Timeline 2015 April - June Return to home2015 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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 1, Nigerian election
winner Muhammadu Buhari congratulated outgoing President Goodluck
Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
2015 Apr 2, In northeastern
Nigeria an explosion near the Bauchi motor park, a bus station in
Gombe, left 10 people dead.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
2015 Apr 3, In Chad 7 civilians
were killed in Tchoukou Telia near Lake Chad in an attack blamed on
Nigerian Boko Haram rebels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 3, Four soldiers were
killed in Indian Kashmir after their vehicle was buried in an
avalanche in the Himalayan region.
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
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.
2015 Apr 3, In Mali a security
guard was killed in a bombing at a home in Bamako.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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
2015 Apr 4, In Australia
thousands of anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters clashed in angry
rallies around the country.
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.
2015 Apr 4, In Burkina Faso a
Romanian security officer was kidnapped in Tambao at a manganese
mine where he worked.
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
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.
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.
2015 Apr 4, Italian navy and
coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in
the southern Mediterranean.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 4, In Mali
unidentified gunmen attacked the town of Boni killing two people.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2015 Apr 4, Ukraine reported
that 3 government serviceman have been killed and two wounded in a
landmine explosion in separatist eastern territories.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
2015 Apr 5, In Iraq three
separate attacks in Baghdad killed at least 9 people and wounded
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
Â£200 million worth (275 million euro, $300 million) of gems over
the Easter weekend.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 6, In Iran an attack
by gunmen in the volatile southeast near the border with Pakistan
killed 8 Iranian border guards.
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
(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.
2015 Apr 6, In Jordan a
training propeller airplane crashed during a routine flight, killing
two pilots onboard.
2015 Apr 6, In Kashmir
suspected rebels fatally shot three unarmed policemen in southern
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 6, In northwestern
Syria Islamist fighters kidnapped some 300 Kurdish civilians at a
checkpoint in Dana, Idlib province.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
2015 Apr 7, China's finance
ministry said Iran has been approved as a founding member of the
Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Bank (AIIB).
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
2015 Apr 8, In China Shanghai
authorities said the city’s Deputy Secretary Dai Haibo has been
removed from his post.
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
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.
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
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
(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
(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.
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.
2015 Apr 8, Lithuania's
broadcasting regulator banned a Russian TV station for three months,
saying it continues to air Kremlin "propaganda" despite repeated
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
2015 Apr 10, Raul Hector Castro
(98), former US ambassador and Arizona governor (1975-1977), died in
(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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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
2015 Apr 10, Chad said 71 of
its soldiers have been killed and 416 injured in two-and-a-half
months' fighting Boko Haram.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 4/11/15) (Reuters,
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 12, In central Mali 2
government soldiers were killed and others wounded when their
vehicle struck a landmine near Diabaly.
2015 Apr 12, In Pakistan a US
drone strike killed at least 4 suspected Taliban militants in North
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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
(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
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.
2015 Apr 13, Iran suspended all
umrah pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia amid growing diplomatic tensions
between the two countries.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 13, In eastern Ukraine
6 government servicemen were killed and 12 wounded despite a
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 14, South African
police increased patrols in Durban after deadly attacks on
immigrant-owned shops there started last week and continued
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 15, Guam’s attorney
general directed officials to immediately begin processing same-sex
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 15, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition air strikes hit rebel targets in Aden after overnight
attacks killed 7 people.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 Apr 16, An Egyptian
soldier was killed and three others wounded when a roadside bomb hit
an armored vehicle in the Northern Sinai.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(AP, 4/16/15) (Reuters,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 17, Zimbabwe said it
will evacuate its nationals caught in anti-foreigner violence that
has left 6 people dead in South Africa.
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.
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.
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
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
2015 Apr 18, In El Salvador at
least 9 members of the gang Barrio 18 were killed in a confrontation
with the army.
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.
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.
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
2015 Apr 18, In Liberia 700
Ebola workers took to the streets of Monrovia for a second day to
demand promised hazard pay.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
2015 Apr 18, South African
police detained more than 30 people overnight as xenophobic violence
simmered around the economic hub Johannesburg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 19, A Saudi border
guard was killed and two troops wounded by heavy gun and mortar fire
2015 Apr 19, Somalia's Shebab
militants killed 3 soldiers from the African Union force fighting
them Lower Shabelle district.
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
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.
2015 Apr 19, Syrian government
airstrikes on three opposition-held towns near the Jordanian border
reportedly killed at least 16 people, including five children.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
2015 Apr 20, Britain informed a
United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear
procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
\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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 22, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of
a summit in Indonesia.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 22, In Syria
airstrikes in Harasta and Douma, suburbs of Damascus, killed at
least 11 people, including two women, and wounded others.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
2015 Apr 23, In Somalia a
senior military officer was shot dead in Mogadishu. Al Shabaab
militants claimed responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 24, Niger said the
death toll in a meningitis epidemic that broke out in January has
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2015 Apr 25, Burundi's
president was declared as candidate for a controversial third term
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2015 Apr 25, In Somalia gunmen
shot dead a former lawmaker and two city council officials. Al
Shabaab claimed responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
2015 Apr 26, In Somalia and a
senior prison officer was killed near the Bakara market in
Mogadishu. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 28, President Barack
Obama welcomed Japanese PM Shinzo Abe with full pomp and ceremony.
Trade and security issues topped their agenda.
2015 Apr 28, The US Supreme
Court heard arguments on whether gay couples have a constitutional
right to wed.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 28, In northeastern
Afghanistan a massive landslide killed at least 52 people in
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 Apr 28, In South Africa a
train guard was killed and 240 people injured when two crowded
commuter trains collided in Johannesburg.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
2015 Apr 29, A Russian supply
capsule that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch was
declared a total loss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 Apr 30, Atlanta police
shot and killed a handcuffed black woman after she fired on two
officers from inside a patrol car.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2015 Apr 30, In Nepal the
number of confirmed deaths from the April 25 earthquake rose to
5,582, with almost 11,200 injured.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 Apr, Kansas passed a law
allowing residents to carry concealed handguns without having to get
(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.
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
(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,
(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
(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.
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.
2015 May 1, In Iraq and Syria
the US-led military coalition launched 18 air strikes against
Islamic State over the last 24 hours.
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.
2015 May 1, In Libya a rocket
hit a medical center in Benghazi, killing 3 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
2015 May 1, In Yemen warplanes
from a Saudi-led coalition struck a residential district in Sanaa
overnight, killing eight to 10 civilians.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
2015 May 3, In Israel several
thousand people, mostly from the Jewish Ethiopian minority,
protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 4, NATO launched one
of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea.
2015 May 4, Nepal officials
said the death toll from the April 25 earthquake has reached 7,366
people and wounded nearly 14,500.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
2015 May 5, Canada said it hit
a record Can$3.0 billion (US$2.5 billion) deficit in March amid
slumping energy exports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2015 May 5, In Jordan thousands
of soldiers from 18 countries took part in military drills jointly
overseen by the US army.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 6, Lithuania launched
a military exercise to simulate an attack on its new gas terminal.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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
(AP, 5/7/15)(Reuters, 5/8/15)(SSFC, 5/10/15,
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
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
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.
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.
2015 May 7, Germany's Siemens
says it will cut another 4,500 jobs to streamline its business and
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
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.
2015 May 7, In Italy a fire
badly damaged part of Rome's Fiumicino airport and closed it to most
2015 May 7, It was reported
that Kuwait plans to order 28 Super Hornet advanced fighter jets
worth $3 billion from Boeing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 8, In Georgia a small
passenger plane crashed in I-285 near Atlanta, killing all 4 people
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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)
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying government employees in
Kabul, killing 3 people.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 10, In Indonesia
rescuers brought ashore 469 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh
after their wooden boat arrived off Aceh.
2015 May 10, In Iraq separate
bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 14 people.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 May 11, In eastern Congo
DRC 5 people were hacked to death in a new attack blamed on Ugandan
rebels near Beni.
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.
2015 May 11, The presidents of
Ghana and Ivory Coast agreed to negotiate an amicable end to issues
around their maritime dispute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2015 May 12, Burundi police
opened fire on protesters as President Pierre Nkurunziza defied
international pressure to end a controversial third term bid.
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.
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.
2015 May 12, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Haiti to sign cooperation agreements
and support reconstruction efforts that continue since the deadly
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.
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.
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
(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.
2015 May 12, Malaysia said it
would turn away any more migrant boats packed with Rohingya and
Bangladeshis unless they were sinking.
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.
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
(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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
2015 May 14, B.B. King (89),
Mississippi-born blues guitarist and 15-time Grammy winner, died in
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 14, In eastern Libya
random shelling of residential areas in Benghazi killed 8 people
from one family, including 7 children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 15, In Nigeria
suspected Boko Haram insurgents launched a quick strike on the
outskirts of Maiduguri.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 16, Turkish military
jets shot down a Syrian aircraft after it violated Turkey's
2015 May 16, Turkmenistan state
media reported the pardon of 1,202 Turkmen prisoners and 13
foreigners in an amnesty.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2015 May 17, Nigeria's military
claimed it had overrun 10 Boko Haram camps in the group's Sambisa
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.
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.
2015 May 17, In northern Serbia
a man killed 6 people with a hunting rifle in the small village of
Martonos, before dying himself.
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.
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
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
2015 May 17, In Yemen at least
10 people were killed in overnight battles in Taiz between Houthis
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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".
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
2015 May 19, Gambia's
government said it is willing to resettle Muslim Rohingya migrants
stranded at sea after fleeing predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
2015 May 20, The US-led
coalition staged 25 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria over the last 24 hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 21, In northeast Kenya
militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village late
today but were beaten back by security forces.
2015 May 21, Kyrgyzstan Pres.
Almazbek Atambayev signed a measure to join the Eurasian Economic
Union, a Russia-led trade bloc.
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
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.
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
2015 May 21, South Korea a
third case of MERS, a respiratory virus that has killed hundreds of
people in the Middle East.
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 May 21, Ukraine said one
government serviceman has been killed and eight wounded in fresh
2015 May 21, The WHO said a
cholera outbreak has killed at least 30 people in a Tanzanian
refugee camp for Burundians.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2015 May 23, In Syria the
United States and its allies staged 5 air strikes on Islamic State
targets over the last 24 hours.
2015 May 23, At least 5
Tunisian migrants died when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off
the Tunisian coast.
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
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.
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,
2015 May 24, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints, killing
at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 May 25, The Colombian
government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks in Havana amid
heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of
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.
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
2015 May 25, Five African
migrants drowned after jumping into the Mediterranean as Egyptian
coastguards raided a boat heading towards Italy.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 May 25, In Mali armed
gunmen fired on a UN vehicle in Bamako, killing one peacekeeper and
2015 May 25, In Mexico at least
13 people died after a tornado hit Ciudad Acuna, on the border with
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 26, Malaysia said 12
police officials have been detained on suspicion of involvement,
either directly or as facilitators, to people-smuggling camps.
2015 May 26, In Pakistan two
overnight raids by security forces in the port city of Karachi
killed 7 militants.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 27, A clash between
Chad's army and Boko Haram on a Lake Chad island killed 4 soldiers
and 33 Islamists.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
2015 May 28, In western
Indonesia a dump truck carrying children of plantation workers to
school plunged into a ditch, killing 17 of them.
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,
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
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
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
2015 May 28, Moscow released a
blacklist of 89 European Union politicians barred from Russia in
response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 29, The United States
dropped Cuba from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism.
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
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.
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.
2015 May 29, Croatia's
parliament adopted a law granting compensation to rape victims in
the 1991-95 war of independence from Yugoslavia.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 May 29, Mauritius
president Kailash Purryag announced he was stepping down from his
position as ceremonial figurehead of the Indian Ocean island nation.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2015 May 29, Ukraine said one
government serviceman has been killed and six others wounded in
attacks by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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.
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.
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
2015 May 30, Guatemalans angry
over corruption scandals protested on the capital's main square,
pressing their demands that President Otto Perez Molina resign.
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.
2015 May 30, A magnitude 8.5
earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, shaking buildings in
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
(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
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.
2015 May 30, Ukraine Pres.
President Petro Poroshenko appointed former Georgian President
Mikhail Saakashvili as governor of the troubled Odessa region.
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.
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
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
2015 May 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a teacher and 2 students were killed when a rocket
struck a school compound in Logar province.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
2015 May 31, In Tanzania
African leaders began talks in their second summit in a month aimed
at restoring peace in Burundi.
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 May, As many as 5,000
foreign vessels a day were reportedly fishing Illegally in
(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
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
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
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.
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
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
(Reuters, 6/2/15)(Reuters, 6/3/15)(AP,
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
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 Jun 1, In Tanzania
elephant census figures showed a "catastrophic decline" of around 60
percent over the last five years.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 2, In Iraq a car bomb
struck near a restaurant in Baghdad, killing 6 people.
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.
2015 Jun 2, In northeastern
Nepal a small helicopter on an earthquake relief mission crashed in
high mountains, killing at least 4 people.
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.
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
(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.
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.
2015 Jun 2, Polish authorities
said they will cull about 5,800 pigs to prevent the spread of
African swine fever.
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
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
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.
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
2015 Jun 2, In Thailand
three-star Lieutenant General Manus Kongpan, accused of involvement
in human trafficking, turned himself in to authorities.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Â£300 million ($548
million, 412 million euros) contract the world's first artificial
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.
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.
2015 Jun 3, In Egypt gunmen on
a motorbike killed two policemen guarding the tourist site of the
Giza pyramids in Cairo.
2015 Jun 3, In Iraq bombings
targeting public places killed 11 people around Baghdad.
2015 Jun 3, In Iraq US and
coalition forces conducted 18 air strikes targeting Islamic State in
10 cities over the last 24 hours.
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.
2015 Jun 3, In Nigeria an
explosion on the Baga Road in Maiduguri killed 18 people.
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.
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.
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
2015 Jun 3, Syrian troops and
militia battled to repel an Islamic State attack on the city of
Hasaka in the northeast.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
(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.
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 Â£4.5
billion ($6.9 billion, 6.1 billion euros) from state debt this year.
2015 Jun 4, British police
arrested four Polish drivers on suspicion of facilitating illegal
immigration after 68 people were found inside lorries at Harwich
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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 Â£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
2015 Jun 5, Burundi police shot
dead a protester in the capital amid renewed demonstrations against
President Pierre Nkurunziza.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 Jun 5, Syrian war planes
bombed Islamic State fighters trying to advance into the
northeastern city of Hasaka.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 6, An Egyptian court
quashed a February decision by another tribunal branding the
Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas a "terrorist" group.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 Jun 6, In southwest
Pakistan gunmen in Quetta opened fire on a vehicle carrying police
officers, killing 4 of them before fleeing.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
(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
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
(Reuters, 6/7/15)(Reuters, 6/8/15)(Econ, 6/13/15,
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
(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
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.
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.
2015 Jun 8, In Egypt two
militant attacks in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula have
killed one soldier and wounded four.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
2015 Jun 8, Sudanese security
agents prevented seven senior opposition figures from traveling to a
European parliament meeting in France and confiscated their
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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,
2015 Jun 9, Afghan officials
said a teachers strike demanding higher pay has shut down at least
27 schools in Kabul.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 10, Kuwait announced
it will send $300 million in humanitarian aid to conflict-hit
neighbors Iraq and Yemen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 Jun 10, The Vatican
formally committed to share tax information of US citizens with the
(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.
2015 Jun 10, Miss Zimbabwe
pageant organizers officially stripped Emily Kachote (25) of her
title after photographs emerged of the now former beauty queen
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2015 Jun 11, Colombia's FARC
rebels attacked an energy pylon in southern Caqueta province,
leaving 500,000 people without electricity amid stumbling peace
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
2015 Jun 11, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed 37 people in overnight
raids on five villages around Maiduguri, Borno state.
2015 Jun 11, In North Korea a
section of the Koryo Hotel, one of the oldest and best known hotels
in Pyongyang, caught fire.
2015 Jun 11, Pakistan shut down
the Pakistan chapter of Save the Children for alleged ties to
2015 Jun 11, In Pakistan 6
police were killed in two separate attacks, including a suicide
bombing that wounded a senior police commander.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 11, South Korea
reported a 10th death from the MERS virus. Officials said they
believe the disease has peaked.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
2015 Jun 12, The European Games
opened in Azerbaijan.
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.
2015 Jun 12, Colombia’s
government said FARC rebels killed two police officers and a
civilian in the country's southwest.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2015 Jun 13, South Korea
recorded its 14th death from the MERS virus and a dozen new
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
2015 Jun 14, In Iraq US and
coalition forces launched 16 air strikes targeting Islamic State
militants in nine cities.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 14, Pakistan imposed a
one-month moratorium on executions during Ramadan.
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
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.
2015 Jun 14, In Switzerland
UN-sponsored consultations opened between Yemen’s rebels and its
(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.
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.
2015 Jun 15, Kirk Kerkorian
(b.1917), Fresno-born billionaire casino mogul, died in Beverly
(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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2015 Jun 16, North Korea said
it has been hit by the worst drought in a century, compounding
chronic food shortages in the country.
2015 Jun 16, Pakistan's
government announced that international aid groups can operate for
another six months provided they register with officials in three
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.
2015 Jun 16, President Vladimir
Putin said that Russia will boost its nuclear arsenal by over 40
intercontinental missiles this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 17, In Indonesia a
cliff at a beach resort on Java collapsed, killing 3 people and
burying several others.
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 Jun 17, In southern
Portugal a bus carrying Dutch tourists crashed, killing 3 tourists
and injuring 30 others and the Portuguese bus driver.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2015 Jun 17, In Turkey Suleyman
Demirel (b.1924), a former president (1993-2000) and seven-time
prime minister, died in Ankara.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 18, In southern Niger
Boko Haram militants attacked two villages in the Diffa region
bordering Nigeria overnight, killing at least 30 civilians.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 18, In South Korea the
death toll from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) increased to
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.
2015 Jun 18, A Tanzanian
government minister described elephant poaching on as a national
disaster, and urged China to curb its appetite for ivory.
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.
2015 Jun 18, Thailand confirmed
its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus
in a businessman from Oman.
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".
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.
2015 Jun 19, The Iowa Supreme
Court struck down a restriction that would have prevented doctors
from administering abortion-inducing pills remotely via telephone
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 Jun 19, Authorities in the
Dominican Republic said they have arrested 10 people and seized 320
kg (705 pounds) of cocaine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2015 Jun 19, In Iraq a pair of
bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 4 people and wounded
2015 Jun 19, US and coalition
forces targeted the Islamic State with 16 air strikes in Iraq and
six in Syria.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
2015 Jun 19, Turkish
authorities arrested two Georgian citizens who tried to enter the
country with radioactive material, including 1.2 kilos of cesium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 20, Thousands of
protesters marched through central London to demonstrate against the
newly re-elected Conservative government's plans for public spending
2015 Jun 20, British police
arrested Karenzi Karake (54), the head of Rwanda's intelligence
service, on a warrant issued by Spain.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 20, In Syria three US
and coalition forces air strikes near Tal Abyad hit three Islamic
State tactical units.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 21, US-led coalition
forces targeted Islamic State militants with seven air strikes in
Syria and 22 in Iraq.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
2015 Jun 22, The Ukrainian
military said 2 government servicemen have been killed and three
wounded in fresh separatist attacks in the east.
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
2015 Jun 23, Wikileaks revealed
that America’s NSA had spied on three French presidents from
(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.
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.
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
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.
2015 Jun 23, Armenian police
detained nearly 240 people in the capital Yerevan after using water
cannon to disperse a protest against electricity hikes.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 23, State Councilor
Yang Jiechi said China will work with the United States and other
countries on cybersecurity issues.
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 Jun 23, In northern Mexico
a fire killed 17 residents at a retirement home for poor people in
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.
2015 Jun 23, North Korea's
highest court sentenced two South Koreans accused of spying to hard
labor for life.
2015 Jun 23, Pakistani
officials said nearly 700 people have died in a severe three-day
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
2015 Jun 24, A Dutch court
ordered the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by at
least 25 percent by 2020.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2015 Jun 25, In central China
an early morning fire killed 13 people in an apartment building n
Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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).
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
(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.
2015 Jun 26, In Armenia
protests against a hike in electricity prices continued for a fifth
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
2015 Jun 26, In Mexico at least
9 migrants died in a vehicle accident in the southern state of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 27, China cut interest
rates for 4th time in 6 months to boost sluggish national economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 27, In Ireland tens of
thousands of revelers created a carnival atmosphere in Dublin’s gay
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.
2015 Jun 27, A Pakistani
official said the weeklong heat wave in the southern port city of
Karachi has left 1,233 people dead.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2015 Jun 27, Yemeni rebels
withdrew some of their forces from the southern city of Aden to
reinforce positions elsewhere.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 28, Armenian
demonstrators protesting higher household electricity rates blocked
the capital's main avenue for a seventh straight day.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 28, In
Belgium a British bus with 34 children on board
overturned and crashed on a motorway, killing just the driver.
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.
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
(AP, 6/28/15) (SFC, 6/29/15,
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 28, Pakistani air
strikes killed at least 20 suspected militants in the northwestern
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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
2015 Jun 29, Canada announced
economic sanctions against Russian energy firms including natural
gas producer Gazprom over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.
2015 Jun 29, In Chad two
suicide bombings rocked the capital N'Djamena, killing at least 11
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 29, In Iraq and Syria
the United States and its allies staged 18 air strikes on Islamic
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
(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.
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
2015 Jun 29, Mozambique
decriminalized homosexuality when a new penal code came into force
that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.
2015 Jun 30, A shooting near a
Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank wounded four Israelis,
sparking a manhunt.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 30, A UN rights report
said South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their
homes during a recent campaign.
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
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.