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, 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
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, 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 suerved a
subpoena for marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Permberton and four other
Marines sought as witnesses to the death of Laude.
(SFC, 10/14/14, p.A2)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 11, In Spain three
more people were under observation for Ebola in a Madrid hospital,
boosting the number being monitored for symptoms to 16. A nursing
assistant infected with the virus remained in serious but stable
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
$15 per barrel.
(Econ, 10/18/14, p.73)
2014 Oct 14, In Afghanistan 2
civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Kabul. A car
bombing during a local security force operation In Khost province
left 3 suicide bombers and 8 soldiers dead. In Helmand province
gunmen ambushed and killed Nad Ali district chief Mohammad Anwar
Khan and his guard. Anis Haqqani, a brother of the Haqqani network's
leader, and Hafiz Rashid, who allegedly helped equip suicide bombers
and select targets for attacks, were detained in Khost province in a
special Afghan operation.
(AP, 10/14/14)(AP, 10/15/14)(AP, 10/16/14)
2014 Oct 14, Bahraini
authorities ordered pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja to be
detained for questioning for seven days after a judge accused her of
insulting King Hamad by tearing up his picture.
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, 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
(AP, 10/21/14)(Reuters, 10/21/14)
2014 Oct 20, In Sierra Leone 49
confirmed cases of Ebola emerged just today in two Ebola zones in
and around the capital. So many people were dying that removing
bodies was a problem.
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
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 is located at the site that
once was the center of the Warsaw Ghetto.
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, 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.