Timeline 2014 October - December
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2014        Oct 1, Julia Pierson, the director of the US Secret Service, offered her resignation following a string of security lapses. It was accepted by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
    (AFP, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 1, Two US Marines ejected from an MV-22 Osprey after takeoff from the assault ship Makin Island in the Persian Gulf when it appeared the craft might crash. The pilot regained control and rescuers recovered one crew member. The other marine was presumed lost at sea.
    (SFC, 10/2/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 1, On Oregon Mohamed Mohamud (23) was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a bomb in Portland’s downtown square during the lighting of a Christmas tree on Nov 26, 2010. The plot was actually part of an FBI sting.
    (SFC, 10/2/14, p.A5)
2014        Oct 1, In Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul, killing 7 people and wounding 21.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, Australia’s Parliament passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about its impact on press freedom.
    (SFC, 10/2/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 1, Britain awarded contracts worth £3.2 billion to support the management of the nation's naval bases and upkeep of the fleet.
    (AFP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, In Bulgaria a series of powerful blasts at an explosives plant killed 15 employees and injured three others late today, just two months after government officials warned of serious safety breaches at the factory in the village of Gorni Lom.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 1, The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the Ebola virus to 42 as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the disease in Africa this year.
    (AFP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, Greek police said an airline pilot and a ground crew staff member were among seven people arrested on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling migrants onto flights from the city of Thessaloniki to other EU countries.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, Hong Kong student leaders of the pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory's top official doesn't resign today they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, In northern India a train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, In Iraq an overnight jihadist attack on the Jubur tribe in the Sunni Arab town of Dhuluiyah left at least 7 dead on either side. The tribe has held out for weeks against Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, The UN said that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, A Kenyan court ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month.
    (Reuters, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, Lebanese security sources and state media said Islamist militants have released Kamal al-Hujairi, Lebanese soldier seized last month from Arsal, a town at the border with Syria.
    (Reuters, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, In Mexico Hector Beltran Leyva (49), the purported head of a feared drug gang allegedly run by his family, was grabbed by soldiers while dining at a seafood restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato state, becoming the 4th brother to fall.
    (AP, 10/2/14)(SFC, 10/2/14, p.A3)
2014        Oct 1, Myanmar awarded licenses to the first foreign banks allowed to operate in the country in a half-century. It granted nine of them preliminary licenses. The military junta had nationalized the banks in 1963.
    (AP, 10/1/14)(Econ, 10/25/14, p.76)
2014        Oct 1, Spain's El Pais newspaper said five Spanish soldiers who served in Iraq in 2004 faced trial on charges of torture for brutally beating two Iraqi prisoners.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, Sudanese activists said police have arrested scores of activists, lawyers and journalists over the past two weeks around the anniversary of massive protests against the lifting of fuel subsidies.
    (AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, In Syria coalition jets launched air strikes on insurgents besieging Kobani, a town on the southern border of Turkey. Dozens of militants and Kurdish fighters were killed in clashes overnight. Twin car bombings near a school killed at least 32 people, including 25 children in a government-controlled area of Homs.
    (Reuters, 10/1/14)(AP, 10/1/14)(SFC, 10/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 1, Turkish Pres. Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will fight against Islamic State and other "terrorist" groups in the region but will stick to its aim of seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad removed from power.
    (Reuters, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists. At least 10 people were killed when shells hit a school playground and a public transit mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk. City authorities blamed the shelling on the rebels and the separatists blamed it on government forces.
    (AP, 10/1/14)(Reuters, 10/1/14)
2014        Oct 1, In Venezuela Robert Serra (27), a "Chavista" ruling party lawmaker, and his partner, Maria Herrera, were found dead in their home in Caracas.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)

2014        Oct 2, US Sec of State John Kerry told Vietnam’s foreign minister that the US would partially ease its ban on sales of weapons, in effect since 1984.
    (Econ, 10/11/14, p.45)
2014        Oct 2, The Algerian army killed 5 foreign "criminals" near the border with Niger.
    (AFP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 2, Australia authorized the deployment of special forces to advise and assist Iraqi forces alongside British, Canadian and US advisers already on the ground.
    (AFP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 2, Prosecutors in Colombia said they have detained 33 soldiers suspected of killing farmworker John Jeiber Mina Guaza last week.
    (AP, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, Egypt's army killed Mohamed Abu Shatiya, a field commander in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the country's most dangerous Islamist militant group, during clashes in the lawless north of the Sinai Peninsula.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, In France a helicopter that took off from neighboring Switzerland crashed in the yard of a home in eastern France, killing at least 5 people in the town of Bart.
    (AP, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, Rocket Internet went public in Germany in an IPO valued at $8.2 billion. The company specialized in launching clones of proven internet-business models. The stock opened at €42.50 and immediately fell to €38.00
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.72)
2014        Oct 2, In Hong Kong crowds of protesters swelled after police were seen unloading boxes of tear gas and rubber bullets, sending tensions soaring. Huge throngs have given Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying until midnight to step down or face escalated action. Chun-ying agreed to open talks with pro-democracy protesters but refused to stand down.
    (AFP, 10/2/14)(AP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 2, India’s PM Narendra Modi joined millions of people in a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets on the birth anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi.
    (SFC, 10/2/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 2, In Iraq the Islamic State group launched attacks on bases in the western towns of Heet (Hit) and Ramadi that left at least 17 members of the security forces and 40 jihadists dead in Anbar province.
    (AFP, 10/2/14)(Reuters, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, In Libya some 36 soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded in car bomb attacks and clashes between troops and Islamists around Benghazi airport. 4 people were also killed in a separate attack by suspected Islamists on an army checkpoint in Qubah, east of Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)(AFP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 2, At least 10 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa drowned and dozens more were missing after their boat sank in the Mediterranean offshore Libya.
    (AFP, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, In Pakistan 7 people were killed and at least 11 wounded when an explosive device ripped through a passenger bus traveling outside the volatile city of Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, In the Philippines hundreds of activists led by the climate change commissioner kicked off a 38-day walk of more than 1,000 km from Manila to the typhoon-hit city of Tacloban to raise awareness of rising risks from higher seas and extreme weather.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.
    (AP, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, The Save the Children charity warned that five people are being infected with Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone and demand for treatment beds is far outstripping supply.
    (AFP, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, In South Africa Cape Town's mayor announced that a planned summit of Nobel peace laureates had been "suspended", citing the government's "intransigence" in not providing a visa to the Dalai Lama.
    (AFP, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, In Syria Islamic State insurgents tightened their grip on Kobani despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, The Turkish government won parliamentary approval to deploy troops against the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 2, In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian insurgents launched a fresh assault on the Donetsk Airport held by isolated Ukrainian forces as a month-old truce came under renewed strain and calls grew for the Kremlin to help halt the bloody revolt.
    (AFP, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 2, A Vietnamese oil tanker went missing after pirates stormed the ship and siphoned off some of its cargo. It was released after a week. The deputy captain of the Sunrise 689, Pham Van Hoang, said a group of more than 10 men, who he thought were Indonesian, armed with guns and knives in two speedboats boarded the tanker shortly after it left Singapore for Vietnam.
    (AP, 10/9/14)

2014        Oct 3, A US government watchdog agency asked the Air Force to explain why it destroyed 16 aircraft initially bought for the Afghan air force and turn them into $32,000 of scrap metal instead of finding other ways to salvage nearly $500 million in US funds spent on the program.
    (Reuters, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 3, Comer Cottrell (b.1931), black entrepreneur and philantropist, died. His Curly Kit (1980) was the first do-it-yourself product for producing loose waves favored by many top black celebrities. His Pro-Line became a division of Alberto-Culver in 2000.
    (SFC, 10/10/14, p.D5)
2014        Oct 3, Australia’s government said it will investigate sexual abuse claims at its refugee detention center on Nauru, while removing 10 aid workers from the South Pacific island following reports of coaching detainees to commit self-harm protests.
    (Reuters, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, In London Ian Edmondson, a former news editor at Britain's News of the World, pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack the phones of celebrities, politicians and royals.
    (AP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, The EU's antitrust authority says it has approved Facebook's proposed $19 billion takeover of the messaging service WhatsApp.
    (AP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, In Hong Kong violent scuffles broke out in Mong Kok, a famous and congested shopping district, as hundreds of supporters of Chinese rule stormed tents and ripped down banners belonging to pro-democracy protesters, forcing many to retreat.
    (Reuters, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, In eastern India at least 32 people were killed in a stampede triggered by rumors that an electrical wire had fallen on people attending the Dussehra Hindu festival in Patna, Bihar state.
    (SFC, 10/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 3, In Kenya protesters blocked truckers on the only highway from Mombasa port to the capital Nairobi, threatening to choke the main trade artery with much of east Africa. More than two hundred residents in Voi halted traffic with burning tires to demand jobs from a Chinese company contracted to build a section of a railway in the area.
    (Reuters, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, In Mali 9 United Nations peacekeepers from Niger were killed in an ambush on their convoy.
    (Reuters, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, In Peru attackers opened fire with assault rifles just before dawn on four vehicles carrying 28 police officers near the town of Machente in the southeastern region of Ayacucho. 2 officers were killed.
    (AP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, A Rwandan court convicted ex-army officer Joel Mutabazi on charges of plotting attacks against the central African nation and ordered he spend the rest of his life behind bars.
    (AFP, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 3, In Spain the pro-independence regional government in Catalonia said it still plans to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 as it studies ways to convince Spain's Constitutional Court to lift a provisional suspension of the vote.
    (AP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, Sweden’s PM Stefan Lofven said his new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step.
    (Reuters, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, In Syria coalition warplanes destroyed one insurgent vehicle and killed 5 fighters during raids in the countryside to the east and south of Kobani. 10 Kurdish fighters were also killed in heavy fighting that carried on long into the night.
    (Reuters, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 3, A video was posted on YouTube showing Alan Henning (47), a British taxi driver, kneeling before a masked knife man against a desert setting. Henning had been part of an aid convoy taking medical supplies to a hospital in northwest Syria in December last year when it was stopped by gunmen and he was abducted. He was the fourth hostage to have been beheaded by Islamic State (IS).
    (Reuters, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 3, Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels clashed around the flashpoint city of Donetsk, while trading blame over the death last night of Laurent DuPasqiuer (38), a Swiss aid worker. 12 separatists were killed during the attacks on the Donetsk airport. 2 Ukrainian servicemen were also killed.
    (Reuters, 10/3/14)(Reuters, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 3, Vietnam welcomed a decision by the US government to ease a 40-year ban on lethal arms sales, saying it will benefit both nations.
    (AP, 10/3/14)(AFP, 10/3/14)
2014        Oct 3, Zambia’s Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda said it was difficult to resist corruption from Chinese contractors who allocate who gifts to other government officials. Chikwanda said the government has borrowed so much money from the chinese that it would soon become impossible to pay them back.
    (SSFC, 10/5/14, p.A7)

2014        Oct 4, In Illinois Mohammed Hamzah Khan (19), charged with seeking to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group, was arrested with two siblings (16 & 17) at O’Hare Int’l. Airport. The siblings were not charged.
    (SFC, 11/4/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 4, In Colorado 2 people aboard a helicopter-like Xenon gyroplane were killed when it crashed into the Colorado River near Loma.
    (SFC, 10/6/14, p.A5)
2014        Oct 4, Paul Revere (76), organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, died at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho. The group’s hits included their rendition of “Louie, Louie" (1963) and Indian Reservation“ (1971).
    (SFC, 10/6/14, p.C3)
2014        Oct 4, In Texas a medical helicopter crashed near Wichita Falls killing a patient it was transporting from Waurika, Oklahoma.
    (SSFC, 10/5/14, p.A12)
2014        Oct 4, In Utah the Mormon church opened its biannual conference bringing some 100,000 church members to Salt Lake City to listen to words of guidance and inspiration from the faith's leaders. Residents from 64 countries were expected during the two-day conference.
    (AP, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 4, General Motors posted a recall of almost 47,000 cars for the same ignition-key defect that has already forced the recall of some 2.6 million vehicles and linked to at least 23 deaths.
    (SSFC, 10/5/14, p.A12)
2014        Oct 4, Thousands marched in Africa and around the world to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction. The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents.
    (AFP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 4, Several hundred people marched in central London to protest Britain's involvement in US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Iraq.
    (AFP, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 4, In Haiti former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier (63), who ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation with an iron fist from 1971 until his ouster in 1986, died of a heart attack. He was said in reports to have looted as much as $300 million before being forced to flee.
    (AFP, 10/5/14)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.102)
2014        Oct 4, In Hong Kong tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators gathered for a peace rally, as the city's security chief furiously denied the government had used triad gangs to attack them a day earlier. More than a thousand rival protesters, some wearing helmets, faced off in the densely populated Mong Kok district, fuelling concerns that the Chinese-controlled city's worst unrest in decades could take a more violent turn.
    (AFP, 10/4/14)(Reuters, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 4, In Iraq the Islamic State seized the town of Kubaisa two days after the fall of the nearby town of Hit as the group sought to consolidate control in towns west of Anbar’s capital Ramadi. Two bombs exploded just north of Baghdad in the towns of Tarmiyah and Husseiniyah, killing 7 and wounding 18 others. In Diyala province an officer and 7 soldiers were killed in two ambushes in the nearby districts of Mansuriya and Muqdadiya. Coalition airstrikes targeted Fallujah, Sinjar and Hit.
    (Reuters, 10/4/14)(AP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 4, Latvia held elections as it sought to limit the influence of a pro-Kremlin party popular with ethnic Russians. Latvia's center-right ruling coalition scored a fresh victory, though Harmony, a Kremlin-allied party backed by the ethnic Russian minority, nabbed 24 seats in the 100-member parliament.
    (AFP, 10/4/14)(AFP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 4, In Mexico security forces investigating the role of municipal police in clashes in Iguala a week ago found a mass grave on the edge of town, raising fears the pits might hold 43 students missing since the violence that also resulted in six shooting deaths. 28 bodies were found in the grave. Authorities have presented charges against 29 people in the case, including 22 police officers detained soon after the violence. Three of the suspects are fugitives, including Iguala's police chief.
    (AP, 10/5/14)(AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 4, Myanmar's army shot dead a journalist who was detained while covering clashes between the army and ethnic rebels at the rugged border, saying he reached for a soldier's gun during an attempted escape. Freelance journalist Par Gyi was detained by the army on Sept. 30 after photographing clashes between the military and the rebel Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA). On Nov 5 authorities exhumed his body. A rights activist said the body bore what he thought were marks of torture.
    (AP, 10/24/14)(Reuters, 11/5/14)
2014        Oct 4, North Korea's presumptive No. 2 and other members of Pyongyang's inner circle met with South Korean officials in Seoul at the close of the Asian Games in the rivals' highest level face-to-face talks in five years.
    (AP, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 4, The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. In the northwest a powerful bomb exploded at a bus station in Kohat, killing 5 people and wounding three others. A suicide bomber struck in Quetta, killing 5 people and wounded at least 20.
    (Reuters, 10/4/14)(AP, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 4, Pakistan officials said a record number polio case have already been detected this year. Doctors discovered 202 cases from January to October 3. The previous modern record was 199 cases in 2001.
    (AP, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 4, In Saudi Arabia some two million Muslims ritually stoned the devil in the last major rite of this year's hajj, while fellow believers around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice.
    (AFP, 10/4/14)
2014        Oct 4, In Syria Islamic State forces shelled the border town of Kobani and its Kurdish defenders said they were expecting a new assault to try to capture it.
    (Reuters, 10/4/14)

2014        Oct 5, Hewlett-Packard said it will split into two businesses, one for PCs and printers and the other for data center hardware and services for corporations.
    (SFC, 10/6/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 5, Human Rights Watch accused the United Arab Emirates of secretly arresting 10 Libyan citizens and six Emiratis in August and September and called on authorities in Abu Dhabi to reveal their whereabouts.
    (AP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, Brazil held presidential elections. Polls showed Pres. Dilma Rousseff as the front runner in a race that is likely to go to a runoff on Oct. 26. Her main rivals were Marina Silva, a hero of the global conservation movement now with the Brazilian Socialist Party, and Aecio Neves, a senator and former state governor. Rousseff won 41.6 percent of the vote and Aecio Neves took second place with 33.6 percent.
    (Reuters, 10/5/14)(Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 5, Bulgaria held snap parliamentary elections. The center right GERB party, led by Boyko Borisov (55), won with 32.7 percent. The Socialists came second with 15.4 percent.
    (Reuters, 10/5/14)(AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 5, In Chechnya a suicide bomber killed 5 police officers and injured 12 more during festivities for a local holiday in Grozny.
    (Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 5, An Egyptian jihadist group released a video showing the execution of 4 men, including three being beheaded, accused of spying for the army and for Israel's Mossad intelligence service.
    (AFP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 5, In France tens of thousands took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux to demonstrate for what protesters called "traditional family values" and against assisted pregnancies and surrogacy. It was organized by the "Manif pour Tous" ("Protest for Everyone") group.
    (AFP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, In northern Greece a 35-car highway pileup killed 5 motorists and injured dozens near Veria. A Romanian truck driver (39) was soon remanded in prison pending trial for multiple manslaughter. The driver said his brakes had failed.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 5, Hong Kong students occupying the area outside city government headquarters agreed to remove some barricades that have blocked the building's entrance during the weeklong demonstrations. It was not immediately clear how significant the move was and how much it would defuse the standoff.
    (AP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, In Iraq militants from the Islamic State group publicly killed six Iraqi soldiers in Hit, captured in Anbar province, where the extremists continue to advance despite an expanding US-led campaign of airstrikes.
    (AP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, In Japan Typhoon Phanfone washed away 3 US Air Force members on Okinawa as it headed for Tokyo.
    (AP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, Kurdish forces battled overnight with Islamists trying to seize a hill overlooking a Syrian border town with Turkey as US-led coalition warplanes carried out raids on the militants. At least 11 Kurdish fighters and 16 Islamic State insurgents were killed in the overnight clashes.
    (Reuters, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, In eastern Libya the Shura Council of Islamic Youth in Derna pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
    (Econ, 10/11/14, p.57)
2014        Oct 5, In southern Mexico two gang hitmen linked to police admitted to killing 17 of 43 students missing in Iguala.
    (AFP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 5, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed 5 militants in South Waziristan including a senior ethnic Uzbek commander.
    (Reuters, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, Hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip prayed at Jerusalem's most important mosque, the first time Israel has allowed such visits from the coastal enclave since the Hamas militant group overran the area in 2007.
    (AP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, In the southern Philippines 2 Swiss men were gunned down at a beach resort in Opol town in an attack that did not appear to be a robbery or an act of terrorism. Their Filipino girlfriends were not injured.
    (AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 5, In Portugal hundreds of teachers from across the country demonstrated in Lisbon to protest government education policies, especially spending cuts.
    (SFC, 10/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 5, Yuri Lyubimov (b.1917), founder and director of Moscow’s Taganka Theater (1964-1983 and 1989-2011), died in Moscow.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taganka_Theatre)(Econ, 10/25/14, p.94)
2014        Oct 5, Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers recaptured Barawe, the last major port held by the Shebab, removing a key source of revenue for the Islamist militia.
    (AFP, 10/5/14)
2014        Oct 5, In northwestern Syria Franciscan Father Hanna Jallouf and 20 other Christians were seized by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front at Qunyeh village, Idlib province. Father Jallouf was released on Oct 9.
    (AFP, 10/7/14)(AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 5, Gunmen crossed from Syria into eastern Lebanon and attacked posts of the Shiite movement Hezbollah, sparking fierce clashes. The Nusra Front attacked several Hezbollah positions on the Lebanese and Syrian side of the border simultaneously. At least 8 Hezbollah fighters were reported killed.
    (AFP, 10/5/14)(AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 5, In eastern Ukraine artillery blasts rocked Donetsk, exactly one month since the rebels signed a 12-point agreement with Kiev's representatives to try to halt the hostilities. Ukraine says 75 soldiers and civilians have been killed since the official ceasefire on September 5.
    (AFP, 10/5/14)

2014        Oct 6, The US Supreme Court denied review of cases in five states that had limited marriage to opposite sex couples. This in effect granted equal marriage rights to gays and lesbians in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
    (SFC, 10/7/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 6, A US federal judge ruled that a “five-second rule" to keep protesters from remaining in place, imposed by police in Ferguson, Mo. following protests over the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, was unconstitutional.
    (TIME, 10/20/14, p.13)
2014        Oct 6, NYC’s Hilton Worldwide announced that the Waldorf Astoria, opened in 1893 on the site of millionaire William Waldorf Astor's Fifth Avenue mansion, has been sold to a Chinese insurance company for $1.95 billion. Waldorf's cousin and fellow millionaire John Jacob Astor IV reconstructed the hotel a few years later at a nearby location. It was torn down in 1929, making way for another landmark: the Empire State Building. The Waldorf Astoria has been at its current location on Park Avenue since 1931. 
    (http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/06/news/waldorf-astoria-hotel-sale/)
2014        Oct 6, A US-British scientist, John O'Keefe, and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research team, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser, won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering the brain's navigation system — the inner GPS that helps us find our way in the world.
    (AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic said it will shut its short-haul domestic service in Britain, partly owing to a lack of demand for connections with its long-haul operations.
    (AFP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, Brittany Maynard (29), a newlywed diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, posted a video about her decision to take control over how she dies. She tentatively selected Nov 1 as her date of death in Oregon. The former California teacher moved to Oregon after learning that California was not among the five US states that allowed access to a lethal drug for terminal illness. Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington states also allowed access to the lethal drug.
    (SFC, 10/13/14, p.A1)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 6, In southern China 5 people were killed in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in Lanjiang village, Guizhou province.
    (AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, In Hong Kong pro-democracy protests subsided as students and civil servants returned to school and work after more than a week of demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of civil disobedience.
    (Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, In Iraq a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden armored vehicle into houses used by Shiite militiamen north of Samarra, killing at least 17 people.
    (AFP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 6, Typhoon Phanfone lashed Japan with torrential rain after killing at least one person, forcing the cancellation of flights and prompting warnings to more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes.
    (Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, In Kashmir tens of thousands of villagers fled their homes as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating their portions of the disputed region. 9 civilians were killed.
    (AP, 10/6/14)(AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 6, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta told the nation in an address before parliament that he would temporarily step down as president while attending a hearing at the International Criminal Court this week insisting that he be a private citizen during the court hearing and not the first president to sit before the court.
    (AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, Liberia's Justice Minister Christiana Tah stepped down, saying President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf blocked her investigation into fraud allegations against the country's National Security Agency (NSA), which is headed by the president's son.
    (Reuters, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 6, A Macedonian court convicted 17 people in the country's first espionage trial since it proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
    (AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, Mexican federal forces disarmed the entire police corps of Iguala and took over security after officers were accused of colluding with a gang in violence that left 43 students missing.
    (AFP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 6, In Nepal a bus crowded with holiday travelers veered off a remote mountain road, killing at least 25 and critically injuring many more.
    (AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, The Pakistani Taliban denied reports at the weekend that it had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State movement fighting in Syria and Iraq, saying that its statement to the media had been misinterpreted.
    (Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, In Poland a methane blast occurred 660 meters (1,265 feet) below the surface at the Myslowice-Wesola mine near the city of Katowice. The body of one missing miner was later recovered. 30 miners were hospitalized with burns and 2 died later from their burns.
    (AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 6, Russian opposition politician Vladimir Ashurkov announced on Twitter that he was seeking asylum in the UK due to political persecution by authorities. Ashurkov was the right-hand man of anticorruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who had been  under house arrest since February.
    (SFC, 10/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 6, In Spain nursing assistant Teresa Romero was diagnosed with Ebola. She had cared for a Spanish priest who died of the disease last month. 4 other people were quarantined and her dog was ordered killed.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A3)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.62)
2014        Oct 6, Sweden’s minority center-left coalition of Social Democrats and Greens agreed to demands by the Left Party to restrict the profit private firms can make in welfare and education - a key condition to get the non-government party to support the budget bill, which it will present in the coming weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, Syrian government forces seized control of a strategic area outside Damascus used by rebels to fire mortar shells at the capital. The Islamic State raised its flag on a building on the outskirts of the frontier town of Kobani after an assault of almost three weeks, but the town's Kurdish defenders said its fighters had not reached the city center. At least 30 people were killed in two suicide attacks on two checkpoints run by Kurdish fighters in the northeastern city of Hasakah.
    (AFP, 10/6/14)(Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, In Tanzania 7 people accused of witchcraft were burned alive in the village of Murufiti. Police soon arrested 23 people in connection with the crimes.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 6, Ukraine officials said 7 civilians and 5 government soldiers have been killed in the past day of clashes with pro-Russian insurgents despite a truce between the two sides.
    (AFP, 10/6/14)

2014        Oct 7, A US federal appeals court in San Francisco struck down Nevada and Idaho’s bans on same-sex marriage. The ruling also applies to all nine states in the court’s territory and will overturn marriage bans in Montana, Alaska and Arizona.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 7, Susan Koret, the widow of Joe Koret, filed suit against real estate magnate Tad Taube, board president of the Koret Foundation, accusing him of using the $500 million charity as a personal piggybank. The foundation immediately countersued to remove Susan Koret, the founder’s 2nd wife, from the board for incompetence and breach of duty.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.E1)
2014        Oct 7, An Alabama jury convicted Desmonte Leonard of murder in the June 9, 2012, shooting deaths of two former Auburn Univ. football players and a third man.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 7, The SF Board of Supervisors voted to legalize the growing trend of turning homes into ad-hoc hotels by passing the “Airbnb law," which places some restrictions on the practice.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 7, California officials detected the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the Los Angeles area. The day-time biting mosquito was capable of transmitting dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses.
    (SFC, 10/16/14, p.A10)
2014        Oct 7, In northern California a fire fighting air tanker crashed killing pilot Geoffrey Hunt (62) near Arch Rock on the west side of Yosemite National Park.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/14, p.D1)
2014        Oct 7, A cell-phone video was released showing Indiana police breaking a car window and then using a stun gun on a man in a car after police stopped the driver for not wearing a seat belt.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 7, Canada's Parliament voted to authorize airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq following a US request.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, Chinese officials said the dengue virus has killed six people and infected more than 23,000 in southern China's worst outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, In southwestern China a strong, shallow 6.0 earthquake shook Yunnan province. At least one person was killed as aftershocks continued to strike the area.
    (AP, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 7, Cyprus' president suspended talks on reunifying the ethnically divided island in response to Turkey's plans to search for oil and gas in waters where the Cypriot government has already licensed Italy's Eni and South Korea's Kogas to drill.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, Egyptian military officials said troops have killed 16 members of an al-Qaida-inspired militant group in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Four leading members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis were arrested during the operations.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, The German government said a convoy of 112 trucks carrying aid from Germany has crossed into Ukraine and the goods will be distributed in the country's east by local officials.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, In Germany train drivers' union GDL called for a nine-hour nationwide strike starting this evening. Pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit announced a two-day strike at Lufthansa's freight arm starting at 2100 ET on Oct 8.
    (Reuters, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, In Hong Kong crowds of protesters who filled the streets with demands for more democracy thinned dramatically after student leaders and the government agreed to hold talks in the increasingly frustrated city.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, Indian and Pakistani troops fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day, with both accusing the other of provoking the violence. Police in both countries said troops exchanged fire for hours overnight, killing a Pakistani man and injuring at least 22 others.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, Iran said it had seized explosives destined for an attack on one of its holy cities and that more than 130 members of militant extremist groups had been arrested.
    (AFP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, International prosecutors accused the Kenyan government of failing to hand over phone and bank records they said would help them show President Uhuru Kenyatta paid collaborators to take part in post-election violence in 2007.
    (Reuters, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics for inventing blue light-emitting diodes. Isamu Akasaki (85), Hiroshi Amano (54) and naturalized US citizen Shuji Nakamura (54) revolutionized lighting technology two decades ago when they came up with a long-elusive component of the white LED lights.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, In Kenya transgender activist Audrey Mbugua won a landmark case when the High Court ordered the Kenya National Examinations Council to change her name on her academic certificates.
    (Reuters, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, In Turkey Kurdish protesters clashed with police. 20 protesters were killed in the clashes, mostly between sympathizers of rival Kurdish groups. Kurdish protesters also forced their way into the European Parliament in Brussels, part of Europe-wide demonstrations against the Islamic State group's advance on a town on the Syrian-Turkish border.
    (AP, 10/7/14)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.59)
2014        Oct 7, The Myanmar government pardoned 3,073 prisoners, but advocacy groups said no political prisoners were included despite a pledge by the president to free all such detainees by the end of this year.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike on a Taliban compound in North Waziristan killed at least six militants.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, In Romania thousands of workers and health workers protested against low salaries and endemic underfunding of the health system which have led to thousands of doctors and nurses seeking work abroad.
    (AP, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, Turkey's president said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing home a three-week assault has cost a reported 412 lives. More than 2,000 Syrian Kurds including women and children were evacuated from the town after the latest fighting.
    (Reuters, 10/7/14)
2014        Oct 7, Venezuelan police moved in before dawn to arrest what authorities said is a gang behind multiple homicides. That led to an eight-hour standoff that created panic and blocked traffic across several downtown blocks. 5 people were killed including Jose Odreman, a former policeman and well-connected leader of a militia group aligned with the socialist government.
    (AP, 10/8/14)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.31)
2014        Oct 7, Yemeni parties agreed to appoint Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak bin Mubarak, an associate of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, as prime minister, a move some Yemenis expect may lead to the withdrawal of Shi'ite Muslim fighters from the capital Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 10/7/14)

2014        Oct 8, The US said it will begin screening travelers from West Africa after Thomas Eric Duncan (42) of Liberia, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US, died in Dallas.
    (SFC, 10/9/14, p.A8)
2014        Oct 8, US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kenney put a temporary hold on same-sex marriages in Idaho following a request by state officials.
    (SFC, 10/9/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 8, The Nobel Prize in chemistry was won by William Moerner of Stanford Univ., Eric Betzig of Howard Hughes Medical Inst. And Stefan W. Hell of Germany’s Max Planck Inst. for their work in giving microscopes much sharper vision than thought possible.
    (SFC, 10/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 8, In St. Louis, Mo., a police officer working as a security guard shot and killed Vonderrit D. Meyers. The officer fired 17 shots after Meyers fired three shots at him. A 9mm Ruger was recovered.
    (SFC, 10/10/14, p.A9)
2014        Oct 8, Five Afghan men were hanged for the gang rape of four women despite the UN and human rights groups criticizing the trial and urging new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions. A suicide car bomber killed at least 5 people in an attack that targeted a former district police chief in southern Helmand province.
    (AFP, 10/8/14)(AP, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, Cambodia enacted a regulation to protect nightclub hostesses and other adult entertainment workers under the same laws that protect other workers' rights.
    (AP, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, In Central African Republic an angry crowd killed a Muslim man in Bangui overnight, decapitating and burning his corpse, and in revenge Muslims killed a taxi driver. The Muslim man was chased by Christian 'anti-balaka' militiamen because he was suspected of having thrown a grenade from a bus into a market.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, The EU approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag.
    (AP, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, France said it will soon provide weapons and military equipment to the Lebanese army as part of a $3 billion grant from Saudi Arabia to help it fight jihadis encroaching into Lebanon from Syria.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, Guyana officials announced plans to install about a dozen new closed-circuit TV cameras to help fight crime in the South American country's capital and other coastal areas.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 8, In Indonesia rescuers and fishermen found 8 survivors and 17 bodies after two days of searching for a motorboat lost since its captain reported an engine failure on Oct 6 off of Java island. Local reports said it was carrying 49 people who were to have attended a wedding ceremony.
    (AP, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, In Iraq militants with Islamic State group shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter, killing the 2 pilots on board in the second such incident in a week. A car bomb blast on a busy street of Baghdad's largest Shiite neighborhood killed at least 12 people.
    (AP, 10/8/14)(AFP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 8, In Italy hundreds of people protested against PM Matteo Renzi's plans to reform hiring-and-firing rules outside the congress center where European leaders were due to meet for a conference on jobs.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, In Kashmir 5 more civilians were killed and thousands took refuge in camps in the disputed region after some of the most intense fighting between nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India in a decade.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, Macedonian court officials said police have arrested 13 judges and 12 court employees from Skopje's misdemeanors court on charges of negligent service for failing to impose fines worth a total of 1.1 million euros ($1.4 million).
    (AP, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, South Korean prosecutors indicted Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato for defamation of President Park Geun-hye over an article he wrote about her personal life and whereabouts on April 3, the day of a deadly ferry disaster.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, A court in Tanzania granted bail to an opposition member of parliament and eight others after charging them with illegal protests for demonstrating last week against a draft constitution.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, In southeast Turkey at least 21 people were killed in riots, the deadliest street unrest in years, after the Kurdish minority rose up in fury at the government's refusal to protect a besieged Syrian town from Islamic State. US-led air strikes appeared to have pushed Islamic State fighters back to the edges of Kobani.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)(Reuters, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 8, The UN said the conflict in eastern Ukraine is still claiming about 10 lives a day among government troops, pro-Russian separatists and civilians despite a ceasefire agreed in early September.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)
2014        Oct 8, In Yemen at least two simultaneous attacks by suspected al-Qaida militants on security forces in Baida province south of the capital Sanaa killed at least 10 policemen and 4 assailants.
    (AP, 10/8/14)(AFP, 10/8/14)

2014        Oct 9, The US stock market had its worst day of the year as the DJIA plunged 334.97 points to close at 16659.25.
    (SFC, 10/10/14, p.C1)
2014        Oct 9, Poet Carolyn Kizer (89), 1985 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection “Yin," died in Sonoma, Ca.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, p.C8)
2014        Oct 9, Britain said it will start screening travelers coming from Ebola-hit parts of west Africa at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and on Eurostar trains from Belgium and France.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 9, China’s disciplinary body said that Wan Qinglian, the former party head of the southern city of Guangzhou, was being referred for criminal prosecution on accusations of having demanded and received a "gigantic amount" of bribes.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, In CongoDRC 9 civilians were killed overnight when suspected members of a notorious Ugandan Islamist group stormed Oicha village.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 9, Estonia became the first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, Patrick Modiano (69) of France won the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature. He has made a lifelong study of the Nazi occupation and its effects on his country. Modiano's novel "Missing Person" won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1978 and is among the more than 40 of his works published in French.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, Gambia’s Pres. Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 9, Democratic lawmakers in Hong Kong demanded anti-graft officers investigate a $6.4 million business payout to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The city’s government canceled talks with student leaders of a pro-democracy protest that has blocked streets in the city for nearly two weeks, with a senior official saying the discussions were unlikely to be constructive.
    (Reuters, 10/9/14)(AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, The annual Innovation Awards, sponsored by The Economist magazine, were awarded in Hong Kong. The winners were: Jay Keasling of UC Berkeley for developing synthetic artemisinin, the main ingredient in the treatment of malaria; Andrew Rubin, a former VP of Google, for developing the Android smartphone operating system; Urs Holzle, VP of Google for energy efficient data centers; Nandan Nilekani, former chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India, for the development of India’s national ID system; Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler, the founders of Kickstarter, for popularizing crowdfunding; Renaud Laplanche, founder and CEO of Lending Club, for popularizing peer to peer consumer lending; Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams for pioneering microblogging using short messages (Twitter); and the Pixar company for computer animation.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, TQ p.9)
2014        Oct 9, Indonesia officially launched a $263 million project to build a giant sea wall along the coast of its capital, Jakarta, in an attempt to protect businesses and homes from flooding.
    (Reuters, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, A Japanese judge ordered Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past in an order the plaintiff's lawyer compared to Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 9, In Kosovo nine health officials and doctors were arrested under an investigation into private clinics suspected of offering bribes to receive heart surgery patients.
    (Reuters, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, In Malaysia a grenade was tossed outside a night club at a popular tourist belt in Kuala Lumpur, killing one man and wounding 12 others, including foreigners. The pre-dawn explosion in the Bukit Bintang area was believed to be due to a gang fight and was not a terrorist act.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, Mexican federal police used a seemingly routine traffic checkpoint in Torreon to nab Vicente Carrillo Fuentes (51), the alleged drug cartel boss accused by the government of turning the border city of Juarez into one of the deadliest places on the planet.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 9, In Mexico 4 people died in a suspected attack by the Guerreros Unidos gang and five police were wounded.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 9, In Mexico four new suspects in the disappearance of students in Iguala took investigators to the site of the four pits, 200 km (125 miles) south of Mexico City, but the number of bodies remains unknown. Some of the bodies appeared burned.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 9, In Mozambique the Maputo-based Center for Public Integrity (CIP) said ruling Frelimo party boosted campaign funds for upcoming elections by smuggling timber to Chinese buyers.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 9, In Pakistan two suspected US drone strikes killed at least 5 militants in North Waziristan where the military has been fighting insurgents since June.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, The Palestinian unity government held its first ever meeting in the war-ravaged Gaza Strip as its rival factions presented a common front ahead of a major donors' conference.
    (AFP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening.
    (Reuters, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, Ukraine's president approved legislation to purge government bodies of officials linked to the rule of the country's previous leader, Viktor Yanukovych.
    (AP, 10/9/14)
2014        Oct 9, In Yemen suicide bombers targeting the powerful Shi'ite Houthi group and an army camp killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks, hours after a political crisis forced new PM Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak to step down. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) soon claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 10/9/14)(AFP, 10/11/14)

2014        Oct 10, President Barack Obama declared large parts of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles as a national monument.
    (Reuters, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, The US Navy took control of a new missile defense base in southern Romania, one of two European land-based interceptor sites for a NATO missile shield that Russia strongly opposes.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, A Los Angeles County judge threw out the murder conviction of Susan Mellon who has spent over 17 years behind bars for a crime the he said she did not commit.
    (SFC, 10/11/14, p.A11)
2014        Oct 10, In San Francisco Cecilia Lam (35) was shot by Cedric Young Jr. (29) and died three days later. She had called police 4 times over the last two days reporting that her former boyfriend had a gun and had tried to poison her. On August 12 Lam’s family sued the city saying police failed to take proper action.
    (SFC, 8/13/15, p.D4)
2014        Oct 10, The US Supreme Court said same sex marriages can go ahead in Idaho.
    (SFC, 10/11/14, p.A10)
2014        Oct 10, A US federal judge in North Carolina struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.
    (SFC, 10/11/14, p.A10)
2014        Oct 10, The US Justice Dept. said Extendicare Health Services Inc., a nursing home chain, has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around the country.
    (SFC, 10/11/14, p.A8)
2014        Oct 10, Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai (17) became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi (b.1954) of India won the Nobel Peace Prize for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, Algeria said soldiers have killed 4 gunmen during anti-militant operations. 3 suspected militants were killed today in the area of Bouria, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers. The fourth militant was killed in a separate raid a day earlier in the Tiaret region.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party won its first seat in the House of Commons, sending jitters through PM David Cameron's Conservatives months before what is likely to be a tight general election.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, In China days of heavy smog shrouding northern swathes of the country pushed pollution to more than 20 times recommended limits, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, Pavel Landovsky (78), a Czech actor, anti-communist dissident and a friend of late president and playwright Vaclav Havel, died in Prague. Landovsky appeared in numerous movies, including "Closely Watched Trains," the Academy Award winner for the best foreign language film in 1967.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 10, Egyptian security arrested 40 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo and Egypt's second city Alexandria during protests.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, In Hong Kong thousands of protesters poured into a main road for a pro-democracy rally, reviving a civil disobedience movement a day after the government called off talks with student leaders.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, In Iraq Islamic State group fighters executed 9 people in two northern towns on suspicion of ties to anti-jihadist Sunni organizations. Raad al-Azzawi, a cameraman for Iraq's Salahuddin Television, was killed by militants in the city of Tikrit.
    (AFP, 10/10/14)(AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 10, In Italy at least one person died when flood waters swept through the northwestern city of Genoa following unexpectedly heavy overnight rain.
    (Reuters, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, Liberian lawmakers rejected a proposal the grant Pres. Sirleaf the power to further restrict movement and public gatherings and to confiscate property in the fight against Ebola as the WHO raised the death toll to 4,033 confirmed deaths, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
    (SFC, 10/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 10, North and South Korea traded machine-gun and rifle fire after South Korean activists released anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons across the border.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, In Pakistan a stampede at an anti-government rally in Multan city, Punjab province, killed 7 supporters of Imran Khan, the country's famous former cricketer, now opposition politician.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 10, A Puerto Rico court ruled that a deal calling for the US territory's government to repay $230 million in overpaid taxes to Doral Financial Corp., one of the island's biggest banks, is valid.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, A South Korea coast guardsman fatally shot the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel who resisted the inspection of his ship for suspected illegal fishing.
    (AP, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, In Syria militants fought deeper into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene. At least 31 people have been killed in three days of riots and street violence across Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
    (Reuters, 10/10/14)

2014        Oct 11, In San Francisco the new US assault ship, the America, was officially enetered into service as part of Fleet Week celebrations.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, p.C1)
2014        Oct 11, In St. Louis, Missouri, thousands gathered for a 2nd day of organized rallies and marches to protest the death of Michael Brown and other fatal police police shootings in the St. Louis area and nationwide.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A9)
2014        Oct 11, A health worker in Texas at the hospital treating the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States tested positive for the deadly virus, raising fresh worries about the spread of the disease beyond West Africa.
    (Reuters, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 11, In southern Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber struck a police headquarters, killing one policeman and wounding three. Gunmen killed two Afghan truck drivers on a road in the country's east.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, Algerian troops killed 5 more suspected militants in the eastern Bouira region where they have been tracking an al Qaeda splinter group that killed a French tourist.
    (Reuters, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 11, Belgium's King Philippe swore in a center-right government under the leadership of Francophone free-market liberal Charles Michel (38), ending a four-month deadlock.
    (AP, 10/11/14)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.64)
2014        Oct 11, Cameroon authorities said 27 hostages seized by militant group Boko Haram in May and July have been released, including 10 Chinese workers and the wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister.
    (Reuters, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, China’s social media began reporting that authorities have ordered books by Chinese-American scholar Yu Ying-shih to be removed from sale, as Beijing expresses its displeasure with writers showing support for pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
    (AP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 11, In northwestern China a landslide buried a dormitory for highway construction workers as they slept inside, killing 19 and injuring two others in Shaanxi province.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, In Egypt a Cairo court convicted Mohammed el-Beltagy, a leading Muslim Brotherhood figure, and two other Islamists and sentenced them to 15 years in prison each on charges of torturing a man during the 2011 protests against then-President Hosni Mubarak.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, Germany, one of the countries that suspended aid to Malawi after a massive 2013 public sector graft scandal, said it has granted the impoverished southern African nation $25 million to conduct an audit into the fraud.
    (AFP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, Ten people died and a dozen were missing after a small boat collided with a ship off Guinea's southern coast and capsized.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, Hong Kong students leading pro-democracy protests issued an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, urging him to consider political reforms in the city and blaming the city's unpopular leader for the demonstrations. Thousands of people returned for sit-ins in Hong Kong's main protest zone.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier, ending a pause in fighting that has already killed 17 civilians.
    (Reuters, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, In Iran a police airplane crashed outside the provincial capital of Zahedan killing all 7 people aboard.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 11, In Iraq a series of car bomb attacks killed at least 45 people in Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad. 4 Iraqi soldiers died in a friendly-fire incident in the town of Udaim. The US military launched airstrikes north and west of Baghdad, hitting a small Islamic State fighting unit and destroying armed vehicles. Britain participated in the airstrikes.
    (Reuters, 10/11/14)(AP, 10/12/14)   
2014        Oct 11, Kurdish forces defending Kobani urged a US-led coalition to escalate air strikes on Islamic State fighters who controlled more than a third of the Syrian town at the border with Turkey. 36 jihadi fighters were reportedly killed in Kobani.
    (Reuters, 10/11/14)(AP, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 11, In Mexico Guerrero state Gov. Angel Aguirre said some of the bodies recovered from clandestine graves last weekend did not match the 43 young people who went missing on Sep 25.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 11, In norhtern Mexico two gunmen walked into a radio station and killed Atilano Roman Tirado, a local activist, while he was broadcasting his weekly radio program. Tirado was the leader of a group of farmers demanding compensation for lands flooded by dam construction several years ago.
    (AP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 11, In the Philippines Jeffrey Laude (26), a Filipino cross-dresser, was reportedly killed by a member of the US military. On Oct 18 the government suerved a subpoena for marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Permberton and four other Marines sought as witnesses to the death of Laude.
    (SFC, 10/14/14, p.A2)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 11, In Spain three more people were under observation for Ebola in a Madrid hospital, boosting the number being monitored for symptoms to 16. A nursing assistant infected with the virus remained in serious but stable condition.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, Thai authorities arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighboring Malaysia. Myanmar views its population of roughly 800,000 Rohingya -- described by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world -- as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, and denies them citizenship.
    (AFP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, The Ukrainian army said that its positions had been attacked overnight in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Shelling in the regions killed 5 people over the past 24 hours in the latest deadly violations of a ceasefire.
    (AFP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, Two Yemeni soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the restive southeastern province of Hadramawt.
    (AFP, 10/11/14)

2014        Oct 12, A US federal judge struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages.
    (SFC, 10/13/14, p.A8)
2014        Oct 12, In northern and eastern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants led a string of attacks on police and civilians, killing at least 14 people.
    (AP, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 12, Bolivians voted in a presidential election. President Evo Morales coasted to victory, winning an unprecedented third term with 61 percent of the vote.
    (Reuters, 10/12/14)(AP, 10/13/14)(AFP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 12, Bosnia held general elections. Some 3.3 million voters were eligible to cast ballots to elect three members -- a Croat, a Muslim and a Serb -- to the joint presidency, as well as a new central parliament. They will also elect assemblies for the two entities and a president in Republika Srpska. Nationalist candidates from Bosnia's Croat, Muslim and Serb communities won the country's three-man presidency.
    (AFP, 10/12/14)(AFP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 12, In Cambodia freelance journalist Taing Try (49) was shot in the forehead and died instantly at a remote forestry site in Kratie province. He was investigating illegal logging in the region. Police soon detained three men, including a timber trader, believed to be linked to the murder.
    (AP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 12, In Central African Republic eight armed men, belonging to a rebel group known as the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC), abducted Polish priest Mateusz Dziedzic in the town of Baboua. They wanted to exchange the kidnapped missionary for their leader, who is currently imprisoned in Cameroon.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 12, Chinese police stormed into a conference room outside Beijing where rights lawyers were meeting to discuss wrongful cases and broke up the gathering. Chinese scholar and rights advocate Guo Yushan, founder of an influential non-governmental think tank, was detained on the criminal charge of provoking troubles.
    (AP, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 12, In China four ethnic Uighurs armed with knives and explosives killed at least 22 people, mostly Han Chinese, in Kashgar Prefecture. Dozens were injured before police shot and killed the attackers.
    (SFC, 10/20/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 12, In Cairo, Egypt, US Sec. of State John Kerry presided over a conference on peace in the Middle East and announced an additional $212 million in US aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Qatar said it would provide $1 billion in reconstruction assistance for Gaza, while fellow Gulf Arab states Kuwait and United Arab Emirates promised $200 million each. Germany also announced it would contribute 50 million euros ($63 million) to reconstruction efforts in Gaza.
    (Reuters, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 12, Egyptian police backed by armored vehicles stormed the campuses of at least two prominent universities to quell anti-government protests by students.
    (AP, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 12, In Hungary PM Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party was the clear winner in municipal elections. The far-right Jobbik party made significant gains in rural areas, where it has become the main challenger to Orban's Fidesz party.
    (AP, 10/13/14)(SFC, 10/13/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 12, In India Cyclone Hudhud pounded a large swath of the eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds, killing at least 41 people and causing major damage to buildings and crops.
    (AP, 10/12/14)(Reuters, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 12, In Iraq a triple suicide bombing killed 26 Kurdish security forces in Diyala province. A roadside bomb killed the police chief of the western Anbar province.
    (AP, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 12, In Japan at least 35 people were reported injured as Typhoon Vongfong, packing winds of up to 180 km (110 miles) per hour and heavy rain, hit the southern island of Okinawa.
    (AP, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 12, In western Libya a hospital official said fighting over Kikla between Islamist militias and rival groups has killed at least 23 people.
    (AP, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 12, In Mozambique brawling supporters of Frelimo and opposition party Renamo clashed in the northern city of Nampula, where 23 people were injured and 13 others arrested ahead of legislative and provincial elections on Oct 15.
    (AFP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 12, In Somalia a car bomb exploded outside a café in Mogadishu killing 11 people. Gunmen shot and seriously wounded Abdirisak Jama, a Somali journalist working for a London-based television channel, in an attack outside his home in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 10/12/14)(SFC, 10/13/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 12, The US Central Command said warplanes from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates conducted four airstrikes in Syria over the weekend, including three in Kobani that destroyed an Islamic State fighting position and staging area.
    (AP, 10/12/14)

2014        Oct 13, US Central Command said the US and Saudi Arabia launched eight airstrikes yesterday and today against Islamic State targets in Syria, including seven near Kobani.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, US plane giant Boeing said Indonesian flag carrier Garuda has placed an order for 50 planes worth almost $5 billion.
    (AFP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, In Half Moon Bay, Ca., a pumpkin from Napa weighing 2,058 pounds, won first prize in the city’s 41st annual weigh-off. This was the biggest to date for the Half Moon Bay event.
    (SFC, 10/14/14, p.C1)
2014        Oct 13, In northern Afghanistan Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces in Sar-e-Pul province, killing 22 soldiers and police. A suicide car bomber killed one civilian in Kabul. A suicide bomber in Nangarhar province killed 2 people.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, In Algeria clashes broken out between Arabs and Berbers near the southern desert town of Ghardaia, with two people killed and businesses torched. National Police Chief Abdelghani Hamel visited the province in a bid to restore calm after hundreds of policemen staged a march in Ghardaia to protest against attacks on them by gangs of youths.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 13, Austria's top court reduced on appeal to three years a jail term imposed on an Ernst Strasser, an ex-European Parliament member, for offering to propose amendments to laws in exchange for 100,000 euros ($126,830) a year.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, The British House of Commons in a symbolic move voted 274 to 12 in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state.
    (SFC, 10/14/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 13, China’s state media said a court in western Xinjiang region has sentenced to death 12 people blamed for terrorist attacks that killed 37 people in July.
    (AP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, In China Comcast NBCUniversal and a consortium of four Chinese state-owned companies announced the approval of the development of a $3.3 billion Universal theme park in Beijing that would be the first major foreign-owned theme park in the Chinese capital.
    (AP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, In southern Egypt 30 people died in a collision between three minibuses in Aswan province.
    (AFP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, A magnitude 7.4 earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador disrupted power to several communities and claimed the life of one man who had been sleeping on a street. The quake was part of a series of strong temblors that rattled much of Central America.
    (AP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 13, French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel economics prize for showing hos to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.
    (AP, 10/13/14)(SFC, 10/14/14, p.D1)
2014        Oct 13, In Hong Kong police began removing some barricades in the areas of Central and Admiralty, home to global financial institutions and government buildings Hundreds of people, which included taxi and truck drivers, tore down protest barriers in the business district, scuffling with protesters who have occupied the streets for two weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, Typhoon Vongfong barreled into Japan's main islands, with at least 2 people killed, one person missing and scores injured while more than 550 flights were grounded.
    (AFP, 10/13/14)(Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 13, Kurdish fighters engaged in fierce clashes with jihadists on the Turkish border near Kobane, as Ankara denied allowing Washington to use its bases against the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, Madagascar's former president Marc Ravalomanana was arrested just hours after he returned to the island nation following years in exile in South Africa.
    (AP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, In southern Mexico hundreds of students and teachers smashed windows at a Guerrero state capital building complex before setting fire to some of the buildings in Chilpancingo in response to the Sept. 26 disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers' college.
    (AP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 13, In Mexico armed men seized Erica Alvarado Rivera (26), her boyfriend, and her brothers, Alex (22) and Jose Angel (21) in El Control, a small town near the Texas border west of Matamoros. The three siblings from Progreso, Texas, were visiting their father. Erica was the mother of four children aged 3-9. The armed men had identified themselves as part of Grupo Hercules, a recently formed police security unit for Matamoros city officials.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 13, In northern Nigeria 9 teenage girls died and three were listed missing after a passenger boat capsized on a river in Kano state.
    (AFP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 13, South Korean messaging app Kakao Talk said it will stop fully cooperating with authorities seeking to access private messages as part of a government crackdown on online criticism.
    (AP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, Sri Lanka opened the rail link between the capital Colombo and the northern city of Jaffna, more than two decades after its destruction in a civil war, amid hopes that it will give a boost to reconciliation efforts.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, In Syria Abu Aboud, the head of "White Shroud," said the group has killed more than 100 Islamic State fighters in attacks in Deir al-Zor province in recent months and that the group’s main aim is to generate fear in Islamic State's ranks. The government carried out some 40 air strikes in Hama and Idlib provinces.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)(Econ, 10/18/14, p.47)
2014        Oct 13, Thai police found scores of sick and exhausted boat people hiding on a remote island. All but one of the 79 suspected human-trafficking victims were from Bangladesh. The discovery brought to more than 130 the number of people found since Oct 11 in Phang Nga province.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, Turkish air force bombed Kurdish fighters furious over Ankara's refusal to help protect their kin in Syria. Bombs on PKK targets after they reportedly attacked a military outpost in the Daglica region.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 13, UN Sec.-Gen. Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to scrap plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a future state, and urged both sides to return to peace talks.
    (Reuters, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, Yemen's president appointed diplomat Khaled Bahah (b.1965), a former oil minister, as prime minister, after securing backing of Islamists as well as Shiite rebels who control the capital amid hopes of easing a political deadlock in the impoverished, violence-stricken country.
    (AP, 10/13/14)

2014        Oct 14, The US Supreme Court blocked Texas from enforcing key parts of a 2013 law that would close all but eight of the state’s abortion clinics.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A9)
2014        Oct 14, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help fight Ebola.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 14, In North Carolina Patrick Cannon (49), the former mayor of Charlotte, was sentenced to almost four years in jail for taking bribes from undercover federal agents.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A9)
2014        Oct 14, In Texas a federal appeals court temporarily rein stated the state’s voter ID law.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A9)
2014        Oct 14, The price of Brent crude oil fell $4 to $85 a barrel. Its price had peaked in June at $15 per barrel.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.73)
2014        Oct 14, In Afghanistan 2 civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Kabul. A car bombing during a local security force operation In Khost province left 3 suicide bombers and 8 soldiers dead. In Helmand province gunmen ambushed and killed Nad Ali district chief Mohammad Anwar Khan and his guard. Anis Haqqani, a brother of the Haqqani network's leader, and Hafiz Rashid, who allegedly helped equip suicide bombers and select targets for attacks, were detained in Khost province in a special Afghan operation.
    (AP, 10/14/14)(AP, 10/15/14)(AP, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 14, Bahraini authorities ordered pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja to be detained for questioning for seven days after a judge accused her of insulting King Hamad by tearing up his picture.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 14, Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro said they have arrested 47 people in an operation to dismantle a ring of illegal abortion clinics following the recent deaths of two women who sought to end their pregnancies. Police said arrest warrants have been issued for another 28 people suspected of being part of the ring.
    (AP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, British counterterrorism police arrested six people in raids across southern England reflecting heightened concern that the rise of the Islamic State has helped foment Jihadism.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 14, In southwest China 8 people died in a clash between construction workers and villagers in Jinning county, Yunnan province, over a land dispute. 4 of the construction workers were burned to death.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)(SFC, 10/17/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 14, In the Czech Rep. a woman, diagnosed with schizophrenia, stabbed a male student (16) to death and wounded two girls and a police negotiator in a rampage at a secondary school in Zdar nad Sazavou. The woman had already stabbed a teacher in an elementary school canteen full of children near Ostrava in May 2012.
    (AFP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and South African Tina Joematt Pettersson signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in nuclear energy development which is necessary for any commercial deal.
    (AFP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to tear down barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters near government offices and the financial center, reopening a major road for the first time in two weeks.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, The WTO said India broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking US poultry imports because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, In Iraq a suicide car bomb killed at least 18 people and wounded 51 others at a checkpoint entrance to the Shi'ite neighborhood of Kadhimiya in Baghdad. Another roadside bomb blew up on a busy street in al-Qahira district of northern Baghdad, killing three passersby.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, Israel opened the border to the first post-war truckloads of rebuilding material for Gaza.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, The Liberian government threatened to fire doctors and nurses who are on strike demanding danger money to care for Ebola patients in the country worst hit by the epidemic.
    (AFP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, Mexican authorities said none of the bodies recently found in five mass graves in Guerrero state belonged to 43 college students missing since Sep 26.
    (SFC, 10/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 14, In Nepal a snowstorm and avalanche in the Himalayas killed at least 39 trekkers and guides, on the popular Annapurna hiking route. 3 yak herders were also reported killed in another avalanche while grazing their animals. Rescue operations ended on Oct 20 with 407 people brought to safety.
    (AFP, 10/15/14)(AFP, 10/18/14)(AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 14, In Saudi Arabia a US national was shot dead and another wounded in Riyadh. Police later shot and wounded an assailant and then arrested him.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, At least 10 Syrian soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamic State group jihadists in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. At least 12 people killed in Syrian regime air strikes on the Ain Tarma area outside the capital Damascus. The regime also carried out air strikes against Irbin, where at least 5 people were killed.
    (AFP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, In Tanzania 2 women were hacked to death by men who accused them of casting spells that made them sexually impotent in the village of Ihugi, Shinyanga province.
    (AFP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 14, Thailand's Cabinet approved a ban on the import of hookah-style water pipes and electronic cigarettes, copying a similar move by neighboring Cambodia earlier this year.
    (AP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, In Ukraine 7 civilians died and 17 were injured when shells exploded near a funeral procession in a suburb of the eastern city of Mariupol. 7 soldiers had died over the last 24 hours as forces outside the city were attacked with artillery from the east. Clashes broke out between demonstrators and police in front of the parliament in Kiev as deputies inside repeatedly voted down proposals to recognize a contentious World War II-era Ukrainian partisan group as national heroes.
    (AP, 10/14/14)
2014        Oct 14, In Yemen Shiite rebels seized the strategic port city of Hudeida to widen their fast-expanding zone of control. Shiite rebels clashed with Al-Qaeda militants in Rada (Raad), leaving 12 dead.
    (AFP, 10/14/14)(AFP, 10/15/14)

2014        Oct 15, The US Pentagon named it fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as Operation Inherent Resolve.
    (SFC, 10/16/14, p.A3)
2014        Oct 15, The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state’s voter identification law saying it would set a new requirement for voting beyond those listed in the state’s constitution.
    (SFC, 10/17/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 15, The SF Bay Guardian weekly newspaper published its final edition and began closing due to financial reasons. It was founded in 1966 by Bruc Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble. They ran it until 2012 when it was acquired by San Francisco Media.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 15, In NYC David McCallum was ordered free from prison after serving nearly 30 years. Prosecutors concluded that he and the late Willie Stuckey (2001) had falsely confessed.
    (SFC, 10/16/14, p.A16)
2014        Oct 15, Texas Department of State Health Services said a second healthcare worker who treated the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the disease.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Lockheed Martin Corp said it has made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, In Algeria nearly a thousand policemen staged a sit-in outside President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's office in Algiers, demanding better working conditions on a third day of public protests by police officers.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Australian literature-lovers cheered after Richard Flanagan won the prestigious Booker Prize with a visceral story of wartime brutality and its aftermath. Flanagan drew on his father's experiences as a World War II prisoner of the Japanese for "The Narrow Road to the Deep North," which centers on the Burma Death Railway.
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, In Central African Republic four UN peacekeepers were wounded in the attack by elements of the Christian militia calling for President Catherine Samba-Panza to resign.
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Concerns that the Greek government could collapse next year, putting its bailout program in danger, caused a massive sell-off in the country's stock and bond markets, with the main stock index down 9.8 percent.
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Hong Kong's most prominent tycoon, Li Ka-shing, urged protesters who have occupied parts of the city since late last month to go home. Police arrested about 45 protesters, using pepper spray against those who resisted, and cleared a main road in the city.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, A magnitude 6 earthquake struck western Iran at a depth of 36.7 km.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Iraqi security personnel and tribesmen beat back an hours-long jihadist attack on Ramadi, while reinforcements reached the strategic town of Amriyat al-Fallujah threatened by militants.
    (AFP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Italian tennis players Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace faced corruption accusations after intercepted Internet conversations claiming they sold matches were printed in Italian media.
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Kurdish militiamen, bolstered by intensified US-led coalition airstrikes, fought pitched street battles with the extremists in Kobani, a Syrian Kurdish border town near Turkey, making small advances. US military fighter and bomber planes carried out 14 air strikes against Islamic State targets near Kobani.
    (AP, 10/15/14)(Reuters, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 15, Libyan army troops and armed residents clashed with Islamist fighters in the eastern port of Benghazi, killing at least 4 people, a day after renegade former general Khalifa Haftar, who backs the army, vowed to retake the city from the militants.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Malaysian police said they have detained 14 Muslims, including two women and a student, suspected of being linked to the militant Islamic State group. The detentions put the number of people held for suspected militant links to 36 since April.
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, In Morocco some 300 African migrants scaled fences six-meters (20-feet) high to try to enter Spain's northwest African enclave city of Melilla. 5 police officers and 5 migrants were treated for minor injuries. Three migrants managed to reach Melilla.
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, Mozambicans voted in a tough electoral test for the ruling Frelimo party, which has run the southern African country since independence from Portugal in 1975. The race put Frelimo's Filipe Nyusi (55), the former defense minister, against Afonso Dhlakama (61), the veteran leader of former rebel group Renamo, and Daviz Simango (50), founder of the Mozambique Democratic Party (MDM). Provisional results on Oct 24 said Nyusi won with 57% of the vote. Dhlakama took 36% and Simango took nearly 7%.
    (AFP, 10/15/14)(AP, 10/19/14)(Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 15, Nigeria's former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari declared he would run for president, criticizing President Goodluck Jonathan's administration for corruption and failing to tackle the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.
    (Reuters, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years ended with no agreement, with the rivals failing to narrow their differences on how to ease animosity following two shooting incidents last week.
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, In Pakistan a suicide bomber targeted a meeting of anti-Taliban elders in the Khyber tribal region, killing 5 people and wounding 10.
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, A Saudi court sentenced prominent Shiite cleric and anti-government protest leader Nimr Bakir al-Nimr to death after convicting him of sedition.
    (AFP, 10/15/14)(Econ, 10/18/14, p.49)
2014        Oct 15, In Somalia a car bomb close to the presidential palace detonated as a group of children were walking by. 5 people were killed and 7 wounded.
    (SFC, 10/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 15, Sri Lanka banned foreigners from visiting the island nation's former war zone without permission to prevent "negative interventions."
    (AP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, In Ukraine a "rogue" band of pro-Russian rebels surrounded more than 100 Ukrainian troops in the eastern Lugansk region. The attackers were fighters of the so-called Donskoy army which does not obey the Lugansk People's Republic (LNR).
    (AFP, 10/15/14)
2014        Oct 15, The WHO reported 8,997 confirmed cases of Ebola and a death toll of 4,493. Both numbers were believed to be underestimates.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.59)
2014        Oct 15, Yemeni security officials said 4 suspected al-Qaida militants were killed when a rocket fired by a drone struck their vehicle in southern Shabwa province. In Aden thousands held a sit-in protest for a second day at a major square to press demands for the south to secede. Shiite rebels locked in fierce battles with al-Qaida militants in Baydah province. In Sanaa suspected Sunni militants killed two Houthis and wounded two more when they tossed a grenade at one of the houses the rebels use as neighborhood headquarters. Senior army officer, Col. Ali Zeid al-Dhary, who follows the Shiite Zaydi faith, was gunned down in Sanaa.
    (AP, 10/15/14)(AP, 10/16/14)

2014        Oct 16, In Michigan lawyers said the city of Detroit will demolish the Joe Louis Arena, home of the Red Wings hockey team, and give the land to creditor Financial Guarantee Insurance (FGIC) for development as part of a major settlement in the city’s bankruptcy case.
    (SFC, 10/17/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 16, Argentina launched its first domestically built communications satellite.
    (AP, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, Brazilian police captured Tiago Rocha (26), a man who soon confessed to 39 murders. Police linked a gun found in the home of the suspect to the killings of at least six women this year.
    (AP, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, Cameroon’s army killed 107 Boko Haram fighters over the last 24 hours as at least 30 civilians were murdered by the guerrilla group, which fled back over the border to Nigeria.
    (AFP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 16, In eastern CongoDRC assailants hacked or stabbed 26 victims to death in the overnight onslaught in Beni. Civil society groups in the North-Kivu region said the attack was carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan rebel group.
    (AFP, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, In the Dominican Rep. a bus carrying hotel workers crashed into a truck, killing at least 8 people and injuring more than a dozen near the popular tourist zone of Punta Cana.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 16, In Egypt 3 police conscripts were killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 16, EU judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions against the Tamil Tigers that were imposed by the EU inm 2006 but said that the assets of the Sri Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being.
    (Reuters, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, Hong Kong police used pepper spray to stop protesters from blocking a major road the office of Leung Chun-ying amid public anger over the police beating and kicking a protester. Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week.
    (Reuters, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of labor reforms aimed at transforming Asia's third-largest economy into an international manufacturing hub.
    (AP, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, In Iraq car bomb attacks and a mortar strike mainly targeting Shi'ite areas of northern Baghdad killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens.
    (Reuters, 10/16/14)(SFC, 10/17/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 16, An Italian appeals court said Silvio Berlusconi paid a teenage nightclub dancer for sex but there is no proof he knew her age at the time, explaining its decision to overturn the former prime minister's "bunga bunga" conviction.
    (Reuters, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, In northern Mali clashes between armed groups and pro-government militias killed at least 6 people near Gao.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 16, Mexican authorities arrested Sidronio Casarrubias, the "maximum leader" of a drug gang accused of colluding with crooked police in the disappearance of 43 college students.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 16, Pakistani jet fighters struck five militant hideouts in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, killing at least 21 insurgents.
    (AP, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, A Paraguayan journalist was shot to death in a northern area that is a hotbed for drugs and arms trafficking.
    (AP, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry said it is seeing "sporadic" cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which has killed 324 people in the country since 2012.
    (AFP, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, In Serbia Russian President Vladimir Putin was guest of honour at a military parade in Belgrade to mark 70 years since the city's liberation by the Red Army.
    (Reuters, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, South African power utility Eskom [ESCJ.UL] said it has plugged its wind farm into the national grid, the first major step in a drive to reduce heavy reliance on coal to power Africa's most advanced economy.
    (Reuters, 10/16/14)
2014        Oct 16, In eastern Ukraine 11 soldiers went missing in action after getting caught in an ambush in Smile, Lugansk region, while another 3 were killed in fighting.
    (AFP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 16, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida militants overran a security base in the al-Adeen area in Ebb province south of Sanaa, killing 3 policemen before fleeing to nearby mountains.
    (AP, 10/16/14)

2014        Oct 17, Pres. Obama named Ron Klain, a former chief of staff  to VP Biden, as the administration’s point man on Ebola.
    (SFC, 10/18/14, p.A8)
2014        Oct 17, The United States said it has issued entry bans to several Hungarians suspected of corruption, including people connected to the government.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, Indiana police found the body of Afrika Hardy (19) in a Motel 6 in Hammond. Police the next day arrested Darren Vann (43) of Gary.  Vann confessed and told where the bodies of other women would be found. The body of Anith Jones of Merrillville, missing since Oct 8, was found the next day. Five more bodies were found on Oct 19.
    (SFC, 10/20/14, p.A5)(SFC, 10/21/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 17, Hurricane Gonzalo crushed trees, flattened power lines and damaged Bermuda's main hospital during an hours-long battering, but the tiny, wealthy British territory suffered no deaths.
    (AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 17, China’s Vice President Li Yuanchao called on China and Vietnam to enhance political trust and manage maritime disputes in a meeting with Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh in Beijing.
    (AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 17, In CongoDRC Ugandan rebels hacked and clubbed to death 10 women, 8 children and 4 men in the town of Eringeti.
    (AFP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 17, Hong Kong riot police battled with thousands of pro-democracy protesters for control of the city’s streets.
    (SFC, 10/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 17, India’s environment minister said a new air quality index has been launched to help citizens understand complex pollution data and its implications for their health.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, The Iraqi government imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi over fears that the Islamic State group might try to advance on the strategically important city. Car bombs exploded in three crowded areas of Baghdad, killing at least 23 people.
    (AP, 10/17/14)(AFP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, It was reported that Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three fighter jets captured from the Syrian military. In eastern Syria a US-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in Khasham, Deir el-Zour province, a stronghold of the Islamic State group, set off a series of secondary explosions and killed at least 8 people.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)(AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 17, Meeting in Milan, Italy, Russia and Ukraine made progress towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, A Lebanese soldier was killed as a military bus came under fire in the country's north, in the 4th such deadly attack in less than a month.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, Lesotho's king convened parliament for the first time since an alleged coup attempt in August as the southern African country strives to resolve political tensions before elections next year.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, In Libya at least 14 people were killed when fighting erupted between armed youths and Islamist militias in Benghazi.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, Mozambican Renamo opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama said he would challenge elections held this week which he called unfair and marred by fraud.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, A Myanmar court sentenced the ex-religious affairs minister to 13 years in prison for embezzling state funds and sedition. Hsan Sint was removed from office in June following allegations he misused $10,000 to build a pagoda near Naypyitaw.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, Nigeria's official news agency said the government and Boko Haram Islamic extremists have agreed to an immediate cease-fire. Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the village of Abadam late at night, killing at least one person and ransacking homes.
    (AP, 10/17/14)(Reuters, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 17, Pakistan's army extended its offensive against Islamist militants in mountains along the Afghan border, killing at least 9 insurgents.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, In the Philippines the Abu Sayyaf group released Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen on southern Jolo Island after receiving 250 million pesos ($5.6 million) in ransom. The two Germans were kidnapped six months earlier.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, In Russia Lyudmila Bogatenkova (73), a veteran activist who investigated the deaths and disappearances of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, was charged with fraud and ordered to be jailed.
    (AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 17, In South Korea 16 people were killed at a open-air pop concert where the group 4Minute was performing when the cover of a ventilation shaft they were standing on gave way. The man involved in planning the pop concert was found dead on Oct 18 in an apparent suicide.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)(AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 17, Prosecutors in Istanbul ruled that there were no grounds for legal action against 53 suspects, including the sons of two former government ministers and a prominent Iranian businessman, who were suspected of bribery and corruption in a case that shook the country in December.
    (AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 17, The UN health agency officially declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in Senegal as the countrymade it past the 42-day mark, which is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola, without detecting more such cases.
    (AP, 10/17/14)
2014        Oct 17, In Yemen clashes between tribesmen and Shiite rebels advancing into the mainly Sunni southwestern province of Ibb killed 14 rebels and 10 tribesmen. Houthi rebels overran the al-Qaida stronghold of Radda.
    (AFP, 10/17/14)(AFP, 10/18/14)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A2)

2014        Oct 18, A divided US Supreme Court let stand a new Texas voter identification law.
    (SSFC, 10/19/14, p.A8)
2014        Oct 18, Afghanistan’s leadership greeted the arrival of Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pres. Ashraf Ghani and Erdogan signed an agreement on closer bilateral relationship between the two countries.
    (AFP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 18, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber killed 3 Afghan security force troops in Helmand province. In Khost province a roadside bomb killed a district police chief.
    (AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 18, Afghan and US special forces killed, Abu Bara al-Kuwaiti, a senior al Qaeda leader, in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar near the border with Pakistan’s tribal agency of Khyber. The NDS also seized weapons and important documents regarding al-Qaeda activity as well as a laptop with files detailing al-Qaida operations.
    (http://tinyurl.com/le23u97)(SFC, 2/12/15, p.A2)
2014        Oct 18, Tens of thousands of people marched through central London to protest against falling real wages and public spending cuts introduced to tame Britain's deficit.
    (AFP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 18, In Egypt at least 3 soldiers died when a smuggling tunnel on the border with the Gaza Strip collapsed on them as they were investigating it. The interior ministry said that security forces have arrested 52 suspected militants who operated in eight different cells with the aim of targeting Egypt's infrastructure.
    (AP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 18, In Germany millions of passengers were left stranded after train drivers began a 50-hour strike that halted two thirds of long-distance trains in a dispute over pay and negotiation rights.
    (Reuters, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 18, The Iraqi parliament approved a Sunni Muslim to become defense minister and a Shi'ite to be interior minister, as part of a more inclusive government to help tackle Islamist insurgents. Six Kurdish members of the cabinet were also sworn in.
    (Reuters, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 18, Rome's left-wing mayor Ignazio Marino registered 16 gay marriages carried out abroad in defiance of Italian law, which does not recognize same-sex unions.
    (AFP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 18, Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries unveiled first passenger aircraft to be made in Japan in nearly four decades as Mitsubishi pushed into the booming regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer and Bombardier.
    (AFP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 18, Kenyan and Somali soldiers killed five suspected Islamic extremist bombers attempting to cross into the country from Ethiopia in a car laden with explosives and six suicide vests.
    (AP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 18, In Nigeria suspected Boko Haram attacked the village of Dzur leaving at least 8 people dead. Boko Haram insurgents abducted 80 girls and women in Adamawa state. Older women in the group were released the following day. The extremists kept about 40 younger women and girls.
    (Reuters, 10/18/14)(AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 18, In Pakistan unknown gunmen shot dead 8 laborers from eastern Punjab province who were abducted and shot while working in Baluchistan province's poultry industry.
    (AP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 18, In Syria US-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in Kobani after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town's center and hit border areas within Turkey. Syrian government forces shelled neighborhoods in Damascus, the southern province of Deraa and the central province of Homs. Islamic State militants fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of Kobani. Two Islamic State car bombs hit Kurdish positions leading to casualties.
    (Reuters, 10/18/14)(AP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 18, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said in a television interview that Russia has agreed to supply Ukraine with gas through March 31 at a price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters.
    (AP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 18, In eastern Ukraine 2 soldiers were killed in combat with pro-Russian rebels over the last 24 hours. 2 civilians were also killed after a shell hit a residential house in the western district of rebel hub Donetsk.
    (AFP, 10/18/14)
2014        Oct 18, In Yemen rebels lost 12 fighters in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on their vehicle in Ibb province. 4 tribesmen were also killed in fighting.
    (AFP, 10/18/14)

2014        Oct 19, In New Hampshire Keene State College students cleaned up from a chaotic weekend after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to property damage and dozens of arrests.
    (SFC, 10/20/14, p.A5)
2014        Oct 19, In Afghanistan insurgents attacked several army checkpoints in Logar and Uruzgan provinces, killing at least 4 troops.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 19, Australia's foreign minister said she had reached a deal with Baghdad for the deployment of about 200 special forces to assist Iraqi troops in their fight against jihadists.
    (AFP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 19, In Egypt 6 security force personnel were killed by a remotely detonated roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula as they patrolled a natural gas pipeline.
    (AP, 10/19/14)(Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 19, Hong Kong police charged protesters gathered at a barricade early today, leaving many requiring medical treatment just hours after the government confirmed talks aimed at ending three weeks of pro-democracy rallies.
    (AFP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 19, Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi announced a tax break for mothers of about $101 per month for the first three years o their children’s lives.
    (Econ, 10/25/14, p.55)
2014        Oct 19, Libya's beleaguered elected parliament in Tobruk declared a formal alliance with renegade former general Khalifa Haftar, as it struggled to assert authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war.
    (Reuters, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 19, In southern Mexico federal police took control of 13 municipalities where local police are suspected of links to organized crime and possibly to the case of 43 missing students.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 19, A Mozambican opposition party which came third in presidential and legislative polls said it rejected the results and would mount a legal challenge.
    (AFP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 19, North and South Korean troops exchanged gunfire along their fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days.
    (AP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 19, The Swedish military said it had made three credible sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion in the area.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 19, In Syria Islamic State fighters continued to hit Kurdish defenders in Kobani with mortars. The Observatory said 70 Islamic State fighters had been killed in the past two days.
    (Reuters, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 19, Tanzanian police shot dead Yahaya Omari (31) as he tried to escape while being transferred to Dodoma. He was suspected of carrying out bomb attacks in the tourist town of Arusha, including targeting a church and restaurant.
    (AFP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 19, In Thailand a tourist speedboat collided with a fishing vessel near Phuket. The bodies of two tourists from South Korea were found two days later.
    (SFC, 10/20/14, p.A2)(AP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 19, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues. They failed to reach consensus on the two most divisive issues at the synod: on welcoming gays and divorced and civilly remarried couples.
    (AP, 10/19/14)
2014        Oct 19, Yemen's Shiite rebels captured Yarim, a town south of Sanaa, in clashes that left 12 people dead. They also blew up the home of a rival Islamist politician in Yarim. Thousands in the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeida demonstrated to press demands for the rebels to leave the city.
    (AP, 10/19/14)

2014        Oct 20, It was reported that 38 of 66 WWII war crime suspects, removed from the US since 1979, were allowed to keep their US Social Security benefits. At least four were still living with continuing benefits.
    (SFC, 10/20/14, p.A8)
2014        Oct 20, Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was arrested on felony ethics charges after being indicted by a grand jury of 23 charges accusing him of misusing his speaker’s office and previous post as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.
    (SFC, 10/21/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 20, Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta (b.1932) died at his home in Connecticut. His beautiful clothes defined American elegance for generations and were beloved by first ladies and Hollywood stars.
    (AP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 20, Australia's Parliament House lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, In northwestern Bangladesh two passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least 20 people and injuring 25 others.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, In Canada Martin Couture-Rouleau (25) smashed his car into the two soldiers in the Quebec city of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu before fleeing with police in pursuit. Officers opened fired on the suspect, who later died. The suspect was described by Canadian authorities a young convert to Islam. One of the injured soldiers soon died in hospital.
    (AFP, 10/21/14)(SFC, 10/22/14, p.A2)(Econ, 10/25/14, p.41)
2014        Oct 20, China was reported to have donated $6 million to help stave off food shortages in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst affected by the Ebola virus.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Lufthansa pilots launched a strike, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the country.
    (AFP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, In southern India a blaze engulfed a fireworks factory, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others in Vakatippa village, Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy. Widodo said that he wanted his nation to be self-sufficient in food staples sugar, rice and corn within four years.
    (Reuters, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Iranian news reported that authorities have arrested four people suspected of throwing acid on women.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, In Iraq militants unleashed a wave of deadly attacks on the country's majority Shiite community, killing at least 43 people in Baghdad and Karbala. The Islamic State jihadist group attacked the Kurdish-controlled town of Qara Tapah, northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 7 peshmerga troops and 3 civilians. Some 300 Islamic State militants with armored vehicles attacked and seized villages near Mount Sinjar and then turned their attention on the mountain itself.
    (AP, 10/20/14)(AFP, 10/20/14)(AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 20, In Iraq some 300 Islamic State militants with armored vehicles attacked and seized villages near Mount Sinjar and then turned their attention on the mountain itself.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 20, In Israel Abdullah Abu Rahma, who spent 15 months behind bars for organizing weekly demonstrations against Israel's separation barrier in the village of Bilin, was convicted at Ofer military court near the West Bank city of Ramallah for "interfering" with the work of a soldier.
    (AFP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 20, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive.
    (AFP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, A Libyan official said fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militias and pro-government fighters has left 65 people dead as fierce battles continued for a sixth day.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Mozambique's national elections commission said that vote counting in the country's northwestern province has stopped due to possible fraud with more than 60 percent of votes counted so far.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Nigeria was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers.
    (AFP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 20, In Russia Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA, was killed at a Moscow airport late today when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver, Vladimir Martynenko, was reportedly drunk. 3 French crew members also died when the Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after it hit the snowplow. Relatives said Martynenko was sober in the morning and that he doesn't drink at all due to chronic heart disease.
    (AP, 10/21/14)(Reuters, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 20, In Sierra Leone 49 confirmed cases of Ebola emerged just today in two Ebola zones in and around the capital. So many people were dying that removing bodies was a problem.
    (AP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 20, The Spanish government said several hundred African migrants staged multiple attempts to scale the border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, with about 60 managing to get across.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Turkey said it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani, while the US air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault.
    (Reuters, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Uganda police fired live bullets and tear gas to break up protests by university students, wounding several people in Kampala. The students, from Makerere University were calling for graduation fees to be lowered from some 85 dollars to 35 dollars.
    (AFP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, A report by Ukraine's parliament revealed that more than 300 soldiers were killed during a weeks-long battle in August that marked a crushing setback in the military campaign to root out pro-Russian separatist forces in the city of Ilovaisk.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, Yemeni security officials say al-Qaida militants have captured al-Adeen town south Sanaa as they fought fierce battles elsewhere against Shiite rebels known as Houthis. Fighting between the Houthis and al-Qaida militants resumed in the Raad area in Baydah province south of Sanaa. The battles left 13 Houthis and 15 militants killed.
    (AP, 10/20/14)

2014        Oct 21, Ben Bradlee (93), the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post, died. His work included guiding young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they traced a 1972 burglary at Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate office and apartment complex back to the Nixon White House.
    (AP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 21, Jeffrey Fowle (56), arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, was freed and flown home on a US government plane to Dayton, Ohio.
    (Reuters, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 21, In Pennsylvania 84 former students who were sexually molested by Franciscan Brother Stephen Baker at a Catholic high school in Altoona settled their legal claims for $8 million. Baker worked at the school as an athletic trainer from 1992 to 2001.
    (SFC, 10/22/14, p.A7)
2014        Oct 21, In Abu Dhabi Robert Alan Black (70), an American man who came to the United Arab Emirates to speak at a conference on creative thinking, was arrested for taking a photograph of a subject deemed off-limits by authorities.
    (AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Oct 21, In Afghanistan at least four were been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in Kabul.
    (AP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 21, Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam (98) died at a nursing home in Sydney. His government (1972-1975) was credited with instituting lasting social reforms during a short tenure that ended in a bitter constitutional crisis.
    (AP, 10/21/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.86)
2014        Oct 21, The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo brought high winds and travel chaos to Britain. One woman was found dead under a fallen tree in west London.
    (AFP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 21, Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week.
    (AP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 21, In Indonesia Robert Ellis (60), a British man, was found dead with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on the resort island of Bali. His Indonesian wife admitted to the killing day later.
    (AFP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 21, In Iraq a series of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21 people.
    (Reuters, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 21, In Mexico 19 suspected drug gang members died in three nearly simultaneous confrontations between the towns of Reynosa and Matamoros, Tamaulipas state.
    (SFC, 10/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 21, Pakistan Air Force jets hit terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan killing 30 militants including Taliban commander Daud Wazir.
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 21, The Portuguese government's plan to privatize debt-heavy public transport companies met tough opposition from trade unions as Lisbon subway workers walked off the job for the 12th time this year.
    (AP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 21, A Saudi court sentenced 13 people to prison for planning a series of attacks against US forces in Qatar and Kuwait. 11 Saudis, a Qatari and an Afghan national were given varying sentences of between 18 months to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 21, In Sierra Leone a machete-wielding mob clashed with security personnel in the eastern town of Koidu and then went on a rampage, after preventing a medical team from taking the blood from the 90-year-old mother of a youth leader. Two people were killed.
    (AP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 21, In South Africa Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb 13, 2013.
    (Reuters, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 21, Sri Lankan trade unions, opposition politicians and activists protested, demanding the government include substantial pay increases in the annual budget presented this week.
    (AP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 21, In Syria Islamic State won territory from government forces in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, its first gain there in about two months. A monitoring group reported that a man and a woman have been stoned to death for adultery in separate executions in jihadist-controlled areas. Government airstrikes hit the rebel-held town of Nasib, along the country's southern border with Jordan, killing at least 8 people.
    (Reuters, 10/21/14)(AP, 10/21/14)(SFC, 10/22/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 21, In central Yemen Sunni Al Qaeda militants and Shi'ite Muslim rebels fought a bloody battle. 30 Shi'ite rebels and 18 Sunni fighters and their tribal allies were reported killed in the clashes in Radda, al-Bayda province.
    (Reuters, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 21, Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam's most prominent bloggers, arrived in the US after being freed from prison in Vietnam. Hai, alias Dieu Cay, was sentenced to 12 years in September 2012 by a court in southern Vietnam on charges of anti-state propaganda.
    (AFP, 10/22/14)

2014        Oct 22, Former SF police officer Reynaldo Vargas, one of three officers charged in a corruption case, admitted to four felony charges and promised to testify against former colleagues in an upcoming trial. On May 21, 2015, Vargas was sentenced to one year in federal prison after cutting a deal with prosecutors.
    (SFC, 10/24/14, p.D1)(SFC, 5/22/15, p.D5)
2014        Oct 22, Canadian Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot at the Canadian war memorial in Ottawa and a shooter was seen running towards the nearby parliament buildings where more shots were fired. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a reported convert to Islam, fatally shot Cirillo and raced through Parliament before being killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers (58).
    (Reuters, 10/22/14)(Reuters, 10/23/14)(SFC, 10/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 22, In Central African Republic gunmen over the last 24 hours killed at least 30 people in fresh attacks on the central village of Yamale.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 22, The European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Congolese gynaecological surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege (59) for risking his life to treat women and end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war.
    (SFC, 10/23/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 22, French oil giant Total SA named Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to replace Christophe de Margerie, who was killed Oct 20 in a plane crash in Moscow.
    (AP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 22, In Hong Kong about 200 protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.
    (Reuters, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 22, In Iran around 1,000 people took to the streets of Isfahan to demand action after four women were maimed in acid attacks reportedly linked to them not wearing the veil.
    (AFP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 22, In Iraq coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters near the northern city of Baiji. Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles also fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of Amiriya Fallujah. At least 28 people were killed when car bombs went off near a maternity hospital and a service station in areas of Baghdad where Shiites have frequently been targeted.
    (Reuters, 10/22/14)(AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 22, In Iraq Al-Sheikh Khayri, a Yazidi commander on Mount Sinjar, was killed by Islamic State group jihadists.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 22, A court in Kuwait convicted and sentenced 13 people to two years in prison each for reading aloud a speech in 2012 by Musallam al-Barrack, a leading opposition figure, challenging the country's ruler.
    (AP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 22, The government of Niger said it has purchased a spy plane as part of its effort to combat Islamist fighters and criminal gangs operating on its vast territory.
    (Reuters, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 22, In northern Nigeria a bomb blast at a bus station in an area previously targeted by Boko Haram killed 5 people in Azare, Bauchi state.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)(Reuters, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 22, A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people. The driver got out of the car and tried to flee before he was shot by a police officer.
    (AP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 22, Polish prosecutors said a parish priest, identified as Wojciech Gil, has been formally charged in Poland with sexually molesting minors in both in Poland (2000-2001) and the Dominican Republic (2009-2013).
    (AP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 22, Syria said its air force has destroyed two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of the Islamic State group in the north of the country.
    (AFP, 10/22/14)
2014        Oct 22, In southeastern Turkey suspected Kurdish militants kidnapped 10 power company workers. A politician from a Kurdish Islamist party was shot dead in the eastern city of Bingol.
    (Reuters, 10/22/14)

2014        Oct 23, The US Treasury Department said Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a day just from black market oil sales.
    (AP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, Joan Quigley (b.1927), former astrologer to Ronald and Nancy Reagan, died in San Francisco. The SF socialite and writer began working for the Reagans in May, 1981, and continued for seven years.
    (SFC, 10/24/14, p.D1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Quigley)
2014        Oct 23, In Maryland a small plane and a helicopter collided before crashing. 3 people were killed.
    (SFC, 10/24/14, p.A7)
2014        Oct 23, In NYC four rookie police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when Zale Thompson walked up and without saying a word attacked them with the hatchet. Officers shot and killed Thompson.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 23, NYC officials said Dr. Craig Spencer (33), a physician for doctors Without Borders, has tested positive for Ebola after returning from Guinea last week.
    (SFC, 10/24/14, p.A7)
2014        Oct 23, In Oklahoma a person drove across the Capitol lawn in Oklahoma City and knocked over a Ten Commandments monument, that a group has been suing to have removed, smashing it to pieces.
    (SFC, 10/25/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 23, In Bangladesh Ghulam Azam (91), a former leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (1960-2000), died died of a stroke while serving jail sentences for crimes against humanity. Azam had opposed the independence of Bangladesh during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghulam_Azam)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.38)
2014        Oct 23, Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million, a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes. Shareholders rejected the proposal.
    (AP, 10/23/14)(AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 23, The chairman of Britain's biggest retailer Tesco resigned as the troubled supermarket group said a huge accounting error began earlier than thought and contributed to plunging profits.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, Alvin Stardust (b.1942), British singer and former glam rock star, died after a short battle with cancer, just weeks before he was due to release a new album. His real name was Bernard Jewry.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, The EU came up with another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to fight Ebola and agreed to up its aid for the fight against Ebola in west Africa to one billion euros. Christos Stylianides, the incoming Cypriot Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, was named an Ebola "czar".
    (AP, 10/23/14)(AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 23, EU lawmakers took the latest step in efforts to bring Kiev closer to Europe, extending Ukrainian exporters' open access to the European Union until a trade deal takes effect at the end of next year.
    (AP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, A Kosovo foreign minister traveled to Serbia for the first time since Kosovo declared independence in 2008. Enver Hoxhaj urged Serbia to recognize Kosovo as independent.
    (AP, 10/23/14)(Reuters, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, In Lebanon 4 men were killed in clashes that erupted when the army raided the apartment of Syrian refugees in the village of Aasun in the Dinniyeh region. The army captured a soldier, who recently announced via YouTube his defection from the army, and arrested Ahmad Miqati, a man in his 60s accused, along with his fugitive son, of beheading soldiers in Arsal.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, A Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and was quarantined in a Beirut hospital, the first such suspected case in the country.
    (AP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, Liberia’s state radio said dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in Jenewonda were threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food.
    (AP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, In Pakistan 8 Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and one wounded after gunmen opened fire on a bus in Quetta, Baluchistan province. Another explosion targeting a car used by security forces killed 2 people and injured 12. In a third explosion 2 people were killed and 30 wounded near a vehicle belonging to pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman.
    (Reuters, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, The general director of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport and his deputy resigned and Russian investigators detained four other airport employees following a plane crash that killed a top French oil executive and three crew members.
    (AP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, Saudi Arabia authorities said female drivers will be dealt with "strictly", before a right-to-drive campaign culminates at the weekend.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, A group of South Sudanese women peace activists said they have suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, In Syria government shelling in the northern village of Tel Qrah killed at least 9 people.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 23, A Tunisian policeman was killed when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, as the country prepared for parliamentary elections. Police arrested two men armed with assault rifles in the southern of Kebili in a clash that left a bystander dead.
    (Reuters, 10/23/14)(AP, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to join the battle in Kobane, where about 1,000 IS militants are believed to be fighting. US-led air strikes in Syria were reported to have killed more than 521 jihadists and 32 civilians over the last month.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)(Reuters, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct 23, Southern Yemeni separatists pledged to escalate protests demanding secession, as northern Shiite rebels vie to expand their control over more of the impoverished country.
    (AFP, 10/23/14)

2014        Oct 24, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO's military commander, said Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, The US Justice Department said Alexander Beltran Herrera (38), a former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels, was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Sacramento, Ca., police officers Danny Oliver (47) and Michael David Davis Jr. were killed and two people wounded when a man went on a shooting spree. Marcelo Marquez (34) was arrested by police in a home in Auburn. His wife was also arrested. Fingerprints of Marquez in a federal database matched the biometric records of a Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, deported from the US in 1997 and in 2001.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A16)
2014        Oct 24, In Washington state freshman Jaylen Fryberg (14) of Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle shot five people, killing one Zoe Galasso (14). Two other girls and two boys, both of whom were his cousins, were critically wounded. First year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger tried to stop him, at which point he shot and killed himself. It was not clear if his death was a suicide or accidental. On Gia Sorviano (14) died on Oct 26. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit (14) died on Oct 31. Andrew Fryberg died on Nov 7.
    (SFC, 10/25/14, p.A5)(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A10)(AP, 10/27/14)(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.A9)
2014        Oct 24, An Argentine court convicted and sentenced to life in prison 15 former military, police and civilian officials for abductions, torture and killings of dozens of dissidents during the country's 1976-83 dictatorship.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Austrian Pres. Heinz Fischer apologized for his country’s postwar treatment of deserters from Hitler’s army as traitors at the unveiling of a memorial honoring those who fled military duty rather than serve under the Nazi regime.
    (SFC, 10/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 24, Botswana held elections. President Ian Khama, a retired army general and the son of independence leader Seretse Khama, sought re-election on a platform of economic stability and efforts to alleviate persistent poverty.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Britain’s PM David Cameron furiously rejected a surprise demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Cameroonian troops killed 39 Boko Haram fighters in clashes with the Islamists, who were carrying out three raids in Glawi near the border with Nigeria. 4 Nigerian refugees were also killed.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, China's president pledged to provide $81 million in aid to help fight Ebola in the three West African countries at the heart of the crisis.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that's aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. The $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Development Bank (AIIB) will be a rival to the Asian Development Bank.
    (AP, 10/25/14)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.61)
2014        Oct 24, In northwestern China a coal mine shaft collapsed just before midnight, killing 16 miners outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi.
    (AP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, In the Dominican Rep. at least 4 prisoners were killed and nine others wounded, including two guards, after an attempted mass escape at the Najayo jail in San Cristobal.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Egypt 30 soldiers were killed in the Sinai Peninsula by a car bomb that targeted two armored vehicles stopped at a checkpoint. Gunmen also shot dead an officer and wounded two soldiers on Friday at another checkpoint south of El-Arish
    (AP, 10/24/14)(AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, EU leaders overcame deep divisions to agree on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent compared to 1990 levels. They also agreed on 27-percent targets for renewable energy supply and efficiency gains.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.53)
2014        Oct 24, Israeli troops shot dead Orwa Hammad (17), a Palestinian teenager and US citizen. The army said the youth had been about to hurl a petrol bomb at Israeli motorists near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Italy striking workers took to the streets in cities across the country to protest against cuts to public services and labor reforms proposed by PM Matteo Renzi.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Macedonia about 30 people wearing masks and throwing rocks and bottles attacked members of a gay rights activist group in Skopje, wounding two of them.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Mali a two-year-old girl died of Ebola, the country’s first case. The girl and her grandmother had visited Kissidougou, a town in the southern part of Guinea. The child had tested positive two days earlier.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 24, In Nepal a bus crowded with people heading home for a Hindu festival veered off a mountain highway, killing 9 people and injuring dozens of others.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, A multinational force including troops from Nigeria and Niger wrested back control of a town held by Boko Haram on the western shores of Lake Chad. More than 20 insurgents were reported killed in fierce fighting at Abadam.
    (AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 24, In southwest Nigeria gunmen killed one German national and abducted another after opening fire on two vehicles near the town of Sagamu, Ogun state. The man who died was a subcontractor, while the hostage was a staff member of the Julius Berger construction firm.
    (AFP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Nigeria gunmen on a speedboat in the oil-producing south killed 4 policemen and kidnapped six Nigerian employees of the Agip energy firm in the Nembe Creek area of Bayelsa state.
    (AFP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 24, Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the US will pay the Philippines 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by the USS Guardian minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef in January, 2013.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Russia’s agricultural safety agency said some 600 tons of banned meat from Europe were discovered disguised as other items such as frozen mushrooms, juice, fruit jellies and chewing gum.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, South African police fired rubber bullets to disperse workers at a mine operated by London-listed DiamondCorp and said members of the hardline AMCU union were involved in the protest.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Prosecutors in Thailand charged two people with defaming the country's monarchy in a stage performance at a university last year. A male university student (23) and a woman (26) were charged with lese majeste, which mandates a prison term of up to 15 years for anyone insulting Thailand's monarchy.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 24, Tunisian counterterrorism forces stormed a home in a Tunis suburb after a 24-hour standoff, killing six people and seriously wounding a child.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Turkey's president said that Ankara would allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to travel to the embattled border town of Kobani in order to help Kurdish fighters there fend off an Islamic State onslaught. During a state visit in Estonia, Erdogan said the Western-backed Free Syrian Army would send 1,300 fighters to the Syrian town. A spokesman for the Western-backed Syrian opposition in exile, Kenan Mohammed, said there were no plans to send fighters to Kobani.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Turkey’s soldiers shot dead 3 PKK guerrillas after fighters from the outlawed group set fire to two vehicles and a power plant in the eastern province of Kars and shot at soldiers who returned fire.
    (Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, Vietnam banking sources and state media said police have detained Ha Van Tham, one of the country's biggest tycoons. The founder and chairman of conglomerate Ocean Group was detained on suspicion of financial irregularities.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, The World Health Organization said hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by the middle of next year.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, The World Health Organization said that three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the number of new cases to 220, a record figure that authorities blame on attacks by insurgents targeting vaccination teams. This was announced as many nations observed World Polio Day.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Yemen clashes broke out this evening when Huthi fighters trying to wrest control of the mountains around the central town of Rada, Baida province, met resistance from Sunni militias. The fighting left dozens dead, while a suspected US drone strike killed 10 jihadists.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Zambia at least 26 people died, most of them children, when a ferry capsized on Lake Kariba.
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A6)

2014        Oct 25, In Afghanistan insurgents attacked several police checkpoints in the northeast, killing 4 police officers. 4 civilians were killed in two roadside bombings in the south.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 25, An Afghan court in Kabul sentenced mullah Mohammad Amin to 20 years in prison after finding the religious teacher guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl. The rape took place in May in the girl's home village near the provincial capital of Kunduz.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 25, Jack Bruce (71), British vocalist and bassist for the blues trio Cream, died at his home in Suffolk. The group also included drummer Ginger Baker and guitarist Eric Clapton. Cream the world’s first platinum disc for the double album “Wheels of Fire" (1968).
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, p.D8)
2014        Oct 25, Colombia’s Pres. Juan Manuel Santos unveiled new details of a $400 million development strategy for the Pacific coast, including a pldege of $12 million to provide drinking water for every resident of Buenaventura.
    (Econ, 11/8/14, p.39)
2014        Oct 25, Egypt imposed a state of emergency across much of the Sinai Peninsula after 30 soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing a day earlier by suspected jihadists. Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, French police arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters, carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats in the port town of Agde. The phenomenon of dressing up as an evil clown and terrifying passers-by cropped up in the north of France in early October.
    (AFP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 25, In Iran Reyhaneh Jabbari (26), on death row for five years, was hanged at dawn. The interior designer was convicted for the 2007 stabbing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence officer. She claimed he had tried to sexually assault her.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, Iran’s interior minister said several men arrested on suspicion of committing horrific acid attacks on women in Isfahan have been released due to insufficient evidence.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, In Iraq a suicide bombing killed 8 Shiite militiamen in Taji, just north of Baghdad. 17 people were wounded. The US and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces with attacks in the frequently targeted areas near the vital Mosul dam, the city of Fallujah and the northern city of Bayji, home of an oil refinery. Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages.
    (AP, 10/25/14)(Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, In Italy demonstrators from across the country filled the streets of Rome to protest against labor market reforms which the government of PM Matteo Renzi has made a cornerstone of its policy.
    (Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, Lebanese troops attacked Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli. A clash in the Akkar region near the Syrian border left 2 militants dead. Unidentified gunmen had tried to cut off a main road.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, It was reported that the number of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanma, who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago, is now topping 100,000 with an average of 900 people per day piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state.
    (AP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, Pakistani army jets killed at least 18 militants as part of an ongoing offensive to eliminate militants' hideouts and ammunition stockpiles in the Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 25, In Somalia at least one person was killed and several others wounded in a car bombing outside a hotel in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, South Korean activists launched balloons to send leaflets to North Korea with messages critical of its leader, ignoring threats of military action from Pyongyang and a plea by Seoul not to jeopardize efforts to improve ties with the North.
    (Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, Syrian rebels fought fierce clashes with loyalist troops as they tried to secure their supply line to second city Aleppo against advances by the army. US warplanes over the last 24 hours destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)(Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish militants killed 3 Turkish soldiers.
    (Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 25, The UN World Health Organization said the number of confirmed and probable Ebola cases has risen to 10,141 with 4,922 deaths. This included 200 new cases in the last four days.
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A7)

2014        Oct 26, In Oakland, Ca., Perla Avina (30), a mother of four, was killed in a road-rage shooting on 98th Ave. Police soon identified and arrested Carl Dubose (20) of Elk Grove.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.D2)
2014        Oct 26, Ian Khama, the Botswana Democratic Party's presidential candidate and national leader since 2009, was appointed to a 2nd term.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, Brazilians voted in an election that put leftist Pres. Dilma Rousseff (66),  with strong support among the poor, against centrist Sen. Aecio Neves (54), who is promising pro-business policies to jumpstart a stagnant economy. Rousseff won with 51.6% of the vote.
    (Reuters, 10/26/14)(Reuters, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 26, British troops ended their combat operations in Afghanistan as they and US Marines handed over two huge adjacent bases in Helmand province to the Afghan military. Helmand province produces 80-90 percent of the opium that helps finance the Taliban's insurgency.
    (Reuters, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, An Egyptian court convicted 23 activists, including prominent rights campaigners, of staging an illegal demonstration and sentenced them each to three years in jail.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, In France Remi Fraisse (21) died in the early hours during violent clashes between security forces and protesters against the Sivens dam project on the river Tescou in the southwestern Tarn region. On Oct 31 authorities decided to suspend work on a controversial dam.
    (AFP, 10/31/14)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.56)
2014        Oct 26, In Germany 49 police officers were injured as some 4,000 neo-Nazis attended a demonstration in cologne by a group calling itself “Hooligans against Salafis."
    (SFC, 10/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 26, Haiti's government announced it is postponing long delayed legislative and municipal elections. Pres. Martelly had decreed in June that there would be an election on October 26, but the National Assembly did not pass an electoral law in time because of a political impasse.
    (AFP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, In India 9 people were killed when a passenger bus traveling in the remote northeast swerved over a bridge and broke through the railing to fall into a marshy ravine near the town of Kaliabor, Assam state.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, Iraqi government forces retook four villages near a mountain ridge overlooking Islamic State supply lines. A suicide bomber in a truck packed with explosives killed three soldiers at an Iraqi army gathering on a highway west of Tikrit. Government forces and Shi'ite militias re-captured Jurf al-Sakha. The bodies of more than 50 Islamic State fighters were scattered across Jurf al-Sakhar, on streets, in trenches, near houses and on the beds of pickup trucks, many of them charred.
    (Reuters, 10/26/14)(Reuters, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 26, In Lebanon warrant officer Fayez al-Ammuri was abducted by gunmen who stormed his home in Bab al-Tebbaneh. Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate threatened to kill Lebanese soldiers it captured in fighting in August unless the army halts operations against Islamist militants in Lebanon's second city Tripoli. The army moved tanks and commando forces into Tripoli after clashes since Oct 24 killed at least 11 soldiers, 8 civilians and 22 militants.
    (AFP, 10/26/14)(SFC, 10/27/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 26, In eastern Nepal a passenger van slipped off a mountain road, killing eight people and injuring 13.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, In Somalia 2 men convicted of murdering a journalist and a security official were executed in public in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, In South Africa Senzo Meyiwa (27), goalkeeper and captain national soccer team, was killed in an apparent robbery after two gunmen entered a house he was visiting in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg.
    (AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 26, In Syria Kurdish forces in Kobane thwarted a new attempt by fighters from the Islamic State group to cut off the border with Turkey before Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements can deploy. The jihadists have lost 481 dead, while 313 Kurds have been killed fighting to defend the area. Civilians accounted for 21 of the dead.
    (AFP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, In Syria 16 members of the same family were among 24 people killed in overnight government air strikes on the town of Talbisseh. Air strikes on the Waer district on the outskirts of Homs killed 7 people. 12 civilians from the same family were killed in government barrel bomb strikes on the rebel town of Busra al-Sham in southern Daraa province. Rebel fire on a school in Aleppo killed a child and a man.
    (AFP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, Tunisia held parliamentary elections. The Islamist party Ennahda finished second with 69 seats behind secular rival Nidaa Tounes with 85 of the 217 seats in parliament.
    (AP, 10/26/14)(AP, 10/27/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.47)
2014        Oct 26, A divided Ukraine voted in parliamentary elections. The People’s Front party of PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk beat Pres. Poroshenko’s bloc by 22.8% to 21.8%. The election handed Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further out of Russia's orbit into Europe's mainstream.
    (AFP, 10/26/14)(Reuters, 10/27/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.50)
2014        Oct 26, Uruguay held elections for a new president in a contest that could also determine the future of the country's pioneering marijuana law. Left-leaning former Pres. Tabare Vazquez (74) won the most votes, but fell short of the majority needed to avoid a Nov 30 runoff. He will face center-right challenger Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou (41) of the National Party.
    (AP, 10/26/14)(SFC, 10/27/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 26, Yemeni troops and a US drone struck positions held by Al-Qaeda suspects and Sunni tribes killing over a dozen insurgents who have been battling Shiite rebels. Houthi fighters backed by government forces entered an al Qaeda stronghold in al-Bayda province.
    (AFP, 10/26/14)(Reuters, 10/26/14)

2014        Oct 27, The US government announced guidelines for medical workers returning back from West Africa.
    (SFC, 10/28/14, p.A7)
2014        Oct 27, SF Mayor Ed Lee signed a law legalizing Airbnb and other short-term home rentals in San Francisco. Opponents promised to organize a ballot initiative against the measure.
    (SFC, 10/28/14, p.C3)
2014        Oct 27, In Afghanistan at least 7 people were killed when a group of Taliban militants attacked a court in the northern city of Kunduz. One Taliban fighter detonated his car loaded with explosives and 3 were killed by security forces.
    (Reuters, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, In Afghanistan the last British troops were flown out of Camp Bastion in Helmand province. 453 of their compatriots had died during Britain’s 13-year deployment.
    (Econ, 11/1/14, p.55)
2014        Oct 27, In southeastern Brazil a truck loaded with vegetable oil collided head-on with a bus full of high school students, killing 11 people, most of them teenagers near the city of Ibitinga.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 27, China and Vietnam agreed to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations.
    (Reuters, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, China’s Xinhua news agency reported that private clubs in historical buildings, parks and other public facilities have been banned because they were hindering the fight against corruption.
    (Reuters, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, In Estonia a boy (15) shot and killed a teacher (53) of German in Paalalinna school in the town Viljandi. The weapon was registered to the father of the shooter.
    (AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, In France the new Fondation Louis Vuitton museum, designed by Frank Gehry, opened in Paris.
    (Econ, 10/11/14, p.90)
2014        Oct 27, In Germany workers at Amazon.com were on strike again as a union pushed its demands in a long-running wage dispute with the American online retailer.
    (AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, An official said Israel has given the go-ahead for plans to build over 1,000 new Jewish settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, In Iraq a suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi'ite militiamen on the outskirts of Jurf al-Sakhar after security forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the area over the weekend. Islamic State militants attacked soldiers, policemen and Shi'ite militiamen in the town of al-Mansuriyah, northeast of Baghdad killing 6 members of the Iraqi security forces.
    (Reuters, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, A floating natural gas terminal, built by South Korea, arrived in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, in a move by the Baltic country to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. The $330 million "Independence", owned by Norway's Hoegh LNG and leased to Lithuania's SC Klaipedos Nafta terminal operator, will be able to provide 4 billion cubic meters (141 billion cubic feet) of gas a year when it becomes operational in January.
    (AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, Mexico arrested 4 people including two drug gang members on suspicion of direct involvement in the disappearance of the 43 students over a month ago in Iguala. Prosecutors said authorities have found another mass grave in the nearby town of Cocula.
    (AFP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 27, In northeastern Nigeria suspected ‎Boko Haram gunmen killed several people in a village in Kukawa, Borno state. Police initially intercepted and engaged the insurgents on the outskirts of the town but ‎were forced to retreat because of the gunmen's superior firepower.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 27, Pakistani military jets and helicopters destroyed nine hideouts of militants in two separate airstrikes killing 33 militants in an ongoing offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    (AP, 10/27/14)   
2014        Oct 27, In Spain 51 people, including six sitting mayors, were arrested for bribery and embezzlement.
    (Econ, 11/8/14, p.55)
2014        Oct 27, In Syria members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other rebel factions launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints and the governor's office in the northwest, triggering hours-long clashes that left 19 troops and rebels dead.
    (AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced at the start of a visit to Ethiopia that the EU and several regional development banks have pledged $8 billion in development aid for projects across eight countries in the Horn of Africa. Countries targeted are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.
    (AFP, 10/27/14)(AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 27, Yemeni security officials said fighting between Shiite Houthi rebels and an influential tribe in the town of Radda killed at least 250 people over three days.
    (AP, 10/27/14)

2014        Oct 28, An unmanned US supply rocket exploded shortly after lifting off from the Wallops Flight Facility launch pad in Virginia, the first disaster since NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the Int’l. Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket was built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp.
    (Reuters, 10/29/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.75)
2014        Oct 28, General Motors said it is moving production of a critical component in the Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, In Concord, North Carolina, the Swiss company Alevo opened a factory for manufacturing batteries to be used by power-grid operators.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, TQ p.14)
2014        Oct 28, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani began a 4-day visit to China. Ghani met President Xi Jinping in Beijing and pledged to help China fight Islamist extremists.
    (Reuters, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, It was reported that Australia is suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out the disease.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, A Bahraini court banned the Gulf state's main opposition movement for three months, just weeks before a parliamentary election the group had already said it would boycott.
    (AFP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, Botswana President Ian Khama, a retired general and the son of independence leader Seretse Khama, was sworn in beginning a second term after the ruling party won an election last week.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, Burkina Faso police used tear gas to disperse an opposition protest in the capital, as tensions increase ahead of a vote this week on whether the country's longtime president can seek another term.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, Cambodian police arrested Michael Edward Harris, identified by media there as a US Army deserter wanted in the US for offenses involving child pornography and possible related crimes. Sgt. Harris entered Cambodia on Jan. 17 after earlier skipping bail in Florida.
    (AP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 28, China's Communist Party published a lengthy resolution calling for an extensive and profound revolution in the way the country is governed. Endorsed by the Central Committee five days earlier it pledged to speed up legislation to fight corruption and make it tougher for officials to exert control over the judiciary. State media said prosecutors have indicted Xu Caihou, former deputy chairman of the ruling Communist Party's powerful Central Military Commission, on bribery charges. China's top prosecuting body said that whistleblowers who expose corruption and other wrongdoing would receive legal protection against reprisals.
    (Reuters, 10/28/14)(AP, 10/28/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.43)
2014        Oct 28, The European Court of Human Rights in London ruled that Stephen Gough’s rights were not violated by repeated arrests and convictions for being naked in public. Gough (55), a former Royal Marine nicknamed the “Naked Rambler," has twice walked the length of Britain naked with frequent arrests, court appearances and jail time.
    (SFC, 10/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 28, In Hungary tens of thousands of protesters marched in Budapest against a plan by the government to tax Internet use from 2015. This was the 2nd big rally in three days.
    (SFC, 10/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 28, Off India’s west coast a boat taking tourists on a dolphin-sighting trip capsized, killing three Russian women.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, Iraqi peshmerga fighters left Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds in their battle against Islamic State militants. US forces staged four air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria and allies joined in nine strikes on the group in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, Israeli defense sources said Israel plans to buy a second batch of Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter jets, bringing the total number it has on order to about 44.
    (Reuters, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano gave unprecedented testimony in a major trial that accuses the state of holding secret talks with the Sicilian Mafia in the 1990s.
    (Reuters, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, Japanese and North Korean officials held talks in Pyongyang for the first time in 10 years, meeting to assess progress into North Korea's investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970s and '80s.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, In southwest Japan the town of Satsumasendai became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station.
    (Reuters, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli President Reuven Rivli joined Holocaust survivors for a ceremony to open a multimedia museum that tells the 1,000-year history of Jewish life in Poland. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is located at the site that once was the center of the Warsaw Ghetto.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, In southern Turkey a coal mine collapsed, trapping 18 workers underground at the Has Sekerler mine near the town of Ermenek in Karaman province. The bodies of the last 5 miners were recovered on Dec 4.
    (AP, 10/28/14)(AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Oct 28, In Zimbabwe patients waited in long queues while others were being turned away at state hospitals as hundreds of doctors staged a strike to press for higher pay.
    (AFP, 10/28/14)

2014        Oct 29, The US FDA said it has cleared Pfizer’s Trumenba to prevent a subtype of Meningococcal disease to people ages 10-25.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 29, The SF Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win the World Series in the 7th games of the series in Kansas City.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 29, Australian scientists said they have successfully tested a vaccine against chlamydia in wild koalas, in what they believe is a breakthrough in combating the sexually-transmitted disease ravaging the native marsupial.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, A special Bangladesh tribunal sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami (71), the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party, to death for atrocities and multiple killings during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
    (AP, 10/29/14)   
2014        Oct 29, Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department revealed that 24 of its own agents were being investigated for using an "information platform" to access information about Keylor Navas, Spain’s Real Madrid and national team goalkeeper. Navas helped Costa Rica reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time this summer.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, Hundreds of Egyptians living along the border with the Gaza Strip evacuated their homes, after the army ordered them out to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers.
    (AP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, India's government handed over the names of more than 600 Indians with foreign bank accounts to the Supreme Court after public outrage over rampant tax evasion.
    (AP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrived in southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege. The US military conducted 14 air strikes over the last 2 days against the IS in Syria and Iraq. Eight of the strikes were near Kobani.
    (Reuters, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Iraq Jihadists from the Islamic State group reportedly executed 46-70 members of the Albu Nimr tribe, who had fought against them in Anbar province. Islamic State militants took some 150 men from their villages to the city of Ramadi and killed them and buried them.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)(Reuters, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Israel a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded American-born activist Yehuda Glick (48) outside a conference promoting greater Jewish access to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, A father in Ivory Coast was ordered to jail and fined after a court found him guilty for trying to arrange the forced marriage of his daughter (11). His was the first trial of its kind in the west African nation.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Kashmir 2 suspected rebels were been killed in a fierce gunbattle near the heavily militarized line of control. An Indian army officer and a suspected rebel died a day earlier in the fighting.
    (AP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, Lebanese troops detained 50 people in raids on towns and Syrian refugee camps in the north of the country.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, Mexican officials confirmed that four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamoros, near where three young Americans went missing on Oct 13.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Morocco some 350 African migrants tried to storm a fence into Spanish territory. Three made it into the territory of Melilla.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, South Sudan rebels killed, raped and kidnapped civilians during an attack, leaving at least 11 dead in the oil-rich town of Bentiu.
    (AFP, 12/19/14)
2014        Oct 29, In south-central Sri Lanka a landslide following heavy monsoon rain killed more than 100 people as it buried scores of houses. At least 300 people were missing and 150 houses buried in the village of Haldummulla. Later data from the Disaster Management Center showed that 183 people had survived out of a total of 330 who lived in the area.
    (Reuters, 10/29/14)(Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 29, A ship carrying 52 tons of oil in the Baltic Sea ran aground off Stockholm’s sprawling archipelago and began leaking its cargo.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 29, Zambia's Guy Scott became Africa's first white head of state in 20 years after the president, "King Cobra" Michael Sata (77), died in a London hospital.
    (Reuters, 10/29/14)

2014        Oct 30, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that he is gay while advocating for human rights in an essay in Businessweek.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 30, In California a bankruptcy judge approved a plan by the city of Stockton allowing it to eliminate more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching its massive pension obligations.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.A10)
2014        Oct 30, In southern Illinois a mother and three of her children on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 30, In Kansas a small private jet crashed after takeoff at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Pilot Mark Goldstein was killed along with three others on the ground. At least five others were injured.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.A10)(SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)
2014        Oct 30, In Massachusetts Thomas Menino (71), the former mayor of Boston (1993-2014), died of cancer.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.A13)
2014        Oct 30, In Pennsylvania Eric Frein (31) was captured after a seven-week manhunt for killing a state trooper. US Marshals found Frein in an abandoned airplane hangar in Tannersville with his weapons inside.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 30, Britain’s first national sperm bank opened to the public in Birmingham.
    (Econ, 11/1/14, p.55)
2014        Oct 30, In Burkina Faso thousands of protesters marched on the presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule. At least 3 protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore's brother.
    (Reuters, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, In northeast CongoDRC ADF-NALU militants killed 14 people early today in the village of Kampi ya Chui. The ADF-NALU, an alliance of groups opposed to the Ugandan government, has operated from bases in neighboring Congo since the mid-2000s.
    (Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014        Oct 30, German’s regional court in Wuerzburg sentenced a trucker (58) to 10 ½ years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, Iraqi authorities found the bodies of 48 Sunni tribesmen killed by the Islamic State group outside the town of Hit, Anbar province.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, Kazakhstan’s border chief was charged with organized crime and soliciting bribes.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.42)
2014        Oct 30, A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) said it already has 400 fighters in Kobane and more are on the way.
    (Reuters, 10/30/14)(AFP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, Israeli police raid killed Muataz Hijazi (32) in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor. Israel said the Palestinian was behind the attempt to gun down hardline activist Yehuda Glick, who has lobbied for Jewish prayer rights at the Al-Aqsa compound.
    (AFP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, The Mozambique National Electoral Commission said Filipe Nyusi (55) of the governing Frelimo party has been elected as the next president with 57% of the vote in final results of polls two weeks ago.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, Moscow, Kiev and the European Union clinched an agreement to resume supplies of Russian gas to Ukraine over the winter and secure transit of gas via Ukraine to Europe.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 30, Sweden’s PM Stefan Lofven ignored Israeli protests and announced his country’s formal recognition of a Palestinian state, becoming the first EU member in western Europe to do so.
    (AFP, 10/30/14)(SFC, 10/31/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 30, Researchers in Sweden said they have identified genetic variations at two key sites the human genome that may distinguish extremely violent individuals following a study of some 794 convicts in Finland.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.A7)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.75)
2014        Oct 30, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni gave a state banquet in honor of North Korea's ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was its prominent role in fighting imperialism.
    (AP, 11/1/14)
2014        Oct 30, In eastern Ukraine 7 government soldiers were reported killed in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire with separatists.
    (Reuters, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation.
    (AFP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, The World Bank said it was immediately providing $100 million to support the deployment of more health workers to Ebola-stricken West Africa.
    (AFP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 30, In Yemen suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed a police officer and a soldier in two separate attacks in the south of the country.
    (AFP, 10/31/14)

2014        Oct 31, The US Treasury blacklisted Aung Thaun, a hard-line lawmaker of Myanmar's ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms.
    (AP, 11/1/14)
2014        Oct 31, In California Susan Su (44) of Pleasanton was sentenced to 198 months behind bars, forfeit $5.6 million and pay $904,000 in restitution for operating the fake Tri-Valley Univ. She used it as a front for foreign students seeking to establish US immigration status.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.E2)
2014        Oct 31, A Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo blew apart over southern California after being released from a carrier aircraft killing one pilot, Michael Alsbury (39) and seriously injuring the other, Peter Siebold (43). The suborbital vehicle was undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A7)
2014        Oct 31, In southern California 3 girls (13) were killed while trick-or-treating when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana. On Nov 2 Jaquinn Bell (31) of Orange was arrested for the hit-and-run.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/2/14, p.A6)(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 31, John Shields Jr. (b.1932), a former CEO of Trader Joe’s, died in southern California. Under his tenure (1988-2001) the chain expanded from 27 to 174 stores. The chain had been founded as pronto markets by Joe Coulombe, a fraternity brother of Shields at Stanford.
    (SSFC, 11/9/14, p.C8)
2014        Oct 31, A Maine court restricted movements of nurse Kaci Hickox who defied voluntary Ebola quarantine by taking a bike ride. The temporary order allowed her to engage in what the judge called "non-congregate public activities" like walking or jogging in the park but instructs her to maintain a 3-foot (1 meter) distance from other people.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, Three US soldiers stationed at the Fort Hood Army post in central Texas pleaded guilty to smuggling immigrants into the US.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, In Australia the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) wound up a 10-day meeting in Hobart without the consensus needed for a deal to conserve and manage the marine ecosystems in the Southern Ocean. China and Russia thwarted an international attempt to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation in a statement and called for a 90-day transition to "free and transparent" elections in the West African country. General Honore Traore said that he had taken charge. Compaore fled with his family in a heavily armed convoy to Ivory Coast amid violent protests seeking his ouster.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)(AP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.52)
2014        Oct 31, In China a senior prosecutor said investigators have found more than 200 million yuan ($33 million) in cash at the home of an energy official accused of receiving bribes, in the country's largest cash seizure ever. The cash was seized at the home of Wei Pengyuan, deputy chief of the coal bureau under the National Energy Administration.
    (AP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, A man in southeastern China slashed a first-grader to death and severely injured two others in Luojia village, Jiangxi province.
    (AP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, In China Han Lei (40), a man who killed a two-year-old girl after a row with her mother over a parking space in Beijing in July, 2012, was executed.
    (AFP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, In northeast CongoDRC a crowd stoned to death a young man before burning and eating his corpse in Beni. The man aroused suspicion on a bus when passengers discovered he could not speak the local Swahili language and that he was carrying a machete.
    (Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014        Oct 31, The Czech Republic's Parliament approved a government plan to keep up to 350 troops in Afghanistan for at least two more years. The troops will not be used for combat.
    (AP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, The EU said it will take another step towards normal relations with Zimbabwe by ending restrictions on aid, paving the way for 234 million euros ($293 million) of new funding.
    (Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014        Oct 31, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban said that the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.
    (AP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on the government to rush to the aid of Sunni tribes battling Islamic State, after the militant group executed at least 220 tribesmen west of Baghdad this week.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, In Iraq a series of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad, killing at least 19 people. Security forces recaptured parts of Beiji, a Sunni oil town north of Baghdad, from Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A5)
2014        Oct 31, Iraq’s Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 Al Bu Nimr tribesmen and women in Ras al-Maa village, Anbar province.  35 corpses were found on the outskirts of Ramadi.
    (AP, 11/1/14)(Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014        Oct 31, In southern Israel rocket fired from Gaza hit the Eshkol area. Israel soon closed two border crossings with Gaza in response.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)
2014        Oct 31, Italy confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation "Mare Nostrum", which has saved the lives of tens of thousands of boat migrants in the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, The Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a new stimulus package to boost the country's struggling economy. The announcement came after economic data showed that Japan's economy remained in the doldrums following a sales tax hike in April.
    (AP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, A Mexican judge order the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (26), an Afghanistan veteran who suffers from PTSD, after 214 days spent in jail. The Florida man said he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. He was arrested for carrying loaded guns.
    (AP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, In Nigeria a car bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast city of Gombe. At least 10 people were killed and several wounded near the end of the morning rush hour. Vigilantes in the Borno town of Biu said they and troops had decapitated 41 Boko Haram fighters who were planning a raid in the village of Sabon Gari.
    (AP, 10/31/14)(AFP, 11/6/14)
2014        Oct 31, In a new video Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists, said that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off. He also denied there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government.
    (AP, 11/1/14)
2014        Oct 31, Russia’s Gazprom said it may restart gas supply to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debt and pre-payments, under a deal that is also vital to ensure deliveries to Europe.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, Russia's central bank raised its main interest rate 1.5% to 9.5% in its latest attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency.
    (AP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000 official global toll.
    (AFP, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, Sudanese soldiers attacked the village of Tabit in the Darfur region. In an apparent 2-day rampage over the disappearance of one of their own they reportedly raped some 200 women. An official UNAMID statement found no evidence of such crimes. An internal UNAMID report said people were warned not to talk. On Feb 11, 2015, a new Human Rights Watch report, based on more than 130 interviews, said girls as young as 10 were raped by Sudanese army forces, and that some women and girls were assaulted multiple times and in front of their families.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.62)(AP, 2/11/15)
2014        Oct 31, In Syria US-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the border town of Kobani in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatseniuk said Ukraine would guarantee deliveries of gas through its territory to Europe to make sure Moscow had no room for "blackmailing".
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 31, In Yemen Shiite rebels attacked the headquarters of Sunni Al-Islah party in the southwestern city of Ibb, triggering violence in which 3 people died. Shiite rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi told President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi that if he did not form a new government within 10 days a "national salvation council" would take its place.
    (AFP, 11/1/14)

2014        Oct, China’s overall debt rose to about 250% of GDP, up from 150% six years earlier.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.77)
2014        Oct, In Egypt the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) documented 300 cases of assault on children this month, including 27 boys and girls raped and 23 murdered, 13 of them by parents.
    (AFP, 12/13/14)
2014        Oct, French forces in Niger destroyed a convoy transporting weapons from Libya to Mali and captured fighters linked to al Qaeda.
    (Reuters, 10/23/14)
2014        Oct, Oman issued a nationality law alllowing it to withdraw passports from  from anyone working against the interests of the country.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.51)
2014        Oct, Russia’s Pres. Putin signed legislation banning foreign firms from owning more than 20% of any media outlet based in Russia.
    (Econ, 11/8/14, p.65)
2014        Oct, Xnet, a group of Spanish cyber activists, made public documents helping prove that senior officials at Spain's bailed-out Bankia bank used undeclared credit cards from the bank to spend some 15 million euros ($18.6 million) on luxury goods, vacations across Spain and abroad, and even regular supermarket purchases.
    (AP, 12/12/14)
2014        Oct, Kenji Goto, a veteran Japanese war correspondent was captured by the militants late this month when he went to Syria seeking the release of Haruna Yukawa. Yukawa was seized by militants in August after going to Syria to launch a security company.
    (Reuters, 2/1/15)

2014        Nov 1, In Maine a fire swept through an apartment at 20 Noyes St. in Portland killing 5 people following a Halloween party the night before.
    (www.centralmaine.com/2014/11/01/four-dead-in-portland-house-fire/)
2014        Nov 1, Brittany Maynard (29), a SF Bay Area newlywed diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, died in Portland Oregon. She had moved to Oregon to access a lethal drug for terminal illness and selected this day to end her life.
    (SFC, 11/3/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 1, Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai vowed to crack down on corruption and ensure security in his nation. Violence killed at least 12 members of the country's security forces in eastern Logar province.
    (AP, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, The Bahamas government introduced new immigration rules.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 1, Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed.
    (AP, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, In Burkina Faso two different military officials had declared themselves in charge before the army confirmed that Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida was the transitional leader.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 1, It was reported that China's legislature has designated Dec. 4 as Constitution Day amid a drive to strengthen the authority of the country's legal system.
    (AP, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, China successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day trip marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft has returned to Earth after traveling around the moon.
    (AP, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, The EU’s “Operation Triton" replaced Italy’s “Mare Nostrum" search and rescue operation. Triton was run by Frontex, the EU’s border control agency, but remained under Italian control.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Triton)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.22)
2014        Nov 1, In Ireland some 100,000 people marched against a new tax on water, imposed on Oct 1 as part of the country’s successful exit from an int’l. bailout. Charges were espected to cost a typical household $350/year.
    (SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A3)
2014        Nov 1, Some 150 Iraqi Kurdish forces arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attempts by Islamic State insurgents to seize the town. Around 200 fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have also arrived in Kobani to help defend the town. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 100 Islamic State fighters were killed in the past three days.
    (Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, In northern Kenya raiders ambushed and killed 22 police. Regional powerbrokers later said the attackers mistook the police for an invading tribe.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 1, In Libya rocket fire forced the closure of Labraq airport, the main gateway into the government-held east.
    (Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, In northern Mexico General Ricardo Cesar Nino Villarreal and his wife were shot dead as they drove in Vallecillo, Nuevo Leon state. Villarreal was one of four military officers who were deployed by the federal government in May to stem a surge of violence in Tamaulipas.
    (AFP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 1, In Nepal two passenger buses collided head-on on a key highway, killing 10 people and injuring 30 others.
    (AP, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, Pakistan said 5 security forces personnel have been killed and four others injured in two separate militant attacks in the northwest.
    (AFP, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, In Syria Islamist militants affiliated to al Qaeda seized the last remaining stronghold of Western-backed rebels in the northwest province of Idlib after days of fighting.
    (Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, Ukraine said 6 government soldiers were killed in the past 24 hours, as a fragile ceasefire in the east was tested by heavy mortar fire in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014        Nov 1, All Yemeni parties and political groups agreed to form an apolitical technocrat cabinet ending a deadlock of over two weeks.
    (AP, 11/2/14)

2014        Nov 2, In Afghanistan a gunman attacked Deputy Gov. Abdul Qadeem Patyall, shooting at him through the window of a classroom at Kandahar University. Attacks killed 4 other people as the country marked Ashura, major Shiite holiday.
    (AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, A Bahraini court freed prominent Shiite activist Nabeel Rajab but barred him from travel until his trial resumes over remarks on Twitter deemed insulting to public institutions.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, A special tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced to death Mir Quashem Ali (62), a senior leader of the country's largest Islamist party, the second death sentence in a week for mass killings during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Burkina Faso gunfire erupted outside the headquarters of state television as an opposition politician tried to announce she was in control of the West African country that was plunged into chaos days earlier after the president was forced out. The army took over the national television headquarters. At least one protester was shot dead.
    (AP, 11/2/14)(AFP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.52)
2014        Nov 2, China’s state media said China has successfully tested a self-developed laser defense system against small-scale low-altitude drones.
    (Reuters, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Hong Kong police questioned British financier Rurik George Caton Jutting (29), who worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, after the grisly discovery a day earlier of two female corpses, including one in a suitcase, in his apartment. Jutting was charged with two counts of murder.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A3)
2014        Nov 2, Indian authorities set fire to a stockpile of tiger skins, elephant tusks, rhino horns and other illegal animal parts in an effort to discourage wildlife smuggling in South Asia.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Iran Ghoncheh Ghavami (25), an Iranian-British woman detained last June 20 while trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran, was found guilty of spreading propaganda against the ruling system and sentenced to a year in prison. Charges against her were reported dropped on April 2, 2015, as a court waived the remaining seven months of her sentence.
    (AP, 11/2/14)(AP, 4/2/15)
2014        Nov 2, Iraq's Human Rights Ministry said the number of Al Bu Nimr tribe people killed by Islamic State is 322. A car bomb in central Baghdad killed at least 8 Shi'ite pilgrims.
    (Reuters, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 2, Kenya's Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all guns and attackers be turned over to authorities in the North Rift region after raiders killed 22 police a day earlier. Troops shot and killed 6 machete-wielding attackers who tried to gain entry into a barracks on the coast.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Two Malian soldiers were killed and four wounded by an improvised bomb in the nation's restive northern desert.
    (AFP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Montenegro, a staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership, about 200 gay activists marched peacefully protected by hundreds of riot police.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Pakistan a least 60 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a restaurant at Wagah on the Pakistani-Indian border. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, In the southern Philippines Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed 6 soldiers who were guarding a road project that has been delayed by militant attacks in Basilan province.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Romanians voted to elect a new leader as President Traian Basescu steps down after 10 years. PM Victor Ponta won the first round of the presidential election with 40.3%. Klaus Iohannis, an ethnic German mayor backed by two center-right parties took 30.4%.  A run-off vote will take place on Nov 16.
    (AP, 11/2/14)(Reuters, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, Sierra Leone confirmed that a fifth doctor has tested positive. The other four all have died from the virus that has killed nearly 5,000 across West Africa.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 2,000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year. Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front seized a town and several villages in Idlib province overnight.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Syria US military forces staged seven air strikes on Islamic State targets over the last 24 hours and were joined by allies in two more attacks in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Separatists in eastern Ukraine held elections condemned by Kiev and Western governments, but backed by Russia, as Ukrainian claims of "intensive" troop movements across the Russian border cast new doubts over a truce. Ukrainian authorities announced the deaths of 3 more soldiers and seven more wounded. Alexander Zakharchenko, the rebel leader in Donetsk, claimed an easy victory. The head of the separatists in Luhansk region, Igor Plotnitsky, won by a similarly large margin.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, The UN's panel on climate science said climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Former Yugoslav Gen. Veljko Kadijevic (88), who was accused of war crimes in Croatia and who fled to Russia in 2001 to avoid testifying at a UN tribunal, died in Moscow.
    (AP, 11/3/14)

2014        Nov 3, The US Air Force fired two commanders and disciplined a third for lapses and misbehavior at intercontinental ballistic missile bases in North Dakota and Wyoming.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A7)
2014        Nov 3, In NYC the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center opened for business on the site where the WTC twin towers were decimated in terrorist attacks in 2001.
    (SFC, 11/4/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov 3, In Massachusetts Tom Magliozzi (b.1937), the elder brother of NPR’s “Car Talk" brothers, died. Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, began their radio show on WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate, in 1977 and went national in 1987. They stopped taping live in 2012.
    (SFC, 11/4/14, p.C3)
2014        Nov 3, Bangladesh's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Mohammad Qamaruzzaman (62), a senior Islamist leader convicted by a special tribunal last year for his role in mass killings and other atrocities during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, A Bulgarian woman (39) was rushed to hospital after setting fire to herself outside the president's office, as Pres. Rosen Plevneliev discussed the formation of a new government following an inconclusive election last month.
    (Reuters, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, Burkina Faso's interim President Isaac Zida said that the army would quickly cede power to a transitional government headed by a consensual leader.
    (Reuters, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, In China a bus rolled over on Shanghai’s Donghai Bridge, one of the longest cross-sea bridges in the world, killing six people and injuring 43 others.
    (AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, Indonesia began issuing cards  to give the poor access to three programs that included health care, education and cash handouts.
    (Econ, 1/10/15, p.54)
2014        Nov 3, In Iraq Islamic State militants executed at 29 men, 4 women and 3 children of the Al Bu Nimr tribe in Ras al-Maa, Anbar province.
    (SFC, 11/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 3, Israel approved plans for some 500 new settler homes in occupied east Jerusalem. Israeli police arrested at least 23 Palestinians in east Jerusalem overnight and today, in the latest crackdown after months of violent clashes in the city.
    (AFP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, Israel's parliament passed a law aimed at limiting the practice employed in the past of releasing Palestinians convicted of killing Israelis to promote peace efforts.
    (Reuters, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 3, In northwestern Kenya 4 more refugees were killed, bringing the total number of people killed over the past week to 8. Violence at the Kakuma camps were sparked by reports of the attempted rape of a young refugee girl on Oct 28.
    (AFP, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 3, In Libya heavy fighting broke out near the seaport of the eastern Benghazi city as the army, backed by forces loyal to a former general, attacked Islamist groups.
    (Reuters, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, In northeast Nigeria a suicide bomber killed himself and 32 people in a procession of Shi'ite Muslims marking the ritual of Ashoura in Potiskum, Yobe state. In central Kogi state gunmen using explosives blew their way into a prison overnight in the city of Lokoja, killing one person and freeing 145 inmates.
    (Reuters, 11/3/14)(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 3, In Saudi Arabia gunmen shot dead at least 6 people in eastern al-Ahsa district. Local residents said it was an attack on Shi'ite Muslim worshippers.
    (Reuters, 11/4/14)(AFP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 3, In Sierra Leone Dr. Godfrey George, medical superintendent of Kambia Government Hospital, died overnight becoming the 5th local doctor to die of Ebola.
    (AP, 11/3/14)   
2014        Nov 3, In Switzerland the bodies of 3 Portuguese citizens were discovered near a train station in the Swiss Alps town of Wilderswill, amid reports of a murder-suicide.
    (AFP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 8 men were beheaded last week and their bodies hung on makeshift crucifixes in Albu Kamal, Deir Ezzor province. IS jihadists also decapitated another 3 men, again hanging their corpses from crosses in the city of Deir Ezzor.
    (AFP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, The militant Islamic State group released 93 Syrian Kurds it captured in February as they made their way from northern Syria to neighboring Iraq. A day later Human Rights Watch said Islamic State militants had forced children as young as 14 to watch videos of beheadings and beat them with cables during six months of captivity.
    (Reuters, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 3, The United States targeted Islamic State militants with five air strikes in Syria and nine in Iraq over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, In Thailand Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij (36), one of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, was arrested under an Interpol warrant as crossed into Thailand from Laos. Neij, along with other Pirate Bay co-founders, was convicted of aiding copyright infringement by a court in Sweden in 2009. He fled the country after being released on bail.
    (AP, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 3, Turkish rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus strait and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants including children. The capsized boat was loaded with 42 illegal migrants from Afghan and Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/3/14)(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 3, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said a 15% boost of the minimum wage will take effect in December to protect workers' salaries from inflation running at more than 60 percent a year. It follows a 30 percent boost in April and a 10 percent hike in January. The move came a week after Maduro boosted military salaries by 45 percent.
    (AP, 11/4/14)

2014        Nov 4, The US asked the UN Security Council to freeze the assets and impose a global travel ban on three figures blamed by Yemen's western ally for orchestrating the current unrest. They included former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who allied with the Houthis, and two Houthi leaders.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 4, Republicans captured control of the US House and Senate as voters remade Congress for the last two years of the Obama administration.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A13)
2014        Nov 4, Alaska voters elected independent candidate Bill Walker to replace incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell. Results were only made final on Nov 14.
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A9)
2014        Nov 4, Arkansas approved an increse in the minimum wage from $6.25 and hour to $8.50 an hour.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014        Nov 4, California voters re-elected Gov. Jerry Brown to a historic 4th term. State voters passed Proposition 47 to reduce penalties for some criminal offenses to misdemeanors.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A12)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.34)
2014        Nov 4, Voters in Berkeley, California, adopted the nation’s first soda tax, a 1-cent per-ounce levy on most beverages with added sugar.
    (SSFC, 11/9/14, p.C1)
2014        Nov 4, Nebraska approved an increse in the minimum wage from $7.25 and hour to $9.00 an hour.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014        Nov 4, Oregon and Washington DC voted to legalize marijiana use by adults.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014        Nov 4, Tennessee voters approved a measure that will give state legislators more power to regulate abortions.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014        Nov 4, Texas voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the town of Denton, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the US energy boom. Texas voters also agreed to steer $1.7 billion of oil and gas production taxes toward the highway fund.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)(Econ, 11/22/14, p.27)
2014        Nov 4, Washington state voters approved a measure to expand background checks on gun sales and transfers.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014        Nov 4, West Virginia voters elected Saira Blair (18) to the state legislature making her the youngest state lawmaker in the US.
    (TIME, 11/17/14, p.39)
2014        Nov 4, Britain’s Rolls-Royce, the maker of aircraft engines, said that it plans to shed 2,600 jobs, mainly at its aerospace division, over the next 18 months to cut costs.
    (AFP, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, France and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement for Paris to provide the Lebanese army with $3 billion worth of weapons paid for by Riyadh.
    (AP, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, Georgia’s PM Irakli Garibashvili, a Georgian Dream party member, fired defense minister Irakli Alasania, a Free Democrats member, amid an investigation into corruption in the military. European Integration Minister Aleksi Petriashvili resigned in protest. A day later Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze and three of her deputies followed suit.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 4, In Iraq hundreds of thousands commemorated the slaying of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hussein at the battle of Kerbala in AD 680, an event that defines the Shi'ite rift with Sunni Islam. During the ritual in Kerbala Shi'ites beat their heads and chests and gash their heads with swords to show their grief and echo the imam's suffering.
    (Reuters, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood saying they had been built without construction permits. The homes were at the heart of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters.
    (Reuters, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, Libya closed Benghazi's commercial port due to clashes between the army and Islamist fighters in the area.
    (Reuters, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, Mexico City police detained Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of the city of Iguala, and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda, accused of ordering a police attack that left 6 people dead and 43 college students missing since last month.
    (AFP, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, In Nigeria suspected Boko Haram fighters stole dynamite and pick-up trucks from a French-owned cement works after robbing a bank, in a raid to fund and pursue their campaign of violence in the northeast.
    (AFP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 4, In Pakistan a mob in Punjab province beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 4, About 20,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip went on strike to protest the Palestinian unity government's refusal to pay military and security employees of the Islamist movement Hamas.
    (AFP, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, In Saudi Arabia 2 policemen and 2 suspects, allegedly linked to the deadly gun attack in eastern al-Ahsa district, were killed. Saudi authorities arrested 15 people in connection with the shooting that left 6 people dead.
    (AP, 11/4/14)(AFP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 4, Saudi Arabia ordered closed the offices of Wesal TV, a religious television channel accused of fomenting sectarian tension, after at least eight people were killed in an attack on Shi'ite Muslims marking a major religious anniversary.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 4, Sierra Leone aid agencies said thousands of people were being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them.
    (AP, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, Spain's Constitutional Court suspended plans by the northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an informal independence poll Nov. 9 following a legal challenge by the government. The regional government of Catalonia said that it would go ahead with a straw poll on independence.
    (AP, 11/4/14)(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 4, A Thai court sentenced a university student to 2 1/2 years in prison for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country's king.
    (AP, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, Turkish politician Ahmet Karatas, a member of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was stabbed repeatedly in the capital Ankara, in an attack that his pro-Kurdish party blamed on a government-led 'lynch campaign' against it.
    (Reuters, 11/4/14)
2014        Nov 4, Yemeni security officials said more than 30 people have been killed in clashes between Shiite Houthi rebels and tribal fighters backed by al-Qaida militants in the embattled town of Radda. US drone strikes killed at least 10 suspected al Qaeda militants in central Yemen. Fighting between members of Ansar al-Sharia and rebel Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters also killed 10 people.
    (AP, 11/4/14)(Reuters, 11/4/14)(Reuters, 11/5/14)

2014        Nov 5, Pres. Obama asked Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at its source in West Africa and secure the US against any possible spread.
    (SFC, 11/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 5, Fawzi al-Odah (37), a citizen of Kuwait held at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly 13 years, was sent back to his homeland. This left the detention center population at 148.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, US federal agents in San Francisco arrested Blake Benthall (26) on charges that he had assumed control of the anonymous “Silk Road" Internet drug bazaar.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 5, Charles Merritt (57) was arrested on suspicion of murder in the deaths of the Joseph McStay family, whose four members disappeared in southern California on Feb 4, 2010. Merritt was a business partner of Joseph McStay.
    (SFC, 11/8/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 5, US federal regulators shut down the commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a 2nd straight year citing concerns about declining population and warmer ocean temperatures.
    (SFC, 11/6/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 5, A Missouri state judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
    (SFC, 11/6/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 5, In Algeria a passenger train derailed in an eastern suburb of Algiers, leaving one person dead and 65 injured.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, A consortium led by China Railway Corp. won a contract to build Mexico’s first high-speed train. The $3.7 billion project will link Mexico City with Queretaro by 2017. Pena Nieto’s government cancelled the contract on Nov 7 following an investigation into Grupo Higa, a Mexican partner in the consortium, which also provided Nieto and his wife use of a $7 million mansion on the western edge of Mexico City. Grupo Higa had granted Angelica Rivera, Pena’s wife, a loan to buy the mansion in 2012.
    (SSFC, 11/9/14, p.A4)(SFC, 11/10/14, p.A4)(SFC, 11/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 5, In Egypt a bomb on a train killed 4 people including two policemen in Menufiya province. Blasts in the Cairo metro and near a presidential palace wounded several others.
    (AFP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 5, In southern France flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata (93) died.  His “Gypsy Flamenco" album was released in 1963. He had sold nearly 100 million records worldwide and broke boundaries for Gypsy musicians.
    (AP, 11/6/14)(Econ, 11/15/14, p.94)
2014        Nov 5, Haiti reported that 12 people have died so far as a result of heavy rains unleashed by a cluster of storms in the northern Caribbean.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, The head of Hungary's tax authority, Ildiko Vida, acknowledged in a published report that she has been banned from entering the US because of suspected links to corruption. She denied the unspecified allegations, and said that the ban also affects other officials from NAV, Hungary's tax authority.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, In Indian-controlled Kashmir shops and businesses were closed and small protests broke out after separatists called a strike following the killings of two teenagers by army soldiers at a roadblock.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, In Iraq a series of attacks, mainly against troops, killed 11 people in Baghdad and in the country's west.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 5, In Israel Hamam Masalmeh (23) a Palestinian from Beit Awwa in the southern West Bank, hit three soldiers with his vehicle outside Al-Arub camp. Masalmeh turned himself in the next day and claimed he had lost control of his car.
    (AFP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 5, In Ivory Coast 8 people were killed and at least two more were believed trapped under rubble after a building in Abidjan collapsed on workers who were demolishing it.
    (Reuters, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 5, In Latvia the Union of Greens and Farmers and Unity, both center-right parties, joined with the conservative National Alliance to form a Cabinet led by PM Laimdota Straujuma.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, Lebanon's parliament voted to extend its own mandate until 2017 citing security concerns linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, Mongolia's parliament voted to dismiss PM Altankhuyag Norov, who faced criticism for drastically slower economic growth and alleged corruption within his administration.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, Nigerian troops rounded up 17 people, including an imam, from the Dogo Tebo area of Potiskum in Yobe state as they left a mosque after morning prayers. The bodies of all but the imam were found hours later in the morgue at the Potiskum General Hospital.
    (AFP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 5, Pakistani police arrested dozens of people after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies a day earlier for allegedly desecrating a Koran in Punjab province.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, A Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians in central Jerusalem in the second attack of its kind in two weeks, killing a police officer and seriously wounding 13 others. The driver, shot dead by police, was identified as Ibrahim Akari from East Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov 5, Russia gave 12 South African firms rights to supply canned and frozen fish. South Africa will resume seafood exports to Russia for the first time in almost two decades as Moscow looked elsewhere for food sources following Western sanctions over Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 5, A South Korean court convicted three relatives of the sunken Sewol ferry's owner and 13 other associates for corruption, about four months after the tycoon was found dead on the run. Yoo Dae-kyoon (43), the oldest son of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun, was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to three years in prison.
    (AP, 11/5/14)(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A3)
2014        Nov 5, In Syria mortar rounds slammed into a school in a rebel-held suburb east of Damascus, killing at least 13 children. In Kurdish-dominated north and northeastern regions, Kurdish forces distributed leaflets to residents, ordering them to report for compulsory military service.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, The Islamic State said has shut all schools in areas it controls in eastern Syria pending a religious revision of the curriculum.
    (Reuters, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 5, In Tunisia 3 soldiers were killed and 12 others were wounded in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a bus carrying soldiers in Kef near the Algerian border. Two of the wounded died soon after.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)(AFP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 5, Ukraine announced that it will freeze budget subsidies for the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists. 2 civilians, including a teenage boy, were killed when shelling hit a school playing field in rebel-held Donetsk.
    (AP, 11/5/14)(AFP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels, who are in control of the capital, swept through the central city of Adeen, after repelling al-Qaida militants in nearly two-weeks of deadly battles.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, Yemen tribal sources said Nabil al-Dahab, leader of Ansar al-Sharia in al-Bayda province, was killed along with four other al Qaeda members, including Shawki al-Badani a senior al Qaeda official wanted by the US, in a drone strike in central Yemen overnight.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, In Yemen an Algerian national was shot dead and a Frenchman was wounded during a scuffle at a checkpoint operated by fighters of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group in the southern part of Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)

2014        Nov 6, Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Trendon Shavers (32), founder of Bitcoin Savings and Trust, with fraud and accused him of masterminding a $4.5 million Ponzi scheme.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.C2)
2014        Nov 6, The Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld antigay marriage laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.A7)
2014        Nov 6, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art said Jerry Perenchino, the former chairman and CEO of Univision, has donated some 47 pieces of art from the 1870s to the 1930s. The museum must first complete construction of a new building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, planned for 2023.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.D2)
2014        Nov 6, In Idaho 2 chief warrant officers were killed whenn their helicopter crashed during a training mission near the Boise airport.
    (SFC, 11/8/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 6, The Archdiocese of Chicago released files on three dozen more abusive clergy members to fulfill Cardinal Francis George’s pledge to do so before he retires.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 6, An independent investigation by the Harvard Law School reported that troops commanded by Myanmar's powerful interior minister and two other senior officials tortured and killed civilians while fighting an ethnic rebellion in Karen state from 2005-2008.
    (Reuters, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, In Belgium some 100,000 workers demonstrated in Brussels to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures. Police fired tear gas and the water cannon to break up incidents.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, Bulgaria's central bank stripped Corporate Commercial Bank, the country's fourth-biggest lender, of its license and announced that it will launch bankruptcy proceedings against the bank, which had negative capital of leva 3.75 billion ($2.4 billion). Main shareholder Tsvetan Vasilev, who is out of the country, has been charged with embezzlement.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, The European Court of Justice upheld a decision against Italy over toxic waste treatment, ruling it had failed to act against illegal dumps dotting the countryside around the southern city of Naples.
    (Reuters, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, A Guam jury convicted three people of mailing drugs from Las Vegas to Guam. Nine other defendants signed plea deals in the case.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, In Hong Kong pro-democaracy protesters clashed with police for the first time in over two weeks. Thousands remained camped on the streets demanding open nominations in elections for the city’s leader.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 6, Israel allowed Palestinian farmers to ship produce from the blockaded Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank, via Israeli territory, for the first time since 2007.
    (Reuters, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, A Kenyan Roman Catholic priest, Father Guyo Waqo, and four others were sentenced to death by a court in Nairobi for murdering Italian Bishop Luigi Locati in 2005.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, Libya's supreme court invalidated the internationally recognized parliament, setting the stage for deepening political chaos. The Tripoli court also nullified a constitutional amendment that led to elections on June 25, thereby invalidating the polls and all decisions that resulted from them. The ruling followed intense clashes between pro-government militias and Islamist fighters in Benghazi that have killed more than 30 people in the past three days.
    (AFP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, In New Zealand drummer Phil Rudd (60) of Australian rock band AC/DC, whose hits include "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," was accused of trying to arrange two killings as well as possession of drugs.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, In Pakistan a policeman in Gujrat hacked Tufail Haider (55) to death for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, In northwest Syria a US-led coalition, set up to fight Islamic State, bombed the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham radical faction. One strike on a base near the northern city of Aleppo killed at least six Nusra fighters. Residents of Harem said at least 4 children were killed and dozens injured in an attack they believed was launched by the coalition. Fighting in a majority Druze region near Lebanon killed 31 combatants loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and 14 rebels, including Al-Qaeda militants.
    (Reuters, 11/6/14)(AFP, 11/7/14)(AFP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 6, Uganda's military said it has suspended 15 soldiers who were peacekeepers in Somalia over various allegations of misconduct.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
2014        Nov 6, Ukraine announced passport controls around areas held by pro-Russian separatists in the latest step toward what resembles the breakup of the ex-Soviet republic, as heavy artillery fire erupted in Donetsk. Several more bodies of victims from the July 17 crash of Malaysia Flight 17 were found near the crash site.
    (AFP, 11/6/14)(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 6, In Wales Cerys Marie Yemm (22) died from injuries at Sirhowy Arms Hotel, a homeless hostel in Argoed, near Blackwood. Her suspected attacker died after he was Tasered by police when they arrived following a report a man was attacking a woman at the hotel. The BBC reported that Yemm was "murdered in an act of cannibalism", and had been in a relationship with the suspect Matthew Williams (34).
    (AFP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 6, Yemeni tribesmen blew up the country's main oil export pipeline, forcing crude flows to stop.
    (Reuters, 11/6/14)

2014        Nov 7, Pres. Barack Obama unveiled plans to send 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to help Baghdad government forces strike back at Islamic State jihadists, roughly doubling the number of US soldiers in the country.
    (AFP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, A US federal judge struck down Arizona's 2005 immigrant smuggling law on the grounds that it's trumped by federal statutes.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 7, A US federal judge cleared Detroit, the biggest US city to ever file for bankruptcy, to emerge from bankruptcy.
    (SFC, 11/8/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 7, In London Ian Edmondson (45), a former news editor at the News of the World, was jailed for eight months after admitting involvement in phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct tabloid newspaper.
    (AP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Bulgaria's parliament formally approved the country's new center-right government in an attempt to restore stability and spur economic development in the poorest EU member country.
    (AP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, China said it has reached agreement with Japan to ramp up high-level contacts. China and Japan jointly announced that they are seeking to improve relations and set up a system to prevent minor maritime contingencies from escalating into true warfare.
    (AP, 11/7/14)(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A3)
2014        Nov 7, In Egypt at least 3 people were killed and eight wounded in separate incidents involving Islamist protesters and militants across the country.
    (Reuters, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, The EU said Britain will have to pay only around 1 billion euros, rather than more than 2 billion, more to the European Union budget as a result of a Europe-wide revision of statistics, because the British rebate will also increase.
    (Reuters, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Iraq said army forces have retaken control of most of the strategic northern town of Baiji from the Islamic State jihadist group. A suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a Humvee transporting senior police commander General Faisal Malik, one of the supervisors of the campaign against Islamic State militants surrounding the refinery near Baiji. The general and two policemen were killed.
    (AFP, 11/7/14)(Reuters, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 7, In Jordan several thousand protesters took to the streets, calling on the government to scrap its peace deal with Israel following escalating violence at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
    (Reuters, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Israeli security forces fought with Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank over access to Jerusalem's holiest site. Around 15 small explosions targeted the homes and vehicles of Fatah officials in Gaza, causing minor damage but no injuries.
    (Reuters, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Three Malaysian Muslim transgenders won a landmark court ruling against a religious law banning them from cross-dressing in what activists called a victory for human rights.
    (AP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Mexico announced it believes charred remains found in a river and on its banks in Guerrero state belong to 43 students from a teachers college, missing for more than a month. Three suspected Guerreros Unidos gang members said they bundled the 43 in the back of two trucks, took them to a nearby landfill, killed them and used fuel, wood, tires and plastic to burn their bodies for 14 hours.
    (AFP, 11/8/14)(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 7, New Zealand authorities made an embarrassing about-face when prosecutors dropped a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (60), saying there was not enough evidence to proceed. Rudd still faced serious charges of threatening to kill as well as possession of amphetamine and marijuana. 
    (AP, 11/7/14)(SFC, 12/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 7, In northeastern Nigeria a bomb concealed in a black plastic bag killed at least 7 people outside a commercial bank in Bauchi state. The governor of Adamawa state said Boko Haram has taken over at least five municipalities and called for more troops to halt further Islamist gains.
    (AP, 11/7/14)(AFP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, In northwestern Pakistan two roadside bombs, minutes apart, struck a minibus and a motorcycle in Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border, killing at least 6 people.
    (AP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Hamas announced the creation of a "popular army" in the Gaza Strip, saying it was ready for any future conflict with Israel, particularly over the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
    (AFP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Russia signed a contract to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two nations.
    (AP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 7, In Russia a lesbian couple tied the knot in a quiet ceremony seen as the first such marriage in the country where gay unions are illegal. The marriage went through in St. Petersburg because one of the women was born male but is now transgender and undergoing hormone therapy.
    (AFP, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 7, A Saudi Arabia advisory committee recommended that the government lift its ban on female drivers for women over 30. It said the women must be off the road by 8pm and cannot wear makeup behind the wheel.
    (SFC, 11/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 7, South Africa said it has signed a nuclear energy cooperation agreement with China as the government looks to expand the critical power supply system.
    (AFP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, South Korea's National Assembly approved plans to disband the coast guard in the wake of criticism over its failure to rescue hundreds of passengers during the sinking of a ferry in April.
    (AP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, In Syria al-Qaida fighters of the Nusra Front seized three villages: Safuhan, Fatira and Hazari, in northwestern Idlib province, and were pushing to take others.
    (AP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Ukraine’s military said a column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks carrying ammunition and fighters has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia. 5 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 16 wounded in the past 24 hours despite the ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, The UN Security Council slapped sanctions against Yemen’s influential former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two rebel commanders for threatening peace.
    (AFP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 7, Venezuelan authorities said Leiva Padilla Mendoza, the purported leader of a Colombian paramilitary group who they allege masterminded the October slaying of socialist Venezuelan lawmaker Robert Serra, has been captured in Cartagena, Colombia.
    (AP, 11/7/14)
2014        Nov 7, Yemen's state-run TV announced the lineup of the country's new Cabinet following a UN-brokered deal with Shiite rebels who had overrun the capital of Sanaa and plunged the country into another crisis.
    (AP, 11/8/14)

2014        Nov 8, In Afghanistan Col. Mohammad Yasin, chief of staff for Gen. Mohammad Zahir, was killed in a suicide bomb attack targeting Zahir, Kabul’s chief of police. At least seven others were wounded.
    (AP, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 8, The African Union, African Development Bank and regional business leaders meeting in in Ethiopia announced a crisis fund to help areas hit by the Ebola outbreak.
    (AFP, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 8, In Brazil At least 7 people were killed after a passenger bus was forced off a bridge when another vehicle tried to pass it in Bahia state.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, China’s President Xi Jinping announced the creation of a $40 billion Silk Road infrastructure fund to boost connectivity across Asia.
    (Reuters, 11/8/14)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.61)
2014        Nov 8, The central banks of China and Canada said they have agreed to a currency swap worth 200 billion yuan ($32.67 billion) or C$30 billion, effective for three years.
    (Reuters, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 8, The foreign ministers of China and Japan held talks ahead of a hoped-for meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe after more than two years of frozen high-level contacts.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, Ministers from Pacific Rim countries endorsed a call to formally start work on a free-trade initiative seen as an effort by China to raise its influence in trade policy. 21 Asia Pacific countries agreed to cooperate on the extradition of corrupt officials, enhance asset recovery efforts and establish an anti-corruption transparency network to share intelligence on graft.
    (AP, 11/8/14)(Reuters, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, The French military said 24 jihadists were killed in a recent operation carried out in northern Mali that left one French soldier dead. A news release from Operation Barkhane said that two other extremists had been captured during the late October offensive in the region of Kidal.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina apologized to 33 communities of indigenous Achi people who were forced to abandon their homes to make way for construction of the Chixoy hydroelectric dam during Guatemala's civil war. The government agreed to provide $153.8 million in compensation for the damage inflicted on the Achi.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, In India Dr. R.K. Gupta performed more than 80 sterilization surgeries after which 13 women died. Two days later, another camp was held in the same Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. One woman died and more than a dozen fell ill with shock and vomiting. Gupta, who had gone into hiding, was arrested on Nov 12 at a relative's home near Bilaspur.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)(AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 8, In Iraq car bombs killed 20 people, including 5 soldiers, in Baghdad in attacks that resembled operations carried out by Islamic State militants. An air strike destroyed 10 Islamic State (IS) vehicles after what was believed to have been a gathering of its leaders. Iraqi sources said the strike was near Qaim, US sources said it was near Mosul.
    (Reuters, 11/8/14)(Reuters, 11/9/14)(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.A3)
2014        Nov 8, Israeli police opened fire in the Arab village of Kfar Kana against a knife-wielding man attempting to stab policemen. Unknown-sourced footage later appeared to portray a different story. The grainy security camera material showed a man repeatedly banging on the window of a police vehicle. When officers emerged to confront him, he began to backpedal and was then shot. The shooting sparked large protests.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, Libyan state security guards started a protest at the 120,000 barrels a day Hariga oil port in the east, halting any oil exports.
    (Reuters, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, North Korea released Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and both were on their journey back to the United States.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, Pakistani soldiers fighting in Khyber tribal region who battled militants overnight found 17 bodies dumped in the countryside, identifying them all as insurgents.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, In Romania some 10,000 people protested, accusing the government of limiting voting from citizens living abroad in last weekend's presidential polls.
    (AFP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, In southern Spain a bus carrying a group on a religious excursion crashed, killing 14 people and injuring another 38.
    (AP, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 8, South Sudanese rebels accused the government of violating their latest ceasefire deal, just hours after both sides pledged to end almost a year of fighting.
    (Reuters, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, In Sudan a sword-wielding man described as "insane" killed two soldiers before being shot dead as he tried to enter the palace in Khartoum where President Omar al-Bashir has his offices. The man was identified as Salah Kafi Quwa, and said to be originally from the town of Kadugli, South Kordofan state, where insurgents were battling the government.
    (AFP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, In Syria Islamic State shelling killed 2 civilians and wounded four others, including a child, at a camp for people forced by violence from Kobane to the west of the town. US-led air strikes overnight hit jihadist positions in the north and east, including an oil field. 2 people were killed.
    (AFP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, In eastern Ukraine Associated Press reporters saw more than 80 unmarked military vehicles on the move in rebel-controlled areas, indicating that intensified hostilities may lie ahead.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, Pope Francis removed American Cardinal Raymond Burke (66) as head of the Holy See's supreme court. Burke had championed campaigns to deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, In Yemen Al-Qaeda claimed its militants killed "dozens" of Shiite rebels in Rada, hours after the formation of a new government intended to take the strife-torn country out of crisis. Yemen's ruling political party, still headed by the country's former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, removed the country's sitting president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, from its top ranks.
    (AP, 11/8/14)

2014        Nov 9, NYC’s biggest subway hub opened in lower Manhattan. The $1.4 billion Fulton Center, a vital link to the new World Trade Center, will accommodate up to 300,000 daily riders.
    (SFC, 11/10/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 9, A Lear 36 Executive Jet crashed on approach to the island of Grand Bahama killing all 9 people on board, including a prominent Christian minister and his wife.
    (AP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 9, In Brazil a driver in Sao Paulo lost control of his car and ran over 15 people standing on a sidewalk after leaving a church service. At least two people were critically hurt as the driver fled the scene. Substances that appeared to be cocaine and marijuana were found in the abandoned car.
    (AP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 9, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin promised ever-closer cooperation as they met for the 10th time in less than two years. They signed agreements to boost energy cooperation, including an understanding to develop a second major route to supply the Chinese side with Russian gas following an initial $400 billion deal in May.
    (AP, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 9, Colombia's FARC rebels captured soldiers Paulo Cesar Rivera and Jonathan Andres Diaz, in the eastern department of Arauca during a military operation.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 9, India’s PM Narendra Modi appointed 21 new ministers to his 66-member cabinet. Jarring with his pledge to clean up politics seven of the new ministers faced prosecution.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 9, Iraqi military forces reached the center of the northern city of Baiji to try to break an Islamic State siege of the country's biggest refinery nearby, triggering fierce clashes with the militants.
    (Reuters, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 9, In Spain some 1.9 million Catalans, out of 6.3m eligible, voted in a symbolic referendum on independence. About 80 percent backed secession, with a turnout of about 37 percent.
    (Reuters, 11/9/14)(Reuters, 11/10/14)(Econ, 11/15/14, p.53)
2014        Nov 9, In Syria 5 nuclear scientists were killed in a machine gun ambush outside Damascus. One of the men was an Iranian nuclear technician. Syrian rebels working for Israel were blamed.
    (SFC, 11/11/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov 9, In Syria at least 21 people were killed and around 100 wounded overnight when regime army planes bombed al-Bab, a town controlled by Islamic State militants northeast of Aleppo.
    (Reuters, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 9, Monitors said that that officials in a predominantly Kurdish province of northeastern Syria have issued a women's rights decree, in an apparent rebuke to the hardline views of Islamic State insurgents who have advanced in the region.
    (Reuters, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 9, East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummeled by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armored column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements. 3 Ukrainian soldiers were reported killed in the past 24 hours and a further 13 injured.
    (Reuters, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 9, Yemen's new cabinet was sworn in despite calls by former autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Shiite militias allied to him for it to be boycotted.
    (AFP, 11/9/14)

2014        Nov 10, The US Postal Service said it has been hacked potentially compromising sensitive information on its employees, which numbered over 800,000 workers.
    (SFC, 11/11/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 10, US Central Command said it launched 23 air strikes in Syria over the weekend including 13 aimed near the key border town of Kobani and 10 hit near Dayr Az Zawr. Another 18 air strikes were launched against the Islamic State in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, The United States imposed sanctions on Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and two senior Houthi rebel leaders for threatening the peace and stability of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, In Afghanistan 6 police officers, including their commander, were killed in a suicide attack on police headquarters in Puli Alim, capital of Logar province. 3 police officers were killed when a bomb carried on a motorbike exploded near their vehicle in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed world leaders to this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit.
    (Econ, 11/8/14, p.47)
2014        Nov 10, Egypt-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has carried out a string of deadly attacks from its stronghold in the Sinai Peninsula, said it was pledging its loyalty to the self-declared IS "caliph", Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
    (AFP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, In Guyana a presidential decree prorogued parliament until further notice.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.39)
2014        Nov 10, India's Supreme Court ordered the lifting of a ban on women working as makeup artists in the movie industry, ending a decades-long discriminatory practice.
    (AP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, Iran said that it has successfully tested its own version of a US-made drone based on one it captured in 2011.
    (AP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, A young Israeli woman was killed and two other people were wounded when a Palestinian stabbed them outside a West Bank settlement. The man was shot and soon died of his wounds. A Palestinian fatally stabbed a soldier at a Tel Aviv train station. A suspect was arrested.
    (Reuters, 11/10/14)(AFP, 11/10/14)(Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 10, Two Gaza fishermen were wounded and four missing after the Israeli navy fired on two boats off the coast.
    (AFP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, In Mexico some 300 protesters angry at the suspected massacre of 43 missing Mexican students threw stones and a firebomb at riot police in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, injuring 11 officers.
    (AFP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, In Nigeria a suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48 people, most of them students, and injured 79 others at a school assembly in the northeastern town of Potiskum.
    (Reuters, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, Portuguese health authorities said an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease has caused five deaths and sickened about 38 people over the past week in a cluster of small towns about 35 km (20 miles) north of Lisbon.
    (AP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 10, Russia launched a new state-funded foreign news service to challenge the "aggressive propaganda" of the West and provide an "alternative interpretation" of global events.
    (AFP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, Russia’s central bank decided to freely float the currency in markets and stop regularly spending billions in a vain attempt to stem its fall. The ruble has lost about half its value since the start of the year.
    (AP, 11/10/14) 
2014        Nov 10, A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station landed safely on the frozen Kazakhstan steppe.
    (AP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, Rwanda's high court convicted eight people of inciting rebellion for going to President Paul Kagame's residence in July 2013 to deliver what they said was a message from God, and sentenced them to five years in prison. The prosecution said they belonged to a sect called The Inseparable Heroes of Jesus and Mary, and hoped to pass on a message that criticized his leadership.
    (Reuters, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, In Belgrade Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic and Albania’s PM Edi Rama pledged to put their differences aside and focus on their mutual desire to join the European Union. The detente between the Balkan rivals didn't even last until the end of their joint press conference as they voiced opposing attitudes over Kosovo. This marked first visit to Serbia by an Albanian premier in 68 years.
    (AP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, South Korea said it has agreed to sign a free trade deal with China that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades but won't include rice or autos.
    (AP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he was ready to study a UN plan to "freeze" fighting in the northern city of Aleppo. National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar said Syria has freed around 11,000 detainees since President Bashar al-Assad declared a general amnesty in June. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights disputed the government's figures, saying the number of people released was closer to 7,000 people.
    (AFP, 11/10/14)(AFP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 10, Thailand police said 259 migrants will be put back on boats and sent back to Myanmar. The Rohingya migrants were found at sea on Nov 8 and were arrested for illegal entry.
    (Reuters, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, In eastern Ukraine new unidentified unarmored columns rumbled toward the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold of Donetsk as fears grew of a return to all-out fighting in the war-torn region.
    (AFP, 11/10/14)
2014        Nov 10, In central Yemen at least 9 Shiite rebels and 4 armed tribesmen were killed in clashes near the embattled city of Radda. A late night clash between Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters and security guards erupted at Sanaa airport leaving 4 people dead.
    (AP, 11/10/14)(Reuters, 11/11/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)
 
2014        Nov 11, In Afghanistan two senior officials of an Afghan bank that collapsed in 2010 beneath almost $1 billion in debt were sentenced in a Kabul court to 15 years prison each for embezzlement and fraud. The court also ordered the assets of Mahmood Karzai and Hasin Fahim, brothers respectively of the former president and deputy president, along with 17 other defendants, frozen until their debts are repaid.
    (AP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, The armed forces of Azerbaijan shot down and destroyed an Armenian military helicopter in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan said its forces shot down the Russian-made Mi-24 helicopter gunship after it tried to attack its positions.
    (AP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 11, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping said an Asia-Pacific summit has endorsed a Beijing-backed route towards a vast free trade area in the region.
    (AFP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, Greek police said a man (48) was arrested in Karyes, administrative center of Mount Athos, the 1,000-year-old Greek Orthodox monastic community. The former accountant of an eastern Athens municipality was convicted in absentia in 2011 of involvement in embezzling 9 million euros, fraud and forgery. He had passed himself off as a novice monk for the last eight years.
    (AP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian (21) during clashes in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, In northern Italy the regions of Tuscany, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna were all badly affected by torrential rain and flooding. An elderly couple was believed to be buried under a mudslide.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev, who has completed a tour seeking help from neighboring countries, said that he obtained a preliminary agreement for gas-rich Turkmenistan to supply up to 1 billion kilowatt hours annually. Kazakhstan last week agreed to provide 1.4 billion kilowatt hours per year, around one-fifth of Kyrgyzstan's average consumption.
    (AP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, In northwest Pakistan a US drone strike reportedly killed 6 suspected militants in North Waziristan. Dr. ‎Sarbaland, also called Abu Khalid, and Major Sheikh Adil Abdul Qadus, a former Pakistani army major, were killed in the strike. Sarbaland's two young sons were also killed.
    (AP, 11/11/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 11, In southern Pakistan a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on a highway killed 58 people.
    (AP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, In Poland police in Warsaw used water cannon to push back several hundred masked men who broke away from a far-right march and threw stones and flares at lines of riot police. Nationalist groups march through Warsaw each year to mark the anniversary of independence, but for the fourth year in a row the procession turned violent.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, Sierra Leone said it was holding a journalist at the Pademba Road prison, built for 324 inmates but currently houses around 1,200, because he had accused the government of provoking the kind of unrest seen in Burkina Faso through mismanagement of the Ebola crisis. David Tam Baryoh was arrested a week ago on the orders of President Ernest Bai Koroma.
    (AP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, In South Africa a parliamentary committee released the findings of its investigation in the upgrades of Pres. Zuma’s personal home which cleared the president.
    (AP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 11, In South Korea the captain of the Sewol ferry that capsized in April killing 304 passengers was jailed for 36 years after a court found him guilty of negligence, but was acquitted of homicide. The court convicted the ship's chief engineer of homicide for not aiding two injured fellow crew members and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. 13 surviving crew members of the ferry were found guilty of various charges, including negligence, and handed down prison terms ranging from five to 20 years.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, In Spain Artur Mas, the head of Catalonia's regional government, proposed that PM Mariano Rajoy establish a permanent dialogue over Catalan independence and raft of measures to boost its economy.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, Spain’s police targeted more than 30 suspects across the country in raids on an alleged bribery racket implicating public officials.
    (AFP, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, Syrian Kurds backed by fighters from northern Iraq gained ground towards breaking the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani but are drawing heavy fire from Islamic State insurgents and have yet to win back control.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
2014        Nov 11, Thai police banned a British journalist's book about politics in Thailand for "defaming" the monarchy, in a country with one of the world's strictest lese majeste laws. The sale and distribution of "A Kingdom in Crisis" by freelance journalist and author Andrew MacGregor Marshall, formerly based in Bangkok, was banned in Thailand a month after it was published by London-based Zed Books.
    (AFP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 11, In eastern Ukraine Heavy shelling resumed around the pro-Russian separatist stronghold of Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
 
2014        Nov 12, A US federal judge struck down South Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional, but gave the state a week to appeal.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 12, Global regulators announced $4.3 billion in fines against six major US and European banks for attempting to manipulate foreign exchange markets. UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan, Citigroup, HSBC and Bank of America were nabbed tinkering with a widely used benchmark for trading currencies.
    (AFP, 11/12/14)(Econ, 11/15/14, p.78)
2014        Nov 12, British police arrested 13 people in the Manchester area in an investigation of an alleged trafficking ring which tricked women into visiting Britain, then sold them into forced marriages.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 12, Cambodia agreed to raise the minimum wage in its important clothing industry by 28 percent to $128 a month, falling short of labor unions' $140 proposal.
    (AP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, China and the United States agreed to new limits on carbon emissions starting in 2025, but the pledge by the world's two biggest polluters appears to be more politically significant than substantive.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft released its Philae lander toward the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet. Rosetta was launched a decade ago to study the 4-km-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. Philae bounced and came to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a potential problem for its solar panels. Data was sent for about 60 hours before the solar batteries were depleted. On June 13, 2015, Philae began sending more data as the solar panels recharged.
    (AP, 11/12/14)(AP, 11/13/14)(Econ, 11/22/14, p.76)(SFC, 6/15/15, p.A3)
2014        Nov 12, In central India furious protesters took to the streets of Raipur, Chhattisgarh state, smashing up cars and demanding the chief minister resign, as the death toll from a mass government-run sterilization program rose to 13.
    (AFP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi shook up the country's military, relieving 26 army officers from their command, retiring 10 others and appointing 18 new commanders. Three bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 17 people and wounded nearly 40.
    (AP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Israeli authorities gave preliminary approval for construction of 200 new homes in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as their capital.
    (AP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, In Italy floods continued to engulf northern parts of the country as heavy rain continued. A landslide killed one man.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Malian authorities reported two new deaths from Ebola that are not believed to be linked to the nation's only other known case. A day earlier Mali had reported no new cases since Oct 24.
    (AP, 11/12/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 12, In Mozambique Mohamed Bachir Suleman, a wealthy businessman accused by the US government in 2010 of being an international drug trafficker, was kidnapped by four men with assault rifles in the parking lot of a shopping mall that he owns in Maputo. Police rescued Suleman on Dec 19. He believed his kidnappers were Zimbabwean and South African nationals.
    (AP, 11/14/14)(AP, 12/20/14)(AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Nov 12, Netherlands authorities announced the arrest of 12 people with suspected links to militant Islamists.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 12, In Nigeria a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a teacher training college in Kontagora, killing at least one other person in the second such attack on an educational institution this week.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Pakistan's military carried out a "precise" airstrike against a militant stronghold in the country's tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 19 militants.
    (AP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, In South Africa opposition parties released their own report on the upgrades of Pres. Zuma’s personal home calling for Zuma to be removed from office. They also demanded a criminal investigation and that Zuma pay back a portion of the more than $20 million in state funds used to improve his rural homestead in Nkandla in the Kwazulu-Natal province.
    (AP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries said it had signed a $1.94 billion deal to build offshore oil and gas processing platforms in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AFP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy urged Catalonia to seek a constitutional reform to resolve its political problems with Madrid but he ruled out talks on a possible referendum on independence.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Sudanese warplanes reportedly bombed South Sudan, wounding six civilians in areas bordering war zone regions where Khartoum was trying to crush rebel fighters.
    (AFP, 11/14/14)  
2014        Nov 12, A Swedish official in Kiruna said a bus driver has been sacked for forcing black people off her bus, highlighting lingering xenophobia in a country traditionally known for tolerance.
    (AFP, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Turkey's national election board said it has penalized the state-run broadcaster for favoring President Tayyip Erdogan in its coverage of the country's first popular vote for head of state.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)
2014        Nov 12, Members of the nationalist Turkish Youth Union attacked three US sailors on a crowded street in Istanbul, shouting "Yankee go home", throwing paint and trying to pull hoods over their heads. Twelve people were detained but released by an Istanbul court the next day.
    (Reuters, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 12, The UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime said opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has hit a record high this year and accounted for 90% of the world’s heroin supply.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 12, In central Yemen at least 33 people were reported killed in fighting in the past two days between Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters trying to expand their control and Sunni tribes allied with al Qaeda. In southern Shabwa province a US drone destroyed a Hilux truck carrying at least 7 militants on their way to an attack in the city of Azzan.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)

2014        Nov 13, US President Barack Obama met with democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi and other Myanmar lawmakers as he sought to turn around the Southeast Asian nation's "backsliding" on much celebrated political reforms.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, US Pres. Barack Obama, in Myanmar for the East Asian summit, held his first formal meeting with Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dong.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, The US Government Accountability Office said federally run schools for American Indian children have misspent millions of dollars. The Bureau of Indian Education fun by the Interior Dept. overseas some 180 schools for about 41,000 students.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.A11)
2014        Nov 13, In San Francisco drug dealer and informant Cesar Hernandez told a court that SF police officers paid him cash and drugs as long as he cooperated with them. On trial were officers Edmond Robles and Sgt Ian Furminger. Officer Reynaldo Vargas pleaded guilty last month to felony charges and agreed to testify against his former colleagues.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.D11)
2014        Nov 13, Florida executed Chadwick Banks (43) for killing his sleeping wife and raping his young stepdaughter 22 years earlier.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.A8)
2014        Nov 13, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was indicted for conspiring to violate health and safety standards in relation to the April 5, 2010, West Virginia mine explosion that left 29 people dead.
    (SFC, 11/14/14, p.A8)
2014        Nov 13, Berkshire Hathaway announced a deal to acquire the Duracell battery unit of PG&E in exchange for stock that has appreciated allowing the company to avoid capital gains.
    (SFC, 11/14/14, p.C3)
2014        Nov 13, In Australia more than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand on Bondi Beach, mocking the government's reluctance to put climate change on the agenda of a G20 summit this weekend.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, A Bangladesh tribunal sentenced fugitive opposition leader M.A. Zahid Hossain Khokon to death for his role in killing people and other crimes during the nation’s 1971 independence war. Khokon was believed to be living in Sweden.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 13, Bosnia police arrested 11 people on suspicion of fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Brazilian police in Rio de janeiro arrested Phillip John Smith (40), a convicted pedophile and murderer from New Zealand, after a week on the run from New Zealand. He remained in Brazilian custody pending his return to New Zealand.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, A British woman, Amal El-Wahabi (28), who tried to send 20,000 euros ($25,000) to her husband fighting with Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, was jailed for 28 months and seven days.
    (AFP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Kakha Bendukidze (58), the author of liberal reforms that overhauled Georgia's post-Soviet economy, died in London where he was recovering from heart surgery. In May he was appointed adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who is pushing for liberal reforms. Bendukidze had retired from public service in 2009 to invest in education and found the Free University in Tbilisi which went on to become the country's leading institution.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 13, Colombia police arrested Peru's No. 1 fugitive. Businessman Rodolfo Orellana was accused of amassing a fortune through money laundering of over $200 million.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, In Egypt Islamic militants set up roadblocks and killed five policemen and soldiers the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where authorities have declared a state of emergency following a major attack that killed 31 troops last month.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Eight northern European nations (Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden) agreed to step up cooperation to counter an increase in Moscow's military activity that has included a tripling of NATO intercepts of Russian jets this year.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, In France hundreds of students barricaded school entrances across Paris and demonstrated in protests against alleged police brutality, just as a major union of police officers staged its own rally to demand more personnel and equipment.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Alexander Grothendieck (86), French mathematician, died. He was an opinionated and reclusive giant of 20th-century mathematics who shunned accolades and supported pacifist and environmental causes. In 1966, he was awarded the Fields Medal, but refused to travel to Moscow to accept it for political reasons.
    (AFP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 13, A German court convicted four men of being members of or supporting al Qaeda and planning a potentially lethal attack on German soil, handing them jail sentences of up to nine years.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, German police said authorities have seized 2.9 tons of a chemical used to produce crystal meth in an operation that brought 15 arrests in Germany and the Czech Republic.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, India won US support for its food stockpiling scheme, rescuing the World Trade Organization from paralysis and giving new Prime Minister Narendra Modi a victory without major concessions.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, In Italy a Milan appeals court reduced the sentences of three former aides to Silvio Berlusconi for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the ex-premier's infamous "bunga bunga" parties.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Liberia's Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she is lifting a state of emergency imposed to control an Ebola outbreak that has ravaged the country but added that the move does not mean the outbreak is over.
    (AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Researchers said a dinosaur tooth found in Malaysia is at least 140 million years old and belongs to a new species within the "bird-hipped" Ornithischian order.
    (AFP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Amnesty International urged Mauritania to end "harassment, intimidation and repression" of anti-slavery activists, following a number of high-profile arrests.
    (AFP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Morocco's interior ministry said police have arrested four French nationals in the city of Marrakesh and Western Sahara’s Laayoune, who it said were linked to terrorist groups.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Speaking in Myanmar China's PM Li Keqiang proposed a friendship treaty with Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) and offered $20 billion in loans but held firm on the line that Beijing will only settle South China Sea disputes directly with other claimants.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, In Nigeria 3 servicemen were killed in a military helicopter crash in the restive northeast. The aircraft involved was a ground attack helicopter on an armed patrol in Adamawa state. Islamic extremists seized Chibok, forcing thousands of residents to flee from the northeast town from which the insurgents kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April.
    (AFP, 11/14/14)(AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 13, In Portugal police detained 11 people, including the head of the border agency. Police suspected that some properties bought to obtain a golden visa may have gone for less than the required €500,000 minimum. On Nov 16 interior minister Miguel Macedo resigned.
    (Econ, 11/22/14, p.48)
2014        Nov 13, In Syria a US strike targeted the Khorasan group near the town of Harem, Idlib province. The US says the group is a special cell within al-Qaida's Syrian branch — known as the Nusra Front.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 13, A website affiliated with the Islamic State group said IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has ordered the terror organization to start minting gold, silver and copper coins for its own currency, the Islamic dinar.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 13, Turkey said it will issue work permits for some of the 1.5 million Syrian war refugees it is hosting, dismissing fears it would harm local workers.
    (AFP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Ukraine's representative to the OSCE security and rights body told an Austrian newspaper it was now hardly possible to speak of a ceasefire, citing 2,400 alleged breaches of the truce by rebels. He said 4 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 13, Yemeni Houthis endorsed a new government in Sanaa to replace the one they had forced to step down. They had complained for years of discrimination against their northern homeland. Heavy Huthi shelling of a northern district of the central town of Rada killed 5 women late today and displaced thousands. 30 Huthis were also killed in the fighting around Rada.
    (AP, 11/14/14)(AP, 11/14/14)

2014        Nov 14, President Barack Obama pledged a $3 billion US contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, The US Energy Dept. said that it has signed a $450 million deal to build the fastest supercomputers in the owrld for its national laboratories in Livermore, Ca., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.C1) 
2014        Nov 14, Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks after a July 27 crash in Malaysia because their air bags are similar to the one that caused a woman's death.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 14, Virgin America shares began trading in an IPO priced at $23. Shares began trading at $24 and closed the day at $30 per share.
    (SFC, 11/15/14, p.D1)
2014        Nov 14, Jane M. Byrne (b.1934), Chicago’s 1st woman mayor (1979-1983), died. In 1994 she authored “My Chicago."
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.C8)
2014        Nov 14, Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan's military headquarters in a sign of warming ties after more than a decade of mutual distrust between the two US allies.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, In northern Afghanistan a NATO service member was shot and killed by insurgents.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 14, A Botswana judge overturned a government ban on a gay rights lobbying group. Justice Terrence Rannoane ruled that the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) would be allowed to register and campaign for changes to anti-gay legislation but reiterated that it was still illegal to engage in homosexual acts.
    (Reuters, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, Police in Brazil arrested Renato Duque, the former director of services of the state-run oil company Petrobras, for his alleged role in a money-laundering scheme as authorities conduct a widening probe of corruption involving the company.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, In northeastern Brazil a jury in Olinda delivered sentences of 20-23 years in prison for three people, arrested in 2012, convicted of killing two women, eating parts of their bodies and using some of their flesh to make and sell stuffed pastries.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 14, In Chad twenty nine aides to ousted dictator Hissene Habre went on trial before a special court in N'djamena charged with mass murder and torture during his rule in the 1980s.
    (AFP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, In the Czech Rep. a powerful tremor killed 3 men working in a coal mine of the OKD mining company in Karvina.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, Equatorial Guinea was chosen to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations in place of Morocco.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, Indian news reported that police have arrested Ramesh Mahawar, the director of Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd. The firm allegedly supplied medication to women in a mass sterilization that left 13 dead. Mahawar’s son was also arrested. A senior official said the deaths may have been caused by antibiotic pills contaminated with rat poison.
    (AP, 11/14/14)(SFC, 11/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 14, Iraqi forces recaptured the strategic oil town of Baiji in a significant victory over the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir 2 suspected rebels and a civilian were killed in a fierce overnight gunbattle.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, Lebanon’s government handed down life sentences to 4 Islamist prisoners, while a fifth was sentenced to death in absentia.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 14, Nigerian officials said about 200 vigilantes and hunters armed with home-made guns, spears, clubs, bows and arrows, and machetes had taken back Mubi, Adamawa state, from Boko Haram rebels. Officials said the retreating fighters had invaded Hong, 50 km (30 miles) south on the way towards Yola, and Gombi, to the northwest of Mubi.
    (AFP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, Philippine troops clashed with Islamist Abu Sayya militants on remote Jolo Island. 9 rebels and 5 soldiers were killed in the first major encounter since the army launched an offensive almost a month ago.
    (Reuters, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, Senegal partially reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.
    (AFP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 14, Sierra Leone authorities freed journalist David Tam-Baryoh arrested 11 days ago for making supposedly disparaging comments about the country's effort to fight Ebola.
    (Reuters, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 14, In Syria armed clashes erupted in Douma after hungry residents stormed food warehouses belonging to an Islamist rebel group. Residents said the Army of Islam only distributes food and medical supplies to its fighters.
    (AFP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 14, UN investigators said Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a "massive scale" in northeast Syria where they spread terror by beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters.
    (Reuters, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, At the Vatican three members of the Femen group appeared on St Peter's square wearing only leather mini-skirts and flower garlands in their hair in what they described as a protest over Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the European Parliament.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, Vietnam launched an IPO for a 3.5% stake in Vietnam Airlines. No foreign invester participated in the offer.
    (Econ, 11/22/14, p.58)
2014        Nov 14, Yemeni Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters backed by government forces drove the local wing of al Qaeda from one of its last strongholds in central Yemen in intense fighting. At least 25 Houthis and 10 Ansar al-Sharia and tribal fighters had in the fighting that began a day earlier.
    (AP, 11/14/14)

2014        Nov 15, Dr. Martin Salia (44), seriously ill from Ebola contracted in Sierra Leone, arrived at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment.
    (SFC, 11/16/14, p.A8)
2014        Nov 15, In Texas a hazardous chemical leak killed 4 workers at a DuPont plant in La Porte, a suburb of Houston.
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A10)
2014        Nov 15, In Australia the G20 summit opened in Brisbane. Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Burkina Faso’s military reinstated the constitution, suspended when the army filled the vacuum created by Pres. Compaore's departure.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 15, It was reported that Chilean engineering students have designed a bike that can't be stolen. The bike’s lower frame opens up into two arms that are then connected to the seat post and locked to a post, so thieves would have to destroy a Yerka to get it unlocked.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Batteries aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae comet lander drained, shutting down the washing machine-sized probe after an adventurous and largely unscripted 57-hour mission. Its last task was to reposition itself so that as the comet soars toward the sun, Philae’s batteries may recharge enough for a follow-on mission.
    (Reuters, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, German student Tuğçe Albayrak (b.1991) was struck and fatally injured outside a McDonald's restaurant in Offenbach am Main while trying to protect two teenage girls in the toilets of the restaurant. Albayrak died Nov 28 on her 23rd birthday. On June 16, 2015, a panel of judges in Darmstadt found Sanel Masovic (18) guilty of inflicting bodily harm with fatal consequences and sentenced him to three years in prison.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Tu%C4%9F%C3%A7e_Albayrak)(AP, 6/16/15)
2014        Nov 15, In Georgia tens of thousands of people rallied in the capital to protest a planned agreement between Russia and Georgia's separatist province of Abkhazia. A proposed agreement envisages the creation of joint Russian and Abkhazian military forces.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Three Hong Kong student leaders were stopped from boarding a flight to Beijing to take their fight for greater democracy directly to the Chinese government after airline authorities said their travel permits were invalid.
    (Reuters, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Indian officials said tainted drugs apparently killed 13 women in Chhattisgarh state who underwent Nov 8 sterilization procedures after autopsies ruled out any surgery faults.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that the Supreme Court has disbarred judge Saeed Mortazavi over his role in the death by torture of at least three jailed anti-government protesters in 2009.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Iranian state television reported that the country has inaugurated a new gold-processing plant that will double the country's annual production to 6 tons.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Italian engineer Gianluca Salviato, abducted last March in Libya, returned home. He was working on a sewer construction project for an Italian company when he went missing in Tobruk.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 15, Italian authorities said that more than 900 people have been rescued at sea in the last 24 hours, in a blow to hopes that the approach of winter would stem the flow of migrants attempting perilous crossings of the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, In Liberia about 160 Chinese health workers arrived, where they are due to staff a new $41 million Ebola clinic that, unlike most other foreign interventions, is being built and fully run by Chinese personnel.
    (Reuters, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 15, Morocco was barred from the next two Africa Cup of Nations as punishment for refusing to host the 2015 edition in January-February. Morocco faced a 20 million dollar (16 million euros) fine for refusing to host the 2015 Cup in its scheduled January 17-February 8 slot over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic.
    (AFP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Netherlands police arrested 60 people protesting for and against the controversial "Black Pete" figure during the annual arrival procession of Saint Nicholas in the central city of Gouda.
    (AFP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, The Nigerian army regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six months ago.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 15, Portuguese and Spanish police said they have arrested 15 people, including two Spanish police, on suspicion of trying to smuggle 2.1 metric tons of hashish into Spain hidden inside a concrete mixer truck.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Serbian nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj (60) rallied thousands of supporters in Belgrade in scenes that threaten to embarrass a UN war crimes court that released him on grounds of ill-health before reaching a verdict in his trial.
    (Reuters, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Trinidad struggled to emerge from widespread flooding as meteorologists warned of more rain that has already forced businesses and schools to close.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Turkish media reported that Turkey and the United States have agreed a plan under which some 2,000 fighters from the moderate Syrian opposition would be trained on Turkish soil.
    (AFP, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued several decrees to shut state institutions and banking services in pro-Russian eastern regions. 7 soldiers were reported killed in the past 24 hours, while the press service for the 'Donetsk People's Republic' said six civilians, including two children, were killed in shelling a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 11/15/14)
2014        Nov 15, The United Arab Emirates issued a list of 83 terrorist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 15, Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation.
    (AP, 11/15/14)

2014        Nov 16, In southern California the Crown Princess cruise ship arrived in San Pedro, Los Angeles County, with 172 people ill with the highly contagious norovirus. The ship had over 4,100 people on board.
    (SFC, 11/17/14, p.A8)
2014        Nov 16, In Afghanistan Shukria Barakzai, an outspoken female lawmaker, survived a suicide bombing attack on her vehicle, suffering slight wounds, but 3 civilian bystanders were killed.
    (Reuters, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, In Australia leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance. Leaders completed a plan to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years. Russian President Vladimir Putin left summit in Brisbane early as US President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible "frozen conflict" in Europe.
    (Reuters, 11/16/14)(SFC, 11/17/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 16, In China a fire in a carrot-packaging plant killed 18 people at the Longyuan Food Co. facility in Shouguang, Shandong province.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, In western Colombia Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate was surveying a rural energy project along the remote Atrato River when he and two others were snatched by armed men. The surprise capture by leftist rebels prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend two-year-old peace talks.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 16, French President Francois Hollande said he would not be pressured into delivering two warships to Russia, after delaying their handover due to the Ukraine crisis.
    (AFP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, In India a mob of junior doctors in Kolkata killed a suspected mobile phone thief at a medical college in a gruesome case of vigilante justice, tying him up and slashing his penis with a razor.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 16, In northern India a collision between a minibus and a truck killed 12 people in Uttar Pradesh state. 8 others were killed in Maharashtra state when a truck hit people waiting at a roadside bus station.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, In Iraq a series of explosions in Baghdad killed at least 5 people. A bombing claimed by the Islamic State militant group near the Baghdad International Airport left 5 wounded.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, On the Italian-Swiss border at least 4 people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into houses and buildings on either side of the border.
    (AFP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, Authorities in the Netherlands said they have identified a "highly pathogenic" strain of bird flu at a farm in the central area of the Netherlands and announced a temporary ban on all transport to and from poultry farms across the country. They said it was the highly contagious H5N8 strain first detected in Europe less than two weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, In the southern Philippines a bomb exploded on a pedestrian overpass in Kabacan in North Cotabato province, a town threatened by Muslim rebels in the past, wounding at least 17 people.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, Poland held regional elections. On Nov 22 official results said the ruling center-right Civic Platform (PO) won 179 seats in provincial assemblies. The conservative bloc led by PiS came 2nd, with 169 seats.
    (Reuters, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 16, Gulf states agreed to welcome Qatar back to the fold following a row over its support for Islamists. Last March Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced the withdrawal of their envoys from Qatar in protest at its "interference" in their internal affairs by supporting Islamists.
    (AFP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 16, Romanians voted to choose their next president, with current PM Victor Ponta (42) the overwhelming favorite to win. Klaus Iohannis won a surprise victory against the leftist PM Victor Ponta.
    (AFP, 11/16/14)(Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Nov 16, In northern Spain a fire has destroyed one of the country’s largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, In Syria the US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group carried out a series of air strikes overnight on Kobane. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the toll since fighting began had risen to 1,153, including 27 civilians, 398 Kurdish YPG fighters, 16 non-Kurdish rebels backing the YPG and 712 Islamic State fighters.
    (AFP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, An Islamic State group video released today purported to show extremists beheading a dozen Syrian soldiers. It ended with a militant claiming to have killed US aid worker Peter Kassig (26). Kassig had formed the aid organization Special Emergency Response and Assistance, or SERA, in Turkey to aid Syrian refugees. He delivered food and medical supplies and provided trauma care to wounded Syrian civilians before being captured in eastern Syria last year.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, Tanzanian officials said parliament has received a report on the findings of an investigation into corruption allegations in the energy sector and will present its findings to parliament on November 26.
    (Reuters, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, Zimbabwe's vice president Joice Mujuru hit back at charges of plotting to challenge President Robert Mugabe and said calls for her to resign were unconstitutional, her first public response to weeks of attacks by state-owned media.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)

2014        Nov 17, The US Social Security office reported that a small group of judges had improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people costing taxpayers some $2 billion over the past seven years.
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A9)
2014        Nov 17, US Central Command said US military forces conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic militants in Syria and 20 in Iraq since Nov 14.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, Dr. Martin Salia (44), seriously ill from Ebola contracted in Sierra Leone, died at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha..
    (SFC, 11/18/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 17, US researchers said they have identified a virus that has been wiping out starfish along the US Pacific coast. It was identified as a densovirus, a type of parvovirus, and was said to have also been found in museum specimans dating back to 1942.
    (SFC, 11/18/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 17, Australia and China signed a preliminary free-trade deal that would give Australia's service industry unsurpassed access to the Chinese market and Australian agriculture advantages over competitors from the United States, Canada and the European Union.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, Newly elected members of Bosnia's tripartite presidency pledge to end the years-long political stalemate and revive reforms that would bring the country closer to EU membership.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, Bosnia said police have arrested 12 war crimes suspects in the northern town of Prijedor, where Serb forces committed brutal attacks during the 1992-95 Bosnian War that left 100,000 dead. They were suspected of an attack on Zecovi, a village where over 150 Muslim Bosnians were killed, among them 29 women and children.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, The president of Brazil’s Petrobras announced the creation of a compliance department to deal with the unfurling corruption scandal that has shaken the state-owned oil giant.
    (SFC, 11/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 17, British jurors were dismissed after law student Erol Incedal (26), a Turkish-born Londoner accused of targeting Tony Blair and plotting a Mumbai-style attack, was found guilty in a secret trial at the Old Bailey of possessing material likely to be useful to a terrorist. Co-defendant, Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar (26) had pleaded guilty before the trial began to having the same bomb-making document.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Burkina Faso career diplomat Michel Kafando was named interim president to steer the west African nation during a one-year transition back to civilian rule following the toppling of its veteran leader.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, China’s official government news agency Xinhua said a campaign dubbed “Operation Fox Hunt" has arrested 288 fugitives suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption effort aimed at individuals who have fled abroad. The Chinese government has given overseas graft suspects a deadline of December 1 to surrender. By May 2015 some 680 fugitives from 69 countries were repatriated.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.38)
2014        Nov 17, In Colombia an 11-year-old girl was in critical condition after doctors removed from her stomach 104 cocaine-filled capsules her father made her swallow to smuggle drugs to Europe.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 17, Egypt’s state MENA news agency said a decision has been taken to increase the buffer zone along the border in Rafah to one km. This came after the discovery of underground tunnels with a total length of 800 to 1,000 meters.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Egypt a woman (19) diagnosed with bird flu died, the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year in the country.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, France's top security official said Maxime Hauchard (22), a young Frenchman, is believed to be among the killers on an Islamic State propaganda video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of more than a dozen Syrian soldiers.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Hungary over 10,000 people gathered outside the parliament in Budapest to protest against alleged corruption and the centralization of power.
    (Econ, 11/22/14, p.46)
2014        Nov 17, Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced a sharp increase in fuel prices, saying costly government subsidies would be better spent on infrastructure and development.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Iraq a pair of car bombs targeted busy commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 14 people and wounding 31.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, Kenyan officials said police have shot dead a man and arrested about 250 others when they searched two mosques in Mombasa that they said were used to recruit militants and stash weapons. About 10 youths chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), killed a shopkeeper who tried to close his store in case of a riot. The youths killed the two other men when they attacked people on public transport.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)(Reuters, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Kenya nearly 1,000 people marched through the streets of Nairobi to protest a recent rash of attacks by mobs of men on women who have been deemed too provocatively dressed. A mob of Kenyan men attacked and stripped a woman claiming she was inappropriately dressed just hours after the march.
    (AP, 11/17/14)(AP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Lebanon relatives of soldiers held hostage by militants burned tires and blocked roads in Beirut after Islamic State group extremists threatened to kill their sons, causing hours of citywide gridlock. The demonstration began after militants threatened to kill more hostages unless the government revoked recent sentences handed down to Islamist prisoners.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, Palestinian bus driver Youssef al-Ramouni (32) was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, an incident that led to stone-throwing protests by Palestinians suspecting foul play but which Israeli police, citing autopsy results, termed a suicide.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Puerto Rico Miguel Ortiz Diaz (67, his wife, a 15-year-old son and his mother-in-law were fatally shot at their home in the upscale city of Guaynabo. Ortiz had been a professor for nearly 20 years at Puerto Rico's American Military Academy. Police believed Ortiz was killed by people who were renting a house he owned and were facing eviction because they had fallen behind on the rent. Christopher Sanchez Asencio and Jose Bosch Mulero, both 27, faced murder charges and nearly 40 other counts, including aggravated kidnapping of a minor and destruction of evidence.
    (AP, 11/18/14)(AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 17, Russia expelled several Polish diplomats for spying, deepening the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War as the EU eyed fresh sanctions against Moscow over the violence in Ukraine.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Sierra Leone a member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone was diagnosed with the disease. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria caught the disease when he rushed to help a patient who was falling over. On Nov 19 the Swiss government said it planned to bring Baez for medical treatment in Geneva.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Somalia gunmen shot and killed Abdullahi Ali Anshur (60). The Somali-American from Minnesota had left a well-paying job in the US to help the fledgling city government in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 17, In Somalia at least two people were killed in clashes in the town of Baidoa. Hundreds of demonstrators had taken to the streets, burning tires and attacking vehicles, in a bid to stop elections for the local president of the federal South West state based in Baidoa.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, A Thai military helicopter carrying 9 army personnel crashed in northern Thailand killing all on board in Phayao province.
    (Reuters, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, A Ugandan official said local police are investigating the disappearance more than a ton of ivory, valued at $1.1 million, from a government vault.
    (AP, 11/17/14)
2014        Nov 17, Ukraine security officials said 7 government soldiers and 3 police officers were killed in the east in the past 24 hours, while one civilian was killed and eight wounded over the weekend.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)

2014        Nov 18, A South Dakota a girl (8) was attacked and killed by a pack of dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Oglala Sioux officials rounded up a horse trailer full of dogs  and killed them on Nov 20.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 18, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber and two gunmen targeted a foreigners' compound in Kabul early today, killing 4 people. In eastern Khost province a woman died when the van she was travelling in hit a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, In Albania flooding killed 3 people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts and closed schools in the west and south of the country.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 18, British lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons voted to overhaul the 400-year-old "beer tie", under which publicans purchase alcohol exclusively from their parent company in return for reduced rent.
    (AFP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 18, In China villagers in Sanjiang township, part of Haikou City near the northern coast of Hainan Island, clashed with police and smashed vehicles after the local government began construction on a center to house patients with leprosy and sexually transmitted diseases. Construction on the facility was suspended pending talks to eliminate misunderstandings.
    (Reuters, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, Human Rights Watch said CongoDRC police committed abuses in "Operation Likofi," a three-month drive launched last November to quash an upsurge in armed robbery and other crimes by small gangs, known as kuluna. The report said police killed at least 51 young men and teenage boys when they were unarmed, outside their homes, or in open markets, for maximum intimidation effect.
    (AP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, The UN said widespread violence has forced more than 71,000 people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga region in the past three months alone.
    (AP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, In Egypt 7 civilians and 3 militants were killed in an exchange of fire between militants and the army in North Sinai.
    (SFC, 11/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 18, In western Honduras the bodies of Maria Jose Alvarado (19) and her sister Sofia (23) were found buried near a river in the mountainous region of Santa Barbara. Maria was found murdered just days before she was due to compete in the Miss World pageant in London. She and her sister had been missing since Nov 13, when they were seen leaving a party in Santa Barbara. Her boyfriend Plutarco Ruiz confessed to killing the sisters and led authorities to the bodies.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 18, Hong Kong police, enforcing a court order, cleared some of the pro-democracy protester barricades from in front of an office building near the government headquarters.
    (Econ, 11/22/14, p.40)
2014        Nov 18, In northern India hundreds of armed supporters of controversial guru Rampal Maharaj (63) clashed with baton-wielding riot police who tried to storm his fortified ashram and arrest him for using women and children as human shields outside Hisar city, Haryana state.
    (AFP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, In Ivory Coast former rebels now serving in the army erected barricades and blocked streets outside barracks across the country in protest over unpaid benefits and bonuses.
    (Reuters, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said that he would call an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies, and postpone an unpopular sales tax rise, a day after data showed the economy had slipped back into recession.
    (Reuters, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, Japan slashed its whale catch target in the Antarctic by two-thirds in a bid to resume its annual whale hunt, which an international court ruled must stop.
    (AP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, In Mexico Angelica Rivera, the wife of Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto, said she had financed the purchase of an opulent home from earnings of $10 million in 2010, the year her contract ended with the Mexican Televisa network.
    (SFC, 11/20/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 18, Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed 4 worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue before being shot dead by police. Hours later a police officer died of his wounds. PM Netanyahu ordered authorities to destroy the homes of the attackers.
    (Reuters, 11/18/14)(AP, 11/18/14)(SFC, 11/19/14, p.A2)   
2014        Nov 18, Saudi press reported that a court has found eight men guilty of involvement in a series of deadly attacks against foreigners in 2004, among them an assault that killed a BBC cameraman and paralyzed the news organization's correspondent.
    (AP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, Spain’s parliament overwhelmingly approved a symbolic resolution that recognizes a Palestinian state.
    (SFC, 11/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 18, Sri Lanka's main party of Buddhist monks announced it was quitting President Mahinda Rajapakse's government in protest at his failure to loosen his grip on power before a re-election bid.
    (AFP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, A Syrian military airstrike killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded another 20 in the northern province of Aleppo after striking a neighborhood with crude bombs. Kurds captured six IS-controlled buildings in Kobani and confiscated a large amount of weapons and ammunition.
    (AP, 11/18/14)(AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 18, Thailand's military-installed Cabinet approved a bill curbing public gatherings after years of political demonstrations led to violence and often paralyzed the country's capital.
    (AP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, Thai Web radio host Kathawut Boonpitak was sentenced to five years in prison, in the first verdict by a military court in cases involving alleged defamation of the country's monarchy.
    (AP, 11/18/14)
2014        Nov 18, The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee approved a resolution that urges the Security Council to refer North Korea’s harsh human rights situation to the Int’l. Criminal Court.
    (SFC, 11/19/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov 18, Venezuela’s Pres. Maduro used expiring decree powers to put in place 28 new measures, including a luxury tax, increased protection for young workers, and the establishment of new economic development zones.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 18, Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said he will skip his own trial to draw attention to a United Nations request for his freedom. Lopez has been jailed since February for his role in the street demonstrations that shook the socialist country earlier this year.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 18, In Yemen a car bombing killed Sadeq Mansur, a leading member of the powerful Sunni Al-Islah party, whose supporters have been battling Shiite militias.
    (AFP, 11/18/14)

2014        Nov 19, A US federal judge overturned Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage. The state’s first legal same-sex marriage took place the next day in Helena.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 19, Mike Nichols (83), American film and stage director and producer, died. He was born in Berlin (1931) as Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky. His 11 films included “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf" (1966), “The Graduate" (1967) and “Catch-22" (1970).  
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 19, In Afghanistan a compound housing foreigners on the outskirts of Kabul came under attack.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Argentina’s lower house of Congress approved a measure ruling that all public transportation must display a sign saying “Las Malvina son Argentinas" (The Falklands are Argentine), after getting approval from the Senate.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 19, The British government banned controversial US-based "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc from entering the country after nearly 160,000 people signed a petition accusing him of encouraging "physical and emotional abuse".
    (AFP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Several thousand students took to the streets of central London to protest against tuition fee increases and education budget cuts.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Burkina Faso's transitional government named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister, four days after he restored the country's constitution under pressure from the African Union and the West.
    (Reuters, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Chinese officials announced limits on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the country less dependent on coal.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, In eastern China an overloaded makeshift school bus collided with a truck, killing 11 kindergarteners and the bus driver.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Hong Kong police arrested at least 6 people after dozens of demonstrators attempted to break into the legislature overnight.
    (SFC, 11/20/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov 19, Northern India police arrested Sant Rampal (63), a controversial religious leader, at his sprawling ashram in Haryana state, ending a days-long standoff in which 6 people died and hundreds were injured. Rampal and 38 others have been charged with murder and other offenses after a violent clash between his supporters and another group killed one person in July 2006.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Indonesian authorities said two endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead this week near a palm oil plantation in the Tebo district of Jambi province on Sumatra island. Authorities believed they were killed by poachers.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 19, In northern Iraq French Rafale jets struck Islamic State targets alongside coalition planes near Kirkuk to help breach the group's frontlines. France said it was sending six fighter jets to Jordan to ramp up its strikes.
    (Reuters, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, In Iraq Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, described as the Islamic State leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit by an air strike in a western district of the city.
    (Reuters, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 19, Iraqi Kurdish forces launched a new offensive targeting Islamic State group extremists as a suicide bomber killed at least five people in Irbil, the Kurds' regional capital.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Israel’s Jerusalem municipality said it approved the construction of 78 new homes for Jewish settlers in two neighborhoods of occupied Arab east Jerusalem. The east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian Abdel-Rahman al-Shalloudi, who carried out a deadly attack On Oct 22, was demolished.
    (AFP, 11/19/14)(AP, 11/19/14)(Econ, 11/22/14, p.41)
2014        Nov 19, Italy’s Court of Cassation threw out a conviction against Stephan Schmidheiny, a Swiss businessman, for some 3,000 asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from the Swiss Eternit construction company. The statute of limitations started ticking in 1986 when Eternit closed its four Italian plants.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 19, In Japan millionair Chisako Kakehi (67) was arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six former partners had already died.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Kosovo’s Pres. Jahjaga said PM Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party and Isa Mustafa’s Democratic League have pledged to form a coalition government, ending five months of political fighting.
    (SFC, 11/20/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 19, In Malawi about 500 schoolchildren broke classroom windows and damaged cars to protest a strike by their teachers in the commercial capital, Blantyre.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Myanmar's army launched a new offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels in the steep hills around their headquarters on the Chinese border, killing over 20 people in a mortar attack and skirmishes that lasted the whole day.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, In Nigeria Boko Haram militants reportedly killed about 45 people in the Azaya Kura village in Borno state as they carted away food and livestock.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 19, A Pakistani court sentenced four men to death for bludgeoning to death Farzana Parveen (25), a pregnant woman, last May in the center of Lahore for marrying against her family's wishes.
    (AFP, 11/19/14)(SFC, 11/20/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 19, Russia urged Ukraine's leaders to talk directly to separatists to end the conflict in the east, but Kiev rejected the call and told Moscow to stop "playing games" aimed at legitimizing "terrorists".
    (Reuters, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, Saudi Arabia executed Salih bin Yateem bin Salih al-Qarni. He had donned women's clothing in a bid to escape after shooting dead a soldier and police officer.
    (AFP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, The Solomon Islands held a general election.
    (Econ, 12/13/14, p.43)
2014        Nov 19, A Spanish court ordered popular folk singer Isabel Pantoja (58) to jail after her appeals against a two-year sentence for money laundering were rejected. She was found guilty of laundering money for Julian Munoz, a former boyfriend and one-time mayor of Marbella.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, In Spain Fitz-James Stuart y Silva (b.1926), the Duchess of Alba, died. Forbes recently estimated her wealth to be in the region of 2.8 billion euros ($3.5 billion). Her more than 40 titles made her the world's most titled noble.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 19, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned five Indian fishermen who were sentenced to death last month for smuggling narcotics. The fishermen denied the charges.
    (AP, 11/19/14)
2014        Nov 19, In Switzerland scientists at CERN, the world's largest smasher, said they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe. The new particles, which were predicted to exist, are both baryons made from three quarks bound together by a strong force.
    (AP, 11/19/14)

2014        Nov 20, President Barack Obama issued executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, Regents of the Univ. of California approved a plan to raise tuition by up to 28% over five years despited protests by furious students.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 20, California state officials said AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, The California Public Utilities Commission voted to levy a $1.05 million fine against PG&E for lobbying the regulatory agency in back-channel communications related to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. The PUC also authorized a broad probe into PG&E’s gas distribution system and fined the company $10.8 million stemming from an explosion in March that destroyed a Carmel cottage.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.D1, D2)
2014        Nov 20, Florida police shot and killed Myron May (31), a Florida State Univ. alumnus, after May shot three people outside the campus library in Tallahassee. Journal notes indicated that May believed the government was targeting him for persecution.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A9)
2014        Nov 20, In Louisiana 3 children and 2 adults were killed when a boy (16) driving relatives from Texas to Disney World fell asleep causing the SUV to veer off the road and roll over. He and two passengers suffered minor injuries.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 20, In NYC rookie police officer Peter Liang (26) shot and killed Akai Gurley (28) in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood. Police called the shooting an unfortunate accident. Liang was indicted on Feb 10, 2015.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)(SFC, 2/10/15, p.A6)
2014        Nov 20, In western New York snow-bound residents awoke to as much as another foot of accumulation with possibly another 30 inches expected. A freakish storm swept off the Great Lakes on Nov 18 and after 3 days deposited 7 feet of snow and more and left at least 12 people dead.
    (Reuters, 11/20/14)(SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 20, In northeastern Brazil 8 people were killed following a head-on car crash that also left three others seriously injured near Esplanada.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, British regulators fined Royal Bank of Scotland PLC 56 million pounds ($87 million) for computer problems that made it impossible for customers to get access to their accounts.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, Britain's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste took to the road in Bristol. The Wessex Water subsidiary GENeco's Bristol sewage treatment plant became the first in the UK to start providing gas generated from food waste and sewage to the national gas grid network.
    (AFP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, China’s state media reported that police have arrested 39 people as they broke up a telephone scam ring in Guangdong province that tricked Malaysians into wiring them money.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, In northeastern China 6 nurses and a janitor were killed in a knife attack at the Beidaihe Sanatorium, a military hospital and resort in the seaside town of Beidaihe. A 27-year-old employee was detained.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, In CongoDRC between 50 and 80 people were killed in an attack near Beni, North Kivu province.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 20, In Dominica Msgr. Reginald LaFleur (60), a popular priest known as "Father Reggie" by parishioners in Grand Bay, was defrocked at the direction of the Congregation of the Faith in Rome. He was accused of sexually abusing a girl in 1994.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 20, An Egyptian court acquitted Dr. Raslan Fadl charged with committing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl's death in a Nile Delta village. This was the country's first trial on charges of breaking the 2008 ban on the practice.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, Egypt arrested Mohammed Ali Bishr, a leading Muslim Brotherhood member linked to a call for demonstrations at the end of the month. He had played a key role in negotiations between his now-banned group and the government.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, France formally opened a terrorism investigation into three French recruits of the Islamic State group calling for attacks back home in a propaganda video.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, Donor nations meeting at a conference in Germany pledged a total $9.3 billion to the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF to help developing countries tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the funds fell short of what is needed.
    (Reuters, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan after six years in prison for spreading propaganda, insulting Islam and cooperating with hostile countries. He was imprisoned in 2008 in Tehran on suspicion of spying for Israel and sentenced in 2010 to 19-1/2 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi said that Iraq and Turkey have agred on closer security and intelligence cooperation in the face of threats posed by the Islamic State group.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov 20, Israeli police handed home demolition notices to families of four Palestinian attackers from east Jerusalem, including two assailants who killed five people in a synagogue attack earlier this week.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, In Kashmir Indian forces reportedly fired across the border into the Pakistan-administered portion of the disputed Himalayan region, killing a soldier.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, In northern Mali the bodies of two Tuareg separatist militants were found near the village of Takabort, around 40 km outside Kidal.
    (Reuters, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 20, In Mexico a largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City's main square.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, In western Nepal a bus plunged into the Bheri river, killing at least 47 people.
    (AP, 11/20/14)(AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 20, Dutch authorities said a case of bird flu has been confirmed at a chicken farm, the second infection identified in the country this week.
    (AP, 11/20/14)   
2014        Nov 20, Nigeria’s Senate President David Mark suspended legislative proceedings after police fired tear gas to prevent the House of Representatives from convening. The speaker of the House recently changed allegiance from the president's party to the main opposition party. Police then withdrew his security clearance, triggering today’s standoff.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, In northwestern Pakistan a US drone strike killed six suspected militants in North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, A Philippine court convicted nine people for graft over a 1996 nightclub fire that killed 162 people.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, The Serbian government secured an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $1.2 billion standby loan. The three-year deal was reached after Serbia agreed to narrow the budget deficit from 8 percent to 4.2 percent of economic output by 2016 by cutting public wages and pensions and reducing subsidies to unprofitable state companies.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, A South Korean court sentenced Kim Han-sik (71), president of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd, to 10 years in prison over the April 16 sinking of the Sewol ferry that killed more than 300 people, mostly high school students. On May 12 an appeals court reduced the sentence to seven years.
    (AP, 11/20/14)(SFC, 11/21/14, p.A5)(SFC, 5/13/15, p.A3)
2014        Nov 20, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called an early election to seek a third term in office amid growing criticism of his wide-ranging powers.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, A Swedish appeals court upheld the detention order on Julian Assange, dismissing a challenge by the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by prosecutors in an investigation of alleged sex crimes. Assange has avoided being extradited to Sweden by taking shelter in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.
    (AP, 11/20/14)
2014        Nov 20, Yemen's culture minister, Arwa Othman, who was recently honored for her work combatting extremism and discrimination against women, said she is giving her award to Yemen's dwindling Jewish population. Fewer than 90 Jews live in Yemen, half of them in a guarded compound which protects the US Embassy in the capital of Sanaa.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, In Zimbabwe 11 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium in Kwekwe, as thousands of people at an evening church service tried to leave through the same exit.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)

2014        Nov 21, The US Embassy in Mexico said the US government will provide $68 million over five years to assist Mexico's effort to reform its court and justice system.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, A US federal jury found Louis Willis, the former executive director of the US Virgin Islands' legislature, guilty of accepting bribes and of extortion.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 21, Navarrete Beltran, an accused member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, was extradited to the US to face charges of hostage-taking and terrorism targeting Americans.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to pay $139 million to settle claims that former Miramonte Elementary School third grade teacher Mark Berndt abused his students. 69 parents and 81 students had accused Berndt of lewd acts. He had pleaded guilty on Nov 15, 2013.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 21, In Ohio Ricky Jackson (59), imprisoned for 39 years for a crime he did not commit, was freed. He had been jailed since 1975 on a murder conviction where the prosecution’s case was based on the testimony of a 13-year-old witness, who recanted his story in 2011.
    (http://tinyurl.com/orfkuoq)(SFC, 11/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 21, In Ohio a pregnant woman (41) and 3 other people were killed outside her Cleveland home. Sherita Johnson’s unborn child also died.
    (SSFC, 11/23/14, p.A12)
2014        Nov 21, In Bahrain activists staged a mock referendum asking residents of Shiite areas if they wanted a new political system under United Nations supervision. Witnesses said police used tear gas to disperse protesters in some Shiite villages ahead of the vote.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 21, Britain’s PM David Cameron's Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat in the southeast English constituency of Rochester and Strood to the anti-EU UKIP party.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Two retired Chilean military officers, Cols. Ramon Caceres Jorquera and Edgar Cevallos Jones, were sentenced to prison for the 1974 torture death of Gen. Alberto Bachelet, the father of President Michelle Bachelet.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 21, China's central bank cuts interest rate by 0.25 percentage point, and its one-year loan rate by 0.4 percentage point.
    (Marketwatch, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, It was reported that the Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies to build $45.6 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan over the next six years.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Jane’s, a leading defense publication, said satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, French junior minister Kader Arif stepped down after he was accused in a preliminary investigation of favoring relatives in the award of public contracts.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Guinean authorities publicly appealed on national radio to unidentified robbers to hand over blood samples that were stolen from a minibus taxi during its 265-km (165-mile) trek from central Kankan prefecture to an Ebola test site in southern Gueckedou.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, In Hong Kong dozens of protesters gathered outside the British consulate, accusing the former colonial power of failing to pressure China to grant free elections in the city and protect freedoms guaranteed in a joint treaty.
    (AFP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, In India Srinjoy Bose, an opposition national lawmaker, was arrested on suspicion of stealing funds from a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that collapsed in eastern India. The scheme was run by the Saradha Group, a state-based consortium of private companies running collective investment plans collapsed in April 2013.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, In Iraq Islamic State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament's lower house for a snap election on Dec. 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling "Abenomics" revival strategy.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Japan's transport ministry said it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the US and other countries.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Malaysia's government said it will completely withdraw fuel subsidies from next month following the plunge in global oil prices.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, In Mali a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a phosphate mine in Bourem without causing any other casualties.
    (Reuters, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 21, Mongolia's parliament appointed Chimed Saikhanbileg as prime minister, more than two weeks after it ousted his predecessor for failing to get to grips with a slumping economy and foreign investment.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Dutch authorities said they will slaughter poultry at a cluster of three farms after new cases of bird flu were found in Kamperveen, in the 3rd outbreak this week.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 21, In northwestern Pakistan a bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle, killing two soldiers on the outskirts of Peshawar. The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Portuguese police arrested former Socialist PM Jose Socrates (57) and three other people in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering.
    (Reuters, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 21, In central Romania a helicopter on a training mission crashed, killing 8 military personnel and injuring two others.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Serbia said it will revoke its citizenship granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei Kurchenko, sanctioned by the EU and wanted in his country on embezzlement charges. Kurchenko was seen as close to former pro-Russian Pres. Viktor Yanukovych and left Ukraine in February, around the time Yanukovych fled the country amid violent protests.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Sri Lanka's health minister Maithripala Sirisena quit Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa's government to challenge him in the upcoming elections, accusing the leader of taking the country toward an autocracy.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Security forces in Togo used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of demonstrators calling for term limits that would bar President Faure Gnassingbe from running for a third term next year.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, In Turkey Marko Ivkovic (25), a Serbian basketball fan, was killed before a Euroleague basketball match between Turkish team Galatasaray and Serbia's Red Star in Istanbul. On Nov 26 Istanbul police arrested a Turkish man for the stabbing death.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 21, The UN General Assembly's human rights committee approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority access to full citizenship on an equal basis.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 21, The Yemeni government said it has ended a mutiny by officers suspected to be loyalists of the country's ousted leader against the top commander of an elite paramilitary unit.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 21, Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front said it has suspended President Guy Scott as acting head of the party for "unconstitutional conduct", in the latest twist of a bitter power struggle ahead of a January election.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)

2014        Nov 22, US Vice President Joe Biden announced nearly $135 million in humanitarian aid to help feed civilians affected by Syria's war.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, The Pentagon said Saudi citizen Muhammad al-Zahrani, who has spent the past 12 years detained at Guantanamo Bay, has been released to return to Saudi Arabia. 142 men now continued to be held, including 73 already cleared for release.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, In Florida Curtis Wade Holley (53) set fire to his house in Tallahassee and then ambushed police as they arrived. Deputy Christopher smith (47) was shot and killed and another deputy wounded before another officer shot and killed Holley.
    (SFC, 11/24/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov 22, In Ohio a police officer shot Tamir Rice (12) after the boy pulled a fake gun from his waistband at a Cleveland playground. Rice died of his wounds the next day. In June, 2015, affidavits were filed seeking charges against officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.
    (SFC, 11/24/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)
2014        Nov 22, In Montana 3 foreign tourists went missing after going missing during a fishing trip on Mission Lake. Their bodies were recovered over the next five months.
    (AP, 3/31/15)
2014        Nov 22, In South Dakota Colter Richard Arbach (22) killed 3 people and wounded a 4th on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation.
    (SSFC, 11/23/14, p.A12)
2014        Nov 22, In eastern Afghanistan one soldier and 8 insurgents were killed in an attack on an army base in Nuristan province.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, Tens of thousands of Albanians protested the government's economic policies, claiming they are leading to rising taxes and energy prices and high unemployment.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, The Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh said its forces killed two Azerbaijani soldiers in an overnight operation to recover the bodies of three helicopter crew members whose craft was shot down by Azerbaijan on Nov 11.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, Bahrain voters cast ballots in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests. A boycott by the country's opposition overshadowed the vote.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, In Central African Republic hundreds of women marched topless through the town of Zemio to protest sectarian violence.
    (AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 22, In western China a magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area. At least 5 people were killed and 54 injured.
    (AP, 11/22/14)(AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 22, Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group militants. Security forces found 25 corpses of men from the Albu Fahd tribe in the Shujariya area of Ramadi.
    (AP, 11/22/14)(Reuters, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, In central Japan a magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near Nagano city causing at least one building to collapse. At least 50 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region.
    (AP, 11/22/14)(AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 22, The WHO said a plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August. WHO said only two percent of the cases have been from the highly infectious pneumonic form of the disease.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, Mali confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients were being tested.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, In northern Mali suspected Islamist fighters kidnapped 10 children and killed two others who tried to escape outside the towns of Aguelhoc and Kidal.
    (Reuters, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram insurgents entered Doron Baga, Borno state, and fired from motorcycles killing some 60 people.
    (Reuters, 11/23/14)(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A3)
2014        Nov 22, In Saudi Arabia Danish national Thomas Hopner was shot and wounded in Riyadh. On Dec 11 Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said three supporters of the Islamic State group have been arrested for the shooting.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Nov 22, Somalia's al Shabaab Islamists staged an attack in Kenya in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers outside Mandera town. Kenya’s military responded with air strikes that destroyed the attackers’ camp in Somalia and reportedly killed over 100 militants.
    (Reuters, 11/22/14)(SSFC, 11/23/14, p.A5)(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 22, In Spain tens of thousands of people have took part in a demonstration in Madrid to protest against the conservative government's decision to scrap plans to restrict the availability of abortion.
    (AP, 11/22/14)
2014        Nov 22, In Taiwan "Blind Massage," a Chinese-French film about blind masseurs, and Chinese actor and director Chen Jianbin scooped the most accolades at the 51st Golden Horse movie awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars.
    (AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 22, Tobago police reported an elderly German couple hacked to death on a beach near their vacation home.
    (AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 22, In eastern Ukraine 4 servicemen were killed in fighting with pro-Russian separatists, despite a ceasefire in place since September.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 22, Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition.
    (AP, 11/22/14)

2014        Nov 23, Symantec, an American anti-virus firm, announced the discovery of a piece of software called Regin lurking on com putters in Russia, Saudi Arabia and several other countries sniffing for secrets.
    (Econ, 11/29/14, p.56)
2014        Nov 23, Marion Barry (b.1936), the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, DC, died. Barry was elected mayor 4 times (1978, 1982, 1986 and 1994). He was jailed in 1990 for smoking crack cocaine, but made a surprising return to office in 1994.
    (Reuters, 11/23/14)(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 23, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament, killing at least 50 people in Paktika province.
    (AP, 11/23/14)(AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 23, In Belize the body of Panamanian diplomat Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa (64) was found near a highway on the outskirts of Belmopan with cut wounds on his head and neck. On Nov 26 Wilsner Echeveria (19) was charged with the murder. Relatives claimed Echeveria had been defending himself against a sexual attack by De la Rosa.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 23, Britain’s One Direction band won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn't attend the show.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 23, In Cape Verde the volcano Pico do Fogo erupted forcing more than 1,000 people to evacuate from the Cha das Caldeiras region. By mid-December lava flow destroyed two villages and threatened a forest reserve.
    (AFP, 12/16/14)
2014        Nov 23, Iraqi forces said they have retaken Jalawla and Saadiya, two towns in Diyala province, from Islamic State fighters. At least 23 peshmerga and militia fighters were killed and dozens were wounded. A car bomb in the Shi'ite town of Yousufiya killed at least people. Two other bombs in towns near Baghdad killed 4 other people.
    (Reuters, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 23, Israel's Cabinet approved a contentious bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The bill would delist Arabic as an official language. On Nov 24 presentation of the bill before the Knesset was delayed.
    (AP, 11/23/14)(SFC, 11/25/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov 23, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip near the border. Fadel Mohammed Halawa (32) was killed in the incident, east of Jabalya refugee camp. A relative said he had been searching for song birds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices in Gaza markets.
    (Reuters, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 23, Italian PM Matteo Renzi's center-left Democratic Party (PD) won regional elections in Calabria and Emilia Romagna but a low turnout suggested growing disillusion among many voters.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 23, In Mexico 2 men bound, gagged and showing signs of torture were dumped onto streets in exclusive neighborhoods of La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state. Federal statistics through October counted 48 killings for the entire state.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 23, In Chakwal, Pakistan, Muhammad Gullistan (30) shot dead his teenage niece because she was listening to loud music.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 23,  In the southern Philippines a bomb exploded in a billiard hall near a crowded town carnival, killing 2 people and wounding 23 in Mlang, North Corabato province. One of the wounded died soon after raising the death toll to 3.
    (AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 23, Saudi telecommunications company Etihad Etisalat, known as Mobily on the Saudi stock exchange, said it has suspended its chief executive officer after accounting errors forced the operator to restate 18 months of earnings.
    (AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 23, In northern Syria members of al Qaeda wing Nusra Front and other Sunni Islamist battalions seized an area south of a Shi'ite Muslim village after deadly clashes with pro-government fighters. The clashes killed at least 8 of the fighters advancing on al-Zahra and a number of fighters from the pro-government National Defense Force.
    (Reuters, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 23, Thailand authorities arrested former Central Investigation Bureau chief Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan and six colleagues on serious charges ranging from bribery to insulting the monarchy. More suspects were being investigated in the high-profile scandal.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 23, Tunisia held its first free presidential election. Initial results showed Beji Caid Essebsi (87), head of the Nida Tunis party, winning 47% of the vote. Outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki followed with 27% forcing a runoff on Dec 28.
    (AP, 11/23/14)(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 23, Pope Francis canonized six new saints, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala and 4 Italians. Eufrasia Eluvathingal and Kuriakose Elias Chavara were from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that operates in full communion with Rome.
    (AP, 11/23/14)

2014        Nov 24, Pres. Obama recognized 18 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian honor. They included new reporter Tom Brokaw, singer Stevie Wonder and actress Meryl Streep.
    (SFC, 11/25/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 24, In California thousands of UC students walked out of their classrooms to protest steep tuition hikes.
    (SFC, 11/25/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 24, In southern California workers at Sony Pictures discovered that its computer system had been beached. They were greeted with an image of a skeleton and a message that said “Hacked by #GOP," a reference to a group calling itself Guardians of Peace.The cyberattack was later expected to cost the studio tens of millions. On Feb 4, 2015, Sony Corp. said it has spent an estimated 15 million in investigating and recovering from the cyberattack.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.D4)(SFC, 2/5/15, p.C3)
2014        Nov 24, In southern California Michael Hanline (69) was freed after serving 34 years of a life sentence for murder. The charges were formally dismissed on April 22, 2015. Hanline had been charged with the 1978 killing of a friend, Ventura resident J.T. McGarry.
    (AP, 4/23/15)
2014        Nov 24, SF police found Tai Lam (67) a homeless man, dead in his sleeping in an alcove at 137 Sutter St. A security video showed three suspects viciously beating Lam.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.E1)
2014        Nov 24, A US judge in Chicago sentenced Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez (59), a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, to 22 years in prison.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, A Missouri grand jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a night of violent and racially charged rioting in Ferguson.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Afghanistan bombings across the country killed 6 civilians. 2 US soliders were killed by a magnetic bomb in Kabul.
    (AP, 11/24/14)(Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced Mobarak Hossain, a former commander of a collaborators' group, to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Belgium’s trade unions opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of the country.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Thousands of British nurses, midwives and hospital cleaners went on a four-hour strike calling for a pay rise, weeks after walking out for the first time in 32 years.
    (AFP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, China’s state media said authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year o resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an historic deal.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Iraq a car bomb near a crowded Baghdad marketplace killed 9 people and wounded 20. US Central Command said coalition aircraft have carried out 15 airstrikes in Iraq and nine in Syria over the past four days targeting the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Italy’s health ministry said an Italian doctor, who has been working in Sierra Leone, has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment. In Freetown Dr. Aiah Solomon Konoyeima also tested positive for Ebola.
    (AP, 11/24/14)(AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 24, Libyan PM Omar al-Hassi said the Cabinet will now adopt "a policy of confrontation and war," comments directed at his rivals in Libya's internationally recognized government based in the country's east.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 24, Morocco reported that floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people, mostly in the southern region of Guelmim.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Nigeria insurgents attacked Damassak town. Some 16,000 people fled Damassak in Niger, to a makeshift emergency camp at Gagamari village.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Nov 24, A Philippine court fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught last May with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Russia further tightened its control over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties, a move that has drawn outrage in Georgia.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said lower oil prices and Western financial sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis will cost Russia around $130-140 billion a year, equivalent to around 7 percent of its economy.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Popular Spanish author Juan Goytisolo (83) won the 2014 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. His works include "Marks of Identity", "Count Julian" and "Juan the Landless".
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Spain 3 priests and a lay person were arrested in Granada on suspicion of child sex abuse in a case which Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Pope Francis has taken a special interest in uncovering.
    (AP, 11/24/14)(Reuters, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern agreed to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, saying it will work closely with Germany to make sure that any pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to their Jewish owners.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, In Thailand a military court sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king. The sentence against Nut Rungwong was cut in half because he pleaded guilty to the charge.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Turkey’s Pres. Erdogan set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.
    (AP, 11/24/14)
2014        Nov 24, Ukraine reported that 3 servicemen have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east despite a ceasefire in place since early September. President Petro Poroshenko said  Lithuania is to provide Ukraine with some military aid to help in its fight against pro-Russian separatists.
     (Reuters, 11/24/14)

2014        Nov 25, The US FDA announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishment that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more location to post calorie content on the menus and displays. Compliance for most companies was due to November, 2015.
    (SFC, 11/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 25, A US federal judge struck down an Arkansas voter-approved gay marriage ban, but put the order on hold to allow the state to consider and appeal.
    (SFC, 11/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 25, In NYC the Lion costume from 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz" and the piano from the 1942 film “Casablanca" were each sold at auction for over $3 million.
    (SFC, 11/26/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 25, In Afghanistan two explosions shook Kabul, leaving seven army officers wounded after a bomb attack on their bus, while a grenade blast in the diplomatic quarter caused no casualties but led to the arrest of a suspect.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, In Belarus Alexander Alesin, a military analyst for a well-known weekly newspaper, went missing since when he was reportedly snatched in a cafe in Minsk by unknown men. On Dec 8 police admitted holding him in jail.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Nov 25, Benin’s country's health minister said 9 people have died from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola. Lassa fever is in the same virus family as Ebola.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 25, In Brazil a court ordered Rio de Janeiro state to pay for psychological treatments and provide monthly stipends for the widow and children of Brazilian laborer Amarildo de Souza, who was killed in police custody last year. In Rio de Janeiro one police officer was killed and another injured in a drive-by shooting during a routine patrol.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 25, Bulgarian police raided a mosque in the town of Pazardzhik and detained Ahmed Mussa Ahmed, a Roma Muslim religious leader suspected of spreading propaganda for the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, A Cameroonian army operation freed 16 hostages, including Polish Catholic priest Mateusz Dziedzic, who were abducted by rebels from Central African Republic last month.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 25, In China an office of the State Council released a draft of the country’s first anti-domestic violence law.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.47)
2014        Nov 25, Colombia's FARC rebels freed two captured soldiers partially meeting a condition to resume peace talks that the government has suspended until the guerrillas release hostages seized over the last two weeks, including an army general.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, In Egypt an apartment building in Cairo collapsed, killing at least 17 people as rescuers and neighbors frantically dug through rubble with their hands to find survivors. Neighbors said the seven-story building had several floors illegally added onto it.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, Pope Francis spoke before delegates of the EU Council in Strasbourg, France. He warned them that Europe had become too fearful and self-absorbed urged them to focus on poverty, immigration and joblessness.
    (SFC, 11/26/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 25, Hong Kong authorities attempted to clear a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in Mong Kok district. Hundreds more protesters flooded the crowded neighborhood. 80 people were arrested.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, In Iraq Islamic State insurgents battled Iraqi forces in the center of Baiji, a week after the army broke their prolonged siege of the country's largest oil refinery just outside the town.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, Japanese police arrested four South Korean men at a harbor where ferries depart for Busan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue. A 5th man was arrested the next day. The stolen "Birth of Buddha" statue dates to sometime between the 9th and 11th centuries.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, Thousands of Kashmiris cast votes in state elections despite a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups that reject India's sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, Kenyan police used teargas to disperse demonstrators shouting "President, Stop the killings!" outside President Uhuru Kenyatta's offices, in a protest over 28 people killed in a weekend attack claimed by Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toured a new Chinese-built 100-bed treatment center for Ebola just outside Monrovia. It was exptected to begin receiving patientws nexdt week.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, Libyan security officials said warplanes have again bombed the Matiga military air base that until a day earlier was Tripoli's only functioning airport.
    (AP, 11/25/14)   
2014        Nov 25, In northern Mali the convoy of a visiting cabinet minister struck a roadside bomb, killing 2 soldiers and wounding four others.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, Nepal signed an agreement for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectric plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and export power to India.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, In Nigeria 2 teenage female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 44 people.
    (AP, 11/25/14)(Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 25, Pakistani fighter jets reportedly killed 20 militants in the North Waziristan tribal region. The military said it has cleared 90 percent of North Waziristan and that the militants are currently on the run.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, In Puerto Rico robbers approached Edwin Roman Acevedo (36), an off-duty police officer, outside a pharmacy in Trujillo Alto and announced they were holding him up. Roman used his department-issued gun to defend himself, but was shot three times and died.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 25, Syrian warplanes conducted a series of airstrikes on the northeastern city of Raqqa, killing at least 95 people. Some of the airstrikes hit a popular market near a museum and an industrial neighborhood, causing many civilian casualties.
    (AP, 11/25/14)(AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 25, A Turkish court banned media from reporting on a parliamentary investigation into corruption allegations against four ex-ministers, a move the opposition says amounts to protecting thieves.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 25, In the United Arab Emirates Osama al-Najjar, the son of a jailed activist, was himself sentenced to prison and fined after being convicted over messages sent on social media and of joining an illegal group. His father, Hussain al-Najjar, was one of 69 people convicted last year of plotting to overthrow the government.
    (AP, 11/25/14)
2014        Nov 25, Yemeni security forces freed six Yemeni hostages and two foreigners in a raid in which 7 al Qaeda kidnappers were also killed. US special operations forces took part in a rescue mission in Hadramawt province.
    (AP, 11/25/14)(AP, 11/26/14)

2014        Nov 26, US Central Command said the US led 17 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since Nov 24 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Texas a Harris County judge indicted investigators Lonnie Blevins (39) and Dustin Deutch (41) for stealing rare comic books valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars from a storage unit in 2012.
    (SFC, 11/27/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 26, The Bahamas government, working to reduce the population in a detention center, sent two planeloads of migrants to Haiti. New immigration rules took effect Nov 1.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 26, Britain unveiled draft legislation to ban extremist preachers from universities, increase surveillance on suspected radicals and stem the flow of jihadists joining the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In China a fire sparked by underground tremors tore through a mine run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. 26 miners were killed and several others left with life-threatening injuries in Liaoning province.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, China's official Xinhua News Agency said that a tiger, named Ustin, bit and killed 15 goats and left another three missing On Nov 23-24. Russian experts rescued five tiger cubs two years ago. Ustin was one of three released by Pres. Putin in May in a remote part of the Amur region.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing for the first time in a month to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip. The frontier remained closed in the other direction.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Greek journalists went on a 24-hour strike, pulling all newscasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike against austerity measures.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Hong Kong police cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing's control. Seven police officers were arrested for the beating of a pro-democracy protester last month.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)(SFC, 11/27/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 26, In Iraq a bomb blast near an outdoor market in southern Baghdad killed three people and wounded seven others. A car bomb exploded at a commercial street in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city, killing 7 people and wounding 15 others.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Lebanese singer Sabah (b.1927), whose real name was Jeanette Feghali, died. She came to prominence in the 1940s as a singer and actress in the Egyptian movies and was married and divorced at least nine times.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Dutch researchers sought to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility. Blue energy takes advantage of the difference in salt concentration between sea water and fresh water to produce electricity.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, The Central Bank of Nigeria said it has devalued the naira, setting the new official exchange rate at 168 to the dollar from its previous rate of 155 due to falling oil prices.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Pakistan a US drone killed 5 suspected militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Pakistan gunmen killed 3 female polio workers and their driver as they were on their way to meet a police escort in Quetta. Polio cases this year stand at a 15-year high of 265 in Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, It was reported that Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with US help to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and that the program has been running for nearly a year.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Slovenia police said they have seized 175 kg (385 pounds) of cocaine in one of the biggest drug busts in the nation in years. The drugs' street value was estimated at more than $12.5 million.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Spain’s Health Minister Ana Mato resigned after an investigating judge accused her of benefiting from a kickback scheme.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 26, Syrian government forces killed at least 30 rebels in an ambush in the suburbs of Damascus where troops and allied gunmen have been on the offensive for weeks.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 26, Thai police said land deeds, illegal ivory, golden amulets and other antiques have been found on properties owned by former Central Investigation Bureau chief Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan and one of his subordinates, Col. Kowit Muangnual. In March, 2015, authorities began auctioning off 27,000 objects seized from Chayapan.
    (AP, 11/26/14)(SFC, 3/6/15, p.A5)
2014        Nov 26, In Thailand a diplomat from the Greek Embassy died after she fell under a moving train.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Yemen saboteurs blew up the country’s main oil export pipeline, halting crude flows. Five people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Zimbabwe state media reported that VP Joice Mujuru (59), once seen as a top contender to succeed Pres. Mugabe, has been blocked from seeking a seat on the 245-member soviet-style Central Committee of the ruling Zanu-PF party. Party rivals and state newspapers have linked Mujuru to an alleged plot against Mugabe.
    (AP, 11/26/14)

2014        Nov 27, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in Kabul, killing 5 people including one Briton. Taliban fighters attacked a guesthouse in Kabul. 2 attackers were killed by Nepalese guards and a 3rd blew himself up.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)(SFC, 11/28/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 27, Argentina's tax agency charged British bank HSBC with helping more than 4,000 Argentines to commit tax evasion by stashing money in secret Swiss accounts.
    (AFP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, In Argentina a power outage in Buenos Aires temporarily paralyzed some subway stations and put more than 100 traffic lights out of action. A strike led by transportation unions demanding a salary hike also contributed to the traffic chaos.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said some 70 percent of fresh chickens on sale in Britain are contaminated with a food poisoning bug.
    (AFP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Britain's main political parties agreed to grant Scotland new tax and spending powers to fulfill a promise of greater autonomy made as politicians scrambled to persuade Scots to reject independence in a recent referendum.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, The BBC reported that billionaire hedge fund manager Chris Hohn has been ordered to pay his estranged wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn 337 million pounds ($530 million) in one of the largest divorce settlements in British legal history.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, British police arrested Lithuanian builder Viktoras Bruzas (38) after two people were stabbed to death in Surrey. Another man in his 30s has been arrested in Walton-on-Thames on suspicion on conspiracy to commit murder.
    (AFP, 11/27/14)(AFP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 27, British detective writer P. D. James (b.1920) died at home in Oxford. She created the best-selling series featuring poetry-writing sleuth Adam Dalgliesh. Her first novel, "Cover Her Face," was published in 1962.
    (AFP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Cameroonian authorities freed General Abdoulaye Miskine, a rebel leader from Central African Republic, two days after a group of 26 hostages including a Polish Catholic priest were released by his faction.
    (Reuters, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 27, In China at least 11 people were killed in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit the country in two days. 19 people were working in a mine in the southern province of Guizhou when an explosion ripped through the shaft early this morning.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, In southern China a man in his 20s stabbed several people at the entrance to a supermarket in Nanning. Nine people were rushed to the hospital with two seriously injured.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, EU governments agreed to add 13 Ukrainian separatists and five organizations to the bloc's sanctions list.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, French President Francois Hollande said France will eliminate export credits for energy projects in developing countries which involve coal, the most polluting fossil fuel.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, In Greece a 24-hour general strike shut down services across the country, forcing flight cancellations and school closures and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff, while tens of thousands of protesters marched in central Athens.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Guyana officials said five local men were lured to neighboring Suriname with promises of good wages, but ended up working in slave-like conditions. The men managed to escape to Suriname's coastal capital and alerted police.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Hong Kong police arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile neighborhood shut down.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, In the Indian-held portion of Kashmir heavily armed militants fought a fierce gunbattle with soldiers. 4 civilians were among the 10 dead.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, In Iraq militants from the Islamic State group blocked all mobile phone networks in Mosul, accusing informants in the city of tipping off coalition forces to their whereabouts.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Israel's Shin Bet security service said it had uncovered a vast Hamas network in the West Bank that was planning large-scale attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem. Shin Bet said it has arrested more than 30 Hamas militants who planned to kidnap Israelis and carry out attacks against Jerusalem's light rail and its largest soccer stadium, among other targets.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 40,000 vehicles as part of a worldwide scare over defective air bags and is investigating a new type of air bag problem that could lead to further recalls.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Malaysia's leader said that a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the 1948 Sedition Act as part of political reforms.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Mexico's Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto announced a nationwide anti-crime plan that would allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt municipal police.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Mexican authorities said they have found the partly burned bodies of 11 men dumped on the side of a road in Guerrero state.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, It was reported that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim will invest 500 million euros ($624 million) in Spanish construction firm FCC and receive a controlling stake in the company.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Moldova's Appeals Court ruled that a pro-Russian party cannot compete in Nov 30 parliamentary elections on the grounds it is illegally funded from abroad. The court ruled against Patria, led by Renato Usatii, who does business with Russia's state railways.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, In Nepal eight South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan leaders shook hands.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, In northeast Nigeria a roadside bomb tore through a bus station near a busy junction, killing 40 people including five soldiers at the Marabi-Mubi junction.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Portuguese police said they have seized around 20 metric tons of hashish from a fishing vessel at sea, despite the crew's efforts to sink the ship by exploding a drum of gas.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Romania's ruling coalition splintered as an ethnic Hungarian party said it would quit the government in the wake of PM Victor Ponta's surprise defeat in this month's presidential election.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Saudi Arabia led the 12-member OPEC oil ministers meeting in Austria. OPEC opted to keep their production target at 30 million barrels a day, despite an oversupply of crude and plunging prices.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Serbian lawyers rallied outside the government headquarters saying they have asked for European Union help to resolve a more than two-month old dispute with the government that has practically paralyzed the judiciary in the country, which is seeking to join the bloc.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Spain's parliament approved two long-delayed anti-corruption laws, a day after a minister became the first government casualty in a series of alleged graft cases.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Syrian government warplanes kept up air raids on the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, killing at least 7 people.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Thailand's interim parliament gave initial approval to a bill banning commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 27, In eastern Ukraine a boy (12) and a woman (55) were killed by shelling in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 27, Venezuela reported that at least 13 prisoners have died of drug overdoses after inmates at the overcrowded David Viloria penitentiary stormed an infirmary on Nov 24 during protests demanding better living conditions. On Nov 28 authorities confirmed 35 deaths. On Dec 11 the number of dead was raised to 48.
    (AP, 11/27/14)(AP, 11/28/14)(SFC, 12/12/14, p.A2)

2014        Nov 28, In Missouri demonstrators shut down a shopping mall near Ferguson at the start of the holiday shopping season as protests over the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer turned on some retailers around the country.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 28, In Texas Larry McQuilliams (49) attempted to set the Mexican Consulate in Austin ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings before he was fatally shot by police.
    (AP, 11/28/14)(SFC, 11/29/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 28, In Afghanistan insurgents killed 5 Afghan soldiers in an assault Camp Bastion, Helmand province, that lasted more than 14 hours. 2 police officers were killed and two wounded in a suicide attack on their vehicle in the Nawzad district of Helmand province. In eastern Nangahar province 31 people were wounded when a mosque was bombed during Friday prayers.
    (AP, 11/28/14)(AP, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 28, In southern Algeria 2 demonstrators were killed when clashes broke out late today between riot police and residents demanding better living conditions in Touggourta.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 28, British police blasted stores for bringing "Black Friday" to Britain, with the US sales event descending into chaotic fist fights as frenzied consumers battled to grab discounted goods.
    (AFP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, Britain sentenced 7 Somali men for charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, causing or inciting child prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation, relating to four victims.
    (AFP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 28, British scientists announced trials on a 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea as France's Francois Hollande arrived in Conakry, becoming the first Western leader to visit one of the countries devastated by the epidemic. France has pledged 100 million euros ($125 million) in the fight against the epidemic focusing its efforts on Guinea.
    (AFP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, In China the standing committee of Xinjiang's parliament, banned the practice of religion in government buildings and stipulated penalties of between 5,000 and 30,000 yuan ($4,884) for individuals who use the Internet, mobile phones or digital publishing to undermine national unity, social stability or incite ethnic hatred.
    (Reuters, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 28, In China a group of "terrorists" launched an attack on civilians in Shache county, Xinjiang region, leaving 15 people dead and 14 wounded. 11 "terrorists" were also reported shot dead during the violence.
    (AFP, 11/29/14)(AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 28, Egyptian security forces quickly put down scattered protests as an attempt by Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months fizzled, with at least two protesters and three army and navy officers killed in separate incidents.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, European Union police coordination agency Europol said police around the world have arrested 118 suspects in a global investigation into online fraud that targets the travel industry, a crime said to cost airlines $1 billion a year.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, German media reported that Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, In Germany Tugce Albayrak died on her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors permission to switch off her life support. She had been hit in the head while defending two teenage girls from male harassment on the night of Nov 15. Attacker Sanel M. (18) was under police custody.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Nov 28, In Iraq bombings and a shooting killed 9 people around the capital, Baghdad. US Central Command said the US military and its allies have hit Islamic State forces with 15 air strikes in Iraq and Syria during a three-day period.
    (AP, 11/28/14)(Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 28, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed that Arab citizens of Israel be offered financial incentives to leave the country and relocate to a future Palestinian state. An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces.
    (Reuters, 11/28/14)(AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, In southern Japan the Mount Aso volcano blasted out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 28, Saeed Akl (b.1912), Lebanon's leading poet, died. Some of his most famous poems were sung by Lebanon's top singer, Fayrouz, including the emotional "Take Me Back to My Country," a song that was played endlessly on radios during the country's 15-year civil war.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, Renato Usatii, a Rolls Royce-driving Moldova businessman who has done business with Russian Railways, fled the country. He said that he feared arrest by Moldova's pro-European authorities.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, Namibia voted in parliamentary and presidential elections. PM Hage Geingob, the presidential candidate of the ruling SWAPO party, was expected to win. President Hifikepunye Pohamba, was stepping down after serving two five-year terms.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, In southern Nepal a two-day festival, believed to be the largest animal sacrifice ritual in the world, began. More than 5,000 buffaloes were ritually killed during the day. Devotees of the festival, held every five years, believe the sacrifices bring good luck and a Hindu goddess will grant their wishes.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, Phillip John Smith (40), a convicted killer and pedophile from New Zealand, was deported from Brazil to New Zealand. He had fled to Brazil on Nov 6 while on temporary release from prison.
    (AP, 11/28/14)
2014        Nov 28, In Nigeria at least 102 people were killed and over 150 wounded in a series of bomb blasts at the central mosque in Kano.
    (AP, 11/28/14)(AP, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 28, Pope Francis arrived in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism. He condemned the Islamic State group's assault on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 11/28/14)

2014        Nov 29, In southern California deputies in Santee, San Diego County, found the body of Stephen Lee Hissom (55), a homeless man. Six teenagers were soon arested on suspicion of beating Hissom to death.
    (SFC, 12/2/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 29, Activists in Ferguson, Missouri, began a 120-mile march to the state capita in Jefferson City to protest the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, Mark Strand, former US poet laureate (1990-1991), died in Brooklyn. He won a 1999 Pulitzer Prize for his collection “Blizzard of One."
    (SSFC, 11/30/14, p.A14)
2014        Nov 29, The Dallas Morning News reported that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials took Margarita Del Carmen Orellana Rivas (25) to El Salvador this week where she's wanted on suspicion of aggravated murder and has warrants accusing her of solicitation or conspiracy in other slayings.
    (AP, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, In Afghanistan Taliban suicide attackers killed the South African leader of a foreign aid group, his son and daughter and an Afghan worker in an assault on the agency's Kabul offices. A 3rd day of Taliban attacks in southern Helmand province killed least 6 Afghan soldiers and 20 Taliban fighters at Camp Bastion. A suicide bombing targeting a military base in the province's Sangin district, killed 5 soldiers and wounded eight.
    (AP, 11/29/14)(AP, 11/30/14)(SSFC, 11/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 29, Antigua & Barbuda PM Gaston Brown appointed actor Robert De Niro as special economic envoy of the twin-island nation in the eastern Caribbean. The appointment came after De Niro signed a memorandum of agreement a day earlier for a $250 million hotel investment in Barbuda.
    (AP, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, Bahraini voters returned to the polls for a runoff election being boycotted by the opposition. Pro-government candidates took the majority of contested seats in the parliamentary election.
    (AP, 11/29/14)(AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 29, Brazilian officials said Sao Paulo, the drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, The British government reported that up to 13,000 people in Britain are victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation or other forms of modern slavery.
    (AP, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, In Central African Republic Patrice Edouard Ngaissona, the national coordinator of the anti-Balaka Christian militia, announced that the militia would, from now on, only fight through political means.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 29, An Egyptian court dropped its case against former Pres. Hosni Mubarak (86) over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule and symbolized hopes for a new era of political openness and accountability. Two people were killed and nine were wounded, when security forces fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse about 1,000 protesters who attempted to enter Tahrir Square.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)(Reuters, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 29, In Iraq 17 people of the Albu Hishma tribe were mistakenly killed in air strikes targeting areas controlled by Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, In Israel a classroom at the Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem was torched and "Death to Arabs" daubed on a wall in the yard. On July 22, 2015, Shlomo (21) and Nahman Twito (19) were sentenced to 2 years and 2 and 1/2 years in prison respectively for the overnight.
    (Reuters, 7/22/15)
2014        Nov 29, In southern Mexico students continued to hold three dozen or more bus drivers and their buses. The students have justified the mass bus seizure as "an expropriation" and say they need the vehicles to ferry them to and from the many protests that have erupted in Guerrero state since the Sept. 26 disappearance and likely killing of their colleagues. Drivers said they are being forced by activists from the school to live as captives and act as chauffeurs.
    (AP, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, A Saudi man was arrested after he stabbed a Canadian citizen shopping in a mall with his family in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 29, The Islamic State group launched an attack on the Syrian border town of Kobani. The latest fighting killed at least 8 Kurdish fighters and 17 jihadis. The US-led coalition launched an airstrike morning on the eastern side of the town. Turkey denied that IS fighters had used its territory for the raid.
    (AP, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, Taiwan's China-friendly ruling party lost a slew of traditional strongholds in local elections, triggering the resignation of the island's premier and the cabinet. The departure of premier Jiang Yi-huah just hours after polls closed left President Ma, who is also KMT chairman, to rebuild a government.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)
2014        Nov 29, The World Health Organization said the death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/29/14)

2014        Nov 30, Colorado-based author Kent Haruf (71) died. He wrote "Plainsong" and several other novels set in small-town Colorado.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Nov 30, In Missouri Zemir Begic (32), an immigrant from Bosnia, was beaten to death in front of his fiancee and two friends in St. Louis. The next day the local Bosnian community called for more police presence as three black teenagers, Robert Joseph Mitchell (17) and two other suspects (15-16), were placed in custody.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.A16)
2014        Nov 30, Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani dismissed most ministers as he and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah worked to create a new Cabinet.
    (SFC, 12/1/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 30, China’s government proposed to insure all banking deposit accounts for up to 500,000 yuan (($81,300).
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.82)
2014        Nov 30, Colombia's largest rebel group (FARC) freed Gen. Ruben Alzate and his two companions whose capture led President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend peace talks.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, Protests erupted at universities across Egypt, condemning a court decision to drop criminal charges against Hosni Mubarak, the president whose ouster in the 2011 uprising raised hopes of a new era of political openness.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, E.ON, Germany’s largest utility, announced that it would split itself and float a new company in 2016, which will include its power generation from nuclear and fossil fuels.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.76)
2014        Nov 30, In Hong Kong hundreds of pro-democracy protesters faced off with police, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after being camped out on the city's streets for more than two months.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, India's PM Narendra Modi stepped up his rhetoric against illegal immigration from Bangladesh into Assam state.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, In India nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi to demand an end to discrimination against gays in the country’s deeply conservative society.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, In Iraq two separate bombings killed 7 people in Baghdad.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, Police in Kenya arrested 37 Chinese nationals with advanced communications equipment in a house in an upscale Nairobi neighborhood following a fire that left one person dead. 40 more Chinese nationals were arrested on Dec 3 and police consulted technical experts to see if they were committing espionage.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Nov 30, Moldova held elections. Three pro-Europe parties won a narrow majority in parliament. They failed to agree on a governing coalition and required the support of the Communist party to form a government.
    (AP, 11/30/14)(AP, 12/1/14)(Econ, 12/6/14, p.64)(AP, 3/9/15)
2014        Nov 30, The Netherlands Economic Affairs Ministry said in a statement that poultry at the farm in the town of Zoeterwoude were suffering from an H5 strain of bird flu and that all 28,000 birds there were being slaughtered.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, In Qatar an appeals court in Qatar overturned the convictions of Los Angeles couple Matthew and Grace Huang. The couple had been sentenced to three years in jail for the Jan 15, 2013, death of their adopted African-born daughter. They tried to return to the US but their passports were seized and they were told a new arrest warrant had been issued for them. The couple were allowed to leave on Dec 3.
    (AP, 11/30/14)(SFC, 12/4/14, p.A3)
2014        Nov 30, Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected three citizen-backed proposals to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold, drastically limit immigration and eliminate a special tax that draws rich foreigners.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, Syrian government aircraft targeted the southern town of Jasim, Daraa province, with a series of airstrikes, killing at least a dozen people including women and children. US-led coalition warplanes carried out as many as 30 airstrikes overnight against Islamic State militants in and around Raqqa, the group's de facto northeastern capital.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, Ukraine said that a convoy of 106 vehicles had entered its eastern territory from Russia without Kiev's permission and accused Moscow of once again using humanitarian aid shipments to send weapons and ammunition to separatist rebels.
    (Reuters, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, Uruguay held runoff elections. Former left-leaning Pres. Tabare Vasquez, a 74-year-old oncologist who was president from 2005 to 2010, topped center-right rival Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party 53 percent to 40 percent.
    (AP, 11/30/14)
2014        Nov 30, In southern Yemen thousands of demonstrators gathered in the port city of Aden to call for independence from the north, prompting police to move in to break up the gathering. The demonstration fell on the 47th anniversary of Yemen's independence from Great Britain.
    (AP, 11/30/14)

2014        Nov, Pres. Obama signed a secret order authorizing a more expansive mission for the US military in Afghanistan in 2015 than was originally planned.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A4)
2014        Nov, SF-based Uber suspended ride services in Nevada after a state judge banned its unlicensed operations statewide. Uber had refused to seek licensing claiming it was a technology company, not a motor carrier.
    (SSFC, 11/30/14, p.D2)
2014        Nov, Amazon unveiled the Echo, a 9-inch cylindrical voice command device that plays music, provides news and answers basic questions. It was offered to members of Amazon Prime for $99.
    (SFC, 1/29/15, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/mmlp28z)
2014         Nov, Rolling Stone magazine published a distressing story recounting an alleged brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie in a fraternity house at the University of Virginia.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)(AFP, 4/6/15)
2014        Nov, Argentina’s annualized inflation was running at 41%.
    (Econ, 11/22/14, p.32)
2014        Nov, Police in Brazil arrested two dozen executives from the country’s six largest construction firms as part of a widening corruption probe.
    (Econ, 1/3/15, p.26)
2014        Nov, In the Czech Rep. two poisoned letters were intercepted before reaching the intended recipients, Finance Minister Andrej Babis and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec. No one was hurt. In December an Italian citizen (24) from Gorizia, Italy, was arrested in Slovenia.
    (Reuters, 1/13/15)
2014        Nov, Israeli forces detained three Islamic State-inspired militants in the occupied West Bank, the first known Palestinian cell linked to the Syria- and Iraq-based insurgent group.
    (Reuters, 1/4/15)
2014        Nov, Japan’s national debt stood at over 240% of GDP.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.42)
2014        Nov, Jihadist attacks around the world this month killed a total of 5,042 people, showing Islamist extremism is "stronger than ever" despite Al-Qaeda's declining role. A December report cited 664 attacks in 14 countries.
    (AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Nov, In Moldova up to $1.5 billion vanished from the state-owned Savings Bank and the private banks Unibank and the Social Bank. Moldova's Gross National Product was $8 billion in 2014. An inquiry was completed in April 2015.
    (AP, 4/8/15)
2014        Nov, In northeastern Romania a woman (18) was gang raped by seven men (18-27) after she accepted a ride home. The case became a national story after a court ruled in June that the suspects could remain free pending trial. On August 17, 2015, the men, aged 18 to 27, were sentenced to between five years and eight months and eight years and four months in prison.
    (AP, 8/14/15)(AP, 8/17/15)
2014        Nov, Venezuela greeted the first 119 Palestinian recipients of a medical school scholarship. Eight months later about a third of the students had dropped out, complaining the program lacks academic rigor. The students who dropped out complained that their first year consisted only of Spanish language lessons and indoctrination about Venezuela's 16-year-old socialist revolution.
    (AP, 7/16/15)

2014        Dec 1, In West Virginia Jody Lee Hunt (39) of Westover was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was suspected in four recent killings in three separate shootings.
    (SFC, 12/2/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 1, In Abu Dhabi American school teacher Ebolya Ryan (37) was stabbed to death in a public restroom at a mall by a suspect wearing the traditional black robe, full-face veil and gloves. On Dec 4 the UAE interior minister said that police have arrested a female suspect in the stabbing death and revealed that the attacker also planted a bomb outside the home of another American. On June 29, 2015, Alaa Bader Abdullah was sentenced to death for the murder of Ryan.
    (AP, 12/3/14)(AP, 12/4/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.51)(AP, 6/29/15)
2014        Dec 1, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber detonated his payload at a crowded funeral, killing 2 police and 7 civilians in the Burka district, Baghlan province.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja was jailed for a year in absentia for assaulting two policewomen. His father has been detained since 2011.
    (Reuters, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, In Belgium a strike in parts of the country over government austerity measures halted international rail services to and from Germany and Luxembourg and disrupted public transport across the country.
    (Reuters, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, In Creteil, France, three armed assailants broke into an apartment around noon and tied up a Jewish couple before proceeding to steal bank cards and jewelry. They then raped the 19-year-old woman. The assailants declared: “you Jews, you have money," as they forced their way into the couple’s home. Four suspects were arrested within the month.
    (http://tinyurl.com/q2vdfal)
2014        Dec 1, German airline Lufthansa cancelled about half of its flights after pilots went on strike in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, In Haiti about 30 inmates escaped overnight from a prison in Saint Marc.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists forced the temporary closure of government headquarters after clashing with police, defying orders to retreat after more than two months of sustained protests in the Chinese-controlled city.
    (Reuters, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, In central India at least 13 paramilitary troops were killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi dismissed 24 senior Initerior Ministry officials in an effort to reform and rebuiild security institutions in the country. Islamic State fighters killed 16 Iraqi soldiers in an attack on the al-Waleed border crossing with Syria.
    (Reuters, 12/1/14)(SFC, 12/2/14, p.A3)
2014        Dec 1, Moody’s downgraded Japan’s credit rating in response to PM Abe’s moved to delay last month a second rise in the consumption tax, which had been due in 2015.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.41)
2014        Dec 1, The IMF's executive board completed its official review of Mali's situation and agreed to continue disbursing the loans. The fund had suspended its loans to Mali in June over concerns that it overpaid for a military supply contract that wasn't open to bids.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 1, Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto submiited a bill to Congress to replace most corruption plagued municipal police forces with state police over a two-year period.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 1, In Mexico protesters set fire to public vehicles in Guerrero state and smashed windows on Mexico City’s main boulevard.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.40)
2014        Dec 1, Mexico’s gas market plugged into the rest of North America for the first time as gas began to flow from Texas to Los Ramones along stage one of the Los Ramones pipeline.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.65)
2014        Dec 1, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Islamic extremists struck two state capitals, with twin blasts at a crowded market and the destruction of a police base leaving at least 77 people dead. The suspected Boko Haram insurgent attack on the Yobe state capital killed at least 39 people, including 33 policemen and 6 soldiers. 20 militants also died in their raid on Damaturu. A separate bomb attack in the Borno state capital Maiduguri, killed at least 5 people.
    (AP, 12/1/14)(Reuters, 12/2/14)(AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 1, Peru opened the 20th Conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.72)
2014        Dec 1, In Poland Robert Biedron (38) became mayor of Slupsk and the country's first openly gay mayor.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, Rescuers searched for more than 50 people missing after a South Korean fishing ship they were working on sank amid high waves in the freezing waters of the Bering Sea. Seven fishermen were rescued. The crew included 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector. After two day only 12 bodies were recovered.
    (AP, 12/1/14)(AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 1, In Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, a former health minister, signed an agreement with opposition parties, trade unions and professional groups to scrap the country's powerful presidential system and carry out other democratic reforms if he beats incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and wins January's presidential election.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, Ukraine landed a 150 million euro ($187 million) loan from the European Investment Bank to modernize its section of the pipeline used to deliver natural gas from Russia to Europe.
    (AP, 12/1/14)
2014        Dec 1, The OSCE said Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces in the Luhansk region have agreed on a new cease-fire to start Dec 5.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 1, The UN World Food Program suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees, citing a funding crisis after many donors failed to meet their commitments.
    (AP, 12/1/14)

2014        Dec 2, New York-based Corning announced that it is buying Samsung Electronics' fiber optics business to help bolster its portfolio of optical communications products in Asia.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, Saxophonist Bobby Keys (70) died at his home in Franklin, Tenn. He had toured with Buddy Holly, played on recordings by John Lennon, and laid down the blowout a solo on the the Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar" album.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.E4)
2014        Dec 2, In northwest Afghanistan Taliban insurgents killed 6 Afghan soldiers in Badghis province. 3 insurgents were killed in the attack in Bala Murghab district. An American drone killed 5 insurgents in Shirzad district in Nangahar province.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, Chinese state media reported that China has adopted pilot programs for circuit courts and courts with jurisdiction across different regions designed to reduce local officials' interference in the judiciary.
    (Reuters, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, France’s lower house of Parliament in a non-binding vote (339-151) urged the government to recognize a Palestinian state.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 2, Pilots at German airline Lufthansa extended their two-day strike to long-haul flights in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, In Greece anarchists burned a bus and several cars in Athens following a demonstration in support of Nikos Romanos, a young anarchist convicted of involvement in an armed bank robbery. Romanos was on a hunger strike.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 2, Three founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement called for an end to street demonstrations to prevent more violence and take the campaign to a new stage. Professors Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chan Kin-man and Pastor Chu Yiu-ming said they planned to surrender to police on Dec 3 to take responsibility for the protests.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, Indian soldiers killed 6 militants near the border with Pakistan in Kupwara, northern Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 2, Iraqi ministers agreed to take a 50 percent pay cut while the country grapples with a financial crisis brought about by falling oil prices and a war with Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, The Iraqi government reached a deal with the Kurdish local authorities in the country's north to exchange oil from the autonomous region for a nearly 20 percent share of the national budget.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 2, In Italy a probe of ties between gangsters and allegedly corrupt city politicians. netted 37 arrests. Dozens of other suspects, including Gianni Alemanno, Rome's previous mayor, were notified they are being investigated.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 2, In northeast Kenya Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 36 non-Muslim workers at a quarry near the Somali border. Thus prompted Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta to sweep out his top security officials to tackle a relentless wave of violence.
    (Reuters, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, Kosovo authorities destroyed more than 2,000 small arms and rifles as part of an ongoing effort to increase security in the Balkan country.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, Lebanese security officials said that Lebanon’s army detained Saja al-Dulaimi, an alleged wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as they crossed from Syria nine days ago. They said authorities have also detained the wife of Anas Shirkas, senior Nusra Front leader from Syria. On Dec 3 a statement by Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said Saja al-Dulaimi is not a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and that she is the sister of a terror suspect being held in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 12/2/14)(AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 2, In Libya army airstrikes hit a warehouse and a factory in the western city of Zwara, killing 8 people and wounding 24. One strike reportedly hit a warehouse used to store food and the other a chemical factory. An army spokesman said the buildings were arms depots.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance member countries have approved a new interim quick-reaction military force to protect themselves from Russia or other threats. Foreign ministers from the 28 NATO countries and Ukraine condemned a Russian military build-up in Crimea and what they called Russia's "deliberate destabilization" of eastern Ukraine.
    (AP, 12/2/14)(4, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, Pakistan army's jets and ground forces killed 24 militants as part of ongoing operations in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 12/2/14)
2014        Dec 2, Portugal's national airline endured its fifth walkout this year, with a 24-hour strike by cabin crew grounding around 200 flights.
    (AP, 12/2/14)

2014        Dec 3, US officials said they have indications that Iran has carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq 10 days earlier.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, Psychotherapist and writer Nathaniel Brandon (84), former devotee and lover of Ayn Rand, died at his home in Los Angeles. 
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.E8)
2014        Dec 3, The Afghan government said it will send a delegation to Iran to ask the government to extend temporary visas to allow 760,000 Afghan refugees who have no documents and risk deportation to stay on for at least a year.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In Afghanistan an attack on a police checkpoint in northern Jawzjan province killed 4 local policemen.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 3, Britain’s Treasury chief George Osborne unveiled plans to crack down on multinational tax avoiders as he sought to deflect criticism for failing to meet his budget targets.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In northeastern China an employee of the central bank shot and killed two colleagues at the branch he was working at in Dashiqiao city, Liaoning province.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In France Faouzi Lamdaoui, an adviser to President Francois Hollande, resigned after being summoned to answer charges of fraud by a Paris criminal court. Lamdaoui, an equality and diversity advisor, was suspected of misusing corporate assets, money laundering and forgery from 2007 to 2008 related to a transport company he founded.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, Germany's cabinet agreed on plans to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 78 million tons by 2020 to help Europe's biggest economy meet ambitious targets to fight climate change.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, A Japanese space explorer took off on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of Earth. Hayabusa2, is expected to reach the asteroid in mid-2018.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, A Lebanese military expert was killed and two others were wounded when a bomb they were about to dismantle near the border with Syria exploded.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In Libya warplanes struck the western port of Zuwara.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, A Palestinian (16) stabbed two Israelis in a supermarket in the West Bank before a private security guard shot him. The guard shot the attacker in the legs and police later arrested him.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In Somalia a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a UN convoy near Mogadishu's airport, killing 3 people.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In South Africa golfer Jackques van der Sandt (29) was grabbed and killed by a crocodile while retrieving gold balls from Lake Panic dam in Kruger National Park. Rangers killed the crocodile after a two-hour search.  
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 3, Sweden's parliament voted down the minority center-left coalition's budget proposal sparking a government crisis and raising the chance PM Stefan Lofven will call a snap election for early next year.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, Human Rights Watch urged Turkey to remove from its border with Syria landmines which have killed 3 people and wounded nine among more than 2,000 Syrian refugees camped in a minefield.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In the Turkmen frontier village of Ak-Yayla the presidents of Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan attended the official opening of a railway line linking landlocked Central Asia with the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, Pope Francis assured Dominican authorities that the truth must prevail in the case of his former ambassador to the Caribbean country who is accused of sexually abusing young boys. The Holy See recalled Jozef Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced in Santo Domingo that he allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate.
    (AP, 12/3/14)
2014        Dec 3, In Venezuela Maria Corina Machado, a former member of the National Assembly, was informed that she would be charged with conspiracy alleging involvement in a purported plot to kill Pres. Maduro. She denied that charges and supposed evidence.
    (SFC, 12/4/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 3, In Yemen a car bomb attack on the Iranian ambassador's house in the capital Sanaa killed 2 Yemeni soldiers and a civilian. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)

2014        Dec 4, Stuart Jones, America's new Ambassador to Iraq, said the US government has come to an agreement with Baghdad on "privileges and immunities" for US troops based in the country.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, In the SF Bay Area swarms of protesters swept through Oakland and San Francisco for a 2nd straight night to castigate authorities for the killings of unarmed black men by police triggered by recent events in Missouri and NYC.
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.A18)
2014        Dec 4, In Kansas City, Mo., SUV driver Ahmed Aden (34), a local Somali of Chriostian faith, ran over a Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein (15) and drove away. Aden was charged with murder on Dec 5. Locals said he had been harassing the community with anti-Islamic taunts and violent threats.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lu84xv8)(SFC, 12/6/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 4, Australia for the first time exercised sweeping new security powers allowing it to block citizens from traveling to overseas conflict zones such as those in Iraq and Syria, where dozens of Australians have joined Islamist militant groups.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, The Bosnia-based Int’l. Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), established in 1996, said it will become a permanent global body to help track missing persons around the globe.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, pA20)
2014        Dec 4, Canada’s Indsutry Minister James Moore signed off on the takeover of US-based Burger King by Ontario-based Tim Hortons chain of coffee shops.
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.C2)
2014        Dec 4, In Chechnya gunmen stormed a building in Grozny killing some 19 people, including 10 police. 6 gunmen were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)(SFC, 12/5/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 4, China marked its first Constitution Day as part of President Xi Jinping's drive to show that the country embraces rule of law while ensuring that the ruling Communist Party holds on to its unrivaled authority.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, Hungary's economy minister says the state has signed a preliminary deal to buy Budapest Bank, the country’s 8th largest bank by assets, from General Electric by June 30.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, In northern India 5 children were killed when a train crashed into their school van at the unmanned Mahaso railroad crossing, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, In Iraq a string of car bombs killed at least 37 people in Baghdad and Kirkuk.
    (AP, 12/4/14)(SFC, 12/5/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 4, In Italy Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, ordered a review of city contracts after a police investigation revealed a web of corrupt relationships between politicians and criminals in the Italian capital.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, In Kenya two men were reported jailed for gang raping children after Kenya's high court in 2013 ordered the police to re-open 10 cases where officers had yelled at, demanded bribes from and even locked up girls who tried to report rape to them.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, A Kenyan military aircraft crashed in the region of the southern Somali city of Kismayu due to technical problems after a combat mission.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, Kurdish sources said a second group of 150 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces has entered the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey to replace a first group helping Kurdish forces fight off a siege by Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, The Philippine anti-corruption prosecutor ordered the suspension of the country's top police officer in connection with a contract with a courier company to deliver gun licenses.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said money collected in one of the country’s two "rainy day" funds should be used to support domestic banks, as he set out efforts to help Moscow counteract Western sanctions and overcome its economic woes. Putin also proposed an amnesty for those returning capital to Russia, indicating they would not face tax or other penalties. 
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, Slovakia's PM Robert Fico said his government is terminating the lease of a major state-owned hydro power plant to Enel, an Italian energy company. Enel owns a 66 percent stake in Slovakia's major power producer, Slovenske elektrarne, and is currently trying to sell its share. The government owns the remaining 34 percent.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, In Syria at least 19 government soldiers and militiamen were reported killed after Islamic State launched an overnight attack on one of the government's last remaining strongholds in Deir al-Zor province. 7 IS fighters were reported killed.
    (AP, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, Yemeni and Western sources said Saudi Arabia has suspended most of its financial aid to Yemen, in a clear indication of its dissatisfaction with the growing political power of Shi'ite Houthi fighters friendly with Riyadh's regional rival, Iran.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, Al Qaeda's Yemen branch published a video purporting to show an American hostage and threatened to kill him if unspecified demands were not met. Journalist Luke Somers (33) was kidnapped in Sanaa in September 2013.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)
2014        Dec 4, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (90) purged VP Joice Mujuru (59) seen just months ago as his most likely successor, denouncing her before party loyalists as leader of a "treacherous cabal" bent on removing him from power.
    (Reuters, 12/4/14)

2014       Dec 5, President Barack Obama nominated ex-Pentagon official Ashton Carter as the new defense secretary of the country. He will replace Chuck Hagel.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)
2014        Dec 5, NASA’s Orion spacecraft made its first test flight following liftoff at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The 4.5 hour test flight  ended in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)(SFC, 12/6/14, p.C1)
2014      Dec 5, A Phoenix cop shot to death an unarmed black man during a fight and the authorities said the cop thought the person had a pistol.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)
2014      Dec 5, Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was reported vandalized with graffiti. Los Angeles police were investigating the vandalism of comedian.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)
2014        Dec 5, A San Francisco court convicted police officers Edmond Robles of five felony charges and Sgt. Ian Furminger guilty of four in a case related to officers stealing from drug dealers. On Feb 23, 2015, Furminger was sentenced to 41 months in prison. On March 18, 2015, Robles was sentenced to 39 months in prison.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.A1)(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/15, p.E1)
2014        Dec 5, It was reported that San Francisco had accrued a budget surplus of almost $22 million for the last fiscal year.
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.D1)
2014         Dec 5, The US Department of Justice said that it’s investigating several complains concerning the University of New Mexico's conduct of reported sexual assaults & sexual persecution of students.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)
2014        Dec 5, Fabiola (86), Belgium's dowager queen, died. The Spanish-born Fabiola survived her husband, King Baudouin, by 11 years.
    (AP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 5, The British Museum plunged into a geopolitical tempest by lending one of the disputed Greek Elgin Marbles to Russia’s Hermitage Museum.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.A2)
2014         Dec 5, Chinese authorities arrested ex-domestic security Chief Zhou Yongkang and barred him from the ruling Communist Party.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)
2014      Dec 5, A French-US fund announced it will pay thousands of Holocaust survivors and family members in the United States and elsewhere will be entitled to compensation from a $60 million.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)
2014         Dec 5,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel shook hands with  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and said her country will continue to support Afghanistan after NATO combat troops pull out from the country.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)
2014        Dec 5, In India’s section of Kashmir a series of rebel attacks killed 21 people, including 8 Indian soldiers and 3 police officers. The rebels had crossed over from Pakistani territory.
    (AP, 12/8/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.41)
2014        Dec 5, In India Uber taxi driver Shiv Kumar Yadav raped a young female passenger (25) in New Delhi. On Nov 3, 2015, Yadav was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AFP, 10/20/15)(AP, 11/3/15)
2014         Dec 5, Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court withdrew their crimes against humanity charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta said he was "vindicated" after the ICC's decision.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)(SFC, 12/6/14, p.A4)
2014         Dec 5, The government of Maldives declared a state of emergency and has appealed for aid from India, Sri Lanka, the United States and China. Mohamed Shareef, a government minister, said: "We have declared a state of crisis and also informed the shopkeepers to issue bottle water free of charge."   
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)
2014        Dec 5, In Pakistan a 300-mile trench being built along the disputed border with Afghanistan was reported to have completed 110 miles in Baluchistan province.
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.A7)
2014        Dec 5, In Russia a court in Volgograd convicted four men for their roles in the twin suicide bombings that killed 34 people a year earlier.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 5, In Sierra Leone two more doctors died of Ebola bringing to 9 the number of local doctors killed by the disease.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Dec 5, Spain’s Marine Rescue Service rescued 29 African migrants from the 33-foot-long boat after finding it drifting in the Mediterranean Sea. Some 23 migrants were swept away to sea. On Jan 15 Police said two Cameroonian migrants have been arrested for allegedly killing up to 10 others by pushing them from the boat into stormy waters in a fight over a prayer session.
    (AP, 12/8/14(AP, 1/15/15)
2014        Dec 5, In Syria clashes continued for a 2nd day as IS militants pushed to capture the Syrian air base at Deor el-Zour. 30 government troops and 27 jihadists were said to have died so far.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.A3)
2014        Dec 5, Tashi Tsering (b.1929), Tibetan scholar, died in Lhasa. He was the founder of the corresponding education organization with headquarters in Lhasa, as well as the author of the trilingual dictionary (English, Chinese, Tibetan) “New Trilingual Dictionary" and an autobiography titled “The Struggle for Modern Tibet" (first published in 1999 by M.E. Sharpe).
    (http://tinyurl.com/mp2bjlz)(Econ, 12/20/14, p.138)
2014         Dec 5, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said "If we give up Donetsk (airport), the enemy will be at Borispil or Gostomel or even in Lviv."
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)

2014        Dec 6, In Berkeley, Ca., police used tear gas to break up an evening long protest by demonstrators marching against recent incidents of police violence against blacks.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 6, New Mexico levied over $54 million in penalties against the US Dept. of Energy for violations that resulted in indefinite closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 6, Ralph Baer, video game pioneer, died at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire. He created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game "Simon" and had led the team that developed the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 6, A fourth consecutive night of protest against police brutality got off to a slow start in New York City, after mourners held an interment for a black man shot dead by a white cop in a Brooklyn apartment house.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
2014         Dec 6, Australian court documents revealed that a boy (18) raped his best buddy’s sixty-two year old mom at knife point after she invited him into her home in Sydney. The boy pleaded guilty last week to aggravated sexual assault.
    (http://tinyurl.com/n7bvb3g)
2014         Dec 6, Bahrain and Britain said they planned to open a new military camp in Bahrain. This would be Britain’s 1st permanent camp in the Middle East region since it officially pulled out from the area in 1971.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lz2apn3)
2014         Dec 6, French President Francois Hollande met with Russian President Putin in Moscow.
    (Reuters, 12/6/2014)
2014         Dec 6, The CEO of SAP, a German software maker, confirmed that the company will remain an autonomous corporation in the long term.
    (Reuters, 12/6/2014)
2014         Dec 6, The leaders of Greece and Turkey glossed over key differences between the nations and expressed support for close affairs between the often irritable neighbors.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nbyw5o6)
2014        Dec 6, An Iranian court charged Jason Rezaian, a reporter for the Washington Post jailed since last July. He was not told the charges.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 6, In central Nigeria gunmen freed over 200 prisoners in Tunga, Niger state.
    (SFC, 12/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 6, Pakistani soldiers killed Adnan Shukrijumah, a top al-Qaida operative, along with two other suspected militants in South Waziristan. Shukrijumah (39) had been indicted in the US for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb the NYC subway system.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014         Dec 6, In the Philippines more than 650,000 people fled villages and the armed force went on complete alert to brace for Typhoon Hagupit.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 6, In the Philippines Lorenzo Vinciguerra (49), a Swiss hostage for over two years, was shot and wounded while escaping from Abu Sayyaf extremists in Sulu province.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A4)
2014         Dec 6, Somali PM Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who has been at odds with the president for several months, lost a confidence vote in parliament, amid warnings that the political turmoil and power struggles could spoil efforts to -establish the war-torn country.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pds4axm)
2014        Dec 6, Rebels in southern Syria signed an agreement toward unity that may attract more support from their Western and Arab backers, forging a joint defense pact to help shield them from government forces and Islamic State. It followed an agreement among the southern groups on a transition plan for Syria.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 6, In Yemen Luke Somers (33), an American photojournalist, was killed along with South African teacher Pierre Korkie during a failed US-led raid to free them from al-Qaida affiliated rebels in Shabwa province.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A4)   

2014        Dec 7, In northern California angry crowds hurled objects at police who responded with tear gas in a second night of clashes in Berkeley following a grand jury decision not to indict a white New York police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 7, Egyptian security forces raided a bath house and arrested 25 men for homosexuality, dragging them naked out of the building in downtown Cairo.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 7, In Greece a demonstration through central Athens to mark the 6th anniversary of the lethal police shooting of an unnamed teen quickly turned brutal as demonstrators damaged bus station and store fronts, and sets fire to clothing looted from a store.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lur6csa)
2014        Dec 7, Israel's military said has opened 8 new illicit investigations into its Gaza conflict operations, including cases involving the fatalities of thirty Palestinians.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
2014        Dec 7, Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus' international airport, as well as outside a town close to the Lebanese border.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 7, In Mexico a farmer made front pages when he immolated himself to demand the release of his father, an indigenous leader in Chiapas state arrested last year on charges stemming from demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 7, In Nepal an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more.
    (SFC, 12/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 7, North Korea released a report that clearly appreciated a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that shows a murder plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
2014        Dec 7, In Pakistan a senior al Qaeda member and 3 other alleged militants were killed when a US drone attacked a home they were in.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
2014        Dec 7, It was reported that Taliban commander Latif Mehsud, held under Afghan and Nato custody for some, has been handed over to Pakistan along with 3 others.
    (http://tinyurl.com/o54f5a7)
2014        Dec 7, In the Philippines Typhoon Hagupit left at least 3 people dead.
    (SFC, 12/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 7, Russia’s Prers. Vladimir Putin dicussed energy collaboration with leaders of Hungary and Sebia.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)

2014        Dec 8, Protesters with signs bearing names of black Americans killed by police marched outside the US Capitol and the Justice Department in peaceful demonstrations demanding a human rights investigation.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 8, US federal authorities said a dolphin was lethally shot by a hunting arrow in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the second violent killing of the protected animal in recent weeks. Harming, harassing or feeding a wild dolphin is prohibited under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.
    (Reuters, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 8, In Berkeley, Ca., more than 150 protesters were arrested after shutting down a major freeway in another outbreak of nationwide demonstrations against police use of deadly force on minorities.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 8, In southern California a fire destoryed the wooden framing of the new Da Vinci complex in downtown Los Angeles causing an estimated $20-30 million in damage. Arson was later determined as the cause.
    (SFC, 12/19/14, p.A9)
2014        Dec 8, In Maryland a small private jet crashed into a house in Gaithersburg, Md. A woman, her two young sons and 3 people in the plane were killed.
    (SFC, 12/9/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 8, Jewel thieves pulled off a $500,000 heist at a rest stop in Marion Township, Minn. Investigators believed they trailed a diamond dealer and employees returning from a trade show in Chicago.
    (SFC, 12/9/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 8, The International Criminal Court's 122 member states opened their annual meeting at UN headquarters in NYC with Africa the focus.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 8, Amazon Indians on the Peru-Brazil border say they continue to receive death threats from loggers after the September murder of four local chiefs in a remote forest region overrun by illegal felling.
    (Reuters, 12/8/14)   
2014        Dec 8, Belgian workers striking against government austerity plans badly snarled rail and air service to and from the capital city of Brussels.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, In Afghanistan the US and NATO closed their combat command, more than 13 years after invading the country in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. A drone strike killed 6 Taliban fighters in Nuristan province. Taliban fighters backed by a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters, killing 5 people in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 12/8/14)(Reuters, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, In Bahrain a Jordanian officer on a security exchange program was killed in the village of Damistan.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 8, The body of British financier Scot Young (52) was found impaled on railings outside his luxury London apartment. During a drawn-out divorce court battle, Young claimed he was bankrupt and couldn't pay his wife a 27,500-pound monthly maintenance fee ordered by a judge. He said he had suffered a financial "meltdown" and was heavily in debt.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 8, A Chinese court sentenced eight people to death on charges of leading terror groups and setting off explosives in two attacks that left 46 people dead in the far western region of Xinjiang. The Urumqi Intermediate People's Court in Xinjiang also handed out suspended death sentences to five others.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, In eastern China 5 middle school students were killed after a wall collapsed on them at Tongren Middle School in Huaibei city.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, In Dresden, Germany, some 10,000 people protested in a ralley organized by a group calling itself “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West." A counter demonstration numbered some 9,000.
    (SFC, 12/9/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 8, In India US online ride-hailing service Uber was banned from operating in New Delhi after a female passenger accused one of its drivers of rape on Dec 5. Uber employed Shiv Kumar Yadav even though he had been arrested on allegations of sexual assault three years ago.
    (Reuters, 12/8/14)(SFC, 1/14/15, p.A2)
2014        Dec 8, In Indonesia at least 4 people, including 3 high school students, were killed in the volatile Papua region in clashes between protesters and security forces. The clash had started the previous night when the youths reprimanded a soldier who was riding a motorcycle without the headlights on.
    (Reuters, 12/8/14)(AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 8, An Israeli court indicted Adam Everett Livix (30), an American Christian, for plotting to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. He was charged with illegal weapon possession and overstaying his visa by more than a year.
    (AP, 12/9/14)(SFC, 12/10/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 8, A Dutch court ruled in a preliminary judgment that Uber, a California-based ride-sharing service, must stop working with drivers who charge fares but do not possess a taxi license.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, In Pakistan demonstrations in Islamabad turned deadly as one person was killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, In the Philippines Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters, while sparing most of a central Philippine region still reeling from last year's monster Typhoon Haiyan.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, Poland said it has decided to refuse a toxic waste shipment from a pesticide plant in El Salvador that was to be destroyed at an incineration plant in a southern town, after the local community in Dabrowa Gornicza raised concerns.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, Saudi King Abdullah announced a Cabinet shakeup, naming new ministers to key portfolios overseeing the kingdom's universities and mosques where ultraconservative clerics and their supporters hold sway.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, A South African court cleared British businessman Shrien Dewani of charges that he paid hitmen to kill his wife while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in Nov, 2010.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, In northern Syria the militant Islamic State group beheaded a man in Solouk, Raqqa province, after accusing him of blasphemy. 3 journalists from the opposition television channel Orient News were killed in the southwest when a missile hit their vehicle in Deraa province.
    (AP, 12/9/14)(Reuters, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 8, Thailand ordered US online taxi booking company Uber to cease operations, on the same day taxi apps were banned in the Indian capital New Delhi.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 8, A Ugandan maid pleaded guilty to charges of torturing a child who was under her care in a case that shocked Ugandans and sparked debate about the role of maids raising children. Jolly Tumuhiirwe (22) was sentenced on Dec 15 to four years in jail.
    (AP, 12/8/14)(AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 8, The UN appealed for $16.4 billion to pay for global humanitarian needs in 2015, saying it needs that money to help 57.5 million of the world's most vulnerable people.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, Uruguay said six Guantanamo Bay prisoners sent to there to be resettled as refugees underwent medical checkups before being released to begin new lives.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe fired his deputy, Joice Mujuru, and seven government ministers, in the latest twist in a power struggle over the choice of his successor.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)

2014        Dec 9, The US Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks. President Barack Obama said the interrogation techniques "did significant damage to America's standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies."
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, Protesters in Berkeley, Ca., marched for a 4th straight day to denounce racial injustice and briefly shut down Highway 24 .
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.A1)
2014        Dec 9, In Nevada a woman and two men from China pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Vegas to reduced charges in what prosecutors say amounted to a $13 million illegal Internet gambling operation broken up by an FBI raid at high-roller suites at Caesars Palace.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, In NYC Calvin Peters (49) stabbed an Israeli student in the head inside a synagogue at the Brooklyn headquarters of an international Jewish organization before being fatally shot by police after refusing to drop the knife. Peters was emotionally disturbed and had a documented history of mental illness.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig Lewis died after becoming trapped in the basement of a burning home. She was the first female member of the city’s fire department to die in the line of duty.
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 9, In Bahrain an explosion killed a citizen and wounded an expatriate man in the second fatal attack in the Gulf Arab state in two days.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) agreed to create a joint naval force based out of Bahrain and announced a police force based in Abu Dhabi.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A22)
2014        Dec 9, In Bangladesh an oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank on a major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel.
    (AP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 9, London's New Scotland Yard, the world's most famous police headquarters, was reported sold to the Abu Dhabi Financial Group for 370 million pounds ($580 million), 120 million pounds over the asking price. The Gulf investors plan to develop luxury apartments. The Metropolitan Police was moving to a smaller headquarters as it tries to cut more than 500 million pounds ($800 million) in spending.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, In China  Liu Tienan was jailed for life for receiving some $6 million in bribes. Mr. Liu was sacked in August 2013 as deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission after a disgruntled mistress blew the whistle on him.
    (AP, 12/10/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.46)
2014        Dec 9, In China a rights lawyer said seven students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have been jailed for 3-8 years for inciting seperatism.
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 9, The Save the Elephants group reported that street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in China, where newly wealthy middle and upper class citizens are buying carved ivory and whole tusks as a status symbol of their riches.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was awarded China's Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organizers as an alternative to the Nobel Prize. The prize was handed to a Cuban foreign student representative at a ceremony at a Beijing hotel.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 9, Dominica PM Roosevelt Skerrit said he is humbled by the re-election after his Labor Party won 15 of 21 parliamentary seats. Dominica's ruling party won a 4th consecutive term following parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Egyptian pro-democracy activist Ahmed Douma was sentenced to three years in jail after he accused the judge of bias and denounced his trial on charges of violence against the state as political.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, President Francois Hollande said that Serge Lazarevic (50), the last French citizen held hostage since 2011 by Al Qaeda's north African arm, has now been freed. Five prisoners in Mali were reported exchanged for the Frenchman.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, The Hungarian government said it has signed three contracts with a Russian company which will allow construction in 2018 of new reactors at the country's only nuclear power plant.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, India ordered state governments to halt the operations of all unregistered, web-based taxi companies after a female passenger reported she was raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to US cab company Uber.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, In Iraq a bomb blast and mortar fire targeting Shiites killed 7 people in Baghdad as US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the capital for a first-hand report on the battle against IS militants.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Moldova police said seven people have been detained on suspicion they smuggled uranium and mercury in a metal container from Russia to be used in a dirty bomb.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, New Zealand lawmakers passed anti-terrorism measures that increase domestic surveillance powers and attempt to stop nationals from traveling abroad to fight for groups like Islamic State.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, The MN Wayward Wind, a lobster boat with 50 people onboard, capsized in the Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua. At least 18 remained missing.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 9, In Pakistan a couple and their four children were killed as retribution for a perceived "honor crime" in the town of Athara Hazari. Police south four men in the killings which stemmed from the mother's first marriage nearly 30 years ago to another man.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, In the southern Philippines a suspected bomb explosion in a bus in front of Central Mindanao University killed at least 10 people and wounded 34 others in Bukidnon province.
    (AP, 12/9/14)(AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, Russia resumed shipments of natural gas to Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Sierra Leone's junior doctors struck for a 2nd day to demand better care for medical workers after a spate of recent Ebola deaths.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, The Solomon Islands parliament made Manasseh Sogavare (b.1955) prime minister.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manasseh_Sogavare)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.43)
2014        Dec 9, Swedish police raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, Ukrainian government troops and separatists said their forces were complying with an agreed "Day of Silence" in Ukraine's war-torn east, marking an attempt to forge an effective ceasefire which may lead to a new round of peace talks.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, In eastern Yemen at least 5 government soldiers were killed when two al Qaeda suicide bombers tried to drive cars laden with explosives into a military compound in Seyoun. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)

2014        Dec 10, Pres. Obama announced $1 billion in private-public spending on programs for young learners.
    (SFC, 12/11/14, p.A7)
2014        Dec 10, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists named Disney and Koch Industries, an energy and chemical conglomerate, as among 35 big companies it said had been seeking secret tax deals in Luxembourg.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, US military officials said the United States and partner nations have launched 20 airstrikes against Islamic State militants in recent days with seven strikes in Syria and led 13 strikes in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, Detroit formally emerged from court protection, ending the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
    (SFC, 12/11/14, p.A11)
2014        Dec 10, Missouri inmate Paul Goodwin (48) was executed for the fatal beating and sexual assault of Joan Crotts (63) in 1998. Goodwin reportedly had an IQ of 73.
    (SFC, 12/11/14, p.A11)
2014        Dec 10, Brazil’s National Truth Commission delivered a damning report on the killings, disappearances and acts of torture committed by government agents during the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.
    (SFC, 12/11/14, p.A3)
2014        Dec 10, The British Scouting Association apologized after revealing that 48 sexual abuse lawsuits had been made since the movement started in 1907, 36 of which had been brought since October 2012.
    (AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 10, In China authorities in Urumqi, the capital of the restive western region of Xinjiang, introduced a law banning veiled robes in public amid measures taken by Beijing to curb Muslim extremism. The new law was passed by the Urumqi legislature's standing committee but needs endorsement at the regional level before going into effect.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 10, China General Nuclear Power, established in 1994, floated shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Shares in China's largest nuclear power producer surged almost 20 percent on its debut.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.18)(http://tinyurl.com/p59lh8h)
2014        Dec 10, A group of Gambian diplomats were jailed after being found guilty of running a huge tax-dodging tobacco operation out of the Gambian embassy in London. Yusupha Bojang (54), was identified as the ringleader of the operation, ordering half-a-million packets of tax-free rolling tobacco over three years and selling it out of the west London building.
    (AFP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, Ralph Giordano (b.1923), a German writer and Holocaust survivor who spoke out against anti-Semitism and the far right, and later became a prominent critic of Germany's failure to integrate Muslim immigrants, died. Giordano was known for his autobiographical 1982 novel "The Bertinis" and 22 other books.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, India's government said that it was decriminalizing suicide attempts, which earlier were punishable by up to a year in prison.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, In Iraq a suicide car bomb killed 9 Shiite militiamen in an attack near the Iraqi city of Tikrit. A series of attacks in and near Baghdad, including one involving a suicide bomber driving a tanker truck, killed at least 15 people.
    (AFP, 12/10/14)(AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, The Irish Parliament adopted a nonbinding resolution supporting an independent Palestine.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lkn9ehu)(SFC, 12/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 10, Israeli ecologists said it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that flooded the Evrona desert reserve with up to five million liters of crude and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore and neighboring Jordan. The breached pipeline started spewing oil a week ago.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, In Italy police in Perugia launched Operation Fourth Step against the “Ndrangheta, the mafia from Calabria. 61 people were arrested.
    (Econ, 12/13/14, p.55)
2014        Dec 10, Japanese prosecutors charged a 68-year-old woman with murder, weeks after she was arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, one of at least six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the past 20 years. Chisako Kakehi has denied responsibility for the deaths.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, In western Madagascar 2 people died in violence at a Chinese-run sugar refinery. A part of the refinery was destroyed in unrest sparked by a dispute over contracts for seasonal workers and wages for full-time staff.
    (AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 10, A Maldives government official said water supply in the capital, cut by a fire last week in its only treatment plant, won't be fully restored until next week.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, In northeastern Mali Ahmed el Tilemsi, a leader of the Mourabitoune militant group, was killed in an evening operation conducted by French and Malian forces near the town of Gao. About 10 militants in total were "neutralized" during the sweep.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 10, Mauritians voted in parliamentary elections with rival parties promising to boost the economy and battling over the proposed strengthening of presidential powers. The opposition Lepep coalition took a strong early lead during vote counting.
    (AFP, 12/10/14)(AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 10, In northern Myanmar Kokang rebels attacked an army outpost, killing 7 government troops and wounding 20 others.
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 10, In Nicaragua several thousand people marched in Managua to protest a planned $50 billion interoceanic canal. Groundbreaking was scheduled for Dec 22.
    (SFC, 12/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 10, In Nigeria a blast ripped through a busy textile market in the north city of Kano. 4 people were killed when two female suicide bombers attacked the Kantin Kwari textile market.
    (AFP, 12/10/14)(Reuters, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein (55) died shortly after an altercation with Israeli border police in the West Bank during which one of the policeman grabbed him by the neck. The Palestinians were attempting to plant olive trees on land they claimed as theirs. Abu Ein, who was convicted of killing two young Israelis in a bomb attack in 1979 and released as part of a prisoner swap in 1985, was a vocal opponent of Israel's settlement building in the West Bank.
    (Reuters, 12/10/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.51)
2014        Dec 10, Poland's constitutional court overturned a ban on the ritual slaughter of animals which had affected the Jewish and Muslim communities.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, In Puerto Rico thieves broke the lock on the main gate of the Egg Market warehouse in Bayamon and stole 456,000 eggs worth nearly $150,000.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 10, Russia’s lower house of parliament voted unanimously to approved a treaty allowing Armenia to join the Eurasian Economic Union, a trade block that already includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
    (SFC, 12/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 10, Up to 17,000 residents in the west of Scotland were left without power as a "weather bomb" of wet and windy conditions battered parts of Britain with gusts expected to reach up to 80 miles per hour.
    (Reuters, 12/10/14) 
2014        Dec 10, Sierra Leone authorities launched a two-week "lockdown" in an eastern diamond mining district, hoping to halt the spread of Ebola after the area recorded seven confirmed cases in a day.
    (AP, 12/10/14)(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A4)
2014        Dec 10, The United Arab Emirates reported that four Emiratis tried in absentia received life sentences after they were found guilty of trying to set up an al-Qaida affiliate in the Gulf nation and aiding rebels fighting in Syria. Seven other men, including citizens of the Emirates, Syria and the Comoros Islands, received between three and 15 years imprisonment. Four other defendants were acquitted.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, A top U.N. special investigator said  senior US officials who authorized and carried out torture as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, Zimbabwe’s Pres. Mugabe told a ruling party meeting that Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and appointee Phelekezela Mphoko will "automatically" become vice presidents.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 10, Zimbabwe said it has received a $110 million grant from the African Development Bank to repair and upgrade ageing infrastructure including water and power supply facilities.
    (AFP, 12/10/14)

2014        Dec 11, The US House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, sending it to the Senate after it was ushered through barely two hours before a midnight deadline.
    (AFP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 11, Google announced it will close Google News in Spain and block reports from Spanish publishers from more than 70 Google News international editions due to a new Spanish law requiring aggregators to pay to link content.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, The California State Dept. of Finance estimated the current state population to be 38.5 million.
    (SFC, 12/12/14, p.D1)
2014        Dec 11, Rain and high winds lashed Northern California overnight, leaving thousands without power, as a major winter storm that marched across the Pacific Ocean was set to pound the state.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, Delaware police arrested Seth Ramsey (17) of Harrington after his father was found dead with a single arrow wound to the abdomen. Ramsey admitted to killing his father with a crossbow.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 11, The Int’l. Weightlifting Federation said eight weightlifters, including two gold medalists, have been provisionally suspended after failing doping tests at last month's world championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Afghan army personnel, killing 6 soldiers and wounding 11. Hours later a teenaged suicide bomber targeted a packed auditorium at a French-run high school in Kabul, killing a German citizen.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)(AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, Algeria's justice minister said a second member of the group that kidnapped and beheaded French hiker Herve Gourdel last September has been identified and killed by the army.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, In Vienna, Austria, several states (Britain, Norway, Netherlands and the US) pledged to back a UN nuclear agency (IAEA) request for 4.6 million euros ($5.7 million) as soon as possible to pay for its monitoring of an extended, interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, Brazil’s National Truth Commission report named 377 people allegedly responsible for 434 deaths and disappearances, and thousands of acts of torture during the military regime of 1964-1985.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A22)
2014        Dec 11, Britain's Scout Association was warned that sexual abuse claims that have led to payouts of £500,000 were only the "tip of the iceberg."
    (AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, In London Aravindan Balakrishnan (74), the leader of an obscure Maoist collective, was charged with false imprisonment, rape, cruelty to a person under 16 years old and indecent assault. He allegedly held three women, freed last year, against their will in a London house for 30 years.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, In Bulgaria some 6,000 people protested in Sofia against government plans to raise the retirement age by four months to 63 years and 8 months for men and to 60 years and 8 months for women.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, In the southeast CongoDRC at least 129 people drowned when the passenger ship M/V Mutambala capsized on Lake Tanganyika.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 11, The EU banned Libya's seven airlines from operating in European skies, citing safety concerns linked to the ongoing fighting there.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, Greece's former finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, was indicted before a special court on criminal charges over his handling of data on Greeks holding Swiss bank accounts.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, Hong Kong police arrested some 209 pro-democracy activists and cleared most of the main protest site, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations in the Chinese-controlled city.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)(AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, The head of Hungary's tax authority sued a senior American diplomat in Budapest for libel after the envoy said the US had knowledge of corruption at the tax office.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, Indian PM Narendra Modi told President Vladimir Putin that Russia will remain India's top defense supplier. Modi spoke after a one-day summit in which the two sides signed billions of dollars of deals in nuclear power, oil and defense. The Russian Direct Investment Fund and India's IDFC agreed to invest up to $1 billion in Indian infrastructure projects including in ports, toll roads and hydropower, to deepen economic ties between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, Iran media reported that authorities have arrested 12 people for syphoning off more than $4.5 billion (3.6 billion euros) from one of the country's main banks over several years. The suspects embezzled from the Kerman branch of Tejarat Bank from 2009 until their arrest in 2013.
    (AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, Iraq's powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr put his militia on alert to battle Islamic State militants for the city of Samarra. An Islamic State suicide bomber blew up a Humvee west of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, destroying a bridge and killing two soldiers.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, The International Criminal Court ordered a close ally of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude, to stand trial for crimes against humanity linked to a 2010-11 post-election crisis.
    (AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, In Kenya more than 20 machete-wielding men, said to be members of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), attacked a police camp. The outlawed group wants independence for Kenya's Indian Ocean coastal regions, citing decades of neglect by the government.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 11, Malaysia police said they have arrested 20 people in a widening investigation into the murder of at least 18 Myanmar nationals in the state of Penang since January. Police said twelve Myanmar migrants have confessed to their role in nine of the murders.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, In central Nigeria twin explosions killed about 120 people in downtown Jos. Extremists attacked Gajigana, a border town between Niger and Nigeria, and 11 people were killed. Major buildings were burned down but Boko Haram did not succeed in capturing the town.
    (SFC, 12/12/14, p.A9)(AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 11, In the Philippines Rep. Vicente Belmonte was slightly wounded in an attack by gunmen who killed at least 2 of his bodyguards and a driver in Misamis Oriental province.
    (SFC, 12/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 11, Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank said the Saudi king has pledged $35 million to help fight Ebola in hard-hit West African countries.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, South Africa said its loss-making national airline will be placed under the control of the Treasury, as the carrier battles to turn around its fortunes.
    (AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, South African police expressed shock at the gruesome and mysterious murder of six men, aged 18-30, found with their hands bound and their heads apparently crushed by rocks.
    (AFP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, South African doctors performed the world's first successful penis transplant in a nine-hour operation at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. This followed a botched circumcision at a traditional initiation ceremony. On March 13, 2015, doctors announced that the man (21) had made a full recovery.
    (AP, 3/14/15)
2014        Dec 11, Swiss authorities charged Herve Falciani, a fugitive banking analyst, with data theft in what is considered to be one of the biggest security breaches in the country's often-secretive banking sector. He has been accused of stealing stole information between 2006 and 2007 relating to 24,000 customers of the Swiss division of HSBC.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 11, In Uganda Ryan Gustafson, an American man, was arrested for forging currency of more than $190,000 found in his Ugandan home. Police alleged that Gustafson has forged more than $2 million that is in circulation around the world.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 11, Ukraine's parliament approved the new government's economic program of tough reforms aimed at securing billions of dollars in financial aid from the International Monetary Fund and other backers. a military spokesman said 3 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)

2014        Dec 12, American politicians agreed to supply weapons to Ukrainian troops.
    (Econ, 12/20/14, p.111)
2014        Dec 12, A major storm that pummeled northern California and the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and high winds and killed two people moved south overnight, prompting evacuation orders in areas prone to floods and mud flows.
    (Reuters, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, In New Jersey Derish Wolff (79), the former president and CEO of the Morristown-based Louis Berger Group, an engineering consulting firm, pleaded guilty to leading a conspiracy that reaped tens of millions of dollars by overcharging the US government for reconstruction projects overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 12, In Afghanistan the Taliban detonated a roadside bomb, hitting a convoy of foreign troops and killing 2 American soldiers.
    (Reuters, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 12, In Britain a system failure affecting air traffic control workstations was to blame for disruption to thousands of passengers coming in and out of Britain's biggest airports.
    (Reuters, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 12, China opened a key section of a massive and ambitious plan to transport water from wetter central and southern parts of the country up to its arid north, including Beijing.
    (Reuters, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, EU governments agreed to ban the export of jet fuel to Syria from Dec 14, saying it was being used by the Syrian air force for indiscriminate attacks against civilians.
    (Reuters, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, Haiti’s President Michel Martelly said that he accepted all the findings of a report this week from a government-appointed commission, including its recommendation that the prime minister resign.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 12, Iran said it had agreed to extend temporary visas for 450,000 Afghan refugees for six months, lifting a threat to send them back home to a country facing attacks by resurgent militants.
    (Reuters, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 12, In Iraq one person was killed by rocket fire in Kerbala where huge crowds of Shi'ite pilgrims have gathered for religious ceremonies. Mortar fire targeting a Shiite mosque killed 8 worshippers in Muqdadiyah.
    (Reuters, 12/12/14)(AP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, Islamic State group militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, killing the two pilots onboard and raising fresh concerns about the extremists' ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing US-led coalition airstrikes.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 12, Striking Italian union workers marched through more than 50 Italian cities to protest government economic reforms that they say erode their rights.
    (AP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, In Israel some 100 Palestinians demonstrated outside the Ofer military prison near Ramallah. Troops shot live bullets at their legs, wounding 10. In Hebron youths clashed with soldiers and were also shot in the legs. A Palestinian described as mentally unstable threw acid at a family of Israelis who gave him a ride in the West Bank before being shot and wounded.
    (AFP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, A Saudi woman arrested for attending a soccer game at  Jiddah's new al-Jawhara stadium.
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 12, Sierra Leone said it was banning any public Christmas celebrations as the spiraling caseload of Ebola infections continues to spread alarm.
    (AFP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, A Sri Lankan air force plane crashed outside the island's capital, killing four and injuring one.
    (AP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council that she has suspended investigations into alleged war crimes in Sudan's Darfur, criticizing the UN Security Council for inaction over the conflict-hit region.
    (AFP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 12, Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year according to The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
    (Reuters, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, In Syria the Islamic State group's police force beheaded four men in the central province of Homs for blasphemy.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 12, The US and its allies carried out 7 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and 20 in Iraq in the past three days.
    (Reuters, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 12, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signaled a fresh campaign against supporters of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
    (Reuters, 12/12/14)

2014        Dec 13, The US Congress passed a $1.1-trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2015, capping a week of acrimonious wrangling while averting a government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 13, Thousands of protesters paralyzed parts of New York and Washington, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 13, In Vermont over 10,000 utility customers were still without power three days after a strom pounded the state with heavy snow.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 13, In Afghanistan gunmen shot dead senior Supreme Court official Atiqullah Raoufi as he left his home in Kabul. Hours later Taliban fighters shot dead at least 12 workers clearing mines in Helmand province. A bomb ripped through a bus carrying soldiers in Kabul, killing at least 7 of them.
    (Reuters, 12/13/14)(AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In Chechnya the office of one of the last human rights groups active in the country was torched. They had criticized the Kremlin-installed Chechen leader for calling for collective punishment against families of Islamist insurgents.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 13, China marked its first national memorial day for the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. President Xi Jinping said China and Japan should set aside hatred and not allow the minority who led Japan to war to affect relations now.
    (Reuters, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In China at least 12 people were killed and three badly injured in a six-car pileup on a major north-south highway near Heyuan, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In China ten workers were stopped by guards and police when they attempted to enter the construction site in northern Shanxi province to be paid. Zhou Xiuyun (47), a female construction worker, was killed in an ensuing brawl in which police also broke Zhou's husband's ribs. One officer was later accused of causing the death of Zhou Xiuyun. Two others were arrested for allegedly abusing their power.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 13, An Egyptian official said Egypt’s top prosecutor has referred over 400 suspected Islamists to military tribunals for last year’s acts of violence and killings of policemen.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 13, Hong Kong police said that they would clear out the third and final pro-democracy protest camp next week, putting an end to demonstrations that have blocked traffic in the southern Chinese city's streets for 2 1/2 months.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In central Indonesia a mudslide set off by torrential rains rushed down hills into a village and swept away scores of homes. At least 56 people were killed and 52 others missing.
    (AP, 12/13/14)(SFC, 12/13/14, p.A2)(AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 13, In Iraq millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of jihadist attacks and thronged the shrine city of Karbala or the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals.
    (AFP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In Libya forces loyal to the recognized government of PM Abdullah al-Thinni conducted air strikes on targets near the eastern oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es-Sider to stop an advance by a rival force.
    (Reuters, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In Pakistan officers killed 4 Taliban fighters likely plotting to attack a planned Shiite rally. The four men were spotted traveling in a vehicle near the city of Muzaffargarh in eastern Punjab province and were killed in a shootout. Officers later raided the men's hideout and recovered dozens of grenades, rocket launchers and four suicide bomb vests.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In Peru UN talks on a new global warming pact went into overtime as negotiators considered a draft agreement that environmentalists complain fails to clearly define the responsibilities countries are due to accept at a key summit in Paris next year.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In Poland thousands of supporters of a conservative opposition party marched to protest the results of recent local elections, which party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski says were falsified. Kaczynski's critics accuse him of making false claims about the election outcome to motivate his base ahead of national elections next year.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia will take counter measures if Washington imposes new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. The US Congress has readied new sanctions on Russian weapons companies and investors in the country's high-tech oil projects, but President Barack Obama has yet to sign a corresponding bill into law.
    (Reuters, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, South African authgorities said rangers killed 3 rhino poachers in the past week in a flurry of shootouts in Kruger National Park.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, Hazem Sherif, a Syrian from war-torn Aleppo, was declared the winner of this year's "Arab Idol" singing contest at the grand finale of the grueling four-month television competition in Beirut.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 13, The Thai palace published a statement in the Royal Gazette saying Princess Srirasmi had relinquished her royal status, a move that ends her 13-year marriage to Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. This followed a string of arrests of the princess' relatives in a high-profile corruption scandal.
    (AFP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, Mehmet Gormez, the head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, came under fire over reports that a luxury Mercedes had been purchased at public expense to serve as his official car. This came amid ongoing controversy over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's new presidential palace, a 1,150-room complex in Ankara that cost taxpayers more than $600 million.
    (AFP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, Yemeni troops shot dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a soldier during a checkpoint inspection of their Saudi-bound bus.
    (AFP, 12/13/14)

2014        Dec 14, In Algeria 9 illegal migrants from Niger were killed when their bus and a truck collided in Ghardaia as they were being repatriated.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, In China 10 miners were found dead hours after they were trapped underground in an explosion at a mine in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, Egypt's stock market plunged by 22 billion Egyptian pounds (just over $3 billion) in a single day of trading as low oil prices dragged down regional economies.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, In Egypt gunmen killed 2 policemen in a drive-by shooting in El-Arish the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, An Egyptian fishing boat crashed into a container ship in the Gulf of Suez, killing 13 fishermen. The captain and first officer of the Kuwaiti container ship were soon detained.
    (AP, 12/14/14)(Reuters, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 14, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that French forces have either killed or captured nearly 200 jihadists in the Sahel region of west Africa in the past year.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, Haiti’s PM Laurent Lamothe announced that he was resigning along with several ministers in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission's call for him to step down.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition cruised to a big election win, but record low turnout could weaken his claim of a mandate for reflationary policies to revive the economy.
    (Reuters, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, In Lebanon scores of families, friends and supporters of some two dozen Lebanese police and soldiers held captive by militants continued to rally in central Beirut, calling for their quick release.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, The minister of oil in Libya's Tripoli-based government said the Sidra terminal, the country's largest oil shipping terminal, has been shut down due to clashes between rival militias.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, Mauritius' president named veteran politician Sir Anerood Jugnauth as prime minister, after the 84-year old won a landslide victory taking nearly three-quarters of seats in parliament.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, In northeastern Nigeria Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack on Gumburi, 20 km from Chibok, the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped earlier this year.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 14, In North Korea US citizen Arturo Pierre Martinez (29) from El Paso, Texas, held a press conference in Pyongyang to denounce his own country's political and economic systems. He said he had crossed illegally into North Korea from China in November.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, Norwegian police said they have warned politicians about possible eavesdropping of cellphone calls after several listening devices were reportedly found in central Oslo, including near government buildings and Parliament.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, In Peru about 190 nations agreed on the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures.
    (Reuters, 12/14/14)  
2014        Dec 14, A Saudi security officer was killed in an operation to free three foreign laborers taken hostage by a gunman in Riyadh. The attacker was wounded and captured in the shoot-out. A Saudi policeman was shot and killed in the eastern town of al-Awamiya by an unidentified assailant.
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 14, Sierra Leone confirmed that Dr. Victor Willoughby has tested positive for Ebola, the 12th local physician to become infected — 10 of whom have died.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, In northwestern Syria rebels and al-Qaida militants took over at least three government checkpoints around a pair of military bases. At least 15 pro-government troops and 8 opposition fighters were killed in the clashes. Government forces killed at least 21 rebels in the Handarat area.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, Turkish police arrested Ekrem Dumanli, the editor of the country's biggest selling newspaper (Zaman), and at least two dozen other media figures in a new crackdown on supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's exiled rival, Fethullah Gulen.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, In Uganda renegade four-star general David Sejusa was officially received by the head of Uganda's domestic security agency. He had sat on Uganda's military high command before fleeing last year to exile in London.
    (AP, 12/14/14)

2014        Dec 15, The US Senate approved Pres. Obama’s nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy (37) to serve as the US surgeon general.
    (SFC, 12/16/14, p.A7)
2014        Dec 15, In Pennsylvania Bradley William Stone (35), an Iraqi war veteran, shot dead 5 people at three locations outside Philadelphia and remained at large. Stone had recently been in court fighting his ex-wife over custody of their two children. Stone was found dead the next day in woods near his home.
    (AFP, 12/15/14)(SFC, 12/16/14, p.A9)(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A10)
2014        Dec 15, In Australia at least five hostages were released or escaped after being held in Sidney’s Martin Place Lindt Chocolate Cafe by Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheikh. Heavily armed officers stormed the cafe after a 16 hour stand-off. Monis and 2 hostages of 17 were left dead. Monis shot manager Tori Johnson (34) in the back of the head. An inquest revealed that hostage Katrina Dawson was killed by police bullet fragments.
    (Reuters, 12/15/14)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A10)(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A2)
2014        Dec 15, In Austria school officials in Vienna ordered the closure of a Saudi Arabian school accused of teaching anti-Semitism, after it refused to comply with a request to identify the institution's director and teachers.
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, Belgium ground to a halt in its biggest strike in years as trade unions grounded flights, cut international rail links and shut sea ports to protest the new government's austerity plans.
    (AFP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, In China a former senior provincial official told a court he took around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones. Ni Fake, a former deputy governor of the eastern province of Anhui, reportedly had a craving for jade.
    (AFP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 15, A court in northern China cleared a man of the rape and murder of a woman in a public toilet 18 years after he was executed for the crime. Huugjilt  was 18 when he was sentenced to death and executed for the 1996 crime. State media had previously reported that a convicted serial rapist and killer confessed to the murder in 2005 after receiving a death sentence for other crimes, but was never tried for this killing and has still not been executed. On Dec 17 Feng Zhiming, police officer who oversaw the case, was arrested and charged with torture to coerce confession, dereliction of duty and taking bribes.
    (AP, 12/15/14)(AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 15, Denmark claimed ownership of around 900,000 square km of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland by filing documents to United Nations.
    (Reuters, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, France’s the interior ministry said the UberPop transport service will be banned in France from Jan. 1 to avoid unfair competition.
    (Reuters, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, French police dismantled a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria in a series of dawn raids that saw them nab 10 suspects across the country.
    (AFP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, Hong Kong police pulled down barriers at the third and final pro-democracy demonstration camp, putting an end to rallies that blocked traffic for 2½ months.
    (SFC, 12/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 15, Iraqi officials said the government has identified and stopped payment of tens of millions of dollars in salaries previously disbursed to nonexistent troops, known here as "ghost soldiers," as part of the prime minister's vow to tackle corruption in the military and regain a foothold in the battle against the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, The Islamic State (IS) executed 13 men described as anti-jihadist Sunni tribal fighters near Iraq’s northern city of Tikrit. The executed men were members of an anti-IS group of Sunni tribal fighters known as the Knights of Al-Alam who were captured by jihadists in Tikrit and Al-Alam around 10 days earlier. Pictures of the execution were released.
    (AFP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 15, A Dutch privacy watchdog ordered Google to make changes to the way it handles users' personal data or face fines of up to 15 million euros ($18.7 million).
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, The Philippines' military chief declared a monthlong (Dec 18 to Jan 19) suspension of military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, Philippine government prosecutors charged US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton with murder in the Oct 11 killing of Filipino Jennifer Laude, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she was a transgender woman.
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, In Romania a helicopter carrying a medical team crashed in Lake Siutghiol, near the Black Sea, killing all 4 people onboard.
    (AP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 15, The Russian dropped 10%  of its value against the US dollar.
    (Econ, 12/20/14, p.111)
2014        Dec 15, Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said a Yemeni man convicted of robbery has had his right hand cut off, the first such punishment carried out in the kingdom this year.
    (AP, 12/15/14)
2014        Dec 15, In Syria the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front dealt a major blow to the government by seizing Hamidiyeh and Wadi al-Deif, two key army bases, giving them control over most of Idlib province. Around 100 government soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during the two-day battle. Around 120 soldiers were captured in the assault.
    (AFP, 12/15/14)(Reuters, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 15, UN rights investigators said at least 4,707 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian rebels since the conflict began in mid-April.
    (SFC, 12/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 15, In Yemen police shot and killed Khalid al-Junaid, a prominent activist, while he inspected protests in the southern city of Aden organized to press for the south to secede.
    (AP, 12/15/14)

2014        Dec 16, Pres. Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the US government operating over the next nine months.
    (SFC, 12/17/14, p.A9)
2014        Dec 16, Pres. Obama signed legislation imposing further sanctions on Russia and authorizing additional aid to Ukraine.
    (SFC, 12/17/14, p.A5)
2014        Dec 16, Lena Jacobs Coombs (48), Utah-based former marketing director for Symantec, an anti-virus software maker, pleaded guilty to embezzling over $1 million to fund personal expenses and vacations. On April 22, 2015, Coombs was sentenced to three years in prison. She was also ordered to pay $915,412 in restitution.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.C5)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.C3)
2014        Dec 16, Rock Scully (b.1941), the fist manager of the Grateful Dead, died in Monterey, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.C1)
2014        Dec 16, In Afghanistan 11 insurgents were killed in a US drone strike in Nangahar province.
    (AP, 12/17/14)(Reuters, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 16, Bosnian police said they have arrested 10 people suspects of war crimes committed in northeast Bosnia where Serb forces in 1992 killed and expelled non-Serbs in order to create an ethnically pure territory.
    (AP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, A British jury cleared three security guards of manslaughter in the 2010 death of Jimmy Mubenga (46), an Angolan man, who collapsed while being deported.
    (AP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, Chinese PM Li Keqiang visited Afghanistan to meet with Afghanistan's chief executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 16, In Israel ten members of Lehava, a far-right Jewish organization, were arrested on suspicion of incitement and calls for acts of violence motivated by racism.
    (SFC, 12/17/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 16, Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test, a fresh setback for the US-supported system billed as a bulwark against Iran.
    (Reuters, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Palestinian Mahmoud Abdalla (20) as violence erupted during an arrest operation in the West Bank. Palestinians in the refugee camp of Qalandiya reportedly threw explosive charges and opened fire at soldiers during the operation.
    (AP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, Italian police said they have arrested 59 suspects in a probe of ties between the 'ndrangheta organized crime syndicate and Milan businessmen, including alleged efforts to snare San Siro stadium's catering business.
    (AP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, In Mexico a shootout between rival vigilantes in western Michoacan state left 11 dead.
    (Reuters, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 16, In Pakistan 150 people, including 132 students, were killed after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in Peshawar. 9 suicide attackers were killed in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. The attack was later reported to have been masterminded by Umar Mansoor (36) of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP).
    (Reuters, 12/16/14)(AP, 12/16/14)(AP, 12/17/14)(Reuters, 12/19/14)(SFC, 12/22/14, p.A5)(Econ, 1/24/15, p.33)
2014        Dec 16, Romania's PM Victor Ponta gave up the title of "doctor," more than two years after he was accused of plagiarism in writing his doctoral thesis.
    (AP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, The Russian currency crashed to unprecedented lows as it reached 80 rubles to the dollar and 100 to the euro, testing Vladimir Putin's ability to ride out a economic storm and prevail in his confrontation with the West. Russia's emergency move a day earlier to raise interest rates to 17 percent failed to arrest the collapse of the ruble.
    (AFP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, The Spanish Interior Ministry said Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested seven people in a ongoing joint swoop on suspected efforts to recruit women to go to Syria and Iraq to support Islamic State insurgents.
    (AP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, Syria's state news agency SANA said that the army had killed more than 60 "terrorists" from the Islamic State militant group in the province of Deir al-Zor.
    (Reuters, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, In Turkey dozens of football fans who took part in last year's mass anti-government protests went on trial accused of an attempted coup.
    (AP, 12/16/14)
2014        Dec 16, In Uganda scores of M23 rebels fled the camp where they were being held ahead of repatriation to CongoDRC.
    (SFC, 12/17/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 16, In Vietnam rescue teams struggled to save 12 laborers trapped and running low on oxygen after a tunnel collapsed earlier in the day during construction of a hydropower plant in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. All twelve were rescued on Dec 19.
    (Reuters, 12/16/14)(Reuters, 12/17/14)(AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 16, In Yemen two car bombs exploded in Radaa city in the central province of al-Bayda. Radaa is a bastion of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The bombs exploded hitting a school bus traveling near a Shiite rebel gathering, killing 26, including at least 16 primary school students.
    (Reuters, 12/16/14)(AP, 12/16/14)(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A2)

2014        Dec 17, The United States slapped sanctions on Dutch and Swiss oil trading firms for their dealings with the Syrian government. This put Netherlands-based Staroil B.V. as well as two Swiss-based firms, Rixo International Trading Ltd and Bluemarine SA, on its list of sanctioned entities, which effectively cuts them off from the US financial system.
    (AP, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, US officials said the United States is planning to open an embassy in Cuba as part of its plan to open talks and normalize relations with the island nation. Cuba released Rolando Sarraff (51), a US spy who's been imprisoned in for nearly 20 years, in exchange for the last three of five Cuban spies convicted in 2001. Cuba also released 53 other prisoners.
    (Reuters, 12/17/14)(AP, 12/17/14)(SFC, 12/18/14, p.A17)(SFC, 12/19/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 17, Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled its planned release of “The Interview," a comedy about a fictional assassination plot against North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, amid threats by cyberterrorists to bomb any theater that showed the film.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.A1)
2014        Dec 17, Edward O’Donnell, a former Countrywide Financial executive, reached an agreement with the government that enables him to collect over $57 million for helping federal prosecutors force Bank of America to pay a record $16.65 billion penalty in connection with its role in churning out shoddy mortgage securities.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.A5)
2014        Dec 17, Arizona’s sheriff’s office anounced a decision to disband its criminal employment squad. Sheriff Joe Arpaio used the squad to target immigrants usng fake or stolen IDs to get jobs. The decision was made after courts shelved certain state immigration laws.
    (SFC, 12/19/14, p.A14)
2014        Dec 17, In southern California Margo Bronstein (56) slammed into a crowd outside a church in Redondo Beach killing 3 women. The son (6) of one of the women died of injuries the next day. Bronstein was charged with driving under the influence of a drug and vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.A5)
2014        Dec 17, A Florida judge granted the state’s first formal divorce for a gay couple. The Broward County judge used the case to join other judges in declaring the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.A5)
2014        Dec 17, In Massachusetts fourteen people connected to a coumpounding pharmacy were indicted on charges stemming from a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 17, In Montana Markus Kaarma (30), who shot and killed German exchange student Diren Dede (17) caught trespassing in his garage last April 27, was convicted of deliberate homicide.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 17, Afghan insurgents stormed a bank in Lashgar Gah, Helmand province, killing at least 10 people including three policemen. Attackers in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, attached explosives to police vehicles, killing a police officer and wounding four others when they detonated.
    (AP, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, The Church of England named Libby Lane, a saxophone-playing vicar with a taste for football, as its first female bishop in a move hailed as an important step towards greater equality.
    (AFP, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, Cameroon army troops reportedly killed 116 Nigerian fighters from the Islamist Boko Haram group at its northern army base in Amchide on the border with Nigeria.
    (AFP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 17, In China Ji Jianye, a former mayor of Nanjing, was indicted on corruption charges amid a widening anti-graft crackdown.
    (AP, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, China secured a deal to construct a high-speed train link between the Belgrade and Budapest that will cut travel time between the Serbian and Hungarian capitals from eight hours to less than three.
    (AP, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, An EU court ruled that the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the EU terrorist list, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.
    (Reuters, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, German prosecutors arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 17, Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet grounded all flights after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier.
    (AP, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, In Kenya 6 people died and 11 were injured in a central Nairobi building collapse, with fears that the toll could rise as crews continued to dig through the rubble.
    (AFP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 17, Kurdish forces launched an operation to retake the town of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq after heavy coalition air strikes on Islamic State positions in the area overnight.
    (Reuters, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, In Myanmar a prominent former official with the main opposition party was detained and faced charges of insulting religion, which stemmed from a speech intended to discourage extremist interpretations of Buddhism.
    (Reuters, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, Nigeria sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists. The soldiers had refused to deploy last August to recapture three towns seized by Boko Haram.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 17, Philippine communist rebels declared cease-fire periods for the Christmas holidays and for the visit of Pope Francis next month.
    (AP, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, Sierra Leone Ebola surveillance teams fanned out in Freetown in a house to house search for sick people, as the president imposed new restrictions on movement and gatherings in a bid to stop the disease's spread.
    (AP, 12/17/14)(Econ, 1/3/15, p.33)
2014        Dec 17, In Geneva the international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying the practice violates its responsibilities as an occupying power in a declaration adopted by consensus among 126 of the 196 parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention.
    (AP, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, The UN Security Council renewed for 12 months its authorization for humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas of Syria at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.
    (Reuters, 12/17/14)
2014        Dec 17, Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels shut down a strategic Red Sea port, and stormed the offices of the country's main state newspaper.
    (AP, 12/17/14)

2014        Dec 18, The US imposed sanctions on Alejandra Araujo Uriarte, the Mexican mother-in-law of Sinaloa cartel leader Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno, because she allegedly concealed assets from a drug cartel's operations around the world.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, A US judge cleared the way for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona to get driver’s licenses.
    (SFC, 12/19/14, p.A9)
2014        Dec 18, It was reported that Colorado plans to spend over $8 million to research marijuana’s medical potential.
    (SFC, 12/18/14, p.C6)
2014        Dec 18, A judge in Butte, Montana, ordered ex-billionaire Tim Blixseth jailed after he failed to comply with an order to pay $13.8 million to creditors of the Yellowstone Club. Blixseth, the founder of the club, was blamed for its 2008 bankruptcy.
    (SFC, 12/19/14, p.A9)
2014        Dec 18, In Afghanistan a police officer in Kabul was killed and three were wounded when a suspected suicide bomber they were pursuing detonated his explosives-laden vehicle.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, Mandy Rice-Davies (70), a key figure in the 1963 "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, died.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 18, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen appealed to villagers in the northwest not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, In Central African Republic clashes between Muslim and Christian fighters left 28 people dead and dozens wounded. The fighting reportedly began on Dec 16 in Mbres when a member of a Christian militia was killed by a grenade allegedly thrown by a group of Muslims.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to up to 15 years in jail for violence including torching churches.
    (AFP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, The European Court of Justice ruled that obesity can be a disability, a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, The EU's top court found Britain at fault for demanding that non-EU citizens with resident permits issued in other member states must obtain a visa before entering the country.
    (AFP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, The EU imposed additional sanctions on Crimea, banning all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home the message the bloc will not recognize Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine territory.
    (AFP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, French regulators fined 13 consumer-products makers about 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) for price fixing on goods like shampoos, detergents and toothpaste.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, In Guyana a sugarcane worker killed 3 people with a machete, including a 9-year-old girl. The suspect, apparently targeting his ex-girlfriend, fled into hiding. On Dec 27 police reported the arrest of  Joshua Franklin (40) in a wooden shack in a sugarcane field.
    (AP, 12/18/14)(AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 18, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, Iraqi Kurdish forces opened a corridor to Sinjar Mountain to help thousands of trapped Yazidi people flee.
    (SFC, 12/19/14, p.A4)
2014        Dec 18, In Kenya fistfights and scuffles broke out in parliament as legislators passed controversial security measures which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, In northeast Nigeria fleeing villagers reported that extremists were rounding up elderly people and killing them in two schools in Gwoza.
    (AP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 18, A Pakistani anti-terrorism court cited lack of evidence and granted $5,000 bail to Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the chief suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attack trial, a decision immediately criticized by India. On Dec 19 Lakhvi ordered back to jail for at least three more months.
    (AP, 12/18/14)(SFC, 12/19/14, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A10)
2014        Dec 18, Puerto Rico police arrested more than 310 people in one of their biggest crime sweeps of the year. Authorities also seized 825 marijuana plants as well as dozens of weapons and cars.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin promised to fix his nation’s economic woes within two years by diversifying and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, In Sierra Leone Dr. Victor Willoughby became the 11th doctor in the country to die from Ebola.
    (SFC, 12/19/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 18, Switzerland sought to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble.
    (AP, 12/18/14)
2014        Dec 18, Yemen's parliament approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling. Suicide attackers set off two car bombs in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, killing themselves and causing a number of casualties. 3 other suspected bombers were killed by members of so-called citizen committee security patrols before they were able to attack.
    (AP, 12/18/14)(Reuters, 12/18/14)

2014        Dec 19, President Barack Obama signed a bill deepening US-Israeli cooperation. The US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act increases the value of emergency US weaponry kept in Israel by $200 million, to a total of $1.8 billion.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 19, The United States imposed sanctions on Russian-controlled Crimea as Ukraine announced the loss of five soldiers ahead of peace talks meant to end a war against Russian-backed insurgents.
    (AFP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, The US-led coalition conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and 4 in Syria.
    (Reuters, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, The US FBI formally accused North Korea of hacking of Sony Pictures.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, A federal judge restored US Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes. Federal wildlife biologists counted nearly 4,400 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin when the animals were removed from the federal endangered and threatened species list in 2012. Estimates this year suggest the region is home to 3,748 wolves, a decline mostly due to hunting and trapping.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 19, The US Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste.
    (Reuters, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, US health officials warned consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to 4 deaths in which people were sickened with listeria. At least 28 more were known sickened in ten states.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.A5)
2014        Dec 19, Sony Pictures said it is looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyber attack on the studio blamed on North Korea.
    (Reuters, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 19, Google sued to block what it calls overly broad demands by Mississippi in its investigation of online contraband sales, after accusing the state’s attorney general of doing Hollywood’s bidding.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.D1)
2014        Dec 19, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents fired several mortar rounds in Dawlar Shah district, Laghman province. One woman was killed and two women and six children were wounded.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, In northern Australia the bodies of 8 children, aged 2-14 years, and a wounded woman, Mersane Warria (37), were discovered in a home in Cairns, Queensland state. On Dec 21 Warria was charged with eight counts of murder. She was the mother of seven of them; the eighth was her niece.
    (AP, 12/19/14)(AP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 19, Belarus imposed a 30 percent fee on currency exchange transactions in an effort to contain panic that has spilled over from neighboring Russia.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, In Brazil a federal investigation into a kickback scheme at state-owned Petrobras ensnared 30 executives. In Sao Paulo prosecutors accused 33 businessmen of running a “cartel" to profit from the city’s subway system.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 19, In Bulgaria a powerful explosion at an ammunition plant in the southeast killed one worker and wounded four others near the village of Maglizh.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, In Central African Republic violence broke out when mainly Christian anti-balaka militias launched an attack against rebels of the largely Muslim former Seleka alliance and Peul in the central region of Bambari. At least 12 people were killed in that attack.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 19, In China Shanghai-based lawyer Zhang Peihong said he was notified by prosecutors in northeastern Yanbian prefecture of the arrest of Peter Hahn (74), a Korean-American Christian who ran a vocational school for Chinese and Korean youth for more than a decade in the border town of Tumen.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, A Beijing court sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum's grounds. Zheng Zhibiao had argued at his trial in early December that he had been concerned over a lack of protection of artifacts held at the former palace of China's emperors.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, A Beijing court ordered a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a homosexual man for administering electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual, an unprecedented ruling on so-called conversion therapy.
    (AFP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, China said it would build an 867-km rail network in Thailand and buy two million tons of its rice. Premier Li Keqiang was attending a two-day summit of leaders of Mekong River region countries.
    (Reuters, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 19, In Colombia a clash between the army and FARC rebels left 5 soldiers dead and five wounded. On Dec 26 FARC released captured soldier Carlos Becerra Ojeda (19).
    (AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 19, The Dominican Republic approved a law that for the first time decriminalizes abortions if the mother's life is at risk.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, The pilot of the Ethiopian attack helicopter forced his co-pilot and technician to land in Eritrean territory. The helicopter was conducting a routine training flight when it disappeared.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 19, A Hong Kong jury found Thomas Kwok, a billionaire property developer and a former top government official, guilty of corruption after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city's elite.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, In eastern Indonesia the Mount Gamalama volcano on Ternate island in North Maluku province erupted, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, In Iraq Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's top aide in Iraq has been killed. Bombings killed 11 people in Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. It fell on open ground without causing casualties or damage.
    (AFP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The US, Australia, Canada and Israel were among the six states that voted against the UN text.
    (AFP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 19, Italian police seized construction companies, apartments, villas and a yacht belonging to Cristiano Guarnera, a businessman who authorities allege consorted with a Mafia-like gang in Rome with ties to local politicians.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, Japanese researcher Haruko Obokata said in a statement that she was leaving the Riken Center for Developmental Biology after the lab concluded the stem cells she said she had created probably never existed. The center said it had stopped trying to match Obokata's results.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will be used to crush dissent by curbing civil liberties.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, Madagascar's president and four of his predecessors met for the first time in a bid to foster a national reconciliation process in the Indian Ocean island blighted by political crises.
    (AFP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, Moroccan authorities said 9 migrants, including 3 infants, have drowned off the coast near Tangiers. 21 people were rescued.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 19, Mozambican authorities said 5 people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants overnight in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, Pakistani authorities hanged two convicted militants in the first executions following the reinstatement of the death penalty in the wake of this week's Peshawar school massacre.
    (AP, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, A Moscow court extended a term of house arrest for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on trial for stealing more than 30 million rubles (£317,743), charges he dismisses as part of a campaign by President Vladimir Putin to stifle dissent.
    (Reuters, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, A Turkish court kept Hidayet Karaca, head of Samanyolu Television, and three other people in custody pending trial on accusations of belonging to a terrorist group.
    (Reuters, 12/19/14)
2014        Dec 19, In Yemen a suspected Al-Qaeda bomb attack killed 3 soldiers and wounded five others in Seyun, Hadramawt province.
    (AFP, 12/19/14)

2014        Dec 20, The Pentagon said that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country. The four had been cleared for transfer as a kind of reconciliation and mark of improved US-Afghan relations. Eight Afghans are among the 132 detainees remaining at Guantanamo.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Florida over 200 people gathered in Little Havana Park in Miami to protest Pres. Obama’s normalizing relations with Cuba.
    (SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A14)
2014        Dec 20, In Illinois 4 people including two young boys were killed in a shooting late today in a home in Rockford.
    (SFC, 12/22/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 20, African-American Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley (28) shot dead New York City police officers Rafael Ramos (40) and Wenjian Liu (32) in what officials called an "assassination", hours after warning on social media that he planned an attack in retribution for recent US police killings of unarmed black men. Brinsley fled to a nearby subway station where he shot himself in the head and died.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)(AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 20, In northern Afghanistan a late night Taliban attack at a checkpoint killed at least 7 policemen in Jawzjan province. 7 civilians, including two children, were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Nari district, Kunar province. Journalist Zubair Hatami (22) died in Kabul from wounds sustained in a Taliban attack on a French-run school earlier this month.
    (AP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 20, Burundi's National Intelligence Service detained Brice Nzohabonayo in the capital Bujumbura shortly after his brother Bertrand Nzohabonayo attacked a police station in Joue-les-Tours, France.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 20, State media reported that China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty.
    (Reuters, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, Leftist rebels in Colombia began a unilateral ceasefire hailed as a key step in peace negotiations -- but uncertainty marred the truce.
    (AFP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In eastern CongoDRC 2 men were burnt alive by civilians after they attacked a military office in Beni.
    (AFP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, Dominican Republic authorities said they have seized nearly 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms) of cocaine from Colombia and arrested 12 people, including a police officer.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In France Bertrand Nzohabonayo, born in Burundi in 1994, was shot dead after entering a police station in the central town of Joue-les-Tours armed with a knife, seriously wounding two officers. Police viewed the attack as motivated by radical Islamist motives.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Gabon a student was killed in clashes at an opposition rally in the capital, where police fired tear gas to disperse protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Bongo Ondimba.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Iraq Bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol killed 12 people in and around Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, Iraqi Kurdish and allied forces pressed on with a vast operation to wrest back swathes of land from the Islamic State jihadist group, a day after a months-old siege on Mount Sinjar was broken.
    (AFP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. This was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza into southern Israel a day earlier.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Liberia health workers manned polling stations across the country as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Nigeria a new video from the home-grown Boko Haram extremists showed gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers. Residents from five villages said people too elderly to flee the Gwoza local government area were being killed by Boko Haram militants. Over 50 people were reported killed over the past week.
    (AP, 12/21/14)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A7)
2014        Dec 20, North Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.
    (Reuters, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In northwestern Pakistan a US drone fired two missiles at militant hideout, killing at least 5 Taliban fighters.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, President Vladimir Putin said Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, as his foreign ministry warned that it was preparing to retaliate against fresh Western sanctions.
    (Reuters, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, Saudi security forces killed 4 militants in a clash in Awamiya region. An ministry spokesman said the dead were behind the killing of a member of the security forces and wounding of another on Dec 14. Residents said a teenager was accidentally killed during the raid.
    (Reuters, 12/20/14)(AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Spain thousands of people protested in cities against a new law that sets hefty fines for offenses such as burning the national flag and demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations. The Public Security Law was approved last week by parliament.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Sweden two car bombs shattered dozens of windows in a district of Malmo, the country’s third largest city. The Rosengaard district is dominated by immigrants from Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Lebanon.
    (AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Syria an activist opposed to both the Islamic State and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad said he had "verified 100 executions" of foreign IS fighters trying to leave Raqqa, the jihadist group's de facto capital. Kurdish fighters advanced in the contested northern town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 12/20/14)(AP, 12/20/14)
2014        Dec 20, In Tunisia one gunman was killed by government troops and three others arrested after they attacked a voting station late today, hours before polls opened for a presidential run-off.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 20, The World Health Organization said the death toll from Ebola in Guinea (1,550), Liberia (3,346) and Sierra Leone (2,477), the three worst-affected countries in West Africa, has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there.
    (Reuters, 12/20/14)

2014        Dec 21, US-led forces attacked Islamic State targets with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, US cybersecurity researchers said malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, Florida police Officer Charles Kondek was shot and run over early today in Tarpon Springs. Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)(SFC, 12/22/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 21, In Belarus three of BelaPAN's websites were blocked, along with the Internet newspaper Solidarnost and the website of the human rights organization Khartiya-97.
    (AP, 12/21/14)   
2014        Dec 21, British actress Billie Whitelaw (82), who collaborated closely with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and appeared on stage and screen for decades, died in a London nursing home. She made more than 50 movies, including Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy" in 1972.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Whitelaw)(AP, 12/22/14)(Econ, 1/3/15, p.74)
2014        Dec 21, In Central African Republic at least 18 people were killed and dozens injured in fresh attacks in and around the southwestern towns of Gamboula and Nola, near the border with Cameroon.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 21, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported that authorities have detained over 30,000 people during a two-month clamp down on pornography and gambling.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, Chinese police in the southwestern province of Guangxi stopped a group of "religious extremists" from illegally crossing into neighboring Vietnam after shooting one person dead and detaining 21.
    (AP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 21, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months. Rafah would open for two days to allow Gazans with serious illnesses to travel to Egypt and beyond for treatment and to allow foreign nationals and students to travel.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, Egyptian state media reported that a court has jailed Mohamed Ali Abdel Baki, a Suez Canal shipping services manager, for 10 years on charges of spying for Israel about naval movements through the strategic waterway.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, A Frenchman (b.1974) in Dijon ploughed into pedestrians shouting "Allahu Akbar" and left 13 people injured before he was shot dead. He had been to psychiatric hospital 157 times and had no known links to jihadist groups.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 21, Haiti's Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume, was named interim prime minister to replace Laurent Lamothe who resigned a week ago following several weeks of protests.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, In northeastern India an explosion in the parking lot of a bus station killed 3 workers and wounded five others in Manipur state.
    (AP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, Israel police rounded up eight Jewish extremists from a racist anti-Arab organization overnight, in the second such swoop targeting the group within a week.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, Jordan ended an eight-year moratorium on the death penalty with the hangings of 11 men convicted of murder.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, Kurdish fighters, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, pushed into the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.
    (AP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, Libya's Islamist-backed rival government called for diplomats and foreign firms to return to Tripoli, pledging to protect them despite an attack on the empty home of the Swiss ambassador.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram gunmen stormed Geidam, Yobe state, setting fire to several buildings and forcing residents to flee to the bush.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 21, In Nigeria pirates hijacked a military gunboat and 3 soldiers were missing after the ambush in the southern oil-rich state of Bayelsa.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 21, Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week. Rights groups believe Pakistan has about 8,000 prisoners on death row, more than 500 of them for terrorist offences.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, In Romania center politician Klaus Iohannis (55) was sworn in as president. He promised to crack down on corruption and strengthen institutions.
    (Reuters, 12/21/14)(SFC, 12/22/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 21, Sudanese security agents raided the headquarters of a human rights monitor and seized computers, nearly two weeks after one of its founders was arrested.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)
2014        Dec 21, A Syrian military source announced that an Israeli unmanned Skylark-1 model drone has been shot down in Quneitra province, close to the village of Hader" near the Golan Heights.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 21, Tunisians voted in the runoff of the country's first free presidential election, with authorities urging a big turnout to consolidate democracy after a chaotic four-year transition. Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi (88) won the presidential election with 55.68 percent of the vote.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)(Reuters, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 21, Uzbekistan voters cast ballots in parliamentary elections in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state where all four competing parties support President Islam Karimov's policies.
    (AFP, 12/21/14)

2014        Dec 22, Joseph Sargent (b.1925), American film director, died at his home in Malibu, Ca. His films included “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), “MacArthur" (1977) and “Jaws: The Revenge" (1987).
    (SFC, 12/25/14, p.D4)
2014        Dec 22, Legendary British singer Joe Cocker (70) died at his home in Crawford, Colorado. His intense, gritty voice won him wide acclaim that spanned both rock and blues.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Federal authorities in Atlanta charged Mark Quentin Henry (45) and four others with taking guns aboard at least 17 commercial airliners this year as they traveled from Atlanta to both NYC airports. 153 guns, all bought in Georgia, were seized during a 7-month gun trafficking probe.
    (SFC, 12/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 22, A grand jury in Baltimore returned indictments against 22 people involved in a multi-state dog-fighting ring. 225 dogs and at least 20 weapons were recovered following raids in Baltimore and West Virginia.
    (SFC, 12/23/14, p.A5)
2014        Dec 22, In New Hampshire, Jesus Gonzalo Palazuelos Soto, a member of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was sentenced to nine years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 22, Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it imposed a $999,900 fine on US oil and natural gas company Vantage Energy Inc, one of the largest given to a driller by DEP this year, for several environmental regulations violations.
    (Reuters, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 22, The Algerian army killed Abdelmalek Gouri, the head of a militant group that beheaded French tourist Herve Gourdel in September after it had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. 2 other militants were also killed in the operation in Isser.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 22, A court in Argentina convicted and sentenced a doctor and midwife for their roles in abducting newborns from women during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The court sentenced retired military doctor Norberto Atilio Bianco (69), to a 13-year term, and midwife Yolanda Arroche (85), to a seven-year term. It acquitted a third accused, doctor Raul Eugenio Martin (75).
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, China's ruling Communist Party announced a corruption investigation into Ling Jihua, a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao, as President Xi Jinping opens another front in his sweeping battle against deep-rooted graft.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, China issued rules, effective March 1, requiring real-estate owners to register their holdings with authorities, a major step in the fight against official corruption that should make it harder for property speculators to evade regulations.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Chinese prosecutors indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.
    (AP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, A Chinese military plane crashed in the country's northwest  and at least two people were killed.
    (AP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, In CongoDRC at least 30 people died when an overcrowded boat hit a rock and sank on the Congo river. On Dec 25 rioting youngsters went on the rampage in Isangi, the vessel's scheduled destination.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 22, Indian PM Narendra Modi's reform agenda suffered a setback as protests erupted in parliament and in the streets over a campaign by Hindu hardliners linked to his party to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Italian authorities said they have cracked a neo-Fascist plot to attack immigrants and political targets, including magistrates.
    (AP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Kurdish fighters in Iraq pushed deeper into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but faced stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.
    (AP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, In France a driver ploughed into a Christmas market in western France, injuring 10 people in Nantes. The driver stabbed himself in the chest "at least nine times", causing himself serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 22, France-based Airbus delivered its first next-generation A350-900 plane to Qatar Airways in a formal ceremony that kickstarts its bid to erode rival Boeing's dominance in the lucrative long-haul market.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, An Indonesian court sentenced five janitors to up to eight years in prison over the rape of a kindergartner boy (6) at an international school in Jakarta. A sixth suspect committed suicide while in custody after drinking bathroom cleanser.
    (AP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Kenyan police arrested Feisal Mohammed Ali, an alleged ivory trafficker, at a rental house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On Dec 24 a Kenyan court charged him with smuggling tusks.
    (AP, 12/23/14)(AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 22, In Libya clashes in Benghazi killed another 16 people and wounded dozens.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 22, In Mexico Father Lopez Gorostieta was kidnapped by a gang on the outskirts of Ciudad Altamirano; his truck was found abandoned two days later. On Dec 25 he was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in an area of southern Guerrero state dominated by drug cartels.
    (AP, 12/27/14)(SFC, 12/27/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 22, In northwestern Myanmar a woman was fatally shot during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine.
    (AP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company broke ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 22, In northeastern Nigeria a bombing at a bus station killed at least 20 people at the Dukku motor park on the outskirts of Gombe city. An explosion at the main market in Bauchi city killed 7 people and injured 25 others.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)(AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 22, North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Dec 23.
    (Reuters, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 22, Norway's prison authorities said they had seized over 200 letters from mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik to prevent him from setting up a network outside jail.
    (AFP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Russia bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy. The Central Bank said it will give Trust Bank 30 billion rubles that will allow it to continue operating as normal.
    (AP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Activists said Russia's Internet watchdog is working to block social networking sites rallying support for a mass protest next month backing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, In Scotland a refuse truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in Glasgow killing 6 people.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, A Spanish judge ordered the king’s sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on tax fraud charges.
    (SFC, 12/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 22, Spaniards were glued to televisions as awards were announced in the world's richest lottery. Holders of over 100 tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot as they celebrated winning 400,000-euro ($490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash. 20 were also purchased in the southern city of Cadiz and a handful were sold in other cities across the nation.
    (AP, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, The World Health Organization said the Syrian government has approved the delivery of medicine and surgical supplies to three areas of the country aid workers were previously unable to reach regularly, including opposition-held Aleppo.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)
2014        Dec 22, Pope Francis listed 15 "ailments" of the Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the central administration of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church.
    (AP, 12/22/14)

2014        Dec 23, The US White House announced Gambia's termination as a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.   
    (AP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 23, A US appeals court handed environmental groups a win by throwing out federal regulations that gave local government agencies more leeway in meeting air quality standards for ozone.
    (Reuters, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, US census figures indicated that Florida has surpassed New York state in population with at least 19.9 million residents, making it the 3rd most populous US state.
    (SFC, 12/24/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 23, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said  Seth Rogen's North Korea farce “The Interview" will be shown in over 200 theaters on Christmas Day, down from a planned release of 3,000.
    (AP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 23, In Mississippi 4 people were killed after tornadoes tore through the region.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)(SFC, 12/26/14, p.A11)
2014        Dec 23, In Missouri a teenager was shot dead by a white officer in a suburb of St Louis. County police chief Jon Belmar said an 18-year-old suspect, identified as Antonio Martin, levelled a gun at an officer responding to a theft complaint at a gas station, leaving him with no alternative but to shoot.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 23, In eastern Afghanistan at least 151 Taliban fighters were reported killed by government forces during 12 days of fighting. The Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-i-Taiba, the group responsible for the attacks on Mumbai in 2008, were reported taking part in the battle.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, Antigua PM Gaston Browne said that China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation will modernize St. John's port and harbor.
    (AP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 23, In Bangladesh Syed Mohammad Qaisar (Kaiser) (73), a former junior minister in the military government, was sentenced to death after a war crimes tribunal found him guilty of atrocities during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 12/23/14)(SFC, 12/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 23, In Canada Luka Magnotta (32) was found guilty of first-degree murder in a case in which Chinese student Jun Lin (33) was killed and dismembered in Montreal in the spring of 2012.
    (Reuters, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, In Central African Republic fighting continued in Gambouri between Peul herders, who are mostly Muslim, and members of the predominantly Christian anti-balaka militia.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, In China Tsepe Kyi (20, a Tibetan woman, died after setting herself on fire in protest at China's rule of the Himalayan region.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and Rafael Hui (66), the city's former deputy leader, were jailed for corruption after a trial that shocked the city and deepened anger at cozy ties between officialdom and big business.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, In northeastern India rebels belonging to a faction of an indigenous separatist group, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, attacked tribal settlers known as Adivasi. At least 80 people were killed.
    (AP, 12/24/14)(Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 23, In India two men riding a motorcycle threw acid on a woman in a crowded neighborhood in New Delhi, causing serious injuries. The men also stole her purse before fleeing.
    (AP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 23, The Iraqi cabinet approved a $102.5 billion budget for 2015 based on a projected oil price of $60 a barrel. The projected deficit for the year was estimated at $19.1 billion.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland struck a deal covering austerity spending and historic crimes, staving off a collapse of the power-sharing government set up in 1998 to end decades of sectarian violence.
    (Reuters, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, An Israeli official says the government is pumping millions of dollars into Jewish settlements in the West Bank for public buildings and roads ahead of national elections.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, In Liberia a fourth member of the UN mission was hospitalized after testing positive for the virus. Liberia topped the number of Ebola deaths in the world with 3,376 fatalities, but has seen a clear decrease of new transmissions in the past month.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 23, In Libya armed men in Sirte killed an Egyptian Coptic Christian couple, both doctors, and abducted their teenage (13) daughter. The body of the girl was found on Dec 25.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 23, The UN human rights office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said recent fighting has killed hundreds of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, A Mexican soldier hanged himself in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec. He was suspected of strangling his six children and beating his wife to death before hanging himself.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 23, The Russian government instructed five of the country's biggest exporters to reduce their foreign currency assets to October levels and to not raise them again until March. The companies targeted were gas giant Gazprom, oil companies Rosneft and Zarubezhneft and diamond producers Alrosa and Kristall.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations completed the creation of a new economic alliance intended to bolster their integration. The Eurasian Economic Union, which includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, comes to existence on Jan 1. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko cracked the ceremonial veneer of the meeting by launching a harsh attack on Moscow for damaging Belarus' economic interests with moves to restrict its exports to Russia.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, In Sierra Leone a village chief became the first person in the country to be jailed under laws aimed at preventing the spread of Ebola. Amadu Kargbo was sentenced to six months in jail by a court in the southwestern city of Moyamba for secretly burying the dead and failing to report a sick patient.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the deaths of 29 civilians in regime air raids across Syria. It also said US-led air strikes in Syria have killed more than 1,000 jihadists in the past three months, nearly all of them from the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, In Uganda Sheikh Abdu Kadir Muwaya, head of the Shia Muslim Community, was killed at his home in Mayuge. Police later said he had refused to cooperate with the Allied Democratic Forces, a Uganda extremist group based in Congo.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 23, The Ukrainian parliament renounced Ukraine's "non-aligned" status with the aim of eventually joining NATO, angering Moscow which views the Western alliance's eastward expansion as a threat to its own security.
    (AP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, The UN said nearly 300 sites of incalculable value for Syria and human history have been destroyed, damaged or looted in almost four years of war.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 23, In Yemen two Shiite militiamen were killed in Sanaa in a series of small bomb attacks and a drive-by shooting. Prominent Huthi figure Faisal Sherif was shot dead by two gunmen riding a motorcycle near the University of Sanaa.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)

2014        Dec 24, The US-led campaign against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq included 10 air strikes in Syria and seven in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, A new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), laying down international rules for the $85 billion dollar global arms trade, went into force with campaigners vowing to make sure it is strictly implemented. The US has signed the treaty, but has yet to ratify it.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)
2014        Dec 24, Entertainment giant Sony streamed "The Interview," the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning dictator Kim Jong-Un, giving an early online Christmas present to US viewers. It was being distributed on Google's YouTube for a $5.99 rental fee.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 24, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 105 convicted criminals. All had completed their sentences and were released from custody at least a decade ago. One pardon was quickly retracted after it was learned the recipient had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators.
    (SFC, 12/25/14, p.D1)(SFC, 12/26/14, p.A11)
2014        Dec 24, In southern California a US citizen (40) died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing. Officers found heroin during a body search.
    (AP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 24, Buddy DeFranco, renowned jazz clarinetist, died in Panama City, Fl. He helped lead the trasition between the swing and bebop eras.
    (SFC, 12/27/14, p.C4)
2014        Dec 24, Albania's main opposition Democrats ended a four-month boycott of Parliament in a deal brokered by two European Parliament lawmakers.
    (AP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, In Belarus peace talk began aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups. Talks ended after over five hours with no indication of progress.
    (AP, 12/24/14)(SFC, 12/25/14, p.A5)
2014        Dec 24, In northern Colombia a small passenger plane crashed, killing all six passengers and the pilot, who had warned air traffic control of a mechanical fault moments before.
    (Reuters, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 24, A French court ordered gossip magazine Closer to pay 20,000 euros ($24,400) in damages for "invasion of privacy." Earlier this month, the magazine published four pages of photos taken in Vienna of the far-right National Front’s Vice President Florian Philippot with a "television journalist" presented as his boyfriend.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, Hong Kong police overnight arrested 12 protesters blocking several roads as pro-democracy demonstrators returned to a site they had occupied for more than two months before police dispersed them.
    (AP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 24, In Iraq a suicide bomber killed 33 people and wounded 55 others in Madaen (Madain), about 25 km (15 miles) south of Baghdad. A senior counter-terrorism officer was shot dead in north Iraq. 4 civilians were killed when a bomb tore through a market in Youssifiyah.
    (Reuters, 12/24/14)(AFP, 12/24/14)(SFC, 12/25/14, p.A4)
2014        Dec 24, Israel launched an air strike in southern Gaza and killed a Hamas militant after a sniper attack on a patrol seriously wounded a soldier.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, Israeli police said they have detained more than 30 serving and former public officials in an investigation into alleged corruption linked to a party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition.
    (Reuters, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, Israeli authorities gave final approval to the construction of 380 new settler homes in two areas of annexed east Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was re-elected by parliament to serve another term. He unveiled a new cabinet, appointing as defense chief, Gen Nakatani, whose desire for a stronger pre-emptive strike capability could rile neighbor China.
    (Reuters, 12/24/14)(SFC, 12/25/14, p.A9)
2014        Dec 24, Madagascar's Pres. Hery Rajaonarimampianina pardoned five political prisoners who had got stiff prison sentences for allegedly plotting against his predecessor, who took power in a coup.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 24, Malawi President Peter Mutharika pardoned 197 prisoners from the country's overcrowded jails under an amnesty to mark Christmas.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, Mauritania delivered its first death sentence for apostasy since independence in 1960, ordering capital punishment for a Muslim man who wrote an article deemed blasphemous of Islam. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, aged in his late 20s, fainted when the ruling was read.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 24, In Mexico dozens of Roman Catholic priests and hundreds of parishioners marched through the southern city of Ciudad Altamirano to demand the release of a kidnapped priest and protest a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests.
    (AP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, Morocco banned cinemas from showing the biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 24, Nicaragua’s national police special forces and soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to clear a roadblock erected by residents in southern Nicaragua to protest a proposed transoceanic canal. Police denied that two demonstrators were killed in a crackdown.
    (AP, 12/24/14)(AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 24, Russia said it would respond adequately by severing ties with NATO if Ukraine becomes a member of the Atlantic bloc.
    (Reuters, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, Russia's central bank said it will look to help companies with their foreign debts, a move it hopes will ease the pressure on the national currency.
    (AP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, A leak on a major Russian oil pipeline caused a spill in the Black Sea near the port of Tuapse where officials said stormy weather was hampering efforts to assess and respond to the mishap.
    (Reuters, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, A Saudi Arabian court sentenced a man to death for links to a 2006 attack claimed by Al-Qaeda on the kingdom's biggest oil facility. Two other Saudis were jailed for 33 and 27 years respectively.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, South Korean prosecutors brought charges against the founder and CEO of controversial smartphone taxi app Uber for operating an illegal cab service, the latest roadblock for the California-based firm.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)
2014        Dec 24, In Sudan at least 8 asylum-seekers drowned trying to cross a river during an attempt to smuggle them out of the Shegarab-1 refugee camp in the eastern state of Kassala.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 24, In nofthern Syria the Islamic State group captured Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (26) after his warplane from the US-led coalition was reportedly shot down while on a mission against the jihadists. The US and Jordan’s military dismissed the jihadists' claim to have hit the jet with an anti-aircraft missile.
    (AP, 12/24/14)(AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 24, In Turkey a 16-year-old high school student was arrested in in the central Anatolian city of Konya for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by accusing him and his ruling party of corruption. Mehmet Emin Altunses was released on Dec 26 following a complaint by his lawyer, but he still faced trial in the future.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)(AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 24, Zimbabwe wildlife authorities announced plans to export at least 62 elephants to top up scant state funding and curb a ballooning pachyderm population.
    (AFP, 12/24/14)

2014        Dec 25, In California a cache of rare wine was stolen from the world-famous French Laundry in Yountville. On Jan 23 it was reported that the majority of the stolen wine was found in a wine cellar in Greenville, NC.
    (SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)
2014        Dec 25, Virginia’s Gov. Terry McAuliffe fell from a horse and broke seven ribs while visiting his daughter in Tanzania.
    (SFC, 1/20/15, p.A6)
2014        Dec 25, Citigroup said it has agreed to sell its retail banking business in Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.
    (AP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, In Egypt a roadside bomb explosion struck an army vehicle in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, killing an army captain and a soldier.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 25, Haitian President Michel Martelly named veteran politician Evans Paul prime minister to lead a new government.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, Hong Kong police overnight arrested 37 more protesters blocking several roads as pro-democracy demonstrators returned to the streets for a 2nd night.
    (AP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, Israel’s supreme court said the hilltop outpost of Amona, one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank, must be evacuated within two years.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 25, Officials said Israel has given preliminary approval for the construction of 243 new homes on West Bank land that Israel annexed to Jerusalem, and advanced plans for another 270 homes in the same area.
    (Reuters, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, In Libya Islamists killed at least 22 soldiers after a surprise attack in which they used speedboats in a failed bid to seize some of Libya's main oil terminals. An oil tank also caught fire in separate fighting.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, In Mexico some 100 protesters demonstrated outside the German embassy in Mexico City to denounce what they said was the use of German-made G36 assault rifles by police in Guerrero state. In 2010 the German government told weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch to cease all deliveries to Mexico amid concerns over human rights issues.
    (SFC, 12/26/14, p.A7)
2014        Dec 25, Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif announced the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre.
    (AP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, Pakistani security forces killed a Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated the Peshawar school massacre, which left 150 people dead in the country's worst ever terror attack. Commander Saddam was killed in a gunfight with security forces in the restive Khyber tribal area.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 25, Saudi Arabia's Cabinet endorsed a 2015 budget that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a nearly $39 billion deficit.
    (AP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, In Russia a massive snowstorm in Moscow caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.
    (AP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, Saudi activists said two detained women's rights campaigners have been transferred to a special tribunal for terrorism.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, Some 2,725 employees of Scottish Citylink, a long distance express coach operator in Scotland and Ireland (where it operates as Irish Citylink), learned that the company had gone into administration.
    (Econ, 1/3/15, p.42)
2014        Dec 25, In Sierra Leone nurses at a public hospital went on strike to demand hazard pay for treating Ebola patients.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab attacked the main African Union peacekeeping base in Mogadishu, and reported killing 14 people. Security forces foiled the attack and 4 fighters from Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels were killed and another four captured. 3 soldiers from the union's local peacekeeping mission known as AMISOM and a civilian contractor were killed in the attack..
    (Reuters, 12/25/14)(AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 25, Sudan was reported to have ordered two senior United Nations officials to leave, after a recent spike in tensions between Khartoum and the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, It was reported that rebel groups fighting in Syria's northern Aleppo province have agreed to form an alliance called the Shamiyya Front. Government airstrikes on al-Bab and neighboring Qabasin killed at least 53 people, including 7 children in the northern province of Aleppo. At least 44 members of the Islamic State group were killed in clashes with Kurdish forces. 30 were killed Qassiab, Hasakeh province, and 14 in Kobane. 3 Kurdish fighters were also killed in the clashes.
    (Reuters, 12/25/14)(AFP, 12/25/14)(AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 25, Tunisian authorities arrested blogger Yassine Ayari (33) as he returned home from France. Ayari has been critical of the party of newly elected president Beji Caid Essebsi. On November 18 Ayari was tried in absentia on charges of "defaming" army officers and sentenced to three years in jail, but he was unaware of the verdict.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, Turkish media reported that Mustafa Ali Tonbul (17), who survived a severe head injury from police in last year's anti-government protests, has been sentenced to more than three months in jail.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)
2014        Dec 25, An agreement to swap 125 Ukrainian servicemen for 225 rebels held by Kiev followed peace talks between envoys of Ukraine, Russia, the separatists and European security watchdog OSCE.
    (Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 25, At the Vatican Femen protester and Ukrainian activist Yana Zhdanova shouted "God is woman" when she uncovered her chest in St. Peter’s Square, about an hour after Pope Francis had greeted and blessed tens of thousands of faithful. She was detained by police and released on Dec 27 with orders to never set foot again in Vatican City State.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 25, In Yemen General Yahia al-Marrani, a senior intelligence official, was abducted in Sanaa by Shiite fighters from the Huthi militia in control of the capital since a September offensive.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)

2014        Dec 26, Data from Google's Transparency Report showed online traffic from China to Gmail fell precipitously and dropped to nearly zero on Dec 27. There was a tiny pickup on Dec 29. Tests later showed that China's government had blocked Google IP addresses in Hong Kong used by people on the mainland to access Gmail services.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 26, Sony's PlayStation network remained offline on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, International credit and debit card company Visa Inc said it could no longer support bank cards being used in Crimea, following US sanctions imposed earlier this month.
    (Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, Merla Zellerbach (b.1930), San Francisco philanthropist, author and former journalist, died of pancreatic cancer. Her last days were spent dosed with pain medication.
    (SSFC, 1/25/15, p.A1)
2014        Dec 26, Former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak (68), Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident, died at his home near Boston, Mass.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 26, In Ohio a house fire killed a woman and 3 visiting grandsons in Fayette County.
    (SFC, 12/27/14, p.A5)
2014        Dec 26, In Afghanistan an airstrike by US-led coalition forces killed 3 Afghan villagers who were "heavily armed" but not part of the Taliban insurgency. Villagers in the remote Ab Josh area of Logar province said the dead were civilians who were protecting their land from nomads. A woman and two men, members of the same family, were killed in southern Helmand province when the motorcycle they were sharing hit a roadside bomb. In Kandahar province 4 members of the intelligence service and a civilian were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, Former Belgian PM Leo Tindemans (92), died.  His support in European elections earned him the nickname "Mr. Europe."
    (Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty quoted the director of its Azerbaijani service saying that the office has been locked down since early today by prosecutors and armed police.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, In China a monk was shot in the arm after police used teargas and opened fire during a clash with Tibetans outside a police station in the western province of Sichuan.
    (Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, China said it will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation.
    (Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, In India a Japanese research scholar (22) escaped after being held hostage and raped for nearly three weeks near a Buddhist pilgrimage center in Bodh Gaya, Bihar state. By Jan 4 five men were arrested.
    (AP, 1/3/15)(AFP, 1/4/15)
2014        Dec 26, Iran said it is to expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the Internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them completely, as it used to.
    (Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, The US-led coalition pounded the Islamic State jihadist group with 31 air strikes, including 16 in Syria with 13 in the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane and 15 in Iraq.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, Ireland's second-highest court ruled that life support should be removed from a brain-dead pregnant woman because her living 18-week-old fetus can't survive to birth.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo went on trial for "attempting to undermine the security of the state" in events leading to a bloody 2010-2011 crisis that left thousands dead.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, In Mexico City some three thousand people, led by parents and other relatives and friends of missing students, took to the streets three months after the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 students.
    (AFP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 26, In Pakistan US drone strikes on two Taliban compound in North Waziristan killed at least 7 militants. Pakistani airstrikes killed 39 militants, including two rebel commanders, in the northwest late today and an ammunition depot was also destroyed. Troops raided a militant hideout in an area adjoining Orakzai and Khyber tribal districts. 16 terrorists were killed and 20 injured. Police said they arrested an important Taliban commander who was wanted for attacks on police and was also involved in killing a local journalist in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)(AP, 12/26/14)(AFP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 26, A Palestinian man stabbed and lightly wounded two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City. On Nov 11, 2015, Mussa Ajlouni (20) was jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty in a plea bargain to two counts of attempted murder.
    (AP, 12/26/14)(AFP, 11/11/15)
2014        Dec 26, Philippine communist rebels freed two soldiers after four months of captivity as a goodwill gesture prior to a possible resumption of peace talks with the government.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks.
    (Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, In South Korea 3 workers died after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy announced minimal increases to the minimum wage and for government-funded pensions and predicted the nation's economy will "take off" in 2015.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, In central Sri Lanka at least 9 people were killed and 10 others were missing in mudslides triggered by heavy rains.
    (AP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, Syrian forces killed Mohammed al-Ghazzawi, a former Sidney resident and the latest Australian jihadist to be killed fighting for the Islamic State.
    (SSFC, 1/4/15, p.A4)
2014        Dec 26, Ukraine suspended train and bus services to the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula, citing security concerns. A day later an official said the suspension would be temporary. The government and pro-Russian separatists also swapped 145 Ukrainian servicemen for 222 rebel prisoners of war.
    (AP, 12/26/14)(Reuters, 12/27/14)(AFP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 26, In Ukraine rebels slightly stepped up their attacks on Ukrainian positions in the east of the country and one Ukrainian servicemen was reported killed in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 26, In Vietnam senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to “megaphone diplomacy," during a meeting in Hanoi.
    (Reuters, 12/27/14)

2014        Dec 27, In Arizona police officer Tyler J. Stewart (24) died in Flagstaff after he was shot multiple times by Robert W. Smith (28), a domestic violence suspect. Smith walked away and fatally shot himself.
    (SFC, 12/29/14, p.A7)
2014        Dec 27, In Maryland bicyclist Tom Palermo (41), a father of two, was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Episcopal Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook (58) was later charged with manslaughter and drunken driving.
    (SFC, 1/10/15, p.A4)
2014        Dec 27, Bahrain's main opposition movement Al-Wefaq handed its leader, Sheikh Ali Salman (49), a new four-year stint at the helm of the Shiite group. Wefaq activities have been banned in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
    (AFP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, Belarus' authoritarian president replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, In southeastern Brazil at least 8 people were killed after a passenger bus plunged into a ravine while trying to avoid an oncoming truck in Espirito Santo state.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, In Brazil a helicopter crashed in marshland near the coastal city of Bertioga, Sao Paulo state, killing 5 people.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, China's capital received its first flows from the South-North Water Diversion Project, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in Chinese history.
    (AFP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, In Egypt gunmen on a motorbike killed a policeman and wounded another in a drive-by shooting in Cairo.
    (AFP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, An Egyptian appeals court reduced the sentences of eight men convicted on charges of "inciting debauchery" for taking part in an alleged same-sex wedding party from three years to one year in prison.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, In India a fire broke out in a timber shop on the outskirts of Mumbai early today, burning eight people to death.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, Iran's army said it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, Japan's Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus for the ailing economy.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, Libya said it has called on Italy to send firefighters to prevent a fire spreading out of control at Es Sider, the country's biggest oil port. The fire had spread to a total of five oil tanks. The fire was reported extinguished on Jan 2.
    (Reuters, 12/27/14)(Reuters, 1/2/15)
2014        Dec 27, North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again this evening. North Korea called US President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington for Internet outages that it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.
    (Reuters, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, Russia said it has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east.
    (Reuters, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, A Somali government source said Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, a leader of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab with a $3 million US bounty on his head, has surrendered.
    (Reuters, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, Sweden's mainstream parties reached a deal that will allow the minority center-left government to remain in office and sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament.
    (Reuters, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, In Turkey 3 people, including a teenager (15), died and three others were wounded in clashes between Islamists and Kurdish youths in the southeastern town of Cizre.
    (Reuters, 12/27/14)(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 27, Vietnamese police detained Nguyen Dinh Ngoc (48), the third blogger in a month in the latest crackdown on dissent in the communist country.
    (AP, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 27, In Yemen 12 people were killed in clashes between tribesmen and Shiite rebels north of the capital Sanaa.
    (AP, 12/28/14)

2014        Dec 28, The US-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission. About 13,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, will remain in the country under a new, two-year mission named "Resolute Support." 4 Afghan soldiers were killed while repelling a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint in southern Helmand province. 8 insurgents were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)(AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 28, US-led forces conducted eight air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and five strikes on IS targets in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, In Texas 5 people died after a fire broke out at a senior living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills.
    (SFC, 12/29/14, p.A7)
2014        Dec 28, In Bahrain scattered clashes broke out between protesters and government forces after Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of the Shiite opposition al-Wefaq, was detained by the Interior Ministry for inciting hatred against the government.
    (SFC, 12/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 28, In northern Cameroon some 1,000 suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked five towns over the weekend and briefly occupied a military camp today before being removed by the air force.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, In Canada Phu Lam (53) killed his wife Tien Truong (35), her eight-year-old son, her parents, her sister, her three-year-old niece and an acquaintance of Truong's at a home in northeast Edmonton. The next day Lam shot and killed Cindy Duong (37) in a home in south Edmonton. He was found dead by his own hand in a restaurant in the Edmonton bedroom community of Fort Saskatchewan.
    (AP, 12/31/14)(AFP, 1/3/15)
2014        Dec 28, Croatia held presidential elections. Incumbent Ivo Josipovic, a composer and law expert, won 38.5% of the votes and will face conservative opponent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who won 37%, in a runoff on Jan 11.
    (AP, 12/28/14)(SFC, 12/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 28, Egypt said it has banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.
    (AP, 12/28/14)   
2014        Dec 28, An Egyptian appeals court upheld the conviction of 23 activists, including prominent rights defender Sanaa Seif, for staging an illegal protest, but reduced their sentences from three years to two.
    (AP, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, Long queues of vehicles lined routes to French ski slopes for a second day after snow, ice and heavy traffic forced some 15,000 people into emergency overnight accommodations.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, Guyana authorities searched for a small cargo plane that vanished with two people aboard while flying over remote jungles.
    (AP, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, In India a crude bomb exploded outside a busy restaurant in Bengaluru, killing a woman and wounding a man. Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, has been on a general alert since police picked up Mehdi Masoor Biswas, an engineer, for allegedly running a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that had tens of thousands of followers worldwide.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 with 162 people on board, went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Surabaya city to Singapore. It was later found that the plane had climbed at excessive speeds to an unusually high altitude before plunging and disappearing.
    (AP, 12/28/14)(SFC, 1/21/15, p.A3)
2014        Dec 28, In Iran 3 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), sent to reinforce border police, were killed in an attack in the southeast, an area rife with drug and arms traffickers.
    (Reuters, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 28, Iran media reported that a sniper has killed Revolutionary Guards commander Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi. He was training Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militia fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi city of Samarra.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, The Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry radioed for help after fire broke out on its lower deck 44 nautical miles northwest of the Greek island of Corfu. Italy's Coast Guard later said 477 people were rescued. At least 11 people were killed. On Dec 30 two Albanian seamen were killed during an operation to salvage the multideck car ferry. An Italian prosecutor later said up to 98 were unaccounted for while Greece put that number at 18 saying Italy's list is full of duplications and misspellings.
    (AP, 12/28/14)(Reuters, 12/29/14)(AP, 12/30/14)(AP, 1/1/15)(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A2)
2014        Dec 28, In Libya forces loyal to the recognized government staged air strikes on targets in Misrata in the first such attacks on the city allied to an armed group. The internationally recognized PM Abdullah al-Thinni has been forced to run a rump state in the east since a group known as Libya Dawn took control of Tripoli in August.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, In eastern Pakistan gunmen killed Luqman Shahzad as he walked to an agriculture field near his village in the Gujranwala district of Punjab. Shahzad became the 11th member of the Ahmedi community killed in Pakistan this year.
    (AP, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the July-August war with Israel from making a rare goodwill visit to the Jewish state.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, Sri Lanka officials said 24 people have been killed and eight others left missing due to floods and mudslides caused by incessant rain around over the past week.
    (AP, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, The Turkish ship Gokbel with 11 crew members sank after the collision with the Belize flagged Lady Aziza in poor visibility a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna. Two people drowned and four were missing at sea and feared dead.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, In Uganda Sheikh Mustafa Bahiiga, a Muslim scholar and the head of Tablig Muslim sect in Kampala district, was assassinated in the outskirts of Kampala. Police said he had refused to cooperate with the Allied Democratic Forces, a Uganda extremist group based in Congo.
    (AP, 12/30/14)

2014        Dec 29, The US said it has imposed sanctions on four Russians under a law targeting Russian human rights violators. They included the prime minister and another senior official of Russia's Chechen Republic.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, The US-led coalition launched 18 air strikes against Islamic State, including 12 in Syria and six in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, In Florida a motion was filed in which a woman, Jane Doe #3, alleges she was "forced to have sexual relations" with Andrew, the Duke of York, in London, New York and the Caribbean at the behest of Jeffrey Epstein from 1999-2002. In 2008 Epstein was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to a single Florida state charge of soliciting prostitution. He remains a registered sex offender.
    (AFP, 1/3/15)
2014        Dec 29, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliev signed an amnesty that will free 87 inmates in the ex-Soviet nation.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, A Bahrain court sentenced two Shi'ite Muslim men to death and handed a third a life sentence after they were convicted of killing a policeman. The three were among 12 people charged with a bomb attack last February.
    (Reuters, 12/29/14)   
2014        Dec 29, Bosnia police raided the offices of a news portal searching for clues about how journalists obtained a recording of a phone conversation that said the governing Bosnian Serb party allegedly bribed two opposition lawmakers to win their votes in parliament.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, Health worker Pauline Cafferkey (39) became the first person diagnosed with Ebola on British soil. She had returned a day earlier from Sierra Leone.
    (SSFC, 1/4/15, p.A2)
2014        Dec 29, Cameroon's government launched its first ever air strikes against Nigerian Islamic extremists to dislodge about 1,000 fighters who had seized a Cameroonian military base.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, In China a scaffolding collapse at one of Beijing's most prestigious high schools killed 10 construction workers and injured four others.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, Greece called for a snap general election for Jan 25.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 29, In Iraq a suicide bomber struck a funeral outside the mainly Sunni town of Taji, killing 16 mourners and wounded 34 others. A day later the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. A Shiite militia commander was killed by a sniper's bullet during fighting with Islamic State militants in the town of Duluiyah.
    (AP, 12/29/14)(AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 29, Israeli military forces shot and killed a Palestinian who was throwing stones at drivers in the West Bank.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, Lebanon’s Labor Ministry said they received a proposal from the National Federation of Labor Unions to form a syndicate of migrant workers, mostly from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, who have fallen victim to unpaid wages, forced labor, physical and sexual abuse.
    (AP, 1/2/15)
2014        Dec 29, Liberian health officials reported dozens of new Ebola cases  near the border with Sierra Leone, marking a setback amid recent improvements. Forty-nine cases were reported in in western Grand Cape Mount County between December 1 and 25.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, In northeast Nigeria suspected Islamist militants opened fire in a remote town, killing at least 15 people. The attack targeted Kautikari, near the Cameroon border.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 29, In Pakistan a fire in a shopping mall in Lahore killed at least 13 people.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 29, The Russian currency extended its losses after a report showed the economy has started shrinking in annual terms for the first time since 2009, buffeted by falling oil prices and Western sanctions.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, In Russia new road safety regulations, signed by PM Dmitry Medvedev, barred transexuals, transvestites and others with “sexual disorders," from driving, ostensibly for medical reasons.
    (SFC, 1/10/15, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/pltzas3)
2014        Dec 29, In Somalia Abdishakur (aka Tahliil), a leader of the Somali militant group al Shabaab, was killed by a US airstrike. He was the head of Amniyat, a unit blamed for suicide attacks in Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 29, Spanish police in the Canary Islands arrested two former members of the Irish Republican Army and five accomplices during a sweep on an alleged tobacco and alcohol smuggling racket. Leonard Hardy (53) and his wife Donna Maria Elizabeth Hardy (48) were both convicted of a 1989 bombing of a British army barracks in Germany. Officials froze property assets worth more than 5.5 million euros ($6.5 million), and 90 bank accounts and investment portfolios in Spain.
    (AFP, 1/5/15)
2014        Dec 29, In Sweden a fire ripped through a mosque early today in the second suspected arson attack on a Muslim center in four days.
    (Reuters, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, In Thailand two activists charged with insulting the monarchy because of a play they produced in 2013 pleaded guilty to the offense, which carries a punishment of three to 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, Ukrainian Pres. Petro Poroshenko signed a bill dropping his country's nonaligned status but signaled that he will hold a referendum before seeking NATO membership.
    (AP, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, The United Nations said it had begun delivering food aid to war-torn South Sudan via the Nile River from Sudan for the first time since it became independent in 2011.
    (Reuters, 12/29/14)
2014        Dec 29, In southern Yemen a senior intelligence officer was shot dead in al-Bayda by militants suspected to be linked to al-Qaeda. An army general escaped a separate ambush in eastern Hadramout province.
    (Reuters, 12/29/14)

2014        Dec 30, The United States imposed sanctions on nine new targets, saying the entities and people targeted had supported Iran's efforts to avoid sanctions and backed the government's human rights abuses, including censorship.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, The United States and its allies conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, hitting several units of fighters and buildings.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, The US Pentagon said three Yemenis and two Tunisians held for more than a decade at Guantanamo have been flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, In Denver, Colorado, Wayne Sperling (67), the father of four young sons, was sentenced to five years in prison for neglecting the boys to the point that they could not recognize food. The boys (2-6) could only communicate in grunts when they were found in October, 2013.
    (SFC, 12/31/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 30, In Idaho Veronica Rutledge (29) was killed while shopping at a Walmart in Hayden when her two-year-old son pulled a gun from her purse and shot her in the head.
    (SFC, 1/1/15, p.A7)
2014        Dec 30, Bahrain security forces clashed with demonstrators outside the home of Sheikh Ali Salman, the detained head of al-Wefaq, the main Shi'ite Muslim opposition group.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced A.T.M. Azharul Islam, a senior Islamist party leader, to death after convicting him of leading the Al-Badr militia that committed mass killings and rape during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Luise Rainer (b.1910), a star of cinema's golden era, died in London. She won best actress prizes for the 1936 film "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth" in 1937, but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 30, Chinese state media reported that a man, identified as a rich businessmen surnamed Xu, has been jailed for 13 years for buying and eating endangered tigers and making wine made out of their blood.
    (Reuters, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 30, A court in eastern China issued the country's biggest environmental fine resulting from public interest litigation against polluters. The Jiangsu provincial high court ordered six companies to pay 160 million yuan ($26 million) for discharging waste chemicals into rivers.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Cuban officials detained dozens of members of the political opposition ahead of a protest art performance seen as a test of tolerance for dissent.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 30, In Gambia gunfire erupted around the presidential palace in Banjul overnight and soldiers blocked a bridge leading to the center of town but the government denied reports of an attempted coup. President Yahya Jammeh (40) was on a private visit to Dubai. 3 suspects including the alleged ringleader, identified as Lamin Sanneh, were killed.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)(AFP, 1/1/15)
2014        Dec 30, In central Germany a bus crash on a highway killed at least 4 people and injured another 38.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Greek PM Antonis Samaras formally requested that Parliament be dissolved following the failure by lawmakers to elect Greece's new president after three rounds of voting.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Indonesian rescuers searching for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo. The plane was carrying 162 people when it disappeared on Dec 28.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, In Libya a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the outer gate of the headquarters of the internationally recognized parliament in Tobruk. 18 people were lightly injured including a lawmaker and three children.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Officials said Malaysia, parts of the Philippines, and southern Thailand have been battered by heavy rain and flash floods in recent days. 21 were reported killed in Malaysia, 31 in the Philippines and 15 in Thailand.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)(AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Mexican authorities announced the arrest of six suspected gang members tied to crimes including extortion, an increasingly organized and lucrative side-business for drug cartels in Guerrero state.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, In Mexico the leaders of two rural vigilante groups and 35 of their members surrendered to authorities following a Dec 16 clash that left 11 dead in the western state of Michoacan.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Pakistani police rearrested Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, quashing expectations that he might soon be freed. Someone had filed a complaint saying Lakhvi had abducted his brother-in-law to wage "jihad" six and a half years ago.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Puerto Rico police seized a record 110 weapons as part of a one-day crackdown on crime across the US territory. Authorities also seized 47 cars during the island-wide sweep.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, In Morocco some 200 African migrants stormed border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, with 102 managing to avoid police interception and make it across.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Peruvian Attorney General Carlos Ramos Heredia was suspended from his post for six months while authorities investigate his alleged ties to a case of corruption. He faced in at least six legal processes for allegedly impeding prosecutors investigating alleged corruption in Ancash province.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, A Russian court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, A South Korean court approved the arrest of Cho Hyun-ah (40), the daughter of Korean Air Lines’ chairman and a former Korean Air Lines Co. executive, who delayed a Dec 5 flight over a bag of macadamia nuts.
    (AP, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, The UN Security Council rejected their motion to end Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and establish a Palestinian state by 2017.
    (AFP, 12/31/14)

2014        Dec 31, Former American school teacher Michael R. Vucic (41) was extradited to the US from Bosnia to face prosecution in Illinois on sexual assault charges dating back to 2012.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, Nazih al-Ragye (aka Abu Anas Al-Liby), a suspected al Qaeda figure, died in New York just days ahead of his scheduled trial. Al-Liby (50) was alleged to have planned the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
    (Reuters, 1/3/15)
2014        Dec 31, In Arizona a helicopter leased by the Cochise County sheriff’s department crashed and killed two civilians as it returned from a trip to Phoenix for routine maintenance.
    (SFC, 1/2/15, p.A5)
2014        Dec 31, Police in Oakland, Ca., arrested 29 people during new Year’s Eve police brutality protests. The arrests represented about one fourth of those who participated.
    (SFC, 1/2/15, p.D5)
2014        Dec 31, Edward Herrmann (71), American stage and screen actor, died in Los Angeles. He won a Tony Award in 1976 for his performance in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession." His work in films included “Reds" (1981) and “The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013).
    (SFC, 1/1/15, p.D3)
2014        Dec 31, Faustas Strolia (b.1931), Lithuanian composer, musician and teacher, died in Oak Forest, Ill.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ny6qs3f)
2014        Dec 31, A Minnesota judge ordered Norway to pay Ellen Ewald $170,594, double her lost wages, plus $100,000 for emotional distress, for violating equal-pay laws. She had been paid $30,000 less than a male counterpart. Norway has had a diplomatic presence in Minnesota since 1906. The state is home to nearly 900,000 people of Norwegian descent.
    (AP, 1/1/15)
2014        Dec 31, In southern Afghanistan at least 28 people, many of them women and children, were killed when rockets fired by Afghan army soldiers hit a wedding party in Helmand province. Two Afghan soliders were soon arrested in connection with the deaths.
    (AP, 1/1/15)(SFC, 1/3/15, p.A2)
2014        Dec 31, In southern China a gas explosion at an auto parts factory killed 17 people and injured 33 others in Foshan city.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, In China a stampede during New Year's celebrations in Shanghai's historic waterfront area killed 36 people in the worst disaster to hit one of China's showcase cities in recent years.
    (AP, 1/1/15)
2014        Dec 31, In France a 50 percent tax paid by employers on income earned above one million euros ($1.22 million) ended today. Socialist President Francois Hollande's 75% super tax had been rejected by a court and re-written to 50%.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, Hong Kong authorities began destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market and suspended imports from mainland China after some birds were found to be infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 12/31/14)(SSFC, 1/3/15, p.A2)
2014        Dec 31, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire near the border that divides the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving one dead on the Indian side and two wounded on the Pakistani side.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, Off the coast of India a fishing boat stocked with explosives blew up. India later said 4 men on the boat blew it up themselves as Indian coast guard officers approached on New Year's Eve. Senior coast guard officer B.K. Loshali was later removed from his post after he contradicted the government saying coast guard personnel had destroyed the Pakistani "terror boat".
    (AP, 2/25/15)
2014        Dec 31, Israeli police arrested Palestinian girl Malak al-Khatib (14) on her way home from school. A military court sentenced her in late January to two months as part of a plea bargain in which she admitted to picking up a stone to throw at Israeli cars. On Feb 14 she insisted after serving a 45-day sentence that she had been unjustly imprisoned, saying she was forced to sign a paper in Hebrew, which she does not understand.
    (AP, 2/14/15)
2014        Dec 31, Some 970 mostly Syrian migrants arrived in Italy on the Blue Sky M cargo ship after apparently being abandoned by its crew in the Adriatic Sea.
    (Reuters, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a large-scale offensive to push Islamic State group extremists from an area outside the militant-held northern city of Mosul. US Central Command said that the international coalition it leads had conducted seven airstrikes against militants' positions in Syria and three in Iraq.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a large-scale offensive to push Islamic State group extremists from an area outside the militant-held northern city of Mosul. The United States and its allies staged 29 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.
    (Reuters, 1/1/15)(AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, In Morocco some 800 African migrants tried to storm the border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla in the second such attempt in two days. 54 migrants managed to make it across.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, In northeastern Nigeria a woman suicide bomber was killed as she tried to enter a military barracks in Bolari. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 40 boys and young men in a remote village in northeastern Borno state.
    (AFP, 12/31/14)(AP, 1/2/15)
2014        Dec 31, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), as a new avenue for action against Israel after the UN Security Council rejected a resolution on ending the occupation.
    (AFP, 12/31/14)(Reuters, 1/1/15)
2014        Dec 31, Hamas civil servants went on strike after the Palestinian government said it would rehire thousands of Gaza staff who were laid off when the Islamist movement seized power in 2007.
    (AFP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, In the southern Philippines a bomb exploded at the entrance of a town market packed with New Year's Eve shoppers n North Cotabato province, killing 4 people and wounding at least 30 others.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man convicted of smuggling "large quantities" of heroin. An Associated Press tally showed 83 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia in 2014.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, In eastern Ukraine a widespread electricity outage hit Luhansk, the second-largest city in the separatist east. The leader of the rebels who control it claimed that's due to Ukrainian sabotage.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31,  The World Health Organization said the number of reported Ebola deaths in West Africa has risen to 7,905.
    (AP, 1/1/15)
2014        Dec 31, In central Yemen a suicide bomber killed at least 49 people when he blew himself up at a cultural center where students were celebrating the Prophet Mohammad's birthday. 70 people were wounded.
    (Reuters, 12/31/14)(AFP, 1/1/15)

2014        Dec, Kelly Mae Myers (18) was reported missing in the mountain town of Grand Junction, Co., by relatives who said she might have been trying to hitchhike to visit friends in the Salt Lake City area. Her remains were found in a suitcase in a remote park area in late February 2015. On March 24 Utah police identified two people of interest in her death. Raymond Cordova 47) and Eduardo Nasario Delacruz (30) were already in custody on unrelated charges.
    (AP, 3/25/15)
2014        Dec, Illinois was reported to have $111 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, making it the most underfunded retirement system in the country. The state also had $56 billion in debt for health benefits for pensioners.
    (Econ, 12/20/14, p.37)
2014        Dec, Kentucky state officials denied a public school teacher access to details of investments being made by the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System with Wall Street firms.
    (SFC, 12/5/14, p.A16)
2014        Dec, Argentine spy Antonio Stiuso was forced out of the SI intelligence service. The government later alleged that prosecutor Alberto Nisman, shot dead on Jan 18, 2015, was manipulated by Stiuso into accusing President Cristina Fernandez of trying to cover up Iran's alleged involvement in a deadly 1994 bombing as a way of smearing Fernandez.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)
2014        Dec, Azerbaijan jailed investigative journalist Khadiya Ismayilova. She worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and investigated corruption allegedly involving President Ilham Aliyev.
    (SFC, 8/8/15, p.A2)
2014        Dec, In Cameroon 25 Boko Haram suspects were found dead in their cell one day after being arrested.
    (AP, 3/14/15)
2014        Dec, Cameroonian forces arrested 84 children along with 43 men in the northern town of Guirvidig, accusing the teachers of using the schools "as fronts for Boko Haram training camps. In June 2015 Amnesty Int’l. said the children were still being held and called for their immediate release.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2014        Dec, In Indonesia Antony de Malmanche of New Zealand was arrested at Bali's airport with 1.7 kg (3.9 pounds) of methamphetamine in his baggage. On June 30, 2015 Malmanche (53) was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $300,000 or an additional three months in prison.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2014        Dec, A Nigerian court banned a new autobiography of former Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo on the grounds of libel. The book flailed current Pres. Goodluck Jonathan and his entourage.
    (Econ., 2/21/15, p.48)
2014        Dec, In Serbia Nenad Mihailovic, a disabled gay reporter, began broadcasting his independent “Personal View" talk show interviewing politicians, pop stars and activists on hot-button themes.
    (SFC, 3/25/15, p.A7)
2014        Dec, A volcanic eruption began in the Tonga archipelago creating the area’s 177th island.
    (Econ, 1/31/15, p.52)
2014        Dec, The United Arab Emirates dropped out of the group of countries conducting airstrikes against IS targets in Syria.
    (AP, 2/4/15)
2014        Dec, Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank introduced special currency in one, five, 10 and 25 cent coins. The value has been secured against a $50 million bond to reassure Zimbabweans. Shoppers however preferred to swap candy or smaller items instead of accepting change.
    (AP, 12/24/14) 
 
2014        Richard Ablin and Ronald Piana authored “The Great Prostate Hoax: How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA Test and Caused a Public Health Disaster."
    (Econ, 3/8/14, p.85)
2014        Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden authored “Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology."
    (Econ, 11/22/14, p.78)
2014        Ali A. Allawi authored “Faisal I of Iraq."
    (SFC, 2/25/14, p.79)
2014        Karen Armstrong authored “Fields of Blood: A History of Religion and Violence."
    (SSFC, 11/23/14, p.N3)
2014        Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal authored “A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran." All three were detained in Iran on July 31, 2009.
    (SSFC, 3/30/14, p.F5)
2014        Robert Beachy authored “Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity."
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.P1)
2014        Sven Beckert authored “Empire of Cotton: A Global History."
    (Econ, 1/3/15, p.68)
2014        Andreas Bernard authored “Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator.
    (Econ, 2/15/14, p.77)
2014        Kevin Birmingham authored “The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s “Ulysses," (first published in 1922).
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.86)
2014        Simon Blackburn authored “Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love."
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.81)
2014        Tracy Borman authored “Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faighful Servant."
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.91)
2014        Nick Bostrom authored “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies," an examination of artifical intelligence.
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.68)
2014        R.J.B. Bosworth authored “Italian Venice: A History."
    (Econ, 8/23/14, p.77)
2014        Alain de Botton authored “The News: A Users Manual."
    (SSFC, 2/16/14, p.F1)
2014        Richard Bove authored “Guardians of Prosperity: Why America Needs Big Banks."
    (Econ, 1/11/14, p.73)
2014        Innes Bowen authored “Medina in  Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam.
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.74)
2014        Ahron  Bregman authored “Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories."
    (Econ, 7/12/14, p.74)
2014        Frederick Brown authored “The Embrace of Unreason: France 1914-1940."
    (Econ, 4/26/14, p.83)
2014        Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee authored “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.
    (Econ, 1/25/14, p.71)
2014        Patrick Buchanan authored “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority."
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.72)
2014        Andreas Campomar authored “Golazo! The Beautiful Game from the Aztecs to the World Cup: the Complete History of How Soccer Shaped Latin America."
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.68)
2014        Vikram Chandra authored “Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software."
    (Econ, 2/8/14, p.80)
2014        Jeff Chang authored “Who We Be: The Colorization of America."
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.P6)
2014        Mindy Chateauvert authored “Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slut Walk."
    (SSFC, 1/12/14, p.F7)
2014        John Childress authored “Leverage: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture."
    (Econ, 1/11/14, p.72)
2014        Gregory Clark authored “The Sun Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility."
    (Econ, 2/1/14, p.72)
2014        Hillary Clinton authored her 600-page memoir: “Hard Choices."
    (Econ, 6/14/14, p.30)
2014        James Copnall authored “A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan’s Bitter and Incomplete Divorce."
    (Econ, 4/12/14, p.82)
2014        Douglas Coupland authored “Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel Lucent."
    (Econ, 10/25/14, p.88)
2014        Rana Dasgupta authored “Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi."
    (Econ, 3/1/14, p.84)
2014        Karen Dawisha authored “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?" She noted that 110 individuals controlled 35% of Russia’s wealth.
    (Econ, 11/22/14, p.77)
2014        Cory Doctorow authored “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age."
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.Q1)
2014        Michael Dorff authored “Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It.
    (Econ, 10/25/14, p.87)
2014        Larry Downes and Paul Nunes authored “Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation."
    (Econ, 1/11/14, p.74)
2014        Edmund Fawcett authored “Liberalism: The Life of an Idea."
    (Econ, 5/24/14, p.78)
2014        Felipe Fernandez-Armesto authored “Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States."
    (Econ, 1/25/14, p.69)
2014        Leta Hong Fincher authored “Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China."
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.74)
2014        Clive Finlayson authored “The Improbable Primate: How Water Shaped Human Evolution."
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.68)
2014        Howard French authored “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa."
    (Econ, 8/23/14, p.76)
2014        Francis Fukuyama authored “Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy."
    (SSFC, 11/2/14, p.PP4)(Econ, 9/27/14, p.85)
2014        Carlotta Gall authored “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014."
    (Econ, 4/19/14, p.77)
2014        Atul Gawande authored “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End."
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.89)
2014        Timothy Geithner, former US Treasury Secretary, authored “Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises."
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.78)
2014        Sandra Gilbert authored “The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity."
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.73)
2014        Russell Gold authored “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.
    (SSFC, 4/6/14, p.F1)
2014        David Goldblatt authored “Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer."
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.88)
2014        Dana Goldstein authored “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession."
    (SSFC, 9/14/14, p.N5)
2014        Rebecca Newberger Goldstein authored “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy won’t Go Away."
    (SSFC, 3/16/14, p.F3)
2014        Greg Grandin authored “The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World."
    (Econ, 1/18/14, p.83)
2014        Susan Greenfield authored “Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving their Mark on our Brains."
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.72)
2014        Glenn Greenwald authored “No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State."
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.F1)
2014        Michael Gross authored “House of Outrageous Fortunes: Fifteen Central Park, The World’s Most Powerful Address."
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.82)
2014        Luke Harding authored “the Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man."
    (SSFC, 3/2/14, p.F1)
2014        Mark Harris authored “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War."
    (SSFC, 3/9/14, p.F5)
2014        Bill Hayton authored “The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia."
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.89)
2014        Steve Hindy authored “The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink."
    (Econ, 4/12/14, p.86)
2014        Allyson Hobbs authored “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life."
    (SSFC, 11/9/14, p.N4)
2014        Morris B. Hoffman authored “The Punisher’s Brain: The Evolution of Judge and Jury."
    (Econ, 7/26/14, p.69)
2014        Euny Hong authored “the Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World through Pop Culture."
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.69)
2014        Ben Horowitz, a venture capitalist, authored “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers."
    (Econ, 3/15/14, p.77)
2014        Maryam Hussain, an investigator at the EY accounting firm, authored  “Corporate Fraud: The Human Factor."
    (Econ, 3/1/14, p.69)
2014        Andrew Hussey authored “The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs."
    (Econ, 2/22/14, p.83)
2014        Walter Isaacson authored “The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution."
    (SSFC, 10/5/14, p.N1)
2014        Ayesha Jalal authored “The Struggle Pakistan: Homeland and Global Politics."
    (Econ, 9/20/14, p.78)
2014        Ray Jayawardhana authored “Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe."
    (Econ, 2/1/14, p.71)
2014        Jang Jin-sung, a poet who fled North Korea in 2004, authored “Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee--A Look Inside North Korea."
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.73)
2014        Prashant Jha authored “Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal."
    (Econ, 11/1/14, p.78)
2014        Robert Kaplan authored “Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End to a Stable Pacific.
    (Econ, 3/15/14, p.78)
2014        Kate Kelly authored “the Secret Club that Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity Traders."
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.71)
2014        Charles King authored “Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul."
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.90)
2014        Naomi Klein authored “Planet in Peril: Capitalism vs. the Climate."
    (SSFC, 9/21/14, p.N1)
2014        Elizabeth Kolbert authored “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History."
    (Econ, 2/22/14, p.74)
2014        Nina Khrushcheva authored “The Lost Kruschchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind."
    (Econ, 7/12/14, p.75)
2014        Andrey Kurkov authored “Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev." An English translation was made by Sam Taylor.
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.67)
2014        Allen Lane authored “The English and Their History."
    (Econ, 12/13/14, p.82)
2014        Nicholas Lardy authored “Markets Over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China."
    (Econ, 10/25/14, p.89)
2014        Jill Lepore authored “The Secret History of Wonder Woman."
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, p.P1)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.76)
2014        Wendy Lesser, founder of the Three-penny Review, authored “Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books."
    (Econ, 1/18/14, p.83)
2014        David Clement Leye authored “The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich."
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.72)
2014        Louisa Lim authored “The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited."
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.74)
2014        Robert Litan authored “Trillion Dollar Economists: How Economists and Their Ideas have Transformed Business."
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.91)
2014        Elizabeth Lunbeck authored “The Americanization of Narcissism."
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.81)
2014        Paul Marks and James Sterngold authored “On the Cancer Frontier: One Man, One Disease, and a Medical Revolution."
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.82)
2014        Justin Marozzi authored “Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood."
    (Econ, 6/14/14, p.77)
2014        Iain McCalman authored “The Reef: A Passionate History: the Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change."
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.77)
2014        Pascal Menoret authored Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt in Saudi Arabia.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.75)
2014        Adam Minter authored “Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade."
    (Econ, 1/11/14, p.70)
2014        Walter Mischel authored “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control."
    (Econ, 10/11/14, p.92)
2014        Alexandro Monro authored “The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention."
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.87)
2014        Richard Moore authored “Etape: The Untold Stories of the Tour de France’s Defining Stages."
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.73)
2014        Ian Morris authored “War: What Is It Good For: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots."
    (SSFC, 7/13/14, p.N7)
2014        Larry Neal and Jefrey Williamson edited “The Cambridge History of Capitalism," a two-volume work.
    (Econ, 11/1/14, p.79)
2014        Evan Osnos authored “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China."
    (SSFC, 6/1/14, p.F1)(Econ, 5/31/14, p.75)
2014        Heinrich Pas authored “The Perfect Wave: With Neutrinos at the Boundary of Space and Time."
    (Econ, 2/1/14, p.71)
2014        Alex Pentland authored “Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread – The Lessons from a New Science."
    (Econ, 2/8/14, p.79)
 2014        David Pilling authored “Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Adversity."
    (Econ, 1/18/14, p.81)
2014        Elizabeth Pisani authored “Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation."
    (Econ, 6/21/14, p.79)
2014        John Potter and Neil Sorrell authored “A History of Singing."
    (Econ, 7/26/14, p.70)
2014        Eswar Prasad authored “The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance." 
    (Econ, 3/8/14, p.80)
2014        Michael Pye authored “The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are."
    (Econ, 10/25/14, p.85)
2014        Sigrid Rausing authored “Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia."
    (Econ, 5/10/14, p.82)
2014        Glenn Reynolds authored “How the Information Age Will Save American Education from itself."
    (Econ, 1/18/14, p.81)
2014        Tom Robbins (b.1936) authored “Tibetan peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life." His earlier work included “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (1976).
    (SSFC, 6/22/14, p.F7)
2014        John Rohl, Anglo-German historian, authored “Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life." It summarized three volumes by the author on the life of Willhelm II (1859-1941).
    (Econ, 10/25/14, p.84) 
2014        Jonathan Rottenberg authored “The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic."
    (Econ, 4/12/14, p.83)
2014        Gerard Russell authored “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East."
    (Econ, 12/20/14, p.128)
2014        Carlos Santana with Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller authored “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light."
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.N2)
2014        Ziauddin Sardar authored “Mecca: The Sacred City."
    (Econ, 10/25/14, p.85)
2014        Rajdeep Sardesai authored “2014: The Election that Changed India."
    (Econ, 11/29/14, p.75)
2014        Nikil Saval authored “Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace."
    (Econ, 5/3/14, p.75)
2014        Isabel Sawhill authored “Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage."
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.90)
2014        David Skarbek authored “The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System."
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.72)
2014        Elaine Scarry authored “Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom."
    (SSFC, 3/23/14, p.F3)
2014        Simon Schama authored “The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000BC-1492AD."
    (SSFC, 3/23/14, p.F3)
2014        Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg authored “How Google Works."
    (Econ, 9/27/14, p.85)
2014        Florian Schui authored “Austerity the Great Failure."
    (Econ, 3/1/14, p.84)
2014        Daniel Schulman authored “Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty."
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.76)
2014        David Sedlak authored “Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource."
    (SSFC, 2/23/14, p.F1)
2014        Gabriel Sherman authored “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country."
    (SSFC, 2/2/14, p.F1)
2014        Winthrop Smith Jr. authored “Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World.
    (Econ, 1/4/14, p.68)
2014        Avi Steinberg authored “The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla & Kansas City, Missouri."
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, p.P3)
2014        Martin Storm authored “Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al-Qaeda. Tim Lister and Paul Cruikshank assisted in the writing.
    (Econ, 8/9/14, p.70)
2014        Sebastian Strangio authored “Hun Sen’s Cambodia."
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.86)
2014        Noah Strycker, American field biologist, authored “The Thing with feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human."
    (Econ, 4/5/14, p.74)
2014        Nina Teicholz authored “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a healthy Diet.
    (Econ, 5/31/14, p.76)
2014        Hugh Thomas authored “World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II." This completed his trilogy on imperial expansion following
Columbus’s first transatlantic voyage.
    (Econ, 7/12/14, p.75)
2014        Meline Toumani, Armenian-American journalist, authored “There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond."
    (Econ, 1/3/15, p.68)
2014        James Tracy authored “Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco’s Housing Wars."
    (SSFC, 11/23/14, p.N1)
2014        Gaia Vince authored “Adventrues in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made.
    (Econ, 6/28/14, p.74)
2014        Dan Waddell authored “Field of Shadows: The Remarkable True Story of the English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany, 1937."
    (Econ, 5/10/14, p.82)
2014        Judy Wajcman authored “Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism."
    (Econ, 12/20/14, p.96)
2014        Vicky Ward authored “The Liar’s Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World’s Toughest Tycoons," a look at the history of the 50-floor General Motors Building on Manhattan’s Fifth Ave.
    (Econ, 11/8/14, p.85)
2014        Marina Warner authored “Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale."
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.86)
2014        Dan Washburn authored “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream."
    (Econ, 6/14/14, p.75)
2014        Barry Werth authored “The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma." Here he tells the story of how Vertex, a drug company, has grown over 25 years to earn more than $1 billion in annual revenues.
    (Econ, 2/15/14, p.78)
2014        G. Willow Wilson authored “Ms. Marvel," an illustrated collection of her first five issues of the Ms. Marvel comic issued this year featuring  a Muslim girl hero.
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.P7)
2014        Simon Winchester authored “The Men Who United the United States: The Amazing Stories of the Explorers, Inventors and Mavericks Who Made America."
    (Econ, 1/4/14, p.67)
2014        Robert Wuthnow authored “Rough Country: How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State."
    (Econ, 8/23/14, p.78)
2014        Adam Zamoyski authored “Phantom Terror: The Threat of Revolution and the Repression of Liberty 1789-1848."
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.84)
2014        Kim Zetter authored “Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon.
    (Econ, 12/13/14, p.84)
2014        Joshua Zeitz authored “Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image."
    (Econ, 2/22/14, p.75) 
2014        Sofka Zinovieff authored “The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me: An Aristocratic Family, A High Society Scandal and An Extraordinary Legacy." The British edition was followed by an American edition in 2015.
    (Econ., 3/21/15, p.74)
2014        Tom Zoellner authored “Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World – From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief."
    (SSFC, 2/16/14, p.F3)

2014        A US federal farm bill this year restricted hemp production to research projects designated by agriculture departments in states that allow the crop to be grown.
    (SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A12)
2014        The top 0.1% of wealthy American families consisted of some 160,000 families worth on average $73 million. This group held about 22% of America’s wealth, just shy of a peak in 1929.
    (Econ, 11/8/14, p.79)
2014        US authorities recovered the remains of 129 people who tried to cross the southern Arizona border this year. This was the lowest number since 2001.
    (SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)
2014        California officials this summer abruptly shut down 11-waste injection wells in Kern County, fearing they would taint groundwater supplies feeding homes and farms. The state had allowed oil companies to drill over 170 waste disposal wells into aquifers suitable for drinking or irrigation.
    (SSFC, 2/1/15, p.A1,10)
2014        Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a first-of-its-kind law that requires new crimes to specify a threshold level of intent, or be declared void.
    (Econ, 1/31/15, p.24)

2014        US estimated nuclear operational warheads numbered 4,764.
    (Econ., 2/28/15, p.25)

2014        The number of refugees from the world’s battle zones topped 50 million this year according to Amnesty Int’l.
    (SFC, 2/26/15, p.A2)

2014        In Afghanistan nearly 3,700 noncombatants were killed this year as the area of farmland used to grow opium rose to a record 224,000 hectares. This produced 85% of the world’s opium and 77% of its heroin.
    (Econ, 7/4/15, p.33)

2014        Argentina’s inflation was 40% this year.
    (Econ., 4/25/15, p.36)

2014        Brazil’s population numbered about 203 million people.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.23)

2014        The population of Burkina Faso was about 17 million.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.77)

2014        Northern China suffered its worst drought in 60 years. Ground water in some areas had fallen from 70 feet just a few years ago to as much as 260 feet this past summer.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A4)

2014        In Colombia some 600 people were killed in guerrilla conflicts. FARC guerrillas were estimated at around 7,000 fighters.
    (Econ, 1/31/15, p.30)

2014        In Cyprus more than two million migratory songbirds were indiscriminately slaughtered this year to be served as delicacies in local restaurants. Although trapping is illegal, authorities had yet to introduce a comprehensive action plan against bird trapping.
    (Reuters, 3/9/15)

2014        Dubai airport overtook Heathrow in London this year to become the world’s busiest int’l. airport with 68.9 million annual passengers.
    (Econ, 1/10/15, p.44)

2014        In El Salvador the homicide number for the year rose 57% to 3,912 as gangs fought over territories to extort businesses and traffic drugs.
    (SSFC, 1/4/15, p.A2)

2014        A French parliamentary report said some 60% of the country’s prison population is Muslim.
    (Econ, 1/17/15, p.22)
2014        America fined Alstom, a French industrial group, $772 million in the largest FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) criminal penalty to date.
    (Econ, 5/9/15, p.62)

2014        Gambia devoted 23% of its revenue to debt service. This was up from 15% in 2009.
    (Econ, 1/31/15, p.64)

2014        More than 200,000 people applied for asylum in Germany this year, a 60-percent rise over the previous year.
    (AP, 1/14/15)

2014        Guinea’s GDP per person was $530.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.79)

2014        The population of the India-owned Andaman Islands was about 400,000.
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.48)

2014        Indonesia’s population was about 250 million.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.44)
2014        According to the World Bank half of Indonesia’s population lived on less than $2 per day.
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.36)

2014        Israel ended a 4-year project, code-named “Green Field," in which explosives laced with nuclear material were tested to see how such explosions would affect the country if it were attacked by crude radioactive weapons.
    (SFC, 6/9/15, p.A4)

2014        Japan-based Sony Corp. failed to pay a dividend this year for the first time since it bacem listed as a public company in 1958.
    (Econ, 9/20/14, p.62)

2014        In Kenya Islamic extremists killed 173 people this year, the highest number in the three years that Kenya has experienced violence blamed on neighboring Somalia's al-Shabab militants.
    (AP, 2/25/15)

2014        In Kuwait some 100,000 lived as non-citizen bidoon (those without papers), whose parents did not register with authorities at independence or later migrated to the country.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.51)

2014        In Malaysia Mamapride trousers went on sale in response to religious scholars concerned about women being exposed to male doctors and interns. They were developed by a team of 19 health care workers, five of them women, from the Malaysian medical charity Papisma.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)

2014        Mexico was the world’s third biggest producer of opium, after  Afghanistan and Myanmar.
    (Econ, 11/22/14, p.26)

2014        The population of Nauru was about 9,400 spread over 21 sq. km.
    (Econ, 2/1/14, p.34)

2014        Nepal’s annual income per person this year was $692. This was below half the level for South Asia as a whole.
    (Econ, 11/29/14, p.38)

2014        The population of Niger numbered about 17 million. An estimated 2.5 million had no secure source of food. The birthrate averaged about 7.6 children per woman.
    (Econ, 8/16/14, p.39)

2014        The population of Oman was about 4.1 million, with about 40% as expatriots.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.60)

2014        Palau’s Pres. Tommy Remengesau proposed a complete ban on commercial fishing turning 600,000 square kms of its Exclusive Economi Zone into a marine reserve until world leaders implement programs to reverse devastations to its oceans and seas.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.46)
2014        Palau with a population was about 20,000 had a GDP of about $246 million. Its 16 states spread across 250 islands.
    (Econ, 6/7/14, p.46)

2014        Poland ranked 45th in the World Bank’s ease-of-doing-business index.
    (Econ, 3/15/14, p.52)

2014        In Romania the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) secured convictions this year of 1,138 people, including 24 mayors, 5 members of parliament, two ex-ministers and former PM Adrian Nastase.
    (Econ., 2/21/15, p.52)

2014        In Saudi Arabia the first female-run law firm opened this year after authorities lifted a ban preventing women law graduates from practicing.
    (Econ, 5/17/14, p.45)
2014        Saudi Arabia’s production costs for oil was about was about $5-6 per barrel. The kingdom held savings of some $900 billion.
    (Econ, 12/6/14, p.82)

2014        The population of the Socotra archipelago, a group of four islands in the Indian Ocean belonging to Yemen, numbered about 55,000, mostly on the main island also called Socotra.
    (Econ, 2/1/14, p.42)

2014        The slaughter of rhinos in South Africa hit a new record this year with poachers killing 1,215 of the iconic savannah animals as Asian-led demand for their horn showed no sign of abating.
    (AFP, 1/22/15)

2014        In Sudan militias linked to Pres. Omar al-Bashir burned over 3,000 villages in the Darfur region this year.
    (Econ., 4/18/15, p.44)

2014        Syria ranked 159 out of 175 countries for corruption, according to Transparency International, with graft endemic at all levels.
    (AFP, 8/27/15)

2014        Turkish proverb: He who holds the money is bound to lick his fingers.
    (Econ, 7/12/14, p.55)
2014        Turkish TV producers created the 15-part drama “Dragunov," named after a Soviet-made sniper rifle. They reportedly hoped it would act as a balm for Libya’s soul as it struggles in the aftermath of Qaddafi’s rule.
    (Econ, 7/19/14, p.42)

2014        Transparency Int’l. ranked Ukraine 144th out of 177 countries in a global ranking of public perceptions of corruption.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, p.75)

2014        The UN tallied 219,000 migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year, nearly four times more than a year earlier.
    (Econ., 4/18/15, p.21)

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