Timeline 2014 April - June
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2014        Apr 1, A drug-smuggling tunnel with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the US-Mexico border was discovered by law enforcement officials. Glennys Rodriguez (73) from the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista was charged the next day with helping run the operation. A 2nd tunnel was found on April 3.
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 1, California’s PG&E was indicted on 12 federal counts related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that leveled a San Bruno neighborhood and killed 8 people.
    (SFC, 4/2/14, p.A1)
2014        Apr 1, In downtown San Francisco the First Church of the Last Laugh hosted the 36th annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade.
    (SFC, 4/2/14, p.A1)
2014        Apr 1, Chin Long Chiang (b.1914), UC professor and biostatistics pioneer, died at his home in Berkeley, Ca. He had begun applying statistical methods to the world of health care and the study of diseases in the 1950s.
    (SFC, 4/25/14, p.D3)
2014        Apr 1, Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, opened a hearing on Caterpillar Inc.’s avoidance of some $2.4 billion in taxes by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, Britain said PM David Cameron has ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns that the group is planning radical activities from a base in London.
    (AFP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile near the copper exporting port of Iquique, killing 7 and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 2m (7-foot) waves. The quake allowed some 300 inmates to escape from the Iquique women’s prison.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)(SSFC, 4/6/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 1, China's Defense Ministry said inspectors have uncovered widespread irregularities and suspected corruption among military units based around Beijing, a sign that a widening anti-graft campaign that is turning to the sprawling 2.3 million-member People's Liberation Army.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In China protests against a proposed chemical plant in Maoming city, Guangdong province, spread to Guangzhou, the provincial capital, even as authorities signaled they may back down on construction plans in attempt to head off more unrest.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, China's foreign ministry expressed anger after Ilham Tohti, a prominent detained Uighur academic, won a human rights award in the United States, saying that he was a suspected criminal.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, Human Rights Watch said China has pressured Nepal to impose tough controls on thousands of Tibetan refugees, including arbitrary detention, excessive use of force and intrusive surveillance.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In Egypt violent clashes erupted in Cairo and three other cities between police and university students loyal to the ousted Islamist president.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, Wissam Tarif, a Lebanese national who works for Avaaz, an online activism network, arrived in Egypt in the morning and was deported in the evening. He had come to present officials with a petition bearing over a million signatures asking for the lifting of death sentences against 529 supporters of ousted Islamist Pres. Morsi.
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 1, The EU’s economy chief Olli Rehn's said the EU will make a swift payment of financial aid to Ukraine and dismissed the possibility of economic sanctions against Russia unless it takes more action.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In France Manuel Valls took up the post of President Francois Hollande's prime minister, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who resigned in the wake of the ruling Socialists' rout in local elections at the weekend.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In Greece eight Nigrita Prison guards were charged with torturing to death an Albanian convict accused of fatally stabbing a guard in another jail after being refused temporary release to visit his critically ill mother. Ilie Kareli (42) was found fatally injured in his cell last week after a severe beating.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In Iraq a national election campaign officially kicked off ahead of the April 30 vote. A series of attacks north of Baghdad killed 8 soldiers.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, Japan eased its weapons export restrictions in the first major overhaul of arms transfer policy in nearly half a century.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, Japan raised its sales tax to 8% from 5%, moving to stabilize government finances and reduce soaring debt, but at the risk of undermining a shaky economic recovery.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, People in Japan began their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, Japan’s government-funded Riken Center said data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper was falsified. Haruko Obokata, the lead researcher accused of the malpractice, denied any wrongdoing.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In Kenya unknown attackers in Mombasa shot dead Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, more commonly known as Makaburi (meaning graveyard in Swahili). He was accused by the US and the UN Security Council of supporting Somali militants.
    (Reuters, 4/4/14)(SFC, 4/3/14, p.A2)(Econ, 4/5/14, p.42)
2014        Apr 1, Lebanon's parliament approved a much-anticipated law that protects women against domestic violence after a years-long campaign by women's rights activists and the recent slaying of four women.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In northern Myanmar illegal Chinese logging and demand for monkey bones threatened the rare snub-nosed monkey according to British-based Fauna & Flora International. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated that only 260 to 330 survive in the wild.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, NATO foreign ministers agreed to suspend all practical cooperation with Russia, draft measures to strengthen defenses and reassure nervous eastern European countries in the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War ended in 1991.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 1, A Nigerian Shariah court freed two men accused of gay sex and belonging to a homosexual club, saying the prosecution failed to prove its case. The two were among 12 detained in northern Bauchi state in January.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, Philippine officials said government prosecutors will file plunder cases in an anti-graft court against three senators for misuse of congressional funds worth billions of pesos. Juan Ponce Enrile, former movie actor Ramon Revilla Jr and Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, son of former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Estada - were found to have amassed 172 million pesos, 242 million pesos and 183 million pesos, respectively, from illegal kickbacks.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, Russia warned Ukraine against integration with NATO, saying Kiev's previous attempts to move closer to the bloc had strained ties with Russia and caused problems between Moscow and the defense alliance. Russia sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine and threatened to reclaim billions previous discounts. Ukrainian police moved to disarm members of a radical nationalist group after a shooting spree in the capital.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)(AP, 4/1/14)   
2014        Apr 1, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old civil war, a third of them civilians.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In Thailand gunmen killed one person and wounded four others in an attack on anti-government protesters in central Bangkok.
    (AP, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In Turkey riot police fired water cannon in Ankara to disperse thousands of people protesting outside the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) against local election results which saw the ruling party dominate the electoral map. Election results in Ankara were particularly close.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, The UN said it was trying to evacuate 19,000 Muslims urgently from Bangui and other parts of Central African Republic who are surrounded by anti-balaka Christian militia threatening their lives.
    (Reuters, 4/1/14)
2014        Apr 1, In western Yemen clashes left dead 3 soldiers and 2 al-Qaida militants.
    (AP, 4/1/14)

2014        Apr 2, A federal appeals court granted a temporary stay on Arizona’s new restrictions on the use of abortion drugs, which had gone into effect a day earlier.
    (SFC, 4/3/14, p.A8)
2014        Apr 2, In Detroit, Michigan, Steve Utash (54) was punched and kicked by several people as he stopped to check on a boy (10) who was struck when he stepped in front of Utash’s pickup truck. On Apr 12 a boy (16) was charged with assault and ethnic intimidation in the beating of Utash, who remained in critical condition. On June 16, 2014, Bruce Wimbush (18) acknowledged that he punched Utash during the attack and agreed to testify against others. On June 19 three others pleaded guilty to the assault on Utash. On July 7, 2014, Wonzey Saffold (30) was sentenced to up to ten years in prison for his role in the attack.
    (SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A8)(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A7)(SFC, 6/20/14, p.A6)(SFC, 7/8/14, p.A5)
2014        Apr 2, In Texas soldier Ivan Lopez     gunned down 3 people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base. He was under psychiatric care but had showed no signs of violence or suicidal tendencies.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 2, Washington DC Councilwoman Muriel Bowser defeated Mayor Vincent Gray in a mayoral primary leaving Gray to serve nine months as a lame duck. Weeks earlier federal prosecutors said Gray knew of an illegal $668,000 slush fund that helped him defeat incumbent Adrian Fenty in 2010.
    (SFC, 4/3/14, p.A11)
2014        Apr 2, In Washington state the official death toll from the March 22 mudslide, based on the number of victims' remains sent to the coroner's office, rose to 29, up from 28 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber wearing a military uniform killed 6 police officers inside the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in Kabul. Candidate Hussain Nazari and 8 members of his entourage were killed overnight by their abductors in Sar-i-Pul province.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Britain summoned the Spanish ambassador to condemn what it called a provocative incursion by Spanish boats into Gibraltar's territorial waters a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, British authorities warned people with heart or lung conditions to avoid exertion as a combination of European emissions and Sahara dust created a "perfect storm" of pollution that blanketed the country in smog.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Chile a 7.6-magnitude aftershock struck just before midnight. No new major damage or casualties were reported.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 2, In southern China local authorities said torrential rains have left 14 people dead. Rains have battered Guangdong and Hong Kong since March 29, grounding some flights in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Croatia Marina Lovric Merzel, prefect of Sisak county for the ruling Social Democrat party, was arrested on corruption charges.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Egypt a series of explosions outside Cairo University killed two people, including a police brigadier-general.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, The EU and the US sought ways to reduce the political clout Russia gets from its vast energy reserves by promising to wean Ukraine and the rest of the continent off those supplies.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, The European Union's antitrust authority said it is imposing a 302 million-euro ($416 million) fine against 11 producers of high voltage power cables for operating a cartel. Six European companies, three Japanese and two South Korean producers reportedly colluded to allocate customers between themselves from 1999 for about 10 years on an almost worldwide scale.
    (AP, 4/2/14)   
2014        Apr 2, A study by Europe’s Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said almost a quarter of Europe's bumblebees are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitats and climate change, threatening pollination of crops worth billions of dollars.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Germany's antitrust authority said it has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for allegedly fixing the price of beer, the second round of punishments it has made in the case.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved a national minimum wage, guaranteeing workers at least 8.50 euros per hour ($11.75) starting next year.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Lufthansa canceled almost 900 domestic and intercontinental flights after the pilots' union started a three-day strike in a wage dispute with Germany's largest airline.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Iraq a series of bombings killed 8 people, including army recruits, as the country prepared for April 30 parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Italian police arrested 24 alleged separatists for terrorism after thwarting a plan to take over St Mark's Square in Venice armed with guns and a rudimentary "tank" made from a digger.
    (AFP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Kazakhstan PM Serik Akhmetov (55) unexpectedly announced his resignation and was swiftly replaced by Karim Masimov (49), his influential predecessor. Masimov had stepped down as prime minister in 2012 after occupying the position for five years, during which he shepherded the country's economy through the global financial crisis.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Lebanese troops moved into a restive Sunni area in the northern city of Tripoli, in the second stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence there.
    (AFP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Libya employees at state-owned Jumhuriya, one of Libya's biggest banks, began a two-day strike demanding greater protection after a colleague was shot dead at work a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said he has delivered requests for membership of several UN agencies, as part of a move that shook a fragile Middle East peace process.
    (AFP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Suspected Filipino Abu Sayyaf insurgents seized Gao Huayuan (29) a Chinese tourist, and Marcy Dayawan (40), a hotel receptionist, from the Singamata Reef Resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled in a speed boat. The kidnappers soon demanded a ransom of 500 million pesos ($11.3 million). On May 30 Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak said both victims have been freed.
    (AP, 4/3/14)(AFP, 4/5/14)(AP, 4/10/14)(AP, 5/30/14)
2014        Apr 2, Qatar's emir held talks in Sudan at a time of strained ties with his country's Gulf neighbors over its perceived support for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. After the emir's departure, Sudan's Finance Minister Badraldin Mahmoud Abbas told reporters that Qatar will provide Sudan with $1 billion to help boost its reserves of hard currency.
    (AFP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, A Russian soldier shot dead Ukrainian naval officer Stanislav Karachevsky in eastern Crimea, the second Ukrainian death reported since Russia took control of the Black Sea peninsula.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 2, A Saudi Arabian court sentenced Faris al-Zahrani, a top al-Qaeda strategist, to death and jailed 15 others for their role in a series of attacks in the kingdom last decade. Zahrani was arrested in Abha, a city near the Yemeni border, in August 2004.
    (Reuters, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 2, The Swiss government said it has decided not to adopt European Union sanctions against 33 people in connection with Russia's annexation of Crimea, but will prevent them from using Switzerland to get around the visa bans and asset freezes.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Syria Brahim Benchakroun, a former Guantanamo detainee, was reportedly killed while fighting government forces in Latakia province. He was better known in Syria as Abu Ahmad al-Maghribi.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Thailand workers at a scrap shop in Bangkok accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least 7 people and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Ukraine took the first step toward granting more powers to the regions in line with Western wishes but stopped well short of creating the federation sought by Russia.
    (AFP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, Ukraine's ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, said that he was "wrong" to invite Russian troops into Crimea, and vowed to try to persuade Russia to return the Black Sea peninsula.
    (AP, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Yemen al-Qaeda attacked an army headquarters in a heavily patrolled district of Aden, leaving 11 people dead, including three attackers, despite recent government measures to improve security.
    (AFP, 4/2/14)

2014        Apr 3, President Barack Obama signed a decree authorizing punitive sanctions, such as seizure of assets and visa bans, against anyone in South Sudan deemed to be threatening peace efforts, targeting UN peacekeeping forces and violating human rights.
    (AFP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 3, It was reported that the US government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" — a communications network designed to undermine the Cuba’s communist government, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks. The project, dubbed "ZunZuneo," slang for a Cuban hummingbird's tweet, was publicly launched soon after Cuba’s 2009 arrest of US contractor Alan Gross.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It banned the state government from limiting the free practice of religion effective July 1.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/lf9kcnu)
2014        Apr 3, Frank Janssen, the father of a North Carolina prosecutor, was kidnapped from his home in Wake Forest. He was held for five days in Atlanta before being rescued by the FBI. Seven people were soon arrested in the case. Janssen’s daughter had prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
    (SFC, 4/22/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 3, The state of Texas executed Tommy Lynn Sells after the US Supreme Court refused to issue an 11th hour stay to allow lawyers time to investigate the source and quality of the lethal drugs used put their client to death. Mr. Sells was on death row for 13 years following his conviction for killing a 13-year-old Texas girl on New Year’s Eve 1999.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum said it has agreed to pay the US government over $5.1 billion to thousands of sites polluted by toxins and compensate thousands of personal-injury claimants. The case originated with claims against Kerr-McGee, an Oklahoma energy company that went bankrupt and was bought by Anadarko nearly a decade ago.
    (SFC, 4/4/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 3, In Australia a large shark killed Christine Armstrong (63) near her terrified husband and friends as they took their daily morning swim off a popular east coast beach near the village of Tathra.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II paid a private call on Pope Francis at the Vatican, making him the fifth pontiff she has met.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, In Cambodia 118 employees passed out at work at the Shen Zhou and Daqian Textile factories in Phnom Penh.
    (Reuters, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Chadian officials said they are withdrawing their peacekeepers from the regional mission in Central African Republic.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, The European Parliament voted to stop Internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks, a step cheered by consumer groups but bemoaned by the telecommunications industry.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, The European Space Agency launched its Sentinel 1A satellite on a Russian Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. It was the first of six satellites for a new system designed to better monitor climate change, environmental disasters and catastrophes like floods, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
    (AP, 4/3/14)(SFC, 4/5/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 3, Germany’s Deutsche Post said it is no longer accepting letters bound for Crimea after its Ukrainian counterpart told the Geneva-based Universal Postal Union (UPU) that delivery to the region was no longer guaranteed.
    (Reuters, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Former Guinea Bissau President Kumba Yala (61) died. He had ruled the West African nation from 2000 to 2003.
    (Reuters, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 3, In Iraq fighting between government troops and al-Qaida-inspired militants killed 40 gunmen and an army officer near Baghdad, as attacks continued elsewhere in the country ahead of elections this month.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Italian police arrested Nicola Cosentino, a former member of Silvio Berlusconi's government, accusing him of colluding with the mafia to quash competition against his family's petrol distribution business near Naples. Twelve others were also arrested on suspicion of extortion and unfair competitive practices.
    (Reuters, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Liberia said it was dealing with its first suspected Ebola case thought to be unconnected to the epidemic raging in Guinea and to have originated separately within its borders. The fruit bat, thought to be the host of the highly contagious Ebola virus, is a delicacy in the region straddling Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and experts suspect huntsmen may be the source of the outbreak.
    (AFP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Nigerian troops reportedly killed 32 Fulani tribesmen in the Keana local government area central Nasarawa state. Defense officials denied the charge.
    (AFP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 3, Nigeria’s Nollywood was reported to knock out some 2,000 titles a year, making it the third-largest earner in the movie world, after Bollywood and Hollywood. The $250-million industry employed more than a million people.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Pakistan freed at least 16 Taliban prisoners with the approval of PM Nawaz Sharif, in a move designed to invigorate a shaky peace process with the militant group.
    (Reuters, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Russia’s gas giant Gazprom urged Ukraine to pay its debt, and announced a 70 percent rise in the charge for future supplies.
    (AP, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, In the Solomon Islands the Mataniko River in the capital, Honiara, burst its banks and flooded low-lying settlements alongside the river. The flash floods killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 3, In Syria mortar fire killed at least six children in a suburb of Damascus.  22 opposition fighters were killed in the army's bombardment of Mleiha east of Damascus.
    (AP, 4/3/14)(AFP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 3, The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million.
    (Reuters, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Turkey's telecoms authority lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter, after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression.
    (Reuters, 4/3/14)
2014        Apr 3, Ugandan police in Kampala raided the offices of a US-funded project known to offer AIDS services to homosexuals, in what appeared to be the first public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex.
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 3, Ukraine authorities said that they have detained several members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during bloody anti-government clashes in February that left more than 100 dead. The interim government has said former Pres. Yanukovych ordered snipers to be deployed, a charge Yanukovych has denied.
    (AP, 4/3/14)

2014        Apr 4, Pres. Obama met with Tunisia’s PM Mehdi Jomaa in Washington DC for talks on security and financial aid. On returning home Jomaa said the US has extended $500 million in new loan guarantees to Tunisia and lifted a State Department warning about traveling there.
    (SFC, 4/4/14, p.A4)(AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 4, US Attorney General Eric Holder promised Congress a thorough investigation into whether high-frequency trading violates laws against insider trading. The practice drew extensive coverage with the recent publication of “Flash Boys" by Michael Lewis.
    (SFC, 4/5/14, p.D1)
2014        Apr 4, In eastern Afghanistan Anja Niedringhaus (48), a veteran Associated Press photographer, was shot dead and reporter Kathy Gannon (60) was wounded while they were sitting in the back of a car when an Afghan policeman opened fire on them near Khost. The policeman, identified as a unit commander named Naqibullah, surrendered to colleagues after the shooting. On Jul 22 Naqibullah was convicted and sentenced to death. That decision was overturned by an appeals court and in 2015 Naqibullah was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 4/4/14)(AP, 4/8/14)(AP, 7/24/14)(AP, 3/29/15)
2014        Apr 4, Afghan residents in Nangarhar province said local Taliban militants have been offering voters 500 Pakistani rupees - the equivalent of just over $5 - to opt out of the April 5 election.
    (Reuters, 4/4/14)
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, In Belgium protesters, called by trade unions from across Europe, clashed with police in Brussels at a demonstration against high unemployment, throwing stones and smashing windows as they marched from the city center to the European Union district.
    (Reuters, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, British police re-arrested Domenico Rancadore in London after they received a new arrest warrant request from Italy. The warrant alleges that the 65-year-old has an "outstanding sentence of seven years of imprisonment to serve for participation in Mafia association" from 1987 to 1995 in Sicily.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 4, China’s energy administration said it will close 1,725 small-scale mines with a total capacity of 117.48 million tons in 2014 as part of its program to phase out low-quality coal production.
    (Reuters, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed a 6-mile (10-km) column of ash after a powerful, five-minute explosion that shot pyroclastic material onto its northern and northwestern flanks.
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, European Union foreign ministers gathered in Athens for two days of an informal meeting where attention focused on the crisis in Ukraine and the civil war in Syria.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 4, Guyana said it has closed a government office in Bartica that regulated the sale of gold after discovering that millions of dollars in gold had been replaced with silver. Several employees were detained.
    (SSFC, 4/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 4, In central Indonesia a passenger train hit mounds of mud triggered by a landslide and derailed, killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 4, In Iraq separate attacks targeting the military and a marketplace in Baghdad killed 6 people, including members of the security forces.
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, Israeli military aircraft struck militant targets in the Gaza Strip hours after Palestinians there fired rockets at Israel.
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, In Italy Curtis Bill Pepper (96), a long-time foreign correspondent for Newsweek and author of eight books, in Todi, Umbria.
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone geared up to tackle killer haemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed 86 lives in Guinea. Mali claimed 3 suspect cases; Liberia claimed 14; Sierra Leone claimed several more.
    (AFP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, The Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union said Russia is inflicting $2.2 billion of annual costs on cross-border trade by enforcing illegal customs charges and inspections on trucks.
    (Reuters, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 4, South Korean rescuers recovered the bodies of two North Korean sailors, pulled three survivors and were searching for 11 others missing after their cargo ship sank off South Korea's coast. The Mongolian-flagged ship was carrying 16 North Korean crew members when it sent a distress signal in international waters about 130 km (80 miles) south of the southern port city of Yeosu.
    (AP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, In Syria regime tanks and warplanes pounded besieged Mleiha east of Damascus, pressing a campaign to take control of the opposition-held town. Fighting resumed in Latakia where more than 300 fighters on both sides have been killed in the past two weeks.
    (AFP, 4/4/14)
2014        Apr 4, Syria completed the delivery of a consignment of chemical weapons materials for export and destruction overseas.
    (SFC, 4/5/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 4, A Turkish court ruled that a blanket ban of social-media website YouTube violated human rights and ordered most of the restrictions be lifted, citing a top court ruling this week that scrapped a similar ban on microblogging site Twitter. But the court soon reversed the YouTube decision, saying the block would remain in place until the audio recordings allegedly showing top-level security talks on Syria are removed.
    (Reuters, 4/4/14)(AFP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 4, Ukraine's Western-backed leaders scrambled to find new sources of energy after Russia hiked its gas price by 81 percent in response to the overthrow of Kiev's pro-Kremlin regime.
    (AFP, 4/4/14)(AFP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 4, In Ukraine journalist Vasily Sergiyenko, a member of nationalist Svoboda party, was abducted in his home city of Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi. The body of the reporter was later found in a forest with stab wounds and signs of beatings to his head and knees.
    (AP, 4/6/14)

2014        Apr 5, Atlanta’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory, in an effort to appease angry parishioners, said that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, Peter Matthiessen (b.1927), a co-founder of the Paris Review (1953) and two-time winner of the National Book Award, died at a hospital on Long Island. His books included “The Snow Leopard" (1978) and “Shadow Country" (2008).
    (SSFC, 4/6/14, p.A18)
2014        Apr 5, Afghans voted nationwide, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power. Around 60 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. Rocket attacks and gunbattles forced authorities to close some 211 polling centers, raising the total number that weren't opened because of security concerns to 959. 6,212 polling centers were opened.
    (AP, 4/5/14)(Reuters, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 5, In Brazil more than 2,000 soldiers stormed into the Mare slum complex of Rio de Janeiro with armored personnel carriers and helicopters in a bid to improve security two months before the start of the World Cup.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, In northern Cameroon two Italian priests and a Canadian nun working as missionaries were abducted before dawn in their residences by two armed groups. On June 1 the Vatican and Italy’s foreign ministry said Gianantonio Allegri, Giampaolo Marta and Gilberte Bussier have been released.
    (AP, 4/5/14)(AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Apr 5, Chinese state media reported that kindergarten headmaster Shi Haixia and a man were sentenced to death in a poisoning case that left two girls dead. Haixia was upset that a rival school had better enrollments and injected rat poison into a bottle of yogurt. She then asked her accomplice to place it on the road in late April 2013, with a notebook and a pencil in a plastic bag on the way to the other kindergarten in Pingshan County, Hebei province.
    (AP, 4/5/14)(AFP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 5, In China workers in Guangdong province walked out of factories owned by Yue Yuen, a Taiwanese maker of branded shoes. The walkout grew to involve tens of thousands of workers.
    (Econ, 4/26/14, p.41)
2014        Apr 5, In Egypt at least 23 people were killed in overnight clashes between rival families in the southern city of Aswan.
    (Reuters, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, The European Union said it plans to set up an international court in Kosovo to deal with alleged crimes committed by ethnic-Albanian guerrillas during the war with Serbia.
    (AFP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, In France Anne Hidalgo (54), the first female mayor of Paris, took office, hailing a "great advance for all women" and saying she feels the weight of responsibility in her new job.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, In Iraq an explosion at a booby-trapped house near Fallujah, ensuing clashes with militants and roadside bombings killed 21 soldiers.
    (SSFC, 4/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 5, In Mali former planning minister Moussa Mara (39) was promoted to the premiership after Mali's first post-war PM Oumar Tatam Ly (50) quit just six months into office. Ly had reportedly become frustrated over being unable to enact reforms in the administration.
    (AFP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 5, In northern Nigeria gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen stormed a meeting in Yar Galadima, Zamfara state. The clashes between suspected Fulani cattle rustlers mounted on motorbikes and local youth vigilantes left 72 people dead.
    (AFP, 4/6/14)(Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 5, In Nigeria Umar Sani (35) hosted a small wedding celebration at his home in the small Kano village of Unguwar Yansoro. Wasila Tasi'u was 13 when she married Umar Sani. Prosecutors later claimed that Tasi'u prepared food and laced it with rat poison before serving it to her guests. Four people, including Sani, died within hours of eating the meal. On June 9, 2015, a judge ordered Wasila Tasi'u to be released from juvenile detention.
    (AFP, 5/20/15)(AP, 6/10/15)
2014        Apr 5, Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli inaugurated Central America's first subway system, the most-emblematic project of a five-year term marked by fast economic growth and more than a hint of hubris.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrived in Khartoum to meet Sudanese President Omar Bashir.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, In Syria mortar shells continued to hit Damascus and the central city of Homs amid heavy fighting. A rocket hit Homs and struck a market in the western neighborhood of Inshaat, killing six people.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, Thousands of Thai pro-government "Red Shirts" massed in a show of support for PM Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts.
    (AFP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, Ukraine rejected Russia's latest gas price hike and threatened to take its energy-rich neighbor to arbitration court over a dispute that could imperil deliveries to western Europe.
    (AFP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 5, Ukraine’s security service said it has detained a 15-strong armed gang planning to seize power in Luhansk province. Weapons seized included 300 machine guns, an anti-tank grenade launcher and a large number of grenades.
    (SSFC, 4/6/14, p.A5)
2014        Apr 5, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to Central African Republic for the first time since the country erupted into sectarian bloodshed four months ago. Ban has urged council members to act quickly on his recommendation for a 12,000-member peacekeeping mission.
    (AP, 4/5/14)

2014        Apr 6, Mickey Rooney (b.1920), American stage and screen star, died in southern California.
    (SFC, 4/7/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 6, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and one policeman and destroyed dozens of ballot papers in Kunduz province.
    (Reuters, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, The Australian navy ship Ocean Shield picked up two separate signals late last night and early today in seas far off the west Australian coast. Confirmation that the signals belong to Malaysia’s Flight 370's black boxes could take days.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 6, Officials in the Bahamas said the charred corpses of 3 men and one women were found under burning tires on the uninhabited Anguilla Cay. Investigators said the people may have been Haitian migrants.
    (SFC, 4/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 6, In London three women from the United Arab Emirates were in hospital after being savagely attacked in their room at the four-star Cumberland Hotel by a man wielding a hammer. On April 8 officers arrested three men aged 56, 34 and 32 on suspicion of attempted murder following raids at addresses in north London. A woman (31) was also arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
    (AFP, 4/7/14)(AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 6, In Chile a fire tore through a nursing home in Paillaco killing 9 residents and their caretaker.
    (SFC, 4/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 6, Costa Rica held presidential elections. Historian and former diplomat Luis Guillermo Solis (55) faced no opposition in the run-off election.
    (AFP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, In southern Egypt clashes between an Arab clan and a Nubian family resumed in Aswan, killing 2 people and wounding four. The bloody feud began after a fight last week between school students drew in adults.
    (AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, Hungary held elections. PM Viktor Orban's Fidesz party won the parliamentary elections by a wide margin, with a left-wing coalition and the far-right Jobbik party in second place. An official projection gave Orban's Fidesz party 133 of 199 parliament seats, guaranteeing it will form the next government.
    (AP, 4/6/14)(Reuters, 4/7/14)(SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 6, In Iraq gunmen near Baghdad kidnapped and later shot to death 6 men, the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed at least 15 people across the country.
    (AP, 4/6/14)(SFC, 4/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 6, Israeli warplanes attacked several sites in the Gaza Strip, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 4/6/14) 
2014        Apr 6, Jordanian officials said bloody riots have erupted at the largest camp for Syrian refugees, leaving at least one refugee dead by gunshot and 31 people wounded.
    (AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, A key Libyan militia in the east agreed to hand back control of four oil terminals it captured and shut down last summer in its demand for a share in oil revenues.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 6, In Morocco thousands of workers, teachers and civil servants marched through downtown Casablanca to protest austerity plans put in place by the government to control runaway spending.
    (AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, In Syria at least 13 rebel fighters were killed in a vehicle explosion in Homs. At least 5 people including three children were reported killed in the Damascus suburb of Douma during shelling by government forces. 2 people were killed and eight wounded when mortar fire hit the grounds of the Damascus Opera House. Several rebels were killed while they were rigging a car with explosives in Homs.
    (Reuters, 4/6/14)(AP, 4/6/14)(AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 6, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents launched a wave of attacks in Yala that killed one person and wounded 24 others.
    (AP, 4/6/14)
2014        Apr 6, In Ukraine about 50 pro-Russian protesters broke through police lines and stormed inside the main administration building in the eastern city of Donetsk. Pro-Russian activists seized government buildings in at least three cities.
    (AFP, 4/6/14)(AP, 4/7/14)

2014        Apr 7, The US approved a bill barring Iranian diplomat Hamid Abutalebi from entering the country. Officials objected to his selection as Iran’s new UN ambassador because of his alleged participation in a Muslim student group that held 52 Americans hostage in the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 7, Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, and his wife Lynne announced a 2nd $100 million donation to the UCSF and Children’s Hospital of Oakland, which formed an alliance in January for research and medical care.
    (SFC, 4/8/14, p.A1)
2014        Apr 7, Researchers at Codenomicon, a security outfit, revealed the Heartbleed bug, a software flaw that made up to two-thirds of the world’s websites vulnerable to hackers.
    (Econ, 4/12/14, p.65)
2014        Apr 7, In Washington state the death toll from the March 22 mudslide rose to 33 with 12 people still missing. As of April 17 all 39 recovered victims were identified and 4 remained missing.
    (SFC, 4/8/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A7)
2014        Apr 7, Preliminary tallies from Afghanistan's presidential election showed former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leading in parts of Kabul but, with ballot counting likely to last weeks. Preliminary results were not due until April 24.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed at least 15 people traveling in vehicles that had been diverted from a main road after an earlier attack in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, Peaches Geldof (25), the daughter of Irish musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates, was pronounced dead by paramedics at her home in Wrotham, southeast of London. On July 23 a coroner ruled that she was a heroin addict and died of a drug overdose.
    (AP, 4/8/14)(AFP, 7/23/14)
2014        Apr 7, Quebec voters gave a resounding no to the prospect of holding a third referendum on independence from Canada, handing the main separatist party in the French-speaking province one of its worst electoral defeats ever. Liberals got 41.5 percent of the vote and took 70 seats in the 125-member National Assembly.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 7, In China the Xiahaizi mine in Yunnan province suddenly filled with water following an explosion, leaving 22 miners trapped. The death toll rose to 20 with the recovery of another 14 bodies nearly two weeks after the accident.
    (AFP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 7, Ecuador issued a letter ordering the US Embassy's military group, about 20 Defense Department employees, to leave the country by month's end, in a further indication of strained relations.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 7, An Egyptian court sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison for practicing homosexuality.
    (AFP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, German authorities said reclusive collector Cornelius Gurlitt, who hoarded hundreds of valuable artworks at his Munich home, has agreed to cooperate in efforts to determine which pieces were seized by the Nazis.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, India began to hold the world's biggest election. Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi held a strong lead but was likely to fall short of a majority.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries said it is buying troubled generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories from Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo in deal valuing it a $3.2 billion. In 2008 Sankyo paid $4.6 billion for Ranbaxy.
    (AP, 4/7/14)(Econ, 4/12/14, p.67)
2014        Apr 7, Film censors in Indonesia and Malaysia banned the biblical epic "Noah," saying that the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam to avoid worship of a person rather than God.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Iraq a suicide car bomb attack on a police checkpoint near Samarra killed 5 people, including 3 policemen.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, Japan and Australia clinched a basic trade deal to cut import tariffs. US and Japanese officials stepped up efforts to reach a parallel agreement that would re-energize stalled talks on a broader regional pact.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, Kuwait agreed to supply Egypt with 85,000 barrels of oil daily and 1.5 million tons of fuel for three years as part of a newly agreed commercial deal. The supplies would be valued at market prices and delivered by the end of 2016.
    (AFP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 7, Latvia said it is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state TV broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests. A three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Lebanon at least 8 people were killed in fighting between Palestinian factions at the Mieh Mieh refugee camp near Sidon.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Libya residents of the Benghazi observed a general strike to protest against militant violence, as youths blocked streets of the capital in a show of support.
    (AFP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, Morocco police in a crackdown on violent crime began arresting so-called “Tchermil" (a slang Moroccan term for marinated meat) hooligans. By April 25 police arrested 83 men in Casablanca alone and dramatically reduced muggings.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 7, A UN human rights envoy said severe shortages of food, water and medical care for Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar are part of a long history of persecution against the religious minority that could amount to "crimes against humanity," an allegation denied by the government.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 7, Pakistani security forces killed 30 separatist militants in an offensive in Baluchistan, in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich province.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, A judge in Puerto Rico ordered a diocese to provide state prosecutors with all confidential documents related to an ongoing sexual abuse probe. The Diocese of Arecibo has defrocked six priests accused of sex abuse, and prosecutors are investigating at least 11 other priests facing similar accusations.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Rwanda Cassien Ntamuhanga, head of a Christian radio station, disappeared in Kigali without a trace after a ceremony commemorating the 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Somalia two men working for the United Nations were shot dead at Galkayo airport. Former British police officer Simon Davis (57) and his French colleague, researcher Clement Gorrissen (28), were working on links between money transfer systems and piracy.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)(AFP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 7, Police in South Africa arrested Makhele Lehlohonolo Joseph Scott (27), a fugitive from neighboring Lesotho. He had escaped from a prison where he was awaiting trial after allegedly confessing to cannibalism and two murders in 2012.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 7, Spain said it has dismantled a group it accused of plotting to send industrial equipment to Iran that could be used for weapon manufacture in violation of international sanctions. Four suspects were arrested.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, Sri Lanka's foreign minister says that his country will not cooperate with the United Nations human rights chief when she begins an investigation into alleged war crimes from the island nation's civil war.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, Swiss-based Holcim and its French counterpart, Lafarge, two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials, announced plans for a merger of equals.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Syria the strategic area of Rankus in Qalamun went under heavy regime shelling and continuous air raids, ahead of a plan to storm it.
    (AFP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Syria a masked gunman assassinated Jesuit Father Francis Van Der Lugt (75), a well-known, elderly Dutch priest, shooting him in the head in the garden of a monastery where he lived in Homs.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Ukraine pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial administration building in the eastern city of Donetsk proclaimed the region independent.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, Ukraine's ecology and natural resources minister estimated on that Kiev had lost natural resources and related assets worth 127 billion hryvnias ($10.8 bln) when Russia annexed the Crimea region.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)

2014        Apr 8, A US jury ordered Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and its US counterpart, Eli Lilly and Co., to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over Actos, a diabetes medicine linked to cancer. The drug companies said they will "vigorously challenge" the decision.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, In Central African Republic at least 30 people were killed in fighting between mainly Christian militia and predominantly Muslim rebels in the central town of Dekoa. Most of the dead were civilians, killed by Muslims who fired into a crowd of people they mistook for Christian militants.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)(AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 8, The defense chiefs of China and the US faced off over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, A Shanghai collector paid a record $36 million for a rare Ming Dynasty cup that's touted as the "holy grail" of China's art world.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, China and Brazil signed a corn-import deal.
    (Econ, 4/12/14, p.27)
2014        Apr 8, Intel announced plans to close its operations in Costa Rica. Hours later Bank of America said it would lay off 1,400 workers in Costa Rica part of a global restructuring program.
    (Econ, 4/19/14, p.33)
2014        Apr 8, In Cuba Alan Gross (64), arrested in 2009, said he had begun a fast the previous week to protest his incarceration. The former contractor for the US Agency for Int’l. Development, was serving a 15-year sentence for crimes against the state after he was caught setting up illegal Internet access for the country's small Jewish community.
    (AP, 4/9/14)(SFC, 4/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 8, The European Union's highest court overthrew a rule that required telecoms companies to store the communications data of EU citizens for up to two years, on the grounds that it infringed on basic rights.
    (Reuters, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, In France Manuel Valls used his first speech to parliament as prime minister to announce corporation tax cuts and outline public spending savings.
    (Reuters, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, The German government signed off on a draft law that will allow young Germans of foreign origin to have dual citizenship, a move that relaxes some of Europe's strictest nationality laws and will benefit the large Turkish community.
    (Reuters, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved a reform of Germany's renewable energy law designed to curb a rise in the cost of electricity.
    (Reuters, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, WHO officials said more than 100 people have died in an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, with as many as 175 people infected. This included 151 suspected and confirmed cases of the disease in guinea, where 98 people have died, and 10 deaths in Liberia.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, Indian government forces engaged suspected rebels in a fierce gunbattle overnight that left two rebels dead along with an Indian soldier and two police officers in Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, Iraq's electoral commission said that there will be no balloting on April 30 in parts of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province engulfed in clashes between security forces and al-Qaida-inspired militants. Attacks left 15 people dead. Security forces said they killed 25 militants near Baghdad amid worries insurgents are encroaching on the capital weeks ahead of elections.
    (AP, 4/8/14)(AFP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, President Michael Higgins became the first Irish head of state to make a state visit to Britain, crowning a big improvement in historically fraught relations between Dublin and its former colonial master.
    (Reuters, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, A Kenyan official said at least 3,000 people have been arrested during four days of security operations following a wave of terror attacks. Most of those arrested were scrutinized by security agencies and released, but 447 were being held in custody under anti-terrorism laws.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, Libya's parliament charged interim PM Abdullah al-Than with forming a new cabinet after the weak central government had earlier requested wider powers.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, A Norwegian court authorized the extradition of Eugene Nkuranyabahizi (41), a man suspected of being involved in the Rwandan genocide two decades ago.
    (AFP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, In southwestern Pakistan bomb ripped through a railway car parked at a station in Sibi, Baluchistan province, killing at least 16 people and sending flames and smoke billowing into the air. The separatist United Baluch Liberation Army said the attack was in retaliation for a military operation a day earlier against the group's activists in the province.
    (AP, 4/8/14)(SFC, 4/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 8, Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council recommended that a longstanding ban on sports in girls' state schools, relaxed in private schools last year, be ended altogether.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 8, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation said that 14 non-governmental organizations have pledged $300,000 dollars to establish a new office at its headquarters in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, that seeks to improve international coordination to assist Muslims affected by natural disasters and wars around the world.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, Spanish lawmakers overwhelmingly shot down Catalonia's bid for an independence referendum.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 8, Sudan expelled the country chief of a UN agency and accused her of interfering in domestic affairs. Pamela DeLargy, an American, had headed the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) office in Sudan.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 8, Syrian state media said Iran has sent 30,000 tons of food supplies to help President Bashar Assad's government deal with shortages amid civil war.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, Ukrainian authorities reasserted control over an administration building in Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city, evicting pro-Russian protesters and detaining dozens. In Donetsk the makings of an improvised self-appointed government began taking shape as demonstrators dug in for their third day at the 11-story regional administration headquarters. In Luhansk pro-Russia groups remained in control of the local branch of the security services, which they seized over the weekend.
    (AP, 4/8/14)
2014        Apr 8, In southeastern Yemen suspected militants killed 5 soldiers guarding a checkpoint. A leader of a Shi'ite Muslim party was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the capital Sanaa in which two guards died.
    (Reuters, 4/8/14)

2014        Apr 9, It was reported that a virus, never before seen in the US, has killed millions of baby pigs since porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) first showed up in May, 2013.
    (SFC, 4/9/14, p.A5)
2014        Apr 9, Stuart Parkin (58) won the Finnish 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks. The British-American physicist directed the IBM-Stanford spintronic science center in California.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, An Alabama prosecutor said Jose Manuel Martinez (51), arrested a year ago in Arizona, has confessed to carrying out up to 40 slayings since 1980 as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Martinez was charged a day earlier with murdering 9 people in Central California.
    (SFC, 4/10/14, p.A9)
2014        Apr 9, In Florida the driver of an SUV caused a car to crash into a day care center killing a girl (4) and injuring 14 others. Robert Alex Corchado (28) surrendered to police the next day.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 9, In Pennsylvania Alex Hribal (16) stabbed and slashed 21 fellow students and a security guard at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.
    (SFC, 4/10/14, p.A7)
2014        Apr 9, In Texas Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas (44) was executed for the 1997 slaying of Glen Lich (49) a former Baylor Univ. history professor.
    (SFC, 4/10/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 9, In Vienna, Austria, Iran and six major powers discussed all important issues on curbing Tehran's nuclear program and planned to begin a new round of negotiations in Vienna on May 13.
    (Reuters, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, Belgian authorities destroyed over 1,500 kilos (3,300 pounds) of ivory that had been seized by customs over the past three decades to serve as a warning to international smugglers who kill elephants daily for their tusks.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, British Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who was in charge of legislation on press regulation and gay marriage, resigned after an embarrassing row over her parliamentary expense account.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, In Colombia Alejandro Correa (22) died after an unidentified person threw acid over 90% of his body. More than 900 such attacks have been documented in Colombia since 2004.
    (SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 9, Egypt state news said security forces have arrested a man who worked for Qatar's Al Jazeera television network and accused him of inciting and taking part in violence. Abdel Rahman Shaheen was described as a Muslim Brotherhood member.
    (Reuters, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, The EU published new rules on green energy designed to replace subsidies with market-based schemes. The rules take effect from July 1 this year and from 2017 all member states will have to hold tenders to support new green power facilities following a pilot phase from 2015-16.
    (Reuters, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, A French court blocked the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, an opposition figure wanted on embezzlement charges. Russia alleges Ablyazov embezzled $5 billion (3.6 billion euros). Ukraine accuses him of pilfering another $400 million.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, German prosecutors released more than 1,000 artworks found at the Munich apartment of reclusive collector Cornelius Gurlitt, days after he agreed to cooperate with authorities in determining which pieces were seized by the Nazis. At least 458 works owned by the collector that are being checked for a Nazi-era past remained in government hands.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, Greece announced it was returning to international bond markets for the first time in four years. Thousands of striking Greeks marched to parliament on to protest against job cuts and austerity measures imposed by the country's foreign creditors.
    (AP, 4/9/14)(Reuters, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, Indonesia held parliamentary elections. 190 million citizens were eligible to vote. Exit polls gave the opposition PDI-P 19% of the vote.
    (Reuters, 4/9/14)(Econ, 4/5/14, p.33)
2014        Apr 9, Iran and Azerbaijan signed deals to build a hydroelectric plant and boost environmental and athletic cooperation as Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev visited Iran.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, In Iraq car bombs hit several mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Numaniyah south of the capital, killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens.
    (AP, 4/9/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 9, Japan-based Toyota Motor Corp. said it is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the US, Europe and other places.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, Kenya expelled over 80 Somalis as security forces maintained a major crackdown on suspected Islamists that has seen thousands rounded up in the capital.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 9, Kuwait said three of its citizens have been kidnapped in Syria and it has asked Turkey for help in trying to secure their release. Kidnappers asked for a ransom of 1 million euros ($1.38 million).
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 9, Libya’s army announced it has taken control of Al-Hariga and Zueitina ports under a deal to end a crippling nine-month blockade by rebels seeking autonomy in the country's east.
    (AFP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 9, In Libya air force officer Abdel-Hamid al-Fetori died when a bomb attached to his car exploded, seriously injuring his wife and toddler. In response protesters took to the streets of Benghazi, burning tires and chanting anti-militia slogans.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, Malaysia awarded a manufacturing license to a $618 million venture that will assemble fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co. Privately owned Go Automobile Manufacturing will invest 2 billion ringgit ($618 million) over the next four years to expand its manufacturing plant in northern Kedah state.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, The Dutch government scrapped a trade mission to Russia that was intended to forge closer ties between the two countries' energy sectors, blaming developments in eastern Ukraine.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, In North Korea Kim Jong-Un was "re-elected" as leader. The new parliament also elected members of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), appointing Kim's close confidante Choi Ryong-Hae as one of three vice chairmen of the top military decision-making body.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, In Pakistan a bomb tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad, killing at least 22 people. The attack came as the government tried to negotiate an end to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) seven-year campaign of violence.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, Pakistan's Election Commission awarded a parliamentary seat to the leader of a banned sectarian group that activists blame for the deaths of hundreds of people. Ahmed Ludhianvi will represent the city of Jhang, in Punjab province.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 9, Radu Mazare, the mayor of Romania's Black Sea port city of Constanta, was charged with taking a bribe of 175,000 euros ($241,400) in 2011 in return for awarding a company the tender to build 900 low-cost apartments for socially deprived residents. Businessman Avraham Morgenstern was also charged in the 10 million euro project.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 9, Saudi health authorities said that 11 people in the western city of Jiddah have contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome, resulting in two recent deaths, bringing to at least 66 the number of people who have died of MERS in the kingdom.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, Two Saudi border guards were killed by unidentified gunmen who fired shots from inside Yemen.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 9, In Syria forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad recaptured the rebel-held border town of Rankous. Two car bombs in Homs killed at least 25 people.
    (Reuters, 4/9/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 9, Thai police arrested Englishman Michael Alan France (53), whom French police accuse of masterminding a gang that sought to smuggle cocaine and heroin through France into England six years ago.
    (AP, 4/9/14)
2014        Apr 9, Ukrainian authorities warned that they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. 56 hostages were allowed to leave the Luhansk security services building overnight.
    (AP, 4/9/14)

2014        Apr 10, Kathleen Sebelius (65), US Health and Human Services Secretary, resigned. The next day Pres. Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Budget and Management, to succeed her.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 10, The US Justice Dept. said institutional reform, centered on training and tools for officers, is needed for officers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to curb patterns of excessive force.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A8)
2014        Apr 10, In northern California 10 people were killed and dozens injured when a FedEx semitrailer crossed a median and collided with a chartered college tour bus on I-5 near Orland, Glenn County. On May 22, 2015, the CHP released a report saying FedEx driver Tim Evans (32) was at fault for the crash.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A9)(SFC, 4/12/14, p.A9)(SFC, 5/23/15, p.A10)
2014        Apr 10, US wildlife agencies in Michigan and Wisconsin said they have confirmed diagnoses of white-nose syndrome in tested bats. The fungal disease has killed millions on North American bats since 2006 and has now been detected in half of the US.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 10, In Fremont, Nebraska, a city ordinance took effect requiring renters to purchase a $5 permit from the city and swear that they have permission to live in the US legally. In May the US Supreme Court decided not to review the ordinance adopted in 2010.
    (SFC, 5/8/14, p.A8)
2014        Apr 10, In Utah Iron County workers accompanied by a US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staffer set up the first in a series of metal corrals designed to trap and hold the horses on private land abutting the federal range until they can be moved to BLM facilities for adoption. Cattle ranchers blamed the protected wild horses for destroying vegetation crucial to ranchers who pay to graze their cattle on the land.
    (Reuters, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 10, In Argentina a nationwide strike shut down air, train and bus traffic, losing businesses, ports and emptying classrooms.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 10, Richard Hoggart (95), a distinguished cultural historian and a significant witness in the 1960 court case that ended British censorship of "Lady Chatterley's Lover," died.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 10, British author Sue Townsend (68) died. Her books about awkward teenage diarist Adrian Mole sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 10, Jim Flaherty (b.1949), former Canadian finance minister, died just week after leaving the cabinet of PM Stephen Harper.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Flaherty)(Econ, 5/3/14, p.30)
2014        Apr 10, China unveiled a plan to give foreign investors greater access to its stock market by allowing investors in Shanghai and Hong Kong to trade shares on each other's exchanges.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, In China 8 school children died in a bus crash on the island province of Hainan on their way to a school outing. The driver was later arrested for allegedly causing the casualties.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)(AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 10, Two groups in Ethiopia said that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Europol, the EU police organization, said law enforcement authorities have arrested 70 people at airports around the world in a meticulously coordinated crackdown targeting criminals using fake or stolen credit cards to buy airline tickets.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, A French judicial source said billionaire industrialist and senator Serge Dassault (89) has been charged with vote buying in Corbeil-Essonnes, where he was mayor from 1995 to 2009.
    (AFP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Greek officials hailed the country's return to the int’l. debt market after four years as an overwhelming success, with investors snapping up the 5-year bond in a sale that was eight times oversubscribed. A car bomb attack on a branch of the country's central bank in Athens damaged several buildings but caused no injury. The anarchist Revolutionary Struggle group later claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 4/10/14)(AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 10, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the global economy is finally turning the corner after a deep recession but the recovery remains too weak.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Israel’s Defense Ministry announced the launch of the Ofek 10, a spy satellite, to keep tabs on Iran and hostile militant groups in the region.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 10, An Israeli official said Israel would stop the tax money transfers in retaliation for the Palestinians pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties. Israel collects about $100 million a month in taxes for the Palestinians.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 10, Israeli police said they have arrested five people suspected of demolishing a military base on April 8 in the northern extremist West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.
    (AFP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Kuwait imposed a news blackout on an investigation into reports of a recording that implicates unnamed people in an alleged plot to overthrow the Gulf state's ruling system.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 10, Libya's National Oil Co (NOC) lifted a force majeure on a crude export terminal recovered from rebel hands, opening the way for renewed exports.
    (AFP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, The Dutch government announced that relatives of three men killed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre will each receive 20,000 euros ($28,000) in compensation. Seven months earlier the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that the Netherlands was liable in the deaths of the three Bosnian Muslims because Dutch troops serving in a UN peacekeeping force should not have turned the men over to Bosnian Serb forces.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Nigeria police said child bride Wasila Tasi'u (13), forced into marriage last week, killed the groom, Umaru Sani (35), and three of his friends with a poisoned meal on April 5 at the wedding party in the village of Unguwar Yansoro village. On May 20, 2015, prosecutors withdrew murder charges against the girl.
    (AP, 4/10/14)(AFP, 5/20/15)
2014        Apr 10, North Korea detained an American it identified as Matthew Miller (24) for alleged improper behavior. The man reportedly entered the country with a tourist visa, but tore it up and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.A2)(AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Apr 10, In northwest Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a truck carrying gasoline for NATO forces based in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding another.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Some 450 US and Romanian troops and technical staff kicked off joint military exercises in northwestern Romania, flying US F-16 fighter jets alongside Romanian ones.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to Europe.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, In northeastern Syria fierce infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups along the border with Iraq killed at least 24 fighters.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Taiwan students ended their unprecedented, 24-day occupation of the Parliament late today after receiving assurances that a Chinese trade pact they see as imperiling the island's autonomy would undergo legislative review.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Turkey’s government said a charity at which PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son sits on the board received more than $100 million of aid over a four-year period. The government sought parliamentary approval to boost the powers of the secret service, a move seen by PM Erdogan's critics as a bid to tighten his grip on the apparatus of state as he wages a bitter power struggle.
    (AFP, 4/10/14)(Reuters, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, In Ukraine protesters inside the Luhansk security building, a former KGB headquarters, said they would only lay down their weapons if Kiev agreed to hold a referendum on the future of the region.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, The UN Security Council unanimously approved a nearly 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force for Central African Republic.
    (AP, 4/10/14)
2014        Apr 10, Pope Francis said "enough" to human trafficking, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)

2014        Apr 11, The United States imposed sanctions on a Crimea-based gas company, Chernomorneftegaz, effectively putting it off limits to Russia's state-controlled Gazprom. The move, along with penalties on six Crimean separatists and a former Ukrainian official, is the third round of US sanctions since the Ukraine crisis erupted.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, G-20 financial officials met in Washington DC and pledged to keep working on economic reforms that could increase growth by 2 percent over the next five years. The G-20 also endorsed the $14 billion to $18 billion loan package that the IMF has developed to help Ukraine avoid a financial collapse.
    (AP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 11, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed a pro-government tribal elder and wounded three civilians in Paktiya province.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Australian PM Tony Abbott said search and rescue officials are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, missing since March 8.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Police in the Bahamas said they have discovered 75,000 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $7.5 million in a rural area on eastern Grand Bahama island.
    (AP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 11, In Brazil squatters in Rio de Janeiro clashed with police after a Brazilian court ordered that 5,000 people be evicted from abandoned buildings of a telecommunications company.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Britain's crisis-hit Co-operative Bank posted a vast annual loss and axed bonuses for former executives who had left prior to its near-collapse.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Patrick Seale (83), a veteran journalist and author on Middle Eastern affairs as well as one of the world's leading historians on Syria, died in London after a battle with cancer. His books included the authoritative biography of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad, "Assad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East" (1988).
    (AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 11, A Cambodian court sentenced 13 men to prison terms ranging from five to nine years for plotting to overthrow the government in a case that was criticized by a human rights group as a political setup. The men were members of a self-styled Khmer National Liberation Front calling for PM Hun Sen's removal, primarily through Internet postings.
    (AP, 4/11/14) 
2014        Apr 11, In China residents of the western city of Lanzhou rushed to buy bottled water after authorities said the city's drinking water contained levels of benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical, standing at 20 times above national safety levels. The local environmental bureau blamed a crude oil leak from a pipeline owned by a unit of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) for the water contamination.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)(Reuters, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 11, Crimean lawmakers adopted a new constitution, taking another step to cement the region's absorption into Russia despite strong objections from the Muslim Tatar minority.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Egyptian soldiers ambushed and killed Nour Hamdeen, a leader of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an al-Qaida inspired group, as part of the government's ongoing campaign against terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula. Separately police were reported to have killed 2 gunmen who tried to set fire to a Nile Delta police station.
    (AP, 4/11/14)(SFC, 4/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 11, In Israel Ron Pundak (59), a longtime peace activist and architect of the 1993 Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, died at home of cancer.
    (AFP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Kenya's defense ministry said its troops have freed two Kenyans kidnapped near its northern border by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels in 2011. Officials identified the two as James Kiarie Gichuhi, a driver with CARE International, and Daniel Njuguna Wanyoike, said to be working with a logistics firm that may have been delivering medicines to the charity.
    (AFP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Kenya's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources said the central government will oversee the running of the country's wildlife authority for the next three months in a bid to stop poaching of the country's elephants and rhinos.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Lebanon launched a fourth round of polio immunization, trying to prevent the disease spreading from neighboring Syria along with the tide of refugees fleeing the three-year conflict.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Madagascar named Kolo Christopher Laurent Roger as its new prime minister, part of a process aimed at ending years of political crisis on the Indian Ocean island.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, In Namibia 4 people including a three-year-old boy died after a military helicopter crashed in the north-east. 6 people survived.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 11, In Nigeria suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed 19 people, including 6 college teachers, over the last 24 hours in three separate attacks in the troubled northeastern Borno state.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 11, Pakistani officials said clashes this week between competing Taliban factions killed as many as 43 fighters. Both Shehryar Mehsud and Khan Sayed Sajna sought to gain control of the Mehsud faction of Tehrik-e-Taliban.
    (SFC, 4/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 11, In the Philippines running gunbattles erupted early today on Basilan Island leaving 2 soldiers and 5 Abu Sayyaf militants dead. 28 soldiers were also wounded following their assault on a group of Abu Sayyaf fighters led by Puruji Indama. At least 18 Muslim rebels died in the fighting near Tipo-tipo town on Basilan. Four of the dead were MILF members, while the others were Abu Sayyaf militants.
    (AP, 4/12/14)(Reuters, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 11, The Philippines and the United States reached agreement on a new security accord allowing American military forces to share local bases for maritime and humanitarian operations.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Puerto Rico's Supreme Court ruled that a law to change a teachers' retirement system is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to the US territory's governor as he tries to revive a sluggish economy.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Sri Lanka's military killed 3 ethnic Tamil separatist militants, the first combat since government troops crushed the rebels in a 2009 offensive.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, The Swiss government said the Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions governing the rules of war and military occupations, twenty-five years after they made their first bid for membership.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Switzerland said it will hand over to Tunisia $40 million (29 million euros) stashed in Swiss bank accounts by the family of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Investigations into the origin of $28.5 million remaining continued.
    (AFP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate and its allies repulsed an assault by jihadist rivals (ISIL) on Abu Kamal, a town on the Iraqi border, in fighting that killed 86 people. People choking from poisoning were hospitalized after air raids with barrel bombs on the town of Kafr Zita. State television the next day reported that Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front had released chlorine gas in an attack on the town that left at least two people dead.
    (AFP, 4/11/14)(AFP, 4/12/14)(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A3)
2014        Apr 11, Thai security forces shot dead 7 suspected drug smugglers and seized hundreds of thousands of methamphetamine pills after a firefight in the Golden Triangle border region.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 11, Turkey's constitutional court dealt another blow to PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan by annulling sections of a controversial law tightening the government's control over the judiciary.
    (AFP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Turkey condemned a US Senate committee resolution branding the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War One as genocide and warned Congress against taking steps that would harm Turkish-American ties.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Ukraine's PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk told leaders in the country's restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers, but left it unclear how his ideas differ from the demands of protesters now occupying government buildings or Russia's advocacy of federalization.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, Nuclear technology firm Westinghouse said it has reached a deal with Ukraine to deliver fuel for its 15 reactors through 2020, a move that helps the country reduce its reliance on Russia for energy supplies as it squabbles with Moscow over unpaid gas bills.
    (AP, 4/11/14)
2014        Apr 11, The United Arab Emirates announced that one of six Filipino paramedics in Abu Dhabi, who have been infected by the MERS coronavirus, has died from the respiratory disease. The WHO said that it had been told of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection worldwide, of which 88 have proved fatal.
    (AFP, 4/11/14)

2014        Apr 12, The 188-nation IMF concluded weekend meeting in Washington, DC, with pledges to work for faster growth to alleviate unemployment.
    (SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 12, US officials ended a stand-off with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert, calling off the government's roundup of cattle it said were illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back to the rancher who owned them.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 12, In Algeria a man was killed in the southern town of Ghardaia, the second fatality in less than 24 hours of ethnic violence between Berbers and Arabs in the region. Ghardaia has been the scene of violence since December when fighting erupted between Berbers and Arabs, known as Chaambas.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, In Chile a fire began raging in the port city of Valparaiso. At least 15 people were killed and 2,900 homes destroyed. Thousands were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.
    (AP, 4/13/14)(SFC, 4/16/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 12, In China’s Xinjiang region Abdubasit Ablimit (17) was shot after he reportedly tried twice to seize weapons from police at a checkpoint in Aksu prefecture. He died of his wounds the next day. Another account that circulated after said Ablimit was killed after running a red light in an apparent attempt to avoid paying a fine.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 12, France's foreign minister arrived in Cuba for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.
    (Reuters, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, In India suspected Maoist rebels set off two bombs in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, killing 14 people, most of them paramilitary soldiers and officials charged with holding elections in the region.
    (Reuters, 4/12/14)(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 12, Iran rejected a US decision to deny a visa for its newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations, pledging to take up the case directly with the world body in a dispute that has reopened old wounds dating to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
    (Reuters, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, Kuwait's opposition called for broad democratic reforms including a Western-style party system to limit the powers of the emirate's ruling family.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, Police in Lebanon arrested Marcello Dell’Utri, the man who created Forze Italia! in the 1990s. He had disappeared in the face of a 7-year sentence for aiding and abetting mobsters.
    (Econ, 4/19/14, p.47)
2014        Apr 12, In Myanmar a passenger bus collided with a car and burst into flames along a highway, killing 12 passengers and injuring five others.
    (AP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, In Pakistan gunmen seized some 100 tribesmen on the border of Orakzai and Khyber tribal regions. The militants, following negotiations with tribal elders, soon released over 90 tribesmen but still held seven influential men.
    (AP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 12, In the Philippines marines patrolling a wooded area in Sulu province's mountainous Patikul town stumbled on about 30 militants. An ensuing 30-minute clash killed one militant and wounded an unknown number of other gunmen.
    (AP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 12, A Russian Su-24 tactical bomber flew over the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea. An electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. The unarmed Russian aircraft repeated a simulated missile attack 12 times before flying away.
    (www.voltairenet.org/article185860.html)
2014        Apr 12, In Saudi Arabia the death of a foreign man (45) due to MERS brought the nationwide toll in the world's most-affected country to 68.
    (AFP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 12, In southern Tajikistan 6 children were killed and at least seven people left missing and presumed dead as a result of a mudslide.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 12, Turkey's PM Erdogan said he will "go after" Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption scandals.
    (AFP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, In Ukraine armed pro-Russian militants raised the Russian flag in the eastern city of Slaviansk, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe closer to a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.
    (Reuters, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida militants ambushed special forces troops, killing two soldiers and wounding five others. Two suspected al-Qaida militants on a motorcycle shot a security man in Sanaa, killing him instantly and taking his weapon before fleeing the scene.
    (AP, 4/13/14)

2014        Apr 13, In Washington DC a G20 official said reforms to the International Monetary Fund have hit a deadlock despite a declaration from global financial chiefs that they would move forward without the United States if it fails to ratify the changes by year-end.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, In Kansas 3 people were killed after Frazier Glenn Miller (73) of Aurora, Mo., opened fire outside at two Jewish sites in Overland Park. On Aug 31, 2015 Miller, a former leader of the defunct North Carolina-based White Patriot Party, was convicted of murder and other charges. On Sep 8, 2015, a jury recommended the death penalty.
    (SFC, 4/14/14, p.A8)(SFC, 9/1/15, p.A5)(SFC, 9/9/15, p.A6)
2014        Apr 13, In Utah Megan Huntsman (39) was arrested after police reported tiny bodies stuffed into separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home in Pleasant Grove. She had 7 babies between 1996 and 2006. Estranged husband Darren West discovered the bodies a day earlier while cleaning out the garage. On April 28 she was charged with 6 counts of 1st degree murder. On April 20, 2015, Huntsman was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/14/14, p.A8)(SFC, 4/15/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/21/15, p.A5)
2014        Apr 13, An Afghan official said 1,892 complaints of fraud in this month's presidential election are being investigated but the number is lower than that of the last election. A Taliban ambush killed three members of a local militia that rose up against insurgent control in Andar district in the eastern province of Ghazni.
    (AP, 4/13/14)(AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 13, In Algeria six armed militants were killed in operations in the center and far east of the country.
    (AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 13, Wilson Kipsang (32) of Kenya captured his second London Marathon title by breaking the course record by 11 seconds in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 29 seconds. Kenya's Edna Kiplagat saw off compatriot Florence Kiplagat to win the women's London Marathon.
    (AP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, Chinese state media reported that authorities have seized more than 10,000 illegal guns in the southwestern province of Guizhou, marking its largest haul of illegal firearms. Fifteen people suspected of being part of a criminal gang involved in the manufacturing and trafficking of firearms were arrested.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, Chinese conglomerate Sanpower said it has agreed to buy a majority stake in British department store House of Fraser in a deal worth £480 million (578 million euros, $800 million).
    (AP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, Egypt’s state news agency reported the arrest of Wael Ahmed Abdel Fattah, a veteran of the Syrian civil war, on suspicion of planning terrorist acts inside Egypt.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, German media citing official sources said the government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 Leopard-2 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, Guinea-Bissau held watershed elections for a president and parliament aimed at ushering in a new era of stability in a country plagued by drugs and upended by a military coup.
    (AFP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, In Hong Kong Wong Kar Wai's much lauded kung fu epic "The Grandmaster" won a record dozen honors at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
    (AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 13, Iran state news said the government has complained to the UN about the United States refusing to grant a visa to Hamid Abutaleb, its newly appointed UN ambassador over his role in the 1979 hostage crisis.
    (Reuters, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 13, In northern Iraq bombings targeting security forces killed at least 16 people.
    (AP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, In Israel Ibrahim Hamed, a former Hamas military leader serving multiple life sentences, declared an open-ended hunger strike in protest at his solitary confinement.
    (AFP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, Japan’s Agricultural Ministry said two chickens have tested positive for avian influenza at a farm where more than 1,000 chickens have died, marking the country's first case of bird flu in three years.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, In Kashmir suspected rebels attacked a pro-India politician's house with a hail of bullets killing two police guards.
    (AP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, Libya's PM Abdullah al-Thani stepped down, saying he and his family had been the victims of a "traitorous" armed attack the previous day. Thani said he would stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new prime minister is appointed.
    (AFP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, Macedonians voted for a new president in a poll seen as a test for the ruling party ahead of general elections later this month in the EU candidate country.
    (AFP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, A Malaysian man (54), who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, became the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 13, In the Netherlands Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Rotterdam Marathon, but failed in his bid to break the course record on a windy day in the port city.
    (AP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, The streets of North Korea's capital filled with runners from all over the world for the annual Pyongyang marathon, which was open to foreign amateurs this year for the first time.
    (AP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, In Moscow more than 10,000 people rallied to denounce Russian state TV news coverage particularly of the crisis in Ukraine.
    (SFC, 4/14/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 13, A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off the Solomon Islands, hours after a 7.6 tremor. No casualties or damages were reported.
    (AFP, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, Glencore, based in Switzerland, said it has signed an agreement to sell its entire interest in the Peruvian Las Bambas copper mine to a consortium led by MMG Ltd., a mining company controlled by state-owned China Minmetals Nonferrous Metals Co. Ltd.
    (AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 13, In Syria shelling and firefights between government forces and rebels in Aleppo killed at least 29 people over the last 24 hours. Activists from the "Syrian Revolution in Kfar Zeita" posted video footage and pictures of an unexploded canister with the chemical symbol for chlorine, Cl2, on its side which they said was found in Kfar Zeita village. Rebels and the government have blamed each other for the alleged poison gas attacks on April 11-12.
    (AP, 4/13/14)(Reuters, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 13, Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in the eastern city of Slovyansk, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded. Separatist protesters seized control of the mayor's office in the town of Mariupol.
    (AP, 4/13/14)(Reuters, 4/13/14)
2014        Apr 13, The United Arab Emirates finance minister said that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population. Pres. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan signed into law a measure to promote small firms.
    (AP, 4/13/14)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.61)

2014        Apr 14, California police said two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers last fall. Franc Cano (27) and Steven Dean Gordon (45) were charged with four counts of rape and four counts of murder.
    (SFC, 4/15/14, p.A8)
2014        Apr 14, Google bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar powered drones, for an undisclosed sum. It planned to use the drones to help deliver wireless internet access to remote parts of the world.
    (Econ, 4/19/14, p.58)
2014        Apr 14, Algerian nomads began voting for the April 17 presidential election at 167 mobile polling stations in the country's vast desert interior.
    (AFP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, Australian search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 after no signals from its black boxes were detected for six days.
    (AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, The EU threatened Russia with more sanctions over its actions in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, French police demanded that male students and staff at a high school in western France — 527 people in total — give DNA samples as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl in La Rochelle. Investigators had exhausted all other leads in the Sept. 30 rape of the girl in a dark bathroom at the school.
    (AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, Iran said it could be a "reliable, secure and long-term" supplier of gas to Europe.
    (AFP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, In Kashmir a nearly 20-hour gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir ended after government troops killed two suspected rebels in Srinagar.
    (AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, The Mexican government said vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan will have to register their guns with the army by May 10. The "self-defense" groups will have the choice of joining rural defense corps set up under the army.
    (AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 14, In Nigeria a massive explosion ripped through a bus station during the morning rush hour in Abuja, killing at least 72 people and wounding 164 in a bombing that marked the bloodiest terrorist attack ever in the capital. Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in northeastern Borno state.
    (AP, 4/14/14)(AP, 4/15/14)(SFC, 4/15/14, p.A4)(AFP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 14, Pakistani police re-arrested a convicted cannibal after finding a young boy's head in his home. Mohammad Arif (35) and his brother Mohammad Farman (30) from the small town of Darya Khan, served two years in jail for cannibalism and were released last year.
    (Reuters, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, A Palestinian woman died after reportedly inhaling tear gas used by Israeli troops at Ayda refugee camp near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, but the military denied any involvement. An Israeli man was killed and his wife and son wounded as they drove through the West Bank en route to a Passover meal.
    (AFP, 4/15/14)(AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 14, Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian (89) died in NYC. She had obtained political asylum in the US after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary.
    (AP, 4/16/14)(Econ, 5/17/14, p.86)
2014        Apr 13, Ernesto Laclau (b.1935), Argentine post-Marxist political philosopher, died in Spain.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernesto_Laclau)
2014        Apr 14, Sudan's official SUNA news agency reported that President Omar al-Bashir has issued a decree banning political parties from holding meetings without permission from the authorities.
    (AFP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 14, Syrian troops retook the ancient Christian town of Maalula from rebels. More than 30 mortars fired from rebel areas landed on the loyalist Damascus suburb of Jaramana, killing 5 people.
    (AFP, 4/14/14)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.42)
2014        Apr 14, Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said the Kiev leadership was "not against" a referendum being held on the type of state Ukraine should be and added he was sure it would confirm the wish of the majority for a united, independent country.
    (Reuters, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov called for the deployment of UN peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities. During the storming of a police station in Horlivka earlier today, one man identified himself as a lieutenant colonel of the Russian army. About 100 pro-Russian protesters armed with bats and rocks stormed a police station in the eastern town of Gorlivka, smashing its windows and grabbing metal shields from police. Pro-Russian militants seized two of Ukrainian soldiers "hostage" in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk.
    (AP, 4/14/14)(AFP, 4/14/14)(AFP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 14, Vietnam said it has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a "policy of leniency." Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen Tien Trung were released over the weekend with 1½ years and nine months remaining of their sentences respectively.
    (AP, 4/14/14)
2014        Apr 14, In Yemen suspected smugglers shot dead a Saudi Arabian border guard and wounded another in the early hours today, in what would be the second such incident in five days. Saudi troops seized 14 guns left behind by the smugglers at the site of the clash.
    (Reuters, 4/14/14)(AFP, 4/15/14)

2014        Apr 15, In Afghanistan gunmen abducted Ahmad Shah Wahid, the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul. Maryam Koofi, a female Afghan lawmaker, was wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack. The government the next day described it as resulting from an undetermined personal dispute with a police officer.
    (AP, 4/15/14)(AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 15, In Afghanistan a NATO air strike killed a woman and two children in Khost province.
    (SFC, 4/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 15, Imperial Tobacco announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs, citing declining sales, tougher anti-smoking measures and the growth of contraband sales.
    (AFP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, In Canada 5 people died in a stabbing rampage at a house party held to mark the end of university classes in Calgary. Matthew Douglas de Grood (22), the son of a police officer and a recent graduate of the University of Calgary, picked up a large knife shortly after arriving at the party and stabbed the victims one by one shortly after 1 a.m.
    (AFP, 4/15/14)(AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 15, In southern China thousands of workers at a giant Yue Yuen Industrial shoe factory shrugged off an offer for improved social benefits, prolonging one of the largest strikes in China in recent years amid signs of increased labor activism as the economy slows.
    (Reuters, 4/15/14)   
2014        Apr 15, In CongoDRC three gunmen ambushed and seriously wounded Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga National Park.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 15, Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed bilateral relations and regional developments. Zarif also met the Gulf federation's foreign minister, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, An Egyptian court banned members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement listed as a "terrorist group", from running in upcoming elections.
    (AFP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, In western Ethiopia gunmen ambushed a bus carrying dozens of people near the Sudanese border, killing 9 and wounding six.
    (Reuters, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 15, The EU's Parliament completed the biggest overhaul of the bloc's financial system since the introduction of the euro currency, passing laws to minimize the risk and cost posed by failing banks.
    (AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, German utility company RWE said it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine, a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries.
    (AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, Greek coast guard officials shot dead a man believed to be a migrant smuggler as they tried to intercept him on his speedboat heading towards neighboring Turkey.
    (Reuters, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, India's top court issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
    (AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, In Iraq shelling in Fallujah killed 5 people and wounded 16. Mortar rounds and twin suicide bombings in Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, farther west, left one dead and eight wounded. The justice ministry said Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein's regime and US forces, has been closed due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year.
    (AFP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, An Italian court ordered former PM Silvio Berlusconi (77) to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service and set travel restrictions that will limit his ability to campaign for next month's European Parliament elections.
    (Reuters, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members vowed to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that ordered the country to halt its Antarctic whaling program.
    (AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped in Tripoli by masked gunmen who attacked his car and shot his driver. Fawaz al-Itan was released on May 13. In exchange his government sent back to Tripoli Libyan Islamist militant Mohammed Dersi, who had been serving a life sentence for a bombing plot.
    (Reuters, 4/15/14)(Reuters, 5/13/14)
2014        Apr 15, In Nigeria Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 129 girls from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in northeastern Borno state. 20 soon escaped, but 109 remained missing. A military spokesman the next day said all but 8 of the girls were freed, but the school principal said the girls were still missing. The number of kidnapped girls was later raised to over 270.
    (AFP, 4/15/14)(AP, 4/17/14)(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A5)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A5)
2014        Apr 15, South Korean police charged a man for the murder of his 2-year-old son after he confessed to suffocating the child so he could leave the house to go back to playing games at an Internet cafe.
    (Reuters, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, In South Sudan rebel fighters captured Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity state. They issued an ultimatum to oil companies to shut down production and evacuate workers. UN peacekeepers rescued 10 oil workers from the violence, but not before five were wounded. Over the next 24 hours hundreds of people sheltering inside a mosque and a Catholic church in Bentiu were killed or wounded.
    (AP, 4/15/14)(AP, 4/21/14)(SFC, 4/23/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 15, Syria's army launched a major ground assault on the central city of Homs, with troops entering rebel-held districts under government siege for nearly two years. Two mortar rounds landed near schools in predominantly Christian districts Damascus, killing one child and wounding 41 other people.
    (AFP, 4/15/14)(AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, Ukraine government forces repelled an attack by some 30 gunmen at the Kramatorsk airport south of Slovyansk.
    (SFC, 4/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 15, The UN Security Council met privately to view projected slides of bodies from the civil war in which more than 150,000 have died. Ten of the photos were publicly released in January in a study known as the "Caesar Report," which was funded by the government of Qatar.
    (AP, 4/15/14)
2014        Apr 15, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida militants assassinated Hussein Dayan, the deputy governor of southern al-Bayda province.
    (AP, 4/15/14)

2014        Apr 16, Aaron Kushner, head of Freedom Communications Inc., launched the Los Angeles Register, an expansion of his Orange County Register.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, A Kentucky jury convicted James Schook (66), a former Catholic priest, of three counts of sodomy in a case stemming from the 1970s.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 16, US District Judge Daniel Hovland overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy, and before many women know they’re pregnant. On May 14 the state filed an appeal on the ruling.
    (SFC, 4/17/14, p.A5)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A7)
2014        Apr 16, A US federal judge said Ohio officials must immediately recognized the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state’s gay marriage ban.
    (SFC, 4/17/14, p.A5)
2014        Apr 16, In Texas Jose Villegas (39) was executed for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years earlier in Corpus Christi.
    (SFC, 4/17/14, p.A5)
2014        Apr 16, The ultra-deep Angolan offshore oil project called Kaombo generated the third huge contract in three days when French group Total picked two firms to carry out underwater engineering worth $3.5 billion.
    (AFP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In Afghanistan a group of policemen were kidnapped while travelling in civilian clothes. The Taliban soon claimed to have killed at least 4 of them in Wardak province.
    (SFC, 4/17/14, p.A2)(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 16, British food bank operator Trussell Trust reported that the number of people in Britain using food banks has nearly tripled to more than 900,000 over the past 12 months.
    (AFP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohamed Mursi to three years each in prison in connection with protests last October 6 against his overthrow. Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted President Morsi, was convicted of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a US citizen, receiving a seven-year prison sentence.
    (Reuters, 4/16/14)(AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, Jacques Servier (92), the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group, died. He and his lab were ensnared in a scandal in which the diabetes drug Mediator was alleged to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 16, In southern India 6 people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured early today when a bus caught fire in Karanataka state.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In Iraq two suicide bombers rammed their explosives-laden cars into security checkpoints leading to the military operation command in the city of Ramadi, killing 5 soldiers and 3 police officers.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, Japanese small-car maker Suzuki Motor Corp said it will introduce an affordable, simplified gas-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency.
    (Reuters, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, Mt. Gox said the Tokyo District Court decided the company, which was a trading platform and storehouse for the bitcoin virtual currency, would not be able to resurrect itself under a business rehabilitation process filed for in February.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria. The targets appeared to have been Syrian rebels with machine guns mounted on civilian vehicles who were seeking refugee from fighting with government forces.
    (Reuters, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Islamic militants struck for a fourth time in three days, killing 18 people in Wala, Gwoza district.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police that erupted when Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound was opened to Jewish visitors.
    (AFP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In the Philippines at least 5 people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15 others were injured when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck along the highway in eastern Camarines Sur province.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, Slovak police said they have arrested two men after they allegedly produced counterfeit Czech and Swiss banknotes of "exceptionally" high quality and spent at least 1.2 million koruna ($60,000) of the fake cash in shopping malls over the past three years.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, South Africa's central bank fined four of the country's biggest commercial banks for weak controls against money laundering and financing for terrorism.
    (AFP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In South Korea some 274 people were missing after the sinking of the Sewol passenger ferry in the Yellow Sea. It carried 475 passengers and crew, mostly high school students from Danwon High School in Ansan, on an overnight trip to Jeju island. Only 174 were rescued. On July 18 the confirmed death toll was 294 with 10 still missing. A body recovered on Oct 28 raised the toll to 295.
    (AP, 4/16/14)(AP, 4/17/14)(SSFC, 4/20/14, p.A4)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.37)(AFP, 7/18/14)(AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Apr 16, Syrian military airstrikes killed at least four people in Zabadani, a rebel-held town along the Lebanese border.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In Ukraine a column of 6 armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into Slovyansk, a city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents. Ukraine's defense ministry said pro-Russia separatists had seized the six armored personnel carriers from Ukrainian armed forces with the help of Russian agents. Ukraine's security service said it had intercepted communications showing that Russian commanders in the separatist east had issued pro-Kremlin militants with "shoot-to-kill" orders.
    (AP, 4/16/14)(Reuters, 4/16/14)(AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, The United Nations and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million to help people who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian conflict.
    (AP, 4/16/14)

2014        Apr 17, US-based Michaels Stores said that about 2.6 million credit cards used at its namesake stores may have been affected in a security breach. Its subsidiary Aaron Bros. was also attacked with some 400,000 cards potentially affected.
    (SFC, 4/19/14, p.D2)
2014        Apr 17, John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the US space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, died in Maine. His efforts in the early 1960s are largely credited with convincing NASA to focus on the launch of a module carrying a crew from lunar orbit, rather than a rocket from earth or a spacecraft while orbiting the planet.
    (AP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 17, In Afghanistan three Taliban insurgents escaped from a northern prison using weapons smuggled into the facility in a jailbreak that killed 3 police guards in Faryab province.
    (AP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 17, Afghan officials said a leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house arrest in the UAE, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai's efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving office. Agha Jan Mutassim, a finance minister during Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, had been missing for over a week.
    (Reuters, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, Algeria held presidential elections. Preliminary results indicated that President Bouteflika with 15 years in power won a 4th term.
    (Reuters, 4/17/14)(SFC, 4/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 17, Debbie Vincent (52), a former soldier who underwent a sex change, was jailed for six years for her part in a Europe-wide campaign of intimidation targeting a leading animal testing company. The British animal rights activist was found guilty last month for her part in a conspiracy to blackmail British-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party voted to create a reconciliation commission. Opposition parties boycotted the vote saying it will shield the ruling party from accountability for past crimes.
    (Reuters, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 17, A strike at the Chinese factories Yu Yuen Industrial, the world's biggest athletic shoe maker, snowballed to about 30,000 workers in Dongguan, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, China introduced its first armed police patrols in Xi'an. Shanghai and Qingdao police began to carry 9 mm pistols on Apr 20.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 17, China’s environment ministry said a nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher than permitted levels of pollution. This was nearly one-fifth of China’s farmland.
    (Reuters, 4/17/14)(SFC, 4/19/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 17, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b.1927), Colombian author, died in Mexico City. His beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map. His "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
    (Reuters, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 17, In northern Iraq militants launched a brazen attack on a military base outside Mosul, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12. In Baghdad a car bomb exploded on a busy commercial street in the Karrada neighborhood, killing at least 9 people and wounding 22 others.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, In Ivory Coast editors of five newspapers, whose publications have been temporarily suspended, denouncing the measure. Most of the newspapers were suspended for mocking President Ouattara or referring to him as a dictator. One was targeted for discussing the safety of bush meat, which the government banned in the wake of an Ebola outbreak.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, In Libya a Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped in Tripoli. He was the 2nd to be kidnapped since last month. Both men were released on June 30.
    (Reuters, 4/17/14)(AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Apr 17, An oil tanker sailing from Singapore to Cambodia was boarded by 16 pirates about 26 nautical miles off Aur island on the east coast of the Malaysia peninsula. The pirates damaged the ship's communication equipment, transferred part of the fuel cargo into a smaller unknown tanker and stole the ship and crews' belongings before fleeing.
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 17, In Mali French Special Forces backed by helicopters freed five humanitarian aid workers who had gone missing on Feb 8.
    (SFC, 4/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 17, In Pakistan two local employees working for the UN Children's Fund UNICEF went missing in Karachi.
    (AFP, 4/20/14)
2014        Apr 17, Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano (78) died in a car accident early today, prompting the governor of the US territory to declare three days of mourning.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, A Senegal official said Karim Wade, the son of former Pres. Abdoulaye Wade, will be tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he amassed his multi-million dollar fortune.
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, In South Korea Kang Min-gyu (52), the vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized a day earlier, committed suicide.
    (Reuters, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 17, In South Sudan gunmen attacked civilians sheltering inside a UN peacekeeping base in the war-ravaged town of Bor. At least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in the attack.
    (AFP, 4/17/14)(AFP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 17, Thai authorities charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom in the country.
2014        Apr 17, In southern Thailand suspected insurgent Muktar Ali-mama (31) and his 6-year-old son were shot dead. They were attacked at a rubber plantation in Bannang Sata district, Yala province.
    (AP, 4/18/14)
    (AP, 4/17/14)
2014        Apr 17, In Ukraine 3 pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted raid overnight on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol. High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime with top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the situation. Ukrainian town councilor Volodymyr Rybak and a second man disappeared. He was seen being bundled into a car by masked men in camouflage. His body was found on April 29 near Slaviansk.
    (AP, 4/17/14)(Reuters, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 17, The World Health Organization said the death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Guinea has risen to 122, a sharp increase from a previous figure of 108.
    (Reuters, 4/17/14)

2014        Apr 18, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill designed to bar Iran's pick for UN ambassador from US soil over his links to the 1979 American embassy hostage siege. But Obama also issued a statement saying that he would only regard the legislation as guidance, warning it could infringe upon his executive powers as president.
    (AFP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, The US federal government said farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the disease. Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), believed to have come from China, has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since it began showing up in the US last May.
    (SFC, 4/19/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 18, A Chinese court sentenced four anti-corruption protestors to between two and three-and-a-half years in jail over their role in small-scale demonstrations, furthering a crackdown on rights activists. The four were associated with the New Citizens Movement, a loose network whose members held peaceful protests in Beijing last year.
    (AFP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, An Egyptian police officer was killed when a bomb targeting a traffic police kiosk in Cairo exploded.
    (AFP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, Off eastern Indonesia a boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves, leaving dozens of people missing and at least 7 dead.
    (AP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, In Iraq a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in Baghdad killed 3 people and wounded five.
    (AP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest killing 13 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season. Three people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 4/18/14)(AP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 18, In Northern Ireland gunmen escorted Tommy Crossan (43), a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner, to a fuel depot and shot him in the head and body at close range. Residents said a Catholic priest was called to give him the last rites. Police soon arrested a man for questioning about the killing.
    (AP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 18, In the Philippines a Danish man joined eight Filipinos in re-enacting the death of Jesus Christ by being nailed to crosses in a bloody annual Easter spectacle before some 40 thousand onlookers.
    (AFP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, In South Africa a rhino was found killed in the Dinokeng Game Reserve with a single bullet from a high-powered rifle. Poachers cut off its horns in the first such incident since the reserve officially opened in 2011. About 300 have been killed so far this year in South Africa.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        Apr 18, South Korean prosecutors sought arrest warrants for the captain, and two crew members of the ferry that capsized two days before with hundreds of children on board. Lee Joon-Seok and most of his 28 crew managed to escape the ferry.
    (AFP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, Spanish art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz, who is wanted for fraud in the United States, was arrested at a luxury hotel in Seville. His partner, Glafira Rosales, was arraigned in New York in August, accused of peddling counterfeit art for 15 years as undiscovered works by world-renowned artists.
    (AP, 4/20/14)
2014        Apr 18, In Sudan the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement attacked the Kunar oil field, operated by the Sudanese Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company in the West Kordofan State, abducting three engineers, two of them Chinese and one Sudanese. On May 2 Xinhua media service said the two Chinese engineers have been released.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        Apr 18, In Syria a bomb went off in front of a mosque on the edge of Akrama and killed 14 people. Hundreds of rebel fighters and civilians remain trapped in the ancient quarter of Homs, surrounded by government forces and pro-Assad militia. In Aleppo at least 10 people were killed in shelling and aerial bombardment of rebel-held areas.
    (Reuters, 4/18/14)(AFP, 4/19/14)(SFC, 4/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 18, In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 cities said they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns.
    (AP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, In Vietnam a Chinese man who was being repatriated from Vietnam along with 15 other migrants seized a gun from a border guard, triggering a gunfight and standoff in which five Chinese and two Vietnamese guards died.
    (AP, 4/18/14)

2014        Apr 19, In Algeria 11 soldiers were killed and a dozen wounded in an ambush in the restive Kabylie region east of Algiers. On May 1 al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 4/20/14)(AFP, 4/21/14)(AFP, 5/1/14)
2014        Apr 19, In Bahrain an apparent car bombing killed two people and wounded one in Mughsha, a village west of Manama.
    (AP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 19, In Brazil angry residents of a city near Rio de Janeiro torched four buses to protest the death of a man killed a day earlier by a bullet on his way to a Good Friday church service. They said Anderson Santos Silva (21) died while trying to protect his mother and 9-year-old sister from bullets from a gunfight involving police.
    (AP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 19, Tobias Bowen (47), charged with raping a child in March 2010 when he lived in New York’s Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, was arrested in London after getting off a plane. He had fled to his native Liberia, where he was administrator of a government hospital.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 19, A Chinese maritime court in Shanghai seized a ship owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, a move that Japan warned could have an adverse impact on its businesses in China. The court said the company had failed to pay compensation stemming from a WWII contractual obligation. On April 24 China said Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd has paid about $29 million for the release of the ship.
    (Reuters, 4/21/14)(Reuters, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 19, In Iraq two bombs planted on a street full of shoppers in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad killed 4 people and wounded eight.
    (AP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 19, In northern Mexico a Hawker 800 jet crashed in Coahuila state killing all 8 people on board. On the northwestern fringe of Mexico City a three-way car collision in Naucalpan killed at least 8 people and injured 12 others.
    (Reuters, 4/20/14)
2014        Apr 19, Nigerian officials said another 14 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast have escaped, leaving 85 missing.
    (AFP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 19, In Pakistan Hamid Mir, a famous host on the private TV broadcaster Geo, suffered three gunshot wounds to the stomach and the upper legs in an attack near Karachi's airport. His brother alleged the attack was planned by the Inter-services Intelligence directorate (ISI). Mir survived the attack.
    (AP, 4/19/14)(Econ, 4/26/14, p.40)
2014        Apr 19, An earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 was recorded off Papua New Guinea.
    (Reuters, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 19, In Peru a nationwide ban on illegal mining took effect. Some 40,000 illegal gold miners had until today to legalize their status in the southeast in the face of a ban on illegal mining that has ravaged rain forests and contaminated rivers.
    (SSFC, 4/20/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 19, In South Korea Captain Lee Joon-seok (68) and two crew members of the Sewol ferry that capsized on April 16 were arrested. The confirmed death toll rose to 32 with some 270 people still missing.
    (AP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 19, In South Africa robbers broke into a provincial parks office in Nelspruit and used a machine tool called a grinder to break into a safe holding several dozen rhino horns worth a fortune on the illegal market in parts of Asia. On June 9 police said two men have been arrested in connection with the theft, worth about $5.2 million.
    (AP, 4/22/14)(Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Apr 19, In central Syria two rebel car bombs targeted Homs and Salamiya, two areas controlled by government forces, killing at least ten people as opposition forces fought fiercely to hold onto territory.
    (AP, 4/19/14)
2014        Apr 19, In Yemen an American drone strike killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and 3 civilians in central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group.
    (AP, 4/19/14)

2014        Apr 20, In Colorado tens of thousands gathered to celebrate the first legal 4:20, the April 20 pot holiday, at Denver’s Civic Center Park.
    (SFC, 4/21/14, p.A8)   
2014        Apr 20, Herb Wong, a leading West Coast jazz expert and educator, died at his home in Menlo Park, Ca. He started his own radio show on KJAZ in 1959 and continued until 1996.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.C3)
2014        Apr 20, In Afghanistan new partial results in the presidential election released today showed candidate Abdullah Abdullah as the front-runner, though a runoff election looked likely.
    (AP, 4/20/14)
2014        Apr 20, Prizefighter Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (b.1937) died at his home in Toronto. He was convicted in 1967 and again in 1976 for three 1966 murders committed at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey. He was freed in 1985 when his convictions were thrown out after years of appeals The convictions became an international symbol of racial injustice and inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 20, An Egyptian court sentenced people to more than three years in prison for violent protests in February in support of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Gunmen killed a police captain and a conscript in a firefight on a desert road outside Cairo.
    (AFP, 4/20/14)(AP, 4/20/14)
2014        Apr 20, In India 2 victims were found dead aboard the Chinese-built carrier Tuo Fu 3 anchored near Haldia city in the Bay of Bengal. They had reportedly collapsed immediately after entering the cargo hold filled with coal and accumulated methane gas.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 20, In Iraq a series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 15 people and wounded nearly 50 others.
    (AP, 4/20/14)
2014        Apr 20, Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there.
    (Reuters, 4/20/14)
2014        Apr 20, Myanmar reported that fighting between government troops and ethnic Kachin rebels has left 22 people dead this month.
    (SFC, 4/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 20, In southern Pakistan a passenger bus rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer parked on the side of a highway near Pannu Aqil, killing at least 42 people, including 17 women and children.
    (AP, 4/20/14)(SFC, 4/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 20, Saudi Arabia's health ministry said three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 20, In Syria dozens of people were killed in air strikes on Aleppo, including at least 29 people in a single neighborhood. Former German rapper Denis Mamadou Cuspert, aka Deso Dogg, was among 16 killed in a suicide attack by Al-Nusra Front in an eastern province. In Syria he had joined ISIL and taken on the name Abu Talha al-Almani.
    (Reuters, 4/21/14)(AFP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 20, Ukraine and Russia traded blame for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in Slovyansk that left three people dead in a mysterious shooting.
    (AP, 4/20/14)(Econ, 4/26/14, p.50)
2014        Apr 20, Pope Francis, in his Easter address "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for 'to the city and to the world') denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.
    (Reuters, 4/20/14)
2014        Apr 20, In Venezuela fresh clashes erupted in Caracas, with hooded anti-government protesters hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police who returned fire with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon.
    (AFP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 20, A drone strike in south Yemen killed at least 30 suspected Al-Qaeda militants.
    (AFP, 4/20/14)

2014        Apr 21, In Massachusetts more than 32,000 hit the streets in the first Boston Marathon since last year’s deadly bombing.
    (SFC, 4/22/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 21, In Afghanistan Esmatullah, a prominent campaign worker in the presidential election, was shot dead outside his home in Logar province. He had worked as an election observer for presidential candidate Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayya.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 21, In India-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels gunned down two village elders and one victim's son in attacks that police said were aimed at scaring off voters in the country's general election.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 21, In Iraq suicide bombings and other attacks across the country killed at least 19 people and wounded 36.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday, drawing retaliatory air strikes from the Israeli army.
    (Reuters, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, In Myanmar Win Tin (84), one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and its longest-serving political prisoner (1989-2008), died. He strove for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military dictatorship.
    (AFP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, In Nigeria parents of kidnapped girls told the governor of Borno state that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and that the total reached 234.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, In the Philippines Gonzaga town Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr. and his bodyguards died following an attack by at least 15 suspected communist rebels disguised as police. A firefight ensued but the gunmen escaped in a commandeered police car. The attackers scattered leaflets denouncing mining in northern Cagayan province.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, Romanian authorities said 3 people have died and 250 were evacuated after heavy rain and flooding hit over the weekend. Worst affected were three southern counties that lie along the River Vedea.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to rehabilitate Crimea's Tatars and other minorities who suffered under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, courting a group that largely opposed Moscow's annexation of the region from Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, Saudi media reported that a court has sentenced to death five people over deadly 2003 attacks that marked the start of a wave of Al-Qaeda violence.
    (AFP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, Saudi Arabia announced 17 new cases of MERS, bring the total number of Saudi infections to 261, of whom 81 have died. King Abdullah fired health minister Abdullah al-Rabiah.
    (SFC, 4/22/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 21, In Somalia Isaq Mohamed Rino, a legislator in parliament, was killed after a bomb planted under his car exploded in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, In Sri Lanka Naomi Coleman, a British tourist, was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus flower. She was sent before a magistrate, who ordered her deportation.
    (AP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 21, Syria’s parliament speaker announced that presidential elections will be held on June 3. Five people were reported killed when two mortar shells struck central Damascus.
    (AP, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, Turkey's energy minister said an oil pipeline carrying crude from Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan is unusable because of persistent militant attacks.
    (Reuters, 4/21/14)
2014        Apr 21, In southern Yemen 3 militants, one of whom may have been a senior commander, were killed in a drone strike. Fares al-Suwaydi, who worked in security at Sanaa airport, was shot dead in front of the terminal by gunmen on a motorbike. An intelligence officer died of wounds he sustained in an attack that killed a colleague earlier today.
    (AFP, 4/21/14)(AP, 4/22/14)

2014        Apr 22, Pres. Obama took an aerial tour of Oso, Wa., where at least 41 people were killed in a mudslide on March 22. Afterwards he spoke at the Oso Fire Dept.
    (SFC, 4/22/14, p.A7)
2014        Apr 22, US Naval officials and two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted the code For Unplanned Encounters, an agreement aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict amid rising friction between an increasingly assertive China and its neighbors. The agreement was approved unanimously at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao.
    (AP, 4/22/14)(SFC, 4/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 22, The FBI asked the public’s help to identify at least 90 potential victims of William James Vahey (64), a suspected child predator. Vahey had worked at 10 American and other int’l. schools abroad for over four decades. He committed suicide last month in Minnesota.
    (SFC, 4/23/14, p.A7)
2014        Apr 22, The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving Aereo, a US internet streaming service that picks up signals of free-to-air TV channels for its subscribers.
    (Econ, 4/26/14, p.65)
2014        Apr 22, Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China. CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, In southern Afghanistan 5 police officers were killed in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Ghorak district.
    (AP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 22, Brazil's Congress passed a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web on the eve of a major conference in Sao Paulo on the future of Internet governance that's expected to draw representatives from some 80 countries.
    (AP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 22, In Brazil violence flared in Rio de Janeiro’s tourist Copacabana Beach area after dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira (25) was found shot dead, heightening fears about security in a city that will host seven World Cup games including the July 13 final.
    (AFP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 22, London Metropolitan Police arrested Tania Clarence (42), a graphic designer from South Africa, after the bodies of a four-year-old girl and two three-year-old boys were found at her home. The three children had "life-limiting" genetic disorders.
    (AFP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 22, In Brunei the penalty for homosexuality was increased to death by stoning as part of a new broader imposition of Islamic Shariah law which also imposed death for rape, adultery and extramarital relations.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A17)
2014        Apr 22, In CongoDRC some 50 people were killed when a train derailed in the southeast.
    (AFP, 4/23/14)(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 22, In Iraq militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in Daqouq village outside Kirkuk and killed 10 guards.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honors the nation's war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of US President Barack Obama's visit.
    (AFP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, Armed pirates raided an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and took three crew members with them.
    (Reuters, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 22, Nepalese guides on Mount Everest said they had decided to abandon this year's climbing season, to honor 16 colleagues killed in an avalanche last week. The decision threw the plans of hundreds of foreign mountaineers into chaos.
    (AFP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, In Pakistan 9 people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in the volatile northwest.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, In the Philippines about 80 activists protested at the Chinese consulate in Manila, demanding that China stop intruding into Philippine territory in the South China Sea. Philippine marine officer Mike Pelotera said he and his men saw Filipino fishermen being "bullied" away from the Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea at least eight times from December to March.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, Russia’s top opposition leader Alexei Navalny was found guilty of slandering a lawmaker and ordered to pay a hefty fine. He was found guilty of calling municipal lawmaker Alexei Lisovenko "a lawmaker-drug addict" and ordered to pay 300,000 rubles ($8,300, 6,000 euros).
    (AFP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, In Somalia two gunmen belonging to an Islamic extremist group shot and killed legislator Abdiaziz Isaq Mursal as he stepped out of his home in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, In South Korea the confirmed death toll from the April 16 disaster off the southern coast reached 113 with about 190 people were still missing.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG launched a major overhaul of its business, unveiling a series of multibillion-dollar deals with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the U.S.'s Eli Lilly & Co.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached "almost one million," while pledging to keep accepting those fleeing the war.
    (AFP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, Uganda’s military said African troops have captured a junior commander with the Lord's Resistance Army and rescued 10 people, mostly children, abducted by the rebels. The rebel lieutenant known as Charles Okell was seized after a firefight in Central African Republic.
    (AP, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatseniuk said that Russian special forces were operating in the east to undermine a presidential election due on May 25 and he called on Moscow to pull them out. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov ordered the resumption of military operations in the east, where pro-Russia protesters and masked gunmen have seized government buildings and set up checkpoints on the roads.
    (Reuters, 4/22/14)(AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 22, In Ukraine US Vice President Joe Biden delivered an aid package and demanded Russia back off. He also warned Kiev it must tackle the "cancer of corruption."
    (Reuters, 4/22/14)
2014        Apr 22, In Ukraine Simon Ostrovsky, a US journalist for Vice News, disappeared. He had been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in one eastern Ukrainian city after another. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted the next day that they are holding Ostrovsky.
    (AP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 22, In Yemen Colonel Abdul Razak al-Jabali was shot dead becoming the fourth officer to be killed in suspected militant attacks in Sanaa in two days. A state security court sentenced Sami Dayan, an Al-Qaeda militant, to 15 years in prison after convicting him of taking part in plotting to kill an army commander in south Yemen in 2012, in a suicide bombing attack.
    (AFP, 4/22/14)

2014        Apr 23, President Barack Obama opened a four-country Asia tour in Japan aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the US remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.
    (AP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 23, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that will allow people to carry guns in bars, churches and government buildings under certain conditions as of July 1.
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A8)
2014        Apr 23, A Kansas judge granted a request to formally change the name of Bradley Edward Manning, the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning as he served a 35-year prison sentence.
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 23, Colombia’s Pres. Juan Manuel said he would heed a court order to reinstate ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. The mayor had been removed from office in March for alleged administrative missteps. 
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 23, An Egyptian policeman and a militant were killed when security forces raided a hideout used by radical Islamists near Alexandria. Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki was killed near Cairo when a bomb blew up his car. Ajnad Misr (Egypt’s Soldiers), an Islamist militant group, soon claimed responsibility for the attack on Zaki
    (Reuters, 4/23/14)(SFC, 4/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 23, Hong Kong scrapped travel sanctions against the Philippines after Manila issued an apology and offered greater compensation for the deaths of eight tourists during a 2010 hostage-taking and siege.
    (Reuters, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 23, Kosovo's parliament approved an EU-backed special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from Serbs captured in the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
    (Reuters, 4/23/14)   
2014        Apr 23, The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed to implement a unity pact. Hamas had freed 10 Fatah prisoners ahead of the meeting as a goodwill gesture.
    (AP, 4/22/14)(Reuters, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 23, In the Philippines police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the US Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence.
    (AP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 23, Saudi Arabia announced 11 new cases of MERS, including a 13-year-old child. Acting health minister Adel Fakieh vowed to keep the public better informed on the coronavirus.
    (AFP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 23, South Korea said the death toll from the April 16 disaster off the southern coast reached 156 with about 150 people were still missing.
    (AP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 23, South Sudan media reported that President Salva Kiir has sacked his army chief, replacing him with a loyalist from his own ethnic group as the country's four-month conflict shows signs of being increasingly fought along tribal lines. Kiir also replaced his head of intelligence. South Sudanese rebel forces battling President Kiir captured the town of Renk, close to the border with Sudan and began advancing on the Paloich oil fields.
    (Reuters, 4/24/14)(AFP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 23, In Thailand Kamol Duangphasuk, a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy, was fatally shot by gunmen on a motorcycle in Bangkok.
    (AP, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 23, Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottoman soldiers on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the deeply contested deaths.
    (Reuters, 4/23/14)
2014        Apr 23, The WHO said 147 people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including 136 in Guinea and 11 in Liberia.
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A2)

2014        Apr 24, US postal workers in cities large and small rallied against a US Postal service pilot program to open counters in Staples stores.
    (SFC, 4/25/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 24, A US court filing indicated that four major Silicon Valley companies (Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel) have settled a suit over charges that they conspired not to hire one another’s workers.
    (SFC, 4/25/14, p.C5)
2014        Apr 24, In Afghanistan 3 Americans were killed when a security guard opened fire at the Kabul Cure Hospital funded by a US Christian charity. They killed included Dr. Jerry Umanos, health clinic administrator Jon Gabel and his visiting father, Gary. The attacker was captured.
    (Reuters, 4/24/14)(AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 24, Bolivia's army, navy and air force announced the expulsion of 702 enlisted men for sedition, rebellion and attacking the "honor of the Armed Forces." An unprecedented military protest began April 21 with 500 soldiers but expanded to about 1,000 today. Soldiers vowed to keep up protests to demand the option of rising to the rank of officer.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 24, In Brazil Paulo Malhaes, a former army colonel who acknowledged he tortured and killed political prisoners during Brazil's 1964-1985 military regime, was suffocated to death by three men who broke into his house and stole two computers and some of the antique guns he collected.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 24, The British government said Cornish people have been given the same status as Scots, Welsh and Irish — the U.K.'s other Celtic peoples — under EU law protecting national minorities.
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, China passed amendments to the country's environmental protection law that will impose tougher penalties on polluters in the most sweeping revisions to the law in 25 years.
    (Reuters, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, Four French police officers were held in custody on suspicion of raping a 34-year-old Canadian woman at their Paris headquarters. The alleged rape took place overnight April 22-23 at the headquarters of the Paris police station.
    (AFP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 24, In India Mumbai voters were among the 180 million people who were registered to vote in the sixth phase of the mammoth general election, but many were unable to cast ballots when their names were not found on the electoral lists.
    (Reuters, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 24, In Iraq a car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing 8 people.
    (AFP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said that the US and Japan made progress in trade talks but did not reach a final deal.
    (Reuters, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, In Kashmir Indian forces used tear gas and wooden batons to disperse scores of demonstrators who shouted anti-India slogans and threw rocks to protest against voting in national elections in the disputed region. Voter turnout was low.
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, The Marshall Islands filed suit against the US and eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law. The Marshall Islands claims the nine countries are modernizing their nuclear arsenals instead of negotiating disarmament.
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, In southern Pakistan a bombing killed Shafiq Tanoli, a police officer known for his anti-militant campaigns, and 3 other people in Karachi. Pakistani warplanes carried out airstrikes against insurgents in the Khyber tribal region, killing 37 suspected militants.
    (AP, 4/24/14)(SFC, 4/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 24, Saudi Arabia's health ministry said two more patients who became infected with a Middle East virus related to SARS have died, and that 13 others have contracted the MERS virus. The deaths bring to 83 the number of people who have died in the kingdom since contracting the virus in September 2012.
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, Syrian government airstrikes targeted a vegetable market in a rebel-held town in the northern Aleppo province, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores of others according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Another activists group, the Syria-based Local Coordination Committees also reported the airstrikes on Atareb, saying that 24 people were killed.
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, A Togo-flagged cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete. Four crew members were rescued by a merchant vessel, but three remained missing.
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation."
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, A UN panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait paid out another $990 million. The Geneva-based commission was established by the UN Security Council in 1991 and is funded by a 5 percent tax on the export of Iraqi oil. It makes payments every three months.
    (AP, 4/24/14)
2014        Apr 24, In Yemen two officers of the US Embassy in Sanaa shot and killed a pair of armed civilians during an attempted abduction of the Americans at a business. Within days of the shooting both Americans left Yemen with the approval of the Yemeni government.
    (AP, 5/10/14)

2014        Apr 25, President Barack Obama wrapped up a state visit to Japan during which he assured America's ally that Washington would come to its defense, but failed to clinch a trade deal key to both his "pivot" to Asia and PM Shinzo Abe's economic reforms.
    (Reuters, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned Pyongyang that it could face tougher sanctions if it follows through with threats to launch a fourth nuclear test.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, Three US protesters, arrested in 2012 for plotting Molotov cocktails in a 2012 Nato summit in Chicago were sentenced from 5-8 years in prison on arson and mob-action charges. They had been acquitted of terrorism and received credit for two years in jail.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 25, California's Governor Jerry Brown said the state drought is so severe that the government will roll back some environmental protections and loosen the rules on transferring water to farmers.
    (Reuters, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, Dr. John Jay Osborn (96), inventor of one of the first heart-lung machines (1956), died in Belvedere, Ca. The machine made open heart surgery possible.
    (SFC, 5/1/14, p.D6)
2014        Apr 25, In Milford, Connecticut, Maren Sanchez (16) died of stab wounds to her torso and neck on the day of her junior prom at Jonathan Law High School. Chris Plakson (16) was arrested and charged with homicide.
    (SFC, 4/28/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 25, Oregon dropped its problem-plagued online health exchange and decided to switch to the federal website for private policies.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 25, Multiple tornadoes hit eastern North Carolina damaging over 200 homes.
    (SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A13)
2014        Apr 25, Cambodia's highest court ruled that a prominent Russian property developer wanted in his homeland for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars cannot be extradited. Sergei Polonsky expressed satisfaction with the ruling and said he will spend up to $100 million developing an island he purchased off Cambodia's southern coast. Polonsky was charged in Russia in June last year with embezzling more than 5.7 billion rubles ($175 million) from 80 property investors.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, China’s Sina.com temporarily closed its literature site after being accused of hosting pornography, and authorities confirmed they were revoking two crucial licenses, ensnaring one of China's top web portals in an intensifying online crackdown.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, In CongoDRC at least 23 people were killed when a stampede broke out in Kikwit, Bandundu province during a tribute for singer King Kester Emeneya (57), who died in Paris in February.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, A top El Salvador official said Mara street gangs are arming themselves with high-powered rifles and some gang members have tried to join the army to get military training.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, Finland-based Nokia said it has completed the 5.44 billion-euro ($7.5 billion) sale of its troubled cellphone and services division to Microsoft Corp.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, German-Jewish writer Stefanie Zweig (81), best known for her autobiographical novel "Nowhere in Africa" (1995), died. The book retold the story of her family's time in Kenya. A movie adaptation won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2003.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 25, Iran announced petrol price hikes as high as 75 percent to take immediate effect, in a long-awaited attempt to regulate energy prices in the country's flatlining, sanctions-hit economy.
    (AFP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, In Iraq a multiple bombing killed at least 33 people at a campaign rally for a militant Shiite group in Baghdad. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack on the rally, which drew about 10,000 backers of Asaib Ahl al-Haq. Several hours later a senior Sunni politician in the mostly Shiite southern city of Basra was shot dead in what appeared to be a revenge attack.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 25, Police in Jamaica arrested 20 people suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar lottery scam.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 25, In Pakistan a powerful bomb exploded in an upscale residential area of Karachi, killing at least 4 people and wounding 25.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, Puerto Rico police said they have seized 209 pounds (95 kg) of cocaine found on an abandoned boat near the popular tourist island of Culebra.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, Russia’s Central Bank said it has increased its one-week auction rate by 0.5 percentage points to 7.5 percent in an effort to stem inflation as the country begins to feel the impact of its policies in Ukraine. Standard & Poor's credit agency cut Russia's credit rating for the first time in more than five years, citing the flight of capital and the risk to investment in Russia since the Ukraine crisis blew up late last year.
    (AP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said that five more people in the kingdom have died from MERS. The ministry says 92 people have died and 313 have contracted the virus in Saudi since September 2012.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 25, South Sudan released four top leaders accused of rebellion and treason, dropping charges for attempting to overthrow the government in a move aimed at ending a four-month-old civil war.
    (AFP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, Ukrainian special forces launched a second phase of their operation in the east of the country by mounting a full blockade of the rebel-held city of Slaviansk A Ukrainian military helicopter exploded at a base near the eastern town of Kramatorsk after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. In Slovyansk pro-Russian activists detained an eight-member team traveling under the auspices of the OSCE, accusing them of being NATO spies.
    (Reuters, 4/25/14)(AP, 4/25/14)(SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A9)
2014        Apr 25, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said that 16 people have been arrested in a new round of inspections to find alleged price gougers whom the socialist government blames for the worst inflation rate in the Americas.
    (Reuters, 4/25/14)

2014        Apr 26, President Barack Obama began the first visit to Malaysia by an American president in nearly half a century. Trade, defense and maritime security were among the issues Obama and PM Najib were expected to discuss during talks in the 2-day visit.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Leaders of the G7 major economies agreed to impose more sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, where armed pro-Moscow separatists have detained a group of international observers they accuse of being NATO spies.
    (Reuters, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Preliminary results in Afghanistan's presidential election showed former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah winning the most votes but not the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Abdullah had 44.9 percent of the vote and ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came in second with 31.5 percent. The preliminary results were due to be finalized on May 14 after investigations into fraud complaints.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In southern Afghanistan 5 NATO troops died in a British helicopter crash in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Austria an explosion at a residential building in Vienna killed one person and left another missing.
    (SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A7)
2014        Apr 26, In Brazil about 2,000 people gathered in downtown Sao Paulo in a demonstration demanding the legalization of the production and sale of marijuana in Latin America's largest country.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, British teenager Stephen Sutton (19) broke all records on the JustGiving fundraising website by breaking the £2.5 million ($4.2 million, three million euro) mark in donations to charity. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 15, but despite surgery, the cancer spread, and doctors concluded it was incurable.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In northern Central African Republic dozens of heavily armed Muslim rebels opened fire in a hospital in Naga-Boguila, killing 22 people, including three local health workers for Doctors Without Borders.
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.44)
2014        Apr 26, China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said it aims to start building more than 7 million units of public housing this year, signaling the latest government move to counter high property prices.
    (Reuters, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In China a spokeswoman for a leading online video site, Youku, said it has received notification not to show sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," political and legal drama "The Good Wife," crime drama "NCIS" and legal drama "The Practice."
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, In China labor activists said most of the thousands of striking workers in Dongguan have returned to work enabling Adidas to resume production. Some 10,000 remained on strike at the Taiwanese owned Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd.
    (SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A7)
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, Cuba arrested 4 exiles from Miami accusing them of planning terrorist actions and alleged their targets were military. They were later named as Jose Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodriguez Gonzalez, Raibel Pacheco Santos and Felix Monzon Alvarez.
    (AP, 5/7/14)(SFC, 5/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 26, In Egypt hundreds of activists demonstrated in Cairo against an anti-protest law, one month before a presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win.
    (Reuters, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Egypt a 27-year-old civil engineer was diagnosed with MERS after returning from Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Iran hanged in public 3 men convicted of killing prosecutor Mousa Nouri last Nov 6 in Sistan-Baluchestan province.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Iraqi police found 9 bodies, some bullet-riddled, in several Sunni and Shiite districts of Baghdad.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Indian-controlled Kashmir a fierce gunbattle over the last 24 hours left 3 suspected rebels and 2 Indian army soldiers dead.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, A Japanese whaling fleet of four ships left port under tight security in the first hunt since the UN's top court last month ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In central Nigeria violence erupted when a militia from the Eggon tribe attacked the Gwandara village of Egan following a dispute over farmland. At least 34 people were left dead with homes and barns torched.
    (AFP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, The Dutch donned crazy orange-colored outfits and celebrated their first ever "King's Day" — a national holiday held in honor of the newly installed monarch, King Willem Alexander. King's Day replaced the traditional "Queens' Day" festival held this time of year.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas signaled that he remains committed to troubled US-backed peace talks, saying that any unity government agreed with the militant group Hamas would recognize Israel.
    (Reuters, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Two Saudi nationals died from MERS, taking the death toll from the coronavirus in the worst-hit country to 94.
    (AFP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Slovenia Zoran Jankovic (61), mayor of the capital, Ljubljana, was chosen the leader of Positive Slovenia party. The government faced likely collapse after PM Alenka Bratusek (44), whose government saved the small EU state from an international bailout, lost her party leadership. Bratusek's three coalition partners in the four-party center-left government have said they would step out of the cabinet if Jankovic, under investigation for corruption, becomes the party leader.
    (AP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, South Sudan's military spokesman said a "misunderstanding" between military troops and a local community sparked clashes a day earlier that killed 5 Nuer trainees. Rebel Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang charged that 220 Nuer officers and trainees at Mapel Military Training Centre in Western Bahr El Ghazal state were deliberately killed.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 26, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 88 rebel and regime forces have been killed in two days of clashes for control of strategic sites in southern Daraa province.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial law expanding the powers of the spy agency, a move critics say will tighten the graft-tainted government's control over state institutions.
    (AFP, 4/26/14)
2014        Apr 26, In Venezuela scores of opponents of Pres. Nicolas Maduro marched in Caracas, vowing to remain on the streets in defiance of a high court ruling limiting protests. The body of former intelligence chief Eliezer Otaiza was dumped in a forested area on the edge of Caracas after his vehicle was intercepted by a group of armed men. He was shot four times.
    (AP, 4/26/14)(AP, 4/30/14)

2014        Apr 27, President Barack Obama said that comments reportedly made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers pro basketball team, are "incredibly offensive racist statements," before casting them as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must confront.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, President Barack Obama pressed the Malaysian government to improve its human rights record and appealed to Southeast Asia's teeming youth population to stand up for the rights of minorities and the rule of law.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, US and Philippine officials said the two countries have reached a 10-year agreement that would allow a larger US military presence in the Philippines as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, A broad tornado killed at least 15 when it sliced through Arkansas at the start of the US tornado season. Two more people were killed died in Iowa and Oklahoma.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)(Reuters, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 27, In Montana exchange student Diren Dede of Hamburg was shot to death in Missoula. Marks Kaarma said he found an intruder in his garage and shot him twice. Kaarma was charged the next day with deliberate homicide. Kaarma had reportedly baited and shot Dede following previous burglaries by local teenagers. On Feb 12, 2015, Kaarma was sentenced to seventy years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/29/14, p.A5)(SFC, 12/5/14, p.A10)(SFC, 2/12/15, p.A10)
2014        Apr 27, Afghan officials said recent torrential rains have caused flash floods in the north that killed more than 100 people. Scores more were missing as helicopters searched for stranded villagers.
    (AFP, 4/25/14)(SFC, 4/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 27, In Central African Republic heavily armed African and French peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Bangui, trucking more than 1,200 people who for months had been trapped in their neighborhood by violent Christian militants.
    (AP, 4/27/14)(AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 27, Dominican Rep. police arrested Nicola Pignatelli (43), an alleged high-ranking member of the Italian mafia. He had fled Italy in 2011 to avoid a prison sentence.
    (SFC, 4/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 27, An Egyptian court sentenced 42 supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi to prison terms ranging from three to 15 years on violence-related charges.
    (AFP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, Iraqi army helicopters attacked a jihadist convoy inside eastern Syria as it tried to approach the border, killing 8 people.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, Polls opened for Macedonia's double election, a presidential election runoff and snap national elections. PM Nikola Gruevski's ruling center-right party won its fourth consecutive general election victory, but looked likely to fall just short of gaining an outright majority. The main opposition Social Democrats refused to recognize the result.
    (AP, 4/27/14)(AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 27, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed three soldiers in an area bordering South and North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 27, The Palestine Liberation Organisation's central council adopted a plan to pursue attempts to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements.
    (AFP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 27, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust "the most heinous crime" of modern history and expressed his sympathy for the victims, a rare acknowledgment by an Arab leader of Jewish suffering during the Nazi genocide.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, In the northern Philippines a light plane crashed while on a cloud-seeding flight over farmlands that have been scorched by the intense summer heat, killing all four people on board.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, South Korea's PM Chung Hong-won resigned over the government's handling of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing. Officials have taken into custody all 15 people involved in navigating the ferry Sewol, which sank April 16.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, In Taiwan nearly 30,000 rallied in opposition to the proposed 4th Longmen nuclear power plant near Taipei. PM Jiang Yi-huah backed down and agreed mothball two plants, stop construction at a third and hold a referendum prior to any operations.
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.36)
2014        Apr 27, In Ukraine pro-Russian separatists seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern city of Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.
    (AP, 4/27/14)
2014        Apr 27, Thousands of Yemenis rallied in the port city of Mukalla to demand statehood for the formerly independent south 20 years after the crushing of a secession bid.
    (AFP, 4/28/14)

2014        Apr 28, The US signed a new 10-year military pact with the Philippines granting a larger presence for US forces. Pres. Obama said it would bolster the Southeast Asian country's maritime security, but was not aimed at countering China's growing military might.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, The United States levied new sanctions on seven Russian government officials, as well as 17 companies with links to Vladimir Putin's close associates, as the Obama administration seeks to pressure the Russian leader to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine.
    (AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, Detroit reached a 5-year collective bargaining deal with some 3,500 of 10,000 city workers as it grappled with an $18 billion debt.
    (SFC, 4/29/14, p.A5)
2014        Apr 28, One of several twisters to tear across Mississippi struck Tupelo, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, downing power lines and shredding trees. At least one person was killed in Tupelo. The storm system later pushed into parts of Alabama, where at least 2 people were killed at a trailer park near Athens. 6 people were killed in Winston County, Miss. At least 9 people were killed in the Louisville area of Kentucky.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 28, NY Congressman Michael Grimm (44), a former Marine and FBI agent, was charged with evading taxes by concealing more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a Manhattan restaurant.
    (SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 28, Six environmental advocates won this year's Goldman Prize. India's Ramesh Agrawal received the prize for helping villagers fight a large coal mine in Chhattisgarh state. American lawyer Helen Slottje received the award for helping communities fight fracking in New York State. Peru's Ruth Buendia was recognized for helping to prevent construction of two large dams that would have displaced nearly 10,000 indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon. Russian zoologist Suren Gazaryan won for defending protected areas around Sochi from illegal land seizures for Olympic construction projects. South Africa's Desmond D'Sa won for helping to close down one of the country's largest toxic waste dumps. Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra won for helping to shutter 26 illegal palm oil plantations that were causing deforestation in northern Sumatra.
    (AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, In Afghanistan about 300 Haqqani insurgents and foreign fighters came under intensive fire when they tried to storm Afghan bases in Ziruk district of Paktika province. Afghan troops backed by Western air power killed at least 60 militants.
    (Reuters, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 28, Algeria’s Pres. Abdelaziz Bouteflika (77) recited the oath of office from a wheelchair and briefly thanked voters. In a speech handed out to journalists, however, he promised to continue democratic reforms and efforts at national reconciliation. He suffered from a stroke last year and rarely appears in public.
    (AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, Azerbaijan police detained Leyla Yunus, a prominent rights defender, as well as her husband Arif Yunus.
    (Econ, 8/22/15, p.44)
2014        Apr 28, Britain's Serious Fraud Office said it had opened a criminal investigation into possible money laundering associated with corruption in Ukraine and had frozen $23 million of assets in the UK in relation to the case.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 28, British celebrity publicist Max Clifford (71), one of the most influential figures in Britain's entertainment world, was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault on victims aged between 15 and 18 at the time of offense in the 1970s and '80s. On May 2 he was sentenced to eight years in prison for the string of indecent assaults on four women.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        Apr 28, In Britain Anne Maguire (61), a popular Spanish teacher, was stabbed multiple times in front of pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, in what is thought to be the first time a teacher has been fatally stabbed in a British classroom. A male pupil (15) was arrested. On Nov 3 Will Cornick (16) was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years.
    (AFP, 4/29/14)(AFP, 11/3/14)
2014        Apr 28, Bulgarian prosecutors charged two senior magistrates (Veselin Pengezov, chairman of the Sofia appeals court, and Petar Petkov, head of the military appeals court) with embezzling EU funds in a scandal that has further dented public trust in the judiciary system of the EU's poorest member state.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, In Central African Republic 2 civilians were killed when gunmen ambushed a convoy of Muslims fleeing violence in Bangui.
    (AFP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 28, In China a man distressed by his divorce case intentionally rammed a car into electric scooters and pedestrians near a school in the southeast, killing 6 people, including 3 children. Police subdued Lin Jianxin (37) with a water gun in Zhuangtou village, Fujian province.
    (AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, In China the large, officially approved, Sanjiang Protestant Church was demolished in Wenzhou. It had been built six years earlier at a cost of $4.8 million, but officials said it had violated building codes.
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.40)
2014        Apr 28, It was reported that small farmers in Colombia have launched a nationwide strike less than a month before the presidential election. They accused the government of failing to adhere to agreements reached after a violent work stoppage last year.
    (AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, In Egypt judge Said Yusuf (Youssef) sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president, including the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader. The same judge also upheld the death penalty for 37 of 529 defendants sentenced in a similar case in March, though he commuted the rest of the sentences to life imprisonment. In October Youseff was removed from his criminal court to the civilian judiciary.
    (AP, 4/28/14)(Econ, 5/3/14, p.45)(SFC, 10/2/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 28, An Egyptian court banned “April 6," a pro-democracy movement that helped ignite the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, tightening a crackdown on dissent a month ahead of a presidential election the former army chief is expected to win.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, The European Union added 15 more officials to its Russian sanctions list to protests Moscow's meddling in Ukraine.
    (AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, In Iraq 25 people were killed in the Kurdish town of Khanaquin as suicide bombers attacked police and soldiers casting their vote early for a national election in two days' time. Over the last two days nearly 50 people were killed in violence across the country.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 28, Malaysian police detained nine people during raids in and around the capital Kuala Lumpur and the northern state of Kedah on suspicion of involvement in terrorist acts or forming links with terrorists inside the country and abroad. Two more were soon arrested in an operation to break up Islamic terror groups posing as humanitarian organizations.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)(AFP, 5/2/14)
2014        Apr 28, Moldovans with biometric passports — containing a chip with a photo and fingerprint data — began traveling without visas across 26 European nations, the so-called Schengen area. The European Parliament had approved visa-free travel across most of Europe for Moldovan citizens in February.
    (AP, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, In Pakistan a bombing killed 3 seminary students in the southern commercial hub of Karachi.
    (AP, 4/28/14)   
2014        Apr 28, In Peru about 1,500 police and troops in a surprise raid dynamited $20 million worth of heavy machinery as the government dialed up a crackdown on illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios.
    (AP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 28, Police in Taiwan fired water cannons to disperse hundreds of anti-nuclear protesters refusing to give up their campaign despite a government pledge to halt work on the island's fourth nuclear power plant.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)
2014        Apr 28, In Ukraine Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back and fought to stay alive following an operation. Kernes has insisted he does not support the pro-Russia insurgents and backed a united Ukraine. Pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings.
    (AP, 4/28/14)

2014        Apr 29, Washington's deadline for reaching a peace deal between Israel and Palestine expired today with the sides bitterly divided.
    (AFP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, The US targeted companies from China and Dubai for allegedly helping Iran evade weapons and oil sanctions, a signal Washington will keep pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, US Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States is determined to help Ukraine find and recover billions of dollars of assets it says were stolen by its former president and his aides. Holder spoke at the start of a two-day international meeting in London, jointly organized by Britain and the United States and attended by representatives from 35 countries, which is aimed at helping Ukraine's government recover money from President Viktor Yanukovich.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law declaring that it imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 29, Laws in Chicago and NYC went into effect subjecting electronic cigarettes to the same regulations as tobacco.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 29, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Donald Sterling (80), the owner of the LA Clippers, would be banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million for his recent racist comments. Additional punishment included barring Sterling from any NBA games or practices.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A1)
2014        Apr 29, In Georgia a FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest opened fire at a packaging sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Apr 29, Oklahoma halted a double execution after Clayton Lockett (38) appeared to twitch and gag after being declared unconscious. Vein failure was cited. Locket, convicted of shooting a woman in 1999 and having buried her alive, soon died of a heart attack. The execution of Charles Warner (46) was stayed for 14 days. He had been convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-month-old girl in 1997.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A9)
2014        Apr 29, US payment-card firm Visa said it would suspend network services to Russian banks SMP and InvestCapitalbank, which were sanctioned a day earlier by the US, in order to comply with US law.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, In Bahrain female activists Nafisa al-Asfoor and Rayhana al-Musawi were convicted, along with three male accomplices in connection with what authorities say was an attempt to bomb last year's Formula One race. No explosives were detonated at the 2013 race.
    (AP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, CongoDRC officials said nearly 40,000 Congolese citizens have been deported over the last two weeks from neighboring Republic of Congo because they did not have immigration papers.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 29, An Egyptian court sentenced 29 people, described as Islamist supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi, to five years imprisonment on charges that included rioting.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 29, In Egypt Bassem Sabry (31), one of the country’s most respected bloggers who campaigned for civil rights and against repression, died. Security officials said Sabry accidently fell from a balcony under unclear circumstances.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 29, Ethiopian police said they have arrested several people for "serious criminal activities." Rights groups said they were journalists and “Zone 9" bloggers detained in a sweeping crackdown against free speech. On Oct 16, 2015, Four of the bloggers and journalists were acquitted of terrorism after 18 months in jail. Journalist Befekadu Hailu, while being acquitted of terrorism charges, remained in custody on charges of inciting violence. Soleyana Gebremichael, in exile in the US, was acquitted of all charges in absentia.
    (AFP, 4/29/14)(AFP, 10/16/15)
2014        Apr 29, The EU released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.
    (AP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, Indian police and paramilitary officers said they have detained more than 600 Kashmiri residents over the last five days in a crackdown on suspected separatists ahead of voting in a general election.
    (AP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, In Indonesia Rudi Rubiandin, the former head of energy regulator SKKMigas, was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a major graft scandal that reached the top levels of the oil ministry.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, In Iraq a pair of back-to-back bombs ripped through an outdoor market in al-Saadiyah, 140km northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 17 people and wounding 42.
    (AP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, In Mexico gunmen in homemade armored vehicles engaged in a day of running gunbattles that left 14 people dead in the border city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 29, Moldova's PM Iurie Leanca said neighboring Romania will export gas to his country this year, reducing the former Soviet republic's dependence on Russia for gas.
    (AP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, A Palestinian-built protest boat, Gaza's Ark, which was preparing to run Israel's naval blockade of the territory, was badly damaged in an explosion that organizers blamed on Israel.
    (AFP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, In the Philippines Muslim militants launched a surprise attack to regain control of a jungle training camp in a southern province. 25 Abu Sayyaf militants were killed and 24 wounded. One Philippine marine had died and 19 were wounded.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        Apr 29, In Russia 10 people died after a fire broke out at a military warehouse in the Siberian Baikal region.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 29, Turkey’s PM Tayyip Erdogan said he would ask the United States to extradite Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of plotting to topple him and undermine Turkey with concocted graft accusations and secret wire taps. Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1997.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, In Syria two car bombs exploded in a pro-government neighborhood, killing at least 40 people just hours after one of the deadliest mortar strikes in the heart of Damascus killed at least 14. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it will send a team to Syria to investigate recent allegations about the use of chlorine gas in the war.
    (AP, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 29, Thailand's state anti-corruption body indicted 36 senators for alleged misconduct in attempting to amend the constitution to make the Senate fully elected, which a court ruled was unconstitutional last year.
    (AP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, In Ukraine demonstrators demanding more power for eastern regions stormed the regional administration building in Luhansk, one of the largest cities in the troubled east.
    (AP, 4/29/14)
2014        Apr 29, The UAE convicted American drummer James Kottak of insulting Islam and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport and sentenced him to one month in jail.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 29, Yemeni troops, backed by air force planes, launched a major offensive against al Qaeda strongholds in the south of the country to try to eradicate the Islamist militant group that had killed hundreds since 2011.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)

2014        Apr 30, The DJIA closed at 16580.84, an all time high. This was four points above the previous high set last Dec 31.
    (SFC, 5/1/14, p.C1)
2014        Apr 30, Researchers reported the use of scaffolding-like material from pigs for use as implants into a few young men with disabling leg injuries. They said the treatment coaxed the men’s own stem cells to regrow new muscle.
    (SFC, 5/1/14, p.A16)
2014        Apr 30, In Milwaukee Dontre Hamilton (31), a mentally ill man, died after he was shot 14 times by police Officer Christopher Manney following a scuffle. Manney was fired in October.
    (www.tumblr.com/search/dontre%20hamilton)(SFC, 10/17/14, p.A8)
2014        Apr 30, In northern Afghanistan a coal mine collapsed and killed at least 15 workers in Samangan province. In the east a militant attack on a security post in Khost province killed 4 policemen.
    (AP, 4/30/14)(AP, 5/1/14)
2014        Apr 30, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he will take an immediate leave of absence to seek help for alcohol, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        Apr 30, In China an explosion shook a railway station in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a four-day visit to the area. Authorities the next day said that two religious extremists carried out the terror attack by detonating explosives, in an apparent suicide bombing that killed one other person and wounded 79. It was later reported that 3 government officials were knifed to death and their bodies dumped in a lake during the president’s visit.
    (AP, 4/30/14)(AP, 5/1/14)(Reuters, 5/16/14)
2014        Apr 30, In Colombia an illegal gold mine in Santander de Quilichao in southwestern Cauca province collapsed just before midnight. 10 bodies were soon pulled from the rubble and six were still believed to be buried.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        Apr 30, Cyprus said it has raised 100 million euros ($137 million) through its first bond issue since international lenders rescued the country from near-bankruptcy a little over a year ago.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, The Council of Europe said Hungary's prison system needs to reduce overcrowding, stop discrimination against Roma prisoners and offer inmates work or recreational activities so they don't spend 23 hours a day in their cells.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, Iraqis voted in their first national election since US forces withdrew in 2011, with PM Nuri al-Maliki seeking a third term amid rising violence. Maliki won the largest share of Iraqi parliamentary seats in the elections. 12 people were killed in Sunni parts of the country in election-related violence. Two roadside bombs in a northern town killed two women walking to a polling station to cast ballots.
    (Reuters, 4/30/14)(AP, 4/30/14)(Reuters, 5/19/14)
2014        Apr 30, In Italy fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were sentenced to one year and six months each in jail, over charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from tax authorities.
    (Reuters, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, Jordan opened a new, sprawling tent city to accommodate tens of thousands more Syrian refugees who are expected to flee their country's fighting in the deadly war now in its fourth year.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, Mexican lawmakers approved legislation that would allow soldiers accused of committing crimes against non-military personnel to be tried in civilian courts.
    (Reuters, 5/1/14)
2014        Apr 30, In western Nepal a bus collided head-on with a truck on a narrow mountain highway, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, In Nigeria a civil society group reported that scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, In Northern Ireland Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams (65) was taken into police custody over his alleged role in the 1972 Irish Republican Army's abduction, killing and secret burial of Jean McConvillle a Belfast mother of 10. Adams was released on May 4.
    (AP, 5/1/14)(SFC, 5/5/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 30, Qatar opened its vast new Hamad International Airport in Doha following years of delays.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, Saudi Arabia launched an experimental Internet site for Saudi citizens to petition King Abdullah (90) directly and lodge complaints at the initiative of the monarch himself.
    (AFP, 5/2/14)
2014        Apr 30, Switzerland said it will grant workers from Croatia access to its labor market in a bid to kickstart treaty negotiations with the EU that were frozen after Swiss voters approved curbs on immigration.
    (Reuters, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, In Syria an air raid on a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo hit a school, killing 20 people, 17 of them children.
    (AFP, 4/30/14)(AP, 5/1/14)
2014        Apr 30, Thailand's Election Commission and PM Yingluck Shinawatra agreed to hold a general election in July, but anti-government protesters who disrupted a vote in February said they still wanted to see electoral reforms before a new poll.
    (Reuters, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, A Thai court ordered former Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Maleenont and the widow of former PM Samak Sundaravej to pay $36 million to the city of Bangkok after corruption inflated the price it paid for fire trucks and boats made abroad.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, In western Thailand a six-wheeled truck crashed into a passenger truck on a dangerous mountain road, killing 14 people.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, In Ukraine insurgents wielding automatic weapons took control and hoisted an insurgent flag on top of the city council building in the city of Horlivka in the Donetsk region. They also took control of a police station in the city. Acting Pres. Turchynov instructed the governors to try to prevent the threat from overtaking more central and southern regions.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, The UN's human rights chief said over 9,000 children have been recruited as soldiers in South Sudan's brutal four-month long civil war by both government and rebel forces.
    (AFP, 4/30/14)

2014        Apr, A team at John Hopkins reported the first completely synthetic yeast chromosome.
    (Econ, 3/29/14, p.83)    
2014        Apr, Angola ranked 179th out of 189 in the World Bank’s latest “ease of doing business" survey. Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the president and Africa’s first female billionaire, was seen by human rights groups as an indictment of the government system.
    (Econ, 4/12/14, p.42)
2014        Apr, Egypt said it has dismissed 12,000 Muslim imams and licensed 17,000 more to make up the shortfall. All were required to give the same sermons on Fridays.
    (Econ, 8/2/14, p.38)
2014        Apr, Germany’s Pres. Joachim Gauck visited Turkey and criticized the erosion of civil liberties there.
    (Econ, 5/24/14, p.45)
2014        Apr, The Maldives introduced new regulations for the implementation of the death penalty by lethal injection.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr, Myanmar banned foreign sales of logs.
    (Econ, 9/19/15, p.38)
2014        Apr, In Myanmar Zaw Pe, a video reporter for the independent Democratic Voice of Burma media group, and Win Myint Hlaing were convicted of trespassing and obstructing a civil servant after filming inside an education department office while investigating the selection process for a Japanese scholarship program in 2012. Both were freed on July 4 after an appeals court reduced their sentences from one year to three months.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Apr, It was reported that Myanmar’s Shan state produced over one billion pills of yaba, a form of methamphetamine, a year.
    (Econ, 4/12/14, p.29)
2014        Apr, Pakistan held an auction of telecom spectrum required to roll out 3G and 4G services. This followed eight years of delays and regulatory snarl-ups.
    (Econ, 4/26/14, p.64)
2014        Apr, In South Korea private first-class Yoon Seung-ju (21) died in a hazing incident. In Sep military prosecutors charged four soldiers with homicide. On Oct 30 six soldiers were sentenced to up to 45 years in prison for bullying and beating their subordinate.
    (AP, 9/2/14)(AP, 10/30/14)

2014        May 1, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said more than 600 suspected gang members have been arrested over the last two months in 179 cities in an operation dubbed Project Southbound.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A9)
2014        May 1, Alaska state troopers Gabriel Rich and Sgt. Patrick Johnson were killed in Tanana. Suspect Nathaniel Lee Kangas (19) was arrested.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A5)
2014        May 1, In the SF Bay Area Martin Cobb 8) was killed while trying to rescue his older sister (12) from a sexual assault along railroad tracks in Richmond. A suspect (16) was soon arrested.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A15)
2014        May 1, In California the body of Sarah June Douglas (26) was found stabbed to death in her Sacramento home. Former fire battalion chief Orville Fleming, who shared the home with Douglas, eluded police for two weeks before he was arrested. On July 31, 2015, Fleming (57) was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/17/14, p.A5)(SFC, 8/1/15, p.C3)
2014        May 1, In Florida an apparent gas explosion killed two inmates and all but destroyed the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola. More than 180 people were injured.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A9)
2014        May 1, The Navajo Nation and a group led by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and actor Robert Redford said they have agreed on a plan to manage thousands of wild horses on the Navajo reservation and keep the animals from being slaughtered.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A7)
2014        May 1, Avon Products Inc. says it will pay $135 million in fines and other fees to settle a long-standing US government probe into whether the cosmetics company paid bribes in China and other countries to gain favors.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed at least 13 people at a check point in Panjshir province.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A2)
2014        May 1, Brunei embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, In Cambodia May Day demonstrators denounced low wages and called for better treatment of workers during rallies that turned violent.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that they have identified some 1,000 cases of murdered aboriginal women and girls over the last 30 years with most cases between 1990 and 2013.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A4)
2014        May 1, In Central African Republic gunmen killed about 15 people, including children, in an attack on Markounda town near the Chad border.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 1, China deployed a $1 billion deep sea rig near the Paracel Islands and the flotilla of escort ships, some armed, in a gradual campaign of asserting its sovereignty in the South China Sea. After China stationed the oil rig, Vietnam immediately dispatched marine police and fishery protection vessels but they were harassed as they approached.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 1, Ethiopia authorities said at least 11 students have been killed in violent clashes with police. Violence erupted April 28 in a number of university campuses across Oromia state as ethnic Oromo students protested a plan by the government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into parts of Oromia.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 1, The EU as of today banned imports of Indian mangoes including the Alphonso, considered the king of all the mango varieties grown in South Asia, because a large number of shipments were contaminated with fruit flies. The pests are considered a threat to crops grown in Europe.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 1, In India twin blasts ripped through two coaches of a train just minutes after it pulled into Chennai railway station, killing a 22-year-old woman and injuring 14 other people.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said US computer chip giant Intel is to invest close to $6 billion in upgrading its local production facilities.
    (AFP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Israeli actor and director Assi Dayan (68) died in his Tel Aviv home. Dayan acted in 50 films and TV shows and directed 16 movies and was known for both his trailblazing films and troubled personal life.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Mexican military and police seized 44 tons of marijuana in Tijuana.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A7)
2014        May 1, In Morocco some 700 African migrants charged Spain's barbed-wire border fences in the North African enclave of Melilla, clashing with Spanish and Moroccan border police. 140 of the migrants managed to enter Spanish territory despite the efforts of the border police.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Dutch police stormed a Greenpeace ship and ended environmentalists' attempts to block a Russian tanker carrying oil from the Arctic Ocean from mooring at Rotterdam Port. 31 activists were detained.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, In Nigeria a car bomb in Abuja killed at least 19 people with 66 wounded.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A2)
2014        May 1, Nigerian police said the number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate. The actual number abducted by Islamic extremists on April 14 was more than 300. The number of girls and young women who have escaped also rose to 53.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 1, Russia staged a huge May Day parade on Moscow's Red Square for the first time since the Soviet era.
    (Reuters, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, The Syria-based Local Coordination Committees said clashes overnight between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters killed 14 rebels along a strategic corridor between Damascus and the Lebanese border. Government aircraft struck a market in a rebel-held district of Aleppo killing at least 33 people.
    (AP, 5/1/14)(SFC, 5/2/14, p.A2)
2014        May 1, Turkish police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber pellets to stop May Day protesters, some armed with fire bombs, from defying PM Tayyip Erdogan and reaching Istanbul's central Taksim square.
    (Reuters, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Ukraine ordered the expulsion of Russia's military attaché, saying it had caught him "red-handed" a day earlier receiving classified information on the country's cooperation with NATO. A crowd of some 300 pro-Russian militants attacked the prosecutor's office in the eastern city of Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 5/1/14)(AFP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, Yemeni military officials said soldiers backed by tanks were pushing through southern strongholds of suspected al-Qaida militants for a third day, sparking clashes that killed at least six suspected militants.
    (AP, 5/1/14)

2014        May 2, US Health officials confirmed the first case of an American infected with MERS, a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East. The man fell ill after flying to the US late last week from Saudi Arabia where he was a health care worker.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, A California jury awarded Apple $119 million, far less than it demanded, in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features. The jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, SF Bay Area police raided massage parlors in Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro and San Lorenzo arresting 17 women and two men for allegedly operating fronts of prostitution.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.C3)
2014        May 2, In Oakland, Ca., the “Hook-Up Truck" made its debut a few blocks off Telegraph at 26th St. after security guards at Art Murmur refused its entrance. The brainchild of conceptual artist Spy Emerson provided a space for couples to enjoy intimacy.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.C1)
2014        May 2, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (b.1918), American TV star, died at his home in Solvang, Ca. He had starred in “77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964) and “The F.B.I." (1965-1974).
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A7)
2014        May 2, In northeastern Afghanistan numerous people were missing after a landslide buried a village in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province. The killed and missing numbered from 255 to 2,700.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, British judge Constance Briscoe (56) was jailed for 16 months for a catalogue of lies and deception in a case that last year brought down government minister Chris Huhne.
    (AFP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, Cambodian security forces clashed with demonstrators in Phnom Penh for a 2nd straight day as the opposition canceled plans for a rally amid a ban on demonstrations and a large-scale police presence.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, Colombia's constitutional court ruled that applying a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that granted Nicaragua a disputed area of Caribbean waters could not take effect without a treaty between the countries.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, In Egypt two suicide bombings in South Sinai killed a soldier and wounded at least seven people. Two Cairo bombings killed at least 5 people. In Alexandria two people were shot dead when supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi clashed with residents.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)(SFC, 5/3/14, p.A2)
2014        May 2, In Greece some 5,000 farmers' market vendors blocked traffic in central Athens and continued giving away food as part of anti-government protests. The vendors had closed their street markets indefinitely this week.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, In northeastern India Bodo separatist rebels wearing black masks opened fire overnight on Muslim villagers in western Assam in two attacks, killing at least 11 people, mostly women and children. A 3rd attack in Baksa left 19 people dead.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A12)
2014        May 2, In India politician Kamruzzama Fauji died in hospital after suffering burns to 75 percent of his body when a member of a TV audience doused himself in petrol and grabbed him in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh state. The attacker also died.
    (AFP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, Kenya wildlife authorities caught two police officers with six pieces of ivory at a road block while travelling from the central town of Meru to Nairobi.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, In Libya suspected Islamic militants attacked the security headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi early, killing 9 soldiers and policemen and wounding 24.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, In northern Mali Sidati Ag Baye was shot by two suspected al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists on a motorcycle in Kidal. Baye had foiled an attack by Islamic extremists several months ago by alerting security forces to a bomb left on a runway at Kidal’s airport.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 2, The World Bank said it has approved a $12 billion loan for cash-strapped Pakistan that will be disbursed over five years.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, Philippine officials said police have arrested 58 suspected members of an online extortion syndicate this week in Manila and three other regions. They had reportedly duped hundreds of victims worldwide into exposing themselves in front of webcams or engaging in lewd chats. Some 100 more Filipino suspects were later linked to online blackmail syndicates.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A2)(AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 2, Puerto Rico's governor filed legislation aimed at retaining young workers and reversing an exodus of people moving to the US mainland amid economic problems. The measure would allow for tax exemptions on the first $40,000 earned by those ages 16 to 26.
    (AP, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, South Korea suffered its second serious transport accident in just over two weeks when a subway train in the capital, Seoul, crashed into a train at a station, injuring 200 people although no one was killed.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir agreed to fly to Ethiopia for talks and to consider forming a transitional government to try and end four months of fighting in the world's newest nation following talks with US Sec. of State John Kerry.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)   
2014        May 2, Syria's government and rebels agreed to a ceasefire in Homs to allow hundreds of fighters holed up in its old quarters to evacuate. Two car bombs struck two small villages in the central province of Hama, killing 23 people, including 14 children.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, Turkish media said prosecutors have dismissed a case against 60 suspects, among them a former minister's son and a construction tycoon, in the graft scandal swirling around PM Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)
2014        May 2, In Ukraine pro-Russia forces shot down two government helicopters as the country launched its first major offensive against an insurgency that has seized government buildings in the east. Two crew members were killed in the crashes, and pro-Russia militiaman was reported killed. At least 48 people died in clashes between government supporters and opponents in the Black Sea port of Odessa. Most died when government opponents took refuge in a building that caught fire after protesters threw firebombs inside.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.50)
2014        May 2, Uruguay released its rules for the legal marijuana market, detailing how the government plans to get very involved in every aspect of the business. The regulations will take effect May 6.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, Venezuela's government said it has arrested 58 foreigners, including an American, on suspicion of inciting violent street protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, A Venezuelan fishing boat found 11 Chinese sailors floating in a raft about 1,000 miles west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 2 soon died of their injuries.
    (SFC, 5/5/14, p.A2)
2014        May 2, In the US Virgin Islands Enrique Saldana, a former police captain, called 911 and said he was at the beach with his wife when she collapsed and stopped breathing. Jeanette Magras Saldana (43) had bruises all over her body and that it appeared she had died hours before the emergency call was made. Saldana previously was sentenced in February 2011 to more than three years in prison after being convicted of participating in an extortion conspiracy.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 2, Yemeni government forces killed five al Qaeda militants and wounded dozens of others in the south, in the fourth day of an offensive against Islamist insurgents. Unidentified gunmen shot dead an army colonel in his car in the southern port city of Aden.
    (Reuters, 5/2/14)(Reuters, 5/3/14)

2014        May 3, In Arkansas a gunman shot six people killing a man and a teenager in Jonesboro. The gunman was later found dead of a gunshot wound in the driver’s seat of a stopped car.
    (SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A13)
2014        May 3, California Chrome became the first California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962. He will try to win his second consecutive Triple Crown race when the 139th Preakness Stakes goes off on May 17.
    (SFC, 5/17/14, p.B9)
2014        May 3, Gary Becker (b.1930), American economist, died in Chicago. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 and received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. His books included “The Economics of Discrimination."
    (Econ, 5/10/14, p.75)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Becker)
2014        May 3, In northeastern Afghanistan rescuers and hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels and little more than their bare hands dug through earth and mud looking for survivors in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In southern China a stone arch bridge under illegal construction, collapsed, killing 11 people and injuring several others in Liangkengkou village, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, An Egyptian court sentenced 102 Islamists to 10 years in prison for rioting as campaigning began for the country's upcoming May presidential election.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In southwest Haiti a bus crash killed 17 people and injured 17 near the coastal town of Roseau.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, India deployed troops to the state of Assam after 31 Muslims were gunned down in three days of what police said were attacks by tribal militants who resent the presence of immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. Police said they have arrested 22 people for helping separatist rebels accused of killing Muslims in Assam state.
    (Reuters, 5/3/14)(AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In central India a blaze in a fireworks factory killed 15 people and seriously injured another four near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In Iraq gunmen killed 4 Sunni anti-al-Qaida militiamen in Tarmiyah.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In Kenya 4 people were killed when attackers threw an explosive device at passengers at a bus station in Mombasa, and also targeted a luxury hotel in the coastal city.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, In the Philippines about 80 members of the New People's Army (NPA) "prevented" 39 miners, including four children, from leaving a mining site in Compostela Valley to stop troops from advancing and capturing them. Local officials persuaded the rebels to free most of the miners. Around a dozen were still believed held at the site.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, In Somalia at least six people were killed in Mogadishu, including a senior city council official, when a remotely controlled bomb planted by al Shabaab insurgents exploded on a busy street.
    (Reuters, 5/3/14)   
2014        May 3, South Korea’s confirmed death toll from the April 16 ferry disaster reached 236 with 66 people were still missing.
    (AFP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In Sudan hundreds of exhausted illegal migrants reached the safety of a northern town, after 10 died when human traffickers abandoned them in the desert. Most appeared to be Ethiopian or Eritrean but there were some Sudanese as well.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In eastern Ukraine pro-Russia insurgents released the seven OSCE military observers and five Ukrainian assistants who had been seized on April 25. A team member from Sweden was also seized but was released earlier. 10 people were reported killed in a confrontation with soldiers on the outskirts of Slovyansk. A three-day mourning period was declared in Odessa for those that died a day earlier.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In Yemen two soldiers were injured when a car bomb exploded in Mukalla, Hadramout province. State news agency reported that one of those killed in an early stage of the latest offensive was Abu Islam al-Shaishani, a Chechnian fighter with a senior role in AQAP.
    (Reuters, 5/3/14)

2014        May 4, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang set off for a four-country tour of Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya), acknowledging "growing pains" in China-Africa relations amid labor conflicts and other problems stemming from Chinese investment.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, A Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two Vietnamese Sea Guard vessels in a part of the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a giant oil rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)
2014        May 4, India’s police said they have killed 3 suspected rebels and arrested eight forest guards for alleged involvement in the killings of 31 Muslims in northeastern Assam state.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In western India a passenger train derailed, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 as rescue workers raced to free those still trapped in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In Iraq shelling in Fallujah, held by anti-government fighters for over four months, killed 11 people over the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In Kenya two buses driving along a busy highway in Nairobi were struck by explosive devices thrown at them.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, Israeli police looking for evidence linked to a recent attack on a mosque were mobbed overnight by around 100 demonstrators at the at Yitzhar West Bank settlement.
    (AFP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, Libyan businessman Ahmed Maiteeq (Miitig) was sworn in as the country’s new prime minister after a chaotic vote in parliament.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ordered top security chiefs and officials to secure the safe release of 223 schoolgirls abducted three weeks ago by suspected Islamists.
    (AFP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village late today near one of their strongholds. After leaving Warabe the gunmen stormed the Wala village, five km. (three miles) away, and abducted three more girls.
    (Reuters, 5/6/14)(AFP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 4, Panamanians voted in presidential elections. Conservative Juan Carlos Varela won the election easily defeating Jose Domingo Arias, Pres. Martinelli's hand-picked successor 39% to 32%.
    (AP, 5/4/14)(AFP, 5/514)(SSFC, 7/6/14, p.A4)
2014        May 4, Saudi Arabia's health ministry said one more patient who contracted the potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS has died and that 14 new cases have been detected. The new 14 cases raised the number of those infected in Saudi Arabia to 411.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 4, In Saudi Arabia a maid (23) from the Philippines was allegedly scalded with water deliberately poured down her back. An investigation was launched jointly by Riyadh police and the Philippines embassy after images of burns allegedly suffered by the woman, who had arrived in the kingdom in March, surfaced on social media and online.
    (Reuters, 5/22/14)
2014        May 4, South Sudanese government forces overran Nasir, a key rebel base and moved to recapture Bentiu, the capital of the oil-producing Unity state, from rebel control.
    (AFP, 5/4/14)(AP, 5/514)
2014        May 4, The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy fighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria has killed 62 fighters and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes over the last four days.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In Ukraine pro-Russian militants stormed a police station in Odessa and freed 30 fellow activists as the prime minister blamed police corruption there for dozens of deaths in rioting on May 2.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, Yemen's military says it has killed 37 suspected al-Qaida fighters overnight in the town of Meyfaa in an ongoing offensive in Shabwa southern province.
    (AP, 5/4/14)

2014        May 5, In Cameroon at least one gendarme was killed during an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants near the Nigerian border. Cameroon state television reported that the army has freed 18 civilians seized in the country's east last week by rebels from neighboring Central African Republic.
    (Reuters, 5/514)
2014        May 5, In northwest Central African Republic French peacekeepers killed several militants during a three-hour battle after coming under attack from some 40 heavily armed unidentified gunmen.
    (Reuters, 5/6/14)
2014        May 5, China’s state media said a court has convicted a man, identified by the surname Li, of spying and sentenced him to 10 years in prison for leaking classified military documents to a foreign spy, named Feige, who also approached more than 50 other people around China.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, Beijing-based Peking University announced plans for China's second international program modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, Eleven crew of the Zhong Xing 2, a Chinese cargo ship, were missing as it sank following a collision with the Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator, a large container ship, in the waters off Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 5/514)
2014        May 5, A Paris court found a South African artist guilty of sexual exhibitionism after a performance in Paris that saw him dance with a rooster tied to his penis. But the criminal court imposed no penalty on the artist Steven Cohen (51), noting that no complaint had been filed against him and that he had not engaged in sexual acts.
    (AFP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, A yacht and a dinghy crammed with immigrants trying to enter Greece capsized in the eastern Aegean Sea, leaving at least 22 dead, including 4 children, and potentially several more missing. 36 survivors were identified as 23 Somalis, nine Syrians and three Eritreans.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, Honduras detained Capt. Robert Mayne and five members of his crew aboard the Aqua Quest were detained in Puerto Lempira. The men were reportedly detained for firearms violations "on the false claim that a weapon they were carrying was an AK-47." All six men were released on June 26.
    (AP, 5/30/14)(AP, 6/27/14)
2014        May 5, In Iran UN atomic agency officials held talks in Tehran before visits to two uranium sites, as the country acts to implement a series of steps aimed at providing transparency on its nuclear research by a mid-May deadline.
    (Reuters, 5/514)
2014        May 5, A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Myanmar and northern Thailand leaving at least one person dead.
    (SFC, 5/6/14, p.A2)
2014        May 5, In Nigeria Islamic militants attacked the northeastern border town of on Gamboru Ngala. At least 50 bodies were recovered from the debris of burned shops as the market reopened on May 7. Reports of 300 people killed were soon reduced to 100.
    (AP, 5/7/14)(AP, 5/8/14)(SFC, 5/8/14, p.A6)(SFC, 5/9/14, p.A3)
2014        May 5, Pakistani forces killed at least 10 separatist militants in the volatile province of Baluchistan. Militants attacked a NATO supply convoy en route to Afghanistan, killing two drivers.
    (Reuters, 5/514)(AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, Pakistan detained an American as he was about to board a flight for Islamabad. The man had arrived in Karachi on May 1 and was detained when officials found him carrying ammunition and three knives, as well as electronic devices that were being examined. US authorities identified the man as an FBI agent on an anti-corruption taskforce. Agent Joel Cox was released on May 8. The case was dismissed on May 19.
    (AP, 5/7/14)(AP, 5/8/14)(SFC, 5/9/14, p.A2)(AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 5, Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met in Qatar and agreed to move forward with a reconciliation deal between their rival movements.
    (SFC, 5/6/14, p.A2)
2014        May 5, Russia’s Pres. Putin signed a new law requiring popular bloggers and commentators with more than 3,000 followers to register as media outlets.
    (Econ, 5/10/14, p.49)
2014        May 5, Slovenian PM Alenka Bratusek resigned after losing the leadership of her party 10 days ago, paving the way for an early election.
    (Reuters, 5/514)
2014        May 5, In South Korea divers retrieved 12 more bodies from the Sewol ferry, raising the death toll to 260 with 42 people still missing.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, South Sudan signed a deal with rebels to consider a "month of tranquility" that would start today to allow civilians caught up in a four-month conflict to move to places of safety and plant crops. South Sudanese troops and rebels battled in the key oil town of Bentiu as the government pushed forward a major offensive.
    (Reuters, 5/514)(AFP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, In Syria fierce fighting in the northern province of Aleppo killed at least 21 rebels. The clashes continued through the day and left at least 30 soldiers dead or wounded. Rockets slammed into Aleppo's residential neighborhood of Ashrafiyeh overnight, killing 9 people.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, In Syria a least 30 soldiers were killed by the explosion of a powerful bomb in a long tunnel that scores of rebels spent weeks digging under a checkpoint on the northeastern outskirts of Maaret al-Numan.
    (AFP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 5, Ukrainian troops fought pitched gunbattles with a pro-Russia militia occupying Slovyansk. About 800 pro-Russia forces in and around Slovyansk were deploying large-caliber weapons and mortars. A military helicopter was shot down near Slavyansk, but the pilots survived. 30 pro-Russia insurgents and 4 government troops were killed during operations to expunge anti-government forces around Slovyansk. The government sent an elite national guard unit to re-establish control over the southern port city of Odessa.
    (AP, 5/514)(Reuters, 5/514)(AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 5, Vietnam demanded China stop oil drilling operations in a disputed patch of the South China Sea, saying that Beijing's decision to deploy a deep sea rig over the weekend was illegal.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, In Yemen unidentified gunmen shot dead a French man driving in Sanaa. Two others were wounded. Suspected al-Qaida militants killed security officer Mohammed Qawza (Guawza) in a drive-by shooting in Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 5/514)(AFP, 5/514)

2014        May 6, The Obama administration released an updated report on how climate change requires urgent action to counter impacts that touch every corner of the country.
    (AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, Pablo Picasso’s 1932 oil painting “Portrait of Dora Maar" sold for $22.6 million at a Christie’s auction in NYC.
    (SFC, 5/9/14, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/mmhox85)
2014        May 6, The city council of Beverly Hills passed a unanimous resolution calling for Brunei to change its laws or divest its ownership of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. It has been the target of a growing Hollywood boycott since Brunei embraced its new penal code last week.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 6, Bill Dana, one of the test pilots for NASA’s hypersonic X-15 rocket plane, died in Phoenix.
    (SFC, 5/9/14, p.D4)
2014        May 6, In Afghanistan a roadside bombing killed 3 policemen and wounded two in western Herat province. Afghan police fired gunshots into the air to disperse villagers who fought police and aid workers distributing emergency supplies near the remote site of the May 2 deadly landslide. A late-night roadside bombing in Herat province killed 9 people and wounded two.
    (AP, 5/6/14)(Reuters, 5/6/14)(AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 6, Austrian Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger said a group of 11 European Union countries have agreed to introduce a financial transaction tax from 2016 onward.
    (AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, Farley Mowat (b.1921), Canadian author, died. His 40 books included “Never Cry Wolf" (1963). His experience observing wolves in sub-Arctic Canada" was adapted into a film of the same name in 1983.
    (SFC, 5/9/14, p.D7)
2014        May 6, Chinese police shot and wounded a suspect who attacked passengers at a busy railway station in the southern city of Guangzhou, leaving six people injured in the third high-profile assault on civilians at a train station in a little more than two months.
    (AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, Croatian PM Zoran Milanovic sacked finance minister Slavko Linic over a property deal he said had hurt the state budget.
    (Reuters, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, An Egyptian court banned leaders of the country's former ruling party under ousted President Hosni Mubarak from running in any elections, a vague ruling that could bar former officials of that regime from returning to politics for the time being.
    (AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, In France Helene Pastor, whose family built a real estate empire in Monaco with wealth rivaling that of the royal family, was shot after visiting her son in a hospital in Nice. Pastor and her chauffer died some days later. The attackers fled. Police in June detained 23 people in the case including the son-in-law and daughter of Pastor.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        May 6, Germany's Bayer said it has agreed to buy Merck & Co.'s non-prescription medicine and consumer care business for $14.2 billion.
    (AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, Police in India recovered 6 more bodies from a river in Assam state after the worst ethnic violence in the remote northeast in two years, raising the death toll to 39. Ten people remained missing.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 6, Israel marked its 66th Independence Day. In the north some 10,000 protesters, many waving Palestinian flags, joined a rally to remember 530 villages from which some 760,000 people fled or were expelled following the creation of the Jewish state in 1948.
    (AFP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 6, Leaders of Kosovo's main parties agreed to dissolve parliament this week and hold an early election on June 8 after Serb minority lawmakers nixed a vote on creating a national army by failing to show up.
    (Reuters, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, In eastern Malaysia a Chinese fish farm manager in Sabah state was kidnapped by gunmen and believed taken to the southern Philippines, where suspected insurgents are holding another Chinese and a Filipino also seized from Malaysia.
    (AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, The Philippines seized a Chinese fishing boat and its 11 crewmen on charges of catching endangered sea turtles in disputed South China Sea waters, prompting China to demand their release and accuse Manila of being provocative. On May 12 all nine men were charged with poaching over 500 endangered sea turtles.
    (AP, 5/7/14)(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A3)
2014        May 6, In Puerto Rico 3 people including a boy (16) were killed in the central mountain town of Cayey.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 6, Saudi Arabia said it had uncovered an al Qaeda militant group with links to "extremist elements" in Syria and Yemen that had been plotting to assassinate officials and attack government and foreign targets.
    (Reuters, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, In South Korea a civilian diver involved in searches for dozens of missing people from the April 16 Sewol ferry disaster died. Other divers picked up efforts to retrieve more bodies from the sunken ship.
    (AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, In Syria a roadside bombing overnight killed Ali al-Nuaimi of the Nusra Front and his wife in Daraa province. The Nusra Front is al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria.
    (AP, 5/6/14)
2014        May 6, In southern Thailand two bombs exploded in Hat Yai city, popular to local and foreign tourists, leaving nine people injured.
    (SFC, 5/7/14, p.A2)
2014        May 6, Uruguay said citizens will be allowed to buy enough marijuana to roll about 20 joints a week at a price well below the black market rate, as the government detailed a new law legalizing the cannabis trade.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)
2014        May 6, The Vatican released comprehensive statistics for the first time on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children. It said 848 priests have been defrocked and an additional 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade.
    (SFC, 5/7/14, p.A3)
2014        May 6, Yemeni troops killed 2 suspected militants when they shelled overnight the house of a local Al-Qaeda chief in Shabwa province. The army also seized two Al-Qaeda strongholds in Abyan province, as it pressed an eight-day-old offensive with support from tribal militias.
    (AFP, 5/6/14)(SFC, 5/7/14, p.A2)
2014        May 6, In Yemen gunmen launched two attacks on the export pipeline linking the eastern oil fields to the Red Sea, sparking a fire and halting oil flow.
    (AFP, 5/7/14)

2014        May 7, US DEA agents made 150 arrests and served some 200 warrants in at least 25 states in a crackdown on synthetic drug manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
    (SFC, 5/8/14, p.A10)
2014        May 7, Colorado lawmakers approved the world’s first financial system for the marijuana industry.
    (SFC, 5/8/14, p.A8)
2014        May 7, A million-dollar home in Tampa, Florida, burned down leaving 4 people dead. Investigators found that a man, his wife and two teenage children were shot before the rented home, owned by former tennis pro James Blake, burned down.
    (SFC, 5/9/14, p.A8)
2014        May 7, A British court ordered former Co-operative Bank boss Paul Flowers (63), a clergyman the media has dubbed the Crystal Methodist, to pay a fine after he admitted to possessing cocaine, methamphetamine and ketamine.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, An Indonesian official said a woman who was gang-raped by men accusing her of having extramarital sex may be caned publicly for violating Islamic law. The widow (25) said she was raped by eight men on May 1 who allegedly found her with a married man in her house. The men reportedly beat the man, doused the two with sewage, and then turned them over to Islamic police in conservative Aceh province.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, Iranian media said UN inspectors have visited a uranium mine and reached agreement on how to monitor a planned reactor, part of an effort to allay fears about Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, Kenya police and hospitals said at least 63 people have died this week and dozens more are sick after consuming toxic alcohol.
    (AFP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, Kosovo deputies voted 90-4 to dissolve Parliament, meaning elections must take place within 45 days. The next day President Atifete Jahjaga set June 8 for the elections.
    (AP, 5/7/14)(AP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 7, Nigerian police offered a $300,000 reward for information leading to the rescue of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, In Nigeria the World Economic Forum on Africa kicked off in Abuja.
    (AFP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, In southern Pakistan, gunmen in Multan posing as clients shot dead Rashid Rehman, a prominent human rights lawyer defending a professor accused of blasphemy.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)
2014        May 7, The Hamas-run government of Gaza Strip said it has relaxed a ban on Palestinian newspapers published outside the enclave as a gesture of reconciliation to rival group Fatah after their unity deal last month.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, Poland awarded a prize for championing democracy and human rights to Mustafa Dzhemilev, a leader of the Tatar community in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula who says he was barred from the region after Russia annexed it.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin urged that a planned May 11 referendum on autonomy in southeast Ukraine be postponed. In a meeting with Swiss president Didier Burkhalter, Putin also called on Ukraine's military to halt all operations against pro-Russia activists who have seized government buildings and police stations across at least a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, A state-linked Saudi newspaper said Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been sentenced to ten years in prison and 1000 lashes on charges related to accusations that he insulted Islam on an online forum. He was also ordered to pay a fine of about $266,000.
    (SFC, 5/8/14, p.A2)
2014        May 7, Saudi health authorities said four more people have died after contracting MERS, a Middle East respiratory virus. Saudi Arabia has reported 449 cases and 121 deaths from MERS.
    (AP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 7, South Africans voted in the first "Born Free" election, with polls suggesting the allure of the ruling African National Congress as the conqueror of apartheid will prevail even among those with no memory of white-minority rule. The ANC won the 2014 national election with 62.15 percent of the votes.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)(AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 7, South Korea’s coast guard chief Kim Suk-kyoon said only 172 people survived the April 16 sinking of the ferry Sewol — not 174, as the government had been saying since April 18.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern said that it has been named as the unrestricted and unfettered heir of German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt, who a day earlier.
    (SFC, 5/8/14, p.A2)(AFP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 7, In Syria some 1200 rebels and civilians left their last remaining bastions in the heart of Homs under a ceasefire deal with government forces.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
 2014        May 7, Thailand’s Constitutional Court ordered PM Yingluck Shinawatra to step down with nine members of her cabinet over her decision in 2011 to remove the country’s head of national security in favor of a relative. Minister of commerce and former CEO of broadcaster iTV, Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan (66), will hold the fort until elections tentatively slated for July 20.
    (Reuters, 5/7/14)(Econ, 5/10/14, p.12)
2014        May 7, Tibet’s exiled Dalai Lama began a three-day stay in Norway. Unlike on his previous visits, no government officials will meet with him to avoid upsetting China.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, A Ugandan court started hearing the case against two Ugandans accused of engaging in gay sex, the first trial of homosexuals here since a severe law was enacted in February.
    (AP, 5/7/14)
2014        May 7, The UN continued to urge Qatar to abolish the sponsorship system tying migrant workers to employers raising concerns about exploitation of workers in construction and domestic households. Several of 84 states speaking in the session linked Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup with the need to reform its laws.
    (AP, 5/7/14)

2014        May 8, Pablo Picasso’s 1932 oil painting “The Rescue" sold for $31.5 million at a Sotheby auction in NYC.
    (SFC, 5/9/14, p.A8)
2014        May 8, British police officers across London will wear video cameras when responding to emergency calls as part of a year-long pilot project launched today.
    (AFP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, Religious leaders in Britain called for all meat to be labelled with details of how it was slaughtered after it emerged halal and kosher meat in supermarkets is often not marked as such.
    (AFP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, Colin Pillinger (70), an ebullient British space scientist died. He captured the popular imagination with his failed 2003 attempt to land a British probe on Mars.
    (AP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, Bulgarian prosecutors charged Maria Divizieva, the prime minister's chief of staff, with aiding in the embezzlement of EU funds, two weeks after charges were pressed against two top magistrates in the same case.
    (AP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, In Chile tens of thousands of students protested for education reform in their first march since Pres. Bachelet took power.
    (SFC, 5/9/14, p.A2)
2014        May 8, China accused Vietnam of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South China Sea, but called for talks to end a bitter row sparked by Beijing's parking of a giant oil rig in contested waters.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, Chinese police shot dead an assailant who attacked a police vehicle with knives in the far western region of Xinjiang.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, France said it will deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist violence in the vast and largely lawless Sahel region to pursue counter-terrorism in north Mali, the north of Niger and in Chad.
    (AFP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, In Ghana at least 4 people were killed when a helicopter crashed while heading to an offshore oil field operated by Lukoil. Three survivors were rescued and one person remained missing.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 8, Honduras for the first time extradited a suspected drug trafficker to the United States. Carlos Arnoldo Lobo (40) was arrested March 27 and has been indicted on US drug trafficking charges in Florida.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 8, In Hong Kong a blockbuster corruption trial involving property tycoons Thomas and Raymond Kwok got under way. They were among five defendants pleading not guilty to bribery charges.
    (AFP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, India rejected the findings of a World Health Organization (WHO) study that ranks New Delhi as the world's worst city for air pollution.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, Indian scientists reported the discovery of 14 new species of so-called dancing frogs in the jungle mountains of southern India — just in time, they fear, to watch them fade away.
    (AP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, In Italy Claudio Scajola, a former minister in several of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right governments, was arrested in a luxury Rome hotel for allegedly helping Amedeo Matacena, a prominent businessman convicted of Mafia association, flee to Dubai last summer.
    (AP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, In Italy seven managers and ex-members of parliament were arrested over alleged attempts to influence public tenders for Milan's Expo 2015, casting a shadow over plans to stage an international showcase event and help kick-start the economy.
    (Reuters, 5/9/14)
2014        May 8, Lebanon recorded its first case of the often-fatal Middle East respiratory virus (MERS). The patient had recently returned from a visit to several Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 8, In Libya 3 policemen were killed instantly when the thieves opened fire on officers who chased them during the theft of a car in Tripoli. Two more policemen died later of their wounds. The armed group took one policeman captive.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 8, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed 9 paramilitary soldiers near Miran Shah in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, In southwestern Spain 5 members of a youth football team aged between 12 and 15 were killed when their bus collided with another vehicle. Police arrested the driver of the second vehicle, a farm digger, after he tested positive for drugs.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 8, Syrian rebels detonated a huge bomb underneath an Aleppo hotel used by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, destroying it The rebel Islamic Front claimed responsibility said 50 soldiers were killed in the Carlton Hotel blast.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, Thailand's anti-graft agency indicted former PM Yingluck Shinawatra for negligence, a ruling that came a day after a court threw her out of office and could kill off any hopes she has of staging an electoral comeback.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouk declared a state of emergency in Douz, a southern desert town swept by days of clashes between rival tribes. An overnight curfew would remain in force until May 22 because of the violence.
    (AFP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 8, In eastern Ukraine the pro-Russia insurgency decided to go ahead with a May 11 referendum on autonomy or even independence despite a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone it.
    (AP, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, In Venezuela hundreds of National Guard members and police broke up four camps maintained by student protesters and arrested 243 people in an early morning raid. Officials reported one officer killed in clashes following the raids.
    (AP, 5/8/14)(SFC, 5/9/14, p.A4)
2014        May 8, Yemeni armed forces swept al-Qaida fighters out of a district in the country's south, one of the main goals of the major offensive waged by the military the past two weeks. Yemen’s US embassy was closed to the public after a spate of attacks against foreigners and fears that Al-Qaeda will seek revenge for a deadly offensive in the south.
    (AP, 5/8/14)(AFP, 5/8/14)

2014        May 9, President Barack Obama announced executive orders to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the renewable energy field.
    (Reuters, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, The US Treasury Department said it has reached an information-sharing agreement with Hong Kong under a new law meant to combat offshore tax dodging by Americans.
    (Reuters, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, A US judge struck down Arkansas’s 2004 amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman as unconstitutional. On May 15 Judge Chris Piazza extended his ruling to include all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying. On May 16 the state Supreme Court granted a request to suspend Piazza’s decisions.
    (SFC, 5/10/14, p.A10)(SFC, 5/17/14, p.A5)
2014        May 9, In California a judge issued a permanent injunction against two Los Angeles merchants and fined them over $26 million after investigators found over 10,000 counterfeit items at their now defunct T.J. Accessories store.
    (SFC, 5/11/14, p.A16)
2014        May 9, Police in Davis, Ca., arrested Rev. Hector Coria (45) for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
    (SFC, 5/12/14, p.A6)
2014        May 9, In Colorado a crude oil train derailed spilling some 6,500 gallons of oil near LaSalle.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A16)
2014        May 9, The Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle Nereus, operated by the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was lost during its dive to the Kermadec Trench off the coast of New Zealand. It was being operated as part of the Hadal Ecosystems Studies (HADES) Program funded by the US National Science Foundation.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 9, In Virginia a hot air balloon carrying three people crashed and burned after it hit a power line and burst into flames.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A16)
2014        May 9, In western Afghanistan More than 100 Taliban fighters staged a large-scale attack on a remote police checkpoint, wounding 11 police officers in Farah province.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, Bosnia reopened the reconstructed National Library in Sarajevo. It had been destroyed by Serb shelling in 1992.
    (SFC, 5/10/14, p.A2)
2014        May 9, British experts arrived in Abuja to help find at least 276 girls being held by Islamic militants in northeastern Nigeria as an international effort began taking hold.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, Cambodian authorities intercepted 3 tons of illegal ivory that was stashed in shipping containers, its largest such seizure.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, Central African Republic rebel Col. Mahamat Deya said a gathering of Muslim fighters has chosen Gen. Joseph Zindeko as the new leader of Seleka.
    (SFC, 5/10/14, p.A2)
2014        May 9, Dominican Republic authorities said that they have arrested a citizen of Pakistan and six others accused of running a sophisticated migrant smuggling operation.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, In Germany SLM Solutions, a pioneer in making selective laser melting equipment, i.e. 3D printers, used in factories, began trading on the Frankfurt stock exchange. Here additive manufacturing was used to describe one aspect of 3D printing. 
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.56)
2014        May 9, In Iraq army shelling killed 8 civilians and 3 gunmen in the militant-held city of Fallujah.
    (AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 9, In Italy plumber Riccardo Viti (55) confessed to the recent slaying of a prostitute whose body was tied, crucifixion-style, to metal bars in the countryside near Florence. His DNA was being compared to samples from 10 other similar cases.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, Lebanon braced for a summer drought, after a record dry winter exacerbated by a massive influx of Syrian refugees and longstanding water management problems.
    (AFP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, In Mexico 5 gunmen and one soldier were killed in gunbattles in Reynosa, a city across the border from McAllen, Texas. Galindo Mellado Cruz was one of the 5 gunmen who died in the shootout that also killed a Mexican soldier. Cruz was one of the 30 ex-special forces soldiers who created the Zetas gang to serve as enforcers for the Gulf Cartel before splitting off in a bloody breakup with its former ally.
    (AP, 5/9/14)(AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 9, In New Zealand Malaysian diplomat Mohammed Rizalman Bin Ismail followed a 21-year-old woman, later identified as Tania Billingsley (21) and assaulted her. New Zealand charged the man with assault and attempt to rape, but Malaysia claimed diplomatic immunity and he returned home on May 22. On July 2 Malaysia's foreign ministry said that Muhammad Rizalman would return to New Zealand "to assist in the investigation for the charges".
    (AP, 6/30/14)(AP, 7/1/14)(AFP, 7/2/14)(AP, 7/9/14)
2014        May 9, In northeastern Nigeria Islamic extremists blew up a bridge, killed an unknown number of people and abducted the wife and two children of a retired police officer.
    (AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 9, In southern Pakistan a magnitude 5 earthquake rattled several towns in before dawn, killing one person and injuring 70.
    (AP, 5/9/14)   
2014        May 9, Taliban head Maulana Fazlullah moved against Khan "Sajna" Said after weeks of bloody infighting in the powerful Mehsud tribe that supplies the bulk of the Pakistani Taliban fighters.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 9, Russia’s President Putin watched as about 11,000 Russian troops proudly marched across Red Square in celebration of Victory Day. He then flew to Crimea and extolled its return to Russia before tens of thousands during his first trip there since its annexation.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, Saudi Arabia's health ministry said the death toll from MERS has risen by five to 126 fatalities since the mystery respiratory virus first appeared in the kingdom in 2012.
    (AFP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, South African police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators who burned tires and barricaded roads in the Alexandra township north of Johannesburg in post-election unrest.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 9, South Korean police arrested Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd. His company owns the Sewol ferry that sank and left more than 300 people dead or missing, and authorities worried he may destroy evidence.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet rebel leader Riek Machar under growing international pressure for an end to ethnic fighting that has raised fears of genocide. Kiir and Machar, a former vice president, met, shook hands and prayed together, and agreed to order a halt to fighting within 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/9/14)(AFP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 9, Thai police fired tear gas and water cannons to push back hundreds of protesters trying to force their way into a government compound, the latest indication that ousting the premier will not solve the country's tense political crisis.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, In Ukraine at least 3 people were killed in a clash between government forces and rebels in the eastern city of Mariupol. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement that 20 "terrorists" and one police officer were killed in fighting that erupted when 60 gunmen tried to capture the Mariupol police station.
    (AP, 5/9/14)
2014        May 9, The UN Security Council ordered sanctions against three Central African Republic leaders, including former president Francois Bozize. The leader of the anti-Balaka militia Levy Yakete and the Seleka militia's number two Nourredine Adam were also targeted.
    (AFP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 9, In Yemen 4 soldiers were killed and three wounded in an ambush by suspected al Qaeda fighters in the central province of al-Bayda. Defense minister Muhammad Nasir Ahmad and a number of senior security officials were attacked by gunmen while travelling in their vehicles in Shabwa province. No one was killed or injured. Suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked the presidential palace in Sanaa, killing 5 guards and triggering a fierce gunfight.
    (Reuters, 5/9/14)(AFP, 5/10/14)

2014        May 10, In northern Arizona a small plane carrying French tourists crashed while landing in windy conditions, killing one person and leaving another hospitalized.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, The City Council of Hearne, Texas, voted unanimously to fire police officer Stephen Stem for the May 6 shooting of Pearlie Golden (93), who was armed with a handgun, during a confrontation at her home.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A16)
2014        May 10 - 2014 May 11, In Central African Republic at least 13 people were burned alive when they were rounded up by armed men and barricaded inside a home that was set alight.
    (AFP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 10, China’s state media reported that President Xi Jinping has called for the acceleration of land transfers to help modernize the country's agriculture.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, Protesters in eastern China clashed with police at a rally against plans to build a huge waste incinerator in Yuhang that residents fear will be harmful to their health and add to pollution. The Yuhang government said that all work on the incinerator has stopped, and that it would invite the public to participate in a decision whether to press ahead with the scheme.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, In the Congo Republic Udjani Mangbama, DR Congo militia boss, was among 11 people killed in an area near Owando, 500 km north of Brazzaville.
    (AFP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, In Dubai 15 migrant workers were killed in a bus crash. At least nine of the dead were from India and four were Bangladeshi.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, Egypt’s chief prosecutor charged 200 suspected militants, all members of al-Qaida-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, with carrying out the Dec 25, 2013, terrorist attacks that killed 15 civilians and of conspiring with Hamas.
    (SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A6)
2014        May 10, In northern India a private bus plunged off a mountain road, killing 17 people and injuring five others in Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, In Iraq a series of bombings killed 14 people. Militants launched an audacious late night attack on a military barracks in the village of Ayn al-Jahish outside of Mosul and killed 20 troops, including some who had been bound and shot at close range.
    (AP, 5/10/14)(AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, Mexico's government planned to begin demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault-rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers that formed in the western state of Michoacan. The movement had succeeded in largely expelling the Knights Templar cartel when state and local authorities couldn't.
    (AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, In Myanmar Southeast Asian foreign ministers voiced "serious concerns" over naval clashes between Vietnam and China as the ASEAN’s top official urged Beijing to step up efforts to advance talks on maritime security.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, South Africa deployed its armed forces overnight to quell post-election unrest in a Johannesburg slum and police arrested 59 people as the ANC government clamped down on disorder following its victory at the polls. A vote count confirmed the ruling ANC as election winners.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)(SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A6)
2014        May 10, Thousands of Syrians streamed into war-battered parts of Homs for the first time in nearly two years, many making plans to move back just days after rebels surrendered their strongholds to pro-government forces.
    (AP, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, Supporters of Thailand's beleaguered government gathered on the outskirts of Bangkok, saying they were determined to safeguard democracy as rival anti-government protesters pressed their campaign in the city.
    (Reuters, 5/10/14)
2014        May 10, In Ukraine at least 7 people died in clashes in the port city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, In northeastern Zimbabwe farmer Malcolm and daughter Catherine Francis suffered head injuries from possible axe blows in an assault on their farm in Guruve district.
    (AP, 5/23/14)

2014        May 11, A 2nd US case of MERS was diagnosed in Florida in a man visiting from Saudi Arabia.
    (SFC, 5/13/14, p.A10)
2014        May 11, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber attacked an Afghan army vehicle, killing 5 civilians and wounding 36 in Kandahar province. NATO said one of its service members died as a result of a non-battle related injury in the country's north.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In eastern China heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse at a recycling plant in Qingdao city, killing 18 people.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, China signed a deal with East African leaders to build a $3.8 billion rail link between Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi, the first stage of a line that will eventually link Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
    (AFP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In CongoDRC a stampede at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa killed at least 15 people and injured more than a dozen after police fired tear gas canisters into the crowd after fighting broke out at the end of a match between soccer teams, AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe.
    (AP, 5/12/14)(AFP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 11, An Egyptian court sentenced 36 students of the prestigious Al-Azhar university to four years in prison each over violent protests backing ousted Pres. Morsi. Suspected militants attacked an army convoy in the Sinai Peninsula, killing one soldier and wounding another.
    (AFP, 5/11/14)(AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In central India leftist rebels detonated a land mine under a police vehicle and killed 7 officers. The blast was followed by a gunbattle between police and the insurgents in the Maharashtra district of Gadchiroli.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In Iraq gunmen in speeding car opened fire on members of the Sahwa militia in Adeim, about 100 km north of Baghdad, killing seven. Outside of Mosul gunmen attacked a joint checkpoint for Iraqi police and the Sahwa, killing 3 police officers and one Sunni militiaman. Another Sahwa member was killed along with his brother and son when gunmen stormed his house in the town of Youssifiyah.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Tokyo for a summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at which he is expected to raise the Iranian nuclear talks and economic cooperation.
    (AFP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In Jordan a man died after being infected with the MERS virus.
    (AFP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 11, At least 40 people died and 51 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya's coast east of Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, Polls opened in Lithuania for the presidential election. Tough-talking incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite was widely expected to be re-elected for a second term. Grybauskaite got nearly 46 percent of the votes. She will face Social Democratic politician Zigmantas Balcytis, who won 13.6 percent, in the runoff.
    (AP, 5/11/14)(AP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 11, Moldovan authorities said they have stopped Russia's deputy prime minister from leaving the country with a petition calling on Moscow to recognize the separatist Trans-Dniester region, but Dmitry Rogozi claimed he had delivered most of the signatures supporting it.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, Myanmar hosted the Southeast Asian summit (ASEAN) as Vietnam and the Philippines pushed for stronger action to confront China's aggressive behavior in the South China Sea.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In Pakistan Samiullah Khan Afrid, the lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi who helped the US find Osama bin Laden, said he wouldn't represent him any longer after facing threats from militants.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In Pakistan a bomb blast targeting refugees registering with the government killed 4 people in northwestern city of Peshawar.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, Saudi Arabia reported that three new deaths from MERS had taken its death toll from the disease to 142.
    (AFP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 11, South Sudan's army and rebel forces blamed each other for violating a ceasefire hours after it came into effect.
    (Reuters, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, Syrian activists said ISIL, an al Qaeda splinter group, has wrested control of key parts of the eastern province of Deir al-Zor from other rebel groups, worsening infighting that has handicapped the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, Residents in eastern Ukraine formed long queues at polling stations to cast their votes in hastily organized independence referendums, defying the central government which called the ballots illegal and funded by neighboring Russia.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In southern Yemen a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car outside a police station in Mukalla, killing 11 police officers and wounding 15. Security forces in Sanaa clashed with suspected al-Qaida gunmen not far from the presidential palace, killing 3 militants.
    (AP, 5/11/14)

2014        May 12, In Louisiana Reginald Adams was freed from prison after spending 34 years in jail for a murder he did not commit. Detectives knowingly gave false testimony at his trial.
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.28)
2014        May 12, In Afghanistan the Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks to mark the start of their spring offensive, storming a government building in the east where attackers killed 2 police guards and 5 civilians, and striking a police checkpoint to the south and killing 9 policemen.
    (AP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, Chad announced it was shutting down its southern border with the strife-wracked Central African Republic until the conflict in the poor, landlocked nation is resolved.
    (AFP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, A European human rights monitor urged Georgia to improve its justice system, promote tolerance and avoid the selective prosecution of officials who served former president Mikheil Saakashvili.
    (Reuters, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey to pay 90 million euros ($124 million) in damages for its 1974 invasion of Cyprus, the largest such ruling in its history. Turkish officials the next day said that the country will not pay the fine.
    (CSM, 5/13/14)
2014        May 12, Millions of Indian voters wrapped up the country's mammoth national election, braving the searing sun on the final day of polling in which Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist opposition candidate, is seen as the front-runner for prime minister.
    (AP, 5/12/14)(Reuters, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, Indonesia said it has banned the popular video sharing site Vimeo, because it contains nudity, which officials in the world's most populous Muslim country consider to be pornographic material.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 12, Italian authorities said a boat carrying hundreds of migrants has sunk south off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. At least 14 people were killed with 206 rescued.
    (Reuters, 5/12/14)(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A4)
2014        May 12, Nayef al-Ajmi, Kuwait's justice and Islamic affairs minister, said the Gulf state's ruler has accepted his resignation. In March US Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen said al-Ajmi had called for jihad in Syria and promoted the funding of terrorism.
    (Reuters, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, Lorenzo Zambrano, the head of Mexico’s Cemex Corp., died unexpectedly in Madrid.
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.64)
2014        May 12, Boko Haram released a new video claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.
    (AFP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, In Pakistan Qari Naseer (27) and two friends raped a college girl (20) in a moving car. Naseer, a teacher at a Quranic school in Mansehra, and the two friends were soon arrested. He was suspected of having filmed and blackmailed other victims.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 12, Russia made it clear that Moscow has no intention of immediately annexing two regions in eastern Ukraine after a weekend referendum there showed most voters allegedly backing sovereignty.
    (AP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, In South Africa 2 Lonmin workers were killed as they reported for work at their strike-hit platinum mine, threatening the firm's plans to end the walkout this week.
    (Reuters, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, Syrian media said rebels have agreed to free 1,500 families in Adra in exchange for food and the release of jailed opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.
    (AFP, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, In eastern Ukraine insurgents in Luhansk said they wouldn't hold the scheduled May 25 presidential vote.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 12, A confidential new report by a UN panel of experts highlighted Iran's methods of evading sanctions - from concealing titanium tubes inside steel pipes to using its petrochemical industry as a cover to obtain items for a heavy-water nuclear reactor.
    (Reuters, 5/12/14)
2014        May 12, In southern Yemen a suspected US drone strike killed six al-Qaida militants in Marib province.
    (AP, 5/12/14)

2014        May 13, Pres. Obama met with Uruguay’s Pres. Jose Mujica and lauded trade and commercial ties between the two countries.
    (SFC, 5/13/14, p.A2)
2014        May 13, A US federal judge ruled that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 5/14/14, p.A6)
2014        May 13, In New Jersey Ras Baraka, the son of poet Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones), was elected as mayor of Newark with 54% of the vote.
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.26)
2014        May 13, It was reported that the cost of Brazil’s World cup stadium has nearly tripled to $900 million in public funds, largely because of allegedly fraudulent billing.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A20)
2014        May 13, In Brazil bus drivers demanding higher pay began a 48-hour strike in Rio de Janeiro, forcing hundreds of thousands of passengers to seek alternative ways to get to work.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, Canada-based BlackBerry launched a new lower-cost smartphone designed specifically for Indonesia in an attempt to win back market share that has plunged in recent years but remains higher than in many other nations.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, In Central African Republic the body of French journalist Camille Lepage (26) was found by a patrol of French peacekeeping troops in the Bouar region. Lepage was with the anti-balaka militia as part of her efforts to report on the conflict when they were attacked on May 12.
    (AFP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 13, Europe's highest court said people should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a Google search of their own name online.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, In Haiti American missionary George Knoop (77), who came to Haiti in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake, was stabbed to death in Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 5/16/14)(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)
2014        May 13, In Hungary a Budapest court found Bela Biszku (92), a former senior official in the Hungarian Communist Party, guilty of war crimes during the suppression of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising. He was sentenced to 5 years and six months imprisonment.
    (Reuters, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, In Iraq militants unleashed a wave of car bombings, killing at least 34 people and sending thick, black smoke into the Baghdad skies in a show of force meant to intimidate the majority Shiites as they marked what is meant to be a joyous holiday for their sect.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, An Israeli court sentenced former PM Ehud Olmert to six years in prison for his role in a bribery scandal. He was charged for acts while he was mayor of Jerusalem and national trade minister, years before he became prime minister in 2006.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said the Libyan government must surrender the son of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi for trial on charges of crimes against humanity despite its appeal of the handover and legal proceedings in Libya.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, In Nigeria vigilante villagers of Kalabalge, Borno state, after learning about an impending attack by militants, ambushed two trucks with gunmen. At least 10 militants were reported detained, and scores killed.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 13, In North Korea an apartment building under construction in Pyongyang collapsed. The 23-story apartment building was presumed to have housed 92 families. Word of the collapse was reported on May 18 by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 13, US authorities in Puerto Rico said they have arrested a Roman Catholic priest on charges including sexual trafficking of minors in the first federal case of its kind in the US territory. Israel Berrios (58), a priest in the Diocese of Caguas, was arrested in the northern town of Naranjito.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, Saudi health authorities reported another five deaths from MERS. The potentially fatal Middle Eastern respiratory virus has sickened hundreds in the kingdom. A total of 152 people have now died and 495 have been confirmed to have contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia since it was discovered in 2012.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, Serbia's new PM Aleksandar Vucic pledged support for neighboring Bosnia's integrity, making clear Belgrade would not encourage calls by Bosnian Serbs for a Crimean-style secession of their half of the country.
    (Reuters, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, In Sweden Malik Bendjelloul (36), the director of the acclaimed "Searching for Sugar Man" documentary, committed suicide following bouts of depression.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 13, In western Turkey at least 282 people were killed underground after an explosion and fire at the Soma coal mine in Manisa province. The death toll soon rose to 302, making it the worst industrial accident in Turkish history.
    (AP, 5/13/14)(Reuters, 5/14/14)(Reuters, 5/17/14)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.49)
2014        May 13, Ukraine's PM Arseny Yatseniuk and EU officials signed a deal for 1 billion euro ($1.37 billion) in EU aid for Kiev's beleaguered government as well as for assistance to help build Ukrainian institutions.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, In Ukraine 7 soldiers were ambushed and killed by rebels armed with grenade launchers outside the town of Kramatorsk. Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatseniuk urged Russia not to use natural gas as a "weapon" against his country, and accused Moscow of seizing tens of billions of dollars' worth of its assets and energy resources in Crimea.
    (AP, 5/13/14)(Reuters, 5/13/14)(Econ, 5/17/14, p.50)
2014        May 13, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Lakhdar Brahimi will resign as the joint UN-Arab League envoy on Syria after a nearly two-year effort that failed to bring peace to the war-ravaged country.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, In Vietnam several thousand workers protested at Chinese-owned factories, vandalizing some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam.
    (AP, 5/13/14)
2014        May 13, Yemeni fighter planes targeted a vehicle in the southern province of Shabwa, killing 3 drivers and 5 suspected al Qaeda militants.
    (Reuters, 5/13/14)(AP, 5/13/14)

2014        May 14, In Afghanistan a bomb stuck onto an Afghan army vehicle in Kabul killed a soldier while a woman died when a rocket slammed into a residential area in Ghazni province. five militants wearing suicide vests attacked a border police outpost in Kandahar province. The attack left 3 police and all 5 militants dead.
    (AP, 5/14/14)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A2)
2014        May 14, Azerbaijan took over as chairman of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe’s decision-making body which brings together the member states' foreign ministers.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 14, Chinese police said they have charged the former British boss of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC's China business and other colleagues with corruption, after a probe found the firm made billions of yuan from elaborate schemes to bribe doctors and hospitals. Mark Reilly and two Chinese executives, Zhang Guowei and Zhao Hongyan, were also suspected of bribing officials in the industry and commerce departments of Beijing and Shanghai.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, In northwestern China a pipeline in a coal mine collapsed, killing 11 people in the city of Yulin, Shaanxi province. 24 people came out alive and 2 remained missing.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 14, Egypt’s army said fifteen tons of a material used to make explosives have been seized in a town straddling the Suez Canal, one of the biggest such hauls since the start of a campaign against Islamist militants in the nearby Sinai.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, In France the Grace Kelly melodrama "Grace of Monaco" kicked off the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.
2014        May 14, Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency identified the head of parliament's energy committee and a company executive as suspects in an ongoing graft scandal involving energy regulator SKKMigas.
2014        May 14, In Iraq attacks targeting security forces killed 13 people across the country.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, Israeli military forces began demolishing structures in an illegal West Bank settler outpost, after attempts at a voluntary evacuation failed.
    (AFP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, In Lebanon thousands of teachers, civil servants and children rallied outside parliament in the biggest of a year of pay protests as the assembly debated a much-delayed bill on public sector salaries.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. Russian Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan had spent 188 days in the ISS.
    (SFC, 5/15/14, p.A5)
2014        May 14, South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, In Thailand 2 people were killed and 22 wounded after an attack on an opposition PDRC protest camp.
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.40)
2014        May 14, The Ukrainian government reluctantly agreed to launch talks on decentralizing power as part of an OSCE backed peace plan, but did not invite its main foes, the pro-Russia insurgents who have declared independence in the east.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
2014        May 14, United Arab Emirates telecommunications firm Etisalat said it has completed a deal to buy French entertainment company Vivendi's majority stake in Morocco's Maroc Telecom.
    (AP, 5/14/14)
\2014        May 14, Venezuelan security forces arrested 105 people during a sweep of a busy Caracas avenue as protests against the government heated up amid a widening split within the opposition over whether to back possible US sanctions.
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 14, In Vietnam a 1,000-strong mob stormed a Taiwanese steel mill in Ha Tinh province and hunted down Chinese workers, killing one, attacking scores more and then setting the complex alight in response to Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in the long-disputed South China Sea. State-owned China Metallurgical Group later reported that 4 of its workers were killed. Some 600 Chinese crossed into Cambodia over the land border in southern Vietnam.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/20/14)(SFC, 5/21/14, p.A2)
2014        May 14, In southern Yemen at least 42 people were killed in clashes between  soldiers and al-Qaida militants after insurgents attacked two military posts in Shabwa province where the government mounted an offensive two weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A2)

2014        May 15, A US federal judge upheld registration requirements that are part of gun laws in Washington DC.
    (SFC, 5/16/14, p.A5)
2014        May 15, In California an estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled over a half-mile area due to a break in an above-ground pipeline in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. The spill was soon downgraded to 10,000 gallons.
    (Reuters, 5/15/14)(SFC, 5/16/14, p.A6)
2014        May 15, A federal judge in Las Vegas imposed a 20-year sentence on David Camez (22) for his role in what authorities say is an unprecedented criminal case involving an international cybercrime syndicate with hundreds of thousands of US victims. He was already is serving a seven-year term in Arizona for similar crimes. He also was ordered to share in restitution of nearly $51 million.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 15, In Afghanistan a shootout between Afghan and Pakistani border guards killed one Afghan policeman in a remote southern region where the border between the two countries is poorly marked.
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, An Azerbaijan opposition journalist Parviz Gashimly was sentenced on to eight years in prison in a case critics say highlights a government-led crackdown on dissent in the oil-rich former Soviet republic. He was arrested last September after police raided his apartment and reported finding firearms.
    (Reuters, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, In central Bangladesh the M.V. Miraz-4 ferry carrying more than 100 passengers capsized in the River Meghna after being hit by a storm. Some 25 people swam to safety. 54 bodies were recovered over the next two days. An unknown number remained missing.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/16/14)(AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 15, Former Belgian PM Jean-Luc Dehaene (73) died. He helped set up the European Union treaty and led his nation during the 1990s when it granted increasing autonomy to its Dutch and French-speaking regions.
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, In Brazil protesters blocked two of Sao Paulo's main highways, burning tires, waving banners and causing chaos during the morning commute in the sprawling metropolitan area as officials braced for a wave of anti-government demonstrations in several Brazilian cities, many of them protesting the high spending on next month's World Cup.
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, A Chinese court sentenced Vincent Wu, a Chinese-American businessman, to 20 years in prison on charges of heading a mob that kidnapped rivals and operated illegal casinos, and rejected his claim that he was tortured by police. About two dozen other defendants in the case received sentences of between 19 months and 19 years
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, China’s Caixin business magazine reported that Wei Pengyuan, a senior official of the National Energy Administration’s coal department, was under arrest. So much cash ($16m) was found at his home in Beijing that investigators brought in 16 machines from a bank to count it all.
    (http://tinyurl.com/l8kd336)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.38)
2014        May 15, Prime ministers from central European countries backed Polish plans for close energy cooperation and agreed to draft joint crisis management plans for the possibility of a cut in natural gas from Russia in the coming months.
    (Reuters, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, In Guatemala Jairo Orellana Morales (40), a suspected local Zetas leader, was captured in Zacapa province after a shootout with federal forces that killed a police officer and two others. The US government last year imposed financial sanctions against the alleged drug trafficker under the Kingpin Act.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 15, Hong Kong started incinerating its nearly 30-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory to show it's serious about cracking down on an illegal wildlife trade that is devastating Africa's elephant population.
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, In Iraq a spate of bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 19 people.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 15, Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teens, Nadim Nuwara (17) and Muhammad Abu Thahr (16), in a West Bank clash that erupted after Palestinians marked their uprooting during the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(Reuters, 6/12/14)
2014        May 15, Heavily armed fighters, believed to have come from Liberia, seized a border village in western Ivory Coast.  They crossed the Cavally River, which forms the boundary between the two West African neighbors, and attacked the village of Fetai.
    (Reuters, 5/16/14)
2014        May 15, Russia ratcheted up pressure on Ukraine, with President Vladimir Putin saying in a letter released today that it only will deliver gas to its struggling neighbor next month if it pays in advance.
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, A woman and a firefighter drowned in Serbia and hundreds of people in the Balkans were evacuated from their homes as rain-swollen rivers flooded roads, bridges and railways, closed schools and cut off power and phone service in Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Romania.
    (AP, 5/15/14)
2014        May 15, In Sudan Mariam Ibrahim (26), a pregnant woman doctor who married a Christian man in 2011 and who was convicted earlier this week on charges of "apostasy," was sentenced to death. The court in Khartoum also ordered Ibrahim be given 100 lashes for committing "zena" — an Arabic word for illegitimate sex. On May 27 Ibrahim gave birth to her child in jail. On June 23 the Court of Cassation canceled her sentence and ordered her release. On June 24 Khartoum airport passport police arrested Meriam Ibrahim after she presented emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa. She was freed again on June 26. On July 16 a suit by her father to establish her as his Muslim daughter was dropped.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/18/14)(AP, 5/29/14)(AP, 6/23/14)(AP, 6/26/14)(Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        May 15, In northern Syria an explosion near a border crossing to Turkey killed at least 43 people and wounded many others. Shelling on a government-held neighborhood in Aleppo killed 3 people.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/16/14)(SFC, 5/16/14, p.A4)
2014        May 15, In northern Thailand hundreds of armed men descended on a village and overpowered residents blocking the road to a goldmine said by locals to have caused environmental damage so that trucks could take ore away in the Khao Luang district of Loei province. Residents of Khao Luang have for years contested the mining operations of Tungkum Ltd, a subsidiary of Tongkah Harbour Plc.
    (SFC, 5/15/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 5/16/14)
2014        May 15, Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told lawmakers that government forces attacked overnight an insurgent base in the city of Slovyansk and another one in nearby Kramatorsk. Rinat Akhmetov's company, Metinvest, agreed with steel plant directors, police and community leaders to help improve security in Mariupol and get insurgents to vacate the buildings they had seized. A representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, which had declared independence, was also a party to the deal.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/16/14)

2014        May 16, US Federal safety regulators slapped General Motors with a record $35 million fine for taking more than a decade to disclose an ignition-switch defect in millions of cars that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. On June 5 GM said it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the ignition-switch scandal.
    (AP, 5/16/14)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.C1)
2014        May 16, California firefighters were battling wind-whipped wildfires, as some 125,000 people fled their homes in the San Diego area and police arrested at least two people on arson-related charges.
    (Reuters, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, Clyde Snow (b.1928), American forensic anthropologist, died in Norman, Ok. His work took him around the world to examine the slaughter of innocents.
    (Econ, 5/24/14, p.86)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Snow)
2014        May 16, In Utah 4 undocumented immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador were killed when a crowded van crashed on Interstate 70. Agents detained three of four men who survived the crash and continued to search for a woman who fled the scene.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 16, Four British sailors went missing after their yacht, Cheeki Rafiki, capsized about 1,000 miles off Cape Cod, Mass.
    (Reuters, 5/19/14)
2014        May 16, In China the leader of a baby trafficking ring that brought 23 boys and pregnant women from Vietnam was sentenced to death. The court in the southern region of Guangxi gave another 23 members of the group sentences ranging from less than two years to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, Colombia's government and main rebel group (FARC) announced an agreement to jointly combat illicit drugs in the South American country, which was long the world's leading cocaine producer.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 16, Dominican Rep. legislators unanimously approved a bill they say would allow thousands of people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic the opportunity to obtain naturalized citizenship. Pres. Danilo Medina singed the legislation on May 23. Some 200,000 remained undocumented.
    (AP, 5/16/14)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.31)
2014        May 16, German authorities said they have arrested a Mexican man (44) at the Frankfurt Airport after finding his suitcase full of snakes, turtles and lizards, including endangered species.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, Dozens of Guatemalan war survivors and human rights activists protested against a congressional resolution that denies there was any attempt to commit genocide during the country's bloody 36-year civil war.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 16, India’s opposition candidate Narendra Modi thundered to victory, with partial results showing that the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party trounced the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift.
    (Reuters, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, In Iraq separate attacks killed 5 members of an anti-militant Sunni militia. An al-Qaida splinter group claimed responsibility for a spate of Baghdad bombings that killed at least 19 people the day before.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, In Kenya at least 10 people were killed and 70 wounded in two explosions in Nairobi.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, In eastern Libya fierce fighting broke out between army troops believed to be loyal to rogue Gen. Khalifa Hifter (Haftar) and two influential militias in the city of Benghazi. More than 70 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.
    (AP, 5/16/14)(Reuters, 5/18/14)
2014        May 16, Mexican authorities arrested Leonor Nava Romero (45), the leader of a gang responsible for trafficking drugs from the southwestern state of Guerrero to the United States, in Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 16, Suspected Boko Haram rebels from Nigeria attacked a Chinese work site near Waza in northern Cameroon and at least 10 people were believed to have been kidnapped.
    (Reuters, 5/17/14)(Econ, 7/26/14, p.43)
2014        May 16, Filipinos and Vietnamese residents in Manila staged a joint protest against China's incursions into South China Sea territories claimed by their countries.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, Russia's Proton-M booster rocket failed and broke apart during a test launch, just months after a shake-up in the country's space agency that was meant to boost its dented image.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, South Africa said it has suffered its first elephant poaching incident in 10 years this week at the country's largest game reserve.
    (Reuters, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, In Syria rebels fired a rocket that struck a government-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo, killing 13 people.
    (AP, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, Turkish police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse a crowd of several thousand protesters in the town of Soma, where 301 people died in the country's worst ever mining disaster this week.
    (Reuters, 5/16/14)
2014        May 16, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a cut in water supplies in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo that he said has deprived at least 2.5 million people of access to potable water. Rebels from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front shut down main water pumping station in Aleppo nearly two weeks ago to punish civilians living on the government-controlled side of the divided metropolis.
    (AP, 5/17/14)

2014        May 17, US health officials reported what appears to be the first time that a mysterious Middle East virus (MERS) has spread from one person to another in the United States. An Illinois man probably picked up an infection from an Indiana man who earlier this month became the first US case of Middle East respiratory syndrome.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 17, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the first state law to allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medications before federal approval.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A7)
2014        May 17, In Maryland 3-year-old California Chrome won the 139th Preakness at Pimlico Race Course making him eligible for the Triple Crown on June 7 at the Belmont Stakes.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.B1)
2014        May 17, In Bosnia and Serbia tens of thousands fled their homes, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said the record flooding killed at least 20 people and the death toll could rise further.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, In Brazil inmates at a penitentiary in the northeastern city of Aracaju took four prison officers hostage and refused to allow nearly 130 prisoners' relatives to leave the grounds. The inmates demanded to be transferred from the maximum-security prison to others. The hostages were released the next day and relatives were allowed to leave after authorities met demands that some prisoners be transferred.
    (AP, 5/18/14)(SFC, 5/19/14, p.A2)
2014        May 17, China's public security chief urged Vietnam to take tough measures to stem anti-China violence and punish rioters following deadly attacks there earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, Cyprus' finance minister said that international creditors have given a fourth straight positive review to the country's financial rescue program and are projecting that its economy will shrink this year slightly less than earlier forecasts.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, France and five African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) declared war on the Boko Haram extremist Islamic sect. West African leaders met in Paris to improve cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram and other militant groups.
    (Reuters, 5/17/14)(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A5)
2014        May 17, In Iraq a bombing at an outdoor market in Tarmiyha, 50 km north of Baghdad, killed 5 people.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, In Laos a plane carrying senior Lao government officials crashed in the Pek district of Xiangkhoung province, killing the defense minister and at least four other people.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, In Mali gunfire erupted between the army and Tuareg separatists (MNLA) in the northern city of Kidal as PM Moussa Mara embarked on a trip there. Rebels attacked the governor's office in Kidal, abducting 32 civil servants. 8 soldiers and 28 insurgents were killed. PM Moussa Mara responded by saying Mali is now at war with the armed Tuareg separatists.
    (Reuters, 5/17/14)(Reuters, 5/18/14)(SFC, 5/19/14, p.A2)(AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 17, In Morocco some 700 African migrants charged barbed wire fences in two waves at the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Moroccan and Spanish border guards repulsed the charges.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)
2014        May 17, Sudanese authorities in Khartoum arrested Sadiz al-Mahdi (78), a prominent opposition leader, following remarks criticizing the government’s security policies in Darfur.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)
2014        May 17, In Syria Lt. Gen. Hussein Ishaq, the head of air defenses, was killed in clashes near Damascus as rebels attacked an air defense base near the town of Mleiha.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 17, Vietnam's PM Nguyen Tan Dun ordered an end to all "illegal protests" in the country after a week of violent demonstrations against China's deployment of an oil rig in a disputed section of the South China Sea.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, In Ukraine a second round of European-brokered talks aimed at resolving the crisis. Lawmakers and officials from eastern Ukraine poured criticism on the fledging central government for ignoring the grievances of the regions, which have been overrun for pro-Russian protesters.
    (AP, 5/17/14)
2014        May 17, Yemen’s military said it has regained control of Azzan, Shabwa province. 7 militants and 2 soldiers were killed in the offensive. A militant ambush in Qarn al-Sawda left 5 militants and 2 soldiers dead.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)

2014        May 18, Gordon Willis, American cinematographer, died at his home in Massachusetts. His many films included the Godfather series, “Manhattan," “Annie Hall", “Klute" and “All the President’s Men."
    (SFC, 5/27/14, p.C3)
2014        May 18, Bosnian officials said over 300 landslides triggered by unprecedented rains have left hundreds of people homeless. The floods and landslides unearthed minefield warning signs from the 1992-95 war and, in many cases, the unexploded booby traps themselves.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 18, In China Liu Zhanbin, the chief executive of Sanjing Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., jumped to his death. He was under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 18, In Colombia 32 children were killed when an overcrowded bus they were traveling in caught fire in Fundacion.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 18, Egyptian courts in Cairo and Kafr el-Sheikh convicted 170 suspected supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi on charges over violent attacks last year.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 18, Greeks began voting in the first round of local elections that mark PM Antonis Samaras's first big electoral test since coming to power two years ago.
    (Reuters, 5/18/14)
2014        May 18, Guinea-Bissau voted in a presidential runoff vote intended to restore constitutional order in a country known for coups and unrest. Voters chose between Jose Mario Vaz, whose party won a parliamentary majority in April's first round, against Nuno Gomes Nabiam, who is known for having close ties to military leaders.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 18, In Iraq a series of bombings mainly targeting markets and commercial streets killed 14 people.
    (AP, 5/18/14)(SFC, 5/19/14, p.A2)
2014        May 18, In Libya forces loyal to rogue Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter attacked the parliament in Tripoli, forcing lawmakers to flee an assault that targeted Islamists there who protect the extremist militias now plaguing the nation. Two people were reportedly killed and more than 50 wounded.
    (AP, 5/18/14)(AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 18, Peruvian politician Carlos Bruce (57) announced he is gay, in an interview this weekend with the newspaper El Comercio. This was a first in one of Latin America's most conservative countries.
    (AFP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 18, In Serbia soldiers, police and volunteers battled to protect power plants from rising flood waters as the death toll from the region's worst rainfall in more than a century reached 35.
    (Reuters, 5/18/14)
2014        May 18, Syrian rebels captured a village in the northwest, killing more than a dozen government troops in heavy clashes and prompting the military to carry out airstrikes to try to dislodge the fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 18 pro-government troops and two rebels were killed in the fighting. The Observatory also said Islamic State fighters killed at least 19 rebels near the village of Raai in Aleppo province. Abdullah Qadour al-Hamawi, a disabled 14-year-old, was reportedly killed by a chlorine bomb in Kfar Zeita, Ha province.
    (AP, 5/18/14)(Reuters, 5/20/14)
2014        May 18, Turkish police detained 24 people, including mining company executives and personnel, as an investigation into last week's mine disaster in Soma got underway. The last of 301 victims were buried.
    (Reuters, 5/18/14)(SSFC, 5/25/14, p.A6)
2014        May 18, Vietnam smothered anti-China protests with a massive security clampdown after deadly riots triggered by a territorial dispute with Beijing spooked foreign investors and the country's leadership alike. Beijing said it had evacuated 3,000 nationals from Vietnam and was sending the first of five ships to pull out others wanting to leave.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 18, Yemeni troops killed a local al Qaeda commander and four of his aides in clashes in a southern province where the army has been waging an offensive against the militant network. The militant, known by his nickname al-Meqdad, was killed in Qarn al-Sawda, Shabwa province.
    (Reuters, 5/18/14)

2014        May 19, The US indicted five members of the Chinese military on charges they stole US secrets through hacking to help state-run companies. Attorney General Eric Holder said they hacked into six US nuclear power, metals and solar products industries: Alcoa World Alumina, Westinghouse Electric Co., Allegheny Technologies, U.S. Steel Corp., United Steelworkers Union, and SolarWorld.
    (AFP, 5/19/14)(AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, Swiss-based Credit Suisse pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of having helped its customers elude America’s tax authorities. The bank was fined $2.8 billion.
    (Econ, 5/24/14, p.65)
2014        May 19, In Alaska the human-caused Funny River wildfire began in the Kenai Peninsula. By May 26 it grew to some 248 square miles. Mandatory evacuations were underway.
    (SFC, 5/27/14, p.A7)
2014        May 19, Actor Michael Jace (51) shot and killed his wife, April Jace (40), at their home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jace had appeared on the FX series “The Shield" as a police officer.
    (SFC, 5/21/14, p.A9)
2014        May 19, In Florida an indictment was unsealed charging North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau (54) and others in an $8 million mortgage fraud scheme. Tondreau was elected North Miami's first female Haitian-American mayor last June.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 19, A Manhattan jury convicted Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (aka Abu Hamza al-Masri), a former London-based Egyptian Islamic cleric, for providing material to support terrorist organizations, for sending men to establish an al-Qaida training camp in Bly, Oregon, and sending at least one man to an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. Al-Masri (56) was extradited in 2012 from England where in the 1990s he led London’s Finsbury Park Mosque.
    (SFC, 5/20/14, p.A8)(SFC, 5/21/14, p.A2)
2014        May 19, A US federal judge threw out Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.
    (SFC, 5/20/14, p.A8)
2014        May 19, AT&T Inc. said it would buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per share. The deal faced unique regulatory scrutiny from the FCC and Department of Justice.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, Bosnia’s government said more than a quarter of the country’s four million people have been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century. Torrential rains have caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered more than 2,000 landslides as the death toll in Bosnia and Serbia rose to 38. Croatia reported 2 deaths. The flooding left tons of drowned livestock.
    (AP, 5/19/14)(AP, 5/20/14)(AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 19, Chinese media said the government of the industrial city of Tianjin will limit the number of vehicles allowed on roads during heavy smog. Last month Tianjin banned new steel and cement plants as part of a program to reverse damage done to its environment.
    (Reuters, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, Hundreds of Chinese workers left Vietnam on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, In Egypt gunmen in a drive-by shooting killed 3 policemen and wounded nine during late night rally by Islamist students in Cairo.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 19, European law enforcement officials announced that police worldwide, acting on an FBI tipoff, have arrested 97 people in 16 countries suspected of developing, distributing or using malicious software called BlackShades that allows criminals to gain surreptitious control of personal computers. French detectives said they arrested more than two dozen people during their May 13 raids.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, Germany lowered the pension age for some workers from 65 to 63.
    (www.thelocal.de/20140520/coalition-agrees-to-lower-retirement-age)
2014        May 19, Greece's main opposition party Syriza declared a victory for its anti-austerity message after its candidates fared strongly in big local election races in Athens and the surrounding region.
    (Reuters, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, In Iraq election results from April 30 were released by the Independent High Electoral Commission and showed that PM al-Maliki's State of Law gained 92 seats, winning the top spot in 10 of 18 provinces. He would need to build support from a total of 165 seats to have a shot at keeping the prime minister's post.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, In northeast Kenya Somali militants killed 12 people including 3 police reservists in a border ambush for which Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 5/20/14, p.A2)
2014        May 19, Kuwait’s Cabinet accepted the resignation of five lawmakers who resigned in protest after the largely pro-government parliament refused to question PM Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah over corruption allegations.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 19, Libya’s parliament chief Nouri Abu Sahmein, an Islamist-leaning politician, ordered a powerful umbrella group of mainly Islamist militias known as "Libya's Central Shield" to mobilize to defend against forces under rogue Gen. Khalifa Hifter. The umbrella group is dominated by a militia from Libya's third largest city, Misrata. A Libyan air force base in the eastern city of Tobruk said it has decided to join forces of Gen. Khalifa Hifter.
    (AP, 5/19/14)(Reuters, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, In Myanmar community activists freed two contractors working for a Chinese company operating a copper mine in Monywa that is the subject of a long-running land dispute. The two Chinese were abducted a day earlier by a group calling itself the "Student Network of Mandalay."
    (Reuters, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, The Philippines said it has reached an agreement over the weekend with Indonesia on a sea border dispute after 20 years of negotiations, and hopes to sign the pact soon.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops deployed near Ukraine to return to their home bases and praised the launch of a dialogue between the Ukrainian government and its opponents even as fighting continued in the eastern parts of the country.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, Serbia braced for a river surge that threatened to inundate the country’s main power plant at Obrenovac and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, South Korean Pres. Park Geun-hye formally apologized for the April 16 ferry disaster that killed about 300 people, mostly school children, and said she would dismantle the coast guard for failing in its duties.
    (Reuters, 5/19/14)
2014        May 19, A Swiss court ordered Dmitry Rybolovlev of Monaco to pay his ex-wife, Elena Rybolovlev, 4,020,555,987.80 Swiss francs to settle their divorce after a 6-year legal fight. The Russian billionaire had made his fortune in potash mining. Forbes estimated his worth at $8.8 billion.
    (SFC, 5/20/14, p.A2)
2014        May 19, In Syria 13 people were killed after a missile smashed into a building late today in the town of Marea. Most of the dead were children. Hours later a missile fired at a building in the nearby town of Azaz killed another 10 people.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 19, Uruguay said it will exempt marijuana production and sales from taxes in a bid to ensure prices remain low enough to undercut competition from black market pot smuggled in from Paraguay.
    (Reuters, 5/19/14)

2014        May 20, In Arizona the human-caused Slide Fire began around Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff. By May 26 it covered 25 square miles.
    (SFC, 5/23/14, p.A8)(SFC, 5/27/14, p.A6)
2014        May 20, Santa Ana, Ca., police arrested Isidro Garcia (41) of Bell Gardens for kidnapping a girl (15) in 2004. He force her to marry him and have his child in a hostage relationship for 10 years.
    (SFC, 5/22/14, p.A14)
2014        May 20, A US federal judge overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.
    (SFC, 5/21/14, p.A8)
2014        May 20, In Bosnia nineteen convicts escaped from prison late today while their guards manned defenses against the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 20, In Brazil several leading politicians were arrested as part of a large corruption and money laundering probe in Cuiaba, a World Cup host city that has had some of the worst delays and other problems as the soccer tournament approaches.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 20, A British man, for the first time, was convicted of terrorism-related offenses after going to Syria with the intention of joining the conflict there. Kingston Crown Court convicted Mashudur Choudhury (31) of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, Prince Rupert Loewenstein (80), former business manager of the Rolling Stones (1968-2007), died in a London hospital after suffering from Parkinson's disease. He was the prince who helped make the Rolling Stones as rich as kings.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 20, China warned the US was jeopardizing military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and tried to turn the tables on Washington by calling it "the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace."
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, China's Xinjiang Supreme Court jailed 39 people in a special operation to curb the spread of audio and video materials inciting terrorism. They were convicted of crimes including organizing and leading terrorist groups, inciting ethnic hatred, ethnic discrimination and the illegal manufacturing of guns.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 20, EU regulators charged banks JPMorgan, HSBC and Credit Agricole with colluding to manipulate the price of financial products linked to interest rates.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, The European Commission paid out a first loan tranche of 100 million euros ($137 million) to Ukraine, launching a 1.6 billion euro macro-financial assistance loan program to prop up the beleaguered economy.
    (Reuters, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, Police in Iran confirmed the arrest of six young people for posting a video online of them dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy," showing them on state television as a public warning to youth in the Islamic Republic. On Sep 17 the six were given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for obscene behavior.
    (AP, 5/21/14)(Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        May 20, Kenyan university students threw rocks at police in Nairobi as authorities fired back with tear gas in running battles that didn't end until police cornered students in a campus building and fired dozens of rounds of tear gas inside. Students demonstrated in at least four cities across the country over a proposed increase in university fees.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, Kuwait set June 26 as the day for by-elections to replace five lawmakers who resigned in protest after the largely pro-government parliament refused to question PM Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah over corruption allegations.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, In Libya gunmen killed a Chinese engineer after kidnapping him and two others from their worksite. The two others were released.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 20, Macedonian police said they have detained 18 people following overnight riots in Skopje sparked by the fatal stabbing of a Macedonian teenager by an Albanian bicycle thief. Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect for the slaying.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, Malawi held presidential elections. Soldiers deployed the commercial capital of Blantyre after voters, angered by delays and mishaps at polling stations in a hotly contested presidential election, torched voting materials and blocked roads. Incumbent President Joyce Banda, southern Africa's first female head of state, faced 11 challengers. On May 30 the electoral commission said Mutharika, the brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, took 36.4% of the votes cast against Banda's 20.2%.
    (Reuters, 5/20/14)(AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 20, Nigeria's parliament approved a six-month extension to a state of emergency in three northeast states hit by Islamist militant violence. Two bomb blasts by Boko Haram in the city of Jos killed at least 118 people. Most victims were women and children vendors. Hours later assaults by Boko Haram in three villages killed 48 people.
    (AFP, 5/20/14)(AP, 5/21/14)(SFC, 5/22/14, p.A3)
2014        May 20, In Norway international donors pledged more than $600 million dollars in aid to South Sudan at a conference in Oslo aimed at averting a famine threatening millions of people.
    (AFP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, The Pakistani army effectively declared it would override a crucial plank of the government's strategy and take matters into its own hands. The army said the time for talks with the troublesome Pakistani Taliban was over.
    (Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014        May 20, In Russia a collision between a cargo train and a passenger train near Moscow killed at least 6 people and left up to 45 others injured.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, A Moscow court convicted five men of involvement in the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Four of the men were of Chechen origin.
    (SFC, 5/21/14, p.A2)
2014        May 20, Thailand's powerful military chief intervened for the first time in the country's latest political crisis, declaring martial law and dispatching gun-mounted jeeps into the heart of the capital with a vow to resolve the deepening conflict as quickly as possible.
    (AP, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, UN diplomats said Nigeria has formally asked the UN Security Council al Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
    (Reuters, 5/20/14)
2014        May 20, The UN refugee agency said at least 10,000 people have been driven from their homes since the start of the Ukraine crisis, with Crimean Tatars the hardest-hit.
    (AFP, 5/20/14)

2014        May 21, In California a bus crashed west of Blythe near the Arizona border after it struck a load of metal pipes that had just tumbled from a flatbed truck. 4 passengers were killed and at least 7 seriously injured.
    (SFC, 5/22/14, p.A6)
2014        May 21, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters launched overnight attacks in several provinces, killing at least 10 policemen and 3 civilians. Villagers also found the bodies of 8 slain policemen who were abducted by militants two weeks ago.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, In Albania fourteen fired civil servants launched a hunger strike outside the government headquarters in protest at what they say is a politically motivated cull of workers. They won backing from the main opposition Democratic Party, which accused the Socialist-led government of firing 7,000 people from public-sector posts since coming to power eight months ago.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 21, In Brazil civil police in 14 states went on a 24-hour strike demanding higher pay. A strike by Sao Paulo bus drivers demanding higher pay began losing steam as it entered a second day.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, Brazil and a host of governmental and private partners agreed to create a $215 million fund to expand protected areas of the Amazon rain forest by more than 34,000 square miles and to help pay for its management over the next 25 years.
    (SFC, 5/22/14, p.A2)
2014        May 21, China signed a landmark deal to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow's ties with Asia.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, China’s state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. said it is ready to deliver the country’s first homegrown regional airliner, the ARJ21-700, to Chengdu Airlines.
    (SSFC, 5/25/14, p.D2)
2014        May 21, A Czech Rep. court in Zin sentenced 10 men up to life in prison for being responsible for a 2012 wave of methanol poisoning that killed dozens of people.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, In Egypt a criminal court convicted former Pres. Hosni Mubarek of diverting millions of dollars in public money for his personal use.
    (SFC, 5/22/14, p.A2)
2014        May 21, An Egyptian court sentenced 155 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms and gave 54 of them life sentences in a case related to violence in the Nile Delta province of Mansour last August.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, In Italy Milan's 5,000 taxi drivers sought curbs on San Francisco-based Uber as representatives met with the transport minister. Milan's taxis have been idle for five days to protest Uber’s ride-hailing app.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, In Libya at least 2 people were killed when heavy fighting erupted near Tripoli. Heavy fighting involving anti-aircraft batteries also broke out near an army camp in Tajoura, an eastern suburb.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, Mali launched a military offensive to retake control of a northern Tuareg separatist stronghold. Witnesses reported intense fighting with machine gun and heavy weapons fire in Kidal. At least 50 Malian soldiers were killed and 30 wounded in a failed attempt to retake the Tuareg separatist stronghold. Another 50 were taken prisoner and some 900 surrendered their weapons and sought refuge at a UN post.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)(Reuters, 5/23/14)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.39)
2014        May 21, Mexican authorities said they have rescued 35 people who had been kidnapped and held for ransom in Guerrero state. 4 suspected kidnappers were arrested.
    (SFC, 5/22/14, p.A2)
2014        May 21, Pakistani warplanes and helicopters pounded militant hideouts in Mir Ali, North Waziristan, killing 60 fighters.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, In Pakistan thousands of women, children and activists marched in Baluchistan in a protest against a campaign by Tanzeemul Islam-ul-Furqan (Organization of Islam for the Koran) to force schools to shut down across the region.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he ordered troops to pull out from the regions near Ukraine to help create a positive environment ahead of the nation's presidential vote. Putin spoke from Shanghai, China, where he attended a security summit.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, South Korea offered a $50,000 reward for information about Yoo Byung-eun (73), a mysterious missing billionaire, who authorities say owns a ferry that sank last April 16, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing. Yoo faced allegations of tax evasion, embezzlement and professional negligence.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 21, In Taiwan a university student (21) wielding a knife attacked riders aboard a subway train in Taipei, killing 4 people and injuring at least 21 others.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, In Tajikistan 2 people in the eastern city of Khorog were killed when police opened fire on a crowd that tried to storm a police station to free a local man, the brother of a former warlord, held there and then went on to set fire to several government buildings.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, Thailand's army chief assumed the role of mediator by summoning the country's key political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing martial law.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, Transparency International said South Asia is the most corrupt region of the world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to prevent political interference and protect whistleblowers. The watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 5/21/14)
2014        May 21, Jaime Lusinchi (89), former Venezuelan president (1984-1989), died in Caracas. He had struggled to tame an economic crisis sparked by plunging oil prices in the late 1980s and then saw his reputation tarnished by allegations of corruption after leaving office.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 21, Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung said Vietnam and the Philippines are determined to oppose Chinese infringement of their territorial waters.
    (Reuters, 5/21/14)

2014        May 22, US politicians, federal officials and gay activists celebrated the first day issue of a US Postal Service stamp in honor of Harvey Milk, on what would have been his 84th birthday.
    (SFC, 5/23/14, p.A1)
2014        May 22, Tennessee Rep. Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law allowing the state to electrocute Death Row inmates in the event the state is unable to obtain drugs used for lethal injections.
    (SFC, 5/23/14, p.A6)
2014        May 22, In northeastern Afghan Taliban fighters reportedly kidnapped 27 police officers during an assault in Badakhshan province.
    (SFC, 5/23/14, p.A2)
2014        May 22, Britain voted in local and European elections. An opinion poll exposed a paradox: The anti-EU UK Independence Party was forecast to win the vote yet public opinion favored staying inside the EU.
    (Reuters, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In Central African Republic 3 civilians were killed in Bambari as hundreds of Muslims armed with rifles and machetes clashed with French peacekeeping troops trying to disarm members of the rebel Seleka coalition in the town.
    (Reuters, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In China two vehicles with explosives ploughed into an open market in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, in the deadliest act of violence in the region in years. At least 43 people were killed including 4 suicide bombers. One suspect was captured.
    (Reuters, 5/22/14)(Reuters, 5/23/14)(AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 22, China and Russia vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for war crimes committed by both sides in its civil war.
    (AFP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In Egypt about 150 activists held a protest in Alexandria to demand the release of rights lawyer Mahienoun el-Masry. Police beat protesters with batons and rifle butts and arrested 15 people to disperse a rally against a two-year prison sentence for el-Masry. The army carried out an operation that resulted in the killing of six "extremely dangerous criminal elements."
    (AP, 5/22/14)(Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014        May 22, EU parliamentary elections began in Britain and the Netherlands at the start of 4 days of balloting across the 28 members.
    (SFC, 5/23/14, p.A5)
2014        May 22, In Indonesia Anne Marie Drozdz (40), a British woman, was found dead in the cultural tourism district of Ubud, Bali island, and that there were signs her villa had been broken into. Police on May 24 arrested construction worker Hambali (32) in Jakarta, where he fled following the robbery and murder of Drodzd.
    (AFP, 5/23/14)(AFP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 22, Italy’s statistical body (Istat) said that from October it would include drug trafficking, prostitution, and alcohol and tobacco smuggling in its economic output numbers.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.64)
2014        May 22, Lebanon banned all political gatherings by Syrians on its territory, citing a wish to preserve security two weeks ahead of a controversial Syrian presidential election.
    (AFP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In Mali Tuareg separatists said they have seized control of several towns in the north after routing government forces but they would respect calls for a ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, Nepal said it has opened 104 more mountain peaks for climbers, including two named after the conquerors of Mount Everest, hoping more foreign climbers come to the Himalayan country.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In Nigeria many schools closed around the country to protest the abductions of schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government's failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by the Islamic extremists. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen rampaged through three villages in Borno state, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground.
    (AP, 5/22/14)(AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 22, North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire in disputed waters off the western coast, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, The Pan American Health Organization reported more than 55,000 suspected and confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus since December throughout the Caribbean islands. The virus, spread rapidly by mosquitoes, was first identified in Africa in 1953. It has also reached French Guiana, the first confirmed transmission on the South American mainland.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In Puerto Rico the US FBI issued arrest warrants for 16 police officers on charges of corruption.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In Sudan battles between the Hamar and Maaliya tribes in the border region of West Kordofan and East Darfur states. At least 28 people were killed over the next 24 hours in the renewed fighting.
    (AFP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 22, Syrian troops backed by airstrikes broke a yearlong rebel siege of a prison in Aleppo, allowing Pres. Bashar Assad's forces to close in on a nearby command center of a coalition of Islamist rebel groups. Rebels had sought to free an estimated 4,000 inmates.
    (AP, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In southern Syria a mortar shell struck a large tent late today where supporters of President Bashar Assad had gathered for election campaigning, killing at least 39 people in Daraa and wounding scores.
    (AP, 5/23/14)(SFC, 5/24/14, p.A4)
2014        May 22, Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government in a coup, two days after he declared martial law, saying the military had to restore order and push through reforms after six months of turmoil.
    (Reuters, 5/22/14)
2014        May 22, In Turkey violence erupted when police fired live ammunition as well as tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who denounced the death of a teenage boy who fell into a coma during anti-government unrest last year. At least one person was killed by gunshot and another died of wounds from a grenade explosion.
    (AFP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 22, In eastern Ukraine pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint just north of Donetsk, killing 11 troops and wounding at least 33 others in the deadliest raid yet in weeks of fighting. One insurgent was reported killed. Separatist rebels seized four eastern coal mines and demanded that its workers supply them with explosives.
    (AP, 5/22/14)(AFP, 5/22/14)(Reuters, 5/23/14)(Econ, 5/24/14, p.46)
2014        May 22, The United Nations children's agency defended a decision to pay nearly $90,000 a month for its new office in Myanmar — a three-story house owned by the family of Maj. Gen. Nyunt Tin, who was slapped with US sanctions during the country's dictatorship.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 22, In southern Yemen a shell smashed into a vehicle and killed 5 civilians during clashes between the army and Al-Qaeda suspects near Al-Saeed, Shabwa province. The army and al-Qaida blamed each other.
    (AFP, 5/22/14)

2014        May 23, The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed to a record close above 1900 for the first time rising .4% to 1900.53.
    (SFC, 5/24/14, p.D1)
2014        May 23, In California Elliot Rodger (22) stabbed 3 people to death in his apartment before gunning down 3 more victims in a drive-by late today. He then took his own life during the chaotic killing spree in downtown Isla Vista, near the University of California Santa Barbara campus. He posted his intentions on YouTube just a day before he took to the streets in a black BMW armed with a semi-automatic hand gun.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)(Reuters, 5/25/14)
2014        May 23, In Colorado a federal judge sentenced a former Ethiopian jail guard to 22 years in prison for immigration crimes. Kefelgn Alemu Worku was convicted of genocide in absentia in Ethiopia in 2000 and sentenced to death. He reportedly had tortured and killed dozens of people during government sponsored violence in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 5/24/14, p.A11)
2014        May 23, In Afghanistan gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked an Indian Consulate in Herat, though its diplomatic staff escaped unharmed. Police and soldiers killed three assailants in a gunbattle that saw the building catch fire.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, China warned Japan to stay out of a growing dispute with its neighbors over the South China Sea, as the Philippines implicitly accused Beijing of delaying talks aimed at a solution.
    (Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, In China Liu Han, a former mining tycoon, was sentenced to death for leading a crime gang that killed rivals. Han had been chairman of the Sichuan Hanlong Group, an energy conglomerate with stakes in Australian and US mines.
    (AP, 5/23/14)(SFC, 5/24/14, p.A3)
2014        May 23, In China a tour bus carrying 26 people fell into a section of the Jiulong River in Fujian province killing at least 2 people. Five people remained missing. 24 passengers were from Taiwan.
    (AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 23, Egyptian security sources said Shadi al-Menei, an Islamist militant leader in the Sinai Peninsula, has been shot dead along with 5 others by unknown assailants. State news said a security officer was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at a security checkpoint in the North Sinai town of Rafah. In Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, one man was killed and three others wounded at clashes between security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, Europe's main human rights and democracy forum accused Azerbaijan of intimidating and repressing its critics.
    (Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, A Haitian government official said health authorities will distribute pain medication to clinics around the country amid a surge in suspected cases of a mosquito-borne virus that is new to the region. More than 5,500 suspected cases of the chikungunya virus have been reported in Haiti, up from 1,500 cases a week earlier.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, An Indian court ordered anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal to remain behind bars for another two weeks as he continued to refuse to pay bail in a defamation case.
    (AFP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, Iraq took legal action against Turkey after Ankara announced that oil from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region was being exported to international markets.
    (AFP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, In Iraq violence in Baghdad and in Nineveh killed 9 people as throngs of Shiite pilgrims converged on Baghdad for annual commemoration rituals.
    (AFP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, In Libya at least 2 people were killed when missiles fired at a special forces army base missed their target and struck family homes in the eastern city of Benghazi.
    (AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 23, The African Union said ethnic Tuareg separatist rebels have signed a cease-fire deal after having pushed the Malian army out of Kidal.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, The Int’l. Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague sentenced Germain Katanga, a Congolese militia leader, to 12 years in prison for his role in a 2003 attack where more than 200 civilians were killed.
    (SFC, 5/24/14, p.A3)
2014        May 23, In Pakistan dozens of baton-wielding Sikhs pushed past the front gate and entered the grounds of the parliament in Islamabad as they protested against recent attacks on their houses of worship.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, In Russia’s North Caucasus 4 militants and a member of Russia's security service were killed during clashes in Karbadino-Balkaria.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)
2014        May 23, Syrian rebels and government forces began a truce in an opposition-held area near the central city of Homs. The truce in al-Waar, which lies across the Orontes River from Homs, was meant to enable the warring sites to negotiate an agreement that will allow the rebels to leave the area without being attacked, or later arrested.
    (AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 23, In Thailand ousted members of the former government turned themselves in to the country's new military junta, as soldiers forcefully dispersed hundreds of anti-coup activists who defied a ban on large-scale gatherings to protest the army's seizure of power.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, A Tunisian soldier was killed and five wounded in a landmine explosion near the Algerian border where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, In Ukraine armed pro-Russian separatists clashed with Ukrainian self-defense fighters near the eastern city of Donetsk, two days before the presidential election, and at least two people were killed.
    (Reuters, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, A United Nations committee concluded that the Vatican has effective worldwide control over bishops and priests who must comply with a UN anti-torture treaty, a finding that could expose the Catholic Church to new lawsuits by victims of clerical sex abuse.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, The UN said nearly 30 children fleeing the war-ravaged Central African Republic have died in just a month from starvation, exhaustion and exposure after crossing into Cameroon.
    (AFP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, In Vietnam a woman (67) died after setting herself on fire in downtown Ho Chi Minh City in protest against China's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, The WTO ruled that China's anti-dumping duties on imports of American-made cars and sport-utility vehicles violate international trade rules.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, In northern Yemen suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint manned by Shi'ite Muslim fighters, killing at least three people in Jawf province.
    (AP, 5/23/14)
2014        May 23, Zambia Ranger Dexter Chilunda was killed while investigating reports of gunshots in Liuwa Plain National Park. Two suspected poachers were arrested on June 1.
    (AP, 6/3/14)

2014        May 24, President Barack Obama made a surprise trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 24, Afghan officials said security forces have flushed out insurgents from Yamgan district in Badakshan province, where 15 policemen were taken hostage. 8 policemen were reported killed and seven others were wounded. At least 7 civilians were also killed during operation.
    (AFP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, In Belgium 3 people were killed and one badly injured after a man walked into the Jewish Museum in Brussels, pulled out a Kalashnikov shoulder rifle and started shooting before walking away.
    (AFP, 5/24/14)(SFC, 5/26/14, p.A2)
2014        May 24, In Djibouti a suicide bombing at a restaurant filled with Western military personnel killed three people and wounded at least 15. Two Somalis were suspected of carrying out the attack.
    (Reuters, 5/25/14)
2014        May 24, An Egyptian court convicted 20 students from an Islamist university in Cairo on charges of rioting during a protest last year in support of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, sentencing most of them to five years in prison.
    (AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, French forces in Central African Republic fired mortars and exchanged sustained gunfire with Muslim rebels who once controlled the country.
    (AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck northern Greece and western Turkey. Over 250 people were reported injured.
    (SSFC, 5/25/14, p.A4)
2014        May 24, In Iran Mahafarid Amir Khosravi (aka Amir Mansour Aria), a billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam, was executed. His was the largest fraud case since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution. A total of 39 defendants were convicted in the case. Four received death sentences, two got life sentences and the rest received sentences of up to 25 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, Malawi President Joyce Banda said she is cancelling elections citing fraud and "rampant irregularities." The decision triggered protests and was challenged by the national electoral authority and a political rival. Banda, who had been standing for re-election, ordered a new vote within 90 days but said she would no longer be a candidate to guarantee a credible outcome. Shortly before her announcement, the electoral commission released preliminary results showing opposition Democratic Progressive Party candidate Peter Mutharika leading with 42 percent of the vote, followed by Banda with 23 percent. The head of the electoral authority said she did not have the power to do this and that vote counting was continuing.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, In Nigeria a car bomb killed at least 3 people in Jos.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 24, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready for talks with Japan over disputed Pacific Islands, but Japan may not be ready for negotiations. Japan has imposed a set of measures against Russia for its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, Russian authorities said 7 militants in the North Caucasus province of Ingushetia died in a three-hour gun battle with Russian security forces after which their hide-out was consumed by fire.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, In Somalia al-Shabab militants stormed the parliament in Mogadishu. At least 7 people were killed including 6 attackers.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)(SSFC, 5/25/14, p.A4)
2014        May 24, Sudanese rebels launched a major operation against an area in South Kordofan which a controversial counter-insurgency unit showed off to journalists after "liberating" it last week. The Daldako field commander of Rapid Support-2 was killed in the rebel counter-attack.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 24, Thailand's coup leaders said that they would keep former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders detained for up to a week to give them "time to think" and to keep the country calm. 9 bombs exploded in the restive south, killing 2 people and wounding dozens.
    (AP, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, In eastern Ukraine Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli (30) and Russian interpreter Andrey Mironov were killed while covering fighting between government forces and pro-Russia insurgents. They were reportedly hit by government mortar fire as they were taking shelter in a roadside ditch.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 24, Pope Francis called for urgent steps to end Syria's three-year-old civil war as he arrived in neighboring Jordan.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)
2014        May 24, Yemeni soldiers killed 15 al-Qaida fighters in fierce fighting with militants who launched a major attack overnight targeting army, security and government buildings in Sayoun city, Hadramawt province. 12 soldiers were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 5/24/14)(Reuters, 5/25/14)

2014        May 25, In western Colorado three men went missing after a half-mile stretch of ridge, saturated by rain, collapsed. The resulting mud slide in the Grand Mesa stretched for three miles.
    (SFC, 5/27/14, p.A12)
2014        May 25, In Afghanistan Abdul Wadod Jaju, a police commander in Kandahar city, died of wounds from a suicide bomber. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack. 
    (AP, 5/25/14) 
2014        May 25, Prominent Bahraini Shiite activist Nabil Rajab issued an appeal for "serious dialogue" in the Sunni-ruled kingdom following his release after serving a two-year jail term.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, China’s state news said at least 19 people have died and seven were reporting missing in widespread flooding that's hit hundreds of thousands of people in a swath of southern China.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, In northwestern China two trucks collided, killing 10 people and injuring 32 in Wujiaqu city, Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, Colombia held presidential elections. Former Finance Minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga finished first in the opening round with 29%, but failed to win the majority of votes needed to avoid a runoff ballot in three weeks against incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.30)
2014        May 25, European elections culminated today as the remainder of the EU's 28 countries went to the polls. Official but still partial returns from the European Parliament elections showed an unprecedented surge by Euroskeptics and outright anti-EU politicians.
    (Reuters, 5/25/14)(AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 25, In France Marine Le Pen’s populist National Front (FN) won 25% of the European elections vote. The center-right opposition UMP came in 2nd with 21% and the ruling Socialist won 14%.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.45)
2014        May 25, In Germany Berlin voters cast ballots on whether to develop or preserve as leisure space a big part of the former Tempelhof airport, the hub of the historic 1948-49 Berlin Airlift. Voters decided to keep it bare.
    (AP, 5/25/14)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.44)
2014        May 25, In Greece the election for 21 seats in the European Parliament was held together with runoff voting for local government. The opposition Syriza won just two races for regional governor, while New Democracy won seven and four went to independents.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 25, An Iranian court convicted the editor and a contributor of the banned Bahar Daily newspaper over a series of charges, including lying about Islam and spreading anti-regime propaganda.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, In Iraq a car bomb exploded outside a liquor store in Kirkuk overnight, killing at least 12 civilians.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, Libya’s embattled parliament approved an Islamist-backed government headed by Ahmed Maiteg despite a boycott by non-Islamists and the threats from Gen. Khalifa Hifter.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 25, Polls opened in Lithuania for the second round of the presidential election, in which incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite competed against the center-left candidate Zigmantas Balcytis. Grybauskaite won the first consecutive presidential term in the country's history.
    (AP, 5/25/14)(AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 25, The leader of Nigeria's Muslims called for followers of the faith to unite against Boko Haram extremists, pledging the government full support to ensure their defeat. The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, also said the government should address issues of inequality towards Muslims.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, Pakistan said it was releasing 151 Indian fishermen who were detained on charges of crossing illegally into its territorial waters.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, In Poland General Wojciech Jaruzelski (90) died. The Communist leader for years had helped the Kremlin suppress dissent behind the Iron Curtain before finally allowing democratic rule.
    (Reuters, 5/26/14)(Econ, 6/14/14, p.86)
2014        May 25, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen stormed a tribal police post, killing six police officers and wounding three in the Wadh area of Baluchistan province's Khuzdar district.
    (AP, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, Syria's Al-Qaeda branch (Al-Nusra Front) staged four suicide bomb attacks on army positions, leaving dozens of casualties, in a bid to cut off Idlib province from the coast. The Syrian air force also struck the area, killing 2 rebels and wounding another 15. A car bomb struck a pro-government neighborhood in Homs, killing at least 10 people. One of the suicide bombers was later identified as Abu Hurayra al-Amriki, a US citizen from Florida. A jihadist from the Maldives was also among the four bombers.
    (AFP, 5/25/14)(AP, 5/25/14)(SFC, 5/31/14, p.A2)(AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        May 25, In Tunisia security forces arrested 16 suspects, including three Tunisians who had just crossed over from Libya and were believed to be part of the banned, al-Qaida-linked Ansar al-Shariah organization.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 25, Ukraine held presidential elections as separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with 5.1 million voters, blocked the vote. Billionaire candy-maker Petro Poroshenko led with about 54 percent in the field of 21 candidates. A possible runoff was set for June 15.
    (AP, 5/25/14)(AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 25, Pope Francis landed at Israel's international airport, kicking off the final leg of his Holy Land pilgrimage. Pope Francis invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace.
    (AP, 5/25/14)(Reuters, 5/25/14)
2014        May 25, Yemen's security forces killed 5 al Qaeda members and captured four in a raid in Bayt al-Othdri, in the Arhab region. Yemeni troops killed 5 Houthi members in fighting outside the city of Omran in the northern province of the same name.
    (Reuters, 5/25/14)

2014        May 26, In Florida laurel wilt disease, caused by a beetle the size of a rice grain, was reported to be killing off swamp bay trees. It has been detected across more than 500 square miles of the Everglades and has also infected avocado and red bay trees in southern Miami-Dade County and elsewhere in the southeast.
    (SFC, 5/26/14, p.A9)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A8)
2014        May 26, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up close to an army minibus in Kabul, killing at least 2 people and injuring nine.
    (Reuters, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Bulgaria's main opposition party called for an early general election after winning the most votes for seats in the European Parliament, contending the country's Socialist-led coalition government lacks public support to govern.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, China announced that it has arrested more than 200 terror suspects over the past month in the restive Xinjiang region, highlighting its commitment to a security crackdown even as a bloody attack last week raised questions about its effectiveness. Police foiled a terror plot by detaining five suspects and seizing 1.8 tons of bomb-making materials in the Hotan section of the Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, Some 40 Chinese fishing boats surrounded a Vietnamese fishing boat before one of them rammed it and it sank not far from where China has parked an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea. Vietnamese fishing boats operating nearby rescued the 10 fishermen on board.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, China’s government said 37 people have died and six left missing in widespread flooding that's hit hundreds of thousands of people in a swath of southern China.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, China's government said it plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, Egyptians voted in an election expected to install former army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president, with supporters brushing aside concerns about political freedom and hailing him as the strong leader the country needs. Turnout on the first day was only 15%.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 26, French President Francois Hollande said his Socialist government won't resign and will press forward with tax cuts and other reforms despite a record victory for the far right in European parliament elections.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In Ghana 6 people were killed and three others injured when a mine collapsed in the gold-rich Ashanti region.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, Greece's main opposition party formally requested an early general election after winning the vote for the European Parliament, arguing that the country's conservative government now lacks the legitimacy to implement reforms related to international bailouts.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In India Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister.
    (Reuters, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In northern India the Gorakhpur Express passenger train plowed into a parked freight train, killing 26 people near Churaib station in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, In northern India five men, including the father, a brother and a cousin of a man accused in a May 11 rape, followed the victim's mother away from her house and beat her relentlessly, demanding she drop the accusation. Three men were arrested on May 29 and police searched for two others in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh state. On Nov 27 India's top investigative agency said that two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged by attackers in a north Indian village actually committed suicide because of shame over a relationship with a boyfriend.
    (AP, 5/30/14)(AP, 11/27/14)
2014        May 26, Israel approved plans for 50 new homes for Israelis in annexed east Jerusalem as Pope Francis wrapped up a visit to the region.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Italian police arrested a former environment minister for allegedly embezzling 3.4 million euros ($4.6 million) from ministry funds earmarked for a water resources project in Iraq. Corrado Clini, who served in the government of ex-premier Mario Monti, was put under house arrest.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Jordan ordered Syria's ambassador to leave the country within 24 hours in a humiliating public announcement made on state-run media, accusing him of making "offensive" statements about the kingdom.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Two Kenyan soldiers were killed when militants from Somalia's Shebab rebels ambushed a military convoy near Lamu on the Kenya-Somalia border.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In Libya gunmen shot dead Moftah Abu Zeid, chief editor of the Brnieq newspaper and an outspoken critic of Islamists in Benghazi.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Moroccan authorities said three militants have been arrested for recruiting fighters and funding groups linked to al-Qaida that are fighting against the government in Syria.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In northeastern Nigeria a suspected Boko Haram attack on a military base and police station left at least 33 people dead.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 26, South Korea and China agreed recent nuclear activity by North Korea posed a serious threat to the peace and stability of the region and Pyongyang must not conduct a nuclear test, after a meeting of their top diplomats in Seoul.
    (Reuters, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Syrian rebels made advances in the northwest, seizing several army checkpoints as they inched closer towards taking over two major bases. Fawzi Ayoub, a senior Lebanese-Canadian commander in the Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah, was killed while fighting alongside Syrian government troops against rebels. Ayoub was on the FBI's "most wanted" list for attempting to bomb Israel.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)(Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, In Thailand Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha secured the royal imprimatur for his coup four days earlier.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.32)
2014        May 26, A Tunisian court decided to dissolve the League for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR), a pro-Islamist group accused of inciting violence, as sought by the powerful UGTT workers union.
    (AFP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, A Turkish court ordered the arrests of four former Israeli military commanders being tried in absentia over the killing of 9 people aboard a Turkish aid ship that tried to break a Gaza blockade on May 31, 2010.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, Ukraine's new president-elect Petro Poroshenko promised to negotiate an end to a pro-Russia insurgency in the east, saying he was willing to begin talks with Moscow. Government forces used fighter jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the Donetsk airport. At least 40 people, including 2 civilians, were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(AP, 5/27/14)

2014        May 27, The US Supreme Court struck down Florida’s IQ law on capital punishment saying the IQ score cutoff was too rigid to decide which mentally disabled individuals must be spared the death penalty.
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)
2014        May 27, In southern California the bodies of 2 men and 2 women were found at a suburban home in Mission Viejo.
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)
2014        May 27, Congressman Ralph Hall (91) of Texas, the oldest ever member of the US House, lost his Republican re-election bid to US Attorney John Ratliff (48).
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A8)
2014        May 27, In Abkhazia opposition protesters broke windows and doors to take control of the presidential building in Sukhumi, while others held talks with President Alexander Ankvab after several thousand gathered to vent their anger at its government about alleged corruption and misrule.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Angolan police beat and detained 20 people protesting at Luanda’s Independence Square against the killing of three activists over the last two years by security forces.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Belgium's King Philippe appointed Flemish separatist leader Bart De Wever to lead talks to form a government although his chances of getting French-speaking parties to work with him look limited.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, A Chinese court announced guilty verdicts for 55 people on charges of terrorism, separatism and murder in a stadium filled with 7,000 people in Yili, Xinjiang province. At least one convict received a death sentence before the audience made up of local residents and officials.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Egypt’s government and media harangued voters to go to the polls in the second day of the presidential election.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, Sheila B. Keetharuth, the UN "special rapporteur" on human rights in Eritrea, reported that torture, sexual violence and extra-judicial killings "continue unabated" in the Horn of Africa country.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, New Indian PM Narendra Modi met with Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif and asked that his country "abide by its commitment" to prevent its territory from being used in terrorism against India and speed up investigations into the 2008 attack in Mumbai. Modi also met with the leaders of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Bangladesh and Maldives, a day after they attended his inauguration.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shi'ite mosque in central Baghdad, killing 17 people. Altogether a wave of attacks left 21 people dead.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)(AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Bus operators in Kenya unveiled plans for a cashless fare system aimed at protecting passengers from theft and police extortion which they say siphon a third of their revenue away.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In Malaysia Gareth Huntley (34), a UK backpacker disappeared when he went on a trek to a waterfall on Tioman Island. His body was found on June 4 close to where he was living.
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        May 26, Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil company arrested four its employees for stealing fuel from the company's pipelines.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, Norway’s security service said three men with alleged links to al-Qaida have been arrested for supporting or participating in a terror organization. Two of the suspects have fought for ISIL in Syria.
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A2)
2014        May 27, In Pakistan Farzana Parveen (25), a three-months pregnant woman, was reportedly beaten to death outside the Lahore High Court with bricks by members of her own family for marrying the man of her choice. She had gone to testify in defense of her husband Muhammad Iqbal (45), who was accused by her relatives of kidnapping her and forcing her into the marriage. Parveen's father Muhammad Azeem was detained while five others, two brothers and three cousins, remained at large. Four more suspects were arrested on May 29. On May 31 Farzana's elder sister said it was Iqbal who had killed her. Iqbal has admitted that he had killed his first wife in a dispute over Farzana in 2009. The two brothers were arrested on June 4. Authorities also arrested a third man for taking part in the assault who has claimed the woman Parveen was married to him at the time she married against her family's wishes.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)(AP, 5/28/14)(AP, 5/30/14)(AP, 6/1/14)(AP, 6/4/14)
2014        May 27, In northwestern Pakistan a truck veered off a narrow road and fell into the Swat River, killing 16 members of an extended family.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on the make-up of a national unity government in the most significant step yet toward healing their seven-year rift.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, Saudi media said a court has sentenced to death Rida Rabih, son of Shiite cleric Jaafar Rabih. The Shiite protester was convicted of opening fire on a police patrol during unrest in the kingdom's east.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In Sierra Leone a woman died from the Ebola virus, the second person in the country to succumb to the haemorrhagic fever.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, In Somalia a Turkish man, Saadettin Dogan, was shot dead in Mogadishu when gunmen attacked the car he was traveling in with a senior manager from Turkish Airlines.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In Syria government barrel bombs in Aleppo killed 22 people in the eastern districts of Hay Qataneh, Tariq al-Bab, Bustan al-Qasr, Bani Zeid, Mghayer and Lairamoun.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 27, In Thailand armed troops detained Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang who defiantly emerged from hiding to condemn last week's military coup and urge a return to civilian rule.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil a day after government forces used fighter jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the airport. Dozens were reported killed and the mayor went on television to urge residents to stay indoors. Unidentified men stormed Donetsk's main ice hockey arena and set it ablaze.
    (AP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 27, In northern Yemen Shiite rebels attacked army positions and killed 5 soldiers, prompting renewed clashes between the two sides.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)

2014        May 28, A US Veteran’s Affairs watchdog reported systemic problems at the Phoenix VA Hospital with waiting time for care for a first appointment averaging 115-days.
    (SFC, 5/29/14, p.A7)
2014        May 28, In a TV interview by NBC News Eric Snowden, described by the NSA as an information technology contractor, said he was a trained spy who had worked under assumed names overseas for the CIA and the National Security Agency.
    (SFC, 5/29/14, p.A6)
2014        May 28, Apple confirmed that it is buying Beats Electronics, a headphone and streaming music service, for $3 billion.
    (SFC, 5/29/14, p.C1)
2014        May 28, Google said it would build 100 prototype driverless cars devoid of pedals, steering wheels or controls save an on/off switch.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.59)
2014        May 28 Maya Angelou (b.1928), American poet, writer and civil rights activist, died. Her 1969 memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" was the first of her seven memoirs.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.98)
2014        May 28, In Afghanistan a NATO soldier died in a helicopter crash in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 28, In Central African Republic gunmen sprayed bullets and hurled grenades at people sheltering at the Our Lady of Fatima church in Bangui following a battle between anti-balaka militia and residents of the nearby Muslim neighborhood of PK5. At least 17 people were killed and 27 abducted.
    (Reuters, 5/29/14)(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 5/30/14)
2014        May 28, In eastern China members of the "All-powerful spirit" religious cult beat a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant in Zhaoyuan. The attack was caught on video and 6 members of the cult were soon arrested. Five members of the Church of Almighty God, aka Eastern Lightning" went on trial on Aug 21. In October two defendants were sentenced to death, a 3rd to life in prison, and two other to seven and ten years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/o575hgg)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.40)(AFP, 10/11/14)
2014        May 28, Egyptian authorities extended balloting for a third day as they scrambled to rescue the country's presidential election from the embarrassment of low voter turnout.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, France's highest administrative court annulled the decree setting wind power feed-in tariffs, marking the end of a complex legal procedure that has stifled investment in the French onshore wind sector.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, French police raided makeshift camps in the English Channel port of Calais, clearing out ramshackle shelters that housed hundreds of illegal migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Africa.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In India villagers found the bodies of two girls (14&15), who had gone missing the previous day, hanging from a tree near Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state. A group of men had raped and killed the two cousins, then hung their bodies from a mango tree. On May 30 two police officers were arrested and two more fired in the case. By May 31 three suspects were in custody and two remained missing.
    (AP, 5/29/14)(AP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 28, Iranian media said the country has recorded its first two cases of the MERS virus.
    (SFC, 5/29/14, p.A2)
2014        May 28, In Iraq a suicide car bomber struck a police checkpoint in Baghdad, killing at least 6 people in the deadliest in a series of attacks that left 14 people dead.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, Israeli soldiers raided the offices of a Palestinian newspaper in the West Bank city of Ramallah, ordering them to stop printing publications by the Islamist movement Hamas.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In Jordan a man (69) died after being infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. This brought to 6 the number of fatalities in Jordan from MERS since it first emerged in 2012.
    (AFP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 28, Cardinal Bechara Rai, head of Lebanon's largest group of Christians, the Maronite Catholics, made two politically charged stops in his precedent-setting pilgrimage to Israel.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, Libyan warplanes bombed militia bases in Benghazi as part of a renegade former general's campaign to purge the chaotic North African state of Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In Morocco more than 1,000 would-be immigrants tried to forced their way over razor-wire barriers into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, with about half succeeding. Around 2,000 have breached the 12-km. barriers so far this year, up from just over 1,000 for the whole of 2013.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, A major faction of the Pakistani Taliban announced it was splitting from the militant outfit following bloody clashes with a rival group since March.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf militants, having received an unspecified amount of ransom, freed businesswoman Sugar Diane Esperanza Buenviaje near the Jolo airport in Sulu. Gunmen had seized Buenviaje, who owns a construction supplies store on Mapun island in Tawi Tawi province, near Sulu, in February and took her away in a motorboat.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In the Philippines 6 members of the same family died after a fire struck a tent city set up for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In Puerto Rico dozens of employees with the Port Authority went on strike to protest fiscal measures aimed at reducing government spending. The protests come as Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla pushed to reduce spending as the island entered its eighth year in recession and battled a $73 billion public debt.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In South Africa constable Bonginkosi Makaula (33) spoke to his female partner at Cape Town's international airport. He opened fire during an altercation, injuring the woman and two employees in the airport food court, and then shot and killed himself.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 28, In South Korea a fire, believed set by a dementia patient (81), blazed through a ward of Hyosarang Hospital for the elderly in Jangseong county and killed 22 people, mostly from smoke inhalation. On Nov 21 the dementia patient (81) was convicted of arson and manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/28/14)(AP, 11/21/14)
2014        May 28, In Spain 30 people were arrested and 14 others hurt when police clashed with stone-throwing youths in a third night of riots sparked by a squat eviction in Barcelona.
    (AFP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 28, In Syria 21 people died in a 2nd wave of barrel bomb strikes on the Mghayer district of Aleppo.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, Syrians abroad voted early in an election that looks certain to give Pres. Bashar al- Assad a 3rd seven-year term as president.
    (Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 28, Thailand's junta appointed two retired generals with palace connections as advisers, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle. The junta also freed leaders of the "Red Shirt" movement allied to the civilian government ousted in a recent coup, after holding them without charge for nearly a week.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In southeast Turkey Kurdish guerrillas shot dead a state-sponsored militia member in the southeastern province of Mardin.
    (Reuters, 5/29/14)
2014        May 28, In Tunisia gunmen attacked the Kasserine home of Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou while his family was inside, killing 4 of the policeman standing guard.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In Ukraine pro-Russian militants conceded that militants from Chechnya had joined their rebellion.
    (SFC, 5/29/14, p.A2)
2014        May 28, Yemeni officials said police have killed Al-Qaeda suspects Abdulkhaliq Mohammed al-Kabsi and Yehya Mohammed Sanhu. They were allegedly involved in a series of hit-and-run attacks against security personnel in Sanaa.
    (AP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, Zimbabwe's cabinet ordered that a controversial equity law which forces foreign companies to cede a majority shareholding to local investors be amended.
    (AP, 5/29/14)

2014        May 29, A US congressional committee reported that “Operation Choke Point," an anti-fraud campaign of the Justice Dept., has strangled legitimate businesses that the government objects to for ideological reasons, such as payday lenders or gun dealers.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.80)
2014        May 29, In southern billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, unveiled Dragon V2, a new spacecraft designed to carry up to seven astronauts to the Int’l. Space Station (ISS).
    (SFC, 5/30/14, p.A4)
2014        May 29, In Maryland two spellers were declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Indian-Americans Sriram Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe of Texas shared the title after a riveting final-round duel in which they nearly exhausted the 25 designated championship words. They become the fourth co-champions in the bee's 89-year history and the first since 1962.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 29, In Afghanistan roadside bombings across the country killed 4 people.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Argentina said it has reached a $9.7 billion deal with the Paris Club to resolve debts unpaid since its economic crisis and default in 2001.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Karlheinz Boehm (86), an Austrian actor and human rights activist, died. In 1981 he founded the Menschen fuer Menschen ("People for People") aid group dedicated to helping people in Ethiopia.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 29, In Central African Republic youths plundered a mosque in Bangui and barricaded streets with burning tires in protest at an attack by Muslim gunmen on a church a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, China’s health officials said they expect 2 million extra babies per year as a result of loosening its “one child" birth limits.
    (SFC, 5/30/14, p.A2)
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 29, In Egypt with nearly all votes counted, retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won a crushing victory over his sole opponent in the country's presidential election with more than 92 percent of the votes. The interim president said turnout reached 46 percent.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, In western India a woman was crushed to death after a conductor pushed her on a moving train for boarding the wrong coach in Jalgaon, east of Mumbai. She lost her balance, slipped into the gap between the coach and platform and was run over by the train.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Japan and North Korea agreed to a deal in which Japan will relax sanctions in return for a North Korean investigation of abductions in the 1970s and 1980s.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.43)
2014        May 29, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced that nine scientists have won the biennial Kavli awards for theories about the first moments of the universe, discoveries about the brain and techniques to let researchers see ever-tinier things.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Norwegian police removed Greenpeace activists from a platform operated by Statoil, which they boarded two days ago in a protest against drilling in Arctic waters.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked PM Rami Hamdallah to head a new national unity government which will bring together the feuding Hamas and Fatah parties.
    (Reuters, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, FBI agents in Puerto Rico arrested judge Manuel Acevedo Hernandez.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a deal creating an economic union with ex-Soviet states Belarus and Kazakhstan.
    (AFP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, A Russian spacecraft carrying a three-man crew docked successfully at the International Space Station following a flawless launch.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said 13 people have died over the last two weeks from the Middle Eastern respiratory virus and that 186 people in total have died from the MERS virus since it was discovered in 2012.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, In Spain police in Barcelona arrested 23 people after a fourth night of clashes with hooded youths.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 29, In Syria the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) kidnapped some 153 schoolchildren. They were on their way back to Ain al-Arab from taking year-end school exams in the northern city of Aleppo.
    (AFP, 7/1/14)
2014        May 29, More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week's military coup.
    (AP, 5/29/14)
2014        May 29, In Ukraine rebels in the east shot down a government military helicopter amid heavy fighting around Slovyansk in the Donetsk region, killing at least 12 soldiers including Gen. Serhiy Kulchytskiy. An insurgent leader confirmed that his fighters were holding four missing observers and their Ukrainian translator from the OSCE and promised they would be released shortly.
    (AP, 5/29/14)(AP, 5/30/14)

2014        May 30, Pres. Obama accepted the resignation of Eric Shinseki (71) from his position as Secretary of Veteran Affairs following ongoing issues of veteran care at VA medical centers.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.A5)
2014        May 30, In Kentucky James Schook (66), a former priest dying of cancer, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for carrying on a years-long sexual relationship with a teenage boy.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.A4)
2014        May 30, Abkhazia opposition leaders said they now held power, despite President Alexander Ankvab's refusal to quit after protesters stormed his headquarters.
    (Reuters, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, Britain’s Office of National Statistics said prostitution and the import, manufacture and consumption of illegal drugs will be counted when making the quarterly calculations of the gross domestic product (GDP).
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.A3)
2014        May 30, The Central African Republic's interim president Catherine Samba-Panza accused armed groups of seeking to destabilize her government, as two people were shot dead by Burundian peacekeepers in a second day of violent protests in Bangui. Thousands marched through the center of Bangui to demand the resignation of Catherine Samba-Panza and the withdrawal of the Burundian contingent of the African Union peacekeeping mission.
    (Reuters, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, Egypt's state media reported that interim president Adly Mansour has revoked amnesties for 52 people pardoned in 2012-13 by ousted president Mohamed Mursi, including Islamists affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, French police in Marseille arrested Mehdi Nemmouche (29) over the May 24 killings at a Belgian Jewish museum after he arrived on a bus from Amsterdam. Nemmouche had spent about a year in Syria and claimed responsibility for the shootings in a video.
    (Reuters, 6/1/14)
2014        May 30, An Iranian an opposition website, Kaleme, said an Iranian court last week sentenced eight people to jail terms ranging from seven to 20 years for crimes including anti-regime propaganda posted on Facebook.
    (AFP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, In Iran floods killed 3 women in the northeast. Emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide in Golestan province.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 30, Jamaica's government said it is launching a $5 million welfare-to-work program that is expected to benefit some 2,000 people. The program will be implemented in the next two years. The island of 2.9 million people suffered a 16 percent unemployment rate with nearly 17 percent of the population below the poverty line.
    (AP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 30, Malawi police clashed with protesters demanding a recount of the disputed presidential elections. At least one protester was shot dead. Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika was declared the winner of the disputed presidential election after defeating President Joyce Banda, who came in third.
    (AFP, 5/30/14)(Reuters, 5/30/14)(AFP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, In Mexico 19 people filed a criminal complaint alleging they were sexually abused by a now-suspended Mexican priest, and allege his archdiocese covered up the allegations for years. Mexico's Roman Catholic Church announced May 27 that the Vatican had stripped Eduardo Cordova of his clerical functions after investigations into allegations of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old in 2012.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 30, Pakistani police chopped off the left hands of two men accused of theft after they refused to confess to stealing electrical wire and mobile phones. Ghulam Mustafa (38) and Liaquat Ali (42) later said they were arrested eight days earlier after local people falsely accused them of stealing and handed them over to the police who beat and tortured them.
    (Reuters, 6/2/14)
2014        May 30, South Korean pop star Psy and his irrepressible "Gangnam Style" became the first YouTube video to surpass 2 billion views, crossing the mark around shortly before midnight EDT.
    (AP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 30, Spain's police arrested six members of a group that allegedly recruited jihadist militants to fight in Libya and Mali. The arrests took place in north African enclave city of Melilla.
    (AP, 5/30/14)
2014        May 30, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 2,000 people have been killed since January in regime bombing of rebel-held areas of Aleppo city and nearby towns and villages.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 30, Ukraine told Russia a $786 million partial payment on a bill that Russia says could exceed $5 billion by next week was on its way to Moscow. That averted an immediate threat that Russia would stop supplying the former Soviet republic with gas if it fails to make advance payments.
    (Reuters, 5/31/14)

2014        May 31, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that the US "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards.
    (AP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American prisoner of the Afghan war, was freed after Pres. Obama agreed to release five high-level Afghan detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The government of Qatar served as the go-between in the negotiations and is taking custody of the five Afghan detainees.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 31, San Francisco police raided an apartment at 1831 Polk Street, the home of Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, and reportedly found explosives. The FBI launched a nationwide manhunt for Chamberlain, a self-described political junkie with a background in Bay Area public relations. Chamberlain was arrested in SF on June 2. On June 3 the FBI said bomb making materials were found in Chamberlain’s apartment. FBI court filings later said Chamberlain was seeking illegal toxins on a black market website.
    (SFC, 6/2/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/3/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/4/14, p.E1)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.C1)
2014        May 31, In Colorado two men died when their small plane crashed northeast of Denver near Front Range Airport.
    (SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A10)
2014        May 31, In NY Mufid Elfgeeh, a naturalized US citizen from Yemen, was arrested after federal prosecutors said he bought two unregistered guns from an FBI informant. Investigators said he plotted to kill returning US troops for American actions overseas and Shiite Muslims over the civil war in Syria. In July a fire destroyed his boarded-up restaurant in Rochester. In 2003 his uncle Abad Elfgeeh was arrested in Brooklyn on suspicions of deep involvement in a terrorism network in Yemen.
    (AP, 7/14/14)(http://tinyurl.com/of7pfd7)
2014        May 31, Lewis Katz (72), a co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, was among 7 people killed in the crash of his small plane in Bedford, Mass.
    (AP, 6/1/14)(SFC, 6/3/14, p.A6)
2014        May 31, In Waukesha, Wisconsin, two girls (12) stabbed their friend Peyton Leutner (12) nineteen times in a park following a slumber party in Waukesha to please “Slender Man," a demon-like creature they learned about on creepypasta.wikia.com. On Aug 1 a judge ruled that one of the girls is mentally incompetent and can’t stand trial. On March 13 a judge ruled that both girls must stand trial as adults.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A6)(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A4)
2014        May 31, Isaac Patch (101), a CIA book-smuggler, civil rights campaigner and naturalist, died.
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.82)
2014        May 31, In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 14 civilians after a wedding ceremony in the Giro district of Ghazni province.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, Australia said that it has banned Thailand's coup leaders from visiting and downgraded their military ties.
    (AP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, Some flights between Australia and southeast Asia and all domestic flights operating out of Darwin airport in the country’s north were canceled after the eruption a day earlier of Sangeang Api in Indonesia’s south produced a large cloud of ash.
    (Reuters, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, The Queen musical "We Will Rock You" closed in its London home after 12 straight years. It had played to more than 6.5 million people at the Dominion Theatre with over 4,600 performances.
    (AFP, 3/11/14)
2014        May 31, In Cambodia 7 people died from a lack of oxygen after climbing down a well in Cambodia to retrieve about 75 cents.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 31, In Central African Republic hundreds of Muslims marched in their last major enclave in Bangui, protesting against a call by the president that they disarm and demanding their safe evacuation from the city.
    (Reuters, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, Egypt's outgoing interim President Adly Mansour issued a decree making dishonoring the Egyptian flag or not standing for the national anthem a criminal offense, punishable by sentences of up to one year in prison and a fine of more than $4,000.
    (AP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, In southwest Egypt smugglers killed 6 army border guards, including an officer, in a gunbattle in in the Wadi el-Gadid province.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 31, In eastern India lightning struck farmers working in fields, killing at least 13 people in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 31, Pakistani troops killed 16 militants following a Taliban attack on army posts in the Bajur tribal region. Afghan officials said the airstrike along the border reportedly killed 5 civilians. The Taliban attacked several military posts in northwestern Pakistan after crossing over from neighboring Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 5/31/14)(AP, 5/31/14)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A5)
2014        May 31, In northern Russia a helicopter crashed into a lake and 16 of the 18 people on board were missing. Two passengers, who floated to the surface still strapped into their seats, were rescued by fishermen and hospitalized for treatment of broken legs and other injuries. The helicopter belonged to the fertilizer company Apatit.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 31, In Scotland the Edinburgh tram system finally opened to the public -- four years late, half the size and twice the cost originally planned.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, In Syria at least 20 government soldiers and militia were killed in a fresh attack by Islamist rebels, who planted explosives in a tunnel under an army position in Aleppo.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, Turkish police shut Gezi Park, the Istanbul square at the center of mass demonstrations in 2013, to prevent any efforts to mark the anniversary of the biggest anti-government protests in decades.
    (Reuters, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, In Yemen suspected al-Qaeda militants shot dead Colonel Nasser al-Issa, an intelligence officer, in the southern province of Lahej.
    (Reuters, 5/31/14)
2014        May 31, Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned in the Red Sea in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year.
    (AFP, 6/6/14)

2014        May, In California the Cocos Fire scorched roughly 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego. On March 24, 2015, a state judge ruled that a teenage girl (14) sparked the wildfire.
    (Reuters, 3/24/15)
2014        May, Scientists reported that a zircon crystal discovered in Western Australia in 2010 has been determined to be 4.374 billion years old, making it the oldest rock ever discovered on Earth.
    (SSFC, 1/4/15, p.C12)
2014        May, Wiko, a 2-year-old French company, introduced its smartphone in Britain. Prices in France started at about €70 ($96). 
    (Econ, 4/5/14, p.57)
2014        May, Oman sentenced Muhammad al-Khusaibi, a former commerce minister, to three years in jail following a corruption trial.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.60)
2014        May, Venezuela saw its first cases of chikungunya, a disease that causes high fevers and severe joint pain. It took authorities five months to declare it a notifiable disease.
    (Econ., 4/4/15, p.32)

2014        Jun 1, In NYC a man fatally stabbed Prince Joshua Avitto (6) and wounded Mikayla Capers (7) as they rode an elevator to a Brooklyn apartment to get ice cream.  A man fled leaving behind the knife. On June 5 police charged Daniel St. Hubert, a recently released convict, with murder and other crimes.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 1, The crown prince of Abu Dhabi and other international donors said they are committing a combined $80 million to fund the conservation of lions, tigers and other wild cats.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, Cameroon state radio said security forces have killed some 40 Boko Haram militants in clashes in the country's far north, shortly after the release of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun suspected to have been held by the Islamist group.
    (Reuters, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, Egypt's stock market witnessed a sharp plunge that forced a temporary suspension of trading after reports of a newly proposed government tax on capital gains which experts said was hardly explained to investors.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, In El Salvador Sanchez Ceren (69) was sworn in as president.
    (SFC, 6/2/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 1, Thousands of people marched through downtown Hong Kong to remember the June 4, 1989, bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, days before the 25th anniversary of the tumultuous event.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, In India a three-story building under construction collapsed in New Delhi, killing at least 3 people and injuring 13.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, Iranian officials attended a ceremony to mark the death of Gen. Abdollah Eskandari, who was recently killed in Syria.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, Iran executed a prisoner linked to the opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. Gholamreza Khosravi was sentenced to death in 2010 for providing photos of the country's military facilities as well as financial aid to the MEK, and for helping to recruit for the group.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, In Iraq 40 people were killed in nationwide unrest, including 22 who died as a result of clashes and shelling in and around Fallujah.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 1, Kuwait's emir began a visit to Iran, the first by a ruler of the US-allied Gulf Arab state since the 1979 Islamic revolution, underscoring improving ties between Tehran and its Arab neighbors.
    (Reuters, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, A Libyan air force jet bombed positions held by Islamic militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, apparently as part of a renegade general's ongoing offensive.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, In Nigeria a bombing at a football match killed at least 40 people in Mubi, Adamawa state.
    (AFP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 1, Spanish police arrested six more people after a sixth night of clashes with youths in Barcelona.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        Jun 1, Thailand's ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok to thwart another round of small-scale protests denouncing last month's military coup. The military junta presented a list of emergency measures such as price caps on fuel and loan guarantees for small firms to kick-start an economy threatened by recession after months of political turmoil.
    (AP, 6/1/14)(Reuters, 6/2/14)

2014        Jun 2, The US Justice Dept. announced charges against Evgeniy Bogachev, a Russian man accused of masterminding a scheme whereby hackers implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, seized customer bank information and stole more than $100 million. The FBI issued a Most Wanted poster for his arrest.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.D3)
2014        Jun 2, In San Francisco some 700 of the city’s transit workers staged a sickout over a proposed labor agreement. Only 200 of 600 scheduled buses and rail cars were on duty.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)
2014        Jun 2, In Washington state the Seattle City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest municipal minimum in the country.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A12)
2014        Jun 2, In eastern Afghanistan a motorcycle bomb targeted a minibus with workers from a Turkish construction company, killing 3 Turkish engineers and wounding a fourth in Nangarhar province. Four Taliban suicide bombers attacked a government compound in Helmand province, killing two police officers and a civilian. All 4 attackers died in the assault. A NATO service member died in an attack in the country's east.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In western Afghanistan Rev. Alexis Prem Kumar (47), country director of the Afghan Jesuit Refugee Service, was abducted by a group of men near Herat.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 2, Egypt’s Fayoum Criminal Court sentenced 28 supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to life sentences in absentia, and 15 others to three years in prison, over violence following the ouster of Morsi last July.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In India celebrations greeted the creation of the country's newest state of Telangana, marking the formal division of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Regional political leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as Telangana's chief minister.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Pune, India, Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh and a friend were returning home from a mosque when a group of men surrounded the two men and beat Shaikh with iron rods and hockey sticks. Shaikh (28) was killed. By the end of the week seventeen members of a hard-line Hindu group were arrested in the case.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Iran a massive sandstorm and record winds plunged Tehran into darkness, damaging buildings and knocking out power supplies. The freak weather left at least 5 people dead.
    (AFP, 6/2/14)(AFP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 2, Attacks across Iraq killed at least 15 people.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Libya at least 20 people were killed and almost 70 wounded when the army and forces of renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar fought Islamist militants in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a Palestinian unity government, taking a major step toward ending a crippling split with his Hamas rivals, but also setting the stage for new friction with Israel and possibly with the West.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, Russia granted Ukraine another week before it will start demanding prepayment for gas, without which it has threatened to cut off supplies.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, Somali and African Union troops began carrying out a major security swoop in Mogadishu, arresting dozens of suspected Shebab militants believed to have infiltrated the capital.
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 2, Spain's King Juan Carlos announced he will abdicate in favor of his son, Crown Prince Felipe (46), making way for a "new generation." He had led Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced royal scandals amid the nation's near financial meltdown.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Syria 13 people were killed overnight when government forces dropped four barrel bombs from helicopters into rebel-held districts of Aleppo. A car bomb killed at least 10 people in a Syrian government-held area of the central province of Homs. Rebel rocket fire on government-controlled areas of Aleppo killed 50 people over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 airplane made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In eastern Ukraine hundreds of armed insurgents attacked a border guards' camp in Luhansk. At least 5 rebels were killed in the clash. There was another rebel attack on a government checkpoint in Slovyansk.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In northern Yemen at least 120 people were killed in fighting between Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels and government forces before a ceasefire was agreed.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 2, A Yemeni security official and witnesses said the bodies of dozens of illegal immigrants, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, have been found on western beaches after their boat capsized in the Red Sea. The bodies started turning up on May 30.
    (AP, 6/2/14)

2014        Jun 3, Pres. Obama said the United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion. The announcement in Poland came at the start of a three-country swing through Europe steeped in both historical significance and regional anxiety over the crisis in Ukraine.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, San Francisco voters approved Proposition B requiring voter approval for any new building on Port of San Francisco property to exceed existing height limits.
    (SFC, 6/4/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 3, In San Francisco half of the city’s 538 Muni transit workers called in sick on the 2nd day of public transit disruptions due to an impasse in contract negotiations. Scheduled buses and rail cars on duty climbed to 300 out of 600.
    (SFC, 6/4/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)
2014        Jun 3, In San Jose, Ca., police found more than 12 pounds of marijuana in a storage locker along with grow lights. The space was rented by police officer Son Vu. On April 23 Vu (44) was arrested on charges of possession and intent to sell.
    (SFC, 4/25/15, p.C2)
2014        Jun 3, In North Carolina Patrick Cannon, the mayor of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud as he admitted his guilt in accepting thousands of dollars in cash and airline tickets. From undercover federal agents posing as businessmen.
    (SFC, 6/4/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 3, Four Afghan police officers were killed and one was wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Helmand province.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 3, British police arrested Altaf Hussain (60), one of Pakistan's most well-known and divisive politicians, on suspicion of money-laundering, sparking fears of violence in his power base of Karachi where businesses closed early and residents rushed home. Hussain, the leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), has lived in self-imposed exile in Britain since 1992. Hussain was released on bail on June 7.
    (AP, 6/3/14)(AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 3, China showed off its first high-speed rail link to the restive region of Xinjiang, promising that it could guarantee the security of an important economic project despite a recent serious escalation in violence.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In Egypt sexual assaults on women took place during public celebrations of Pres. El-Sisi’s victory. On Aug 7 a court sentenced two men to life in prison and a 3rd to 20 years on charges that included kidnapping, attempted rape, torture and attempted murder.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 3, The European Union told Bulgaria to suspend preparatory work on the Russian gas pipeline South Stream, which will bypass Ukraine to bring supplies into the heart of Europe. The EU said that work on the line should not proceed until the Bulgarian government gives clear answers on antitrust concerns over ownership.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, Finnish police officers found the bodies of 5 dead babies in packages in a basement cupboard of an apartment building in the western city of Oulu after they were alerted to the scene by emergency services. A woman (35) was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 3, India's minister for rural development, Gopinath Munde (64), died after a road collision in New Delhi. Newly elected PM Modi had entrusted to Munde the crucial task of spearheading a battle on poverty in the countryside.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)   
2014        Jun 3, In Indonesia a building under construction collapsed on the island of Borneo, killing two workers and burying at least 13 others in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In Iraq government shelling of Fallujah killed 18 people and wounded another 43.
    (AFP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, Israeli troops shot dead Alaa Odeh (30), a Palestinian who the military said had opened fire and wounded a soldier at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Odeh's family was quoted as saying in media reports that he was at the checkpoint awaiting a delivery of phones.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, Libya’s newly elected PM Ahmed Maiteg took office as the interim premier Abdullah Al-Thinni vowed not to hand over power.
    (SFC, 6/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 3, Nigerian media said ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three villages and the military failed to intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent. The killings occurred in Danjara, Agapalwa, and Antagara, Borno state.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 3, A Pakistani air force fighter jet crashed in Karachi after a technical fault, killing 2 pilots and a civilian on the ground.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, Qatar said it has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a US soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In Sierra Leone the death toll from an Ebola outbreak rose to at least five victims. The Ebola disease has had a 70 percent fatality rate during the first crisis of its kind in West Africa.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In Sri Lanka at least 22 people were reported killed from two days of floods and mudslides triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In Syria tens of thousands pledged renewed allegiance to President Bashar Assad as they voted in a presidential election that excluded a vast swath of the pre-war population and was decried by the opposition as a charade. Assad won 88.7% of the vote.
    (AP, 6/3/14)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A7)
2014        Jun 3, Thailand's military rulers said they are monitoring a new form of silent resistance to the coup, a three-fingered salute borrowed from "The Hunger Games," and will arrest those in large groups who ignore warnings to lower their arms. The junta lifted the military's curfew at three popular beach resorts — Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya — to ease the impact of the May 22 coup on tourists.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In eastern Ukraine fighting raged for the second straight day as the army rolled out an offensive against pro-Russia separatists holding the city of Slaviansk and claimed to have inflicted losses on the rebels. 2 government soldiers were killed and 42 injured in daylong fighting.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)(AP, 6/4/14)

2014        Jun 4, US President Barack Obama endorsed Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko, offering Kiev financial and security help and saying he was the right choice to lead the country through its stand-off with Moscow. Obama spoke in Warsaw ahead of a G7 meeting in Brussels.
    (Reuters, 6/4/14)(AP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, San Francisco’s transit system limped through a 3rd day of an operator sickout as 290 drivers called in sick. City officials moved to snuff out the protest by filing legal charges against the operator’s union, which denied responsibility. Scheduled buses and rail cars on duty climbed to 440 out of 600.
    (SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)
2014        Jun 4, NYC authorities staged early morning raids and arrested dozens of people in a crackdown on gang-related drugs and violence.
    (SFC, 6/5/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 4, In northern Afghanistan a bomb placed in a thermos bottle detonated remotely at a market killed 3 civilians in Maymana, Faryab province.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, In Canada 3 police officers were killed late today and two more were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries in Moncton New Brunswick. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police mounted a massive hunt and soon arrested suspect Justin Bourque (24) in Moncton.
    (AP, 6/5/14)(Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 4, China rejected an arbitration tribunal's ruling giving it six months to respond to a case filed by the Philippines over disputed waters, saying it has no plans to take part.
    (Reuters, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, In Hong Kong thousands gathered in a park to mark the 25th anniversary of the crushing of the Tiananmen Square protesters in China.
    (Econ, 7/6/14, p.49)
2014        Jun 4, The Liberia-flagged MT Fair Artemis lost contact with its owners off Ghana's capital Accra. The Greek tanker with 24 crew aboard was believed to have been hijacked.
    (AFP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 4, In Iraq back-to-back car bombs rocked the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, in the deadliest of a string of attacks across the country that left 17 people dead. Police in Mosul killed a man believed to be the 2nd ranking leader of ISIS and captured a trove of data on the group.
    (AP, 6/4/14)(Econ, 6/21/14, p.46)
2014        Jun 4, In Italy Venice Mayor Giorgio Orsoni and more than 30 other people were arrested in a sweeping corruption scandal in which politicians are accused of financing election campaigns with some 25 million euros ($34 million) in bribes from the consortium building underwater barriers to protect the lagoon city from flooding.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, In Libya gunmen killed a Swiss national working for the International Committee for the Red Cross when they intercepted his car in Sirte. Gunmen also fired a grenade the office of PM Ahmed Maiteeq. A suicide bomber exploded a Land Cruiser packed with explosives Gen. Khalifa Haftar's base in Benghazi killing 4 men from his force.
    (Reuters, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, Lithuania welcomed a preliminary decision by the European Union to accept the Baltic country's application to adopt the joint currency.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, In Mali authorities arrested army officer Lieutenant Mohamed Ouattara and a number of associates suspected of plotting against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
    (Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 4, Montenegro authorities seized 250 kilograms of cocaine from South America in one of the biggest-ever drug busts in nation.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 4, In Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle carrying military personnel, killing 2 officers, both lieutenant colonels, and 3 civilians near Islamabad.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, In Pakistan an 18-year-old woman "miraculously survived" after being shot and thrown into a canal by her father for marrying against the family's wishes in Hafizabad. The woman told police her two uncles looked on as her father shot her in the face, put her in a burlap sack and threw her into a canal.
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 4, Slovakia joined neighbor the Czech Republic in effectively ruling out hosting NATO units, when PM Robert Fico said he could not imagine there would be foreign soldiers on its territory.
    (Reuters, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, The UAE said the MERS coronavirus has killed 10 people and infected 68 in the United Arab Emirates since March 2013.
    (AFP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, Ukraine said that 6 militants were killed and 3 Ukrainian servicemen were injured in 10 hours of fighting overnight at the National Guard base in Luhansk. Pro-Russian insurgents took over two government bases in battles around Luhansk, seizing quantities of ammunition and explosives from a border guards post and taking another installation after National Guard forces ran out of ammunition.
    (AP, 6/4/14)
2014        Jun 4, In Yemen a ceasefire between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and government forces went into effect, after fresh fighting and air strikes killed at least 20 people from both sides.
    (Reuters, 6/4/14)

2014        Jun 5, In San Francisco 163 transit drivers called in sick reducing the 4th day sickout of daily runs to 266 out of 1200. The average absentee rate ranged from 94-112.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)
2014        Jun 5, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill regulating companies like Uber and Lyft that use ride service apps, making Colorado the first state to legitimize such Internet companies.
    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.D3)
2014        Jun 5, Utah’s Wildlife Board voted 3-2 to hold its first ever crow hunt this fall as authorities try to contain the noise and mess from a population of the big, black birds that officials say has tripled over the last 12 years. Crows are protected by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty, but about 45 states allow them to be hunted.
    (Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Washington state a lone gunmen, Aaron Ybarra (26) opened fire at the Otto Miller Hall of Seattle Pacific Univ. Building monitor John Meis (22) and several people jumped on him until police arrived. Wounded student Paul Lee (19) died at Harborview Medical Center.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.A7)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 5, In Afghanistan a police chief and 2 other officers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded while they were on a demining mission in Ghazni province. Two army officers were killed in a separate shooting attack in Herat city. In the east a soldier from the US-led military coalition was killed by enemy fire.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Rakhat Aliyev, the Kazakh president's former son-in-law, was detained in Austria while under investigation for alleged crimes including murder and running a crime network in Kazakhstan.
    (Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, A Bahraini court convicted and sentenced four Shiites to life imprisonment over the death of an Asian man in a Nov 5, 2012, bomb attack in Manama.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Bosnia police arrested three Bosnian Serb former soldiers on suspicion of war crimes against Muslim Bosniaks following the discovery last year of what is potentially the largest mass grave of Bosnia's 1992-95 conflict.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Brussels, Belgium, G7 nations gave their backing to a new global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the start of the week galvanized flagging momentum.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Brazil some overland commuter train operators went on strike calling for better wages in Sao Paulo, a week before the city hosts the World Cup opener.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Chinese state media said authorities have sentenced 81 people on terror-related charges, nine of them to death, and made 29 new arrests in a huge crackdown in the far west following deadly attacks blamed on Muslim extremists.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, China offered $16 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees from the conflict in Syria as part of Beijing's growing engagement with the Arab world.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, China freed Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen (40), who made a 2008 documentary about Tibetan nomads expressing discontent over China's rule, after serving six years for separatism. Wangchen was freed in the western city of Xining, capital of Qinghai province.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In CongoDRC at least four people were killed when 301 inmates broke out of the main prison in Bukavu.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Iraqi militants launched an attack in Samarra, killing 7 members of the security forces and taking control of some areas of the city. Several attackers were killed as the army pushed back the assault. Fierce clashes broke out in Mosul.
    (AP, 6/5/14)(Econ, 6/21/14, p.46)
2014        Jun 5, Israel's housing ministry said it was advancing plans for nearly 1,500 new settlement housing units in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in response to the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Japan billionaire Masayoshi Son's mobile phone company Softbank unveiled a robot dubbed Pepper that can decipher emotions. It will go on sale in Japan in February for 198,000 yen ($1,900). Overseas sales plans are under consideration but undecided.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Kenyan authorities said they have seized 228 whole elephant tusks and 74 others in pieces as they were being packed for export in the port city of Mombasa.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Kenyan gunmen shot and killed an Australian media executive Carey Eaton, a co-founder of the online marketplace One Africa Media. This was the second such attack on an Australian citizen in the past year in the crime-ridden capital Nairobi.
    (AFP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Libya a prosecutor told the Supreme Constitutional Court that the election of Ahmed Maiteeq as the new prime minister was conducted in violation of the country's temporary constitution.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Mozambique's revived rebel movement Renamo called off a truce with government forces, warning that armed attacks would spread from the main north-south highway across the country. Local media reported at least four deaths this week in as many attacks on vehicles travelling along the EN1 highway between the Save River and the town of Muxungue.
    (AFP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, A Niger minister said the government has destroyed safe houses owned by human trafficking networks for sheltering illegal migrants and forcibly turned back anyone without a valid identity document in towns near its northern border.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Nigeria suspected Islamist Boko Haram militants kidnapped up to 30 women from nomadic settlements in the northeast, close to where the group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls. The kidnappers demanded cattle in exchange for the women.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 5, Peruvian prosecutors said two provincial governors, Klever Melendez of Cerro de Pasco and Gerardo Vinas of Tumbes, have been arrested as part of a crackdown on corruption. A third was sought in the crackdown.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 5, Peru's counter-narcotics police said they have broken up a ring that shipped cocaine from Lima's international airport to Mexico on commercial flights by swapping out unsuspecting passengers' luggage with identical suitcases.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In South Korea a victim from the April 16 sunken Sewol ferry was retrieved in waters 40 km (25 miles) from the capsized vessel, raising the death toll to 289.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Pope Francis ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency and installed a more international set of experts following clashes between the board and the agency's director.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, A Yemeni army spokesman said government forces have killed 500 suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an all-out offensive against them in their southern strongholds that began on April 29. Forty soldiers were killed and another 100 wounded in the operation in Shabwa and Abyan provinces, in which 39 militants were captured. Al-Qaida militants attacked an army post in Shabwa province, killing 11 soldiers and one civilian.
    (AFP, 6/5/14)

2014        Jun 6, San Francisco’s Glide Foundation announced that Andy Chua of Singapore bid $2,166,766 to win a private lunch with Warren Buffet, head of Omaha-based Berkshire-Hathaway.
    (SSFC, 6/8/14, p.A8)
2014        Jun 6, In Georgia Dennis Marx, wielding an assault rifle and explosives, opened fire outside a courthouse in Cumming. He wounded a deputy before he was killed in a shootout.
    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.A5)
2014        Jun 6, Karen DeCrow (b.1937), former head of NOW (1974-1977), the National Organization for Women, died at her home in Jamesville, NY.
    (SFC, 6/9/14, p.C4)
2014        Jun 6, In North Dakota seven couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, making it the last state in the country to be sued by couples seeking the right to marry in their home state.
    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 6, In Wisconsin gay couples began getting married after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 6, It was reported that a glossy beetle, a shot hole borer smaller than a sesame seed, is destroying elder, sycamore and live oak trees in southern California.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.D6)
2014        Jun 6, The leading Afghan presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt when two suicide bombers struck his convoy after a campaign event in Kabul. 6 civilians were killed and 22 wounded.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, In northern Afghanistan at least 81 people were killed and many more left missing in flash floods that fell in the Gozargah-e Noor district of the northern Baghlan province.
    (Reuters, 6/7/14)(AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 6, Brazil's biggest city confronted a second straight day of commuting chaos, as striking subway workers and a protest over housing conditions tangled the streets of Sao Paulo less than a week before it hosts the opening match of the World Cup.
    (Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, British telecommunications giant Vodafone admitted the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen in to conversations on its networks. Vodafone said that in about six countries where it operates, phone tapping is required by law, although it did not identify the countries.
    (AFP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, Germany's foreign intelligence agency officially lifted the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities around the country are in fact spy stations — as anyone with Internet access could already figure out.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, In India 17 police officers were convicted of kidnapping and killing a 22-year-old jobseeker in custody. Ranbir Singh had gone to the northern Indian city of Dehradun looking for a job when he was arrested by police for allegedly committing a robbery. He died in police custody in 2009. On June 9 the court sentenced all 17 police officers to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/6/14)(AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 6, In northern India thousands of people stormed an electricity substation near the state capital of Lucknow, ransacking offices and taking several workers hostage for 18 hours until police intervened the next day. People were enraged by power cuts during an extreme heat wave.
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 6,  In northern Iraq a back-to-back car bomb attack targeting an ethnic minority in Tahrawa and clashes in Mosul killed at least 20 people.
    (AP, 6/6/14)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 6, Israeli police raided the east Jerusalem studios of Palestine TV and briefly detained three staff for questioning. Police reportedly suspected Palestine TV of broadcasting "incitements to violence."
    (AFP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, In Italy Sister Cristina Scuccia (25) clinched the top prize with five songs in the country’s musical competition “The Voice."
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCi_LgPgaQo)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.a2)
2014        Jun 6, In Kosovo a huge explosion rocked the country’s main power plant in Pristina, causing casualties and damaging nearby houses.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, Mexican prosecutors said police have arrested a leading figure in the Knights Templar drug cartel who they say is linked to more than a dozen deaths. State prosecutors said Pedro Naranjo Garcia was "associated with the murder of 15 people last year in Apatzingan."
    (AFP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 6, Nigeria’s military searched trucks carrying newspapers after receiving intelligence "indicating movement of materials with grave security implications across the country using the channel of newsprint related consignments."
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 6, North Korea said it has detained an American tourist for committing an unspecified crime, the third US citizen being held there. Jeffrey Edward Fowle (56) of Ohio had arrived in North Korea on April 29.
    (AP, 6/6/14)(AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 6, Pakistan's media regulatory agency suspended the operating license of Geo News, the country's leading news channel, for 15 days after a spat between the broadcaster and the country's powerful military. It also imposed a 10 million rupee fine — roughly $100,000. TV channel Geo News said it is suing the powerful ISI spy agency for defamation over accusations of being anti-state.
    (Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, Philippine government prosecutors filed corruption charges against three senators who allegedly received hundreds of millions of pesos (millions of dollars) in kickbacks from funds allocated for projects for the poor.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, In the Philippines radio anchorman Nilo Baculo Sr. (67) was killed by gunmen on a motorcycle in Oriental Mindoro's Calapan City. Baculo had filed a petition in 2008 requesting court protection, saying he had discovered a plot by elected officials at that time to kill him after he had reported on their involvement in illegal drug deals.
    (AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 6, Romania's second-richest businessman, Dan Adamescu, was arrested on charges that he bribed judges to rule in his favor in court cases over several insolvency cases involving his companies in Dec 2013.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's newly elected leader Petro Poroshenko met in France at the sidelines of ceremonies to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy. They spoke of their desire for a quick end to hostilities in southeastern Ukraine.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, Sudanese troops captured a rebel position in South Kordofan.
    (AFP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 6, Thai police warned online critics of the military junta that they will "come get you" for posting political views that could incite divisiveness.
    (AP, 6/6/14)

2014        Jun 7, Arizona officials said the US government has asked them to rush medical supplies to a makeshift holding center housing hundreds of migrant children who were sent to the state after crossing into the US from Mexico alone. Jimena Díaz, consul general of Guatemala in Phoenix, visited the center a day earlier and said about 250 children are from Guatemala, with the rest coming from El Salvador and Honduras.
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, In New Jersey a tractor-trailer plowed into a limousine carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and several friends killing comedian James McNair (aka Jimmy Mack). Walmart driver Kevin Roper was later said to be going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.
    (SFC, 6/20/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/21/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 7, In Brazil the 3rd day of a strike by subway workers snarling Sao Paulo threatened to disrupt the World Cup with the kickoff in the city just five days away.
    (AFP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, In Cameroon suspected Boko Haram militants from Nigeria attacked a town in the far north but local security forces fought them off, killing at least 2 gunmen.
    (Reuters, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 7, In Canada three inmates escaped from the Orsainville Detention Center in Quebec City with the help of a helicopter. All three were captured on June 22 at a Montreal residence.
    (AP, 6/7/14)(SFC, 6/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 7, The Chinese government said it will deploy eight inspection teams across the country to investigate how regional governments are implementing 19 central policies and will hold accountable those found wanting.
    (Reuters, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, Colombia's leftist FARC rebels declared a ceasefire for a three-week period covering a tight presidential election race on June 15. FARC accused opposition candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga of making inflammatory statements and trying to foment more war.
    (Reuters, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, In eastern CongoDRC armed men burst into a church overnight, killing up to 37 people including women and children. The victims were ethnic Bafuliru and were spending the night in the church in the South Kivu province after a meeting. The attack was believed to be in revenge of cattle raids.
    (AP, 6/7/14)(Reuters, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, A Cuban migrant trafficking scheme left four people dead. In 2015 two men were sentenced to life imprisonment and five people received prison sentences ranging from eight to 25 years.
    (AP, 2/16/15)
2014        Jun 7, An Egyptian court sentenced 10 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death in absentia, but postponed sentencing of its leader and other senior members tried in the case. Those sentenced were convicted on charges including inciting violence and blocking a major road north of Cairo during protests after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last July. A Cairo appeals court canceled a prison sentence against a police officer convicted in connection with the deaths of 39 people last year during political violence.
    (Reuters, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, In Iraq fighting in Mosul killed 21 police and 38 militants. In Anbar province ISIL militants stormed Anbar University briefly taking students hostage before withdrawing from the school amid gunfire. 3 policemen and a guard were killed. A wave of car bombs exploded across Baghdad, killing more than 60 people.
    (AP, 6/7/14)(Reuters, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, Moroccan police raided a warehouse in Casablanca and seized 12 tons of hashish, known locally as "chira." The raid followed the discovery a day earlier of 16.7 tons of hashish hidden inside plastic rollers and tubing in a 40 foot (12 meter) container at the port.
    (AFP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 7, Nigerian soldiers continued for a 2nd day to confiscate copies from newspapers including Leadership, ThisDay, Daily Trust, Sun, Pilot, Newswatch, and The Mirror.
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, In Spain thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madrid to demand a referendum to abolish Spain's monarchy, just days after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favor of his son.
    (AFP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 7, In Turkey 2 people were killed in southeast Diyarbakir province as Kurdish protesters, demonstrating against the construction of new military outposts, threw petrol bombs at security forces who then opened fire.
    (Reuters, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 7, In Ukraine newly elected Petro Poroshenko was sworn in as president and called for dialogue with the country’s east. He also took a firm line on Russia's annexation of Crimea this spring, insisting that the Black Sea peninsula "was, is and will be Ukrainian."
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 7, The United Arab Emirates announced a new law requiring compulsory military service for adult males, formalizing a proposal outlined earlier in the year to bolster the ranks of the US-allied Gulf federation's armed forces.
    (AP, 6/8/14)

2014        Jun 8, In Elmont, New York, Tonalist edged Commissioner to win the Belmont Stakes. California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, tied for 4th place.
    (SSFC, 6/8/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 8, In eastern Afghanistan three suicide bombers attacked a parking lot at a police base, killing a guard and setting 25 trucks ablaze in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 8, Australian police found human remains inside a large crocodile that is believed to have snatched a man from a boat in a popular national park. Police found the remains inside a 4.7-meter (15-foot, 5-inch) saltwater crocodile that park rangers shot while searching for a 62-year-old man who was attacked a day earlier in Kakadu National Park.
    (AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, In Brazil Anderson Gomes Aleixo forced his wife to invite her friend to their house. He then killed Francisco de Assis Coelho Neves with a knife and dismembered the body in their bathroom. Aleixo had grown jealous when he found out that his wife and a childhood friend were chatting on Facebook.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 8, US Sen. John M McCain visited Sofia, Bulgaria, and warned PM Plamen Oresharski over the danger of proceeding with the South Stream gas pipeline from Russia.
    (Econ, 6/21/14, p.52)
2014        Jun 8, Cameroon's soccer players refused to board a plane due to take them to Brazil for the World Cup because of disputes over bonuses.
    (AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, In China a raid by officers on small bathhouses and other businesses associated with prostitution sparked clashes lasting hours in the southern city of Guangzhou.
    (AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, China's foreign minister visited India's new leaders in hopes of spurring stalled trade and easing decades of tensions between the Asian nations.
    (AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in as president for a four-year term.
    (AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, In India 20 students and a professor were swept away by waters released from a dam while the group was bathing in a river in the mountainous northern state of Himachal Pradesh. All were believed killed.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 8, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up at the headquarters of a Kurdish political party in the ethnically mixed province of Diyala. Minutes later a car bomb exploded as security arrived in Jalula. At least 19 people were killed and 65 wounded. ISIL claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 6/8/14)(SFC, 6/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 8, Israeli and Palestinian presidents met in an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Francis hoped the gesture will "re-create a desire, a possibility" of eventually relaunching the Middle East's stalled peace process.
    (Reuters, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, Kosovo's citizens voted in an early parliamentary election with former PM Hashim Thaci bidding for a third term. The ruling party of ex-guerrilla leader Hashim Thaci won 31% of the votes. The result did not give Thaci enough seats to form his third successive government alone.
    (AP, 6/8/14)(Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 8, Niger said it will repatriate its citizens living as illegal migrants in neighboring Algeria, as the government steps up efforts to combat trafficking networks.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 8, In Nigeria Lamido Sanusi (52), a former central bank governor, was appointed as the new emir of Kano, a key religious and traditional post for the country’s Muslims.
    (SFC, 6/13/14, p.A3)
2014        Jun 8, The Pakistani Taliban made a brazen five-hour assault on Jinna Int’l. Airport. Gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the international terminal in Karachi, set off explosions. 26 people were killed 18 people as well as all of the 10 attackers.
    (AP, 6/9/14)(AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 8, Gaza's Health Ministry said a Palestinian fisherman (51) died from wounds he suffered after his boat was shot at by Israeli forces two weeks ago.
    (AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, Slovenia held a referendum to decide whether sensitive personal information like sexual or religious orientation in communist-era state security files should be open to the public.
    (AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, In Spain suspected ETA member Maria Jesus Elorza Zubizarreta was arrested as she arrived on a flight from Venezuela. She had fled to France in 1984 and allegedly participated in bomb-making activities for the group before moving to Venezuela.
    (AP, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, In Spain tens of thousands of Basques held hands to form a 123-km chain stretching across the northern Spanish region calling for the right to hold a vote on independence.
    (Reuters, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, Sudanese authorities arrested Ibrahim al-Sheikh, the head of the opposition Congress Party, for reportedly participating in a political lecture the previous evening.
    (Reuters, 6/8/14)
2014        Jun 8, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a couple and their four children, the youngest just six months old, were killed today in Syrian army air raids in Aleppo province. ISIS crucified 3 young men in a town near Aleppo for cooperating with rival rebels.
    (AFP, 6/8/14)(Econ, 6/14/14, p.42)

2014        Jun 9, Pres. Obama expanded a 2010 program to alleviate the burden of student loan debt incurred after Oct 2007. Borrowers will pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income to settle student loan debt incurred anytime in the past.
    (SFC, 6/10/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 9, Detroit officials said General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are pledging $26 million to help support retiree pensions while also keeping the city’s art treasures off the auction block.
    (SFC, 6/10/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 9, In Nevada Jerad (31) and Amanda Miller (22) ambushed police officers Alyn Beck (41) and Igor Soldo eating lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant fatally shooting them at point-blank range before fleeing to a nearby Walmart where they killed a 3rd person and then themselves.
    (SFC, 6/9/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/10/14, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 9, In Afghanistan suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a court building in eastern Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province.  A NATO service member died as a result of a non-battle injury in the east. 5 Americans troops and an Afghan were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in Zabul province. A military investigation report on Sep 4 said a series of avoidable miscommunications among air and ground forces led to the mistaken bombing.
    (AP, 6/9/14)(AP, 6/10/14)(AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Jun 9, Brazilian police and striking subway workers clashed early today in a central Sao Paulo commuter station, with union officials threatening to maintain the work stoppage through the World Cup opening match here this week. Union members voted to temporarily suspend the strike they began last week, but also decided they would take a new vote on Jun 11 to determine whether to resume the work stoppage June 12.
    (AP, 6/9/14)(AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 9, China denounced Vietnam and the Philippines for getting together on the Vietnamese-held island of Southwest Cay, a disputed island in the South China Sea, to play soccer and volleyball, calling it "a clumsy farce" and demanded both countries stop causing trouble.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, Cuban authorities said eight people are under arrest in connection with a scandal involving the illicit sale of university entrance exams, days after thousands of high school students were forced to retake the test.
    (SFC, 6/10/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 9, Egyptian police arrested seven men for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student during celebrations marking the inauguration of the country's new president in Cairo's central Tahrir Square the day before.
    (AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, In Germany at least 6 people were killed in storms that swept North Rhine-Westphalia, forcing Duesseldorf airport to shut down, felling trees and leaving some roads impassable.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 9, In India two men on a motorcycle shot dead Omveer Singh, a local politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party of PM Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh, the second such killing in a week.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 9, In northern India a bus carrying 14 Russian tourists fell into the Bhagirathi River, killing at least two people in Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Turkish officials, including PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the first official Iranian presidential visit to Turkey since 1996.
    (AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, In Iraq at least 30 people were killed in a double bombing targeting the offices of PUK, a Kurdish political party, in the northern town of Tuz Khurmato. ISIL claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, In Kuwait Al Watan reported online that a judge ordered its print edition and that of Alam Al Yawm newspaper to stop publishing for five days because they had violated a prosecutor-ordered media blackout about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 9, Libya's top court rejected the Islamist-led parliament's appointment of a new prime minister in a contested vote, ending one power struggle as a renegade general's offensive against Islamist militias in the east raged on.
    (AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, A rights group said Myanmar security forces "systematically" torture civilians in conflict-racked Kachin state on the third anniversary of renewed fighting between government forces ethnic minority insurgents in the northern state.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, In Pakistan a suspected Taliban suicide bomber rammed a truck into a military checkpoint on the border with Afghanistan, killing 4 soldiers in North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, A Russian court sentenced two men to life in prison and three others to terms ranging from 12 to 20 years for the 2006 killing of renowned journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Despite the convictions, it remained unclear who ordered the killing and Politkovskaya's family said it will continue to push for the case to be fully solved.
    (AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, Sierra Leone's Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma fired his powerful chief of staff, Richard Conteh, over how he negotiated a mining agreement and his granting of another company the right to log unlimited amounts of timber.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 9, In Spain a Eurofighter jet crashed while landing at the Moron air base near Seville. Media reported that the pilot had died in the crash.
    (AFP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced a wide-ranging amnesty. He commuted some death sentences to life imprisonment, reduced jail terms for many offences and canceled some others altogether. Activists say rebel infighting in Syria has killed 45 opposition fighters over the past two days.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)(AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 9, Miss Universe Thailand renounced her title over remarks she made on social media including one that "red shirt" activists, supporters of ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, should all be executed.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)

2014        Jun 10, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over US land. The BP energy corporation and drone maker AeroVironment of California have been given permission to use a Puma drone to survey pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. The first flight took place on June 8.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, A Los Angeles Superior Court threw out California’s teacher tenure laws calling them unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 6/11/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 10, In Oregon Jared Michael Padgett (15), armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and several magazines of ammunition, shot and killed a student at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. He carried the weapons hidden in a guitar case and also injured a teacher before killing himself in a restroom following an exchange of gunfire with officers.
    (SFC, 6/11/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/12/14, p.A14)
2014        Jun 10, In Central African Republic two days of fighting between mainly Muslim ex-rebels and the largely Christian "anti-balaka" militia left at least 22 people.
    (AFP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 10, China’s government issued a “white paper" asserting that autonomy granted to Hong Kong in 1997 was entirely dependent on China’s leaders.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.37)
2014        Jun 10, In China convicted criminal Zhang Zeqing, was shot and killed by police in Qianjiang, Hubei province. He had taken 50 elementary school students and a teacher hostage and had agreed to exchange them for the deputy mayor of the surrounding town of Haokou, but was shot after he poured gasoline over the official.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, The European Commission delivered a formal warning to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on exporting to the EU.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, Iraq's PM Nuri al-Maliki has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency after Sunni Islamist insurgents seized control of most of Mosul, the country's second largest city. Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and their allies overran a military base and freed hundreds of prisoners. The rampage by the militants sent an estimated 500,000 people fleeing from the city. In Baquba two bombs exploded near a funeral procession, killing 20 people. Human Rights Watch later reported that some 600 male Shiite inmates from Badoosh prison outside Mosul were forced to kneel along the edge of a nearby ravine and shot with automatic weapons.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)(AFP, 6/10/14)(AP, 6/11/14)(AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Jun 10, In Iraq ISIL militants seized 48 Turks from the Turkish consulate in Mosul, including the consul-general, three children and several members of Turkey's special forces. ISIL, numbering some 7-10 thousand fighters, was led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
    (Reuters, 6/11/14)(SFC, 6/12/14, p.A8)(Econ, 8/2/14, p.41)
2014        Jun 10, Ireland's government said it is launching an investigation into mistreatment and burial of babies who died between 1925-1962 in nun-operated homes for unmarried mothers.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, Israel's parliament chose Reuven Rivlin (74), a veteran Likud politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country's next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state into the ceremonial but largely influential post.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, In Kenya gunmen shot and killed moderate Muslim leader Sheik Mohamed Idris, the chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya. He was the fourth prominent Muslim to be shot dead in Mombasa in two years.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, In Kuwait opposition leader Musallam al-Barrack revealed documents of alleged corruption to more than 6,000 protesters late today. His opposition group had called for the anti-corruption rally, the first protest by the opposition since April 2013.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 10, In Pakistan at least three gunmen attacked a training facility for airport police near the Karachi airport, forcing a temporary suspension of flights and triggering a brief shootout with security forces. Pakistani military airstrikes targeted the Tirah Valley in the country's northwest. The military said it killed 25 suspected militants in strikes on nine hideouts.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev gave the government's blessing to Aeroflot’s new low-cost airline serving newly-annexed Crimea, as he inspected a Dobrolyot (Good Flight) Boeing-737 ahead of its maiden flight from Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, In South Africa Andrew Chimboza stabbed Mbuyiselo Manona (62) to death at the home of Manona's lover in Cape Town's Gugulethu township. He then ate his victim's heart with a knife and fork. On April 29, 2015, Chimboza was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kf72mby)(AFP, 4/29/15)
2014        Jun 10, Ukraine Pres. Petro Poroshenko ordered security officials to create a corridor for safe passage for civilians in eastern regions to escape fighting. In the east pro-Russian separatists attacked military checkpoints and other strategic points overnight but they were beaten off with only minor casualties on the Ukrainian side. 40 mercenaries were reported killed near the airport of Kramatorsk.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)(SFC, 6/11/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 10, Ukraine Deputy Tax Minister Ihor Bilous, the country's new tax boss, said his predecessor, Oleksandr Klymenko, was in on a massive fraud, helping to organize a wide network of phantom firms in return for a cut of the cash. The criminals, he said, operated with impunity. Klymenko, who has fled the country, denied the charges.
    (AP, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 10, In Yemen tribesmen attacked power lines in the eastern province of Marib, leading to the blackouts in Sanaa and other areas.
    (Reuters, 6/11/14)

2014        Jun 11, FBI director James Comey said the agency has opened a criminal investigation into the Dept. of Veteran Affairs.
    (SFC, 6/12/14, p.A9)
2014        Jun 11, In Arizona Rev. Kenneth Walker (28) was shot and killed during a burglary at the Mother of Mercy Mission in Phoenix. Rev. Joseph Terra was injured. On June 16 Gary Michael Moran (54), a homeless ex-convict, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 6/13/14, p.A7)(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A12)
2014        Jun 11, A US federal grand jury in Miami convicted Spanish drug kingpin Alvaro Lopez on conspiracy and money laundering charges.
    (SFC, 6/12/14, p.A9)
2014        Jun 11, Ruby Dee (b.1922), acclaimed actress and civil rights advocate, died at her home in New Rochelle, NY. She had become famous for her supporting role in the stage play “A Raisin in the Sun" (1959). She also starred in the film version (1961).
    (SFC, 6/13/14, p.A16)
2014        Jun 11, London’s new Trafficking and Kidnap Unit of its  Metropolitan Police arrested six people suspected of sex trafficking. The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation of a Hungarian organized crime group.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, Taxi drivers staged protests in London, Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid and Paris. Cabbies and train workers walked off the job, leaving traffic snarled, as they protested changes to the travel industry that they say could endanger passengers and give untested upstarts an unfair advantage.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, In Cambodia the Phnom Penh Municipal court sentenced Daniel Johnson (35) to one year in prison for abusing five boys, aged 11 to 15, at the Hope Transitions orphanage, where he served as director. Johnson was sought in the US on child sex allegations.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, CongoDRC soldiers exchanged fire with Rwandan troops who crossed the border and seized a Congolese soldier.
    (Reuters, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, Foreign business groups in Hong Kong joined the city's billionaire tycoons in opposing a pro-democracy group's plans for an Occupy-style protest while activists burned copies of a policy document asserting Beijing's authority over the Asian financial center.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, An Egyptian court convicted Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a prominent activist from the 2011 uprising, for demonstrating without permit and assaulting a policeman, sentencing him to 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, Hungary’s parliament passed a new tax on advertising revenue which media said would bankrupt them.
    (Econ, 6/14/14, p.47)
2014        Jun 11, In India a woman (45) was found dead and hung from a tree by her sari in Uttar Pradesh state. Relatives said she was gang-raped and murdered.
    (SFC, 6/13/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 11, In Iraq car bomb struck Shiite pilgrims heading to Karbala, killing four people and wounding 10. Police said a car bomb blast killed three people and wounded 12 in a town just south of Baghdad. Atheel al-Nujaifi, the Ninevah provincial governor, said authorities are determined to recapture the northern city of Mosul. Militants took control of Tikrit and freed hundreds of prisoners, the 2nd provincial capital to fall in two days.
    (AP, 6/11/14)(AFP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, An Israeli aircraft struck a target in the northern Gaza Strip, hours after Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel. One person was killed and three others wounded.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 11, Japanese and Australian ministers meeting in Tokyo agreed to jointly develop stealth submarine technology. They agreed to begin the research next year.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, Kuwait's PM Jaber Al-Mubarak hit back at allegations of corruption, a day after leading opposition figure Musallam al-Barrack revealed documents he says prove billions of dollars in illicit transfers were made to senior officials, including judges.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, In Libya a huge explosion, likely caused by a suicide bomber, at an army checkpoint in Barsis, 50 km (30 miles) east of Benghazi killed the attacker and wounded six others.
    (Reuters, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 11, In northern Mali a car bomb at a checkpoint killed 4 people including Chadian peacekeepers and Malian soldiers at a UN camp in Aguelhoc.
    (SFC, 6/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 11, Mexico's Interior Department said that a device containing cesium-137 was stolen from a construction industry warehouse on the outskirts of Mexico City.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 11, Nigerian soldiers in Adamawa state, at the heart of an Islamist revolt, shut down all venues preparing to screen live World Cup matches, saying they wanted to protect fans from militant attacks.
    (Reuters, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, In Pakistan a suspected American drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in North Waziristan, killing 3 militants.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 11, Philippine security forces captured Khair Mundos, a top Filipino commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group. He was on a US list of most-wanted terrorists and has acknowledged receiving al-Qaida funds to finance bombings in the country.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, Russia offered to restore the discounted prices it granted Ukraine under the ousted pro-Russian president, but Ukraine demanded an even better deal and called for arbitration to settle the dispute.
    (AP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, The Sierra Leone government announced a state of emergency in the Kailahun district from the outbreak of the Ebola virus which has claimed 17 lives in this West African nation, banning public gatherings and closing schools. Local parliamentarian Momoh Moiwai said the death toll was actually 28.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 11, UNICEF reported that Somalia is suffering an outbreak of measles with 1,350 suspected cases reported in March and April.
    (SFC, 6/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 11, Thousands of South Korean police and prosecutors raided a sprawling religious compound for a 2nd time in their search for Yoo Byung-un, an elderly businessman linked to the April 16 Sewol ferry disaster.
    (Reuters, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, Spanish lawmakers approved the abdication of King Juan Carlos by a wide margin, paving the way for his son Felipe to take the scandal-hit throne despite anti-royalist protests.
    (AFP, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, A delegation of Thai military commanders travelled to China for talks on regional security and joint training amid Western reproach of the army's seizure of power in a coup last month.
    (Reuters, 6/11/14)
2014        Jun 11, Authorities in the US Virgin Islands said chikungunya, a nasty mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean, has made its way to the 3-island territory.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 11, In Yemen hundreds of protesters gathered outside the president's house in Sanaa to call for the fall of the government, angry at a city-wide power cut about to enter its third day and severe petrol shortages. President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered a cabinet reshuffle to replace ministers for oil, electricity and four other portfolios after several days of power outages and fuel shortages. Government warplanes conducted strikes against tribesmen suspected of sabotaging power lines.
    (Reuters, 6/11/14)(AP, 6/11/14)(AFP, 6/11/14)

2014        Jun 11 - 2014 Jun 14, In Iraq militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant killed between 160 and 190 men in two locations in Tikrit.
    (AP, 6/27/14)

2014        Jun 12, US officials pulled over 130 bales of marijuana, estimated at $2 million in value, from the water 160 miles off the coast of San Diego after an air crew spotted a two people on a 40-foot panga tossing the bales before fleeing toward Mexico.
    (SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 12, In California Sherri Lynn Wilkins, a substance-abuse counselor, was sentenced to 55 years to life in prison for hitting pedestrian Phillip Moreno (31) with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield on Nov 24, 2012.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, In Brazil police in Sao Paulo fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to break up an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match.
    (AFP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, Brazil launched the World Cup with an emotion-fuelled 3-1 victory over Croatia.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 12, In Brazil bus drivers in northeastern city of Natal went on strike for higher wages a day before the city’s first World Cup match between Mexico and Cameroon.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 12, An Egyptian court acquitted former Hosni Mubarak interior minister Habib al-Adly of corruption in a retrial after he had been sentenced to 12 years in 2011.
    (AFP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, The European Union said it will finance projects worth 50 million euros ($68 million) in Moldova as the former Soviet republic prepares to sign an association agreement with the 28-nation bloc amid protests from Moscow.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, French trade unions said they will extend for another day a strike that has caused the worst disruption to the country's rail network in years, following an inconclusive meeting with the transport minister.
    (Reuters, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, A Berlin court ordered Germany to pay the heirs of Jewish owners of a department store chain an additional 50 million euros ($68 million) in compensation for Schocken family property seized by the Nazis.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, Greek authorities seized a record 1.1 metric tons of heroin, worth more than 30 million euros ($40 million), near Athens and arrested 11 suspected traffickers.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 12, In eastern India six men allegedly chopped off a 19-year-old man's fingers before pouring acid into his eyes following a minor dispute. The man was attacked when residents objected to him repairing his motorcycle which had broken down in front of their home in Vanbhaur village, Bihar state.
    (AFP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 12, In India the body of a woman (19), last seen a day earlier, was found hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh state. Relatives said she was raped and murdered by two men who had been bothering her.
    (SFC, 6/13/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 12, The Int’l. Criminal Court at The Hague ruled that Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Ivory Coast, must stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity committed as he clung to power after losing the 2010 elections.
    (SFC, 6/13/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 12, Iraqi Kurdish forces took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk, after government troops abandoned their posts in the face of a triumphant Sunni Islamist rebel march towards Baghdad. Sunni militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran Tikrit and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making further gains in their rapid military advance against the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad. The Islamic State killed at least 1,566 Iraqi Air Force cadets in Tikrit in what came to be called Camp Speicher massacre. A car bombing in a crowded market in the town of Safwan, which sits on Iraq's southernmost border with Kuwait, killed 5 people. Militants executed 10 soldiers and policemen near the town of Riyadh. A suicide bomber blew himself up in Sadr City, killing at least 38 people. 18 people were killed when a car bomb exploded near the northern Kadhimiya district, where there is a Shi'ite shrine. Parliament failed to reach a quorum, preventing it from voting on a request to announce a state of emergency to deal with a major jihadist offensive.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Speicher_massacre)(AFP, 6/12/14) (Reuters, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, In Iraq militants driving in machine gun-mounted pickups entered the two newly conquered towns in Diyala province late today — Jalula, 125 km (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad, and Sadiyah, 95 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 12, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah (19), Gilad Shaar (16), and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, disappeared in the West Bank. Israel blamed Hamas, which has praised the kidnapping, but has not taken responsibility for it.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 12, Jordan said it has reached an agreement with Enefit, an Estonian firm, and its partners on a $2.1 billion contract to build a 540 MW shale-fueled power station.
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.58)
2014        Jun 12, In Kashmir bomb explosion killed an Indian army soldier and wounded three others close to the cease-fire line between longtime rivals India and Pakistan.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, The Lithuanian government said Russian gas giant Gazprom plans to sell its stake in Lithuanian companies for some 417 million litas ($164 million).
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, New Zealand raised its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year to 3.25 percent.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, A court in Karachi, Pakistan, ordered the government to remove former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's name from a no-fly list in 15 days' time.
    (AFP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, In Pakistan a suspected US missile strike killed at least 10 people in Ghulam Khan town of North Waziristan.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, Portugal's government said it is forgoing the final 2.6 billion-euro ($3.5 billion) instalment of its three-year bailout package because it cannot meet creditors' deadlines for the latest promised austerity measures, which have run into legal challenges.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, Rwandan and Congolese troops traded heavy weapons fire in a second day of skirmishes between two neighbors locked in a decades-long dispute.
    (AFP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, In South Africa the world's biggest platinum producers said they had reached "in principle undertakings" with union leaders which could end a crippling strike.
    (AFP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, Thousands of South Korean police raided the compound of a splinter religious group for the second day in a row as part of a manhunt for a fugitive businessman wanted over April's ferry disaster.
    (AFP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, South Korean police found the body of fugitive billionaire businessman Yoo Byung-un (73) in an agricultural field in the southern South Korean city of Suncheon. He was sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. The discovery was not made public until July 22 following DNA confirmation. 
    (AP, 7/22/14)(Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jun 12, Swiss authorities said they have arrested Swiss winemaker Dominique Giroud, a spy and two others on charges of hacking the computers of at least two journalists.
    (AP, 6/12/14)
2014        Jun 12, In Syria a car bomb exploded in a pro-government neighborhood of Homs, killing at least 7 people. A mortar shell hit a Damascus neighborhood and killed one person. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Britain said about 530 detainees have been released under an amnesty program announced on June 9.
    (AP, 6/12/14)(SFC, 6/13/14, p.A5)
2014        Jun 12, Tunisian police killed two Islamist militants during clashes near the Algerian border and seized weapons and bombs.
    (Reuters, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 12, Ukraine's Pres. Petro Poroshenko signaled he would be ready to hold talks with opponents in eastern Ukraine if pro-Russian separatists waging an insurgency there agreed to lay down their weapons. Interior Minister Arseny Avakov accused Russia of allowing three tanks and other military vehicles to cross the border into east Ukraine to help pro-Russian separatists there.
    (Reuters, 6/12/14)

2014        Jun 13, Pres. Obama spoke at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota promoting the need to help reservations create jobs. Some 63% of able workers at Standing Rock were unemployed. The 2.3 million-acre reservation was home to some 850 residents.
    (SFC, 6/14/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 13, The IRS released documents revealing that e-mails sent by IRS official Lois Lerner from 2010-2011 had been lost when a computer crashed, and that the backup tapes had been recycled. This was the period when some IRS staff targeted groups with “Tea Party" or “patriot" in their names for extra scrutiny ahead of the 2012 elections.
    (Econ, 6/21/14, p.30)
2014        Jun 13, Priceline, a global booking agency, announced that it is acquiring OpenTable, a SF-based restaurant reservation service, for $2.6 billion.
    (SFC, 6/14/14, p.D1)
2014        Jun 13, Dr. Richard Rockefeller (65) of Falmouth, Maine, crashed in a single-engine plane just after takeoff from Westchester County Airport outside NYC. He was the great-grandson of John  D. Rockefeller, the co-founder of Standard Oil.
    (SFC, 6/14/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 13, A federal judge in Madison, Wis., issued an order postponing her decision striking down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, pending the outcome of an expected appeal. More than 550 same-sex couples in the state cited her June 6 decision in order to get married over the past seven days.
    (CSM, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, Gaston Browne became the new prime minister of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda after his Labor Party won 14 of 17 seats in the Parliament.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 13, Croatia's Supreme Court confirmed a guilty verdict against former PM Ivo Sanader for taking a bribe from Hungarian oil group MOL in exchange for allowing it a dominant position in Croatian oil firm INA. The Zagreb County Court originally sentenced Sanader to 10 years in prison in 2012. The original verdict was modified to eight years and six months.
    (Reuters, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, In Egypt a policeman in Cairo's Maadi district was shot and killed from atop a nearby building while he broke up a pro-Brotherhood protest of about 50 people. Other small protests took place in the provinces of Sharqiya and Daqahliyah as well as in Assiut, south of Cairo.
    (Reuters, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, In France a Roma boy named Darius (16) was beaten into a coma in the town of Pierrefitte.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jun 13, Iraqi army helicopters fired rockets on one of the largest mosques in the city of Tikrit. A representative for Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged Iraqis to defend their country. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that former members of Tehran's powerful Revolutionary Guard have announced their readiness to fight in Iraq against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
    (Reuters, 6/13/14)(AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, Israel's military said its soldiers are searching the West Bank after three Israeli teenagers were reported missing.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city's annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, In Italy Venice mayor Giorgio Orsoni resigned under pressure, a day after being freed from house arrest under a plea deal linked to a bribery scandal involving the construction of underwater barriers to protect the lagoon city from flooding.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, In Italy Marcello Dell'Utri, a longtime ally of former PM Silvio Berlusconi, was extradited to Italy under Interpol guard and transferred to a prison in the northern city of Parma. Authorities said he had fled to Lebanon to escape a prison sentence for Mafia association.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, Italian sailors recovered 10 bodies of migrants after their rubber dinghy sank off the Libyan coast. Thirty-nine migrants were rescued after the vessel sank.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 13, Jordanian border guards opened fire on four vehicles trying to enter illegally from Syria after they ignored orders to stop. State-run news agency did not say whether anyone was killed or wounded in the incident.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 13, In South Africa’s Johannesburg-based African Parks group said that since mid-May at least 68 elephants have been slaughtered by poachers over the last two months using chain saws and helicopters in the 5,000 square km (1,900 square mile) Garamba National Park in Congo.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, South Korea's Pres. Park Geun-hye replaced seven Cabinet members in an apparent bid to win back sagging public trust in her administration after April's ferry disaster.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, The Spanish government said it has approved legislation to sell 49 percent of the national aviation authority AENA and also open up one of the country's passenger rail routes to a private operator.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, Thailand's military government fully lifted a curfew it imposed nationwide after seizing power last month, saying there is no threat of violence.
    (AP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, Thailand deported Moua Toua Ter, a former ethnic Hmong resistance leader, to Laos after being held in Bangkok since March last year. He had been sheltering in Thailand for eight years while seeking resettlement in a third country.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jun 13, Ukraine's interior minister said that government troops have reclaimed the southern port of Mariupol, the second-largest city in the Donetsk region, from pro-Russian separatists. Rebel leaders confirmed they have three tanks.
    (Reuters, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, Ukraine said it was ready to pay a compromise price for Russian natural gas for 18 months to avert the threat of Moscow cutting off supplies and allow time to reach a long-term pricing agreement.
    (Reuters, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 13, In Yemen 4 soldiers and 5 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in two separate attacks in the south.
    (AFP, 6/15/14)

2014        Jun 14, Pres. Obama intervened in a commuter rail strike in Philadelphia, granting Gov. Tom Corbett’s request to create an emergency board to mediate a contract dispute.
    (SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 14, In Texas two people fled a car in Houston after running a red light and hitting another car leaving 3 teenagers dead and 3 others injured.
    (SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 14, Afghan insurgents cut the index fingers off nearly a dozen voters in Herat province and killed 11 other people, including four election workers, to punish them for voting in the presidential runoff. A minibus hit an improvised explosive device in the northern Samangan province, killing 6 women, one child and 4 men in the provincial capital Aybak. Kandahar province police raided a building that had been occupied by the Taliban the day before, setting off clashes in which police shot dead two would-be suicide bombers but were unable to prevent another two from blowing themselves up, killing 3 policemen and wounding another 2.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 14, In Bangladesh arson attacks and clashes between local residents and Urdu-speaking stateless people left 10 people dead in Dhaka.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, A Cambodian official said Cambodian workers were leaving Thailand in growing numbers, with the total who have returned to their homeland this month topping 160,000. Rights groups say Thai authorities are coercing the Cambodians to go home and abusing them.
    (SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A6)(AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 14, China’s corruption watchdog said Su Rong, the vice-chairman of China's top parliamentary advisory body, has been put under investigation for serious "disciplinary violations," usually Chinese Communist Party shorthand for graft.
    (Reuters, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, China began building a school on tiny Yongxing island in the South China Sea to serve the children of military personnel and others for the settlement of Sansha, created in 2012. It is part of the Paracel chain, which is also claimed by Vietnam.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 14, Egyptian security forces confiscated copies of Wasla (Link), a human rights group's newsletter, saying the publication threatened the government.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 14, In Haiti Jules Lionel Anelus, a member of the Chamber of Deputies, lost control of his car and slammed into a small passenger bus killing 11 people in Saint Marc. Anelus was injured in the crash.
    (SFC, 6/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 14, Iraqi security forces found the burned bodies of 12 policemen when they recaptured Ishaqi, Salaheddin province, from militants. An Iraqi air strike hit a convoy of Kurdish forces, which have moved into an area of eastern Iraq during a militant offensive, killing six fighters.
    (AFP, 6/14/14)(AFP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 14, In southwest Pakistan a guard for Handery Masieh, a provincial Christian lawmaker, shot and killed the legislator during a meeting in Quetta.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, The Philippines said it filed a protest last week with Beijing for reclaiming land on a disputed South China Sea reef, the fourth such complaint in three months.
    (AFP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, Polish magazine Wprost published a recording in which central bank head Marek Belka told Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz last July that he would help the government get out of financial trouble if it fired the finance minister.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 14, In eastern Syria a strong explosion struck a weapons market in Mayadeen near the border with Iraq, killing at least 8 people and wounding many others. State TV said 30 terrorists were killed in the blast.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, Turkey said it has temporarily pulled its diplomatic staff out of the Libyan city of Benghazi and urged its nationals to leave the east of the country amid mounting security concerns.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, In Ukraine pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane as it approached the airport at Luhansk, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard in a bloody escalation of the conflict in the country's restive east.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, In Tanzania a bomb explosion killed one person and wounded at least seven in front of a mosque near Zanzibar's capital Stone Town.
    (Reuters, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, In southern Yemen a suspected US drone targeted a car carrying al-Qaida militants, killing all five passengers.
    (AP, 6/14/14)

2014        Jun 15, In Newark, New Jersey, a fire in a single-family home killed 6 people.
    (SFC, 6/16/14, p.A5)
2014        Jun 15, In Pennsylvania Jeff Hooten (47), the pilot of a hot air balloon, fell from the basket while trying to land near Philadelphia and died after becoming trapped under it.
    (SFC, 6/17/14, p.A7)
2014        Jun 15, The body of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez (15), a teenager from Guatemala, was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He had likely died from exposure as he made his way north.
    (SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A7) 
2014        Jun 15, US medical device manufacturer Medtronic said it has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 15, Colombian voters went to the polls in a runoff between President Juan Manuel Santos (62) and right wing rival Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (55). President Juan Manuel Santos won re-election with almost 51% of the vote. Zuluaga trailed with 45%.
    (AP, 6/15/14)(Reuters, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 15, Egyptian security forces said they have seized the Zad chain of supermarkets owned by Khairat el-Shater and the Seoudi chain of Abdulrahman el-Seoud, two leading figures of the Muslim Brotherhood, as part of the government's crackdown against the banned organization.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, Indian PM Narendra Modi began his first visit abroad since taking office, arriving in Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert Indian influence in the region.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, In India an angry mob of workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a West Bengal jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 15, An Iraqi spokesman said security forces have killed 279 "terrorists" in the past 24 hours, as they pushed back against a major militant offensive. A series of explosions in Baghdad killed at least 19 people and injured over 40. Mortar rounds smashed into a central Iraq recruitment center for civilians volunteering to fight a militant offensive, killing 6 people. Sunni militants attacked Tal Afar. Images posted by ISIL militants indicated some 170 Iraqi soldiers killed following the June 12 capture of Tikrit. A claim of 1,700 killed was not confirmed.
    (AFP, 6/15/14)(Reuters, 6/15/14)(AP, 6/16/14)(SFC, 6/16/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 15, Israeli troops arrested some 80 Palestinians, including dozens of members of Hamas, in an overnight raid in the West Bank as PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Islamic militant group of kidnapping three teenagers who went missing nearly three days ago.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, In Kenya at least 50 people were killed after suspected al Shabaab gunmen in two minibuses sped into Mpeketoni town on the coast, shooting soccer fans watching a World Cup match in a television hall and targeting two hotels, a police post and a bank.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)(AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 15, In Kosovo parliamentary candidate Elvis Pista, from the party of PM Hashim Thaci, was shot dead one week after an inconclusive general election in the tiny Balkan nation.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, In Libya renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, prompting dozens of families to flee the port in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African oil-producing nation. A ground assault left 5 people dead.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)(SFC, 6/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 15, In Libya American commandoes seized Ahmed Abu Khattala. He and the Ansar al-Shariah militant group were accused by the US of involvement in the 2012 attack on its consulate in Benghazi that left 4 Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
    (AP, 6/18/14)(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A3)
2014        Jun 15, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO is preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself in its stand-off with Russia, and must adapt to the fact that Moscow now views it as an adversary.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, In Nigeria at least 4 people were killed and houses torched in ethnic clashes between rival groups in eastern Taraba state. Media reported that more than 25 people were feared dead after the clash. At least 15 people were killed when suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed a market in the farming community of Daku, Borno state.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)(AFP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 15, Pakistan's army launched Operation Zarb e-Azb (strike of the Prophet’s sword), a "comprehensive operation" against militants holed up in the tribal North Waziristan region. As many as 100 militants were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)(AP, 6/15/14)(Econ, 7/12/14, p.36)
2014        Jun 15, Slovakia inaugurated Andrej Kiska (51) its 4th president since independence in 1993. He vowed continued cooperation with the EU and NATO amid concerns about security in neighboring Ukraine.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, In southwestern Sri Lanka hard-line Buddhists hurled gasoline bombs and looted homes and businesses in attacks in several Muslim towns, killing 3 Muslims and seriously wounding more than 50 people. The attacks were led by a mob from Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, which rails against the country's Muslim minority.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 15, Syrian government forces retook Kasab, ousting rebels from the village on the Turkish border in the coastal heartland of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority sect.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko declared a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, In southern Yemen a suspected Al-Qaeda gunman opened fire on a minibus carrying staff members from a military hospital in Aden, killing 8 people.
    (AFP, 6/15/14)

2014        Jun 16, Pres. Obama notified congress that up to 275 soldiers could be sent to Iraq to protect the US Embassy and other American interests.
    (AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 16, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, The US Supreme Court has ruled that holders of defaulted Argentine bonds can force the South American country to reveal where its assets are held around the world. Pres. Cristina Fernandez refused to go along with a US judge's ruling requiring a $1.5 billion repayment of defaulted bonds
    (AP, 6/16/14)(AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 16, Pilger, Nebraska, home to about 350 people, took a direct hit from one of an estimated four tornadoes that the US National Weather Service tracked across the northeast part of the state. The tornadoes left at least two people dead. More than half of the town was destroyed.
    (AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A12)
2014        Jun 16, General Motors said it is recalling 3.36 million cars because they might suddenly switch off if their keys are carrying extra weight and the vehicles experience a jarring event.
    (SFC, 6/17/14, p.D6)
2014        Jun 16, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb planted by the Afghan Taliban killed 5 civilians from the same family in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, In southern Albania hundreds of police, backed by armored vehicles, stormed Lazarat village after suspected marijuana growers allegedly fired rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine guns at officers during a drug raid.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, Bhutan promised it will not allow its territory to be used against India, an early success for Indian PM Narendra Modi's region-wide drive to shore up diplomatic relations with neighbors in return for stronger economic ties.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Brazil a suspected Mexican drug trafficker wanted in the United States was arrested in Rio de Janeiro as he tried to board a plane to watch Mexico play in the World Cup soccer competition.
    (Reuters, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 16, Britain said it would ban the Sunni Islamist insurgent group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose stunning offensive in northern Iraq in the past week has spurred fears of all-out sectarian warfare in the Middle East.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, Britain's food safety watchdog said you should not wash a chicken before cooking it, because washing raw chicken spreads the campylobacter bacteria.
    (AFP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Britain on a 3-day visit that included a planned meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and talks aimed at boosting fragile diplomatic relations.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, China executed 13 people for terrorism and violent crimes in the restive Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Egypt clashes between security forces and Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi left one policeman dead in southern Cairo.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, In northern India two crowded buses went out of control and fell off roads in separate accidents in the Himalayan foothills, killing a total of 21 people.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Iraq Sunni militants captured Tal Afar, a strategic city along the highway to Syria. Interior Ministry spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, told a press conference that Iraqi security forces killed 56 "terrorists" and wounded 21 in operations just outside the capital over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, Israeli armed forces swept through half a dozen Palestinian towns and arrested more Hamas officials, expanding a search for three teenagers into a crackdown on the Islamist group accused of abducting them.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Kenya an attack in Majembeni village left 10 people died. Majembeni is next to Mpeketoni where four dozen people were slaughtered a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Mali a jail break in Bamako left at least two people dead as 22 prisoners escaped.
    (Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 16, Netherlands-based Greenpeace said it has suffered a 3.8 million-euro ($5.2 million) loss on an ill-timed bet in the currency market by a well-intentioned — if reckless — employee in its finance department.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, Pakistani fighter jets pounded North Waziristan and said 37 terrorists were killed. At least six Pakistani soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb hit an army convoy just north of Miranshah. Police said Omar Jillani, an intelligence official and nephew of Pakistan's powerful chief justice, was kidnapped in the eastern city of Multan by suspected Taliban gunmen.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)(AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. Gazprom announced that it is suing Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz in an international court for the $4.5 billion. Naftogaz said it has also filed a suit against Gazprom, seeking a "fair and market-based price" for gas, as well as a repayment of $6 billion for what it said were overpayments for gas from 2010.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Spain a Madrid court sentenced ETA member Juan Ramon Carasatorre Aldaz (52) to 29 years for the killing of infantry brigadier Mariano de Juan Santamaria, who was shot in the head on April 10, 1995, in the northern city of San Sebastian.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, Spanish police detained eight people in Madrid on suspicion of recruiting jihadi militants for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo, cleaving the fronts of apartment buildings and killing at least 24 people. In the east a car bomb in the town of al-Shamatiyeh, likely planted by ISIL, killed 7 people including a judge from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and a commander of Ahrar al-Sham, another hardline Islamist group.
    (AP, 6/16/14)(Reuters, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Tajikistan Alexander Sodikov, a Tajik political science student in Canada employed by Britain’s Univ. of Exeter, was detained by secret police while conducting research in Gorno-Badakhshan.
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.36)
2014        Jun 16, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called for a truce in east Ukraine, where his government faces a rebellion by pro-Russian separatists, to provide time to seek agreement on a peace plan.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Venezuela at least 20 people were killed and 10 were wounded when a bus driving toward Caracas crashed after the driver lost control.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)

2014        Jun 17, Georgia inmate Marcus Wellons was executed by lethal injection for killing his neighbor (15) in 1989.
    (SFC, 6/18/14, p.A9)
2014        Jun 17, Missouri inmate John Winfield was executed by lethal injection for killing two St. Louis County women in 1996.
    (SFC, 6/18/14, p.A9)
2014        Jun 17, US authorities in Philadelphia arrested Johann Breyer (89) after a German warrant charged him with 158 counts of complicity in the killing of Jews while he was a guard at Auschwitz in 1944. Breyer died on July 22, hours before a ruling on his extradition to Germany.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A9)(SFC, 7/24/14, p.A8)
2014        Jun 17, American Airlines said that it will cut nearly 80 percent of its flights to Venezuela in a dispute over revenue being held by the South American country.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, Anthony Goldschmidt (b.1942), American designer of posters for top movies, died in Los Angeles.
    (SSFC, 7/6/14, p.C9)
2014        Jun 17, Austrian police said a Romanian woman (40) was imprisoned, raped and repeatedly beaten in a house in Styria for more than a month before escaping when her attacker got drunk. Police arrested a Romanian man (49) in connection with the imprisonment and attacks.
    (Reuters, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, In southern Albania near-continuous gunfire rang out from the lawless village of Lazarat as hundreds more police arrived to battle well-armed marijuana growers who were trying to thwart a government crackdown.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, In England Nahid Almanea (31), a Saudi student, died after she was stabbed 16 times while walking on a public path in Colchester, northeast of London. She was wearing a full-length Muslim robe and a headscarf and had been studying English as part of an advanced degree program.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 17, Chinese premier Li Keqiang began his visit to Britain with a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. He then traveled to central London for a formal inspection of British soldiers and a meeting with PM David Cameron at his office in Downing Street. Mr Li, who was accompanied by a large business delegation, formally agreed during the trip to commercial deals and investments worth £14bn ($24 billion) in areas such as energy and finance.
    (AP, 6/17/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.11)
2014        Jun 17, In China an accidental explosion killed 17 soldiers as they were stacking ammunition in Hengyang, Hunan province.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 17, In England a unanimous jury decision at Birmingham Crown Court found two Singaporean businessmen and a footballer guilty of involvement in a match-fixing conspiracy targeting English lower league games.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, Egypt released Abdullah Elshamy (26), a jailed Al-Jazeera journalist, citing health conditions. Elshamy had been on a hunger strike for over four months to protest his prolonged detention without charges.
    (SFC, 6/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 17, French riot police clashed with striking train workers, who hurled bottles and blocked traffic in anger over a bill to reform the state-run railway system.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, Iran and six world powers re-launched talks to rescue prospects for a deal on Tehran's nuclear activity by a July deadline.
    (Reuters, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, In Iraq pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen Sunni detainees after insurgents tried to storm a jail and free them northeast of Baghdad. 9 of the attackers were reported killed. The Iraqi military, however, insisted the inmates were killed when the attackers shelled the facility. In central Baghdad a sticky bomb attached to a car went off, killing 3 passengers and wounding 11 bystanders.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, In Iraq gunmen loyal to the rebel Free Syrian Army and Al-Qaeda's Syrian franchise Al-Nusra Front took control of Al-Qaim, the Iraqi side of a border crossing with Syria, after security forces withdrew. They had already controlled the Syrian side of the crossing.
    (AFP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, Israel’s security cabinet agreed to make more arrests, put up roadblocks and turn Palestinian houses into military observation posts to increase pressure on Hamas for the kidnapping of three youths after they left their religious school in a Jewish settlement on June 12.
    (Reuters, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, Kenya's president blamed political leaders inside Kenya for carrying out two nights of deadly attacks that killed at least 60 people in coastal communities, saying that despite claims of responsibility from al-Shabab, the Islamic extremists were not behind it.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, A Liberian judge sentenced 13 men to life in prison for "mercenary activity" in neighboring Ivory Coast in 2011-2012.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 17, A Liberian a health official said 7 people believed to have the Ebola virus have died in recent days in the first deaths reported in Monrovia since the outbreak began. 16 people were now believed to have died from the virus in the West African country.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, In Nigeria at least 14 people were killed and 26 wounded in a bomb blast as soccer fans were viewing the Brazil-Mexico match in Damaturu, Yobe state. A “terror kingpin" was reported captured among 486 suspects in a convoy of 33 buses in Enugu state.
    (AP, 6/18/14)(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 17, Pakistani police clashed with followers of an anti-Taliban cleric critical of Pakistan's government in the eastern city of Lahore. The violence killed at least 7 people. Cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri is based in Canada but has a network of mosques and religious centers across Pakistan.
    (AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 17, The Pakistani military said combat aircraft destroyed a bomb making factory in the tribal region of North Waziristan and at least 25 militants were killed in a wave of air strikes.
    (Reuters, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, The Syrian Islamic Council, a group of Sunni clerics that back the mainstream rebels, formally condemned ISIS as a stooge of Pres. Assad.
    (Econ, 6/21/14, p.46)
2014        Jun 17, Ukraine received 500 million euros ($680 million) from the EU to help stabilize the country and shore up its ailing economy.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 17, In Ukraine Russian correspondent Igor Kornelyuk (37) died during surgery in a hospital after being wounded by mortar fire while on assignment in Luhansk. Sound engineer Viktor Denisov was also confirmed dead.
    (AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 17, In central Ukraine an explosion rocked the main pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to the rest of Europe but a source at Russian gas producer Gazprom said the blast has not disrupted the gas flow.
    (Reuters, 6/17/14)

2014        Jun 18, A US military judged arraigned Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi on five war crime charges. He was captured in Turkey in October 2007.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 18, Florida executed John Ruthell Henry (63) for the 1985 fatal stabbing of his wife and young son.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A8)
2014        Jun 18, Amazon introduced its new Fire smart phone with the ability to render images in 3-D. It will be available July 25 in the US exclusively through AT&T. Cost with no contract will be $650-$750.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.C1)
2014        Jun 18, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah suspended relations with the country’s election commission and called on it to halt vote counting Wednesday in an escalation of fraud allegations threatening to disrupt what was supposed to be the country's first peaceful transfer of authority.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, Cuban health authorities confirmed the country's first six cases of chikungunya fever, a debilitating, mosquito-borne virus that is suspected of afflicting tens of thousands across the Caribbean since its arrival in the region last year.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, Cyprus raised 750 million euros ($1.017 million) from international markets with its first public issue of bonds since last year's international bailout saved it from bankruptcy.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, An Egyptian court sentenced 12 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police general last year.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, The Indian government said 40 Indian construction workers have been seized near Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, which ISIL and allied Sunni fighters captured last week. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said its diplomats were investigating a Turkish media report that militants grabbed 60 foreign construction workers, including some 15 Turks, near the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, Indonesian officials officially shut a massive prostitution complex in Surabaya amid protests by sex workers, who said their livelihoods were being destroyed. Tri Rismaharini, the first female mayor of Surabaya, had pledged to close down all brothels in the city.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, An apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants heading home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia. 27 people were missing and 9 were confirmed dead. Nine people were missing after a boat carrying 27 Indonesian workers overturned off Malaysia's west coast in a 2nd similar accident. By the weekend the confirmed death toll from two boat accidents rose to 16 with dozens of others still missing.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)(AP, 6/19/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 18, Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country's main oil refinery and said it had regained partial control of Tal Afar, a city near the Syrian border. Fighting shut the Baiji refinery.
    (AP, 6/18/14)(Econ, 6/21/14, p.71)
2014        Jun 18, Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region formed a new government after months of wrangling, with premier Nechirvan Barzani using the occasion to call for defending disputed northern territory.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, Israel tightened its grip on the West Bank, arresting another 65 people, as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas lashed out at those behind the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, Japan's parliament passed a law which bans possession of child pornography, but excludes sexually explicit depictions of children in comics, animation and computer graphics.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, Mexico’s government said Michoacan Gov. Fausto Vallejo (65) has left his post for health reasons. Local media recently posted a purported picture of his son in a meeting with Knights Templar cartel leader Servando Gomez.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 18, The Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) said the repression of peaceful protests in in the country is growing.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, In Morocco some 400 sub-Saharan migrants stormed Spain's multiple-barbed-wire border fences separating its North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, but failed in their bid to enter Europe.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike targeting a militant hideout near the Afghan border killed four men. Residents of a Taliban-infested region in the northwest, where the military launched a major offensive, began to flee after authorities lifted a curfew there.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, Rwandan journalist Agnes Uwimana Nkusi was released after four years in jail for writing articles critical of President Paul Kagame.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, In Somalia a doctor and a nurse were killed and seven others wounded when a car bomb exploded at a hospital in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 18, Syrian helicopter gunships targeted refugees near the Jordanian border killing at least 7 people.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A7)
2014        Jun 18, A Turkish court convicted the only two surviving leaders of the country's 1980 military coup of crimes against the state and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Kenan Evren (96), the military chief of staff who led the takeover and went on to serve as president until 1989, and Tahsin Sahinkaya (89), a former air force chief, had been on trial since 2012.
    (AP, 6/18/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.45)
2014        Jun 18, A criminal court in Istanbul ordered the release of 230 military officers convicted of plotting to topple PM Tayyip Erdogan, a day after the country's top court ruled their trial was flawed. A retrial was ordered.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.45)
2014        Jun 18, Uganda's government banned one of the country's main TV stations from covering presidential events after it aired images which it said showed Pres. Yoweri Museveni having a snooze in parliament.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko set out proposals for a peace plan for eastern Ukraine involving a unilateral ceasefire by government forces. This followed a late-night telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    (Reuters, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, The World Health Organization said an Ebola outbreak continues to spread in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and the death toll in the outbreak has risen to more than 330.
    (AP, 6/18/14)

2014        Jun 19, A California state auditor blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates after finding more than a quarter of 144 tubal ligations, performed from 2006 to 2013, were done without lawful consent.
    (SFC, 6/20/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 19, Gerry Goffin (b.1939), pop lyricist, died at his home in Los Angeles. During the 1960s he and his then wife Carole King wrote such songs “A Natural Woman," “Take Good Care of My Baby," Up on the Roof," “The Loco-Motion," and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (1960).
    (SSFC, 6/22/14, p.C5)
2014        Jun 19, In eastern Afghanistan four Taliban militants struck a NATO post in Nangarhar province, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with police.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, Australia's highest court ruled that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to fund a program that provides chaplains to schools.
    (AP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, In Bulgaria flash floods killed at least 12 people including two children, with others missing after torrential rains lashed the east of the country.
    (AFP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 19, China said it is moving a second oil rig closer to Vietnam's coast, showing its determination to press its territorial claims and continue searching for resources in disputed waters despite a tense confrontation with Vietnam over another oil rig to the south.
    (AP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, In eastern China a court sentenced to up to 6 ½ years in prison three activists who were part of a nascent civil rights movement that has urged government officials to publicly disclose their assets. A court in southern Guangxi region sentenced to death He Shenguo, who killed two government workers and injured four other people in an argument related to the one-child policy.
    (AP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, Chinese PM Li Keqiang arrived on an official three-day visit to Greece, which the Greek government hopes will lead to trade and investment deals that will boost the recession-plagued economy.
    (AP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, Chinese authorities arrested 11 North Koreans who had fled their country and will likely deport them back to the North where they could face severe punishment.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jun 19, Growing numbers of French railway employees returned to work after lawmakers voted to approve the broad outline of a railway reform that has triggered a nine-day strike.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, An injured German caver was hauled out of the country's deepest cavern by a multinational rescue operation that involved more than 700 people. Johann Westhauser (52), an experienced caver, had gone into the Riesending cave system in the Alps with two companion on June 8 and was injured during a rock fall.
    (AP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, It was reported that India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting industries.
    (AP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, In Iraq Col. Ali al-Qureishi told state-run Iraqiya television by telephone that the Beiji oil facility remained under his control. He said his forces had killed nearly 100 militants since June 17. The Beiji refinery accounts for just over a quarter of the country's entire refining capacity.
    (AP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, In Iraq the bullet-riddled bodies of 4 handcuffed men, presumably Sunnis, were discovered in the Shiite Baghdad district of Abu Dashir. A roadside bomb hit a police patrol on a highway in the east of Baghdad, killing 2 police officers and wounding two. A car bomb also exploded inside a parking lot in Baghdad's southeastern Shiite neighborhood of New Baghdad, killing 3 people and wounding seven.
    (AP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, Israeli forces traded gunfire with Palestinians in the fiercest street battles in the occupied West Bank since a search began for three Israeli teenagers missing for a week. 30 "terror suspects" were detained in the West Bank, bringing to 280 the number of Palestinians taken into custody over the past week.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, An Israeli court sentenced former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski to six years in prison for his part in a corruption scandal involving ex-premier Ehud Olmert.
    (AFP, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, Kenyan fighter jets attacked two bases belonging to Islamist al Shabaab insurgents in Somalia and killed at least 80 militants. Al Shabaab rebels denied any of its fighters had been killed.
    (Reuters, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 19, In Pakistan thousands of refugees poured out of North Waziristan, terrified by both state troops and Taliban insurgents fighting for control of the troubled region.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, Philippine security forces battled Abu Sayyaf militants in the south in fierce clashes that killed 6 troops and 10 rebels. A military investigation concluded on July 10 that friendly fire and not Muslim extremists killed six elite army soldiers during the clash.
    (AP, 6/19/14)(AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jun 19, In Spain divorced former journalist, Letizia Ortiz, became Spain's first commoner queen when her husband, Felipe VI (46), was sworn in as king.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 19, In Syria a car bomb exploded near a school in the pro-government Nazha district of Homs, killing 3 people and wounding nine.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 19, Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists were locked in fierce fighting in the east after rebels rejected a call to lay down their arms in line with a peace plan proposed by Pres. Petro Poroshenko.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)

2014        Jun 20, A US State Department blacklist included Thailand and Malaysia for their failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, The US issued new sanctions against seven Ukraine separatists accused of stoking violence against their capital in Kiev.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, Former driver Peter Malaszuk filed suit against imprisoned hedge-fund founder Raj Rajaratnam in US District Court alleging that Rajaratnam gave him names and contact information for the family members of inmates who were to receive money. He says the cash was meant to secure special treatment in prison for Rajaratnam, who is serving an 11-year sentence for insider trading at a minimum-security facility in Massachusetts.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jun 20, Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai said that he was in favor of the UN intervening in the presidential election after one of the candidates dropped out of the process over allegations of mass fraud. Guards in a provincial governor's convoy traded gunfire with policemen at a checkpoint, prompting clashes that left four of the guards dead and four policemen wounded in Balkh province. A mortar shell slammed into a home in Nangarhar province, killing one child and wounding five others.
    (Reuters, 6/20/14)(AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, In southern Afghanistan 3 US troops and a working dog were killed by a bomb blast.
    (Reuters, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 20, Albanian police declared victory over drug producers who for more than 15 years had run the southern village of Lazarat as a personal fief, churning out marijuana on an industrial scale untouched by the NATO member state. Police said most of the ringleaders had escaped under cover of night.
    (Reuters, 6/19/14)
2014        Jun 20, A British husband and wife were convicted of murdering the woman's parents, burying their bodies and collecting their pension checks for 15 years. A jury at Nottingham Crown Court found Susan and Christopher Edwards guilty of shooting William and Patricia Wycherly in May 1998.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, In China assailants stabbed two police officers guarding a security checkpoint in a village in Qaraqash county, Xinjiang, and set fire to a room in which three other officers were sleeping, killing all five.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 20, In Egypt two people were killed in Cairo in clashes during demonstrations by supporters of ousted Islamist president Morsi.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, Estonian PM Taavi Roivas urged NATO to establish a permanent presence in the Baltic state in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg agreed on a reform to close a loophole that allowed companies to shift some of their profits between different country divisions to avoid taxation.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers voted in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform that has alarmed Beijing and sets the stage for a possible showdown with the government, with mass protests aimed at shutting down the Chinese capitalist enclave's financial district.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, Iran and six powers made some progress on drafting the wording of a nuclear deal, but key sections of the document were left blank. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said full agreement was possible at the next round, in Vienna on July 2.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, Iran’s state TV reported that a court in Kerman province has convicted two men on charges of spying for Britain and Israel and sentenced them to 10 and five years in prison, respectively.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, In Iraq Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of the Shiite majority, called for a new, "effective" government, increasing pressure on PM Maliki as an offensive by Sunni militants rages on.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, Iraqi Kurdistan looked set to unload in Israel a first cargo of disputed crude oil from its new pipeline after weeks of seeking an outlet as Iraq's central government has threatened legal action against any buyer.
    (Reuters, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, Israeli soldiers killed Mohammed Dudin (15), a Palestinian boy, in clashes during West Bank raids. 3 other Palestinians were seriously wounded by army gunfire during raids in four towns and refugee camps, as a search for three Israeli teens feared abducted in the territory entered its second week.
    (Reuters, 6/20/14)(AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, Kenya's Interior Ministry said security forces have shot and killed five people suspected of killing 60 residents in two nighttime attacks on a coastal town this week.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, In eastern Lebanon a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a police checkpoint, killing one person amid rising fears of renewed violence in this volatile country sparked by a stunning offensive by Sunni insurgents in nearby Iraq.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, In the Philippines Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., popular politician and action movie star, surrendered after an anti-graft court ordered his arrest on large-scale corruption charges in a rare spectacle of the country's political elite being made to answer for alleged crimes.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 20, Slovenia's former PM Janez Jansa went to prison to begin a two-year sentence for bribery in an arms deal with a Finnish company. In 2015 a retrial was ordered by the Supreme Court after the Constitutional Court overturned his conviction.
    (AP, 6/23/14)(AP, 4/23/15)
2014        Jun 20, In Syria a powerful truck bomb exploded in the government-held village of Horrah, near Hama, killing at least 34 civilians and wounding more than 50. Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured key towns in eastern Syria adjoining territory the al Qaeda splinter group has seized in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/20/14)(Reuters, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, In Syria the bullet-riddled bodies of 3 officers of the Western and Arab-backed rebel Free Syrian Army were found, two days after suspected Islamist militants (ISIL) kidnapped them in the oil-rich eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
    (AFP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 20, In Ukraine 7 government troops were killed in overnight fighting in the Donetsk region, as clashes between government forces and pro-Russia rebels flared ahead of the publication of a presidential peace plan that includes a unilateral cease-fire.
    (AP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria, describing foreign powers and groups as "irresponsible" for giving military support to the warring parties in the three-year conflict.
    (Reuters, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 20, The United Nations cultural agency listed the Palestinian village of Battir as a World Heritage site in danger, raising hopes among residents that this will protect their community against Israel's West Bank separation barrier.
    (AP, 6/21/14)

2014        Jun 21, Hundreds of Afghans protested in Kabul against alleged fraud in last week's presidential runoff. The UN urged Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah to return to the electoral process after he dropped out earlier this week, accusing the organizers and the president of fraud. A suicide car bombing in Kabul aimed at a senior government official killed one civilian and wounded three others.
    (AP, 6/21/14)(Reuters, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, Belarus released Ales Bialiatski (51), the leader of the Vyasna rights group, nearly three years into his prison sentence and 20 months ahead of schedule.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In China police in Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang's southwest shot dead 13 assailants who rammed a truck into a police office building and set off explosives in an attack that also wounded three officers.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, An Egyptian court confirmed death sentences against Mohamed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 182 supporters, in a mass trial of Islamists who ruled Egypt for a year but face a fierce crackdown under the new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
    (Reuters, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Iraq thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several cities as Sunni militants seized Qaim and Rawah, two strategically located towns in what appeared to be a new offensive in the western Anbar province.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, The Arbil Citadel that dominates the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan was granted World Heritage Site status.
    (AFP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, The Israeli military arrested 10 Palestinians and said that some 1,350 sites in the West Bank had been searched so far and more than 330 Palestinians detained in response to three missing teenagers.
    (Reuters, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, Mauritanians voted to choose their next president, but with the major opposition parties boycotting, incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Azi seemed certain to hold on to power.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Nigeria suspected Islamist militants stormed Koronginim village, Borno state, killing several people and torching houses close to where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Somalia a bomb planted under the car seat of Yusuf Keynan, a journalist for Mustaqbal radio, exploded and killed him.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In South Africa 4 suspected illegal miners were found dead with gun shots wounds to the head at a gold mine near Johannesburg.
    (Reuters, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 21, Albie Sachs (79), the South African judge who rose to fame for his role in the anti-apartheid struggle, was awarded the Tang Prize, touted as Asia's version of the Nobels, for his contributions to human rights and justice. Earlier this week, Norwegian ex-premier Gro Harlem Brundtland was named as the first recipient of the prize for her work as the "godmother" of sustainable development, while noted Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih was awarded for his accomplishment in sinology. Immunologists James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan became joint recipients in the biopharmaceutical sciences category for their contributions in the fight against cancer. Named after China's Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), the Asian prize was founded by Taiwanese billionaire Samuel Yin in 2012 with a donation of Tw$3 billion.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, A South Korean soldier was at large after killing 5 comrades and wounding another five at the border with North Korea.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Syria Sunni militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control of the Al-Qaim Iraq-Syria border crossing after Syrian rebels withdrew overnight. A truce struck to end deadly fighting at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk. Syrian warplanes pounded parts of Muhassan, Deir el-Zour province, a day after it was stormed by ISIL militants
    (AFP, 6/21/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)(SSFC, 6/22/14, p.A5)
2014        Jun 21, Ukraine reported no large-scale fighting, the first full day of what is to be a six-and-a-half-day stand-down by the Ukrainian military. Separatist leaders have rejected the cease-fire and said they will not disarm. The Ukrainian Border Guard Service reported overnight attacks on two border posts in the Donetsk region, which left three troops injured, hours after the cease-fire was announced.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has reached 10.8 million, almost half of Syria's population.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, Yemen's Defense Ministry said suspected al-Qaida militants killed Brigadier-General Abdullah al-Mehdar in front of his home in Sanaa. In the southeast Al-Qaeda gunmen killed 2 people in Shehr, Hadramawt province, because they believed they were practicing witchcraft and sorcery. Some 17 policemen were wounded in an ambush by Shiite Huthi rebels as fighting between government forces and the rebels neared Sanaa.
    (AP, 6/21/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Zimbabwe Edmund Kudzayi, editor of the Sunday Mail state-owned newspaper, appeared in court on charges of subversion and undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe.
    (AP, 6/21/14)

2014        Jun 22, The US Border Patrol said it will fly nearly 300 Central American migrants from south Texas to California for processing, as the government seeks to ease the workload on agents at the nation's busiest corridor for illegal crossings.
    (AP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, Fouad Ajami (b.1945), Lebanon-born academic and author on Middle East affairs, died in Maine. His books included “The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice Since 1967" (1981) and “The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation’s Odyssey" (1998).
    (SFC, 6/25/14, p.D3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fouad_Ajami)
2014        Jun 22, In Massachusetts an Amtrak train struck a sports utility vehicle that was apparently driving on train tracks. 3 people were killed in the SUV and the train derailed with no injuries.
    (SFC, 6/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 22, The party of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah broadcast audio that it said showed mass fraud had been committed in an election that aims to transfer power democratically in the country for the first time.
    (Reuters, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported that the 25 board members of FIFA, the international governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer, now get a $200,000 stipend for their part-time duties. FIFA declined to comment on claims that annual payments were doubled for executive committee members after their bonuses were stopped last December.
    (AP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, Felix Dennis (67), British hedonist and media magnate, died. His 20,000 hectare Forest of Dennis included a garden of heroes with life-size statues of famous figures. 
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.78)
2014        Jun 22, In Cameroon an anti-poaching Cessna 172, flown by American Bill Fitzpatrick (59), disappeared as he approached Douala on a flight from Kano, Nigeria. Villagers stumbled on his remains in April 2015.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2014        Jun 22, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said five days of rainstorms in the south have left 26 people dead and another three missing and led to direct economic losses of 4 billion yuan ($650 million).
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 22, Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers lined up to vote, joining hundreds of thousands of others who cast electronic ballots in the first three days of an unofficial referendum on democratic reform that Beijing has blasted as a farce.
    (AP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, Iraqi military officials said Sunni militants have captured the Turabil crossing with Jordan and the al-Walid crossing with Syria. Militants also seized Rutba in Anbar province, the fourth town to fall in two days.
    (AP, 6/22/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.40)
2014        Jun 22, Israeli tanks fired at Syrian army positions following an attack from inside Syria that killed Mohammed Qaraqara, a 13-year-old Israeli boy, on the occupied Golan Heights.
    (Reuters, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, Israeli soldiers in Nablus fired at stone-throwing Palestinians overnight, killing Ahmad Famawi (26). In Ramallah, the Islamic Jihad militant group said one of its members was killed by Israeli gunfire. Israeli troops fatally shot Ahmed Saoud (27), a mentally ill Palestinian, as he approached them in the Al-Ein refugee camp. 
    (Reuters, 6/22/14)(SFC, 6/23/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 22, In Kosovo special EU police backed by NATO fired tear gas and rubber bullets at ethnic Albanian rioters burning police cars and lobbing rocks in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica, in protest over the blockage of the main bridge by ethnic Serbs.
    (Reuters, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, In northern Nigeria suspected Islamist militants kidnapped as many as 91 villagers, most of them women and young girls, in Borno state. 63 girls and women managed to escape on July 4.
    (Reuters, 6/24/14)(AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jun 22, South Korean troops exchanged fire with a runaway soldier who was surrounded in a forest after he killed five comrades near his North Korea border outpost, and brought in his parents to persuade him to surrender.
    (AP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, Spain’s police said three people have been arrested on suspicion of illegally scanning and then unlawfully publishing books on a large scale. More than 1000 books and 10 computer hard drives full of texts were seized.
    (SFC, 6/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 22, Syrian troops backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah launched an assault to oust rebels from the foothills of the Qalamun mountains north of the capital.
    (AFP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, Thailand police arrested eight people for demonstrating against the nation's increasingly repressive military junta, including a man who was dragged away by undercover officers for reading a copy of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" outside one of Bangkok's most luxurious shopping malls.
    (AP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 22, Ukraine's Pres. Petro Poroshenko agreed to dialogue with separatists not implicated in "murder and torture" as he laid out a peace plan that Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to back as fighting flared between government and pro-Moscow separatist forces.
    (AFP, 6/22/14)(Reuters, 6/22/14)

2014        Jun 23, The US Supreme Court trimmed the Obama administration’s power to curb greenhouse gases under a long-running air pollution program in a decision that means most major facilities, including power plants and refineries, will continue to be regulated.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, In Atlanta, Ga., the new $75 million National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened.
    (SFC, 6/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 23, General Electric was declared the winner for the energy business of Alstom, a French engineering group. A day earlier the French government said it would take a 20% stake in Alstom.
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.53)(http://tinyurl.com/n3hbmn7)
2014        Jun 23, Afghanistan's chief electoral officer resigned in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month. Preliminary results are due on July 2, then final results on July 23. Karzai has set Aug. 2 as the date for the new president to be inaugurated.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, A Bangladesh court sentenced eight people, including a leader of a banned Islamist group, to death for their roles in a bombing at a Bengali 2001 New Year's celebration concert that left 10 people dead.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, In Central African Republic Christian an anti-Balaka militia attacked the village of Ardo-Djobi, killing 18 of the local Fulani tribal population. One militiaman also died. An initial attack by mainly Christian militia just outside Bambari led to waves of reprisals by Muslim youths. About 10 anti-Balaka were killed.
    (AP, 6/23/14)(Reuters, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 23, Chinese authorities said they broke up 32 terror groups and arrested more than 380 suspects in the far west in the first month of a crackdown aimed at demonstrating the Communist Party's resolve to maintain order in the Xinjiang region. Many suspects received rapid trials and stiff sentences, including death penalties. Security forces also seized several hundred explosive devices.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, An Egyptian court convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists, Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict that stunned their families and raised international outrage.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, An Egyptian court sentenced to life in prison 24 Islamists for killing a taxi driver last December. He had put in his car a picture of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the ex-army chief turned president.
    (AFP, 6/23/14)(SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 23, The European Union said it is suspending all official visits to and from Thailand and shelving important agreements, to protest last month's military coup. It is putting on hold the signing of an agreement to deepen political and business ties with Thailand "until a democratically elected government is in place."
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, In Germany a Learjet chartered by the German air force to take part in a training exercise with two unarmed Eurofighter jets collided with one of the military planes near the town of Elpe Two civilian pilots were presumed dead. The fighter pilot landed safely.   
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 23, Israel's army said it has detained another 37 Palestinians overnight as it searched for three missing teenagers and extended a crackdown on the Hamas Islamist group it accuses of kidnapping them.
    (Reuters, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, Israeli authorities announced the arrest of an alleged Hamas operative for involvement in the deadly shooting of an Israeli police officer in the West Bank over the Passover holiday in April.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, In Kashmir a protester was killed and four others were wounded when Indian government forces fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a suspected rebel in an earlier gunbattle.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly opened in Kenya, as more than 150 high-level delegations began a weeklong examination of the intersection between global economic progress and the environment.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, In Kenya 5 people were killed in attacks in Witu, near Mpeketoni where some 60 people were killed last week.
    (SFC, 6/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 23, In northern Nigeria an explosion tore through Kano State School of Hygiene, killing at least 8 people. It was not immediately clear if Islamist militants were behind the blast.
    (Reuters, 6/23/14)(Reuters, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 23, Tahir-ul-Qadri (63), a populist Canada-based cleric, returned to Pakistan to try to start what he has called a "peaceful revolution" against the government, as his supporters engaged in violent clashes with police.
    (AFP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, A Philippine senator surrendered to police after a court ordered his arrest on corruption charges. Jinggoy Estrada, the son of an ex-president, was the second celebrity politician in days to end up in jail on charges of plundering the poor Southeast Asian nation's coffers.
    (AP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, South Africa's AMCU union declared a five-month platinum strike "officially over" as thousands of miners roared their approval when leader Joseph Mathunjwa asked if they wanted to end the longest work stoppage in the country's history. A South African labor court declared unlawful a planned gold mining strike by the country's radical union AMCU, which has staged a crippling work stoppage at platinum mines.
    (Reuters, 6/23/14)(AFP, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, In South Korea a massive manhunt ended when a 22-year-old sergeant, surnamed Yim, shot himself in the upper left chest as his father and brother approached, pleading with him to surrender. Yim was hospitalized. He had killed 5 comrades on June 21 near his North Korea border outpost. On Feb 3, 2015, Yim was sentenced to death.
    (AP, 6/23/14)(AP, 2/3/15)
2014        Jun 23, The Syrian government said a series of Israeli airstrikes early today hit nine military targets, killed 4 people and wounded nine others.
    (AP, 6/23/14)(SFC, 6/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 23, Syria handed over the remaining 100 tons of toxic material it had declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog. Western governments wanted the mission to continue to investigate numerous ambiguities in Syria's chemical weapons declaration and several alleged chlorine gas attacks, which they also blame on Assad's forces.
    (Reuters, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, The United Arab Emirates jailed seven men for belonging to an al Qaeda network and aiding its affiliate in Syria. Six were jailed for seven years, one was given life. They were arrested last year on suspicion of planning attacks on the UAE.
    (Reuters, 6/23/14)
2014        Jun 23, The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the latest figures show 567 cases of Ebola with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The virus has no cure and causes internal bleeding and organ failure, spreading through contact with infected people.
    (AP, 6/23/14)

2014        Jun 24, In Kansas City, Mo., police officer Jacob Ramsey was making a warrant check when Anthony Contreras ran from a house. Police said he feared he was about to be shot and fired at Contreras, critically wounding him. On April 17, 2015, a prosecutor dismissed charges Ramsey, who was indicted in February by a grand jury for the non-fatal shooting.
    (http://tinyurl.com/k437yhq)(Reuters, 4/17/15)
2014        Jun 24, Britain became the latest nation to formally outlaw the herbal stimulant khat, the bushy leaf chewed by many Somalis, Yemenis, Kenyans and Ethiopians. As of today khat is a "class C drug", making possession punishable by up to two years in jail and supply and production punishable by up to 14 years.
    (AFP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, Two powerful British political insiders met starkly different fates as former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, Cameroon security forces killed at least 10 suspected Boko Haram militants in three clashes in the north of the country near its border with Nigeria.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 24, In China Wei Jianghong, chairman of a state-owned copper smelter and a delegate to the national legislature, jumped to his death in Anhui province. The suicide was attributed to “excessive work pressure and mental stress."
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.38)
2014        Jun 24, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he will not interfere in court rulings, rebuffing calls from the United States and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists handed heavy prison terms a day earlier. El-Sissi also said he will donate half of his personal wealth and half of his salary to help the country's crippling economy, the improvement of which he said requires sacrifices from all Egyptians.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, An Egyptian court convicted Kerolos Ghattas (30), an Egyptian Christian, to six years imprisonment for blasphemy and contempt of religion. He was arrested earlier this month for posting pictures deemed insulting to Islam on his Facebook page.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, The EU set Albania on the road to membership, granting the small Balkan state the status of candidate to join in recognition of recent reforms, while warning the government that progress was conditional on further efforts.
    (Reuters, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, In Finland former European affairs minister Alexander Stubb took over as the head of the conservative-led government after PM Jyrki Katainen resigned to pursue a position in the European Commission.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, France's top administrative court ordered an end to the treatment of a comatose man — a decision blocked hours later by the European Court of Human Rights.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 24, The Paris Club of creditor nations announced Israel's induction, bringing the club's membership to 20 countries. It was created in 1956, and has worked out loan deals for 90 countries.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, The Honduran fishing boat "Miss Nushka" was lost about 83 km (50 miles) north of the port of La Ceiba in heavy winds and waves. Divers later recovered one body inside the boat. Seven fishermen were rescued after floating for 10 hours before coming upon a small island. 7 remained missing.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 24, Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years. Authorities said major tobacco companies have largely ignored a deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs.
    (AP, 6/24/14)(AP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 24, In Iran an attack near its western border with Iraq killed 3 border guards.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 24, Iraqi air strikes killed at least 32 people as security forces held off attacks on a strategic town and an oil refinery. The UN said at least 1,075 people, the vast majority of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq during June as a Sunni insurgency overtakes key areas of the country.
    (AFP, 6/24/14)(AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe unveiled a fresh round of reforms, in the latest bid to cement a fragile recovery, his second attempt to fire the "third arrow" of his economic action plan.
    (AFP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, A Lebanese security source said an overnight suicide blast in Beirut's southern suburbs, Hezbollah's main bastion, killed a security officer who had tried to stop the bomber.
    (AFP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, Mali security forces arrested Mahamed Aly Ag Wadoussene, a fugitive at the heart of a jail break in Bamako on June 16 in which at least two people were killed and 22 prisoners escaped.
    (Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 24, Mexican officials said Fernando Sanchez Arellano, head of the once-mighty Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel, has been arrested.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, In Nigeria extremists overran a military checkpoint in the northeast and killed at least 21 soldiers.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 24, In Pakistan one woman was killed and three crew members were wounded by gunmen shooting at an Airbus 310 plane carrying 178 passengers from Saudi Arabia as it landed in Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 24, Nine Peruvian commercial fisherman died after two trawlers collided and one boat capsized 13 nautical miles off Pisco. Three of the Marisol II’s crew survived.
    (SFC, 6/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, In South Africa the world's three biggest platinum firms signed a wage deal with the AMCU union, but said that fallout from a five-month strike made job cuts and restructuring inevitable, setting the scene for more labor turmoil in the sector.
    (Reuters, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, South African police in Kloof seized heroin worth more than two billion rand ($190 million). Police arrested two Chinese nationals and one South African in the biggest drugs bust in the country's history.
    (Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 24, Spain's Supreme Court approved a $7-billion oil exploration project off the Canary Islands.
    (Reuters, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, Thailand’s former Interior Minister Charupong Reuangsuwan, a member of the elected government ousted by last month's coup, formed an opposition group in exile, invoking historical symbols of resistance and revolution while rejecting as illegitimate the new military regime.
    (AP, 6/24/14)
2014        Jun 24, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said pro-Russian separatists in the east had violated a ceasefire with overnight attacks that killed one government soldier. Rebels downed a government helicopter.
    (Reuters, 6/24/14)(AFP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 24, The UN and Interpol released a report saying global environmental crime is worth up to $213 billion a year and helps finance criminal and terrorist groups threatening security and sustainable development worldwide.
    (AFP, 6/24/14)

2014        Jun 25, The US Supreme Court ruled in Riley v California that police must get a search warrant before examining the contents of cell phones they seize from people they arrest.
    (SFC, 6/26/14, p.A10)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.25)
2014        Jun 25, US federal investigators shut down myredbook.com, a SF Bay Area website that catered to prostitutes and johns. Eric Omuro (53) of Mountain view and Annmarie Lanoce (40) of Rocklin (Placer Ct.) were arrested after being indicted a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/26/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 25, A US federal appeals court in Denver ruled that states must allow gay couples to marry.
    (SFC, 6/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 25, Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways said it had reached a deal in principle to buy a 49 percent stake in struggling Italian carrier Alitalia. In return Alitalia agreed to cut 20% of its work force.
    (AP, 6/25/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.58)
2014        Jun 25, Afghan officials said at least 13 policemen, 8 army soldiers and 100 Taliban fighters have been killed in five days of fighting as Taliban militants to wrest control of Sangin district in Helmand province. Helmand province is a major route for the transit of opium and some districts are controlled by drug dealers and the Taliban.
    (Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Britain's Supreme Court said an assisted-suicide ban is incompatible with human rights, but it dismissed the appeal from two severely disabled men who argued the law should be changed to allow doctors to legally kill them.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Central African Republic peacekeepers said nearly 50 people have been killed since June 23 during violence in the Bambari region and nearby villages.
    (AFP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, China sent its first ever ministerial-level official to Taiwan for four days of meetings.
    (SFC, 6/26/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 25, In Egypt eight people were hurt in northern Cairo when homemade explosive devices blew up at four metro stations and a courthouse.
    (Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, In Egypt education authorities overturned a post-revolutionary reform that allowed for deans and presidents of state universities to be elected.
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.41)
2014        Jun 25, A French doctor was acquitted of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to seven terminally ill patients. Relatives of Dr. Nicolas Bonnemaison's patients had testified in his favor.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Greek authorities said they have broken a massive lottery scam targeting Germans that tricked about 360,000 people into paying to take part in non-existent draws. Two German-born suspects were arrested a day earlier in Athens.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Iraq's Shiite PM al-Maliki rejected calls to form an interim "national salvation government" that critics say would allow the country's squabbling sects to quickly present a unified front in the face of a growing threat by Sunni militants. Sunni militants launched a dawn raid on a key Iraqi oil refinery they have been trying to take for days, but security forces fought them back. Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields as US military experts began arriving to set up an operations center to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency.
    (AP, 6/25/14)(Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Israeli troops searching for three teenagers it says were kidnapped a fortnight ago by Hamas militants, arrested 17 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight. The arrests included a Palestinian MP.
    (AFP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, In Israel dozens of Palestinian prisoners ended their 63-day-long hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israeli prison authorities.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Kenyan police arrested Lamu county Governor Issa Timamy in connection with gun attacks in his area that killed about 65 people. Timamy denied responsibility and was released on bail on June 30.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)(AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 25, The Lebanese army said a security operation in the country's north has resulted in the arrest of a 'terrorist cell' plotting the assassination of a high-ranking officer in the security forces.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Libya held elections for a new parliament. Turnout was only 630,000 out of 1.5m registered to vote.
    (AP, 6/25/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.42)
2014        Jun 25, In Libya Salwa Bugaighis, a lawyer and rights activist, was assassinated in Benghazi when gunmen stormed her house. She was among the most outspoken voices against militiamen and Islamic extremists who have run rampant in the country since Gadhafi's fall.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 25, Myanmar's state media reported that parliament has reduced the prison terms for violating a law that regulates public protests. The amended law also appears to allow protests as long as permission is sought.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, In Nigeria an explosion at a mall in Abuja left 22 people dead. Soldiers shot and killed one suspect as he tried to escape, and police detained a second suspect. The government said two explosions at a fuel depot in Lagos, which left 2 people dead, were caused by gas canisters. Boko Haram later claimed responsibility for both attacks.
    (AP, 6/26/14)(AFP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jun 25, A rocket fired by Palestinian militants toward Israel exploded in the northern Gaza Strip, killing a 3-year-old Palestinian girl and wounding three other people.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Romania's Parliament called on President Traian Basescu to resign, saying suspicions that his brother took a bribe from the family of a well-known convict have damaged the prestige of his office. Basescu’s brother was arrested last week on charges that he took a 250,000 euros ($340,000) bribe from the son of convict imprisoned for attempted murder to get his sentence reduced.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, On Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand, the upper house of the Russian parliament canceled a resolution allowing the use of military in Ukraine.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, In South Africa tens of thousands of platinum miners returned to work after wage deals ended the longest and most damaging strike in the country's history.
    (Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, In Spain a judge in Madrid charged Princess Cristina with tax fraud and money laundering in a case involving her husband and business associates charged with embezzling millions in public funds earmarked for sports events.
    (SFC, 6/26/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 25, In Spain award-winning author Ana Maria Matute (88), best known for her books set during the Spanish Civil War, died.
    (AP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, Syrian government warplanes struck a series of targets in the northern city of Raqqa, a stronghold of an al-Qaida splinter group, killing at least 12 people. Syrian aircraft also carried out a series of airstrikes in the eastern, oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour near the border with Iraq. The US and Iraqi military officials confirmed that Syrian warplanes bombed militant’s positions in and near the border crossing in Qaim.
    (AP, 6/25/14)(SFC, 6/26/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 25, In Ukraine rebels and government forces traded fire in Slavyansk oblivious to the week-long truce ordered by Ukraine's new president and backed by a top leader of the pro-Russian separatists.
    (AFP, 6/25/14)
2014        Jun 25, In Yemen militants assassinated Col. Khaled al-Khawlani, a senior intelligence officer, in a drive-by shooting in Sanaa.
    (AP, 6/25/14)

2014        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that a Massachusetts law that requires protesters to stay at least 35 feet away from abortion clinics and their patients violates freedom of speech.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 26, US and Philippine officials said the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled. Special forces from the US Pacific Command, possibly in smaller numbers, will remain after the deactivation of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-P).
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Ikea’s US division said it is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location effective on Jan 1 to an average $10.76 per hour, up from $9.17.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.C2)
2014        Jun 26, In Florida a hit and run crash in Tampa left 3 females victims dead. Police searched for suspect Marquice Lamonz Anderson (27).
    (SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 26, Former US Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. (b.1925) died. He had cut to the core of the 1973 Watergate hearings when he asked, "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
    (AP, 6/26/14)(SFC, 6/27/14, p.D4)
2014        Jun 26, In Wisconsin Steven Zelich (52), a former police officer, was charged with two counts of hiding a corpse. He was suspected of in the deaths of two women whose bodies were stuffed into suitcases and discarded on a rural highway.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.A6)0
2014        Jun 26, Artan Santo (58), the manager of Albania's fourth largest bank, Credins, was shot dead as he entered his office in Tirana. Santo was well known in the Balkan country for his acting role as a boy who overcame adversity to climb a mountain in the 1970 Albanian film The Courageous.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup in Brazil.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen said at least 250,000 of his countrymen who were migrant workers in Thailand returned home this month under circumstances that initially violated their human rights. Both countries are now seeking the migrants' return to Thailand, which has a shortage of low-wage workers.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Canada's Supreme Court recognized native groups' rights over a large swathe of land for the first time in western British Columbia province. The landmark ruling in favor of the semi-nomadic Tsilhqot'in people -- numbering about 3,000 -- could have an impact on similar Native American claims currently pending in court.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 26, Central African Republic peacekeepers said nearly 70 people have been killed since June 23 during violence in the Bambari region and nearby villages.
    (AFP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that France had violated the rights of a child born to a surrogate mother — and of two other children similarly born — by refusing to recognize the parent-child relationship. It ordered France to pay 5,000 euros in damages.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, In India a Bengal tiger snatched Sushil Manzhi as he was crab fishing with his son and daughter off a boat in a mangrove swamp in Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal state.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 26, Armed US drones began flying over Iraq.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 26, Iraq's vice president called on parliament to convene on July 1, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency. Militants took a town an hour from Baghdad that is home to four natural gas fields. Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed after taking fire from insurgents.
    (AP, 6/26/14)(Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Israel’s Shin Beit security services released the names of two Hamas militants it believes were involved in the kidnapping two weeks ago of three Israeli teenagers. Suspects Marwan Qawasmeh and Amar Abu Aisha were known to be missing since the day of the kidnapping.
    (SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 26, A Jordanian court acquitted radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who was extradited from Britain last year, of charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Authorities continued to detain the preacher because of separate charges related to a plot to attack tourists during Jordan's New Year celebrations in 2000.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Some 40,000 public servants hired by Hamas went on strike in Gaza in a pay dispute that could test the resilience of the new Palestinian government.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, A Slovak court in Bratislava ruled that Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis, a rising star of the Czech politics, did not collaborate with the communist-era secret police.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, In Somalia a suicide bomber and gunmen killed 3 people, including 2 soldiers, when they attacked the Amalow Hotel housing African Union and Somali forces near in Bulo-Burte town.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, The South African government said 11 young men have died so far this year in botched circumcision rituals that have killed hundreds in past years.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Syria's opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army over corruption allegations, as the White House asked lawmakers for $500 million for moderate insurgents.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 26, Thai officials said military authorities are setting up a network of panels to closely monitor domestic and international media and crack down on criticism of what the junta sees as its efforts to right the country.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, In Yemen at least 15 people were killed in a series of militant attacks in the eastern city of Seiyun, Hadramawt province. These included a coordinated attack on the Sayoun airport.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)(AP, 6/26/14)(SFC, 6/27/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 26, Ukrainian separatist rebels agreed to take part in further peace talks on Jun 27 to end the conflict in the eastern regions.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, The UN said the number of civilians seeking shelter in UN bases in South Sudan has reached over 100,000 for the first time in more than six-months of conflict.
    (AFP, 6/26/14)

2014        Jun 27, The United States announced its intention to join an international treaty banning land mines, without setting a time frame while working through possible complications on the Korean Peninsula.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 27, California’s Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District approved $76 million to install steel cable nets beneath the edges of the GG bridge to prevent suicides.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.C1)
2014        Jun 27, In Colorado police in Denver raided the Maryjane’s Social Club, one of dozens of private pot smoking clubs operating in a legal gray area. Officers handcuffed smokers, seized drug paraphernalia and ticketed the owner for violating a state law banning indoor cigarette smoking.
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 27, In Somerset, Kentucky, Clinton Inabnitt (40) shot and killed lawyer Mark Stanziano (57) after being turned down for help.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A5)
2014        Jun 27, In Mississippi attorney and Tea Party official Mark Mayfield committed suicide after facing charges for taking photos of US Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife inside a nursing home.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A5)
2014        Jun 27, Bobby Womack (b.1944), soul songwriter and musician aka the Preacher, died. In 1964 he recorded “It’s All Over Now" with the Valentinos that included four of his brothers. A version by the Rolling Stones became that group’s first No. 1 hit single in Britain.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A7)
2014        Jun 27, Thousands of angry protesters marched on the Afghan president's palace in support of candidate Abdullah Abdullah's allegations that mass fraud had been committed during the presidential election by organizers and state officials.
    (Reuters, 6/27/14) 
2014        Jun 27, An Argentine judge charged Vice President Amado Boudou with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office in the acquisition of the company that prints the country's currency and of later benefiting from government contracts.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 27, Bosnian Serbs unveiled a monument in their part of Sarajevo to Gavrilo Princip, the man who ignited the war by assassinating the Austro-Hungarian crown prince on June 28, 1914.
    (AP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, British authorities ordered Eurotunnel to stop running its ferry service to France on grounds of unfair competition.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, In Bulgaria rattled depositors withdrew some $550 million from The First Investment Bank (FIB) in a matter of hours. Authorities appealed for calm and arrested several people suspected of instigating the crises. Operations at the Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) were suspended on June 20 following a run that took 20% of deposits. Some 200,000 depositors and companies were left stranded without access to their funds.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.62)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.64)
2014        Jun 27, China’s state media said a court has sentenced 25 members of Quannengshen, or the Church of Almighty God, a banned religious, group to prison terms of up to eight years, the largest in a series of prosecutions against a group that China calls an illegal cult.
    (Reuters, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, Five Chinese fishermen were missing after a trawler sank in waters to the north of islands disputed with Japan in the East China Sea in what appeared to be an accident.
    (Reuters, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, European Union leaders nominated former Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker (59) to become the 28-nation bloc's new chief executive. He was chosen by an indirect system known as Spitzenkandidaten (lead candidate). Juncker still needed to be confirmed by the European Parliament before taking office on Nov 1.
    (AP, 6/27/14)(SFC, 6/28/14, p.A2)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.47)
2014        Jun 27, European Union leaders signed broad trade and economic deals with non-member countries Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
    (AP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, EU leaders set June 30 as the deadline for the release of prisoners in east Ukraine and for the terms of a lasting ceasefire, warning Moscow they were ready to impose further sanctions.
    (Reuters, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, German travel group TUI and its British subsidiary TUI Travel said that they had agreed to a tie-up that will create the world's biggest tourism operator.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, In Hong Kong more than 800 lawyers protested over a requirement for judges to be patriotic to China. In what was seen as a thinly veiled threat ahead of a 10-day referendum, Beijing had released a policy document that said, among other things, that Hong Kong's autonomy comes at the discretion of the central government and included a requirement for judges to be patriotic to China.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 27, In India 14 people were killed and 20 injured in a blast and fire at a gas pipeline in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (Reuters, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, Iraqi forces fought for a second day to seize control of a strategically located university in militant-held Tikrit ahead of a full-scale assault on the city.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, An Israeli air strike on a car in the Gaza Strip killed two Palestinians, hours after a bomb exploded near troops manning Israel's security fence.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, In Israel Eritrean and Sudanese migrants left the open Holot detention center, saying Israel has not processed their claims for asylum. They camped out by the border after Israel's army prevented them from crossing into Egypt.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 27, Mexican authorities detained Dr. Jose Mireles, one of the most well-known leaders of vigilante groups that have been battling drug gangs in Michoacan state, for carrying illegal guns. He was detained in Lazaro Cardenas with 82 other people who also were allegedly carrying illegal firearms, as they planned to travel to the state capital of Morelia.
    (Reuters, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 27, Mexican authorities in the northern state of San Luis Potosi arrested Roman Catholic priest Guillermo Gil Torres on suspicion of sexually abusing a minor, the second priest charged there in a week.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 27, In Nigeria police acting on a tip-off defused a bomb consisting of 13 cylinders of explosives next to the Jumat Praying Ground in Kano. Insurgents killed 7 soldiers in the village of Goniri, Yobe state.
    (Reuters, 6/28/14)(Reuters, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 27, In Pakistan a young couple were tied up and had their throats slit with scythes after they married for love. Muafia Bibi (17) and Sajjad Ahmed (30) had married on June 18 without the consent of their families in the eastern Punjabi village of Satrah. 869 so-called "honor killings" were reported in the media last year - several a day. But the true figure is probably much higher since many cases are never reported.
    (Reuters, 6/28/14)(AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 27, A Panamanian judge acquitted and ordered the immediate release of the last three of 35 North Koreans detained last year for trying to transport undeclared Cuban weapons through the Panama Canal. The decision was based on the fact that the incident "was of international character and outside Panamanian jurisdiction."
    (AFP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 27, Paraguay officials said floods caused by torrential rains have forced the evacuation of some 200,000 people living near the Paraguay and Parana rivers.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 27, In Ukraine pro-Russian separatist leaders and mediators for the Kiev government met in the city of Donetsk in new consultations on ending the fighting in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east. President Petro Poroshenko told EU leaders he was extending a ceasefire in east Ukraine for three days. Rebels in the southeast released four out of eight OSCE observers, captured over a month ago.
    (Reuters, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, The United Arab Emirates arrested two Qatar citizens, Hamad Ali al-Hamadi and Yousef Abdelsamad al-Mulla, at the Ghweifat border crossing between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Both were described as "spies" by Emirati media.
    (AFP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jun 27, The UN Human Rights Council agreed to set up a year-long inquiry into human rights in Eritrea, similar to previous high-level investigations into Syria, North Korea and Sri Lanka.
    (Reuters, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, The UN said some 110,000 people have fled to Russia from Ukraine since the start of 2014 while more than 54,000 have been displaced inside the conflict-torn country.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 27, The Vatican said that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a former ambassador to the Dominican Rep., was found guilty for sexually abusing boys and sentenced to laicization.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 27, In Venezuela a power plant failure knocked out electricity across a big swath of the country, darkening the lights at a nationally televised presidential ceremony and forcing a suspension of subway and train services around the country.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 27, In Yemen fierce clashes pitted government troops against Huthi militants in Amran province.
    (AFP, 6/28/14)

2014        Jun 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping feted neighbors India and Myanmar, dusting off the 60th anniversary of a now rather obscure agreement signed in the early days of the Cold War to pledge a rising China's commitment to peace.
    (Reuters, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, China's Xinhua state news agency said more than 1,200 Chinese workers who were trapped in the embattled northern Iraqi city of Samarra have been evacuated to Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, In Egypt two bombs exploded at a small telephone exchange on Cairo's outskirts, killing an 18-year-old woman.
    (Reuters, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, In India a dilapidated building collapsed in New Delhi leaving 11 people dead. An 11-story building under construction near Chennai collapsed, killing at least 60 people as rescuers searched for dozens of others feared trapped. Nearly 90 contract workers had been in the basement collecting wages. Over the next days 27 people were rescued from the wreckage.
    (AP, 6/28/14)(AP, 6/29/14)(AP, 7/1/14)(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A5)(AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jun 28, In western India a blast triggered by a suspected gas leak in a ship being dismantled killed five workers and injured another seven at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat state.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, Indian authorities rushed food and drinking water to thousands of people marooned by monsoon rains and mudslides that left at least 11 dead in the remote northeast.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit. The military also carried out three airstrikes on the insurgent held city of Mosul.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, In northeastern Nigeria an explosion overnight in a brothel in the city of Bauchi killed 11 people and wounded 28.
    (Reuters, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, In Pakistan Fayaz Aslam (26) burned alive a young girl he wanted to marry after her family refused his proposal. Aslam doused Sidra Shaukat (20) in gasoline before setting her alight in a field in Punjab province. The girl was taken to hospital where she died overnight. Aslam was arrested for murder.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 28, Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed a law establishing a de facto bankruptcy regime for state-owned enterprises.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.26)
2014        Jun 28, In Singapore some 26,000 gay rights activists gathered for the annual Pink Dot rally that came under unprecedented criticism from religious conservatives, with one influential Christian pastor calling on the government to ban the event.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, In Sudan North Darfur state Gov. Osman Kbir announced the death of Ali Karbino, a Darfur rebel leader, who experts said was responsible for some of the deadliest attacks against Sudanese forces.
    (AFP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 28, In Syria a car bomb exploded in a busy market in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, killing at least 2 people and wounding dozens as Muslims went shopping a day before the start of their holy month of Ramadan. Islamist rebels waged a counter-offensive in the border town of Albu Kamal, challenging the grip of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
    (AP, 6/28/14)(Reuters, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, In Syria the ISIL jihadist group publicly executed and crucified 9 men, eight of them rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the jihadists in Deir Hafer, Aleppo province.
    (AFP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 28, In Taiwan Zhang Zhijun, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister, canceled two events after protesters threw paint on his motorcade.
    (SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 28, In Ukraine pro-Russian insurgents released the last four OSCE observers held since their seizure in late May in Luhansk.
    (SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A8)
2014        Jun 28, In Yemen fierce clashes broke out between pro-government tribesmen and Shiite Huthi rebels near Sanaa, as President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed that authorities will not tolerate any violence.
    (AFP, 6/28/14)

2014        Jun 29, US Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun (34) was flown from the Middle East to Norfolk, Va., after turning himself in to US authorities. He was declared a deserter in 2004 after disappearing in Iraq. On Feb 23, 2015, Hassoun was sentenced to two years in prison for desertion.
    (SFC, 6/30/14, p.A5)(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A5)
2014        Jun 29, San Francisco held its 44th annual Gay Pride Parade.
    (SFC, 6/30/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 29, In Lancaster, New Hampshire, the Porcupine Freedom Festival came to an end. It was organized by the Free State project which aims to bring some 20,000 freedom-loving libertarians and anarchists to the state.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.27)
2014        Jun 29, Australia seized 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers near Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean.
    (Econ, 7/26/14,p.36)
2014        Jun 29, Bulgarian police arrested five people for allegedly using text messages, e-mails and phone calls "to spread false information that caused detriment to commercial banks and destabilized the banking system."
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 29, An Egyptian appeals court upheld a blasphemy conviction against Abdel-Nour, a Coptic Christian teacher, and sentenced her to six months in prison, overturning an earlier ruling that only imposed a fine.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 29, In Hong Kong an informal referendum aimed at bolstering support for greater democracy wound down after drawing nearly 800,000 votes and the ire of Beijing, which denounced it as a political farce.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, Police in southern India detained five construction company officials as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit as part of a government offensive to retake the northern city from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Insurgents retained control of most of Tikrit.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to be caliph over territory it controls in Syria and Iraq and demanded all Muslims around the world to pledge allegiance.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 29, Israel’s PM Netanyahu called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan.
    (SFC, 6/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 29, Israeli aircraft attacked at least six militant targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after rockets fired from the Palestinian territory set a factory in Israel on fire.
    (Reuters, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, Italy's navy rescued thousands of people trying to cross from North Africa over the weekend. Off the coast of Sicily the corpses of 30 migrants were found on a boat carrying nearly 600 migrants.
    (Reuters, 6/30/14)(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 29, In Japan a man set himself on fire at a busy intersection in Tokyo in an apparent protest against PM Shinzo Abe's plans to ease limits of the country's pacifist constitution. It was not immediately clear whether the man survived.
    (Reuters, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, In Morocco around 500 migrants of sub-Saharan origin tried to storm Spain's barbed-wire border fence separating its North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco but all failed in their bid to enter Europe.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, In Nigeria suspected Islamist militants sprayed gunfire on worshippers in four churches in an attack on a village less than 5 km (3 miles) from Chibok, the scene of a mass abduction of more than 200 school girls in April. At least 30 people were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/29/14)(AFP, 6/30/14)(AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jun 29, Senegal voted in municipal and provincial elections. This was seen as a key test for President Macky Sall as he tries to shore up support for his party two years after his own disputed victory.
    (AFP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, In Somalia Islamist rebels shot dead 3 members of the security forces in Mogadishu on the first day of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, Uganda forces in Central African Republic (CAR) clashed for the first time with fighters from Seleka, a mainly Muslim rebel force. 15 Seleka and three UPDF soldiers were reported killed as clashes continued into the next day.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jun 29, In eastern Ukraine veteran cameraman Anatoly Klyan (68), who worked for Russia's Channel One, was killed when a bus carrying journalists and soldiers' mothers was hit by gunfire near Avdiivka, just north of Donetsk.
    (AP, 6/30/14)

2014        Jun 30, Pres. Obama, in a direct challenge to House Republicans, said he would act on his own to stem the tide people crossing the southern US border illegally, fix failures in the immigration system and speed the return of thousands of smuggled children from Central America.
    (SFC, 7/1/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 30, The US Supreme Court in Burwell v Hobby Lobby decided 5-4 that some employers with religious objections do not have to pay for contraceptives for their staff.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.24)
2014        Jun 30, The US Supreme Court in Harris v Quinn decided that home health care workers are employed by the people they care for.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.24)
2014        Jul 3, The DJIA topped 17,000 for the first time closing at 17,068.
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.C5)
2014        Jun 30, BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, pleaded guilty in a New York state court admitting that it had transferred billions of dollars on behalf of Sudan, Cuba and Iran, all blacklisted by the US. The bank agreed to pay $8.9 billion to settle the charges.
    (SFC, 7/1/14, p.D2)(Econ, 7/5/14, p.58)
2014        Jun 30, General Motors added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.
    (SFC, 7/1/14, p.D4)
2014        Jun 30, In southern California Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove was sentenced to 13 years in prison for using Facebook and other Internet communications to connect with al-Qaida and plan to train its fighters in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 7/1/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 30, Paul Mazursky (b.1930), American film director, writer, actor and producer, died in Los Angeles. His films included “"Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1969), “Harry and Tonto" (1974), “An Unmarried Woman" (1978) and “Enemies: A Love Story" (1989).
    (SFC, 7/2/14, p.E4)
2014        Jun 30, Frank Robinson (b.1926), LGBT advocate and novelist, died in San Francisco. “The Glass Inferno," which he co-wrote with Thomas Scortia, was one of two books adapted into the film “The Towering Inferno" (1974).
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.D1)
2014        Jun 30, Afghan forces continued to battle the Taliban in southern Helmand province for a second week seeking to reassert control over a strategic district just weeks after the departure of US troops.
    (Reuters, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, Argentine officials said flooding from torrential rains have forced the evacuation of 3,000 people in the northeastern provinces of Misiones and Formosa.
    (SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 30, Australia’s Catholic church said Bishop Max Davis has stepped down after being accused of sexually abusing a teenage student decades ago. Davis denied the charges.
    (SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 30, In Belgium a 24-hour strike disrupted train service and caused the cancellation of high-speed Thalys services between Brussels and Paris, Amsterdam and other European cities.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, In England Rolf Harris (84) an Australian-born artist, TV presenter and performer of songs like "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," was convicted at Southwark Crown Court on all 12 counts of indecently assaulting girls and young women from 1968-1986.
    (AFP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, Bulgaria sought to stabilize its banks with rescue money after what the government called a criminal plot to undermine them with rumors triggered runs on deposits.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, Cameroon's football federation said it will investigate allegations of match-fixing by its team at the World Cup and the possible existence of "seven bad apples" in the squad.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jun 30, In Canada Toronto Mayor Rob Ford returned to work after a two-month stay in rehab and vowed to stay clean.
    (SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 30, In China former top Gen. Xu Caihou was expelled from the ruling Communist Party to face bribery charges. Three other senior officials, including a former deputy police minister, also were expelled from the party to face corruption charges.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, China said it will re-open its embassy in Mogadishu 23 years after evacuating its diplomats as Somalia plunged into civil war.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, In China a leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jun 30, In Egypt 2 police officers were killed while trying to defuse makeshift bombs planted near Cairo's presidential palace close to the anniversary of the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president. The militant group Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, France said the leaders of Russia and Ukraine have agreed to work on the adoption of a ceasefire in Ukraine as well as the establishment of effective border controls.
    (Reuters, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, Iraq lifted a 17-day social media ban imposed to disrupt the communications of armed militants who have seized much of its west and north, although about 20 news websites remain blocked.
    (Reuters, 7/1/14)
2014        Jun 30, Israeli military found the bodies of teenagers Eyal Yifrah (19), Gilad Shaar (16) and Naftali Fraenkel (16), under a pile of rocks north of Hebron. They were abducted on June 12 while hitchhiking home from the Jewish seminaries, where they were studying near the West Bank city of Hebron. Troops set off explosions in the family homes of the alleged abductors in Hebron.
    (AP, 7/1/14)(Reuters, 7/1/14)(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 30, Israel's interior minister Gideon Saar (47) said he will no longer permit Tel Aviv supermarkets to stay open on the Jewish Sabbath, drawing a chorus of criticism from liberal Israelis who see the regulation as religious coercion against secular society.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, Israeli prosecutors indicted businessman Nochi Dankner for securities fraud. Last December he lost his grip on IDB Holding Corp. after a court approved a rescue plan that handed control to two rival entrepreneurs.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.54)
2014        Jun 30, In Japan thousands of people protested outside the PM Shinzo Abe's office in anticipation his government will reinterpret the constitution to allow Japan's military a larger international role.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, A Macedonian court convicted six Muslim men of murdering five Christian fishermen in a lake near the capital Skopje on Easter, 2012, in an alleged plot to destabilize the country, and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Two of the defendants were tried in absentia, because they are serving jail terms in neighboring Kosovo over illegal weapons charges. A seventh suspect was acquitted.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, In southern Mexico 22 suspected criminals were killed in a firefight with troops in the San Pedro Limon community of Tlatlaya. On Sep 30 three soldiers were charged with homicide. On Oct 21 the government said soldiers had killed 12-15 suspects in the fight. A survivor later said most of the victims had been killed after they surrendered.
    (AP, 9/25/14)(AP, 10/1/14)(SFC, 10/23/14, p.A2)(Econ, 10/18/14, p.37)(AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Jun 30, Pakistan launched a ground offensive against militant strongholds near the Afghan border after evacuating nearly half a million people from the region.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, Palestinian militants fired at least 14 rockets into southern Israel, damaging two homes but causing no injuries.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, In Somalia 2 people were killed after a land mine exploded at a business center in the northern outskirts of Mogadishu.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, In Syria a barrage of mortar shells hit government-held areas of the northern city of Idlib, killing 14 people and wounding at least 40. Heavy clashes were reported between several Syrian rebel factions and ISIL fighting for control of a border crossing with Iraq in eastern Syria.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 30, Thailand's military government said it had begun an overhaul of the electoral system following an announcement by junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha that polls could take place by late 2015.
    (Reuters, 6/30/14)

2014        Jun, Andargachew Tsigie, the exiled secretary general of Ethiopia’s Ginbot 7 opposition movement, was detained in transit through Yemen and flown to Ethiopia.
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.42)
2014        Jun, Jamaica’s government said it plans to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.14)
2014        Jun, In Peru clothing businessmen in the Gamarra district of Lima held a conference to publicize extortion that cost them an average of $3000 per month.
    (Econ, 7/12/14, p.31)
2014        Jun, In Vietnam Nguyen Duc Kien, a banking tycoon was jailed for 30 years for tax evasion and illegal lending.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.79)

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