Timeline 2014 October - December Return to home2014 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.
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
(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.
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 Â£3.2 billion to support the management of the
nation's naval bases and upkeep of the fleet.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Jens Stoltenberg
(b.1959), former PM of Norway (2005-2013), assumed office as 13th
Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 2, Australia
authorized the deployment of special forces to advise and assist
Iraqi forces alongside British, Canadian and US advisers already on
2014 Oct 2, Prosecutors in
Colombia said they have detained 33 soldiers suspected of killing
farmworker John Jeiber Mina Guaza last week.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 2, The Turkish
government won parliamentary approval to deploy troops against the
Islamic State group.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 3, The EU's antitrust
authority says it has approved Facebook's proposed $19 billion
takeover of the messaging service WhatsApp.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 3, In Mali 9 United
Nations peacekeepers from Niger were killed in an ambush on their
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
(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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Oct 5, In Japan Typhoon
Phanfone washed away 3 US Air Force members on Okinawa as it headed
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.
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.
2014 Oct 5, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed 5 militants in South Waziristan
including a senior ethnic Uzbek commander.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
2014 Oct 6, A Macedonian court
convicted 17 people in the country's first espionage trial since it
proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2014 Oct 7, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike on a Taliban compound in North Waziristan
killed at least six militants.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. On Dec 17, 2015, a Seoul court cleared Kato of the
(Reuters, 10/8/14)(SSFC, 12/20/15, p.A4)
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 9, In CongoDRC 9
civilians were killed overnight when suspected members of a
notorious Ugandan Islamist group stormed Oicha village.
2014 Oct 9, Estonia became the
first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships.
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.
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
(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.
2014 Oct 9, Italy’s Senate
voted to approve PM Matteo Renzi’s “Jobs Act." It was meant to
increase permanent workers with temporary tax breaks while also
making it easier to fire full-time workers.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Renzi)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.45)
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
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
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.
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.
2014 Oct 9, In Mexico 4 people
died in a suspected attack by the Guerreros Unidos gang and five
police were wounded.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Oct 11, India and Pakistan
exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier, ending a pause in
fighting that has already killed 17 civilians.
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.
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
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 served a
subpoena for Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton 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
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.
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.
2014 Oct 11, Two Yemeni
soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the restive
southeastern province of Hadramawt.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 12, Egyptian police
backed by armored vehicles stormed the campuses of at least two
prominent universities to quell anti-government protests by
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2014 Oct 13, US plane giant
Boeing said Indonesian flag carrier Garuda has placed an order for
50 planes worth almost $5 billion.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
2014 Oct 13, In southern Egypt
30 people died in a collision between three minibuses in Aswan
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
$105 per barrel. Crude oil prices fell sharply in the fourth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Oct 14, The WTO said India
broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking US poultry imports
because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears.
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.
2014 Oct 14, Israel opened the
border to the first post-war truckloads of rebuilding material for
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Oct 15, A magnitude 6
earthquake struck western Iran at a depth of 36.7 km.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 16, In Egypt 3 police
conscripts were killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the
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.
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
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
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"
2014 Oct 16, In northern Mali
clashes between armed groups and pro-government militias killed at
least 6 people near Gao.
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.
2014 Oct 16, Pakistani jet
fighters struck five militant hideouts in the northwestern Khyber
tribal region, killing at least 21 insurgents.
2014 Oct 16, A Paraguayan
journalist was shot to death in a northern area that is a hotbed for
drugs and arms trafficking.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 17, In CongoDRC
Ugandan rebels hacked and clubbed to death 10 women, 8 children and
4 men in the town of Eringeti.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 17, In Libya at least
14 people were killed when fighting erupted between armed youths and
Islamist militias in Benghazi.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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
2014 Oct 19, North and South
Korean troops exchanged gunfire along their fortified border in the
second such shooting in less than 10 days.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2014 Oct 20, Chicago police
shot and killed Laquan McDonald (16) as he reportedly burglarized
cars. Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times. Police
reportedly deleted 86 minutes of video from a Burger King in the
area. His death was also captured on dashcam video. McDonald’s
family later received a $5 million settlement from the city. The
video was made public in 2015. In 2016 a special prosecutor was
appointed to handle the case as Van Dyke faced murder charges. On
June 17, 2017, three officers were indicted on charges that they
conspired to cover up and lie about what happened.
(SFC, 11/27/15, p.A10)(SSFC, 11/29/15,
p.A12)(SFC, 6/3/16, p.A6)(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A11)
2014 Oct 20, Australia's
Parliament House lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings
including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.
2014 Oct 20, In northwestern
Bangladesh two passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least 20
people and injuring 25 others.
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,
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.
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.
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
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
2014 Oct 20, Iranian news
reported that authorities have arrested four people suspected of
throwing acid on women.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 20, Nigeria was
declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.
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
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. On July 28, 2016, Martynenko and the engineer in
charge of snow clearing, Vladimir Ledenev, admitted in a Moscow
court to causing the deaths through safety breaches and negligence.
(AP, 10/21/14)(Reuters, 10/21/14)(AFP, 7/28/16)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Oct 21, In Afghanistan at
least four were been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in
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
(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.
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
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.
2014 Oct 21, In Iraq a series
of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21
2014 Oct 21, In Mexico 19
suspected drug gang members died in three nearly simultaneous
confrontations between the towns of Reynosa and Matamoros,
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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,
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
2014 Oct 23, The US Treasury
Department said Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million
a day just from black market oil sales.
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.
2014 Oct 23, In Maryland a
small plane and a helicopter collided before crashing. 3 people were
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
2014 Oct 23, Saudi Arabia
authorities said female drivers will be dealt with "strictly",
before a right-to-drive campaign culminates at the weekend.
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.
2014 Oct 23, In Syria
government shelling in the northern village of Tel Qrah killed at
least 9 people.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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. The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) lost its outright
majority for the first time.
(AP, 10/24/14)(Econ, 1/16/16, p.50)
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2014 Oct 24, In Zambia at least
26 people died, most of them children, when a ferry capsized on Lake
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 25, In Somalia at
least one person was killed and several others wounded in a car
bombing outside a hotel in Mogadishu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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
(AFP, 10/26/14)(SFC, 10/27/14, p.A2)(Reuters,
2014 Oct 26, In eastern Nepal a
passenger van slipped off a mountain road, killing eight people and
2014 Oct 26, In Somalia 2 men
convicted of murdering a journalist and a security official were
executed in public in Mogadishu.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AFP, 10/26/14)(Reuters, 10/27/14)(Econ, 11/1/14,
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
(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
(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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Oct 27, In France the new
Fondation Louis Vuitton museum, designed by Frank Gehry, opened in
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 27, In Spain 51
people, including six sitting mayors, were arrested for bribery and
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(Reuters, 10/28/14)(AP, 10/28/14)(Econ, 11/1/14,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Oct 28, In southwest Japan
the town of Satsumasendai became the first to approve the restart of
a nuclear power station.
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 opened in 2013 and is located
at the site that once was the center of the Warsaw Ghetto.
(AP, 10/28/14)(Econ, 4/9/15, p.55)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 29, Lebanese troops
detained 50 people in raids on towns and Syrian refugee camps in the
north of the country.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 30, In eastern Ukraine
7 government soldiers were reported killed in the past 24 hours
despite a ceasefire with separatists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
2014 Oct 31, Three US soldiers
stationed at the Fort Hood Army post in central Texas pleaded guilty
to smuggling immigrants into the US.
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.
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
(Reuters, 10/31/14)(AP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14,
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.
2014 Oct 31, A man in
southeastern China slashed a first-grader to death and severely
injured two others in Luojia village, Jiangxi province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Oct, French forces in
Niger destroyed a convoy transporting weapons from Libya to Mali and
captured fighters linked to al Qaeda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 1, The Bahamas
government introduced new immigration rules.
2014 Nov 1, Bangladesh was hit
by a nationwide blackout after a transmission line bringing
electricity from neighboring India failed.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 1, In Libya rocket
fire forced the closure of Labraq airport, the main gateway into the
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.
2014 Nov 1, In Nepal two
passenger buses collided head-on on a key highway, killing 10 people
and injuring 30 others.
2014 Nov 1, Pakistan said 5
security forces personnel have been killed and four others injured
in two separate militant attacks in the northwest.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 1, All Yemeni parties
and political groups agreed to form an apolitical technocrat cabinet
ending a deadlock of over two weeks.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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,
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.
2014 Nov 2, Two Malian soldiers
were killed and four wounded by an improvised bomb in the nation's
restive northern desert.
2014 Nov 2, In Montenegro, a
staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership, about
200 gay activists marched peacefully protected by hundreds of riot
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
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Alaska’s statewide
initiative legalized marijuana, but allowed local governments to ban
pot businesses within their borders. In 2017 voters in and around
Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula rejected efforts to ban
commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales.
(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A7)
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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Nov 4, Libya closed
Benghazi's commercial port due to clashes between the army and
Islamist fighters in the area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 5, In Iraq a series of
attacks, mainly against troops, killed 11 people in Baghdad and in
the country's west.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
2014 Nov 6, Yemeni tribesmen
blew up the country's main oil export pipeline, forcing crude flows
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Nov 7, The UN Security
Council slapped sanctions against Yemen’s influential former
president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two rebel commanders for
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
2014 Nov 8, North Korea
released Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and both were on
their journey back to the United States.
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
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.
2014 Nov 8, In southern Spain a
bus carrying a group on a religious excursion crashed, killing 14
people and injuring another 38.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
2014 Nov 10, Two Gaza fishermen
were wounded and four missing after the Israeli navy fired on two
boats off the coast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 10, A Russian Soyuz
space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space
Station landed safely on the frozen Kazakhstan steppe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Nov 11, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian (21) during clashes in the occupied West
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.
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
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,
2014 Nov 11, In southern
Pakistan a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on
a highway killed 58 people.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2014 Nov 11, Spain’s police
targeted more than 30 suspects across the country in raids on an
alleged bribery racket implicating public officials.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 11, In eastern Ukraine
Heavy shelling resumed around the pro-Russian separatist stronghold
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Nov 12, In Italy floods
continued to engulf northern parts of the country as heavy rain
continued. A landslide killed one man.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Nov 13, Amnesty
International urged Mauritania to end "harassment, intimidation and
repression" of anti-slavery activists, following a number of
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 14, In northern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was shot and killed by insurgents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 14, Equatorial Guinea
was chosen to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations in place of
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.
2014 Nov 14, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir 2 suspected rebels and a
civilian were killed in a fierce overnight gunbattle.
2014 Nov 14, Lebanon’s
government handed down life sentences to 4 Islamist prisoners, while
a fifth was sentenced to death in absentia.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 14, Senegal partially
reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,
countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 15, Burkina Faso’s
military reinstated the constitution, suspended when the army filled
the vacuum created by Pres. Compaore's departure.
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.
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.
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.
On April 20, 2017, Masovic was deported to Serbia.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 15, The United Arab
Emirates issued a list of 83 terrorist organizations, including the
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 17, In Iraq a pair of
car bombs targeted busy commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at
least 14 people and wounding 31.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 17, A Thai military
helicopter carrying 9 army personnel crashed in northern Thailand
killing all on board in Phayao province.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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
2014 Nov 18, Spain’s parliament
overwhelmingly approved a symbolic resolution that recognizes a
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(SFC, 11/21/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 19, In Afghanistan a
compound housing foreigners on the outskirts of Kabul came under
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".
2014 Nov 19, Several thousand
students took to the streets of central London to protest against
tuition fee increases and education budget cuts.
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.
2014 Nov 19, Chinese officials
announced limits on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the
country less dependent on coal.
2014 Nov 19, In eastern China
an overloaded makeshift school bus collided with a truck, killing 11
kindergarteners and the bus driver.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(AFP, 11/19/14)(AP, 11/19/14)(Econ, 11/22/14,
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.
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.
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,
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
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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 20, President Barack
Obama issued executive orders granting new rights to millions of
people living illegally in the United States.
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
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
(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, and convicted on Feb 11, 2016. On April
19, 2016, a judge reduced Liang’s manslaughter conviction to a
lesser charge and spared prison time.
(SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)(SFC, 2/10/15, p.A6)(AP,
2/20/16)(SFC, 4/20/16, 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Nov 20, In CongoDRC
between 50 and 80 people were killed in an attack near Beni, North
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a US drone strike killed six suspected militants in North
2014 Nov 20, A Philippine court
convicted nine people for graft over a 1996 nightclub fire that
killed 162 people.
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.
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
(AP, 11/20/14)(SFC, 11/21/14, p.A5)(SFC, 5/13/15,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 21, In central London
two Polish nationals died on a construction site while trying to
lift a sofa into a first floor apartment. On July 7, 2014, Martin
Gutaj (44), a company director, was sentenced to 14 months in jail
and barred from being a company director for the next four years for
failing to properly train the two workers.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 21, In Iraq Islamic
State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of Ramadi,
the provincial capital of Anbar province.
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
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.
2014 Nov 21, Malaysia's
government said it will completely withdraw fuel subsidies from next
month following the plunge in global oil prices.
2014 Nov 21, In Mali a suicide
bomber blew himself up outside a phosphate mine in Bourem without
causing any other casualties.
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.
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
(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.
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
2014 Nov 21, In central Romania
a helicopter on a training mission crashed, killing 8 military
personnel and injuring two others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 22, US Vice President
Joe Biden announced nearly $135 million in humanitarian aid to help
feed civilians affected by Syria's war.
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.
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. In 2016 his
mother settled a $6 million federal civil rights lawsuit with
(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)(SFC,
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
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.
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
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
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 Al Wefaq, a mainly Shia group seeking a
constitutional monarchy, overshadowed the vote.
(AP, 11/22/14)(Econ, 6/25/16, p.41)
2014 Nov 22, In Central African
Republic hundreds of women marched topless through the town of Zemio
to protest sectarian violence.
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.
2014 Nov 22, Mali confirmed a
new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients were being
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
2014 Nov 22, Tobago police
reported an elderly German couple hacked to death on a beach near
their vacation home.
2014 Nov 22, In eastern Ukraine
4 servicemen were killed in fighting with pro-Russian separatists,
despite a ceasefire in place since September.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 23, In Chakwal,
Pakistan, Muhammad Gullistan (30) shot dead his teenage niece
because she was listening to loud music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In 2016 police arrested Joseph Stull (21) in Idaho and
David Peters (21) in Stockton, Ca., following new DNA leads. Both
men said their attack was random. On Nov 16 Anthony Gobson-Brum (22)
was arrested as the 3rd suspect.
(SFC, 12/3/14, p.E1)(SFC, 11/1/16, p.C4)(SFC,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2014 Nov 25, In northern Mali
the convoy of a visiting cabinet minister struck a roadside bomb,
killing 2 soldiers and wounding four others.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Nov 26, In Pakistan a US
drone killed 5 suspected militants in North Waziristan.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 26, Spain’s Health
Minister Ana Mato resigned after an investigating judge accused her
of benefiting from a kickback scheme.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 27, EU governments
agreed to add 13 Ukrainian separatists and five organizations to the
bloc's sanctions list.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Nov 27, In eastern Ukraine
a boy (12) and a woman (55) were killed by shelling in the
separatist stronghold of Donetsk.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 28, Namibia voted in
parliamentary and presidential elections. PM Hage Geingob, the
presidential candidate of the ruling SWAPO party, was elected.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba, stepped down after serving two
(AP, 11/28/14)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.40)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Nov 30, Colorado-based
author Kent Haruf (71) died. He wrote "Plainsong" and several other
novels set in small-town Colorado.
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
(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
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
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.
2014 Nov 30, India's PM
Narendra Modi stepped up his rhetoric against illegal immigration
from Bangladesh into Assam state.
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
2014 Nov 30, In Iraq two
separate bombings killed 7 people in Baghdad.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 the Alpha Chapter of the Phi
Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia. In 2017
the fraternity settled a suit against Rolling Stone for $1.65
(Reuters, 12/5/14)(AFP, 4/6/15)(Econ, 2/25/17,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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. She was executed in July.
In December her husband, identified by Emirati media by his initials
M.A.H., was charged with planning attacks on tourist buses and an
American military base. On May 9, 2016, he was jailed for life.
(AP, 12/3/14)(AP, 12/4/14)(Econ, 12/13/14,
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Dec 1, German airline
Lufthansa cancelled about half of its flights after pilots went on
strike in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.
2014 Dec 1, In Haiti about 30
inmates escaped overnight from a prison in Saint Marc.
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
2014 Dec 1, In central India at
least 13 paramilitary troops were killed in an attack by Maoist
rebels in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh state.
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
(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.
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
(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
(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
(Econ, 12/6/14, p.72)
2014 Dec 1, In Poland Robert
Biedron (38) became mayor of Slupsk and the country's first openly
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2014 Dec 2, Indian soldiers
killed 6 militants near the border with Pakistan in Kupwara,
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.
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.
2014 Dec 2, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu fired Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 3, In Afghanistan an
attack on a police checkpoint in northern Jawzjan province killed 4
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Dec 3, In Libya warplanes
struck the western port of Zuwara.
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.
2014 Dec 3, In Somalia a
suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a UN convoy near Mogadishu's
airport, killing 3 people.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
2014 Dec 5, Fabiola (86),
Belgium's dowager queen, died. The Spanish-born Fabiola survived her
husband, King Baudouin, by 11 years.
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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."
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
(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.
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.
2014 Dec 6, In North Carolina a
fire in an oceanfront condominium killed Mary Cochran (72) and
Darlene Maslar (43). In 2016 Marshall Doran (24) pleaded guilty to
two counts of murder and arson and was sentenced to life in prison.
(http://tinyurl.com/juaddjb)(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A5)
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
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.
2014 Dec 6, French President
Francois Hollande met with Russian President Putin in Moscow.
2014 Dec 6, The CEO of SAP, a
German software maker, confirmed that the company will remain an
autonomous corporation in the long term.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 7, Israeli warplanes
struck near Damascus' international airport, as well as outside a
town close to the Lebanese border.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pres.
Vladimir Putin discussed energy collaboration with leaders of
Hungary and Serbia.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 8, Belgian workers
striking against government austerity plans badly snarled rail and
air service to and from the capital city of Brussels.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 8, Angela Wrightson
(39), was found with more than 100 injuries in her blood-spattered
living room in the British industrial town of Hartlepool. On April
7, 2016, two teenage girls, who beat the woman to death, were
sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 15 years.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
2014 Dec 8, In Pakistan
demonstrations in Islamabad turned deadly as one person was killed
in clashes between protesters and security forces.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 9, The Solomon Islands
parliament made Manasseh Sogavare (b.1955) prime minister.
2014 Dec 9, Swedish police
raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the
file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.
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.
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
2014 Dec 10, Pres. Obama
announced $1 billion in private-public spending on programs for
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Dec 10, India's government
said that it was decriminalizing suicide attempts, which earlier
were punishable by up to a year in prison.
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
(AFP, 12/10/14)(AP, 12/10/14)
2014 Dec 10, The Irish
Parliament adopted a nonbinding resolution supporting an independent
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 11, San
Francisco-based Lending Club, a peer-to-peer online lending service
founded by Renaud LaPlanche, went public. In May 2016 LaPlanche
(Econ, 5/14/16, p.64)
2014 Dec 11, The California
State Dept. of Finance estimated the current state population to be
(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.
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, 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.
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,
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
2014 Dec 11, In the southeast
CongoDRC at least 129 people drowned when the passenger ship M/V
Mutambala capsized on Lake Tanganyika.
2014 Dec 11, The EU banned
Libya's seven airlines from operating in European skies, citing
safety concerns linked to the ongoing fighting there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 11, In Uganda Ryan
Gustafson, an American man, was arrested for forging currency in his
Ugandan home. Police alleged that Gustafson has forged more than $2
million that is in circulation around the world. On Dec 3, 2015, a
local court ordered Gustafson to be extradited to the US.
(AP, 12/23/14)(AP, 12/3/15)
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 12, In Afghanistan the
Taliban detonated a roadside bomb, hitting a convoy of foreign
troops and killing 2 American soldiers.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 12, A Saudi woman
arrested for attending a soccer game at Jiddah’s new al-Jawhara
2014 Dec 12, Sierra Leone said
it was banning any public Christmas celebrations as the spiraling
caseload of Ebola infections continues to spread alarm.
2014 Dec 12, A Sri Lankan air
force plane crashed outside the island's capital, killing four and
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.
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.
2014 Dec 12, In Syria the
Islamic State group's police force beheaded four men in the central
province of Homs for blasphemy.
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.
2014 Dec 12, Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan signaled a fresh campaign against supporters of
US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 $615 million.
(AFP, 12/13/14)(Econ, 2/6/15, SR p.4)
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 14, In Egypt gunmen
killed 2 policemen in a drive-by shooting in El-Arish the Sinai
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 Defense
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(AFP, 12/15/14)(SFC, 12/16/14, p.A9)(SFC,
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2014 Dec 15, In Romania a
helicopter carrying a medical team crashed in Lake Siutghiol, near
the Black Sea, killing all 4 people onboard.
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.
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.
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,
(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.
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
2014 Dec 16, Chinese PM Li
Keqiang visited Afghanistan to meet with Afghanistan's chief
executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah.
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
(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
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.
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
2014 Dec 16, In Mexico a
shootout between rival vigilantes in western Michoacan state left 11
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,
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.
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 an 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.
2014 Dec 16, The Spanish
Interior Ministry said Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested
seven people in an ongoing joint swoop on suspected efforts to
recruit women to go to Syria and Iraq to support Islamic State
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
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.
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,
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,
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 17, In China Ji
Jianye, a former mayor of Nanjing, was indicted on corruption
charges amid a widening anti-graft crackdown.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 17, German prosecutors
arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in
Germany for Turkish intelligence.
2014 Dec 17, Low-cost Indian
airline SpiceJet grounded all flights after oil companies stopped
supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 18, A US judge cleared
the way for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona to get driver’s
(SFC, 12/19/14, p.A9)
2014 Dec 18, It was reported
that Colorado plans to spend over $8 million to research marijuana’s
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
2014 Dec 18, In northeast
Nigeria fleeing villagers reported that extremists were rounding up
elderly people and killing them in two schools in Gwoza.
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,
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.
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.
2014 Dec 18, In Sierra Leone
Dr. Victor Willoughby became the 11th doctor in the country to die
(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
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
(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.
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.
2014 Dec 19, The US-led
coalition conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and 4 in Syria.
2014 Dec 19, The US FBI
formally accused North Korea of hacking of Sony Pictures. 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.
(AP, 12/19/14)(Reuters, 12/20/14)
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2014 Dec 19, The Dominican
Republic approved a law that for the first time decriminalizes
abortions if the mother's life is at risk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 19, A rocket fired
from Gaza hit southern Israel. It fell on open ground without
causing casualties or damage.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 19, Pakistani
warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants overnight
in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.
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.
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. Oleg Navalny was sentenced to 3½ years in jail for
defrauding a cosmetics company in a verdict which was largely seen
as retribution for the political ambitions of his brother, who got a
suspended sentence in the same trial.
(Reuters, 12/19/14)(AP, 8/3/16)
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
2014 Dec 19, In Yemen a
suspected Al-Qaeda bomb attack killed 3 soldiers and wounded five
others in Seyun, Hadramawt province.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 20, Leftist rebels in
Colombia began a unilateral ceasefire hailed as a key step in peace
negotiations -- but uncertainty marred the truce.
2014 Dec 20, In eastern
CongoDRC 2 men were burnt alive by civilians after they attacked a
military office in Beni.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 20, In Iraq Bombs
targeting commercial streets and an army patrol killed 12 people in
and around Baghdad.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 20, In Liberia health
workers manned polling stations across the country as voters cast
their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election.
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.
2014 Dec 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a US drone fired two missiles at militant hideout, killing
at least 5 Taliban fighters.
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.
2014 Dec 20, Saudi security
forces killed 4 militants in a clash in Awamiya region. A 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 21, Jordan ended an
eight-year moratorium on the death penalty with the hangings of 11
men convicted of murder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 22, A Chinese military
plane crashed in the country's northwest and at least two
people were killed.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 22, Italian
authorities said they have cracked a neo-Fascist plot to attack
immigrants and political targets, including magistrates.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 22, Nicaraguan
officials and a Chinese company broke ground on a $50 billion
transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal.
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.
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
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.
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.
2014 Dec 22, In Scotland a
refuse truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in Glasgow killing
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 23, Antigua PM Gaston
Browne said that China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation
will modernize St. John's port and harbor.
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.
2014 Dec 23, In Central African
Republic fighting continued in Gambouri between Peul herders, who
are mostly Muslim, and members of the predominantly Christian
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 24, The US-led
campaign against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq included 10 air
strikes in Syria and seven in Iraq.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
2014 Dec 24, Israeli
authorities gave final approval to the construction of 380 new
settler homes in two areas of annexed east Jerusalem.
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
(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.
2014 Dec 24, Malawi President
Peter Mutharika pardoned 197 prisoners from the country's
overcrowded jails under an amnesty to mark Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. On Dec 20,
2016, Davis Kiryakoz (44) of Modesto admitted the theft and pleaded
guilty. Charges were still pending against 2nd defendant Alfred
Georgis of Mountain View. On March 29, 2017, Kiryakoz was sentenced
to 15 months in jail and ordered to repay $585,000.
(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)(SFC, 12/21/16, p.A8)(SFC,
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.
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.
2014 Dec 25, Haitian President
Michel Martelly named veteran politician Evans Paul prime minister
to lead a new government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 25, In Russia a
massive snowstorm in Moscow caused delays to more than 150 flights
and brought traffic to a standstill.
2014 Dec 25, Saudi activists
said two detained women's rights campaigners have been transferred
to a special tribunal for terrorism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 26, Former Belgian PM
Leo Tindemans (92), died. His support in European elections
earned him the nickname "Mr. Europe."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 26, The Kremlin said
President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming
NATO expansion among key external risks.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 26, In central Sri
Lanka at least 9 people were killed and 10 others were missing in
mudslides triggered by heavy rains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 27, In Brazil a
helicopter crashed in marshland near the coastal city of Bertioga,
Sao Paulo state, killing 5 people.
2014 Dec 27, Snow and icy
weather swept through parts of Europe, stranding drivers overnight
and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.
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
2014 Dec 27, In Egypt gunmen on
a motorbike killed a policeman and wounded another in a drive-by
shooting in Cairo.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 27, Japan's Cabinet
approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus for the
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Dec 27, In Yemen 12 people
were killed in clashes between tribesmen and Shiite rebels north of
the capital Sanaa.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 28, Guyana authorities
searched for a small cargo plane that vanished with two people
aboard while flying over remote jungles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 29, The US-led
coalition launched 18 air strikes against Islamic State, including
12 in Syria and six in Iraq.
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.
2014 Dec 29, Azerbaijan
President Ilham Aliev signed an amnesty that will free 87 inmates in
the ex-Soviet nation.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 29, In China a
scaffolding collapse at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University
High School killed 10 construction workers and injured four others.
On Dec 21, 2015, 14 construction managers were sentenced to prison
terms of three to six years for the deadly scaffolding collapse.
(AP, 12/29/14)(AP, 12/21/15)
2014 Dec 29, Greece called for
a snap general election for Jan 25.
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 Dec 29, In Pakistan a fire
in a shopping mall in Lahore killed at least 13 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 31, The World
Health Organization said the number of reported Ebola deaths in West
Africa has risen to 7,905.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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, Turkey’s government
officially declared Fethullah Gulen (74), a Pennsylvania based
Muslim cleric, to be the head of a terrorist organization bent on
establishing a “parallel state."
(Econ, 2/6/15, SR p.8)
2014 Dec, The United Arab
Emirates dropped out of the group of countries conducting airstrikes
against IS targets in Syria.
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.
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
(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,
(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
(Econ, 9/13/14, p.91)
2014 Nick Bostrom, professor of
philosophy at Oxford, authored “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers,
Strategies," an examination of artificial intelligence. Here he asks
the question: What happens when machines surpass humans in general
(Econ, 8/9/14, p.68)(http://tinyurl.com/j2oc2cx)
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
(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
(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
(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
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.74)
2014 Law Professor Ethan Elkind
authored “Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the
Future of the City."
(Econ, 4/29/17, p.23)
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
(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
(SSFC, 9/14/14, p.N5)
2014 Rebecca Newberger
Goldstein authored “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy won’t Go
(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.F3)
2014 Greg Grandin authored “The
Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New
(Econ, 1/18/14, p.83)
2014 Susan Greenfield authored
“Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving their Mark on our
(Econ, 8/30/14, p.72)
2014 Glenn Greenwald authored
“No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S.
(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
(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
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.78)
2014 Kate Kelly authored “the
Secret Club that Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity
(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
(Econ, 1/18/14, p.83)
2014 David Clement Leye
authored “The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(Econ, 10/25/14, p.84)
2014 Jonathan Rottenberg
authored “The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression
(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
(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
(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
(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
(Econ, 5/31/14, p.76)
2014 Peter Thiel authored “Zero
to One." Here he pooh-poohed competition and celebrated the power of
(Econ, 6/4/16, p.67)
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
(Econ, 1/3/15, p.68)
2014 James Tracy authored
“Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco’s
(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
(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
(Econ, 8/23/14, p.78)
2014 Adam Zamoyski authored
“Phantom Terror: The Threat of Revolution and the Repression of
(Econ, 11/15/14, p.84)
2014 Kim Zetter authored
“Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First
(Econ, 12/13/14, p.84)
2014 Joshua Zeitz authored
“Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s
(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
(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 The US Dept. of Justice
forced Teodorin Obiang, one of the sons of the Equatorial Guinea’s
president, to sell off a Ferrari, his Los Angeles abode and six
Michael Jackson statues in a money laundering settlement.
(Econ, 3/12/15, p.46)
2014 California set up a “rainy
day fund" to guard against volatility in annual receipts. By the end
of 2016 the fund reached $6.7 billion.
(Econ, 7/9/16, p.63)
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 The New York Observer, a
newspaper owned by Jared Kushner, a son-in-law, of Donald Trump, ran
a lengthy hatchet job on Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic attorney
general of New York. In 2013 Schneiderman had sued Donald Trump over
the fleecing of students at Trump Univ.
(Econ, 4/1/17, p.17)
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 Terra Bella, formerly
known as Skybox, was bought by Google for $500 million. In 2017
Google sold the firm in an equity deal to San Francisco-based
(SSFC, 6/11/17, p.57)
2014 Intel launched the latest
version of Its Core processor, known as the Xeon Haswell E-5. It
sported over 5 billion transistors, just 22 nm apart.
(Econ, 3/12/15, TQ p.3)
2014 E-sports earned some $194
million in revenues worldwide this year.
(Econ, 2/13/15, p.66)
2014 The global Synthetic Yeast
Genome Project (Sc2.0) created a single artificial yeast chromosome.
In 2017 it published recipes for five artificial chromosomes for
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.74)
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 Bahrain’s Sunni leadership
revoked the citizenship of 21 Shia people this year. A year later
the number was up tenfold.
(Econ, 11/26/16, p.43)
2014 Bangladesh politician Nur
Hossain, a member of PM Sheikh Hasina's Awami League, paid members
of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to kill a political rival and
four of his aides in the city of Narayanganj, just outside the
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 Canada-based historian Jan
Grabowski was awarded the 2014 Yad Vashem International Book Prize
for Holocaust Research for his book "Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and
Murder in German-Occupied Poland," which documents the involvement
of Poles in finding and killing Jews during the German occupation of
Poland during World War II.
2014 In Canada Ian Goodfellow,
a student at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA),
introduce a generative adversarial network (GAN), a type of
(Econ 7/1/17, p.70)
2014 Zhang Chunxian, China’s
Communist Party chief of Xinjiang, introduced the bianmin card, a
kind of internal passport card for people from Xinjiang who were
living away from their home district. It was abolished in May, 2016.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.39)
2014 Chinese entrepreneur Ding
Ning started a company called Ezubao and it quickly became the
country’s largest peer-to-peer lender. Ning was arrested in January
2016 as the government froze its assets and declared Ezubao to be a
(Econ, 7/9/16, SR p.9)
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
(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.
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 Gabon’s oil exports
accounted for up to four-fifths of its export revenues.
(Econ, 8/6/16, p.38)
2014 Gambia devoted 23% of its
revenue to debt service. This was up from 15% in 2009.
(Econ, 1/31/15, p.64)
2014 In Germany massive damage
was caused to a steelworks by hackers who messed with a blast
(Econ, 12/3/16, p.63)
2014 More than 200,000 people
applied for asylum in Germany this year, a 60-percent rise over the
2014 Guinea’s GDP per person
(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 India’s Tamil Nadu state
launched a postcard program as a way of tracking the education of
some of the more than 10 million children who are estimated to
migrate with their families to different parts of India every year.
2014 In India some 1,700 people
died this year after imbibing toxic home brew.
(Econ, 2/20/15, p.33)
2014 Indonesia’s population was
about 250 million, making it the 4th most populous country in the
(Econ, 10/18/14, p.44)(Econ, 2/27/15, p.9)
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.
2014 Kiribati President Anote
Tong used nearly $7m of government money to buy 6,000 acres in Fiji.
(Econ, 3/12/15, p.38)
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.
2014 Malta introduced Civil
2014 Mauritania expelled 6.463
immigrants this year, up from 713 a year earlier.
(Econ, 10/17/15, p.57)
2014 in Mexico Lopez Obrador
set up the Movement for National Regenration (Morena), whose sole
purpose was to promote its leader.
(Econ 6/10/17, p.38)
2014 Mexico was the world’s
third biggest producer of opium, after Afghanistan and
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.26)
2014 Myanmar sold an estimated
$31 billion worth of jade this year, mostly on the black market,
according to a 2015 estimate by Global Witness.
(Econ, 10/31/15, p.38)
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 In Niger 12 schoolchildren
aged between 12 and 13 were killed this year when a hippo attacked
their boat on the Niger at Libore, a village near Niamey.
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 In Peru the town of Nueva
Fuerabamba, was built to house around 1,600 people who gave up their
village and farmland to make room for a massive, open-pit copper
mine in the southern Andes. The Melbourne-based unit of state-owned
China Minmetals Corp threw in jobs and enough cash so that some
villagers no longer had to work.
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.
2014 South Korea introduced its
Basic Pension Scheme.
(Econ, 4/16/15, p.14)
2014 In Spain Podemos (We Can),
a fledgling radical leftist party, was formed.
(Econ, 6/25/16, p.45)
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 Sudan expelled a number of
Iranian diplomats and cosied up to Saudi Arabia.
(Econ, 12/3/16, p.40)
2014 Syria ranked 159 out of
175 countries for corruption, according to Transparency
International, with graft endemic at all levels.
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)
2014 Vanuatu opposition leader
Moana Carcasses Kalosil offered legislators a total of $355,000 to
support a no-confidence motion. He was later jailed as were those
who accepted the offer.
(Econ, 11/7/15, p.37)
2014 Doctors and nurses at the
Vatican's Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) Pediatric Hospital complained
that corners were being cut and medical protocols ignored. The
Vatican responded by ordering up a secret in-house investigation.
The diagnosis: The original mission of "the pope's hospital" had
been lost and was "today more aimed at profit than on caring for