Timeline 2015 July-September
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2015        Jul 1, US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner led a Congressional delegation to Poland, part of a broader US attempt to strengthen economic ties and reassure an ally nervous about Russian aggression in the region.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, Wikileaks published a list of German phone numbers that it claimed showed the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Chancellor Angela Merkel.
    (SFC, 7/2/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 1, Former California state Sen. Leland Yee admitted that he took bribes from undercover FBI agents in exchange for promises to vote on legislation, arrange meeting for his purported donors and illegally smuggle guns from the Philippines.
    (SFC, 7/2/15, p.A1)
2015        Jul 1, In San Francisco Kathryn Steinle (32) was shot and killed on the waterfront at Pier 14 while walking with her father. Francisco Sanchez, an illegal immigrant listed by police as 45, was soon arrested and charged with murder. Sanchez, listed as 52 in jail records, later said he was shooting at seals. He had been released from jail in SF on April 15 after a 10-year-old marijuana possession charge was dropped. The gun Sanchez used was recently stolen in late June from a federal agent in a car burglary.
    (SFC, 7/3/15, p.A1)(SFC, 7/4/15, p.A9)(SFC, 7/8/15, p.A11)
2015        Jul 1, Episcopalians, meeting in Salt Lake at the Episcopal General Convention, voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples.
    (SFC, 7/2/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 1, In Afghanistan 3 children were killed and four wounded after they found an unexploded mortar in a field while playing in southern Kandahar province.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, Border clashes between Afghan and Pakistani security forces broke out, killing at least one person and potentially undermining efforts by both sides to improve relations.
    (Reuters, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, In Afghanistan a nighttime Taliban attack on police checkpoints in the strategic Wardak province killed 7 local policemen. The Taliban captured five of the checkpoints attacked in Jalrez district and fighting continued into the next day.
    (AP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 1, Nicholas Winton (b.1909), British humanitarian, died. He almost single-handedly saved 669 mostly Jewish children from the Holocaust. In 1938 Winton arranged trains to carry Jewish children from occupied Prague to Britain.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Winton)(AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, In Burundi 6 people including a policeman were killed in gun battles in the latest violence as the country awaits results from elections boycotted by the opposition and condemned internationally.
    (AFP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, The Chinese government adopted a new national security law. The bill replaced one passed in 1993.
    (SFC, 7/2/15, p.A3)(Econ, 7/4/15, p.35)
2015        Jul 1, In northeastern China a bus carrying a group of South Koreans fell off a highway bridge, killing 7 South Koreans and 2 Chinese.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, In Egypt Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in the North Sinai. The army later said 21 troops and 90 militants were killed, but security officials and media reports said 60-70 soldiers and some 100 militants died in the fighting.
    (Reuters, 7/1/15)(AP, 7/2/15)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.46)
2015        Jul 1, In Ethiopia $1.8 billion the Gibe III dam was completed on the Omo river. It was expected to lower the water level of Lake Turkana by 30 feet.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilgel_Gibe_III_Dam)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.44)
2015        Jul 1, Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters marched for full democracy and called on the Chinese-controlled city's leader to resign.
    (Reuters, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, In Iraq and Syria US-led coalition forces conducted against Islamic State with 18 in Iraq and 10 in Syria.
    (AP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 1, Israel's internal security service said it has arrested 40 Hamas operatives working to expand the militant Islamic group's reach in the West Bank.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, Liberian authorities confirmed a 2nd case of Ebola in the same town where the disease was recently detected in the corpse of a teenager.
    (SFC, 7/2/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 1, In Nigeria Boko Haram militants gunned down 97 people including some women and children in Kukawa, Borno state.
    (AFP, 7/3/15)(SFC, 7/3/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 1, North Korea opened a new terminal building at Pyongyang's international airport, underscoring an effort to attract more tourists.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, In Portugal a new law covering the so-called Golden Visa program, started three years ago, came into force. But the government failed to set required administrative procedures, leaving the Foreigners' Service unable to issue permits.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 1, The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine after the collapse of pricing talks. An EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges.
    (AFP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, Spanish police said they have seized more than 3 tons of cocaine and broke up a major international drug trafficking gang whose leader lived in luxury in Madrid, posing as a soccer talent scout. The leader and 68 others were arrested in recent months in Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia following a two-year probe.
    (AP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, Syrian Kurdish forces regained full control of Tal Abyad, expelling Islamic State group fighters who had seized a district of the strategic border town.
    (AFP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, In Syria at least 18 people were killed in government strikes across Daraa province. The strikes included raids in and around the town of Saida that left 13 dead, and 5 killed in a barrel bomb attack in Tafas.
    (AFP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 1, The UN said South Sudan rebels have opened fire on a UN peacekeeping base sheltering 30,000 civilians, killing one and wounding six in a possible war crime.
    (AFP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 1, In Yemen rebel fire on a residential district of Aden killed at least 31 civilians as loyalist forces in central city Taez launched a manhunt for 1,200 escaped prisoners. A coalition strike in Lahj province killed 13 rebels.
    (AFP, 7/1/15)
2015        Jul 1, In Zimbabwe Cecil the lion was killed in the western Hwange region. His carcass was discovered days later by trackers. On July 29 two men, arrested for illegally hunting the protected lion, were in court. They were reportedly paid $50,000 by American dentist James Palmer to hunt a lion for Palmer to kill with a crossbow. A Cabinet minister later said Palmer had not broken local hunting laws.
    (AP, 7/29/15)(SFC, 7/29/15, p.A4)(SFC, 10/13/15, p.A2)

2015        Jul 2, The Obama administration placed sanctions on leaders from opposing military forces in South Sudan for their roles in the country's conflict.
    (Reuters, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, The US Department of Justice said BP Plc has reached a settlement with US authorities and will pay about $18.7 billion in damages for water pollution caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The agreement settles claims against BP by the government and the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.
    (Reuters, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, In northern California Matthew Graham (33) reported his 6-month-old daughter missing. On July 10 Graham went missing after stealing a gun, cell phone and cash from his mother in Shasta County.
    (SFC, 7/13/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 2, Whataburger, a Texas restaurant chain with 780 locations in ten states, published an open letter on its website saying it will not allow the open carrying of guns in its restaurants.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pzbhwwq)(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 2, Aides of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he is joining the Republican presidential race.
    (SFC, 7/3/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 2, In Cambodia a video showed property tycoon Sok Bun dragging well-known actress known as Sasa (Ek Socheata) off a couch at a Japanese restaurant in Phnom Penh. He throws her to the ground, kicks her head and when she tries to get up he punches, kicks her and stomps on her in a beating that lasts about a minute. His bodyguard points a pistol at the actress' head as his boss attacks her, until a worker at the apparently empty restaurant manages to pull him away. Sok Bun soon fled the country. On July 14 Sok Bun issued a pair of statements to plead for mercy from his victim, society and PM Hun Sen. Bun was arrested on July 18 and charged with intent to commit violence.
    (AP, 7/16/15)(AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 2, The Egyptian military killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in northern Sinai, a day after Islamic militants attacked army positions in the restive peninsula and set off the bloodiest fighting in decades.
    (AP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, A French court reinstated Jean-Marie Le Pen as a member of the far-right National Front party he founded decades ago, delivering a biting blow to his daughter and party president Marine Le Pen, who had suspended him after a series of controversial and anti-Semitic statements.
    (AP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, Iraqi forces cleared Islamic State militants from most of the northern town of Baiji and hoped to drive them from the nearby oil refinery within days.
    (Reuters, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, In Mali 6 UN peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in an attack on their convoy near Timbuktu.
    (AP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, Jacobo Zabludovsky (87), Mexico's longest-serving TV anchor, died. He was frequently criticized for overwhelmingly pro-government coverage. In 1959 he was the only Mexican journalist to accompany Fidel Castro to Havana.
    (AP, 7/2/15)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.37)
2015        Jul 2, Morocco said its security forces have dismantled an Islamist militant cell affiliated to the Islamic State group, including members with knowledge in handling weapons and explosives.
    (Reuters, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, Dutch police fired warning shots and arrested 34 people during a third straight day of unrest triggered by the June 28 death of a Caribbean man in police custody. A temporary ban on public gatherings was imposed in a neighborhood hit by rioting.
    (Reuters, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, In Nigeria 6 children drowned in Lagos when the boat ferrying them to school capsized after colliding with a bigger vessel on the city's lagoon.
    (AFP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, In northeastern Nigeria a young female suicide bomber also killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in a Borno village.
    (AFP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 2, In Pakistan at least four cars of a train being used to transport soldiers fell into a canal because of a bridge collapse in the eastern Punjab province, killing at least 12 soldiers. A government investigation into a train accident that killed 17 soldiers showed the train driver was speeding and that his negligence caused the tragedy.
    (AP, 7/2/15)(AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 2, In the Philippines the ferry M/B Kim Nirvana carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized minutes after pulling out of Ormoc city. 59 people were killed with 145 survivors. Murder complaints against the owner and crew were soon filed.
    (AP, 7/2/15)(Reuters, 7/3/15)(SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 2, Saudi Arabia officially opened a billion-dollar aviation gateway aimed at Muslim pilgrims, in the kingdom's first airport privatization.
    (AFP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, South Korea reported two new cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, after four days in which no cases were spotted.
    (AFP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, In Yemen Saudi-led air strikes killed 8 people in Sanaa. 2 people were killed and 15 wounded in the latest air strikes on Saada.
    (Reuters, 7/2/15)

2015        Jul 3, In Arizona a new law made it possible for anyone to order a laboratory test with no need to see a doctor. Theranos, a company based in Palo Alto, Ca., had lobbied for the legal change.
    (Econ, 6/27/15, p.51)
2015        Jul 3, An outbreak of salmonella began in the US. By September one person was dead and at least 285 others left sickened. It was traced to cucumbers imported from Mexico by a San Diego distributor.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 3, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii following a record-breaking 5-day journey from Japan. The 118-hour voyage by pilot Andre Borschberg broke the 2006 record of 76 hours set by Steve Fossett in a round the world jet flight.
    (SFC, 7/4/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 3, US health insurer Aetna said it has agreed to acquire smaller rival Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock.
    (SFC, 7/4/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 3, The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project, or TAP, said it has started investing in Albania's infrastructure to prepare for starting construction of the pipeline next year. The 870 km (540 miles) pipeline from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan will cross Turkey, Greece and Albania and undersea to Italy, and deliver Caspian gas to Europe in early 2020.
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, In China a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit a rural part of far western Xinjiang region, killing 6 people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes.
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras defended a weekend referendum he hopes will reset bailout negotiations and demanded creditors forgive a third of the country's debt and allow delayed repayments for the rest.
    (AFP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, An Indian official said some 1,400 primary school teachers have quit in Bihar state in recent months amid an ongoing investigation into fake qualifications.
    (AFP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, Israeli commander Yisrael Shomer shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank as he and others hurled rocks at his SUV army vehicle. A video later showed Muhammad al-Kasbah (17) was shot as he fled the scene.
    (SFC, 7/4/15, p.A4)(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 3, In Libya at least 10 civilians were killed when three separate car bombs exploded simultaneously in Derna. The bombings set off clashes between local IS-militants and al-Qaida linked militias that continued into the next day.
    (SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A3)
2015        Jul 3, Malaysian PM Najib Razak denied news reports that nearly $700 million were funneled from an indebted state investment fund into his personal accounts.
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, Dutch police have detained some 200 people for ignoring a ban on public assembly imposed in a neighborhood hit by four days of late-night rioting following the death of a man in police custody.
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram militants killed 11 men in Miringa village, dragging them from their homes and shooting them for escaping forced conscription by their group. At Malari village, just outside Maiduguri, an explosion from a teenage girl at the market killed at least 10 people. Minutes later a woman in a taxi blew up at a military checkpoint and killed a soldier and two passengers.
    (AFP, 7/3/15)(AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, Palestinian forces arrested overnight around 100 Hamas members in the West Bank. An official said they had intended to carry out attacks against the Palestinian Authority (PA).
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, Russian lawmakers voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request.
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, Russia launched an unmanned cargo ship from Kazakhstan to the Int’l. Space Station. The Progress M-28 ship was set to dock on July 5.
    (SFC, 7/4/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 3, Slovakia's spy agency in its annual report said Russian agents have significantly increased their activities in Slovakia and all other NATO and European Union countries in connection with the crisis in Ukraine.
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, In South Korea an explosion killed 6 workers at a chemical plant run by Hanwha Chemical Co. in the southeastern city of Ulsan.
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo. Rebel forces seized some buildings from government control on the northwestern city outskirts of Jamiyat al-Zahra. At least 35 insurgents were killed in that area, including a dozen Syrians and many others of central Asian origin. A bomb exploded inside a mosque in an opposition-held suburb of Damascus, killing a Sunni Muslim cleric.
    (Reuters, 7/3/15)(AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a mosque on the grounds of his gigantic palace complex naming it the "Bestepe People's Mosque" and opened it to the public in an apparent effort to stave off more criticism over his spending.
    (AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, In southeastern Yemen a drone attacked an army base held by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), killing 4 suspected militants. Saudi-led air strikes and clashes in Aden killed 13 Shiite Huthi rebels and 8 pro-government fighters.
    (Reuters, 7/3/15)(AP, 7/3/15)
2015        Jul 3, The UN children's agency said at least 29 people have died in South Sudan's latest cholera outbreak.
    (AP, 7/3/15)

2015        Jul 3 - 2015 Jul 10, Tunisian authorities recovered 27 corpses of migrants off the Mediterranean Coast who apparently died trying to reach Italy from Libya.
    (AP, 7/11/15)

2015        Jul 4, Alexander Ciccolo (23), the estranged son of a respected Boston police captain, was arrested by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged ISIS-inspired domestic terrorists.
    (ABCNews, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 4, In NYC Matt Stonie downed 62 hot dogs to beat Joey Chestnut and win the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest at Coney Island.
    (SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A12)
2015        Jul 4, South Korea found a North Korean ship adrift and sinking with 5 sailors near the island of Ulleungdo off of South Korea’s northeastern coast. On July 7 South Korea said three of the sailors had defected to South Korea.
    (SFC, 7/8/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 4, Tunisian coast guards recovered the decomposed bodies of 5 migrants who apparently drowned at sea as they sought to reach Italy from conflict-hit Libya.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 4, In eastern Ukraine 5 government soldiers were killed and three wounded when a land mine exploded in the Luhansk region.
    (SFC, 7/6/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 4, In Yemen 5 children were among 12 people killed at a shelter in an Aden kindergarten.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)

2015        Jul 5, Burt Shavitz (80), co-founder of Burt’s Bees, died in Bangor, Maine. He and Roxanne Quimby had launched Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in 1991. By 2000 the company’s annual revenue reached $23 million. In 2004 Quimby sold the company to AEA Investors for a reported $173 million. Clorox acquired the company in 2007 for a sum put at more than $900 million.
    (SFC, 7/7/15, p.C2)(Econ, 7/25/15, p.74)
2015        Jul 5, The UNESCO World Heritage Committee approved the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, as a world heritage site. Four other Spanish Roman Catholic sites were also approved.
    (SFC, 7/6/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 5, In Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the best known jihadist leaders of the 1980s, announced that he had ditched the Taliban in favor of the Islamic State caliphate.
    {Afghan}
    (http://tinyurl.com/neb86kv)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.36)
2015        Jul 5, In Vancouver, Canada, the US women’s soccer team won the World Cup with a 5-2 victory over Japan.
    (SFC, 7/6/15, p.A1)
2015        Jul 5, The EU announced that it was freezing its €40 million ($44m) aid program to Moldova.
    (Econ, 8/1/15, p.64)
2015        Jul 5, In France at least 150 detonators and a stock of plastic explosives were stolen from into the vast army logistics base in Miramas near Marseille, triggering immediate probes into a theft that put authorities on high alert.
    (AFP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 5, In France a boy (14) accidentally shot his twin brother dead during a family meal while playing with guns that he did not know were loaded in the town of Hennezel.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 5, Greeks voted overwhelming against austerity measures.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 5, In Iraq and Syria US-led forces conducted air strikes against Islamic State forces with 11 in Iraq and 8 in Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 7/6/15)(SFC, 7/6/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 5, A dramatic breach at Italian surveillance company Hacking Team soon laid bare the details of government cyberattacks worldwide. Hacking Team's spyware was used by a total of 97 intelligence or investigative agencies in 35 countries, according to South Korean National Intelligence Service chief Lee Byoung Ho, who explained himself to lawmakers on July 14 after it became clear his organization was among the Milan-based company's clients.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 5, In Japan the world's oldest man, a retired educator, died. Sakari Momoi (112) died from kidney failure at a nursing home in Tokyo.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 5, The UNESCO World Heritage Committee approved a collection of almost two dozen Japanese sites, as a world heritage site, illustrating the country’s industrial revolution during the 1868-1912 era of the Meiji Emperor.
    (SFC, 7/6/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 5, In northern Mali French special forces killed Mohamed Ali Ag Wadossene in an early morning operation in the Kidal region of the Tigharghar mountains. A dozen others were arrested. The Islamic extremist was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage.
    (AP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 5, Mexican marines killed six suspected criminals after the gunmen shot at their Black Hawk helicopter in the drug violence-plagued northern state of Tamaulipas.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 5, In southern Mexico 2 Central American migrants died and a dozen more were injured when a truck carrying 41 migrants from Guatemala and Honduras overturned near San Francisco Ixhuatan, Oaxaca state.
    (AP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 5, In Nigeria more than 60 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the central city of Jos.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)(SFC, 7/7/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 5, Former US intelligence worker Edward Snowden received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression via a live link from Russia, where he has sought asylum from US charges.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 5, The Russian Progress M-28 cargo ship successfully docked with the Int’l. Space Station after two recent supply missions failed.
    (SFC, 7/6/15, p.A2)

2015        Jul 6, A US federal indictment said three members of the Salvadoran gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, killed two people in Maryland and wounded or threatened four others.
    (AP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, In Philadelphia a 2005 deposition testimony by former TV star Bill Cosby was unsealed. In it Cosby admitted that he had obtained quaaludes to give young women before sex. More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct dating back more than four decades.
    (SFC, 7/8/15, p.A8)
2015        Jul 6, In Washington state a woman (34) was killed when tons of ice and rock collapsed on a group of hikers at the Big Four Ice Caves in the state’s Cascade Range.
    (SFC, 7/8/15, p.A8)
2015        Jul 6, Armenian police cleared away barricades to unblock a central avenue in the Yerevan that demonstrators had occupied for two weeks to protest hikes in electricity prices in the impoverished former Soviet nation.
    (AP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, In Barbados about 3,000 chanting protesters took to the streets of the capital to join a union-led rally against the recent dismissals of about a dozen public workers. PM Freundel Stuart said disruptive street protests were not in the best interests of the island's 28,000 public workers.
    (AP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, The Canadian military was called in to help fight wildfires in the Western province of Saskatchewan, where 112 active fires have forced the evacuation of more than 13,000 people and threatened several remote towns.
    (Reuters, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, In Ecuador Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass for hundreds of thousands of people gathered under a broiling sun at Samanes Park on the northern edge of the port city of Guayaquil and then flew back to Quito.
    (AP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, Egypt’s military said it had killed 241 militants in the Sinai between July 1 and 5, while losing 21 soldiers in jihadist attacks.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 6, The European Central Bank maintained a key financial lifeline to Greek banks in the wake of Greece's historic referendum but with tougher conditions for liquidity. The IMF told Greece it could not provide funds to countries that had missed payments due to the international lender.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)(Reuters, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, Hungary's parliament overwhelmingly approved the construction of a controversial fence on the border with Serbia to keep out migrants.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, An Iraqi fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on a Baghdad neighborhood, killing at least 12 people on the ground.
    (AP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, Libya's unrecognized government announced a restructuring of its armed forces into 11 brigades including militiamen who fought in the country's 2011 revolution.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, Mozambique authorities burned more than 2.6 tons of ivory and rhino horns confiscated during various anti-poaching busts, demonstrating a tough stance on wildlife trafficking.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, In Nigeria a young girl thought to be aged just 13 blew herself up near a major mosque in the city of Kano as worshippers gathered for prayers but caused no deaths or injuries.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, The Puerto Rico-based World Boxing Organization stripped Floyd Mayweather of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago. Mayweather had failed to meet a July 3 for paying a $200,000 sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he took the belt from Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas.
    (AFP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 6, In far eastern Russia 2 pilots of a Sukhoi Su-24 military jet were killed when the plane crashed during a training mission near the Khurba aerodrome.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, South Sudan's army said it has retaken the strategic northeastern town of Malakal from rebels, the latest time the ruined state capital has swapped hands.
    (AFP, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, Customs officials at Zurich airport seized 262 kg (578 pounds) of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania, contraband that may have come from up to 50 elephants. The tusks had been sawed into 172 pieces to fit into luggage.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Jul 6, In Syria a suicide bomber from the Nusra Front blew himself up in a government army outpost in a contested neighborhood in the divided city of Aleppo and killed at least 25 soldiers and allied militia and injured scores. Islamic State fighters stormed the town of Ain Issa held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city. In the northeast least 37 Islamic State fighters were reported killed and scores injured in air strikes by the US-led coalition and in clashes with Kurdish YPG militia.
    (Reuters, 7/6/15)
2015        Jul 6, In Yemen Saudi-led warplanes bombed the Sanaa headquarters of the party headed by rebel-allied former president Ali Abdullah Saleh overnight. More than 45 civilians were reported killed in a Saudi-led airstrike in Fayoush. Coalition bombing of a market in a Lahj town killed 41 civilians and six rebels. The Huthi-controlled Saba news agency said air strikes killed 124 people in Lahj and other parts of Yemen.
    (AP, 7/6/15)(SFC, 7/7/15, p.A4)(AFP, 7/8/15)

2015        Jul 7, In Washington, DC, Pres. Obama met with Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnam’s Communist Party. Obama said that despite differences over political philosophy the two countries are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues.
    (SFC, 7/8/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 7, A US defense officials said the US Army said it will cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years at home and abroad. Some 17,000 civilians working for the Army will also be laid off.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 7, The US CDC reported that the death rate from heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled to 2.7% between 2002 and 2013.
    (SFC, 7/8/15, p.A9)
2015        Jul 7, In San Francisco a lawsuit was filed in which the SEC accused Luca Int’l. Group, led by Binqing Yang of Fremont, of conducting a Ponzi-like scheme and fraudulently raising $68 million from hundreds of investors in the US and Asia.
    (SFC, 7/9/15, p.D2)
2015        Jul 7, the South Carolina Senate gave final approval to a bill for removing the Confederate flag from a pole in front of the State House. The proposal still needed to pass the state House.
    (SFC, 7/8/15, p.A8)
2015        Jul 7, In South Carolina an F-16 fighter jet smashed into a Cessna 150 killing 2 people in the small plane. Maj. Aaron Johnson ejected safely.
    (SFC, 7/8/15, p.A9)
2015        Jul 7, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he had sent a delegation to Pakistan to meet Taliban representatives, his first acknowledgement of official talks with insurgents who are fighting to topple the government in Kabul. The Taliban staged two separate suicide bombings in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounded three, including a NATO soldier.
    (Reuters, 7/7/15)(AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, In Afghanistan Shahidullah Shahid, a former member of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed along with 5 militants. He had defected to the Islamic State and was operating in Afghanistan. Shahid was killed in the same strike that killed Islamic State number two in Afghanistan Gul Zaman, along with 49 militants in the eastern Achin district of Nangarhar province. One other commander was also killed.
    (Reuters, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 7, Trading in over 90% of the 2,774 shares listed in Chinese exchanges was suspended or halted. Shares had fallen by a third in less than a month.
    (Econ, 7/11/15, p.13)
2015        Jul 7, Cuba and Norway called for restraint in Colombia as they helped facilitate peace negotiations in Havana between Colombia and FARC rebels.
    (AP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 7, The EU extended the suspension of sanctions on Iran until July 10 to allow ongoing talks on a long-term nuclear agreement with it to succeed.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, A French court jailed a woman for conning thousands of Chileans into buying a kit to make "magic cheese" they could sell back to French cosmetics firms for use in luxury beauty products. Gilberte Van Erpe (74) was given a six-year prison sentence -- three years suspended -- and a 250,000-euro ($270,000) fine for her scam. The scam. Which began in 2005, collapsed in July 2006 and Van Erpe was arrested in the French Riviera city of Nice in 2008, but it was not possible to extradite her.
    (AFP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, Greek authorities said a sailboat carrying migrants sank in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece and at least 17 people were missing.
    (Reuters, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies staged 25 air strikes on Islamic State targets with 14 in Iraq and 11 in Syria.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 7, Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Co. began loading fuel into a nuclear reactor where operations are scheduled to resume next month in the country's first restart under safety requirements set following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, In northeast Kenya al Shabaab gunmen killed 14 people, mostly quarry workers as they slept in Soko Mbuzi village, Mandera County, in an early morning attack on a residential complex targeting Christians.
    (Reuters, 7/7/15)(SFC, 7/8/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 7, Malaysian authorities said they have frozen six bank accounts as part of an investigation into allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred from a state investment fund to the personal accounts of PM Najib Razak.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari approved a bailout of more than $2 billion for states to resolve a crisis that has left hundreds of thousands of workers unpaid for months. Eighteen of Nigeria’s 35 states had unpaid workers.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, In northern Nigeria at least 25 people were killed when a bomb blast ripped through a packed government office in Zaria.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, A Norwegian court sentenced four former top executives at Yara, the world's biggest nitrate fertilizer maker, to prison for paying bribes in Libya and India.
    (Reuters, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, Pakistani paramilitary forces killed 3 suspected Sunni militants, including a senior commander, in Quetta.
    (AFP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, Pakistani rescuers say flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 5 people in Islamabad.
    (AP, 7/7/15)   
2015        Jul 7, The Philippines asked an international tribunal at The Hague to declare China's claims to virtually all the South China Sea invalid.
    (AP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 7, Spanish police arrested a woman on the Canary Islands suspected of recruiting girls and teenagers for the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, In Spain two Americans and a Briton were gored and eight other people were injured as thousands of daredevils dashed alongside fighting bulls through the streets of Pamplona on the first bull run of the annual San Fermin festival.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, In Syria intense clashes broke out in the northern city of Aleppo after militants attacked a government-held neighborhood there, capturing several buildings.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, Turkey's army said it had detained 768 people trying to cross illegally from Syria, including three suspected Islamic State militants, after bolstering security in border areas near where the radical Islamists hold ground.
    (Reuters, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, Abdulaziz al-Ghurair, the son of wealthy Emirati businessman Abdullah al-Ghurair, said his father is giving away a third of his assets, or more than a billion dollars, to educate Arab youth.
    (AP, 7/7/15)
2015        Jul 7, In Yemen at least 30 soldiers were killed in coalition air raids and clashes after troops attempted to defect to Iran-backed rebel ranks near the border with Saudi Arabia. A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Sanaa, killing at least one person and wounding five. 4 rebels were killed and 10 wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted a police station in rebel-held Baida.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)

2015        Jul 8, The United Arab Emirates and the US launched the Sawab Center in Abu Dhabi. The new digital communications effort focused on using social media to counter the Islamic State group’s propaganda efforts.
    (SFC, 7/9/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 8, The South Carolina House approved taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley was expected to sign it.
    (SFC, 7/9/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 8, The NYSE halted trading for over three hours to technical problems related to a software upgrade.
    (SFC, 7/9/15, p.C1)(SFC, 7/10/15, p.C3)
2015        Jul 8, All United Continental flights in the US were grounded for about two hours due to computer network problems.
    (SFC, 7/9/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 8, Afghan lawmakers rejected the first ever female nominee for the country's Supreme Court, a setback to the government's efforts to promote women to high-profile positions. Anisa Rasouli, the head of the Afghan Woman Judges' Association and a juvenile court judge, needed 97 votes out of 193 to win, but managed only 88 votes.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, In southern Algeria at least 22 people were reported killed in two days of clashes between Chaamba Arabs and Mozabite Berbers in the M'zab valley.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, Australia extradited Dragan Vasiljkovic, also known as Captain Dragan and Daniel Snedden, to Croatia to face war crimes charges. He was a former Serb paramilitary commander during the 1991-1995 Balkan wars.
    (AP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, In Bangladesh Samiul Islam Rajon (13), was tied to a pole and then subjected to a brutal assault in which he pleaded for his life. A 28-minute video of Samiul was widely circulated after being posted on social media. On July 14 authorities arrested prime suspect Moyna Chowkidar (38) on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Sylhet. Police later filed charges against 13 men.
    (AFP, 7/15/15)(AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Jul 8, Pope Francis flew to Bolivia after drawing about 1.5 million people to Masses in Ecuador on the first leg of a "homecoming" tour.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne unveiled fresh austerity measures to slash the country's debt. Osborne said Britain will commit to maintaining defense spending at NATO's target of 2 percent of gross domestic product every year for the rest of the decade.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)(Reuters, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, Colombia's largest guerrilla army declared a month-long, unilateral cease-fire as of July 20.
    (AP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, In Egypt 5 civilians were killed when a mortar round hit a house in a North Sinai village where the army is battling jihadist insurgents.
    (AP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, The European Parliament approved a proposal to begin reform of the world's biggest carbon market in 2019.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, A French court suspended a postal ballot organized by the far-right National Front on whether to scrap founder Jean-Marie Le Pen's post as honorary president.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, Greece made a request for aid from Europe's bailout fund as it rushed to deliver details of its proposed economic reforms in time to secure the country's future in the euro and avoid a descent into financial chaos. Greece promised to implement pension and tax reforms as early as next week as the first step to securing a three-year rescue loan to cover debt obligations.
    (AP, 7/8/15)(Reuters, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, India's leading crime-fighting agency registered a case against a prominent critic of PM Modi for accepting foreign funds, amid concerns that overseas charities are interfering in the country's domestic affairs. Teesta Setalvad faced charges of fraud, misappropriation of funds and violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, An Iraqi court in Baghdad sentenced 24 suspected members of the Islamic State terror group to death for their role in the killing of hundreds of soldiers during the extremists' blitz across the country last year.
    (AP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, Italian authorities said they have seized assets worth more than 1.6 billion euros ($1.75 billion) from a family of five Sicilian pensioners believed to have links to a prominent mafia clan. The haul belonged to Carmelo Virga (66), his brothers Vincenzo (78), and Francesco (71), and their sisters Anna (76) and Rosa (68).
    (AFP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, In Libya fighting erupted in the center of Benghazi. At least 14 people were killed in battles between militiamen and forces loyal to the internationally recognized government. Taher Allush, a senior military intelligence officer, was killed in Misrata when a bomb concealed in his car exploded.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 8, Myanmar ratified the chemical weapons convention, bringing the treaty a step closer to its goal of acceptance by every country in the world. It will become the organization's 191st nation when it comes into force 30 days after the ratification.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 8, Pakistan said Afghan and Taliban representatives have agreed to meet again after landmark through-the-night talks aimed at ending a 13-year insurgency.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, A Palestinian appeals court ruled in favor of maintaining parliamentary immunity for Mohammed Dahlan (53), a rival to President Mahmoud Abbas. Dahlan fell out of favor in 2011 and has been charged with corruption.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, Russian lawmakers in the pro-Kremlin upper chamber called on authorities to blacklist 12 foreign NGOs as "undesirable", the first proposals under a new law critics say is part of a clampdown on civil society.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar called on President Salva Kiir to resign along with all ministers and the parliament or risk sparking a revolution.
    (AP, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 8, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a drone strike as part of a US-led campaign against Islamic State militants has killed a senior IS-Uzbek figure in Raqqa. Muhsin Al-Fadhli, leader of the Khorasan al-Qaeda cell, was killed while traveling in a vehicle near Sarmada. Hackers claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic State group took down the website of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor and threatened its director. At least 19 civilians, including 5 children, were killed by a regime barrel bomb attack and rebel rocket fire in Aleppo.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)(AFP, 7/8/15)(AFP, 7/9/15)(SFC, 7/23/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 8, In Turkey Cilem Karabulut (28) killed her husband Hasan Karabulut (33) in the southern Adana region with a pistol stored at home. She was detained by police and admitted to murdering her husband out of "honor" after he repeatedly beat her and tried to force her into prostitution.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 8, A UN resolution condemning the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica as a "crime of genocide" was vetoed by Russia, earning denunciations by the US and Britain and by international human rights groups like Amnesty International.
    (SFC, 7/9/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 8, In Yemen some 40 inmates escaped in a jailbreak after coalition jets bombed the area surrounding a prison in Mahawit province, northwest of Sanaa. Rebels fired rockets at a residential district killing 8 civilians, among them 3 children.
    (AFP, 7/8/15)

2015        Jul 9, America’s Office of Personnel Management admitted that hackers had stolen the sensitive personal information of 22 million government employees.
    (Econ, 7/18/15, p.10)
2015        Jul 9, In Pennsylvania Gary Machinshok (29) of Wilkes-Barre was sentenced to up to 27 years in prison for raping his wife's daughter (15) in an effort to conceive a baby the couple could raise. Machinshok testified against his wife, who was sentenced in April to 15 to 30 years in prison. She pleaded guilty in January to charges including rape, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 9, As today Backstage.com users posting advertisements of an adult nature, such as escort services, must use Bitcoin, Litecoin or Dogecoin to pay any posting fees. The move makes Backpage the first mainstream resource of its type to experiment with a cryptocurrency-only payment model.
    (http://cointelegraph.com/news/114796/backpagecom-adult-section-goes-100-crypto)
2015        Jul 9, In Bolivia Pope Francis rallied tens of thousands of flag-waving Bolivians during his first public Mass.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, In England a 24-hour strike by staff and drivers brought London’s underground rail network to a halt and left millions struggling to get to work.
    (Reuters, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, China began rounding up civil-rights lawyers and support staff for interrogation. By mid-July many of around 120 detainees were released but 31 were still missing or believed to be in custody.
    (Econ, 7/18/15, p.37)
2015        Jul 9, European Union chairman Donald Tusk joined growing international calls for Greece to be granted debt restructuring as part of any new loan deal if it delivers convincing reforms to avert imminent bankruptcy.
    (Reuters, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, German space agency DLR made contact with the Philae space probe that landed on a comet last year for the first time in more than two weeks.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 9, India and the United States signed a tax information sharing agreement, under a new US law meant to combat offshore tax dodging by Americans.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)
2015        Jul 9, India's top court ordered a federal investigation into a multimillion-dollar college admission and government job recruitment scandal in central India said to be linked to dozens of mysterious deaths.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, Iraqi paramilitaries exchanged fire with police in Baghdad, the latest sign of tension between the government and the country's Shiite militias.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, Honda said it is recalling 4.5 million vehicles in Japan and other markets outside North America to replace airbags supplied by Takata. Some 40 million vehicles have been affected in what has become the world’s most extensive auto-safety recall.
    (SFC, 7/10/15, p.C3)
2015        Jul 9, In Mexico gunmen believed to belong to a local drug cartel killed 5 members of a family near the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 9, In western Mexico the Colima Volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, began erupting and continued into the next morning.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 9, A New Zealand judge sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (61) to eight months of home detention after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, In southeast Niger Boko Haram militants slit the throats of 5 civilians in Dagaya during a targeted attack by the Islamist group wreaking havoc in the region.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 9, Nigeria said its troops have arrested the mastermind of bombings in the central cities of Jos and Zaria this week that killed at least 69 people.
    (Reuters, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, In Nigeria an accidental explosion on an oil pipeline operated by Italian energy giant Eni left 12 people dead and three injured in the southern Niger delta region.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 9, Poland offered to accept 2,000 refugees from Africa and the Middle East as part of a European Union plan. This thrown into doubt the next day when the junior partner in its coalition government complained of not being consulted.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 9, In Portugal Armando Vara (61), a deputy minister in two Socialist governments between 1995-2000, was arrested on suspicion of corruption, tax fraud and money-laundering. A court last year sentenced Vara to five years in prison for influence-peddling in a major corruption case but, as is usual in Portugal, he was set free while he awaits the outcome of his appeal.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 9, South African police destroyed more than 14,000 firearms to mark International Gun Destruction Day in the furnace of a steel manufacturing plant outside Johannesburg.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, South Korean officials said young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a "reign of terror" that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator father's early rule.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, Switzerland said it has paid out $4.9 million to hundreds of people who as children were taken from their parents and sent to work on Swiss farms or placed in homes. The practice of sending poor children, aka “slave children," to farms started in the early 1800s and was in full swing until the 1960s.
    (SFC, 7/10/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 9, Syrian army troops backed by war planes advanced to within several kilometers of Palmyra, battling Islamic State group fighters outside the ancient city. New UN figures said the number of people who have fled Syria has surpassed 4 million.
    (AFP, 7/9/15)(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A3)
2015        Jul 9, Thailand sent back to China more than 100 ethnic Uighur refugees, drawing harsh criticism from the UN refugee agency and human rights groups over concerns that they face persecution by the Chinese government.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, Tunisia said its army is building a 105-mile barrier along the border with Libya to keep out extremists.
    (SFC, 7/10/15, p.A3)
2015        Jul 9, In Turkey protesters stormed the Thai Consulate in Istanbul early today to denounce Thailand's decision to deport 109 ethnic Uighur migrants back to China.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, Ugandan police detained three-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and former PM Amama Mbabazi, two of the president's top challengers.
    (AP, 7/9/15)
2015        Jul 9, In Yemen an air strike late today hit a school where internally displaced people have taken refuge in the southern province of Lahj, killing 9 people and wounding 14 others.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)

2015        Jul 10, South Carolina’s divisive Confederate flag came down at the State House in Columbia. The flag was taken to the nearby Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)(SFC, 7/11/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 10, Hawaii state officials voted to restrict access to mauna Kea for 120 days to allow construction to resume on the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope.
    (SSFC, 7/12/15, p.A10)
2015        Jul 10, In Michigan Dr. Farid Fata (50), a Detroit area cancer doctor, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for putting some 533 patients through needless, grueling treatments to collect millions from insurers.
    (SFC, 7/11/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 10, In Afghanistan Hafez Saeed, a senior commander in the Pakistani branch of the Taliban, was killed in a US air strike along with 30 other militants as they gathered in Achin district of Nangarhar province. He was among a small but increasing number of senior Taliban militants who have switched allegiance to Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 10, An Austrian jury acquitted Alnur Mussayev, Kazakhstan's former spy chief, and presidential family guard Vadim Koshlyak of double murder in a trial whose main suspect, the president's former son-in-law, was found hanged in jail.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In central Bangladesh a stampede killed 21 elderly women and four young people early today when hundreds of people stormed the home of a businessman for a charity handout during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In Bolivia Pope Francis arrived at the notorious Palmasola prison, greeting some by hand ahead of a message that focused on encouragement. The prison built for 800 inmates has more than 5,000.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Burundi's government said it backed regional calls to postpone controversial polls, but only by a few days, saying it had asked the election commission to implement the delay. Burundian soldiers clashed with gunmen in a northern region near Rwanda. Government soldiers killed 31 suspected rebels and captured another 170 in Kayanza province.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 10, China's national weather service said super Typhoon Chan-hom is expected to make landfall by early tomorrow at the eastern province of Zhejiang, and has issued its highest-level alert. Authorities have evacuated tens of thousands of people, canceled scores of trains and flights and shuttered seaside resorts.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Omar Sharif (83), Egyptian-born actor, died in Cairo. He soared to international stardom in movie epics "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago".
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In Egypt 4 children and a woman were killed when a mortar round crashed into their home in Sheikh Zuweid, near North Sinai's main town of El-Arish.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, The European Union extended a suspension of sanctions on Iran until July 13 to allow ongoing talks about the country's nuclear ambitions to succeed.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, European plane-maker Airbus flew its E-fan plane from Lydd, England, to the French port of Calais. About 12 hours before Airbus' Channel flight, French pilot Hugues Duval took his two-engine, one-seat Cricri electric plane from Calais to Dover and back.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In France the leader of a banned group was sentenced to nine years in jail on terrorism charges after police raids found weapons and a list of Jewish targets in his personal files. Mohamed Achamlane (37) was one of 14 people tried on charges of criminal conspiracy related to a terrorist enterprise. Forsane Alizza (Horsemen of Pride in Arabic) was banned in 2012.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In Germany a man from the town of Ansbach named as Bernd G. (47) shot and killed two people in northern Bavaria. Two mechanics working at a petrol station in Bad Windsheim overpowered the man after he entered the shop and threatened employees with a gun.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras appealed to his party's lawmakers to back a tough reforms package after abruptly offering last-minute concessions to try to save the country from financial meltdown.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, The prime ministers of nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan agreed at a rare meeting to cooperate on eliminating terrorism in South Asia.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In Indonesia Mount Raung in East Java province began spewing ash sparking chaos for holidaymakers. Airports were closed and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In Iran and Iraq tens of thousands marched in Tehran and Baghdad in annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day demonstrations in support of Palestinians. Saudi Arabia this year joined arch-foe Israel as the target for protesters.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Iraqi government and Shiite militia repelled an Islamic State group attack in Anbar province. At least 10 soldiers and 12 IS fighters were killed.
    (SFC, 7/11/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 10, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies carried out 34 air strikes against Islamic State militants with 17 in Iraq and 17 in Syria.
    (Reuters, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 10, Nigeria's head of state's spokesman Garba Shehu said Pres. Muhammadu Buhari will take only half of the salary paid to former head of state Goodluck Jonathan. In the northeast at least 10 people were killed when a large commando of Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked Ngamdu village, Borno state, and took over a major highway in the region. Later reports said four villages were attacked and some 43 people killed. Boko Haram gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire residents returning to Gamboru killing 5 men and 3 women.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)(AP, 7/11/15)(AFP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 10, In northeastern Nigeria commercial flights resumed into Maiduguri, nearly 18 months after the airport was shut in the wake of a daring Boko Haram raid.
    (AFP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 10, Oslo-based Scatec Solar said Mali said has signed an agreement to build west Africa's first industrial-scale solar power plant.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Pope Francis arrived in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion on the final leg of his three-nation tour of South America's poorest countries that included Ecuador and neighboring Bolivia.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 10, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced that India and Pakistan will join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a group dominated by Russia and China and also including former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud al-Faisal (b.1940), formerly the world's longest-serving foreign minister, died in the US. He oversaw four decades of turbulent diplomacy for the oil-rich kingdom.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In Somalia at least 6 civilians and 4 militants were killed when al Shabaab Islamists attacked the Siyad and Weheliye hotels in the center of Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 7/11/15)(SFC, 7/11/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 10, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said a dozen patients have died and dozens more wounded are without care in a South Sudanese hospital after fighting forced medics to flee.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Tanzania extradited Jamil Mukulu to Uganda to face multiple counts of murder stemming from his alleged role as leader of the Congo-based Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamic militant group that regularly attacks civilians in eastern Congo.
    (SFC, 7/11/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 10, In southern Thailand 3 women were killed by a motorcycle bomb that exploded late today near a karaoke bar in the border town of Padang Besar. Arson was blamed for the deaths of 3 people at a shop in Sungai Kolok, another border town, where eight other people were wounded, including three women from Laos, by an improvised bomb hidden in a planter in front of a hotel.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 10, Tunisian security forces killed 5 Islamist militants in clashes in the mountains near the central town of Gafsa and that military helicopters were pursuing more in the area. Mourad Gharsalli, a senior leader of the Al-Qaeda-linked Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigades jihadist group, was among the dead.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)(AFP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 10, Turkey's state-run news agency said police have carried out raids in Istanbul and three other cities, detaining at least 21 people suspected of being members of the Islamic State extremist group.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In eastern Ukraine an unidentified gunman shot and killed 3 postal workers as they were transporting money, escaping with the equivalent of $115,000 in the government-held city of Kharkiv.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Yemen’s main warring factions endorsed a UN-brokered humanitarian truce from midnight today although heavy fighting on the ground and Saudi air strikes carried on relentlessly.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, In southeastern Yemen two missile strikes by unmanned American drones killed 10 suspected members of Al-Qaeda, including 3 local chiefs at the port of Mukalla.
    (AFP, 7/11/15)

2015        Jul 11, The NAACP passed a resolution lifting its 15-year economic boycott of South Carolina after the state took down a Confederate battle flag flying near its State House.
    (SFC, 7/13/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 11, Patricia Crone (b.1945), Danish-American author, scholar, orientalist, and historian, died in New Jersey. Her books included “Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World" (1977), co-authored with Michael Cook.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Crone)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.78)
2015        Jul 11, In Afghanistan Abu Khalil al-Sudani, described as a high-ranking Al Qaeda operational commander, was killed in a US airstrike in Paktika province. He was reportedly the head of Al Qaeda's suicide and explosives operations.
    (CSM, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 11, In Bosnia Anger boiled over at a massive commemoration of the Srebrenica slaughter 20 years ago as people pelted Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic with water bottles and other objects.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, Serena Williams won a sixth Wimbledon title as the world number one became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam crown with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Garbine Muguruza.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, In Chad a man dressed in a woman's burqa blew himself up in the main market in N'Djamena early today, killing 15 people and injuring 80. A second explosion about 30 km north of N'Djamena killed one person.
    (Reuters, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, In central China a fire late today at a residential building in Wuhan city killed 7 people and injured 12 others.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, In China Typhoon Chan-hom slammed ashore in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, paralyzing transport links and devastating farmland as authorities evacuated more than a million people. The storm killed 5 people in the Philippines earlier in the week
    (AP, 7/10/15)(SSFC, 7/12/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 11, In Egypt the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack at the Italian consulate in Cairo. One person was killed.
    (Reuters, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, In Iraq bombings and a shooting have killed at least 11 people in and around Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, An Israeli drone crashed in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli, in the second such incident in three weeks.
    (AFP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, In Japan Satoru Iwata (55), head of Nintendo Co., died at Kyoto University Hospital after a lengthy illness. He had led the video game company through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises.
    (AP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 11, Libyan political parties and members of civil society initialed a UN-proposed peace accord in Morocco, despite the absence of a rival parliament not recognized by the international community.
    (AFP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, A Mali army commander said special forces have disrupted a network of at least six Islamic extremists plotting an attack in Bamako. The extremists were linked to the Ansar Dine group.   
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped through a lengthy tunnel under his prison cell's shower, marking his second jail break and an embarrassing blow to the government.
    (AFP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 11, In western Mexico ash and cinders spewed from the Colima Volcano, prompting authorities to close the airport in the state capital of Colima and order the evacuation of a half dozen hamlets on the flanks of the peak.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 11, In southern Niger suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on the prison in Diffa late today, in an apparent bid to free fellow members of the Nigerian Islamist group held there.
    (Reuters, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 11, In northeastern Nigeria an attempted bomb attack at Maiduguri’s largest bus station failed when an explosives-ladden tuk-tuk was prevented from entering the site early today. The tuk-tuk exploded, killing the driver and 3 of its occupants.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, A Pakistani military official said troops in the Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border have killed 9 militants after an attack on a military checkpoint.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, In Paraguay Pope Francis received a very Argentine welcome at Paraguay's most important pilgrimage site, with thousands of his countrymen joining hundreds of thousands of Paraguayan faithful for a Mass that served as a makeshift homecoming for the Argentine pope.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, Syria monitors said a helicopter strike on the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab killed at least 28 people including 3 children. A Syrian military source said the army had not carried out any air strikes today in al-Bab.
    (Reuters, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, Thailand sent eight more ethnic Muslim Uighur refugees to Turkey, days after the Thai government faced intense international criticism for deporting 109 refugees back to China despite fears they could face persecution there. 52 Uighurs remained in Thailand.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, In western Ukraine at least 2 people were killed in a gun and grenade attack in Mukhachevo involving the country's notorious nationalist militia Right Sector.
    (AP, 7/11/15)
2015        Jul 11, In Yemen a UN-proposed truce, aimed at delivering desperately needed aid to millions threatened with famine, failed to take hold. The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels in airstrikes since March said the coalition is not bound by the new truce deal.
    (AFP, 7/11/15)(AP, 7/11/15)

2015        Jul 12, In Afghanistan at least 12 civilians were reported killed in a pair of roadside bomb explosions in Kapisa and Kunduz provinces. In the southeast a suicide car bomb killed 33 people and wounded 10 on the outskirts of Khost city.
    (AP, 7/12/15)    (Reuters, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 12, Bahraini authorities arrested top opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif, less than a month after he was freed from prison following time served for his role in Arab Spring-inspired protests.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In Burundi a regional governor said the army has captured scores of gunmen and killed others in two days of clashes in the north.
    (Reuters, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In northern Cameroon at least a dozen civilians and a Chadian soldier were killed in two suicide attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in the town of Fotokol.
    (Reuters, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 12, Canadian opera singer John Vickers (b.1926), nicknamed "God's tenor" for his inimitable voice and strong Christian beliefs, died in Ontario.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, China's anti-corruption watchdog said Xi Xiaoming, vice president of the Supreme People's Court, has come under investigation for corruption, becoming one of the most senior judicial officials to be swept up by the country's anti-graft dragnet.
    (Reuters, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In northern China a warehouse containing fireworks exploded, killing at least 3 people and injuring more than a dozen others in Ningjin county, Hebei province.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In China Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (65) died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park.
    (AP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 12, Euro zone leaders told near-bankrupt Greece at an emergency summit on that it must restore trust by enacting key reforms before they will open talks on a new financial rescue to keep it in the European currency area.
    (Reuters, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, Guam's war against the coconut rhinoceros beetles, which have ravaged many coconut trees, was reported to have become more challenging as the beetles seemed to have developed an immunity to the Oryctes nudivrus, which has been used to kill the beetles.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, An Indian government report said 10 endangered Asiatic lions, 1670 blue bulls and 87 spotted deer were amongst hundreds of wild animals killed in the recent floods to hit west India's Gujarat. At least 81 people died in mudslides collapsed homes or high waters in Gujarat state last month.
    (AFP, 7/12/15)(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 12, In Indonesia the airport on Bali reopened after the erupting Mount Raung volcano forced its closure for the second time in just a few days and caused fresh travel misery for stranded holidaymakers.
    (AFP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In Iraq at least 35 people were killed in a series of car bombs and suicide attacks in mainly Shi'ite districts.
    (Reuters, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 12, Israel released Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan. He had staged a 56-day hunger strike which brought him near death in a protest against the controversial procedure allowing detainees to be held indefinitely without charge.
    (AFP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In Liberia a second person died from Ebola in the latest resurgence of the deadly disease in the West African nation. The woman in her early 20s was linked to the 17-year-old boy who died on June 28.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 12, Myanmar’s navy rescued the last of 102 Bangladeshi migrants stranded for nearly a month on Saung Gauk Island.
    (Reuters, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 12, In Myanmar several hundred workers rallied for a higher minimum wage despite a warning by factory owners that the demand might put them out of business. The daily minimum wage stood at 3,000 kyat ($2.65).
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In Paraguay Pope Francis put into practice his call for the world's poor and powerless to not be left on the margins of society by visiting a flood-prone slum outside Asuncion on the final day of his 3-nation tour.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, Philippine police killed 5 suspected car thieves and robbers in a gunbattle north of Manila in an ongoing anti-crime crackdown.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In Russia 23 soldiers were crushed to death after their military barracks collapsed in Omsk, Siberia.
    (AFP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 12, South Sudan said it it has decided to expel UN diplomat Mary Cummins from norhtern Unity state in retaliation for the publication of a human rights report  that accused the government of committing widespread attacks on civilians there.
    (SFC, 7/13/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 12, In Spain a fire swept through a nursing home early today outside the northeastern city of Zaragoza, killing 8 elderly residents and injuring 12 other people.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, Tanzania's ruling party anointed government minister John Magufuli as its candidate for presidential elections due to be held in October.
    (AFP, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, In Yemen at least 10 people were killed in air strikes overnight, as a Saudi-led coalition continued bombing Sanaa in violation of a temporary humanitarian truce.
    (Reuters, 7/12/15)
2015        Jul 12, Zimbabwean writer Chenjerai Hove (59) died in exiled in Norway. His work largely portrayed the struggles of Zimbabwe's powerless groups. He left Zimbabwe for France in 2001 at the height of Zimbabwe's political tumult, claiming he was in danger. He later relocated to Norway.
    (AP, 7/13/15)

2015        Jul 13, Pres. Obama cut the prison sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders. The sentences of all 46 will now expire on Nov 10, 2015.
    (SFC, 7/14/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 13, In Kentucky a flash flood in the area of Flat Gap left at least 3 people dead.
    (SFC, 7/17/15, p.A8)
2015        Jul 13, In Texas Sandra Bland (28) died in jail three days after she was arrested in a traffic stop in Waller County. Police alleged that she had hanged herself using a plastic liner taken from a garbage can.
    (SFC, 7/22/15, p.A5)(SFC, 7/23/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 13, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (47) became the 15th prominent Republican to join the US presidential race.
    (SFC, 7/14/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 13, British authorities confirmed an outbreak at a farm of the H7N7 strain of avian flu that is both highly contagious and potentially deadly for birds.
    (AFP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, In London Ashley Mote (79), a former Eurosceptic member of the European Parliament, was sentenced to five years in prison for fraudulently claiming almost 500,000 pounds ($777,000) in expenses.
    (AP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, Cambodia's National Assembly approved a controversial draft law that critics say gives authorities sweeping powers to crack down on civil society groups that challenge the government.
    (AP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, In China police in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, killed 3 Uighur men from the Xinjiang region said to belong to a terrorist organization.
    (SFC, 7/15/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 13, Euro zone leaders made Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision in return for agreeing to talks on an 86 billion euros ($95 billion) bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the single currency.
    (AP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, EU authorities fined Spain almost 19 million euros ($21 million) for manipulating economic statistics for one of its regions, the first penalty of its kind.
    (AP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, Hungary said it has begun building a fence on the country's southern border with Serbia, meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants. Around 80,000 migrants and refugees have reached Hungary so far this year. About 80 percent of them are from war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. 900 soldiers were tasked with building the fence using materials prepared by inmates.
    (AP, 7/13/15)(SFC, 7/17/15, p.A3)
2015        Jul 13, In central India rebels held up a bus carrying a group of police commandos in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh state, and abducted four of them. The bodies of the men were found on July 15 on the side of a road.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 13, In eastern India a couple and their six children were asleep in their mud home in the village in Odisha's Keonjhar district when a mob armed with axes broke in and attacked them. Two of the children survived. Nine people were soon arrested for the hacking to deaths. They had accused the family of practicing witchcraft and making village children sick.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 13, Indonesian authorities said an orangutan trader has been jailed for two years after he was caught trying to sell a baby ape from a backpack, a rare conviction for wildlife crime in the country. A court in Medan also ordered Vast Haris Nasution to pay a 10 million rupiah ($750) fine after he was found guilty last week under laws that ban the trade in orangutans.
    (AFP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, Iraqi troops and Shi'ite Muslim militia forces attacked Islamic State fighters on several fronts in Anbar province.
    (Reuters, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, Lithuania said it is removing all the Soviet statues remaining in its capital, prompted by renewed calls to take down the symbols of an oppressive Soviet occupation amid the Ukraine crisis. The four remaining statues, depicting Red Army soldiers, workers, students and peasants, were erected on the historic Green Bridge over the River Neris in 1952.
    (AP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari sacked his army, navy, air force and defense chiefs, a widely anticipated move as the former general has made crushing Islamist militant group Boko Haram his top priority. A suicide bomber hit a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
    (Reuters, 7/13/15)(AFP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, In Northern Ireland say some 24 officers were hurt in riots that were touched off when a Protestant brotherhood was blocked from marching past a Catholic district.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 13, Romanian prosecutors indicted PM Victor Ponta as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation and seized his assets, increasing pressure on him to resign.
    (AP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 13, A court in Belgrade, Serbia, sentenced Darko Saric, for years one of the most wanted crime figures in the Balkans, to 20 years in jail for trafficking cocaine from Latin America to Europe and laundering 22 million euros.
    (Reuters, 7/13/15)
2015        Jun 13, In Singapore some 28,000 people rallied in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
    (Econ, 7/18/15, SR p.4)
2015        Jul 13, The United Arab Emirates put to death by firing squad Bader al-Hashemi (30), an Emirati woman convicted of the jihadist-inspired murder of a US school teacher. Hashemi was sentenced to death last month for stabbing to death mother of three Ibolya Ryan (47) in a toilet of an Abu Dhabi shopping mall on December 1, 2014.
    (AFP, 7/13/15)

2015        Jul 14, The US Justice Department investigators shut down what they called the world's largest-known English-language malware forum, an online marketplace called Darkode where cybercriminals bought and sold hacked databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computer systems. More than 70 cybercriminals in the US and 19 other countries were targets of the investigation.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 14, In Missouri David Zink (55) was executed for the 2001 sexual assault and killing of Amanda Morton (19).
    (SFC, 7/15/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 14, In western Virginia two trains collided, leaving two crewmembers hurt and more than 20,000 gallons of lubricant oil seeping onto the ground near Dublin.
    (CSM, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 14, CERN scientists said new kind of subatomic particle called the pentaquark has been detected for the first time. The existence of pentaquarks was first proposed in the 1960s by American physicists Murray Gell-Mann and Georg Zweig. Gell-Mann, who coined the term "quark," received the Nobel Prize in 1969.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, The New Horizons spacecraft flew to just 7,800 miles from Pluto to take the first high-resolution images of the dwarf planet.
    (SFC, 7/15/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 14, China's state media accused more than two dozen human rights attorneys rounded up in recent days of being troublemakers intent on illegal activism.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, China said it has begun building a 314-meter (1,030-ft) high dam which will be among the world's tallest. The Shuangjiankou dam on a tributary of the Yangtze river will be completed in 2022.
    (AFP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 14, France celebrated Bastille Day with a spectacular display of fighter jets and with anti-terror forces marching in the yearly parade in Paris for the first time.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, French sources said two explosions which sparked huge fires at a petrochemical plant in in Berre-l'Etang near Marseille-Marignane airport early today are believed to have been the result of a "malicious act".
    (AFP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, Hong Kong students Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were charged with obstructing police during a protest earlier in the year and released on bail. They rose to fame during pro-democracy demonstrations that angered Beijing last year.
    (Reuters, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, In southern India at least 27 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede on the first day of the Hindu Pushkaralu bathing festival on a bank of the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. In the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran will slash by around two-thirds the number of centrifuges from around 19,000 to 6,104 under the deal. The agreement will now be debated in the US Congress, but Obama said he would veto any measure to block it.
    (Reuters, 7/14/15)(AFP, 7/14/15)(Econ, 7/18/15, p.21)
2015        Jul 14, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its coalition partners targeted Islamic State forces with 17 air strikes in Iraq and 16 Syria.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 14, Israel's PM Netanyahu said his country is not bound by the international nuclear agreement with Iran, and that Israel reserves the right to defend itself.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, Kuwait charged 29 people over the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque on June 26, claimed by the Islamic State group, that killed 26 people and wounded more than 200.
    (AFP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, Nigeria's Ministry of Information announced that it had "successfully jammed the signals" of Radio Biafra, because it is unlicensed. The station dedicated to creating a breakaway state for the Igbo people remained on the airwaves.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 14, In northeastern Nigeria at least 30 people were killed in three attacks by Boko Haram Islamists. Boko Haram insurgents raided Ngamdu, the border town of Damasak and attacked Warsala in Borno state.
    (AFP, 7/15/15)(Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 14, Pakistani military jets reportedly killed 14 militants in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, In far eastern Russia 2 pilots were killed when a strategic Tu-95 bomber with seven people on board crashed while landing outside of the city of Khabarovsk.
    (AFP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, Rwandan lawmakers backed a motion to let President Paul Kagame run for a third term in office, paving the way for a referendum to amend the constitution.
    (Reuters, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, South Korea sent back two North Korean fishermen who were rescued from South Korean waters but said it would not return three others who requested asylum.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, In Spain Pamplona's famed San Fermin festival held its last bull run with no fatalities in the nine-day event. Officials said a French tourist died after being gored by a bull in a small town festival in eastern Spain.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, In Switzerland a helicopter crashed in the area around the popular tourist attraction Jungfraujoch glacier, killing the pilot.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, In northern Syria a double suicide bombing in Idlib targeting the heqdquarters of Ahrar-al-Sham, an ultraconservative Islamic rebel group, killed its leader Abu Abdelrahman Salqeen, as well as 6 other high-ranking members.
    (SFC, 7/15/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 14, A Thai military court sentenced 10 people to prison terms for distributing online content that it said insulted the country's monarchy. Eight of the 10 were ordered to serve 5-year jail terms and two others, found to have only abetted the others, were given three years each.
    (AP, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, Turkey’s PM Ahmet Davutoglu said the nationalist opposition does not want to share power in a government with the ruling AK Party, dealing a blow to his efforts to find a junior coalition partner.
    (Reuters, 7/14/15)
2015        Jul 14, Ugandan rebels shot dead or burned alive 9 people during an attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AFP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 14, In eastern Ukraine two rebel fighters were killed as well as one civilian.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 14, Yemeni forces battling the Shiite rebels in the country's south said they have taken control of the airport in the strategic port city of Aden and that they have driven the rebels into a part of the city jutting out into the sea. The Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes in Sanaa.
    (AP, 7/14/15)

2015        Jul 15, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts said "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, groundbreaking actresses Rita Moreno and Cicely Tyson, singer Carole King, rock band the Eagles and acclaimed music director Seiji Ozawa will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, California regulators ordered Uber to pay a $7.3 million fine and hand over required information about safety and accessibility or shut down in the company’s home state.
    (SFC, 7/16/15, p.C6)
2015        Jul 15, The Colorado Bard of health voted 6-2 against adding PTSD to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with marijuana.
    (SFC, 7/17/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 15, The Solar Impulse team said it is suspending its journey in Hawaii to at least next April after the plane suffered battery damage during its flight from Japan.
    (SFC, 7/16/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 15, In Austria the Vienna regional court found Oliver N. (17) guilty of participating in a terror organization and incitement to terrorism and sentenced him to 2 ½ years in prison for joining the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, In Bahrain a man accidentally blew himself up as he tried to plant a bomb targeting police in a Shi'ite Muslim village.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, Bulgaria’s interior ministry said a man (21), suspected of belonging to a network of Islamist hackers responsible for attacks on more than 3,500 websites worldwide, has been arrested. The man was said to be part of a group using the acronym MECA (Middle East Cyber Army).
    (AFP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, A Cameroon governor said the country's north has banned women from wearing burkas and face-covering veils in response to the July 12 attacks that left 14 dead. The Far North Region also banned Muslims from meeting in large groups without permission.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, In China Wan Li (99), a politician known for his reform policies, died in Beijing. Wan was best known for the reform policies that he began implementing in the late 1970s, especially in rural China.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, Egypt’s military foiled an attempted attack on a military post on a highway linking Cairo with the Red Sea coast. The driver of a car that was carrying 500 kg (1,100 pounds) of dynamite refused to stop at a checkpoint, drawing fire from the troops. The car then swerved off the road and the driver was killed.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 15, The European Commission published its assessment of Greece's bailout request, taking a different view of Athens' debt sustainability than the IMF, but also signaling a possibility of debt relief.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, In Germany Oskar Groening (94), known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz," was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the murder of 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp. Groening, who had been sent to work at the camp in 1942, inspected people's luggage, removing and counting any bank notes and sending them on to SS offices in Berlin, where they helped to fund the Nazi war effort.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, In Greece municipal workers, pharmacists and others went on strike to protests the impact that new reforms will have on their livelihoods.
    (Econ, 7/18/15, p.41)
2015        Jul 15, In eastern India police recovered the remains of a man who was beaten to death and burnt by a mob last week over allegations of sorcery in Odisha's Rayagada district. Ten people have been arrested.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, Iraqi journalist Jala al-Abadi (b.1988), who was taken from his home with his phone and laptop on June 4, was executed in Mosul by firing squad after being sentenced by an IS court.
    (AFP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 15, Ireland’s transgender people won legal recognition of their status through the passage of the Gender Recognition Bill, allowing them to change their legal gender with no medical or state intervention.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 15, In Italy a Milan court convicted 11 former Pirelli managers, including two former CEOs, on charges of manslaughter and gave them prison sentences for the deaths of about 20 workers who developed tumors or lung disease after being exposed to asbestos.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, Japan-based Toyota said it is recalling 625,000 Prius hybrid vehicles worldwide because they can stall without warning.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, The Lebanese army said troops have confiscated a drone in the eastern Bekaa Valley as it was being taken to insurgents on the Syrian side of the border.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, Macedonia's main political leaders reached a final agreement early today to resolve a protracted and severe political crisis that has roiled the small Balkan country for months.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, Mexico opened its energy sector with an auction  of oil exploration rights ending the 77-year monopoly of Pemex. In the first round only two of fourteen blocks on offer were sold, to a Mexican-British-American consortium.
    (Econ, 7/18/15, p.8)
2015        Jul 15, In southeastern Niger Boko Haram jihadists killed 16 civilians in an attack on a village near Bosso. Another person succumbed later to their wounds.
    (AFP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 15, The Pakistani military shot down a small Indian spy drone in Kashmir. Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire in Kashmir, killing a woman and wounding at least 4 other people on the Indian-controlled side.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)(AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, In the Philippines nearly 500 policemen launched simultaneous raids on drug dens and other criminal hideouts in the southern city of Davao, killing 7 suspects and arresting 39 others in one of the largest single-day anti-crime operations this year. Army troops and police in Sulu province shot Mahmur Jupuri, a suspected Abu Sayyaf militant, who they said was linked to the kidnappings of seven people. Jupuri was killed and his companion was wounded.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, Some 335 migrants arrived in port in Augusta, Sicily, after a week at sea. Parents of a 10-year-old Syrian girl with diabetes said she died after the smugglers threw her insulin overboard. Police in Sicily soon arrested three Egyptians who allegedly were in charge of the smuggling boat.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 15, In south-central Somalia a US drone strike destroyed a vehicle belonging to al Shabaab militants. The attack targeted al-Shabab commander Ismael Jabhad and three other fighters near Bardhere. Kenya said at least 30 Shebab militants were killed.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)(AFP, 7/16/15)(SFC, 7/17/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 15, In Syria 13 civilians, among them 7 children, were killed in aerial attacks by the government on the northern province of Aleppo. 22 IS fighters were killed when regime warplanes struck a convoy traveling between the provinces of Deir Ezzor in the east and Hasakeh in the northeast. Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its Islamist allies launched an attack on the last two Shiite Muslim villages under regime control in northwest Idlib province.
    (AFP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, Ukraine said 8 government troops were killed and 16 wounded in the war-torn east over the last 24-hours.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, In Yemen loyalists of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, buoyed by their recapture of the airport, seized more ground in second city Aden as they pressed their biggest fightback yet against Iran-backed rebels. Saudi-led warplanes carried out six raids on rebel positions before dawn.
    (AFP, 7/15/15)

2015        Jul 16, The US Department of State conferred the 2014 Human Rights Defender Award on Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and activist. His son Sherzod accepted it on his behalf. Askarov, an ethnic Uzbek, was convicted of "organizing mass disturbances" and stirring up ethnic hatred leading to the killing of a policeman during clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, when more than 400 people were killed. The next day Kyrgyzstan protested the award.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 16, The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole. The accord was also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway and Denmark.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, In Colorado James Holmes was pronounced guilty of 165 counts of murder, attempted murder, and other charges relating to the July 20, 2012, massacre in a movie theater in Aurora.
    (SFC, 7/17/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 16, In northeastern Montana 4 tank cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil that was being hauled from North Dakota.
    (SFC, 7/18/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 16, In Tennessee Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez (24), born in Kuwait but naturalized and raised in America, opened fire at two military facilities. 4 Marines were killed. Police shot and killed Abdulazeez. A 5th sailor died of wounds on July 18.
    (AFP, 7/17/15)(SFC, 7/17/15, p.A1)(AFP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 16, In Afghanistan Taliban gunmen killed 8 people including 4 police officers and 2 children in an ambush in Mihtarlam, the provincial capital of Laghman province.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, In Bangladesh a special war crimes tribunal sentenced Forkan Mollick to death on charges that he committed rape and murder in 1971 during the war for independence from Pakistan. Mollick, a former low-ranking activist of the Muslim League, shouted his innocence as police took him away.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, Britain’s Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority confirmed that it has given lawmakers a 10 percent pay increase, a headache for PM David Cameron who has pledged that public sector workers should only get a 1 percent raise.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, Burkina Faso state media said Blaise Compaore, the former president who ruled this West African country for nearly three decades, has been charged with "high treason" over his bid to change the constitution and run for a third term. Compaore lived in neighboring Ivory Coast, though he reportedly flew to Morocco this week for medical treatment.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 16, An Egyptian navy vessel was targeted by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, who said they destroyed it with a rocket while it was anchored off the Sinai peninsula's Mediterranean coast.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras won the backing of parliament in the early hours for the stringent reform measures demanded by creditors. Hours later Europe moved to re-open funding to Greece's stricken economy.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, EU finance ministers agreed to use the European Financial Stability Mechanism for a 7 billion euro bridge loan to Greece until the country negotiates its next full bailout.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire and mortar bombs in the disputed Kashmir region, killing 5 civilians and injuring more than a dozen.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, In Indonesia eruptions at Mount Raung and Mount Gamalama caused closures at three airports, including Juanda International serving Surabaya, the country's 2nd-largest city.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, Kyrgyzstan's security police killed at least 2 members of an "international terrorist organization" in a firefight near the center of the capital Bishkek that was still going on. 6 militants killed by security forces in Bishkek belonged to Islamic State. Another seven were reported caught during the operation.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)(Reuters, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 16, In central Morocco a crowd lynched and fatally injured a man and seriously hurt his alleged accomplice after accusing them of robbery near a weekly market.
    (AFP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 16, In Nigeria two bombs killed at least 49 people buying goods for the holiday at the market of Gombe town.
    (AFP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 16, In Saudi Arabia a suicide bomber wounded two policemen at a checkpoint near a high-security prison in Riyadh in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. The bomber, identified as Abdullah al-Rashid (19), had also killed his uncle, a colonel in the interior ministry, before blowing himself up.
    (AFP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 16, Swiss authorities said extradited to the United States an official detained in a US corruption investigation into world soccer's governing body FIFA. Jeffrey Webb is one of seven current and former FIFA employees arrested in Switzerland in May.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, In Syria Kurdish fighters besieged members of the Islamic State group in the northeastern city of Hassakeh as they pushed forward under the cover of airstrikes by the US-led coalition. At least 11 civilians, among them 3 children, were killed in regime barrel bomb attacks on jihadist-held Al-Bab.
    (AP, 7/16/15)(AFP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, In southern Thailand unidentified gunmen shot dead 2 soldiers in an ambush. Dozens of banners were found in the provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, home to a Muslim majority in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, calling for independence.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, Ukraine's parliament gave preliminary approval to a bill that would devolve more powers to separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine and sent it for review at the country's highest court.
    (AP, 7/16/15)
2015        Jul 16, In Yemen fighting intensified in the southern port city of Aden as Saudi-backed troops pushed to drive Shiite rebels out of several neighborhoods. The Shiite rebels meanwhile fired rockets at the city's airport, killing at least 3 people. Senior members of the exiled administration flew into Aden to make preparations for the government's return.
    (AP, 7/16/15)(Reuters, 7/16/15)

2015        Jul 17, A fast-moving wildfire swept across a freeway in a Southern California mountain pass. Some 30 vehicles were destroyed or damaged and the main freeway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas was forced to close, though two southbound lanes were later reopened. There were no reports of serious injuries.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 17, In Maine Anthony Lord (35), a registered US sex offender, was arrested on suspicion of killing two men, shooting three people and kidnapping a woman in an overnight crime spree.
    (AFP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, In Michigan Michelle Blair (36) of Detroit was sentenced to life in prison. In June she had pleaded guilty to killing two of her four children and storing their bodies in a home freezer.
    (SFC, 7/18/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 17, In New York former US Rep. Michael Grimm (45) was sentenced to eight months in jail for tax evasion.
    (SFC, 7/18/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 17, In Algeria 9 soldiers were killed in a militant ambush in the rugged Ain Defla province. Al-Qaida's North Africa branch claimed responsibility for the attack, putting the toll at 14.
    (AP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 17, In England an explosion ripped through the mill in the village of Bosley, in Cheshire. Three men and a woman, believed to be at the site, were missing.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 17, Chadian troops killed 19 insurgents after Boko Haram attacked an army post on the fringes of Lake Chad.
    (AFP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, Chinese state media said police have detained Wang Lin, a well-connected self-proclaimed master of the spiritual martial art of Qigong, on suspicion of the murder of a disciple. The case has gripped China with lurid tales of wealth and magic. Wang was detained in Jiangxi province over the alleged kidnapping and death of a businessman, provincial legislator and disciple called Zou Yong earlier this month.
    (Reuters, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, Cyprus' largest bank said it has sold off more than three quarters of its Russian operations to limit its exposure to risk and to concentrate on its core, domestic business.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, Egyptian security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters traded gunfire that killed at least 6 people after clashes erupted during a demonstration in Cairo.
    (AP, 7/17/15)(SFC, 7/18/15, p.A3)
2015        Jul 17, The EU approved a short-term loan of 7.16 billion euros ($7.8 billion) to Greece allowing it to meet a huge payment to the ECB and repay the IMF while a new bailout is still being ratified.
    (AFP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh warned that death row inmates should expect to have their sentences implemented, apparently signalling an end to a three-year unofficial moratorium on executions.
    (AFP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 17, German lawmakers voted in favor of Berlin starting negotiations on a third bailout program for Greece, but a sizeable minority opposed the talks, in a setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
    (Reuters, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, In Iraq a powerful blast killed at least 115 people in an attack on a crowded marketplace in the town of Khan Beni Saad, Diyala province. At least 170 people were wounded. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 17, Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of soaring costs and said it will reopen bidding for a new plan, in a stunning reversal that leaves the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main venue. The $13.6 billion design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was likened to a giant turtle.
    (Econ, 6/20/15, p.38)(AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, Powerful Typhoon Nangka lashed Japan, killing at least 2 people and triggering floods.
    (AFP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, The Mexican Attorney General's office said it had arrested seven officials over suspected involvement in the jail break of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
    (Reuters, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, In northeastern Nigeria 3 young female suicide bombers killed at least 13 people in Damaturu as worshippers gathered to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday. Army spokesman Sani Usman gave a toll of 9 dead and 18 wounded.
    (Reuters, 7/17/15)(AFP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, Norway’s Univ. of Oslo said convicted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik (36) has been admitted to the University’s political science program, although he will stay in his cell to study.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, Portugal's government said it has approved new procedures it hopes will remove legal obstacles that have halted granting residence permits to wealthy investors from outside the European Union. A new law covering the program came into force July 1. But the government failed to set required administrative procedures, leaving the Foreigners' Service unable to issue permits.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, In the central Philippines a wall in a vast coal pit collapsed, killing 5 workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago at the open Panian pit on Semirara Island.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, Romania's President Klaus Iohannis refused to pass into law a series of tax cuts backed by the center-left governing coalition saying they could lead to "domestic and external risks," including unsustainable economic growth. Iohannis said Romania needed higher revenues in order to hike spending in defense to 2 percent in 2017 in line with NATO demands.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, In southern Somalia African Union troops launched Operation Jubba Corridor, a new offensive against Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, vowing to flush the insurgents out of rural areas.
    (AFP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 17, In South Africa 239 commuters were injured in a rush hour train collision  when a moving train crashed into the back of a stationary train traveling from the Johannesburg city center to the township of Soweto.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 17, Syrian authorities released more than 240 prisoners, many of whom were detained under "anti-terror" laws, to mark the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.
    (AFP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 17, The Ukrainian parliament voted to call local elections across the country in October, but not in the rebel-occupied east.
    (AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 17, In Ukraine Maria Gaidar was appointed as deputy governor of Odessa, now led by former Georgian Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili. Gaidar (32), the only daughter of Russia’s 1992 reformist prime minister Yegor Gaidar, served as deputy governor in Russia's Kirov region in 2009-2011 and advised Moscow's deputy mayor in 2012-2013.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 17, A Yemeni government spokesman said that government troops are consolidating control of the southern port city of Aden, with only a few "terrorist pockets" of Shiite rebels remaining to be cleared out.
    (AP, 7/17/15)

2015        Jul 18, US commander of the Pacific Fleet joined a seven-hour surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea on board a P-8A Poseidon plane, one of America's newest spy planes.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 18, The crew of US Coast Guard cutter Stratton seized 16,000 pounds of cocaine off a semi-submarine in int’l. waters off the Pacific coast of Central America. Four men were taken into custody. 12,000 pounds were loaded onto the Stratton. The rest was lost as the smuggling vessel took on water sank in 13,000 feet of water.
    (SFC, 8/7/15, p.D4)
2015        Jul 18, In southern California firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire near the I-15 freeway as crews worked through the night to evacuate hundreds of nearby campers, including children.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In Iowa Donald Trump blustered his way into more trouble as he criticized US Sen. John McCain's war record at a conservative forum, overshadowing fellow presidential candidates promoting their credentials to evangelical Christians. "He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured," Trump said when the moderator described McCain as a war hero.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In New York Steven Romeo (55) of Southold crashed his pickup into a limousine killing 4 women and injuring several others on Long island. Romeo was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
    (SFC, 7/20/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 18, British-based organizations — Conflict Armament Research and Sahan Research — reported that Islamic State forces used chemical agents delivered through what appears to be locally manufactured shells to attack Iraqi peshmerga forces and Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), on June 21, 22 and 28.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In Burundi three candidates announced their withdrawal from the July 21 elections saying the presidential contest will not be free and fair.
    (SSFC, 7/19/15, p.A3)
2015        Jul 18, Chinese police shot dead one man and injured another during an apparent protest at a construction site in Luoyang city.
    (AFP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 18, Egypt’s military reportedly killed 59 militants during operations in the Sinai Peninsula. At least 7 government soldiers were killed.
    (AP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 18, Formula One driver Jules Bianchi (25) died in a French hospital from head injuries sustained in a crash at the Oct 5, 2014, Japanese Grand Prix.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In eastern India a stampede at a religious festival attended by tens of thousands of people left two women dead at the Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) in Puri, Orissa state. A building caved in late today in New Delhi killing at least 5 people.
    (AP, 7/18/15)(AP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 18, In Iraq a roadside bomb on a commercial street in Baghdad's Dora district killed 4 people and wounded seven. A roadside bomb on a commercial street in al-Rashidiya killed 3 people and wounded 11.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In Iraq and Syria US-led forces targeted Islamic State militants with 16 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria.
    (Reuters, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 18, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's support rate fell nearly 10 points to 37.7 percent in a poll released today, the first since his ruling bloc pushed forward legislation marking a dramatic shift in the nation's post-war defense policy.
    (Reuters, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In eastern Lebanon five Czech nationals and their Lebanese driver went missing at army checkpoint in the town of Kefraya.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In Mexico 11 men traveling in three vehicles on a dirt road were killed in a remote area of Durango when they were apparently ambushed by armed civilians.
    (AFP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 18, Niger’s army said 32 Boko Haram fighters were killed from July 15-17 during operations following the July 15 attack by "Boko Haram elements".
    (AFP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In the Philippines Andal Ampatuan Sr. (74), a former governor and one of the main suspects accused of ordering the killings of 58 people in the Philippines' worst massacre, died of a heart attack in a government hospital. He was on trial for the 2009 massacre and was brought to the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in early June, when he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, Saudi Arabia announced it has broken up planned Islamic State attacks in the kingdom and arrested 431 suspects in an anti-terrorism sweep.
    (AP, 7/18/15)(Reuters, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, A South Korean government spy was found dead in an apparent suicide alongside a note that seemed to comment on the recent revelation that the spy agency had acquired hacking programs capable of intercepting communications on cellphones and computers.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, Ukraine said 3 civilians have been killed by shelling by pro-Russian rebels in the separatist eastern regions. One government serviceman was also reported killed and four others wounded.
    (Reuters, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In Yemen local fighters and army forces wrested two military bases from Houthi forces overnight, building on a week of gains against the country's dominant faction. Islamic State in Yemen issued a statement and several photographs online claiming for the first time to have taken part in the clashes in Aden.
    (Reuters, 7/18/15)

2015        Jul 19, The family of Babar Ahmad, a British man who was last year sentenced by a US court to 12-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a website that supported the Taliban, said he has been released. His sentence included 10 years he had already served.
    (Reuters, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 19, In California 2 Spanish racers were killed in a chain-reaction crash on the first lap of a World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 19, In Ohio Univ. of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing (25) shot and killed motorist Samuel DuBose (43) after stopping him for a missing front license plate. On July 29 a murder charge was announced against Tensing.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 19, Argentina's conservative opposition party was expected to win today’s mayoral run-off election in Buenos Aires, retaining its power in the capital ahead of presidential voting later this year.
    (AP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 19, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Iran with an economic delegation, becoming the first high-ranking western politician to visit the country after it struck a nuclear deal with world powers.
    (Reuters, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 19, Beach lovers on the French Riviera expressed their anger over the imminent arrival of the Saudi royal family, who have ordered a long stretch of beach to be closed off to the public.
    (AFP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 19, Iraqi militants from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium near Ramadi, Anbar province. In recent months it was used as a military base for Iraqi security forces and allied militia groups. The IS group also ambushed a military unit near the city of Fallujah, killing the group's commander, Ali Ahmed, and 4 of his men.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 19, Libyan war planes sank one ship and attacked a second vessel near the eastern city of Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 19, The Marshall Islands, a small island country at high risk of climate change-induced sea level rise, vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a third within a decade.
    (AFP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 19, Five near-simultaneous explosions in Gaza targeted members of the armed branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad amid growing tensions between the Palestinian territory's rulers and extremist opponents.
    (AFP, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 19, The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists accused each other of shelling residential districts of separatist-held Donetsk overnight, the first attack on central parts of the city since a February ceasefire agreement. The Ukrainian military said one serviceman had been killed and seven wounded in separatist attacks in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 7/19/15)
2015        Jul 19, In Yemen the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi positions north of Aden and in Dar Saad killing at least 55 rebels. The death toll in Aden reached nearly 100.
    (AP, 7/19/15)(Reuters, 7/21/15)(SFC, 7/21/15, p.A2)

2015        Jul 20, The United States and Cuba quietly ushered in a new era of post-Cold War relations, formally restoring diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago and re-establishing embassies in each other’s capitals.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, Barack Obama welcomed Nigeria's freshly elected Pres. Muhammadu Buhari to the White House, lending a personal endorsement after the country's first ever democratic transition.
    (AFP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, Lockheed Martin agreed to buy Sikorsky, which makes the Black Hawk helicopter for the US Army, from United Technologies in a $9 billion deal.
    (www.wsj.com/articles/lockheed-agrees-to-buy-sikorsky-for-9-billion-1437392758)
2015        Jul 20, A NATO airstrike hit two Afghan military checkpoints in a restive province east of Kabul, killing 7 Afghan troops in what an Afghan official described as an accident due to bad coordination. President Ashraf Ghani expressed his "profound sorrow" over the tragedy and ordered an investigation into the killings.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, PM David Cameron set out a five-year strategy to tackle extremism in Britain, vowing to take on those responsible for radicalizing young British Muslims and demanding that internet companies do more to help.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking launched the biggest-ever search for intelligent life in the universe in a 10-year, $100-million (143-million-euro) project to scan the heavens. The Breakthrough Listen project was backed by Russian Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner.
    (AFP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, China's state media said Ling Jihua, former President Hu Jintao's top aide, has been stripped of his party membership, removed from all government positions, and will be criminally prosecuted on corruption charges.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, In eastern China an unemployed man suffering from a liver ailment blew himself up in an explosion that also killed one other person and injured 24 outside Huxi Park in Heze city, Shandong province.
    (AP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 20, In northern China the colliery at Hegang, Heilongjiang province, flooded trapping 15 miners with at least 4 killed. Investigators blamed the accident on a downpour. Six men were rescued on July 27 with five still trapped.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 20, Greece reopened its banks and started the process of paying off billions of euros owed to international creditors in the first signs of a return to normal after a deal to agree a new package of bailout reforms.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, In India Moni Orang (63), a mother of five, was seized from her home in the northeastern state of Assam after local priests said she was casting spells. Orang was dismembered and beheaded by machete-wielding villagers who accused her of practicing witchcraft. Seven people were soon arrested. Villagers the next day stormed the local police station to protest against the arrests.
    (AFP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 20, Iran and Germany moved tentatively towards reviving a once close trade relationship, anticipating the lifting of western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal as Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel made the first top level German government visit to Tehran in 13 years.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, Israel’s attorney general ordered a criminal investigation into excessive spending at his residences by PM Netanyahu.
    (SFC, 7/22/15, p.A3)
2015        Jul 20, Italy’s Foreign Ministry said four Italian construction workers working in Mellitah, Libya, have been kidnapped.
    (SFC, 7/21/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 20, In Japan about 10,000 spectators watched the purification rite at the annual Marine Day at the Hamaori Festival in Chigasaki. This also marked the arrival of summer in the Chigasaki region.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, Workers in Lithuania began dismantling the last Soviet statues in Vilnius, following calls prompted by the Ukraine crisis that symbols of the Soviet occupation be removed.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, Malaysia’s The Edge, which has a daily and a weekly business newspaper, ran extensive reports alleging Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho and PetroSaudi International had cheated Malaysia of $1.83 billion in cash through an aborted joint venture with 1MDB in 2009. On July 24 The Edge media group said the government will suspend its publishing permits for three months as of July 27, over the reports alleging fraud.
    (AP, 7/24/15)(SSFC, 7/26/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 20, In southern Nepal protesters clashed with police as the government tried to collect the public's suggestions on the draft of the country's long-overdue constitution. About 200 protesters from Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal scuffled with police at the national stadium and demanded that Nepal remain a Hindu nation.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, In northern Nigeria at least 2 people were killed by a car suicide bomb at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Damaturu, capital of Yobe state.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, In the northern Philippines New People's Army guerrillas fired on 11 army outposts and a police station in the northeastern provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon, sparking a clash that killed one of the insurgents.
    (AP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 20, In the southern Philippines a teenager who was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf gunmen in March escaped her captors when government troops discovered the militants' jungle hideout. Store cashier Ledejie Tomarong and two children had been snatched by at least six gunmen who failed to kidnap the teen's employer, a wealthy bakery owner, in Zamboanga del Sur province.
    (AP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 20, In Senegal the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands, had a chaotic beginning as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid protests by his supporters.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, A Syrian Kurdish militia said it was in near full control of the northeastern city of Hasaka, expanding its sway at the expense of the Damascus government in the wake of an Islamic State attack in the area.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, Activists said the Islamic State group is banning private internet access in its Syrian bastion Raqa, forcing residents and even its own fighters to use internet cafes where they can be monitored.
    (AFP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, In Turkey a suspected Islamic State suicide bomber killed 33 people, mostly young students, in an attack on the town of Suruc near the Syrian border. The students from the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations had been planning a trip to Kobani to build a library, plant a forest and build a playground. The bomber was later identified as Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoaz (20) from Adiyaman.
     (AP, 7/20/15)(AFP, 7/21/15)(AFP, 8/14/15)(Econ, 7/25/15, p.40)
2015        Jul 20, The United Arab Emirates announced new legislation aimed at combatting intolerance that outlaws actions which stoke religious hatred and discriminate based on religious or ethnic background.
    (AP, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, The United Nations Security Council endorsed a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose UN penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said markets and farms in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast and Ghana have been hit with the deadly H5N1 virus over the past six months.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)
2015        Jul 20, In Yemen a spokesman said local fighters and army units backed by the exiled government have taken control of Tawahi, the last district of central Aden still held by the Iran-allied Houthi militia and its allies.
    (AP, 7/20/15)

2015        Jul 21, Theodore Bikel (b.1924), actor, singer and activist, died in Los Angeles. His films included “The Defiant Ones" (1958) and “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" (1966). He played Tevye on stage in “Fiddler on the Roof" more than 2,000 times beginning in 1967.
    (SFC, 7/23/15, p.D4)
2015        Jul 21, E.L. Doctorow (84), one of America's most accomplished novelists of recent decades, died in New York. He was best known for his historical fiction such as such as "Ragtime" (1975) "Billy Bathgate" (1998) and "The March" (2006).
    (AFP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 21, Polls for Burundi’s presidential election opened to the news that 3 people had been killed overnight. On July 24 the election commission announced that President Pierre Nkurunziza won his controversial third consecutive term in office
    (AP, 7/21/15)(AFP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 21, In Cambodia a court in Phnom Penh sentenced 11 members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party to long prison terms after convicting them of insurrection in connection with the July 15, 2014 violent protest. Meach Sovannara, an opposition spokesman, was one of three defendants sentenced to 20 years in prison for leading the protest. Eight others received seven-year sentences for taking part.
    (AP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 21, A former chief librarian at a Chinese university admitted in court to stealing more than 140 paintings by grandmasters in a gallery under his watch and replacing them with fakes he painted himself. For two years up until 2006, Xiao Yuan substituted famous works including landscapes and calligraphies in a gallery within the library of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
    (AP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 21, In the Czech Rep. a high speed train hit a truck at a rail crossing in the eastern town of Studenka as it was traveling from Bohumin to the western spa of Frantiskovy Lazne. 2 people were killed and a 3rd died of injuries the next day.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 21, Khalil Hizran, a Swede of Palestinian descent, was arrested after flying into Tel Aviv, and confessed under interrogation to working for Hezbollah. On August 9 Hizran was indicted on three criminal counts.
    (Reuters, 8/9/15)
2015        Jul 21, Japan-based Toshiba Corp. acknowledged a systematic cover-up, which began in 2008. Toshiba's CEO and eight other executives resigned to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 152 billion yen ($1.2 billion) over several years.
    (AP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 21, In Lebanon garbage piled up on the streets of Beirut amid a growing dispute over the country’s largest trash dump, picketed by residents as it should have closed permanently days earlier.
    (AP, 7/21/15)   
2015        Jul 21, In Moldova the Democratic Party, the Liberal-Democratic Party and the Liberal Party, which together hold 55 out of 101 seats in Parliament, reached an agreement at midnight to form a ruling coalition that will demonstrate the country's commitment to moving closer to the European Union.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 21, A Myanmar court fined two editors of a weekly newspaper 1 million kyat ($809) each after finding them guilty of violating the country's media law by insulting the president.
    (AP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 21, In Somalia Ugandan troops with AMISOM, which fights alongside Somali government forces against the Shebab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, massacred 6 men in "cold blood" at a wedding after a bomb attack. Three AMISOM soldiers were later indicted for their role in the killings.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Jul 21, In northern Syria a missile attack on a rebel-held neighborhood in the city of Aleppo reportedly killed at least 18 people and wounded many others. At least 7 people were reported killed in the shelling by the Army of Conquest alliance on the regime-held villages of Fuaa and Kafraya over the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 7/21/15)
2015        Jul 21, Yemeni fighters backed by Saudi-led air strikes battled to take back northern suburbs of Aden from Houthi opponents, a day after completing their capture of the center of the strategic port city. The UN said that over 3,600 people have died during the almost four months of air raids and civil war in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 7/21/15)

  2015        Jul 22, The Obama administration issued permits with conditions clearing the way for Royal Dutch PLC to begin limited exploratory drilling in Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast.
    (SFC, 7/23/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 22, Police and media reports said US and Israeli authorities have arrested four men in two separate fraud schemes and who are said to be linked to last year's massive hack of computers at JPMorgan Chase. Court documents in the stock scam say Joshua Samuel Aaron, Gery Shalon, and Ziv Orenstein gained millions of dollars in their operations to artificially pump up the prices of small stocks and cash in while other investors lost heavily. In the other case, Anthony Murgio and Yuri Lebedev allegedly used a front company and a licensed credit union to hide an operation to transfer large sums of money using the crypto-currency Bitcoin.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, The MacArthur Foundation, a prominent American non-governmental organization that has operated in Russia for more than two decades, announced it was leaving Russia because of the government's crackdown on foreign groups. The group, which has worked in Russia since 1992, says it has awarded more than $173 million in grants here.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, In the San Francisco Bay Area Hayward police Sgt. Scott Lunger (48) was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop. Suspect Mark Anthony Estrada (21) was soon arrested as he showed up at a hospital with gunshot wounds.
    (SFC, 7/23/15, p.A1)
2015        Jul 22, Researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association Int’l. Conference in Washington, DC, announced that an antibody called solanezumab appeared to slow the progress of the disease.
    (Econ, 7/25/15, p.63)
2015        Jul 22, In northern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a market crowded with shoppers, killing at least 19 people and wounding 38 amid other Taliban assaults in Faryab province.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, A supporter of Burundi's opposition was shot dead, a victim of electoral violence as the country awaits results of the presidential election amid unrest due to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Cameroon twin suicide bombings by two young girls killed at least 22 people in a market in Maroua. Boko Haram was blamed.
    (AP, 7/23/15)(AFP, 7/24/15)(SFC, 7/24/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 22, Chinese artist and social critic Ai Weiwei received his passport back after it was seized by authorities in 2011 in apparent retaliation for his social and political activism.
    (SFC, 7/23/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 22, Former Egyptian PM Ahmed Nazif, who served under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, was sentenced to five years in jail on graft charges in a retrial.
    (Reuters, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Egypt at least 21 people celebrating an engagement were killed on the Nile north of Cairo late today when a cargo ship hit their chartered boat. The death toll soon rose to 36.
    (AFP, 7/23/15)(AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Egypt Tomislav Salopek (30) of Croatia was captured in Cairo by Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Indonesia eruptions of ash at five volcanoes shrouded the skies over parts of the archipelago, forcing three airports to close.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Iran said it will not accept any extension of sanctions beyond 10 years, in the latest attempt by its pragmatist government to sell a nuclear deal with world powers to skeptical hardliners.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Iraq two car bombings in a mainly Shi'ite Muslim district of Baghdad killed at least 26 people. IS militants the next day claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 7/23/15)(SFC, 7/23/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 22, In Israel Mohammed Ahmed Alauna (21), a Palestinian man, died after he was shot by Israeli troops during a clash near the town of Jenin.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Italian police seized assets worth 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) and issued 41 arrest warrants in raids on gambling companies in Italy and abroad run by the 'Ndrangheta mafia organization.
    (Reuters, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Italian police arrested two men suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and plotting to carry out attacks in the country.
    (AFP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Japan an outside director of Mitsubishi Materials said that the company hopes to apologize to former British, Dutch and Australian World War II POWs, and also reach an amicable agreement with Chinese forced laborers, following a landmark apology to American POWs earlier this week.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for today’s assassination of two Turkish police officers in what they said was retaliation for the July 20 suspected Islamic State suicide bombing which killed 32 mostly young students.
    (Reuters, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Maldives’ President Yameen Abdul Gayoom appointed Ahmed Adeeb, his trusted tourism minister, as vice president. Parliament ousted his former deputy on negligence charges a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Mexican government data showed a poverty rate increase to 46.2% compared to 45.5% in 2012. This meant that 55 million of the country’s nearly 120 million people live in poverty.
    (SSFC, 7/26/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 22, In Mexico 7 corpses, including some with signs of torture and a decapitated body, were discovered in the southern state of Guerrero. One of the dead was a member of a local Guerrero drug cartel, Reds.
    (AFP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 22, A court in northern Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison after convicting them of illegal logging in a case that has already strained relations with Beijing.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Nigeria bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram killed 37 people at bus stations in Gombe. President Muhammadu Buhari warned that the US refusal to sell his country strategic weapons is "aiding and abetting" the Islamic extremist group.
    (AP, 7/23/15)(Reuters, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 22, Pakistan's military deployed helicopters and boats to evacuate flood victims in and around the city of Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where monsoon rains and flash floods washed away several villages this week. So far, 3 people have died while 285,000 have been affected by the floods.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Philippine authorities said that 155 foreigners, mostly Chinese, face deportation after being arrested for working in the country illegally.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Portugal lawmakers in the center-right government coalition used their majority to amend the 2007 law that granted abortion on demand up to the 10th week of pregnancy. Women seeking an abortion in Portugal will now have to pay for the procedure and attend mandatory prior counselling.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 22, Federal authorities in the US territory of Puerto Rico began serving more than 100 arrest warrants on drug trafficking and weapon charges.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, In Belgrade leaders of former Balkan foes Serbia and Bosnia pledged to boost fragile post-war ties shaken earlier this month on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Romania's Pres. Klaus Iohannis signed into law legislation that punishes Holocaust denial and the promotion of the fascist Legionnaires' Movement with prison sentences of up to three years.
    (AP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, Ugandan rebel leader Jamil Mukulu, accused of killing hundreds of civilians, was charged in court with crimes against humanity and mass murder. Mukulu, leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was arrested in neighboring Tanzania in April, before being extradited to Uganda earlier this month.
    (AFP, 7/22/15)
2015        Jul 22, The United Arab Emirates said it is ending gas price subsidies effective Aug 1. Current prices were about $1.78 per gallon.
    (SSFC, 7/26/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 22, In Yemen a Saudi military plane loaded with arms for fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed president landed at Aden airport, the first flight to reach the embattled port city in four months.
    (Reuters, 7/22/15)

2015        Jul 23, US defense officials said that Turkey has agreed to allow manned US planes to stage air strikes against Islamic State militants from an air base at Incirlik, close to the Syrian border. US drones are already launched from the base.
    (Reuters, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 23, In Louisiana John Russell Houser (59), sitting in a packed movie theater, stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck"  and began firing into the crowd, killing two and wounding at least nine others before fatally shooting himself at the Grand 16 theater in Lafayette.
    (AFP, 7/24/15)(SSFC, 7/26/15, p.A10)
2015        Jul 23, Oklahoma police found 5 members of the Bever family either dead or dying and a girl (13) stabbed but alive near the front door of a home in Broken Arrow. Brothers Michael (16) and Robert Bever (18) were taken into custody. Both faced trial as adults.
    (SFC, 7/24/15, p.A11)(SFC, 7/25/15, p.A4)(SFC, 10/13/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 23, Astronomers reported the discovery an Earth-like planet some 1,400 light-years away. Signals from the Kepler spacecraft indicated that Kepler-452b orbited around a star believed to be about 4.6 billion years old.
    (SFC, 7/24/15, p.A8)
2015        Jul 23, In Belgium the center-right government of PM Charles Michel pushed through a tax shift to lighten the cost of labor for businesses and offset it with taxes on energy, alcohol and tobacco. After all-night negotiations that stretched into today, the Michel government announced it would balance the budget by 2018.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, Belgium arrested two former detainees of Guantanamo prison on charges of terrorism, saying the men are suspected of seeking recruits to fight in Syria.
    (Reuters, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 23, Brazil's government said the jobless rate in Latin America's largest country rose for the sixth straight month in June.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, In England Simon Reynolds (50) was absent from the court in Sheffield as a jury returned a verdict of four counts of theft. The Church of England priest was convicted of pocketing around 24,000 pounds ($37,000) of church funds. Reynolds turned himself in to police on July 27. On July 28 a judge jailed Reynolds for two years and eight months for pocketing church funds.
    (AP, 7/24/15)(AFP, 7/27/15)(AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 23, Pearson PLC, the owner of the Financial Times, said it has agreed to sell FT Group to Nikkei Inc. for 844 million pounds ($1.3 billion), payable in cash.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, In Cameroon the governor of the East Region chaired a security meeting that included Muslim clerics where he "announced the ban of a full veil or burqa.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 23, In Congo DRC Ugandan ADF rebels killed 3 women and burned down four buildings in the village of Mayi-Moya, North Kivu province.
    (AFP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 23, In the Czech Rep. a Prague court convicted David Rath, a former prominent member of the ruling Social Democrats, of corruption and sentenced him to eight and a half years in prison.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, In Egypt’s northern Sinai one officer and 3 soldiers died when their armored vehicle hit the bomb in Rafah. Clashes with militants then ensued, killing a fifth soldier.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, The European Union launched an antitrust case against six major US movie studios and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK, in a move that could profoundly shake up the highly lucrative pay-television market in Europe.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, Angry French farmers blocked the Mont Saint-Michel causeway and highways leading to the Alps to denounce low milk and meat prices.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, Amnesty Int’l. said Iran has executed 694 people between January 1 and July 15. Iran officially acknowledged only 246 executions in the same period.
    (SFC, 7/24/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 23, In Mexico 4 children were among 7 people from the same family killed in a devastating lightning strike in the town of Mesa Cuata, Guanajuato state.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 23, A Palestinian man, Falah Abu Maria, (53) was killed during a clash between Palestinians and Israeli troops in the West Bank.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, Reconstruction began on the first homes in Gaza since the war with Israel last summer destroyed some 11,900 homes and damaged some 140,000 dwellings.
    (SFC, 7/24/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 23, In Poland hundreds of police, firefighters and other uniformed workers picketed the main government building to demand higher pay and modernization of their sectors. The Interior Ministry said pay rises are planned for January.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, In Poland a bus traveling from Ukraine to Warsaw crashed, killing 5 people and injuring more than two dozen others.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, Romanian police detained Gabriel Berca, a former interior minister (2012), on charges of illegally receiving 185,000 euros ($203,000) from a businessman.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, A Soyuz space capsule carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese docked smoothly with the International Space Station.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, Spain raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16 to boost protection of minors and bring the country in line with its EU neighbors.
    (AP, 7/23/15)
2015        Jul 23, In Tunisia one militant was killed and 16 others arrested in a late-night operation that foiled a planned attack.
    (AFP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 23, In Turkey suspected Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from inside Syrian territory, killing a Turkish soldier and wounding two others. 5 members of Islamic State were also killed during the exchange of fire.
    (AP, 7/23/15)(Reuters, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 23, Yemeni troops and local militias, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, seized full control of the strategic port city of Aden after repelling Shiite rebels from their last holdout in this southern city and pushed to solidify their gains.
    (AP, 7/23/15)

2015        Jul 24, US President Barack Obama arrived in his ancestral homeland Kenya.
    (AFP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, Animal rights activists Joseph Buddenberg (31) and Nicole Kissane (28) of Oakland, Ca., were arrested for allegedly driving more than 40,000 miles across the country to save hides of 5,000 mink destined to become furs.
    (SFC, 7/25/15, p.C1)
2015        Jul 24, In Florida Perry Cohen (14) and Austin Stephanos (14) went missing after setting out on a fishing trip. Their capsized boat was found on July 26.
    (SFC, 8/1/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 24, It was reported that Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion creating the nation’s largest health insurance.
    (SFC, 7/25/15, p.D1)
2015        Jul 24, Armenian army units reportedly shelled Azerbaijani positions at the Karabakh frontline and the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border. One Azeri serviceman was killed in the crossfire. Armenia denied that it had sustained any casualties and accused Azerbaijan of violating a 1994 ceasefire.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 24, Khadija Ismayilova (39), a top Azerbaijani investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner, went on trial on charges she denounced as politically motivated. She has accused the country's president of corruption and was charged with inciting a former colleague to commit suicide, tax evasion and embezzlement.
    (AFP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, Mining groups Anglo American and Lonmin announced plans to cut their headcounts by a combined 12,000 staff owing to falling metals prices in a weak global economy. Lonmin, the world's third largest platinum producer, said it would cut 6,000 jobs in South Africa.
    (AFP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, Cambodia's Senate approved tight restrictions on non-governmental organizations, rejecting appeals from rights groups that say the law could be used for political repression.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, In Chile mining contractor Nelson Quichillao was shot dead after clashing with police during protests by workers employed by service contractors at the state-run copper giant Codelco.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, Prominent exiled Chinese dissident Wu'er Kaixi announced his candidacy for a seat in Taiwan's parliament, saying he wants to serve as a check on the ruling Nationalist Party and help shore up the island's global status.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, France’s Constitutional Council approved a law giving its intelligence services sweeping new spying abilities.
    (SFC, 7/25/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 24, Gambia released more than 200 prisoners, including 31 jailed for treason during multiple plots to overthrow long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 24, In Germany 49 countries reached a deal to cut tariffs on around 200 technology products. The WTO said major economies reached a tentative accord that caps three years of talks. details of the deal should be finalized by December.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, Jairo Orellana, a suspected Guatemalan drug kingpin with ties to the violent Mexican cartel Los Zetas, was extradited to the United States to face trial for conspiring to traffic narcotics.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 24, Residents in a chic Rome suburb and a northern Italian village staged angry anti-immigrant protests, with villagers setting mattresses ablaze in a bid to stop authorities from housing migrants. Italy was hosting more than 80,000 migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean fleeing war, persecution or poverty in the Middle East and Africa.
    (AFP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 24, In Italy at least 7 people died in an explosion at the Bruscella fireworks factory in Modugno on the Adriatic coast.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram militants attacked the villages of Kopa, Maikadiri and Yaffa in southern Borno state. At least 21 people were killed in Maikadiri and 4 more in Yaffa.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 24, In Pakistan aid agencies said flash flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 28 and affected hundreds of thousands of people, with further downpours expected in the coming days.
    (Reuters, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, Moscow's highest court sentenced Ilya Goryachev (33), a leader of a militant neo-Nazi group, to life in prison after he was convicted of ordering five brutal killings, including that of a prominent human rights lawyer.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, A Romanian court sentenced Alexandru Visinescu (89), a Stalinist-era political prison commander, to 20 years in jail for murder, the first such ruling against a prison head since the collapse of the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989. Visinescu commanded the jail on the outskirts of the small town of Ramnicu Sarat between 1956 and 1963.
    (Reuters, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, South Korea’s National Assembly passed an amended criminal procedure law, removing a 25-year statute of limitations on first-degree murder.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 24, Syria's two main political opposition groups, long at odds, announced that they have agreed on a "roadmap" to end their country's long-running civil war, starting with establishment of a transitional governing body.
    (AP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, Thailand said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the plight of desperate Myanmar and Bangladesh migrants stranded at sea triggered an international outcry over the grim trade.
    (AFP, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants at home. Police rounded up nearly 300 people in raids against suspected Islamic State and Kurdish militants.
    (Reuters, 7/24/15)
2015        Jul 24, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed more than 120 civilians and wounded more than 150 after shelling a residential area in the Taiz province.
    (AP, 7/24/15)     

2015        Jul 25, In Afghanistan Meya Hassian Adel, a respected tribal elder and former head of the provincial council in Kunar, was killed by gunmen in eastern Kunar province. At least 11 people were wounded after a bomb attached to a motorbike detonated near a police station in northern Takhar province. In eastern Nangarhar province, two civilians and two policemen were wounded when a bomb exploded in Jalalabad.
    (AP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In northeastern Afghanistan the Taliban took control of the Tirgaran police base in Badakhshan province after some 100 police and border guards surrendered and joined the insurgents following three days of fighting. Elsewhere in Badakhshan heavy rains left at least 6 people, including women and children, dead in Kofab district. In northern Baghlan province 11 people were kidnapped after gunmen stopped their vehicle in Dahna-i Ghori district.   
    (AP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 25, Britain lifted an official warning against all but essential travel to Iran, citing "decreased hostility" in the wake of a landmark nuclear deal.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, Burundi's main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa denounced the third consecutive term win by President Pierre Nkurunziza and demanded fresh elections.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In northern Cameroon a 12-year-old girl blew herself, killing at least 20 people and wounding 79 others this evening in the Pont Vert neighborhood in Maroua.
    (AP, 7/25/15)(AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 25, A court in northeast China sentenced five people to prison for spreading the teachings of Quannengshen, a banned religious group that's been linked to a killing of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant last year.
    (AP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered a halt to air strikes against FARC rebels, giving a major boost to stop-start peace talks.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 25, In Egypt the first cargo ships passed through the New Suez Canal in a test-run before it opens next month. Construction of another canal near the East Port Said port on the Mediterranean Sea would begin as soon as the New Suez Canal had been inaugurated on August 6.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In Egypt a sniper killed a police conscript on the grounds of a police station in the restive northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid.
    (AP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In northern Iraq at least 12 people were killed when two suicide bombers attacked a crowded swimming pool in Tuz Khurmatu. Most of the victims were Shi'ites from the country's ethnic Turkmen minority.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In Iraq five US military air strikes in the Ramadi area destroyed IS positions and vehicles.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 25, The Italian coastguard said more than 1,200 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, arrived in Sicily, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In Kenya President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to work more closely in the battle against Somalia's Islamist group al Shabaab, but chided his host on gay rights and said no African state should discriminate over sexuality. Obama commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for his commitment to rooting out corruption in the east African state.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In southern Lebanon Talal al-Urduni, a senior security official with the mainstream Palestinian Fatah movement, died in a hail of gunfire along with his bodyguard after they were intercepted by gunmen near the Nidaa hospital in a neighborhood of the camp.
    (AP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In central Nigeria 8 people were killed and some 100 treated in hospital after inhaling chlorine gas following an explosion at a water treatment plant in Jos.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In northwest Pakistan a magnitude-5.1 quake rocked Islamabad and elsewhere early today killing 3 people.
    (AP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In northern Pakistan heavy monsoon rains lashed an already-deluged area before dawn, as rescuers found the bodies of another 24 people killed by the flooding inundating parts of the country. On July 27 the death toll was raised to 81.
    (AP, 7/25/15)(AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 25, The military wing of Hamas opened its Gaza summer camp, aimed at providing basic combat training for 25,000 Palestinians in the embattled strip.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in France for a Riviera beach holiday at the family's seafront villa in Vallauris, bringing with him no fewer than 1,000 people from his entourage.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, Saudi-led coalition forces announced a five-day humanitarian ceasefire would take effect starting July 26 evening at the request of exiled president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Southern secessionist forces allied to a Saudi-led coalition captured Houthi military commander Abdul-Khaliq al-Houthi.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)(Reuters, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 25, In Somalia gunmen sprayed the car of MP Abdulahi Hussein Mohamud with gunfire as he traveled through a southern district of Mogadishu, killing him, his two guards and the driver.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 25, Syria's President Bashar Assad granted a general amnesty for army deserters and draft dodgers. The decree stipulated that deserters must turn themselves within two months to benefit from the amnesty. Rebel rocket fire on a government-held area of Aleppo killed 5 children, four of them brothers.
    (AP, 7/25/15)(AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 25, In Syria the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) advanced in Hasakeh city against IS and at the expense of the regime. The YPG was now said to control 70 percent of Hasakeh city, the IS 10 percent and the regime 20 percent. Islamic State militants detonated explosive laden trucks in two villages near the Kurdish-controlled border town of Tel Abyad, with reports of casualties.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)(Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, In southern Thailand a Buddhist monk and a policeman were killed and six other people wounded in a bomb attack by suspected Muslim insurgents in Pattani province.
    (AP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, Tunisia's parliament overwhelmingly approved legislation allowing the death penalty for those convicted on terrorism charges after Islamist militant attacks that killed dozens of foreign visitors in the past few months.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, Turkish fighter jets and ground forces hit Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq overnight, in a campaign Ankara said would help create a "safe zone" across swathes of northern Syria. Kurdish militants said the conditions for maintaining a ceasefire with Turkey were no longer in place, after Turkish warplanes bombed their stronghold in northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 7/25/15)(AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 25, Ukraine's border guards detained two people including a Russian officer who was driving a truck packed with weapons including rocket-propelled grenades at a checkpoint about 30 km (19 miles) south of Donetsk.
    (AP, 7/26/15)

2015        Jul 26, President Barack Obama arrived in Ethiopia, the first time a sitting US president has been to this East African country.
    (AP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, In San Francisco some 25,000 people took part in the city’s 38th marathon.
    (SFC, 7/27/15, p.A1)
2015        Jul 26, In Santa Cruz, Ca., Madyson Middleton (8) disappeared. Her body was found the next day in a trash bin at the apartment complex where she lived. Adrian Jerry Gonzalez (15) was soon taken into custody.
    (SFC, 7/28/15, p.A1)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.D1)
2015        Jul 26, In northern Afghanistan a shootout at a wedding party left 21 people dead and eight wounded in Baghlan province. In northern Sari Pul province, a local police commander and seven of his men surrendered to the Taliban in Kohistanat district.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 26, Australian nurse Adam Brookman (39) was charged with terrorism offences for allegedly supporting the Islamic State group in Syria. He had voluntarily returned home from the war-torn country on July 24. Brookman told Fairfax Media in an interview in the past week he carried out humanitarian work in Syria and was forced to join the jihadist group after being injured and sent to IS-controlled territory.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, Britain’s deputy speaker of the House of Lords, John Sewel (69), resigned his position after publication of photos and a video allegedly showing him using cocaine with prostitutes. He remained a member of the House of Lords. On July 28 Sewel terminated his membership in the House of Lords
    (AP, 7/26/15)(AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 26, In Cameroon 3 villagers were beheaded during a raid in Cameroon by Boko Haram jihadist fighters from neighboring Nigeria.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 26, In Egypt a roadside bombing in the Sinai Peninsula wounded 18 police conscripts. The Egyptian Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, French police searched for the driver of a car that smashed through a security barrier in central Paris near the finish line of cycling's Tour de France. Witnesses saw two men and two women leaving the bullet-ridden car. Two people soon surrendered including a woman injured in the crash.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)(AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 26, French police discovered nearly six tons of cannabis resin, known as hashish, in a villa in the southern city of Marseille and arrested three men.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 26, In eastern France 433 hot air balloons lifted off from fChambley-Bussieres air base and soared straight into the record books. The previous record was set at the same spot in 2013 when 391 balloons went up.
    (AP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, Iraqi government forces recaptured Anbar University campus on the outskirts of Ramadi from the Islamic State group, seizing a key position for any offensive to retake the city.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, In Japan a small plane crashed into a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo, killing the pilot, a passenger and a woman on the ground. Three people were pulled alive from the wreckage.
    (AP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, In Kenya US President Barack Obama ended his visit saying Kenyans need deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion based on gender or ethnicity.
    (Reuters, 7/26/15)(AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, In Lebanon trash collection resumed in Beirut after an almost week-long crisis that has seen streets overflowing with waste and the air filled with the smell of rotting garbage.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, In northern Mexico eight men from the same family, including two minors, were kidnapped. One person managed to escape and alerted authorities. Their decapitated bodies were found on July 28-29 near Casa Quemada, Chihuahua state.
    (AFP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 26, Police in Myanmar's seized more than 26 million stimulant tablets after an inspection of a parked vehicle in Yangon's northern suburbs, in what appeared to be the country's biggest such seizure ever. The pills, identified by police as amphetamine hydrochloride, had an estimated street value of over $100 million.
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 26, In northeastern Nigeria a blast set off by a female suicide bomber tore through a crowded market in the city of Damaturu, killing at least 15 people.
    (Reuters, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, In Pakistan gunmen killed Iqbal Baig, a local employee of the US Embassy in Islamabad. A motive for the attack was unclear. He worked for the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
    (AP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, Saudi Arabian gas prices were reported to be about 60 cents per gallon.
    (SSFC, 7/26/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 26, In Somalia at least 15 people were killed when al Shabaab Islamist militants drove a car packed with explosives at the gate of the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 7/26/15)(AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 26, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public address in a year, vowed to win his country's long-running civil war while acknowledging his troops had lost territory because of a shortage of manpower.
    (AP, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, In Turkey an overnight car bomb and roadside explosives hit a passing military vehicle on a highway near Diyarbakir. Kurdish militants then opened fire with long-range rifles killing 2 soldiers, At least six people were detained in the attack.
    (Reuters, 7/26/15)
2015        Jul 26, Yemeni forces allied with a Saudi-led coalition fought Houthi militia for control of the country's largest air base north of Aden. Residents said forces of the so-called Southern Resistance, a secessionist movement allied with the coalition, had taken and Sabr, a northern district of Aden. The residents reported 25 Houthis and 10 Southern Resistance fighters had been killed. A bomb exploded underneath a passenger bus in Sanaa, killing 3 people and wounding five.
    (Reuters, 7/26/15)

2015        Jul 27, A senior US official said United States and Turkey have agreed to work together to clear the Islamic State group from northern Syria.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, The US State Department took Malaysia and Cuba off its “tier 3" list of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the US open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report. South Sudan, Burundi, Belize, Belarus and Comoros were downgraded to Tier 3, where Thailand remained for a second year.
    (AP, 7/27/15)(Reuters, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, A US federal judge in New Orleans ordered BP to begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other damages for the company’s 2010 oil spill. The judge said all payment s must be made within 30 days.
    (SFC, 7/28/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 27, In New Jersey ATM employees forgot a bag of $150,000 outside a business in Mahwah. On July 29 police arrested Alton Harvey (42), who purchased a new Chevrolet Tahoe with money from the bag of cash just hours after it was left behind. Suspect Jamar Bludson (35) was reported arrested on Aug 13.
    (SFC, 8/1/15, p.A4)(SFC, 8/13/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 27, Delta said it will pay $450 million to buy a stake in China Eastern Airlines as the Atlanta-based airline seeks to expand into China's fast-growing travel industry.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, launched in 2013, heard that the local Jehovah's Witnesses Church failed to report to police more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse going back more than 60 years.
    (Reuters, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, The Bosnian government adopted a plan of reforms in a crucial step forward on the country's EU integration path. The plan addresses socio-economic issues and aims to decrease the 40 percent unemployment rate in the country.
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 27, In El Salvador street gangs called for a public transport boycott, ordering bus drivers to stay off the roads. They killed five defiant drivers that day and another a day earlier. A 7th driver was killed July 29 for defying their campaign and force the government to recognize the feared gangs. On July 28 police captured a suspected leader of a gang called Barrio 18.
    (AFP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 27, In Ethiopia US President Barack Obama praised the country for its fight against Shebab militants in Somalia, but also challenged Addis Ababa on its democratic record.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, EU foreign ministers formally approved the launch of the first phase of a military operation to target people smugglers in the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 27, French farmers angry over low prices turned back hundreds of trucks at the German border, looking for cargos of foreign meat and milk products.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Indian forces fought an extended gunbattle with militants who attacked a moving bus and stormed into the Dina Nagar police station at the Pakistan border in Gurdaspur, Punjab state. 3 civilians and 4 policemen were killed in the violence. All 3 attackers were killed in the 12-hour fight.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Gurdaspur_attack)(AP, 7/27/15)(SFC, 7/28/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 27, Israeli police said Palestinian Mohammed Abu Latifa (19), wanted on suspicion of planning a militant attack, fell to his death from a rooftop as he fled from police in the occupied West Bank. A witness said Latifa was shot dead and had not fallen off the roof.
    (Reuters, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said it is purchasing Dublin-based Allergan PLC's generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5 billion, in what Israeli analysts called the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, In Laos a Soviet-made Mi-7 Lao military helicopter missing with 23 people on board. Search teams located the crash site on July 29.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 27, A Malawian official said hundreds of Mozambicans have fled into the neighboring country following fighting between the government and opposition fighters.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Myanmar’s state-run Kyemon daily reported that recent flooding due to heavy rains falling in the northwest has killed at least 14 people.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 men in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad. This included 4 fishermen in Bundaram, 2 in Fishdam and 4 in Kwatar Mali.
    (AFP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 27, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a police convoy, killing 2 officers and a woman passer-by in the southwestern city of Quetta. Police fired back and killed one of the attackers and wounded the other who escaped.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Peruvian soldiers rescued 26 children, 10 women and 3 men whom they said had been held as slaves for up to 30 years by Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path).
    (Econ, 8/1/15, p.33)
2015        Jul 27, In South Sudan soldiers believed to be with the South Sudanese army and allied militia stole relief supplies and killed 7 people in an attack on a rebel-part of Unity state. The attack on Dablual village forced some 35,000 civilians to flee into the bush.
    (SFC, 7/31/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 27, Syrian journalist Thaer al-Ajlani, working for pro-government media, was killed early today as he was reporting on clashes in the Jobar area of east Damascus.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, In northern Syria the YPG made further gains against Islamic State, capturing a town near the Euphrates River after a month-long offensive aimed at cutting their supply lines. Kurdish fighters in northern Syria accused the Turkish army of shelling their positions.
    (Reuters, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, In Turkey a gendarmerie major in the eastern province of Mus died after being shot by suspected PKK militants. In the nearby province of Van a military unit came under fire.
    (Reuters, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 27, Yemeni military sources Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit positions of pro-government forces in south Yemen by mistake, killing 12 people on the first day of a humanitarian truce.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)

2015        Jul 28, Lawyers for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard said the US has granted his parole and that he will be released in November. Pollard was arrested in 1985 for spying for Israel.
    (SFC, 7/29/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 28, Scientists and tech experts, including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, warned of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, In Bahrain a bomb killed 2 policemen and the explosives resembled some seized at the weekend that the government say were smuggled in from Iran. Several suspects were soon arrested. On August 13 Bahrain's chief of police said five suspects with links to Iran have been arrested in connection with a bombing.
    (AP, 7/28/15)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A2)(AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Jul 28, In Ethiopia US President Barack Obama said that Ethiopia "cannot unleash the full potential of its people" if it jails journalists and restricts legitimate opposition groups. In a speech at the African Union, Obama also said Central African Republic leaders needed to commit to inclusive elections and a peaceful transition of power.
    (Reuters, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, French archaeologists said two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave at Tautavel in southwestern France, the oldest human body part ever discovered in the country.
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, In Germany the 14th annual Maccabi Games, Europe’s largest Jewish sporting event, opened in Berlin.
    (Econ, 8/1/15, p.48)
2015        Jul 28, Iran and the European Union said they have agreed to start talks on issues including confronting terrorism.
    (Reuters, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, Japan approved an increase in compensation payments for the Fukushima crisis to 7.07 trillion yen ($57.18 billion), as tens of thousands of evacuees remain in temporary housing more than four years after the disaster.
    (Reuters, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, Twelve Jordanians were sentenced to jail terms of up to 15 years for their involvement in a cell recruiting members for the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. Four of the twelve were sentenced in absentia.
    (AFP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, Kenyan rangers found the carcasses of 5 elephants killed overnight with their tusks hacked off in Tsavo West National Park.
    (SFC, 7/31/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 28, Kuwait National Petroleum Co said it has awarded four contracts worth $11.5 billion (10.5 billion euros) to international consortia to build a 615,000 barrel per day refinery.
    (AFP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, A court in Libya sentenced Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, a son of Moammar Gadhafi, to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 civil war. A militia in western Libya has refused to hand him over to the government for the past four years.
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, In Libya 3 soldiers were killed and 11 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in central Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, Malaysian premier Najib Razak sacked his deputy premier and attorney general in a cabinet reshuffle widely seen as an attempt to strengthen his hold on power as he battles corruption allegations.
    (AFP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, Romania’s the anti-corruption agency said that 61 homes and offices were searched in Bucharest and in the northwest Transylvania region for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs.
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, In Russia Igor Kalyapin, head of the Committee against Torture, told reporters that the organization will be "liquidated" this week because they refuse to comply with the law and thus admit that they "work for a foreign benefactor." Kalyapin said they have set up a new head office that won't accept foreign funding, thus being able to dodge the listing of "foreign agent."
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, A Saudi lawman was killed and two others were wounded during an attack in a Shiite-dominated area of Eastern Province. Two suspects were arrested after the patrol came under fire in al-Jesh village of Qatif district.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 28, South Korea said it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said it was impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish militants and urged parliament to strip politicians with links to them of immunity from prosecution.
    (Reuters, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, In Yemen Saudi-led warplanes resumed raids on rebels, who clashed with loyalists. Air strikes targeted rebels north of Aden, rebels in nearby Lahj province and a rebel convoy near Sabr. Other raids hit a building occupied by insurgents in Jaawala. An overnight strike hit rebels in Marib east of Sanaa.
    (AFP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 28, The UN said the civilian death toll from four months of fighting in Yemen has risen to nearly 1,900, with at least 202 people killed over the past 12 days.
    (AP, 7/28/15)

2015        Jul 29, In Ohio a drone dropped a package of drugs onto a prison yard at Mansfield Correctional Institution. The drop sparked a fight amongst inmates.
    (SFC, 8/5/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 29, In Pennsylvania US Rep. Chaka Fattah (58) was indicted with four associates in a racketeering case stemming from the alleged misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of dollars after a failed 2007 run for mayor of Philadelphia.
    (SFC, 7/30/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 29, Microsoft debuted Windows 10.
    (SFC, 7/30/15, p.C2)
2015        Jul 29, The Afghanistan government said Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, had died in April, 2013, in Pakistan. The Afghan Taliban appointed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency.
    (Reuters, 7/29/15)(Reuters, 7/30/15)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 29, In Australia Leonard John Warwick (68) was arrested for a 1980-1984 series of bombings and shootings in Sydney left four people dead. Warwick, a former firefighter, had an extended dispute in the Family Court with his estranged wife over the custody of their infant daughter in the early 1980s.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, Hundreds of Chileans took to the streets of affluent Santiago neighborhoods, clanging kitchenware and waving banners to protest what they say is an explosion in crime. Statistics indicated that crime has, in fact, fallen in the past year.
    (Reuters, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 29, Croatian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from a border arbitration with Slovenia, dealing a further blow to efforts to resolve a longstanding dispute.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, In France one man died as overwhelmed authorities for a 2nd night fought off some 2,000 desperate attempts by migrants to enter England through the Channel Tunnel, prompting France to beef up its police presence.
    (AFP, 7/29/15)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A4)
2015        Jul 29, German police began finding some 400 kg (880 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside shipments of bananas sent to supermarkets across the north and west of the country.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 29, In Iraq back-to-back suicide attacks targeting Iraqi security forces near the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi killed at least 12 troops, as the government pressed on with efforts to reclaim territory under the extremists' control. Near Fallujah a suicide bomber in an explosives laden Humvee killed 6 troops. Clashes southwest of Ramadi left one soldier and 14 militants dead.
    (AP, 7/29/15)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 29, An Israeli air strike on a government-held village on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights ceasefire line killed five pro-regime forces. An Israeli drone attack in southern Syria killed at least three pro-government gunmen.
    (AFP, 7/29/15)(AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, Israel gave final approval for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocks at the site.
    (Reuters, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe outlined the largest increase in the country’s minimum wage since 2002 from ¥780 (about $6.30 an hour) to ¥798,( 6.45/hr).
    (Econ, 8/15/15, p.66)
2015        Jul 29, Jordan handed down jail sentences against seven of its citizens and a Syrian for planning attacks on US soldiers in the country and on the Israeli embassy. The Jordanians were all arrested in May 2014. The Syrian, who was tried in absentia, was sentenced to 15 years.
    (AFP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, In Libya at least 26 IS fighters were killed when the Shura Council of Jihadis attacked the group in Darna, where the IS group gained its first foothold in Libya last year. 13 members of Shura Council of Jihadis were also killed.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 29, A Mexican judge issued an order to extradite fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States -- if he is recaptured after his jailbreak.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 29, In north-central Mexico 27 people, including a baby, were killed when a truck's brakes failed and plowed into pilgrims in Mazapil, Zacatecas state. The driver fled the scene. 43 people were hospitalized.
    (AP, 7/30/15)(AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 29, In northeastern Nigeria at least 10 people were killed when Boko Haram Islamist gunmen raided a village in Yobe state in a revenge attack against local vigilantes.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 29, In eastern Pakistan Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was gunned down along with 5 other detained militants during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison in Multan. 8 of the attackers trying to free him were also killed. Ishaq helped found Laskhar-e-Jhangvi in the 1990s.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, In the Philippines winners were announced of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, often regarded as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. They included Indian anti-corruption campaigner Sanjiv Chaturvedi (40); fellow countryman Anshu Gupta (44) who recycles clothes for the poor; Kommaly Chanthavong (71) of Laos for reviving her country's ancient art of silk weaving; Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa (71) of the Philippines for her crusade in preserving a dance form of the southern Philippines; and Kyaw Thu (55) of Myanmar for helping to provide free funeral services to help relieve the emotional and financial burden of the poor.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, In Poland Jan Kulczyk (65), the country’s richest man and the founder and president of investment empire Kulczyk Holding, died from complications following surgery. He made his fortune during Poland's economic transformations.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, Plane debris was found washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean and was believed to be part of a Boeing 777, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for Flight MH370, missing since March 8, 2014.
    (Reuters, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 29, The Russian government formally branded the US National Endowment for Democracy as an “undesirable" operation, forcing the organization to shut down offices and cease issuing grants to Russian rights groups.
    (SFC, 7/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 29, From Saudi Arabia Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered that militias battling Shiite rebels in Yemen be merged with his national army, in an apparent attempt to unify ground forces.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, Syrian commander Nadeem Hassan and seven of his fighters, trained by the US, were kidnapped by the al-Nusra Front as they returned from a meeting in Turkey. On August 16 Division 30 said seven of its members had been freed by Al-Nusra. In late July 13 were kidnapped by Al-Nusra, including a commander, and at least 3 more were killed in clashes with the jihadist group.
    (SFC, 7/31/15, p.A2)(AFP, 8/4/15)(AFP, 8/16/15)
2015        Jul 29, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, Turkey’s Deputy PM Bulent Arinc gave a breakdown of the terror suspects rounded up in the nationwide police operation, saying that of the 1,300 detained only 137 were suspected of links to IS. Some 31 have been charged so far, while 18 were released. In contrast, police detained as many as 847 PKK suspects. A total of 142 have been charged so far, while 120 were released.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 29, Turkey said it has formally signed a deal with the United States opening its Incirlik air base to the US-led coalition against Islamic State militants. In exchange the Americans agreed to help establish a 65-mile IS-free zone along a western section of the Turkish-Syrian border.
    (Reuters, 7/29/15)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.42)
2015        Jul 29, Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week. A Turkish soldier was killed and three seriously wounded in the eastern province of Agri in what appeared to be a PKK attack.
    (Reuters, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, Ukrainian Pres. Petro Poroshenko vowed to push for justice despite Russia's veto of a UN resolution that would have set up a tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down passenger flight MH17 on July 17, 2014.
    (AFP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 29, In Yemen Saudi-led warplanes bombed targets in northerly Saada province. A car bomb exploded outside the Ismaili Al Faydh Alhatemy mosque in an eastern district of Sanaa, killing 3 people and wounding seven. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility. Ismailis are a minority Shi'ite Muslim sect, as are the Zaydi Shi'ites, a community whose interests the Houthi group says it defends. Al-Qaida made 6 captured Houthi fighters, who were in their early 20s, kneel and kiss their hands before shooting them in Dar Saad.
    (Reuters, 7/29/15)(AP, 7/30/15)

2015        Jul 30, The United States began delivery of eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, the first since Washington fully lifted in March a freeze on arms delivery.
    (AFP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, The United States imposed further Russia and Ukraine-related sanctions, adding associates of a billionaire Russian gas trader, Crimean port operators and former Ukrainian officials to its list of those it is penalizing in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, In California firefighter Dave Ruhl (38) of South Dakota died while fighting the Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest outside Alturas. This was one of 18 large wildfires fought by about 8,000 firefighters deployed across the state.
    (AFP, 8/1/15)
2015        Jul 30, Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans to immediately shut down the Baltimore City Detention Center, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy.
    (SFC, 7/31/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 30, NYC said 31 cases of Legionnaire’s disease have been reported in the South Bronx since July 10. NYC reported more than 100 cases since January 1.
    (SFC, 7/31/15, p.A7)
2015        Jul 30, The Taliban's official spokesman disavowed peace talks with the Afghan government, throwing fledgling efforts to negotiate an end to 14 years of war into disarray.
    (Reuters, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, Belgian farmers blocked roads and entrances to grocery store distribution centers to protest what they say are unfairly low prices for milk, pork and other products.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, The Bosnian-Croat regional parliament adopted a new labor law that aims to create a more business-friendly environment with the intention of creating jobs, amid the protests of thousands of workers. The former labor law was inherited from the communist regime and offered wide protection to workers but was not business-friendly. It was partly the reason for the 40 percent unemployment rate.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, British teenager Liam Lyburd (19) was convicted of planning a gun and bomb attack at his former college, buying a semi-automatic handgun and ammunition online to carry out a massacre at northern England's Newcastle College, which had expelled him for being disruptive in class.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, Canada’s labor minister announced that the government would declare microbeads to be a toxic substance and prohibit the manufacture, import and sale of personal care products  that contain them.
    (Econ, 8/8/15, p.29)
2015        Jul 30, Chad reintroduced the death penalty just six months after its abolition, as legislators passed a stringent anti-terror bill in the face of a spate of deadly Boko Haram attacks.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 30, China said it will prosecute Guo Boxiong (73), a former top military officer, for corruption. He was a vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission until he stepped down in 2012.
    (Reuters, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras called for his Syriza party to hold an emergency congress next month to overcome divisions but said a snap party referendum would be acceptable if leftist dissenters wanted a quicker solution.
    (Reuters, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, India hanged Yakub Abdul Razak Memon (53), an accountant convicted of supporting the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people in the country's worst terrorist attack, ignoring pleas and petitions by civil society groups.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, Indonesia and Turkey agreed to strengthen their intelligence cooperation as a way to bolster their efforts to combat terrorism and prevent the spread of radicalism.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 30, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies hit Islamic State forces. 17 air strikes hit Iraq. In Syria 17 strikes hit Deir ez-Zor and 7 near Hasakeh.
    (Reuters, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 30, Israel's parliament passed a contentious law that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, In Israel Yishai Shlissel stormed a gay parade with a knife, attacking six before being quickly arrested amid pandemonium in Jerusalem's city center.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 30, In Mexico gunmen fired more than 100 shots and killed police commander David Urquizo in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state. Hours later, Urquizo's unit killed 3 criminal suspects and wounded three others in a clash in the same city. Six other people were detained after the gunfight.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 30, Moldova's Parliament approved the pro-European government of Valeriu Strelet (45), nominated after the last prime minister resigned.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, Myanmar freed over 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging under a massive presidential pardon that included 6,966 prisoners.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, In Nepal landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages, killing at least 30 people as bad weather hampered the search for others.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, Nigeria's Pres. Muhammadu Buhari headed home after meeting with his Cameroon counterpart for two days of talks focused around the threat posed by Boko Haram.
    (AP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, A Kremlin aide said Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, but Paris the next day refused to confirm a final agreement.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 30, Sierra Leone authorities said they have quarantined 500 people after a man died of Ebola in his home village after contracting the disease in Freetown.
    (SFC, 7/31/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 30, In northern Syria at least 10 Kurdish fighters and 8 Islamic state members were killed when IS jihadists attacked Sarrin, a town recently captured by Kurdish forces.
    (AFP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, In southeast Turkey Kurdish rebels attacked security forces in two separate assaults in Simak province, killing 3 soldiers and an officer. One rebel was also killed. Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left 5 dead.
    (AP, 7/30/15)(AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 30, Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on of shelling civilian areas near the rebel-held city of Donetsk despite a ceasefire, with 4 civilians and one soldier killed.
    (Reuters, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 30, Yemeni forces backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city. Abyan province residents and local officials said 4 suspected members of the al Qaeda affiliated Ansar al-Sharia militant group were killed in an overnight air strike by an unmanned aircraft.
    (Reuters, 7/30/15)

2015        Jul 31, WikiLeaks said the US National Security Agency targeted Japanese politicians, its top central banker and major firms for years, in the latest revelations about Washington's snooping on allies.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, California's Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency as 18 large wildfires raged across the state.
    (Reuters, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, In Los Angeles Moshe Matsri (49) was sentenced in federal court to 32 years in prison on a slew of money laundering, drug and extortion charges. Prosecutors said he was a leader of an Israeli organized crime ring that moved drugs and money across the globe.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, In California a wildfire began east of Fresno. By Sep 5 it covered 134 square miles and was 25% contained.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A5)
2015        Jul 31, An ASEAN official said China and Southeast Asian nations have agreed to set up a foreign ministers' hotline to tackle emergencies in the disputed South China Sea.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Bangladesh and India hoisted their respective flags in 162 enclaves -- 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India -- to assume sovereignty over the territories following a border agreement in June. Around 1,000 people on the Bangladesh side opted to keep their Indian nationalities, meaning they will have to relocate by November.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Brazil's state-owned oil company received the equivalent of more than $20 million that was recovered as a result of an investigation into a corruption-kickback scandal engulfing Petrobras. This represented about 80 percent of the nearly $29 million repatriated in April from a Swiss bank account opened by former Petrobras executive Pedro Barusco. He's charged with receiving bribes from some of the country's top construction firms.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said it has opened a criminal investigation into Soma Oil and Gas following allegations of corruption in Somalia. On August 3 Soma, a private company chaired by Lord Michael Howard, denied paying more than half a million dollars to Somali government officials to protect an oil exploration deal signed in 2013.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)
2015        Jul 31, Britain performed an about-face and granted a six-month visa to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, apologizing for rejecting his application over an alleged criminal conviction.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, In southern England a pilot and three passengers died when a Saudi-owned executive jet crashed into a parking lot and burst into flames while trying to land at Blackbushe Airport. The dead included a sister, brother-in-law and stepmother of Osama bin Laden as well as the plane's Jordanian pilot.
    (AP, 8/1/15)
2015        Jul 31, Amnesty International said Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death by anti-Balaka militia.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, The Chadian army said in a statement that 117 jihadist fighters and two soldiers have died in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad in the last two weeks with ongoing military operations.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics, capitalizing on its previous 2008 Summer Games experience and defying concerns about its air quality and lack of natural snow.
    (CSM, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, In Colombia 11 military personnel were killed when their Airbus CN235 transport plane suffered motor failure and crashed in the northern province of Cesar, killing all on board.
    (Reuters, 8/1/15)
2015        Jul 31, A Picasso painting was seized from a yacht by Corsican customs agents. Spain accused the painting's owner, Jaime Botin (79), a well-known Spanish banker whose family founded the Santander banking group, of trying to illegally export it to Switzerland. Painted in 1906, "Head of a Young Woman" is considered by Spain to be a national treasure.
    (AFP, 8/11/15)(AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Jul 31, France’s Constitutional Council confirmed the ban on the creation of new cockfighting rings — called cockpits. The law, dating back to 1964, aims to gradually get rid of all cockpits and therefore, cockfighting.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Ghana's Medical Association said more doctors working at public hospitals across the country are set to join a strike demanding better working conditions.    
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Researchers said an Ebola test vaccine has provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, India ordered Internet service providers to block access to 857 adult websites in what the government has described as a way to protect social decency.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Jul 31, In Iraq and Syria the United States and its allies launched air strikes with 19 in Iraq and 11 in Syria in the coalition campaign against Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 8/1/15)
2015        Jul 31, Israeli forces shot Laith Khaldi (14) of the Jalazon refugee camp in the chest during clashes near the Atara checkpoint. Khaldi died hours later in hospital. A Palestinian man was killed and another wounded by Israeli fire when they approached a security fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Five Libyan troops loyal to the internationally recognized government were killed and another 18 are missing after an attack on an eastern checkpoint allegedly carried out by the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, In Mexico Ruben Espinosa, a photographer for the investigative magazine Proceso, was found slain along with 4 women early in an apartment in Mexico City. He had fled his home state of Veracruz after being harassed. Authorities on August 4 arrested ex-convict Daniel Pacheco Gutierrez in the latest case.  On August 30 authorities arrested former police officer and ex-convict Abraham Torres Tranquilino (24) in connection with the brutal slaying.
    (AP, 8/1/15)(AP, 8/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Myanmar authorities said 21 people died in July following heavy rains, and that between 67,000 and 110,000 people were "severely affected" by the floods.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, NATO allies agreed on a package of measures to help strengthen Iraqi security and defense forces, including in the fields of military training, demining and countering improvised explosive devices.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, In northeastern Nigeria a suicide bomber struck the crowded market city of Maiduguri killing 6 people.
    (Reuters, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh (18 months) died and its parents were injured in a fire started by Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of Doma. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon labelled the attack an act of terrorism. The father of the toddler died August 8 from injuries he suffered in the attack. The mother was buried on Sep 7 after she died of her wounds overnight.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)(AFP, 8/8/15)(AFP, 9/7/15)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.40)
2015        Jul 31, Senegal jailed journalist Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality. He was arrested in June after a young man accused him of attempted rape.
    (SFC, 8/1/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 31, In South Sudan thousands of civilians in Upper Nile state faced starvation after the government blocked aid groups from using the Nile River to deliver relief food.
    (AP, 8/1/15)
2015        Jul 31, In Sri Lanka four gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Colombo, killing one woman and wounding 12 people. The workers were campaigning for Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake of the United National Party.
    (AP, 7/31/15)(AFP, 8/1/15)
2015        Jul 31, In Syria members of al-Qaida launched an attack on the command headquarters of a US-backed rebel faction in northern Syria, killing at least five fighters. US-led coalition air strikes destroyed two key bridges used by the Islamic State group on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border. 25 rebels, including 3 senior commanders, were killed in a failed attack on a makeshift army base outside the northern city of Aleppo. 9 regime forces were also killed in the fighting that erupted after several rebel groups launched the attack late today.
    (AP, 7/31/15)(AFP, 7/31/15)(AFP, 8/1/15)
2015        Jul 31, In Venezuela Gustavo Patinez (21) died of a gunshot wound to the chest and 60 people were detained following looting of supermarkets in the southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana. President Nicolas Maduro said the violence was premeditated and blamed the United States as being behind it.
    (Reuters, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, Southern Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led air coalition took more territory from Houthi militiamen, expanding their control around the port city of Aden. They reported 14 Houthis were killed and 40 captured. Local officials said 9 soldiers were killed and 30 wounded in a car bombing at an army base by suspected Islamist militants in southern Hadramout province.
    (Reuters, 7/31/15)

2015        Jul, Surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia completed a double-hand transplant for Zion Harvey (8) of Maryland, who had lost his hands and feet to a serious infection.
    (SFC, 7/30/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul, Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rousseff scrapped an 11-year agreement with Ukraine to launch satellites aboard Ukrainian Cyclone-4 rockets from its Alcantara spaceport in Maranhao province.
    (Econ, 8/8/15, p.29)
2015        Jul, Venezuela officially rolled out Operation Liberate the People, which aimed to take back neighborhoods overrun by gangs. Over the next two months police shot and kill more than 80 suspected criminals.
    (AP, 8/31/15)   

2015        Aug 1, HitchBOT, the adorable hitch-hiking robot cobbled together from household odds-and-ends, prematurely ended its summer travels across America, after being destroyed by vandals and abandoned on the side of a road in Philadelphia. The little talking automaton had hitchhiked unscathed last summer across thousands of miles in Canada, and had traversed parts of Europe as well without so much as a scratch. Canadian creators Frauke Zeller and David Smith considered rebuilding it.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)(SFC, 8/3/15, p.A4)(SFC, 8/4/15, p.A3)
2015        Aug 1, In Tennessee Tremaine Wilbourne (29) shot and killed Memphis police Officer Sean Bolton (33) as the officer interrupted a marijuana deal in progress. Wilbourne escaped the scene. Wilbourne surrendered to police on Aug 3.
    (SFC, 8/3/15, p.A4)(SFC, 8/4/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 1, Fiat Chrysler said it is recalling 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard. Last week more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem.
    (SSFC, 8/2/15, p.A7)
2015        Aug 1, Benin's Pres. Thomas Boni Yayi visited Nigeria and vowed to contribute 800 troops to a regional force intended to combat the Boko Haram group.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 1, Rival protests featuring those welcoming migrants and far-right wingers opposed to their presence were held in the British port town of in Folkestone at the mouth of the Channel Tunnel.
    (AFP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, In Canada dozens of topless women — and men — attended a "Bare With Us" rally meant to educate the public about women's right to go shirtless if they choose. Ontario women have had the right to go topless in public since 1996.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 1, French riot police sprayed migrants with a chemical irritant as they tried to storm the Channel Tunnel. Some 200 migrants broke down several security fences but were forced to retreat by riot police as they attempted to breach the final fence near the entrance of the 50-km (30-mile) tunnel under the English Channel.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 1, In Germany some 1,300 people rallied in Berlin in support of two journalists who prosecutors are investigating for treason over two reports revealing authorities' plans to expand surveillance of online communication.
    (AP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, Iraq's Kurdish regional government called on the Kurdistan Worker's Party to "withdraw" from Iraq's Kurdish territory to prevent civilian deaths amid a campaign of Turkish airstrikes targeting the group.
    (AP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, Italy's coast guard rescued about 1,800 migrants from seven overcrowded vessels, while 5 corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others.
    (Reuters, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 1, Japanese police arrested Mark Karpeles, head of the MtGox Bitcoin exchange, after a series of fraud allegations led to its spectacular collapse and hammered the digital currency's reputation.
    (AFP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, Two Malian soldiers were killed and four wounded in an ambush on their convoy near the central town of Nampala.
    (Reuters, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 1, Myanmar officials said heavy rains have caused more flooding and left 9 people dead, devastating several townships and forcing more than 18,000 people into temporary shelters.
    (AP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, Nigerian air strikes for a second day hit the village of Bita on the fringes of the Sambisa forest near the Cameroonian border, where Boko Haram was preparing to launch an offensive.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 1, Peruvian officials said security forces have rescued 54 adults and children, mostly members of the Ashaninka indigenous group, who had been held by Shining Path rebels in a remote jungle region. Some of the adults were kidnapped between 20 and 30 years ago from Puerto Ocopa and nearby towns back when the rebel movement was still strong.
    (AP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla paid out just 628,000 dollars of $58 million in Puerto Rico Public Financing Corporation (PFC) debt that came due today, pleading a lack of liquidity in the recession-wracked US commonwealth.
    (AFP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 1, Russia's President Vladimir Putin placed a major archaeological site in Crimea, which he has hailed as the country's most sacred spiritual symbol, under federal control following turmoil over the appointment of its director. The ancient Greek city of Chersonesus was founded by Greek colonists about 2,500 years ago, and later became part of the Byzantine Empire.
    (AP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 regime forces and 19 rebels from the Army of Conquest alliance had been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Hama province's Sahl al-Ghab region.
    (AFP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, Turkey’s official Anatolia news agency said around 260 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed and hundreds more wounded in Ankara's week-long campaign of air strikes against targets of the group inside Turkey and in northern Iraq. Turkish war planes struck the village of Zarkel (Zergele in Kurdish) in northern Iraq killed at least 6 people.
    (AFP, 8/1/15)(AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 1, Yemeni PM Khaled Bahah flew to the devastated port of Aden from Saudi exile, two weeks after loyalist forces ousted Shiite rebels from the city. Government forces pressed an advance north and east of Aden to dislodge rebels still entrenched in Lahj and Abyan provinces.
    (AFP, 8/1/15)
2015        Aug 1, The UN reported that at least 1,332 Iraqis were killed by violence in July amid the war against the Islamic State group, a slight drop from June.
    (AP, 8/1/15)

2015        Aug 2, US officials said the United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the US military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, In northern California the Rocky Fire in Clear Lake County doubled its size over 24 hours to 54,000 acres. 24 homes were destroyed in the area and 12,000 evacuated.
    (SFC, 8/3/15, p.A1)
2015        Aug 2, In Afghanistan 8 fighters, including a commander, were killed in a battle over the leadership between two Taliban groups in a village in Shindand district.
    (Reuters, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 2, Bronwyn Bishop, the speaker of Australia's House of Representatives, resigned following weeks of accusations that she used taxpayer money to pay for extravagant and unnecessary travel.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, Britain and France vowed that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority" in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which has become a political hot potato.
    (AFP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, In Burundi General Adolphe Nshimirimana, a close aide to Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza, was killed in a rocket attack on his car in Bujumbura.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, Canada’s PM Stephen Harper requested the dissolution of parliament and began campaigning for an October 19 vote.
    (SFC, 8/3/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 2, In the Central African Republic one UN peacekeeper was killed and eight were injured in Bangui after they came under attack by armed men bearing machine guns and grenades.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, In El Salvador six incarcerated gang members escaped from jail after prying open the bars of their cell.
    (Reuters, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, Iran said it will stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by plunging oil prices and sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program. The new cuts will be implemented by August 22.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, In Israel Shira Banki (16) died today after being seriously wounded when an anti-gay extremist stabbed her and several others in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade. She was among six people wounded July 30 by ultra-Orthodox Jewish Yishai Schlissel, who had carried out a similar attack on a gay pride parade in 2005.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, A Moroccan man (27) suffocated to death while trying to illegally enter Spain hidden inside a suitcase in the trunk of a car. Police soon charged the man's brother (34) with involuntary manslaughter.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 2, Nigeria's military besieged Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group's heartland in Borno state after setting free 178 hostages, mainly women and children. 13 bodies were recovered following an assault on Malari village about 20 km from Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 2, Pakistani security forces killed Umar Lateef, a senior Al-Qaeda commander, and detained his wife in an overnight raid on his hideout in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. His wife was head of Al-Qaeda's women's wing in south Punjab and Baluchistan.
    (AFP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, Russia's counterterrorism agency said its forces in Ingushetia province have killed 8 militants who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group. Those killed included the group's leader, Adam Tagilov, who was accused of staging December's attack in Chechnya's provincial capital, Grozny, which left 25 people dead.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, A Russian Mi-28 military helicopter from an elite aerobatic squadron crashed during an air show, killing one pilot and injuring another in the Ryazan region.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, In Russia police in St. Petersburg detained several gay activists who held pickets in defense of gay rights on Airborne Forces Day.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, Natalia Molchanova (b.1962), Russian champion and the world’s greatest free diver, went missing during a recreational dive near Ibiza, Spain. Search efforts were abandoned on August 5.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalia_Molchanova)(Econ, 8/15/15, p.82)
2015        Aug 2, Two Turkish soldiers were killed and 31 wounded in a suicide bombing overnight, as violence escalated following Ankara's air bombardment of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. A day later the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 8/2/15)(AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 2, The United Arab Emirates' top prosecutor referred 41 people to trial on charges of planning to carry out terrorist acts with the aim of overthrowing the government and establishing an extremist state.
    (AP, 8/2/15)
2015        Aug 2, A small town in north Wales appointed its first resident jester for over 700 years, naming him in an elaborate medieval ceremony. Russel Erwood was officially dubbed Erwyd le Fol (French for 'fool') during an event in the main square in Conwy.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)

2015        Aug 3, Pres. Obama unveiled an aggressive plan to sharply limit greenhouse gases emitted by US power plants.
    (SFC, 8/4/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 3, Robert Conquest (98), British-born historian, died in Palo Alto, Ca. His 21 books included “The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Thirties" (1968).
    (SFC, 8/6/15, p.D3)
2015        Aug 3, In Florida a free fall training accident occurred at the Eglin Air Force Base. Sergeant Timothy Officer (32) and Sergeant Marty Bettelyoun (35) soon died from injuries sustained during the parachuting accident.
    (Reuters, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 3, Oklahoma regulators imposed new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes.
    (Reuters, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 3, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (52) was booked on securities fraud charges accusing him of misleading investors in a tech startup before he took office in January.
    (SFC, 8/4/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 3, Virginia-based Alpha Natural, one of America’s largest coal firms, filed for bankruptcy.
    (Econ, 8/8/15, p.22)
2015        Aug 3, US airlines Delta and American banned the shipment of big game trophies on flights, in the wake of outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 3, Archer Daniels Midland said it has sold its chocolate business to agribusiness conglomerate Cargill for $440 million.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Brazil's federal police arrested former government minister Jose Dirceu, one of the most senior members of the ruling Workers' Party to be jailed so far in a probe of alleged corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras.
    (Reuters, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Britain's government promised new measures to crack down on illegal immigrants by making landlords evict them, as the Calais migrants crisis continued to dominate the headlines.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Former British PM Edward Heath (d.2005) was drawn into a child sex abuse scandal when police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission said it would investigate a retired policeman's claim that a prosecution was dropped in the 1990s when the accused threatened to expose the ex-premier. Heath led Britain between 1970 and 1974, taking it into the European Economic Community in 1973.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 3, In London Tom Hayes, (35), a trader who worked for UBS and Citigroup, was jailed for 14 years after becoming the first person to be found guilty by a jury of rigging the benchmark Libor inter-bank lending rate. Prosecutors said Hayes was the "ringmaster" of more than a dozen traders who worked to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor).
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Burundian human rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa was shot in the face as he made his way home from work by a gunman on a motorbike. He publicly opposed Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial and successful bid for a third term last month. Mbonimpa survived and his condition the next day was reported stable.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 3, In northern Cameroon suspected Boko Haram fighters disguised as refugees with explosives hidden in their luggage were arrested at a camp.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 3, In Canada a shooting began at the Muzik nightclub in Toronto during an event hosted by rapper Drake and then spilled onto the streets leaving at least 2 people dead and three wounded.
    (SFC, 8/5/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 3, In China Wu Shengfu (51) the general manager of China First Heavy Industries (CFHI), was found hanging in his office in the northeastern city of Qiqihar as anti-corruption investigators probed his firm.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 3, Chinese officials said authorities over the weekend seized thousands of bottles of spirits laced with chemicals used to make erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, In Colombia Genaro Garcia, a community leader and activist for those forced to flee their homes by the five-decade guerrilla war, was gunned down in Tumaco. On August 24 FARC guerrillas admitted to the killing and said it would punish all commanders and fighters involved.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 3, A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced it is buying Nokia Corp.'s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion).
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Greece's stock exchange closed with a record drop of 16.23 percent on reopening after a five-week shutdown caused by capital controls.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, India's PM Narendra Modi signed an accord in New Delhi with Thuingaleng Muivah, the leader of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), ending a rebellion that festered in Nagaland and Manipur states for more than six decades.
    (AP, 8/3/15)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.33)
2015        Aug 3, In eastern India at least 75 people have died and tens of thousands have had to take refuge in state-run relief camps after heavy rains caused floods and landslides. Exacerbated by Cyclone Komen which struck the east coast on July 31, the rainfall has made major rivers overflow, inundating villages in parts of West Bengal, Odisha and Manipur states.
    (Reuters, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Iran banned a weekly newspaper owned by a critic of its nuclear deal and issued a formal warning to the country's leading conservative daily for alleged breaches of reporting guidelines.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, In Iraq North Oil Company (NOC) chief engineer Saad Ali Hussain was driving to his office in the northern oil city of Kirkuk when gunmen in a sports utility vehicle opened fire, killing him and his driver.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Italian police arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia, including a former boss who ran a secret message system for the mobster using a sheep-based code. Matteo Messina Denaro (53) had been on the run since 1993.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Malaysia's anti-corruption agency said that $700 million in PM Najib Razak's personal bank accounts came from donations, not from a debt-ridden state investment fund. Critics urged the agency to reveal the donors.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, In northern Mali at least 10 soldiers were killed in a "terrorist" attack on their camp at Gourma-Rharouss in the Timbuktu region.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)(SFC, 8/4/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 3, Pakistani authorities said the death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to 118. Floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands homeless.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Puerto Rico’s Public Finance Corp., a government agency, failed to make a $58 million payment to bondholders.
    (Econ, 8/8/15, p.61)
2015        Aug 3, Russia said it has merged several branches of its military into the Aerospace Forces, a reorganization aimed at enhancing coordination and efficiency.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) forces killed six Islamist rebels in  in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria.
    (Reuters, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Sierra Leone said two new cases of Ebola have surfaced in the Tonkolili District after a man died last week in the area where the deadly virus had been gone for months. Following the death authorities quarantined 500 people.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Syrian government air raids in the northwestern town of Ariha and a subsequent crash by a Syrian warplane that slammed into a residential area there killed at least 31 people.
    (AFP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Ukraine’s military said 4 servicemen have been killed and 15 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the past 24 hours just before talks on a ceasefire were due to start.
    (Reuters, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, In Yemen hundreds of pro-government troops and dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers pushed north toward the al-Anad military base, as Saudi-led coalition airstrikes cleared the path for their advance. Houthi rebels appeared to have lost most of their heavy weapons in a battle to defend the al-Anad in Lahj.
    (AP, 8/3/15)(AP, 8/5/15)

2015        Aug 4, NYC officials said the number of people sickened by Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx has climbed to 86. Water cooling towers were thought to be the source of the problem, which has left 7 elderly people dead.
    (SFC, 8/5/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 4, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said it will pay $21 million top more than 300 victims of clergy abuse in a settlement that would end a four-year bankruptcy proceeding.
    (SFC, 8/5/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 4, The Arab League condemned Turkey's actions and called on Ankara to recognize the sovereignty of Iraq. The Arab League also called on Turkey and Iraq to increase cooperation in order to try and preserve peace. Qatar however, distanced itself from the Arab League declaration.
    (AFP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 4, ASEAN countries backed a US call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued expansion on disputed islands.
    (Reuters, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Taliban official Syed Mohammad Tayab Agha announced he was stepping down as director of the Political Office in the Qatari capital Doha, originally set up to enable the Taliban to negotiate in any peace process. His resignation came amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement after the news of the death of leader Mullah Mohammad Omar last week.
    (Reuters, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Cameroon said it has expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against Nigeria's Islamic extremists who have launched attacks across borders. 9 people were killed and about 50 others were believed kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on Tchakarmari village near the northern border. Dozens of children and teenagers who were thought to have been kidnapped by Islamic extremists returned home on August 6 after having avoided being abducted.
    (AP, 8/4/15)(Reuters, 8/4/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)(AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 4, In Egypt militants in the restive northern Sinai shelled a house near a security checkpoint early today, killing an entire family of 5 members inside it and wounding nine of their neighbors.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, The EU and Vietnam announced a free trade deal removing nearly all tariffs, with Brussels calling it a "milestone" on the way to a region-wide agreement with Southeast Asia.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Migrants in France made hundreds of attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel to get to Britain overnight, as an unidentified "anomaly" in the tunnel slowed traffic.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, In India 12 people were killed early today when an old building on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed after days of heavy rain.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, In Kashmir Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells along their disputed border, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Kosovo lawmakers approved a law overnight to set up a special war crimes court paving the way for indictments to be filed against top wartime leaders and current politicians. A day earlier the assembly amended the constitution so that the court could be created.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Kosovo police said they have arrested three people suspected of committing cyber crimes, following a joint investigation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    (Reuters, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Kuwait reported that the Interior Ministry will soon prepare a DNA database of all persons living or visiting the country.
    (SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 4, Around 250 Latvian nationalists picketed the Riga’s main government building to protest against EU plans to resettle refugees from Africa and the Middle East. The Baltic state has agreed to take in 250 refugees over two years under the EU's controversial plan to distribute 40,000 migrants across the 28-country bloc.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Liberian state radio said 14 men from Sierra Leone illegally mining for gold fell victim to a landslide last week. They were trapped under rubble and were presumed dead.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Macedonia’s PM Vladimir Pesevski said overnight flash floods killed at least 4 people, including 3 children, and injured a dozen others as landslides, power outages and road damage followed a storm in the northwest of the country.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, In Pakistan Shafqat Hussain was this morning executed, despite widespread calls, both within and outside the country, for a stay. School records showed was 17 in 2004 when he was burnt with cigarettes and had fingernails removed until he confessed to killing a child. His family said he was 14 at the time.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, In the southern Philippines flash floods caused by heavy rain killed at least 7 people, including 4 children. Two others remain missing.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 4, Russia pressed a claim at the UN for an additional 1.2 million square km (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, an area of escalating international tension.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Russia tightened controls on imports of cut flowers from the Netherlands, a move that comes amid a strain in ties over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Russia's PM Dmitry Medvedev ordered preparation of retaliatory measures against several non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's sanctions against Russia. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Montenegro, Albania, Moldova and Ukraine joined the EU sanctions last week.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Russian police broke into a family apartment in Nizhny Novgorod and found the bodies of the six children and their mother hacked to pieces. Oleg Belov was detained on suspicion of carrying out the murders. A woman (52), identified as Belov's mother, was found hacked to pieces, in the neighboring Vladimir region. Local media said Belov was unemployed and lived on disability payments after being diagnosed with schizophrenia.
    (AFP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 4, A South African judge threw out a corruption case against firebrand politician Julius Malema after three years of delays, giving a major boost to President Jacob Zuma's fiercest critic.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate captured at least five more US-trained rebel fighters in overnight raids in northwestern village of Qah.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Thailand police said they have arrested five people suspected of trafficking Thai women into sex slavery in China and believed to be part of a ring that has also trafficked women into Malaysia and Singapore.
    (Reuters, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Two Turkish soldiers and an armed guard were killed in a blast from a homemade mine planted by Kurdish militants in Sirnak province. Turkish warplanes pounded suspected Kurdish rebel targets near Daglica, Hakkari province, in retaliation to a rebel mortar attack at a military base which wounded a 6-year-old girl. Kurdish militants attacked Turkey's Shah Deniz pipeline carrying natural gas from Azerbaijan, but the blast did not impact supply as flow had already been halted for maintenance.
    (Reuters, 8/4/15)(AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that health services in Yemen were "nearing collapse", with pregnant women dying for lack of transport and hospitals under fire from snipers.
    (AFP, 8/4/15)

2015        Aug 5, The US Treasury targeted two financiers from Qatar suspected of being major supporters of al-Qaida and the Al Nusra Front. Penalties were imposed on Sa’d bin Sa’s Muhammad Shariyan Ka’bi and Abd al-Latif Bin ‘Abdallah Salih Muhammad Kawari.
    (SFC, 8/6/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 5, The SEC approved a rule that would require most public companies to regularly reveal the gap between the compensation of the chief executive officer and the average pay of the rest of their employees.
    (SFC, 8/6/15, p.C6)
2015        Aug 5, The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of ending the commercial and recreational trapping of bobcats in California, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.
    (http://tinyurl.com/phplrmo)
2015        Aug 5, In southern Colorado some 3 million gallons of sludge from the Gold King mine in the San Juan Mountains spilled into a creek and then to the Animas River, which connects to the Colorado River. Workers trying to staunch a leak accidentally opened a passage to the creek.
    (SFC, 8/10/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 5, In Louisiana suspect Grover Deandre Cannon killed police Officer Thomas LaValley (29) in Shreveport. State police used drones and helicopters to search for the shooter, who fled the scene after opening fire on the officer. LaValley was taken into custody the next day.
    (Reuters, 8/6/15)(SFC, 8/7/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 5, In central Missouri a fire swept through a condominium building in Osage Beach, killing 4 young children.
    (SFC, 8/6/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 5, In Tennessee Vincente David Montano (29) armed with a pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at police inside the Carmike Hickory 8 movie theater in Antioch. He was shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape.
    (SFC, 8/6/15, p.A6)(SFC, 8/7/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 5, Mazda said it is recalling its biggest SUV to fix suspension parts that can rust and come loose, causing a loss of steering control.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, An Afghan official said drone strikes have killed up to 60 insurgents, many of them allied to the Islamic State group, in recent days in Nangarhar and Paktika provinces.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, Austria stopped accepting new arrivals at its main refugee camp, where the United Nations has described conditions as "inhumane". The temporary ban at Traiskirchen camp came into force at midnight.
    (AFP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, British radical preacher Anjem Choudary (48) was charged under anti-terror laws with inviting support for the Islamic State jihadist group.
    (AFP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, London Underground staff walked out this evening and will not return until August 7 morning, causing a shutdown of the subway network that has severely disrupted transport in the capital.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 5, British cell phone retailer Carphone Warehouse discovered a security breach. On August 8 the company said personal details of up to 2.4 million customers may have been accessed after the company was hit by a cyber-attack.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 5, In Burundi Come Harerimana, a local leader of the ruling party, was attacked and killed in Bujumbura, the third high-profile attack in three days.
    (Reuters, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, A Cambodian court charged three activists from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party with insurrection in connection with a July 15, 2014, protest that turned violent.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, China’s foreign minister, at a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers, said reclamation work in the South China Sea has been halted. China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to speed up consultations on a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, Two German-speaking jihadists claiming to belong to the Islamic State militant group, threatened Germany with attacks in an execution video broadcast online. The five-minute clip shows the men use assault rifles to kill two bound and kneeling male hostages in the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra.
    (AFP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, A video purportedly released by the Islamic State threatened to kill a Croatian hostage if Egyptian authorities do not release Muslim women held in prison within 48 hours. Tomislav Salopek (30) said he was captured on July 22.
    (SFC, 8/6/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 5, In India two passenger trains jumped off damaged tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river, killing at least 24 people near Harda, Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants in Anbar province, leaving at least 17 troops dead. Militants detonated bombs in commercial areas of Baghdad and in northeastern Diyala province, killing at least 8 civilians and wounding 31.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, In Indian-controlled Kashmir 2 paramilitary soldiers and a suspected rebel were killed when a convoy of troops was ambushed. Indian forces captured a Pakistani militant after the deadly attack. Two boys aged 10 and 11 were killed in a blast as they were playing with an explosive device they found in the Ganderbal area.
    (AP, 8/5/15)(Reuters, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, The Italian Coast Guard rescued 367 migrants and recovered 25 bodies after a fishing boat carrying an estimated 600 capsized in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya. The Irish Navy patrol boat LE Niamh carried the survivors and the dead to Palermo. At least 185 migrants were feared to have drowned.
    (AP, 8/5/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 5, Myanmar’s director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement warned that the Irrawaddy Delta, the country's rice bowl, was at critical risk of calamitous flooding. Floods had already caused 69 deaths and affected 260,000 people after more than a month of heavy monsoon rains and a cyclone.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, In Nepal about 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the country's new constitution clashed with police in Kathmandu.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled to allow military trials for terror suspects.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, A deepening drought in Puerto Rico that has affected 2.5 million people forced the government to extend severe water rationing measures to more communities that are already struggling with an economic crisis.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, In far eastern Russia at least 16 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured when two buses collided head-on on a highway linking Khabarovsk, on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, In central Syria three IS suicide bombers targeted army checkpoints at the entrance of Qaryatain, setting off a fierce battle.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 5, Turkey said a US-led coalition will soon launch a "comprehensive battle" against Islamic State militants from Turkish air bases, but Syria said any military action not coordinated with Damascus would breach its sovereignty.
    (Reuters, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, Pope Francis declared that divorced Catholics who remarry, as well as their children, deserve better treatment from the church, warning pastors against treating these couples as if they were excommunicated.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, In Venezuela 4 men were murdered in Aragua state. Eight police officers were later arrested for the alleged murders, shortly after a video began circulating on social networks that appeared to show an execution.
    (Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 5, In Yemen five civilians were killed in Taiz in clashes between rebels and pro-government troops at a state security building that the Houthis have been using as a base since March.
    (AP, 8/5/15)

2015        Aug 6, In Ohio Donald Trump, the billionaire leading the Republican primary race, offered the best and worst of himself as opponents strained to offer more gravitas in the first major debate of the 2016 campaign.
    (AFP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 6, Pennsylvania’s Attorney Gen’l. Kathleen Kane was charged with leaking secret grand jury information and lying about her actions under oath.
    (SFC, 8/7/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 6, A US District Judge dissolved an injunction that allowed the Confederate battle flag to appear on Virginia license plates. Virginia’s DMV planned to recall and replace existing plates.
    (SFC, 8/8/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 6, CF Industries, a fertiliser manufacturer, and Coca-Cola Enterprises announced they would move their domiciles to Britain after mergers with non-American firms in a continuing tax-driven exodus by American firms.
    (Econ, 8/15/15, p.56)
2015        Aug 6, Afghan officials said a truck bomb targeting an Afghan special forces base in Logar province killed at least 6 people and wounded dozens.
    (Reuters, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, An Afghan Russian-made M-17 military helicopter crashed, killing all 17 people on board. The Taliban said it shot down the helicopter in the southern province of Zabul, but a government official blamed a technical failure and said there had been no gunfire.
    (Reuters, 8/6/15)(SFC, 8/7/15, p.A3)
2015        Aug 6, In northeastern Brazil Gleydson Carvalho, a radio journalist in the town of Camocim, Ceara state, was shot five times at point blank range. Police suspected political motives for the murder.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 6, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged a lavish ceremony to unveil a "new" Suez Canal, seeking to boost the country's economy and international standing by expanding the vital waterway.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the total cost to France of reimbursing Russia for cancelling two warship contracts will be less than 1.2 billion euros ($1.31 billion).
    (Reuters, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, The world's first ever ant map showing the distribution of the tiny industrious creatures around the globe was launched by the University of Hong Kong in a bid to shed more light on the insect world.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, In eastern Iraq an overnight explosion targeting a power installation disrupted the flow of electricity from neighboring Iran.
    (Reuters, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Top Kenyan athletes completed a giant 840-km (522-mile) "Walk for Peace" against ethnic violence, accompanied by cheering crowds.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Macedonian police announced the arrests of nine people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group and said they are seeking a further 27.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Malaysia said paint color and maintenance-record matches proved that a piece of wing found on the shore of an Indian Ocean island was part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which vanished without trace on March 8, 2014.
    (Reuters, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, In northwest Pakistan a military helicopter crashed in a mountainous region near the district of Mansehra in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing at least 8 people on board.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Pakistani authorities said the death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to 169.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 6, An explosion ripped through a house in the southern Gaza Strip killing 4 people and wounded dozens, but the cause of the blast was unclear.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Conservative Andrzej Duda was sworn in as Poland's new president, bringing political change to the nation's top office.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, A report by Portugal's weather monitoring service said 79 percent of the country is experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions after eight months of below-average rainfall.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, The Russian government steamrolled tons of contraband cheese and destroyed fruit with tractors in a public display of its commitment to its one-year-old ban on Western foods. The move raised protests in Russia, with people signing a petition urging the government to instead donate the food to the poor suffering through the country's vicious recession.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Residents of Saipan were without water and electricity and were rationing gasoline four days after Typhoon Soudelor hit the most populated island in the US territory of the Northern Marianas.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, In in south-west Saudi Arabia a suicide bomb attack on the mosque of a local security force headquarters in Abha city killed 15 people, including 12 members of the force.
    (Reuters, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, South Sudan's rival forces began peace talks, as international pressure mounts ahead of an August 17 deadline to strike a deal to end 19 months of civil war.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, In Syria a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad shot dead a senior air force officer in a road rage incident in the Latakia coastal heartland of their minority Alawite community. On August 10 Latakia's Gov. Khodr al-Salem said Suleiman Assad has been arrested.
    (AP, 8/7/15)(AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 6, The Islamic State group seized Qaryatain, a key town in central Syria, following heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, in the militants' biggest advance since capturing the historic town of Palmyra in May.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Hundreds of Taiwan students protesting revisions to history textbooks which they say attempt to promote "one China" ended a week-long sit-in in front of its ministry of education, as typhoon Soudelor bore down on the island.
    (AP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Uganda's Supreme Court ruled that refunding of goods paid to a bride's family after divorce was illegal.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)
2015        Aug 6, Pope Francis slammed the "atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable" persecution of Christians and minorities, urging the international community not to remain silent.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)   
2015        Aug 6, Yemeni officials said the local al-Qaida branch has exploited the chaos in this embattled country to capture three towns near Aden, where pro-government forces have been advancing against Shiite rebels in recent weeks.
    (AP, 8/6/15)

2015        Aug 7, An “unprecedented" agreement between the Chicago Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union went into effect. It will allow independent evaluations of the department’s controversial "stop and frisk" program.
    (CSM, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 7, Dallas police Officer Brad Miller shot and killed Christian Taylor (19), who was found roaming inside a car dealership in the early hours of the morning. The FBI was called in to investigate the shooting. Miller was fired on August 10.
    (SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A7)(SFC, 8/12/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 7, In Vermont Jody Herring (40), upset about losing custody of her daughter, used a hunting rifle to fatally shoot child-welfare agency worker Lara Sobel, who had handled her case. Herring was detained by people in and around the building after the shooting in Barre City. Herring was soon also charged with the murder 3 women whose bodies were found earlier in the day.
    (AP, 8/8/15)(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A7)
2015        Aug 7, In Virginia a federal jury convicted Irek Hamidullin (55), a former Russian military tank commander, of planning and leading a Taliban attack on US forces in Afghanistan. He allegedly led three groups of insurgents in a 2009 attack on Afghan border police in Khost province.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In Afghanistan an early morning truck bomb tore through buildings in central Kabul, killing at least 15 people and wounding 248 others. A suicide bombing at a police academy killed 27 people and wounded 28. One international service member and 8 Afghan contractors were killed in an attack on Camp Integrity.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)(AFP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 7, In Bangladesh a gang armed with machetes hacked secular blogger Niloy Chakrabarti (40) to death at his home in Dhaka, sparking protests in the capital over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh this year.
    (AFP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, Arthur Finger (b.1926), former SF Bay Area media veteran, died at his home in Vancouver, BC. In 1963 and 1965 the State of California awarded him two gold medals for his “Mayor Art’s Almanac," the first TV newscast for children in the US.
    (SFC, 8/10/15, p.C1)
2015        Aug 7, In Chile Manuel Contreras (86) died. He had led Chile's now-defunct and much feared secret police force for several years under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. After his death was announced, dozens of people gathered outside the hospital to celebrate.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 7, In eastern Congo DRC an earthquake killed 2 children and a police officer and triggered fears that nearby volcano Mount Nyiragongo could erupt.
    (Reuters, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, The European Union appealed to member countries to live up to pledges to provide planes and other assets so that its border agency can help Greece and Hungary cope with a migrant influx.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, News weekly Der Spiegel said Germany's domestic spy agency named not just bloggers but also lawmakers in a criminal complaint that sparked a controversial treason probe.
    (AFP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, Doctors in Ghana stopped providing emergency care in a strike over allowances and training.
    (AFP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, PM Alexis Tsipras said Greece's infrastructure cannot handle the thousands of people landing on its shores from places like war-torn Syria and Afghanistan and needs European Union help.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In northern India a building wall collapsed while being constructed, killing 10 workers near Narnaul, Haryana state.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In Iraq several thousand demonstrators gathered in Baghdad to protest at rampant corruption and abysmal electricity services, calling for officials to be held to account.
    (AFP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In Iraq and Syria the US-led coalition conducted 19 air strikes on Islamic State targets with 10 in Iraq and nine in Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 7, Italy arrested five North African men on suspicion of multiple homicide and human trafficking in the presumed drowning of more than 200 people, saying they used clubs and knives against migrants.
    (Reuters, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In central Mali gunmen stormed a hotel in Sevare in an apparent attempt to kidnap Westerners, killing 4 soldiers, 4 UN contractors and a driver in an ongoing standoff with the army. 4 attackers were killed. The Macina Liberation Front (FLM) was suspected.
    (AFP, 8/7/15)    (AP, 8/8/15)(AFP, 8/9/15)(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A6)(AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 7, In western Nepal Dahlia Yehia (27), an American teacher from Texas, disappeared from the resort town of Pokhara. Police later arrested a local teacher, Narayan Paudel, who was hosting Yehia while she was in Pokhara to help victims of a devastating earthquake in April. Paudel confessed to hammering the victim to death and throwing her body into the Seti River.
    (AP, 9/8/15)
2015        Aug 7, In Nigeria suspected pirates traveling by speedboat killed 4 soldiers and a policeman and stole weapons in a raid late today on a military base in the oil-rich southern delta region.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 7, North Korea announced that it will turn back its current standard time by 30 minutes effective August 15. The move will allow it to differentiate its time zone from that of Japan and South Korea.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed 4 militants in the village of Datta Khel, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In the Philippines a homemade bomb believed to have been set off by Abu Sayyaf militants killed two soldiers in Basilan province.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, A Saudi soldier was killed by shelling from across the Yemeni border, becoming the third death this week.
    (AFP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, It was reported that Thailand’s new Inheritance Tax Act 2015 has gone into effect and that it will start collecting inheritance tax for the first time next February.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 230 people were kidnapped or detained, including dozens of Christians, some of whom were taken from a church in Qaryatain, the town captured overnight after heavy fighting with the Syrian army.
    (Reuters, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, Two Thailand military courts handed down the country’s harshest sentences in recent decades for insulting the monarchy. A man in Bangkok was sentenced to prison for 30 years for six Facebook postings, and a mother of two young girls in the province of Chiang Mai was sentenced to 28 years for seven postings.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In Turkey 5 people including a Turkish soldier died and several others were injured in clashes in the restive Kurdish-majority southeast, as violence raged between Kurdish militants and security forces.
    (AFP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, Turkey’s official Anatolia news agency reported that the government has frozen the assets of officials from Yemen's former regime including ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, along with Huthi rebel leaders. The freeze will be in place until February 26, 2016.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, In Turkey an Iranian bus was hit in Dogubayazit district of the eastern Agri province. The driver was fatally shot in the head. Turkish authorities blamed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants. The passengers were unhurt.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 7, Saudi-backed Yemeni officials said pro-government forces have retaken Labouza base, the last military base in the country's south that was held by Shiite rebels known as Houthis.
    (AP, 8/7/15)
2015        Aug 7, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at identifying those responsible for using chlorine and other chemical weapons in attacks in Syria.
    (SFC, 8/8/15, p.A3)

2015        Aug 8, The US Justice Department said Julito Francis, a former US Virgin Islands government official, faces 11 counts including conspiracy, bribery and perjury. He was charged in a $17 million bribery scheme. A construction company owner and the co-principal of an architectural company were also charged.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, San Francisco resident Kim Chambers (38) completed a 30-mile swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in 17 hours and 12 minutes, becoming the first woman to do so.
    (SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A12)   
2015        Aug 8, Texas police found the bodies of 6 children and 2 parents in a Houston-area home after a standoff that ended with a man's surrender. David Conley (48) was arrested and charged with the murders. Conley had an earlier relationship with the mother Valerie Jackson, and was believed to be the father of one of the children.
    (AFP, 8/9/15)(SFC, 8/10/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 8, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber in northern Kunduz province killed 29 people, mainly members of illegal armed groups that have clashed with security forces and the insurgents in the past. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 8, In Brazil at least 30 boats of all sizes paraded across Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay to protest contamination in the waters where sailing events will be held next year during the Olympic Games.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, In Cambodia Chhouk Bandith, former governor of Bavet town in the eastern province of Svay Rieng, turned himself in for arrest in Phnom Penh. He had been convicted of shooting and wounding 3 female garment workers during a 2012 protest.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, In China Typhoon Soudelor hit the city of Putian in Fujian province late today. Strong winds caused power outages to more than 1.41 million household in the province.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, In Egypt gunmen killed a policeman southwest of Cairo.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, Finland detained a Russian citizen, Maxim Senakh, at the request of US federal authorities on computer fraud charges. Senakh was accused in the state of Minnesota of infecting computer servers with malware, resulting in criminal gains worth millions of dollars. Russia later called the move illegal.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 8, Hong Kong recorded its hottest day since authorities began taking temperature readings 130 years ago, due to the influence of a nearby typhoon. The daily maximum temperature hit 36.3 degrees Celsius.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, In eastern India dozens of villagers beat to death 5 women, accusing them of practicing witchcraft and blaming them for a series of misfortunes in Kinjia village, Jharkhand state. Police arrested around 50 people involved in the attack.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, Iran issued an advisory warning its citizens to avoid land travel to neighboring Turkey after an Iranian bus was attacked by gunmen.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, Today marked the anniversary of the US beginning airstrikes against the extremists in Iraq. US-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Iraq and seven in Syria against Islamic State targets.
    (AP, 8/8/15)(AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 8, In the Central African Republic a Rwandan soldier serving with the UN peacekeeping mission shot dead 4 Rwandan troops and wounded eight others before committing suicide.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, Mali's special forces rescued four people who hid in a hotel in Sevare for nearly 24 hours after Islamic extremists stormed the building and launched a rare attack far from their northern strongholds that killed 12 people.
    (AP, 8/8/15)(AFP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 8, In Mexico the body of Miguel Angel Jimenez, leader of a group searching for 43 missing students, was found behind the wheel of his taxi near Acapulco. 2 men were killed by gunfire outside a home in La Paz where a party had been held. Two other people were found dead at a home in Cabo San Lucas, earlier in the day. Both victims, a man and a woman, had been shot in the head.
    (AFP, 8/10/15)(AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 8, Six Russian opposition activists ended their hunger strike in Novosibirsk after one of them was hospitalized following 12 days of going without food to protest being barred from elections.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, In Russia a privately owned Cessna seaplane and a Robinson R44 helicopter collided over the Istrinskoye reservoir outside Moscow late today and fell into the water. All 9 people aboard the two crafts were killed.
    (AFP, 8/9/15)(AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 8, Spain's Guardia Civil police force said they have arrested 34 suspected members of a gang based in Colombia that smuggled drugs between the two countries.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, Syrian activists said hundreds of Christian families have fled the central town of Sadad toward the government-held central city of Homs and Damascus, as Islamic State fighters advanced toward it. A shell hit a street in central Damascus, killing 5 people and wounding 36.
    (AP, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to 6 with four missing. The eye of the typhoon passed Taiwan and headed toward mainland China.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, In southern Turkey Kurdish PKK rebels fired at a police vehicle, killing a policeman and wounding another.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 8, UAE state news agency WAM said 3 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates have been killed while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen's dominant Houthi group.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)
2015        Aug 8, In Yemen pro-government forces, strengthened by tanks newly supplied by a Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive to retake Zinjibar, the rebel-held capital of Abyan province. A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit allied fighters in a friendly fire incident, killing at least 20 fighters on a coastal road as they headed toward Zinjibar.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 8, Zimbabwe police blocked the country's main workers union from protesting against a recent wave of job losses and briefly held union leaders.
    (AFP, 8/8/15)

2015        Aug 9, Frank Gifford (b.1930), Pro Football Hall of Famer, died at his home in Connecticut. He led the NY Giants to a league championship in 1956 and was named NFL MVP.
    (SFC, 8/10/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 9, In Missouri police shot and critically wounded a man who opened fire at them in Ferguson, ending what had been a day of remembrance for a black teen killed a year earlier. Tyrone Harris Jr. (18) was wounded during a gun battle with plainclothes officers. Unrest in continued into the next day as St Louis County issued a state of emergency in Ferguson and county prosecutors charged Harris with four counts of assault on law enforcement and shooting at a motor vehicle.
    (AFP, 8/10/15)(http://tinyurl.com/p6xj8ov)
2015        Aug 9, Argentines voted in presidential primaries seen as an early indicator of who is best positioned to succeed President Cristina Kirchner later this year. Daniel Scioli, the president's chosen successor, easily won the open primaries.
    (AFP, 8/9/15)(AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 9, Bangladesh police said 6 suspected wildlife poachers were killed in a clash with law enforcement in the Khulna district Sundarbans forest. Officers seized five guns and three tiger skins. Only about 100 Bengal tigers were left in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans.
    (SFC, 8/10/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 9, Typhoon Soudelor dumped heavy rain and winds on the Chinese mainland, leaving a total of 22 people dead or missing, collapsing homes and trees and cutting power to more than a million homes in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, The East Timor government said former guerrilla leader Mauk Moruk has been killed in a security operation.
    (Reuters, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, In Egypt a roadside bomb hit a police armored vehicle in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing an officer and a conscript and wounding three others.
    (AP, 8/9/15)   
2015        Aug 9, Haiti staged legislative elections in a vote overshadowed by fears of violence and poor turnout in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
    (AFP, 8/9/15)   
2015        Aug 9, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi won the support of his cabinet to eliminate a layer of senior government positions, part of a push to reduce corruption and save money in the face of mounting unrest.
    (Reuters, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, Israel arrested several suspects in raids linked to the deadly firebombing of a Palestinian home and placed alleged Jewish extremists Meir Ettinger and Eviatar Slonim in a controversial form of detention without trial.
    (AFP, 8/9/15)(SFC, 8/10/15, p.A3)
2015        Aug 9, In Kashmir 2 suspected rebels and an Indian army soldier were killed in two gunbattles after a group of militants crossed over from Pakistan in the nearby Tangdar sector of the border.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, In Libya a car bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed 9 people and wounded dozens in the eastern coastal city of Derna.
    (AFP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 9, Mali’s army said gunmen have killed 10 civilians in an attack on the northern village of Gaberi.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, In Mexico a man was shot to death in his SUV in La Paz, and another passenger was seriously wounded.
    (AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 9, Myanmar’s government said the number of people affected by flooding across the country approached 1 million, with waters in the low-lying southwestern delta inundating homes and forcing villagers into temporary shelters. The death toll was on the verge of topping 100.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, In Northern Ireland the annual anti-internment parade, organized to mark the introduction of internment without trial during the height of the Troubles in August 1971, was stopped by police from entering Belfast city center, after the parade had defied a Parade Commission ruling. Protesters pelted police with petrol bombs, stones and bottles.
    (AFP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 9, In the Philippines about 10 heavily armed Abu Sayyaf militants opened fire on the soldiers and stole one of their motorcycles before fleeing into the jungle in Sulu province. 2 soldiers were killed. Army troops later caught up with the attackers and engaged them in a brief gunbattle that may have killed some of the militants.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, Scotland's devolved government said it intended to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops on its territory to protect its "clean and green brand" and because there was little evidence that Scottish consumers wanted GM products.
    (Reuters, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, Singapore threw a big party for its 50th anniversary of independence and unrivaled economic success.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, In Spain David Gonzalez (32) became the 9th person gored to death at village fiestas this summer as he tried to capture a charging bull on his mobile phone camera in Villaseca de la Sagra.
    (Econ, 8/22/15, p.46)
2015        Aug 9, In Syria at least 9 people were killed and several wounded in a series of mortar bomb attacks on Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an Islamist fighters' counter-offensive had forced the Syrian army to withdraw from such villages as Mansoura, Zeyara and Tal Waset toward bases northwest of Hama city.
    (Reuters, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, In Syria the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front said it has quit frontline positions against Islamic State north of Aleppo and ceded them to other rebels, leaving a northern area where Turkey wants to set up a buffer zone. Rebels began heavy shelling on Fuaa and Kafraya, among the last regime-held outposts in the northwestern province of Idlib. At least 20 people were killed, including 8 civilians.
    (Reuters, 8/10/15)(AFP, 8/10/15)(AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 9, Turkey’s official Anatolia news agency reported that 390 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed and hundreds injured in two weeks of Turkish airstrikes on positions in northern Iraq. Operations in the eastern Agri province killed 7 PKK militants.
    (AFP, 8/9/15)(Reuters, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 9, In Venezuela John Pate, an American lawyer, was stabbed to death in his apartment in Caracas. He looked to be the victim of a botched robbery.
    (Econ, 8/29/15, p.29)
2015        Aug 9, In Yemen forces loyal to the exiled government recaptured Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province, from Shiite rebels and their allies as they pressed an advance from second city Aden.
    (AFP, 8/9/15)

2015        Aug 10, Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway announced a $37 billion (including debt) takeover of Precision Castparts, a supplier to the aerospace and oil industries. This was the biggest deal in the conglomerate’s 50-year history.
    (Econ, 8/15/15, p.56)
2015        Aug 10, The Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani called on Pakistan to crack down on the Taliban after a suicide car bombing earlier in the day killed 5 people near Kabul's international airport.
    (AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, In China a military court gave a suspended death sentence to General Gu Junshan, the highest-ranking military officer to be tried since China's president began cracking down on corruption in the country's vast army. Junshan, the People's Liberation Army's former head of logistics, was found guilty of abuse of power, embezzlement, accepting bribes and misusing state funds and received a death sentence with a two-year reprieve.
    (AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, Alibaba said it is taking a 20 percent stake in Chinese electronics store chain Suning in a move that helps the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse expand in the brick-and-mortar arena.
    (AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, In Egypt a small bomb exploded near a traffic post in Cairo wounding four policemen, two of them seriously, in an attack claimed by a Cairo-based militant group.
    (AFP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, In Egypt 19 people died when temperatures reached around 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the country's north. A day earlier the heatwave killed 21 people. The heatwave killed at least 61 people across Egypt from Aug 9 to Aug 11 and caused nearly 600 people to be admitted to hospital
    (AP, 8/11/15)(Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 10, The European Commission approved 2.4 billion euros ($2.6 billion) of aid over six years for countries including Greece and Italy that have struggled to cope with a surge in numbers of immigrants.
    (Reuters, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, In eastern India a stampede at a temple during a Hindu religious festival left 10 pilgrims dead and dozens injured n Deoghar, Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, In Iraq two bombs hit neighborhoods in Diyala province killing at least 35  people in Baquba and 7 in the village of Kanaan.
    (SFC, 8/11/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 10, Italian customs police said they have seized 49 kg (108 pounds) of pure cocaine hidden in a container transporting frozen totani, a kind of squid, on a cargo ship from Argentina.
    (AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, Authorities in the Maldives intercepted a boat carrying seven foreign tourists and a local crew that was apparently heading to the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia, where the United States maintains a military base.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 10, In central Mali an army vehicle hit a roadside bomb, killing 3 soldiers and injuring four others near the town of Diabozo.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 10, Moldovan authorities seized more than 130 kg (290 pounds) of heroin in a truck transporting tiles overnight from Ukraine to Bulgaria.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 10, Nepali police shot dead at least 2 demonstrators and injured about a dozen others after they attacked buildings during a protest against proposals for administrative reform.
    (Reuters, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, Pakistani police in Punjab province arrested five more people over a major child sex abuse scandal after a lawyer for the victims accused them of protecting culprits, while activists said the case was just the tip of the iceberg. At least 280 children were filmed being sexually abused by a gang of 25 men who used the hundreds of videos they produced to blackmail the youngsters' parents. Videos dated back to 2007.
    (AFP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, South Korea restarted propaganda broadcasts across the border with rival North Korea for the first time in 11 years in retaliation for the North allegedly planting land mines last week that maimed two South Korean soldiers.
    (AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, In Sweden 2 people were killed and one seriously injured in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the city of Vasteras, about an hour west of Stockholm. Swedish police the next day said two suspects arrested after the knife attack were born in Eritrea and lived in a nearby asylum center. One man (36) soon confessed to the deadly stabbing. The other (23) was released for lack of evidence.
    (Reuters, 8/10/15)(AP, 8/11/15)(AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 10, In Turkey two women shot at the US consulate in Istanbul. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), considered a terrorist organization by the US and Turkey, said one of its members was involved in the attack. The bombing of an Istanbul police station left 4 people dead, 3 of them PKK attackers. At least 8 people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on security forces.
    (Reuters, 8/10/15)(Reuters, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 10, Ukraine’s military said 400 rebel fighters supported by tanks had attacked government forces around the village of Starohnativka, 50 km (30 miles) north of the Kiev-held port city of Mariupol. One servicemen was reported killed, one missing in action and 16 wounded in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, Pope Francis designated Sept. 1 as a day for Catholics to pray for the care of the environment.
    (AP, 8/10/15)
2015        Aug 10, In Yemen fighters opposed to the dominant Houthi movement seized four districts in the central province of Ibb, bringing the armed resistance closer to the group's stronghold in the capital Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 8/10/15)

2015        Aug 11, US federal prosecutors said group of Ukrainian hackers worked with securities traders in the US to make $30 million by breaking into the computers of companies that put out corporate press releases and trading on the information before it was made public.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, In California a DMV employee and trucking school owner pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and identity fraud in a case where as many as 100 commercial truck drivers paid up to $5,000 each for illegal licenses going back to 2011. Two other DMV employees and two other trucking school operators faced similar charges.
    (SFC, 8/12/15, p.D3)
2015        Aug 11, In North Carolina the GlaxoSmithKline plant in Zebulon was shut down after routine testing found the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s in cooling towers.
    (SFC, 8/12/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 11, Howard Brody (b.1932), American physicist of tennis, died in Bryn Mawr, Pa. His work included “Tennis Science for Tennis Players" (1987).
    (Econ, 8/29/15, p.74)
2015        Aug 11, In eastern Afghanistan unknown gunmen kidnapped 12 ethnic minority Hazaras from a car in Ghazni, days after suspected Taliban fighters kidnapped and killed 4 Hazaras in the same province.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, Australian lawmakers in PM Tony Abbott's conservative government agreed on a target of curbing carbon gas emissions to at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, Australian PM Tony Abbott's conservative coalition government blocked its members from voting in favor of gay marriage, a politically risky move that effectively rules out a marriage equality bill passing under his government.
    (Reuters, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, In Bangladesh a war crimes tribunal sentenced one man to death and another to life in prison for collaborating with Pakistan to commit mass killings and other crimes during the 1971 war for independence. The head judge handed down the sentences to Sheikh Sirajul Islam and Khan Akram Hossain.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said his nation is doubling the number of Ukrainian troops it will train this year to 2,000 in an effort to support Kiev in its fight against Russia-backed separatists.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, A Cameroon officials said the military has freed 72 people, including children, held illegally in the north for periods ranging from eight months to four years.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, China devalued its tightly controlled currency following a slump in trade, allowing the yuan's biggest one-day decline in a decade.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, In southwestern China an accident at a coal and gas mine killed 10 people in Guizhou province.
    (AFP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, Greece and its international lenders reached a multi-billion euro bailout agreement after talking through the night, officials said, potentially saving the country from financial ruin. The agreement, reached after a 23-hour session of talks, must still be adopted by Greece's parliament and euro zone countries.
    (Reuters, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, Greek police used fire extinguishers and batons against migrants on the island of Kos, as tensions boiled over in a sports stadium where hundreds, including young children, had gathered to wait for immigration papers.
    (Reuters, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, Hong Kong police searched Uber's office after officers posing as customers arrested five drivers offering their services through a mobile app.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, An Indian official said the government is seeking damages from Nestle India, accusing it of unfair trade practices and false labeling after several states found its popular brand of instant noodles contained unsafe levels of lead.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, Iraq's parliament unanimously approved PM Haider al-Abadi's reform program aimed at curbing the corruption and government waste.
    (AFP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, In northern Iraq Kurdish forces in the Makhmur area near Arbil were reportedly attacked with Katyusha rockets filled with chlorine. IS has previously been accused of using chlorine against Kurdish forces in Iraq.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 11, In northern Italy Francesco Seramondi (65) and his wife Giovanna Ferrari (63) were shot repeatedly with sawn-off shotguns inside their takeaway pizzeria in Brescia. Pakistani national Mohamed Adnan (32) and Indian Sarbjit Singh (33) later admitted to the mafia-style slaying.
    (AFP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 11, Italian rescuers picked up more than 1,500 migrants from other seven vessels in the Mediterranean Sea. Up to 50 migrants went missing after a large rubber dinghy sank.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, In Japan control rods were lifted from the reactor core at the Sendai nuclear plant, ending a ban on nuclear power following meltdowns at Fukushima.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, In Indian Kashmir government troops killed 2 militants in a prolonged gunbattle that also wounded a police officer. One protester died in a separate incident.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, The future of Libya's internationally recognized government was uncertain after PM Abdullah al-Thani said he would resign.
    (AFP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, In Mexico gas pipeline explosion killed 5 people near Monterey. It was reportedly caused by construction workers who hit a pipeline with excavating machinery.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, In northeastern Nigeria a blast at a market in Borno state killed at least 50 people and injured another 51.
    (Reuters, 8/11/15)(AFP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, Pakistan’s army said it has foiled a militant plot to attack Independence Day celebrations on August 14. The army said it had carried out a raid in Karachi as part of the operation.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, Russia and Saudi Arabia failed in talks to overcome their differences on the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a central dispute in Syria's civil war that shows no sign of abating despite renewed diplomacy.
    (Reuters, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, Russian security services said Magomed Suleimanov (39), the leader of a Caucasus Islamist group in the Dagestan region, has been killed along with 4 others in a mountain raid near Gimry that included air strikes.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, Russian officials said more than 5,000 emergency workers were battling to put out wildfires raging across forests in Siberia with over 1,250 square km of woodland ablaze in at least six eastern regions.
    (AFP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, A top South Sudan rebel general said that he and other powerful commanders had split from their chief Riek Machar, rejecting ongoing peace talks and risking a worsening of the country's civil war.
    (AFP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, Spanish police arrested a man in Naron for selling T-shirts showing a British aid worker as he was about to be executed by Islamic State militants as well as a range of clothing bearing IS slogans.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, A Syrian army airstrike hit a busy vegetable market in the northern city of Idlib, killing at least 7 people and wounding more than 23. The Islamic State launched a new offensive against Syrian rebels north of Aleppo. IS suicide attackers detonated four car bombs overnight. The IS said its fighters had attacked two buildings in Marea. At least 25 Syrian rebels were killed overnight in an attack by Islamic State group fighters on an insurgent stronghold in Aleppo province. At least 8 IS fighters died.
    (AP, 8/11/15)(Reuters, 8/11/15)(AFP, 8/11/15)   
2015        Aug 11, In southern Thailand a pickup truck carrying a group of students careened onto a traffic island and hit some trees, killing 8 of the students and the driver. . A WHO survey has ranked Thailand the second worst traffic fatality rates in the world after Namibia.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, Turkish warplanes hit 17 Kurdish militant targets in the southeastern province of Hakkari over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, A Venezuelan military court granted parole to former general Raul Baduel. He was key in the rescue of Hugo Chavez from a coup in 2002, but later broke ranks with the late leader's socialist government. Baduel, arrested in 2009, was serving an eight-year sentence for illicit enrichment while Defense Minister, accusations he deemed politically motivated.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 11, In Yemen militiamen clashed with the dominant Houthi group inside the city of Ibb, in their latest significant advance into territory the Houthis had held unopposed for months. Clashes with Houthi forces also raged in the central provinces of al-Bayda and Shabwa. Al Qaeda said it carried out 12 separate gun and bomb attacks on Houthi fighters in the central province on al-Bayda.
    (Reuters, 8/11/15)(Reuters, 8/12/15)

2015        Aug 12, In northern California the Jerusalem Fire running rampant through drought-parched vegetation grew by several thousand acres overnight, as firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)(SFC, 8/12/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 12, Kraft Heinz said it is cutting 2,500 jobs in the US and Canada, including about 700 in Northfield, Ill., where the company is headquartered.
    (SFC, 8/13/15, p.C2)
2015        Aug 12, Texas executed Daniel Lee Lopez (27) for fatally striking a police lieutenant with an SUV during a chase in 2009.
    (SFC, 8/13/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 12, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters disguised in police uniforms infiltrated a security forces compound in Helmand province and killed 14 security personnel. The Taliban used US-built Humvees with mounted machine guns.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)(Reuters, 9/22/15)
2015        Aug 12, British publishing company Pearson said it has agreed to sell its 50-percent stake in The Economist Group, owner of prestigious magazine The Economist, for $730 million (663 million euros), split between The Economist Group itself and Italian investment firm Exor, which is controlled by the Agnelli family.
    (AFP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, Chad’s Pres. Idriss Deby said Boko Haram has a new commander named Mahamat Daoud, said to have replaced Abubakar Shekau, and that Daoud is willing to negotiate with Nigeria’s new government.
    (SFC, 8/13/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 12, China cut the yuan's value against the dollar for the second consecutive day. The yuan hit a four-year low falling for a second day.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)(AFP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, In northern China more than 60 people were missing after a landslide buried the living quarters of a mining company under one million cubic meters of earth in Shanyang county, Shaanxi province.
    (AFP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, In China two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeastern port city of Tianjin. Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics was identified as the owner of the site. On Aug 15 police confirmed for the first time the presence of deadly sodium cyanide at the site of the blast as a series of new explosions were heard and small fires broke out. In September the final death toll was set at 173 with no hope of finding 8 missing. Residents whose homes were destroyed were offered 2,000 yuan ($312) for three months.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)(AP, 8/14/15)(Reuters, 8/15/15)(AP, 8/22/15)(AP, 8/31/15)(Econ, 8/22/15, p.38)
2015        Aug 12, Islamic State sympathizers circulated an image that appears to show the grisly aftermath of the beheading of Tomislav Salopek, a Croatian hostage abducted in Egypt.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, Estonia’s Agriculture ministry spokeswoman Karin Volmer said a total of 15,700 pigs have been killed to prevent the spread of African swine fever since the first case was reported there on July 21.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, Guinea Bissau's Pres. Jose Mario Vaz dismissed the government late today because of a deepening power struggle with PM Domingos Simoes Pereira.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 12, Indonesia’s Pres. Joko Widodo fired four Cabinet ministers in a much anticipated reshuffle as the government struggles to improve the economy.
    (SFC, 8/13/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 12, Indonesian authorities seized the Thai-owned Silver Sea 2, a massive refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught fish. It was escorted about 80 miles (130 km) to a naval base in Sabang.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 12, In Iraq’s Kurdish region Farhad Jaafar Mahmood and wives Khuncha Hassan Ismaeil and Berivan Haider Karim were hanged following convictions in April last year over the kidnapping and murder of two girls.
    (AP, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 12, Libya’s rival factions met for a second day of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva. The warring factions ended two days with a pledge to end the political crisis and military conflict in the country within weeks.
    (AFP, 8/12/15)(Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, A Malaysian opposition party filed a civil lawsuit against PM Najib Razak for alleged election offenses involving $700 million in his bank accounts.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, Myanmar's health minister scrapped plans to fill more of the 300 vacancies at his ministry with military personnel, after thousands of people joined a rare online protest against eight initial appointments. The Black Ribbon Movement, launched this week by medical workers and doctors following the appointments, called on the government to end the "militarization" of the ministry.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, In Nigeria a helicopter, owned by Bristow Group of Houston, Texas, crashed as it traveled from an oil rig into a lagoon in Lagos, killing 6 people.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 12, In Northern Ireland Kevin McGuigan, a former Irish Republican Army militant, was killed in East Belfast. The murder was widely seen as score-settling within paramilitary ranks and revived fears that the IRA is still operating in secret.
    (AFP, 9/1/15) (SFC, 9/11/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 12, In southern Pakistan gunmen killed 4 policemen in Karachi. The military said it has captured militants involved in a plot to attack Independence Day celebrations on August 14. including Bakhat Zaman, the deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, In South Korea Choi Hyun-yeol (80) set himself on fire during a protest calling for Japan to apologize for forcing Korean girls and women to work in military brothels during World War II. He was in critical condition with burns to his neck, face, and upper torso.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, A South Korean media report said Choe Yong Gon (63), North Korea's vice premier, was executed by firing squad this year after showing discontent with the policies of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, In Syria heavy rebel shelling and government airstrikes around Damascus killed at least 36 people and wounded scores more in a surge in violence just hours before the arrival of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, Syria's warring parties declared a 48-hour ceasefire in two frontline areas after unprecedented mediation from Turkey and Iran. The ceasefire halted fighting in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and in a pair of Shi'ite Muslim villages in Idlib province.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, A Turkish soldier and two fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed when militants attacked a military outpost in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, A UN report said a measles outbreak in the copper-mining Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 315 people and infected at least 20,000.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, In Venezuela Daniel Ceballos, the former mayor of the restive western city of San Cristobal, was granted house arrest on medical grounds while awaiting trial for his alleged role in inciting violence during last year's anti-government protests.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 12, In eastern Yemen a suspected US drone strike killed 5 al Qaeda men in their car while they were traveling on a coast road east of the port of Mukalla.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)

2015        Aug 13, Connecticut’s Supreme Court spared the lived of all eleven men remaining on death row. The state’s death penalty had been abolished in 2012.
    (SFC, 8/14/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 13, In New York a jury acquitted Charles "Teddy" Pierre in the deaths of Clara Sconiers and Thomas Reed. The Trinidad-born man had served 13 years in prison for a 2002 double homicide. He still faced a possible deportation.
    (AP, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 13, A Pennsylvania judge, citing new DNA evidence, vacated the murder conviction of Lewis Fogle (63), who has been in prison for 34 years in the shooting death of a girl (15).
    (SFC, 8/14/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 13, Tesla Motors Inc CEO Elon Musk said he will invest $20 million as part of the company's $500 million stock offering in a show of confidence at a time when the electric car maker is burning through cash.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, A high-level Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan to discuss security cooperation and peace efforts.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an online audio message, pledged allegiance to Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, the new head of the Afghan Taliban, in a move that could bolster his accession after the death of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Australia’s Sidney Morning Herald reported that the Islamic State has hacked the personal information of Defense Force employees and their relatives, New South Wales health employees and several other public servants. It said the IS has bragged of gathering the names of some 1,400 people, most of whom are supposedly US military personnel.
    (SSFC, 8/16/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 13, In Azerbaijan a court in Baku sentenced Leyla Yunus, a prominent rights defender, to 8½ years in prison on charges of fraud, tax evasion and illegal business activities. Her husband Arif Yunus was given a 7-year sentence on fraud charges, and the court also confiscated the couple's assets.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Brazil at least 17 people were shot to death within the span of about three hours in the suburbs of Sao Paulo. Police soon began investigating whether the string of murders were a coordinated act of revenge by off-duty officers following the nearby deaths of two colleagues.
    (AP, 8/14/15)(Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 13, Britain said it would make a formal protest to Ecuador over its decision to provide asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy and so prevent his extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Burundi's ruling party termed the controversial re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza (51) a "divine miracle", as the opposition accused him of declaring war by clinging to power. Meanwhile violence continued unabated with at least 3 people killed in the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Beijing a man slashed a Chinese woman to death and injured her French companion in one of the city’s busiest shopping districts in broad daylight. The man (25), family name Gao, was arrested.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Egypt's health minister said 17 more people have died due to an "unprecedented" heat wave, raising this week's death toll to 76.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Egypt police Lieutenant Colonel Amr Farouk was sentenced to a reduced five years in jail in a re-trial over the deaths of 37 Islamist prisoners being transported to jail in an overcrowded van in August, 2013. Three other officers again received suspended terms.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Iraq a truck bomb ripped through the popular Jameela market in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad’s Sadr City early today, killing at least 67 people. The IS group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Israel a tent was torched and Hebrew-language graffiti was sprayed at a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank in what residents and an NGO said was a suspected attack by Jewish extremists.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, President Anote Tong of the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati called for a global moratorium on new coal mines to slow global warming and a creeping rise in world sea levels.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In central Libya at least 17 people were killed in heavy clashes between Islamic State fighters and a rival Islamist group in the Islamic State-held city of Sirte. Earlier this week a Salafist Muslim group and armed residents attacked IS fighters in Sirte. Residents said around 15 local fighters and two IS commanders were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Mexico five gunmen burst into a bar early today and killed Jose Marquez Balderas, a reputed local boss of the Zetas drug gang, journalist Juan Santos Cabrera and 4 other people in the coast state of Veracruz.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Myanmar's military-backed ruling party announced the ouster of Shwe Mann, its politically popular chairman, hours after security forces seized the party headquarters, preventing some members from leaving. Shwe Mann was seen as a leading candidate for the presidency in upcoming Nov 8 elections.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari swore in a new set of military chiefs, ordering them to end Boko Haram's bloody six-year Islamist insurgency within three months.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Pakistan's army announced the death penalty for six militants linked to the Dec 16, 2014, assault on a school in Peshawar that killed 151 people, mainly students. The army also announced it would execute another man for carrying out an attack on soldiers in the city of Karachi in March that killed three.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Romanian education authorities were reported investigating some 400 cases in which students are suspected of getting into high schools without having the necessary grades.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Russia's foreign minister hosted a delegation of the main Syrian opposition group, part of the Kremlin's new push for a mediation role in the Syrian conflict.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Russia broadened a food embargo imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine to include Iceland, a significant fish importer, as well as Montenegro, Albania and Liechtenstein.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Sergio Morate (29), wanted by Spain for murdering his girlfriend and another woman, was detained in the western city of Lugoj, Romania. A Romanian court ruled the next day that he can be extradited to his home country to face charges.
    (AP, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 13, Swedish prosecutors dropped a sexual assault probe against Julian Assange after the time limit on the case expired but the Wikileaks founder, who still faces a rape claim, voiced disappointment.
    (AFP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Syria rockets hit several districts in Latakia, a stronghold of Pres. Bashar Assad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 13. A two-day cease-fire between Hezbollah fighters and rebel groups in Zabadani, as well as in Foua and Kfarya, two Shiite villages in Idlib province, was extended for another 48 hours.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, Thailand's military-installed interim PM Prayuth Chan-ocha defended a new law that places tight restrictions on public gatherings and warned it will be strictly enforced as the Public Assembly Act took effect.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Turkey efforts PM Ahmet Davutoglu to forge a coalition alliance with the country's pro-secular party failed, edging the country closer toward new elections.
    (AP, 8/13/15)
2015        Aug 13, In Yemen mortar rounds fired by Shiite Houthi rebels killed 6 civilians in the central city of Taiz.
    (AP, 8/13/15)

2015        Aug 14, US Marines raised the American flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, symbolically ushering in an era of renewed diplomatic relations between the two Cold War-era foes.
    (Reuters, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, A US court hearing on the fate of 18 beluga whales captured in Russia pitted federal regulators against the Georgia aquarium seeking to bring them to the US.
    (Reuters, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, Michigan authorities said Candy Lawson (44) of Corunna has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, vulnerable adult abuse and embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, for keeping her disabled adult sister (42) locked in a closet for six or seven years with little food, water or clothing and only a bucket for urination.
    (AP, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, The price of crude oil hit its lowest level in 6½ years amid concerns over a slowing economy in China.
    (AP, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, Cameroon's president vowed to send 2,450 troops to join a regional army to fight Nigeria-based Boko Haram, nearly tripling his initial pledge. Boko Haram was estimated to have some 6,000 fighters.
    (AP, 8/15/15)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.45)
2015        Aug 14, The Dominican Republic said it has resumed the detention of people deemed to be illegal migrants after the expiration of a deadline for undocumented foreigners to apply for temporary residence.
    (Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 14, Eurozone finance ministers approved a third bailout worth up to 86 billion euros to keep Greece in the single currency in return for an unprecedented package of reforms that Athens had previously rejected.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 14, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras faced the widest rebellion yet from his leftist lawmakers as parliament approved a new bailout program, forcing him to consider a confidence vote that could pave the way for early elections.
    (Reuters, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, The ruling party in Guinea Bissau renominated Domingos Simoes Pereira as prime minister, three days after he was sacked by President Jose Mario Vaz.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 14, In Indonesia Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (45) and local teaching assistant Ferdinant Tjiong, sentenced to 10 years in prison for child sexual offenses, were released after a Jakarta court overturned their April 2 convictions.
    (AP, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, In Iraq Islamic State militants attacked the outskirts of the northern oil refinery town of Baiji overnight with car bombs and clashed with the army and Shi'ite militias in the town's western districts.
    (Reuters, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, In Israel Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan (30) was 60 days into his hunger strike, launched in protest of his detention without charge in an Israeli jail, when he slipped into unconsciousness. Allan was arrested in November 2014 and was being held for his activities in Islamic Jihad.
    (AP, 8/14/15)(AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 14, The UN said at least 4 people have died and more than 20,000 have been affected by floods in Niger caused by weeks of heavy rain.
    (AFP, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, South Sudan's government said it was pulling out of peace talks to end a 20-month long civil war after rebel forces split despite international threats of sanctions. The UN said South Sudan's army has lifted a more than a month-long aid blockade into rebel areas.
    (AFP, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, Thailand's legislature voted against impeaching 248 members of the previous Parliament, sparing them a ban from politics for trying to amend the constitution.
    (AP, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, Turkish state media said the military has started building a concrete wall along the border with Syria following a series of attacks. Security forces said a soldier was killed after a mine laid by militants was detonated remotely in the eastern province of Bingol. 2 PKK fighters were killed during an operation in response to the attack.
    (AFP, 8/14/15)(Reuters, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, The UN Committee against Torture called on Iraq to close what it described as secret detention centers where militant suspects, including minors, are severely tortured.
    (Reuters, 8/14/15)
2015        Aug 14, In Yemen hundreds of women protested in the country's rebel-held capital of Sanaa over a shortage of gasoline.
    (AP, 8/14/15)

2015        Aug 15, In central California Kern County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Benjamin Peter Ashley (34) after he failed to comply with orders to drop his weapon. Ashley was suspected of killing retired dentist David Markiewitz (64), whose body was found on July 30 in a cabin in Jawbone Canyon, and later wounding two deputies as they searched for him in Kelso Valley.
    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 15, Julian Bond (b.1940, former Georgia state Representative and Senator, died in Florida. He helped start the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. In 1998 he was elected chairman of the NAACP and served for ten years.
    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.A12)013
2015        Aug 15, Idaho fire managers said the north central Clearwater Complex fires have destroyed 50 homes and 75 outbuildings. Authorities have urged residents of the small mountain town of Kamiah to be prepared to flee at a moment’s notice.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 15, Afghan police arrested five people near the northern town of Sar-e-Pul after they were filmed beating a man and his daughter accused of robbery by a village fortune teller.
    (Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Brazil's labor ministry said its inspectors have found 11 men hired by the construction firm building the athletes' village for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics living in slave-like conditions.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported that immigration agents at Rio de Janeiro's airport are under investigation for allegedly accepting bribes to allow Chinese immigrants into the country illegally.
    (AFP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Burundi unidentified gunmen shot and killed Col. Jean Bikomagu, the former army chief of staff, in the second high-profile killing this month amid chaos linked to the disputed reelection of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
    (Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Cambodian authorities arrested opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour, two days after PM Hun Sen accused him of treason for comments criticizing a 36-year-old border agreement with Vietnam posted on Facebook.
    (AP, 8/15/15)(AP, 10/2/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Ecuador several villages were evacuated, as the Cotopaxi volcano rumbled to life, angrily spewing ash into the sky and threatening nearby residents with potential volcanic landslides.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Egypt's state news said the scorching heatwave over the past week has killed at least 93 people. Temperatures were expected to be high in the coming days. By August 18 the death toll reached 106.
    (AP, 8/15/15)(AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Greece migrants desperate to get off the island of Kos fought each other while nearby a passenger ship chartered to house and process refugees lay empty 24 hours after it had arrived.
    (Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, In northern Haiti 16 people died in a truck accident near Cap-Haitien.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, India and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortars in Kashmir, killing at least 4 civilians and injuring 23 others.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, The IAEA said Iran has given the UN Int’l. Atomic Energy Agency documents linked to the agency's probe of allegations that Tehran tried to develop atomic arms.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Iraq a car bomb at the Sadr City Habibiya car dealership in Baghdad killed 8 people.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Some 49 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the Italian coast. The victims were apparently asphyxiated by fuel fumes and were primarily married men who had given spots on the deck to their wives. Some 312 survivors were pulled off the boat. On August 18 Italian police said eight suspected human traffickers have been arrested on suspicion of homicide.
    (AFP, 8/16/15)(Reuters, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 15, Lebanese authorities arrested Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, a fugitive hard-line Sunni cleric, who was wanted on suspicion of being involved in deadly clashes with government troops in 2013 that deepened sectarian tensions in the country.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Libyan state news reported that Islamic State group jihadists have beheaded 12 people and hung them on crosses during a battle for Sirte. LANA also reported that IS militants executed 22 other Sirte residents who had taken up arms against the jihadist group as they lay wounded in a city hospital.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Libya’s internationally recognized government appealed to Arab countries to carry out air strikes against the local Islamic State affiliate, which was expanding its hold on Sirte.
    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 15, A Mexican police officer was shot after spotting an attempted kidnapping in the Tabasco state capital of Villahermosa. The attackers fled and exchanged fire with pursuing officers, killing 2 more. 3 suspects were killed as their vehicle crashed. Two others were badly injured and died as they were being taken to a hospital.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, The Pakistani government says senior Cabinet minister Mushahidullah Khan has resigned from his post after claiming in an interview that the country's former spy master Zaheerul Islam wanted to overthrow PM Nawaz Sharif through violent rallies in Islamabad last year. The military denied Khan's claim and Sharif's government said it was not aware of any such conspiracy.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Pakistani spy master Hamid Gul (b.1936) died of a brain hemorrhage. He came into real power when he became chief of the ISI in 1987 and led the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency as it funneled US and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants.
    (AP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 15, Palestinian Rafiq Taj (21) from Nablus was shot dead by Israeli forces after stabbing a border policeman in the northern West Bank.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, A Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed into the Sea of Okhotsk in the far east, and five of the 16 people on board were missing and presumed dead.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Somalia Ahmed Madobe was elected as president of Jubbaland for four more years by members of the regional parliament, which has defied a government decision in June to disband it on the grounds it was unrepresentative and dominated by hand-picked members of Madobe's clan.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, South Sudan's government said it would continue with peace talks to end a 20-month civil war, but without President Salva Kiir attending.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Spain Jose Alberto Penas (34), a newly elected town councilor of Traspinedo,    died after he was gored by a bull while celebrating nearby Penafiel's annual feast day. He was the 4th person gored to death in Spain during this year's August holiday.
    (AP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Syria a temporary ceasefire between warring parties collapsed as negotiations failed to reach a more permanent agreement to end fighting in a town near the Lebanese border and two villages in the northwest.
    (Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Turkey’s state news reported that Kurdish rebels detonated a roadside bomb between the eastern provinces of Bingol and Erzurum as a military vehicle was passing by, killing 3 soldiers. A police officer was killed after PKK rebels opened fire near the town of Semdinli.
    (AP, 8/15/15)(Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Authorities in Ukrainian-controlled territory along the frontline said that shelling over the past day had killed 2 civilians and wounded 15 more.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Ukraine masked men fired tear gas into a venue in Odessa where gay rights activists were to hold a forum after deciding against marching in defiance of a ban.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, In Yemen forces loyal to the exiled government retook a fifth southern province, extending recent gains against Iran-backed Shiite rebels who still control Sanaa. The rebels handed over Shabwa province to government forces and withdrew after being promised a safe route out.
    (AFP, 8/15/15)

2015        Aug 16, In southern California two small planes collided midair as they approached Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego County, killing 5 people.
    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 16, In Brazil demonstrators took to the streets of cities and towns across the country for a day of nationwide anti-government protests.
    (AP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi boosted police and judicial powers with a new anti-terrorism law that also imposes hefty fines for "false" media reports.
    (AFP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 16, East African leaders met in Ethiopia ahead of a deadline for South Sudan's warring leaders to strike a peace deal or risk international sanctions.
    (AFP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortar rounds for a seventh straight day along the highly militarized line of control in Kashmir. Indian police said six civilians had died in the Pakistani shelling over the last two days. Pakistan's army said that two civilians had been killed.
    (AP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, In Indonesia an aircraft with 54 people on board crashed in the remote and mountainous region of Papua. The 27-year-old Trigana ATR 42-300 crashed into Tangok mountain. All 54 people on board the aircraft were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)(Reuters, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 16, An Iraqi parliamentary panel called for dozens of security and political officials, including former PM Nuri al-Maliki, to be referred to court in connection with the fall of the northern city of Mosul to Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, In Iraq Islamic State militants launched an attack against government troops outside the militant-held city of Fallujah, killing at least 17 troops.
    (AP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, Libyan residents said the Islamic State has executed and displayed the bodies of 4 members of a rival group which had staged a revolt against the militants in the central city of Sirte. Unknown gunmen fired on the airport of Benghazi, partly destroying a passenger terminal. Rockets also landed in a residential district in the eastern city of Derna, from which Islamic State was expelled by a rival group in June.
    (AP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, In Nicaragua 5 police officers were killed in the south of the country after being attacked by a criminal group trying to free a detained member in Punta Gorda.
    (Reuters, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 16, Nigeria's ruling party called on the country's people to support efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to recover billions of dollars lost to government corruption and punish the perpetrators in the graft-plagued nation.
    (AFP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram, denied he had been killed or ousted as chief of the jihadist group in an audio recording released today and attributed to him by security experts.
    (AFP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, In Pakistan a bomb killed Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and 18 other people at his home in the political heartland of PM Nawaz Sharif. Lashkar-e-Islam, a Taliban-affiliated militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)(AP, 8/17/15)(Reuters, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 16, In the Philippines the decomposing body of Kevin Fleischauer, a 58-year-old American, was found. The body of his Filipino-American wife, Lolly Mangilaya Fleischauer (60), was found a day later in a well. They had been missing for about two weeks in a case of suspected robbery in Murcia town, Negros Occidental province.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 16, In Portugal former Serb army commander Mile Mrksic (68), serving a 20-year sentence for his role in the massacre of Croats during the Balkans wars, died in Lisbon. The former officer in the Yugoslav army (JNA), was convicted in 2007 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for aiding and abetting the torture and murder of nearly 200 civilians in Vukovar in eastern Croatia in 1991.
    (AFP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 16, In South Africa a small Namibian medical plane crashed in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve east of Cape Town, killing all 5 people aboard.
    (AFP, 8/16/15)
2015        Aug 16, In Spain an animal rights activist was beaten with a duck by a woman defending one of the country's most bizarre and controversial festival traditions in the Catalonian seaside town of Roses. Every year since 1918 about 50 ducks are thrown into the sea in the town north of Barcelona, with swimmers then racing in to catch them and bringing them ashore however they can.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 16, A Syrian government air strike northeast of Damascus killed at least 96 people in a marketplace in Douma. A Syrian military source said air force strikes on Douma and nearby Harasta targeted the headquarters of the rebel group Islam Army.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)(AFP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 16, In Yemen militia forces loyal to the exiled government fought their way deep into the central city of Taiz, largely pushing out Houthi militiamen from the country's third largest city.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)

2015        Aug 17, US Army officials said two women will graduate from Ranger School in Fort Benning, Georgia, on August 21. The two West Point officers were the first women to complete the Army’s premier leadership course.
    (SFC, 8/19/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 17, In Afghanistan a German woman, believed to be employed by German government aid agency GIZ, was kidnapped in Kabul by armed assailants.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, In Bangladesh a court Dhaka sentenced six officials of a now-dissolved drug company to 10 years in jail for producing toxic paracetamol syrup that reportedly killed hundreds of children who developed kidney diseases and other ailments after taking the medicine in the 1990s.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, Bangladesh’s elite forces arrested three suspected Islamist militants, including a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, for masterminding the killings of secular bloggers Avijit Roy on Feb 26 and Ananta Bijoy Das on May 12. Touhidur Rahman (58) and two active members of outlawed Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team were arrested in Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 17, Gabon’s Pres. Ali Bongo pledged to donate part of his inheritance to the country’s youth. The assets of of his father, Omar Bongo (d.2009), were yet to be distributed among 53 declared heirs.
    (Econ, 8/22/15, p.42)
2015        Aug 17, In northern India brothers Nanhe and Gul Hasan beheaded Phool Jehan (17), their teenage sister, and carried her head through their village because they disapproved of her romantic relationship with a cousin.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 17, Indian budget airline IndiGo finalized an exceptionally large order for 250 single-aisle Airbus A320neo jets to keep up with rapid growth in the country's air travel.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, Iraq's judicial council rejected calls for judge Medhat al-Mahmoud, head of Supreme Judicial Council, to retire amid calls for widespread government reform.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, Israel offered to free Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan (31), whose two-month hunger strike has left him in a coma, but only if he goes abroad. Allan’s lawyer immediately dismissed the offer. Doctors were using artificial breathing equipment, fluids and vitamins to keep Allan alive. On August 19 Israel’s Supreme Court suspended the detention order against Allan after medical tests showed he had suffered brain damage from the fast. On August 20 Allan ended his hunger strike.
    (AFP, 8/17/15)(SFC, 8/20/15, p.A2)(SFC, 8/21/15, p.A3)(Econ, 8/22/15, p.41)
2015        Aug 17, In northern Mali several people died in clashes pitting a pro-government Tuareg group and the main Tuareg rebel body at Agnefis.
    (AFP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, In western Mexico a tractor trailer rig that swerved to avoid another vehicle had 10 people packed into the cab when it crashed, burned and fell 20 meters (65 feet) off a bridge in Michoacan state. 6 of the dead were children.
    (AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 17, Pakistani air strikes killed at least 24 suspected militants in four areas of North Waziristan. A shootout in the southern port city of Karachi killed two suspected al-Qaida members and an intelligence officer.
    (Reuters, 8/17/15)(AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 17, A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli police troopers after he stabbed and lightly wounded one of them at a military checkpoint outside Nablus.
    (Reuters, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, The Saudi military said 2 soldiers have been killed along the border by a missile fired from inside Yemen.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, South Sudan's government and rebels signed a peace agreement, hours before the end of a deadline threatening international sanctions. The agreement was signed by rebel chief Riek Machar and Pagan Amum, the secretary-general of the ruling party. Pres. Salva Kiir, who only initialed the deal, rather than signing it as Machar did, had reservations over the proposal's plan to demilitarize the capital, Juba.
    (AFP, 8/17/15)(Reuters, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 17, Sri Lankans voted in parliamentary elections that will decide the political future of Mahinda Rajapakse, a former strongman leader seeking a comeback, eight months after being unseated in a shocking election loss. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party won 106 out of 225 seats, while Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance secured 95.
    (AP, 8/17/15)(AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 17, In Syria rockets fired by insurgents killed 3 people in the coastal city of Latakia, a government stronghold.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, In Thailand a bomb exploded just outside a Hindu shrine in Bangkok, killing 20 people, including 14 foreigners, with 123 wounded. The government said the attack was a bid to destroy the economy. A man suspected of the bombing at the Erawan shrine was seen in grainy CCTV footage entering the compound with a backpack on, sitting down against a railing and then slipping out of the bag's straps.
    (Reuters, 8/17/15)(Reuters, 8/18/15)(Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 17, Turkey’s Supreme Court ruled that the Turkish state should cover all the expenses of cemevis, the prayer houses of the Alevi community, as it does for mosques, churches and synagogues. Alevis revere Imam Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed. Theirs is a Turkish version of Alawism, prominent in neighboring Syria.
    (AFP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 17, In eastern Ukraine Fighting flared between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels near the port of Mariupol and at rebel-held Horlivka overnight, killing at least 10 people including 2 Ukrainian soldiers over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/17/15)(AFP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, In Yemen heavy fighting between government loyalists and rebels for control of Taez left at least 81 people dead in the past 24 hours.
    (AFP, 8/17/15)

2015        Aug 18, In Alaska 3 men were believed buried by a landslide at a construction site in Sitka. Six landslides hit the city following 2.5 inches of rain over the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 8/20/15, p.A7)
2015        Aug 18, Bangladesh authorities arrested three lawyers for funding a newly founded militant group. Sakila Farzana, Hasanuzzaman Liton and Mahfuz Chowdhury Bopon allegedly channeled more than 10 million takas ($129,870) to the Shaheed Hamza Brigade for the new militant group to buy weapons and fund its operation.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 18, In Burundi 4 people were killed in Bujumbura as violence persisted following the controversial re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 18, China’s Ministry of Public Security said police have arrested 15,000 people on suspicion of cybercrimes as the government tightens its control over the Internet.
    (AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, The Greek government gazette said reported an agreement to sell to a German company the rights to operate 14 regional airports.
    (AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, Haitian electoral officials disqualified nine candidates for engaging in violence or inciting chaos during the August 9 parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir suspected rebels opened fire at a police post, killing a police constable and a civilian.
    (AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, In northern Iraq Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Haji Mutaz, was killed in a US air strike. He was IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's senior deputy and second-in-command of the Islamic State jihadist group.
    (AFP, 8/21/15)
2015        Aug 18, Myanmar's parliament voted to again extend martial law for three months in a restive area along the country's border with China, where there have been clashes between the military and an armed ethnic group since February.
    (Reuters, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, In the southern Philippines a motorcycle-riding gunman killed Gregorio Ybanez, the publisher of a small newspaper. Colleagues said they suspect his killing could be linked to his other job as a director of an electric cooperative.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 18, Russian police said they had detained an "international criminal gang" that produced contraband cheese worth some $30 million using banned Western ingredients. An unnamed source in law enforcement said that the rennet used by the ring had been imported illegally from countries including Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which are subject to Russian sanctions.
    (AFP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, Syrian government forces recaptured four northwestern villages as they pounded the area with air strikes in a counter-attack on insurgents threatening strongholds of President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, In Syria Islamic State militants beheaded Khaled al-Asaad (81), a leading antiquities scholar who spent most of his life looking after the ancient ruins of Palmyra, then hung his body from a pole in a main square of the historic town and then reportedly cut into pieces.
    (AP, 8/19/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 18, Six Syrian migrants, including an infant, drowned off the Turkish coast as they tried to reach the Greek island of Kos.
    (SFC, 8/19/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 18, In Turkey Muslim scholars and environmental advocates from about 20 countries called for a global phase-out of greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century.
    (AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, Uganda told South Sudan's warring factions to put their egos aside and make peace, a day after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a deal to end a 20-month-old conflict.
    (Reuters, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 18, In Yemen warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition hit the Houthi-controlled Red Sea port of Hodeida, destroying cranes and warehouses in the main entry point for aid supplies to the north. Houthi rebels ambushed pro-government forces. Fighting near the Aqaba-Tharaa area left 65 anti-rebel forces dead along with 15 Shiite rebels. In the north a Saudi-led coalition air strike killed 13 teaching staff and four children in Amran province. 5 Huthis were also killed in the strike.   
    (Reuters, 8/18/15)(SFC, 8/19/15, p.A3)(AFP, 8/20/15)

2015        Aug 19, In Indiana Jared Fogle (37), the longtime pitchman for the Subway sandwich chain, pleaded guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography.
    (SFC, 8/20/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 19, In Massachusetts brothers Scott Leader (38) and Steve Leader (30) were arrested and ordered held without bail for an attack on a 58-year-old Mexican citizen. They urinated on him and then beat him because he appeared to be a homeless undocumented immigrant.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 19, St. Louis police shot and killed Mansur Ball-Rey (18) who reportedly fled a home and pointed a handgun at officers as they served a search warrant. The confrontation drew protesters and unrest onto the streets. An autopsy showed that Ball-Rey died from a single wound in the back.
    (SFC, 8/21/15, p.A7)(SFC, 8/22/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 19, In Washington state 3 firefighters were killed as wildfires advanced on towns in the north central area of the state.
    (SFC, 8/20/15, p.A7)
2015        Aug 19, Hackers claimed to have exposed data on millions of spouses who signed up to the cheating website Ashley Madison.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, Germany's parliament approved a third bailout for Greece after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble argued the country should get "a new start", while in Athens the government agonized over whether to call a snap election.
    (Reuters, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, Ghana’s health minister said it is going to bring in about 170 Cuban doctors to work at health facilities amid a doctors' strike.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched an unmanned transport vehicle that is carrying water, parts and other supplies to the International Space Station.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, In Kashmir border guards from Pakistan and India continued trading fire in violence that killed two Pakistani villagers.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, In North Korea the Slovenian rock band Laibach played to a full house in Pyongyang as part of the “Liberation Day Tour," coinciding with the Korean Peninsula’s 70th year anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonization.
    (SFC, 8/20/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 19, Pakistani military air strikes killed at least 25 suspected militants in the northwest, taking to 133 the army's toll of insurgents in the region this week.
    (Reuters, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, Philippine security forces killed at least 15 al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in an attempt to rescue foreign captives on Jolo Island. The two coast guard personnel managed to escape during the two-hour gunbattle.
    (Reuters, 8/19/15)(AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 19, In the Philippines radio reporter Teodoro Escanilla (57) was shot inside his home in a fishing town in rural Sorsogon province.
    (AFP, 9/1/15)
2015        Aug 19, Russia sentenced Estonian intelligence officer Eston Kohver to 15 years in jail, drawing ire from the EU after Tallinn said he was kidnapped September 5, 2014, at gunpoint on its territory.
    (AFP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, Saudi authorities said they have closed an emergency ward in King Abdulaziz Medical City after at least 46 people, including hospital staff, contracted the potentially fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The Health Ministry recorded three new MERS deaths in Riyadh. That brings the total number of deaths to 483 since the virus was first identified in 2012.
    (AP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, Peace efforts in South Sudan were in tatters as warring rivals blamed each other for attacks and the army claimed that the rebels had broken their own peace deal hours after signing.
    (AFP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, In South Sudan Peter Julius Moi, a reporter for the Corporate Weekly, was shot twice in the back late today. The attack that came days after President Salva Kiir was reported to have threatened to kill reporters "working against the country." Moi was the seventh journalist to be killed in South Sudan this year.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 19, In northeastern Syria a suicide bomber killed at least 16 people in an attack on Kurdish security forces. The blast in Qamishli killed 10 members of the Kurdish forces, called the Asayish, and 6 civilians. IS claimed responsibility. Aerial bombardment by the government of Harasta, a rebel stronghold east of Damascus, left at least 10 people dead.
    (AFP, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, In Thailand prime minister and coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha attended the opening in Hua Hin of a new park containing the colossl statues of seven long-dead Thai kings built by the army at a cost of about $20 million.
    (Econ, 8/22/15, p.34)
2015        Aug 19, Turkish police arrested two people after a hand grenade was hurled and shots were fired at officers guarding Istanbul's Dolmabache Palace. In the southeast PKK militants killed 8 soldiers in a bomb attack in Siirt province.
    (AP, 8/19/15)(Reuters, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, The UN said typhoid has broken out among residents of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/19/15)
2015        Aug 19, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered a 72-hour closure of a major border crossing with Colombia in western Tachira state after three soldiers were attacked while looking for smugglers.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 19, Vietnam allowed its currency to weaken by at least 1% following the devaluation of the Chinese yuan and the expectation of a possible US interest rate hike.
    (AP, 8/19/15)

2015        Aug 20, The US stock market endured its worst day in 18 months as the Dow Jones fell 350 to 16,990; the S&P fell 43.8 to 2,035; the Nasdaq fell 141 to 4,877.
    (SFC, 8/21/15, p.C1)
2015        Aug 20, In Florida divers of the S/V Capitana said they have found $4.5 million in Spanish gold coins three weeks ago from the wreckage of a fleet of eleven Spanish ships that sank 300 years ago.
    (SFC, 8/21/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 20, Brazil’s attorney general filed corruption charges against Eduardo Cunha, speaker of the lower house of Congress. He was accused of accepting $5 million in bribes in connection with the construction of two Petrobras drilling ships.
    (SSFC, 8/23/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 20, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza was sworn in for a third term without any fanfare or even a public announcement beforehand.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals said it is paying $1 billion to buy North Carolina-based Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which just won US government approval to sell the first "female Viagra" drug. Valeant shares were up 0.2 percent at $245.47 in pre-market trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, China’s state media reported that flooding in three central provinces has left at least 13 people dead and 13 others missing and disrupted the lives of nearly 1 million people.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Colombia's Marxist rebels indefinitely extended a month-old ceasefire as peace talks resumed in Havana, with the government still pledging not to conduct air raids on rebel camps.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, In Egypt Islamic a car bombing wounded 30 people, including 8 policemen, near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb. Islamic State's Egypt affiliate (Sinai Province) said it was behind the car bombing.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, In France Jean-Marie Le Pen (87) was excluded from the far-right National Front, which he had founded, following a disciplinary hearing.
    (SFC, 8/21/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 20, German federal prosecutors said they have charged a German spy, identified as Markus R. (32), for allegedly acting as a double agent for the US and Russia and harming the country’s national security.
    (SFC, 8/21/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 20, Greece's president gave the conservative opposition a chance to form a new government following the resignation of PM Alexis Tsipras, but the country appears almost certain to be heading for its third election in as many years next month.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Greece repaid a huge slice of debt to the ECB, effectively starting its third mammoth bailout.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi ordered major cuts in the number of guards for officials, the latest step in a reform drive to curb corruption and streamline the government.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Iraqi Kurdistan president Massud Barzani's extended term expired today, leaving the autonomous region in a "legal vacuum" that Kurdish political parties were still trying to resolve.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Israel hit 14 Syrian army positions in the Syrian-controlled sector of the Golan in response to the rocket attacks.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, In Italy the funeral of purported mobster Vittorio Casamonica featured a gilded, horse-drawn carriage carrying his casket and a band playing "The Godfather" theme outside the church. Police and Carabinieri patrols accompanied the funeral procession. A helicopter pilot flew low over Rome to drop flower petals.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Kazakhstan currency plunged by over 20 percent against the dollar after the government decided to move to a free float to cope with big swings in global currencies and commodity prices. The policy change came a day after President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered a reduction in the deficit to prepare for a possible further crash in the price of oil, which he said could drop as low as $30 a barrel.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Macedonia stepped up security on its border with Greece, stranding thousands of migrants on a dusty field.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Malaysian police said they had arrested and were investigating 10 Malaysians suspected of links to Islamic State, among them six members of the country's security forces.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Pakistani airstrikes reportedly killed 43 militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Peru's Congress unanimously approved a bill reauthorizing its air force to shoot down planes linked to drug trafficking.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Saudi authorities executed two alleged Chadian militants for murdering a French engineer in the Red Sea city of Jeddah 11 years ago.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, In Slovakia two planes carrying dozens of parachutists collided in midair, killing 7 people. 31 others on board survived by jumping out with their parachutes.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, A car ferry carrying just over 2,400 Syrian refugees arrived on the Greek mainland as a wave of migrants fleeing conflict and poverty continued unabated.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, South Korea fired tens of artillery rounds toward North Korea after the North launched shells to protest South Korea's anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts along the border.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, Tanzania said it has suspended about a quarter of its recruitment agencies in a bid to crackdown on human trafficking after complaints that girls sent as domestic servants to the Middle East were used as sex slaves and forced to work without pay.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, The Ukrainian military said 4 servicemen have been killed and 14 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 20, In Yemen an improvised explosive device went off Gov. Nayef al-Bakry's office in Aden killing 4 people with 10 wounded. Air strikes led by Saudi Arabia killed 43 people in the central city of Taiz. Houthi attacks on the city killed 13 people, including 7 children.
    (AP, 8/20/15)(Reuters, 8/20/15)

2015        Aug 21, US District Judge Dolly Gee ordered the government to release immigrant children from family detention centers "without unnecessary delay," and with their mothers when possible.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 21, US stock prices plunged for a 2nd day. The DJIA fell 530 to 16,459. The S&P fell 64 to 1,970. Nasdaq closed down 17 to 4,706.
    (SFC, 8/22/15, p.A1)
2015        Aug 21, In Afghanistan a Taliban ambush on Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum's convoy backfired when the war-hardened leader's men fought back, killing at least 4 militants and capturing a dozen more on a remote highway in Faryab province.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said around 40,000 people have fled their homes in Chad in the past two weeks following attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, In northern France two people were wounded in the struggle to subdue a Kalashnikov-toting attacker aboard a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris. US servicemen Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, American Anthony Sadler and French-American Mark Moogalian were among the passengers who stopped the gunman, later identified as Ayoub el Khazzani (26) of Morocco and known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant. Moogalian, who wished to remain anonymous was the first person to discover the attacker leaving a restroom with a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder. He tried to tackle him before the attacker fired several shots with a hand gun. Moogalian was hospitalized with a bullet wound. Stone and another passenger suffered knife wounds.
    (Reuters, 8/22/15)(Reuters, 8/23/15)(SFC, 8/22/15, p.A3)(Reuters, 8/24/15)(AP, 8/25/15)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 21, In Greece far left Syriza members, who oppose the promises of yet more austerity and economic reform that PM Tsipras made to secure 86 billion euros ($97 billion) in bailout loans, broke away to form a new party.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)   
2015        Aug 21, Guatemala's attorney general sought to impeach President Otto Perez over a customs fraud that led to the arrest of his former vice president Roxana Baldetti.
    (Reuters, 8/21/15)
2015        Aug 21, In Iraq Islamic State militants killed up to 50 soldiers in two separate ambushes in Anbar province.
    (SSFC, 8/23/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 21, Israel said it carried out an air raid that killed up to 5 Iran-backed militants it said were behind a rare rocket attack from across the border in Syria.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, Italy's civil aviation authority suspended the license of the helicopter pilot who flew low over Rome a day earlier to drop flower petals during the over-the-top funeral of a purported local crime boss, the first head to roll in a scandal that has outraged city residents.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, A court in Kenya granted bail to Feisal Mohammed Ali, the suspected ringleader of an ivory smuggling gang. Government prosecutors said they would appeal. On August 24 his bail was suspended.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)(AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 21, Macedonia said it would allow a limited number of "vulnerable" migrants to enter the country after sealing its border with Greece to them. At least 1,000 migrants and refugees pressed against Macedonian police lines on the Greek-Macedonian border and at least 10 people appeared to faint in the crush.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)(Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, North and South Korea appeared headed toward another clash, as Seoul refused an ultimatum that it halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Aug 22 afternoon or face military action, and North Korea said its troops were on a war footing.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, In the northern Philippines 4 people died and hundreds fled their homes as category three Typhoon Goni bore down on Cagayan and Batanes provinces.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, In Senegal a panel of judges sentenced seven men to six months in prison for homosexuality. The verdict was based on a police discovery of condoms and lubricant in the house where the men were arrested, and became a hammer blow to groups promoting safe sex.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 21, Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, was sworn in and the island nation's two major political parties signed an agreement to work together and draft a new constitution that would safeguard the rights of ethnic groups.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, In central Syria the Islamic State group demolished the Saint Elian Monastery founded more than 1,500 years ago, near Qaryatain, a town where the extremists abducted dozens of Christians earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, A UK military drone strike killed 3 fighters in Syria, including 2 British men who had joined Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Aug 21, Turkey’s private Dogan news agency said 12 km (7 miles) of concrete barrier have already been erected along the border at Reyhanli town, in Hatay province, a main point for smuggling and border crossing from Syria.
    (AP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, A Turkish captain, was killed in a rocket and long-range gun attack late today on a military post in Beytussebap district in southeastern Sirnak province.
    (AFP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 21, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country's border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region, following an earlier attack that wounded four people.
    (AFP, 8/21/15)
2015        Aug 21, In Yemen 3 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in an apparent US drone strike in Marib province.
    (AFP, 8/20/15)
2015        Aug 21, In Yemen a helicopter from the Saudi-led forces battling anti-government fighters crashed along the Saudi border, killing the two pilots. Huthi rebels said they have shot down a Saudi Apache helicopter. 53 civilians died in Saudi-led air strikes on Taiz that also hit 20 homes.
    (AFP, 8/21/15)(Reuters, 9/1/15)

2015        Aug 22, It was reported that an infestation of Melacoryphus lateralis bugs has hit towns in California’s Inyo and Kern counties on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Outbreaks of the fingernail-size bugs had not been seen before in California.
    (SFC, 8/22/15, p.C3)
2015        Aug 22, In Afghanistan a car bomb targeting a vehicle carrying foreign citizens killed 12 people, including 3 US contractors, outside a hospital on a busy Kabul street. Security sources said the target was a group of foreign security contractors working for DynCorp International.
    (Reuters, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, In Afghanistan three US air strikes killed up to 40 militants, but they regrouped and chased government officials out of Musa Qala, Helmand province.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 22, Algerian soldiers killed 2 Islamist gunmen in an operation in the Ain Laksar area near Skikda, east of Algiers.
    (AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 22, Azerbaijan police detained 21 people after they held a protest to demand justice for a man who died in police custody in the western town of Mingachevir. The Interior Ministry said Bahruz Hajiyev (27) had "unexpectedly jumped out of a third-floor window during questioning" on Aug 20 and died of his injuries.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, Clashes erupted between troops from Azerbaijan and the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. 5 Armenian soldiers were killed and eight wounded.
    (Reuters, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 22, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko unexpectedly pardoned six political prisoners in the former Soviet republic, including former opposition presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich (59), who spent nearly five years in prison.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 22, In Cambodia Ieng Thirith (83), a Khmer Rouge leader, died. She was the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s. She had served as minister of social affairs and was married to Ieng Sary, the regime's former foreign minister, who died in 2013.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, In eastern China an explosion at a chemical plant killed one person and injured nine others. The facility, owned by Shandong Runxing Chemical Technology Co., produced adiponitrile, which can give off toxic fumes when burned.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 22, In El Salvador at least 14 gang members held at a prison were killed in violence authorities blamed on a conflict within a faction of the Barrio 18 gang.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 22, In southern England a single-seater jet, participating in the Shoreham Airshow, crashed near Brighton. 11 people died when the jet plowed into several cars on a busy road near the air show.
    (AP, 8/22/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 22, Egypt's state-run news agency said Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 16 others have been sentenced to life in prison on charges related to the killing of five people in an attack on a police station in 2013.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, In Germany at least 31 police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600 protesters, many hurling bottles and stones, angry about the arrival of asylum seekers in the eastern town of Heidenau near Dresden.
    (Reuters, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, Indian officials said monsoon flooding killed at least 14 people and forced around 200,000 to leave their water-logged homes and take shelter in state-run camps this past week in northeastern Assam state.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, Iran unveiled a short-range solid fuel ballistic missile, an upgraded version that the government says can more accurately pinpoint targets.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, Italy's coastguard said it was coordinating the rescue of up to 3,000 migrants from waters off Libya after receiving SOS calls from 18 different crowded vessels. Operation Triton rescued some 4,400 migrants on this day alone.
    (AFP, 8/22/15)(Econ, 8/29/15, p.41)
2015        Aug 22, Japan lodged a protest over Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev's visit to one of four disputed Pacific islands which have strained ties between the two countries since the end of World War Two. The islands are known in Russia as the Southern Kuriles and referred to as the Northern Territories in Japan.
    (Reuters, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, In Macedonia thousands of rain-soaked, mostly Syrian migrants stormed across the border as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons, struggling to enforce a decree to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. Macedonian police finally re-opened the border with Greece, allowing thousands to travel north towards Serbia in the next stage of their bid to enter the European Union.
    (Reuters, 8/22/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 22, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram fighters ambushed a convoy carrying the head of the Nigerian army, sparking a firefight in which 10 militants and a soldier were killed in Faljari village.
    (AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 22, North Korea and South Korea held their first high-level talks in nearly a year at a border village to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed the rivals to the brink of a possible military confrontation.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, In North Korea some 1,070 houses and 99 public buildings such as schools and hospitals were destroyed by torrential rains over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 22, In Pakistan Chinese bicyclist Hong Xudong, kidnapped near Dera Ismail Khan by the Taliban in May, 2014, was freed.
    (Reuters, 8/23/15)(AP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 22, Philippine officials said the death toll from Typhoon Goni has risen to 9 after five more people were buried by landslides in mountainous areas.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, Russia published a government resolution affirming the country's claim to the seabed and natural resources in the central part of the Okhotsk Sea between the Kuriles and the Russian mainland, adding more than 50,000 square km (19,000 square miles) to Russia's territory.
    (Reuters, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, In Somalia Islamic extremist suicide bombers killed at least 10 soldiers in an explosion at a military camp in the southern port city of Kismayo. Two militants in the attack were killed and two more suspected militants were arrested.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, Syrian airstrikes on the Damascus suburb of Douma killed 34 civilians and wounded dozens in the latest wave of government attacks on the crowded rebel-held area.
    (AP, 8/22/15)    (AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 22, Turkey's military said warplanes have conducted new air strikes against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, killing 29 militants on Aug 20-21.
    (AP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, Turkey said its security forces have detained 435 migrants and Syrian refugees along with three suspected people smugglers, before they embarked on an attempt to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece.
    (AFP, 8/22/15)
2015        Aug 22, In Yemen al-Qaida militants took Tawahi district, home to a presidential palace and Aden's main port, and were patrolling the streets, some carrying black banners. The militants also took Crater, Aden's commercial center, and parts of Dar Saad town, just north of Aden, including an army base that they turned into a training camp.
    (AP, 8/22/15)

2015        Aug 23, An Afghan official said the bodies of 3 border police officers, abducted last week in Paktika province, have been found by local residents.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, Militants firing from Afghan territory killed four Pakistani soldiers along the border at the Akhandwala Pass.
    (Reuters, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, Britain's foreign secretary reopened his country's embassy in Tehran in a long-awaited step signaling better relations four years after a mob stormed the compound, forcing its closure.
    (AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said the number of asylum-seekers in Germany is expected to hit 800,000 in this year.
    (AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Iraq 17 soldiers and 6 Sunni militia fighters were killed in an attack by IS militants in the rural district of Jaramshah, north of Anbar's provincial capital, Ramadi.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, Lebanese security forces fired water cannon at protesters demonstrating against the government near PM Tammam Salam's offices in Beirut as protesters mobilized over the government's failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal.
    (Reuters, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, Malaysian police said that they have found 24 more bodies of suspected human trafficking victims this week in jungles bordering Thailand. 106 bodies had been found earlier.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, Maldives police took former President Mohamed Nasheed back to jail even though his 13-year sentence was commuted to house arrest last month.
    (AP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 23, North and South Korea resumed top-level talks on avoiding a threatened military clash, even as Seoul accused Pyongyang of undermining the process with provocative naval and land deployments.
    (AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, Typhoon Goni blew out of the northern Philippines after leaving at least 15 people dead and several others missing, including a dozen miners whose work camps were buried by a huge mudslide in a mountain village.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Switzerland two light planes collided in flight at an air show in Dittingen, killing one of the pilots.
    (Reuters, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Syria separate rocket attacks killed 11 people in the regime-held, Eastern Ghouta neighborhood northeast of Damascus. One person was killed in the capital itself. Airstrikes hit the town of Arbin, killing 4 civilians.
    (AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Syria the Islamic State group blew up a famed temple in Palmyra, in an act the UN condemned as a war crime and an "immense loss" for humanity.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Turkey Kurdish militants armed with assault rifles attacked a hydroelectric power station near the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, killing a soldier and wounding three others.
    (Reuters, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, The United Arab Emirates said that its military freed British hostage Robert Douglas Semple (64) who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen. The UAE has military forces in Aden and is part of a Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab countries that has been bombing the Houthis and their allies since late March.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Venezuela Gov. Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora of Tachira state said that 791 Colombians living in Venezuela illegally had been handed over to Colombian authorities as a result of a now five-day crackdown against smugglers and criminal gangs operating along the 1,400 mile (2,200 km) border.
    (AP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Venezuela fire broke out at a private senior facility in the upscale neighborhood of La Castellana on the east side of Caracas, leaving 8 people dead.
    (AP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Yemen the Saudi-led coalition bombed rebel positions near the Bab el-Mandeb strait to weaken them in preparation for a ground offensive there. 13 Houthi fighters reported were killed in the airstrikes. 4 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed overnight in an apparent US drone strike in Mukalla.
    (AP, 8/23/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Yemen Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired rockets into a residential district of Taez, killing 14 civilians, mostly women and children.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)

2015        Aug 24, Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent (43) died after being shot in the head a day earlier by Kevin Daigle (54) during a traffic stop.
    (SFC, 8/24/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 24, The US stock market fell again as the Dow Jones dropped 588 to 15,871; the S&P fell 77 to 1,893; the Nasdaq fell 179 to 4526.
    (SFC, 8/25/15, p.A1)
2015        Aug 24, In Afghanistan the Taliban seized Musa Qala, Helmand province, despite US air strikes to repel them.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 24, Brazil's government announced it will slash the number of ministries and reduce its spending, in an effort to show commitment to austerity that could be politically costly for President Dilma Rousseff.
    (Reuters, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, British citizen Damian Moran said almost 80,000 people had signed a petition urging the arrest of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes when he visits London next month. Israel launched military action in the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014, leading to the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians and 66 Israeli soldiers.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, Chinese border patrol officials seized 620 wild turtles and tortoises, 510 of them considered endangered, that were found alive in a shipment of frozen seafood from Vietnam.
    (AP, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 24, In Egypt a bomb struck a bus carrying policemen, killing 3 and wounding 33 in the Nile Delta province of Baheira.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, French President Francois Hollande awarded France's highest honor, the Legion d'honneur, to three US citizens and Briton Chris Norman, who on August 21 helped disarm a suspected Islamist militant on a train.
    (Reuters, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, Guinea-Bissau's new PM Baciro Dja (39) sacked the chiefs of the state-owned radio and television services for "bias" in their reporting of a recent government shake-up. Dja was appointed last week after President Jose Mario Vaz fired his predecessor Domingos Simoes Pereira.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged followers to hold anti-corruption protests in Baghdad this week, the first major political figure to issue such a call. A series of Islamic State suicide car bombings targeting a military outpost in Anbar province killed 8 soldiers and wounded six. In Baghdad three separate roadside bombings killed 7 people and wounded 24. In Baghdad Col. Ahmed Zarzour, an Army helicopter pilot, was killed by an explosive device attached to his car.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)(AP, 8/24/15)(SFC, 8/26/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 24, Thousands of exhausted migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa crossed on foot from Macedonia into Serbia on their way to Western Europe.
    (AP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, In Nepal 11 people were killed when demonstrators attacked police with spears, knives, axes and scythes during a protest against proposals for administrative reform. Protesters from the Tharu ethnic group were demanding a separate state in the new constitution. At least 7 policemen were killed in clashes when tens of thousands massed in Tikapur.
    (Reuters, 8/24/15)(AP, 8/25/15)(Econ, 8/29/15, p.33)
2015        Aug 24, An international arbitration panel said Russia must compensate the Netherlands for seizing a Greenpeace ship protesting at an oil platform in Arctic waters in breach of an international treaty regulating the laws of the sea. The Arctic Sunrise, sailing under a Dutch flag, was seized by Russian authorities in September 2013 during a protest against an offshore oil platform.
    (AP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, A strike by Palestinian teachers and personnel in Gaza kept more than 200,000 children from returning to school for the new term, as the UN agency that employs them struggled financially.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, South Korean President Park Geun-hye demanded that North Korea apologize over recent landmine blasts, even as the bitter rivals held marathon talks to defuse tensions that have brought the peninsula back to the brink of armed conflict.
    (Reuters, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, Sri Lanka's police arrested four army personnel, including two senior officers, in connection with the abduction of dissident cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda in January, 2010, that triggered international condemnation of the island's rights record. The cartoonist was never seen again.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, A Swiss official says his country has made headway toward returning some $40 million that was stolen from the Tunisian state and has been sitting in Swiss banks since Tunisia's longtime regime collapsed in the Arab Spring uprising.
    (AP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, In northeastern Turkey two buildings collapsed during heavy flooding, killing eight people in Artvin province.
    (Reuters, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, UN Security Council members opened their first-ever meeting on LGBT rights to hear Syrian and Iraqi gays tell of terror under Islamic State rule.
    (AFP, 8/24/15)
2015        Aug 24, Venezuela announced a 60-day extension of its partial closure of the border with Colombia.
    (SFC, 8/25/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 24, In Yemen unidentified gunmen raided the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Aden, holding staff at gunpoint and stealing cars, cash and equipment.
    (Reuters, 8/25/15)

2015        Aug 25, Cambodian police said they have confiscated nearly 1.5 tons of marijuana from Laos in what they described as their biggest seizure of the drug since they started cracking down on it 15 years ago.
    (AP, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, China cut interest rates for a fifth time in nine months in a new effort to shore up slowing economic growth. European and US shares rebounded on bargain-hunting as China cut rates.
    (AP, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, In northern France a police officer and 3 other people, including a woman and a baby, were killed in a shootout in a Gypsy camp in the Somme department. The attacker was injured in the melee.
    (SFC, 8/26/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 25, Germany confirmed it has stopped returning Syrian asylum-seekers to their first port of entry in the EU, an action hailed as "European solidarity" as thousands more migrants pour into the bloc seeking refuge.
    (AFP, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, In India a mass rally turned violent, with protesters torching cars, buses and police stations in Gujarat state. The violence appears to have been triggered by the detention of the 22-year-old leader of a mass movement by the Patidar or Patel caste to demand preferential treatment for jobs and university places. At least 6 people died in the worst violence to hit PM Narendra Modi's home state in more than a decade.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 25, In Iraq a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden army vehicle drove into a group of soldiers southeast of Ramadi killing 13. A major in the Interior Ministry’s intelligence agency was killed by an explosive device attached to his car in Baghdad.
    (SFC, 8/26/15, p.A5)
2015        Aug 25, Israel began releasing hundreds of African migrants from the remote Holot detention center, after a court ruling earlier this month ordered the release of those held for more than a year.
    (AP, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, Kosovo and Serbia reached the agreement brokered in Brussels by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on four areas including energy and telecoms.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 25, Morocco's Interior Ministry said 13 people were arrested in raids in several cities across the country, including Nador and Hoceima on the Mediterranean coast close to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, as well as Fez and Casablanca. A Spanish Interior Ministry statement said one person was arrested in the central town of San Martin de la Vega. Both ministries said the network was aimed at recruiting fighters for the Islamic State to fight in Syria and Iraq and also to carry out IS-type actions in Morocco and Spain.
    (AP, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, In northeastern Nigeria a young female bomber killed 6 people and wounded dozens outside a bus station in the heartland of the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in Damaturu. In the northeast Boko Haram extremists killed 24 people in an attack on Marfunudi.
    (AFP, 8/25/15)(AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 25, North and South Korea agreed early today to end a military standoff that sparked an exchange of artillery fire and had ratcheted up tension on one of the world's most heavily-fortified borders.
    (Reuters, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, In Russia Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in a Russian maximum-security prison for an alleged terror conspiracy.
    (AP, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, Russia’s Consumer Protection Agency said recent inspection of selected goods by top foreign brands such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble have found high levels of toxic ingredients in them leading authorities to begin removing them from stores.
    (SFC, 8/27/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 25, A record 2,533 mainly Syrians, Afghans and Pakistanis crossed from Serbia into EU member Hungary.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 25, In South Africa eight policeman were found guilty of murdering Mido Macia (27), a Mozambican man, who died after being dragged behind a moving police van on February 26, 2013, an incident that provoked global outrage.
    (AFP, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, In Syria a US air strike outside Raqqa killed Junaid Hussain (21), an Islamic State hacker from Birmingham, England.
    (SFC, 8/28/15, p.A4)
2015        Aug 25, The Turkish military said 34 militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in its latest air strikes on the group's camps in northern Iraq's Qandil mountain region.
    (Reuters, 8/25/15)
2015        Aug 25, In Yemen about 100 Saudi forces arrived in Aden to help rebuild the local police force. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it has temporarily suspended its activities in Aden after its office was raided by unidentified gunmen a day earlier. Al-Qaeda dynamited a headquarters of the secret police in Mukalla.
    (Reuters, 8/25/15)(AFP, 8/26/15)
 2015        Aug 25, The World Food Program (WFP) said around 1.5 million Zimbabweans are predicted to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production due to severe drought this year.
    (Reuters, 8/25/15)

2015        Aug 26, In the SF Bay Area Michael James Pipkin Tyree, a mentally ill inmate, died in a Santa Clara County jail of multiple blunt force injuries, visceral lacerations, and internal bleeding. Officers Rafael Rodriguez (27), Jereh Lubrin (28), and Matthew Farris (27) were arrested on Sep 3 on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 9/4/15, p.A1)
2015        Aug 26, In Colorado James Holmes (28), the man convicted of killing 12 people  on July 20, 2012, at a movie theater in Centennial, was ordered to serve 12 consecutive life sentenced in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 8/27/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 26, A Tennessee judge upheld the state’s lethal injection process for executing inmates.
    (SFC, 8/27/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 26, In Virginia WDBJ reporter Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) were shot dead while conducting an on-air interview in Moneta, near Roanoke. Television footage captured a fuzzy image of the gunman. Vester Lee Flanagan II died soon after of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been terminated from WDBJ in 2013.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A1)
2015        Aug 26, Walmart confirmed that it will no longer carry assault rifles in its US stores. It will continue to sell shotguns and other hunting weapons.
    (SFC, 8/27/15, p.C4)
2015        Aug 26, In Afghanistan two men in military uniforms opened fire in the former British base of Camp Bastion, killing 2 NATO soldiers. In southern Afghanistan US forces launched multiple air strikes on Musa Qala, seized by the Taliban a day earlier.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)(SFC, 8/28/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 26, Algeria said its armed forces have mounted operations against Islamist militants in the eastern coastal regions of Jijel and Skikda and killed 5 fighters in the past few days.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, In Egypt three gunmen in a speeding car shot and killed 2 policemen in the restive northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, Hungary made plans to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police and dogs, and was also considering using the army as record numbers of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, passed through coils of razor-wire into Europe. Over 140,000 have been caught entering so far this year.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, Israel released a second group of around 600 African migrants from a desert detention center after a court order.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, Myanmar's Pres. Thein Sein signed two laws restricting religious conversion and interfaith marriage.
    (Reuters, 8/31/15)
2015        Aug 26, Northern Ireland’s Ulster Unionist Party said it intended to pull out of office  following the August 12 gangland murder of Kevin McGuigan.
    (Econ, 8/29/15, p.47)
2015        Aug 26, In Pakistan Asim Hussain, a petroleum minister in the previous PPP-led government, was arrested. A day later he was accused in court of financing terrorism.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 26, Panama's top court canceled a $120 million government contract to purchase a radar system from Italian industrial giant Finmeccanica due to corruption concerns. A government lawsuit argued that the contract signed by former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) was the product of bribes and kickbacks.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 26, Romania's PM Victor Ponta hiked doctors' and nurses' wages, among the lowest in Europe, by 25 percent after medics threatened to strike following a court ruling that they could no longer accept informal payments and gifts.
    (AP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, The Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat daily reported that Ahmad Ibrahim al-Mughassil (48), a key suspect in the bombing of a housing complex in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US airmen almost two decades ago, was detained in Beirut and sent to Saudi Arabia where he is being interrogated.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, The Swedish ship Poseidon, working with the European Union's border control agency Frontex, found 52 migrants dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya. Rescue operations saved over 700 other people. On Aug 28 prosecutors in Sicily detained crew included seven Moroccans, two Syrians and a Libyan on suspicion of smuggling and murder.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A4)(AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 26, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal to end a 20-month conflict with rebels. Kiir also issued a list of "serious reservations" warning the deal might not last.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, Thailand destroyed over two tons of ivory, a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu invited three lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to join an interim government to take Turkey to November 1 elections.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, In Turkey Jamil Raadoun, the commander of Sukour al-Ghab from the rebel Free Syrian Army, died in a bomb attack on his car in the southern province of Hatay. Raadoun, who defected from the Syrian army early on in the four-year-old civil war, had been in Turkey for about a year.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, UN peacekeepers said they would have to cut rations for 6,800 ex-rebels and their families left in limbo in government camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo, blaming a shortage of funds and calling for the state to step in.
    (AP, 8/26/15)
2015        Aug 26, In Yemen al-Qaeda militants blew up an army headquarters and set up checkpoints in the jihadist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, Hadramawt province. Yemeni army units allied to the Houthi militia fired a ballistic missile toward southern Saudi Arabia but the Saudi military said it intercepted it and retaliated with air strikes on Yemeni territory.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)(Reuters, 8/26/15)

2015        Aug 27, In Austria 71 refugees were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck near the Hungarian border. Three Bulgarians and an Afghan were soon arrested in connection with the truck deaths.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)(Reuters, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 27, China accused 11 transport and customs officials and several municipal authorities in Tianjin of “dereliction of duty" and “abuse of power" over a chemical explosion on Aug. 12 that killed some 140 people in the northeastern city.
    (CSM, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, Chinese state-run media reported that courts in the restive, western region of Xinjiang have jailed 45 people on terrorism-related charges, including 18 convicted of organizing illegal border crossings.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, In China debris from a Long March-4 rocket carrying a remote sensing satellite crashed into a villager's home minutes after the launch from Shaanxi province.
    (AFP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 27, Tropical Storm Erika unleashed severe flooding across Dominica, triggering landslides that destroyed at least 20 homes in the tiny eastern Caribbean island. At least 31 people were killed and 371 homes were destroyed.
    (AP, 8/27/15)    (AP, 8/28/15)(AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Aug 27, French police cleared out one of the country’s biggest Roma camps, dismantling a sprawling network of makeshift shelters next to a Paris region highway under pouring rain. The camp had housed 200-300 people for at least three years.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, Two French investigative journalists were arrested and soon charged in Paris with trying to blackmail the king of Morocco out of two million euros ($2.2 million) in hush money. Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet were working on a book about King Mohammed VI, which was due for release early next year.
    (AFP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 27, Greece's top Supreme Court judge Vassiliki Thanou was named the head of a caretaker government to lead the country to elections expected next month.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, In Guatemala pressure grew on President Otto Perez Molina as protesters prepared to march for his resignation and the attorney general's office urged him to step down due to corruption scandals.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, The Indian army killed 4 insurgents and captured another during a 12-hour clash near the disputed border with Pakistan in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, The Islamic State said it carried out the suicide car bomb attacks near Ramadi, capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, which had killed at least five people, including two senior military commanders.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, Italy's government said it would put Rome city hall under close supervision following allegations it had fallen under the sway of organized crime, but allowed beleaguered Mayor Ignazio Marino to stay in office.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, The International Atomic Energy Agency said it has signed an agreement with Kazakhstan to establish a low-enriched uranium bank in the Central Asian country, a move that supporters say could reduce concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, An overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe sank in waters off the Libyan town of Zuwara. 198 of some 500 migrants were rescued. Up to 200 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/28/15)(AP, 8/29/15)(Reuters, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 27, Monaco's Prince Albert II apologized for his country's role in deporting Jews to Nazi camps — seven decades after police rounded up scores of people from the seaside principality, including those who had sought refuge from the Holocaust in what they thought was a safe and neutral land.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, NATO opened a training center in Georgia as it eyes closer partnership with the Western military alliance. Russia called the move provocative.
    (AFP, 8/27/15)(Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram extremists attacked the fishing village of Kafa, killing 4 people.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 27, A Pakistani anti-corruption court issued an arrest warrant for former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani (2008-2012) and another senior party leader, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, in a case alleging millions of dollars of graft in a trade development scheme.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, In central Pakistan a suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a police raid, killing his own wife and two children in the town of Pir Mahal.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, In the Philippines radio commentator Cosme Maestrado (46) was shot dead in front of a public market in the southern port city of Ozamiz.
    (AFP, 9/1/15)
2015        Aug 27, Romania's PM Victor Ponta gave Moldova 100 million euros ($117 million) in financial aid in a gesture of support for the former Soviet republic's EU membership bid, as Moldova marked its 24th anniversary of independence. Ponta called for a Romanian gas pipeline to be extended to Chisinau, the Moldovan capital.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, In Russia Alexander Borodai, a former leader of pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, announced he was launching a support network for Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of those killed.
    (AFP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry said 15 more people have died in the last seven days after contracting the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, A Syrian judge said courts are hearing a series of cases against officials accused of corruption and mismanagement.
    (AFP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, In southeastern Turkey 6 people were killed in street fighting between security forces and Kurdish rebels in a mainly Kurdish town of Yuksekova after authorities imposed a curfew in the town late the previous day.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, The Ukrainian government said it has reached a deal with its international bondholders to lighten its public debt burden, a crucial move that will help the country avoid default as it tries to cope with the devastating costs of war.
    (AP, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, Ukraine said 7 servicemen have been killed and 13 wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)

2015        Aug 28, In Arizona a string of shootings began on Phoenix-area highways. By September 10 at least 11 vehicles were struck by bullets or projectiles. On Sep 18 suspect Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. (21) was arrested. Merritt said the gun has been in a pawn shop for the last two months.
    (SFC, 9/11/15, p.A11)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A5)(SSFC, 9/20/15, p.A9)
2015        Aug 28, In Texas Darren Goforth (47), a white sheriff’s deputy for Harris County, was shot and killed while pumping gas for his patrol car. Shannon Miles (30), a black man, was soon arrested and charged with murder.
    (SSFC, 8/30/15, p.A8)
2015        Aug 28, Virginia teenager Ali Shukri Amin (17) was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and providing other aid to the militant group.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, In Afghanistan at least 8 officers were killed and 15 wounded in separate Taliban attacks on police checkpoints in Andar and Qarabagh districts. 5 police officers were killed when their vehicle hit roadside bomb in the Chora district of Uruzgan province An Afghan forces airstrike killed 16 insurgents and wounded 17 in Ghazni's capital. Afghan forces launched an operation to retake the district of Musa Qala in fighting that killed six soldiers and wounded 14.
    (AP, 8/29/15)(AP, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 28, In the Central African Republic the armed anti-Balaka militia group released 163 children, some of thousands who have been conscripted in jobs like cooks, messengers, and even combatants.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, Estonia said it is planning to cover a 136-km (84-mile) stretch of land along its border with Russia with state-of-art technology to combat illegal border-crossing and illicit traffic.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, Greece's new caretaker government, led by the nation's first female prime minister, was sworn and headed straight into a cabinet meeting as the country faces an election next month.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, India's army killed 5 insurgents from a Naga rebel group that months earlier attacked the military in the country's remote northeastern region.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, In Iraq an explosion ripped through the parking lot of a Baghdad police station when a police bomb squad tried to defuse a car bomb while colleagues looked on, killing 6 and wounding 10.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, Japanese lawmakers approved a law requiring large employers to set and publicize targets for hiring or promoting women as managers.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, In Kashmir Indian and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire and shelling overnight, leaving 9 civilians dead and another 63 wounded.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, Nigeria's domestic intelligence agency warned travelers to be ready for an attack on the capital's airport after announcing it had smashed a spy network run by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram. The Department of State Services (DSS) said in a statement that it had arrested a 14-year-old at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja who admitted he had been ordered to spy on security procedures.
    (AFP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 28, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback reportedly killed 68 people in an attack on Baanu village in Borno state. A government official put the death toll at 56.
    (AFP, 8/31/15)
2015        Aug 28, In the southern Philippines at least 3 Abu Sayyaf extremists were killed and 10 marines wounded in a clash with about 300 of the militants in Sulu province.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, Poland's defense ministry signed a preliminary agreement with Bulgaria to modernize the Balkan country's Soviet-era fleet of MiG-29 fighter jets.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, In Russia court in St. Petersburg sentenced Mikhail Glushchenko, a former lawmaker, to 17 years in prison for organizing the 1998 assassination of Galina Starovoitova, a leading democratic politician. Glushchenko insisted that he organized the killing at the request of a powerful mafia leader who was threatening him.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, Prosecutors in Sicily detained 10 people on suspicion of smuggling and murder for having allegedly crammed dozens of migrants into the airless hold of a boat where 52 bodies were found this week.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, In South Africa five passengers carrying over $5 million in cash were detained while boarding an Emirates flight at Johannesburg's main international airport. Rumors followed that the cash was headed for the Islamic State group, but by Sep 22 authorities had not found any tangible evidence.
    (AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Aug 28, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of a peace agreement. A full ceasefire was to begin August 29.
    (AFP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, In Swaziland at least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to the country’s annual reed dance. Police later reduced to death toll to 13. Pro-democracy activists from the Johannesburg-based Swaziland Solidarity Network said 65 were killed. SSN activists claimed King Mswati III had fabricated the lower figure.
    (AP, 8/29/15)(AFP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 28, Syria's Al-Qaeda offshoot and other rebel groups advanced towards a military airport that is the last remaining government-held facility in the northwestern province of Idlib.
    (AFP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, Turkish jets took part in US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 28, In southeastern Yemen witnesses said Al-Qaeda militants have publicly flogged 10 men in Hadramawt province for insulting God and consuming alcohol and drugs. Each man received between 80 and 100 lashes.
    (AFP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, The Vatican said Jozef Wesolowski (67), its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, was found dead as he awaited trial. He was the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, The Yemeni army said it has recruited 4,800 southern fighters following a presidential decision to integrate loyalist militiamen who helped push Iran-backed rebels out of second city Aden.
    (AFP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, Zimbabwe media reported that President Robert Mugabe has signed a new law banning mass lay-offs following a spate of redundancies that unions say put 30,000 people out of work.
    (AFP, 8/28/15)

2015        Aug 29, A Taliban official said gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Afghanistan as its members met in Pakistan to resolve a leadership crisis following the death of its former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, China said legislators have approved amendments to the country’s 15-year-old air pollution law that grants the state new powers to punish offenders and create a legal framework to cap coal consumption.
    (Reuters, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 28, In China workers were overcome with toxic gas from a paper mill's waste pool in Hunan province and seven of them died.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, Chad executed 10 members of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram by firing squad, a day after they were sentenced on terrorism charges. Among the executed was Mahamat Moustapha, a 30-year-old Cameroonian who was accused of masterminding a series of attacks on N'Djamena.
    (Reuters, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, China's National People's Congress approved a prisoner amnesty as part of commemorations of World War II's end that could see thousands of inmates such as war veterans or juveniles released.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, In China about 15 tons of sulfuric acid spilled early today from a crashed tanker truck in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The driver and a passenger in the truck were killed when it veered off the road into farm land near the resort city of Hangzhou.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison. Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were all arrested in December 2013 on terrorism-related charges.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, The leaders of France, Germany and Russia backed a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine in a three-way phone call.
    (Reuters, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, A shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers killed a 17-year-old migrant off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter Greek waters.
    (AFP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, Hungary arrested four men suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria. They included three Bulgarians and one Afghan. A fifth suspect, a Bulgarian national, was arrested in the evening.
    (AP, 8/29/15)(AP, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 29, In Iraq Islamic State militants detained 200 people in Rutbah, Anbar province, following a rare street demonstration protesting the extremist group's execution of a local resident. A roadside bomb hit a border guard convoy making its way to the border crossing of Trebil on the Jordanian border, killing 5 officers. A pair of roadside bombs killed 5 people and injured 19 south and west of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/29/15)(AP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 29, In Lebanon tens of thousands of protesters flocked to a mass rally in downtown Beirut against a political class accused of corruption and failing to provide basic services.
    (AFP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, In Malaysia tens of thousands wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns defiantly held a major rally in the capital to demand the resignation of embattled PM Najib Razak.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, Myanmar banned political parties from criticizing the army or the military-dominated constitution in state media during campaigning for the Nov 8 elections.
    (Reuters, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, In Mozambique veteran journalist Paulo Machava, known for his crime reporting, was gunned down on the streets of the capital.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed 4 people in Karnuwa village, Borno state.
    (AFP, 8/31/15)
2015        Aug 29, A Nigerian Air Force plane crashed into a house in the northern city of Kaduna, killing all 7 people on board.
    (Reuters, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, The Pakistani military killed 14 suspected militants in its latest airstrikes in in Shawal, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, Russia said Latvia has refused permission to a Russian state news agency to open a bureau in the country, a case that Moscow says is open discrimination.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar ordered his troops to lay down their arms in line with a ceasefire to end a 20-month civil war. South Sudan's army and rebels accused each other of sparking fresh fighting in the north-east, hours before the start of a ceasefire to end a brutal 20-month civil war.
    (AFP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, A truce between Syrian regime forces and rebel groups in three key towns ended early today as the warring parties resumed clashes and shelling.
    (AFP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, In Syria 8 IS fighters were killed in a coalition air raid on Raqa, the de facto "capital" of their caliphate. An IS car bomb on Tal Rifaat, in Aleppo province, left 11 fighters and 8 civilians dead.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 29, Thai police arrested a foreigner (28) who matched the description of a man who left a bag at the site of a Bangkok blast that killed 20 people on August 17. The DNA of the suspect, later identified as Mieraili Yusufu or Yusufu Meerailee, did not match the bomber’s DNA but did match DNA at two apartments where bomb-making material was found. 
    (Reuters, 8/29/15)(SFC, 9/5/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 29, Turkish media reported that three attacks or clashes between security forces and Kurdish rebels have killed 5 people and injured 24 others in the southeast.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 29, In Yemen warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit rebel positions as reinforcements reached pro-government forces preparing for an anticipated advance towards the capital.
    (AFP, 8/29/15)

2015        Aug 30, The Obama administration announced its decision to bestow the traditional Alaska Native name of Denali for what has been known as Mt. McKinley on the eve of Pres. Obama’s 3-day visit to the state.
    (SFC, 9/3/15, p.A12)
2015        Aug 30, In Texas a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy during the US Civil War, was taken down from its pedestal outside the clock tower of the Univ. of Texas campus in Austin. It was to be relocated to the Briscoe Center for American History on the university campus.
    (SFC, 8/31/15, p.A6)
2015        Aug 30, Wes Craven (b.1939), American writer and film director, died. His films included “Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984, “Scream" (1996) and “Music of the Heart" (1999).
    (AP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 30, In southern Austria a small plane crashed at an air show, fatally injuring the pilot.
    (AP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 30, Indian scholar Malleshappa M. Kalburgi (77) greeted two unidentified visitors and was shot in the head and the chest, becoming the third critic of religious superstition to be killed in the country in three years.
    (AP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 30, Italian energy giant ENI announced the discovery of the "largest ever" offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean inside Egypt's territorial waters. The find would meet Egypt's own natural gas demands for decades.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 30, In Japan tens of thousands of protesters rallied outside parliament to oppose security legislation in one of this summer's biggest protests ahead of its anticipated passage next month.
    (AP, 8/30/15)           
2015        Aug 30, A Libyan official said a boat carrying migrants sank off Khoms, killing at least 7 people. Fishermen later discovered 30 more bodies in the same area.
    (Reuters, 8/30/15)(Reuters, 8/31/15)
2015        Aug 30, In Malaysia big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur demand the resignation of PM Najib Razak over a financial scandal.
    (AP, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 30, In Nepal hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through the capital to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country's new constitution that is being finalized.
    (AP, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 30, Nigeria's secret police said it had arrested notable Boko Haram suspects, including a key commander, linked with several suicide attacks across the country. The Department of State Services (DSS) said that Usman Shuiabu, also known as Money, and other frontline members of the hardline Islamist group were picked up in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe states between July and August.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 30, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed 7 people in Hambagda village, Borno state, and injured five others.
    (AFP, 8/31/15)
2015        Aug 30, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen attacked a small airport, killing two officials at Baluchistan province's Jewni airport.
    (AP, 8/30/15)           
2015        Aug 30, In the Philippines thousands of members of Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), or INC, occupied Manila's main highway for a third night in a row to protest alleged intrusion by the government in church affairs.
    (Reuters, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 30, Qatar officials said exports plunged more than 40 percent in value in the year up until July 2015, on the back of a slump in petrol and hydrocarbon sales.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 30, Saudi Arabia allowed women to register to stand in local elections, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 30, Saudi authorities executed a Pakistani man for attempting to smuggle drugs into the ultra-conservative kingdom. Up to 129 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 30, In eastern Saudi Arabia a large fire broke out in the basement of a residential complex in Khobar, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 200.
    (AP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 30, South Sudan government troops attacked a village in Unity state on the first day of a cease-fire that both sides have pledged to implement. The attack on the village in Mayendit County followed attacks on two other villages in the same area the previous evening.
    (AP, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 30, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 32 civilians were among 91 people executed for "crimes" in the jihadist group's self-proclaimed caliphate between July 29 and August 29.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 30, In central Syria Islamic State militants in Syria destroyed the main building of the 2,000-year-old Bel Temple in Palmyra, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world.
    (AP, 8/30/15)    (SFC, 8/31/15, p.A2)(Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Aug 30, In southeastern Turkey a child, 3 other civilians and 2 police officer were killed in violence following the breakdown of a ceasefire between the government and Kurdish militants in Diyarbakir province.
    (Reuters, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug 30, The United States and its allies staged 15 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and seven in Syria over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/30/15)
2015        Aug 30, In Yemen gunmen on a motorbike shot dead Colonel Abdelhakim al-Sanidi, the director of security operations in Aden. A Saudi-led coalition air raid struck a factory in northern Yemen killing 17 civilians and 14 Shiite Huthi rebels.
    (AFP, 8/30/15)

2015        Aug 31, Austria stepped up vehicle inspections at its Hungarian border, creating a huge traffic jam on the main Budapest-Vienna highway. A train carrying hundreds of migrants headed to Vienna after being held for hours at Austria's border with Hungary amid a security clampdown on trafficking gangs and efforts to apply fraying European rules intended to manage the flow of refugees.
    (AP, 8/31/15)    (Reuters, 8/31/15)     
2015        Aug 31, The Chinese Ministry of Public Security said it has punished at least 197 people in recent days for spreading rumors online.
    (SFC, 9/1/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 31, In China a fire at the Shandong Binyuan Chemical Co Ltd, in Lijin county, killed 13 people. It was extinguished before dawn the next day.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)(AP, 9/6/15)
2015        Aug 31, In eastern Congo DRC unidentified gunmen killed six elite presidential guard soldiers in an ambush north of Goma.
    (Reuters, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 31, In India rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation defining who can claim to be from the northeastern state of Manipur. By the next day at least 5 people were left dead.
    (AP, 9/1/15)
2015        Aug 31, The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for US presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, closed the doors of its landmark main building to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics. The building had opened in 1962, ahead of the 1964 Games.
    (AP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 31, Myanmar's Pres. Thein Sein signed into law the last of four controversial bills championed by radical Buddhists. The Monogamy Bill sets punishments for people who have more than one spouse or live with an unmarried partner other than the spouse. The measures are part of four "Race and Religion Protection Laws" championed by Ma Ba Tha, the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion.
    (Reuters, 8/31/15)
2015        Aug 31, Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, said he would build a cement plant in Zimbabwe.
    (Reuters, 8/31/15)
2015        Aug 31, Norway’s police Chief Inspector Goeran Stenseth said that 151 migrants have crossed the border this year near the northeastern town of Kirkenes.
    (AP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 31, Singapore said it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.
    (AP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 31, South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar accused the government of breaking a ceasefire, jeopardizing a peace agreement aimed to end the country's 20-month civil war.
    (AFP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 31, In northeastern Spain a huge explosion at the Pirotecnia Zaragozana factory killed 6 people in Pinseque, near Zaragoza.
    (AP, 9/1/15)
2015        Aug 31, Thai police issued arrest warrants for two more suspects, Thai woman Wanna Suansun (26) and a foreign man of unknown nationality, as part of a widening investigation in connection with the Aug 17 deadly bombing in Bangkok.
    (AP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 31, Turkish authorities offered up to 4 million lira ($1.37 million) in rewards for those who help a crackdown on "terrorists", in a new ruling published today.
    (AFP, 8/31/15)   
2015        Aug 31, In Ukraine a national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others protecting the parliament were wounded by grenades hurled by protesters as deputies backed reforms to give more autonomy to rebel-held areas. By the next day 2 more guardsman died from wounds sustained in the violent protests.
    (Reuters, 8/31/15)(Reuters, 9/1/15)

2015        Aug, In China four men posing as corruption investigators snatched agriculture official Zhang Wei and his wife from their home, telling them they had been targeted by President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption. Police in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang later arrested three of the alleged perpetrators.
    (AFP, 10/20/15)
2015        Aug, A total of 1,325 Iraqis were killed and another 1,811 were injured in violence during the month of August including 585 civilians according to a UN report.
    (AP, 9/1/15)
2015        Aug, Egypt began digging 18 fisheries along the 9-mile border with Gaza to grow mullet fish and shrimp and to make digging underground tunnels impossible.
    (SFC, 9/1/15, p.A3)
2015        Aug, Iran's most expensive movie, "Muhammad", opened nationwide in the Shiite Islamic republic last week. It depicted the prophet on screen, an act that is prohibited in Sunni Islam. Saudi Arabia's top cleric soon hit out at the film describing its portrayal of the prophet's childhood as a "hostile act" and a "distortion" of Islam.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Aug, In the Ivory Coast roving bands of kids as young as 12, dubbed microbes, raised alarm this month over crime in working-class neighborhoods of Abidjan. President Alassane Ouattara's government has described the "microbes" as children traumatized by Ivory Coast's postelection crisis of 2010-11, which claimed more than 3,000 lives after ex-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug, Spanish authorities arrested Michael Desaedeleer, a businessman with dual American-Belgian citizenship, who has been accused of enslavement and pillaging "blood diamonds" during Sierra Leone's civil war.
    (AP, 8/30/15)   
2015        Aug, Uganda wildlife officials were stumped by a mysterious illness among the lions of Kidepo Valley National Park that has left the big cats emaciated and docile.
    (SSFC, 8/23/15, p.C12)

2015        Sep 1, Pres. Obama visited the Exit Glacier in Alaska, which has receded 1.25 miles since 1815 and 187 feet since last year alone, and called it a signpost of climate change.
    (SFC, 9/2/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 1, California’s prison officials reached a settlement with inmates who filed a class-action suit in 2012 over solitary confinement. Changes will return as many as 1,800 inmates to the general population, allow access to vocational and educational programs, phone calls, mail deliveries and family visits.
    (SFC, 9/2/15, p.A1)
2015        Sep 1, In Illinois three armed suspects shot dead police officer Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz in the Chicago suburb of Fox Lake.
    (YahooNews, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 1, In Missouri Jeff Mizanskey, sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge, walked out of prison a free man. He had been sentenced in 1996 after police said he conspired to sell 6 pounds of marijuana to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels.
    (AP, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani called for a national jihad (holy war) against corruption.
    (SFC, 9/2/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 1, Azerbaijan sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner Khadija Ismayilova (39) to seven and a half years in jail on corruption charges. Ismayilova has denounced her prosecution as politically motivated and an attempt to stop her critical reporting. Freedom House says there are now more than 80 political prisoners in Azerbaijan.
    (AFP, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, The Lizard Squad of hackers claimed they had downed the website of Britain's lead law enforcement agency. The attack came four days after the NCA arrested six hackers, accusing them of buying code from Lizard Squad that enables DDoS attacks.
    (AFP, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, Statistics Canada said the national economy shrank again in the second quarter, putting the country in recession for the first time since the financial crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, as an "old friend", as China's foreign ministry defended his invite to a military parade to mark the end of World War Two.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, Greek authorities said a coast guard special unit raid has found a shipment of weapons on board a foreign-flagged cargo ship sailing near Crete.
    (AP, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, Guatemala’s Congress lifted Pres. Otto Perez Molina’s immunity of office opening up to possible prosecution in a widening customs corruption scandal.
    (SFC, 9/2/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 1, In Hungary hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's Eastern Railway Terminus demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as EU asylum rules came close to collapse under the strain of unprecedented migration.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, In Iraq a series of suicide attacks by the Islamic State group outside a town in Anbar province west of Baghdad killed 12 soldiers and allied Sunni militiamen. Airstrikes by the US-led alliance destroyed six IS vehicles and killed 13 militants as they approached the site.
    (AP, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, Kuwait state news said 26 people have been charged with possessing weapons and having contacts with Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group in order to plot attacks against the Gulf state.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, In Lebanon of protesters marched into the Environment Ministry in Beirut, staging a sit-in outside the minister’s office and demanding his resignation over the country’s snowballing trash crisis.
    (SFC, 9/2/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 1, In Mali suspected Islamic extremists attacked an army checkpoint in Timbuktu, killing at least 2 soldiers by slashing their throats.
    (AP, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, Nepali police shot dead at least 4 protesters and killed a fifth as demonstrators threw stones and petrol bombs, angry at a new planned constitution.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber killed at least 6 people and wounded 31 others when blowing himself up outside a local government office.
    (AP, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, In Sierra Leone a food trader (67) died of Ebola in Sella Kafta village in the northern district of Kambia, after being sick for up to 10 days without the authorities' knowledge. The entire village of almost 1,000 was soon placed under quarantine.
    (AFP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 1, In southern Somalia Al-Shabab overran an African Union base early today in the small farming town of Janale. Al-Shabab said it killed about 50 AU troops from Uganda at the base. Another 50 troops were missing. A Uganda later said 12 soldiers were killed in the attack.
    (AP, 9/1/15)(AFP, 9/2/15)(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 1, Thailand police arrested a second foreign suspect in connection with the August 17 attack that killed 20 people.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, Turkish police raided the offices of the Koza Ipek group, a conglomerate linked to a US-based cleric accused of plotting against President Tayyip Erdogan.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, A Turkish soldier vanished and another was killed in cross-border shooting with Islamic State fighters near the town of Kilis, close to Syrian territory that has been under Islamic State control for months.
    (Reuters, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 1, In Ukraine a fragile truce between government forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be holding as both sides made a renewed effort to silence their guns and make the much-abused ceasefire work.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)   
2015        Sep 1, The UN said 95 civilians have been killed in the past two weeks in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz where a collapsing health care service and outbreak of dengue fever are compounding a dire humanitarian situation.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, At the Vatican Pope Francis called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year -- overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church.
    (AFP, 9/1/15)
2015        Sep 1, In Yemen 17 rebels were killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes that also "mistakenly" left 3 pro-government fighters dead over the past 24 hours in Baihan, a region between the provinces of Shabwa which is government-held, and oil-rich Marib which both sides are fighting to control.
    (AFP, 9/1/15)

2015        Sep 2, President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory as US Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In North Carolina Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis (31) was killed in a helicopter accident during night time training at Camp Lejeune.
    (SFC, 9/5/15, p.A7)
2015        Sep 2, In Dallas, Texas, pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher was shot to death in a murder-for-hire. Crystal Cortes (23), accused of driving the shooter to the garage, was arrested Sep 5 and charged with capital murder. Kristopher Love (31) was later identified as the shooter and was charged with capital murder. Brenda Delgado (33), who reportedly planned the killing, remained a fugitive.
    (AP, 10/3/15) 
2015        Sep 2, It was reported that malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Burundi anti-government protesters resumed in some neighborhoods in the capital after residents accused the police of harassment. At least 4 people were killed in the renewed clashes.
    (AP, 9/2/15)(AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, A cattle war was reported raging amid the sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said herd figures have dropped by 77 percent compared to levels before the crisis, due to mass slaughter and theft.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In France 8 people, including 2 children, were killed in a fire in a Paris apartment building that investigators believe may have been started deliberately. Police arrested a man in his 30s who might have been at the scene.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding thousands of passengers in darkness for hours aboard Eurostar trains.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Iraq gunmen in military uniform seized 18 Turkish workers from a sports stadium they were building in northeastern Baghdad. Two of the workers were freed on Sep 15. The remaining sixteen were freed on Sep 30.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(AFP, 9/16/15)(AP, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Iraq army Colonel Muthana al-Daini was shot dead near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) east of Baghdad, in a killing his family said was politically motivated. Daini was the brother of Sunni lawmaker Nahida al-Daini, who has been outspoken in accusing Shi'ite militias of committing atrocities in Diyala province.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Kazakhstan the first Dane in space accompanied by 26 custom-made figurines from Danish toymaker Lego blasted off in a Soyuz spacecraft as part of a three-man team on an unusually long two-day mission to the International Space Station.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Mali 19 people died when an overloaded canoe capsized on a stretch of the Niger river passing through the town of Bangou. 70 people survived and four were still missing.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 2, Mexican authorities say a four-year search of a ranch in Nuevo Leone has turned up bone fragments belonging to at least 31 individuals.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In northern Nigeria gunmen killed at least 5 villagers in a raid in Mainari village, Borno state, before being repelled by government troops. The Nigerian army said it has reinstated some 3,000 soldiers who were dismissed for alleged indiscipline in the battle against Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)(AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 2, Pakistani warplanes bombarded the Shawal Valley, killing at least 17 suspected militants. More air strikes in the Khyber tribal area killed at least 14 militants and wounded six more. A suspected US drone strike on a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan killed 6 men. In the northwestern city of Peshawar gunmen ambushed a police patrol, killing 3 police officers and wounding six.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, Puerto Rico’s troubled state-owned power company announced a restructuring plan with some of its creditors that would provide breathing room for an island staggering under the weight of its public debt.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, Russia staged a military parade to commemorate seizing Sakhalin and the nearby Kurile islands chain from Japan in 1945, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In South Sudan monitors of the regional bloc of East African states known as IGAD witnessed government "helicopter gunships flying towards and engaging the SPLM/A(IO) rebel forces on the west bank of the Nile. Machar's rebels also violated the August ceasefire by launching attacks in Unity state on August 23.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Syria at least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded in Latakia. Syrian air force strikes killed at least 14 people east of Damascus. A mortar attack on part of the campus of Damascus University killed at least 2 students and wounded several. Heavy shelling killed 3 civilians and wounded 45 in Jaramana city, east of Damascus.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, An image of Aylan Kurdi (3), a drowned toddler washed up on the beach in one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts, swept across social media, after at least 12 presumed Syrian refugees died trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A18)
2015        Sep 2, In eastern Ukraine 2 civilians were killed undermining fresh efforts to end simmering violence as the EU agreed to extend sanctions against individuals deemed responsible for the conflict.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, The World Health Organization (WHO) said officials have found two children stricken by a mutated polio virus in Ukraine, the country's first cases of the paralytic disease in nine years. Health officials had warned Ukraine was at high risk of a polio outbreak due to its low vaccination rates.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Yemen 2 local Red Cross employees were shot dead in the northern province of Amran by an unknown attacker. At least 32 people were killed and dozens wounded in two bombings near a mosque in a northern district of Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(AFP, 9/3/15)

2015        Sep 3, In Kentucky Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed for contempt after she insisted that her conscience would not allow her to follow federal court rulings on gay marriage.
    (SFC, 9/4/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 3, Part of the Mississippi River was closed after two tow boats collided near Paducah, Kentucky, damaging at least one barge carrying clarified slurry oil, which is heavier than water. The coast Guard said a little more than 120,000 of 250,000 gallons spilled into the river.
    (SFC, 9/4/15, p.A8)(SFC, 9/5/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 3, In Afghanistan officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations gathered in Kabul for a regional economic conference to explore ways of rebuilding the country after more than 40 years of war.
    (AP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, Bolivian authorities working on a corruption case arrested Adolfo Chavez, a top indigenous leader, who has been critical of President Evo Morales' push to drill for oil and develop mining on traditional native lands in the eastern lowlands. On Sep 5 Chavez was released from detention by a judge who threw out the corruption case.
    (AP, 9/4/15)(AP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 3, PM David Cameron promised Britain would fulfil its "moral responsibilities" in the migrants crisis but resisted growing pressure at home and abroad to accept a bigger share of Syrian refugees.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, In northern Cameroon least 30 people were killed in two successive suicide attacks.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, China unveiled new "carrier-killer" missiles and announced a 300,000 cut in troop numbers at a spectacular WWII anniversary parade.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, An Egyptian court said that female singers Bardis and Shakira promoted indecency in their music videos and sentenced both to six months in prison.
    (SFC, 9/4/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 3, France and Germany agreed that the European Union, facing an unprecedented influx of migrants, should impose binding quotas on the numbers member states take in.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, In France more than 1,000 tractors descended on Paris in a boisterous protest by farmers who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for their goods and high taxes.
    (AP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, Guatemala’s Pres. Perez Molina (64) appeared in court after submitting his resignation. A judge had issued an order to detain him in a customs fraud case. Congress met in an emergency session to hand power to the vice president.
    (AP, 9/3/15)(Reuters, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, Hungarian police halted a train packed with migrants bound for the Austrian border and tried to force them to disembark in a town with a detention camp, a confrontation that has become a focus of Europe's migration crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying about 70 Indonesian illegal immigrants sank off the coast of Malaysia, killing 61 people, among them 23 women. The number of survivors stood at 19.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)(AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 3, In Iraq at least 12 people were killed in bomb attacks in commercial and residential neighborhoods across Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, The Israeli military said its air force had attacked a Hamas military position in the Gaza Strip overnight from which gunfire had hit homes in southern Israel.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, The WHO announced that Liberia, recently ravaged by Ebola, was free of the virus, 42 days after the last confirmed case passed a second negative test.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, Libya's coastguard said it rescued 104 African migrants on an overloaded rubber dinghy bound for Europe that was about to sink off the coast of Tripoli. About 30-40 people migrants drowned in the Mediterranean after a dinghy carrying 120-140 Somalis, Sudanese and Nigerians deflated after sailing from Misrata. The International Organization for Migration said there were 91 survivors.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)    (AP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 3, Some 5,600 people crossed into Macedonia from Greece.
    (AFP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 3, NATO inaugurated a military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in the Baltic countries over Russia's military presence.
    (AP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, The Sudan Liberation Army – Abdul Wahid, a Darfur-based rebel group, released 18 government soldiers over the last 24 hours who were being held as prisoners. The release was assisted by the Red Cross.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, PM Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey will continue to keep its doors open to refugees and urged European countries to take their share of the burden.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 3, Four Turkish police were killed in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the country's southeast blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
    (AFP, 9/3/15)

2015        Sep 4, President Barack Obama hosted Saudi Arabia's new monarch for the first time and said that the US shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, In Florida Boeing celebrated the opening of its commercial crew and cargo processing facility which will serve as home to its future space fleet and named it Starliner.
    (SFC, 9/5/15, p.A7)
2015        Sep 4, In NYC Deniss Calovskis (30), a Latvian computer code writer, pleaded guilty to helping create the Gozi virus, which spread to more than a million computers worldwide and corrupted some at NASA. He admitted that he was hired to write code for the virus.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 4, Bolivia said an air force captain was detained as he tried to take off from near the Peru border with 362 kg (796 pounds) of cocaine in his plane.
    (AP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, PM David Cameron said Britain will provide an extra 100 million pounds (137 million euros, $153 million) in humanitarian aid for the Syrian crisis, bringing its total contribution to more than 1.0 billion pounds. Cameron said Britain will take in thousands more Syrian refugees.
    (AFP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia rejected any quota system for accepting migrants in the European Union's 28 members.
    (AP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, In Greece a fire broke out at the Dafni psychiatric hospital in western Athens killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, Hungary's parliament introduced emergency anti-migration laws, in a tough response to the record number of refugees and migrants crossing the EU member's border as they try to reach western Europe. Hundreds of migrants broke out of a border camp and others set off on foot from Budapest as authorities scrambled to contain a migrant crisis that has brought Europe’s asylum system to breaking point.
    (AFP, 9/4/15)(Reuters, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, In Lebanon the civil campaign that has organized protests against politicians in Beirut called for a nationwide mobilization against a government they say is too corrupt to function.
    (AFP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, In Libya clashes broke out between Islamic State and army units loyal to the country's official government near the eastern city of Derna, killing 4 soldiers.
    (Reuters, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, Mexican authorities said police have seized a ton of so-called "black cocaine" at Mexico City's airport and destroyed more than 100 tons of marijuana plants in western state of Nayarit.
    (AP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, Moroccans began voting in local elections seen as a test for the ruling Islamists. The Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) formed by a close associate of Morocco's king secured most seats in local elections. It was closely followed by the ruling PJD Islamist party which also won in major cities.
    (AFP, 9/4/15)(Reuters, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 4, A Nepali policeman was shot dead in the latest round of clashes to hit the country's southern plains as protests intensify against a proposed new constitution.
    (AFP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new crew docked at the International Space Station.
    (AP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 4, A Saudi policeman was killed and two others wounded when a terrorist attacked a security site in the Abqaiq region in the country's Eastern province.
    (AP, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 4, In Syria two explosions late today and ensuing protests killed at least 37 people including Druze leader Sheikh Wahid al-Balous in and around the town of Sweida. 20 Islamist and other rebel fighters were killed in the clashes throughout the day centered on the town of Marea, Aleppo province, along with 27 IS jihadists.
    (Reuters, 9/5/15)(AFP, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 4, In Tajikistan 9 policemen were killed in attacks the authorities blamed on gunmen loyal to the country's own deputy defense minister. 13 rebels were also killed. The interior ministry blamed the attacks on a group led by Major General Abdulkhalim Mirzo Nazarzod, the deputy defense minister, who was soon dismissed by Imomali Rakhmon, the president, for committing a crime.
    (Reuters, 9/4/15)(AP, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 4, Turkey imposed a curfew on Cizre, a city of 120,000 on the border with Syria and close to Iraq, in an effort to cripple the PKK. The curfew was lifted on Sep 12. The government said that up to 32 Kurdish militants were killed during the curfew and anti-terror operations. The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said 21 civilians were killed.
    (AFP, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 4, In Yemen Iranian-allied Houthis attacked a weapons storage facility in Marib killing 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 5 Bahrainis, 10 Saudis and 4 Yemenis.
    (Reuters, 9/4/15)(AFP, 9/5/15)(Reuters, 9/6/15)

2015        Sep 5, In northern Afghanistan at least 13 people were killed by gunmen who attacked a minibus in Balkh province. All the victims belonged to the largely Shi'ite Hazara ethnic minority.
    (Reuters, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 5, Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants, bussed to the Hungarian border by a right-wing government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers reaching Europe’s frontiers.
    (Reuters, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 5, Finnish PM Juha Sipila offered to host refugees at his country home.
    (AFP, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 5, The Greek coastguard said that about 13,370 migrants and refugees had been ferried from Greece's eastern islands to Athens since Aug 31.
    (Reuters, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 5, Japan's government lifted a 4 1/2-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that had sent all of the town's 7,400 residents away following the disaster at the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant.
    (AP, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 5, A small Senegalair-operated plane from Burkina Faso carrying seven people including a sick French woman was believed to have crashed into the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Senegal.
    (AP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 5, In southern Somalia al Shabaab Islamist militants said they have seized control of two towns, El Saliindi and Kuntuwarey, over the last two days and attacked two African Union (AU) convoys in the same region.
    (Reuters, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 5, A South Korean fishing charter boat capsized leaving at least 10 people dead and eight missing. The 9.77-ton Dolphin went missing off the southwest coast near the island of Chuja. 3 survivors were rescued the next day.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)   
2015        Sep 5, In northwestern Spain a race car lost control during the Coruna Rally and crashed into onlookers killing 6 people. The toll soon rose to 7 following the death of an 11-year-old spectator.
    (AP, 9/6/15)(AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 5, In southern Syria Druze gunmen killed six government security personnel during violent protests after a Druze leader and dozens of people died in two car bomb blasts overnight.
    (Reuters, 9/5/15)
2015        Sep 5, In Tajikistan an armed group attacked a police post outside Dushanbe, and there were losses among the officers guarding it.
    (Reuters, 9/5/15)

2015        Sep 6, In Colorado a twin-engine Cessna 310-H went down in a remote section of the San Juan Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain range. At least 4 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 6, PM Tony Abbott said Australia will accept more refugees from camps bordering Syria and Iraq and “is open" to providing more financial assistance.
    (Reuters, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said it was time to phase out extraordinary measures allowing the unimpeded inflow of thousands of migrants from Hungary to Austria and Germany.
    (Reuters, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, Congo DRC local officials said 7 civilians were killed in a new attack by Ugandan rebels in the restive North Kivu Province. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are accused of killing more than 400 people over the last 10 months.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, In France ministers and diplomats from 57 countries gathered in Paris to discuss the make-or-break issue of finance in a climate rescue deal to be sealed in the French capital in December.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, German police said they expected a record 10,000 refugees to arrive through the southern state of Bavaria today.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, Greece sent troops and police reinforcements to Lesbos after renewed clashes between police and migrants. Syrian refugees on the island were targeted with Molotov cocktail attacks.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, Guatemalans streamed to the polls in general elections held amid public disenchantment with government just days after the country's president was jailed on corruption charges. Early returns put TV comedian Jimmy Morales in the lead followed by businessman Manuel Baldizon and ex-first lady Sandra Torres.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)(SFC, 9/7/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 6, In India lightning killed 22 people, mostly farm laborers working in fields, across the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 6, In western Iran 11 Iraqi Shiite religious pilgrims returning from Qom were killed after a bus overturned in the western province of Hamadan.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 6, Iraq’s air force said it has put F-16 warplanes acquired from the United States into action against the Islamic State group for the first time with fifteen air strikes in the past four days.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, In Iraq the US-led coalition conducted 11 air strikes against the Islamic State, as well as four strikes targeting the militant group in Syria.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 6, In Israel thousands of people rallied in Jerusalem to demand more funds for Christian schools which they say receive a third of what the Israeli government allocates to Jewish ones.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, More than 250 people injured in Yemen's conflict were flown in to Jordan for hospital treatment.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, In Moldova tens of thousands rallied in the heart of the capital Chisinau in the biggest street protests in memory, demanding the resignation of President Nicolae Timofti and early elections over a $1 billion bank fraud that has hit living standards.
    (Reuters, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, Pakistan used its first-ever armed drone, killing 3 "high profile" militants in the Shawal valley of the Waziristan tribal region.
    (AP, 9/7/15)(SFC, 9/11/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 6, Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors detained Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu on suspicion that he took bribes of 25,000 euros ($28,000) from firms working for city hall.
    (AP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, Saudi-led coalition jets bombed a Houthi military position and army bases in the Yemeni capital Sanaa through the night and into this morning in what appeared to be further retaliation for the killing of dozens of coalition soldiers two days ago.
    (Reuters, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, In central Somalia Al Shabaab took control of populous Buqda town after African Union forces left the area.
    (Reuters, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, Syria arrested an Islamist insurgent from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, who confessed to the two car bombs on Sep 4 and involvement in unrest that followed.
    (Reuters, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, Thailand's military-backed legislature rejected an unpopular draft of a new constitution, delaying a return to democracy following a coup last year.
    (AP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, In Turkey the W-20 — a grouping of female leaders — was launched in Ankara, aimed at boosting the role of women in global economic growth, as G20 finance ministers and central bank governors met for talks on the global economy.
    (AP, 9/6/15)
2015        Sep 6, In eastern Turkey 2 policeman were killed and three others injured in Diyarbakir when Kurdish militants clashed with security forces. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels reportedly killed 31 members of the armed forces in an attack on a convoy and clashes in the mountainous Daglica area of Hakkari province. Turkey’s army statement said 16 had died.
    (Reuters, 9/6/15)(Reuters, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 6, Pope Francis said the Vatican will shelter two families of refugees who are "fleeing death" from war or hunger, as he called on Catholic parishes, convents and monasteries across Europe to do the same.
    (AP, 9/6/15)

2015        Sep 7, Pres. Obama in a Labor Day speech in Boston announced a new executive order that will require federal contractors to offer employees up to 7 paid sick days a year.
    (SFC, 9/8/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 7, An Afghan official said a NATO airstrike in southern Helmand province has killed at least 11 police officers and employees of the Interior Ministry's anti-narcotics department. US officials denied that a NATO strike was responsible.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, Australia's PM Tony Abbott said that his country will resettle a "significant" number of refugees from Syria this year, while the opposition called for an additional 10,000 refugee places to help the world cope with a humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, President Dilma Rousseff said Brazil will welcome Syrian refugees with open arms. Brazil has already taken in more than 2,000 Syrian refugees since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 7, PM David Cameron said Britain will take 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps near the war-torn country's borders over the next five years.
    (AFP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, British archaeologists said they had found the buried remains of a mysterious prehistoric monument close to the famous Stonehenge heritage site dating back some 4,500 years. The discovery was made at Durrington Walls -- a so-called "superhenge" located less than three km (1.8 miles) from Stonehenge.
    (AFP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, In Burundi the spokesman for an opposition party was shot and killed outside his home in Bujumbura.
    (AP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 7, President Michelle Bachelet says Chile will welcome an important number of refugees.
    (AP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 7, China said it would remove personal income tax on dividends for shareholders who hold stocks for more than a year.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, Cyprus said it would be willing to take in up to 300 migrants fleeing upheaval in the Middle East under new EU quotas, but would prefer them to be Christians.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, Egypt's agriculture minister Salah el-Din Helal was detained shortly after tendering his resignation amid a corruption investigation.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, In Egypt a roadside bomb struck a military vehicle in the restive northern Sinai, killing an officer and a conscript and wounding five soldiers.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, The EU announced it will release 500 million euros to aid European farmers suffering plunging milk and meat prices partly blamed on a Russian embargo, as thousands of farmers protested outside EU headquarters in Brussels to demand more aid and higher prices for their milk and pig meat.
    (AFP, 9/7/15)(AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, President Francois Hollande said France is ready to take in 24,000 refugees as part of EU plans to welcome more than 100,000 in the next two years.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, France’s culture ministry agreed to demands by artist Anish Kapoor that anti-Semitic graffiti not be cleaned off a giant sculpture, dubbed the “queen’s vagina" at Palace of Versailles.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 7, German media reported that Germany’s foreign intelligence agency BND has collected evidence of mustard gas use in northern Iraq by the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, A Greek official said the United States has asked Greece to deny Russia the use of its airspace for supply flights to Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, In Guinea at least 7 people were killed and 12 others injured following heavy rains in an overnight mudslide in Tougnifili.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 7, In Libya 8 soldiers were killed repelling an attack on their post by Islamist militants eight km (five miles) southwest of the eastern city of Benghazi. One soldier was missing and 10 were wounded.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)(AP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 7, North and South Korea started talks at a border village on resuming the reunions of families separated by the Korean War.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, Some 1,000 Qatar ground troops arrived in Yemen, escalating Gulf Arab intervention in Yemen's war ahead of a planned offensive against Iranian-backed Houthis holding the capital Sanaa. At least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi-led air strikes.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)(Reuters, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 7, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State fighters have seized the Jazal oil field, last major oilfield under Syrian government control during battles over a vast central desert zone. The Observatory also said US-led coalition bombing raids in areas in the militant's de facto capital of Raqqa had killed at least 16 militants, including five foreign jihadists.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, Trinidad and Tobago held elections amid complaints about corruption and violent crime.
    (SFC, 9/7/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 7, Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish insurgent targets overnight after the militants staged what appeared to be their deadliest attack since the collapse of a two-year-old ceasefire in July. 16 Turkish soldiers were killed in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of the country in an attack blamed on the PKK.
    (Reuters, 9/7/15)(AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 7, The head of the UN atomic energy agency said satellite imagery of North Korea's main nuclear site indicates that the country is expanding its atomic program.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said he has ordered more of his country's vast border with Colombia closed amid a diplomatic crisis over deportations and smuggling.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)

2015        Sep 8, The US mission to war-torn Somalia began work without an ambassador or an embassy and based in neighboring Kenya.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, The US State Department announced that Hezbollah spokesman Samir Kuntar along with Hamas military leaders Yahya Sinwar, Rawhi Mushtaha, and Muhammed Deif had been added to the specially designated global terrorists list.
    (AP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, Lagunitas Brewing Co. based in Petaluma, Ca., announced that Heineken is buying a 50% share in the company.
    (SFC, 9/9/15, p.A1)
2015        Sep 8, Bulgaria, a member of NATO, said it has refused permission to an unspecified number of Russian aircraft to cross its airspace late last week, amid growing US fears that Moscow is boosting military support to Syria’s President.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to strengthen an EU ban on seal products, narrowing exceptions made for Canada's indigenous Inuits.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, France carried out its first surveillance flights over Syria to prepare possible attacks on Islamic State jihadists.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, Tens of thousands of migrants massed on Greek islands as EU President Donald Tusk warned the refugee crisis would last for years.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, In Iraq gunmen in Baghdad kidnapped Abdulkarim Fares, the acting deputy justice minister, and wounded his driver.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, In Iraq US-led coalition air strikes destroyed an Islamic State operating base at a stadium near Ramadi that was a key supply hub storing weapons and explosives.
    (Reuters, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 8, A sandstorm blanketed Beirut and Damascus causing at least 5 deaths.
    (SFC, 9/9/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 8, Nigeria's military said it has banned the use of horses in the northeastern state of Borno to stop deadly raids by Boko Haram gunmen.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, Tajikistan charged Major General Abduhalim Nazarzoda, a rebel former deputy defense minister, with high treason and terrorism after deadly street battles broke out in the ex-Soviet country last week.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, Turkish warplanes launched a massive air operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, killing as many as 40 rebels. Kurdish militants killed 14 police officers in a bomb attack on a minibus in a Turkish province bordering Armenia and Iran. Turkish ground forces crossed into northern Iraq for the first time since 2011 in a "short-term" operation to hunt down Kurdish rebels.
    (AFP, 9/8/15)    (Reuters, 9/8/15)(AP, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, Pope Francis revolutionized the procedure for Roman Catholics to get marriage annulments, making them faster and simpler and calling on bishops to provide greater help to divorced couples.
    (Reuters, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, In Yemen a Saudi-led alliance launched more air strikes Sanaa and more foreign troops were reported to be moving into the country as the campaign to rout Houthi forces intensified. 15 citizens were reported killed and 77 were wounded in the attacks.
    (Reuters, 9/8/15)
2015        Sep 8, Zimbabwe's ousted vice president, Joice Mujuru, published plans to relax security and media laws and review divisive black empowerment legislation, signaling she could be lining up a challenge to President Robert Mugabe in 2018 elections.
    (Reuters, 9/8/15)

2015        Sep 9, Australia’s PM Tony Abbott said his country would take an additional 12,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria and would join in an air campaign against the Islamic State.
    (SFC, 9/10/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 9, Grenade attacks in Central African Republic's Bangui killed at least 2 people in a rare incident of violence in the capital.
    (Reuters, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 9, In China Hu Qinggang (43), apparently upset with a court verdict, stabbed four judges with a knife smuggled into a courthouse in Shiyan city, Hubei province.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, EU leader Jean-Claude Juncker proposed a plan to distribute 160,000 people throughout the member nations, even while acknowledging that the plan was inadequate to the depth of the crisis.
    (SFC, 9/10/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 9, A German court issued an injunction ordering a halt to a strike by pilots at Lufthansa, that caused the cancelation of 1,000 flights affecting 140,000 travelers.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, All train services were halted between Germany and Denmark after Danish police stopped hundreds of migrants arriving by train across the border.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, Guinea-Bissau's PM Baciro Dja announced his resignation, just two days after his government was sworn in, plunging the chronically unstable African nation deeper into a simmering political crisis. His decision came after the country's Supreme Court declared that his unpopular appointment by President Jose Mario Vaz by presidential decree just weeks earlier had violated the constitution.
    (AFP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, Police in India investigated complaints from two Nepalese women that a Saudi Arabian diplomat raped them repeatedly and confined them in his home near New Delhi. He claimed diplomatic immunity, and the Saudi embassy in a statement denied all the allegations.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, A top Indian Muslim leader said more than 1,000 Muslim clerics in India have ratified a religious ruing that condemns the Islamic State and calls the extremist group's actions "un-Islamic".
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, Israel outlawed "Mourabitoon" and "Mourabitaat," two grassroots Palestinian Islamist groups involved in vocal protests at the flashpoint al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem against stepped-up visits by religious Jews.
    (Reuters, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, Lebanese demonstrators returned to the streets to protest government dysfunction as politicians failed to make progress in the first round of talks to resolve a trash crisis and address other longstanding problems.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, In southern Nepal police opened fire on protesters demanding statehood, killing at least 4 people in two towns.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, In Pakistan gunmen shot dead journalist Aftab Alam in Karachi, less than 24 hours after a technician working for the country's most popular news channel was killed in a similar attack.
    (Reuters, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, Puerto Rico's government released a long-awaited fiscal reform plan on that would reduce much of the island's $72 billion public debt and calls for restructuring the remainder at the expense of bondholders.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that Russian military advisers were in Syria as part of a long-standing agreement to provide military aid to the government.
    (SFC, 9/10/15, p.A3)
2015        Sep 9, The Syrian army withdrew completely from Idlib province after insurgents captured the Abu al-Duhur military airport there. In eastern Syria jihadists of the Islamic State group edged closer to the regime-held military airbase outside Deir Ezzor in heavy clashes that killed 36 IS fighters. 56 soldiers either died in combat or were killed afterwards by the insurgents. On Sep 19 the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a total of 71 members of government forces had been executed at Abu al-Duhur air base since its capture.
    (Reuters, 9/9/15)(AFP, 9/10/15)(Reuters, 9/10/15)(Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 9, A Syrian military official said Russian military experts have expanded their presence in Syria over the last year. US officials said Russia has sent two tank landing ships and additional aircraft to Syria in the past day or so and has deployed a small number of naval infantry forces. Germany's foreign minister warned Russia against increased military intervention in Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, In Yemen warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition bombed Shiite Huthi rebel positions in Sanaa, stepping up attacks in the wake of a deadly missile strike on its troops.
    (AFP, 9/9/15)

2015        Sep 10, Pres. Obama awarded Alice Waters (71), the Berkeley pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, the National Humanities Medal. Nine other recipients included actress Sally Field, and writer Larry McMurtry.
    (SFC, 9/11/15, p.D1)
2015        Sep 10, The US Treasury Department sanctioned four Hamas officials and financiers and a Saudi Arabia-based company controlled by one of them for providing financial support to the Palestinian militant group.
    (Reuters, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, US authorities charged three Colombian nationals with helping to run a global money laundering network that processed billions of dollars in drug trafficking profits through bank accounts in China and Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 10, California lawmakers announced a deal to regulate and license the state’s medical marijuana industry.
    (SFC, 9/11/15, p.A1)
2015        Sep 10, In southern California Joseph Adel Noriega (37) was arrested following a bank robbery in South Pasadena. He was suspected to be the “Bluto Bandit" linked to more than a dozen bank robberies.
    (SFC, 9/14/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 10, In Minnesota a family of 5 was found shot dead. Investigators believed that Brian Short, the founder of a networking service for nurses, used a shotgun to kill his wife Karen and 3 teenage children at their lakeside home in Greenwood, a suburb of Minneapolis.
    (SFC, 9/12/15, p.A5)(SSFC, 9/13/15, p.A12)
2015        Sep 10, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 5 officers who were on patrol in Ghazni city. The annual celebration of national hero Ahmed Shah Massoud (1953-2001) descended into violence leaving at least 2 people dead in Kabul.
    (AP, 9/10/15)(SFC, 9/11/15, p.A3)
2015        Sep 10, Bangladesh overnight arrested three members of the outlawed Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team, including its leader, Abul Bashar, for their alleged involvement in the killings of online critics of religious militancy.
    (Reuters, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, In the Czech Rep. Radim Palous (90), a leading anti-communist dissident and the first rector of Prague's Charles University after the collapse of communism, died. He was among the first to sign the Charter 77 human rights manifesto inspired by Vaclav Havel and became its spokesman in 1982 and '83. During the 1989 Velvet Revolution, he was among the leaders of the Civic Forum that oversaw the transition to democracy.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 10, Denmark said police will no longer try to stop migrants and refugees from transiting through the country to get to Sweden and other Nordic countries.
    (AP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, Egypt’s military reported killing 48 militants in four days in an operation in northern Sinai dubbed "The Right of The Martyr."
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 10, Finland proposed increasing capital gains tax and income tax on high earners to help pay for a 10-fold increase in refugees expected to arrive this year.
    (Reuters, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said nearly one in five workers are employed by the government, as he attempted to reform the country's bloated and often-corrupt civil service.
    (AFP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, Central and eastern Japan were doused with unusually heavy rains over the last two days on the heels of Tropical Storm Etau that triggered flooding and landslides. Rising waters of the Kinugawa River broke through a flood berm, sending water gushing into Joso city where 22 people were left missing.
    (AP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, Kuwait signed a contract worth 116 million dinars ($385 million) with Spain's TSK Group for a 50 megawatt solar energy project as part of its renewable energy drive.
    (AFP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, Kuwait agreed to buy 28 Typhoon warplanes, becoming the third country in the Gulf region to order the combat aircraft. Eurofighter is a partnership between Italy's Finmeccanica, Britain's BAE Systems and civilian plane maker Airbus.
    (AFP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 10, In Northern Ireland Peter Robinson, the leader of the majority pro-British Democratic Unionist Party, resigned as chief executive after other parties refused to vote to suspend assembly business pending an investigation in the August 12 killing of former IRA member Kevin McGuigan.
    (SFC, 9/11/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 10, A Philippine court declared the militant group Abu Sayyaf a terrorist organization in a ruling that provides the government with another legal weapon against militants who have survived years of US-backed offensives.
    (AP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, Serbia's war crimes prosecutors brought charges against eight suspects in the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica — Europe's worst carnage since World War II, when some 8,000 Muslims were killed by Bosnian Serb troops.
    (AP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, Air pollution in Singapore reached its highest level in a year as smog from Indonesian forest fires shrouded the island nation in a veil of gray, irking tourists and alarming authorities with hours left before general elections.
    (AP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, The prime ministers of Slovakia and Ukraine condemned a recent deal to expand a pipeline that delivers natural gas directly from Russia to Germany. An agreement signed earlier this month between Russian giant Gazprom and energy companies from Western EU countries, including E.ON, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell and others, is meant to expand the current Nord Stream pipeline under the Baltic Sea that directly links Germany with Siberia's natural gas reserves.
    (AP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, South African scientists said they've discovered a new member of the human family tree based on fossils found in 2013 at a cave near the town of Magaliesburg. Researchers named the creature Homo naledi (nah-LEH-dee) and estimated the species to be some 2.5 million to 2.8 million years old.
    (AP, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, Sweden said it will increase spending on better integrating immigrants into the labor market and increase compensation for municipalities where refugees settle.
    (Reuters, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, In Turkey suspected smugglers opened fire from Syria and shot dead a Turkish soldier, the second cross-border firefight to have killed a member of the Turkish security forces in as many weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/10/15)
2015        Sep 10, A Venezuelan judge sentenced opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to a maximum sentence of nearly 14 years in prison for inciting violence in last year’s antigovernment protests.
    (CSM, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 10, In Yemen war planes from a Saudi-led military alliance bombed Sanaa, in what witnesses described as the fiercest attacks on the city in over five months of war. Residents of Mukalla said 3 suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in an apparent drone strike on a vehicle near the airport.
    (Reuters, 9/10/15)

2015        Sep 11, The US government said it is abandoning decades of tradition and moving out of New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which a Chinese firm bought last year from Hilton Worldwide, and move to the New York Palace Hotel for UN work.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, US federal safety regulators, the insurance industry and ten carmakers announced an agreement to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature in future car models sold in the US.
    (SFC, 9/12/15, p.D1)
2015        Sep 11, It was reported that nearly 39,000 people Chinese nationals were awaiting deportation for violating US immigration laws. Some 900 of them were classed as violent offenders.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, The California Legislature passed ABX2-15, a controversial aid-in–dying bill that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe lethal medicine to terminally ill patients wanting to end their lives.
    (SFC, 9/12/15, p.A1)
2015        Sep 11, In California a rapidly spreading wildfire spurred evacuations of thousands of mountain homes in the state’s gold-rush country as flames from a larger Sierra Nevada blaze edged close to a famed grove of giant sequoia trees in Kings Canyon National Park.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 11, It was reported that Saudi businessman Abdallah S. Kamel has donated $10 million to Yale law School to established a center for the study of Islamic law.
    (SFC, 9/11/15, p.A9)
2015        Sep 11, Republican Rep. Cindy Gamrat (42), a socially conservative Michigan lawmaker, was expelled from office and GOP Rep. Todd Courser (43) resigned after they rocked the Legislature with an extramarital affair and a botched attempt to conceal it with a fictional, sexually explicit email.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, A British court sentenced seven men to prison for raping and sexually abusing babies and young children and sharing the abuse online through pictures and live videos.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Burundi the head of the armed forces survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura. At least seven people were killed in the attack.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In central China a slick of rice wine spilled from a truck caused a traffic accident that killed 12 people.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Colombia 2 people died when a plane carrying crew members from a film starring Tom Cruise crashed in San Pedro de los Milagros. The film was based on the life of American pilot Barry Seal, who worked for drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who was killed in Medellin in 1993.
    (AFP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 11, Cuba's highest authority said it is releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of next week's visit to the island by Pope Francis, the third time Cuba has granted inmates freedom before a papal visit.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Denmark said it will not take part in a scheme to share out 160,000 refugees proposed by European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Egypt’s army said a woman and child were killed in a car bomb, and four soldiers died in a separate explosion in the northern Sinai Peninsula, where the military is engaged in a sweeping campaign against jihadists.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban angrily accused illegal migrants of "rebelling" against the rule of law in his country as security forces across Europe struggled to control record flows of hungry, scared refugees.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Indian and Pakistani border forces agreed to maintain restraint on their disputed Kashmir frontier, as they sought to defuse tensions that have been heightened in recent months by militant attacks that each side blames the other for.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In India twelve suspected Islamic militants were convicted in the July 12, 2006, bombings of seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, India said the bodies of six Indian seamen missing since their boat was apparently hit by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen have been found and a seventh is still missing. Boats carrying 21 Indian nationals had been hit as they traveled across the Red Sea to the Yemeni port of Mokha on September 8.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Ivory Coast at least 19 people were killed and 37 hurt when a crowded minibus and another passenger vehicle collided in the port town of San Pedro.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev (75) signed off on daughter Dariga's appointment as deputy-prime minister, in a move that could be linked to the ex-Soviet republic's looming succession issue.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Kenya announced a new security operation aimed at ousting Islamic extremists from a forest along the border with Somalia.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Mexico the Veracruz state prosecutor's office said the remains of 9 corpses have been discovered.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 11, Moldova's PM Valeriu Strelet said his government's priorities are reforming the justice system and fighting corruption as protesters continued a demonstration over up to $1.5 billion that disappeared from Moldovan banks.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In southern Nepal a member of the armed police was killed in the district of Mahottari after protesters dragged him out of an ambulance on its way to a hospital and assaulted him. Separately police shot and killed 3 demonstrators in a neighboring district, bringing the death toll to at least 39 in protests that erupted after a draft constitution was unveiled last month.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In northeastern Nigeria a bomb went off in an internally displaced persons camp on the outskirts of the Adamawa state capital Yola, killing at least 7 people.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, A Romanian government agency said it has discovered undeclared bank accounts holding 780,000 euros ($880,000) in the name of Radu Mazare, former mayor of Constanta, being investigated for bribery.
    (AP, 9/11/15)   
2015        Sep 11, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on world powers to help arm the Syrian army, describing it as the most efficient force against the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Saudi Arabia said it has taken in about 2.5 million Syrians on religious and humanitarian grounds in the years since the country's conflict began and has offered residency to hundreds of thousands. Saudi Arabia did not specify how many of those Syrians admitted remain in the country.
    (AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Saudi Arabia stormy winds knocked over a crane which collapsed onto Mecca’s Grand Mosque killing at least 107 people.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)(SSFC, 9/13/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 11, Saudi Arabia banned the slaughter of camels during this year's hajj pilgrimage, after a surge in deaths from the MERS virus linked to the animals.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Singapore held compulsory elections. The ruling People's Action Party got 83 of the 89 seats in Parliament, while the opposition Workers' Party captured six.
    (AP, 9/11/15)(AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Spain tens of thousands of separatist-minded Catalans swarmed Barcelona, giving raucous backing to independence advocates as they launched a campaign to elect a majority of secessionists in regional parliamentary elections this month.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Syria 11 people were reportedly killed in rebel rocket fire on Damascus. State news said the shelling on the area had killed 4 people and injured 25.
    (AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 11, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish militants fired on a restaurant frequented by police in Diyarbakir, killing a waiter and wounding three officers after Turkish jets bombed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq for a fifth straight night. Media reported that at least 60 PKK fighters were killed in the air strikes by F-16 and F-4 jets which hit 64 targets in the group's camps across the region.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, Yemeni security and health officials said two days of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels killed 7 civilians in Sanaa.
    (AP, 9/11/15)

2015        Sep 12, In California the so-called Valley Fire erupted and spread quickly to a cluster of small communities in the hills and valleys north of the Napa Valley wine country. Thousands of residents were forced from their homes in the area. By Sep 14 the blaze had devoured about 61,000 acres (24,690 hectares), and was only about 5 percent contained. At least 3 people were killed. By Sep 21 the fire was 70% contained. At least 1,783 structures were consumed making it the third-most destructive inferno in state history.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A9)(SFC, 9/22/15, p.C2)
2015        Sep 12, Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of Britain's opposition Labour party.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, The foreign ministers of Colombia and Venezuela agreed to renew diplomatic contacts that had been interrupted by an ongoing border crisis between the two neighbors.
    (AFP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi accepted the resignation of the government after it was rocked by a corruption scandal, and tasked oil minister Sharif Ismail with forming a new cabinet.
    (AFP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, In western Germany 5 young men were killed when a train hit their car at a crossing in Monzingen.
    (AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, The Greek coastguard picked up 25 survivors after a dinghy carrying them and other migrants sank off the island of Samos. 4 children were missing. A vessel of the EU's Frontex border agency plucked 32 people out of the sea off the Greek island of Lesbos. A man believed to be about 20 years old was missing.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, In central India 90 people were killed at a restaurant when a cooking gas cylinder exploded and triggered a second blast of mine detonators stored illegally nearby in the town of Petlawad, Madhya Pradesh state. Police looked to arrest contractor Rajendra Kashawa for illegally storing the detonators.
    (AP, 9/12/15)(SFC, 9/14/15, p.A3)(SFC, 9/14/15, p.A3)
2015        Sep 12, In India two trains derailed, killing at least four passengers, including two British tourists near Kalka, Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, A Russian space capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan, bringing home a three-person crew from the International Space Station, including a record-breaking Russian cosmonaut. Gennady Padalka completed his fifth mission for a world record of 879 total days in space.
    (AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, Thai authorities issued an arrest warrant for a 12th suspect in connection with last month's bombing at a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people, identifying him as a 27-year-old ethnic Uighur from China.
    (AP, 9/12/15)
 2015        Sep 12, Hundreds of Tunisians marched through the capital under heavy security to protest a law offering amnesty for those accused of corruption.
    (AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, In Yemen Saudi-led raids killed at least 16 civilians nationwide. A suspected US drone strike killed at least 5 al Qaeda fighters, including mid-level commander Othman al-Sanaani, gathered inside a military base outside the eastern coastal city of Mukalla.
    (Reuters, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 12, In Zambia at least 17 people died when a bus and lorry collided west of Lusaka, after the lorry cut in front of the bus.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)

2015        Sep 13, In Kentucky State Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder  (31) was shot and killed after a driver fled his car following a traffic stop. Suspect Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Florissant, Mo., was shot by police hours later when he refused to drop his weapon.
    (SFC, 9/15/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 13, In Oklahoma violence erupted at the for-profit Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing. 3 inmates were stabbed to death. A 4th died overnight.
    (SFC, 9/14/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 13, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for jihadists to close ranks and take the battle to Western cities, especially in the US, in an Internet audio message.
    (AFP, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 13, In Austria roughly 6,000 migrants had entered the country since midnight, and the number for the day was expected to surpass 10,000.
    (Reuters, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 13, In northern Cameroon two suicide bombers killed 7 people in twin attacks Kolofata near the border with Nigeria.
    (AFP, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 13, China's Communist Party issued a long-awaited blueprint for overhauling bloated state industries while retaining the party's dominance in the economy.
    (AP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 13, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a newspaper interview that Germany was now reaching its limit as thousands of refugees continue to stream across its borders every day. Germany began reinstating controls at its border with Austria as it struggled to cope with a record influx of refugees.
    (Reuters, 9/13/15)(AFP, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 13, Greek authorities say 28 people have drowned, half of them children, after a wooden smuggling boat capsized in the southeastern Aegean Sea.
    (AP, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 13, In Moldova some 20,000 people demonstrated against the government for the 8th straight day demanding a probe into the estimated $1.5 billion that disappeared from three local banks last year.
    {Moldova, Mad Crowd}
    (SFC, 9/14/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 13, In Nigeria a one story, mud-brick school building collapsed, killing 4 students and injuring 24 at the Abu Naima Islamic School.
    (AP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 13, Russia held local elections. The Kostroma region was the only one of eleven regional parliaments in allowing the anti-Putin opposition to run. Candidates from the ruling United Russia party won the governor's seat in all 21 regions where an election was held, as well as in 11 regional legislatures.
    (SSFC, 9/13/15, p.A5)(AP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 13, In Saudi Arabia 5 soldiers were killed by fire from across its border with Yemen. A helicopter pilot died when his chopper crashed during a training mission.
    (AP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 13, In Sierra Leone a girl (16) died from Ebola, dealing a blow to optimism that the west African country has finally turned the page on the devastating epidemic.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 13, In southeast Turkey Kurdish militants killed 2 police officers in a car bomb attack on a checkpoint in Sirnak province. Turkish forces shelled a mountainous area where PKK fighters had fled after the checkpoint attack, killing 6 of them. The PKK also launched an attack with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles in the Silvan district of Diyarbakir province, killing one police officer and wounding another.
    (Reuters, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 13, Yemen's exiled government pulled out of UN-mediated peace talks with its Houthi adversaries as troops from the Saudi-led coalition that is seeking to restore it took part in ground fighting in a central province for the first time.
    (Reuters, 9/13/15)

2015        Sep 14, In Hawaii a federal judge signed an agreement between the US Navy and environmental groups that will limit the navy’s use of sonar and other training that inadvertently harms marine mammals.
    (SFC, 9/15/15, p.A7)
2015        Sep 14, In Mississippi university instructor Shannon Lamb (45) died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Greenville after fleeing police following the fatal shooting in Gautier of Amy Prentiss (41), a woman he lived with, and Ethan Schmidt (39), a professor at Delta State Univ.
    (SFC, 9/15/15, p.A14)(SFC, 9/16/15, p.A7)
2015        Sep 14, In Seattle, Wa., schools were closed for a 4th day as a strike by teachers entered its 2nd week. Teachers reached a tentative agreement as the strike entered a 5th day but continued to picket pending its approval.
    (SFC, 9/15/15, p.A5)(SFC, 9/16/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 14, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents stormed a prison on the outskirts of Ghazni, killing police and releasing 355 of the 436 prisoners, including nearly 150 deemed a threat to national security, and then attacked troops rushing to help. 4 Taliban and 4 members of the security forces were killed in the attack.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Australia will have its fifth prime minister in eight years after the ruling Liberal Party voted out Tony Abbott in favor of longtime rival Malcolm Turnbull, following months of infighting and crumbling voter support.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Austria and Slovakia said they were reinstating border controls to cope with a flood of refugees, following a similar move by Germany, which warned it could face up to one million migrant arrivals this year.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Thirty-two countries including the United States and Britain expressed concern about Bahrain's human rights record.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Egyptian security forces killed 12 people and wounded 10 "by accident" when they mistook a convoy of mostly Mexican tourists for a group of militants they were hunting in the desert. The dead included 8 Mexicans.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)(SFC, 9/16/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 14, EU member states approved plans for military action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, seizing and if necessary destroying boats to break up the networks operating out of Libya.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Hungarian police rounded up a total of 7,437 migrants crossing the Serbian border by 1400 GMT (10 a.m. EDT), by far the highest daily figure this year.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, In Indian-controlled Kashmir the bullet-riddled bodies of three local men bearing torture marks were found in the Sopore region, leading to days of protests and clashes between Kashmiris and government forces.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 14, Indonesia said it has agreed to share with Singapore the names of companies suspected of causing forest fires that have led to a deterioration of air quality in the city state.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Israeli police and Muslims clashed at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a second straight day as Jews celebrated their new year and protesters vowed to protect Islam's third-holiest site.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Kenya media reported that attackers tried to hack off body parts from Enock Jamenya (56), a man with albinism, to sell for witchcraft.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Madagascar police said at least 18 people, including a paramilitary policeman, were killed in cattle-rustling violence over the weekend when thousands of animals were also stolen.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Malaysian PM Najib Razak said the government will pump 20 billion ringgit ($4.6 billion) into an equity fund to support the stock market and ruled out capital controls despite the ringgit's plunge.
    (AP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, The Netherlands said police will carry out spot border checks in response to a surge in asylum seekers into the European Union.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Norway held local elections. The opposition Labor Party emerged as the winner of the election with 33 percent, its best result in a local election since 1987. The two parties in the right-leaning coalition government suffered large losses, partly because of the anti-immigration Progress Party's opposition to Syrian refugees.
    (AP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 14, In the Philippines suspected Abu Sayyaf militants stopped a truck at gunpoint and abducted nine construction workers. Two escaped and sought help from authorities on Basilan Island.
    (AP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, South Sudan's army repelled a fresh rebel attack, the latest battle to rock the country despite a ceasefire aimed at ending a brutal 21-month civil war.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, In Syria at least 26 people including 2 children were killed in twin suicide car bomb attacks in the northeastern city of Hasakeh. IS claimed responsibility for the two attacks.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, Turkish police raided the liberal news magazine Nokta (Full Stop) and detained one of its senior editors over a photomontage on its cover portraying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking a selfie at a soldier's funeral.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)
2015        Sep 14, In Yemen Saudi-backed loyalist forces pressed an offensive against Shiite Huthi rebels, the second day of a major campaign aimed at retaking the capital a year after its fall.
    (AFP, 9/14/15)

2015        Sep 15, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said he is shipping his Blue Origin space company to Florida, where he will build rockets and launch them from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.
    (SFC, 9/16/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 15, In North Carolina the town council in coastal Surf City approved the retirement of Police Chief Mike Halstead, who said he was forced to retire after he described the Black Lives Matter movement as "an American-born terrorist group" in a post on his personal Facebook page this month.
    (Reuters, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 15, In Utah 12 people were killed after flash floods struck the town of Hildale overnight. Another 7 people were killed in nearby Zion national Park.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)(SFC, 9/16/15, p.A7)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 15, In Australia multi-millionaire former banker Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as the nation’s fourth prime minister in just over two years.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, In Chile a 24-hour strike by civil aviation workers grounded departing flights.
    (AP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, In Congo DRC more than 1,000 people demonstrated on the streets of the capital against what they said are plans by President Joseph Kabila to cling to power after his constitutional mandate ends next year.
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, In France 7 people were killed when an avalanche swept them away at the Snow Dome in the Alps' Massif des Ecrins.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Germany called for an EU summit on Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II as Hungary's right-wing government shut the main land route for migrants into the EU, taking matters into its own hands to halt Europe's influx of refugees. Berlin called for financial penalties against countries that refused to accommodate their share of migrants, drawing a furious response from central Europe.
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)(AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, At least 22 Greece-bound migrants drowned when their boat sank off Turkey. Police blocked hundreds of others seeking to find an alternative route to Europe by land.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Israeli forces stormed Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound as they clashed with Palestinians for the third day straight at the flashpoint site.
    (AP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, In Kenya Google launched its Street View service in Samburu park, in a move conservationists said could help protect endangered elephants.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, A Kuwaiti court sentenced seven men to death, five of them in absentia, for their roles in the deadly June 26 Shiite mosque bombing claimed by the Islamic State group. The court sentenced eight people, including five women, to jail terms ranging from two to 15 years for providing weapons training, abetting the attack, or knowing about it and failing to inform authorities.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, A Malawian teacher was arrested on suspicion of attempting to sell an albino schoolgirl for $10,000.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, North Korea said its main nuclear complex was operating and it was working to improve the "quality and quantity" of its weapons which it could use against the United States at "any time".
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Norway said it will make a final $100-million payment to Brazil this year to complete a $1-billion project that rewards a slowdown in forest loss in the Amazon basin.
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Pakistan's military accused neighboring India of killing a Pakistani soldier by resorting to what it called "unprovoked firing" in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, In Romania city officials suspended Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu (63), who is under arrest on suspicion of taking bribes worth 25,000 euros ($28,000) from companies working for the city hall.
    (AP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Russian state news agencies said French supermarket chain Auchan has been fined over $370,000 by Russian officials over alleged food safety violations.
    (AP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Saudi police captured two suspected militants, along with several weapons and an explosive vest, in two raids around the capital Riyadh.
    (Reuters, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 15, Sierra Leone health authorities said they had quarantined almost 700 people as they battled to contain a new outbreak of Ebola.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, PM Robert Fico said Slovakia will never support mandatory quotas as part of the European Union's response to its migrant crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, South Sudan's president urged his people to "join hands" in implementing a peace deal to end more than 20 months of conflict.
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, In Spain a fighting bull was stabbed to death with lances as the town of Tordesillas held its controversial annual festival to a background of clashes between animal rights activists and participants.
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Switzerland said it is ready to accept a migrant quota on the lines proposed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, providing the EU accepts the plan.
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Tunisia, whose economy has remained stagnant since the ouster of a long-time dictator in 2011, unveiled the outlines of a five-year plan to cut unemployment by stimulating growth.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Vietnam agreed with Japan to step up security cooperation, becoming the latest Southeast Asian country to seek closer ties with Tokyo as China maintains an assertive posture in disputed waters in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, Yemeni loyalist forces, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, said they were advancing in a key province east of Sanaa, on the third day of a major offensive against rebels.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)

2015        Sep 16, US and allied forces conducted 21 air strikes in Iraq and one in Syria against Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 16, A US federal parole board cleared Libyan “forever prisoner" Omar Mohammed Khalifhas for release from Guantanamo. The decision raised to 53 the number of cleared captives among the 116 detainees.
    (SFC, 9/17/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 16, The WWF conservation group said the amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the "brink of collapse" caused by over-fishing and other threats.
    (Reuters, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, The Afghan Taliban said that a major dispute undermining the movement has been resolved, after relatives of the militant group's late leader, Mullah Omar, pledged support for his appointed successor Mullah Mansour.
    (Reuters, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, Albanian authorities said they have destroyed almost all of the marijuana planted in the country, a major European producer of the plant.
    (AP, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, In Burkina Faso junta leader Gilbert Diendere led a coup and arrested acting president Michel Kafando, PM Isaac Zida, and two ministers. Diendere said he did not want to keep power and would hand it back to civilian rule when conditions were in place to do so.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)(AFP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 16, A Burundi official said more than 100 men in a central province have been arrested in two days by security forces trying to prevent Burundians from being recruited to fight the government.
    (AP, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, In Chile a magnitude 8.3 earthquake killed at least 12 people and sent powerful waves barreling into coastal areas, forcing more than 1 million people from their homes.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)(SSFC, 9/20/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 16, Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesting migrants demanding they be allowed to enter from Serbia as a border crackdown by Budapest turned violent.
    (Reuters, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, Israel reinstated the detention without trial of Palestinian Mohammed Allan (31), whose recent two-month hunger strike brought him near death and boosted tensions in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, Lebanese police beat back protesters with clubs and sticks and arrested dozens of people in downtown Beirut as a second session of dialogue between politicians got underway. Heaps of garbage have accumulated in Beirut's streets after authorities closed the capital's main landfill on July 17 and failed to provide an alternative.
    (AP, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, Libya's coast guard intercepted a Russian-flagged tanker suspected of carrying an illegal shipment of petrol and detained 12 crew members from Russia.
    (AFP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 16, Malaysian police fired water cannons at ethnic Malays who turned unruly at a pro-government rally that many fear has the potential to provoke racial trouble in this multiethnic nation with large Chinese and Indian minorities.
    (AP, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, Nepal passed a long-awaited constitution. It set the country up as a secular federation of seven states, each with a legislature and chief minister.
    (AP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 16, A Pakistani counter-terrorism official said police have arrested Mohammad Shabih, an alleged al-Qaida financier, in the southern port city of Karachi.
    (AP, 9/16/15)
2015        Sep 16, In Sierra Leone severe flooding followed torrential rain. In Freetown at least 10 people were killed. A week later an estimated 9,000 survivors were still sheltering in tents.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 16, In South Sudan at least 203 people were killed when an oil truck exploded as a crowd tried to gather fuel from the vehicle after it had veered off the road.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)(AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 16, Thailand police arrested former primary school teacher Decha Pradit, who they said admitted to having sexually abused 24 schoolgirls, after a tip-off from the US Department of Homeland Security. The abuse occurred over a decade ago while he had worked as a gym teacher at a school in northern Uttaradit province from 2002 to 2004.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 16, Ukraine’s Pres. Petro Poroshenko signed a decree late today enacting targeted measures against some 400 officials and 90 companies held responsible for Ukraine's bloody pro-Russian uprising and Moscow's annexation of Crimea last year. Dozens of foreign reporters were blacklisted.
    (AFP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 16, Ukraine's parliament unanimously voted in favor of a recommendation for the United Nations to revoke Moscow's right to block Security Council resolutions in cases when "conflicts grow especially fierce".
    (AFP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 16, Yemeni PM Khaled Bahah returned to the southern port of Aden in a step towards restoring a government on home soil after months of working from exile with Gulf Arab allies to fight against Houthi control of the country. The conflict has killed more than 4,500 people over nearly six months.
    (Reuters, 9/16/15)

2015        Sep 17, The US Pentagon said Moroccan prisoner Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri (46) has been sent home to his native country after nearly 14 years at Guantanamo after a security review and notification of Congress as required under the law. He had been held at Guantanamo since May 2002 and was never been charged. His release reduced the prison population to 115.
    (AP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, US federal prosecutors said GM has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve criminal charges for concealing an ignition-switch defect linked to at least 169 deaths.
    (SFC, 9/18/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 17, In Florida Anthony Moscatielo was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the mob-connected 2001 slaying of Konstantinos Boulis during a dispute over gambling ships.
    (SFC, 9/18/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 17, Everett Parker (b.1913), a minister who used the communication office of the United Church of Christ as a platform for spearheading reforms in broadcasting in the 1960s and 1970s, died in White Plains, NY.
    (SFC, 9/21/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 17, In South Dakota the bodies of 6 members of the Westerhuis family were found in their burned home in Platte. Authorities believed that Scot Westerhuis shot and killed his wife and four children before turning a gun on himself.
    (SFC, 9/23/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 17, In Burkina Faso at least one person died and scores more were injured in protests after a coup led by a close ally of toppled strongman Blaise Compaore.
    (AFP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, Croatia said it could not cope with a flood of migrants seeking a new route into the EU after Hungary kept them out by erecting a fence and using tear gas and water cannon against them. More than 7,300 people entered Croatia from Serbia in the last 24 hours after clashes between Hungarian riot police and stone-throwing refugees.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, The EU announced its leaders would hold an emergency summit on Sept. 23 to try to resolve the migration crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, In France PM Manuel Valls signed a decree authorizing the extradition to Russia of jailed Kazakh tycoon Mukhtar Ablyazov. Ablyazov was notified in October at the prison where he is being held outside Paris. The businessman accused of embezzling up to $6 billion from his former bank BTA planned to lodge an appeal.
    (Reuters, 10/12/15)
2015        Sep 17, France said it will use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country remains in place.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, French startup Blablacar, which hooks up travelers who want to share a car for long-distance trips, announced it has raised $200 million in new funds from US and other investors as it seeks to ramp up global expansion.
    (AP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, In Germany police were called after reports that a man was waving a knife about on a street in Spandau, Berlin. The man, a known Islamic extremist, seriously injured a female officer before another officer shot and killed him.
    (AP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, Indonesian police said they have identified seven companies and 133 individuals suspected of causing forest fires that are spreading choking smoke and polluted air across parts of western Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.
    (AP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, In Iraq bomb attacks claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 23 people and wounded 68 others in Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, Japan’s police said Jonathan Nakada (30), who threw himself out a second-story window as police pursued him, is being investigated in the slayings of 3 people inside the house and 3 more this week in the neighborhood near Tokyo.
    (AP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, Kenyan security forces searching one of its ships at Mombasa port discovered undeclared weapons among the consignment of UN vehicles. The consignment of vehicles was from Mumbai, India, and was destined for the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. On Sep 27 the Norwegian-flagged ship was reported released.
    (AP, 9/23/15)(AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 17, Lesotho police arrested a 63-year-old Danish man after they found 21 pieces of female genitalia in his freezer at his home in Bloemfontein.
    (AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 17, Mozambique declared itself free of landmines, ending two decades of work to rid the country of a legacy of war that killed or maimed thousands of people.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, Nigerian troops rescued 23 men, 33 women and 34 children from Boko Haram Islamists in the villages of Dissa and Balazala, which lie in the vicinity of the town of Gwoza in Borno state.
    (AFP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 17, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said cholera has killed 16 people in three camps in Nigeria housing over one million people who have fled the Boko Haram insurgency.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, Romanian prosecutors formally indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta (42) on corruption charges, including tax evasion and money-laundering, and said he will be tried by the country's top court.
    (AP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, Switzerland ruled that former FIFA vice president Eugenio Figueredo, a Uruguayan national, should be extradited to the US, the first suspect facing a forced transfer in the corruption case that has shaken world football.
    (AFP, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 17, In Syria at least 53 people were killed in air raids by Syrian government forces in rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo over the last 24 hours. Syrian warplanes carried out at least 12 airstrikes across Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State group. In the south regime barrel bombs killed at least 17 people in Bosra Sham.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)(AP, 9/17/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 17, In southern Thailand nine bomb blasts targeting different areas of Narathiwat province killed 3 people and injured 14 others. Police blamed separatist insurgents for the explosions.
    (AP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 17, A Venezuelan air force jet with two crew members crashed while monitoring an illegal flight that had entered the country near the Colombian border.
    (AP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 17, In Yemen the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels pounded the insurgents' positions with heavy artillery fire on the outskirts of the central city of Marib, part of their push to retake the capital, Sanaa.
    (AP, 9/17/15)

2015        Sep 18, The United States issued regulations easing restrictions on American companies seeking to do business in Cuba and opening up travel in the latest action to weaken the US trade embargo amid warming relations with the Communist country.
    (Reuters, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, The US repatriated Yang Jinjun to China. He was on a Chinese list of 100 wanted corruption suspects published in April. He had fled to the United States in 2001, was the general manager of a company called Minghe Group in Wenzhou city and was wanted on suspicion of corruption and bribery.
    (Reuters, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, The United States and Russian militaries renewed high-level contacts to discuss their roles in the conflict in Syria.
    (AFP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, In southern California a sheriff's deputy in a helicopter shot at a suspected home invasion robber who led authorities on a 100-mph chase, and the suspect died on I-25 in San Bernadino.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 18, Palo Alto Networks, a California-based network security company, reported that it had identified 39 apps in the Apple App Store infected with XcodeGhost, after developers in China began noticing something strange in Apple’s suite of coding tools. The malware could be used to obtain passwords or other personal details.
    (SFC, 9/22/15, p.A1)
2015        Sep 18, In Afghanistan at least 8 police officers were killed after their checkpoint was attacked in southern Zabul province.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 18, The African Union suspended Burkina Faso and slapped sanctions on the leaders of its military coup as troops tried to stop protesters from marching on the capital's Revolution Square.
    (AFP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, Burkina Faso's military released interim President Michel Kafando and PM Isaac Zida as soldiers blocked demonstrators from gathering in the capital. Both men were detained Sep 16 during a coup that dissolved his government.
    (AP, 9/18/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A9)
2015        Sep 18, In China at least 5 police officers were stabbed to death by separatists in a knife attack at a coal mine in the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang.
    (Reuters, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 18, Croatia’s PM Zoran Milanovic warned matters were out of control and that his government would no longer be able to register or accommodate the migrants. Hundreds of migrants crossed into Hungary from Croatia, handed over by bus under the watch of Hungarian security forces. Some 8,000 migrants arrived in Hungary from Croatia with more on their way.
    (Reuters, 9/18/15)(Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 18, In Finland a one-day strike halted public transportation and shut down ports nationwide as workers protested against government cutbacks aimed at trying to drag the Nordic country out of a three-year economic downturn.
    (AP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, In Germany employees of a logistics company in Woerth am Rhein found 300 kg (661 pounds) of cocaine in a container loaded with engine parts that had been shipped from Brazil to the Belgian port of Antwerp.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 18, In northern Guatemala social activist Rigoberto Lima Choc was slain near a civil courthouse in Sayaxche, Peten department. A day earlier, a court ordered the temporary closure of a company that grows palm trees for oil production. The ruling came in response to a complaint by Lima Choc over the contamination of a local river known as the Rio de la Pasion.
    (AP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, In Indian-controlled Kashmir gunmen first threw a grenade, and when that didn't explode they sprayed bullets at Bashir Ahmed, himself a former militant, outside his home as he was carrying his son. Ahmed died right away. His son (3) died the next day.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 18, In Iran flash floods triggered by heavy rains killed 10 people in Tehran, and south of the country.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 18, Kenya's education ministry ordered all schools to shut because of a three-week teachers' strike over pay.
    (AFP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, Fighters from Mali's former rebel alliance, the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), took control of the northeastern town of Anefis after loyalist fighters who seized it last month withdrew.
    (AFP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 18, In northwest Pakistan an attack by Taliban gunmen on an air force base killed 29 people including 16 worshippers, who were gunned down when the militants stormed a mosque inside the compound during prayers. 13 gunmen were also killed in the attack on Badaber air base, about 10 km (6 miles) south of Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 9/18/15)(AP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank after the Islamist movement Hamas called for a "day of rage" over tensions at the Al-Aqsa mosque site.
    (AFP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, Russia delivered new arms including warplanes as the regime increases attacks on jihadists.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 18, Saudi authorities said incoming fire from Yemen hit a residence for construction workers in the south, killing at least 3 people and wounding 28.
    (AP, 9/18/15)   
2015        Sep 18, In Somalia 12 government soldiers were killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants at the military base in the Yaq-Bariweyne area. Several of the militants were also killed during the fighting.
    (AFP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 18, Spanish authorities said they have seized 1.5 metric tons (1.7 tons) of cocaine and arrested 10 suspects from a ring that imported the drug from South America via large ships that offloaded the cargo off Spain's northern coast to smaller recreational boats for shipment ashore.
    (AP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, Syrian regime aircraft carried out at least 25 strikes on jihadist-controlled Palmyra, the country's famed ancient city, with 8 civilians among the dead.
    (AFP, 9/18/15)
2015        Sep 18, In Yemen at least 14 pro-government troops were killed overnight when a Saudi-led coalition air raid targeted their position "by mistake" in the region of Harib. The United Nations' children's agency said it was "appalled" that vital water supplies, which were intended to help 11,000 people, were destroyed in the bombing of a warehouse used by the agency in southern Sanaa. Raids on the rebel-held capital killed 15 people, 10 of them civilians.
    (AFP, 9/18/15)(AP, 9/19/15)(AFP, 9/20/15)

2015        Sep 19, Best-selling romance novelist Jackie Collins (77), whose first book was so steamy it was banned in some countries, died of breast cancer in California. She was the sister of actress Joan Collins (82).
    (AFP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 19, In Florida Spanish-language TV host Don Francisco, aka Mario Kreutzberger, ended a 53-year career, offering a last, emotional show on Sábado Gigante in which President Barack Obama and his wife praised him by video and a constellation of Latin American pop stars thanked him for advancing their careers.
    (AP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 19, In Burkina Faso hundreds of protesters burned tires and erected barricades in the streets of Ouagadougou in a third day of unrest since a military coup ousted the country's interim government.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, Canada's conservative government said it would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees within one year by simplifying and speeding up the immigration application process.
    (AFP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, In Egypt unidentified assailants gunned down police General Ahmed Abdel Satar on the street in the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish, a stronghold of the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 19, Finland started border checks for asylum seekers arriving from Sweden in the northern town of Tornio, while people there demonstrated against a growing influx of refugees.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, French President Francois Hollande arrived in Morocco for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening cooperation against terrorism and boosting economic partnership with the former colony.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, In France a judge ruled that anti-Semitic graffiti must be removed from Anish Kapoor’s funnel-like sculpture at the Palace of Versailles. The ten-meter high structure, dubbed the "queen's vagina" but officially called "Dirty Corner," was first vandalized in June and then cleaned.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 19, A girl believed to be five years died and 13 other migrants were feared lost overboard after their boat sank in choppy seas off the Greek island of Lesbos.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, In western India sporadic clashes erupted as police detained Hardik Patel, the popular leader of a farming caste group, after denying him permission to hold a rally in Surat, Gujarat state.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, In Indian-controlled Kashmir villagers discovered the bullet-riddled body of a militant in an orchard in Indian Kashmir's Tangmarg area.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, Iraqi officials said a suspected cholera outbreak has killed 4 people west of Baghdad, where vulnerable displaced populations have been affected by the lack of clean water.
    (AFP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants there fired rockets into southern Israel.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, The Italian coast guard said twenty rescue operations picked up over 4,500 people off the Libyan coast.
    (AFP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, Japan passed security bills that reinterpret the pacifist Article 9 of the Constitution and that allow its military to engage in fighting abroad even if Japan is not attacked.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, In central Mali a gun attack blamed on jihadists left two policemen and two civilians dead.
    (AFP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 19, Pakistani jets killed 16 suspected militants in bombing raids in the Tirah Valley near the Afghan border. Communications intercepts showed the Pakistani Taliban gunmen were being directed by handlers in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has backed the establishment of an airbase in neighboring Belarus.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, Russian investigators arrested and charged Komi region regional governor Vyacheslav Gayzer (Gaiser) along with 18 others with serious crimes including fraud and membership of a criminal group. Gayzer was suspected of heading a criminal group along with other senior officials including deputy Alexei Chernov.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)(SSFC, 9/20/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 19, In Thailand some 200 pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok defied a ban on protests and staged a rare rally against the country's ruling military government.
    (AFP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency reported that Turkish fighter jets carried out a new barrage of cross-border airstrikes this week against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, killing at least 55 rebels.
    (AFP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, Pope Francis began a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement.
    (AP, 9/19/15)
2015        Sep 19, In Yemen overnight airstrikes carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Shiite rebels and their allies killed 29 people, including civilians, in Sanaa.
    (AP, 9/19/15)

2015        Sep 20, Sec. of State John Kerry said the US will increase its cap on the number of refugees it admits and resettles to 85,000 in the coming fiscal year and to 100,000 in 2017.
    (SFC, 9/21/15, p.A3)
2015        Sep 20, Australia's new PM Malcom Turnbull announced sweeping changes to his first Cabinet and promoted more women, including Australia's first female defense minister.
    (AP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, Roughly 10,700 migrants walked into Austria from Hungary and a motorway passing through the border was partially closed.
    (Reuters, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, In Burkina Faso pro-coup demonstrators stormed a hotel due to host talks aimed at restoring a civilian interim government and attacked participants arriving for the meeting.
    (Reuters, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, In northern Cameroon two young suicide bombers killed 3 people in the town of Mora.
    (AFP, 9/20/15)
  2015        Sep 20, China’s first high-speed passenger railway line to the borders of North Korea and Russia opened.
    (SSFC, 9/27/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 20, In Cuba Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro after urging thousands of Cubans to serve one another and not an ideology.
    (SFC, 9/21/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 20, In Ethiopia the first modern tramway opened in Addis Ababa, marking the completion of a massive Chinese-funded infrastructure project hailed as a major step in the country's economic development.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 20, Greeks voted in their third national polls this year, called on to choose who they trust to steer the country into its new international bailout. Voters gave Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party a second chance to tackle Greece's problems. Syriza's stronger-than-expected win secured it 145 of 300 parliamentary seats, meaning the party requires only one small coalition partner to form a government.
    (AP, 9/20/15)(Reuters, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 20, Hungary erected a steel gate and fence posts at a border crossing with Croatia.
    (Reuters, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, Nepal formally adopted a much anticipated and long-delayed constitution that took more than seven years to complete following a decade of political infighting.
    (AP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, In northeastern Nigeria at least 54 people were killed and 90 wounded in a multiple bomb attack in Maiduguri, Borno state. A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at a mosque in Ajilari and some insurgents also threw IEDs at a viewing center. More than 20 people were killed in a bomb attack in the garrison town of Monguno.
    (Reuters, 9/21/15)(AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 20, In Serbia hundreds attending a tightly-secured gay pride event called for solidarity with tens of thousands of migrants passing through the Balkan country in search of a new life in Western Europe.
    (AP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, In Syria warring parties agreed local ceasefires in two Shi'ite villages in northwestern Syria and a town near the Lebanese border. At least 14 civilians, including seven children, were killed when rebels shelled a government-controlled neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo.
    (Reuters, 9/20/15)(AP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, In southern Thailand a court in Songkhla province issued arrest warrants for four military officers in connection with the trafficking of ethnic Rohingya migrants.
    (AP, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 20, Thailand police arrested former Philippines Gov. Joel Reyes of western Palawan island province and his brother Mario Reyes, an ex-municipal mayor. They were among the country's most-wanted crime suspects for the 2011 murder of a radio anchor and prominent environmentalist.
    (AP, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 20, In Turkey at least 10,000 demonstrators rallied in central Istanbul for a protest aimed at denouncing violence by Kurdish rebels.
    (AP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, At least 13 migrants died off the coast of Turkey after the inflatable dinghy carrying them to Greece collided with a ferry.
    (AFP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, The UN accused the army of Libya's internationally recognized government of deliberately trying to sabotage crunch peace talks with a new offensive in second city Benghazi.
    (AFP, 9/20/15)
2015        Sep 20, Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels released six foreigners whom they were holding hostage. They included three Americans, two Saudis and a British national and flew out of Sanaa to Oman. Saudi-led air strikes on a security complex controlled by Shiite rebels in Ibb province killed 11 people, some of them prisoners.
    (AP, 9/20/15)(AFP, 9/20/15)

2015        Sep 21, The British government said it will underwrite 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) in Chinese financing for a new nuclear power plant in southwest England, as it encourages major Chinese investment in the UK nuclear sector.
    (AP, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, Burkina Faso Gen. Gilbert Diendere, who seized power in a coup last week, apologized to the nation and said he would hand over control to a civilian transitional government after the military warned that its forces would converge on the capital and forcibly disarm the soldiers behind the power grab.
    (AP, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, In the Czech Rep. a gunpowder explosion took place in the Sellier & Bellot plant in the town of Vlasim. At least 3 workers were killed.
    (AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 21, Egyptian troops killed 10 militants near the Bahriyah Oasis in the country's western desert — an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly attacked a group of Mexican tourists.
    (AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 21, French police fired tear gas as they broke down several makeshift camps around the port city of Calais, leaving nearly 400 people, mostly Syrian refugees, without shelter.
    (AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 21, France's labor court ordered the national railway to pay 150 million euros ($169 million) in compensation after finding that Moroccans had faced discrimination in benefits compared with their French colleagues.
    (AP, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, In Germany Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn came under pressure as the company saw around 15 billion euros ($16.9 billion) wiped off its market value following revelations that the German carmaker rigged US emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars.
    (AP, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, Lebanon’s education ministry said it is to provide schooling for tens of thousands more children this year including Syrian refugees.
    (Reuters, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, In Russia Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met Pres. Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss ways of avoiding any unintended clashes in Syria between Israel and Russian forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, Lawyers for Sergei Pugachev, a tycoon once dubbed "Putin's banker" because of his influence in the Kremlin, said he has filed a claim against Russia for more than $10 billion after his business empire was carved up when he fell out of favor with President Vladimir Putin. The case will likely to be heard in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
    (Reuters, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 21, Russian radio engineer Gennady Kravtsov, who once worked for military intelligence, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for seeking work with a Swedish company. The judge in the trial, which was held behind closed doors, turned down all of the 23 motions the defense filed and did not allow a single defense witness to testify.
    (AP, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, In Somalia 5 people were killed in a suicide car bombing at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. The blast was claimed by the Islamic extremists of al-Shabab. 2 Polish citizens were among the 3 foreigners killed.
    (AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 21, In Syria heavy bombardment by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 18 civilians in a residential district of the northern city of Aleppo. 4 people were reported killed in twin car bomb attacks on the frontier town of Ras al-Ain. Kurdish security forces were among the dead. At least 38 Islamic State group fighters were killed in air strikes by the Damascus regime against Palmyra and two other towns in Homs province.
    (AFP, 9/21/15)(AFP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 21, In Syria the Islamic State group executed 7 men in Rastan, Homs province, and 2 men and a boy in Hreitan, Aleppo province, it accused of being gay.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 21, Islamic State militants released Massoud Aqeel, who was kidnapped last year in northern Syria, as part of a prisoner swap with a Kurdish militia. The IS group still held reporter Farhad Hamo.
    (Reuters, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 21, The Turkish military said it has killed 5 Kurdish rebels in airstrikes on the southeastern province of Hakkari.
    (AP, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, The head of the UN nuclear watchdog said environmental samples have been taken at a sensitive military site in Iran, citing "significant progress" in its investigation of Tehran's past activities.
    (Reuters, 9/21/15)
2015        Sep 21, In Yemen Saudi alliance raids killed around 50 people.
    (Reuters, 9/22/15)

2015        Sep 22, Pope Francis (78) arrived Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by US President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their two daughters. His historic six-day trip will focus on consumerism, poverty and the marginalized.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 22, In Massachusetts Catherine Greig (64), the longtime girlfriend and fugitive companion of mobster James “whitey" Bulger was indicted on one count of criminal contempt. She was already serving an 8-year sentence for conspiracy to harbor a fugitive.
    (SFC, 9/23/15, p.A14)
2015        Sep 22, Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, announced that he would lower the price of Daraprim, a 62-year-old drug used to treat a parasitic infection. The company had recently raised the pill cost from $13.50 to $750.
    (SFC, 9/23/15, p.A1)
2015        Sep 22, In northern Afghanistan 10 soldiers died in an "insider attack" when fellow soldier Mohammad Alim smuggled insurgents inside a checkpoint to kill his colleagues in Qush Tepa district of Zawzjan province. A roadside bombing in northern Balkh province killed 5 police officers, including a district police chief.
    (AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, In eastern Afghanistan a NATO soldier was killed in an attack near Bagram Airfield.
    (AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping began his US state visit in the West Coast hub of Seattle aiming to woo American businesses and take the edge off the White House's wariness of the Asian giant. Jinping said that China and the United States could work together to address cybercrimes.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)(AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 22, EU interior ministers approved plans that require all to take their share of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have overwhelmed states such as Greece and Italy, overriding opposition from eastern states.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 22, German police carried out dawn raids in Berlin targeting individuals suspected of inciting people to go and fight for the Islamic State group in Syria.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, Volkswagen issued a profit warning and said it is setting aside $7.3 billion to cover the fallout over software in some 11 million diesel cars that was designed to manipulate emissions test results.
    (SFC, 9/23/15, p.C1)
2015        Sep 22, India cleared a $2.5 billion deal to buy 37 military helicopters from aviation giant Boeing, on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's visit to the United States.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, A Palestinian militant (23) died overnight when a bomb he was trying to throw at Israeli forces blew up near the West Bank city of Hebron. The Islamic Jihad militant group named him as Diyaa Abdul Halim Talahmeh, claimed him as one of its members and said he had been shot dead by the soldiers. Hours later Israeli troops shot and wounded a Palestinian woman (18) as she tried to stab a soldier. A Palestinian witness the next day disputed the Israeli army's account of her shooting.
    (Reuters, 9/22/15)(AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 22, In Peru Peter Cardenas Schulte, of Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), was released from prison after serving 25 years. Cardenas, who used the alias "Comrade Alfonso," had been jailed since April 14, 1992.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, In the southern Philippines gunmen overnight kidnapped two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian employee and a Filipina from yachts at Samal, a luxury resort island. Hundreds of government troops launched an offensive to capture at least six foreign Islamic militants and their Abu Sayyaf rebel allies in Sulu province.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)(AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, In Saudi Arabia more than 2 million Muslims started the first rites of the annual hajj.
    (AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, Serbia threatened to retaliate after Croatia halted all cargo traffic from its eastern neighbor. More than 30,000 migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, have entered European Union member Croatia from Serbia in the last week.
    (Reuters, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, Spain’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that ETA leaders David Pla and Iratxe Sorzabal were detained in a country house in the western mountain town of Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry, a few km (miles) from the Spanish border, in a joint operation by French and Spanish police.
    (AP, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he is extending an anti-smuggling crackdown to a fourth state on the border with Colombia as foreign ministers from the two countries prepared to meet in Caracas.
    (AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 22, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi landed in Aden airport, returning to the southern port city for the first time since he escaped to Saudi Arabia as Houthi fighters closed in six months ago. Saudi alliance warplanes bombed two houses in the capital Sanaa, killing at least 20 people. The Saudi Defense Ministry said that two Saudi soldiers strayed into enemy territory in Yemen and are presumed to be in the hands of the Houthis.
    (Reuters, 9/22/15)
2015        Sep 22, In Yemen an overnight US drone strike killed 2 suspected members of Al-Qaeda on the outskirts of the city of Marib.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)

2015        Sep 23, In Washington, DC, Pope Francis celebrated the canonization of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
    (SFC, 9/23/15, p.A1)
2015        Sep 23, In Seattle, Wa., Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and other top American and Chinese business leaders, vowing that his country would work to remove barriers to foreign investment and improve intellectual property protections.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 23, In Los Angeles Saudi Prince Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud (28) was arrested for allegedly trying to force a woman to perform oral sex on him at a Beverly Hills mansion.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 23, SF-based Uber announced plans to move some 3,000 employees to a seven-story building at 20th and Broadway in Oakland.
    (SFC, 9/24/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 23, In Wilmington, Delaware, a police officer shouting "Show me your hands!" shot and killed Jeremy McDole (28) sitting in a wheelchair on a street behind a car in broad daylight. The event was captured on video.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 23, Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani pledged to stamp out widespread sexual abuse of boys by powerful Afghan commanders.
    (SFC, 9/24/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 23, Burkina Faso's interim leader Michel Kafando was officially restored to power at a ceremony attended by regional heads of state.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, Chinese media reported that local companies have agreed with Boeing to buy 300 jets and build an aircraft assembly plant in China in deals signed during President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States.
    (AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a surprise trip to Cuba for a key meeting with government negotiators and the rebels' top military commander. A joint statement said they have overcome the last significant obstacle to a peace deal by settling on a formula to punish belligerents for human rights abuses.
    (AP, 9/23/15)(SFC, 9/24/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 23, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners including three Al Jazeera television journalists, a day before he plans to head to the annual UN summit of world leaders.
    (Reuters, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, Egypt agreed to buy two Mistral warships which France built for Russia before scrapping the sale over the Ukraine crisis, showing Paris increasingly values Cairo as a stable partner in a chaotic region.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, EU leaders agreed to boost border controls and to send $1.1 billion to int’l. agencies helping refugees at camps near their home countries.
    (SFC, 9/24/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 23, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said he is stepping down.
    (AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, Mexican police and soldiers said they have captured Yhovany Castro Urbano (27), a suspected drug cartel lieutenant. He was linked to an April 6 ambush in the western state of Jalisco that killed 15 state police officers.
    (AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, Mexico’s federal prosecutors' office said a judge has issued a second arrest warrant to detain escaped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman based on an extradition request from the US.
    (AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow opened one of the biggest mosques in Europe, warning against the lure of jihadists as the government frets over its citizens fighting for the Islamic State group. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas were the guests of honor.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, It was reported that Russia is planning a second major military base near the border with Ukraine, where NATO accuses Russian troops of helping pro-Moscow separatists fight Kiev's forces.
    (Reuters, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, In Saudi Arabia Around two million Muslims poured into the vast Saudi plain where the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have given his final sermon, for the peak of the hajj pilgrimage.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, South African authorities said Cape Town's Pollsmoor Prison, that once held Nelson Mandela, is being evacuated after two prisoners died from leptospirosis, a disease carried by rats.
    (AP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 23, A senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Russia and the United States have reached a "tacit agreement" on ending Syria's bloody crisis.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 23, In eastern Ukraine rebel leaders in Luhansk decided to expel the staff of the UN refugee agency along with other int’l. agencies.
    (SFC, 9/26/15, p.A2)

2015        Sep 24, The United States and its coalition partners targeted Islamic State with 22 fresh airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, Kuang Wanfang, a Chinese woman who served a US prison term for money laundering was returned to China, just ahead of a meeting between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Wanfang, the wife of a former official of the state-owned Bank of China, was wanted in a bribery investigation.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Washington, DC, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants, urging US lawmakers to embrace "the stranger in our midst" as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting of the legislators.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In south Texas an SUV crammed with at least 15 people rolled during a police chase leaving 6 people dead in Edna.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)
2015        Sep 24, In Seattle, Wa., a “Ride the Duck" amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying foreign college students collided on the Aurora Avenue bridge killing 4 foreign students.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)(SFC, 9/26/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 24, In Virginia David W. Landersman, a senior navy intelligence officer, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of theft and conspiracy as part of a long-running investigation into a secretive military operation. His brother, Mark S. Landersman, was convicted in October, 2014, on conspiracy charges for building untraceable silencers and shipping them across state lines without a proper firearms license.
    (SSFC, 10/4/15, p.C3)
2015        Sep 24, In Burundi unidentified gunmen raided a police station in Bujumbura. One of the attackers was killed with no other casualties.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)   
2015        Sep 24, In Congo DRC at least 8 people were killed in an attack on an army camp late today in Rumangabo village, North Kivu province, that local sources blamed on Rwandan Hutu rebels targeted by a Congolese army operation.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, German customs investigators said they had seized their largest-ever haul of illegal pharmaceuticals -- 3.5 million pills from India, mostly slimming and sexual potency "lifestyle drugs". The seizures were carried out in some 20 raids on homes, flats and garages earlier this month.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, It was reported that Matthias Mueller, the head of German luxury sports car maker Porsche, has been picked to succeed Martin Winterkorn as the chief executive of scandal-battered auto giant Volkswagen.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Indonesia pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030, relative to a business-as-usual scenario without climate action. It pledged to raise that target to 41 percent with international support, including access to finance and clean technology.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Israel approved harsher measures to combat the practice of stone throwing amid a recent surge in Palestinian violence. A Palestinian man died from wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank last week.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 24, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe announced an updated plan for reviving the world's third-largest economy, setting a GDP target of 600 trillion yen ($5 trillion).
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Nepal nearly 400 protesters clashed with police in Birgunj, a town on the border with India. They belonged to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal's constitution adopted on Sep 20, and demanded more territory and rights for ethnic federal states.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Hamas accused Egypt of further besieging the Gaza Strip by flooding the border area to the south of the Palestinian enclave, which is already under an Israeli blockade.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, The International Criminal Court unveiled at least 60 new war crimes charges against Dominic Ongwen, the deputy leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, including the use of child soldiers and keeping sex slaves.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, New Zealander lawmakers amended rules to add a fifth new flag design called "Red Peak" to the original four finalists, following a popular campaign for the geometric design.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In southeastern Niger 15 civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a border village.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Saudi Arabia at least 717 pilgrims were killed in a stampede at Mina outside of Mecca, the worst disaster to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in 25 years. On October 8 an AP count put the number killed to at least 1,313. On Oct 14 the death toll was raised to 1,621. On Oct 19 the death toll was raised to at least 2,121.
    (Reuters, 9/24/15)(SFC, 10/9/15, p.A2)(SFC, 10/15/15, p.A2)(SFC, 10/20/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 24, In northern Saudi Arabia gunmen opened fire at two police checkpoints in Hail province, killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Saudi Arabia an Islamic State loyalist and his brother allegedly killed their cousin, a Saudi soldier, and 3 other people after luring them to a desert area. On Sep 26 Saudi forces tracked the brothers to a mountainous area where Abdul-Aziz Radi Ayash al-Anzi (18) was killed in an ensuing gunfight. His brother, Saad Radi Ayash al-Anzi (21), was wounded and arrested.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 24, Serbia banned imports from Croatia to protest Croatia's decision to close the border to cargo as the two countries criticized each other for their handling of migrants. Croatia responded by banning all Serbian-registered vehicles from entering the country.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Singapore ordered emergency school closures as air pollution reached "hazardous" levels due to suffocating smoke from agricultural fires raging on a nearby Indonesian island.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, The South African military said it is withdrawing about 50 peacekeepers from a United Nations mission in Congo because they violated disciplinary codes.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, South Korea-based Samsung Semiconductor dedicated its new 1.1 million-sq.-foot North American headquarters in San Jose, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/26/15, p.D1)
2015        Sep 24, Syrian government planes carried out several airstrikes and dropped barrel bombs on the IS-controlled city of Palmyra for the third straight day, forcing hundreds of civilians to flee their homes in the ancient city.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Two Turkish soldiers and 34 Kurdish rebels were killed in fighting in Sirnak province.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, The United Nations' highest court ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear a case focusing on Bolivia’s access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia asked the International Court of Justice in 2013 to order Chile to negotiate over Bolivia's claim to at least part of the 240-mile (400-km) strip of the Pacific coast.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Yemen as many as 25 Muslim worshippers performing Eid al-Adha prayers were killed when Islamic State suicide bomber Abu Omar al-Hadidi, disguised as a woman, blew himself up at the al-Balili mosque, run by the Houthi group, just outside the Old City of Sanaa. 4 children and an adult were killed when Houthis and their allies fired mortar shells into a residential neighborhood in the city of Taiz.
    (Reuters, 9/24/15)(AP, 9/24/15)

2015        Sep 25, US President Barack Obama welcomed China's Xi Jinping to the White House with pointed remarks about human rights, cyber espionage and Beijing's territorial ambitions. The United States announced agreements with China on a military hotline and rules of behavior to govern air-to-air encounters. Obama laid out a fresh threat of sanctions for economic espionage emanating from China, even as he and President Xi Jinping pledged their countries would not conduct or support such hacking.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)(Reuters, 9/25/15)(AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 25, US House Speaker John Boehner (65) told a closed-door meeting that he will resign next month as Speaker and from Congress.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In NYC Pope Francis declared that there is a "right of the environment" and that mankind has no authority to abuse it.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In NYC world leaders opened a summit to formally approve an ambitious and costly 15-year blueprint to eradicate extreme poverty, combat climate change and address more than a dozen other major global issues.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, British officials said the US government has decided to release Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at Guantanamo Bay, to the UK. Aamer was captured in Tora Bora in northern Afghanistan in December 2001 before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay in February 2002.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, The leaders of Burkina Faso's week-long coup demanded guarantees for their safety before they disarm.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In southern China a highway crash involving two trucks, a coach bus and a van killed 22 people and injured 13 in Hunan province.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Colombia American tourist John Mariani (65) was shot to death during an apparent robbery attempt after leaving his hotel in a wealthy enclave of Medellin.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 25, The Croatian parliament, controlled by a center-left coalition, agreed to dissolve on Sept. 28, paving the way for the European Union's newest member to hold a general election in November. Croatia lifted its blockade of the border with Serbia.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)(SFC, 9/26/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 25, Egyptian security forces killed 9 armed members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in a raid on a Cairo home.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Finland's government condemned a racist protest in which demonstrators -- including one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit -- attacked a bus transporting asylum seekers in the early hours today.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, A report in Le Monde newspaper cited a French intelligence source saying French jihadist Salim Benghalem was currently part of the Islamic police of IS and participated in executions and corporal punishments. He was named along with Mehdi Nemmouche, who carried out a fatal attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels last year, as suspected jailers for the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In the Indian portion of Kashmir government forces fired tear gas and used batons to quell thousands of anti-India protesters who turned violent after Eid prayers in various mosques.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Israeli soldiers assaulted an AFP photographer and cameraman in an unprovoked attack. The incident was caught on film and the Israeli military soon suspended the officer in charge.
    (SFC, 9/27/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 25, Nigeria's military said more than 200 members of Boko Haram surrendered as troops regained control of the northeastern town of Banki, from where attacks had been launched into Cameroon.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Yemen officials said airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels as well as fighting on the ground between rebels and pro-government fighters in the central city of Taiz have killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Montenegro said it is preparing for the likely influx of migrants from Syria and beyond as they carve out a new path on their journey to Western Europe.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Mozambique 9 members of a convoy carrying Mozambique's opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama were killed along with a driver in a shootout. Surviving Renamo members, apparently including Dhlakama, fled into the bush and a police operation was continuing in the area.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Saudi Arabia a senior officer and another border guard were killed in a gunbattle after a landmine blast along the frontier with Yemen.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Syria a UN-backed truce deal for two key front-lines was reached. The deal allows rebels to evacuate from an area besieged by pro-government forces in exchange for an evacuation of thousands of Shiites from two villages surrounded by militants in northern Idlib province.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In Turkey 4 civilians were killed after they were caught in clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in the southeast. Turkish military killed more than 30 Kurdish militants in a cross-border operation.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)(Reuters, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 25, In southern Turkey 13 people were killed in a road accident as millions took to their cars for the annual Muslim holiday season of Eid.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, Ukraine said it is banning flights by Russian airlines from Oct. 25 as part of a wave of sanctions against Russia over its support for separatists in the east of the country. PM Arseny Yatseniuk added that any Russian planes carrying military hardware or troops had also been banned from flying over Ukrainian territory. The government statement also forbade Ukrainian state companies from using Russian software, particularly from the Russian anti-virus giant Kaspersky Lab. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that Russia would be forced to take retaliatory measures.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, At the UN international leaders approved an ambitious 15-year plan to tackle the world's biggest problems, from eradicating poverty to preserving the planet and reducing inequality.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, The UN refugee agency criticized Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine for shutting the door on international aid, while the rebels themselves said the ban was instituted to restore order.
    (AP, 9/25/15)

2015        Sep 26, In NYC Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking at a sustainable development summit of world leaders at the UN, announced that Beijing will establish an assistance fund with an initial pledge of $2 billion to help developing countries implement a global sustainable development agenda over the next 15 years.
    (Reuters, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, Pope Francis traveled to Philadelphia to promote the issue of religious freedom on the penultimate day of his first visit to the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, Azerbaijan said one soldier was killed over the past day by Armenian artillery, and the Nagorno-Karabakh defense ministry said four of its fighters died from an Azerbaijan barrage.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, Bolivia's Congress voted to amend the country’s constitution to let President Evo Morales run for re-election again in five years, and potentially extend his presidency to 2025. The changes must be ratified by a national referendum set for February 21, 2016.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, In the Central African Republic at least 21 people were killed and another 100 were wounded when Muslims attacked a mainly Christian neighborhood in Bangui in reprisal for the murder of Moctar Mahamat, a Muslim man.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)(SFC, 9/30/15, p.A5)   
2015        Sep 26, In Egypt 2 soldiers were killed by a roadside car bomb in northern Sinai.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, In Guyana more than 1,000 soldiers marched through the capital and elsewhere in the country amid a growing border dispute with Venezuela.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, Indonesia arrested the Thai captain of a seized cargo ship carrying an estimated $2 million worth of seafood on suspicion of illegal fishing.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, A coalition led by the United States conducted 20 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and three against the militant group in Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 26, Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, known as Abu Tourab, an alleged Islamic extremist charged with involvement in the destruction of religious buildings in the historic city of Timbuktu in Mali in 2012, was sent to the International Criminal Court to face justice.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, Russia exchanged Estonian Eston Kohver, who had been convicted of espionage, for Aleksei Dressen, a former Estonian policeman convicted of treason for passing state secrets to Moscow.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, Moscow pressed its military buildup at a new airbase in Syria. The US trained Division 30 of the New Syrian Forces handed over US provided military equipment to the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage in northern Syria.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)(Reuters, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, Saudi Arabia deployed large numbers of special forces as pilgrims performed the final rituals of a hajj marred by double tragedy, with the toll from a stampede rising to 769.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, The Syrian army fired a missile into the last rebel-held neighborhood of the central city of Homs killing 17 people, most of them civilians.
    (AFP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 26, Two Taiwanese pilots were found dead in the cabin of the aircraft that went down in a mountainous area of central Taiwan earlier in the week.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, Thai authorities said they were now "convinced" their first arrest, a man named as Adem Karadag, planted the bomb on August 17 which killed 20 people after weeks of an often confusing and contradictory police investigation. The other man in custody has been identified as Yusufu Mieraili, who was seized with a Chinese passport marking Xinjiang as his birthplace.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 26, In Yemen Gulf troops and allied tribesmen continued heavy ground battles with militiamen and their allies in Yemen's army in the desert province of Marib. At least 20 bodies from both sides were seen on the battlefield. Saudi Brigadier Gen. Ibrahim Omar Ibrahim Hamzi died the next day of wounds.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)

2015        Sep 27, In Philadelphia, Pa., Pope Francis met with victims of child sexual abuse on the final day of his US visit and promised to hold accountable those responsible for the scandal in the church.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, In eastern Afghanistan Islamic State gunmen attacked checkpoints in Nangarhar province, killing 3 police in the group's first attack on the country's security forces. Afghanistan responded to the pre-dawn attack with a wave of airstrikes that killed 85 IS militants. All the terrorists killed were reportedly Pakistani citizens under the command of Hafiz Saeed, who was also killed.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Brazil pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2030 as its contribution to a UN climate agreement, but said it will include reductions from past efforts against deforestation to help it reach the target. Pres. Dilma Rousseff presented the country's pledges during a speech at the UN General Assembly in NYC.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, In Congo DRC 13 people were killed in the restive in an attack on a convoy transporting some $40,000 in salaries for teachers in South Kivu province.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 27, France launched its first air strikes against Islamic State in Syria in an act of "self-defense" to stop to the militant group from carrying out attacks inside France.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, India’s PM Modi concluded a diplomatic visit to California with a visit to San Jose. He has promised to turn India into the next Silicon Valley.
    (SFC, 9/27/15, p.C1)
2015        Sep 27, An Iraqi spokesman said Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria have agreed to set up an intelligence committee in Baghdad aimed at sharing and analyzing information.
    (AFP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, with further trouble feared in the week ahead as Jews celebrate the Sukkot holiday.
    (AFP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Christian schools in Israel said they would end a nearly month-long strike over cuts in government funding after reaching an agreement with the Education Ministry.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, In Moldova some 20,000 people protested against the government, days after the International Monetary Fund said it would not negotiate a new loan agreement with the pro-European leadership which says it needs the money to pay salaries and pensions.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Nepal started imposing restrictions on the movement of vehicles as a blockade of cargo trucks trying to enter the country from neighboring India continued to severely limit supplies of fuel and other essential commodities.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Ten fishermen died and three were missing after the crew of a fishing trawler abandoned their vessel in rough seas off the South African coast.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 27, In Spain separatists won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia's parliament in an election that sets the region on a collision course with the central government over independence.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Rebels in Sudan's Darfur region ambushed a South African unit that is part of a UN-African Union peacekeeping mission, killing one soldier and seriously injuring another.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Syrian regime air strikes killed 4 civilians in Kfarbatna. 2 people died inside Damascus when opposition fighters fired shells onto the Adwa district.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 27, Seventeen migrants drowned when their boat sank off the Turkish coast while headed for the Greek island of Kos. 20 people were rescued.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Yemen’s Pres. Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged Shiite rebels to lay down their arms and resume dialogue to end conflict, as he left for the UN General Assembly. Air strikes by helicopters from a Saudi-led alliance killed 25 civilians in the village of Bani Zela.
    (AFP, 9/27/15)(Reuters, 9/27/15)

2015        Sep 28, Prers. Obama said the United States is willing to work with Iran and Russia to try to end the Syrian conflict, but insisted there could not be a return to the status quo under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, In northern Afghanistan Taliban fighters battled their way into the center of Kunduz city and freed hundreds of fellow militants from jail, in one of the most serious security breaches in 14 years of war. 3 militants and at least 17 Afghan police were reported killed in the fighting. Over the next three days the Taliban hounded women of public profile and looted and destroyed offices of many organizations that supported and protected women in the city.
    (Reuters, 9/28/15)(Reuters, 9/29/15)(SFC, 10/15/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 28, In Bangladesh Cesare Travella (50), an Italian aid worker, was shot dead in Dhaka in an attacked claimed by the Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 28, Britain’s PM David Cameron says more than 300 British troops will be deployed to South Sudan and Somalia as part of peacekeeping efforts to counter Islamic militants.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, In Central African Republic 3 protesters were killed in Bangui when UN peacekeepers opened fire on a crowd amid a resurgence of deadly violence. After the break-up of the protest, shooting broke out elsewhere in the city where a teenager too was killed after being hit by a stray bullet.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Estonia launched its first full-scale Russian-language television channel in an attempt to lure the country's sizable Russian-speaking minority away from Moscow's sphere of influence.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, A German court jailed Ignace Murwanashyaka, the former political leader of a Rwandan rebel group, for abetting war crimes committed in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from his European exile. Straton Musoni, his one-time deputy, also got eight years on a charge of being a ringleader of a terrorist organization.
    (Reuters, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Guinea inaugurated a $500-million hydropower plant, in a bid to boost the power-starved national grid and halt the outflow of economic migrants from the impoverished west African nation.    It was completed in the summer and was three-quarters funded by China Exim Bank.
    (AFP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 28, India successfully launched its first space observatory and six satellites into orbit.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Indian and Pakistani authorities said Saudi Arabia has given foreign diplomats 1,090 photographs of the dead from last week's hajj crush and stampede, an indication of a significantly higher death toll than previously offered by the kingdom.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, In northern India Mohammad Akhlaq (50) was beaten to death with bricks and his son (22) severely wounded over allegations they had eaten beef. Six suspects were soon arrested and police searched for at least four others.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 28, In northeastern India a motorized boat crowded with passengers capsized and sank in the Kolohi River of Assam state. Dozens of people were missing and feared drowned.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, At the Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon tribunal set up to try the killers of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri fined journalist Karma Khayat 10,000 euros for obstruction of justice. The judge found her guilty of obstruction of justice because she failed to remove the broadcasts from the Al-Jadeed TV website and social media as ordered.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Madagascar’s customs officials found 771 endangered tortoises hidden in socks and baby diapers in unaccompanied freight due to be flown to Malaysia.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 28, Nepal's cable federation said it would suspend Indian television channels and protesters marched in Kathmandu carrying an effigy of India's PM Modi, accusing their neighbor of imposing an economic blockade and meddling in internal politics.
    (Reuters, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Palestinians clashed with Israeli riot police after barricading themselves inside a mosque at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, throwing firebombs and rocks at officers outside during a major Jewish holiday.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Poland's army said it has begun inspecting the southwestern area where two men claim to have discovered an armored Nazi gold train buried at the end of World War II.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors' office said that parliamentary Deputy Speaker Dan Motreanu and former presidential adviser George Scutaru have been indicted and will be tried by the High Court of Cassation and Justice on money laundering charges.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said that security forces killed two suspected militants and arrested three others during a series of counterterrorism raids, who state-linked media said were part of an alleged Islamic State cell.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, In eastern Syria 15 civilians, including 5 children, were killed in regime air raids on a popular market in the jihadist-held city of Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor province.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, In southern Turkey 2 police officers were killed in an attack by suspected PKK militants in Adana province. 6 PKK militants were killed in operations carried out in the southeastern province of Hakkari.
    (Reuters, 9/29/15)(AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 28, At the 70th annual UN General Assembly Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping made a $1 billion pledge for UN peace efforts.
    (SFC, 9/29/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 28, UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon for the first time called for the civil war in Syria to be referred to the Int’l. Criminal Court. Pres. Obama and Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin sharply disagreed over the chaos in Syria.
    (SFC, 9/29/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 28, In southwest Yemen at least 40 people were killed when a wedding hall was bombarded in a suspected Saudi-led coalition air strike in Wahijah village near Mokha. The death toll was soon raised to 131. The Saudi-led coalition denied it was behind the incident.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)(AFP, 9/29/15)

2015        Sep 29, Pres. Obama held private talks with Cuban Pres. Raul Castro on the sidelines of the UN gathering of world leaders.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 29, The United States imposed sanctions against more than 30 Islamic State leaders, financial figures, supporters and affiliated groups in an effort to block the militants from the international financial system. The newly designated individuals included citizens of Britain, France, Russia, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
    (Reuters, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, The US EPA announced a $70 million settlement with Guardian Industries, a Michigan-based global glass manufacturer, resolving allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act by releasing illegal levels of chemical pollutants in plants in seven states.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 29, A US federal audit by the Dept. of Health and Human Services said Medicare paid $30 million ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place they were picked up from or anywhere else.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 29, In the SF Bay Area artist Antonio Ramos (27) was shot and killed as he worked on a community mural on the 3500 block of West Street under I-580 in Oakland.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.A11)
2015        Sep 29, Vo Phien (b.1925), Vietnamese writer born as Doan The Noan, died in Santa Ana, Ca. He left Vietnam as Saigon fell in 1975 and then struggled to preserve the literature that he sensed was about to be erased. In 1999 he published “Van Hoc Mien Nam, Tong Quan," a collection of Vietnamese literature from 1954-1975.
    (SSFC, 10/4/15, p.C9)
2015        Sep 29, In Oklahoma a panel that oversees artwork at the statehouse voted 7-1 to authorize the removal of a granite monument depicting the Ten Commandments after the state’s highest court ruled that it violated the state constitution.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A7)
2015        Sep 29, Phil Woods (b.1931), a leading American jazz saxophist, died in Stroudsburg, Pa.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.D2)
2015        Sep 29, Afghan forces backed by US air support battled Taliban fighters for control of the northern city of Kunduz, after the militants seized a provincial capital for the first time since their ouster 14 years ago. At least 30 insurgents claiming loyalty to Islamic State were killed when militants attacked police checkpoints in Achin district, Nangarhar province.
    (Reuters, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Burkina Faso’s army took over the baracks of the presidential guard after they refused to disarm following a short-lived coup. The army arrested Djibril Bassole, a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A5)
2015        Sep 29, The Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba Panza appealed for calm as the UN reported 36 people dead and almost 30,000 displaced in three days of bloodshed terrorizing the capital Bangui.
    (AFP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Germany toughened rules for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a record surge in migrants, with those crossing the Mediterranean exceeding the half a million mark.
    (AFP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, In Indonesia more than 200 ethnic Rohingya stormed out of an encampment as tensions erupted following alleged rapes and beatings by locals at the site where members of Myanmar's long-persecuted minority have been held since arriving by boat four months ago.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, In Iraq a suicide attack on a security checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing at least 7 people.
    (AP, 9/29/15)   
2015        Sep 29, Lithuanian police said they have seized 600 kg (1,300 pounds) of cocaine discovered in a coal shipment from Colombia. Police commissioner Linas Pernavas said the drugs were probably bound for the Russian market, with an estimated street value of 40 million euros.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, In Puerto Rico FBI agents arrested 10 police officers as the US territory struggled to crack down on corruption during a federally mandated police department reform.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, South African police crime statistics showed murder rising by 4.6% with 49 people murdered each day. Violent crimes increased for a third year in a row.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 29, Switzerland's justice ministry granted an American request to extradite former Costa Rican soccer federation president Eduardo Li in the FIFA bribery case.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Taiwan authorities said super typhoon Dujuan has killed 3 people and left more than 300 injured after it swept across the island before making landfall in eastern China.
    (AP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Turkish warplanes late today struck 24 targets in a bombardment of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in the southeastern province of Hakkari. 2 soldiers were killed when a bomb buried in the ground went off when a military vehicle passed by on a road between southeastern towns of Semdinli and Yuksekova.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 29, The United Arab Emirates announced labor reforms to be enforced from Jan. 1 aimed at curbing abuse and protecting the rights of millions of foreign workers.
    (AFP, 9/29/15)
2015        Sep 29, Vietnamese fishing boat captain Dang Dung and the nine crew members were sleeping after a night of fishing near the Paracels islands when a Chinese vessel slammed the side of their boat and five Chinese men jumped aboard. The men carried knives and took away his boat's navigation devices, fishing equipment and their catch. His boat sank about 12 hours later, and the crew then spent four hours floating with life vests before being rescued by another Vietnamese fishing boat. It was not clear if the Chinese vessel belonged to the government.
    (AP, 10/15/15)
2015        Sep 26, Arab coalition forces waging a military campaign against Houthi fighters in Yemen seized an Iranian boat loaded with weapons in the Arabian Sea on its way to deliver supplies to the group.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)

2015        Sep 30, Pres. Obama signed  a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open through Dec 11 following approval by the US Congress.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.A8)
2015        Sep 30, The US state of Georgia early today executed Kelly Gissendaner (47), its first woman in 70 years, despite an appeal for clemency by Pope Francis. She had been sentenced to death after being found guilty of conspiring to murder her husband in February, 1997. Her lover, Gregory Owen, who did the killing, was serving a life sentence and eligible for parole in 2022.
    (AFP, 9/30/15)(SFC, 9/30/15, p.A7)
2015        Sep 30, In Afghanistan special forces from the US-led military coalition battled insurgents near the northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban this week.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, In the Central African Republic at least two people died in clashes between gangs and militias in Bangui, where peacekeepers and pressure from world powers have failed to halt more than two years of violence.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, In southwest China 17 package bombs exploded in the city of Liuzhou, killing at least 7 people and injuring 51. Police called it a criminal act. On Oct 2 state media said the man killed 10 people and injured 51 others, had died in the blasts and had disputes with local villagers and companies. Another bomb exploded a day later killing one person. Police later identified quarry worker Wei Yinyong (33) as the mastermind behind the 18 bombings.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)(SFC, 10/1/15, p.A5)(AP, 10/2/15)(SFC, 10/3/15, p.A3)
2015        Sep 30, Germany said it has told the European Commission that it will ban growing crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a rule that allows European Union countries to opt out of GMO cultivation.
    (AP, 10/1/15)
2015        Sep 30, Indian trucks carrying food and fuel began trickling into Nepal, a welcomed development for a nation grappling with shortages caused by a blockade during protests against the country's new constitution.
    (AP, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, An Indian court sentenced five suspected Islamic militants to death and gave seven others life in prison for bombing attacks nine years ago on seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800.
    (AP, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, In northern Iraq Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State in the latest of several offensives aimed at driving the militants away from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, Israeli air raids hit the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave that was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
    (AFP, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, In northern Liberia authorities imposed a curfew in Ganta town after violent protests following a wave of suspected ritual killings.
    (Reuters, 10/1/15)
2015        Sep 30, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif proposed steps to ease tensions between the nuclear rivals, including the formalization of a fraying 2003 cease-fire along the disputed frontier in Kashmir at the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN. The next day India delivered a blunt response: "Give up terrorism" and we can talk.
    (AP, 10/2/15)
2015        Sep 30, Russia launched air strikes against Islamic State in Syria after Pres. Vladimir Putin secured his parliament's unanimous backing to intervene to prop up the Kremlin's closest Middle East ally. Russian air strikes, which Moscow said targeted Islamic State fighters, hit a rebel group in Hama province supported by Western opponents of Pres. Bashar al-Assad. The Russian air strikes killed at least 36 civilians and targeted areas where Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked fighters were not present.
    (Reuters, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, Saudi Arabia arrested a Syrian man, Yasser Mohammed Shafiq al-Barazi, and a Filipina, Lady Gioi Aban Bali Nang, for allegedly manufacturing suicide bomb belts in Riyadh.
    (AP, 10/3/15)
2015        Sep 30, In Thailand three city policemen in Bangkok were fired after failing to appear for questioning about their alleged role in extorting 1 million baht ($27,500) from a Japanese businessman.
    (AP, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, In Thailand protesters began blocking access to several government websites over a plan to route all Internet traffic though a single gateway.
    (AP, 10/1/15)
2015        Sep 30, Tunisian troops stopped two bomb-laden cars crossing from Libya and seized arms and documents bearing the symbol of Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 10/1/15)
2015        Sep 30, Vietnamese journalist Ha Huy Hoang was found guilty of spying for China and sentenced to a six-year jail term by a Hanoi court after a three-hour trial.
    (Reuters, 10/1/15)

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