Timeline 2014 July - September
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2014        Jul 1, The United States blacklisted a Ugandan Islamic group, the Allied Democratic Forces, for targeting children in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, The US Navy promoted Michelle Janine Howard to the rank of four-star admiral, making her the first woman to reach its highest rank.
    (SFC, 7/2/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 1, In southern California the parents of a severely autistic boy were arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 1, In southern California CHP Officer Daniel Andrew stopped, stradded and pummeled Marlene Pinnock (51) at the 10 Freeway La Brea Avenue exit. The woman had been walking barefoot along the freeway. A video of the incident was posted on YouTube causing widespread outrage. On Sep 24 Los Angeles agreed pay Pinnock $1.5 million and officer Andrew agreed to resign.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.A4)(SFC, 9/26/14, p.A14)
2014        Jul 1, David Greenglass (92), the US government’s star witness in the 1951 conviction of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, died in NYC. In 2001 Mr. Greenglass admitted that he had lied on the witness stand against his sister, Ethel. The Rosenbergs, convicted of passing secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviets, were executed by electric chair in 1953.
    (SFC, 10/16/14, p.A16)
2014        Jul 1, Afghan officials delayed the presidential election result for several days, as a dispute over alleged fraud threatens to derail the country's first democratic transfer of power.
    (AFP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, In Austria a man accused of traveling to Syria to receive weapons training from Islamist militants was sentenced to 21 months in jail. The verdict was subject to appeals from both the prosecution and the defense.
    (Reuters, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Cambodia agreed to free Thai nationalist Veera Somkwamkid. He was imprisoned for more than three years for illegally crossing its border to claim territory for Thailand.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Egyptian police arrested four Islamist leaders who back Mohamed Morsi, two days ahead of protests their alliance has called to mark the first anniversary of his ouster.
    (AFP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, The European Court of Human Rights upheld France's law banning face-covering Muslim veils from the streets.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held for questioning over suspicions he used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign.
    (Reuters, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, In Hong Kong tens of thousands marched through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fueled by anger over Beijing's recent warning that it holds the ultimate authority over the southern Chinese financial center.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Iraq's new parliament deadlocked less than two hours into its first session when minority Sunnis and Kurds walked out, dashing hopes for the quick formation of a new government that could hold the country together in the face of a militant blitz.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) called on Muslims worldwide to join the battle to help build an Islamic state in newly conquered territory. ISIS (aka ISIL) fighters numbered about 11,000.
    (SFC, 7/2/14, p.A2)(Econ, 6/14/14, p.11)
2014        Jul 1, Israeli aircraft struck 34 targets across Gaza overnight after more than 20 rockets were fired into Israel since late Jun 29 from the Palestinian territory. A Palestinian from the militant group Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West Bank.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Italy's "Mare Nostrum" ("Our Sea") rescue operation saved 27 people off Sicily. Survivors said another 75 migrants were lost at sea.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 1, Japan’s cabinet approved a reinterpretation of the constitution ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since 1945, a victory for PM Shinzo Abe but a move that has riled China and worries many Japanese voters.
    (Reuters, 7/1/14)(Econ, 7/5/14, p.34)
2014        Jul 1, In Myanmar violence began late today in Mandalay when a group of about 300 Buddhists converged on a tea shop owned by a Muslim man accused of raping a Buddhist woman. On March 18, 2015, a court in Pyinmama town sentenced five people for spreading rumors and creating panic.
    (AP, 7/4/14)(AP, 3/22/15)
2014        Jul 1, Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent received a life ban from cricket after admitting years of involvement in match-fixing with the words "I am a cheat."
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, In Nigeria a car bomb exploded in a market in Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram Islamic extremists, reducing stalls, goods and vehicles to piles of trash. At least 56 people were killed.
    (AP, 7/1/14)(AFP, 7/1/14)(SFC, 7/2/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 1, The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project said it is suing Nigeria's president and attorney general for dropping corruption charges against Mohammad Abacha, the son of the former military dictator accused of helping to launder millions in stolen funds.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Panama’s Pres. Juan Carlos Varela gave a speech following his inauguration and issued a decree to freeze the price of 22 staple goods. He also announced amnesty to some 200 gang members who surrender their weapons.
    (SSFC, 7/6/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 1, In Somalia Al Shabaab militants shot dead 3 soldiers in Mogadishu, their fourth attack since the start of the Ramadan fasting month that the Islamists have threatened to target.
    (Reuters, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, In South Africa nearly a quarter of a million members of the National Union of Metalworkers downed tools, beginning an indefinite strike that threatens to bring the engineering sector to a halt.
    (AFP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Doctors Without Borders said 58 people have been killed in four hospitals in South Sudan since last December.
    (SFC, 7/2/14, p.A3)
2014        Jul 1, A Sri Lanka Defense Ministry circular banned activist groups and NGOs from holding press conferences and issuing press releases.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 1, Sudanese state security agents arrested another members of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party. This was in addition to six other members held since June 11 in the West Kordofan town of En Nahud.
    (AFP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, In Syria the jihadist Islamic State (IS) took control of the key border town of Albu Kamal after a fierce three-day battle with rival fighters.
    (AFP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, In Tunisia six members of the security forces were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in the mountainous Kef region near the Algerian border.
    (AFP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Turkey's ruling party nominated PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to run in Turkey's first directly elected presidential race in August, announcing his candidacy to thousands of cheering supporters.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jul 1, Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of "parasites." Rebels captured the Interior Ministry headquarters in Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 7/1/14)(AP, 7/1/14)   
2014        Jul 1, The UN warned that nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa have had their food rations slashed by up to 60 percent, threatening to push many to the brink of starvation. The situation was most dire for the 300,000 refugees in Chad, mainly from Sudan's Darfur region and from the Central African Republic.
    (AP, 7/1/14)

2014        Jul 2, The US government launched a $1 million international media campaign warning families in Central America that it's best to stay at home, following a surge in illegal immigration. The message was aimed primarily at Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 2, US officials said US military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and that Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al Shabaab.
    (Reuters, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, In San Francisco former Chief Trial Deputy Joanne Hoeper filed a wrongful termination suit saying she was demoted and later fired for investigating how city officials steered millions in public funds to a handful of plumbing companies for unneeded repairs in private sewer lines. Hoeper said City Attorney Dennis Herrera suppressed her probe and estimated that the scheme cost taxpayers over $10 million from 2002-2012.
    (SFC, 7/3/14, p.A1)
2014        Jul 2, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 reached orbit after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base    .
    (SFC, 7/3/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 2, Fabien Cousteau, grandson of French ocean exploration pioneer Jacques Cousteau ended a 31-day expedition at an underwater laboratory in the Florida Keys.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, Louis Zamperini (97), Olympic athlete, WWII hero and POW, died in Los Angeles. In 2010 Laura Hillenbrand authored “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” based on Zamperini. In 2014 a film version of her story was produced.
    (http://laurahillenbrandbooks.com/)
2014        Jul 2, African nations agreed to suspend military operations for six months against Congo-based Rwandan rebels in order to give them more time to lay down their arms. The suspension was announced after a meeting in Angola of foreign ministers from a regional bloc including Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 2, Preliminary results from Afghanistan's presidential election, due to be announced today, were delayed amid accusations of fraud that threaten to split the fragile country along ethnic lines. A Taliban suicide bomber struck a bus carrying Afghan military personnel in Kabul killing at least 11 people.
    (Reuters, 7/2/14)(SFC, 7/3/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 2, Bolivia's Congress passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long as it does not interfere with their education and is done independently to help the child's family make ends meet. VP Alvaro Garcia signed it into law on July 17, as Pres. Morales was traveling.
    (AP, 7/4/14)(SFC, 7/18/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 2, In Brazil police in Sao Paulo used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse thousands of soccer fans raucously celebrating Argentina's 1-0 World Cup victory over Switzerland a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, The RSA Security division of EMC Corp. said in a research report that a "malware-based fraud ring" had infiltrated the online payment method in Brazil known as the boleto, diverting payments to accounts held by members of the ring.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 2, Britain sentenced five members of a gang to between three and 12 years in prison for luring victims with false promises of legitimate work. The organizer and Indian national Vishal Chaudhary (35), received 12 years. Over 120 eastern European women were forced to have sex with up to 20 men a day in brothels across London.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 2, London Metropolitan Police expressed disappointment about an employment tribunal's finding that police discriminated against a black female officer because of her gender and race.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, China's top anti-corruption body said Ji Wenlin, a former aide to embattled retired domestic security boss, Zhou Yongkang, has been expelled from the Communist Party after taking "huge bribes" and committing adultery.
    (Reuters, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, Egyptian police arrested four members of Islamist militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) over bomb blasts near a presidential palace, although another group (Ajnad Misr or Soldiers of Egypt) claimed it had planted the explosives.
    (AFP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, An Egyptian court convicted Abdullah Morsi (20), the youngest son of ousted Pres. Morsi, on charges of drug possession and sentenced him and a friend to one year in prison.
    (SFC, 7/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 2, Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign.
    (Reuters, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, In East Jerusalem Mohammed Abu Khdeir (16) was approached by a car early today and forced inside before it sped off. His body was later found in a Jerusalem forest. President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israeli extremists of killing him. An autopsy showed that Khdeir was burned to death. On Nov 30, 2015, a Jerusalem court convicted two Israeli youths in the grisly killing. The court delayed the verdict for Ben David (31), the third and chief suspect in the killing.
    (AP, 7/2/14)(AP, 7/5/14)(AP, 11/30/15)
2014        Jul 2, Germany arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of spying for foreign intelligence services. They did not identify the suspect or the intelligence services. Media reports said he is an intelligence service employee accused of spying for the United States.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 2, Hong Kong police arrested 511 people who staged an unauthorized overnight sit-in on an avenue running through the heart of the city after a rally the day before in which tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the streets to push for the right to elect their leader free of limits Beijing wants to impose.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, In India a girl (6) was assaulted when she left her classroom to go to the restroom in Bangalore. It took two weeks for the incident to be reported. On July 19 thousands of people angry over alleged police inaction rallied to demand that authorities arrest those responsible for the attack.
    (AP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 2, Iraq’s PM Nuri al-Maliki offered a general amnesty in a rare conciliatory move to undercut support for militants whose offensive has overrun swathes of territory and threatens to tear Iraq apart.
    (AFP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, Italy reported 70 migrants lost at sea.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.44)
2014        Jul 2, In Kenya 4 people were killed when a cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff at the international airport in Nairobi.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, In Lebanon a grenade attack on a coffee shop in the northern city of Tripoli wounded four people.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, Moldova's Parliament voted 59-4 to ratify the former Soviet republic's free trade agreement with the European Union. Pro-Moscow Communists with 38 seats walked out of Parliament.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, Myanmar police fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds of Buddhists and Muslims facing off in the second-largest city of Mandalay, in the latest outbreak of trouble in two years of sectarian unrest. A Buddhist man was stabbed to death.
    (Reuters, 7/2/14)(AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 2, Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft announced plans to build a wind farm off the British coast in a 15 billion kroner ($2.4 billion) investment, expected to be completed in 2017.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, Pakistan's parliament passed a law giving security forces sweeping powers to clamp down on militancy, but some activists and legislators criticized the provisions as too harsh.
    (Reuters, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, In the Philippines suspected communist guerrillas shot and killed a town mayor while he was traveling in a convoy with army troops from a charity event in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon province.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, In Puerto Rico thousands of government workers launched a 24-hour strike across the US territory to protest a fiscal emergency law that targets bonuses and benefits, among other things.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, The wildlife group TRAFFIC said the number of ivory products on sale in Bangkok nearly trebled from 5,865 in January last year to 14,512 in May 2014.
    (AFP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, Tunisia state news said 4 soldiers have been killed in a landmine blast during an operation against Islamist militants in the north of the country. A 19-year-old was killed overnight by a landmine in the western border region where the army has been battling Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 7/2/14)(AFP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, In Ukraine 4 soldiers were killed as government forces carried out over 100 attacks on rebel positions and forced pro-Russia separatists out of three eastern villages.
    (AP, 7/2/14)
2014        Jul 2, The UN's food aid agency warned that Ethiopia is facing a huge wave of refugees from South Sudan, where the specter of famine threatens to heap further misery on a people already rocked by civil war.
    (AFP, 7/2/14)

2014        Jul 3, In San Diego retired navy officer Admond Aruffo pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to bilk the Navy of millions of dollars for port services while manager of japan operations for Glenn Defense marine Asia, a Singapore company.
    (SFC, 7/5/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 3, Corinthian Colleges Inc. of Santa Ana and the US Education Dept. reached an agreement in which 85 of the company’s 110-plus campuses will go up for sale and close down 12 others.
    (SFC, 7/5/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 3, Category 2 Hurricane Arthur, the first hurricane of the season, made landfall near the outer banks of North Carolina forcing thousands of vacationers to abandon their Independence Day plans.
    (AP, 7/3/14)(SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 3, In Brazil an unfinished overpass collapsed in the World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte. Two people were reported killed.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 3, Chinese President Xi Jinping began a two-day visit to Seoul. The leaders of China and South Korea simultaneously snubbed North Korea, bolstered their already booming trade relationship and gave the US and Japan a look at Beijing's growing influence south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, A China-based tour operator said North Korea will reopen some of its domestic scheduled air routes for the first time in years, another sign of moves to bolster tourism in the isolated country.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, Chinese patrol ships arrested six Vietnamese fishermen in waters off China's Hainan Island. An official in the district where the fishermen came from, said the arrests took place in disputed waters near the Gulf of Tonkin.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 3, In Egypt 2 men were killed in a bomb blast in Cairo, one of several explosions on the anniversary of the army's removal of Egypt's elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. Nearly 200 people were arrested and 3 killed in clashes between security forces and protesters.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)(Reuters, 7/4/14)(SFC, 7/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 3, A European Union court annulled sanctions placed by the 28-nation bloc on a leading Iranian university because of its alleged involvement with the country's nuclear program due to insufficient evidence. An asset freeze will remain in place for another two months to hinder Tehran's Sharif University of Technology from instantly withdrawing its frozen funds.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, French director Florent Marcie filmed Libyan insurgents from Zintan from the start of the Libyan uprising to the fall of leader Muammar al-Gaddafi and screened his film for the first time at Sarajevo's WARM festival. Some 120 Zintan fighters chartered a plane and traveled to Sarajevo to watch the premiere of the documentary.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, Greeks were warned to expect brief power cuts as workers at the Public Power Corporation go on strike to protest government plans to sell part of the company.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, India's Foreign Ministry said that nearly 50 Indian nurses from the southern state of Kerala have been taken against their will from a hospital in the militant-controlled city of Tikrit in Iraq. The 46 nurses, trapped in Tikrit for more than a week, crossed into the Kurdish region on July 4. All returned to India on July 5.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)(AP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 3, Iraqi and US security officials said insurgents are preparing for an assault on Baghdad, with sleeper cells planted inside the capital to rise up at "Zero Hour" and aid fighters pushing in from the outskirts.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq, seizing towns, villages and the country's largest oil field as rival rebel factions gave up the fight. ISIL released 32 Turkish truck drivers who they captured during a lightning offensive across northern and western Iraq last month.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region asked its parliament to plan a referendum on Kurdish independence.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, Japan eased some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago, as a fresh report emerged that some of them were alive.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, Kuwait police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters gathered in front of a jail to demand the release of Musallam al-Barrack, a former opposition lawmaker. He was detained a day earlier as part of an investigation into allegations of insulting the country's judiciary.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, Thieves in central Mexico stole a pick-up truck carrying dangerous radioactive material. The load of iridium 192 was normally used in industrial radiography. The load of iridium 192 was found the next day abandoned on a street a few miles from where the truck was stolen.
    (Reuters, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 3, In Mexico Filiberto Hernandez Martinez (43), a zumba and karate teacher, was detained and confessed to killing at least 4 girls and a woman since 2010 in the northern state of San Luis Potosi.
    (Reuters, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 3, In Myanmar Buddhist mobs on motorbikes drove through Mandalay in a second night of attacks on minority Muslims. In response authorities imposed a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. A Muslim man was killed, beaten to death early today on his way to morning prayers.
    (AP, 7/3/14)(Reuters, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 3, In the Netherlands an Amsterdam court ruled that the traditional figure known as Black Pete, the sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus, is a negative stereotype of black people and the city must rethink its involvement in holiday celebrations involving him.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, In Nigeria Mubarak Bala (29), a chemical process engineer released from a mental ward to which his Muslim family committed him by force, said he is getting death threats for blaspheming against Islam and declaring himself an atheist.
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 3, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said the government has deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers abandoned the area. Baghdad denied this and said the frontier remained under its full control.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, A Somali lawmaker and his bodyguard were killed in Mogadishu when al Shabaab gunmen blocked their car and sprayed it with bullets, the fifth such attack in as many days.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, South African police fired rubber bullets to disperse workers who blocked the entrance to the construction site of state power utility Eskom's Medupi power station on the third day of a wage strike.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, In South Korea the display manufacturing unit of Samsung Electronics Co. said it secured approval from Vietnam to build a $1 billion factory in the Southeast Asian country.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 3, Ukraine's Pres. Poroshenko shook up the leadership of his struggling military, appointing a new defense minister and top general tasked with stamping out the corruption that has left the country's armed forces faltering before a pro-Russian insurgency. Three helicopters bearing the markings of the Russian armed forces violated Ukrainian airspace several times. Ukraine followed up with protests to Russia.
    (AP, 7/3/14)(Reuters, 7/4/14)

2014        Jul 4, In Florida three boats collided at high speed, killing 4 people and injuring nine near the Dinner Key Marina in Miami.
    (SSFC, 7/6/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 4, In NYC high-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, In London Andy Coulson (46), former News of the World editor and PM David Cameron's communications chief, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to hack phones. Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, the newspaper's chief phone hacker, received a suspended six-month sentence.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, In London television entertainer Rolf Harris, who for decades cultivated an image of the affectionate uncle with numerous children's television programs, was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for a string of abuses against young girls.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, In China Zhang Shaojie, the pastor of a Christian church in Henan province, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in what supporters say is a crackdown aimed at curbing fast-growing religious activity.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, In Egypt 3 people were believed killed in an explosion at a house south of Cairo used for making bombs.
    (Reuters, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, In southern France the mother of a pupil at a pre-school in Albi stabbed a teacher (34) to death in front of her class on the last day of the school year.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, A Guatemalan court handed down the country's first conviction of a leftist guerrilla leader for the killings of indigenous farmers during the 1960-1996 civil war. Fermin Solano got 90 years in prison for his role in the 1988 massacre that killed 22 pro-government indigenous farmers in the town of El Aguacate.
    (AFP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, In southern Honduras three miners were rescued after spending more than two days trapped following a collapse at a small, wildcat gold mine. Eight others remained missing.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, India’s newly elected PM Narendra Modi made his first official trip to Indian-controlled Kashmir, where separatist groups called a strike that shut shops, businesses and schools.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, Iraqi government airstrikes targeted Islamic militants trying to capture the country's largest oil refinery, reportedly killing as many as 30 insurgents. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL leader and self-proclaimed "caliph," gave a 30-minute sermon in the most venerated mosque in Mosul. A video of the sermon was posted the next day. The US had a $10 million bounty on Baghdadi.
    (AP, 7/4/14)(AFP, 7/6/14)(SFC, 7/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 4, Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem as thousands of people converged on a cemetery for the burial of Mohammed Abu Khdeir (16). Palestinians say he was killed by Israeli extremists in a suspected revenge attack. Palestinian militants fired at least six rockets and mortars at Israel, two of which exploded prematurely inside Gaza.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, It was reported that Israeli inventor Dror Sharon has created a small scanner, the SciO, that can read the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. His infrared spectrometer, the size of a thumb drive, was being marketed for applications in food, pharmaceuticals and horticulture.
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.A3)
2014        Jul 4, Liberia's security forces fired shots in the air to break up a protest at an ArcelorMittal SA iron ore plant northeast of Monrovia.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, Macedonian police fired teargas and stun grenades in clashes with around 2,000 ethnic Albanians who took to the streets of the capital to protest against the jailing of six people for murder and terrorism.
    (Reuters, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, Malaysian police said they have arrested four foreign nationals suspected of having links to Sri Lanka's defeated separatist Tamil Tigers, the second such detention aimed at the group's militants in the southeast Asian country.
    (Reuters, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, Myanmar police cordoned off Mandalay's Muslim neighborhood as hundreds of Buddhists wielding knives, swords and bamboo poles roamed the city.
    (Reuters, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, Nigerian soldiers blocked roads, fired shots into the air and burned several buses in Lagos after a soldier was killed in a bus accident.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, In Nigeria at least 50 alleged insurgents were killed during clashes with Nigerian soldiers as security forces repelled an attack on a military base in the northeastern state of Borno. 6 soldiers, including the commanding officer, died in the assault on the base and a nearby police station in the town of Damboa. 63 girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists in Borno state on June 22 managed to escape.
    (AP, 7/6/14)(AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 4, In Peru Joran van der Sloot (26), the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of US teen Natalee Holloway, married his pregnant Peruvian girlfriend Leidy Figueroa (24) in a ceremony at the maximum-security prison where he is serving 28 years for murdering a woman he met in a Lima casino.
    (AP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 4, Philippine Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (90) surrendered to face a charge of large-scale corruption. He was the country’s defense minister when late strongman Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under martial rule in 1972. His former chief aide in the Senate and co-accused, Jessica Lucila Reyes, also surrendered.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, Six Saudi members of al Qaeda, already wanted by authorities, struck the town of al-Sharurah between Yemen and Saudi Arabia in an attack that left 4 border guards and 3 of the gunmen dead. Two of the militants grabbed 10 hostages and fought their way into a government building where they blew themselves up the next day.
    (AP, 7/5/14)(Reuters, 7/6/14)(Reuters, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 4, Senegalese President Macky Sall sacked PM Aminata Toure after she failed to win a seat at local elections.
    (AP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 4, A Syrian warplane carried out three airstrikes in an area about four miles (seven km) within Lebanese territory, killing a 12-year-old boy.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, In Syria Islamic militants seized an eastern oil field near Iraq and inched closer to the Turkish border in an attempt to consolidate their control of an area along the length of the Euphrates river stretching through Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 7/4/14)
2014        Jul 4, At least two dozen US Delta Force commandos arrived on heavily armed Black Hawk helicopters in Akrishi, a small town near the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa on the bank of the Euphrates River in an attempt to rescue American hostages including journalist James Foley. They reportedly destroyed anti-aircraft weapons at a jihadist base about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of the city, but did not find hostages in the area.
    (Reuters, 8/22/14)
2014        Jul 4, Ukraine National Security Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy said government troops have recaptured more than a dozen eastern villages from pro-Russia separatists but Russia is allowing the rebels to attack Ukrainian border posts from its territory. At least 13 military personnel were killed in separate incidents in fighting against pro-Russian rebels in the east. Insurgents in the Luhansk province said that they have killed 125 Ukrainian troops since July 2.
    (AP, 7/4/14)(Reuters, 7/4/14)

2014        Jul 5, The US Secret Service arrested Roman Valerevich Seleznev (30), a Russian national, in an airport in the Maldives for hacking into US retailers' computer systems to steal credit card data from 2009 to 2011.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 5, California-based World Eco Energy said it has signed a preliminary agreement to invest $1.175 billion (864 million euros) in Iran, in a rare joint commercial project to turn rubbish and human waste into electricity.
    (AFP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, In Philadelphia, Pa., an infant and three children (4) died as a fire engulfed at least 10 houses.
    (SSFC, 7/6/14, p.A11)
2014        Jul 5, In Afghanistan militants set fire to 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces near Kabul.
    (Reuters, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, In Australia six Taiwanese men were arrested for importing Aus$42 million ($39 million) worth of methamphetamine into Australia.  They faced life sentences.
    (AFP, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 5, In Bahrain police officer Mahmood Fareed died of wounds sustained in a blast, which occurred the day before in the village of Eker, south of the capital, Manama.
    (AP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, England began hosting the first three stages of the three-week Tour de France race before it enters France.
    (AP, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 5, In Canada Arthur struck with near-hurricane strength and knocked out power to more than 250,000 customers in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
    (SFC, 7/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 5, In northwestern China 17 miners were trapped following a gas explosion at a coal mine in the Xinjiang region. On July 7 official media reported that all 17 had died.
    (AP, 7/6/14)(AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 5, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said Dubai is launching a project to build an entertainment and hotel district that will include the world's largest shopping mall.
    (Reuters, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison for inciting violence that erupted after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last year. Some 36 other Brotherhood leaders and supporters were convicted for the same crime.
    (Reuters, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, Egypt's government drastically raised fuel prices to tackle a bloated subsidy system, in a potentially unpopular move that might blow back on newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
    (AFP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, Iran state media reported that Colonel Shoja'at Alamdari Mourjani has been killed while fighting in Iraq, in what is thought to be Tehran's first military casualty during battles against Islamic State jihadists.
    (AFP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters spread from Jerusalem to Arab towns in northern Israel following the funeral of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack. Militants fired 15 rockets and mortar rounds, two of which targeted the southern city of Beersheva some 40 km (25 miles) from the Palestinian territory.
    (AP, 7/5/14)(AP, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 5, In Kenya at least 22 people were killed in late night attacks by gunmen in the coastal towns of Hindi and Gamba. Al-Qaida-linked militants claimed responsibility but Kenyan officials blamed local separatists.
    (AP, 7/6/14)(Reuters, 7/6/14)(SFC, 7/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 5, In Libya Marco Vallisa (54), working in the coastal city of Zwara for Italian building group Piacentini Costruzioni, was kidnapped. On Nov 13 a security source in Libya said Vallisa was freed by an armed militia after they obtained a ransom of around one million euros ($1.25 million).
    (AFP, 11/13/14)
2014        Jul 5, In Somalia 4 people were killed when a car laden with explosives blew up near the parliament building in Mogadishu. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, In Sudan combat between two Arab tribes in the Darfur region killed 18 people. The clash began when a Maaliya killed a Rezeiga.
    (AFP, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 5, In southern Thailand a raid at a palm plantation exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims into the country.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 5, Turkish media said Kurdish rebels will begin a stalled withdrawal from Turkey into their safe haven in northern Iraq after parliament passes reforms aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency.
    (AFP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, Ukraine's forces claimed a significant success against pro-Russian insurgents, chasing them from Slovyansk, one of their strongholds in the embattled east of the country. More than a hundred militiamen were said to have been killed in the last three days.
    (AP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, In Uganda over 60 suspected insurgents, believed to be Bakonzo, were killed in clashes between security forces and a tribal militia near the country's border with Congo. At least 12 people, mostly police and civilians, were killed by "thugs" armed with guns, spears and machetes.
    (AP, 7/6/14)(AP, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 5, Metropolitan Volodymyr (78), head of Ukraine's Moscow-linked parish of the Orthodox Church, died in Kiev.
    (AP, 7/5/14)
2014        Jul 5, The Yemeni air force bombed Shi'ite Muslim fighters north of Sanaa in fighting that caused a large number of casualties. At least 34 soldiers and 70 Houthis were killed.
    (Reuters, 7/5/14)(Reuters, 7/6/14)

2014        Jul 6, In California 3 people were killed when their small plane crashed in Riverside County.
    (SFC, 7/7/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 6, In southern California hikers found the body of British actor David Legeno (50) near Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. He had played a werewolf in the "Harry Potter" movies.
    (AFP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 6, Egypt's president issued a decree raising the sales tax on cigarettes by up to 50 percent and on beer by 200 percent.
    (AP, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 6, The German government said it wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for US intelligence's apparent contact with a German man arrested last week on suspicion of being a double agent.
    (Reuters, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 6, In India 11 workers were crushed under a warehouse wall in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
    (Reuters, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 6, In eastern India a 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 6, In Iraq a girl (12) was killed and eight other civilians wounded in an Iraqi airstrike on Tuz Khurmato, a Kurdish-held town in the northern province of Salahuddin. 4 people were killed and 16 wounded in a suicide bomb blast at a cafe in the Washash district of northwestern Baghdad. An Iranian military adviser, who was helping coordinate among Shiite militias, was killed by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 7/7/14)(AFP, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 6, Israeli authorities announced the arrests of six Jewish suspects in the death of Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir, who was abducted and killed last week. Israel aircraft targeted 10 terror sites in the central and southern Gaza Strip, including concealed rocket launchers and a weapon manufacturing facility in response to rocket attacks.
    (AP, 7/6/14)(AFP, 7/6/14)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 6, Libyan officials said three Europeans working for an Italian construction company have been kidnapped after their car was found abandoned in the town of Zuwara. A Macedonian national and a Bosnian were found by Libyan authorities the next day. No mention was made of the abducted Italian worker.
    (Reuters, 7/6/14)(AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 6, Libya’s National Oil Corporation lifted a force majeure from two other eastern ports, Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra, following an agreement with rebels in the area to end their control over them.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 6, In Saudi Arabia Waleed Abul Khair, a lawyer and founder of a local rights center, was sentenced to 15 years in jail and a 15 year travel ban upon release for allegedly “distorting the kingdom’s reputation” and “inflaming public opinion.
    (Econ, 7/12/14, p.41)
2014        Jul 6, In Spain thousands of revelers crammed into the main square and adjacent narrow streets of northern Pamplona for the start of the famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival.
    (AP, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 6, Syrian warplanes bombed gunmen inside Lebanese territory on the border between the two countries.
    (AFP, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 6, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadist Islamic State group has "forced out" some 30,000 residents after seizing Shuheil on July 3 from Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.
    (AP, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 6, Clashes in the north Yemen town of Omran continued on between the army and fighters from the Houthi movement. In the south six soldiers were shot dead by al Qaeda militants.
    (Reuters, 7/6/14)

 2014        Jul 7, National Nude Recreation Week began in the US.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.27)
2014        Jul 7, Chicago authorities said the Fourth of July holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to the city, with more than 50 people shot and nine killed.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 7, In southern California drivers in a long-running labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began what they said would be an indefinite strike.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses.
    (SFC, 7/8/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 7, In Afghanistan former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai led in the disputed presidential election, according to a preliminary tally. Ghani had about 4.5 million votes while Abdullah had 3.5 million votes. The Independent Election Commission acknowledged that vote rigging had occurred and promised to launch a more extensive investigation before final results are released.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, In northern Afghanistan a rocket fired by insurgents hit a home, killing five children in Kunduz province. Gunmen killed five policemen in a separate attack in Herat province.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, Australia's government confirmed that it had handed over a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities in a transfer at sea, drawing outrage from human rights groups who fear those on board could be persecuted in their home country.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, Bahrain ordered US diplomat Tom Malinowski to leave the country after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group.
    (AP, 7/7/14)(Econ, 7/12/14, p.42)
2014        Jul 7, In the Central African Republic Muslim fighters attacked St. Joseph’s Cathedral compound in Bambari killing at least 17 people.
    (SFC, 7/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 7, Chile’s Pres. Michelle Bachelet announced that her government objects to the Int’l. Court of Justice’s jurisdiction to hear Bolivia’s suit over a land dispute that goes back to the 1879-1884 War of the Pacific.
    (SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 7, China’s state media said authorities have taken down more than 40 groups called "violent terror gangs" and arrested more than 400 people in the restive western region of Xinjiang since the government began a crackdown in May.
    (Reuters, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, In an open letter, more than 190 neuroscience researchers on called on the EU to put less money into the effort to "build" a brain, and to invest instead in existing projects. The 10-year $1.6 billion Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, Eduard Shevardnadze (86), a former president of Georgia and Soviet foreign minister, died in Georgia after a long struggle with illness.
    (Reuters, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, Germany's transport minister announced plans to introduce a car toll that seeks to make money off foreign drivers for the maintenance of its roads.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, India’s Supreme Court ruled that Islamic courts have no legal authority in India, saying Muslims cannot be legally subject to a parallel religious authority.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, In Iraq Major General Najm Abdullah al-Sudani, the commander of the army's 6th division, was killed by hostile shelling in Ibrahim bin Ali in the Abu Ghraib area, just west of Baghdad. At least 7 people including four policemen were killed in northern Baghdad when a suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives at a checkpoint.
    (AFP, 7/7/14)(Reuters, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, An Israeli official said three suspects (ages 29,17,17) in the July 2 vigilante-style killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir have confessed to the crime.
    (AP, 7/7/14)(Reuters, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 7, Italy’s navy said its search and rescue mission saved more than 2,600 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, as the number reaching Italy from Africa this year surged to a record.
    (Reuters, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, In Kenya thousands of people rallied in Nairobi against President Uhuru Kenyatta's rule, with some calling for him to step down because he had failed to improve the lives of Kenyans more than a year after he came to office.
    (AP, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 7, A Kuwaiti court freed prominent opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak on bail after police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a fifth straight night of demonstrations demanding his release.
    (AFP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, Lebanon charged 28 people with planning to carry out suicide bomb attacks and belonging to the militant group Islamic State. Seven of the 28 charged by prosecutors were in custody.
    (Reuters, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America. At least 5 people were killed, 2 in Guatemala and 3 in Mexico.
    (AP, 7/7/14)(SFC, 7/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 7, Militants in the Gaza Strip unleashed dozens of rockets on southern Israel late today, setting off air raid sirens and forcing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to stay indoors as the military rushed more forces to the border and warned that even heavier fighting looked likely. 8 Palestinian militants were killed in fighting, the highest death toll yet. Among the dead were 6 Hamas militants who Israel said were killed in an accidental blast in a tunnel packed with explosives.
    (Reuters, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 7, In Saudi Arabia three mortar bombs landed near Arar, close to the northern border with Iraq, where Islamist militants have grabbed land in a lightning advance.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 7, Syrian troops advanced in and around Aleppo in what appeared to be an attempt to lay siege to rebel-held parts of the city.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, Thailand's navy inaugurated a state-of-the-art headquarters and training center for its submarine squadron, even though it has no subs to command.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, In Ukraine three bridges on key roads leading into the Donetsk were blown up in an apparent attempt to slow down any possible assault by government forces on the rebel-held stronghold.
    (AP, 7/7/14)
2014        Jul 7, Pope Francis begged forgiveness in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and vowed to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests.
    (SFC, 7/8/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 7, A Vietnamese military helicopter on a parachute training mission crashed 24 miles west of to Hanoi, killing 16 people on board and critically injuring five others. 2 of the injured soon died.
    (AP, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/8/14)

2014        Jul 8, Federal water managers said drought in the southwestern US will deplete Nevada’s vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s.
    (Reuters, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 8, US East Coast states experienced severe storms and high winds. 4 people were killed in New York and one in Maryland. CNN reported nearly 500,000 homes and businesses without power, mostly in Pennsylvania and New York state.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 8, In Washington state the Mills Canyon Fire broke out near the tiny eastern town of Entiat, in Chelan County. By July 11 it burnt 18,000 acres and threatened over 200 homes.
    (Reuters, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 8, The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that health researchers in Maryland had discovered vials of smallpox, declared eradicated in 1977, sitting in a forgotten fridge in an FDA storehouse.
    (Econ, 7/12/14, p.73)
2014        Jul 8, In eastern Afghanistan 4 NATO soldiers from the Czech Rep. were killed in an explosion. At least 10 civilians, and 2 police officers were also killed when a suicide bomber attacked Afghan and foreign forces near Charakar, the provincial capital of Parvan province. A 5th Czech soldier died of his wounds on July 14.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)(AP, 7/8/14)(AP, 7/10/14)(AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 8, In Australia Japan's PM Shinzo Abe met with Australian PM Tony Abbott to sign agreements bolstering defense and trade ties between the countries.
    (AP, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 8, Bangladesh was awarded nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km (9,700 sq miles) in the Bay of Bengal by a UN tribunal, ending a dispute over a sea border with India that has ruffled ties between the neighbors for more than three decades.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 8, In Brazil World Cup semifinals the German soccer team beat Brazil’s national team in a record-breaking 7-1 game.
    (http://tinyurl.com/l5496fm)
2014        Jul 8, In Cambodia William Glenn (43), an American teacher from Mississippi, left his guesthouse in Phnom Penh on a motorcycle taxi and never returned. His body was discovered the next day at a garbage dump.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 8, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint south of Samarra, killing 5 people. A roadside bomb killed three federal police and wounded two more west of Samarra.
    (AFP, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 8, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in response to rocket attacks by Hamas. Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza with more than 50 strikes early today after Hamas militants fired scores of rockets over the border. Palestinian officials said at least 10 people, including two children, were killed in the attacks from air and sea.
    (AFP, 7/8/14)(AP, 7/8/14)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.45)
2014        Jul 8, Typhoon Neoguri pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges.
    (AP, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 8, Libya restarted production at the Sharara oilfield, one of the country’s largest oilfields, pumping at more than 90 percent of its capacity.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 8, North Korea’s 6,700-ton freighter "Mu Du Bong," which had come from Cuba, ran aground on a reef 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Tuxpan in Mexico's Veracruz state. On April 8, 2015, North Korea accused Mexico of illegally detaining the ship with some 50 crew.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)
2014        Jul 8, Pakistani jets bombed insurgent hideouts in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan and killed at least 13 militants in Degan village, North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 8, In Somalia three of four extremist attackers were shot dead by soldiers after they forced their way into the presidential palace in Mogadishu. The fourth militant was wounded.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 8, In Thailand the body of a raped girl (13) was discovered early today near the train tracks in Prachuap Khirikhan province's Pranburi district. She had disappeared the night of July 5 from a sleeping berth en route from the southern province of Surat Thai to the capital, Bangkok. Railway worker Wanchai Saengkhao was arrested and faced charges of rape, concealing a body and murder. On Sep 30 Saengkhao (22) was sentenced to death.
    (AP, 7/8/14)(AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Jul 8, Ukraine's government signaled its intention to press on with its campaign against pro-Russian rebels and the militants, regrouping after losing their stronghold, said they were preparing to fight back.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 8, The World Health Organization (WHO) said fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)
2014        Jul 8, The Yemeni Red Crescent said some 10,000 families have fled the northern city of Amran in three days to escape an intensified battle between the army and Shiite rebels.
    (AFP, 7/8/14)

2014        Jul 9, The US Treasury Department sanctioned three companies suspected of aiding the Syrian government: Pangates International Corp., a petroleum company based in the United Arab Emirates, Expert Partners and Megatrade, two Syrian-based companies.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, The United States and China vowed to improve their economic and security cooperation, saying they wouldn't let persistent differences over maritime claims, cyberhacking and currency hamper a relationship critical to global peace and prosperity.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, A California jury ruled that the Los Angeles Dodgers were partly responsible for the March 31, 2011, beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow. The $18 million award would cost the Dodgers $15 million and his two attackers $3 million
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A1)
2014        Jul 9, A Colorado judge ruled that the state’s 2006 voter-approved ban on gay marriage violates the state and federal constitutions. The ruling was immediately put on hold pending appeal.
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A8)
2014        Jul 9, Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms.
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A14)
2014        Jul 9, In Texas Ronald Lee Haskell (33) killed 2 adults and their 4 children at a suburban Houston home. A girl (15) was wounded. Haskell was estranged from a woman related to the couple and soon surrendered following a police chase.
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A9)(SFC, 7/11/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 9, In southern Afghanistan insurgent suicide bombers and gunmen staged a deadly assault on government compounds in Kandahar. All 22 attackers were killed as well as 5 police and 4 civilians.
    (AP, 7/9/14)(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 9, In Brazil some 200 Ghanaian Muslim tourists, who entered the country to watch World Cup games, asked for asylum. Ghana’s government rejected their claims.
    (SFC, 7/11/14, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/20/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 9, In Dagestan Said Amirov, the former mayor of Makhachkala (1988-2013), was sentenced to 10 years in jail on charges of plotting a "terrorist" attack to kill a political rival. He was long relied on by President Vladimir Putin to rule one of Russia's most violent cities.
    (Reuters, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, In Egypt a soldier was killed and four others wounded after an armored tank drove over an explosive device in Rafah, near the border with Israel.
    (Reuters, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, In France Yoo Somena, daughter of billionaire Yoo Byung-eun, faced extradition to South Korea based on suspicions of embezzling $8 million between 2004 and 2013. Yoo Byung-eun is the South Korean fugitive businessman believed linked to a deadly April ferry disaster.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, Greece's public sector workers began a 24-hour strike, shutting down public services and leaving state-run hospitals accepting only emergency cases to protest austerity policies imposed in return for the country's bailout. Public transport was not affected.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, In Indonesia some 190 million voters headed to the polls in a hotly contested election for president in Indonesia. Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo and ex-army general Prabowo Subianto both declared a win after the quick count results were released. The election commission, which began tallying the votes, will produce the official results by July 22.
    (AP, 7/9/14)(AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 9, Iraqi officials discovered 53 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in in the predominantly Shiite village of Khamissiya outside the city of Hillah, 95 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/9/14)(Reuters, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, Israel stepped up its offensive “Operation Protective Edge” on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, pummeling scores of targets. Militants continued to fire rocket salvos deep into Israeli territory, and Israel mobilized thousands of forces along the Gaza border ahead of a possible ground operation. Palestinian officials said Israel’s offensive has killed at least 38 people over the last two days. By August 1 some 17,000 homes were destroyed.
    (AP, 7/9/14)(Reuters, 7/9/14)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A4)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.45)
2014        Jul 9, In Mexico 6 gunmen and a Guerrero state police officer died following an attack on a police station in Chilapa. Two days of gunbattles left a total of 13 people dead in the area known for growing opium poppies.
    (SFC, 7/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 9, Nicaragua’s government and HKND Group of Hong Kong unveiled the route for a proposed $40 billion canal to compete with the Panama Canal. Construction was expected to start this December.
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 9, Puerto Rico’s Senate announced the launch of an investigation into the payment of millions of dollars for overtime in government agencies.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, Russian officials said Ukrainian air force pilot Nadezhda Savchenko (31), has been arrested in Russia and charged with abetting the June 17 killing of two Russian journalists. She was captured by separatist rebels last month.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, Somalia's government fired the police and intelligence chiefs a day after Islamic militants attacked the heavily guarded presidential palace in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, Spain’s Interior Ministry said police in Madrid have arrested 32 suspected members of Italy's Camorra crime group involved in drug trafficking, extortion, fraud and money laundering. Four arrests were also reported in Italy.
    (Reuters, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, A Swiss prosecutor brought charges against former Julius Baer private banker Rudolf Elmer for allegedly handing over confidential data to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and attempting to pass on files to German officials.
    (Reuters, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, Syria's Western-backed opposition, the National Coalition, elected Hadi al-Bahra, chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks, as its new president after a three-day meeting in Istanbul.
    (Reuters, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, Syrian rebels rampaged through a Sunni village in the central province of Hama, firing indiscriminately at civilians and killing 14 people, including 7 women. At least 20 Islamic State fighters were reported killed as a result of Syrian government airstrikes targeting a training base for the group in the city of Raqqa.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, In northern Syria the Islamic State group captured three Kurdish villages near Kobani and pressed forward toward the border town. 18 Kurdish fighters were reported killed.
    (AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 9, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov announced that a university entrance exam based on the Ruhnama, or "Book of the Soul," by former president Saparmurat Niyazov, would be abolished.
    (AP, 7/9/14)
2014        Jul 9, Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in two night attacks in different parts of the east.
    (Reuters, 7/10/14)

2014        Jul 10, It was reported that US federal agencies made $97 billion in overpayments in 2013. Underpayments totaled $9 billion.
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A8)
2014        Jul 10, US officials returned the fossilized remains of over 18 dinosaurs to the Mongolian government. They had been illegally poached and smuggled out between 2005 and 2012. The fossilized bones of at least 31 more remained to be returned.
    (SFC, 7/11/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 10, Curt Gentry (b.1931), San Francisco-based authored, died. His books included “The Madams of San Francisco” (1964) and “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders” (1991).
    (SSFC, 7/20/14, p.C8)
2014        Jul 10, In southern California David Galvan sent nude photographs of ex-boyfriend and science teacher Richard Rosa to over 200 students and staff at John Muir High School while Rosa was out of the country. Galvan was arrested in late October.
    (SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 10, In Massachusetts 4 adults and 3 children were killed in a fire in a three-story apartment building in Lowell.
    (SFC, 7/11/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 10, In Tennessee Christopher Farrar (15) fatally shot Sgt. 1st Class Michael W. Braden (45), a member of the National Guard, at an armory in Lobelville.
    (SFC, 7/11/14, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/q74un5j)
2014        Jul 10, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters ambushed a convoy of de-miners traveling through Herat province, killing 6 people. Two de-miners were kidnapped. 7 police officers died in the roadside bombing in Charsada district, Gor province. The blast was followed by a four-hour gunbattle between Taliban fighters and police officers that killed 8 suspected militants.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 10, Britain’s PM David Cameron unveiled emergency laws designed to force phone and Internet companies to store and search records for a year.
    (SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 10, Cambodia said it will build a memorial at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to remember at least 12,000 people tortured and killed there during the radical Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979).
    (AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, In China courts in the western region of Xinjiang sentenced 32 people to prison, three of them for life, for terror charges stemming from downloading and spreading violent Internet content that authorities have blamed for inspiring a recent string of deadly attacks.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 10, China and the United States agreed to boost military ties and counter-terrorism cooperation during high-level annual talks in Beijing, but there was little immediate sign of progress on thorny cyber-security or maritime issues. They also agreed that China will reduce its intervention in the currency market when conditions are ripe and promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea.
    (Reuters, 7/10/14)(AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza to receive wounded Palestinians as Israel pounded the enclave with air strikes.
    (AFP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, A European Union court ruled that Germany can't require the spouses of Turkish immigrants to show basic knowledge of the German language as a condition for being granted a visa.
    (AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, The European Union slapped a travel ban and asset freeze on two South Sudanese military leaders for committing atrocities and obstructing the peace.
    (AFP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, Arianespace launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying four satellites that will help provide Internet and mobile connectivity to people in nearly 180 countries.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 10, Germany ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country in response to fresh allegations of US spying on Berlin.
    (Reuters, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 10, India's new government introduced a reform-minded budget, telegraphing a contentious overhaul of populist subsidies and vowing to lift economic growth to rates of 7-8 percent by spending billions of dollars on infrastructure. The budget included $33 million for a 182-meter (nearly 600 feet)-tall replica of Indian independence leader Vallabhbhai Pate.
    (AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, In Iraq PM Nouri al-Maliki's relationship with the Kurdish minority further frayed, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region.
    (AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85 including 25 today.
    (AP, 7/10/14)(AFP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, Malaysia's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in three years to curb inflation and household debt as economic growth picked up.
    (AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, In Mexico 5 people were killed following the crash of a small plane in Veracruz state. Two men were injured in the crash.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 10, In Myanmar four reporters and the chief executive of the magazine they work for were sentenced to 10 years of hard prison labor for violating the country’s national security by writing and publishing stories about a weapons factory.
    (AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, In Pakistan a suspected American drone fired two missiles at a compound, killing six militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, In Syria rebels, including members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, attacked the village of Rahjan, Hama province killing 18 soldiers and pro-government gunmen.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 10, Tunisia detained eight people in a "sweeping security operation" in the restive Sidi Bouzid region, targeting radical Islamists belonging to the banned Ansar al-Sharia group.
    (AFP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 10, Ukrainian forces regained more ground but sustained further casualties in clashes with separatists. France and Germany urged Russia's Vladimir Putin to exert more pressure on the rebels to find a negotiated end to the conflict.
    (Reuters, 7/10/14)
2014        Jul 10, In eastern Ukraine Vladimir Antyufeyev (63), also known as Vadim Shevtsov, was named "deputy prime minister" by separatist leader Aleksander Borodai. He was one of several native Russians to have taken charge of the separatist rebellion in Ukraine's eastern regions.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 10, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it is more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war and is urging both leaders to show statesmanship and agree to an immediate cease-fire.
    (AP, 7/10/14)

2014        Jul 11, US authorities said they have charged Chinese businessman Su Bin with hacking into the computer systems of US companies with large defense contracts, including Boeing, to steal data on military projects, including some of the latest fighter jets. He had worked in cahoots with two unnamed Chinese hackers to get the data between 2009 and 2013.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, In California Fred Buenrostro (64), former head of CalPERS, the California Public Employees Retirement System, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud and agreed to tell all about his chief cohort’s role in the affair.
    (SFC, 7/12/14, p.D1)
2014        Jul 11, In California the Nicolls Fire began east of Bakersfield in the Sequoia National Forest. It burned 1,680 acres and caused $6.5 million in damage to public lands. On May 26, 2015, marijuana grower Edgardo Fournier (46) was sentenced to seven years in prison. He had admitted to setting the fire to fend off other pot growers.
    (http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1002)(SFC, 5/28/15, p.D3)
2014        Jul 11, Michigan-based Whirlpool said will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, Tom Erdelyi (b.1949), aka Tommy Ramone, founding drummer and last surviving member of the Ramones, a NY punk rock band, died in New York.
    (SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A10)
2014        Jul 11, In Afghanistan an attack late today on a checkpoint in the Shindand district of Herat province killed 3 police officers. A suicide car bomber wounded three NATO troops in an attack in the Behsud district of eastern Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 11, Aruba's PM Mike Eman and several legislators launched a hunger strike to protest what they say is meddling by the Dutch government in local financial affairs. This came after the Dutch government asked Aruba's governor to hold off on signing the 2014 budget into law pending an evaluation of it.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 11, The Canadian government of PM Stephen Harper added 14 individuals to a list of people facing economic sanctions and travel bans related to the Ukrainian crisis. This brings to 43 the number of Russians targeted by Canada in sanctions coordinated with the US and the EU. Thirty pro-Russian Ukrainians have also been hit with visa bans and other measures by Ottawa.
    (AFP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 11, In China Rui Chenggang, a celebrity anchorman for China Central Television (CCTV-2), was abruptly absent from the live cast of a nightly business news program. State prosecutors reportedly removed Rui from his workplace.
    (AP, 7/12/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.40)
2014        Jul 11, In Egypt clashes in Cairo between protesting supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi and local residents opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood left 2 people dead.
    (SFC, 7/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 11, A Paris court convicted nine people of belonging to a terrorist network that trained in Afghanistan and reportedly planned attacks in France. Three of the defendants were tried in absentia, with one in custody in Turkey and two at large.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, Greek authorities said at least two people have drowned and about a further 20 are missing after a boat carrying immigrants trying to enter the country illegally sank off the Aegean Sea island of Samos.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, In northeast India four Muslim lemon traders were abducted by a rebel group in Assam state. The body of one was found July 12 and the bodies of three others on July 13.
    (Reuters, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 11, In Iraq clashes over the last 24 hours between Sunni militants and security forces near Anbar provincial capital Ramadi killed 11 police and wounded 24.
    (AFP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, In Jordan Maher Rahhal, head of the Liwa al-Mujahideen Brigade, one of the groups fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, "was shot twice and killed in Abu Nseir district" in Amman.
    (AFP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 11, In Kenya gunmen raided Pandanguo village in Lamu County where they locked up men praying in a mosque, looted medical supplies from a local dispensary and took six rifles from police reservists.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, Kurdish forces seized two oilfields in north Iraq and took over operations from a state-run oil company, while Kurdish politicians formally withdrew from PM Nuri al-Maliki's government.
    (Reuters, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, Macedonian authorities said a police helicopter crashed overnight during a training flight near the southern town of Strumica, killing all four people on board.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, In Morocco at least 13 people were killed and at least 53 were injured when three buildings collapsed in downtown Casablanca.
    (Reuters, 7/11/14)(AFP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 11, Pakistani security forces captured Adnan Rashid, a key Taliban commander linked to a 2003 assassination attempt on former President Pervez Musharraf.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 11, The Palestinian death toll from Israel's massive air campaign in Gaza topped 100 people as rockets fired by militants reached deeper into Israel.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, Peru enacted legislation after limited debate in Congress that stripped the 6-year-old environment ministry of jurisdiction over air, soil and water quality standards and eliminates the ministry’s power to establish nature reserves exempt from mining and oil drilling. It also re-established tax breaks for big mining multinationals.
    (SFC, 7/21/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 11, In the Philippines Robert Cerantonio (alias Musa), an Australian Islamic preacher, was arrested in Lapu-Lapu city on suspicion of links to Muslim extremists and rallying support for militants in Syria.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin arrived in Havana to begin a six-day Latin American tour seeking to boost trade and ties in the region.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, Save the Children said a cholera outbreak in South Sudan has infected over 2,600 people and left at least 60 people dead since the first cases were reported in Juba in May.
    (SFC, 7/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 11, In Thailand the manager of the conservation center said poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off Klao, a 50-year-old elephant that performed in Thai royal processions and was featured in Oliver Stone's 2004 movie "Alexander."
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, In Ukraine pro-Russia rebels fired missiles at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen.
    (AP, 7/11/14)
2014        Jul 11, The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 44 new cases of Ebola including 21 deaths. 539 deaths in Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone have been attributed to the outbreak.
    (AP, 7/14/14)

2014        Jul 12, In southern California 3 people were killed and two wounded in a late night shooting in a working class neighborhood in Pasadena. The shooter (35) was talked into surrendering.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 12, Afghanistan's two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government in a deal brokered by US Sec. of State John Kerry. A UN-supervised recount of all eight million votes cast will follow. Under the agreement the loser or his nominee will become “chief of the executive council,” a new position implying power sharing.
    (AP, 7/13/14)(Reuters, 7/15/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.10)
2014        Jul 12, In Afghanistan roadside bombs killed at least 10 people. The deadliest attack happened in southern Kandahar province when a bomb struck a civilian car, killing 8 people.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, In Algeria a remote-controlled homemade bomb exploded and killed 7 security officers aboard a military truck in the northwest.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 12, In Buenos Aires Russian and Argentine delegations signed a series of bilateral deals, including one on nuclear energy that comes as Argentina ramps up work on its fourth nuclear plant, the $3-billion Atucha III reactor. Russia’s President Putin and Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions.
    (AFP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 12, It was reported that Chinese regulators have banned the country's journalists from sharing information they have obtained on the job with overseas media or publishing it in any venue, such as blogging sites, outside the media they are employed. The regulations were detailed in a June 30 document but released this week.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, Egyptian police said they have arrested a driver for raping a Russian tourist in a resort town. Cairo police said they have arrested a low-ranking officer who groped a Tunisian woman at Cairo airport.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, The EU moved to impose sanctions on 11 leaders of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow rebellion. Targets of the asset freeze and travel ban included two Russian spin doctors, Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, and his counterpart in the Luhansk People's Republic, Marat Bashirov.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, In India a crude bomb exploded in the troubled northeast, wounding at least six passersby in Manipur state.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, Iraqi forces and tribal fighters beat back a fresh assault by Sunni militants on the town of Haditha. The fighting left 13 militants and four police dead. In Diyala province security forces and civilian volunteers launched a push to retake militant-held areas north of Muqdadiyah. The reported dead included 7 civilians, 15 militia fighters and 24 “terrorists.” A UN envoy warned of chaos if divided lawmakers do not make progress toward naming a government.
    (AFP, 7/12/14)(Reuters, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, In Iraq gunmen stormed two buildings in Baghdad's residential district of Zayouna, known in the area for housing rented flats where a notorious pimp kept a "stable" of up to 60 women. At least 31 people were killed, two of them men.
    (AFP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 12, Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers. An Israeli warplane flattened the home of Gaza police chief Taysir al-Batsh and damaged a nearby mosque as evening prayers ended, killing at least 18 people. Today’s air strikes killed 22 as the death toll from the five-day offensive rose to 127.
    (AP, 7/12/14)(AFP, 7/12/14)(AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 12, In Kenya Mohamed Shahid Butt, a prominent businessman who was facing terrorism-related charges, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Mombasa.
    (SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 12, Libya’s state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) said protesters have shut down the eastern oil port Brega.
    (Reuters, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, In Malaysia masked gunmen stormed Mabul Water Bungalow Resort, Sabah state, shot a policeman and kidnapped another then sped away in a boat toward the southern Philippines, where Muslim militants have carried out similar raids in the past.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 12, In Nigeria suspected Islamic extremists bombed a major bridge on a northeastern highway, further limiting access to base camps in the Sambisa Forest where scores of kidnapped girls are believed to be held captive.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 12, In Pakistan some 60 militants crossed over from Afghanistan and attacked an army post in the Ghakhi area of the Bajur tribal region, killing an army captain and two soldiers. Airstrikes targeting Mir Ali, North Waziristan, killed 13 suspected extremist fighters.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua after visiting Cuba. His six-day trip will also take him to Argentina and Brazil, where he will take part in a summit of the BRICS group of emerging countries.
    (AFP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, In Singapore a children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run libraries. The conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies of “And Tango Makes Three” alongside two other titles: “The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption” and “Who’s in My Family: All About Our Families.”
    (AP, 7/12/14)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 12, In eastern Ukraine artillery fire killed at least 4 people in an overnight attack on a residential area, spurring more people to flee the besieged city of Donetsk and its suburbs.
    (AP, 7/12/14)
2014        Jul 12, Yemeni tribesmen blew up the country’s main oil pipeline, halting deliveries from oilfields in the interior to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea.
    (AP, 7/12/14)

2014        Jul 13, Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its 3rd space station delivery for NASA from Wallops Island on the Virginia coast.
    (SFC, 7/14/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 13, American novelist Thomas Berger (b.1924), author of “Little Big Man” (1964), died in New York. He authored over 20 books and three were turned into movies: “Little Big Man” (1970), “Neighbors” (1981) and “Meeting Evil” (2012).
    (SFC, 7/25/14, p.D5)
2014        Jul 13, In Afghanistan an overnight assault in Laghman province left 6 police officers and one soldier dead, while security forces killed 15 insurgents. Insurgents in Herat province attacked a police checkpoint early today, killing one police officer. 4 insurgents were killed in the assault in Shindand district.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 13, In Brazil 15 journalists were injured at an anti-World Cup protest including a Canadian, Peruvian and Italian and two Brazilians working for foreign news agencies. None of the 15 were seriously injured. Rio de Janeiro police department later suspended four officers caught on video beating the journalists.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 13, In Central African Republic a spokesman said Michel Djotodia has been re-elected as head of the mostly Muslim movement previously known as Seleka during a meeting in the northern town of Birao. Rebels also adopted a new name: The Popular Front for the Rebirth of Central African Republic.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 13, In Egypt three small bombs exploded in a western Cairo suburb, targeting an electricity transmission pylon and cutting power to the area for nearly an hour.
    (AFP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 13, France said its military offensive that freed northern Mali from the grip of Islamists would be replaced by an operation spanning the wider, largely lawless Sahel region to combat extremist violence.
    (AFP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 13, Germany won its 4th World Cup title. Argentines celebrating their team's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals in Brazil. In Buenos Aires Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 13, Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders. Insurgents barreled unopposed into the town of Duluiyah, some 80 km (45 miles) north of Baghdad. The Iraqi military launched a counterattack. 6 members of the security forces and 6 pro-government Sunni militiamen were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 13, Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time as its military warned northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes, part of a widening offensive that has killed more than 160 Palestinians.
    (AP, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 13, In Libya at least 6 people were killed and 25 injured when rival militias battled for the control of the international airport in Tripoli. Civil aviation authorities announced the airport will be closed for three days because of security concerns. At least five people were killed and nine wounded in Benghazi after heavy fighting between security forces and rival militias erupted late today.
    (AP, 7/13/14)(Reuters, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 13, Russia threatened Ukraine with "irreversible consequences" after a man was killed by a shell fired across the border from Ukraine. Kiev said it had bombarded a convoy of 100 armored vehicles and trucks that had crossed into Ukraine carrying in rebel fighters from Russia. It also said 7 of its troops had been killed in attacks. The Donetsk city council said that 12 people had been killed at a mining settlement nearby. Municipal authorities in Luhansk said 6 people were killed in clashes there.
    (Reuters, 7/13/14)
2014        Jul 13, Slovenes voted in a second early election in three years amid political instability that threatened the small nation's bid to pull out of an economic downturn. Miro Cerar (50), a law expert and the son of Slovenian Olympic medalist Miroslav Cerar, won with 36 of the parliament’s 90 seats.
    (AP, 7/13/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.48)
2014        Jul 13, In South Africa Nadine Gordimer (90), a Nobel literature laureate (1991) and anti-apartheid activist, died at home in Johannesburg. Her work included 15 novels and volumes of short stories that explored the complex of relationships and racial conflict in apartheid-era South Africa.
    (AFP, 7/14/14)(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A3)(Econ, 7/19/14,p.78)
2014        Jul 13, Syria's Kurds approved compulsory military service for their men to help ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria.
    (AP, 7/17/14)

2014        Jul 14, MakerBot, now owned by Stratasys Inc., and Home Depot announced a new partnership to bring 3D printing capabilities to the masses. The MakerBot Replicator Mini was priced at $1,375.
    (http://tinyurl.com/q3atfda)(SFC, 7/16/14, p.C1)
2014        Jul 14, The Space X company launched a Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral packed with communication satellites.
    (SFC, 7/15/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 14, British PM David Cameron announced an investment of £1.1 billion (1.38 billion euros, $1.88 billion) into the armed forces, the bulk of it on intelligence and surveillance equipment.
    (AFP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, The British government faced a call to impose legal caps on executive salaries after a study found top pay in Britain has reached 180 times average wages.
    (AFP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, The Church of England voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing women to become bishops.
    (SFC, 7/15/14, p.A3)
2014        Jul 14, In Cambodia 2 generals who led the helicopter unit of the air force were killed in a crash, along with two pilots. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who rushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said a fifth person on the chopper was seriously injured.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, Chinese state media reported that authorities have indicted British and American investigators hired by GlaxoSmithKline on charges of illegally obtaining and selling private information, as the Briton blamed the pharmaceutical company for misleading and using him.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, China’s state media reported that teachers are now banned from receiving gifts from students and their parents to curb the buying of favors, often in exchange for giving students special treatment.
    (Reuters, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 14, Chinese state media reported that police have uncovered a series of illegal World Cup betting cases involving almost $3 billion, as authorities struggled to control the country's growing gambling problem.
    (AFP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, In southwest China part of a railway tunnel collapsed, trapping an estimated 14 workers in Yunnan province's Funing county.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, In Egypt a Cairo appeals court ruled that leaders of the former ruling party of ousted Pres. Mubarek will not be barred from running for elections.
    (SFC, 7/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 14, In France soldiers carrying the flags of 76 countries marched down the Champs-Elysees in Paris, as the traditional Bastille Day military parade commemorated the centenary of World War I.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, An overloaded fishing boat carrying some 70 illegal Indonesian migrants capsized off southern Malaysia, killing at least 2 people with 9 left missing.
    (AFP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 14, In Iraq two car bombs in commercial areas of Baghdad killed at least 7 people, as government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters tried to dislodge militants from Duluiyah, 45 miles north of Baghdad. Authorities discovered 12 bloated bodies with gunshot wounds to the head near the village of Nofal.
    (AP, 7/14/14)(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 14, The Israeli military said it downed a drone launched by Gaza militants, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the start of its offensive last week. New Israeli airstrikes pushed the death toll from Israeli airstrikes to at least 175. Fighting continued as two Israeli airstrikes struck the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, killing 4 Palestinians. A 21-year-old Palestinian was killed during confrontations with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Samoa.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, Israel agreed to an Egyptian truce plan, proposed late today. Under it, a 12-hour period of de-escalation was to begin at mid-morning July 15. Once both sides agree to halt hostilities, they would negotiate the terms of a longer-term truce.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 14, Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces.
    (Reuters, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, Hundreds of Kurdish fighters entered Kobane, northern Syria, to help battle jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab.
    (AFP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 14, In northern Mali a French soldier died from wounds in a suicide bombing.
    (Reuters, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 14, Nepal's former crown price Paras Shah, notorious for his flamboyant lifestyle, was released on bail for marijuana possession in Thailand. In 2012 he was arrested for marijuana possession on the resort island of Phuket in southern Thailand.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 14, In northeastern Nigeria at least 26 people were killed when suspected Islamist Boko Haram militants stormed Dille village, Borno state, and a government warplane opened fire to repel the attackers. Cannon fire from the government jet killed at least 6 civilians, 4 women and 2 children.
    (Reuters, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 14, Pakistani government forces moved in the town of Mir Ali, North Waziristan, triggering a gunbattle in which 3 soldiers and 7 militants were killed.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 14, Russia’s foreign ministry said it has invited monitors from the OSCE European security and rights body to two of its border crossings with Ukraine as a sign of goodwill. A NATO military officer said Russia has been building up its forces again along the Ukrainian border and now has an estimated 10,000-12,000 troops in the area.
    (Reuters, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, In Syria the Al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State expelled rival rebels from the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, tightening its grip on the oil-producing province abutting territory it also controls in Iraq. Heavy clashes broke out between Syrian rebels and Hezbollah fighters near the Syria-Lebanon border.
    (Reuters, 7/14/14)(AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, Ukraine's Defense Minister said a military transport plane has been shot down along the country's eastern border with Russia. All eight aboard the plane managed to bail out safely. Kiev later said it has found four survivors, that two others are being held by rebels, and that it does not know the fate of the remaining two. President Petro Poroshenko accused Russian military staff officers of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said a newly-developed Russian missile system was being used against government forces.
    (AP, 7/14/14)(Reuters, 7/14/14)(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A3)(Reuters, 7/65/14)

2014        Jul 15, Comic book hero Archie Andrews died in today’s installment of Life with Archie No. 36 as he took an assassin’s bullet aimed at his gay best friend. Archie first appeared in comics in 1941.
    (SFC, 7/16/14, p.F6)
2014        Jul 15, California’s Water Resources Control Board approved emergency regulations that allow local law enforcement and water agencies to impose a maximum $500-a-day fine on water wasters.
    (SFC, 7/16/14, p.A1)
2014        Jul 15, In Utah John Swallow (51) and Mark Shurtleff (56), both former state attorneys general, were arrested on a battery of bribery charges.
    (SFC, 7/16/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 15, Reynolds American agreed to by Lorillard for $27.4 billion uniting two of the country’s largest tobacco producers.
    (SFC, 7/16/14, p.C6)
2014        Jul 15, In Afghanistan a car packed with explosives exploded as it sped through a crowded market in the eastern province of Paktika, killing 43 people with 74 wounded. In Kabul a remote control bomb concealed by a roadside killed 2 employees of President Karzai's media office and wounded five.
    (Reuters, 7/15/14)(Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 15, In Australia a class-action settlement against electricity provider SP AusNet awarded survivors of a 2009 wildfire nearly 500 million Australian dollars, the largest such compensation in the nation's history. The wildfire killed 119 people and was the biggest in a series of blazes that tore through the southern Australian state of Victoria.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, In Brazil leaders of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met for their 6th annual summit. They created two financial institutions: The New Development Bank (NDB) to finance infrastructure with $50 billion to start and the $100 billion Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) to tide over members in financial difficulties.
    (AP, 7/15/14)(Econ, 7/19/14,p.62)
2014        Jul 15, British PM David Cameron pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Eurosceptics to senior roles ahead of a national election in May, 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, Britain's financial regulator announced new limitations on what payday lenders can charge their customers. From January payday loan rates must not exceed a daily rate of 0.8 percent of the amount borrowed. Customers must never have to pay back more in fees and interest than the amount borrowed.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, In Cambodia about 200 protesters marched to a park in Phnom Penh and attached an orange banner that read "Free the Freedom Park" to the surrounding razor wire barricade. As armed police watched from inside the public park, several dozen security guards attempted to disperse the rally. Three leaders of the opposition CNRP were arrested and denied bail.
    (AP, 7/16/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.37)
2014        Jul 15, China’s top anti-corruption watchdog said Zhang Youren, a former senior executive at a state-owned military giant, has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party for taking bribes and other "massive" corruption.
    (Reuters, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, In southern China an explosion went off on a bus that then caught fire in Guangzhou, killing 2 people and injuring at least six.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, Croatia published a "name and shame" list of more than 5,000 organizations which have withheld more than one monthly salary from their employees this year, in an effort to stamp out widespread cheating of staff.
    (Reuters, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 15, An Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict in Gaza quickly unraveled, after the Islamic militant Hamas rejected the plan. Gaza militants fired scores of rockets at Israel and Israel responded with more than a dozen air strikes. Aid agencies warned that hundreds of thousands of Gazans were without water after air strikes wrecked the water and sewage system. The whole strip was threatened with a water crisis. Local officials in Gaza said the death toll had risen to 192.
    (AP, 7/15/14)(Reuters, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, Israeli warplanes struck three administrative and military targets in Syria's Golan at dawn, killing 2 security guards and 2 women. The air raids came after the Israeli army said a rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights.
    (AFP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, Jean-Claude Juncker, former Luxembourg PM, won broad endorsement from the European Parliament to be the next head of the executive European Commission.
    (Reuters, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, In Georgia Erosi Kitsmarishvili, the founder of the Rustavi 2 TV channel, was found dead in his car with a bullet in his head.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 15, Germany's Federal Cartel Office said it has imposed fines totaling 338 million euros ($460 million) on 21 sausage manufacturers for colluding on prices.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying formally asked Beijing for legal changes that would ultimately let residents of the southern Chinese city elect his successor, but he downplayed calls for the public to nominate candidates free of China's vetting.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, An Iranian F-4 fighter jet crashed shortly after taking off from a military air base in Shiraz killing two pilots on board.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, Iraqi lawmakers broke their deadlock and elected a new speaker of parliament, taking the first formal step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who have overrun much of the country. Sunni lawmaker Salim al-Jubouri won with 194 votes in the 328-seat parliament. Iraqi forces withdrew from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance.
    (AP, 7/15/14)(Reuters, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 15, An Israeli civilian was killed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the first Israeli fatality in more than a week of fighting with Palestinian militants.
    (Reuters, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 15, In Libya a Filipino construction worker was kidnapped by militia men. He was later beheaded by his captors, becoming the first Filipino casualty in the renewed violence. His decomposed body was found July 20 in a hospital in Benghazi. In response the Filipino foreign ministry soon announced a "mandatory" evacuation of all 13,000 of its nationals living in Libya.
    (AP, 7/22/14)(AFP, 8/1/14)
2014        Jul 15, Pakistani as authorities rushed aid to over 800,000 people who have fled the northwestern tribal region for safety. The military said it has cleared Miran Shah of militants, killing 447 of them while losing 26 soldiers there since the start of the June 15 operation.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, A Pakistani court sentenced a man to death on blasphemy charges. Mohammad Zulfiqar (50), alleged to be mentally ill, was charged with blasphemy after writing what were considered to be blasphemous comments on the walls of a Lahore neighborhood in 2008.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, In the Philippines tens of thousands of people hunkered down in evacuation centers while three people were reported missing as Typhoon Rammasun pounded its eastern coast amid warnings of giant storm surges and heavy floods.
    (AFP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, The World Bank said that it and its private sector arm have committed concessional loans of up to $4.2 billion to the Philippines to help the country reduce poverty, create jobs and sustain growth as it recovers from the impact of a devastating typhoon and separatist rebellion.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, In Russia a rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow, killing 22 people and sending 150 others to the hospital. Investigators soon detained two metro workers for alleged safety breaches.
    (AP, 7/15/14)(AFP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 15, In Somalia more than 200 suspects were arrested in a security sweep aimed at stemming a wave of militant attacks in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 7/15/14)
2014        Jul 15, In eastern Ukraine an airstrike demolished an apartment block, killing at least 11 civilians. The government denied blame.
    (AP, 7/15/14)(SFC, 7/16/14, p.A2)

2014        Jul 16, President Barack Obama announced broader sanctions against Russia, targeting two major energy firms including Rosneft, a pair of powerful financial institutions, eight weapons firms and four individuals.
    (AP, 7/17/14)(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 16, In California three robbers fleeing a bank in Stockton took three women hostage and led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, ending when 3 people were shot dead, including hostage Misty Holt-Singh. Norteno gang members Gilbert Renteria Jr. (30) and Alex Martinez (27) were killed. Jaime Ramos (19) survived and was arrested. Police officers fired over 600 bullets into the disabled vehicle with Singh inside. In 2015 her family filed suit against the city of Stockton.
    (SFC, 7/18/14, p.D1)(SFC, 7/21/14, p.C2)(SFC, 1/21/15, p.D2)
2014        Jul 16, Texas blues legend Johnny Winter (b.1944), died while on tour in Geneva. He was known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 16, Britain’s National Crime Agency said police have arrested 660 suspected pedophiles including doctors, teachers and care workers in a six-month operation targeting people watching indecent images online.
    (AFP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Six Cambodian opposition politicians were charged with leading an insurrection movement after a clash with security forces who prevented their followers from rallying in a public park a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Medical charity MSF said a survey of nearly 33,000 Central African refugees in neighboring Chad had shown 8 percent questioned had lost at least one member of their family. The report said refugees reported 2,599 deaths between November 2013 and April 2014.
    (Reuters, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Vietnam said China has moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi. Two months of drilling had triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the neighbors and led to deadly protests in Vietnam.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said women and children are being kidnapped by armed gangs and forced to work as sex slaves in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AFP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to life in prison over sexual assaults at Cairo's Tahrir Square, including during celebrations marking Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's presidential election victory last month.
    (AFP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Greek police arrested one of the country's most wanted men during a shootout in Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded. Nikos Maziotis (43) and his wife Panagiota Roupa were convicted in absentia last year and sentenced to 25 years for participation in Revolutionary Struggle, a group active between 2003 and 2009 and best known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the US Embassy and bombing the Athens Stock Exchange. Roupa was still at large.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, In Indian-controlled Kashmir an army truck collided with a taxi, outside Srinagar killing 7 people, including a pregnant woman, and triggering violent protests. An Indian border guard was killed by firing from Pakistani border officers.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, A civil court in The Hague court cleared the Netherlands of liability in the deaths of the most of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims slain in the July, 1995, Srebrenica massacre, but did order the nation to compensate the families of more than 300 men turned over to Bosnian Serb forces and later killed.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sought parliamentary approval to borrow up to $1 billion (730 million euros) in foreign loan to fight an insurgency by Boko Haram militants which has claimed thousands of lives in the past five years.
    (AFP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, In Nigeria a German worker at a technical skills training center was taken at gunpoint from his car in Gombi town of Adamawa state as he drove to work. On Jan 21, 2015, Cameroon announced the release of Nitsch Eberhard Robert following an operation by its military and allies.
    (AP, 7/17/14)(Reuters, 1/21/15)
2014        Jul 16, Pakistani military jets killed 35 suspected militants as part of an anti-Taliban offensive. A US drone strike killed 15-20 people in Datta Khel, North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 7/16/14)(AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Hundreds of Palestinian families, fled, as Israel intensified airstrikes on Hamas targets. 4 Palestinian children were killed and one was critically wounded on a Gaza beach by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat. The Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting rose to 207, with some 1,450 wounded. On the Israeli side, one man was killed and several people wounded since the fighting erupted on July 8.
    (AP, 7/16/14)(Reuters, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, In the Philippines Typhoon Rammasun left some 54 people dead, knocked out power in many areas, damaged a parked plane but spared Manila when its fierce wind shifted.
    (AP, 7/16/14)(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A3)(SFC, 7/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 16, In Poland a malfunction at a power plant near Kozienice caused a leakage of fuel, prompting emergency officials to work to make sure it doesn't contaminate the nearby Vistula River.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, A Russian security source said Russia has quietly reached a provisional agreement with Cuba on reopening a big Soviet-era base at Lourdes from which it spied in the United States.
    (Reuters, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Russian jets reportedly shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane that was on military operations near Amvrosiyivka, about 15 km (about 9 miles) from the border with Russia, where government forces fought to quell a pro-Russian separatist rebellion. Russia denied that it shot down the plane.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 16, In Somalia one soldier was killed and two others injured in a car bomb explosion near the town of Qoryoley west Mogadishu.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 16, Master Builders South Africa said a major strike by engineering and metal workers, which has already hit the vital auto manufacturing sector, is now disrupting building construction.
    (AFP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, Syria’s President Bashar Assad (48) was sworn in, marking the start of his third seven-year term in office. Syria's civil war, now in its fourth year, has killed more than 170,000 people and displaced one third of the country's population.
    (AP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, In western Tunisia some 40-60 militants staged two simultaneous attacks at sundown on army posts while soldiers held a Ramadan feast, killing at least 14 soldiers. The body of a 15th soldier was found on July 18.
    (AP, 7/17/14)(AFP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 16, In Ukraine fighting raged in the country’s east when separatists tried to break through the lines of government forces near the border with Russia and a tentative step towards agreeing conditions for a ceasefire failed. 11 more Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the space of 24 hours while hundreds of bodies of rebels were found in shallow graves in the former separatist stronghold of Slaviansk.
    (Reuters, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, The UN said the worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing aid in Sudan.
    (AFP, 7/16/14)
2014        Jul 16, The United Arab Emirates announced it will create a space agency with the aim of sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.
    (AFP, 7/16/14)

2014        Jul 17, A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal quickly silenced their wedding bells.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Florida health officials reported the first domestically-acquired infections in the United States of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean. More than 230 chikungunya cases have been reported in Americans this year, but all the others were travelers believed to have been infected elsewhere.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Massachusetts police recovered 12 human bodies from a storage unit in Weymouth, about 13 miles (20 km) southeast of Boston, rented by former funeral home operator Joseph O'Donnell (55). A day earlier police found cremated remains in a storage unit rented by O'Donnell in Somerville, just north of Boston.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Wyoming, Michigan, the body of Brooke Slocum (18) was found in the trunk of Brady Oestrike (31). Her boyfriend Charles Oppenheimer (25) was found decapitated a day earlier. The couple had connected with Oestrike on Craigslist and arranged a sexual encounter. Oestrike fled a police chase and fatally shot himself after crashing his car.
    (SFC, 7/22/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 17, Microsoft said it will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year, 14% of its total work force, in an effort to make the company more nimble.
    (SFC, 7/18/14, p.C1)
2014        Jul 17, Elaine Stritch (b.1925), actress and singer, died at her home in Birmingham, Mi. Her films included “A Farewell to Arms” (1957), “September” (1987), “Out to Sea” (1997) and “Small Time Crooks” (2000).
    (SFC, 7/18/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 17, In Afghanistan four militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked Kabul International Airport. All 4 were killed by police special forces.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Brazil China's President Xi Jinpin pressed a charm offensive with Latin America, signing deals with Brazil, meeting regional leaders and proposing a $20 billion infrastructure fund that highlights Beijing's growing interests in the region.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Airbus said that its orders and commitments for 496 aircraft at England’s Farnborough International Airshow. Boeing, meanwhile, secured business for 201 airplanes.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Cambodian police arrested two more opposition members of parliament on charges of leading an insurrection.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police laid 31 charges against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy over some $200,000 of falsified expenses.
    (SFC, 7/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 17, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said heavy rains and landslides over the past week have killed at least 45 people in southern China and left 21 others missing.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, A European court ordered Russia to pay damages for putting defendants in metal cages in court, a practice it condemned as "degrading treatment." The enclosures have held opposition figures, Greenpeace activists and untold numbers of less-prominent suspects across the country.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, French President Francois Hollande began a visit to Ivory Coast to boost economic ties with a nation emerging from a long conflict that divided it and set back production. Ivory Coast still hosts hundreds of French companies.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, France's parliament adopted a law calling for more use of probation and other measures to reduce overcrowding in a creaking prison system.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Iraq a bomb attack ripped through a sprawling Baghdad market, killing 5 people. An 18-year-old Australian man was later identified as the suicide bomber. In Taji a suicide bomber rammed his car into a military checkpoint, killing 7 people. Militants attacked the Turkuman town of Amirli overnight, striking from three directions. 9 insurgents and one soldier were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 7/18/14)(AFP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 17, Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan pumped an experimental 20,000 barrels of light crude from an oilfield recently seized from the federal authorities. It was the first time the Kurds pumped oil from Bai Hassan field -- 55 km (35 miles) northwest of Kirkuk. The field used to average 190,000 barrels per day.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Israeli tank fire killed three people in southern Gaza moments before a humanitarian truce began at 0700 GMT. The Israeli army said it had foiled a "major terror attack" by a group of 13 militants who managed to enter southern Israel by tunnel and were seen heading towards Sufa kibbutz near the fence. Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel just as a five-hour UN humanitarian cease-fire expired.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)(AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Israel launched a ground operation late today aimed at destroying tunnels and halting rocket fire by the enclave's Hamas rulers.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Japan said it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Lebanon filed a complaint against Israel at the UN Security Council, saying it had violated its sovereignty by opening fire on its territory in retaliation for rocket attacks. The foreign ministry said Israel fired 102 shells at Lebanon between July 11 and 14.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Libya several shells hit the terminal of the main airport in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias for control of the airport continued for a fifth day.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Libya’s navy said it has retrieved the bodies of three would-be migrants and rescued almost 100 others after their boat sank.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 298 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Officials strongly suspected the Boeing 777 was downed by a missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow. More than half of the dead passengers, 189 people, were Dutch. Twenty-nine were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 12 Indonesian, 9 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 3 Filipino, one Canadian, one New Zealand and 4 as yet unidentified. All 15 crew were Malaysian. Joep Lange, pioneering AIDS researcher, was among those killed.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)(Econ, 7/26/14, p.78)
2014        Jul 17, In Myanmar more than 700 workers protested in front of the South Korean Embassy to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Pakistani police fought for more than 10 hours with militants they said were planning to attack the home of PM Nawaz Sharif. An intelligence officer and two militants were killed when the shootout erupted during an overnight operation in the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In the Philippines three aid workers were abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu province. All three were freed after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town to pressure the rebels to release the captives.
    (AP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 17, Polish rescue services said 7 people have been killed after falling into a septic tank where they were overcome by toxic gas in the western village of Karczowka.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Puerto Rican health officials declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean region late last year.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin lamented the latest round of US sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Somalia one person died and another was seriously wounded when an explosive device attached to their car was remotely detonated in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In South Korea a firefighting helicopter crashed near an apartment complex and school in the southern city of Gwangju, killing five.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Sri Lanka's government said Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa has extended the terms of a commission investigating missing people and possible war crimes in the country's 26-year civil war, bringing in foreign experts for the first time to advise on the inquiry.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, A Swaziland lawyer said two government critics have been found guilty of contempt of court after publishing articles in which they lamented alleged threats to judicial independence.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In central Syria Islamic militants killed as many as 270 Syrian troops, guards and workers as they captured the Shaar (Shaer) gas field in the desert region of Palmyra following daylong clashes. At least 40 militants were also reported killed. The fate of more than 200 people captured in the facility was unknown. Military helicopters dropped barrels packed with explosives on Morek. More than 20 bombs were dropped by aircraft and least 15 people, including 4 civilians, were killed in the fighting.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)(AP, 7/17/14)(AP, 7/18/14)(SFC, 7/19/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 17, In northern Syria Jihadists in Tabaqa, Raqa province, accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death.
    (AFP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, In eastern Ukraine separatists carried out 27 attacks on army checkpoints and positions of government forces over the last 24 hours leaving 5 Ukrainian servicemen killed.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Ukraine's SBU security agency released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit a passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.
    (AFP, 7/20/14)

2014        Jul 18, The Obama administration approved the use of sonic cannons to discover oil deposits under the ocean floor of the Eastern seaboard. The sounds posed real dangers for whales, fish and sea turtles.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 18, More than 40 Central American children were expelled from the United States on flights to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, as the US government stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons, handing a modest victory to proponents of tougher gun laws while striving to protect antique collectors.
    (Reuters, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 18, Colorado's Supreme Court ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending the resolution of an appeal by the state's attorney general.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, Colorado state health officials said three more people have been diagnosed with the plague after coming in contact with an infected dog whose owner contracted a life-threatening form of the disease.
    (AP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 17, In NYC Eric Garner (43) died of a heart attack as he struggled under an apparent police choke hold as officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. In Aug 1 a medical examiner ruled that Garner’s death was caused by the choke hold. On Dec 3 a grand jury cleared the police officer involved. US Attorney General Eric Holder said federal authorities would conduct a civil rights investigation. On July 13, 2015, Garner’s family reached a $5.9 million settlement with NYC.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A4)(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A5)(SFC, 12/4/14, p.A10)(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A7)
2014        Jul 18, In Washington state the Carlton Complex of fires destroyed some 100 homes in the Okanagan County town of Pateros. Gov. Jay Inslee said some 50 fires were burning in the state beset by dry weather and lightning. By July 26 the number of homes destroyed was raised to 300. It now covered some 400 square miles and was half contained.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A5)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A8)
2014        Jul 18, Forbes Media, valued at $475 million, agreed to sell a majority stake to a consortium of Asian investors.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.D3)
2014        Jul 18, Chicago-based Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie agreed to buy Shire, a European rival, for around $54 billion. This will allow AbbVie to relocate to Britain for tax purposes.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.D1)
2014        Jul 18, In Argentina visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping announced huge investments in hydroelectric power, shipbuilding, railways and a deal to help Argentina build its fourth nuclear plant.
    (AFP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 18, In southern China Typhoon Rammasun hit the island of Hainan as over 26,000 people evacuated the area. 9 people were killed and 5 left missing on Hainan. Another 9 were killed as the storm plowed through the Guangxi region on the mainland.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A2)(SFC, 7/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 18, The European Union took the next step towards imposing tougher sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis by agreeing the legal basis for widening its list of targets.
    (AFP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 18, Indian government forces used tear gas and wooden canes to disperse hundreds of Kashmiri workers who clashed with them at a sprawling camp for Hindu pilgrims heading for a Himalayan cave, leaving dozens of people injured.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, Iran and six world powers failed to meet their target date for cutting a nuclear deal but agreed to extend the talks until Nov 24.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 18, In Iraq jihadists warned all Christians in Mosul to leave by the next day or be killed.
    (Econ, 7/26/14, p.41)
2014        Jul 18, The Israeli military announced its first casualty since the start of a ground operation in Gaza, where health officials said 19 Palestinians have been killed since the ground operation began a day earlier. The Israeli military said it killed 14 militants in different exchanges of fire. 267 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the fighting.
    (AP, 7/18/14)(AFP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, An Italian appeals court acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi (77) in a sex-for-hire case.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A3)
2014        Jul 18, In Pakistan a group of militants attacked a security checkpoint in Jamrud, a main town in the Khyber tribal region before dawn. 8 security forces and 4 militants were killed. A roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying police in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing an officer and wounding two others.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas reached out for French help to lobby Hamas's regional allies to influence it into accepting a truce with Israel. France has asked Qatar, which has close links with Hamas, to use its influence with the Palestinian Islamist group to reach a ceasefire in the conflict in Gaza.
    (AFP, 7/19/14)(Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a ceasefire by pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces fighting in eastern Ukraine to allow for negotiations.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, Spanish police in Alicante arrested Hernan Alonso Villa (40), the alleged leader of a Colombian drug trafficking group.
    (SSFC, 7/20/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 18, Syrian government forces launched a counter-attack to recapture the Shaer gas field seized by Islamic extremists, as the death toll from three days of fighting there rose to more than 200 people killed.
    (AP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 18, In Syria jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, pelted Faddah Ahmad with stones for alleged adultery in Raqqa until her body was dragged away.
    (AP, 8/9/14)
2014        Jul 18, Thailand's former PM Yingluck Shinawatra said she will fight charges related to her ousted government's rice subsidy program, vowing to return home after a planned trip overseas.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 18, In eastern Ukraine emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners searched the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 shot down a day earlier as it flew miles above the country's battlefield. Ukraine's state aviation service closed the airspace over two regions currently gripped by separatist fighting. 18 civilians were killed by government shelling.
    (AP, 7/18/14)(Econ, 7/26/14,p.20)

2014        Jul 19, The United Nations accused Islamic State fighters in Iraq of executions, rape and forced recruitment of children during a campaign to seize much of northern Iraq, part of a conflict it said has killed almost 5,600 civilians this year.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)

2014        Jul 19, American TV and film actor James Garner (86) died in Los Angeles. His whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance."
    (AP, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 19, In New Mexico three teenagers ganged up on two homeless men and fatally beat them before leaving their bodies nearly unrecognizable. Alex Rios (18) and two boys (15&16) were placed in Bernalillo County detention facilities.
    (AP, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 19, In Buenos Aires, Argentina, visiting Russian Pres. Putin met with Pres. Cristina Fernandez and signed a deal on nuclear power as well as other projects.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A3)
2014        Jul 19, Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 19, In Egypt militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns attacked the El-Farafrah border security post, 630 km (390 miles) west of Cairo, killing 22 soldiers and wounding another four near the border with Libya.
    (AFP, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 19, French police clashed with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban on a Paris demonstration over the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
    (AP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 19, India's new Hindu nationalist government cleared proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion to modernize the nation's ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defense industry.
    (AFP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 19, In Iraq a series of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes, killed at least 27 people across Baghdad. Northwest of Tikrit, heavy fighting raged around an air base that previously served as a US military facility known as Camp Speicher. Hundreds of Christian families fled their homes in Mosul before a jihadist ultimatum threatening their community's centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city expired.
    (AP, 7/19/14)(AFP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 19, Israel pounded Hamas rocket launchers, uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and engaged in gunbattles with Palestinian militants on the second day of its open-ended ground operation in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll there topped 310.
    (AP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 19, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 46 villagers early today and set homes ablaze in Damboa. The town had been under siege for two weeks since Boko Haram dislodged soldiers from a new tank battalion camp on its outskirts.
    (SFC, 7/19/14, p.A2)(AP, 7/19/14)(Reuters, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 19, In Pakistan a US drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in in Datta Khel, North Waziristan, killing 11 militants.
    (AP, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 19, Palestinian gunmen disguised in Israeli uniforms managed to infiltrate Israel from Gaza using another tunnel and killed two Israeli soldiers and injured several others.
    (AP, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 19, In Sudan 13 civilians were killed in an ambush on a commercial convoy about 30 km (19 miles) west of El Fasher, the North Darfur capital. The rebel Sudan Liberation Army denied involvement.
    (AFP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 19, Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of destroying evidence of "international crimes" as guerrillas and foreign observers faced off over access to the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner.
    (Reuters, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 20, An Int’l. AIDS opened in Melbourne, Australia, with a tribute to delegates killed in the July 17 shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.
    (SFC, 7/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 20, A French rally against the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza once again descended into chaos as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.
    (AFP, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 20, In Iraq mortar rounds rained down on Shiite neighborhoods in the town of Mahmoudiya, killing 11 civilians and wounding 31. Islamic State (IS) fighters stormed Mar (Saint) Behnam, a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, and expelled its five resident monks.
    (AP, 7/21/14)(AFP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 20, Israel widened its ground offensive, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas. The first major ground battle in two weeks exacted a steep price with 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed and thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians forced to flee the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City. In all, at least 432 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,000 wounded in the past two weeks. The overall death toll on the Israeli side rose to 20, including 18 soldiers. Doctors said a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter of senior Hamas leader Khalil al-Haya were killed early today when their house was hit by a tank shell in Gaza City.
    (AP, 7/20/14)(AFP, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 20, Israel and Hamas agreed to observe an immediate two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza's Shejaiya neighborhood, halting a blistering bombing campaign in the area. A building in southern Gaza was reportedly hit by an Israeli airstrike this evening, killing 25 members of the same family.
    (AFP, 7/20/14)(AP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 20, Jamaica’s environment minister, Robert Pickersgill, said a severe drought is worsening and that water supplies are already well below normal. Temporary shutoffs in Kingston were taking place daily.
    (SFC, 7/22/14, p.A20)
2014        Jul 20, In Libya heavy fighting erupted around Tripoli International Airport, where rival militias have been battling for control, killing at least four people and forcing thousands from their homes.
    (Reuters, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 20, In Nicaragua attacks on buses carrying supporters of the ruling Sandinista Liberation Front left 5 people dead and 28 wounded. Three men were soon charged with murder and organized crime.
    (http://tinyurl.com/p6uqf6u)(SFC, 7/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 20, Pakistan's military bombed six militant hideouts in Shawal village, North Waziristan, killing at least 28 insurgents.
    (AFP, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 20, Palestinian Islamist militant group's armed wing reportedly seized Israeli soldier Shaul Alon in heavy fighting on the Gaza border. The next day Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida displayed Alon's photo ID and serial number but showed no image of him in captivity.
    (Reuters, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 20, South Sudanese rebels and government soldiers clashed in the northern town of Nasir, adding to fears that a shaky ceasefire agreement signed in May could totally collapse.
    (Reuters, 7/20/14)
2014        Jul 20, Ukraine accused separatist rebels of hiding evidence that a Russian missile was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner, while Britain said Moscow faced "pariah" status and the threat of further economic sanctions. Ukraine's Western-backed government said it had "compelling evidence" the Russian SA-11 radar-guided missile battery was not just brought in from Russia but manned by three Russians who had now taken it back over the border.
    (Reuters, 7/20/14)

2014        Jul 21, In Boston Azamat Tazhayakov (20), a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted of trying to protect Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks three days after the April 15, 2013, attack.
    (SFC, 7/22/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 21, Detroit, Mi., suspended its aggressive policy of cutting off water to customers with unpaid bills for at least the next 15 days.
    (SFC, 7/22/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 21, In Michigan pension cuts were approved by Detroit workers and retirees after 60 days of voting. Support for the pension changes triggered an $816 million bailout from the state, foundations and the Detroit Institute of Arts, but a judge was still required to agree.
    (SFC, 7/23/14, p.A8)
2014        Jul 21, In Michigan the Ilitch family, owners of the Detroit Red Wings, unveiled details of an already approved taxpayer funded financed stadium, said to cost the public $283 million.
    (SFC, 7/25/14, p.A14)
2014        Jul 21, A local lawmaker said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the surge of children and families entering the US illegally, plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.
    (AP, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 21, In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeted a police convoy in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, killing 2 people. In the north at least 8 local policemen and 27 Taliban fighters were killed in an overnight firefight in the Qaysar district of Faryab province. In southern Uruzgan province 4 Afghan policemen were shot to death at a checkpoint in Shahid Asass district. The attackers were two other policemen from the same unit who fled the scene.
    (AP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 21, In Iraq a roadside bomb struck an army patrol overnight in Baghdad's western suburb of Abu Ghraib, killing 2 soldiers and 3 volunteers who took up arms following the recent Sunni militant push.
    (AP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 21, In Libya Islamist militants attacked an army base in the eastern city of Benghazi, triggering fierce clashes involving helicopters and jets that killed at least one person and wounding 20 others. A week of fighting between rival militias for control of Tripoli International Airport in the capital has killed at least 47 people.
    (Reuters, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 21, Six Palestinians with German citizenship were among the people killed when an airstrike caused a Gaza high-rise apartment building to partially collapse. An Israeli shot dead Mahmud Shawamreh (21), a Palestinian who had been throwing stones at his car north of Jerusalem in the West Bank.
    (AP, 7/22/14)(AFP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 21, Philippine President Benigno Aquino presided over the opening of the $175-million Philippine Arena, billed as the world's largest indoor stadium, erected by the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), a politically-influential religious sect.
    (AFP, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 21, South Sudan rebels and government troops battled over the strategic town of Nasir, with rebels launching their largest offensive since an oft-broken May truce.
    (AFP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 21, Syrian rebels battled jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) near Damascus, pressing their bid to expel them from their strongholds.
    (AP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 21, Thai media organizations called on the military government to ease restrictions after the junta said it would shut down news outlets putting out what it considers critical coverage.
    (Reuters, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 21, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
    (AFP, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 21, In eastern Ukraine fighting flared in the city of Donetsk as investigators began to inspect the bodies of victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week. Four people were reported killed in the clashes. 13 government troops were killed in fighting in the east when "terrorists" attacked the army and their roadblocks 20 times.
    (Reuters, 7/21/14)(Reuters, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 21, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Cairo to try to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting that has killed at least 508 Palestinians and 20 Israelis and displaced tens of thousands of Gaza residents.
    (AP, 7/21/14)

 2014        Jul 22, In northern California federal and state agencies launched Operation Yurok on and around Yurok reservation land in Humboldt County that had been taken over by marijuana growers.
    (SFC, 7/23/14, p.E2)
2014        Jul 22, In Nevada Nathan Stoliar (64) of Australia pleaded guilty to charges in federal court for his role in a scheme to bilk a US biodiesel fuel program out of more than $41 million. Federal prosecutors said Stoliar and a Las Vegas man, James Jariv, used firms in Canada and Las Vegas to fraudulently generate millions of dollars' worth of federally-funded credits known as renewable identification numbers.
    (AP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 22, In Ohio Jordie Callahan (28) was convicted of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years along with other charges. Callahan was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Jessica Hunt (33), his convicted girlfriend, was sentenced on July 24 to 32 years in federal prison. 
    (SFC, 7/23/14, p.A7)(SFC, 7/25/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 22, Babar Suleman (58) and his son Haris (17) were killed when their small plane crashed shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa. They had departed Indiana on June 19 for a round the world flight to raise to break records and raise money for the Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 7/24/14, p.A8)(SFC, 7/25/14, p.A11)
2014        Jul 22, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed at least 4 guards in an area occupied by trainers from DynCorp. Int’l. in Kabul. The victims included 3 from Nepal and one from Peru.  
    (AFP, 7/22/14)(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 22, Canada’s Public Safety Minister said twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring have been deported.
    (SFC, 7/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 22, Cambodia's main opposition party struck a deal with strongman premier Hun Sen to end its year-long boycott of parliament triggered by a disputed election.
    (AFP, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 22, In China the Paper, a new digital news platform, was launched as an offshoot of the Oriental Morning Post in Shanghai.
    (Econ, 12/13/14, p.46)
2014        Jul 22, In northeastern China a man tied up two bedridden patients and a mentally disabled one and used a dull razor to castrate them. A 60-year-old victim lost both his testicles while the other two victims, aged 53 and 80, lost one each. A suspect was soon detained.
    (AP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 22, In CongoDRC gunmen attacked a major military base in Kinshasa, but the government said the situation had been quickly brought under control. At least 4 attackers were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 22, The EU agreed to impose new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia's actions in Ukraine, amid mounting international anger after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held territory.
    (AP, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 22, Indonesia officials said Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote. Former Gen. Prabowo Subianto, declared he was withdrawing from the contest shortly before the final numbers were released by the Election Commission, saying there was massive fraud during the election, and that it was unfair and undemocratic.
    (AP, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 22, Iranian authorities arrested Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian (38) and his wife, also a journalist. Two American photographers were also arrested. In early October Yeganeh Salehi (30) was released on bail, while her husband, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, 38, remained in detention.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A1)(AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Jul 22, In Iraq a suicide bombing in Baghdad killed 31 people. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a checkpoint near a revered Shiite shrine in the heart of the capital. Deadly clashes erupted between government security forces and militants outside the city of Ramadi, Anbar province, killing 8 militants.
    (AP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 22, Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli soldier was killed in fighting in southern Gaza, raising the number of Israeli troops confirmed dead to 27. Israel’s military said Sgt. Oron Shaul is dead, but that his body is missing. He was among seven soldiers in a vehicle that was hit by an anti-tank missile in Gaza over the weekend. Hamas' claimed earlier this week that it had captured an Israeli soldier. The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 609 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza.
    (AP, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 22, Lebanese conscript Atef Saadeddine (b.1991) defected to the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front. Gunmen who crossed from Syria "looted Lebanese army weapons" and Saadeddine fled with them back across the border.
    (AFP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 22, A Hamas rocket exploded near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the US and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned flights to Tel Aviv for at least 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 22, In Sierra Leone Sheik Umar Khan (39), the head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola, was reported to have caught the disease. Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 632 people have died from the illness according to the latest WHO report.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 22, In Syria 6 children from the same family were killed in an air strike by government forces on Wahshiyeh village, Aleppo province. A 15-year-old was killed in an air raid on Latamneh, Hama province. A girl (7) died in army shelling near Jisr al-Shughur, Idlib province.
    (AFP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 22, The Western-backed National Coalition of Syrian opposition members said it had voted to force out its "interim government" and form a new one within a month.
    (Reuters, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 22, Thailand's junta won approval from King Bhumibol Adulyadej (86) for an interim constitution mapping out year-long political reforms expected to curb the influence of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The new constitution allows the leader of the ruling junta to serve as interim prime minister.
    (AFP, 7/22/14)(SFC, 7/24/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 22, Turkish authorities arrested dozens of senior police officers in a criminal probe over alleged illegal wire-tapping and forgery, the latest crackdown on opponents of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of presidential polls.
    (AFP, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 22, Ukraine’s government said the separatists were leaving their positions on the outskirts of Donetsk and retreating towards the city center.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 22, In Ukraine five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags arrived in the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand over the black boxes from MH17 to Malaysian authorities and the bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims had lived.
    (Reuters, 7/22/14)
2014        Jul 22, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since MH17 airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence.
    (Reuters, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 22, In Venezuela the first of thousands of squatters at the half-built “Tower of David” in Caracas were moved out by armed police and soldiers to be relocated to new government-provided apartments in Cua. The structure, named after financier David Brillembourg, was abandoned in the 1990s amid a banking crisis.
    (SFC, 7/23/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 22, Yemeni media reported that AQAP, Yemen's al Qaeda wing, has ordered men and women in eastern Hadramout province to obey its strict interpretation of Islamic law, saying it aimed to set up an emirate in the remote area.
    (Reuters, 7/22/14)

2014        Jul 23, Late today the US FAA lifted its ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv.
    (Reuters, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 23, In Arizona convicted killer Joseph Wood gasped and snorted during the 117 minutes it took him to die after he was injected with a relatively untested combination of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone. He had been sentenced to death for killing his girlfriend and her father.
    (AFP, 7/24/14)(SFC, 7/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 23, The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber killed one policeman and wounded three in northern Kunduz province.
    (AP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, In Aruba retired major general Hugo Carvajal, a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief, was arrested at US request to face drug trafficking charges. Carvajal flew home July 27 after the Netherlands government ruled he had diplomatic immunity on the Dutch-owned island.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)(Reuters, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 23, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria pledged to mobilize a joint force to tackle the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram Islamist militants operating mainly in Nigeria.
    (Reuters, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 23, Chinese police detained five people from a unit of US food supplier OSI Group, in a case involving expired meat sold to fast food giants including McDonald's and KFC. The Chinese supplier also had provided 20% of the meat for chicken nuggets in Japan.
    (AFP, 7/23/14)(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 23, China’s state media said Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be de-commissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, citing the local planning agency.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, Chinese state media said the government would target pornography on smartphones and punish pornographic app creators.
    (SFC, 7/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 23, In China tropical storm Matmo made landfall. It brought heavy rains and winds to parts of eastern China following another typhoon that killed at least 56 people in the country's south. Matmo left 9 dead in Jiangxi province and 4 dead in Guangdong province.
    (AP, 7/24/14)(SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 23, Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic signed a cease-fire agreement in neighboring Republic of Congo.
    (AP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, The Egyptian army reportedly killed 3 militants in their car during a raid in the Sinai region. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis later said the militants were killed by an Israeli drone.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 23, The European Union gave Lithuania the green light to adopt the euro currency starting next year.
    (AP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, Air France and Germany's two largest airlines canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.
    (AP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, The World Bank offered India up to $18 billion in financial support over the next three years while lavishly praising new right-wing PM Narendra Modi's "ambitious vision" for the country.
    (AFP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, Israeli forces pounded Gaza, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. Gaza's Health Ministry said 18 Palestinians were killed today, many of them in the southern town of Khan Younis.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, In Libya at least 9 people were killed and 19 wounded, mostly civilians, in Benghazi after heavy clashes between Islamist fighters and regular forces trying to oust the militants from the city.
    (Reuters, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 23, In Nigeria a bomb targeting an Imam in the center of Kaduna killed 32 of his followers. A 2nd bomb blast in Kaduna killed 50 in the crowded Kawo market. Boko Haram attackers entered the village of Garubula, in Biu district, late today and dragged victims out of their homes before shooting 12 of them.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)(AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 23, Polish state airline LOT suspended its flights to Israel from Warsaw until July 28 because of concern for passengers' safety.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, In Somalia member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame, believed to be in her 70s, was shot dead in Mogadishu by Islamist gunmen.  She was famed for political and patriotic songs she sang over decades.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, A South African court jailed a rhino poacher for 77 years, one of the heaviest sentences handed out for the crime as poaching continues to escalate. Mandla Chauke was arrested in the iconic Kruger National Park in 2011 after he killed three rhino calves. This month two Mozambicans were each jailed 16 years for killing and dehorning rhino.
    (AFP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on Penghu island off the west coast, killing 48 people. 10 people survived. Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan today with heavy rains and strong winds.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)(Reuters, 7/24/14)(AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 23, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said reverse gas flows from the EU to Ukraine had fallen because of opposition from Russian gas producer Gazprom.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine. Local health officials said 432 people had been killed and 1,015 wounded since hostilities started in the Donetsk region.
    (Reuters, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 23, In eastern Ukraine Graham Phillips, a British journalist reporting for a Russian television channel, went missing, with Moscow alleging he and another journalist (Vadim) were captured by Kiev's troops. CNN journalist Anton Skiba was reportedly abducted in Donetsk.
    (AFP, 7/23/14)

2014        Jul 24, The United States said it had evidence Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a "clear escalation" of the conflict.
    (AFP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, In Los Angeles the body of Xinran Ji (24) an electrical engineering student from China who enrolled at USC in the fall of 2013, was discovered this morning, a few blocks away from where police say he had been attacked nearly six hours earlier. On July 29 four US teens were charged with murder in the fatal beating with a baseball bat and wrench.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)(AP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 24, In Pennsylvania a gunman opened fire inside a psychiatric facility at the Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, killing a woman and wounding a doctor before he was shot and critically wounded by the doctor.
    (YahooNews, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 24, In western Afghanistan gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in Herat.
    (AP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, Air Algerie Flight 5017 carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early today over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported. Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou. Half the dead were from France. Others included at least 19 Lebanese citizens.
    (AP, 7/24/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 24, The first archive dedicated to the culture and experiences of black people in Britain opened in Brixton, south London, with the aim of shining a light on a long overlooked history.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 24, Europe's aviation regulator said it will cancel its warning that recommends airlines do not fly to Israel, after the Federal Aviation Authority cleared US carriers to resume flights.
    (Reuters, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil in 2002 and 2003 and facilitating conditions for torture. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Palestinian terror suspect, and Abu Zubaida, a Saudi national charged with orchestrating the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, were currently imprisoned at Guantanamo.
    (SFC, 7/25/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 24, President Francois Hollande announced an 11-million-euro ($14.8 million) aid package to the besieged Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, In southern India 18 children were killed when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in Telangana state. The bus driver also died. 20 children ages 7 to 14 were injured.
    (AP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum (76) as the nation's new president. Hours earlier militants fired mortar shells at an army base where suspects facing terrorism charges were being held in Taji. As the prisoners were being bussed a gunbattle erupted leaving 52 prisoners and 8 soldiers dead.
    (AP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, In Iraq Islamic militants blew up the Mosque of the Prophet Younis (aka Jonah) in Mosul. They also blew up the Imam Aoun Bin al-Hassan mosque.
    (SFC, 7/25/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 24, UN official Jacqueline Badcock said Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country.
    (AP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel and handed the ceremonial but high-profile presidency over to Reuven Rivlin, a legislator from the hawkish Likud Party.
    (AP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, In Kenya a female tourist from Germany was killed in the port city of Mombasa in the same area where a Russian visitor was murdered earlier in July by a criminal gang.
    (Reuters, 7/24/14)(AFP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 24, In Libya armed men abducted Abdel-Moaz Banoun, a well-known political activist, in Tripoli. Banoun has been an outspoken critic of the militias and urged that they all be disbanded.
    (AP, 7/25/14)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 24, In Pakistan a bomb killed at least 2 soldiers northwest of Miranshah, North Waziristan, where the army is carrying out a major offensive against Taliban militants.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 24, Fighting in the Gaza Strip pushed the Palestinian death toll to nearly 750 as Israeli tank fire and pre-dawn assaults killed 35 people. Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school sheltering Palestinians killing at least 15 more people. 10,000 demonstrators marched in solidarity with Gaza near the Palestinian administrative capital Ramallah. One was shot dead and 200 wounded when Israeli troops opened fire.
    (Reuters, 7/24/14)(Reuters, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 24, Puerto Rico unveiled a system that will allow migrants living illegally in the US territory to obtain a temporary driver's license.
    (AP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, A Russian court found two protest leaders guilty of inciting mass riots in a case that the opposition sees as part of a clampdown on President Vladimir Putin's foes. Sergei Udaltsov, who has been under house arrest since February 2013, and Leonid Razvozhayev were accused of coordinating protests which turned violent on May 6, 2012.
    (Reuters, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, In southern Somalia African Union fighter jets pounded the town of Jilib in the Middle Juba region, part of the offensive by the 22,000-strong UN-backed AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM). 2 senior Al-Shebab commanders were killed: Issa Mohamed Dhoore, who had been reportedly a "liaison officer" between foreign and Somali fighters and Sharif Ameey.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 24, In northern Syria fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of the besieged Division 17 army base, setting off clashes that left dozens killed or wounded on both sides in Raqqa province.
    (AP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, Ukraine's PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned in a shock move in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition, plunging the strife-torn nation into political uncertainty. The formal dissolution of the majority coalition in the Verkhovna Rada gives President Petro Poroshenko the right over the next month to announce a fresh parliamentary poll.
    (AFP, 7/24/14)
2014        Jul 24, In southern Yemen Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike shot dead Major Bilal Karo in Thalab town, Lahij province.
    (AFP, 7/24/14)

2014        Jul 25, Subsidies for sporting stadiums across the US were reported to be increasingly financed by savings from worker pension cuts.
    (SFC, 7/25/14, p.A14)
2014        Jul 25, A Florida judge overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week.
    (AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City to protest Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand an end to the violence that has already killed nearly 850 Palestinians.
    (Reuters, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 25, In Philadelphia two men forced a woman into the back seat of her vehicle and drove off. They later lost control and plowed into a group of people near a fruit stand killing 3 children. Both men fled the scene.
    (SFC, 7/26/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 25, A Texas judge recommended that Michael Phillips (57) of Dallas be exonerated based on recent DNA evidence that absolved him of a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison.
    (SFC, 7/26/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 25, In western Afghanistan Taliban insurgents halted minibuses, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road.
    (AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Chinese state media said the government has investigated more than 25,000 people for corruption in the first six months of 2014.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, In Egypt 2 high-ranking police and army officers were shot dead by unknown assailants in the Sinai region near the border with Israel.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, The European Union extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine. The action brought the total number of people under EU sanction in connection with Russia's annexation of Crimea and the revolt in eastern Ukraine to 87.
    (AP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 25, Georgia's interior minister said that $400 million of heroin seized earlier this month, in the country's biggest ever drugs haul, belonged to the Taliban and was headed for Europe.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Campaigners on the Greek island of Crete launched a seaborne protest against the destruction of Syrian chemical agents in the Mediterranean. A US naval ship fitted with hydrolysis equipment, which helps break down lethal chemicals into a sludge, started the job of neutralizing the arsenal in international waters last week.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, In Indonesia Prabowo Subianto, the ex-general who lost the presidential election to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, mounted a legal challenge to the result, alleging widespread electoral fraud and irregularities in vote counting.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the Israeli assault on Gaza.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, In northern Iraq a series of blasts outside Shiite prayer halls killed four people and wounded 19 others in Kirkuk. Gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs seized Riyadh al-Adhdah, a senior Sunni politician who had previously been jailed on terrorism charges, from his home in Baghdad.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)(AP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 25, Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early today, killing Salah Hassanein, a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group, and two of his sons. Gaza officials said Israeli strikes killed 27 people. They put the number of Palestinian deaths in 18 days of conflict at 819, most of them civilians. US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire. The dead also included 34 Israelis, among them 32 soldiers, and a Thai worker.
    (AP, 7/25/14)(Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 25, Jordan’s air force shot down a drone near the Syrian border, but it was not clear where it came from.
    (SFC, 7/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 25, The Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court found former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev guilty of orchestrating the response to street protests in April 2010. He was convicted and sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his role in violently breaking up an opposition rally, resulting in 77 deaths.
    (AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Nigerian security forces say they have arrested Michael Ogun (44), a suspected internet fraudster, accused of stealing nearly $6 million from people who thought were paying fees to apply for government jobs.
    (AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Nigeria said that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian national who moved from Minnesota to Liberia to work for the country's ministry of finance, died in what health officials determined to be the first probable case of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)(Yahoo News, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 25, Eight Palestinians were killed in incidents near the West Bank cities of Nablus and Hebron.
    (AP, 7/25/14)(Reuters, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 25, In Pakistan two gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on two police men, killing one, as they were on security duty on the outskirts of Quetta, Baluchistan province.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, A Russian security official said up to 40 mortar shells fired by Ukrainian forces fell on the Russian province of Rostov near the border with eastern Ukraine where Kiev is fighting pro-Russian separatists.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, The Russian agency in charge of agricultural products said it is banning imports of Ukrainian dairy starting because of numerous quality flaws found in its products. Russia is a key market for Ukrainian dairy products. Kiev dismissed the move as politically motivated.
    (AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Russia’s central bank said it has lifted its one-week auction rate by 0.5 percentage points to 8 percent. It cited "heightened geopolitical risks" that are likely to push down the Russian ruble, fueling consumer price inflation.
    (AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, South Korean police arrested Yoo Dae-gyun, the son of recently deceased Yoo Byung-eun, owner of the April 16 ferry disaster.
    (SFC, 7/26/14, p.A3)
2014        Jul 25, In Syria an offensive by the jihadist Islamic State group against government-held territory killed at least 85 people in the past 24 hours mainly in Hasakeh and Raqa. Rebels decapitated most of the soldiers and hung several heads outside the base gates. Rebels shot down a helicopter gunship over Camp Nairab, a slum in Aleppo, killing 3 crew members and a child.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)(AP, 7/26/14)(Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 25, In southern Thailand a car bomb killed at least two people and injured 36 outside a hotel in Betong.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Turkey inaugurated a high-speed rail service linking the capital Ankara to Istanbul which will cut travel time between the country's main two cities by half.
    (AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, A Ugandan police official said nine bodies have been discovered buried under four different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.
    (AP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, Ukraine government forces took the strategically-important city of Lysychansk. It also reported losing 13 soldiers in the past 24 hours. Local authorities in the region of rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Lugansk said 16 people have been killed. A military spokesman said troops were coming under increased fire from the Russian side of the border and that the Ukrainian military had shot down three Russian surveillance drones. The house of Andry Sadovy, mayor of the western city of Lviv, was hit by a rocket fired late today.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A4)(AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 25, The World Health Organization the death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000. In Guinea fatalities reached 314, with 127 in Liberia and 219 in Sierra Leone.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)
2014        Jul 25, In Yemen Hawthi rebels handed over the provincial capital of Amran to the central government. The Shiite rebels had captured the city from their Sunni Hashid rivals earlier this month.
    (SFC, 7/26/14, p.A2)

2014        Jul 26, The United States evacuated its Libyan embassy staff under air cover as they faced a "real risk" from fierce fighting around Tripoli airport.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, A US federal judge ruled that a ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital Washington DC is unconstitutional.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, US fast food workers from across the country voted to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.
    (AP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, In southern Afghanistan a bomb blast killed 4 civilians in Helmand province. In Kandahar province Taliban attacks on some 15 checkpoints killed 6 police officers. Attacks across the country left at least 15 people dead.
    (AP, 7/26/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 26, A researcher in Bolivia said construction workers have stumbled upon a mass grave in the "El Minero" district of Potosi, with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, In Cameroon Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamist militant group, carried out two cross-border attacks overnight, killing at least 4 soldiers at the village of Bargaram and prompting the Cameroonian army to send reinforcements to the area.
    (Reuters, 7/26/14)
 2014        Jul 26, Egyptian soldiers killed 12 suspected militants and arrested 11 others in the northern Sinai. An insurgent-fired rocket struck a house in the town of Sheikh Zuwayed, killing 3 civilians and wounding nine. Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants of Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100. 26 suspected militants were killed in northern Sinai over the last two days.
    (AP, 7/26/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 26, In Egypt 4 children were killed and five other people were injured when a rocket landed near their homes in Rafah, near the Sinai border with Gaza. Security sources said the rocket was likely fired by Islamist militants operating in the Sinai peninsula.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 26, In France Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris when thousands of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.
    (Reuters, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban said that the 2008 financial crisis showed that liberal democracies would likely no longer remain competitive and pointed to Singapore, China and Russia as successful role models.
    (AP, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 26, In Iraq several members of Daash (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) were killed in a battle just north of Muqdadiyah.
    (AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 26, Israeli troops shot dead 2 Palestinian teenagers in continuing West Bank protests over Israel's Gaza military campaign.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a top Liberian health official, died. He had fallen ill while treating Ebola patients at the country's largest hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia.
    (AP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 26, In Libya 23 people, all Egyptian workers, were killed in the capital Tripoli when a rocket hit their home during clashes between rival militias battling over the city's main airport.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 26, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets on to recover their dead and stock up on food supplies after a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas took hold on the 19th day of their conflict. Hospital officials said 85 bodies have been found after the guns fell silent at 8 a.m.
    (Reuters, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, In Sierra Leone a patient with Ebola, whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital following a struggle with police.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 26, In northern Syria a car bomb exploded in Azaz town near the Turkish border, killing and wounding a number of people. The Syrian army recaptured the Shaar (Shaer) gas field east of Homs that was seized by hardline Islamic State fighters earlier this month. The Islamic State said the fighters pulled out after destroying the field's equipment and capturing at least 15 tanks and dozens of rockets which were used to guard the field.
    (AP, 7/26/14)(Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 26, In Tunisia at least 2 soldiers were killed when Islamist militants attacked a checkpoint in a remote area of Kef region near the Algerian border.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 26, A Turkish court ordered the formal arrest of 12 more police officers, including the former head of Istanbul's intelligence unit, pending charges they may have illegally wiretapped PM Tayyip Erdogan.
    (Reuters, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was not fighting a civil war in its east but was fighting "foreign mercenaries." Rebels in Luhansk said at least 19 civilians had been killed in fighting overnight and local officials said 60 percent of the city was left with no electricity after power lines were damaged. Local authorities said they have uncovered the first mass grave in the former separatist bastion of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, containing the bodies of at least 4 civilians they say were executed by pro-Russian rebels.
    (Reuters, 7/26/14)(AFP, 7/26/14)
2014        Jul 26, In Ukraine Oleg Babayev, mayor of the central-eastern city of Kremenchuk, was shot dead by alleged separatists not far from his home. The house of Andry Sadovy, mayor of the western city of Lviv, was hit by a rocket fired late today.
    (AFP, 7/26/14)

2014        Jul 27, The US stepped up pressure on Moscow by releasing satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border.
    (AP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was cleared by the US Coast Guard to unload its cargo at sea off Texas. Iraq's central government, in a court filing the next day, laid claim to the cargo that it says was sold by the regional government of Kurdistan without permission from Baghdad. In response a US judge signed an order telling the US Marshals Service to seize the cargo. On July 29 federal magistrate Nancy K. Johnson said that because the tanker was some 60 miles (100 km) offshore, and outside territorial waters, an order she issued to seize the cargo could not be enforced.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)(Reuters, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked the home of Gen. Abdul Razeq, the provincial police chief of Kandahar. The 6 gunmen killed a civilian and a border policeman before they were shot dead.
    (SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 27, In Cameroon Boko Haram militants from Nigeria kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least 3 people in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, China’s Xinhua news agency said retired military officers have been told to return non-essential public housing after an investigation found "irregularities."
    (AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, Egypt's army said it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to.
    (AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Iraq Shiite militiamen in Baquba dragged four bodies of Islamic State jihadist fighters (Daash) through the streets and hung them from a bridge and a utility pole. Fighting between government forces and IS in the Ramadi region killed 9 policemen in 17 hours of battle. Militants destroyed the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine in Mosul.
    (AFP, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/28/14)(SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 27, Israel’s cabinet voted to extend a truce until midnight at the request of the UN, but called it off when Hamas launched rockets into Israel during the morning. Palestinian medics said at least 10 people had died in the wave of subsequent strikes that swept Gaza. Fighting subsided in Gaza after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end their conflict with Israel.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Japan Aiwa Matsuo (15) was found with her head and left hand severed on a bed in a suspect's apartment A schoolgirl (15) was arrested on suspicion of murdering her classmate and dismembering the body in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture.
    (AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, Liberia’s Pres. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson closed all but three border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak.
    (SFC, 7/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 27, In Libya at least 36 people were killed in Benghazi, many of them civilians, in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants over the last 24 hours. A tank containing six million liters of fuel was set ablaze by rocket fire late today near Tripoli’s airport.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Malaysia a car crash involving a faulty air bag killed a pregnant woman. On Nov 14 Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks in response to the crash, because their air bags are similar to the one that caused the woman's death.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Nigeria a bomb attack on a Catholic church in the northern city of Kano killed 5 people and wounded eight. In a separate incident, a female suicide bomber tried to attack police officers on the streets. She killed herself but only wounded two of the officers.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Pakistan a mob attacked homes of Ahmadis after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook. A woman member of the religious sect and two of her granddaughters were killed in the town of Gujranwala.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 27, Spanish police said they have arrested 14 members of a gang of suspected of selling forged passports for entry to the US. Eleven Cuban and three Spaniards were arrested in Tenerife and Madrid.
    (SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 27, In Syria the Islamic State killed 15 Syrian rebels in an ambush as the jihadists tried to advance on Aleppo province. Rebels in Hama province captured Khattab and Rahbeh villages. In Homs city 7 people were killed and 20 wounded in a car bomb attack on an Alawite district.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, In southern Thailand a roadside bomb was detonated as soldiers were patrolling near a mosque in Pattani. A girl was killed and five people were injured.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 27, The UN Security Council agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.
    (AP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, In southern Yemen militant attacks on two army outposts and killed at least 8 people early today, two months after the government said it had cleared that area of al Qaeda fighters in an offensive.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)

2014        Jul 28, A US federal appeals court upheld the government’s right to demand that gun dealers in southwestern border states tell authorities if someone buys more than two semiautomatic rifles in a five day span,
    (SFC, 7/29/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 28, California Gov. Jerry Brown with state and business leaders began a 3-day business trip to Mexico.
    (SFC, 7/30/14, p.C1)
2014        Jul 28, James Shigeta (b.1929), Honolulu-born American actor, died in Beverly Hills. He played the lead role in the lavish musical “Flower Drum Song” (1961). His other films included “Bridge to the Sun” (1961) and “Die Hard” (1988).
    (SFC, 7/31/14, p.D2)
2014        Jul 28, Nathaniel Kibby (34) of New Hampshire was arrested and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.
    (AP, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 28, A US federal appeals court struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.
    (SFC, 7/29/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 28, The international Permanent Court of Arbitration ordered Russia to pay over $50 billion in compensation to the former majority shareholder of now-defunct oil producer Yukos over the expropriation of the company more than 10 years ago. Russia planned to appeal.
    (AP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 28, Britain’s Passport Office staff launched a 24-hour strike over staffing shortages and pay just weeks after extra workers were drafted in to tackle a backlog of tens of thousands of applications.
    (AFP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 28, In China at least 13 police officers and 20 Uighurs were killed and injured in an alleged "terrorist attack" in the far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority. Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers after they staged assaults on two towns in the Xinjiang region. On Aug 3 state media said that 37 civilians and 59 "terrorists" were killed in the attack in Xinjiang.
    (AFP, 7/29/14)(Reuters, 7/29/14)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A6)(AP, 8/3/14)
2014        Jul 28, In China police took down the cross of the Longgang Huai En Church in the eastern city of Wenzhou, known as China’s Jerusalem, saying it violated height limits. Church leaders said the government is trying to suppress the fast growing Protestant religion.
    (SFC, 7/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 28, Egyptian troops killed 7 suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula. A girl (9) was killed when a rocket hit the ground outside a house in the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, northern Sinai.
    (AP, 7/29/14)(AFP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 28, An Iraqi government raid on jihadist targets in Jurf al-Sakhr, a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad, killed 17 people, including at least 3 civilians. North of Baghdad 3 fighters from the Shiite militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq were killed and five wounded near Mansuriyah while defending the Hamrin dam from an IS attack. Attacks around Baghdad killed 10 people. 17 unidentified bodies with bullet wounds were found in different, mainly Shiite, districts of Baghdad over the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 7/28/14)(AP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 28, Israel eased its offensive in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply in a 24 hour truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid. Palestinian cross-border attacks killed 10 Israeli soldiers. A rocket strike on Gaza's Shifa hospital killed 10 and injured scores. Israel said it was caused by Hamas misfire; Hamas said it was an Israeli air strike.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)(Reuters, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 28, Japan said it is imposing more sanctions against Russia over its support for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down a Malaysian jet.
    (AP, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 28, In Nigeria two separate blasts by female suicide bombers killed 3 people and injured 13 in Kano.
    (AFP, 7/28/14)(SFC, 7/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 28, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families, killing 21, including at least six children in Sulu province. Among those killed were at least four members of a Talipao civilian security force called Barangay Police Action Team that has been helping the military fight the jungle-based militants.
    (AP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 28, Opposition activists said more than 2,000 Syrians — almost half of them pro-government forces — have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, making it one of the worst death tolls in the country's civil war.
    (AP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 28, In southern Thailand a soldier and 3 suspected Muslim separatists were killed in a clash in Narathiwat.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 28, In eastern Ukraine heavy fighting raged around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there. A government-supported volunteer battalion said in a statement that it lost 23 soldiers during fighting in a town called Lutuhyne. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a report that at least 1,129 people have been killed between mid-April, when fighting began, and July 26.
    (AP, 7/28/14)

2014        Jul 29, The United States said it plans to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq in a $700 million deal, as Washington tries to help Baghdad retake ground captured by Sunni militants.
    (AFP, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 29, US officials said that roughly 30 percent of Russia's banking sector assets are now constrained by sanctions. The West halted future sales to lucrative Russian economic sectors, with the US announcing plans to block future technology sales to the oil industry and Europe approving an arms embargo. The Europeans also backed sanctions against state-owned banks and the energy sector.
    (AP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 29, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases of chikungunya virus, a painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey in the past week. The number of cases in New Jersey more than doubled to 25, while New York has recorded 44 cases.
    (Reuters, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 29, Kenneth Ireland (39) of Connecticut appealed for millions in compensation for being locked for two decades on alleged rape and murder charges. He was released in 2009 after DNA evidence proved another man responsible for the murder of a mother of four in 1986.
    (SFC, 7/30/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 29, Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle was killed last year at a gun range in Texas.
    (AP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 29, In Afghanistan a suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing President Hamid Karzai near Kandahar city. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates.
    (AFP, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 29, Australian media reported that arrest warrants have been issued for a pair of Australian citizens, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, believed to be fighting in Syria, after images emerged of the two holding the severed heads of Syrian soldiers.
    (Reuters, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 29, Flooding in eastern Europe left at least 3 people dead in Bulgaria and Romania.   
    (SFC, 7/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 29, China's ruling Communist Party said it has put former security chief Zhou Yongkang (71) under investigation, the most senior official to fall for decades.
    (AFP, 7/29/14)(SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 29, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with Japan's PM Shinzo Abe, calling for accelerated bilateral trade talks and more investment by the Asian economic powerhouse.
    (AFP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 29, A Hungarian opposition group said it would ask the EU to step up its oversight of democracy in Hungary after PM Orban said he wants to transform the country from a liberal democracy into an "illiberal state."
    (AP, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 29, Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead. Israel flattened the home of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniye and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave.
    (Reuters, 7/29/14)(AP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 29, Japan announced that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second campaign since the UN's top court ordered Tokyo to halt a separate slaughter in the Antarctic. The country's fisheries agency said 115 whales were killed during the two-and-a-half month campaign.
    (AFP, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 29, Libyan forces battled Islamist militants with rockets and warplanes for control of an army base in the eastern city of Benghazi after at least 30 people were killed in overnight fighting. Armed factions in Tripoli agreed to a brief cease-fire to allow emergency services to fight the blazing fuel storage tanks containing millions of liters of fuel.
    (Reuters, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 29, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Potiskum, Yobe state, killing at least 6 people and injuring several others.
    (AFP, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 29, In Sierra Leone Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who was praised as a national hero for treating Ebola, died from the disease. ASKY regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.
    (AP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 29, A Spanish judge issued an indictment against Jordi Pujol (b.1930) and his wife for money laundering and tax evasion. The former leader of Catalonia (1980-2003) had recently admitted that his family had hidden money in Switzerland for the past 35 years.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordi_Pujol_i_Soley)(Econ, 8/23/14, p.52)
2014        Jul 29, In Syria insurgents detonated bomb-packed tunnels under buildings in Aleppo killing at least 13-pro-government troops.
    (SFC, 7/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 29, In eastern Ukraine shelling in at least three cities hit a home for the elderly, a school and multiple homes, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll. At 9c2least 24 civilians and 10 soldiers were reported killed and another 55 wounded in fighting over the past day.
    (AP, 7/29/14)(SFC, 7/30/14, p.A4)

2014        Jul 30, The US State Dept. imposed travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan government officials accused of human rights violation s during widespread protests that have left more than 40 dead.
    (SFC, 7/31/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 30, US government agents arrested six Philadelphia narcotics officers on charges they robbed and in some cases kidnapped drug dealers, including dangling one over an 18th story balcony to force him to give up a computer password. The men were accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and items including a Rolex watch and a designer suit. In one instance, they are accused of seizing cocaine and reselling it on the street.
    (Reuters, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, A federal judge ordered Bank of America Corp to pay a $1.27 billion penalty for fraud over shoddy mortgages sold by the former Countrywide Financial Corp.
    (Reuters, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara was returned to Lake Charles, La., after being arrested in Mexico for the Feb. 19, 2008, rape and murder of Wanda Barton.
    (SFC, 8/1/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 30, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill giving police increased authority to break up crowds gathering around abortion clinics.
    (SFC, 7/31/14, p.A8)
2014        Jul 30, Argentina entered into default late today for the 8th time in its history.
    (Econ, 8/2/14, p.26)
2014        Jul 30, In China Aini Aishan (18) reportedly organized an attack on Jume Tahir. He was arrested two days later in Hotan, Xinjiang province. Tahir was the state-appointed imam of China's biggest mosque and often spoke in support of government policies. In late September two Uighur teenagers were sentenced to death for their role in the murder of Tahir.
    (AP, 8/25/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 30, The EU targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine.
    (AP, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 30, Guinea officials said at least 33 people have died in a stampede following a rap concert on a beach in Conakry.
    (SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 30, In western India torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village, killing at least 76 people as it swept away scores of houses and trapping many more people under debris in Malin village, Pune district, Maharashtra state. At least 88 people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 7/30/14)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)(SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 30, Israeli shelling killed 111 Palestinians including 17 who died in a strike on a crowded market place and another 16-17 at the UN Jabalya Elementary girls school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp. An Israeli military spokeswoman said militants had fired mortar bombs from the vicinity of the school and troops shot back in response. 3 Israeli soldiers were killed by a booby trap detonated as they uncovered a tunnel shaft.
    (Reuters, 7/30/14)(Reuters, 7/31/14)(SFC, 4/28/15, p.A3)
2014        Jul 30, Lebanese sources said Hezbollah commander Ibrahim al-Haj has been killed in a battle near Mosul, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region.
    (Reuters, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, In Libya rival militias fighting for control of Tripoli airport agreed to a temporary ceasefire to allow firefighters to try to control a huge blaze at a fuel depot hit by a rocket. Islamist groups seized the army special forces headquarters in Benghazi after days of fighting left at least 35 soldiers dead.
    (Reuters, 7/30/14)(AFP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, In Libya unknown gunmen kidnapped and raped a Filipina nurse in Tripoli. Following the incident Filipino medical personnel left hospitals in Tripoli to await evacuation.
    (AFP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, In Nigeria a female suicide bomber killed 6 people at a college campus in Kano city, the fourth time Boko Haram Islamists were suspected of using a female attacker in as many days.
    (AFP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, Pakistani security forces in the northwestern Dir tribal region foiled an overnight cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing 6 militants.
    (AP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by US sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow.
    (AP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, In Syria the number of people killed in army shelling on Douma, an opposition-held town northeast of Damascus, rose to 17. Fighting between the IS and Kurds killed 14 members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (PYG) and 35 IS members.
    (AFP, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 30, Human Rights Watch said the Syrian government has escalated its use of barrel bombs against densely populated areas near Aleppo in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution banning their use.
    (SFC, 7/31/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 30, Thailand officials said the military government has approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure.
    (AP, 7/30/14)
2014        Jul 30, Tunisia said up to 6,000 people a day were fleeing into the country from Libya as violence between rival militias continued.
    (SFC, 7/31/14, p.A6)
2014        Jul 30, In Yemen one woman was killed in protests that erupted in Sanaa after the Yemeni government announced a rise in fuel prices. A third of the population lives on less than $2 a day.
    (Reuters, 7/30/14)

2014        Jul 31, Pres. Obama signed an executive order to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes.
    (SFC, 8/1/14, p.A8)
2014        Jul 31, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a 72-hour truce in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than 3 weeks of fighting.
    (AP, 8/1/14)
2014        Jul 31, The US CDC said a US aid worker, infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa, will be flown to the US to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)
2014        Jul 31, In Florida Richard McTear (26) was convicted of murder for tossing a 3-month-old boy out a moving car window in 2009 along an interstate, killing the infant instantly.
    (AP, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 31, In Chicago Anthony DeFrances (60), a senior executive upset about a job demotion, gravely wounded ArrowStream CEO Steven LaVoie in a downtown office building and then fatally shot himself.
    (Reuters, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 31, The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.
    (AP, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 31, Warren Bennis (b.1925) American pioneer on leadership studies, died. He produced about 30 books on leadership including his classic “On Becoming a Leader” (1989).
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.57)
2014        Jul 31, Argentina’s stock fell sharply as the country defaulted on its bills for the 2nd time in 13 years.
    (SFC, 8/1/14, p.A5)
2014        Jul 31, The European Court of Human Rights awarded awarded fhe shareholders of now-defunct oil producer Yukos $2.6 billion in compensation for Russia’s seizure of its assets in 2006.
    (Econ, 8/2/14, p.51)
2014        Jul 31, India's tough diplomacy blocked a landmark world trade treaty late today, despite last-ditch talks to rescue what would have been the first global trade reform since the creation of the WTO 19 years ago.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)   
2014        Jul 31, In Iraq car bomb attacks in Baghdad left 21 dead.
    (Reuters, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 31, Israel said it would not pull troops from Gaza until they finish destroying a network of cross-border tunnels, despite sharp United Nations criticism over the Palestinian civilian death toll.
    (AFP, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 31, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said a vast coastal zone nearly the size of Luxembourg around a proposed multi-billion dollar port area had been stolen “under dubious and corrupt circumstances" by 22 companies between 2011 and 2012, fuelling a wave of massacres. Kenyatta said he ordered the lands ministry "to revoke and repossess these land parcels with immediate effect."
    (AFP, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 31, In Libya 2 Egyptians were killed when Libyan guards opened fire to disperse them as they tried to cross the border to Tunisia.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)
2014        Jul 31, Mexican security forces rescued 70 Central American migrants, including children, who were being held captive in a house in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)
2014        Jul 31, Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency and as the country struggled to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.
    (Yahoo News, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 31, In Somalia a member of Parliament was assassinated by Shebab guerrillas in Mogadishu, the fifth this year.
    (AFP, 8/3/14)
2014        Jul 31, In Taiwan five late night explosions caused by a gas leak in Kaohsiung the country's second city killed 26 people, injured 267 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)(SFC, 8/1/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A3)
2014        Jul 31, In eastern Ukraine an international team of investigators reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.
    (AP, 7/31/14)
2014        Jul 31, The World Health Organization said the deaths of 57 more people from Ebola in west Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the epidemic to 729, including 339 in Guinea, 156 in Liberia and 233 in Sierra Leone.
    (AFP, 7/31/14)

2014        Jul, Amazon Web Services launched Zocalo, a service for storing an d sharing documents. It allowed people to access thjeri material anytime and from anywhere.
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.59)
2014        Jul, In Bristol, England, seven men aged 20 to 22 were convicted of charges including rape, paying for the sexual services of a child, facilitating child prostitution, possessing indecent pictures of a child and supplying heroin and cocaine.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Jul, On the Burundi-Rwanda border corpses started coming with rotting bodies and bound limbs or stuffed in sacks, floating on the glittering waters of Lake Rweru. Fishermen report seeing as many as 40 bodies. In 2006 the bodies of Burundian opponents murdered in political violence were thrown into various rivers in the country.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        July, France launched Operation Barkhane, an anti-Islamist operation in Africa's Sahel region. This was a re-organization of some 3,000 French troops already stationed in the Sahel.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Barkhane)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.47)
2014        Jul, Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested after she mailed 3-D data of a kayak in the shape her vagina to supporters. She was interrogated for 23 days and then released. In December Igarashi was arrested again for suspicion of displaying an obscene object. Her trial opened in April, 2015.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megumi_Igarashi)(Econ, 6/13/15, p.41)
2014        Jul, Russia wrote off 90% of Cuba’s $35 billion Soviet debt.
    (Econ, 7/19/14, p.33)

2014        Aug 1, US Pres. Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer choice and Wireless Competition Act.
    (http://tinyurl.com/o4s9wcp)(Econ, 12/6/14, TQ p.10)
2014        Aug 1, Southern California Edison laid out a draft plan to dismantle the twin nuclear reactors at San Onofre shut down in 2012 due to a radiation leak. The project would take two decades and cost $4.4 billion.
    (SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A8)
2014        Aug 1, In California Chester D. Turner (47), already on death row for 10 murders, was given four more death sentences for what a Los Angeles prosecutor called the city's most prolific serial killing.
    (AP, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, Colorado began issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.
    (AP, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, In Oregon a hotel housekeeper discovered an injured 13-year-old girl and the body of her 2-year-old sister at a coastal inn. Police were searching for their mother, Jessica Smith (40) of Goldendale, Washington.
    (AP, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, In Algeria a 5.6 earthquake shook Algiers leaving 6 people dead. 4 died after jumping from windows in panic and 2 from heart attacks.
    (SFC, 8/2/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 1, In Azerbaijan at least 10 people were killed in skirmishes between Azeri government forces and ethnic Armenian separatists controlling the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh enclave of Azerbaijan.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, Britain's state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland said it has capped lending in Russia after the imposition this week of new economic sanctions against Moscow linked to the Ukraine crisis.
    (AFP, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, China acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States. The Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) is designed to have a range of 12,000 km (7,500 miles).
    (AFP, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, Police in China's Xinjiang region shot dead 9 suspected terrorists and captured one.
    (AFP, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, Egypt told the Islamic Jihad it is delaying talks on a long-term Gaza ceasefire after Israel revealed one of its soldiers may have been captured.
    (AFP, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, Greece safely evacuated embassy staff and more than one hundred Chinese and European nationals from Libya with a navy frigate sailing back to the Greek port of Piraeus.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, The leaders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone agreed to a $100 million emergency action plan to beef the response to Ebola.
    (AFP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 1, In Iraq at least 17 soldiers were killed in a fierce battle against jihadists south of Baghdad. 23 jihadists from the Islamic State were also killed. Bombs in and around the capital left another 16 people dead. In northern Iraq Islamic State fighters killed 16 Kurdish troops in attacks on Zumar.
    (AFP, 8/1/14)(AFP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 1, Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over and killed more than 50 Palestinians in renewed shelling, saying militants had breached the truce shortly after it began. Some 150 people were killed and 220 wounded by Israeli shelling after militants attacked soldiers searching for tunnels near the southern town of Rafah killing 3 soldiers including 2nd Lieutenant Hadar Goldin (23), who was initially reported captured. Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)(Reuters, 8/2/14)(AP, 8/3/14)(Reuters, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 1, Japan named five uninhabited small isles belonging to an island group in the center of a dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, a move likely to spark anger from Beijing and another claimant, Taiwan.
    (AP, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, Japan announced that it will give Vietnam six naval gunboats to boost its patrol capacity.
    (Econ, 8/16/14, p.33)
2014        Aug 1, In Kenya journalist Godwin Chepkurgor was attacked and killed while on assignment for a magazine by a bull elephant that scooped him up with its trunk and threw him in the air. In 2005 Chepkurgor made headlines after revealing that he had written Clinton to ask for daughter Chelsea's hand in 2000 during the then-president's visit to Kenya.
    (AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 1, It was reported that the New Zealand government has approved a massive airdrop of biodegradable poison 1080 over 4,000 square miles to kill some 30 million rats and 25,000 weasels, that threaten the native wildlife population.
    (www.earthweek.com/2014/ew140801/ew140801b.html)
2014        Aug 1, Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage. Tunisian guards shot into the air and fired tear gas to stop a group of Egyptians from storming across the border.
    (AP, 8/2/14)(Reuters, 8/1/14)
2014        Aug 1, A Ugandan court invalidated an antigay bill signed into law last Feb 24 because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.
    (SFC, 8/2/14, p.A3)
2014        Aug 1, In eastern Ukraine a team of several dozen international investigators descended on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site. At least 10 Ukrainian soldiers were killed when their convoy was ambushed by pro-Russian separatist rebels in a town close to the wreckage site. The mayor of Lugansk warned that the insurgent stronghold is on the verge a humanitarian catastrophe, as a siege by government troops has seen water, electricity and food supplies cut off.
    (AP, 8/1/14)(AFP, 8/2/14)

2014        Aug 2, Sami Inkinen (38) and Meredith Loring (34) arrived in Hawaii after a record-breaking 45-day row from California.
    (SFC, 8/6/14, p.A1)
2014        Aug 2, Donald Ray Morgan (44), of Landis, NC, wanted for selling an assault rifle and other weapons over the Internet, was intercepted at Kennedy Airport and questioned about the Islamic State. A judge ordered him held without bail and sent him to NC to face the gun charge.
    (AP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 2, Toledo, Ohio, issued the warning just after midnight after tests at a treatment plant showed two sample readings for microsystin above the standard for consumption. The city said not to boil the water because that would only increase the toxin's concentration. The mayor also warned that children should not shower or bathe in the water and that it shouldn't be given to pets. The water supply was fouled by toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie. On Aug 4 city officials declared the water safe.
    (AP, 8/3/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A12)
2014        Aug 2, Australia officials said some 157 asylum-seekers, thought to be mostly ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka and detained at sea for weeks, have been sent to the island of Nauru after rejecting a return to India.
    (AFP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, In Azerbaijan 5 more soldiers were killed in overnight skirmishes between Azeri government forces and ethnic Armenian separatists controlling the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
    (AP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, Health experts said a cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon has killed at least 65 people and probably infected about 1,300 people over the last two months.
    (Reuters, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 2, In eastern China a suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors killed 75 people in Kunshan. The death toll climbed to 146 when other workers died in the hospital. This was the country's worst industrial accident since 2005. On December 30 China's Cabinet announced the firing of the top two officials of Kunshan. 20 others were placed under judicial review for possible indictment.
    (AP, 8/2/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Aug 2, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said an Egyptian truce plan provides a "real chance" to end the Gaza conflict, stressing the need for its speedy implementation.
    (AFP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, Air France cancelled some of its short and medium-haul flights from airports across France due to a strike by ground staff on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
    (AFP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, In Iraq Islamic State militants fought Kurdish forces for the northern town of Zumar located near an oil field and the Syrian border amid conflicting reports of who was in control.
    (Reuters, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, Israel signaled it was winding down the 25-day-old Gaza war unilaterally, saying it would not attend Egyptian-hosted negotiations for a new truce and giving Palestinians who had fled fighting in one northern town the all-clear to return. Gaza's mostly civilian death toll rose to 1,669. Israel said its Iron Dome interceptor shot down rockets launched at the cities of Tel Aviv and Beersheba.
    (Reuters, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, In Lebanon fighting began in the eastern border town of Arsal after troops detained Syrian citizen Imad Ahmad Jomaa, who identified himself as a member of the Nusra Front.
    (AP, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 2, Libya's new nationalist-dominated parliament held its first consultative meeting in Tobruk, boycotted by Islamists, as violence wracked the country from which thousands were fleeing.
    (AFP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, In northern Nepal more than 150 people were feared dead after a massive landslide blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst in the village of Mankha. The search for victims ended on Aug 6 with just 33 of 156 victims recovered.
    (SFC, 8/4/14, p.A2)(AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 2, The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya to leave the strife-torn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast.
    (AFP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, Russia’s Labirint (Labyrinth) travel company announced it had halted operations, leaving 27,000 Russians "abroad without return tickets." After making emergency arrangements they were able to bring a third home, cutting the number stuck abroad to just under 16,000. Labirint was the fourth Russian tour operator to go bust in the past three weeks, stranding more than 50,000 abroad.
    (AFP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 2, In Syria Yaacub al-Omar, the local chief of Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, was killed overnight died in an apparent assassination after a bomb went off in his car in Idlib province. Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters killed at least 50 jihadists from the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front groups in overnight clashes near the border with Lebanon.
    (AP, 8/2/14)(AFP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, The UN refugee agency UNHCR said Sri Lanka must stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers, a practice banned under international law. Sri Lanka began arresting asylum seekers and refugees on June 9 and has since detained 214 Pakistanis and Afghans in two asylum centers.
    (Reuters, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 2, In southern Yemen 4 policemen were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in Shabwa province.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)

2014        Aug 3, In southern China a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes. The death toll soon climbed to nearly 600 people with more than 1,800 injured.
    (AP, 8/3/14)(SFC, 8/4/14, p.A3)(AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 3, Egyptian troops killed 11 militants in shoot-outs in the restive Sinai Peninsula where security forces have battled an insurgency since president Mohamed Morsi's overthrow.
    (AFP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 3, India’s PM Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact.
    (Reuters, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 3, In Iraq Islamic State fighters seized control of Mosul Dam, the biggest dam in the country, an oilfield and three more towns after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June. some 40,000 Yazidis, a minority religious sect, fled the northern towns of Sinjar and Zumar.
    (Reuters, 8/3/14)(AP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 3, An Israeli air strike killed 10 people and wounded about 30 others in a UN-run school in the southern Gaza Strip. Earlier today Israeli shelling killed at least 30 people in Gaza. The Israeli army said that more than 55 rockets had been fired today from Gaza at Israel. The fighting pushed the Gaza death toll given by Palestinian officials to 1,770, most of them civilians. Israel has confirmed that 64 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian rockets have also killed 3 civilians in Israel.
    (Reuters, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 3, In Libya the exodus of foreigners gathered pace as the government said at least 22 people were killed in clashes in Tripoli and warned of a "worsening humanitarian situation." Thousands of Egyptians seeking to flee were being airlifted home after being allowed into neighboring Tunisia.
    (AFP, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 3, Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo (BES), 20% owned by the Espirito Santo family, was restructured following losses of $4.9b.
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.60)
2014        Aug 3, Somalia executed 3 suspected Shebab Islamic militants by firing squad in Mogadishu. At least 3 women were killed and several others injured in Mogadishu after a bomb went off in a pile of rubbish.
    (AFP, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 3, Tropical Storm Nakri made landfall on South Korea and left at least 10 people dead.
    (www.earthweek.com/2014/ew140808/ew140808e.html)
2014        Aug 3, In Syria regime air strikes and rebel mortar fire killed 17 people in Douma, 15 in Kfar Batna, and 12 in Damascus.
    (AP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 3, Syrian rebels killed 8 Lebanese soldiers and claimed to have captured a dozen security force members in a cross-border raid. Lebanese soldiers traded fire with Islamist gunmen and shelled areas around the border town of Arsal aiming to roll back the biggest incursion by militants into Lebanon since Syria's civil war began.
    (AP, 8/3/14)(Reuters, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 3, A Tunisian soldier was killed after Islamist militants tried to storm an army base in the town of Sbitla near the Algerian border.
    (Reuters, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 3, In eastern Ukraine fighting raged on the western outskirts of Donetsk as the advancing Ukrainian army tried to seize control of the rebel stronghold. In danger of being encircled, the separatists renewed their calls for Russia to send troops to their aid.
    (AP, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 3, In Vietnam some 300 activists led a colorful parade through Hanoi in the nation's largest ever gay pride event, as the communist country shows signs of increasing tolerance of sexual difference.
    (AFP, 8/3/14)
2014        Aug 3, In Vietnam two women were arrested for allegedly trafficking a child at an orphanage in a Hanoi pagoda famed for rescuing abandoned babies.
    (AFP, 8/4/14)

2014        Aug 4, Pres. Obama opened a 3-day summit in Washington DC for more than 40 African heads of state as hundreds gathered outside the State Dept. to denounce some of the leaders as torturers and killers.
    (SFC, 8/5/14, p.A6)(Econ, 8/2/14, p.19)
2014        Aug 4, The US federal government said that the NYC Dept. of corrections has systematically violated the civil rights of male teenagers at Rikers Island by failing to protect them from rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by correction officers.
    (SFC, 8/5/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 4, Jim Brady (b.1940), the White House Press Sec. under Ronald Reagan, died. He became an advocate of gun control after he, Pres. Reagan and two others were shot by John W. Hinckley Jr. on March 30, 1981. A Virginia medical examiner soon ruled his death as a homicide.
    (SFC, 8/5/14, p.A6)(SFC, 8/9/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 4, In Ohio John Crawford III (22) was fatally shot by two white policemen inside a Wal-Mart store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police responded after a caller said a man was waving a gun; they say Crawford refused orders to put down an air rifle. A grand jury concluded that the shooting was justified. On Dec 16 Crawford’s family filed a federal lawsuit charging negligence and violation of civil rights.
    (AP, 8/30/14)(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/ksvw2z3)
2014        Aug 4, Azerbaijan and Armenia both reported more losses in a sharp escalation of fighting over the South Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh, with 18 soldiers now confirmed dead.
    (AP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, In Bangladesh the M.V. Pinak ferry, licensed at 85 capacity, capsized in the Padma river southwest of Dhaka with about 200 passengers on board. About 100 people were rescued with 19 bodies recovered and at least 125 presumed dead. Police soon launched a hunt for the captain and crew members.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 4, China’s state media said the government is offering more than 300 million yuan ($49 million) for residents of Xinjiang, the homeland of mainly Muslim Uighurs, who help a crackdown on "terrorists." A total of 4.23 million yuan was already handed out to individuals and government agencies who helped in the killing and capture of 10 "suspected terrorists" in Hotan prefecture last week.
    (AFP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, China's smog-plagued capital announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.
    (AP, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 4, Egypt said it plans to build a new Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old historic waterway in a multi-billion dollar project aimed at expanding trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
    (Reuters, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 4, Germany's Economy Ministry confirmed it has halted Rheinmetall's export of combat simulation gear to Russia, going beyond recently imposed EU sanctions which block future defense contracts.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, Ghana asked the IMF for help after its currency, the cedi, fell by a third against the dollar since the start of this year.
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.61)
2014        Aug 4, A senior Iranian official said Hamas is able to fire missiles into Israel because Tehran provided weapons technology to the militant group to defend itself against Israeli attacks.
    (AP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, Baghdad's air force and Kurdish fighters from Syria joined forces with Iraq's embattled peshmerga to push back jihadists whose latest attacks sent thousands of civilians running for their lives.
    (AFP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, In a predawn air strike, Israel killed Danyal Mansour, a senior commander of Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian group fighting alongside Hamas, just hours ahead of a seven-hour truce announced by Israel. 10 Palestinians were reported killed in Israeli strikes throughout the Gaza Strip. Palestinians and Israel accused each other of breaking a seven-hour ceasefire intended to allow humanitarian aid into the battered Gaza Strip soon after it came into force. A Palestinian killed an Israeli and overturned a bus with a construction vehicle and a gunman wounded a soldier in attacks in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 8/4/14)(Reuters, 8/4/14)(AFP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, In eastern Lebanon thousands of civilians and Syrian refugees crammed into cars and pickup trucks fled Arsal as troops battled al-Qaida-linked militants from neighboring Syria who overran the border region. Several days of fighting killed 19 soldiers, 16 civilians and dozens of jihadists.
    (AP, 8/4/14)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 4, Libya's newly elected parliament met in Tobruk and held its first formal session as armed factions continued to battle for dominance.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, Nigerian authorities said that a doctor in Lagos who treated a Liberian victim of Ebola has contracted the virus, the second confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa's largest city.
    (AFP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, In Pakistan a bomb killed religious leader Faqir Jamshed and two of his guards as they traveled to a celebration at a Sufi shrine near the city of Dera Ismail Khan.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, Palestinian groups including envoys of Hamas and Islamic Jihad held their first formal meeting in Cairo with Egyptian mediators hoping to secure a durable ceasefire with Israel after more than three weeks of fighting. Israel declined to send its envoys.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, Saudi authorities in Arar beheaded a Nepalese housemaid convicted of murdering a two-year-old boy by slitting his throat. Saudi national Hamad al-Ahmadi was decapitated in Medina for stabbing his wife to death while she was asleep.
    (AFP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, Ukraine said 5 government soldiers were killed and 15 wounded over the last 24 hours in fighting in the east where Kiev forces recaptured an important railway hub from pro-Russian rebels. Ukraine acknowledged that 311 soldiers and border guards had been forced by fighting with separatists to cross into Russia.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)(AP, 8/4/14)(Reuters, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 4, The World Bank said that it would provide up to $200 million to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the west African nations contain the deadly outbreak.
    (AP, 8/4/14)
2014        Aug 4, In Yemen 4 soldiers were killed in ambushes in Hadramawt province.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)

2014        Aug 5, The Obama administration announced $14 billion in commitments from US businesses to invest in Africa, a representatives from nearly 100 American and African companies gathered at a US-Africa summit in Washington DC.
    (SFC, 8/6/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 5, SF Bay Area former hedge fund manager Lawrence Goldfarb (55) of San Leandro was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for defrauding investors of $12 million. He had admitted wrongdoing in a March 2011 settlement with the SEC.
    (SFC, 8/7/14, p.D3)
2014        Aug 5, In Oklahoma Tulsa police officers Shannon Kepler (54) and Gina Kepler (48) who are married, were arrested in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Lake (19) who was walking with their daughter. Lisa Kepler (18) said the next day that her parents had kicked her out of their home a week ago, and she said was living with Lake at the time of the shooting.
    (AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 5, Marilyn Burns (b.1949), slasher movie actress, was found dead at her home in Houston. Her films included “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974), “Helter Skelter” (1976), “Eaten Alive” (1977) and “Kiss Daddy Goodbye” (1981).
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.D4)
2014        Aug 5, In Afghanistan Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene became the highest-ranked US officer to be slain in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War. He was killed at Camp Qargha by an Afghan soldier, who went by the single name Rafiqullah. The shooting wounded 18 people, including a German general and two Afghan generals, before Rafiqullah was killed. In the Uruzgan provincial capital of Tirin Kot, an Afghan police officer killed 7 of his colleagues at a checkpoint, then stole their weapons and fled in a police car. In Paktia province an Afghan police guard exchanged fire with NATO troops near the governor's office. The guard was killed.
    (AP, 8/6/14)(AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Aug 5, Bulgaria named Georgi Bliznashki as interim prime minister until a snap election on Oct 5.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 5, Chinese police authorized the arrest of a student, surnamed  Chang, who was found to have "gathered intelligence" for "foreign personnel" more than 50 times over nearly two years for some $32,000.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 5, France passed a sweeping gender equality law that eases current restrictions on abortion, encourages paternity leave and promotes gender parity at home and in the workplace.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 5, In France police intervened in clashes between Sudanese and Eritreans migrants as they massed in Calais in a bid to cross the English Channel to Britain. This was their 3rd clash in 48 hours.
    (SFC, 8/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 5, In Germany a Munich court freed Bernie Ecclestone (83), the boss of Formula One motor racing, but ordered him to pay $99m to the state of Bavaria and $1m to a charitable foundation for children over allegations of bribery. Ecclestone’s wealth was estimated at $4 billion.
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.54)
2014        Aug 5, Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war. Israel sent officials to join talks in Cairo to cement a longer-term deal during the course of the truce. Gaza officials say the war has killed 1,867 Palestinians, most of them civilians. Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed since fighting. Some 19,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed and by May of 2015 none had been rebuilt.
    (Reuters, 8/5/14)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.47)
2014        Aug 5, Japan unveiled details of financial sanctions against 40 individuals and two groups involved in the annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine.
    (AFP, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 5, In Lebanon a girl (12) was killed and 11 people injured in Tripoli in violence linked to clashes on the Syrian border.
    (AFP, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 5, Liberian officials said relatives of Ebola victims have defied government orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as West African governments struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak of the virus that has killed 887 people.
    (Reuters, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 5, Amnesty International released footage it obtained that appeared to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their bodies in a mass grave. Amnesty said the killings occurred shortly after Boko Haram’s attack on a detention center in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, on March 14.
    (Reuters, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 5, Pakistan's military said it had bombed six rebel hideouts in North Waziristan where it has been carrying out an offensive since June, killing 30 suspected militants.
    (AFP, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 5, A Philippine court found 12 Chinese fishermen guilty of illegal fishing in Philippine waters in April 2013, sending them to jail for six to 12 years, the first convictions since tension between the neighbors flared over rival claims in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 5, Saudi Arabian King Abdullah granted $1 billion to help the Lebanese army to bolster security as they battle militants who have seized the border town of Arsal on the Syrian frontier.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 5, Sudan reported that 18 Sudanese people have been killed by a rocket strike in the Libyan capital. Khartoum said the situation does not yet warrant an evacuation of its nationals.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 5, In Turkey dozens of police officers were detained in a widening probe of wiretapping allegedly targeting PM Tayyip Erdogan.
    (Reuters, 8/5/14)
2014        Aug 5, Ukrainian government forces, backed by warplanes, kept up a military offensive to claw back lost territory from pro-Russian separatists while casting a nervous eye at Russian military exercises over the border. Terrified residents fled the besieged rebel bastion of Donetsk along a perilous humanitarian corridor. The Donetsk city administration said in a statement published online that 3 people were killed in shelling overnight.
    (Reuters, 8/5/14)(AFP, 8/5/14)(AP, 8/6/14)

2014        Aug 6, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest alert for an all-hands on deck response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, Scientists received a signal from the European launched Rosetta probe, launched in 2004 and scheduled to land in May 2014, that it was in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
    (SFC, 7/18/05, p.A4)(Econ, 8/9/14, p.66)
2014        Aug 6, In southern Afghanistan a police officer working for the Taliban poisoned 5 colleagues and then invited insurgents to kill them and steal their weapons. In Uruzgan province Taliban fighters killed a guard at a checkpoint and then executed 5 others as they slept.
    (SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 6, Bahrain convicted nine opposition activists of various public security charges and stripped them of their citizenship. They received prison terms ranging from seven to 22 years.
    (AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, Bulgaria's newly appointed PM Georgi Bliznashki promised to restore public trust in political institutions in the short time that his caretaker government is in office.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, In northern Cameroon Boko Haram-linked militants killed 10 people including a soldier in a remote town near the border with Nigeria.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, China executed two South Koreans convicted of smuggling drugs from North Korea and said it will soon execute a third.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, China’s state media said Karamay city in the western region of Xinjiang, has banned people with head scarves, veils and long beards from boarding buses, as the government battles unrest with a policy that critics said discriminates against Muslims.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 5, In Egypt militants attacked a police checkpoint in the Dhabaa area in the coastal province of Matrouh, killing 5 policemen and losing 4 of their own in the ensuing gunbattle.
    (AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, After a journey of 6.4 billion km (4 billion miles), Europe's unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination, a milestone in mankind's first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.
    (AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, An Iraqi army airstrike targeting the Islamic State group in Mosul killed some 60 suspected militants. In northern Iraq Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil in a change of tactics supported by the Iraqi central government to try to break the Islamists' momentum. A roadside bomb killed 3 Shi'ites who volunteered to fight the Islamic State on a road between the town of Samarra and Mosul. At least 5 car bombs killed 51 people in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/6/14)(Reuters, 8/6/14)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A3)
2014        Aug 6, Italy’s government statisticians disclosed that the country was back in recession as GDP fell by 0.2% in Q2.
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.46)
2014        Aug 6, The Italian foreign ministry said two Italian aid workers have been kidnapped while working on humanitarian projects in Aleppo, Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, Kurds from Iraq, Syria and Turkey joined forces in north Iraq to try to reclaim areas lost to jihadists and rescue thousands of civilians, many of them from the Yazidi minority, stranded in mountains without food or water.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, Lebanon's army surrounded Arsal, a border town occupied by Islamist militants, as army and Islamist militants clashed despite a 24-hour ceasefire agreed to end five days of fighting that has killed dozens.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, Liberian Pres. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced emergency measures that will, for 90 days, allow her government to curtail civil rights by imposing quarantines on badly affected communities to contain the Ebola epidemic.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 6, An umbrella group for eastern Libya's extremist militias said it overran three more army bases in Benghazi and seized large amounts of heavy weapons, including armored vehicles. The newly inaugurated Libyan parliament threatened to act against warring militias who don't abide by its call for an immediate cease-fire, which it says will be supervised by the United Nations.
    (AP, 8/6/14)(AP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 6, In Malaysia British medical students, Neil Dalton (22) and Aidan Brunger (22), were stabbed to death in Kuching after a quarrel in a pub with four local men. Police arrested three of the suspects and were searching for the fourth. On March 31, 2015, Zulkipli Abdullah (24) was found guilty of the stabbing and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 8/6/14)(AP, 3/31/15)
2014        Aug 6, Nigeria confirmed five new cases of Ebola in Lagos and a second death from the virus. Authorities said a nurse who treated Ebola victim Patrick Sawyer is now dead and five others are sick with one of the world's most virulent diseases, as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in four West African countries.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)(AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, In northern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked Gwoza town. The raid left dozens dead and sent others fleeing to a mountain near the Cameroonian border.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 6, Pakistani security forces arrested an Indian border guard for allegedly violating their de-facto border in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 6, In Pakistan a US drone fired two missiles at a sprawling compound in North Waziristan killing at least 6 people.
    (AP, 8/6/14)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 6, A Gaza truce was holding as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives on an enduring end to a war that has devastated the Hamas Islamist- dominated enclave.
    (Reuters, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, The Kremlin released the text of President Vladimir Putin’s order for government agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
    (AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, Russian photographer Andrei Stenin (33) was believed killed while travelling along with a convoy of refugees that came under fire from Ukrainian tanks and armored personnel carriers. His death was confirmed on Sep 3.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Aug 6, A Saudi Arabian who had travelled to Sierra Leone and had symptoms similar to those found in Ebola sufferers died of a heart attack. Samples submitted to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came back negative for the Ebola virus.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)(AP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 6, In Saudi Arabia the Makkah newspaper said Saudi men have been banned from marrying women from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and Chad as the Gulf state toughens the rules restricting marriage with foreigners.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, Spanish police said they have seized 127 kg of cocaine from a Spanish navy training ship, which allegedly carried the drug from Colombia and dropped off some in New York. A Civil Guard statement said three sailors were arrested on July 12 when the ship returned to Spain, but the drug wasn't found until Aug 2.
    (AP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, In Switzerland a man arrested a day earlier, for suspected involvement in the theft and leaking of a medical file on injured ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, was found hanged in his cell.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 6, In Syria Jihadists from the Islamic State group seized parts of a military base in Raqa province after launching triple suicide bomb attacks at its gates. Heavy fighting with troops continued at Brigade 93 in Raqa.
    (AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 6, In Yemen 10 soldiers and 18 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in confrontations in southern and southeastern provinces. Several others were captured, including a Saudi militant.
    (AFP, 8/6/14)

2014        Aug 7, Pres. Obama said he has authorized targeted US airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq and military airdrops of humanitarian supplies to besieged religious minorities.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Pres. Obama signed a $16.3 billion bipartisan measure to address health care for veterans.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 7, The US Justice Department said it has taken control of more than $480 million looted by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his associates after a court ruling. The money stolen during Abacha's 1993-1998 de facto presidency and stashed in banks around the world will be returned to the Nigerian government.
    (Reuters, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 7, In Central California seven robbers invaded a house used by pot growers and engaged the occupants in a gun battle that killed two of the attackers. Authorities soon arrested 3 of the suspected robbers.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 7, A New York district judge sentenced Rudy Kurniawan (37) to a decade in prison. He was convicted of making bogus vintage wine in his southern California kitchen and selling it for millions.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.D8)
2014        Aug 7, In Washington state a four-day search for a missing girl who vanished from her Steele Creek Mobile Home Park home over the weekend came to a tragic end, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.
    (AP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 7, In Brazil police in Rio said they have arrested over 20 people as alleged members of a paramilitary militia group that charged monthly fees for protection against drug gangs and for illegal services like cable TV connections. Members included former police, firefighters, private security and off-duty prison guards.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 7, In Cambodia a UN-backed war crimes tribunal sentenced Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan (83) and Nuon Chea (88) to life in prison on war crime charges from 1975-1979, when the Khmer Rouge held power under top leader Pol Pot (d.1998).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khieu_Samphan)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 7, China’s state media said plans are in place to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, in defiance of calls from the United States and the Philippines for a freeze on such activity to ease tension over rival claims. At least two of the islands appear to be in waters also claimed by Vietnam.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Colombia’s Pres. Juan Manuel Santos took the oath for his 2nd term and promised to redouble his efforts to end the nation’s half-century war with FARC.
    (SSFC, 8/10/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 7, In eastern Cuba a homemade boat carrying 32 people left Manzanillo. After three weeks 15 badly sunburned and dehydrated survivors were rescued by the Mexican Navy.
    (Reuters, 9/5/14)(Reuters, 10/5/14)
2014        Aug 7, An oil company owned by Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler said it had discovered reserves of around 3 billion barrels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Iraqi government forces, Shiite militiamen and Kurdish troops launched a large operation to free Amerli, a Turkmen town that has been besieged by jihadists for 50 days.
    (AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Jihadists seized Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian town and surrounding areas, sending tens of thousands of panicked residents fleeing in what was being called a humanitarian disaster. In Kirkuk a blast ripped through a Shiite mosque where displaced people had sought refuge, killing at least eight and wounding 47.
    (AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Sunni militants from the Islamic State group seized the Mosul Dam, Iraq's largest dam, forcing Kurdish forces to withdraw from the area and placing them in control of enormous power and water resources and access to the river that runs through the heart of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, In Lebanon militants from Syria who overran the border town of Arsal mostly withdrew back across the rugged hills separating the two countries as a cease-fire appeared to hold, allowing Lebanese troops to free 7 fellow soldiers and ambulances to evacuate dozens of casualties. At least 17 soldiers were killed in the clashes, while 10 remained missing, along with an unknown number of policemen.
    (AP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Moscow imposed a total ban on imports of many Western foods in retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine, a stronger than expected measure that isolates Russian consumers from world trade to a degree unseen since Soviet days.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, It was reported that Russia has granted former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden an extension to stay in Russia for three more years.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, In Sierra Leone police and soldiers blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus, after neighboring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, South Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said China has confirmed it had blocked "some foreign messaging applications through which terrorism-related information" was circulating. These included KakaoTalk and Line. It named other blocked apps as Didi, Talk Box and Vower. The service disruptions in China began a month ago.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Thai police said authorities are investigating the discovery of nine surrogate babies in a Bangkok condominium who are believed to share the same Japanese biological father. On Aug 22 Interpol said it has launched an investigation into the “Baby Factory” case in which Mitsutoki Shigeta (24), a Japanese businessman, fathered 16 surrogate babies.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 7, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan branded Amberin Zaman, a prominent female journalist, a "shameless woman" and told her "to know your place".
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 7, Turkish officials said up to 800 people from Iraq's Yazidi community have fled across the border to Turkey after escaping a lightning offensive by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group.
    (AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, In eastern Ukraine a Dutch recovery team called off its work at the site where Malaysian airliner MH 17 was shot down over rebel held territory last month, saying the frontline location had become too dangerous. Ukraine said the halt to the recovery meant it would stop observing a ceasefire at the site. 7 more Ukrainian service members were killed in the past day of fighting. Sustained shelling in Donetsk struck residential buildings and a hospital, killing at least 4 people and wounding 10 others. Russian citizen Alexander Borodai, the PM of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said he was stepping down in favor of a local field commander, Alexander Zakharchenko.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)(AP, 8/7/14)(AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, In southern Yemen troops defending Sayoun clashed for a 2nd day with suspected al-Qaida militants killing at least 7 and raising the militant death toll to 25.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 8, A US federal court ruled that the NCAA has violated antitrust law in a 2009 case involving Ed O’Bannon, a former college basketball star. EA Sports, a video game company, had paid a fat fee to the NCAA but nothing to Mr. O’Bannon.
    (Econ, 8/16/14, p.21)
2014        Aug 8, Oracle Corp. sued the state of Oregon in a breach of contract suit against Cover Oregon, the state’s health insurance exchange. The state’s health insurance website was never launched and disputed bills totaled $23 million. Gov. John Kitzhaber has called for the state to sue Oracle and recover some of the $134 million already paid.
    (SFC, 8/9/14, p.A8)
2014        Aug 8, Afghanistan's feuding presidential candidates signed a deal to form a national unity government, opening an apparent way forward in a dispute over the fraud-tainted election that threatens to revive ethnic conflict.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, Cambodian opposition lawmakers ended a 10-month boycott of Parliament, joining the assembly for the first time after reaching a breakthrough political deal with the country's ruling party.
    (AP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, In Canada a patient back from Nigeria who showed symptoms of fever and flu -- possible signs of Ebola -- was put in isolation in a Toronto-area hospital.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, A Chinese court sentenced Peter Humphrey, a private British investigator, to 2½ years in prison and his business-partner wife, Yu Yingzeng, to two years after they pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining private records of Chinese citizens as they researched corporate fraud. In early 2013 Glaxo Pharma had asked their Hong Kong-based company, China Whys, to investigate whether a former employee was passing information of suspected fraud to Chinese authorities.
    (SFC, 8/9/14, p.D4)
2014        Aug 8,  An Iraqi official said hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by Sunni militants. US jets pounded jihadist positions to pave the way for Iraq's federal and Kurdish forces and also dropped aid to stranded Yazidi civilians on Mount Sinjar.
    (AP, 8/8/14)(AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 8, Israeli warplanes struck targets in retaliation for dozens of Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks. A 10-year-old boy was killed and 11 people wounded in the airstrikes. The Israeli delegation in Cairo returned to Israel.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, Menahem Golan (b.1929), Israeli action filmmaker, died in Tel Aviv. He produce over 200 movies and directed a fourth of them. They included “Cobra” (1986), the “Death Wish” sequels 2-5 (1982-1994), “Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt” (1977), “Delta Force” (1986), “Bloodsport” (1987) and “Over the Top” (1987).
    (SFC, 8/11/14, p.C3)
2014        Aug 8, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported that Japan and the United States will jointly develop a fuel-cell powered submarine that can run for a month under the sea on a single charge an unmanned. The 10-meter (33-feet) long sub would be able to chart a pre-programmed course before returning to base.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, In Jordan tens of thousands celebrated the "Gaza victory" in the war against Israel, at a rally organized by the Islamist opposition.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 8, In Libya a UN delegation held talks in Tripoli to try to broker a ceasefire between armed factions that have turned the capital into a battleground after the worst fighting since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
    (Reuters, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, Malaysia Airlines will be taken over by the country's state investment fund and de-listed, as part of plans announced today for a "complete overhaul" to rescue the company from oblivion after two crippling air disasters.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, In Myanmar the ASEAN regional summit opened for talks among ministers from 10 Southeast Asian countries. It will expand over the weekend to comprise 27 countries who are members of the so-called ASEAN Regional Forum.
    (AP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, Nigeria's president declared the containment of the Ebola virus a national emergency as officials confirmed two new cases of Ebola, bringing the total number of infections in Africa's most populous country to nine, including 2 deaths.
    (AP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, In Syria Islamic State jihadists captured the key Brigade 93 Syrian army base in Raqa province overnight. 36 soldiers were killed, some of whom were beheaded, while others died in the fighting or in the initial triple suicide bombing that launched the attack.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, Thailand's new military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the first time, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a new constitution likely to embed the army's political influence.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, Ukrainian army units, which had been trapped by separatists on the border with Russia, broke out of the blockade and rejoined government forces, but 15 soldiers and border guards were killed in the operation. At least 3 civilians were killed and another 10 wounded in overnight shelling of Donetsk, the main rebel stronghold besieged by government forces. The shelling came a few days after rebels had positioned a Grad multiple rocket launcher near the apartment building and fired at Ukrainian positions.
    (Reuters, 8/8/14)(AP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, Etihad, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, agreed to inject a further $750 million into Alitalia in return for a 49% stake.
    (Econ, 8/16/14, p.55)
2014        Aug 8, The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.
    (AP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 8, In eastern Yemen militants killed 14 soldiers near the city of Shibam in Hadramawt province.
    (AP, 8/9/14)

2014        Aug 9, In Colorado 2 people were killed when their small plane crashed near Steamboat Springs.
    (SFC, 8/11/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 9, Missouri police shot and killed Michael Brown (18), a black teenager recently graduated from high school graduate. Hundreds of angry residents came out of their apartments in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in a confrontation with police that lasted several hours.
    (AP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 9, Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart struck and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.
    (AP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 9, In NYC a sea of Palestinians and their sympathizers lined Manhattan streets, marching to the UN and shouting that Israel's response to missile attacks was genocide that took children's lives.
    (AP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, Ed Nelson (b.1928), former star of the TV “Peyton Place” (1964-1969) soap opera, died in North Carolina. He later appeared in many TV westerns.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.E8)
2014        Aug 9, In Central African Republic rival vigilante militias clashed with heavy weapons overnight in the capital Bangui. Shortly after the fighting ended, thousands of people braved the rain in Bangui to take part in a peace march.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, In China a tour bus on a highway in Tibet fell off a 10-meter (30-foot) cliff after crashing into an SUV and a pickup, killing 44 people and injuring 11 others.
    (AP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, Egypt's highest administrative court dissolved the political party of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets liquidated.
    (AP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, Guinea announced the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, In Iraq gunmen in Madaen killed a government-backed Sunni militiaman opposed to the Islamic State. His family was also killed. In Uwerij, on the southern outskirts of Baghdad, authorities found the bodies of 4 men who had been blindfolded and shot in the head execution-style. Islamic State insurgents who seized Iraq's biggest dam in an offensive have brought in engineers for repairs, as nervous Kurds stocked up on arms to defend Arbil.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 8, In Iraq US jets pounded jihadist positions to pave the way for Iraq's federal and Kurdish forces and also dropped aid to stranded Yazidi civilians on Mount Sinjar.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, Israeli warplanes kept up a punishing campaign of air strikes over Gaza, killing 5 Palestinians as militants fired rockets into Israel and ceasefire talks in Cairo stalled.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, Japan and South Korea vowed to "deepen communication" in the future during a rare meeting in Myanmar ahead of the ASEAN Regional Forum.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, In Lebanon fighters identified as Islamist militants crossed in from Syria, triggering an exchange of fire with villagers near Kfar Qouq  who forced them back across the border.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, In northern Nigeria hundreds of people who escaped a Boko Haram attack on Gwoza and fled to a nearby mountain said they were without any food.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, Pakistan said it has crippled the command and control system of local Taliban militants adding that the likelihood of a backlash to the ongoing military offensive in the troubled northwest would be minimal.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, In Pakistan violence flared in several towns and cities between police and supporters of anti-government cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, killing at least 4 people and injuring scores. Qadri has condemned the government as corrupt and called for the overthrow of PM Nawaz Sharif.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, In Portugal dozens of flights were cancelled as pilots from the national TAP airline took strike action over working conditions.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin began talks with the leaders of arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan after recent clashes that have left 22 soldiers dead and fueled fears that one of the bloodiest post-Soviet wars is restarting.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, Somalia's hardline Islamists said they fought intense battles with government and African Union troops in the central Hiran region that left 18 people dead on both sides.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, In Uganda scores of homosexuals marched in Entebbe in their first pride parade since a court invalidated a controversial antigay law.
    (SSFC, 8/10/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 9, Ukraine said it had headed off an attempt by Russia to send troops into Ukraine under the guise of peacekeepers with the aim of provoking a large-scale military conflict. Government forces reportedly seized  Krasnyi Luch, which lies on one of two main roads between Donetsk and the other rebel-held city of Luhansk.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)(AP, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 9, In Yemen 3 suspected al-Qaida Yemeni militants were killed in a drone airstrike that targeted their house in Marib province.
    (AFP, 8/9/14)

2014        Aug 10, Missouri police arrested 32 people after rioting and looting erupted in Ferguson late today and spread to neighboring towns in protests that turned violent over the killing of a black teenager by a police officer.
    (Reuters, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 10, In New Jersey a pickup truck drove through a barricade and into a farmer’s market in Hawthorne killing one woman who was dragged for three blocks. A man was taken into custody.
    (SFC, 8/11/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 10, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy moving through Kabul, killing at least 4 civilians and wounding more than 35 in an assault claimed by the Taliban.
    (AP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 10, The Central African Republic named its first Muslim prime minister as part of an effort to create a more inclusive government and end more than a year of sectarian violence. Mahamat Kamoun, a former special advisor to interim president Catherine Samba-Panza, will lead a transitional government that is seeking to implement a precarious ceasefire signed late last month.
    (AFP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 10, Under Egyptian auspices a fresh 72-hour ceasefire, effective as of midnight, was announced between Israel and Hamas.
    (AFP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 10, In Haiti 15 gunmen in two SUVs opened fire on guards at the Croix-des-Bouquets prison and facilitated the escape of 329 prisoners. On Aug 12 police recaptured Clifford Brandt, believed to be responsible for the mass breakout, along with two others. After a month only some 75 prisoners were recaptured.
    (SFC, 8/12/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/13/14, p.A2)(SFC, 9/11/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 10, In Iran 39 people were killed and nine wounded when a regional passenger plane crashed while taking off from Tehran.
    (Yahoo News, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 10, Iraq's human rights minister said Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of the Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north. At least 20,000 had managed to flee the siege, with the help of Kurdish troops, and cross into northern Iraq's Kurdistan region via Syria, but thousands reportedly remained on Mount Sinjar.
    (Reuters, 8/10/14)(AFP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 10, Kurdish forces, reinvigorated by American airstrikes,  retook Gwer and Makhmur from Sunni militants, achieving one of their first victories after weeks of retreating.
    (AP, 8/10/14)(Econ, 8/16/14, p.19)
2014        Aug 10, Israel said it would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire. Israeli air strikes and shelling killed 3 Palestinians in Gaza, including a boy of 14 and a woman.
    (AP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 10, In Libya heavy shelling resumed in Tripoli after three days of relative calm following more than a month of street fighting between rival armed factions battling for control of the city's airport.
    (Reuters, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 10, In Nigeria Boko Haram abducted some 100 young men and several women in Doron Baga in the Kukawa area near the border with Chad. 28 older men were reported killed. The terrorists were stopped as they crossed the Chad border by Chadian soldiers who killed most of them and set free 65 men and 22 women. More than 30 were still suspected to be held by the extremists.
    (AP, 8/15/14)(Reuters, 8/15/14)(AFP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 10, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia discussed developments in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Libya with Egypt’s Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, during Sisi's first visit to his regime's powerful ally since winning May elections.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 10, Warring rivals in South Sudan missed a 60-day deadline to forge a unity government, despite warnings of famine and the threat of sanctions if fighting continues.
    (AFP, 8/10/14)
2014        Aug 10, In eastern Syria Islamic militants crushed a tribal uprising against their rule after three days of clashes in three eastern villages near the border with Iraq.
    (AP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 10, Turkey held presidential elections. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan became Turkey’s first elected pre3sident and extended his domination despite warnings by opponents that the country is moving towards a one-man autocracy. Erdogan received 52% of the vote marking his 9th electoral victory during 12 years of power.
    (AFP, 8/10/14)(AFP, 8/11/14)(Econ, 8/16/14, p.42)(Econ, 9/13/14, p.61)
2014        Aug 10, In southeastern Ukraine artillery pounded the rebel bastion of Donetsk as the West warned Russia that any attempt to send "humanitarian" troops into the conflict-torn region would be unacceptable. Rockets late today slammed into a high-security prison in Donetsk, igniting a riot that allowed more than 100 prisoners to flee.
    (AFP, 8/10/14)(AP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 10, Interfax news reported that five Ukrainian soldiers, who were detained after crossing the border into Russia, have been released back to their unit. The five were among 18 against whom Russia had opened criminal investigations. Twenty-eight Ukrainian border guard officers were also being held in Russia.
    (Reuters, 8/10/14)

2014        Aug 11, The United States said it has begun urgently shipping weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish forces battling an advance by extremist Islamic State militants.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, In southern California Ezell Ford (25) was killed by police officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas. Ford's family said he was cooperating with officers and lying on the ground when shot. The LAPD said Ford had struggled with officers and was trying to grab one of their guns when he was shot. On June 10, 2015, the Los Angeles Police Commission determined that Wampler was unjustified in shooting Ford.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)(SFC, 8/29/14, p.A12)(SFC, 6/11/15, p.A7)
2014        Aug 11, American actor and comedian Robin Williams (d.1951) was found dead of apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, Ca. Days later it was reported that he was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. His films included “Good Morning Vietnam” (1987), “The Dead Poets Society” (1989), “The Fisher King” (1991) and “Good Will Hunting” (1997), as well as the TV series “Mork and Mindy” (1978-1982).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams_filmography)(SFC, 8/12/14, p.A1)(SFC, 8/15/14, p.D1)
2014        Aug 11, Heavy rain in Michigan’s Detroit area dumped 5.2 inches in Warren and left two people dead.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.A10)(AP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 11, The US Federal Aviation Authority began imposing flight restrictions on more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Mo. The restrictions were lifted after 12 days and it was later reported that they had been imposed to keep away news helicopters during Ferguson’s violent street protests over the death of Michael Brown (18).
    (SFC, 11/3/14, p.A7)
2014        Aug 11, Pierre Ryckmans (78), Belgium-born author and Sinologist, died in Australia. His books included “The Chairman’s New Clothes” (1971) and “Chinese Shadows” (1974).
    (Econ, 8/23/14, p.86)
2014        Aug 11, China accused the US of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea as it rejected Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative actions in the region.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, Egyptian authorities stopped the executive director of Human Rights Watch and another US staffer from entering the country ahead of the release of a critical report by the group on mass killings by security forces last summer.
    (AP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, Indian police accused Pakistan of injuring four people during overnight firing along their border in Kashmir, on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's visit to the disputed region.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, Iraqi police said Islami State fighters have seized the town of Jalawla, 115 km (70 miles) northeast of Baghdad, after driving out the forces of the autonomous Kurdish regional government. PM Nuri al-Maliki battled to keep his job, deploying forces across Baghdad as Iraq's president asked Haider al-Abadi, the Shi'ite coalition's nominee for prime minister, to form a government.
    (Reuters, 8/11/14)   
2014        Aug 11, The Ivory Coast announced that it has banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the west African nation.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, Kosovo police arrested at least 40 people in a major operation targeting Islamic radicals suspected of fighting alongside extremists in Iraq and Syria. Police in Kosovo say at least 16 Kosovars who joined the militant group as volunteers have been killed in battles with Syrian and Iraqi authorities.
    (AP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law landmark energy reforms.
    (Econ, 8/16/14, p.60)
2014        Aug 11, Nigeria confirmed a new case of Ebola in Lagos, bringing the total number of people in the country with the virus to 10.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, In Nigeria about 300 women and 500 children gathered at the gates of a military base in the Borno state capital, claiming that their spouses were ill-equipped to take on the Islamist militants. The military wives had staged a similar protest in Maiduguri on Aug 9.
    (AFP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 11, Palestinian militant Zacharia Akra (24) was shot dead early today in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, South Korea said it would provide $13.3 million in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea -- its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)
2014        Aug 11, Venezuela began nightly closures of its border with Colombia in an effort to plug smuggling, estimated to cost the government several billions a year. Some 17,000 troops were deployed to enforce the blockade.
    (Econ, 8/16/14, p.28)

2014        Aug 12, Another 130 US troops arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.
    (AP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 12, The New-York based Human Rights Watch called for an international commission of inquiry into mass killings by Egyptian security forces last summer, saying they likely amount to crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, A US federal judge upheld a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.A8)
2014        Aug 12, In Waldo, Florida, Police Chief Mike Szabo was suspended, apparently in response to an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into suspected improprieties in the way officers write tickets. On Aug 26 at a Waldo City Council meeting, a group of police officers said they had been ordered by Szabo to write at least 12 tickets per 12-hour shift or face repercussions. Ticket quotas are illegal under Florida law.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Aug 12, Lauren Bacall (b.1924), American film and theater actress, died. She had starred in over 40 films including “To Have and Have Not” (1940), “The Big Sleep” (1946) and “Key Largo” (1948) with Humphrey Bogart, whom she married in 1945.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.A9)
2014        Aug 12, Argentina halted a brief pilot strike that stranded thousands of passengers in Buenos Aires as the Labor Ministry ordered the two sides to accept mediation.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 12, Britain said it will send Chinook helicopters to help refugees trapped in northern Iraq, particularly on Mount Sinjar.
    (Reuters, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, Canada said it will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa.
    (Reuters, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed Tibetan protesters, wounding at least 10 people, before they detained the protesters and rounded up more male villagers in the southwestern province of Sichuan. One protester identified as Lo Palsang committed suicide while in custody while another unnamed person died from untreated wounds. 3 more protesters died later in jail after being denied medical treatment.
    (AP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 12, In China actor Gao Hu (40), who had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou's 2011 movie "The Flowers of War," was detained by police for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine, part of a wave of detentions in China's sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two decades.
    (AP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 12, Danish officials said a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated sausages may have killed 10 people during the past few months. A small meat producer in Copenhagen was closed down Aug 11.
    (AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, In Ecuador a 5.1 magnitude earthquake left at least 4 people dead in the Quito region.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/14/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 12, Egypt's top religious authority condemned the armed group Islamic State which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, describing it as a corrupt, extremist organization that is damaging Islam.
    (Reuters, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, India’s PM Narendra Modi ahead of a visit to Kargil, Kashmir, said Pakistan was waging a "proxy war" in the disputed region.
    (AFP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 12, In Indonesia the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack (62), a Chicago-based woman, was found in a bloodied suitcase on the resort island of Bali. Her daughter, Heather Mack (19) and boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer (21) were arrested on Aug 13 and detained as suspects. Schaeffer later confessed to the murder and Heather Mack acknowledged helping him stuff the body into the suitcase.
    (AP, 8/15/14)(AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Aug 12, Iraq's incumbent PM Haider al-Abadi ordered the security forces not intervene in the current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister, amid fears that he might go to any lengths to stay in power.
    (AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, Kenya Wildlife Direct chief executive Paula Kahumbu delivered a petition on this World Elephant Day calling for the arrest of Feizal Ali Mohamed, whom Wildlife Direct alleges is a Mombasa-based businessman evading an arrest warrant in relation to a massive ivory seizure in June.
    (AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, In Liberia Fatu Sherrif (12) died overnight of Ebola in the village of Ballajah. She had been shunned and locked away with her mother's body for a week after most residents fled to the forest to escape an outbreak of the virus. In Liberia alone, some 599 cases have been diagnosed with 323 deaths.
    (AFP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, Libya’s new parliament agreed that the next president would be elected by a popular vote as lawmakers sought to overcome a confrontation between two armed factions. Tripoli police chief Col. Mohammed Sweissi, who supported the battle against Islamist militias, was killed after he came under attack by masked gunmen after leaving a meeting in the Tajoura neighborhood. Two associates were abducted.
    (Reuters, 8/12/14)(AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, Mexico’s Buen Tono newspaper reported that Octavio Rojas, a police beat reporter, was shot and killed in Cosolapa, Oaxaca state.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 12, Philippine security forces captured Jovito Palparan (63), a fugitive former army general. He had been on the run since December 2011 after a court issued a warrant for his arrest in the kidnapping and disappearance of left-wing student activists Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in Bulacan province north of Manila in 2006.
    (AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks about Cairo's purchase of advanced surface-to-air missiles and membership in a Moscow-led free trade zone.
    (AFP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, Russia said it has begun military exercises in the Kurile Islands in the Pacific Ocean, a move likely to anger Japan, which also lays claim to them.
    (Reuters, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid traveled some 500 km (300 miles) to the southwestern Russian town of Voronezh as it headed for eastern Ukraine, but Kiev said it would only allow the goods through under the close supervision of the international Red Cross.
    (AP, 8/12/14)(Reuters, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 12, South Africa said around 250,000 Zimbabweans living in the country on temporary visas due to expire this year can get three-year extensions, delaying a possible mass expulsion of workers.
    (AFP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, The Spanish sea rescue service said it has picked up more than 900 migrants trying to enter Spain clandestinely by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in boats from north Africa over the past two days. Some 700 migrants stormed border fences to try to enter Spain's northwest African enclave city of Melilla from Morocco. Some 30 migrants managed to enter the city.
    (AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments. Miguel Parajes (75) had worked for the San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Catholic aid group, and had been helping to treat people with Ebola in Liberia when he became ill and was evacuated.
    (AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, Sudanese security agents arrested Mariam al-Mahdi, deputy leader of the opposition Umma Party led by her father Sadiq al-Mahdi, after it reached a deal in Paris to cooperate with rebels.
    (AFP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, In northern Turkey a coal mine collapse trapped up to nine people inside.
    (AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, UN rights monitors called for the global community to take urgent action to avoid a potential genocide against the Yazidi community in Iraq. 20,000-30,000 Yazidi people were reported trapped on Mount Sinjar. An Iraqi helicopter crashed while delivering aid to the displaced Yazidis.
    (AFP, 8/12/14)(AP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, UN Security Council envoys warned South Sudan's warring leaders they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.
    (AFP, 8/12/14)
2014        Aug 12, The Vatican called on Muslim religious leaders to condemn "unspeakable criminal acts" by Islamic State militants who have taken a series of cities in northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 8/12/14)

2014        Aug 13, Missouri police responded about an hour after midnight to reports of four or five men with shotguns and wearing ski masks. They encountered multiple suspects running, one of whom pulled a gun on an officer, who shot and critically wounded the man in Ferguson near the site of protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, Former Oklahoma doctor William Valuck (71) pleaded guilty to 8 counts of 2nd-degree murder in connection with the drug overdose deaths of several patients. The plea deal called for eight years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/14/14, p.A7)
2014        Aug 13, A fire aboard the Pine Galaxy chemical tanker left one crewman dead and the ship adrift off the ocast of Oregon. 21 crew members from China and South Korea remained onboard.
    (SFC, 8/19/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 13, In Brazil socialist politician and presidential candidate Eduardo Campos (49) and six other people were killed when their small plane crashed near Santos, ahead of the Oct. 4 presidential election. Running mate Marina Silva soon replaced Campos on the PSB ticket. 
    (AP, 8/14/14)(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 13, France said it would start supplying arms to the Kurdish forces fighting Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, Guinea declared a public health emergency over an Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,000 people in three West African states and is sending health workers to all affected border points.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 13, In Iraq suicide bomber attacks a checkpoint near the home of the new Prime Minister in Baghdad, causing severe damage. PM Maliki continued to defy international pressure to step aside, declaring that it would take a federal court ruling for him to quit.
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)(AFP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, In Iraq thousands more Yazidis poured across a bridge into camps in the autonomous Kurdish region after trekking from Mount Sinjar, most with nothing but the clothes they wore. A US assessment team found the humanitarian situation for the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar not as grave as expected. Roughly 4,500 people remained atop Sinjar Mountain. Nearly half were herders who lived there before the siege and have no interest in being evacuated.
    (AP, 8/13/14)(Reuters, 8/14/14)(AP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 13, Jordan's King Abdullah II ordered the activation of a Defense Ministry to support the military, which is under increasing pressure from the wars in neighboring Syria and Iraq as well as a massive influx of Syrian refugees.
    (AP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, Israeli ordnance exploded in Gaza, killing 5 people including Italian journalist Simone Camilli and his Palestinian translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash, as bomb experts tried to disable a missile on the last day of a 72-hour truce. Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days.
    (AFP, 8/13/14)(SFC, 8/14/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 13, Libya's newly elected parliament asked the UN for an "international intervention" as militia violence raged across the country.
    (AP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, Pakistan dismissed as "baseless rhetoric" claims by Indian PM Narendra Modi that it was waging a "proxy war" in disputed Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, In Pakistan thousands of riot police sealed off Islamabad with barbed wire and shipping containers on the eve of the country's Independence Day, in a bid to foil mass protests aimed at toppling embattled PM Nawaz Sharif.
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, In Puerto Rico 2 men died and two others were injured in a drive-by shooting in the US territory.
    (AP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 13, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State insurgents have seized several towns and villages from rival Islamist groups in Aleppo province. The Observatory also reported two more crucifixions by Islamic State in Deir al-Zor overnight.
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, In eastern Ukraine 12 nationalist fighters, battling a pro-Russian insurgency, were killed early today and an unknown number taken captive when rebels ambushed their bus. More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed near the town of Snizhnye, Donetsk Province, while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops.
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)(Reuters, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 13, A Russian convoy of nearly 300 trucks, carrying what Russia says is humanitarian aid for victims of fighting in eastern Ukraine, moved slowly towards the border despite concerns by Kiev and the West over the shipment. The UN said the death toll in fighting in eastern Ukraine had doubled in the last two weeks to over 2,000. Ukraine said it could allow Russian aid to enter the country after it was inspected by Ukrainian border guards and foreign monitors.  
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)(AFP, 8/13/14)(AFP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 13, At the Int’l. Congress of mathematicians in South Korea, Stanford Prof. Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born mathematician, became the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal for her work in understanding the mathematical symmetry of curved surfaces and saddle-shaped spaces.
    (SFC, 8/14/14, p.D1)
2014        Aug 13, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State insurgents have seized eight towns and villages from rival Islamist groups in Aleppo province. The fighting left 52 people dead. The Observatory also reported two more crucifixions by Islamic State in Deir al-Zor overnight.
    (Reuters, 8/13/14)(AFP, 8/13/14)
2014        Aug 13, In south Yemen a bomb, planted near a prison by presumed Al-Qaeda militants, exploded killing 10 civilians and 3 army technicians in the Tibn area of Lahij province.
    (AFP, 8/13/14)

2014        Aug 14, In Arizona Michelle Cusseaux (50), was slain by a single bullet in the threshold of her Phoenix apartment after threatening officers with a claw hammer. Officers were serving an emergency court order to take her to a mental health care facility.
    (Reuters, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 14, Missouri's governor moved to calm days of racially charged protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, naming an African-American captain of the Highway Patrol to oversee security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency in response to 44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting "Smacked," a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience stores as potpourri.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, In New Hampshire Seth Mazzaglia (31) was sentenced to life in prison for the Oct 9, 2012, rape and murder of college student Elizabeth Marriott (19) of Westborough, Mass. Kathryn McDonough, his former girlfriend and key witness, had testified that she had lured Marriott to their apartment as a sexual offering to her then boyfriend.
    (SFC, 8/15/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 14, Texas Gov. Rick Perry deployed some 1,000 National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 14, In Afghanistan roadside bomb has stuck a police car in eastern Laghman province, killing 3 officers in Badpakh district. Four policemen were also wounded in the explosion. The Taliban executed five people in a busy opium market in southern Helmand province and left their bodies hanging overnight after accusing them of kidnapping a businessman. More than half of Afghanistan's opium is produced in Helmand. Around 90 percent of the world's heroin is produced in Afghanistan and last year's crop was the highest on record.
    (AP, 8/14/14)(Reuters, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 14, It was reported that a drought in the Sao Paulo, Brazil, the worst in 84 years, has forced local authorities to put water pumps below the gates of the main reservoir for the 2nd time this years.
    (SFC, 8/14/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 14, In China 23 workers were trapped after a coal mine flooded at the Anzhishun Coal Mine in Jixi City, Heilongjiang province.
    (SFC, 8/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 14, Colombia’s Pres. Juan Manuel Santos said he is endorsing the legalization of marijuana for medical and therapeutic use.
    (SFC, 8/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 14, Egypt 4 Islamist protesters and a policeman were shot dead in Cairo, one year after government forces killed hundreds of demonstrators in the worst bloodshed in Egypt's recent history. 30 members of the Brotherhood were arrested for rioting.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)(AFP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 14, Agricultural officials from all 28 European Union countries began emergency talks to weigh the impact of Russia's ban on Western food imports and whether to compensate EU farmers.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, In Haiti supporters of former Pres. Jean-Paul Aristide clashed with UN peacekeepers as he faced possible arrest for not providing court-ordered testimony in a criminal investigation.
    (SFC, 8/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 14, Hong Kong's Law Society passed an historic vote of no-confidence in its president over pro-Beijing comments, revealing a determination by the traditionally conservative lawyers to confront perceived threats from China to the legal independence in the free-wheeling, global financial hub.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 14, An Indian court sentenced the man convicted of killing India's "bandit queen" Phoolan Devi to life imprisonment. Devi (38) was gunned down in broad daylight in 2001. Sher Singh Rana was convicted last week after a trial that had dragged on for more than a decade.
    (AFP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, In Iraq Nuri al-Maliki finally stepped down as prime minister under heavy pressure from allies at home and abroad late today. US jets and drones launched more air strikes in northern Iraq to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)(AFP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 14, Israel and militants in Gaza held their fire after a new truce got off to a shaky start, with night-time Palestinian rocket fire followed by Israeli air strikes.
    (AFP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, Lebanon charged 43 Syrians, including an Islamist commander whose arrest sparked five days of fighting between Islamists and the Lebanese army, with belonging to armed terrorist groups and seeking to establish an Islamic emirate.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, The Moroccan interior ministry said it has dismantled a network responsible for recruiting jihadists and sending them to fight in Syria and Iraq for the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, In Morocco some 250 African migrants tried to leap a triple-layer border fence around Spain's north African territory of Melilla but only one person made it through.
    (AFP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, In the Netherlands Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said the controversial winter holiday character Black Pete would change in appearance over the next four years to make him less of an offensive racial figure and eventually just resemble someone who has climbed through a chimney.
    (SFC, 8/15/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 14, In Pakistan thousands of anti-government protesters began a march to Islamabad, from the eastern city of Lahore. Two protest groups, one led by cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, the other by activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, headed to the capital to demand that a government they condemn as corrupt step down. 11 Taliban-linked militants were killed and 13 members of the Pakistani security forces were wounded in attacks on two air force bases in the strategic city of Quetta.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)(Reuters, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 14, Pope Francis arrived in South Korea for a 5-day visit and left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a conveyance for a globally powerful figure. He called for renewed efforts to forge peace on the war-divided Korean Peninsula and for both sides to avoid "fruitless" criticisms and shows of force.
    (AP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, South Korea’s Korean Air Lines Co. said will suspend flights to Kenya in a measure to prevent the spread of Ebola.
    (AP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, Syrian government troops captured Mleiha, a fiercely contested suburb of Damascus, after five months of heavy fighting.
    (AP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, The Ukrainian parliament approved a law to impose sanctions on Russian companies and individuals supporting and financing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, In eastern Ukraine artillery shells hit close to the center of Donetsk for the first time, killing at least one person. Kiev repeated that a Russian aid convoy could not enter until Ukrainian authorities had cleared its cargo. Shelling over the last 24 hours killed at least 22 residents in the besieged rebel-held bastion of Lugansk. Valery Bolotov, head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, announced his resignation, saying he was injured and could not carry on in his role. Igor Strelkov (aka Igor Girkin), an alleged Russian intelligence colonel, quit as a key rebel chief.
    (Reuters, 8/14/14)(AFP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, Ukrainian hackers hostile to the government claimed to have launched a cyber-attack against the websites of Poland's presidency and the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
    (AFP, 8/14/14)
2014        Aug 14, The UN health agency said the death toll from the worst outbreak of Ebola in four decades had now climbed to 1,069 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The WHO said the scale of the Ebola epidemic has been vastly underestimated and that "extraordinary measures" were needed to contain the killer disease.
    (AFP, 8/15/14)

2014        Aug 15, Phoenix-based Elio said it plans to start making the cars next fall at a former GM plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Already, more than 27,000 people have reserved one. The new commuter car has two seats, three wheels, gets 84 miles highway to the gallon and will cost $6,800.
    (AP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, In Indiana William Clyde Gibson III (56) was sentenced to death in the strangling of Stephanie Kirk (35) of Charlestown. Gibson was sentenced to death last year for the murder of Christine Whitis (75), whose body was discovered in his garage days before Kirk's body was found.
    (AP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, In Missouri Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson named Darren Wilson as the police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson last weekend, saying the officer had a good record and the incident came in the aftermath of a robbery in which the teen was a suspect. Protesters clashed with riot police in Ferguson for another night of civil unrest over the shooting death of Michael Brown.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14) (Reuters, 8/16/14)(AFP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 15, FBI agents arrested a New Mexico sheriff and his son after the lawman allegedly pistol-whipped a motorist following a March 11 high-speed car chase.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, In New York state Stephen Howells Jr. (39) and Nicole Vaisey (25), both of Hermon, were arrested and arraigned on charges they abducted two Amish sisters 7&12) with the intent to physically or sexually abuse them. The sisters were abducted Aug 13 from a farm stand in front of the family's home in Oswegatchie.
    (AP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 15, Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was indicted over allegations he abused his power, prompting calls for him to resign. A state grand jury in Austin indicted Perry on two felony charges -- abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant -- for his alleged threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding to an anti-corruption unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a democrat.
    (AFP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, China’s state media reported that two HIV-positive passengers and a friend are suing a Chinese airline for refusing to let them on board, in the country's first such lawsuit.
    (AFP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, In Egypt 3 people were killed as supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi clashed after Friday prayers.
    (AFP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, The EU sought to forge a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, with several nations pledging more humanitarian aid and raising the possibility of directly arming Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents.
    (AP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told his counterpart Vladimir Putin that Western sanctions against Moscow and the food ban Russia introduced in response were damaging bilateral ties and proposed to seek ways to end the Ukraine crisis.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, Japan froze the assets of Ocean Maritime Management, operator of the North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms detained near the Panama Canal a year ago carrying Soviet-era arms.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, A Japanese whaling vessel, the 712-ton Shonan-maru No.2, was ordered into a Russian port after sailing through the Sea of Okhotsk off Sakhalin island without going through the proper procedures.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 15, Iraqi tribal leaders and clerics from the Sunni heartland said they would be willing under certain conditions to join a new government that hopes to contain sectarian bloodshed and an offensive by Islamic State militants that threatens Baghdad. 25 Sunni tribes in Anbar province, including some that had previously been on the fence, announced that they were launching a coordinated effort to oust IS fighters. Militants entered the northern Yazidi village of Kocho and killed about 80 people. They took the women and children of Kocho to the nearby city of Tal Afar.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)(AFP, 8/16/14)(AP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 15, In Pakistan clashes broke out as tens of thousands of protesters from two anti-government movements slowly converged on the capital, presenting the 15-month-old civilian government with its biggest challenge yet.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, Mexico's foreign ministry protested Texas Governor Rick Perry's deployment of National Guard troops to the southern US border to halt the surge of child migrants.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 15, Poland put on its biggest military parade in years to mark its annual armed forces holiday.
    (AP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, Dozens of heavy Russian military vehicles massed near the border with Ukraine, while Ukrainian border guards crossed the frontier to inspect a huge Russian aid convoy. Shelling killed 11 civilians and wounded eight more over the past 24 hours in the besieged rebel stronghold of Donetsk. NATO and Ukraine said Russian military vehicles did cross into Ukraine during the night and the Ukrainian president said most of them were destroyed by his troops.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)(AFP, 8/15/14)(AP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, South Sudan's civil war entered its ninth month with rebels and government troops engaged in heavy battles.
    (AFP, 8/15/14)
2014        Aug 15, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution intended to weaken the Islamic State - an al Qaeda splinter group that has seized swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate - and al Qaeda's Syrian wing, Nusra Front. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait the next day agreed to comply with the resolution after four of their nationals were named among a group blacklisted by the international body.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)

2014        Aug 16, In California the search for Erin Corwin (19) ended when her body was spotted with a video camera 140 feet down a mine shaft on federal land near her home in Twentynine Palms, where her Marine husband was stationed. Former Marine Christopher Brandon Lee (24) was arrested the next day in Alaska. Corwin had disappeared on June 28.
    (AP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 16, In Missouri vandals attacked stores in Ferguson early today, hours after police said the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white officer in an incident that unleashed days of rioting was a robbery suspect. Protesters stormed into the same convenience store that Michael Brown was accused of robbing. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered a midnight to 5 am curfew as he declared a state of emergency in Ferguson.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A7)
2014        Aug 16, At Britain’s Tilbury Docks one man was found dead and 34 others still alive in a shipping container after staff at the port heard banging and screaming coming from inside. The men, women and children, were all from Afghanistan. On Aug 19 Northern Ireland police arrested a man (34) in Limavady suspected of smuggling the migrants.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 16, China’s state media reported that police have arrested seven people in the northwest allegedly involved in a scheme that forced school children to donate blood.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 16, Egypt’s PM Ibrahim Mehlib blamed saboteurs for some 300 attacks on electricity pylons nationwide that have deepened the country’s energy shortage.
    (SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 16, It was reported that authorities in Guyana have discovered a 65-foot, diesel engine submarine near the border with Venezuela. It was locally built and believed to be used to ferry drugs across the Atlantic.
    (SFC, 8/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 16, In Iraq airstrikes pounded the area around the Mosul Dam in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month. Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced in Baghdad that his government would provide more than 24 million euros ($32.2 million) in humanitarian aid to Iraq.
    (AP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 16, In Israel thousands of supporters of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority demonstrated in Tel Aviv to end the Gaza conflict.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 16, In Liberia residents in Monrovia’s in the West Point slum raided a quarantine center for suspected Ebola patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses. Up to 30 patients were staying at the center and many of them fled at the time of the raid.
    (AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 16, In Pakistan thousands of protesters led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri alongside opposition leader Imran Khan's march, arrived in Islamabad to force Nawaz Sharif's government to step down for alleged election-rigging.
    (AFP, 8/16/14)
2014        Aug 16, In northern Mali 2 UN peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a patrol base in the village of Ber.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 16, Nepalese officials said flooding and lanslides in the west have killed at least 54 people and left 142 missing over the last three days.
    (SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 16, In the Philippines about 30 Abu Sayyaf gunmen breached a perimeter wall of the Sulu provincial government compound late today and took chief mechanic Ronald Pelegrin at gunpoint from the motorpool under cover of darkness. The gunmen also tried to seize Pelegrin's deputy, Dante Avilla, but the latter resisted and was shot and killed by the militants when he tried to run away.
    (AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 16, In South Korea Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs killed in the 18th and 19th centuries by the Joseon Dynasty.
    (SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 16, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat (Shueitat) tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks.
    (Reuters, 8/16/14)(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 16, Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the Russian border but there was no sign of the conflict widening after Kiev said it partially destroyed an armored column that had crossed the border from Russia. A rebel Internet news outlet said that separatist fighters had killed 30 members of a Ukrainian government battalion in fighting in Luhansk province. Ukrainian defense ministry spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said 3 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed over the past 24 hours. Alexander Zakharchenko, self-proclaimed separatist government in the Donetsk region, said newly-trained fighters have 150 armored vehicles, including 30 tanks, and have gathered near a "corridor" along the Russian border.
    (Reuters, 8/16/14)(AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 16, Ukraine government forces captured a district police station in Luhansk after bitter clashes in the Velika Vergunka neighborhood. Separatists shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane over the Luhansk region after it launched an attack on rebels.
    (AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 16, In eastern Yemen a drone attack killed 3 suspected al Qaeda militants in Hadramout province.
    (Reuters, 8/16/14)

2014        Aug 17, In Arkansas two Union Pacific freight trains collided in Hoxie killing 2 crew members.
    (SFC, 8/18/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 17, In Missouri one person was shot and seven people were arrested early this morning as police used smoke and tear gas to impose a curfew on Ferguson. The NY Times reported that a preliminary private autopsy report found that Michael Brown, the black teen killed by a police officer in Ferguson, was shot at least six times. Gov. Jay Nixon said he would send the National Guard into Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week's fatal shooting.
    (AP, 8/17/14)(Reuters, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 17, In Oregon 2 people were kiled after a disabled man jumped on his mother’s lap in a motorized mobilized device hitting the controls and propelling both of them into a gap between two light-rail train cars as the train left the station in Gresham.
    (SFC, 8/18/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 17, Australia said it will offer to resettle some 4,400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 17, In France heavily armed robbers attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros ($335,000) in cash and reportedly stealing "sensitive" documents.
    (AFP, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 17, In Hong Kong tens of thousands of people, many wearing red as a sign of their patriotism to China, took part in a demonstration march to protest a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists in the city.
    (AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 17, Indian border police noticed Chinese troops in a disputed and unpopulated area of Ladakh during a patrol of the informal border that separates India and China.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 17, In Iraq Kurdish fighters advanced towards the militant-held city of Mosul, aiming to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents. Kurdish forces took over parts of Mosul Dam less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)(AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 17, In Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 10 people as they stormed the villages of Durwa and Maforo in the Marte district where people had fled to escape repeated attacks by the insurgents.
    (AFP, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 17, In Pakistan tens of thousands joined protests in Islamabad led by opposition figures Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, demanding the "corrupt" prime minister step down.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 17, In Saudi Arabia the local al-Medina newspaper reported that a judge has upheld a sentence of a month in prison and 50 lashes for a businesswoman convicted of insulting members of the morality police during an argument.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 17, Somali security forces in Mogadishu arrested Mohamed Garfanji, one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, as well as several armed bodyguards. He once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms. Currently pirates held at least 37 hostages but no major ships.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 17, In South Korea Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is rather a partner in dialogue.
    (AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 17, In Syria forces loyal to Pres. Bashar al-Assad hammered the eastern city of Raqqa with more than two dozen air strikes. At least 31 Islamic State militants and 8 civilians died in the air force raids in Raqa province, a stronghold of the jihadist fighters.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)(AFP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 17, In eastern Ukraine Donetsk city authorities said 10 civilians have been killed and eight wounded in the past 24 hours. Alexander Zakharchenko, self-proclaimed separatist government in the Donetsk region, said newly-trained fighters have 150 armored vehicles, including 30 tanks, and have gathered near a "corridor" along the Russian border.
    (AP, 8/17/14)
2014        Aug 17, In Yemen 6 suspected Al-Qaeda militants and 3 Yemeni troops died in clashes in the southeastern province of Hadramawt.
    (AFP, 8/17/14)

2014        Aug 18, The US Dept. of Agriculture said two parents and one child could expect to spend $245,340 to raise a second child born in 2013 to the age of 17.
    (SFC, 8/19/14, p.D1)
2014        Aug 18, Police in South Pasadena, Ca., said they have thwarted a mass shooting plot with the arrest of two teenagers (16 and 17) who were conspiring to kill several staffers and as many fellow students as possible at South Pasadena High School.
    (Reuters, 8/18/14)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A14)
2014        Aug 18, In Missouri police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late today, a day after Gov. Jay Nixon summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb. The violence left six wounded and led to 31 arrests. A third and final autopsy was performed on Michael Brown (18), shot and killed on Aug 9, for the Justice Department by one of the military's most experienced medical examiners.
    (AP, 8/19/14)(AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 18, In Ohio an estimated 5-8 thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River from the Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond. A 15-mile section of the river was closed for cleanup.
    (SFC, 8/20/14, p.A8)
2014        Aug 18, James Jeffords (80), former US Senator from Vermont, died in DC. In 2001 he declared that he would leave the Republicans and caucus with Democrats. This cost Republicans their control of the Senate.
    (SFC, 8/19/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 18, China's government said it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.
    (AP, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 18, China’s CNOOC discovered a gas field at a depth of about 1,500 meters, about 150 km south of Hainan island. It was unclear whether the discovery would become commercially viable.
    (AP, 9/16/14)
2014        Aug 18, In Egypt gunmen shot and killed a policeman on patrol and wounded another in the Nile Delta province of Gharbiya.
    (AP, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 18, In Cairo Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire late today.
    (AP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 18, Indian and Nepalese officials said that flooding and torrential rains have left at least 100 dead in Nepal and 84 dead in India.
    (SFC, 8/19/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 18, Iraqi Kurdish forces said they had recaptured the country's biggest dam from Islamic State militants, although an employee at the site said jihadist fighters still controlled key points on the vulnerable structure.
    (Reuters, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 18, Israeli troops demolished the homes of Hussam Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, suspected of the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June. Kawasme, a 40-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested on July 11, but the other two suspects remained at large.
    (Reuters, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 18, Human Rights Watch said it has documented at least 10 cases of unlawful killings and 10 cases of enforced disappearances carried out by the Kenya Anti-Terror Police Unit from last November to June.
    (SFC, 8/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 18, In Libya unidentified warplanes bombed militia positions in Tripoli. They were later identified as aircraft based in Egypt and flown by pilots from the UAE.
    (Reuters, 8/18/14)(Reuters, 8/19/14)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.44)
2014        Aug 18, Saudi Arabia executed four people from the same family for attempting to smuggle "large quantities" of hashish into the kingdom.
    (AP, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 18, The Syrian authorities and rebels agreed to a truce in the southern Damascus district of Qadam which was a battlefield for more than a year.
    (AFP, 8/18/14)
2014        Aug 18, In eastern Ukraine government forces pressed pro-Russian separatists in fighting overnight, encircling the rebel-held town of Horlivka and taking control of smaller settlements. 17 civilians were killed in a rebel attack on a convoy of people on the main road leading to Russia from the besieged rebel-held city of Luhansk.
    (Reuters, 8/18/14)(AP, 8/18/14)(Reuters, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 18, In Yemen tens of thousands of people joined an anti-government rally in Sanaa in response to a call by Shiite rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi.
    (AFP, 8/18/14)

2014        Aug 19, St. Louis, Missouri, officers shot dead an agitated man who yelled "kill me now" as he rushed at them with a knife during an apparent convenience store robbery.
    (AFP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 19, In Central African Republic fighting erupted between unidentified gunmen and French troops from the European Union's Eufor mission, which began deploying in April. 5 people were killed in the fighting between armed militants and French peacekeepers in Bangui.
    (AP, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 19, In China an explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan. On Nov 12 authorities confirmed the deaths of 21 missing miners who were trapped in the mine collapse, bringing the death toll to 27.
    (AP, 11/12/14)
2014        Aug 19, The UN said the spiraling crisis in war-ravaged South Sudan has sent nearly 200,000 refugees into Ethiopia, making it Africa's largest refugee-hosting country.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Air France said some of its flight crews were refusing to board planes bound for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria over fears of the Ebola outbreak.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Iranian poet Simin Behbahani (87) died.
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.78)
2014        Aug 19, Iraqi forces launched an offensive to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Islamic State militants posted a video that showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against the insurgents in Iraq. Foley (40) was kidnapped by armed men on Nov. 22, 2012, in northern Syria while on his way to the Turkish border. Prior to the execution militants had sent an e-mail demanding $132.5 million in exchange for Foley. Steven Sotloff, who appeared at the end of the video, went missing in northern Syria while reporting in July 2013.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A3)
014        Aug 19, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that the Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for detaining Haruna Yukawa, a doctor and d a journalist, in Syria in a post on the Internet.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah reportedly killed Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi, a top jihadist from the Islamic State group in Syria, who allegedly planned bloody attacks in Lebanon.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Liberia’s health ministry said all the patients who fled a medical center on Aug 16 are now being screened at a hospital in Monrovia and those who tested positive are being treated. Officials also said three health workers being treated with the last known doses of ZMapp were showing signs of recovery.
    (AP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, A Malaysian top counter-terrorism official said police have foiled plans for a wave of bombings drawn up by radical Islamic militants inspired by Iraq's extremist jihad group ISIL. 19 suspected militants, arrested from April-June, were said to be formulating plans to bomb pubs, discos and a Malaysian brewery of Danish beer producer Carlsberg.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Statistics Netherlands said sanctions Russia has imposed on agricultural products from the EU will cut Dutch exports by "at least 300 million euros" ($400 million), based on 2013 figures.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Pakistan deployed soldiers to protect the seat of the country's government ahead of a planned march by thousands of anti-government protesters, the first military deployment in the capital under civilian leadership. Protesters in Islamabad broke through barriers protecting government buildings demanding that PM Nawaz Sharif resign.
    (AP, 8/19/14)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 19, A driver and his helper were killed when gunmen opened fire on NATO supply tankers, while on their way back to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 19, A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel. Israel launched at least four air strikes across Gaza and ordered its negotiating team back from truce talks in Cairo after three rockets hit the country's south. One of the Israeli air strikes killed the wife, Widad (27), and child, seven-month-old son Ali, of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif. Rescue workers the next day pulled the bodies of a woman (48) and a boy (14) from the rubble.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)(AFP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 19, Poland said it has asked the European Commission to lodge a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a Russian ban on EU food products that has hit Poland particularly hard.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, In eastern Syria government forces stepped up air strikes on Islamic State positions in and around the city of Raqqa. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadist Islamic State has more than 50,000 fighters in Syria and recruited 6,000 last month alone.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)(AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is set to take over from Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country's next prime minister.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, A Ukrainian military spokesman said 15 bodies have been recovered from the site of an artillery strike a day earlier on a refugee bus convoy in east Ukraine. Further recovery operations were suspended due to renewed fighting in the area. Government troops fought pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk and captured most of Ilovaysk town near the eastern city of Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)(AP, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, Ukraine said it has blocked 14 Russian television channels from its cable networks to stop them spreading war propaganda.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)
2014        Aug 19, In Yemen hundreds of armed Shiite rebels staged sit-ins on the outskirts of Sanaa, where supporters are mobilizing in a campaign for the fall of the government by Aug 22.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)

2014        Aug 20, The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, Siluria Technologies of California said a $30 million fundraising round was led by Saudi Aramco. Siluria said it can make gasoline from gas for about $1 per gallon.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.C1)
2014        Aug 20, Missouri police overnight arrested nearly 50 protesters in Ferguson. US Attorney General Eric Holder planned to visit the suburb amid racially charged demonstrations over the killing of Michael Brown.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, The US Supreme Court agreed to delay an appeals court ruling striking down Virginia’s gay marriage ban.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 20, Officials said Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion setlement to resolve a government investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage backed securities before the 2008 financial crises.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.C6)
2014        Aug 20, Afghan officials said as many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents were battling government security forces in Logar, a key province near Kabul. A NATO soldier was stabbed to death on the streets of Kabul.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)(AFP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, Afghanistan ordered NY Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg to leave the country after he refused to reveal sources for an article saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power to end a stand-off over election results.
    (AFP, 8/20/14)(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 20, Democratic Republic of Congo said it has sent its health minister and a team of experts to the remote northern Equateur province after several people died there from a disease with Ebola-like symptoms.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, In Egypt 4 beheaded corpses were found by residents of Sheikh Zuwaid in the Sinai Peninsula. Residents found the bodies two days after the men were abducted by gunmen while travelling in a car in the town. Security sources blamed Islamist militants waging an insurgency against Cairo. On Aug 28 Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said the four men had been spying for Israel's Mossad spy agency.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)(Reuters, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 20, In Iraq scattered attacks killed at least 11 people in and near Baghdad. Shiite Turkmens of Amrili, besieged by Sunni militants, appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege. The UN refugee agency launched a massive air, road and sea 10-day operation to help the displaced, including a four-day airlift with Boeing 747 planes that will bring in aid from Aqaba, Jordan, to Iraq's northern Kurdish region.
    (AP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, Israeli warplanes continued to pound Gaza. News bloodshed pushed the Palestinian death toll to more than 2,030 since July 8 with 67 people killed on the Israeli side. Hamas said it fired two rockets at an Israeli gas installation about 30 km (19 miles) off the coast of Gaza.
    (AFP, 8/20/14)(Reuters, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, In Japan more than 50 people, including several children, were killed when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima. 28 people remained missing. On Aug 24 another landslide in the north killed 2 women.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 20, In Kenya suspected Shebab Islamist militants kidnapped a group of traders and took them to the dense Boni forest area in Lamu county. The militants released three of them who were Muslims and beheaded a Christian.
    (AFP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 20, Kuwait detained Hajjaj al-Ajmi, a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric, at the Gulf state's airport after the US included him on a sanctions list on suspicion that he is funneling money to militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, Liberian security forces sealed off the West Point area, a seaside slum in Monrovia, in the latest effort to stop the spread of Ebola, setting off protests by angry residents.
    (AP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, New Zealand said it will ban the practice of shark finning.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 20, Nigeria’s health ministry said a senior doctor who treated the country’s first Ebola patient has died, taking the death toll in Africa's most populous country to five.
    (AFP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, In Nigeria mutineers said dozens of soldiers have refused to deploy for an offensive against Boko Haram Islamists until they receive better weapons. Islamists attacked a training academy just outside the town of Gwoza. 35 police officers deployed to the academy were missing following the Boko Haram attack.
    (AFP, 8/20/14)(AFP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 20, Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with PM Nawaz Sharif inside at the time. The lawmakers left by a back entrance.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, Northern Ireland police arrested four people in Londonderry suspected of organizing an IRA letter-bomb campaign.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 20, In northwestern Pakistan a roadside bomb killed 6 people traveling to school in Tangi village, in the Bajaur tribal region, as the military reported further air strikes against the Taliban.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, Russian police arrested four people who climbed a Moscow skyscraper and attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire. They were charged with vandalism and may face three years in jail.
    (Reuters, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, In Syria Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells at a the Taqba air base in the northeast, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in Raqqa province, a stronghold of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 8/20/14)
2014        Aug 20, A Ukrainian official said government troops have taken control of a large part of Luhansk (Lugansk) after days of street battles with rebels. A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Clashes in and around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed 43 civilians in the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/20/14)(AFP, 8/20/14)

2014        Aug 21, A US federal judge ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but put a stay delaying the effect of his order.
    (SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 21, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation, effective Jan 1, overturning a ban on pets at bars and restaurants, and giving businesses the option of allowing dogs in outside spaces.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.A1)
2014        Aug 21, In Massachusetts Dias Kadyrbayev (20) pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He was accused of removing a backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from the dorm room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
    (SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 21, Oklahoma police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw (27) was arrested on complaints of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 21, In Oregon Blue Kalmbach (16) was sentenced to 11 years in prison for carving a swastika into another teen's forehead last February. Before carving the swastika with a box-cutter style of knife, he and three others shot the victim with a BB gun, forced him to eat cat feces and hit with him a crow bar and cricket-type bat. Kalmbach was the last of four teenagers to be sentenced in the case.
    (AP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 21, A new study suggested that there is an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brains of children with autism.
    (SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 21, Cambodian officials said at least 45 people have been killed due to flooding in the last month. Some 11,500 families have been forced to flee their homes due to the flash floods along the Mekong River.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 21, China's Xi Jinping began a two-day trip to neighboring Mongolia -- the first Chinese president to visit in more than a decade -- with trade high on the agenda against a backdrop of resource nationalism.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, In southern China at least seven people were stabbed in an apparently random attack in Guangzhou.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 21, The WHO said at least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, denying that the illness was Ebola.
    (Reuters, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Egypt's Cairo airport and Tunisia cancelled most flights to and from Libya, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, In Iraq the Islamic State stoned a man to death in Mosul.
    (AP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 21, An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip killed 3 senior Hamas commanders (Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum). Palestinian health officials said 26 Palestinians, including 3 children, the Hamas commanders and at least 2 other militants, were killed in Israeli airstrikes.
    (Reuters, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Lithuania signed a deal with Norway's Statoil to supply natural gas to the country's new terminal starting 2015, as the Baltic state strives to cut its dependence on Russian energy.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Mexican officials increased the number of disappeared people since the 2006 start of its drug war to 22,322.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/onzjzhj)
2014        Aug 21, Pakistan’s lower house of parliament passed a unanimous resolution rejecting calls for PM Sharif's resignation and vowing to uphold democracy. Opposition politician Imran Khan called off talks with the government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Gunmen in northwest Pakistan opened fire on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others.
    (AFP, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Philippine police arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate in bulacan province. They were accused of blackmailing over 1,00 Hong Kong and Singaporean residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of a webcam.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 21, Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom said that Ukraine's outstanding debt for gas supplies stood at $5.3 billion as of Aug. 1 and called on Kiev to ensure that gas continues to transit without disruption to Europe.
    (Reuters, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Russia said it was investigating dozens of McDonald's restaurants, in what many businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism.
    (Reuters, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Saudi police arrested at least 400 mostly African illegal migrants south of Riyadh. Authorities have been cracking down on illegal migrants since the expiration in November of a seven-month amnesty during which they had to regularize their status or leave the kingdom.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 21, Senegal closed its land border with Guinea as part of intensifying efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people since March in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 21, Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes around Tabqa air base, Raqa province, that the Islamic State group is trying to seize. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 70 Islamic State jihadist fighters have been killed in 48 hours of clashes with Syrian army troops.
    (AP, 8/21/14)(AFP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 21, Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister. Prayuth was the only candidate and the assembly was hand-picked by the military junta.
    (AP, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Ukrainian border guards began to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been stranded at the frontier for nearly a week. A Ukrainian military spokesman said 3 refugees including a child (5) were killed near Luhansk when rebel gunfire hit their car. 5 Ukrainian servicemen were also reported killed overnight.
    (Reuters, 8/21/14)
2014        Aug 21, Ukrainian Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta said he had tendered his resignation, voicing frustration at the poor pace of economic reform by a government which he said acted "like a predator towards business".
    (Reuters, 8/21/14)

2014        Aug 22, The Obama administration accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a US Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.
    (AP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 22, The US imposed sanctions on Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Sharekh, a Saudi citizen and allegedly the head of Al-Qaeda operations in Syria, and Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali of Kuwait.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 22, Robert Singleton (77), the co-owner of a shuttered Petaluma, Ca., slaughterhouse, pleaded guilty to charges that he helped sell adulterated meat. Three other defendants with ties to Rancho Feeding Corp. were indicted last week for conspiring to distribute the meat. On Feb 18, 2015, four managers pleaded guilty to the charges.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.C4)(SFC, 2/19/15, p.E2)
2014        Aug 22, Scientists in Hawaii began warning the public on the lava flow at Pahoa on the Big Island. The lava was flowing at 2-20 yards per hour and in late October was 510 yards from Pahoa Village Road, which goes through downtown Pahoa.
    (SFC, 10/29/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 22, Oregon filed a $200m suit against Oracle Corp. and several executives over the company’s role in creating the troubled website for the state’s online health insurance exchange.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.D2)
2014        Aug 22, It was reported that scientists have discovered a living ecosystem of microbes under 2,500 feet of ice in Antarctica’s subglacial Lake Whillans.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.D3)
2014        Aug 22, The Central African Republic unveiled a new government representing a fresh attempt to put an end to more than a year of ethnic and religious bloodshed that has killed thousands and forced around a million from their homes.
    (AFP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Mongolia that Beijing respected its independence and integrity as he concluded a visit looking to forge closer ties with China's resource-rich but often suspicious neighbor.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 22, Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque, killing dozens. Over 70 people were killed in the sectarian attack. This attack led two major Sunni parliamentary blocs to pull out of talks on forming a new government.
    (Reuters, 8/22/14)(AP, 8/23/14)(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A3)
2014        Aug 22, In Israel Aharon Sofer (23) of Lakewood, New Jersey, disappeared after hiking with a friend in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of Jerusalem. On Aug 28 Israeli police said they have found Sofer’s body near the area where he disappeared and that no criminal motive was suspected.
    (AP, 8/28/14)(Reuters, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 22, Ivory Coast closed its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbors Guinea and Liberia in an attempt to prevent the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus from spreading onto its territory.
    (Reuters, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 22, A boat of migrants sank about a km off the coast east of Tripoli, Libya. 16 people were rescued but more than 250 migrants were believed killed.
    (AP, 8/24/14)(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 22, Nigeria confirmed two new cases of Ebola. 213 people were under surveillance. A Nigerian a doctor died in Port Harcourt after treating a patient who had contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer. This brought to six the number of people who have died from the haemorrhagic fever in Nigeria. 15 people have been confirmed to have the disease.
    (AP, 8/22/14)(AP, 8/26/14)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 22, In Pakistan the party of famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament in its latest bid to drive PM Nawaz Sharif from power over alleged election fraud. The government retained the support of a 190-member majority.
    (AP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 22, Asma Shirazi, Pakistan's first female war correspondent and host of popular TV talk shows, was named 2014 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 22, A Pakistani paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) soldier was killed in an exchange of fire with militants who entered southwestern Baluchistan province from Afghanistan. Paramilitary Frontier Corps killed at least 12 separatists in an exchange of fire in Dasht area, 1,150 km (714 miles) southwest of Quetta.
    (AFP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 22, Hamas executed 18 Palestinian men it had suspected of collaborating with Israel. A four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza.
    (AP, 8/22/14)(Reuters, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 22, Serbia said it would not subsidize exports to Russia, after the European Union urged the Balkan country - a candidate for accession to the bloc - not to exploit the Kremlin's ban on Western food imports.
    (Reuters, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 22, Sierra Leone passed a new law imposing possible jail sentences for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient.
    (SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 22, In Thailand 26 people accused of plotting an attack were indicted by a military court on charges including weapon possession and conspiring to commit terrorism. Most of them were seized in an apartment a day after army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha overthrew an elected government allied to Thaksin.
    (AFP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 22, Ukraine declared that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces. Ukrainian officials said only 34 or 35 of over 100 trucks had been properly checked.
    (Reuters, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 22, The UN reported that the death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people.
    (AP, 8/22/14)
2014        Aug 22, In Yemen tens of thousands demonstrated in Sanaa in a protest called for by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to resign and reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies.
    (Reuters, 8/22/14)

2014        Aug 23, In California an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 shook the northern SF Bay area early today. It was centered about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, about six miles southwest of Napa.
    (AP, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 23, Michael Pimente, the police chief of Elmendorf, Texas, was shot dead during a traffic stop. Joshua Manuel Lopez, 24, was taken into custody on charges of capital murder of a police officer.
    (Reuters, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 23, In Bahrain thousands of Shiites protested against what they say are attempts by the Sunni authorities to tip the kingdom's demographic balance in their favor by naturalizing foreigners.
    (AFP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 23, Chinese state media reported the execution of eight people convicted on terrorism charges in the restive western region of Xinjiang, including three men authorities say were behind a deadly attack in the heart of Beijing in which an SUV plowed through a crowd.
    (AP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 23, Chinese authorities blocked the annual Beijing Independent Film Festival from opening, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 23, Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state. The Israeli military said Palestinian gunmen had fired almost 500 rockets at Israel since the talks broke down and Gaza health officials said 65 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli air strikes since then. Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower.
    (Reuters, 8/23/14)(Reuters, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 23, Several thousand people formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of mining for brown coal, aka lignite, in the region.
    (SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 23, Iceland said its Bardarbunga volcano has begun erupting under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano. Iceland the next day said no eruption took place, but that one remained imminent following increased seismic activity.
    (SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A10)(SFC, 8/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 23, India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others.
    (AP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 23, In Iraq a suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad, killing at least 11 people. Explosions rocked the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least 42 people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 8/23/14)(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A7)
2014        Aug 23, A rocket fired from Lebanese territory hit the Upper Galilee in northern Israel on the 47th day of a war against the Islamist movement Hamas in and around Gaza.
    (AFP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 23, In Libya unidentified war planes attacked positions of an armed faction in Tripoli. They were later identified as aircraft based in Egypt and flown by pilots from the UAE. 15 fighters were reported killed and dozens wounded. Islamist fighters in the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition said they have captured Tripoli's battered international airport. Fighting erupted between renegade general Khalifa Haftar’s troops and allied army special forces with Islamists in two Benghazi suburbs, killing 8 soldiers and wounding 35. Egypt denied any air operations in Libya.
    (AP, 8/23/14)(AFP, 8/24/14)(Reuters, 8/24/14)(SFC, 8/25/14, p.A2)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.44)
2014        Aug 23, Niger's agriculture minister, Abdou Labo, was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a baby-trafficking network. 17 people, including his wife and the spouses of other politicians, were arrested in June as part of a police investigation.
    (Reuters, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 23, The Philippine government said that it would bring home its 331 peacekeeping forces from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region and withdraw its 115 troops from Liberia because of the Ebola outbreak.
    (AP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 23, Hundreds of trucks from a disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border into Russia but questions about alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.
    (AP, 8/23/14)
2014        Aug 23, In Syria jihadists from the Islamic State group seized Tabqa military airport. 346 Islamic State fighters were killed and more some 200 members of the security forces died in five days of fighting over the base.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 23, Yemen's government offered to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies, in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite Houthi movement. Separate bomb attacks by Al-Qaeda suspects killed a senior army officer and 3 soldiers across the south and southeast.
    (Reuters, 8/23/14)(AFP, 8/23/14)

2014        Aug 24, The United States used aircraft and drones to strike targets in northern Iraq to try to rein in Islamic State militants.
    (AFP, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, Two New York comics dealers submitted the winning bid for a rare copy of Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 book in which Superman first appeared. They bid a record $3.2 million in an e-Bay auction.
    (SFC, 8/26/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 24, Four bodies were found floating in debris off the Atlantic coast of Florida but no boat wreckage was discovered.
    (Reuters, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, Peter Theo Curtis (45), an American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria, was released in the Golan Heights. Curtis Massachusetts wrote under the byline Theo Padnos.
    (AP, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, Sir Richard Attenborough (b.1923), Oscar winning English actor and director, died. His films included “In Which We Serve” (1942), “Brighton Rock” (1947), “Oh! What A Lovely War” (1969) and “Jurassic Park” (1993). He won an Oscar for directing “Gandhi” (1982).
    (SFC, 8/25/14, p.C3)
2014        Aug 24, Congo DRC confirmed its first two cases this year of Ebola but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic ravaging West Africa. The confirmation marked the 7th outbreak of Ebola in Congo DRC, where the virus was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola River.
    (AFP, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, In Egypt Mahienour el-Masry, a secular activist sentenced for protesting, began a hunger strike. At least a dozen protesters and activists behind bars have started a hunger strike in the past week, including prominent blogger and activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 24, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site.
    (AFP, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians to leave immediately any site where militants are operating. An Israeli strike on a car killed Mohammed al-Ghoul, described by the Israeli military as a Hamas official responsible for "terror fund transactions." In another attack, a mother and her three children were killed when their home was bombed in Jabalya refugee camp.
    (Reuters, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, The Italian navy recovered 24 bodies after a fishing boat capsized in the Mediterranean. 364 migrants were rescued. Italian rescue operations over the weekend picked up some 3,500 refugees.
    (SFC, 8/25/14, p.A2)(AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 24, In Liberia Dr. Abraham Borbo, one of three Africans to receive the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, died. Only six people in the world are known to have received ZMapp. The small supply is now said to be exhausted and it is expected to be months before more can be produced by its US maker.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 24, Libya’s parliament in Tobruk named a new military chief of staff tasked with tackling armed militias that control vast areas of the country. Colonel Abdel Razzak Nadhuri was chosen by 88 out of 124 MPs present and promoted to the rank of general.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 24, Macau police arrested five people involved with an informal poll to measure support for direct elections of the Chinese-controlled city's leader. The five were arrested after activists kicked off the weeklong unofficial referendum inspired by a similar vote in June in nearby Hong Kong that Beijing denounced as an illegal farce but which drew nearly 800,000 votes.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 24, In Nigeria Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, said in a video that he has created an Islamic caliphate in Gwoza, Borno state, seized by the insurgents earlier this month.
    (AFP, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, Nigeria’s striking public sector doctors said they would suspend a nearly two-month strike to help combat the Ebola outbreak.
    (AFP, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, In South Sudan a member of an East African regional body monitoring a ceasefire died of a heart attack after some monitors were detained by rebels in Unity state, further complicating a peace process.
    (Reuters, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche said it is buying InterMune of Brisbane, Ca., for $8.3 billion in an all cash transaction.
    (SFC, 8/25/14, p.D1)
2014        Aug 24, In Syria at least 32 rebels were reported killed in an army ambush on a rebel convoy in the southern province of Daraa.
    (AFP, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, In southeast Turkey Kurdish rebels abducted three Chinese workers and attacked a thermal power plant where they worked. They were seized while grocery shopping near the town Silopi and security forces soon launched an operation to rescue them.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 24, In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian separatists marched dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war through Donetsk in a parade meant to counter Independence Day celebrations in Kiev.
    (Reuters, 8/24/14)
2014        Aug 24, Yemen's Shiite rebel group called for new protests after rejecting a draft proposal by a presidential delegation to stop their demonstrations in return for a new government and a review of the country's economic policies.
    (AP, 8/24/14)

2014        Aug 25, American officials confirmed that jets of the United Arab Emirates launched two attacks in seven days on the Islamists in Tripoli using bases in Egypt.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, In Alaska a rocket carrying an experimental Advanced Hypersonic Weapon exploded as the flight was terminated following the detection of an anamoly near a Kodiac lauch pad shortly after liftoff.
    (SFC, 8/26/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 25,  In Arizona firing-range instructor Charles Vacca (39) was shot and killed in the recoil of an Uzi fired by a girl (9) at the Last Stop range in White Hills.
    (SFC, 8/28/14, p.A7)
2014        Aug 25, California’s Gov. Brown signed a bill requring opt-out kill switches on smartphones, in an effort to deter smartphone theft.
    (SFC, 8/26/14, p.C1)
2014        Aug 25, At the annual Emmys in LA popular British detective series "Sherlock" picked up three awards, while hit drama "Breaking Bad" was the big winner of the night.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, In Illinois an explosion at a recycling plant in Granite City killed 2 people. Police said it was caused by a mortar round.
    (SFC, 8/26/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 25, A US federal judge ended an 11-year agreement that kept a federal monitor over the Detroit Police Dept. Between 1995 and 2000 Detroit police killed nearly 50 people, including 6 who were unarmed and shot in the back.
    (SFC, 8/26/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 25, In Nevada the Burning Man festival in the desert north of Reno, scheduled to open at 10am, was closed to new arrivals due to rain.
    (SFC, 8/26/14, p.C2)
2014        Aug 25, In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a man (35) fatally shot his estranged wife (22), their 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son before shooting himself. The victims were all from Guatemala.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, In Virginia a sergeant at Fort Lee fatally shot herself while barricaded in the building that houses the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command.
    (SFC, 8/26/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 25, Afghanistan's next president was due to take over today but an inauguration deadline has been pushed to September 2 as the Independent Election Commission still poured over votes cast in a second-round run-off held under UN supervision on June 14.
    (Reuters, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, Brazilian authorities negotiated with prison inmates holding two guards hostage after an uprising in Cascavel in which they killed 5 fellow prisoners, beheading two of them following a riot a day earlier. The rioting at Cascavel penitentiary ended early Aug 26 with the transfer of some 800 inmates to other prison facilities.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)(AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, In Central African Republic at least 17 people were killed in fighting in Bambari between rival factions of Seleka.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, Egypt proposed a new ceasefire that would open key crossings into Gaza where violence reverberated with at least 8 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, French Pres. Francois Hollande dissolved the government after open feuding among his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, The Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency in 16 of the country's 22 provinces because of a drought that has caused major agricultural losses in Central America.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, In central India a pre-dawn stampede killed 10 people as tens of thousands of Hindus worshipped in an annual procession in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/25/14)(SFC, 8/26/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 25, Iraq's PM-designate Haider al-Abadi called on the country's numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently, as violence across the country killed 58 people in areas where the Muslim sect dominates. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged greater support from the international community for its fight against jihadists.
    (AP, 8/25/14)(AFP, 8/25/14)(AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, The Monetary Committee of the Bank of Israel cut its main interest rate from .5% to .25%, the lowest on record.
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.65)
2014        Aug 25, Japan said it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, The former Libyan parliament replaced in national elections in June reconvened to elect an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, challenging the authority of the turbulent country's new legislature. The GNC met in Tripoli and elected Omar al-Hasi as its new leader.
    (Reuters, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, which Tripoli and Washington have both labelled a terrorist organization, urged other Islamist militias in the nation to unite under one banner. Ansar al-Sharia controls around 80 percent of its heartland Benghazi.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, In northeast Nigeria a Boko Haram attack on a border town forced thousands of people to flee to Cameroon, in a fresh assault indicating the militants' growing ability to strike at will. Some 480 Nigerian soldiers also fled across the border, where they gave up their weapons to Cameroonian authorities before returning to Nigeria.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)(AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament, issued a 48-hour deadline for PM Sharif to step down, saying he's prepared to die to see it happen. The country's Supreme Court ruled that the road in front of the parliament, the Supreme Court and other government buildings now hosting the protest be cleared of demonstrators.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, In northwest Pakistan gunmen opened fire on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, In Peru Enrique Zileri (83), the editor and proprietor of the leading newsweekly Caretas, died. Caretas had exposed the shadowy power and dark past of Vladimiro Montesinos, the spy chief of former pres. Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000).
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.32)
2014        Aug 25, Russia announced plans for a second aid convoy into Ukraine. The Ukrainian military said a group of Russian forces, in the guise of separatist rebels, had crossed into south-east Ukraine with 10 tanks and two armored infantry vehicles. It said border guards had halted the column outside Novoazovsk.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)(Reuters, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said it has offered record compensation to the families of each passenger killed in the July 23 domestic flight even though the cause of the crash is still unclear.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, Tajik police said gun fire from Kyrgyzstan killed a border guard and one civilian and wounded four other civilians. The Kyrgyz border force blamed the incident on Tajikistan, saying Tajik servicemen had tried to erect a border post "on an undelimited part of the border" and started to destroy a bridge across a river used by Kyrgyz citizens.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, Thailand's junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a military coup three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister following an endorsement from the country's monarch.
    (AP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, In Turkey hundreds of residents angered by the presence of Syrian refugees clashed with police in a violent protest in the Ikitelli district of Istanbul. Syrian refugees in Turkey have now swelled to 1.2 million.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)
2014        Aug 25, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dissolved the Rada (parliament).
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.509)
2014        Aug 25, Ukraine forces captured 10 Russian paratroopers, near a village about 30 miles southeast of the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, and about 15 miles away from the Russian border.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 25, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (90) was welcomed in Beijing by his counterpart Xi Jinping as Africa's longest-ruling leader sought more Chinese investment in his nation's stagnant economy.
    (AFP, 8/25/14)

2014        Aug 26, Officials said the US has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Bankrupt Detroit resumed shutting off water to people who have not paid bills after a month long suspension. Nearly 45% of the3 city’s 173,000 residential water accounts were considered past due.
    (SFC, 8/27/14, p.A8)
2014        Aug 26, Burger King said it has agreed to buy Canada's coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's third-largest fast food company and be based in Canada.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, In Belarus Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, urged him not to escalate an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels, and threatened economic retaliation for signing a trade accord with the EU. Poroshenko replied by demanding a halt to arms shipments from Russia to the separatist fighters.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, A new report by Alexis Jay, a former chief social work adviser to the Scottish government, concluded that from 1997-2013 some 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham, northern England.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Cameroon's army killed 27 members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists near the northern town of Fotokol over the last two days.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 26, In China a bus collided head-on with a truck in the country's northwest, killing 13 people and injuring many others in Gansu province.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, In Colombia John Jairo Velasquez (52), better known by his nickname "Popeye," was paroled this evening despite protests from relatives of his many alleged victims. He has confessed to hundreds of murders as head of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's army of assassins. He spent 22 years behind bars for plotting the 1989 murder of former presidential candidate, Luis Carlos Galan.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 26, In Egypt two microbuses racing down a narrow rural road in near the ancient city of Luxor collided and plunged into a canal early, killing 18 passengers including 8 children.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 27, The European Commission agreed to Italian demands to replace the “Mare Rostrum” refugee rescue operation with an EU-wide project.
    (SFC, 8/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 26, In Iraq a car bomb exploded in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, A spokesman said Malawian President Peter Mutharika has shot down a proposal to hike cabinet ministers' pay to almost triple his own salary, amid austerity measures following foreign aid flight.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Malaysian police arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics export factory.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 26, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif met the country's powerful army chief as a political deadlock over mass protests to demand the government's resignation showed no signs of resolution.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Senior Pakistani militant figure Commander Maulana Qasim Khurassani said he and several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their fight against US troops in Afghanistan. Khurassani said the new group is named Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 26, Palestinian officials said a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel has been reached under Egyptian mediation and a formal announcement of an agreement was imminent. Israel bombed more of Gaza's tallest structures, bringing down a 13-storey apartment and office tower and destroying most of a 16-floor residential building. 6 Palestinians were killed in other Israeli strikes. Israel's military said 70 rockets were fired from Gaza and that one damaged a house in Ashkelon.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, In South Sudan a UN mission Mi-8 cargo helicopter crashed near Bentiu, a hotly contested between the government and rebel fighters. A South Sudan government spokesman blamed the rebels for shooting down the helicopter. 3 people were reported killed with one surviver.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Yemeni prisoners Amin al-Bakri and Fadi al-Maqaleh were transferred from Afghanistan’s Bagram prison back to Yemen. They had been detained since 2002 when they were arrested in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 8/27/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 27, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest confirmed that Douglas McAuthur McCain, of the Minneapolis area, was fighting alongside militants who were trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria, and that he had died there.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)(SFC, 8/28/14, p.A3)
2014        Aug 27, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration over school standards. The suit accused the US Dept. of Education of illegally manipulating money and regulations to force states to adopt Common Core standards.
    (SFC, 8/28/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 27, In in Stratford, Pa., Raymond Wychowanec (63) shot and killed his hospitalized wife (62) and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to search their New Jersey home, where their son (35) was found fatally shot.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, An F-15 fighter jet enroute to Louisiana crashed in a mountainous area western Virginia. Pilot Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr. was killed.
    (SFC, 8/28/14, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/kgw6bvm)
2014        Aug 27, Afghanistan's deadlocked presidential election veered further off course after both candidates withdrew their observers from a U.N.-supervised audit of votes that was meant to resolve the crisis.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Australia’s intelligence chief David Irvine said 15 Australians, including two suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq and warned that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.
    (AFP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Britain's bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland was fined £14 million for not taking enough care to explain to home-buyers the costs of taking out a mortgage.
    (AFP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov (born as Valeri Nissim Mevorah in 1920), died. His many translations included the complete works of Shakespeare.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Cameroon's army attacked the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, shelling one of their camps across the border and reportedly killing "many" fighters.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 27, China moved to limit 2017 elections for Hong Kong's leader to a handful of candidates loyal to Beijing.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, China and Vietnam said they're committed to negotiating maritime disputes to avoid a recurrence of tensions that spiked when China deployed an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, A landslide in southwest China killed at least 15 people, with 8 missing and 22 injured.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)(SFC, 8/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 27, Muslims for Human Rights alleged that corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers have been killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants. The group has documented the disappearances of 18 suspected poachers over the last three years.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Moldova and Romania inaugurated a new pipeline that will pump gas from Romania to Moldova in an attempt to reduce the former Soviet republic's dependence on Russian energy. However, 43-km (28-mile) pipeline will provide only five percent of its gas needs.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, In central Nigeria clashes broke out in Nasawrawa state, a week after some Eggon villagers accused Fulanis of stealing cattle. Fighting between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers from the Eggon ethnic group left at least 60 people dead, mostly from machete cuts.
    (Reuters, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 27, Saudi authorities beheaded three citizens after they were convicted of murder in separate cases, bringing to 41 the number of executions there this year.
    (AFP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Sierra Leone said a third top doctor has died from Ebola, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Switzerland said Russian banks will require approval to issue long-term financial instruments in Switzerland, as it detailed measures to ensure it does not become a place for individuals or funds to avoid European sanctions on Moscow.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights after heavy clashes with Pres. Assad's forces. The heavy fighting that left at least 20 Syrian soldiers and an unknown number of rebels dead. Dozens of Syrian soldiers escaping Tabqa were captured as they attempted to cross the desert to government-held territory in the Orontes Valley to the west.
    (AP, 8/27/14)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 27, In southeastern Ukraine pro-Russian rebel forces entered the key town of Novoazovsk after three days of heavy shelling. The new southeastern front has raised fears the separatists are seeking to create a land link between Russia and Crimea. The Ukrainian military said that more Russian soldiers had crossed the border entering the small town of Amvrosiyivka in five armored infantry carriers and a truck.
    (AP, 8/27/14)(Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 27, Zimbabwe riot police beat and briefly detained more than a dozen opposition protesters, at a demonstration over high unemployment.
    (AFP, 8/27/14)

2014        Aug 28, In Nevada a woman (29) died after falling under a large vehicle at the Burning Man counter-cultural festival.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, Australia and Indonesia signed a new security agreement to mend a relationship badly damaged by allegations last year that Australia was listening to the telephone conversations of Pres. Susilo Bambang.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, Brazilian prosecutors in Para state said they have dismantled the country’s largest deforestation gang and that eight suspected members have been taken into custody for environmental damages estimated at $222 million.
    (SFC, 8/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 28, Alice Gross (14) was last seen in the Ealing and Hanwell area of west London. Her body was found in the River Brent on Sep 30. Arnis Zalkalns (41) of Latvia, a suspect in her disappearance, was last sighted on Sep 3. His body was found in Boston Manor Park on Oct 4.
    (AP, 9/22/14)(AP, 10/5/14)
2014        Aug 28, In Ghana Ebola-hit nations met for crisis talks in Accra as the death toll topped 1,500 and the WHO warned that the number of cases could exceed 20,000 before the outbreak is stemmed.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, In Guatemala a community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries began leaving the Indian village of San Juan La Laguna on the shores of lake Atitlan, where they have lived for six years, after claims and counterclaims of discrimination and threats.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, In Guinea riots broke out in the remote southeastern city of Nzerekore over rumors that health workers had infected people with Ebola.
    (Reuters, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 28, In Hong Kong anti-corruption officers in Hong Kong raided the home of Jimmy Lai, a media magnate and outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported pro-democracy activists through his publications.
    (Reuters, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, India’s PM Narendra Modi launched a campaign for the state-owned banks to open millions of accounts for poor citizens off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.
    (SFC, 8/29/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 28, In northern Iraq retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at the Ain Zalah oil field as they battled Kurdish forces who launched a major attack nearby. Iraqi security forces backed by volunteer militiamen retook several villages located on the way to the town of Amerli.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, In the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights a group of 44 UN peacekeepers from Fiji were detained by militants fighting the Syrian army in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah. 81 troops from the Philippines had their movements restricted.
    (Reuters, 8/28/14)(SFC, 8/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 28, Lebanese troops clashed with gunmen in Arsal, a mainly Sunni Muslim area near the Syrian border where there was deadly fighting with rebels from over the frontier in early August.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, The US Embassy in Myanmar said that two 150 megawatt solar energy plants in the Mandalay region could account for 10 percent to 12 percent of Myanmar's power generation when completed in 2016 after ACO Investment Group and Myanmar’s Ministry of Energy inked a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, In Nicaragua two miners escaped a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine in Bonanza. 20 miners were brought out the next day and rescuers dug away to free five more still trapped.
    (SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 28, Pakistani police registered allegations of abetting murder against PM Nawaz Sharif and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who is currently leading thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Islamabad. The case was filed by cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri's organization.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that unidentified militants have stormed the ARY new agency in Quetta gunning down the bureau chief, a reporter and an accountant.
    (SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 28, In central Russia several dozen women gathered outside a military base in Kostroma to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, a move that could resurrect a case that has dogged the leader since before he took office.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, In Serbia a gendarmerie unit officer was killed on the tense border with Kosovo. Police described the shooting as a "terrorist attack" by Kosovo Albanians who were allegedly cutting wood illegally in a forest on the Serbian side of the boundary.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, Somalia took its maritime border dispute with Kenya to the United Nations' top court, which could decide the fate of potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves off east Africa.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 28, Syrian regime air strikes killed six IS leaders. The Islamic State said it has executed more than 160 Syrian soldiers in three different places in Raqa province yesterday and at dawn today.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
2014        Aug 28, Turkey's new Pres. Recep Erdogan took the oath of office. New PM Ahmet Davutoglu reappointed all key ministers who served under  Erdogan, setting a course of continuity for the new government.
    (AP, 8/29/14)(SFC, 8/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 28, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east. NATO said well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine. 15 civilians were reported killed in shelling in Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 8/28/14)

2014        Aug 29, The US imposed sanctions on more than 25 Iranian businesses and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program.
    (SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 29, California’s state legislature passed three bills that would allow local agencies, for the first time, to curb excessive pumping of groundwater by landowners.
    (Econ, 9/20/14, p.29)
2014        Aug 29, In southern California Carmen Montenegro (54) was convicted of the 2011 fatal stabbing and dismembering of Samuel Wiggins Jr. (63).
    (SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A12)
2014        Aug 29, In Florida Joel Steinger (64), the mastermind of an $800 million insurance scam, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He victmized more than 30,000 investors in all 50 US states and numerous foreign countries between 1994 and 2004.
    (SFC, 8/30/14, p.A9)
2014        Aug 29, In North Carolina Lennon Lacy (17) was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt in Bladenboro. A medical examiner ruled the black teen’s death a suicide but the family questioned the ruling and the FBI opened an investigation.
    (SFC, 12/13/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 29, China's top leaders decided to cut salaries and restrict expense accounts and other perks of executives at state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as they pursued a crackdown on corruption and extravagance.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, The jihadist Islamic State group posted video of the execution of a captured Kurdish fighter, in a warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders to end military cooperation with Washington.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since PM Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Libya's interim government said it has submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed. Militias in Tripoli accepted a UN call for a cease-fire. Islamist militias in the east claimed to have shot down a fighter jet, said to be under the command of renegade General Khalifa Hifter, that had been flying over the city of Bayda.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Lebanon received its first emergency shipment of weapons from the US.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Malaysia Airlines said it will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Pakistani officials said troops have recovered Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of Islamia College University Peshawar. He had been held for four years by the Taliban in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, In Papua New Guinea Mount Tavurvur erupted early today in Rabaul district on New Britain Island. The eruption forced several communities to evacuate and some international flights were diverted.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, In Russia Lev Shlosberg, a parliamentarian from the liberal Yabloko party, was attacked and badly beaten this evening close to his home. His newspaper this week had reported mysterious funerals of soldiers from the Pskov region.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 29, Senegal’s Ministry of Health said a man infected with Ebola has traveled to Senegal, becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,500 people. Senegal's first case was a student (21) from Guinea.
    (AP, 8/29/14)(Reuters, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, A South Korea-based pageant said that a Myanmar beauty queen, who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest, has run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown. On Sep 2 May Myat Noe (16) said she won't return her bejeweled crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.
    (AP, 8/29/14)(AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Aug 29, Syrian lawyer Mudar Hassan Khadur, a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldier, was arrested.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)
2014        Aug 29, In Syria 44 Fijian soldiers working as UN peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels.
    (AP, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, Ukraine said it would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in the eastern provinces. Pro-Moscow rebels said they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.
    (Reuters, 8/29/14)
2014        Aug 29, In Yemen hundreds of thousands rallied in the capital and across the country against an armed Shiite rebel group which has been holding its own sit-in demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies. Nearly 10 km (six miles) away, supporters of the Shiite Hawthi group expanded their sit-in alongside the main airport road.
    (AP, 8/30/14)

2014        Aug 30, Andrew McLaglen (b.1020), American film director, died in Friday Harbor, Wa. His work included numerous TV Westerns such as “Gunsmoke,” “Have Gun - Will Travel,” and Rawhide. His films included “Man in the Vault” (1956), “Gun the Man Down” (1956), “McLintock!” (1963), “Shenandohah” (1965), “The Rare Breed” (1966), “The Way West” (1967), “Wild Geese” (1978) and “Sahara (1983).
    (SFC, 9/5/14, p.D4)
2014        Aug 30, In eastern Afghanistan 2 men blew up their vehicles at the gate of the provincial intelligence office in Jalalabad and six others then opened fire. 4 Afghan intelligence forces were killed. All the militants were killed by security forces.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, general guide of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and seven others to life in prison for inciting violence during protests last year. Badie and 182 Muslim brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death in a mass trial last June over violence that erupted in Minya governorate which led to the killing of a police officer.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, EU leaders agreed to ask the executive European Commission to draw up more sanctions measures against Russia, as armored columns of Russian troops came to the aid of the rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 30, EU leaders chose Polish PM Donald Tusk as the new president of their Council and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the bloc's new foreign policy chief.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, India’s PM Narendra Modi was welcomed by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe as he began a five-day visit to the country.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, In Guinea a curfew was imposed in N'Zerekore after two days of protests by market stall holders against a team of health workers sent, without notice, to spray their market with disinfectant. Clashes left at least 55 people wounded.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, A Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting in the Saudi Red Sea resort of Jeddah ended. An Omani minister said the Gulf Arab monarchies have resolved a six-month dispute with Qatar, which they had accused of destabilizing the region by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, In northeastern India a march by hundreds of supporters of the United Naga Council left 2 people dead and 13 other Naga tribespeople injured in the Ukhrul district of Manipur state. The council in response called for a general strike in the area.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 30, Iraqi security forces, Shiite militiamen and Kurdish fighters launched a major operation to break the more than two-month jihadist siege of Amerli, a Shiite Turkmen-majority town. The US military launched fresh attacks on Islamic State forces in Iraq, using fighter aircraft and drones to carry out strikes near the Mosul dam.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, In Kashmir suspected rebels clashed with Indian soldiers near the highly militarized cease-fire line dividing disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan, killing one soldier and wounding another. At least 3 Indian soldiers and 5 Kashmiri militants had been reported killed in fighting over the past week in the mountainous Kupwara region.
    (AP, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, A video posted on social media showed Islamic State militants beheading a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for few days this month. Hours later, the group posted a second video showing nine other soldiers begging for their lives.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, In Lesotho at least one policeman was killed when the military disarmed police stations. Radios were also jammed in what the PM Thomas Thabane said was a clear coup attempt in the country of about 2 million people.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Aug 30, Liberia’s government lifted quarantine measures in the seaside district of West Point in Monrovia, which had been designed to contain the spread of the Ebola virus. Officials announced plans to build five new Ebola treatment centers each with capacity for 100 beds.
    (Reuters, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 30, In Libya heavy clashes broke out between the forces of a renegade general and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least 10 people and showering the airport with rockets.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, In Somalia African Union forces claimed to have liberated Bulomarer, a former Shebab stronghold, as part of a joint offensive with government troops aimed at capturing key ports from the Islamist fighters.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, In Syria a firefight erupted between a group of Philippine peacekeepers trapped on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and Islamist militants surrounding their position. 44 Fijian peacekeepers were captured on Aug 28 at their post about eight km away from the Philippine troops. 35 Filipino peacekeepers were escorted out of a UN encampment in Breiqa by Irish and Filipino forces on armored vehicles.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, Syria’s Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliate, freed five members of the Lebanese security forces seized in Arsal earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 30, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said several dozen Yazidi women, kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, In eastern Ukraine a group of pro-government fighters broke out of encirclement by Russian-backed separatists near Donetsk, but other reports suggested many were still trapped. Ukraine handed over 10 captured Russian paratroops and Russia returned 63 Ukrainian soldiers who crossed into its territory last week.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)(Reuters, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 30, A Ukrainian civilian cargo plane with 7 crew members crashed in the mountains of Algeria while on its way to Equatorial Guinea.
    (SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A5)
2014        Aug 30, In southeast Yemen a double overnight attack, one a suicide car bombing, left at least 10 insurgents and 4 soldiers dead in Qatan.  Houthi fighters were trying to seize a road that links Sanaa with oil-rich provinces. 3 suspected Qaeda fighters died when the army bombarded the house in Shibam. In the east security forces killed 5 militants who tried to take over a police station in Hadramou province.
    (AFP, 8/30/14)(Reuters, 8/30/14)(Reuters, 8/31/14)

2014        Aug 31, In Colorado a Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near an airport north of Denver killing all 5 people onboard.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Aug 31, In western Afghanistan a van slammed into a fuel tanker, killing 23 people in Herat province.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, PM Tony Abbott said Australia will drop military equipment and aid to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq in response to a request from the United States.
    (Reuters, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, China's legislature ruled out allowing open nominations in inaugural elections for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, In France a four-story building in a northeastern Paris suburb collapsed after an explosion. At least 7 people were killed.
    (Yahoo News, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies. The US announced that it carried out three air strikes in the Amerli area, expanding its air campaign outside the far north for the first time, while Australian, British, French and US aircraft dropped relief supplies for the town. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles near positions of security forces in the city of Ramadi, killing 13 people and wounding 17. Iraqi troops and militia looted and burned homes and destroyed villages after breaking the Islamic State group's months-long siege of Amerli.
    (AFP, 8/31/14)(AFP, 3/18/15)
2014        Aug 31, Israel announced it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners.
    (AFP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, A Libyan coast guard official said a boat carrying over 100 migrants capsized off the coast near Tripoli.
    (SFC, 9/1/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 31, Mexican officials said Mario Alberto Arce Moreno (31), a leader of the violent Los Zetas drug cartel, has been arrested in the northwestern state of Tamaulipas.
    (AFP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, In Pakistan thousands of anti-government protesters tried to raid the official residence of PM Nawaz Sharif overnight, sparking clashes with police that killed 3 people and wounded nearly 400 amid cries for the premier to step down.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, A magnitude-6 earthquake struck northern Pakistan, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for immediate talks on "statehood" for southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized.
    (Reuters, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, Slovakia's PM Robert Fico slammed EU sanctions on Russia as "meaningless and counterproductive" and threatened to veto additional measures, highlighting the internal divide within the EU over its tough stance on Russia.
    (Reuters, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, In Somalia Islamist rebels blew up a car bomb and gunmen attacked a national intelligence site in Mogadishu where suspected militants were held, in an assault that left at least 7 Shebab militants and 4 others dead.
    (Reuters, 8/31/14)(AFP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 42 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours.
    (AFP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, In Syria 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still held captive 44 Fijian troops.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, A Ukraine naval vessel in the Azov Sea came under artillery attack from the shore today, in what pro-Russian rebels claimed as the first sea victory of their separatist war.
    (Reuters, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, In southern Yemen 11 soldiers were killed in three separate attacks that included suicide bombings by suspected al Qaeda militants in Shabwa province.
    (AFP, 8/31/14)

2014        Aug,  The US Forest service gave the go-ahead for the so-called Big Thorne timber sale in the Tongass National Forest of Alaska. Environmental groups soon filed three separate suits to stop the sale.
    (SFC, 8/29/14, p.A9)
2014        Aug, The California Franchise Tax Board stripped Blue Shield of California of its tax exempt status. This did not become public until March 18, 2015.
    (SFC, 3/19/15, p.C1)
2014        Aug, Chinese police arrested an employee of commodity trader Trafigura as part of an investigation into an alleged $32 million gasoline trade fraud. Tian Meng (39), who works at Trafigura's oil marketing team in Beijing, was being held without charge in the northern city of Cangzhou.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Aug, In Ecuador some 700 companies were dissolved by the regulatory Superintendent of Companies because of financial problems.
    (Econ, 1/3/15, p.p.14)
2014        Aug, In Egypt an American supervisor for Apache Oil was killed in an apparent carjacking in the Western Desert. On Nov 30 the militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said it had killed William Henderson (58) and published pictures of his passport and two identification cards.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Aug, The government of Gambia brought in fresh anti-gay legislation.
    (Econ, 10/11/14, p.27)
2014        Aug, Myanmar’s census, conducted from March 30 to April 10, revealed that the population numbered about 51.4 million, some 9m fewer than than the 60m thought by the government.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Burma_Census)(Econ, 9/13/14, p.50)
2014        Aug, In Russia the Soldiers’ Mothers of St Petersburg, a group seeking information about Russian servicemen thought to have been killed or wounded im Ukraine, was declared a foreign agent, despite protestations that it receives no money from abroad.
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.68)
2014        Aug, Saudi police found home-made wine in the car of Karl Andree (73), a British citizen. He was sentenced to a year in prison for possessing alcohol and faced 350 public lashes on release. Andree returned to Britain in November, 2015, after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond brought up the case during a visit to Riyadh.
    (SFC, 10/14/15, p.A4)(AFP, 11/11/15)


2014        Sep 1, In Atlantic City, NJ, the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino was due to close Sep 2, a little over two years after opening.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, A top Afghan leader said talks on a power sharing deal between rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, In Albania the main opposition Democrats started a boycott. This was triggered by a fistfight in Parliament in July when two governing Socialist lawmakers allegedly attacked a Democrat colleague. The Democrats demanded that all legislation of major significance require more than a simple majority of votes.
    (AP, 12/24/14)
2014        Sep 1, Australia ratcheted up sanctions against Russia in line with the United States and EU in response to Russian soldiers openly violating Ukraine sovereignty.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, In Belarus pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, In Canada Jacobus Marinus van Nierop, a fugitive Dutch dentist, was arrested in Nackawic, New Brunswick, following an int’l. manhunt. He was accused of mutilating dozens of French patients.
    (http://tinyurl.com/n6poox4)(AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 1, In central China a man (40) stabbed students and teachers with a knife at the Dongfang primary school in Chengguan, Hubei province, killing 3 children and injuring 6 people before jumping to his death.
    (AP, 9/1/14)(SFC, 9/2/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 1, The Cuban government enacted new rules sharply limiting the amount of goods  people can bring into the country and raising customs duties of many items that are still allowed.
    (SFC, 9/2/14, p.A5)
2014        Sep 1, In India a 16-year-old went missing after trying to save her father from being attacked by village elders as punishment for failing to repay a loan. Her body was found the next morning. Police soon arrested three people after the girl's father lodged a complaint that she was raped and murdered in West Bengal state.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 1, In Iraq a suicide bomber crashed an explosives-laden Humvee into a construction site, killing 37 people in Anbar province. A government airstrike hit the town of al-Alam near Tikrit, killing 31 civilians including 24 children.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)(SFC, 9/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 1, Japan and India agreed to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting PM Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, Japan urged local authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue fever, after confirming another 19 cases contracted at a popular local park in downtown Tokyo. The health ministry earlier reported three local cases, the first in nearly 70 years.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Scores of healthcare workers at the country’s main hospital in Monrovia went on strike over unpaid wages.
    (AP, 9/1/14)(AFP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, Libya's parliament reappointed PM Abdullah al-Thinni as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over and a separate parliament has claimed legitimacy. Islamist militants launched a new attempt to seize Benghazi's civilian and military airport from army forces allied to a renegade general. 31 fighters on both sides were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)(AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 1, In New Zealand John Tully (48), suspected of killing two unemployment-office workers and critically injuring a third, was taken into custody following a manhunt that lasted seven hours in the South Island town of Ashburton.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, Nigeria confirmed a third case of Ebola disease in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, bringing the country's total confirmed infections to 16 with some 200 under surveillance.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, In northeastern Nigeria Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km (45 miles) from Maiduguri. Several Nigerian troops were killed at the Bama armory by a fighter jet targeting the insurgents.
    (Reuters, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 1, North Korea gave foreign media access to detained Americans Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller). The three called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 1, Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed further into a sprawling government complex in Islamabad, in an effort to reach the prime minister's residence.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, Peruvian police displayed 8.5 tons of cocaine in a Lima airport hangar seized in a raid last week in a rural home near Trujillo. Officials said it was the largest cocaine haul ever in the country.
    (SFC, 9/2/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 1, A Saudi Arabian court jailed 17 men for up to 26 years for seeking to fight in Iraq and funding militants.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, In southern Somalia US military forces targeted Al Shabab leader Ahmed Godane in an operation in the Lower Shabelle region. 6 militants were reported killed. On Sep 5 the Pentagon confirmed that Godane was killed in the attack.
    (Reuters, 9/2/14)(AP, 9/2/14)(Reuters, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 1, In Syria heavy fighting erupted between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji were being held by militants.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said raids by government forces hunting suspected Islamic State infiltrators in the northeast town of Hasakeh have sparked an exodus of more than 60,000 civilians in three days.
    (AFP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, Turkish authorities detained at least 20 police officers in new nationwide raids over an alleged plot to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Istanbul prosecutors announced they were dropping all legal proceedings against 96 people probed as a result of the corruption allegations, including Erdogan's son Bilal. Turkey's top judge issued a thinly-veiled warning to Erdogan to refrain from interfering in the judiciary.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 1, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukrainian forces were forced to retreat from Lugansk airport in the face of a Russian troop attack as Moscow soldiers moved into key eastern cities.
    (Reuters, 9/1/14)(AFP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, A Yemen security official said Al-Qaeda militants have executed 3 men they accuse of planting electronic chips in the network's vehicles to help US drones target them.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)

2014        Sep 2, In San Francisco Rashawn Williams (14), a freshman at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, was stabbed to death in front of a Mission District convenience store. In 2015 an accused teen (14) was released after a surveillance camera identified another assailant. 
    (SFC, 1/28/15, p.D1)
2014        Sep 2, In south Kansas City, Mo., Brandon Howell (34), a convicted felon, fatally shot 3 people and wounded two others. Howell was soon arrested and charged the next day.
    (SFC, 9/4/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 2, In Ohio Donald Hoffman (41) was taken into custody as a person of interest in the deaths of 4 men in Bucyrus. He was being held on a probation violation.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 2, In Central African Republic at least 5 people were killed during an attack by armed men, believed to be ex-Seleka rebel fighters, in the northern town of Nana Bakassa.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 2, The American Chamber of Commerce in China said foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, CongoDRC government said the death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the northern Djera region has risen to 31. The WHO confirmed there was no link with an epidemic in West Africa.
    (Reuters, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Doctors Without Borders warned that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and that the organization is completely overwhelmed by the outbreak in four West African countries.
    (SFC, 9/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 2, In Egypt 11 policemen were killed when a roadside bomb blast struck their armored vehicle in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), an Al-Qaeda-inspired group based in the Sinai, soon claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)(AP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 2, Fiji military commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the Nusra Front has made three demands for the release of peacekeepers: to be taken off the UN terrorist list; the delivery of humanitarian aid to parts of the Syrian capital of Damascus; and payment for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with UN officers.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, In Iraq angry relatives of soldiers missing in the Islamic State June assault on Mosul stormed the parliament building in Baghdad, attacked MPs and began a sit-in in its main chamber.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, The Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff in retaliation for US air strikes in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 2, Japanese researchers said they have developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto an nounced a new Mexico City international airport in his State of the Union address. The estimated cost was 169 billion pesos ($11 billion)
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mexico_City_international_airport)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.29)
2014        Sep 2, Moscow declared NATO a "threat" to its security after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defenses in eastern Europe because of Russia's alleged stoking of war in Ukraine.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a 1939 Soviet victory over the Japanese army as a foundation of relations with Mongolia during a visit to Ulan Bator.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 2, Islamic State militants issued a threat to President Vladimir Putin, vowing to oust him and "liberate" the volatile North Caucasus over his support of the Syrian regime.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 2, A top Saudi security official said that police had arrested 88 men suspected of being part of an al-Qaida cell that was plotting attacks inside and outside of the kingdom.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Somalia's government offered an amnesty to fighters with al-Shabab. Authorities gave al-Shabab militants 45 days to take up the offer.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 2, Syrian government air strikes in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor killed 16 people, including 10 children.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 2, Thailand's ruling junta ordered that a rights talk at a journalists' club in Bangkok be shut down, further stoking concerns over freedom of expression in the country since a military power grab in May.
    (Reuters, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Ukraine’s military said Russian troops were strengthening their positions in the east and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to separatist forces. 15 more Ukrainian servicemen were killed in fighting in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced a 30 percent reduction in recent fuel price hikes to take effect Sep 4. Hadi also dismissed the country’s Cabinet and prime minister.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)(SFC, 9/3/14, p.A2)

2014        Sep 3, Pres. Obama said the United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff.
    (Reuters, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, President Barack Obama arrived in Estonia in a show of solidarity with NATO allies. He vigorously vowed to come to the defense of NATO allies that fear they could be Vladimir Putin's next target.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, In New Jersey hundreds of newly laid off Atlantic City casino workers began filing for unemployment as over 5,000 workers lost their jobs following the closures of the Showboat and Revel.
    (SFC, 9/4/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 3, In NYC Andrew Madoff (48), the son of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff, died of cancer. Andrew and his brother Mark (d.2010) reported the fraud to authorities in 2008.
    (SFC, 9/4/14, p.D2)
2014        Sep 3, US giant Noble Energy said Israel is to supply Jordan with natural gas from its vast Leviathan offshore gas field over a period of 15 years in a deal valued at $15 billion.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, In Afghanistan an overnight attack by Taliban fighters wearing Afghan army uniforms killed 5 Afghan soldiers and wounded 14 in the country's west. 6 Taliban fighters were killed.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Australia banned uranium sales to Russia over its actions in Ukraine while announcing it will set up an embassy in Kiev and may offer military assistance.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Bosnian police detained 16 people suspected of having fought in Syria and Iraq or of recruiting and funding other Balkan men to join the Islamic militants there.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, An Egyptian policeman was shot dead and two colleagues wounded in attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, The EU said it is deploying dozens of experts to Ukraine to help reform police forces and bolster the new West-leaning government's commitment to the rule of law.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Former Guatemalan army captain Byron Lima, sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 1998 slaying of a Roman Catholic bishop, was charged with money laundering and organized crime for allegedly building an illicit business empire behind bars.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, President Francois Hollande's office said France is suspending the delivery of a hulking warship to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow's actions in neighboring Ukraine. The Vladivostok, the first of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, was to be delivered by late October.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe picked five women for his Cabinet, matching the past record.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Lesotho's embattled PM Tom Thabane, who fled to South Africa at the weekend after an apparent bid to oust him, returned safely to his home country.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Libyan government forces and helicopters belonging to a renegade general bombed ammunition sites of suspected Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 3, Nigeria announced that a seventh person had died from Ebola and another person was confirmed as having the virus.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin said a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine could be reached this week. The announcement was timed by the Kremlin to wrong-foot NATO on the eve of a summit that will discuss the crisis and to sow doubt in the European Union over imposing new sanctions against Moscow.
    (Reuters, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, The Philippine Health Secretary said a nurse who flew home from Saudi Arabia last week has been confirmed as the Philippines' second case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Romania said it has given the green light to NATO to base fighters there as the crisis in neighboring Ukraine deepens.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)   
2014        Sep 3, A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced an American and 23 other people to prison on charges they created a terrorist cell and planned attacks on foreigners and oil pipelines.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Somali and African troops captured Jalalaqsi from Shebab Islamists during a major offensive.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 3, In eastern Syria 16 people, among them 10 children, were reported killed as a government air strike hit a bus on the road between eastern Deir Ezzor province and Damascus as it passed through the Shula area. State television said that the jihadist Islamic State group had killed the passengers, putting the death toll at 13.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Turkish policeman Ahmet Sahbaz was jailed for seven years and nine months after being convicted of shooting dead protester Ethem Sarisuluk (26), during 2013 anti-government protests. The court had agreed he was provoked by the protesters.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, A Ukrainian official said the bodies of 87 soldiers had been retrieved from southeastern Ukraine, killed over the weekend near the eastern city of Ilovaysk.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 3, Yemeni Shiite rebels (Huthis) and activists took to the streets of Sanaa to reject a presidential overture to replace the government and reduce a disputed fuel price hike.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)

2014        Sep 4, US police handcuffed dozens of protesters around the country as they blocked traffic in their efforts to get fast food companies to pay employees at least $15 and hour.
    (SFC, 9/5/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 4, Florida police found 4 bodies at a home in Hudson, Pasco County. Suspect Adam Matos (28) was soon arrested in a downtown Tampa hotel.
    (Reuters, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 4, Joan Rivers (81), award winning comedienne, died in New York. The caustic stand-up comic and television host had blazed a trail at a time when comedy was all but off-limits to women.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, Tesla Motors announced plans to build its new $5 billion battery factory in Nevada.
    (SFC, 9/4/14, p.A1)
2014        Sep 4, Tennessee became the first state to make use of the electric chair mandatory when lethal injection drugs are unavailable.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nghyzbw)
2014        Sep 4, Texas teenager Tyler Lane Holder (18) was sentenced to life in prison for killing Alanna Gallagher (6), wrapping her body in a tarp and leaving it on the side of a road. DNA evidence linking him to the 2013 crime when he was 17. Holder also pleaded guilty to arson for setting fire to the home of the victim's family and with attempted capital murder for shooting at a police officer trying to arrest him.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted of using his office to promote a dietary supplement in exchange for gifts in a public corruption case.
    (SFC, 9/5/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 4, Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates pledged to NATO leaders that they would form a government of national unity and sign legal agreements allowing foreign troops to stay on next year.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents detonated truck bombs and fired rocket-propelled grenades outside the office of the country’s spy agency and a police compound in Ghazni, killing 18 people.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, In Argentina Gustavo Cerati (55), one of Latin America's most influential musicians, died, four years after a stroke put him in a coma.
    (AP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 4, Bangladesh said it has resumed sending workers to Iraq after a 3-month ban, despite reports of hundreds of Bangladeshi construction laborers being dragged into the country's bloody sectarian conflict.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, In central Bosnia a coal mine collapsed in Zenica and trapped 34 miners following a 3.5 magnitude earthquake. 20 miners were rescued the next day and 5 were preseumed dead in rubble deep underground.
    (SFC, 9/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 4, Palmira Silva (82), a grandmother who still worked at her family's cafe, was attacked in her garden in Edmonton, north London. She was found beheaded with a machete. Nicholas Salvador (25) was soon arrested and charged with her murder.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 4, Al-Qaida announced it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.
    (AP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, In Iraq jihadists kidnapped some 50 residents of the northern village of Tal Ali in Kirkuk province after villagers burned one of their positions along with a jihadist flag. Air strikes in Ninevah province killed Abu Hajr al-Suri, the top aide of jihadist Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Two car bombs exploded in Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad, killing at least 23 people.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)(AP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, A UN report on Libya said four months of fighting by militias in Libya's two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, has forced some 250,000 people to flee, including 100,000 who have been internally displaced.
    (AP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, NATO leaders converged in Wales for a high-stakes summit also focused on the crisis in Ukraine and next steps in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, The Palestinian Authority said rebuilding Gaza will cost $7.8 billion. Fighting between Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas in Gaza killed over 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, along with 64 Israeli soldiers and 6 civilians.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.44)
2014        Sep 4, Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III and Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front agreed to endorse a draft of a proposed autonomy law after meeting for more than two hours at the presidential palace.
    (AP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 4, South Korea said it would create a joint military unit with the US, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea's weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, In Switzerland some 200 experts huddled in Geneva to debate experimental treatments for the Ebola virus as the world's worst-ever outbreak raged in west Africa.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, In eastern Syria 18 foreign fighters from the Islamic State, including an American jihadist, were killed in a Syrian air raid on a town near the militant group's main stronghold city of Raqqa. Top Islamic State leaders who happened to be in the municipal building of Gharbiya at the time of the raid were among the foreign fighters killed. Two raids on southern and northern parts of Raqqa killed 53 people including 31 civilians. Another air raid hit a former intelligence headquarters in Abu Kamal also killed an undisclosed number of IS members. Residents of Ashara, in the mostly IS-controlled eastern province of Deir Ezzor, protested in front of an IS headquarters, hours after government air strikes killed 2 children, 5 women and a man.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)(AFP, 9/5/14)(AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 4, Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha set out broad criteria for the selection of a 250-member council to draw up sweeping political reforms and approve a new constitution.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, In Turkey Gaziantep province governor Erdal Ata said 19 militants affiliated with the Islamic State have been arrested. Ata also said police had caught suspected IS-linked jihadists coming from Europe or Caucasus, carrying backpacks, at the Gaziantep airport or at the border.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires on Sep 5, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five month war in Ukraine's east.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 4, Zimbabwe launched a $533-million project with China to scale up electricity generation at one of its major power plants in a bid to ease perennial energy woes.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)

2014        Sep 5, Girl group singer Simone Battle (25) was found dead in her West Hollywood home. Her death was later ruled a suicide by hanging.
    (AP, 9/6/14)(AP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 5, Michigan officials said the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on Lake Huron has received federal approval to expand its size from some 450 square miles to 4,300 square miles boosting the preservation of estimated shipwrecks in the are to about 200.
    (SFC, 9/6/14, p.A5)
2014        Sep 5, A single-engine turboprop Socata TBM700 carrying Rochester real estate developer Laurence Glazer and his entrepreneur wife, Jane, crashed off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot was apparently incapacitated at the controls.
    (AP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 5, A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan's disputed election was completed, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continued.
    (AFP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, Australian PM Tony Abbott and India’s PM Narendra Modi signed a long-awaited uranium nuclear. Modi also announced $20 million in funding for further India-Australian scientific projects.
    (AFP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, PM Stephen Harper said Canada will send 50 to 100 military advisers to Iraq to bolster an effort against Islamic militants.
    (SFC, 9/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 5, Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group sought to raise up to $24.3 billion in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, which would value the company at $163 billion. Those are both IPO records.
    (AP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, In central Denmark at least 3 people were killed and fourth person was missing after a small private helicopter crashed into the sea.
    (AP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 5, Francisco Flores, former president of El Salvador (1999-2004), surrendered to authorities to face charges of embezzling and illicit enrichment related to a donation by the government of Taiwan.
    (SFC, 9/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 5, Estonia said that security service officer Eston Kohver was abducted by unknown gunmen and taken across the border, but Russia said the man was detained on its territory and suspected of being a spy.
    (AP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, In Iraq a series of attacks across the country killed 17 people, including 4 Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribal chief Maiser al-Waqaa. A mass grave in the northern Suleiman Beg area was found to contain the bodies of 15 Shiite truck drivers killed by Sunni militants.
    (AP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, Israel said it published tenders for 283 new homes in the West Bank Elkana settlement, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on occupied Palestinian territory for three decades.
    (AP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe won Dhaka's support for Tokyo's bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council as he began a visit to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka aimed at offsetting China's mounting influence in South Asia.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 5, A member of Lebanon's Hezbollah was killed when an Israeli listening device exploded in the south of the country.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 5, In Lesotho a top military commander said Lt. General Tlali Kamol, suspected of involvement in last week's attempted coup, has seized army weapons in preparation for a possible stand-off.
    (AP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 5, In Mozambique a peace accord was signed in Maputo between Pres. Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama. It was intended to end almost 2 years of hostilities between the two sides.
    (AP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 5, NATO leaders meeting in Wales approved plans to create a rapid response force headquartered in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.
    (AP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, North Korea said it will send back a South Korean man who entered the North illegally. Kim Sang-geun reportedly entered North Korea through a third country after having unspecified difficulties living in the South.
    (AP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah announced the launch of the first stage of a border security program, covering 900 km (560 miles) of the northern frontier. Saudi police raided a house in Khafji, near the Kuwaiti border, and charged 27 Asian Christians with holding a church ceremony. Saudi Arabia forbids non-Muslim religious practice.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)(Econ, 9/20/14, p.43)
2014        Sep 5, Sierra Leone said it will impose a four-day, countrywide "lockdown" starting Sept. 18, in an escalation of efforts to halt the spread of Ebola across the West African country.
    (Reuters, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, A representative of the Dalai Lama said South Africa has denied a visa to the Nobel peace Prize laureate. The Tibetan spiritual leader had hoped to attend a Nobel peace conference in Cape Town next month. This was South Africa’s 3rd denial in five years. Concerns about angering China have been cited.
    (SFC, 9/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 5, In Ashara, Syria, the Islamic State publicly executed and crucified a young man identified as Ali Khalaf, accusing him of "heresy and apostasy."
    (AFP, 9/5/14)
2014        Sep 5, In north-western Tanzania at least 36 people were killed and dozens injured when two passenger buses collided along a busy road.
    (Reuters, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 5, In Ukraine fighting raged between government forces and pro-Russian rebels just east of the strategic port of Mariupol despite the start of talks between envoys from Ukraine and Russia in Minsk on a ceasefire and a peace plan. Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed to a ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 9/5/14)

2014        Sep 6, A Bahrain court ruled that prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja be kept behind bars for an extra 10 days despite a UN call for her release. She was arrested for assaulting a police officer after arriving at Manama airport on August 30. Khawaja accused police of attacking her at the airport.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, China reported that flooding in the southwest over the past week has left 44 people dead and 18 missing, and has caused massive damage to housing and crops.
    (AP, 9/6/14)   
2014        Sep 6, The Democratic Republic of Congo upped its death toll from Ebola to 32 but insisted the outbreak, separate from an epidemic raging in west Africa, could be contained in its remote forest hotspot.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, Egypt charged ousted president Mohamed Mursi and nine others with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar, furthering a state crackdown on his outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
    (Reuters, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of “debauchery,” after a video emerged of a same-sex wedding party. On Nov 1 eight men were convicted of “indecent dabauchery” following their appearance at the wedding party.
    (SSFC, 9/7/14, p.A8)(SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A3)
2014        Sep 6, In Germany the GdL union for train drivers began a three-hour national strike to put pressure on German railway company Deutsche Bahn in their ongoing wage negotiations.
    (AP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, Authorities in northern India and Pakistan said more than 230 people have been killed in torrential monsoon rains which triggered flooding, landslides and house collapses. This included at least 155 people killed in both sides of Kashmir.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, Libya’s government said a Sudanese military transport plane bound for a Tripoli airport under control of an armed faction had entered its airspace to supply a "terrorist group" with ammunition. 12 people were reportedly killed and ten wounded in the shelling of Warshefana residential areas near Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 6, Nigerian soldiers fought off rebels advancing on Maiduguri, Borno state, headquarters of the military campaign against the insurgency and the birthplace of Boko Haram. The nearby towns of Duhu, Shuwa, Kirshinga and others fell in assaults over the last 24 hours. Army soldiers fled when hundreds of insurgents in stolen military armored personnel carriers, trucks and motorcycles attacked Gulak, an administrative headquarters of Adamawa state.
    (AP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 6, In central Pakistan gunmen killed 3 people including a senior army officer in an attack on a Sufi shrine in Sargodha. A Taliban attack on a naval dockyard in Karachi saw two militants and a sailor killed.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)(AP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 6, Russia sent six ships carrying personnel and equipment to a Soviet-era military base in the Arctic that it is reopening to bolster its presence in the region.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, named a new leader, Ahmad Umar (aka Abu Ubaidah), after confirming the killing of their previous leader by a US airstrike.
    (AP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, In Sweden at least 20 cars were set on fire overnight in a poor immigrant suburb of Stockholm, days before an election in which joblessness and Sweden's open door asylum policy are major issues.
    (Reuters, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, Syria launched a series of airstrikes targeting Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group, killing at least 41 people, most of whom died when one missile slammed into a crowded bakery.
    (AP, 9/6/14)(SSFC, 9/7/14, p.A5)(Reuters, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 6, In eastern Ukraine shelling resumed near the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov late today, just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko had agreed in a phone call that the truce was holding.
    (Reuters, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 6, Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders said clashes between Shiite rebels and Islamist tribesmen have killed 40 people over two days in the country's north.
    (AP, 9/6/14)

2014        Sep 7, The United States and Georgia moved to expand their defense relationship, including the possible sale of US Black Hawk helicopters to the former Soviet bloc nation.
    (AP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, The US expanded its month-long air campaign to Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland, hitting Islamic State fighters west of Baghdad as troops and allied tribesmen launched a ground assault.
    (AFP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, In Tennessee the partial remains of missing student Holly Bobo, a cousin of country music singer Whitney Duncan, were found. Bobo (20), a nursing student, was last seen in April 2011 by her brother.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 7, An Afghan judge sentenced seven men to death for the August 23 gang-rape of four women in a case that sparked nationwide outrage and highlighted the violence women face despite reforms since the Taliban era.
    (AFP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, Cameroon's military reportedly killed 100 Islamic militants who traveled from Nigeria to attack Fotocol just across the border. The army fired mortars at the extremists and pushed them back into Nigeria.
    (AP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 7, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported that authorities have killed some 4,900 dogs in Baoshan, Yunnan province, after blaming five human deaths on rabies. The city of vaccinated another 100,000 in its anti-rabies campaign and issued an urgent order calling for authorities to tightly regulate dogs and kill stray ones.
    (AP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo agreed to take the "necessary measures" and were prepared to cooperate internationally to confront Islamic State militants.
    (AFP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, Avraham Mengistu, an Israeli of Ethiopian descent in his late 20s, disappeared after he "independently" crossed the border fence into the Gaza Strip. On July 9, 2015, Israeli authorities announced that Mengistu was being held by Hamas. Authorities said another Israeli citizen was also being held in Gaza.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2014        Sep 7, Four Japanese ships left the northern island of Hokkaido to start the seasonal "research" whaling hunt in Pacific coastal waters.
    (AFP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi (94) died of heart failure. She was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the US she was one of biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 7, In Mozambique six suspected poachers were arrested in the Niassa National Reserve wildlife reserve, home to about two-thirds of the country’s elephants.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 7, Scores of Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem after hearing that a youth from their neighborhood had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week. Mohammed Sinokrot (16) succumbed to a head wound suffered during a protest a week ago but the circumstances of how he sustained the wound were in dispute.
    (Reuters, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, In South Korea Kwon Ri-sae (23) died at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul. She was the 2nd Ladies' Code band member to die following a car accident on Sep 3.
    (AP, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse held talks with Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe. The two leaders agreed to forge stronger maritime links between their countries in a move seen as countering China's influence in the region.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 7, A senior aide to Ukraine's Pres. Petro Poroshenko said an agreement was reached during the NATO summit in Wales on the provision of weapons and military advisers from five member states of the alliance.
    (Reuters, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, In eastern Ukraine a woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting flared again overnight. Fighting broke out early today on the northern outskirts of rebel-held Donetsk. Both the rebels and the Ukrainian military insisted they were strictly observing the ceasefire and blamed their opponents for any violations.
    (Reuters, 9/7/14)
2014        Sep 7, In Yemen a Huthi demonstrator was shot dead and a number of protesters received gunshot wounds when police hurled tear gas canisters and deployed water cannon against demonstrators.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)

2014        Sep 8, Torrential rains drenched much of the US Southwest, prompting flash-flood warnings across four states and taking the lives of two women washed away in separate incidents in Arizona.
    (Reuters, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, US federal and state health officials said hundreds of children across the Midwest have been stricken by a potentially serious respiratory illness, and many states were asking for federal help testing and tracking cases. Many of the cases were positive for the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
    (Reuters, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Iowa State University student Tong Shao (20) disappeared. On Sep 26 police found a car connected with Shao, a junior chemical engineering student from China, and then found a body in the trunk.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 8, Harvard Univeresity announced that its school of public health has received a record $350 million donation from the philanthropic foundation established by the family of Hong Kong real estate developer T.H. Chan (d.1986).
    (SFC, 9/9/14, p.A5)
2014        Sep 8, Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy (93) died in Georgia. The billionaire rose from poverty by building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but drew unwanted attention for the Cathy family's opposition to gay marriage.
    (AP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Ray Rice, running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was dropped indefinitely by the NFL after video footage emerged showing him punching his future wife unconscious in a casino lift. He had initially received a two-game suspension after being indicted in March for the assault. The charges were dropped after he agreed to counseling.
    (Econ, 9/20/14, p.27)
2014        Sep 8, In Nevada an experimental plane crashed killing pilot Lee Behel (64) as he attempted to qualify for the Reno National Championship Air Races.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 8, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah insisted that he won the country's disputed election, dimming hopes that a power-sharing deal could soon be agreed to end the prolonged political crisis.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, In Chile at least 14 people were injured when an explosion ripped through a fast-food restaurant in Santiago. Fragments from a fire extinguisher filled with gunpowder caused the injuries.
    (SFC, 9/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 8, In Ethiopia African Union chiefs held an emergency meeting to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic, which has killed over 2,000 people in west Africa.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Hong Kong pulled pineapple buns and dumplings from the shelves after Taiwanese authorities said a factory in the south of the island illegally used 243 tons of tainted products, often referred to as "gutter oil", to mix with lard oil. Oil from Chang Guann, the Taiwanese oil manufacturer, was at the heart of the scandal.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Hungarian police raided two NGOs responsible for distributing Norwegian grants aimed at strengthening civil society in poorer parts of Europe. Norway suspended payments in response to a government audit of NGOs such as the Roma Press Center, Women for Women against Violence and the Labrisz Lesbian Association.
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.68)
2014        Sep 8, An Iranian government minister said Afghan and Pakistani nationals, who were planning to join the ranks of Islamic State jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq, have been arrested in Iran.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Iraq’s parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi as the new prime minister. An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 16 people at a meeting of Sunni tribal fighters and security troops in Duluiyah. Iraqi security forces retook the Anbar provincial town of Barwana following US airstrikes. The Arab League agreed to take urgent measures to combat extremists like the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 9/8/14)(SFC, 9/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 8, In Israel Goel Ratzon (64) was convicted of sex crimes and financial fraud, but was acquitted on charges of enslavement. Prior to his 2010 arrest he had 21 wives and more than 40 children.
    (SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A4)
2014        Sep 8, The Italian foreign ministry said 3 missionary nuns have been found slain in their convent in Burundi.
    (SFC, 9/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 8, Lithuania's central bank cut its 2014 economic growth forecast, citing in part Russia's ban on imports on certain foods from several Western countries.
    (Reuters, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, A Nigerian official said the military has recaptured the town of Bama in northeast Borno state from Boko Haram and blocked the Islamist militants' advance towards the state capital Maiduguri.
    (Reuters, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Pakistan's military said it has killed 10 militants and destroyed an explosives cache in fresh air strikes as part of a major offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Human Rights Watch said Internationally-funded African Union troops in Somalia (AMISOM) have raped women and girls as young as 12 and traded food aid for sex.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 8, Somalia's Islamist rebel group al-Shabaab bombed African Union peacekeepers and government vehicles in twin attacks that left at least 12 civilians dead.
    (Reuters, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government warplanes killed at least 60 civilians including a dozen children in two days of air strikes on Islamic State-held territory at the weekend.
    (Reuters, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that 1,200 captives held by pro-Russian rebels have been freed over the last 4 days.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)
2014        Sep 8, Yemen sacked the commander of its police special forces, a day after clashes broke out as they tried in vain to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking the road to Sanaa airport.
    (AFP, 9/8/14)

2014        Sep 9, In Alabama the bodies of five children aged between 1 and 8 were found stuffed into garbage bags near a logging road after their father, Timothy Ray Jones (32), confessed to killing them and led police to the scene. Jones had been stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on Sep 6 in Mississippi. The children were last seen on Aug 28 and reported missing from their home near Lexington, SC, by their mother on Sept. 3.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)(SFC, 9/11/14, p.A12)
2014        Sep 9, In Miami, Fla., Jose Padilla, convicted in 2007 of supporting al-Qaida and terrorism conspiracy, was given a new sentence of 21 years after a federal appeals court ruled that his original 17-year sentence was too lenient.
    (SFC, 9/10/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 9, Apple unveiled a $349 watch, two larger iPhones and the mobile payments service Apple Pay. Apple Inc will reportedly charge fees from banks every time consumers use their iPhone to make purchases, a move that will give the company a cut of the growing mobile payments market.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)(Econ, 9/13/14, p.73)
2014        Sep 9, In eastern Afghanistan a US air strike in in the Narang district of Kunar province killed 14 people, including 2 children and 2 women.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 9, The Invisible Children organization said more than 70 women and children, abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army, have been freed over the past month. 12 of the abductees managed to escape following recent clashes in CongoDRC between rebels and security forces.
    (SFC, 9/10/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 9, Communist Cuba accused the United States' economic embargo on Havana of costing it $116 billion in economic losses over five decades.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed El-Beltagy, a leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and Safwat Hegazy, an Islamist cleric, to 20 years in prison for attempting to kill two policemen.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, French carmaker Renault said it has signed a deal with conglomerate Bollore to build a three-seater version of the four-seater Bluecar electric vehicle used in Bollore's 'Autolib' self-service auto hire scheme in France. Until now, Bollore's Bluecars were all built in Italy under a joint venture with its designer Pininfarina.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, Hong Kong democracy activists shaved their heads in a symbolic act of protest against China's increased political control over the city.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, The Israeli navy arrested four Palestinian fishermen and seized their boat. The Israeli military said the two vessels involved were operating outside of their permitted maritime limit.
    (AP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, Japan released a 12,000-page history of Emperor Hirohito (d.1989). His 62-year reign spanned Japan’s invasion of much of Asia and its post WWII recosntruction. 
    (SFC, 9/10/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 9, The death toll from the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to at least 420, including 217 on India’s side and 213 on the Pakistani side.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, In Libya 5 soldiers were killed and seven others wounded when Islamist fighters belonging to a group called Majlis al-Shoura attacked an army checkpoint in Benghazi. 25 soldiers were reported missing and likely kidnapped by Islamists at checkpoints in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 9, In Pakistan at least 9 worshippers were killed when the roof of a mosque collapsed in the eastern city of Lahore and an unknown number are still buried under rubble.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, In Spain banking magnate Emilio Botin (79) died of a heart attack. He built the country's Banco Santander into a global financial giant and was widely seen as the nation's most influential business leader.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 9, In northwest Syria a blast hit a meeting of Islamist insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib province. Hassan Aboud, the group's leader, was among 47 top members killed.
    (Reuters, 9/10/14)(AFP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 9, Ukraine said it was drafting a list of food and other products it plans to ban from Russia in retaliation for Moscow's own painful and politically-charged restrictions.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, Venezuela's Central Bank announced that the country’s inflation rate has soared to 63.4% -- the highest in Latin America.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, The World Health Organization (WHO) said the death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, Yemeni police shot dead 7 Shiite rebel activists in Sanaa who were attempting to storm the government headquarters in an escalation of demonstrations. Al-Qaida militants detonated a car bomb at an army checkpoint in the eastern Hadramawt province, setting off a firefight in which 3 soldiers and 10 militants were killed
    (AFP, 9/9/14)(Reuters, 9/9/14)

2014        Sep 10, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This was in addition to $10 million already committed.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 10, In California federal agents launched a series of raids in downtown Los Angeles. They arrested 9 people and seized an estimated $65 million in assets related to drug cartels laundering narcotics profits.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 10, In Colorado Shannon Conley (19) pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State. On Jan 23 she was sentenced to four years in prison even as she said that she has disavowed jihad.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A6)(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A4)
2014        Sep 10, In Missouri Earl Ringo Jr. was executed by lethal injection. This was the state’s 8th execution this year. He had been convicted of a 1998 robbery and double murder.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 10, In Texas Willie Trottie (45) was executed for killing his former common-law wife and brother in 1993. This was the state’s 8th execution  by lethal injection this year.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 10, Australian police arrested two men for allegedly preparing to fight in Syria, recruiting jihadists and raising money for an al-Qaida offshoot group.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, Britain’s PM David Cameron begged Scots not to rip apart Britain's "family of nations", visiting Scotland in an attempt to stem a steep last minute rise in secessionist support ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum on independence.
    (Reuters, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, England’s Birmingham Univ. said researchers have produced digital maps of what’s beneath Stoenhenge revealing 17 previously unknown  ritual monuments and a huge timber building.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 10, French authorities arrested Mourad Fartes (30), a suspected top recruiter of jihadists for the civil war in Syria.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 10, The death toll from the flooding in India and Pakistan climbed to at least 457. Thousands of people fled their homes in Pakistan as monsoon flooding that has already inundated the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir coursed down onto the plains.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, In Iraq bomb attacks killed at least 30 people in Baghdad as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the capital for talks on combatting jihadists. Shi'ite militia north of Baghdad forced dozens of Sunni families from their homes during an offensive, stole possessions and burned their houses.
    (AFP, 9/10/14)(Reuters, 9/10/14)(SFC, 9/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 10, In southern Japan the Sendai Nuclear Power Station's two reactors won regulators' approval under new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, New Zealand police said Michael Harris (56), who owns the Main Street Lodge in the North Island town of Kaitaia, was charged with 39 offenses against 16 men, including indecent assault, aggravated wounding related to allegedly drugging the men and making intimate visual recordings.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, Pakistani warplanes struck five militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing 65 insurgents.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III proposed to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at ending a four-decade rebellion that has killed 150,000 people.
    (AP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, Poland's PGNiG gas utility said its gas deliveries from Russia's Gazprom had been cut by 24 percent, amid heightened tensions over the Ukraine crisis.
    (AFP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham rebel brigade named new chiefs after a devastating blast killed 47 members of its leadership at Ram Hamdan, northeast of Idlib city.
    (AFP, 9/10/14)
2014        Sep 10, Turkey’s parliament approved legislation to tighten the government’s control over the Internet.
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.61)
2014        Sep 10, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Russia has withdrawn about 70% of the troops it allegedly sent across the border to back a bloody pro-Kremlin uprising.
    (AFP, 9/10/14)(SFC, 9/11/14, p.A5)

2014        Sep 11, Bob Crewe (b.1930), songwriter and producer, died in Scarborough, Maine. His first hit was the 1957 song “Silhouttes,” a top ten tune for the Rays written with Frank Slay. In 1962 he produced the hit “Sherry” by Frankie Valli and went on to help write and produce “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”
    (SFC, 9/15/14, p.C4)
2014        Sep 11, Missouri lawmakers voted to allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. The new legislation also allowed anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 11, In Ohio T.J. Lane (19), the killer of three students in 2012, escaped from the Allen-Oakwood prison in Lima with two other inmates. They had spent months building a ladder with materials stored in a maintenance area. All three were caught within hours of escaping.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A12)(SFC, 11/15/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 11, Utah police in Saratoga Springs shot and killed Darrien Hunt (22), an African American, as he ran away after swinging a samurai-style sword that was part of his Japanese anime costume.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 11, The EU slapped more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists in Ukraine.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 11, In India and Pakistan monsoon floods inundated more villages as the death toll in both countries reached 461.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 11, In Iraq car bombs in three Shiite cities sought of Baghdad killed 17 people.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 11, In Nigeria two pilots and an Alpha jet went missing after it left the northeastern town of Yola on a bombing mission against Boko Haram. On Oct 3 a new Boko Haram video showed the beheading of a man identified as the pilot of the missing Nigerian Air Force jet and burnt out parts of a plane.
    (AP, 10/3/14)
2014        Sep 11, In the Philippines 2 soldiers and 10 members of a Muslim rebel group opposed to a government peace accord died in a clash in North Catabato province.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 11, In Spain hundreds of thousands marched in downtown Barcelona on Catalonia’s annual National Day. This was seen as a prelude to an upcoming vote for secession.
    (SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A4)
2014        Sep 11, In Syria the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front released all 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for the last two weeks.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A4)
2014        Sep 11, The Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) opened its 14th annual summit. The 2-day meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, included the groups six member countries: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO agreed to adopt procedures for expansion with India and Pakistan likely to join next year.
    (Econ, 9/20/14, p.39)
2014        Sep 11, Turkey refused to sign the “Jeddah Communique,” in which various Arab nations promised to back America’s military action against the Islamic State. On Sep 23 Pres. Erdogan said his country was ready to give necessary support to attacks on the IS.
    (Econ, 9/27/14, p.24)

2014        Sep 12, The US imposed sanctions on Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Lukoil, Surgutneftegas and Rosneft, banning Western firms from supporting their activities in exploration or production from deep water, Arctic offshore or shale projects.
    (Reuters, 9/13/14)
2014        Sep 12, Two F/A-18 Hornet jets collided west of Wake Island, about 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of Hawaii. Lieutenant Nathan Poloski (26) of Lake Arrowhead, Ca., was missing.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 12, In Pennsylvania a deadly ambush at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove left Cpl. Bryon Dickinson dead and trooper Alex Douglass critically wounded. Police soon identifed Eric Frein (31) as the prime suspect.
    (SFC, 9/15/14, p.A6)(SFC, 9/18/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 12, The Australian government raised its terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 12, A boat from the northern China seaport city of Dalian, with six crew on board, was seized by North Koreans while fishing in the Yellow Sea between China and the Korean Peninsula. The North Koreans demanded a fine of 250,000 yuan ($40,700) for releasing the boat and its crew, but on September 17th the six crew returned to their fishing village with wounds on their bodies from being beaten.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 12, Ian Paisley (88), Northern Ireland preacher and politician, died.
    (Econ, 9/20/14, p.86)
2014        Sep 12, Nigerian soldiers reportedly killed some 200 militants in Konduga town. The dead included a Boko Haram commander named Amir. Insurgents attacked a market outside Maiduguri. At least 4 people were killed.
    (AFP, 9/13/14)(SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A5)
2014        Sep 12, In Nigeria a multistory building serving as a shopping mall and guesthouse at the sprawling campus of televangelist T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, collapsed on the outskirts of Lagos. Four days later one woman was saved from the rubble. The final death toll was 115 people killed. 74 of the dead were from South Africa.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)(AP, 9/16/14)(AP, 9/22/14)(AP, 11/16/14)

2014        Sep 13, In California the King Fire broke out west of Lake Tahoe. By Sep 25 it had scorced 93,000 acres and was only 38% contained.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 13, Univ. of Virginia student Hannah Graham (18) went missing. Police later identified Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. (32) as a suspect. He was returned to Virginia on Sep 27 after being found in Texas. Matthew was also linked to the 2009 murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington (20). Graham’s body was found on Oct 18.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/mk4k2ac)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A10)(SFC, 10/1/14, p.A12)(SSFC, 10/19/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 13, French police detained Kemi Seba (aka Stellio Capo Chichi), a convicted anti-Semite and radical black power activist, after he arrived in Paris to promote a new book. Seba had been living in Senegal.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 13, Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism squad arrested 7 suspected militants, including 4 Turks believed to be planning to join a jihadist group in eastern Indonesia with possible links to the Islamic State group. Four of the suspects were members of China's ethnic Uighur minority community.
    (AP, 9/14/14)(AP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 13, Islamic State militants publicly executed 8 Sunni men in a small northern Iraqi village over the last 24 hours for allegedly plotting against the group.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 13, The Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of British subject David Haines and threatening the life of another British hostage.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 13, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sacked 10 senior officials because they failed to heed a warning to return from overseas travel to help the government's fight against an Ebola epidemic.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 13, In the Philippines rescuers plucked at least 110 survivors from dangerously shifting waters and recovered at least 3 bodies from the M/V Maharlika II, which listed and sank at nightfall.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 13, A Russian convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the border to deliver humanitarian aid to Luhansk, a move made without Kiev's consent yet met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders.
    (AP, 9/13/14)
2014        Sep 13, In Serbia a German man (27), taking part in a gay rights conference, suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in Belgrade.
    (SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 13, Ugandan police arrested 19 suspected Islamist Shebab insurgents who planned to carry out bomb attacks in Kampala and other towns.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)

2014        Sep 14, Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America.
    (AFP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 14, The US repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 in the Basketball World Cup.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In Nevada drone aircraft competed for for the 1st time on the 3rd and final day at the National Championship Air Races in Reno.
    (SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A17)
2014        Sep 14, A new armed group calling itself the Caliphate Soldiers in Algeria was reported to have split from AQIM, al Qaeda's North African branch, and sworn loyalty to the radical breakaway group Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In Canada "The Imitation Game," a biopic of British codebreaker Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch, won the Toronto film festival's top prize.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In southern China residents of Huizhou protested against a proposed garbage incinerator for a 2nd straight day. 24 people were detained a day earlier in the Guangdong province protests.
    (AP, 9/14/14)(Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In China police detained writer Huang Zerong (81), better known as Tieliu, on the vague charge of causing trouble. Police also arrested Jaycee Chan (31), the son of film star Jackie Chan, on drug charges. Taiwanese movie star Ko Kai was also arrested. Police said both tested positive for marijuana.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 14, In Croatia as many as two-thirds of the country’s 21 counties struggled with flooding.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said 7 jihadists were killed in a shootout in the Sinai peninsula during a joint operation by police and the army.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, The Egyptian coast guard arrested 157 migrants of different nationalities including Palestinians who had been planning to sail illegally in a rickety fishing boat from Egyptian shores to Italy.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In Hong Kong thousands of pro-democracy activists clad in black marched silently, holding banners saying they felt betrayed and angry at Beijing's refusal to allow fully-democratic elections for the city's next chief executive in 2017.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, India’s Supreme Court cancelled 214 of 218 coal mining licenses sold between 1992 and 2010. The government pledged to auction new licenses quickly.
    (Econ, 9/27/14, p.72)
2014        Sep 14, In Israel scores of veterans of elite intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defense after 43 comrades said they would no longer take part in its "injustices" against millions of Palestinians.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In Ivory Coast the party of former President Laurent Gbagbo withdrew from the country's election commission, setting back efforts to draw it into the political mainstream before a scheduled presidential election next year.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, Libya's newly elected parliament fired the president of the central bank after he tried to prevent funds that had been allocated for the lawmakers from leaving the bank.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, A boat packed with some 200 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank off the Libyan coast. Only 36 survivors were rescued. As many as 500 migrants were feared to have drowned after traffickers rammed and sank their boat.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)(AP, 9/15/14)(AFP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 14, Libyan PM Abdullah al-Thinni said Qatar had sent three military planes loaded with weapons and ammunition to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed opposition group.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed told Britain's Independent on Sunday paper that up to 200 Maldivians were fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. The entire population of the Maldives is only around 330,000 Sunni Muslims.
    (AFP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 14, In northern Mali a UN military vehicle struck a land mine in the volatile Kidal region, killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four other peacekeepers.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, North Korea's Supreme Court convicted Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. He reportedly admitted to having the "wild ambition" of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea's human rights situation.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, Pakistani police arrested anti-government protesters overnight in what activists said was an effort to crack down on weekslong sit-ins in the capital, while the government said police only apprehended suspects in a recent attack on state-run TV.
    (AP, 9/14/14)(SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 14, In Pakistan 3 paramilitary soldiers were killed when a group of militants launched a rocket attack on a mountain fort North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In Pakistan severe flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party in Punjab province, killing the bridegroom and 17 others. Experts placed explosives near the dike to spare the city of Muzaffargarh from the flooding that has ravaged the eastern Punjab province.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In the Philippines fast-moving Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into the northeast, sparking warnings of possible landslides, flash floods and storm surges.
    (AP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died after contracting the dreaded Ebola virus.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt conceded defeat after a narrow victory by the center-left over an Alliance government that has governed Sweden for eight years.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, Ukraine's defense minister said that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014        Sep 14, In eastern Ukraine two northern neighborhoods in Donetsk were shelled heavily. At least 6 people were killed and 15 others wounded. 73 Ukrainian soldiers were freed in an exchange with the rebels.
    (AP, 9/15/14)

2014        Sep 15, In California the Boles Fire broke out in Siskiyou County forcing as many as 2,000 residents to flee the town of Weed. On October 11 police arrested Ronald Bean Marshall (24) on suspicion of starting the Boles Fire.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A11)
2014        Sep 15, Oklahoma state trooper Eric Roberts (42) was arrested on complaints of kidnapping, rape and othercrimes after three women alleged the officer sexually assaulted them while he was on duty.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 15, Gilead Sciences said it will begin selling its $1,000 per pill hepatitis C treatment in India and other developing countries at a fraction of the price it charges in the US. Gilead said it had struck agreements with seven Indian generic drug makers to sell lower cost versions.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.D2)
2014        Sep 15, Microsoft announced a $2.5 billion deal to acquire Mojang, the Swedish firm behind the “Mindcraft” video game said to have over 100 million players.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.A1)
2014        Sep 15, In Belgium Frank Van Den Bleeken, convicted of murder and rape and imprisoned for almost three decades, was granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable.
    (AP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 15, In Brazil Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, escaped injury during a robbery by three gunmen.
    (AP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 15, China's President Xi Jinping enlisted the Maldives' backing for a "21st century maritime silk road" as he began a tour of South Asia in the strategically located Indian Ocean island chain.
    (AFP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 15, An Egyptian court sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top official Mohamed Badie and 14 others to life in jail on charges of murder and inciting violence during a protest near Cairo last year. Prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah was released on 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($714) bail along with two other activists. He faced retrial on a 15-year prison sentence for violating a draconian protest law.
    (Reuters, 9/15/14)(AP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 15, In France world powers backed military measures to help defeat Islamic State fighters in Iraq, boosting Washington's efforts to set up a coalition, but made no mention of the tougher diplomatic challenge next door in Syria. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said French aircraft would begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq. Iran ruled out working with any international coalition and rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants.
    (Reuters, 9/15/14)(AP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 15, French flag carrier Air France scrapped half of its flights as pilots began a strike against the company's plan to develop its low-cost subsidiary.
    (AFP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 15, German prosecutors said Oskar Groening (93) has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as as SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp between May and June of 1944.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 15, In Iraq the United States bombed militants near Baghdad in support of government forces, striking close to the capital for the first time in its expanded campaign against Islamic State jihadists. Attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two air strikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi security forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.
    (AFP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 15, In Libya unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded.
    (AP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 15, A boat carrying at least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the coast near Tripoli, drowning dozens.
    (AP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 15, In the northern Philippines Typhoon Kalmagi left at least 2 people dead. 8 others were killed when the storm sank a ferry on Sep 13.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 15, In Thailand British tourists Hannah Witheridge (23), and David Miller (24) were found battered to death on a beach on Koh Tao, a small island in the Gulf of Thailand. An autopsy indicated that Witheridge had been raped. On Oct 2 police said two workers from Myanmar have confessed to the murders. On Oct 21 Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 21, sent a retraction letter to prosecutors handling their case claiming they were tortured and forced to confess under police custody. On Dec 24, 2015, Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin were sentenced to death.
    (AP, 9/15/14)(AP, 10/2/14)(AP, 10/22/14)(AP, 12/24/15)
2014        Sep 15, In Ukraine US-led military exercises involving 15 countries began, as fighting rumbled on in the restive east between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in violation of a ceasefire.
    (AFP, 9/15/14)

2014        Sep 16, The United States announced it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control.
    (Reuters, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, In California the Three Feet for Safety Act took effect to help protect bicyclists from motorists.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.C1)
2014        Sep 16, NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the Int’l. Space Station in the next few years.
    (SFC, 9/17/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 16, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed at least 3 foreign troops in an attack on a convoy near the US embassy in Kabul. Taliban fighters killed 6 Afghan policemen in an ambush in Herat province.
    (Reuters, 9/16/14)(AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 16, In Afghanistan Palwasha Tokhi became the 7th journalist killed in the country so far this year. She was stabbed to death by a visitor reportedly delivering a wedding invitation.
    (SFC, 9/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 16, In southern Egypt a couple hundred Christian protesters clashed with police after holding a demonstration in front of a police station demanding authorities locate an abducted housewife.
    (AP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, In Egypt a powerful explosion killed 5 police conscripts and an officer near the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, In France a pilots strike at Air France entered its second day, with the two sides appearing no closer to resolving a dispute over cost cuts that has forced the airline to cancel 60 percent of flights.
    (Reuters, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, Germany-listed Ultrasonic AG said in a statement it has been unable to reach its chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong Wu, since the weekend. The company said most of its cash was in China and Hong Kong has been transferred beyond its control.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 16, A court in Germany lifted an emergency injunction that banned the SF-based ridesharing service Uber from operating anywhere in the country.
    (AP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, In Guinea a team of health officials accompanied by journalists came to Womey village to educate people about how to avoid contracting Ebola. A group of local residents turned on their would-be benefactors, attacking them with knives and rocks and killing 8 of them.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 16, Iraqi lawmakers rejected PM Haider al-Abadi’s nominees to lead the defense and interior ministries.
    (SFC, 9/17/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 16, Israeli police said they have arrested 22 Palestinians in annexed Arab east Jerusalem overnight on suspicion of throwing stones and petrol bombs, as three months of protests showed no let-up.
    (AFP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, In Japan the first dolphins of the season were slaughtered in the small town of Taiji.
    (AFP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, In Libya Mohamed al-Kilani, a senior militia commander and former MP, was slain while commanding elements of the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) alliance in clashes with fighters accused of being loyal to Kadhafi in the suburb of Warshefana.
    (AFP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 16, In Nigeria 12 soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of Maiduguri on May 14.
    (AFP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, In Pakistan a group of militants attacked an army post from neighboring Afghanistan, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and 3 soldiers killed. Government warplanes killed 20 local militants in the Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, Romania's energy minister said Russia was playing games with gas supplies to cause concerns in EU states, after analysts warned that Moscow could use the flows to retaliate against sanctions imposed over its role in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, Russia’s Investigative Committee placed Vladimir Yevtushenkov (65), the head of Sistema, under house arrest. His sprawling conglomerate included MTS, Russia’s largest mobile operator, and Bashneft, a profitable oil company. Yevtushenkov was charged with money laundering. Market watchers saw this as an attempt by the government and state-owned Rosneft to take over Bashneft.
    (SFC, 9/18/14, p.A5)
2014        Sep 16, Slovak gas importer SPP reported a 25 percent reduction in gas supplies from Russia via Ukraine, the biggest drop since a decline in deliveries was first reported last week.
    (Reuters, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16, South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 16, Authorities in South Sudan announced a ban on foreign workers, including aid agency staff, and ordered their jobs to be given to locals.
    (AFP, 9/16/14)
2014        Sep 16,  In Syria a government warplane crashed into the city of Raqqa, the defacto capital of the Islamic State. At least 8 people were killed. Jihadists claimed to have shot it down. At least 48 people were killed by government airstrikes over the last two days in Talbiseh. In Damascus at least 18 fighters were killed after two groups of rebels crawled into the city through sewers to attack a government checkpoint.
    (AFP, 9/16/14)(AP, 9/17/14)(SFC, 9/17/14, p.A4)
2014        Sep 16, Tunisia’s PM Mehdi Jomaa said that security forces were heightening security across the North African country with special focus in border areas monitoring arms smuggling and Islamist groups.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 16, Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the EU, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.
    (AP, 9/16/14)

2014        Sep 17, The US Federal Reserve made clear that record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 17, US Senate investigators blamed China for nearly two dozen successful hacker break-ins of computer networks belonging to Pentagon contractors. A yearlong investigation announced by the Senate Armed Services Committee identified at least 50 intrusions since 2012 against unspecified contractors working for the US Transportation Command.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, In California Wayne Allen Huntsman (37) was arrested and charged with setting the massive King Fire near his home in Pollock Pines, El Dorado County. The fire has burned 73,000 acres since Sep 13.
    (SFC, 9/19/14, p.A10)
2014        Sep 17, In the US version of the Mayors Challenge, announced by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the $5 million top prize went to Providence, Rhode Island. Its project called for improving poor children's vocabulary by outfitting them with recording devices if their parents agreed.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, The 21 winners of the MacArthur grants for exceptional creativity and accomplishment were announced.
    (SFC, 9/17/14, p.E2)
2014        Sep 17, In Missouri police shot and killed a man (42) after he slammed his vehicle into a police car and then fled. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots after the man allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis.
    (SFC, 9/19/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 17, In Texas Lisa Coleman (38) was executed for the 2004 starvation and torture death of Davontae Williams, the son of her girlfriend, Marcella Williams. Marcella (33) took a plea bargain in 2006 and accepted a life sentence.
    (SFC, 9/18/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 17, A UN human rights team looking into complaints of torture in Azerbaijan said it had cut short its investigations because it had been stopped from visiting some government detention centers.
    (Reuters, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, The government of the Central African Republic said around 80 people are missing after their boat sank last week on the M'poko River south of the capital Bangui.
    (AFP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Chinese authorities put Ilham Tohti, a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, on trial for separatism as critics warned the prosecution will worsen tensions in violence-wracked Xinjiang.
    (AFP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, In China Lhamo Tashi burned himself to death in Hezuo city in the Tibetan prefecture of Gannan in the northwestern province of Gansu.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 17, Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election hoping to end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. Military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama, who has ruled since he seized control in a 2006 coup, was the front-runner. Fiji First led the vote with 60% with the rival Sodelpa party at 27%.
    (AP, 9/17/14)(SFC, 9/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 17, An estimate by the French national auditor showed that fraud in France's indebted welfare system costs the country between 20-25 billion euros ($26-32 billion) per year and only a tiny fraction of that amount is ever recovered.
    (Reuters, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, French prosecuting judges in Paris dropped all charges of money laundering and fraud against nine people close to an exiled Iranian opposition group more than 10 years after they were arrested on terrorism charges. The five women and four men were among 167 sympathizers of the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI) who were rounded up in 2003 during a police raid on the outskirts of Paris.
    (Reuters, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Indonesia added more water-dropping helicopters to fight forest and plantation wildfires that are spreading haze across the region, limiting visibility and increasing air pollution.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Israel's Justice Ministry said Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, a multimillionaire celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States, has accepted a plea bargain in which he admits to attempting to bribe a senior police official, and could now face a one-year prison sentence.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Japan agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. The agreement with China, South Korea and Taiwan called for reducing eel hauls by 20 percent for one year, beginning in November.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 17, In Kosovo at least nine imams were among 15 people arrested in the second major operation in weeks to try to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Libya's acting PM Abdullah al-Thinni sought to reassert authority over the country by naming a new cabinet. Libya's elected parliament rejected the new cabinet. Islamist fighters launched another offensive on the airport in Libya's Benghazi. 9 soldiers from a special forces unit loyal to renegade former general Khalifa Haftar were reported killed and another 30 wounded in the fighting over the past three days.
    (Reuters, 9/17/14)(AFP, 9/17/14)(Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 17, Lithuania's president Dalia Grybauskaite proposed that investments in strategically important sectors of the economy should be vetted by the government to ensure they do not pose a threat to national security. This followed reports that a Russian-led company leased two large plots of land next to Siauliai airport in northern Lithuania.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Malta stopped a cargo vessel that was traveling from Guinea to Ukraine from entering its harbor for a medical emergency late today on fears the sick person on board could be infected with Ebola.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 17, In Mexico looters stripped supermarkets of food in Los Cabos three days after Hurrican Odile made landfall as a Category 3 storm. Electrical and water services were still out.
    (SFC, 9/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 17, In Nigeria gunmen stormed a government teacher training college in the northern city of Kano, firing repeatedly on fleeing students and setting off an explosion. At least 15 students were killed and 34 others wounded when police fought a battle with suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers in Kano.
    (Reuters, 9/17/14)(AFP, 9/17/14)(SFC, 9/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 17, Pakistan's military launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in North Waziristan, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive operation that began this summer.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 17, Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar (36) was detained at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta. Authorities said he was accused of threatening his 26-year-old partner.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 17, Alexander Fomin, the head of a Russian state arms agency, said Russia and Egypt have reached a preliminary deal for Cairo to buy arms worth $3.5 billion from Moscow.
    (Reuters, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the Mayors Challenge winners, selected from 21 finalists, in Paris.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Syrian regime air strikes on Talbiseh killed as many as 50 people.
    (Econ, 9/27/14, p.25)
2014        Sep 17, Tunisia’s interior and defense ministries said police have killed 2 Islamist militants in clashes near the Algerian border.
    (Reuters, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, In eastern Ukraine shelling in the rebel-held city of Donetsk killed 2 people and wounded three others.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Pope Francis signed on Sri Lanka's first saint, bending the Vatican's rules once again to bypass the usual requirement that a second miracle be confirmed. Francis is expected to canonize the Rev. Giuseppe Baz, a 17th-century missionary, during his January visit to Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 9/17/14)
2014        Sep 17, Venezuelan cartoonist Rayma Suprani said she was fired from her newspaper for a caricature that used the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's signature to satirize the state of healthcare.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)

2014        Sep 18, The United States pledged $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine for its struggle against Russia's incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment, in a gesture of support for visiting Ukraine Pres. Poroshenko.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, San Francisco opened for business its new $100m James R. Herman cruise ship terminal at Pier 27. Herman (d.1998) was a former port commissioner and ILWU leader.
    (SFC, 9/19/14, p.D7)
2014        Sep 18, Oracle founder Larry Ellison relinquished his position as CEO and named Mark Hurd and Safra Catz as co-presidents.
    (SFC, 9/19/14, p.A1)
2014        Sep 18, In Florida ex-convict Don Spirit (51) killed his daughter (28) and her 6 children outside Gainsville and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 9/20/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 18, Albania's parliament fired Ardian Fullani, the country's central bank governor, following his recent arrest after millions of dollars from the bank's reserves went missing.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Australia’s PM Tony Abbott said militants connected with radical group Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public, after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Belgium said it has arrested Martina Johnson, a high-ranking member of the rebel movement that plunged Liberia into conflict more than two decades ago, and charged her with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, In Cameroon militants launched an assault in the village of Assighassia near the city of Mokolo. The army responded and two of the militants were killed and a Cameroonian soldier injured.
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 18, Chilean police arrested three suspects in the Sep 8 bombing attack, the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, In eastern China an official hanged himself after being sacked following a corruption probe into his presence at an extravagant banquet. Lou Xuequan (50) had been Communist Party chief of a district in Nanjing city.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Finland’s government extended a license to Finnish-Russian consortium Fennovoima to build a nuclear reactor in Pyhajoki. In response the environmentalist Green Party said it's dropping out of the coalition government.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, French President Francois Hollande said he's agreed to Iraq's request for air support against Islamic State fighters who've captured swathes of the country. Hollande ruled out carrying out any military action against Islamic State militants in Syria.
    (AP, 9/18/14)(Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Indian PM Narendra Modi stood beside Chinese President Xi Jinping at a news conference and said he raised India's concerns about repeated incidents at the border. Both leaders said peace and stability along the border were necessary for economic growth and development in the region.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, In Iraq a series of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of Baghdad, killed at least 36 people.
    (AP, 9/18/14)(AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 18, Islamic State fighters backed by tanks captured 21 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, The Lithuanian fishing vessel "Juros Vilkas" (Sea Wolf) and its 28-member crew was in international waters when it was seized by Russia’s Navy in the Barents Sea.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Sep 18, In Mali 5 Chadian peacekeepers died and three others were injured when their truck was hit by an explosive device.
    (AFP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 18, In Nigeria Boko Haram gunmen stormed a crowded market in northeastern Borno state, killing several people and carting away food.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 18, Amnesty Int’l. charged Nigeria’s police and military with the routine torture of men, women and children. Detainees have been reportedly denied access to family and lawyers and have suffered beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks as well as teeth and nails pulled by pliers.
    (SFC, 9/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 18, In Pakistan unidentified gunmen shot dead a professor of Islamic studies who had faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his moderate views. Dr. Muhammad Shakil Auj, the dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies at the university in Karachi, had received threats following complaints that his teaching was too liberal.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Poland said it will create a joint military unit with Lithuania and Ukraine, with its command headquarters in the eastern Polish city of Lublin.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions against Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the domestic market.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Scotland voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation. In a record 85 percent turnout opponents of independence won 55 percent of the vote while separatists won 45 percent with all 3.6 million votes counted.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)(Reuters, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 18, In Slovenia an international whaling conference voted against Japan's highly criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan vowed to go ahead anyway.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, In South Sudan fighting started when gunmen detained Ugandan local government officials carrying out a census, accusing them of straying into South Sudanese territory. By the next day at least 7 people were killed on both sides of Uganda and South Sudan's border.
    (Reuters, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 18, In Switzerland some 200 companies pledged to create new work and training opportunities for Europe's young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Turkish PKK rebels, who have spent three decades fighting for autonomy for Turkey's Kurds, called for the youth of the country's mostly Kurdish southeast to join the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni fired PM Amama Mbabaz, a former ally who is widely expected to seek the presidency in elections in 2016.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 18, A Vietnamese court sentenced four policemen to up to 17 years in prison for beating a suspect to death, in an unusually harsh punishment for police brutality.
    (AP, 9/18/14)
2014        Sep 18, In Yemen armed Shi'ite rebels pushed into Sanaa after clashing with the army in the city's northwest outskirts. Nearly 40 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 9/18/14)(AFP, 9/21/14)

2014        Sep 19, In Washington DC Omar Gonzalez (42), carrying a knife, climbed a fence of the White House, ran inside and reached the East Room before he was apprehended.
    (SFC, 9/29/14, p.A12)
2014        Sep 19, A US federal jurty in Georgia convicted Stewart Parnell, the owner of former Peanut Corp. of America, and two others in a 2007 salmonella outbreak that left hundreds sickened several people dead.
    (SFC, 9/20/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 19, A Utah state judge sentenced Martin MacNeill (58), a former doctor, to serve at least 17 years in prison on chrages related to the 2007 death of his wife.
    (SFC, 9/20/14, p.A10)
2014        Sep 19, Alibaba made its long-awaited Wall Street debut on the heels of a record stock offering at $68 per share. Shares opened at $92.70 and closed at $93.89. Yahoo Corp. retained a roughly 16% stake in Alibaba after selling shares at the $68 IPO offering.
    (AFP, 9/19/14)(SFC, 9/20/14, p.D2)
2014        Sep 19, In northern Afghanistan a bomb blast killed six people and wounded 12 shortly after they left a mosque following Friday prayers in Baghlan province.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, Cambodian police arrested three Thai men whom they accused of carrying counterfeit US $100 bills with a face value of $7.16 million. It appeared to be the biggest-ever seizure of counterfeit money in Cambodia, where dollars are commonly used for financial transactions.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, China fined drug maker GlaxoSmithKline $492 million for bribing doctors in the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, The Dominican Rep. said chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus, has sickened nearly 500,000 people, including 109 newborn babies.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, In Egypt the decapitated body of a man was found in a town in the Sinai Peninsula, the latest in a series of beheadings allegedly carried out by jihadists.
    (AFP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, Former El Salvadoran president Francisco Flores, accused of embezzling $15 million donated by Taiwan while in office, was sent to prison after the court revoked his house arrest.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 19, France said it has joined American forces in military action in Iraq by conducting its first airstrikes against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, Indonesian authorities caned eight convicted gamblers as about 1,000 people watched inside a mosque compound in conservative Aceh province.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, Iran and six world powers opened a new round of talks at the UN to overcome differences in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, In Iraq a series of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in Baghdad killed at least 20 people.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, Two Lebanese soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb near Arsal close to the Syrian border.
    (Reuters, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, A Malaysian court sentenced Adam Adli, a student democracy activist, to one year in jail after finding him guilty of sedition.
    (SFC, 9/20/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 19, In Mexico the bound bodies of 6 men were found dumped on a street in the western state of Michoacan. The New Generation drug cartel claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, Nepal's government signed an agreement with Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydroelectric plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, In Nigeria Islamsit Boko Haram fighters stormed the northeastern town of Mainok, sparking a gun battle that killed at least 36 people and continued into the next day.
    (Reuters, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 19, A Nigerian watchdog group demanded an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3 million in cash to South Africa to buy weapons. South African customs officials last week seized the money in $100 bills in three suitcases that arrived on a private jet from Nigeria at Johannesburg's Lanseria airport. The plane was leased by Ayo Oritsejafor, leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria and a close friend of Pres. Jonathan.
    (AP, 9/19/14)(Econ, 10/4/14, p.58)
2014        Sep 19, In Pakistan a soldier and 3 militants were reported killed in fighting in North Waziristan.
    (AFP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, In the Philippines torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of Manila and nearby provinces, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands just days after the region was drenched by a typhoon.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, In Russia victims aged between 18 and 35 began dying after smoking a legal synthetic drug which they had bought in Surgut. By Sep 24 six had died and dozens had been hospitalized. By Sep 26 the substance in the fatal drug was identified and Russia's Federal Drug Control Agency was in the process of adding it to a banned list.
    (AFP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 19, Scottish nationalist Alex Salmond resigned as leader of his party and will quit as First Minister of his country after losing an independence referendum.
    (Reuters, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, In Sierra Leone thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across the country in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire West African nation was locked down in their homes in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, South Africa’s police said the nation has recorded about 17,000 murders in the year ending in March, reflecting a 5 percent increase over the previous year.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, In South Korea the opening ceremony for the Asian Games was held in in Incheon. 45 nations and regions participated in the events.
    (AP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, Tunisia’s Okba Ibn Nafaa, an Al-Qaeda-linked group, offered backing to the Islamic State organization that has overrun chunks of Iraq and Syria, becoming the third jihadist group to do so this week.
    (AfP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 19, Turkey reopened its border with Syria to Kurds fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants, saying a "worst-case scenario" could drive as many as 100,000 more refugees into the country.
    (AFP, 9/19/14)
2014        Sep 19, Yemeni Shiite rebels agreed to stop fighting Islamists and troops north of Sanaa which has killed dozens this week, in their campaign for a new government and greater political clout.
    (AFP, 9/19/14)

2014        Sep 20, In Massachusetts three Afghan soldiers went missing. They had arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis during an off day from a training exercise. All three were soon found trying to cross the border into Canada.
    (AP, 9/22/14)(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A5)
2014        Sep 20, Polly Bergen (84), an Emmy-winning actress and singer, died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut. In a long career she played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President."
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, J. California Cooper (82), author and playwright, died in Seattle. Her 1991 novel “Family” told a multigenerational story that began with a woman born as a slave. Her 1978 play “Stranger” earned her the Black Playwright of the Year award.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.D5)
2014        Sep 20, In Afghanistan fourteen Pakistani detainees were released from US custody in Bagram Prison and repatriated to Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 20, In Australia finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks, confident they can "change the destiny of the global economy" despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability.
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, French air pilots voted to extend their walkout  until at least Sep 26 to protest Air-France-KLM’s new strategy to shift much of its European operation to Transavia, a low-cost subsidiary.
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A3)
2014        Sep 20, An Indian court sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a woman (20) last January in Subalpur, West Bengal state.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, In northern India an explosion ripped through a makeshift fireworks factory, killing at least 5 people.
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, In Iraq thousands of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr held a rally in Baghdad to protest against the United States' military campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group.
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, Kiribati President Anote Tong ended a Greenpeace-organized tour of glaciers in Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, a trip he said left a deep impression that he would share with world leaders at a UN climate summit next week in New York.
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, At least 300 Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria overnight to battle jihadists from the Islamic State group trying to seize a strategic border town. At least 18 jihadists from the Islamic State group were killed in overnight clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, In Lebanon a suicide bomber killed a number of people at a Hezbollah checkpoint near the border with Syria, hours after news that the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda had executed a Lebanese soldier. At least 11 members of Al-Nusra and other Islamist rebel groups were killed overnight in the bombardment of the Arsal region.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, In New Zealand PM John Key, head of the National Party, won an emphatic victory in a general election to return for a third term.
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, In the Philippines the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that more than 700,000 people were affected by Tropical Storm Fung-Wong in metropolitan Manila and in northern and central provinces, forcing more than 205,000 to evacuate. At least five people died.
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, In northern Syria the Islamic State executed at least 11 civilians, including at least two boys. It has seized at least 64 villages around Kobani since Sep 16, using heavy arms and thousands of fighters. At least 300 Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria overnight to battle jihadists from the Islamic State group trying to seize Kobani, a strategic border town.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)(Reuters, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 20, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages, seized by Islamic State militants in Mosul on June 11, back to Turkey after more than three months in captivity.
    (Reuters, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, The Ukrainian city of Donetsk was rocked by blasts, even as government forces and pro-Russian separatists prepared to create a buffer zone to separate the warring sides. One Ukrainian soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in overnight violence. A nine-point memorandum was signed earlier in the day in the Belarussian capital of Minsk by the separatists and envoys from Moscow and Kiev.
    (Reuters, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on for a UN-brokered political settlement with Shi'ite rebels as some of the worst violence seen in the capital for years raged for a third day. Flights to Sanaa were suspended for a 2nd straight day as the toll mounted from clashes between pro-government forces and rebels.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)(Reuters, 9/20/14)

2014        Sep 21, California Governor Jerry Brown signed several legislations to encourage the electric car market in the state, which accounts for 40 percent of all electric vehicles sold in the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, NASA’s Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars to study the planet’s atmosphere.
    (SFC, 9/23/14, p.A10)
2014        Sep 21, Afghanistan’s election commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as elected winner and next president. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah.
    (AP, 9/21/14)(AFP, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, Pope Francis visited Albania and warned that religion can never be used to justify violence.
    (AFP, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, The Algerian group Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate) kidnapped Herve Pierre Gourde (55), a French national. They threatened to kill the hostage within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on the Islamic State in Iraq. On Sep 24 Jund al-Khilifa posted a video and claimed to have beheaded Gourde.
    (AFP, 9/23/14)(AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 21, Australians rallied for climate action, from protesters chanting "Green energy" outside G20 talks to forming a human chain message in Sydney as part of an international day of action.
    (AFP, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, In Australia finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies said they are close to reaching their goal of boosting world GDP by more than $2 trillion over the next five years, and will focus on infrastructure investment to help reach the target.
    (AP, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, China’s Xinhua News Agency said three police officers and four other people have been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions. Multiple explosions in Luntai county, Xinjiang, killed at least 2 people and injured many others. 50 people, including 40 assailants, were killed in what authorities called a terror attack.
    (AP, 9/22/14)(AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 21, China's police ministry said 88 fugitives wanted on charges of corruption and other economic offenses have been extradited or returned on their own from the United States and other countries in the midst of an anti-graft crackdown.
    (AP, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, In Cairo, Egypt, at least 2 policemen were killed when a bomb exploded near a checkpoint outside foreign ministry headquarters.
    (AFP, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, Iraqi government forces, backed by US air support, launched an operation to rescue an army battalion which has come under repeated attack by militants near the western city of Fallujah. Bomb and mortar fire attacks killed 10 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad. Islamic State fighters disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees attacked an Iraqi army camp in Sijir (Sichar), western Anbar province, killing 40 troops and capturing 68.
    (AFP, 9/21/14)(AP, 9/21/14)(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A3)
2014        Sep 21, In Israel Michael Harari (b.1927), a former top spy in the shadowy Mossad intelligence agency, died in Tel Aviv. After retiring from Mossad in the 1980s Harari became an aide to Panama’s dictator Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega.
    (AFP, 9/22/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.C3)
2014        Sep 21, Kurdish militants in Turkey issued a new call to arms to defend the border town of Kobani, Syria, from advancing Islamic State fighters. Turkish authorities and the UN prepared for a surge in refugees. Clashes overnight reportedly killed 10 insurgents, bringing the number of IS fighters killed to at least 39. At least 27 Kurdish fighters have died.
    (Reuters, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, In Russia thousands marched through Moscow to protest against the Kremlin's involvement in the Ukraine crisis, in the country's first major anti-war rally since fighting erupted in April.
    (AFP, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, Saudi Arabia’s official SPA news agency reported that four Saudi men have been sentenced to death for their role in one of the kingdom's "bloodiest terror cells." A special criminal court in Riyadh also jailed "as many as 20" others for between two and 23 years for a variety of crimes that included embracing "deviant" thinking contrary to the Koran..
    (AFP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 21, In South Africa a ranger and two other employees of the country’s parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in Kruger National Park, the country's flagship wildlife reserve.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 21, In South Korea a small group of activists launched tens of thousands of leaflets by helium balloon, just days after the North sent a letter to the presidential office demanding such exercises be halted.
    (AFP, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 21, Syrian government air raids reportedly killed 19 people, including 6 children, outside the city of Saraqeb, and another 23 people, among them 10 children, in the town of Ehsim.
    (AFP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 21, The Ukrainian military accused separatists and Russian troops of continuing to shoot at government forces despite a Sept. 5 ceasefire and said Kiev would not go ahead with setting up a proposed buffer zone until the truce violations stopped.
    (Reuters, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, West Africa intensified its response to the deadly Ebola epidemic, with Sierra Leone uncovering scores of dead bodies during a 72-hour shutdown and Liberia announcing 1,000 hospital beds.
    (AFP, 9/21/14)
2014        Sep 21, In Yemen Shiite rebels (Huthis) seized the government headquarters and PM Mohamed Basindawa stepped aside, accusing Pres. Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of being "autocratic." Violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting.
    (AFP, 9/21/14)

2014        Sep 22, The Obama administration announced rules to stop companies from moving headquarters abroad to avoid taxes.
    (Econ, 9/27/14, p.28)
2014        Sep 22, Colorado prosecutors said authorities have broken up a drug trafficking ring and seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine, ending an audacious network that was importing the drug from Mexico via California. 15 people were arrested and two others were being sought.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A5)
2014        Sep 22, Hundreds of protesters assembled in New York City's financial district, with some planning to risk arrest during an unsanctioned blockade on Wall Street to call attention to what organizers say is capitalism's contribution to climate change.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Sep 19, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, Clorox said it is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, Britain’s Tesco supermarket chain had to issue its third profit warning in two years as it struggled to compete with low-cost rivals. The company said it has suspended four executives and launched an accounting investigation after admitting that its half-year profit was overstated by 250 million pounds ($407 million).
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, In southern China an explosion at a fireworks factory killed six people and injured 38 others at the Nanyang Export Fireworks Factory, Liling city, Hunan province.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, In Egypt rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah began reconciliation talks in Cairo, one day ahead of negotiations with Israel on cementing the Aug. 26 truce that ended a 50-day war in Gaza.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, Fiji's military ruler was sworn in as the South Pacific nation's elected leader after results confirmed his big win in the first election since he led a coup eight years ago. Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as prime minister-elect.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, German authorities seized 330 kg (728 pounds) of heroin worth an estimated 50 million euros ($63 million) that smugglers brought to Europe hidden in a shipment of bottled pickles and garlic from Iran.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Sep 22, Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, Indian officials said heavy rains in parts of the northeast have triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least 7 people.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, An Iranian newspaper said 11 people have been arrested in the south after allegedly sending text messages deemed insulting to the founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, In Iraq Militants with the Islamic State group publicly killed Samira Salih al-Nuaim, a rights lawyer in Mosul, after their self-styled Islamic court ruled that she had abandoned Islam.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 22, A Libyan security source said at least 11 people were killed by an accidental blast at a military base in the eastern city of Al Bayda.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, In Mexico Rep. Gabriel Gomez Michel, a representative in the lower house for the ruling PRI, was kidnapped along with his driver. Their charred bodies were found the next day in their burned-out SUV.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 22, Myanmar gave citizenship to 209 Muslims displaced by sectarian violence, after the first phase of a project aimed at determining the status of about a million Rohingya whose claims to nationality have been rejected in the past.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, In Pakistan militants attacked a check post in the northwest and shot dead 4 people including 3 policemen.
    (AFP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, Sierra Leone ended a 3-day unprecedented nationwide shutdown during which officials said about 75 percent of 1.5 million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on the deadly disease. At least 130 cases of Ebola were identified and scores of bodies were buried during the shutdown.
    (AP, 9/22/14)(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 22, Syrian Kurds battled to defend Kobani, a key border town from an Islamic State advance, as Kurdish youths from neighboring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, Ukraine's military said it was pulling back artillery and heavy armor from the front line with separatists, backing President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for a conflict that has cost more than 3,000 lives.
    (Reuters, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, The UN, the EU and 13 countries, including those suspected of supporting rival sides in Libya, signed an agreement that calls for an end to any "outside interference" in the country that is plagued by violence and torn between two governments and parliaments.
    (AP, 9/22/14)
2014        Sep 22, Yemeni medical officials said 200 more bodies have been retrieved from the streets of Sanaa, bringing to 340 the death toll from a week of fierce clashes between Hawthi Shiite rebels on one side and Sunni militiamen and army troops on the other. Hawthi rebels seized tanks and armored vehicles from military headquarters in Sanaa. Shiite rebels from the north clashed with AQAP militants south of Sanaa. 4 militants from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed along with 4 Huthis.
    (AP, 9/22/14)(AFP, 9/22/14)(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A2)

2014        Sep 23, The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time. Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in or supported the strikes against Islamic State targets. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 70 Islamic State fighters were killed in strikes that hit at least 50 targets in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor and Hasakah provinces. It also said at least 50 fighters and 8 civilians were killed in strikes targeting al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, in northern Aleppo and Idlib provinces.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, US Attorney Gen’l. Eric Holder said the federal prison population declined in 2013 by about 4,800, the first decline since 1980.
    (SFC, 9/24/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 23, In Alabama Joe Tesney of Trussville shot and killed two coworkers at a UPS shipping center and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 9/24/14, p.A5)
2014        Sep 23, The District of Columbia city council reluctantly voted to allow people to carry concealed handguns for the first time in 40 years  to comply with a court ruling  that struck down the district’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home.
    (SFC, 9/24/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 23, In NYC Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (48), the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison for acting as the spokesman of al-Qaida after the Sep 11, 2001, terror attack.
    (SFC, 9/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 23, At a UN metting on climate control more than 30 countires set the first-ever deadline top end deforestation by 2030, but Brazil said it would not join because it was not included in the planning process.
    (SFC, 9/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 23, In Australia a man (18) was shot dead in Melbourne and two counterterrorism police were stabbed in a confrontation.
    (AP, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, Brazil’s prosecutor's office said in a statement that tycoon Eike Batista and seven former directors of oil company OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes have been charged with deceiving investors with false information regarding the company's production potential. Prosecutors said the stock manipulation caused the market to lose more than $6 billion.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 23, A Chinese court found economics professor Ilham Tohti, an ethnic Uighur Muslim, guilty of separatism and sentenced him to life in prison.
    (AP, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, Egyptian-mediated talks resumed in Cairo between Israel and the Palestinians on cementing a ceasefire in Gaza.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, A French court suspended a probe into corruption and influence-peddling targeting former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, days after he dramatically announced a political comeback.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 23, Hong Kong's striking students gave the city's leader 48 hours to honor his promise to listen to the people, threatening further action if he failed to respond to their demands for greater democracy.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, Indian military officials said that Chinese troops have set up a camp about 3 km (2 miles) into territory claimed by India in the Chumar region of the Ladakh plateau more than a week ago. Indian soldiers have set up their own base nearby and have been told not to back down.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, In Iraq the Islamic State group paraded Iraqi troops captured in battle earlier this week in Sijir. Militants in Siderat broke into the house of a female candidate in the last provincial council elections, killed her and abducted her husband.
    (AP, 9/23/14)(AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 23, Israel downed a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights in the first such incident in three decades and warned it would respond "forcefully" if its security is threatened.
    (AFP, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout and killed Marwan Qawasmeh (29) and Amer Abu Aisheh (33), the two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers.
    (AP, 9/23/14)(SFC, 9/24/14, p.A3)
2014        Sep 23, In northern Mali residents of the town of Zouera found the decapitated head and body of a Tuareg hostage seized last week for purportedly acting as an informer for French forces in the region. 
    (Reuters, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 23, In Puerto Rico the 110-foot (34m) US Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo was on patrol just northeast of Vieques when it collided with a 42-foot commercial fishing boat. Two US Virgin Islands residents aboard the Sea Shepherd were rescued after their boat sank in waters more than 100 feet (30 meters) deep.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 23, Somali pirates freed Michael Scott Moore. Negotiators paid a $1.6 million ransom for the release of the German-American journalist who was kidnapped and held for two years and eight months.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 23, The Syrian military pressed its campaign against the rebels unabated, shelling and carrying out air strikes in the southern province of Deraa and the outskirts of Damascus, as well as Raqqa and Idlib provinces.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, In Syria Mohsin al-Fadhli, a leader of the al Qaeda-linked Khorasan group, was killed in a US airstrike. The group had been labelled by US intelligence based on an ancient name for a region that includes parts of Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan. Some people have said the Prophet Muhammad predicted the region would produce a triumphant army under black flags. 
    (AP, 9/28/14)(TIME, 10/20/14, p.12)
2014        Sep 23, In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian rebels said they were withdrawing guns and tanks from the frontline under a peace plan forged with Kiev that aims to end five months of conflict.
    (AFP, 9/23/14)
2014        Sep 23, Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi warned of "civil war" in Sunni-majority Yemen and vowed to restore state authority as Shiite rebels appeared to be in near-total control of the capital. Thousands of Houthi supporters gathered in Tahrir Square to cheer a rousing speech by their leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi.
    (AFP, 9/23/14)(Econ, 9/27/14, p.48)

2014        Sep 24, American warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a 2nd day at a strategic post on the Iraqi border, but the campaign did nothing to halt the fighters' advance on the Kurdish town of Kobani where nearly 140,000 refugees have fled. Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, evacuated its bases in populated areas of the Idlib region after US-led forces carried out air strikes on the group.
    (Reuters, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Arkansas-based Walmart introduced a service to be operated by Green Dot Corp. It will be called GoBank and provide low cost mobile checking accounts linked to a debit card.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.C4)
2014        Sep 24, In the SF Bay Area a Superior Court judge ruled that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla must reopen the gate to popular Martins Beach, a crescent shaped inlet five miles south of Half Moon Bay. He had purchased the surrounding property in 2008 for $32.5 million and closed access to the beach in Sep 2010 citing maintenance and liability costs.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A1)
2014        Sep 24, In Missouri Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez (30) was found guilty of sexually assaulting and harassing eight female soldiers.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 24, Fred Branfman (b.1942), author of “Voices from the Plain of Jars” (1972), died His book exposed details of America’s secret war in Laos going back to 1964.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.94)
2014        Sep 24, The Algerian group Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate) beheaded Herve Pierre Gourde (55), a French national.
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.53)
2014        Sep 24, Deborah Devonshire (94), the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the youngest of the six Mitford sisters, died.
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.102)
2014        Sep 24, Canada-based BlackBerry introduced its new Passport smartphone, a square-shaped device with a keyboard.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.C3)
2014        Sep 24, In China Liu Tienan (59), the former deputy head of China's top planning agency, confessed in court to extensive bribery involving several companies including a Toyota Motor Corp. joint venture.
    (Reuters, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Europol Director Rob Wainwright said law enforcement agencies across the EU have arrested more than 1,000 people in a closely coordinated nine-day sweep. Operation Archimedes targeted almost all kinds of crime ranging from drug trafficking to illegal immigration, tax fraud, counterfeiting and theft.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, A German federal court ruled that church-run institutions are within their rights to refuse to allow Muslim employees to wear headscarves at work.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, India's top court said that private companies will have to return most of the coal fields allocated to them by the government since 1993 under a corruption prone bidding system.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, India won Asia's race to Mars when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In India the death toll from flash floods and landslides in the northeast rose to 73.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Indonesia Anas Urbaningrum, a former top leader of the ruling Democratic Party, was sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption and money laundering.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Indonesia scientists released some 3,000 tiny wasps in a secure tent-like habitat to monitor their success in an effort to halt an infestation of cassava crops by mealybugs. Scientists hoped their number would multiply to 450,000 prior to release in a month following government approval.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 24, In Iraq jihadists controlling the city of Tikrit blew up a Muslim shrine and rigged the Green Church, one of the region's oldest churches, with explosives. Sunni militants killed 19 Shiite militiamen in an ambush in Babilan village, north of Baghdad.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 24, In Israel clashes broke out at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound as Palestinians protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site on the eve of Jewish New Year.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Japan said that it has stepped up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine to be in line with other Group of Seven nations before their upcoming meeting in New York.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Japan’s economy minister stormed out of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Washington DC. The TPP involved a dozen countries on a proposed free trade area. 
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.47)
2014        Sep 24, A Jordanian court acquitted radical Muslim preacher Omar Mahmoud Othman (aka Abu Qatada), known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida speeches, of involvement in a plot to target Israeli and American tourists and Western diplomats in Jordan more than a decade ago.
    (AP, 9/24/14)(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A4)
2014        Sep 24, In Nigeria a woman (20), one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted last April by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in Chibok, was reportedly "dropped off by suspected Boko Haram militants" at Mubi in Adamawa state.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Pakistan a suspected US drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants in North Waziristan, killing 10 of them.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Poland some 200 coal miners blocked railway tracks on the border with Russia to protest imports of cheap Russian coal, saying it threatens their jobs.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Nurses in Portugal began a 48-hour strike over pay, working hours and what they say is an acute shortage of staff in the public health service.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In South Korea Qatari basketballers forfeited a women's match against Mongolia and considered withdrawing from the Asian Games competition after being refused permission to wear a hijab.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, South Korea said it will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 24, In Sweden fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden was jointly awarded Sweden’s 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Ukrainian peace efforts stalled after pro-Russian insurgents called their own elections in defiance of a deal under which they and the Ukrainian army began withdrawing heavy weapons after 5 months of war.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Zimbabwe a white family was evicted from their land in the eastern Goromonzi district by security agents. Media soon reported that Bona Mugabe (24), the daughter of Pres. Mugabe (90), was involved in the eviction.
    (AFP, 9/26/14)

2014        Sep 25, US Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced his resignation at the White House. Holder will stay on as the nation's top lawyer until his successor is confirmed.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, The US government granted six movie and television companies permission to use drones for filming.
    (SFC, 9/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 25, The human rights group American Justice Center filed suit in Manhattan federal court on behalf of two unnamed survivors of the 2002 violence in Gujarat, India. The suit summoned India's PM Modi to respond to accusations of human rights abuses, casting a shadow over the Indian leader's first trip to the US on Sep 26 as head of government. Immunity rules for visiting foreign leaders mean Narendra Modi can't be served papers to start a lawsuit.
    (AP, 9/26/14)(AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 25, A US-Russian space crew blasted off from Kazakhstan for a 6-month stint at the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 9/26/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 25, In Ohio two off-duty FBI employees were killed in a collission between a barge and their pleasure boat on the Ohio River near Cincinnati.
    (SFC, 9/27/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 25, In Oklahoma Alton Nolen (30), just fired from work, severed the head of Colleen Hufford (54) and attacked another worker at a Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, before he was shot and wounded.
    (SFC, 9/27/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 25, In Afghanistan the Taliban captured and beheaded 12 civilians and torched some 60 homes in an attack in the Arjistan district of Ghazni province.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 25, British police arrested nine men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy. Anjem Choudar, the country's most high-profile radical Muslim preacher, was among those held.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, In London Dale Bolinger (59), an NHS nurse dubbed the "Canterbury Cannibal", was found guilty of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following sexual grooming. He had plotted to behead and eat the girl and was jailed for nine years.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, China and Spain signed business deals worth $4 billion on as Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy visited the Asian powerhouse to seek support for Spain's struggling economy.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Chinese police detained Shen Hao, publisher of the 21st Century Business Herald, and general manager Chen Dongyang, weeks after some editors and reporters for the publication's website were detained on allegations of extortion.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, China said it will send 700 troops to join a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, where fighting has threatened Beijing's oil investments.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Egyptian courts sentenced nearly 100 people to prison for up to 25 years after finding them guilty of violence during protests in support of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, French fighter jets struck targets in Iraq and the US and its allies stepped up air raids in Syria against Islamic State militants. The strikes reportedly killed 14 Islamic State fighters and at least 5 civilians. US-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the extremist Islamic State group.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)(AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Airbus sent its latest jet up for its first flight above the skies of southern France, amid high demand for the single-aisle A320neo and its promised fuel economy.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Germany began arms deliveries to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, with the ultimate goal of supplying 10,000 Kurdish fighters with some 70 million euros ($90 million) worth of equipment.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Hungary unexpectedly cut off natural gas shipments to Ukraine. Hungary had been sending an estimated 3 million cubic meters of natural gas a day to Ukraine, which has not received any from Russia since June.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 25, Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Co said it would cut access to its grid for renewable energy suppliers, the third of Japan's 10 regional monopolies to place limits on their cleaner energy intake because of network limitations.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Lebanese troops raided a Syrian refugee camp in the restive border town of Arsal, with the army saying unknown assailants torched several tents but residents accusing soldiers of setting them ablaze. At least one person was killed.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)(Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Malaysia's national carmaker Proton launched its first small car, hoping to bolster its fortunes after ceding ground to foreign and domestic rivals.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, The Mexican Defense Department said in a statement that an army officer and seven soldiers were involved in a June 30 incident in San Pedro Limon, where 22 suspected criminals had been killed in a firefight with troops. The 8 were being held at a prison in Mexico City on charges of crimes against military discipline, disobedience and dereliction of duty.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, The Rafto Foundation, a Norwegian human rights group, gave its annual prize to Russian lawyer Pavel Chikov (36) and the Agora group, for their work defending the right to fair trial.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, meeting in Cairo, reached an agreement by which the unity government run by President Mahmoud Abbas would take control of the Gaza Strip.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Pope Francis forcibly removed conservative Paraguayan Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano who had promoted a priest accused of inappropriate sexual behavior and clashed with his fellow bishops on ideological grounds.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Puerto Rican authorities said they have arrested 75 people including a state police officer during an island-wide drug raid.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Sierra Leone began a quarantine of more than one million people in the largest open-ended lockdown in the Ebola outbreak.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, In Somalia 6 people were reported killed in a gunfight over a $2 million ransom payment tied to the release of journalist Michael Scott Moore, held hostage for more than two years. A police official the next day said 3 pirates were killed in the fight over the ransom money.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)(AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 25, Spain's National Statistics Institute said money generated by drug trafficking, prostitution, smuggling and illegal gambling contributed some 9 billion euros ($11.4 billion) to the national economy last year.
    (AP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, In Sweden a man of Rwandan origin, who is suspected of involvement in the 1994 genocide, was remanded in custody, while a Rwandan national was released after questioning.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Thailand's military-dominated legislature gave itself the power to impeach political office holders, edging a step closer to rooting out the influence of controversial former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 25, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko ordered a temporary closure of its porous border with Russia and voiced plans to apply for EU membership in 2020 as part of his ex-Soviet country's Westward shift.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)

2014        Sep 26, In Arizona the Navajo Nation held a signing ceremony for a $554 milion settlement of a 2006 lawsuit over federal government mismanagement of tribal resources.
    (SFC, 9/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 26, In Illinois Brian Howard (36), an FAA contract employee, set fire at the Aurora air traffic control center bringing Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports to a halt with over 2,000 flights cancelled. On May 28, 2015, Howard pleaded guilty to setting the fire during a failed suicide attempt.
    (SFC, 9/27/14, p.A7)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A6)(SFC, 5/29/15, p.A9)
2014        Sep 26, John Mack Carter (86), former editor of McCalls, Ladies Home Journal and Good Housekeeping (1975-1994) magazines, died in Bronxville, NY.
    (SSFC, 9/28/14, p.C12)
2014        Sep 26, In Oklahoma 4 women’s softball players from North Texas Central College were killed when an 18-wheel truck crashed into the side of their team bus.
    (SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A15)
2014        Sep 26, Intel said it will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, The International Monetary Fund fast-tracked $130 million (102.5 million euros) in aid to fight the Ebola epidemic after the governments of the worst-hit countries in west Africa said they were desperately counting on promises of global aid to be backed up with cash.
    (AFP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 26, Latin American and European countries united to push a resolution on ending violence against homosexuals through the UN Human Rights Council, despite strong opposition from Islamic and African states.
    (Reuters, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, Afghan officials said Taliban fighters have stormed Ajrestan, a strategic district in Ghazni province and were on the verge of capturing it. The attack by an estimated 700 Taliban fighters began about five days ago and early reports were that more than 100 people had been killed.
    (Reuters, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, Australia and Cambodia signed an agreement for asylum-seekers, who are refused residency in Australia and currently held in Nauru, to instead be resettled to Cambodia criticized for its deteriorating human rights record.
    (AP, 9/26/14)(Econ, 10/4/14, p.48)
2014        Sep 26, China's top anti-graft body said Gao Jianyun, a senior internet regulator, has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party on graft charges.
    (Reuters, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, In China a man fatally stabbed four students as they were walking to their elementary school in Lingshan County, Guanxi province. Police searched for 56-year-old suspect who attacked the children from a motorcycle. 6 schoolchildren died and 25 were injured in a stampede at the Mingtong Primary School in the southern city of Kunming.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, Cuba notified Ontario-based Tokmakjian Group that its president, Cy Tokmakjian (74) has been sentenced to 15 years in Cuban prison on corruption-related charge. Tokmakjian Group said the charges against its president were concocted as an excuse to seize the automotive firm's $100 million in assets in Cuba.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 26, Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said her government would send four operational planes and three reserve jets along with 250 pilots and support staff in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq. The deployment will last for 12 months.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, European Union leaders said a major trade agreement with Canada has the backing of all 28 EU countries after last minute opposition from Germany had threatened to scuttle the deal.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, The head of Interpol, based in Lyon, France, said an international database of foreign would-be jihadis joining extremists in Iraq and Syria that started 18 months ago with little fanfare, and just three countries participating, has expanded to include 33 countries and 1,300 names.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, In Guinea-Bissau at least 22 people were killed when a vehicle taking them to a funeral struck a landmine.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 26, Indonesia's outgoing parliament voted to scrap direct elections for local officials and return to the electoral system in place under dictator Suharto, triggering anger at what many regarded as a grave setback to democracy at the hands of an entrenched political elite.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, Indonesian authorities arrested Hans Peter Naumann (48), a German man, for allegedly trying to smuggle 239 (8.4 ounce) of cocaine onto Indonesia's resort island of Bali, some of it hidden inside his stomach.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 26, Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of the strategic town of Kobani on Syria's border with Turkey, pushing back Kurdish forces and sending at least two shells into Turkish territory.
    (Reuters, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, Morocco and Spain said a cross-border cell in the Spanish enclave of Melilla and the neighboring Moroccan city of Nador to recruit jihadis to fight for the Islamic State group has been dismantled.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, In Serbia 3 Gypsy children died in a fire in a small wooden shack that has been their home on the outskirts of Belgrade.
    (AP, 9/26/14)
2014        Sep 26, Somali al Shabaab militants stoned a woman to death in the southern town of Barawe after a court they had set up declared her guilty of adultery.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 26, Human Rights Watch said in a report that torture of political prisoners is widespread in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country courted by the West as a transit point for forces fighting in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/26/14)

  2014        Sep 27, James Traficant (b.1941), former Ohio politican, died in Youngstown. He was expelled from the US Congress in 2002 following conviction on charges of racketeering and corruption. 
    (SSFC, 9/28/14, p.C11)
2014        Sep 27, In Utah the bodies of two parents and three of their children were found in a home in Springfield. Cause of death was yet unknown.
    (SFC, 9/29/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 27, Afghanistan said it will delay paying salaries to hundreds of thousands of civil servants next month because it does not have enough money. Villagers of Arzakai hanged 4 captured Taliban militants from a tree as security forces battled the insurgents for a sixth day in a district of Ghazni province.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Hong Kong tens of thousands of people massed in the heart of the city to demand more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out free elections in the former British colony. Riot police arrested dozens of students who stormed the government headquarters compound during a night of scuffles.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)(AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In India Jayaram Jayalalitha, a charismatic former actress who later joined politics and became the top elected official in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, was sentenced to four years in prison after a court found her guilty of corruption in a case filed 18 years ago.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Indonesia lawmakers in Banda Aceh, a conservative Muslim province, passed a law that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
    (AP, 9/27/14) 
2014        Sep 27, In central Japan the Mount Ontake volcano erupted in spectacular fashion, catching mountain climbers by surprise. At least 51 people were killed with 63 injured.
    (AP, 9/27/14)(Reuters, 10/1/14)(AP, 10/4/14)
2014        Sep 27, Liberia's chief medical officer, Bernice Dahn, placed herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In southwestern Mexico 6 people were reported killed overnight in a series of violent incidents in Iguala, Guerrero state. 22 police officers were arrested in the aftermath of the deaths. 58 students went missing after protests turned deadly in Iguala. On Sep 30 fourteen students turned up alive but relatives feared for those still missing as authorities searched for them.
    (AP, 9/27/14)(AFP, 9/28/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A2)(AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Peru a shallow 4.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least 8 people whose crudely constructed homes collapsed in a remote Andean village near Cuzco.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Spain tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid for the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo (1914-1994), an early leader of the Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei. Del Portillo succeeded Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer as leader of the organization.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Spain Artur Mas, the president of the Catalonia region, signed a decree calling for a referendum on independence on Nov. 9, putting the local government on a collision course with Madrid, which says such a vote is illegal.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, Spanish director Carlos Vermut won this year's top award for his film "Magical Girl" and also claimed the best director prize at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, Air strikes hit Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria. US strikes hit the besieged area around Kobani and forces from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE contributed to strikes around the country. 
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 27, Three Turkish police were killed after an ambush in the overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast, in an attack claimed by armed Kurdish militants despite a one-and-a-half-year ceasefire.
    (AFP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, A Ukrainian security official said that one serviceman and one civilian have been killed in the past day as rebels in the east continue attacks despite a cease-fire declared three weeks ago.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Venezuela hard-line opponents of Pres. Nicolas Maduro began collecting signatures seeking to force a constitutional assembly and remove the socialist leader before presidential elections in 2019.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
 2014        Sep 27, In Yemen Shi'ite Muslim rebels (Houthis or Hawthis) signed a security deal that stipulated disarmament and withdrawal from areas they have seized in recent months. Meanwhile Hawthi rebels attacked the home of the intelligence chief in Sanaa. One soldier and two insurgents were killed in the fighting.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A5)

2014        Sep 28, Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc., was reported blocked in China amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, In Egypt an appeals court acquitted 112 people convicted of holding an illegal protest on the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
    (AFP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, Air France's leading pilots union announced an end to a 14-day strike that grounded roughly half of the airline's flights, stranded passengers worldwide and led to stern shows of frustration by the French prime minister. The union was ending the walkout so that service could resume and negotiations continue peaceably.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, In Germany Dennis Kimetto of Kenya knocked 26 seconds off the world marathon record. Kimetto won the 41st edition of the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds, becoming the first man to complete a marathon in under 2 hours, 3 minutes.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests and baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government district in defiance of official warnings against illegal demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, Libya's internationally recognized parliament in Tobruk held a swearing-in ceremony for the 10-member Cabinet, a day after calling for international aid in its battle with Islamist-allied militias.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, In the Netherlands a tricked-out truck, sporting outsized tires and a powerful engine, surged off the track after driving over a line of prop cars, crashing through a barricade and into the audience in the eastern town of Haaksbergen. 3 people died in the accident.
    (AFP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 28, In northwestern Pakistan a bomb blast killed 8 people at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Hangu as a US drone strike in nearby South Waziristan killed 4 suspected militants.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, In Serbia several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police. A day earlier thousands of extremists had protested in Belgrade against the march.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, Spanish police said they have arrested 10 of the country's most active graffiti painters on suspicion of being responsible for over 600,000 euros ($760,000) worth of damage to subway rolling stock.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, In Syria airstrikes likely carried out by the US-led coalition struck an oil refinery held by the Islamic State group, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 28, In Yemen hundreds of Yemenis demonstrated in Sanaa demanding that Houthi rebels who had seized control of the capital last week leave. A car bomb exploded at a hospital used as a base by the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement, killing or wounding dozens of people in Marib province.
    (Reuters, 9/28/14)

2014        Sep 29, New Jersey-based Honeywell International Inc. said that it is partnering with Tata Power to help make navigation systems for India's military.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, A Texas jury sentenced Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo (43) to ten years in prison for poisoning Dr. George Blumenschein in 2013 with ethylene glycol after he spurned her in favor of his longtime girlfriend.
    (SFC, 9/29/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 29, In Utah former FBI agent Robert Lustyik Jr. (52) pleaded guilty to charges that he derailed an investigation into military contract fraud by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source.
    (AFP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 29, Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government. Ghani's first act after being sworn in was to sign a decree creating the post of chief executive. Abdullah Abdullah was sworn in to that job moments later. A suicide bomber killed 7 people at a security checkpoint near Kabul airport just before Ghani was sworn in. Four suicide attackers killed 8 people near a government office in the eastern province of Paktia.
    (Reuters, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Bangladesh police said they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as the Islamic State organization.
    (AFP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Britain’s Lloyds Banking Group said it has sacked eight workers and withheld bonuses in disciplinary measures linked to the Libor interest rate-rigging scandal.
    (AFP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Canada's broadcast regulator (CRTC) gave American companies Google and Netflix a three-day deadline to turn over subscriber data or have their testimony expunged from a major public hearing. The Internet giants refused to share the data earlier this month.
    (AFP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 29, China reported that policeman Li Shunlin died last week after about 20 Vietnamese citizens attacked him and other officers who had impounded a vessel suspected of smuggling in southern China.
    (AP, 9/29/14)   
2014        Sep 29, Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the center of the global financial hub, one of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.
    (Reuters, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Mexico said it has nabbed five suspected members of a ring believed to have stolen over 1 million gallons (4 million liters) of oil per month in Tamaulipas state.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Russia launched a criminal case against "unidentified representatives of Ukraine's senior political and military leadership", National Guard and nationalist organizations, in which it accused them of committing "genocide."
    (Reuters, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 29, The Professional Web Journalists Association, a media rights group, said Sri Lanka's government sabotaged a weekend training program for online journalists for the fourth time in three months, and accused the authorities of continued intimidation and suppression of the media.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, In South Sudan at least 35 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on a highway linking South Sudan to Uganda. Most of the victims were from Uganda.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, In Sudan a Spanish diplomat (61) was found stabbed to death in his apartment in Khartoum.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, In Syria US-led coalition air raids overnight and today targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians.
    (AP, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, Turkish tanks and armored vehicles took up positions on a hill overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil.
    (Reuters, 9/29/14)
2014        Sep 29, A shaky truce between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military was challenged when 9 soldiers and 3 civilians were reported killed in a surge of fighting across the separatist east.
    (AFP, 9/29/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A5)

2014        Sep 30, US Pres. Obama and India's new PM Narendra Modi said that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, Officials said the US will pay Brazilian cotton producers $300 million to settle a decade-old dispute over cotton subsidies, the first concrete step to repair ties hurt by an espionage scandal.
    (Reuters, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, US ambassador John Tefft expressed regret that the Russian authorities have suspended the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) program that saw over 8,000 Russians study in US high schools over the past two decades. Russia pulled the plug after a Russian teenage boy befriended a gay couple and sought asylum in the US on the grounds that he faced persecution at home.
    (AP, 10/1/14)(SSFC, 10/5/14, p.A11)
2014        Sep 30, In Arkansas Arron Michael Lewis, accused of killing a real estate agent, pleaded not guilty hours after the woman’s body was discovered in a shallow grave.
    (SFC, 10/1/14, p.A10)
2014        Sep 30, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed dozens of bills including the nation’s first ban on single-use plastic bags.
    (SFC, 10/1/14, p.A1)
2014        Sep 30, In southern California Daniel Crespo (45), the mayor of Bell Gardens, was shot and killed by his wife, Levette Crespo (43), following an argument. Following the shooting Crespo’s daughter said her father had been abusive to her mother over the last 20 years.
    (SFC, 10/1/14, p.A18)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A12)
2014        Sep 30, Martin Perl (b.1927), Stanford physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1995) in physics, died at Stanford Hospital. His work helped discover the subatomic particle known as the tau lepton.
    (SFC, 10/2/14, p.D3)
2014        Sep 30, The first case of the deadly Ebola virus was diagnosed in the United States after Thomas Eric Duncan, who flew from Liberia to Texas, tested positive for the disease. Duncan died on Oct 8.
    (Reuters, 10/1/14)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.34)
2014        Sep 30, Officials from Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, Albania said the World Bank is lending it $150 million (€118 million) to help overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for electricity imports from other Balkan states.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders solemnly presented flower baskets at the People's Heroes Monument in central Beijing to mark Martyr's Day, one of three new holidays created this year in a renewed focus on World War II.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, It was reported that China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.
    (Reuters, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, The Chinese-registered cargo ship Lurongyu 2859 sank in the Sea of Japan. Five crew members were rescued. Nine people were believed missing.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Sep 30, The European Commission announced a new set of measures, worth up to 165 million euros, to help fruit and vegetable producers hit by a Russian ban on agricultural imports.
    (Reuters, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, German investigators asked for help in tracking down two Pakistani men suspected of defrauding Germany of 136 million euros ($173 million) in connection with carbon dioxide emissions trading. Mobeen Iqbal (32) and Ashraf Muhammad (35) were wanted on international warrants for tax fraud for allegedly running the scheme between August 2009 and April 2010.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, In Germany pilots on Lufthansa's long-haul fleet started a 15-hour walkout at the airline's main Frankfurt hub in a festering contract dispute.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, In Iraq a wave of bombings targeted commercial areas killing at least 19 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, In Libya Islamist-allied militias in control of Tripoli rejected the United Nations' call for a cease-fire in the battered nation, insisting instead that their rivals be disarmed.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, Nepal's powerful parliamentary committee accused Ganesh Thapa, the long-time chief of the national football association, of embezzling millions and ordered government agencies to investigate, file a case in court, and suspend him.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, The Philippine government seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as it tries to recover 156 artworks — including ones by Van Gogh, Monet and Michelangelo — accumulated from his alleged ill-gotten wealth.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Sep 30, Mediators said South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a federal system of government, saying progress was being made in talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the world's newest country.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, In Spain the regional government of Catalonia said it will heed a decision by Spain's top court suspending its plans to hold an independence referendum but vows to continue efforts to hold a vote.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, In Sri Lanka Ashin Wirathu, a Myanmar Buddhist monk, and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims formally signed an agreement to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is challenged worldwide.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, The Swiss-based WWF issued a report saying about 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought.
    (AP, 9/30/14)
2014        Sep 30, In Syria US-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against Kobani near the Syrian-Turkish border in an attempt to halt the militants' advance. Islamic State militants captured the deserted Kurdish village of Siftek and appeared to be using it as a headquarters from which to launch attacks on Kobani itself. 5 anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including 3 women, and 4 Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded 14 km west of Kobani.
    (AP, 9/30/14)(Reuters, 10/1/14)
2014        Sep 30, Ukrainian state prosecutors said they have opened a criminal investigation against a Russian law enforcement agency, accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country.
    (Reuters, 9/30/14)

2014        Sep, In Ecuador the Garcia Moreno Prison in Quito was abandoned after some 2,600 prisoners were transferred to a larger and more modern penitentiary. The old facilty was built in 1875 to house 300 prisoners.
    (SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A3)
2014        Sep, Estonia carried out a dry run of its digital continuity project in conjunction with Microsoft. It aimed to ensure that even if the government is sabotaged it would continue to operate over the internet.
    (Econ., 3/7/15, TQ p.3)
2014        Sep, The European commission launched a case against the Czech Rep. over the one-third number of Roma in schools for the mentally disabled. The following April it did the same for Slovakia.
    (Econ, 6/6/15, p.44)
2014        Sep, The European RoboLaw project, set up in 2012, presented a report titled “Guidelines on Regulating Robotics” to a special session of the European Parliament.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, TQ p.7)
2014        Sep, The WHO gave Guyana an age-standardized suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, the worst in a world average of 11.4. Guyana came 121st of 187 countries on the UN human development index.
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.44)
2014        Sep, In Iraq Islamic State militants reportedly used chlorine gas during clashes late this month in Duluiya and Balad.
    (SFC, 10/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep, A Swedish woman (36), in a medical first, gave birth after having received a womb transplant.
    (SFC, 10/4/14, p.A3)
2014        Sep, Yemen's culture minister, Arwa Othman, was honored for her work combatting extremism and discrimination against women.
    (AP, 11/21/14)

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