Timeline 2016 January - March Return to home2016 Jan 1,
Former Arkansas Gov. Dale Bumpers (b.1925) died at his home in
Little Rock. He served four terms in the US Senate following his
term as governor.
(SSFC, 1/3/16, p.A15)
2016 Jan 1, Hawaii became the
first US state to raise the legal age for smoking to 21.
(SFC, 1/1/16, p.A8)
2016 Jan 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide attack at a French restaurant in Kabul killed 2 people
wounded at least five.
(Reuters, 1/1/16)(AP, 1/1/16)
2016 Jan 1, In Burundi at least
one person was killed and a dozen injured in a series of grenade
attacks in Bujumbura.
2016 Jan 1, In El Salvador at
least 29 people were slain on the first day of the year. Local news
media estimated the number of killings in 2015 at well above 6,000.
2016 Jan 1, In Estonia a law
allowing gay partnerships took effect, but same-sex couples are
being advised to hold off on getting hitched until a series of legal
issues have been worked out.
2016 Jan 1, In the EU new rules
known as Solvency 2 came into effect. They required European
insurers to follow uniform rules on cpital designed to make the
firms more robust and allow others to assess their strength more
(Econ, 1/2/16, p.56)
2016 Jan 1, In Hong Kong more
than 1,500 people protested on New Year's day calling for the city's
leader to resign and airing grievances over issues from expensive
construction projects to internet freedoms. Protester’s focused on
the 40-km structure linking Hong Kong with Macau and the mainland
city of Zhuhai.
(AFP, 1/1/16)(Econ, 2/13/16, p.37)
2016 Jan 1, Iceland's Pres.
Olafur Ragnar Grimsson (72) announced he was stepping down after 20
years in the job, paving the way for a presidential election in
2016 Jan 1, In India more than
a million private cars were banned from New Delhi's roads, as
authorities began testing drastic new measures to cut smog in the
world's most polluted capital. For the next 15 days private cars
will only be allowed on the city's roads every other day to try to
reduce pollutant levels.
2016 Jan 1, In Iraq Islamic
State militants launched suicide attacks in the western city of
Ramadi days after troops drove them out of the city center.
2016 Jan 1, In Israel an
unidentified gunman killed two people and wounded at least three
others on a bustling thoroughfare in central Tel Aviv before
fleeing. Media showed images of an abandoned ammunition clip that
appeared to have come from a Spectre M4 machine-gun - a weapon
rarely seen in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
2016 Jan 1, The Netherlands
took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.10)
2016 Jan 1, Nigeria unveiled a
nine-meter tall statue of Jesus Christ carved from white marble in
the village of Abajah, thought to be the biggest of its kind in
Africa. It was commissioned by Obinna Onuoha, a local businessman
who hired a Chinese company to carve it and placed it in the grounds
of a 2000-capacity church that he built in 2012.
2016 Jan 1, Saudi Arabia
executed 47 criminals including prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr
al-Nimr (56) and dozens of al Qaeda members, signaling it would not
tolerate attacks, whether by Sunni jihadists or minority Shi'ites,
and stirring sectarian anger across the region. Al-Nimr was a
charismatic religious leader who delivered fiery speeches demanding
more rights for his minority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
(Reuters, 1/2/16)(AFP, 1/2/16)(Econ, 3/19/16,
2016 Jan 1, In Saudi Arabia the
price of petrol rose by 50%.
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.17)
2016 Jan 1, Turkish media
reported that 2 police officers, a soldier and 12 Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK) fighters were killed in the southeast in the last 48
hours in operations to push back the militant group.
2016 Jan 1, Ukraine's
free-trade deal with the EU came into effect, coinciding with the
start of Moscow's food embargo against Kiev that will force the
impoverished former Soviet republic to revisit its economic model.
2016 Jan 1, In Yemen 6 people
were killed in a firefight between Yemeni pro-government forces and
Al-Qaeda suspects who were travelling in a weapons-laden vehicle
toward Aden. A senior al-Qaida leader and 3 people traveling in his
convoy were killed near a security checkpoint in southern Abyan
(AFP, 1/1/16)(AP, 1/1/16)
2016 Jan 2, The United States
and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Jan 2, US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agents began arresting immigrants targeting
Central American families who came to the country illegally since
2014. Over the next two days 121 people from El Salvador, Honduras,
Guatemala and Mexico were arrested primarily in Georgia, North
Carolina and Texas.
(SFC, 1/15/16, p.A8)
2016 Jan 2, The population of
the nine-county SF Bay Area was said to be about 7.5 million.
(SFC, 1/2/16, p.A1)
2016 Jan 2, In Oregon an armed
group of citizens, members of the Oath Keepers, seized control of a
federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Group
leader Ammon Bundy claimed ranchers, loggers and farmers should have
control of federal land. Ex-serviceman Elmer Stewart Rhodes, who
opposed the occupation, had founded Oath Keepers after working on
Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign for the Republican nomination.
(SFC, 1/6/16, p.A5,10)(Econ, 2/27/16, p.23)
2016 Jan 2, Afghan officials
said special forces have freed 59 prisoners from a Taliban jail in
Helmand, as government troops redouble their efforts to drive back
the insurgents who have seized large parts of the volatile southern
2016 Jan 2, Honduras said the
US has requested the extradition of former vice president Jaime
Rosenthal, one of the country's biggest tycoons, whom it accuses of
drug trafficking and money laundering. The extradition request was
received before December 24, but had been waiting for the document
to be translated into Spanish.
2016 Jan 2, In northern India 6
gunmen launched a deadly attack on an Air Force base in Pathankot,
Punjab state, exchanging fire with Indian forces who, backed by
tanks and helicopters, battled for over 15 hours before wresting
back control of the compound. All the attackers and at least 7
Indian soldiers were killed. India blamed militants from Pakistan.
(Reuters, 1/2/16)(SSFC, 1/3/16, p.A6)(Econ,
2016 Jan 2, The Israeli air
force carried out attacks on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip early
today, just hours after rockets from the enclave hit southern
2016 Jan 2, In Mexico the newly
installed mayor of the city of Temixco was killed. Gisela Mota
formally took office with the new year. She was attacked at her home
by armed gunmen. Police killed 2 and captured three.
(Reuters, 1/2/16)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.30)
2016 Jan 2, North Korea
arrested Otto Frederick Warmbier from the University of Virginia as
his tour group was set to return to Beijing. North Korea later said
it had arrested Wambier for engaging in an unspecified "hostile act"
under orders from Washington.
2016 Jan 2, A Saudi-led
coalition that has been bombing the Houthi movement in Yemen for
nine months announced the end of a ceasefire that began on Dec. 15,
in a setback to attempts to end the conflict.
2016 Jan 2, Somali police said
a suicide bomber killed himself and one civilian in a bombing of a
restaurant in Mogadishu.
2016 Jan 2, In Syria 16
jihadists were reported killed and 19 wounded in clashes with Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) near Ain Issa.
2016 Jan 2, Tonga was raked by
Category-2 Cyclone Ula with widespread damage.
2016 Jan 2, The Vatican
announced that its first accord with the Palestinians -- an
agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the
Middle East peace process -- has come into force.
2016 Jan 2, Vietnam formally
accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent
confidence-building pact by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing
has built in a contested part of the South China Sea. Late last year
China completed an airfield on Fiery Cross Reef that security
experts say could accommodate most Chinese military aircraft.
2016 Jan 3, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo singed an order requiring communities statewide to take
homeless people from the streets when temperatures reach freezing.
(SFC, 1/4/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 3, In Afghanistan an
army M-17 helicopter crashed in the eastern Logar province, killing
3 Afghan soldiers.
2016 Jan 3, Police in the
Sunni-ruled Gulf state of Bahrain clashed with Shiite protesters a
day after neighboring Saudi Arabia executed a leading Shiite cleric.
2016 Jan 3, The European
Commission said it would debate the rule of law in Poland this month
in the first stage of a potentially-punitive procedure after Warsaw
seized control of public broadcasters.
2016 Jan 3, Indian troops were
still battling at least two gunmen at the Pathankot air force base
near the border with Pakistan. At least 7 troops and 4 gunmen have
been killed in the fighting so far.
2016 Jan 3, In Iraq suicide
attackers from the Islamic State group killed at least 12 Iraqi
forces in a brazen attack on police training at Speicher base, near
Tikrit. Police managed to kill 7 attackers but 3 were able to
detonate their suicide vests.
2016 Jan 3, Mexican officials
said they have killed 2 people and arrested three others linked to
the slaying of a mayor who had taken office only a day earlier.
Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez attributed the killing of Gisela Mota to
2016 Jan 3, Saudi Arabia
announced it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran.
2016 Jan 3, The Islamic State
released a new video in which five purported British spies are shot
dead by masked extremists as propaganda from a group that is losing
control of territory in Syria and Iraq. Newspapers named Siddhartha
Dhar, a British Indian, as the speaker in the tape.
(AP, 1/4/16)(SFC, 1/4/16, p.A4)(Econ, 1/9/16,
2016 Jan 3, In Turkey more than
200 people in Istanbul protested peacefully against curfews and
operations in mainly Kurdish cities and towns in the southeast,
where security forces and Kurdish militants are locked in an
2016 Jan 3, Yemeni government
forces clashed with militant groups for control over the strategic
Port of Aden in the southern city with the same name.
2016 Jan 3, In southeastern
Yemen Al-Qaeda militants stoned a woman to death after accusing her
of adultery and prostitution in Mukalla, Hadramawt province.
2016 Jan 4, Editas Medicine
filed for an IPO. The company offered new technology, called CRISPR
Cas9, allowing DNA to be cut and edited.
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.54)
2016 Jan 4, Afghan troops
rappelled from helicopters onto the roof of a four-story building
near the Indian Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif to drive out gunmen who
had attacked the diplomatic mission the night before. A truck bomb
attack on Camp Baron, a compound for civilian contractors near Kabul
airport, wounding at least 30 Afghan civilians. Earlier today a
suicide bomber blew himself up near a police checkpoint without
causing any other casualties. The bodies of 5 soldiers were found on
the outskirts of the eastern city of Ghazni. They had been abducted
from a main highway around a week earlier by Taliban insurgents.
(AP, 1/4/16)(Reuters, 1/4/16)
2016 Jan 4, Bahrain announced
it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, a day after its ally and
neighbor Saudi Arabia also severed relations with Tehran.
2016 Jan 4, Chinese authorities
detained Peter Dahlin, a Swedish national who worked on legal aid
and rule of law issues, on suspicion of endangering state security.
2016 Jan 4, Denmark and Sweden
tightened border checks. Six countries in Europe's document-free
travel area now have wide-ranging border checks in place.
2016 Jan 4, A powerful
earthquake struck northeast India and Bangladesh, killing at least
11 people and injuring nearly 200, with efforts to reach remote
areas where people may be trapped hampered by severed power lines
and telecommunication links.
2016 Jan 4, Indian security
forces battled for the third day to clear out militants who attacked
the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab state and killed 7 soldiers.
2016 Jan 4, Islamic State
militants attacked Iraqi troops and allied tribal fighters outside
the western town of Haditha, killing at least 11 and wounding
dozens. In central Iraq overnight blasts rocked two Sunni mosques,
amid fears of renewed sectarian strife following Saudi Arabia's
execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
(AP, 1/4/16)(AFP, 1/4/16)
2016 Jan 4, Israeli forces
destroyed the east Jerusalem homes of two Palestinians who killed
four Israelis on Oct 13, one of the deadliest days in the recent
surge in violence.
2016 Jan 4, Lebanon's Hezbollah
movement said it had targeted an Israeli army border patrol with a
bomb in an attack that prompted retaliatory fire from the Jewish
2016 Jan 4, In northern Libya
jihadists carried out a suicide car bomb attack on a military
checkpoint at the entrance to the town of Al-Sidra, killing 2
soldiers. They then launched an attack on the town of Ras Lanouf via
the south but did not manage to enter.
2016 Jan 4, In Nigeria Boko
Haram gunmen wearing soldiers' uniforms and female suicide bombers
unleashed separate attacks on Izghe, a village 123 km (76 miles)
southwest of Maiduguri. At least 18 people were killed.
2016 Jan 4, Pakistan PM Nawaz
Sharif started a three-day visit to Sri Lanka during which several
agreements aiming to strengthen relations between the south Asian
nations are to be signed.
2016 Jan 4, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem before being shot and wounded.
2016 Jan 4, Puerto Rico’s
government missed a $36 million coupon on paper issued by its
Infrastructure Financing Authority.
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.21)
2016 Jan 4, In Puerto Rico
Antonio Soto (66), a former senator, died. He was awaiting
sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion and misappropriation
of public funds.
2016 Jan 4, Poland’s government
said 21 people died over the weekend because of freezing weather
amid one of the country's deadliest cold spells.
2016 Jan 4, Saudi Arabia
widened its rift with Iran, saying it would end air traffic and
trade links with the Islamic republic and demanding that Tehran must
"act like a normal country" before it would restore severed
2016 Jan 4, Turkish security
sources said 2 civilians, 2 soldiers and a police officer have been
killed in the southeast over the last 24 hours as military
operations to root out armed fighters focused on urban centers
across the mainly Kurdish region. 3 female Kurdish political
activists were killed in fighting in curfew-hit Silopi town as the
authorities press an offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK).
(Reuters, 1/4/16)(AFP, 1/6/16)
2016 Jan 4, Ugandan police said
they were investigating reports nearly $4 million worth of cocaine
seized by customs officers at its main airport had disappeared from
2016 Jan 4, Yemeni authorities
announced a dusk to dawn curfew in Aden starting today following a
night of gunbattles between armed men and government forces that
killed at least 12 people from both sides.
2016 Jan 5, Pres. Obama
announced executive decisions to tighten gun laws.
(SFC, 1/6/16, p.A1)
2016 Jan 5, Michigan Gov. Rick
Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint over problems with
lead in the city’s drinking water.
(SFC, 1/6/16, p.A12)
2016 Jan 5, In Afghanistan one
US service member was killed and two wounded in an operation near
Marjah in Helmand province.
2016 Jan 5, In China a man
upset over a financial dispute set fire to a moving bus and fled as
the flames trapped people inside, killing 17 and injuring 32.
Several hours later police caught Ma Yongping (33) on a construction
site in Yinchuan, Ningxia region.
2016 Jan 5, European equities
staged a timid rebound, winning moderate support after Beijing
pumped cash into the money market to soothe worries over the slowing
2016 Jan 5, Pierre Boulez (90),
the former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic, died at
his home in Germany. The French conductor moved between conducting,
composition and teaching over a long career that made him one of the
leading figures in modern classical music.
(AP, 1/6/16)(Econ, 1/16/16, p.92)
2016 Jan 5, India said defense
forces have killed the last of the six militants who attacked the
Pathankot Air Force base near the Pakistan border over the weekend.
2016 Jan 5, In Libya Islamic
State militants attacked checkpoints near the oil port of Es Sider
for a second day and an oil storage tank in the port was set on fire
by a long-range rocket. 2 guards were killed and 16 wounded in the
2016 Jan 5, In Nigeria three
female suicide bombers sneaked into Izghe and detonated bombs hidden
under their garments, killing 7 other people and destroying three
houses. A male suicide bomber also blew himself up, killing himself
and 4 other people.
2016 Jan 5, A Palestinian
stabbed and wounded a soldier in the southern West Bank before being
2016 Jan 5, The diplomatic
crisis surrounding Saudi Arabia and Iran widened as Kuwait recalled
its ambassador to Tehran and Bahrain severed air links in the face
of growing international concern.
2016 Jan 5, Gunmen in Syria
shot and killed Abu Rateb al-Homsy, the commander of an
ultraconservative rebel group in the central Homs province.
2016 Jan 5, Turkey’s military
said security forces have killed at least 14 militants in the mainly
Kurdish southeast over the last 24 hours.
2016 Jan 5, In Turkey the
bodies of 36 migrants, at least seven of them children, were found
at two sites along the Aegean coast after they apparently tried to
cross to the nearby Greek island of Lesbos.
2016 Jan 5, Turkish forces,
acting on a tip, conducted an operation on a Bolivian-flagged ship
in international waters off the coast of Libya and seized 13 tons of
marijuana. It was Turkey's first anti-narcotics operation in
2016 Jan 5, Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov slammed the country's
anti-smoking strategy at a televised government meeting. Authorities
soon began to force shops to stop selling cigarettes, but a ban on
cigarette sales was not yet officially announced or published by the
2016 Jan 5, Venezuela’s
opposition took majority control of the National Assembly. 163 of
167 lawmakers were sworn in as the government-stacked Supreme Court
barred four from taking their seats under probes of electoral fraud.
(SFC, 1/6/16, p.A4)
2016 Jan 5, In Yemen the
governor of the southern port city of Aden survived a car bomb
attack that killed two bodyguards and critically wounded three
2016 Jan 5, Zimbabwe media
reported that Ellen Chiweshe, whose title was group captain, has
been promoted to become the southern African country's first female
Air Commodore, the No. 3 post in the air force.
2016 Jan 6, The United States
and its allies staged 36 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
2016 Jan 6, California Gov.
Jerry Brown declared a Los Angeles-area natural gas leak that has
been sickening nearby residents for more than two months an
emergency, calling for alternatives to stop the underground leak if
existing efforts fail. The leak was discovered on Oct. 23 at a
well-used for natural gas storage in Aliso Canyon just outside Los
Angeles' Porter Ranch neighborhood.
2016 Jan 6, In Texas Iraqi
refugee Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan (24) of Houston, was indicted on
three charges that he tried to provide material support to
2016 Jan 6, Washington state
Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order aimed at curbing gun
violence by improving data sharing among government agencies and
starting a new public health campaign on suicide prevention.
(SFC, 1/8/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 6, Bahrain said it had
caught an Iranian-linked cell plotting attacks on its territory,
days after it followed its close ally Saudi Arabia in cutting ties
2016 Jan 6, In Belgium the
start of a two-day rail strike has largely paralyzed train traffic
in and around Brussels and disrupted service to Paris and London.
2016 Jan 6, China landed two
civilian test flights on an island it has built in the South China
Sea, four days after it angered Vietnam with a landing on the same
runway in the disputed territory.
(Reuters, 1/6/16)(AP, 1/7/16)
2016 Jan 6, China urged North
Korea to honor its commitment to denuclearization and called on
Pyongyang to stop taking any action that could cause a deterioration
of the situation on the Korean peninsula.
2016 Jan 6, Guatemala
prosecutors said they have arrested the brother of deceased former
President Fernando Romeo Lucas Garcia in connection with killings
and disappearances during the country's 1960-1996 civil war. They
also arrested retired Gen. Francisco Luis Gordillo, who helped bring
former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt to power from 1982 to 1983.
Altogether 18 former military officers were arrested on charges
related massacres and disappearances during the civil war.
(AP, 1/6/16)(SFC, 1/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 6, In northeastern
India a bus fell into a pond in the remote northeast, killing 13
people in Tripura state.
2016 Jan 6, Iraqi officials
said the Islamic State group has stepped up attacks on the western
town of Haditha, where at least 45 Iraqi security forces and Sunni
tribal fighters have been killed in clashes over the past three days
and another 30 wounded.
2016 Jan 6, Ivory Coast's
government resigned in a move President Alassane Ouattara said would
bring more "efficiency" to the West African state just two months
after he was re-elected.
2016 Jan 6, Libya’s National
Oil Company said at least four petroleum storage tanks were set
ablaze during deadly fighting as the Islamic State group tries to
seize coastal export terminals. The fighting, which began Jan 4, has
killed 10 security guards.
2016 Jan 6, In northeastern
Nigeria soldiers arrested Duhu village teacher Habu Bello and two
other men, Idrisa Dele and Umaru Hammankadi. The men's bodies were
later found dumped, with bullet wounds.
2016 Jan 6, North Korea said it
has tested a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear bomb, prompting
skepticism among experts and officials who doubt Pyongyang has
achieved such a major advance in its strike capability. The
explosion was roughly as big as the atom bomb it detonated in 2013.
(Reuters, 1/6/16)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.8)
2016 Jan 6, A group of elderly
Filipino women raped by Japanese troops during World War II called
for compensation from Japan, following Tokyo's pledge of $8.3
million for South Korean women forced into Japanese military-run
brothels during the war.
2016 Jan 6, In Syria several
mortar rounds struck residential neighborhoods in the capital,
Damascus, killing at least 8 people and wounding at least two dozen
others. State media said "terrorists" from the Army of Islam rebel
group fired the shells from the suburb of Eastern Ghouta.
2016 Jan 6, In Syria Ali Saqr
(21) executed his mother near the post office building where she
worked in front of hundreds of people in Raqqa because she had
encouraged him to leave the Islamic State group.
(Reuters, 1/8/16)(SFC, 1/9/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 6, Venezuela’s new
opposition congress swore in three lawmakers barred by the Supreme
Court from taking their seats, setting up a direct confrontation
with the ruling Socialists.
(SFC, 1/7/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 6, Yemeni security
officials said the Saudi-led coalition has intensified airstrikes on
the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, targeting Shiite rebels known as Houthis.
They said at least 20 Houthis have been killed in the strikes over
the last 24 hours.
2016 Jan 7, The US government
released its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first
time it set specific limits on sugar intake.
2016 Jan 7, The US-led
coalition launched 23 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
three in Syria.
2016 Jan 7, The United States
donated 24 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to Nigeria's
military, to enable the country's soldiers to combat Boko Haram
Islamic insurgents who continued cutting a bloody path through the
2016 Jan 7, In California a
criminal complaint was unsealed accusing Iraqi refugee Aws Mohammed
Younis Al-Jayab (23) of Sacramento, of traveling to Syria to fight
and lying to investigators about it.
2016 Jan 7, In Philadelphia
policeman Jesse Hartnett (33) was shot three times in his left arm
as he sat in his patrol car late today. Edward Archer (30), claiming
allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group, opened fire
multiple times at point-blank range with a stolen police gun before
he was arrested.
2016 Jan 7, Burkina Faso's
Pres. Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore named economist Paul Kaba
Thieba (56) as prime minister.
2016 Jan 7, China’s top
securities regulator said it will suspend "circuit breakers" after
trading curbs were again triggered when share prices tumbled more
than seven percent, halting share trading early for the second time
this week. The circuit breaker suspension would come into effect on
2016 Jan 7, Chinese authorities
said 11 workers trapped underground in a coal mine collapse have
died in Shaanxi province.
2016 Jan 7, In eastern Congo
DRC Rwandan Hutu rebels killed 14 civilians from a rival ethnic
group and wounded nine in the town of Lubero in North Kivu province.
2016 Jan 7, In France Salim
Benghalem (35), a key French member of the Islamic State group, was
sentenced in absentia by a Paris court to 15 years in prison. He had
ties to the Charlie Hebdo attackers. Six other men, who have
returned from Syria and Iraq, were given sentences of between six
and nine years.
2016 Jan 7, Paris police shot
dead a man wielding a knife after he tried to enter a police station
shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) and wearing what turned out
to be a fake suicide belt.
2016 Jan 7, Guyana authorities
said the US government is assisting in a crackdown on a massive
int’l. gold smuggling operation. Guyana estimated that some 15,000
troy ounces of raw gold are smuggled out of the country each week.
(SFC, 1/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 7, In India Mufti
Mohammed Sayeed (79), a top elected pro-India leader of Kashmir,
died in a New Delhi hospital of pneumonia. He tried to win over
insurgent groups in the troubled region.
2016 Jan 7, Indonesia signed a
$1.3 billion deal with South Korea to jointly develop Seoul's
next-generation fighter jets.
2016 Jan 7, Iran and Saudi
Arabia took further steps to sever commercial ties, intensifying a
feud between the regional rivals, as Tehran announced a ban on
imports from Saudi Arabia and Saudi groups called for boycotts of
2016 Jan 7, Iran said Saudi
warplanes had attacked its embassy in Yemen's capital, a development
that would exacerbate tensions between the major Shi'ite and Sunni
powers in the region, and Riyadh said it would investigate the
accusation. Residents said an air strike had hit a public square
about 700 meters (yards) away from the embassy and that some stones
and shrapnel had landed in the embassy's yard.
2016 Jan 7, In Iraq clashes
between a joint Turkish-Iraqi force and Islamic State militants near
the Bashiqa camp training camp outside the city of Mosul reportedly
left at least 18 IS fighters dead. The commander of the training
camp, Maj Gen. Mohammed Yahya, said there were no such clashes.
2016 Jan 7, In Libya at least
60 people were killed when a bomb attack hit a police training
center as hundreds of recruits gathered for a morning meeting in
(Reuters, 1/7/16)(SFC, 1/8/16, p.A3)
2016 Jan 7, Poland's President
Andrzej Duda signed a temporary new law that's a step toward giving
the government full control of state radio and television. It will
expire June 30. By then, a sweeping new law intended to overhaul the
state-run broadcasters and the PAP news agency was expected to be in
2016 Jan 7, Puerto Rico faced
its first lawsuit over how the US territory's government has
diverted funds to meet certain bond payments as its liquidity
dwindles amid a worsening economic crisis.
2016 Jan 7, In Saudi Arabia 3
civilians including a child were killed by shelling in the Jazan
region from Yemen.
2016 Jan 7, Somalia cut
diplomatic ties with Iran and ordered all Iranian diplomats and
embassy staff out of the country within 72 hours.
2016 Jan 7, South Africa's
financial hub Johannesburg hit a record temperature of 38 degrees
Celsius, as a drought persisted in Africa's largest producer of
2016 Jan 7, South Korea
announced it would resume cross-border propaganda broadcasts that
Pyongyang considers an act of war In response to North Korea's
latest nuclear test.
2016 Jan 7, A
Swedish-registered freight jet crashed in a mountainous area near
the Norwegian border. Two crew members from Spain and France were
2016 Jan 7, In Yemen dozens of
air strikes hit Sanaa, in what residents described as the heaviest
aerial attacks yet in nine months of war.
2016 Jan 8, The US Pentagon
announced that Faez Mohammed al-Kandari, an alleged recruiter for
the al-Qaida terrorist organization, has been released from the US
base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and sent home to Kuwait. This reduced
the Guantanamo prisoner population to 104.
2016 Jan 8, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention said seven employees of an Oregon zoo
contracted tuberculosis from three elephants in their care in 2013.
Human-to-elephant transmission was first identified in 1996 and
there have been a handful of cases in recent years in Tennessee and
2016 Jan 8, In San Francisco
Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow (56) was convicted of racketeering, murder
and scores of other crimes in a major organized crime investigation
2016 Jan 8, In Brazil police
used tear gas, stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse sometimes
violent demonstrations against bus fare increases in Sao Paulo and
Rio de Janeiro.
2016 Jan 8, British health
officials said drinking any alcohol regularly increases the risk of
cancer, and have issued tough new guidelines that could be hard to
swallow in a nation where having a pint is a hallowed tradition.
2016 Jan 8, Two Britons, Trevor
Brooks (40) and Simon Keeler (44) were jailed after being arrested
in Hungary where they were suspected of heading to Syria, in breach
of strict travel constraints because they had convictions for
2016 Jan 8, It was reported
that a Chinese village has abruptly demolished a statue of communist
China's founder, Mao Zedong, after images of the structure covered
in gold paint and looming 37 meters (120 feet) high over farmland
attracted heated discussion on social media.
2016 Jan 8, In Egypt an elderly
Austrian couple and a young Swedish man were hospitalized after the
assault at the Bella Vista hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
Police shot dead one of the knife-wielding attackers and wounded
another. On Dec 25 Egypt sentenced to life two men linked to the
Islamic State group for plotting the attack on the Red Sea resort
(AFP, 1/9/16)(AFP, 12/25/16)
2016 Jan 8, Human Rights Watch
said at least 140 people have been killed in Ethiopia over the past
two months in a crackdown on anti-government protests sparked by
plans to expand the capital into farmland.
2016 Jan 8, New copies of
Hitler's "Mein Kampf" hit bookstores in Germany for the first time
since World War II, unsettling some Jewish community leaders. The
book fell into the public domain on January 1.
2016 Jan 8, Iranians held mass
protests across the Islamic Republic, angered by Saudi Arabia's
execution of a Shiite cleric that has enflamed regional tensions
between the Mideast rivals.
2016 Jan 8, Israeli police
killed in a shootout an Arab citizen wanted for a January 1 gun
rampage in Tel Aviv.
2016 Jan 8, In Mali Beatrice
Stockly, a Swiss missionary, was kidnapped from her home in
Timbuktu, nearly four years after she was abducted by Islamist
militants from the same house.
2016 Jan 8, Mexico recaptured
the world's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in a pre-dawn
shootout and chase through drains in Los Mochis, returning him to
the same prison he escaped from six months ago, in a boost for the
beleaguered government. At least 5 gunmen were killed in the
operation dubbed “black swan."
(Reuters, 1/8/16)(SFC, 1/13/16, p.A3)
2016 Jan 8, Nigeria’s Health
Minister Isaac Adewole said 40 people have died in a suspected
outbreak of Lassa fever in 10 states across the country.
2016 Jan 8, Portugal’s new
Socialist government got Parliament's approval to discard one of the
most unpopular legacies of a recent austerity drive and bring back
four public holidays that were cut two years ago.
2016 Jan 8, South Korea resumed
high-decibel propaganda broadcasts into North Korea as the United
States ramped up pressure on China to bring Pyongyang to heel after
its latest nuclear test.
2016 Jan 8, South Sudan
President Salva Kiir named 50 lawmakers from the rebel movement and
agreed to share ministerial posts with his rivals in line with a
peace deal aimed at ending a two-year civil war.
2016 Jan 8, A South Sudan
official said patients, including premature babies, have died in its
main public hospital since early December because the Juba Teaching
Hospital cannot afford fuel to run its generators.
2016 Jan 8, Turkish police
detained six people including local officials from the pro-Kurdish
People's Democratic Party (HDP) in a raid on one of its Istanbul
2016 Jan 8, Turkey’s armed
forces killed 16 PKK fighters in the town of Cizre, near the Syrian
border. Another two rebels were killed in the historical Sur
district of Diyarbakir.
2016 Jan 8, Two Zimbabwean
journalists were arrested after they reported that the government
secretly paid salaries and bonuses to intelligence staffers while
other civil servants went unpaid in December. Nqaba Matshazi and
Xolisani Ncube were released on $200 bail each.
2016 Jan 9, The US-led
coalition conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic State forces in
Syria and 15 in Iraq.
2016 Jan 9, Organizers said
Britain's biggest-ever national lottery win was shared by two
players, after huge numbers of tickets were sold for the 66 million
pound ($96 million) tax-free jackpot.
2016 Jan 9, China’s state news
reported that Beijing will close 2,500 small polluting firms this
year in its latest effort to combat pollution.
2016 Jan 9, In Germany police
fired tear gas and used water cannon to clear a rally in Cologne of
the far-right xenophobic PEGIDA movement, after protesters hurled
firecrackers and bottles at officers.
2016 Jan 9, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi pledged to stamp out corruption this year amid criticism
from the nation's highest Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali
al-Sistani, that his government has done little to combat graft.
2016 Jan 9, In northern Iraq 9
fighters from a Shi'ite Muslim militia battling Islamic State were
killed when an Iraqi army aviation drone opened fire on mistaken
2016 Jan 9, Israeli troops shot
dead two Palestinian men at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
Details of the incident were disputed.
2016 Jan 9, Italian police
opened a murder investigation after Ashley Olsen (35) of Summer
Haven, Florida, was found dead in Florence, her neck bruised and
scratched. Cheik Tidiane Diaw (27), who had arrived in Italy from
Senegal in recent months, was arrested Jan14 at his brother's
apartment after DNA evidence linked him to the murder. On Dec 22
Tidiane was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
(AP, 1/10/16)(AP, 1/14/16)(AP, 12/22/16)
2016 Jan 9, Kosovo police used
water cannons and tear gas to disperse a group of violent opposition
supporters who pelted them with rocks and Molotov cocktails
following an anti-government protest in the capital. Several
thousand people called on Kosovo's government to resign, arguing the
executive has broken the country's constitution in reaching deals
with Serbia and Montenegro last year.
2016 Jan 9, In southwest
Pakistan a roadside bomb killed two coast guards and wounded three
others in Baluchistan province. Elsewhere in Baluchistan armed
motorcyclists gunned down 2 policemen who were guarding a mosque in
2016 Jan 9, In Poland thousands
of opponents of the new right-wing government held protests in
Warsaw and other cities against policies which they say threaten
democracy and media freedom.
(AP, 1/9/16)(SSFC, 1/10/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 9, In the Philippines
about 5,000 police and soldiers were deployed to secure the daylong
procession of the Black Nazarene in one of Asia's largest religious
festivals. More than a million Filipino Roman Catholic devotees
jammed Manila's streets for the annual procession. 2 people died and
hundreds were injured.
(AP, 1/9/16)(AFP, 1/9/16)
2016 Jan 9, In northern Spain
tens of thousands protested in Bilbao calling for the return of more
than 400 prisoners linked to the Basque separatist group ETA who are
being held outside the region.
2016 Jan 9, In Syria Russian
strikes on a prison complex run by the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's
Syrian affiliate in the country's northwest, killed at least 81
people, including 23 Al-Qaeda fighters.
(AFP, 1/9/16)(AFP, 1/10/16)
2016 Jan 9, In Turkey 16 rebels
were killed in the towns of Cizre and Silopi, near the Syrian and
Iraqi borders, and another four were killed in Sur.
2016 Jan 9, UN officials said
at least 10 people have died and over 1,000 fallen sick with cholera
in an outbreak among Somali refugees in the world's largest refugee
camp in Kenya.
2016 Jan 9, The UN Refugee
Agency said a rise in fighting in a once peaceful part of South
Sudan has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes
in Western Equatoria state since December.
(SFC, 1/10/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 10, In Los Angeles
epic survival thriller "The Revenant" and space blockbuster "The
Martian" won big at the Golden Globes, boosting their chances for
Oscars glory next month.
2016 Jan 10, It was reported
that Afghan forces are struggling to man the front lines against a
resurgent Taliban, in part because of untold numbers of "ghost"
troops who are paid salaries but only exist on paper.
2016 Jan 10, Australian
authorities said 2 people have died and more than a hundred homes
have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, as firefighters battled to
tame the out-of-control blaze in Western Australia state.
2016 Jan 10, British singer
David Bowie (69) died. He had received little attention until his
5th album: “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" (1972).
(AP, 1/11/16)(Econ, 1/16/16, p.97)
2016 Jan 10, Traffic stopped on
the Trans-Canada Highway after a new bridge separated from its
moorings in Nipigon, Ontario. Drivers were forced to take long
detours through the US. Police said the shutdown might last for
(SFC, 1/12/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 10, China’s official
Xinhua News Agency said Chinese universities have agreed to expand
annual enrollments of ethnic minority students from the
tension-fraught western region of Xinjiang to 10,000 by 2020, up
from the current school year's 6,800.
2016 Jan 10, Egypt’s first
legislature in more than three years held its inaugural session. The
596-seat chamber was packed with supporters of Pres. el-Sissi.
(SFC, 1/11/16, p.A4)
2016 Jan 10, Arab foreign
ministers meeting in Egypt accused Iran of interfering in the
affairs of other Middle East states and undermining regional
security, as officials met at an emergency Arab League session to
discuss escalating tensions in the region.
2016 Jan 10, German police said
two Pakistanis and a Syrian man were injured in attacks by gangs of
people in Cologne.
2016 Jan 10, Lebanese police
arrested Abu Talha, aka Khaled Seifeddine Zeineddine, the suspected
mastermind behind blasts in southern district of the capital that
killed dozens of people last November 12.
2016 Jan 10, In Mexico 20 of 45
people were killed when a bus plunged off a bridge in Veracruz state
and fell into a deep gorge.
(SFC, 1/11/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 10, Saudi authorities
executed an Ethiopian woman convicted of murdering a Saudi female
with an axe, the 50th death sentence carried out in the kingdom this
2016 Jan 10, In Sudan protests
took place in western Darfur. 14 people were later reported killed
in the protests.
2016 Jan 10, In Syria the Nusra
Front Al-Qaeda affiliate abducted Hadi al-Abdallah and Raed Fares,
two of the country's most prominent media activists from a radio
station in the northwestern Idlib province.
2016 Jan 10, In Turkey a
soldier and a police officer were killed in Diyarbakir when they
came under explosives and rifle fire in a clash with rebels in which
14 security personnel were also wounded. Police killed a further 12
PKK members after finding them in a house in the southeastern city
of Van overnight.
2016 Jan 10, Two Ukrainian
soldiers and two rebels were killed over the last 24 hours in
eastern Ukraine, marking the first deaths this year in the war-torn
2016 Jan 10, In Yemen a missile
strike on a Doctors Without Borders clinic killed at least 4 people.
Human Rights Watch accused Huthi rebels of arbitrarily detaining
dozens of opponents in Sanaa, where they have ruled for more than 15
2016 Jan 11, The US Pentagon
said Saudi prisoner Muhammed Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shamrani, said to have
been a recruiter and fighter for al-Qaida, has been sent back to his
homeland from the US base at Guantanamo Bay. The prison now holds
103 men, including more than 40 cleared for release.
2016 Jan 11, The United States
and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Jan 11, In Detroit, Mi.,
teachers continued rolling strikes and shut down 64 of the city’s
100 public schools. Pupil numbers had fallen from 141,000 in 2005 to
46,000 this year as many moved to charter schools.
(SFC, 1/12/16, p.A4)(Econ, 1/16/16, p.34)
2016 Jan 11, Feld
Entertainment, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus, said the elephant acts that have been part of their
circus shows for more than a century will end in May, earlier than
their previously announcement retirement.
2016 Jan 11, In Afghanistan
Canadian hostage Colin Rutherford was released in Ghazni province's
remote Giro district. Rutherford was seized in November 2010 and
accused of being a spy.
2016 Jan 11, Belgian police
aided by their British counterparts said they have smashed a ring
that smuggled possibly thousands of migrants into Britain, with 12
suspects arrested in the case.
2016 Jan 11, Bosnia police
detained a high-ranking official of the Ministry for Security who is
suspected of obstructing the investigation against an alleged drug
lord who is currently on trial in Kosovo and who apparently ran his
business out of Sarajevo.
2016 Jan 11, The European Union
ordered Belgium to recover some $760 million in illegal tax breaks
from 35 multinationals, its latest ruling against the sweet deals
many member states offered to some of the world's biggest companies.
2016 Jan 11, In France an
ethnic Kurd Turkish teenager (15) stabbed a Jewish teacher with a
machete in the southern city of Marseille. The teen claimed to have
been acting for the Islamic State.
2016 Jan 11, German police said
arrested 211 far-right extremists who went on a rampage on the
sidelines of a xenophobic rally in Leipzig, setting cars on fire and
2016 Jan 11, An Indian court
sentenced nearly three dozen crew members of an American-owned ship
to five years in prison for illegally entering Indian waters while
carrying weapons and ammunition. The Seaman Guard Ohio was
intercepted in October 2013 by India's coast guard off the southern
state of Tamil Nadu.
(AP, 1/12/16)(Econ, 1/23/16, p.41)
2016 Jan 11, In southeastern
India short-finned pilot whales began washing up on beaches in the
port town of Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu state. Records showed that the
last time whales washed up on the beaches of Tuticorin in large
numbers was in 1973.
2016 Jan 11, In Iraq 5 people
were killed and 12 others wounded when a car bomb claimed by Islamic
State went off in a crowded Baghdad market area. 4-7 gunmen charged
into the Jawhara shopping mall in eastern Baghdad after a car bomb
exploded outside. 18 people were killed in the mall attack. The two
blasts were claimed by the Islamic State. A double-suicide bombing
in Muqdadiyah killed 24 people.
(Reuters, 1/11/16)(Reuters, 1/12/16)(SFC,
2016 Jan 11, In Mexico Guerrero
Gov. Hector Astudillo Flores said authorities were looking for 17
people taken by gunmen over the weekend in the area known as Tierra
2016 Jan 11, In Mexico a group
of five Mexicans were abducted by state police in Veracruz state and
handed over to members of a local criminal group. Seven state police
officers were detained days after the disappearance of the group,
which included one 16-year-old girl and four males aged 24 to 27. In
February The skeletal remains of the two youth were discovered at a
ranch in Tlalixcoyan, Veracruz, where authorities also found
evidence of drugs and illegal fuel storage.
2016 Jan 11, In the Netherlands
police, politicians and intelligence officials from more than 50
countries met at The Hague to discuss how to improve coordination in
the fight against extremist violence and crack down on foreigners
traveling to fight in conflict-torn countries like Syria and Iraq.
2016 Jan 11, CNN reported that
Kim Dong Chul (60), a naturalized American citizen, said he was
being detained in North Korea for spying and asked the South Korean
or US government to rescue him. Chul was arrested last October.
2016 Jan 11, Pakistan arrested
Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant
group, on suspicion his outfit masterminded the Jan 2 attack on an
air base in India.
2016 Jan 11, In Pakistan
representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United
States gathered in Islamabad hoping to lay the roadmap to peace for
the war-shattered Afghan nation.
2016 Jan 11, Russia detained
surgeon Ilya Zelendinov and prepared to jail him pending trial after
he punched a patient causing his death last Dec 29 in a brutal
attack captured on video.
2016 Jan 11, Spain's Princess
Cristina (50) and her husband, former Olympic handball medalist
Inaki Urdangarin, went on trial under intense global media scrutiny
in a landmark corruption case that has outraged the country and
sullied the monarchy's reputation.
2016 Jan 11, Syria's opposition
coordinator Riad Hijab accused Russia of killing dozens of children
after a bombing raid today and said such action meant the opposition
could not negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad's government. He
put the death toll at 35 children and said the Russian strikes had
hit three schools in total.
2016 Jan 11, In Syria an aid
convoy entered the besieged town of Madaya. 40,000 people were
trapped by encircling government forces and local doctors said some
residents have starved to death.
(Reuters, 1/11/16)(Reuters, 1/12/16)
2016 Jan 11, Yemen state news
said a clinic in the Swadi district of Bayda province was destroyed
by a Saudi-led coalition air strike. An official said the clinic was
only damaged and that several Houthi fighters using it as a base
were killed. Islamic State-linked militants said they have killed
Col. Ali Saleh al-Yafie, a senior security officer in the southern
port city of Aden.
(Reuters, 1/11/16)(AP, 1/11/16)
2016 Jan 12, Pres. Obama
delivered his last annual State of the Union speech to Congress. He
called for leaders to "fix" US politics and criticized candidates
such as Trump for using anti-Muslim rhetoric that betrayed American
2016 Jan 12, Two US patrol
boats and their crews were seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards
after unintentionally entering Iranian waters near an island naval
base. The boats and crew were released the next day.
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.51)
2016 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court ruled against Florida’s death sentencing system, which allowed
judges to decide whether to impose the death penalty in court.
2016 Jan 12, Tens of thousands
of junior doctors went on strike in England, causing major
disruption to hospitals in the first walkout of its kind for 40
2016 Jan 12, British energy
major BP said that it will axe more than 4,000 jobs worldwide over
the next two years in response to collapsing oil prices.
2016 Jan 12, In Cambodia two
trucks transporting garment workers to their factory crashed,
killing 5 of the workers and injuring 65 others.
2016 Jan 12, Canadian mining
company Eldorado Gold said it is suspending work at a site in Greece
and laying off 600 workers following protests by local residents and
a spat with the country's leftwing government.
2016 Jan 12, Chinese
conglomerate Wanda Group signed a $3.5 billion deal to buy Hollywood
studio Legendary Entertainment, the maker of blockbusters "Jurassic
World" and "Godzilla", dubbing it China's biggest-ever cultural
2016 Jan 12, A court in
northern China sentenced Li Dongsheng, a former vice minister of
public security, to 15 years in jail for accepting bribes.
2016 Jan 12, Czech police said
they have broken a ring that was allegedly producing large amounts
of methamphetamine for illegal sale in western Europe.
2016 Jan 12, The Denmark-based
Lego Group announced that it would no longer ask what the "thematic
purpose" of a project is. Instead, customers who intend to display
their creations in public will be asked to make clear that Lego does
not support or endorse them.
2016 Jan 12, The Council of
Europe told Georgia to improve its justice system, saying it was
worried by allegations the authorities were abusing the law to
conduct a politically-motivated crackdown on the opposition.
2016 Jan 12, In Guatemala an
overnight battle between rival gangs in an overcrowded prison in
Chimaltenango left 6 inmates dead and another six wounded.
2016 Jan 12, Iran said it will
sell part of its stock of heavy water to the United States under its
nuclear deal with world powers.
2016 Jan 12, An Iranian Phantom
fighter jet crashed close to the Pakistan border, killing two
2016 Jan 12, In Iraq a suicide
bomber attacked a police convoy near Baquba, critically wounding a
senior police officer and killing 3 other members of the security
forces. 2 Iraqi journalists were killed outside Baquba. At least
seven Sunni mosques and dozens of shops were firebombed in the east.
2016 Jan 12, Clashes erupted in
Indian-controlled Kashmir as police fired tear gas to stop thousands
of people from marching in a funeral procession of a rebel commander
killed in a clash with government forces.
2016 Jan 12, Kuwait sentenced
two defendants to death, including Iranian Abdulreda Hayder being
tried in absentia, after they were convicted of "spying for Iran"
and plotting attacks in the Gulf country.
2016 Jan 12, In the Netherlands
five sperm whales beached on Texel Island. All 5 died before anyone
could attempt a rescue operation. Sperm whales began to wash up on
German, Dutch, French and British shores. Over the next two months
29 beached whales surprised scientists after only 82 previous
beaching of sperm whales had been documented since the 1990s. In
2017 German scientists said the mass beachings could have been due
to solar storms.
(AP, 1/13/16) (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2016 Jan 12, A 21-year-old
Palestinian was shot dead after hurling stones at Israeli troops in
the West Bank.
2016 Jan 12, The Philippine
Supreme Court declared as constitutional a defense pact that allows
American forces, warships and planes to temporarily base in local
2016 Jan 12, In Spain Carles
Puigdemont became the first Catalan president to take the oath of
office while omitting the traditional vows of loyalty to Spain’s
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.58)
2016 Jan 12, Syrian state media
said the government’s army and allied forces has taken full control
of the rebel-held town of Salma, Latakia province.
2016 Jan 12, In Turkey a
suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed
himself and 10 German tourists, in Istanbul's historic heart. PM
Ahmet Davutoglu blamed the attack on the Islamic State. Finger
prints soon identified the bomber as Saudi-born Syrian Nabil Fadli.
An 11th German victim died of wounds on Jan 26.
(Reuters, 1/12/16)(Reuters, 1/13/16)(SSFC,
1/17/16, p.A5)(AFP, 1/28/16)
2016 Jan 12, Banks in
Turkmenistan halted hard currency sales as the economy shows signs
of struggling amid falling global energy prices.
2016 Jan 12, Venezuela's
opposition-controlled legislature suspended its session after the
Supreme Court declared it null and void because the new speaker
defied the judiciary by swearing in three banned lawmakers.
2016 Jan 13, The US-led
coalition conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
2016 Jan 13, Massachusetts
Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh celebrated
General Electric's decision to relocate their world headquarters to
2016 Jan 13, Michigan National
Guard members were set to arrive in Flint to join door-to-door
efforts to distribute bottled water and other supplies to residents
coping with the city's crisis over lead-contaminated drinking water.
2016 Jan 13, A record US $1.6
billion Powerball lottery was divided among three winners in
California, Florida and Tennessee. The California winning couple did
not claim their $529 million prize until July.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.D6)
2016 Jan 13, The Al Jazeera
America cable news network, launched in October 2013, said it will
shut down on April 30 due to a rough business environment and
(SFC, 1/14/16, p.A8)
2016 Jan 13, In Afghanistan an
attack on Pakistan's Consulate in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province
killed at least 7 members of the Afghan security forces. A branch of
the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
2016 Jan 13, In Algeria 7
people died after a fire tore through a tourism complex at a beach
resort on the outskirts of Algiers.
2016 Jan 13, FIFA fined
Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay for anti-gay chants by
their national team's fans.
2016 Jan 13, In Azerbaijan
protesters blocked streets and clashed with police over soaring
consumer prices. 55 people were detained.
(SFC, 1/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 13, Brazil's federal
police indicted mining companies Samarco, Vale and VogBR and seven
of their executives for the Nov 5 dam burst that caused Latin
America's biggest environmental tragedy on record.
2016 Jan 13, Burkina Faso's new
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore took the helm of the defense
ministry and veterans’ affairs as a new government lineup was
2016 Jan 13, In Burundi Army
Capt. Idi Omar Bahenda and police Brig. Jean Claude Niyongabo were
killed in a gunfight with military forces in the Kiyenzi area of
Bujumbura. Bahenda was wanted for recruiting rebels opposed to the
2016 Jan 13, In northern
Cameroon a suicide bomber killed 12 worshippers at a mosque in
Kouyape village, in an area regularly targeted by Nigeria's Boko
2016 Jan 13, Chilean architect
Alejandro Aravena won the prestigious 2016 Pritzker Prize, earning
praise for "powerful" designs that address key social and economic
challenges of the 21st century.
2016 Jan 13, Chinese lawyers
said several rights lawyers, including a woman who represented
high-profile women's rights advocates, have been formally arrested
on state subversion charges about six months after they were taken
2016 Jan 13, In China an
explosion at a machinery factory killed four workers in the eastern
city of Shanghai.
2016 Jan 13, After more than
three months stranded in Costa Rica, 180 of the 8,000 Cuban migrants
trapped there finally began their long-awaited trip north toward the
US border, flying into El Salvador and then travelling by bus to
2016 Jan 13, The European Union
escalated its standoff with Poland over the rule of law under the
new government, deciding to open a case over legislation on the
constitutional court and media that has been criticized as running
counter to the bloc's fundamental principles.
2016 Jan 13, Ethiopia's
government said it would abandon plans to expand the capital Addis
Ababa into surrounding areas of Oromia federal region after almost
two months of protests reported to have left scores of people dead.
2016 Jan 13, In the French Alps
a deadly avalanche hit a high school skiing group killing 2 students
and a Ukrainian skier.
(SFC, 1/14/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 13, Gambia's
government lifted a recent directive stating that all female staff
with the government must cover their hair during office hours.
2016 Jan 13, In Honduras 3
American women died in a bus crash while on a humanitarian mission.
They were identified as Columbia student Olivia Erhardt, Barnard
student Daniella Moffson and Abigail Flanagan, a nurse practitioner
at Columbia University Medical Center and a student at the
university's School of General Studies.
2016 Jan 13, Iran released ten
US sailors after holding them overnight, bringing a swift end to an
incident that had rattled nerves days ahead of the expected
implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world
powers. The US said two US Navy boats had entered Iranian
territorial waters due to a broken navigation system.
2016 Jan 13, Iraq sent an
armored army division and a police strike force into the southern
oil city of Basra to disarm residents amid intensified feuding among
rival Shi'ite Muslim tribes.
2016 Jan 13, The Israeli
military carried out a rare airstrike in Gaza, targeting a group of
Palestinian militants placing explosives along the border and
killing one of them.
2016 Jan 13, Italian police
arrested 11 people for allegedly running an illegal online gaming
business which garnered millions of euros in bets every day.
2016 Jan 13, Kuwait's nine
Shiite lawmakers boycotted the 50-seat parliament, a day after a
mass sentencing of members of the minority to prison or death for
belonging to an Iran-linked cell.
2016 Jan 13, Latvia’s President
Raimonds Vejonis nominated Maris Kucinskis from the agrarian Greens
and Famers Union as the next prime minister.
2016 Jan 13, Niger said twelve
soldiers and a civilian have been arrested so far in connection with
last month's failed coup.
2016 Jan 13, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 15 people, most of them police,
outside a polio eradication center in Quetta. The Pakistani Taliban
and Jundullah, which has links with the Taliban and has pledged
allegiance to Islamic State, separately claimed responsibility for
the attack. Attackers on a motorcycle lobbed grenades and opened
fire at the ARY News Islamabad office.
2016 Jan 13, A military court
in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip sentenced four Palestinians to death on
charges of spying for Israel.
2016 Jan 13, International
hacking movement Anonymous said it attacked hundreds of Thai
government websites over death sentences handed down to two migrant
workers for the murder of two British tourists.
2016 Jan 13, A Vietnamese court
sentenced Vadim Scott Benderman (45), a Canadian man, to four years
in jail after finding him guilty of sexually abusing four homeless
teenage boys. Benderman was arrested last June after being caught
abusing a boy at his rented house.
2016 Jan 14, The Obama
administration announced plans to pour nearly $4 billion into
developing self-driving cars over the next decade.
(SFC, 1/15/16, p.A1)
2016 Jan 14, The US sent ten
Yemeni men, held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison, to Oman,
bringing the detainee population to 93.
2016 Jan 14, In Hawaii two US
Marine Corps helicopters crashed just before midnight off the island
of Oahu. All 12 crew members were missing.
(SFC, 1/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 14, An unprecedented
$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will be divided among three winning
tickets purchased in Tennessee, California and Florida with each
ticket worth $528.8 million. John and Lisa Robinson of Munford were
soon confirmed as the Tennessee winners
(Reuters, 1/14/16)(SFC, 1/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 14, JPMorgan Chase
reported a record annual profit of $24 billion.
(Econ, 1/23/16, p.69)
2016 Jan 14, In Belize Anne
Swaney (39), an American tourist, went missing. Her body was
discovered the next morning floating in the Mopan River.
(SSFC, 1/17/16, p.A4)
2016 Jan 14, Brazil’s federal
Judge Maria Carolina Valente do Carmo suspended the operating
license for a massive hydroelectric dam in the Amazon jungle state
of Para weeks before the first of its 24 turbines is scheduled to
begin generating electricity. She said Norte Energia consortium has
failed to comply with a previously established requirement that
called for the reopening the regional offices of the federal
indigenous affairs department in the area where the dam is being
2016 Jan 14, Veteran British
actor Alan Rickman (b.1946), a master of playing menacing screen
villains, died after suffering from cancer. He played the largely
malicious teacher Severus Snape in all eight "Harry Potter" films
from 2001 to 2011.
2016 Jan 14, In central China 5
people were killed and seven injured in an explosion at a fireworks
factory in Henan province just weeks ahead of the Chinese New Year.
2016 Jan 14, A French court
convicted British ex-soldier Rob Lawrie of endangerment for trying
to spirit a 4-year-old Afghan girl from a squalid migrant camp in
Calais to family members in Britain, but dropped a tougher smuggling
charge and handed him only a suspended fine.
2016 Jan 14, French
investigators confirmed that Belgian-Moroccan Chakib Akrouh, who
blew himself up when trapped by police on Nov 18, was the third
member of the three-man unit that killed dozens of cafe-goers.
2016 Jan 14, In Indonesia 8
people were killed in an attack by suicide bombers in Jakarta
including 4 of the attackers themselves. 20 people were wounded in
the attack claimed by the Islamic State. Police identified Bahrun
Naim as the mastermind behind the deadly attack, pulling the strings
(Reuters, 1/14/16)(AP, 1/17/16)
2016 Jan 14, Iran reported that
the sensitive core of its Arak nuclear reactor has been removed and
UN inspectors planned visit the site today to verify the move
crucial to the implementation of Tehran's atomic agreement with
2016 Jan 14, In northern Iraq
early-morning attacks by the Islamic State on Tal Kusaiba village
killed the police station chief and his guard along with nine
fighters from a powerful Shi'ite militia and Sunni tribal force. The
Iraqi army retook Tal Kusaiba hours later in a counter- attack.
2016 Jan 14, In northern Iraq
French warplanes bombed overnight an Islamic State communications
hub near Mosul.
2016 Jan 14, Israelis troops
killed two Palestinians who attacked soldiers with knives in the
2016 Jan 14, Mozambican
refugees were reported flooding into Malawi by the hundreds,
recounting how government forces are torching their homes and barns
in the hunt for supporters of Renamo opposition leader Afonso
Dhlakama, who aims to seize power in six provinces.
2016 Jan 14, A Nigerian court
ordered the arrest of former Niger Delta militant leader Government
Ekpemupolo on theft and money laundering charges totaling more than
2016 Jan 14, It was reported
that Russian authorities have burned more than 50 books and pulled
more than 500 other volumes from college libraries on the grounds
they contain sentiments "alien to Russian ideology." The books, most
of them humanities textbooks, were published with money from the
Soros Fund, which in November was declared an "undesirable agent"
and forced to stop its work in Russia.
2016 Jan 14, Swiss authorities
said they have returned to Italy 45 boxes of ancient Etruscan art
stolen during illegal excavations and stashed away for more than 15
years, including two rare sarcophaguses.
2016 Jan 14, In Syria a convoy
carrying desperately needed food and medicine entered the
hunger-stricken town of Madaya, the second delivery of aid this week
after months of government siege.
2016 Jan 14, Turkey said that
seven people have been detained in connection with the Jan 12
suicide bombing in Istanbul's historic district that killed 10
German tourists. PM Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish ground forces have
pounded Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria with intense
shelling of some 500 IS positions over the last 48 hours.
(Reuters, 1/14/16)(AFP, 1/14/16)
2016 Jan 14, In southeast
Turkey Kurdish militants attacked a police station overnight with a
truck bomb, killing 6 people including a baby and two toddlers in
2016 Jan 14, Turkish
authorities discovered the bodies of seven would-be migrants to
Greece on western Turkish beaches.
2016 Jan 14, Ukraine said 25
people have died from swine flu since the start of the flu season.
2016 Jan 14, The World Health
organization (WHO) said the two-year Ebola epidemic that killed
11,000 and triggered a global health alert was over, with Liberia
the last country given the all-clear.
2016 Jan 15, US Interior
Secretary Sally Jewell ordered a pause on issuing new coal leases on
federal land in another step by the Obama administration to control
climate change in the first major review of the country's coal
program in three decades.
2016 Jan 15, Dan Haggerty
(b.1942), TV and film actor, died of cancer in Burbank, Ca. He was
best known for his role as Grizzly Adams in the 1974 movie “The Life
and Times of Grizzly Adams" based on the book by Charles Sellier Jr.
He played the same role in the TV series (1977-1978).
(SSFC, 1/17/16, p.C17)
2016 Jan 15, In Connecticut
former federal prosecutor J. James Pickerstein (69) pleaded guilty
to stealing more than $600,000 from accounts of Danbury
trash-hauling magnate James Galante.
(SFC, 1/16/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 15, US federal
officials said an H7N8 strain of bird flu has been found at a
southern Indiana turkey farm. The entire flock of some 60,000
turkeys was euthanized. Authorities the next day said nine more
turkey farms had tested positive.
(SFC, 1/16/16, p.A5)(SSFC, 1/17/16, p.A8)
2016 Jan 15, Police made their
first arrests in relation to the Oregon standoff. Kenneth Medenbach,
of Crescent, Ore., was arrested under suspicion of operating a
stolen Malheur Refuge van when he left the refuge for groceries.
2016 Jan 15, US stocks slumped
broadly in early trading Friday as the price of crude oil dropped
below $30 a barrel.
2016 Jan 15, Walmart announced
that it would close 154 stores in America with the possible loss of
(Econ, 1/30/16, p.22)
2016 Jan 15, The Brazilian
government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research
center to help develop a vaccine against the Zika virus linked to
brain damage in babies.
2016 Jan 15, British brewer
SABMiller said it will close the only beer factory in South Sudan
due to an acute shortage of foreign currency in the world's youngest
2016 Jan 15, In Burkina Faso al
Qaeda fighters seized the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. 30 people,
including six Canadians and five Europeans, were killed in the
146-room hotel and a nearby Cappuccino restaurant. French and US
military personnel backed up Burkina Faso security forces launched
an operation to reclaim the hotel early the next day. Progress
through the building was slowed by explosives planted by the
militants. 4 jihadists were killed.
(Reuters, 1/16/16)(AP, 1/16/16)(AFP,
1/17/16)(SSFC, 1/17/16, p.A6)(AFP, 3/3/18)
2016 Jan 15, In Burkina Faso
Australians Jocelyn Elliott and her husband — surgeon Ken Elliott —
were kidnapped by Islamic extremists near the of Djibo, where they
have run a medical clinic for four decades. Al-Qaida's North Africa
wing claimed responsibility. On Feb 6 Jocelyn Elliott was freed in
2016 Jan 15, China’s Haier
Group, the world's biggest home appliance maker, said it is buying
General Electric Co.'s appliance business for $5.4 billion to expand
its US and global presence.
2016 Jan 15, Ethiopia faced its
worst drought in decades, leading the UN food agency to call for an
emergency cash injection of $50 million to help the country overcome
2016 Jan 15, French authorities
said one man was brain dead and three others faced possible
permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a drug
trial for a painkiller based on a natural brain compound similar to
the active ingredient in marijuana.
2016 Jan 15, Indonesian police
killed one suspected militant and arrested two more in raids across
the country a day after an attack on a busy shopping district.
2016 Jan 15, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir a bus fell from a mountainous
road into a deep gorge, killing at least 11 people and injuring 20
2016 Jan 15, In Iraq unknown
gunmen seized three American citizens from a private apartment in
the southeastern Dora district of Baghdad.
2016 Jan 15, In central Japan
an overnight tour bus slid down a mountainside killing at least 14
passengers near Karuizawa.
(SFC, 1/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 15, Macedonia's PM
Nikola Gruevski submitted his resignation to the speaker of
Parliament, launching the procedure that should see him replaced by
a caretaker until early elections April 24. Gruevski made the move
as agreed in a Western-brokered deal to end a political crisis
triggered by a wiretapping scandal.
2016 Jan 15, In northern Mali 2
soldiers were killed when an aid convoy they were escorting was
ambushed. In central Mali armed men also attacked a market in Dioura
and killed a guard from the Water and Forests Agency.
2016 Jan 15, Mexican
authorities said they found alive 21 men who had been kidnapped by
armed groups in the crime-plagued south of the country. 16 of the
men had been kidnapped on Dec 9 after stopping a convoy of families
in cars heading to a wedding. The other five men located were
teachers who were dragged from their school by armed men in a
separate incident Jan 18. The men were found near the municipality
of Arcelia, Guerrero state.
2016 Jan 15, Moldova’s
President Nicolae Timofti nominated Technology Minister Pavel Filip
as the next prime minister.
2016 Jan 15, Moroccan police
arrested Gele Attar, a Belgian man of Moroccan descent, who had a
direct relationship to the terrorists who carried out the Nov 13
attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.
(SFC, 1/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 15, Palestinian
Mohammad Qita (26) was killed in clashes with soldiers on the border
between the Gaza strip and Israel in the second such fatality of the
2016 Jan 15, Poland's
Parliament adopted disputed new regulations for police surveillance
that widen its scope but also put it under stricter court control.
2016 Jan 15, In southwestern
Somalia at least 63 Kenyan soldiers were killed when al-Shabab
Islamic fighters attacked an African Union base in the town of
El-Ade. On Jan 26 Kenya said its troops had vacated the camp, and
were now stationed nearby.
(AP, 1/15/16)(Reuters, 1/26/16)
2016 Jan 15, The World Health
Organization confirmed a new death from Ebola in Sierra Leone just a
day after west Africa celebrated the end of an outbreak which killed
2016 Jan 15, In Spain former
Mexican Institutional Revolutionary Party chief Humberto Moreira was
arrested on a Spanish warrant. He was under suspicion of embezzling
public funds, money laundering, bribery and belonging to a criminal
organization. He was governor of the state of Coahuila from
2005-2011 before leaving to head the PRI as it prepared for a return
to national power under Enrique Pena Nieto. Coahuila's debt rose
from $27 million to $3 billion during Moreira's tenure.
2016 Jan 15, Turkey announced
that it is to grant work permits to Syrian refugees, in a key move
which could allow Syrians to build more prosperous and stable lives
in the country.
2016 Jan 15, Turkish police
detained more than a dozen academics who signed a petition
criticizing the military crackdown in the Kurdish-dominated
southeast that angered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, triggering
new alarm about freedom of expression in the country.
2016 Jan 15, The UN said it has
documented cases of Burundi's security forces gang-raping women
during searches of opposition supporters' houses and heard witness
testimony of mass graves.
2016 Jan 15, The UN children's
fund UNICEF confirmed cases of severe malnutrition among children in
the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, where local relief workers
reported 32 deaths of starvation in the past month.
2016 Jan 16, Pres. Obama
unveiled a proposal to provide workers with wage insurance.
(Econ, 1/23/16, p.23)
2016 Jan 16, President Barack
Obama declared a state of emergency in Michigan and ordered federal
aid for state and local response efforts in the county where the
city of Flint has been contending with lead-contaminated drinking
2016 Jan 16, In Argentina
social activist Milagro Sala was arrested. She was accused of
inciting criminal acts linked to a protest against authorities.
(SSFC, 7/30/17, p.A4)
2016 Jan 16, China’s government
and private debt stood at about $25 trillion or 240% of GDP.
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.23)
2016 Jan 16, In Greece some
3,000 workers marched through the streets of Athens to protest
against the leftist-led government's planned pension reform which
the country's international creditors have demanded as part of its
2016 Jan 16, Indonesian police
named the five men they suspect launched the Jan 14 gun and bomb
attack in Jakarta. Police also said they had arrested 12 people
linked to the plot who planned to strike other cities.
2016 Jan 16, Iran freed four
Americans in a prisoner swap. They included Washington Post reporter
Jason Rezaian, Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini, former Marine Amir
Hekmati and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari. The US planned to release
seven Iranian nationals currently serving jail terms. A fifth
prisoner, American student Matthew Trevithick, was released
separately. Diplomats gathered to announce the lifting of
international sanctions and bringing the country of 80 million
people back to the global economic stage.
(Reuters, 1/16/16)(Reuters, 1/17/16)
2016 Jan 16, In northwest Italy
a pre-dawn explosion blamed on a gas leak has killed five people in
the apartment building where they lived in Arnasco.
2016 Jan 16, In Moldova
thousands protested in Chisinau against the nominee for prime
minister, calling for Parliament to be dissolved and early
2016 Jan 16, Nepal officially
launched the much-delayed reconstruction of about 1 million homes
and buildings nearly nine months after they were damaged by
devastating earthquake which killed 9,000 people.
2016 Jan 16, In Niger at least
6 soldiers were killed on patrol when their vehicle hit a mine in
the Diffa border region used by neighboring Nigeria's Boko Haram
2016 Jan 16, Palestinian
officials said Qatari-funded construction projects have provided
1,000 new dwellings for Palestinians left homeless by the 2014 Gaza
war with Israel, and a similar number for low-income families in the
2016 Jan 16, In Syria Islamic
State militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians when they attacked
government-held areas in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor. Air
strikes on the Islamic State group's bastion of Raqa killed 40
civilians, including 8 children. It was unclear if the strikes were
carried out by regime or Russian planes. The UN said it has
unverified reports that 15-20 people died of starvation in the
Syrian city of Deir Al-Zor in 2015, where 200,000 people face
sharply deteriorating conditions and a severe food shortage.
(Reuters, 1/16/16)(Reuters, 1/17/16)(AFP,
2016 Jan 16, Taiwan elected its
first female president. Independence-leaning Democratic Progressive
Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen won a convincing victory in
presidential elections and pledged to maintain peace with giant
neighbor China, which warned it would oppose any move towards
(Reuters, 1/16/16)(Econ, 12/17/16,
2016 Jan 16, In Tunisia Ridha
Yahyaoui (28) died from electrocution after scaling a utility pole
in Kasserine. He had recently been denied a government job and
reportedly threatened suicide.
(Econ, 1/30/16, p.42)
2016 Jan 16, In central Yemen
an apparent US drone strike killed 3 suspected al Qaeda militants in
an overnight attack.
2016 Jan 17, The United States
imposed sanctions against 11 individuals and entities involved in
Iran's ballistic missile program as a result of Tehran's firing of a
medium-range ballistic missile.
2016 Jan 17, Secretary of State
John Kerry said the United States will repay Iran a $400 million
debt and $1.3 billion in interest dating to the Islamic revolution.
The money was soon delivered in cash on pallets due to lack of a
US-Iran banking relationship.
(AFP, 1/17/16)(SFC, 8/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 17, A SpaceX rocket
toppled on a barge when a support leg failed to lock upon landing on
a barge about 200 miles west of San Diego. A Jason-3 satellite was
(SFC, 1/18/16, p.A4)
2016 Jan 17, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeting a gathering in Nangarhar
province killed 14 people, including seven members of a prominent
pro-government clan at the Jalalabad home of Obaidullah Shinwari.
(AFP, 1/17/16)(SFC, 1/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 17, A man died in a
French hospital after taking part in a drug trial for a painkiller
based on a compound similar to cannabis. He had already been in a
state of brain death. Five other participants remained hospitalized.
2016 Jan 17, Rohith Chakravarti
Vemula (b.1989, an Indian PhD student at the University of
Hyderabad, committed suicide. The University had reportedly stopped
paying him a fellowship of 25,000 rupees per month after he was
found "raising issues under the banner of Ambedkar Students
Association (ASA)." His suicide sparked protests and outrage from
across India and gained widespread media attention as an alleged
case of discrimination against Dalits and low status caste in India.
2016 Jan 17, A Palestinian
killed Israeli nurse Dafna Meir (38), a mother of six, in a stabbing
attack at her home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel. A
Palestinian who tried to stab soldiers in the West Bank was shot
dead. Security forces detained suspect Murad Ideis (15) after two
days of extensive searches. On June 11 Israel's army destroyed the
home of the Palestinian teenager who killed Meir.
(AP, 1/17/16)(AFP, 1/18/16)(AP, 1/19/16)(AFP,
2016 Jan 17, Palestinian
officials said they had arrested a member of their peace negotiating
department for spying for Israel. Another official said the suspect
was arrested two weeks ago.
2016 Jan 17, In southern Yemen
4 people were killed and several others injured on when a suicide
car bomb exploded outside the home of the director of security for
the port city of Aden. Prominent local journalist, Almigdad Mojalli,
was killed in a Saudi-led air strike while investigating the site of
a mineral bath that residents said was hit by coalition planes last
week, killing 15 civilians. An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition
shortly before midnight targeted a building used by police in Sanaa.
At least 26 people were killed.
(Reuters, 1/17/16)(AP, 1/18/16)
2016 Jan 18, The United States
and its allies staged two dozen strikes against the Islamic State
militant group in Syria and Iraq.
2016 Jan 18, Oxfam reported
that 62 people in the world own the same wealth as half the world’s
population. This compared with 388 people just five years ago.
(SFC, 1/19/16, p.D2)
2016 Jan 18, California Highway
Patrol officers arrested 25 demonstrators who chained themselves and
their vehicles across all five west-bound lanes of the SF Bay
Bridge. The protesters used the Martin Luther King holiday to call
for racial equity.
(SFC, 1/19/16, p.A1)
2016 Jan 18, Representatives
from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States gathered in
Kabul and called on the Taliban to resume peace talks with the
2016 Jan 18, A Bangladesh court
jailed five militants of the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Islamist
group for 10 years over bombings in 2005 that formed part of a
series of blasts across the Muslim-majority nation.
2016 Jan 18, In Burundi 3
people were killed late today in a grenade attack on a bar in
2016 Jan 18, In northern
Cameroon 4 worshippers were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque
in the village of Nguetchewe, Far North region.
2016 Jan 18, In France an
avalanche killed at least 5 military personnel and seriously injured
two others while they were skiing in Valfrejus in the department of
2016 Jan 18, Iran’s official
media reported that around 60 percent of would-be candidates for a
parliamentary vote in February, including many reformists, have been
rejected by the authorities.
2016 Jan 18, A knife attack on
a street in an Israeli West Bank settlement wounded a 30-year-old
pregnant woman. The Palestinian assailant (17) was shot by security
personnel and taken to hospital in severe condition after the attack
2016 Jan 18, Nigeria’s
information minister Lai Mohammed said state governors, ministers,
business leaders, public officials and bankers allegedly stole $6.7
billion in public funds in seven years.
2016 Jan 18, In Pakistan a bomb
blast targeted paramilitary troops, killing 5 soldiers and wounding
three in the southwestern city of Quetta.
2016 Jan 18, In Puerto Rico
prosecutor Francelis Ortiz (42), who worked at the main court, was
killed at her house by gunmen who followed her home from work. On
Nov 16 Daniel Vazquez and Rafael Aponte were sentenced to 149 years
in prison. A 3rd suspect still faced trial.
(AP, 1/19/16)(AP, 11/16/16)
2016 Jan 18, The Russian ruble,
battered by weak oil prices, fell to an all-time low against the
euro and dropped to its lowest level in more than a year against the
2016 Jan 18, Saudi Arabia
suspended the import of poultry, eggs and dairy products from seven
French regions over a bird flu outbreak. The regions included
southwestern Dordogne, where the highly virulent H5N1 strain of the
virus was identified in November.
2016 Jan 18, In Syria Islamic
State advanced against government forces near the city of Deir
al-Zor after attacking the towns of Ayyash and Begayliya. The
Britain-based Observatory said 120 members of the Syrian government
forces and 70 Islamic State fighters had been killed in clashes
since Jan 16.
2016 Jan 18, In Turkey at least
one person was killed and one more seriously wounded when a rocket
fired from a jihadist-controlled area in Syria slammed into a
schoolyard in the border town of Kilis. Turkey’s Anadolu Agency said
the three officers succumbed to their wounds after being hit by a
roadside bomb in Sirnak's Idil district, near the Syrian and Iraqi
borders. Kurdish militants were blamed.
(AFP, 1/18/16)(AP, 1/18/16)
2016 Jan 18, Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon signed a letter informing the General Assembly that 15
countries including oil producer Venezuela are in arrears in paying
their annual contribution to the UN regular budget, which means they
can't vote in the 193-member world body unless there are exceptional
2016 Jan 18, Monsignor Nunzio
Scarano, a former Vatican prelate, was acquitted of conspiring to
smuggle millions of euros in cash into Italy from Switzerland for
2016 Jan 18, Zimbabwe's
wildlife rangers recovered 22 elephant tusks after a shootout with
11 suspected poachers, all of whom escaped.
2016 Jan 19, The United States
and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq,
focused in Ramadi where a half dozen strikes hit multiple targets.
2016 Jan 19, In California a
Greyhound bus overturned on Hwy 101 in San Jose killing 2 women and
sending at least eight other people to the hospital.
(AP, 1/20/16)(SFC, 1/20/16, p.D1)
2016 Jan 19, Michigan Governor
Rick Snyder, facing protests, lawsuits and calls for his resignation
over drinking water contamination in Flint, apologized to the city's
residents and called for the state to spend $28 million on fixes.
2016 Jan 19, Azerbaijan’s
parliament endorsed the central bank's initiative to introduce a
20-percent tax on foreign exchange taken out of the country for
investment, securities, and real estate purchases. Violent clashes
broke out this week between riot police and thousands of
demonstrators who took to the streets in cities across the
energy-rich Caspian nation to express their discontent against price
hikes and unemployment.
2016 Jan 19, Amnesty
International said cobalt mined dangerously by children in the
Democratic Republic of Congo could end up in the lithium batteries
of smartphones and electric cars made by Apple, Samsung or Sony.
2016 Jan 19, Chinese President
Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia, the first stop on a trip to
raise the economic giant's political profile in a troubled Middle
2016 Jan 19, Cheikh Ould
Saleck, a Mauritanian Al-Qaeda jihadist on death row until his
escape on New Year's Eve, was re-arrested this evening after
crossing the Guinea-Bissau border into Guinea.
2016 Jan 19, Representatives of
Libya's rival factions, sitting in Tunis and negotiating through a
UN-brokered process, announced that they have formed a unity
government aimed at stemming the chaos that has engulfed the country
in recent years.
2016 Jan 19, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up close to a police
checkpoint, killing 11 people and wounding more than 20 on the
outskirts of Peshawar. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
2016 Jan 19, Russia said its
air force has delivered more than 40 tons of humanitarian aid to
areas of Syria which are blocked by “terrorists."
2016 Jan 19, It was reported
that at least 17 people have died of H1N1 swine flu in Russia since
last month, as the virus appears to gain ground in the country.
2016 Jan 19, The UN said the
number of civilians killed in violence in Iraq over the past two
years is "staggering", with at least 18,802 people killed and
another 36,245 injured. The figures count only documented casualties
from January 1, 2014, through October 31, 2015, and the actual
numbers were likely far higher.
2016 Jan 19, The UN said an
estimated 3,500 people, mainly women and children, are being held as
slaves in Iraq by Islamic State militants.
2016 Jan 19, Vietnam said China
has moved an oil rig into disputed waters in the South China Sea, in
a possible repeat of a 2014 stand-off between the communist
2016 Jan 20, The US-led
coalition staged 16 strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting the against
Islamic State militant group.
2016 Jan 20, Federal lawyers
made opening statements in a case targeting the polygamous towns of
Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, where the dominant
religion is the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
(SFC, 1/21/16, p.A12)
2016 Jan 20, Most of Detroit’s
public schools closed for the day due to teacher absences, as
disgruntled educators stepped up efforts to protest Gov. Rick
Perry’s plans for the district.
(SFC, 1/21/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 20, Texas executed
Richard Masterson (43) for the 2001 strangulation of Darin Shane
Honeycutt, which he claimed was accidental.
(SFC, 1/21/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 20, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber targeted a van carrying journalists working for a
private Afghan television channel, killing 7 people during evening
rush hour close to the national parliament in Kabul.
2016 Jan 20, George Weidenfeld
(b.1919), British publisher and philanthropist, died in London. He
was responsible for publishing Vladimir Nabakov’s “Lolita" in 1959.
(Econ, 1/30/16, p.82)
2016 Jan 20, In southern China
a massive explosion at a fireworks plant killed 3 people and injured
53, while shattering windows of homes in the area.
2016 Jan 20, In Egypt gunmen
killed 5 policemen at a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, in the
latest attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
2016 Jan 20, Amnesty
International released a report saying Iraqi Kurdish forces are
deliberately destroying Arab villages under their control. The group
also found that Arab civilians were barred from returning to their
villages by Kurdish forces.
2016 Jan 20, The European Union
ordered Belgium to recoup $230 million from the Duferco steel group
because of illegal state aid that distorted competition.
2016 Jan 20, In France the
defense ministers of seven countries leading the battle against the
Islamic State group met in Paris to review strategy as the jihadists
spread their influence around the globe. The French and US defense
ministers hosted the meeting attended by their Australian, British,
Dutch, German and Italian counterparts.
2016 Jan 20, German and Turkish
police announced major coordinated raids against a criminal
trafficking network that used unseaworthy ships to send more than
1,700 refugees to Europe.
2016 Jan 20, Greek farmers used
tractors to block a northern highway and hundreds more prepared to
close other roads to protest unpopular draft pension reforms that
will further cut incomes in the austerity-weary country.
2016 Jan 20, Iran's reformist
political factions called on the country's constitutional watchdog
to reverse its decision to disqualify large numbers of moderates and
reformists from running in next month's parliamentary elections.
2016 Jan 20, Officials and
media reports said Israel is moving to declare 150 hectares in the
occupied West Bank as state land in what would be the largest such
seizure since 2014.
2016 Jan 20, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir clashes between police and protesters
erupted, leaving a man dead and two others wounded. The protesters
were angry that Indian government forces had killed a suspected
rebel in a gunbattle after they had surrounded the village of Naina
on a tip that anti-India militants were hiding there.
2016 Jan 20, Moldova's
Parliament approved a new government, ending months of deadlock
between the president and the legislature. Parliament approved the
pro-European government of Pavel Filip, the Technology Minister and
former candy factory manager with 57 votes. The pro-Russian
opposition boycotted the vote.
2016 Jan 20, In northwestern
Pakistan armed militants stormed Bacha Khan University in the city
of Charsadda, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens. Umar
Mansoor, a senior Pakistani Taliban commander involved in the
December 2014 attack on the army school in Peshawar, claimed
responsibility for the Charsadda assault and said it involved four
of his men, who were all killed.
2016 Jan 20, It was reported
that Peruvian authorities are outfitting vultures with GPS tracking
devices and GoPro cameras to monitor the city from above.
2016 Jan 20, In Saudi Arabia
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman attended a
ceremony to mark the opening of the YASREF joint-venture refinery, a
symbol of Beijing's deepening involvement in the Middle East.
2016 Jan 20, Serbia said it
will deny migrants access to its territory unless they plan to seek
asylum in Austria or Germany.
2016 Jan 20, Singapore said it
has arrested 27 Bangladeshi construction workers who supported
Islamist groups including al Qaeda and Islamic State and deported 26
2016 Jan 20, The World Economic
Forum (WEF) opened in Davos, Switzerland. Pope Francis sent a letter
to executive chairman Klaus Schwab beseeching those gathered to
remember the poor. This year’s theme was the “fourth industrial
(SFC, 1/21/16, p.C1)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.69)
2016 Jan 20, Syria's state-run
news agency and opposition activists said some 500 displaced
families have returned to their homes in a neighborhood on the
southwestern edge of Damascus. They had fled their homes fled in
2016 Jan 20, Ukraine ratcheted
up its trade war with Russia in reprisal for Moscow's seeming
efforts to slash its westward-leaning neighbor's economic ties with
other former Soviet states. PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Kiev was
adding 70 food and other products to its existing list of items
Russia cannot sell in Ukraine.
2016 Jan 20, The UN World Food
Program said that some 2.5 million people in the Central African
Republic face hunger. The number has doubled in just one year.
2016 Jan 20, Zimbabwe's
Constitutional Court outlawed child marriage in an effort to end a
practice that a rights group says is common in the southern African
2016 Jan 21, Alabama executed
Christopher Eugene Brooks (43) for the 1992 rape and beating death
of Jo Deann Campbell (23).
(SFC, 1/22/16, p.A7)
2016 Jan 21, In Arizona an F-16
fighter jet crashed while training. The pilot came from Taiwan and
was presumed dead.
2016 Jan 21, A British inquiry
concluded that President Vladimir Putin probably approved a 2006
Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander
Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London, prompting a row
2016 Jan 21, British education
publisher Pearson unveiled plans to axe 4,000 jobs, or 10 percent of
its global workforce, in an effort to combat weak demand.
2016 Jan 21, Colombia said it
has freed 16 FARC guerrillas pardoned in peace negotiations with the
leftist rebels, as the two sides move toward a deal to end their
2016 Jan 21, In China General
Motors Co. opened a Cadillac factory in Shanghai to target the
country's growing but crowded luxury car market. The 8 billion yuan
($1.2 billion) factory operated with its main Chinese partner,
Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp., will have an annual production
capacity of 160,000 vehicles.
2016 Jan 21, China signed
agreements to invest nearly $18 billion in Egypt as President Xi
began a three-day visit. Xi’s Middle East tour will include a stop
2016 Jan 21, Colombia arrested
two men for drug trafficking out of Cartagena to supply New York
City-based dealers. They reportedly ran a major heroin and cocaine
smuggling operation to New York aboard the Royal Spanish Navy’s
official training ship, paying thousands of dollars in bribes to
midshipmen on the vessel.
2016 Jan 21, Dubai-based port
operator DP World and the Russian Direct Investment Fund said they
are launching a joint venture to develop ports, transportation and
logistics infrastructure in Russia.
2016 Jan 21, In Egypt a blast
in Cairo killed 5 policemen, one civilian and an unidentified man.
An affiliate of the jihadist Islamic State group soon claimed
2016 Jan 21, In Greece at least
six thousand lawyers, doctors, engineers and other professional
groups marched peacefully through central Athens to protest drastic
new income cuts under planned pension reforms.
2016 Jan 21, Guyana said it has
awarded British-based petroleum company Tullow Oil PLC a 10-year
exploration license in an offshore basin near the South American
country believed to contain large amounts of oil and gas.
2016 Jan 21, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu told the World Economic Forum in Davos that his
country will need more US military aid because of the nuclear deal
2016 Jan 21, Israel confirmed
it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the
occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate
tensions with Western allies and already drawing international
2016 Jan 21, In Kosovo an
international tribunal convicted and jailed Oliver Ivanovic (62), a
top Kosovo Serb politician, for nine years for committing war crimes
against ethnic Albanians during the late 1990s conflict.
2016 Jan 21, In northern Libya
oil facilities were set ablaze as the Islamic State group launched
fresh attacks to seize key export terminals, renewing concerns over
the jihadists' growing influence.
2016 Jan 21, After a night on
the Greek-Macedonian frontier in sub-zero temperatures, some 2,000
mainly Syrian refugees resumed their tortuous trek to northern
Europe that was temporarily blocked by a border closure by Skopje.
2016 Jan 21, Mexican journalist
Marcos Hernandez Bautista was shot and killed in San Andres
(SSFC, 5/21/17, p.E7)
2016 Jan 21, In Moldova
thousands of people held an anti-government protest in Chisinau, a
day after the legislature approved a new pro-European government.
2016 Jan 21, In southern Nepal
police fired on ethnic protesters, killing at least 3 and wounding
eight, in fresh violence likely to trigger more trouble in the
Himalayan nation facing severe shortages of fuel and other supplies
because of the protests.
2016 Jan 21, In the Philippines
a former anti-narcotics officer and a Chinese citizen were arrested
during a drug raid in Manila that yielded $6.7 million worth of
high-grade crystal methamphetamine.
2016 Jan 21, The Russian ruble
hit another historic low against the dollar as currencies slid
across the former Soviet Union against the backdrop of low oil
2016 Jan 21, In Somalia at
least 17 people were killed in Mogadishu when five Islamist gunmen
set off bombs and stormed a popular beach-front restaurant late
2016 Jan 21, In Thailand four
members of the New Democracy Movement were taken to military court
to be charged with violating an order banning groups of five or more
people from gathering publicly for political purposes. All were
released pending a court appearance.
2016 Jan 21, In Tunisia a
police officer died in clashes with young protesters who had
overturned his car during one of a series of demonstrations against
mass unemployment, as unrest triggered by the death of an
unsuccessful job-seeker spread to at least 11 cities around the
2016 Jan 21, Vietnam's ruling
Communist Party began an eight-day congress that starts an
orchestrated transfer of power to new leaders who will face myriad
challenges including economic reforms, corruption and maritime
aggression from China.
2016 Jan 22, The Obama
administration said it will overhaul 30-year-old regulations for oil
and gas operations on public and tribal lands to limit the "wasteful
release" of natural gas and curb methane emissions.
2016 Jan 22, In southern
California three jail inmates, including a man suspected of murder,
escaped from the Orange County Men's Jail. Bac Duong (43)
surrendered on Jan 29. Hossain Nayeri (37) and Jonathan Tieu (20)
were recaptured in the SF Bay Area on Jan 30.
(SSFC, 1/24/16, p.A15)
2016 Jan 22, The leading US
regulator for the coal industry said it suspects Wyoming officials
have wrongly allowed mining companies to forego cleanup insurance.
2016 Jan 22, Technology giant
Google said it will pay Â£130 million ($185.4 million, 172 million
euros) in back taxes to Britain following a government inquiry into
its tax arrangements.
2016 Jan 22, Thousands of
flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare as
millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to
dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States.
2016 Jan 22, Argentina's
national electrical utility ENRE said a heat wave has led to power
cuts in the capital and surrounding areas.
2016 Jan 22, A Belgian judge
charged an 11th person with terrorism-related offences over the
deadly Paris attacks, two days after the suspect, identified as
Zakaria J, was arrested in a raid in Brussels.
2016 Jan 22, In Burkina Faso
former members of the presidential guard raided an armory outside
the capital. Eleven soldiers from the disbanded elite unit were soon
2016 Jan 22, In western Canada
a gunman opened fire at a high school and a home in an aboriginal
community, leaving 4 dead including a teacher and wounding at least
two people in the remote Dene aboriginal community of La Loche,
Saskatchewan. The gunman was taken in custody.
2016 Jan 22, In Chechnya tens
of thousands of people rallied in Grozny in support of strongman
leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a
rally organized by Chechen trade unions.
2016 Jan 22, Croatia's
parliament approved a new center-right government led by political
novice Tihomir Oreskovic, who warned "difficult decisions" lie ahead
as the EU's newest member struggles with meagre economic growth and
an influx of refugees.
2016 Jan 22, France said it
will provide one billion euros ($1.1 billion) to Tunisia over the
next five years as part of an economic support package.
2016 Jan 22, French farmers in
the western region of Brittany blocked a national highway with a
pile of smoldering tires to protest falling prices.
2016 Jan 22, At least 46
people, including 17 children, drowned when their boats capsized off
two Greek islands near the Turkish coast.
(Reuters, 1/22/16)(SFC, 1/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 22, Haiti called off
its presidential election, two days before it was due, over concerns
of escalating violence sparked by the opposition candidate's refusal
to take part in a process he said was riddled with fraud.
2016 Jan 22, The Lao state news
agency KPL reported that the 10th Congress of the Lao People's
Revolutionary Party closed with the selection of Bounnhang Vorachit,
succeeding Choummaly Sayasone, who was party secretary general for
2016 Jan 22, In northern Libya
firefighters battled a blaze at an oil facility for a second day,
after an assault by jihadists aiming to seize export terminals.
2016 Jan 22, Mexican
authorities said they have arrested three more suspects in
connection with the disappearance and presumed slaughter of 43
students in Iguala in 2014. Authorities have now detained 113
people, including police officers and drug cartel suspects.
2016 Jan 22, In Moldova some
3,000 people protested in the capital for a third day running
calling for early elections, better governance and demanding an end
to widespread corruption.
2016 Jan 22, Myanmar's
military-backed government released at least 20 political prisoners,
just a few months before it is scheduled to hand over power to an
elected pro-democracy party.
2016 Jan 22, Niger said nearly
a quarter of its potential voters - 1.5 million people - will be
barred from casting ballots in next month's presidential poll, after
politicians failed to agree on a system for registering them.
2016 Jan 22, Pakistan's Supreme
Court lifted a ban on hunting a rare bird, after the government
argued it hurt relations with Gulf states whose wealthy hunters
traditionally travel to Pakistan to pursue the endangered species
2016 Jan 22, In the Philippines
ASEAN tourism ministers launched a 10-year plan to ramp up marketing
of their region as a single destination to raise tourism's share of
the regional economy to 15 percent by 2025.
2016 Jan 22, Saudi Arabia
executed 47 people, most of whom were terrorists linked to al-Qaida.
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.7)
2016 Jan 22, Sudan's state-run
news agency said the Sudanese President Omar Bashir has ordered
revisions to the economic agreements struck with South Sudan in a
positive gesture to the breakaway southern state.
2016 Jan 22, Tunisia declared a
nighttime curfew across the country after a wave of protests and
clashes that constitute the most serious outbreak of social unrest
since its 2011 revolution.
2016 Jan 22, The government of
Uganda said it will stop sending housemaids to Saudi Arabia,
eclipsing a deal between the two nations to ship workers to the
wealthy Gulf nation amid complaints of poor conditions and
2016 Jan 22, Vanuatu held a
snap election called after more than a quarter of MPs were jailed in
a corruption scandal. Unofficial results indicated a number of
long-serving politicians, including former justice minister Robert
Bohn and former parliamentary speaker Philip Boedoro, were set to
lose their seats.
2016 Jan 22, Venezuela's
opposition-led congress rejected Pres. Nicolas Maduro's request for
emergency powers amid a plunging national economy, the depths of
which were dramatized by an IMF estimate that inflation this year
will top 700 percent up from an estimated 200% in 2015.
(AP, 1/22/16)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.29)
2016 Jan 22, In Yemen an
ambulance for an MSF-supported hospital was hit in a Saudi-led
coalition airstrike. 26 people were reported killed during the
bombing of Dahyan. 22 were reported killed in strikes on Sanaa.
(AP, 1/22/16)(SFC, 1/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 23, A deadly blizzard
walloped the eastern United States, paralyzing Washington and other
cities under a heavy blanket of snow as officials warned millions of
people to remain indoors until the storm eases up. At least 8 people
were killed in three states in road accidents: 6 in North Carolina,
one in Kentucky and one in Virginia.
2016 Jan 23, In Mississippi a
gun shop owner and his 17-year-old son died in a shootout over a $25
service charge, and another man and his 29-year-old son were
2016 Jan 23, In Ohio volunteers
began distributing water to residents of Sebring after tests found
lead levels that exceed federal standards.
(SSFC, 1/24/16, p.A13)
2016 Jan 23, In Brazil 40
inmates escaped in the northeastern city of Recife. 36 were soon
returned to custody, two killed, one hospitalized and one remained
2016 Jan 23, British PM David
Cameron urged the Maldives to open up its politics and release all
remaining political prisoners after meeting former president Mohamed
2016 Jan 23, In Ethiopia UN
Security Council ambassadors and African Union leaders met for
crisis talks on Burundi, after the government refused a proposed AU
force to stem violence in the troubled country.
2016 Jan 23, Finland began a
2nd government sanctioned trial wolf hunt permitting the cull of 46
wolves until Feb 21. In 2015 17 wolves were killed. Wolf hunting was
banned in the country from 2007 to 2015.
(SFC, 1/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 23, India's government
started declassifying secret files to settle questions over the
death of Subhash Chandra Bose (1897-1945), a Congress party leader
who formed a national army to fight British colonial rulers with the
help of the Japanese in the 1940s.
(AP, 1/23/16)(Econ, 1/30/16, p.33)
2016 Jan 23, President Hassan
Rouhani said Iran and China have agreed to expand bilateral ties and
increase trade to $600 billion in the next 10 years, during a visit
to Tehran by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
2016 Jan 23, Israeli police
said a Palestinian girl (13) was shot dead by an Israeli security
guard as she tried to stab him at the entrance to the Anatot
settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
2016 Jan 23, In Italy tens of
thousands demonstrated in almost 100 cities to urge the government
to grant gay and lesbian couples civil unions and recognize their
(SSFC, 1/24/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 23, Jordan's border
guards killed 12 people trying to enter the kingdom from Syria in a
clash on the frontier. More than two million pills of narcotics were
2016 Jan 23, In Morocco
thousands of trainee teachers took to the streets of the capital in
protest at government decrees that would cut grants and affect their
2016 Jan 23, The Reina del
Caribe tourist boat capsized off the coast of Nicaragua killing 13
passengers, all Costa Rican nationals.
(SFC, 1/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 23, Thousands of Poles
in cities and towns across the country marched in freezing
temperatures to protest a slew of measures by the country's new
right-wing government which they say are anti-democratic.
2016 Jan 23, Warring rivals in
South Sudan missed a key deadline to forge a unity government, with
rebels rejecting President Salva Kiir's creation of new regional
states as fighting continues.
2016 Jan 23, In eastern Syria
at least 29 civilians were killed in air strikes suspected to have
been carried by Russian warplanes in the village of Khasham, Deir
Ezzor province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at
least 63 people, including 9 children, died in the air strikes.
(AFP, 1/23/16)(Reuters, 1/24/16)
2016 Jan 23, A Turkish soldier
was killed in a clash between the security forces and the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeastern town of Cizre. 7
PKK members were reported "neutralized".
2016 Jan 24, The United States
and its allies staged 19 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria in the coalition's latest round of daily attacks on the
2016 Jan 24, In south-central
Alaska a magnitude-6.8 earthquake knocked items off shelves and
walls in and jolted the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone
region. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
2016 Jan 24, Millions of
Americans began digging out from a mammoth blizzard that set a new
single-day snowfall record in Washington and New York City. At least
42 deaths were blamed on the weather.
(AP, 1/24/16)(SFC, 1/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 24, Marvin Minsky
(88), a pioneer in artificial intelligence, died in Boston.
(SFC, 1/27/16, p.D5)(Econ, 2/13/16, p.90)
2016 Jan 24, Algerian airport
and government officials said authorities have detained over 200
Moroccans at Algiers airport and summoned the Moroccan envoy to
explain an "unusual" increase in the number of Moroccans apparently
trying to cross into Libya.
2016 Jan 24, British adventurer
Henry Worsley (55) died in an attempt to make history by crossing
the Antarctic alone in a trip backed by members of the royal family.
He was just 30 miles (48km) from the finish when he called for help
and was airlifted to a hospital in Chile on Jan 22 suffering from
exhaustion and severe dehydration.
(AFP, 1/25/16)(Econ, 2/6/16, p.82)
2016 Jan 24, In Egypt gunmen on
a motorcycle opened fire on a checkpoint, killing two policemen and
a bystander near the town of Fakous in the Nile Delta province of
Sharkiya on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.
2016 Jan 24, French Pres.
Hollande began a 3-day visit to India.
(SFC, 1/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 24, In Grenada Georgia
tourist Jessica Colker (39) was killed a machete attack as she and
her husband, Brian Melito, walked along a beach on the southeast of
the island. The next day suspect Dave Martin Benjamin (27) turned
himself over to police.
(AP, 1/27/16)(SFC, 1/27/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 24, In Hungary
hundreds of people rallied in Budapest against government plans to
bring in anti-terror measures including restrictions on the Internet
2016 Jan 24, Iran said it will
buy 114 Airbus planes to revitalize its ageing fleet, in the first
major commercial deal announced since the lifting of sanctions under
its nuclear agreement.
2016 Jan 24, In central Laos 2
Chinese citizens were killed and one injured in a suspected bomb
attack in Xaysomboun province.
2016 Jan 24, In Moldova some
40,000 people gathered in the capital to protest against the
government and demand early elections in the impoverished East
2016 Jan 24, In Nigeria gunmen
believed to be ethnic Fulani herders killed a policeman and 19
civilians and torched homes in northeastern Adamawa state in a spat
over grazing rights.
2016 Jan 24, Syrian
pro-government forces recaptured a key rebel-held town in coastal
Latakia province, building on battlefield advances in the area just
a day ahead of planned peace talks in Geneva between Damascus and
2016 Jan 24, In Yemen
assailants opened fire on a police vehicle carrying Colonel Taha
al-Sobeihi in Aden's Mansura district, killing him along with a
bodyguard and a female bystander.
2016 Jan 25, President Obama
announced that US federal prisons will no longer hold juveniles or
low-level offenders in solitary confinement.
2016 Jan 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled 6-3 to extend a 2012 ruling that struck down automatic
life terms with no chance of parole for teenage killers.
(SFC, 1/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 25, The coalition of
the United States and its allies conducted 18 strikes against
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Jan 25, Officials said a
Texas grand jury investigating allegations that a US abortion
provider sold organs of aborted fetuses instead indicted two
anti-abortion activists who secretly filmed the group.
2016 Jan 25, Airlines cancelled
some 1,600 flights in the aftermath of the weekend blizzard in the
(SFC, 1/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 25, In southern
Afghanistan 3 border policemen were killed and three others were
wounded in a suicide attack near an important border crossing at
Spin Boldak. An Afghan policeman turned his weapon on fellow
officers as they were sleeping in their quarters near a checkpoint
in the country's south, killing 10 in Uruzgan province. The officers
had been poisoned. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for
(AP, 1/25/16)(AP, 1/26/16)(SFC, 1/27/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan 25, Unusually cold
weather in eastern Asia was blamed for more than 65 deaths,
disrupted transportation and brought the first snow to a subtropical
city in southern China in almost 50 years. The semi-official Focus
Taiwan news website reported that 85 people had died because of the
2016 Jan 25, A Bahraini court
sentenced 57 men to 15-year jail terms for rioting in a prison
outside the capital Manama last March.
2016 Jan 25, Britain’s
Chancellor George Osborne and Bill Gates announced a £3 billion
($4.28 billion, 4 billion euros) fund for research and to support
efforts to eliminate malaria.
2016 Jan 25, In Cameroon 4
suicide bombers killed at least 35 people in a village in the Far
North region, the most deadly in a string of recent attacks in an
area beset by violence connected to Islamist militant group Boko
(Reuters, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/25/16)(SFC, 1/26/16,
2016 Jan 25, Central African
Republic's Constitutional Court annulled the results of the Dec 30
legislative election, citing irregularities, setting back a
transition to democracy after years of conflict.
2016 Jan 25, The Czech PM
Bohuslav Sobotka said his government has approved a plan to donate
further weapons and ammunition to Iraq and also ammunition to Jordan
to help them fight Islamic State militants.
2016 Jan 25, In Egypt Mohammed
Hamdan (32), a government engineer, turned up dead. The Interior
Ministry announced that security forces killed Hamdan in a
gun-battle that day while raiding a farmhouse where he was hiding.
Hamdan had disappeared weeks earlier. Witnesses said masked police
burst into his office in the southern city of Beni Suef and dragged
him off in handcuffs in front of his co-workers.
2016 Jan 25, Giulio Regeni
(28), an Italian Cambridge University PhD student, mysteriously
disappeared in Cairo. On Feb 3 his corpse was found on the outskirts
of Cairo. Regeni's body was stabbed repeatedly and exhibited
cigarette burns and other signs of torture. Regeni had written
articles critical of the Egyptian government, An autopsy later
showed he was interrogated for up to seven days before he was
(AFP, 2/4/16)(AP, 2/11/16)(Reuters, 3/1/16)
2016 Jan 25, India signed an
inter-governmental pact to buy 36 French-built Rafale fighter
planes, but the leaders of both countries said there was still work
to do to finalize financial terms after months of talks.
2016 Jan 25, Italy and Iran
signed billions of dollars of business deals at the start of a visit
to Europe by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani aimed at rebuilding
his nation's ties with the West after years of economic sanctions.
2016 Jan 25, Laos PM Thongsing
Thammavong assured US Secretary of State John Kerry that this small
nation will help counter China's assertiveness in the South China
2016 Jan 25, Libya's
internationally recognized parliament voted to reject a unity
government proposed under a UN-backed plan to resolve the country's
political crisis and armed conflict.
2016 Jan 25, In northern
Myanmar a landslide of mining waste killed at least 6 people in
Kachin state's Hpakant jade mining region. Hpakant Baptist Church
deacon Dut La said more than a dozen may still lie under the waste
from the slide.
2016 Jan 25, It was reported
that sales of rat poison have taken off in Nigeria following an
outbreak of Lassa fever that has left at least 76 people dead and
sparked fears of contagion across the country.
2016 Jan 25, Palestinians
Ibrahim Allan (23) and Hussein Abu Ghosh (17) were shot dead by a
security guard after stabbing two Israeli women in a West Bank
minimarket. Shlomit Krigman (24) died of her wounds the next day.
(AP, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/26/16)
2016 Jan 25, Thousands of
Slovak teachers went on strike to demand higher pay, forcing
authorities to close hundreds of schools across the country.
2016 Jan 25, In Sweden
Alexandra Mezher (22), an asylum center social worker, wasfatally
stabbed. She was knifed by a 15-year-old boy as she tried to break
up a fight in a center for unaccompanied minors where she worked in
2016 Jan 25, In Syria a suicide
bomber driving a fuel tank blew himself up at a checkpoint run by
Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham in Syria's northern city of Aleppo
killing at least 23 people.
2016 Jan 25, Tanzanian
President John Magufuli suspended the head of a national electronic
identification-card project and four other officials, opening the
way for a corruption investigation into a public procurement
2016 Jan 25, Thailand’s health
ministry said it has quarantined 32 people as it seeks to prevent
the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after a second
case of the virus was detected on Jan 22.
2016 Jan 25, In Tunisia several
thousand police marched to the presidential palace to demand more
pay in the latest challenge to PM Habib Essid's government after a
week of protests and riots over jobs.
2016 Jan 25, Turkey's foreign
minister said any participation of Kurdish forces in planned Syria
peace talks would be dangerous and spell the end of the UN-led
2016 Jan 25, Yemeni PM Khaled
Bahah and his Cabinet returned to the volatile southern port city of
Aden, months after he was targeted in a suicide bombing that forced
them to leave the country. A missile fired by the Saudi-led
coalition killed a judge and his entire family — eight people in all
— in Sanaa's neighborhood of Nahda. The judge was a known Houthi
supporter. In the northern Jawf province, more than 20 fighters on
both sides of the Yemeni conflict died in fierce clashes.
2016 Jan 26, The United States
said it would further ease restrictions on its Cuba sanctions regime
involving exports and authorized airline travel. The changes will
facilitate travel to Cuba by allowing blocked space, code-sharing,
and leasing arrangements with Cuban airlines.
2016 Jan 26, In Los Angeles
Bikram Chaudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, was ordered to pay
nearly $5.5 million to his former legal advisor, who said he
sexually harassed her and wrongfully fired her for investigating
another woman’s rape complaint.
(SFC, 1/27/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 26, Abe Vigoda, TV
character actor, died in New Jersey. He played the elderly detective
Phil Fish in the “Barney Miller" TV series (1975-1982).
(SFC, 1/27/16, p.D7)
2016 Jan 26, In Oregon Ammon
Bundy and eight others, who had occupied a wildlife refuge for the
past three weeks, were arrested following a traffic stop that
prompted gunfire leaving Robert “LaVoy" Finicum dead.
(SFC, 1/27/16, p.A6)(SFC, 3/9/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 26, A human rights
tribunal ruled that Canada discriminated against aboriginal children
by underfunding welfare services on reserves, in a decision that
could affect the way Ottawa funds education, health and housing for
2016 Jan 26, A Chinese fishing
boat capsized and killed at least one passenger near a small island
off South Korea's southwest coast. Four other passengers were
believed to be inside the boat, which wasn't approved by South
Korean authorities to fish in the country's waters.
2016 Jan 26, Czech airline
Travel Service said it has signed deals to buy 16 new Boeing 737 MAX
2016 Jan 26, The Danish
parliament passed a package of measures to deter refugees from
seeking asylum, including confiscating valuables to pay for their
stay, despite protests from international human rights
2016 Jan 26, In France one in
five flights were canceled at Paris airports and other flights faced
delays as air traffic controllers staged a walkout and taxi drivers
disrupted roads. Paris police fired tear gas and taxi drivers lit
bonfires on a major highway amid nationwide strikes and protests
over working conditions and competition from non-traditional
services such as Uber.
2016 Jan 26, French authorities
said one person died and another was injured in a tunnel collapse at
a future nuclear waste storage site in Bure.
2016 Jan 26, Iran’s President
Hassan Rouhani's made his first visit to the Vatican. Pope Francis
urged Iran to back peace efforts in the Middle East.
2016 Jan 26, Amnesty
International said Iran is the world's most prolific executioner of
children, accusing the Islamic republic of using torture and
ill-treatment to extract confessions from minors.
2016 Jan 26, Iraqi security
forces found a mass grave in Ramadi containing the remains of at
least 18 people killed by the Islamic State group.
2016 Jan 26, Kenya said it will
torch its vast stockpile of ivory at a star-studded summit to
include Hollywood celebrities, presidents and business leaders
against "poaching and illegal trade in ivory." The promised
destruction of the remaining stockpile is now slated for April 29
2016 Jan 26, Five Kenyan
policemen were killed in the coastal county of Lamu after their
truck hit an improvised explosive device planted on the road by
Islamist militants al Shabaab.
2016 Jan 26, Malaysia's
attorney general said that nearly $700 million channeled into PM
Najib Razak's private accounts was a personal donation from Saudi
Arabia's royal family, and cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing.
2016 Jan 26, Malaysian police
said 13 bodies, believed to be Indonesian illegal immigrants, were
found washed ashore after their boat capsized in bad sea conditions.
Five more bodies were found the next day raising the death toll to
(AP, 1/26/16)(AFP, 1/27/16)
2016 Jan 26, Hundreds of
Myanmar families were left destitute after government workers used
mechanical diggers to flatten swathes of Yangon slum housing as the
bitter competition for land intensifies in the fast-industrializing
2016 Jan 26, Pakistan's most
populous province said it has ordered schools shut for five days and
told 22.5 million students in Punjab to stay at home because of cold
2016 Jan 26, Romania offered
Moldova emergency economic aid and a loan of 60 million euros ($65
million) in hopes of preventing economic collapse and keeping the
impoverished ex-Soviet republic on a pro-European course.
2016 Jan 26, Senegal said on it
had interrogated some 900 people over a three-day period as part of
efforts to prevent attacks by Islamist militants following a series
of strikes in the region.
2016 Jan 26, Sri Lankan
authorities began destroying a shipment of African ivory seized
three years ago, following a ceremony at which Buddhist monks gave
the slaughtered elephants blessings for a better rebirth.
2016 Jan 26, Syria's regime
seized a strategic southern town from rebel forces, as leading
opposition representatives debated whether to attend peace talks in
Geneva this week. A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State in the
Syrian government-controlled city of Homs killed at least 24 people.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group put the
death toll at 29.
(AFP, 1/26/16)(Reuters, 1/26/16)
2016 Jan 26, Turkey’s security
forces killed 11 PKK members in the town of Cizre, near the Syrian
border, and nine more in Sur. 3 soldiers were killed in a militant
attack in Sur.
2016 Jan 26, UNICEF said some
250 million children live in countries affected by violent
conflicts, and that it needed nearly $3.0 billion this year to help
the most vulnerable of them.
2016 Jan 27, US Secretary of
State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed on the
need for a significant new UN Security resolution targeting North
Korea after its Jan. 6 nuclear test, though there were few signs of
2016 Jan 27, Michigan Governor
Rick Snyder named a group of experts and government officials to
implement long-term fixes for Flint's lead-contaminated water system
as he faced criticism for the state's handling of a crisis.
2016 Jan 27, Federal and Oregon
state officials were restricting access to the state refuge being
occupied by an armed group after one of the occupiers was killed
during a traffic stop and eight more, including the group's leader
Ammon Bundy, were arrested.
2016 Jan 27, In Virginia Nicole
Lovell (13) climbed out of her window for a secret date with
Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer (18). Lovell was later found
stabbed to death. In 2018 Eisenhauer pleaded guilty to first-degree
murder, abduction and concealing a body.
(SFC, 2/10/18, p.A5)
2016 Jan 27, Brazil's Federal
Police launched the latest stage of a sweeping investigation into
corruption at state-controlled firms, with six arrest and 15 search
warrants issued in the states of São Paulo and Santa Catarina.
2016 Jan 27, Chinese dissident
artist Ai Weiwei closed down his exhibition in the Danish capital
after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to
seize valuables from asylum seekers.
2016 Jan 27, The International
Monetary Fund said it has made another 126.3 million euros ($136.87
million) available to Cyprus after completing what it said was its
second-to-last review of the Eurozone country's rescue deal.
2016 Jan 27, Denmark and
Switzerland joined a growing number of European countries to report
Zika infections among travelers returning from Latin America, where
the mosquito-borne virus has been blamed for a surge in birth
2016 Jan 27, In Egypt at least
4 army soldiers were killed and 12 injured in the Sinai Peninsula
after an armored personnel carrier exploded on the outskirts of the
city of Arish.
2016 Jan 27, Al-Jazeera said it
is suing Egypt over its crackdown on the Qatar-owned broadcaster's
activists and journalists following the 2013 overthrow of Islamist
President Mohammed Morsi.
2016 Jan 27, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed to make it easier to expel foreigners
who have committed crimes, in the wake of a spate of sex assaults on
New Year's Eve blamed on migrants.
2016 Jan 27, In Greece ferries
were docked at ports as sailors kicked off their second 48-hour
strike this week, adding to a groundswell of public discontent over
plans to reform the country's struggling pension system.
2016 Jan 27, Greek authorities
recovered a total of 7 bodies, including those of 2 children, from
the sea off the eastern Aegean island of Kos after a boat carrying
migrants or refugees sank early today.
2016 Jan 27, In eastern India
suspected Maoist rebels detonated a land mine, killing seven
policemen and injuring six others.
2016 Jan 27, Indonesian
security forces evacuated hundreds of members of a group authorities
have called a deviant religious organization to the capital,
Jakarta, after sectarian violence drove them from their homes in
West Kalimantan province. Men, women and children associated with a
group called Gafatar, which the country's highest Islamic council
considers a deviant sect, were attacked last week by other West
Kalimantan residents who oppose their beliefs.
2016 Jan 27, In western Iraq a
series of suicide attacks killed at least 4 security forces and
wounded ten others in al-Baghdadi, in Anbar province.
2016 Jan 27, A helicopter
crashed in Kazakhstan, killing all 5 aboard, including an infant
being taken to a hospital.
2016 Jan 27, In Israel Im
Tirtzu, a nationalist activist group, launched a new campaign on
Facebook branding dozens of singers, actors and authors — including
famed writer Amos Oz, perennially touted as a potential favorite for
the Nobel Prize — as foreign agents because of their support for
2016 Jan 27, Judges at the
International Criminal Court gave its prosecutor a green light to
launch a new inquiry into allegations of war crimes during a brief
but bloody 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.
2016 Jan 27, In Nigeria at
least 13 people were killed when three suicide bombers blew
themselves up in the northeastern town of Chibok, where Boko Haram
kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April, 2014.
2016 Jan 27, Human Rights Watch
said Nigeria's new government is violating rights on many fronts in
its fight against Boko Haram's Islamic uprising and in bringing
corrupt politicians to book.
2016 Jan 27, Seven members of
the militant group Hamas were missing after the collapse of a tunnel
in the Gaza Strip caused by rain and flooding.
(AFP, 1/27/16)(AFP, 1/28/16)
2016 Jan 27, Spain’s Interior
Ministry said police have arrested nine suspected members of the
Kurdish armed group PKK-KCK that operates in Syria and Turkey in
raids in three Spanish cities.
2016 Jan 27, Sweden said it
intends to expel up to 80,000 migrants who arrived in 2015 and whose
application for asylum has been rejected.
2016 Jan 27, In Syria suspected
Russian air strikes killed at least 54 civilians in rebel- and
jihadist-held areas in the eastern Deir Ezzor province and its
provincial capital of the same name.
2016 Jan 27, In southeastern
Turkey thousands of people fled a district of the mainly Kurdish
city of Diyarbakir after authorities fighting Kurdish militants
there expanded a 24-hour curfew to include five more neighborhoods.
2016 Jan 27, The UN launched an
appeal for $393 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to help
millions of vulnerable people this year.
2016 Jan 27, The UN said some
34,000 people in Sudan's western Darfur region have fled fierce
clashes between government forces and rebels around the mountainous
Jebel Marra area.
2016 Jan 27, Vietnam's
Communist Party re-elected Nguyen Phu Trong to its top post, an
expected outcome that bolsters consensus rule but creates some
uncertainty about the momentum of economic reform.
2016 Jan 28, Republican White
House hopefuls jostled for the limelight in the absence of master
showman Donald Trump, who snubbed the last debate before the party
nomination votes begin and upstaged his rivals with a dueling event.
2016 Jan 28, In northern
Cameroon 2 suicide bombers died when they targeted a school in the
town of Kerawa.
2016 Jan 28, The bodies of 24
migrants, including 10 children, were discovered off the Greek
island of Samos. Eleven people from a dinghy carrying 45 people were
still listed as missing.
2016 Jan 28, Japanese Economy
Minister Akira Amari resigned abruptly to take responsibility for a
political funding scandal that has rocked the government, but denied
having taken bribes.
2016 Jan 28, In Yemen a suicide
car bomb detonated outside President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Rabbu Hadi's
residence in the southern city of Aden. Several people were killed
and wounded in the attack.
2016 Jan 29, A highly
secretive, daylong law enforcement operation around the Arizona
border with Mexico resulted in the arrest of two dozen alleged
high-level Mexican drug cartel members. Mexican police arrested up
to 24 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in a joint operation with
(AP, 1/31/16)(AFP, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan 29, US federal
authorities announced that more than 50 members of the MS-13 gang in
and around Boston have been indicted on federal racketeering
2016 Jan 29, Caterpillar said
it plans to close five plants, causing a net reduction of about 670
jobs in Illinois and several other states, as part of a broader
cost-cutting *campaign announced last year.
2016 Jan 29, Algerian troops
killed four Islamist gunmen west of the capital. They were
reportedly part of a group who left 9 soldiers dead in an ambush
2016 Jan 29, Argentina
announced an end to subsidies on electricity bills, and officials
said the move will save the government $4 billion this year.
2016 Jan 29, Former Mafia don
Rocco Zito (87), with a long history as a leading figure in Canada's
crime underworld was gunned down at his home in Toronto. Suspect
Domenico Scopelliti (51), identified in the Canadian media as the
dead man's son-in-law, soon turned himself in.
2016 Jan 29, In Canada 5 men
were killed in an avalanche near the community of McBride, British
Columbia. They were all from the neighboring province of Alberta.
2016 Jan 29, In the Central
African Republic hundreds of people marched through the capital,
blowing whistles, denouncing fraud and demanding the first round of
last month's presidential election be annulled.
2016 Jan 29, In Egypt a bomb
blast killed two police officers and wounded five others in an
attack on their armoured vehicle in the Sinai Peninsula.
2016 Jan 29, Human Rights Watch
said Iran's Revolutionary Guards has recruited thousands of Afghans,
some by coercion, to fight in Syria's war alongside forces loyal to
President Bashar al-Assad.
2016 Jan 29, In Iraq a pipeline
for gas used to generate around half the electricity for the
northern Kurdistan region was blown up, knocking out power. It was
not immediately clear who was behind the attack.
2016 Jan 29, Italian anti-mafia
police nabbed fugitive mobster bosses Giuseppe Ferraro (47) and
Giuseppe Crea (37), after discovering them "living like animals" in
a mountain hideout stocked with an arsenal of weapons.
2016 Jan 29, The Bank of Japan
said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit
with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first
time as it seeks to shore up a stumbling economic recovery.
2016 Jan 29, Mexico City
changed name its name from DF to CDMX and its status acquiring some
of the same functions as Mexico's 31 regular states.
2016 Jan 29, In southern Mexico
a teenager's 15th birthday party became the scene of a ghastly
massacre after 11 people were shot and killed in Guerrero state.
2016 Jan 29, The Dutch
government said it plans to join the US-led coalition targeting the
Islamic State group in Syria with airstrikes.
2016 Jan 29, In northeastern
Nigeria a child suicide bomber blew himself up in a market, killing
at least 10 people in Gombi, Adamawa state.
2016 Jan 29, In eastern Saudi
Arabia a suicide bomber, identified the next day as Saudi national
Abdulrahman bin Abdullah bin Suleiman al-Tuwaijri (22), attacked a
mosque in a Shiite-populated area during Friday prayers, killing 4
people before worshippers disarmed and tied up his accomplice who
had fired on them.
(AFP, 1/29/16)(AP, 1/31/16)
2016 Jan 29, Switzerland's
chief prosecutor said a criminal investigation into state fund
1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had revealed that about $4
billion appeared to have been misappropriated from Malaysian state
2016 Jan 29, The UN Syria envoy
Staffan de Mistura will meet a Syrian government delegation in
Geneva to kick off the first peace talks for almost two years and
will later meet other participants in the talks, his office said in
2016 Jan 29, In Tanzania
British pilot Roger Gower was tracking poachers in the Maswa Game
Reserve when his helicopter was hit by an AK-47 rifle fired from the
ground. Gower was killed in the crash. A second person traveling in
the helicopter survived the crash. On Feb 11, 2016, Shija Mjika
(38), Njile Gunga (28,) Dotto Pangali (42), and Moses Mandago (28)
were jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms. They still faced
(Reuters, 1/31/16)(AFP, 2/12/16)
2016 Jan 29, Venezuela's
opposition vowed to drive President Nicolas Maduro from office this
year, raising pressure on the socialist leader as he weathers a
political crisis in the oil-rich nation.
2016 Jan 29, In Yemen a suicide
bombing killed 7 people and wounded seven others in Aden, the second
deadly attack in as many days there.
2016 Jan 30, In Oregon four
people continued to occupy a wildlife refuge. Eleven others,
arrested last week, remained in custody.
(Boston Globe, 1/31/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 30, African leaders
met in Addis Ababa in a bid to end armed crises, including in
troubled Burundi, with an unprecedented vote on deploying a
5,000-strong peacekeeping force despite Burundi's vehement
2016 Jan 30, Colombia announced
that more than 2,000 pregnant women have been infected with Zika,
amid growing concern about the spread of the virus suspected of
causing irreversible brain damage in newborns.
2016 Jan 30, In Egypt a
homemade bomb in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula
killed 2 soldiers and wounded two other military men.
2016 Jan 30, In France
thousands of people marched through Paris and in other cities to
decry the proposed extension of a state of emergency imposed after
the November Paris attacks.
2016 Jan 30, The Islamic State
group released a video purporting to show a French-speaking jihadist
threatening attacks against the West and executing so-called
apostates and spies in Iraq. At the end of the almost eight-minute
video, the speaker and other IS fighters shoot dead five kneeling
men in orange jumpsuits.
2016 Jan 30, Hundreds of
thousands of people protested in Rome's Circus Maximus arena against
a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for PM
Matteo Renzi's government.
2016 Jan 30, In Nigeria Boko
Haram extremists firebombed huts in Dalori village and two nearby
camps husing 25,000 refugees. 3 female suicide bombers blew
themselves up among people who managed to flee to neighboring Gamori
village, killing 86 people.
(AP, 1/31/16) (AP, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan 30, Pakistani forces
killed five suspected separatists overnight near Quetta, Baluchistan
2016 Jan 30, In Pakistan
notorious Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baluch, the alleged mastermind
of a string of murders of local politicians and policemen, was
arrested in the country's crime-ridden commercial capital of
2016 Jan 30, In Russia 12
people were killed after a fire in a sewing room in Moscow. The dead
were all workers from Central Asia and included 3 kids.
(Reuters, 1/31/16)(AP, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan 30, In South Korea the
education ministers of South Korea, Japan and China held the first
three-way meeting among the countries that often spar over how their
wartime past is described in textbooks.
2016 Jan 30, Sri Lanka's police
arrested Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a son of the country's former strongman
leader, over an alleged financial offense.
2016 Jan 30, Doctors Without
Borders said 16 recent deaths have brought the number of people
reported to have died of starvation in Madaya, Syria, to 46 since
2016 Jan 30, A delegation from
Syria's main opposition group arrived in Geneva to join UN-mediated
peace talks, demanding President Bashar al-Assad's government be
made to comply with a UN resolution on humanitarian aid and human
2016 Jan 30, In Syria suspected
Russian air strikes killed at least 10 civilians in a village held
by the Islamic State group in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
2016 Jan 30, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan embarked on a major tour of Latin American
countries in a bid to expand Ankara's ties outside its traditional
sphere of influence.
2016 Jan 30, Turkey said
another Russian warplane violated its airspace a day earlier despite
several warnings President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow that
it would be forced to "endure the consequences" if its jets continue
to violate Turkish airspace, after Ankara reported a new border
infringement incident by a Russian plane.
2016 Jan 30, At least 37 people
drowned and 75 others were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to
Greece sank off Turkey's western coast.
2016 Jan 31, The US Agency for
International Development announced that the US has boosted its
emergency food aid to Ethiopia by nearly $100 million to combat one
of the worst droughts in decades.
2016 Jan 31, An Albanian court
ruled that Spiro Ksera, a former labor minister of labor in the
previous Democratic Party government, should await trial in jail on
charges of embezzlement.
2016 Jan 31, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales said police have arrested the man long wanted
over the murder of socialist leader Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz, who
vanished in July 1980 during a paramilitary operation against the
headquarters of a trade union that rejected the coup led by Colonel
Luis Garcia Meza. Former soldier Froilan Molina, alias "Killer,"
allegedly murdered Quiroga Santa Cruz and had been on the run since
he was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the early 1990s.
2016 Jan 31, Chinese media
reported the arrest of Ding Ning, the maverick founder of Ezubao, a
peer-to-peer lender and China's largest online finance business, and
20 of his employees on suspicion of fleecing 900,000 investors of
$7.6 billion, in what could be the biggest financial fraud in
(AP, 2/1/16)(Econ, 2/6/16, p.41)
2016 Jan 31, Cuba announced
that it is launching broadband Internet service in two Havana
neighborhoods as a pilot project aimed at bringing home access to
one of the world's least connected nations.
2016 Jan 31, Two Egyptian
policemen and two soldiers were killed in two bombing attacks in the
country's restive Sinai Peninsula.
2016 Jan 31, Francisco Flores
(56), El Salvador's former president (1999-2004), died following a
stroke and coma from which he never recovered. He faced a corruption
trial on charges of stealing $15 million donated by Taiwan for
victims of a 2001 earthquake.
2016 Jan 31, Israel's Cabinet
voted to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in
Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a historic show of
government support for liberal streams of Judaism.
2016 Jan 31, Israeli forces
shot dead Amjad Sukkari (34), a policeman who worked as a bodyguard
for the Palestinian attorney general, after he opened fire at a West
Bank checkpoint and wounded three people.
2016 Jan 31, The Saudi Gazette
newspaper reported that authorities have arrested nine American
citizens among 33 "terror" suspects rounded up over the past week.
2016 Jan 31, In Syria at least
70 people were killed and scores wounded when a car bomb and two
suicide bombers blew them themselves up in the Sayeda Zeinab
district of Damascus, where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is
(Reuters, 1/31/16)(Reuters, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan 31, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warnedy Ethiopia is struggling from
its worst drought for 30 years with some 10.2 million in dire need
of life saving aid.
2016 Jan 31, The UN launched an
appeal for $861 million in international humanitarian assistance to
help millions of people in Iraq who are suffering from war and
2016 Jan, In Alaska thousands
of dead common murres, a type of seabird also known as a guillemot,
washed ashore near Homer and along the state’s vast coastline. The
birds appeared to have starved. Researchers later pinned the die-off
on warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish eaten by the
(Econ, 1/30/16, p.24)(SFC, 2/11/17, p.A9)
2016 Jan, In South Dakota the
Flandreau Santee Siouz, amid fears of a federal raid, destroyed
their crop of marijuana abandoning a scheme to develop the nation’s
first marijuana resort.
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.A5)
2016 Jan, GM announced that it
was investing $500m in Lyft to help it understand new transport
(Econ, 10/1/16, p.60)
2016 Jan, In Afghanistan the
Taliban fighting strength was estimated to be between 40,000and
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.33)
2016 Jan, Algeria dissolved the
DRS intelligence service and replaced it with three new directorates
under the president.
(Econ, 2/6/16, p.45)
2016 Jan, In Argentina Pres.
Mauricio Macri declared a “national emergency" and authorized the
air force to shoot down aircraft suspected of flying drugs across
(Econ, 9/17/16, p.36)
2016 Jan, China said children
born in violation of its one child rule would be given a
registration document needed for everything from getting a place at
school to opening a bank account.
(Econ, 2/27/16, p.36)
2016 Jan, Chinese authorities
arrested Gu Yuese, the outspoken pastor of the Chongyi Church in
Zhejiang province, the country’s largest government-approved
Protestant church. Mr. Gu had been critical of the government’s
campaign to remove crosses from the roofs of churches.
(www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35457150)(Econ, 4/9/16, p.46)
2016 Jan, A Danish girl (15),
suspected of planning bomb attacks against two schools, was
arrested. Her trial began on April 19, 2017, in the Holbaek District
2016 Jan, In Equatorial Guinea
two members of opposition party Convergence for Social Democracy
were arrested for the crime of handing out leaflets announcing a
(Econ, 3/12/16, p.47)
2016 Jan, The Guam Legislature
voted last month in favor of expanding the Natasha Smoking Act pf
2005 to include bars in the list of establishments where indoor
smoking is prohibited. The new provision takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.
2016 Jan, In Northern Ireland
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster began serving
as first minister.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.56)
2016 Jan, Russia called off all
purchases of gas from Turkmenistan.
(Econ, 12/17/16, p.36)
2016 Jan – 2016 May, In Nigeria
at least 149 detainees at the Giwa barracks in Borno state died
during this period. Some 1200 people, including children, were
reported to be incarcerated there.
(Econ, 11/5/16, p.42)
2016 Feb 1, Iowa’s Republicans
backed the ultraconservative Ted Cruz for their party's nomination,
leaving a humbled Donald Trump in second place just ahead of Senator
Marco Rubio. Democrat Hillary Clinton battled into a virtual tie
with rival Bernie Sanders. As protesters in Iowa interrupted a
Donald Trump rally, he encouraged supporters to "knock the crap out
of them," and pledged to pay their legal fees.
(AFP, 2/2/16)(AFP, 3/12/16)
2016 Feb 1, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul, killing 10 people and
wounding 20 after joining a queue to enter an office of the civil
2016 Feb 1, In Australia 16
young kangaroos were found killed after being deliberately run down
by a driver. Another had to be euthanized because of its injuries.
2016 Feb 1, British mother
Tareena Shakil (26), who took her toddler to Syria and joined the
Islamic State (IS) group, was sentenced to six years in prison after
becoming the first British woman to be convicted after returning
2016 Feb 1, Chinese President
Xi Jinping presided over the creation of five new military regions,
part of the streamlining of the 2.3 million-member People's
Liberation Army while also signaling his firm control over the armed
2016 Feb 1, In China Chen Man
walked free having spent the last 23 years in jail after a court
overturned a murder and arson conviction, the latest wrongful
verdict to be overturned in the country.
2016 Feb 1, Cuba's President
Raul Castro began an official state visit to France, his first ever
to Europe, which is being seen as a key step in rebuilding his
island nation's ties with the West.
2016 Feb 1, In Germany Hamdi H.
(26) and Marvin N. (24) raced at up to 170 kph (106 mph) through
multiple red lights on Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm boulevard until
Hamid H. ran into a Jeep, killing the 69-year-old driver. In 2017
the two men were convicted of murder in Berlin State Court and
sentenced to life in prison. In 2018 a federal appeals court
reversed the murder conviction and ordered a new trial.
2016 Feb 1, Honduras declared a
state of emergency after officials said the number of Zika
infections is rising at an "alarming" rate in the Central American
2016 Jan, It was reported some
25k to 50k people in greater New Delhi die prematurely every year
because of air pollution. The WHO has ranked India’s capital as the
world’s most polluted big city.
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.43)
2016 Feb 1, Myanmar's
parliament, led for the first time by pro-democracy leader Aung San
Suu Kyi's party, began a historic session that will install the
country's first democratically elected government in more than 50
2016 Feb 1, A Palestinian was
shot dead after trying to stab Israeli soldiers near a Jewish
settlement in the occupied West Bank.
2016 Feb 1, Russia's Defense
Ministry said its air force has carried out 468 sorties in Syria
over the past week, hitting more than 1,300 "terrorist" targets.
2016 Feb 1, The Saudi-led
coalition striking Shiite rebels in Yemen announced that it is
setting up an independent committee to probe the force's actions in
the deeply impoverished country amid mounting criticism over its
military operations there.
2016 Feb 1, Syrian peace talks
gained a small measure of momentum with the UN special envoy
formally declaring the start of indirect negotiations, even as the
opposition spokesman accused Russia of producing a "new Hitler" in
Moscow and supporting another Hitler in Damascus.
2016 Feb 1, In Thailand
Scottish tourist Gareth Crowe was gored to death by an elephant that
he and his stepdaughter (16) were riding on the resort island of
2016 Feb 1, Al-Qaida's Yemeni
branch seized another town, setting up checkpoints at its entrances
and besieging government buildings before dawn after days of
fighting with southern separatists.
2016 Feb 2, A spokeswoman for
the US Attorney's Office in Detroit said the FBI is joining a US
investigation into Flint, Michigan's water contamination crisis.
2016 Feb 2, Yahoo said it is
laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess
baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer
can save her own job. She will also close offices in Dubai, United
Arab Emirates; Mexico City; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Madrid and
2016 Feb 2, Argentina’s new
finance minister, Alfonso Prat-Gay, announced a deal with Italian
bondholders worth $1.35 billion. The deal, represented 15% of the
holdouts who rejected restructurings in 2005 and 2010, and still
needed approval by Congress.
(Econ, 2/6/16, p.65)
2016 Feb 2, The Australian
government changed the rules to make politics more family-friendly
allowing lawmakers to now breastfeed in the Parliament. None of the
nursing mothers appeared keen to take up the opportunity.
2016 Feb 2, In Bangladesh a
special war crimes tribunal sentenced two more men to death after
finding them guilty of killing, kidnapping and looting during the
country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The three-judge
panel ruled that Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were
involved in the deaths of seven people. Prosecutors said they helped
Pakistani soldiers attack a village in Netrokona district on Oct.
2016 Feb 2, British energy
giant BP posted the company's biggest loss in at least 20 years,
ravaged by tumbling oil prices, and axed another 3,000 jobs.
2016 Feb 2, An Israeli court
convicted former PM Ehud Olmert on two counts of obstruction of
justice for pressuring a confidant not to testify in multiple legal
cases against him.
2016 Feb 2, Israel's parliament
passed a law expanding police powers, allowing them to stop and
frisk suspects without probable cause, the latest attempt to crack
down on near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis.
2016 Feb 2, Israeli soldiers
destroyed 24 structures in and around the village of Khirbet Jenbah
south of Hebron, leaving a number of families homeless. Officials
said the structures were illegal.
2016 Feb 2, A Japanese special
police unit that deals with alleged espionage arrested an ethnic
Korean resident on suspicion of fraud. Kyodo News agency soon
reported his name as Pak Chae-Hun.
2016 Feb 2, Pakistani security
forces reportedly opened fire on an anti-privatization rally in the
port city of Karachi, killing two employees.
2016 Feb 2, In Somalia a
suspected suicide bomber was sucked out of a Daallo Airlines plane.
Investigators believed a bomb probably caused the onboard explosion
that forced the Airbus A321 to return to Mogadishu for an emergency
landing. On May 30 a Somali military court sentenced 10 people it
said were behind the bomb blast.
(Reuters, 2/3/16)(Reuters, 5/30/16)
2016 Feb 2, Syrian Democratic
Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters under the
umbrella of the PYD, the main Syrian Kurdish force, severed the
corridor between Aleppo and the Turkish border critical for rebel
supplies, in tacit alliance with the Assad regime.
(Econ, 2/20/16, p.39)
2016 Feb 2, In Turkey Ismail
Akkol of the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front
(DHKP-C) was detained with another militant on suspicion of planning
a suicide bombing in the capital Ankara. On Feb 4 charged the
radical leftwing militant was charged over the 1996 assassination of
industrialist Ozdemir Sabanci.
2016 Feb 2, Nine people,
including two babies, were found drowned off the coast of western
Turkey after a boat carrying people to Greece partly capsized.
2016 Feb 3, The Free State
Project, formed in 2001 following an essay by libertarian Jason
Sorens, announced that 20,000 believers in limited government have
agreed to move to New Hampshire.
2016 Feb 3, Environmentalists
sued a branch of the US Department of Agriculture in a bid to block
federal agents from carrying out targeted killings of gray wolves in
2016 Feb 3, Australia's High
Court threw out a challenge to the country’s right to deport
detained asylum seekers to the tiny South Pacific island nation of
2016 Feb 3, Iraqi-British
architect Zaha Hadid was awarded Britain's Royal Gold Medal,
becoming the first individual woman to win the award. Known for
works including the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the London
2016 Feb 3, State-owned China
National Chemical Corp. offered $43 billion in an agreed takeover
for Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta, in what would be by far
the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm.
2016 Feb 3, Egyptian security
forces killed two suspected Islamist militants during clashes in the
upscale Cairo district of Maadi.
2016 Feb 3, In France police
cleared a sprawling slum-like camp along railroad tracks on the edge
of Paris that housed hundreds of Roma, citing sanitary concerns.
2016 Feb 3, Greek journalists
walked off the job ahead of a general strike set to disrupt services
across the country to protest pension reforms that are part of the
country's third international bailout.
2016 Feb 3, An avalanche hit
the Siachen Glacier in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir
early today, trapping 10 Indian army soldiers in the snow. On Feb 8
soldier Hanamanthappa Koppad was found conscious and disoriented as
the bodies of 9 others were recovered. Koppad died of his injuries
on Feb 11.
(AP, 2/3/16)(AP, 2/9/16)(Reuters, 2/11/16)
2016 Feb 3, Iraqi Kurdish
leader Massud Barzani declared that the "time has come" for the
country's Kurds to hold a referendum on statehood, a move likely to
raise tensions with Baghdad.
2016 Feb 3, Lebanon said its
army killed six gunmen and arrested 16 suspected militants,
including a commander from the Islamic State group, in a raid in the
town of Arsal near the border with Syria.
2016 Feb 3, Most flights by
Pakistan's ailing national airline were grounded, as striking
employees disrupted operations to protest against a government
2016 Feb 3, Three Palestinians
armed with automatic weapons, explosive devices and knives killed a
female Israeli security officer (19) and seriously wounded another
officer in Jerusalem before police shot and killed the attackers.
(AP, 2/3/16)(AFP, 2/4/16)
2016 Feb 3, The Saudi-led
coalition said Yemeni rebels and their allies have killed or wounded
375 civilians in Saudi border regions since a Saudi-led military
operation began against the rebels last March.
2016 Feb 3, The office of South
Africa's President Jacob Zuma said he will pay back some of the
public funds used to upgrade his private home, attempting to end a
two-year scandal that has plagued his government.
2016 Feb 3, Slovenia’s Defence
Minister Andreja Katic said his country will offer military
equipment and up to 15 military instructors to the global U.S.-led
coalition against the Islamic State (IS).
2016 Feb 3, The ministers of
Sudan and South Sudan at a meeting in Juba agreed to tie the fee to
oil prices after slumps in global prices made Juba effectively pay
to export crude. Exact details were yet to be settled.
2016 Feb 3, The Syrian army cut
the last supply route linking opposition forces in the northern city
of Aleppo to the Turkish border, as Russia vowed no let-up in its
aerial bombardment in support of the regime.
2016 Feb 3, A confidential
report to the UN Security Council accused Rwanda of recruiting and
training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Burundian
President Pierre Nkurunziza.
2016 Feb 4, US President Barack
Obama announced a $450 million plan to fund Colombia's peace
process, shaking up a controversial military aid program that
defined relations for 15 years.
2016 Feb 4, A US defense
official said Libya has seen an influx of Islamic State extremists
in recent months, while the number of jihadists in Iraq and Syria
has dropped by several thousand.
2016 Feb 4, US authorities
announced that Swiss bank Julius Baer, facing a criminal charge, has
agreed to pay $547 million and cooperate for three years with
American authorities to shut down accounts that enabled wealthy
Americans to evade taxes.
2016 Feb 4 - 2016 Feb 5,
Unknown hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems and tried to
steal nearly $1 billion from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank
of New York. Many of the payments were blocked. But $20 million made
its way to the Shalika Foundation in Sri Lanka before the transfer
was reversed. Another $81 million was routed the Philippines, and
diverted to casinos there, where the trail runs out. North Korea was
later implicated in the cyber theft.
(Reuters, 3/31/16)(Econ, 3/26/15, p.46)(SFC,
2016 Feb 4, Brazilian officials
said they're sending a set of samples related to the Zika outbreak
to the United States, a move which follows complaints that the
country was hoarding disease data and biological material.
2016 Feb 4, Donor nations
meeting in London pledged to give billions of dollars in aid to
Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference to tackle the
world's worst humanitarian crisis. The British government announced
£1.2 billion (1.6 million euros, $1.74 billion) in aid for war-torn
Syria and its neighbours.
(Reuters, 2/4/16)(AFP, 2/4/16)
2016 Feb 4, In China four more
high-ranking party members were kicked out, bringing to 67 the
number known to have been investigated, expelled or sentenced this
(Econ, 2/13/16, p.38)
2016 Feb 4, Congo DRC
authorities dismantled a major ivory network, arresting three
traffickers in a blow to poaching operations that threaten the
survival of the African forest elephant. Officials also seized 30 kg
(66 pounds) of ivory ornaments and other items.
2016 Feb 4, In central Israel
two 13-year-old Arab Israeli girls stabbed and lightly wounded a
security guard at a bus station in Ramle. Both girls were arrested.
2016 Feb 4, Greek police fired
teargas at protesters hurling stones at them during brief clashes on
the sidelines of a mass rally against pension reforms in central
2016 Feb 4, In Iraq a string of
roadside bombs and a shooting left 9 people dead and 33 wounded
2016 Feb 4, Mexico’s National
Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) said troops from Mexico's marines
tortured four people and sexually assaulted three in the Gulf Coast
state of Veracruz in 2012.
2016 Feb 4, In New Zealand the
biggest trade deal in history was signed, yoking 12 Pacific rim
countries in a US-led initiative aimed at wresting influence from
2016 Feb 4, Switzerland’s
Credit Suisse said it is cutting roughly 4,000 jobs to reduce costs
after announcing a massive pre-tax loss in the fourth quarter that
includes "substantial charges which are not reflective of our
underlying business performance."
2016 Feb 4, Turkish PM Ahmet
Davutoglu said tens of thousands of Syrians are moving toward the
Turkish border from the Syrian city of Aleppo due to increased
2016 Feb 4, A UN envoy halted
his attempts to conduct Syrian peace talks after the army, backed by
Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo,
choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city.
2016 Feb 4, In southern Yemen
two suspected US drone strikes killed 12 Islamist militants
overnight, including a top al Qaeda commander who may have been the
new leader of Islamic State in Yemen.
2016 Feb 4, The U.N. children's
agency released a report saying at least 200 million girls and women
in 30 countries are estimated to have undergone female circumcision
— half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia.
2016 Feb 4, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe declared a state of disaster in most rural
parts of the country severely hit by a drought, with 26 percent of
the population said to be in need of food aid.
2016 Feb 5, The Pentagon
released nearly 200 photographs of detainees in Iraq and
Afghanistan, taken mostly between 2004 and 2006, involving 56 cases
of alleged abuse by US forces.
2016 Feb 5, The Justice
Department announced that Banking giant HSBC has reached a $470
million settlement with the federal government and nearly all states
over mortgage lending and foreclosure abuses that officials say
helped intensify the country's economic meltdown.
2016 Feb 5, The Albanian
Environment Ministry said Parliament has passed a 10-year moratorium
on chopping down trees for industry or export purposes.
2016 Feb 5, Bahrain said it is
ready to commit ground troops to Syria as part of a US-led coalition
against Islamic State, a day after its larger neighbour and close
ally Saudi Arabia announced a similar pledge.
2016 Feb 5, Bhutan’s King
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema announced the birth
of their first child.
2016 Feb 5, Ottawa announced
the lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran, which will allow
Canadian firms access to Iran after a deal on its nuclear program
recently came into force.
2016 Feb 5, It was reported
that Sichuan Gov. Wei Hong has been accused of disloyalty to the
ruling Communist Party and removed from his post, amid a growing
consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping that some have
likened to a personality cult.
2016 Feb 5, A controversial
Danish law allowing police to seize valuables from refugees came
2016 Feb 5, President Rafael
Correa said he has fired Ecuador's military high command for
refusing to pay back to the state $41 million from an overvalued
2016 Feb 5, The head of
Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said Islamic State
militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees.
2016 Feb 5, In Guinea
journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo (33) died after receiving a bullet
to the chest in clashes outside the Conakry offices of an opposition
2016 Feb 5, A band of former
Haitian soldiers clashed with a far larger gathering of
anti-government demonstrators in Port-au-Prince, resulting in the
killing of an ex-member of the abolished military amid an ongoing
2016 Feb 5, Iranian mdia said a
high-ranking member of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)
and 6 Iranian Basij militia volunteers have been killed in fighting
in Syria’s northern Aleppo province.
2016 Feb 5, In Ireland gunmen
disguised as police opened fire on boxing fans at a Dublin hotel,
killing one man and wounding two others. A henchman from a rival
gang led by the Spain-based Christy Kinahan was targeted and killed.
On Feb 8 Irish republican militant group the Continuity IRA, linked
to organized crime, claimed responsibility, but then soon retracted.
(AP, 2/5/16)(AFP, 2/8/16)(AP, 2/9/16)
2016 Feb 5, Japan deported Ric
O'Barry, the star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how
dolphins are hunted in a Japanese village, after Tokyo airport
officials barred his entry and he was held in detention for more
than two weeks.
2016 Feb 5, Honda Motor Co.
said that it would recall 5.7 million cars worldwide in the latest
round of recalls involving Takata Corp. air bag inflators that can
explode and hurl shrapnel into the vehicle.
2016 Feb 5, A fire at a hotel
in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, killed 19
people and injured dozens more.
2016 Feb 5, Six asylum-seekers
arrived in Latvia, the first of 531 the nation has agreed to accept
as part of the European Union's relocation scheme.
2016 Feb 5, In Mali at least
four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier were killed following
an attack on a UN military camp in Timbuktu.
2016 Feb 5, In Nepal vehicles
passed through Birgunj, the main border town between Nepal and
India, after frustrated local residents forcefully removed barriers
set up by ethnic protesters who blockaded the border to demand
changes in the new constitution.
2016 Feb 5, Somalia's Shebab
insurgents retook their stronghold of Merka from African Union
troops who had held the key port since 2012. Three people were
killed in a car bomb targeting an airport official in Mogadishu, as
investigators probed an airplane blast experts fear was also a bomb.
2016 Feb 5, In northeastern
South Africa 87 miners were rescued after a cave-in at a Vantage
Goldfields mine in Barbeton town, Mpumalanga province. 3 men
remained missing in a mobile office buried in a sinkhole.
(Reuters, 2/5/16)(AP, 2/10/16)
2016 Feb 5, In Syria
pro-government troops retook another northern community as part of a
weeklong offensive aimed at encircling the country's largest city,
Aleppo. The capture was backed by shelling and airstrikes, including
by Russian warplanes. Tens of thousands were apparently streaming
towards Turkey as regime troops pressed a major Russian-backed
offensive around Aleppo.
(AP, 2/5/16)(AFP, 2/5/16)
2016 Feb 5, Thailand police
released photos of Artur Segarra Princep (37), a Spanish man,
suspected of involvement in the killing of fellow Spaniard David
Bernat, whose dismembered body was recovered piece by piece from
Bangkok's Chao Phraya River. Princep was arrested in Cambodia on Feb
7 and returned to Thailand.
(AP, 2/5/16)(AP, 2/8/16)
2016 Feb 5, The South Pacific
kingdom of Tonga said it has a Zika epidemic after five people
tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected of
2016 Feb 5, A UN panel said it
had adopted an opinion "in which it considered that Mr Julian
Assange was arbitrarily detained by the governments of Sweden and
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland." It added:
"The working group also considered that the detention should be
brought to an end and that Mr Assange should be afforded the right
2016 Feb 5, A UN report said
thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly
pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of
mid-December — and that number will only grow in 2016.
2016 Feb 5, In southern Yemen
al-Qaida leader Jalal Baliedy was killed along with 3 others in a US
2016 Feb 6, Dan Hicks (b.1941),
singer and songwriter, died at his home in Marin, Ca. From 1965-1968
he wasthe drummer and occasional vocalist for the charlatans, widely
regarded as the first San Francisco psychedelic band.
(Boston Globe, 2/8/16, p.B6)
2016 Feb 6, Afghanistan, China,
Pakistan and the United States launched their third round of talks
aimed at finding a way to get the warring Taliban to sit and talk
peace with the Afghan government. The talks in Islamabad concluded
with a call for direct talks between the government and the Taliban
by the end of February.
2016 Feb 6, In the Austrian
Alps 5 people were killed when a "massive" avalanche struck skiers
from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp.
2016 Feb 6, In Bulgaria 2
female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region due to
freezing conditions near the southeastern town of Malko Tarnovo.
2016 Feb 6, In Germany a march
by the anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the
eastern city of Dresden with rallies in support of the movement also
held in a string of other European cities.
2016 Feb 6, Top Haitian leaders
negotiated an agreement to install a short-term provisional
government less than 24 hours before President Michel Martelly was
scheduled to step down.
2016 Feb 6, In Honduras some
200,000 residents spent the day ridding homes and gardens of
standing water and fumigating areas suspected of harboring mosquito
larvae carrying the Zika virus.
2016 Feb 6, Nigerian health
authorities released data that showed a growing Lassa fever outbreak
has killed 101 people, as it battles to contain a flare-up of the
2016 Feb 6, In western Pakistan
at least 9 people were killed and more than 40 wounded when a
suicide bomber blew himself up near a military convoy in Quetta.
2016 Feb 6, In southern
Pakistan a fire killed all 10 members of a fisherman's family on
Kharo Chan island, Sindh province.
2016 Feb 6, A Saudi patrol was
hit in cross-border shelling from rebel-controlled northern Yemen in
the southwestern region of Assir, killing one soldier. Later in the
day, the southwestern city of Najran was struck, leaving dead a
2016 Feb 6, Somali government
troops backed by African Union peacekeepers recaptured the key port
of Merka from Shebab insurgents just one day after the Islamists
swept into the city.
2016 Feb 6, A powerful
earthquake struck southern Taiwan early today killing at least 59
people, most in the 17-storey Weiguan Golden Dragon apartment
complex that collapsed. At least four people, including an
8-year-old girl, were rescued on Feb 8 from the high-rise building.
270 people survived. Lin Ming-hui, the developer of the building,
was arrested on Feb 8. Rescue efforts ended on Feb 13 with 116
confirmed dead and one person still missing.
(AFP, 2/6/16) (AP,
2/8/16)(Reuters, 2/9/16)(AP, 2/13/16)
2016 Feb 6, Tunisia said it has
completed a 200-km (125 mile) barrier along its frontier with Libya
to try to keep out Islamist militants, and will soon install
electronic monitoring systems.
2016 Feb 6, Turkmenistan state
television said Pres. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has sacked his
administration chief, complaining of corruption and mismanagement.
2016 Feb 7, The United States
and its allies conducted ten strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Feb 7, The SF Bay Area
hosted the 50th edition of the Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos
defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
2016 Feb 7, Afghan officials
said a policeman was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Puli
Alim, the capital of Logar province. Eight others were wounded in
the attack including head provincial judge, Haqiq Rahman, and the
head of the city's appeals court, Abdul Rahman, as well as two other
judges and four civilians.
2016 Feb 7, Algeria's
parliament adopted a package of constitutional reforms that
authorities say will strengthen democracy, but opponents doubt it
will bring real change. The new constitution limited presidents to
two five-year terms.
2016 Feb 7, In Israel a
Sudanese migrant stabbed and wounded a soldier in an apparent act of
solidarity with Palestinians and was shot dead.
2016 Feb 7, In Jamaica gunfire
left 3 people dead as Andrew Hollness, leader of the oppositon
Jamaica Labour Party, spoke to supporters in Montego Bay.
(Econ, 2/20/16, p.30)
2016 Feb 7, In Libya
unidentified aircraft attacked the city of Derna early today,
killing at least four people including a woman and her child.
2016 Feb 7, Maldives police
arrested a judge and a former prosecutor general for issuing an
arrest warrant for the country's president without the police
2016 Feb 7, North Korea
launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite,
but its neighbors and the United States denounced the launch as a
missile test, conducted in defiance of UN sanctions and just weeks
after a nuclear bomb test.
2016 Feb 7, Spanish police said
they have arrested six suspected members of a jihadi cell linked to
Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra militants during raids in the
eastern provinces of Valencia and Alicante and in Spain's North
African enclave of Ceuta.
2016 Feb 7, Sri Lanka's ethnic
Tamil leaders have asked the top UN human rights official to help
determine the fate of more than 4,000 civilians reported missing in
the country's long civil war amid the new government's assertion
that most of them are probably dead.
2016 Feb 7, Aid trucks and
ambulances entered Syria from Turkey to deliver food and supplies to
tens of thousands of people fleeing an escalating government assault
on Aleppo, as air strikes targeted villages on the road north to the
Turkish border. 45 pro-regime fighters killed by gunfire and another
31 killed when landmines were detonated during clashes near
(Reuters, 2/7/16)(AP, 2/13/16)
2016 Feb 7, A top official in
the United Arab Emirates said that his country is prepared to send
ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants as part of
an international coalition.
2016 Feb 7, In southern Yemen
al-Qaida militants battled each other in the southern city of
Zinjibar controlled by the group, in what appeared to be an internal
power struggle that erupted after a senior militant was killed in a
US drone strike. At least 7 militants were left dead and another
2016 Feb 8, The zodiac calendar
entered the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs.
2016 Feb 8, President Barack
Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met to discuss efforts
to fight the spread of the Islamic State in Libya.
2016 Feb 8, The Justice
Department said the wife of senior Islamic State leader Abu Sayyaf,
who was killed in a US raid last year, has been charged in federal
court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with
contributing to the aid worker's death. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar,
aka Umm Sayyaf, admitted after her capture last May that she and her
husband had kept Mueller captive along with several other young
2016 Feb 8, In eastern
Afghanistan suicide bomber struck in a crowded market, killing 5
civilians and wounding nine others in Paktika province. In northern
Balkh province a suicide bomber targeting an Afghan army minibus
near a base killed at least 3 soldiers and wounded another 18
military personnel. In the eastern Nangarhar province a presidential
palace guard was shot dead inside his home in an attack that also
wounded his mother.
2016 Feb 8, Bosnian Serb Gen.
Zdravko Tolimir, jailed for life for committing genocide during the
Balkans wars, died of natural cases in a UN detention center at The
2016 Feb 8, Canada announced it
will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and
Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22.
2016 Feb 8, In Chad Zouhoura
(16) was assaulted in a brutal attack that shocked many, triggering
weeks of demonstrations by thousands of young people in the streets.
Five alleged rapists, who include the sons of three generals, were
taken into custody together with four suspected accomplices.
Zouhoura soon returned to France, where she already lived with
relatives from 2009 to 2015, and decided to speak out publicly in
Paris to fight impunity for sex criminals in her central African
2016 Feb 8, Star Cuban
infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away
from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early today in an
apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball.
2016 Feb 8, The Montreal-based
UN aviation agency said global aviation experts agreed to the first
emissions-reduction standards for aircraft in a deal that will take
effect with new models in four years, but environmental groups said
the carbon dioxide cuts did not go far enough.
2016 Feb 8, In Colombia an
attack early today on a military brigade was blamed on the leftist
National Liberation Army (ELN). President Juan Manuel Santos vowed
to step up the fight against the second-biggest rebel group, despite
claims it was ready to join in a peace drive to end decades of
2016 Feb 8, In the Czech Rep.
hundreds of taxi drivers blocked a major road in downtown Prague to
demand higher pay and protest alternative services such as Uber.
2016 Feb 8, At a conference in
Dubai world leaders called on governments to be responsive to and
inclusive of their citizens.
2016 Feb 8, France's former
budget minister Jerome Cahuzac (63), who stashed millions abroad
while cracking down on tax cheats at home, went on trial for tax
fraud and money laundering.
2016 Feb 8, In Germany hundreds
of thousands of people packed the streets of Cologne for its annual
Rose Monday parade, the culmination of five days of Carnival
2016 Feb 8, Hong Kong riot
police fired warning shots during clashes that erupted in the
Chinese-ruled city when authorities tried to remove illegal street
stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations. 124 people were
injured, including 90 police officers, in the worst violence since
pro-democracy protests in 2014.
(Reuters, 2/9/16)(Econ, 2/13/16, p.10)
2016 Feb 8, In Ireland at least
four gunmen broke into the Dublin home of Eddied Hutch, the brother
of Dubin crime kingpin Gerry "The Monk" Hutch and fatally shot the
59-year-old several times in the hallway.
2016 Feb 8, In Mexico
crime-beat reporter Anabel Flores Salazar was kidnapped from her
home near Orizaba in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz at about 2 am.
Her body was found a day later on a highway in Puebla. On Feb 13
Josele Marquez (alias) El Chichi, the presumed mastermind behind her
murder, was arrested.
(AP, 2/8/16)(Reuters, 2/9/16)(Reuters,
2016 Feb 8, In Mexico a gas
explosion ripped through a house where dozens of abducted migrants
were being held captive in Reynosa on the Texas border, injuring
five people. The Guatemalan migrants told police they were abducted
a week ago.
2016 Feb 8, In Nepal the United
Democratic Madhesi Front said in a statement it would continue its
protests but would no longer block the border points where crucial
supplies come on cargo trucks from India.
2016 Feb 8, Palestinian and
Israeli sources said Israel plans to increase the number of entry
permits it grants to Palestinian workers, in a drive to ease
economic hardship that has contributed to a wave of Palestinian
2016 Feb 8, Russia's FSB
security service said it had arrested seven Islamic State militants
in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg who it said had been planning
bomb attacks in Moscow.
2016 Feb 8, Russia's Central
Bank effectively closed down two of the country's smaller banks
after it revoked their operating licenses, its latest effort to
consolidate the sprawling banking sector.
2016 Feb 8, In Russia
demolition crews arrived near a metro station in central Moscow to
destroy nearly 100 buildings that allegedly posed a danger to the
(Econ, 2/20/16, p.45)
2016 Feb 8, At least 4 Russian
servicemen were killed when a military helicopter crashed in the
west of the country.
2016 Feb 8, In Saudi Arabia an
explosion damaged a car in Riyadh, an incident the Islamic State
militant group said was caused by a bomb one of its members had
affixed to the vehicle.
2016 Feb 8, In southern Somalia
Mahad Karate, also known as Abdirahim Mohamed Warsame, was
reportedly killed along with 10 middle-level al-Shabab members by a
Kenyan airstrike on Nadris camp. Kenya’s army announced the attack
on Feb 18, but the Shehab dismissed the report.
2016 Feb 8, Swedish police
arrested 14 men for allegedly planning to attack an asylum center
after finding axes, knives and iron pipes in their cars.
2016 Feb 8, Syrian army troops
recaptured a new village north of Aleppo, bringing troops and allied
militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part
of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area.
2016 Feb 8, Twenty-four
migrants, including 11 children, drowned in the Aegean Sea as they
tried to cross from Turkey to Greece.
2016 Feb 8, The UN said at
least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war
zones on the brink of famine.
2016 Feb 9, The US Supreme
Court delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on
hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly
from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his
administration's strategy to combat climate change.
2016 Feb 9, Los Angeles,
sometimes called the homeless capital of America, adopted a $1.87
billion plan to help its 44,000 down-and-out people without homes.
2016 Feb 9, Voting began in New
Hampshire in the first US presidential primary. Republican Donald
Trump led with 35% and Bernie Sanders won with 60%.
(AFP, 2/9/16) (AFP, 2/10/16)
2016 Feb 9, A sweep involving
teams of sniffer dogs and a helicopter was conducted simultaneously
in Paris and Craiova, in southern Romania. The joint operation by
Romania and France against pickpockets targeting visitors to
Disneyland Paris and other French tourist sites nabbed the
ringleaders and exposed their methods. The probe began last March
after local police noted a spike in pickpocketing by Romanians and
ethnic Roma outside Disneyland and on the train that links Paris to
the amusement park.
2016 Feb 9, In Germany two
passenger trains collided head-on near a Bavarian spa town about 60
km (37 miles) southeast of Munich. In July German prosecutors
brought charges against a rail dispatcher accused of causing the
crash that killed 12 while playing a mobile phone game on duty. On
Dec 5 dispatcher Michael Paul (40) was sentenced to
three-and-a-half-years in prison.
(Reuters, 2/9/16)(AP, 2/10/16)(AFP, 7/18/16)(AP,
2016 Feb 9, An Indonesian court
sentenced seven men for conspiring with the Islamic State group, the
first time the country has sent anyone to prison for IS links, as
radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir appealed his conviction.
2016 Feb 9, Iraqi forces
recaptured territory from Islamic State militants which links the
recently recaptured city of Ramadi to a major army base in western
2016 Feb 9, Protests
intensified in Iraq's Kurdistan region after the government unveiled
new austerity measures to avert an economic collapse that officials
warn could undermine the war effort against Islamic State.
2016 Feb 9, In Mali 3 soldiers
were killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device
in the central Mopti region.
2016 Feb 9, In Nepal former PM
Sushil Koirala (78), a moderate figure in Nepal's unsettled
politics, died, presenting a potential hurdle in attempts to win
greater rights for minorities in a new constitution.
2016 Feb 9, Saudi Arabia said
it had suspended $4 billion in funding for the French and Americans
to train and equip the Lebanonese army and security forces.
(Econ, 3/5/16, p.45)
2016 Feb 9, South African
opposition protesters marched on the country's Constitutional Court
in Johannesburg, where judges heard a case over public money spent
on President Jacob Zuma's private house.
2016 Feb 9, In Spain tens of
thousands of commuters in Barcelona faced travel chaos as smoke from
a fire filled railway tunnels and forced authorities to suspend
2016 Feb 9, In Syria a suicide
car bomber blew himself up at a police officers' club in a
residential district of Damascus, killing at least 10 people and
causing wide material damage.
2016 Feb 9, Turkish soldiers
spotted seven PKK militants entering Sirnak province's Cizre
district from Syria and, as they clashed, one soldier was killed and
one wounded. Military officials have detained a group of 34 people
at the border with Syria and seized luggage containing four suicide
vests and explosives.
2016 Feb 9, Yemeni forces
clashed with Al-Qaeda militants in Aden as the Saudi-led coalition
provided air cover, in a bid to drive the jihadists out of the city.
2016 Feb 10, Staples said it
has received European approval for its buyout of Office Depot and in
exchange it would split off some operations in Europe to allay
2016 Feb 10, Four Afghan
policemen were killed and another seven wounded when one of their
colleagues opened fire on them in Kandahar province.
2016 Feb 10, Australian
lawmakers committed to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical
use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh
penalties for illegal drugs.
2016 Feb 10, Thousands of
junior doctors throughout England wet on strike after the failure of
2016 Feb 10, In northern
Cameroon at least 6 people were killed and 30 injured by two
Islamist suicide bombers at a Muslim funeral gathering in
2016 Feb 10, El Salvador's
Supreme Court ordered a lower tribunal to open a civil prosecution
against former Pres. Mauricio Funes (2009-2014) for possible illicit
2016 Feb 10, French Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius (69) announced he was leaving the government
ahead of a wider reshuffle that President Francois Hollande hopes
can help bolster his chances for the 2017 presidential elections.
2016 Feb 10, In India millions
of children began getting deworming treatment in a massive national
campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and
impairing their mental and physical development.
2016 Feb 10, An Indonesian air
force plane crashed into a house on the main island of Java, killing
both people on board and two people in the house.
2016 Feb 10, An Israeli court
handed former prime minister Ehud Olmert one month of prison for
obstructing justice, in addition to a previous 18-month sentence for
2016 Feb 10, Israeli forces
shot at a Palestinian who was throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles on
road near the refugee camp. Omar Jawabreh (16) of the al-Aroub
refugee camp north of Hebron was killed.
2016 Feb 10, Italian police
said Monsignor Patrizio Benvenuti (64), originally from Argentina,
has been arrested for allegedly defrauding hundreds of elderly
people out of millions of euros through an elaborate
money-laundering scheme. An arrest warrant has been issued for
French financier and property dealer Christian Ventisette (54), whom
authorities have not been able to find.
2016 Feb 10, Japan announced
that it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest a rocket
launch seen as a test of missile technology.
2016 Feb 10, Four Myanmar
military personnel were killed and one survived when an air force
utility aircraft crashed after taking off from the airport in the
2016 Feb 10, It was reported
that North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil,
for corruption and factional conspiracy. If true this would be the
latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under
its young leader.
2016 Feb 10, In Pakistan a car
slammed into a gas tanker, causing a fireball that killed 10 people,
including six children eastern Punjab province.
2016 Feb 10, South Korea said
that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in
response to the North's recent rocket launch, accusing the North of
using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile
2016 Feb 10, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said at least 500 people have been
killed on all sides during fighting in Aleppo province since the
start of a Syrian army and allied forces offensive began in early
2016 Feb 10, In northern Syria
Kurdish fighters backed by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in
an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents.
An international aid group warned that the health system is close to
collapse in parts of northern Syria.
2016 Feb 10, Turkey’s state-run
Anadolu Agency reported that one police officer was killed and
another wounded when PKK rebels launched a rocket attack on an
armored vehicle in Sirnak.
(Reuters, 2/10/16)(AP, 2/10/16)
2016 Feb 10, In eastern Ukraine
4 civilians were killed when a minivan carrying them drove over a
landmine as they waited to cross out of separatist-held territory.
2016 Feb 10, The United Nations
Development Program said it has raised $60 million for food aid in
Zimbabwe and is feeding 1 million people as the country faces its
worst drought in a quarter century.
2016 Feb 10, In Yemen an
airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed TV director Mounir
al-Hakimi, his wife, and 3 children in their home in Sanaa.
2016 Feb 11, The US FBI
surrounded the last protesters holed up at a federal wildlife refuge
in Oregon amid reports they will surrender, suggesting the
weeks-long armed siege is approaching a climax.
2016 Feb 11, Scientists at the
Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)
announced the detection of the first gravitational wave recorded
last September 14. It stemmed from the merger of two black holes
some 1.3 billion years earlier. The LIGO project broke ground in
Hanford, Washington in late 1994 and in Livingston, Louisiana in
2016 Feb 11, Thousands of
junior doctors at English hospitals continued a second strike
against proposed new conditions and pay rates for working unsociable
2016 Feb 11, Cameroon soldiers
killed at least 27 Boko Haram fighters after launching a
cross-border operation in the Nigerian locality of Goshi that also
resulted in the death of one soldier.
2016 Feb 11, Police in the
Dominican Republic killed one of two men suspected in the slaying of
an elderly German tourist during a robbery in Puerto Plata.
2016 Feb 11, In Egypt at least
69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars
overturned as it was travelling north toward Cairo.
2016 Feb 11, In western France
at least six children were killed when a school minibus crashed into
a truck in Rochefort, a day after another road accident involving a
school bus left two youngsters dead near the Swiss border.
2016 Feb 11, Three Greek navy
personnel were killed after their helicopter crashed into a small
islet in the Aegean Sea during an exercise.
2016 Feb 11, Indian authorities
detained dozens of Kashmiri activists and placed separatist leaders
under house arrest to prevent them from holding anti-India protests
to mark the anniversary of a top separatist leader's hanging more
than three decades ago.
2016 Feb 11, The Indonesian
government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring
same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage
visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.
2016 Feb 11, In central Mali
suspected Islamist militants killed 2 civilians and a customs
officer and burned a car in an attack on a customs post in Mopti.
2016 Feb 11, In Mexico 49
inmates were killed as two rival factions of the Zetas drug cartel
fought for control of the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey. During the
violence inmates set a fire in a supply room and TV images showed
flames coming out of the prison in the middle of the night.
2016 Feb 11, Allied defense
ministers said NATO will send military vessels to the Aegean Sea to
help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling
migrants and refugees into Europe.
2016 Feb 11, The Netherlands
said it would create a 300-strong rapid response security team that
could be deployed for border control anywhere, but primarily within
the European Union.
2016 Feb 11, North Korea said
it was kicking out all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong
industrial zone, calling the South's move to suspend operations, in
retaliation for Sunday's rocket launch by the North, a "declaration
2016 Feb 11, Russia's Defense
Ministry said that two US aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of
Aleppo on Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in
2016 Feb 11, In Saudi Arabia a
man killed six employees in a "criminal" attack at an education
department office in the southern province of Jazan.
2016 Feb 11, South Sudan's
President Salva Kiir named his arch-rival Riek Machar as
vice-president, raising hopes for the implementation of a repeatedly
broken peace deal to end more than two years of civil war.
2016 Feb 11, In Syria
Kurdish-led fighters aided by Russian bombing captured the
rebel-held Menagh military airport near the border with Turkey.
Russian warplanes staged at least 30 raids against the rebels
holding out there.
2016 Feb 11, The Syrian Center
for Policy Research (SCPR) estimated that the death toll in the
current Syrian civil war has reached 470,000.
(Econ, 2/20/16, p.41)
2016 Feb 11, Thailand's
nomadic fishermen urged the government to help resolve a dispute
over access to ancestral shrines on land taken over by developers,
following violence in which dozens were injured last month.
2016 Feb 11, Turkey said that
its security forces have completed their operations against
militants in Cizre after weeks of fighting. Turkish security forces
killed 27 militants in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
2016 Feb 11, Venezuela's
Supreme Court approved President Nicolas Maduro's "economic
emergency" decree, setting up a showdown after the Venezuelan
Congress rejected the measure last month.
2016 Feb 12, President Barack
Obama designated some 1.8 million acres of scenic California desert
as national monuments, roughly doubling the amount of public land
set aside for protection during his presidency.
2016 Feb 12, Britain's
competition watchdog fined drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Â£37.6 million
($54.5, 48.1 million euros) for entering into deals which delayed
generic cheaper versions of its anti-depressant Seroxat.
2016 Feb 12, Pope Francis
arrived in Cuba to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in
Havana. The two religious leaders signed a 30-point joint
declaration of religious unity that committed their churches to
overcoming their differences. Francis then embarked on a tour of
(Reuters, 2/12/16)(AP, 2/13/16)
2016 Feb 12, Thousands of
Egypt's doctors staged a rare protest against police abuses after
accusations two doctors were beaten up by policemen in a Cairo
2016 Feb 12, EU member states
gave Greece a three-month ultimatum to remedy "deficiencies" in
controlling the influx of migrants or face border controls with the
rest of the Schengen passport-free zone.
2016 Feb 12, European
scientists said that they have stopped sending commands to the
Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet
more than a year ago.
2016 Feb 12, Meeting in Germany
major powers agreed to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to
begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged
Syrian towns, but failed to secure a complete ceasefire or an end to
2016 Feb 12, Greek riot police
fired tear gas at farmers protesting against pension reform plans
who hurled stones at the agriculture ministry in central Athens
ahead of a major demonstration outside parliament scheduled for
later in the day.
2016 Feb 12, Guatemala
prosecutors and a UN anti-corruption commission said they've taken
down a network of public officials who made criminal complaints
against private business go away in exchange for bribes.
2016 Feb 12, Haitian police
Officer David Dume was killed by multiple gunshots as he patrolled a
rough section of the country's capital on a motorcycle.
2016 Feb 12, Coca-Cola said it
has suspended bottling at three plants in India, including one in
the parched northwest where farmers have been protesting the
company's use of dwindling groundwater reserves.
2016 Feb 12, A MiG-23 fighter
of Libya's internationally recognised government was shot down as it
carried out air strikes on opposition positions in the coastal city
2016 Feb 12, In northern Mali 6
UN peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded when suspected
Islamists attacked their base in Kidal. 3 Malian soldiers died in an
ambush as jihadists intensified attacks in the restive region.
2016 Feb 12, Pakistan’s army
said it has arrested 97 al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants,
including three commanders, in the southern city of Karachi and
foiled a planned attack to break US journalist Daniel Pearl's killer
out of jail. Two gunmen shot and killed a police officer and wounded
two others in an attack on a patrol on a main road in Islamabad.
(Reuters, 2/12/16)(AP, 2/13/16)
2016 Feb 12, Puerto Rican
authorities arrested James O. "Pilin" Santana Gonzalez (33), the
alleged head of an auto theft gang whose other members have been
arrested in last month's killing of a prosecutor.
2016 Feb 12, Rwanda said it
will send Burundian refugees to other countries, after the United
States said that they were being recruited from camps to fight on
behalf of the Burundian opposition.
2016 Feb 12, A Turkish deputy
prime minister said up to 40,000 refugees have settled in camps on
the Turkish border inside Syria in the latest wave of migration.
2016 Feb 13, Justice Antonin
Scalia (79), a towering conservative voice on the US Supreme Court,
died. His death triggered a political showdown over his succession
in the run-up to the presidential election.
(AFP, 2/13/16)(Econ, 2/20/16, p.82)
2016 Feb 13, A dangerous cold
snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the
northeastern United States. A snow squall triggered a pileup of
dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several
2016 Feb 13, In Afghanistan 4
policemen and one soldier were killed and seven others wounded in
double-suicide attacks on their checkpoint outside a security forces
station in the southern Helmand province. 5 insurgents equipped with
suicide vests were shot and killed by security forces. Another
policeman was killed and four others wounded when their vehicle was
hit by a roadside bomb in the southern Uruzgan province.
2016 Feb 13, Authorities in
Bangladesh said they have begun a survey to determine the number of
Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist
2016 Feb 13, In central Burundi
two people loyal to the ruling party were "executed" overnight in
2016 Feb 13, In Burundi a
grenade attack late today on a military base in Bujumbura killed a
child and wounded his father and one other person.
2016 Feb 13, Chad national
radio reported that Pres. Idriss Deby Itno has appointed Albert
Pahimi Padacke as the new prime minister, as he looks to extend his
grip on power in the central African nation.
2016 Feb 13, Egypt opened the
Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip for two days. A few hundred people
were expected to be able to pass through during that time.
2016 Feb 13, Thousands of
Hungarians protested against education reforms implemented by PM
Viktor Orban, which critics see as another attempt by the right-wing
leader to boost his control over state institutions.
2016 Feb 13, Indian-controlled
portion of Kashmir 5 suspected rebels and two soldiers were killed
in a fierce gunbattle in the northern Kupwara region.
2016 Feb 13, In Indonesia
thousands of high school students held rallies rejecting the
celebration of Valentine's Day. Officials and clerics have banned
young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing
that the observance runs against Islamic teachings.
2016 Feb 13, Powerful Iraqi
Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the country needed a
technocratic government, threatening to quit politics if PM Haider
al-Abadi failed to carry out promised reforms.
2016 Feb 13, Israeli security
forces shot dead a Palestinian woman who tried to stab a soldier in
the occupied West Bank. No Israelis were wounded in the attack.
2016 Feb 13, Pope Francis
kicked off his first trip to Mexico with speeches to the country's
political and ecclesial elites. Francis called on Mexico's
government to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and he
then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country -
the Virgin of Guadalupe.
(AP, 2/13/16)(Reuters, 2/13/16)
2016 Feb 13, In the Mexican
state of Sinaloa 13 people were killed in fight between rival gangs.
Their bodies were found the next day near the border with Durango.
Two people were soon arrested in connection with the killings.
(AP, 2/14/16)(AP, 2/15/16)
2016 Feb 13, In northeastern
Nigeria gun and knife-toting assailants on bikes and in vans stormed
the remote villages of Yakshari and Kachifa over the last 4
hours. At least 30 people were killed in the Boko Haram raids.
2016 Feb 13, In Sweden 5
British men, reportedly including members of British indie band
Viola Beach, were killed when their car drove through a barrier and
plunged into a canal near Stockholm.
2016 Feb 13, Turkish Foreign
Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia will send aircraft to
NATO-member Turkey's Incirlik air base for the fight against Islamic
State militants in Syria.
2016 Feb 13, The Red Cross said
it had entered the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz for the first time
since August, delivering three tons of life-saving medical supplies
to four hospitals treating the wounded.
2016 Feb 14, In Bahrain four
American journalists, who were covering the anniversary of the
country’s 2011 uprising, were arrested amid a long crackdown on
dissent. On Feb 16 Bahraini prosecutors said they had accused the
reporters of participating in an illegal gathering but ordered them
freed pending further investigation.
(AP, 2/15/16)(Reuters, 2/16/16)
2016 Feb 14, Cameroon ended a
four day operation during which its special forces reportedly killed
162 Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's northeastern town of Goshi,
destroying bomb factories and weapons to retake the extremist
2016 Feb 14, Voters in the
Central African Republic cast their ballots in an election meant to
restore democratic rule, determined to turn the page on years of
bloodshed that has killed thousands and split the impoverished
nation along religious and ethnic lines. On March 1 the
constitutional court confirmed the election of former mathematics
professor Faustin-Archange Touadera.
(Reuters, 2/14/16)(Reuters, 3/1/16)
2016 Feb 14, Haitian lawmakers
chose the country's Senate chief to lead a caretaker government that
will fill the void left by last week's departure of former President
2016 Feb 14, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir 2 students were killed during an
anti-India protest that followed the killing of a local rebel in a
gunbattle with government forces in southern Kakpora village.
2016 Feb 14, Libya's UN-backed
council announced the formation of a revised national unity
government, with the internationally-recognised parliament to vote
on the line-up early this week.
2016 Feb 14, In southern
Pakistan a train crashed into a van at a crossing, killing eight
people and injuring four from the same family.
2016 Feb 14, Three Palestinian
teenagers were shot and killed while attempting to attack Israeli
security forces in two separate incidents in the West Bank.
Palestinian woman Yasmin al-Zaru (20) tried to stab an Israeli
policeman but was shot in the attempt in the flashpoint West Bank
city of Hebron. Two armed Palestinians attacked Israeli police just
outside the Old City walls before being shot dead by officers.
(AP, 2/14/16)(AFP, 2/14/16)
2016 Feb 14, Russia said
President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama agreed to
intensify diplomatic and other cooperation to implement an agreement
on Syria struck at talks in Munich.
2016 Feb 14, A Saudi Arabian
soldier died when a cross-border shell landed near him in Jazan, a
southern province bordering Yemen.
2016 Feb 14, Slovenia said it
would clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to enter the
country, ahead of tougher measures set to be announced by
neighbouring Austria later this week to slow down the influx.
2016 Feb 14, The Syrian Kurdish
PYD party rejected Turkish demands that allied militia withdraw from
positions near the border that are being shelled by Turkish army.
2016 Feb 14, The Turkish army
shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria
for a second day, killing two fighters.
2016 Feb 14, Zimbabwe aviation
authorities impounded a US-registered cargo jet, with a dead body
and millions of South African rand reportedly on board. The Western
Global Airlines MD-11 trijet was traveling from Germany to South
2016 Feb 15, The English
singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran won Song of the Year for "Thinking Out
Loud," a bare guitar ballad that made history as a viral hit.
Sheeran shared the rammy award with his co-writer Amy Wadge, a
British folk artist.
2016 Feb 15, Pres. Obama opened
a two-day meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) at Sunnylands, a California resort.
2016 Feb 15, Australian
officials said law enforcement agencies have discovered 1.26 billion
Australian dollars ($900 million) worth of methylamphetamine hidden
in imported boxes of silicon bra inserts and art supplies in the
country's largest haul of the illicit drug in its liquid form. Four
Hong Kong passport holders were arrested in Sydney last month over
the import from China of 720 liters (190 gallons) of the drug.
2016 Feb 15, Bosnia formally
applied for membership of the EU, although Brussels says it must
carry out a series of reforms before the application can even be
2016 Feb 15, Britain's
government intervened to try and save the tradition of printing all
laws on vellum made of animal skin. The House of Lords decided last
week that the centuries-old practice would be scrapped and laws
would be printed on paper instead of goatskin or sheepskin in a bid
to save Â£80,000 (103,000 euros, $116,000) per year.
2016 Feb 15, Insurgents in
Burundi hurled a series of grenades, killing a child and wounding at
least 30 people in the latest in a string of attacks.
2016 Feb 15, In Dagestan a
powerful car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint, killing two
officers and the car's driver and wounding 19 others. The Islamic
State claimed responsibility.
2016 Feb 15, Thousands of steel
workers from across the EU demonstrated against the import of cheap
Chinese products warning EU leaders not to exacerbate the situation
by granting Beijing market economy status.
2016 Feb 15, In India massive
protests paralyzed a top university after the president of the
student union was arrested on charges of sedition. Kanhaiya Kumar
was arrested Feb 12 over a demonstration days earlier at Jawaharlal
Nehru University to mark the anniversary of the 2013 execution of
Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man convicted of an attack on India's
2016 Feb 15, Iran's state TV
said the first Chinese commercial train has arrived in Tehran to
revive the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes running
through Asia. The 12-container train arrived in Tehran after a
14-day journey from eastern China.
2016 Feb 15, Authorities
imposed a curfew in some parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir amid a
general strike called by separatist groups to protest the killing of
a teenage boy and a young woman during a protest against Indian
2016 Feb 15, Police at Mexico
City's international airport said they have found a load of
lollipops with each piece of candy containing a capsule of
2016 Feb 15, In Saudi Arabia
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Faie Asiri, a retired security official, was shot
and killed in Jazan. Islamic State supporters earlier circulated a
claim for responsibility online.
2016 Feb 15, A South Korean
military helicopter crashed in an eastern province, killing three of
the four soldiers on board.
2016 Feb 15, In Syria almost 50
civilians were killed when missiles hit at least five medical
facilities and two schools in rebel-held areas. At least 14 people
were killed on in the northern Syrian town of Azaz. French charity
Doctors Without Borders said in a statement that at least eight
staff were missing after four rockets hit a hospital that it
supported in the province of Idlib.
(Reuters, 2/15/16)(Reuters, 2/15/16)
2016 Feb 15, Turkish security
forces hit Kurdish militia targets in Syria for the third day in a
row after a border security outpost on the border was attacked this
2016 Feb 15, Ugandan police
fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters as they temporarily
detained top presidential challenger, Kizza Besigye, days ahead of
presidential polls. An opposition supporter was fatally shot in
clashes with the police during a campaign event in Kampala.
(AFP, 2/15/16)(AP, 2/16/16)
2016 Feb 15, Ukraine PM Arseny
Yatseniuk said Russian trucks have been banned from crossing its
territory in response to a similar move by Moscow.
2016 Feb 15, The UN World Food
Program (WFP) said as many as 49 million people in southern Africa
could be affected by a drought that has been worsened by the most
severe and longest El Nino weather pattern in 35 years.
2016 Feb 15, Venezuela said
managers of a state-run supermarket chain are among 49 people
arrested for hoarding and re-selling food at a time of acute
2016 Feb 16, US authorities
said they have frozen the assets of two leaders of the notorious
MS-13 street gang based in Central America. The order freezes the US
assets of gang leaders Jose Roberto Orellana and Dany Balmore Romero
Garcia, and prohibits Americans from engaging in transactions with
2016 Feb 16, The United States
signed a bilateral agreement authorizing up to 110 scheduled daily
flights to Cuba.
2016 Feb 16, US authorities
seized 154 pounds of cocaine valued at $2 million at Port Everglades
2016 Feb 16, Belgian police
arrested ten people in the Brussels area who were allegedly part of
a network recruiting people to fight with the Islamic State group in
2016 Feb 16, In Colombia Sen.
Carlos Ferro resigned as deputy Interior minister as soon as a
video, in which he discusses sexual encounters with other men, went
viral. Ferro denied any wrongdoing or abuse of his political
2016 Feb 16, In Congo DRC a
one-day general strike called to pressure President Joseph Kabila to
quit power when his mandate ends in December paralyzed most economic
activity in Kinshasa.
2016 Feb 16, In Egypt Boutros
Boutros-Ghali (93), the first UN chief from the African continent,
died in Cairo. He helped negotiate Egypt's landmark peace deal with
Israel but then clashed with the United States when he served a
single term as UN secretary-general (1992-1996).
2016 Feb 16, Greece’s Defense
Minister Panos Kammenos said four of five new migrant registration
centers are "ready to function and welcome refugees".
2016 Feb 16, In India students,
journalists and teachers protested in New Delhi after a student
union leader's arrest and subsequent violence by Hindu nationalists.
2016 Feb 16, An Iraqi army
helicopter crashed due to a technical malfunction during a routine
flight, killing all 9 crew members.
2016 Feb 16, In Mexico Pope
Francis encouraged young people to "dare to dream" of a crime-free
life and priests to stay strong despite relentless violence as he
visited a region lacerated by drug gangs.
2016 Feb 16, In the southern
Philippines 4 people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed in
a roadside bombing by suspected Muslim insurgents who wanted to
attack military reinforcements in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town,
2016 Feb 16, Russia's energy
minister said that his country has agreed with OPEC members Saudi
Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to freeze oil production levels if other
producers do the same.
2016 Feb 16, In Russia at least
7 people, including two children, were killed when a gas explosion
caused part of a block of flats to collapse in Yaroslavl.
2016 Feb 16, In Syria 15
civilians were killed in US-led strikes on the town of Al-Shadadi.
2016 Feb 16, In Ukraine PM
Arseny Yatseniuk survived a no confidence motion, but the majority
of Pres. Poroshenko's lawmakers voted against him.
2016 Feb 16, The Ukrainian
military said 3 servicemen have been killed and seven wounded in
fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours.
2016 Feb 16, Lawmakers in
Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature approved an amnesty
for jailed foes of President Nicolas Maduro, who has pledged to veto
2016 Feb 17, The United States
and its allies conducted 19 air strikes against Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria.
2016 Feb 17, In Los Angeles
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center said it paid the 40 bitcoins,
or about $17,000, demanded when it fell victim to what's commonly
2016 Feb 17, In Bolivia a raid
on opposition-run city hall killed six people ahead of a sensitive
political referendum. Police soon arrested two people suspected of
torching the mayor’s offices in El Alto near La Paz.
2016 Feb 17, Colombia's
national police chief resigned, a day after the investigator general
said he would investigate whether he was involved in the creation of
a male prostitution ring that allegedly served lawmakers and was
aided by police officials. Gen. Rodolfo Palomino resigned over
allegations of misconduct that included a subaltern's accusation
that the chief, high-ranking officers and even members of congress
abused their positions to demand sexual favors with young cadets.
(Reuters, 2/17/16)(AP, 2/18/16)
2016 Feb 17, Mohamed Heikal
(b.1923), one of Egypt's most prolific political authors and a
confidant of the country's socialist president in the 1950s and
1960s, died in Cairo. Nasser's successor, Anwar Sadat, sidelined
Heikal shortly after he took office in 1971 and a decade later, in
1981, jailed him along with hundreds of government critics.
2016 Feb 17, Europol said
Spanish police have arrested five directors of Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) after they raided the lender's
Madrid offices as part of an investigation into alleged money
2016 Feb 17, In Ghana at least
53 people died when a government-operated passenger bus collided
with a truck carrying tomatoes.
2016 Feb 17, Hungarian PM
Viktor Orban, on a visit to Moscow, called for better relations
between Russia and Europe.
2016 Feb 17, In India dozens of
lawyers, many with links to the ruling nationalist party, attacked
protesters in New Delhi who have been demanding the release of a
university student leader arrested under colonial-era sedition laws.
2016 Feb 17, Indian government
officials said said they have halted potash imports for the year to
end-March and delayed negotiations for next year's purchases until
at least June, as droughts have dented demand in one of the world's
biggest fertilizer consumers.
2016 Feb 17, Indonesia's most
influential Muslim leaders said they reject all promotion and
support for lesbian and gay groups and encouraged the government to
make gay sex and the promotion of LGBT activities illegal.
2016 Feb 17, Iran snubbed a
proposal agreed to by four influential oil producers to cap their
crude output if others do the same, with a senior Oil Ministry
official saying Tehran has no intention of freezing oil output
2016 Feb 17, A Japanese
satellite, developed in collaboration with NASA and various other
groups, was launched. It was designed to observe X-rays emanating
from black holes and galaxy clusters. On March 27 the director of
Japan’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science said the
satellite has disappeared.
2016 Feb 17, Thousands of
Kosovo opposition supporters gathered in Pristina, calling for the
government to resign, accusing it of violating the country's
constitution in reaching deals with Serbia and Montenegro.
2016 Feb 17, Nine Kurdish
soldiers were admitted with symptoms including vomiting, nausea,
shortness of breath and itching. It wasbelieved that Islamic State
militants fired mortar shells believed to have been filled with a
chemical substance, possibly chlorine, at Kurdish troops close to
the Iraqi town of Sinjar.
2016 Feb 17, In the Maldives
Imran Abdullah, head of an Islamist party, was sentenced to 12 years
in prison. He was charged with terrorism for a speech last May in
support of Mohamed Nasheed.
(Econ, 2/20/16, p.33)
2016 Feb 17, Pope Francis
wrapped up his trip to Mexico with a visit to a Ciudad Juarez
2016 Feb 17, Romania's Pres.
Klaus Iohannis urged Moldova to reform its justice and banking
systems so the government can get a $65 million loan that Moldova
needs to prevent an economic collapse.
2016 Feb 17, At the Singapore
Airshow Airbus and Boeing announced modest aircraft orders that
indicated a lull in demand for the big manufacturers.
2016 Feb 17, In Syria 8
civilians, including one woman, were killed in US-led strikes on
another IS-controlled village in in Hasakeh province. Strikes
elsewhere in the province also killed 26 IS fighters.
2016 Feb 17, Taiwan and US
officials said China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile
system to one of the disputed islands it controls in the South China
2016 Feb 17, Police in
northeastern Turkey clashed for a 2nd day with hundreds of activists
and local residents trying to prevent the construction of a copper
mine in the mountainous Cerattepe area.
2016 Feb 17, In Turkey a car
laden with explosives detonated next to military buses as they
waited at traffic lights near the armed forces' headquarters,
parliament and government buildings in the administrative heart of
Ankara. 28 people were killed. Within hours, Turkish warplanes
bombed bases in northern Iraq of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK),
which PM Davutoglu accused of collaborating in the car bombing. A
Turkey-based Kurdish militant group later claimed responsibility. A
29th victim died of his wounds on Feb 23.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(AP, 2/23/16)
2016 Feb 17, In Ukraine the
Fatherland faction, a junior ally in the Western-backed coalition,
quit the government of PM Arseny Yatseniuk. Fatherland was led by
former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
2016 Feb 17, The World Bank
said South Africa's worst drought in over a century has pushed
around 50,000 below the poverty line.
2016 Feb 17, In southern Yemen
a suicide bomber killed at least 13 recruits at an army camp run by
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government in Aden. The Islamic
State claimed responsibility for the attack.
2016 Feb 18, President Barack
Obama slapped North Korea with more stringent sanctions for defying
the world and pushing forward with its nuclear weapons program,
weeks after it launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space and
conducted its fourth underground nuclear test.
2016 Feb 18, California state
regulators said an underground natural gas pipeline rupture at the
Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, that caused the state’s
largest-ever methane leak, has been permanently capped, paving the
way for thousands of displaced Los Angeles residents to return home.
In 2018 Southern California Gas Co. said a neqarly $120 million
settlement was reached stemming from the nearly four-month leak.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2016 Feb 18, In New Jersey
Arkadiy Dubovoy (51), a resident of Alpharetta, Georgia, admitted he
participated in an international hacking scheme that prosecutors
said used stolen news releases to make $30 million in profits. He
was one of nine people arrested in the US and Ukraine who were
described as computer hackers or stock traders.
2016 Feb 18, A court-appointed
mediator in New York said Argentina has reached a settlement with
bondholders seeking more than $110 million of the $10 billion being
pursued by investors. The deal was small compared with a $1.1
billion deal announced two weeks ago that resolved claims by two of
the six largest bondholders.
2016 Feb 18, Apple Inc.
launched its smartphone-based payment system in China where the
electronic payments market is already dominated by an arm of
e-commerce giant Alibaba.
2016 Feb 18, US sports
equipment giant Nike axed Manny Pacquiao after he described gay
couples earlier this week as "worse than animals", slamming the
Filipino boxer's remarks as "abhorrent."
2016 Feb 18, In central
Afghanistan 2 patients and a caretaker were killed during an
overnight raid by Afghan forces on a Swedish-run health clinic in
Wardak province. 4 insurgents were reported killed.
2016 Feb 18, Albania's
Parliament extended the right to vote to citizens living abroad, who
could form almost half of the electorate in the future. Since the
fall of the communist regime in 1990 more than 1.5 million Albanians
have spread around the globe.
2016 Feb 18, Colombia suspended
permits for rebel leaders negotiating a peace deal in Cuba to visit
guerrilla camps after top commanders showed up with weapons in a
town's main plaza in what the government said was a flagrant
violation of the ground rules for such missions.
2016 Feb 18, Disgruntled
Egyptians beat up a policeman, blocked roads, and surrounded the
local security headquarters late today after the officer killed a
driver in a dispute over a fare for a ride in Cairo. Police Sergeant
Mostafa Abdel Haseeb shot tuk-tuk driver Mohamed Ismail (25) fatally
in the head following a dispute. On April 2 Haseeb was sentenced to
(AP, 2/19/16)(Reuters, 4/2/16)
2016 Feb 18, The Egyptian
branch of the Islamic State group posted pictures online of what it
says was the execution of two men caught spying for the army in the
2016 Feb 18, EU Migration
Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos wrote to the Austrian government
to warn Vienna that its plan for a daily cap on the number of asylum
seekers it would let across its border would break EU law.
2016 Feb 18, The European
Union's top court ruled that the EU unfairly froze the funds of
Iran's Bank Mellat for six years when it claimed the bank was
backing the Islamic Republic's nuclear and missile programs. The EU
lifted the freeze in January as part of an international agreement
over Iran's nuclear program.
2016 Feb 18, An Iraqi court
sentenced 40 men to hang over the June 2014 massacre by Sunni
jihadists and allied militants of hundreds of military recruits in
2016 Feb 18, Panasonic Corp.
said it will recognize same-sex marriages in its employment policies
in a rare move for a major Japanese manufacturer.
2016 Feb 18, Pakistani Taliban
militants shot and killed at least nine security forces personnel in
two separate attacks in the northwestern Mohmand tribal region.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(AP, 2/20/16)
2016 Feb 18, Gunmen in South
Sudan opened fire overnight on civilians sheltering inside a United
Nations base. At least 18 people were killed and over 70 wounded in
the clashes in the UN camp over the last 24 hours in the
north-eastern town of Malakal. Troops wearing the uniform of the
Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) reportedly took part in the
(AP, 2/18/16)(AP, 2/19/16)
2016 Feb 18, The Syrian army
backed by heavy Russian aerial bombing said it had captured the town
of Kansaba in the northern countryside of the coastal province of
2016 Feb 18, In northeastern
Syria strikes by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group
killed at least 15 civilians, including 3 children. 9 IS fighters
were also killed in the strikes on the four villages in Hasakeh
2016 Feb 18, Six Turkish
security force members were killed and one soldier was seriously
wounded in a blast in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
2016 Feb 18, Ugandans began
voting in a presidential election that pits President Yoweri
Museveni (71), in power for three decades, against a long-time rival
Kizza Besigye. Police fired tear gas to disperse furious voters in
Kampala as the election commission apologised for hours-long delays
in delivering ballot papers.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(AFP, 2/18/16)
2016 Feb 18, Ukraine sank
deeper into political turmoil as the governing coalition lost its
majority in parliament after a second faction bailed out. The move
by Samopomich (Self Help), which held 26 seats in the 450-seat
parliament, left the coalition partners with 217 votes.
2016 Feb 18, The United Arab
Emirates threw its support behind a plan by major oil producers to
freeze output levels in an attempt to halt a slide in crude prices.
2016 Feb 18, Pope Francis
questioned Donald Trump's Christian faith over his vow to build a
border wall to keep out immigrants, sparking a backlash from the
Republican presidential candidate.
2016 Feb 18, Yemeni
pro-government forces seized a town overlooking the besieged city of
Taez after weeks of deadly fighting with Iran-backed rebels in the
2016 Feb 19, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 16
strikes and nine in Syria.
2016 Feb 19, Virgin Galactic
rolled out a new version of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket at
Southern California's Mojave Air & Space Port, as it prepared to
return to flight testing for the first time since a 2014 accident
destroyed the original craft, killing a pilot and setting back the
2016 Feb 19, A Florida-based
sports agent who has worked for a company in a joint venture with
entertainer Marc Antony's firm was arrested on federal charges
involving illegal smuggling of Cuban baseball players from the
communist island to the US.
2016 Feb 19, Harper Lee (89),
American author of “To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), died.
(Econ, 2/27/16, p.82)
2016 Feb 19, Austria introduced
a daily cap on asylum-seekers, sparking EU fears of a domino effect
along the Balkan migrant trail and a threat from Greece to veto an
accord keeping Britain in the bloc.
2016 Feb 19, The Brazilian
government announced nearly $6 billion in spending cuts in its 2016
budget amid the country's worst recession in decades.
2016 Feb 19, Britain’s PM David
Cameron faced a second day of tough talks with European Union
partners after arguing for much of the night over concessions to
help keep Britain in the bloc.
2016 Feb 19, Bulgarian truckers
sealed off all six checkpoints along the country's land border with
Greece to protest at weeks of intermittent blockades by Greek
farmers that have disrupted road traffic.
2016 Feb 19, In northern
Cameroon two suicide bombers killed at least 19 people and injured
50 others in a market in Meme.
2016 Feb 19, China government
said it plans to make it easier for foreigners to live and work in
the country under new rules for obtaining permanent residency, amid
efforts to stimulate the flagging economy with more inward
2016 Feb 19, The Colombian
military killed 7 ELN leftist guerrillas and captured an eighth in
an operation near the Venezuelan border.
2016 Feb 19, Congolese
authorities said they had ordered the arrest of former army chief
Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, who is challenging President Denis Sassou
Nguesso, in power for more than 30 years, in elections next month.
2016 Feb 19, Italian author
Umberto Eco (b.1932) died at home in Milan. His books included the
best-selling medieval thriller, "The Name of the Rose" (1980). The
book was adapted for the big screen by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1986,
starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater.
(AP, 2/20/16)(Econ, 2/27/16, p.82)
2016 Feb 19, Kosovo opposition
lawmakers again used tear gas to block work from being done in
Parliament to pressure the government into renouncing deals with
Serbia and Montenegro.
2016 Feb 19, In Libya a US air
strike killed 49 people near Tripoli, where members suspected of the
Islamic State group were gathered. A Western official quoted by the
NY Times said the strike targeted a senior Tunisian operative linked
to two major jihadist attacks in Tunisia last year. Most of those
killed were believed to be from Tunisia. Two Serbian Embassy staff
members abducted in Libya in November were among those killed. The
Serbians were later said to have been associated with weapons deals.
(AFP, 2/19/16)(Reuters, 2/19/16)(Reuters,
2/20/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.44)
2016 Feb 19, A Palestinian man
(20) stabbed and wounded two policemen outside Jerusalem's Damascus
Gate before they shot him dead.
(AFP, 2/19/16)(AFP, 2/20/16)
2016 Feb 19, Spanish police
arrested a sixth executive of China's ICBC bank as part of a money
laundering and tax fraud probe.
2016 Feb 19, A task force set
up to discuss a planned cessation of hostilities in Syria met for
the first time in Geneva. Western powers rejected a Russian bid at
the UN to halt Turkey's military actions in Syria, as France warned
of a dangerous escalation in the nearly five-year conflict.
(Reuters, 2/19/16)(AFP, 2/19/16)
2016 Feb 19, Two Turkish
soldiers and one police officer were killed in an attack by Kurdish
militants in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
2016 Feb 19, Police in Uganda
arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye at his party's headquarters
after heavily armed police surrounded the building and a helicopter
fired tear gas at a crowd. Vote counting continued in the country's
2016 Feb 19, Vietnam protested
to China at a "serious violation" of its sovereignty over Beijing's
apparent deployment of an advanced missile system on a disputed
South China Sea island, while Australia and New Zealand urged
2016 Feb 20, Republican
presidential frontrunner Donald Trump grabbed a big win in the South
Carolina primary, while Democrat Hillary Clinton breathed life into
her sluggish campaign with a victory over Bernie Sanders in Nevada.
2016 Feb 20, In Michigan a man
randomly opened fire in Kalamazoo and shot dead 6 people, including
a teenager in three separate incidents. Suspect Jason Brian Dalton
(45) was arrested early the next morning. officials and media later
reported that Dalton was an Uber driver who may have picked up fares
during the killing spree. Dalton later confessed to the killings but
blamed it on the Uber app.
(AFP, 2/21/16)(AFP, 2/22/16)(SFC, 3/15/16,
p.A12)(SFC, 4/23/16, p.A4)
2016 Feb 20, In NYC about
10,000 protesters, many of them Chinese-American, rallied in support
of a former police officer convicted for fatally shooting an unarmed
man in a darkened stairwell in a public housing building. Peter
Liang (28) was convicted of manslaughter this month in the 2014
shooting of Akai Gurley.
2016 Feb 20, Afghan officials
said security forces have pulled out of bases in Musa Qala, a
strategic district of the southern province of Helmand, after months
of heavy fighting with Taliban insurgents.
2016 Feb 20, British PM David
Cameron called a June 23 referendum on membership of the European
Union as he sought to rally his divided Conservative Party behind a
deal which he said would guarantee Britain's prosperity and security
in the bloc.
2016 Feb 20, The CAR electoral
commission said former Central African Republic prime minister
Faustin-Archange Touadera has won the presidential run-off in what
was widely seen as a step toward reconciliation after years of
2016 Feb 20, An Egyptian
appeals court ordered the jailing of author Ahmed Naji for two years
for publishing in a literary magazine a sexually explicit excerpt of
his novel that prosecutors said violated public morals. The trial
stemmed from a complaint filed by a private citizen after Akhbar
al-Adab magazine published an excerpt from Naji's novel, "The Use of
Life," in August 2014.
2016 Feb 20, African leaders
and bankers turned out at an economic summit in Egypt, vowing to
push for trade and investments on the continent despite growing
security concerns in the region.
2016 Feb 20, Residents of Fiji
hunkered down as Cyclone Winston tore through the Pacific island
chain, prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and
declare a monthlong state of disaster. Cyclone Winston flattened
remote villages and killed at least 44 people.
(AP, 2/20/16)(AFP, 2/24/16)
2016 Feb 20, India pledged $250
million for post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal as the two
countries try to heal strained ties following protests in Nepal over
the country's new constitution.
2016 Feb 20, In northern India
hundreds of army and paramilitary soldiers tried to quell protests
by angry mobs demanding government benefits in Haryana state, with
at least 10 people killed in clashes between security forces and
(AP, 2/20/16)(AFP, 2/21/16)
2016 Feb 20, Iraqi tribesmen
battled Islamic State group militants inside their Fallujah
stronghold for a second day, a significant challenge to longstanding
jihadist control that may be undermined by a lack of supplies.
2016 Feb 20, In Ireland
thousands of protesters marched through Dublin to call for an end to
austerity, as the country prepared to vote in parliamentary
2016 Feb 20, Islamic militants
fired automatic rifles at a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers
in the Indian portion of Kashmir, killing two and wounding 10 others
before taking refuge in a nearby government building.
2016 Feb 20, Indonesian police
detained 38 Islamic militants in a raid on the main island of Java,
as authorities get set to tighten anti-terrorism laws following last
month's deadly attacks in Jakarta. Another 5 miitants were arrested
in East Java a day earlier. Most of the men were released the next
day as officials lamented weaknesses in the current anti-terrorism
(AP, 2/20/16)(AP, 2/21/16)
2016 Feb 20, Libyan medical
officials said heavy clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi have
left at least 14 people dead and 32 wounded.
2016 Feb 20, In Mauritania At
least 40 prisoners escaped in a jailbreak in a suburb of the capital
city Nouakchott. By mid-morning, seven prisoners were back in
custody while security forces were searching for the others.
2016 Feb 20, In Mexico
journalist C. Moises Dagdug Lutzow's white pickup was found
abandoned beside a highway with a bloody knife inside. Dagdug, a
former federal lawmaker for the Democratic Revolution Party who
owned the media company Grupo VX, was found dead inside his home in
2016 Feb 20, Pakistani security
forces killed 5 "terrorists" in the northwestern Mohmand tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2016 Feb 20, In the Philippines
about 40 militants attacked an army camp in Butig in the
predominantly Muslim region about 840 km (520 miles) south of
Manila. 24 suspected local sympathizers of the Islamic State group
and 6 soldiers were killed in a weeklong campaign that followed
involving about 2,000 military personnel.
2016 Feb 20, Russia said it has
reinforced its military base in Armenia with fourth-generation
fighter jets and a modernized helicopter.
2016 Feb 20, It was reported
that a bank collapse and the apparent disappearance of top sports
official and International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation
vice-president Georgy Bedzhamov, decorated by President Vladimir
Putin, have caused further disruption to Russian sport, already
reeling from its doping scandal.
2016 Feb 20, In South Korea
thousands of couples took part in a mass wedding by the Unification
Church, with the widow of church founder Sun Myung Moon presiding
over the event at a giant stadium.
2016 Feb 20, Syria's army and
allies, backed by Russian air strikes, recaptured 18 villages from
Islamic State fighters in eastern Aleppo province.
2016 Feb 20, A source close to
peace talks said Syria's opposition has agreed to a two- to
three-week truce on condition that Russia stops its air strikes,
sieges are ended and access for aid allowed across the country.
President Bashar al-Assad said he was ready for a ceasefire, on
condition "terrorists" did not use a lull in fighting to their
advantage and that countries backing insurgents halted support for
(Reuters, 2/20/16)(Reuters, 2/21/16)
2016 Feb 20, Uganda's President
Yoweri Museveni (71) extended his three-decade rule after winning a
fifth term in polls rejected as fraudulent by his closest rival who
was under house arrest.
2016 Feb 20, In Ukraine
nationalist demonstrators attacked two offices of Russian banks in
the capital amid observances of the second anniversary of the
protests that brought down the Russia-friendly president.
2016 Feb 20, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
militants killed 3 pro-government fighters as they strengthened
their presence in the southern coastal town of Ahwar.
2016 Feb 21, In San Francisco
Curtis Cail (23) was shot and killed outside a McDonald’s at
Golden Gate Ave. and Fillmore. On March 24 Kenya Cyprien (21) and
Johnny Jackson (21) were arrested on suspicion of murder.
(SFC, 3/25/16, p.C2)
2016 Feb 21, In northern
Bangladesh Hindu priest Jogeshwar Roy was hacked to death and two
devotees injured in an attack on a temple in the Deviganj area of
2016 Feb 21, Bolivia held a
referendum to decide if President Evo Morales can stay in power for
a fourth term. Days later with 99.72 percent of votes counted,
electoral board president Katia Uriona said that 51.3 percent of
voters cast "no" ballots in the referendum, against 48.7 percent
(Reuters, 2/21/16)(AFP, 2/24/16)
2016 Feb 21, In Burundi 2
people were killed late today in a gun attack in a bar.
2016 Feb 21, The archipelago of
the Comoros held its first round of presidential elections.
2016 Feb 21, The Berlin film
festival wrapped up after "Fire at Sea", a harrowing documentary
about Europe's refugee crisis, clinched its Golden Bear top prize
from a jury led by Meryl Streep.
2016 Feb 21, India deployed
thousands of troops in Haryana state to quell protests that have
severely hit water supplies to Delhi, a city of more than 20 million
people. Rioting and looting by the Jats, a
rural caste, was symptomatic of increasingly fierce competition for
government jobs and educational openings.
2016 Feb 21, In Indian Kashmir
a second soldier was killed in a continuing gunbattle between
militants and troops and police, taking the overall death toll in
the day-long clashes to five.
2016 Feb 21, The Israeli
military shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier at a
West Bank checkpoint, after security forces managed to disarm and
apprehend two separate potential attackers in a non-lethal manner.
2016 Feb 21, In Japan thousands
of people surrounded parliament to protest against government plans
to relocate a US military base on Okinawa island.
2016 Feb 21, In Libya 5 members
of security forces loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan
authorities and 8 fighters from rival groups were killed in clashes
2016 Feb 21, Macedonia closed
its southern border with Greece to Afghan migrants, allowing entry
only for Iraqis and Syrians, responding to a "domino effect" of
similar restrictions by their neighbors to the north.
2016 Feb 21, Niger closed its
borders and ramped up security for its general election in which
President Mahamadou Issoufou ran for a second term with a promise to
crush Islamist militants and develop one of the poorest countries in
the world. Issoufou won 48% of the votes in the first round of
elections. As no candidate obtained a majority a second round was
needed. A coalition of opposition parties boycotted the second
round. Issoufou subsequently won with 92.5% of the votes.
2016 Feb 21, Spanish police
working with Britain's National Crime Agency and Manchester police
announced the arrest of six suspected members of a British hit squad
that had traveled to the Mediterranean Costa del Sol to allegedly
kill the leader of a rival gang.
2016 Feb 21, In Syria a string
of suicide bombings near a Shiite shrine outside Dmascus and in Homs
claimed by jihadists killed more than 150 people.
2016 Feb 21, Pope Francis
called for a worldwide ban on the death penalty, saying the
commandment "You shall not kill" was just as valid for the guilty as
for the innocent.
2016 Feb 22, President Barack
Obama sent lawmakers an official $1.9 billion request to combat the
spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and the US.
2016 Feb 22, Afghan officials
siad government forces have pulled out of a second district in
Helmand, leaving the Taliban in control of most of the northern part
of the province after troops withdrew from Musa Qala district last
2016 Feb 22, The Australian
government said it plans to start a register of foreign ownership of
water rights, redoubling its efforts to appease voters concerned
about the amount of farming assets being sold offshore.
2016 Feb 22, A Bangladesh
official said police have seized at least 20 bombs and bomb-making
materials and arrested two suspected members of a banned radical
Islamist group in a series of weekend raids.
2016 Feb 22, Brazilian police
launched a new round of arrests and seizures targeting both the
manager of President Dilma Rousseff's successful election campaigns
and the country's largest engineering group in the latest stage of
nation's worst corruption probe.
2016 Feb 22, In Burundi one
person had died and another was wounded in a grenade attack at a
Bujumbura market just hours before the arrival of UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who is trying to end the bloodshed
over President Pierre Nkurunziza's disputed re-election.
2016 Feb 22, Congo DRC’s
interior ministry said the Democratic Republic of Congo will allow
some 150 children adopted by foreign parents, mostly Americans, to
leave the country after spending more than two years in legal limbo.
2016 Feb 22, Cuban President
Raul Castro announced that he is dispatching 9,000 soldiers to help
keep the Zika virus out of Cuba, calling on the entire country to
fight the mosquito that carries the disease.
2016 Feb 22, In the Dominican
Rep. the body of freelance writer Sarah Kershaw (49), a US citizen
who worked for more than a decade as a reporter for The New York
Times, was found at her apartment in Sosua.
2016 Feb 22, Greece filed a
formal protest with Austria over its decision to call a meeting of
Balkan states on the migrant crisis without including Greece.
2016 Feb 22, In Honduras an
international mission aimed at tackling widespread corruption was
installed, kicking off a four-year mandate that its backers hope
will clean up corruption and lead to profound changes. The
Organization of American States established an ambitious new
2016 Feb 22, Rural Indian
protesters paralyzed northern Haryana state despite a deal giving
them more government jobs, but there was relief for New Delhi's 20
million residents as the army retook control of their main water
source. Days of riots killed at least 28 people.
(Reuters, 2/22/16)(AFP, 2/22/16)(Econ, 2/27/15,
2016 Feb 22, Indian security
forces battled for a third day amid heavy gunfire to clear militants
who stormed a government building in the disputed Kashmir region and
killed six people.
2016 Feb 22, Kazakhstan's
anti-corruption agency said it is investigating the head of the
journalists' union Seitkazy Matayev over suspected theft and tax
evasion, less than a month before a parliamentary election.
2016 Feb 22, Nicaragua said it
has released more than 8,000 convicts on parole and sent 94
foreigners to finish sentences in their home countries since 2014,
easing overcrowding in prisons.
2016 Feb 22, Nigeria's
anti-graft agency arrested former interior minister Abba Moro, under
then-president Goodluck Jonathan, over the death of at least 20
people in a stampede tragedy on March 15, 2014.
2016 Feb 22, Peru’s oil
operator Petroperu said said ruptures in the main oil pipeline in
late January and early February have spilled 3,000 barrels of crude
in an Amazonian region, and the oil has polluted two rivers native
villages rely on for water.
2016 Feb 22, A Polish state
archive has released documents which allegedly show that democracy
leader and former president Lech Walesa collaborated with the
communist secret police in the 1970s, before he took leadership of a
movement that eventually helped topple communism.
2016 Feb 22, It was reported
that Portugal's socialist premier Antonio Costa last week sent
letters to Austria, Greece, Italy and Sweden -- countries that have
seen refugees arrive in large numbers -- offering to welcome up to
5,800 more refugees in addition to the 4,500 they already agreed to
take as part of the EU's refugee quota system.
2016 Feb 22, A South Korean
newspaper reported that Chinese banks including a branch of China's
biggest bank Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have
frozen accounts belonging to North Koreans.
2016 Feb 22, In Spain transport
workers in Barcelona staged the first of four days of strikes,
increasing road traffic problems in the northeastern city as the
four-day Mobile World Congress gets underway.
2016 Feb 22, In Syria the
Islamic State group and other jihadists cut a vital supply route
linking the west of Syria's second city Aleppo with other
2016 Feb 22, Syria's main
opposition umbrella group was meeting in the Saudi capital as
Washington and Moscow worked to secure a ceasefire..
2016 Feb 22, A Christian
official in northeastern Syria said the Islamic State group has
released the last group of Assyrian Christians taken hostage last
year. The 43 freed Christians were part of about 230 Assyrian
Christians captured last February by the extremists after othey
overran Assyrian communities on the southern bank of the Khabur
River in northeastern Hassakeh province.
2016 Feb 22, In central Tunisia
a suspected jihadist was killed in an exchange of fire with security
forces in in the Mount Mghila area.
2016 Feb 22, Uganda's main
opposition leader was held by officers at a police station outside
the capital after being taken from his home where he had been under
house arrest. Kizza Besigye has rejected the results of the Feb 18
election won by veteran President Yoweri Museveni, and called on his
supporters to join a protest march to the Electoral Commission
headquarters in Kampala.
2016 Jun 22, Zambia’s tax
authorities shut down the Post, the country’s biggest independent
media organization. A week later editor Fred M’Membe was arrested
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.39)
2016 Feb 23, Ericson Vargas
Cardona, the one-time leader of La Oficina de Envigado, a
Colombia-based drug trafficking organization, was sentenced in
Manhattan federal court to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty
to criminal charges last year.
2016 Feb 23, Several tornadoes
lashed southern Louisiana and Mississippi, killing at least three
people and injuring more than 30 as the storms destroyed dozens of
homes and businesses.
2016 Feb 23, Officials from
Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China meeting in Kabul
were expect to set a date for the first direct talks with the
Taliban since a previous round in the peace process broke down last
2016 Feb 23, Britain said it
had seen disturbing evidence that Syrian Kurds were coordinating
with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and the
Russian air force.
2016 Feb 22, Douglas Slocombe
(103), the chameleonic British cinematographer who filmed the Nazi
invasion of Poland, the adventures of "Indiana Jones" and the madcap
farce of Ealing comedies, diedin a London hospital.
2016 Feb 23, Burundi's
president promised to hold talks, free prisoners and lift arrest
warrants to try and end months of violence, UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon said after the two men met in the capital.
2016 Feb 23, China's Foreign
Ministry reasserted Beijing's right to develop its South China Sea
island outposts following a US think tank's report that China has
built new radar facilities in the disputed Spratly Islands.
2016 Feb 23, Preliminary
results showed the vice president of the Indian Ocean archipelago of
the Comoros, Mohamed Ali Soilihi, winning the first round of the
country's presidential elections with 17.61 percent of the vote. He
edged ahead of Mouigni Baraka, the governor of Grande Comore island,
who garnered 15.09 percent, ahead of Colonel Azali Assoumani, who
placed third with 14.96 percent. The three candidates will now face
off in a second-round of voting on April 10, with the winner
succeeding outgoing President Ikililou Dhoinine.
2016 Feb 23, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia violated opposition leader Alexei
Navalny's right to a fair trial, and has ordered the government to
pay him €56,000 euros ($61,700) in legal costs and damages.
2016 Feb 23, Greek police
started removing migrants from the Greek-Macedonian border after
additional passage restrictions imposed by Macedonian authorities
left hundreds stranded while more were ferried from islands to
Greece's main Piraeus port. Greece began sending back to Athens by
bus hundreds of Afghans trapped on the border with Macedonia
(Reuters, 2/23/16)(AFP, 2/23/16)
2016 Feb 23, Police in Honduras
arrested eight people, including a mayor of a town close to the
capital and a former policeman, on charges of links to one of the
country's most feared criminal gangs. Authorities looking for new
ways to combat gangs terrorizing the country began a police
operation called "Avalanche" to seize bank accounts, properties and
even a small hospital from wealthy crime bosses.
(AFP, 2/23/16)(AFP, 3/12/16)
2016 Feb 23, In India thousands
of students and teachers marched through the heart of New Delhi to
protest the recent death of a student who faced caste discrimination
and the arrest of a student leader on sedition
2016 Feb 23, The Israeli
military said its soldiers have been ordered to take their guns with
them when off duty to allow them to intervene in the event of
Palestinian attack. The military also said it has demolished the
homes of two Palestinians who committed separate attacks against
Israelis that killed five people.
(AFP, 2/23/16)(AP, 2/23/16)
2016 Feb 23, More than 30
former Israeli generals, ministers and other officials called for
the division of Jerusalem, saying a wall should be erected between
the Jewish and Arab sides of the city.
2016 Feb 23, It was reported
that Italy has agreed that US forces can use an airbase in Sicily to
launch drone strikes against Islamic State targets in Libya on a
2016 Feb 23, Nepal said it has
ended months-long fuel rationing after supply from India improved,
following the end of a border blockade by ethnic protesters against
a new constitution.
2016 Feb 23, A Dutch passenger
train derailed after hitting a maintenance crane during rush hour,
killing one person and injuring several others.
2016 Feb 23, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman before
traveling on to Qatar. Analysts forecasted Nigeria’s eventual
support for an output freeze to stabilise oil prices.
2016 Feb 23, In Saudi Arabia
"terrorist" suspect Ali Mahmoud Ali Abdullah was shot dead after he
opened fire on officers sent to arrest him. Stray bullets killed one
Indian and wounded three during the security operation that killed
the wanted Bahraini.
2016 Feb 23, South Africa said
it will relax some of its tough rules on genetically modified crops
so it can ramp up maize imports from the United States and Mexico to
avert a potential food crisis amid a severe drought.
2016 Feb 23, A Stockholm court
sentenced Swedish Dr. Martin Trenneborg (38) to 10 years in prison
for abducting a woman and locking her up in a home-made bunker, but
acquitted him of charges of aggravated rape. On April 28 an appeals
court reduced his sentence to eight years.
(AP, 2/23/16)(AP, 4/28/16)
2016 Feb 23, The Syrian
government said it accepted a halt to "combat operations" that does
not include the Islamic State group, the al Qaeda-linked Nusra
Front, or groups connected to it, in line with a US-Russian plan.
2016 Feb 24, President Barack
Obama signed a bill that includes a provision banning US imports of
fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in
Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a
loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep
products of forced and child labor out of America.
2016 Feb 24, US officials said
China has deployed fighter jets to Woody Island in the disputed
Paracel Islands chain over the past few days, the same contested
island in the South China Sea to which it also has sent
2016 Feb 24, The United States
and its allies said they have conducted 18 strikes against Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria over the last 24 hours.
2016 Feb 24, Surgeons in
Cleveland performed the nation's first uterus transplant, a new
frontier that aims to give women who lack wombs a chance at
2016 Feb 24, A major wind and
snow storm downed power lines, closed highways and schools and
grounded hundreds of flights over a wide swath of the US Midwest.
2016 Feb 24, Violent
thunderstorms and tornadoes lashed the US Southeast and mid-Atlantic
region, killing at least 4 people in Virginia and one in South
2016 Feb 24, Afghan officials
took delivery of 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of
ammunition as a gift from Russia, another sign of deepening
involvement by Moscow in the war-torn country.
2016 Feb 24, A Bahrain court
jailed Sunni opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif for one year for
incitement against the regime but dropped a more serious charge of
promoting political change by force. Sharif’s secular Waed movement
took part in 2011 protests alongside parties representing the Gulf
state's Shiite majority. In November The charge against Sharif
accusing him of "inciting hatred" was dropped.
(AFP, 2/24/16)(AP, 11/24/16)
2016 Feb 24, Astronaut Tim
Peake presented Adele with a Brit Award from space, as the singer
swept the board at the annual British music awards rendered sober
this year by the death of David Bowie.
2016 Feb 24, The French
newspaper Le Monde reported that French special forces and
intelligence commandos are engaged in covert operations against
Islamic State militants in Libya in conjunction with the United
States and Britain.
2016 Feb 24, Greek Migration
Minister Yannis Mouzalas said decision by Balkan states to limit the
flow of migrants through the region is creating a 'mini humanitarian
crisis' in Greece.
2016 Feb 24, Hong Kong rolled
out a multi-billion dollar package of sweeteners to bolster its
2016 Feb 24, An official said
Indonesia plans to close all red-light districts in the country by
2019, stepping up a campaign against prostitution after a
controversial push to clear up a brothel area of Jakarta.
2016 Feb 24, Indonesia's top
court overruled the acquittals of Canadian Neil Bantleman and
Indonesian teacher Ferdinant Tjiong and ordered longer prison terms
for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious
international school in Jakarta. Both had been sentenced to 10 years
last April by the South Jakarta District Court. Appeals to the High
Court had acquitted them in August, ruling there was not sufficient
evidence to support their conviction.
2016 Feb 24, Iran's ambassador
to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, said that Tehran would offer $7,000 to
the families of each Palestinian killed in what he called the
"Jerusalem intifada". He sad Iran will also give $30,000 to
Palestinian families whose homes have been destroyed by Israel
because a member is accused of carrying out an anti-Israeli attack.
The next day Israel denounced the Iranian decision.
2016 Feb 24, Islamic State
militants briefly entered the center of the western Libyan city of
Sabratha during overnight clashes with local military brigades
before retreating. IS militants briefly entered the center of
Sabratha, beheading 11 members of local security forces and killing
another six in overnight clashes before retreating.
(Reuters, 2/24/16)(Reuters, 2/25/16)
2016 Feb 24, In Mexico 3 police
officers for a wealthy suburb of city of Guadalajara were killed in
a daytime attack.
2016 Feb 24, In central Nepal a
small plane carrying 23 people crashed in bad weather into a
mountain. All those aboard, including two foreigners, were confirmed
2016 Feb 24, It was reported
that Pakistan's army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif has ordered troops to
launch the final phase an operation to purge militants in a tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2016 Feb 24, Pakistan’s Punjab
province passed a law to protect women from violence. A
constitutionally empowered body of mullahs quickly declared the law
to be un-Islamic.
(Econ, 3/5/16, p.37)
2016 Feb 24, Romanian officials
said about 40 coal miners are continuing an underground protest in
western Romania over fears of job losses and mine closures.
2016 Feb 24, South Africa said
it will withdraw its troops from peacekeeping operations in Sudan's
Darfur region. Pres. Zuma's office also announced that elected
officials will receive salary increases of 4.4 percent, compared
with inflation of more than 6 percent.
2016 Feb 24, Spain's
Socialists, racing to try and form a minority coalition government
following inconclusive elections, got their first pledge of support
after signing a deal with centrist party Ciudadanos.
2016 Feb 24, Turkish military
helicopters killed 9 Kurdish militants in strikes near the
southeastern Idil district of Sirnak province.
2016 Feb 24, The Ukrainian
military press office said that rebel groups fired 84 times on
Ukrainian forces in a 24-hour period using 120-mm and 82-mm rocket
launchers in violation of peace agreements.
2016 Feb 25, US authorities
said a group of people in Puerto Rico, who made more than $100,000 a
year, received Medicaid coverage as part of a $10 million health
care fraud scheme. FBI agents arrested eight people as part of the
continuing fraud investigation, including three employees with
Puerto Rico's Health Department. Five others were accused of
recruiting Medicaid participants in exchange for bribes ranging from
$10 to $30 a person.
2016 Feb 25, In Alabama Greg
Gunn (58), a black man was shot multiple times by white police
officer Aaron Smith following an altercation that occurred when Gunn
was stopped while walking home around 3 a.m. from a neighborhood
card game. On March 2 Officer Aaron Smith (23) was charged with
murder. On Nov 18 a grand jury indicted Smith on murder charges.
p.A4)(SSFC, 11/20/16, p.A10)
2016 Feb 25, In Kansas a gunman
killed 3 people and wounded 14 others at a lawnmower factory before
being gunned down by police in the latest mass shooting to rock the
United States. Cedric Ford (38) wrked at Excel Industries, located
in Hesston, a community north of Wichita.
2016 Feb 25, Romas Sakadolskis
(68), prominent Lithuanian journalist, passed in NYC. He had a
lengthy career at the US radio station Voice of America.
2016 Feb 25, In Argentina
teachers extracted an agreement from the government for a 30% salary
increase. Other unions were demanding pay raises at least as big.
(Econ, 3/5/16, p.31)
2016 Feb 25, A delegation of
five African heads of state arrived in Bujumbura at the start of a
two-day visit to push for talks to end Burundi's deep political
2016 Feb 25, Well-known Chinese
rights lawyer Zhang Kai appeared on state television confessing to
crimes after a months-long disappearance, the latest case in China's
widening crackdown on dissent. He had represented a group of
Christians who were detained for suspected financial crimes last
year after they resisted the demolition of crosses.
2016 Feb 25, In southern Egypt
a court convicted four Coptic teenagers of contempt for Islam after
they appeared in a video mocking Muslim prayers. Three were
sentenced to five years in prison each while the fourth was referred
to a juvenile facility for being under the age of 18.
2016 Feb 25, The European
Parliament called on the EU to impose an arms embargo against Saudi
Arabia, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no
longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in
2016 Feb 25, In Greece a
clampdown at the Macedonia border led to massive crowds waiting on
the border. About 2,800 people were there and only 100 were allowed
to cross in the morning.
2016 Feb 25, Two suicide
bombers blew themselves up at a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad, killing
at least 15 people in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.
2016 Feb 25, In Jamaica the
opposition narrowly won parliamentary elections, defeating the party
led by the first female prime minister to govern the largest
English-speaking country in the Caribbean. Preliminary results from
the Electoral Commission showed the Jamaica Labor Party capturing 33
spots in the 63-seat Parliament.
2016 Feb 25, A Libyan militia
loyal to the Islamist-backed government in Tripoli says it has
arrested Mohammed Saad al-Tajouri, the city of Sabratha's IS leader,
and killed dozens of IS members in a gunbattle.
2016 Feb 25, A UN human rights
report documented thousands of cases of beheadings, arbitrary
detention and torture involving electrocution and beatings with
pipes and cables in an increasingly lawless Libya, where impunity
has grown since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi nearly five years ago.
2016 Feb 25, In northern
Myanmar 14 members of the Pat Jasan organization, a grassroots
anti-drug organization whose members were on a march to destroy
opium poppies in farmers' fields, were wounded when they were
attacked with automatic weapons and hand grenades.
2016 Feb 25, NATO envoys set
out how ships already sent to the Aegean will pass reconnaissance to
Turkish and Greek coastguards and the EU border agency Frontex, as
well as returning to Turkey any migrants in distress that NATO crews
2016 Feb 25, In Russia
explosions at a coal mine in the far north Komi region killed four
miners, and a further 26 were missing at the Severnaya coal mine. On
Feb 28 emergency services said the 26 miners have died and rescue
operations have been halted after a third blast underground killed 6
(AFP, 2/26/16)(AFP, 2/28/16)
2016 Feb 25, The Somali
Islamist group al Shabaab killed four people and injured eight
others in a mortar attack near the presidential palace in the
2016 Feb 25, In South Africa
protesting students burned down several buildings at a university
overnight, forcing administrators to close the campus and telling
students to leave.
2016 Feb 25, Syrian government
troops backed by Russian airstrikes recaptured a town in Aleppo
province from Islamic State militants in a key advance just two days
ahead of a US and Russia-engineered cease-fire.
2016 Feb 26, The 9th US Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled that ten terrorist attack victims who won
financial claims against Iran can seize a $2.8 million judgment owed
to that country's defense ministry.
2016 Feb 26, In Afghanistan a
policeman was killed and a further 30 were detained in a joint
operation between Afghan troops and US forces against police
suspected of supporting Taliban insurgents in embattled Helmand
2016 Feb 26, A Belgian judge
charged Swiss bank UBS with money laundering and "serious and
organized tax evasion," saying it directly sought clients in the
country to help them skip taxes.
2016 Feb 26, In Bolivia the
ex-girlfriend of President Evo Morales, a top manager for the local
office of a Chinese engineering group, was arrested in an
2016 Feb 26, Bulgarian
authorities investigated the apparent shooting death of Omar Nayef
Zayed, a Palestinian wanted by Israel for a 1986 killing, inside the
Palestinian Authority's embassy in Sofia. Zayed (52) had escaped
from Israeli custody 25 years ago and has lived in Sofia since 1994.
2016 Feb 26, In China a court
in eastern Zhejiang province sentenced pastor Bao Guohua to 14 years
in prison and his wife, Xing Wenxiang, to 12 years after concluding
that they had illegally organized churchgoers to petition the
government and disturb social order. The husband and wife had led a
Christian congregation that opposed a government campaign to remove
crosses atop churches.
2016 Feb 26, Greece asked its
passenger ferry companies and travel agencies on Friday to cut back
on bringing migrants and refugees from frontline islands to the
mainland and said its own chartered ships would stay put for a few
2016 Feb 26, A Guatemalan court
convicted retired officer 2nd Lt. Esteelmer Reyes Giron and former
paramilitary Heriberto Valdez Asij for the sexual enslavement of
women during the country's civil war. It sentenced them to 120 years
and 240 years in prison respectively.
2016 Feb 26, Haiti's interim
leader Jocelerme Privert named economist Fritz Jean, a former
Central Bank governor, as prime minister to help pull the country
out of a paralyzing electoral crisis.
2016 Feb 26, Iran held
elections. At stake was control of the 290-seat parliament and the
88-member Assembly of Experts, the body that has the power to
appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, Iran's most powerful figure.
President Hassan Rouhani won a strong vote of confidence and
reformist partners secured surprise gains in parliament in early
results from elections. Conservative won just under half of the
decided seats. 69 seats were pushed to a runoff.
(Reuters, 2/26/16)(AP, 2/28/16)(Econ, 3/5/16,
2016 Feb 26, Ireland voted on
who should lead their economically rebounding nation. The election
that ousted PM Enda Kenny's coalition but left no clear winner.
(AP, 2/26/16)(AFP, 2/28/16)
2016 Feb 26, An Israeli man was
stabbed multiple times in the West Bank, the latest in months of
near-daily Palestinian assaults on Israeli forces and civilians.
2016 Feb 26, The family of
Mohammed al-Qeq (33), a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for a
record 94 days, said he will end his strike "today" and will be
freed on May 21. Israel says he has been involved in militant
activities linked to Hamas.
2016 Feb 26, Kosovo's
Parliament elected Hashim Thaci, foreign minister and former
guerrilla leader, as the next president. He was elected in the
absence of opposition lawmakers who accuse him of being responsible
for two deals with Serbia and Montenegro that they reject.
2016 Feb 26, In western Nepal a
small plane with 11 people on board crashed in a mountainous region.
At least one person was killed.
2016 Feb 26, Peru’s government
said police and soldiers destroyed scores of illegal gold mining
camps in Peru's Madre de Dios region this week.
2016 Feb 26, Russian warplanes
carried out intense air strikes on rebel strongholds in Syria hours
before a ceasefire was due to come into force.
2016 Feb 26, In Somalia at
least 12 people were killed as twin blasts and gunfire rocked a
hotel and neighbouring park in central Mogadishu, in an attack
claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants.
2016 Feb 26, Gianni Infantino
of Switzerland beat Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, the pre-election
favorite for the leadership of FIFA. Infantino had led the European
soccer body, UEFA, where was the CEO-like general secretary since
2016 Feb 26, Thailand, the
world's second-biggest rice exporter, announced measures worth
around $285 million to help farmers in the country who have been hit
hard by a severe drought and low prices for their crop.
2016 Feb 26, Turkey freed Can
Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Ankara bureau chief Erdem
Gul, imprisoned for their reports on alleged government
arms-smuggling to Syria, hours after the Constitutional Court ruled
that their rights were violated. Both journalists faced possible
life sentences at a trial due to start on March 25 and are banned
from leaving the country.
(AP, 2/26/16)(AP, 2/28/16)
2016 Feb 26, Ukraine's PM
Arseniy Yatsenyuk hit out against President Petro Poroshenko and his
camp, accusing them of undermining key reforms that are badly needed
to overcome the ex-Soviet state's economic malaise.
2016 Feb 26, In central Vietnam
3 British tourists died while climbing waterfalls, and their guide
was being questioned by police.
2016 Feb 27, In southern
California three people were stabbed, one of them critically, and 13
others were arrested when a Ku Klux Klan rally erupted into clashes
2016 Feb 27, Hillary Clinton
scored a resounding victory against Bernie Sanders in the Democratic
primary in South Carolina.
2016 Feb 27, In Virginia
Officer Ashley Guindon (28) was shot to death while answering a
domestic violence call in Woodbridge. Army staff sergeant Ronald
Williams Hamilton (32) was arrested for shooting Guindon and fatally
shooting his wife Crystal Hamilton (29).
(SFC, 1/29/16, p.A4)
2016 Feb 27, In Afghanistan 13
civilians were killed when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked
a local tribal leader near a park in eastern Kunar province. A
Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near the defense ministry in
Kabul killing 15 people and wounded 33.
(AP, 2/27/16)(Reuters, 2/27/16)
2016 Feb 27, The African Union
said it will deploy rights observers and military monitors to
violence-plagued Burundi following a visit to the country by five
2016 Feb 27, Thousands marched
through London to oppose the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear
weapons system in what demonstrators describe as the biggest such
rally in a generation.
2016 Feb 27, The commander of
Cameroonian forces said Cameroonian and Nigerian forces have freed
several hundred hostages in a border town held by Boko Haram
including young girls who were being trained as suicide bombers.
2016 Feb 27, G20 finance
officials meeting in Shanghai promised to use "all tools" to shore
up sagging global growth and to avoid devaluing their currencies to
boost exports, but made no pledges of joint action.
2016 Feb 27, In Greece Iraqi
and Syrian migrants and asylum-seekers protested peacefully on the
Greek-Macedonian border since, demanding admission into Macedonia.
2016 Feb 27, Meeting in Laos
foreign ministers from the 10 countries of the Association of South
East Asian Nations (ASEAN) said that they were "seriously concerned"
by recent developments in the disputed South China Sea region and
will seek a meeting over the issue with China.
2016 Feb 27, In central Mexico
a container of radioactive material used for industrial X-rays was
stolen along with a car in the municipality of San Juan del Rio.
Authorities on March 8 said the stolen iridium-192 was found still
sealed inside its container on a highway in Mexico State.
(Reuters, 2/29/16)(AP, 3/8/16)
2016 Feb 27, In Saudi Arabia
armed forces from 20 countries began “Thunder of the North"
manoeuvres in northeast that the official Saudi Press Agency
described as one of the world's biggest military exercises.
2016 Feb 27, Saudi Arabia's
police said Sgt. Badr Hamdi al-Rashidi, a member of the kingdom's
anti-terrorism force, has been murdered and that six of his
relatives are wanted in connection with his death.
2016 Feb 27, Thousands of South
Koreans marched in the capital to protest what they say are setbacks
in personal freedoms and labor rights under conservative President
Park Geun-hye. Opposition lawmakers continued their nonstop speeches
for a fifth straight day in parliament to block a vote on a
government-backed anti-terrorism bill that they say would threaten
personal freedoms and privacy if passed into law.
2016 Feb 27, Fighting mostly
stopped across western and northern Syria and Russia halted its air
raids, under a cessation of hostilities which the United Nations
called the best hope for peace since civil war began five years ago.
The Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam said government forces dropped
two barrel bombs and opened fire on its positions during several
violations of a cessation of hostilities agreement in the Eastern
Ghouta near Damascus. At least two people were killed and several
wounded when a car bomb exploded at the entrance of Salamiya, Hama
2016 Feb 27, Islamic State
fighters attacked the town of Tel Abyad controlled by the Syrian
Kurdish YPG militia at the Turkish border as well as the nearby town
of Suluk. The attack was crushed and dozens of Islamic State
fighters were reported killed.
2016 Feb 27, In southern
Thailand a roadside police patrol camp was attacked by an improvised
car bomb that left seven officers and two civilians injured in
2016 Feb 27, Thailand's state
tobacco company said that it would launch a new, cheaper brand of
cigarettes to keep smokers from rolling their own or buying
illegally imported untaxed ones due to higher prices from a recently
imposed tax hike.
2016 Feb 27, Turkish police
fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters
who demonstrated against a three-month military crackdown backed by
a curfew in the mainly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
2016 Feb 27, Zimbabwe President
Robert Mugabe marked his 92nd birthday at a nearly $1 million party
organized by supporters, drawing criticism from opponents who said
the celebrations in a drought-stricken area were an affront to
2016 Feb 28, In the 88th annual
Oscars the film “Spotlight" was the best picture award. Leonardo
DiCaprio was the best actor award for his role in “Revenant." Brie
Larson won the best actress award for her role in “Room." Chris Rock
hosted the affair, which featured no African Americans among the
nominees in the acting categories.
(SFC, 1/29/16, p.E4)
2016 Feb 28, The United States
and its allies conducted 24 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Feb 28, George Kennedy
(b.1925), American film actor, died in Idaho. He won an Oscar for
his role in the film “Cool Hand Luke" (1967).
(SFC, 3/1/16, p.A2)
2016 Feb 28, Bangladesh police
seized explosives and bomb-making materials on from a hideout used
by Jama'atul-Mujahideen militants believed to be behind a spate of
recent attacks in the south Asian nation.
2016 Feb 28, Chinese
authorities shut down microblogging accounts belonging to Ren
Zhiqiang, a real estate mogul and frequent government critic, after
he lambasted state media organs for swearing fealty to the ruling
2016 Feb 28, Hong Kong
residents voted in a legislative council by-election to fill a
single legislative seat vacated by a former pro-democracy
2016 Feb 28, In India Hasnain
Warekar (35) stabbed 14 members of his own family to death,
including seven children, before hanging himself in Thane.
(Reuters, 2/28/16)(SFC, 1/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Feb 28, In Iraq a double
bombing in Baghdad claimed by the IS group killed 73 people in the
Shiite district of Sadr City. Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi warned
residents along the Tigris river of a possible collapse of the Mosul
Dam and asked residents along the Tigris river to move at least six
kilometers (3.7 miles) away from its banks.
2016 Feb 28, In Libya aircraft
attacked a convoy carrying suspected Islamic State militants near
the northwestern town of Bani Walid.
2016 Feb 28, In Myanmar
hundreds of nationalist Buddhist monks rallied in Yangon in support
of retaining a constitutional clause barring Aung San Suu Kyi from
becoming the head of state.
(SFC, 1/29/16, p.A3)
2016 Feb 28, Russian news media
reported that the Russian coordination center in Syria has
registered nine violations of a cessation of hostilities in the past
24 hours, but that the cessation of hostilities was holding in
2016 Feb 28, South Korean
opposition lawmakers seeking to block a government-backed
"anti-terrorism" bill pushed their record-breaking filibuster into a
sixth straight day of speeches in the parliamentary chamber.
2016 Feb 28, Spanish
construction group ACS said it has won a 379 million euro ($414
million) contract to build a waste-water treatment and recycling
center in Sacramento, Ca.
2016 Feb 28, Switzerland began
voting in a referendum on whether foreign criminals should be
automatically deported even for minor offences.
2016 Feb 28, Syria's main
opposition grouping said it recorded 15 violations by government
troops and allied forces on the first day of a landmark truce.
2016 Feb 28, Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan said he did not respect or accept a constitutional
court ruling that the detention of two journalists from a leading
opposition newspaper had violated their rights.
2016 Feb 28, Turkish security
said a police officer was killed and two wounded when suspected
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants fired a rocket at their
armored vehicle in the town of Nusaybin near the southeastern border
2016 Feb 29, President Barack
Obama awarded the nation's highest military honor to Navy SEAL
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, Jr., who
participated in a daring 2012 raid that rescued an American hostage
2016 Feb 29, The US-led
coalition conducted 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria in its latest round of daily attacks.
2016 Feb 29, In Ohio four
students were injured when James Austin Hancock (14) opened fire on
fellow students in the cafeteria of Madison High near Middletown. On
June 6 Hancock was sentenced to juvenile detention until the age of
(http://tinyurl.com/h8tm58a)(SFC, 6/7/16, p.A4)
2016 Feb 29, An Afghan
policeman shot dead 4 of his colleagues at a checkpoint on a remote
stretch of on the highway between Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces.
Another 11 policemen who were manning the checkpoint remained
2016 Feb 29, Argentina's new
market-friendly government struck a $4.65-billion tentative deal
with its main holdout creditors, ending a bitter 15-year battle and
opening the door for the South American country to escape financial
2016 Feb 29, Australian
Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to
testify on systemic sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Roman
Catholic Church, said senior clergy lied to him to cover up abuse in
2016 Feb 29, Britain's defense
minister said about 20 UK troops are being sent to Tunisia to help
stop people crossing illegally from chaotic Libya.
2016 Feb 29, Peter Rabbit
became the first character from children's literature to appear on
British coinage with author Beatrix Potter's creation featuring on
50-pence pieces commemorating her birth.
2016 Feb 29, In China Li Sijun
(45) a knife-wielding assailant hacked at children in a schoolyard,
wounding 10 before killing himself in Haikou, Hainan province.
2016 Feb 29, In China Kalsang
Wangdu, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, died after he set himself on fire
near the Retsokha monastery in Sichuan province in a protest against
(SFC, 3/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Feb 29, In eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo suspected Ugandan rebels killed 13
civilians in an overnight raid in the north of the North Kivu
2016 Feb 29, France interior
minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Parisian police will be given
assault rifles and Kalashnikov-resistant shields in a first for the
French capital's officers nearly four months after a devastating
terror attack killed 130 people.
2016 Feb 29, French riot police
clashed with migrants as bulldozers moved into the grim shantytown
on the edge of Calais known as the "Jungle" to start destroying
hundreds of makeshift shelters.
2016 Feb 29, Missing Hong Kong
bookseller Lee Bo appeared on television insisting he had not been
abducted by mainland authorities, in a case that has sparked a
backlash over Chinese interference in the city. The other four
booksellers, who are under criminal investigation on the mainland,
appeared on Phoenix a day earlier admitting to smuggling illicit
books into China. Phoenix is a private channel which broadcasts both
in Hong Kong and in mainland China.
2016 Feb 29, Thousands of
Hungarian parents kept their children home from school to protest
the government's education policies.
2016 Feb 29, India introduced
an additional 'green' tax on car sales, aimed at helping fight high
levels of air pollution and congestion but hitting car makers that
fear this could stall a fragile recovery in the market for their
2016 Feb 29, In Iraq a suicide
bomber struck a funeral, killing at least 38 people, including a
local Shiite militia leader, in Muqdadiyah. Late in the day four
Islamic State group suicide bombers infiltrated an army headquarters
in Haditha, killing Staff Brigadier General Ali Aboud, Lieutenant
Colonel Farhan Ibrahim and four others.
(AP, 2/29/16) (AFP,
3/1/16)(SFC, 3/1/16, p.A2)
2016 Feb 29, Israeli drinks
firm SodaStream laid off its last Palestinian workers and lashed out
at the government for refusing to grant them work permits after it
relocated from the West Bank to southern Israel.
2016 Feb 29, Italian police
raided an abandoned slaughterhouse near Rosarno in Calabria that
African migrant farmworkers use as a dormitory, part of a recently
launched crackdown on labor exploitation.
2016 Feb 29, Japan signed an
agreement to supply defense equipment to the Philippines, the first
such Japanese defense pact in a region where the US allies have been
alarmed by China's advance in disputed territories.
2016 Feb 29, In Laos unknown
suspects described as militants opened fire on a temporary work
space being used by a Chinese company in the northern province of
Luang Prabang. One Chinese citizen was killed and three injured in a
2016 Feb 29, Liberian police
fired teargas and threw stones at a crowd gathered near a court in
Monrovia to demand the release of a political activist charged with
2016 Feb 29, Macedonian police
fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of migrants who stormed the
border from Greece as a deeply divided Europe traded barbs over the
biggest humanitarian crisis in decades.
2016 Feb 29, Malawi said it
will import 50,000 tons of the staple maize from Tanzania to avert
hunger after a drought that affected 2.8 million people.
2016 Feb 29, Former Malaysian
leader Mahathir Mohamad quit the ruling Malay party, saying it has
been hijacked by embattled PM Najib Razak to protect his own
2016 Feb 29, Nigerian officials
said Pres. Muhammadu Buhari is launching a probe after week-long
clashes between Muslim herdsmen and Christian farmers left
"hundreds" dead. Up to 300 people were reported killed.
(AFP, 2/29/16)(Econ, 4/2/16, p.47)
2016 Feb 29, In Nigeria three
girls who were abducted by armed men from their school in the
eastern suburb of Ikorodu at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary
School on the outskirts of Lagos.
2016 Feb 29, North Korean media
said Otto Warmbier (21), a University of Virginia student detained
since early January, has confessed to "severe crimes" against the
state: "I committed the crime of taking out a political slogan from
the staff-only area of the Yanggakdo International Hotel."
2016 Feb 29, In Pakistan Mumtaz
Qadri was hanged in Rawalpindi's Adiala jail. He had shot Salman
Taseer, the liberal Punjab governor, 28 times at an Islamabad market
in 2011. Thousands protested in a number of cities against the
execution. Qadri was hailed by hardline Islamists as a hero for
killing the provincial governor who was seeking reform of the
2016 Feb 29, In Russia Mikhail
Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, presented a new book
about his life and times ahead of his 85th birthday. The 700-page
book called "Gorbachev in Life" is a collection of memoirs,
interviews, letters, documents and articles by him and others.
2016 Feb 29, Russian police
arrested Gulchekhra Bobokulova (38), a nanny from Uzbekistan, was
seen waving the severed head of a small child outside a Moscow
subway station. On March 3 she said she had beheaded the child to
avenge Muslims killed in the Kremlin's campaign of air strikes in
(AP, 2/29/16)(Reuters, 3/3/16)
2016 Feb 29, A senior official
from Syria's main opposition group said that a fragile international
attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in danger of total
collapse because of attacks by government forces. UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the shaky cease-fire is holding
"by and large" on its third day despite sporadic fighting and
growing accusations of violations.
2016 Feb 29, Thailand police
said they will have to tighten security on Koh Kut island after four
French tourists were brutally assaulted, including two women who
were raped. The next day Cambodia said that five of its citizens
were involved in the attack.
(AP, 2/29/16)(AP, 3/1/16)
2016 Feb 29, Turkey's justice
minister said as many as 1,845 cases have been opened against people
accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since he came to
office in 2014.
2016 Feb 29, A Turkish stock
exchange filing said authorities have shut down media businesses
seized last year from Koza Ipek Holding, a conglomerate linked to a
US-based preacher accused of plotting against President Tayyip
2016 Feb 29, Turkish armed
forces shelled positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria in
coordination with the US-led international anti-jihadist coalition.
2016 Feb 29, In southern Yemen
a suicide car bombing killed 4 people when it hit a gathering of
loyalist forces in Aden.
2016 Feb 29, A Zimbabwe’s High
Court allowed the largest mine in Marange, Mbada Diamonds, to return
and assume control of all assets after challenging the government's
ban on mining operations.
2016 Feb, The US Treasury
Department issued a license that would have allowed Iran to convert
$5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani rials to into
euros by exchanging them first into US dollars. The Obama
administration approached two US banks to facilitate the conversion
but both declined. This was not made public until 2018.
(SFC, 6/7/18, p.A3)
2016 Feb, Botswana launched a
fiscal stimulus program to tackle unemployment, which was estimated
at 19 percent.
(Econ, 1/14/17, p.41)
2016 Feb, In Canada the
government of British Columbia reached agreement with forest
companies, environmental groups and 26 First Nations communities to
protect from logging an area on the Pacific Coast dubbed the Great
Bear Rain Forest.
(Econ, 2/6/16, p.33)
2016 Feb, In the Czech Rep. a
lower court gave Marek Dalik, a close friend and adviser of former
PM Mirek Topolanek, five years in prison. He was accused of asking
for 18 million euros ($20.1 million) in 2007 at a meeting with
managers from Steyr, an Austrian unit of U.S. General Dynamics Corp.
In exchange, Dalik promised to use his influence to save a $1.3
billion deal for the company.
2016 Feb, In southern Ethiopia
7 federal policemen were killed by local militia during a violent
wave of disturbances. The local Oromo resented the sale or lease of
government land to foreign investors.
(Econ, 3/26/16, p.58)
2016 Feb, Thomas Gallay, a
French engineer, working in Morocco, was arrested in an anti-terror
sweep and accused of supporting a terrorist organization. Moroccan
authorities said he was a convert to Islam who gave 70 euros to two
Moroccan members of a terror cell. Gallay received a six-year prison
sentence. Gallay later claimed he had signed a confession in Arabic
that he could neither read nor understand.
2016 Feb, Chandrasekhar Reddy’s
film 'Fireflies in the Abyss' won the award for Best Film in the
Mumbai International Film Festival. It focused on children working
in coal mines in Meghalaya state, many of which are illegal.
2016 Feb, In northern Iraq US
special forces captured the head of the Islamic State group's unit
trying to develop chemical weapons in a raid last month. Sleiman
Daoud al-Afari had worked for Saddam Hussein's now-dissolved
Military Industrialization Authority where he specialized in
chemical and biological weapons.
2016 Feb, In Israel a
Palestinian girl (12) was caught with a knife as she approached an
Israeli settlement. She later pleaded guilty to attempted
manslaughter in a plea bargain and was sentenced to 4½ months in
prison. She was released on April 24.
2016 Feb, In Libya Islamic
State fighters numbered about 5,000 fighters. They have attacked
fighters of an operation in the west, backing the National Salvation
Government in Tripoli, and Operation Dignity in the east, led by
Gen. Khalifa Haftar backing the internationally recognized House of
Representatives in Tobruk.
(Econ, 2/6/16, p.43)
2016 Feb, In Puerto Rico a
70-year-old man infected with Zika died from a drop in blood
platelets, the island’s first Zika-related death.
2016 Feb, In Slovakia Zuzana
Hlavkova (26), an employee in the foreign ministry, reported to her
superiors that inflated contracts tied to the country’s presidency
of the European Council, were being awarded to firms allied with the
governing Smer party. When nothing happened she quit her job and
took her evidence to the local branch of Transparency Int’l. In
November they went public.
(Econ, 12/3/16, p.43)
2016 Mar 1, The United States
and its allies staged 21 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
2016 Mar 1, Americans voted in
what is deemed the most pivotal day of the White House primaries.
Almost 600 Republican delegates were up for grabs on Super Tuesday,
nearly half the 1,237 needed to secure the nomination. Some 865
Democratic delegates were at stake, 36 percent of those needed to
2016 Mar 1, The US Office of
the Director of National Intelligence released the will of Osama bin
Laden. In his handwritten will seized in May, 2011, bin Laden
claimed he had about $29 million in personal wealth — the bulk of
which he wanted to be used "on jihad, for the sake of Allah."
2016 Mar 1, In Afghanistan at
least 2 civilians were killed in an attempted car bomb attack on the
Indian consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Nangarhar
province. All 5 attackers were killed. The next day a faction of the
Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
2016 Mar 1, Australian
scientists warned coral bleaching was occurring on the Great Barrier
Reef as sea temperatures warm, and it could rapidly accelerate
unless cooler conditions blow in over the next few weeks.
2016 Mar 1, British lender
Barclays revealed a further shake-up of the beleaguered bank,
unveiling plans to exit its African operations, as it seeks to
restore its battered reputation under new leadership.
2016 Mar 1, Greece said it has
asked the EU for nearly half a billion euros in emergency funds to
help shelter 100,000 refugees. There were currently some 25,000
refugees and migrants on Greek soil and around 1,000 continued to
arrive on a typical day.
2016 Mar 1, The Council of
Europe told Georgia to improve its anti-discrimination policies and
legislation, saying it was worried by an increase in cases of hate
speech and violence against religious and sexual minority groups.
2016 Mar 1, France razed parts
of the "Jungle" migrant camp for a second day while thousands of
refugees remained blocked in Greece.
2016 Mar 1, Georgian coal
miners ended their two-week strike after the coal company agreed to
2016 Mar 1, Guyana said it has
requested that authorities in Canada arrest a former government
official accused of embezzling money from the state-owned power
company. Aeshwar Deonarine fled to Canada last year after he was
accused of illegally raising his salary and stealing $150,000 from
the power company where he worked as deputy chief executive.
2016 Mar 1, In Guyana a police
sergeant was been stabbed to death while trying to arrest a rape
suspect. Officers finally shot the suspect in the leg and arrested
2016 Mar 1, Hungary's
parliament approved legal amendments restricting access to public
information about the state-owned postal services, and businesses
and foundations established by the National Bank of Hungary.
2016 Mar 1, In central India
security forces killed 8 suspected Maoist militants, including five
women, in a raid on a rebel training camp in Chhattisgarh state.
2016 Mar 1, In Iraq separate
attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 13 people and wounded
2016 Mar 1, Two Israeli
soldiers said to be using a traffic app mistakenly entered a refugee
camp in the occupied West Bank overnight, sparking clashes that
killed one Palestinian and wounded 15 people.
2016 Mar 1, Four Kenyan
policemen were charged with illegal possession of ivory at a Nairobi
2016 Mar 1, A mob in southern
Malawi burned 7 men to death for allegedly possessing human bones
for use in witchcraft in Nsanje.
2016 Mar 1, Malaysian national
car company Proton said it has begun shipping left-hand drive sedans
to Chile as it seeks to tap new markets and revitalize exports.
2016 Mar 1, In Northern Ireland
Seamus Daly (45), the only remaining suspect in the 1998 A bombing
that killed 29 people and threatened a peace deal, walked free from
prison after a British court dropped all charges. The case against
Daly collapsed as prosecutors withdrew all charges after
inconsistent evidence by a key witness in preliminary pre-trial
2016 Mar 1, North Korea said it
will boycott the UN Human Rights Council deploring the
"politicization" of the body.
2016 Mar 1, In Oman a bus
traveling through the northwestern desert crashed into a truck and a
passing car later slammed into the wreckage early today, killing at
least 18 people and injuring 16 others.
2016 Mar 1, In Pakistan 2 local
employees of the US consulate in the city of Peshawar were killed by
an explosive device along with some soldiers while on
2016 Mar 1, In Pakistan
Muhammad Asif went on the run after murdering his sisters Fozia Bibi
(22) and Suriya Bibi (24) in a suspected honor killing in Punjab
2016 Mar 1, Puerto Rico police
arrested a special education teacher and her husband after raiding
the couple's upscale home and seizing $2.4 million worth of cocaine.
2016 Mar 1, Russia called for
the Syrian-Turkish border to be closed, saying arms were being
hidden in humanitarian aid convoys and channeled to fighters of
Islamic State and its allies.
2016 Mar 1, The official Saudi
Press Agency reported that five people were executed today in
various parts of the kingdom. That brings the total number of people
executed since January 1 to 69.
2016 Mar 1, In Somalia a
roadside bomb set by al Shabaab killed at least 5 soldiers and
injured eight others outside Mogadishu.
2016 Mar 1, In Spain Arnaldo
Otegi, the former leader of the banned Basque separatist party
Batasuna, left prison after serving a six-and-a-half year sentence
for trying to reform the illegal party.
2016 Mar 1, Ukraine banned
government officials from publicly criticizing the work of state
institutions and their colleagues, after damaging disclosures last
month that highlighted slow progress in fighting corruption.
2016 Mar 1, Zimbabwean former
vice president Joice Mujuru launched a new political party in a
direct challenge to veteran President Robert Mugabe's all-powerful
ZANU-PF, as speculation increases over his succession.
2016 Mar 2, The US and its
allies in Iraq and Syria staged 29 strikes against Islamic State.
2016 Mar 2, In Mississippi
Rafael McCloud (33), a capital murder suspect, escaped from the
Warren County jail.
(SFC, 3/3/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 2, New Jersey
newspapers called for the resignation of Gov. Chris Christie over
his endorsement of Donald Trump for president.
(SFC, 3/3/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 2, In New Jersey Rafal
Kaldon (38), accused of beating Norbert Nowak to death at a disco in
Poland in August, 1996, was arrested.
2016 Mar 2, In Oklahoma City
Aubrey McClendon (56), co-founder of Chesapeake Energy and a
part-owner of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, drove his SUV into a
wall a day after he was indicted for conspiring to rig bids to buy
oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.
(SFC, 3/3/16, p.C2)(Econ, 3/5/15, p.58)
2016 Mar 2, US astronaut Scott
Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko landed in Kazakhstan
after almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment
foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars.
2016 Mar 2, Mining company
Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton and Vale SA, reached a deal
with the Brazilian government to pay an estimated 20 billion reais
($5.1 billion) in damages over 15 years for a deadly dam spill in
2016 Mar 2, Jason Lawrance
(50), a British man, was found guilty of raping five women he met
through the US Internet dating service match.com, which he was
allowed to use despite complaints to the website from his victims.
2016 Mar 2, Cambodian National
Police and Chinese police took part in rounding up 105 Chinese
citizens at the Golden Crown Casino's hotel, releasing 67 after
confirming they were not on wanted lists. Police said the people
arrested are suspected of involvement in scams carried out against
Chinese citizens over Internet phone services.
2016 Mar 2, An Egyptian
military court handed down seven death sentences for an April 2015
bombing that killed 2 army cadets as they waited to board a bus. The
court in Alexandria also sentenced five people to life in prison,
which in Egypt means 25 years.
2016 Mar 2, The EU launched a
new aid program worth an initial 700 million euros that mirrors the
kind of disaster relief it offers developing nations. Greece, the
main gateway to Europe, would initially be the main beneficiary of
the emergency scheme. The number of migrants awaiting passage to
central and northern Europe swelled on Greece's border with
Macedonia as the frontier remained shut.
2016 Mar 2, In northern France
dozens of riot police moved in for a third day to demolish the
shantytown on the outskirts of the port city of Calais after half a
dozen shelters were burned down overnight.
2016 Mar 2, A Guatemalan court
ordered two former military officers convicted of holding indigenous
women as sex slaves during the nation's civil war to pay their
victims just over $1 million in compensation.
2016 Mar 2, An Indian court
said a university student leader can be freed on bail more than two
weeks after he was detained for alleged sedition in a case that has
sparked nationwide protests and accusations of government
intolerance of dissent. The court said Kanhaiya Kumar could be
released if he pays about $148 bail, refrains from political
activity and is supervised by a faculty member at Jawaharlal Nehru
2016 Mar 2, An earthquake of
magnitude 7.9 that struck off Indonesia's island of Sumatra killing
a number of people.
2016 Mar 2, Iraq signed a deal
with an Italian company to repair and maintain its largest dam, near
the northern, Islamic State-held city of Mosul.
2016 Mar 2, Israeli forces
demolished dozens of structures including a school in the northern
West Bank this week, leaving 10 families homeless.
2016 Mar 2, Jordan said it has
thwarted planned attacks by the Islamic State group on its soil,
killing 7 suspected jihadists in a major security operation near the
Syrian frontier. One member of Jordan's security forces was killed
and three wounded in clashes that raged for several hours until
2016 Mar 2, In Libya a gunfight
took place near the city of Sabratha. Two Italian construction
workers, who were kidnapped in Libya last July, were believed killed
during the clash between militants from the Islamic State group and
local militias fighting them.
2016 Mar 2, Macedonia allowed
some 200 refugees to cross its border with Greece, as 10,000 more
were left waiting in miserable conditions.
2016 Mar 2, Qatar-based beIN
Media Group said it has purchased a 100-percent stake in the film
studio Miramax, part of its expansion into the entertainment
2016 Mar 2, Russia's state
prosecutor demanded a 23-year prison sentence for Ukrainian pilot
and lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko who is accused of killing two Russian
journalists in war-torn Ukraine.
2016 Mar 2, In Russia some 15
tons (110 barrels) of oil spilled off from an idled pipeline on the
Pacific island of Sakhalin according to oil producer Rosneft. Local
ecologists said the scale of disaster was far larger.
2016 Mar 2, A Saudi-led bloc of
six Gulf Arab nations, the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), formally
branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization, ramping up the pressure
on the Lebanese militant group fighting on the side of President
Bashar Assad in Syria.
(AP, 3/2/16)(Econ, 3/5/16, p.45)
2016 Mar 2, South Korea's
opposition members of parliament ended a record-breaking filibuster
to block an "anti-terrorism" bill sponsored by their conservative
rivals. The opposition Minju party led the eight-day filibuster, the
world’s longest. South Korea’s National Assembly passed its first
legislation on human rights in North Korea, in a move that is
expected to enrage its northern rival.
(Reuters, 3/2/16)(AP, 3/2/16)(Econ, 4/96, p.41)
2016 Mar 2, In Syria a
Kurdish-led fighting alliance captured a hill overlooking a main
road in Aleppo from the militant Nusra Front group and its allies.
In southern Syria a car bomb targeted a meeting of commanders of a
US-backed moderate rebel group, killing 18, including the faction's
2016 Mar 2, Former Tanzanian
president Benjamin Mkapa was named as the new mediator for talks to
end a nearly year-long crisis in neighboring Burundi by the regional
East African Community (EAC).
2016 Mar 2, Thailand police
seized 895,897 counterfeit brand-name sunglasses at a warehouse
where they also arrested two Chinese nationals accused of importing
them from China. the sunglasses were purported to be famous brands
such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.
2016 Mar 2, In southeastern
Turkey residents of Cizre began returning home after authorities
partially lifted a curfew in place since December for a
controversial operation against Kurdish rebels which left many homes
devastated. 3 soldiers and 10 Kurdish PKK militants were killed in
clashes in Mardin province and Diyarbakir.
(AFP, 3/2/16)(Reuters, 3/3/16)
2016 Mar 2, Ukrainian
authorities said 3 soldiers have been killed and two wounded in the
Donbas region in the country's east as their car exploded.
2016 Mar 2, The United Nations
Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that dramatically
expands existing UN sanctions on North Korea in response to its Jan.
6 nuclear test, a measure largely negotiated by Washington and
2016 Mar 3, The United States
and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Mar 3, The United States
gave Jordan eight refurbished helicopters for the battle against
Islamic State extremists along the kingdom's borders.
2016 Mar 3, The United States
blacklisted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man, one of
several officials added to a list of Specially Designated Nationals
by the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.
2016 Mar 3, The San Francisco
Warriors basketball team defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder and tied
an NBA record for consecutive home wins (44) during the regular
(SFC, 3/4/16, p.B1)
2016 Mar 3, On World Wildlife
Day the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society said all sides in
South Sudan's civil war have slaughtered wildlife including
elephant, giraffe and antelope, warning huge efforts must be made to
protect the surviving animal population.
2016 Mar 3, Angola state media
reported that at least 24 people, many of them children, died and
dozens were missing after a flash-flood swept through a market in
the southern city of Lubango.
2016 Mar 3, Brazil’s Supreme
Court voted to charge Eduardo Cunha, speaker of the federal Chamber
of Deputies, with accepting bribes linked to the award of Petrobras
of contracts for building two oil-drilling ships.
(Econ, 3/12/16, p.33)
2016 Mar 3, Egypt extradited
Frenchman Christophe Naudin to the Dominican Republic for his
alleged involvement in the escape of two pilots jailed in a drugs
case dubbed "Air Cocaine".
2016 Mar 3, EU Council
President Donald Tusk told illegal economic migrants not to risk
their lives or money to make a perilous trip to Europe "for nothing"
but said unilateral actions by European Union states to deal with
the crisis must stop.
2016 Mar 3, In France a group
of Iranian migrants sewed their mouths shut in a disturbing protest
at the ongoing demolition of the "Jungle" migrant camp in the port
city of Calais.
2016 Mar 3, German police
arrested a doctor in Berlin suspected of convincing a young man to
join Islamic State in Iraq, where he carried out a suicide bombing
on behalf of the insurgents. The recruit (24), who was described in
a statement as "mentally unfit", traveled to Islamic
State-controlled territory in 2014 and killed at least 12 Iraqi
soldiers in a suicide bombing in the city of Baiji in May last year.
2016 Mar 3, In Guyana five
officers were hospitalized for injuries that included smoke
inhalation after prisoners set fires inside the Camp Street Prison.
Police and guards continued to clash with prisoners into the next
day. Three days of rioting over prison conditions left 17 men dead.
(AP, 3/4/16)(AP, 3/5/16)
2016 Mar 3, Honduran Indian
leader Berta Caceres, who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize
for her role in fighting a dam project, was murdered at her home in
La Esperanza. On May 2 police arrested four people related to the
(AP, 3/3/16)(SFC, 5/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 3, In India a Tibetan
(16) died in a New Delhi hospital three days after he set himself on
fire in a protest against Chinese rule. He set himself on fire on
Feb 29 in the northern city of Dehradun and was brought to New Delhi
2016 Mar 3, Israeli authorities
said a Palestinian girl (14) stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli
policeman in a West Bank village while gunshots fired elsewhere in
the territory wounded another Israeli officer.
2016 Mar 3, Three Kashmiri
rebels were killed in a gunbattle with government forces as they
tried to break through a security cordon in Kashmir.
2016 Mar 3, Professor Tony
Dyson (68), the British creator of the "Star Wars" droid R2-D2, was
found dead at his home on the Maltese island of Gozo.
2016 Mar 3, In Mexico least
four people died were when scaffolding collapsed at a cathedral
under construction in the southern city of Tuxtepec.
2016 Mar 3, Mozambique aviation
authorities displayed the recovered a one-meter fragment from a
Boeing 777 believed to be from flight MH370 which vanished on March
8, 2014. Blaine Gibson, a lawyer from Seattle, recently discovered
the fragment on a sandbank near the tourist island of Benguerra.
2016 Mar 3, A powerful
Pakistani religious body that advises the government on the
compatibility of laws with Islam declared a new law that
criminalizes violence against women to be "un-Islamic." The Women's
Protection Act, passed by Punjab province, last week, gives
unprecedented legal protection to women from domestic, psychological
and sexual violence.
2016 Mar 3, Russia's Defense
Ministry said in a statement it had registered 14 ceasefire
violations in Syria over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 3, Russia-based
Gazprom said The Bank of China will give it a 2 billion euro ($2.2
billion), five-year loan, the state-run energy company's largest
loan agreement from a single credit institution.
2016 Mar 3, In Somalia former
journalist Hassan Hanafi Haji, accused of belonging to an Islamic
extremist group, was sentenced to death for his role in the killing
of 5 Somali journalists.
(SFC, 3/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 3, Turkish police
killed two female leftist militants who hurled grenades and opened
fire at an Istanbul police station. The women were identified as
members of the banned Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army
(AFP, 3/3/16)(SFC, 3/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 3, Ugandan lawmakers
passed a bill that says only Ugandans can be legal guardians of
orphaned or destitute children.
(SFC, 3/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 3, The Ukrainian
government accused Russian-backed rebels of using large-caliber
weapons despite a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine that required both
sides to pull back those arms.
2016 Mar 3, Ukrainian pilot
Nadiya Savchenko, who is standing trial over the killing of two
Russian journalists in war-torn Ukraine, announced in court that she
was going on hunger strike and would refuse both food and water.
2016 Mar 3, Zimbabwean police
said they have recovered the bodies of three illegal diamond miners
and are searching for up to seven more missing people, a week after
government banned operations at diamond shafts.
2016 Mar 3, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe announced that the government will take over
all the country's diamond mines to stop foreign firms syphoning off
gems without declaring them.
2016 Mar 3, In Zimbabwe 31
people were killed in a bus accident after a burst front tire sent
the vehicle careening into the oncoming lane in the Midlands city of
2016 Mar 4, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 12
strikes and two in Syria. Abu Omar al-Shishani (b.1986), also known
as Omar the Chechen and described by the Pentagon as the group's
"minister of war", was targeted near the town of al-Shadadi in
Syria. Al-Shishani was critically wounded and reportedly died on
March 14. The IS confirmed his death on July 13.
(Reuters, 3/5/16)(AFP, 3/13/16)(SFC, 3/16/16,
2016 Mar 4, Writer Pat Conroy
(b.1945) died at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina. His novels
included “The Great Santini" (1976) and “The Prince of Tides"
2016 Mar 4, Moody's lowered the
credit ratings of Bahrain and Oman and placed the remaining Gulf oil
exporters on review for downgrade, saying low crude prices have
weakened their economies.
2016 Mar 4, Former Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was briefly detained for
questioning in a federal investigation of a vast corruption scheme,
fanning a political crisis that threatens to topple his successor,
President Dilma Rousseff.
2016 Mar 4, At a meeting in
Chad's capital N'Djamena, defense chiefs from Chad, Niger, Burkina
Faso, Mali and Mauritania -- the so-called G5 Sahel countries --
pledged to form special units to respond quickly to threats and
attacks from Islamist militants.
2016 Mar 4, In Colombia Ruben
Dario Avila (alias Lorenzo), the top leader of the powerful Clan
Usuga gang, was killed when police launched a raid on a ranch in
Arboletes, Antioquia province.
2016 Mar 4, The European
Commission set out a timetable to restore the fraying 26-nation
Schengen open border area by year-end, warning that failure to do so
would cost the European economy up to 18 billion euros ($19.7
billion) a year.
2016 Mar 4, The European Union
said that it had added 16 people and 12 companies to its sanctions
list following North Korea's latest nuclear test and rocket launch.
2016 Mar 4, In Indonesia the
Rafelia II ferry sunk in the Bali Strait, killing 5 of the 81 people
on board including a mother and her infant child.
2016 Mar 4, Iraq's influential
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has reiterated calls for government
reform as thousands rallied across the country in his support.
2016 Mar 4, It was reported
that a two-day UN assessment this week in Iraq found that nearly
every building in Ramadi had been damaged or destroyed in frontline
areas. In other districts, one in three or four buildings were
damaged. Islamic State fighters still held pockets in the northern
and eastern outskirts.
2016 Mar 4, The Japanese
government said it had accepted a court-mediated settlement plan to
halt construction work related to the relocation of a US airbase on
Okinawa and resume talks with local authorities who want the base
off the island.
2016 Mar 4, The World Health
Organization said Laos has joined 41 countries in reporting a local
transmission of Zika virus, as fears mounted over the mosquito-borne
illness that has been linked to birth defects.
2016 Mar 4, In Libya Italians
Gino Pollicardo (55) and Filippo Calcagno (65), kidnapped last July,
were freed in a raid on Islamic State group hideouts in Sabratha
2016 Mar 4, It was reported
that a Lithuanian court sentenced Andrey Osurkov (29), a former
paramedic with the Baltic nation's armed forces, to three years in
jail for spying for neighboring Belarus.
2016 Mar 4, Former Malaysian
leader Mahathir Mohamad joined with political foes in issuing a
declaration signed by 58 public figures urging PM Najib Razak to
resign over corruption allegations.
2016 Mar 4, A leading court in
Moldova ruled in favor of having direct national elections to choose
a president rather than a vote in parliament - a concession to
protesters who have been demonstrating for months against the
2016 Mar 4, In northeastern
Nigeria the Borno state government said it has suspended trading in
four cattle markets to prevent the sale of stolen livestock to raise
funds for Boko Haram Islamists.
2016 Mar 4, In Northern Ireland
a car bombing was claimed by militant nationalists. Prison officer
Adrian Ismay (52) underwent surgery after the bomb went off shortly
after he started driving away from his home in Belfast. He died in
hospital on March 15.
2016 Mar 4, North Korea’s state
media reported that leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his military to
be ready to launch nuclear strikes at any time.
(SFC, 3/5/16, p.A3)
2016 Mar 4, The Philippines
seized the Jin Tang, a North Korean freighter that was covered by
harsher United Nations' sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear
program. Manila will also deport the vessel's 21 North Korean crew
and will await a UN inspection team from the United Nations. The
ship and crew were reported released on March 25.
(Reuters, 3/5/16)(AP, 3/25/16)
2016 Mar 4, Poland reported
that five generals have submitted their resignations over the last
few days. The resignations rocked the new conservative government,
which is facing a barrage of criticism at home and abroad over a
host of controversial reforms.
2016 Mar 4, It was reported
that Romania's top court has approved a request by US authorities to
extradite a convicted hacker for prosecution. Marcel Lazar Lehel,
known by aliases including "Guccifer" and "Small Fume", had broken
into the emails of former US President George W. Bush's family,
entertainment figures and the head of the Romanian secret service.
2016 Mar 4, Russia's Defense
Ministry said Turkey is shelling Kurdish units fighting against the
Nusra Front in Syria, while columns of trucks with various cargo and
weapons for rebels cross into Syria from Turkey daily.
2016 Mar 4, Serbia's Pres.
Tomislav Nikolic dissolved Parliament and scheduled an early
election for April 24 as the ruling conservatives try to cement
power amid deep economic problems and tensions created by the
transit of tens of thousands of migrants through the country.
(AP, 3/4/16)(SFC, 3/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 4, The Slovenian
parliament passed legislation late today that aimed to speed up the
processing of asylum seekers in a country that in recent months has
been flooded with migrants on their way to Western Europe.
2016 Mar 4, Switzerland
unveiled tough draft legislation for unilateral curbs on
immigration, raising the stakes in talks with Brussels on limiting
the influx of foreigners from the European Union.
2016 Mar 4, The Geneva-based
World Trade Organization said India has filed a complaint against
the United States over its measures raising fees on some applicants
for temporary work visas, mostly involving the tech sector.
2016 Mar 4, In Syria
demonstrators in opposition-held areas of Aleppo, Damascus, Daraa
and Homs called for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad's
2016 Mar 4, Major Syrian
insurgent group Jaish al-Islam group said the government was
mobilizing forces to capture more territory, and a ceasefire was not
possible while Damascus and its allies kept up attacks, signaling
risks to an agreement that has slowed fighting. Jaish al-Islam
denied Russian reports that some of its members had signed ceasefire
2016 Mar 4, In Syria two air
strikes hit the edge of the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta and one
person was killed. The strikes were reportedly conducted by either
Syrian or Russian planes. US-backed fighters from the Free Syrian
Army's Southern Front killed one IS fighter and wounded several
others in the process of taking the Tanaf border crossing late
(AFP, 3/4/16)(AP, 3/5/16)
2016 Mar 4, An Istanbul court
ordered into administration the Zaman daily newspaper, sharply
critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adding to growing alarm
over freedom of expression in the country.
2016 Mar 4, A Turkish court
sentenced two Syrians to four years in jail over the drowning of
five people including toddler Aylan Kurdi, the image of whose dead
body sparked global sympathy last September over the fate of
2016 Mar 4, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish rebels detonated a car bomb near a police station,
killing two police officers and wounding some 35 people.
2016 Mar 4, Turkey’s PM Ahmet
Davutoglu visited Tehran with six ministers and discussed a
high-speed rail link that might bridge Lake Van and triple bilateral
(Econ, 4/2/16, p.51)
2016 Mar 4, In Venezuela 28
miners were reportedly murdered in a dispute over a gold claim. The
next day the country's public prosecutor's office said it was
opening an investigation as Bolivar State Governor Francisco Rangel
denied that any massacre took place. By March 14 seventeen bodies
(AP, 3/7/16)(AP, 3/15/16)
2016 Mar 4, In southern Yemen
gunmen stormed a retirement home run by a charity established by
Mother Teresa, killing 16 people, including four Catholic nuns in
Aden. Indian priest Tom Uzhunnalil (56) was taken captive. In 2017
Uzhunnalil was rescued after 18 months of captivity.
(AP, 3/4/16)(AFP, 3/6/16)(AP, 9/12/17)
2016 Mar 4, In Zambia Geoffrey
Mwamba, vice-president of the opposition United Party for National
Development, was arrested on suspicion of proposing violence against
President Edgar Lungu.
2016 Mar 5, The United States
and its allies conducted 19 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Mar 5, The Taliban said
they will not participate in a peace process with the Afghan
government until foreign forces stop attacking their positions and
leave the country.
2016 Mar 5, Ray Tomlinson,
former engineer at Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), died. He had
invented an e-mail program that allowed users to exchange messages
across a distributed network and devised the @ symbol to designate a
digital address. In 1972 he modified the program to run on ARPANET
where it became a quick hit.
p.B1)(TIME, 10/20/14, p.65)(Econ, 3/12/16, p.80)
2016 Mar 5, Celebrated Austrian
conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt (b.1929), considered to be the "pope"
of the Baroque music revival, died, three months after announcing
his retirement, his family announced.
2016 Mar 5, Bhutan PM Tschering
Tobgay joined tens of thousands of volunteers in planting the trees
to honor the newest member of the royal family, who was born Feb 5.
2016 Mar 5, China’s National
People’s Congress Opened. Premier Li Keqiang delivered his annual
address before parliament, laying out the government's development
agenda in a 13th five-year economic plan. The official Xinhua news
agency reported that the government plans to invest about $17
billion in 100 projects in the violence-prone far western region of
(Econ, 3/5/16, p.41)(AP, 3/5/16)(Reuters,
3/5/16)(Econ, 3/12/16, p.42)
2016 Mar 5, China published a
new five-year plan with aims to keep energy consumption within 5
billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2020.
2016 Mar 5, China said it will
build a second railway line connecting restive and remote Tibet with
others parts of China that will link Tibetan capital Lhasa with the
southwestern city of Chengdu.
2016 Mar 5, The Georgian
government announced that it had signed a deal with neighboring
Azerbaijan to increase gas supplies enough to fully cover demand.
2016 Mar 5, In Greece some
13,000 refugees were crammed in unhygienic conditions on the border
with Macedonia, with all eyes on a key EU-Turkey summit on March 7
that is seen as the only viable solution to the crisis.
2016 Mar 5, In Honduras
assailants armed with AK-47 assault rifles burst into a pool hall in
Tegucigalpa and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and wounding
three others. The pool hall was controlled by the Barrio 18 gang.
2016 Mar 5, Iran and Turkey
said they aim to triple their annual trade to $30 billion within two
years as Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu met Iran's first vice president
Eshaq Jahangiri in Tehran. The two countries remained at odds over
fighting in Syria.
2016 Mar 5, In Morocco some
1,300 ICAAN participants gathered in Marrakech for 346 sessions. The
meeting of the global organization, charged with the smooth running
of the Internet, continued to March 10.
(Econ, 3/5/16, p.55)
2016 Mar 5, Russia's Defense
Ministry said it had registered nine ceasefire violations in Syria
over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 5, Slovaks voted in a
general election expected to hand firebrand leftist PM Robert Fico a
third term on the back of a staunchly anti-refugee platform. The
leftist ruling party won the parliamentary election, but will need
coalition partners to form a majority government. The
anti-immigration, anti-euro People's Party-Our Slovakia shocked many
when it won 8 percent of the vote, or almost 210,000 votes, to enter
parliament for the first time.
(AFP, 3/5/16)(AP, 3/6/16)(Reuters, 6/25/16)
2016 Mar 5, Somalia's
intelligence service cooperated with US in airstrikes that killed an
estimated 130 al-Shabab members.
(AP, 3/8/16)(AFP, 3/9/16)
2016 Mar 5, In South Africa a
lawyer representing 4,365 claimants affected by silicosis said that
Anglo American South Africa and AngloGold Ashanti have agreed to pay
the equivalent of $32,595,800.
2016 Mar 5, In Sudan Hassan
al-Turabi (b.1932), the Islamist who played a key role in the 1989
coup that brought President Omar al-Bashir to power and who once
hosted Osama bin Laden, died in Khartoum.
2016 Mar 5, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said a total of 135 people were killed
in the first week of a fragile truce in Syria in areas covered by
the cessation of hostilities agreement.
2016 Mar 5, Tajikistan border
guards engaged in a firefight with a small group of militants trying
to enter the country from Afghanistan. One guard died from wounds
and one militant was killed.
2016 Mar 5, Turkish police
fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters outside the
country's biggest newspaper, Zaman, after authorities seized control
of it in a crackdown on a religious group whose leader the
government accuses of treason.
2016 Mar 6, The United States
and its allies conducted 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Mar 6, Nancy Reagan
(b.1921), former film actress and wife of Pres. Ronald Reagan, died
in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 3/7/16, p.A1)
2016 Mar 6, In Idaho Pastor Tim
Remington was shot and wounded in the parking lot of his church in
Coeur d'Alene a day after he led prayers at a rally for Republican
presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Suspect Kyle Odom (30), a former
marine, was arrested outside the White House on March 8.
2016 Mar 6, Bangladesh’s elite
anti-terrorism unit detained three suspected members of a militant
group believed to be behind a spate of recent attacks.
2016 Mar 6, Benin held an
election to choose a successor to President Thomas Boni Yayi who is
stepping down after two terms, leaving 33 candidates to vie for
power in the small West African country. PM Lionel Zinsou (28.4%)
will face a run-off against businessman Patrice Talon (24.8%) in a
second round of presidential elections.
(Reuters, 3/6/16)(Reuters, 3/8/16)
2016 Mar 6, China’s state media
quoted Pres. Xi Jinping as saying China will never allow the tragedy
of Taiwan being "split" off from the rest of the country, offering a
strong warning to the island against any moves towards independence.
2016 Mar 6, In Dubai a yellow,
two-seat Ferrari 458 Spider jumped a curb and slammed into a pole,
splitting the sports car in half near the Jumeirah Lake Towers
neighborhood. Those killed were identified as Boston bombing
survivor Victoria McGrath, Northeastern University student Priscilla
Perez Torres, Canadian boxer Cody Nixon and James Portuondo. High
speed and alcohol were involved.
2016 Mar 6, In Egypt gunmen
shot dead two wounded members of the security forces in an ambulance
after they had been injured by a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula.
2016 Mar 6, Thousands of
Georgians formed a human chain stretching for about 7 km (4 miles)
through the capital to protest negotiations between their government
and Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom.
2016 Mar 6, Iran reported that
a court has sentenced a well-known tycoon to death for corruption
linked to oil sales during the rule of former President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. Babak Zanjani, arrested in 2013, and two of his
associates were sentenced to death for "money laundering," among
2016 Mar 6, In Iraq Islamic
State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an
explosive-laden fuel tanker on a police checkpoint south of Baghdad,
killing 61 people and wounding more than 70.
(Reuters, 3/6/16)(AFP, 3/7/16)
2016 Mar 6, Lithuanian police
said two men have been killed when a shell exploded as they were
dismantling it to extract metal. The unemployed men collected metal
in nearby woods for a living.
2016 Mar 6, In Poland hundreds
of women marched in Warsaw for a 17th year to demand greater
accessibility to abortion, better working conditions and more state
support in raising children.
2016 Mar 6, Spanish police
arrested a pilot who was serving a prison sentence and using weekend
furloughs to fly in drugs hauls. Police later raided 14 houses in
locations including Madrid, Malaga, Seville and Cadiz, arresting
suspects of Spanish, Moroccan, Romanian and Ecuadorian
nationalities. 20 people were arrested altogether who used
helicopters to bring hashish from Morocco into Spain.
2016 Mar 6, A day after
Turkey's top-selling newspaper Zaman was taken over by the state, it
dropped its criticisms of the government and published flattering
stories on President Tayyip Erdogan.
2016 Mar 6, The Turkish Coast
Guard rescued 15 people and recovered 18 bodies in the Aegean Sea
near the town of Didim. At least 25 people drowned including 3
(Reuters, 3/6/16)(SFC, 3/7/16, p.A3)
2016 Mar 6, In Ukraine about
2,000 people rallied on Independence Square in Kiev to demand that
Russia release pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, with hundreds then marching
to the Russian Embassy to vent their anger.
2016 Mar 7, The Golden State
Warriors won their 45th straight home game, setting a new NBA record
previously held by the Chicago Bulls in 1996.
(SFC, 3/8/16, p.B1)
2016 Mar 7, In Atlanta,
Georgia, a fire engulfed a boarding house in Atlanta, killing six
(AFP, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 7, In Kansas Pablo
Antonio Serrano-Vitorino (40) killed a neighbor and 3 other men in
Kansas City. He then gunned down another man the next morning at the
man's rural home in Missouri. He had been deported in April 2004
because he was in the country illegally, but had re-entered.
Serrano-Vitorino was captured on March 9.
2016 Mar 7, The New York Fed
put out a brief statement through its Twitter account, saying
"Regarding hacking reports, there is no evidence of attempts to
penetrate Federal Reserve systems & no evidence Fed systems were
2016 Mar 7, US regulators asked
oil and gas producers in central Oklahoma to restrict wastewater
disposal operations to help curb a spike in the number and severity
(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 7, Matthew Lane Durham
(21), a former missionary from Edmond, Okla., was sentenced to 40
years in federal prison after being convicted of sexually abusing
children at an orphanage in Kenya in 2014.
(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 7, In Australia a man
(33) who police say fatally shot one person and wounded two others
inside a western Sydney business was found dead inside the building
after a six-hour standoff.
2016 Mar 7, China’s state media
reported that police in the northern city of Baoding have broken up
a major toxic waste case that came to light when a restaurant owner
died after inhaling poisonous gases coming from his kitchen drain. A
parking lot near the restaurant had allowed factories to dump highly
toxic waste into its drain pipes for illegal gains.
2016 Mar 7, In India a
15-year-old girl was fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital
after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her
family's home in a village outside the city. Police soon arrested a
20-year-old man and charged him with raping and burning the girl.
The girl died on March 9.
(AP, 3/8/16)(AP, 3/9/16)
2016 Mar 7, In India thousands
of dead fish washed up on the banks of the polluted Ulsoor Lake in
the southern technology hub of Bangalore. Sewage has been flowing
into the lake, depleting its oxygen, and has been choked with water
hyacinth with no effort by authorities to clear it.
2016 Mar 7, Indonesia's
anti-graft commission said government agencies have agreed on a plan
to combat corruption in the forestry industry that costs the state
billions of dollars in lost revenue and is behind fires that pollute
2016 Mar 7, In Indonesia the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit ended with a call
for a ban on products from Israeli settlements in the occupied
territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of
the Palestinians. the move was not binding on member states.
2016 Mar 7, Japanese police set
up a special unit to oversee efforts to stem what they are
describing as a full-fledged "war" between rival organized crime
groups. The Yamaguchi-gumi gang based in the western city of Kobe
has been rocked by internal strife since late last year following
the defection of several top leaders who formed a rival splinter
2016 Mar 7, Japanese
telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank Group Corp. said it
will reorganize into two new 100 percent-owned subsidiaries, with
its global investment business separated from its domestic
2016 Mar 7, In the Netherlands
the Marshall Islands began legal proceedings against India at the
International Court of Justice, as part of cases against three of
the world's nuclear powers aimed at breathing new life into
2016 Mar 7, A Nigerian court
charged retired air chief marshal Alex Badeh with a string of
corruption charges, in the latest case involving a high-ranking
2016 Mar 7, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked the entrance to a court, killing
16 people in the town of Shabqadar. A group affiliated with the
Pakistani Taliban and calling itself Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed
(AP, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 7, Russia's Defense
Ministry said that eight ceasefire violations had been registered in
Syria over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 7, Sri Lanka said it
will receive a loan of $1.5 billion from the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) to boost foreign exchange reserves and avert a balance of
2016 Mar 7, In northern Syria
warplanes bombed a fuel depot in an opposition-held town in Idlib
province, killing at least 12 people. The al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra
Front and Islamist group Jund al-Aqsa and others took the village of
(AP, 3/7/16)(Reuters, 3/8/16)
2016 Mar 7, In Tunisia dozens
of Islamist fighters stormed through the town of Ben Guerdan near
the Libyan border attacking army and police posts in a raid that
killed 55 people, including civilians.
(Reuters, 3/7/16)(Reuters, 3/8/16)
2016 Mar 7, Turkey offered the
EU greater help to stem a flood of migrants into Europe but demanded
more money, faster accession talks and quicker visa-free travel for
its citizens in exchange. EU leaders reached a tentative outline for
a possible deal with Ankara and hoped to finalize a deal at 2-day
summit beginning on March 17.
(Reuters, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 7, In southeastern
Turkey 13 Kurdish militants were killed when a firefight broke out
in the town of Idil. Two Turkish soldiers were killed in the last 24
hours, one in Idil and the other in Sur, a historic district in
2016 Mar 7, An official in YPG,
the Syrian Kurdish militia, said that Turkey was firing artillery
shells at its fighters in northern Aleppo province.
2016 Mar 8, Washington began
restricting the access of one of China's biggest telecoms equipment
makers, ZTE Corp., to American components after concluding the
state-owned company improperly exported US technology to Iran.
2016 Mar 8, Democrats won three
of four special House elections in Kentucky. The victory gives
Democrats 53 of 100 seats in the state House of Representatives.
(SFC, 3/9/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 8, In Brazil Marcelo
Odebrecht, former head of the country’s biggest construction
company, was sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for corrupt
dealings with Petrobras.
(Econ, 3/12/16, p.12)
2016 Mar 8, British gas and
electricity supplier Npower said it is cutting 2,400 jobs, a fifth
of its workforce, after losing hundreds of thousands of customers
and reporting poor financial results.
2016 Mar 8, Sir George Martin
(b.1926), British producer for the Beatles, died. Martin also worked
with Jeff Beck, Elton John, Celine Dion and on several solo albums
by Paul McCartney.
2016 Mar 8, In southeastern
Congo DRC 2 workers at Glencore's Katanga Mining copper and cobalt
operation died and five remain missing after a pit wall collapsed. A
collapsed wall at the open-pit mine killed all 7 people. A 10-day
search effort recovered only 3 bodies.
(Reuters, 3/8/16)(Reuters, 3/17/16)
2016 Mar 8, Egyptian security
forces fired tear gas to disperse taxi drivers, who blocked a major
road in Cairo, to protest Uber and other car-hailing applications.
2016 Mar 8, It was reported
that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are tightening ID controls and
erecting fences on their eastern borders, worried the Baltic region
will become a new entry point for refugees as migrant routes through
the Balkans becomes harder.
2016 Mar 8, In Ethiopia dozens
of university students protested in Addis Ababa, demanding an end to
police crackdowns that followed months of demonstrations over plans
to requisition farmland in the country's Oromiya region late last
2016 Mar 8, In France Jacobus
van Nierop (51), a Dutch man dubbed by French media the "dentist of
horror," went on trial after allegedly causing horrific injuries to
the mouths of more than 100 patients. On April 26, 2016, Nierop was
found guilty of assault and fraud and sentenced to eight years in
(AFP, 3/8/16)(AP, 4/26/16)
2016 Mar 8, French researchers
said the Zika virus, suspected of causing brain damage in babies and
a neurological ailment in adults, has now also been linked to the
paralyzing disorder myelitis.
2016 Mar 8, In Israel Amir
Maimoni (29), an agent of the Shin Bet security service, was killed
by friendly fire on the Gaza border after being mistaken for a
2016 Mar 8, In Israel a
Palestinian woman who tried to stab Israeli security forces was shot
and killed by officers in Jerusalem's Old City. Another Palestinian
was shot dead after attacking Israeli security forces with a knife
in the Old City, and a third was shot and killed after stabbing an
Israeli in the central city of Petah Tikvah.
2016 Mar 8, Japanese women
still faced a 100 day wait before they can remarry following legal
changes approved by the country’s cabinet, a move condemned as
discriminatory by a UN rights group.
2016 Mar 8, In Mali organizers
said two hundred young jihadists are ready to lay down their weapons
as part of a new government and civil society deradicalization
2016 Mar 8, In Nigeria a
five-storey building under construction collapsed in an upmarket
area of Lagos. At least 34 people were killed.
(AP, 3/9/16)(AP, 3/10/16)
2016 Mar 8, Pakistani officials
said a joint operation in the Kuchlak area near Quetta, Baluchistan
province, uncovered Shahbaz Taseer (33), the son of slain Gov.
Salman Taseer. He had been abducted five years ago eight months
after his father was assassinated in Islamabad by his guard, Mumtaz
Qadri, over accusations of blasphemy.
2016 Mar 8, Russia's Defense
Ministry said it had registered seven ceasefire violations in Syria
over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 8, In southern Turkey
2 people, including a young child, were killed and another two
people were wounded when the town of Kilis came under repeated
rocket fire from across the Syrian border.
2016 Mar 8, Today marks the
108th annual International Women's Day. A rally in Istanbul ended
violently when Turkish police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of
hundreds of people and detained at least one woman.
2016 Mar 8, The South African
government said that exploration for shale gas will begin in the
next 12 months, ending years of speculation over the project.
2016 Mar 8, South Korea said it
would impose new sanctions against 40 individuals and 30 entities
because of suspected links to North Korea's weapons program and
would ban vessels that had stopped at North Korean ports in the past
2016 Mar 8, Swiss authorities
said they have arrested 15 people suspected of belonging to the
powerful Italian 'Ndrangheta crime organization, and are holding
them pending extradition.
2016 Mar 8, Hundreds of angry
Ukrainians picketed Moscow's embassy in Kiev as global calls grew
for the release of Nadia Savchenko (34), a hunger-striking military
helicopter pilot on trial in Russia.
(AFP, 3/8/16)(Econ, 3/12/16, p.50)
2016 Mar 8, Venezuela's
opposition launched a campaign to oust socialist President Nicolas
Maduro, saying it would press immediately for a recall referendum,
constitutional amendment and street campaign to demand his
2016 Mar 9, In New Mexico
convicted murderer Joseph Cruz (32) and Lionel Clah (29), convicted
of armed robbery, escaped from a prisoner transport van in the
Roswell area. Cruz was re-captured in Albuquerque on March 11. Clah
was re-captured on March 12, also in Albuquerque.
(SFC, 3/10/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/113/16, p.A9)
2016 Mar 9, In Pennsylvania an
ambush-style shooting at a backyard barbecue in the Pittsburgh
suburb of Wilkinsburg killed 5 people and an 8-month old fetus. Two
gunmen working as a team remained on the run.
(AFP, 3/10/16)(SFC, 3/10/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 9, In Texas Coy
Wesbrook was executed for killing 5 people, including his ex-wife,
in a 1997 shooting rampage.
(SFC, 3/10/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 9, In Afghanistan the
Taliban attacked a police headquarters and an intelligence agency
office early today in southern Helmand province. At least 3 police
officers were killed along with 7 attackers.
2016 Mar 9, Five Afghans,
including two children and a six-month old baby, drowned late today
in the Aegean trying to reach Greece as Turkey starts to implement
an EU agreement to curb illegal migration.
2016 Mar 9, The Bangladesh
central bank said it is working to recover some $100 million
allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from an account at the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York. The money was apparently transferred to
accounts in the Philippines. At least 30 transfer requests were made
Feb. 5 using the Bangladesh Bank's SWIFT code, out of which five
succeeded in effecting transfers. North Korea was later implicated
in the cyber theft. In 2017 a report by Kaspersky Lab, “Lazarus
Under the Hood," said North Korean hackers hit not only Bangladesh
but also targeted dozens of banks worldwide in a susteained attempt
at global digital robbery.
(AP, 3/9/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)(SFC, 4/7/17,
2016 Mar 9, In Brazil
prosecutors filed charges against former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva connected to claims of money laundering and misrepresentation
(SFC, 3/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 9, Thousands of
British doctors began a 48-hour strike in an acrimonious dispute
over a new contract.
2016 Mar 9, Croatia and
Slovenia, two of the countries along the route used by hundreds of
thousands of people in recent months, barred entry to transiting
migrants from midnight. Serbia indicated it would follow suit.
2016 Mar 9, French students and
trade unions staged protest marches across the country against
far-reaching labor reforms.
2016 Mar 9, The Indian arm of
global consumer giant Unilever said it has reached a settlement with
hundreds of former employees 15 years after its thermometer plant in
southern India was shut following accusations of mercury
2016 Mar 9, In Ingushetia nine
people, including five journalists, were driving to Grozny on a
press trip organized by the Committee to Prevent Torture, when
masked assailants stormed their minibus and later torched it with
their belongings inside. Journalists from Norway and Sweden, a
lawyer for the NGO and the minibus driver were hospitalized with
injuries. Hours later armed men raided the office of the Committee
to Prevent Torture in Karabulak.
2016 Mar 9, Iran fired two more
long-range ballistic missiles as it continued military tests in
defiance of US sanctions and fresh warnings from Washington.
2016 Mar 9, In Iraq a large
number of rockets were fired on Taza from the nearby village of
Bashir, which is held by the jihadists. The suspected mustard gas
attack on Taza left Fatima Samir (3) dead.
2016 Mar 9, A Japanese court
issued an unprecedented order for a nuclear reactor near Kyoto to
stop operating and ordered a second one to stay offline.
2016 Mar 9, Kiribati opposition
candidate Taaneti Mamau won the presidential election.
(Econ, 3/12/16, p.38)
2016 Mar 9, North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to
mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power
and precision of its arsenal.
2016 Mar 9, Two Palestinians
opened fire on a bus and near Jerusalem's Old City, seriously
wounding one person.
2016 Mar 9, Poland's
Constitutional Tribunal ruled that new rules introduced by the new
government to regulate how the court functions are unconstitutional.
2016 Mar 9, In Portugal Marcelo
Rebelo de Sousa, the new center-right president, took office,
telling the Socialist government to stick to the budget rigor
demanded by Brussels to avoid a return to economic crisis.
2016 Mar 9, The Saudi
Arabia-led military coalition intervening in Yemen said Huthi rebels
have agreed to a prisoner swap and an apparent truce along the
border following unprecedented talks with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia
released seven Yemenis in exchange for Cpl. Jaber al-Kaabi.
(AFP, 3/9/16)(AP, 3/9/16)
2016 Mar 9, In Somalia US
troops took part in an overnight helicopter-borne special forces
raid against Shebab insurgents, killing more than 10 Islamic
extremists in Awdhegle town. At least three police officers died
when a car bomb exploded outside a tea shop in Mogadishu.
(AFP, 3/9/16)(SFC, 3/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 9, In South Korea a
Google-developed supercomputer stunned South Korean Go grandmaster
Lee Se-Dol by taking the first game of a five-match showdown between
man and machine in Seoul.
2016 Mar 9, In Tunisia 2
"terrorists" and a soldier were killed in a firefight in the Oued
Rbyaa area. The confrontation came after jihadists on the run raided
a building site in search of provisions and stole food from workers
2016 Mar 9, The Turkish
military carried out air strikes against Kurdish rebel targets
across the border in northern Iraq, killing at least 67 militants.
2016 Mar 9, Turkey ended its
3-month military operation against militants in mainly Kurdish city
2016 Mar 9, Turkey's coastguard
intercepted dozens of mostly Syrian migrants in coves along the
Aegean coast as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to
Greece despite Ankara's efforts to stem the flow under a deal with
the European Union.
2016 Mar 9, Ukrainian military
pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who is on trial over the killing of two
Russian journalists during the Ukraine conflict, vowed to press on
with a hunger strike without water unless Russia releases her.
2016 Mar 9, In Zimbabwe
hundreds rallied in Harare over the shadowy disappearance of an
opposition activist a year ago. Itai Dzamara, a former journalist
and harsh regime critic, was seized by unidentified men on March 9,
2016 Mar 10, The United States
and Canada agreed joint steps to fight climate change, including
cutting methane emissions from oil and gas operations and signing
last year's Paris climate deal as soon as feasible.
2016 Mar 10, Singer Gogi Grant
(b.1924) died at her home in Los Angeles.Her 1956 rendition of “The
Wayward Wind" topped the Billboard singles chart.
(SFC, 3/17/16, p.D5)
2016 Mar 10, In Nevada a drone
made by Flirtey successfully delivered a package to a residential
location in Hawthorne in what was reportedly the first fully
autonomous urban drone delivery in the US.
2016 Mar 10, It was reported
that Abu Hamed, a disillusioned former member of Islamic State, has
passed a stolen memory stick of documents identifying 22,000
supporters in over 50 countries to a British journalist, a leak that
could help the West target Islamist fighters planning attacks.
2016 Mar 10, European Union
governments extended sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians targeted
in 2014 over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
2016 Mar 10, The German Embassy
in Tirana said 806 Albanians were repatriated from Germany last week
after their asylum requests were rejected. Some 3,400 Albanians have
been deported from Germany this year.
(SFC, 3/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 10, Iraqi forces
retook a town from the Islamic State jihadist group in Anbar
province and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the
2016 Mar 10, Japan-based Honda
rolled out a new fuel cell vehicle, the first of its kind to be a
five-seater. The zero-emissions Clarity may not sell in big numbers,
however, given its price tag of 7.66 million yen ($67,000).
2016 Mar 10, In Lebanon 2
Kuwaitis were found killed inside a room of a restaurant they owned
near Beirut. Two days later a 3rd Kuwaiti was found killed in the
town of Burj Hammoud.
2016 Mar 10, Lithuanian
authorities said three journalists from Russian state television
have been expelled from the Baltic country after trying to enter a
forum for Russian opposition leaders.
2016 Mar 10, North Korea fired
two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in defiance of UN
Security Council resolutions. The North also announced it had
scrapped all agreements with the South on commercial exchange
projects and would "liquidate" South Korean assets left behind in
2016 Mar 10, Oman media
reported that torrential rain in northern Oman and the United Arab
Emirates has killed six people this week.
2016 Mar 10, Palestinian rescue
services said 7 men were trapped after the collapse of a tunnel on
the Egypt border. Five men were rescued. 2 were later found dead. An
official later said the cave-in was caused by Egyptian flooding of
the border zone in its campaign to stop smuggling.
2016 Mar 10, Qatar health
officials said a 66-year-old Qatari man has died after contracting
the MERS virus, in the first fatal case in the Gulf state for 10
2016 Mar 10, Nadezhda
Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot on trial in Russia, agreed to take
water but will continue a hunger strike following an appeal by
2016 Mar 10, In South Korea
human Go champion Lee Sedol said he was left "speechless" after his
second straight loss to Google's Go-playing machine in a
highly-anticipated human versus machine face-off.
2016 Mar 10, In Spain a strike
by refuse collectors in the city of Malaga entered its 10th day.
2016 Mar 10, In Sudan 2 South
African soldiers were killed over the last 24 hours during attacks
on food aid trucks in the Darfur region.
2016 Mar 10, In southeastern
Turkey 7 Kurdish militants were killed in a gun battle in
2016 Mar 10, Pope Francis
imposed new financial accountability regulations on the Vatican's
multimillion-dollar saint-making machine after uncovering gross
abuses that were subsequently revealed in two books.
2016 Mar 11, US officials said
the North Korean regime lost contact with a 70-foot Yono class
"midget" submarine earlier this week.
2016 Mar 11, Retired
neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson
endorsed billionaire Donald Trump, describing his former rival as "a
very intelligent man."
2016 Mar 11, Republican
frontrunner Donald Trump cancelled a campaign event in Chicago after
a violent outbreak between protesters and his supporters.
2016 Mar 11, In Alabama inmates
at William C. Holman Correctional seized control of a dormitory and
stabbed two correctional officers, including warden Carter
Davenport. Three emergency response teams brought the dorm under
control and the prison was placed under lockdown.
(SSFC, 3/13/16, p.A13)
2016 Mar 11, Keith Emerson
(71), flamboyant yet accomplished British keyboardist, was found
dead from an apparent self-inflicted bullet wound to his head at his
condominium in the Los Angeles area. He had pioneered the use of
synthesizers in rock music.
2016 Mar 11, The International
Energy Agency (IEA) said oil price may have finally bottomed out
after an unprecedented drop over the past 18 months.
2016 Mar 11, Belarussian media
said security service have detained prominent businessman Yury Chizh
on suspicion of large-scale tax evasion.
2016 Mar 11, A Belgian court
acquitted the Church of Scientology of charges of forming a criminal
organization, and dismissed demands that it should close its Belgian
branch and European headquarters.
2016 Mar 11, Brazilian
officials said mudslides and flooding caused by overnight heavy
downpours have killed at least 15 people including a 4-year-old boy
in low-income neighborhoods on Sao Paulo's outskirts.
2016 Mar 11, In Canada a string
of suicides among young people has hit an impoverished aboriginal
reserve in remote central Canada, leading to calls for more social
services support for native communities. Five teenagers and a young
mother at Pimicikamak Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg, have killed
themselves in recent weeks.
2016 Mar 11, China’s state
media reported that civilian flights will begin to and from Sansha
city, on Woody Island in the Paracel archipelago, a disputed South
China Sea island within a year, as the government expands
infrastructure on islands and reefs also claimed by other countries
2016 Mar 11, In Finland over
3,000 farmers with some 600 tractors gathered on a central Helsinki
square in a protest urging the government to support the country's
agricultural sector suffering on decreasing food prices and EU's
2016 Mar 11, Guyana said it is
creating a special task force to improve relief efforts amid a
prolonged drought that has shriveled crops across the South American
2016 Mar 11, In Honduras deputy
warden Juan Andres Sanchez, who helped run the Marco Aurelio
penitentiary to the north of the capital Tegucigalpa, was shot and
killed just outside the city.
2016 Mar 11, In India a massive
cultural festival opened on the banks of the Yamuna River in the
Indian capital despite concerns the sprawling construction of roads,
ramps and pontoon bridges would irreparably damage the river's
floodplains. The festival celebrating the Art of Living Foundation's
35th anniversary is expected to draw some 3.5 million visitors.
2016 Mar 11, Israeli forces
raided a TV station run by the Palestinian militant group Islamic
Jihad in the West Bank as part of a crackdown to curb months of
violence that Israel says has been fueled by incitement in the
2016 Mar 11, Lebanon's Interior
Minister Nohad Machnouk said the country's rubbish crisis had been
"99 percent solved" at a government committee meeting on the issue.
2016 Mar 10, Nigeria’s
governing All Progressives Congress charged that at least 32 of its
members have been shot, clubbed and beheaded to death over the last
two weeks in Rivers state, a stronghold of the opposition Democrats.
(SFC, 3/10/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 11, North Korea’s
official KCNA news agency reported that leader Kim Jong Un watched a
ballistic missile launch test and ordered the country to improve its
nuclear attack capability by conducting more tests.
2016 Mar 11, Thousands of
Peruvians marched in downtown Lima to demand the electoral board bar
presidential frontrunner Keiko Fujimori from next month's vote after
it disqualified two of her rivals in an unprecedented move that has
shaken the race.
2016 Mar 11, Romania’s PM
Dacian Ciolos said citizens now have full access to the revenue and
spending data of state institutions in move which could help fight
2016 Mar 11, South Korea's spy
agency told lawmakers that the number of North Korean cyberattacks
on the South has doubled over the past month.
2016 Mar 11, In Spain four
armed men entered a hair salon in northeastern Madrid and shot dead
a Colombian man (41) through the skull and wounded another man (44)
through the abdomen.
2016 Mar 11, Syrian government
forces battled Islamic State some 7 km (4 miles) from the ancient
site of Palmyra that fell to the jihadists last May. The Russian air
force has hit Palmyra with dozens of air strikes since March 9.
2016 Mar 11, The UN said South
Sudan has encouraged fighters to rape women in place of wages while
children have been burnt alive and called the young nation one of
the world's most "horrendous" human rights situations.
2016 Mar 11, The UN Security
Council approved its first-ever resolution tackling the escalating
problem of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers who act as predators when
sent to protect vulnerable civilians in some of the world's most
2016 Mar 11, Yemeni medical
officials said clashes between Shiite rebels and local fighters in
the besieged city of Taiz have intensified, killing at least 45 on
both sides over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 11, Zimbabwe Finance
Minister Patrick Chinamasa said white farmers will be compensated
for land seized for redistribution to blacks and that evaluations of
the properties has begun.
2016 Mar 12, The United States
and its allies carried out more than a dozen air strikes on Islamic
State forces in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 12, US and South
Korean troops staged a big amphibious landing exercise, storming
simulated North Korean beach defenses amid heightened tension and
threats by the North to annihilate its enemies.
2016 Mar 12, In Florida
Sheriff’s Deputy John Robert Kotfila Jr. (30) was killed after his
car collided on the Selmon Expressway with the vehicle of a driver
heading in the wrong direction in Tampa. Eric Thomas McBeth (31),
the other driver, was also killed.
(SSFC, 3/13/16, p.A9)
2016 Mar 12, A line of severe
thunderstorms hit Louisiana, adding more rain to flooded rivers
across the lower Mississippi Valley after days of downpours.
Drenching rains this week have killed three people in Louisiana and
one in Oklahoma.
2016 Mar 12, In New York state
a tugboat named Specialist crashed into a barge on the Hudson River
near where the new Tappan Zee Bridge is being constructed. The
bodies of 2 crew members were soon recovered. A third remained
missing and was presumed dead.
(SSFC, 3/13/16, p.A9)(SFC, 3/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 12, In Pennsylvania
police officers in Chester engaged in a shootout that left one
suspect dead after trying to stop a vehicle.
(SFC, 3/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 12, In Texas police
Officer K. Levi fatally shot an unarmed man suspected of damaging a
traffic sign and charging the officer three times in Houston.
(SFC, 3/14/16, p.A54)
2016 Mar 12, In northeastern
China thousands of miners, who say they have not been paid for
months, staged a rare protest in Shuangyashan city, days after the
provincial governor made the apparently false claim that no miner
working for the province's largest publicly owned mining company was
owed any back wages.
2016 Mar 12, French police
detained 14 young extreme right activists after they torched tires
and tried to block migrants in the port of Calais from entering the
center of town.
2016 Mar 12, Guyana’s PM Moses
Nagamootoo appealed for additional funds to help maintain a lush
forest reserve of nearly 1 million acres (371,000 hectares) that
serves as an international research center. The center was created
in 1996 and also offers ecotourism adventures.
2016 Mar 12, Iraq's powerful
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a sit-at the gates of
Baghdad's heavily fortified government district, stepping up
pressure on PM Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised
2016 Mar 12, In the Italian
Alps six backcountry skiers died in an avalanche, others were
rescued and emergency workers were still looking for more possible
2016 Mar 12, Israel staged a
pre-dawn wave of air strikes hours after four rockets fired from the
enclave by Palestinian militants hit southern Israel late March 11
without causing casualties. Israa Abu Khussa (6), wounded in the air
strike, died of her injuries. Her brother Yassin (10) died earlier
in the raid on a base of Hamas's military wing near their home in
the northern Gaza village of Beit Lahiya.
2016 Mar 12, Libya's UN-backed
unity government announced it was taking office despite lacking
parliamentary approval, saying that a majority petition signed by
lawmakers was equivalent to a vote of confidence.
2016 Mar 12, In northern Mali 2
UN peacekeepers from Chad were shot dead and a third slightly
wounded by one of their colleagues.
(AFP, 3/13/16)(AP, 3/13/16)
2016 Mar 12, Myanmar's army
sparked public criticism after it nominated a retired general still
blacklisted by the United States to be vice president of the
country's first civilian government in decades.
2016 Mar 12, In northwest
Pakistan heavy rain caused the collapse of a coal mine, killing at
least 8 miners and leaving another four missing and feared dead.
Officials said heavy rains in other parts of the northwest have led
to the deaths of 7 people in two days due to collapsing roofs and
2016 Mar 12, A delegation of
Hamas leaders from the Gaza Strip entered neighboring Egypt, seeking
to patch up relations which soured with the 2013 overthrow of
Islamist Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
2016 Mar 12, In Poland tens of
thousands held street protests in Warsaw and other cities in
opposition to government moves that have paralyzed the
2016 Mar 12, Romania opened the
official residence of the Ceausescu family to 300 people for free,
26 years since the hated pair were overthrown. Visitors will begin
to tour the one-storied palace starting March 19 for tickets costing
15 lei to 30 lei ($3.70-$7.40).
2016 Mar 12, In South Korea
AlphaGo, a Google-developed computer program, won its best-of-five
match-up with a South Korean Go grandmaster, taking an unassailable
3-0 lead to score a major victory for a new style of "intuitive"
artificial intelligence (AI).
2016 Mar 12, The Syrian
government ruled out any discussion of presidential elections at
peace talks due to start next week.
2016 Mar 12, In western Syria
rebels shot down a Syrian government warplane, although there were
conflicting accounts on whether it had been brought down by a
missile or anti-aircraft guns.
2016 Mar 12, Tunisia's PM Habib
Essid called for civil servants and the general public to donate
part of their wages to an anti-terrorism fund, following a deadly
assault on a town near the Libyan border. The statement came after
President Beji Caid Essebsi donated a month's salary to the fund at
a post office in central Tunis.
2016 Mar 12, Venezuela's
opposition held a national day of protest, the opening salvo in its
new strategy to oust Pres. Nicolas Maduro, who responded with a
rally of his own.
2016 Mar 12, In Yemen troops
loyal to Pres. Abd-Rabbu Mansour captured the western entrance to
the strategic city of Taiz, partially breaking a siege by Houthi
fighters allied with Iran. At least 48 people were reported killed
in the heavy clashes. Fighting between local affiliates of al-Qaida
and the Islamic State group flared up in Aden killing 22 people. 17
of those killed were from al-Qaida, 3 were government forces and 2
(Reuters, 3/12/16)(AP, 3/13/16)
2016 Mar 13, In Maryland
undercover narcotics Officer Jacai Colson (28) was fatally shot at a
community center in Prince George County. Gunman Michael Ford (22)
was wounded and arrested along with his two brothers. Colson was
mortally wounded by one of his colleagues.
(SFC, 3/14/16, p.A5)(SFC, 3/15/16, p.A12)
2016 Mar 13, Hilary Putnam
(b.1926), American philosopher, died at his home in Arlington, Mass.
His sixteen books included “The Many Faces of Realism" (1987).
(Econ, 3/26/16, p.106)
2016 Mar 13, In Texas off-duty
suburban Dalla police Officer Ken Johnson (35) saw a vehicle being
burglarized and gave chase. An altercation ensued and Johnson
fatally shot Jose Raul Cruz (16) and wounded another juvenile.
Johnson was arrested on March 16 on charges of murder and aggravated
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 13, In Brazil tens of
thousands of protesters flooded the streets in hope of bringing down
President Dilma Rousseff over corruption and a crumbling economy.
2016 Mar 13, In Dubai
Palestinian teacher Hanan Al-Hroub was awarded the $1 million Global
Teacher award for her innovative approach of using play to counter
violent behavior. The foundation said her approach, detailed in her
book "We Play and Learn," has led to a decline in violent behavior
in schools where this is usually a frequent occurrence.
2016 Mar 13, Germans turned out
in force to vote in three state elections, with the anti-immigration
Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looking to profit from popular
angst about Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcome of more than a
million migrants. The three elections produced painful losses for
Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union.
(Reuters, 3/13/16)(AP, 3/14/16)
2016 Mar 13, Greece increased
efforts to move thousands of migrants near the border with Macedonia
to sheltered camps, as the spread of infection became a concern with
one person in a sprawling tent city diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
2016 Mar 13, Iraq said the
Islamic State group said it has pulled its fighters out of Rutba, a
desert town in the western province of Anbar.
2016 Mar 13, In Ivory Coast
heavily armed gunmen opened fire at the L'Etoile du Sud (Southern
Star) hotel beach resort of Grand-Bassam which is popular with
Westerners. Gunmen from al Qaeda's North African branch killed 15
civilians and 3 special forces. 3 attackers were also killed. On
March 25-26 two Malians were arrested in northern Mali on suspicion
of playing a key role in the deadly attack that left 22 people dead.
(AFP, 3/13/16)(AP, 3/14/16)(AFP, 3/27/16)(Econ,
4/16/16, SR p.3)
2016 Mar 13, In Japan Okinawa
police arrested Justin Castellanos (24) a US Navy seaman at Camp
Schwab. Police said he is suspected of sexually assaulting a
Japanese tourist in her 40s as she slept at her hotel earlier that
morning. On July 15 Castellanos was sentenced to two and a half
years in prison.
(AP, 3/14/16)(AP, 7/15/16)
2016 Mar 13, Hundreds of
thousands of Moroccans demonstrated to protest the UN chief's
remarks about the contested Western Sahara territory. They took
offense when UN chief Ban Ki-moon used the word "occupation" after a
visit this month to refugee camps for the region's native Sahraouis
in southern Algeria.
2016 Mar 13, Some 40,000
Palestinian teachers suspended a three-week-old strike after
President Mahmoud Abbas promised to increase their salaries next
2016 Mar 13, Russia accused
Turkey of sending its military across the Syrian border to prevent
Kurdish groups there from consolidating their positions.
2016 Mar 13, In northern Syria
Al-Qaeda militants swept through the rebel-held town of Maarat Numan
in a display of dominance, arresting US-backed fighters and looting
weapons stores belonging to the Free Syrian Army. 7 FSA Division 13
fighters died in the clashes.
2016 Mar 13, In Sri Lanka
crippling power cut, the second in as many weeks, lasted about eight
hours, fueling public unhappiness over a perceived lack of action by
President Maithripala Sirisena's government to avert sudden outages.
2016 Mar 13, In Thailand 8
people died and seven were injured when they accidentally triggered
a fire extinguisher system inside the vault of at the Bangkok
headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) and released a
suffocating cloud of chemicals.
2016 Mar 13, Turkey slapped a
curfew on two border towns in the Kurdish-dominated southeast ahead
of a looming military "clean-up" operation as it eased a lockdown in
Diyarbakir. 37 people were killed in an Ankara car bombing that
security officials said involved a female fighter of the Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK).
(AFP, 3/13/16)(Reuters, 3/14/16)
2016 Mar 13, In Yemen Saudi-led
helicopters attacked al Qaeda militants in Aden overnight in an
effort to dislodge them from a stronghold in the southern port city,
killing at least 18 people.
2016 Mar 13, In Zimbabwe an
Italian father and son were shot dead by wildlife rangers while on
an anti-poaching patrol in an apparent case of mistaken identity in
the Mana Pools national park. Claudio Chiarelli (50) had lived in
Zimbabwe since 1982 and that his son (20) was born in the country.
2016 Mar 14, In Bangladesh
alleged Muslim preacher Hafidh Abdul Razzaq (45), one of the top
preachers for the Rafidha religion, was murdered in Jhenaidah. The
Islamic State soon claimed responsibility. Police identified the
dead man as a homeopathic doctor and denied that he was a preacher
or a Shi'ite.
2016 Mar 14, Peter Maxwell
Davies (81), an experimental, socially radical composer who served
as Queen Elizabeth II's official master of music, died of leukemia
at his home in Scotland's Orkney islands.
(AP, 3/14/16)(Econ, 4/9/16, p.90)
2016 Mar 14, In Canada Ayanle
Hassan Ali (27) stabbed two soldiers in a military recruitment
office in Toronto. Ali said he had received orders from Allah to
2016 Mar 14, The European Union
said it is suspending direct financial support for the Burundian
government after concluding that it had not done enough to find a
political solution to conflict that has so far cost more than 400
2016 Mar 14, Iran's Pres.
Hassan Rouhani welcomed Vietnamese Pres. Truong Tan Sang, saying
Tehran hopes to boost trade with the Southeast Asian nation to $2
billion from the current $350 million within five years.
2016 Mar 14, In Kazakhstan a
joint European-Russian mission aiming to search for traces of life
on Mars blasted off for the start of a seven-month unmanned space
journey to the Red Planet.
2016 Mar 14, French PM Manuel
Valls unveiled a revised labor reform bill that makes concessions to
trade unions following mass protests against the measures.
2016 Mar 14, Around 2,000
migrants from a camp in northern Greece got around a border fence
and crossed into Macedonian territory.
2016 Mar 14, In northern Iraq
Muhammad Jamal Amin (27) of Virginia, a fighter for the Islamic
State surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga forces near Sinjar.
(Reuters, 3/14/16)(SFC, 3/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 14, In western Iraq
the Islamic State group returned to the desert town of Rutba, less
than a day after vacating it.
2016 Mar 14, In eastern Libya
suspected Islamic State militants staged an attack on a water plant
about 80km (50 miles) from the major Sarir oil field.
2016 Mar 14, Nigerian drug
agents said they arrested four Mexicans last week helping Nigerian
criminals build a "super-lab" capable of producing billions of
dollars' worth of methamphetamine. Four Nigerians were also
2016 Mar 14, Three Palestinians
carried out two attacks, a shooting and a car-ramming, on Israelis
in the southern occupied West Bank before they were shot dead.
2016 Mar 14, It was reported
that Poland’s Bialowieza forest is at the heart of a heated debate
between foresters who advocate cutting tens of thousands of cubic
meters (yards) of worm-affected trees, and environmentalists, who
say that nature alone should be allowed to deal with the plague.
2016 Mar 14, Russia's defense
ministry said it had recorded 14 ceasefire violations in Syria in
the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 14, Somali al Shabaab
fighters seized a small port in the semi-autonomous Puntland region,
the latest sign of a resurgence in activity by the Islamist
militants in the Horn of Africa nation.
2016 Mar 14, Spain’s Interior
Ministry said police have arrested 30 people accused of robbing,
kidnapping and torturing drug traffickers. Police detained 21
Moroccans, eight Spaniards and one person from Senegal and were
investigating another five people.
2016 Mar 14, In Spain at least
2 people were killed and one person reported missing following an
explosion at an ice factory in the northern Basque fishing port of
2016 Mar 14, Turkey detained
four suspects over the previous day’s suicide car bombing in Ankara,
as warplanes pounded Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq over the
attack. At least 45 Kurdish rebels were killed in the air strikes.
Turkey declared a round-the-clock curfew in the southeastern town of
Sirnak in order to carry out operations against Kurdish militants in
(AFP, 3/14/16)(Reuters, 3/14/16)(AP, 3/15/16)
2016 Mar 14, In Switzerland UN
mediator Staffan de Mistura opened talks to end a five-year war in
Syria. The first of three rounds of talks aimed to agree a "clear
roadmap" for Syria fail to make progress. Syria's government
submitted an document entitled "Basic Elements for a Political
Solution" to the UN mediator in Geneva.
2016 Mar 14, The United Nations
human rights investigator for North Korea called for leader Kim Jong
Un and senior officials in the country to be prosecuted for
committing crimes against humanity.
2016 Mar 14, In Yemen 2 Emirati
pilots were killed when their fighter jet crashed into a mountain
2016 Mar 15, The United States
loosened rules in the US trade embargo on Cuba just days ahead of
President Barack Obama's historic visit to the former Cold War
(Reuters, 3/15/16)(SFC, 3/16/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 15, The United States
and its allies carried out 11 air strikes against Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 15, Flooding caused by
days of heavy rain forced the closure of a section of I-10, a major
east-west US highway on the Louisiana-Texas border along the rising
2016 Mar 15, A 2nd Pennsylvania
Supreme Court justice, Michael Eakins, quit the bench over a
widening scandal over raunchy and otherwise offensive emails that he
and others exchanged with friends and lawyers.
(SFC, 3/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 15, In Pennsylvania
three leaders of a Franciscan religious order were charged with
allowing a friar who was a known sexual predator to take on jobs
that enabled him to molest more than 100 children.
(SFC, 3/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 15, Afghanistan's
Pres. Ashraf Ghani said that Islamic State militants are "on the
run" following a massive military operation that included elite
commando units in remote districts on the border with Pakistan.
2016 Mar 15, Bangladesh’s
central bank Gov. Atiur Rahman resigned following the recent theft
of some $100 million allegedly stolen by Chinese hackers from a
Bangladesh account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
(Econ, 3/19/15, p.76)
2016 Mar 15, Belgian and French
police officers arrived to search a flat in a Brussels suburb in a
raid targeting suspects in the Nov 13 Paris attacks. They came under
a barrage of automatic weapons fire through a door from at least two
people barricaded inside, injuring four officers. A special forces
sniper shot dead Algerian gunman Mohamed Belkaid (35) when he tried
to fire at police from a window. An Islamic State flag was found
next to his body. Two suspects were detained.
(Reuters, 3/16/16)(AFP, 3/16/16)
2016 Mar 15, Brazil's Supreme
Court said it had accepted a plea agreement offered by prosecutors
to Senator Delcídio do Amaral, a legislative ally of President Dilma
Rousseff until he was arrested last year in a far-reaching
corruption scandal. Newsmagazine Veja said that Amaral in the plea
agreement accused Rousseff aides of trying to pay him to keep quiet.
2016 Mar 15, China's Foreign
Ministry said water will be released from Jinghong dam in the
southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts
of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam.
2016 Mar 15, Beijing-based
journalist Jia Jia, linked with an online petition calling for the
Chinese president's resignation, disappeared from the Beijing
airport on his way to Hong Kong. The petition criticized Xi's
handling of economic and domestic affairs and noted that more and
more factions of the Communist Party oppose the president's
tightening grip over speech, government bureaucracy and dissent
within the party. Jia was reported freed on March 26.
(AP, 3/19/16)(AP, 3/26/16)
2016 Mar 15, The last direct
flight carrying stranded Cuban migrants from Costa Rica arrived in
Mexico, ending an effort that transported 6,003 Cubans.
(SFC, 3/16/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 15, European Union
lawmakers and member states agreed on a long-term plan to end over
fishing of cod, sprat and herring stocks in the Baltic Sea, the
first such plan of its kind under the EU's reformed fisheries
2016 Mar 15, German police
opened a homicide probe after a car bomb killed a driver on a
central Berlin street, with authorities saying there was currently
no terrorism link.
2016 Mar 15, Indonesian police
killed two suspected Chinese Uighur militants in Central Sulawesi
province during a hunt for Abu Wardah Santoso, the country's most
wanted Islamic radical.
2016 Mar 15, Iran's annual fire
festival ahead of the Persian New Year claimed three lives and
injured more than 2,500, hundreds of whom remain hospitalized.
2016 Mar 15, In Iraq terrified
residents fled the town of Hit as security forces closed in and
jihadist fighters hunkered down to defend one of their main bastions
in Anbar province.
2016 Mar 15, Israeli Army Radio
said the government has appropriated 579 acres in the occupied West
Bank near the Dead Sea and the Palestinian city of Jericho.
2016 Mar 15, Macedonia dumped
about 1,500 migrants and refugees back into Greece overnight after
they forced their way across the border, as European nations
continued to pass the buck in a migration crisis that risks tearing
the EU apart.
2016 Mar 15, Mexico City's
government ordered traffic restrictions and recommended people stay
indoors due to serious air pollution, issuing its second-highest
alert warning for ozone levels for the first time in 13 years.
2016 Mar 15, Myanmar's
parliament elected a close friend and confidant of Nobel laureate
Aung San Suu Kyi as president, making Htin Kyaw the first head of
state who does not hail from a military background since the 1960s.
2016 Mar 15, Norway's Academy
of Science and Letters said British mathematician Sir Andrew J.
Wiles has won the Abel Prize in math for his stunning proof of
French mathematician Pierre de Fermat's Last Theorem, first
conjectured by Fermat in 1637.
2016 Mar 15, Russian warplanes
began leaving Syria as Moscow started to draw down forces that have
tipped the war President Bashar al-Assad's way. Russian Deputy
Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said the air force will continue
striking targets in Syria linked to Islamic State and other
terrorist groups despite a partial withdrawal.
2016 Mar 15, In Spain a person
stumbled across 83 kg (182 pounds) of cocaine on a beach in the
popular Mediterranean tourist island of Formentera.
2016 Mar 15, Taiwan’s
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen named Lin Chuan, a former finance
minister, as Taiwan's next premier, tasked with reinvigorating the
island's slowing high-tech economy and stabilizing relations with
2016 Mar 15, In Thailand
Mercedes driver Janepob Verraporn (37), the son of a wealthy Thai
businessman, crashed into a slower car while driving at an estimated
240 km (150 miles) per hour. Two graduate students in their 30s died
at the scene of the accident. Verraporn survived with minor injuries
and refused both alcohol and drug tests.
2016 Mar 15, In northern Yemen
Saudi-led warplanes bombed a busy market in the city of Mastaba. 22
children were among at least 119 killed.
(AP, 3/15/16)(AP, 3/17/16)
2016 Mar 15, Pope Francis
approved sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who became
a global if controversial symbol of compassion for her care of the
sick and destitute. The pontiff set September 4 as the date for her
2016 Mar 15, A Zimbabwe
state-owned newspaper said the number of citizens requiring food aid
has risen to 4 million, up from 3 million initially.
2016 Mar 16, President Barack
Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a centrist judge, to fill the
Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of justice Antonin
2016 Mar 16, US President
Barack Obama signed an order implementing UN-backed sanctions on
North Korea after a nuclear test and missile launch this year, as
Pyongyang promised reprisals.
2016 Mar 16, US federal
officials said more than 81,000 acres off the coast of Long Island
will be dedicated for the development of commercial wind energy.
(SFC, 3/17/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 16, A US federal court
judge ordered the government of Guam to pay more than $85,000 in
legal fees for a same-sex couple who sued Gov. Eddie Calvo after
they were denied a marriage application last year.
2016 Mar 16, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC and Saudi Arabian Oil Co. said they will split up the assets of
their joint US venture, which will see the kingdom's state-owned
producer take full ownership of America's biggest oil refinery. The
Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, had been part of a 50-50 joint venture
between the two companies called Motiva Enterprises LLC, which
formed in 1998.
2016 Mar 16, Botswana's highest
court rejected an attempt by the government to ban a gay rights
2016 Mar 16, It was reported
that former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will take
over as chief of staff for his successor Dilma Rousseff. The move
offers Lula short-term protection from prosecutors who have charged
him with money laundering and fraud. Dilma's invitation to Lula
raised expectations of a sharp policy swing. The appointment
triggered large protests in several Brazilian cities.
(AP, 3/16/16)(Reuters, 3/17/16)
2016 Mar 16, Denmark's military
intelligence agency (DDIS) said it's creating "a hacker academy"
where to train IT specialists who, if they graduate, will be offered
2016 Mar 16, Denmark's TV2
broadcaster opened an office in the Syrian capital, Damascus,
claiming to be the only western media to do so.
2016 Mar 16, Germany banned a
neo-Nazi group called the "White Wolves Terror Crew" after police
targeted its members in dawn raids in 10 states.
2016 Mar 16, Guinean health
officials alerted the WHO to Ebola symptoms in a family's village,
where three people had died in unexplained circumstances in the last
few weeks. The Alliance For International Medical Action (ALIMA)
quickly reopened its specialist Ebola clinic to treat an infected
woman and her child after the virus killed at least two of their
2016 Mar 16, Indonesian
security forces killed 3 more suspected militants linked to the
country's most wanted Islamic radical near Siliwanga village in Poso
district, Central Sulawesi.
2016 Mar 16, An Iraqi army
plane crashed during a reconnaissance flight near the city of Kirkuk
and its three crew went missing.
2016 Mar 16, In southern Jordan
a bus overturned late today in a remote area. The number of
Palestinian pilgrims killed rose overnight from 14 to 16, including
nine who had been pinned under the vehicle.
2016 Mar 16, The Moroccan
government said it reducing its support for the UN peacekeeping
operation in Western Sahara in response to UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s
recent comments about the disputed territory.
(SFC, 3/17/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 16, In Niger 3
gendarmes were killed and four security forces injured in separate
2016 Mar 16, In northeastern
Nigeria an attack by two female suicide bombers killed 25 people and
wounded 23 during dawn prayers on a mosque on the outskirts of
(AP, 3/16/16)(AFP, 3/17/16)
2016 Mar 16, North Korea's
highest court sentenced American tourist Otto Warmbier, a University
of Virginia undergraduate, to 15 years in prison with hard labor for
subversion. Warmbier tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal
a propaganda banner.
2016 Mar 16, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ordered the government to lift a travel ban on former military
ruler Pervez Musharraf, paving the way for him to leave the country
while awaiting trial for treason and other charges.
2016 Mar 16, In Pakistan a bomb
on a bus carrying government employees in Peshawar killed 15 people.
A militant group claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for
death sentences passed against Islamists.
2016 Mar 16, A second group of
Russian warplanes flew out of Syria in line with Moscow's decision
to withdraw most of its forces.
2016 Mar 16, South Africa’s
deputy finance minister alleged in an official Finance Ministry
press release that members of the Gupta family had offered him the
position of his boss, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
(Econ, 3/19/16, p.52)
2016 Mar 16, A powerful Syrian
Kurdish political party announced plans to declare a federal region
in northern Syria, a model it hopes can be applied to the entire
2016 Mar 16, Turkish police
detained eight lawyers as part of a crackdown on pro-Kurdish
activists. At least 47 suspects were detained in anti-terror
operations across the country.
(AFP, 3/16/16)(AP, 3/16/16)
2016 Mar 16, Turkmenistan's
president arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit that is likely to
focus on a proposed gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through
Afghanistan, Pakistan and on to India.
2016 Mar 16, The United
Nations' food agency said it needed $220 million in funding to
provide assistance to drought-hit Zimbabwe until March 2017.
2016 Mar 17, The United States
declared that the Islamic State group's slaughter of Christians,
Yazidis and Shiites amounts to a genocide and vowed to halt it.
2016 Mar 17, The United States
and its allies conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 17, The American
Islamic State group fighter, Muhammad Jamal Amin, who handed himself
over to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on March 14 said he made "a
bad decision" in joining the IS, according to a heavily edited
interview he gave to an Iraqi Kurdish television station.
2016 Mar 17, In Louisiana Khang
Nguyen Le, a Buddhist monk, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than
$200,000 from his temple to feed a casino gambling habit.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 17, In New York
Yemen-born Mufid Elfgeeh (32) was sentenced in Rochester to 22.5
years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A12)
2016 Mar 17, Organizers of New
York's storied St. Patrick's Day Parade opened the lineup more
broadly to include activists who protested a ban on gay groups for
2016 Mar 17, In Texas Nika (5)
and Michaela (1), the daughters of Ukraine-born concert pianist
Vadym Kholodenko (b.1986), were found smothered to death in their
Fort Worth suburban home. In 2018 a judge ruled that his estranged
wife, Sonya Tsygankova, was not guilty by reason of insanity.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadym_Kholodenko)(SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)
2016 Mar 17, Sea World said
that it would stop breeding killer whales in captivity.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.D1)
2016 Mar 17, In Brazil a
federal judge in Brasilia issued an injunction suspending the
appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as
minister. Supporters of da Silva clashed briefly with opponents of
his Workers' Party outside the presidential palace, where he was due
to be sworn in as President Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff.
2016 Mar 17, China expressed
its opposition to unilateral sanctions against North Korea saying
they could raise tension, a day after the United States imposed new
curbs on the isolated country in retaliation for its nuclear and
2016 Mar 17, In Egypt
explosions rocked the northern Sinai town of Rafah as militants
struck a weapons depot, killing at least 5 soldiers and injuring 10
2016 Mar 17, Egypt’s
antiquities minister said scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have
revealed two hidden rooms.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 17, Egypt’s
antiquities minister said scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have
revealed two hidden rooms.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 17, French unions said
the government will lift a six-year-old freeze on civil servants'
pay, but that the resulting wage increase was too little.
2016 Mar 17, In France
thousands of youths held street protests to reject the government's
new labor changes.
2016 Mar 17, French lawmakers
approved plans for a total ban on some widely used pesticides blamed
for harming bees, going beyond EU restrictions in a fierce debate
that has pitched farmers and chemical firms against beekeepers and
2016 Mar 17, Germany’s dpa news
agency reported that Markus R., whose last name wasn't given in line
with privacy laws, was found by the Munich state court to have sold
some 200 highly classified documents to the CIA between 2008 and
2014 for 80,000 euros ($91,000).
2016 Mar 17, In Israel Meir
Dagan (71), a former Israeli general and longtime director of the
country's spy agency, died.
2016 Mar 17, A Macau court
sentenced Alan Ho, the nephew of former kingpin Stanley Ho, to 13
months in prison for helping to facilitate a high-profile
prostitution ring in the world's biggest gambling hub.
2016 Mar 17, Mexican officials
lifted a four-day air pollution alert in the nation's
densely-populated capital after ozone levels dropped to acceptable
2016 Mar 17, Myanmar's incoming
government announced plans to create a ministry for ethnic affairs,
marking the importance it places on relations with minorities in a
country scarred by festering civil wars and sectarian tensions.
2016 Mar 17, Pakistani soldiers
carried out a raid in the Tarel valley, killing 3 militants involved
in attacks on tourists and security forces. The exchange of fire
also killed two security personnel.
2016 Mar 17, Two Palestinian
assailants stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the northern West
Bank before Israeli security forces killed them.
2016 Mar 17, Polish President
Andrzej Duda led the formal opening of the Ulma Family Museum of
Poles Saving Jews, in the village of Markowa.
2016 Mar 17, President Vladimir
Putin honored Fyodor Zhuravlyov (27), a Russian soldier killed in
Russia's military operation in Syria, breaking four months of
official silence about his death.
2016 Mar 17, Saudi Arabia said
its military coalition will scale down operations in Yemen, an
announcement that came as the death toll from an airstrike by the
alliance on a market north of the Yemeni capital this week nearly
doubled, reaching 119.
2016 Mar 17, Syria's three
Kurdish-controlled autonomous regions voted to approve the
establishment of a federal system in the north of the country,
defying warnings from Damascus and neighboring Turkey against any
such unilateral move.
2016 Mar 17, Venezuela's
Supreme Court approved President Nicolas Maduro's request for a
60-day extension of an economic emergency decree that had been
rejected by the opposition-controlled congress.
2016 Mar 17, Vietnamese
officials said the country is experiencing its worst drought and
saline intrusion in recent history. The world’s third-largest
exporter of grain feared the loss of up to 1 million tons of rice.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 18, US Defense
Secretary Ash Carter said President Barack Obama will name the first
woman to head a US combatant command, selecting Air Force General
Lori Robinson as the next head of the military's Northern Command.
2016 Mar 18, LAX Airport police
found 11 packages of cocaine wrapped in green cellophane inside one
of the bags left behind by a fleeing flight attendant wearing her
“known crew member" badge. Marsha Gay Reynolds “31" used an airline
badge with her real name to board another flight the next morning.
She surrendered four days later at Kennedy Airport in New York.
2016 Mar 18, A Florida jury
awarded wrestler Hulk Hogan $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit
against Gawker Media. On March 20 a jury added $25 million to the
verdict in punitive damages. It was later reported that Peter Thiel,
co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, secretly
backed Hogan in the lawsuit. Thiel had been outed as gay by a
Gawker-owned website in 2007.
(SFC, 3/19/16, p.A5)(SFC, 3/22/16, p.A5)(SFC,
2016 Mar 18, A cruise ship off
the Florida coast rescued 18 Cuban migrants who said nine fellow
travelers died during their 22-day-long journey.
2016 Mar 18, General Mills
announced that it would voluntarily add genetically engineered food
(GMO) information to its labels.
(SFC, 3/19/16, p.D1)
2016 Mar 18, In Algeria
suspected jihadists launched a rocket attack on the In Salah gas
asset in Krechba jointly run by Britain's BP, Norway's Statoil and
Algerian company Sonatrach. Al-Qaida's North Africa arm soon claimed
responsibility for the attack.
(AFP, 3/18/16)(AP, 3/19/16)
2016 Mar 18, Australia’s PM
Malcolm Turnbull won approval from Parliament to simplify the
country’s convoluted system of proportional representation under
which the Senate is elected.
(Econ, 3/26/16, p.45)
2016 Mar 18, In Belgium Salah
Abdeslam (26), the prime surviving suspect in November's Paris
attacks, was arrested along with four others.
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(SFC, 3/19/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 18, Brazilian riot
police fired water cannon and tear gas to clear anti-government
protesters from Sao Paulo's central Avenue Paulista, ahead of a
planned demonstration in favor of embattled President Dilma
2016 Mar 18, British minister
Iain Duncan Smith quit, two days after cuts were unveiled in a sixth
consecutive austerity budget that included plans to cut benefits for
the disabled while giving tax breaks for the better off. The work
and pensions secretary said he could no longer support policies that
he believes are driven more by political ideology than economic
2016 Mar 18, China state media
said the environment ministry has ordered an investigation after a
provincial environmental protection body fined a polluting factory
just 603 yuan ($90) for dumping waste water. The chemical plant in
Gaoyou city in Jiangsu province was given the fine for dumping water
with an abnormal pH level.
2016 Mar 18, Cuba honored
visiting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with its highest state
honor in an act of defiance two days before US President Barack
Obama is due for a historic visit to Havana.
2016 Mar 18, In the Czech Rep.
film director Jan Nemec (79), a representative of the new wave of
Czechoslovak cinema in the 1960s, died. His films included "Diamonds
of the Night" (1964), about two boys escaping from a transport to a
Nazi death camp and "Report on the Party and Guests" (1966),
targeting totalitarian power. After "Oratorio for Prague," a
documentary about the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia,
Nemec was banned and lived in Germany and the United States from
1974 to 1989.
2016 Mar 18, The European Union
called for more countries to impose sanctions on Russia over its
annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula two years ago, but the
Kremlin said Crimea was Russian land and its status non-negotiable.
2016 Mar 18, EU leaders
approved a controversial deal with Turkey intended to halt illegal
migration flows to Europe in return for financial and political
rewards for Ankara.
2016 Mar 18, A German federal
court ruled that a levy charged to every household to finance public
broadcasters, regardless of whether it has a radio or television, is
constitutional. The current system under which households pay a
monthly levy of 17.50 euros ($19.72) was introduced in 2013.
2016 Mar 18, Guyana, a South
American country of 800,000 people, held long-delayed local
elections. The ruling coalition Partnership of National Unity won 25
of 30 city council seats in Georgetown. The opposition People's
Progressive Party led in most other parts.
2016 Mar 18, In Iraq thousands
of followers of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took
to the streets in Baghdad, pushing through security lines to cross a
bridge on the Tigris River to begin setting up tents in anticipation
of a prolonged sit-in close to the Green Zone, where the government
2016 Mar 18, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian man who tried to stab them in the occupied
2016 Mar 18, Italian ships
picked up some 600 migrants and recovered one body, as European
leaders met in Brussels to try to stem the flow of migrants to the
2016 Mar 18, In Ivory Coast
clashes erupted between farmers and herders. By March 24 at least 20
people were killed and more than 1,000 were sent fleeing into
neighboring Burkina Faso. The UN peacekeeping mission later said it
planned to double its troop presence in the country's northeast from
200 to 400.
2016 Mar 18, The Red Cross said
hundreds of thousands of farm animals have perished in a slow-moving
natural disaster in Mongolia and the international aid response has
2016 Mar 18, North Korea fired
at least one ballistic missile which flew about 800 km (500 miles)
before hitting the sea off its east coast, as the isolated state
stepped up its defiance of tough new UN and US sanctions.
2016 Mar 18, Philippine troops
battled about 100 Muslim militants in fierce fighting that killed 7
gunmen and a soldier and wounded a top militant commander in a
jungle off Patikul town, Sulu province. The wounded included
one-armed rebel commander Radulan Sahiron, who led the Abu Sayyaf
2016 Mar 18, Serbia's interior
minister said police have arrested 46 people, including a former
soccer player, a judge and more than a dozen police officers,
accused of corruption and money laundering.
2016 Mar 18, In South Africa
the Indian Gupta brothers, who are accused of corrupting President
Jacob Zuma, lashed out at "xenophobic and hate speech" against them,
and denied benefiting from links to the government.
2016 Mar 18, In Syria Russian
warplanes flew in support of government troops in an offensive to
recapture the historic town of Palmyra from the hands of the Islamic
State group. 16 civilians were killed in air strikes on Raqa, the
main stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group.
(AP, 3/18/16)(AFP, 3/19/16)
2016 Mar 18, The UN World Food
Program said some Syrians in the besieged areas of Daraya and Deir
al-Zor have been reduced to eating grass because food supplies are
2016 Mar 19, Den Katenberg, an
alias used by Lt. Aleksey Lukashev, an email phishing specialist
with Unit 26165 of Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate, often
abbreviated GRU, won access to one of the most important inboxes in
2016 Mar 19, US FBI agents
arrested Reza Zarrab (33), a Turkish-Iranian gold-trader married to
a Turkish pop star, in Miami on charges he helped Iran process
millions of dollars of transactions when it faced US sanctions for
its nuclear program. Prosecutors later alleged that Zarrab had paid
tens of millions to three Turkish ministers and the head of Halkbank
tens of millions in bribes. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and
former Attorney General Michael Mukasey were later hired to help
6/11/16, p.55)(AP, 4/3/17)
2016 Mar 19, US-based Starwood
signed a deal to renovate and run three Cuban hotels, returning US
chains to the island more than 50 years after American hotels were
taken over by Fidel Castro's socialist revolution.
2016 Mar 19, A Soyuz space
capsule carrying two Russians and an American docked with the
International Space Station. Their rocket took off in windy
conditions from Russia's space base in Kazakhstan at 2126 GMT March
2016 Mar 19, Cities on
Australia's east coast were among the first in the world to turn
lights out for the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement
dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(AP, 3/19/16)
2016 Mar 19, Bahraini
authorities released Salah al-Khawaja, the brother of human rights
advocate Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, after five years in jail in a case
related to Bahrain's uprising in 2011.
2016 Mar 19, In Brazil Roger
Agnelli (56), the former head of mining giant Vale, died along with
six other people when a small plane crashed into a residential
building in Sao Paulo.
2016 Mar 19, Facebook founder
and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare meeting with China's propaganda
chief, at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control
over their cyberspace. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend an
2016 Mar 19, Congo presidential
candidate general Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said he has received a
fresh police summons to report to authorities on the eve of the
election, slamming what he termed a bid to torpedo his hopes of
2016 Mar 19, In Egypt a
checkpoint near North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish was
struck by mortar fire late today, but the Islamic State said a
suicide bomber blew up a car at the police post, which jihadists
then raided. Three officers and 12 policemen were killed in the
2016 Mar 19, In Germany up to
200 men attacked police at Cologne's main train station in what
authorities called a "massive riot." Fans of the soccer club 1. FC
Kaiserslautern threw fire extinguishers and metal bars at officers,
injuring two of them.
2016 Mar 19, In Haiti three
deaf women were beaten, stabbed and burned after setting off on a
20-mile trip from Port-au-Prince to their village of Leveque. Their
bodies were found in a ditch with their tongues cut out.
(www.haitideafacademy.com/memorial-fund.html)(SFC, 4/26/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 19, An Indonesian
fisheries ministry patrol ship intercepted a Chinese fishing vessel
within Indonesia's exclusive economic zone which overlaps with the
southernmost reaches of the South China Sea. Indonesia arrested
eight fishermen for illegal fishing. The fishing vessel Kway Fey was
being towed when a Chinese coastguard vessel collided with it,
allowing its escape by a 9th crewman.
(AP, 3/21/16)(AP, 3/23/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.34)
2016 Mar 19, Major General Ali
Ibrahim Daboun said Iraqi forces have launched a broad offensive to
retake the city of Hit from the Islamic State group in the western
province of Anbar.
2016 Mar 19, In northern Iraq
US service member Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin died from wounds
from rocket fire at Fire Base Bell outside Mosul. Eight Marines were
injured in the Islamic State attack.
(SSFC, 3/20/16, p.A6)(AP, 3/22/16)
2016 Mar 19, Italy's coast
guard said more than 900 migrants were rescued in four separate
operations in the Strait of Sicily.
2016 Mar 19, In Lebanon
sanitation workers began removing mountains of trash from the
suburbs of Beirut in what residents hoped would mark the end of
Lebanon's eight-month garbage crisis.
2016 Mar 19, Libyan authorities
said they had rescued nearly 600 migrants from four boats, one of
which sank. 9 migrants drowned. They were among several hundred who
were discovered aboard dilapidated boats off the port of Zawiya,
west of Tripoli.
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(AFP, 3/20/16)
2016 Mar 19, In Morocco violent
clashes among fans of the same soccer team in Casablanca left two
people dead and 49 injured.
2016 Mar 19, In northern
Pakistan a mudslide on a hilly track buried 8 teenage students
returning home after exams after several days of heavy rain in the
village of Susam.
2016 Mar 19, A Palestinian
teenager stabbed and wounded an Israeli border guard in the occupied
West Bank city of Hebron before being shot dead.
2016 Mar 19, In Russia all 62
people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia
were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land
at Rostov-on-Don airport. There was strong wind at the airport with
a speed of 43 km per hour, with gusts up to 69 km.
2016 Mar 19, In western Saudi
Arabia at least 19 pilgrims died, all of them Egyptian, and 22 were
injured early today when their bus overturned.
2016 Mar 19, In Somalia Kenyan
military troops killed 21 fighters from the Islamic extremists of
al-Shabab in clashes in the southern city of Afmadow. 2 Kenyan
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in the incident.
(AP, 3/20/16)(SSFC, 3/20/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 19, In northern Syria
at least 39 civilians were killed in a series of air strikes on
Raqqa as Damascus and Moscow waged attacks on areas controlled by
Islamic State. The death toll soon climbed to at least 55.
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(AFP, 3/19/16)(AP, 3/20/16)
2016 Mar 19, In Turkey a
suicide bomber killed himself and four others in a central Istanbul
shopping and tourism district, wounding at least 36 people in the
fourth such attack in the country this year. Mehmet Ozturk (b.1992),
a Turkish member of the Islamic State militant group, was
responsible for the bombing that killed 3 Israelis and an Iranian.
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(Reuters, 3/20/16)
2016 Mar 19, Yemeni security
and medical officials say 35 fighters have been killed in clashes
between Shiite rebels and pro-government forces in Taiz.
2016 Mar 20, The United States
and its allies carried out 11 strikes against Islamic State
militants in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 20, Cleveland-based
paint company Sherwin Williams said it is buying rival
Minneapolis-based Valspar for about $9 billion.
(SSFC, 3/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 20, In Pennsylvania
retired state trooper Clarence Briggs killed turnpike toll collector
Danny Crouse and security guard Ronald Heist in a holdup attempt in
Fort Littleton. Biggs was shot dead by state troopers while trying
to escape. Briggs had filed for banktuptcy in 2015 with debts of
(SFC, 3/21/16, p.A6)(SFC, 3/22/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 20, The Australian
government ended its push to log World Heritage-listed forests on
the southern island state of Tasmania, after the United Nations
cultural agency UNESCO issued a report calling for the area to
remain protected from logging.
2016 Mar 20, President Barack
Obama arrived in Cuba for a three-day trip, the first by a US
president in 88 years.
2016 Mar 20, Benin held a
presidential runoff vote that put PM Lionel Zinsou against cotton
magnate Patrice Talon, who was once accused of trying to poison the
current president. The next day PM Lionel Zinsou conceded defeat to
Patrice Talon in a vote hailed as an example for democracy in
(AP, 3/20/16)(AFP, 3/21/16)
2016 Mar 20, In Cape Verde
Janira Hopffer Almada conceded defeat after the liberal opposition
MPD party took more than 53 percent of the vote with nearly all
ballots counted, ousting the PAICV after 15 years in power.
2016 Mar 20, The Republic of
Congo voted under a nationwide media blackout, in a tense ballot
expected to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso (72) prolong his
32-year rule over the oil-rich but impoverished nation. Provisional
results showed President Denis Sassou N'Guesso won re-election.
(AFP, 3/20/16)(AP, 3/22/16)
2016 Mar 20, In India the prime
minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile called for China to
engage in dialogue on autonomy for his people's homeland, as tens of
thousands of Tibetans around the world voted for new leaders of a
government that Beijing does not recognize.
2016 Mar 20, In eastern India
three elephants killed 4 people. One elephant in the group, a male,
was tranquilized and later died.
2016 Mar 20, Kazakhstan
citizens voted in a parliamentary election expected to provide a
commanding majority for ageing autocrat President Nursultan
Nazarbayev's ruling party. Preliminary results showed Pres.
Nursultan Nazarbayev's Nur Otan party winning 82 percent of the
vote. International observers, who were allowed unfettered access,
observed ballot-box stuffing and other irregularities.
(AFP, 3/20/16)(AP, 3/21/16)
2016 Mar 20, An Indonesian
military helicopter crashed during a mission to capture Abu Wardah
Santoso, the country's most wanted militant, killing 13 people in
(AP, 3/20/16)(AP, 3/21/16)
2016 Mar 20, Niger's Pres.
Mahamadou Issoufou ran for a second five-year term against opponent
Hama Amadou, who campaigned from behind bars before being flown last
week to Paris for medical treatment. Issoufou was re-elected.
(AP, 3/20/16)(AFP, 3/23/16)
2016 Mar 20, The Russian
Defense Ministry recorded five violations of a tentative ceasefire
agreement in Syria in the last 24 hours.
2016 Mar 20, Top level Rwandan
genocide suspect Ladislas Ntaganzwa (53) was flown from Kinshasa to
Kigali to face trial three months after his arrest in the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
2016 Mar 20, Senegalese
residents voted on a constitutional referendum that could see
sweeping constitutional reforms including a reduction of
presidential powers and terms from seven to five years, on a
continent where many leaders try to hold onto power. Partial results
showed the pro-government "Yes" camp winning a majority.
(AP, 3/20/16)(AFP, 3/21/16)
2016 Mar 20, In southern
Somalia Kenyan soldiers reportedly killed another 13 militants near
2016 Mar 20, In northeastern
Spain a bus carrying university exchange students back from the
country’s largest fireworks festival crashed on a main highway,
killing 13 female students and injuring 34 others in Catalonia
(AP, 3/20/16)(AFP, 3/21/16)
2016 Mar 20, Yemeni officials
said at least 55 people, including 14 civilians, have been killed in
two days of fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite Huthi
2016 Mar 20, Elections were
held in Zanzibar with security tight and an opposition boycott in
place for the re-run of October's polls in Tanzania's
semi-autonomous islands, cancelled due to fraud allegations.
President Ali Mohamed Shein of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party was
re-elected with more than 91 percent of the votes. America suspended
$472 million in aid over the election re-run.
(AFP, 3/20/16)(AP, 3/21/16)(Econ, 10/8/16, p.45)
2016 Mar 21, The United States
and its allies conducted 15 strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 21, Donald Trump met
with the Washington Post editorial board and called George
Papadopoulos an "excellent guy." He had recently named Papadopoulos
to his foreign policy advisory council, among a short list of
experts amid growing public pressure on Trump to demonstrate he had
a bench of foreign policy expertise. In 2017 Papadopoulos admitted
that he told Trump and other top campaign national security
officials during an advisory council meeting, that he had made
contact with intermediaries for Russia who said they could set up a
meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
2016 Mar 21, Michigan's
government released goals to help the city of Flint recover from a
health crisis caused by the lead contamination of its drinking
2016 Mar 21, Andy Grove (79),
Hungarian-born former CEO of Intel Corp., died. In 1997 Time
Magazine named him as “Man of the Year." His books included “Output
Management) (1983) and “only the Paranoid Survive" (1999).
(SFC, 3/22/16, p.A1)
2016 Mar 21, The Asian
Development Bank (ADB) said it would lend $123.3 million to the
Philippines to modernize water supply in the capital, Manila.
2016 Mar 21, Elmer Funke
Kupper, the head of Australia's stock market operator, resigned amid
a police inquiry into bribery allegations at a gaming group he
2016 Mar 21, In Australia Paul
Whyte, a first officer on Qantas international flights, was
the only person aboard a rented Cessna 172 when it vanished from
radar late today over the Pacific Ocean 11 km (seven miles)
northeast of Byron Bay.
2016 Mar 21, Congolese
politician Jean-Pierre Bemba became the highest-ranking political
leader to face a verdict from the International Criminal Court. He
was found guilty of a 2002-2003 campaign of rape and murder in
Central African Republic.
2016 Mar 21, Cuban Pres. Raul
Castro and US Pres. Barack Obama shook hands and as they greeted
each other at the Revolutionary Palace for groundbreaking talks on
ending the standoff between the two neighbors.
2016 Mar 21, Egypt's state-run
news agency said the top judicial disciplinary council has forced 14
judges into early retirement for allegedly supporting the outlawed
Muslim Brotherhood group.
2016 Mar 21, Fiji's government
said it would extend for another month a state of natural disaster
in areas of the country still reeling from the impact of a super
cyclone, which hit the country last month.
2016 Mar 21, In India one man
was after he walked out of his home in a village in Burdwan district
of West Bengal state. The man encountered five elephants, and was
tossed in the air and trampled by one of them.
2016 Mar 21, Israel said it has
brought in 19 Jews from war-ravaged Yemen in what immigration
officials described as the last covert operation to move members of
a dwindling Jewish community dating back two millennia.
2016 Mar 21, In Mali an unknown
number of gunmen attempted to force their way into the Azalai
Nord-Sud hotel, where the EU mission is based, in Bamako's upmarket
ACI 2000 neighborhood, but were held back by return fire from
security guards, with one attacker shot dead.
2016 Mar 21, Myanmar's new
parliament voted to reduce the number of government ministries, with
President-elect Htin Kyaw assuring lawmakers that no civil servants
will lose their jobs and that the nation will save $4 million by
getting rid of 15 ministers.
2016 Mar 21, North Korea fired
five short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast, amid
heightened tension over the isolated country's nuclear and rocket
2016 Mar 21, Russia's state
statistical service said the number of people living in poverty last
year spiked up by nearly 20 percent.
2016 Mar 21, In Serbia a man
(50) blew himself up in a bakery in the center of the capital
Belgrade. Police said that the blast did not appear to be
2016 Mar 21, In Somalia Islamic
insurgents stormed a military base outside the capital Mogadishu
early today, claiming to have inflicted heavy casualties. Fighters
from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab overran the Laanta-Buro military
2016 Mar 21, Robbers in Genarp,
Sweden, were suspected of blowing up the walls of a building in an
apparent effort to empty an ATM. It was not clear if the damaged ATM
had contained any money.
2016 Mar 21, Three Turkish
soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on their military vehicle in
the southeastern town of Nusaybin near the Syrian border. 23 Kurdish
militants were killed in clashes in Nusaybin, Yuksekova and Sirnak.
(Reuters, 3/21/16)(Reuters, 3/22/16)
2016 Mar 21, In Turkey
thousands of people gathered in the mainly Kurdish of Diyarbakir to
celebrate the Newroz spring festival. The celebrations were banned
in Ankara and in Istanbul, where security forces rounded up 164
people, including 12 minors, ahead of the festivities.
2016 Mar 21, The UN Security
Council agreed to a Chinese request to remove sanctions on four
ships the United Nations had blacklisted for ties to Pyongyang's
arms trade. The agreement came after China secured assurances the
vessels would not use North Korean crews.
2016 Mar 21, The UN closed its
Dakhla liaison office in Western Sahara and relocated three military
observers to the UN site in Awsard. Morocco had given the UN three
days to leave in response to UN Sec. Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word
“occupation" to describe the status of Western Sahara.
(SFC, 3/22/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 21, Zambian police
arrested opposition leader Erick Chanda, head of the Fourth
Revolution Party, for saying President Edgar Lungu used public funds
on a holiday last year, in a further sign of rising political
tension ahead of August elections.
2016 Mar 22, Rita Gam (88),
film star, died in Los Angeles. Her films included “Night People"
(1954), “sign of the pagan" (1954), Hannibal (1959), “King of Kings"
(1961), “Shootout" (1971) and Klute “(1971).
(SFC, 3/25/16, p.D7)
2016 Mar 22, In Oklahoma a
wildfire began and spread to Kansas. By Easter it covered 620 square
miles making it the biggest wildfire in Kansas history.
(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 22, In Texas Adam Ward
(33) was executed in Huntsville for shooting and killing code
enforcement officer Michael Walker (44) in 2005.
(SFC, 3/22/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 22, In Bangladesh
election violence included vicious political clashes between rival
parties as well as security forces opening fire on rioters. At least
13 people died as a result.
2016 Mar 22, In Belgium attacks
on Zaventem airport and a rush-hour metro train in Brussels killed
35 people not including 3 suicide bombers. Khalid El Bakraoui (27)
detonated a bomb on a crowded rush-hour metro train near the
European Commission headquarters. Ibrahim El Bakraoui (29) was one
of two men who blew themselves up at the Brussels airport. Police
were hunting for a third. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
On March 25 Belgium's federal prosecutor confirmed that Najim
Laachraoui (24) was one of the two airport suicide bombers.
(Reuters, 3/22/16)(Reuters 3/23/16)(AFP,
2016 Mar 22, Brazilian police
arrested dozens of suspects in a massive anti-corruption sweep
across the country targeting what they called a "professional"
bribe-paying network at construction giant Odebrecht.
2016 Mar 22, In Burundi Maj.
Didier Muhimpundu was killed after being shot several times in a bar
2016 Mar 22, In Canada Rob Ford
(b.1969), embattled former mayor of Toronto, died from cancer. He
had gained global notoriety for admitting to smoking crack cocaine
while in office.
2016 Mar 22, In China Hilary St
John Bower (60), who had worked as an English language instructor at
the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, was killed. He had been
dead for more than a week by the time he was reported missing on
2016 Mar 22, In Cuba US Pres.
Barack Obama delivered an impassioned appeal for political
liberties, including freedom of expression and religion, as he spoke
directly to the people in a historic speech broadcast throughout the
2016 Mar 22, The ruler of Dubai
pledged $1.3 billion in assets to a new endowment agency that will
focus on a variety of causes. The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Center
for Endowment Consultancy would focus on issues like autism and
2016 Mar 22, Finland's Defense
Ministry said its website had come under a cyberattack that forced
it divert web traffic to a temporary site. The latest incident
coincided with talks in Moscow between Finnish President Sauli
Niinistö and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on cross-border
cooperation and international issues including Ukraine and Syria.
2016 Mar 22, Georgia’s
President Giorgi Margvelashvili stopped his motorcade and jumped to
rescue a pregnant woman stuck in an overturned car.
2016 Mar 22, Indonesian cabbies
clashed with motorbike drivers working for online apps, pulling them
off their bikes and assaulting them as thousands of drivers took to
the streets of Jakarta calling for a ban on ride-hailing apps like
Grab and Uber.
2016 Mar 22, Israel's military
says troops raided a Palestinian university in the West Bank and
seized militant propaganda linked to Hamas and other groups.
2016 Mar 22, A Russian court
sentenced Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko to 22 years in jail
after finding her guilty of involvement in the killing of two
Russian journalists during the separatist conflict in eastern
2016 Mar 22, In Singapore 2
maintenance staff working on elevated tracks in the mass transit
system were hit and killed by a train.
2016 Mar 22, In South Africa
anti-mining activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe was killed at his home in
the Xolobeni area of Eastern Cape province. Rhadebe, also known as
"Bazooka," was the chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, an
2016 Mar 22, Tanzanian
authorities said they have launched a national audit to find "ghost
workers" and remove them from civil service payrolls under a
corruption crackdown ordered by the president.
2016 Mar 22, In Turkey Kurdish
militants killed 5 members of government security forces in three
separate bomb attacks near the Syrian and Iranian borders.
2016 Mar 22, This year's United
Nations World Water Day focused on water and jobs and designed to
highlight how water can create paid and decent work and contribute
to a greener economy and sustainable development. Some 650 million
people, or one in 10 of the world's population, lacked access to
2016 Mar 22, In Yemen a US air
strike on an Al-Qaeda training camp killed at least 40 fighters in
Hajr, Hadramawt province, a major blow to the jihadists who have
been expanding their territory in the war-torn country.
2016 Mar 23, President Barack
Obama began a 2-day visit to Argentina. He praised new center-right
President Mauricio Macri for the swift pace of reforms to create a
stronger economy and said the US was ready to help the South
2016 Mar 23, In a plea
agreement filed today in Los Angeles Chinese national Su Bin (50)
pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from the companies,
including plans for transport planes and fighter jets, while
operating an aviation and aerospace company in Canada from
2008-2014. He admitted to conspiring with two unnamed persons in
China to try to acquire plans for F-22 and F-35 fighter jets and
C-17 transport aircraft. On July 13 Bin was sentenced to nearly four
years in prison.
(AP, 3/25/16)(SFC, 7/15/16, p.D3)
2016 Mar 23, In Santa Barbara,
Ca., Dr. Weidong Han (57), his wife Huijie Yu (29), and their
daughter Emily Han (5) were killed. Pierre Haobsh (26) was arrested
for the murders on March 25.
(http://tinyurl.com/zmkqkr8)(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A8)
2016 Mar 23, In Colorado more
than 300 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport on
Wednesday after freezing snow on power lines from a blizzard
triggered a power outage.
2016 Mar 23, A task force
appointed by Michigan’s governor said that state officials showed
stubbornness, lack of preparation, delay and inaction in failing to
prevent a health crisis in the city of Flint caused by lead
contamination in the drinking water.
2016 Mar 23, In NYC a judge
threw out the conviction of Richard Rosario in a 1996 NYC shooting
that killed George Collazo (16). Rosario had named 13 people who
backed his calim that he was in Florida at the time of the shooting.
Rosario spent 20 years in jail before being freed.
(SFC, 3/24/16, p.A10)
2016 Mar 23, North Carolina
Gov. Pat McCrory signed a new law that blocks local governments from
passing antidiscrimination rules and requiring transgender students
to use bathrooms assigned to their biological sex.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 23, Emmy Award-winning
actor Ken Howard (b.1944) died. He starred on the CBS TV drama “The
White Shadow" (1978-1981). He also played a corporate boss on the
sitcom “30 Rock" (2011-2013).
(SFC, 3/25/16, p.D6)
2016 Mar 23, British police
arrested an unnamed Russian broker in London on suspicion of fraud.
He was later released on bail until July. Six weeks later London
police said they had seized four checks for $22 million related to a
suspected Russian organized crime scam that used the London futures
market to launder cash through two Russian companies, a Swiss firm
and a British Virgin Islands investment group.
2016 Mar 23, China’s state
media reported that police in Shandong province have detained 37
people implicated in a scandal involving the selling of poorly
refrigerated and probably ineffective vaccines.
2016 Mar 23, China and Nepal
said they have agreed to conclude a commercial deal on the supply of
petroleum products from China to Nepal. This followed a visit to
Beijing by Nepali PM K.P. Oli.
2016 Mar 23, In northern China
a coal mine accident killed 19 miners on an underground platform in
Shouzhou city, Shanxi province.
(SFC, 3/24/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 23, Colombia’s
government and the FARC rebel group missed their self-imposed
deadline to sign a peace agreement. The main sticking points were
how to demobilize the FARC’s 6,500 fighters and how the deal would
(Econ, 4/16/16, p.28)
2016 Mar 23, Congo Republic
opposition candidates in elections said that President Denis Sassou
Nguesso placed no better than fourth in any major district.
2016 Mar 23, Germany's Cabinet
approved legislation meant to better control prostitution and make
life safer for sex workers, a bill that includes making the use of
2016 Mar 23, More aid agencies
helping refugees and migrants arriving in Greece said they were
joining a boycott of detention centers, angered at an EU deal they
say runs roughshod over human rights.
2016 Mar 23, Guyana said it is
establishing night courts to help reduce a backlog of cases and ease
overcrowding at jails following a prison riot in which 17 inmates
2016 Mar 23, The Israeli
military imposed a four-day closure on the West Bank, banning
Palestinians from entering Israel during the Jewish festival of
2016 Mar 23, Kyrgyzstan's state
security body said it had audio recordings that showed several
opposition politicians planned mass riots to oust President Almazbek
Atambayev, but two of the accused politicians denounced the
recordings as fakes.
2016 Mar 23, Niger's President
Mahamadou Issoufou, re-elected for a second term in a controversial
weekend poll, proposed forming a unity government with the
opposition which boycotted the vote.
2016 Mar 23, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram gunmen abducted 14 women and two girls in a
remote area of Adamawa state.
2016 Mar 23, Polish PM Beata
Szydlo said Warsaw would not take in its share of migrants under an
EU plan because of the jihadist attacks that killed 31 people in
2016 Mar 23, South Africa's
Talk Radio 702 said the elite 'Hawks' police unit has launched a
corruption probe into President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, and the
Guptas, a family of businessmen accused of wielding improper
2016 Mar 23, Syrian soldiers
and their allies advanced to within 1 km (half a mile) of Palmyra
and soldiers speaking from the outskirts of the historic city said
they hoped to recapture it from Islamic State fighters within hours.
2016 Mar 23, Taiwan flew int’l.
media to Taiping, its largest island holding in the South China Sea
to show that it si capable of sustaining human habitation. The
110-acre island, aka Itu Aba, has a population of around 200.
(SFC, 3/24/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 23, Turkish F-16 and
F-4 jets raided 11 targets of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK,
including ammunition depots, bunkers and shelters late today.
2016 Mar 23, The UN World Food
Program (WFP) said nearly half of Yemen's 22 provinces on the verge
of famine as result of the war there and more than 13 million people
need food aid.
2016 Mar 23, In Vietnam a court
in Hanoi sentenced prominent blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh, aka Anh Ba
Sam, to five years in prison for posting anti-state writings, in a
one-day trial that highlighted the Communist country's tough
approach to dissent.
(AP, 3/23/16)(SFC, 3/24/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 23, The UN envoy to
Yemen said warring parties have agreed to a new round of peace talks
starting April 18 in Kuwait.
(SFC, 3/24/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 24, US law enforcement
charged seven hackers, tied to the Iranian government, in a series
of punishing cyberattacks on a small dam outside New York City and
on dozens of banks in 2012-2013.
2016 Mar 24, The University of
California's governing board adopted a statement condemning
anti-Semitic behavior, becoming the first public university system
to do so since campaigns for academic and economic boycotts of
Israel have taken root on many US college campuses.
2016 Mar 24, A US federal jury
ordered Gilead Sciences, based in Foster City, Ca., to pay Merck
& Co. $200 million in damages for infringing on patents for
hepatitis C drugs.
(SFC, 3/25/16, p.D2)
2016 Mar 24, Earl Hammer Jr.
(b.1923), the creator of the Waltons’ TV show (1972-1981), died in
(SSFC, 3/27/16, p.C13)
2016 Mar 24, Indiana Gov. Mike
Pence signed a bill that added broad limits to women’s access to
abortions. The bill prohibited abortions on the grounds of Down’s
syndrome or any other disability. On April 7 the American Civil
Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued
Indiana over the law.
p.A4)(Econ, 4/2/16, p.30)(SFC, 4/8/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 24, Kansas woman Shona
Banda filed a federal lawsuit suing the state and some agencies
involved in questioning and removing her son (11) from her home
after he spoke up at school about her use of marijuana, which she
said was used to treat her Crohn’s disease.
(SSFC, 3/27/16, p.A8)
2016 Mar 24, In northern
Afghanistan clashes between supporters of two rival warlords killed
one person and wounded five in Maymana, Faryab province. In southern
Kandahar province, Afghan Army Gen. Khan Agha Achekzay of the 205
Corps was killed along with a bodyguard when he was ambushed late
today in the Dand district.
2016 Mar 24, Angola's
population has risen to nearly 26 million from earlier estimates of
around 21 million, according to the results of a 2014 census
2016 Mar 24, Australian and
Malaysian officials said that two pieces of debris recently
discovered along the coast of Mozambique are "highly likely" to have
come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
2016 Mar 24, Belgian police
arrested six people in their probe of the March 22 Islamic State
suicide bombings in Brussels.
2016 Mar 24, In Belgium a
security guard who worked at a nuclear plant was murdered and his
pass was stolen. The guard's badge was de-activated as soon as it
was discovered he had been shot dead in the Charleroi region and his
2016 Mar 24, Former England
footballer Adam Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison at
Bradford Crown Court for engaging in sexual activity with a
2016 Mar 24, In China a
colleague said four staff of the Wujie News website, which carried
an anonymous letter earlier this month calling on President Xi
Jinping to resign, have been missing for over a week. Wujie, known
as Watching in English, was founded in 2015 with funding from
Internet giant Alibaba. It has not published any original articles
on its website since March 16.
2016 Mar 24, Congo Rep.
Interior Minister Raymond Zephirin Mboulou said President Denis
Sassou N'Guesso scored a first-round win on March 20, taking 60.4
percent of the vote.
2016 Mar 24, Egyptian police
reportedly identified people linked to the murder of Italian student
Giulio Regeni, after killing four members of a criminal gang and
finding the victim's passport at one of their apartments.
2016 Mar 24, French authorities
arrested French national Reda Kriket (34) in the Paris suburb of
Argenteuil. He was suspected of belonging to a militant network
planning an attack. Explosives were found in the man's house as well
as a Kalashnikov AK-47 and a machine pistol from Croatia.
(Reuters, 3/25/16)(AFP, 3/25/16)(Econ, 4/16/16,
2016 Mar 24, In central France
a minibus carrying Portuguese nationals resident in Switzerland back
home for the Easter vacation crashed head-on with a truck, killing
all 12 passengers including a 7-year-old girl just before midnight.
2016 Mar 24, An Indonesian
patrol ship fired shots at two Taiwanese vessels suspected of
illegal fishing after they ignored repeated warnings to leave
(SFC, 3/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 24, Iraqi authorities
decided to shut down the Al-Jazeera channel's Baghdad office,
accusing Qatar's state-funded TV network of inciting violence and
2016 Mar 24, The Iraqi army
said its troops and allied militia have launched what is expected to
be a long and difficult offensive to retake the second city of
Mosul, the Islamic State group's main hub in Iraq. The IS fighting
strength in Mosul was estimated at around 10,000 fighters.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.37)
2016 Mar 24, Japan's whaling
fleet returned with 333 whales it caught in its first Antarctic
harvest since an international court ruling stopped its hunt two
2016 Mar 24, Kenyan officials
said the country's examination board has been dissolved and its
members will be arrested following reports of widespread cheating in
the university entrance exams for high school students.
2016 Mar 24, Kyrgyzstan accused
Uzbekistan of building up its military presence at their shared
border in retaliation for Kyrgyzstan's attempt to reclaim a water
reservoir at a contested spot.
2016 Mar 24, In eastern Lebanon
a bomb targeted a military vehicle near the border with Syria,
killing one soldier and wounding three on the edge of Arsal in the
2016 Mar 24, Malaysian police
said they have arrested 15 people, including a police officer,
suspected of links to Islamic State and of planning an attack in the
2016 Mar 24, A Moldovan court
sentenced three men to seven years in prison on charges of human
trafficking after they transported three Moldovans to Turkey in
2001-2002 to have their kidneys removed.
2016 Mar 24, New Zealand voted
to retain its national flag, which includes the Union Jack of its
former colonial ruler.
2016 Mar 24, Nigeria’s
presidency said it has accused 300 firms and individuals, including
army officers, of embezzling 48 billion naira ($241.45 million)
through overpaid defense contracts or fraud, in a widening a
crackdown on graft.
2016 Mar 24, At The Hague
Florence Hartmann, now a freelance journalist, was arrested outside
the UN war crimes tribunal just before the court convicted Bosnian
Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Her attorney said it was almost
certainly an attempt by the UN to make her serve out a previous
sentence for contempt of court. The tribunal convicted her in 2009
for publishing confidential material, giving her a fine which was
later converted into a seven-day prison sentence. Hartmann was
released on March 29.
(AP, 3/28/16)(AP, 3/29/16)
2016 Mar 24, Pakistan arrested
an Indian intelligence officer for his involvement in "subversive
activities" in southwestern Baluchistan province and lodged a
protest with India's envoy over the case.
2016 Mar 24, Two knife-wielding
Palestinians wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of
Hebron before being shot dead by troops. The Israeli military
detained Sergeant Elor Azaria who was captured on video shooting
injured Palestinian Abd Elfatah Ashareef (21) lying on the ground.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(AP, 3/24/16)(Reuters, 1/4/17)
2016 Mar 24, In Peru Keiko
Fujimori, the center-right candidate and frontrunner to win next
month’s presidential election, was given the go-ahead to stay in the
race, after a legal attempt to block her for breaking rules was
rejected by an electoral court.
2016 Mar 24, In Scotland Muslim
shopkeeper Asad Shah (40) was killed in Glasgow. Another Muslim man
was soon arrested in connection with Shah's death. On July 7 suspect
Tanveer Ahmed (32), from Bradford in northern England, pleaded
guilty at Glasgow's High Court. Ahmed said he killed Shah because he
felt he had disrespected Islam.
(AP, 3/26/16)(AP, 7/7/16)
2016 Mar 24, In South Africa an
anti-poaching security unit found two white rhino cows killed and a
bull seriously injured in a wildlife park. Two orphaned calves, aged
three and 11 months and still suckling, were sent to a sanctuary.
2016 Mar 24, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) said Sudanese security forces have used threats, assault and
rape to silence female human rights activists, forcing many to
abandon their work or flee the country.
2016 Mar 24, The Swedish
Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, denounced the
1989 Iranian fatwa on British writer Salman Rushdie. The Academy
decided to take a position on the fatwa after the amount offered for
the assassination of Rushdie was recently increased.
2016 Mar 24, Syrian troops
backed by Russian warplanes advanced into the ancient city of
Palmyra, which has been under jihadist control for nearly a year. A
Russian special forces officer was killed in the combat operation.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(Reuters, 3/25/16)
2016 Mar 24, In Turkey 3
military police were killed and 22 injured in a car bombing on a
barracks in in Mermer, Diyarbakir province, suspected to be the work
of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
2016 Mar 24, UN war crimes
judges at The Hague threw out one of two charges of genocide against
Radovan Karadzic as it began to deliver a landmark verdict against
the former Bosnian Serbian leader.
2016 Mar 25, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 22
strikes and four in Syria.
2016 Mar 25, A federal judge in
San Diego sentenced Navy Capt. Daniel Dusek, who oversaw operations
in the US Pacific Fleet, to 46 months in prison for providing
classified information to a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange
for luxury hotel stays and the services of prostitutes.
2016 Mar 25, In Bangladesh
thousands of Muslims rallied in Dhaka to denounce a court petition
seeking to remove Islam as the country's official state religion.
2016 Mar 25, In the Congo DRC
UN helicopter gunships attacked Ugandan rebels active in the
volatile east, inflicting casualties.
2016 Mar 25, In Cuba Mick
Jagger and the Rolling Stones performed a free concert for hundreds
of thousands in Havana.
2016 Mar 25, Egypt's army
killed 60 gunmen in clashes in the Sinai Peninsula where it is
battling a jihadist insurgency.
2016 Mar 25, In western
Indonesia rioting prisoners started a fire at the Malabero prison in
Bengkulu on Sumatra Island. Five inmates were killed.
2016 Mar 25, Iran's Pres.
Hassan Rouhani arrived in Pakistan on a landmark visit, his first
since becoming president. Rouhani and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif
signed a five years strategic action plan aimed at boosting
bilateral trade to the level of US Dollars five billion by 2021.
(AP, 3/25/16) (Reuters,
2016 Mar 25, Iran's official
IRNA news agency said that an air ambulance helicopter has crashed
in southern Iran, killing all seven onboard.
2016 Mar 25, In Iraq a suicide
attack ripped through a trophy ceremony after a football tournament
and killed 41 people in the Babil province village of Al-Asriya.
Mayor Ahmed Shaker was among the dead, as was one of his bodyguards
and at least 5 members of the security forces.
(AFP, 3/26/16)(AP, 3/26/16)
2016 Mar 25, In Iraq thousands
rallied in Baghdad in support of firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr. Al-Sadr's associate, Sheik Asad al-Nasiri, delivered a
message from the cleric giving PM Haider al-Abadi 24 hours to
implement wide-ranging reforms.
2016 Mar 25, In Libya
authorities in control of Tripoli declared a "maximum state of
emergency" after a UN-backed unity government that they reject said
its members would head to Tripoli to begin work.
2016 Mar 25, In Libya an Indian
nurse and her infant son were killed in a rocket attack on their
apartment in Zawiya, a town near Tripoli.
2016 Mar 25, In Myanmar the
Yangon Stock Exchange officially opened for business more than three
months after it was launched in December 2015.
2016 Mar 25, In North Korea
American Kim Tong Chol said he had spied for South Korean
intelligence in a plot to bring down the North’s leadership and
asked for forgiveness at a media presentation.
(AP, 3/25/16)(SFC, 3/26/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 25, It was reported
that North Koreans are being mobilized en masse to boost production
and demonstrate their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un in a 70-day
campaign aimed at wiping out "indolence and slackness." To show
their loyalty, workers are putting in extra hours to boost
production in everything from coal mining to fisheries.
2016 Mar 25, Palestinian
Christians and foreign pilgrims marked Good Friday with a procession
through Jerusalem's cobbled Old City amid increased security
measures during an ongoing wave of violence.
2016 Mar 25, In the Philippines
a devotee was nailed to a cross for the 30th time in an annual Good
Friday ritual, which he dedicated to peace in Belgium and other
countries targeted by Islamic extremists. Ruben Enaje and 14 other
men, some screaming in pain, were nailed to wooden crosses by actors
dressed as Roman centurions in San Pedro Cutud and two other rice
farming villages in Pampanga province north of Manila.
2016 Mar 25, Poland's
environment minister said he has approved a much-protested plan to
allow extensive logging in Bialowieza Forest, Europe's last pristine
forest, arguing it's the way to save it from woodworms.
2016 Mar 25, Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will deploy a range of coastal
missile systems on the far-eastern Kuril islands, claimed by Japan,
as part of its military build-up in the region.
2016 Mar 25, Russian officials
said the body of a lawyer representing one of two Russian servicemen
on trial in Ukraine has been found buried in an abandoned farm. Two
men have been detained in connection with his murder. Yuri Grabovsky
was representing Alexander Alexandrov, a serviceman captured along
with another Russian, Yevgeny Yerofeyev, last year in rebel-held
2016 Mar 25, Syrian government
forces recaptured a Mamluk-era citadel in Palmyra from the extremist
Islamic State group, as the fierce battle for control of the
historic town entered its third day.
2016 Mar 25, News reports said
that Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli (aka Haji Imam), the Islamic
State group's second in command, was killed earlier this month. US
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said US forces killed Haji Imam, a
senior Islamic State leader described as the group's finance
minister, among several key members of the militant group eliminated
(AFP, 3/25/16)(AP, 3/25/16)
2016 Mar 25, In Yemen three
suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group struck
checkpoints of loyalist forces in Aden, killing 22 people, including
2016 Mar 26, In Alabama a
medical helicopter crashed killing all 4 people onboard near the
town of Enterprise.
(SFC, 4/12/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 26, Vermont senator
Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, breathed
fresh life into his campaign for the White House with a clean sweep
in caucuses in the western US states of Alaska, Hawaii and
2016 Mar 26, The six astronauts
at the International Space Station got an early Easter treat today
with the arrival of a supply ship full of fresh food and experiments
via Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule, named after the swan
constellation. The cargo carrier rocketed away from Cape Canaveral
on March 22.
2016 Mar 26, In Afghanistan
insurgents in Wardak province killed Mohammad Anwar, the top judge
on a Ghazni province appeals court.
2016 Mar 26, Bolivian President
Evo Morales said his country has decided to file suit against Chile
at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a water dispute.
Bolivia argues it owns the Silala spring waters originating in its
southwest department of Potosi and that it is not being compensated
for Chile's use of the water.
2016 Mar 26, The final print
edition of The Independent newspaper went on sale, ending its
30-year appearance on British newsstands.
2016 Mar 26, Cameroon
authorities said a teenager who surrendered before carrying out a
suicide bombing attack in the north has said she was one of the 276
girls abducted from a Nigerian boarding school by Islamic extremists
nearly two years ago.
2016 Mar 26, Greece said it has
begun emptying the main migrant camp on its Macedonia border, as the
huge tide of refugees flooding into the country slows to a trickle
following the EU-Turkey deal.
2016 Mar 26, The Indonesian the
tug Brahma 12 and the Anand 12 barge en route to Batangas province,
south of the Philippine capital, were reported hijacked with 10 crew
members. On May 1 Abu Sayyaf militants freed the 10 Indonesian
(AP, 3/29/16)(AP, 5/1/16)
2016 Mar 26, In Iraq a group of
suicide bombers from the Islamic State group killed three Iraqi
soldiers in an attack on the Al-Asad air base military base hosting
hundreds of coalition advisers in Anbar province.
2016 Mar 26, Mexican police in
Veracruz killed 3 alleged criminals in a shootout, and then found
three bodies the suspects had apparently been transporting.
2016 Mar 26, Sierra Leone
police and military arms experts began destroying nearly 5,000
"unserviceable weapons" in an operation set to last two weeks.
2016 Mar 26, Turkish Air Force
jets joined coalition forces in attacking Islamic State targets in
northern Iraq, hours after a Turkish soldier was killed at a
military base in the region from rockets fired by the extremist
2016 Mar 27, In southwestern
Alaska the Pavlof Volcano erupted sending ash 20,000 feet into the
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A14)
2016 Mar 27, In Algeria at
least 12 soldiers were killed when a military helicopter crashed in
the south of the country.
2016 Mar 27, Basque separatist
group ETA called for peace talks with the Spanish and French
governments and the return of ETA prisoners to the northern Basque
2016 Mar 27, Belgian
investigators launched 13 anti-terror raids in the capital and two
other cities and taking four more people in custody. Riot police
fired water cannon to disperse far-right football hooligans who
disrupted mourners at a shrine for victims of the Brussels attacks.
(AP, 3/27/16)(AFP, 3/27/16)
2016 Mar 27, In Greece hundreds
of migrants, egged on by activists, protested near the fence
separating Macedonia from Greece, demanding that the border be
opened to allow them to continue their journey into central Europe.
2016 Mar 27, Guyana's
government said it plans to establish several new jungle capitals on
the border regions with its South American neighbors as it moves to
develop its mineral-rich interior.
2016 Mar 27, Iraqi security
forces stepped aside to allow influential Iraqi Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr to start his sit-in in Baghdad's highly fortified
Green Zone after weeks of protests in the capital. Sadr met with PM
Haider al-Abadi as he began the sit-in.
(AP, 3/27/16)(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 27, Italian
authorities announced the arrest of Djamal Eddine Ouali (40), an
Algerian man who was part of a counterfeiting ring that provided
forged documents to people involved in the Paris and Brussels
(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 27, In Japan girl (15)
escaped from suspect Kabu Terauchi's apartment in downtown Tokyo
while he was shopping in Akihabara. She had been held captive for
nearly two years. Investigators captured Terauchi in the early hours
of March 28 near a forest west of Tokyo.
2016 Mar 27, World Bank Pres.
Jim Yong Kim said Jordan will get a cheap $100 million loan to help
create 100,000 jobs for Syrian refugees and its own citizens.
(AP, 3/27/16)(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 27, Mexico’s federal
police reported that authorities in Oaxaca have captured Juan Manuel
Alvarez Inzunza, identified as the chief financial operator behind
drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's empire, who they say
laundered some $4 billion in the past decade.
2016 Mar 27, Thousands of
Moldovans marched through their capital calling for reunification
with Romania, restoring a union which lasted from 1918 to 1940.
2016 Mar 27, Dutch police found
ammunition in the house of a French national arrested in Rotterdam
on suspicion of plotting an attack. The man (32), thought to be
called Anis B., was detained on suspicion of receiving orders from
the Islamic State group to attack targets in France along with Reda
Kriket, who was detained near Paris last week.
2016 Mar 27, In Nigeria 3
people were killed and several wounded when an oil pipeline
belonging to Italy's ENI exploded during repair works in the
southern Delta region. Workers had been repairing the pipeline when
it caught fire.
2016 Mar 27, In eastern
Pakistan a bomb blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in Lahore killed 74
people and wounded some 340. The suicide bombing was claimed by the
Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction.
(Reuters, 3/28/16)(Econ, 4/2/16, p.39)
2016 Mar 27, Qatar's
state-funded broadcaster Al-Jazeera announced a fresh round of job
cuts with around 500 positions being lost, most of them at the
network's Doha headquarters.
2016 Mar 27, In Serbia
thousands marched against NATO and the West, carrying banners
praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. The march marked the 17th
anniversary of NATO's 78-day intervention in Serbia against its
bloody crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists in 1999.
2016 Mar 27, Syrian troops
recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group
and pledged to build on the win with an advance against other
2016 Mar 27, Thailand seized 87
ivory tusks, worth an estimated $800,000, found in a dozen barrels
sent from Mozambique on a Kenya Airways flight. A routine X-ray at
Suvarnabhumi International Airport detected the contraband.
2016 Mar 27, The top security
court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced 38 people to prison in
connection to a cell accused of plotting terrorist attacks and
seeking to overthrow the government to create an Islamic state.
2016 Mar 27, In Yemen a
military coalition led by Saudi Arabia that is fighting a war with
Yemen's Shiite rebels traded 109 Yemeni prisoners taken during the
fighting in the neighboring country for nine Saudis who were held
2016 Mar 27, In southern Yemen
US air raids killed 14 men suspected of belonging to al Qaeda.
2016 Mar 28, The USS Sirocco
intercepted and seized a shipment of weapons hidden aboard a small
dhow in the Arabian Sea. The US Navy later said the shipment
included 1,500 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 200 rocket-propelled
grenade launchers and 21 .50-caliber machine guns likely heading to
war-torn Yemen from Iran.
2016 Mar 28, In Washington DC
Larry Dawson (66) was shot by police after he entered the Capitol
visitor center brandishing a weapon. He was hospitalized in critical
but stable condition.
2016 Mar 28, US authorities
said the FBI said it has unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San
Bernardino terror attackers, ending a heated legal standoff with
Apple that had pitted US authorities against Silicon Valley.
2016 Mar 28, California Gov.
Jerry Brown announced a deal with state lawmakers and public unions
that would make the minimum wage $15 an hour by 2022, up from $10.
The state Legislature passed the bill on March 31. Brown planned to
sign the legislation on April 4.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A1)(SFC, 4/1/16, p.A1)
2016 Mar 28, Utah Gov. Gary
Herbert signed legislation requiring doctors to give anesthesia to
women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later, based on
the premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 28, In Afghanistan
overnight attacks by the Taliban on two police checkpoints in the
volatile southern Helmand province killed at least 8 police. A US
soldier shot and killed an Afghan boy near Bagram Airfield close to
Kabul. The boy had been carrying what looked like an automatic
2016 Mar 28, An Angola a court
sentenced 17 youth activists, including a well-known rapper, to
between two and eight years in jail for rebellion against Pres. Jose
Eduardo dos Santos. They were arrested last June and have denied the
charges against them.
2016 Mar 28, Azeri human rights
activist and lawyer Intigam Aliyev was freed from jail. Aliyev was
detained in Baku in August 2014 and charged with tax evasion, abuse
of office and illegal entrepreneurship. Azerbaijan pardoned 148
prisoners including journalists, rights activists and political
opponents this month in an apparent move to deflect Western
criticism of the ex-Soviet republic's human rights record.
2016 Mar 28, Bangladesh's top
court rejected a 28-year-old petition to remove Islam as the
official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
2016 Mar 28, In Britain some
100,000 homes were left without power due to Storm Katie. High winds
caused some 130 flights at Gatwick and Heathrow airports to be
diverted or cancelled.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 28, Chinese President
Xi Jinping arrived in the Czech Republic for a visit aimed at
boosting economic and political ties.
2016 Mar 28, China's state
media said the military will end so-called paid for services within
the next three years, the latest move to modernize the armed forces
amid a reform and anti-corruption push.
2016 Mar 28, Dubai-based Dodsal
Group said it has discovered 2.7 trillion cubic feet of gas deposits
in Tanzania's Ruvu Basin Coast Region valued at around $8 billion.
2016 Mar 28, In Guatemala at
least 19 people were killed after the bus they were traveling in
plunged down a 200-meter (660 feet) ravine near the town of Nahuala.
2016 Mar 28, Iran said it will
pursue its development of ballistic missiles despite the US
blacklisting of more Iranian companies linked to the program.
2016 Mar 28, Iraq's parliament
gave embattled PM Haider al-Abadi until March 31 to present a
cabinet of technocrats as Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr expanded his
protest movement for reform. Sadr himself spent the night camping in
the Green Zone.
2016 Mar 28, Japan switched on
a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent
intelligence gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of islands
disputed by Japan and China, drawing an angry response from Beijing.
The new Self Defense Force base is on the island of Yonaguni.
2016 Mar 28, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe welcomed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe -- the 92-year-old
former guerrilla fighter who is widely shunned in the West but
frequently courted in Asia.
2016 Mar 28, In south Lebanon 2
people were shot dead and others wounded in the Ain al-Hilweh
Palestinian refugee camp after a dispute between rival political
groups erupted into gunfire.
2016 Mar 28, Montenegro
authorities deported 58 foreigners, including 43 Russians,
associated with a religious cult. Local media reported that they are
members of Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese doomsday cult that carried
out a deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway in 1995.
2016 Mar 28, Myanmar's outgoing
government lifted a nearly four-year curfew in the western state of
Rakhine, where clashes between the minority Rohingya Muslims and
majority Buddhists left more than 200 people dead, mostly Muslims.
2016 Mar 28, The presidents of
Russia and Iran agreed to step up bilateral contacts, including over
the Syrian conflict, in which both countries are allies of President
2016 Mar 28, Syrian government
forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State
insurgents around Palmyra, trying to extend their gains after taking
back control of a city whose ancient temples were dynamited by the
2016 Mar 28, In Taiwan a man,
identified as Wang Ching-yu (33), grabbed a girl (3) from behind and
decapitated her with a kitchen knife shortly before noon outside a
subway in Taipei. The girl was with her mother, who was unable to
prevent the attack.
2016 Mar 28, In Ukraine over
500 protesters gathered outside the administrative headquarters of
the president to call for the resignation of Viktor Shokin, the
country's general prosecutor, who they say, has failed to use the
full power of his office to deal with endemic corruption.
2016 Mar 29, Actress Patty Duke
(b.1946) died in Idaho. She won an Academy Award at age 16 for her
performance as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker" (1962). She also
starred in “Valley of the Dolls" (1967) and “The Patty Duke Show"
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A9)
2016 Mar 29, In Los Angeles
Amir Issa (29), a gay man involved with drugs, was found shot to
death just outside the family home. Police found his mother Rabihah
Issa (68) stabbed to death. On April 1 Amir’s father, Shehada Issa
(69), was charged with Amir’s murder as a hate crime. Shehada said
he shot his son in self-defense after finding his wife’s body.
(SFC, 4/4/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 29, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded under a bridge in Kabul, killing one person and
wounding nine others. Five police officers, including a district
police chief, were suspended over the blast and put under
investigation for neglecting their duties. A late night gunbattle
with the Taliban killed at least 15 members of the Afghan security
forces in the volatile southern Uruzgan province.
(AP, 3/29/16)(AP, 3/30/16)
2016 Mar 29, Czech Rep. Pres.
Milos Zeman signed a strategic partnership with China's Pres. Xi
Jinping during a visit that was marked by official honors and public
2016 Mar 29, EgyptAir flight
MS181 took off from Bourg el-Arab airport just outside Alexandria on
a regular route to Cairo when it was hijacked to Cyprus. Hijacker
Seif Eldin Mustafa wore a fake explosives belt and was taken into
custody after he released all the passengers and crew.
(AP, 3/29/16)(Reuters, 3/29/16)
2016 Mar 29, In Iraq a suicide
bombing in Tayaran Square in central Baghdad killed at least 7
people and wounded 23. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
2016 Mar 29, Israel said it has
opened talks with China on a free trade deal which could see
commerce double between the two countries. During the meeting in
Jerusalem, 13 other agreements were signed on a range of topics.
2016 Mar 29, In Japan a new
security law took effect. Several security bills, passed in 2015,
loosened constraints on Japan's military that were imposed after WW
II and allows its troops to engage in overseas conflicts for reasons
other than self-defense. Protesters and opposition politicians asked
for the law to be scrapped and for PM Abe's administration to step
(AP, 3/29/16)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.35)
2016 Mar 29, Kosovo and the
United States signed an extradition agreement which they believe
will enable them better fight terrorism, transnational crime and
domestic corruption in the tiny Balkan nation.
2016 Mar 29, Former rebels in
Mali held a failed reconciliation forum in their northern bastion of
Kidal which was boycotted by the government, as the UN warned of an
"alarming" security situation.
2016 Mar 29, A Niger court
granted bail to presidential challenger Hama Amadou, who was
detained in November on shadowy baby trafficking charges but is
currently in France for medical treatment.
2016 Mar 29, A Russian police
convoy hit a bomb in the restive North Caucasus, killing one person
and wounding four others.
2016 Mar 29, Thailand's junta
chief gave the military broad new police-like powers to arrest and
detain criminal suspects.
2016 Mar 29, Turkey’s security
forces killed 14 "terrorists" — a military reference to the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers' Party — in Mardin province, five in Sirnak and
four in Hakkari. A total of 347 militants have been killed in those
three regions since the start of security operations in July.
2016 Mar 29, In Turkey a fire
at a refugee camp near the border with Syria killed three Syrian
children and wounded six other people near the town of Derik, Mardin
2016 Mar 29, Ukraine's
parliament sacked chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin over his alleged
attempts to stall high-profile corruption investigations and cover
up state graft.
2016 Mar 29, Venezuela's
opposition-controlled Congress approved an amnesty law to free
jailed opposition activists and end legal proceedings against
others, a measure President Nicolas Maduro promised to veto.
2016 Mar 30, Pres. Obama
commuted the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders including more
than a third serving life sentences.
(SFC, 3/31/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 30, The Obama
administration announced a new partnership with 41 energy companies
that have agreed to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from
natural gas operations to help combat climate change.
(SFC, 3/31/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 30, US Deputy
Secretary of Defense Robert Work said the United States has told
China it will not recognize an exclusion zone in the South China
2016 Mar 30, A Bangladeshi
court issued arrest warrants for former PM Khaleda Zia and 27 other
opposition party leaders on accusations they instigated an arson
attack on a passenger bus during an anti-government protest last
2016 Mar 30, In Burundi Jacques
Bihozagara, a former Rwandan ambassador to France and Belgium and an
ex-government minister, died in a jail where he was being held on
suspicion of spying, adding to cross-border tensions that have
increased dangerously in recent months. He had been held on
espionage charges since December.
2016 Mar 30, Central African
Republic's newly elected president Faustin Archange Touadera (58)
took the oath of office.
2016 Mar 30, The Colombian
government said it will announce the start of peace negotiations
with the country's second-biggest guerrilla group, the left-wing
ELN, broadening the push to end a half-century conflict.
2016 Mar 30, The Czech
government approved a Defense Ministry plan to send up to 35
instructors to Iraq to train pilots for Czech-made planes. The
deployment still needed approval by Parliament.
2016 Mar 30, An Egyptian court
sentenced 23 supporters of Mohamed Morsi to lengthy prison terms
over a violent protest against the Islamist president's ouster in
2016 Mar 30, President Francois
Hollande abandoned plans to strip French nationality from people
convicted of terrorism.
2016 Mar 30, In Hungary
hundreds of teachers across the country walked out of class for one
hour, demanding changes to official policies, including cutting
bureaucratic tasks, greater choice in textbooks, more funds for
education and reducing students' mandatory school time.
2016 Mar 30, In central India
Maoist rebels killed at least 7 paramilitary soldiers by blowing up
their armored vehicle in Chhattisgarh state.
2016 Mar 30, Indian giant Tata
Steel put its British business up for sale, sparking calls for the
government to intervene and safeguard thousands of jobs in the
2016 Mar 30, Italian policed
arrested a nurse (55) on suspicion of murdering 13 elderly patients
in the intensive care ward where she had worked for decades. The
alleged murders all took place in 2014 and 2015, although she had
worked there for many years prior to that.
2016 Mar 30, Japanese
regulators approved the use of a giant refrigeration system to
create an unprecedented underground frozen barrier around buildings
at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to contain
leaking radioactive water. The system was switched on the next day.
(AP, 3/30/16)(AP, 3/31/16)
2016 Mar 30, Kuwait inked a
$2.93 billion contract with three South Korean firms for the
construction of the largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import
facility in the oil-rich country.
2016 Mar 30, In Libya Fayez
Serraj, the head of a UN-brokered unity government arrived in
Tripoli with six deputies to set up a temporary seat of power in a
naval base despite threats from competing factions.
2016 Mar 30, Lithuania, in its
annual report the State Security Department, said Russia continues
to pose a political and military threat.
2016 Mar 30, In Mali Souleymane
Keita, the top jihadist leader in the south of the country, was
transferred to Bamako following his arrest a few days earlier on the
2016 Mar 30, In Mongolia
thousands of demonstrators criticized foreign mining concessions and
demanded action to prop up the tottering economy. More than 2,000
demonstrators in Ulaanbaatar's Freedom Square also called for
parliament to be dissolved and a new government formed over alleged
2016 Mar 30, In Myanmar Htin
Kyaw, a trusted aide to ruling-party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was
sworn in along with his two vice presidents and 18 Cabinet
2016 Mar 30, Northern Ireland
police arrested a 54-year-old Belfast man on suspicion of
involvement in the Irish Republican Army killing of two plainclothes
detectives in a dockside bar on Aug 26, 1987.
2016 Mar 30, In Pakistan
hundreds of radical Islamists who had rallied for four days in the
heart of Islamabad ended their demonstrations hours after the
government threatened to use force to disperse them. The Islamists
were protesting last month's hanging of a policeman who had shot and
killed a secular governor over his opposition to the country's
strict blasphemy laws.
2016 Mar 30, In Romania Ioan
Ficior (88), head of the Periprava camp in southeast Romania between
1958 and 1963, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for crimes
against humanity. At least 103 prisoners died at the camp,
considered one of the country's worst, while he was in command.
2016 Mar 30, Russia's RIA news
reported that around 20 Islamic State followers have been arrested
in Moscow trying to recruit new fighters for the group.
2016 Mar 30, Syria’s President
Bashar al-Assad said that any transitional government should include
both the regime and opposition, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged
greater efforts to tackle the country's refugee crisis.
2016 Mar 30, In Syria
airstrikes hit near a school and a hospital east of Damascus killing
at least 23 people. A drone strike, likely by the coalition, killed
Abu al-Haija, a Tunisian commander summoned by IS leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi from Iraq.
(AP, 3/31/16)(AP, 4/3/16)
2016 Mar 30, In Yemen loyalist
forces pushed Al-Qaeda out of parts of Aden in a new drive against
the jihadists where the internationally recognized government is
2016 Mar 31, President Barack
Obama hosted a nuclear security summit of world leaders in
2016 Mar 31, US President
Barack Obama reaffirmed the US commitment to Turkey's security
during a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, while also
discussing both countries' efforts to fight Islamic State.
2016 Mar 31, The United States
and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State in their
latest round of daily attacks in Iraq and Syria against the militant
2016 Mar 31, Donald Trump and
Jeff Sessions both supported a proposal during the presidential
campaign that Trump meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This
was made public in 2018 by former presidential advisor George
Papadopoulos. In November 2017 Sessions testified before Congress
that he had "pushed back" against the proposal by Papadopoulos at
the campaign meeting.
2016 Mar 31, In Georgia Joshua
Bishop was executed at the state prison in Jackson for the 1994
killing of leverett Morrison.
(SFC, 4/1/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 31, In Tennessee a
sewage line broke and began dumping up to 50 million gallons of
untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary.
(SSFC, 4/3/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 31, In Virginia a
gunman fatally shot state Trooper Chad Dermeyer (37) at a bus
terminal in Richmond, before he was shot dead by two other troopers.
(SFC, 4/1/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 31, Tesla began taking
orders for its new Model 3, a luxury electric sedan at a
middle-class price of $35,000.
(SFC, 4/1/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 31, Bosnian police
arrested 10 people suspected of criminal activities which cost the
country's banking sector around 123 million Bosnian marka ($71.2
million) or over 10 percent of the central government's budget.
2016 Mar 31, British actor
Douglas Wilmer (96) died in Ipswich. He played detective Sherlock
Holmes in a television series (1964-1965) in the TV movie "The
Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" (1975).
2016 Mar 31, A US-based
advocacy group says 98 girls in Central African Republic reported
they were sexually abused by international peacekeepers, and three
girls told UN staff they were tied up, undressed and forced to have
sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014.
2016 Mar 31, Cameroon’s
military said it has launched a new operation to rid the country of
Boko Haram militants "once and for all" and soldiers are prepared to
storm one of the group's remaining strongholds in Nigeria.
2016 Mar 31, Voters in the
Central African Republic went to the polls for the 2nd round of the
country's parliamentary election, a day after the new president was
2016 Mar 31, In China 2 forest
rangers died in a forest fire caused by people burning fake paper
money and incense in a traditional ceremony to honor dead ancestors
in the eastern city of Qingdao.
2016 Mar 31, In eastern Congo
DRC wildlife ranger Oscar Mianziro, was fatally shot in Kahuzi-Biega
National Park as he returned from a mission to track endangered
gorillas. He was killed while investigating a truck that had been
looted and left on the side of a park road.
2016 Mar 31, In France
demonstrators clashed with police in the streets during fresh
protests over labor reforms. Official figures said at least 200,000
people had joined demonstrations in around 50 towns around the
country despite rainy weather.
2016 Mar 31, In Germany
satirist Jan Boehmermann explained that he wanted to clarify the
boundaries of free speech law and declaimed a series of fictional
passages on TV depicting Turkey’s Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
engrossed in a series of athletically challenging sexual activities
with barnyard animals.
(Econ, 4/16/16, p.43)
2016 Mar 31, Imre Kertesz (86),
the Hungarian writer who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature for
a body of fiction largely drawn from his experience as a teenage
prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, died at his Budapest home.
"Fateless," the novel that together with other works brought him the
2002 Nobel, finally appeared in 1975 after a decade-long struggle to
have it published.
2016 Mar 31, In Hungary Bela
Biszku (b.1921), the only high-ranking communist-era official to be
tried for his role in the repression after the 1956 revolution, died
in Budapest. Biszku, who served as interior minister between March
1957 and September 1961, denied any involvement but was sentenced in
2014 to five years and six months in prison for war crimes and other
charges, including his role in nearly 50 deaths.
2016 Mar 31, In India an
overpass under construction in Kolkata collapsed on to vehicles and
street vendors below, killing 23 people with more than 100 people
2016 Mar 31, Iraqi Shiite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to end a two-week
sit-in at entrances to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone aimed
at pressuring the government to carry out reforms. The announcement
came after PM Haider al-Abadi presented a proposed lineup for new
cabinet ministers to parliament -- a measure which Sadr had
2016 Mar 31, Lebanon's armed
forces acquired three US helicopters worth $26 million to help in
efforts to stop Syria's civil war spilling over its border, along
with almost $29 million of British aid as EU countries also step up
2016 Mar 31, In Liberia a woman
(30) died of Ebola, months after the West African nation was
declared free of the virus. Officials later said there were strong
indications the woman came from Guinea when the border was closed.
(Reuters, 4/1/16)(AP, 4/3/16)
2016 Mar 31, Myanmar Pres.
Thein Sein stepped down from office. The next day he shaved his head
and disappeared into a Buddhist order.
(Econ, 4/23/16, p.31)
2016 Mar 31, In the Philippines
a Chinese casino junket operator returned $4.63 million of the $81
million that hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank's
account in the US Federal Reserve Bank and laundered in Manila's
2016 Mar 31, In central Somalia
a suicide bombing killed at least 9 people and wounded 10 others at
a cafe near a hotel in the town of Galkayo.
2016 Mar 31, In Somalia a US
drone strike killed Hassan Ali Dhoore, a key leader of the al-Shabab
militant group, along with two others. Dhoore was involved in two
attacks in Mogadishu more than a year ago that killed more than 30
2016 Mar 31, South Africa's top
court ruled that President Jacob Zuma flouted the constitution in
using public funds to upgrade his private residence and must repay
the money, sparking calls for his impeachment.
2016 Mar 31, South Korean
activist prostitutes said they would appeal to the United Nations to
win back their right to work after the Constitutional Court rejected
a petition to overturn a law that punishes sex workers.
2016 Mar 31, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad told Russia's RIA news agency that the army of
Turkish Pres. Erdogan is fighting in Syria. RIA also reported that
Assad said he was ready to hold early presidential elections if the
Syrian people wanted it.
2016 Mar 31, Syria, airstrikes
in the Deir al-Asafir district southeast of Damascus killed 33
people, mostly women and children.
2016 Mar 31, In Turkey a car
bomb attack killed 7 police officers and wounded 27 other people in
the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) soon claimed responsibility. On April 2 a suspect, named
as A.C., was detained in the Kocakoy district of Diyarbakir.
(Reuters, 4/1/16)(AFP, 4/2/16)
2016 Mar 31, UN war crimes
judges acquitted radical Serb leader Vojislav Seselj (61) on all
nine charges of committing atrocities in the 1990s Balkans wars in a
surprise verdict swiftly denounced as "shameful" by Croatia.
2016 Mar 31, Vatican officials
said an investigation has been opened into the financing of
renovations at a luxury penthouse occupied by Italian cardinal
Tarcisio Bertone, the former number two in the Holy See hierarchy.
2016 Mar 31, Vietnam's
parliament elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (61) as its chairwoman,
making her the first woman to lead the Communist-dominated
2016 Mar, California police
arrested David Burchard for selling marijuana to an undercover
officer. Burchard had trademarked “Cali Connect" to protect his
brand, dealt drugs online and was getting T-shirts and hoodies
emblazoned with “Cali Connect".
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.50)
2016 Mar, In Minnesota Seth
Johnson (7), the adopted son of Timothy and Sarah Johnson, died.
Criminal complaints said he had an inflamed pancreas, possible
infections and bruises on his body when he died. In 2017 the
Johnsons missed their first court appearance and were said to have
absconded to New Zealand.
2016 Mar, China passed its
first charity law to allow registration with the government,
legalize funding and protect donors.
(Econ, 7/9/16, SR p.12)
2016 Mar, The UN Human Rights
Council ordered the compilation of a database of companies that
operate in Israel’s West Bank settlements. About 100 Israeli
companies later received warning that they would be on the list.
Some 50 int’l. companies, mostly American European, were also
(SFC, 11/27/17, p.A4)
2016 Mar, A Nepalese
construction worker in Qatar was "sacked" the day after speaking to
a UN delegation visiting the 2022 World Cup host country to examine
labor conditions. This was only reported in Sept. 2017 because of
sensitivities surrounding the case.
2016 Mar, Abu Hayjaa Al-Tunsi,
a "Tunisian jihadi" and a senior commander with the Daesh group was
targeted by a drone missile when driving through northern Syria in
order to lead terrorists in the fighting there. His death led to
Daesh executing dozens of its own terrorist in search of informants.