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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014        Nov 8, In Afghanistan Col. Mohammad Yasin, chief of staff for Gen. Mohammad Zahir, was killed in a suicide bomb attack targeting Zahir, Kabul’s chief of police. At least seven others were wounded.
    (AP, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 8, The African Union, African Development Bank and regional business leaders meeting in in Ethiopia announced a crisis fund to help areas hit by the Ebola outbreak.
    (AFP, 11/9/14)
2014        Nov 8, In Brazil At least 7 people were killed after a passenger bus was forced off a bridge when another vehicle tried to pass it in Bahia state.