drug Authority said it has banned the import, sale and
promotion of e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco, a favorite of
2014 Feb 26, Canadian
anesthesiologist Dr. George Doodnaught (65) was sentenced to 10
years in prison for sexually assaulting 21 sedated women.
(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 26, An Egyptian court
convicted 26 people of forming a terrorist group to launch an attack
on the country's vital Suez Canal waterway, with almost all
receiving death sentences in absentia.
2014 Feb 26, Estonian Foreign
Minister Urmas Paet told EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in
a phone call that the Ukrainian opposition to president Viktor
Yanukovych may have been involved in sniper attacks (Feb 18-20).
News of the call was leaked in early March and prompted Russian
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to call for an OSCE investigation.
(AFP, 3/8/14)(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 26, EU lawmakers voted
for the larger warning labels with the inclusion of gruesome
pictorials plus a ban on most flavored tobacco products and tighter
regulation of e-cigarettes.
2014 Feb 26, Germany's top
court struck down the country's 3% electoral threshold for political
parties to win seats in the European Parliament.
2014 Feb 26, Greek dock workers
across the country walked off the job in a 24-hour strike to protest
plans to sell a stake in the Piraeus Port Authority, the country's
2014 Feb 26, In Guinea hundreds
of youths "armed with sticks, clubs and even knives looted,
ransacked and set fire to the police station" and two local
government buildings in Fria. They were protesting against the
killing by police of a teenager accused of possessing drugs. Conakry
school pupils took to the streets after the death of one of their
classmates in a hospital, accusing doctors of "negligence."
2014 Feb 26, Hong Kong
newspaper editor Kevin Lau (49), who became the center of
controversy last month after being sacked from his post, struggled
for his life after being stabbed multiple times by an unknown
attacker in Hong Kong. On August 13, 2015, Yip Kim-wah and Wong
Chi-wah were convicted of causing "grievous bodily harm with intent"
in the stabbing. On August 21 both men were jailed for 19 years. The
two men told police they had each been paid HK$100,000 ($12,900) to
attack Lau but refused to say who paid them.
2/26/14)(Reuters, 8/13/15)(Reuters, 8/20/15)
2014 Feb 26, India's navy chief
resigned after a submarine accident off the coast of Mumbai saw two
sailors missing and another seven injured on the Russian-built INS
Sindhuratna. Rescuers a day later found the bodies of two Indian
navy officers inside the submarine.
(AFP, 2/26/14)(AP, 2/27/14)
2014 Feb 26, The International
Criminal Court led calls for the government of Democratic Republic
of Congo to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar Bashir, who is
wanted on charges of genocide in Darfur.
2014 Feb 26, A Kenyan court
dropped charges against 41 men and released on bail 29 others
arrested on Feb 2 during a raid on a mosque accused of supporting
2014 Feb 26, In Mexico hundreds
of people marched on the streets of Culiacan demanding that
authorities free Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the boss of the powerful
Sinaloa drug cartel. Many said he provides needed jobs in poor
2014 Feb 26, Nigerian soldiers
abandoned checkpoints and fled into the bush, leaving five
northeastern villages and a town at the mercy of Islamic extremists
who killed at least 33 people and firebombed a theological college
in overnight attacks that lasted hours.
(AP, 2/27/14)(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 26, Pakistan vowed to
press on with deadly air attacks on Taliban militants as it unveiled
its first ever counter-terrorism policy after battling a homegrown
Islamist insurgency for a decade.
2014 Feb 26, Ministers from
Romania's Liberals resigned from the government, a day after the
party quit the ruling coalition in a break-up that will trigger a
confidence vote and has changed the dynamics of a presidential
election in November.
2014 Feb 26, Moscow granted
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych protection "on the territory
of Russia," shortly after the fugitive leader sought help from the
2014 Feb 26, Saudi Arabia
beheaded one its citizens in Eastern Province after he was convicted
of murdering a compatriot.
2014 Feb 26, In South Sudan
Doctors Without Border said that the extreme violence and lack of
respect for health care workers shown by warring sides has made the
group's work almost impossible. Sick patients have been shot to
death in their beds and medical facilities have been looted and
burned to the ground.
2014 Feb 26, Syrian state media
said army troops killed 175 rebels in an ambush south of Damascus, a
major attack targeting mostly al-Qaida-linked fighters as part of a
government effort to secure the capital.
2014 Feb 26, Turkey's president
approved a controversial bill limiting the independence of the
judiciary — a law that is widely interpreted as a government
response to corruption allegations brought by prosecutors that have
recently implicated PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Parliament approved a
watered-down version of a new Internet law that would give Turkey's
telecommunications authority the power to shut down websites for
privacy violations, although it would have to obtain court approval
within 24 hours.
2014 Feb 26, In Ukraine
fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in
the strategic Crimea region as Russian President Vladimir Putin
ordered massive military exercises just across the border.
2014 Feb 26, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing sanctions
against individuals and organizations threatening peace, security or
stability in Yemen.
2014 Feb 27, Yahoo Inc.
strongly condemned a reported multiyear effort by American (NSA) and
British (GCHQ) spy agencies to snatch webcam images from the
Internet’s giant’s user accounts in a program code-named Optical
nerve starting in 2008.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.C1)
2014 Feb 27, In San Francisco
five police officers and a former officer faced federal corruption
charges following a 3-year investigation. Surveillance video showed
officers abusing and stealing from residential hotel dwellers.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A1)
2014 Feb 27, Google gave the SF
Municipal Transportation Authority (MUNI) $6.8 million to fund two
years of free transit for kids.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A1)
2014 Feb 27, In Hawaii a small
plane crashed after takeoff from Lanai Island killing 3 people and
leaving three others injured.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 27, In southwestern
China a bus in Guiyang caught fire near an elementary school with
about 50 people inside. 6 people were killed. A man suspicious of
his wife's infidelity later admitted to setting the fire.
2014 Feb 27, Huber Matos
Benitez (95), Cuban revolutionary-turned-political prisoner, died in
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.86)
2014 Feb 27, French Pres.
Francois Hollande arrived in Abuja and said France stood
shoulder-to-shoulder with Nigeria in its battle against Boko Haram.
He arrived as a guest of honor for celebrations to mark 100 years
since Nigeria's unification.
2014 Feb 27, In Germany former
Pres. Christian Wulff (54) was acquitted of corruption charges from
his time as a regional governor.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 27, In Iraq at least
21 people were killed in bombings around the capital, Baghdad.
2014 Feb 27, Israeli forces
opened fire and killed Muataz Washaha (24), a Palestinian they were
seeking to arrest in the occupied West Bank, after the man had
barricaded himself inside his house.
2014 Feb 27, Malawians marched
on the streets of Blantyre in anger at their government after a
damning audit revealed that corrupt officials had stolen over $30
million from state coffers.
2014 Feb 27, In North Korea Kim
Jung Wook, a South Korean Baptist missionary, told reporters he is
sorry for his “anti-state" crimes and appealed to North Korean
authorities to show him mercy by releasing him from their custody.
He was arrested over four months ago for allegedly trying to
establish underground Christian churches.
(AP, 2/27/14)(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 27, The Philippines
called on Malaysia, Vietnam and other claimants to join its legal
challenge to China's massive territorial claim in the South China
2014 Feb 27, In Qatar 12 people
including two children were killed when a gas tank exploded at a
Turkish restaurant in Doha.
2014 Feb 27, In Somalia a car
bomb blast in a normally quiet Mogadishu neighborhood blew the
facade off a tea shop where intelligence officers are known to
congregate, killing at least 11 people.
2014 Feb 27, Syrian TV said a
mortar shell landed near a hospital in a government-controlled
neighborhood of Homs, killing at least 5 people.
2014 Feb 27, Uganda shrugged
off foreign aid cuts and int’l criticism of its tough new anti-gay
law, saying it could do without Western aid. Denmark, Norway and the
Netherlands cut aid over Uganda’s anti-gay law.
(AFP, 2/27/14)(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 27, Ukraine's new
prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused the government of ousted
President Viktor Yanukovich of stripping state coffers bare and said
37 billion dollars of credit it had received had disappeared. Armed
men seized the parliament in the Crimea region and raised the
Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to
abuse its navy base rights on the peninsula by moving troops around.
2014 Feb 27, The United Arab
Emirates' state news agency said two crew members have been killed
in the crash of a military training aircraft.
2014 Feb 28, In Michigan a
Macomb County court convicted James Brown (25) in the killing of 4
women at his Sterling heights home in December, 2011. Their bodies
were stuffed in car trunks and left miles away in a Detroit
(SFC, 3/1/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 28, In Rhode Island
former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau, convicted in 2012 of
corruption, was freed from prison after pleading guilty to accepting
a bribe. An appeals court had thrown his earlier conviction into
(SFC, 3/1/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 28, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a NATO service member.
2014 Feb 28, British
authorities said anti-fraud police have arrested 110 people in
Europe and the United States in an international crackdown on gangs
selling bogus shares that cost some investors their life savings.
2014 Feb 28, China’s Public
Security Ministry said police have rescued 382 abducted babies and
arrested 1,094 suspects in a national operation that busted four
major Internet-based baby trafficking rings.
(SFC, 3/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 28, In Egypt gunmen
killed a policeman who was on a security team guarding the home of a
judge in the jailbreak trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
Sergeant Abdallah Metwally was shot dead as he rode his motorbike
across a bridge over the Nile in the city of Mansoura.
2014 Feb 28, In Germany two
lawyers were attacked at an office in Duesseldorf. One was killed
and the other soon died of his wounds A third person was killed at
another lawyers' office in nearby Erkrath before the suspected
assailant, a Chinese-born resident, was arrested.
2014 Feb 28, A Germany rescue
helicopter crashed during a training flight off the Baltic Sea
coast, killing 3 people. One person on board survived.
2014 Feb 28, An Israeli
aircraft hit a suspected rocket launch site in the north of the Gaza
Strip late today.
2014 Feb 28, Japan-based Mt.
Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection and
chief executive Mark Karpeles said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several
hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for. On March 11 Mt Gox
filed for bankruptcy in the US.
(AP, 2/28/14)(Econ, 3/15/14, p.71)
2014 Feb 28, Latvia's Olympic
Committee secretary general said a second player on its national
men's ice hockey team is suspected to have tested positive for a
banned substance at the Sochi Winter Games.
2014 Feb 28, In Libya gunmen
shot dead Colonel Wanis Massoud al-Barghathi, an officer in the air
defense branch in Benghazi.
2014 Feb 28, In Malaysia Abdul
Taib Mahmud, the chief minister of Sarawak, retired after ruling the
state for 33 years. Environmentalists said Sarawak under his rule
has lost 90% of its virgin rainforest, mostly due to conversions to
lucrative palm oil concessions.
(Econ, 2/15/14, p.35)
2014 Feb 28, Doctors Without
Borders said it has been expelled from Myanmar and that tens of
thousands of lives are at risk. The decision came after the
humanitarian group reported it treated nearly two dozen Rohingya
Muslim victims of communal violence in Rakhine state, which the
government has denied.
2014 Feb 28, In Pakistan a band
of families, led by a 72-year-old marching in protest over missing
relatives, reached the edge of Islamabad. They began Oct. 27 in
Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.
(AFP, 2/28/14)(AP, 2/28/14)
2014 Feb 28, In Singapore
Autumn Radtke (28), the American CEO of First Meta, was found dead
at her home. Her company was a virtual currency exchange for
(SFC, 3/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 28, Jihadi social
media said Islamist militants trying to enforce their religious
strict code in rebel-held areas of Syria have cut off the hand of an
alleged thief in Aleppo province. Members of an al-Qaida-breakaway
group (ISIL) withdrew from parts of Aleppo, ahead of a March 1
deadline issued by another rebel group. Residents found at least two
mass graves in their wake, one with 17 and the other with 5 bodies.
(Reuters, 2/28/14)(AP, 2/28/14)(AP, 3/2/14)
2014 Feb 28, Switzerland,
Austria and Liechtenstein moved to freeze assets and bank accounts
of up to 20 Ukrainians including ousted president Viktor Yanukovich
and his son, after Ukraine's new rulers said billions had gone
2014 Feb 28, In eastern
Thailand at least 15 people, including 13 children, were killed when
a bus carrying students on a trip to the seaside collided with a
2014 Feb 28, Turkey's state-run
news agency said five remaining suspects jailed in a vast corruption
investigation have been released on parole pending trial. Turkey's
main opposition party asked the top court to overturn a law
tightening government control of the judiciary, which it sees as a
bid by PM Tayyip Erdogan to snuff out a corruption scandal.
(AP, 2/28/14)(Reuters, 2/28/14)
2014 Feb 28, Turkey's
parliament passed legislation to shut down private preparatory
schools many of which are an important source of income and
influence for an Islamic cleric PM Tayyip Erdogan accuses of running
a covert campaign to topple him. Lawmakers set a deadline of
September 1, 2015, to close the schools.
2014 Feb 28, In southeastern
Turkey suspected PKK gunmen abducted Abdurrahman Ecer (50), the top
elected official of Cigli village.
2014 Feb 28, Ukraine accused
Russia of a "military invasion and occupation," saying Russian
troops have taken up positions around a coast guard base and two
airports on its strategic Crimea peninsula. Russia kept silent on
the accusations, as the crisis deepened between two of Europe's
2014 Feb 28, In northern Yemen
at least 13 people died when Shi'ite Muslim fighters clashed with
security forces. The violence erupted after members of the Houthi
group staged a protest in al Hazm.
2014 Feb, The US Navy announced
that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an
estimated 20-30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at
the nuclear training unit at Charleston, SC. In August at least 34
sailors were kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating
ring that operated undetected for at least seven years.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb, Citibank said it had
lost $400 million at its Mexican subsidiary, Banamex. On May 29
Mexican authorities arrested Mr Yanez, the boss of Oceanografija, an
oil services firm, on fraud charges after Banamex found fake
invoices for contract work with Pemex.
(Econ, 6/7/14, p.78)
2014 Feb, In southern
California Xu Ting became a legal permanent US resident by virtue of
being married to someone with an advanced degree or "extraordinary
ability". She had already been sued for counterfeiting by eight
luxury brands, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and owes Chanel
Inc. $6.9 million in damages.
2014 Feb, The Ivanpah Solar
Electric Generating System began operating in the Mohave Desert on
the California-Nevada border. Birds began to immediately catch fire
and burn in flight from the intense radiation of the heliostat
mirrors. Trials in September, 2013, counted 34 bird deaths.
2014 Feb, In San Francisco
construction workers discovered human remains at the site of the new
Transbay Transit Center. They were later dated back about 7,500
(SFC, 10/21/14, p.D1)
2014 Feb, The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police laid fraud and breach-of-trust charges against
suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau and former Sen. Mac Harb that stemmed
from claims they made for housing and living expenses.
2014 Feb, A declaration against
the trade in illegal wildlife products was signed by 41 countries
including, China, the EU and Japan.
(Econ, 7/19/14, p.54)
2014 Feb, An Indian team
visited Moscow to firm up a deal under which it will pay Russia to
supply arms and equipment to the Afghan military as foreign combat
troops prepare to leave the country. An agreement was signed in
April in a move that risked infuriating Pakistan.
2014 Feb, In Moldova Mihail
Formuzal, governor of Gagauzia, organized a referendum in the
province in which an overwhelming majority called for Moldova to
join a Russian-led customs union rather than a political and trade
pact with the EU. After the referendum Russia offered an exemption
for the winemakers of Gagauzia to its general ban on wine from
2014 Feb, In Tunisia Imed
Dghij, a senior figure with the League for the Protection of the
Revolution (LPR), was arrested after threatening authorities in a
video posted online. He was sentenced in March to eight months in
jail for inciting violence and six months for attacking others on
social networks. In April an appeals court sharply reduced the first
sentence to three months and quashed the second one after
reclassifying the offence.
2014 Mar 1, In Nevada a US
fighter jet crashed during a training exercise because of a snow
storm in mountainous terrain. The pilot was later identified as
Marine Capt. Reid Nannen (32).
(SFC, 3/3/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 1, The International
Monetary Fund (IMF) said it has agreed to provide a 331 million
euros ($457 million) loan over three years to support Albania's
2014 Mar 1, Algerian police
used clubs to break up a small demonstration by some opposed to
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fourth term
in elections next month. The Algerian army shot dead an Islamist in
a mountainous region east of Algiers in an area between Tizi-Ouzou
(AP, 3/1/14)(AFP, 3/2/14)
2014 Mar 1, In southwestern
China a group of knife-wielding men attacked the Kunming Railway
Station in Yunnan province. The rampage killed 31 people and wounded
141. Police fatally shot four of the assailants, putting the overall
death toll at 33. Xinjiang separatist forces were blamed. The
Ministry of Public Security later said a "terrorist gang" of six men
and two women led by a person identified as Abdurehim Kurban was
responsible for the attack. 4 attackers were killed and 4 faced
(AP, 3/1/14)(AP, 3/2/14)(AP, 3/3/14)(Reuters,
2014 Mar 1, In China a crash in
the Yanhou Tunnel in Shaanxi province involved more than 40
vehicles, including those carrying hazardous materials. At least 31
people were killed and a resulting fire burned for three days.
2014 Mar 1, In Egypt the
youngest son of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was
detained by police on suspicion of drug possession.
2014 Mar 1, French filmmaker
Alain Resnais (91) died. His cryptic "Last Year at Marianbad" (1961)
extended its influence across generations. His films included the
acclaimed "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959) and most recently "Life of
Riley," honored at the Berlin Film Festival just weeks ago.
2014 Mar 1, Israeli troops
close to the border shot dead Amena Atiyyeh Qdeih (57), a mentally
ill Gazan woman, near to the southern city of Khan Yunis.
2014 Mar 1, Hundreds rallied in
Tokyo to protest Japanese prosecutors' decision to drop charges over
the Fukushima nuclear crisis, with no one yet punished nearly three
years after the "man-made" disaster.
2014 Mar 1, Japan pledged more
than $200 million in aid to help the Palestinian Authority, as
representatives in Indonesia from 22 nations reiterated their
support of the Palestinians' quest for their own state.
2014 Feb, In the Netherlands
the Allard Pierson museum opened the "Crimea — Gold and secrets of
the Black Sea" exhibition. In April curators said they are not sure
where to return the objects on display when it ends in August due to
Russia’s takeover of Crimea.
2014 Mar 1, In Nigeria twin car
bombs at a bustling city marketplace in Maiduguri blasted buildings
to rubble and tore apart bodies. An attack on the Mainok farming
village razed every thatched-roof hut and left at least 51 dead.
Over 100 people were reported altogether.
(AP, 3/2/14)(SFC, 3/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 1, In northwest
Pakistan militants killed 12 members of the security escort for a
polio vaccination team, detonating a roadside bomb before opening
fire on their convoy. In western Baluchistan province a roadside
bomb killed 3 members of a government paramilitary force in Sorab.
Shortly afterwards, the paramilitary Frontier Corps announced it had
killed 10 men in Sui, 300 km southeast of Quetta.
2014 Mar 1, The Pakistani
Taliban announced that the group will observe a one-month cease-fire
as part of efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the government,
throwing new life into a foundering peace process.
2014 Mar 1, Russia's parliament
granted Pres. Vladimir Putin permission to use the country's
military in Ukraine and also recommended that Moscow's ambassador be
recalled from Washington over comments made by Pres. Obama.
Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatsenyuk opened a Cabinet meeting in Kiev by
calling on Russia not to provoke discord in Crimea.
2014 Mar 1, Sergei Aksyonov,
the pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine's Crimea region, claimed
control of the military and police there and appealed to Russia's
President Vladimir Putin for help in keeping peace.
2014 Mar 1, In Spain armed
Basque separatist group ETA pledged to give up all its weapons but
warned the government that any attack or obstacle could impact
negatively on the disarmament process.
2014 Mar 1, In northwest Syria
government airstrikes killed at least 13 people in Kfar Takharim,
2014 Mar 2, At the Hollywood
Academy Awards “12 Years a Slave," directed by Steve McQueen of
Britain, won the Best Picture Oscar. Matthew McConaughtey won the
Best Actor Oscar for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club." Cate
Blanchett won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Blue Jasmine."
Actress Lupita Nyong'o (31) of Kenya won an Oscar for Best
Supporting Actress in the movie "12 Years A Slave." Jared Leto won
the Best Supporting Oscar for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club."
Alfonso Cuaron won the Best Director Oscar for “Gravity," which won
a total of seven Oscars.
(SFC, 3/3/14, p.C4)(Econ, 3/8/14, p.58)
2014 Mar 2, British director
Malcolm Clarke won the documentary short prize for "The Lady in
Number 6," a profile of musician and Holocaust survivor Alice
Herz-Sommer (d.2014 at 110).
2014 Mar 2, The Italian film
"The Great Beauty" won the Oscar for best foreign-language film.
2014 Mar 2, New Mexico Gov.
Susana Martinez signed legislation to ban texting. 41 other states
have already banned texting by all drivers.
(SFC, 3/3/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 2, A massive winter
storm system packing cold air, snow and freezing rain pummeled the
central US and headed for the East Coast.
2014 Mar 2, In eastern
Afghanistan a militant car bomb prematurely exploded overnight,
killing 9 insurgents and 4 civilians. A lone suicide bomber entered
a police station in Kandahar province, though officers' fire forced
him to detonate his explosive vest early, only wounding one
civilian. 12 Taliban escaped from the 1,200-inmate Kandahar Prison
after a prison employee falsely put their names on a list of
detainees who were scheduled for release. Two were soon recaptured.
2014 Mar 2, In Bolivia 4 people
were killed and over 60 injured when a metal footbridge collapsed
onto a group of musicians marching in the opening parade of Carnival
(SSFC, 3/2/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 2, In Hong Kong
thousands marched to support press freedom and denounce violence
following the Feb 26 attack on Kevin Lau Chun-to, former editor of
the Ming Pao newspaper.
(SFC, 3/3/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 2, In Iraq attacks in
predominantly Sunni Arab areas north and west of Baghdad killed 6
people, all members of the security forces.
2014 Mar 2, Hundreds of
thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a mass prayer in Jerusalem in
protest at a bill that would cut their community's military
exemptions and end a tradition upheld since Israel's foundation.
2014 Mar 2, Jamaican police
said they have seized over 2,100 pounds (952 kg) of marijuana and
arrested a suspect in a 2-day operation at a container terminal in
2014 Mar 2, In Libya gunmen
shot dead French engineer Patrice Real in Benghazi. A member of the
security forces was also killed by a bomb placed under his car and a
former policeman was seriously wounded. Five unidentified bodies
were found in and around the city.
2014 Mar 2, Pakistani warplanes
bombed the hideout of militant leader Mullah Tamanchey, killing 5
insurgents, only a day after the Pakistani Taliban declared a
one-month ceasefire to pursue stalled peace talks with the
government. Tamanchey had directed the deadly assault a day earlier
against a convoy carrying a polio vaccination team.
2014 Mar 2, South Africa's
biggest trade union, the 340,000-strong National Union of
Metalworkers (NUMSA), said it was laying the ground for a new
"working class" political party. The United Front Movement for
Socialism would group together left-leaning organizations to fight
for better education, healthcare and municipal services for South
2014 Mar 2, In Syria gun
battles and shelling hit the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in southern
Damascus, breaking a truce in place since mid-February.
2014 Mar 2, Ukraine mobilized
for war and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically,
after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade
2014 Mar 2, Ukraine's new PM
Arseniy Yatsenyuk and world leaders urged Russian President Vladimir
Putin to pull back his military as hundreds of armed men surrounded
a Ukrainian military base in Crimea. Ukraine's navy chief announced
he had switched allegiance to the pro-Russian authorities of the
flashpoint peninsula of Crimea, a day after he was appointed to the
post by interim leader Oleksandr Turchynov.
(AP, 3/2/14)(AFP, 3/2/14)
2014 Mar 2, Venezuela released
dozens of anti-government protesters and an Italian photographer,
but that did nothing to appease demonstrators set for more rallies
against President Nicolas Maduro. Thousands marched peacefully in
Caracas. Afterwards some 1,500 erected barricades and clashed with
National Guard troops.
(AFP, 3/2/14)(SFC, 3/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 2, In central Yemen
gunmen ambushed a colonel in the security forces, killing him and
wounding his guard. Armed tribesmen clashed with security forces on
the southern edge of Sanaa, leaving two gunmen dead and three
2014 Mar 3, In Michigan Raulie
Casteel was sentenced to 18-40 years in prison for shooting at two
dozen vehicles on a busy southeastern highway.
(SFC, 3/4/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 3, The US Supreme
Court refused to hear a final appeal against the expulsion of Uwe
Romeike, his wife and their seven children, from Morristown, Tenn.
They had lived their since fleeing Baden-Wurttemberg in 2008, where
it was against the law to home-school their children.
(Econ, 4/5/14, p.29)
2014 Mar 3, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a police vehicle in Uruzgan
province, killing 5 policemen and wounding one.
2014 Mar 3, In Bahrain an
explosion that went off while policemen were dispersing
demonstrators killed three police personnel. 25 people were arrested
over the next 24 hours on suspicion of involvement.
(Reuters, 3/3/14)(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 3, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels ambushed a police vehicle
and killed two officers outside a court in Pulwama town.
2014 Mar 3, In Iraq violence
killed at least 10 people. Sabah Noori, spokesman for Iraq's
Counter-Terrorism Service, said its forces had killed 52 jihadist
militants in fighting over the last 24 hours in Ramadi.
2014 Mar 3, Libya's parliament
moved into a five-star Tripoli hotel, a day after rioters armed with
knives and guns stormed the legislature building, torching
furniture, killing a guard and wounding six lawmakers in the latest
episode of turmoil in the country.
2014 Mar 3, In northern Nigeria
suspected Islamic militants killed 3 policemen in Katsina. The
police were killed while pursuing four gunmen on motorcycles who had
attacked a checkpoint.
(SFC, 3/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 3, In Pakistan gunmen
burst into a court in a busy shopping area in the heart of
Islamabad, killing at least 11 people in a suicide-bomb and gun
attack likely to shatter any prospect of meaningful peace talks with
2014 Mar 3, In the southern
Philippines gunmen abducted two children, their nanny and a driver
while on the way to school in a region notorious for ransom
kidnappings by Islamic militants.
2014 Mar 3, Romania's ethnic
Hungarian opposition party UDMR voted to join the leftist government
of PM Victor Ponta, and will be given the environment and culture
2014 Mar 3, Syrian troops
seized control of a village near the strategic rebel bastion of
Yabroud as they pushed closer to the town. Food deliveries to
thousands of people living in a blockaded area in southern Damascus
ground to a halt after a truce collapsed and clashes broke out
between rebels and forces loyal to the government. Fighting in and
around Yabroud killed dozens of people, including about 17 rebels,
15 government and allied militia fighters and at least 4 Hezbollah
(AFP, 3/3/14)(AP, 3/3/14)(Reuters, 3/4/14)
2014 Mar 3, Uganda said it will
send about 400 extra troops to Somalia to protect UN personnel in
2014 Mar 3, In Ukraine
pro-Russian demonstrators occupied the first floor of the regional
government building in Donetsk, the latest in days of rallies that
Kiev says are organized by Moscow as a pretext to invade. Interfax
news agency quoted a source in the Ukrainian Defense Ministry as
saying Russia's Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea
to surrender by 5 a.m. on March 4 or face a military assault. The
OSCE said it will start deploying in Ukraine late today, but Russian
objections mean the body has yet to agree on a full-scale mission.
The UN said 16,000 Russians have been deployed in Crimea.
(Reuters, 3/3/14)(AFP, 3/3/14)(SFC, 3/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 3, In Ukraine Reshat
Ametov, a Tatar construction worker and father of three, was seized
by unidentified men after taking part in a pro-Ukraine rally in
Crimea. His body, bearing signs of torture was found on March 16.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.23)
2014 Mar 3, The United Arab
Emirates' top court in Abu Dhabi convicted Qatari Dr. Mahmoud
al-Jaidah and sentenced him to seven years behind bars on charges
linked to cooperating with an illegal clandestine organization that
aimed to overthrow the government.
2014 Mar 3, The UN
Environmental Program marked its first ever World Wildlife Day to
raise awareness about an illicit global trade in illegal timber,
elephant ivory and rhino horns worth an estimated $19 billion.
2014 Mar 3, The United Nations'
highest court banned Australia from making any use of documents it
seized from a lawyer working for East Timor in an arbitration case
over a multibillion-dollar oil and gas deal between the two nations.
2014 Mar 3, The African
Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said arson and looting by
militia has displaced about 20,000 people in Darfur.
2014 Mar 3, In southern Yemen
assailants killed 5 soldiers in an ambush in Shabwa province.
2014 Mar 4, A federal judge in
New York ruled that a 2011 $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron
Corp. in Ecuador was the result of fraud, committed by lawyers who
sued the company for allegedly poisoning part of the Amazon rain
(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A1)
2014 Mar 4, In New Jersey a gas
leak and subsequent explosion killed one woman and destroyed at
least 10 homes in Ewing.
(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A8)
2014 Mar 4, Chinese
millionaires pleaded for the Canadian government not to throw away
the immigration applications of thousands of Chinese nationals as
part of its plans to end a backlogged investor program.
2014 Mar 4, In China the
Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science and Technology Co. declared
that it lacked the cash to make the full interest payment on a
corporate bond. This was China’s first domestic market bond default
since the central bank started regulating the market in 1997.
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.75)
2014 Mar 4, Cyprus's parliament
approved plans for privatizations, averting a showdown with
international lenders who insist on state selloffs as part of a 10
billion-euro ($13.77 billion) bailout.
2014 Mar 4, An Egyptian court
ruled to ban activities of the Palestinian militant group Hamas in a
move likely to fuel tension between Cairo's military-backed
government and the Islamic group that rules the neighboring Gaza
2014 Mar 4, Estonia's
three-term PM Andrus Ansip submitted his resignation in a
long-planned move to pave the way for his successor to lead a new
government into a general election next year.
2014 Mar 4, The Government of
India notified in the official gazette that the new state of
Telangana will come into existence on 2 June 2014. India's 29th
state, was carved out of Andhra Pradesh state after nearly six
decades of street protests and strikes.
2014 Mar 4, India's highest
court ordered that Subrata Roy (65), the head of the Sahara
conglomerate, to remain in custody until a March 11 hearing over
billions of dollars in an outlawed bond scheme.
2014 Mar 4, In Iraq militants
stormed a government building in Samara, killing at least 6 people
including 3 police and 3 civilians. 2 suicide bombers and 5
attackers were also killed.
2014 Mar 4, In Libya Col. Adam
Faraj al-Abdali was discovered early today with shots to his head
and chest inside his car near a cemetery in Benghazi. Col. Al-Abdali
had pioneered the use of Russian jets in Libya.
2014 Mar 4, Mexican police,
soldiers and government inspectors raided 11 iron ore yards in
Lazaro Cardenas following revelations that drug cartels were
exporting ore to China.
(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 4, In Mexico one
person was killed when illegal miners attacked the mine and offices
in Guanajuato state of a silver mine run by Canada-based Great
Panther Silver company.
2014 Mar 4, Moroccan forces
turned back some 700 sub-Saharan African migrants who attempted to
cross into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
2014 Mar 4, Nigeria said it has
released fuel from its reserves to ease a crippling shortage that
has caused long queues of vehicles at petrol stations across the
country. Shell closed its Forcados export terminal following an
under-sea pipeline leak. The major installation held capacity to
handle 400,000 barrels of crude a day.
(AFP, 3/4/14)(AP, 3/16/14)
2014 Mar 4, In the Philippines
Arsina Nanoh, the vice-mayor Hadji Muhtamad town, was abducted by
unidentified men near a shopping mall in the port city of Zamboanga.
2014 Mar 4, The US Coast Guard
said in a statement that agents with US Customs and Border
Protection have arrested two suspects and seized 750 pounds (340 kg)
of pot after spotting a go-fast vessel more than 50 miles (80 km)
off Puerto Rico's southwest coast.
2014 Mar 4, A Bucharest court
has handed prison sentences to eight Romanian football officials for
tax evasion and money laundering in connection with the transfer of
2014 Mar 4, Vladimir Putin said
that Moscow reserves the right to use its military to protect
Russians in Ukraine but voiced hope it won't need to do so as he
accusing the West of encouraging an "unconstitutional coup."
Russia's state-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom said it will
cancel a price discount for natural gas supplies to Ukraine as of
2014 Mar 4, Sri Lanka's navy
said it has detained 32 Indian fishermen who were fishing illegally
in Sri Lankan territorial waters less than two months after the two
countries agreed to work together to combat poaching.
2014 Mar 4, Syria's military
fought to take Yabroud, a town that would help Pres. al-Assad seal a
link between his coastal bastions and Damascus.
2014 Mar 4, Turkey’s President
Abdullah Gul ordered state auditors to assess Turkey's ability to
combat corruption, including in the construction sector, amid a
graft investigation that has implicated senior elected officials.
2014 Mar 4, Secretary of State
John Kerry flew to Kiev to show US support for the fledgling Ukraine
government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival
a $1 billion energy subsidy package.
2014 Mar 4, In Vietnam
dissident blogger Truong Duy Nhat (50) was sentenced to two years in
prison for posting online criticism of Vietnam's authoritarian
2014 Mar 5, California Gov.
Jerry Brown unveiled an agreement with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
to boost joint projects in high technology, the environment and
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A1)
2014 Mar 5, Alpha Natural
Resources Inc. filed a proposed settlement in a West Virginia court
to pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal
toxic discharges across five Appalachian states.
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 5, Washington state
issued its first legal marijuana business license. 334 retail
licenses were expected to be issued state-wide.
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 5, The Algerian army
shot dead a civilian and wounded two others when their car failed to
stop at a checkpoint in the Kabylie region.
2014 Mar 5, China’s PM Li
Keqiang vowed to act against corruption and to declare war on
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.70)(Econ, 3/15/14, p.13)
2014 Mar 5, EcoMotors, a
startup backed by Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures, unveiled a joint
venture with a division of China FAW Group to produce 100,000 new
two-stroke engines a year.
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.70)
2014 Mar 5, In northeastern
China a fire on a public bus in Jilin province left 10 people dead
and 17 injured.
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 5, In the Czech Rep. a
Prague court ruled that an Iranian national can be extradited to
face trial in the US. Hossein Nayeri was one of four men that
allegedly kidnapped a California marijuana dispensary owner in 2012,
tortured him, drove him out to a desert spot where the men believed
the victim had hidden his money and cut off his penis.
2014 Mar 5, The EU prepared a
$15 billion aid package to Ukraine and froze the assets of 18 people
blamed for looting the treasury of the nearly bankrupt country.
2014 Mar 5, Germany’s Finance
Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that Germany is ready to help
Ukraine in its difficult phase and added that this would include
2014 Mar 5, In India street
clashes marred an announcement that a general election will start on
April 7 in a race that pits Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against
the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family's ruling party.
2014 Mar 5, In Indonesia an
explosion at a navy ammunition warehouse killed one man and injured
more than 80 other navy personnel.
2014 Mar 5, Iran's powerful
Revolutionary Guard said it had acquired missiles with multiple
warheads, the latest armaments advance to be claimed by the Islamic
2014 Mar 5, In Iraq a series of
explosions killed at least 24 people.
(AP, 3/6/14)(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 5, The Israeli navy
seized a ship in the Red Sea that was carrying dozens of advanced
Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian
guerrillas in the Gaza Strip.
2014 Mar 5, Israel's army
struck 2 members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as they
tried to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian border.
2014 Mar 5, Macedonia's
lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament so elections can be held a
year ahead of time after parties in the governing coalition failed
to agree on a presidential candidate.
2014 Mar 5, The Pakistani
government pushed forward with Taliban peace negotiations, despite
recent militant attacks that include a roadside bomb in the
country's northwest that killed six soldiers.
2014 Mar 5, Philippine
government forces searched for a town's vice mayor after her family
reported that she has been abducted outside a shopping mall in the
country's restive south.
2014 Mar 5, Saudi Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from
Qatar in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who
have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil.
2014 Mar 5, In South Sudan at
least 35 people were killed after heavy fighting broke out in the
Giada military barracks in Juba, underscoring serious tensions
within the national army as it battles a rebel uprising.
(AFP, 3/5/14)(Reuters, 3/7/14)
2014 Mar 5, A Sudanese court
overturned an order by state security agents which has stopped the
presses at Al-Tayar, a prominent daily newspaper, for almost two
years. A journalists' rights group said the National Intelligence
and Security Service have seized the press runs of three other
2014 Mar 5, Turkey’s PM Erdogan
confirmed the authenticity of a tape asking his then-justice
minister Sadullah Ergin to pressure a court into convicting media
mogul Aydin Dogan, a long-time foe. The tape included a slight to
the country’s large Alevi community. The tape followed the
publication last month in local daily Taraf of internal government
documents that appeared to show anti-Alevi discrimination in the
recruitment process for civil servants.
2014 Mar 5, Ukraine's new PM
Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that embattled Crimea must remain part of
Ukraine, but may be granted more local powers.
2014 Mar 5, In Yemen an
American drone attack killed local al-Qaida leader Ali Saleh Juraim
and two others while they were traveling by car in the northwest
province of al-Jawf.
2014 Mar 6, The Obama
administration slapped new visa restrictions against pro-Russian
opponents to the new Ukraine government in Kiev as lawmakers in
Crimea declared their intention to split from Ukraine and join
Russia instead. They scheduled a referendum in 10 days for voters to
decide the fate of the disputed peninsula. Russia's parliament,
clearly savoring the action, introduced a bill intended to make this
2014 Mar 6, The US Climate
Prediction Center (CPC) issued its first El Nino watch in almost 18
months, warning the phenomenon that can wreak havoc on weather and
roil global crops could strike as early as the Northern Hemisphere
2014 Mar 6, Sheila MacRae (92),
Broadway and TV star, died. She was best known for playing Alice
Kramden to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph on the Jackie Gleason Show
(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.C12)
2014 Mar 6, In Afghanistan 5
Afghan soldiers were killed in an accidental air strike by the
NATO-led force in the eastern province of Logar.
2014 Mar 6, Algerian security
forces arrested about 40 people protesting in central Algiers
against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika standing for a fourth term
next month. Public demonstrations in Algeria remain banned, despite
a state of emergency being lifted in 2011.
2014 Mar 6, The Czech
Parliament banned the sale of alcoholic beverages during sessions of
the lower house.
2014 Mar 6, Cuba said it has
accepted a proposal by the EU to open negotiations on a new
2014 Mar 6, European leaders
said Russia will face sanctions over its military incursion in
Ukraine's Crimean peninsula unless it withdraws its troops or
engages in credible talks to defuse the situation. The EU froze the
assets of ousted Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych, ex-premier Mykola
Azarov and 16 former ministers, businessmen and security chiefs, all
on grounds of fraud.
(AP, 3/6/14)(AFP, 3/6/14)
2014 Mar 6, The Bank of Greece
said the country’s banking sector needs to raise 6.4 billion euros
($8.9 billion) to be able to cushion potential future losses. This
prompted some of the banks to outline their plans.
2014 Mar 6, In central Iraq a
series of bombings and clashes near Fallujah left at least 42 people
2014 Mar 6, Lithuania says six
US fighter jets and two tanker planes have arrived following a US
decision to increase NATO's air policing mission of the three Baltic
2014 Mar 6, Macedonia formally
set April 27 as the date of the country's early parliamentary
election, which was forced after government coalition partners
failed to agree on a presidential candidate.
2014 Mar 6, Niger extradited to
Libya one of Moammar Gadhafi's sons, al-Saadi, who fled as his
father's regime crumbled in 2011 and who was under house arrest in
the desert West African nation ever since.
2014 Mar 6, In northern Nigeria
four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as
punishment in an Islamic court in Bauchi city.
2014 Mar 6, Poland's defense
minister said a mission of observers from the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been stopped from
entering Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula by unidentified men in military
2014 Mar 6, A new video showed
two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot attacked by a
group of men who poured rubbish and bright green paint over them and
shouted obscenities at them at a McDonald's restaurant in Nizhny
2014 Mar 6, Saudi state news
said a court has sentenced three men to death and jailed two others
for up to 17 years for their part in a series of militant attacks
including the deadly bombing of a foreign housing compound on Nov 8,
2014 Mar 6, South Africa
imposed rolling power cuts for the first time since 2008 as it
struggled to cope with coal shortages and technical problems caused
by recent heavy rains.
2014 Mar 6, In Syria at least
15 people were killed and 12 others wounded in a car bomb blast in
Homs. At least five people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a
bomb blast near a security headquarters in Hama. At least 17
jihadists were killed in fighting near the rebel-held town of
(AFP, 3/6/14)(AFP, 3/7/14)
2014 Mar 6, Tunisia's Pres.
Moncef Marzouki lifted a state of emergency in force since the 2011
uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
(AP, 3/6/14)(SFC, 3/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 6, Uganda, under fire
from Western nations, defended its toughened law on gays as being
aimed at "protecting" youth from homosexuality and discouraging
public displays of gay love.
2014 Mar 6, Ukraine's new
leadership was reported to have reached out to oligarchs for help,
appointing them as governors in eastern regions where loyalties to
Moscow are strong.
2014 Mar 6, In Ukraine two
Femen protesters were arrested in Crimea's capital Simferopol after
staging a topless demonstration against Russia's intervention in
Ukraine in front of the regional parliament. Pavel Gubarev, the
leader of the most persistent pro-Moscow protest movement in eastern
Ukraine, was arrested at his home in the city of Donetsk
(AFP, 3/6/14)(Reuters, 3/6/14)
2014 Mar 6, A Venezuelan
soldier and a motorcyclist died in a confused melee sparked by the
opposition's barricading of a Caracas street, boosting the death
toll from nearly a month of violence to 20.
2014 Mar 7, In Washington DC
the Organization of American States voted to approve a declaration
that rejected violence and called for just outcomes for the 21
people the Venezuelan government says have died in weeks of street
protests. The OAS also supported the Venezuelan government's
attempts to use political dialogue to end the protests. The United
States, Panama and Canada voted against the resolution.
2014 Mar 7, US officials said
Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon, accused of secretly
photographing and videotaping a dozen women the US Military Academy
at West Point, has agreed to a plea bargain that includes a 33-month
sentence, loss of pay, reduction in rank to private and a
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 7, The US Centers for
Disease Control issued an alert after health authorities in the
United States reported that at least 19 women in five states had
developed serious mycobacterial wound infections over the previous
12 months following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic
such as liposuction, tummy tucks and breast implants.
2014 Mar 7, In Michigan a house
covered with stuffed animals and dolls became the latest casualty in
a string of suspicious fires at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit.
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 7, In Fort Hood,
Texas, Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, a coordinator of the
post’s sexual assault and harassment program, was charged with 21
counts of pandering, conspiracy and maltreatment of a subordinate.
(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.A9)
2014 Mar 7, In Washington state
some 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma went
on a hunger strike to protest deportations and conditions at the
(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.A9)
2014 Mar 7, Two shipping
companies agreed to civil settlements following accusations that
they fixed prices of government cargo transportation contracts
between the US and Puerto Rico. Sea Star Line LLC agreed to pay $1.9
million and Horizon Lines LLC $1.5 million to settle the cases.
2014 Mar 7, Online retailer
Coupons.com, which took coupon clipping to the Web in 1998, raised
$168 million in its IPO and rose 88% to close at $30 per share.
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.D1)
2014 Mar 7, Hundreds of British
lawyers marched on Parliament to protest legal aid cuts. The
government planned to reduce the legal aid budget by $360 million a
year through 2019.
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 7, BAE Systems Applied
Intelligence, the cyber arm of Britain's premier defense contractor,
published its own research on suspected Russian spyware known as
Turla, which it called "snake." The sophisticated piece of spyware
has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across
Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber
espionage programs uncovered to date.
2014 Mar 7, Chinese authorities
allowed the country's first corporate bond default, inflicting
losses on small investors in a painful step toward making its
financial system more market-oriented.
2014 Mar 7, Congolese warlord
Germain Katanga was convicted of being an accessory to war crimes
including murder and pillage - only the second conviction in the
12-year history of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The
Hague. Katanga was convicted as an accessory in the attack on Bogoro
village in 2003 that left some 200 civilians dead and many women
raped and turned into sex slaves.
(Reuters, 3/7/14)(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 7, Greek Dr. Costas
Kastaniotis (57) was convicted of breaking anti-racism laws for
putting up a "Jews not welcome" sign outside his office and given a
16-month suspended sentence. The neurologist denied he was the one
to have put up the sign, which was written in German, and said he
took it down when it was brought to his attention.
2014 Mar 7, Hundreds of people
protested in the streets in Indian-controlled Kashmir over the
expulsion of dozens of Kashmiri college students because they
cheered for the Pakistani cricket team over India's.
2014 Mar 7, Kenya's president
and cabinet agreed to a pay cut as part of austerity measures meant
to reduce the government wage bill and free up funds for use in
economic development. They called on lawmakers to do the same.
2014 Mar 7, An Indian naval
officer was killed and "some" dock workers were injured in a gas
leak aboard a yet-to-be commissioned naval ship.
2014 Mar 7, In Iraq shelling in
Fallujah, held by anti-government fighters for more than two months,
and a shooting targeting a local official killed seven people.
2014 Mar 7, Mark Karpeles, head
of the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, said 200,000 missing
bitcoins, valued at $116 million, were found in old format wallets.
Some $378 million of bitcoin currency remained missing.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.C1)
2014 Mar 7, Macedonian police
said they have arrested 13 people, including the head of a customs
office at the Macedonia-Bulgaria border crossing, on suspicion of
participating in a ring smuggling designer clothing from Greece and
2014 Mar 7, A Malaysian court
sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on
sodomy charges, overturning a 2012 acquittal and throwing his
political career into jeopardy.
(AP, 3/7/14)(Econ, 3/15/14, p.40)
2014 Mar 7, Malaysia banned an
Ultraman comic book because it uses the word "Allah" to describe the
Japanese action hero. The Home Ministry said that the Malay-edition
of "Ultraman, The Ultra Power" contained elements that can undermine
public security and societal morals.
2014 Mar 7, Mozambican PM
Alberto Vaquina says attacks by the opposition party and former
rebel movement Renamo have displaced more than 6,000 people in the
central parts of the country.
2014 Mar 7, Russia rallied
support for a Crimean bid to secede from Ukraine, with Russia's top
lawmaker assuring her Crimean counterpart that the region would be
welcomed as "an absolutely equal subject of the Russian Federation."
Russia said that Organization for Security and Co-Operation in
Europe (OSCE) observers, who were barred from Crimea, had failed to
obtain "official invitations" from the Crimean authorities.
(AP, 3/7/14)(AFP, 3/7/14)
2014 Mar 7, Saudi Arabia
identified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group along with
al-Qaida and two Syrian jihadist groups, warning those who join them
or support them they could face five to 30 years in prison.
(AP, 3/7/14)(AFP, 3/7/14)
2014 Mar 7, A diplomatic source
said South Africa has expelled three Rwandan diplomats it says were
linked to an attack by gunmen this week on the Johannesburg home of
an exiled dissident Rwandan general. Rwanda retaliated by ordering
out six South African diplomats.
2014 Mar 7, South Africa's
under-fire police faced a fresh scandal after footage emerged of
uniformed officers punching and kicking a half-naked and unarmed man
on a Cape Town street.
2014 Mar 7, Syrian warplanes
pounded an area near the rebel-held town of Yabrud near the Lebanese
2014 Mar 7, In Thailand 6
suspected drug dealers were shot dead during a firefight with Thai
security forces who seized illegal amphetamines in the Mae Sai
district of northernmost Chiang Rai province.
2014 Mar 7, A Turkish court
ordered the release of former army chief Ilker Basbug from a life
2014 Mar 8, In eastern
Afghanistan bomb placed under the car seat of a district chief
exploded, killing him and wounding six other people. 7 people,
including 3 women and 2 children, were killed and eight others
wounded when their car was hit by a roadside bomb while traveling in
Helmand province. 2 other civilians were killed in a bombing in the
Kajaki district. Security forces killed 13 Taliban insurgents in
Helmand's Gereshk district.
(AP, 3/8/14)(AP, 3/9/14)
2014 Mar 8, Gerard Mortier
(70), Belgian opera director, died. His nonconformist style often
grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely
avant-garde impresario. He became the director of Belgium's National
Operation, known as La Monnaie, in 1981, steering it away from
"bourgeois" entertainment and to international recognition and
2014 Mar 8, In Burundi violent
clashes in Bujumbura pitted opposition Movement for Solidarity and
Development activists against police. 21 MSD activists were
(AFP, 3/16/14)(Econ, 3/29/14, p.50)
2014 Mar 8, China declared a
"red line" on North Korea, saying that China will not permit chaos
or war on the Korean peninsula, and that peace can only come through
2014 Mar 8, In southwest China
a small plane belonging to a flight academy crashed into a farm
field, killing both people on board.
2014 Mar 8, EU foreign policy
chief Catherine Ashton arrived in Tehran to discuss issues including
Iran's disputed nuclear program, before another round of talks
between Iran and world powers.
2014 Mar 8, Attacks in Iraq
killed 9 people, including a parliamentary candidate and four
children. A suicide bomber used a stolen police Humvee to pass
through a military checkpoint and set off his explosives, wounding
14 people in Ramadi.
(AFP, 3/8/14)(AP, 3/8/14)
2014 Mar 8, The Israeli
pacifist group Yesh Gvul (There is a limit) published a letter by a
group of 50 Israeli teenagers informing PM Benjamin Netanyahu they
will refuse to serve in the military because of its role in the
occupation of Palestinian land.
2014 Mar 8, In Libya armed
protesters controlling eastern ports said they had started
independently exporting oil, bypassing the central government in a
major escalation of their blockade to demand a share of the nation's
2014 Mar 8, Malaysia Airlines
Flight MH370 fell off radar screens less than an hour after it took
off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. Vietnamese air force planes
spotted two large oil slicks close to where the Boeing 777 went
missing early today. The aircraft carried 239 people. Foreign
ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed that names of two
nationals listed on the manifest matched passports reported stolen
in Thailand. The flight was carrying 154 people from China and
Taiwan, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians and six Australians among
the 227 passengers.
(AP, 3/8/14)(Reuters, 3/8/14)
2014 Mar 8, Russia was reported
to be reinforcing its military presence in Crimea as Moscow's
foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new
authorities, whom he dismissed as puppets. Warning shots were fired
when an unarmed OSCE military observer mission was turned back while
trying to cross into Ukraine's Crimea region.
(AP, 3/8/14)(Reuters, 3/8/14)
2014 Mar 8, Sri Lankan
authorities said they have halted excavations after recovering 81
skeletal remains from an unmarked mass grave atop an old burial
ground in the island's former war zone.
2014 Mar 8, Syrian government
forces seized Zara from rebels near the Lebanese border, their
latest attempt to cut off opposition fighters' fluid supply lines
from the country. At least 20 people were killed after gunmen loyal
to Pres. Assad entered the town, one of two last strongholds for
rebels along the Lebanese border leading to the city of Homs, the
other being the nearby village of al-Hosn. Syrian cameraman Omar
Abdelqade was killed covering clashes between government forces and
opposition fighters in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor.
(AP, 3/8/14)(Reuters, 3/9/14)(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 8, Ukraine's top
security body said that it and the national news agency has been hit
by cyber attacks, the latest suffered by state organizations since
the start of the crisis over Crimea.
2014 Mar 8, In southern Yemen
at least 2 soldiers and a militant were killed in a clash when
militants tried to attack a military compound in Lawdar town.
2014 Mar 9, In NYC thousands of
ultra-Orthodox Jews filled the streets of lower Manhattan to protest
Israel’s decision to draft strictly religious citizens into its
(SFC, 3/10/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 9, Afghanistan's
influential VP Mohammad Qasim Fahim (57) died. He was a leading
commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban and was later
accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the
country's civil war. A bomb exploded near a store, killing 2
civilians and wounding two others in the Spin Boldak district of
2014 Mar 9, The Arab League
endorsed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rejection of Israel's
demand for recognition as a Jewish state, as US-backed peace talks
approach a deadline next month.
2014 Mar 9, Brazilian officials
inaugurated the Arena da Amazonia in the jungle city of Manaus, the
ninth World Cup stadium to become available for football's showcase
event. Three still have to be finished, including the one hosting
the opener in Sao Paulo in about three months.
2014 Mar 9, Colombia held
congressional elections. Voters showed lukewarm support for peace
talks with guerrillas by giving the country's president a majority
in Congress, but also electing his conservative rival, ex-president
Alvaro Uribe, to the senate.
2014 Mar 9, In Cuba Melba
Hernandez (b.1921), a "heroine of the Cuban Revolution," died. She
was one of two women who helped Fidel Castro launch his
revolutionary battle with a failed 1953 attack on the Moncada
2014 Mar 9, Egypt's powerful
military chief launched a housing initiative to build a million
homes in cooperation with a major Emirati construction firm, the
first campaign-style move by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi,
who is widely expected to run for president.
2014 Mar 9, El Salvador held a
2nd round of presidential elections. Former Marxist guerrilla leader
Salvador Sanchez Ceren (FMLN) was expected to win the presidency
after promising to expand social programs for the poor and fending
off his opponent's claims that he will impose radical policies. Mr.
Sanchez won by just 6,634 votes. In 2017 a gangster named Nalo
testified that politicians from the two main parties had paid
gangsters for votes. The FMLN allegedly paid $250,000 and Arena
$100,000, which the gangs spent on M-16s and AK-47s.
(Reuters, 3/9/14)(AP, 3/10/14)(Econ, 1/26/17,
2014 Mar 9, Two Indonesian
naval personnel were killed during an inspection aboard a Thai
fishing boat in Indonesian waters. Thailand police soon arrested
three suspects. Four more were arrested in April.
2014 Mar 9, In southern Iraq a
suicide bomber driving a minibus packed with explosives killed 21
civilians and 15 security personnel in Hillah. A gun attack on a
checkpoint North of Hilla left 2 policemen dead and four others
wounded. In Abu Ghraib gunmen shot dead at least 2 soldiers and
wound one at an army checkpoint. Six attacks north of the capital
killed 3 policemen and two soldiers and wound nearly 40.
(www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26505128)(SFC, 3/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 9, Italian authorities
in the northern city of Lecco arrested an Albanian mother who
confessed to stabbing to death her three young daughters. The father
had departed for Albania a day earlier, and the mother had no job.
2014 Mar 9, In Japan thousands
of people rallied in Tokyo and marched to parliament to demand an
end to nuclear power.
(SFC, 3/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 9, Japanese astronaut
Koichi Wakata (50) assumed command of the Int’l. Space Station
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 9, Libya's Defense
Ministry said it has authorized the military to use force to stop a
North Korean-flagged tanker from loading crude oil at a rebel-held
port, bypassing the Tripoli government.
2014 Mar 9, In Mexico Nazario
Moreno Gonzalez, a leader of the Knights Templar, was killed in a
shootout with police near Apatzingan, Michoacan state. He had been
reported slain in 2010, but his body was never found.
(SFC, 3/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 9, Almost all North
Koreans cast their ballots in a pre-determined election for a
rubber-stamp parliament, an exercise that doubles as a national head
count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang.
2014 Mar 9, A court in Oman
sentenced a former executive of an engineering firm to a total of 15
years in jail for five counts of bribery in exchange for contracts
from a state-owned oil company. This was the second against former
managing director of Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Mohammed
Ali, who was sentenced to three years in jail in January over bribes
made to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).
2014 Mar 9, Russians took over
a Ukrainian border post on the western edge of Crimea, trapping
about 15 personnel inside. Germany's Angela Merkel delivered a
rebuke to President Vladimir Putin, telling him that a planned
Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was
illegal and violated Ukraine's constitution.
2014 Mar 9, A Sierra Leone
airport official said International airlines have cancelled flights
to and from Sierra Leone after a UN aviation regulator discovered
that the only functioning fire engine at its main airport had broken
2014 Mar 9, Somali officials
said African peacekeepers (AMISOM) operating with government forces
have recaptured several strategic towns in the southwest from the
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militia. Witnesses reported fierce fighting
2014 Mar 9, In Syria Ali
Moustafa, a Canadian freelance photographer, was killed alongside 7
other people after government aircraft dropped two explosive-laden
containers in the rebel-held Hadariyeh area of Aleppo.
2014 Mar 9, Yemeni sources said
at least 40 people have been killed in three days of fighting
between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen.
2014 Mar 10, Colorado said
marijuana sales brought in $3.5 million in tax revenues and fees in
the first month retail pot outlets were allowed.
2014 Mar 10, A federal judge in
Chicago ruled that Branko Bogdanov (58) and his wife Lela (52) are
to remain in jail pending trial for stealing $7 million in a
decade-long multistate shopping spree. They had emigrated from
Yugoslavia and were in the US illegally.
(SFC, 3/11/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 10, Fruit supply
companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said
they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana
supplier. Fyffes is Europe's biggest banana importer and the oldest
industry brand, dating to 1929.
2014 Mar 10, Journalist Joe
McGinniss (b.1942) died. His books included “The Selling of the
President“ (1968) and “Fatal Vision" (1983).
(SFC, 3/11/14, p.A8)
2014 Mar 10, Two Bahraini
suspects, one with a US passport, were arrested after they allegedly
"demonstrated and attacked a police patrol using Molotov cocktails
and iron bars" in the Shiite village of Maameer.
2014 Mar 10, A Burundian
official said South Africa has expelled a diplomat from Burundi's
embassy in connection with a raid on an exiled Rwandan general's
Johannesburg home and Burundi is considering a response.
2014 Mar 10, State officials in
the Central African Republic were paid their first wage for six
months, a small sign of normality in a country that has been
paralyzed by war for over a year. A group of UN-mandated
investigators said they will launch a probe into human rights
violations amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
2014 Mar 10, Cypriot Central
Bank governor Panicos Demetriades, whose testy relations with
island's government dogged a tumultuous tenure when Cyprus teetered
on the brink of bankruptcy, resigned.
2014 Mar 10, In Germany Bayern
Munich president Uli Hoeness admitted to evading millions of euros
(dollars) in taxes through an undeclared Swiss bank account at a
trial that could send the German football great to prison.
2014 Mar 10, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian judge from Jordan in an altercation at
a crossing point between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The Israeli military said Raed Alaa el-Deen Za'eiter (Raed Zeiter)
had tried to seize a soldier's gun at the Allenby bridge.
2014 Mar 10, Libyan officials
said parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week
to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, raising the
stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues.
2014 Mar 10, Flooding in parts
of southern Mozambique prompted authorities to call on people to
evacuate. More than 6,000 people living in the Incomati basin were
at risk from flooding.
2014 Mar 10, The Philippines
air dropped food and water to soldiers stationed on a grounded
transport ship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal. A day earlier
China blocked two Filipino supply ships from reaching the troops.
2014 Mar 10, In the Philippines
some 50 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels launched a series of attacks
in southern Davao del Sur province's Matanao township, killing 10
government troops and wounding nine. At least two guerrillas were
killed and nine captured. Security forces were on heightened alert
for the NPA's founding anniversary on March 29, which rebels
traditionally mark by attacking government troops and installations.
2014 Mar 10, Russian troops
opened fire with automatic rifles during a takeover of a Ukrainian
naval post in Crimea.
2014 Mar 10, South Africa said
it will ask Mozambican authorities to investigate reports of sexual
abuse of its female nationals held in the neighbouring country's
2014 Mar 10, Switzerland froze
the assets and bank accounts of nine more Ukrainians, including
another son of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich and the son of a
former prime minister, all of whom are suspected of human rights
abuses and misuse of state funds.
2014 Mar 10, The office of
Switzerland's attorney general said its criminal investigation into
former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford's massive Ponzi scheme has
concluded that some of the victims' money was laundered in Swiss
2014 Mar 10, Activist group All
Out said the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising
from Red Pepper, a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names
of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted
2014 Mar 11, Sen. Dianne
Feinstein, D-Calif., the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee,
said the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network
established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA
abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program. She said
the CIA's own inspector general has referred the matter to the
2014 Mar 11, Eric Toth, a
former Washington private school teacher, was sentenced to 25 years
in prison in a child pornography case. He was captured in Nicaragua
in 2013 after a year on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives list.
2014 Mar 11, Glenn Ford
(1949-2015) was released from a Louisiana prison after spending 30
years on death row for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to die
in the electric chair, he was sent to a Louisiana penitentiary in
2014 Mar 11, Jos. A. Bank of
Hampstead, Md., and Men’s Wearhouse of Fremont, Ca., announced that
Men’s Wearhouse will acquire Jos. A. Bank for $65/share or about
(SFC, 3/12/14, p.C1)
2014 Mar 11, In Afghanistan
Swedish journalist Nils Horner (51) was shot to death while he was
talking to a translator on a street in Kabul.
2014 Mar 11, Albanian
authorities arrested seven Muslims, including two imams, for
allegedly recruiting men to enlist with rebel groups fighting in
Syria. About two-thirds of Albania's 3.2 million inhabitants are
2014 Mar 12, Austria arrested
Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash at the request of the USA which
has been investigating him since 2006. He was suspected of violating
laws on bribery and forming a criminal organization in the course of
foreign business deals. On March 21 Firtash was released on 125
million-euro ($172.5 million) bail.
(Reuters, 3/13/14)(AP, 3/21/14)
2014 Mar 11, Bank of England
governor Mark Carney said the alleged manipulation of foreign
exchange markets is "as serious as" the Libor rate rigging scandal
that rocked the financial sector. Global regulators were
investigating a number of firms linked to the suspected rigging of
foreign exchange trading.
2014 Mar 11, Michelle Bachelet
took over the presidency of Chile for the second time. She planned
to spend $15 billion on ambitious reforms aimed at redressing steep
2014 Mar 11, China’s banking
regulators approved a pilot scheme to allow privately owned banks in
various parts of the country. The China Banking Regulatory
Commission said ten companies, including Internet giants Alibaba and
Tencent, have been picked to invest in China's first five privately
(AP, 3/11/14)(Econ, 3/15/14, p.70)
2014 Mar 11, In CongoDRC a
ground assault by government forces in Makoyoya followed UN
helicopter attacks and killed 22 rebels.
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.47)
2014 Mar 11, In Croatia a court
convicted former PM Ivo Sanader (2004-2009) of siphoning millions in
state money while in power, and sentenced him to nine years in
prison as part of efforts to root out corruption. Sanader was
sentenced separately to 10 years in prison for bribery in 2012.
2014 Mar 11, Egyptian
authorities decided to take control of independent mosques in a move
aimed at curbing Islamist dissent. In January, the Religious
Endowments Ministry decided to set a theme topic sent to preachers
around the country for Friday sermons. In late 2013 the ministry
dismissed 55,000 imams (prayer leaders) who did not graduate from
Cairo's Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious institution in
2014 Mar 11, In Egypt Freij
(aka Abu Abdullah), one of the founders of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis
(Champions of Jerusalem), was killed when a bomb he was carrying was
set off by a car accident.
2014 Mar 11, The European
Commission agreed to extend nearly 500 million euros worth of trade
benefits to Ukraine, removing duties on a wide range of agricultural
goods, textiles and other imports in an effort to support the
Ukrainian economy. G7 leaders called on Russia to stop all
efforts to "annex" Ukraine's Crimea region.
(Reuters, 3/11/14)(Reuters, 3/12/14)
2014 Mar 11, France returned
three paintings stolen by the Nazis during WWII to their rightful
owners. This brought the number of looted paintings returned by
France to their rightful owners to 10 in less than a year.
2014 Mar 11, In eastern India
Maoist rebels ambushed police and killed 16 involved in a mine
clearing operation in a remote part of Chhattisgarh state,
demonstrating their strength ahead of a general election next month.
2014 Mar 11, Israel’s PM
Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out any deal with the Palestinians unless
they recognize Israel as the Jewish state and give up their
refugees' right of return.
2014 Mar 11, Israel expressed
its regret over the death of Jordanian judge Raed Zeiter (38) while
he was making his way to the occupied West Bank. He was shot a day
earlier by Israeli soldiers after an altercation at the Allenby
2014 Mar 11, An Israeli air
strike killed 3 militants of the Al-Quds Brigades in the southern
Gaza Strip. The air strike came just hours after an unmanned
aircraft of the sort Israel uses for surveillance and missile
strikes crashed in the same area, just east of Khan Yunis.
2014 Mar 11, In northern
Nigeria gunmen on motorbikes began attacking Marabar Kindo village
in Katsina state. Fulani herders were blamed for the attacks on
Hausa farmers that left over 100 dead.
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 11, Two Russian
cosmonauts and an American astronaut landed back on Earth in
Kazakhstan after a stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS)
of over half a year.
2014 Mar 11, In Libya angry MPs
ousted PM Ali Zeidan after the North Korean-flagged Morning Glory, a
tanker laden with oil from a rebel-held terminal, broke through a
naval blockade and escaped to sea. Zeidan flew to Malta on a Libyan
state plane, but then switched to a private jet after a brief
stopover before departing for Germany. Libyan commander Ibrahim
Jedran, whose militia took over vital oil terminals in the country's
east, said he is seeking help from the United States in a standoff
with the government over the seizure.
(AP, 3/11/14)(AP, 3/12/14)(AFP, 3/12/14)
2014 Mar 12, Lithuanian
authorities arrested Russian national Yuri Mel (b.1968), suspected
of involvement in clashes in January 1991 after declaration of
independence from the USSR, at a checkpoint on the Kaliningrad
border. Two days later he was placed in detention.
2014 Mar 11, Romania's lower
house of parliament overwhelmingly voted to block an investigation
by state prosecutors of former Finance Minister Daniel Chitoiu who
they suspect abused his power to further the interests of a private
insurance company. Romania ranks only behind Greece and Bulgaria in
terms of corruption in the 28-nation EU, according to Transparency
2014 Mar 11, Russia signed a
preliminary agreement to build at least two more nuclear power
plants in the Iranian port city of Bushehr.
2014 Mar 11, In northeastern
Syria 3 suicide bombers detonated their explosives belts in a local
administration building in a Kurdish town, killing at least 5
2014 Mar 11, In Turkey police
and protesters clashed in Ankara and Istanbul following the death of
Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who suffered a head injury during
anti-government demonstrations last summer. Elvan was the sixth
person to die in violence surrounding nationwide protests in late
May and June over Erdogan's plans to tear down a park in central
2014 Mar 11, Ukraine's interim
leaders established a new National Guard and appealed to the United
States and Britain for assistance against what they called Russian
aggression in Crimea under a post-Cold War treaty.
2014 Mar 11, The parliament of
Ukraine's Crimea peninsula voted for full independence from Ukraine
in preparation for a referendum to join Russia. France threatened
sanctions against Moscow as early as this week. Gunmen took over air
traffic control of the airport in the regional capital Simferopol
and refused landing rights to a flight from the Ukrainian capital.
2014 Mar 11, The Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said it is sending a
new team to observe military developments in tense regions of
Ukraine and that the new team's mandate has been extended beyond
Crimea to eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian forces rebuffed previous
attempts to monitor Crimea.
2014 Mar 12, A NYC residential
building in an East Harlem neighborhood exploded and collapsed,
sparking a serious fire and engulfing the area in thick smoke. 8
people were killed and 60 injured in the incident at 116th Street
and Park Avenue.
(AFP, 3/12/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)
2014 Mar 12, In Afghanistan
three armed insurgents tried to storm a former intelligence
headquarters in Kandahar. The ensuing gunbattle left the 3 attackers
(SFC, 3/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 12, Burundi charged
opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije, who is on the run from police,
and 71 party supporters with rebellion following March 8 clashes.
2014 Mar 12, Canada ended
military operations in Afghanistan, ending a 12-year mission ahead
of an end-of-year deadline for foreign combat operations to end.
2014 Mar 12, European Union
member states agreed on the wording of sanctions on Russia,
including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those
responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine.
2014 Mar 12, Egypt's military
said it has destroyed 1,370 smuggling tunnels under its border with
the Gaza Strip, as Cairo's ties remain sour with the Hamas movement
that rules the Palestinian enclave.
2014 Mar 12, In Greece
thousands of striking public sector workers marched through Athens
to protest against planned job cuts demanded by foreign lenders as
unemployment in the country holds near record highs.
2014 Mar 12, In Indonesia Rusli
Zainal, a former governor of Riau, was found guilty of graft and
sentenced to 14 years in prison. He had issued logging licenses that
resulted in forest destruction.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.42)
2014 Mar 12, Israeli lawmakers
passed a contentious law meant to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the
military, culminating a reform drive that generated mass protests by
the religious community in Israel and beyond.
2014 Mar 12, In Kashmir
unusually heavy snowfall unleashed avalanches overnight and
collapsed homes, killing at least 14 people on both sides of the
de-facto border between India and Pakistan.
2014 Mar 12, In Mexico 28
vigilantes were arrested in Michoacan state for breaking into a
cartel leader’s ranch and trying to take two dozen purebred horses.
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A10)
2014 Mar 12, Nigeria’s
President Goodluck Jonathan ordered a forensic audit by
international firms into some $20 billion allegedly missing from
petroleum sales, following weeks of public outrage and demands by a
Senate committee and the finance minister.
2014 Mar 12, In Pakistan rival
gangs opened fire and lobbed grenades in a notoriously violent
district of Karachi, killing 14 people including 8 women and 3
2014 Mar 12, Palestinian
militants fired at least 25 rockets at Israel, but there were no
immediate reports of casualties.
2014 Mar 12, Puerto Rico
authorities said they have arrested 63 people accused of running a
$10 million drug-trafficking operation in Ponce, the island's second
2014 Mar 12, Sudanese police
fired tear gas when mourners called for "revolution" following the
funeral of a student allegedly gunned down by security forces at a
protest against violence in Darfur.
2014 Mar 12, Swiss authorities
said they have opened a money laundering investigation into Gulnara
Karimova, the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan's Pres. Islam Karimov,
related to the country's telecommunications market.
2014 Mar 12, Thailand police
rescued about 200 suspected Muslim Uighurs, believed to be from
China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, from a human
smuggling camp in southern Thailand.
2014 Mar 12, In Turkey tens of
thousands of mourners chanting anti-government slogans marched
through central Istanbul for the funeral of a teenager wounded in
street protests last summer whose death has sparked renewed unrest
across Turkey. Police clashed with protesters in at least 11 cities
and at least two people were killed.
(Reuters, 3/12/14)(SFC, 3/12/14, p.A2)(AFP,
2014 Mar 12, Ukraine's acting
president said the country would not use its army to stop Crimea
from seceding, the latest sign that a Russian annexation of the
strategic peninsula may be imminent.
2014 Mar 12, Stephen Power (29)
from Cardiff in Wales was reported to be one of the first trauma
patients in the world to have a procedure in which 3D printing was
used at every stage.
2014 Mar 13, President
Obama signed the first congressionally passed public lands bill in
five years, and called on Congress to do more to protect the
wilderness. The law officially expanded the Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore in Glen Arbor, Mich., a move that will protect an
additional 32,500 acres of Lake Michigan coastline.
(http://tinyurl.com/pkuv6nl)(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 13, US authorities
said Ahmed Bel Bacha (44), held for 12 years without charge at
Guantanamo Bay, has been turned over to the Algerian government.
This reduced the Gitmo prisoner population to 154.
2014 Mar 13, The Colorado Court
of Appeals said people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment
64 took effect in Dec 1012, are eligible to have their convictions
for possessing small amount of marijuana dismissed. The amendment
allowed adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 13, In Texas Rashad
Charjuan Owens (21) drove drunk into a crowd at the South by
Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin leaving 2 people dead and
23 injured. 9 remained hospitalized in critical condition. A 3rd
person died of her injuries on March 17.
(AFP, 3/13/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)(SFC, 3/18/14,
2014 Mar 13, US border agent
Esteban Manzanares (32) committed suicide. He was accused of
kidnapping and assaulting an immigrant woman, her daughter and
another girl a day earlier in Mission, Texas.
(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A10)(AP, 3/17/14)
2014 Mar 13, Bosnian police
said the driver of a city bus was killed when a man threw a hand
grenade into the vehicle as it stood at a bus stop in Banja Luka.
2014 Mar 13, Edward Haughey
(70), Northern Ireland's wealthiest man, died after his helicopter
crashed in thick fog in eastern England. He had founded Norbrook
Laboratories, a world-leading veterinary drugs company.
2014 Mar 13, The Toronto
National Post reported that a new generation of mutant lice have
become immune to poisons of decades past and constituted 97.1% of
all Canadian head lice cases.
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 13, Police in
southwestern China took away veteran activist Huang Qi, who runs a
rights monitoring website, and seized his computers and mobile
phones in Chengdu.
2014 Mar 13, Czech priest and
intellectual Tomas Halik (65) won the 2014 Templeton Prize. Halik
pushed for religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet invasion
of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and became a leading advocate of dialogue
among different faiths and non-believers.
2014 Mar 13, East African heads
of state met in Addis Ababa in the latest push for peace in war-torn
South Sudan, where almost three months of raging conflict has left
2014 Mar 13, Egypt brokered a
ceasefire aimed at ending a flare-up of rocket attacks from Gaza on
Israeli towns and Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian enclave.
2014 Mar 13, In Egypt an attack
on an army bus killed one officer and wounded three others in Cairo.
The army blamed the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, who in turn
strongly condemned the attack.
2014 Mar 13, El Salvador’s
electoral court said Sanchez Ceren (69), the leftist candidate of
the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), won the
March 9 presidential election with got 50.1% of the votes.
2014 Mar 13, The Paris-based
OECD said it has postponed all activities related to Russia's
accession to the organization following a request from its 34
2014 Mar 13, Germany's Angela
Merkel warned Moscow that it risked "massive" political and economic
damage if it refused to change course on Ukraine.
2014 Mar 13, In Germany Bayern
Munich president Uli Hoeness was found guilty and sentenced to 3½
years in prison for evading millions of euros (dollars) in tax
through an undeclared Swiss bank account.
2014 Mar 13, Israeli warplanes
pounded 29 Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip in response to
heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state as Gaza
militants resumed rocket fire. Israel’s defense ministry shut down
the Kerem Shalom goods crossing into southern Gaza following rocket
fire over the border.
(AFP, 3/13/14)(AP, 3/13/14)(AFP, 3/16/14)
2014 Mar 13, In Lebanon clashes
broke out in Tripoli after gunmen fatally shot a Sunni man who had
Alawite relatives and lived in a mostly Alawite area of the city.
2014 Mar 13, Madagascar said it
has restored ties with the International Monetary Fund for the first
time since a coup in 2009.
2014 Mar 13, Malaysian police
arrested 62 people who had illegally crossed the porous border
between Thailand and Malaysia.
2014 Mar 13, In Mexico a top
leader of the self-defense movement in Michoacan state was charged
in the murder of two members of a rival vigilante faction.
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.A10)
2014 Mar 13, New Zealand's
Reserve Bank raised its benchmark interest rate by quarter of a
percentage point to 2.75 percent after holding it at a record low
for three years.
2014 Mar 13, In northern
Nigeria attackers returned to Marabar Kindo village in Katsina state
and gunned down another 7 villagers.
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 13, Russia said it
will impose symmetrical sanctions if the United States and European
Union impose their own.
2014 Mar 13, Sri Lanka's police
arrested Balendran Jeyakumari and referred her daughter Vithushaini
(13) to child care officials. Jeyakumari had been vocal in calling
for the release of her 15-year-old son, a child recruit of the Tamil
Tiger rebels, whom she had handed to the military as fighting ended
(AP, 3/14/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 13, A court in Sudan
sentenced former governor of the southern Blue Nile State and leader
of the opposition group Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North
Malik Agar and 17 other members of the group to death by hanging. 47
others were given life sentences in a hearing. All but one were
tried in absentia.
2014 Mar 13, Syria's parliament
unanimously approved a new election law allowing multiple candidates
to run for president, opening the door — at least in theory — to
other potential contenders besides President Assad. However only
candidates who have lived in Syria for 10 consecutive prior to
nomination can run.
(AP, 3/13/14)(SFC, 3/14/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 13, Ukraine's
parliament appealed to the UN to discuss the occupation by Russian
forces of its Crimea peninsula and said it reserved the right to ask
individual countries for help in resolving the issue. A man (22) was
stabbed to death in Donetsk in clashes between pro-Russian
protesters and a crowd favoring European integration and denouncing
Russian forces' seizure of Crimea.
(Reuters, 3/13/14)(Reuters, 3/14/14)
2014 Mar 13, In Yemen 6 Shiite
rebels and 2 soldiers were killed in a firefight near Sanaa. Eight
of the Huthi rebels, also known as Ansarullah (Partisans of God),
were wounded in the clash in Qaratel.
2014 Mar 14, It was reported
that Kevin Gorman (22) has become the official
Wikipedian-in-Residence at UC Berkeley, the first post of its kind
at a university.
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.C1)
2014 Mar 14, Reubin Askew (85),
former two-term governor of Florida (1971-1979), died in
(SFC, 3/14/14, p.D7)
2014 Mar 14, Boston Beer Co.
said that it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s St.
Patrick’s Day Parade because organizers exclude gay groups.
(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)
2014 Mar 14, Howard Buffett,
son of investor Warren Buffett, pledged nearly $24 million for
protecting rhinos in South Africa, earmarking the money for ranger
teams, sniffer dogs and other security measures in what he hopes can
be a robust model for fighting what he calls the "overwhelming"
problem of poaching in parts of Africa.
2014 Mar 14, Sandwich shop
Quiznos announced that it was filing for bankruptcy. In 2009, a
class-action lawsuit settlement forced Quiznos to pay $95 million to
its independently-owned franchises, that, according to the Post,
originally sued because expensive ingredients made it nearly
impossible to turn a profit.
2014 Mar 14, Tony Benn (88),
the totem of the British left, died at his London home. The Labour
cabinet minister in the 1960s and 1970s had spearheaded the movement
against the Iraq war.
2014 Mar 14, A Bulgarian
policeman was killed and three officers wounded in a shootout with
Petko Petkov (52), who had threatened the pupils and the headmaster
of a school in the central town of Lyaskovets.
2014 Mar 14, In China a fellow
dissident and lawyers said prominent Chinese human rights activist
Cao Shunli, detained in September for staging sit-ins at the
country's foreign ministry, has died after being denied medical
treatment in detention.
2014 Mar 14, In southern China
a fight between two food stall owners at a market left 5 people
hacked to death and one person fatally shot by police in Changsha. A
witness said the stand operators were Uighurs selling flatbread.
2014 Mar 14, Estonia's
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves nominated cabinet minister Taavi
Roivas (34) to form a new government and seek approval from
parliament to lead the small euro zone country. Roivas is set to
take over from PM Andrus Ansip, who resigned on March 4.
2014 Mar 14, EU officials said
they have drawn up a list of 120-130 names of Russians who could be
hit with travel bans and asset freezes to punish Russia for its
seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region.
2014 Mar 14, A French court
ordered an ex-aide of Nicolas Sarkozy to pay 10,000 euros ($14,000)
in damages and costs to the former French president over secret
recordings that were published in an online journal, and instructed
the publication to pull down the links.
2014 Mar 14, A French court
sentenced Pascal Simbikangwa (54), a former member of the Rwandan
presidential guard, to 25 years in prison. He was found guilty of
perpetrating genocide and of complicity in crimes against humanity
2014 Mar 14, Most of France
went under some sort of pollution alert with levels in the Parisian
region surpassing those in cities such as Beijing and New Delhi.
(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 14, In India an old,
seven-story residential building collapsed in a Mumbai suburb,
killing at least 2 people and possibly trapping more under the
2014 Mar 14, Indonesia reported
that Pres. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered relevant ministers
and local authorities in peat-rich Riau province to handle forest
fires that have been sending out heavy smoke threatening health and
disrupting flight operations. Officers in the armed forces were said
to be involved in illegal logging and burning.
(AP, 3/14/14)(Econ, 3/22/14, p.42)
2014 Mar 14, Indonesia’s
Megawati Sukarnoputri, a former president and head of the opposition
PDI-P, anointed Joko Widodo, Jakarta’s popular mayor, as her
candidate for president.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.41)
2014 Mar 14, In Iraq bombings
in and around Baghdad, including blasts near two markets, killed 7
2014 Mar 14, In Jordan
protesters fought with riot police outside of the Israeli Embassy,
as some 2,000 demonstrators called on the kingdom to end its peace
treaty with the country over the killing of a Jordanian judge.
2014 Mar 14, The search for the
missing Malaysian jetliner expanded east and west on Friday after
American officials said it was emitting signals to satellites for
hours after its last contact with air traffic control nearly a week
ago over the South China Sea.
2014 Mar 14, A Mali military
source said French air strikes in the mountains of northern Mali
have killed Islamist militant Oumar Ould Hamaha, a jihadist with a
$3 million US government bounty on his head. Paris said last week
its forces had killed 10 suspected Islamist fighters in the northern
Adrar des Ifoghas mountains, after the group was spotted by a
US-made Reaper surveillance drone.
2014 Mar 14, Moroccan and
Spanish authorities arrested seven suspected members of an
al-Qaida-linked extremist cell allegedly recruiting members to fight
in Syria and other hotspots.
2014 Mar 14, The Nigerian Navy
said it has destroyed 260 illegal oil refineries and burned 100,000
tons of contraband fuel, but critics say this targeting of
small-time criminals fails to confront the biggest culprits in oil
thefts — the politically-connected criminal cartels who sell on the
2014 Mar 14, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram Islamists attacked the Giwa military base in
Maiduguri and freed dozens of insurgents from custody. A military
counter attack left some 500 people dead.
(AFP, 3/14/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A6)(Econ, 3/29/14,
2014 Mar 14, In Pakistan at
least 10 people were killed when a motorcycle laden with explosives
exploded near a college in the center of Quetta. In Peshawar a
suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a police vehicle, killing
at least 7 bystanders including a woman and a child.
(Reuters, 3/14/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 14, In Pakistan a
woman died after setting herself on fire a day earlier outside a
police station after reporting men tried to rape her died. The
woman's brother had filed a complaint with police in January, saying
his sister had been abducted and the assailants tried to rape her.
2014 Mar 14, Gaza militants
fired a rocket at Israel after two days of intense exchanges. It
exploded in southern Israel but caused no damage or injuries.
2014 Mar 14, Russia called on
the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to
send its observers to monitor Crimea's controversial referendum on
independence from Ukraine.
2014 Mar 14, Hackers knocked
out the Russian presidency's website several times and brought down
the central bank website.
2014 Mar 14, Saudi Arabia said
a man (19) has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS,
bringing to 63 the deaths in the kingdom at the center of the
2014 Mar 14, Diplomatic and
other sources said major European and Saudi banks have stopped
dealing with Sudan. The US imposed a trade embargo on Sudan in 1997
over accusations that included human rights violations.
(Reuters, 3/14/14)(Reuters, 3/15/14)
2014 Mar 14, In Syria al Qaeda
splinter group ISIL pulled out of two provinces in the country's
northwest and headed to its eastern strongholds after months of
clashes with rival rebels. A senior commander in the Nusra Front was
killed on the outskirts of Yabroud during shelling and clashes with
the army and Hezbollah fighters.
(Reuters, 3/14/14)(Reuters, 3/15/14)
2014 Mar 14, In southern
Thailand a Buddhist teacher was fatally shot on her way to school
and then set ablaze, becoming the 170th teacher killed by suspected
Muslim insurgents in the country's decade-long insurgency.
2014 Mar 14, In Ukraine two
people were killed and several wounded in a shootout that erupted
after a clash in the city of Kharkiv between pro-Russian
demonstrators and their opponents.
2014 Mar 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the
end of the year because his military, which already protects 93% of
the country, was ready to take over entirely.
2014 Mar 15, In Algeria about
100 activists from a new anti-government movement staged a rare
protest against the ailing Pres. Abdelaziz Bouteflika (77) and his
decision to run for a fourth term. 3 men from the Arab community
died in clashes with Mozabite Berbers in Ghardaia. Clashes first
erupted in December and 5 Mozabites were killed before violence was
stopped by a heavy police deployment in late January.
(AP, 3/15/14)(AP, 3/17/14)
2014 Mar 15, In Egypt gunmen
shot dead six army officers near Cairo, the 2nd attack on Egyptian
security forces in three days that the military has blamed on the
Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Pres. Mohamed Mursi.
2014 Mar 15, In Guyana
businessman Lennox La Cruz (50) was arrested on suspicion of killing
his wife and four of his five children by locking them inside their
home and setting it on fire the previous evening.
2014 Mar 15, In Lebanon 10
people were reported killed in the last 48 hours of clashes in
Tripoli linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria.
2014 Mar 15, Malaysia’s PM
Najib Razak said the missing Malaysian Flight 370 was deliberately
diverted and continued flying for more than six hours after severing
contact with the ground on March 8.
2014 Mar 15, In central Nigeria
some 40 assailants armed with guns and machetes stormed the villages
of Angwan Gata, Chenshyi and Angwan Sankwai, attacking locals in
their sleep and torching their homes on Kaduna state. The overnight
attacks left at least 100 dead. Local residents, mostly Christians,
blamed the bloodshed on Muslim Fulani herdsmen.
2014 Mar 15, In Nigeria at
least 20 people were killed and dozens were injured in Abuja after
thousands of panicked job-seekers stampeded during a government
recruitment drive at the national stadium.
(AFP, 3/15/14)(AFP, 2/23/16)
2014 Mar 15, A Pakistani
judicial official reduced the 33-year jail sentence of Dr. Shakil
Afridi, alleged to have helped the US track down Osama bin Laden, to
2014 Mar 15, The Gaza Strip's
only power plant shut down due to a lack of fuel from Israel, which
closed a goods crossing after militant rocket attacks.
2014 Mar 15, In Russia tens of
thousands have gathered in downtown Moscow in the largest
anti-government demonstration since 2012, protesting against the
March 16 Kremlin-backed referendum in Crimea on whether to break
away from Ukraine and merge with Russia.
2014 Mar 15, Russian forces
seized a natural gas distribution station in Strelkova, about 10 km
2014 Mar 15, Russia vetoed a UN
resolution declaring the March 15 referendum on the future of
Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula illegal, but close ally China abstained
in a show of Moscow's isolation.
2014 Mar 15, Slovaks voted in
the first round of a presidential election, a largely ceremonial
post. PM Robert Fico and businessman-turned philanthropist Andrej
Kiska (51) beat 12 other candidates in the first round of voting.
Turnout was low at 43.4 percent. Both men will compete in a March 29
(AFP, 3/15/14)(AP, 3/16/14)
2014 Mar 15, In South Africa
Takalani Tshivhase (59), the executive director of Pinnacle
Holdings, was arrested by the police's elite anti-corruption unit
and released on bail the same day. He was charged with offering a
$460,000 bribe to a senior police official in an attempt to win an
equipment deal for the technology company.
2014 Mar 15, In South Africa 3
people were killed when their small plane crashed near a landing
strip in KwaZulu Natal province.
2014 Mar 15, Syrian soldiers
entered eastern districts of the town of Yabroud, the last rebel
bastion near the Lebanese border north of Damascus, and advanced
towards the main street.
2014 Mar 15, Ukraine's military
scrambled aircraft and paratroops to repel an attempt by Russian
forces to enter a long spit of land belonging to a region adjacent
2014 Mar 15, Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro urged Washington to join a "high-level
commission" to promote peace after more than a month of deadly
2014 Mar 16, US special forces
seized the commercial Morning Glory tanker that fled with a cargo of
oil from a Libyan port controlled by anti-government rebels, halting
their attempt to sell petroleum on the global market.
2014 Mar 16, In New Mexico
police outside Albuquerque shot and killed James Boyd (38), a
homeless camper who suffered from schizophrenia. A helmet camera
showed Boyd gathering his belongings before officers opened fire. On
June 28 Boyd’s family filed suit against the city police.
2014 Mar 16, China’s government
released its “people-centered" plan on urbanization. Under this some
100 million migrants will be given urban hukou (certificates) and
access to urban services by the end of the decade. This would still
leave some 200m unregistered.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.17)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.12)
2014 Mar 16, In China a monk
from the Shaderi Monastery in Huangnan Tibetan autonomous
prefecture, Qinghai province, set himself on fire.
2014 Mar 16, In central China 4
people died in a fire at a hospital's in-patient building in
Huangshi city, Hubei province.
2014 Mar 16, In China Bishop
Fan Zhongliang (97) died at his home in Shanghai. He was ordained by
Pope John Paul II but not recognized by Chinese authorities, and
spent more than 30 years in prisons and labor camps over the course
of his life, starting in 1955.
2014 Mar 16, In France the body
of a cyclist hit by a high-speed TGV trains was embedded into the
front of the driver's carriage and carried 40 km (25 miles) before
2014 Mar 16, Israel allowed the
resumption of diesel deliveries into Gaza, a day after the
territory's sole power plant stopped working due to a lack of fuel.
2014 Mar 16, In Lebanon a
soldier and a civilian were killed in fighting between Sunni Muslims
and Alawites in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, bringing the
death toll from four days of clashes to 12. A suicide car bomb
attack in a Hezbollah-dominated area of eastern Lebanon, near the
Syrian border, left two people dead.
(Reuters, 3/16/14)(AFP, 3/17/14)
2014 Mar 16, Malaysia's
government asked for help from nearly a dozen Asian countries that
the missing jetliner may have flown over, saying that finding the
plane would be very difficult without additional data on its final
2014 Mar 16, In Myanmar Rakhine
mobs, egged on by Wirathu, a Buddhist-chauvinist monk, protested
against a census that would allow Rohingyas to be able to define
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.44)
2014 Mar 16, NATO said hackers
have brought down several public NATO websites, in what appeared to
be the latest escalation in cyberspace over growing tensions over
2014 Mar 16, In Saudi Arabia
the local Okaz daily reported that organizers at the Riyadh
International Book Fair had confiscated "more than 10,000 copies of
420 books" during the exhibition, which began March 4. Organizers
had announced ahead of the event that any book deemed "against
Islam" or "undermining security" in the kingdom would be
2014 Mar 16, Serbs voted in
parliamentary election. The Serbian Socialist Party under Alexander
Vucic, a pro-European advocate, won 157 seats in the 250-seat
parliament. The Serbian Socialist Party came in 2nd with 45.
(AP, 3/16/14)(SFC, 3/17/14, p.A2)(Econ, 3/22/14,
2014 Mar 16, Syrian troops
backed by Hezbollah fighters seized Yabroud, a key rebel supply town
on the Lebanese border, driving them from the area and scoring a
major blow against them in the three-year-old-conflict.
2014 Mar 16, Residents in
Ukraine's strategic Crimean Peninsula voted to leave Ukraine and
join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to
unite the Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some
250 years. In eastern Ukraine thousands of pro-Russian protesters in
the city of Donetsk rallied in support of Crimea's right to join
Russia and to press for their own referendum. Ukraine's defense
minister said his forces in Crimea have reached a temporary truce
with Russia aimed at easing tensions surrounding the Black Sea
peninsula's high-stakes secession referendum.
(AP, 3/16/14)(AFP, 3/16/14)
2014 Mar 16, In Venezuela a
National Guardsman was shot and killed during violence in the city
2014 Mar 17, The
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that the
BICEP2 team of scientists has spotted signs of gravitational waves
that formed when the universe was but a trillionth of a second old.
In 2015 the scientists retracted their findings.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.78)(Econ, 2/7/15, p.77)
2014 Mar 17, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed district judge Abdul Latif and his bodyguard in an
attack in western Herat province.
2014 Mar 17, A British judge
ruled that Domenico Rancadore (65), a convicted Mafia boss, will be
allowed to return to his comfortable home in west London rather than
sent back to Italy and put in prison. The judge cited concerns about
conditions in Italian prisons.
2014 Mar 17, British
telecommunications company Vodafone agreed to buy Spain's Ono for
7.2 billion euros ($10 billion) as it seeks to expand operations
2014 Mar 17, In London fashion
designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Mick Jagger, died of an
apparent suicide. Her LS Fashion Ltd. company was heavily in debt at
the time it filed its most recent accounts.
2014 Mar 17, It was reported
that Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed some 16,000 people
over the last eight months.
(SFC, 3/17/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 17, Ten Egyptians,
including a journalist working for a Muslim Brotherhood newspaper,
were each sentenced to a year in jail for protesting against a
2014 Mar 17, Paris, France,
imposed drastic measures to combat its worst air pollution in years.
2014 Mar 17, A senior Iranian
official said that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran's
nuclear facilities involved foreign intelligence agencies who
tampered with imported pumps.
2014 Mar 17, Toyota said it has
shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India,
locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and
allegations of threats against management.
2014 Mar 17, In Libya A car
bomb targeting a military academy in Benghazi killed at least 7
soldiers and wounded twelve.
2014 Mar 17, Lithuania's
domestic intelligence department accused a Russian diplomat of
spying, saying he had sought to gain access to classified
information during the Baltic state's presidency of the European
Union last year.
2014 Mar 17, Russia's
government acknowledged for the first time on that the economy was
in crisis, undermining earlier attempts by officials to suggest
albeit weakening growth could weather sanctions over Ukraine.
2014 Mar 17, In Somalia a
suicide bomber rammed a car packed full of explosives into a hotel
in Buulo Berde, days after it was recaptured from the
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab. At least 8 people were killed. 4 attackers
were also reported killed.
2014 Mar 17, South Africa’s
government said 32 people had died because of the rains over the
past two weeks in the northern and eastern provinces of North West,
Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. The toll included 25
drownings and six people killed by lightning.
2014 Mar 17, South Africa's
state-owned rail freight firm Transet said it was ordering 1,064 new
locomotives, in what it hailed as the country's biggest single
corporate infrastructure investment. It ordered 599 electric
locomotives from China's Zhuzhou and the South African subsidiary of
Canada's Bombardier, as well as 465 diesel trains from General
2014 Mar 17, In Palm Springs,
South Africa, Sizwe Kubheka (16) returned home complaining of a
headache following a beating by a teacher at school. Kubheka died at
a hospital a week later and his teacher faced a possible murder
2014 Mar 17, Sri Lanka’s
military said Ruki Fernando, a human rights adviser, and Praveen
Mahesahn, a pastor and director of a rights group, have been
arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), anti-terrorism
legislation that was used to crush Tamil Tiger rebels during the
final phase of a 26-year war. Both were released on March 18.
(Reuters, 3/17/14)(AP, 3/19/14)
2014 Mar 17, Tunisia police
shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants and arrested six
others in a raid near the Algerian border.
2014 Mar 17, Ukraine's Crimean
peninsula declared itself independent after its residents voted
overwhelmingly to secede and join Russia, while the United States
and the European Union slapped sanctions against some of those who
promoted the divisive referendum. Ukraine recalled its ambassador to
Russia for consultations on the international ramifications of the
situation in its Crimea region. Armed men came to the Ukrainian
Belbek military airfield in the Crimean peninsula, fired shots in
the air and took away the base’s commanding officer.
(AP, 3/17/14)(Reuters, 3/17/14)(Reuters, 3/18/14)
2014 Mar 17, Mining magnate
Andrew Forrest launched the Global Freedom Network, an organization
to end modern slavery, with the support of the Pope and the senior
Islamic authority. In 2013 Mr. Forrest, Pierre Omidyar and the
Legatum Foundation had launched the Freedom Fund to finance research
into ways to reduce bonded labor.
2014 Mar 18, US Vice President
Joe Biden warned Russia that the US and Europe will impose further
sanctions as Moscow seeks to annex the Ukrainian territory.
2014 Mar 18, The United States
and European Union (EU) accused China of using arrests and
harassment to silence human rights activists, also voicing
consternation at the death in custody of a prominent dissident.
2014 Mar 18, In NYC Guatemala’s
ex-president Alfonso Portillo pleaded guilty in federal court to a
conspiracy charge saying he accepted $2.5 million in bribes to
continue to recognize Taiwan diplomatically during his 2000-2004
(SFC, 3/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 18, In Washington
state a news helicopter crashed near Seattle’s Space Needle killing
pilot Gary Pfitzner and KOMO-TV photographer Bill Strothman.
(SFC, 3/19/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 18, The Mega Millions
jackpot of $414 million, the third largest in the game’s history,
went to two winners of tickets sold in Florida and Maryland.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 18, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed 15 people in an attack on a busy
marketplace in Maimana, Faryab province.
2014 Mar 18, Britain suspended
export licenses for military items to Russia.
2014 Mar 18, A Chechen Islamic
militant group, the Caucasus Emirate, reported that its leader, Doku
Umarov (49), was dead.
(SFC, 3/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 18, China's education
ministry ordered a nationwide investigation into whether schools are
giving students medication without permission after a protest in
Xi’an by parents of kindergarteners who were given an antiviral
2014 Mar 18, A Cairo court
sentenced a police officer to 10 years in prison with labor in
connection with the deaths of 37 Islamists last August. A legal
source said the men had died from asphyxiation in the back of a
crammed police van while they were being moved to a jail on the
outskirts of Cairo.
2014 Mar 18, In Egypt the
al-Qaida-inspired Ansar al-Shariah Brigades claimed it was behind
the slayings of 26 Egyptian troops in what it describes as "the
first phase of a campaign to punish traitors."
2014 Mar 18, French foreign
minister Laurent Fabius said that leaders of the Group of Eight
world powers have suspended Russia's participation in the club amid
tensions over Ukraine and Russia's incursion into Crimea.
2014 Mar 18, French police
arrested 57 Greenpeace activists who used a truck to ram their way
into a nuclear power plant operated by EDF in eastern France.
2014 Mar 18, Greek authorities
said they have recovered the bodies of 7 immigrants, including 2
children, who drowned overnight when a boat sank in the eastern
Aegean Sea after traveling illegally from nearby Turkey.
2014 Mar 18, Iranians jumped
over bonfires, threw firecrackers and floated wishing lanterns to
celebrate an ancient festival (Chaharshanbe Souri) marking the end
of the Persian year, ignoring calls by many Islamic clerics to shun
a ritual that has officially been denounced as pagan.
2014 Mar 18, In Iraq a series
of bombings targeting commercial streets and security forces in and
south of Baghdad killed 8 people.
2014 Mar 18, An explosion in
the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights wounded four Israeli soldiers
near the Syrian frontier. Israeli forces responded with artillery
fire into Syrian-held territory.
(Reuters, 3/18/14)(Reuters, 3/19/14)
2014 Mar 18, Gunmen from
Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and local Shiite residents
tightened their chokehold on Arsal, a Sunni town near the Syrian
border, sparking concerns the standoff would cut off aid to
thousands of Syrian refugees stranded in the area.
2014 Mar 18, In Libya Adison
Karkha (54), a Christian Iraqi medical school professor, was found
slain inside his car in a central city.
2014 Mar 18, In Morocco
hundreds of migrants tried to force their way into Spain's North
African enclave of Melilla in two attempted mass crossings, throwing
stones at police who tried to stop them. 500 people made it over.
(Reuters, 3/18/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 18, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to annex Crimea, describing the move
as correcting past injustice and a necessary response to what he
called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.
2014 Mar 18, In Serbia alleged
Balkan drug boss Darko Saric (43), one of the most wanted figures in
the crime-riddled region, surrendered to police as a dragnet
involving the CIA closed in on him in Latin America. He faced 13
indictments including the trafficking of 5.7 metric tons of cocaine
from South America to Europe and laundering of 22 million euros in
2014 Mar 18, The Syria cabinet
proudly announced the creation of a national space agency.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.50)
2014 Mar 18, Taiwanese
activists occupied the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan to try
to stop the government ratifying a contentious trade agreement with
China. The three-week protest became known as the “Sunflower
(Econ, 3/29/14, p.39)(Econ, 12/6/14, p.44)
2014 Mar 18, In Crimea a
confrontation between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian militia
left two dead, a Ukrainian serviceman and a member of a militia.
2014 Mar 18, United Nations
human rights investigators said they have added to their list of
suspected war criminals from both sides in the Syrian civil war
after a new round of atrocities in recent weeks.
2014 Mar 18, In Venezuela
Anthony Rojas (18), mechanical engineering student, was fatally shot
in Tariba, on outskirts of San Cristobal. Rojas had participated in
past opposition protests in San Cristobal, but was not doing so when
he was shot.
2014 Mar 18, In Tuban, south
Yemen, a suicide car bombing at a military intelligence headquarters
killed one person and wounded a dozen others.
2014 Mar 19, The US government
announced a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. and
filed a criminal charge alleging the company defrauded consumers by
issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and
Lexus vehicles. From 2010 through 2012, Toyota Motor Corp. paid
fines totaling more than $66 million for delays in reporting
unintended acceleration problems.
2014 Mar 19, US Vice President
Joe Biden met with leaders of Lithuania and Latvia, part of a quick
trip to reassure Baltic allies worried about what an emboldened,
aggressive Russia might mean for their nations.
2014 Mar 19, In California
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino was shot and
killed when he encountered Ricardo Anthony Chaney (32) on Highway 1
north of Fort Bragg. Chaney was later shot and killed by another
Fort Bragg police officer. Authorities believed that Chaney had shot
and killed George Bundy Wasson (79), a retired Univ. of Oregon
instructor and Coquille Tribe elder, earlier the same day in Eugene,
(SFC, 3/21/14, p.D2)(SFC, 3/24/14, p.C2)(SFC,
2014 Mar 19, Rev. Fred Phelps
(84), an anti-gay minister and head of the Westboro Baptist Church
in Kansas, died.
(SFC, 3/21/14, p.D2)
2014 Mar 19, In NY state
Tonawanda Coke Corp. was fined $12.5 million for illegally releasing
carcinogen benzene into the air and improperly handling hazardous
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 19, IBM said it is
teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain
cancer. IBM said its Watson cloud computing system will be used in
partnership with the genetic research center to help sequence DNA
for the treatment of glioblastoma, the most common type of brain
cancer in US adults.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.C2)
2014 Mar 19, Tango, a mobile
messaging app-maker, announced it has raised $280 million in a new
funding round led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding
2014 Mar 19, Australia’s
Courier Mail reported that Canar Temel (22), a soldier who went AWOL
from his Brisbane unit two years ago, has turned up dead after
fighting alongside ISIL rebels in Syria.
(SSFC, 3/23/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 19, Bangladesh
opposition leader Khaleda Zia was ordered to stand trial over
charges that she and her associates embezzled more than $650,000 in
a case that could see her jailed for life.
2014 Mar 19, In Belgium a shell
or grenade from WWI exploded in an industrial site in Flanders
killing two construction workers.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 19, A raid by Egyptian
police, military and special forces on a suspected bomb factory
outside of Cairo turned into an hours-long gun battle with
insurgents who detonated car bombs in clashes that killed two
high-ranking officers and at least 6 militants. A boy (13) was shot
dead in clashes in the south of the country between police and
protesters supporting deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
(AP, 3/19/14)(Reuters, 3/19/14)(SFC, 3/20/14,
2014 Mar 19, The European Union
said it has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of
nearly 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) for rigging the market of key
components in the car and truck industry at the expense of
2014 Mar 19, France’s highest
court upheld the prison sentence for Jerome Kerviel (37), the rogue
trader convicted of one of the biggest trading frauds in
history. [In 2010 he was sentenced to 3 years in jail with two
years suspended.] The court threw out the $7 billion in civil
damages he’d been ordered to pay back.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 19, Greek civil
servants, including hospital and teaching staff, started a two-day
strike against austerity measures imposed under the debt-mired
country's international bailout commitments.
2014 Mar 19, Guinea health
authorities said an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever has killed at
least 23 people in the southeastern forest region since February
when the first case was reported.
2014 Mar 19, In Hong Kong two
senior figures from the Hong Kong Morning News Media Group were
attacked weeks after Kevin Lau, a former editor of the liberal Ming
Pao newspaper, was critically wounded in another assault.
2014 Mar 19, In India
Maharashtra government spokesman Satish Lalit said authorities have
confirmed 7 farmer suicides since Feb. 24. But Kishor Tiwari,
president of pro-farmer group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, put the
toll much higher, at 32. The suicides followed freak hailstorms and
heavy unseasonal rains destroyed crops across much of a western
2014 Mar 19, In Iraq violence
across the county killed 30 people. This included 15 dead from
shelling and clashes in Fallujah.
2014 Mar 19, Israel launched
air strikes against Syrian military sites in response to a roadside
bombing that wounded four of its soldiers, but both sides signaled
they were not seeking further escalation. The airstrikes in the
Golan Heights killed one Syrian soldier and wounded seven.
(Reuters, 3/19/14)(AP, 3/19/14)
2014 Mar 19, Israel's Jerusalem
municipality approved building plans for 184 new homes in two Jewish
settlements in the occupied West Bank.
2014 Mar 19, Israeli troops
shot dead Palestinian teenager Yussef Sami Shawamreh (15) in the
southern West Bank.
2014 Mar 19, In Kenya scientist
Richard Leakey and Paula Kahumbu, the founding former chairman of
the Kenya Wildlife Service, urged Kenya's Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta to
invoke emergency measures to protect the country's elephants and
rhinos from a poaching crisis sweeping Africa.
2014 Mar 19, Kyrgyzstan’s
governing coalition collapsed after a party withdrew its support
over unhappiness at the redevelopment of economically struggling
cities in the south.
2014 Mar 19, In Nepal Maoist
student activists led a partial strike in Kathmandu and stoned or
set fire to a dozen vehicles, demanding that the newly elected
government cancel a fuel price rise.
2014 Mar 19, South Africa's
public ombudsman said that some of the $23 million taxpayer-funded
refurbishments at Pres. Jacob Zuma's luxurious residence were
unlawful and ordered him to repay part of the cost.
2014 Mar 19, In Sweden a court
in Falun ordered the release of Sture Bergwall (63) from a secure
psychiatric unit where he's been held since 1991. He had confessed
to more than 30 killings over three decades and was convicted in
eight cases. He later withdrew his confessions, saying they were
made under heavy medication.
2014 Mar 19, In Syria rebels
seized took control of the Gharaz Central Prison on the outskirts of
Deraa where the uprising began three years ago this month and freed
dozens of inmates.
2014 Mar 19, Syria and its
Russian ally criticized the decision by the United States to suspend
the operations of Syria's embassy in Washington and consulates in
2014 Mar 19, Pro-Russian forces
overran Ukraine's naval headquarters in Crimea, ratcheting up
tensions in Ukraine a day after Russian and Crimean leaders signed a
treaty paving the way toward annexation.
2014 Mar 19, Hundreds of
Taiwanese activists were locked in a tense standoff with police
after they stormed parliament to try to stop the government
ratifying a contentious trade agreement with China.
2014 Mar 19, In Turkey Veysi
Erim, a worker at a statistics office in the eastern province of
Kars, shot dead six people before committing suicide.
2014 Mar 19, In Venezuela a
municipal worker was fatally shot while removing a street barricade
in a Caracas middle class neighborhood. The mayor of San Cristobal,
where recent protests began, was detained.
(AP, 3/19/14)(Econ, 3/22/14, p.37)
2014 Mar 19, In Vietnam a court
sentenced dissident Pham Viet Dao to 15 months in prison for posting
online criticism of the government.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 20, President Barack
Obama said the US is levying a new round of economic sanctions on
individuals in Russia in retaliation for the Kremlin's actions in
Ukraine. Obama says he has also signed a new executive order that
would allow the US to sanction key sectors of the Russian economy.
Rossiya, Russia’s 17th largest bank, was included on the sanctions
list. Its owners had ties with Pres. Putin.
(AP, 3/20/14)(Econ, 2/14/15, p.59)
2014 Mar 20, In NYC a
14-year-old boy opened fire in a gang dispute on a city bus in
Brooklyn, fatally shooting a bystanding Dominican man in the head.
Angel Rojas (39) of Brooklyn was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The boy was arrested the next day and charged with 2nd degree
(AP, 3/21/14)(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 20, In North Carolina
US Army Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who carried on a three-year affair
with a captain and had two other inappropriate relationships with
subordinates, was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay, avoiding
jail time in one of the military's most closely watched
2014 Mar 20, In Afghanistan
four teenage gunmen walked into the Serena Hotel in Kabul, made
their way to the restaurant, pulled out hidden pistols and started
shooting diners. They killed 9 people, including shooting AFP
journalist Sardar Ahmad, his wife and two of their children in the
head. Police killed all four attackers after a three-hour standoff.
(AP, 3/21/14)(AFP, 3/22/14)
2014 Mar 20, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near a police
station in Jalalabad while other Taliban insurgents stormed the
building, killing 10 police officers and a civilian.
2014 Mar 20, British regulators
fined Mark Stevenson, an ex-Credit Suisse trader, for attempting to
rig the price of government bonds in order to profit from the Bank
of England's quantitative easing program. He was fined £662,700
($1.1 million, 794,000 euros) for "deliberately manipulating" a
government bond, or gilt, on October 10, 2011.
2014 Mar 20, In Egypt a Cairo
court sentenced 17 al-Azhar students to 14 years in jail for
rioting, damaging public properties and attacking security
2014 Mar 20, In Iraq a suicide
bomber struck a Baghdad café overnight killing at least 12 people.
(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 20, Italian
authorities said they have rescued more than 4,000 would-be migrants
at sea over the past four days as the war in Syria and instability
in Libya spawn new waves of refugees.
2014 Mar 20, Japan’s NTT Data
Corp. agreed to digitize some 3,000 historical Vatican manuscripts
and make them available online.
(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 20, Kenya's parliament
passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want,
prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out.
Women are not allowed to marry more than one man in Kenya. The bill
must now pass before the president to be signed before becoming law.
2014 Mar 20, In northeast
Nigeria an explosion at Ngurosoye village market near hideouts of
Islamic extremists killed 29 people. Three more died of their wounds
over the next few days.
2014 Mar 20, A Sudanese worker
for the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed in El
Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state.
2014 Mar 20, Syrian troops
raised the national flag on the Crac des Chevaliers, a famous
Crusades-era citadel near the border with Lebanon, after days of
intense fighting against opposition fighters. 93 of the opposition
fighters were reported killed as they fled to Lebanon.
(AP, 3/20/14)(AP, 3/21/14)
2014 Mar 20, Pro-Russian crowds
seized two Ukrainian warships and Ukraine said its troops were being
threatened in Crimea as the European Union considered new sanctions
against Russia for its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.
2014 Mar 20, Turkey’s PM Tayyip
Erdogan's defiantly vowed, on the campaign trail ahead of March 30
local polls, to "wipe out" Twitter, whatever the international
community had to say about it.
2014 Mar 20, Several UN aid
trucks crossed the Turkish border into Syria for the first time.
2014 Mar 21, US first lady
Michelle Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first day
of her weeklong visit to China, in a sign that the leaders of the
world's two largest economies are seeking to build stronger bonds.
2014 Mar 21, In San Francisco
Alejandro Nieto (28) was shot and killed by police after he pointed
a Taser shock at them in Bernal Heights. Police said they mistook
the Taser for a pistol and fired 59 shots at Nieto, who was struck
10-15 times. In 2015 four officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
(SFC, 2/14/15, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/qjnxpzd)
2014 Mar 21, A US federal judge
struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. The next day the
Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals froze the decision to overturn the
ban. On March 25 a federal appeals court put an indefinite halt to
gay marriage in Michigan.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/23/14, p.A15)(SFC,
2014 Mar 21, In New Jersey a
fire destroyed the Mariner’s Cover Motor Inn at Point Pleasant Beach
killing 4 people. The hotel was housing people displaced in October,
2012, by Superstorm Sandy.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 21, New Mexico
withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a US
government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation
2014 Mar 21, Denis Flory,
deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), said about 140 cases of missing or unauthorized use of
nuclear and radioactive material were reported to the UN atomic
agency in 2013.
2014 Mar 21, In Brazil top
officials from Rio de Janeiro said they want elite federal police
sent to the city to help quell a wave of violence in so-called
"pacified" slums. The announcement came hours after suspected drug
gang members attacked three police shantytown outposts, injuring
three officers and burning one of the metal shipping containers they
use as offices in slums.
2014 Mar 21, British state
prosecutors said a London doctor and another man have become the
first people to be charged in Britain over female genital
2014 Mar 21, Burundi sentenced
21 activists from a key opposition party to life in jail for "armed
revolt" after a jogging protest earlier this month turned into
violent clashes with police.
2014 Mar 21, Peacekeepers in
Central African Republic opened fire on a crowd in the capital to
disrupt anti-Muslim violence, injuring six people including four who
were under 16.
2014 Mar 21, Four Chinese
rights lawyers were tortured by police after they were rounded up
following protests outside a detention center in Jiansanjiang, a
farming community in the northeast. They had joined several people
shouting to demand information about relatives believed locked up
inside because they were members of Falun Gong — banned as a cult
though they claim to be a peaceful spiritual movement.
2014 Mar 21, In eastern China a
fire in Dujiatuan village, Shandong province, killed a farmer and
injured three other farmers. Police later said a real estate
developer and a village official directed arsonists who set the fire
on the farmer’s tent pitched to guard his land against development.
2014 Mar 21, Cuba state media
hundreds of thousands of medical workers will be getting a raise. At
the high end, doctors with two specialties will see their salary go
from the equivalent of $26 a month to $67. An entry-level nurse will
make $25, up from $13.
2014 Mar 21, Egypt's state news
said Cairo University has expelled two dozen students for allegedly
taking part in violent protests on campus earlier this week.
2014 Mar 21, The European Union
and Ukraine signed a landmark political cooperation accord,
committing to the same deal former president Viktor Yanukovich
rejected last November, a decision that led to his overthrow.
2014 Mar 21, France said it is
suspending military cooperation with Russia as Defense Minister
Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Baltic states in a trip designed to
reassure them as tensions mount with Russia over its seizure of
Ukraine's Crimea region.
2014 Mar 21, Guinea's ministry
of health says that 49 people have been registered with viral
hemorrhagic fever in the country's south since February, and 29 of
those people have since died.
2014 Mar 21, An Indian court
sentenced four men to life in prison for raping a call-center
operator last August inside an abandoned textile mill in the
financial hub of Mumbai.
(AP, 3/21/14)(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 21, In western India
10 women drowned when a small boat loaded with farmworkers sank in a
lake in Rajasthan's state Tonk district.
2014 Mar 21, In Iraq militants
controlled the northern village of Sarha for several hours as
attacks nationwide killed 27 people, including at least 10
policemen, amid a surge in bloodshed ahead of parliamentary
elections. Scores of gunmen took over a federal police headquarters
in Injana before driving a tanker laden with explosives into the
building, killing many.
(AFP, 3/21/14)(Reuters, 3/21/14)
2014 Mar 21, Israel's Mossad
intelligence agency said 8 Iranian Jews who disappeared while trying
to leave the Islamic Republic from 1994-1997 were captured and
2014 Mar 21, Israeli soldiers
shot and wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip near the border
as two instigators attempted to climb over the security fence.
2014 Mar 21, In Lebanon people
were killed in Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents
of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
2014 Mar 21, In Libya two
rockets struck a runway at the international airport in Tripoli,
forcing the suspension of flights. Since October, 2011, the airport
has been under the control of former insurgents from Zintan, 170 km
(105 miles) southwest of Tripoli.
2014 Mar 21, Lithuania banned
broadcasts of a Russian TV channel for three months for showing a
film that authorities said lied about events in 1991, when the
Soviet army tried unsuccessfully to remove its pro-independence
2014 Mar 21, In Mali an
overnight blaze at the main market in Bamako destroyed around 2,000
shops, causing millions of dollars in damage as fire crews struggled
to access the site and hydrants malfunctioned.
2014 Mar 21, Nigerian police
raided a home near Lagos where eight pregnant girls, most under age
20, were staying with plans to sell each of their newborns for
nearly two thousand dollars.
2014 Mar 21, The Philippines
said it will buy $524.7-million worth of aircraft from South Korea
and Canada as part of a military upgrade amid territorial disputes
with superpower neighbor China.
2014 Mar 21, Russia’s Pres.
Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea, signing a law
making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia just as Ukraine itself
sealed a deal pulling it closer into Europe's orbit.
2014 Mar 21, In South Korea the
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a curvy futuristic $450 million building
meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital, opened to the
public after years of debate about its impact on a historic city
precinct. It was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
2014 Mar 21, In Syria 34 people
were killed as Islamists sought to seize a border crossing into
2014 Mar 21, Thailand’s
Constitutional Court nullified the Feb 2 election because voting was
not conducted nationwide on the same day.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 21, Turkey blocked
access to Twitter after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links
have proliferated to recordings that appear to incriminate him and
other top officials in corruption.
2014 Mar 21, Uganda news
reported that authorities have ordered a police investigation into
complaints by elite female runners that they suffered sexual
harassment and abuse from a top athletics coach.
2014 Mar 21, Uganda's health
minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual US
government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law.
2014 Mar 21, Ukrainian police
detained energy official Yevhen Bakulin, the chief executive of
state energy company Naftogaz, as part of an investigation into
corruption that it says may have cost the Ukrainian state about $4
2014 Mar 21, Venezuela's Pres.
Maduro said that street protests for the past month have caused at
least $10 billion in damage, accusing hardline foes of carrying out
terrorist acts to sabotage public assets.
2014 Mar 21, Zambia scrapped
restrictions on the use of dollars and other foreign currencies as
it tried to halt the slide in its currency, which has lost nearly a
fifth of its value in recent months.
2014 Mar 22, The US Navy handed
over to Libyan authorities the M/T Morning Glory oil tanker it
intercepted after the vessel took to sea with crude illegally loaded
at a rebel-held port.
2014 Mar 22, In southwestern
Colorado a small plane crashed into the Ridgeway Reservoir. On March
24 the bodies of 5 people were found in the wreckage.
(SFC, 3/24/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 22, In Texas a barge
began leaking oil into the Houston Ship Channel after colliding with
a bulk carrier near Texas City at the mouth of Galveston Bay.
2014 Mar 22, In Washington
state a rain-drenched landslide hit midday near the town of Oso,
about 55 miles north of Seattle. 27 people were believed killed with
30 left missing. At least six homes were destroyed when the slide
blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. On July 22
searchers pulled the last missing body from the landslide that
(Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(Reuters,
3/27/14)(AFP, 3/30/14)(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 22, In eastern
Australia 5 people were killed after a light plane used for
skydiving crashed at an airfield in Queensland.
2014 Mar 22, Britain’s Scotland
Yard arrested three boys after Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh (15) was shot
dead in east London. On March 24 one boy (15) was charged with her
murder. The two other boys (16) were released.
(AFP, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)
2014 Mar 22, A satellite image
released by China offered the latest sign that wreckage from a
Malaysia Airlines plane lost on March 8 could be in a remote stretch
of the southern Indian Ocean.
2014 Mar 22, In France two
masked robbers wielding a pump gun and an axe burst into the Colette
boutique in the heart of Paris, making off with about 600,000 euros
worth of goods from the trendy concept store.
2014 Mar 22, Indian police
arrested Zia Ur Rahman, a Pakistani bomb maker, along with three
associates in Rajasthan. Police said Rehman helped the Indian
Mujahideen, an Indian terror group blamed for a series of bombings
in the nation's cities.
(AP, 3/23/14)(Reuters, 3/23/14)
2014 Mar 22, Indonesia police
said they arrested three suspected Islamic extremists last week
after intercepting a bomb shipment intended to attack brothels. The
arrests included Ambo Intang, who was sought for his alleged
involvement in the 2012 killings of two policemen in in the Central
Sulawesi district of Poso.
2014 Mar 22, In Iraq a series
of attacks killed 15 members of the security forces and civilians in
areas north of Baghdad. A police officer was killed in a relatively
rare attack in the port city of Basra, while security forces
reopened a key highway after retaking a village from militants.
(AP, 3/22/14)(AFP, 3/22/14)
2014 Mar 22, In Iraq a
presidential guard, a captain in the Kurdish peshmerga forces, shot
dead Mohammed Bidaiwi, a senior Iraqi journalist, during an argument
in Baghdad and then fled, briefly sparking a standoff in which PM
Nuri al-Maliki demanded he be handed over.
2014 Mar 22, Israeli forces
shot and killed Hamza Abu Alhija (24), a wanted Hamas Islamist
militant, and two other militants dead in a raid on a home in the
West Bank town of Jenin.
2014 Mar 22, Libyan rebels
occupying oil ports clashed with troops when they attacked an army
base, wounding 16 people before tribal leaders brokered an end to
2014 Mar 22, The
Netherlands-based ICC said Charles Ble Goude, wanted by the
International Criminal Court in connection with a wave of violence
after Ivory Coast's 2010 elections, is in its court's custody and is
on his way to its jail in The Hague.
2014 Mar 22, In Nigeria
suspected Islamist militants detonated a bomb late today in a
crowded northeastern marketplace killing at least 20 people in Bama,
2014 Mar 22, In Pakistan a
multi-vehicle collision involving two trucks and two passenger buses
on a coastal highway in the southwest killed 35 people and injured
2014 Mar 22, Philippines
security forces arrested the country's top communist leaders, a week
ahead of the 45th anniversary of the group's armed struggle when it
is expected to launch attacks on government targets.
2014 Mar 22, Spanish police
detained 24 people during street violence late today following a
large anti-austerity demonstration in Madrid in which dozens were
2014 Mar 22, In Sudan some 300
gunmen attacked and burned a camp for displaced people in the Darfur
region, adding to an upsurge of suspected militia violence which has
wreaked havoc. At least one person was killed.
2014 Mar 22, In Syria fighting
raged between rebels and loyalist forces in northern Latakia
province. Hilal al-Assad, a first cousin of the president and
president of the Syrian Arabian Horse Association, was killed in the
battle for a border crossing with Turkey in the north of Latakia.
2014 Mar 22, Turkish
authorities sought to tighten a clampdown on Twitter after social
media users easily evaded the government's attempt to block access
to the service.
2014 Mar 22, Uganda said at
least 107 people were killed and dozens of others were missing after
a boat carrying mostly Congolese refugees capsized on Lake Albert
that runs along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of
Congo. An estimated 250 people were on the boat with 41 rescued.
(Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(AP, 3/25/14)
2014 Mar 22, Ukraine’s interior
minister said police have seized 42 kg of gold and $4.8 million in
cash during a search of the apartments of former Energy Minister
Eduard Stavytsky. His career had blossomed under the presidency of
ousted Viktor Yanukovich and was appointed energy minister in
2014 Mar 22, Ukraine Col. Yully
Mamchur, the commander of Belbek Air Force base in Crimea, was
seized by pro-Russian forces as they stormed the base near
(SFC, 3/24/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 22, In eastern Ukraine
more than 5,000 pro-Russia residents of Donetsk demonstrated in
favor of holding a referendum on whether to seek to split off and
become part of Russia.
2014 Mar 22, The UN Commission
on the Status of Women approved a 45-page document to promote
equality for women that reaffirms the sexual and reproductive rights
of all women and endorses sex education for adolescents.
2014 Mar 22, Pope Francis named
the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse
policy, tapping lay and religious experts.
2014 Mar 22, In Venezuela
Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people
marched in Caracas against what they say is President Nicolas
Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 3 people were
killed pushing the death toll from almost two months of
anti-government demonstrations to 34.
(AFP, 3/22/14)(Reuters, 3/23/14)
2014 Mar 22, Yemeni tribesmen
bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline, forcing oil flows to be
stopped. In the north 12 people were reported killed in clashes
between government forces and Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the
northern city of Amran.
(Reuters, 3/22/14)(AFP, 3/22/14)
2014 Mar 23, China and the
Netherlands signed a trade pact pledging Dutch dairy expertise to
help Chinese producers boost the quality and quantity of their milk.
It was part of a raft of deals and memoranda of understanding inked
on the 2nd day of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who
is in the Netherlands with a large trade delegation.
2014 Mar 23, In the first round
of French local elections the governing left took 38% of the vote,
behind the mainstream right with 46%.
(Econ, 3/29/14, p.58)
2014 Mar 23, France provided
new satellite data showing possible debris from Malaysia Airlines
Flight 370, missing since March 8, as searchers continued combing a
remote part of the southern Indian Ocean.
2014 Mar 23, Guinea government
officials said samples from victims of a viral hemorrhagic fever
that has killed more than 50 people have tested positive for the
2014 Mar 23, Israeli diplomats
launched an unprecedented strike, forcing the complete closure of
embassies around the world as they escalated a dispute over pay.
2014 Mar 23, In Israel Ramzan
Kadyrov, the president of Russia's republic of Chechnya, inaugurated
a new, $10 million mosque in the Arab village of Abu Ghosh.
2014 Mar 23, In Kenya attackers
shot dead 4 worshippers when they burst into a church service near
the port city of Mombasa, spraying the congregation with bullets.
2014 Mar 23, In Lebanon
hours-long clashes overnight in a Beirut neighborhood between
supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad killed one
person, prompting Lebanese troops to deploy in the area to calm
2014 Mar 23, In Myanmar dozens
of protesters began a 2,400-km (1,500-mile) march to northern
Myanmar, calling for the cancellation of a Chinese-backed
hydroelectric dam project over environmental concerns.
2014 Mar 23, In northern
Pakistan a tourist van plunged off the road in rugged terrain near a
hill resort, killing 10 people near Salgaran village.
2014 Mar 23, Tens of thousands
of Palestinians rallied in Gaza to show support for their Islamist
Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but
is now shunned by Egypt as well. The rally was intended to
commemorate 3 top Hamas leaders, including founder Sheikh Ahmed
Yassin, who was assassinated by Israel a decade ago.
2014 Mar 23, In the Philippines
a large stash of high-grade cocaine was uncovered when several
hidden packets tumbled from the ceiling of a shipping container in a
private wharf. The find totaled more than 50 kg (110 pounds) with an
estimated worth about 300 million pesos ($6.7 million).
2014 Mar 23, In Spain Adolfo
Suarez (b.1932), prime minister from 1976-1981, died. He had steered
Spain through one of the most turbulent periods in its political
history and built bridges between the "two Spains" after fascist
dictator General Francisco Franco died in 1975.
2014 Mar 23, Sudanese officials
said the country’s rich but under-developed archaeological heritage
has received an unprecedented $135 million (98 million euros) in
funding from the Gulf state of Qatar.
2014 Mar 23, In Syria fighters
from an array of armed opposition groups seized the predominantly
Armenian Christian town of Kassab.
2014 Mar 23, Taiwan President
Ma Ying-jeou said that the island needed to pass a contentious trade
pact with China for the sake of its economy. Hundreds of protesters
opposed to the far-reaching trade pact invaded Cabinet offices,
marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the
island's rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland.
(Reuters, 3/23/14)(AP, 3/23/14)
2014 Mar 23, Turkish fighter
jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey's
airspace. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft.
2014 Mar 23, In Venezuela
Adriana Urquoila, a pregnant woman, was shot dead in the head after
she left a bus stuck in traffic because of a barrier built by
(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 24, SF Bay Area
prosecutors announced indictments of 16 people in a gang crackdown
dubbed “Operation Sunny Day" that focused on East Palo Alto and at
least 4 regional murders in 2012-2013.
(SFC, 3/25/14, p.C1)
2014 Mar 24, In NYC five former
employees of Bernard Madoff were convicted after a 6-month trial on
charges related to the massive fraud first revealed in Dec, 2008.
(SFC, 3/25/14, p.D6)
2014 Mar 24, Major Texas
shipping channels that deliver crude oil for more than one-tenth of
the nation's refining capacity were shut for a third day, as the
cleanup from a spill threatened to last through the week.
2014 Mar 24, In Virginia US
Navy security forces at the Norfolk Naval Station killed civilian
truck driver Jeffrey Tyrone Savage after he shot and killed Petty
Officer 2nd class Mark Mayo aboard the USS Mahan.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 24, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint, sparking
a gunbattle that killed 2 policemen and one of the militants in
Helmand province. Five Taliban militants were arrested after
reinforcements from a nearby checkpoint joined the fight.
2014 Mar 24, Belgium and Italy
said they had moved excess nuclear materials to the United States
for disposal or downgrading under the terms of past agreements, at
the start of a nuclear summit in the Netherlands.
2014 Mar 24, British Judge
Jonathan Gosling Francis sentenced Paul Cullen (85), a former
Catholic priest who spent decades on the run, to 15 years in jail
for sexually abusing seven children between 1957 and 1991.
2014 Mar 24, An Egyptian court
sentenced 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death
for murder and other offences.
2014 Mar 24, The EU approved
sanctions and said it will no longer import any fish caught by
vessels from Cambodia, Belize and Guinea, accusing their governments
of failing to cooperate in fighting illegal fishing.
2014 Mar 24, France-based
Airbus Defence & Space captured images showing 122 potential
objects, possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in a
400-sq-km (155-sq-mile) area in the southern Indian Ocean.
2014 Mar 24, Guinea announced
that samples taken from three suspected cases of Ebola, which led to
two deaths in Conakry, had tested negative for the virus. Health
workers said the outbreak from the Ebola virus, which has killed at
least 59 people in Guinea, may have spread to Liberia.
(AFP, 3/24/14)(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 24, Italian financial
police arrested a former executive of the state-controlled
Finmeccanica defense contractor in a bribery investigation. Stefano
Carlini, former head of external relations, was one of four people
placed under house arrest.
2014 Mar 24, Japanese and US
leaders said Japan will turn over hundreds of kilograms of sensitive
atomic material of potential use in bombs to the United States to be
downgraded and disposed. This was shortly before leaders from 53
countries, including Obama and Abe, were due to hold a two-day
summit at The Hague aimed at preventing al Qaeda-style militant
groups from acquiring nuclear bombs.
2014 Mar 24, Mexican
authorities over the past week found more than 370 children in 14
states dumped by people smugglers while trying to make their way
into the United States.
2014 Mar 24, In Mexico 3 women
and a 7-year-old girl were shot to death in a village near the
resort city of Acapulco.
2014 Mar 24, Russia's SMP Bank
said around 9 billion rubles had been withdrawn by depositors since
U.S. sanctions were announced last week.
2014 Mar 24, Russian historian
Andrei Zubov was fired from his teaching position at the Moscow
State Institute of Int’l. Relations for drawing parallels between
Russia’s occupation of Crimea and Germany’s annexation of Austria
and Sudetenland territories in 1938-39.
(Econ, 3/29/14, p.53)
2014 Mar 24, A Saudi man
convicted of shooting dead a compatriot in a dispute was beheaded by
the sword. His execution in Hafr al-Batin brings to 12 the number of
death sentences carried out this year in Saudi Arabia.
2014 Mar 24, South Africa's
platinum producers said a two-month strike was causing "irreparable"
damage to the sector, which has to date lost nearly a billion
dollars in revenue.
2014 Mar 24, Ukraine announced
the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea,
effectively acknowledging defeat in the face of Russian forces, who
stormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian bases on the peninsula.
2014 Mar 24, In Venezuela Sgt.
Miguel Antonio Parra was shot dead during a street demonstration in
Merida. At least 32 people have died in protests over the last five
(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 24, In Yemen gunmen
killed 20 soldiers in a dawn attack on a checkpoint in the eastern
province of Hadramawt, most of them in their sleep, in the latest in
a wave of deadly violence blamed on Al-Qaeda.
2014 Mar 25, The US Coast Guard
partially reopened the Houston Ship Channel following the March 22
collision between an oil barge and a bulk carrier near Texas City.
170,000 gallons of tar-like coal were spilled.
(SFC, 3/26/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 25, Utah’s Gov. Gary
Herbert signed a law that allows parents of children with severe
epilepsy to obtain marijuana extract to help with seizures.
(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 25, Facebook said it
has agreed to purchase Oculus VR, a startup specializing in virtual
reality, for $2.3 billion in cash and stock.
(SFC, 3/26/14, p.A1)
2014 Mar 25, King Digital,
ticker KING, raised $500 million from the sale of 22.2 million
shares. Established in 2002, King's business has soared in the last
two years thanks to the spectacular popularity of Candy Crush Saga,
which boasts some 97 million players worldwide.
2014 Mar 25, In Afghanistan
suicide bombers and gunmen attacked an election commission office
beside the home of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, less than
two weeks before a crucial election. 10 people were killed including
2 policemen, an election worker and a provincial council candidate.
3 suicide bombers entered a branch of Kabulbank in the eastern
province of Kunar, killing at least 3 security guards and injuring
two bank workers.
(Reuters, 3/25/14)(Reuters, 3/29/14)
2014 Mar 25, The Arab League
held a summit in Kuwait. UN peace mediator for Syria, Lakhdar
Brahimi, called for an end the flow of arms to the combatants in the
2014 Mar 25, Royal Mail,
Britain's main postal operator, said it plans to axe 1,600 jobs
under a fresh cost-cutting program, six months after its
controversial part-privatization by the government.
2014 Mar 25, China's eastern
city of Hangzhou said will start restricting car sales on March 26,
joining major cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, in the fight
against snarling traffic and heavy smog in the world's largest
2014 Mar 25, Egypt's leader of
the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie (70), and 682 others
went on trial on charges including murder. Defence lawyers boycotted
the court session, attended by 60 of the defendants, after
complaining of irregularities. Reporters were barred from the
2014 Mar 25, Indian police
arrested Tehseen Akhtar (23), the alleged head of militant group the
Indian Mujahideen. The group was blamed for a string of deadly
attacks including one at a rally in October by election frontrunner
2014 Mar 25, Ireland's police
chief Martin Callinan resigned following months of criticism of his
force's handling of allegations of illegal wire-tapping and corrupt
enforcement of traffic laws.
2014 Mar 25, Kenya’s wildlife
authority said it needs help to curb the killings of elephants and
rhinos for their tusks and horns. Poachers this year have killed 18
rhinos and 51 elephants.
(SFC, 3/26/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 25, Myanmar said it
will ban the export of logs starting April 1 to reduce deforestation
and boost its wood-based industry by exporting only value-added
products. Myanmar's forest cover shrank from 57.9 percent of its
total land area in 1990 to 47.6 percent in 2005.
2014 Mar 25, NATO member Norway
suspended all joint activities with the Russian military through May
because of Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
2014 Mar 25, In the Netherlands
35 countries pledged to turn international guidelines on nuclear
security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists
from getting their hands on nuclear material.
2014 Mar 25, In the Netherlands
US President Barack Obama, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and South Korean
President Park Geun-hye met to discuss North Korea's security
2014 Mar 25, Dutch police
detained 28 anti-nuclear demonstrators at a reactor ahead of a visit
by a delegation of energy sector bosses.
2014 Mar 25, In northeastern
Nigeria two explosions in Maiduguri killed 11 people, including 5
policemen who were believed to have been targeted.
2014 Mar 25, In central Nigeria
police recovered 7 bodies following an attack on Agena village,
Benue state, in renewed violence between herdsmen and farmers.
2014 Mar 25, Singapore
authorities intercepted about one ton of ivory worth $1.6 million in
a shipping container from Africa marked as carrying coffee berries.
2014 Mar 25, Sudan said a
pro-government militia has killed 151 rebels in clashes this week in
the country's restive Darfur region.
2014 Mar 25, Syria's opposition
fighters seized Samra a Mediterranean coastal village as they pushed
to consolidate their presence in a key regime bastion near the
2014 Mar 25, Thai police seized
147 kg (323 pounds) of heroin they believe was from Myanmar and
destined for Australia. The single haul exceeded some of Thailand's
recent yearly seizure totals.
2014 Mar 25, Turkish special
forces raided buildings in Istanbul used by suspected members of an
Islamist militant group active in neighboring Syria and Iraq,
leaving three policemen and two suspects wounded.
2014 Mar 25, Ukraine lawmakers
accepted the resignation of the defense minister Igor Tenyukh as
thousands of troops began withdrawing from the Crimean Peninsula,
now controlled by Russia. Col. Gen. Mikhail Kovalyov was voted in as
2014 Mar 25, Oleksander
Muzychko, a prominent Ukrainian far-right activist, was shot dead by
police overnight as he tried to escape from a cafe in the western
region of Rivne. Police said he was wanted for "hooliganism" and an
attack on a local prosecutor.
2014 Mar 25, The United Nations
human rights office said an Egyptian court's decision to sentence
529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death contravened
2014 Mar 25, Venezuela’s Pres.
Maduro said officials have arrested three air force generals on
charges of plotting a coup.
(SFC, 3/26/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 25, The World Health
Organization published a report saying air pollution kills about 7
million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the
fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves.
2014 Mar 26, In California
state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested in an FBI sting on charges that
he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento
for bribes. Yee represented half of San Francisco and most of San
Mateo County. Yee was one of 26 people ensnared in a 5-year federal
investigation that targeted Raymond “Shrimp Boy" Chow, a Chinatown
gangster who had claimed to have gone straight.
(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A1)
2014 Mar 26, Daly City dentist
Wilson Sy Lim was among 26 people arrested in a SF Bay Area FBI
sting. State Sen. Leland Yee had introduced Lim to an undercover FBI
agent as a connection for securing guns from the Philippines.
(SFC, 3/31/14, p.A8)
2014 Mar 26, A New York jury
found Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman
Suleiman Abu Ghaith (48) guilty on three counts of conspiracy to
kill Americans and supporting terrorists.
(AFP, 3/26/14)(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A9)
2014 Mar 26, Charlotte, NC,
Mayor Patrick Cannon, in office for less than six months, resigned
hours after he was arrested and accused of taking over $48,000 in
bribes from undercover FBI agents.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 26, A British
financial watchdog said it has fined Spanish banking giant Santander
almost £12.4 million for mis-advising customers.
2014 Mar 26, In Brussels Pres.
Barack Obama and EU leaders presented a unified front against
Russia's annexation of Crimea, promoting trans-Atlantic trade as an
antidote to Russia's influence in the region and a way to help
Europe become less dependent on Moscow for energy.
2014 Mar 26, The head of
African peacekeepers in the Central African Republic said that
vigilante groups known as "anti-balaka" will be considered and
treated as "enemies" from now on.
2014 Mar 26, In southern China
a fire in a lingerie factory killed 11 people in Puning County,
2014 Mar 26, In Egypt one
person was killed near Cairo University when protesters supporting
ousted President Mohamed Mursi clashed with security forces.
2014 Mar 26, Guinea health
officials said the death toll from the rare Ebola virus has risen to
63. The outbreak is the first in West Africa in 20 years.
2014 Mar 26, Israeli navy ships
opened fire on two suspected Palestinian smuggling boats off the
Gaza coast. Both vessels sank after an explosion following the
2014 Mar 26, In their “Kuwait
Declaration" Arab leaders called for a political solution to the
conflict in Syria, overlooking Saudi-backed demands for greater
military support for rebel forces to tip the balance in the war. The
Arab League also announced their "total rejection of the call to
consider Israel a Jewish state," in the final statement.
2014 Mar 26, Myanmar’s Energy
Ministry said major oil companies including Total, Chevron, Woodside
Energy and Shell have won bids for offshore oil and gas exploration
blocks off its western and southern coasts.
2014 Mar 26, North Korea
test-fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles. The Rodong
launch, the first since 2009, violated UN Security Council
resolutions and marked a big escalation from a series of
shorter-range rocket launches the North has staged in recent weeks
to protest ongoing annual military drills by the US and South Korea
that Pyongyang claims are invasion preparation.
2014 Mar 26, The Norwegian
Academy of Science and Letters said Russian mathematician Yakov G.
Sinai (78) has won this year's $1 million Abel Prize in mathematics.
2014 Mar 26, A Pakistani
government team traveled to a secret location in the northwest where
it held the first-ever direct talks with the Taliban.
2014 Mar 26, Russian forces
took over the Ukrainian minesweeper Cherkasy, the last military ship
controlled by Ukraine in Crimea.
2014 Mar 26, A Soyuz spacecraft
carrying two Russians and NASA’s Steve Swanson blasted off from
Kazakhstan. A software glitch delayed their docking with the
International Space Station until March 27.
(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A2)(AP, 3/28/14)
2014 Mar 26, Somali government
forces fighting alongside African Union troops said they had taken
back control of the key town of El-Bur, driving Al-Qaeda-linked
Shebab rebels from a major central bastion.
2014 Mar 26, Spanish police
arrested more than 50 students during a protest at a Madrid
university during the first day of a strike to protest a government
education reform and cutbacks in grants and staffing.
2014 Mar 26, A Turkish court
ordered the telecommunications authority to restore access to
Twitter, issuing an injunction five days after the government
blocked access to the social network.
2014 Mar 26, Ukraine’s Naftogaz
officials said the price of gas will rise for domestic consumers by
more than 50 per cent from May 1. Further rises will be implemented
under a fixed timetable until 2018. The step were in response to
demands by the International Monetary Fund.
2014 Mar 26, Pope Francis
permanently removed German bishop Franz-Peter Terbartz-van Elst from
his Limburg diocese after his 31 million-euro ($43-million) new
residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful. Francis had
temporarily expelled him in October pending a church inquiry.
2014 Mar 26, The World Trade
Organization ruled that China has violated international trade rules
with its restrictions on the export of 17 "rare earths" and two
other minerals that have key industrial and high-tech uses.
2014 Mar 27, A visibly
energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hour-long audience
with Pope Francis at the Vatican, expressing his great admiration
for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House.
2014 Mar 27, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention released a report saying one in 68 US
children has been diagnosed with autism. The CDC report was based on
data from 2010.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.D1)
2014 Mar 27, The US Mint put
new collector gold and silver coins on sale to commemorate the
Baseball Hall of Fame which celebrates its 75th anniversary this
year. The design by Cassie McFarland's featured a curved baseball
2014 Mar 27, The US Air Force
fired nine midlevel nuclear commanders and said it will discipline
dozens of junior officers at a nuclear base in Great Falls, Montana,
in response to an exam cheating scandal.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 27, Police in southern
California served over two dozen search warrants and made six
arrested in an investigation targeting the theft of baggage at Los
Angeles Int’l. Airport. Those arrested did not directly work for the
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 27, Dr. James
Schlesinger (1929), former US defense secretary under Presidents
Nixon and Ford, died in NYC. He also served as the first secretary
of the new Energy Dept. under Pres. Carter. In 1960 he authored “The
Political Economy of National Security: A study of the economic
aspects of the contemporary power struggle."
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.D2)
2014 Mar 27, Mark Stock (62), a
realist figure painter, died in Oakland, Ca. He was known for a
series of butlers in tuxedos including “"The Butler’s in Love"
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.D3)
2014 Mar 27, In his first visit
to Afghanistan as Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani called for
regional unity as regional leaders celebrated the Persian New Year
2014 Mar 27, Cambodia's
opposition party said it will defy a government ban on meeting in
one of the capital's public parks, setting up a possible clash with
2014 Mar 27, In the Central
African Republic at least 9 people were killed when extremists threw
hand grenades at a crowd of mourners during a funeral service in
Bangui. A recent uptick in violence had seen around 20 people killed
in Bangui since March 22.
(AFP, 3/28/14)(AP, 3/29/14)
2014 Mar 27, China’s Defense
Ministry said it will beef up its internet security after recent
reports that the US government spied on a major telecommunications
2014 Mar 27, China’s Xinhua
state news said a Wuhu city court has sentenced to death a rapist
who posed as a female on social networks to lure 16 girls to meet
him. Wang Yong (40) was sentenced earlier this month for raping the
girls aged 12 to 16 starting in 2009.
2014 Mar 27, In China a man
(34) involved in a property dispute stabbed six people to death in a
Beijing district and injured others.
2014 Mar 27, Colombia’s Pres.
Juan Manuel Santos said Venezuela’s government has accepted the
political opposition’s conditions for dialogue.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 27, Egypt’s Field
Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ditched his military fatigues and
resigned as Egypt's defense minister, a day after announcing he
would run for president.
2014 Mar 27, A French court
ordered Closer magazine to pay 15,000 euros for publishing photos of
what it said was a helmeted President Francois Hollande visiting an
actress for a secret tryst. Julie Gayet had sued the magazine for
violation of privacy.
2014 Mar 27, Germany's main
airports were hit by a strike as public sector workers raised
pressure on the government in pay talks.
2014 Mar 27, Iraqi army forces
began shelling the region of Zoba, just south of Fallujah, sparking
clashes with militants. At least 3 people were killed and 53 wounded
in the shelling and firefights. A series of attacks targeting
commercial areas killed 26 people. In Ramadi 4 soldiers were killed
and 10 wounded in a booby-trapped building.
(AFP, 3/28/14)(AP, 3/28/14)(AP, 4/1/14)
2014 Mar 27, Israel said it
will allow into the Gaza Strip construction materials and electric
equipment to help build a Turkish-sponsored hospital, in a possible
sign of improving ties with Ankara.
2014 Mar 27, Japan’s Shizuoka
District Court suspended the death sentence and ordered a retrial
for Iwao Hakamada (78). The world's longest-serving death row inmate
had been convicted in the 1966 murder of a family and was sentenced
to death in 1968. The judge who freed him found that police and
prosecutors had fabricated evidence in the original trial.
(AP, 3/27/14)(Econ, 12/5/15, p.39)
2014 Mar 27, Lebanon’s
government ordered the army and security forces to control the
security situation in Tripoli and to seize arms caches in the city.
A soldier was killed by two masked men on motorbikes in Tripoli. A
day earlier a municipal worker was murdered in the same fashion.
2014 Mar 27, In Libya slain
dictator Moamer Kadhafi's son Saadi asked Libyans for forgiveness in
a taped interview released by prison authorities three weeks after
his extradition from neighboring Niger.
2014 Mar 27, In Macau "The
Grandmaster" won best picture, best director for Wong Kar Wai and
five other honors at the Asian Film Awards.
2014 Mar 27, Mexican soldiers
and police killed 10 Zetas drug cartel suspects in a gunfight in the
eastern state of Veracruz.
2014 Mar 27, In Myanmar
Buddhist-led mobs tore through streets hurling stones at the offices
and residences of international aid workers in western Rakhine
state, prompting the evacuation of almost all non-essential staff.
One girl (11) was killed when police fired into the air to disperse
(AP, 3/27/14)(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 27, In Qatar Matthew
and Grace Huang, an American couple charged with starving their
adopted daughter (8) to death, were sentenced to three years in
prison. Their daughter was pronounced dead when the Huangs took her
to the hospital in January 2013.
2014 Mar 27, The Philippine
government signed a peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front, the country's largest Muslim rebel group. The deal grants
largely Muslim areas of the southern Mindanao region greater
political autonomy in exchange for an end to armed rebellion.
2014 Mar 27, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin said that Russia would develop its own credit card
system to reduce reliance on Western-based companies and soften the
potential blow from US and EU sanctions.
2014 Mar 27, Saudi Arabia’s
reigning King Abdullah (~89) appointed by royal decree his youngest
surviving brother, Muqrin (b.1945), as 2nd in line to the throne
after ailing crown prince Salman (78).
(Econ, 4/5/14, p.40)
2014 Mar 27, South Korea's
military seized a North Korean fishing boat that it said had crossed
a disputed maritime border after ignoring warnings to retreat amid
growing tension between the two sides.
2014 Mar 27, South Korea
formally approved a request from women rights activists, including
one "comfort woman", to meet North Korean counterparts at a
conference on Japan's wartime use of sex slaves.
2014 Mar 27, Syrian forces
bombarded rebel positions with artillery and warplanes in the
Mediterranean coastal province of Latakia.
2014 Mar 27, In Turkey
KanalTurk television station, linked to opponents of PM Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, said authorities have withdrawn its license to broadcast
nationally just days before crucial local elections.
2014 Mar 27, A scandal in
Uganda over alleged sex abuse of female runners deepened after it
emerged that Moses Kipsiro, the athlete who exposed the issue, was
dropped from the national half-marathon team.
2014 Mar 27, Ukraine PM Arseniy
Yatsenyuk warned that everyone is going to feel some pain from
necessary financial reforms ahead as the International Monetary Fund
pledged up to $18 billion in loans to prop up the teetering economy.
Former PM Yulia Tymoshenko announced that she will run for president
in the vote set for May 25.
2014 Mar 27, The UN passed a
non-binding resolution declaring invalid Crimea's Moscow-backed
referendum on seceding from Ukraine with 100 votes in favor, 11
against and 58 abstentions in the 193-nation General Assembly.
Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states
with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General
(Reuters, 3/28/14)(Reuters, 3/29/14)
2014 Mar 27, The UN's top human
rights body agreed to launch an international criminal investigation
into alleged abuses from Sri Lanka's ended civil war, approving a
US-led resolution over the strong protests of Sri Lanka's
2014 Mar 28, President Barack
Obama opened a fence-mending visit to Saudi Arabia, arriving in the
oil-rich Gulf nation for meetings to reassure its elderly monarch of
the US commitment to the Arab world.
2014 Mar 28, California’s
Democratic controlled state Senate voted to suspend three members.
They included Leland Yee of SF and San Mateo Ct. and Ron Calderon
and Roderick Wright of LA County. The suspended senators would
continue to receive pay until their terms expire.
(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.C5)
2014 Mar 28, US authorities
said 11 people have been arrested for trafficking methamphetamine to
the Bakken oil patch and will face drug conspiracy charges in
(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.A11)
2014 Mar 28, In Afghanistan six
foreigners including three Americans were trapped inside a Kabul
guesthouse after a group of Taliban gunmen laid siege to the
building. A gun battle erupted after a Taliban suicide bomber blew
himself up outside the building and insurgents forced their way in.
The aid workers survived. One small Afghan girl, a passer-by, was
killed as well as a driver and all five attackers.
(Reuters, 3/28/14)(AFP, 3/29/14)(SFC, 3/29/14,
2014 Mar 28, Australian
officials moved the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,
that disappeared March 8, 1,100 km (680 miles) to the northeast
following a new analysis of radar data, and planes quickly found
multiple objects in the new zone.
2014 Mar 28, Brazilian
prosecutors sought the arrest of 13 executives from 3 int’l.
companies allegedly involved in a cartel to raise prices for the
construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo.
(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 28, In Egypt
Journalist Mayada Ashraf, from the privately owned Al-Dustour
newspaper, was shot in the head as she covered clashes between
police and supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in
the northern neighborhood of Ein Shams. 4 other people were killed
including a Christian woman named Mary Sameh (26). Prosecutors the
next day blamed five masked gunmen from the Muslim Brotherhood. A
protester who attended the Ein Shams rally said it was the police
who opened fire on the crowd as the demonstrators were about to
2014 Mar 28, The Guinean health
ministry confirmed eight cases of Ebola in Conakry, including one
fatality. The total number of suspected cases recorded from January
to March 28 was 111 cases of haemorrhagic fever, including 70
2014 Mar 28, An Indian air
force cargo plane inducted into service just last year crashed
during a training mission, killing all five crew members.
2014 Mar 28, In Iraq a triple
bombing struck a busy market area in northern Baghdad, killing 4
2014 Mar 28, Israeli police and
antiquities inspectors arrested a gang accused of looting ancient
Jewish burial caskets from a cave in the Jerusalem area.
2014 Mar 28, In the Ivory Coast
Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama was elected the new head of
the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at a summit
of the 15-nation regional bloc.
2014 Mar 28, In Kashmir at
least three gunmen disguised as Indian soldiers opened fire on a
car, killing a passenger and triggering a firefight with army troops
in the Dayalchak area.
2014 Mar 28, A Lebanese
policeman was killed by unknown gunmen in the northern city of
2014 Mar 28, In Morocco some
800 African migrants tried to climb barbed-wire fences to enter the
Spanish enclave of Melilla. Most were turned back by security forces
from both sides.
2014 Mar 28, Netherlands’
public prosecutor said Milutin Graic (41), wanted in Croatia on
suspicion of war crimes during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in
the 1990s, has been arrested in Roosendaal.
2014 Mar 28, New Zealand’s
government announced it would sell a minority stake in power company
Genesis Energy for 736 million New Zealand dollars ($638 million).
The company will list on the New Zealand stock market on April 17.
More than two-thirds of people who voted in a referendum last year
said they opposed the government asset sales.
2014 Mar 28, Nigeria’s military
said they have arrested two Britons and 10 local citizens on charges
of trying to bribe a military officer to facilitate oil theft.
Security sources have said the sheer scale of oil theft would not be
possible without systematic collusion by various security agencies.
2014 Mar 28, In eastern
Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire late today on a car
carrying senior journalist Raza Rumi, killing his driver before
escaping in Lahore.
2014 Mar 28, A Palestinian
official said Israel will not free the final batch of prisoners they
had been expecting alongside US-brokered peace talks. Israeli
cabinet members had warned they would block the final release,
anticipated for the end of March, if the Palestinians refused to
extend the talks beyond their April 29 deadline.
2014 Mar 28, The Philippines
signed contracts worth $527 million to buy 12 fighter jets from
South Korea and four combat utility helicopters from Canada to boost
the capability of its air force.
2014 Mar 28, Russia's Pres.
Vladimir Putin said Ukraine could regain some arms and equipment of
military units in Crimea that did not switch their loyalty to
2014 Mar 28, Russia said
Switzerland has imposed restrictions on military exports to Russia
over events in Ukraine which were counterproductive and not in line
with the country's policy of neutrality.
2014 Mar 28, Sweden sentenced a
Malaysian couple to prison for beating their four children with
sticks and clothes hangers. The abuse occurred from 2010 until
December 2013, when Swedish police arrested the couple. The
children, aged 7-14, were taken back to their home country following
a massive social media campaign calling for their return.
2014 Mar 28, The UN's top human
rights body voted overwhelmingly to renew its war crimes
investigation in Syria for another year.
2014 Mar 28, The UN said over a
million people in South Sudan have been forced from their homes
during more than three months of ongoing fighting, with conditions
continuing to worsen.
2014 Mar 28, Uruguay’s drug
czar said every legal marijuana plant in the country will be
registered and tracked using radio frequency tags.
(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 28, In southern Yemen
2 al-Qaeda militants and a soldier were killed in a raid by security
forces on a residential building in Dalea.
2014 Mar 29, Hobie Alter (80),
creator of the Hobie Cat sailboat, died at his home in Palm Desert,
Ca. He was known as the Henry Ford of the surfboard industry. In
1959 he became the first person to mass produce surfboards made of
(SFC, 4/1/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 29, In Iowa a massive
fire swept through the former Younkers department store in downtown
Des Moines. The building, dating to 1899, was under renovation and
would now have to be demolished.
(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.A11)
2014 Mar 29, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents attacked the Independent Election Commission
headquarters in Kabul with rocket-propelled grenades and machine
guns. Police killed all 5 suicide bombers.
(Reuters, 3/29/14)(AP, 3/29/14)(SSFC, 3/30/14,
2014 Mar 29, Gay couples across
England and Wales said "I do" as a law authorizing same-sex marriage
came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long fight for
2014 Mar 29, British police
said a male nurse has been charged with the murder of three patients
who were poisoned with contaminated medical products at a hospital
in Stockport. Victorino Chua (48), a father of two children, was
charged with murdering 3 of 8 patients who died following the
poisoning at Stepping Hill hospital, in June and July 2011. On May
18, 2015, Chua was convicted of using insulin to murder two patients
and trying to poison twenty others.
(AFP, 3/29/14)(SFC, 5/19/15, p.A2)
2014 Mar 29, In Central African
Republic Chadian soldiers, sent to repatriate their compatriots,
killed at least 8 civilians when they opened fire on crowds in
Bangui. Chadian troops were accused of killing 32 civilians when
they opened fire on a crowd.
(AFP, 3/30/14)(AP, 4/3/14)
2014 Mar 29, Crimea's Tatars
held a vote on whether to push for self-rule in their historic
homeland following its annexation by Russia. The Crimean Tatars, who
make up about 12 percent of Crimea's population, strongly opposed
and largely boycotted the hastily-organized March 16 referendum.
2014 Mar 29, Cuba’s parliament
approved a new foreign investment law that for the first time
allowed Cubans living abroad to invest in some enterprises.
(Econ, 4/5/14, p.30)
2014 Mar 29, An Egyptian court
sentenced two supporters of former president Mohamed Mursi to death
for murder during violence that broke out in Alexandria last year.
2014 Mar 29, Egypt reopened the
Gaza Strip's land border after a 50-day closure, but only for three
days and then just for special cases.
2014 Mar 29, German magazine
Der Spiegel reported that the US National Security Agency kept more
than 300 reports on Chancellor Angela Merkel in a special databank
about scores of foreign heads of state. Other leaders listed in the
databank include the heads of Peru, Somalia, Guatemala, Colombia and
2014 Mar 29, Guinea kept up its
efforts to contain an Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens
spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, as
neighboring Senegal closed its border.
2014 Mar 29, In southern Iraq
commercial production on one of the biggest undeveloped oilfields in
the world. Russian energy giant Lukoil was the principal firm
developing the enormous West Qurna-2 field.
2014 Mar 29, In Lebanon 3
soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at
a checkpoint at Aqabet al-Jurd in the Arsal region.
2014 Mar 29, Myanmar said that
Muslims would not be allowed to register as "Rohingya" in its first
census since 1983 despite UN assurances, on the eve of a survey that
has fanned sectarian tensions.
2014 Mar 29, In southwest
Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a security force vehicle in
Quetta killed a teenage girl and wounded 18 people.
2014 Mar 29, A Philippine
government ship slipped past a Chinese coast guard blockade and
brought food and fresh troops to a marooned navy ship used as a base
by Filipino troops to bolster the country's territorial claims in
the disputed South China Sea.
2014 Mar 29, Russia said it had
"no intention" of invading eastern Ukraine, responding to Western
warnings over a military buildup on the border following Moscow's
annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
2014 Mar 29, Slovak voters
turned out in unexpectedly higher numbers for the runoff in the
country's presidential election as underdog philanthropist Andrej
Kiska challenged political heavyweight PM Robert Fico. Andrej Kiska
trounced PM Robert Fico in the presidential election.
(Reuters, 3/29/14)(Reuters, 3/29/14)
2014 Mar 29, Sri Lanka held
local elections. The ruling party won local elections, but with
smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for
President Mahinda Rajapakse.
2014 Mar 29, Syrian government
forces captured two villages near the border with Lebanon,
continuing a weeks-long advance that has cut a major supply route
for weapons and fighters from eastern Lebanon.
2014 Mar 29, In Thailand tens
of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied across Bangkok in
their latest bid to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
2014 Mar 29, Ukraine boxer
turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko dropped out of the May 25
snap presidential polls to help the candidacy of Petro Poroshenko, a
charismatic tycoon who made a fortune selling chocolates and backs
closer Western ties.
2014 Mar 30, In Albuquerque,
NM, a protest over recent police shootings turned to mayhem as
demonstrators clashed with riot police. Violent confrontations
between officers and residents have included 37 police shootings
since 2010, 23 of them fatal.
(SFC, 3/31/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 30, Marc Platt
(b.1913), Broadway dancer and the last surviving member of the
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, died in Marin, Ca. His film work
included roles in “Tonight and Every Night" (1945), “Tars and Spars"
(1946) and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954).
(SFC, 4/1/14, p.C4)
2014 Mar 30, In southeastern
Afghanistan a Romanian serviceman was killed and five troops wounded
by a roadside bomb on the Kabul-Kandahar highway outside Qalat,
Zabul province. Romania has 1,029 troops serving in the NATO mission
in Afghanistan; 23 have been killed.
2014 Mar 30, A Bahrain court
sentenced 13 people to life in prison for attempting to kill a
policeman, attacking a police car and taking part in an illegal
protest in March, 2012. One person was sentenced to 10 years in jail
in the same case.
2014 Mar 30, In Belgium China’s
Pres. Xi Jinping received a royal welcome and an honorary knighthood
in Brussels at the start of a 3-day visit that will see him become
the first Chinese leader to visit EU headquarters.
2014 Mar 30, In Brazil more
than 1,400 police officers and Marines rolled into a massive complex
of slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport before dawn as
part of the "pacification" program that began in 2008 and is meant
to secure Rio ahead of not the World Cup and also the 2016 Summer
2014 Mar 30, British actress
Kate O'Mara (74), best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera
"Dynasty," died in a nursing home in southern England after a short
2014 Mar 30, In southern China
hundreds of protesters marched against a chemical plant and
environmental degradation. The Maoming city government called the
demonstration a "grave violation" by criminals causing chaos.
Residents were protesting the production of paraxylene, a chemical
used to make fabrics and plastic bottles at a plant run by the local
government and state-owned Sinopec Corp, China's biggest refiner.
2014 Mar 30, In China Phuntso
Wangye (b.1922), a veteran Tibetan Communist leader, died in
Beijing. He had founded the Tibetan Communist Party and later become
an outspoken critic of Beijing's hardline policies towards the
Himalayan region. His book “A Long Way to Equality and Unity" was
recently published in Hong Kong.
(Reuters, 3/30/14)(SFC, 3/31/14, p.C3)
2014 Mar 30, An Egyptian
soldier was killed when militants attacked the bus he was driving in
the town of Al-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula.
2014 Mar 30, France held a
second round of voting in local elections that are set to result in
a breakthrough by the far right and trigger a reshuffle of the
beleaguered Socialist government. 155 towns swung to the
center-right UMP and the far-right National Front claim 11.
(AFP, 3/30/14)(Reuters, 3/31/14)
2014 Mar 30, In Iraq attackers
sprayed with bullets a group of troops manning a checkpoint near
Mosul killing 7 soldiers. A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle
packed with explosives on a major bridge in Ramadi killing 7 people.
Parts of the al-Houz bridge fell into the Euphrates river. Two
police officers were killed by a roadside bomb that exploded near
their car in Tikrit. A bomb explosion at the entrance of an out-door
market killed 4 shoppers and wounded nine others in Baghdad's suburb
(AFP, 3/30/14)(AP, 3/30/14)
2014 Mar 30, Japan and North
Korea started high-level government talks for the first time in more
than a year that were expected to focus on abductions of Japanese by
North Korea decades ago.
2014 Mar 30, In Kenya a man
died after an explosive device he was assembling blew up in a
residential area of Nairobi. Police looked for three other men who
were seen running out of the apartment after the blast.
2014 Mar 30, Myanmar began its
first census since 1983. Those who identified themselves as Rohingya
were not counted.
2014 Mar 30, In Nigeria 21
detainees, reportedly suspected Boko Haram insurgents, were killed
during an attempted jailbreak after one inmate reportedly
overpowered a guard and seized his weapon.
2014 Mar 30, The Philippines
filed a case against China at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague,
subjecting Beijing to international legal scrutiny over the
territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
2014 Mar 30, The Seychelles
transferred nine Somali pirates to serve the remainder of their jail
sentences back home, taking the total transferred to more than 90.
2014 Mar 30, In Taiwan hundreds
of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the streets around
Parliament to voice their opposition to a trade pact with China.
2014 Mar 30, Thais voted for
half of the country's 150-seat Senate in a key test for Yingluck
Shinawatra's troubled government.
2014 Mar 30, In Turkey violent
feuds broke out in local elections for village and neighborhood
leaders, leaving 6 people dead in the village of Yuvacik, Sanliurfa
province, and 2 dead in the southern city of Hatay. PM Erdogan’s AK
Party led the polls with 46%, retaining control of the two biggest
cities Istanbul and Ankara and increasing its share of the national
(AP, 3/30/14)(Reuters, 3/31/14)(SSFC, 4/6/14,
2014 Mar 31, In Connecticut The
Rev. Paul Gotta was arrested on seven sexual assault charges. Police
say the assaults took place over the span of a year beginning in
January 2012. He was arrested by federal authorities last year on
charges including illegally transferring a gun, ammunition and
explosive material to a juvenile.
2014 Mar 31, Charles Keating
(b.1923), moral crusader and former Arizona land developer, died in
Phoenix. He had bilked some 23,000 investors out of their savings in
Lincoln Savings, a savings and loan association based in Irvine,
Ca., that went bust in 1989.
(Econ, 4/12/14, p.94)
2014 Mar 31, In Afghanistan
insurgent attacks across the country killed 18 people. In the north
Taliban gunmen overnight abducted Hussain Nazari, a candidate
running for a seat in a provincial council and seven members of his
2014 Mar 31, Chinese
prosecutors brought corruption charges against a top general. A
military prosecutor charged Lt. Gen. Gu Junshan with embezzlement,
bribery, misuse of state funds and abuse of power. Liu Han, a mining
tycoon, his brother and 34 associates stood trial on allegations of
running a vast criminal gang in Sichuan province that gunned down
rivals, maintained fleets of Ferraris and bribed police to avoid
2014 Mar 31, A Croatian court
sentenced the country's former army chief retired general Mladen
Kruljac to 18 months in prison, saying he and five others had
manipulated real estate prices in deals that eventually cost Croatia
61.2 million kuna ($11 million).
2014 Mar 31, An Egyptian court
in Alexandria sentenced 33 supporters of ousted Islamist President
Mohammed Morsi to six years in prison each over clashes with
opponents last December. Each defendant was also fined 50,000
Egyptian pounds (about $7,100).
2014 Mar 31, German authorities
arrested three people in raids against suspected supporters of a
hardline Islamic group in Syria, a move meant to curb risks posed by
extremists returning from Syria's civil war.
2014 Mar 31, Germany's
Lufthansa said it will cancel some 3,800 flights because of a
three-day strike by the pilots' union later this week (April 2-4),
hitting more than 425,000 passengers.
2014 Mar 31, In Germany workers
at Amazon’s logistics center in Leipzig staged the short-term
warning strike to try to get management to return to the negotiating
table over wages.
2014 Mar 31, Doctors Without
Borders warned that health authorities in Guinea faced an
"unprecedented epidemic" of Ebola, as the death toll from the
disease that causes severe bleeding reached 78.
2014 Mar 31, An Israeli court
convicted former PM Ehud Olmert (68) in a wide-ranging bribery case.
Olmert was charged for acts committed while he was mayor of
Jerusalem and minister of industry and trade.
2014 Mar 31, The International
Court of Justice ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic
whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as
the Japanese government had claimed.
2014 Mar 31, In Kenya three
almost simultaneous blasts in Eastleigh, the main Somali district of
Nairobi, left at least 6 people dead.
2014 Mar 31, The Libyan
Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund set up in 2006, said
it is suing French bank Societe Generale in a British court for $1.5
billion (1.1 billion euros) for allegedly channeling bribes to
allies of the son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
2014 Mar 31, A Nigerian court
ruled that lawmakers who defected to the main opposition coalition
in December must vacate their seats. This was a victory for
President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of what will be a closely fought
election in February 2015.
2014 Mar 31, North and South
Korea exchanged artillery fire in disputed waters in an apparent new
round of saber-rattling by Pyongyang during annual US-South Korean
2014 Mar 31, A special
Pakistani court indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on
five counts of high treason, a charge that potentially carries the
death penalty. The development is the first time that an acting or
former army chief has been indicted for treason in Pakistan.
2014 Mar 31, Russia’s PM
Medvedev said Crimea will be made a special economic zone offering
tax breaks and reduced bureaucracy to attract investors.
2014 Mar 31, Switzerland's
competition regulator named eight global banks it is investigating
for possible manipulation of foreign exchange rates. It cited the
two largest Swiss banks, UBS and Credit Suisse, along with Zurich
Cantonal Bank, Julius Baer and JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays
Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
2014 Mar 31, Syrian army troops
recaptured a key position in coastal Latakia province. Observatory
45 is a strategic hilltop that overlooks several areas inhabited by
residents from the Alawite community.
2014 Mar 31, Two Tunisian
police officers were convicted of raping a young woman in September
2012, and sentenced to seven years in prison in a case that drew
widespread protests after the victim was initially accused of
2014 Mar 31, Key Ugandan
opposition leader and mayor of the capital Erias Lukwago resumed
office five months after being ousted in a power struggle with the
ruling party. A court ruling last week said his removal had been
2014 Mar 31, Ukraine reported a
gradual withdrawal of Russian troops from its border that may be
linked to Washington's latest push for a diplomatic solution to the
worst East-West standoff since the Cold War.
2014 Mar 31, In Ukraine a Right
Sector member shot and wounded three people outside a restaurant
adjacent to Kiev's main Independence Square, including a deputy city
mayor, triggering a standoff that lasted overnight.
2014 Mar, In Brazil former
Petrobras executive Paulo Roberto Costa was arrested in a money
laundering probe of the oil company. Costa ran the refining division
of Petrobras from 2004-2012. He soon accused more than 40
politicians of involvement in a vast kickback scheme.
(Econ, 9/13/14, p.44)
2014 Mar, Britain’s Lord Tony
Hall (63) took youth television channel BBC3 off the air.
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.56)
2014 Mar, Chinese hackers broke
into the computer networks of the US Office of Personnel Management
with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of
federal employees who had applied for top-secret security
clearances. Hackers gained access to some of the agency's databases
before the threat was detected and blocked.
2014 Mar, In China rumors that
the government owned Sheyang Rural Commercial Bank was low on cash
sparked a bank run.
(Econ, 5/7/15, SR p.3)
2014 Mar, In Finland a man and
a woman were arrested for plotting to kill about 50 people in an
attack at the University of Helsinki. They were also charged with
weapons possession. The suspects had met online and discussed the
massacre using encrypted emails.
2014 Mar, Hungary signed a €10
billion loan agreement with Russia to expand and modernize Paks, a
nuclear power station.
(Econ, 7/19/14, p.48)
2014 Mar, In Mali the National
Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the original instigator of
the rebellion of 2012, broke in two.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.51)
2014 Mar, Lagos, Nigeria,
(population 21 million) disgorged about 10,000 metric tons of waste
per day. Municipal government were reckoned to collect 40% of this.
Only 13% of recyclable material was being salvaged.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.42)
2014 Swaziland’s King Mswathi
III cut the ribbon for a new airport named after himself.
(Econ, 10/3/15, p.49)
2014 Mar, In Swaziland Thulani
Maseko, a lawyer who studied at American University's Washington
College of Law, and Bheki Makhubu, editor of Swaziland's The Nation
magazine, were jailed and charged with contempt of court for
publishing articles in which they lamented alleged threats to
2014 Mar, Swiss authorities
arrested three Iraqi citizens who were suspected of providing
support to Islamic State and planning an attack in Europe. The
arrests were first reported in September and confirmed by the
government in October.
2014 Mar, In Syria Hezbollah
commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese
border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa
before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning,
they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four
assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.