Timeline 2015 April - June
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2015        Apr 1, President Barack Obama ordered a new sanctions program which could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacks.
    (AFP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, The US federal government said it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened. The species has been nearly wiped out by the spread of a fungal disease called the white nose syndrome, first identified near Albany, NY, in 2006.
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 1, California Gov. Jerry Brown imposed a 25% reduction on water use for residents and businesses.
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.A1)
2015        Apr 1, In Atlanta, Georgia, eleven former educators were convicted of racketeering charges for their roles in a public schools cheating scandal.
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 1, In Illinois Kamron Taylor (23), a convicted murderer, escaped from the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee. He was recaptured on Chicago’s
South Side on April 3.
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.A5)(SSFC, 4/5/15, p.A9)
2015        Apr 1, New Jersey prominent Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was charged with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 1, On Wall Street GoDaddy, a provider of Internet domain name registration and hosting services, closed at $26.15 in an IPO that opened at $20 per share. The Arizona-based company was founded in 1997 by Bob Parsons.
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.C1)
2015        Apr 1, Amnesty Int’l. released its latest annual report on the death penalty. It said Egypt and Nigeria had accounted for over 1,000 of the 2,466 death sentences in 55 countries reported last year.
    (SFC, 4/3/15, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/k4kowoz)
2015        Apr 1, Egypt's Pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi welcomed the restoration of US military aid, a victory in his quest to eliminate some of the last international penalties on his government following his 2013 overthrow of the country's elected Islamist president.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, A German police officer was convicted of murder for killing a man he met in an Internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism in November, 2013. A regional court in Dresden sentenced Detlev G., whose last name hasn't been released, to eight years and six months in prison.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, In Greece thousands of pensioners joined protest rallies to demand that the country's new left-wing government end cuts to their monthly payments.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, Italy and the Holy See signed an accord to cooperate on fiscal matters, as the Vatican works to improve transparency after a string of financial scandals.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, Jordan closed its main border crossing with Syria amid fierce clashes between rebels and pro-regime forces for control of the Jaber post.
    (AFP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, An explosion and fire struck Mexico’s Abkatun A-Permanente platform. Eight firefighting vessels with water cannon battled the blaze on the offshore oil platform for hours. The inferno killed 4 workers and forced 300 to be evacuated.
    (AFP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 1, In Nepal some five thousand doctors stayed away from work at clinics and hospitals to support a colleague who has been on a hunger strike for 10 days demanding reforms in medical education and services.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power.
    (Reuters, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, In northeastern Nigeria 9 Chadian soldiers were killed and 16 wounded after being ambushed by Boko Haram fighters between Malam Fatori and the border town of Bosso in Niger.
    (AFP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 1, Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court, a move the Palestinians hope could open the door to the possible prosecution of Israelis for alleged war crimes.
    (AFP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, In Russia Zaur Dadaev, a man charged with the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, told the court he was beaten and pressured to confess. Dadaev was an ex-commander of the “North battalion,” a Chechen group made up of Pres. Ramzan Kadyrov’s irregular forces.
    (AP, 4/1/15)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.55)
2015        Apr 1, Russia’s statistical service said wage arrears have risen to $56 million as the country’s economy contracted. Unpaid labor has led to strikes around the country.
    (SFC, 4/22/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 1, In Syria Islamic State militants infiltrated the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, marking the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the capital.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, Thailand's ruling junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order, announced in a televised statement that it had lifted martial law, which had been in place nationwide since just before a coup 10 months ago. Coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha said he will invoke a special security measure in the junta-imposed interim constitution called Article 44. Critics say it gives Prayuth unchecked authority over all three branches of government and absolves him of any legal responsibility for his actions.
    (Reuters, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, In Turkey a militant tried to storm the police headquarters in Istanbul. Police opened fire in response, killing the female assailant who was armed with grenades and guns. Turkish media named the dead woman as Elif Sultan Kalsen (28), saying she was a known member of the DHKP-C.
    (AFP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 1, Ukraine rejected Georgia's request for the extradition of its former president, Mikhail Saakashvili, who is facing a criminal probe at home.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, In Vietnam thousands of workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. The strike at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City began March 26.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Apr 1, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in both the north and south, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns.
    (AP, 4/1/15)(SFC, 4/2/15, p.A3)

2015        Apr 2, A US jury ordered automaker Chrysler to pay $150 million to the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed when their Jeep exploded into flames. Remington Walden was killed in March 2012 in the US state of Georgia when a car rear-ended the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was in, causing the fuel tank behind the car's rear axle to leak and set the car on fire.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Alabama Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Petro dismissed all charges against Anthony Ray Hinton after he spent close to three decades in jail over the 1985 murder of two men in two separate restaurant hold-ups.
    (AFP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, The US states of Arkansas and Indiana passed amended versions of religious freedom laws following a nationwide outcry that the original legislation effectively legalized discrimination against homosexuals.
    (AFP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, Rev. Robert Schuller (88), southern California televangelist, died in Artesia. His “Hour of Power,” inaugurated in 1970, became the nation’s most watched weekly religious program in the 1980s. His Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove opened in 1980.
    (SFC, 4/3/15, p.A12)
2015        Apr 2, In Florida three Ku Klux Klan members, who worked in a state prison, were arrested on conspiracy to commit murder. They had allegedly plotted to kill a black inmate after his release in retaliation for a fight.
    (SFC, 4/3/15, p.A7)
2015        Apr 2, In Hawaii police arrested 20 protesters as some 300 gathered at Mauna Kea to protest the construction of a new telescope. Eleven more arrested at the top of the peak.
    (SFC, 4/4/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 2, In NYC Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui were arrested on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Oklahoma Eric Courtney Harris, a black man, died after being shot by Robert Charles Bates (73), a white deputy, after selling drugs to an undercover officer in Tulsa County. The reserve deputy in an apparent error used a gun instead of an intended Taser.
    (SFC, 4/13/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 2, Delphi Corp. announced that an autonomous car, equipped by the company, had completed a 3,400 mile coast-to-coast US road trip with 99% of the trip driven without human assistance.
    (SFC, 4/3/15, p.C3)
2015        Apr 2, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked an anti-corruption demonstration, killing 17 people and wounding up to 60 in Khost. In Helmand province the police chief of a restive district was killed by a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 4/2/15)(Reuters, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, Albania’s The parliament voted overwhelmingly to lift immunity for Mark Frroku following an international arrest warrant issued for him by Belgian prosecutors relating to the 1999 murder of Aleksander Kurti in Brussels.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Brazil 5 people were killed when their helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. The dead included Thomaz Rodrigues Alckmin (31), the son of Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, Canadian authorities said seven members of an Asia-based organized crime syndicate have been arrested for exploiting more than 500 women mostly from China and Korea in a prostitution ring that spanned the country.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, In China Guangdong police arrested 22 people after demonstrators forced their way into a high-speed rail station in a protest about land and housing issues.
    (Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 2, The Cyprus parliament legislated to criminalize the denial of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, Dubai-based port operator DP World said it has reached a deal to acquire the Fairview container terminal in Canada from Deutsche Bank for 580 million Canadian dollars, or about $457 million.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, Jihadists in Egypt's Sinai killed 15 soldiers and 3 civilians in attacks on five checkpoints. Military sources said 15 militants also died in an exchange of fire but the toll could not be verified by medics. The Islamic State's branch in Egypt soon claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 4/2/15)(AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, In France two men, who worked as cleaners for a pair of elderly sisters, were detained for stealing hundreds of thousands of euros the women kept in cash in their home near Lyon. A two-year police investigation had begun shortly after the bodies of the sisters were discovered in their home in the suburb of Bron in April 2013.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Greece supporters of 21 hunger strikers in prisons said they have refused to give up their month-long protest against anti-terrorism laws, despite concessions promised by the country's new left-wing government.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, A judge in Guyana temporarily blocked the South American country from accessing a $32 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank because there is no Parliament.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, In northeastern India armed insurgents ambushed an army convoy in Arunachal Pradesh state, killing 3 soldiers and wounding four others. Suspected Kashmiri rebels killed two Indian security personnel and wounded two soldiers and a civilian in a fierce gun battle in the northern Himalayan territory.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, An Indonesian court sentenced Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (45) to 10 years in jail on charges of sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta. The principal and a number of other teachers have said they believe Bantleman is innocent. Ferdinant Tjiong, an Indonesian teaching assistant, was also sentenced to 10 years and both men planned to appeal.
    (AP, 4/2/15)(AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, In southern Iran gunmen killed 3 police officers in Hamidiyeh near the Iraqi border.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Kenya 148 people, including 6 police and soldiers, were killed when Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed the Garissa University College campus, taking Christians hostage and engaging security forces in an extended shootout. All four of the gunmen wore suicide vests packed with explosives, detonating themselves in huge blasts as the dramatic assault finally ended after some 16 hours. It was later reported that all four gunmen were themselves Kenyan. On June 4 four men from Kenya and one from Tanzania were charged in court in connection with the attack.
    (AFP, 4/3/15)(AFP, 4/4/15)(AFP, 4/16/15)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.46)(Reuters, 6/4/15)
2015        Apr 2, It was reported that somebody was systematically poisoning the dogs of Hermosillo, an industrial city in northern Mexico, and not just strays: At least 64 dogs, all with owners, have died of a similar poison since mid-March.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, In northeastern Nigeria an explosion near the Bauchi motor park, a bus station in Gombe, left 10 people dead.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, A Pakistani military courts’ statement said six Islamic militants have been sentenced to death on charges including terrorism, murder, suicide bombing and kidnapping for ransom. It said a seventh suspect was sentenced to life imprisonment.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, Super typhoon Maysak, blamed for the deaths of at least 4 people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean, weakened after reaching Philippine waters and was expected to further lose strength as it approaches the country's northeastern coast.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, In the southern Philippines a passenger boat overloaded with 55 people and heavy cargo capsized, leaving at least 5 dead and one missing.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Portugal a rail strike began. The Federation of Transport and Communications Unions says rail company Comboios de Portugal is not paying the full amount due to workers for vacation pay and for working on public holidays.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Portugal Manoel de Oliveira (b.1908), celebrated movie director, died. His work included over 30 feature films and dozens of short films and documentaries.
    (SFC, 4/3/15, p.A2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manoel_de_Oliveira)
2015        Apr 2, The Russian fishing trawler Dalny Vostok sank in minutes in the icy waters off Russia's Far East coast, killing at least 56 of the 132 people. At least 13 others were missing. Investigators later said greed and corruption were to blame for the sinking.
    (AP, 4/2/15)(Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 2, Sierra Leone police raided a funeral and arrested 13 people suspected of organizing an unsafe burial, risking the spread of Ebola.
    (AFP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Switzerland negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear accord with Iran and US President Barack Obama hailed an "historic understanding", but senior global diplomats cautioned that hard work lies ahead to strike a final deal.
    (Reuters, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 2, Syrian rebels and fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front captured the Nasib crossing, the only functioning border crossing with Jordan, as well as three nearby military posts. Palestinian fighters and Syrian rebels retook control of large parts of a refugee camp in Damascus that had been seized by IS jihadists.
    (AP, 4/2/15)(AFP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, Tunisia's foreign minister said that diplomatic relations with Syria will be restored at a consular level, following a long hiatus that began during the Arab Spring.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, Turkish police launched early morning raids against suspected members of an ultra-leftist group in Istanbul. At least 10 people were arrested in the raids in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, A major sandstorm whipped through the Mideast's commercial hub of Dubai and other Gulf cities, reducing visibility, diverting flights and making breathing outside a challenge.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, In Vietnam workers at a major footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, Yemen's Houthi fighters and their allies seized a central Aden district striking a heavy blow against the Saudi-led coalition which has waged a week of air strikes to try to stem advances by the Iran-allied Shi'ite group. AQAP fighters stormed the central prison in Mukalla and freed 150 prisoners, some of them al Qaeda detainees. AQAP was led by Nasser al-Wuhayshi.
    (Reuters, 4/2/15)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.46)

2015        Apr 3, In southern California Kevin Christopher Bollaert (28) of San Diego was sentenced to 18 years in prison for operating a revenge porn website. In February he was found guilty on six counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft.
    (SFC, 4/4/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 3, In Kentucky torrential rains swamped portions of the state. A mother and child remained missing after they were swept into a flooded creek in their car.
    (SFC, 4/4/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 3, US power company Duke Energy Corp said it has agreed to a $2.5 million settlement proposed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality relating to the 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina.
    (Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 3, In Afghanistan a roadside bombing killed 7 people in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province when a vehicle that two families were riding in struck a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, Brazilian police fired tear gas to break up a protest in a Rio de Janeiro slum that erupted after a 10-year-old boy was killed in what officers called a shootout with drug traffickers.
    (AFP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 3, In Chad 7 civilians were killed in Tchoukou Telia near Lake Chad in an attack blamed on Nigerian Boko Haram rebels.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 3, Xue Feng (50), a Chinese-born American geologist was released from prison in China and returned home to Houston after serving more than eight years on charges of procuring state secrets. Xue was detained in November 2007, and sentenced in 2010 on charges of illegally gathering information on China's oil industry.
    (AP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 3, In China prosecutors charged former national security chief Zhou Yongkang with corruption and leaking of state secrets, setting the stage for him to become the highest-level politician to stand trial in China in more than three decades.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, Czech police said they have seized a record amount of cocaine in a shipment of bananas for a supermarket. More than 100 kg (220 pounds) of cocaine, with a street value of some $40 million, was packed among the bananas.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, The Indonesian government began moving foreign fishermen from an isolated island where slavery in the fishing industry was exposed last, out of concern for their safety.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, Iraq’s PM Haider al-Abadi ordered government forces to oppose vandalism in the city of Tikrit, retaken from the Islamic State group this week, and arrest those responsible.
    (AFP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he and his Cabinet are united in "strongly opposing" an emerging framework agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program and demanded that any final deal contain Iranian recognition of Israel's right to exist.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, Four soldiers were killed in Indian Kashmir after their vehicle was buried in an avalanche in the Himalayan region.
    (AP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 3, Kenya offered a $215,000 (200,000 euro) bounty for the capture of alleged Shebab commander Mohamed Mohamud, a former Kenyan teacher believed to now be in Somalia and said to be the mastermind behind the April 2 Garissa attack.
    (AFP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, better known as Zunar, was charged with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary. The charges against Zunar, known for lampooning the ruling coalition, came amid a widening government crackdown on opposition politicians and the media slammed by critics as a move to stifle freedom of expression.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, In Mali a security guard was killed in a bombing at a home in Bamako.
    (AFP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 3, In Nigeria gunmen stormed two communities in the southern oil state of Rivers, killing at least 9 people and injuring two others. Militants of the Urhobo minority ethnic group blew up a natural gas pipeline in Delta state.
    (AFP, 4/4/15)(Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 3, In the Philippines devotees nailed themselves to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ. At least 4,000 spectators came to watch the spectacle in San Pedro Cutud village, northern Pampanga province.
    (SFC, 4/4/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 3, It was reported that Puerto Rico is slated to receive $3.7 million in federal funds from the US Homeland Security Department to be used for training and equipment to fight terrorism.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, Senegal said it will scrap visa requirements for foreign visitors, effective May 1, and slash taxes on air fares as it seeks to revive a tourism sector crippled by high costs and a regional Ebola outbreak.
    (Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 3, In South Africa a 500-meter (yard) stretch of Mpenjati Beach officially opened as a nudist beach. In October, 2014, the Hibiscus Coast local municipality approved an application by the South African National Naturist Association (SANNA).
    (AFP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 3, In Syria Islamic State militants battled against armed groups inside the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, and have made new advances inside the camp.
    (AP, 4/3/15)
2015        Apr 3, In Yemen Houthi forces pulled back from a central Aden district. Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition dropped weapons and medical aid to fighters defending the southern Yemeni city. An air strike on a village near Sanaa killed a family of nine in what appeared to be a hit by the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi militia. Local militia forces said they killed 10 Houthis during the fighting which pushed the Shi'ite movement out of Crater. They also said Houthis killed two medics and two patients when they opened fire on an ambulance ferrying casualties from Aden peninsula to hospital on the mainland.
    (Reuters, 4/3/15)(Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 3, Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party said it has expelled former vice-president Joice Mujuru for allegedly plotting against President Robert Mugabe.
    (AFP, 4/3/15)

2015        Apr 4, In Massachusetts a duffel bag containing human remains was found outside a biotechnology building in Cambridge. Additional remains were found in an apartment building across the street. The head of Jonathan Camilien was found in the apartment of Carlos Colina (32), who was arraigned on April 6.
    (SFC, 4/6/15, p.A6)(SFC, 4/7/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 4, In South Carolina Walter Scott (50) was shot in North Charleston after a scuffle that began with his being stopped for a broken tail light in his car. A video soon emerged showing officer Michael Slager (33) repeatedly shooting a fleeing and apparently unarmed black man in the back. On April 7 Slager was arrested and charged with murder. On June 8 Slager was indicted on a murder charge.
    (AP, 4/8/15)(SFC, 6/9/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 4, In northern Afghanistan at least five civilians were killed and 17 others wounded in two separate roadside bomb explosions in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.
    (AP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, In Australia thousands of anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters clashed in angry rallies around the country.
    (AP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, In Brazil a fire at a fuel storage facility near Santos port, the country's largest, entered its third day with firefighters working around the clock to stop the flames from spreading.
    (Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, In Burkina Faso a Romanian security officer was kidnapped in Tambao at a manganese mine where he worked.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 4, Beijing police took more than 30 people to hospital after they consumed pesticide during a "lie-in" protest on a shopping street near the center of the capital.
    (Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, In southwest China a bus plunged into a ravine in Nayong county Guizhou province, killing 21 people and injuring three others. In the northwest a farm vehicle careened while making a turn on a mountain road, killing 12 people and injuring five in Kangle country, Gansu province.
    (AP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 4, Iran's State Security Council was reported to have approved a plan by the sports ministry to allow women and families to attend some sports events.
    (AP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 4, Kenyan police paraded the naked corpses of Somali Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab gunmen who slaughtered 148 people at the Garissa University College campus on April 2. Five men were reported arrested. President Uhuru Kenyatta declared three days of national mourning.
    (AFP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, Libya’s PM Thinni announced late today that he had authorized his government's oil corporation to open a separate bank account in the United Arab Emirates for oil revenues, and to seek independent oil sales.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 4, In Malaysia PM Najib Razak's chief of staff and a former ambassador to the United States, who was also a senior member of Najib's party, were among six people killed in a helicopter crash near Kuala Lumpur.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 4, In Mali unidentified gunmen attacked the town of Boni killing two people.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 4, In Nigeria at least four people were killed when suspected Boko Haram fighters raided a local market in a village near the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 4, Romania said it will expel seven foreign nationals accused of recruiting members for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda and propagating their ideas in the eastern European country.
    (AFP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, A Saudi adviser said Saudi Arabian special forces are involved in the military operation against Shiite Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen. A Saudi-led coalition pounded rebels in the south and dropped more arms to loyalist fighters.
    (AFP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe's office said an inquiry, led by an anti-corruption lawyer, had found "shocking details of corruption running into billions of dollars" at Sri Lankan Airlines, as well as "irregularities" in its $2.3 billion 2013 deal to buy 10 Airbus aircraft.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 4, In Syria civilians trapped in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus fled to safer areas amid intense shelling and clashes between Palestinian armed factions and Islamic militants who took over most of the camp.
    (AP, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, Ukraine reported that 3 government serviceman have been killed and two wounded in a landmine explosion in separatist eastern territories.
    (Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015        Apr 4, Yemeni tribal fighters entered the coastal town of Mukalla, seeking to drive out suspected al Qaeda fighters who took control 48 hours earlier. Houthi fighters took control of the central prison in Dhale and freed more than 300 prisoners. A medical official said fierce fighting for control of Aden has left at least 185 people dead and more than 1,200 wounded, including many civilians.
    (Reuters, 4/4/15)(AP, 4/4/15)(AP, 4/4/15)

2015        Apr 5, Rolling Stone magazine withdrew and apologized for a discredited story last November about a gang rape on a US college campus in Virginia, publishing a review of the debacle that found "avoidable" failures in basic journalism practices.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 5, Fredric Brandt (b.1949)), celebrity dermatologist, died in Florida. Brandt, dubbed the “Baron of Botox,” was the author of two books about the skin aging process and retention of youthful appearance.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredric_Brandt)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.86)
2015        Apr 5, The Afghan Taliban published a descriptive biography of their "charismatic" supreme leader Mullah Omar, in a surprise move apparently aimed at countering the creeping influence of the Islamic State group within insurgent ranks.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, Bangladesh’s former premier and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia was granted bail in two graft cases after she appeared before a special court.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In Bangladesh a severe storm killed at least 24 people and injured dozens more, mostly in Bogra district in the northern part of the country.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In southern China 7 members of a family on a holiday outing drowned when a 17-year-old girl fell into a reservoir and several relatives dove in after her in a deadly attempt to rescue her in Shantou, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 5, In Egypt a bomb blast on a bridge leading to an upscale neighborhood in central Cairo killed a policeman and wounded at least two passers-by. The group Ajnad Misr claimed responsibility. Security forces said Hamam Mohamed Attia, the founder and leader of Ajnad Misr, was killed by security forces early today.
    (AP, 4/5/15)(Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In France an 18-day-old dispute at Radio France stemmed from concerns over job losses and service reductions aimed at reining in a budget deficit. The longest strike in a decade at France's public radio broadcaster has left paralyzed news stations playing music and shows no sign of ending after weekend talks failed to defuse a standoff over cost cuts.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In Germany Israeli citizen Yosi Damari was found killed in the ruins of a Berlin church with massive injuries to his head. On April 10 an Albanian man was arrested in the Czech Republic on suspicion of beating Damari to death.
    (AP, 4/8/15)(AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 5, Indian police arrested former nightclub bouncer Raminder Singh (28) wanted in connection with two sex attacks in Britain. He was arrested in New Delhi after three years on the run.
    (AFP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 5, In Iraq three separate attacks in Baghdad killed at least 9 people and wounded others.
    (AP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, Kenya identified one of the al Shabaab gunmen who massacred students at Garissa University as Abdirahim Abdullahi, a university of Nairobi law graduate and the son of government official in Mandera county.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)(AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In Libya a suicide bomber killed at least 6 people outside the militia-controlled third city Misrata in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.44)
2015        Apr 5, Malawi’s police chief ordered police this weekend to shoot "dangerous criminals" who attack albinos in order to sell their body parts for witchcraft.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 5, Malaysian police detained 17 suspected militants. Authorities the next day said the militants had planned to attack police stations and army camps to acquire weapons and carry out terrorist attacks in Kuala Lumpur and that two of the militants had just returned from Syria.
    (SFC, 4/7/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 5, In northern Mali one person was killed and three injured as unidentified assailants shelled the city of Gao.
    (AP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on villagers and torched a number of buildings in a new attack in Kwajaffa, Borno state.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In northwest Pakistan Mir Ahmad Shah (25) gunned down his former fiancée and nine of her relatives, six months after murdering his own parents and two brothers for refusing to pay his dowry.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas threatened to turn to the International Criminal Court over Israel's refusal to fully release hundreds of millions of dollars in tax monies owed the Palestinian Authority. He rejected an Israeli transfer of millions because of deductions for utility debts owed to Israel.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)(SFC, 4/6/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 5, A Palestinian official said around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus after the Islamic State group seized large parts of it.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In eastern Saudi Arabia a policeman was killed and three were wounded during a raid in al-Awamiya, a predominantly Shiite town.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 5, In South Africa statue of Afrikaner hero Paul Kruger was defaced in Pretoria, the latest in a series of anti-colonial protests that has forced the country to square its racist past with the spirit of reconciliation championed by Nelson Mandela.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 5, In Switzerland CERN said the world's largest particle smasher has restarted after a two-year upgrade that will allow physicists to explore uncharted corners of the matter that makes up the universe.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In eastern Ukraine 6 soldiers were killed in two separate incidents as isolated clashes continue to violate a fragile ceasefire to end the year-long war.
    (AFP, 4/5/15)
2015        Apr 5, In Yemen warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Sanaa overnight on the eleventh day of a campaign against Iran-allied Houthi. A senior Houthi member said Yemen's Houthis are ready to sit down for peace talks as long as a Saudi-led air campaign is halted and the negotiations are overseen by "non-aggressive" parties. Armed tribesmen deployed in the streets of Mukalla, pushing al Qaeda fighters out of much of the eastern port town three days after the militants overran it. Houthis, along with allied security forces loyal to the ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, carried out a number of overnight raids arresting leading Islah Party members Mohammed Qahtan and Hassan al-Yaeri, along with more than 120 others. Houthi militiamen, supported by army units, gained ground in the southern city of Aden. 
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)(AP, 4/5/15)

2015        Apr 6, In Maryland Rodney Todd (36) was found dead with his 7 children in Princess Anne following carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator they were using after the power company cut off their heat. The family was last seen on March 28 and Delmarva Power was subpoenaed to document its role.
    (SFC, 4/7/15, p.A10)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A12)
2015        Apr 6, Afghan traders shut up their shops in Kabul and marched through the streets to protest tax hikes. Elsewhere roadside bombing targeting police killed at least 10 people. At least five people were reported killed in heavy flooding in the northern province of Baghlan.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, London's jewelry industry found that thieves had got away with a record haul of diamonds after a brazen heist in Hatton Garden netted an estimated £200 million worth (275 million euro, $300 million) of gems over the Easter weekend.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 6, Canadian health authorities said two turkey farms in Ontario have been placed under quarantine after H5 bird flu was detected in one of them.
    (AFP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, Croatian police seized more than 140 kg (308 pounds) of heroin on a border crossing with Serbia. A Turkish and a German citizen were arrested on the Bajakovo border crossing.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Dubai twenty-eight men and women were reported fined or jailed for attending an alcohol-fuelled sex party on a yacht.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Iran an attack by gunmen in the volatile southeast near the border with Pakistan killed 8 Iranian border guards.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, Iran's official news agency reported that the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard has broken up a militant group linked to a "foreign intelligence" agency and killed its members. An attack by gunmen in the volatile southeast near the border with Pakistan killed 8 Iranian border guards.
    (AP, 4/6/15)(AP, 4/7/15)   
2015        Apr 6, Iraqi forensic teams began excavating 11 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq. A DNA database registered 1,686 cadets as missing.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)(SFC, 4/8/15, p.A3)
2015        Apr 6, In Iraq US-led forces targeted Islamic State militants with eight air strikes and conducted five air strikes in Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Jordan a training propeller airplane crashed during a routine flight, killing two pilots onboard.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Kashmir suspected rebels fatally shot three unarmed policemen in southern Amshipore village.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, The Kenyan air force said it has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at Kenya’s Garissa University last week.
    (Reuters, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Mali French special forces, in an operation that killed several jihadists, rescued Dutch train driver Sjaak Rijke, kidnapped in November, 2011, in Timbuktu by Al-Qaeda's north Africa arm.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In western Mexico as many as 15 state police were killed in the ambush at Soyatan, Jalisco state. The state has been plagued by the Jalisco New Generation (JNG), a violent drug cartel that crime experts now regard as one of the biggest threats to security in the country.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Russia talks began in Moscow on ending the war in Syria, but the absence of key opposition groups meant there was little hope of progress in resolving the conflict.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed around 10 soldiers in an ambush in the Masisi region of north Kivu province.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 6, Saudi Arabia beheaded Saleh al-Yami for drug trafficking, raising to 57 the number of executions it has carried out so far this year.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In Syria Palestinian fighters clashed with Islamic State militants in the heavily contested Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus as a UN official described the situation in the embattled camp as "beyond inhumane” for some 18,000 residents.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In northwestern Syria Islamist fighters kidnapped some 300 Kurdish civilians at a checkpoint in Dana, Idlib province.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, A wooden migrant boat sank in the Aegean off the Turkish coast of Datca late today. The Turkish Coast Guard recovered 8 bodies, rescued nine people and three remained missing.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 6, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government's previous position. Russia-backed separatists, however, dismissed Poroshenko's gesture as meaningless.
    (AP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In southern Yemen fierce clashes raged between rebels and loyalists, leaving 114 dead in 24 hours. The Red Cross faced delays to urgently needed aid deliveries.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)
2015        Apr 6, In southern Zambia 17 people were killed when a light truck they were in hit a shop before turning over in Mazabuka.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)

2015        Apr 7, It was reported that the Obama administration has notified Congress that it is selling Pakistan 15 Viper attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles and other forms of military assistance valued at $952 million.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, In Chicago incumbent Mayor Rohm Emanuel was re-elected with 56% of the vote. Jesus Garcia took 44% in a 40% turnout.
    (Econ., 4/11/15, p.29)
2015        Apr 7, In central Illinois a private plane returning from the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis crashed killing all 7 people onboard. The dead included Illinois State University’s associate head basketball coach and a deputy athletics director.
    (SFC, 4/8/15, p.A7)
2015        Apr 7, Shares of Arena Pharmaceuticals rose after the drug developer said it received an additional patent for its weight loss drug Belviq.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, Bristol-Myers Squibb said it has agreed to acquire a stake in UniQure, to get access to its gene therapy for congestive cardiac failure.
    (SFC, 4/8/15, p.C2)
2015        Apr 7, FedEx said it has agreed to take over TNT Express, a Dutch delivery firm, for $4.8 billion in an all cash offer of $8.75 per TNT share.
    (SFC, 4/8/15, p.C3)
2015        Apr 7, Albania’s PM Edi Rama said the unification of Albania and Serbia's majority-Albanian former province of Kosovo is "inevitable", whether it happens through membership of the EU or not. The suggestion was denounced in Belgrade.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, Armenian police detained and raided the offices and homes of four opposition activists suspected of plotting riots on the centennial of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians that Armenia describes as genocide. The arrested activists of the Founding Parliament opposition group, included its leader, Jirair Sefilian.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, China's finance ministry said Iran has been approved as a founding member of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Bank (AIIB).
    (AFP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, India’s National Green Tribunal passed a series of stringent measures aimed at curbing air pollution in New Delhi.
    (SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 7, In southern India police killed 5 prisoners, including accused terrorist Syed Viqaruddin, when they tried to escape from a police van in Telangana state.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, In southeastern India police shot and killed at least 20 workers, hired by smugglers of endangered red sandalwood trees, in Andhra Pradesh state. At one of two sites seven of nine workers were shot in the face or back of the head.
    (SFC, 4/8/15, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 7, The Islamic State group launched English-language radio news bulletins on its al-Bayan radio network. The first bulletin provided an overview of their activities in Iraq, Syria and Libya. An IS group online propaganda video showed the beheading of four men for armed robbery and murder in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh.
    (AP, 4/7/15)(AFP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, In Lebanon 3 unidentified militants were killed in clashes with government soldiers who launched an operation near the Syrian border to retake control of a hilltop.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, Malaysia revived detention without trial when lawmakers approved the Prevention of Terrorism Act bill, that the government said was needed to fight Islamic militants. Critics assailed it as a giant step backward for human rights in the country.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, In Mexico armed robbers made off with 7,000 ounces of gold worth $8.5 million at current prices from Canadian firm McEwen Mining's mine in Sinaloa.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 7, In Nepal stone-throwing opposition protesters led by Maoists clashed with police in Kathmandu as they enforced a three-day nationwide shutdown of schools, business and transport in the latest violence to mar talks over a new constitution.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, Dutch businessman Willy Selten was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He was at the center of a Europe-wide fraud in which falsely labeled horsemeat led to thousands of tons of meat being recalled.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, Panama's Electoral Tribunal lifted former President Ricardo Martinelli's immunity from prosecution, clearing the way for authorities to investigate him for alleged corruption.
    (AP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 7, Romania's PM Victor Ponta announced that the sales tax on food and non-alcoholic drinks will be slashed by more than half this summer in an effort to generate jobs and help the poor.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, Russia’s State Duma voted overwhelmingly to strip Ilya Ponomarev of immunity against prosecution. The opposition lawmaker was the sole deputy last year to vote against the annexation of Crimea.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, In northern Syria two car bombs set off by Islamic State insurgents killed at least 32 people in Marea, including a senior rival fighter from al Qaeda's Nusra Front.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)(AFP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 7, In Tunisia 4 soldiers were killed and six wounded in an ambush in the Kasserine region where the military is battling jihadists. A 5th soldier died of his wounds the next day.
    (AFP, 4/7/15)(AFP, 4/8/15)   
2015        Apr 7, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed to boost trade and signed a slew of deals at a meeting, but steered clear of directly addressing differences over conflict-ridden Yemen.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, In central Yemen warplanes from a Saudi-led air coalition bombed a military base controlled by Houthi fighters and their army allies. A website of the Houthi-run defense ministry said two students were killed at a neighboring school. Suspected al Qaeda militants stormed a remote border post with Saudi Arabia, killing at least two soldiers including the senior border guard officer.
    (Reuters, 4/7/15)

2015        Apr 8, Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to set foot in Jamaica since 1982. He was scheduled to meet the CARICOM regional bloc and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas. He was also slated to meet with PM Simpson-Miller.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 8, Washington deepened its involvement in the Saudi-led air war in Yemen as aid agencies scrambled to deliver help to civilians caught up in the campaign now heading into its third week.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, The Obama administration called for an end to therapies aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
    (SFC, 4/9/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 8, The US deported former El Salvador defense minister Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova after immigration courts found that he had participated in torture and killings by troops under his command in the 1980s.
    (SFC, 4/9/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 8, The US FCC announced that AT&T has agreed to pay $25 million to settle data breaches at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines that compromised customer data for some 280,000 US customer accounts in 2013-2014.
    (SFC, 4/9/15, p.C3)
2015        Apr 8, Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige said Thirty Meter Telescope has agreed to halt construction for a week on building one of the world’s largest telescopes after more than a week of demonstrations at Mauna Kea. Construction was later postponed to April 20.
    (SFC, 4/9/15, p.A6)(SFC, 4/13/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 8, Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faced the death penalty after a jury unanimously convicted him of carrying out the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon attack.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)   
2015        Apr 8, It was reported that Permira, a private equity firm, and Canada Pension Plan Investment, have agreed to buy Informatica of Redwood City, Ca. The $5.3 billion deal was the largest leveraged buyout so far this year.
    (SFC, 4/8/15, p.C3)
2015        Apr 8, In eastern Afghanistan an American and an Afghan soldier were killed in a firefight between US and Afghan troops. The gunfight erupted after an Afghan soldier opened fire on an American delegation outside the governor's compound in Jalalabad.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)(Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, British police found Abdul-Hadi Arwani (48) dead in a parked car with gunshot wounds to his chest in the Wembley area of London. The Syria-born Muslim cleric had been critical of Syria's President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, In China Shanghai authorities said the city’s Deputy Secretary Dai Haibo has been removed from his post.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, In China a nun set herself on fire while crying out for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet. Yeshi Khando (47) of Ngangang Nunnery circled Kardze Monastery in Sichuan province and then self-immolated near the police station.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 8, French air traffic controllers launched a two-day strike over working conditions. Hundreds of flights were cancelled in and out of the country.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, In France Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac (98), a Jewish member of the French Resistance in charge of propaganda during World War II, died in Paris.
    (AP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 8, In France hackers purporting to be supporters of Islamic State knocked out channels belonging to public television station TV5Monde and posted material on its social media feeds to protest French military action in Iraq. The network signal was restored the next day but only for recorded programs.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 8, Iran dispatched a destroyer and another naval ship to waters off Yemen.
    (SFC, 4/9/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 8, Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive against Islamic State insurgents in the Sunni Muslim heartland of Anbar, seeking to build on a victory over the jihadist group last week in the city of Tikrit. Islamic State militants freed 216 Yazidis it was holding captive in northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)(AP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, In Iraq and Syria US-led forces targeted Islamic State militants with four air strikes in Iraq and two in Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, Kenya froze key money transfer companies vital for Somalia after the police chief issued a list of 85 people and businesses with suspected links to the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, Lithuania's broadcasting regulator banned a Russian TV station for three months, saying it continues to air Kremlin "propaganda" despite repeated warnings.
    (AP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, Mexico began marketing the first ever 100-year bond denominated in euros. An initial yield of 4.50% was set for the bond that will mature in March 2115.
    (www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/08/mexico-bonds-idUSL5N0X51CG20150408)
2015        Apr 8, In Moldova former health minister Andrei Usatii and 11 others, including hospital chiefs, were detained on suspicion of fraudulent acquisitions of drugs and medical equipment.
    (AP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, Royal Dutch Shell said it will pay the equivalent of 13.67 pounds in cash and stock for each share of British rival BG Group, 50 percent more than the April 7 closing price.
    (AP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, North Korea said it was expelling American aid worker Sandra Suh for engaging in what it said was a conspiracy against the state. Los Angeles-based Wheat Mission Ministries says on its website that Sandra Suh began the group's work in 1989 to aid North Koreans. It was formally established as a non-profit organization in 2005.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers near the West Bank settlement of Shilo before he was killed by one of the soldiers.
    (AP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, In Saudi Arabia two policemen were shot dead in Riyadh. Yazid bin Mohammed Abdulrahman Abu Niyan (23) later confessed that he was following orders received from IS in Syria. A 2nd Saudi suspect was identified as Nawaf bin Sharif Samir al-Anzi. Three bomb-laden cars had been seized during investigations into the killings.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 8, Spanish police arrested 11 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, including six Muslim converts, some of whom intended to launch attacks in the Catalonia region.
    (AFP, 4/8/15)
2015        Apr 8, In southern Yemen warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition struck al-Anad airbase overnight and targets in areas around the southern port city of Aden. At least 22 people were killed in tank and mortar shelling by rebel forces on residential areas in Aden. Warships from the Saudi-led coalition blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tons of wheat from entering a Yemeni port, demanding UN guarantees that the cargo would not go to military personnel.
    (Reuters, 4/8/15)(AFP, 4/8/15)(Reuters, 4/10/15)

2015        Apr 9, Pres. Obama announced a $70 million youth initiative for Jamaica after meeting with PM Portia Simpson Miller.
    (SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 9, US and Cuban diplomats met in Panama City in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a century one day ahead of the opening of the Seventh Summit of the Americas.
    (CSM, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce, a coordination body created last year by the FBI, Britain's National Crime Agency, Europol and host of other international law enforcement agencies, claimed one of its first kills, pulling the plug on malicious servers that hijacked at least 12,000 machines, most of them in the United States.
    (AP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, The Washington-based Center for Strategic and Int’l. Studies published photos showing China’s construction efforts on Mischief Reef, where it is building artificial islands in disputed waters.
    (SFC, 4/10/15, p.A3)
2015        Apr 9, The Pentagon said the US has begun daily aerial refueling for planes in the Saudi-led coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen.
    (SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 9, The California Public Utilities Commission levied a record $1.6 billion penalty against PG&E for the 2010 deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
    (SFC, 4/10/15, p.A1)
2015        Apr 9, In southern California a TV news helicopter caught deputy sheriffs on video kicking and beating Francis Pusok (30). The suspect was fleeing a warrant in an identity theft investigation on a stolen horse. On April 21 San Bernardino County approved a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by Pusok.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A6)(SFC, 4/22/15, p.A7)
2015        Apr 9, In northern Illinois at least two people were killed and 20 others injured when a powerful tornado rated as a rare EF-4 - the second highest intensity - ripped through the small town of Fairdale.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, In Mississippi a US District Judge sentenced Farah Adelia Graves to five years in federal prison for her role in a Jackson group that searched for black people to assault. Shelbie Brooke Richards was sentenced to 8 years in prison for her part in the 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, who died after being beaten and run over by a truck in which Graves and Richards were riding.
    (SFC, 4/10/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 9, Texas prison officials executed Kent Sprouse (42) for the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer in 2002. This was the state’s 5th execution this year.
    (SFC, 4/10/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 9, In northern Afghanistan militants stormed a government compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province, killing at least 10 people with dozens wounded. 3 of the attackers were killed but two remained inside the compound.
    (AP, 4/9/15)(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 9, Argentina declassified files relating to the 1992 bombing outside the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires that left 29 dead and 200 wounded.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Argentina and Britain’s longstanding dispute over the Falklands escalated as Buenos Aires took legal action against companies exploring for oil off the islands and the countries summoned each other's ambassadors for a dressing-down.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Australia reported that second case of the so-called Tropical Race 4 strain of Panama disease affecting banana plants has been confirmed, dashing hopes that a recently confirmed outbreak would be isolated and threatening the country's A$550 million ($423 million) sector.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, in southwestern Bangladesh a bus packed with passengers veered off the road, hit trees and plunged into a ditch, killing at least 24 people and injuring 22 others.
    (AP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, China sketched out plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defense as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Chinese state media reported that Shi Tao, a former top executive at Volkswagen's China joint venture with FAW Group Corp, was sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes. He accepted bribes from 48 individuals and companies from 2006 and amassed 26.7 million yuan in property derived from unclear sources before being discovered in a 2013 audit.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka said the government plans to create a register of citizens who could be called up for military service, in response to growing concerns over threats from Islamic State and insecurity in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, In France the Eiffel Tower closed, many school kids had no classes and air traffic controllers were staying off work in a nationwide day of protests and strikes to air an array of grievances against the government.
    (AP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, France announced the cancellation of $68.7 million (64.8 million euros) in debt owed by Mali. The debt from 1984 was initially the equivalent of 229 million euros and was due to its rejoining the CFA franc backed by the French treasury.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, Greece repaid a roughly $485-million loan installment to the IMF.
    (SFC, 4/10/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 9, In Honduras prominent father-son lawyers Jose Eduardo Gauggel (70) and his son Jose Eduardo Gauggel Medina (48), who had held a variety of political positions, were killed in the city of San Pedro Sula.
    (AP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, India said it has blocked foreign funding to the local branch of Greenpeace and restricted some activities, with New Delhi accusing the environmental group of misusing funds. In recent months, Greenpeace activists have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of watering down environmental rules after it allowed industries to operate closer to protected green zones.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, In Indonesia the number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote island reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind nearly a week after more than half of the men were removed in a dramatic rescue.
    (AP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear program is concluded.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, In Iraq Islamic State fighters launched an attack on government-held territory in Anbar province. Over the next 24 hours 25 Iraqi police officers and soldiers were killed and 15 family members of local police were executed as IS fighters overran large parts of Albu Faraj.
    (SFC, 4/11/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 9, In Italy Claudio Giardiello, on trial for bankruptcy, shot dead a judge, a lawyer and a co-defendant in the Palace of Justice in central Milan. A fourth person was found dead in the court buildings with no apparent sign of injury.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, A Japanese research team said it has developed a field test for Ebola that gives results in just over 11 minutes -- down from the 90-minute test used now.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Lebanese security forces killed militants Osama Mansour, nicknamed "Abu Omar," and Ahmad Nazer, and arrested Sheikh Khaled Hoblos, an extremist cleric, during a shootout in the north of the country.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, In Pakistan a defense lawyer said a court has ordered the release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, for the second time in less than a month. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was released on bail late today.
    (AP, 4/9/15)(AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, A group of 14 Palestinian factions said they backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Gaza police seized a work by famed street artist Banksy from a man who bought it for $200 from a family that later said it was duped.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, Philippine troops, backed by attack helicopters and artillery fire, battled with at least 250 Abu Sayyaf militants in the country's restive south, leaving two soldiers and six militants dead.
    (AP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Slovenian Defense Minister Janko Veber was sacked for using military intelligence to monitor the state telecoms company ahead of its potential sale.
    (AP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, In Sudan two top political figures were freed from detention without explanation, days before national elections. Farouk Abu Issa and Amin Makki Madani were detained in December after signing an agreement to unite opposition to President Omar al-Bashir.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, A Sudanese airstrike on South Sudanese killed 4 people and wounded nine others.
    (SFC, 4/10/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 9, Sweden said it will send up to 120 troops to northern Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish fighters as part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, The Ukraine parliament voted to ban all propaganda by the totalitarian Communist and Nazi regimes. 254 members of the 450-member parliament voted in favor of the legislation.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, Amnesty International said that it has evidence that Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine have killed several captured government soldiers in gross violation of international humanitarian law.
    (AP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, In Yemen Shiite rebels and allied military units defied Saudi-led airstrikes to seize a provincial capital in a heavily Sunni tribal area as their patron Iran called the two-week air campaign a "crime" and appealed for peace talks. At least 20 Shiite Huthi rebels were killed in southern Yemen by Saudi-led coalition air strikes and an ambush by pro-government militia.
    (AP, 4/9/15)(AFP, 4/9/15)
2015        Apr 9, The UN launched an appeal for $174 million to give "life-saving aid" to the almost 200,000 Nigerians who have fled the country due to attacks by Boko Haram.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 9, A UN official said children make up a third of fighters in the armed groups in conflict-wracked Yemen, also warning that malnutrition levels in the country were set to explode.
    (AFP, 4/9/15)

2015        Apr 10, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands at the opening of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between the Cold War foes.
    (Reuters, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter promised that the US would deploy state of the art weaponry in Asia, including the latest stealth bombers and cyber warfare units, to counter threats posed by the likes of North Korea.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, Raul Hector Castro (98), former US ambassador and Arizona governor (1975-1977), died in San Diego.
    (SFC, 4/11/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 10, In Kansas John Booker (20) was arrested in an FBI sting while trying to arm what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb inside a van near Fort Riley.
    (SFC, 4/11/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 10, General Electric said it plans to sell off most of its finance arm over the next two years and buy back up to $50 billion in shares.
    (SFC, 4/11/15, p.D1)
2015        Apr 10, In eastern Afghanistan suicide car bombers struck foreign vehicles near Jalalabad, killing 4 civilians and wounding 10 others. In Kabul another suicide bomber drove into a vehicle used by foreigners, injuring at least three Afghans. A roadside blast killed 12 people on their way to a wedding in Ghazni province. In Badakhshan province Taliban fighters killed at least 18 Afghan police and soldiers, 8 of them beheaded, and left 10 wounded. At least 10 more were missing. 19 militants were killed.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A2)(Reuters, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Afghanistan 5 local staff on the “Save the Children” int’l. aid group, who were abducted 40 days ago in Uruzgan province, were found shot dead. The government had refused their captors' demands for a prisoner exchange.
    (AP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, An Argentine judge issued an arrest warrant for Justin Bieber, saying the singer failed to respond to summons related to allegations he ordered bodyguards to attack a photographer in 2013.
    (AP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Brazil the federal prosecutors' office in Brasilia confirmed media reports that a prosecutor was looking at a $900 million price difference and possible corruption in the $5.4 billion purchase of 36 Gripen fighter planes from Sweden's Saab AB in 2009.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, Brazilian police arrested three former congressmen, broadening their corruption investigation beyond state-run oil firm Petrobras to state lender Caixa Economica Federal and the federal health ministry.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Brazil firefighters extinguished the fires that for 10 days engulfed six fuel storage tanks at a liquid bulk storage facility in the port city of Santos.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, Canadian researchers said China has expanded its Internet censorship efforts beyond its borders with a new strategy that attacks websites across the globe. The new strategy, dubbed "Great Cannon," seeks to shut down websites and services aimed at helping Chinese citizens circumvent the "Great Firewall".
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, In the Central African Republic one person died and a dozen people were wounded when hundreds of protesters clashed with UN peacekeepers. Demonstrators in the town of Kaga-Bandoro were angry that the UN MINUSCA mission had failed to stop raids by ethnic Peuhl pastoralists.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, Chad said 71 of its soldiers have been killed and 416 injured in two-and-a-half months' fighting Boko Haram.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the United States has promised support for China's campaign to hunt corrupt officials fleeing abroad, after meetings between security officials from the world's two largest economies.
    (Reuters, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, India's PM Modi announced plans to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, but said negotiations on "terms and conditions" of the multibillion euro sale are ongoing.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, In eastern India an overcrowded bus skidded into a ditch, killing 13 passengers, including two children, and injuring 43. The bus, which normally seats 54, had been so crowded with Hindu pilgrims that some were sitting on the roof.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Iraq a car bomb went off near one of Baghdad's landmark hotels killing at least 3 people. A suicide attacker blew himself up in a restaurant in Mashahdah, 40 km. north of Baghdad, killing at least 5 people.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, Israeli troops shot dead Ziad Awad (30), a Palestinian man in the West Bank, when they opened fire to quell protests that erupted in Hebron after the burial of Jaafar Awad (23), a cousin recently released from Israeli jail.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Japan frantic rescue efforts saved just 3 dolphins after about 150 mostly melon-headed whales, or blackfish beached themselves and became stranded on a northeastern coast in Hokota.
    (AP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, Kashmir police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people protesting a government plan to build townships for hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Hindus who fled the Indian portion of Kashmir after the outbreak of insurgency in 1989.
    (AP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, A court in the Maldives sentenced former defense minister Tholath Ibrahim to 10 years in prison on charges of detaining a senior judge. The sentencing came nearly a month after former President Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison for ordering the arrest and detention of Judge Abdulla Mohamed.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Morocco at least 33 people were killed, most of them children, when a bus burst into flames after colliding with a gas tanker at Shbeka town near Tan-Tan.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, Pakistan's parliament voted not to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, dashing Riyadh's hopes for powerful support from outside of the region in its fight to halt the advance of Iranian-allied Houthi rebels.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, Talks in Moscow between the Syrian government and members of the domestic opposition tolerated by President Bashar al-Assad broke up with no progress made towards ending the war.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, In South Africa two Ethiopian nationals suffered serious burns when their shop was set alight by a petrol mob in Umlazi, south of Durban, as violence against foreign immigrants spread.
    (AFP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Spain an investigative judge jailed seven of eleven suspected jihadists arrested on April 8 in a case involving alleged discussions about targeting a Jewish bookstore in Barcelona. The judge said members of the "Islamic Brotherhood for Jihad Predication" also discussed kidnapping a bank branch manager to finance the group.
    (AP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Syria pro-government forces repelled an attack on the Khalkhalah military airport in Sweida province by Islamic State group affiliated militants, losing 20 fighters. At least 15 IS jihadists were killed. The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) "retook at least four checkpoints and a number of neighborhoods" around the town of Tal Tamr. 10 members of the Kurdish YPG militia were killed in the fighting.  The US-led coalition fighting conducted air strikes on IS positions around Tal Tamr.
    (AFP, 4/11/15)(Reuters, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, Ukraine's military and pro-Russian rebels accused each other of intensifying attacks in separatist eastern territories despite a two-month-old ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Yemen the first two planeloads of medical aid landed in the Sanaa after weeks of conflict which have killed 600 people and displaced 100,000 others. The UN appealed for a pause in fighting to allow in more aid.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Ukraine masked men smashed communist-era monuments in Kharkiv overnight after the country's pro-Western parliament voted to purge the nation of Soviet symbols and its head of state compared today's Russia to Nazi Germany.
    (AFP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, The UN appealed for nearly $20 million for victims of Cyclone Pam which tore through the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu last month, killing 17 people and leaving about 65,000 homeless.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, In central Yemen a car bomb detonated outside a security building used by Houthi militiamen, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens. Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition battered southern Yemen overnight in the most intense strikes since the launch of a campaign against Iran-backed rebels last month.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)(AFP, 4/10/15)
2015        Apr 10, Yemen’s Houthi rebels killed 3 Saudi border guards in a mortar attack in Saudi Arabia’s Najran province.
    (SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A9)
2015        Apr 10, In Zimbabwe a magistrate's court in Harare sentenced two former senior executives of the national carrier Air Zimbabwe to 10 years in jail each for insurance fraud involving more than $8 million. Former Air Zimbabwe chief executive officer Peter Chikumba (60) and former company secretary Grace Pfumbidzai (50) were found guilty of criminal abuse.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)

2015        Apr 11, President Barack Obama met Cuban President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama in the highest-level talks between the two countries in nearly 60 years. The two men agreed to push ahead on improving relations after decades of hostility.
    (Reuters, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 11, In Bangladesh Mohammad Qamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official, was hanged in the central jail in Dhaka on charges of crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war.
    (AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 11, An Egyptian criminal court sentenced Mohammed Soltan (27), a dual US-Egyptian citizen on a months-long hunger strike, to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading false news. He was arrested in August 2013, when security forces came looking for his father at his house. They didn't find the father at the time, but arrested him instead. The court also sentenced Mohamed Badie, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the group to death for inciting chaos and violence, and gave a life term to a US-Egyptian citizen for ties to the Brotherhood.
    (AP, 4/11/15)    (Reuters, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 11, Egyptian jihadists, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, posted a video online overnight appearing to show them shooting dead an Egyptian soldier and beheading another captive.
    (AFP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 11, Kenya gave the United Nations three months to remove a camp housing more than half a million Somali refugees, as part of a get-tough response to the killing of 148 people by Somali gunmen at a Garissa University.
    (Reuters, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 11, In central India Maoist rebels attacked a group of policemen patrolling in a forest, killing 7 and wounding another 10. The ambushed policemen were part of a special task force out searching for rebel activity in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 11, In Iran hundreds of citizens defied a government ban and protested against Saudi Arabia over the alleged abuse of two Iranian pilgrims visiting the Sunni kingdom.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 11, Iran, a key transit route for illegal drugs trafficked from Afghanistan, announced that it has seized almost 500 tons of narcotics in the past year.
    (AFP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 11, In Iraq Islamic State militants launched suicide attacks against the Baiji oil refinery, the largest in the country. 20 jihadist fighters were reported killed in raids by the Iraqi air force.
    (AFP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 11, In Kashmir shops and businesses were closed in the disputed Himalayan region to protest India's plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 11, Malta voted in a referendum to decide whether to overturn a law that allows the hunting of breeding birds in spring, a centuries-old tradition that is not allowed anywhere else in the European Union.
    (Reuters, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 11, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen shot and killed at least 20 workers, most of whom were sleeping, in a dawn attack at a dam construction site in the Gobdan area of the Turbat district in Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 4/11/15)(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 11, In Syria at least 35 people were killed on both sides of the divided city of Aleppo as government forces and rebel fighters exchanged fire. The dead included 18 civilians -- two of them children -- killed in regime air strikes on the Al-Maadi and Sheikh al-Lutfi neighborhoods.
    (AFP, 4/11/15)(AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 11, Turkish troops engaged in clashes with over two dozen rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). 5 Kurdish rebels and a civilian were reported killed at Yukari Tutek village.
    (AFP, 4/11/15)(AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 11, In southern Yemen local militiamen in Aden reportedly captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthi rebels during fighting. Fierce fighting overnight between Iran-backed Shiite rebels and government forces killed at least 25 people.
    (Reuters, 4/11/15)(AP, 4/11/15)

2015        Apr 12, Hillary Clinton officially began her campaign for US president.
    (SSFC, 4/19/15, p.A3)
2015        Apr 12, In Brazil some 660,000 anti-government demonstrators turned onto the streets in 152 cities throughout the country to demand the impeachment of Pres. Dilma Rousseff.
    (AP, 4/12/15)(Econ., 4/18/15, p.32)
2015        Apr 12, In China hundreds of people in southern Guangdong province protested against the expansion of a coal-fired power plant.
    (Reuters, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, In Egypt a roadside attack on an armored military vehicle in the town of Sheikh Zuweid North Sinai, killed six soldiers and wounded two others. Hours later a suicide truck bombing at a police station in El-Arish killed 8 people.
    (Reuters, 4/12/15)(AFP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 12, In Iraq a series of car bombings in Baghdad killed at least 12 people.
    (SFC, 4/13/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 12, In Kenya one student was killed and 141 injured in a stampede on the campus of the University of Nairobi when students mistook several accidental explosions for an extremist attack.
    (AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, In Libya gunmen opened fire early today at the local guards of the South Korean Embassy in Tripoli, killing one of them as well as a civilian who was in the area.
    (AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, A vessel capsized off the Libyan coast, with survivors who were brought to Italy telling charity workers that as many as 400 others perished.
    (AFP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 12, In central Mali 2 government soldiers were killed and others wounded when their vehicle struck a landmine near Diabaly.
    (Reuters, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, In Pakistan a US drone strike killed at least 4 suspected Taliban militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, Philippine police said two Chinese men were stabbed to death and another was injured in violence among crew members of the MV Qing May cargo ship that radioed Filipino authorities for medical help.
    (AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, In Russia the government of Siberia’s Khakassia region reported that more than 70 people have been injured by agricultural fires that got out of control and swept through more than 20 towns and villages. By April 21 at least 34 people were confirmed dead and 393 people injured.
    (AP, 4/12/15)(Reuters, 4/13/15)(AFP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 12, Russia’s head of its space command said in a film broadcast today that specialists have uncovered a group of spy satellites, which warned of "enemy" satellites that could masquerade as space junk.
    (AFP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, In Scotland Karen Buckley (24) from Cork was last seen leaving a Glasgow nightclub in the early hours. On April 15 officers arrested a 21-year-old man and said they were "following a definite line of enquiry". On April 16 police said they have recovered human remains on a farm close to the city.
    (AFP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 12, A Syrian government air raid struck near a school in an opposition-held neighborhood in Aleppo, killing at least 9 people, including 5 children.
    (AP, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, In the Vatican Pope Francis described the 1915 massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians as "the first genocide of the 20th century" at a 100th anniversary Mass. Turkey swiftly summoned the Vatican's ambassador in Ankara to protest.
    (Reuters, 4/12/15)
2015        Apr 12, In Yemen suspected Al Qaeda militants killed an army colonel in central Shabwa province. Saudi Arabia dismissed Iranian calls to end air strikes on Yemen as Saudi-led attacks hit a military camp in Taiz, killing 8 civilians. Al Qaeda leader Ibrahim al-Rubaish, released from Guantanamo in 2006, was killed along with others in an apparent US drone strike on a group of militants west of the port city of Mukalla.
    (Reuters, 4/12/15)(SFC, 4/15/15, p.A3)

2015        Apr 13, US District Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced former guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in the 2007 Baghdad shootings that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 13, The Pacific Fishery Management Council agreed to close the sardine fishery from Mexico to the Canadian border starting July 1. Sardine numbers had declined 91% along the West Coast since 2007.
    (SFC, 4/14/15, p.A1)
2015        Apr 13, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (43) announced his candidacy for the 2016 US presidential elections.
    (Econ., 4/18/15, p.23)
2015        Apr 13, In Iowa Austin DeCoster and his son Peter, former egg industry executives, were sentenced to three months in jail for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. The Quality Egg company paid a $6.8 million fine as part of a plea agreement.
    (SFC, 4/14/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 13, In New York a 1942 handwritten 56-page notebook by Alan Turing (1912-1952), WWII British code-breaking genius, sold at auction for $1.025 million.
    (SFC, 4/14/15, p.D3)
2015        Apr 13, In North Carolina Ronald Lane (44) was shot and killed inside a print shop at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro. Kenneth Stancil III (20), who had worked with Lane, was arrested the next day in Florida. Stancil accused the victim of molesting his younger brother.
    (SFC, 4/15/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 13, In Australia a man (47) from Warwick, Queensland, was charged with 145 sex offences against at least 28 children, including rape, after allegedly using social media to groom them.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, Chinese authorities curbed some travel from mainland China to Hong Kong to cool tensions over a growing influx of shoppers that has angered residents of the Asian financial hub.
    (AP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, Lawyers said Chinese authorities have unexpectedly decided to release three women activists, taken into custody on the weekend of March 8, International Women's Day, and detained on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble." Li Tingting (25) and Wu Rongrong (30) were also released.
    (Reuters, 4/13/15)(SFC, 4/23/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 13, In Egypt separate militant attacks in the Sinai Peninsula killed one soldier and wounded another.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, In France Arlette Ricci (73), the heiress of the Nina Ricci fashion and perfume house, was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay heavy fines and back taxes for having hidden millions of euros in HSBC bank accounts in Switzerland.
    (AP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, In Germany some 10,000 supporters of the anti-foreigner Pegida movement rallied in Dresden, where Geert Wilders, leader of a xenophobic party in the Netherlands, was a featured speaker.
    (Econ., 4/18/15, p.46)
2015        Apr 13, German author Gunter Grass (b.1927) died in Luebeck. the Nobel-winning writer (1999) achieved worldwide fame with his debut and best-known novel "The Tin Drum" in 1959. In his last interview on March 21 Grass said he feared humanity was "sleepwalking" into a world war.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)(SFC, 4/14/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 13, Guinean police opened fire on anti-government protesters wounding several during violent clashes in Conakry. The opposition had called for demonstrations in all parts of the capital against the ongoing lack of security for which it blames the regime of President Alpha Conde. One young man, Souleymane Bah, died from a gunshot wound blamed on police.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)(AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 13, In central India Maoist rebels set off a land mine, killing at least 4 policemen and injuring seven others in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, In Indonesia a Sumatran elephant was found dead in Aceh province with its tusks cut off, raising suspicion it was killed by poachers. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the animals as "critically endangered" after their numbers dropped to between 2,400 and 2,800 from an estimated 5,000 in 1985.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 13, Iran suspended all umrah pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia amid growing diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
    (AP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi was reported to have retired more than 300 officers as part of efforts to restructure the army after multiple divisions collapsed during a jihadist offensive last year. A car bomb parked near an outdoor market in a busy commercial area in Baghdad killed at least 10 civilians. Attacks elsewhere in and north of Baghdad killed 5 more people.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)(AP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, Human Rights Watch slammed the alleged abuse of Palestinian children working on Israeli settlement farms in the occupied West Bank in a 74-page report.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, The Italian coastguard said it recovered 9 bodies and rescued 145 people after a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya. Italian coastguards intercepted 42 boats over the last two days as a surge of attempted illegal immigration to Europe saw almost 6,000 other migrants rescued since April 10.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)(AFP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 13, Jordan’s King Abdullah II pledged Jordan's support for efforts by Libya to confront "terrorist organizations", in talks with Libyan army chief Khalifa Haftar.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, In Kashmir a militant commander's brother was killed near Tral. The Indian army said the man was killed in a gunbattle along with a militant. Local residents said the man was tortured to death.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 13, Pakistan said its troops have killed 13 members of a militant group that claimed responsibility for a weekend attack on a dam project in the southwestern Baluchistan province that left 20 construction workers dead.
    (AP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defense missile systems after Tehran's landmark outline deal with the West over its nuclear program.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, South Africa’s police said 4 people were killed and shops owned by immigrants in townships in Durban looted and burnt, as violence between residents and foreign nationals escalated.
    (Reuters, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, Sudan began nationwide elections. President Omar al-Bashir (71) was widely expected to extend his 25-year rule as the opposition boycotted. The government had already said there would be no voting in one district of Central Darfur and seven in South Kordofan for security reasons. The Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) attacked "polling centers in the Habila district" in South Kordofan and two centers in the Abbasiya area.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 13, In eastern Ukraine 6 government servicemen were killed and 12 wounded despite a ceasefire deal.
    (Reuters, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 13, Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano (74) died in Montevideo. His work included "The Open Veins of Latin America," a classic of leftist literature.
    (AP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, In southern Yemen militia sources wrested control of an army base loyal to the Houthis after heavy fighting near the Balhaf liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant. Fighters reportedly killed around 40 Houthis and allied soldiers in Dhalea province. In Lahez province fighters attacked a Houthi tank with rocket-propelled grenades and machineguns, killing about 15 rebels.
    (Reuters, 4/14/15)

2015        Apr 14, Pres. Obama met with Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi to discuss the fight against Islamic State at a White House meeting dominated by Iraqi requests for US arms and tension over Iran's role on the battlefield. Obama endorsed the prime minister and offered $200 million in humanitarian aid.
    (Reuters, 4/14/15)(SFC, 4/15/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 14, Pres. Obama bowed to pressure and agreed to sign legislation giving Congress the right to reject any nuclear agreement with Iran.
    (SFC, 4/15/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 14, The US Central Command said the international coalition carried out 18 airstrikes on militants in Iraq and Syria in the past two days. Of those, 15 were in Iraq, including three near Ramadi.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 14, SpaceX launched a cargo ship from Cape Canaveral for the ISS but failed to land the booster stage on a floating platform.
    (SFC, 4/15/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 14, In Atlanta, Georgia, eight of ten educators convicted of racketeering in a public school cheating scandal were sentenced from one to seven years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/15/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 14, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a $5.5 million reparations package for suspects (mostly black) who were tortured by police in the 1970s and 1980s.
    (Econ., 4/25/15, p.28)
2015        Apr 14, Hillary Clinton arrived in Iowa during an overland road trip to begin a series of low-key meetings with ordinary voters and set the tone for her campaign.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Percy Sledge (74), soul singer, died in Louisiana. His 1996 debut single “When A Man Loves a Woman” became a No. 1 hit.
    (SFC, 4/15/15, p.E4)
2015        Apr 14, In Missouri Tyus Byrd (40) was sworn in as Mayor of Parma, population 713, after she beat longtime incumbent Randall Ramsey. Five of six police officers resigned shortly before she was sworn in as the town’s first African-American female mayor. They were joined by the city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor.
    (http://tinyurl.com/o38j5e5)
2015        Apr 14, In Brazil an operation to remove squatters from a Rio de Janeiro building erupted into chaos as police stormed in and squatters set the structure alight. The building was planned as a hotel for the 2016 Olympics.
    (SFC, 4/15/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 14, A London judge ruled that Antonio Troitino, a convicted ETA militant who spent years in prison in Spain, should be extradited back to the country. He had spent 24 years in Spanish prisons for his role in 22 murders by ETA. A legal bungle in April 2011 set Troitino free and before it was resolved he went on the run to London, where he was arrested the following year.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Canada said it will send 200 military trainers to Ukraine. The training is to include explosive ordnance disposal, military police tactics, field medicine, flight safety and logistics.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, The Russian fishing trawler Oleg Naydenov sank off of the Canary Islands. It had caught fire in an island port and was towed out to sea where it sank carrying some 1,400 metric tons of fuel oil. Greenpeace later spotted a 3-mile oil slick and called on Spain’s government for more resources to clean the oil spill.
    (SFC, 4/27/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 14, In Guinea violent clashes erupted for a second day in Conakry between security forces and opposition party protesters.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Hungary approved a proposal to send up to 150 troops to help guard a military training center in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil as part of international efforts against Islamic State extremists in a mission to continue to December 2017.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Iran proposed a four-point peace plan for Yemen and called for an end to Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebels allied to Tehran. It comprised of a ceasefire, humanitarian assistance, an intra-Yemeni dialogue and the establishment of a broad-based government.
    (Reuters, 4/14/15)(Reuters, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 14, In Iraq attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 20 civilians, as security forces repelled an attack by the IS group on the country's largest oil refinery.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Israel began allowing Palestinian medical staff working in the country to enter from the West Bank with their own vehicles, a first in 15 years.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi was to travel abroad after a court in Milan declared that he had fully served his sentence for tax fraud, although he will still be prevented from running for election.
    (Reuters, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, A Japanese court issued an injunction ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators' safety approval of the reactors' planned restart later this year.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Japan and South Korea held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, In the Philippines Ameril Umbra Kato, who had backed al-Qaida-linked militants and opposed peace with the Philippine government, died and was buried in the south. He was replaced by his deputy Esmail Abubakar as the new leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 14, A Qatari court sentenced Kenyan security guard Alvine Moseti Anyona to life in prison for the 2012 murder of American teacher Jennifer Brown. Anyona was expected to serve up to 20 years.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, In Somalia 10 people were killed in an assault on the Mogadishu offices of the education ministry. 7 attackers were also killed.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, South African police increased patrols in Durban after deadly attacks on immigrant-owned shops there started last week and continued overnight.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Syrian militants, including members of al-Qaida's local branch, attacked a government Air Force intelligence center in Aleppo overnight, damaging much of the building by blowing up a tunnel under it. The fighting reportedly killed 13 militants and killed and wounded more than 20 troops and pro-government gunmen.
    (AP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, Tanzania's security forces arrested 10 suspected members of the al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group al Shabaab, seizing explosives and military uniforms hidden at a mosque in a region east of Dar es Salaam.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 14, Turkey deported nine Britons, including the son of a local councilor, two weeks after arresting them for attempting to cross into Syria.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, In eastern Ukraine the Donetsk regional administration, which remains in government hands, said it had tracked 30-40 vehicles carrying "Russian military equipment" heading in the direction of Popasna, a town on the front line west of rebel-held Luhansk. A further 20 armored personnel carriers and 10 tanks arrived in Debaltseve. Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), said Ukraine had brought heavy weapons close to the city.
    (Reuters, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, In southern Yemen operations were suspended at the Gulf of Aden Balhaf plant, the country’s only gas export terminal, after armed tribesmen drove out soldiers guarding the site, accusing them of links to rebel forces.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)
2015        Apr 14, The UN Security Council adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo on Yemen's Houthi rebels and demanding they pull back from territory they have captured. Russia abstained from the vote backed by 14 of the 15 members.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)

2015        Apr 15, In San Diego Lt. Cmdr. Todd Malaki (44), a former supply officer based in Asia, pleaded guilty in federal court to leaking classified information to Leonard Francis, a Malaysian defense contractor. Malaki was the 8th person to be convicted on corruption charges in the scandal.
    (SFC, 4/16/15, p.A8)
2015        Apr 15, It was reported that a canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest USA.
    (SFC, 4/16/15, p.A8)
2015        Apr 15, In Bangladesh at least 9 people were killed in central Dhaka when a two-storey home built on swampy ground collapsed.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority said it has fined the Bank of New York Mellon’s London branch and Bank of New York Mellon International Limited 126 million pounds ($186 million) for breaking rules meant to protect customer assets between 2007 and 2013.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Colombia 11 soldiers were killed and 20 injured in an apparent overnight attack by leftist FARC guerrillas, a possible violation of the rebels' pledge of a unilateral cease-fire that could jeopardize the future of peace talks.
    (AP, 4/15/15)(AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Egypt a Cairo criminal court jailed deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's former chief of staff for three years after he was convicted of abusing his powers. Refaa al-Tahtawi had been charged with hiring someone banned from public service. An official said a roadside bomb has exploded in a Nile Delta city, killing two Military Academy students and wounding five other people.
    (AFP, 4/15/15)(AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, The European Union charged Google with abusing its overwhelming dominance in Internet searches and opened a probe into its Android mobile system, massively raising the stakes in the five-year antitrust battle.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Finland-based Nokia said it is to buy ailing French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent for around 15.6 billion euros ($16.5 billion) through a public exchange of shares in France and the United States.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Guam’s attorney general directed officials to immediately begin processing same-sex marriage applications.
    (SFC, 4/16/15, p.A7)
2015        Apr 15, Indian PM Narendra Modi, on the first full day of his visit to Canada, signed a deal to buy more than 3,000 tons of Canadian uranium over the next five years to fuel his country's power reactors.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Iran said it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it. A tentative deal between Iran and the six world powers was reached in Switzerland on April 2, and aimed at clearing the way for a final settlement on June 30.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Iraq's PM Haidar al-Abadi said he would seek a sustainable flow of weaponry from the United States during talks in Washington, with payment deferred.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Iraq the Islamic State group launched an offensive in Anbar province, capturing three villages near the provincial capital of Ramadi and forcing villagers to flee from their homes as fierce clashes were underway between the extremists and government troops.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, The Israeli military arrested 29 Palestinians suspected of links to the militant Hamas group in an overnight raid near Nablus in the West Bank.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika signed into law a ban on child marriages, two months after lawmakers passed a bill raising the marrying age to 18.
    (AFP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, In northern Mali at least 3 civilians were killed and nine UN peacekeepers seriously injured in a suicide attack at a UN base in town of Ansongo. Al Mourabitoun, a group formed by the elusive Algerian Islamic extremist leader Moktar Belmoktar, claimed responsibility for that attack.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)(AP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 15, Nepal’s Surya Bahadur Thapa, former 5-time prime minister, died in a hospital in India where he was being treated for stomach cancer.
    (AP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Nigeria election results posted late today identified Buruji Kashamu (56) as a senator-elect in southwest Ogun state. In 1988 he was indicted in America for allegedly smuggling heroin, in a court case that was the basis for the TV hit "Orange Is The New Black." He returned home in 2003 from Britain despite a US extradition order to become a major financier of President Goodluck Jonathan's party. Kashamu has said Chicago prosecutors really want the dead brother he closely resembles.
    (AP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Nigeria a mysterious disease broke out in Ode-Irele town and soon left 18 people dead. The disease, whose symptoms include headache, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, killed the victims within 24 hours of their falling ill. On April 20 Nigerian health authorities said that ethanol poisoning from a local gin may have been responsible for the sudden deaths. By April 27 the toll reached 23.
    (AFP, 4/18/15)(AFP, 4/20/15)(AFP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 15, A Palestinian driver rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop. Shalom Yohai Cherki (26) died of his injuries the next morning. On April 27 Khaled Kutina (37) from east Jerusalem was charged with murdering Cherki and the attempted murder of Shira Klein (20).
    (AFP, 4/18/15)(AFP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 15, The Philippines foreign secretary said his country is seeking more "substantive" support from its long-time security ally United States on how to counter China's rapid expansion in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Poland's PM Ewa Kopacz criticized a fiercely nationalistic Russian biker gang's plans to ride through Europe to celebrate the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
    (AFP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Russia a train collided with a passenger bus near the border with Finland, killing at least 3 people and injuring 27.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens for drug trafficking. Khalid al-Rowaili was the 61st person executed in the kingdom so far this year.
    (AFP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Syria local fighters in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus advanced in clashes with Islamic State militants two weeks after the extremist group stormed the area in its deepest foray into the capital.
    (AP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, Sudan extended nationwide elections by one day after a low turnout that the opposition said reflected apathy towards a vote President Omar al-Bashir is widely expected to win. Election results on April 27 said Bashir took 94.05% of votes and his National Congress Party (NCP) won 323 of 426 parliamentary seats. Voter turnout was put at 46.4%, above African Union monitors' estimates of 30-35%.
    (AFP, 4/15/15)(Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 15, Ukraine said one government soldier was killed and two wounded in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours. Separatist officials said one rebel fighter had been killed and five wounded as a result of attacks from the Ukrainian side in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Ukraine Oleh Kalashnikov, a lawmaker from ex-President Viktor Yanukovych's party, was found dead on the landing of his home in Kiev with a gunshot wound. Kalashnikov was a key witness in a criminal case related to pro-Russian activists who in early 2014 attacked the pro-Western protests on Kiev's main square.
    (AP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 15, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit rebel targets in Aden after overnight attacks killed 7 people.
    (AFP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 15, The United Nations refugee agency said more than 5,800 Burundian refugees have crossed into Rwanda so far this month amid fears of violence before elections scheduled for June 26.
    (AP, 4/15/15)

2015        Apr 16, Pres. Obama signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors.
    (SFC, 4/17/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 16, Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley pleaded not guilty to an indictment that charged him with filing false tax returns, attempting to obstruct a lawsuit and possessing more than $1 million in stolen property related to his former business.
    (SFC, 4/18/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 16, Apple said it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper.
    (AP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, Angola police raided the Seventh Day Light of the World Church in central Huambo province. Police said 13 civilians and 9 policemen were killed during the raid that led to the arrest of sect leader Jose Julino Kalupeteka. The opposition party, UNITA later accused the police of killing 1,080.   
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        Apr 16, Recent satellite images from Airbus Defense and Space were published showing China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands and may be planning another.
    (Reuters, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 16, In Cameroon Boko Haram militants killed 19 people in attacks on two villages on the northern border with Nigeria. Most of the victims were beheaded.
    (AP, 4/17/15)(AFP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 16, Stanislav Gross (45), who became the Czech Republic's youngest prime minister, died. Gross became premier at the age of 34 in July 2004 and took over as chairman of the leftist Social Democrats. He resigned nine months later after weeks of political crisis sparked by a scandal over the financing of his luxury apartment.
    (AP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, An Egyptian soldier was killed and three others wounded when a roadside bomb hit an armored vehicle in the Northern Sinai.
    (Reuters, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, France's top administrative court overturned a ban on the display in a pastry shop of "racist" cakes in the shape of a naked man and woman coated in dark chocolate.
    (AFP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, Italian police said they had arrested 15 African migrants after witnesses said they had thrown 12 passengers overboard following a brawl between Muslims and Christians on a boat heading to Italy. Four survivors told Italian police that their inflatable vessel carrying 45 people sank on the crossing from Libya.
    (AFP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, In Pakistan Debra Lobo (55), an American teacher, was shot in the head and critically wounded in an apparent terrorist attack in Karachi.
    (SFC, 4/17/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 16, Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir Putin said during a marathon call-in session with the nation. Russia and NASA recently agreed to keep operating and financing the International Space Station at least until 2024.
    (AFP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, Russian masked police raided the Moscow offices of a civil society organization funded by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Police said they suspected the group, Open Russia, was preparing banners, leaflets and posters that contained calls for "extremist activity" and planned to distribute them at an opposition protest April 19, which was cancelled.
    (AP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, Saudi Arabia's stock market regulator said foreign investors will be allowed to trade shares on the oil-rich kingdom's exchange beginning on June 15.
    (AP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a crowd of anti-immigrant protesters in an eastern suburb of Johannesburg.
    (Reuters, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, In Ukraine activist Oles Buzyna (45), known for his pro-Russian views, was gunned down in broad daylight in Kiev. Buzyna was a key witness in a criminal case related to pro-Russian activists who in early 2014 attacked the pro-Western protests on Kiev's main square.
    (AP, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, The Vatican unexpectedly ended its controversial takeover of the main umbrella group of US nuns. A six-year row between activist American nuns (LCWR) and Vatican officials, who had branded them radical feminists, ended with the nuns conceding to demands that they keep within the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church. The umbrella group “Leadership Conference of Women Religious” represented 80 percent of US nuns.
    (AP, 4/16/15)    (Reuters, 4/16/15)
2015        Apr 16, In central Yemen heavy fighting broke out in and around Taiz, pitting an army brigade and tribesmen against the Shi'ite Houthi militia and allied army units. In the south Al Qaeda seized control of the Riyan airport outside Mukalla as well as the city’s seaport and oil terminal.
    (Reuters, 4/16/15)(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A2)

2015        Apr 17, President Barack Obama and Italian PM Matteo Renzi compared notes on a range of issues, including Ukraine, Libya and Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige said Thirty Meter Telescope will continue to postpone construction of a new telescope on Mauna Kea. Ige said it might be necessary to decommission and remove older telescopes on the summit.
    (SSFC, 4/19/15, p.A8)
2015        Apr 17, Phillips 66 said it has discovered a diesel fuel leak from a company-operated pipeline between a terminal in Hartford, Illinois, and the terminal's barge dock on the Mississippi River. The volume of the spill was not yet determined.
    (Reuters, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, A. Alfred Taubman (b.1924), shopping mall magnate, died at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mi. His Taubman company, founded in 1950, developed shopping centers. In 2001 as chairman of Sotheby Holdings he was convicted of conspiring with Anthony Tennant, former chairman of Christie’s Int’l., to fix commission charged by auction giants. He was fined $7.5 million and spent a year in a low-security prison.
    (SSFC, 4/19/15, p.A11)
2015        Apr 16, On Wall Street shares of Etsy, an online arts and crafts retailer, closed at $30 per share after opening on NASDAQ at $16.
    (SFC, 4/17/15, p.D3)
2015        Apr 17, The SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station, delivering the world's first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, Burundi police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters calling for the president not to run for a third term.
    (AFP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In Cambodia Thong Sarath, a wealthy military general charged with murdering a fellow tycoon over a business dispute, was taken into police custody. Police in neighboring Vietnam had detained him and sent across the border a day earlier. The Defense Ministry suspended Thong Sarath after he was charged with masterminding the killing of tycoon Ung Meng Cheu last Nov. 22 in a dispute over a property sale.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In Chile 3 people were killed and a dozen are injured after a large crowd tried to force its way into of the Santiago club Tsunami early this morning where British punk group Doom was playing.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In China 2 people believed to be terrorism suspects were killed near the Chinese-Vietnamese border after an intense clash with armed forces.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, A Beijing court sentenced Gao Yu (71), a veteran Chinese journalist, to seven years in prison on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership's resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, French PM Manuel Valls unveiled a 100-million-euro ($108-million) plan to fight rising racism and anti-Semitism, notably through tougher punishment.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic, called for an $8 billion "Marshall Plan" to help rebuild their economies and boost prevention efforts at a meeting with heads of the World Bank, IMF, and UN. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced a new $650 million in funds for the three countries, in addition to $1 billion committed last year to fight the outbreak.
    (AFP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, Iraqi security forces fought Islamic State militants at the gates of the western city of Ramadi. Local authorities warned it was in danger of falling unless reinforcements arrived soon. Iraqi government forces said Saddam Hussein's former deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri and 9 bodyguards, have been killed in the Talal Hamreen mountains. Al-Douri, dubbed the “king of clubs” in a deck of playing cards to help American troops identify key regime fugitives, and had remained a wanted fugitive since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. He later allied himself with Islamic State militants. Bombings in Baghdad killed at least 40 people.
    (Reuters, 4/17/15)(AP, 4/17/15)(SFC, 4/18/15, p.A3)
2015        Apr 17, In Iraq a car bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed 2 ethnically Kurdish Turks and wounded eight people wounded outside the US consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region. The IS group claimed responsibility. On April 28 Kurdish authorities said they have arrested Kurdish five men who confessed to carrying out the car bombing on behalf of Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 4/17/15)(AP, 4/18/15)(Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 17, Protesters clashed with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank during annual demonstrations marking Palestinian Prisoners Day.
    (AFP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, Private security researchers reported that hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails. Last month, Israeli security firm Check Point Software Technologies said it had found spying programs in 10 countries that probably originated with a governmental or political group in Lebanon that deployed them over three years.
    (Reuters, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, The Italian navy and coastguard patrols rescued more than 300 migrants. More than 11,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean and taken to Italy in the past six days with hundreds more expected.
    (AFP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In Indian-controlled Kashmir police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who hurled rocks and chanted anti-Indian and pro-Pakistan slogans. At least 20 police personnel and five protesters were injured in protests over the killing of a youth by the army and a crackdown by authorities on separatist leaders.
    (AP, 4/17/15)(Reuters, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In northern Mali two assailants attacked a UN convoy of civilian workers, killing 2 and wounding another.
    (AP, 4/18/15)   
2015        Apr 17, In Mexico gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles broke out in the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, leaving at least 3 dead.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, Montenegro police said they have arrested 16 people suspected of smuggling into Serbia 138 Syrian migrants who were trying to flee their war-ravaged country and reach Western Europe.
    (AP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, Nigeria air traffic controllers suspended a strike that had grounded all domestic flights, but warned that a more damaging work stoppage would be launched next week if their demands were not met.
    (AFP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In Russia the RPR-Parnas, co-founded by Nemtsov, and Party of Progress, led by anti-graft blogger Alexei Navalny, agreed to run on a joint platform in 2016 parliamentary elections, aiming to make a first step in uniting fractious Kremlin adversaries after the killing of party leader Boris Nemtsov.
    (Reuters, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In southern Tanzania at least 19 people were killed after a minibus they were traveling in plunged into a river in Mbeya.
    (Reuters, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In Tanzania at least 19 gold miners were killed when the pit they were working in collapsed in the northwestern Msalala district.
    (AFP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 17, In southeast Yemen Al-Qaeda militants seized heavy weapons as they overran a key camp in Hadramawt provincial capital Mukalla. Two suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed overnight in southern Shabwa province in a drone strike believed to have been carried out by the United States. At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armored vehicles destroyed, in overnight Saudi-led air strikes on a convoy headed out of the Al-Anad air base. In Taez at least 16 people were killed as soldiers that have remained loyal to exiled Pres. Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi put up fierce resistance to an attack on their base by Houthi Shiite rebels and renegade troops.
    (AFP, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, Zimbabwe said it will evacuate its nationals caught in anti-foreigner violence that has left 6 people dead in South Africa.
    (AFP, 4/17/15)

2015        Apr 18, In eastern Afghanistan motorcycle-riding suicide bomber in Jalalabad killed 35 people and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government workers collect salaries. Elsewhere in the east, the Taliban announced the execution of three men accused of murdering a couple during a robbery, saying they had been tried by an Islamic court.
    (Reuters, 4/18/15)(AP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 18, Hundreds of Australian police arrested five teens (18-19) planning an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack next week at an event to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli during World War One.
    (Reuters, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, In Brazil 8 people were shot dead at a site in San Paulo where Pavilhao 9, a soccer fan group of the Corinthians, held a barbeque.
    (AP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 18, Burundi charged 65 protestors with rebellion after they were arrested a day earlier during clashes with police while calling for the president not to seek re-election.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 18, In Colombia 2 suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died in an operation to destroy an explosives factory in the Vistahermosa region.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 18, In El Salvador at least 9 members of the gang Barrio 18 were killed in a confrontation with the army.
    (Reuters, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, Iraqi soldiers surrounded and entered the oil refinery at Beiji, days after a number of Islamic State militants carried out a large-scale attack and briefly took over a small part of the complex. Kurdish peshmerga forces recaptured two villages just south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Bombings in and around Baghdad killed 7 people.
    (AP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, In Iraq and Syria the US and its allies reported the launch of 20 air strikes targeting Islamic State militants over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, In Indian-controlled Kashmir one person died following an injury suffered after police opened fire to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators during a daylong protest strike over the arrest of a separatist leader.
    (Reuters, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, In Liberia 700 Ebola workers took to the streets of Monrovia for a second day to demand promised hazard pay.
    (AFP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, In Mexico about 200 participants in a protest convoy of Central American migrants arrived in Mexico City and filed 139 abuse complaints with the government's National Human Rights Commission.
    (AP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, In Nigeria at least 23 villagers died in clashes over the last 24 hours between two mainly fishing and farming communities in central Nigeria's Benue state.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 18, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he has reached an agreement with Israel in which essential tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a four-month freeze.
    (AP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, Saudi Arabia pledged to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Shiite rebels for three weeks.
    (AFP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, Somalia's Shebab shot dead a lawmaker in Mogadishu. Adan Haji Hussein, a visiting MP in the semi-autonomous northern Puntland region, was killed “for being a member of the apostate administration.”
    (AFP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, South African police detained more than 30 people overnight as xenophobic violence simmered around the economic hub Johannesburg.
    (AFP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, Sudanese security agents seized the entire edition of independent daily Al-Youm al-Tali over an article about activist Sandra Kaduda, who was detained in the run-up to the country's general elections.
    (AfP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, Thailand customs officials seized 4 tons of ivory hidden in bean sacks, tracked from Congo and bound for Laos, in what authorities said was the biggest bust in the country's history. 739 elephant tusks, were seized upon arrival in Bangkok.
    (AP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 18, Ukraine's army chief of staff listed for the first time some of the specific Russian military units alleged to be fighting against Kiev alongside pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine. He named the Russian army's 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, the 8th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, the 331st Airborne Regiment and the 98th Airborne Division.
    (AFP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, In the US Virgin Islands a power blackout hit the entire three-island territory. Crews inspected the Estate Richmond Power Plant in St. Croix.
    (AP, 4/18/15)
2015        Apr 18, In Yemen militiamen loyal to embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi besieged the Al-Annad air base, once crucial to the US drone program targeting al-Qaida militants, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex. A US drone killed 3 Al-Qaeda suspects when it targeted a vehicle in Saeed in Shabwa province.
    (AP, 4/18/15)(AFP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 18, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe said public workers would continue receiving annual bonuses, publicly contradicting his finance minister who said this week the government would stop the payments for the next two years.
    (Reuters, 4/18/15)

2015        Apr 19, In Baltimore, Maryland, Freddie Gray (25) died following his April 12 arrest when he somehow suffered an 80 percent severed spinal cord and three broken vertebrae. A video shot from nearby showed police restraining Gray on a sidewalk, then dragging him while yelling in pain to a police van.
    (AFP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 19, In eastern Afghanistan 19 land mine removers were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on the outskirts of Gardez, Paktia province. All 19 were reported released on April 21. Insurgents armed with guns and explosives entered a police station in Lashkar Gar, Helmand province, after a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the gate of the compound allowing the others to gain entry. 3 police were killed. Authorities confirmed that 4 Hazara farmers kidnapped by the Taliban had been found beheaded in Ghazni province.
    (AP, 4/19/15)(Reuters, 4/20/15)(AP, 4/21/15)(SFC, 4/23/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 19, Cuba held municipal elections. Turnout fell almost 6% compared to the 2012 poll to about 88%.
    (Econ., 4/25/15, p.36)
2015        Apr 19, In Cyprus Turkish Cypriots voted for a new leader for the breakaway north in an unpredictable contest as talks to reunify the ethnically split island are expected to resume next month.
    (AP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, An Egyptian court sentenced 11 football fans to death after a retrial over a February 2012 stadium riot in Port Said that left 74 people dead. An appeals court had ordered the retrial of 73 defendants in February last year after rejecting a lower court verdict sentencing 21 people to death for being involved in the incident.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, Finland held elections. A three year recession has put Juha Sipila, a self-effacing millionaire businessman and leader of the opposition Center Party, in a clear lead in all recent opinion polls. The Center Party took 49 seats of 200 seats. The Eurosceptic True Finns party took 19% of the vote and 38 seats.
    (AP, 4/19/15)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.50)
2015        Apr 19, In France Sid Ahmed Ghlam (24) was arrested after police stumbled upon his plans to attack churches when he called paramedics saying he had accidentally shot himself in the leg. An arsenal of four Kalashnikov rifles, several handguns and bulletproof vests were discovered in his car and at his student flat as well as jihadist literature mentioning Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. His DNA was linked to the murder of Aurelie Chatelain (32), a young mother in Villejuif, who was found shot dead today in the passenger seat of her car.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 19, In India tens of thousands of flag-waving farmers rallied in New Delhi to protest a government plan to ease rules for obtaining land for industry and development projects. Both Gandhi family scion Rahul and his mother, party leader Sonia, addressed the rallying farmers at a protest park.
    (AP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, In Iran some 500 people protested the killings of dogs and called for an investigation. A short film showing several stray dogs dying after apparently being injected with burning acid in Shiraz had gone viral and prompted protests with celebrities joining animal lovers in condemning the cruelty.
    (AFP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 19, In Iraq and Syria the US and its coalition partners targeted Islamic State militants with 13 air strikes over the last 24 hours with 12 of the strikes in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, The new video was posted by the Islamic State appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
    (Reuters, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, The mayor of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, ordered the closure of five petrochemical plants following a health ministry warning linking high cancer rates to air pollution.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, Jordan launched a competition among elite anti-terrorism squads from 18 countries, including fellow members of military coalitions fighting rebels in Yemen and Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, Over 800 migrants were believed drowned after their packed boat capsized overnight off Libya, the deadliest such disaster to date in the Mediterranean. Only 28 people survived the wreck. When the Portuguese-registered King Jacob merchant ship arrived at the scene the fishing boat hit the ship and capsized as terrified passengers stampeded to one side in their desperation to get off. Survivors later reported that up to 800 people were locked into two levels of the hold by the smugglers. On May 7 Italian navy ships located what is believed to be the capsized fishing boat.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)(AP, 4/21/15)(AP, 5/7/15)
2015        Apr 19, Russian security forces killed the leader of an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus during a raid on a house in the Dagestan region. Four other suspected militants were also killed with Aliaskhab Kebekov, aka Ali Abu Mukhammad. Kebekov (b.1972) became the leader of the Caucasus Emirate group in early 2014 after Russian security forces killed his predecessor, Doku Umarov.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 19, A Saudi border guard was killed and two troops wounded by heavy gun and mortar fire from Yemen.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 19, Somalia's Shebab militants killed 3 soldiers from the African Union force fighting them Lower Shabelle district.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, In South Africa Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher (86), from the Sacred Heart Home Convent in the village of Ixopo, southwest of Durban, was found murdered in her room after being suffocated with a towel, and her hands tied with an electric typewriter cord. On April 28 police said three people have been arrested for her rape and murder. On May 12 Sibongiseni Phungula (25) and Mondli Shozi (26) pleaded guilty to rape and murder saying they had broken into the convent to steal food.
    (http://tinyurl.com/n4prtt5)(AP, 4/28/15)(AFP, 5/12/15)
2015        Apr 19, In South Africa Emmanuel Sithole, a Mozambican street vendor, begged for his life as four men beat him and stabbed him in the heart.
    (http://tinyurl.com/myysfya)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.44)
2015        Apr 19, Syrian government airstrikes on three opposition-held towns near the Jordanian border reportedly killed at least 16 people, including five children.
    (AP, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, In Yemen Brigadier General Abdulrahman al-Halily of the First Military District announced his support for constitutional legitimacy as represented by President Hadi. He commanded at least 15,000 troops in a vast military district covering half the country's border with Saudi Arabia.
    (Reuters, 4/19/15)
2015        Apr 19, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounded Houthi positions in Taez. Air strikes on Shiite rebel positions in the southern city of Daleh as well as clashes killed 17 Houthis and 6 southern fighters. 7 more Houthis were killed in an attack by tribesmen in the southern province of Shabwa. In Aden 11 Houthis and 5 pro-Hadi fighters were killed in overnight clashes. All together at least 60 people were killed.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)

2015        Apr 20, The USDA said bird flu has been found at a farm in Iowa holding nearly 10% of the state’s egg laying chickens. Up to 5.3 million hens in Osceola County would have to be destroyed.
    (SFC, 4/21/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 20, The annual Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded in San Francisco to six activists. They included: Marilyn Baptiste (44) of Canada, for her work to stop the development of an open pit gold and copper mine that threatened lakes in British Columbia; Berta Caceres (42) of Honduras for her efforts fighting the Agua Zarca Dam, which threatened to cut off the water and hunting grounds of the Lenca people; Phyllis Omido (35) of Kenya for her work exposing lead fumes from a smelting plant; Jean Wiener of Haiti (50) for his efforts to protect and restore marine wildlife; Howard Wood (60) of Scotland for his efforts to restore undersea ecology; and Myint Zaw (39) of Myanmar for halt the construction of a hydroelectric plant on the Irrawaddy River that would submerge 50 villages and displace 18,000 people.   
    (SFC, 4/20/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 20, New York officials said the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Biomedicine and Biomedical Research for 2015 will be awarded to Dr. Karl Deisseroth of Stanford University and Xiaoliang Sunney Xie of Harvard University and Peking University, where he is a visiting professor and director of the Biodynamics Optical Imaging Center. The award has been given annually since 2001 to those who have altered the course of medical research.
    (AP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Afghan authorities confirmed that 6 Hazaras from Daikundi province, kidnapped by unknown assailants, had been found dead.
    (SFC, 4/23/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 20, A fierce storm lashed southeast Australia destroying homes, stranding dozens of people in swirling floodwaters. In Dungog three people were found dead and at least one home was swept away.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 20, Britain informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 20, China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan to oversee the signing of agreements aimed at establishing a Pakistan-China Economic Corridor. China and Pakistan launched a plan for energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd., a struggling Chinese property developer, said it has defaulted on dollar-denominated debt, exposing international creditors to potential losses as it grapples with a slumping property market amid a slowdown in the world's second biggest economy.
    (AP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Chinese customs authorities said they have detained over 250 members of two gangs earlier this month involved in smuggling in 440,000 tons of fuel using retooled fishing boats or vessels done up to look like boats that carry out cleaning work on oil tankers.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, An Egyptian court sentenced 22 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death over an attack on a police station in a district outside Cairo in 2013.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Greek coast guards struggled to save migrants from a vessel destroyed after running aground off the island of Rhodes. At least 3 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Guinean security forces took to the streets of the capital in huge numbers as anti-government activists staged fresh protests following deadly clashes between demonstrators and police last week.
    (AFP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Iran media said Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, detained about nine months ago, is being charged with four crimes, including espionage in a report offering the first details about the exact charges against him.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)   
2015        Apr 20, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies launched 36 air strikes targeting Islamic State militants over the last 24 hours with 10 in Syria and 26 in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, In Israel a Jewish man in Herzliya stabbed and slightly wounded an Arab and then confessed that he did so because of the victim's ethnicity.
    (AP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Lebanon received the first installment of $3 billion worth of French weapons paid for by Saudi Arabia, part of a four-year plan to help arm Beirut in its battle against jihadi groups.
    (AP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Somali militant group al Shabaab bombed a minivan carrying staff to a UN office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing 9 people including 4 from the global body's children's fund UNICEF.
    (Reuters, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, In Spain a 13-year-old boy armed with a crossbow and a machete killed a substitute teacher and wounded four people at his school in Barcelona.
    (AP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, In Syria fighting began in the southern province of Daraa with at least 27 people killed. By the next day 37 rebels as well as 22 government troops were reported killed as opposition fighters clawed back most of the territory lost the previous day.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 20, In Ukraine US paratroopers began training local government forces who will fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, angering Moscow as the deadly conflict rumbles on in the ex-Soviet country.
    (AFP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, In Yemen Saudi-led air strikes on a missile depot in Sanaa, the rebel-held capital, sparked explosions that left at least 18 people dead and 300 wounded.
    (AFP, 4/20/15)
2015        Apr 20, Zambia slashed by more than half a controversial mineral royalty tax after investors threatened to pull out of the copper-rich country.
    (AFP, 4/20/15)

2015        Apr 21, The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) said they are now aware of ten cases of listeria linked to ice cream and other products produced by Blue Bell Creameries of Texas since 2010. Blue Bell has recalled all of its products.
    (SFC, 4/22/15, p.A9)
2015        Apr 21, The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists issued its annual list of the world's top 10 most censored countries: Eritrea tope the list followed by North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Iran, China, Myanmar and Cuba.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, In Hayward, Ca., former police sergeant Michael Scott Beal was charged with nine felony accounts for victimizing a mentally ill woman he once arrested for prostitution. He reportedly stole over $450,000 from her while promising to jointly invest in a house with promises of marriage.
    (SFC, 4/22/15, p.D3)
2015        Apr 21, In southern Afghanistan a bomb blast near a police station in Kandahar city killed 3 people and wounded 17. In the north a bomb killed one person and wounded five in Kunduz.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, Greenpeace East Asia released a report saying that Chinese government data shows that 90% of Chinese cities have failed to meet national air quality standards for the first three months of this year.
    (SFC, 4/22/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 21, Danish lawmakers in a 91-75 vote approved banning sex with animals.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 21, In Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on charges arising from the killing of protesters, nearly three years after he became the country’s first freely elected president. 12 other Brotherhood members were also sentenced to 20 years on charges of violence, kidnapping and torture stemming from the killing of protesters in 2012.
    (Reuters, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, In Guinea eleven people were sentenced to life in prison for murdering eight Ebola workers in Womey last September. Another 15 were acquitted.
    (AFP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 21, India said it has intercepted a Pakistani boat with what appeared to be 500 pounds of heroin valued at some $100 million. Eight Pakistanis were arrested.
    (SFC, 4/22/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 21, In India a fire engulfed a public bus killing 7 people and burning another 16 passengers in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, In India a storm struck Bihar state late on today, uprooting trees and electricity poles, ripping through farmland and destroying over 25,000 mud-and-thatch homes. The storm killed at least 48 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 21, An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer (21) to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack (19) to 10 years for intentionally killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while vacationing last August.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, In Iran Hamid Reza Kamali, a one-time national racing champion, and two of his friends died at high speed accident in a BMW. A second deadly crash, also early this morning, saw a young girl killed when she lost control of a Porsche Boxster sports car and smashed into trees lining Shariati Avenue in northern Tehran.
    (AFP, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 21, An Israeli court sentenced an Iranian-born Belgian to seven years in prison after convicting him of spying for Tehran posing as a businessman. Ali Mansouri (56) was arrested at Ben Gurion airport in 2013 as he attempted to leave the country carrying photographs of the US embassy in Tel Aviv and other sites.
    (AFP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, Japan’s maglev train set a world speed record during a test run near Mount Fuji, clocking 375 mph.
    (SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 21, In Macedonia a group of about 40 people wearing uniforms of the disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, or UCK, attacked a police watchtower in Gosince on the country's northern border with Kosovo. Four police officers were released after 30 minutes.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, In New Zealand AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (60) pleaded guilty in court to a charge of threatening in 2014 to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, In Norway five wolf hunters were sentenced to jail in an unprecedented environmental crackdown to protect a tiny stock of about 35 of the predators living in eastern pine forests despite widespread local opposition.
    (Reuters, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, Puerto Rican officials said they have arrested two firefighters, Aneudy Colon Dominguez (35) T Jose Manuel Fajar Marrero (40), on charges of smuggling heroin and cocaine into a prison near the San Juan.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, Saudi Arabia announced that it would end almost a month of air strikes against the Iranian-allied Houthis. Hours later Houthi fighters captured an army brigade base loyal to the government in Yemen's central city of Taiz following heavy fighting. A Saudi air strike hit the brigade headquarters shortly afterwards.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 21, In Somalia at least 10 people were killed and over a dozen wounded in a car bomb blast outside a popular restaurant in the center of Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, South Africa deployed the army in "volatile areas" to curb a wave of anti-immigrant violence that has killed at least seven people this month.
    (Reuters, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, One Ukrainian serviceman was reported killed and one wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of US Bishop Robert Finn (62), who pleaded guilty in 2012 to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests.
    (AP, 4/21/15)

2015        Apr 22, The US Justice Dept. said Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a March 29, 2013, oil spill in Arkansas.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In California Raymond Edward Steele (67), who spent 25 years on death row for the murder of a brain-damaged woman, died at San Quentin of unknown causes. He was the third condemned prisoner to die this year in a state that has not carried out an execution in nearly a decade.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 22, The Afghan Taliban announced the start of its annual spring offensive, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials, as well as military targets, starting on April 24.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In Australia a cyclonic storm lashing the east coast for a third day was declared a catastrophe after destroying homes, cutting power to more than 200,000 homes and causing millions of dollars of damage in Sydney and other cities. The confirmed death toll from the storm reached 4.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Austrian lawmakers condemned as "genocide" for the first time the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the violence.
    (AFP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In Belgium much of the transport in Brussels came to a halt as public sector workers held a one-day strike over government austerity measures.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov ordered his police to "shoot to kill" if servicemen from other parts of the country encroach on their territory.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.A8)
2015        Apr 22, In southern Chile the Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in more than four decades. LATAM airlines cancelled flights to and from Puerto Montt. One hiker was reported missing.
    (AP, 4/23/15)
\2015        Apr 22, Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, sent Russia’s Gazprom a charge sheet alleging market abuses.
    (Econ., 4/25/15, p.59)
2015        Apr 22, French President Francois Hollande acknowledged for the first time that France will have to give Russia a refund if it doesn't receive the Mistral-class warship whose delivery has been suspended last year because of the conflict in Ukraine.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In India Gajendra Singh Rajput, a poor farmer, hanged himself at a farmer’s rally in New Delhi. He was the 42nd farmer from Rajasthan state to hang himself in the last two months.
    (SFC, 4/23/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 22, In Iraq two bomb blasts in Baghdad killed at least 10 people.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In Iraq and Syria US-led forces targeted Islamic State militants with 18 air strikes over the last 24 hours including 7 in Syria and 11 in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a summit in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, A Japanese court rejected an injunction requested by local residents opposed to resuming operations of two nuclear reactors, giving the go-ahead for their restart as planned this summer.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Japanese authorities said they were investigating after a small drone laced with traces of radiation was found on the roof of the prime minister's office, sparking concerns about drones and their possible use for terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In Macedonia over 100 journalists gathered outside a government building in Skopje to protest death threats against a journalist critical of the country's conservative government. A funeral wreath bearing the inscription "final greeting" was delivered a day earlier to the home of Borjan Jovanovski, editor in chief of the Nova TV web portal, while he was abroad.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, North Korea caught Joo Won-moon (21), a South Korean student at NYU, crossing its border from the Chinese side of the Yalu River. He later said that he had intended to be arrested and hoped to bring about better relations between North and South Korea.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)(SFC, 5/6/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 22, In Puerto Rico arrest warrants were being served to 29 people indicted by a federal grand jury for operating a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Russia said it is arming Iraq and Syria to help them fight Islamic State, calling the radical militant group the main threat to his own country's security.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Russia's opposition led by the charismatic activist Alexei Navalny vowed to contest next year's parliamentary elections as liberals firm up plans to close ranks amid an intensifying Kremlin crackdown.
    (AFP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Russia said an experimental solid-fuel rocket went off trajectory after being launched from the Plesetsk launch pad in the northern Arkhangelsk region.
    (AFP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In Tanzania the UN-backed international tribunal trying Rwanda's worst genocide cases ended its final hearing after more than two decades of work.
    (AFP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, South Korea said it has reached agreement with Washington on revisions to the 41-year-old treaty that governs its commercial nuclear activities.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In South Sudan heavy fighting broke out in the war-ravaged northeastern town of Malakal. The fighting pitted troops loyal to the state governor against those of rogue general Johnson Olony, an ex-rebel who commands a pro-government ethnic Shilluk militia. At least 2 soldiers were reported killed over the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Sri Lanka police arrested Basil Rajapaksa, the brother and former Economic Affairs Minister of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, over alleged misappropriation of state funds.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In Syria airstrikes in Harasta and Douma, suburbs of Damascus, killed at least 11 people, including two women, and wounded others.
    (AP, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, Ukraine said it is ditching the Soviet name for World War Two and aims to adopt the poppy, a mainly British wartime symbol, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. Kiev said it will also align its calendar with that of its European allies by adding for the first time May 8 - known in the West as Victory in Europe Day - as a national holiday.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said more than 100,000 people in Vanuatu have no clean drinking water, a month after a monster cyclone struck the tiny Pacific nation.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)
2015        Apr 22, In Yemen rival forces fought on despite a declared halt to a Saudi-led bombing campaign. The Houthi rebel movement said it wanted to return to UN-sponsored peace talks but only after a complete halt to a month of Saudi-led air strikes on the group. The Saudi-led coalition bombed southern Houthi positions carrying out at least 12 air strikes. In Aden 5 Houthi militiamen were killed at a checkpoint while fighting against local forces and 8 other Houthi fighters were killed in heavy clashes in southern Dalea province.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)(Reuters, 4/23/15)

2015        Apr 23, Global scientists renewed calls to halt controversial research to genetically edit human embryos after a Chinese team published details a day earlier of a stunted but breakthrough attempt in this new frontier in science.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, The United States accused Russia of building up its forces along the border with Ukraine, boosting air defense systems in the country and training Ukrainian rebels in the east.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, US and British authorities said German banking giant Deutsche Bank will pay $2.5 billion in fines for its role in a vast multi-year conspiracy to rig LIBOR interest rates.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, The US Senate, after a lengthy delay, approved Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, making her the first African American woman to hold the job.
    (SFC, 4/24/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 23, In North Carolina former US military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a$100,000 fine but was spared prison time after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.
    (Reuters, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 23, Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams said that it has recalled its frozen products due to listeria found in a Whole Foods store in Lincoln, Nebraska.
    (SFC, 4/24/15, p.A9)
2015        Apr 23, The Armenian Church began a ceremony making saints of up to 1.5 million Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces as tensions over Turkey's refusal to recognize the killings as genocide reached boiling point.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, British coastguard seized more than two tons of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland. French customs shared "specific information allowing two ships from the Royal Navy and the British coastguards to board a tug 100 km (60 miles) east of Scotland carrying the cocaine. Nine men were soon charged with drug trafficking.
    (AFP, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 23, In China Li Chuncheng, the deposed leader of one of China's most populous provinces, confessed to charges of bribery and abuse of power. He was the latest senior official linked to retired security boss Zhou Yongkang, the most senior person charged with corruption.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, China’s Ministry of Culture said officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas.
    (AP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, EU leaders met to discuss possible military action against human traffickers in Libya in a desperate effort to halt the tidal wave of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea. EU leaders agreed in Brussels to treble funding for EU maritime missions and pledged more ships and aircraft.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)(Reuters, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 23, German customs authorities said they found 257 kg (567 pounds) of pure cocaine last month in a shipment of peanuts from Argentina.
    (AP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Greece the Bank of Piraeus said it will wipe away the debts of clients who owe up to 20,000 euros ($21,600) in a one-off gesture to ease the burden on its crisis-hit customers.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Guatemala Pres. Otto Perez Molina, under pressure from the US, authorized a new term for the Int’l. Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). About this same time CICIG secured provisioonal charges against 22 people involved in a customs-swindling racket  called La Linea.
    (Econ, 5/30/15, p.35)
2015        Apr 23, In Guinea security forces killed a protester and wounded four others, as opposition supporters clashed with police in series of anti-government rallies to protest against a disputed election timetable.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Indonesia Asian and African leaders agreed to develop concrete ways to cooperate in fighting extremism and the financing of terrorism at the conclusion of the Asian African Conference in Jakarta.
    (AP, 4/23/15)   
2015        Apr 23, Kenya's top anti-corruption officials were suspended following a bitter standoff with parliament and after they alleged widespread graft in the east African nation.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, The Fajr Libya militia alliance that controls Tripoli carried out air strikes against positions of the Islamic State jihadist group in the coastal city of Sirte.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Macedonia 14 suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Somalia, walking in the dark along train tracks toward the EU, were killed by a nighttime express train in a remote river gorge north of Veles.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Mongolia Canadian mining executive Jim Doak (59) was found dead in his hotel room in Ulan Bator. He was trying to enforce a judgement of more than $100 million against the government for expropriation. Last month an international arbitration tribunal in Paris had awarded his Khan Resources a $103.8 million settlement after arbitration proceedings against the Mongolian government.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Myanmar the Arakan Army ethnic insurgent group said it has opened up a new front in western Rakhine state, aiming to pressure the government to include it among rebel groups engaged in peace talks.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Nigeria a civilian vigilante said Boko Haram fighters have amassed in the group's Sambisa Forest stronghold. Government soldiers were forced to retreat because of the extensive use of landmines in the area, one of which exploded killing a soldier and 3 vigilantes. Over 2,000 Boko Haram fighters appeared from various directions and engaged the soldiers in Kirenowa town and adjoining communities in Marte, Borno state. They fought with soldiers over the night and the fighting continued into the next day, forcing hundreds of soldiers to flee.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)(AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 23, The Philippine fisheries bureau said that fishermen aboard three vessels with clear Chinese coastguard markings boarded two fishing boats in Scarborough Shoal earlier this month and took the crew's catch. The next day China called the claim "inconsistent with the fact".
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 23, Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition pounded Houthi militiamen and military bases with at least 20 air strikes throughout Yemen, despite Riyadh saying it was winding down its campaign.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Somalia a senior military officer was shot dead in Mogadishu. Al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, In South Africa several thousand demonstrators marched through central Johannesburg to protest against a spate of deadly attacks on immigrants, after further raids by the authorities on suspected gang hideouts.
    (AFP, 4/23/15)
2015        Apr 23, In Ukraine hundreds of coal workers marched through Kiev in a call for authorities to stop buying fuel from abroad and to guarantee a moratorium on mine closures.
    (AP, 4/23/15)

2015        Apr 24, The S&P rose to a record 2227.69. The NASDAQ also closed at a record 5092.08.
    (SFC, 4/25/15, p.D1)
2015        Apr 24, San Francisco agreed to a $725,000 settlement for Kelly O’Haire, a former police department attorney, who said Police Chief Greg Suhr had fired her in 2011 for exposing his mishandling of a domestic violence case.
    (SFC, 4/25/15, p.A1)
2015        Apr 24, In southern California two Buena Park officials, who worked in the parks department, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.3 million from the city. Former parks chief Rudolph Juarez was sentenced to ten years in prison and former parks supervisor Gabriel Garcia to six years.
    (SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A9)
2015        Apr 24, Valdosta Univ. in Georgia cancelled classes. Student demonstrators, who walked on an American flag to protest racism a week earlier, sparked a counter movement, prompting the university to cancel classes ahead of a rally expected to draw large crowds of flag supporters.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, In Indiana the body of Hannah Wilson (22), a student at Indiana Univ. was found near Lake Lemmon. Daniel Messel (49) was arrested in the case.
    (SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A9)
2015        Apr 24, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a US base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital, as they officially launched their spring offensive. At least 5 members of a family, 4 of them women, were killed late today after an insurgent mortar struck their house in Laghman province. Taliban fighters began an attack on Kunduz city.
    (Reuters, 4/24/15)(AP, 4/25/15)(AP, 5/9/15)
2015        Apr 24, In Armenia the leaders of France and Russia joined ceremonies marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Burundi's government announced a nationwide ban on demonstrations following threats by the opposition and activists to step up protests against controversial plans by the president to seek re-election.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, In Egypt 4 Islamists were killed in an accidental explosion while preparing bombs on a farm in the province of Beni Suef south of Cairo.
    (AFP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 24, The European Union cleared the import of 10 new types of genetically modified crops and two more kinds of cut flowers, its first authorizations in more than a year after a review of its blocked approval process.
    (Reuters, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Euro zone finance ministers warned Greece that its leftist government will get no more aid until it agrees a complete economic reform plan.
    (Reuters, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Ghana said 3 people have died over the last 24 hours and 14 others required medical treatment after inhaling toxic fumes at a Chinese-run gold mine.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Iraqi security forces recaptured a key bridge from Islamic State militants in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani renewed calls for national unity among political rivals in the face of the Islamic militant threat. A bomb exploded near an outdoor market in the Sunni town of Tarmiyiah, killing 4 people and wounding eight. A bomb near a courthouse killed 3 people and wounded nine in the town of Mahmoudiyah. Militants near Fallujah launched a complex attack involving a bulldozer packed with explosives against a convoy as it approached an army base guarding a lock system on the canal between Lake Tharthar and the Euphrates River.  The attack killed Iraqi 1st Division commander Brig. Gen. Hassan Abbas Toufan, 3 staff officers and 10 other soldiers. Militants captured an officer and three soldiers.
    (AP, 4/24/15)(AP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 24, In Iraq and Syria the US and its allies conducted 15 air strikes over the last 24 hours including eleven in Iraq and four in Syria.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Israeli police shot dead a knife-wielding Palestinian who attempted to stab colleagues at an east Jerusalem checkpoint shortly before midnight. Palestinian activists in Jerusalem named the dead teenager as Ali al-Ghannam (17).
    (AFP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 24, An Israeli air striked hit a Syrian army missile base in the Qalamoun  mouintains near the Lebanese border.
    (Econ., 5/2/15, p.40)
2015        Apr 24, Italian police arrested 18 people suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who were plotting attacks on the Vatican as well as in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, A judge in Sicily confirmed the arrest warrants against the suspected captain, Mohammad Ali Malek (27) from Tunisia, and crew member Mahmud Bikhit (25) of Syria, of the smuggling boat that capsized in the April 19 migrant disaster that left some 800 people dead.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Jamaican authorities said they have seized more than 540 pounds (245 kg) of marijuana during an operation in the southeast parish of St. Catherine.
    (AP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 24, Niger said the death toll in a meningitis epidemic that broke out in January has reached 129.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram fighters disguised as soldiers intercepted a group of people trying to return to their homes to collect abandoned food supplies in Bultaram village, Yobe state. 21 men were shot dead.
    (AFP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 24, In Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle killed Sabeen Mehmud, a prominent women's rights activist, just hours after she held a forum in Karachi on the country's restive Baluchistan region. Her mother was also wounded.
    (AP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 24, Poland’s Foreign Ministry says it will not allow the Night Wolves, a Russian nationalistic motorcycle group loyal to President Vladimir Putin, to enter Poland to commemorate next week the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Polish statesman Wladyslaw Bartoszewski (93), died. The Polish Red Cross got him out of Auschwitz in 1941 and he wrote down the first account of the place.
    (Econ, 5/9/15, p.86)
2015        Apr 24, Romanian prosecutors detained 14 people suspected of belonging to a network of well-dressed robbers who were trained to rob luxury items in Romania and the European Union.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, A Romanian court sentenced Stan Mustata, a senior judge, to 10 years and eight months in prison for demanding money from defendants in exchange for favorable verdicts.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Russia charged Ukrainian air force officer Nadia Savchenko (33) over the deaths of two Russian journalists in a politically charged case that has become emblematic of tensions between Kiev and Moscow.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, In South Korea thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across the country, denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, In southern Syria the Islamic State shot down a regime aircraft east of the Khalkhalah military airport in Sweida province. Pro-IS Twitter accounts said the group had captured the pilot.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Rostom Ghazali, a powerful Syrian general, was reported to have died in a hospital in the capital Damascus. He had been clinically dead for weeks after being beaten by the bodyguards of another Syrian general. Ghazali was once considered the most powerful man in Lebanon and was suspected of involvement in the 2005 assassination of a former Lebanese PM Rafik Harriri.
    (AP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Tunisia said at least 10 militants and 2 government soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in the central Kasserine region near the Algerian border.
    (Reuters, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, Turkey hosted leaders from the former Allied powers of World War I to pay tribute to the tens of thousands killed in the Battle of Gallipoli, drawing accusations from Armenians that it was deliberately overshadowing the Yerevan ceremonies.
    (AFP, 4/24/15)
2015        Apr 24, In Yemen fighting between warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden. The UN said the civilian death toll from the fighting and airstrikes since the bombing started on March 26 has reached an estimated 551 people.
    (Reuters, 4/24/15)

2015        Apr 25, In southern California 3 people were found dead inside a Los Angeles-area business in what might have been a fire bomb or Molotov cocktail attack.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, Jayne Meadows (b.1919), game show star on “I’ve Got a Secret” and the wife of Steve Allen (d.2000), died in southern California.
    (SFC, 4/29/15, p.D2)k
2015        Apr 25, In Maryland thousands of protesters took to the streets of Baltimore to protest the fatal injury of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.
    (SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A9)
2015        Apr 25, In Louisiana at least two people were killed and four left missing after a swift storm crossed Mobile Bay during the Dauphin Island sailing regatta.
    (SFC, 4/27/15, p.A5)(SFC, 4/28/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 25, In southern Afghanistan a gunman late today shot and killed acting police chief Gen. Gulab Khan and a civilian in Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, Some airlines cancelled flights to the capitals of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, Bosnia’s largest Serb party said it would push for a referendum on independence for the country's autonomous Serb Republic in 2018, setting it on a collision course with the West, unless the region is granted greater powers.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, Burundi's president was declared as candidate for a controversial third term in office.
    (AFP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, In China a 55-year-old man surnamed Zhao, his 26-year-old daughter and another man aged 67 were killed in Longcheng township along the North Korean border, not far from where at least 7 villagers were reported killed last year by border guards who had crossed the Tumen River in search of money and food.
    (AP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 25, The EU's judicial agency Eurojust said police from seven European countries have detained 26 people and seized hundreds of horse passports in a crackdown against a Europe-wide horsemeat trafficking ring.
    (AP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Guatemala thousands marched to demand the resignation of President Otto Perez and Vice President Roxana Baldetti as a corruption scandal rocked the government.
    (AFP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Iraq 3 suicide car bombs driven by foreigners targeted the remote Trebill desert border crossing between Iraq and Jordan killing at least 4 Iraqi soldiers. A bomb exploded near an outdoor market in Baghdad's southeastern Jisr Diyala suburb, killing 4 people and wounding 11. Islamic State militants attacked Baiji, the country's largest refinery, but were repelled. 13 soldiers, among them two senior officers, were killed in a bombing and clashes east of Ramadi.
    (AP, 4/25/15)(Reuters, 4/26/15)(AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Israel a Palestinian in Hebron attacked an Israeli police officer, stabbing him several times in his head and chest. The officer was evacuated to a hospital and was in stable condition. Other officers on the scene opened fire on the assailant and killed him.
    (AP, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Nepal a magnitude 7.9 earthquake killed hundreds of people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. More than 8,800 were killed making this disaster the deadliest to hit the Himalayan country on record. India reported at least 49 killed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal states.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)(AP, 4/25/15)(Reuters, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 5/17/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Niger hundreds of armed fighters from the Boko Haram militant group aboard motorized canoes attacked the Lake Chad island of Karamga at dawn and seized it from soldiers. A security source in Chad said Niger lost 48 soldiers and another 36 were missing.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)(AFP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 25, In northeaster Nigeria over a hundred victims were buried in 20 mass graves after hundreds of people were found dead in the Damasak.
    (AFP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Russia some 20 riders from a nationalist motorcycle group began their run commemorating the Red Army's offensive against Nazi Germany, despite Poland's announcement that it would refuse to let them into the country.
    (AP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Somalia gunmen shot dead a former lawmaker and two city council officials. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 25, In South Korea thousands marched in Seoul for the second straight day to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago.
    (AP, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Syria Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, for the first time in the four-year-old conflict. At least 27 people, including at least 20 fighters, were killed in the strikes.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)(AP, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 25, Thailand officials seized three tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya and destine for Laos.
    (SFC, 4/28/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 25, Togo voters went to the polls in presidential elections, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe (48) seeking a third term in office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century. On May 3 Togo's constitutional court confirmed the victory of Faure Gnassingbe.
    (AFP, 4/25/15)(AP, 4/27/15)(AFP, 5/3/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Ukraine government serviceman was killed and two were wounded in shelling attacks by pro-Russian separatists near the port of Mariupol.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)
2015        Apr 25, In Yemen Shiite Houthi rebels mobilized hundreds of reinforcements in an effort to wrest control of Aden from militias supporting embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The port city was hit by dozens of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.
    (AP, 4/25/15)

2015        Apr 26, Corinthian Colleges announced the closure of its remaining 28 for-profit colleges. They included the company’s 10 Heald Colleges in California, as well as one in Hawaii and another in Oregon. Its Everest and WyoTech campuses closed in Arizona, California and New York. 
    (SFC, 4/27/15, p.C1)
2015        Apr 26, In the SF Bay Area William Shultz (18) stgabbed to death Jordan Almgren (9) the younger brother of his best friend in discovery Bay. Shultz said he wanted to see what it was like to take a life.
    (SFC, 4/29/15, p.D3)
2015        Apr 26, Benin held elections. The party of President Thomas Boni Yayi won the parliamentary elections with 33 seats out of 83 but failed to secure an absolute majority. The Union Makes the Nation and the Democratic Renewal Party secured 13 and 10 seats respectively.
    (AFP, 5/1/15)(AFP, 5/4/15)
2015        Apr 26, Burundian police shot dead 2 protesters and wounded at least one other, in demonstrations against the president seeking a third term.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 26, Voters in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus went to the polls to choose a new president in a runoff that could accelerate UN-backed efforts to unify the island. Turkish Cypriot independent Mustafa Akinci swept to victory with 60.5 percent of the vote over incumbent conservative Dervis Eroglu.
    (AFP, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 26, In Iraq at least 22 people were killed in explosions across the country, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province.
An Iraqi staff member of the UN was kidnapped in the eastern province of Diyala.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)(AP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 26, Israel’s military said it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Golan Heights. 4 men were reported killed.
    (SFC, 4/27/15, p.A4)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.40)
2015        Apr 26, Kazakhstan's citizens turned out in force for a presidential poll. Strongman incumbent Nursultan Nazarbayev (74) won with 97.7% of the vote. Central Election Commission data showed turnout was 95.22%.
    (AFP, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 26, Malaysian police said that they have detained 12 men this weekend with suspected links to the Islamic state group who are believed to be plotting attacks on strategic government targets in the country.
    (AP, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 26, In Nepal a magnitude 6.7 aftershock followed the 7.9 earthquake from a day earlier as the death toll passed 2,200 people. The bodies of 17 climbers were recovered from Mount Everest after being caught in avalanches.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 26, In Pakistan a storm late today brought heavy rains and winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph), causing hundreds of homes to collapse. At least 45 people were left dead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 26, In Saudi Arabia a plane affiliated with the King Faisal Air Academy, a military flight school in Riyadh, crashed and killed the instructor and a student pilot.
    (AP, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 26, Serbia sealed an agreement with an Abu Dhabi investor for a multi-billion-dollar, Dubai-style riverside development that has drawn fire from some Belgraders worried about the scale and cost of the project.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 26, In Somalia and a senior prison officer was killed near the Bakara market in Mogadishu. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 26, Syrian military aircraft bombed the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, a day after insurgents seized control of it. Airstrikes on Darkoush (Darkush), some 20 km north of Jisr al-Shughour, killed and wounded at least 34 civilians.
    (AP, 4/26/15)(AFP, 4/26/15)
2015        Apr 26, In Yemen air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook the country in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia. A group of tribal and Islamist fighters in Taiz took back several districts from the Iran-allied Houthi militia amid heavy fighting that left some 20 civilians dead and dozens wounded.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)(SFC, 4/27/15, p.A4)

2015        Apr 27, The United States and Japan unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role amid growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea. This was the first revision to the guidelines since 1997.
    (Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, In southern California truck drivers walked off the job in a dispute over their wages and employee status, months after another West Coast labor conflict cost major delays in billions of dollars of trade.
    (AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, In Baltimore rioters plunged parts of the city into chaos torching a pharmacy and setting cars on fire, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after sufering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order.
    (SFC, 4/28/15, p.A5)
2015        Apr 27, Bahrain's public prosecutor said that eight men were sentenced to fifteen years in prison for the attempted murder of nine policemen in 2013.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 27, In Bosnia’s Serb Republic Muslim Bosniak Nerdin Ibric (24) was killed in an exchange of fire as he stormed into a police station in Zvornik. A Bosnian who fought in Syria was arrested the next day in connection with the assault.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 27, Burundi authorities arrested a leading dissident and shut down the main independent radio station as they battled a second day of demonstrations against a bid by the president to cling to power for a third term. The Red Cross said at least 6 people have been killed in the street clashes.
    (AFP, 4/27/15)(SFC, 4/28/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 27, French investigators provided details to AFP of their year-long probe into the finances of Rifaat al-Assad, the younger brother of Syria’s late dictator Hafez al-Assad. He was under investigation for amassing a 90-million-euro fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked out of Syria "with nothing" 30 years ago.
    (AFP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras reshuffled his team handling talks with European and IMF lenders. Embattled Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis faced calls to quit after returning from a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Riga isolated and empty-handed.
    (Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, In Libya 5 crew members from a private TV network were found dead near Bayda, after they were abducted last August in eastern Libya.
    (AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, In Nepal the death toll from the April 25 magnitude 7.9 earthquake climbed to more than 4,000. Reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise significantly Another 66 were reported killed across the border in India and at least another 20 in Tibet.
    (Reuters, 4/27/15)(AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, The Netherlands turned out in orange as King Willem-Alexander turned 48 and the whole country celebrated King's Day.
    (AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen were reported to have shot dead 21 people in who were trying to return home to recover abandoned food supplies at Bultaram village, Yobe state.
    (AFP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, Polish border guards blocked 10 nationalistic Russian bikers loyal to President Vladimir Putin from entering Poland as part of a ride to commemorate the Red Army's victory over Nazi Germany 70 years ago.
    (AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, Former Romanian president Ion Iliescu (2000-2004) acknowledged approving the CIA's request for a site in Romania in 2002-2003, but said he would have refused had he known how it would be used.
    (AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, South Korea's Pres. Park Geun-hye accepted the resignation of PM Lee Wan Koo over a bribery scandal. He has been at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
    (AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, In Syria Islamic insurgents overran a military base at the former Qarmeed factory in northwestern Idlib province, carting off tanks and other weapons in the latest blow to President Bashar Assad's forces in the region.
    (AP, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, In Yemen Saudi-led aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units in central Yemen and Sanaa despite a formal end to the air strikes.
    (Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015        Apr 27, Yemen's exiled government declared three areas in the country engulfed in fighting between Shiite rebels, their allies and pro-government forces as "disaster" zones, including the southern port city of Aden, and said that the month of violence has claimed 1,000 civilian lives.
    (AP, 4/27/15)

2015        Apr 28, President Barack Obama welcomed Japanese PM Shinzo Abe with full pomp and ceremony. Trade and security issues topped their agenda.
    (AP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, The US Supreme Court heard arguments on whether gay couples have a constitutional right to wed.
    (AFP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, The US National Football League (NFL) said it has decided to give up its tax-exempt status under section 501(c)6 of the IRS code.
    (SFC, 4/29/15, p.C1)  
2015        Apr 28, Google says it will give European publishers 150 million euros ($162.33 million) to help them adapt to the challenge of selling news online.
    (AP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Afghan forces battled Taliban fighters on the outskirts of Kunduz city, with police in Kunduz province saying scores of combatants had been killed as insurgents mounted an offensive following the withdrawal of most NATO forces.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, In northeastern Afghanistan a massive landslide killed at least 52 people in Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Bahraini authorities said they have arrested 28 people who had been planning attacks in villages in the kingdom. Some of those detained had already been convicted on terrorism charges in absentia and had been sentenced to life terms in jail, while others had their citizenships revoked.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, In Burundi police fired tear gas and shot in the air to disperse hundreds of people protesting in the outskirts of Bujumbura against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. The UN said more than 5,000 Burundians fled to Rwanda over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)(AFP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, The European Parliament approved rules to clamp down on the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment, removing the last major hurdle to pass the legislation. 28 member nations have already approved the measure once and their final backing should be confirmed later this year.
    (AP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, The World Health Organization (WHO) said air pollution in Europe causes illnesses and hundreds of thousands of deaths costing governments a combined $1.6 trillion a year.
    (SFC, 4/29/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 28, The Finnish military fired handheld underwater depth charges as a warning against a suspected submarine in waters near Helsinki.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, In Indonesia nine drug traffickers held emotional farewell meetings with their families at a prison, after Jakarta rejected last-ditch pleas from around the world for clemency and ordered their mass execution to proceed within hours.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Iranian naval ships fired across the bow of the Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, and forced it to head to Iranian territory. A day later Iran said the seizure was based on a lawsuit by a private company called Pars Talayieh Oil Product company (Golden Pars Oil Products) against the Maersk ship company. The ship was released on May 7 after the Maersk group promised to abide by an Iranian court decision.
    (AFP, 4/28/15)(AFP, 4/29/15)(AP, 5/7/15)
2015        Apr 28, In Iraq the bodies of 6 displaced Sunni men of the Albu Nimr tribe were found dumped in Baghdad with bullet wounds to the head. Police also found 2 bodies dumped by the side of a road in the Amil district of Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Israel's Arab minority observed a general strike that was to climax with a rally in Tel Aviv to protest against a wave of demolitions of Arab homes.
    (AFP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Morocco arrested four people in the Western Sahara after they allegedly issued a fatwa authorizing the burning alive of a person they accused of rejecting Islam.
    (AFP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, In Nepal up to 250 people were missing after an avalanche hit a village in a popular trekking area to the north of the capital Kathmandu. 19 people were killed including 14 Sherpa guides.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)(AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 28, Nigeria’s military carried out a mass rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from the Sambisa Forest stronghold of Boko Haram. 160 civilians were also rescued. An additional 234 women and children were rescued through the Kawuri and Konduga end of the Sambisa Forest bringing the total to 677 females. Several women were crushed mistakenly by a military armored car. 3 women were killed by a landmine as they walked to freedom.
    (AP, 4/29/15)(AFP, 4/30/15)(AP, 5/2/15)(SFC, 5/4/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 28, A Pakistani private guard shot and killed himself in front of the US Consulate in Lahore because of his "uneasy relations with his family."
    (AP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Palestinian Mohammed Yehya died at a hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus. He was shot in the abdomen the previous evening after hurling rocks at Israeli troops.
    (AP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Russia’s Justice Ministry said that the registration of the opposition Progress Party, led by Alexei Navalny, has been cancelled because it has not registered operation in at least half of Russia’s regions.
    (SFC, 4/29/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 28, A Russian court ordered the seizure of a factory belonging to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s confectionery business Roshen, hampering his plans to sell assets.
    (Bloomberg, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 28, Russia’s unmanned Progress M-27M, loaded with 3 tons of goods for the Int’l. space Station, began tumbling shortly after its launch from Kazakhstan.
    (AP, 4/29/15)(SFC, 4/29/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 28, Saudi Arabia said it has arrested 93 people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State militant group, including two people who planned a failed suicide car bombing against the US embassy in Riyadh.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Senegal said on it has set up a crisis unit to help the families of migrants shipwrecked in the Mediterranean to get information about their loved ones.
    (AFP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, In South Africa a train guard was killed and 240 people injured when two crowded commuter trains collided in Johannesburg.
    (AFP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, Togo's election commission announced that provisional results showed incumbent Faure Gnassingbe won the vote with more than 1.2 million votes or 58.75 percent of the total.
    (Reuters, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 28, In Yemen heavy clashes overnight were reported in Marib province east of Sanaa, in the city of Taiz in central Yemen, and in the southern port city of Aden. At least 15 people were reported killed in the district of Sirwah and around Marib city.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)

2015        Apr 29, US health officials said German measles, aka rubella, is officially gone from North and South America. It has been over five years that the last case originated in the Americas. Vaccines against the disease were first licensed in 1969.
    (SFC, 4/30/15, p.A6)
2015        Apr 29, Russell Taylor, executive director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested at his home in Wayne Township, Indiana, after investigators found child pornography. The Jared Foundation to prevent childhood obesity was started in 2004 by Jared Fogle, spokesperson for sandwich chain Subway.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pby9uyk)(SFC, 7/8/15, p.A14)
2015        Apr 29, Burundi took the controversial question of President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term bid to the constitutional court but opposition supporters dismissed the move and said demonstrations would go on.
    (AFP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, China's biggest lender by assets, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, said it has signed an infrastructure pact worth $2 billion with the oil-rich west African nation of Equatorial Guinea.
    (Reuters, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation on combatting terrorism amid fears that worsening security conditions in neighboring countries such as Libya could threaten the region.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, An Egyptian court jailed 69 Islamists for life for torching a church near Cairo in August 2013, as anger flared over a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
    (AFP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, A report in the Guardian newspaper said fourteen French soldiers are implicated in a probe into the alleged rape of children in the Central African Republic, in what could be a potentially devastating scandal for the army.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)(SFC, 4/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 29, An Indonesian firing squad executed 8 drug traffickers, including seven foreigners, in the early hours, sparking condemnation from Australia and Brazil who had made final, desperate pleas to save their nationals. Mary Jane Veloso from the Philippines was spared at the last minute as part of a deal between Jakarta and Manila to seek more information and go after drug syndicates operating in the region.
    (Reuters, 4/29/15)(SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 29, Iran’s Labor and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei said that 200,000 wealthy Iranians — as well as Iranians living abroad — have been eliminated last week from the list of those getting handouts. Iran began handing out a monthly $15 in cash to all Iranians in 2010 as compensation for cuts in food and energy subsidies.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe sought support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided US lawmakers as he made the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, In northern Mali 2 soldiers and a civilian were killed when gunmen attacked the village of Goundam. In central Mali 10 militants and nine soldiers died in clashes between the army and the main Tuareg rebel alliance in Lere.
    (Reuters, 4/29/15)(AFP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 29, Mexico published a new rule requiring officials to declare potential conflicts of interest in their private life and financial dealings, a step that President Enrique Pena Nieto had promised after it came to light his wife bought a mansion from a government contractor.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, Nepalese authorities said 5,016 people died and more than 10,000 were injured as a result of the massive earthquake that struck April 25. But officials have warned the death toll is expected to rise. India and China, have reported totals of 72 and 25 deaths from the quake, respectively.
    (CNN, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, In Norway three football players received prison sentences for rigging matches in the country’s third division. The Oslo District Court convicted them of corruption and fraud for colluding with a Swedish gambler to fix two matches that their teams lost on June 24, 2012. The Swede, who made 340,000 kroner ($57,000) on the results, was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, Polish authorities accused Russian journalist Leonid Sviridov of posing a threat to Poland's security, saying that he should lose his right to reside in Poland and the European Union.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, A Russian supply capsule that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch was declared a total loss.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, Saudi King Salman appointed a new heir and made his young son second in line to rule, a major shift in power toward two princes who have overseen a more assertive stance at a time of almost unprecedented regional turmoil. Muhammad bin Nayef (55) was named the new crown prince.
    (Reuters, 4/29/15)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.41)
2015        Apr 29, Syrian government air raids in Aleppo and its suburbs killed 11 civilians, including at least one child.
    (AP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 29, Togo's main opposition coalition CAP 2015 rejected results of the West African nation's weekend presidential election after the election commission declared incumbent Faure Gnassingbe the winner.
    (Reuters, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, A Turkish court acquitted 26 activists who helped launch mass protests in May-June 2013 against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a trial slammed by rights campaigners.
    (AFP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, The United Arab Emirates pulverized a mound of confiscated elephant tusks and ivory carvings to send a message against poaching and ivory trafficking.
    (SFC, 4/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 29, Pope Francis added his voice to the feminist anthem of equal pay for equal work.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies advanced in the southern city of Aden, capturing parts of an upscale neighborhood and seizing men they accuse of fighting them from their homes.
    (AP, 4/29/15)
2015        Apr 29, Zimbabwe shut down the country's second largest mobile phone service provider, Telecel Zimbabwe, partly for breaching black empowerment laws. International telecom firm VimpelCom, based in the Netherlands, has a 60 percent stake in Telecel Zimbabwe, making it the major shareholder.
    (AFP, 4/29/15)

2015        Apr 30, The US Energy Department said it will pay New Mexico $73 million in road and other infrastructure projects for violations by an underground nuclear waste dump and nuclear research lab that led to a radiation leak last year.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, Atlanta police shot and killed a handcuffed black woman after she fired on two officers from inside a patrol car.
    (AP, 5/1/15)
2015        Apr 30, Ben E. King (b.1934), lead singer for the Drifters, died in Teaneck, NY. His classics included “Stand By Me” (1961) and “Spanish Harlem.” (1960).
    (SFC, 5/2/15, p.E4)
2015        Apr 30, Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled Tesla Energy for storage systems or batteries for homes, companies and utilities that will expand its business beyond electric vehicles and tap into a fast-growing area of the energy industry. The smallest 10kWh Powerwall model was priced at $3,500.
    (Reuters, 5/1/15)
2015        Apr 30, Blue Origin, a private space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, launched an unmanned spaceship. Its New Shepard capsule reached 58 miles and landed in the west Texas desert.
    (SFC, 5/1/15, p.C2)
2015        Apr 30, The Afghan army and police failed to expel Taliban fighters from the outskirts of Kunduz city as a seventh day of fierce fighting put pressure on national forces struggling largely without US military backup. The government reported 20 Afghan soldiers and police killed and 140 Taliban-allied fighters dead. The Taliban claimed to have killed 232 Afghan security forces and lost only 9 fighters.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, It was reported that Angola's government has banned nine church groups operating in central Huambo province, where the main opposition party said hundreds were killed this month in a police crackdown on a rebel Christian sect.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, In Burundi at least nine protestors were hurt in Bujumbura in renewed clashes over a bid by the country's president to stand for a third term. A soldier died and a civilian was hurt when an intelligence officer opened fire near a barricade erected by protesters in Bujumbura.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, China’s Politburo announced that it would move forward on the integration of Beijing with the nearby port city of Tianjin.
    (Econ, 5/30/15, p.42)
2015        Apr 30, German officials said police have arrested two people, reportedly a married couple with Islamic Salafist ties, suspected of planning an attack and found a bomb at their home.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, In southern Greece 23 wild horses were found killed with shotguns on a remote mountainside. 3 injured horses soon died. The motive for the attack remained unclear.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        Apr 30, In Iraq car bombings targeting public places killed 16 people in Baghdad.
    (SFC, 5/1/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 30, In Israel clashes broke out in Jerusalem as more than 1,000 angry Ethiopian Israelis staged a protest, demanding an investigation into alleged police racism and violence.
    (AFP, 5/1/15)
2015        Apr 30, Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted to approve former economy minister Temir Sariyev as prime minister after his predecessor resigned over a mining dispute with Canada's Centerra Gold.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, In northern Mali 3 civilians were killed when their minibus triggered a landmine. Over fifty armed Tuareg rebels from the Coordination for the Movements of Azawad (CMA) stormed the northern town of Bintagoungou, killing one and taking six other people hostage.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)(AFP, 5/1/15)
2015        Apr 30, Mexican police waged a gunfight with rural vigilantes near Igualapa, Guerrero state, leaving 8 people dead.
    (AFP, 5/1/15)
2015        Apr 30, In Nepal the number of confirmed deaths from the April 25 earthquake rose to 5,582, with almost 11,200 injured.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, In North Korea People’s Armed forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed on about this date in front of hundreds of spectators at a shooting range at Pyongyang’s Kang Kon Military Academy. Leader Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered him killed with an antiaircraft gun for complaining and talking back to the young ruler.
    (http://tinyurl.com/p7c7yyp)(SFC, 5/14/15, p.A3)
2015        Apr 30, Norway said it would increase its financial aid to Syrian refugees to nearly 120 million euros ($134 million) and would send another vessel to help patrol the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, A Pakistani court sentenced 10 militants to life in prison for their involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.
    (AP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, Portugal's government appealed to pilots at flag carrier TAP to call off a 10-day strike that it says would damage tourism and could ruin the airline, scuppering a privatization process scheduled to start next month.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, A Saudi national who murdered his father and a drug trafficker were beheaded, bringing to 71 the number of executions carried out this year in the kingdom.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, Spain's King Felipe VI hosted Egypt’s Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for lunch in Madrid after the interior ministers from both nations signed an agreement to boost cooperation against illegal immigration, terrorism and organized crime.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, In South Africa Judge Hans Fabricius ruled that Robin Stransham-Ford (65), terminally ill with prostate cancer, could be euthanized with no legal or professional consequences for the doctor who will participate. Current law regards assisted suicide in the same way as homicide or murder. Stransham-Ford died of natural causes shortly after the judgement.
    (AP, 4/30/15)(SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 30, Syrian government forces carried out a series of overnight air raids and shelled several areas in the country's northwest in an apparent attempt to halt a rebel advance, killing at least 20 civilians. State media said "terrorists" shelled a district in the government-controlled part of Aleppo, killing at least seven civilians.
    (AP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants for two judges in a legal standoff over an order to release 75 suspects detained on suspicion of plotting to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, Uganda's state-owned New Vision newspaper said Jamil Mukulu, leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was being held in Tanzania ahead of his extradition. ADF is a Ugandan Islamic militia based in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AFP, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, One Ukrainian serviceman was killed in the last 24 hours in fresh separatist attacks on government forces in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)
2015        Apr 30, In Yemen a new branch of the Islamic State group issued a video showing what it said was the beheading of 4 Yemeni soldiers and the shooting of 10 others.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)

2015        Apr, Kansas passed a law allowing residents to carry concealed handguns without having to get a license.
    (Econ, 6/27/15, p.23)
2015        Apr, In Egypt a Bedouin woman (32) was kidnapped from her single-storey, stone house in the Sinai village of al-Taweela. The kidnappers had identified themselves as Sinai Province, the most lethal Islamist group in Egypt. The following day villagers found the woman's body nearby with two gunshots in the head and a cut through her neck. She had been raped and a note found with the body said the woman had been killed because she had cooperated with the Egyptian army.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Apr, Tajikistan police commander Col. Gulmurod Khalimov disappeared. In May he reappeared in an online video saying he had defected to join the Islamic State group in Syria.
    (SFC, 5/30/15, p.A2)

2015        May 1, San Francisco raised wages for thousands of workers from $11.05 per hour to $12.25 per hour.
    (SFC, 5/1/15, p.A1)
2015        May 1, In southern California 3 teenagers died when their car plunged off a Long Beach road and into the Los Angeles River.
    (SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A8)
2015        May 1, In Oakland, Ca., May Day protests grew violent as vandals smashed bank and store windows and at least 40 car windows at a single auto dealership.
    (SFC, 5/2/15, p.A1)
2015        May 1, In Baltimore six police officers were charged over the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, an African-American man in their custody. Police made at least 15 arrests when some protesters defied a 10:00 pm curfew. On May 21 a grand jury indicted all six of the charged police officers.
    (AFP, 5/2/15)(SFC, 5/22/15, p.A8)
2015        May 1, In New Jersey a judge unsealed indictments against Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, both close to Gov. Chris Christie, for causing a traffic jam in Fort Lee in September, 2013. Baroni and Kelly were charged with nine counts including conspiracy to commit fraud.
    (SFC, 5/2/15, p.A4)
2015        May 1, In NYC the new $422 million Whitney Museum, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened.
    (Econ., 4/25/15, p.80)
2015        May 1, Philanthropist David Rubenstein, co-founder of the private equity Carlyle Group, announced a $10 million donation for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation.
    (SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A8)
2015        May 1, In Burundi 2 police officers and a civilian were killed in two grenade attacks late today in Bujumbura.
    (AP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 1, In China angry Muslims in Qinghai province smashed windows in Xining city after pork sausages and ham were found in a delivery van. This was reported along with a story that Chinese authorites have ordered Muslim shopkeepers and restaurants  in a Xinjiang region village to sell alcohol and cigarettes as part of an effort to weaken the hold of Islam in the region.
    (SFC, 5/6/15, p.A6)
2015        May 1, The Republic of Congo said it has banned women from being fully veiled in public to allow easy identification to prevent extremist violence. The Republic of Congo has a population of some 800,000 registered Muslims, about 10% of the population. The government said it will also ban non-residents from sleeping in mosques in order to encourage refugees to register with police.
    (AP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 1, In Iraq and Syria the US-led military coalition launched 18 air strikes against Islamic State over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, In Italy black-clad protesters in Milan torched two cars and clashed with police, who responded with tear gas as violence broke out at a demonstration at the start of the Expo 2015.
    (Reuters, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, In Libya a rocket hit a medical center in Benghazi, killing 3 people.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)
2015        May 1, In Macedonia opposition leader Zoran Zaev was charged with unauthorized wiretapping and audio recording as well as violence against representatives of the highest authorities.
    (SFC, 5/2/15, p.A2)
2015        May 1, Malaysian police arrested 30 protesters at a rally of more than 10,000 people in Kuala Lumpur, demonstrating against a new tax. Protesters demanded the government remove a goods and services tax (GST) which came into effect on April 1 at a rate of 6 percent.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)
2015        May 1, Maldives police used tear gas against opposition protesters who broke into a restricted military zone demanding President Yameen Abdul Gayoom resign and a jailed ex-president be freed. Police baton-charged a night protest on the main island of Male and arrested 193 people including three opposition leaders.
    (AP, 5/1/15)(AFP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 1, In western Mexico gunmen shot down a military helicopter with a rocket propelled grenade. Violence escalated across Jalisco state as military and federal police launched Operation Jalisco to crack down on the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel. 15 people including 6 soldiers and a government official were killed in the day’s violence.
    (AFP, 5/1/15)(SFC, 5/2/15, p.A2)(AP, 5/16/15)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.31)
2015        May 1, In Mexico Dave Goldberg (47), CEO of SurveyMonkey, died following a treadmill accident at a private villa exercize room near Puerto Vallarta.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kb3jyyn)(SFC, 5/6/15, p.C5)
2015        May 1, In Nepal the confirmed death toll from the April 25 earthquake rose to 6,250, with 14,357 injured according to a government. Up to 1,000 Europeans were among the missing.
    (Reuters, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif praised the country's armed forces for defeating militants in the North Waziristan tribal area. The army says it has cleared militants from most of the area and has a comprehensive plan for the phased return of those displaced by the fighting.
    (AP, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, Saudi Arabia said its forces have killed dozens of Iran-backed rebels from Yemen who launched their first major attack on the kingdom since Saudi-led air strikes began last month.
    (AFP, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for a third week to protest government labor policies and the handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago.
    (AP, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, In Syria Islamist rebels and the government army fought fierce battles in Latakia province overnight close to Pres. Bashar al-Assad's ancestral home. At least 5 insurgents were killed and an unidentified number from the pro-government side. Syrian television said army units targeted "groups of terrorists" in the eastern and southern Idlib countryside and "eliminated a great number of them and destroyed their weapons and munitions."
    (Reuters, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, In northern Syria an air strike by US-led forces on Bir Mahli village, Aleppo province, reportedly killed at least 64 civilians including 31 children.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)(SFC, 5/5/15, p.A2)
2015        May 1, Thailand police found dozens of shallow graves, a corpse and an ailing survivor at an abandoned jungle camp in a southern area that is regularly used to smuggle Rohingya Muslims, Bangladeshis and other migrants to third countries. By the next day police dug up 26 bodies. Smugglers reportedly escaped days earlier with around 100 Rohingya Muslims, a long-persecuted religious minority in Myanmar.
    (AP, 5/1/15)(AP, 5/2/15)(Reuters, 5/2/15)
2015        May 1, Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of stone-throwing May Day protesters. Left-wing groups and trade unions staged rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day.
    (Reuters, 5/1/15)(AP, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, Ukraine said 2 government soldiers and one pro-Russian rebel have been killed over the past 24 hours in fighting in the country's war-torn east despite a shaky ceasefire.
    (AFP, 5/1/15)
2015        May 1, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro raised the minimum wage 30% for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world's highest inflation. Two-thirds of the increase will come this month and the rest on July 1. Pensions for retirees were also included in the raise.
    (AP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 1, In Yemen warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition struck a residential district in Sanaa overnight, killing eight to 10 civilians.
    (Reuters, 5/1/15)

2015        May 2, Writer Michael Blake (69) died in Tucson, Az. His novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 2, In Kentucky American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
    (SSFC, 5/3/15, p.B6)
2015        May 2, In Las Vegas boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lost by unanimous decision to American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 12-round fight.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 2, Australian police said flash floods killed 5 people in south-east Queensland when their cars were swept away following a rain storm on the east coast.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, British mystery writer Ruth Rendell (b.1930), crime novelist, died in London. She brought psychological insight and social conscience to the classic British detective story. Her Wexford books were made into a popular TV series, "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries," which ran for more than a decade from 1987. In 1997 she was appointed to the House of Lords by PM Tony Blair's Labour government, becoming Baroness Rendell of Babergh.
    (AP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, Burundi's government vowed a major crackdown after a week of political protests. Protest organizers called for a two-day halt to demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's move to seek a third term, which they says violates the constitution and endangers the peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005.
    (AFP, 5/2/15)    (Reuters, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, Canadian PM Stephen Harper made an unannounced visit to Iraq days after lawmakers extended and expanded the NATO member's air campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group.
    (AFP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, In northern China police fatally shot Xu Chunhe as he was on his way to Beijing to ask the central government to help house and take care of his children and elderly mother. His relatives received approval for the aid three days after the killing.
    (AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 2, In Iraq 7 women and children were killed by a roadside bomb in Diyala province. A suicide blast killed six government troops in Anbar province. Two car bombs outside a popular Baghdad restaurant killed at least 19 people, including 4 policemen and a media figure, for which the IS group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 5/2/15)(AFP, 5/3/15)(AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 2, Nigerian troops over the last 24 hours raided communities suspected of harboring militiamen in central Plateau state. Local media said at least 30 people died when soldiers stormed into Kadarko, Kurmi and Wadata areas.
    (AFP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, In Poland one man died after being hit by a rubber bullet and 14 police officers were injured in clashes that erupted during a league football match in Knurow.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 2, In Syria fighting continued between government forces and Islamist fighters in government-held Latakia, heartland of Assad's minority Alawite community. Rebels shelled government-held districts in Aleppo, killing at least 12 civilians, including 3 children.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)(AP, 5/2/15)
2015        May 2, Tunisians unfurled a national flag the size of 19 football pitches in a bid to set a Guinness world record and promote patriotism in the face of Islamist extremism.
    (AFP, 5/3/15)

2015        May 3, The mayor of Baltimore lifted a nightly curfew that was implemented after residents in the US city rioted following the death of a man in police custody.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, Texas police shot dead two suspected Islamist extremists who opened fire outside an exhibition of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed staged by an anti-Muslim group in Garland. One of the gunmen was identified as Elton Simpson. Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem (43) of Phoenix was arrested on June 11 for helping orchestrate the shootout.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)(SFC, 6/17/15, p.A5)
2015        May 3, In Wisconsin Sergio Daniel Valencia del Toro (27), who had just been in a fight with his girlfriend, armed himself with two guns, cycled to a scenic bridge and opened fire, killing a father and his daughter along with another man before taking his own life on the Trestle Trail bridge in Menasha.
    (Reuters, 5/5/15)
2015        May 3, In northwestern Afghanistan Taliban attacks on police checkpoints killed at least 16 policemen in Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 5/4/15)(SFC, 5/5/15, p.A4)
2015        May 3, In Afghanistan at least 18 people died and another three were injured when a minibus plummeted into a ravine in northwestern Badghis province.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, Burundi journalists held a somber gathering to mark World Press Freedom Day, after a week of political violence that has also seen radio stations shut down.
    (AFP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies staged 17 strikes on Islamic State targets over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Israel several thousand people, mostly from the Jewish Ethiopian minority, protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, Italian Coast Guard and commercial vessels came to the rescue of at least 16 boats of migrants, saving hundreds of them and recovering 10 bodies off Libya's coast, as smugglers took advantage of calm seas to send packed vessels across the Mediterranean. Some 40 migrants in a crowded rubber boat fell into the sea and likely drowned as the commercial vessel, the Zeran, approached the rubber boat to rescue migrants between Libya and Sicily.
    (AP, 5/3/15)(AP, 5/5/15)(Reuters, 5/5/15)
2015        May 3, In Nepal 3 people were pulled out alive from the rubble of their home eight days after the devastating April 25 earthquake. Rescuers found about 100 bodies on a popular trekking route that was hit by an avalanche. The current toll of 7,056 dead was likely to rise as the entire village of Langtang was carried away by the avalanche.
    (AP, 5/3/15)(Reuters, 5/4/15)
2015        May 3, In Pakistan 8 members of a wedding party died when metal dowry furniture strapped to the bus they were traveling in struck a power line.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In the Philippines Abdul Basit Usman, the country’s most wanted Islamist militant, was killed along with 5 others in a firefight with Muslim rebels in Muti village. He had escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos.
    (Reuters, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Poland thirty people were arrested and five police vans damaged during a second night of violence in Knurow. This followed the death of a soccer fan hit by a rubber bullet fired by police a day earlier.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 3, Syria's army cut the last main supply route for a rebel bastion east of Damascus. A barrel bomb killed at least 7 civilians, including a teacher and 4 children, when it hit a school in the city of Aleppo.
    (AFP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, Ukraine said one government soldier and a civilian were killed in the past 24 hours in in the separatist-held east amid a marked increase in fighting despite a fragile ceasefire.
    (AFP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Yemen local fighters battling the rebel Houthi militia in Aden stormed areas around the airport in an operation supervised by the Saudi-led coalition, which also provided air support. At least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition, including Yemeni expatriates in shorts, landed in Aden on a "reconnaissance" mission.
    (Reuters, 5/3/15)(AP, 5/3/15)

2015        May 4, The US said it will give $45 million to UN refugee operations in Kenya to help the country deal with a growing refugee crisis.
    (SFC, 5/5/15, p.A2)
2015        May 4, The US Supreme Court let stand a lower court's ban on therapy intended to change the sexual orientation of gay youths under the age of 18.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, NYPD officer Brian Moore (25) died, two days after being shot in the head while sitting in an unmarked car in Queens. Demetrius Blackwell (35) was arrested and held without bail.
    (SFC, 5/5/15, p.A6)
2015        May 4, A report on drinking water in Bradford County, Pa., revealed traces of a compound commonly found in Marcellus Shale drilling fluids.
    (SFC, 5/5/15, p.A6)
2015        May 4, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber struck a bus carrying government workers in Kabul, killing one person and wounding thirteen.
    (SFC, 5/5/15, p.A4)
2015        May 4, Burundi police shot dead at least 3 demonstrators and wounded dozens of others, in running battles with protesters angry at a bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his rule.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, An Egyptian court sentenced to death five men convicted of killing 13 policemen in a town near Cairo during a deadly security crackdown on ousted president Mohamed Morsi's supporters on August 14, 2013.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, The European Union approved 20 million euros ($22 million) in financial support and emergency aid to help Nepal deal with the April 25 earthquake.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, In Greece a nationwide hunt for young Anny, a Bulgarian citizen reported missing by her mother on April 24, ended today when both her parents were arrested and her father charged with murder and defiling a body. The girl was believed to have been killed around April 8-9 and that her father (27) confessed to disposing of his daughter's remains over several days.
    (AP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 4, In centreal India at least 21 people were burned to death when a bus fell into a ditch and caught fire in Panna district, Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Indonesian police arrested a suspected wildlife smuggler after discovering nearly 22 rare live birds, mostly yellow-crested cockatoos, jammed inside plastic water bottles in his luggage.
    (AFP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 4, Israeli security guards shot and wounded a Palestinian after he allegedly tried to stab people waiting at a light railway station in east Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Italy's parliament approved a radical new electoral law designed to end decades of political instability by ensuring that elections always produce governments with working majorities.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, In northwest Kenya suspected Turkana cattle rustlers ambushed villages and drove away hundreds of livestock. 54 people lost their lives in the two communities of Pokot and Turkana. The violence reportedly started after an attack by Pokot warriors on a Turkana village in which 100 goats were stolen.
    (Reuters, 5/5/15)(AFP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 4, In Mexico the body oif radio journalist Armando Saldana Morales was found in Acatlan de Perez Figueroa, Oaxaca state.
    (AP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 4, NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea.
    (Reuters, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Nepal officials said the death toll from the April 25 earthquake has reached 7,366 people and wounded nearly 14,500.
    (Reuters, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Niger said it was planning a military operation to remove Boko Haram extremists. Soldiers arrived at the fishing village of Lelewa on Lake Chad and ordered some 3,000 Nigerian fisherman and refugees to return to Nigeria. A dozen people were later reported to have died on the 3-day trek.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.A4)
2015        May 4, A bomb blast targeted Hamas's security headquarters in Gaza City, after radical Islamists issued a threatening message calling for the release of prisoners.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, In the southern Philippines gunmen clad in military uniform abducted two Philippine coast guard personnel and a village chief on Aliguay island then sped away in two motorboats.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski approved a resolution that gave his formal consent to the establishment of a joint Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian military unit. The joint brigade will serve separately from the three countries’ military commands, but will participate in NATO, United Nations and European Union operations.
    (Reuters, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, In southern Poland nine people were arrested following the third night of violence in Knurow, in southern Poland, triggered by the death of a football fan hit by a rubber bullet fired by police.
    (AP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 4, In Qatar the CEO of French aerospace firm Dassault, Eric Trappier, signed a 6.3-billion-euro ($7-billion) deal with Qatari defense officials in Doha. The agreement includes an order for 24 Rafale fighter jets, with an option on a further 12. French President Francois Hollande oversaw the signing.
    (AFP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Senegal said it will send 2,100 troops to Saudi Arabia as part of an international coalition combating Houthi rebels in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Somalia's al Shabaab militants stormed a police station in the country's semi-autonomous region of Puntland and killed 3 policemen.
    (Reuters, 5/5/15)
2015        May 4, In Syria a small group of insurgents, including a suicide bomber, carried out an attack in Damascus targeting a Syrian military logistics and supply facility.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, A series of raids, codenamed "COBRA III" and organized by Thailand, began across Asia, Africa and Europe. By May 27 they resulted in more than 300 arrests and over 600 seizures of assorted wildlife contraband — from several tons of ivory and rhino horns to whale ribs and sea horses.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        May 4, Thailand police arrested two Padang Besar deputy village chiefs and a member of the Padang Besar municipal council a day earlier. They faced a variety of charges related to human trafficking. Police said they also arrested a Myanmar citizen, Zaw Naing Anu (40), or Anwar, who had previously been arrested in Thailand for fraud and for kidnapping Rohingyas.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Ukraine's army said two soldiers have died in renewed bouts of fighting in the east, where skirmishes between government and separatist forces are increasing and intensifying despite a February peace deal.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, In Yemen heavy airstrikes hit several airports across the country, as a Saudi-led military coalition continued to target the country's Shiite rebels and their allied forces.
    (AP, 5/4/15)

2015        May 5, The US EPA released a final cleanup plan for the Montana towns of Libby and Troy where asbestos dust from a W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine caused widespread illness.
    (SFC, 5/6/15, p.A7)
2015        May 5, New York state announced that it will begin using the Uniform Bar Examination, next summer. The standard was already used in 15 other states.
    (SFC, 5/6/15, p.A7)
2015        May 5, Burundi's constitutional court validated the president's controversial bid for a third term but the deputy president of the court, who fled to Rwanda ahead of the ruling, called it unconstitutional.
    (AP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, Canada said it hit a record Can$3.0 billion (US$2.5 billion) deficit in March amid slumping energy exports.
    (AFP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, Armed factions in Central African Republic agreed to free all child soldiers and other children used as sex slaves or menial workers, boosting UN-driven efforts at national reconciliation after two years of turmoil.
    (Reuters, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, China said it will expand its bans on coal burning to include suburban areas as well as city centers in efforts to tackle air pollution.
    (Reuters, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, Shanghai, China, announced new rules to keep the spouses and children of top government officials from entering private business and profiting from their government connections.
    (SFC, 5/6/15, p.A2)
2015        May 5, In France four robbers looted 17.5 million euros in jewelry and watches from a boutique in the resort town of Cannes at the Cartier boutique on the beachfront promenade known as the Croisette.
    (AFP, 5/7/15)
2015        May 5, It was reported that Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta.
    (AFP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, In Iraq a car bomb blast near the Baghdad headquarters of a Shiite militia fighting the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq killed at least 4 civilians.
    (AFP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, In Iraq Raad al-Jubbouri, a journalist critical of the government, was shot dead at his home in Baghdad with a single bullet wound to the chest after he received threats.
    (Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 5, In Northern Ireland Gerard "Jock" Davison (47), former Irish Republican Army commander, was shot to death in Belfast. Northern Ireland police the next day arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the killing.
    (AP, 5/5/15)(AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 5, In Italy 652 migrants from Ghana, Nigeria and Gambia arrived aboard the Italian navy ship Bettica. The Phoenix, a 130-foot refitted yacht, arrived in Pozzallo, Sicily, with 369 mostly Eritrean migrants who were rescued by the crew of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station.
    (AP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, In Jordan thousands of soldiers from 18 countries took part in military drills jointly overseen by the US army.
    (AFP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, In eastern Lebanon Hezbollah fighters and gunmen from al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front clashed near the border with Syria. Hezbollah fighters captured a Syrian village near the border with Lebanon.
    (Reuters, 5/5/15)(AP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, Saudi King Salman announced the establishment of a center to coordinate humanitarian assistance for Yemen, and invited the United Nations to join in relief work for the Arab country.
    (Reuters, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, Thailand police found two more camps believed to have held human trafficking victims — one recently abandoned and the other containing a buried skeleton.
    (AP, 5/5/15)
2015        May 5, Yemen's Houthi rebels fired mortars and Katyusha rockets at the Saudi city of Najran, killing at least 3 civilians. A husband and wife were killed as a missile from war-torn Yemen struck their building in the Jazan region. Five soldiers were reported captured.
    (AP, 5/5/15)(Reuters, 5/6/15)(AFP, 5/6/15)

2015        May 6, A US government watchdog said nearly 160 IRS workers per year have been found to have willfully evaded taxes over a 10-year period.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.A8)
2015        May 6, At Cape Canaveral, Florida, SpaceX completed a successful test of its new launch escape system for astronauts using a dummy in a 1.5 minute test flight.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.A11)
2015        May 6, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that puts an end to a requirement that a corn-based additive be mixed into fuel sold in the state. A 10% ethanol blend in its gas has been required since 2006.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.A8)
2015        May 6, The Chicago City Council voted 42-0 to approve a $5.5 million reparations fund for torture victims of the notorious police commander Jon Burge and his so-called midnight crew of rogue detectives (1972-1991).
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.A10)
2015        May 6, In North Dakota an oil train derailed and ten cars caught fire near Heimdal.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.A8)
2015        May 6, Afghan officials said as many as 10,000 families have fled their homes as Taliban insurgents and government forces prepared for a major battle for control of the southern fringes of Kunduz city.
    (Reuters, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, An Afghan judge sentenced four men to death for the March 19 mob killing of a woman accused of burning a Koran. Eight defendants were jailed for 16 years for participating in the attack in which a crowd beat and kicked the woman, named Farkhunda (27), and set her body on fire in Kabul. Nineteen police officers were also on trial, accused of standing by and doing nothing to stop the violence. Their verdicts and sentencing are due later in the week. On July 1 An appeals court set aside death sentences for the four men convicted in the mob killing. Three of those had their sentences reduced to 20 years in jail, while the fourth was re-sentenced to 10 years.
    (Reuters, 5/6/15)(Reuters, 7/2/15)
2015        May 6, The UN said nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighboring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.
    (Reuters, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, In Austria two local trains collided head-on in Graz, killing one of the drivers and injuring eight people, including two who were in a critical condition.
    (AFP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, Chile’s Pres. Michelle Bachelet asked her entire cabinet to resign.
    (Econ, 5/9/15, p.32)
2015        May 6, The UN mission in Congo DRC said four missing peacekeepers have been found following an attack that left 2 others dead.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.A2)
2015        May 6, The Egyptian military shot dead 3 Palestinian gunmen who infiltrated through a smuggling tunnel in the Sinai town of Rafah. One policeman was killed and five others wounded in clashes with supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in a Nile Delta city.
    (AFP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, German authorities conducted raids across the country, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers.
    (AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, In Germany a Berlin court overturned a federal entry ban on a group of nationalist Russian bikers planning to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago by riding their motorcycles through the capital to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
    (AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, Greece managed to make a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund, as its long-stalled bailout negotiations appeared to make some progress.
    (AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, In India Bollywood star Salman Khan (49) was sentenced to five years in jail on charges of driving a vehicle over five men sleeping on a sidewalk and killing one in 2002. The hit-and-run case has dragged on for more than 12 years.
    (AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, Israel approved construction of 900 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem as PM Benjamin Netanyahu pieced together a 5-party coalition government that will include the far-right Jewish Home, which strongly backs settlement building and opposes a Palestinian state. The coalition will hold a parliamentary majority of just a single seat.
    (AFP, 5/7/15)(Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 6, The Kenya Red Cross said some 75 people have been killed in four days of cattle raids and revenge attacks in northern districts.
    (AFP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, Lebanese Hezbollah militants attacked a gathering of leaders of Syria's Nusra Front and other insurgents in an area near Lebanon's eastern border with Syria, killing 3 of them.
    (Reuters, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, Lithuania launched a military exercise to simulate an attack on its new gas terminal.
    (Reuters, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, In Macedonia violent clashes overnight between protesters and police in Skopje left 38 police officers and one protester injured after more than 1,000 people had gathered in front of the government building to protest the 2011 death of Martin Neskoski (22). He was killed in a police beating during post-election celebrations.
    (AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, Nigerian troops rescued 25 more children and women from Boko Haram early today as the soldiers destroyed seven more of the extremists' camps in the northeastern Sambisa Forest stronghold.
    (AP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Yemeni provinces near the Saudi border overnight, killing at least 43 civilians. Another 9 people were killed and 18 were wounded in air strikes on a police academy in Dhamar province. Aid agencies warned that fuel shortages could halt their efforts to tackle Yemen's humanitarian crisis. Houthi fighters entered Aden's al-Tawahi district, one of the last strongholds of supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Fighting across Yemen killed 120 people, mostly civilians, including at least 40 who were trying to flee Aden in a boat that was struck by Houthi shells.
    (Reuters, 5/6/15)(AFP, 5/6/15)(Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 6, In Syria at least 16 members of the Syrian Kurdish security forces were killed in an Islamic State group attack on a base in the northeastern province of Hasakeh.
    (AFP, 5/6/15)
2015        May 6, Ukraine said that 5 government soldiers were killed over the last 24 hours as fresh clashes rumbled on despite the resumption of talks between the government and rebels over a battered truce deal.
    (AFP, 5/6/15)

2015        May 7, A US federal appeals court said bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal because it wasn’t authorized by Congress.
    (SFC, 5/8/15, p.A6)
2015        May 7, Residents of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and northern Texas cleaned up after overnight storms spawned 51 tornadoes that left at least one person dead.
    (SFC, 5/8/15, p.A8)
2015        May 7, In North Dakota jurors in Bismarck found Sanjay Williams (25) of Jamaica guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering for his role in a lottery scam that cost victims millions of dollars around the country. About a dozen other defendants were awaiting extradition from Jamaica.
    (SFC, 5/8/15, p.A6)
2015        May 7, Britain held general elections. PM David Cameron won a stunning election victory. The Conservatives won 331 of 650 seats. Cameron will form the first majority Conservative government since John Major's surprise victory in 1992. Labor won 232 seats. The Scottish National Party (SNP) obliterated its opponents, taking 56 of Scotland's 59 seats in the Westminster parliament.
    (AP, 5/7/15)(Reuters, 5/8/15)(SSFC, 5/10/15, p.A4)
2015        May 7, In Burundi at least 4 people were killed in clashes over the president's bid for a third term. Protesters burned a man alive in Bujumbura, saying he was a member of the ruling party's youth wing which had attacked them during their demonstrations.
    (AFP, 5/7/15)(Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, Canada released on bail Omar Khadr (28), a Canada-born former Guantanamo bay inmate. He had been convicted in 2010 of throwing a grenade that mortally wounded a US soldier during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan and in 2012 was sent to Canada to complete an 8-year sentence.
    (SFC, 5/8/15, p.A2)
2015        May 7, In Canada Randy Janzen wrote on Facebook that he had killed his 19-year-old daughter because of lifelong migraines that made her depressive. He also killed his wife and sister, before burning himself to death in a Vancouver suburb.
    (AFP, 5/8/15)
2015        May 7, Finland's likely next prime minister Juha Sipila said that he plans to form a government coalition with the populist, eurosceptic The Finns Party, which wants a tougher line on eurozone bailouts and tighter immigration restrictions.
    (Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, German media reported that Germany has halted its Internet surveillance for the US National Security Agency (NSA) in response to a row over the BND intelligence agency's cooperation with Washington.
    (Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, The leader of Germany's GDL train drivers' union said its seven-day strike would continue and rejected the latest offer by rail operator Deutsche Bahn for mediation in a dispute over pay and negotiating rights.
    (Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, Germany's Siemens says it will cut another 4,500 jobs to streamline its business and improve profitability.
    (AP, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, Youths in Guinea's capital blocked roads with burning tires and clashed with security forces, raising pressure on President Alpha Conde ahead of talks with the opposition aimed at resolving a dispute over the timing of elections.
    (Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, The WHO said the number of Ebola cases reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone had dropped to its lowest total last week with nine in each country.
    (SFC, 5/8/15, p.A2)
2015        May 7, In Iraq the Islamic State jihadist group launched a fresh offensive against the Baiji refinery, the largest in the country.
    (AFP, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, In Italy a fire badly damaged part of Rome's Fiumicino airport and closed it to most traffic.
    (AP, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, It was reported that Kuwait plans to order 28 Super Hornet advanced fighter jets worth $3 billion from Boeing.
    (AFP, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, In Libya 2 people were killed when a rocket hit a residential building in the Benghazi, bringing the death toll from recent fighting to at least 53 people in the past five weeks.
    (Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, In northern Mexico police seized nearly $2.9 million in cash that was apparently in transit to a criminal gang in Villagran, Tamaulipas state. Three suspects were arrested.
    (AP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 7, Romania’s PM Victor Ponta said the European Union has suspended 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) in funding for Romanian projects because of allegations of corruption and irregularities.
    (AP, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, Saudi Arabia offered a five-day humanitarian truce to the Houthi militia it has hit with weeks of air strikes in neighboring Yemen, on condition that fighting across Yemen stops.
    (Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015        May 7, The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters captured a mountainous area on Syria's border with Lebanon and killed dozens of insurgents including from al Qaeda's Nusra Front wing. 4 government soldiers were beheaded by IS as the jihadists seized a key checkpoint in Deir Ezzor near its military air base. At least six civilians were killed in attacks in Aleppo city. In Aleppo province a fierce attack by IS on the regime's Kweyris military airport left 7 pro-government forces dead. An explosion in the Billi military airport killed 13 regime soldiers, including the base's head.   
    (Reuters, 5/7/15)(Reuters, 5/8/15)
2015        May 7, Organizers of the Miss Zimbabwe pageant said they are investigating 25-year-old Emily Kachote two weeks into her reign after photos that allegedly show her nude appeared on the Internet.
    (AP, 5/7/15)

2015        May 8, In Georgia a small passenger plane crashed in I-285 near Atlanta, killing all 4 people aboard.
    (SFC, 5/9/15, p.A7)
2015        May 8, In eastern Afghanistan gunmen killed a police officer and a civilian at a cricket match and kidnapped 36 people in Paktia province. All but three of the abductees were soon freed.
    (AP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 8, An Australian teen (17) was arrested in a joint federal-state police counterterrorism operation at his home in the Melbourne suburb of Greenvale where three explosive devices were found.
    (AP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 8, Bosnian Serb authorities said they have requested detention for eight terrorism suspects arrested two days ago but have released 23 others arrested at the same time.
    (AP, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, In Burkina Faso Pierre Zerbo, the head of one of the country’s largest banks, was arrested on suspicion of having embezzled billions CFA francs.
    (AFP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 8, In Congo DRC at least 7 bodies were killed in Matembo, North Kivu Province. A series of massacres in the area has left more than 300 people dead in the last seven months.
    (AFP, 5/9/15)(AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 8, In Denmark four city buses were destroyed in a pre-dawn fire and a fifth was vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti at a bus depot in Copenhagen.
    (AP, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, In Germany a group of Russian nationalist bikers known as the Night Wolves and their supporters took part in ceremony in Berlin marking the Allied victory over the Nazis in World War II.
    (AP, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, In Guatemala vice president Roxana Baldetti (52) said in a resignation letter that she is giving up her immunity from prosecution and promised "to collaborate with all investigations" into a graft scheme. Baldetti's former aide, Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, is alleged to have been the ringleader of a scheme to defraud the state of millions of dollars by taking bribes in exchange for lower customs duties.
    (AP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 8, In India Maoist rebels rounded up some 250 villagers in Chhattisgarh state's Sukma district late today and held them in nearby forests. The rebels were protesting the construction of a bridge.
    (AP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 8, In eastern Iraq a twin bomb attack on a Shiite mosque killed at least 11 people including a senior policeman in Balad Ruz, Diyala province. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility. A third suicide bomber in Kanaan killed 4 people with at least 18 wounded.
    (AP, 5/8/15)(AFP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 8, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked a business school with gunfire and two bomb blasts before being overcome by security forces in Potiskum.
    (AP, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, A jihadist group that recently emerged in the Gaza Strip claimed a mortar attack on a base belonging to the Islamist Hamas movement in charge of the blockaded territory.
    (AFP, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats to inspect a tourism project crashed killing 7 people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors. 17 people were on board the Mi-17 when it crashed into a school in Gilgit and caught fire. The
Taliban later claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 5/8/15)(AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 8, Puntland lawmaker Said Hussein Nur was shot dead as he left a mosque after evening prayers. Al-Shebab claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 8, In Syria fierce battles between regime forces and the Islamic State jihadist group continued in eastern Syria with 34 fighters dead in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, Syria's state news agency quoted an archaeology official as saying that authorities have confiscated and reclaimed 6,000 looted antiquities trafficked by smugglers outside the country.
    (AP, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, Thailand's police chief announced the arrest of a powerful provincial mayor and said 50 police officers are being investigated in a widening human trafficking scandal spanning four Asian countries. Police said 111 suspected Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been found in southern Songkhla province.
    (AP, 5/8/15)(Reuters, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, Newly released images showed Vietnam has carried out significant land reclamation at two sites in the disputed South China Sea, though the scale and pace is dwarfed by that of China.
    (Reuters, 5/8/15)
2015        May 8, In Yemen the Saudi-led coalition declared the rebel stronghold of Saada a war zone and said its entire territory would from now on be considered a "military target," urging all civilians to leave by 7 p.m. local time.
    (AP, 5/8/15)

2015        May 9, In Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen (34) and Liquori Tate (25) were shot and taken to a hospital where they were confirmed dead. Brothers Curtis Banks (26) and Marvin Banks (29) were arrested the next day over the killing. Joanie Calloway (22) was also charged with two counts of capital murder. A fourth man, identified as Cornelius Clark, was also arrested in connection with the case and booked on an obstruction of justice charge. Three more people were soon arrested in the case.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)(Reuters, 5/11/15)(SSFC, 5/17/15, p.A8)
2015        May 9, In New York state a transformer fire at the Indian Point nuclear power plant caused oil to leak into the Hudson River and forced an automatic shutdown of the plant.
    (SFC, 5/11/15, p.A6)
2015        May 9, Afghan officials said the bodies of 18 foreigners have been retrieved from the battlefield around Kunduz city, found to be from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Chechnya.
    (AP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, Burundi's leading opposition figure, Agathon Rwasa, registered to run in a coming presidential election against Pierre Nkurunziza, whose quest for a third term has sparked two weeks of protests. The government ordered "insurgents" to end weeks of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term bid and ordered all barricades to be removed within 48 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/9/15)(AFP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, Colombia’s Pres. Juan Manuel Santos said he is halting the use of an herbicide that has been a key part of US-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops following a WHO decision to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen.
    (SSFC, 5/10/15, p.A3)
2015        May 9, Two Colombian soldiers were killed in clashes with leftist ELN rebels in the northeastern town of Cubara. The soldiers were trying to dismantle oil infrastructure that the ELN is building in the area.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 9, An Egyptian court sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in jail without parole in the retrial of a corruption case. 3 policemen and a retired officer were shot dead by gunmen in separate incidents in the Sinai peninsula.
    (Reuters, 5/9/15)(AFP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, In France crowds of protesters, many dressed in Jamaican colors, made their way through the streets of Paris from the Place de la Republique to Bastille calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 9, In central India Maoist rebels killed one villager and released around 250 others they had held for a day to stop the construction of a bridge.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 9, In Iraq a car bomb blast targeting Shiite pilgrims on an annual march to a Baghdad shrine killed at least 7 people and wounded 20. Some 50 inmates and 12 police were killed and 40 inmates escaped in a bloody prison break in Khalis. The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for both events.
    (AFP, 5/9/15)(Reuters, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies conducted 28 air strikes against Islamic State with 15 in Syria and 13 in Iraq in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, In Italy the Venice Biennale contemporary art fair opened for a seven-month run. It was curated by Okwui Enwezor, a Nigerian art critic and museum director.
    (AP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, In northern Macedonia explosions and heavy gunfire rocked a suburb of Kumanovo as police moved against what authorities described as an "armed group", heightening fears of instability in the ex-Yugoslav republic. 8 police and 14 members a group of ethnic Albanian veterans of insurgencies in ex-Yugoslavia were killed in a day-long gun battle. Over 30 people were arrested.
    (Reuters, 5/9/15)(Reuters, 5/10/15)
2015        May 9, In Russia thousands of troops marched across Moscow's Red Square and tanks rumbled through streets to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, an event boycotted by Western leaders over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.
    (Reuters, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, The Saudi-led coalition struck northern provinces of Yemen in a third consecutive night of heavy air strikes. More than 100 air strikes hit areas of Saada and Hajjah provinces, including the districts of Haradh, Maidi and Bakil al-Mir.
    (Reuters, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, In South Sudan Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross evacuated their staff from the rebel-held town of Leer in the south of Unity State fearing clashes between the rebels and government troops.
    (AP, 5/9/15)
2015        May 9, In southwestern Spain a military transport plane crashed near Seville airport, killing 4 of six Airbus crew members. The Airbus A400M military transport plane had been ordered by Turkey.
    (AP, 5/9/15)(Reuters, 5/9/15)(SSFC, 5/10/15, p.A3)
2015        May 9, In Switzerland a gunman (36) killed 3 relatives and a neighbor in a late-night rampage in in Wuerenlingen before turning his weapon on himself.
    (Reuters, 5/10/15)(SFC, 5/11/15, p.A2) sc   
2015        May 9, Turkish former president Kenan Evren (97), convicted last year for his key role in the country's bloody 1980 coup, died in Ankara.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 9, The UN World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia Ebola-free, hailing the "monumental" achievement in the west African country where the virus has killed more than 4,700 people.
    (AFP, 5/9/15)

2015        May 9-2015 May 14, In Mexico at least 16 people disappeared during a takeover by vigilantes allegedly linked to a drug gang in Chilapa, Guerrero state. On May 20 federal prosecutors said detectives and experts were being sent to look for the victims.
    (AP, 5/21/15)

2015        May 10, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying government employees in Kabul, killing 3 people.
    (Reuters, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, In Burundi one person was killed in a clash with police in Bujumbura, as the government ordered a ban on any further street protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 11, In eastern Congo DRC 6 people were hacked to death in a new attack blamed on Ugandan rebels near Beni.
    (AP, 5/12/15)    (AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 10, Cuban President Raul Castro (83) thanked Pope Francis for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist.
    (Reuters, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, Indonesia's Pres. President Joko Widodo announced the lifting of a travel ban for foreign journalists to the country's easternmost province, a day after freeing five Papuan political prisoners.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, In Indonesia rescuers brought ashore 469 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh after their wooden boat arrived off Aceh.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, In Iraq separate bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 14 people.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah said it had killed over 20 fighters from Syria's al Qaeda wing and destroyed several hideouts and training camps the fighters had set up to launch attacks in Lebanon across the rugged border with Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, Libya's internationally recognised government attacked a Turkish-owned cargo vessel from ground and air, killing a seaman, after it entered territorial waters "without permission".
    (AFP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 10, Poland held presidential elections. Incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski was expected to be re-elected, but not in the first round of balloting. Exit polls showed that Komorowski took just 33 percent of the votes compared to more than 34 percent for Andrzej Duda (42), backed by the right-wing Law and Justice party.
    (AP, 5/10/15)(AP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 10, The South African government said that more rhinos had been poached in 2015 than in the previous year with 393 poached by the end of April.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10,  In South Africa Mmusi Maimane (34) became the leader of the leader of the opposition Democratic Allaince (DA).
    (Econ, 5/16/15, p.44)
2015        May 10, In Syria rebels including an Al-Qaeda affiliate stormed the hospital complex in Jisr al-Shughur, Idlib province, where some 250 regime forces and civilians have been trapped for two weeks. At least 40 rebels and 32 government troops were killed as the Syrian army battled to relieve some 250 besieged regime loyalists under rebel assault.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)(AFP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 10, Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies in the country's splintered armed forces said they would accept a five-day humanitarian cease-fire to allow aid to reach civilians after more than a month of daily airstrikes from a Saudi-led military coalition. A coalition aircraft from Morocco crashed in the Wadi Nushur area in Saada. Houthi TV said air defense operated by tribesmen shot it down.
    (AP, 5/10/15)(AFP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 10, In Yemen First Lieutenant Yassine Bahti (26) of Morocco became the first airman to die since a Saudi-led coalition began bombing Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen on March 26.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)

2015        May 11, The Obama administration approved plans for Shell Oil to drill in the Arctic Chukchi Sea. Shell still needed to secure seven other permits.
    (SFC, 5/12/15, p.A9)
2015        May 11, The governors of Arkansas and Texas declared disasters in parts of their states following tornadoes and flooding that left at least 5 people dead.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 11, In NYC a Christie’s auction sold Pablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” (Version O) for a record $179.4 million. Alberto Giacometti’s “Pointing Man” sculpture sold for a record $141.3 million.
    (SFC, 5/12/15, p.A7)
2015        May 11, In Afghanistan kidnappers released 19 hostages out of a group of 30 that was kidnapped in February, all members of the Hazara ethnic community from the country's southern Zabul province. The 19 were freed in exchange for 22 Uzbeks.
    (AP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 11, In Burundi about 2,000 people marched through a neighborhood of Bujumbura as police looked on, breaking the government's ban on any further street protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in power.
    (AP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 11, In eastern Congo DRC 5 people were hacked to death in a new attack blamed on Ugandan rebels near Beni.
    (AP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 11, Francois Hollande became the first French president to visit Cuba, using a one-day trip to build business and diplomatic relations five months after a detente between Havana and Washington.
    (AP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 11, The presidents of Ghana and Ivory Coast agreed to negotiate an amicable end to issues around their maritime dispute.
    (Reuters, 5/11/15)
2015        May 11, Greece emptied an emergency IMF holding account to repay 750 million euros ($839 million) due to the IMF. Athens used about 650 million euros from the holding account and 100 million euros from its cash reserves to make the payment.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 11, In India an appeals court acquitted Jayaram Jayalalitha (67), a powerful politician in Tamil Nadu, of corruption charges. This cleared the way for her to return to public office. On May 23 she began her 5th spell as chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
    (AP, 5/11/15)( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayalalithaa)
2015        May 11, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities said nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore, warning that yet more desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.
    (AFP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 11, In Kashmir a crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep gorge, killing at least 23 people in the Indian-controlled portion of the country.
    (AP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 11, A Macedonian prosecutor said that 18 citizens of Kosovo were among 30 men charged over a weekend shootout in Macedonia that left 22 people dead, including 8 policemen.
    (AFP, 5/11/15)
2015        May 11, In northern Mali separatist rebels ambushed a military convoy at Tin Telout, 25 miles from Timbuktu. The government said 9 soldiers were killed The Coordination of Movements for Azawad (CMA) said 30 soldiers were killed in the attack.
    (Reuters, 5/11/15)(SFC, 5/12/15, p.A2)
2015        May 11, Niger adopted a law that could see human smugglers facing up to 30 years in prison in an effort to stem the flow of illegal immigrants crossing its borders in hopes of getting to Europe.
    (AP, 5/13/15)
2015        May 11, Saudi-led warplanes pressed air strikes against rebel positions in Yemen, 36 hours before a scheduled five-day pause to allow the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid. The air strikes on a rocket base in Sanaa killed 90 people and wounded 300.
    (AFP, 5/11/15)(Reuters, 5/12/15)

2015        May 12, In Arizona 5 men and women were found shot dead in a Tucson home. Christopher Carillo (25) killed 4 of his family members before fatally shooting himself.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)(SFC, 5/14/15, p.A6)
2015        May 12, In NYC three Somali-born men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to support terrorism.
    (SFC, 5/13/15, p.A5)
2015        May 12, In Pennsylvania an Amtrak derailment late today killed 8 people. Brandon Bostian (32) was at the helm of the train when it derailed while traveling at 106 miles per hour, more than double the limit.
    (AFP, 5/13/15)(SFC, 5/15/15, p.A7)
2015        May 12, In Texas Derrick Dewayne Charles (32) was executed by lethal injection at the Huntsville prison for killing his girlfriend (15), her mother and her grandfather nearly 13 years ago in Houston. This was the state’s 7th execution this year.
    (SFC, 5/13/15, p.A5)
2015        May 12, Verizon announced a $4.4 billion all-cash deal to buy AOL.
    (SFC, 5/13/15, p.C1)
2015        May 12, In Afghanistan Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif promised coordinated military operations with Afghan forces to hunt down militants along their shared border, saying on a visit to Kabul that he condemned a recent Taliban offensive.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, In Bangladesh blogger and banker Ananta Bijoy Das (33) was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three months.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Burundi police opened fire on protesters as President Pierre Nkurunziza defied international pressure to end a controversial third term bid.
    (AFP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Eritrean diplomat Mohammed Idris, from the Red Sea state's mission to the African Union, sought asylum in Ethiopia, citing rights abuses at home.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)
2015        May 12, The European Central Bank raised the cap on emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) that Greek banks can draw from the country's central bank by 1.1 billion euros, taking the ceiling to 80 billion euros.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, French President Francois Hollande arrived in Haiti to sign cooperation agreements and support reconstruction efforts that continue since the deadly 2010 earthquake.
    (AFP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Die Zeit Online reported that Germany's BND intelligence agency sends mammoth amounts of phone and text data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) each month.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Indonesia police said seven people have been arrested on charges of human trafficking including two Indonesians and five Thais.
    (SFC, 5/13/15, p.A2)
2015        May 12, In northern Iraq a bomb blast killed senior Kurdish Maj. Gen. Salah Delmani as well as two of his bodyguards. Delmani was prominent in the fight against the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, In Iraq Abu Alaa al-Afari (aka Abdul Rahman Mustafa Mohammed), the second most senior member of Islamic State, was killed in a coalition air strike on a mosque where he was meeting with other militants at a mosque in Tal Afar. 6 people were killed in two attacks against worshippers walking towards the shrine of Imam Musa Kadhim in northwestern Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/13/15)(AFP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 12, Israel's Supreme Court rejected a petition by residents of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran against their removal and the demolition of the community – in order to construct a new town for Jewish residents in its place.
    (www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.655145)
2015        May 12, Malaysia said it would turn away any more migrant boats packed with Rohingya and Bangladeshis unless they were sinking.
    (AP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Mozambican police seized 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns from a house in the city of Matola. Two Chinese citizens were arrested. Mozambique's elephant population has dropped from just over 20,000 to about 10,300 since 2009.
    (AP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 12, In Myanmar corpses began to wash ashore in Rakhine state. By May 24 47 bodies had washed up on beaches and the mouths of rivers. Some were believed to be Rohingya Muslims and others Bangladeshis trying to escape trafficking ships.
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.A2)
2015        May 12, In Nepal a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least 91 people, bringing down buildings already weakened by a devastating tremor less than three weeks ago and unleashing landslides in Himalayan valleys near Mount Everest. 17 people were reported killed in India.
    (AP, 5/12/15)(Reuters, 5/12/15)(SFC, 5/14/15, p.A2)
2015        May 12, In Nepal an American military UH-1Y Huey helicopter delivering aid in Dolakha went missing with six Marines, two Nepali soldiers and 5 injured passengers on board. Wreckage was found on May 15 with no survivors.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)(Reuters, 5/15/15)(AP, 6/5/15)
2015        May 12, In southwest Pakistan gunmen shot and killed two paramilitary troops and two workers for an army-owned company at a canal construction site in in the Kolachi area of Dera Ismail Khan district.
    (AP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, The Philippines became the first country to come up with national rules governing Uber and other ride-sharing services with new country-wide guidelines for the likes of Uber and GrabTaxi to be published on May 13.
    (AFP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Russian opposition activists said least 220 Russian soldiers have been killed in east Ukraine in a report offering what they called "ample evidence" to rebut President Vladimir Putin's denial his troops are fighting there. The report, the last project of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, also said Russia had spent more than 53 billion rubles ($1.04 billion) in 10 months to fund the conflict and deprived people of 2.75 trillion rubles of money lost to inflation.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, In Singapore Amos Yee (16) was convicted on charges of obscenity and insulting religious feelings related to his posting a video criticizing Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015), the founding father of modern Singapore.
    (SFC, 5/13/15, p.A2)
2015        May 12, In South Africa Lawyers for Human Rights obtained a court order to halt any deportations for two weeks and allow foreigners arrested during recent raids to get access to legal representation after government authorities said they have arrested about 750 immigrants staying illegally in the country.
    (AP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs in a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people. The Aleppo Media Center, based in the city, said at least 35 people were killed. At least 4 people were killed and 17 wounded in a double bomb blast in the central city of Homs.
    (AP, 5/12/15)(AFP, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, Ukraine said 3 government servicemen were killed and one was wounded in separatist eastern territories over the past 24 hours despite a three-month-old ceasefire deal.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 12, In Yemen at least 69 people were killed and 250 others were wounded by explosions after Saudi-led warplanes hit an arms depot a day earlier on the outskirts of Sanaa as bombing continued today.
    (AFP, 5/12/15)

2015        May 13, In NYC Charles Huggins (69), a former music producer, was sentenced to ten years in prison for a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
    (SFC, 5/14/15, p.A6)
2015        May 13, The Bee Informed Partnership said that an annual survey of beekeepers in the US reported losing 42.1% of their colonies in a 12-month period ending in April.
    (SFC, 5/14/15, p.A9)
2015        May 13, In southern Afghanistan gunmen attacked a government compound, setting off hours of clashes in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. In central Kabul an attack on the Park palace guesthouse killed at least 14 people, including 9 foreigners.
    (AP, 5/13/15)(Reuters, 5/14/15)(SFC, 5/15/15, p.A2)
2015        May 13, Bob Randall (81), Aborigine teacher and campaigner, died. He was a victim of the Australian policy (1910-1970) to place half-castes in institutions to civilize and Christianize them.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.90)
2015        May 13, Burundi Major General Godefroid Niyombare said he had deposed President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office, and was working with civil society groups to form a transitional government. Niyombare was fired as Nkurunziza's intelligence chief in February. President Pierre Nkurunziza was abroad at an African summit in Tanzania.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)
2015        May 13, In southern China more than 10,000 workers at a state-owned machinery manufacturer protested low wages and company plans to lay off thousands of staff after posting losses for three years. Workers started taking to the streets of Deyang on May 11 with banners protesting against corrupt and incompetent managers.
    (AP, 5/13/15)
2015        May 13, Chinese state media said forest police in Yunnan province have arrested 10 people for killing a female wild giant panda, buying and selling its parts.
    (AP, 5/13/15)
2015        May 13, In Colombia an accident at El Tunel mine in the northwestern town of Riosucio was likely triggered by an explosion or power outage that disabled pumps used to extract water and supply oxygen to crews. 6 bodies were soon recovered from the flooded gold mine, with 9 people still missing.
    (AP, 5/15/15)(AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 13, In eastern Congo DRC suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Islamist rebel group, killed at least 22 people near Beni, North Kivu province, the third deadly attack on civilians in the region in the last week.
    (Reuters, 5/14/15)
2015        May 13, The UN peacekeeping mission said dozens of Pygmies in Democratic Republic of Congo's southeast have been killed by Bantu militiamen in the past week, in an escalation in a two-year ethnic conflict.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)
2015        May 13, In Egypt 4 soldiers died when a bomb they were trying to diffuse exploded near Rafah. An anti-tank mine nearby killed 4 Bedouin tribesmen.
    (AP, 5/13/15)
2015        May 13, In eastern India Jairam Manjhi (25) and his 16-year-old girlfriend Parvati Kumari were stopped by Kumari's relatives at a railway station in Gaya district as they tried to run away together. The couple were beaten to death and cremated by relatives as a crowd looked on. Police soon arrested one person and searched for 14 others.
    (Reuters, 5/14/15)
2015        May 13, In Ireland two improvised explosive devices were found and disarmed near Leitrim and other bomb-making equipment was found elsewhere as 20 searches were conducted ahead of a planned visit by Britain's Prince Charles. Six men were arrested for suspected terrorist offenses.
    (AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 13, Japan-based Toyota and Mazda announced an expansion of their partnership and a joint committee to figure out how best to work together.
    (SFC, 5/14/15, p.C6)
2015        May 13, In the Netherlands an appeals court cleared Albert Heringa of any criminal responsibility for helping his mother (90) take her life in 2008.
    (SFC, 5/14/15, p.A2)
2015        May 13, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram fighters launched an attack on Maiduguri, ‎but were repelled by government troops after intense clashes. At least 12 people were killed. Boko Haram fighters raided Bale and killed 25 people. At least 30 people were killed by Boko Haram in Kayamla village and surrounding settlements.
    (AFP, 5/14/15)(Reuters, 5/15/15)(AFP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 13, In Karachi, Pakistan, gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on commuters, killing 44 people. Jundullah militants, affiliated with the Islamic State, claimed responsibility. All the passengers were Ismailis, a minority Shi'ite Muslim sect.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)(AFP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 13, In the Philippines at least 72 people were killed and dozens more feared dead after a fire tore through a factory producing flip-flops in Manila’s industrial suburb of Valenzuela.
    (AFP, 5/13/15)(AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 13, In Qatar women won two of the 29 seats up for grabs on the municipal council, the only directly elected body in the Gulf nation.
    (AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 13, King Salman doubled Saudi Arabia's aid commitment to Yemen to $540 million on the first day of a humanitarian pause in a bombing campaign it has led. A jet-fighter from the Saudi-led coalition struck a military convoy belonging to Shiite rebels and their allies in southern Yemen, straining the humanitarian, five-day cease-fire.
    (AFP, 5/13/15)(AP, 5/13/15)
2015        May 13, In South Korea a soldier (24) shot fellow reservists at a mandatory training session in Seoul, killing 2 and injuring two others before killing himself.
    (AP, 5/13/15)
2015        May 13, In Syria at least 28 regime forces and 20 IS fighters were reported killed in overnight battles in Homs province as IS militants captured areas of Al-Sukhnah town and its surroundings.
    (AFP, 5/13/15)
2015        May 13, The London Guardian reported that a three-year operation to smuggle official documents out of Syria has produced enough evidence to prosecute pres. Bashar Asad and 24 senior members of his government on war crimes.
    (SSFC, 5/17/15, p.A4)
2015        May 13, The Vatican said it has concluded its first treaty that formally recognizes the State of Palestine, with an agreement on Catholic Church activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. It will be officially signed by the respective authorities in the near future.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)

2015        May 14, In Washington DC businessman Savvas Savopoulos, president and CEO of American Iron Works, a building materials company in Maryland, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and the family's housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa -- were found bound and bludgeoned after a fire gutted the millionaire's mansion. On May 21 Daron Dylon Wint (34) was arrested along with three other men and two women following a DNA lead gleaned from a pizza crust.
    (AFP, 5/22/15)
2015        May 14, B.B. King (89), Mississippi-born blues guitarist and 15-time Grammy winner, died in Las Vegas.
    (SFC, 5/16/15, p.E1)
2015        May 14, Franz Wright (62), American Pulitzer Prize winning poet, died in Waltham, Mass. He was the son of James Wright, another Pulitzer Prize winning poet.
    (SFC, 5/16/15, p.A6)
2015        May 14, British police said more than 700 potential terror suspects have traveled to Syria from the UK to fight or support extremists, and about half are believed to have returned.
    (AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, Burundi's armed forces chief announced that an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza had failed, although the claim was quickly denied by opponents of the central African nation's leader. Rival factions of Burundi's army fought intense battles for control of the capital. 12 soldiers who backed the coup were killed. Pres, Nkurunziza returned to Burundi and a deputy coup leader said the attempted coup has failed.
    (AFP, 5/14/15)(Reuters, 5/15/15)
2015        May 14, In the Central African Republic armed groups of Christian and Muslim militia freed more than 350 child soldiers.
    (SFC, 5/15/15, p.A2)
2015        May 14, Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Indian PM Narendra Modi in his ancestral home town at the start of a three-day visit to China as the two Asian giants work to boost economic ties despite decades of mistrust.
    (Reuters, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired warning shots at the Alpine Eternity, a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf, which had collided on March 22 with an Iranian oil rig. The Iranian boats then departed the area after UAE authorities deployed coast guard boats in response to calls for help.
    (AFP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, In Iraq deadly violence erupted overnight when Shiite worshippers marched through a Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad on their way to a shrine for an annual ritual. Police said four people were burned to death trapped inside their torched homes.
    (AFP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, Japan's cabinet approved a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military, as the pacifist country redefines its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region.
    (AFP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, In eastern Libya random shelling of residential areas in Benghazi killed 8 people from one family, including 7 children.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 14, Lithuania said the Baltic states will formally ask NATO to deploy several thousand troops as a deterrent to Russia, but the alliance gave no assurance that the request would be accepted.
    (AFP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, Malaysia turned away two crammed migrant boats filled with Rohingya and Bangladeshis abandoned at sea by traffickers. Thailand kept at bay a large vessel with hundreds of hungry people.
    (AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, Mali's Tuareg-led rebels signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government as a gesture of "good faith" to end decades of separatist fighting, but wanted more guarantees before signing a final accord.
    (Reuters, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, In Mexico a mayoral candidate in the Yurecuaro municipality of Michoacan was shot dead by a group of armed men just before a campaign rally.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/video/mexico-mayoral-candidate-shot-killed-053901361.html)
2015        May 14, In Mexico five children aged 11 to 15 stoned, stabbed and buried a six-year-old boy on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state. The boy was found in a shallow grave by a stream May 16.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 14, Pakistani warplanes pounded militant strongholds late today in the North Waziristan tribal region along the Afghan border, killing at least 15 suspected militants. The paramilitary Frontier Corps killed 13 suspected "terrorists" in the Splinji and Johan areas of Baluchistan after they came under fire during a search operation.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 14, Philippine troops overran a bomb factory of Abu Sayyaf militants after a firefight that killed 3 insurgents and a soldier on Basilan Island.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 14, The OECD ranked Singapore as No. 1 in the world for providing its citizens with the best comprehensive education. Asia took the five top spots and the USA was ranked No. 28.
    (SSFC, 5/17/15, p.A4)
2015        May 14, In Syria jihadists from the Islamic State group executed 26 civilians after overrunning their villages near the ancient city of Palmyra.
    (AFP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, In southern Thailand at least a dozen bombs exploded, wounding several people in and around Yala where ethnic Malay insurgents are active.
    (Reuters, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, In northern Yemen a helicopter gunship belonging to the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels struck a truck early today, killing 9 people.
    (AP, 5/14/15)
2015        May 14, Yemeni tribesmen, who refer to themselves as "Sons of Hadramawt," distributed pamphlets saying qat chewing is banned and that violators "will be held fully responsible under Shariah law".
    (AP, 5/15/15)

2015        May 15, Washington DC rabbi Bernard "Barry" Freundel (63), who admitted setting up cameras to spy on women as they prepared for Jewish ritual baths, was sentenced to more than six years in prison.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 15, In Massachusetts a jury sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (21) to death for the April 15, 2013 bombing. The case was likely to go through years of appeals.
    (AP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 15, It was reported that an annual study by the AFL-CIO showed CEOs making 373 times what the average American worker earned. The disparity was down from 525 in 2010.
    (SFC, 5/15/15, p.C2)
2015        May 15, Bosnian prosecutors brought terror charges against 12 Bosnians suspected of having fought for the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, Cambodia, a Russian fugitive, was arrested today for living illegally in the Southeast Asian country after he was accused of embezzling $175 million in his homeland. Sergei Polonsky was arrested in coastal Sihanoukville because his visa has been expired for two years. On May 17 Polonsky was put on a flight to Moscow.
    (AP, 5/15/15)    (AP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 15, China and India proposed fresh measures to stabilize their border during PM Narendra Modi's visit to China. India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has ordered a mountain strike force to be 25-30,000 strong, initially planned at 90,000.
    (Reuters, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, In China prosecutors in Beijing formally charged lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a giant in the weiquan (rights protection) movement with inciting ethnic hatred or discrimination, picking quarrels and provoking troubles. He had been in custody for more than a year.
    (Econ, 5/23/15, p.35)
2015        May 15, in north-central China a bus fell from a cliff in Shaanxi province. 25 people were killed instantly and 10 died in a hospital.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, In El Salvador say 14 people were killed dead and 10 others injured when a cargo truck loaded with heavy machinery crashed into a pickup full of people returning from a funeral.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, A French court sentenced Gilles Le Guen (60) to eight years behind bars for fighting alongside an Al-Qaeda group in Mali. The former member of the French merchant navy was arrested by special forces in late April 2013.
    (AFP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, In Indonesia more than 1,000 weak, hungry people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh came ashore, describing murder, extortion and near starvation after surviving a harrowing journey at sea. Dozens were reported killed in violent clashes between the Bangladeshis and Rohingya on board. A group of 106 people were found on a Thai island.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, In Iraq Islamic State fighters seized the government compound in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and edged closer to what would be their biggest victory in Iraq this year. The IS claimed to have killed 13 Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a hill east of Ramadi and executed 14 Sunni tribal fighters when it took over the central neighborhood of Jamiya.
    (AFP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, Luxermbourg PM xavier Bettel married Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect, in the first same-sex marriage of an EU leader.
    (SFC, 5/16/15, p.A2)
2015        May 15, Mali gathered regional heads-of-state, government officials and armed groups for a largely ceremonial signing of a peace accord expected to go ahead without the main Tuareg-led rebel alliance.
    (AFP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, In Mexico authorities in Jalisco state disarmed police in two towns in the area where a military helicopter was shot down on May 1 during an operation against the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel. 8 people on the aircraft died.
    (AP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 15, Myanmar's parliament extended martial law for three months in a region along its border with China as clashes between government troops and a rebel group continue.
    (Reuters, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, In Nigeria suspected Boko Haram insurgents launched a quick strike on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
    (Reuters, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, The Polish Foreign Ministry said that it was processing payments, ordered last July by the European Court of Human Rights, of a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country in 2002-2003.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, Senior Romanian minister Liviu Dragnea was convicted of electoral fraud over a 2012 attempt to impeach a president and political rival, a judgment that dealt a blow to PM Victor Ponta's efforts to demonstrate to the EU a hard line on graft.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, Russia said it wants 1.163 billion euros ($1.32 billion) from France in compensation for cancelling a contract to deliver two Mistral helicopter carriers. Paris was offering to pay 785 million euros.
    (Reuters, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, South Sudanese military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said government troops have been ordered to pursue rebels in Jonglei state as well as south of Unity state. Earlier this week the UN announced there were credible reports of atrocities being carried out, including killing of civilians, rape and the torching of 28 villages. Rebels in launched a large-scale attack on the strategic northern oil hub and state capital of Malakal.
    (AP, 5/15/15)(AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 15, Syria's army dispatched reinforcements to Palmyra in a bid to push back jihadists who advanced to within touching distance of the ancient city.
    (AFP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, US special forces carried out a late night raid inside Syria at al-Omar. A man identified as Abu Sayyaf, a senior Islamic State leader who helped direct the group's oil, gas and financial operations, was among those killed. The US operation killed 32 members of IS, among them four officials.
    (Reuters, 5/16/15)(AFP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 15, Turkey arrested the powerful former police chief of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and nine others as part of a case into eavesdropping of top officials.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 15, The UN refugee agency said more than 105,000 people have fled Burundi to Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, following an attempted coup and protests.
    (Reuters, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, In Yemen at least 10 people were killed in heavy clashes despite a five-day humanitarian truce. Aid distribution to the millions deprived of food, fuel and medicine by weeks of fighting and air strikes continued.
    (Reuters, 5/15/15)

2015        May 16, In southern California Hao Zhang was arrested after arriving from China fro a scientific conference. A 32-page indictment charged him and five others, stil in China, with economic espionage in a case that went back to 2006.
    (SFC, 5/20/15, p.A10)
2015        May 16, In Washington state hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port.
    (Reuters, 5/17/15)
2015        May 16, In eastern Afghanistan Taliban militants blocked roads in Paktia province, forcing cars to stop and kidnapping the occupants at gunpoint. Six people were still being held out of the 22 initially abducted.
    (AP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, Burundi officials said five generals have been arrested for plotting a failed coup led by Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare, who remained in hiding.
    (SSFC, 5/17/15, p.A2)
2015        May 16, In China Indian PM Narendra Modi got down to business on the final day of his trip, saying his country was open for investment as firms signed deals worth more than $22 billion.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, In northern China a chemical leak killed 8 people and injured two others in Yangcheng County, Shanxi province. The carbon disulfide leak occurred at a plant belonging to the Ruixing chemical company.
    (AP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 16, An Egyptian court sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi to death for his role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. Over 100 others were also sentenced to death. Gunmen killed two judges and a prosecutor in the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, In western Germany a train hit the trailer of a tractor at a road crossing, killing the train driver and one passenger and injuring at least 20 others near Ibbenbueren.
    (AP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, Guatemalans jammed onto the capital's streets to voice anger over corruption that permeates the government, demanding jail time for the guilty and calling for President Otto Perez Molina to resign.
    (AP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, In Guyana former army brigadier David Granger (69) was sworn in as the new president after his multiracial opposition coalition narrowly won a national election. His election ended 23 years of rule by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
    (Reuters, 5/17/15)(Econ, 5/23/15, p.28)
2015        May 16, In Iraq Islamic State militants withdrew from the main government building in Ramadi as air strikes by a US-led coalition forced the militants to retreat.
    (Reuters, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, A small Lithuanian plane with two pilots disappeared from radar some two hours after takeoff from Sweden’s southwestern city of Goteborg.
    (AP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 16, Moldovans marched from a central square in Chisinau past parliament shouting "Good bye, Russia! Don't forget Bessarabia is not yours!" using the historical name for Moldova, urging the reunification of the former Soviet republic with neighboring Romania.
    (AP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, In northeastern Nigeria a girl aged about 12 carried out a suicide attack at a bus station, killing 7 people and injuring 31 in Damaturu. The deputy governor in neighboring Borno state said Marte, located on a strategic trading route between Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon and Chad, had fallen to Islamists.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, In Pakistan missiles fired from a US drone struck a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing 5 militants. 3 of the militants killed were Uzbeks and the other two were Pakistanis.
    (AP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 16, Russia lost a Mexican satellite on launch just hours after a glitch with a maneuver involving the International Space Station, the latest in a string of embarrassing failures for its troubled space program.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, In Syria Islamic State group said that its fighters have seized full control of Saker Island in the Euphrates River north of Deir el-Zour, the northeastern province divided between areas held by the group and the government. The Islamic State group seized control of the northern part of Syria's ancient desert city of Palmyra after fierce clashes with government forces.
    (AP, 5/16/15)(AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, A boat crammed with migrants was towed out to sea by the Thai navy and then held up by Malaysian vessels, the latest round of "maritime ping-pong" by Asian states determined not to let asylum seekers come ashore.
    (Reuters, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, Turkish military jets shot down a Syrian aircraft after it violated Turkey's airspace.
    (Reuters, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, Turkmenistan state media reported the pardon of 1,202 Turkmen prisoners and 13 foreigners in an amnesty.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, Ukraine said a government soldier was killed and three were wounded in fighting between government forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in turn reported violations of the ceasefire by Ukrainian forces. Ukraine's military detained two Russian servicemen.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)(Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 16, Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an "angel of peace" during a meeting at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See's warm relations with the Palestinians as it prepares to canonize Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, two 19th century nuns from the region.
    (AP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 16, In southern Yemen fierce clashes between rebels and pro-government forces killed dozens, threatening to derail a humanitarian ceasefire. The clashes came after overnight fighting killed 26 rebels and militiamen loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as well as 14 pro-government forces.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)

2015        May 17, In Florida Austin Goodner (18) was killed by St. Petersburg police after he argued with four people near a city pool, shot a man on a bike in the arm and then shot an officer in the leg.
    (AP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 17, In Hawaii one US Marine was killed and 21 were injured when the MV-22 Osprey they were in endured a “hard-landing mishap” at Bellows Air Force Base. A 2nd marine died of his injuries on May 20.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)(SFC, 5/21/15, p.A10)
2015        May 17, In NYC Lionel Pickens, aka Chinx, a rapper who won a growing following by turning his bleak experiences as a drug-dealer into verse, was shot dead.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 17, In Texas a shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular restaurant in Waco left 9 bikers dead and 18 injured. At least five rival gangs gathered at Twin Peaks for a meeting that he said focused on turf and recruitment. The next day some 170 gang members were charged with engaging in organized crime.
    (AP, 5/18/15)(SFC, 5/19/15, p.A6)
2015        May 17, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Kabul, killing two young girls and a British security contractor.
    (Reuters, 5/17/15)(SFC, 5/20/15, p.A2)
2015        May 17, In Chile thousands of people, many waving rainbow-colored flags, gathered in Santiago for a "March for Equality," pushing the government to acknowledge more gay rights.
    (AFP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, In southwestern China more than 30 police officers and 38 civilians were injured over the last 24 hours during protests by residents who feared that a planned railway would bypass their community.
    (AP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 17, Egyptian authorities hanged 6 men convicted of killing soldiers, ignoring appeals to spare them amid allegations two of them had been in custody at the time of their alleged crimes in early 2014.
    (AFP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, Ethiopia said two hundred suspected human smugglers have been detained as part of the government's efforts to stem the number of citizens trying to illegally migrate to Europe.
    (AP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 17, Guinea’s opposition leader pledged to continue the protests in which at least four people have been killed unless President Alpha Conde allows prompt local elections.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 17, In Iraq Islamic State militants overran one of the last remaining districts held by government forces in Ramadi and besieged a key army base on the edge of the western provincial capital. Suicide car bomb attacks killed 15 members of Iraqi security forces in Ramadi. IS militants likely killed up to 500 Iraqi civilians and soldiers and forced 8,000 people to flee from their homes as they captured Ramadi
    (Reuters, 5/17/15)(AP, 5/17/15)(Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 17, In Iraq US and allied forces launched 18 air strikes against Islamic State targets over the last 24 hours, including seven near Ramadi, the western provincial capital recently seized by the militant forces.
    (Reuters, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, In Macedonia More than 20,000 people rallied in Skopje to demand the resignation of PM Nikola Gruevski's government. Opposition leader Zoran Zaev has released snippets of the alleged recordings that appear to show widespread government corruption, a murder cover-up and other wrongdoings.
    (AFP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, Malaysia launched high-level talks with its neighbors to try to solve the deepening problem of refugees stranded in boats off Southeast Asia's shores, but there appeared to be no quick solution to the crisis.
    (AP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, Nigeria's military claimed it had overrun 10 Boko Haram camps in the group's Sambisa Forest stronghold.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 17, In eastern Pakistan 6 siblings died in a fire in a residential building in Lahore. The fire broke out at the two-story building due to a short circuit. Three boys aged 5 to 12 were burned to death, while three girls, ages 7 to 15, died of suffocation.
    (AP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, Russian police detained 17 protesters as they gathered in central Moscow to release colorful balloons into the air to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 17, In northern Serbia a man killed 6 people with a hunting rifle in the small village of Martonos, before dying himself.
    (AP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, Syrian troops pushed Islamic State group jihadists back from Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 300 people have been killed in several days of fighting since the Islamic State group launched an attack against the ancient city of Palmyra. The dead included 123 soldiers and loyalist militiamen, 115 IS fighters and 57 civilians.
    (AFP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, In Syria US and coalition forces launched eight air strikes against Islamic State targets over the last 24 hours, including near al Hasakah and Kobani.
    (Reuters, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th-century Palestine. Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas were made saints in St. Peter's Square. Saints Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve from France and Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception from Italy were also canonized.
    (AP, 5/17/15)
2015        May 17, In Yemen at least 10 people were killed in overnight battles in Taiz between Houthis and militiamen.
    (Reuters, 5/17/15)

2015        May 18, A unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the US government can't prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities.
    (AP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, The US Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a Maryland tax that has the effect of double-taxing income residents earn in other states.
    (AP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, US federal prosecutors said fourteen Southwest Airlines baggage handlers  have been charged with using their positions to sneak bags containing marijuana past security checkpoints in Oakland, Ca., before handing them off to passengers bound for Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 5/19/15, p.C2)
2015        May 18, A team led by researchers at UC Berkeley reported the steps to make morphine in the lab with genetically engineered yeast.
    (SFC, 5/19/15, p.A7)
2015        May 18, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham all but confirmed that he will run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, saying he believes he'd be the best commander in chief amid continued Middle East unrest.
    (AP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law preventing cities from banning fracking.
    (Econ, 5/30/15, p.30)
2015        May 18, In Afghanistan a Taliban attack on a district government headquarters in southern Uruzgan province killed at least 7 people.
    (AP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, The spy agencies of Afghanistan and announced that they have agreed to share intelligence and carry out "coordinated intelligence operations" against militants operating along their porous border.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 18, Burundi's president sacked his defense and foreign minister after a failed coup bid, as hundreds of protesters defied warnings to end demonstrations and resumed weeks of anti-government street marches.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, In Colombia a deadly flood and mudslide swept through the mountain town of Salgar leaving at least 62 people dead. As many as 100 remained missing.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 18, Egypttian officials said gunmen on a motorbike shot dead a policeman in Belbeis and that two suspects in a failed bomb attack targeting a judge were killed in a shoot-out with police in a Cairo suburb.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, French police arrested around a dozen suspects in connection with a spectacular robbery on the convoy of a Saudi prince in Paris last year that netted the thieves 250,000 euros.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, In India nurse Aruna Shanbaug (66) died after 42 years in a coma following a brutal rape in 1973, in a case that led India to ease some restrictions on euthanasia. Her attacker was freed after a seven-year jail sentence.
    (AFP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 18, In Iraq a column of 3,000 Shi'ite militia fighters arrived at a military base near Ramadi as Baghdad moved to retake the Sunni dominated city that has fallen to Islamic State militants in the biggest defeat for the government since mid-2014. US-led warplanes stepped up raids against the Islamists, conducting 19 strikes near Ramadi over the past 72 hours at the request of the Iraqi security forces.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, France, Germany and Italy agreed to develop a European drone program for reconnaissance and surveillance, seeking to inject momentum into a proposal first considered in 2013.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, In Mali at least three soldiers were killed in a dawn raid by rebels south of the desert town of Timbuktu, despite a partial signing of a peace deal last week.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, Myanmar acknowledged international "concerns" about waves of boatpeople, many of whom are fleeing from persecution, but denied it is solely to blame as thousands languish in dire straits at sea.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, In Pakistan two missiles fired from a US drone hit a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region late today, killing 3 militants.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 18, In South Africa former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt (75) was found guilty of assaulting three under-age girls during his time coaching local children in the 1980s and 1990s. Hewitt was sentenced to six years in prison.
    (AP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, South Korea and India agreed to step up defense cooperation while South Korea pledged $10 billion (6.4 billion pounds) in finance for infrastructure projects as Indian PM Narendra Modi arrived for a visit.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, In Thailand Pajjuban Aungkachotephan (aka Ko Tong), a former regional official accused of being a major people trafficking kingpin, turned himself in, as the kingdom continues a belated blitz against the lucrative trade.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, Tunisia said that it was negotiating for the release of 172 nationals held by a Libyan militia as bargaining chips for one of its commanders detained in Tunis.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, In Turkey twin bomb attacks hit the regional headquarters of the main pro-Kurdish HDP party in two cities, injuring more than half a dozen people and escalating tensions ahead of June 7 legislative elections.
    (AFP, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Russia had tried to kill two Russian servicemen detained in Ukraine on May 16, as the Kremlin reiterated that there were no regular Russian troops fighting in east Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, In Yemen Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed and fierce clashes were underway across the country after a five-day truce expired.
    (AP, 5/18/15)

2015        May 19, Pres. Obama signed into law a measure to create a nation-wide alert system to help catch anyone who hurts, kills or makes credible threats against police officers.
    (SFC, 5/20/15, p.A8)
2015        May 19, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed an agreement, the “Under 2” pact, with representatives of six foreign nations and three US states to keep the world’s average temperature from rising another 2 degrees Celsius.
    (SFC, 5/20/15, p.D1)
2015        May 19, In central California an estimated 101,000 gallons of oil leaked from a broken pipeline next to Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County before it was shut off. About 21,000 gallons flowed into a storm drain, sullied the beach and washed out to sea. Estimates of the spill were later raised to 143,000 gallons.
    (SFC, 5/20/15, p.A10)(SFC, 5/21/15, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A9)(SFC, 8/6/15, p.D6)
2015        May 19, In Illinois court appointed researchers issued a report saying the state has been unable to meet minimal constitutional standards of health care in its prison system, which held some 49,000 inmates.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A10)
2015        May 19, NYC authorities said an investigation of a pair of drug traffickers has resulted in a record seizure of more than 150 pounds of heroin from Mexico worth at least $50 million. Agents over the weekend arrested Jose Mercedes and Yenci Cruz Francisco, both of the Bronx, and recovered $2 million in cash.
    (AP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 19, US federal officials alleged that a Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships, luxury cruise vacation, college tuition and employment at six figure salaries for family members. The FCC and Tennessee said James T. Reynolds Sr., his ex-wife and son riased the money through various their charities.
    (SFC, 5/20/15, p.A8)
2015        May 19, The American Bird Conservancy estimated that 140,000 to 328,000 birds were being killed annualy by electricity generating wind turbines.
    (SFC, 5/20/15, p.A8)
2015        May 19, In Afghanistan a large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing at least 5 people. Shortly after the blast, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 5/19/15)(Reuters, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, The Algerian army ambushed a meeting of militants in the Boukram forest in Boumerdes, 13 miles (20 km) from Algiers. 25 extremists were killed and two captured in the assault.
    (AP, 5/20/15)(SFC, 5/20/15, p.A2)
2015        May 19, In Azerbaijan a massive fire quickly engulfed 16-story apartment building in Baku killing 16 people.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, In Brazil China’s PM Li Keqiang pledged $103 billion in loans and investments to upgrade ports and other transport infrastructure.
    (http://tinyurl.com/qyet3lj)(Econ, 7/4/15, p.27)
2015        May 19, Britain’s Man Booker Int’l. Prize was awarded to Hungarian novelist Laszlo Kraszhnahorkai, shortly after his latest novel “Seiobo There Below” was translated by Ottilie Mulzet.
    (Econ, 5/23/15, p.72)
2015        May 19, London police arrested nine men over an audacious heist in London's diamond district Easter weekend, when a gang drilled through a reinforced concrete vault and broke into 72 safe deposit boxes.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)(SFC, 5/20/15, p.A6)
2015        May 19, Burundi police fired tear gas and beat protesters who were demanding President Pierre Nkurunziza end his bid for a third term. Rights groups say at least 20 people have died in three weeks of clashes between security forces and protesters.
    (Reuters, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, Egyptian security police killed engineering student Islam Ateto. A preliminary forensic report later showed Ateto died from five gunshot wounds. Security officials insisted Ateto was an Islamic militant belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and was wanted over the killing of a police officer last month.
    (AP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 19, The Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights released a report that accused the "Egyptian police, National Security Intelligence officers and the military" of abusing detainees with "sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, rape with objects, electrocution of genitalia, sex-based defamation and blackmail".
    (AFP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, European governments agreed to synchronize their laws to bar citizens from going abroad to fight for the Islamic State group and other extremists.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, Gambia's government said it is willing to resettle Muslim Rohingya migrants stranded at sea after fleeing predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.
    (AP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 19, Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili said that Russia is poised to use its armed forces to expand further into former Soviet states and called on the West never to accept any Russian aggression.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, In Iraq local officials said about 500 people were killed in the fighting for Ramadi in recent days. The International Organization for Migration said 40,000 people had been forced to flee Ramadi in the past four days. A Ramadi restaurant owner said the Islamic State found 30 women and 71 men in a detention center. They had been shot in the feet to prevent them escaping when their captors fled. Iraqi forces and allied Sunni tribesmen repelled an Islamic State attack overnight on Khaldiya, a town west of Baghdad between Fallujah and Ramadi.
    (Reuters, 5/19/15)(AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, Lesotho former PM Thomas Thabane travelled to Botswana late today. On May 21 he claimed that he was at risk of assassination after being voted out of power.
    (AFP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 19, Myanmar's President Thein Sein signed off on the Population Control Health Care Bill requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior US diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.
    (AP, 5/23/15)(Econ, 6/6/15, p.32)
2015        May 19, In Northern Ireland a Christian bakery was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake advocating gay marriage, in a landmark legal case brought by local authorities.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, Pakistani federal investigators raided multiple offices of a software company after a report in The New York Times said it made millions of dollars marketing fake degrees worldwide.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, The Philippines said it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbors faced outrage for turning them away.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, In Portugal the Metropolitano de Lisboa shut down for 24 hours as staff kept up their fight to stop the government granting private companies concessions to operate services.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners after beheading 84 people, nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, In South Sudan 4 civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed when two mortar bombs exploded inside a UN compound in Melut, Upper Nile state.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A2)
2015        May 19, Spain’s Interior Ministry said police have arrested 16 people suspected of praising and encouraging terror acts by three radical Spanish groups.
    (AP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, In Syria rebels including Al-Qaeda's local affiliate seized Al-Mastumah base, the government’s largest remaining military base in northwestern Idlib province. IS jihadists attacked a village in the Druze heartland of southern Syria, killing 6 people before local pro-regime gunmen expelled them. An air strike on a village in Deir Ezzor province killed at least 8 civilians, including 3 children.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, Ukraine showed off two purported Russian soldiers it captured during a gun battle with separatist fighters in the industrial east of the war-wrecked state. Ukraine's media said Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sargent Aleksander Aleksandrov were both contract soldiers who had joined the army's main intelligence branch.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)
2015        May 19, Yemeni political factions voiced support for Saudi-led forces fighting Iran-backed rebels, calling for safe zones allowing the exiled government to resume its duties. The UN said that some 1,850 people had been killed and more than 500,000 displaced as a result of the conflict raging in Yemen since late March.
    (AFP, 5/19/15)

2015        May 20, David Letterman hosted his final edition of CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” after 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A12)
2015        May 20, The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released online images of documents swept up in the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A3)
2015        May 20, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to protect people and businesses that do not want to participate in same-sex marriage, hours a committee in the state legislature effectively voted down a bill that would do the same.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A10)
2015        May 20, In New Orleans lawyers announced a $211 million settlement with Transocean Ltd, owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig where an explosin in April, 2010, killed 11 workers and sent oil speing into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A10)
2015        May 20, In Omaha, Nebraska, Marcus Wheeler (26) opened fire on officers who were trying to arrest him for a previous shooting, prompting police to return gunfire in a shootout that left Officer Kerrie Orozco (29) and the suspect dead.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 20, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland announced a settlement with the US Justice Dept. and will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating global currency market going back to 2007. UBS, has agreed to plead guilty to manipulating key interest rates and will pay a separate $203 million criminal penalty.
    (AP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Bob Belden (58), Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist, died in Manhattan following a heart attack. Last February he and his group, Animation, completed a 4-day tour of Iran.
    (SFC, 5/22/15, p.D7)
2015        May 20, CERN scientists operating the world's biggest particle collider set a new energy record ahead of the massive machine's full restart in June. The Large Hadron Collider is located in a 27-km (16.8-mile) tunnel beneath the Swiss-French border.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 20, Scientists reported the discovery of stone tools in Kenya that dated back 3.3 million years, pushing back the previous record by some 700,000 years.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A6)
2015        May 20, A national UK police group looking into potential links between multiple British investigations into past child sex abuse said that more than 1,400 suspects have been identified.
    (AP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, A Burundi army officer said police killed a soldier who was trying act as a buffer between police and protesters, who are demonstrating against the president's bid for a third term in office.
    (AP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Cambodia accepted the first four people under an agreement it made with Australia nine months ago to take in asylum-seekers rejected for residency there.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 20, Canadian police said they arrested 10 young people from Montreal last week who were suspected of wanting to leave the country to join jihadist groups.
    (Reuters, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Chadian lawmakers voted to indefinitely extend the mandate of troops participating in a regional effort to combat Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants until the joint mission was completed.
    (Reuters, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, The Chinese navy warned a US surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times. The mission over Fiery Cross Reef showed sand being sucked from the bottom of the sea and sprayed onto the island-in-the-making by Chinese dredgers. The Philippines and Vietnam both say they own Fiery Cross Reef.
    (Reuters, 5/21/15)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.37)
2015        May 20, In China Li Hejun, one of the country’s wealthiest billionaires, inaugurated a giant exhibition center near Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park.
    (Econ, 5/23/15, p.53)
2015        May 20, In southwest China a nine-story residential building collapsed in Guiyang city following a landslide. 16 people remained missing.
    (AP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, German lawmakers agreed to make symbolic payments of $11 million to former Soviet prisoners of war in acknowledgement of their suffering at the hands of Nazis.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A2)
2015        May 20, In Guatemala 17 people were arrested in a corruption case involving a $15 million contract with the Guatemalan Social Security Institute to offer renal-dialysis services. The Int’l. Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) alleged that the contract to a Mexican firm was linked to $2 million in bribes.
    (SFC, 6/22/15, p.35)
2015        May 20, Indonesia and Malaysia said they would offer shelter to 7,000 "boat people" adrift at sea in rickety boats but, anxious not to encourage a fresh influx, made clear that their assistance was temporary and they would take no more. Indonesian authorities said they have bombed and sank 41 foreign fishing vessels as a warning against poaching in the country's waters.
    (Reuters, 5/20/15)(AP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Iraqi forces said they fought off an overnight attack by Islamic State militants near Ramadi.
    (Reuters, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, The US-led coalition staged 25 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Two Israeli policewomen were injured in annexed east Jerusalem when they were hit by a car driven by a Palestinian who was then shot dead.
    (AFP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Italian police said they have arrested a Moroccan man (22) on suspicion of involvement in the March attack on the National Museum in Tunisia.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A2)
2015        May 20, Japan's association of zoos and aquariums said it will stop buying dolphins taken in the controversial hunt at Taiji, possibly raising pressure to halt the annual event said to be a tradition.
    (Reuters, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Kenya health officials said at least 65 people are confirmed to have died in a nearly five-month-old cholera outbreak, with infections also continuing to rise in the capital Nairobi.
    (AFP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Malawi police said they have arrested four people suspected of murdering an albino man five months ago to sell his bones for witchcraft.
    (AFP, 5/20/15)
2015        May 20, Nigeria’s army said 579 officers and troops faced charges for alleged offenses related to the campaign against Boko Haram.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A2)
2015        May 20, Philippine police in Jolo, Sulu province, killed Mindas Manda, a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf group. He was allegedly involved in the kidnapping last week of two Malaysians.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 20, In central Syria Islamic State militants seized parts of the ancient town of Palmyra after fierce clashes with government troops. A mortar shelled smashed into an elementary school in an upscale neighborhood of Damascus, killing a female teacher and wounding 23 students.
    (AP, 5/20/15)

2015        May 21, In Pennsylvania Xi Xiaoxing (47), the chairman of Temple University's physics department, appeared in U.S. District Court on four counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors said he had sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing data on electronics technology invented by a US firm and offered to make the country a leader in the field of superconductivity.
    (AP, 5/22/15)
2015        May 21, Belgium warned Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza that it would cut off aid to his government if he went ahead with his bid for a third term in office.
    (Reuters, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, In Burundi street battles and gunfire erupted again in Bujumbura as protesters against Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza rejected calls for calm. 2 protesters were killed bringing to 20 the number of deaths witnessed by the Red Cross over the last month.
    (Reuters, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, Chinese officials said at least 15 people have been killed and thousands more forced from their homes by flooding in southern and central China and more rain has been forecast for coming days.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, Colombia’s military raided a FARC guerrilla camp in Cauca province killing 26 fighters. Jairo Martinez, a member of the FARC's peace delegation in Havana, was among those killed.
    (SFC, 5/23/15, p.A5)(AFP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 21, German railways operator Deutsche Bahn announced an end to a drivers strike that had paralyzed train travel in Europe's biggest economy, after the feuding sides agreed to mediation.
    (AFP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, In Ghana Adam Mahama, a leading member of the country's biggest opposition party, died after being attacked with acid the previous evening. One suspect was soon arrested and another was at large.
    (AFP, 5/22/15)
2015        May 21, Iraqi forces said that they had thwarted a third attempt by Islamic State militants to break through their defensive lines east of Ramadi overnight.
    (Reuters, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, In Japan the mayor of the fishing town of Taiji said dolphin hunts will not stop, even after Japan's aquariums decided to stop buying captured dolphins under international pressure sparked by cruelty concerns.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, In northeast Kenya militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village late today but were beaten back by security forces.
    (Reuters, 5/22/15)
2015        May 21, Kyrgyzstan Pres. Almazbek Atambayev signed a measure to join the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russia-led trade bloc.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, In Mali government soldiers reportedly executed 9 Tuareg residents Tin Hama village in the country's north. The Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) later said those executed included an aid worker for a European charity.
    (AFP, 5/22/15)
2015        May 21, Qatar insisted it was "committed" to improving conditions for its huge number of migrant laborers following an Amnesty report accusing Doha of failing to deliver on promised reforms.
    (AFP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin said Moscow and Baghdad are expanding military cooperation during talks with Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi in the Kremlin.
    (Reuters, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, South Korea a third case of MERS, a respiratory virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.
    (Reuters, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, In Syria Islamic State said in a statement it was in full charge of Palmyra, including its military bases, marking the first time it had taken a city directly from the Syrian military and allied forces. Clashes in the Palmyra area over the last 24 hours reportedly killed at least 100 pro-government fighters.
    (Reuters, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, Turkey's main opposition party unveiled a plan to build a new mega-city in the center of the country, in a bid to outflank the ambitious infrastructure projects of the ruling party ahead of elections.
    (AFP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, It was reported that testimony from Turkish gendarmerie officers in court documents alleged that Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014. The witness testimony contradicted Turkey's denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels.
    (Reuters, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, Ukraine lawmakers annulled five crucial security agreements with Moscow that allowed Russia to transport troops to a separatist region of Moldova and purchase weapons only produced in Ukraine. The deals were effectively suspended with the onset of the pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine's industrial east 13 months ago that Kiev blames the Kremlin for fomenting.
    (AFP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, Ukraine said one government serviceman has been killed and eight wounded in fresh separatist attacks.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, The WHO said a cholera outbreak has killed at least 30 people in a Tanzanian refugee camp for Burundians.
    (AP, 5/21/15)
2015        May 21, In southern Yemen Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out fresh raids on rebel positions as pro-government tribesmen advanced on Shiite Huthi strongholds in the north. Saudi shells hit an international humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen, killing 5 Ethiopian refugees and wounding ten.
    (AFP, 5/21/15)(Reuters, 5/21/15)

2015        May 22, The United States blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 22, California officials struck a deal with farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to reduce water use by 25% in excahnge for an assurance that the state won’t come down harder on them in near future.
    (SFC, 5/23/15, p.A1)
2015        May 22, In Sacramento, Ca., Jordan James Kirby (23) of Paradise was sentenced to 29 years in federal prison for tricking young girls on Facebook into sending him explicit photographs of themselves and then using the pictures to extort them.
    (SSFC, 5/24/15, p.C2) 
2015        May 22, In Austria 5 people were killed when their car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing in Gaisberg about 80 km (50 miles) west of Vienna.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 22, London taxi driver Anis Sardar (38), convicted of making bombs in Iraq, was jailed for life and told he would spend at least 38 years behind bars. One of his bombs killed US Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson on Sep 27, 2007.
    (Reuters, 5/22/15)
2015        May 22, China and Peru agreed to study the feasibility of a controversial 5,300 km (3,300 miles) transcontinental railroad that will connect Peru's Pacific coast with Brazil's Atlantic coast as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Peru, on the third leg of a Latin America visit. Brazil and China already agreed this week on such a study.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)
2015        May 22, In Colombia the FARC guerrilla group called off a unilateral cease-fire in response to a government raid in Cauca province a day earlier.
    (SFC, 5/23/15, p.A5)
2015        May 22, Ireland voted on whether to allow gay marriage. Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a margin of 62.1% making it the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.
    (Reuters, 5/22/15)(AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 22, In northern Mali Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition reportedly captured 19 government soldiers in clashes in the Gao region amid growing violence that threatens to derail UN-brokered peace efforts.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)
2015        May 22, Mexican officials said a drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas used at least 39 surveillance cameras to monitor the comings and goings of authorities in the city of Reynosa across the border from Texas.
    (AP, 5/22/15)
2015        May 22, In Mexico 42 criminal suspects and 2 police officers died in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on the El Sol ranch in the municipality of Tanhuato de Guerrero on the border between Jalisco and Michoacan states.
    (AP, 5/22/15)(AFP, 5/24/15)(AFP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 22, Myanmar’s navy said it has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat when scores of bare-chested men were found crammed into the hull of a wooden fishing vessel and taken to shore. Officials the next day said all 208 men are from Bangladesh and will soon be returned there.
    (AFP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 22, Nigeria's military reportedly killed of scores of Boko Haram insurgents and rescued 20 more hostages during an operation in the Sambisa forest. Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in the remote Pambula-Kwamda village.
    (AFP, 5/23/15)(AFP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 22, Peru's government said it was suspending civil liberties, effective May 23, in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent anti-mining protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project.
    (AP, 5/22/15)
2015        May 22, In eastern Saudi Arabia a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Shi'ite Imam Ali mosque during Friday prayers, killing 21 people and wounding more than 50 in the village of al-Qadeeh.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)
2015        May 22, Amnesty International accused Ukrainian forces of torture and pro-Russian rebels of even more serious war crimes such as summary executions committed both before and after a February truce deal.
    (AFP, 5/22/15)
2015        May 22, The UN refugee agency said an outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees from Burundi have massed. UNHCR said 300 to 400 new cases are being reported daily.
    (AP, 5/22/15)

2015        May 23, Missouri law officers shot and killed James Barton Horn Jr. (47) at the J.N. Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area. His former girlfriend Sandra Kay Sutton (46) and her son (17) were found dead May 21 in Clinton. Sutton, had been held captive and escaped from Horn on April 30 and moved in with relatives.
    (SSFC, 5/24/15, p.A9)
2015        May 23, Mathematician John Nash (b.1928), a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed in a car crash along with his wife (82) in New Jersey. They were in a taxi cab whose driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.90)
2015        May 23, In Ohio 71 people were arrested, as multiple demonstrators broke away from the peaceful protests and in some cases assaulted bystanders following the acquittal of officer Michael Brelo in the Nov 29, 2012, killing of black couple Timothy Russell and Melissa Williams.
    (AP, 5/24/15)
2015        May 23, In Vienna, Austria, Sweden beat Russia to win the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, in an event described by organizers as beyond politics but marred by boos for the Russian that were apparently prompted by the Ukraine conflict and the Kremlin's anti-gay policies.
    (AP, 5/24/15)
2015        May 23, In Burundi opposition politician Zedi Feruzi and a body guard were killed in a drive-by shooting. Thousands of people attended his funeral the next day.
    (AP, 5/24/15)
2015        May 23, Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 and whose defense of the poor divided his nation and the Church, was beatified at a ceremony attended by vast crowds in San Salvador.
    (AFP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, In Germany a fire broke out overnight in a guesthouse in Schneizlreuth, southeast of Munich. 6 people were missing and feared dead in the converted farmhouse.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, Officials in India said about 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, In Iraq Shi'ite Muslim militiamen and army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi. the United States and its allies staged 22 air strikes on IS targets over the last 24 hours, including four near Ramadi.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, The Islamic State group executed 16 Iraqi traders taking food from the city of Baiji to the government-controlled western city of Haditha.
    (AFP, 5/24/15)
2015        May 23, Japan pledged 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations, including Fiji, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands and others, that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, Nigerian airlines grounded flights and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage worsened, aggravated by a strike disrupting fuel deliveries in Africa's biggest oil producer.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" and shut them down.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, In Taipei protesters calling for Taiwan not to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank clashed with unidentified men in black T-shirts outside a meeting of officials from the two administrations.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, In southern Somalia fighting between al Shabaab militants and government forces killed at least 24 people overnight. Al Shabaab said 25 soldiers were killed. A rebel attack in Mogadishu killed 3 Transport Ministry workers.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, In Geneva delegates from the WHO's 194 member states approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, In Syria the United States and its allies staged 5 air strikes on Islamic State targets over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, At least 5 Tunisian migrants died when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, In eastern Ukraine separatist commander Alexey Mozgovoy was killed along with 6 other fighters after their car came under attack near the town of Alchevsk.
    (AFP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, Venezuelan jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez announced that he and Daniel Ceballos were starting a hunger strike to demand the release of political prisoners and an end to government repression.
    (AP, 5/24/15)

2015        May 24, In Texas a five-year drought came to a dramatic end, as a straight month of rain built into a torrent that destroyed more than 1,000 homes. At least 21 people were killed, including 5 in Houston, as spectacular flash flooding hit Texas and Oklahoma.
    (AFP, 5/25/15)(Reuters, 5/27/15)(SFC, 5/28/15, p.A5)
2015        May 24, In southern Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault.
    (AP, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, Chinese authorities said the death toll in the latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond.
    (AP, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, Ethiopians voted in the country's first general elections since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi in 2012. On May 27 the electoral board said the ruling party and its allies won an overwhelming majority in parliament in the weekend elections. Final results on June 22 showed the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) swept all but one seat in the 547-seat parliament. The opposition complained of voting abuses.
    (AFP, 5/24/15)(AFP, 5/27/15)(Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        May 24, In France the 68th Cannes film festival came to a close. The Grand Prix went to “Son of Saul,” directed by Laszlo Nemes. The Palme d’Or went to “Dheepan,” directed by Jacques Audiard.
    (Econ, 5/30/15, p.84)
2015        May 24, Indonesia's anti-terrorism squad killed two suspects and arrested seven others in raids on a jihadist organization with possible links to the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 5/25/15)   
2015        May 24, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that starting next week, it would begin the repatriation of 720 Bangladeshi migrants over the next month.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, Iran said it has agreed to grant UN inspectors access to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program.
    (SFC, 5/25/15, p.A4)
2015        May 24, In Israel a Palestinian man (19) stabbed two Israeli teenagers as they walked to a holy site on the Jewish Shavuot holiday. Officers apprehended the suspected attacker and the two boys were hospitalized.
    (AP, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, Warplanes from Libya's official government attacked the Anwar Afriqya oil tanker off the coast near the city of Sirte, wounding two people. The tanker had been unloading gasoil for Sirte's power plant when it came under attack.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, Malaysia’s home minister said mass graves and suspected human-trafficking detention camps have been discovered by police in towns and villages bordering Thailand. The mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, A group of international women activists crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea in what they said was a symbolic act for peace.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, Poland held the final round of a cliffhanger presidential election race between the conservative incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski and an even more conservative challenger. Conservative newcomer Andrzej Duda (43) from the Law and Justice (PiS) opposition party won the presidential run-off with 51.55% of the vote.
    (AP, 5/24/15)(AFP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 24, Syrian state media reported that Islamic State fighters have executed at least 400 people in Palmyra since capturing the ancient city four days ago. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said least 300 soldiers were killed in the days of fighting before the city was captured. Syrian state television said its air force had killed 300 insurgents in strikes that broke the siege of the Jisr al-Shughour hospital in Idlib province.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, A Syrian military helicopter crashed at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all of its crew. An activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 5/24/15)
2015        May 24, In Yemen Saudi forces and Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire overnight, which destroyed part of the Haradh border crossing, the main border crossing between the two countries. In Taiz Houthi forces and pro-Hadi fighters fired tank and artillery shells at each other throughout the city overnight, killing 5 civilians. Local fighters combating the Houthis in the south said they killed 8 Houthi fighters in an ambush in Dalea province.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)

2015        May 25, In southern Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber in a truck loaded with explosives struck a provincial government neighborhood in in Qalat city, Zabul province, wounding nearly 70 people. Taliban gunmen surrounded a police compound in the Naw Zad district of Helmand province. 19 police officers and 7 soldiers were killed.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)(SFC, 5/26/15, p.A2)
2015        May 25, Bangladesh banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers.
    (AP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In northeastern Brazil an overnight prison riot in the Feira de Santana regional prison left at least 7 dead after a fight between two gangs escalated and led to about 70 people, many visiting family members, being held hostage for several hours.
    (AP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, China announced it will cut import taxes on clothing, cosmetics and some other goods by half in a new tactic to spur consumer spending and economic growth.
    (AP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In central China a fire swept through a privately run home for the elderly killing 38 people and leaving much of it a charred ruin in Pingdingshan, Henan province.
    (AP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 25, The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks in Havana amid heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of rebels.
    (AFP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In Ecuador's Galapagos islands the Wolf volcano erupted after being dormant for 33 years. The eruption threatened a unique species of pink iguanas.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In Egypt fighting near the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweyid pitted troops against Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, militants who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group last year. One conscript was killed and one officer wounded.
    (AP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, Five African migrants drowned after jumping into the Mediterranean as Egyptian coastguards raided a boat heading towards Italy.
    (AFP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, Officials in India said soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looked set to continue.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government. The United States and its allies carried out 25 strikes in Iraq in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In Indian Kashmir militants killed 4 Indian soldiers and an employee of a mobile phone shop, in a spate of attacks in the disputed region.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert (69) was sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter. Olmert also was given a suspended sentence of an additional eight months and fined $25,000.
    (AP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In Kenya Islamist militants from Somalia attacked two police patrols, triggering a gun battle near Yumbis. The militants claimed in a statement that at least 20 police were killed, although Kenyan authorities said that only one officer died and four others were wounded.
    (AFP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 25, Malaysia police said they have found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In Mali armed gunmen fired on a UN vehicle in Bamako, killing one peacekeeper and injuring another.
    (AP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 25, In Mexico at least 13 people died after a tornado hit Ciudad Acuna, on the border with Texas.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)(SFC, 5/26/15, p.A6)
2015        May 25, Nigeria’s defense spokesman Chris Olukolade said troops had thwarted an attack on Mafa, 50 km (30 miles) east of Maiduguri. About 30 Boko Haram fighters were reported killed and "many others" wounded.
    (AFP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, Nigerian fuel marketers agreed to resume distribution after weeks of disruption led to chronic fuel shortages, bringing phone companies, banks and airlines to a standstill days before the inauguration of the country's new president.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, Russia’s justice ministry listed Liberal Mission and Dynasty, two of the country’s most respected foundations for science and education, as “foreign agents.”
    (Econ, 5/30/15, p.49)
2015        May 25, South Sudan said its troops are back in full control of the strategic northern oil town of Malakal, after days of fierce fighting with rebel forces.
    (AFP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, Sudanese security forces seized the print runs of 10 newspapers and suspended the publishing licenses of four of them in a major media crackdown.
    (AFP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, Suriname held general parliamentary elections. Unofficial results gave the NDP 26 seats, a small margin of the majority in the 51-seat National Assembly. The National Democratic Party, led by president Desi Bouterse (69), disputed results in several districts of the capital. A recount was set for May 31.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 25, The Syrian air force leveled Islamic State "hideouts" and killed a large number of its members around Palmyra's military air base. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State has killed at least 217 people execution-style, including children, since it moved into the Palmyra area 10 days ago. The United States and its allies carried out 10 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, A Tunisian soldier opened fire on fellow troops at a military barracks in Tunis, killing 7 people before he was himself killed.
    (AP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, The United Arab Emirates laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry.
    (AP, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In Yemen local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern city of Dalea, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. In Taiz Houthi fighters pushed back Sunni tribal and Islamist militiamen in heavy street combat. Shelling hit a fuel storage tank which set off an explosion, killing 10 people.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)

2015        May 26, The IRS said thieves used an IRS online service to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers.
    (SFC, 5/27/15, p.A8)
2015        May 26, The US Justice Dept. and Cleveland announced that the city’s police department will be overhauled under the supervison of an independent monitor.
    (SFC, 5/27/15, p.A9)
2015        May 26, In North Dakota US airman Marcell Willis (21) opened fire with a handgun killing one worker and injuring another before killing himself early today at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Grand Forks.
    (AP, 5/26/15)(SFC, 5/27/15, p.A14)
2015        May 26, In Afghanistan insurgents attacked a courthouse in Maidan Shar, the capital of Wardak province, killing 2 police officers.
    (AP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 26, In Austria a Turkish national boy (14) was sentenced to a two-year jail term on after pleading guilty to terrorism charges. He had downloaded bomb-making plans onto his Playstation games console and made contact with militants supporting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria.
    (Reuters, 5/26/15)
2015        May 26, China said it would project its military power further beyond its sea borders and more assertively in the air, defending the construction of artificial islands which sparked concern in Washington. China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach and held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters.
    (AFP, 5/26/15)(Reuters, 5/26/15)
2015        May 26, Egypt reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza for two days.
    (AFP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 26, Iraq's Shi'ite militia announced that they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni population. Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the army outside Fallujah, Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland.
    (Reuters, 5/26/15)(AP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 26, In southeastern Liberia protesters with machetes broke into Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) palm oil plantation in Sinoe County, looting equipment and workers' property. Police later charged 23 people over riots.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        May 26, Libya's three main airports canceled flights because of strikes by ground staff complaining they have not been paid for two months.
    (Reuters, 5/26/15)
2015        May 26, Madagascar lawmakers voted to impeach the country’s president. Pres. Hery Rajaonarimampianina disputed the outcome. His supporters alleged that the final count was falsified and that only about 80 parliamentarians voted for impeachment.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 26, Malaysia said 12 police officials have been detained on suspicion of involvement, either directly or as facilitators, to people-smuggling camps.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)
2015        May 26, In Pakistan two overnight raids by security forces in the port city of Karachi killed 7 militants.
    (AP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 26, Syrian government aircraft carried out strikes against the IS group in and around Palmyra after its fall to the jihadists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 4 civilians had been killed in the raids. State media said the air force hit an IS-controlled air base in Raqqa province, killing more than 140 militants.
    (AFP, 5/26/15)(Reuters, 5/26/15)
2015        May 26, In Syria Hezbollah field commander, Ghassan Faqih, was killed along with several other fighters in clashes in the Qalamoun region.
    (AP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 26, In eastern Ukraine 4 pro-Russian rebels, a Ukrainian soldier and one civilian were killed in clashes that broke out over the past 24 hours in violation of a February truce deal.
    (AFP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 26, Venezuela approved Decree 1787. It created Operating Zones of Integral Maritime and Insular Defense, or Zodimain, meant to bolster Venezuela's national defense system.
    (Reuters, 6/20/15)
2015        May 26, In northern Yemen 7 members of a family were killed in an overnight strike by Saudi-led warplanes on a border village. In the south the Saudi-led air force launched nearly 20 raids on Houthi fighters in the port city of Aden.
    (Reuters, 5/26/15)

2015        May 27, In southern California a seven-mile stretch of coastline was shut down after tar ball and tar patties began washing up on Santa Monica Bay.
    (SFC, 5/30/15, p.A7)
2015        May 27, Nebraska’s lawmakers abolished the state’s death penalty. Their 30-19 vote overrode the previous days veto by Gov. Ricketts. Nebraska became the 19th US state to repeal the death penalty.
    (SFC, 5/28/15, p.A5)(Econ, 7/4/15, p.50)
2015        May 27, In Afghanistan an all-night siege on the Rabbani Guesthouse in an upscale neighborhood of Kabul, ended in the early hours with the deaths of 4 heavily armed Taliban attackers.
    (AP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, Belgian airports were at a standstill after an electrical failure at air traffic control in Brussels caused Belgium-bound flights to be diverted.
    (AFP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rousseff ended a 3-day state visit to Mexico. She and Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto promised a new start in relations, pledged to boost trade and signed agreements to facilitate investment and expand air links.
    (Econ, 6/6/15, p.30)
2015        May 27, Former British PM Tony Blair stepped down from his post as the international community's Mideast envoy.
    (AP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, A clash between Chad's army and Boko Haram on a Lake Chad island killed 4 soldiers and 33 Islamists.
    (AFP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 27, Authorities in India said more than 1,100 people have died in a blistering heatwave, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. The next day the toll was raised to nearly 1500.
    (AFP, 5/27/15)(AFP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 27, In southern Japan a nuclear plan obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
    (AP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, In Kazakhstan international experts investigated the sudden deaths of some 134,000 endangered saiga antelope, raising fears that a species that has been around since the Ice Age may be at risk of dying out. Around 40 percent of the nation's population of the endangered saiga antelope have died in the past two weeks. The deaths were later believed to have been caused by two naturally occurring bacteria.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.C14)
2015        May 27, In Kosovo EU judges sentenced 11 former Kosovo Albanian guerrillas, two of them close to ex-prime minister Hashim Thaci, to prison terms for war crimes committed during Kosovo's 1998-99 pro-independence uprising.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, In Kuwait a conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opened. Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, said Muslim countries must increase measures to fight extremism. The 57-member OIC was expected to approve an effective strategy to combat terrorism, violent extremism and Islamophobia.
    (AFP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, Lebanon's Hezbollah said it has struck a group of al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front militants near the border with Syria with the help of a drone for the first time.
    (AP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, Mexican Soldiers and federal police arrested Garcia Orozco (47) in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco. He was suspected of running criminal activities of the Jalisco New Generation cartel in the Cienega region.
    (AFP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 27, Mozambican police said six police officers officials have been arrested after 50 kg (110 pounds) of rhino horn were stolen from a huge cache seized from poachers only two weeks ago.
    (AFP, 5/27/15)(AP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 27, In Myanmar some 300 protesters led by Buddhist monks marched through the streets of Yangon to denounce foreign criticism of the country's treatment of stateless Rohingya Muslims.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, Dutch police detained 20 people, 14 of them members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, and seized weapons including five rocket-propelled grenade launchers and six automatic handguns. The 19 men and one woman were suspected of crimes including drug trafficking, extortion and money laundering.
    (AP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, In Papua New Guinea Lutheran missionary Anton Lutz said about 10 men from a village across the river from Fiyawena, armed with homemade guns, axes and machetes, attacked two women last week and killed a woman named Mifila in front of her family. She was one of four women accused with 13 of their family members of using sorcery to cause measles deaths last November in Fiyawena, Enga province.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war. Two Saudi border guards were killed and five wounded by shells fired from Yemeni territories late today, as the UN said the war's death toll was close to 2,000.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)(Reuters, 5/28/15)
2015        May 27, Saudi Arabia said it is sanctioning two senior members of Hezbollah, Khalil Yusif Harb and Muhammad Qabalan, accusing them of leading terrorist operations in the Middle East.
    (AP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic said his country will accept US calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.
    (AP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 27, In Somalia Sheikh Hassan Abdulahi Turki (aka Hassan Turki), a leading figure in the Somali-based Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab movement, died in the Middle Juba region south of Mogadishu. The Ethiopian-born former soldier was a veteran Islamist who played a series of leading roles in Somalia's civil war.
    (AFP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 27, In Syria Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men inside an ancient amphitheater in Palmyra. A monitor said Kurdish forces have driven the IS group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadists had captured in the northeast.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)(AFP, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, The UN said more than 40 percent of South Sudan's 11 million people need food aid, the highest hunger levels recorded in the world's youngest country, where fighting erupted 18 months ago.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)
2015        May 27, Swiss police detained seven FIFA leaders in a dawn raid as part of a twin corruption inquiry that rocked world football's governing body two days before its leader Sepp Blatter seeks a new term. 14 people were indicted in a separate US graft probe. Three Argentine officials were included in the US indictment.
    (AFP, 5/27/15)(SSFC, 5/31/15, p.A4)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.14)
2015        May 27, A Zimbabwe court ruled that it was illegal and sexist for police to indiscriminately arrest women on the streets and in public establishments because it was discriminatory and deprived women of equal rights and the right to liberty.
    (AP, 6/3/15)

2015        May 28, Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert (73) was indicted on federal charges alleging he agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to a longtime acquaintance, then lied to the FBI when asked about suspicious cash withdrawals. The next day it was reported that the payments were made to conceal alleged sexual abuse of a young man when Hastert was a high school teacher in Illinois.
    (SFC, 5/29/15, p.A10)(SFC, 5/30/15, p.A7)
2015        May 28, A US official said the US military has started training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey to combat Islamic State, an expected expansion of a program that first launched in Jordan weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, California police body camera footage published online by a rights group showed two officers wrestling to the ground a black woman who was eight months pregnant, and arresting her following a dispute with another woman. The video dated from January and was published on YouTube by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
    (Reuters, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, A new report said Illinois remains as the 3rd most corrupt US state after New York and California. Chicago was reported as still the most corrupt US city.
    (Econ, 6/6/15, p.22)
2015        May 28, Chipmaker Avago Technologies said it has agreed to acquire Broadcom for $37 billion in cash and stock.
    (SFC, 5/29/15, p.C1)
2015        May 28, In Bangladesh two garment factories became the first to be declared safe under a scheme set up to prevent a repeat of one of the world's worst industrial disasters.
    (AFP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing students protesting against what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations.
    (AFP, 5/29/15)   
2015        May 28, China executed Li Jishun, a former elementary school teacher in Gansu province, for molesting or raping 26 students, some as young as 4. The case underscored the vulnerability of rural children left behind by parents seeking jobs in cities.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 28, The EU added a high-ranking Syrian military official to its sanctions list as it extended measures against supporters of Pres. Bashar al-Assad for another year.
    (Reuters, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, In France thousands of doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel demonstrated in central Paris to protest planned working-hours changes they say will result in more burnout and worse patient care.
    (AP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, A French court sentenced photographer Francois-Marie Banier to three years in prison and ordered him to pay $174 million in damages  and a $383,000 fine for swindling millions from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt (92).
    (SFC, 5/29/15, p.A2)
2015        May 28, French and Spanish police detained two people and found weapons and explosives in a raid on a villa in southwest France targeting Basque separatist group ETA.
    (AP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, In Germany finance ministers and central bank governors of the G7 wealthiest nations gathered in Dresden to seek ways of boosting global growth.
    (AFP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, In western Indonesia a dump truck carrying children of plantation workers to school plunged into a ditch, killing 17 of them.
    (AP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, In Iraq bombings outside two heavily fortified five-star hotels in Baghdad killed 15 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombings at the Babylon and Grand Ishtar hotels.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)(AP, 5/29/15)(SFC, 5/29/15, p.A2)
2015        May 28, In Libya the Islamic State jihadist group seized control of the airport in the city of Sirte after forces of a Tripoli-based Libyan government withdrew.
    (AFP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 28, Pakistan executed 3 Baluch separatists convicted of hijacking a plane in 1998, which they attempted to fly to India to disrupt Islamabad's first nuclear tests.
    (AFP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, President Vladimir Putin declared all deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations to be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending soldiers to fight in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, Moscow released a blacklist of 89 European Union politicians barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
    (AFP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 28, South Africa’s the police minister announced that President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay any of the public money spent on upgrades to his private residence that included a swimming pool and chicken run. Zuma had nominated the minister of police, a Zuma appointee, to determine how much he should repay.
    (AFP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, Spanish High Court Judge Fernando Andreu said he has agreed to hear a lawsuit against Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram and its leader Abubakar Shekau for crimes against humanity and terrorism.
    (AFP, 5/28/15)
2015        May 28, In Spain biochemists Emmanuelle Charpentier from France and Jennifer Doudna from the United States were awarded the Princess of Asturias scientific research award for their work in biotechnology.
    (AP, 5/28/15)

2015        May 29, The United States said that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea. US officials say Chinese dredging work has added some 2,000 acres to five outposts in the resource-rich Spratly islands in the South China Sea, including 1,500 acres this year.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, The US-led coalition conducted 20 air strikes in Iraq and four in Syria targeting Islamic State militants over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration late for areas in Texas hammered by severe weather that killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations this week.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, The United States dropped Cuba from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 29, Betsy Palmer (88), TV and film actress, died in Connecticut. She played the killer cook in the film “Friday the 13th” (1980).
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.E3)
2015        May 29, In NYC the One World Trade Center observatory officially opened.
    (SFC, 5/30/15, p.A5)
2015        May 29, In NYC Ross Ulbricht (31), the American convicted of masterminding the criminal website Silk Road, was sentenced in court to life in prison over the online enterprise that sold $200 million in drugs to customers worldwide.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)EfEf
2015        May 29, Agathon Rwasa, Burundi's most prominent opposition leader, said his party is boycotting elections amid political unrest stemming from the president's bid for a third term.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, Chinese authorities destroyed 662 kg of ivory that was seized after being smuggled into the country. Zhao Shucong, head of the State Forestry Administration, said China will strictly control ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory products are eventually halted. 
    (AP, 5/29/15)(SFC, 6/26/15, p.A3)
2015        May 29, China confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in a South Korean businessman who ignored instructions to stay home after his father was diagnosed with the disease.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, Croatia's parliament adopted a law granting compensation to rape victims in the 1991-95 war of independence from Yugoslavia.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, In Egypt 16 people were killed, all but three of them policemen, in a collision between a police vehicle and a truck south of Cairo.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 29, Indian officials said dizzying temperatures have caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, The Italian Coast Guard rescued more than 4,000 migrants off Libya's coast in 22 separate operations in one day, with rescuers finding 17 people dead aboard a rubber dinghy.
    (AP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 29, Japanese and European leaders agreed to step up defense and economic ties, and expressed concern about rising tensions in the South China Sea.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, In Japan Mount Shindake erupted on Kuchinoerabu island spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 km (5.6 miles) into the sky.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, The UN said clashes between armed groups in northern Mali have forced almost 60,000 people to flee their homes in the past month.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, Mauritius president Kailash Purryag announced he was stepping down from his position as ceremonial figurehead of the Indian Ocean island nation.
    (AFP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, Myanmar released the results of its first nationwide census in 30 years, but the survey excluded the country's Muslim Rohingya minority, who complain of deep state-sanctioned discrimination. Myanmar’s population stood at 51.4 million.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, Nigeria held inauguration ceremonies for President Muhammadu Buhari (72). He pledged to take personal charge of the fight against Boko Haram Islamic extremists and said he will root out human rights violations by the military.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, In western Pakistan 22 Pashtuns were killed after about 20 armed men hijacked two buses in the Mastung district. Gunmen let Baluch people flee while killing others. The assailants fled and still held some of the passengers.
    (AP, 5/30/15)(SFC, 5/30/15, p.A4)(SFC, 5/30/15, p.A4)(Econ, 6/6/15, p.31)
2015        May 29, In Pakistan a police officer was killed and six people wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Lahore, nearly one km from the Gaddafi Stadium where Pakistan played Zimbabwe in a soccer match.
    (AP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 29, In the Philippines at least 15 people were wounded in two separate blasts that hit a police camp in the Sulu provincial capital of Jolo.
    (AP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 29, Puerto Rico's Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed into law a tax bill that is expected to provide the commonwealth with about $1.2 billion in much-needed additional tax revenue for the next fiscal year.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, Rwanda slapped an indefinite ban on BBC local language broadcasts as punishment for a controversial documentary on the central African country's leadership and the 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, In Saudi Arabia an Islamic State jihadist disguised as a woman killed 4 other people when he blew himself up in a car outside the Al-Anoud Shiite mosque in Dammam, Eastern Province. This was the second such attack in a week. The Interior Ministry later identified bomber as Saudi citizen, Khalid al-Wahbi al-Shemmari (20).
    (AFP, 5/29/15)(SFC, 5/30/15, p.A4)(Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015        May 29, South Korea confirmed five MERS cases, bringing the total number of patients infected with the potentially deadly virus to 12, including a man who defied a quarantine protocol and travelled to China.
    (AFP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, The Spanish government approved an accord permanently granting the US military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa and elsewhere.
    (AP, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, In Switzerland Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, In Syria Kurdish militia executed at least 20 civilians, including two children, after accusing them of being IS supporters in a northern provincial town.
    (AFP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 29, In Thailand southeast Asian nations agreed to intensify search and rescue efforts to help vulnerable "boat people" stranded in the region's seas. Myanmar said its navy had seized a vessel off its coast with more than 700 migrants aboard.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)
2015        May 29, In Turkey the opposition daily Cumhuriyet published footage from January 2014 showing Turkish security forces discovering boxes of what it described as weapons and ammunition being sent to Syria on National Intelligence Organization (MIT) trucks intercepted near the Syrian border.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        May 29, Ukraine said one government serviceman has been killed and six others wounded in attacks by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 5/29/15)

2015        May 30, The United States called for an immediate end to China's intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea and vowed to continue sending military aircraft and ships to the tense region.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 30, Egyptian authorities freed Mohammed Soltan, an Egyptian-American, forcing him to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a precondition of his release. He had been convicted on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and sentenced to life in prison. Soltan (27) was on hunger strike for over a year.
    (AP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 30, In Estonia a racing car plunged off the road during the local Harju Rally, killing 2 men and a woman who were watching the competition on the roadside.
    (AP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 30, Guatemalans angry over corruption scandals protested on the capital's main square, pressing their demands that President Otto Perez Molina resign.
    (AP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 30, Iraqi forces retook an area west of Ramadi as they pressed their operation aimed at sealing off the jihadists who captured the city two weeks ago.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 30, A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, shaking buildings in Tokyo.
    (Reuters, 5/30/15)
2015        May 30, In northeastern Nigeria rocket-propelled grenades exploded into several home, killing at least 29 people in Maiduguri before dawn as Boko Haram unleashed a new kind of violence in the birthplace of the extremist group.
    (AP, 5/30/15)(Reuters, 5/31/15)
2015        May 30, Singapore police shot and killed one person and detained two others early in the morning after the car they were traveling in crashed past police barricades near a hotel where US Defense Secretary Ash Carter was staying.
    (Reuters, 5/30/15)
2015        May 30, In Syria barrel bombs dropped from regime helicopters killed at least 71 civilians in Aleppo province, after forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad retreated from the neighboring northwestern region of Idlib. Islamic State group jihadists demolished a notorious government prison in Palmyra. At least 10 pro-government forces and 10 jihadists were killed as the IS launched an assault on Hasakeh city, which has a large Kurdish population.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)(AFP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 30, In southern Thailand roadside bombs killed one police officer and wounded seven members of the security forces.
    (Reuters, 5/31/15) 
2015        May 30, Ukraine Pres. President Petro Poroshenko appointed former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili as governor of the troubled Odessa region.
    (AP, 5/30/15)
2015        May 30, In Venezuela thousands of demonstrators took to Caracas' streets to press for the release of imprisoned foes of President Nicolas Maduro's government.
    (AFP, 5/30/15)

2015        May 31, A US officials said Qatar has agreed to temporarily extend a travel ban on five senior Taliban leaders who were released last year from Guantanamo. Their travel restrictions were due to expire on June 1.
    (SFC, 6/1/15, p.A4)
2015        May 31, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged $18 million to help Vietnam buy US patrol boats, shortly after touring a Vietnamese coast guard vessel that was hit by a Chinese ship during a skirmish in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, The Washington Post reported that US police have killed people at a rate of more than two a day this year, using its own tally for lack of complete federal statistics.
    (AFP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, In eastern Afghanistan a teacher and 2 students were killed when a rocket struck a school compound in Logar province.
    (Reuters, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, A Bahraini court jailed six police officers for up to five years after convicting them of torturing inmates, one of whom died.
    (AFP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg took off from Nanjing, China, for a six day flight to Hawaii in the solar powered Solar Impulse. This was the 7th of twelve flights in the round the world journey. Borschberg made an unscheduled stop in Japan on June 1 to wait out bad weather.
    (SFC, 6/1/15, p.A2)(SFC, 6/2/15, p.A2)
2015        May 31, In Egypt suspected Islamic militants blew up a natural gas pipeline outside el-Arish, the provincial capital of North Sinai.
    (AP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, Georgia threatened to revoke pro-Western former president Mikheil Saakashvili's citizenship after he was granted a Ukrainian passport and appointed as governor of the strategic Odessa region.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)
2015        May 31, India said it will only buy 36 Rafale fighter jets as they are "way too expensive." Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said the previous government's plans to buy 126 French jets from Dassault were "economically unviable and not required".
    (AFP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, The Italian navy brought ashore the corpses of 17 migrants in Sicily along with 454 survivors as efforts intensified to rescue people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
    (Reuters, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, In Kashmir suspected rebels tried to storm an Indian military camp, sparking a fierce gunbattle that left a civilian and 3 militants dead near the border between the Indian and Pakistani-controlled parts of the Himalayan region.
    (AP, 6/1/15)
2015        May 31, In Libya the Islamic State group declared "war" on the powerful Fajr Libya militia alliance that controls Tripoli and claimed a dawn suicide bombing that killed 5 of its fighters between Zliten and Misrata.
    (AFP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, In northeastern Nigeria a bomb went off in the Gamboru market in Maiduguri, killing one person. A runaway oil tanker truck exploded late today in a crowded bus station in southern Anambra state, igniting 12 buses and burning 69 people to death.
    (AP, 5/31/15)    (AP, 6/1/15)(SFC, 6/2/15, p.A2)
2015        May 31, Spanish police said they have arrested three suspects and seized 200 kg (441 pounds) of cocaine that had been concealed within a shipment of pineapples that arrived at the southwestern port of Algeciras in containers sent from Central America.
    (AP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, In Syria a fuel tank exploded inside a clinic in the predominantly Kurdish northeastern town of Qamishli, killing at least 27 people, mostly children.
    (AFP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, In Syria Islamic State fighters pushed back rival insurgents north of Aleppo near the Turkish border, threatening their supply route to the city. On June 1 The United States accused the Syrian military of carrying out air strikes to help Islamic State fighters advance around Aleppo.
    (Reuters, 6/2/15)
2015        May 31, In Tanzania African leaders began talks in their second summit in a month aimed at restoring peace in Burundi.
    (Reuters, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, In northwestern Turkey 3 assailants opened fire at a street party celebrating the wedding of a Roma community couple, killing 3 guests near Bursa.
    (AP, 6/1/15)
2015        May 31, In Yemen aircraft from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Houthi outposts throughout the country. Yemen's exiled government in Saudi Arabia said that senior Houthi officials are holding talks with the United States in neighboring Oman to help end the nine-week conflict. Human Rights Watch published new evidence alleging a Saudi-led coalition is using internationally banned cluster bombs in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 5/31/15)(AFP, 5/31/15)

2015        May, Australia’s government announced it would increase penalties for illegal purchases to rigorously enforce rules under which foreigners are only allowed to buy new dwellings, and not existing residential property.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)
2015        May, In eastern Central African Republic two groups of some 200 poachers from Sudan were active, killing elephants and other wild animals, according to a UN report made public in September.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        May, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said he would slit the throats of men who wanted to marry other men in the small West African nation.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May, As many as 5,000 foreign vessels a day were reportedly fishing Illegally in Indonesian waters.
    (Econ., 5/2/15, p.35)
2015        May, American explorer Barry Clifford presented what was said to be a silver ingot to Madagascar Pres. Hery Rajaonarimampianina. Clifford said the ingot belonged to 17th century pirate Captain Kidd and had been found in a bay off the coast of the island. On July 14 the UN said the ingot was actually a piece of ballast made of lead from a broken segment of port construction.
    (SFC, 7/15/15, p.A5)
2015        May, Peru stood as the world’s biggest source of cocaine and supplier of counterfeit money. The country was also rising as a center for money laundering.
    (Econ, 5/16/15, p.33)
2015        May, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers that North Korea had executed its defense chief by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        May, Warring forces in South Sudan carried out horrific crimes against children, including castration, rape and tying them together before slitting their throats. At least 129 children were reported killed.
    (AP, 6/19/15)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.A6)
2015        May, Turkish police arrested 53 people on suspicion of pimping and prostitution in raids on 25 addresses in five provinces across the south and southeast, after receiving reports that patrons of swinger clubs were bringing prostitutes to the sex parties. On Aug 3 local media said prosecutors have demanded jail sentences of up to 177 years for 29 people in the southeastern province of Adana suspected of setting up swingers' clubs.
    (AP, 8/3/15)

2015        Jun 1, Key provisions of the US Patriot Act expired early today after the Senate failed to prevent their lapse, plunging US national security efforts into potential disarray as the country faces persistent extremist threats.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, US-led NATO drills began in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia's nervous neighbors amid tensions over Ukraine.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, Jean Ritchie (92), Kentucky-born folk singer, died at her home in Berea, Ky.
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.D2)
2015        Jun 1, A Canadian court ordered tobacco firms to pay Can$15.5 billion (US$12.4 billion) to smokers in Quebec who claimed they were never warned about the health risks associated with smoking. Imperial Tobacco Canada, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald said they would appeal.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 1, In China the cruise boat Eastern Star was hit by a freak tornado and capsized on the Yangtze River with 456 people onboard. By the next day only 14 people, including the ship's captain, were found alive since the ship capsized. The disaster left at least 103 people dead and nearly 340 missing. The numbers were later reduced to 12 survivors and 442 dead.
    (Reuters, 6/2/15)(Reuters, 6/3/15)(AP, 6/5/15)(AFP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 1, In China the official Hebei Daily newspaper said China’s biggest steelmaking province, Hebei, will order its big industrial emitters to pay for the pollution they discharge via a regional trading scheme beginning next year.
    (Reuters, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, In China a ban on smoking in public places in Beijing went into effect.
    (SFC, 6/2/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 1, In India journalist Jagendra Singh was set on fire and killed in Uttar Pradesh state. Before he succumbed to his burns, Singh implicated Uttar Pradesh's dairy minister, Ram Murti Verma, and two police officers in the attack.
    (AP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 1, Iran’s Fars news agency reported that Iranian Mahan Air, that acquired nine passenger jets in defiance of US sanctions, will begin using them on international routes this week. Mahan Air acquired eight second-hand Airbus A340s and one Airbus A321 in early May. The US Treasury imposed sanctions on two firms based in Iraq and the United Arab Emirates on suspicion of helping the purchase.
    (Reuters, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, In Iraq 3 Islamic State suicide bombers targeted a police base in western Anbar province with explosives-laden Humvees, killing at least 47 police and Shiite militiamen in the Tharthar area north of the IS-held Ramadi.
    (AP, 6/1/15)(AP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 1, Kenya police said they have launched an investigation into photos posted on social media that appear to show officers mercilessly whipping a group of young Somali men.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, In Lebanon at least 6 people were killed when dozens of tents at a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley caught fire.
    (Reuters, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, Malaysian media reported that Muslim Rohingya women who were held at human-trafficking camps in Thailand and Malaysia were subjected to gang rapes by their captors, assaults that left at least two of them pregnant.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 1, The government of Mauritius designated Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (56) as the Indian Ocean island nation's new president, making her the first woman to hold the ceremonial position.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, Nigeria's anti-corruption agency said it has arrested six senior officials from the country's central bank and 16 from commercial banks over alleged currency fraud. The former governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako (72), turned himself in for questioning at the country's anti-graft agency following claims of money laundering.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)(AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 1, In southeast Nigeria armed robbers shot and hacked to death Denis Dagnan (62) a French tourist camping with his wife in the bush. His wife Lavaud Liana Dagnan (53) was unharmed.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 1, In Northern Ireland paying for sex became illegal today making it the only part of Britain to adopt more stringent legislation aimed at punishing clients of prostitutes instead of sex workers.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, Romania slashed its sales tax on food and non-alcoholic drinks in a move the government hopes will generate jobs, boost consumer spending and help the poor.
    (AP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, In South Africa a lion leapt through an open car window and mauled to death an American tourist at a privately-run game park just outside Johannesburg.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, South Korea and China signed a free trade deal that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades.
    (AP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, South Korean health officials said more than 680 people are being isolated after having contact with patients infected with the MERS virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.
    (AP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, In Tanzania elephant census figures showed a "catastrophic decline" of around 60 percent over the last five years.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 1, Ukraine said at least 2 civilians and 3 Ukrainian troops have been killed in eastern Ukraine despite the ongoing cease-fire over the last 24 hours. The UN said that more than 6,400 people had been killed from the beginning of the conflict in mid-April 2014 to May 30, 2015.
    (AP, 6/1/15)(AFP, 6/1/15)
2015        Jun 1, In Yemen at least 8 civilians were killed and 20 wounded in explosions sparked by Saudi-led air strikes on rebel arms depots in Sanaa. Some 15 Houthi fighters were killed in clashes late today with pro-Hadi fighters in Dhalea province.
    (AFP, 6/1/15)    (Reuters, 6/2/15)

2015        Jun 2, The US Senate passed the USA Freedom Act and Pres. Obama swiftly signed it into law. It replaced and reformed a recently lapsed provision of the Patriot Act. This will stop the indiscriminate harvesting of the phone-call records by the NSA. It also contained changes to shine some light on the secret “FISA court” established by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
    (Econ, 6/6/15, p.20)
2015        Jun 2, US law enforcement officials said the FBI is operating a small fleet of low flying planes, traced to at least 13 fake companies across the country, carrying surveillance technology for ongoing investigations without a judge’s approval.
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 2, In Florida a Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Shoemaker (22) was sentenced to eighteen months in prison for secretly videotaping female trainees as they undressed for showers aboard the submarine Wyoming. He was the 4th crew member to be sentenced to prison. Three more crew members awaited trial.
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 2, In Boston Dias Kadyrbayev (21), a friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to six years in prison for not calling police when he recognized Tsarnaev as a suspect in 2013.
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 2, The FBI and Boston police confronted Usaama Rahim (26) on a sidewalk and fatally shot him after he refused to drop a knife. Rahim was suspected of planning to randomly kill police officers. On June 12 Nicholas Rovinsky (24) of Rhode Island and David Wright (25) of Massachusetts were charged with conspiring with Rahim to kill US citizens.
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.A7)(SFC, 6/13/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 2, Irwin A. Rose, 2004 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, died in Deerfield, Mass. He shared the prize with two Israeli scientists. Their work explained how living cells recycle and dispose unneeded molecules.
    (SFC, 6/5/15, p.D5)
2015        Jun 2, Disney said it will be introducing a new line of toys that combine high-tech wearable gadgets and old-school superhero role-playing to keep kids moving. Disney’s Playmation will hit stores in October and cost $120.
    (SFC, 6/3/15, p.C3)
2015        Jun 2, In Afghanistan militants attacked a remote guesthouse and killed 9 Afghans working for a Czech charity in Balkh province. A new report by US-based Brown University said that almost 100,000 people have been killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion.
    (AP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, Bahraini authorities said they have busted a 14-member Shiite "terrorist" group accused of having carried out bomb attacks on police and civilians in the Sunni-ruled monarchy.
    (AFP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 2, Protesters in Burundi clashed again with police just three days ahead of parliamentary elections after a month of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a controversial third term.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, In eastern Congo DRC 4 soldiers and 3 assailants were killed overnight when a gang raided the Goma airport during an apparent robbery.
    (Reuters, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, In France police evacuated hundreds of migrants from a makeshift tent camp near a major train station and tourist area in Paris, then bulldozed their leftover debris from a patch of pavement that had become a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis.
    (AP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, In Iraq a car bomb struck near a restaurant in Baghdad, killing 6 people.
    (AP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, The United States and its allies launched 10 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and five in Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, In northeastern Nepal a small helicopter on an earthquake relief mission crashed in high mountains, killing at least 4 people.
    (Reuters, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, The Dutch Safety Board made a draft report on last year's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 available to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Netherlands. It did not publicize details of the confidential draft.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jun 2, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram attacked Maiduguri with deafening explosions from the west and a suicide bombing near the center killed at least 13 people.
    (AP, 6/2/15)(AFP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 2, A local Salafist leader was shot dead in Gaza City during a confrontation with Hamas security forces as tensions mounted between the Strip's Islamist rulers and its extremist opponents.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, Philippine President Benigno Aquino began a four-day visit to Japan that will see him court investment and seek support for his opposition to China's land reclamation in the South China Sea.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, Polish authorities said they will cull about 5,800 pigs to prevent the spread of African swine fever.
    (AP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, South Korea confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the virus.
    (AP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in for another five years after he swept elections in April marked by a low turnout and an opposition boycott.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, In Switzerland Sepp Blatter, recently re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term, announced that he would resign. Blatter said he would remain president until a new election can be set up, sometime between December and March.
    (AP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 2, Syrian militants sent reinforcements to fight the Islamic State group in the northern province of Aleppo, where rival factions battled near the Turkish border.
    (AP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, In Thailand three-star Lieutenant General Manus Kongpan, accused of involvement in human trafficking, turned himself in to authorities.
    (Reuters, 6/2/15)  
2015        Jun 2, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan filed a criminal complaint against the opposition daily Cumhuriyet newspaper and its editor for publishing images allegedly showing trucks belonging to the state intelligence service helping send weapons to rebels in Syria. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders condemned Erdogan over his recent attacks on the journalists.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)
2015        Jun 2, In Yemen armed tribesmen killed 18 Houthi fighters in an ambush in the central province of Ibb. 4 people died of dengue fever in the battle-scarred district of Crater.
    (Reuters, 6/2/15)(Reuters, 6/3/15)

2015        Jun 3, US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken said more than 10,000 jihadists have been killed in air strikes against the Islamic State group over a nine-month coalition campaign. The coalition has launched about 4,000 air strikes on them.
    (AFP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, US defense officials said India and the United States have sealed an agreement to jointly develop protective gear for soldiers against biological and chemical warfare, and another on building generators.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, The United States returned to the Philippine government more than $1 million from the forfeited assets of Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, a discharged Filipino general accused of stashing illegally obtained wealth in America.
    (AP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, Harvard Univ. announced that John Paulson (59), a US hedge-fund manager, has donated $400 million to Harvard, the biggest it has ever received.
    (http://tinyurl.com/oyo6w34)(Econ, 6/13/15, p.30)
2015        Jun 3, Texas executed Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on the state's death row who had said he was wrongly convicted of killing four men in 1983 and had spent three decades trying to halt his capital punishment.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, Brazil’s Central Bank raised interest rate by half a point to 13.75% in an effort to bring inflation down from 8% to 4.5%.
    (Econ, 6/6/15, p.27)
2015        Jun 3, Britain’s Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay plc (TLSB) named China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) as preferred bidder for a £300 million ($548 million, 412 million euros) contract the world's first artificial tidal lagoon.
    (AFP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Chechnya masked men, some wielding hammers, stormed the office of the Russian Committee Against Torture in Grozny, smashing computers, doors and office equipment. Police arrived only after the incident was over.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, The Czech government said it has approved a long-term plan to increase nuclear power production with one more reactor at the Temelin nuclear plant and another at the Dukovany plant, with an option to build yet another reactor at each plant.
    (AP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Egypt gunmen on a motorbike killed two policemen guarding the tourist site of the Giza pyramids in Cairo.
    (AFP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Iraq bombings targeting public places killed 11 people around Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Iraq US and coalition forces conducted 18 air strikes targeting Islamic State in 10 cities over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, Mexico's supreme court ruled it is unconstitutional for Mexican states to bar same-sex marriages. The court's ruling was considered a "jurisprudential thesis" and did not invalidate any state laws, meaning gay couples denied the right to wed would have to turn to the courts individually.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Nigeria an explosion on the Baga Road in Maiduguri killed 18 people.
    (AFP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 3, Amnesty International said more than 8,000 people have died while being held prisoner by Nigeria's armed forces in the campaign against Islamist group Boko Haram, many of them deliberately killed.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, A Romanian court handed Mihai Necolaiciuc, the former general manager of the state railway company (2000-2004), a 10-year prison sentence for his role in defrauding the company of 56.7 million euros (63 million). Two former railway managers were handed eight-year sentences in the same case. Necolaiciuc was arrested in the United States in 2009.
    (AP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Switzerland the upper house of parliament voted through a bill dubbed "Lex FIFA", aimed at cracking down on corruption inside international organizations.
    (AFP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, Syrian troops and militia battled to repel an Islamic State attack on the city of Hasaka in the northeast.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, A Syrian security source said thousands of Iranian and Iraqi fighters have been deployed in past weeks to bolster the defenses of Damascus and its surroundings.
     (AFP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Syria Keith Broomfield (36), an American from Massachusetts, was killed while fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State near Kobani.
    (SFC, 6/12/15, p.A2)(SFC, 6/15/15, p.A10)
2015        Jun 3, In southern Thailand 4 soldiers were killed in an attack by suspected insurgents on a rural road in Raman district, Yala province.
    (AP, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Turkey assailants fired on a campaign vehicle belonging to a pro-Kurdish party and killed its driver, in the latest violence against politicians or political parties ahead of the June 7 general election.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 3, Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists fought their first serious battles in months. Ukraine's defense minister said an attempt by rebels to take the eastern town of Maryinka had been thwarted. 15 fighters and civilians were reported killed as a result of shelling on rebel territory.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015        Jun 3, Venezuela barred former Zulia state governor Pablo Perez from holding office for 10 years, the latest in a series of opposition politicians to be banned.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jun 3, In Yemen Saudi-led air strikes killed a group of around 20 Houthi fighters outside the southern port city of Aden and also shook the capital Sanaa in the north.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)

2015        Jun 4, American officials said China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the US government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers. The attack was uncovered in April and had apparently been going on for several months. On July 9 the Obama administration said hackers stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and snatched other sensitive information.
    (SFC, 6/5/15, p.A10)(Econ, 6/13/15, p.29)(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 4, US government experts recommended approval for a pill, flibanserin made by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, to boost sexual desire in women.
    (SFC, 6/5/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 4, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his 2nd bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 6/5/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 4, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeted a police checkpoint at the entrance of Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, killing at least 4 people.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, Britain's newly elected government announced plans to sell off its remaining stake in Royal Mail and slash ministry budgets in a bid to cut £4.5 billion ($6.9 billion, 6.1 billion euros) from state debt this year.
    (AFP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, British police arrested four Polish drivers on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration after 68 people were found inside lorries at Harwich International Port.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 4, Colombia and FARC rebels agreed on the terms of an 11-member Truth Commission as peace talks continued in Havana.
    (Econ, 7/4/15, p.28)
2015        Jun 4, In Germany more than 30,000 people in Munich demonstrated against a G7 summit starting at the weekend in Bavaria. Environmentalists, opposition parties and anti-globalization activists called the rally under the banner "Stop TTIP - Save the Climate - Fight Poverty".
    (AFP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, In Ghana an explosion hit a petrol station in Accra. Flooding swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station that killed over 150 people and set alight neighboring buildings. Local media said many people had died in various parts of Accra following two days of torrential rain.
    (Reuters, 6/4/15)(AFP, 6/5/15)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 4, Greece said it is opting to bundle four payments due to the IMF this month into one payment on June 30.
    (SFC, 6/5/15, p.C3)
2015        Jun 4, In India a group of rebels using rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons ambushed a military convoy in Manipur state, killing at least 21 soldiers and wounding 14 others.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, An Iraqi official said Islamic State militants have reduced the amount of water flowing to government-held areas in western Anbar province. UN officials urgently called for almost $498 million in donations to provide shelter, food, water and other life-saving services for the next six months to Iraqis displaced or affected by the fighting.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, Israel and Saudi Arabia admitted at a conference in America that they have held a series of meetings over shared interests.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.47)
2015        Jun 4, Israeli warplanes struck multiple militant targets in the Gaza Strip early today in response to Palestinian rocket fire, but nobody was injured according to Palestinian security sources.
    (AFP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, Japan and the Philippines agreed to start talks on transferring Japanese military hardware and technology to the Southeast Asian country trying to upgrade its defenses.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, In Libya 545 illegal migrants who had hoped to set off at dawn for a new life in Europe were arrested in Tripoli.
    (AFP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, Myanmar's armed forces discharged 51 child soldiers from its ranks, bringing the total number of discharges this year so far to 93.
    (Reuters, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, NATO said Russia was delivering sophisticated weaponry to rebels in eastern Ukraine, renewing long-standing accusations amid the worst upsurge in fighting in months between the Kiev government's forces and pro-Russian rebels.
    (Reuters, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, In northeastern Nigeria a suicide bomber struck in the main market in the city of Yola, killing 35 people. 10 more people died by the next day bringing the death toll to 45. A suicide bomber exploded a car at a checkpoint outside a military barracks and killed 8 soldiers in Maiduguri.
    (Reuters, 6/5/15)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 4, North Korea accused the United States of targeting it with anthrax and asked the UN Security Council to investigate Washington's "biological warfare schemes. The US Pentagon recently said live anthrax samples, which can be used as a biological weapon, have been inadvertently sent to Australia, Canada, Britain, South Korea and laboratories in 19 US states and Washington, D.C.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 4, In Portugal nurses in the public health system began a 48-hour walkout to protest pay cuts and working conditions disrupting services at hospitals and health centers.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said it has broken up a ring that was smuggling firearms into the country from Latvia. One Latvian citizen and eight Russians were arrested in the case.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, South Korea confirmed a third death from MERS. 1,164 schools and kindergartens were reported to be temporarily shut down.
    (SFC, 6/5/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 4, In Geneva, Switzerland, prosecutors said HSBC will pay 40 million Swiss francs ($43 million) to settle an investigation over allegations the bank helped rich clients avoid taxes.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, In Syria Islamic State group jihadists, emboldened by a string of battlefield victories, advanced to the gates of Hasakeh after intense fighting with regime troops.
    (AFP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, Turkish government official said more than 3,300 Syrians have crossed into Turkey in the past two days fleeing fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces in northern Syria's Tel Abyad region.
    (AP, 6/4/15)
2015        Jun 4, In central Yemen warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition pounded rebel positions as air raids intensified amid attempts to revive UN-proposed talks in Switzerland.
    (AFP, 6/4/15)

2015        Jun 5, A US government watchdog said Social Security overpaid disability beneficiaries by nearly $17 billion over the past decade.
    (SFC, 6/6/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 5, US officials said the United States has quietly started delivering promised arms for Iraqi soldiers from a $1.6 billion fund approved by Congress last year.
    (Reuters, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Boston Azamat Tazhayakov, a college friend of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to 3½ years in prison after he tearfully apologized to the residents of Boston for impeding the investigation into the 2013 attack while authorities frantically searched for the suspects.
    (AP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Texas a pool party for teens in the Dallas suburb of McKinney turned into a confrontation with police and video soon emerged of Cpl. Eric Casebolt drawing a gun and throwing a black bikini-clad girl (14) to the ground.
    (SFC, 6/9/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 5, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 6 members of a family in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. Another roadside bomb killed 5 civilians in Ghazni province. A bombing targeting a passing army vehicle killed a woman and a child near Kabul.
    (SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 5, Australian businessman Alan Bond (b.1938) died in Perth.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.62)
2015        Jun 5, British regulators said they have fined Lloyds Banking Group £117 million for unfair treatment of customer complaints after they were mis-sold an insurance product. Lloyds and other British banks had already been ordered to compensate customers for mis-selling PPI insurance products.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Burundi police shot dead a protester in the capital amid renewed demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Europe's rights court backed the decision of a French court to allow a man in a vegetative state to be taken off life support.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said marriage license applications from same-sex couples will be accepted after a federal judge's decision made the island the first US territory to recognize gay marriage. The decision goes into effect at 8 a.m. on June 9, when gay couples can begin applying for marriage licenses.
    (AP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Honduras thousands of protesters marched through the capital demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez over a corruption scandal that has seen growing calls for him to quit. Earlier this week Hernandez admitted his conservative ruling National Party had accepted money that had been misappropriated from social security funds.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 5, India’s Food and Safety Standards Authority imposed a ban on the Maggi brand of instant noodles made by Nestle India after a food-safety agency in Uttar Pradesh found excessive levels of lead in the noodles. Export of the noodles was allowed on June 30, but a ban on local sales remained in place.
    (Econ, 7/4/15, p.55)
2015        Jun 5, Former Iraqi foreign minister Tareq Aziz (79) died. Aziz had been on death row since October 2010 after being convicted of murder and crimes against humanity. Jordanian authorities soon accepted a request from his family to bring his remains to be buried in Jordan.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 5, Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched in support of a Susya, a West Bank village slated for demolition, a plan they said epitomizes the Israeli occupation. Israel's High Court ruled in May that Susya's 340 residents could be relocated and its structures demolished.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Japanese automaker Mazda said it is recalling nearly 540,000 older cars and pickup trucks in the US and Canada, adding to the growing list of models under recall for air bags that potentially can explode with too much force. Last month Takata and the US government agreed to double the number of inflators it recalled to 33.8 million.
    (AP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Malaysia a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck near Mount Kinabalu. At least 16 people were killed with two missing.
    (AP, 6/5/15)(AFP, 6/6/15)(Reuters, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 5, The head of Mali's main Tuareg-led rebel groups said his movement will sign a final deal on June 20 to end the conflict in the west African nation.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Norway's parliament voted to pull its sovereign wealth fund -- the world's biggest -- out of coal, in what is seen as a major victory for environmentalists.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Pakistani officials said 8 of the 10 men reportedly convicted and jailed for attempting to murder schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in October 2012 were actually cleared. The man suspected of actually firing the gun at Malala, named by officials as Ataullah Khan, was believed to be on the run in Afghanistan, along with Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, who ordered the attack.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, A member of the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas died when a smuggling tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip near the Israeli border.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Romania’s PM Victor Ponta refused to step down after being hit by corruption allegations, the highest sitting Romanian leader targeted in a long-running anti-graft campaign in one of the EU's poorest nations.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Russia successfully launched a Soyuz 2.1A rocket from the Plesetsk launch pad placing a military satellite into a designated orbit.
    (SFC, 6/6/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 5, Four Saudi troops, including an officer, were reported killed after an attack was launched from the Yemeni side on border areas in Jizan and Najran.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 5, Syrian war planes bombed Islamic State fighters trying to advance into the northeastern city of Hasaka.
    (Reuters, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Turkey two explosions tore through a rally of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir. 2 people were killed and some 200 wounded.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 5, The Vatican appointed its first auditor-general in Pope Francis' latest move aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
    (Reuters, 6/5/15)   
2015        Jun 5, Yemen's exiled government and Huthi Shiite rebels agreed to attend UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva, provisionally set for June 14, aimed at ending a more than two-month war that has cost over 2,000 lives.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)

2015        Jun 6, At the finals for the DARPA Robotic Challenge in Pomona, Ca., a robot named Hubo, developed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, (KAIST) won the $2 million first place prize.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.77)
2015        Jun 6, Ronnie Gilbert (b.1926), a member of the Weavers folk singing group, died in Mill Valley, Ca. Other members of the Weavers included Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman.
    (SFC, 6/8/15, p.D1)
2015        Jun 6, In New York American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza and owned by Ahmed Zayat (52), won the Triple Crown Trophy at the Belmont Stakes. The last triple crown went to Affirmed in 1978.
    (AP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, In New York state convicted murderers Richard Matt (48) and David Sweat (34) used power tools to cut through steel walls and pipes to escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. For days after the break corrections officers beat and abused inmates in an effort to extract information about the escape. By August 12 nine officers were suspended and the prison’s leadership removed.
    (SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A7)(SFC, 6/8/15, p.A7)(SFC, 8/12/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 6, In Afghanistan insurgents attacked a convoy of de-miners, allowing all but six to walk free in Logar province. Some 300 hundred Taliban insurgents launched a major assault on the Yamgan district of Badakhshan province. A roadside bomb killed 6 civilians in Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 6/7/15)(SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 6, Bangladesh and India sealed a historic land pact to swap territories in the presence of visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi premier Sheikh Hasina.  This will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo. India announced a "US$2 billion line of credit" to Bangladesh in an effort to deepen bilateral ties.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, Pope Francis arrived in Sarajevo for a visit aimed at bolstering reconciliation between war-scarred Bosnia's Serb, Croat and Muslim communities.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, Chinese and Japanese finance ministers held talks in Beijing to deepen economic cooperation that had been delayed for about two years over strained relations between the Asian giants.
    (AP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, China's foreign ministry said Hungary has become the first European country to sign a cooperation agreement for the new "Silk Road" initiative to develop trade and transport infrastructure across Asia and beyond.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, An Egyptian court quashed a February decision by another tribunal branding the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas a "terrorist" group.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, The EU extended sanctions imposed on three people Ukraine suspects of having embezzled funds under former President Viktor Yanukovich. Asset freezes on ex-justice minister Olena Lukash, former education and science minister Dmytro Tabachnyk and Serhiy Klyuyev, the businessman brother of Yanukovich's former chief of staff, were to have expired today.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, In Germany thousands of demonstrators packed the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, protesting over a wide range of causes before the arrival of the leaders of the G7 industrialized democracies for a two-day summit.
    (AP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, A German man (65) died after contracting MERS during a trip to Abu Dhabi, in the first death linked to the virus in Europe this year.
    (AFP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 6, The Indian army killed 3 militants along in Kashmir the disputed border with Pakistan, foiling the third infiltration attempt in the past two weeks.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, Iraqi Government forces and Shiite militiamen repelled two Islamic State group attacks in Anbar province. In eastern Iraq a suicide car bomb ripped through roadside restaurants at the entrance to the town of Baladruz, killing at least 15 people.
    (AP, 6/6/15)(AFP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 6, In southern Mexico a self-defense militia was attacked by a rival faction in the village of Xolapa leaving at least 10 people dead.
    (AFP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 6, In northeastern Nigeria a bomb blast hit a cattle market in Borno state late today, with as many as 16 people dead.
    (Reuters, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 6, In southwest Pakistan gunmen in Quetta opened fire on a vehicle carrying police officers, killing 4 of them before fleeing.
    (AP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, In the southern Philippines members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group beheaded a pro-government militiaman. 2 militants were also killed in the fighting against soldiers and pro-government volunteers on Basilan island.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, Russia's anti-terrorism committee said police in the Dagestan region killed militant Suleiman Zainalobinov during the night after they stopped his car and he opened fire.
    (AP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, South Korea confirmed nine more cases of the MERS virus, which has killed four people, but said it did not represent a spread of the outbreak as the infected were already in quarantine.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, South Sudan's rebels claimed they had seized control of key oilfields in the north of the country after weeks of heavy fighting with government forces.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, In Ukraine opponents of a gay rights march held in Kiev threw smoke bombs and tear gas. Police said five officers were injured as well as four of the estimated 300 marchers.
    (AP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, Yemen's dominant Houthi group and its army allies fired a Scud missile at Saudi Arabia which the kingdom says it shot down. Eyewitnesses said around 10 Arab air strikes pounded Houthi positions in Aden's northwest suburbs.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)

2015        Jun 7, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters halted a car carrying six mine removers and abducted them in Logar province. The Taliban launched an assault on Afghan security forces in the Gizab district, Uruzgan province. In the northeastern Badakhshan province, Afghan security forces launched an operation to retake checkpoints overrun by the Taliban in Yamgan district.
    (AP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, Thousands living near the Bangladesh-India border celebrated an historic agreement that will allow them to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
    (AFP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, British actor Christopher Lee (b.1922) died in London. He appeared in over 250 movies and is best known for his role as Count Dracula in a slew of “Hammer Horror” thrillers. His films included “The Man With the Golden Gun” (1974).
    (SFC, 6/12/15, p.A6)(Econ, 6/20/15, p.90)
2015        Jun 7, The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship which capsized during a storm in the Yangtze River on June 1 jumped to 431, with 11 still missing.
    (Reuters, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, European rescue boats were bringing hundreds of migrants saved at sea to Italian ports, prompting the country's center-right politicians to vow that their regions won't shelter any more of them.
    (AP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, In Germany leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations backed a tough line toward Moscow at the start of a summit in the Bavarian Alps, with US Pres. Barack Obama urging the gathering to stand up to Russian aggression in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, Iraqi forces advanced against the Islamic State jihadist group in Baiji as they battled to retake the strategic town for a second time.
    (AFP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, Israeli warplanes struck Gaza early today for the second time in three days after cross-border rocket fire by an Islamic extremist group which is locked in a power struggle with Hamas.
    (AFP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, Mexicans voted in midterm elections as protesters burned some ballots in the troubled southern state of Guerrero amid threats by radical teachers to block the vote. Voters elected their first independent gubernatorial candidate, Jaime Rodriguez of Nuevo Leon state, seen as a protest against party politics, while giving the ruling party a lead in Congress.
    (AFP, 6/7/15)(AP, 6/8/15)(SFC, 6/8/15, p.A3)
2015        Jun 7, In northern Mexico says a truck carrying US visas to consulates in Monterrey and Guadalajara was hijacked and the visas stolen. Some approved border crossing cards also were stolen.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 7, Saudi state-linked news websites reported that the Supreme Court has upheld an internationally condemned verdict against Raif Badawi (31), a liberal blogger who was publicly flogged after being found guilty of insulting Islam.
    (AP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, South Korea bowed to public pressure and identified 24 health facilities where infections took place or MERS patients visited. It reported 14 confirmed new cases of MERS and a 5th death.
    (Reuters, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, The Syrian army said it had repulsed a major offensive by Islamic State militants in the northeastern city of Hasaka and driven out fighters who had taken over key installations on the southern edge of the city. US-led aircraft bombed Islamic State group fighters as they battled rival Syrian rebels, including Al-Qaeda loyalists, for the first time overnight.
    (Reuters, 6/7/15)(AFP, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 7, In Syria an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in the northern province of Aleppo killed 7 family members, including a couple and their five children.
    (AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 7, Turkey held parliamentary elections. President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party lost its parliamentary majority. The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), crossed a 10 percent threshold to enter parliament for the first time. The HDP won 13% and an estimated 80 seats. The far right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) took 16% of the vote and 80 seats. The Republican People’s Party won 25% of the vote and 112 seats.
    (Reuters, 6/7/15)(Reuters, 6/8/15)(Econ, 6/13/15, p.49)
2015        Jun 7, In Ukraine a search and rescue operation began after a border patrol boat with a crew of seven sank off the port city of Mariupol following an explosion. One crew member was killed and five wounded. The government blamed a separatist-made bomb.
    (Reuters, 6/7/15)(AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 7, In Yemen 20 civilians were among at least 45 people killed in Saudi-led air strikes on the rebel-held armed forces headquarters in Sanaa early today.
    (AFP, 6/7/15)

2015        Jun 8, The US Supreme Court ruled that the American president rather than Congress has authority to decide policy on matters of sovereignty such as the US stance on the status of Jerusalem. The Supreme Court also struck down a disputed law that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their US passports.
    (AFP, 6/8/15)    (AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, In Afghanistan US Department of Defense civilian employee Krissie K. Davis (54) was killed in a rocket attack on the sprawling Bagram military base.
    (Reuters, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 8, Belgian police carried out 21 raids on targets linked to suspected Chechen Islamist extremists. local media reported that 16 people had been detained.
    (Reuters, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, In Egypt two militant attacks in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula have killed one soldier and wounded four.
    (AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, A UN investigation said Eritrea's government is responsible for systematic and widespread human rights abuses on an almost unprecedented scale, driving some 5,000 Eritreans to flee every month.
    (AFP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, In Germany G7 leaders agreed to wean their economies off carbon fuels and supported a global goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. G7 leaders also said they were concerned about tensions in the East and South China Seas and called for countries to abide by international law.
    (Reuters, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Iceland announced the lifting of capital controls imposed in 2008.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.69)
2015        Jun 8, Iranian authorities arrested Hamid Baghaei, a former vice president who served under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the second such detention of a senior official from the hard-line former leader's administration.
    (AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Iran’s health ministry said it plans to open 150 alcohol treatment centers in an acknowledgement of the scale of abuse in a country where drinking is illegal.
    (AFP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Italy's government attempted to call the country's powerful northern regions to order after they point-black refused to accommodate more migrants.
    (AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Madagascan police smashed open the car windows of an opposition lawmaker late today and seized the equivalent of $74,000 in cash, two weeks after parliament voted to dismiss the president. Female lawmaker Lanto Rakotomanga was stopped by police in the capital Antananarivo outside a meeting held by Andry Rajoelina, who came to power in the 2009 coup and is now a rival to the president.
    (AFP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 8, In Pakistan at least 19 Islamist militants and 7 government soldiers were killed in a fierce gun battle early near Dattakhel, North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, In Poland Emirati PM Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the emir of Dubai, met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski as the two countries sought greater cooperation in the areas of tourism, agriculture, higher education and scientific research.
    (AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Portugal's finance ministry said it intends to pay back this month almost 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) it owes to the International Monetary Fund.
    (AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Spanish police said they had dismantled a trafficking ring they said used voodoo rituals -- including animal sacrifice -- to force Nigerian women into prostitution in Spain. Six traffickers were arrested and four of the victims freed.
    (AFP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Spain's air traffic controllers began four days of partial strikes that could cause major traffic disruptions as the summer vacation season gets underway.
    (AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Sudanese security agents prevented seven senior opposition figures from traveling to a European parliament meeting in France and confiscated their passports.
    (AFP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, In northwest Syria at least 49 civilians, including six children, were killed in government air strikes on the town of Al-Janudiyah, Idlib province. Syria's PM Wael al-Halaki said the government would give a monthly bonus of 10,000 Syrian pounds ($37) to soldiers fighting on the frontlines.
    (AFP, 6/8/15)(AP, 6/8/15)
2015        Jun 8, Popular Zambian singer Fumba Chama, also known as Pilato, was arrested after being accused by supporters of President Edgar Lungu of mocking the leader in a song that police said could provoke public clashes.
    (Reuters, 6/8/15)

2015        Jun 9, US traders said Cuba has suspended imports of US chicken citing a bird flu epidemic ravaging the US poultry industry. More than 44 million chickens, turkeys and other birds have been culled since last December.
    (Reuters, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, US and allied forces reported 14 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria against Islamic State militants over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded two northern California marine sanctuaries. The Gulf of the Farallones sanctuary grew from 1,282 to 3,295 square miles and was renamed the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary expanded from 529 to 1,286 square miles.
    (SFC, 6/9/15, p.D1)
2015        Jun 9, A US federal appeals court upheld parts of Texas’s strict antiabortion law. The decision could leave as few as seven abortion clinics operating in the state.
    (SFC, 6/9/15, p.A8)
2015        Jun 9, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt, videotaped pulling a gun out at a teen pool party, resigned in the latest racially-charged incident involving alleged excessive force by US law enforcement.
    (AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 9, Hewlett-Packard Co. said that it pay the $100 million to a settlement fund to resolve a lawsuit to settle class-action litigation tied to the 2011 acquisition of software maker Autonomy. The money ultimately will go to people who bought HP shares between Aug. 19, 2011 and Nov. 20, 2012.
    (AP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, Afghan officials said a teachers strike demanding higher pay has shut down at least 27 schools in Kabul.
    (AP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, In Argentina transportation unions began a national strike to demand the government lower their income tax rates to offset inflation they say is eroding their earnings. Private economists have estimated inflation at around 35 percent.
    (AP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, In China a boy (13) and his three younger sisters died after drinking liquid pesticide at home in their village of Tiankan. They had been abandoned by their parents and neglected by government workers. Two village heads were soon fired and three other officials — including the district education chief — were suspended from their work and were being investigated.
    (AP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 9, Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, said it aims to reduce the country's surging fertility rate to 2.4 over the next 15 years, from its current rate of 3.5.
    (AP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, In eastern India police killed at least 12 Maoist rebels in a clash early today in one of their strongholds in Palamau district in Jharkhand state. Indian special forces attacked rebel camps in Myanmar and claimed to have killed 40 rebels, but locals said there were no fatalities.
    (AP, 6/9/15)(CSM, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 9, In Nigeria Bukola Saraki, a former governor of Kwara state, was elected as head of the Senate and the third most powerful figure in the country. 3 women wearing explosive vests blew up near Maiduguri in an apparent failed suicide bombing attack on the city.
    (AP, 6/9/15)(AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 9, Pakistani military jets reportedly killed 12 militants in airstrikes in the northwestern Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, Romania's parliament voted 231-120 to keep the immunity of PM Victor Ponta, who is a suspect in a corruption probe.
    (AP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, South Korea reported its seventh death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as the government said it hoped to end the crisis this week. Eight new infections brought the total number of cases to 95.
    (AFP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, In Syria rebel fighters captured Liwa 52, a major Syrian army base in the south of the country. Hezbollah fighters came under attack from Islamic State militants for the first time in the Qalamoun campaign. 11 IS fighters were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, In southeastern Turkey an Islamic aid group leader was shot dead as he left his office in the Diyarbakir 3 people were killed in the mainly Kurdish southeast when a clash broke out after the head of an Islamic aid group was shot dead outside his office.
    (Reuters, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, Ukraine said 8 government servicemen have been killed - seven of them in a single land mine blast - in the past 24 hours in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, Ukraine urgently evacuated hundreds of residents from the site of a series of fuel depot blasts near Kiev that set off a ferocious fire and left several people missing and at least one confirmed dead.
    (AFP, 6/9/15)
2015        Jun 9, In Yemen a series of airstrikes from the Saudi-led military coalition targeted the Defense Ministry building, which is under control of Shiite rebels who control Sanaa. The airstrikes also targeted the homes of military commanders allied with the rebels in the northwest Sanaa district of Hamdan.
    (AP, 6/9/15)

2015        Jun 10, US President Barack Obama approved the deployment of 450 more troops to Iraq, in what would nudge the ranks of Washington's "train, advise and assist" mission above 3,500.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 10, Juan Felipe Herrera, former poet laureate of California (2012-2014, was named the new poet laureate of the United States. On September 15 he will replace Charles Wright.
    (SFC, 6/11/15, p.D1)
2015        Jun 10, African leaders meeting at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, signed a 26-nation free trade pact to create a common market that would span half the continent from Cairo to Cape Town. The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) deal must still be fine-tuned and ratified. The deal will integrate three existing trade blocs -- the East African Community, the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
    (AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, Amnesty Int’l. said Azerbaijan has blocked a visit at which it planned to highlight human rights abuses in the south Caucasian republic. Azerbaijan prepared to open the inaugural European Games on June 12. The OSCE said Azerbaijan has ordered it to close its Baku office ahead of the European Games.
    (Reuters, 6/10/15)(AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, announced a new fiscal rule where under normal conditions the government would be banned from running a budget deficit.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.55)
2015        Jun 10, British NGO Global Witness said British oil company Soco International paid off an army officer accused of silencing critics of exploration in Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park. Global Witness published scans of four checks totaling $15,600 (14,000 euros) allegedly issued by Soco's Congolese subsidiary to the major posted to the park. Two receipts for the checks signed by the officer were dated May 15, 2014 and April 30, 2014.
    (AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, In Central African Republic 20 foreign UN peacekeepers reportedly used "excessive force" on four people, killing 2 of them. On July 9 the peacekeepers were sent home and the UN mission MINUSCA said that the men should be prosecuted.
    (Reuters, 7/9/15)
2015        Jun 10, In southern China two girls aged 8 and 14 died in Hunan province after drinking a cola laced with pesticide. A boy (12) was soon identified as the prime suspect in the poisoning.
    (AP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 10, Acclaimed Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura (59) was awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias award for literature. His 2009 novel, "The Man Who Loved Dogs," was praised by critics internationally.
    (AP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, The EU urged its 28 nations to swiftly endorse its plan to relocate 40,000 migrants as 1,000 more migrants arrived in Greece in just one day.
    (AP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, In Egypt a suicide bomber blew himself up just steps away from the ancient Egyptian temple of Karnak in Luxor. Security at Karnak thwarted what would have been a worse attack, by preventing the suicide bomber from entering the temple complex and battling two gunmen who were with him, killing one and capturing the other.
    (AP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, On the French island of Corsica a violent storm lashed one of the world's top walking trails, leaving four people dead.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 10, Iraq’s human rights minister said the remains of 597 people, believed to have been executed by jihadists in the so-called Speicher massacre near Tikrit in 2014, have been exhumed.
    (AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, In Iraq bomb attacks killed 8 people in and around Baghdad as US-led coalition warplanes targeted Islamic State insurgents west of the capital.
    (Reuters, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, Kuwait announced it will send $300 million in humanitarian aid to conflict-hit neighbors Iraq and Yemen.
    (AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, In eastern Libya at least 20 fighters were killed in clashes in Derna between Islamic State and another Islamist force that later declared jihad against its hardline rival. Majlis leader Salem Derbi and around 18 IS fighters were killed.
    (Reuters, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, Mexican police found the dismembered bodies of a 45-year-old Russian woman and her 12-year-old daughter in a garage in Playas de Tijuana, Baja California. A family member was the prime suspect. On June 23 Lawyer Gabriel Gonzalez Celestino said suspect Anastasia Lechtchenko (19) is innocent and had confessed under duress to the crime. He said that she was beaten and sexually abused by police.
    (AP, 6/12/15)(AP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 10, In southern Mali dozens of Islamic militants on motorcycles attacked the town of Misseni in the Sikasso region, killing 2 people.
    (AP, 6/10/15)(SFC, 6/11/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 10, In Syria at least 20 Druze residents were reportedly killed by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in Idlib province.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 10, A Tunisian court annulled a 2011 decree confiscating the assets of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his inner circle after an appeal from the Ben Ali family, infuriating the government.
    (Reuters, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, Tunisia's navy rescued 356 migrants including a two-month-old baby girl off the country's southeastern coast near Ben Guerdane.
    (AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, In Ukraine 3 civilians were killed in a mortar attack near Gorlivka, which is in separatist-held territory north of the regional city of Donetsk. 2 government soldiers were killed and 13 others wounded by separatists using heavy weapons in violation of a ceasefire agreed in February.
    (Reuters, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 10, UNESCO, the UN's cultural agency, said it has named Inle Lake, with its diverse plants and animals and floating gardens, as Myanmar's first biosphere reserve to help safeguard natural ecosystems while promoting sustainable economic development.
    (AP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, The Vatican said Pope Francis has approved the creation of an internal Church tribunal empowered to punish bishops who cover up sex abuse by priests.
    (AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, The Vatican formally committed to share tax information of US citizens with the United States.
    (SFC, 6/11/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 10, In Yemen at least 43 people were killed in heavy fighting overnight and today between supporters of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the country's dominant Houthi group.
    (Reuters, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, Miss Zimbabwe pageant organizers officially stripped Emily Kachote (25) of her title after photographs emerged of the now former beauty queen posing naked.
    (AP, 6/11/15)

2015        Jun 11, In Miami US District Judge Beth Bloom sentenced Raees Qazi (22) to 35 years in prison while his brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi (32), was sentenced to 20 years behind bars. Both US citizens from Pakistan had admitted trying to pull off a terrorist bomb attack against New York City landmarks and later assaulted two deputy US marshals while in custody.
    (AP, 6/11/15)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 11, Ornette Coleman (b.1930), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and jazz saxophonist, died in Manhattan. His 1959 album “The Shape of Jazz to Come” emphasized rhythmic abandon and free improvisation.
    (SFC, 6/12/15, p.A8)
2015        Jun 11, Virginia resident Ali Shukri Amin (17), a tech-savvy US teen, pleaded guilty to using social media to aid the Islamic State group, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In northern Afghanistan Hamidullah Khan, a district attorney in increasingly volatile Faryab province, was killed by a sticky bomb that was attached to his car.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, A court in Bahrain handed down sentences of up to life imprisonment against 57 Shiites accused of plotting attacks against police and other targets. Only 33 of the defendants were in custody. The rest were tried in absentia.
    (AFP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 11, Tim Hunt (72), British Nobel Prize-winning scientist (2001), resigned from his post at University College London over controversial comments he made about female scientists. He had suggested that female scientists could not take criticism without crying, and that relationships between men and women in the laboratory disrupted work.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In northern England a boy (14) stabbed his teacher Vincent Uzomah (50) in the stomach at a school in Bradford in a racially-motivated attack. On August 10 a judge sentenced the boy to six years in custody and a further five years on license.
    (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33847293)(AFP, 8/10/15)
2015        Jun 11, A Cambodia court sentenced a schoolteacher from Australia to five years in prison after finding him guilty of sexually abusing six underage boys.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In China a court sentenced the former security chief to life in prison after convicting him of corruption in a secretly held trial. Zhou Yongkang (72) was spared the death penalty in a decision seen as a show of leniency toward the former Politburo Standing Committee member. He and family members were found to have pocketed more than $20 million.
    (AP, 6/11/15)(Econ, 6/20/15, p.46)
2015        Jun 11, Chinese border guards shot and killed one person who was allegedly trying to illegally cross from North Korea.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, Colombia's FARC rebels attacked an energy pylon in southern Caqueta province, leaving 500,000 people without electricity amid stumbling peace talks.
    (Reuters, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, An Egyptian court sentenced police officer Lt. Yassin Hatem Salahedeen (24) to 15 years in jail over the shooting of leftist female protester Shaima al-Sabbagh (34) during a peaceful rally last January 24.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 11, Iran’s judiciary said the son of Iran's former president Akbar Rafsanjani will be jailed for 10 years after being convicted of financial and security crimes.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In Iraq anti-IS forces launched a wide-ranging military operation to clear "the last Daesh (IS) pockets along the Tigris River" around Baiji.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, US and coalition forces conducted 13 air strikes targeting Islamic State in Iraq, as well as 10 strikes against the militant group in Syria.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 11, Kenya said it has set a goal to get 100,000 Somali refugees to return home voluntarily by the end of the year.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In Kazakhstan NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Russia's Anton Shkaplerov returned to Earth after 199 days on the Int’l. Space station, nearly a month longer than planned.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, The Malaysian tanker MT Orkim Harmony, loaded with 7.5 million liters (2 million gallons) of gasoline belonging to national oil company Petronas, was believed hijacked as it headed to northern Kuantan near Singapore. The crew consisted of 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Myanmar national. 8 pirates, believed to be Indonesians, abandoned the MT Orkim Harmony late June 18 after being pursued by a Malaysian navy ship. The Vietnamese coastguard picked up the alleged hijackers on June 19.
    (AP, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/19/15)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.34)
2015        Jun 11, Mozambique news reported that authorities have arrested five police officers for colluding with a poacher in the illegal sale of a rhino horn.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In northeastern Nepal a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried at least 21 people and left 27 missing overnight as they slept in six villages in Taplejung district.
    (AP, 6/11/15)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 11, In Niger the bodies of 18 west African migrants hoping to reach Europe were found in the Sahara desert near Arlit in Niger. 17 men and one woman found died around June 3 and were from at least eight countries including Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Guinea. An Algerian captured a camel and tried to get to the town of Assamaka, close to Niger's border with Algeria, to get water and help. But he fell off and died.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 11, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 37 people in overnight raids on five villages around Maiduguri, Borno state.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 11, In North Korea a section of the Koryo Hotel, one of the oldest and best known hotels in Pyongyang, caught fire.
    (Reuters, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, Pakistan shut down the Pakistan chapter of Save the Children for alleged ties to spying.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 11, In Pakistan 6 police were killed in two separate attacks, including a suicide bombing that wounded a senior police commander.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, Russian state statistics revealed the number of citizens living below the poverty line rose by 3.1 million in the first quarter as the economy reeled from the plunging ruble and soaring inflation.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In South Korea Bank of Korea policymakers cut the policy rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.5 percent, the second rate cut this year.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus. Officials said they believe the disease has peaked.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In Switzerland FIFA's top spokesman left his job, hours after Sepp Blatter was urged to do the same by the European Parliament.
    (AP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, Syrian rebels of the Southern Front seized most of Al-Thaala military airport in regime-controlled Sweida province and shot down a warplane nearby. Syrian Kurdish fighters advanced towards the Islamic State group-held town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, backed by US-led coalition strikes.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, Turkey said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees onto its territory after an influx of thousands more over the last days due to fighting between Kurds and jihadists.
    (AFP, 6/11/15)
2015        Jun 11, In Yemen a Saudi-led airstrike hit a public bus on a highway north of the southern city of Aden, splitting the vehicle in half and killing at least 20 civilian passengers. Airstrikes over the last 48 hours also hit a family traveling in a private car and a farmer driving a pick-up truck loaded with potatoes, also near Aden.
    (AP, 6/11/15)

2015        Jun 12, The US House of Representatives sidetracked a high-profile White House-backed trade bill, a blow to a pending Asian trade deal and a humiliating defeat for President Barack Obama inflicted by members of his own party.
    (AP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 12, US officials said hackers linked to China appear to have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, describing a second cyberbreach of federal records that could dramatically compound the potential damage.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the right to be drunk on your front porch.
    (SFC, 6/13/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 12, The NY Clinton County District Attorney said Joyce Mitchell (51), a married civilian worker, "provided some form of equipment or tools" to Richard Matt and David Sweat before they escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility a week ago. On July 28 Mitchell pleaded guilty and admitted to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to Matt and Sweat.
    (AFP, 6/12/15)(SFC, 6/13/15, p.A5)(SFC, 7/29/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 12, The European Games opened in Azerbaijan.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 12, Journalist Emin Huseynov flew out of Azerbaijan on the plane of Swiss diplomat Didier Burkhalter (35). The opposition journalist had been sheltering for 10 months at the Swiss embassy in Baku.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 12, Colombia’s government said FARC rebels killed two police officers and a civilian in the country's southwest.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 12, In France ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (66) was acquitted of sex crime accusations by a court in Lille, the final chapter in a transatlantic scandal that destroyed the political ambitions of a man once tipped to become his country's president. The court also acquitted the owner of a string of Belgian bordellos nicknamed "Dodo the Pimp", who was accused of providing prostitutes at sex parties attended by Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)(AFP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, France's data privacy agency ordered Google to remove search results worldwide upon request, giving the company two weeks to apply the "right to be forgotten" globally.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, Germany's top public prosecutor closed a year-long investigation into the suspected tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone by US spies, saying there was a lack of evidence that would stand up in court.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, In India Nek Chand (90), creator of the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, died. He had begun the project on his own in 1958 and by 1975 it covered 13 acres.
    (Econ, 6/27/15, p.78)
2015        Jun 12, In western India an electrical wire fell on a bus carrying people to a wedding, killing at least 17.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, US and coalition forces conducted 12 air strikes targeting Islamic State in Iraq and three strikes against the militant group in Syria.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 12, In Israel thousands of bare-chested muscular men, drag queens in heavy makeup and high heels, women in colorful balloon costumes and others partied at Tel Aviv's annual gay pride parade.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, In Libya an armed group stormed the Tunisian consulate in Tripoli and kidnapped 10 staff. 7 people were shot dead at a protest against Islamic State in the eastern city of Derna.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, In Malaysia four Westerners who posed naked on Mount Kinabalu on May 30 were sentenced to three days in jail and fined $1,330 each for obscene behavior in a public place.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, Moldova's PM Chiril Gaburici (38) resigned after state prosecutors, whom he has accused of moving slowly over the disappearance of $1 billion from the country's banks, questioned him over his school certificates.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, Nigerian health officials said dozens of people were dying of poisoning from possibly adulterated home-brewed alcohol, days after they banned ogogoro (a home-made gin). About 70 people died since May 31 in Rivers State.
    (AP, 6/12/15)(AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 12, The tiny Pacific nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing in its waters, set fire to four boats belonging to Vietnamese caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in its waters.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, The Philippine government broadcast a television program aimed at boosting public opposition to China's increasingly assertive moves to press its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, Sierra Leone Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma imposed new restrictions preventing people from entering or leaving two northern districts that were experiencing a resurgence of Ebola. Sierra Leone reported 15 new cases in the week ending June 7.
    (SFC, 6/13/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 12, In South Korea 3 MERS patients in their 70s died, raising the country's number of MERS-related deaths to 13. Authorities temporarily closed two hospitals amid persistent fears over the MERS virus outbreak. Rescue teams digging through the debris pulled the bodies of 6 civilians from under the rubble.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, Syrian army troops regained full control of an airbase in southern Sweida province, a day after rebels overran large parts of it.
    (AFP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, Two of Ukraine's largest steel plants were in a critical situation and may have to cut production, after fighting in the separatist east severed gas supplies to the port city of Mariupol and two other towns.
    (Reuters, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, In Yemen Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels and their allies destroyed historic houses in the center of, Sanaa, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Saudi-led coalition denied claims that it carried out the strike, suggesting a rebel ammunition cache may have exploded.
    (AP, 6/12/15)    (AFP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, Zimbabwe's central bank said banknotes from its old currency, which collapsed and was discarded years ago because of runaway inflation, can be exchanged for American dollars as of June 15. But 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars will fetch only 40 US cents, a fraction of what collectors have been paying for the notes for years.
    (AP, 6/12/15)

2015        Jun 13, A US security officials said the United States plans to store heavy military equipment in the Baltics and Eastern European nations to reassure allies made uneasy by Russian intervention in Ukraine, and to deter further aggression.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 13, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.
    (SSFC, 6/14/15, p.A8)
2015        Jun 13, Hillary Clinton formally launched her bid to become America's first woman president, holding in New York her first big campaign rally.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Ohio 4 people were killed in a shooting at a home in Columbus. A teenage girl was found injured outside the residence.
    (AP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Texas bombs were planted outside Dallas Police headquarters in an attack early today that may have involved as many as four gunmen firing automatic weapons. Snipers shot and killed James Boulware in a standoff by the Dallas police headquarters.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)(AFP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, Six Yemeni men, long held at Guantanamo Bay, arrived in Oman. This was the first movement of detainees out of the US prison for terrorism suspects in five months and reduced the Guantanamo prisoner population to 116.
    (AP, 6/13/15)(SSFC, 6/14/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 13, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters overran multiple checkpoints in an overnight raid in Helmand province, killing at least 20 police officers as the battle continued to rage. The Afghan military acknowledged the Taliban controls at least four districts across the country.
    (AP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Azerbaijan Russian President Vladimir Putin met Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks expected to touch on energy issues and the Syria crisis. They met a day after attending the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games, hosted by Azerbaijan.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In western Indonesia the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra unleashed a new powerful burst high into the sky sending hot ash far down the mountain's slopes.
    (AP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Iraq at least 11 Iraqi security personnel were killed in a quadruple suicide car bombing in Hajjaj, near Baiji. The Islamic State said in a statement that the bombers were a Kuwaiti, a Palestinian, a Briton named Talha Asmal (17) and a German.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)(AP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 13, US-led forces conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State targets in seven Iraqi cities. One strike was conducted in Syria.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Libya Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Islamist militant blamed for a deadly attack on an Algerian gas field and who ran smuggling routes across North Africa, was reported killed late today in a US air strike. As of June 15 his death remained uncertain. Tunisian jihadist Seifallah Ben Hassine, listed as a "global terrorist" by the US, was killed in a mid-June airstrike that targeted a top Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)(AFP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Pakistan air strikes killed 20 suspected militants around Datta Khel in North Waziristan as the military marked the one-year anniversary of an anti-Taliban offensive in the area.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Slovenia over a thousand people marched at the country’s 15th Gay Pride festival warning their fight was not over since a recently adopted bill legalizing same-sex marriages could still be revoked in a referendum.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, South Korea recorded its 14th death from the MERS virus and a dozen new infections.
    (AP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said it began an advance towards an Islamic State-held town at the Turkish border, thrusting deeper into the jihadists' stronghold of Raqqa province in a campaign backed by US-led air strikes.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, Turkish security forces used water cannon and fired warning shots to push Syrians away from the frontier as thousands massed at a border crossing to escape escalating fighting.
    (AFP, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In eastern Ukraine 6 government servicemen were killed and 14 wounded in the past 24 hours, despite a four-month-old ceasefire deal.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Yemen 9 people were killed when Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed a district in Sanaa inhabited by relatives of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. At least 60 people were reported wounded.
    (Reuters, 6/13/15)

2015        Jun 14, An Afghan district chief and 3 other people died when their car hit a roadside bomb in northern Takhar province. An air strike killed the Taliban "shadow governor" for the eastern province of Kunar. A drone strike killed 14 insurgents in the Dangam district of Kunar province.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)(AP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 14, Australian PM Tony Abbott refused again to deny allegations an official paid thousands of dollars to turn back a boatload of asylum-seekers, despite calls from Indonesia for answers.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, The Sunday Times reported that Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in "hostile countries" after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, In Egypt 25 people were killed and 29 others injured in two separate road accidents. Poor road and traffic regulations here kill thousands each year.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, In Georgia lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in Tbilisi, adding to chaos caused by flooding after the River Vere burst its banks after hours of torrential rain. 20 wolves, 8 lions and an unspecified number of tigers, jackals and jaguars were shot dead by special forces or were missing. By June 19 at least 19 people were dead with some still missing.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 14, In Hong Kong thousands of people, many holding yellow umbrellas, marched to urge lawmakers to vote down Beijing-backed election reforms that sparked huge street protests last year.
    (AP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, In Iraq US and coalition forces launched 16 air strikes targeting Islamic State militants in nine cities.
    (Reuters, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 14, Israel's cabinet approved a proposed law that would enable authorities to force-feed Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike, a practice opposed by the country's medical association.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, An Israeli army jeep struck and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank, with the military and locals giving conflicting accounts of the circumstances.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, Italy threatened to turn to a Plan B to deal with migrants which "would hurt Europe" if the country is not given greater help with the crisis, as Austria and France expelled asylum seekers back onto Italian soil.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, In Kenya at least 15 Somali al Shabaab militants and 2 soldiers were killed when al Qaeda-linked fighters attacked a military base near the town of Baure, Lamu County, on the coast near to the Somali border. Thomas Evans, a British jihadist fighting for Somalia's Al-Qaeda affiliate, was believed to be among the dead.
    (AP, 6/14/15)(AFP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 14, A Libyan Islamist militant alliance said it had largely driven IS fighters out of their stronghold city of Derna after declaring war on the rival group last week.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, Lithuania’s Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said his country is readying itself to host heavy US military equipment while talks continue with the United States on a permanent location for the arms.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, Moldovans voted in local elections seen as a test of whether the country is committed to European integration or will move closer to Russia's orbit.
    (AP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, In Myanmar Buddhist hardliners backed by monks protested in troubled Rakhine state against help being offered to desperate migrants found adrift on boats in the Bay of Bengal.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, Pakistan imposed a one-month moratorium on executions during Ramadan.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, A Pakistani official said the Interior Ministry has halted an order it made closing the office of international aid group Save the Children in Islamabad.
    (AP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, A South African judge ordered authorities to prevent Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is in South Africa for an African Union summit, from leaving the country because of an international order for his arrest. The South African government had granted immunity "for all (summit) participants. Bashir arrived home the next day.
    (AP, 6/14/15)(Reuters, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 14, South Korea's Ministry of Health reported seven new MERS cases, taking the total to 145, as a 15th person died. The Samsung Medical Center in Seoul said it was suspending all non-emergency surgery and would take no new patients to focus on stopping MERS after more than 70 cases were traced to it.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, In Switzerland UN-sponsored consultations opened between Yemen’s rebels and its exiled government.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.48)
2015        Jun 14, Syrian state television said dozens of civilians were wounded when two bombs exploded in the central city of Homs. Kurdish forces advanced to the gates of Tal Abyad and clashed with Islamic State jihadists. The upsurge in violence saw Turkey open its border to fleeing civilians.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)(AFP, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, Ukraine said one serviceman was killed and 21 were wounded in separatist attacks in the past 24 hours. Both sides accused the other of intensifying attacks despite a four-month-old ceasefire deal.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)
2015        Jun 14, In northern Yemen Shiite Huthi rebels seized al-Hazm, the main city of Jawf province, 150 km (90 miles) south of the border with Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)

2015        Jun 15, Kirk Kerkorian (b.1917), Fresno-born billionaire casino mogul, died in Beverly Hills.
    (SFC, 6/17/15, p.D5)
2015        Jun 15, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for the US presidency at a rally at Miami Dade College.
    (SFC, 6/16/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 15, In Washington state Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of Spokane’s chapter of the NAACP just days after her parents said she is a white woman posing as a black.
    (SFC, 6/16/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 15, In Afghanistan 2 people died after their motorbike hit a mine in northern Sari Pul province.
    (AP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 15, In Armenia a Russian soldier was found stabbed to death near the Russian military base where he served. This was the second fatal incident involving a Russian soldier at the base this year. He was believed to have been killed by a fellow Russian soldier, who was taken into custody.
    (AP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 15, In Chad 33 people were killed and over 100 wounded in suicide bombings outside the police headquarters and police academy in N'Djamena. The government blamed Boko Haram militants.
    (AFP, 6/15/15)(AFP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 15, Egypt and China signed an agreement for $10 billion-worth of new projects.
    (Econ, 6/20/15, p.47)
2015        Jun 15, Hong Kong police arrested ten people over the last 24 hours and seized materials for making explosives at a suburban former TV studio.
    (AP, 6/15/15)(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2) 
2015        Jun 15, In western Indonesia hundreds more villagers were evacuated on Sumatra island as Mount Sinabung volcano spewed at least 28 hot ash avalanches.
    (SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 15, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said around 40 foreign suicide bombers enter Iraq each month and called for countries in the region to curb the flow of foreign fighters. Ali Awni al-Harzi, a mid-level IS operative, was killed while driving a car in Mosul.
    (AFP, 6/15/15)(CSM, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 15, The Italian newsweekly L’Espresso published a draft copy of an encyclical on the environment by Pope Francis calling for urgent action to fight global warming.
    (SFC, 6/16/15, p.A3)
2015        Jun 15, In Nigeria two suspected Boko Haram bomb attacks in the northeastern city of Potiskum killed 10 people.
    (Reuters, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 15, A North Korean soldier in his late teens defected to South Korea walking across their shared border.
    (SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 15, A Russian defense official said a plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be the most aggressive US act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by beefing up its own forces.
    (Reuters, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 15, Saudi Arabia beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker and a national convicted of murder, taking to 100 the number of executions in the kingdom this year.
    (AFP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 15, The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said it has seized a major road that brought reinforcements from Islamic State's defacto capital of Raqqa, enabling YPG fighters to lay siege to the militant's stronghold of Tel Abyad. Syrian rebels shelled a government-held neighborhood in Aleppo killing at least 34 civilians and wounding some 190.
    (Reuters, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/15/15)(AFP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 15, Syria's best-known mosaic museum in the northern rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan was seriously damaged in a regime barrel bomb attack.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 15, In central Tunisia 3 policemen and a suspected jihadist were killed in clashes in Sidi Ali Ben Aoun. A 2nd terrorist was wounded and arrested.
    (AFP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 15, In eastern Ukraine woman (77) and her daughter (45) died of gunshot wounds to the head after the soldiers entered their house in the government-held town of Luhanske and fired machine guns. Two Ukrainian soldiers, aged 23 and 25, were soon detained and confessed to the murder.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 15, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Geneva discussions on Yemen and called for a humanitarian ceasefire with the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 15, The Vatican said Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will stand trial on criminal charges of paying for sex with minors and possessing child pornography. Pope Francis also accepted the resignation Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche of St. Paul and Minneapolis after prosecutors there charged the archdiocese with having failed to protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest who was later convicted of molesting two boys.
    (Reuters, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 15, A member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed the death of Nasir al-Wahishi in a US air strike in Yemen last week. Military chief Qassem al-Rimi (41) was reported as its new leader.
    (AFP, 6/16/15)

2015        Jun 16, The US FDA finalized plans to ban trans fat, a heart damaging additive, from the American food supply.
    (SFC, 6/17/15, p.A1)
2015        Jun 16, In California an apartment balcony crowded with birthday revelers collapsed early today near the University of California at Berkeley, killing 5 college students from Ireland and an American friend, and injuring seven others.
    (Reuters, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, In Ohio Golden State Warriors based in Oakland, Ca., beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in game 6 of the NBA finals to take the series 4-2.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.A1)
2015        Jun 16, In Afghanistan roadside bombs struck two vehicles filled with passengers, killing 3 people and wounding 15 in southern Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, The Afghan Taliban warned the leader of the Islamic State group against waging a parallel insurgency in Afghanistan, after a string of defections and reported clashes with militants loyal to IS.
    (AFP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, A court in Bahrain jailed prominent Shiite opposition leader Ali Salman, whose arrest drew US and Iranian condemnation and sparked protests across the tiny but strategic Gulf kingdom.
    (AFP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, China announced it would soon stop new island building in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, but said it will continue to develop the outposts it controls in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.
    (SFC, 6/17/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 16, An Egyptian court sentenced deposed President Mohamed Mursi to death over a mass jail break during the country's 2011. The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and four other Brotherhood leaders were also handed the death penalty. More than 80 others were sentenced to death in absentia. The verdicts can be appealed.
    (Reuters, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, A court in Mauritania convicted three men of belonging to the Islamic State extremist group and sentenced them to between five and 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 16, In western Mexico gunmen opened fire on a police convoy and torched vehicles in violence that left 2 officers and 5 civilians dead on the outskirts of Apatzingan, Michoacan state.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 16, The International Organization for Migration said that 30 more bodies had been found in Dirkou, northeast of Agadez, Niger. Local authorities said the victims probably died several months ago as they tried to cross the Sahara.
    (AP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, In northeastern Nigeria at least 13 people were killed and 53 others injured when an explosive device detonated late today. The device was picked up by one vigilante as they traveled back to the town of Monguno, Borno state, from a military operation against Islamists in Marte.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 16, North Korea said it has been hit by the worst drought in a century, compounding chronic food shortages in the country.
    (Reuters, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, Pakistan's government announced that international aid groups can operate for another six months provided they register with officials in three months' time.
    (AP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, In the Philippines the Moro Islamic Liberation Front handed over dozens of assault weapons in a symbolic gesture to reinforce a peace pact stalled by a public outcry over the killings earlier this year of dozens of police commandos in a fierce battle with insurgents. Suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists detonated a pipe bomb that killed a soldier and wounded eight others in an attack that was followed by a brief gunbattle in Tipo Tipo village on Basilan island.
    (AP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will boost its nuclear arsenal by over 40 intercontinental missiles this year.
    (AFP, 6/16/15)   
2015        Jun 16, Singapore put its final stamp on the Southeast Asian Games with an eclectic closing ceremony involving a parade of oversize postage stamps to commemorate the island's history.
    (AP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, In Somalia at least three government soldiers were killed and three others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion outside the capital Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, In South Korea the death toll in the MERS outbreak increased to 19 even as schools reopened and people recovered from the virus.
    (AP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, In Syria Kurdish militia, backed by Syrian rebel forces, seized full control of the key border town of Tal Abyad from Islamic State group jihadists.
    (AFP, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, Syrian government forces earlier fired Iranian-made "elephant" rockets on the rebel-held suburb of Douma, killing 24 people, including 5 children and 14 women. Two shells struck Arnous Park in Damascus late today, killing 9 people and wounding 13.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 16, A Tunisian passenger train smashed into a semi-trailer truck killing 18 people outside of Fahs. At least 86 passengers were injured.
    (SFC, 6/17/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 16, Turkey accused Kurdish militia in northern Syria of persecuting civilians and said it saw signs of "a kind of ethnic cleansing", drawing a parallel to the actions of Islamic State militants and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, Ukraine reported the death of two soldiers in advance of European-mediated talks with pro-Russian insurgents aimed at breaking a deadlock over the future status of eastern separatist enclaves.
    (AFP, 6/16/15)

2015        Jun 17, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the effort to train Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants has been slowed by a lack of recruits and the US will not meet its goal to train 24,000 by this fall.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Washington and Madrid signed a deal setting up a permanent force of 2,200 US Marines based in southern Spain who can be swiftly deployed to crises in Africa.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, The US FCC fined ATT Mobility LLC $100 million for offering consumers “unlimited” data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount. ATT said it would dispute the fine, the largest proposed in FCC history.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.C3)
2015        Jun 17, It was reported that US border officers in Arizona have seized more than 3,240 pounds of methamphetamines between October and May, compared with 3,200 pounds of all of 2014.
    (SFC, 6/17/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 17, A US federal judge declared Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program unconstitutional. More than 700 people were kept civilly committed despite completing their prison sentences.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 17, In South Carolina white gunman Dylann Storm Roof (21) shot and killed 9 people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. The dead included state Sen. Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney. Roof was arrested the next day in Shelby, NC.
    (AFP, 6/18/15)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.A9)
2015        Jun 17, In Afghanistan at least 11 security force members were been killed in a Taliban assault on government buildings in Musa Qala, southern Helmand province.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 17, Chad warplanes bombed Boko Haram positions in neighboring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in the capital this week blamed on the jihadists. The government also announced it was banning the burqa nationwide in a security clampdown.
    (AFP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 17, The Chinese government rolled out more details of the building work it is undertaking in the disputed South China Sea, listing lighthouses, communications stations and other facilities for civilian and emergency use.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Democratic Republic of Congo topped the 2015 Corruption Risk Index by risk advisory firm Verisk Maplecroft, followed by Somalia, Central African Republic, Sudan and Equatorial Guinea.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, In Congo DRC heavily armed poachers, believed to be from South Sudan, killed a ranger and two soldiers patrolling in Garamba National Park.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 17, Egypt's president issued a decree pardoning 165 people, mostly youths convicted of breaking protest laws and misdemeanors ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, The EU’s tax watchdog unveiled a plan for tackling corporate tax avoidance. The EU’s executive commission published a blacklist of 30 countries it says are not doing enough to crack down on tax avoidance.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 17, European Union governments agreed to extend economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine by six months until Jan. 31.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, France said it will create 11,000 more places in centers for asylum seekers and housing for refugees as part of a plan to help deal with the flow of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, In Georgia a rare white tiger that escaped from Tbilisi zoo in a freak flood mauled a man to death before being shot dead by police. Another young tiger and a hyena were still unaccounted for.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, The Greek central bank warned for the first time that the country could suffer a "painful" exit from the eurozone and even the EU if it fails to reach a bailout deal with international creditors.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, In Indonesia a cliff at a beach resort on Java collapsed, killing 3 people and burying several others.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Japan’s Diet enacted legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from 20.
    (SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 17, Japan warned China that its extensive land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea does not make ownership a done deal.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Stores, businesses and schools slammed shut across Indian-controlled Kashmir after separatists called a strike to protest a series of assassination-style killings over the past week.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, In Libya three of 10 staffers kidnapped from Tunisia's Tripoli consulate by militia on June 12 were released, and the remainder were expected to be freed soon. The release came as Tunisian authorities announced that a Libyan man they have been holding, whose freedom was reportedly demanded by the kidnappers, is to be deported.
    (AFP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 17, The Palestinian unity government resigned in a deepening rift with Gaza as the territory's de facto rulers Hamas held separate, indirect talks with Israel.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, In southern Portugal a bus carrying Dutch tourists crashed, killing 3 tourists and injuring 30 others and the Portuguese bus driver.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 17, South Sudan's government accused Sudan of bombing two locations in its territory, killing at least one soldier and wounding others on June 14-15.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Saudi Arabia beheaded two of its citizens for murder, adding to what a rights group calls a "campaign of death" in which 102 people have been executed this year compared to 87 in 2014.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Slovenian police confirmed that former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj (2004-2005), a guerrilla commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, has been detained by the Slovenian police on a 2006 Serbian arrest warrant.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Rebels surrounded a government-held Druze village on the Syrian side of the ceasefire line on the Golan Heights after heavy fighting. The fighting killed a soldier and one insurgent, after 6 rebels were killed the day before.
    (AFP, 6/17/15)(AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Tanzanian police said they have arrested a man (44) accused of trying to sell his albino niece to undercover security officials posing at witch doctors as part of a nationwide crackdown on the illegal trade in albino body parts used in black magic.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, In Turkey Suleyman Demirel (b.1924), a former president (1993-2000) and seven-time prime minister, died in Ankara.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%BCleyman_Demirel)(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 17, In central Yemen Houthi fighters blew up the Dhamar city home of senior politician Abdel-Aziz Jubari while he was in Switzerland as a member of the exiled government's delegation to peace talks. In Geneva the UN-sponsored talks between the warring factions went into a second day.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, Al Qaeda militants in Yemen killed two alleged Saudi spies, accusing them of planting tracking devices which enabled the assassination of the group's leader in a suspected US drone strike last week. Saudi-led air strikes hit a convoy of civilian vehicles killing at least 31 people. Four car bombs hit three mosques and the political headquarters of the Houthi movement in Sanaa killing at least 4 people and wounding at least 60 others.
    (Reuters, 6/17/15)(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A3)

2015        Jun 18, It was reported that Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker (35), the founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, has given a $4.5 million gift to UCSF to tackle malaria.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.D1)
2015        Jun 18, Jack Rollins (100), NYC talent manager, died. He and Charles H. Joffe were instrumental in establishing the careers of such people as Woody Allen, Harry Belafonte, and Robin Williams.
    (SSFC, 6/21/15, p.C9)
2015        Jun 18, In Oklahoma Tropical Depression Bill pelted the state with heavy rains that swept a two-year-old toddler away overnight in flood waters and triggered a rockslide that piled boulders on a major highway.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, Texas death row inmate Gregory Rousseau (45) was executed by lethal injection for the 2001 slaying of repair shop owner James Syvertson (75).
    (SFC, 6/19/15, p.A8)
2015        Jun 18, The shares of Fitbit (FIT), a maker of fitness tracking gear, rose to $29.68 in an IPO on the NYSE price as $20.
    (SFC, 6/19/15, p.C1)
2015        Jun 18, NASDAQ rose to a record high closing at 5,132.95, surpassing the most recent high of 5106.59 set on May 27.
    (SFC, 6/19/15, p.C3)
2015        Jun 18, Australia’s government under PM Tony Abbott published a white paper outlining plans for developing northern Australia over the next twenty years.
    (Econ, 7/4/15, p.33)
2015        Jun 18, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi appointed the head of one of Europe's biggest capital investment funds as his new prime minister. Lionel Zinsou, a dual French-Beninese national who has headed PAI Partners since 2009, will be in charge of economic development, evaluating public policy and promoting good governance.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 18, Cuba said it's expanding Internet access by adding Wi-Fi capacity to dozens of state-run Internet centers and more than halving the cost that users pay for an hour online.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, Danes voted in a cliff-hanger election in which an opposition center-right alliance sought to oust PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt after she gambled an economic revival would secure her a new term. A bloc led by Loekke Rasmussen, a former prime minister, secured the 90 seats necessary for a majority in Parliament. The Danish People's Party that wants to limit the European Union's influence over the country, made large gains and overtook Lars Loekke Rasmussen's Liberal Party as Denmark's second largest party. Helle Thorning-Schmidt presented her resignation to Queen Margrethe at the royal palace the next day.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)(AP, 6/19/15)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 18, It was reported that Egyptian security agencies are increasingly detaining activists and students in secret and holding them without official record of their arrest. More than 160 such disappearances have been tracked in the last two months.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.A2)   
2015        Jun 18, Greek police said they have arrested a former archaeologist suspected of forming a private collection of more than 500 artefacts allegedly pilfered from state-run excavations that he supervised.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, Hong Kong's legislature vetoed a China-backed electoral reform package criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, easing for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in the financial hub.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.37)
2015        Jun 18, In India police in Mumbai arrested three suspects (aged 30, 47, and 50) following the deaths of some 41 people who drank a toxic home-made liquor. Police the next day said eight police officers have been suspended for failing to stop production and sale of the liquor on their beat. By June 21 death toll climbed to 94.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)(AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 18, In Iraq and Syria the United States and coalition allies staged 22 air strikes on Islamic State targets.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, In Israel an arson attack gutted part of a church at the traditional site of what Christianity reveres as Jesus's miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, In Japan Julie Hamp (55), Toyota's highest ranking female executive,  was arrested on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer. On July 8 Hamp was released from custody without charges. She had resigned from Toyota a week earlier.
    (AP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jun 18, Kenya's president ordered the central bank to issue regulations and then lift restrictions on key money transfer services vital for Somalia suspended over suspected links to the Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab.
    (AFP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, In Mexico journalist Ismael Diaz Lopez was stabbed to death in the chest in Teapa, south of the Tabasco state capital of Villahermosa. He had been reportedly involved in a domestic dispute and was slain inside his home by unknown intruders.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 18, In southern Niger Boko Haram militants attacked two villages in the Diffa region bordering Nigeria overnight, killing at least 30 civilians.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, It was reported that two men were arrested this week in Baluchistan, Pakistan, for reportedly marrying each other. They were charged under Section 277 of the Pakistani penal code. A man who allegedly officiated the ceremony was also arrested.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 18, Romania’s High Court of Justice and Cassation sentenced Mihail Vlasov, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2007 to 2014, to five years in prison for influence peddling and taking bribes.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, The Russian government condemned the freezing of Russian accounts in France and Belgium as part of an effort to enforce a $50 billion judgment for the destruction of the Yukos oil company.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, South Korea's ruling party-controlled legislature approved President Park Geun-hye's choice for prime minister. The National Assembly approved the appointment of Hwang Kyo-ahn by a vote of 156-120.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, In South Korea the death toll from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) increased to 23.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, The 46th Art Basel fair opened in Switzerland and continued to June 21. This year’s fair presented 284 galleries from 33 countries, showing works by more than 4,000 artists.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.64)(http://tinyurl.com/ogwjkoq)
2015        Jun 18, Syrian rebels advanced into a second government-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo.
    (AP, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, A Tanzanian government minister described elephant poaching on as a national disaster, and urged China to curb its appetite for ivory.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, Thailand's army-dominated national assembly approved amendments to the country's draft constitution at a third reading, paving the way for a referendum on the newly drafted charter next year.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, Thailand confirmed its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a businessman from Oman.
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, Southern Yemen health officials said thousands of people have been diagnosed with dengue fever. Around 30 fighters were killed in clashes between Houthi militiamen and tribesmen in the central province of Mareb.
    (AP, 6/18/15)(Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015        Jun 18, Pope Francis issued a major encyclical on the environment, called "Laudato Si (Praise Be), On the Care of Our Common Home".
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)

2015        Jun 19, Scientists warned the world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, and that humans could be among the first victims.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 19, The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a restriction that would have prevented doctors from administering abortion-inducing pills remotely via telephone conferencing.
    (SFC, 6/20/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 19, Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a bill making his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21, effective Jan 1, 2016.
    (SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 19, In southern Missouri flash floods forced evacuations after Tropical Depression Bill dumped seven inches of rain in the Ozarks overnight.
    (SFC, 6/20/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 19, In Ohio Officer Sonny Kim (48), a decorated 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department, died along with Trepierre Hummons (21) in a morning shooting in the Madisonville neighborhood. The suspect posted on Facebook just prior to the shooting and sent several text messages to friends indicating or demonstrating that he was planning suicide by cop.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, Brazilian police arrested Marcelo Odebrecht and Otavio Marques de Azevedo, the presidents of two of the country's largest construction companies, for their alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, In Brazil well-known medium Gilberto Arruda (73), popular with the stars, was killed and the tomb of another was desecrated in the latest wave of violence targeting spiritualists in several days.
    (Reuters, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, In Brazil oil spilled from a pipeline linking a main Atlantic Ocean terminal with a refinery near Rio de Janeiro. Petrobras said 600 liters (3.77 barrels) of oil leaked from the pipeline, 50 liters of which reached the ocean.
    (AP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 19, Britain said it will take in "several hundred more" vulnerable Syrian refugees, after PM David Cameron said London was expanding a resettlement program for the conflict-ravaged country.
    (Reuters, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, Rights activists said at least 77 people have been killed in Burundi in clashes with security forces since the start of antigovernment protests in April.
    (SFC, 6/20/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 19, China said heavy storms that swept through several southern provinces this past week killed 18 people and left four more missing.
    (AP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 19, Authorities in the Dominican Republic said they have arrested 10 people and seized 320 kg (705 pounds) of cocaine.
    (AP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 19, EU member states approved plans to launch as early as next week the first phase of a military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, In France the families of surrogate children who have been effectively denied French citizenship went to the country's highest court to challenge the law denying birth certificates for babies born abroad. Europe's top human rights court ordered France to change the law last year.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, In France the hulking shell of "Harmony of the Seas," the world's largest cruise ship, slid into the waters at Saint-Nazaire. Workers aimed to have the ship, owned by Royal Caribbean International cruise lines, ready for a 2016 inaugural trip.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, Germany's Environment Ministry said 62 former military bases and training areas are being turned into nature reserves, providing some 77,000 new acres of protected land for wildlife.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, Greece got a temporary lifeline to help it cope with a bank deposit drain and turned its hopes to a European leaders' summit next week. The European Central Bank's governing council decided to provide more emergency credit for Greece's banks as Greeks withdrew some 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) out of their accounts in the last three days.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, In Honduras thousands of angry protesters marched in the capital for the fourth week in a row to demand President Juan Orlando Hernandez step down over a corruption scandal.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 19, In Iraq a pair of bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 4 people and wounded 13.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, US and coalition forces targeted the Islamic State with 16 air strikes in Iraq and six in Syria.
    (Reuters, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 19, In northern Mexico gunmen stormed a beer business in Garcia, a suburb of the industrial hub of Monterrey, killing 10 people in broad daylight and leaving some of the victims naked over an apparent gang feud.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 19, In Mexico 4 bodies were discovered in the southern state of Guerrero. They were later identified by DNA as three doctors and a lawyer who had been reported missing earlier in the month.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 19, A Palestinian opened fire on two Israeli men near a West Bank settlement, killing Danny Gonen (25) and wounding his friend. On July 15 Shin Bet said five Palestinians have been arrested in relation to the shooting and that the alleged shooter, Mohammed Abu Shaheen, belonged to an armed group linked to Fatah.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)(AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jun 19, In Romania a court ruled that seven suspected rapists should be put under judicial control, meaning they have to report to police but are free. They were suspected of raping an 18-year-old woman last November. On July 24 a court in Vaslui County said that magistrates who freed the suspects from house arrest are being investigated for gross negligence.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jun 19, Moscow warned that state-linked foreign firms in Russia could be targeted for retaliation to the freezing of Russian official assets in Western Europe over legal claims from former Yukos shareholders.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, WikiLeaks published more than 60,000 diplomatic cables from Saudi Arabia and said on its website it would release half a million more in the coming weeks.
    (Reuters, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, Tunisia said it was shutting its consulate in conflict-hit Libya as 10 staffers abducted by an armed militia in Tripoli returned home after a week in captivity.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, Turkish authorities arrested two Georgian citizens who tried to enter the country with radioactive material, including 1.2 kilos of cesium.
    (AP, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, Ugandan police arrested army General David Sejusa, a critic of the authorities, escalating a crackdown on opponents of President Yoweri Museveni before elections early next year.
    (Reuters, 6/19/15)
2015        Jun 19, In Yemen Saudi-led warplanes bombed elite Republican Guard forces allied with the dominant Houthi faction. Houthis reported that 9 civilians were killed in air strikes on the Razeh district of the northern province of Saada. UN-sponsored ceasefire talks broke off in Geneva without a deal to end nearly three months of fighting.
    (Reuters, 6/19/15)

2015        Jun 20, In Louisiana police officer Daryle Holloway was shot and killed while transporting Travis Boys (33) to jail. Boys escaped but was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 20, In South Carolina several thousand protesters gathered under the controversial Confederate flag at the state legislature, demanding it be taken down in response to the June 17 Charleston church massacre.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, Virginia’s attorney general announced a settlement to keep open Sweet Briar College using $12 million raised by alumnae. The women’s college was founded in 1901 as the Sweet Briar Institute.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Briar_College)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 20, In southern Afghanistan a powerful roadside bomb exploded killing at least 12 family members in Helmand province.
    (AP, 6/20/15)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 20, In Austria a man (26) apparently distraught over personal issues drove his SUV into a crowd in Graz, killing 3 people and injuring 34 others.
    (AP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, Thousands of protesters marched through central London to demonstrate against the newly re-elected Conservative government's plans for public spending cuts.
    (Reuters, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, British police arrested Karenzi Karake (54), the head of Rwanda's intelligence service, on a warrant issued by Spain.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Colombia a twin-engine Cessna crashed into the thick jungle shortly after taking flight from Quibdo. The pilot was killed but Maria Nelly Murillo and her one-year-old son survived and were rescued four days later.
    (AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 20, Cambodian police said they have made one of their biggest drug seizures in several years, netting 55 kg (121 pounds) of methamphetamine and heroin at four locations this past week in Phnom Penh.
    (AP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, Colombia said it has sent a letter of protest to neighboring Venezuela after the government of President Nicolas Maduro decreed maritime borders in a disputed area of the Atlantic Ocean.
    (Reuters, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Germany Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour (52) was arrested at a Berlin airport, after Germany acted on an international arrest warrant issued by his native country Egypt. An Egyptian court had sentenced Mansour in absentia in 2014 to 15 years in prison, for "torturing a lawyer in 2011 on Tahrir Square" in Cairo, epicenter of an anti-regime uprising that brought down former president Hosni Mubarak. Mansour was soon released without charges.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)(Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 20, In northern India a passenger bus rolled down a gorge on a mountainous road, killing at least 16 people.
    (AP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Iraq US and coalition forces launched 18 air strikes against Islamic State targets, with four each in Tal Afar and Mosul.
    (Reuters, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 20, Italian prosecutors sought to indict 297 people and the Bank of China in connection with a massive money-laundering investigation. The Bank of has denied any wrongdoing.
    (SFC, 6/22/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 20, In Italy hundreds of thousands gathered in Rome to demonstrate against gay unions and the teaching of gender theories in schools, as PM Matteo Renzi worked to push a civil union bill through parliament.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, Italian pizza makers in Milan won a Guinness World Record for creating a pizza 1.59 km long.
    (SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A3)
2015        Jun 20, In northeastern Kenya Mohamed Barre Abdullahi, a local chief in Wajir, was gunned down by suspected members of the Somali-led Shebab militia.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Latvia up to 5,000 people participated in a high-profile gay pride event in Riga. Police said three people from the counter-demonstration were arrested for trying to throw eggs and for illegal picketing.
    (AP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Libya dozens of fighters from the Islamic State group were killed as militiamen sought to dislodge them from a neighborhood in the eastern city of Derna.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, Mali's Tuareg-led rebel alliance signed a landmark deal to end years of unrest in a nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency.
    (APF, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, Mexican authorities in Tamaulipas state said soldiers have killed 6 presumed criminals who shot at them as they patrolled a rural area of the community of Matamoros across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
    (AP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Slovakia at least 140 people were arrested after violence broke out at an anti-immigration rally in Bratislava attended by thousands of people in protest at EU quotas on migrant numbers.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Somalia gunmen from the Islamist group al Shabaab killed at least 8 officers in a raid early today on a police station near Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 6/20/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Syria three US and coalition forces air strikes near Tal Abyad hit three Islamic State tactical units.
    (Reuters, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 20, Islamic State planted mines and bombs in the ancient part of the central Syrian city of Palmyra, home to Roman-era ruins.
    (Reuters, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Venezuela some 500 marchers hit the Caracas streets to demand elections and the release of jailed opposition activists including figurehead Leopoldo Lopez, who has been on hunger strike since May 24.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 20, In Yemen a car bomb exploded in Sanaa near the Qiba al-Mahdi mosque, killing 2 people and wounding six others. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility. Arab air strikes killed 15 people and wounded dozens across the country late today.
    (Reuters, 6/20/15)(Reuters, 6/21/15)

2015        Jun 21, The Afghan Taliban announced a 24-hour telephone "hotline" and email addresses for any government employees wishing to defect to them, as the tech-savvy militants try to bolster public support. Afghan officials said Taliban insurgents have taken control of the Chardara district in northern Kunduz province.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)(AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, Albania held local elections seen as a test of the Balkan country's fragile democracy as it pushes to join the European Union.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, In England nine people were arrested as thousands gathered at the prehistoric stone circle in Stonehenge to mark the longest day of the year.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, Indian PM Narendra Modi led tens of thousands of people in a yoga session in the center of New Delhi to showcase the country's signature cultural export. Millions of yoga enthusiasts across the world bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures to mark the first International Yoga Day.
    (Reuters, 6/21/15)(AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The bill also demanded the complete lifting of all sanctions against Iran as part of any final nuclear accord. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog, to become a law.
    (AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, In Iraq separate bombings killed at least 5 people in Mahmudiyah and Madain. Inside Baghdad authorities found the bodies of 3 men dumped in the streets, all shot in the chest and head with their hands and legs tied.
    (AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, US-led coalition forces targeted Islamic State militants with seven air strikes in Syria and 22 in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 21, Israel carried out an air strike in eastern Lebanon targeting a drone belonging to the Jewish state that crashed in the area.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, A Kuwaiti court sentenced female rights activist Rana Jassem al-Saadun to three years in jail after convicting her in absentia of publicly criticizing the oil-rich Gulf state's ruler. Last week the same court gave two-year suspended jail terms to 21 other activists for repeating the same speech.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, In Libya the self-declared government in control of the capital Tripoli launched air strikes late today on Islamic State fighters in the city of Sirte.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 21, A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli border policeman outside Jerusalem's Old City, with the officer managing to shoot his attacker, leaving him in a very serious condition.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, A Somali soldier and 4 militants were killed as an al-Qaida-linked extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, South Korea reported three new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bringing the total to 169 in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.
    (Reuters, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, In Yemen rebel shelling of residential areas in Aden killed at least 3 civilians, as air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition also hit the southern city.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)

2015        Jun 22, The US Supreme Court expanded what counts as private property in Horne v United States Dept. of Agriculture.
    (Econ, 6/27/15, p.26)
2015        Jun 22, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the parliament as lawmakers met to consider a new defense minister. All 7 militants were killed as well as a woman and a girl (10). A district in the northern province of Kunduz fell to the militants as they intensified a summer offensive.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)(SFC, 6/23/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 22, Bosnia asked Switzerland to hand over Naser Oric, the wartime Muslim defender of Srebrenica, and not extradite him to Serbia. The row that threatened to overshadow the 20th anniversary of the massacre. Oric stood trial at a UN court in The Hague for crimes against Bosnian Serbs and was acquitted of all charges in 2008.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, In Burundi 4 people died and at least 30 were wounded in an overnight grenade attack on a bar in the country's northern region of Ngozi. Three people were arrested following the attack.
    (AP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, In China restaurateurs in Yulin, in the largely rural and poor Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, held an annual dog meat festival despite international criticism of the event as cruel and unhygienic. At least 10,000 dogs were expected to be slaughtered.
    (AP, 6/22/15)(Econ, 6/20/15, p.46)
2015        Jun 22, China inaugurated a new land crossing into Tibet for Indian pilgrims who wish to visit one of the holiest sites in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, In western China at least 18 people were killed in a knife and bomb attack in Kashgar, a predominantly Uighur city in the Xinjiang region. Some 10 million Uighurs lived in the Xinjiang region, making up 60% of its residents.  
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.A4)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.11,35)
2015        Jun 22, Colombia's FARC rebels reportedly killed 4 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack in the northeast of the country, as the Marxist group steps up attacks amid unraveling peace talks. 10,000 barrels of oil spilled into the Mira River, leaving some 150,000 people without drinking water following a rebel attack on a pipeline. On June 26 President Juan Manuel Santos called this the worst environmental disaster in Colombia's history. An army helicopter was downed in the northern department of Norte de Santander and 8 troops were killed. The National Liberation Army (ELN) later claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)(AP, 6/26/15)(AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 22, The EU extended economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Russia in turn planned to extend a ban on Western food imports for six months starting from early August.
    (AP, 6/22/15)(Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, Hungary said its police will help patrol the Serbia-Macedonia border to try to stem the flow of migrants and refugees attempting to reach the European Union.
    (AP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, Indian officials said police have arrested two men suspected of kidnapping and killing journalist Sandeep Kothari in central Madhya Pradesh state. Kothari was abducted by a group of men who beat him to death and then burned his body and left it near a railway track in Katangi town. His family said the journalist was killed for reporting about illegal mining in the Balaghat district.
    (AP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, In Indian Kashmir 2 suspected rebels and a civilian were killed in a gun battle in Redwani village that began the day before and lasted more than 15 hours.
    (AFP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, In Iraq gunmen in speeding cars opened fire on a vehicle transporting Interior Ministry officials in Baghdad, killing two officers. Attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in the country killed at least 8 people.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)(AP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, Dozens of Druze residents of the annexed Golan Heights attacked a military ambulance carrying two injured Syrians, beating one to death on suspicion that they were Islamic militants. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledged the next day to track down the Druze rioters responsible for the "lynching" of a wounded Syrian.
    (AP, 6/23/15)(AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 22, Moldova's Pres. Nicolae Timofte appointed Natalia Gherman (46), the country's pro-European foreign minister, as interim prime minister after her predecessor resigned amid a probe of his high school diploma.
    (AP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari slammed the state of the country's finances, claiming his predecessor had left Africa's biggest economy deep in debt and the treasury "virtually empty". A girl thought to be aged about 17 killed at least 20 at a bus station near a fish market in Maiduguri, Borno state.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)(AFP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 22, Pakistani officials said an intense heat wave over three days has killed more than 180 people in southern Sindh province.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president next year, resigned from the cabinet in a break with President Benigno Aquino as he is investigated for corruption.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, Somalia's security agency said it carried out a night raid on key targets inside a Shebab-controlled town in southern Somalia, targeting "senior" commanders.
    (AFP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, In Spain the tiny village of Castrillo Matajudios, which means "Camp Kill Jews," officially changed its name back to Castrillo Mota de Judios ("Jews' Hill Camp") following a referendum and regional government approval. The "Kill Jews" name dated from 1627, after a 1492 Spanish edict ordering Jews to become Catholics or flee the country.
    (AP, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, In Syria Kurdish-led forces advanced deep into territory in Syria held by Islamic State, showing new momentum after they unexpectedly swiftly seized a border crossing from the jihadists last week.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, The Ukrainian military said 2 government servicemen have been killed and three wounded in fresh separatist attacks in the east.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 22, An independent UN commission released its report on Operation Protective Edge, finding evidence that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during the 2014 summer war in the Gaza Strip.
    (SSFC, 6/28/15, p.A4)

2015        Jun 23, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the United States will pre-position tanks, artillery and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, moving to reassure NATO allies unnerved by Russian involvement in Ukraine. Carter, during a trip to Tallinn, said the Baltic states - Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia -- as well as Bulgaria, Romania and Poland agreed to host elements of this heavy equipment.
    (Reuters, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, Wikileaks revealed that America’s NSA had spied on three French presidents from 2006-2012.
    (Econ, 6/27/15, p.42)
2015        Jun 23, In southern Arizona Iraqi Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sadeeq was killed in an F-16 Fighting Falcon crash during a training mission.
    (AP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 23, South Carolina lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to consider removing the Confederate flag from their State House grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley called for the flag to be moved to a museum a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/24/15, p.A8)
2015        Jun 23, Ikea's US division said it is raising the minimum wage for the second year in a row as the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain looks to improve its relations with workers and reduce worker turnover. Starting January 1 Ikea's average minimum hourly wage will increase to $11.87, which is $4.62 above the current federal wage.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 23, California stock promoter Gregg Mulholland was arrested while traveling to Mexico. US prosecutors charged him with masterminding a $3000 million scheme in 2014 to manipulate the value of stocks including Cynk Technology Corp. and Vision Plasma Systems.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.C3)
2015        Jun 23, Dick Van Patten, TV actor, died in Santa Monica, Ca. In 1949 he began a seven year run on the CBS comedy series “Mama.” From 1977 to 1981 he played Tom Bradford, the father in the ABC series “Eight Is Enough.”
    (SFC, 6/24/15, p.D7)
2015        Jun 23, Afghan government forces regained control of a key district near the northern city of Kunduz, after Taliban fighters had threatened to capture a provincial capital for the first time since being driven from power in 2001.
    (Reuters, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, Algerian financier Rafik Khalifa was jailed for 18 years for embezzling from his own bank to finance a lavish lifestyle that included a French villa and a private jet.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, Armenian police detained nearly 240 people in the capital Yerevan after using water cannon to disperse a protest against electricity hikes.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation cited people close to the families of Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar as saying the pair died in fighting in Mosul in the past week. They were notorious for being pictured holding severed heads.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, Bosnian and French police arrested 15 members of a human trafficking ring that forced women and children to beg and steal in cities across France. Seven suspects were arrested in Bosnia and eight in France.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, In China former soldiers reportedly staged a sit-in outside a major military base complaining about a lack of proper benefits and pensions. Hundreds were reported detained at the protest outside the Central Military Commission, which has overall command of the military, in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 23, State Councilor Yang Jiechi said China will work with the United States and other countries on cybersecurity issues.
    (Reuters, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, Eurostar said it has canceled all passenger trains for the rest of the day through the tunnel that links France and England, after striking ferry workers swarmed the train line setting tires alight.
    (AP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, The European Space Agency (ESA) launched overnight the second phase of a 4.3-billion-euro ($4.91-billion) program to deploy new-generation satellites to monitor environmental damage and aid disaster relief operations. Sentinel-2A was hoisted by a lightweight Vega rocket from ESA's base in Kourou, French Guiana.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, In Honduras police said Juan Carlos Cruz Andara, a journalist and gay activist, was stabbed 25 times by unknown attackers at his home in Puerto Cortes.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 23, Iran's parliament approved a controversial bill that it said would protect the country's nuclear program, but which could also hinder final negotiations on a deal with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set out seven red lines that he said Iran would never cross.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)(Econ, 7/4/15, p.39)
2015        Jun 23, Mexican federal forces captured Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, the son of the alleged leader of the country's most violent drug cartel, in Jalisco state. His father is Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
    (AP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, In northern Mexico a fire killed 17 residents at a retirement home for poor people in Mexicali.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 23, In Niger, Boko Haram militants killed 5 residents and burned more than 100 homes in Yebbi village in the Diffa region.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.A3)
2015        Jun 23, In northeastern Nigeria about 40 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram militants who torched houses and shot people as they fled late last night and into today in Debiro Biu and Debiro Hawul villages in Borno state. A girl thought to be aged just 12 detonated explosives she was carrying at a market in Wagir, Yobe state, killing 10 people and injuring dozens.
    (Reuters, 6/24/15)(AFP, 6/24/15)   
2015        Jun 23, North Korea's highest court sentenced two South Koreans accused of spying to hard labor for life.
    (Reuters, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, Pakistani officials said nearly 700 people have died in a severe three-day heatwave.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Center (NERC) said three cases of Ebola had emerged in the east-end slum of Magazine Wharf -- three weeks after the last known infections in the capital.
    (AFP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 23, South Sudan’s top politician Pagan Amum, arrested and sacked as secretary general of the ruling party as civil war erupted 18-months ago, was reinstated to his post.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, Syrian Kurds and allied rebels advanced against the Islamic State group. Anti-IS forces took Ain Issa after capturing the nearby Brigade 93 base overnight.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)
2015        Jun 23, In Syria 2 suicide attacks from the Islamic State group killed 10 government soldiers in the northeastern city of Hasakeh. At least 13 civilians were killed in a car bomb attack against a mosque in a village near the capital Damascus. US-led forces carried out air strikes against IS in Hasaka and near the town of Tel Abyad.
    (AFP, 6/24/15)(Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 23, Islamic State militants said they have blown up two shrines they consider sacrilegious in Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site. The extremists destroyed the grave of Mohammad Bin Ali, a descendant of Imam Ali, cousin of Islam's Prophet Muhammad and a deeply revered Shiite saint, and the final resting place of Sufi scholar, Nizar Abu Bahaa Eddine, who lived in Palmyra some 500 years ago.
    (Reuters, 6/23/15)(AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 23, Turkey’s coast guard rescued 70 migrants off a sinking ship as 6 migrants drowned in waters off the Greek island of Kos.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 23, Uganda's police chief blocked presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi (66) from holding public meetings across the country, saying they are "illegal". At least 30 supporters of Mbabazi were arrested over the last week.
    (AFP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 23, In Yemen at least 39 people were killed and dozens wounded in 24 hours of clashes in the southern cities of Aden and Dhaleh.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)

2015        Jun 24, Alaska reported 278 active fires following record heat in May.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 24, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $115.4 billion budget using his veto pen to wipe out $1.3 million in program increases south by the state Legislature.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.D3)
2015        Jun 24, In the northeast US a fast moving storm hit Connecticut, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania overnight leaving two people dead and nearly 400,000 customers without power.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 24, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (21) apologized to the victims and loved ones of the 2013 attack. He was then sentenced to death.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.A8)
2015        Jun 24, Dozens of Albanian police, backed up by two army helicopters, were deployed to Lazarat, a major illegal marijuana-growing village, after gunmen fatally shot policeman Ibrahim Basha (31) and wounded two others. On June 28 police reported the arrest of brothers Arbion Aliko (20) and Alban Aliko (18) suspected in the shooting.
    (AP, 6/24/15)(Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 24, Hundreds of Armenians staged a third day of demonstrations in Yerevan against a hike in electricity prices.
    (Reuters, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, French lawmakers voted to create a $60-million fund to compensate Holocaust victims transported by French state rail firm SNCF to Nazi concentration camps in a move also intended to protect the company from future US litigation.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 24, The Israeli military carried out an airstrike on a rocket launching device in the Gaza Strip after it was used by militants to fire on Israel.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, A Dutch court ordered the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by at least 25 percent by 2020.
    (AFP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, Niger’s army killed 15 Boko Haram Islamic militants and captured 20 others following the group’s attack on Yebbi village a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.A3)
2015        Jun 24, The government of Pakistan allowed the international aid agency Save the Children to reopen its offices in Islamabad. The move came two weeks after the government accused the group of violating its own charter, without elaborating.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, In southern Pakistan pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite as the death toll from a scorching 4-day heat wave climbed to 838.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, Romanian lawmaker Sebastian Ghita, an aide to PM Victor Ponta, was charged with influence peddling, tax evasion and money laundering worth millions of euros, being involved in the misuse of European Union funds and of cheating the elections.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict until January 2016.
    (AFP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, In Russia the only member of parliament who voted against the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year was formally charged with embezzlement in a case he has described as politically motivated. Ilya Ponomaryov (39) is now in the United States and was stripped of his parliamentary immunity from prosecution in April. Russia’s federal Investigative Committee said that it may put Ponomaryov on an international wanted list if he fails to turn up for the investigation.
    (Reuters, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, In Russia a bus carrying poultry factory workers collided with a truck in the region of Siberia, killing at least 16 people and injuring nine others.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed 9 people in a suicide attack on a diplomatic convoy from the United Arab Emirates in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, A UN expert called for a probe into whether the Eritrean government should face justice for alleged crimes against humanity following a damning report on sweeping rights violations.
    (AFP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, Yemen's Shiite rebels launched two late night attacks along the Saudi Arabia border, killing three Saudi soldiers and one from the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 6/25/15)(Reuters, 6/26/15)

2015        Jun 25, The US Supreme Court embraced a broad interpretation of the type of civil rights allegations that can be made under the landmark Fair Housing Act by ruling 5-4 that the law allows for discrimination claims based on seemingly neutral practices that may have a discriminatory effect. The case concerned whether Texas violated the Fair Housing Act by disproportionately awarding low-income housing tax credits to developers who own properties in poor, minority-dominated neighborhoods.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold tax credit subsidies to help make health care coverage affordable.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.A1)
2015        Jun 25, In Alaska 9 people aboard a sightseeing airplane were killed when it crashed near Ketchikan.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 25, Patrick Macnee (b.1922)), British-born actor, died in Rancho Mirage, Ca. He was known as secret agent John Steed in the TV series “The Avengers.” The spy drama began in Britain in  1961 and debuted in the US in 1966.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.D5)
2015        Jun 25, In Maryland Baltimore County police officers shot and killed Spencer Lee McCain (41) while responding to a call for potential domestic violence in Owings Mills. McCain was not armed.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 25, Todd West (22) of Elizabeth, NJ, went on a shooting spree in New Jersey killing 3 people. He then fled to Pennsylvania where he killed 3 more people on July 5. He was arrested on July 6 and was charged with 7 murders including the fatal shooting on May 18, in Elizabeth, of his cousin Michael Tompkins (29).
    (http://tinyurl.com/o6q6kfx)(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 25, In New York state prison guard Gene Palmer (57) was released on $25,000 bail after being arrested for promoting prison contraband related to the June 6 escape of two prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.A8)
2015        Jun 25, Univision said it is dropping the Miss USA pageant and cutting all business ties with US presidential candidate Donald Trump following recent statements made by Trump about Mexican immigrants. In response Trump sued Univision for $500 million for breach of contract.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.A14)(SFC, 7/2/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 25, Mitsubishi said it is recalling about 460,000 cars in the US because the air bags have the potential to push sun visors into passengers and cause injuries in a crash. The company is also recalling about 75,000 later-model Eclipses and Spyders for anti-lock braking problems.
    (AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, Subaru said it is recalling about 72 thousand 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic braking system to fail.
    (AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, Burundian students broke into the US embassy to escape police as one of the country's vice presidents announced he had fled to Belgium.
    (AFP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, China's Defense Ministry said that it was unaware of any protest after a report that thousands of former soldiers had staged a sit-in on June 23 outside a major military base complaining about a lack of proper benefits and pensions.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, China's Defense Ministry declined to confirm a report that it was in talks for a military base in Horn of Africa country Djibouti.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, In central China an early morning fire killed 13 people in an apartment building n Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province.
    (AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, Protests in France against ride-booking app Uber turned violent as taxi drivers burned cars and blocked access to airports and train stations.
    (AFP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, In western India a head-on collision between a bus and a truck killed at least 18 people and injured 13 others near Jalgaon, about 410 km (255 miles) southwest of Mumbai.
    (AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, In Iraq Islamic State militants detonated a car bomb and then opened fire on troops in the western province of Anbar, killing 14 soldiers. In the town of Hit, west of Ramadi, artillery fire and rocket attacks targeted the local irrigation department, killing 9 people and wounding 13. A car bomb ripped through a commercial area in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Shaab, killing six civilians and wounding 16. A bomb struck an outdoor market in Mahmudiyah, about 30 km south of Baghdad, killing 2 people.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)(AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, Former Lesotho Defense Force commander Maaparankoe Mahao was shot dead by soldiers in his village home. Mahao, an ally of Lesotho's former leader Thomas Thabane, was a bitter rival of current army chief Tlali Kamoli.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 25, Poland's lawmakers approved a government bill that provides coherent regulations for in vitro fertilization and guarantees the procedure also to unwed couples.
    (AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, It was reported that Puerto Rico was among the Caribbean islands hit by the worst drought in five years.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 25, Thousands of Rwandans protested outside the British embassy in Kigali against Britain's arrest of Karenzi Karake, Rwanda's intelligence chief.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, Sierra Leone said it has quarantined three doctors and 28 nurses in the capital Freetown when a mother tested positive for Ebola after giving birth.
    (AFP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, Swiss authorities approved the extradition of Naser Oric, the wartime Bosnian commander of Srebrenica, to his home country rather than to Serbia. Oric agreed to be extradited to Bosnia.
    (AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, In Syria Islamic State fighters launched simultaneous attacks against the government forces and Kurdish militia, moving back onto the offensive after losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa. At least 15 Islamic State fighters were reported killed in Kobani. IS militants mounted a bloody surprise attack on the Kurdish-held border town of Kobane, killing at least 164. IS forces shot dead at least 23 people in the Kurdish village of Barkh Butan.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)(AFP, 6/25/15)(AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 25, A Tanzanian court ordered Islamist rebel leader Jamil Mukulu to be extradited to Uganda to face murder charges. He was described as the head of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an organization blamed for a string of attacks in western Uganda and the capital Kampala that killed 1,000 people between 1998 and 2000. Mukulu said he would appeal.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, Drug enforcement officers in Uzbekistan burned 1.4 tons of drugs, as Central Asia's most populous nation fights to stem the flow of narcotics from neighboring Afghanistan to Russia and further on to Europe.
    (Reuters, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, In Yemen men on a motorbike attacked low-ranking Huthi officer Ibrahim Hassan al-Sharfi near his Sanaa home late today before they fled. Gunmen also assaulted a Huthi checkpoint north of Sanaa with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades, killing several people. In Dhammar province pro-government fighters attacked Huthi headquarters, killing five.
    (AFP, 6/26/15)

2015        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court in Obergefell v Hodges ruled 5-4 that the US Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry in a historic triumph for the American gay rights movement.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obergefell_v._Hodges)(Reuters, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, The US Periodic Review Board, which has been re-evaluating dozens of Guantanamo prisoners, said Abdul Rahman Shalabi (39) can be released to take part in a Saudi government rehabilitation program for militants and would be subject to monitoring afterward. Shalabi began a hunger strike in 2005 and prison officials had fed him with a nasogastric tube daily for nine years.
    (AP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, In New York state prison escapee Richard Matt (49) was killed in the town of Malone, less than 10 miles (16 km) from the Canadian border. The police net appeared to be closing on his accomplice David Sweat (35).
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 26, SiriusXM, a satellite radio provider, announced that it would pay $210 million to the major record companies over its broadcasting of songs made before 1972.
    (SFC, 6/29/15, p.D1)
2015        Jun 26, In Afghanistan a US air strike took place in Nuristan, an eastern province next to Pakistan that is partially controlled by the Taliban. 6 militants were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Armenia protests against a hike in electricity prices continued for a fifth straight day.
    (AP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, Azerbaijani troops killed an Armenian soldier in the latest border clash between the arch-foes who are locked in a longstanding conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 26, In eastern China a bus overturned on a highway and was hit by an oncoming truck, killing at least 10 people in Wuhu city, Anhui province.
    (AP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, Dominican Republic officials said more than 17,000 undocumented Haitians have voluntarily left the Dominican Republic since the end of a controversial registration process that left thousands of people facing deportation. More than 180,000 people were still unregistered by the June 17 deadline.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 26, In southeastern France a decapitated body daubed with Arabic writing was found at a US gas company after an assailant rammed a car into the premises, triggering an explosion. Suspect Yassim Salhi (35) was arrested minutes later while opening canisters containing flammable chemicals. His wife, sister and a fourth person were also detained. Salhi confessed on June 28 and his wife and sister were released.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)(Reuters, 6/27/15)(Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 26, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man after he opened fire at soldiers at a military checkpoint in the West Bank.
    (AP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Kuwait a suicide bombing killed 27 people at a packed Shi'ite mosque. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. On June 28 the interior ministry named the bomber as Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa (Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen Al-Gabaa, born 1992) of Saudi Arabia. Saudi brother Majed al-Zahrani and Mohammad al-Zahrani had smuggled in the explosives in an icebox by car through Nuwaiseeb border post from Saudi Arabia, a day before the bombing. On August 4 Abdulrahman Sabah Saud, who drove Fahad al-Qaba'a to the mosque in Kuwait City and was arrested two days after the blast, confessed in court to having joined the jihadist Islamic State group on June 25.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)(Reuters, 6/27/15)(Reuters, 6/28/15)(SFC, 6/29/15, p.A2)(AFP, 7/7/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)
2015        Jun 26, Lebanon said its soldiers killed two gunmen during a clash with Nusra Front militants who were trying to infiltrate the town of Arsal from Syria.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, Mexican federal authorities arrested three suspects in a restaurant in the upscale Mexico City neighborhood of Polanco. The three, including one Pemex employee, allegedly demanded that a company give them 10 million pesos and two pickup trucks to "support" its bid to win a contract to provide food and lodging services on oil platforms in the Campeche Sound.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Mexico at least 9 migrants died in a vehicle accident in the southern state of Tabasco.
    (AP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Pakistan sea breezes brought lower temperatures to ease a heat wave that killed more than 1,150 people around the port city of Karachi.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, Hamas authorities ordered the closure of the offices of Jawwal, the only mobile phone company operating in the Gaza Strip, accusing it of tax dodging.
    (AFP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, Yevgeny Primakov (b.1929), former Russian PM (1998-1999), died in Moscow. His career included desperate but unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to avert wars in Iraq and NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 6/26/15)(Econ, 7/18/15, p.78)
2015        Jun 26, In Somalia dozens of soldiers were killed when Shebab insurgents overran an African Union base in Lego village.
    (AFP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the Parliament loyal to his predecessor at midnight and called fresh elections in August in an attempt to consolidate power and carry out his promise of reforms.
    (AP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Syria Some 40 people were reported killed in the fighting for Daraa.
    (AFP, 6/26/15)(Reuters, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, Thailand's military government forced a human rights group to cancel the public launch of its report on the Vietnamese government's persecution of an ethnic minority, saying it could affect national security and bilateral relations. The report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch describes persecution of Montagnard Christians in Vietnam's Central Highlands.
    (AP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, Thailand police arrested 14 students who had been protesting against the ruling junta, in defiance of a ban on public gatherings. On July 7 a military court released the 14 student activists from detention but said they still face sedition charges.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)(AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Tunisia 39 people were killed and 40 wounded in a gun attack on a beachside hotel. The confirmed death toll of Britons reached 30 out of the 38 foreign tourists who were mowed down by a Kalashnikov-toting gunman, identified as 23-year-old student Seifeddine Rezgui.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)(AFP, 6/29/15)(Reuters, 7/1/15)
2015        Jun 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 26, The Vatican signed a treaty with the "State of Palestine," saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel. Israel expressed disappointment.
    (AP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Venezuela 120 policemen were reported to have been murdered so far this year, one of the world's most violent countries.
    (Reuters, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Yemen air strikes by a Saudi-led force hit military bases across Yemen. 10 people were killed in air raids in Jawf.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)

2015        Jun 27, In Sacramento, Ca., a couple searching for a dog found a headless goat, dead chickens, a headless rat and a decapitated catfish, adding to the number of decapitated animals found in recent months.
    (SFC, 6/29/15, p.A9)
2015        Jun 27, In South Carolina a protester scaled a flagpole on the grounds of the state legislature at dawn and removed the Confederate flag. Bree Newsome (30), a black woman, and James Ian Tyson, a white man, were charged with defacing a monument.
    (AFP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, Chris Squire (b.1948), rock bassist for the British band Yes, died in Phoenix. The band formed in 1968 as one of the first progressive rock groups.
    (SFC, 6/29/15, p.C3)
2015        Jun 27, In Afghanistan a US air strike took place in Paktika province, a stronghold of the Haqqani network and other groups allied with the Taliban. One al-Qaida operative was reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, Argentina said Lilian Herraez, a federal judge in Tierra del Fuego, has ordered the seizure of assets of oil drilling companies operating in the Falklands Islands, including property held by US firm Noble Energy.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian suspended a controversial hike in electricity prices but the move failed to appease protesters who vowed to keep up with the largest anti-government demonstrations the ex-Soviet nation has seen in years.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, In Burundi witnesses in Jabe neighborhood in of Bujumbura, reported intense gunfire late today in an apparent police crackdown on areas seen as hosting anti-government protesters. Two people were killed in attacks believed to have been carried out by police.
    (AP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, China cut interest rates for 4th time in 6 months to boost sluggish national economy.
    (AP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, Angry eurozone ministers said Greece's shock decision to hold a referendum on its bailout had closed the door on the chances of a deal to save Athens from default and a possible euro exit.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, The Gambian government withdrew an expulsion order for Gambian-Lebanese multi-millionaire Hussein Tajudeen, a former close friend of President Yahya Jammeh. He had been ordered to leave the country earlier this month for unacceptable business practices that are detrimental to the Gambian economy.
    (AP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, Iran burned 100 tons of drugs recovered from traffickers in a ceremony to coincide with an international anti-drug day meeting in Tehran.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announced that security forces have arrested Abdel Baqi al-Sadun, a senior official in the disbanded Baath Party. A series of attacks killed 12 people in Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 6/27/15)(SSFC, 6/28/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 27, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies staged air strikes against Islamic State positions with 10 strikes in Iraq and 17 in Syria.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, In Ireland tens of thousands of revelers created a carnival atmosphere in Dublin’s gay Pride parade.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, Kuwait's interior ministry said it had detained amongst others the owner of a vehicle which a suicide bomber used to get to a Shi'ite Muslim mosque where he blew himself up, killing 27 and wounding 200. On June 28 Abdul-Rahman Sabah Aidan, an illegal resident, was identified as the owner of the vehicle.
    (Reuters, 6/27/15)(Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, In western Mali suspected Islamist fighters attacked Nara town near the border with Mauritania before dawn, 12 people were killed, including 3 soldiers and 4 attackers. Ansar Dine later claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 6/27/15)(AFP, 6/27/15)(Reuters, 7/6/15)
2015        Jun 27, In Nigeria at least 5 people were killed and 10 wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a leprosy hospital on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, A Pakistani official said the weeklong heat wave in the southern port city of Karachi has left 1,233 people dead.
    (AP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, Peru announced that Neymer Keni Maldonado, the logistics chief of the Shining Path rebel group, has been captured and that the government is lifting a three-decade-long state of emergency in a coca-growing region of the Alto Huallaga jungle.
    (AFP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 27, In South Sudan Malakal was attacked and captured by rebels led by ex-government general Johnson Olony, accused by aid agencies of forcibly recruiting hundreds of child soldiers.
    (AFP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jun 27, In Spain a six-year-old boy, the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in 29 years, died from the disease in a Barcelona hospital. He had not been vaccinated against the disease because his parents had opted against inoculation.
    (AP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, In Syria Kurdish forces drove out Islamic State fighters who had infiltrated the Syrian border town of Kobani, but clashes continued outside the town. The number of civilians killed since bands of elite IS fighters infiltrated the town early June 25 exceeded 200 and was likely to rise as the search for bodies continues.
    (AP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, In Taiwan a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a water park late today. The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people. One person was killed and 498 people suffered burns.
    (AP, 6/28/15)(AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 27, Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, vowed to continue his anti-China activism after being released from prison after serving two and a half years on tax evasion charges.
    (AFP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, Yemeni rebels withdrew some of their forces from the southern city of Aden to reinforce positions elsewhere.
    (AP, 6/27/15)

2015        Jun 28, An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station.
    (AFP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Florida Amaya Guardado (17) was reported missing. He was later found hacked to death with a machete and left in a shallow grave that the suspects had dug in advance. Miami-Dade police later charged four Homestead Job Corps classmates with second-degree murder: Kaheem Arbelo (20), Jonathan Lucas (18), Christian Colon (19), and Desiray Strickland (18). Detectives expected to make a fifth arrest.
    (AP, 8/21/15)
2015        Jun 28, In New York state a state police sergeant shot and wounded recently escaped convict David Sweat in the town of Constable.
    (SFC, 6/29/15, p.A9)
2015        Jun 28, In Afghanistan 11 government soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush on an army convoy in the western Herat province.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 28, Armenian demonstrators protesting higher household electricity rates blocked the capital's main avenue for a seventh straight day.
    (AP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Azerbaijan the European Games came to a close. Russia sent its top athletes to the games as a warm-up for next year's Olympics and was rewarded by winning almost four times as many gold medals as its closest rival.
    (AP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, Bangladesh officials said at least 23 people have died in flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains that lashed the southeast.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Belgium    a British bus with 34 children on board overturned and crashed on a motorway, killing just the driver.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Germany the Grafenrheinfeld reactor in the southern state of Bavaria was taken offline overnight as scheduled. It had gone into service in 1981 and was the first to close since the oldest eight of 17 nuclear reactors closed in 2011.
    (AP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, Greece's parliament voted in favor of PM Alexis Tsipras' motion to hold a July 5 referendum on creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for loans. Greece’s Cabinet imposed capital controls and closed banks for six business days and limited cash withdrawals effective June 29.
    (AP, 6/28/15)    (SFC, 6/29/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 28, In Iraq gunmen shot dead Saad al-Karbalaie, a senior oil official working for the state-run North Oil Company (NOC) in Kirkuk.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Mali fighters carrying an Islamist flag took control of part of the town of Fakola, attacking security forces and damaging a number of public buildings, including the town hall and police station. They fled after a brief occupation.
    (AFP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 28, Moldovans voted in local election runoffs being seen as a test of whether the former Soviet republic moves closer to the EU or to neighboring Russia.
    (AP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In the Netherlands Mitch Henriquez (42), from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, died in the hands of police. Preliminary findings from an autopsy indicated that Henriquez died of asphyxiation after being held in a chokehold and pinned down by five white police officers.
    (Reuters, 7/2/15)
2015        Jun 28, Pakistani air strikes killed at least 20 suspected militants in the northwestern Shawal Valley.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Syria a mortar bomb killed 3 people and wounded 12 more in a market place in Saroujah district of northeast Damascus.
    (AFP, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Turkey riot police in Istanbul used teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of participants in the Gay Pride parade in the Turkish after demonstrators began shouting slogans accusing the social conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of "fascism".
    (AFP, 6/28/15)

2015        Jun 29, Pres. Obama opened two-days of talks with Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rousseff. To coincide with the visit America promised to lift a 14-year-old ban on imports of Brazilian beef.
    (SFC, 6/30/15, p.A3)(Econ, 7/4/15, p.27)
2015        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision invalidated a key Obama administration environmental regulation aimed at limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. Failure to undertake a cost-benefit analysis was cited.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)(SFC, 6/30/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court upheld the use of the sedative midazolam for use in executions, even as two dissenting judges said they think it’s highly likely that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 6/30/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 29, US House Speaker John A. Boehner and a House delegation wrapped up a three-day trip to Lithuania, where aides said he reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to resisting Russian aggression in the region.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, In NYC a young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury. Hanna Bouveng (25) accused Benjamin Wey (43) in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York Global Group to coerce her into four sexual encounters before firing her after discovering she had a boyfriend.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, In central Washington state a wildfire "blew up" overnight, threatening homes and businesses as flames enveloped roughly 3,000 acres, nearly double the area burning only a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, NBC said it is cutting ties with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. Macy’s soon followed to end its ties with Trump.
    (SFC, 6/30/15, p.A5)(SFC, 7/2/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 29, Burundians voted in controversial elections that were condemned internationally amid an opposition boycott and grenade attacks, with the election commission claiming an "enormous" turnout despite many stations being quiet.
    (AFP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, Canada announced economic sanctions against Russian energy firms including natural gas producer Gazprom over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 29, In Chad two suicide bombings rocked the capital N'Djamena, killing at least 11 people.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, China's Premier Li Keqiang said he wants to see Greece remain in the euro zone and promised that Beijing would make investments in the European Union's new infrastructure fund.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, In China envoys of governments that plan to join a Chinese-led Asian bank endorsed a structure that gives Beijing the biggest voting stake at the start but no veto power.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, Cyprus jailed Hussein Bassam Abdallah (26), a member of the armed wing of Hezbollah, for six years after he pleaded guilty to charges of stockpiling explosives to attack Jewish targets abroad.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)   
2015        Jun 29, Egypt's top public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, died of wounds sustained in a car bomb attack on his convoy as it was leaving his Cairo home in a marked escalation of Islamist militant attacks on the judiciary.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, French police brought in two executives from US technology company Uber for questioning as the government clamp down on the taxi and ride-sharing service intensifies.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, In France employees of a ferry service recently sold by Eurotunnel renewed a blockade of the northern port of Calais after a court rejected their bid to extend the service's charter contract with Eurotunnel.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, In Iraq attacks inside and around Baghdad killed at least 7 people. Authorities found the bodies for 4 men and 2 women dumped in different areas in and around Baghdad, all shot in the chest and head with their hands and legs tied.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies staged 18 air strikes on Islamic State targets.
    (Reuters, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 29, Israel and the Palestinians promised to investigate alleged war crimes committed by their forces during the 2014 Gaza war. A Palestinian woman stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the neck at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
    (Reuters, 6/29/15)(AFP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and redirected it to an Israeli port.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, Kuwait's interior ministry referred five suspects linked to the June 26 suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque to the prosecution service for legal action.
    (AFP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, Mozambique decriminalized homosexuality when a new penal code came into force that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws.
    (AFP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, In Nigeria two suicide bombers blew themselves up prematurely in a village outside Maiduguri just an hour before the arrival of Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo.
    (SFC, 7/3/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 29, Pakistani authorities killed 4 militants, arrested two and seized a large cache of weapons on a house near the eastern city of Lahore. The militants were planning to target important buildings in Lahore during the current Ramadan holiday.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla warned that his country can't pay its $72 billion public debt as international economists released a critical report on the island's economy.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Syria's foreign minister and pledged his support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. Putin called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighborhood in the northeastern city of Hasakeh from the Islamic State group, but heavy clashes continued.
    (AFP, 6/29/15)
2015        Jun 29, A man in the United Arab Emirates was sentenced to three years in jail for Twitter posts allegedly insulting the Gulf country's Supreme Court. Nasser al-Faresi (27) allegedly called the proceedings of a 2012 sedition trial a "judicial farce" and insulted the UAE's president and Abu Dhabi's crown prince.
    (Reuters, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 29, In Yemen an attack claimed by the Sunni extremist group on Huthi leaders in the rebel-held capital Sanaa killed at least 28 people.
    (AFP, 7/1/15)

2015        Jun 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill ending most vaccination exemptions for the state’s schoolchildren, effective next January. Only exemptions signed by a doctor would be allowed.
    (SFC, 7/1/15, p.A1)
2015        Jun 30, A Florida judge blocked a new state law, one day before it was to take effect, which requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.
    (SFC, 7/1/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 30, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that he is running for president making him the 14 official GOP contender.
    (SFC, 7/1/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 30, Afghanistan signed an extension to a long-running UN police support program that will transfer some $900 million to the government over the next 18 months. A Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of NATO troops in Kabul wounded 21 Afghan civilians and killed one. Another Taliban suicide attack targeted a police headquarters in Helmand province, killing 2 people and wounding more than 50.
    (AP, 6/30/15)(Reuters, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, Afghan Brig. Gen. Abdul Samad Habib, commandor of a recruitment center in Balkh province, was arrested with 19 kg (41 pounds) of heroin in an army vehicle in the northern Baghlan province. Habib was charged with drug smuggling.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jun 30, In Brazil the Sao Paulo City Council voted 48-1 to prohibit the use of ride-sharing applications like Uber in the city. The capital city of Brasilia also approved such a ban.
    (SFC, 7/2/15, p.C1)
2015        Jun 30, In Cambodia hundreds of people marched on parliament to protest against new laws that would require foreign and domestic NGOs to register with the government or face fines.
    (Econ, 7/4/15, p.32)
2015        Jun 30, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, In Egypt a bomb blast near a Cairo police station killed 3 people.
    (SFC, 7/1/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 30, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed that the country will not make its 1.6 billion euro payment due today to the IMF. Greece requested a two-year rescue deal with the EU to save the crisis-hit country, just hours before its international bailout expires. Greek public debt was close to 180% of GDP.
    (AP, 6/30/15)(AFP, 6/30/15)(Econ, 6/20/15, p.67)
2015        Jun 30, An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane crashed into two houses in a residential neighborhood in the country’s third largest city Medan. 141 people were killed including non-military passengers.
    (AP, 6/30/15)(AFP, 6/30/15)(AFP, 7/1/15)(SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 30, Striking ferry workers invaded the railroad tracks leading to the Eurotunnel linking France and England, and train service across the Channel was suspended until further notice.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, Iran and six world powers ramped up negotiations in Vienna after accepting they would miss a June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal, with both sides cautioning that major obstacles to a lasting agreement remained. Negotiators announced a new deadline of July 7.
    (Reuters, 6/30/15)(AFP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jun 30, In Iraq a series of attacks in Baghdad and in two towns near the capital killed at least 8 people.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, A shooting near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank wounded four Israelis, sparking a manhunt.
    (AFP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, In Japan a man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train heading from Tokyo to Osaka, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, Liberian authorities quarantined an area where the corpse of a boy (14) was found with Ebola. The WHO had declared Liberia Ebola free on May 9.
    (SFC, 7/1/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 30, In Nigeria extremists invaded the village of Musaram and killed 48 men.
    (SFC, 7/3/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 30, The Hamas-appointed attorney general in the Gaza Strip shut down the offices of the territory's only mobile-phone provider, saying the company, Jawwal, had not paid its taxes.
    (Reuters, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, The Philippines' anti-graft prosecutor ordered the national police chief and 10 other officers dismissed from the service for approving a contract to deliver gun licenses with a courier company that had no track record.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, Russia expressed disappointment over new sanctions imposed by Canada over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis and warned that it would respond.
    (Reuters, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, In eastern Spain at least four people, including a baby girl, died in a gas canister blast that ripped through a house in Villajoyosa.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, A Syrian government air raid killed at least 17 people and wounded many others in the northwestern town of Ihsim, Idlib province.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, It was reported that the Islamic State in Syria has beheaded one women this week along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All were accused of sorcery.
    (Reuters, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, A total of 173 people, mostly women and children, from the minority Chinese Muslim community of Uighurs arrived in Turkey from Thailand, where they were being held after fleeing China. They were being resettled in the central city of Kayseri, which boasts a strong Uighur community.
    (AP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jun 30, A UN rights report said South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign.
    (AFP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, A UN report quoted Yemen health officials as saying that 8,000 people had contracted dengue fever in Aden since the crisis began in March. An average of 150 new cases of dengue fever and around 11 deaths were being reported daily.
    (Reuters, 7/1/15)

2015        Jun, British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor installed his "Dirty Corner" sculpture in the gardens of France's Palace of Versailles. Kapoor has described the piece as "the vagina of a queen who is taking power." The piece was soon sprayed with yellow paint.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)

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