Timeline 2014 July - September Return to home2014 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jul 1, The European Court
of Human Rights upheld France's law banning face-covering Muslim
veils from the streets.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Jul 2, In Lebanon a
grenade attack on a coffee shop in the northern city of Tripoli
wounded four people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Jul 3, The president of
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region asked its parliament to plan a
referendum on Kurdish independence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2014 Jul 4, In Egypt 3 people
were believed killed in an explosion at a house south of Cairo used
for making bombs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
2014 Jul 4, Myanmar police
cordoned off Mandalay's Muslim neighborhood as hundreds of Buddhists
wielding knives, swords and bamboo poles roamed the city.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jul 5, In Australia six
Taiwanese men were arrested for importing Aus$42 million ($39
million) worth of methamphetamine into Australia. They faced
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
2014 Jul 5, England began
hosting the first three stages of the three-week Tour de France race
before it enters France.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
2014 Jul 6, In India 11 workers
were crushed under a warehouse wall in the southern state of Tamil
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
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
(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
(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.
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.
2014 Jul 6, Syrian warplanes
bombed gunmen inside Lebanese territory on the border between the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Jul 7, Eduard Shevardnadze
(86), a former president of Georgia and Soviet foreign minister,
died in Georgia after a long struggle with illness.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
2014 Jul 8, In Brazil World Cup
semifinals the German soccer team beat Brazil’s national team in a
record-breaking 7-1 game.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Jul 9, Somalia's
government fired the police and intelligence chiefs a day after
Islamic militants attacked the heavily guarded presidential palace
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Jul 9, Three Ukrainian
soldiers were killed in two night attacks in different parts of the
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
(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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
2014 Jul 10, In Pakistan a
suspected American drone fired two missiles at a compound, killing
six militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Jul 11, In Ukraine
pro-Russia rebels fired missiles at government troops near the
Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 7/13/14)(Reuters, 7/15/14)(Econ, 7/19/14,
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.
2014 Jul 12, In Algeria a
remote-controlled homemade bomb exploded and killed 7 security
officers aboard a military truck in the northwest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jul 12, In India a crude
bomb exploded in the troubled northeast, wounding at least six
passersby in Manipur state.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(AFP, 7/14/14)(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A3)(Econ,
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
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
(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.
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
2014 Jul 14, The Church of
England voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing women to become
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jul 14, In southwest China
part of a railway tunnel collapsed, trapping an estimated 14 workers
in Yunnan province's Funing county.
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.
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
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
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.
2014 Jul 14, Rockets were fired
at Israel from southern Lebanon, drawing retaliatory artillery fire
from Israeli forces.
2014 Jul 14, Hundreds of
Kurdish fighters entered Kobane, northern Syria, to help battle
jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab.
2014 Jul 14, In northern Mali a
French soldier died from wounds in a suicide bombing.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(AP, 7/14/14)(Reuters, 7/14/14)(SFC, 7/15/14,
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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"
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
(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
(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
(AP, 7/16/14)(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A3)(SFC, 7/19/14,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Jul 17, Cambodian police
arrested two more opposition members of parliament on charges of
leading an insurrection.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jul 17, In South Korea a
firefighting helicopter crashed near an apartment complex and school
in the southern city of Gwangju, killing five.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
(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
(AP, 7/18/14)(AFP, 7/18/14)
2014 Jul 18, An Italian appeals
court acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi (77) in a
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
2014 Jul 19, In Pakistan a US
drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in in Datta
Khel, North Waziristan, killing 11 militants.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
2014 Jul 21, Syrian rebels
battled jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) near Damascus,
pressing their bid to expel them from their strongholds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2014 Jul 22, Ukraine’s
government said the separatists were leaving their positions on the
outskirts of Donetsk and retreating towards the city center.
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.
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.
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
2014 Jul 23, Late today the US
FAA lifted its ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Jul 23, The European Union
gave Lithuania the green light to adopt the euro currency starting
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2014 Jul 24, In western
Afghanistan gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two
Finnish women aid workers in Herat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Jul 24, In southern Yemen
Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike shot dead Major Bilal Karo in
Thalab town, Lahij province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jul 26, Israeli troops
shot dead 2 Palestinian teenagers in continuing West Bank protests
over Israel's Gaza military campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
2014 Jul 28, In southern
Thailand a soldier and 3 suspected Muslim separatists were killed in
a clash in Narathiwat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Jul 29, Flooding in
eastern Europe left at least 3 people dead in Bulgaria and
(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
(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.
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."
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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,
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
(Reuters, 7/30/14)(Reuters, 7/31/14)(SFC,
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
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
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.
2014 Jul 30, Pakistani security
forces in the northwestern Dir tribal region foiled an overnight
cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing 6 militants.
2014 Jul 30, Russia's central
bank promised to support financial institutions hit by US sanctions
as stocks took a tumble in Moscow.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Jul 31, The Wisconsin
Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the 2011 law that effectively ended
collective bargaining for most public workers.
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
(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.
2014 Jul 31, In Iraq car bomb
attacks in Baghdad left 21 dead.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
2014 Aug 1, Police in China's
Xinjiang region shot dead 9 suspected terrorists and captured one.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(Reuters, 8/1/14)(Reuters, 8/2/14)(AP,
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,
2014 Aug 1, Japan announced
that it will give Vietnam six naval gunboats to boost its patrol
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2014 Aug 2, In southern Yemen 4
policemen were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in
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.
2014 Aug 3, India’s PM Narendra
Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal to help speed up negotiations on a
power trade pact.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 3, Tropical Storm
Nakri made landfall on South Korea and left at least 10 people dead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
(Reuters, 8/4/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/7/14,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2014 Aug 4, In Yemen 4 soldiers
were killed in ambushes in Hadramawt province.
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
(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.
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
(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
(AP, 8/6/14)(AP, 12/4/14)
2014 Aug 5, Bulgaria named
Georgi Bliznashki as interim prime minister until a snap election on
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 5, In Turkey dozens of
police officers were detained in a widening probe of wiretapping
allegedly targeting PM Tayyip Erdogan.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 6, China executed two
South Koreans convicted of smuggling drugs from North Korea and said
it will soon execute a third.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 7, Pres. Obama signed
a $16.3 billion bipartisan measure to address health care for
(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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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".
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 8, In eastern Yemen
militants killed 14 soldiers near the city of Shibam in Hadramawt
2014 Aug 9, In Colorado 2
people were killed when their small plane crashed near Steamboat
(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
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.
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.
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
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
2014 Aug 9, Egypt's highest
administrative court dissolved the political party of the banned
Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets liquidated.
2014 Aug 9, Guinea announced
the closure of its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia in a bid to
halt the spread of Ebola.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Aug 9, In Portugal dozens
of flights were cancelled as pilots from the national TAP airline
took strike action over working conditions.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 10, Under Egyptian
auspices a fresh 72-hour ceasefire, effective as of midnight, was
announced between Israel and Hamas.
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,
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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).
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
(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
(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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
2014 Aug 12, In Ecuador a 5.1
magnitude earthquake left at least 4 people dead in the Quito
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 12, In northern Turkey
a coal mine collapse trapped up to nine people inside.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Aug 13, Pakistan dismissed
as "baseless rhetoric" claims by Indian PM Narendra Modi that it was
waging a "proxy war" in disputed Kashmir.
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
2014 Aug 13, In Puerto Rico 2
men died and two others were injured in a drive-by shooting in the
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 14, Syrian government
troops captured Mleiha, a fiercely contested suburb of Damascus,
after five months of heavy fighting.
2014 Aug 14, The Ukrainian
parliament approved a law to impose sanctions on Russian companies
and individuals supporting and financing separatist rebels in
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 15, In Egypt 3 people
were killed as supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist president
Mohamed Morsi clashed after Friday prayers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2014 Aug 15, Poland put on its
biggest military parade in years to mark its annual armed forces
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 16, In Israel
thousands of supporters of peace talks with the Palestinian
Authority demonstrated in Tel Aviv to end the Gaza conflict.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 16, In eastern Yemen a
drone attack killed 3 suspected al Qaeda militants in Hadramout
2014 Aug 17, In Arkansas two
Union Pacific freight trains collided in Hoxie killing 2 crew
(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
(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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
2014 Aug 17, In Yemen 6
suspected Al-Qaeda militants and 3 Yemeni troops died in clashes in
the southeastern province of Hadramawt.
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
(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.
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.
2014 Aug 18, In Egypt gunmen
shot and killed a policeman on patrol and wounded another in the
Nile Delta province of Gharbiya.
2014 Aug 18, In Cairo Israeli
and Palestinian negotiators agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire late
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
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.
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,
2014 Aug 18, Saudi Arabia
executed four people from the same family for attempting to smuggle
"large quantities" of hashish into the kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
2014 Aug 21, In southern China
at least seven people were stabbed in an apparently random attack in
(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.
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.
2014 Aug 21, In Iraq the
Islamic State stoned a man to death in Mosul.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Aug 24, Iran's elite
Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth
drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 24, Nigeria’s striking
public sector doctors said they would suspend a nearly two-month
strike to help combat the Ebola outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Aug 25, French Pres.
Francois Hollande dissolved the government after open feuding among
his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 26, Officials said the
US has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack
Obama gave the OK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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
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
2014 Aug 27, Bulgarian poet
Valeri Petrov (born as Valeri Nissim Mevorah in 1920), died. His
many translations included the complete works of Shakespeare.
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"
2014 Aug 27, China moved to
limit 2017 elections for Hong Kong's leader to a handful of
candidates loyal to Beijing.
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.
2014 Aug 27, A landslide in
southwest China killed at least 15 people, with 8 missing and 22
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 28, In Nevada a woman
(29) died after falling under a large vehicle at the Burning Man
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Aug 29, Lebanon received
its first emergency shipment of weapons from the US.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
2014 Aug 31, In Colorado a
Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near an airport north of Denver killing
all 5 people onboard.
2014 Aug 31, In western
Afghanistan a van slammed into a fuel tanker, killing 23 people in
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
2014 Aug 31, A magnitude-6
earthquake struck northern Pakistan, though there were no immediate
reports of injuries or damage.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 2, Syrian government
air strikes in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor killed 16 people,
including 10 children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Sep 3, An Egyptian
policeman was shot dead and two colleagues wounded in attacks in the
restive Sinai Peninsula.
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
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.
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.
2014 Sep 3, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe picked five women for his Cabinet, matching the past record.
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.
2014 Sep 3, Libyan government
forces and helicopters belonging to a renegade general bombed
ammunition sites of suspected Islamist militants in the eastern city
2014 Sep 3, Nigeria announced
that a seventh person had died from Ebola and another person was
confirmed as having the virus.
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
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).
2014 Sep 3, Romania said it has
given the green light to NATO to base fighters there as the crisis
in neighboring Ukraine deepens.
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.
2014 Sep 3, Somali and African
troops captured Jalalaqsi from Shebab Islamists during a major
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 4, Tesla Motors
announced plans to build its new $5 billion battery factory in
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 5, A member of
Lebanon's Hezbollah was killed when an Israeli listening device
exploded in the south of the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 7, Arab foreign
ministers meeting in Cairo agreed to take the "necessary measures"
and were prepared to cooperate internationally to confront Islamic
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.
2014 Sep 7, Four Japanese ships
left the northern island of Hokkaido to start the seasonal
"research" whaling hunt in Pacific coastal waters.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
2014 Sep 9, Venezuela's Central
Bank announced that the country’s inflation rate has soared to 63.4%
-- the highest in Latin America.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
2014 Sep 10, Pakistani
warplanes struck five militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near
the Afghan border, killing 65 insurgents.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
(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
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.,
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2014 Sep 14, Miss New York Kira
Kazantsev was crowned Miss America.
2014 Sep 14, The US repeated as
world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 in the
Basketball World Cup.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 14, In the Philippines
fast-moving Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into the northeast, sparking
warnings of possible landslides, flash floods and storm surges.
2014 Sep 14, A fourth Sierra
Leonean doctor, a woman, died after contracting the dreaded Ebola
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
2014 Sep 15, In Libya
unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes near the Libyan
capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded.
2014 Sep 15, A boat carrying at
least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the
coast near Tripoli, drowning dozens.
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,
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.
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
2014 Sep 16, In California the
Three Feet for Safety Act took effect to help protect bicyclists
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 16, Iraqi lawmakers
rejected PM Haider al-Abadi’s nominees to lead the defense and
(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.
2014 Sep 16, In Japan the first
dolphins of the season were slaughtered in the small town of Taiji.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
2014 Sep 17, The US Federal
Reserve made clear that record-low interest rates will be around for
at least a few more months.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 17, The 21 winners of
the MacArthur grants for exceptional creativity and accomplishment
(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.
(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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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,
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.
2014 Sep 17, Philippine
authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a
lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Sep 17, In eastern Ukraine
shelling in the rebel-held city of Donetsk killed 2 people and
wounded three others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2014 Sep 18, In Mali 5 Chadian
peacekeepers died and three others were injured when their truck was
hit by an explosive device.
2014 Sep 18, In Nigeria Boko
Haram gunmen stormed a crowded market in northeastern Borno state,
killing several people and carting away food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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
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.
2014 Sep 19, China fined drug
maker GlaxoSmithKline $492 million for bribing doctors in the
biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.
2014 Sep 19, The Dominican Rep.
said chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus, has sickened nearly
500,000 people, including 109 newborn babies.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 19, Indonesian
authorities caned eight convicted gamblers as about 1,000 people
watched inside a mosque compound in conservative Aceh province.
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.
2014 Sep 19, In Iraq a series
of car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in Baghdad
killed at least 20 people.
2014 Sep 19, Two Lebanese
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb near Arsal close to the
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2014 Sep 20, In northern India
an explosion ripped through a makeshift fireworks factory, killing
at least 5 people.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 21, NASA’s Maven
spacecraft entered orbit around Mars to study the planet’s
(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
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.
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.
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
2014 Sep 21, In Cairo, Egypt,
at least 2 policemen were killed when a bomb exploded near a
checkpoint outside foreign ministry headquarters.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 22, Clorox said it is
shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by
the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Sep 22, Indian officials
said heavy rains in parts of the northeast have triggered landslides
and flash floods, killing at least 7 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 22, In Pakistan
militants attacked a check post in the northwest and shot dead 4
people including 3 policemen.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 23, Egyptian-mediated
talks resumed in Cairo between Israel and the Palestinians on
cementing a ceasefire in Gaza.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Sep 24, In India the death
toll from flash floods and landslides in the northeast rose to 73.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Sep 24, South Korea said
it will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7
(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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Sep 25, The US government
granted six movie and television companies permission to use drones
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Sep 25, Puerto Rican
authorities said they have arrested 75 people including a state
police officer during an island-wide drug raid.
2014 Sep 25, Sierra Leone began
a quarantine of more than one million people in the largest
open-ended lockdown in the Ebola outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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,
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Sep 26, In Guinea-Bissau
at least 22 people were killed when a vehicle taking them to a
funeral struck a landmine.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
2014 Sep 29, In Sudan a Spanish
diplomat (61) was found stabbed to death in his apartment in
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
2014 Sep 30, In Iraq a wave of
bombings targeted commercial areas killing at least 19 people and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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
(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
(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.